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The country's Supreme Court voted to end amnesty from corruption charges for the President and now there are calls for him ad his cabinet to step down. The anti-corruption agency is re-opening hundreds of cases. That agency is also barring some 248 people from leaving the country.
Pakistan's ambassador to the US ruled out a coup today. As did US General David Petraeus.
I haven't seen any reports of tanks in the streets, but this article from Canda's Globe and Mail, published a few weeks ago, argues that there are forces inside of Pakistan's military that are trying to overthrow the President in a slower, more quiet coup.
The men who wish to replace Mr. Zardari represent the religious right-wing backers of the Taliban and al-Qaeda, adding a new obstacle in Barack Obama's war effort in Afghanistan. A change of guard in Pakistan will also place Canadian troops at a higher risk of attack from a Taliban that will get unimpeded access to safe havens across the international border....The army's patience with Mr. Zardari ran out in October, when the U.S. Congress passed the Kerry-Lugar bill that promised billions in aid to Pakistan, but with a crucial caveat: The money would go through the channels of the civilian administration and if the military interfered with the democratic process or bullied the politicians and the judiciary, the Americans would halt all aid to the military.
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User Wake up People pointed us to this story:"'Obama's Coup' video game plays on the paranoia of the right wingnuts".
Here’s the scenario:
It's January 2011. The GOP is about to assume control of both houses of Congress—having been voted in by a public deeply suspicious of Democrats after President Barack Obama conducted clandestine talks with President Felipe Calderon of Mexico and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada. But two days before the new conservative majority is to be sworn in, Obama announces that this Congress will not be seated, that the United States (a creation of "racists and warmongers") will be replaced by a North American Union, that the US Constitution will be dissolved, and that private ownership of firearms will be outlawed (as part of a United Nations treaty banning firearms globally). In response, millions rise up, and the Revolution begins.
Now interestingly, this is not necessarily part of the right-wing backlash against President Obama. The game’s creators are libertarians based in New York who claim to hate both parties equally (their next game will feature hunting former President Bush).
Current.com users are no strangers to the theories behind the game. The North America Union theory has been around for a while and is often discussed on Current News. In it, the US dissolves into a Union with Mexico and Canada and starts a new currency called the Amero (here's the long list of Current posts tagged with Amero).
Here's a clip posted by current_spider from a site called UFO-Blogger showing off what's purported to be one of these Ameros.
So surprisingly - not a Glenn Beck-inspired videogame.
What do you think? Is this 2011 scenario likely? As likely as Roland Emmerlich's 2012 scenario? Has anyone played the game? Is it fun?
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The ever-vigilant folks over at Talking Points Memo caught the full text of an article penned by Newsmax columnist John L. Perry: "Obama Risks a Domestic Military Intervention"
There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America's military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the "Obama problem." Don't dismiss it as unrealistic. ....
# Officers swear to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." Unlike enlisted personnel, they do not swear to "obey the orders of the president of the United States."....
So, if you are one of those observant military professionals, what do you do?....Wait until this president bungles into losing the war in Afghanistan, and Pakistan's arsenal of nuclear bombs falls into the hands of militant Islam?
Military intervention is what Obama's exponentially accelerating agenda for "fundamental change" toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama's radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible.
(Newsmax, perhaps unsurprisingly, has distanced themselves from the article and the writer, downplaying his relationship with the organization.)
Now don't get me wrong, I am all for dissent. But am I wrong to find incidents like this worrying? Calling for impeachment would be one thing; whether or not you agree with the opinion, at least it's a part of our legal system. Calling for a coup is a much more violent and dangerous tactic. Especially in an article that reads like it's a call to military officers.
What is fueling this dangerous rhetoric? This, on the heels of the Facebook poll asking whether or not Obama should be killed, and the tea party protests with Obama/Hitler signs. What about this President (who liberals would consider to be rather centrist, but conservative commentators go so far as to call Marxist) inspires such ire? And at what point does debate over policy come back to policy?
Comment over here on Current News.The ever-vigilant folks over at Talking Points Memo caught the full text of an article... more
Really disturbing story from Guinea this morning as reports are filtering out of the West African nation's capital about soldiers killing pro-democracy demonstrators in the streets. Its estimated that as many as 157 people have died and the AP reports that soldiers, smelling of alcohol, were witnessed even raping protestors.
From the Washington Post:
An Associated Press reporter said he saw halls full of wounded patients at the city's large Donka Hospital, some with bullet wounds, others who appeared to have been beaten.
Opposition politician Mutarr Diallo said he witnessed soldiers raping women with rifle butts during Monday's protests. He was arrested during the protest but released Tuesday morning.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said eyewitnesses also told them that security forces had stripped female protesters Monday and raped them in the streets. Other eyewitnesses said soldiers had stabbed protesters with knives and bayonets.
Guinea has been in trouble for decades. Ever since declaring independence from France, it has been cursed with a series of corrupt administrations focused more on getting themselves rich than bringing stability and prosperity. This corruption and lack of stable law enforcement has made Guinea (and other nations in West Africa) a prime location for drug trafficking into Western Europe. (Our new season of Vanguard will include a story on this by Christof Putzel, actually). At the end of last year, the military took control of the country in a coup. This is the government pro-democracy protestors were hoping to get rid of. So it's even more chilling that soldiers, directly part of the ruling military body could inflict such damage.
Military leader Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara told Radio France International: "Those people who committed those atrocities were uncontrollable elements in the military....Even I, as head of state in this very tense situation, cannot claim to be able to control those elements in the military."
Well that's not very reassuring.
We'll have more updates on this story for you during the day - and video later on in the afternoon.
UPDATE: Video from Guinea
Guinean Protesters Shot DeadReally disturbing story from Guinea this morning as reports are filtering out of the... more
My honeymoon with the Democrats has long since passed. Our relationship has turned sour, and I'm in no mood to marry again.
March 20, 2010 |
My honeymoon with the Democrats has long since passed. Our relationship has turned sour, and I’m in no mood to marry again.
Anyone who has ever gone through a divorce or marital separation knows how traumatic it can be. Marriages are supposed to be forever, but then life intrudes. First, the blissful honeymoon when it’s unthinkable to be apart from the loved one. Then the middle doldrums when spine-tingling doubts arise followed by flimsy excuses to oneself, self-rationalisations, for the other’s bad behaviour. Love weakens but loyalty remains. (For some of us, constancy is stronger than lust.) We soon grow accustomed to abuse, insults, betrayals and infidelity to the marriage vows. After all, where would we go, what would we do, if we freed ourselves from the bondage of a bad relationship? It’s too terrifying to think about, so we don’t.
That’s pretty much where my liberal friends and I are today with the Democrats and Obama administration spiralling out of control and showing every sign of wanting to do us harm before it flames out. We, like battered husbands and bruised wives, feebly grab at straws of hope. The straws are real, too. There may be only an inch of difference between Republicans and Democrats but real people in a real world live by that inch. For example, north of Los Angeles, where I live, an Obama-reinvigorated Environmental Protection Agency is seriously probing a toxic scandal in the mainly Latino hamlet of Kettleman where carelessly dumped corporate chemicals may have led to babies being born with facial disfigurements. The Republicans wouldn’t have bothered. That’s no small thing for the people concerned. And Obama appointed a known workers’ friend in Hilda Solis as secretary of labour in place of Bush’s Elaine Chao who never saw a union she didn’t despise. In other words, our Harvard professor in the White House has done something.
But the fact remains he is a war president with blood on his hands like Lyndon Johnson – only without LBJ’s guts and arm-twisting talent. Obama leads a dysfunctional, cowardly and bribable Democratic party establishment, personified by his mean-minded economic gurus Larry Summers and Tim Geithner, and his frazzled secretary of state the war-loving Hillary Clinton. The few Democratic politicians who stand up for sanity – against the war, for a public health option – are like Florida’s Alan Grayson and Ohio’s Dennis Kucinich – marginalised by the media and their own colleagues as lunatics or, in Rahm Emanuel’s immortal phrase, “retarded”.
In a bad marriage, if we’re lucky, a sad, angry, unwelcome realism takes over and an existential fear invades our soul. But we do not want to be alone in a loveless world. A divorce often means being cast out into psychological darkness, exile from the “mainstream”, the loss of (and even abuse from) friends, a terrifying sense of isolation and inadequacy. So, stuffing our ears and blinding our eyes to our own victimisation, we recommit to the relationship. We continue to deny, deny, deny. Life goes on, diminished and undignified. Soul-suicide.
But now I want a divorce from the Democrats, the “party of the people” versus the Republicans who with a few honorable exceptions are the party of cruelty. Are there some good Democrats? You bet. Are they outnumbered by callow, fearful Democrats? You bet.
I don’t care that at the moment there’s nowhere to go and hardly anybody to cheer for.
Like the Tea Partiers I’ve had it up to here. But as a taker of GI Bill, social security and Medicare benefits, and as a child of the New Deal which put my unemployed mother and father to work, I know that only big government, as dangerous as it can be, can help pull us all out of the shit – yes, the same government that by deregulating and bailouts pushed us into it. (I wonder how many populists, screaming about “socialist” government, are only too happy to take their portion of federal money as I am.)
I wish I could get behind Ralph Nader or the Green party or Cynthia McKinney or even Ron Paul for his antiwar stance. But having just split from my heart’s desire – the Democrats – I’m in no mood to marry up again. I’m caught in a vise between a lingering wish to be “effective”, not “waste my vote”, and a Huckleberry Finn itch to light out for unknown territory.My honeymoon with the Democrats has long since passed. Our relationship has turned... more
Dr. Antony Sutton was a research scholar at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.
Through his scientific historical research he saw the bigger picture of how the secret US establishment (largely operating through the Skull & Bones secret society) uses the Hegelian dialectic (create thesis & antithesis to control synthesis) to create, manage and perpetuate conflict.Dr. Antony Sutton was a research scholar at Stanford University's Hoover... more
Dr. Antony Sutton was a research scholar at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.
Through his scientific historical research he saw the bigger picture of how the secret US establishment (largely operating through the Skull & Bones secret society) uses the Hegelian dialectic (create thesis & antithesis to control synthesis) to create, manage and perpetuate conflict.
PS. Video quality is bad, but it doesn't matter. 1 of the most powerful interviews ever.Dr. Antony Sutton was a research scholar at Stanford University's Hoover... more
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*HOW THE CIA TRAINED, FUNDED AND PROTECTED BIN LADEN *THAT IMPEACHMENT LAWYER DAVID SCHIPPERS WARNED CONGRESS AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE IMPENDING TERRORISTS ATTACKS . (THE FILM INCLUDES AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH SCHIPPERS ON THE ALEX JONES SHOW JUST 2 WEEKS AFTER THE ATTACKS. SCHIPPERS HAS SINCE BEEN THREATENED WITH ARREST IF HE CONTINUES TO SPEAK OUT, AND IS BEGGING THE MEDIA AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO GET THIS STORY OUT)
* HOW THE RECENTLY DECLASSIFIED TOP-SECRET NORTHWOODS DOCUMENT WRITTEN BY THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF LAID OUT PLANS TO BOMB WASHINGTON AND TO HIJACK AIRPLANES AS A PRETEXT FOR WAR *BILL CLINTON'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING AND HOW IT WAS CARRIED OUT BY INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES TO BE BLAMED ON THE RIGHT-WING
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A failed coup attempt…a British mercenary in a notorious African prison…a dictator suspicious of Western powers…and beneath it all, a spectacular underwater oil reserve that the world’s major powers would love to get their hands on.
It may sound like the latest John LeCarré bestseller, but in fact it’s the real-life intrigue of Once Upon a Coup, WIDE ANGLE’s penetrating look at the mysterious goings-on in Equatorial Guinea, a tiny West African nation newly rich with oil and infamous for corruption. The story begins in 2004, when a group of mercenaries, including a British ex-special forces officer named Simon Mann, is arrested in Zimbabwe. Equatorial Guinea’s president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, accuses them of plotting a coup against him. When Mann is sentenced to 34 years in Equatorial Guinea’s notorious Black Beach prison, he claims to be only one piece of an international plot to control the country’s vast oil resources. Once Upon a Coup travels the globe to unravel that plot, which stretches from Africa to the U.K., from a prime minister’s son to Zimbabwean arms dealers, from South Africa to Spain.
But as this all plays out, another actor is bidding for a share of the oil: China. The Chinese government has showered the country with glittering new buildings and a new administrative capital. If President Obiang has grown skeptical of Western intentions, he has welcomed China as a new business partner. Starting with a small West African nation and stretching around the globe, Once Upon a Coup sheds light on the uncomfortable realities of oil politics in the 21st century.A failed coup attempt…a British mercenary in a notorious African... more
Turkey's army has warned of a "serious" situation after 40 senior military figures were arrested over an alleged plot to topple the government.
All top generals and admirals met at the military headquarters to evaluate the investigation, the military said.
Police were questioning the suspects over the so-called "sledgehammer" plot which reportedly dates back to 2003.
Former heads of the air force and navy were among those detained in raids in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir.
The men arrested include the former air force chief Ibrahim Firtina, former navy chief Ozden Ornek, and several other generals and colonels, both serving and retired, Turkish media outlets reported.
General Ilker Basbug, the head of the army, dismissed the allegations, insisting coups in Turkey are a thing of the past.
The army has overthrown or forced the resignation of four governments since 1960 - the last time in 1997.
The investigation follows reports published in the liberal Taraf newspaper, which said it had discovered documents detailing a 2003 plot to bomb two Istanbul mosques and provoke Greece into shooting down a Turkish plane over the Aegean Sea.
The aim of the operation was allegedly to undermine the Turkish government and justify a coup.
The army has said the plans were actually part of a planning exercise at a military seminar, and not a coup plot.
The alleged plot is similar, and possibly linked, to the reported Ergenekon conspiracy, in which military figures and other staunch secularists allegedly planned to foment unrest, leading to a coup.
Dozens of people are already on trial in connection with that case.
Many Turks regard the cases as the latest stage in an ongoing power struggle between Turkey's secular nationalist establishment and the governing AK Party.
The AK Party has its roots in political Islam, and is accused by some nationalists of having secret plans to turn staunchly secular Turkey into an Islamic state.
The government rejects those claims, saying its intention is to modernise Turkey and move it closer to European Union membership.Turkey's army has warned of a "serious" situation after 40 senior... more
Reports are coming out of the African republic of Niger that a coup d'etat is underway.
""Details remain sparse, but sporadic gunshots have continued to be heard in and around the presidential palace for some time," said a statement from the [Niger] embassy.
"Reports reaching us suggest that both the president and the Cabinet ministers who were with him at the time are safe and well," the statement said.
Other media reports, however, said President Mamadou Tandja was missing."
Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/africa/02/18/niger.coup/Reports are coming out of the African republic of Niger that a coup d'etat is... more
Cass Sunstein has long been one of Barack Obama's closest confidants. Often mentioned as a likely Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, Sunstein is currently Obama's head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs where, among other things, he is responsible for "overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs." In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-"independent" advocates to "cognitively infiltrate" online groups and websites -- as well as other activist groups -- which advocate views that Sunstein deems "false conspiracy theories" about the government. This would be designed to increase citizens' faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists. The paper's abstract can be read, and the full paper downloaded, here.
Sunstein advocates that the Government's stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into "chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups." He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called "independent" credible voices to bolster the Government's messaging (on the ground that those who don't believe government sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear independent while secretly acting on behalf of the Government). This program would target those advocating false "conspiracy theories," which they define to mean: "an attempt to explain an event or practice by reference to the machinations of powerful people, who have also managed to conceal their role." Sunstein's 2008 paper was flagged by this blogger, and then amplified in an excellent report by Raw Story's Daniel Tencer.
There's no evidence that the Obama administration has actually implemented a program exactly of the type advocated by Sunstein, though in light of this paper and the fact that Sunstein's position would include exactly such policies, that question certainly ought to be asked. Regardless, Sunstein's closeness to the President, as well as the highly influential position he occupies, merits an examination of the mentality behind what he wrote. This isn't an instance where some government official wrote a bizarre paper in college 30 years ago about matters unrelated to his official powers; this was written 18 months ago, at a time when the ascendancy of Sunstein's close friend to the Presidency looked likely, in exactly the area he now oversees. Additionally, the government-controlled messaging that Sunstein desires has been a prominent feature of U.S. Government actions over the last decade, including in some recently revealed practices of the current administration, and the mindset in which it is grounded explains a great deal about our political class. All of that makes Sunstein's paper worth examining in greater detail.
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Initially, note how similar Sunstein's proposal is to multiple, controversial stealth efforts by the Bush administration to secretly influence and shape our political debates. The Bush Pentagon employed teams of former Generals to pose as "independent analysts" in the media while secretly coordinating their talking points and messaging about wars and detention policies with the Pentagon. Bush officials secretly paid supposedly "independent" voices, such as Armstrong Williams and Maggie Gallagher, to advocate pro-Bush policies while failing to disclose their contracts. In Iraq, the Bush Pentagon hired a company, Lincoln Park, which paid newspapers to plant pro-U.S. articles while pretending it came from Iraqi citizens.
More at the link:Cass Sunstein has long been one of Barack Obama's closest confidants. Often... more
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http://www.inaltreparole.net/en/world/haitistoria140110.htmlThe Republic of Haiti was born from a rebellion of slaves. The brutal plundering of... more