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As you will see ... this is a truly a separate reality… ( And I thought what goes on in DC was bizarre…. ) I guess that both Pyongyang and DC both have their very own special kind of... Egocentric-power-hungry-rule-the-world-type-of-Magic.!!! ~
Tell me if I am wrong... but, doesn't it seem that there are, many parallels with the goals and direction that the Government of North Korea has in common with our own Government here in the USA?
(1) It seems both countries both have out of control Military Industrial Arms Complex Budgets.
(2) In North Korea to pay for all those Weapons and their Army ~ they just starve their Citizens…..
(3) And OMG !!!!! look at what's on the chopping block over here!!! Entitlements and forced Austerity of all our citizens coming soon to you !!!
How odd.... Such strange bed fellows? But when it comes to the bottom line... I am 100% sure the corporate industrialist war machine here in the USA $$$ really think that the Business model of North Korea is something to be admired…
Hey, maybe Schmitt and Richardson were over there to get pointers on new ways on how to screw the US Citizens?
Just a thought….
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~As you will see ... this is a truly a separate reality… ( And I thought what... more
Major General Smedley Butler became a warrior for peace.
THREE-QUARTERS of global arms exports were supplied by just five countries between 2006 and 2010, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), a think-tank. The volume of such exports rose by almost 25% compared with 2001-05. SIPRI counts the deliveries of large conventional weapons, each of which is assigned a value according to cost, strategic importance and other criteria. The two biggest importers of arms over the past five years, India and China, both bought over 80% of their weapons from Russia. The third- and fourth-biggest importers, South Korea and Pakistan, favoured American-made items.
http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/03/global_arms_exports&fsrc=nwlTHREE-QUARTERS of global arms exports were supplied by just five countries between... more
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As doubtless every website on the planet will be running this today, I thought I would at least jump into it by offering my original recording of it. Regardless, it's the atmosphere surrounding this speech and of course the irony that, on the one hand we're celebrating the life of a man of peace with Martin Luther King Day while acknowledging our world is just as screwed up as it ever was - and maybe more so. Sometimes you just wonder . . .As doubtless every website on the planet will be running this today, I thought I would... more
By ISRAEL SHAMIR
In Part One of my report last weekend here on the CounterPunch site I showed that the US was secretly funnelling money into Belarus to fund the unelected opposition. Previously, the claim had been routinely denied. Now we have sterling proof. It is engraved in a confidential cable from a US Embassy to the State Department. It is undeniable.
That is, if you found the cable and were able to understand it.
And you happened to understand the political background of the cable.
The cables are raw data. Not as raw as Afghan Diaries, the previous coup of Wikileaks, but still quite raw. They are written in obscure state department lingo; much of the story is implied, as the cables were composed for colleagues and definitely not for strangers. They simply have to be explained, interpreted, annotated and then finally delivered to the reader. Dumping raw cables onto the web would not do: you’d never find the relevant cables and probably you wouldn’t be able to understand its significance even if you did find it.
The main job of a newspaper or news website is to process raw data and transmit it to a reader. This work requires an experienced and highly qualified staff. Not every newspaper or website has such resources, and none of the independent sites can compete with the mainstream outlets for readership. If all the cables were published in a local newspaper in Oklahoma or Damascus, who would read them? In order to get our news to you, our reader, we are forced to make use of the dreaded mainstream media.
That is why Julian Assange chose to partner with a few important Western liberal newspapers of the mainstream media. Let us make it perfectly clear that we understand that all mainstream media are at their heart embedded; in bed with the Pentagon, the CIA, with Wall Street and all its counterparts. Let us also make it clear that we understand that not every journalist on the staff of The Guardian, Le Monde or The NY Times is a crooked enforcer of imperialist ideology; no, not even every editor. We do understand that not everyone is willing to sacrifice their career to field a story that will attract storms of protest. From this point of view, the difference between the soft liberal and the hardline imperialist media is one of style only.
For instance, if they plan to attack Afghanistan, the hardline Fox News would simply demand a high-profile strike against the sand rats, while the liberal Guardian would publish a Polly Toynbee piece bewailing the bitter fate of Afghani women. The bottom line is the same: war.
Modern embedded media constitute the most powerful weapon of our rulers. The modern Russian writer Victor Pelevin succinctly explained their modus operandi: "The embedded media does not care about the content and does not attempt to control it; they just add a drop of poison to the stream in the right moment."
Furthermore, they skilfully arrange the information in order to mislead us. The headline might scream MURDER MOST FOUL but the article describes an unavoidable accident. We do not look beyond the headline, but the headline has been written by the editor and not the journalist who penned the article. Twitter is nothing but a mess of headlines; we are being trained to think in terms of slogans.
In the case of Belarus, the Guardian published three cables the day before elections in order to maximize the exposure and to influence the results of the election. One of the headlines, published on December 18, 2010 said: “WikiLeaks: Lukashenka’s [sic] fortune estimated at 9 billion USD”. It was a very misleading headline. Wikileaks made no claims about Lukashenko’s wealth. Read the entire article, and you will find that it was nothing more than a US embassy employee who had heard a rumor and transmitted it to the State Department. Only in the second to last sentence of the article do they mention that the cable admits: “the embassy employee couldn’t verify the sources [sic!] or accuracy of the information”.
So a corrected headline would read: “Wikileaks reveals: US diplomats spread unverifiable rumors about Lukashenko’s personal wealth.” But the Guardian made it appear as if it was Wikileaks itself that made the claim.
Let us suppose that one day Wikileaks will publish cables from the Russian Embassy in Washington to Moscow Centre. Shall we expect to see in the Guardian a screaming headline like: "WikiLeaks: The Mossad behind 9/11!!"
Isn’t it more likely we would be soberly told: “Wikileaks reveals that Russian diplomats in Washington report the persistent rumors on Israeli involvement in 9/11”?
Another cable on Belarus published on the same day was headlined: “US embassy cables: Belarus president justifies violence against opponents”. Again, a misleading headline, and again the majority will never read beyond it. In reality, this very interesting report contains the debriefing of the Estonian Foreign Minister after his long chat with President Lukashenko. The most interesting factoid was deliberately not highlighted in the article: Lukashenko told the Estonian visitor that the opposition in Belarus would never unite, and only existed “to live off western grants.” When you read the article, your eye gravitates to the highlighted section, skipping the valuable information just above. In fact, the highlighted section itself says nothing about justifying violence against opponents. The text says something completely different: “Lukashenko stated the opposition should expect to get hurt when they attack the riot police”. Again, it is sterling truth: in every country, people who attack riot police end up getting hurt. In Israel they also get shot, but that’s another story.
Thus the Guardian made use of Wikileaks in order to influence Belarus voters and Western audiences, and prepare them for an Election Day riot.
So here we are: in order to get valuable data to the people, Julian Assange had to make a deal with the devil: the mainstream media. It was most natural for him to deal with the liberal flank of the mainstream, for the hardliners would not even touch it. But since the liberal papers are also embedded, they freely distort the cables by attaching misleading headlines and misquoting from the text.
For me, a Guardian reader since I worked at the BBC in the mid-1970s, it is painful to say that the Guardian has become an impostor. This paper pretends to provide the thinking liberal and socialist people of England with true information; but at the moment of truth, the Guardian, like a good Blairite, will switch sides.
Next, the Guardian apparently decided to destroy Wikileaks after using it. The Moor did his job, the Moor may go. The Guardian’s embedded editors, understanding full well that the Wikileaks crew won’t be tamed or subverted, are preparing a book called The Rise and Fall of Wikileaks. It’s not quite released yet; they have still to arrange for the fall.
This will be done in two ways.
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http://www.counterpunch.org/shamir01052011.htmlBy ISRAEL SHAMIR
In Part One of my report last weekend here on the CounterPunch... more
Military spending, collapse of US empire (VIDEO)
When is the American media and this government going to stop lying to the people as to why we are really in Afghanistan?When is the American media and this government going to stop lying to the people as to... more
Delay, Deny and Hope That I Die. Sounds a promising title for a piece on the despicable scandal that is the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs (DVA). “Two wars and a recession have significantly increased the claims handled by the U.S. Dept. of Veteran's Affairs, slowing the large bureaucracy and frustrating many veterans,” reads the teaser. But watching the 60 Minutes segment, it looks like the piece got shut down, carefully crafted not to either name names or point to systemic failures other than vague references to culture and claims and some wars that had begun somehow.
If 60 Minutes looks like it lost its punch, not to mention rigorous fact checking, it’s because it has. What could have been a blockbuster was reduced to a limited hangout. The DVA was created and planned to fail. Does anyone really think you can wage war and pay for the damages?
The target of the piece, the DVA, is worthy of many hits, but 60 Mintues seems to have gotten into the protection racket. The military-industrial complex is safe and sound, but veterans are still screwed.;segmentUtilities
Delay, Deny and Hope That I Die. Sounds a promising title for a... more
From the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, OCA has been tracking the opportunities for Monsanto, a well-known war profiteer (Agent Orange, Vietnam), to take advantage of the current occupations. These include pushing glyphosate (Monsanto's Roundup herbicide) for poppy eradication in Afghanistan and opening the Iraqi market to the patenting of plants and seeds while preventing farmers from saving registered seed varieties.
As Vanity Fair reported last year, "In Iraq, the groundwork has been laid to protect the patents of Monsanto and other G.M.-seed companies. One of L. Paul Bremer’s last acts as head of the Coalition Provisional Authority was an order stipulating that 'farmers shall be prohibited from re-using seeds of protected varieties.' Monsanto has said that it has no interest in doing business in Iraq, but should the company change its mind, the American-style law is in place."
In fact, Monsanto has already been doing business in Iraq. According to a 2004 USAID Transition Plan for the Agriculture Sector in Iraq, "All the major international players in the pesticide field are now present in Iraq: Dow (USA), Syngenta (Swiss), Dupont (USA), Bayer (Germany), Monsanto (USA), Novartis, FMC (USA), Dupont and Uniroyal, BSF and Cynamide."
Monsanto's latest opportunity to do business in the US's occupied territories has been created by the National Guard's "Agri-Business Development Teams." The Missouri National Guard, which has maintained Agri-Business Development Teams in Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan since fall 2007, hosted Safi Mohammed Hussein, agriculture director of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, on a recent visit to Missouri. While in St. Louis, Safi toured the headquarters of biotech giant Monsanto.From the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, OCA has been tracking the... more
Watch and Discuss...
So easily said...and in this day dismissed or lost forever from inaction....
we've known this deep in our hearts why are so many people unwilling to open their eyesWatch and Discuss...
So easily said...and in this day dismissed or lost forever... more
i am new to politics and this article gave me a great overview of American Foreign Policy without making me feel like a total dummy. in the article, John Pilger breaks it down, country by country, and illustrates how Obama COULD bring the Hope and Change he promised AND put an end to America's reputation as the World's Biggest PRICK, IF he wasn't owned and operated by the same old ruling elite, who brought us the catastroph_ck we once called the American Dream.
John Pilger is a world-renowned journalist, author and documentary filmmaker, who began his career in 1958 in his homeland, Australia, before moving to London in the 1960s.
He regards eye-witness as the essence of good journalism. He has been a foreign correspondent and a front-line war reporter, beginning with the Vietnam war in 1967. He is an impassioned critic of foreign military and economic adventures by Western governments.
Obama and the Empire:
Democracy Now! interview: John Pilger on the Obama Foreign Policy
http://www.johnpilger.com/i am new to politics and this article gave me a great overview of American Foreign... more
The Real News foreign policy panel discusses Obama's relationship to the military-industrial complex.
Live from Washington DC, Real News Senior Editor Paul Jay sat down with columnist Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report, investigative journalist Gareth Porter, and Nina Hachigian of the Center for American Progress. In part two of that discussion, the panel discusses Obama.
See Part 1 at:
.The Real News foreign policy panel discusses Obama's relationship to the... more
Sears has entered into a first-ever deal with the United States Military to market a new line of officially sanctioned, military-styled clothing to men, women and boys. The military has officially licensed a "soldier chic" line of clothing to Sears called the "All American Army Brand First Infantry Division" collection. The garb, to be launched in 550 Sears stores in October -- just in time for the holiday season -- consists of "authentic lifestyle reinterpretations" of regulation uniforms and military-issued gear like T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, denim and other outerwear. The partnership is part of a marketing strategy to raise the public profile of the U.S. military.
This should eliminate that inefficient "changing time" between when you get drafted and get deployed. Sears has entered into a first-ever deal with the United States Military to market a... more
In classic economic terms, an economy ought to create enough surplus wealth to grow without resorting to excess borrowing–we ought to be able to live on what we earn. But since 1983, we have been unable to do that. So what differentiates the American economy from the rest of the developed world since 1983? The only rational answer is in the chart below which demonstrates how far beyond any possible rival our military budgets have travelled. The fact that the DOD’s own inventory of worldwide bases is more than 189 pages long cannot lead one to any other conclusion than the American taxpayer is supporting the infrastructure of empire.In classic economic terms, an economy ought to create enough surplus wealth to grow... more
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Yes, the movie is entertaining but it's important to consider its politics too.
After reading this report of Barack Obama's own words regarding military expansion, pre-emptive war, nuclear policy, and terrorism and his own quotes in debates, I am really beginning to think that the "change" he talks about is the status quo hidden under pretty words. I already know the Clintons are part of that status quo as McCain is as well, but I expected different from someone who claims to be progressive.
To many however, Barack Obama is a new face they are flocking to without even caring to delve deep enough into the words to get their true meanings. Well, after eight years of the deception, lies, and crimes of the Bush regime I am looking into the words and frankly, I'm not liking all I see. What I see is business as usual and it is so frustrating to think that we may have no choice but to go along.
Consider this quote of his from the linked article: “To defeat al Qaeda, I will build a twenty-first-century military and twenty-first-century partnerships as strong as the anticommunist alliance that won the Cold War to stay on the offense everywhere from Djibouti to Kandahar.” How is this different from the current policy? So I think the overriding question to this is: will this policy be accepted if continued and if so, why? Why would we approve of expanding this military even more when this country already has the largest military budget in the world? And, would this expansion include nuclear?
* Also, the title of this entry is the title of the article, it is not mine, nor is the picture. I am currently not supporting any candidate, but am truly concerned that regardless of party we may not see the change we need to see regarding finally ending the war mentality that has dessimated our constitution, our economy, and our environment. After reading this report of Barack Obama's own words regarding military... more
Santa's coat is red, and I think I know why...
"A Christmas wish that Christ's great love,
His grace and goodness too,
May fill your heart and bless you now
and all the whole year through
May the Lord Jesus truly bless you during this wonderful season
as you rejoice with family and friends"
Merry Blackwater Christmas everyone.
Santa's coat is red, and I think I know why...
"A Christmas wish that... more
WHY are we building new military bases in these countries? What message does that send? If countries started building their bases in this country the people would be up in arms. Why the double standard and why are Democrats in this Congress passing these bills allowing for this military industrial complex mentality to continue? Have they learned NOTHING from the past? And they expect people around the world to believe this country is peaceful? I am with the people of Italy on this one. WHY are we building new military bases in these countries? What message does that... more
This freeky looking space man is actually a British fighter pilot testing the helmet for our new F-35. It's got some nifty tricks that should stream down to the consumer market soon. Got run, this guys giving me flashbacks of Black Rock City.This freeky looking space man is actually a British fighter pilot testing the helmet... more