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See what happens when our president lets some steam off in the club. It's nice to have a president with some...soul. Brought to you by: lackofbrains.comSee what happens when our president lets some steam off in the club. It's nice to... more
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
How the U.S. Uses Globalization to Cheat Poor Countries Out of Trillions
By John Perkins
In his first book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins told the story of his work as a highly paid consultant hired to strong-arm leaders into creating policy favorable to the US government and corporations, what he calls the "corporatocracy." John Perkins says he helped the US cheat poor countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars by lending them more money than they could possibly repay and then taking over their economies.Confessions of an Economic Hit Man How the U.S. Uses Globalization to Cheat Poor... more
Dahr Jamail's new book, The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, is now available for pre-order.
Pre-order book here http://tinyurl.com/cnlgyu
Refusing to Comply
The Tactics of Resistance in an All-Volunteer Military
By Dahr Jamail
[Research support for this article was provided by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute.]
On May 1st at Fort Hood in central Texas, Specialist Victor Agosto wrote on a counseling statement, which is actually a punitive U.S. Army memo:
“There is no way I will deploy to Afghanistan. The occupation is immoral and unjust. It does not make the American people any safer. It has the opposite effect.”
Ten days later, he refused to obey a direct order from his company commander to prepare to deploy and was issued a second counseling statement. On that one he wrote, “I will not obey any orders I deem to be immoral or illegal.” Shortly thereafter, he told a reporter, “I’m not willing to participate in this occupation, knowing it is completely wrong. It’s a matter of what I’m willing to live with.”
Agosto had already served in Iraq for 13 months with the 57th Expeditionary Signal Battalion. Currently on active duty at Fort Hood, he admits, “It was in Iraq that I turned against the occupations. I started to feel very guilty. I watched contractors making obscene amounts of money. I found no evidence that the occupation was in any way helping the people of Iraq. I know I contributed to death and human suffering. It’s hard to quantify how much I caused, but I know I contributed to it.”Dahr Jamail's new book, The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq... more
Bound, blindfolded and beaten - by Israeli troops:
Children among Palestinian detainees abused during West Bank operation, according to soldiers' confessionsBound, blindfolded and beaten - by Israeli troops: Children among Palestinian... more
Zionist war crimes in Gaza exposed
This video tells the inside story of Gaza war crimes. It is in the form of a memorandum addressed to Judge Richard Goldstone, the South African Jewish jurisprudent who heads the UN appointed Gaza fact findign mission. In it you will see how the Palestinians are full of the love of life and humanity, and their plans for peace with the Jews. If you are thinking of giving money to support humanitarian aid to Gaza, joining a demonstration to end the Gaza siege, or joining an Israel boycott initiative, you need to see this film, so you have all the facts about the Zionist persecution of Palestinians. Don't miss it.
Click the link if you cannot see the embedded video below:
Gaza War Crimes Memorandum http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx-CW3UKoIgZionist war crimes in Gaza exposed... more
Bloggers Question taken by White House
How a Blogger’s News Conference Query Came About
By PETER BAKER
An orchestrated move to take a question from a blogger has prompted a debate about White House news conference protocol.
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/06/26/us/politics/baker190.jpgBloggers Question taken by White House How a Blogger’s News Conference... more
Jun 24, 2009 22:46
UN's Gaza war crimes probe to screen hearings live
The United Nations team which is investigating alleged war crimes committed during Operation Cast Lead, last January, announced on Wednesday that it would broadcast the hearings it plans to hold with Palestinian and Israeli victims live.
The team, led by veteran war crimes investigator Richard Goldstone, will hold the hearings in Gaza City on Sunday and Monday, UN officials said.
Spokeswoman Doune Porter said that the hearings would be broadcast and the media would be allowed to view them from a separate room.
She said Wednesday that the team also would hold hearings in Geneva on July 6-7 under the same conditions.Jun 24, 2009 22:46 UN's Gaza war crimes probe to screen hearings live... more
New York Times reporter Steven Kinzer in his book All Shah’s Men, reveals how the CIA destabilized and overthrew the democratically elected government of Dr. Mosaddeq. How it was done? Here is the transcript of the first few minutes of Kinzer’s interview.
1. STEVEN KINZER: The story of how the C.I.A. overthrew the government of Iran in 1953 is really an object lesson in how easy it is for a rich and powerful country to throw a poor and weak country into chaos.
2. The C.I.A. sent one of its most adept operatives, Kermit Roosevelt, the grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, to Iran with the mission of organizing the overthrow of the government.
3. One reason I was so interested in writing this book is that I have always asked myself, how do you go about overthrowing a government? What do you do? Suppose that you are sent to a country with that mission. What do you do on the first day? How do you start and then what do you do? Well, now I know.
4. Kermit Roosevelt set about trying to create chaos in Iran. He was able to do that very quickly by a series of means.
5. The first thing he did was, he started bribing members of parliament and leaders of small political parties that were a part of Mosaddeq’s political coalition. Pretty soon the public started to see the Mosaddeq’s coalition splitting apart and people denouncing him on the floor of parliament.
6. The next thing Roosevelt did was start bribing newspaper editors, owners and columnists and reporters. Within a couple of weeks, he had 80% of the newspapers in Tehran on his payroll and they were grinding out every kind of lie attacking Mosaddeq.
7. The next thing Roosevelt did was start bribing religious leaders. Soon, at Friday prayers, the Mullahs were denouncing Mosaddeq as an atheist enemy of Islam.
8. Roosevelt also bribed members of police units and low-ranking military officers to be ready with their units on the crucial day.
9. In what I think was really his master stroke, he hired the leaders of a bunch of street gangs in Tehran, and he used them to help create the impression that the rule of law had totally disintegrated in Iran. He actually at one point hired a gang to run through the streets of Tehran, beating up any pedestrian they found, breaking shop windows, firing their guns into mosques, and yelling—“We love Mosaddeq and communism.” This would naturally turn any decent citizen against him.
10. He didn’t stop there. He hired a second mob to attack the first mob, to give people the impression that there was no police presence and order had completely disintegrated. So, within just a few weeks, this one agent operating with a large sum of cash and a network of contacts and various elements of society, had taken what was a fairly stable country and thrown it into complete upheaval.
As you see the parliament was no longer a legitimate parliament. Everyone had become a fifth column. While Roosevelt had remained in the shadow, Mosaddeq knew that the integrity of the parliament and the press had been undermined. How could people who supported him start all of a sudden attacking him? Would an election in such time been legitimate? Was the parliament legitimate? Mosaddeq was a patiort and he did the right thing.
Therefore comparing Dr. Mosaddeq with Hussni Mubarak and Indira Gandhi betrays the lack of knowledge of the subject about which Dr. Klinghoffer opines.
You can read more about it here http://www.democracynow.org/2004/3/5/how_to_overthrow_a_government_ptNew York Times reporter Steven Kinzer in his book All Shah’s Men, reveals how... more
Murder On The Streets Of Tehran
Basij Shots to Death a Young Woman
At 19:05 June 20th - Place: Karekar Ave., at the corner crossing Khosravi St. and Salehi st. A young woman who was standing aside with her father watching the protests was shot by a basij member hiding on the rooftop of a civilian house. - Warning - Video should only be viewed by a mature audience.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22876.htmMurder On The Streets Of Tehran Basij Shots to Death a Young Woman Video At 19:05... more
From 1961 to 1971, the U.S. military sprayed Vietnam with Agent Orange, which contained large quantities of Dioxin, in order to defoliate the trees for military objectives. Dioxin is one of the most dangerous chemicals known to man. It has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a carcinogen (causes cancer) and by the American Academy of Medicine as a teratogen (causes birth defects).
Between 2.5 and 4.8 million people were exposed to Agent Orange. 1.4 billion hectares of land and forest - approximately 12 percent of the land area of Vietnam - were sprayed.
The Vietnamese who were exposed to the chemical have suffered from cancer, liver damage, pulmonary and heart diseases, defects to reproductive capacity, and skin and nervous disorders. Children and grandchildren of those exposed have severe physical deformities, mental and physical disabilities, diseases, and shortened life spans. The forests and jungles in large parts of southern Vietnam have been devastated and denuded. They may never grow back and if they do, it will take 50 to 200 years to regenerate. Animals that inhabited the forests and jungles have become extinct, disrupting the communities that depended on them. The rivers and underground water in some areas have also been contaminated. Erosion and desertification will change the environment, contributing to the warming of the planet and dislocation of crop and animal life.
The U.S. government and the chemFrom 1961 to 1971, the U.S. military sprayed Vietnam with Agent Orange, which... more
No one should be surprised or even raise an eyebrow over Netanyahu’s speech this past Saturday regarding his policies with the Palestinians. True to his cunning nature, Netanyahu played the semantics game by appearing to be accepting the ‘Palestinian state” as declared by President Obama in his Cairo speech. In actuality, Netanyahu accepted a resemblance of state or a virtual state within the Israeli illegal occupation system that will function more like a Zulu state in former South Africa Apartheid state.No one should be surprised or even raise an eyebrow over Netanyahu’s speech this... more
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) -- President Barack Obama's controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, blamed "them Jews" in an interview this week for keeping him from speaking to the president, but later apologized.
Wright, the former pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ, said he hasn't spoken to Obama since he became president.
"Them Jews ain't going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office," Wright told the Daily Press of Newport News following a Tuesday night sermon at the 95th annual Hampton University Ministers' Conference.
"They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is. ... I said from the beginning: He's a politician; I'm a pastor. He's got to do what politicians do."
The White House declined to comment to the Associated Press on Thursday on Wright's remarks.HAMPTON, Va. (AP) -- President Barack Obama's controversial former pastor, the... more
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran:
Obama envoy raises possibility of U.S. strike on Iran:
Should Iran's leaders come to believe that "Iran's economic lifeline is going to be cut and the oil revenues are going to dry up, they may well decide that the nuclear program is not worth the cost," they wrote.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1092238.htmlManufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Obama envoy raises possibility of U.S.... more
NATO to send 10,000 extra troop to Afghanistan:
NATO Defense Ministers agreed here Friday to send extra troops to Afghanistan for security during upcoming elections and to continue anti-piracy naval operation off the coast of Somalia.
http://snipurl.com/k04xqNATO to send 10,000 extra troop to Afghanistan: NATO Defense Ministers agreed here... more
Does This Look Like Victory?
Starving Afghan Family Displaced by US Airstrike
Must watch One Minute Video
Exclusive footage from the recent US airstrikes in Afghanistan provides a sobering look at the dire situation on the ground.
One Minute Video
Exclusive footage from the recent US airstrikes in Afghanistan provides a sobering look at the dire situation on the ground. http://rethinkafghanistan.com/cc2.php
Posted June 12, 2009Does This Look Like Victory? Starving Afghan Family Displaced by US Airstrike... more
Of all the madness Israel is a huge part of, of all the problem they face, of all the issues they cause Israel has a problem with the way our President sits in his own office. F- them, F- them and the tiny piece of land they occupy. How many problems would be solved instantaneously if we simply switched our allegiance openly to the Palestinians. In the Arab world the enemy of my enemy is my friend. I'm thinking our security issues along with our energy problems and most likely or economic woes would all be fixed in one simple deft maneuver. Seriously, if the President of the United States and the only reason you still exist as a nation wants to get comfy in the confines of his own office get him a pillow and shut the hell up.Of all the madness Israel is a huge part of, of all the problem they face, of all the... more
Israel set for blizzard of war crimes charges
Tel Aviv has 936 lawsuits against them for Gaza assault
Israel was set to face an avalanche of war crimes lawsuits from Palestinian lawyers who accused Tel Aviv of dozens of crimes five months after its three week assault on the Gaza Strip, the German daily Der Spiegel reported Saturday.
A group of Palestinian lawyers filed 936 lawsuits against Israel's Defense Forces (IDF) and the cases will soon be heard in Spain's National Court under universal jurisdiction, Iyad al-Alami, head of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), said.
PCHR's attorneys are collecting evidence of human rights violations and war crimes committed against unarmed civilians.Israel set for blizzard of war crimes charges Tel Aviv has 936 lawsuits against... more
Oil, Islam, and Gender
April 22, 2008
Women have made less progress towards gender equality in the Middle East than in any other region. Many observers claim this is due to the region's Islamic traditions. Michael Ross argues, on the contrary, that oil production has caused women to lag behind in many other countries, including Nigeria, Venezuela, and Russia. In other words, oil - not Islam - is harmful for women in the Middle East.
Michael Ross is an Associate Professor of Political Science, Chairman of the International Development Studies Interdepartmental Program at UCLA, and the Acting Director of the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in 1996. His research deals with political economy, democratization, natural resources, and poverty in the developing world - particularly (but not exclusively) in Southeast Asia. His main project is a book on the "resource curse" that explains why countries with lots of natural resource wealth tend to do worse than countries without resource wealth. His most recent publication is Timber Booms and Institutional Breakdown in Southeast Asia (Cambridge, 2001).Oil, Islam, and Gender April 22, 2008 Women have made less progress towards gender... more