MONITORING THE AGE OF DARKNESS, IGNORANCE, GREED AND STUPIDITY,
& THE ZIONIST WAR FOR GLOBAL DOMINANCE.
SETTING STRAIGHT THE RECORDS OF HISTORY
KALI YUGA REPORT 110917
1 - Gilad Atzmon : Egyptians Stormed Israeli Embassy, Other Nations Should Do The Same
2 - Shahram Vahdany : King of the Jews
3 - Gilad Atzmon : Israeli War Criminals Are Welcome in the U.K.
4 - Ramzy Baroud : The Gaza Story- Challenging History through Narration
5 - Sarkozy and Cameron in Tripoli : Scramble for control of Libya's oil wealth is on - Bill Van Auken
6 - Italy moves to secure its share of the booty in Libya - Marianne Arens
7 - Israel and the Upcoming Nuclear War, 184, The “Unthinkable” is Now Inevitable - Gordon Duff
8 - Chavez versus Obama : Facing Presidential Elections in 2012 - James Petras
9 - Poverty In America : A Special Report
10 - US Ambassador : Support for Israel drives all US policies - Alison Weir
11 - ISRAEL AND THE VOTE : Israelis Must Stop Netanyahu! - Gordon Duff
12 - Rejoice: The true beneficiaries of Libya's revolution -John Pilger
13 - What they don't tell you about Libya -Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
14 - NATO Planning New Terrorist Atrocity in Libya
15 - Jesse Ventura - Off Mic on 9/11 Conspiracy & other videos
16 - U.S. Ambassador to Syria in charge of recruiting Arab/Muslim death squads to fight government forces in Syria - Wayne Madsen,
17 - Protecting Americans? President Obama's Shameful Silence in the Face of Israel's Murder of a Young American - Dave Lindorff
18 - Broken wrists and arrests by Israeli military as farmers cultivate Beit Ummar
19 - 9/11/11: Orgy of Deception - Henry Makow Ph.D.
20 - Dare I say its name? - Nahida the Exiled Palestinian
21 - Palestinian Bedouins threatened with Ethnic Cleansing - Omar Radwan
22 - The Dark Side of "Soldier of Fortune" Magazine - Contract Killers and Mercenaries for Hire
23 - Death for Libyans, billions for the West - Garikai Chengu
24 - The Pentagon's New Power Elite : A Secret War in 120 Countries - NICK TURSE
25 - IHR News and Comment
26 - ARE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS WARMONGERS ? - Chuck Baldwin
27 - The Psychic Pronouncements of Zionist Jews
28 - Judaized Christianity: Front for New World Order - Sen. McCarthy
29 - Gardasil HPV vaccines found contaminated with recombinant DNA that persists in human blood - Mike Adams
30 - Merck vaccine scientist Dr. Maurice Hilleman admitted presence of SV40, AIDS and cancer viruses in vaccines - Mike Adams
31 - Former Malaysian PM : 'Bush lied about 9/11 terror attacks',
32 - Inside the Surveillance State : How Peaceful Activists Get Swept Up onto "Terrorist" Watch Lists - Nancy Murray/Kade Crockford
33 - What to Make of Sarah Palin's Alleged Cocaine Use - Tony Newman
34 - HOLOCAUST QUASI-RELIGION AS AN INSTRUMENT OF CULTURE WAR
35 - THE OVERLOOKED TRACE MINERAL ESSENTIAL TO YOUR HEALTH
36 - CRITICAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH : THE LIVER AND GALLBLADDER + LINKS TO OTHER HEALTH ARTICLES
Thanks to : Debbie Menon, Alex James, Vatic Project, "Information Clearing House'', Antiwar.com , DAILY CENSORED, VETERANS TODAY, REDRESS INFORMATION & ANALYSIS, PAK ALERT PRESS, INTIFADA PALESTINA, Global Research, Electronic Intifada, Sabbah Report, RADIO ISLAM, ET AL.
1 - Gilad Atzmon : Egyptians Stormed Israeli Embassy, Other Nations Should Do The Same
Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 6:53AM
Egyptians victorious attack on Israeli embassy in Cairo last night leads to a dramatic decision: Israeli Air Force plane returns ambassador, members of diplomatic staff and their families to Israel.
And I wonder, how long will it take before Americans, Brits, Germans, Indians, French, Chinese, Argentinians and others do the same.
The people of Egypt are proved to be far more responsible and ethical than their political leaders. The citizens of the world should follow.
There is no room for racist ethnic cleanser Israel amongst the nations.
Article originally appeared on Gilad Atzmon (http://www.gilad.co.uk/).
2 - Shahram Vahdany : King of the Jews
Saturday, September 10, 2011
The magical and yet extremely subtle gift that Gilad Atzmon offers through his personal journeys in The Wandering Who? is the wisdom of disillusionment; the gift of not floating above water, but having to take an insightful dive into a shrouded underworld of appearances and disappearances.
The Wandering Who?: intelligent, bold, unapologetic.
At a certain stage, around 2005, I thought to myself that I might be King of the Jews. I have achieved the unachievable, accomplished the impossible. I have managed to unite them all: Right, Left, and Centre. The entirety of the primarily-Jewish British political groups: the Zionists, the anti-Zionists, Jewish Socialists, Tribal Marxists, The Board of Deputies, Jewish Trotskyites, Jews for this and Jews for that, for the first time in history all spoke in one single voice. They all hated Gilad Atzmon equally.
Gilad begins his book, The Wandering Who? with a brief story of his childhood and the tremendous influence of his grandfather on his adolescence. He writes “my grandfather was a charismatic, poetic, veteran zionist terrorist. A former prominent commander in the right-wing Irgun terrorist organization …” He writes about his attraction to jazz, his enlistment in the IDF (Israel Defense Force), and finally being sent to the first Lebanon war. He writes of his experience in Lebanon saying:
I studied the detainees. The looked very different to the Palestinians in Jerusalem. The ones I saw in Ansar were angry. They were not defeated, they were freedom fighters and they were numerous. As we continued past the barbed wire I continued gazing at the inmates, and arrived at an unbearable truth: I was walking on the other side, in Israeli military uniform. The place was a concentration camp. The inmates were the ‘Jews’, and I was nothing but a ‘Nazi’. It took me years to admit to myself that even the binary opposition Jew/Nazi was in itself as result of my Judeo-centric indoctrination.
This becomes the focal point of the transformation in Gilad’s young character. He writes “This was enough for me. I realized that my affair with the Israeli state and with Zionism was over.” In TheWandering Who?, Gilad divides Jews into three main categories: (1), those who follow Judaism; (2), those who regard themselves as human beings who happen to be of Jewish origin; and (3), those who put their Jewishness over and above all of their other traits. He regards the first two categories as harmless and innocent groups of people. Gilad is not so kind to the third category, however. This group is the primary focus in his book. He goes beyond the what to the how and why. Like a forensic scientist, he dissects them piece by piece historically, economically, philosophically, psychologically, and politically.
Zionism: A Global Network
Israel is not a colonial power and does not function as such. Colonial powers form an equilibrium with the indigenous peoples whose land they occupy. They have a parasitic nature that knows their survival is based on cooperation with and even helping the indigenous peoples, albeit on a very minimum level. We have seen this with the colonization of India by the British, Algeria and Morocco by the French, and South Africa by Afrikana apartheid. Israel’s function is more that of a cancer that consumes its host resources until there is nothing left, consequently destroying itself as a result. As Farid Esack, a South African scholar, writer and political activist, known for his opposition to apartheid, says in his open letter to the Palestinian people, “Israel is not an apartheid, it’s worse.”
Gilad also writes:
Zionism is not a colonial movement with an interest in Palestine, as some scholars suggest. Zionism is actually a global movement that is fuelled by a unique tribal solidarity of third category members.
Zionism: Realm of Hungry Ghosts and Animals
By referring to hungry ghosts and animals the intention is not to dehumanize Zionists but is a reference, from a Buddhist teaching, to two of the six realms of existence, describing states of mind that human beings inhabit at any given time. The hungry ghost realm applies to those who are never satisfied, perpetually discontented no matter what they have. The animal realm refers to those without reason, who function solely by instinct and are incapable of identification with others. As Gilad put it:
Also, considering the racist, expansionist Judeo-centric nature of the Jewish State, the Diaspora Jew finds himself or herself intrinsically associated with a bigoted, enthnocentric ideology and an endless list of crimes against humanity.
Israel is the only country recognized by the United Nations without any roots in the land it occupies. In 1947, the newly formed United Nations brought a group of people from the four corners of the planet and located them in one place and called this ‘chicken soup’ the State of Israel. But more was needed in order to legitimize this newly made nation. They needed national history, which they conveniently borrowed from the Bible. It did not matter how fictional the Biblical story of Jews are. As Gilad put it, “the Jewish people is a made-up notion consisting of an imaginary past with very little to back it up forensically, historically, or textually.”
Zionists’ claim of Jewish ancestral homeland is echoed by the Christian right and Christian Zionists primarily in the historically ignorant United States population, 20% of whom still believe the earth is flat, and 55% regard evolution as a hoax. Furthermore, the majority of people in the U.S. accept the Bible as a historical and factual book.
The magical and yet extremely subtle gift that Gilad Atzmon offers through his personal journeys in The Wandering Who? is the wisdom of disillusionment; the gift of not floating above water, but having to take an insightful dive into a shrouded underworld of appearances and disappearances. He disarms his critics beforehand by saying: “I am a proud self-hating Jew”.
Although Gilad discusses an extremely sensitive phenomenon in every sense of its meaning and implications, nothing is taboo for him; even those subjects which have been expressly forbidden to explore lest one be labeled anti-Semitic or worse. Gilad recalls: “While in the past an anti-Semite was someone who hates Jews, nowadays it is the other way around, an anti-Semite is someone the Jews hate.”
Further on he writes about Holocaust as a religion:
To a certain extent, the Holocaust religion signals the final Jewish departure from monotheism, for every Jew is potentially a little God or Goddess. Abe Foxman is the God of anti-defamation, Alan Greenspan the God of ‘good economy’, Milton Friedman is the God of ‘free markets’, Lord Goldsmith the God of the ‘green light’, Lord Levy the God of fundraising, Paul Wolfowitz the God of US ‘moral interventionism’. AIPAC (the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee) is the American Olympus, where mortals elected in the US come to beg for mercy, forgiveness for being Goyim and for a bit of cash.
Whether or not one agrees with Atzmon’s views, his book would propel Jews and non-Jews equally toward a better understanding of Israel, Zionism, and Jewish identity, beyond news headlines or state propaganda. This book is the odyssey of one man’s transformation within transformation, the end of which is yet to be written.
You can now pre-order Gilad Atzmon's New Book on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk
3 - Gilad Atzmon : Israeli War Criminals Are Welcome in the U.K.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Earlier today Britain amended its universal jurisdiction law to the extent that Israeli war criminals can now enter the Kingdom without risk of arrest. British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould shamelessly called Israeli war criminal Tzipi Livni, against whom an arrest warrant was issued in 2009, and told her that the Queen has signed the amendment "to ensure that the UK’s justice system can no longer be abused for political reasons."
Ignoramus ambassador Gould should know that putting a war criminal behind bars is not a political matter, but an ethical necessity.
However, the amendment of the law is just another symptom of the Zion-ification of UK legal system and culture. I believe that the timing of this submissive dubious political decision couldn’t be more significant. This week a decade ago the English Speaking Empire adopted the Old Testament’s ‘eye for and eye’ (i.e. 'The War Against Terror') as its new official ideological mantra. Hence, it is far from being surprising that it is now following orders from Jerusalem.
If the West was once associated with Athens, it is clearly fixated by Jerusalem now. This is certainly a tragedy, yet not a Greek one.
4 - Ramzy Baroud : The Gaza Story- Challenging History through Narration
Friday, September 16, 2011
RAMZY BAROUD FOR FREIBURG CONFERENCE 11/9/11
To truly appreciate the situation in Gaza – whether the suffering, the struggle, or the steadfastness and the resistance – the Gaza story would have to be placed within its proper context, as an essentially Palestinian story, of historical and political dimensions that surpass the current geographic and political boundaries, demarcated by mainstream media and official narrators. The common failure to truly understand Gaza within an appropriate context is largely based on who is telling the story, how it is told, what is included and what is omitted.
Here is an alternative attempt at understanding.
When American historian Howard Zinn passed away on January 27, 2010, he left behind a legacy that redefined our relationship to history altogether.
Professor Zinn dared to challenge the way history was told and written. In fact he went as far as to defy the conventional construction of historical discourses through the pen of victor or of elites who earned the right of narration though their might, power and affluence.
This kind of history might be considered accurate insofar as it reflects a self-seeking and self-righteous interpretation of the world by a very small number of people. But it is also highly inaccurate when taking into account the vast majority of peoples everywhere.
The oppressor is the one who often articulates his relationship to the oppressed, the colonialist to the colonized, and the slave-master to the slave. The readings of such relationships are fairly predictable.
Even valiant histories that most of us embrace and welcome, such as those celebrating the legacy of human rights, equality and freedom left behind by Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela still tend to be selective at times. Martin Luther King’s vision might have prevailed, but some tend to limit their admiration to his ‘I have a dream’ speech. The civil rights hero was an ardent anti-war champion as well, but that is often relegated as non-essential history. Malcolm X is often dismissed altogether, despite the fact that his self-assertive words have reached the hearts and minds of millions of black people throughout the United States, and many more millions around the world. His speech was in fact so radical that it could not be ‘sanitized’ or reinterpreted in any controllable way. Mandela, the freedom fighter, is celebrated with endless accolades by the very foes that branded him a terrorist. Of course, his insistence on his people’s rights to armed struggle is not to be discussed. It is too flammable a subject to even mention at a time when anyone who dares wield a gun against the self-designated champions of ‘democracy’ gets automatically classified a terrorist.
Therefore, Zinn’s peoples’ histories of the United States and of the world have represented a milestone in historical narration.
As a Palestinian writer who is fond with such luminaries, I too felt the need to provide an alternative reading of history, in this case, Palestinian history. I envisioned, with much hesitation, a book that serves as a people’s history of Palestine. I felt that I have earned the right to present such a possible version of history, being the son of Palestinian refugees, who lost everything and were exiled to live dismal lives in a Gaza refugee camp. I am the descendant of ‘peasants’ – Fellahin – whose odyssey of pain, struggle, but also heroic resistance is constantly misrepresented, distorted, and at times overlooked altogether.
It was the death of my father (while under siege in Gaza) that finally compelled me to translate my yearning into a book. My Father was a Freedom Fighter, Gaza’s Untold Story offered a version of Palestinian history that was not told by an Israeli narrator – sympathetic or otherwise – and neither was it an elitist account, as often presented by Palestinian writers. The idea was to give a human face to all the statistics, maps and figures.
History cannot be classified by good vs. bad, heroes vs. villains, moderates vs. extremists. No matter how wicked, bloody or despicable, history also tends to follow rational patterns, predictable courses. By understanding the rationale behind historical dialectics, one can achieve more than a simple understanding of what took place in the past; it also becomes possible to chart fairly reasonable understanding of what lies ahead.
Perhaps one of the worse aspects of today’s detached and alienating media is its production of history - and thus characterization of the present - as based on simple terminology. This gives the illusion of being informative, but actually manages to contribute very little to our understanding of the world at large.
Such oversimplifications are dangerous because they produce an erroneous understanding of the world, which in turn compels misguided actions.
For these reasons, it is incumbent upon us to try to discover alternative meanings and readings of history. To start, we could try offering historical perspectives which try to see the world from the viewpoint of the oppressed – the refugees, the fellahin who have been denied, amongst many rights, the right to tell their own story.
This view is not a sentimental one. Far from it. An elitist historical narrative is maybe the dominant one, but it is not always the elites who influence the course of history. History is also shaped by collective movements, actions and popular struggles. By denying this fact, one denies the ability of the collective to affect change. In the case of Palestinians, they are often presented as hapless multitudes, passive victims without a will of their own. This is of course a mistaken perception; the Palestinians’ conflict with Israel has lasted this long only because of their unwillingness to accept injustice, and their refusal to submit to oppression. Israel’s lethal weapons might have changed the landscape of Gaza and Palestine, but the will of Gazans and Palestinians are what have shaped the landscape of Palestine’s history.
Touring with My Father was a Freedom Fighter in South Africa, months after the release of the original English version of the book, was a most intense experience. It was in this country that freedom fighters once rose to fight oppression, challenging and eventually defeating Apartheid. My father, the refugee of Gaza has suddenly been accepted unconditionally by a people of a land thousands of miles away. The notion of ‘people’s history’ can be powerful because it extends beyond boundaries, and expands beyond ideologies and prejudices. In that narrative, Palestinians, South Africans, Native Americans and many others find themselves the sons and daughters of one collective history, one oppressive legacy, but also part of an active community of numerous freedom fighters, who dared to challenge and sometimes even change the face of history.
Resistance as a Culture
One of the concepts that were largely defaced as a result of the flawed understanding of history is the concept of resistance. Deliberately fallacious, self-serving definitions left “resistance’ wide open to all sorts of interpretations, that change and fluctuate depending on who is resisting whom, in which period or political context, and again, on the narrator.
But unlike the current prevailing definitions, resistance is not a band of armed men hell-bent on wreaking havoc. It is not a cell of terrorists scheming ways to detonate buildings.
True resistance is a culture.
It is a collective retort to oppression.
Understanding the real nature of resistance, however, is not easy. No newsbyte could be thorough enough to explain why people, as a people, resist. Even if such an arduous task was possible, the news might not want to convey it, as it would directly clash with mainstream interpretations of violence and non-violent resistance. The Afghanistan story must remain committed to the same language: al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Lebanon must be represented in terms of a menacing Iran-backed Hizbullah. Palestine’s Hamas must be forever shown as a militant group sworn to the destruction of the Jewish state. Any attempt at offering an alternative reading is tantamount to sympathizing with terrorists and justifying violence.
The deliberate conflation and misuse of terminology has made it almost impossible to understand, and thus to actually resolve bloody conflicts.
Even those who purport to sympathize with resisting nations often contribute to the confusion. Activists from Western countries tend to follow an academic comprehension of what is happening in Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, and Afghanistan. Thus certain ideas are perpetuated: suicide bombings bad, non-violent resistance good; Hamas rockets bad, slingshots good; armed resistance bad, vigils in front of Red Cross offices good. Many activists will quote Martin Luther King Jr., but not Malcolm X. They will infuse a selective understanding of Gandhi, but never of Guevara. This supposedly ‘strategic’ discourse has robbed many of what could be a precious understanding of resistance – as both concept and culture.
Between the reductionst mainstream understanding of resistance as violent and terrorist and the ‘alternative’ defacing of an inspiring and compelling cultural experience, resistance as a culture is lost. The two overriding definitions offer no more than narrow depictions. Both render those attempting to relay the viewpoint of the resisting culture as almost always on the defensive. Thus we repeatedly hear the same statements: no, we are not terrorists; no, we are not violent, we actually have a rich culture of non-violent resistance; no, Hamas is not affiliated with al-Qaeda; no, Hizbullah is not an Iranian agent. Ironically, Israeli writers, intellectuals and academicians own up to much less than their Palestinian counterparts, although the former tend to defend aggression and the latter defend, or at least try to explain their resistance to aggression. Also ironic is the fact that instead of seeking to understand why people resist, many wish to debate about how to suppress their resistance.
By resistance as a culture, I am referencing Edward Said’s elucidation of “culture (as) a way of fighting against extinction and obliteration.” When cultures resist, they don’t scheme and play politics. Nor do they sadistically brutalize. Their decisions as to whether to engage in armed struggle or to employ non-violent methods, whether to target civilians or not, whether to conspire with foreign elements or not are all purely strategic. They are hardly of direct relevance to the concept or resistance itself. Mixing between the two suggests is manipulative or plain ignorant.
If resistance is “the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with”, then a culture of resistance is what occurs when an entire culture reaches this collective decision to oppose that disagreeable element - often a foreign occupation. The decision is not a calculated one. It is engendered through a long process in which self-awareness, self-assertion, tradition, collective experiences, symbols and many more factors interact in specific ways. This might be new to the wealth of that culture’s past experiences, but it is very much an internal process.
It’s almost like a chemical reaction, but even more complex since it isn’t always easy to separate its elements. Thus it is also not easy to fully comprehend, and, in the case of an invading army, it is not easily suppressed. This is how I tried to explain the first Palestinian uprising of 1987, which I lived in its entirely in Gaza:
“It’s not easy to isolate specific dates and events that spark popular revolutions. Genuine collective rebellion cannot be rationalized though a coherent line of logic that elapses time and space; its rather a culmination of experiences that unite the individual to the collective, their conscious and subconscious, their relationships with their immediate surroundings and with that which is not so immediate, all colliding and exploding into a fury that cannot be suppressed.” (My Father Was A Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story)
Foreign occupiers tend to fight popular resistance through several means. One includes a varied amount of violence aiming to disorient, destroy and rebuild a nation to any desired image (read Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine). Another strategy is to weaken the very components that give a culture its unique identity and inner strengths – and thus defuse the culture’s ability to resist. The former requires firepower, while the latter can be achieved through soft means of control. Many ‘third world’ nations that boast of their sovereignty and independence might in fact be very much occupied, but due to their fragmented and overpowered cultures – through globalization, for example - they are unable to comprehend the extent of their tragedy and dependency. Others, who might effectively be occupied, often possess a culture of resistance that makes it impossible for their occupiers to achieve any of their desired objectives.
In Gaza, Palestine, while the media speaks endlessly of rockets and Israeli security, and debates who is really responsible for holding Palestinians in the strip hostage, no heed is paid to the little children living in tents by the ruins of homes they lost in the latest Israeli onslaught. These kids participate in the same culture of resistance that Gaza has witnessed over the course of six decades. In their notebooks they draw fighters with guns, kids with slingshots, women with flags, as well as menacing Israeli tanks and warplanes, graves dotted with the word ‘martyr’, and destroyed homes. Throughout, the word ‘victory’ is persistently used.
If we keep all of this in mind, one is likely to find a need to reexamine the Gaza story altogether, replacing the selective history that we know, whether sympathetic or otherwise, with a wider, more inclusive understanding that goes beyond the familiar dates, names and events, to an appreciation of the very Palestinian individual in Gaza, who existed prior to Fatah and Hamas, to the siege and the rockets, the elections of 2006 or even Oslo of 1993.
If we follow that line of logic, then the story will certainly be traced to its true origins, and that is the Palestinian Nakba of 1947-48.
But even the Nakba history would have to be retold for it was not merely that of suffering, Arab disadvantage, fragmentation and international betrayal, but that of resistance as well.
Although there is a constant attempt at reducing major events to specific names and dates – for example, first Intifada is attributed to (or ‘blamed’ on) specific individuals seen as the ‘masterminds’ of the popular uprising – the fact is, it was not the elites, but the collective will of the Palestinian people that shaped their history of resistance. It doesn’t mean that some, in fact many have tried to co-opt, deceive, crush or manipulate the Palestinian masses, with a certain degree of success, but ultimately, it has been the Palestinian people who have shaped this history. Without them the elites had nothing but mere slogans and afford nothing but empty promises.
As cliché as this may sound, it’s the power of the people, the Palestinian people who has defeated every attempt at canceling and undermining Palestinian rights and freedom. It’s the Palestinian people that we celebrate, with whom we stand in everlasting solidarity, and along with whom we will carry on with the fight, until freedom and victory are proudly and decisively achieved.
- Ramzy Baroud (www.ramzybaroud.net) is an internationally-syndicated columnist and the editor of PalestineChronicle.com. His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story (Pluto Press, London), available on Amazon.com.
Article originally appeared on Gilad Atzmon (http://www.gilad.co.uk/).
5 - Sarkozy and Cameron in Tripoli : Scramble for control of Libya's oil wealth is on
By Bill Van Auken
16 September 2011
With their surprise visit to Tripoli Thursday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron signaled that the scramble by the major powers for control of Libya’s oil wealth is in full swing.
The visit was unannounced and conducted under a massive security blanket. It included a brief visit to a Tripoli hospital and a joint press conference with Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the former Gaddafi justice minister who heads up the NATO-backed National Transitional Council, and Mahmoud Jibril, the US-trained economist and former Gaddafi official designated as the NTC’s “prime minister”.
Afterwards, Sarkozy, Cameron and the chiefs of the NTC all left the Libyan capital under heavy guard for the eastern city of Benghazi, where the NTC leaders have said they will stay until the fighting with Gaddafi loyalists in several key cities is over.
The hasty departure from Tripoli suggested that neither NATO nor its Libyan clients are confident about security in the capital under conditions in which battles are still raging for control of the coastal city of Sirte and Bani Walid, about 90 miles southeast of the capital.
Undoubtedly even more troubling for Cameron’s and Sarkozy’s security details is growing evidence that the NTC’s control of Tripoli is tenuous at best. Islamist elements leading militias patrolling the capital’s streets have denounced the NTC leadership, calling for its resignation.
In his speech in Tripoli, Cameron stressed that the NATO war on the country would continue. “There are still parts of Libya under Gaddafi’s control, Gaddafi is still at large, and we must make sure this work is completed,” said Cameron. “We must keep up with the NATO mission until civilians are all protected and this work is finished.”
The pretense that the “NATO mission” is protecting civilians becomes more absurd each day. As Cameron spoke, NATO warplanes bombed the towns of Sirte and Bani Walid. NATO’s massive fire power is being used to enable the “rebels” to carry out the kind of siege of these population centers that the Western alliance initially claimed it was intervening to stop pro-Gaddafi forces from carrying out in Benghazi.
Cameron added that Britain would release some $948 million in Libyan assets held in Britain—a fraction of the total—and deploy a team of British military “advisers” to assist the NTC.
For his part, Sarkozy insisted that France had no ulterior economic motives in attacking Libya.
“We have done what we did, because we thought it was the right thing to do,” he claimed. He insisted that there had been no “behind the scenes deals on oil or reconstruction and that “we have asked for no preferences.”
In his own remarks, however, Jalil made it clear that precisely such preferences were in the works. “Our friends will have a preferential role, in accordance with their efforts to help Libya,” he said. While the NTC has stated that it would honor all previous contracts concluded by the Gaddafi government, Jalil indicated that this was by no means assured.
“We will accept the existing contracts as long as they are clean and transparent—but as a previous member of government, I know that some are not and must be reviewed,” he said. Other NTC officials have flatly threatened that China and Russia would be frozen out of Libyan deals because of their opposition to the United Nations resolution authorizing a “no-fly” zone to protect civilians, which the NATO powers used as a pretext to wage a war for regime change.
There has been widespread speculation in the media that the Sarkozy government would cash in on being the first to recognize the NTC and the first to begin bombing Libya, with the French oil giant Total emerging as the number one beneficiary.
Libya’s National Oil Corporation announced Wednesday that Libyan oil exports will resume within 10 days. Production could reach 1 million barrels per day within six months.
Jeffrey Feltman, the US assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs, arrived in Tripoli the day before the Sarkozy-Cameron visit. He came to secure American interests in the impending imperialist carve-up of Libya.
He also used the occasion to dismiss concerns that Islamist elements, some of them tied to Al Qaeda, have gained significant political power as a result of the NATO war to topple Gaddafi. “We are not concerned that one group is going to dominate the aftermath of what has been a shared struggle by the people of Libya,” Feltman said in response to a question on the rising power of the Islamists.
That such concerns are growing, however, was made unmistakably clear with the publication Thursday of articles in both the New York Times and theWashington Post reporting on the rise of the Islamists, and growing struggles between them and the former Gaddafi officials and Western-connected émigrés backed by Washington and NATO. Both pointed to the increasing power of two Islamist figures: Ali Sallabi, who directs an Islamist umbrella group known as Etilaf; and Abdel Hakim Belhaj, the former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, who had collaborated with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and is now Tripoli’s military commander.
This week Sallabi issued a statement demanding that NTC chairman Jibril resign, charging members of the council with monopolizing decision-making to reap personal fortunes for themselves. He warned that the NTC officials were preparing “a new era of tyranny and dictatorship.”
Sallabi’s statement provoked a demonstration by NTC supporters in Tripoli against the Islamists.
The New York Times quoted an aide to Belhaj as saying, “Jibril will be gone soon.” The warning is ominous, given the fate of the NTC’s former military commander and ex-Gaddafi interior minister, Gen. Abdel Fateh Younes. His burned body was dumped outside Benghazi last July, after he apparently fell afoul of Islamist militiamen.
The London-based Arabic daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi warned in an editorial Wednesday that the political tensions could turn into “bloody clashes between the two warring parties.”
Though fighting continues in Libya and there are signs that the NATO-sponsored regime change may produce a new civil war, both Sarkozy and Cameron suggested in their speeches Thursday that the Libyan war provided a new model for imperialist interventions.
In his remarks, Sarkozy issued a veiled threat that Syria could be the next target. “I dream that one day young Syrians will be as lucky as the young Libyans today, that one day they will also be able to say: ‘democracy and a peaceful revolution are for us.’”
Meanwhile, the commander of the Pentagon’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) made it clear that the US military sees the Libyan war as the prelude to new imperialist wars in the region. Gen. Carter Ham indicated that AFRICOM’s role in the Libyan intervention had been something of a baptism by fire for a command that had been largely dedicated to military assistance missions and attempts to find bases for US military forces on the African continent.
“Dropping bombs and Tomahawks, those kind of things, was not something the command had practiced to the degree we were required to do” in Libya, he said. “The question for us now is how do we sustain that so that if we would have to do this again, we’d start at a higher plateau.”
Ham also said that he wanted to secure more special operations forces for AFRICOM to conduct “counterterrorism” operations in Africa. He pointed to three groups that he said posed a threat: Al-Shabab in East Africa, the Nigeria-based Boko Haram and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
This last group, AQIM, had merged in 2007 with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group from which much of the leadership of the NATO-backed rebel forces in Libya are drawn.
Ham voiced concern about reports that portable surface-to-air missiles from the Gaddafi regime’s stockpile had gone missing as a result of the US-NATO war. He also said that Washington and NATO had to ensure that the Islamist elements that they have armed and supported do not “reemerge to be part of the interim government or subsequent government.”
6 - Italy moves to secure its share of the booty in Libya
By Marianne Arens
14 September 2011
Italy is not prepared to yield its traditional influence in Libya to its rivals. Italian business and political circles take for granted their right to decide on the future of the oil and gas wealth of the country’s former colony.
“Italy will be the first partner of Libya, as it always has been,” Foreign Minister Franco Frattini declared September 3 at an economic forum in Cernobbio on Lake Como. “Italy will always maintain its first place.”
At the same economic forum, Frattini announced the release of the first tranche of €500 million in frozen Libyan assets. By mid-September, the assets held by Italy are to be handed over to the imperialist-backed National Transitional Council (NTC).
Just a week earlier, Paolo Scaroni, the CEO of Italian energy giant ENI, traveled to Benghazi and reached an agreement with representatives of the NTC for ENI to reassume control over a gas pipeline and oil production in the regions of Misla and Sarir in the east of the country. In return, ENI will provide the so-called “rebels” with gasoline as well as technical assistance for oil production.
The agreement signed by both sides declares that ENI and the NTC will create the conditions for a rapid and complete reactivation of ENI’s activities in Libya and do everything necessary to resume operations of the Green Stream pipeline. October 15 is specified as the date for the renewal of gas transport through the 500-mile pipeline from the Mediterranean to Sicily.
In March 2011, prior to the launching of the US-NATO war, Libya was producing over half a million barrels of oil per day. During the war production came to a virtual standstill, slumping to 60,000 barrels per day.
Before the war, 85 percent of oil exports went to Europe. The lion’s share, about 30 percent, went to Italy.
After 2008, Italy had developed broad business relations with the Gaddafi clan. Libyan funds flowed not only to the energy company ENI and its gasoline brand Agip, but also to the Italian Unicredit bank, the carmaker Fiat, the defense group Finmeccanica, the Juventus football club and many other companies. ENI received 15 percent of its crude oil imports from Libya and the company produced 280,000 barrels per day of oil in the North African country up to the outbreak of the war.
On September 1, Italy reopened the doors of its embassy in Tripoli, which it had closed March 18. Like the French embassy, it had been looted and set on fire on May 1. France has also reopened its embassy, and Britain is about to do so.
Italy wants to secure access to Libyan oil and gas as rapidly as possible and outmaneuver its rivals. At the Paris Conference on September 1, there was already friction between “Libya’s friends” over the spoils of war. The NTC had apparently promised 35 percent of Libya’s future oil contracts to French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Since then, the French oil company Total, the British-Dutch Shell Group and the Russian companies Gazprom and Tefnut have sought to secure major shares of the oil and natural gas in the country. Libya has the largest proven crude oil reserves in Africa.
The shares of oil companies with a significant presence in Libya have risen notably on European stock exchanges in recent days. ENI’s share price at one point rose by more than 5 percent, with other oil companies such as Total and Spain’s Repsol group also registering increases.
Since then, Italian politicians and business leaders have insisted on the Italian “prerogative” in Libya. “Rome must now assert its leadership in economic relations,” declares the web site of the Italian radio and TV station Rai.it. It complains that this prerogative “is being strongly challenged by Paris.”
On September 2, ENI President Giuseppe Recchi told the media that ENI has “a trade percentage of fourteen percent with Libya compared with just two percent for Total.” The Italian oil giant began its operations in Libya in 1959.
The Italian claim to Libya is not new. “Libya is Italian, no one will take it from us”—this was the slogan one hundred years ago when Italy attacked and annexed the North African territories of Cyrenaica and Tripolitania for the first time in the fall of 1911.
Between 1923 and 1932, Mussolini’s fascist regime expanded Italian interests in its Libyan colonies in a so-called “war of re-conquest.” Over 100,000 Libyans died due to hunger, pogroms, deportations and poison gas attacks. In North Africa, half a million people were massacred. The genocide ended only with the Italian defeat in 1943.
The colonial government expropriated the valuable lands along the coast and distributed them to Italian settlers. Up until the 1960s, the most fertile regions in the country were in the hands of Italian landowners.
After the war, Libya was placed under a UN mandate, with its leader, King Idris I, functioning as a British puppet. Following the discovery of oil reserves in the 1950s, mining rights in the country were awarded to global oil companies. This enabled the Italian state holding company ENI to control a large part of Libya’s oil resources at an early stage.
In 1969, the regime headed by Muammar Gaddafi and the Confederation of Free Officers expropriated the foreign oil companies and expelled 20,000 Italian settlers. Based on the wealth of the nationalized oil industry, Libya under Gaddafi developed a health and social system which was unique in Africa. Average life expectancy rose from 53 to 75 years and illiteracy dropped from 95 percent to 17 percent. The social concessions introduced by Gaddafi created a basis to secure his rule against rival tribal interests.
Libya renewed relations with the former colonial power Italy only in 2008, when Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi invited Gaddafi to Rome and signed a “friendship and cooperation agreement” between the two countries. Italy agreed to invest $5 billion in the construction of a Libyan coast road, and Libya, in exchange, promised to favor Italy with regard to oil and gas supplies.
It was a pure barter transaction and the deal paid off for Italy. ENI received extensive production concessions, which were later extended to the year 2047. Because of these relations, Italy only joined the NATO war against Libya with reluctance.
What never changed was the arrogance of the former colonial masters. In 2006, Italian minister Roberto Calderoli of the Northern League appeared on television wearing a T-shirt with cartoons of Mohammed, sparking riots in Tripoli that led to 17 deaths. Just a few days ago, the same man published a terse comment on his web site: “Long live Libya! That is to say, long live realpolitik!... Without Libyan oil and gas we are lost.”
The new race for Libyan oil contracts confirms that the Western powers intervened in Libya to secure its rich reserves of oil and gas. The intervention had nothing to do with protecting the civilian population from Gaddafi.
Those implicated in this criminal enterprise include not only the Italian bourgeoisie and the right-wing Italian government, but also the opposition, led by the Democratic Party (PD), the successor organization to the Stalinist Italian Communist Party (PCI) (See “The Italian ‘left’ and Libya”).
On May 4, Pierluigi Bersani, the leader of the Democrats, told parliamentary deputies that Italy should “even use military means [to] prevent Gaddafi from massacring his insurgent population.” Italy could not evade its responsibility, he declared, but must faithfully fulfill the UN mandate, “but with its own strategy.”
President Giorgio Napolitano, like Bersani a veteran of the dissolved Italian Communist Party, also called on Italy to take part in the NATO war. “Italy cannot afford to turn its back on the events in Libya, a country which is so close to us,” Napolitano declared.
Former Prime Minister Massimo D’Alema, also ex-PCI, described the bombing of Libya as a “difficult but necessary decision.”
The reality refutes such hypocritical protestations. For the past six months, Libya has faced bombardment by powers employing the most modern weapons of war. The result is a humanitarian disaster. The bombardment has destroyed not only military barracks, but also television stations, schools, water lines, housing and hospitals. The civilian infrastructure has been severely damaged. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and many more injured.
The worst fate confronts black African migrant workers who are now being hunted down, imprisoned, and in many cases massacred by the rebels.
According to the European Council, since the beginning of this year 1,900 people have lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Italy. These deaths occurred in a region that is among the most heavily monitored worldwide since the start of “Operation Unified Protector.”
The NATO war against Libya has forced these people to flee. Then, when they experienced problems at sea, they were ignored by NATO and left to their fate.
In Italy, the migrant workers who make it to Lampedusa are treated nearly as harshly as those in Libya. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has compared the exodus of refugees from Libya to a “tsunami,” while Interior Minister Roberto Maroni has undertaken discussions with the governments of Tunisia and Libya to deport refugees as soon as possible.
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7 - Israel and the Upcoming Nuclear War
184The “Unthinkable” is Now Inevitable
By Gordon Duff
The total destruction of Israel, something used by the Zionist lobby to bilk the US out of billions for years, is no longer a dream, it is inevitable. The only question is “when?” With it a limited world war may emerge with some surprises in store. It all started long ago but we can focus back one year when Israel murdered 9 Turkish citizens in an act of piracy, peace activists on an aid ship heading for Gaza. Aid ships heading for Gaza now get a military escort from the Turkish Navy and Turkey’s president is heading for Gaza and Egypt now, to slap Israel down.
A year ago, Israel and Turkey were best of friends. Their spy agencies in the US shared nuclear secrets, sold them to China, North Korea, Pakistan, Brazil, worked as partners blackmailing half of Washington’s army of corrupt officials and traitorous military officers. Patriotism in Washington is rare nowadays, considered stupid. Washington is all about “globalism” and “no borders,” about corporations, not “America.” To most in Washington, America is a joke, a bankrupt “has been” nation drowning in debt with a military now useless, spread across the globe running errands for a cabal of international bankers.
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Until a week ago, the Turkish Army believed it had control of Turkey, despite the elected government. Israel believed the same. They were wrong. A year ago, Israel believed Turkey would always be controlled because of their desire to join the European Union. Now that dream is considered hopeless. Who would want to join anyway, the EU is broke, falling apart and toothless. Turkey, instead, is an economic powerhouse, outdistancing all but Germany in technology, productivity and science.
Turkey also has a huge army, a mobile army and a military tradition of relentlessness and, to be truthful, cruelty. Israel has been pointing that out of late, how Turkey wiped out the Armenians, much as Israel is wiping out the Palestinians. Problem is, Turkey’s army is big, highly disciplined, capable of supporting military operations across the entire Middle East, allied with Iraq, Iran and Egypt and considers Israel’s killings of Turkish citizens last year as an act of war.
This leaves only America or Israel’s nuclear weapons to protect them.
Paid stooges in Washington talk about Israel’s strategic importance to the US. That’s a dream, much as the strength of Israel’s army is a dream. There are two strategic allies in the Middle East, Egypt with their control of the Suez Canal and Turkey with their control of the Bosporus, the only gateway to the Black Sea, something of immense value to the US. Turkey is also the gateway for oil from Central Asia and Northern Iraq.
Another factor is Kurdistan. Israel has controlled the PKK, the communist terror group that has killed thousands in Turkey. Israel is threatening to unleash them again. In meetings with leaders in Iraq, however, I was told that Turkish military actions against the PKK, even inside Iraq were welcomed. Kurds in Iraq hate the PKK and have long seen it as destructive. Northern Iraq is closely aligned with Turkey, their economy is totally dependent on Turkey, much more than Baghdad. Hopes for a Kurdish nation are dependent on good relations with Turkey and those relations have improved continually for some time.
One reality is the weakness of Egypt. The Mubarak government, including the military and intelligence services worked closely with Israel as did those of Turkey. It is Israel’s goal to keep Egypt in line. However, with the killing of 5 Egyptian police and the protestors sacking the Israeli embassy in Cairo, that is coming into question.
Israel still has considerable resources in place in Egypt, particularly as we saw on August 11th, 2011, when Bush/Bechtel “envoy” David Welch met with Israeli and Gaddafi representatives in Cairo, at the Four Seasons Hotel, CIA and Egyptian spies in the room, planning bribes to be paid to journalists and “peace activists” in a last ditch attempt to save another Israeli ally, Gaddafi.
Thus, Turkey will be doing a “road trip” to gain allies against Israel and to flank US backing, blackmailing the US. As Turkey has nearly all US nuclear secrets, gotten through their spy partnership with AIPAC, something we were told of when I interviewed FBI informants within the Bush White House, they have things to trade. Turkey can turn out thermonuclear weapons quickly.
Israel’s counter is their partnership with India. India is building long range ICBMs, capable of carrying 10 warheads, also capable of reaching the United States. Israel has requested 10 of those missiles, giving them the capability of hitting the United States with 100 hydrogen bombs. This is not conjecture, this deal with India has been confirmed, the weapons are being built with US technology stolen by Israel (and Turkey) and Pakistan has spies working inside every aspect of the project, no secret to anyone.
China is also aware and they believe they are a potential target of these Indian weapons. Thus, China is transferring advanced technologies, not only thermonuclear but advanced aircraft designs and missile technology to Pakistan.
In reality, from a military standpoint, India overshadows Pakistan by a mile.However, with the US in economic decline and dependent on China to buy US debt, betting against China and their close relationship to Pakistan is inadvisable. Pakistan represents China’s foothold in Central Asia and their access to a port, Gwadar, in the Indian Ocean.
China is dependent on oil from the region and sees the Indian Ocean as an area of strategic value.Pakistan is taking advantage of that.Russia is laughing themselves to death. They helped set up America to fall in Afghanistan, payback for America’s support of the Mujahideen and are enraged at the CIA and US military for its role in flooding Russia with cheap heroin from Afghanistan.
Heroin is destroying the social fabric of Russia nearly as much as drug profits that have infected the US political system have destabilized the US, left the Mexican border totally open and kept the US in Afghanistan as guardians of the largest opium den in the world.
The changes we will see?
Libya’s new government is more than aware of Israel’s interference on behalf of Gaddafi and will become a relentless enemy of Israel, despite false reports Israel has inserted into the “fringe media.” Egypt is in play. Things could go either way, depending on how meetings go this week with Turkey.
With the UN vote on Gaza a given, the US will veto Palestinan statehood, Egypt and Turkey will be pushed together as US prestige in the region crashes.Israel’s reaction under its repressive and reactionary Likudist regime, under attack at home for economic failures, one after the other, will be to push for military action against Gaza.
They may also wish to “play” in Lebanon, taking advantage of Syria’s current weakness. This would be a mistake. Syria will not “go down in flames” like the Gaddafi regime. They are too vulnerable and will lose their place at the table, offset by Turkey, a nation that has an unpleasant history in the region lasting hundreds of years, a reputation Turkey is now trying to repair.
This could also go either way. Israel still has nuclear weapons. Their “nuclear advantage” in the Middle East is now likely to make them a target.
Turkey’s army is more than a match for Israel, not even close. There is little expectation that Egypt will do more than posture as their military under Mubarak became a defensive force only, infiltrated, as is Turkey’s, with corrupt officers.
What will happen?
Israel, with all its planning, its “possible involvement” in 9/11, its very proven involvement in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and its machinations in, not just Washington but Cairo, Ankara and other capitols across the region, is the big loser. Israel is now totally isolated and very much considered sacrificable by the US, despite continual pronouncements by members of congress otherwise.
PHOTOS NOT TO BE SEEN IN ANY AMERICAN
When Israel had to turn against the Democrats, despite the fact that 79% of American Jews support the Democratic Party, and turn to the GOP and Christian Zionists for support, they bought “friends” they would never be able to trust.
For years, American conservatives were known to hate Jews, ban them from organizations, maintain “no Jews allowed” policies at resorts and “ritzy” neighborhoods, under the euphemism of “restricted.”
Red States were always “no Jews or Niggers allowed after sundown.”
This may not be taught in history books but it is real history just the same and the generation of American Jews that remember real antisemitism, not the phony “Abe Foxman” kind, know who their real friends are.
9/11 ISN'T ALL WE LIE ABOUT
Turkey, not Iran, will be forced to go nuclear. Turkey, however, is a long time American ally, a charter member of NATO and, at heart, very pro-American, pro-Western and, as it were, sitting on the world’s most strategic real estate.
Turkey is also a relentless enemy, one Israel will be too stupid to apologize to, too stupid to make reparations to and will depend on its nuclear arsenal and friends in the US for protection.
Nobody will benefit from this, not the Palestinian people, not Egypt, only those who wish to see Israel have their faces in the dirt. There is a problem with this. There was some hope that Israel itself might have a rebirth of democracy, with 500,000 demonstrators demanding the resignation of Netanyahu’s ultra-nationalist government last week, their was a hope.
The other big loser will be the United States. Pakistan will bring China into Central Asia. Turkey may well bring them into the Mediterranean or further.
"RESTRICTED" MEANS "NO JEWS"...SOMETHING MR. FOXMAN FORGOT IT SEEMS WHEN HE MADE HIS NEW FRIENDS
Whether American’s choose to recognize it or not, Bush murdered America’s military future. Social cuts and job programs won’t be enough. America will have to gut its military and withdraw from its bases around the world, that or economically die in less than 5 years.
The only other way out is “debt denial” which requires full cooperation from China and Japan. In light of these issues, these problems, Israel, that “small country” that has so much control over the US government will wake up one morning a forgotten “backwater” in world affairs.
Back in 1981, it looked like Israel would be a peaceful neighbor in a Middle East destined to move forward, maybe not to freely elected governments but at least to no longer be a sideshow for the Cold War.
There were lessons from 1981, when Jews visited Cairo as honored guests.
500,000 Israeli’s, homeless, underemployed, say they can no longer afford, even with the billions America is giving them, to try to run the world from a few acres of sand, now farmed by foreign workers.
If Israel’s extremist government continues its fear mongering, helped along by AIPAC and the ADL in the United States, Israel will not survive. Israel will not die alone, not by a long shot. The problem is that there is no political leader in Israel or within the Zionist community in the United States that seems to care.
The dreams of world domination, as some of us have always seen, never left room for the survival of Israel or any other nation.
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8 - Chavez versus Obama : Facing Presidential Elections in 2012
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By James Petras :: 09.15.2011
Introduction: Two incumbent presidents are running for re-election in 2012, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and Barack Obama in the United States. What makes these two electoral contests significant is that they represent contrasting responses to the global economic crises:
Chavez following his democratic socialist program pursues policies promoting large scale long-term public investment and spending directed at employment, social welfare and economic growth: Obama guided by his ideological commitment to corporate financial capitalism, pours billions into bailing out Wall Street speculators, focuses on reducing the public deficit and slashes taxes and offers government subsidies to business in the hope that the banks will lend, the private sector will invest. Obama hopes the corporate sector will start to hire the unemployed. Chavez’s economic strategy is directed toward increasing popular demand by increasing the social wage. Obama’s strategy is directed toward enriching the elite, hoping for a “trickle down” effect. Chavez’s economic recovery program is based on the public sector, the state, taking the lead in light of the capitalist market induced crises and the failure of the private sector to invest. Obama’s economic recovery and employment program depends wholly on the private sector, utilizing tax handouts to stimulate domestic investments which generate employment.
According to the experts and politicians, the socio-economic performance of each President will be decisive in determining whether either President will be re-elected in 2012.
Measuring the Performance of Presidents Chavez and Obama in the Face of the Economic Crises
Over the past three years, both presidents faced deep socio-economic crises resulting in increased unemployment, economic recession and popular demands for political leadership in formulating an economic recovery program.
President Chavez responded via a large scale program in public spending on social programs. Billions were allocated in a massive housing program designed to create one million homes over the next several years. Chavez lessened military tensions and reduced frontier conflicts by negotiating a political agreement with the right-wing Santos regime in Colombia.
Chavez increased the minimum wage, social security and pension payments, increasing consumption among low income groups, stimulating demand and increasing revenues for small and medium size businesses. The state embarked on large scale infrastructure projects, especially highways and transport, creating jobs in labor intensive activities. The Chavez government sustained living standards by instituting price controls on food and other essentials, which sustained popular demand at the expense of profiteering by the owners of super markets. The Chavez government nationalized lucrative gold mines and repatriated overseas reserves in the course of financing its demand driven economic recovery program, eschewing tax concessions to the rich and bailouts of bankrupt banks and private businesses.
Obama rejected any large scale long term public investments to create jobs: his proposed “Jobs for America” proposal will at best temporarily reduce unemployment by less than five tenths of one percent. In pursuit of policies benefiting Wall Street bondholders, Obama became deeply involved in deficit reduction, meaning large scale cuts in public spending especially in social expenditures. Obama in agreement with the extreme right-wing agreed to regressive proposals to reduce tax payments for popular Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs. His proposals to fund “Jobs for America” depends on cuts in the Social Security tax which ensures a reduction in payments and a deficit or worse, which would facilitate privatization – handing social security to Wall Street, a trillion dollar plum.
Obama ignores mortgage foreclosures of over 10 million families – increasing homelessness and habitation downgrades, in favor of bailing out banks and home mortgage swindlers.
Obama increased military spending, multiplying overseas combat troops, clandestine terror operations and the domestic spy apparatus, increasing the deficits at the expense of productive investments in education, technology skill upgrades and export promotion.
Unlike Chavez who makes a point of highlighting positive job and education policies for Afro and Indo-Venezuelans, Obama ignores the 50% unemployed big city young (18-25) Afro-Americans and Latinos in favor of serving white Wall Street bankers.
In contrast to Chavez who pegged pensions and wages to inflation and enforced price controls, Obama froze federal salaries and social security payments resulting in a seven percent decline in real income over the past three years.
According to the latest US Census Bureau data (September 2011) under Obama over 46.2 million Americans live in poverty, the highest figure ever. Median household income dropped 2.3% between 2009-2010. The number of Americans in poverty increased from 13.2%in 2008 to 15.1%in 2010. Nearly one out of four children live in poverty in 2010, as over 2.6 million more US citizens were impoverished in a single year. In contrast, and in line with Obama’s trickle down economic policies, the number of wealthy Americans – earning over 100,000 dollars - have suffered little or no impact: luxury specialty stores , like Tiffany's report a 15% increase in sales.
The lowest 10%of the population suffered the most, a fall in income of 12.1% between 2009-2010 while the 10% with the highest income saw a decline of 1.5%. Of the 34 members of the OCED the US along with Mexico, Chile and Israel has the worst social class inequalities. Obama’s top down stimulus policies saved the bankers by sacrificing the working and middle class.
Political and Economic Consequences of Top Down and Bottom Up Economics
The political and economic consequences of Obama’s “top down” and Chavez “bottom up” socio-economic polices are striking in every respect. Venezuela grew 3.6% in the first half of 2011 while the US stagnated at less than 2%. Worse still, during the second half of the year Obama and his advisers expressed fear that the US is heading toward a “double dip” recession – negative growth. In contrast the President of Venezuela’s Central Bank predicted accelerated growth for 2012.
While US unemployment remains above 9% and combined with underemployment rose to over 19%, Venezuela’s vast public housing and infrastructure investments are generating jobs and lowering the numbers of unemployed and under-employed in the formal and informal labor market. Obama’s pandering to Wall Street bankers and deficit reduction hawks and his vast increase spending on overseas wars and the domestic security apparatus, has bankrupted the treasury. In contrast, Chavez has nationalized lucrative private sector mines, banks and energy enterprises and decreased military tensions increasing resources for social programs such as food subsidies. Obama’s deficit reductions have led to massive firings in education and social services.
Chavez social expenditures have augmented the number of public universities, secondary and primary schools and clinics. Millions have lost their homes as Obama ignored the forced evictions of the mortgage banks, while Chavez has made a start in solving the housing deficit via one million homes.
Obama lends at virtually no interest to private banks who fail to lend to productive enterprises to create jobs, preferring speculation in overseas (Brazilian) bonds with higher interest rates. Chavez invests directly in productive labor intensive infrastructures programs, agricultural self-sufficiency projects and developing downstream processing plants, refineries and smelters.
As a result of the reactionary top down economics he practices and his overt threats to cut basic social programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, Obama’s popularity has fallen over the past three year from 80% to 40% and is heading downwards. Moreover, his pro-Wall Street fiscal and militarist policies – deepening and extending Bush and Rumsfeld’s wars and terror operations – has turned the US political climate further toward the extreme right. As of the last quarter of 2011, Obama appears vulnerable to electoral defeat.
In contrast President Chavez, riding the wave of economic recovery, based on positive programs of social expansion and public investments, has seen his popularity rise from 43% in March 2010 to 59.3% as of September 7, 2011. The US backed opposition is fragmented, weak and unable to challenge the overwhelmingly positive popular perceptions of the housing and infrastructure projects benefiting the mass of workers, construction companies and contractors.
Chavez is vulnerable on issues of personal security, administrative corruption and inefficiency. But he is seen to have taken important steps to correct these problem areas. Graduates of a new police academy provide honest, efficient community linked policing, which, in pilot projects have reduced violent crime by 60%. Efforts to end bureaucratic corruption and inefficiency are still pending.
Comparing Chavez and Obama’s presidency presents a sharp contrast between a successful bottom up socialist informed economic recovery program and a failed top down capitalist stimulus program. While the American public expresses its hostility to private banking’s pillage of the treasury, government threats to the last remnants of the social safety net and Obama’s failure to lower persistent high levels of unemployment and under-employment, Chavez’s popularity rises along with the positive “good feeling” among three-fifths of the electorate to his presidency. If the Chavez government continues and deepens his ‘bottom up’ economic stimulus program and the economy continues to expand and he recovers from cancer he will in all likelihood be re-elected by a landslide in 2012.
In contrast if Obama continues to truckle to the corporate and financial elite and slash and burn social programs he will continue his downward slide into well-deserved defeat and oblivion.
Venezuela’s economic recovery via advanced social programs is a powerful message to the American people: there is an alternative to regressive ‘top down’ economic policies: it’s called democratic socialism and its advocate is President Chavez, who talks to and works for the people as opposed to the con-man Obama who talks to the people and works for the rich.
9 - Poverty In America : A Special Report
Posted on Pakalert on September 15, 2011
The Economic Collapse
America is getting poorer. The U.S. government has just released a bunch of new statistics about poverty in America, and once again this year the news is not good. According to a special report from the U.S. Census Bureau, 46.2 million Americans are now living in poverty. The number of those living in poverty in America has grown by 2.6 million in just the last 12 months, and that is the largest increase that we have ever seen since the U.S. governmentbegan calculating poverty figures back in 1959. Not only that, median household income has also fallen once again. In case you are keeping track, that makes three years in a row. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, median household income in the United States dropped 2.3% in 2010 after accounting for inflation. Overall, median household income in the United States has declined by a total of 6.8% once you account for inflation since December 2007. So should we be excited that our incomes are going down and that a record number of Americans slipped into poverty last year? Should we be thrilled that the economic pie is shrinking and that our debt levels are exploding? All of those that claimed that the U.S. economy was recovering and that everything was going to be just fine have some explaining to do.
Back in the year 2000, 11.3% of all Americans were living in poverty. Today,15.1% of all Americans are living in poverty. The last time the poverty level was this high was back in 1993.
However, it is important to keep in mind that the government definition of poverty rises based on the rate of inflation. If inflation was still calculated the way that it was 30 or 40 years ago, the poverty line would be much, much higher and millions more Americans would be considered to be living in poverty.
So why is poverty in America exploding? Who is getting hurt the most? How is America being changed by this? What is the future going to look like if we remain on the current path?
Let’s take a closer look at poverty in America….
The Shrinking Number Of Jobs
Unemployment is rampant and the number of good jobs continues to shrink. Once upon a time in America, if you really wanted a job you could go out and get one. Today, competition for even the lowest paying jobs has become absolutely brutal. There simply are not enough chairs at the “economic table”, and not being able to get a good job is pushing large numbers of Americans into poverty…..
*There are fewer payroll jobs in the United States today than there were back in 2000 even though we have added 30 million people to the population since then.
*Back in 1969, 95 percent of all men between the ages of 25 and 54 had a job. In July, only 81.2 percent of men in that age group had a job.
*If you gathered together all of the unemployed people in the United States, they would constitute the 68th largest country in the world.
*According to John Williams of shadowstats.com, if you factored in all of the short-term discouraged workers, all of the long-term discouraged workers and all of those working part-time because they cannot find full-timeemployment, the real unemployment rate right now would be approximately 23 percent.
*If you have been unemployed for at least one year, there is a 91 percentchance that you will not find a new job within the next month.
The Working Poor
The number of low income jobs is rising while the number of high income jobs is falling. This has created a situation where the number of “the working poor” in America is absolutely skyrocketing. Millions of Americans are working as hard as they can and yet they still cannot afford to lead a middle class lifestyle.
*Since the year 2000, we have lost approximately 10% of our middle class jobs. In the year 2000 there were about 72 million middle class jobs in the United States but today there are only about 65 million middle class jobs.
*Back in 1980, less than 30% of all jobs in the United States were low income jobs. Today, more than 40% of all jobs in the United States are low income jobs.
*Between 1969 and 2009, the median wages earned by American men between the ages of 30 and 50 dropped by 27 percent after you account for inflation.
*According to a report released in February from the National Employment Law Project, higher wage industries are accounting for 40 percent of the job losses in America but only 14 percent of the job growth. Lower wage industries are accounting for just 23 percent of the job losses but 49 percent of the job growth.
*Half of all American workers now earn $505 or less per week.
*Last year, 19.7% of all U.S. working adults had jobs that would not have been enough to push a family of four over the poverty line even if they had worked full-time hours for the entire year.
*The number of Americans that are going to food pantries and soup kitchens has increased by 46% since 2006.
Unprecedented Dependence On The Government
Because they cannot get good jobs that will enable them to support themselves and their families, millions of Americans that used to be hard working contributors to society are now dependent on government handouts. Nearly every single measure of government dependence is at a record high, and there are no signs that things are going to turn around any time soon.
*One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least one government anti-poverty program.
*Nearly 10 million Americans now receive unemployment benefits. That number is almost four times larger than it was back in 2007.
*More than 45 million Americans are now on food stamps. The number of Americans on food stamps has increased 74% since 2007.
*Approximately one-third of the entire population of Alabama is now on food stamps.
*More than 50 million Americans are now on Medicaid.
*Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Today,approximately one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.
*In 1980, just 11.7% of all personal income came from government transfer payments. Today, 18.4% of all personal income comes from government transfer payments.
The Suffocating Cost Of Health Care
Millions of American families are being financially crippled by health care costs. The U.S. health care system is deeply, deeply broken and Obamacare is going to make things even worse. Health care is one of the top reasons why American families get pushed into poverty. Most of us are just one major illness or disease from becoming financially wrecked. Just ask anyone that has gone through it. The health insurance companies do not care about you and they will try to wiggle out of their obligations at the time when you need them the most. If you talk to people that have been through bankruptcy, most of them will tell you that medical bills were at least partially responsible.
*In America today, there are 49.9 million Americans that do not have any health insurance. One single medical bill could easily wipe out the finances of most of those people.
*Only 56 percent of Americans are currently covered by employer-provided health insurance.
*According to a report published in The American Journal of Medicine, medical bills are a major factor in more than 60 percent of the personal bankruptcies in the United States. Of those bankruptcies that were caused by medical bills, approximately 75 percent of them involved individuals that actually did have health insurance.
*According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, health care costs accounted for just 9.5% of all personal consumption back in 1980. Today they account for approximately 16.3%.
More Children Living In Poverty
The United States has a child poverty rate that is more than twice as high as many European nations. We like to think that we have “the greatest economy on earth”, but the reality is that we have one of the highest child poverty rates and it increased once again last year.
*The poverty rate for children living in the United States increased to 22% in 2010. That means that tonight more than one out of every five U.S. children is living in poverty.
*The poverty rate for U.S. adults is only 13.7%.
*Households that are led by a single mother have a 31.6% poverty rate.
*Today, one out of every four American children is on food stamps.
*It is being projected that approximately 50 percent of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point in their lives before they reach the age of 18.
*There are 314 counties in the United States where at least 30% of the children are facing food insecurity.
*More than 20 million U.S. children rely on school meal programs to keep from going hungry.
*It is estimated that up to half a million children may currently be homeless in the United States.
The Plight Of The Elderly
The elderly are also falling into poverty in staggering numbers. They may not be out protesting in the streets, but that does not mean that they are not deeply, deeply suffering.
*One out of every six elderly Americans now lives below the federal poverty line.
*Between 1991 and 2007 the number of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 that filed for bankruptcyrose by a staggering 178 percent.
*The Baby Boomers have only just begun to retire, and already our social programs for seniors are starting to fall apart. In 1950, each retiree’s Social Security benefit was paid for by 16 U.S. workers. According to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are now only 1.75 full-time private sector workers for each person that is receiving Social Security benefits in the United States.
Squeezed By Inflation
Rising inflation is squeezing the budgets of average American families like never before. Federal ReserveChairman Ben Bernanke claims that inflation is still low, but either he is delusional or he has not been to a supermarket lately.
Personally, I do a lot of grocery shopping at a number of different stores, and without a doubt prices are absolutely soaring. Many of the new “sale prices” are exactly what the old “regular prices” were just a few weeks ago.
Some companies have tried to hide these price increases by shrinking package sizes. But there is no hiding the pain on the old wallet once you fill up your cart with what you need to feed your family.
*Over the past year, the global price of food has risen by 37 percent and this has pushed approximately 44 million more people around the world into poverty.
*U.S. consumers will spend approximately $491 billion on gas this year. That is going to be a brand new all-time record.
*Right now, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States is$3.649. That is 94 cents higher than 12 months earlier and it is a brand new record for this time of the year.
A Smaller Share Of The Pie
The size of the “economic pie” in America is shrinking, and the share of the pie for those that are poor is shrinking a lot faster than the share of the pie for those that are wealthy.
*According to the Washington Post, the average yearly income of the bottom 90 percent of all U.S. income earners is now just $31,244.
*When you look at the ratio of employee compensation to GDP, it is now the lowest that is has been in about 50 years.
*At this point, the poorest 50% of all Americans now control just 2.5% of all of the wealth in this country.
*Big corporations are even recognizing the change that is happening to America. Just consider the following example from a recent article in the Huffington Post….
Manufacturers like Procter & Gamble, the household-goods giant responsible for everything from Charmin and Old Spice to Tide, are concentrating their efforts on luxury and bargain items, putting less emphasis on products aimed at the middle class, the Wall Street Journal reports.
America is fundamentally changing. We were a nation that had the largest middle class in the history of the globe, but now we are becoming a nation that is deeply divided between the haves and the have nots.
Perhaps you are still doing fine. But don’t think that economic disaster cannot strike you. Every single day, thousands more Americans will lose their jobs or will discover a major health problem. Every single day, thousands more Americans will lose their homes or will be forced to take a pay cut.
If you still have a warm, comfortable home to sleep in, you should be thankful. Poverty is a very sneaky enemy and it can strike at any time. If you are not careful, you might be the next American to end up sleeping in your car or living in a tent city.
It is easy to disregard a couple of statistics, but can you really ignore the vast amount of evidence presented above?
It is undeniable that America is getting poorer. Poverty is spreading and hopelessness and despair are rising. There is a reason why the economy is the number one political issue right now. Millions upon millions of Americans are in deep pain and they want some solutions.
Unfortunately, it appears quite unlikely that either major political party is going to offer any real solutions any time soon. So things are going to keep getting worse and worse and worse.
Should we just keep doing the same things that we have been doing over and over and over and yet keep expecting different results?
What we are doing right now is not working. We are in the midst of a long-term economic decline. Both major political parties have been fundamentally wrong about the economy. It is time to admit that.
If we continue on this path, poverty in America is going to continue to get a lot worse. Millions of families will be torn apart and millions of lives will be destroyed.
America please wake up.
Time is running out.
10 - US Ambassador : Support for Israel drives all US policies
While many Americans may believe that US policies are designed to address American needs, America’s new Ambassador to Israel explains that this is far from the case.
Israel's President Shimon Peres, right, raises a toast with newly appointed U.S. ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro during a ceremony introducing new ambassadors to the President at his Jerusalem residence, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011.(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
by Alison Weir
In a recent speech before the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI), Ambassador Daniel Shapiro clarified what drives US policies:
“The test of every policy the Administration develops in the Middle East is whether it is consistent with the goal of ensuring Israel’s future as a secure, Jewish, democratic state. That is a commitment that runs as a common thread through our entire government.”
Shapiro went on to say: “This test explains our extraordinary security cooperation, our stand against the delegitimization of Israel, our efforts on Iran, our response to the Arab Spring, and our efforts on Israeli-Palestinian peace.”
It also explains a factor in the downward slide in American prosperity and standing in the world.
US funding of Israel and its weapons industry
Shapiro elaborated: ‘Israel will receive over $3 billion in U.S. funding for training and equipment in the coming fiscal year. This assistance allows Israel to purchase the sophisticated defense equipment it needs to protect itself, by itself, including the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Our assistance has also helped boost Israel’s domestic defense industry.”
On top of this, Shapiro pointed out, “Congress, at the request of President Obama, provided $205 million to accelerate production and deployment of the Iron Dome short-range missile system, a project to which I devoted particular attention during my tenure at the White House.”
Shapiro failed to note that this system competes with American defense firms, causing still further job loss for Americans, who have a higher unemployment rate than Israel.
Shapiro said that one of his first visits as Ambassador to Israel was to see an Iron Dome battery deployed near Ashkelon, where he “had very moving visits with the victims of rocket attacks in Ashdod.” Palestinian rocket attacks have killed approximately 20 Israelis. There is no report that Shapiro has visited the victims of Israeli shelling attacks on Gaza, where over 1,400 have been killed.
Opposing international initiatives, undermining US needs
Shapiro continued: “The test of our policy – that it advances Israel’s status as a secure, Jewish, democratic state – also explains our commitment to vigorously battle against those who would attempt to isolate or delegitimize Israel in the international community.”
As a result, Shapiro said, the US withdrew from the South African conference on racism in Durban and vetoed UN efforts on Israel (which otherwise would have passed).
Currently, he said, the administration is “doing everything we can” to oppose the Palestinian bid for UN membership to come later this month. “We are taking our opposition to capitals around the world.”
This campaign is reminiscent of previous pro-Israel campaigns, including the original pressure brought by Israel partisans in 1947 on the UN General Assembly to pass a recommendation to give over half of Palestine to a Jewish state.
It could also be a major blow to the US.
Prince Turki al-Faisal, a member of the Saudi Royal Family who headed up its intelligence service for many years, has just published Veto a State, Lose an Ally, in which he warns that if the US vetoes Palestinian UN membership, “Saudi Arabia would no longer be able to cooperate with America in the same way it historically has.”
He writes that it would “provoke uproar among Muslims worldwide,” further undermining American relations with the Muslim world (over 1.2 billion people), “threaten regional stability,” and increase “the chances of another war in the region.”
In 1973 Saudi Arabia, which has been an extremely important US ally, issued a warning based on a similarly reasonable request (that Israel obey international law – see discussion below). When Henry Kissinger ignored it, the US was thrown into a major recession and thousands of Americans lost their jobs and homes.
Author and international attorney John Whitbeck writes that “the adverse consequences for the United States of blocking Palestine’s membership are dazzlingly obvious. An American veto would constitute a shotgun blast in both of its own feet, further isolating the United States from the rest of mankind and outraging the already agitated and unstable Arab and Muslim worlds (notably including Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey).
Since 120 nations have already recognized Palestine, such a veto would outrage countries all over the globe.
Policies on Iran based on Israeli concerns
Shapiro went on to say:
“The test of our policy – to advance Israel’s status as a secure, Jewish democratic state – explains our persistent efforts and the President’s determination to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
“Since 2009, the United States has led the world in imposing the toughest sanctions ever against Iran, through U.N. Security Council Resolution 1929, through the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions and Divestment Act, and through additional sanctions imposed by European and other partners beyond those mandated by the U.N. Security Council… We are working to increase pressure on Iran through additional means, and have taken no option off the table.
Twenty years ago similar pressure on Iraq created a humanitarian catastrophe in which, according to the World Health Organization, over 5,000 children under the age of five died each month from “embargo-related causes.”
Arab Spring actions predicated on Israeli interests
Shapiro explained that concerns for Israel also drive the Administration’s actions regarding the Arab Spring:
“The test of our policy explains President Obama’s original outreach to the Muslim world, and his response to the Arab Spring.
“Israel’s interests were not served by the deep anger felt toward the United States in many Muslim communities, and the President made clear that those who would accept his outstretched hand must do so knowing that the United States will remain a fierce defender of Israel’s legitimacy and call on others to build their own connections with Israel.
“As the unprecedented events of the Arab Spring have unfolded, we have recognized the opportunity presented by the possible emergence of more open, transparent, peaceful, and democratic governments, who will make better neighbors, while remaining vigilant about the risks these changes could present. We know the stakes for Israel are high, and in a situation where neither of us can control outcomes, we are working closely together to chart a common strategy.”
Shapiro said that US support for a “two-state solution” is also based on Israeli desires, explaining that he and the Administration are “convinced that a two-state solution is the only way to guarantee Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state.” Therefore, he said, the administration’s “vigorous pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian peace” also meets the pro-Israel test.
Need to bolster pro-Israel ties among Jewish Americans
Shapiro spoke of the close allegiance that most Jewish Americans feel for Israel, but expressed concern that “much research has shown that growing numbers of younger American Jews feel disconnected, or at best ambivalent, toward Israel. Valuable programs like Birthright have exposed many to this connection, but many more have not been reached.”
He said that “a stronger commitment to Zionist education for American Jewish youth could do much to strengthen bonds that we want to be even stronger in the next generation, but may not be if left untended.”
Helping Israeli finances even further
Shapiro said that “one of the most fruitful opportunities for deepening ties” between Americans and Israelis is in the economic sphere:
“There are approximately one dozen American-Israel Chambers of Commerce throughout the United States, based in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. These organizations are run and organized by Americans who care deeply about the U.S.- Israel relationship and strive to facilitate U.S.-Israel business connections.”
Shapiro pointed out:
“In 2010 alone the U.S. imported $21 billion of Israeli goods and services; that’s 10 percent of Israel’s GDP. American companies and their representatives here directly employ about 60,000 Israelis; that’s fully 2 percent of Israel’s entire workforce. This figure does not include the many thousands more that are supported by American companies here as subcontractors or in downstream businesses.
“American companies have opened two-thirds of all foreign R&D facilities in Israel and brought in nearly 60 percent of all foreign direct investment. In 2011, American companies have acquired ten Israeli startups to the tune of $1.5 billion dollars, not just for their products, but to establish leading international R&D centers tapping into the greatest asset of Israel’s people, their brainpower. American-sourced venture capitalism provides more than half of all money for nascent technology companies to get off the ground.
“Just as other Diaspora communities are often in the lead in promoting economic ties with their countries of origin, many of these projects began because of Jewish-American ‘champions’ of corporate interaction with Israel.”
Ambassador Shapiro failed to mention that Israel’s current account balance is 29th in the world; the U.S. comes in at 196th.
1973 War and Shapiro’s personal ties to Israel
In his speech, Ambassador Shapiro recounted his personal history “for the insights it can give us about the connection of the American Jewish community to the U.S.-Israel relationship.” He stated:
“I am a proud member of our Jewish community in Washington, DC, active in a Conservative synagogue and the Jewish day school that my children attend and where my wife, Julie, worked for many years. And my profound respect for the State of Israel and its remarkable achievements stems from a lifetime of exposure to the extraordinary people who brought Theodore Herzl’s Zionist dream to life.”
Shapiro explained that his close attachment to Israel began in 1973 when he was four years old and his family spent a fall semester in Israel. They were there during the war in which Egypt and Syria tried to retrieve land that had been taken by Israel seven years before.
While Ambassador Shapiro didn’t go into this, there is a close US connection to the 1973 war, called by Israel and US media the “Yom Kippur War.”
Before and during this war, Saudi Arabia called on the US to pressure Israel to return the lands that it had taken and held since 1967, in violation of international law. Instead, Henry Kissinger arranged a massive airlift of US weaponry to Israel, saving Israel from losing the war. This support led to the oil embargo against the US that caused a deep depression and cost thousands of Americans their jobs.
As historian Donald Neff later wrote, this boycott, induced by Kissinger’s weapons to Israel, left “economies around the world shattered and many individuals living poorer lives.” Neff wrote that while “Kissinger admitted, ‘I made a mistake,’ skeptics might wonder whether it was a mistake, or wanton disregard of U.S. interests during a passionate effort to help Israel.”
Shapiro explained that the 1973 war had a major impact on his family:
“By the end of the war, and even more so, by the end of our stay, our family’s relationship with Israel had been utterly transformed, from a solid but light connection to the deepest of bonds. Throughout the remainder of my childhood, family dinner conversations turned easily to events in Israel, from the thrill of the peace with Egypt to the anguish of the Lebanon War [initiated by Israel; fatalities were approximately 25:1 Lebanese to Israelis]. The ample bookshelves in my parents’ home grew laden with studies in Zionism, Jewish history, and Israeli literature.
“A product of the Reform Movement, I nurtured my own connection to Israel primarily through summer camp experiences at the Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, an unlikely setting for some of the most innovative Jewish and Zionist education to be found anywhere.
“These experiences led me to spend half a year after high school in Israel on a Reform Movement program, living with an Israeli family in Jerusalem, studying at Hebrew Union College, traveling widely throughout the country, and volunteering on Kibbutz Yahel in the Arava.
“I returned for my sophomore year of college at Hebrew University, supplementing my studies with work as a waiter at the wedding hall in the Beit Knesset HaGadol and long walks in Rehavia, where my girlfriend – who is now my wife of 19 years – took an apartment.
“In the years since, I have made Israel, its history and people, its quest for peace and security in the Middle East, and its relationship with the United States, the centerpiece of my academic studies at Brandeis and Harvard, my work on Capitol Hill, and my service in the Clinton and Obama Administrations.”
Shapiro emphasized that in many ways his story is not unique, stating that “it is impossible to deny the special connection that most in the American Jewish community feel for Israel…. wherever they fall on the political spectrum, and whatever their views on American policy, Israeli policy or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the vast majority of American Jews care deeply about Israel…”
Shapiro said that he is deeply honored that President Obama has entrusted him with the “task and responsibility of strengthening and deepening” US ties to Israel.
Shapiro concluded: “… as a committed Jewish American, with deep roots in the American Jewish community and warm bonds of affection with Israel, I will have an opportunity to draw on those associations to help make the U.S.-Israel relationship, strong as it is, even stronger in the years ahead.”
Photo: Ambassador Daniel Shapiro with Israeli President Shimon Peres, August 3, 2001.
Alison Weir is an American freelance journalist and founder and Executive Director of If Americans Knew and president of The Council for National Interest. Ms. Weir writes and speaks on issues covering the situation in Palestine/Israel, addresses the historical context and provides critique of how the media covers issues which challenges U.S. foreign policy and well-funded lobby interests. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the world’s major sources of instability. Americans are directly connected to this conflict, and increasingly imperiled by its devastation. It is the goal of If Americans Knew to provide full and accurate information on this critical issue .Bio and additional articles by Alison weir
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11 - ISRAEL AND THE VOTE : Israelis Must Stop Netanyahu !
A Veto Will Destroy IsraelIsrael Lose the Vote Save Yourselves !
By Gordon Duff
This is a note to the people of Israel, for the most part, the Jewish people of Israel:
Veterans Today, a publication ADL head Abe Foxman, a person most Jews wish would simply disappear, hates, is also one of the most popular reads in Israel.
For a publication that ties some Israeli’s to 9/11, along with the folks any sane person know planned it, we are surprisingly popular. Why? It could be because VT is a fairly Jewish publication, no secret there. It could be because we have more high ranking intelligence officials than any public website.
We do have readers who hate Jews, those who visit our comment section watch me whack them from time to time. There are real crazy people out there who hate people because of their race and religion. Jews in Israel also know, better than anyone, they live among many of those crazy people themselves.
I have my own reasons for things and am notoriously un-soft spoken. I want the US out of wars, I certainly want Islam reformed, I want real democratic governments, first for the United States, Britain, Italy, Germany and France, then elsewhere.
I want an end to the Federal Reserve, the IMF and World Bank, several unnamed UN organizations, one I worked for, as do any who have a rudimentary understanding of economics.
I want to replace hate and killing with dialog. Better screaming and shoe throwing than cluster bombs. I have a very clear understanding of the Islamic world, no rose colored glasses. There are going to have to be offsets, clear restraints on the growth of Islamic extremism and similar restraints on Zionism and the American version, Christian Evangelism.
All are equal. I have no religious beliefs myself and, on occasion, find religious people, Jews, Christians and Muslims I admire, but, being honest, I admire them DESPITE their religion.
Why we are having this talk ?
Today, Spain re-instituted rape charges against Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, nephew of the Saudi King. Two days ago Turki al Faisal warned the US about using its Security Council veto to stop the formation of a Palestinian state, something the General Assembly supports overwhelmingly. These rape charges are being orchestrated as retaliation. One might also remember that the Murdoch family is in partnership in business with him and that they are extremely close to Mr. Netanyahu.
Americans are used to such things. Today, presidential candidate Sarah Palin was accused of having sex with a famous basketball player and using drugs. Is it true? Not a clue. We do know, however, more than one recent US president, was gay, another a pedophile and the documentation on that is not very well hidden.
Start throwing stones about sex freaks in politics or among the super-rich, and they will all “go down.”
Terrorism as politics, not rumor, not conspiracy but how its been done since the Roman Empire. Time to “get real.”
The Norway killings were also a retaliation by Israel, and this isn’t conspiracy theory. This is the reality of world politics, folks play hard in the real world. When we tell you about 9/11, we aren’t making it up, we are simply informing those intelligent to understand the world as it is what we know and what we can easily prove.
If you have a relative that is a high ranking member of the IDF, ask them about 9/11. Here is what they will say: “They asked us to help, they offered us billions, they said they would get rid of Saddam and eventually Iran as well. How could we refuse?”
Go ahead, ask the question, I know the answer.
I assure you, governments and intelligence agencies know all this very well.
The question today is simple. Should Netanyahu be allowed to plan terrorist acts, and this is exactly what we know he is doing, blackmail and more inventing things to stop the UN vote? Is this a real way of protecting Israel in the long run?
Did you elect him to do this?
Then, I suggest you consider the new map of the Middle East. I have included an article I wrote last week below. It includes some thing you won’t normally see in print, call this VT-Leaks if you will. They are meant to inform, we don’t sell anything, we don’t advertise, we don’t take money and we don’t take sides.
This “thing” with Turkey and Egypt has to be fixed. The “Palestinian problem” has to go away.
We know that Netanyahu has planned to arrange acts of “Palestinian terrorism,’ including “shooting into crowds” to support a new attack on Gaza.
We have many good friends in Israel who rat him out.
The long solution is not simple. Relations with Iran have to stabilize, the war of idiocy with the Saudi’s has to end, it is going nowhere. Apologize to Turkey. Israel is wrong over the Mavi Marmara issue. Also apologize to the families and survivors of the USS Liberty.
Because it is the smart thing to do. Figure it out. For a nation filled with Nobel Prize winners, I see alot of bad decision making.
The Palestinian situation is a painful one and should, however, be tied to a wider regional solution with trade offs involving an oil pipeline from Iraq. If you can’t figure out how to pull that one off and the financial return, I can’t help you.
Pakistan is also ready to make concessions on economic development with Israel.
Cut the deal, take the money, open Gaza, make peace, open negotiations with Hizbollah through Iran and continue playing everyone else off as you always have.
Everyone else does it anyway and nobody expects any different.
The problems with Egypt will then disappear.
What will it give Israel? Real security. It will also supply real jobs, rebuild Israel’s middle class and provide a real future.
It will also remove the United States from the Middle East.
12 - Rejoice : The true beneficiaries of Libya's revolution
''Humanitarian'' victory: NATO bombs civilians for ''protection''
By John Pilger
On September 13, one of the world's biggest arms fairs opens in London, backed by the British government.
On September 8, the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a preview entitled "Middle East: A vast market for UK defence and security companies".
The host was the Royal Bank of Scotland, a bank which has been a major investor in cluster bombs.
According to Amnesty International, the victims of cluster bombs are 98 per cent civilians and 30 per cent children.
The RBScotland has received 20 million pounds in public money. The blurb for the bank's arms party reads: "The Middle East is one of the regions with the greatest number of opportunities for UK defence and security companies.
Saudi Arabia... is the world's top defence importer, having spent $56bn in 2009... a very worthwhile region to target."
Such are the Cameron government's priorities following the great "humanitarian" victory in Libya.
As Margaret Thatcher once declared: "Rejoice!" And as the bankers and arms merchants raise their glasses, let us not forget the heroic RAF pilots who made Libya ours again by incinerating countless "pro-Gaddafi elements", and the unsung stalwarts of the British drone industry at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire who, before and after lunch, provide the information for drone targets so that Hellfire missiles can flatten homes and suck the air out of lungs, a specialty.
And cheers to QinetiQ's drone testing site at Aberporth and at UAV Engines Limited in Lichfield.
The west's humanitarian mission is not quite finished. Nearly six months after securing a UN resolution authorising "the [protection] of civilians and civilian-populated areas under the threat of attack", NATO is raining fragmentation bombs on civilian-populated Sirte and other "Gaddafi strongholds" where, says a Channel 4 News reporter, "until they cut off the head of the snake, Libyans will not feel safe".
I quote that not so much for its Orwellian quality but as a model of journalism’s role in justifying "our" bloodbaths in advance.
This is Rupert's Revolution, after all. Gone from the Murdoch press are pejorative "insurgents".
The action in Libya, says The Times, is "a revolution... as revolutions used to be". That it is a coup by a gang of Moamar Gaddafi's ex-cronies and spooks in collusion with NATO is hardly news.
The self-appointed "rebel leader", Mustafa Abdul Jalil, was Gaddafi's feared justice minister.
The CIA runs or bankrolls most of the rest, including America's old friends, the Mujahideen Islamists who spawned Al Qaeda.
They told journalists what they needed to know: that Gaddafi was about to commit "genocide", of which there was no evidence, unlike the abundant evidence of "rebel" massacres of black African workers falsely accused of being mercenaries.
European bankers' secret transfer of the Central Bank of Libya from Tripoli to "rebel" Benghazi by European bankers in order to control the country’s oil billions was an epic heist of little interest.
The entirely predictable indictment of Gaddafi before the "international court" at The Hague evokes the charade of the dying Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, whose "heinous crime" has been deployed to promote the west's ambitions in Libya.
In 2009, Al-Megrahi was sent back to Libya by the Scottish authorities not for compassionate reasons, as reported, but because his long-awaited appeal would have confirmed his innocence and described how he was framed by the Thatcher government, as the late Paul Foot's landmark expose revealed.
As an antidote to the current propaganda, I urge you to read a forensic demolition of el-Melgrahi’s "guilt" and its political meaning in Dispatches from the Dark Side: on torture and the death of justice (Verso) by the distinguished human rights lawyer, Gareth Peirce.
This is not to detract from Gaddafi's awful dictatorship, a "rendition" destination for MI6, we now learn. But his odium is unrelated to the rape of his country by imperial caricatures such as Nicolas Sarkozy, a Napoleonic Islamophobe whose intelligence services almost certainly set up the coup against Gaddafi.
US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks disclose the west's panic over Gaddafi's refusal to hand over the greatest source of oil in Africa and his overtures to China and Russia.
Propaganda relies not only on Murdoch but on apparently respectable voices inducing historical amnesia.
The Observer, which has yet to apologise for its catastrophic promotion of Iraq's non-existent weapons of mass destruction, is in thrall to the "honourable intervention" of Sarkozy and Cameron and their "humanitarian and emotional" motives.
Its political columnist Andrew Rawnsley completes an impressive double. As Media Lens reminds us, in 2003, Rawnsley wrote of Iraq: "The death toll has been nothing like as high as had been widely feared".
A million dead Iraqis later, Rawnsley insists that, in Libya "Britain got it right" and "the number of civilian casualties inflicted by the air strikes seems to have been mercifully light". Tell that to Libyans with loved ones obliterated by corporate-friendly Hellfires.
NATO attacked Libya to counter and manipulate a general Arab uprising that took the rulers of the world by surprise.
Unlike his neighbours, Gaddafi had come to power by denying western control of his country's natural wealth.
For this, he was never forgiven, and the opportunity for his demise was seized in the usual manner, as history shows.
The American historian William Blum has kept the record. Since the second world war, the United States has crushed or subverted liberation movements in 20 countries, and attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, many of them democratic, and dropped bombs on 30 countries, and attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.
13 - What they don't tell you about Libya
by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
We all saw Khamis al-Qathafi killed and resurrected five or six times by the “mainstream” media, we all saw William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary, lying through his teeth by affirming that Colonel Gaddafi had fled to Venezuela, then not even issuing an apology after such a blatant example of disinformation and slander. They are quick to tell you everything, it seems, except the truth.
And what is the truth? We all know what they did tell you, now let’s see what they didn’t. For a start, let us see the reply from the British Ministry of Defence to a perfectly simple and straightforward question:
Have French and British special forces been operating inside Libya at any time since the beginning of the conflict?
“We do not normally comment on Special Forces matters and we see no reason to change that policy on this occasion.”
So, no categorical denial. No vehement or indignant affirmation that such would be a violation on the United Nations Security Council Resolutions covering the case (1970 and 1973 – 2011) and so of course not. And why?
Let us see the news coming out of Libya from sources either inside the country or linked to sources outside with credible information. Obviously, one cannot be everywhere and one does not have the gift of omniscience; however, the “credible” “mainstream” biased media sources which were in situ and have been reporting from Libya have been reporting what? Lies. Remember the “air strikes” by the Libyan Air Force against civilians? There weren’t any.
They said nothing about the democratic nature of the Jamahiriya system of Government (a Google search will make interesting reading, as will Muammar al-Qathafi’s Green Book), they said nothing about the terrorist and foreign nature of this so-called rebellion, they said nothing about where these “rebel” flags suddenly came from, they did not explain why the “rebellion” started on the western and eastern frontiers and not among the youth in the capital Tripoli.
They tried to play down the world’s largest demonstrations in support of their leader, 1.7 million residents of Tripoli coming out to support Colonel Gaddafi, which in comparative terms would be 20 million Britons or 100 million Americans. Would a fraction of these turn out to support Cameron or Obama? Probably to throw eggs and tomatoes, yes. To support, no.
So what is the information coming out of Libya?
There are reports that in recent days, NATO-backed Terrorist forces have been repelled in Bani Walid and Sirt – and that over a thousand terrorist elements have been liquidated (pending confirmation). There are reports that two NATO helicopters have been brought down over Sabah and that all the NATO mercenaries inside were destroyed. A group of terrorists heading towards Bani Walid to terrorise its citizens was intercepted by the Alassabaa tribe and 35 of these elements were destroyed.
A ratfight (fight among terrorist groups) took place in Tripoli, today leaving 30 of this scourge dead.
There are reports that 35 British SAS operationals were liquidated in a successful defence against this illegal aggression by the Libyan Armed Forces and in Abu Saleem district at the weekend, 7 British special force elements were destroyed. Today there were reports that the convoy of the leader of the NATO/terrorist elements Mustafa Abdul Jalil came under fire near Tripoli airport but there has been no further mention of it.
On the eastern front, 50 terrorists who tried to enter al-Brega were eliminated.
On the legal front, David Cameron and William Hague have been aiding and abetting the LIFG group inside Libya which is proscribed on the FCO lists as a terrorist group. Therefore under the UK’s own Terrorism Acts (2006), surely a crime has been committed by the British Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary?
The biased media has said nothing of NATO’s continued war crimes and breaches of the Geneva Conventions, strafing civilians with helicopters, taking sides in an internal conflict, violation of the terms of the UNSC Resolution, attacking civilian structures and supplies with military hardware.
The result is that NATO and its political and military leaders have lost all credibility, as they face the call from millions of people around the world to put them on trial for their war crimes.
14 - NATO Planning New Terrorist Atrocity in Libya
Already actively supporting terrorists listed on the U.S. government web sites such as the military commander installed by NATO in Tripoli, the U.S.-led NATO is now planning another terrorist atrocity in Libya according to reports received at a Russian web site
NATO has conceived a huge provocation in order to discredit the army of volunteers from Libya where the general population are armed in order to defend themselves against invasions such as that currently underway and from other African states coming to the rescue of Libya, sources indicate.
To this end, the NATO sources have bought Soviet weapons that armed Libyan in the past. On Tuesday 13th it became clear that NATO had purchased Soviet weapons in Latvia, including a few tanks and armored vehicles, also from Moldova and possibly from other countries. They are using a heavy cargo aircraft IL-76 to transport these weapons.
This plot was hatched by NATO strategists in order to paint in the colors Jamahiriya mercenaries, posing as an army of volunteers, to create confusion by killing civilians in Libya.
This will sow discord between the tribes and the army with their attachments of volunteers.
The aircraft was reported arriving from Moldova around Wednesday. A first confirmation that the mechanism is already running is given at this Russian news site:http://www.gazeta.ru/news/lenta/2011/09/13/n_2007561.shtml
Information for this report was taken from the Russian site "for Gaddafi and his people": http://za-kaddafi.ru/node/3661 which is closely monitoring the situation in Libya and the illegal US-NATO-led war against Africa's wealthiest state.
15 - Jesse Ventura - Off mic on 9/11 Conspiracy & other videos
LIFE UNDER HITLER
History repeats itself. In this interview segment former Hitler Youth, Hilmar Von Campe, describes what life was like under Hitler and the National Socialists (Nazi's). Eerily similar to modern day America. Video: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/4997.html
DEATH BY PLASTIC
Aaron Dykes hosts a segment on Bisphenol A, the dangerous estrogenic in plastic drinking bottles and food containers. BPA is
a known toxic substance outlawed in Canada and Europe, but still used in the United States, even though the FDA raised concerns
regarding exposure of fetuses, infants and young children to the substance.
Sound Evidence for Explosions at WTC 7 and NIST Cover Up
Building what ? Building 7 was a 47-story skyscraper that was part of the World Trade Center complex. It would have been the tallest
high-rise in 33 states. It collapsed at 5:20 pm on September 11, 2001. It was not hit by an airplane and suffered minimal damage
compared to other buildings much closer to the Twin Towers.
9/11: A Conspiracy Theory
9/11 Inside Job: Ten Years Later
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16 - U.S. Ambassador to Syria in charge of recruiting Arab/Muslim death squads to fight authority forces in Syria
by Wayne Madsen, www.opinion-maker.org, 12. Sep, 2011
WMR has been informed by reliable sources that the U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert S. Ford, is the key State Department official who has been responsible for recruiting Arab “death squads” from Al Qaeda-affiliated units in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and Chechnya to fight against Syrian military and police forces in embattled Syria. Ford served as the Political Officer at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad from 2004 to 2006 under Ambassador John Negroponte, the U.S. ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985. Negroponte was a key figure in the covert U.S. program to arm the Nicaraguan contras and his support for vicious paramilitary units in El Salvador and Honduras earned him the nickname of “Mr. Death Squad.”
Negroponte tasked Ford with implementing the “El Salvador option” in Iraq, the use of Iraqi Shi’a irregulars and Kurdish Pesh Merga paramilitary forces to target for assassination and kidnapping/torture Iraqi insurgency leaders in Iraq and across the border in Syria. The operation was named for Negroponte’s death squad operation in Central America in the 1980s.
Ford has become the point man in the recruitment of Arabs and Muslims from the Middle Eastand beyond to battle against the security forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. The U.S.-backed terrorists have not only carried out attacks on Syrian security forces but have also massacred civilians in “false flag” operations later blamed on Syrian government forces. WMR has been informed that Ford’s operations in Syria are being carried out with the assistance of Israel’s Mossad.
The “El Salvador” option has also been used in Libya, where Al Qaeda irregulars, drawn from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen, have been carrying out murders of Libyan civilians, especially black Libyans and African guest workers, on behalf of the Libyan rebel government. Some of the murders of civilians have been blamed on pro-Muammar Qaddafi forces but they have, in fact, been carried out by Al Qaeda units fighting with the rebels and which are being directed by CIA and MI-6 advisers. Ford has been providing advice to the Libyan rebels on how to carry out their death squad attacks.
From 2006 to 2008, Ford served as U.S. ambassador to Algeria, a nation that opposes the Libyan rebel government and a nation that has begun to see a re-surgence of “Al Qaeda” terrorist attacks against Algerian government targets. In fact, Algeria is viewed as the next domino to fall as the U.S. seeks to establish total military and political hegemony over North Africa.
WMR has learned from a source who was recently in Libya that the Libyan rebel transitional government has agreed to allow the U.S. to establish permanent military bases in Libya, including on the Algerian border. The rebels have also agreed to permit an American to serve as the chief political officer for the planned Libyan transitional advisory body due to be organized by NATO and the United Nations. The body will be modeled on the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.
17 - Protecting Americans? President Obama's Shameful Silence in the Face of Israel's Murder of a Young American
aletho | September 14, 2011 URL: http://wp.me/pIUmC-86t
By Dave Lindorff | ThisCan'tBeHappeneing! | September 14, 2011
Among the many shameful and cowardly things that President Barack Obama has and has not done, few can rival his complete unwillingness to express outrage at the Israeli military’s murder of a young American teen executed at close range during the Israeli Defense (sic) Force assault on the Turkish-flagged aid ship the Mavi Marmara in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea back on May 31, 2010.
Furkan Dogan, born in the US to Turkish parents, both legal residents of the U.S., and educated in the US, was a volunteer on the Mavi Marmara, the flag ship in a six boat aid flotilla that tried to sail with humanitarian aid from Turkey to the Israeli prison colony known as Gaza only to be stormed and captured and pirated to Israel.
When IDF forces boarded the ship from helicopters and speed boats they shot and killed nine people, one of them young Dogan.
When the assault occurred, there was no protest from the White House, even though an American citizen had been killed. (There was little reporting on the murder either in the U.S. corporate media, which consistently referred to him as Turkish-American--a designation usually reserved for immigrants--despite his being native born in the U.S.).
Nor was there any protest from the White House when the Turkish Council of Forensic Medicine reported a month later that the autopsy conducted on Dogan showed that, like most of the other eight IDF victims, he had been shot in the back and in the back of the head, as well as in the face -- hardly the kind of killing that would have resulted had he and the others -- as the Israeli government claimed, been “attacking” the IDF boarders. (In fact a smuggled videoshows two IDF officers brutally kicking a person identified by the filmer as Dogan while he is lying on the deck of the ship, and then shooting him repeatedly with their weapons, which my colleague Linn Washington says appear to be pump-action Remington 870 shotguns -- a deadly gun popular around the world and among police for “riot control” actions. The weapon is part of the IDF arsenal.)
A UN High Commissioner for Human Rights who investigated the IDF assault on the Mavi Marmara concluded that Dogan, far from “assaulting” IDF forces, had been trying to video-tape their slaughter of others when he was attacked and slain.
As for President Obama, who is forever echoing his predecessor George W. Bush about his important job of “protecting Americans”?
Furkan Dogan, American teen murdered by Israeli troops, ignored by President Obama and the US government
Far from expressing outrage at the murder of a US youth, he and his State Department, as I disclosed in an article in ThisCantBeHappening! on Sept. 27, 2010, hid news about the forensic evidence of Dogan’s execution after it was provided by Turkey, first to the U.S Embassy in Ankara, and then to the White House directly.
As I wrote at that time:
Turkey, a NATO ally of the United States, says it sent the autopsy report to the US via the US Embassy in Turkey, as soon as it was completed, assuming the US would want to prosecute Israel for his death. Instead, the Obama administration and the US Justice Department sat and continue to sit on the information, saying nothing. A request by ThisCantBeHappening for information from the Justice Department about the autopsy elicited only a brief “We have no comment for you,” from DOJ spokesman Dean Boyd.
Now the president has been roundly condemned for his callous disregard for the brutal slaughter of one of his country’s own young citizens by no less than the prime minister of Turkey, one of America’s NATO allies. Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan reported on September 10 that in a recent meeting with the U.S. president, he told Obama that Turkish medical examiners had determined that the nine victims had been hit by a total of 35 bullets, most fired at close range and -- as we know from the reports -- from the back. He later told reporters, “I asked President Obama whether the reason he showed no interest in one of his nationals being killed was because [the victim] was [ethnically] Turkish - he didn’t reply.”
No U.S. corporate media reporters have ventured to ask Obama about this shocking silence. Nor was Erdogan’s account mentioned in the mainstream media -- even in the New York Times, where on Sept. 12, reporter David D. Kirkpatrick actually wrote a report on Erdogan’s new assertiveness in which he mentioned the Turkish PM’s “faulting” of the U.S. for failing to demand an apology from Israel “for the killing of its citizens” in the May 31, 2010 raid.
Failing to mention at such a point that Erdogan had leveled an even more explosive charge directly against the president himself is simply journalist malpractice on Kirkpatrick’s and the Times’ part. (Compare the Times and other US media outlets' coverage of the plight of two captured U.S. hikers in Iranian captivity, who have not been killed or even treated badly by U.S. prison standards, to the non-coverrage of Dogan's murder.)
Where does the account of Erdogan’s comment to President Obama appear? In the Jewish Daily Forward, a publication printed in New York City, which had an article titled “Rift Between Israel and Turkey Puts White House on the Spot.”
Of course, this would not be the first time that a U.S. president had failed to condemn a brutal murder of an American by Israel. President Johnson famously covered up Israel’s monstrous attack on the U.S. Navy spy ship Liberty during the 1967 Six-Day War--an unprovoked attack on a vessel of its key ally, which killed 34 U.S. sailors and injured another 170.
But this murder of Dogan, while minor in size compared to the attack on the Liberty, is in another way perhaps worse, as it was an attack on a peaceful ship in international waters and involves the murder of an unarmed young man who was doing nothing but trying to document an ongoing atrocity.
For President Obama to maintain his silence in this case is not just a shameful act -- it is a message to the rest of the world that where Middle East issues are concerned, he and the rest of the U.S. government are completely in the control of the right-wing Israeli government and of its zionist backers in the U.S., even to the point of being willing to alienate the entire 75 million people of Turkey.
The president’s shame is only matched by the equally shameful behavior of the U.S. corporate media, which have likewise blacked out this Israeli atrocity against an innocent young American.
18 - Broken wrists and arrests by Israeli military as farmers cultivate Beit Ummar
aletho | September 13, 2011 URL: http://wp.me/pIUmC-85q
10 September 2011 | International Solidarity Movement, West Bank
Supporting Palestinian farmers in Beit Ummar, international activists joined the weekly Saturday activities–clearing the land for cultivation despite the harassment of Israeli military and illegal settlers, which resulted in the injury of a Palestinian man and the arrest of a British national, Jude Wells.
At 9 AM the solidarity march to protect the farmland of Beit Ummar began from the local mosque to the main gate of the illegal Israeli settlement, Karmi Tzur. Dozens of citizens, Israeli and foreign activists participated in the march. Volunteers removed the brush and thorns as well as the irrigation networks that the settlers put in to desecrate the farmland. An Israeli flag was staked into the farmland to mark the creation of a settler outpost. Internationals removed the flag, and participants started chanting slogans in support of the creation of a Palestinian state.
Israeli soldiers arrived in the lane next to the field and began entering the field to prevent the farmers working. When work began again soldiers and border police briefly showed a military closure order to one of the Palestinian farmers. It was not possible to check the legality of the order and a request to photograph the order was refused.
But with the insistence of the participants in the march, a significant amount of the participants were able to access the land intended to be controlled. Flags were held up and the Israeli army violently reacted by brutally beating activists. A large number of settlers were gathered and started screaming and insulting the Palestinians, offending Muslims, as the army stood by.
Two participants in the action were arrested including 27 year old Jude Wells of Britain, and 45 year old Ali Abad, a member of the local Popular Committee who sustained injuries to his right hand. For a video of the arrests, visit this link.
Abad who was originally handcuffed to be arrested was transported by the Red Crescent to Alya hospital to treat his broken wrist. Wells was released from detainment after ten hours.
Riyad Abuayyash, a farmer who was present and witnessed the aggression said, “I want to live in peace with my neighbors, with mutual respect, my dream is to have my own house here and grow grapes on my land.”
After the second Intifada farmers of Beit Ummar were driven from the land which borders the illegal Israeli settlement. Without support and presence of internationals, the risk of farming their own land would be potentially fatal.
19 - 9/11/11: Orgy of Deception
September 10, 2011
(left, spinning high treason by our 'leaders' into a maudlin appeal to patriotism.)
An atrocity such as 9-11 does not require commemoration. It requires justice!
The murder of more than 3,000 Americans hasn't been avenged. Instead, it has been used to justify war and tyranny.
by Henry Makow Ph.D.
For me, the 9-11 Commemoration is a repeat of the original outrage and therefore very painful to witness.
The original attack was mass trauma brainwashing perpetrated by a traitor class within America. Now, they're reinforcing the original programming. It is all designed to perpetuate war and strip Americans of their civil rights under the bogus pretext of a terrorist threat.
Americans are acquiescing in their own enslavement, and many seem willing to go along. I think the majority know 9-11 was an inside job but are afraid to say so.
9-11 is being spun as a mini "holocaust" - a cathartic event that "changed everything." Illuminati Satanist Lady Gaga is asking the question, "What will you do to remember?"
How about punishing the real perpetrators? An atrocity such as 9-11 does not require remembering. It requires justice!
The perps must be caught. Otherwise, they will continue these false flags in the form of "terrorist attacks," oil spills, stock crashes, viruses and "natural" disasters.
The politicians who wax eloquent about 9-11 are among the main accomplices. You have to admire their cynicism and lying ability; no doubt it's a job requirement.
This spectacle demonstrates that we live in a de facto Communist society where the means of production and weapons of mass deception are controlled by the State, a.k.a. the central bankers. Our "leadership" class are traitors who have sold their souls for "success."
The 9-11 Commemoration is analogous to the JFK Assassination, where half the people at the funeral had foreknowledge of the hit and participated in the coverup.
THE OFFICIAL STORYLINE
The official 9-11 story has more holes than Swiss cheese. If this were a free and open society, there would be widespread and genuine interest in addressing the questions. Instead, there is repression and a cover-up.
I'm not going to review the questions again. I refer you to this review of David Ray Griffin's new book, "9/11 - Ten Years Later: When State Crimes Against Democracy Succeed."
I refer you to "9-11 For Dummies -Five Facts Everyone Should Know" which points to the absence of bodies or plane wreckage.
I refer you to 1600 architects and engineers who say the destruction of the WTC was a controlled demolition. WTC owner Larry Silverstein has admitted WTC7 was a controlled demolition. Are we expected to believe the destruction of the Twin Towers wasn't?
9-11 was perpetrated by the London-based Illuminati (Masonic) central bankers (Rothschilds, Rockefellers etc.) to advance their centuries-old plan for one-world-government (i.e. tyranny.) It was executed by the CIA, Mossad and elements within the US military and covered up by the political and media class who are mid level go'fers. They are accessories after the fact in this mass murder.
No one within the US Establishment was punished for allowing this mind boggling attack to occur. If it were not an inside job, there would have been hundreds of court martials and resignations beginning with G. W. Bush's.
The mass media, whether government or "privately" owned have been discredited as mind control agents. Reporters and announcers are liars and traitors. All three original TV networks were founded by the Illuminati bankers. Fox is no different.
Americans suffer from Stockholm Syndrome. They are hostages who think that if they play along, the Illuminati bankers won't harm them.
According to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the people are "accustomed to listening to us only who pay it for obedience and attention. In this way, we shall create a blind mighty force which will never be in a position to move in any direction without the guidance of our agents...The people will submit to this regime because it will know that upon these leaders will depend its earnings, gratification and the receipt of all kinds of benefits." (Protocol 10)
Sounds like our vaunted freedom is really a form of Stockholm Syndrome.
I am sad about 9-11. The murder of more than 3,000 Americans has not been avenged. 9-11 is a litmus test, demonstrating how completely society has been subverted by a satanic cult, the Illuminati.
What remains for people like us? We must uphold the truth in the face of all scorn. But on a personal level, we shouldn't exhaust ourselves by proselytizing. The truth does not go begging. We'll share our knowledge when asked. Thus, we can have cordial relationships with everyone, including dupes. We were also dupes once.
We must live our lives as constructively as possible, grateful for the freedom and prosperity we still enjoy. We mustn't be depressed by the human condition. Eventually the Illuminati will self-destruct. Evil is inherently dysfunctional.
Related - 9/11 in Five Minutes (Vid)
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Related- From Brasscheck TV - This is one of the more shocking documentaries about the attacks of 9/11. Shocking because it's NOT full of 'conspiracy theories'. There is no guess work here as to how or why, "911 IN PLANE SITE" simply revisits the news broadcasts of that day and points out how much of the story simply disappeared as the 'Official Story' took shape. It reviews 'forgotten' video evidence of that day and points out how much of it contradicts the present view of events.
20 - Dare I say its name?
Nahida the Exiled Palestinian
The term White Supremacism defines the likes of KKK, of racists, neo-nazis etc, and projects a notion of wickedness and evil .
Wherever suitable, the term is used freely and without hesitation, generally by the Left, including the anti-Zionist Jewish Left. No one thinks twice before accurately using the term to portray anyone who claims that so called "White" people are superior to "people of colour".
In some instances, the term is used in association with those who express concerns that the cultural identity of their society might be threatened by immigration. In other instances, the term "White supremacist" is used against historians and researchers who raise uncomfortable questions about official historical narratives enforced by the establishment.
The Ku Klux Klan has been described as a Christian, as well as a white, supremacist group. So are many white supremacist groups in the United States today.George W. Bush’s support for fundamentalist Christianity has been linked to his having a “Christian supremacist vision” in his policies in the Middle East.
The racist delusion of “White supremacy”, is a reality involving generally unsavory individuals, overall a small fringe groups of white people. The term does NOT imply that all, or that most whites are supremacists.
The use of the term "White supremacists" in relation with precisely such people, is perfectly legitimate and legal, anyone can utter it when suitable without having to fear censorship, slander or smear. It seems pretty elementary that whomever uses the term to define people holding such "white supremacist" opinions, does by no means imply to be anti-whites or white-hater.
Under no circumstances would be Non-white people forbidden to criticise or discuss the problem of White-supremacism.
I never came across of a non-racist white person who would claim that the issue of "white-supremacy" is a “White-Only” issue, implying that only white people have the right to discuss, to examine or to expose “White-Supremacists". In fact the contrary is true, all non-racists are always encouraged to publicly discuss, oppose, and demonstrate against “White Supremacy”, even within the main stream media.
The parallel between "White-Supremacy" and "Jewish Supremacy" is inevitable, both holding the same antiquated tenet of superiority of one ethnic and/or religious group over another, irrespective of the moral depravity of these claims and that science having debunked such racist proclamations as being pure bogus nonsense.
However, comparing the two reveals something that should be evident to anyone interested in humanity, society, progress, ethics, news, politics and affairs of state.
The contrast between the two could not be greater.
Indeed, proportionally to their respective demography, "White supremacy" is an extremely fringe phenomenon, generally relegated to some remote muddy training camps in rural America, where alcoholism is more awash than any form of political influence. The KKKs and otherwise White Supremacists are shunned and loathed publicly, and are at the outer margin layer of society. They are in fact so rare, that they are almost museum ripe.
“Jewish Supremacy” however, exists on a much wider and deadlier scale. Firstly "Jewish supremacism" in its different shades, covering a whole spectrum of intensity and visibility, represents a huge segment of the Jewish demography. Secondly, these "Jewish supremacists" have irrefutably a considerable political influence, and arguably they shape governmental policies.
Yet, the Anti-Defamation League condemns as "antisemitic" any writings about “Jewish Supremacism” and labels any person who utters the words as “anti-Semite”.
They even crown as "anti-Semite" whomever dares to demand the truth and asks for an independent investigation to uncover the real story of 9/11.
When someone uses the term “Jewish Supremacy” referring ONLY to SOME Jewish groups and individuals who are extremely racist against non-Jews, the truth-tellers are accused of anti-Semitism. Perplexedly, the accusations come even from the non-racist liberal Jews, who then insist to pretend that the truth-teller is attacking ALL Jews.
Free-thinking, Non-Jews are gagged; they are forbidden to criticise and to discuss the ominous social threat "Jewish supremacism" represents. The pretext invoked for this blackout is that this issue is an internal Jewish problem, and outsiders should not interfere with such private internal Jewish matters!
Well, as one who endears such values as Free-Thinking, Democracy, Science, Equality, and the Right to Freedom of Expression, excuse my rage and pardon my language, but I have to say: HELL NO !
I and all of us non-Jews have every right in the world to write about, to expose and to challenge any supremacism, but especially Jewish supremacism as it thrives amongst some Jewish people and some very influential Jewish groups.
Legally and morally, I have every right to do so because I am personally affected by it,
My own life is negatively affected by it,
My family and my people are negatively affected by it,
And the whole Arab and Muslim world is tragically affected by it.
Hundreds of millions of humans are tragically affected by the wars and hatred fomented by Jewish supremacists in this gradually more violent twenty fist century.
When our very existence is threatened and when the sanctity of life itself is rescinded because we are seen by some Jewish people as Goyims, “creatures” of lesser value compared to Jewish lives, I have every right to scream my head off to expose this sociopathic… “Jewish supremacists”.
When our land and property are stolen from us at gun point by Jewish people who claim entitlement to others’ property because they say God favours them and gave it to them, I have every right to pound the words … “Jewish supremacists”.
When we are treated like animals by those who according to their Talmudic- kabbalistic books see us as two-legged animals created only to serve the Jews, I have every right to shout out loud… “Jewish supremacists”.
When our children are hunted down like fish in a barrel, because our children only have "animal souls”, unlike Jewish children who were given “divine souls”, I have every right to cry… “Jewish supremacists”.
I will not be silenced, and will shout what the world dares not to say its name:
I will shout "Jewish Supremacists" until the world hears my cry.
Therefore, I call upon Jewish people who are sincerely concerned about anti-Semitism, to seriously inspect and to act against their brethren' anti-gentile-ism and anti-humanism, which to my horror I have discovered in their most authentic and revered books; in the documented Talmud, in the Jewish Law (Halacha), in the public statements of many rabbis and their pseudo-secular political allies, in the actions of Jewish-settlers in Palestine, and even in the writing of one of the most reputableJewish philosophers Moses Ben Maimon. also known as Maimonides.
"Maimonides's Mishneh Torah is considered by traditionalist Jews even today as one of the chief authoritative codifications of Jewish law and ethics". source
Moses Ben Maimon (Maimonides) talks about the right of the Jewish king to " wage a milchemet hareshut, (war of aggression) i.e. a war fought with other nations in order to expand the borders of Israel or magnify its greatness and reputation".
He also sees no problem with subjugating and enslaving gentiles
"They shall be your subjects and serve you"
"The subjugation they must accept consists of being on a lower level, scorned and humble. They must never raise their heads against Israel, but must remain subjugated under their rule. They may never be appointed over a Jew in any matter whatsoever"
Nor does this "chief authoritative codifications of Jewish law and ethics" see any ethical predicament with "Jewish wars" of extermination and annihilation.
When I first came across the ugly ideology that festers amongst the Jewish supremacists group Chabad Lubavitch, I assumed that it was only a worm in the can.
When I started digging deeper, I was horrified to discover that it wasn't just a worm in the can, it was an enormous CAN of WORMS.
It goes further than a statement by a "lunatic" rabbi, or a "bizarre" book by a settler extremists, or some violent behaviour of fringe fanatical group.
I came to discover racism and supremacy with unparalleled proportions which not only thrives amongst the very vibrant, powerful and extremely influential Jewish group Chabad Lubavitch, but also extends within some mainstream Jewish philosophy, literature and sacred books.
To my horror and dismay I discovered that such condescending ideology has its roots in the “sacred” books of Talmud, Halacha and Tanya, all of which explicitly divides people into two categories: Jews (refined ethical humans with divine souls) and non-Jews (corrupt sub-humans with animal souls). The Tanya explicitly declares that unlike the Jewish souls, "The souls of the nations of the world, however, emanate from the other, unclean kelipot which contain no good whatever"
Palestinian child looks in horror at her doll vandalized by soldiers
with the Hebrew word shiksa- whore
"Jewish supremacy” exists and it is not mere “Zionist supremacy”, it is much older, more fanatical, more sinister and more dangerous than Zionism, it goes further and deeper than Jewish nationalism or Jewish imperialism. It has its roots deep in the very ideology, laws and practice by many Hasidim who interpret the word "Chosen" to mean far more than message-carriers with their living-example, and instead understand it to mean: Jewish people (materialized by "Israel") have the divine right to lead and dominate. Should it be called Political Judaism, the deluge of corroborating evidence would be overwhelming.
Anyone who even superficially scrutinizes Zionists and its crypto-Zionist variety as they support directly or indirectly the Jewish-Zionist colonization of Palestine, can easily distinguish the ideological cross pollination between Talmudists and the so called "secular" Zionists with all their networks of support and influence.
Former Chief Rabbi of "Israel" Rabbi Ovadia Yosef with Benjamin Netanyahu
Former Chief Rabbi of "Israel" Rabbi Ovadia Yosef with Sharon
Former Chief Rabbi of "Israel" Rabbi Ovadia Yosef with Yitzhak Rabin
Former Chief Rabbi of "Israel" Rabbi Ovadia Yosef with Ehud Olmert
Ovadia Yosef: "The sole purpose of non-Jews is to serve Jews"
In the face of these disturbing facts and distressing reality concerned and progressive Jewish friends should ask themselves some very painful and daring questions: could it possibly be that after all, the whole world might not be so twisted, so irrational, so insane, so full of nonsensical "intrinsic" hatred, and what appears to be waves of inexplicable eruptions of "anti-Semitism" might have something to do with such blatant anti-non-Jewish racism? Might these eruptions have some comprehensible and rational explanations that are linked to Talmudic supremacy and its condescending view of the other, non-Jew? Could it perhaps be that these erratic but recurrent eruption were/ are reactions to what people perceive as anti-Gentile racism; the patronizing and exploitation of that which is of "lesser value", the "other", the "Goy"?
Rather than continuing to deny or obscure the facts by labelling those who expose the facts as anti-Semites, sincere Jews should stop blaming the victims for uncovering these facts, and take a more honest and courageous look within their books and their community, shedding off the state of denial, facing the truth and exposing the horror that, very unfortunately, has found fertile-ground amongst their people.
No, to discuss and to argue openly and honestly against this sociopathic villainy that is Jewish supremacism, does not equate by any shape or manner to uttering one of these primitive blanket accusation that "Jews are evil by nature" or "all Jews believe such insanity", or other such nonsense, far from it. What it really is, is unequivocal condemnation of a racist and supremacist ideology that has deceived SOME Jewish people and set them apart from the rest of humanity. An ideology that had caused them and continues to cause them to be willingly segregated and ghettoized, being as it may physically, emotionally, mentally or even spiritually.
To discuss and to argue honestly and openly about this abominable ideology, is in many ways a statement of trust and hope, that the doors of change and transformation are always open, amending and overcoming burdens of racist philosophies are always possible, and that can be through the extirpation of that archaic monster that has invaded them and deceived them. In fact, to put this subject on the table is a firm statement against racism, hence against anti-Semitism! I hope that Jewish people, at least those amidst them who are not yet polluted by this nefarious supremacist nonsense, will be able ultimately to reconcile themselves with the message of the Prophets, and the message of Humanism, and thus join mankind again, coming back from their exclusionary tribalism.
Unfortunately, overcome by emotions, many liberal Jews perceive this exposure of such ideological predicaments and the genuine desire to address in order to get rid of and overcome, they see it as personal attack on them and on Jewish people as a whole. This entangled emotions forms a blind spot which makes it hard for them to see that which is ugly, and consequently creating intellectual blockage; they react by closing up their thinking faculty, stiffening their minds, taking a strange position of denial and defensiveness that resembles only the reaction of Zionists when confronted with their crimes.
Undoubtedly, obscuring the problem and deflecting people away from it does not make it go away. To the contrary.
With all my heart, I do acknowledge the shock and empathize with the heartrending agonizing pain that comes with such blunt revelation and unfamiliar frankness. I also do understand the psychological limitations that may alter and fog the perception of reality when the reality is too painful to face, however, I long to see my good Jewish friends having the moral courage to look eye to eye through the blind-spot of their fears and apprehensions. I long to see them face up to and address the alarming and damaging problem that lurks beneath the surface, away from their anti-racist radar.
My writings are intended as wake up calls to open the eyes of those concerned to the utterly devastating reality which if not dealt within time, would only cause catastrophic ramification upon all Jewish people. Not because I say so, but because this is the nature of human-societies, human psychology and human behaviour.
NO ONE likes to be viewed as inferior or treated as a lesser-being. period.
And if they are, sooner or later they will revolt and flip the tables. I cannot bear to think of that scenario. it is frightening.
Furthermore, as a person who cares with all her heart for every human no matter their ethnicity, or wealth, or religion, I am very worried about the quasi-certainty that racially (and religiously) motivated mass-murder of unprecedented scale, will be the consequence of the current hatred fomented by Jewish supremacists against people who happen to be Muslims.
Ultimately no one will be able to control such mass movements of bloodthirsty hatred, and foremost what is called "blow-back" might well, as it has happened in the past, hit people who happen to be Jewish, on an equally massive scale. It is our duty, whatever our ethnic, cultural, social, religious or national background, to act with great determination against the sectarian drift that Jewish supremacists have been taking, splitting apart general human and social cohesion, and excluding themselves away from, setting themselves apart and above Humanity to bring upon some sinister and archaic, domination, or the illusion thereof.
It appears to me that authentic Judaism, as taught by the prophets has been long hijacked, hardly anything is left of its original teachings. What we have now is an infestation of extreme ideology propagated by some wicked, cruel, violent, arrogant, regressive self-worshiping supremacists. The world is slowly, very modestly still, discovering this reality, and maybe we will all suffer the consequences of the delay and denial, before this battered world takes an honourable stance against it.
That day is no doubt coming, and coming soon insha'Allah
With all love and affection to my brothers and sisters in humanity, with all the tenderness and care for the welfare of all human beings and life as whole, and with all the honesty and sincerity in my heart, I am writing to inform and to point out DANGER. I foresee many warning signs, and my hope is that Jewish people of good will would not shy away anymore, and would take notice of this inherently catastrophic problem (to both Jewish and non-Jewish alike), discuss it, address it, and try to find ways to combat it and deal with it.
To get rid of anti-Semitism once and for all, all what is needed is that Jewish people of good will to pull their sleeves up and to start digging, knocking down false gods, weeding supremacist ideologies that has found a haven amongst some of their people. If they insist to speak in the name of their "Jewish values" they need to reclaim the prophetic and authentic Judaism and "Jewish values" back from the Talmudists who had disfigured it and turned it into an ugly destructive killing machine.
They also need to come to the realization also that they can't have it both way: insisting on attributing the words "Jew"/ "Jewish" to describe someone/ something good, yet getting infuriated when the words are affiliated with someone/ something bad.
In other words, those interested in "saving" the Jewish people, should start their rescue operation by waging a campaign for the "spiritual rescue" of Judaism and its followers. By acknowledging the spiritual downfall, identifying where did it all go wrong, then "spiritual rescue" might be followed by physical rescue once and for all, thus, overcoming the age-long gentile-phobia, the persecution complex, and the distinction mania.
A meaningful and lasting change requires an individual courageous inner journey to be undertaken by everyone who desires real rescue, an inner Jihad if you will.
As for the entity called "Israel", all observers notice that the tide has changed; the "fortune" that accompanied this Frankenstein is fading by the minute. The reasons as to why this entity is beginning to lose its grip and WILL ultimately vanquish and arrive to total disintegration and decay in spite of all its weaponry, armies, wealth,arrogance, aggression and disregard of human rights and International Law, is as natural and organic as the principles of life itself.
"Israel" is an artificial creation, a myth that came into being through using other myths as pretexts;
"exclusivity" of an imagined "race";
"distinction" of its imagined "mission";
and "uniqueness" of its imagined perpetual "suffering".
Such skewed perception of reality cannot survive the test of time, the inevitable will happen and sooner or later reality will hit them in the face.
Collectively, this entity with such grandiose image of itself, has become a force of destruction, it carries within its womb the seeds of its own demise.
In 2003, the theorist and historian "Israeli" military strategist, Martin van Creveld declared the following:
" "We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome Most European capitals are targets for our air force ... We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under"
Their very own chief Rabbi of "Israel", Ysrael Meir Lau calls the whole world a battleground!
"The battlefield is not just in Gaza strip, the battlefield is everywhere where a Jew exists. The battlefield for our survival, for our eternity is over the seas, in North, South, West and East, wherever are Jews and the Jewish community exists"
But contrary to their assumption, all people are not blind and deaf, and instead we see the battle as being now defined:
A battle of Civilization VS Barbarity;
Cooperation VS Conflict;
Brotherhood VS Enslavement;
Equality VS Supremacy;
Universal VS Individual;
Modesty VS Arrogance;
Sharing VS Accumulating;
Generosity VS Selfishness.
The central battleground happens to be the Land we dare to call Holy.
The Palestinian People happen to be at the forefront of this decisive battle for the survival of humanity and its most cherished and refined values.
The battle is no doubt a spiritual one as well as it is physical.
Our beautiful world and the good people in it are under unprecedented assault; they have been savagely attacked, their lives have been attacked, their livelihood, their values, their homes, their freedoms, their very security, and their intelligence.
Our whole beloved planet simply has been exploited and vandalized almost beyond recognition.
People of good will, those who LOVE the world and desire more than anything to foster and protect LIFE, have no option but to come together and attend the world, everyone according to their ability and aptitude.
Recently, a very dear friend of mine was outraged to learn about 9/11 cover-up crimes, "Do you think anyone will ever be held to account for this obscenity?" she asked.
My response to her was:
"Many people of all background are pushing hard for this because the evidence of crime cover up is so overwhelming and the lies are so blatant that it feels like a slap on the face of every human being with a one brain cell.
The case against the perpetrators is so powerful and the evidence so overwhelming that if it were go to court right now, the case would be won IF, and only IF, there was still a functional Judicial System.
But my fear and expectation are a little grim unfortunately, I think it's too late for that, my fear dearest is that even the judicial system has been hijacked by the same criminals who have an agenda of creating a Talmudic NWO through mass extermination and who would stop at nothing to implement it.
Daniel Ellsberg is a man who has the credentials and track record to be trusted. He made public the "Pentagon Papers" which basically toppled a US presidency and shook the US at its foundations. In 2007 he wrote an astounding sentence in the foreword to Norman Solomon's book "Made Love, Got War":
"Today, the Defense Department's least acknowledged mission is mass extermination" Daniel Ellsberg
By now, I guess it is quite obvious who took over the Defense and Security Departments, as well as Foreign Policy.
Furthermore, what disturbs me even more is those who are NOT part of the evil network, yet they hysterically deny its existence and they deny the evil agenda of their people while they adamantly refuse to look at the hard evidence
Having said that, I am confident that mankind will be provided with the necessary resolve, courage and creativity to rid it self of those who strive to enslave, divide and destroy.
Exclusion and superiority by their very nature are mechanisms of elimination and destruction, including self-elimination and destruction.
Sustainable human societies functions in ways that these supremacists have no understanding, control or mastery of. Systems of Justice will inevitably re-emerge on the ruins of rotten old ones. With the hard work, dedication, steadfastness, energy, sacrifice and love of those who are sincere, undoubtedly, a more just system will organically rise from the ashes to replace that which has caused the world so much pain and agony.
The same system we see all around us in this fabulous mysterious universe of ours, dancing between utter mayhem and chaos to supreme balance and harmonious order, and between utter annihilation to new creation.
It's the very same marvellous Cycle of Life, that irresistibly strives towards perfection; towards the Most Sublime, Most Gracious, Most High."
And so it goes
21 - Palestinian Bedouins threatened with Ethnic Cleansing
16 Sep 2011
“As soon as Israel was established in 1948, it began a ruthless campaign of displacement and expulsion against the Bedouins, the indigenous community of the Negev (Al-Naqab in Arabic) Desert.”
The Israeli government has adopted a new plan to “resettle” the Bedouin residents of unrecognised villages in the Negev Desert into larger recognised settlements. This plan will affect tens of thousands of Bedouins in the Negev. Dressed up as a solution to the problem of unrecognised Bedouin villages, this plan in fact is a blueprint for ethnic cleansing and the destruction of the Bedouin way of life.
As soon as Israel was established in 1948, it began a ruthless campaign of displacement and expulsion against the Bedouins, the indigenous community of the Negev (Al-Naqab in Arabic) Desert, which had been living there for thousand years before the establishment of Israel. Most of the community were expelled or forced to flee during the 1948 war. The remainder were forcibly relocated to a small area in the northeast of the Negev known as the siyag. However, Israel continued with its expulsion campaign well into the 1950s. At that time, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper described how the army would drive the Bedouin off their land:
“The army’s desert patrols would turn up in the midst of a Bedouin encampment day after day, dispersing it with a sudden burst of machine-gun fire until the sons of the desert were broken and, gathering what little was left of their belongings, led their camels in long silent strings into the heart of the Sinai desert”
The Israeli government was determined to destroy the indigenous people of the Negev and turn it into an area for Jews only. On official Israeli maps all the Arabic locality names were replaced by invented Hebrew ones. About 85% of the Negev was designated as “state land”. All Bedouin villages there were declared illegal and unrecognized. Being confined to a small, marginal area, the Bedouin were forced to give up their nomadic way of life, ceasing to move around with their herds. The Israeli government passed a law which made it effectively illegal for the Bedouin to graze their black goats, their most preferred and useful animal, and today the black goat is nearly extinct.
In the 1970s, the Israeli government created seven towns for the Bedouins, promising them access to basic services such as water, electricity, education, and healthcare. The largest of these was Rahat. Israel’s true goal was to put an end to the unrecognised villages and gain more land in the Negev for Jewish settlement. About half of the Bedouin moved to these towns while the other half refused to abandon their unrecognised villages, clinging to what was left of their traditional way of life. The towns are widely regarded as a failure, lacking essential services and infrastructure. The Bedouin today are the poorest and most disadvantaged community in Israel. Many lead a squalid existence, calling tin shacks home. 66% of them live below the poverty line and in the unrecognised villages that figure reaches 80%.
Under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli government has stepped up the campaign against the Bedouin, as part of the wider campaign against the Arab community within Israel’s 1948 borders which has seen the targeting of leading Arab politicians such as Knesset member Hanin al-Zoabi and the passage of laws specifically aimed against the Arab minority. The new plan that has been adopted, known as the Prawer Report, is being sold by the government as a way of “absorbing” the Bedouins into wider society and improving their lives. Those resettled are to receive financial compensation and the plan will cost the Israeli government 6.8 billion shekels (£1.15 billion) However, on closer examination, the report’s true intentions become clear. The Bedouin claim 600,000 dunums of land in the Negev – only 5% of the total area of their ancestral lands. They have continuously had this claim rejected by the Israeli courts. The original report of the Prawer Commission estimated that the Bedouin were entitled to 187,000 dunums. That figure was reduced by the National Security Commission to whom the report was presented to 100,000 dunums, under pressure from right-wing ministers in the government. Today, on average a Bedouin farmer in the Negev possesses 3 dunums of land while his Jewish counterpart possesses 30. The Prawer Commission, which includes no representatives from the Bedouin community, was itself a replacement for the earlier Goldberg Commission which included Bedouins and was seen by Netanyahu as too lenient.
All this points to the ideological motivation behind the Netanyahu government’s new policy towards the Bedouin. Informed by extreme right wing Zionism, the government sees the Bedouin, the original inhabitants of the Negev, and the most powerless and disadvantaged community in Israel today, as an enemy and an existential threat. The “development” of the Negev – code for changing the demographic identity of the area has become a preoccupation for the government, the Jewish Agency and the Jewish National Fund. At the “Negev 2010″ conference in Beersheba, held in March of that year, senior ministers put forward a plan to attract 300,000 settlers to the area. One of them was the housing minister, Ariel Atias, who previously said that it was “a national duty to prevent the spread” of Israel’s Arab citizens. For his part, the chief executive of the Jewish National Fund in the United States said, “if we don’t get 500,000 people to move to the Negev in the next five years, we’re going to lose it”, clearly referring to the Bedouin.
In order to see the extent of the Israeli government’s hostility to the Bedouin, one need look no further than the unrecognised village of Al-Araqib. This community, which has existed since the nineteenth century, has been demolished 29 times by the Netanyahu government, each time being rebuilt by its inhabitants immediately afterwards. These bloody-minded demolitions, aimed at forcing the inhabitants to flee in order to give their land to neighbouring Jewish farmers, illustrate the true agenda of the Israeli government.
If the Prawer Plan were to be implemented, all their villages will be destroyed. The Bedouin will not only lose their land but also their livestock and what is left of their way of life. They towns they will be forced into, which lack essential services and infrastructure, and are ridden with poverty and crime resemble ghettos more than actual cities. The identity of the Bedouin would be destroyed and they would become outcasts in their own land. This plan brings to mind the forced relocations of the Native Americans in the United States and the resulting destruction of their communities. The Israeli government is trying to disguise its racism and rapacity behind a plan presented as being in the interests of a community while its real intent is to destroy it and take over its land.
See Press Release: Recognition of the Bedouin villages in the Negevis by BIMKOM
Source: Middle East Monitor
22 - The Dark Side of "Soldier of Fortune" Magazine -
Contract Killers and Mercenaries for Hire
By David Holthouse, Media Matters for America
Posted on September 15, 2011, Printed on September 17, 2011
When I was in sixth grade my parents took away my collection of Soldier of Fortune magazines. This was in the mid-1980s, the Rambo-era heyday of the "journal of the professional adventurer." The seizure was preceded by a parent-teacher conference at which exhibit A was a recent two-page essay I'd written about wanting to be a mercenary when I grew up. Or a ninja.
I remember Soldier of Fortune articles in those days being a macho-to-the-max amalgam of firearms reviews, anti-gun control rants, Vietnam POW conspiracy theories and gory first-hand reporting on Cold War proxy wars, military coups and revolutions in Second and Third World nations. But what made Soldier of Fortune so enticing in my 11-year-old mind was less its editorial content than its infamous advertising.
Along with ads for mail-order brides, bounty hunter training manuals, surveillance electronics, Secrets of the Ninja lessons (including "mind clouding" and "sentry removal"), Nazi memorabilia, machine guns, silencers, and sniper rifles, Soldier of Fortune advertised the services of guns for hire.
"It's directed at professional mercenaries -- men who will fight for pay and those who want to hire them," wrote Chicago Tribune columnist Mike Royko in March 1984. "But since mercenaries represent only a tiny portion of the reading population, the magazine tries to broaden its appeal to include those who might be called war fans, weapon-lovers, fanatic anti-commies and Walter Mitty types who enjoy the vicarious thrill of reading about blood and guts."
Royko left out elementary school D&D geeks. For my Dungeons & Dragons buddies and I, reading Soldier of Fortune was like perusing a Dungeon Master's Guide or Monster Manual. It was a portal to a fantasy world. We talked about killing commies the same way we talked about slaying orcs. Then we grew out of it.
Robert K. Brown never did. Brown, the founder and publisher of Soldier of Fortune, has long rocked "Kill a Commie for Mommie" t-shirts with no sense of irony. But unlike a dungeon master, Brown invited his readers to live out their armchair warrior daydreams in places where people died for real.
For several years after Brown founded Soldier of Fortune in 1975, the magazine ran full-page recruiting ads for the Rhodesian Army, which employed foreign mercenaries to defend the apartheid-style regime of prime minister Ian Smith.
The January 1976 issue of Soldier of Fortune included a classified ad placed by Daniel Gearhart, a 34-year-old Vietnam veteran with money trouble. It read, "Wanted: Employment as mercenary on full-time or job contract basis. Preferably in South or Central America, but anywhere in the world if you pay transportation."
Seven months later, Gearhart was executed by firing squad in Angola. Advertising his services in Soldier of Fortune had led to his being hired by the losing faction in a civil war. The People's Revolutionary Tribunal judge who sentenced Gearhart and three other foreign mercenaries to death (nine others received long prison terms) called them "dogs of war with bloodstained muzzles who left a trail of rape, murder and pillage across the face of our nation." (Gearhart was arrested less than a week after setting foot in Angola. He denied ever firing a shot there, let alone raping and pillaging.)
Since the mid-to-late 1970s era of promoting mercenary work in African bush wars, Soldier of Fortune has distributed what CBS' "60 Minutes" called a "political warfare journal," published classified ads that resulted in no fewer than five murders-for-hire on American soil, and helped to equip paramilitary border vigilantes who terrorized Latino immigrants.
Conservative media sites lauded Brown last year on the 35th anniversary of Soldier of Fortune. "Certainly the magazine has drawn its share of controversy," Newsmax gushed:
It has consistently outraged the left by publishing Rhodesian Army recruiting posters, to offering $25,000 in gold to a defector from Cuban intelligence, to a $1,000,000 reward for the defection of a Nicaraguan MI-24 helicopter. All the while training the Contras and Salvadorian army.
Now Brown finds himself in a harsher spotlight that brings out the sordid history of his magazine in the context of Brown's current role as one of the most outspoken reactionary voices on the National Rifle Association board of directors.
This morning, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence unveiled a new investigative website called Who Is On The NRA Board? It profiles members of the National Rifle Association's board of directors, "a rogues gallery of the most odious voices in the contemporary Conservative Movement":
In the increasingly distant past, the National Rifle Association (NRA) largely advocated for policies related to hunting and marksmanship, but today its leaders are defined by unsavory conduct and the advancement of extreme, anti-government ideology.
This website shines a light on the background ... of the NRA Board of Directors, in large part by allowing them to comment on the issues of the day in their own words. It is intended as a resource for those who cherish moderation, civility and principled advocacy in American politics.
The NRA board includes such colorful personalities as former Sen. Larry Craig, Fox News military analyst Oliver North, and right-wing rocker Ted Nugent, who singularly personified the NRA mindset on stage in 2007 by telling a concert crowd while decked out in camouflage hunting gear and wielding dual prop machine guns, "Obama, he's a piece of shit. I told him to suck on my machine gun."
When it comes to sheer tough-guy braggadocio, however, Robert K. Brown has no rivals on the NRA board. He even out Nugents the Nuge.
"For the last decade, I've hunted terrorists with the Rhodesian African rifles and fired up a Russian fort in Afghanistan with the mujahideen," Brown wrote in a 1986 Soldier of Fortune editorial. "Between firefights, takeovers and insurgencies, I manage to put out a magazine."
Brown has long touted his taste for mercenary intervention. Soldier of Fortune reported on a 1983 expedition to El Salvador during which Brown reportedly fought alongside other foreign mercenaries with Salvadoran paramilitary units supporting far-right strongman Roberto d'Aubuisson, the El Salvadoran political leader widely believed to have masterminded anti-communist death squads that killed many civilians, including priests.
(Robert White, the United States Ambassador to El Salvador from 1977 to 1980, said d'Aubuisson was a "pathological killer.")
The following year Brown claimed to have dispatched more than 100 mercenaries and told a reporter that he and his magazine's readers had sent approximately $4 million in supplies to the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
"We are not content to just tell the story. To the best of our ability, we also help equip, aid, and train the world's anticommunist freedom fighters," Brown later wrote. "We make no apologies about this or for our virulent anti-tyrant, anti-communist editorial stance."
A second trip to El Salvador planned for 1984 was reportedly called off when Brown suffered a gunshot wound to the leg from an accidental handgun discharge. The incident exemplified several gross violations of NRA-promoted gun safety precepts. Royko, the Chicago Tribune columnist, detailed theevents surrounding the accidental discharge:
Col Brown and his kitchen table buddies were talking about a flight to El Salvador that Brown was to make the next day. Brown, who was a captain in Vietnam, claims to be helping train the Salvadoran army on an unofficial basis. He says he is making them tougher and more disciplined. ...
As the evening wore on toward midnight, one of Brown's buddies --who writes for [Soldier of Fortune] -- took out an automatic pistol he was carrying and showed it to Brown. ...
Brown's buddy talked about his pistol's heft, the trigger action and the other qualities that please gun lovers. He pulled the trigger. Being a gun expert, he knew it was empty. ...
When Brown's buddy, a gun expert, pulled the trigger there was a loud explosion. He stood there for a moment with his mouth wide open. Then he looked at his hand and saw a hole. He had shot a hole through his hand.
Brown looked down at his leg. His leg hurt. He saw blood running out of his calf. The bullet, after blowing a hole in the buddy's hand, had blown a hole in Brown's leg. The owner of the gun was right. It did pack a wallop.
Brown looked down at his bleeding leg. Then he looked at this buddy and said: "You stupid son-of-a-bitch, you shot me. And now I can't go to El Salvador!
At least Brown took the bullet like a man. I'd have expected nothing less from a self-declared badass whose office was decorated with a "Kill 'Em All, Let God Sort 'Em Out" banner.
Throughout the 1980s, a second poster hanging in the Soldier of Fortune offices (incongruously located in Boulder, Colorado, a liberal college town) depicted a vulture with the slogan, "Killing is our business, and business is good."
That certainly held true for hit men who advertised in Soldier of Fortune. One of them, Knoxville, Tennessee nightclub operator and former prison guard Richard Michael Savage, said that he received 30 to 40 calls a week after he placed this ad in the June 1985 issue of the magazine: "GUN FOR HIRE: 37-year-old professional mercenary desires jobs. Vietnam veteran. Discrete and very private. Body guard, courier, and other special skills. All jobs considered."
One called wanted to recruit a small army to raid a gold mine in Alaska, one of Savage's hitman associates told People magazine in 1986; another floated a plot to steal an army payroll in South America.
Based on its interview with the Savage associate, People magazine reported in 1986:
Yet another wanted to raid Nicaragua and promised to supply guns, camouflage clothing, rubber boats and $50,000 for each mercenary when the raid was completed. Savage...was enthusiastic about every harebrained scheme he heard, but ultimately was persuaded to concentrate on murder. So, if the caller sounded discreet, Savage would ask for a round-trip airline ticket and $1,000; the two would meet face-to-face, then feel each other out in a minuet of death, until each was certain of the other's credentials.
Two of the respondents Savage contacted were business associates of suburban Atlanta resident Richard Braun. Not long after the ad was published, Savage and two associates ambushed Braun and his 16-year-old son in the driveway of their home. Triggerman Sean Trevor Doutre stepped in front of the car and fired a MAC 11 assault pistol. Braun was shot and killed; his son was wounded.
Four months later, Savage subcontracted the murder of Palm Beach, Florida resident Anita Spearman, who was clubbed to death by Doutre while she slept. The victim's husband contracted her murder for $20,000 after reading Savage's ad in Soldier of Fortune.
Another hit man, Texas long haul trucker John Hearn, said "If I had never run an ad in Soldier of Fortune I would have never killed anyone." Hearn's 1984 ad, which ran in four issues of the magazine, solicited "High risk assignments, U.S. or overseas." After it was published, Hearn said, he was so deluged with phone calls that he was forced to hire an answering service. He estimated that 90 percent of the callers wanted to pay him to commit a crime, including bombings, jailbreaks, and assaults, and that he received three-to-five contract murder offers per day.
In February 1985 Hearn shot to death Sandra Black in a hit arranged by her husband for $10,000. Later that year he committed a double murder in Florida after being hired by another Soldier of Fortune reader.
Brown stopping running gun-for-hire ads in 1986 after the Savage killings came to light, though he and his staff denied any responsibility for the murders. "We're as culpable as any newspaper which accepts an ad from a used-car salesman and doesn't go out to check the condition of his brakes," said Executive Editor Bill Guthrie.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit disagreed. In a 1992 ruling the Court upheld a $4.3 million civil judgment in a lawsuit against Soldier of Fortune filed by Richard Braun's sons. Asthe New York Times reported:
The 11th Circuit panel said, however, that while the advertisement in the Texas case was "facially innocuous" and "ambiguous in its message," Mr. Savages's advertisement "clearly conveyed that he was ready, willing and able to use his gun to commit crimes."
"When the list of legitimate jobs -- i.e. body guard and courier -- is followed by 'other special skills' and 'all jobs considered,' the implication is clear that the advertiser would consider illegal jobs," the panel said. "The publisher could recognize the offer of criminal activity as readily as its readers obviously did."
Brown reportedly settled the case for $200,000.
While Brown toned down his magazine's advertising he ramped up his public support of right-wing extremist causes in the U.S. For example the April 1995 issue of Soldier of Fortune carried a laudatory cover story on the Michigan Militia, which was then the largest, best-trained and most heavily armed "patriot" militia in the country. The article was illustrated with a photo of militia members outfitted in camouflage and brandishing assault rifles. The caption read, "Michigan militia membership has skyrocketed in light of a parade of gun control legislation passed by the Clinton Administration."
That month, Timothy McVeigh, a Soldier of Fortune subscriber, detonated a truck bomb in the parking garage of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killing 168 people, including 19 children, and injuring nearly 700.
When McVeigh was arrested the same day as the explosion, police found a photocopy of the underground extremist publication The Resister in his vehicle.
The Resister published racist and anti-Semitic articles, according to the Southern Poverty LawCenter. "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft described the publication as a "political warfare journal" that deployed "the same inflammatory rhetoric espoused by the radical militia movement and portrays the U.S. government as the enemy."
Its publisher was Steven Barry, then a Special Forces officer. Barry would later go on to become military coordinator for the National Alliance, a violent neo-Nazi organization.
The copy of The Resister found in McVeigh's possession contained a fax signature that FBI agents traced back to Soldier of Fortune. Investigators discovered that Brown had sent out 900 free copies of The Resister as part of a promotional packet to Soldier of Fortune subscribers. The FBI alerted the Army, which tested the connection between Barry and Soldier of Fortune by leaking false intelligence to Barry. The information appeared in a subsequent issue of the magazine.
At the time of the Oklahoma City bombing, Brown was groping to find a new bogeyman to replace communists in the wake of the Soviet Union crumbling and the end of the Cold War. Since the late 1980s he's cycled through the jackbooted thugs of the federal government and moved on to immigrants and Muslim extremists or Islamic imperialists, who Soldier of Fortune writers frequently conflate with Muslims in general. (The circulation of his magazine has always been cyclical, with spikes in subscriptions and newsstand sales whenever U.S. armed forces are deployed overseas. The War on Terror has been good for Brown.)
In 2003 Soldier of Fortune published a two-part series glorifying Ranch Rescue, a paramilitary border vigilante outfit that reportedly pistol-whipped, terrorized at gunpoint and set Rottweilers on Latino immigrants in southern Arizona and southern Texas.
From the Dallas Observer:
In the Soldier of Fortune account, the membership, heavily populated with men who claim to be veterans of elite police and military units, appeared to be having a mercenary's ball. They talked in the lingo of "Romeo 1" and "Romeo Base Camp," clipped their drum magazines into their AR-15 assault rifles "ready to lay down some serious fire" and field-tested an armory of products provided by Soldier of Fortune advertisers: the 17-inch Randall's Training and Adventure knives "used by the Peruvian Air Force Jungle Survival School," the ARKTIS 1604 Long Range Patrol Vest, referred to as "a superior piece of load-bearing gear," andSoldier of Fortune logo T-shirts.
More recently, the October 2009 issue of Soldier of Fortune carried a backslapping cover story profile of Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for his constitutionally questionable immigration sweeps. "His tough stand on illegal immigration is what he is getting beat up for by liberals promoting illegal immigration," reads the table of contents teaser copy. "He tells his side of the story to SOF."
Despite Brown's efforts to remain current, though, Soldier of Fortune looks and reads more like a throwback to the 1980s with every passing year. One recent issue had Sylvester Stallone portraying Rambo on the cover, more than two decades after Sly as Rambo graced the cover of the June 1985 issue, the same one in which Savage ran his "GUN FOR HIRE" ad. Somehow I doubt Soldier of Fortune is generating much playground street cred for 11-year-old boys these days.
But as the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence website makes clear, Brown remains a relevant political force through his support for the richest, most powerful gun lobby organization in the land. He also strives to maintain the dominance of radical ideology on the NRA board of directors. Earlier this year, Brown supported the campaign of far-right gun lobbyist and Firearms Coalition of Colorado president Steve Schreiner for the NRA board, breaking ranks with the NRA board's nominating committee.
"NRA will not endorse him 'cause they think he's 'too much of a zealot,'" Brown told blogger David Codrea. "My response is that we could use a few more zealots on the BOD [board of directors]."
David Holthouse is a Media Matters' investigative journalist focusing on violent extremism. He previously worked for the Southern Poverty Law Center where he engaged in groundbreaking reporting on extremist groups. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Nation, American Prospect and other publications.
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23 - Death for Libyans ; billions for the West
West's intervention in Libya is not only about oil, its also about: arms, gas, water, counter-terrorism and reconstruction contracts.
By Garikai Chengu
People who think that the West's intervention in Libya is just another oil grab are mistaken. Broadly speaking, for Britain military intervention is mainly about arms, Italy its natural gas, France its water and for the US its counter-terrorism and reconstruction contracts. Spreading democracy and saving the people of Benghazi form merely supposed tangential benefits used to justify these ends.
Lest we forget, NATO's bombardment began because Mr Gaddafi "threatened to do to Benghazi" what NATO itself is poised to do in Sirte.
''History is a set of lies agreed upon'' once remarked Napoleon Bonaparte. If left unchallenged the true motives behind what the French mainstream media have coined ''Sarkozy's War'' may be lost in the fog of war.
So what makes Libya so important to the West? Any real estate agent could tell you: location. Given that Libya sits atop the strategic intersection of the Mediterranean, African, and Arab worlds, control of the nation, has always been a remarkably effective way to project power into these three regions and beyond.
Ever since time immemorial Western control over Libya has been of great importance. After Libyan independence in 1951, US, British and French payments for military basing rights formed the single-largest element of Libyan GDP until oil exports began to flow in 1961.
Nowadays, Mr Sarkozy's interest in Libya lies in a commodity more precious than oil, namely water. It is becoming increasingly accepted that water promises to be to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th century: the precious commodity that determines the wealth of nations.
Unlike oil, there are no substitutes, alternatives or stopgaps for water. Nature has decreed that the supply of water is fixed. Meanwhile demand rises inexorably as the world’s population increases and enriches itself. Population growth, climate change, pollution, urbanization and the rapid development of manufacturing industries are relentlessly combining such that demand for fresh water will outstrip supply by 40 per cent by 2040.
Libya sits on a resource more valuable than oil, the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer, which is an immensely vast underground sea of fresh water. Colonel Gaddafi had cleverly invested $25 billion in the Great Man-made River Project, a complex 4,000-km long water pipeline buried beneath the desert that could transport two million cubic metres of water a day. Such a monumental water distribution scheme could turn Libya - a nation that is 95 per cent desert - into a food self-sufficient arable oasis.
Today France's global mega-water companies like Suez, Ondeo and Saur, control more than 45 per cent of the world's water market and are rushing to privatize water, already a $400 billion global business. For these French companies, Libya will be a bonanza. No wonder Le Mondé coined it ''Sarkozy's War'' and had a ''Victoire'' front page splash when Mr Gaddafi's compound was stormed.
Late last year, the Central Intelligence Agency suspiciously raised the spectre of ''future 'hydrological warfare' in which rivers, lakes and aquifers become national security assets to be fought over,'' or controlled through proxy armies and client states. Regime change in Libya is the first major instance of hydrological warfare.
With the spoils of war from Libya's water market largely reserved for the French, Mr. Cameron is eyeing another market, that of arms.
The subject of the West selling arms to regimes suppressing uprisings remains as wilfully overlooked as an American war crime. Even as The Times of London has just reported that Britain enjoyed a 30 per cent spike in arms sales to regimes in the Middle East during the Arab Spring. Arms sold between February and July jumped to $101 million, the Times' report says, noting that these include weapons that could be used to suppress domestic protests.
Mr Obama's administration is even more steeped in the controversial arms trade. The US accepts no rival on this front. Over the past decade the US has averaged a staggering $5.8 billion per year in arms sales with the Middle East.
The very Libyan military hardware that NATO boastfully claims to have downgraded by 90 per cent will need to be rebuilt. US arms companies will gleefully be on hand to arm their proxy regime to the teeth. Libya will be a bonanza for American arms dealers.
American infrastructure contractors will also reap the windfalls of post-war reconstruction. The grim reality is that every bridge, road, rail-link and building that US war-planes bomb will have to be rebuilt and paid for by the Libyan taxpayer.
Even grimmer still is the fact that the approximately $1.1billion spent by the US government on bombarding Libya is a drop in the ocean compared to the profit that American contractors stand to make. Many of whom have strong ties to the upper echelons of the military and the Obama administration.
In-fact, more than 70 American companies and individuals have won up to $8 billion in contracts for work in post-war Iraq and Afghanistan over the last two years, according to a new study by the Center for Public Integrity.
According to the study, nearly 70 per cent of these companies had employees or board members who either served in or had close ties to the executive branch for Republican and Democratic administrations, for members of Congress of both parties, or at the highest levels of the military.
Therefore, those in the military tasked with minimising 'collateral damage' to property stand to directly profit from less than pin point precision. In short, dropping bombs can be profitable.
The recent bombshell revelations of correspondence between the CIA and Libya's security apparatus prove that the US has been outsourcing its torture or ''enhanced interrogation'' of terror suspects to Libya through the internationally illegal rendition process. These revelations are embarrassing but hardly surprising. Nevertheless, there is little doubt a pliant proxy regime will continue to do America's dirty work.
Last but not least there is oil. Much as the self-righteous West might pretend otherwise, oil is unquestionably a key part of the equation. Libya has the largest oil reserves in Africa and 85 per cent of its exports are to Europe.
Archival footage of Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi surrounded by Mr Gaddafi's female bodyguards, kissing the Libyan strongman's hand at Leonardo Da Vinci airport is indicative of just how important Libya is to Italy.
Libya's oil is especially important to Italy because of its proximity, the ease of its extraction, and the sweetness of its crude. Most refineries in Italy and elsewhere are built to deal with sweet Libyan crude, they cannot easily process the heavier Saudi crude that has recently replaced the Libyan production shortfall.
Libyan natural gas reserves are estimated to be over 52.7 trillion cubic feet and large areas of the country are still to be surveyed. With assured supplies available from Libya, Italy will become less dependent on supplies from Russia, which on the energy front, is increasingly flexing its muscles and thumbing its nose at mainland Europe.
Libya has a 1,800km coastline just miles from Italy and porous southern borders with three poor African nations. Therefore, a pliant regime that will stem the flow of asylum seekers and keep the oil and gas flowing is vital for Rome.
From oil to water, water-boarding to arms and from gas to reconstruction the war in Libya will rake in billions of dollars.
24 - The Pentagon's New Power Elite : A Secret War in 120 Countries
August 4, 2011
By NICK TURSE - Counter Punch
Somewhere on this planet an American commando is carrying out a mission. Now, say that 70 times and you're done... for the day. Without the knowledge of the American public, a secret force within the U.S. military is undertaking operations in a majority of the world's countries. This new Pentagon power elite is waging a global war whose size and scope has never been revealed, until now.
After a U.S. Navy SEAL put a bullet in Osama bin Laden's chest and another in his head, one of the most secretive black-ops units in the American military suddenly found its mission in the public spotlight. It was atypical. While it's well known that U.S. Special Operations forces are deployed in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, and it's increasingly apparent that such units operate in murkier conflict zones like Yemen and Somalia, the full extent of their worldwide war has remained deeply in the shadows.
Last year, Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post reported that U.S. Special Operations forces were deployed in 75 countries, up from 60 at the end of the Bush presidency. By the end of this year, U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Colonel Tim Nye told me, that number will likely reach 120. "We do a lot of traveling -- a lot more than Afghanistan or Iraq," he said recently. This global presence -- in about 60% of the world's nations and far larger than previously acknowledged -- provides striking new evidence of a rising clandestine Pentagon power elite waging a secret war in all corners of the world.
The Rise of the Military's Secret Military
Born of a failed 1980 raid to rescue American hostages in Iran, in which eight U.S. service members died, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) was established in 1987. Having spent the post-Vietnam years distrusted and starved for money by the regular military, special operations forces suddenly had a single home, a stable budget, and a four-star commander as their advocate. Since then, SOCOM has grown into a combined force of startling proportions. Made up of units from all the service branches, including the Army's "Green Berets" and Rangers, Navy SEALs, Air Force Air Commandos, and Marine Corps Special Operations teams, in addition to specialized helicopter crews, boat teams, civil affairs personnel, para-rescuemen, and even battlefield air-traffic controllers and special operations weathermen, SOCOM carries out the United States' most specialized and secret missions. These include assassinations, counterterrorist raids, long-range reconnaissance, intelligence analysis, foreign troop training, and weapons of mass destruction counter-proliferation operations.
One of its key components is the Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC, a clandestine sub-command whose primary mission is tracking and killing suspected terrorists. Reporting to the president and acting under his authority, JSOC maintains a global hit list that includes American citizens. It has been operating an extra-legal "kill/capture" campaign that John Nagl, a past counterinsurgency adviser to four-star general and soon-to-be CIA Director David Petraeus, calls "an almost industrial-scale counterterrorism killing machine."
This assassination program has been carried out by commando units like the Navy SEALs and the Army's Delta Force as well as via drone strikes as part of covert wars in which the CIA is also involved in countries like Somalia, Pakistan, and Yemen. In addition, the command operates a network of secret prisons, perhaps as many as 20 black sites in Afghanistan alone, used for interrogating high-value targets.
From a force of about 37,000 in the early 1990s, Special Operations Command personnel have grown to almost 60,000, about a third of whom are career members of SOCOM; the rest have other military occupational specialties, but periodically cycle through the command. Growth has been exponential since September 11, 2001, as SOCOM's baseline budget almost tripled from $2.3 billion to $6.3 billion. If you add in funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it has actually more than quadrupled to $9.8 billion in these years. Not surprisingly, the number of its personnel deployed abroad has also jumped four-fold. Further increases, and expanded operations, are on the horizon.
Lieutenant General Dennis Hejlik, the former head of the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command -- the last of the service branches to be incorporated into SOCOM in 2006 -- indicated, for instance, that he foresees a doubling of his former unit of 2,600. "I see them as a force someday of about 5,000, like equivalent to the number of SEALs that we have on the battlefield. Between [5,000] and 6,000," he said at a June breakfast with defense reporters in Washington. Long-term plans already call for the force to increase by 1,000.
During his recent Senate confirmation hearings, Navy Vice Admiral William McRaven, the incoming SOCOM chief and outgoing head of JSOC (which he commanded during the bin Laden raid) endorsed a steady manpower growth rate of 3% to 5% a year, while also making a pitch for even more resources, including additional drones and the construction of new special operations facilities.
A former SEAL who still sometimes accompanies troops into the field, McRaven expressed a belief that, as conventional forces are drawn down in Afghanistan, special ops troops will take on an ever greater role. Iraq, he added, would benefit if elite U.S forces continued to conduct missions there past the December 2011 deadline for a total American troop withdrawal. He also assured the Senate Armed Services Committee that "as a former JSOC commander, I can tell you we were looking very hard at Yemen and at Somalia."
During a speech at the National Defense Industrial Association's annual Special Operations and Low-intensity Conflict Symposium earlier this year, Navy Admiral Eric Olson, the outgoing chief of Special Operations Command, pointed to a composite satellite image of the world at night. Before September 11, 2001, the lit portions of the planet -- mostly the industrialized nations of the global north -- were considered the key areas. "But the world changed over the last decade," he said. "Our strategic focus has shifted largely to the south... certainly within the special operations community, as we deal with the emerging threats from the places where the lights aren't."
To that end, Olson launched "Project Lawrence," an effort to increase cultural proficiencies -- like advanced language training and better knowledge of local history and customs -- for overseas operations. The program is, of course, named after the British officer, Thomas Edward Lawrence (better known as "Lawrence of Arabia"), who teamed up with Arab fighters to wage a guerrilla war in the Middle East during World War I. Mentioning Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mali, and Indonesia, Olson added that SOCOM now needed "Lawrences of Wherever."
While Olson made reference to only 51 countries of top concern to SOCOM, Col. Nye told me that on any given day, Special Operations forces are deployed in approximately 70 nations around the world. All of them, he hastened to add, at the request of the host government. According to testimony by Olson before the House Armed Services Committee earlier this year, approximately 85% of special operations troops deployed overseas are in 20 countries in the CENTCOM area of operations in the Greater Middle East: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen. The others are scattered across the globe from South America to Southeast Asia, some in small numbers, others as larger contingents.
Special Operations Command won't disclose exactly which countries its forces operate in. "We're obviously going to have some places where it's not advantageous for us to list where we're at," says Nye. "Not all host nations want it known, for whatever reasons they have -- it may be internal, it may be regional."
But it's no secret (or at least a poorly kept one) that so-called black special operations troops, like the SEALs and Delta Force, are conducting kill/capture missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Yemen, while "white" forces like the Green Berets and Rangers are training indigenous partners as part of a worldwide secret war against al-Qaeda and other militant groups. In the Philippines, for instance, the U.S. spends $50 million a year on a 600-person contingent of Army Special Operations forces, Navy Seals, Air Force special operators, and others that carries out counterterrorist operations with Filipino allies against insurgent groups like Jemaah Islamiyah and Abu Sayyaf.
Last year, as an analysis of SOCOM documents, open-source Pentagon information, and a database of Special Operations missions compiled by investigative journalist Tara McKelvey (for the Medill School of Journalism's National Security Journalism Initiative) reveals, America's most elite troops carried out joint-training exercises in Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Germany, Indonesia, Mali, Norway, Panama, and Poland. So far in 2011, similar training missions have been conducted in the Dominican Republic, Jordan, Romania, Senegal, South Korea, and Thailand, among other nations. In reality, Nye told me, training actually went on in almost every nation where Special Operations forces are deployed. "Of the 120 countries we visit by the end of the year, I would say the vast majority are training exercises in one fashion or another. They would be classified as training exercises."
The Pentagon's Power Elite
Once the neglected stepchildren of the military establishment, Special Operations forces have been growing exponentially not just in size and budget, but also in power and influence. Since 2002, SOCOM has been authorized to create its own Joint Task Forces -- like Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines -- a prerogative normally limited to larger combatant commands like CENTCOM. This year, without much fanfare, SOCOM also established its own Joint Acquisition Task Force, a cadre of equipment designers and acquisition specialists.
With control over budgeting, training, and equipping its force, powers usually reserved for departments (like the Department of the Army or the Department of the Navy), dedicated dollars in every Defense Department budget, and influential advocates in Congress, SOCOM is by now an exceptionally powerful player at the Pentagon. With real clout, it can win bureaucratic battles, purchase cutting-edge technology, and pursue fringe research like electronically beaming messages into people's heads or developing stealth-like cloaking technologies for ground troops. Since 2001, SOCOM's prime contracts awarded to small businesses -- those that generally produce specialty equipment and weapons -- have jumped six-fold.
Headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, but operating out of theater commands spread out around the globe, including Hawaii, Germany, and South Korea, and active in the majority of countries on the planet, Special Operations Command is now a force unto itself. As outgoing SOCOM chief Olson put it earlier this year, SOCOM "is a microcosm of the Department of Defense, with ground, air, and maritime components, a global presence, and authorities and responsibilities that mirror the Military Departments, Military Services, and Defense Agencies."
Tasked to coordinate all Pentagon planning against global terrorism networks and, as a result, closely connected to other government agencies, foreign militaries, and intelligence services, and armed with a vast inventory of stealthy helicopters, manned fixed-wing aircraft, heavily-armed drones, high-tech guns-a-go-go speedboats, specialized Humvees and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, or MRAPs, as well as other state-of-the-art gear (with more on the way), SOCOM represents something new in the military. Whereas the late scholar of militarism Chalmers Johnson used to refer to the CIA as "the president's private army," today JSOC performs that role, acting as the chief executive's private assassination squad, and its parent, SOCOM, functions as a new Pentagon power-elite, a secret military within the military possessing domestic power and global reach.
In 120 countries across the globe, troops from Special Operations Command carry out their secret war of high-profile assassinations, low-level targeted killings, capture/kidnap operations, kick-down-the-door night raids, joint operations with foreign forces, and training missions with indigenous partners as part of a shadowy conflict unknown to most Americans. Once "special" for being small, lean, outsider outfits, today they are special for their power, access, influence, and aura.
That aura now benefits from a well-honed public relations campaign which helps them project a superhuman image at home and abroad, even while many of their actual activities remain in the ever-widening shadows. Typical of the vision they are pushing was this statement from Admiral Olson: "I am convinced that the forces… are the most culturally attuned partners, the most lethal hunter-killers, and most responsive, agile, innovative, and efficiently effective advisors, trainers, problem-solvers, and warriors that any nation has to offer."
Recently at the Aspen Institute's Security Forum, Olson offered up similarly gilded comments and some misleading information, too, claiming that U.S. Special Operations forces were operating in just 65 countries and engaged in combat in only two of them. When asked about drone strikes in Pakistan, he reportedly replied, "Are you talking about unattributed explosions?"
What he did let slip, however, was telling. He noted, for instance, that black operations like the bin Laden mission, with commandos conducting heliborne night raids, were now exceptionally common. A dozen or so are conducted every night, he said. Perhaps most illuminating, however, was an offhand remark about the size of SOCOM. Right now, he emphasized, U.S. Special Operations forces were approximately as large as Canada's entire active duty military. In fact, the force is larger than the active duty militaries of many of the nations where America's elite troops now operate each year, and it's only set to grow larger.
Americans have yet to grapple with what it means to have a "special" force this large, this active, and this secret -- and they are unlikely to begin to do so until more information is available. It just won't be coming from Olson or his troops. "Our access [to foreign countries] depends on our ability to not talk about it," he said in response to questions about SOCOM's secrecy. When missions are subject to scrutiny like the bin Laden raid, he said, the elite troops object. The military's secret military, said Olson, wants "to get back into the shadows and do what they came in to do."
Nick Turse is the associate editor of TomDispatch.com, where this article originally appeared. His latest book, The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Verso Books), which brings together leading analysts from across the political spectrum, has just gone into its second printing. Turse is currently a fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute. His website is NickTurse.com.
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Israel Does Not Want a Palestinian State. Period.
Gideon Levy -- Haaretz (Israel)
What will we tell the world next week, at the UN? What could we say? Whether in the General Assembly or the Security Council, we will be exposed in all our nakedness: Israel does not want a Palestinian state. Period. And it doesn't have a single persuasive argument against the establishment and the international recognition of such a state ... Israel's excuses became increasingly empty and the naked truth was increasingly exposed. Israel does not want to reach a peace arrangement that would involve the establishment of a Palestinian state. This can no longer be covered up in the UN.
Firebombing Hamburg, Pearl Harbor and Nine Eleven
Mark Weber - Podcast
Putting Nine Eleven in historical perspective, Weber takes a look at terrorism in history. He compares and contrasts the Nine Eleven horror with the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and the British-American fire-bombing of Hamburg in July 1943, which took the lives of 40,000 civilians. Weber compares how Americans marked the tenth anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack with the tenth anniversary remembrance of Nine Eleven, and explains why the national commemorations have been so different.
Vivid Color Film of 1943 Firebombing of Hamburg
Feuerwehr Hamburg - Video
Remarkable color film, with graphic images -- made by firefighter Hans Brunswig -- of the devastating summer 1943 bombing of Hamburg. In this ferocious aerial attack, some 3, 000 British and American aircraft dropped 9,000 tons of bombs, killing 42,600 civilians and wounding 37,000. Many were burned to death or killed by poisonous carbon monoxide gas. Only about half the dead bodies could be identified. This "firestorm" bombing -- the first ever-- incinerated eight square miles of the city with flames of up to 800 degrees Celsius fanned by winds of 150 mph. More than 250,000 homes and houses were destroyed, as well as 24 hospitals, 277 schools and 58 churches. Runtime: 6:06 mins.
A British View of the 1943 Bombing of Hamburg
A British presentation, with English-language narration, of the Allied aerial assault on Hamburg in late July 1943. The British-American "Operation Gomorrah" bombings killed 42,600 civilians and wounded 37,000. It created a 1,500-foot-high tornado of fire, a firestorm. A million civilians fled the city. This was an example of Allied "area bombing," which targeted for death all Germans -- including all women and children. British prime minister Winston Churchill himself wrote in a memo of the Allied policy of "bombing of German cities simply for the sake of increasing the terror."
Egypt Declares Camp David Accords With Israel 'Not a Sacred Thing'
The Telegraph (Britain)
Egypt's prime minister triggered angry consternation in Israel on Thursday after declaring that the historic Camp David accords underpinning peace between the two countries were "not a sacred thing". Dramatically heightening tensions during an increasingly volatile time in Israel's relations with the Arab world, Essam Sharaf's suggestions that the 32-year treaty could be revised prompted disbelief in the Jewish state. "The Camp David agreement is not a sacred thing and is always open to discussion with what would benefit the region and the case of fair peace," Mr Sharaf told Turkish television. "We could make a change if needed."
Israel Fears Complete Isolation
Der Spiegel (Germany)
Israel's relations with Turkey are ruined, the Palestinians plan to seek UN recognition for their own state, the embassy in Cairo was stormed: Jerusalem is under massive pressure ... If Netanyahu is now backing down, it is because the situation is serious. Very serious. The Israelis are no strangers to crisis, but they will remember the last few weeks for a long time. Rarely has the Jewish state suffered so many setbacks and blows as this month: ... On Sept. 6, it became known that former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates had described Netanyahu as "ungrateful" in a meeting of the National Security Council. By refusing to acknowledge Israel's growing isolation, Netanyahu was endangering his country, Gates said.
Federal Authorities Order Cherokees To Take Back Slaves' Descendants
The Associated Press
A federal order for one of the nation's largest American Indian tribes to restore voting rights and benefits to about 2,800 descendants of members' former slaves threw plans for a special election for a new chief into turmoil Tuesday. The federal government sent the sternly-worded letter to the Cherokee Nation after it sent letters last week kicking the descendants out of the tribe and stripping them of benefits including medical care, food stipends and assistance for low-income homeowners. The tribe also barred the descendants from voting in a Sept. 24 special election for principal chief.
Impact from 9/11 Still Felt A Decade Later
The Associated Press
The significance of Sept. 11 has not waned for many Americans, even a decade after the attacks ... More Americans now say Sept. 11 had an impact on their lives than said so five years ago - 57% compared with 50% in 2006 ... The horror that unfolded in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pa., still evokes a stir of emotions -- from anger at so many innocent lives lost to pride in the heroes who emerged on hijacked planes, in the rubble of fallen skyscrapers and at a shattered Pentagon.
Most Americans Say US Government Encourages Illegal Immigration
Most voters nationwide continue to believe government policies encourage illegal immigration and support using the military along the U.S.-Mexican border. But they remain divided as to whether the federal government or individual states should enforce immigration laws. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 59% believe the policies and practices of the federal government encourage illegal immigration. Just 23% disagree while another 18% are not sure.
Israel to Attack Iranian Nuclear Facilities, Says Cheney
Ynet News (Israel)
Israel is likely to attack Iran's nuclear facilities if it proves necessary in order to prevent it from acquiring Weapons of Mass Destruction, former Vice President Dick Cheney told US-based independent news site Newsmax. "I think Iran represents an existential threat, and (Israel) will do whatever they have to do to guarantee their survival and their security," the former vice president told Newsmax's Chief Washington correspondent Ronald Kessler ... The former vice president noted that he had several conversations with top Israeli officials who "correctly perceive Iran as a basic threat."
Lessons of Nine Eleven
Mark Weber - Podcast
The perpetrators of the 2001 Nine Eleven attacks harmed the United States. But the response to those attacks by President George W. Bush and other American political leaders has proven to be even more damaging. The U.S. response has weakened this country's security, undermined its economy, degraded its standing and credibility, and violated the principles it claims to uphold. The calamity of September 11 was a consequence, above all, of the Jewish-Zionist grip on American political life and the U.S. media.
Nine Eleven Wars March of Folly
Patrick J. Buchanan
... Osama, though he wounded and provoked America as she had not been since Dec. 7, 1941, did not bring down the American imperium. We did that to ourselves ... So it was that George W. Bush sent an army halfway around the world to invade and occupy a country that did not threaten us, did not attack us, and did not want war with us - to strip it of weapons it did not have. The ultimate unnecessary war ... So, off we went into Panama, Kuwait, Iraq, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya. And here we are, 20 years on, more isolated than we have ever been - and bankrupt.
Hitler's Atlantic Wall: Should France Preserve It?
Sections of Hitler's Atlantic Wall are being restored by French enthusiasts. But should the Nazi fortification be fully embraced as part of the country's heritage? Along 800 miles (1,287 km) of French coast lie some of the most substantial and evocative vestiges of war-time Europe. The so-called Atlantic Wall -- Hitler's defensive system against an expected Allied attack -- stretched all the way from the Spanish border to Scandinavia. Inevitably, it was in France that the most extensive building took place. Today there are still thousands of blockhouses, barracks and gun emplacements visible along the French shore.
Most 9/11 Commission Records Still Kept Secret
Ten years after al Qaeda's attack on the United States, the vast majority of the 9/11 Commission's investigative records remain sealed at the National Archives in Washington, even though the commission had directed the archives to make most of the material public in 2009, Reuters has learned. ...The 575 cubic feet of records were in large part the basis for the commission's public report, issued July 22, 2004. ... More than a third of the material has been reviewed for possible release. But many of those documents have been withheld or heavily redacted, and the released material includes documents that already were in the public domain, such as press articles.
German Forces Occupy Denmark, April 1940
German newsreel - 1940 - Video
The German occupation of Denmark on April 9, 1940, is presented in this weekly German newsreel, "UFA Tonwoche." With clear English subtitles.
New Poll Shows Drop in Americans' Support for Israel
... A new survey by the venerable Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) that was released last Thursday deserves some attention ... The survey also found that views of Israel, while still generally quite favorable, have slipped over the last several months (65% favorable, including 23% "very favorable," according to a CNN poll in May, down to 56% favorable, 15% "very favorable," according to the PIPA poll. Six in ten (61%) said they believe the U.S. should be even-handed in its approach to the Israel-Palestinian conflict - another example of how the views of the general public are not translated into policy - while 27 percent said it should lean toward Israel and 5% toward the Palestinians.
Veto a State, Lose an Ally
Turki Al-Faisal -- The New York Times
The United States must support the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations this month or risk losing the little credibility it has in the Arab world. If it does not, American influence will decline further, Israeli security will be undermined and Iran will be empowered, increasing the chances of another war in the region.
Turkish PM in Cairo Rebukes Israel, Supports Palestinian State
Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that recognition of a Palestinian state is an obligation not an option. He told the Arab League that before the year's end "we will see Palestine in a very different situation". Mr Erdogan made a new attack on Israel, saying its government's mentality was a barrier to peace in the Middle East. The Palestinians are currently preparing a bid for United Nations membership despite Israeli and US opposition ... He accused Israel of behaving like a spoilt child and building a blockade round its own people through its policies. "Israel will break away from solitude only when it acts as a reasonable, responsible, serious and normal state," he said.
Broad Public Support in Europe For Palestinian State
The Guardian (Britain)
The majority of people in the UK, France and Germany want their governments to vote in favour of recognising a Palestinian state if a resolution is brought before the United Nations in the next few weeks, according to an opinion poll. The three European countries are seen as crucial votes in the battle over the Palestinians' bid for statehood at the UN, which meets next week ... Support for the Palestinians' right to have their own state, without reference to the UN vote, was even higher: 71% in the UK, 82% in France and 86% in Germany.
Egypt Unrest, Turkey Row Deepen Israeli Isolation
Already embroiled in a fierce diplomatic row with former friend and ally Turkey, Israel found itself in fresh crisis on Saturday with southern neighbour Egypt after crowds trashed its Cairo embassy. Israel has few friends in the Muslim world, and the chill on two fronts further deepens its isolation ahead of Palestinian plans to seek full membership in the United Nations. The overnight attack on the mission, in which crowds smashed through an outside security wall, tossed embassy papers from balconies and tore down the Israeli flag, was the worst since Israel set up its mission in Egypt, the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with the Jewish state, in 1979.
Oakland Museum Cancels Palestinian Kids' War Art
San Francisco Chronicle
An Oakland children's museum, citing pressure from the community, canceled a planned exhibit of artwork by Palestinian youth that depicted the Israeli assault during the 2008-09 Gaza conflict. The Museum of Children's Art was scheduled to display the art from Sept. 24 to Nov. 13. The exhibit had been in the works for several months, with an opening reception to feature poetry and special art activities for children. The drawings in the exhibit were created by children ranging in age from about 9 to 11 and included bombs dropping, tanks and people getting shot ... The complaints came from Jewish groups as well as others in the community, board members said.
Turkish Warships Will Escort Future Gaza Aid Vessels
Turkey said on Thursday it would escort aid ships to Gaza and would not allow a repetition of last year's Israeli raid that killed nine Turks, setting the stage for a potential naval confrontation with its former ally. Raising the stakes in Turkey's row with Israel over its refusal to apologize for the killings, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Al Jazeera television that Turkey had taken steps to stop Israel from unilaterally exploiting natural resources in the Mediterranean ... "From now on, we will not let these ships to be attacked by Israel, as what happened with the Freedom Flotilla," Erdogan said.
US Troops May Stay in Afghanistan Until 2024
The Telegraph (Britain)
America and Afghanistan are close to signing a strategic pact which would allow thousands of United States troops to remain in the country until at least 2024, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. The agreement would allow not only military trainers to stay to build up the Afghan army and police, but also American special forces soldiers and air power to remain. The prospect of such a deal has already been met with anger among Afghanistan's neighbors including, publicly, Iran and, privately, Pakistan. It also risks being rejected by the Taliban and derailing any attempt to coax them to the negotiating table, according to one senior member of Hamid Karzai's peace council.
Newly Released Document Shows US Role in Gaza Siege
The US administration of President Barack Obama was even more actively involved than previously known in enforcing the siege of Gaza along Egypt's border with the territory. And the Pentagon provided direct assistance and technology for these efforts, a newly released official document reveals. The US Embassy cable dated April 8, 2009 ... shows that the Americans coordinated Egypt's efforts to keep Gaza sealed from the outside world directly with Egyptian Army chief Field Marshal Muhammad Tantawi - who is currently Egypt's military ruler. Tantawi heads the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).
Noted Scientist Pleads Guilty to Attempted Espionage For Israel
Department of Justice (Washington, DC)
Stewart David Nozette, a scientist who once worked for the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the White House's National Space Council, pleaded guilty today to attempted espionage for providing classified information to a person he believed to be an Israeli intelligence officer.
Charles Lindbergh: A Courageous American's Prophetic Voice
... During his lifetime he made a mark not only as a pioneering global aviator, but also as a prize-winning author, environmentalist and anti-war activist. Given the scarcity of truly heroic Americans during the past century, he towers as a man of exemplary accomplishment and courage. He deserves to be remembered today not only as an authentic American hero, but also because much of what he wrote and said is relevant in our own age. Indeed, some of his remarks have proven to be prophetic.
Half of Britons Have German Blood
The Telegraph (Britain)
Geneticists claim that as many as half of Britons have German blood, a consequence of Anglo-Saxon migration after the Roman Empire fell ... University College London academics studied a segment of the Y chromosome that appears in almost all Danish and north German men. They found that half of British men also have the segment. Researchers following up the UCL study claim that Anglo-Saxons swiftly took over Britain and changed the genetic make-up of its inhabitants. Heinrich Härke, an archaeologist at the University of Reading, said that "up to 200,000 emigrants" came to south east England in the fifth and sixth centuries. In a study of a Saxon cemetery near Oxford, he found that a quarter of its artefacts matched those discovered along the Elbe.
Britain Is More Germanic Than It Thinks
Der Spiegel (Germany)
... A number of studies reinforce the intimacy of the German-English relationship. Biologists at University College in London studied a segment of the Y chromosome that appears in almost all Danish and northern German men -- and is also surprisingly common in Great Britain. This suggests that a veritable flood of people must have once crossed the North Sea. New isotope studies conducted in Anglo-Saxon cemeteries produced similar results. When chemists analyzed the tooth enamel and bones of skeletons, they found that about 20 percent of the dead were newcomers who had originated on mainland Europe.
Is This The Face of Jack the Ripper?
Jack the Ripper is the world's most famous cold case - the identity of the man who brutally murdered five women in London's East End in autumn 1888 remains a mystery. More than 200 suspects have been named. But to Ripper expert Trevor Marriott, a former murder squad detective, German merchant Carl Feigenbaum is the top suspect. ... Why does Marriott think Feigenbaum is Jack the Ripper? Evidence, in the form of police documents and hundreds of letters to the authorities and newspapers, give us some clues.
Number of Americans in Poverty Hits Record High
The number of Americans living in poverty rose to a record 46.2 million last year, official data has shown. This is the highest figure since the US Census Bureau started collecting the data in 1959. In percentage terms, the poverty rate rose to 15.1%, up from 14.3% in 2009. The US definition of poverty is an annual income of $22,314 or less for a family of four and $11,139 for a single person. The number of Americans living below the poverty line has now risen for four years in a row, while the poverty rate is the biggest since 1993. Poverty among black and Hispanic people was much higher than for the overall US population last year, the figures also showed.
Beyond Cairo Embassy Attack, Israel Senses A Wider Siege
The New York Times
With its Cairo embassy ransacked, its ambassador to Turkey expelled and the Palestinians seeking statehood recognition at the United Nations, Israel found itself on Saturday increasingly isolated and grappling with a radically transformed Middle East where it believes its options are limited and poor. The diplomatic crisis, in which winds unleashed by the Arab Spring are now casting a chill over the region, was crystallized by the scene of Israeli military jets sweeping into Cairo at dawn on Saturday to evacuate diplomats after the Israeli Embassy had been besieged by thousands of protesters. ... Facing crises in relations with Egypt and Turkey, its two most important regional allies, Israel turned to the United States.
The True Cost of 9/11
Joseph E. Stiglitz
The Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks by al-Qaida were meant to harm the United States, and they did, but in ways that Osama Bin Laden probably never imagined. President George W. Bush's response to the attacks compromised America's basic principles, undermined its economy, and weakened its security. The attack on Afghanistan that followed the 9/11 attacks was understandable, but the subsequent invasion of Iraq was entirely unconnected to al-Qaida-as much as Bush tried to establish a link. That war of choice quickly became very expensive -- orders of magnitude beyond the $60 billion claimed at the beginning -- as colossal incompetence met dishonest misrepresentation.
Lies We Still Tell Ourselves About 9/11
Robert Fisk -- The Independent (Britain)
... I'm drawn to Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan whose The Eleventh Day confronts what the West refused to face in the years that followed 9/11. "All the evidence ... indicates that Palestine was the factor that united the conspirators - at every level," they write. One of the organisers of the attack believed it would make Americans concentrate on "the atrocities that America is committing by supporting Israel". Palestine, the authors state, "was certainly the principal political grievance ... driving the young Arabs (who had lived) in Hamburg". The motivation for the attacks was "ducked" even by the official 9/11 report, say the authors.
Israel Wages Massive Spy War Against the US
Carl Cameron and Brit Hume - Fox News - Video - Dec. 2001
... Fox News has learned [Dec. 2001] some U.S. investigators believe that there are Israelis again very much engaged in spying in and on the U.S., who may have known things they didn't tell us before September 11. ... Since September 11, more than 60 Israelis have been arrested or detained, either under the new patriot anti-terrorism law, or for immigration violations. A handful of active Israeli military were among those detained, according to investigators, who say some of the detainees also failed polygraph questions when asked about alleged surveillance activities against and in the United States. There is no indication that the Israelis were involved in the 9-11 attacks, but investigators suspect that they Israelis may have gathered intelligence about the attacks in advance, and not shared it.
Five Israelis Detailed For `Puzzling Behavior' After WTC Attack
Haaretz (Israel) - Sept. 2001
Five Israelis who had worked for a moving company based in New Jersey are being held in US prisons for what the Federal Bureau of Investigation has described as "puzzling behavior" following the terror attack on the World Trade Center in New York last Tuesday ... The mother of one of the young men ... said that the five had worked for the company, which is owned by an Israeli, for between two months and two years. They had been arrested some four hours after the attack on the Twin Towers while filming the smoking skyline from the roof of their company's building, she said. ... They are said to have had been caught videotaping the disaster and shouting in what was interpreted as cries of joy and mockery.
Five Celebrating Israelis Arrested On 9/11
BlogginForTheTruth - Video
Did some Israelis know in advance that the Twin Towers would be hit? Three of the "dancers" explain on Israeli television why they were at the scene of the terror attack on September 11, 2001. "Our purpose was to document the event," says one.
German Court Sentences `Neo-Nazi' Girl, 16, to Read Anne Frank Diary
Daily Mirror (Britain)
A neo-Nazi girl of 16 has been ordered to read Anne Frank's diary to learn about the evils of fascism. A [German] judge handed her the sentence after she was caught daubing Swastikas on posters even though she had no idea what the SS was. She was told to read the book, which details a Jewish girl's life in hiding during the Second World War, and write an essay on the Nazis, rather than serve a jail term. A spokesman for the court in Kassel, Germany, said: "Our aim is to make her think. Hopefully, she will learn."
Los Angeles Rabbi Defies Court, Refuses to Testify Against Jews
A federal court judge said she will rule at a later date in the case of a Chasidic Jew who will not testify because he says it would violate "mesira," the injunction against turning Jews over to non-Jews. Margaret Morrow of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles heard arguments Wednesday in the case involving Rabbi Moshe Zigelman. Prosecutors want Morrow to imprison Zigelman for contempt unless he testifies against others in an alleged tax fraud scheme that involved his Spinka sect, The Los Angeles Times reported. Zigelman, an executive assistant to the sect's leader, already has served a two-year sentence for his role in the scheme, which involved soliciting large tax-deductible donations and secretly funneling most of the money back to the donors.
Austrian Court Frees `Holocaust Denier' Honsik on Parole
The Associated Press
An Austrian court official says a far-right author who questioned the Holocaust has been paroled after serving three years in prison for glorifying Nazi ideology and backing Nazi-era beliefs. Gerd Honsik was serving concurrent four-year and two-year terms for writing books and in right-wing publications that praised the Hitler era and contained anti-Jewish sentiments. He still had over a year left to serve. Court official Gerhard Hinger said Thursday the decision to release the 68-year-old Honsik was reached Monday.
Jewish Leaders Slam Mel Gibson, Warner Bros. for `Judah Maccabee' Movie
The Hollywood Reporter
Prominent Jewish leaders are beginning to speak out against Mel Gibson and Warner Bros. over their planned movie based on the life of religious icon Judah Maccabee.
Mark Weber - Podcast
The fundamentalist and evangelical Protestant Christians in the US who fervently embrace Israel are the single most important block of non-Jewish American supporters of the Zionist state and its policies. But few of these "Christian Zionists" realize just what an odd minority they are among the world's Christians, and how out of step their views are with traditional Christian principles. Christian Zionists reject the ethical values of Jesus as laid out in the Gospels, and betray fellow Christians in Palestine who are victims of Israeli dispossession and oppression.
Charles Lindbergh : A Courageous American's Prophetic Voice
... During his lifetime he made a mark not only as a pioneering global aviator, but also as a prize-winning author, environmentalist and anti-war activist. Given the scarcity of truly heroic Americans during the past century, he towers as a man of exemplary accomplishment and courage. He deserves to be remembered today not only as an authentic American hero, but also because much of what he wrote and said is relevant in our own age. Indeed, some of his remarks have proven to be prophetic.
Former US Government Scientist Admits Spying for Israel
A former government scientist charged with attempting to sell technology secrets to Israel has confessed to one count of attempted espionage. Stewart Nozette is expected to serve a sentence of 13 years in prison after making a plea deal with prosecutors. He has been in jail since his arrest in 2009 after a sting operation by an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer. Nozette, 54, was accused of seeking millions of dollars to sell secrets ... The former scientist's top-secret knowledge reportedly covers America's nuclear missile programme.
New Revelations Prompt US-Israeli Diplomatic Storm
The Independent (Britain)
A court case against a translator who leaked US government secrets was conducted in secret because it centred on the revelation that the FBI had eavesdropped on Israeli embassy phone calls, it was revealed yesterday ... Leibowitz passed him about 200 pages of verbatim records of phone calls and conversations between embassy officials, saying that he believed the documents revealed Israeli officials trying unlawfully to influence US policy and edging towards military action against Iran ... In addition to the prosecutions, the Obama administration classified more than 77 million government documents last year, a one-year increase of 40 per cent.
Europe's Rights Chief Decries EU Complicity With US War Crimes
The Associated Press
Europe's human rights chief launched a blistering attack Thursday on European governments' counterterrorism actions, accusing them of helping the United States commit "countless" crimes in the past ten years. The ten-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is an occasion to analyze whether the official responses have been proper and effective, said Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe's rights commissioner. "In attempting to combat crimes attributed to terrorists, countless further crimes have been committed in the course of the US-led 'global war on terror,'" he said in a statement.
26 - ARE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS WARMONGERS ?
By Chuck Baldwin
September 15, 2011
I’ve been an evangelical Christian since I was a child. I’ve been in the Gospel ministry all of my adult life. I attended two evangelical Christian colleges, received honorary degrees from two others, and taught and preached in several others. I’ve attended many of the largest evangelical pastors’ gatherings and have been privileged to speak at Christian gatherings--large and small--all over America. I have been part of the inner workings of evangelical ministry for nearly 40 years. I think I learned a thing or two about evangelical/fundamentalist Christianity in America. And I’m here to tell you: I don’t like what I see happening these days!
Let’s get this straight right out of the gate: nothing touched by man can be perfect, because none of us is perfect. There is no perfect church, perfect school, perfect mission board, perfect Sunday School class, perfect pastor, perfect deacon, or perfect Christian. Until the afterlife, we are all yet encased in Adamic flesh, complete with human weaknesses and imperfections. And only the Pharisaical among us are too proud to admit it.
That said, I do think it is more than fair to say that, historically, Christians have always attempted to be--and have always publicly taught the importance of being--peacemakers. Historically, Christians have preached--and tried to practice--love and brotherhood. The early church was born in a baptism of love and unity. Oh sure, there were always individual misunderstandings and differences, but, on the whole, the church was a loving, caring, compassionate ecclesia.
Mind you, Christians historically were not afraid or ashamed to defend themselves, their families, and their country. The Lord Jesus, Himself (the Prince of Peace), allowed His disciples to carry personal defense weapons (see Luke 22:36,38). Yes, while some Christian sects were conscientious pacifists, these were the exception, not the rule. The vast majority of Christian believers understood the Biblical, Natural Law principle of self-defense. But believing in the right of lawful, God-ordained self-defense was never to be confused with warmongering.
So, what has happened to turn the most peace-loving institution the world has ever known (the New Testament church) into the biggest cheerleaders for war? I’m talking about un-provoked, illegal, unconstitutional, unbiblical--even secret--wars of aggression. The biggest cheerleaders for the unprovoked, unconstitutional, pre-emptive attack and invasion of Iraq were evangelical Christians. Ditto for the war in Afghanistan, the bombing of Libya, the attacks in Yemen, etc. Who is calling for the bombing of Iran? Evangelical Christians. Who cheers for sending more and more troops all over the world to maim and kill more and more people (including innocents)? Evangelical Christians. Shoot (pun intended)! Most evangelical Christians didn’t even bat an eye when the federal government sent military and police personnel to murder American citizens, including old men, women, and children--Christian old men, women, and children, no less--outside Waco, Texas.
And where are today’s evangelical Christians giving a second thought regarding their fellow Christian brothers and sisters in many of these Middle Eastern countries that are being persecuted, imprisoned, tortured, and killed by the puppet regimes being put in power by the US government--at US taxpayer (including Christian taxpayer) expense? I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but more Christians have been persecuted under the US-imposed regime in Iraq than were ever persecuted when Saddam Hussein was in power. Oh! And don’t forget that it was the US government that was responsible for putting Saddam Hussein in power to begin with. The US government set up Osama bin Laden, too. But I digress.
In addition to the “white” wars (the ones everyone knows about), the US government authorizes some 70 black ops commando raids in some 120 countries EVERY DAY. In fact, the secret, black ops military of the US is so large today it now totals more personnel than the ENTIRE MILITARY OF CANADA!
A recent report noted, “In 120 countries across the globe, troops from Special Operations Command carry out their secret war of high-profile assassinations, low-level targeted killings, capture/kidnap operations, kick-down-the-door night raids, joint operations with foreign forces, and training missions with indigenous partners as part of a shadowy conflict unknown to most Americans. Once ‘special’ for being small, lean, outsider outfits, today they are special for their power, access, influence, and aura.”
See the complete report of America’s secret wars here
Yet, how much of this knowledge would even faze the average evangelical Christian today? All we hear from today’s “churches” is “bomb,” “attack,” “wipe them out,” etc. Then, at the same time, they get all emotional about sending missionaries to the same countries that they had just cheered-on the US military in raining down missiles of death and destruction upon (to bring salvation to the lucky ones that weren’t killed, I suppose).
And who are the ones that belittle and impugn Ron Paul? Evangelical Christians. Why? Because he tells the truth about America’s foreign policy being responsible for much of the hatred and bitterness erupting in foreign countries against us. I guarantee you that many of the “conservative” Republicans who booed Dr. Paul’s comments to this regard at the GOP Presidential debate this week would identify themselves as evangelical Christians.
See the report here.
The disciples of our Lord were called “Christians” first by the Gentiles of Antioch, because of the manner in which the disciples reminded them of Christ’s nature and teachings. I never thought I would hear myself say what I’m about to say, but the truth is, the term “Christian” today means anything but Christ-like. To many people today, “Christian” refers to some warmongering, mean-spirited, throw-anyone-to-the-wolves-who-crosses-them person, who then has the audacity to look down their nose in contempt against anyone who disagrees with them for even the smallest reason. And the word “church” has the stigma of being simply an enclave of warmongers to many people today. And that, my friends, is one reason so many people are so turned off with today’s Christianity. And I can’t say that I blame them. I’m turned off too!
Am I a pacifist? Absolutely not! Do I believe an individual, a family, a community, or a nation has the right to protect and defend itself? I absolutely do! And the fellow who breaks into my home or who attacks my loved ones will personally discover I believe that! But this blind support for illegal, immoral, unconstitutional war is anything but Christian. Not only is it turning people against our country among people abroad, it is turning our own countrymen against the Christ we Christians claim to love right here at home.
I dare say that the modern Warfare State would grind to a screeching halt tomorrow if evangelical Christians would simply stop supporting it! And the thing that most evangelical Christians fail to realize is that the Warfare State is one of the primary tools that the evil one is using to usher in his devilish New World Order that even babes in Christ know to be of Satan. Hence, Christians are helping to promote the very thing that Satan, himself, is using to enslave them.
Yes, I’ve been an evangelical Christian for most of my life and an evangelical pastor for all of my adult life. And if we Christians do not quickly repent of this bloodlust that seems to dominate evangelical Christianity today (spiritually and militarily), the word that was first used by un-churched Gentiles to describe Christ’s followers will be used as a curse-word to describe those who facilitated the ruination of our country.
ED : HOW ABOUT ''INSIDE INFORMATION'' ?
27 - The Psychic Pronouncements of Zionist Jews
By ZionCrimeFactory | September 15, 2011
Are Zionists Psychic?
Elder of Zion, Nahum Goldmann.
The influential Zionist leader Nahum Goldmann, co-founder of the World Jewish Congress alongside fellow arch-Zionist Rabbi Stephen Wise (who, in the year 1900, stated that public perception of 6,000,000 suffering Jews would be handy in promoting sympathy for Zionism ), admitted in his book, The Jewish Paradox (published in 1976), that years before the end of the Second World War two influential co-conspiring Jews conceived the idea of a post-war Nuremberg show-tribunal and “German reparations” to be paid out to the Jews. Goldmann candidly admits that he, and his fellow scheming Zionists at the World Jewish Congress, intended the reparations to finance Jewish settlement in Palestine after the war. 
The conniving Zionist crook, Nahum Goldmann, made an astonishing prediction in June of 1940, only nine months after the Second World War began. He declared that if the Nazis were to achieve final victory “6,000,000 Jews in Europe are doomed to destruction.”  The Nazis were not victorious however, but that didn’t stop the deceptive and cunning Zionist propagandists from claiming exactly six million had died anyway.
Elder of Zion, Max Nordau.
Was another Zionist big-wig, Max Nordau, also born with the gift of foresight? At the sixth Zionist Congress convened in 1903, eleven years before World War I began and forty-five years before the nation of Israel was formed, Nordau just happened to be cognizant of an impending “world war,” and that “a free and Jewish Palestine” would be created with England’s assistance.  In 1914 World War I commenced as Nordau had predicted; in 1917 the British diplomat Arthur James Balfour decreed the “Balfour Declaration” promising the Jews a homeland in Palestine, as Nordau predicted they would.  In 1911 during the tenth Zionist Congress in Basle, Switzerland Nordau made another astonishing prediction: 6,000,000 Jews would be annihilated.  Of course, no such thing as the annihilation of 6,000,000 Jews ever happened–the Zionists simply made the propaganda fit the prophecy. 
The aforementioned Nahum Goldmann also attended the tenth Zionist Congress in 1911 where that prediction was uttered.  As a side note: Goldmann was fingered as the arch-plotter behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in the book, Opium Lords: Israel, The Golden Triangle and the Kennedy Assassination. 
Elder of Zion, Rabbi Stephen Wise.
Another unbelievably exact Zionist prediction came from the aforementionedRabbi Stephen Wise, a key Zionist plotter in WWI, WWII intrigues. Speaking to an audience in Trenton, New Jersey on November 5, 1910 Rabbi Wise predicted thatWoodrow Wilson, a man he had never met, would 1) win the November 8, 1910 election for governor of New Jersey, 2) Win the November 1912 election for US president, 3) Get re-elected as US president in 1917, and 4) be one of the great presidents in American history. All of these things came true.  The fourth one is obviously a matter of perspective. From the perspective of the Zionist Jews he was a great president because he enacted every malignant task they demanded of him, such as passing the treacherous Federal Reserve Act in 1913. This perfidious piece of legislation created the Federal Reserve central bank that was given supreme authority to issue US currency at interest, and thus bringing America under the heel of the parasitic Jewish banking clans of Europe: the Rothschild’s, the Warburg’s, and others. Wilson also dragged America into World War I on the side of England at the behest of his Zionist puppet-masters, International Jewry, who, in 1917, influenced the British to back the Zionist project via the Balfour Declaration. By fomenting this first world war, the Zionists were aiming at the break up of the Ottoman Empire so that they could retrieve and colonize Palestine after the war. They needed a second world war to finally accomplish that agenda. Wilson obviously was no great president. He was nothing more than a rotten, bought-off Zionist pawn, a depraved charlatan who sold out the American people in more ways than one. 
Elder of Zion, Chaim Weizmann.
On September 10, 1941 the president of the World Zionist Organization, Chaim Weizmann, wrote a letter to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gloating that International Jewry had brought America into WWI and could do it again (and did eventually do it again).  Weizmann was the principle Zionist architect behind the “Balfour Declaration.”  He would become Israel’s first president in 1948.
In 1962 the first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion, predicted that the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union would come to an end in the late 1980′s. He also elucidated the Zionist desire for a World Government led by Israel and ruled from Jerusalem. He is quoted in Look Magazine, January 16, 1962, p. 20, as saying:
Elder of Zion, David Ben Gurion.
“The image of the world in 1987 as traced in my imagination: the Cold War will be a thing of the past. Internal pressure of the constantly growing intelligensia in Russia for more freedom and the pressure of the masses for raising their living standards may lead to a gradual democratization of the Soviet Union. On the other hand, the increasing influence of the workers and farmers, and rising political importance of men of science, may transform the United States into a welfare state with a planned economy. Western and Eastern Europe will become a federation of autonomous states having a Socialist and democratic regime. With the exception of the USSR as a federated Eurasian state, all other continents will become united in a world alliance, at whose disposal will be an international police force. All armies will be abolished, and there will be no more wars. In Jerusalem, the United Nations (a truly United Nations) will build a shrine of the Prophets to serve the federated union of all continents; this will be the scene of the Supreme Court of Mankind, to settle all controversies among the federated continents, as prophesied by Isaiah. Higher education will be the right of every person in the world. A pill to prevent pregnancy will slow down the explosive natural increase in China and India. And by 1987, the average life-span of man will reach 100 years.” 
Ben Gurion mentions the Old Testament book of Isaiah. This book exemplifies the Jewish supremacist mentality. For example, in Isaiah 60:16, it says: “Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.” Isaiah 61:5 reiterates this concept of Gentile servitude to the Jews: “And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.” Isaiah 60:5 prophecised that the Jews shall inherit all the wealth of the world:“the wealth of the nations shall come unto thee.”
Deuteronomy 23:20 tells us Jews may exact usury upon Gentiles but not on fellow Jews: “Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it.”
Deuteronomy 7:2 also gives us insight into the super-racist and terroristic dispositions of the Judaic mindset. It states: “And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them.”
When ben-Gurion referred to “everybody”, he was most likely only referring to Jews, since the Zohar states: “”living soul” refers to Israel, who have holy living souls from above, and “cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth” to the other peoples who are not “living soul”" (H. Sperling and M. Simon, Editors, “Bereshith 47a”, The Zohar, Volume 1, The Soncino Press, New York, (1984), p. 147)
The Jewish hatred and malice towards Gentiles is supremely illustrated in the Zohar. The Zohar says of “Amalekites” : “when God reveals himself, they will be wiped off the earth. But withal redemption will not be complete until Amalek will be exterminated.” (H. Sperling and M. Simon, Editors, “Bereshith 25b”, The Zohar, Volume 1, The Soncino Press, New York, (1984), p. 100) According to the Chief Rabbi of Safed, Gaza is a war against Amalekites.
The genocidal intentions of this group is outlined clearly in the Zohar, which says:
“Happy will be the lot of Israel, whom the Holy One, blessed be He, has chosen from amongst the Gentile peoples of whom the Scriptures say: “Their work is but vanity, it is an illusion at which we must laugh; they will all perish when God visits them in His wrath.” At the moment when the Holy One, blessed be He, will exterminate all the Gentile peoples of the world, Israel alone will subsist, even as it is written: “The Lord alone will appear great on that day.”" (Jean de Pavly, Editor, “Vayschlah 177b”, Sepher ha-Zohar (Le livre de la splendeur), Volume II, Emile Lafuma-Giraud, Paris, (1908), p. 298)
Elder of Zion, Isser Harel.
Jewish foresight of future events seems to have no end. Yet another incredible display of Zionist psychic ability came from Israel’s preeminent spymaster and founder of the infamous Mossad, Isser Harel (pictured). In 1979 Harel predicted with uncanny accuracy the events of 9/11. Michael Evans, a Christian Zionist evangelist, visited Harel at his home in Israel and had dinner with him and Dr. Reuven Hecht, a senior adviser to then prime minister Menachem Begin.
At dinner Michael Evans asked Harel about terrorism and if it would come to America. Harel told Evans: “In Islamic theology, the phallic symbol is very important. Your biggest phallic symbol is New York City and your tallest building will be the phallic symbol they will hit.” 
Anyone knowledgeable in symbolism will tell you that the phallus is an important symbol in Freemasonry and Occultism, not “Islamic theology.” Freemasonry and Occultism are fundamentally based on the rites and rituals of Judaism and the Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism). 
Elder of Zion, Benjamin Netanyahu.
In reality Zionists are not actually psychic, but this bizarre, continuous foretelling of the future is obviously not a coincidence. These Zionists simply iterate what is going to happen and then, through unparalleled Jewish mental and physical forces and political/economic intrigue, they make it happen–no supernatural psychic powers required. As quoted in the Jewish Daily Bulletin, July 27, 1935, Zionist terrorist leader, Vladimir Jabotinsky, explained: “There is only one power which really counts. The power of political pressure. We Jews are the most powerful people on earth, because we have this power, and we know how to apply it.” Jews have been orchestrating world events for a very long time, and these amazing pronouncements lend ultimate credence to that fact.
Zionist Jews instigated and fomented World War’s I and II. They fabricated the holoco$t as Rabbi Stephen Wise let slip in 1900: to promote sympathy for Zionism–that is to say the Jewish occupation, colonization, ethnic cleansing and destruction of Palestine so that “Israel” could be erected atop its ashes.
Zionist Jews were behind 9/11 too–a false-flag attack (like the bombing of the hotel King David, Lavon Affair and USS Liberty slaughter) designed to kick-start their pre-planned global “War On Terror” crusade of mass deception and destruction, using the behemoth Zionist Golem known as the US Military as a proxy to vanquish all of Israel’s adversaries in the middle-east. 
Chaim Weizmann, Louis Brandeis, Theodore Herzl, Max Nordau, Rabbi Stephen Wise, David Ben-Gurion, Isser Harel, Nahum Goldmann, Benjamin Netanyahu, Samuel Untermeyer, Bernard Baruch, Henry Morgenthau Sr. & Jr., Jacob Schiff, the Rothschild’s, the Warburg’s, and other Elders of Zion were central to the Zionist conspiracy to dominate the whole world as outlined in their sick and sinister handbook, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. 
Footnotes (Click Images to Enlarge)
 “ZIONISTS’ MASS MEETING.” New York Times. June 11, 1900; “There are 6,000,000 living, bleeding, suffering arguments in favor of Zionism. “:
 Goldmann, Nahum. The Jewish Paradox. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1978. Pgs, 122-123.
 “Doom of European Jews Is Seen If Hitler Wins.” The Palm Beach Post. June 25, 1940.
 Stevens, Richard P. “Zionism and Palestine before the Mandate.”
 John, Robert. “Behind the Balfour Declaration: Britain’s Great War Pledge To Lord Rothschild.” Institute for Historical Review.
 Peridy by Ben Hecht, page 254, first published in 1962
 ZionCrimeFactory. “The “Six Million” Myth.” The Works and Research of ZionCrimeFactory. Web.
 “Nahum Goldmann.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.
 Astucia, Salvador. Opium Lords: Israel, the Golden Triangle, and the Kennedy Assassination. Gaithersburg, MD: Ravening Wolf Pub., 2003.
 A Voice that Spoke for Justice: The Life and Times of Stephen S. Wise – By Melvin I. Urofsky. Page 108
 “More Unbelievably Exact Zionist Predictions.” Winston Smith Ministry of Truth.
 Kapner, Brother Nathanael. “Woodrow Wilson – Pawn Of The Jews.” Real Zionist News.
 Irving, David John Caldwell. Churchills War. London: Focal Point, 2001. Pages, 76-77.
 On September 10, 1941 Zionist Chaim Weizmann wrote a letter to Winston Churchill gloating that International Jewry brought America into WWI and could do it again (and did do it again). Here is the letter:
Chaim Weizmann's letter to Winston Churchill boasting about how the Jews brought America into WWI and pledged to do the same in WWII.
 Shlaim, Avi. “Review: Balfour and Weizmann: The Zionist, the Zealot and the Emergence of Israel by Geoffrey Lewis.”The Guardian UK.
 Look Magazine, January 16, 1962, p. 20
David Ben-Gurion's Protocols of Zion-like statement quoted in Look Magazine. Click to read.
 Ben-Gurion, David, and Amram M. Ducovny. David Ben-Gurion, in His Own Words. New York: Fleet, 1969. Print. Pg. 116.
 “Michael D. Evans on ‘The American Prophecies’” Inspiration, Spirituality, Faith, Religion. – Beliefnet.com.
 Marrs, Texe. “Masonic Jews Plot to Control World—.” Power of Prophecy.
 ZionCrimeFactory. “Israel Did 9/11 – All The Proof.” The Works and Research of ZionCrimeFactory. Web.
 “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.” Bible Believers.
 Also check out this post by Blissentia for a plethora of facts about Jews, Judaism, Zionism and Communism:http://www.outlawjournalism.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=155427#155427
28 - Judaized Christianity: Front for New World Order -- Sen. McCarthy
January 13, 2010
"Your Churches Will Teach the Jew's Religion"
Excerpt from a 1956 speech, "GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SURRENDER" by Senator Joseph McCarthy (1908-1957.)
And many of the people of the land became Jews." Esther 9:17.
"The confession of General Cornwallis (left) to General Washington at Yorktown (Oct. 17, 1781) has been well hidden by historians. History books and text books have taught for years that when Cornwallis surrendered his army to General Washington that American independence came, and we lived happily ever after until the tribulations of the twentieth century."
"Jonathan Williams recorded in his "LEGIONS OF SATAN," 1781, that Cornwallis revealed to Washington that "a holy war will now begin on America, and when it is ended America will be supposedly the citadel of freedom, but her millions will unknowingly be loyal subjects to the Crown."
Cornwallis went on to explain what would seem a contradiction:
"Your churches will be used to teach the Jew's religion and in less than two hundred years the whole nation will be working for divine world government. That government that they believe to be divine will be the British Empire. All religions will be permeated with Judaism without even being noticed by the masses, and they will all be under the invisible all-seeing eye of the Grand Architect of Freemasonry."
And indeed George Washington himself was a Mason, and he gave back through a false religion what he had won with his army.
"Cornwallis well knew that his military defeat was only the beginning of world catastrophe that would be universal and that unrest would continue until mind control could be accomplished through a false religion. What he predicted has come to pass. A brief sketch of American religious history and we have seen Masonry infused into every church in America with their veiled Phallic religion.
"Darby and the Plymouth Brethren brought a Jewish Christianity to America. Masons Rutherford and Russell started Jehovah Witnesses' Judaism which is now worldwide with their message of the divine kingdom. Mason Joseph Smith started Mormon Judaism with its Jewish teaching of millennialism.
[ Millennialism is the belief that there will be a Golden Age or Paradise on Earth in which "Christ will reign" prior to the final judgment and future eternal state (the New Heavens and New Earth). In fact, this will be the rule of the Masonic Jewish (Illuminati) bankers fronted by the Luciferian Anti-Christ. ed.]
"At the turn of the twentieth century there appeared the Scofield Bible with a Jewish interpretation of the prophecies. With wide use of this "helpful" aid, all the American churches have silently become synagogues. We now have Baptist Jews, Methodist Jews, Church of God Jews, apostate Catholic Jews, and many Protestant Jews throughout America. We are aliens in our own country because of false religion. All are praying for divine deliverance into that "Divine Government" which Cornwallis knew to be the British Empire.
"A false religion has been used to deceive us into allegiance to our enemies of Yorktown and Bunker Hill. No! Not a gun has been fired but the invisible and malignant process of conquering America with the Jew's religion has gone on unabated.
"The Union Jack has been planted in our hearts with religious deception. All has happened "legally," "constitutionally," "freely" and completely within our most sacred trust -- our churches. Religious deception is painless inoculation against truth. It cannot be removed from the conscience with surgery, yet it is the motivator of our actions and directly controls our lives.
"Once man gives over to false religion, he is no longer rational because he originates no thought. His life is controlled by whomever controls his religion.
"The veil of false religion is the sword of Damocles and its power to control humanity defies even the imagination of tyrants who use it."
"This is not to say that George Washington was a traitor willingly, or knowingly. He was beguiled into a Satanic religious order that insidiously controls men's minds. So have American statesmen and military leaders down through the years given aid and allegiance to the enemies of the United States because they did not have knowledge of the invisible subterfuge that stalks this land. My eyes were opened the day my colleague from Ohio handed me Wagner's "FREEMASONRY AN INTERPRETATION." If every American would read it, they would no longer ask why and how it has happened."
29 - Gardasil HPV vaccines found contaminated with recombinant DNA that persists in human blood
by Mike Adams
(NaturalNews) In seeking answers to why adolescent girls are suffering devastating health damage after being injected with HPV vaccines, SANE Vax, Inc decided to have vials of Gardasil tested in a laboratory. There, they found over a dozen Gardasil vaccine vials to be contaminated with rDNA of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). The vials were purchased in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Poland and France, indicating Gardasil contamination is a global phenomenon.
This means that adolescents who are injected with these vials are being contaminated with a biohazard -- the rDNA of HPV. In conducting the tests, Dr. Sin Hang Lee found rDNA from both HPV-11 and HPV-18, which were described as "firmly attached to the aluminum adjuvant."
That aluminum is also found in vaccines should be frightening all by itself, given that aluminum should never be injected into the human body (it's toxic when ingested, and it specifically damages the nervous system). With the added discovery that the aluminum adjuvant also carries rDNA fragments of two different strains of Human Papillomavirus, this now reaches the level of a dangerous biohazard -- something more like a biological weapon rather than anything resembling medicine.
As SANE Vax explains in its announcement, these tests were conducted after an adolescent girl experienced "acute onset Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis within 24 hours" of being injected with an HPV vaccine. (http://sanevax.org/sane-vax-inc-dis...)
rDNA found in Gardasil is genetically engineered
The rDNA that was found to be contaminating Gardasil is not "natural" rDNA from the HPV virus itself. Rather, it is a genetically engineered form of HPV genetic code that is added to the vaccines during their manufacture.
As Dr. Lee, the pathologist who ran the laboratory tests identifying the biohazard contamination of Gardasil said:
"Natural HPV DNA does not remain in the bloodstream for very long. However, the HPV DNA in Gardasil is not 'natural' DNA. It is a recombinant HPV DNA (rDNA) -- genetically engineered -- to be inserted into yeast cells for VLP (virus-like-particle) protein production. rDNA is known to behave differently from natural DNA. It may enter a human cell, especially in an inflammatory lesion caused by the effects of the aluminum adjuvant, via poorly understood mechanisms. Once a segment of recombinant DNA is inserted into a human cell, the consequences are hard to predict. It may be in the cell temporarily or stay there forever, with or without causing a mutation. Now the host cell contains human DNA as well as genetically engineered viral DNA."
Innocent girls being injected with genetically engineered HPV rDNA
What all this means is that through Gardasil vaccines, innocent young girls are being injected with the recombinant DNA of HPV, and that this biohazardous substance persists in their blood. The implications of this are rather scary, as Dr. Lee explains:
"Once a segment of recombinant DNA is inserted into a human cell, the consequences are hard to predict. It may be in the cell temporarily or stay there forever, with or without causing a mutation. Now the host cell contains human DNA as well as genetically engineered viral DNA."
The vaccine industry, of course, has a long and dark history of its vaccines being contaminated with cancer-causing viruses and other frightening contaminants. Watch this astounding video of Merck scientist Dr. Hilleman openly admitting that polio vaccines were widely contaminated with SV40 viruses that cause cancer:
It's called "Merck vaccine scientist admits presence of SV40 and AIDS in vaccines - Dr. Maurice Hilleman" and was partially narrated by Dr. Len Horowitz. You can view the full transcript of this extraordinary interview at:
If you thought vaccines were safe, think again. Get informed. Learn the truth, and please share this story so that others may also be informed.
Listen up, folks: Why do you think the vaccine industry pushed so hard for total financial immunity under the government's vaccine injury compensation plan? Because they knew that if the truth ever got out about how many cases of cancer, autism and even death were truly caused by vaccines, they would be financially wiped out!
30 - Merck vaccine scientist Dr. Maurice Hilleman admitted presence of SV40, AIDS and cancer viruses in vaccines
by Mike Adams
(NaturalNews) One of the most prominent vaccine scientists in the history of the vaccine industry -- a Merck scientist -- made a recording where he openly admits that vaccines given to Americans were contaminated with leukemia and cancer viruses. In response, his colleagues (who are also recorded here) break out into laughter and seem to think it's hilarious. They then suggest that because these vaccines are first tested in Russia, they will help the U.S. win the Olympics because the Russian athletes will all be "loaded down with tumors." (Thus, they knew these vaccines caused cancer in humans.)
This isn't some conspiracy theory -- these are the words of a top Merck scientist who probably had no idea that his recording would be widely reviewed across the internet (which didn't even exist when he made this recording). He probably thought this would remain a secret forever. When asked why this didn't get out to the press, he replied "Obviously you don't go out, this is a scientific affair within the scientific community."
In other words, vaccine scientists cover for vaccine scientists. They keep all their dirty secrets within their own circle of silence and don't reveal the truth about the contamination of their vaccines.
You can hear this interview at:
Here is the full transcript. (Thanks are due to Dr. Len Horowitz for finding this recording and making it publicly available.)
Transcript of audio interview with Dr. Maurice Hilleman
Dr. Len Horowitz: Listen now to the voice of the worlds leading vaccine expert Dr Maurice Hilleman, Chief of the Merck Pharmaceutical Company's vaccine division relay this problem he was having with imported monkeys. He best explains the origin of AIDS, but what you are about to hear was cut from any public disclosures.
Dr Maurice Hilleman: and I think that vaccines have to be considered the bargain basement technology for the 20th century.
Narrator: 50 years ago when Maurice Hilleman was a high school student in Miles City Montana, he hoped he might qualify as a management trainee for the local JC Penney's store. Instead he went on to pioneer more breakthroughs in vaccine research and development than anyone in the history of American medicine. Among the discoveries he made at Merck, are vaccines for mumps, rubella and measles…
Dr Edward Shorter: Tell me how you found SV40 and the polio vaccine.
Dr Maurice Hilleman: Well, that was at Merck. Yeah, I came to Merck. And uh, I was going to develop vaccines. And we had wild viruses in those days. You remember the wild monkey kidney viruses and so forth? And I finally after 6 months gave up and said that you cannot develop vaccines with these damn monkeys, we're finished and if I can't do something I'm going to quit, I'm not going to try it. So I went down to see Bill Mann at the zoo in Washington DC and I told Bill Mann, I said "look, I got a problem and I don't know what the hell to do." Bill Mann is a real bright guy. I said that these lousy monkeys are picking it up while being stored in the airports in transit, loading, off loading. He said, very simply, you go ahead and get your monkeys out of West Africa and get the African Green, bring them into Madrid unload them there, there is no other traffic there for animals, fly them into Philadelphia and pick them up. Or fly them into New York and pick them up, right off the airplane. So we brought African Greens in and I didn't know we were importing the AIDS virus at the time.
Miscellaneous background voices:…(laughter)… it was you who introduced the AIDS virus into the country. Now we know! (laughter) This is the real story! (laughter) What Merck won't do to develop a vaccine! (laughter)
Dr Maurice Hilleman: So what he did, he brought in, I mean we brought in those monkeys, I only had those and this was the solution because those monkeys didn't have the wild viruses but we…
Dr Edward Shorter: Wait, why didn't the greens have the wild viruses since they came from Africa?
Dr Maurice Hilleman: …because they weren't, they weren't, they weren't being infected in these group holding things with all the other 40 different viruses…
Dr Edward Shorter: but they had the ones that they brought from the jungle though...
Dr Maurice Hilleman: …yeah, they had those, but those were relatively few what you do you have a gang housing you're going to have an epidemic transmission of infection in a confined space. So anyway, the greens came in and now we have these and were taking our stocks to clean them up and god now I'm discovering new viruses. So, I said Judas Priest. Well I got an invitation from the Sister Kinney Foundation which was the opposing foundation when it was the live virus…
Dr Edward Shorter: Ah, right…
Dr Maurice Hilleman: Yeah, they had jumped on the Sabin's band wagon and they had asked me to come down and give a talk at the Sister Kinney Foundation meeting and I saw it was an international meeting and god, what am I going to talk about? I know what I'm going to do, I'm going to talk about the detection of non detectable viruses as a topic.
Dr Albert Sabin …there were those who didn't want a live virus vaccine… (unintelligible) …concentrated all its efforts on getting more and more people to use the killed virus vaccine, while they were supporting me for research on the live viruses.
Dr Maurice Hilleman: So now I got to have something (laughter), you know that going to attract attention. And gee, I thought that damn SV40, I mean that damn vaculating agent that we have, I'm just going to pick that particular one, that virus has got to be in vaccines, it's got to be in the Sabin's vaccines so I quick tested it (laughter) and sure enough it was in there.
Dr Edward Shorter: I'll be damned
Dr Maurice Hilleman: … And so now…
Dr Edward Shorter: …so you just took stocks of Sabin's vaccines off the shelf here at Merck…
Dr Maurice Hilleman: …yeah, well it had been made, it was made at Merck…
Dr Edward Shorter: You were making it for Sabin at this point?
Dr Maurice Hilleman: …Yeah, it was made before I came…
Dr Edward Shorter: yeah, but at this point Sabin is still just doing massive field trials…
Dr Maurice Hilleman: …uh huh
Dr Edward Shorter: okay,
Dr Maurice Hilleman: …in Russia and so forth. So I go down and I talked about the detection of non detectable viruses and told Albert, I said listen Albert you know you and I are good friends but I'm going to go down there and you're going to get upset. I'm going to talk about the virus that it's in your vaccine. You're going to get rid of the virus, don't worry about it, you're going to get rid of it… but umm, so of course Albert was very upset...
Dr Edward Shorter: What did he say?
Dr Maurice Hilleman: …well he said basically, that this is just another obfuscation that's going to upset vaccines. I said well you know, you're absolutely right, but we have a new era here we have a new era of the detection and the important thing is to get rid of these viruses.
Dr Edward Shorter: Why would he call it an obfuscation if it was a virus that was contaminating the vaccine?
Dr Maurice Hilleman: …well there are 40 different viruses in these vaccines anyway that we were inactivating and uh,
Dr Edward Shorter: but you weren't inactivating his though…
Dr Maurice Hilleman: …no that's right, but yellow fever vaccine had leukemia virus in it and you know this was in the days of very crude science. So anyway I went down and talked to him and said well, why are you concerned about it? Well I said "I'll tell you what, I have a feeling in my bones that this virus is different, I don't know why to tell you this but I …(unintelligible) …I just think this virus will have some long term effects." And he said what? And I said "cancer". (laughter) I said Albert, you probably think I'm nuts, but I just have that feeling. Well in the mean time we had taken this virus and put it into monkeys and into hamsters. So we had this meeting and that was sort of the topic of the day and the jokes that were going around was that "gee, we would win the Olympics because the Russians would all be loaded down with tumors." (laughter) This was where the vaccine was being tested, this was where… so, uhh, and it really destroyed the meeting and it was sort of the topic. Well anyway…
Dr Edward Shorter: Was this the physicians… (unintelligible) …meeting in New York?
Dr Maurice Hilleman …well no, this was at Sister Kinney…
Dr Edward Shorter: Sister Kinney, right…
Dr Maurice Hilleman: …and Del Becco (sp) got up and he foresaw problems with these kinds of agents.
Dr Edward Shorter: Why didn't this get out into the press?
Dr Maurice Hilleman: …well, I guess it did I don't remember. We had no press release on it. Obviously you don't go out, this is a scientific affair within the scientific community…
Voice of news reporter: …an historic victory over a dread disease is dramatically unfolded at the U of Michigan. Here scientists usher in a new medical age with the monumental reports that prove that the Salk vaccine against crippling polio to be a sensational success. It's a day of triumph for 40 year old Dr. Jonas E Salk developer of the vaccine. He arrives here with Basil O'Connor the head of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis that financed the tests. Hundreds of reporters and scientists gathered from all over the nation gathered for the momentous announcement….
Dr Albert Sabin: …it was too much of a show, it was too much Hollywood. There was too much exaggeration and the impression in 1957 that was, no in 1954 that was given was that the problem had been solved , polio had been conquered.
Dr Maurice Hilleman: …but, anyway we knew it was in our seed stock from making vaccines. That virus you see, is one in 10,000 particles is not an activated… (unintelligible) …it was good science at the time because that was what you did. You didn't worry about these wild viruses.
Dr Edward Shorter: So you discovered, it wasn't being inactivated in the Salk vaccine?
Dr Maurice Hilleman: …Right. So then the next thing you know is, 3, 4 weeks after that we found that there were tumors popping up on these hamsters.
Dr. Len Horowitz: Despite AIDS and Leukemia suddenly becoming pandemic from "wild viruses" Hilleman said, this was "good science" at that time.
NaturalNews wishes to thank Dr. Len Horowitz for uncovering this interview from the national archives, and for getting it released so the public can learn the truth behind the deadly vaccine industry.
31 - Former Malaysian PM: 'Bush lied about 9/11 terror attacks'
Written by Editor Freestatevoice
Mahathir Mohamad says it is not unthinkable for former US President George W. Bush to lie about who was responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks on the American soil. [Editor’s note: Then-Prime Minister Mohamad is shown in the photo (L) with William Rodriguez, 9/11 hero and the "last man out" of the Towers at a private 9/11 presentation.]
In a post published in his personal blog chedet on Friday, former Malaysian prime minister said that the attacks on the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, New York City, and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, could not have been carried out by Muslims. The acts of violence could have rather been the work of other groups.
The Malaysian politician pointed out that “for some Americans, the deaths of nearly 3,000 people was not the scariest thing about 9/11. It was realizing who carried out the attack: yes, the American Government.”
Mohamad said although Arab Muslims are angry enough to sacrifice their lives and become bombers, they are not capable of planning and strategizing attacks similar to the 9/11 ones.
“The planning [for the 9/11 attacks] must have taken a considerable length of time. The candidates had to learn to fly in tiny aircrafts…. Planning to hijack four aircraft simultaneously would require great precision in timing and logistics. One aircraft maybe. But four simultaneously!! I don’t think extremists from Saudi Arabia can carry out this highly sophisticated operation with such success,” former Malaysian prime minister commented.
Turning to the collapse of the World Trade Center twin towers, he said, “They came down nicely upon themselves without toppling against the other buildings close by. It looks more like planned demolition of buildings than collapse consequent upon being hit by aircraft.”
Mohamad stated, “A third building also collapsed in the same fashion; although it was not hit by any aircraft. What is the explanation for this untouched building, which collapsed upon itself and did not damage other buildings nearby?”
He also questioned the total disappearance of the aircraft, which hit the Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia. “There was no debris of any kind, no broken parts of the aircraft, no black box, and no human bodies flung into the surroundings. Is it possible for an aircraft to vaporize totally after a crash?” former Malaysian prime minister said.
Mohamad further raised questions over the loss of the fourth aircraft, which was supposed to have crashed in an open field. “Again no sign of any debris. No big crater. Did it vaporize into nothingness? Did the innocent passengers also vaporize?” he stated.
The Malaysian politician noted that the American press was strangely silent about 9/11 attacks.
He also emphasized that Bush is the one that lied about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction. “The legacy of the former US president is that two countries (Iraq and Afghanistan) have been devastated, and fratricidal wars have become endemic. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, Afghans and a few thousand of young American soldiers have died. Thousands more are wounded, maimed for life, and suffering from mental breakdowns,” Mohamad pointed out.
Former Malaysian prime minister also said that human lives do not seem to mean much to the former US president.
32 - Inside the Surveillance State: How Peaceful Activists Get Swept Up onto "Terrorist" Watch Lists
By Nancy Murray and Kade Crockford, TruthOut and ACLU Massachusetts
Posted on September 15, 2011
Ten Years Later: Surveillance in the "Homeland" is a collaborative project with Truthout and ACLU Massachusetts.
How little - yet how much - has changed in the last 40 years. The COINTELPRO papers sound distinctly 21st century as they detail the monitoring of perceived threats to "national security" by the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency (NSA), Secret Service, and the military, as well as the intelligence bureaucracy's war on First Amendment protest activity.
The Church Committee investigation concluded in 1976 that the "unexpressed major premise of the programs was that a law enforcement agency has the duty to do whatever is necessary to combat perceived threats to the existing social and political order."
In addition to massive surveillance, assassinations and dirty tricks "by any means necessary" included the creation of NSA "watch lists" of Americans ranging "from members of radical political groups, to celebrities, to ordinary citizens involved in protests against their government," with names submitted by the FBI, Secret Service, military, CIA, and Defense Intelligence Agency. The secret lists, which included people whose activities "may result in civil disturbances or otherwise subvert the national security of the US," were used by the NSA to extract information of "intelligence value" from its stream of intercepted communications.
We learned that there was, apparently, no easy way to get off the FBI's "security index." Even after the criteria for fitting the profile of a "subversive" were revised in the mid-1950's, the names of people who no longer fit the definition remained on IBM punchcards, and were retained in field offices as "potential threats." A card would only be destroyed "if the subject agreed to become an FBI source or informant" or in another way indicated a "complete defection from subversive groups."
By 1960, the FBI had compiled 432,000 files on "subversive" individuals and groups, and they were getting hard to handle. The following decade brought the promise of a technological fix. Under the guidance of the attorney general at the time, Ramsey Clark, the FBI explored the potential for "computerizing the master index." The goal of Clark's Interdivision Information Unit was to harness "automatic data processing" to put information about people collected from external and internal sources in a "quickly retrievable form."
Forty years later, the same "by any means necessary" mindset is harnessed to a national surveillance industrial complex that pumps out some 50,000 intelligence reports every day into the FBI's Terrorist Screening Database (which contains over a million names, including aliases). This error-ridden "master list" is not to be confused with the National Counterterrorism Center's Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE)system, which held 640,000 identities in March 2011. There arereported to be about a dozen terrorism watch lists or databases, and a single tip from a credible source is all it takes to get into one or more of them, while there is no reliable way to get out.
Given the legion of local, state and federal agents seeking out harbingers of "terrorist activity," the fact that espousing "radical" beliefs is grist for a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) and the virtually unchecked ability of FBI operatives to spy on groups without suspicion of wrongdoing, it is not surprising that the same kind of groups that were infiltrated and spied on by the FBI, NSA, CIA, and Department of Defense (DoD) under COINTELPRO are featuring in Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) investigations and fusion center data banks. The secrecy shrouding "national security" matters and the blurred jurisdictions that turn FOIA requests into pieces in a "pass the buck" shell game have made it impossible to get a clear picture of the extent of spying on protected First Amendment activity. But leaks and oversight reports indicate that a 21st century Church Committee would find a mention of any group that challenges the status quo somewhere in the vast domestic surveillance labyrinth.
In his 2010 report, "A Review of the FBI's Investigation of Certain Domestic Advocacy Groups," Glenn Fine, the (now retired - and not replaced) inspector general of the Justice Department, concludes that the FBI had "little or no basis" for investigating many advocacy groups and individuals, and that it made false and misleading statements to the public and Congress to justify its surveillance of an antiwar rally organized by a peace and social justice organization, the Thomas Merton Center of Pennsylvania. Not only did it routinely classify actions involving nonviolent civil disobedience as "Acts of Terrorism matters," it also, "relied upon potential crimes that may not commonly be considered 'terrorism' (such as trespassing or vandalism)" to get people placed on watch lists and their travels and interactions tracked.
Around the country, databases have swelled with information about antiwar and other protests that are classified as "potential terrorist activity." Intelligence oversight reports indicate that the Pentagon, which defined protest in training materials as "low-level terrorism activity," monitored and shared intelligence on groups ranging from Alaskans for Peace and Justice to Planned Parenthood, and used Army signals intelligence in Louisiana to intercept civilian cell phone conversations. It was revealed late in 2005 that the DoD had a secret database called Theart and Local Observation Notice (TALON) maintained by its Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) unit. Among its 13,000 reports were dozens detailing antiwar activity, along with photos of protesters. Meetings were sometimes infiltrated and information widely shared among partner agencies. Events classified as "threats" included the gathering of activists at a Quaker meeting house in Lakewood, Florida, to plan a protest of military recruiting at the local high school, a Boston protest outside a military recruiting center and a peace march through the streets of Akron, Ohio, tailed by local police who had been tipped off by the Pentagon.
Although CIFA was disbanded after the extent of its spying was revealed, the TALON database has been preserved and is expected to be part of a new repository of information housed at the Pentagon's Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center. A notice in the Federal Register for June 15, 2010, states that the new repository will have a broad domestic and homeland security mandate and will amass personal data, citizenship documentation, biometric data and "reports of investigation, collection, statements of individuals, affidavits, correspondence, and other documentation pertaining to investigative or analytical efforts by the DoD and other US agencies to identify or counter foreign intelligence and terrorist threats."
The Posse Comitatus Act's substantial limitations on the use of the military in domestic law enforcement appear to have all but vanished. Indeed, in Washington State, John Towery - a member of Force Protection Service at Fort Lewis who infiltrated and spied on peace groups in Olympia and shared information with the Army, JTTF, the FBI, local police departments and the state fusion center - is being sued by groups claiming his undercover surveillance violated the Act. Adocument leaked by WikiLeaks outlines how a "fusion cell" in a military police garrison integrated with local, county, regional, state and federal law enforcement can avoid the usual constraints on military intelligence by operating "under the auspice and oversight of the police discipline and standards." In the words of former Olympia City Council member T.J. Johnson, who was one of the people spied on by Towery, "The militarization of domestic law enforcement is one of the more disturbing trends in recent years."
Leaks from fusion centers reveal that peace groups share a place on surveillance databases with environmental groups, animal rights groups, student groups, anti-death penalty organizations, Muslim organizations, conspiracy theorists, Ron Paul supporters, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Nation of Islam and "Black Extremists." The Virginia Fusion Center cited various historically black colleges and universities as potential "radicalization nodes" for terrorists. The Maryland State Police, which works with the FBI as part of a JTTF and shares information with the state's fusion center, infiltrated protest activity, kept error-ridden "terrorist" files on activists and was notified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about what groups should be monitored. Bette Hoover, a retired nurse who is a grandmother and Quaker antiwar activist, was surprised when documents came to light listing her as a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and direct action group The Ruckus Society - organizations she never belonged to - and placing her at demonstrations she had never attended. She now understands why she receives special scrutiny at airports.
Given the enormous dimensions of the secretive echo chamber in which flawed information is disseminated, it is difficult to see how the record can ever be set straight. Once a person is in a database, there seems to be no more inclination to delete all traces of that individual (assuming this is even possible) than to remove an IBM punch card from J. Edgar Hoover's security index. The FBI today wants to keep all Suspicious Activity Reports in its eGuardian database, on the grounds that even if there is no connection to terrorism or crime today, one may become clear tomorrow as it continues to add information to a person's profile and mine information about their associations.
In the age of the Total Information Awareness program, there appears to be no end to the appetite for data to be stored and mined, and all sorts of agencies want a share of the action. There was little attempt to rein in the NSA after whistleblowersRussell Tice and Thomas Tamm revealed an "overcollection" of data of staggering proportions through the Agency's access to the phone calls, text messages, faxes and emails affecting the communications of "all Americans" - including Bill Clinton. Data captured through the NSA's warrantless surveillance program has reportedly been systematically archived for data mining purposes.
The US Joint Special Operations Command is meanwhile establishing a mega fusion center at a secret address near the Pentagon which will serve as "the offense end of counterterrorism, tracking and targeting terrorist threats that have surfaced in recent years" and advising domestic law enforcement "in dealing with suspected terrorists inside the US." It will feature a cloud-computing network combining "all elements of US national security, from the eavesdropping capabilities of the National Security Agency to Homeland Security's border-monitoring databases."
Not to be outdone, the FBI has erected a giant Investigative Data Warehouse (IDW) containing 1.5 billion records and counting - much of it classified - including information collected through nearly 300,000 National Security Letters, criminal records, financial records, intelligence reports, gang information, terrorist information, open source data and more. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, whoseFreedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation has brought the data trove to light - the "future of the IDW is data mining" as the FBI uses "link analysis" and "pattern analysis" in the hunt for "pre-crime."
The neverending hunger for data may be one reason why the FBI, in late 2010, raided the homes and seized computers, cell phones and files belonging to peace and justice activists in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan. Twenty-three of them have been issued with grand jury subpoenas, some for allegedly giving "material support" to a foreign terrorist organization by meeting with groups in Colombia and Palestine.
"We're conflating proper dissent and terrorism," warned former FBI agent and whistleblower Coleen Rowley:
A secretive, unaccountable, post 9/11 homeland security apparatus has increasingly turned inward on American citizens. The evidence includes everything from controversial airport body scanners to the FBI's raids last September on antiwar activists' homes ... Agents are now given a green light, for instance, to check off "statistical achievements" by sending well-paid manipulative informants into mosques and peace groups. Forgotten are worries about targeting and entrapping people not predisposed to violence.... The massive and largely irrelevant data collection now occurring only adds hay to the haystack, making it even harder to see patterns and anticipate events. "Top Secret America" needs to ask itself who is more guilty of furnishing "material aid to terrorism: - its own operatives, or the activists and protesters it so wrongheadedly targets.
Nancy Murray is the author of Rights Matter: the Story of the Bill of Rights. Nancy holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a B.Phil. and Ph.D. in Modern History from Oxford University.
Kade Crockford is the ACLU of Massachusetts privacy rights coordinator.
© 2011 TruthOut and ACLU Massachusetts All rights reserved.
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33 - What to Make of Sarah Palin's Alleged Cocaine Use
By Tony Newman, AlterNet
Posted on September 15, 2011
A forthcoming unauthorized biography about former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is generating news around the country. The two items getting the most ink so far are the claims that Palin had a fling with NBA star Glen Rice while she was a sports reporter in Alaska - and that Sarah Palin used cocaine while snowmobiling with friends.
Palin has previously admitted to using marijuana, making her part of an ever growing group of elected officials, from both the GOP and the Dems, who have used illicit drugs or have substance abuse issues in their immediate families.
President Obama broke new ground when he admitted to not only marijuana use, but to expermenting with cocaine when was a young man. John McCain and his family know about substance abuse, with his wife Cindy's well-known addiction to prescription pain pills. George Bush dodged questions about his cocaine and marijuana use and would only admit to "youthful indescretions." Al Gore was a known marijuana smoker. President Clinton famously addressed the issue with the bizarre I-smoked-it-but-didn't-inhale line. Jeb Bush's daughter Noelle was busted with Xanax and crack. I could go on and on with those who've admitted to or have been outted for illict drug use: Newt Gingrich, yes. Mayor Bloomberg, check.
None of this should be surprising. I would never expect our elected officials to go through life without trying drugs. We are a society swimming in drugs: Marijuana, Prozac, Ritalin, Cocaine, Cigarettes, Alcohol, Viagra. Virtually every American uses drugs both for pleasure and to soothe pain - and more than half of American adults have used an illegal drug.
Past or current drug use should not be worthy of ridicule - but hypocrisy should be. Rush Limbaugh once scoffed at the idea that African Americans are disproportionately arrested on drug charges, and suggested that the solution should be to arrest more white people. Yet when he was busted with thousands of Oxycontin pills, he changed his tune in a heartbeat.
And how about New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg? When asked if he had smoked marijuana, he said yes, and even added that he enjoyed it. Yet under Mayor Bloomberg, New York has the shameful distinction of being the marijuana arrest capital of the world. Last year, more than 50,000 New Yorkers were arrested and jailed on low-level marijuana possession charges - that far exceeds the city'stotalmarijuana arrests from 1981-1995!
The scapegoating and hypocrisy from our elected officials is as strong today as ever. Right now there is legislation popping up around the country to drug test people who receive welfare benefits. I wonder how comfortable these elected officials and their staff would be if they had to piss in a cup.
I have mixed feelings when I hear about Palin and other politicians' drug use. The revelations are beneficial by helping shatter the myth that if you try drugs you are going to be an unproductive person who ruins your life. But the hypocrisy is infuriating. Our prisons are exploding with more than 500,000 people behind bars for nonviolent drug offenses - and these politicians are perpetuating the policies that created this catastrophe.
It is time for voters to punish elected officials - not for past drug use, but for supporting draconian laws that lock up so many of our brothers and sisters for doing what so many of our elected officials do themselves.
Tony Newman is communications director for the Drug Policy Alliance.
© 2011 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.
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34 - HOLOCAUST QUASI-RELIGION AS AN INSTRUMENT OF CULTURE WAR
"Two controversial incidents reported widely by world media a few years ago, i.e. Teheran Conference on Holocaust, as well as, releasing of Holocaust-denier British historian David Irving from Austrian jail rise a question if Holocaust still may be treated as a historical fact or it has become already a kind of quasi-religion having its own taboos and heretics.
IN OUR DEMOCRATIC WORLD EVERYBODY HAS UNDENIABLE RIGHT TO BELIEVE IN ANY FAITH HE/SHE CHOSED BUT WE THE PEOPLE SHOULD NOT ACCEPT ANY RELIGION TO BE FORCED OR MAINTAINED BY ANY GOVERNMENT!
Every historical fact is unique, exceptional and different from other events but simultaneously it is still somehow similar and it can be compared to them, as it is always repetition of something what already had happened in the past or what can take place in the future. If some event is recognized as absolutely unique, exceptional, uncommon and incomparable, it is not any more integral part of history of humanity but becomes a myth, sacrum, taboo we are not able to research, analyze or understand using intellectual tools.
This is just what has happened to Holocaust. As Elie Wiesel said ( Gazeta Wyborcza, 01/27/95): â€śHolocaust is a mystery human mind cannot reach. Auschwitz was a different planet. Holocaust is transcendent in relation to history. It cannot be treated as a historical fact but rather as an eschatological drama, part of a saint way or cosmic event and must be inquired using metaphysical and theological instruments. According to Elie Wiesel (Bog po Oswiecimiu, p. 26) even talking about Auschwitz or Treblinka is a kind of blasphemy and cannot be approached without holy apprehension.â€
Eschatological interpretation of Holocaust was done by Polish famous SF author and philosopher Polish Jew Stanislaw Lem in his book Prowokacja (Krakow 1984). According to Lem Nazi Germans who were not able to kill God himself, tried to annihilate Godâ€™s chosen nation to take its privileged position. After that bloody dethroning in effigie they expected to become self-chosen nation of human history. Saint signs were not destroyed but inverted. Murder played role of anti-redemption: Germans released themselves from Covenant with God.
Similar interpretation of Holocaust was presented by Abraham Foxman (ADL Bulletin On the Frontline, January 1994, p. 2) According to his opinion, Holocaust is not just one of many examples of genocide but almost successful attempt on life of chosen children of God and in fact on God himself. Holocaust is a singular event in history of mankind and antithesis
of act of Creation as it was described in Bible.
Professor Gunnar Heinsohn of Bremen University proved that uniqueness of Holocaust
does not depend on number of Jews killed by Nazis ( as Communists murdered many times more Gentiles in Gulag) or on specific methods of killing (gas chambers) but on Hitlerâ€™s intentions. He wanted to eliminate Jewish ethics based on Ten Commandments (especially
the fifth one) and to restore the right to genocide. So, death penalty for Jews did not concern
â€śJewish raceâ€ but rather â€śJewish soul.â€ Hitler wanted to destroy Jews because they invented
Henryk Grynberg (Prawda nieartystyczna, Katowice 1990, p.131) broadened concept of uniqueness accusing the whole humanity of Holocaust. Nazis represented all the mankind. It looks like we face situation called in logics as reductio ad absurdum (reducing to absurdity). If Holocaust is to be recognized as a crime of humanity, it means logical that Jews are not part of mankind. So, who are they - Angels, Supermen? Such talmudic way of thinking distinguishing Jews and goiym (cattle) was inverted by Nazis who treated Jews as something different from people, i.e. subhuman. They changed â€śnationâ€ but used the same logics.
There is another moral problem. If all Jews as a nation should be recognized as â€śHolocaust
victimsâ€ what about those American Jews millionaires who did nothing to help their brethren in Europe during WWII or thousands of Bolshevik Jews involved in communism crimes against humanity? Not mention Zionists cooperating with Nazis or Israelis killing Palestinian kids and women. Are they also â€śHolocaust victimsâ€ ? Such dangerous questions are forbidden in our hypocritic Western civilization where Holocaust became an official religion.
Above means that a powerful central taboo of a new religion born in Auschwitz was created. This new religion has its own relics, saint places, temples, priests, as well as, heretics and may be also Holocaust atheists. Holocaust became one of the basic points of the contemporary Western culture, politics and ideology. Still remaining a Jewish myth, Holocaust was universalized by mass media and educational systems and transformed into a prism the XX age history or even
the whole human history should be seen through. Holocaust does not belong to the past. It is a sanctified system of dogmas with quasi-religious structure that can be used as a powerful political and ideological or moral instrument to reach not necessary sublime goals. Holocaust quasi-religion can be involved in political and ideological conflicts or power-play. It is an effective tool of moral blackmail, indoctrination and propaganda or even a culture war.
The first victim of Holocaust quasi-religion is Christianity. Holocaust eclipsed the central event of Christianity i.e. Sacrifice of Jesus. For Jews Holocaust is an equivalent to Crucifixion and Israel is an equivalent to Redeem. In Shoah Jewish nation died for God undertaking upon itself the burden of his unimaginable guilt for his indifference, absence or powerlessness. Some Christian theologians behave like Holocaust religion converts. Although they cannot openly equalize
Auschwitz to Golgotha, as it would mean abandoning of Christianity, they made already the first step in this direction. They start from creating special relations between Cross and Holocaust, next equalize them to announce victory of Holocaust in the end. Gas chambers overcame Cross, Auschwitz overshadowed Gologotha, Jews sacrifice is bigger than Jesus one.
(Waclaw Hryniewicz, Niepojety Bog w obliczu piekiel swiata, ZNAK 4/1996). Polish theologian dr Michal Czajkowski,
a big enthusiast of Christian-Jewish dialog (on knees), demanded creation of a new Christian theology and doctrine after Shoah. All those facts show symptoms of surrender of Christianity to Holocaust religion or Judaization of Christianity.
Simultaneously, Christianity is charged for responsibility that Holocaust happened in Europe.
Traditional Christian theology was reversed: instead of Jews responsible for killing Jesus now Christians are charged for murder of Jews in Holocaust. Holocaust is recognized as negative culmination of Christianity. So, Christianity lost its basis to exist and must be replaced by a new religion.
In Poland, strong catholic faith country where Jan Paul II was born, anti-Christian agenda of communism was orchestrated with destruction of the Church by insiders like Michal Czajkowski. It is not coincidence that recently Polish Commission for Decommunisation found documents proving long time cooperation of Michal Czajkowski with special department of communist secret services created to weaken influence of catholic Church in Poland. Works of Holocaust-religion converts are full of overwhelming poisonous and blasphemous nihilism matching aggressive atheism of communists.
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35 - Planet X, Elenin Nibiru already discovered before 1983 !
Posted on Pakalert on September 14, 2011
Planet X Elenin already discovered before 1983 !
Before reading this article, note that the Apollo lunar program was stopped “suddenly” and NASA started to build the Space Shuttle : Construction began on Columbia in 1975 at Rockwell International’s. After construction, the orbiter arrived at Kennedy Space Center on March 25, 1979 to prepare for its first launch. Space Shuttle Columbia was successfully launched on April 12, 1981 (STS-1) Could it be that NASA already knew about the coming of Elenin (or another “planet X” still to come by 2012 and therefore designed the Shuttles ?
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Washington Post – Mystery Heavenly Body Discovered (31-Dec-1983)
A heavenly body possibly as large as the giant planet Jupiter and possibly so close to Earth that it would be part of this solar system has been found in the direction of the constellation Orion (Keep in mind that mostProphecies and Mythology around the world talk about “Aliens” and the “Gods” that came from planets in the constellation Orion!) by an orbiting telescope aboard the U.S. infrared astronomical satellite. The Object is so mysterious that astronomers do not know if it’s a planet, giant comet, a nearby protostar that never got hot enough to become a star, a distant galaxy so young that it is still in the process of forming its first stars or a galaxy so shrouded in dust that none of the light cast by its stars ever gets through. “All I can tell you is that we don’t know what it is,” Dr. Gerry Neugebauer, IRAS chief scientist for California’s Jet Propulsion Laboratoryand director of the Palomar Observatory for the California Institute of Technology, said in an interview.
The most fascinating explanation of this mystery body, which is so cold it casts no light and has never been seen by optical telescopes on Earth or in space, is that it is a giant gaseous planet, as large as Jupiter and as close to Earth as 50 billion miles. While that may seem like a great distance in earthbound terms, it is a stone’s throw in cosmological terms, so close in fact that it would be the nearest heavenly body to Earth beyond the outermost planet Pluto. “If it is really that close, it would be a part of our solar system,” said Dr. James Houck of Cornell University’s Center for Radio Physics and Space Research and a member of the IRAS science team. “If it is that close, I don’t know how the world’s planetary scientists would even begin to classify it.”
The mystery body was seen twice by the infrared satellite as it scanned the northern sky from last January to November – 1983, when the satellite ran out of the super-cold helium that allowed its telescope to see the coldest bodies in the heavens. The second observation took place six months after the first and suggested the mystery body had not moved from its spot in the sky near the western edge of the constellation Orion in that time. “This suggests it’s not a comet because a comet would not be as large as the one we’ve observedand a comet would probably have moved,” Houck said. “A planet may have moved if it were as close as 50 billion miles but it could still be a more distant planet and not have moved in six months’ time.
Whatever it is, Houck said, the mystery body is so cold its temperature is no more than 40 degrees above “absolute” zero, which is 459 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. The telescope aboard IRAS is cooled so low and is so sensitive it can “see” objects in the heavens that are only 20 degrees above absolute zero. When IRAS scientists first saw the mystery body and calculated that it could be as close as 50 billion miles, there was some speculation that it might be moving toward Earth. “It’s not incoming mail,” Cal Tech’s Neugebauer said. “I want to douse that idea with as much cold water as I can.”
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The New York Times – Clues Get Warm in the Search for Planet X (Jan 30, 1983)
Something out there beyond the farthest reaches of the known solar system seems to be tugging at Uranus and Neptune. Some gravitational force keeps perturbing the two giant planets, causing irregularities in their orbits. The force suggests a presence far away and unseen, a large object that may be the long-sought Planet X.
Evidence assembled in recent years has led several groups of astronomers to renew the search for the 10th planet. They are devoting more time to visual observations with the 200-inch telescope at Mount Palomar inCalifornia. They are tracking two Pioneer spacecraft, now approaching the orbit of distant Pluto, to see if variations in their trajectories provide clues to the source of the mysterious force. And they are hoping that a satellite-borne telescope launched last week will detect heat “signatures” from the planet, or whatever it is out there.
The Infrared Astronomical Satellite was boosted into a 560-mile-high polar orbit Tuesday night from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. It represents an $80-million venture by the United States, Britain and theNetherlands. In the next six or seven months, the telescope is expected to conduct a wide-ranging survey of nearly all the sky, detecting sources not of ordinary light, but of infrared radiation, which is invisible to the human eye and largely absorbed by the atmosphere. Scientists thus hope that the new telescope will chart thousands of infrared-emitting objects that have gone undetected stars, interstellar clouds, asteroids and, with any luck, the object that pulls at Uranus and Neptune.
The last time a serious search of the skies was made, it led to the discovery in 1930 of Pluto, the ninth planet. But the story begins more than a century before that, after the discovery of Uranus in 1781 by the English astronomer and musician William Herschel. Until then, the planetary system seemed to end with Saturn.
As astronomers observed Uranus, noting irregularities in its orbital path, many speculated that they were witnessing the gravitational pull of an unknown planet. So began the first planetary search based on astronomers’ predictions, which ended in the 1840s with the discovery of Neptune almost simultaneously by English, French and German astronomers.
But Neptune was not massive enough to account entirely for the orbital behavior of Uranus. Indeed, Neptune itself seemed to be affected by a still more remote planet. In the late 19th century, two American astronomers, William H. Pickering and Percival Lowell, predicted the size and approximate location of the trans-Neptunian body, which Lowell called Planet X.
Years later, Pluto was detected by Clyde W. Tombaugh working at Lowell Observatory in Arizona. Several astronomers, however, suspected it might not be the Planet X of prediction.
Subsequent observations proved them right. Pluto was too small to change the orbits of Uranus and Neptune; the combined mass of Pluto and its recently discovered satellite, Charon, is only one-fifth that of Earth’s moon.
Recent calculations by the United States Naval Observatory have confirmed the orbital perturbation exhibited by Uranus and Neptune, which Dr. Thomas C. Van Flandern, an astronomer at the observatory, says could be explained by “a single undiscovered planet.” He and a colleague, Dr. Robert Harrington, calculate that the 10th planet should be two to five times more massive than Earth and have a highly elliptical orbit that takes it some 5 billion miles beyond that of Pluto—hardly next door but still within the gravitational influence of the Sun.
Some astronomers have reacted cautiously to the 10th-planet predictions. They remember the long, futile quest for the planet Vulcan inside the orbit of Mercury; Vulcan, it turned out, did not exist. They wonder why such a large object as a 10th planet escaped the exhaustive survey by Mr.Tombaugh, who is sure it is not in the two-thirds of the sky he examined. But according to Dr. Ray T. Reynolds of the Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, other astronomers “are so sure of the 10th planet, they think there’s nothing left but to name it.”
At a scientific meeting last summer, 10th-planet partisans tended to prevail. Alternative explanations for the outer-planet perturbations were offered. The something out there, some scientists said, might be an unseenblack hole or neutron star passing through the Sun’s vicinity. Defenders of the 10th planet parried the suggestions. Material falling into the gravitational field of a black hole, the remains of a very massive star after its complete gravitational collapse, should give off detectable X-rays, they noted; no X-rays have been detected. A neutron star, a less massive star that has collapsed to a highly dense state, should affect the courses of comets, they said, yet no such changes have been observed.
More credence was given to the hypothesis that a “brown dwarf” star accounts for the mysterious force. This is the informal name astronomers give to celestial bodies that were not massive enough for their thermonuclear furnaces to ignite; perhaps like the huge planet Jupiter, they just missed being self-illuminating stars.
Most stars are paired, so it is not unreasonable to suggest that the Sun has a dim companion. Moreover, a brown dwarf in the neighborhood might not reflect enough light to be seen far away, said Dr. John Anderson of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena,CA. It’s gravitational forces, however, should produce energy detectable by the Infrared Astronomical Satellite.
Whatever the mysterious force, be it a brown dwarf or a large planet, Dr. Anderson said he was “quite optimistic” that the infrared telescope might find it and that the Pioneer spacecraft could supply an estimate of the object’s mass. Of course, no one can be sure that even this discovery would define the outermost boundary of the solar system.
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35 - THE OVERLOOKED TRACE MINERAL ESSENTIAL TO YOUR HEALTH
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t worry much about whether you’re getting enough iodine in your diet every day. The latest statistics show, however, that maybe you should—because this trace mineral is as essential as they come.
While iodine has few rich dietary sources, it’s fairly well known that ample intake is nevertheless critical to proper thyroid function—one of the primary reasons behind the introduction of iodized table salt.1-3 Even so, as many as 1 out of every 7 women still have suboptimal iodine levels in this country—a concern that becomes even more pronounced when you consider the fact that iodine is also critical to female reproductive health.4
In fact, next to the thyroid gland, the highest concentrations of iodine can be found in the ovaries—and population studies have revealed a strong correlation between iodine intake and measures of breast, endometrial and ovarian health in a number of countries, from Russia to Canada.5-9
Unfortunately, research also shows that optimal breast health demands 20 to 40 times the iodine required for effective thyroid support.10-11 So needless to say, a sprinkle of iodized salt alone won’t suffice, with data indicating that you would need to consume more than a quarter pound daily just to meet the levels of iodine consumed by the mainland Japanese—a population that’s known for its remarkable ovarian and breast health.
Of course, it’s not just women who are at risk from this dietary deficiency: Thyroid-inhibiting goitrogens are all too common in the environment—meaning that many adults in search of lasting thyroid health, whether male or female, need a daily boost in iodine that’s large enough to both neutralize these substances and to keep overall levels up to snuff.12-13
The good news is that a high-quality iodine supplement—such as VRP’s Iodoral®—can easily make up for the levels of this trace mineral that your diet lacks. This clinically-tested form of iodine has been uniquely designed to eliminate iodine’s characteristic unpleasant taste and tendency toward gastric irritation. And simply combining it with abundant fluids and a magnesium-rich diet—not to mention ample intake of the B-vitamins niacin and riboflavin—will help to ensure that you achieve maximum results.14-15, 4
Niacin and riboflavin (also known as B3 and B2) are essential precursors to “cofactors” that play an integral role in your body’s ability to use iodine effectively.15 In combination, these two nutrients can offer critical assistance in your effort to achieve iodine sufficiency—and the superior thyroid and reproductive health that goes with it—for life. You’ll find this combo featured in the high-potency formula called ATP Cofactors, available from Vitamin Research Products®.
1. Hollowell J, Staehling N, Hannon W, Flanders D, Gunter E, Maberly G. Iodine Nutrition in the United States. Trends and Public Health Implications: Iodine Excretion Data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys I and III (1971-1974 and 1988-1994). J Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 1998;83:3401-3408.
2. Dunn J. Iodine Supplementation and the Prevention of Cretinism. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1993;678:158-168.
3. Utiger RD. Thyrotoxicosis, Hypothyroidism, and the Painful Thyroid. In Endocrinology & Metabolism, Felig P, Frohman LA, Ed. McGraw-Hill, Inc., Medical Publishing Division. 2001:275.
4. Abraham GE. The Safe and Effective Implementation of Orthoiodosupplementation in Medical Practice. The Original Internist. 2004;11:17-36.
5. Slebodzinski AB. Ovarian iodide uptake and triiodothyronine generation in follicular fluid. The enigma of the thyroid ovary interaction. Domest Anim Endocrinol. 2005;29(1):97-103.
6. Eskin B, Grotkowski CE, Connolly CP, et al. Different Tissue Responses for Iodine and Iodide in Rat Thyroid and Mammary Glands. Biological Trace Element Research. 1995;49:9-19.
7. Finley JW, Bogardus GM. Breast cancer and thyroid disease. Quart Rev Surg Obstet Gynec. 1960;17:139-147.
8. Thomas BS, Bulbrook RD, Russell MJ, et al. Thyroid function in early breast cancer. Enrop J Cancer Clin Oncol. 1983;19:1213-1219.
9. Thomas BS, Bulbrook RD, Goodman MJ. Thyroid Function and the Incidence of Breast Cancer in Hawaiian, British and Japanese Women. Int J Cancer. 1986;38:325-329.
10. Ghent W, Eskin B, Low D, Hill L. Iodine Replacement in Fibrocystic Disease of the Breast. Can J Surg. 1993;36:453-460.
11. Abraham GE, The Concept of Orthoiodosupplementation and its Clinical Implications. The Original Internist. 2004;11(2):29-38.
12. Ghandrakant C, Kapdim MD, Wolfe JN. Breast Cancer. Relationship to Thyroid Supplements for Hypothyroidism. JAMA. 1976;238:1124.
13. Lakshmy P, Rao S, Sesikeran B, et al. Iodine Metabolism in Response to Goitrogen Induced Altered Thyroid Status Under Conditions of Moderate and High Intake of Iodine. Hormone & Metabolic Res. 1995;27:450-454.
14. Abraham GE, Flechas JD, Hakala JC. Optimum Levels of Iodine for Greatest Mental and Physical Health. The Original Internist. 2002;9:5-20.
15. Abraham GE, Flechas JD. The Effect of Daily Ingestion of 100 mg Iodine Combined with High Doses of Vitamins B2 and B3 (ATP Cofactors) in Five Subjects with Fibromyalgia. The Original Internist. 2008 March;15(1):8-15.
36 - CRITICAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH : THE LIVER AND GALLBLADDER
We have been exploring in detail various bodily systems and nutritional solutions for maintaining the optimal functioning of these systems. Previously, we explored the immune system, the male and female reproductive systems, the gastrointestinal tract, the HPA axis, bones and joints, the visual system and the urinary tract. This month, we will discuss the liver and gallbladder as structures of the digestive system, situations leading to the inefficient functioning of those structures, and the use of key nutraceuticals to help promote healthy liver and gallbladder function.
The Structure and Function of the Liver
Not only is the liver the largest organ in the body, but also it is unquestionably one of the most vital to survival. Hepatocytes or liver cells make up this triangular hepatic organ (from the Greek word for liver, hēpar). The liver has four lobes of unequal size and shape, is reddish brown in appearance, and weighs between 3.2–3.7 lbs. Located in the right upper quadrant of the abdominal cavity, the liver is positioned just below the diaphragm, to the right of the stomach and overlaying the gallbladder. It is connected to two large blood vessels, one called the hepatic artery and one called the portal vein. The hepatic artery supplies arterial blood to the liver, while the portal vein carries venous blood drained from the spleen, gastrointestinal tract and its associated organs.1
Bile produced in the liver is collected in thin tubes (i.e., bile canaliculi), which merge to form bile ducts. These ducts eventually drain into hepatic ducts, which merge to form the common hepatic duct. The common bile duct is formed by the common hepatic duct and the cystic duct from the gallbladder.1
The liver has a wide range of functions. Arguably, the most important of these is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. Other functions include:
Playing a large role in the synthesis of amino acids
Playing a large role in protein metabolism, synthesis and degradation
Playing a large role in the production of thrombopoietin production (a glycoprotein hormone that regulates the production of platelets by the bone marrow)
Synthesizing glucose from amino acids, lactate or glycerol (i.e. gluconeogenesis)
Forming glycogen from glucose (i.e. glycogenesis, also take place in muscles)
Producing triglycerides (i.e., lipogenesis)
Producing coagulation factors
Producing bile for fat emulsification
Producing insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1)
Contributing toward the Phase I and II detoxification of toxins and xenobiotics
Conversion of ammonia to urea
Breaking down glycogen into glucose (i.e. glycogenolysis)
Breaking down insulin and other hormones
Storage of glycogen, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron and copper1
The Structure and Function of the Gallbladder
The gallbladder is a relatively small organ that concentrates bile sent to it from the liver, increasing bile potency. Situated immediately below the liver, this organ is about 3.1 inches in length and 1.6 inches in diameter when fully distended. It is divided into three sections; the fundus, the body and the neck. A mucosal fold called Hartmann’s pouch is present at the neck of the gallbladder and is often an area where bile stasis may occur.1
The gallbladder can store about 50 milliliters of bile. The presence of food containing fat stimulates the secretion of the hormone cholecystokinin (CCK) by the intestinal mucosa, which in turn stimulates the release of bile from the gallbladder to help in the emulsification of dietary fat for digestive purposes.1
TABLE 1. Nutraceuticals that Support Liver and Gallbladder Health
Nutraceutical(s) Function Source
Milk Thistle Extract (silymarin) Supports healthy liver fat metabolism
Promotes healthy liver detoxification
Promotes a balanced inflammatory response
Supports healthy liver tissue and cell function
Stimulates bile flow
Trimethylglycine Supports healthy liver parameters and enhances healthy fat metabolism
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) Increases the efficiency of lipid processing in the liver
Supports liver tissue from the effects of oxidative stress
Beet Root Promotes healthy liver fat processing
Vitamin B1 Balances inflammatory responses
Vitamin B12 & Folic Acid Balances inflammatory responses
Lipoic Acid Improves liver function with inflammation
Helps maintain liver health
Artichoke Extract Hepatoprotective effects
Stimulates bile flow
Phosphatidylcholine (PC) Helps enhance hepatic healing
Promotes healthy liver function and healthy liver tissue
Supports bile flow through the gallbladder
Dandelion Root Stimulates bile flow
Vitamin C Supports hepatic antioxidant systems
Magnesium Promotes healthy bile flow
Taurine Promotes bile acid conjugation and healthy bile production
Suboptimal Functioning of the Liver and Nutraceutical Compensation
There are circumstances in which the liver functions suboptimally. Several factors can play a role in this including an unbalanced inflammatory response and oxidative stress to liver tissue. In these instances, specific nutraceuticals may help to promote healthy functioning of the liver.
Imbalanced fat metabolism in the liver may occur when the liver is overburdened and is unable to efficiently detoxify substances resulting from dietary or environmental exposure. Data suggests that easily one-third of all American adults have imbalanced fat metabolism in the liver. Unfortunately, it often causes no signs and symptoms, and sometimes no complications. In some cases, however, the accumulation of fat can result in an imbalanced inflammatory response and impact liver function.2 Inefficient liver fat metabolism is often discovered via incidentally elevated liver enzyme levels. There is a strong association with it and being overweight. It can also ultimately impact the efficiency of insulin function.
Milk Thistle has been used for centuries to promote healthy liver function. Pliny the Elder, a Roman Naturalist, described Milk Thistle as being “excellent for carrying of bile.”3 Modern research has revealed that a group of flavonolignans, collectively called silymarin, are considered to be the active compounds in Milk Thistle offering hepatoprotective effects.3 These effects are accomplished via several mechanisms, including antioxidation,4 inhibition of lipid peroxidation,5 promoting liver detoxification via phase I and II detoxification and glucuronidation,6-8 and protection of glutathione depletion.9 Furthermore, Milk Thistle, combined with vitamin E and phospholipids, has supported liver health and enhanced liver function parameters as demonstrated in a pilot study.10-11
In addition to Milk Thistle, animal data suggests that beets may be effective against fat deposition in the liver,12 and trimethylglycine is capable of keeping the liver healthy and enhancing liver fat processing.13 Also, animal research has shown that N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) can improve liver fat metabolism, while lipoic acid is an effective antioxidant that can enhance lipid processing by hepatic cells.14-15
A Healthy, Balanced Hepatic Inflammatory Response
An imbalanced inflammatory response may occur throughout the body due to a broad variety of lifestyle factors, and the liver is certainly not immune to this occurrence. When out of balance, this response may contribute to inefficient liver detoxification. The etiology of hepatic inflammation may be related to toxins and chemicals resulting from dietary or environmental exposures, including alcohol, certain medications, some industrial organic solvents and some plants.
Studies have shown silymarin to be effective for helping to support healthy hepatic inflammatory balance while promoting healthy levels of serum bilirubin, AST, ALT and serum liver enzymes.17 Research has also demonstrated that supplementation with vitamin B1 and vitamin B12 (with or without folic acid) help maintain balanced hepatic inflammatory responses.18-20 Other research21 suggests that lipoic acid along with milk thistle and other nutraceuticals promoted significant improvements in liver function and overall health.
Supporting Healthy Liver Tissue
Promoting optimal liver health requires a combination of healthy lifestyle factors and consumption of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Several herbs and nutrients taken as supplements can also help maintain optimal liver detoxification capacity. European clinical studies have demonstrated that silymarin administration promoted healthy levels of serum liver enzymes and total bilirubin, while supporting healthy liver tissue histology in individuals with excess exposure to dietary toxins.22 Additional research suggests that administration of silymarin also supported a healthy lifespan.23 Like Milk Thistle, research has shown that Artichoke leaf extract also has hepatoprotective effects.24-27 The phosholipid, phosphatidylcholine (PC), has been shown to help optimize liver function and enhance hepatic cellular health and healing.28 Animal research further suggests that PC can help promote efficient liver function.29-31 In a controlled human trial, PC supplementation was found to promote healthy liver function in people requiring detoxification support.32
Suboptimal Functioning of the Gallbladder and Nutraceutical Compensation
Suboptimal functioning of the gallbladder may occur as the result of bile stasis, and a gallbladder inflammatory response. In these instances, specific nutraceuticals may help to promote healthy functioning of the gallbladder.
Excess cholesterol deposits in the gallbladder can lead to bile stasis when metabolism of lipids is inefficient. Similarly, stasis or reduced flow may also occur with excessive amounts of bilirubin. Such reduction in bile flow is more likely to occur when the gallbladder does not effectively empty bile (such as during pregnancy), in the case of regeneration of liver tissue, and as the result of rapid weight loss, particularly occurring from eating a very low-calorie diet.16
One part of the nutraceutical approach to supporting healthy gallbladder function includes promoting the healthy flow of bile. Artichoke has a similar effect to Milk Thistle with regard to stimulating bile flow, which has been demonstrated in several studies.33In addition, Dandelion root extract has been shown to act as a cholagogue, promoting the flow of bile.34 Other nutraceutical approaches include the use of phosphatidylcholine, vitamin C, magnesium and taurine. Phosphatidylcholine has been found to enhance bile flow and prevent gallbladder inefficiency in both animal and human research.35-37 The mechanism of action seems to be phosphatidylcholine’s beneficial effect on cholesterol solubility and crystallization.38-39 Women who have higher blood levels of vitamin C are less likely to form gallbladder deposits. This may be due to the fact that vitamin C helps convert cholesterol to bile acids.40-42 Vitamin C supplementation was also shown to improve a parameter associated with reduced likelihood of forming gallbladder deposits.43 Likewise, low intakes of magnesium have also been implicated in the formation of gallbladder deposits.44 In addition, taurine is involved in bile acid conjugation and healthy bile production.45
Healthy Gallbladder Inflammatory Response
Any issues with bile stasis or inefficiency may result in an imbalanced inflammatory response in the gallbladder, which is characterized by poor bile flow and retention of bile.16 Supplementary nutrients that support both liver and gallbladder efficiency are indicated when such a situation presents itself. These nutrients can ensure that both liver and gallbladder health and function is optimized.
Dietary Supplements for Healthy Liver & Gallbladder Function
As previously discussed, healthy function of the liver and gallbladder may be promoted with key nutraceuticals. Table 1 lists those nutraceuticals and the two products, HepatoGen™ and Gallbladder Support, which provide them. Both products provide nutraceuticals that are beneficial for the liver and gallbladder, so both products may be used concurrently.
The liver performs multiple roles in the body, and the gallbladder stores and concentrates bile for fat digestion. In some circumstances, suboptimal function of these structures may occur. Research has demonstrated that key nutraceuticals may help promote healthy functioning of the liver and gallbladder.
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