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911 and Imperial Mobilization Redux

September 16th, 2010
Categories: News, 9-11

Link: http://bloghumanbeingsfirst.wordpress.com:80/2010/09/16/911-and-imperial-mobilization-redux-by-zahir-ebrahim/

“911 is is a point of departure for me … I see the deliberate hands of the American-Israeli intelligence agencies and/or “Second Foundationers” from deep within the American ruling elite in orchestrating this New Pearl Harbor. For a country that can sense what is deep within the bowels of the Earth and in the farthest reaches of the heavens, that seeks “full spectrum dominance” of air, land, sea, space, cyberspace, et. al. in its own military doctrines, and that publicly warns in its strategy documents that the only way for it to embark on this “imperial mobilization” is an increased military budget that can only come about in a “new pearl harbor”, 9-11 has only one reality – self-inflicted.

The Tea Party primary election victories

September 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/sep2010/pers-s16.shtml

The upset victory of far-right Tea Party candidates in Tuesday's Republican primary elections must be seen within the context of an immense social crisis and growing economic distress in the United States. The victory, in particular, of two candidates opposed by the Republican Party establishment—Christine O'Donnell in the Delaware senatorial primary and Carl Paladino in the New York gubernatorial primary—is a distorted reflection of the general growth of popular anger and disillusionment with the political system.

Sniegoski: Richard Cohen–Israel Liability for US

September 16th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism

Link: http://america-hijacked.com:80/2010/09/16/sniegoski-richard-cohen-israel-liability-for-us/

Critics of the US “special relationship” with Israel hold that it is detrimental to American interests in the Middle East. Its supporters, however, normally claim the opposite—that Israel is actually an American strategic asset. (The Chomskyites are the odd men out since even though they are critical of American and Israeli policies, they maintain that US support for Israel is beneficial for the imperialistic interests of the (predominantly gentile) US ruling class, though harmful to the American masses.)

Meg Whitman breaks US campaign spending records

September 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5igyMKGWqb9_5jZw2uKCmivR2acBAD9I8IRSO1

SAN FRANCISCO — Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for California governor, has surpassed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for the highest personal contribution in American campaign history. Whitman's campaign reported another $15 million contribution late Tuesday, bringing her personal donation to $119 million. The billionaire former eBay chief executive's spending surpasses the previous record of $108 million set by Bloomberg in his bid for a third term last year. Bloomberg spent about $185 per vote for his re-election, and he did not take donations. This is not a government of, by, and for the people. It's a government of, by, and for the super rich and it serves only the super rich.

Two years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers

September 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/sep2010/pers-s15.shtml

Two years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers sparked the greatest financial and economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, none of the underlying contradictions of the world capitalist system has been resolved. On the contrary, they are assuming ever-more malignant forms as the ruling classes all over the world launch an offensive against the working class to make it pay for the crisis.

U.S. Debates Response to Targeted Killing Lawsuit

September 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/world/16awlaki.html?_r=1

The Obama administration, fresh off a victory in persuading federal judges to dismiss a torture case for fear of revealing state secrets, is divided over using similar tactics to try to block a lawsuit over government efforts to kill an American citizen accused of ties to Al Qaeda.

Avoid Genetically Modified Food Doctors and Animals Alike Tell Us

September 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Health

Link: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=13431

The farmer grinned as he told the visitor, “Watch this!” He called his pigs, which ran frantically towards him to be fed. But when he scooped out corn and threw it on the ground, the pigs sniffed it and then looked up at the farmer with confused expectation. The farmer then scooped corn from another bin and flung it near the pigs, which ran over and quickly devoured it.

Third World America, Here We Come?

September 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.alternet.org/books/148192/third_world_america%2C_here_we_come_/

Co-Host Juan Gonzalez: Are middle-class Americans becoming an endangered species? One out of every six Americans are in government anti-poverty programs. More than 50 million are on Medicaid. Forty million receive food stamps. And 10 million receive unemployment benefits. The prospects for a speedy recovery from the Great Recession appear dim.

Homes For 27,000 Constructed During Israeli Settlements Freeze

September 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26374.htm

The so-called settlement freeze in the Palestinian territories is a myth. No freeze has ever been implemented, in fact the settlements have been expanding dramatically during the moratorium. Additionally, another 13,000 homes have been approved for the West Bank, together with two new colonies near Nablus and the Jordan Valley.

Dismantle America’s Military Behemoth

September 15th, 2010
Categories: News, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26373.htm

An article in last Sunday’s New York Times provided an interesting analysis of the Egyptian military, one that holds some important lessons for America. The article described the military in Egypt as “the single most powerful institution in an autocratic state facing its toughest test in decades, an imminent presidential succession.” The military, which has been the recipient of almost $40 billion in U.S. foreign aid for the past 30 years, has made it clear that it will not permit anyone to assume the presidency “without ironclad guarantees that it would retain its pre-eminent position in the nation’s affairs.”

Noam Chomsky: “President Obama is Involved in War Crimes Right Now”

September 15th, 2010
Categories: News, War, Police State

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26371.htm

The New Statesman Interviews: Noam Chomsky. If the world would go away, I would be happy to keep to the science, which is much more interesting and challenging. But the world has an unfortunate habit of not going away and the problems are quite urgent.

U.S. Nuclear Weapons Have Been Compromised by Unidentified Aerial Objects

September 15th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS166901+15-Sep-2010+PRN20100915

Witness testimony from more than 120 former or retired military personnel points to an ongoing and alarming intervention by unidentified aerial objects at nuclear weapons sites, as recently as 2003. In some cases, several nuclear missiles simultaneously and inexplicably malfunctioned while a disc-shaped object silently hovered nearby. Six former U.S. Air Force officers and one former enlisted man will break their silence about these events at the National Press Club and urge the government to publicly confirm their reality.

GORDON DUFF: IS AMERICA’S MILITARY PREPARED FOR THE ISRAELI THREAT?

September 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism, Iran

Link: http://www.veteranstoday.com:80/2010/09/15/gordon-duff-is-americas-military-prepared-for-the-israeli-threat/

CAN AMERICA STOP AN ISRAELI “NUCLEAR” 9/11? The American people are afraid, they see disaster coming. Everyone is waiting to see what city is chosen to be sacrificed. Will it be Phoenix or Sacramento or perhaps Atlanta? This is the real fear, the “not so secret” fear in the heart of every American.”

Israeli minister warns of new offensive against Gaza

September 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/8005129/Israeli-minister-warns-of-new-offensive-against-Gaza.html

Israeli minister warns of new offensive against Gaza a new mass slaughter of defenseless civilians, a new war crime, using American made weapons: depleted uranium munitions and banned cluster bombs and phosphorous bombs. With the argument threatening to derail peace talks, Mr Netanyahu and Mr Abbas met for a second day in Jerusalem to continue negotiations begun in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday.

Lawsuit planned after protesters put on terror list

September 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/regional/s_699551.html

An activist who believes he was improperly included on a state terror threat list said this morning he is preparing a federal lawsuit. "When people's civil rights are trampled it's a federal issue," said Gene Stilp of Harrisburg, who holds a Virginia law license but does not practice as an attorney.

The Amazing adventures of Captain Neo in Blonde-land

September 15th, 2010
Categories: News

Link: http://www.a-w-i-p.com/index.php/2010/09/15/the-amazing-adventures-of-captain-neo-in

Enough of boring stuff of Afghan stiffs and Pentagon staffs! Not a minute too early, when we were about to succumb to boredom of approaching rainy autumn, we were hit by the new release of... "The Amazing adventures of Captain Neo in Blonde-land"

Void of Responsibility: Israel Military Policy not to investigate Killings of Palestinians by Soldiers - Video

September 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine, Zionism

Link: http://www.a-w-i-p.com/index.php/2010/09/15/void-of-responsibility-israel-military-p

"B'Tselem protests the sweeping classification of the situation in the Occupied Territories as an “armed conflict,” which effectively grants immunity to soldiers and officers, with the result that soldiers who kill Palestinians not taking part in hostilities are almost never held accountable for their misdeeds. By acting in this way, the army fails to meet its obligation to take all feasible measures to reduce injury to civilians, allows soldiers and officers to violate the law, encourages a trigger-happy attitude, and shows gross disregard for human life."

Iran frees US hiker accused of spying after 13 months

September 15th, 2010
Categories: News, Iraq

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/14/iran-frees-us-hiker

$500,000 bail paid before release of Sarah Shourd, as families vow to keep up fight for two still held. US hiker Sarah Shourd has been released. Sarah Shourd, one of three US hikers held in Iran as spies for over a year, was released from prison yesterday as their families and supporters vowed to fight on to bring the other two home.

Poverty in America: 2010

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/sep2010/pers-s14.shtml

The Obama administration has responded to reports of an epidemic growth of poverty in America to levels not seen since the 1960s by categorically ruling out any anti-poverty programs like those initiated under the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson. In the midst of a week-long campaign of speeches and events aimed at packaging the administration’s pro-corporate policies as populist measures to aid the “middle class,” Obama exhibited callous indifference to the suffering of millions of Americans when he was queried at his Friday press conference about possible anti-poverty measures.

US transfer of Iraqi prisoners: an ongoing war crime

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/sep2010/amne-s14.shtml

A report released Monday by the London-based human rights organization Amnesty International documents the criminal treatment that is being meted out to Iraqis who were summarily rounded up by US occupation troops, imprisoned, and now, as part of the “end of the combat mission,” have been turned over to torturers employed by the US-backed Iraqi regime.

Goldman Expects More QE, Gold Prices Hit Record: Coincidence?

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://blogs.wsj.com/marketbeat/2010/09/14/goldman-expects-more-qe-gold-prices-hit-record-coincidence/

So, Goldman Sachs’ top econowonk Jan Hatzius — here at MarketBeat central we refer to him colloquially as “Johnny the Hat” — says the Fed may announce a new round of quantitative easing as early as November. (Quantitative easing, at least as recently practiced by the Fed, is essentially printing money to by U.S. debt.)

Fewer Hungry, but More Hunger Waits

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/09/14-7

ROME - Figures the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) presented here Tuesday revealing a reduction in the world's number of hungry people in 2010 for the first time in 15 years should be a cause for celebration. In reality it is a hollow success. It is not that the fall is too small to be significant. On the contrary, the United Nations agency estimates 925 million are undernourished this year, a drop of 98 million on the 2009 level of 1,023 billion, almost 10 percent down.

Gerald Celente on Dan Diorio 14 Sept 2010 - Audio

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://revolutionarypolitics.tv/video/viewVideo.php?video_id=12540&title=gerald-celente-on-dan-diorio-14-sept-2010

Economic collapse, world depression, free rides for the banks, more wars...

Georgia Man Fined $5000 for Growing Vegetables

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://theintelhub.com/2010/09/14/georgia-man-fined-5000-for-growing-vegetables/

A Georgia resident who has been an organic farmer for years is now facing $5000 dollars in fines for growing too many vegetables on his OWN land. That’s right.

Government Using Anti-Terrorism Laws to Crush Dissent

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State

Link: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/09/government-using-anti-terrorism-laws-to.html

The following quotes all have something in common: "It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error" – United States Supreme Court decision in American Communications Association v. Douds

Richard the Privatizer

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2010/09/14/richard-the-privatizer

WITHOUT WARNING, and to the relief of many Chicagoans, Mayor Richard M. Daley announced at a press conference last week that, after 21 years as mayor, he would not seek re-election. Since his announcement, the mainstream media in Chicago have been busy glamorizing Daley's tenure as mayor and praising his ability to bring the city out of the doldrums of 1980s deindustrialization and create the "global city" that it is today.

As Regulators Weigh Drilling in Marcellus Shale, EPA Opens Public Hearings on Health and Environmental Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2010/9/14/as_regulators_weigh_drilling_in_marcellus

The Environmental Protection Agency has begun public hearings in Binghamton, New York on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," a controversial technique that mining companies use to extract natural gas from rock formations thousands of feet underground. The hearings are part of a broad investigation by the EPA into the human health and environmental effects of fracking. We speak to Josh Fox, director of the Sundance award-winning documentary Gasland, which opens in theaters across the country this Wednesday, and ProPublica reporter Abrahm Lustgarten, who has written extensively about natural gas drilling. [includes rush transcript]

The Personal Automobile Makes for a Bad Romance

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Health

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/09/14-6

Reading about another tragic life-altering car crash here on Mount Desert Island reminded me of an old newspaper headline. Ten years ago a newspaper in Saskatchewan, which has a population slightly less than Maine’s, ran an eye-popping headline: 165 People Killed! 7,562 Injured! Over $100,000,000 in Property Damage! Provincial Government Helpless! Expects Same Carnage Next Year!”

“Operation Iraqi Freedom” Ends; Human Suffering and Corporate Profits Continue

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Iraq

Link: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m69760&hd=&size=1&l=e

When US capitalism and its Bush administration planned the occupation of Iraq, they intended Iraqi society to be a poster child for the "free market". Thus it was that the looting of the world-famous museums of ancient Mesopotamian culture – some of the earliest of human civilization – was freely allowed by the US forces. As a top advisor to US administrator Paul Bremer put it, this looting was a form of "privatization" and he thought it was "just fine" and as another advisor put it, this was "the opportunity for a clean slate," (as quoted in Naomi Klein’s "The Shock Doctrine"). Every function of war imaginable was privatized, most with no-bid, cost-plus contracts. Many contracts were not fulfilled, but the companies were paid in full. A typical instance was that of the Parsons Company, which was given a $186 million contract to build 142 health clinics. They built six. Even the administration of the occupation was recognized as having been privatized by a US court...

The US Soldier Who Committed Suicide After She Refused To Take Part in Torture

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State, Iraq

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26360.htm

With each revelation, or court decision, on US torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and Gitmo -- or the airing this month of The Tillman Story and Lawrence Wright's My Trip to Al-Qaeda -- I am reminded of the chilling story of Alyssa Peterson, who died seven years ago this week. Appalled when ordered to take part in interrogations that, no doubt, involved what most would call torture, she refused, then killed herself a few days later, on September 15, 2003. LaVena Johnson: Raped and Murdered on a Military Base in Iraq

Kashmir riots over Qur'an 'burning' leave 13 dead

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/13/kashmir-protesters-killed-quran-row

American ambassador appeals for calm after police fire into angry crowds protesting amid Qur'an-burning controversy in US. More than a dozen people were killed and scores injured in confrontations in Kashmir today following a report on an Iranian TV channel of the desecration of the Qur'an in New York on the anniversary of 9/11. In the worst day of violence in the Himalayan valley since young Kashmiri Muslims began agitating for independence more than three months ago, dozens of government buildings were torched as protesters battled with armed police and paramilitary soldiers.

CNN Poll: Only quarter of public trusts government

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/14/cnn-poll-only-quarter-of-public-trusts-government/

A new poll indicates that only one in four Americans say they trust the government to do what is right always or most of the time, one explanation for the anti-incumbent sentiment in the country today.

Death By Remote Banning Slaughter

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, War

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/kelly09142010.html

In the early 1970’s, I spent two summers slinging pork loins in a Chicago meat-packing factory. Rose Packing Company paid a handful of college students $2.25 an hour to process pork. Donning combat boots, yellow rubber aprons, goggles, hairnets and floor length white smocks that didn’t stay white very long, we’d arrive on the factory floor. Surrounded by deafening machinery, we’d step over small pools of blood and waste, adjusting ourselves to the rancid odors, as we headed to our posts. I’d step onto a milk crate in front of a huge bin full of thawing pork loins. Then, swinging a big, steel T-hook, I’d stab a large pork loin, pull it out of the pile, and plop it on a conveyor belt carrying meat into the pickle juice machine. Sometimes a roar from a foreman would indicate a switch to processing Canadian pork butts, which involved swiftly shoving metal chips behind rectangular cuts of meat. On occasion, I’d be assigned to a machine that squirted meat waste meat into a plastic tubing, part of the process for making hot dogs. I soon became a vegetarian.

Ultimately, Don Quixote will Triumph

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article20218

Bill Murphy, the chairman of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, gave chaostheorien.de an exclusive interview, in which he stressed the importance of a clear understanding of the gold market. Moreover, he explained why central banks can’t prevent the gold price from rising anymore, and said: “The Gold Cartel have been winning battles in the last ten years, but they’re losing the war.“

Gold and Silver Explode as Banksters Abandon Market Manipulation

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.infowars.com/gold-and-silver-explode-as-banksters-abandon-market-manipulation/

Gold has surged to a new high as the prospect of inflation reared its ugly head in the United Kingdom on bad news from a report indicating a weaker-than-expected eurozone industrial production. Germany and France, despite sovereign debt fears, have been able to manage anemic growth but today’s data signals a slow down. Gold traded as high as $1,261.90 on Tuesday. Photo: Bullion Vault. On Tuesday the gold price traded as high as $1,261.90 and as low as $1,246. “The U.S. dollar index was adding 0.03% to $81.90 while the euro was losing 0.19% to $1.28 vs. the dollar. The spot gold price was rising $14.30, according to Kitco’s gold index,” writes Alix Steel for The Street.

Saudi splurges on weapons ... for what?

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://blogs.aljazeera.net/middle-east/2010/09/14/saudi-splurges-weapons-what

Saudi Arabia is about to buy another $60bn worth of military hardware from the US, and even The Guardian is dutiful in parroting, without question, the accepted western narrative : The sale, under negotiation since 2007, is aimed mainly at bolstering Saudi defences against Iran, which the US suspects will achieve a nuclear weapons capability within the next few years. The transfer of advanced technology, mainly planes, is to provide Saudi Arabia with air superiority over Iran.

'This is our last chance for peace'

September 14th, 2010
Categories: News, Palestine

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2010/09/2010914965479860.html

A second round of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are taking place under the auspices of Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Washington says it hopes the talks will lead to an agreement within a year. When asked whether they think the talks will succeed, some Israelis respond with a cynical laugh, but most reply with an odd mix of apathy, exhaustion and pessimism, coloured by hope.

IMF fears 'social explosion' from world jobs crisis

September 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financetopics/financialcrisis/8000561/IMF-fears-social-explosion-from-world-jobs-crisis.html

America and Europe face the worst jobs crisis since the 1930s and risk "an explosion of social unrest" unless they tread carefully, the International Monetary Fund has warned. "The labour market is in dire straits. The Great Recession has left behind a waste land of unemployment," said Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF's chief, at an Oslo jobs summit with the International Labour Federation (ILO). He said a double-dip recession remains unlikely but stressed that the world has not yet escaped a deeper social crisis. He called it a grave error to think the West was safe again after teetering so close to the abyss last year. "We are not safe," he said.

Evidence Mounts of BP Spraying Toxic Dispersants

September 13th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://dahrjamailiraq.com/evidence-mounts-of-bp-spraying-toxic-dispersants

Shirley and Don Tillman, residents of Pass Christian, Mississippi, have owned shrimp boats, an oyster boat and many pleasure boats. They spent much time on the Gulf of Mexico before working in BP’s Vessels Of Opportunity (VOO) program looking for and trying to clean up oil. Don decided to work in the VOO program in order to assist his brother, who was unable to do so due to health problems. Thus, Don worked on the boat and Shirley decided to join him as a deckhand most of the days.

IMF Issues Catastrophic Warning As France Calls For End Of US Hegemony

September 13th, 2010
Categories: News, War, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1405.htm

In a shock warning to a World entering its third year of Global economic chaos, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, stated today that the unemployment situation facing all Nations has now become a “catastrophic situation” that is “unparalleled” and is fast leading to the creation of a “lost generation” of human beings numbering in the hundreds of millions.

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