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US gets bad marks in Amnesty International annual report

May 16th, 2011

Mary Shaw

On May 12, Amnesty International (AI) released its annual report on the state of human rights in the world. The report examines the human rights records of 159 countries around in the world during 2010.

The United States of America got some bad marks again this year, primarily related to human rights violations in the "war on terror" and our continued use of the death penalty.

"US President Obama's promise that the Guantanamo detention centre would be closed by January 2010 was not fulfilled," AI notes in the report. "By the end of the year, 174 people remained held in the prison. The only Guantanamo detainee so far transferred to the US mainland for prosecution in a federal court was tried and convicted. Two Guantanamo detainees were convicted by military commission during the year after pleading guilty. Revised rules, issued in April, governing military commission proceedings for so-called 'war on terror' suspects showed that there was little hope that the US administration would make substantial reforms and uphold human rights."

Also in the "war on terror", AI's report criticizes the Obama administration for its failure to prosecute the instigators of torture and other human rights violations by the Bush administration: "[I]n the USA, those responsible for crimes under international law committed as part of the 'war on terror', such as torture and enforced disappearance, were not held to account. In November, former President George W. Bush admitted that he had authorized the use of 'water-boarding' (a form of torture in which the process of drowning a detainee is begun) during his administration. Nevertheless, accountability and remedy for human rights violations committed as part of the USA's programme of secret detention and rendition remained non-existent. In November, the US Department of Justice announced, without further explanation, that no one would face criminal charges in relation to the destruction in 2005 of 92 tapes depicting evidence of 'water-boarding' and other torture techniques used against two detainees held in 2002."

Regarding the death penalty, AI's report notes that "[46] prisoners - 45 men and one woman - were put to death in the USA during the year. This brought to 1,234 the total number of executions carried out since the US Supreme Court lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in 1976." AI describes the death penalty as "the ultimate, irreversible denial of human rights, and calls for worldwide abolition of the death penalty "to end the cycle of violence created by a system riddled with economic and racial bias and tainted by human error."

In this year's report, AI has again exposed the US not as a nation of laws and justice, but as a nation of impunity and injustice.

I am ashamed for my country, as every citizen of conscience should be.

You can obtain a copy of the report, or browse the report by region or by country, at: http://www.amnesty.org/en/annual-report/2011

Mary Shaw is a Philadelphia-based writer and activist. She is a former Philadelphia Area Coordinator for the Nobel-Prize-winning human rights group Amnesty International, and her views on politics, human rights, and social justice issues have appeared in numerous online forums and in newspapers and magazines worldwide. Note that the ideas expressed here are the author's own, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Amnesty International or any other organization with which she may be associated. E-mail: mary@maryshawonline.com

Solidarity with Palestine

May 16th, 2011

Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/04/28/60minutes/main20058368.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody

by Stephen Lendman

Ahead of May 15 Nakba commemorations, massive crowds assembled in Cairo's Tahrir (Liberation) Square in solidarity. They displayed banners, proclaiming, "The People want the Rafah Crossing opened," and "Palestine is a Arab state."

They also waved Palestinian flags, chanting "Solidarity with the Palestinian Intifada" and "National Unity" ahead of a planned weekend march to Gaza. More on that below.

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The tide has turned in favor of the Assad government

May 15th, 2011

Franklin Lamb From Damascus

As many of us observe the great Arab and Islamic awakening of 2011 in stunned amazement, as it rapidly spreads across the region, this observer agrees with those who declare, “ well it’s about time—Godspeed to the rebels and goodbye to the despots.”

Indeed, most of the despots had been installed and propped-up by the US government and its allies without many American citizens’ awareness or liking.

What I continue to find in Syria and what I saw during my first 24 hours in Damascus shocked me. It was not at all what one expected to find having read a fair bit of the Western and some of the Arab media reports, and arriving from the Syria-Lebanon border at Maznaa.

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Question 10 for 9/11 Smarties:. How is it possible that 90% of the occupants in the Twin Towers were evacuated safely on September 11, 2001?

May 15th, 2011

By Elizabeth Young

911 is without a doubt the most written about, analyzed and discussed conspiracy in the history of mankind.

Yes, even the official story, “Nineteen fanatical Arab hijackers, masterminded by an evil genius named Osama bin Laden, is a conspiracy between Osama Bin Laden (who isn’t even wanted by the FBI [1q]) and the Arab terrorists whom the U.S. government claims hijacked planes and crashed them in to important buildings in the N.E. sector in the United States [because they “hate our freedoms”].

“Conspiracy” is a REAL word for a REAL act that has existed in human societies in all cultures throughout human history. If conspiracies did not exist, we would not have a word for it. The problem that we face today is that the US Government has arrogated to itself a singular role as a political pontificate that believes that it and its agents in the Justice Department, alone, constitute the only “person” (corporate person) on this Earth who is allowed to use the word “conspiracy” as it employs the charge of “conspiracy” every week in trials to put both guilty and innocent people in jail while deriding and discrediting all others who employ the word as “conspiracy theorists.” Paris Flammonde [2q]

There are inside, outside and even an inside-outside-space conspiracy theory about what really happened on 911.

Test your knowledge of the September 11, 2001 stories. See if you can spot the Terrorist Job (the story), The Inside Job (Global Domination) (the story behind the story), The Exotic Weapon story (another story behind the story) or The Metaphysical story (the story behind the story behind the story behind the story!)

Question 10. Why Ground Zero? The buildings hold 17,400 people. How is it possible 90% of the occupants in the Twin Towers below the impact zone were evacuated safely. And, finally, why did the South Tower, that was hit second collapse first?

Option 1 - Ground Zero is the location of the World Trade Center, the symbol of our freedom to go shopping. When kerosene (jet fuel) takes on the qualities of an explosive demolition agent the characteristics and reaction times are unpredictable.

Option 2 - Ground Zero is the location of the World Trade Center, where an attack was guaranteed to shatter Americans’ sense of security and justify a war on “terrorism” and A New Pearl Harbor.

    Thermite/thermate/super thermate/mini Hydrogen-bomb (mini-nuke) detonations were delayed in both towers because the Neocons “got a call from the, er, fire department commander,” telling them that the American people were so gullible that they would accept 2,819 deaths as a mass murder, and therefore since, “we’ve had such terrible loss of life, maybe the compassionate thing to do is wait, to pull it.” And they made that decision to wait 73 minutes to pull the South tower, and 102 minutes to pull the North Tower, and we watched while the delays allowed 90% of the occupants of the Towers below the impact zones to be safely evacuated. [11q]

    Option 3 - Ground Zero is a location where 50 million tons of mass could be reduced largely to dust with an Exotic Weapon. (DEW)

      To minimize the loss of life when a DEW is fired at a target that is occupied by humans, the operator can set an elapsed time delay.

      The elapse time setting for the South Tower was 73 minutes, the North Tower, 102 minutes from the time the weapon was fired and created the impact holes (the holes were designed to make you believe that Airplanes were flown into Twin Towers, see #6).

      The delay allowed 90% of the occupants of the Towers below the impact zones to be evacuated safely.

      Option 4 - Ground Zero is the location of The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center which were were micro cities with powerful electric systems.

        8:46 a.m. – Arm Wrestling initiated by TPTB, in violation of rule #15032, at the electro-magnetic grid location 40° 42′ 41.3852″, -74° 0′ 44.0064 (One World Trade Center).

        The TPTB began with a surge in backpressure. The Sidemore technique had a high probability of success because the powerful electromagnetic frequencies from the micro cities would interfere with the Earth’s energy. The intention was to further weaken an Earth (suffering from decades of environmental damage and pollution) which possessed greater strength than TPTB.

        Although the Sidemore attack failed, TPTB knew that the Earth would not throw her weight into the match and pin TPTB.

        Why? Because the energy required in a toproll maneuver would result in the collapse of the North and South Tower Arm Wrestling table legs, killing all 17,400 occupants in an unusually horrible and agonizing death.

        The Earth would never do such an abominable thing to innocent bystanders (Click here to read why TPTB killed 70 million people to ensure the Jews arrived in Haifa not in 1946, or 1950 but in 1948).

        Instead the Earth was limited to a quick surge of backpressure, releasing enough energy to keep from being pinned and prolonging the match until the Towers could be safely evacuated.

        A toproll from TPTB locked the Earth in a death grip followed by 73 minutes of surges from side to side, counting on the micro cities’ powerful electrical systems to drain the Earth’s energy. During that time the earth perspired, which explains the presence of Hurricane Erin off the coast of New York.

        9:59:04 a.m. Exhausted from the interference from the electricity and the protracted back and forth pivots, the Earth’s grip was slipping, the arm and hand were in the losing position, as they were below two-thirds of the way to the pin pad.

        Because nearly everyone was safely evacuated from the South Tower, the Earth summoned all of her strength and an enormous surge of energy came forth. She was able to execute an outside toproll maneuver and the match was saved. The energy expended for the maneuver caused the Arm Wrestling table leg of the South Tower to collapse.

        The match continued an additional 29 minutes while 90% of the occupants were safely evacuated from the North Tower.

        10:28:31 a.m. The Earth executed a toproll followed by the press. The match was over. The Earth was declared the winner and the Arm Wrestling table leg of the North Tower collapsed.

        Pictures of Mini Nukes at PakAlert Prove 9-11 was a Metaphysical Catechism (Test).

        Time for Truth: Bin Laden’s Death Won’t End War on Terror Until Americans Understand the Threat was Always Us

        May 15th, 2011

        By Susan Lindauer, 9/11 Whistleblower

        Some of our leaders think Americans don't need the truth about 9/11 any more, because Osama's dead and it's over.

        As somebody who got brutalized at "ground zero" of the 9/11 cover up for most of the past 10 years, I could not disagree more. I'm sick of asking for a proper Congressional investigation. Congress already knows the truth about 9/11. That's why they're not poking around. However, it's a huge mistake for the rest of us who know the truth, or parts of it, to wait for permission to speak. America has trapped itself in a mythic nightmare about terrorism that exaggerates our enemies, while our leaders manipulate our sense of patriotism and effectively blind us to mistakes in national security policy. It's not a successful policy if it weakens our country.

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        In Two Steps Obama Can End Secret Donations in 2012

        May 14th, 2011

        By Kevin B. Zeese

        (1) Enforce Existing Laws

        (2) Require Contractors to Report Contributions

        The 2012 presidential election promises to have the most anonymous campaign donations in U.S. history. Unless the Obama administration acts, unknown corporate and wealthy interests will fund massive advertising campaigns against and for candidates but the voters will not know who they are or their real agenda. The Obama administration can prevent this further corruption of U.S. democracy by taking two steps, neither of which requires action by Congress.

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        Earthlings Unite?

        May 14th, 2011

        Mickey Z.

        "In a world where everything is living, nothing can be thrown away. Where would you throw it to?" - Clark Strand, Seeds From a Birch Tree: Writing Haiku and the Spiritual Journey

        It is the duty of the oppressor to divide, to differentiate, to cultivate and promote false distinctions and then profit from the inevitable false conflicts these distinctions provoke.

        It is the duty of the oppressed to resist.

        In that spirit, I identify myself not by gender, by skin color, by class, language, or sexual orientation. I am not the sports team I root for, the city I was born in, the religion of my parents, not even the species in which I am classified. And I certainly do not identify as a consumer, an employee, a taxpayer, or an American.

        In the name of holistic justice and planetary rebellion, I am an earthling.

        Before there were Yankee fans or Red Sox fans, there were earthlings. Before there were terrorists or pacifists, there were earthlings. Before there were Christian or Jews, gays or straights, humans or non-humans, there were earthlings.

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        Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown Confirmed

        May 14th, 2011

        by Stephen Lendman

        Visual evidence now confirms what earlier was known: namely, that Tokyo Electric's (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station experienced at least one core nuclear meltdown, perhaps much worse than now admitted.

        An earlier article explained, accessed through the following link:

        http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2011/04/fukushima-meltdown-confirmed.html

        Nuclear expert Karl Grossman calls it the ultimate nuclear nightmare, a real time China Syndrome, portrayed fictionally in the 1979 film by the same name.

        On May 12, Hiroshima Peace Institute Professor Robert Jacobs told Russia Today TV that plant conditions "are much more serious than we were told earlier."

        In fact, confirming a coverup, he explained:

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        Pakistani Intelligence on the Defensive after bin Laden Raid

        May 13th, 2011

        By Brian Dowing

        That Osama bin Laden has been living comfortably in Abbottabad and evidently directing al Qaeda from there – all within earshot of a Pakistani military facility – has been a tremendous embarrassment to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), but it comes as no surprise to Indian or many other intelligence services, though realization in Washington has been too long in coming. Paradoxically, US intelligence's recent success in Abbottabad has underscored a long-running failure.

        ISI has long been complicit in aiding al Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban, Lashkar-i-Taiba, Jaish-i-Mohammed, and a slew of other militant groups operating along the Af-Pak line and in Kashmir. It organized Sipah-i-Sahaba to intimidate and kill Shia and Christians inside its country.

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        Question 9 for 9/11 Smarties: What is the significance of the planetary archetypal situation on September 11, 2001?

        May 13th, 2011

        By Elizabeth Young

        911 is without a doubt the most written about, analyzed and discussed conspiracy in the history of mankind.

        Yes, even the official story, “Nineteen fanatical Arab hijackers, masterminded by an evil genius named Osama bin Laden, is a conspiracy between Osama Bin Laden (who isn’t even wanted by the FBI [1q]) and the Arab terrorists whom the U.S. government claims hijacked planes and crashed them in to important buildings in the N.E. sector in the United States [because they “hate our freedoms”].

        “Conspiracy” is a REAL word for a REAL act that has existed in human societies in all cultures throughout human history. If conspiracies did not exist, we would not have a word for it. The problem that we face today is that the US Government has arrogated to itself a singular role as a political pontificate that believes that it and its agents in the Justice Department, alone, constitute the only “person” (corporate person) on this Earth who is allowed to use the word “conspiracy” as it employs the charge of “conspiracy” every week in trials to put both guilty and innocent people in jail while deriding and discrediting all others who employ the word as “conspiracy theorists.” Paris Flammonde [2q]

        There are inside, outside and even an inside-outside-space conspiracy theory about what really happened on 911.

        Test your knowledge of the September 11, 2001 stories. See if you can spot the Terrorist Job (the story), The Inside Job (Global Domination) (the story behind the story), The Exotic Weapon story (another story behind the story) or The Metaphysical story (the story behind the story behind the story behind the story!)

        Question 9. What is the significance of the planetary archetypal situation on September 11 (In the last few weeks, the planetary alignment that represents the heaviest—the darkest, most weighty, mortally serious, historically grave—of all archetypal combinations, the Saturn-Pluto alignment, reached exactitude, an opposition)?

        Option 1 - Terrorists are superstitious and planned the attack on America to coincide with the Saturn-Pluto alignment.

        Option 2 - Since Nancy Reagan moved out of the White House no one would be concerned with Astrology or the planetary alignment. Therefore the timing of the New Pearl Harbor that coincided with the Saturn-Pluto alignment is just one of those coincidences that doesn’t happen very often… like the same person winning the lottery three weeks in a row.

        Option 3 - DEWs work better when the Saturn-Pluto alignment is in opposition to each other.

        Option 4 - TPTB initiated the arm wrestling match in violation of rule #15032 because when the planetary alignment that represents the heaviest—the darkest, most weighty, mortally serious, historically grave—of all archetypal combinations, the Saturn-Pluto alignment, reached exactitude, an opposition… occurs then the Earth is the most vulnerable and TPTB would have the advantage in an arm wrestling match.

        Pictures of Mini Nukes at PakAlert Prove 9-11 was a Metaphysical Catechism (Test).

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