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Army Makes Case Against Enlisting

March 19th, 2014

By David Swanson

Remarkably, the U.S. Army War College has published a report (PDF) that makes an overwhelming case against enlisting in the U.S. Army. The report, called "Civilian Organizational Inhibitors to U.S. Army Recruiting and the Road Ahead," identifies counter-recruitment organizations that effectively discourage young people from joining the military.

This is the highest honor the Army could give these groups, including Quaker House, the Mennonite Central Committee, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace, and Courage to Resist. Activists often disbelieve in the effectiveness of their own work until the government admits it explicitly. Well, here is that admission. And counter-recruitment activists really do seem to appreciate it.

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Counterproductive Reactive Saudi Policies

March 18th, 2014

By Nicola Nasser*

Writing in The Washington Post on February 27, 2011, Rachel Bronson asked: “Could the next Mideast uprising happen in Saudi Arabia?” Her answer was: “The notion of a revolution in the Saudi kingdom seems unthinkable.”

However, On September 30 the next year, the senior foreign policy fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy Bruce Riedel concluded that the “revolution in Saudi Arabia is no longer unthinkable.”

To preempt such a possibility, the kingdom in March 2011, in a “military” move to curb the tide of the Arab popular uprisings which raged across the Arab world from sweeping to its doorsteps, the kingdom sent troops to Bahrain to quell similar popular protests.

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America Has Long Ago Exceeded the Limits

March 17th, 2014

Gaither Stewart in Rome


Russia FM Lavrov and Kerry looking dour after US "constructive ideas" were
rejected. As they should have been.

“When it comes to propaganda the American system is second to none. It is the most insidious mind control system ever devised. The American brand of brainwash is not part of the old authoritarian ideology, whether emanating from some theological source (such as the absolutism of Pharaohs or medieval kings) or overtly political, as is the case with Hitler and other modern dictators. The beauty, effectiveness, and resilience of the US propaganda system resides in its pervasiveness and invisibility (given its “invisible” roots in the private ruling class controlled media), and constant but always denied subservience to the state—all of which pretty much guarantees policy outcomes agreeable to the plutocracy.

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Warren’s Post Office Proposal: Palast Aims at the Wrong Target

March 17th, 2014

by Ellen Brown

Investigative reporter Greg Palast is usually pretty good at peering behind the rhetoric and seeing what is really going on. But in tearing into Senator Elizabeth Warren’s support of postal financial services, he has done a serious disservice to the underdogs – both the underbanked and the US Postal Service itself.

In his February 27 article “Liz Warren Goes Postal,” Palast attacked her support of the USPS Inspector General’s proposal to add “non-bank” financial services to the US Postal Service, calling it “cruel, stupid and frightening” and equating it with the unethical payday lending practices it seeks to eliminate.

After “several thousand tweets by enraged liberals,” he wrote a follow-up article called “Brains Lost in Mail—Postal Bank Bunkum,” in which he contends, “the Postal Governors are running a slick, slick campaign” to “use federal property to run illegal loan-sharking shops.” He says they would “team up with commercial banks to cash in on payday predation,” exempting themselves from Warren’s own consumer protection regulations.

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“Rigged Markets” and the Crimes of Wall Street: Banker Suicides, The Prequel to Global Financial Collapse

March 17th, 2014

www.globalresearch.ca Interview with Gerald Celente


financial bubble

The onset of the great depression of the 1930′s brought a spike in banker suicides, Will Rogers noted of the time, “When Wall Street took that tail spin, you had to stand in line to get a window to jump out of, and speculators were selling space for bodies in the East River.”

Winston Churchill – the day after Black Friday – observed, “Under my very window a gentleman cast himself down fifteen stories and was dashed to pieces, causing a wild commotion and the arrival of the fire brigade,”

Nearly Eighty-five years later the phenomenon of banker suicides appears to have returned.

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Anti-Russian Propaganda Rages

March 17th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

It's intense. It rages daily. It's unprecedented. It exceeds the worst of Cold War vitriol. Malicious misinformation persists.

Truth is systematically buried. It's turned on its head. Lies, damn lies and vicious agitprop substitute.

Obama officials substitute Russia bashing for responsible diplomacy. On March 14, John Kerry lied claiming:

"...(W)e remain deeply concerned about the large deployments of Russian forces in Crimea and along the eastern border with Russia, as well as the continuing provocations and some of the hooliganism of young people who've been attracted to cross the border and come into the east, as well as some of those who've lived there."

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Irresponsible Iran/Syria Bashing

March 17th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Washington and Israel are imperial partners in crime. Regime change is longstanding policy. Iran and Syria are prime targets.

Campaigns against their governments continue. Media scoundrels hype Big Lies. So do pro-Israeli and right-wing think tanks. They proliferate them ad nauseam. They drown out truth.

Emily Landau is an unapologetic Iran basher. She's an Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) senior research associate. She's a paid propagandist. She lies for power.

INSS is Tel Aviv-based. It's an Israeli front group. Many of its professionals have government and/or IDF backgrounds.

Israel helps fund it. Doing so assures its interests are promoted. It's point of view is featured. Opposing ones are suppressed.

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Washington Has Set The World On A Path To War

March 17th, 2014

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

Why is Washington so opposed to Crimean self-determination? The answer is that one of the main purposes of Washington’s coup in Kiev was to have the new puppet government evict Russia from its Black Sea naval base in Crimea. Washington cannot use the government Washington has installed in Ukraine for that purpose if Crimea is no longer part of Ukraine.

What Washington has made completely obvious is that “self-determination” is a weapon used by Washington in behalf of its agenda. If self-determination advances Washington’s agenda, Washington is for it. If self-determination does not advance Washington’s agenda, Washington is against it.

The Washington-initiated UN Security Council resolution, vetoed by Russia, falsely declares that the referendum in Crimea, a referendum demanded by the people, “can have no validity, and cannot form the basis for any alteration of the status of Crimea; and calls upon all States, international organizations and specialized agencies not to recognize any alteration of the status of Crimea on the basis of this referendum and to refrain from any action or dealing that might be interpreted as recognizing any such altered status.”

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Ukraine, Syria, Venezuela and beyond: Beware the Wars of March

March 17th, 2014

By Rick Rozoff

In the 1930s it was a notorious fact the German government of Adolf Hitler chose the month 0f March ( Ides of Mars), to perpetrate its most daring moves in reasserting the nation as a continental power, culminating in the most deadly war in history.

For example:

March 1933: German federal election brings Hitler to power as chancellor

March 1936: Germany remilitarizes the Rhineland in contravention of the Treaty of Versailles

March 1937: The Third Reich’s Condor Legion bombs and attacks Durango, Spain and the next month bombs Guernica

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Is there a Story behind the Story of the Rise in Police Shootings?

March 16th, 2014

By Robert Singer

On the left is the blue Toyota Tacoma the two Hispanic women were driving which the police thought looked like a six foot tall African American driving a brown Nissan. On the right is a photo of a police shooting in Times Square.

I think by now it should be obvious to everyone that the police are shooting innocent people and getting away with it. The officers, whose names are rarely disclosed, are put on paid leave while the cities pay out millions of dollars in wrongful death lawsuits.

The US Department of Justice is looking into allegations of systematic harassment and profiling of minorities and low-income residents.

A report by the Police Commission Inspector General in July of 2012 was in response to an increase in the number of times “officers were discharging their weapons” at civilians. The report contradicted Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck’s assertion that the police were under attack by the public. The report was clear that there was no link between the jump in officer-involved shootings and assaults on officers; however, the commission did not offer any possible explanations for the increase in officer-involved shootings. I, of course, have an answer for the following two police shooting questions:

1. Why is the number of unjustified shootings of innocent civilians on the rise?
2. Why aren't the police using excessive force and shooting guilty criminals rather than innocent civilians?

I will be publishing the answers soon. In the interim, I am on the alert for more news on police killings of innocent citizens.

UNFILTERED NEWS from the Reality Zone compiled by G. Edward Griffin endeavors to give us the truth that the mainstream media is “filtering.” Ed’s factual weekly summaries are an antidote to “newspeak”.

In the February 19th edition of UNFILTERED NEWS from the Reality Zone compiled by G. Edward Griffin the following headline, summary and link got my attention:

Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputies raided the home of an 80 year-old man on an anonymous drug tip.

Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputies raided the home of an 80 year-old man on an anonymous drug tip [that the senior citizen was housing a methamphetamine lab on his residence]. They shot him to death and then changed their story about the shooting. The original report was that the man came toward police pointing a pistol at them, but investigators said that the man was in bed when he was killed. No methamphetamine or other unauthorized drugs were found. Reason Posted 2014 Feb 19

The video from ReasonTV, posted 30 days ago, already has 262,612 views and 1,313 comments.

Is the shooting of the 80-year-old man in Little Rock News?

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