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UK Parliament Supports Palestinian Statehood

October 15th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

It did so overwhelmingly. Symbolically. Voting 274 to 12. A PR victory only. Yet significant because it happened. A first in Britain.

It followed Sweden's newly-formed center-left Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven, announcing his intention to recognize Palestinian statehood.

The first EU country to do so. The 134th to recognize what's long overdue.

Parliamentary approval doesn't commit Britain to officially extend recognition. A UK Foreign Office spokesman said:

"We continue to believe that negotiations toward a two-state solution are the best route to meeting Palestinian aspirations in reality and on the ground."

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague added:

Britain "reserves the right to recognize a Palestinian state bilaterally at the moment of our choosing and when it can best help bring about peace."

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WSJ Columnist Mary O'Grady: US Imperial Tool

October 15th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

She's a Journal board member. A faux journalist. A Murdoch favorite. A neocon propagandist.

She defends the indefensible. Her reinvented history doesn't wash. It's rubbish. It doesn't pass the smell test. It fails to match bad fiction.

Her job is proliferating Big Lies. Turning truth on its head. Supporting monied interests.

Spurning popular ones. Social democracies. Ones polar opposite US extremism.

An earlier article explained. Her background gives her away. Earlier she worked for Advest, Inc., Thomson McKinnon Securities and Merrill Lynch. She's associated with the neocon Heritage Foundation.

She co-edits its so-called Index of Economic Freedom. It's what most people worldwide deplore.

She's a right-wing Liberty Fund (LF) board member. It's an extremist over-the-top organization.

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Challenging corporate power in a not-for-profit world

October 15th, 2014

Rajesh Makwana

As businesses increasingly embrace a not-for-profit culture, an end to overconsumption on a finite planet could finally be in sight. But given the huge lobbying power of vested interests, it will remain impossible to create a truly sustainable world until the illegitimate power of corporations is held in check.

Does changing the way we do business hold the key to creating a world where resources are shared more equitably and consumed within planetary limits? According to Professor Donnie Maclurcan of thePost Growth Institute, the answer is a definitive yes – but only if we can fully embrace a business model that doesn’t require profits to be distributed to shareholders, and works instead to reinvest revenues back into the company. Increasingly, socially and environmentally conscious entrepreneurs are adopting not-for-profit (NFP) business practices across the whole spectrum of traditionally for-profit sectors. Maclurcan, whose book ‘How on Earth’ co-authored with Jennifer Hinton is due out next year, firmly believes that the NFP model presents an alternativemacroeconomic frameworkwith the potential to revolutionise how we produce goods and services, and thereby pave the way for an ‘economics of enough’.

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Building an Ark: How to Protect Public Revenues from the Next Meltdown

October 14th, 2014

by Ellen Brown

Concerns are growing that we are heading for another banking crisis, one that could be far worse than in 2008. But this time, there will be no government bailouts. Instead, per the Dodd-Frank Act, bankrupt banks will be confiscating (or “bailing in”) their customers’ deposits.

That includes local government deposits. The fact that public funds are secured with collateral may not protect them, as explained earlier here. Derivative claims now get paid first in a bank bankruptcy; and derivative losses could be huge, wiping out the collateral for other claims.

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Venezuela Poised to Win Security Council Seat

October 14th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

No nation is more deserving. None less so than America. Bolivarian social justice warrants representation.

Permanency would be ideal. So voiceless interests are heard. Imperial ones opposed.

Right over wrong forthrightly supported. Views needing to be heard expressed on a world stage.

America, Britain, China, France and Russia are permanent Security Council members. Each year, General Assembly members choose five new non-permanent members. They replace current ones stepping down.

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Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Toothless EPA

October 14th, 2014

Tracy Turner

Pesticides have been around since the earliest of times (Sulfur dust, blue Copper oxide crushed into water, sprinkled on grape leaves to stop mildew, soap and water insect control, Neem Oil, etc.). For those wanting an evil roast of modern pesticides, they are a spin-off of military chemical warfare research and field experience. If we banned all pesticides globally overnight, 1-2 billion of us would soon starve or we would need to go back to many or most pesticides - because crops have been bred into pesticide addiction. Organic farmers use a different strategy that most of the world remains ignorant of - mycorrhizae hyphae and plant pest resistance. The flip side of the coin is an EPA that assumes plants that evolved millions of years with no pesticides must "need pesticides"…

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Biased Human Rights Report on Ukraine

October 14th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is gone. She served from September 2008 through August 2014.

She won't be missed. disgraced the office she held. She lacked credibility altogether.

She served Western interests. She was a reliable imperial tool. She buried truth.

She irresponsibly bashed Assad. She blamed him for Western-sponsored death squad crimes.

She published misinformation on Obama's war on Syria. She supported illegitimate Ukrainian fascist putschists.

Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein replaced her. He's Prince Ra'ad bin Zeid's son. He heads the so-called Royal Houses of Iraq and Syria.

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Remember Gaza: One of History's Great Crimes

October 13th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Israel wages cold, calculated premeditated aggression on Gaza. Doing so is well-planned long before conflicts begin.

Operation Protective Edge (OPE) is the latest example. It raged for 51 days. From July 8 through August 26. It left large parts of Gaza in ruins.

Mostly residential neighborhoods, vital infrastructure, schools, hospitals, mosques, UN refuges and other non-military targets.

It murdered over 2,200 Palestinians in cold blood. Including around 600 children and 300 women.

It wounded over 11,000. Including about 3,300 children and 2,100 women. Around 80% of casualties were civilians. Many are disabled for life.

Israel considers them legitimate targets. It wages terror wars against non-combatants. Doing so is called Dahiya or the Dahiya Doctrine.

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Rebuilding Gaza

October 13th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

It's a Herculean task. With no assurance Israel won't destroy it again at its discretion. For duplicitous reasons. Or none at all.

Billions of dollars are needed. Experts believe around $8 billion.

Perhaps more once the enormity of what's needed is fully understood. Longtime Israeli collaborator/illegitimate Palestinian president Abbas seeks $4 billion.

It's woefully inadequate. No one's sure how much is needed until more detailed assessments are made.

In early September, the Palestinian Economic Council for Reconstruction and Development estimated $7.8 billion to rebuild.

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Obama Doublespeak Duplicity

October 12th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Demagogic doublespeak dots his rhetoric. So do mumbo jumbo Big Lies. They systematically drown out truth.

It's consistent Obama policy. He mocks democratic values. Justifying the unjustifiable. Defending the indefensible. Supporting the unthinkable.

Believing militarism is the be all and end all. Waging permanent wars on humanity. It may not survive on his watch.

Removing him is a moral imperative. An urgent necessity. He presides over a police state apparatus. He institutionalized tyranny. It's headed toward full-blown.

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