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Calling All Pagans: Your Mother Earth Needs You

April 16th, 2014

by Robert C. Koehler

Sadly, writes Koehler, we’re far more prepared to go to war than we are to make peace with the planet. (Image: public domain)

Somewhere between these two quotes lies the future:

1. “And I would like to emphasize that nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change.”

2. “The Judeo-Christian worldview is that man is at the center of the universe; nature was therefore created for man. Nature has no intrinsic worth other than man’s appreciation and moral use of it.”

The first quote is from Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, summing up the dire and much-discussed findings of its recent report: Human civilization — its technology, its war games, its helpless short-sightedness and addiction to fossil fuels — is wrecking the environment that sustains all life. Time is running out on our ability to make changes; and the world’s, uh, “leadership” — political, corporate — has shown little will to step beyond more of the same, to figure out how we can reduce carbon emissions and live in eco-harmony, with a sense of responsibility for the future. [1]

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Obama Heads for War in Ukraine

April 16th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Permanent war is official US policy. At issue is unchallenged global dominance.

All independent governments are targeted. Eliminating them is prioritized. So is replacing them with pro-Western puppet states.

Ukraine is Exhibit A. Obama bears full responsibility for ousting its democratically elected government. Elevating illegitimate fascist putschists to power followed.

Sham May elections will be farcical when held. Here's an example showing why.

Oleg Tsarev is a presidential aspirant. He's a former Yanukovych-led Party of Regions people's deputy.

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Israel Seeks Regional Anti-Iranian Alliance

April 16th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Israel is a global menace. It threatens world peace. It wants regional hegemony.

It wants all rivals eliminated. It wants powerless, balkanized mini-states replacing them. Longstanding policy reflects it.

In 1982, Israeli Foreign Affairs senior advisor Oded Yinon urged it. He published a document titled "A Strategy for Israel in the NIneteen Eighties."

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The PA: confused, frustrated and corrupt

April 16th, 2014

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine

The Palestinian Authority (PA) is experiencing a multi-faceted crisis at all levels these days. There is, of course, the chronic deadlock in the so-called peace-talks with Israel. Indeed, after more than 20 years of futile and fruitless talks, the PA leadership in Ramallah should have realized a long time ago the utter pointlessness of "negotiating peace" with the Zionist entity while the latter continues rather frantically to pursue the policy of lebensraum at the expense of Palestinians.

Needless to say, since the disastrous Oslo accords, Israel has more than doubled the number and size of Jewish colonies in the West Bank that there is no room left for the establishment of a truly viable Palestinian state worthy of the name. Moreover, the seizure of more and more Palestinian land continues unabated, even as PA officials meet with Israeli and American officials.

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Ukrainians Resist

April 15th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

They're the best and bravest. They reject Kiev putschists. They're what democracy looks like.

They want fundamental rights everyone deserves. They're putting their bodies on the line for them.

They're a model for freedom-loving people everywhere. The only solution to state repression is revolution.

It grips Eastern Ukraine. It's spreading throughout the region. Activists in a dozen or more cities are involved. So are others in small towns and villages.

What's ongoing perhaps heads toward mass insurrection. Democratic change requires sustained resistance.

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Duplicitous Human Rights Misinformation on Ukraine

April 15th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article discussed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. It discussed her duplicitous anti-Assad report. It wasn't her first one. It won't be her last

She's a reliable imperial tool. She buries truth. She lies for power. Her credibility long ago was lost. Not a shred of it remains.

She never had any in the first place. It launched her career earlier. It sustained it.

Her new report supports illegitimate putschist fascists. It's titled "Misinformation, propaganda and incitement to hatred need to be urgently countered."

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Duplicitous Obama Civil Rights Hyperbole

April 15th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Obama represents the worst of rogue governance. On April 10, he honored Lyndon Johnson. One war criminal paid tribute to another.

He spoke at his Austin-based Presidential Library and Museum. He did so commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

His words rang hollow. The New York Times called his speech "stirr(ing)." It stopped short of denouncing his duplicity. More on what he said below.

America's human and civil rights record is by far the world's worst. No other nation matches its lawlessness. None approach it.

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Lessons from History that America’s Cult-leaders Have Learned Well: “Demagogues, the Big Lie and Adolf Hitler’s Principles of Propaganda”

April 15th, 2014

By Gary G. Kohls, MD

Before I start writing my weekly column for the Duluth Reader (submissions deadline is Tuesday), I usually tune into the 9 am Monday edition of DemocracyNow! (KUMD 103.3 FM) with Amy Goodman. Then at 10 am, I switch the dial and listen to On Point Radio (KUWS 91.3 FM) with Tom Ashbrook.

Those two wonderful public radio programs always seem to host courageous non-mainstream authors, progressive thinkers, real investigative journalists and assorted whistleblowers that are able to articulate ideas that address taboos subjects that are rarely dealt with on the corporate-controlled print, radio and television media.

Almost invariably, one of those two programs helps me come up with some ideas that would be worthy of a column. But expanding an inspiring idea or two into one good readable 1600 word essay isn’t necessarily a simple thing to do. And sometimes, like this Monday morning, both programs left me empty of ideas to steal, so I started from scratch. And that is where my books, my internet sources and my computer files come in.

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Navi Pillay: US Imperial Tool

April 15th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

On April 14, her latest report looked like earlier ones. She lies for power. She condemned "rampant use of torture in detention in Syria."

She duplicitously blames Assad largely. More on what she said below.

Syria condemned earlier fabricated torture reports. On January 22, its Justice Ministry dismissed a UK Carter-Ruck law firm politicized report. It called it baseless.

It lacked "objectivity and professionalism," it said. Carter-Ruck is linked to Syrian opposition groups. Its report was malicious propaganda. It buried truth.

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Israeli State Terrorism

April 15th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

It has many forms. Palestinians are longstanding victims. They're isolated on their own. World leaders able to make a difference at best pay them lip service.

They do nothing to alleviate their suffering. They don't stop Israeli lawlessness. They turn a blind eye to its worst crimes. They let Israel get away with murder and much more.

Sham peace talks continue. They mock legitimate ones. Israel threatens world peace and security. War on Palestine continues.

It's ongoing. It's unabated. It rages daily. Collaborationist PA negotiators turn a blind eye. Israeli crimes are ignored.

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