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Human Rights in Venezuela

July 27th, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

America gives them short shrift, abusing them horrifically worldwide. Venezuela enshrines them in its Constitution. They're fundamental and matter.

Pro-right-wing Foro Penal Venezolano (FP) abuses human rights it claims to defend. It gets USAID and National Endowment of Democracy (NED) funding to instigate violence - destabilizing Venezuela, aiming to replace its Bolivarian government with fascist rule.

Last week, the State Department honored it with its annual Human Rights Defender Award - given exclusively for political reasons, not to individuals or groups "show(ing) exceptional valor and leadership in advocating for the protection of human rights and democracy," as the State Department claims.

America is the most egregious human rights violator on a global scale. It tolerates democracy nowhere - at home or abroad.

FP supported last year's US orchestrated street violence - revolt of the rich in affluent and well-off Caracas and other communities exclusively.

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Israel's War on Palestinian Statehood

July 27th, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

Key Israeli objectives in keeping Gaza besieged and waging last summer's aggression include preventing Palestinian self-determination as well as Hamas/Fatah unity.

Israel doesn't want Hamas and likeminded groups destroyed. It wants them weakened, contained, isolated in the case of Gaza, and used as pretexts for occupation harshness.

It allies with takfiri terrorists to achieve its objectives - notably the Islamic State (IS). It supplies weapons. It treats its wounded in Israeli hospitals. Along with Washington, it uses Islamic terrorist elements as strategic assets. On Sunday, five car bombs were detonated simultaneously in central Gaza City - reportedly targeting Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Vehicles they owned were struck.

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Greek Bailout Deal: Greatest Ever Macroeconomic Management Disaster

July 26th, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis expressed this view in a BBC interview. "This program is going to fail whoever undertakes its implementation," he said.

Asked how long it would take, he said it "failed already." It's Greece's death sentence on top of all the human pain and suffering imposed - unconscionable governance no one should accept.

Pressure in Brussels was intense, said Varoufakis. Monied interests and their representatives don't negotiate. They demand - their way, or else. "We were given a choice between being executed (or) capitulation," Varoufakis explained. Tsipras chose the latter option instead of the obvious alternative one: voluntary Grexit, leaving a sinking ship, defaulting on odious debt, regaining monetary and fiscal control along with regaining full national sovereignty beholden to no foreign powers.

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Thousands of Refugees Flee Northward from Greece

July 26th, 2015

by Eric Zuesse

Thousands of Refugees Flee Northward from Greece

The precarious situation in Greece means that thousands of refugees are making their way to northern Europe. There, the reaction is increasingly panicked: The Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer has announced plans to fend off refugees with "rigorous measures." In Germany, there have been several attacks on asylum facilities. In Italy and the Czech Republic, there were demonstrations and riots.

Dramatic scenes at the station of Gevgelija in Macedonia: Refugees from Greece fight for a place in a train to the north. (Photos: AP)

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Obama Prosecutes No Mega-Crooks. Hillary Also Wouldn’t. Would Sanders?

July 26th, 2015

Eric Zuesse

The chief reason why the USA is no longer a democracy (if it ever was) is that its mega-criminals have impunity, just like kings and other dictators in countries that make little pretense to being a ‘democracy.’

Any country where someone stands above the law is a dictatorship, by those people, against the public — against everyone who is punishable by that nation’s executive, legal, and judicial, process, if they violate that country’s laws.

Any country where there are two classes of people, one class who are above the law, and another class who are subject to the law, is, by definition, a dictatorship, by the former group, over and against the latter mass. That’s what a dictatorship is — that’s what it consists of: an aristocracy and its agents, on the one hand; and the public on the other.

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13 Year Old Scientist Finds Perfect Solution To The Santa Barbara Oil Spill

July 24th, 2015

Oil Spill Response Plans Worldwide Heading For A Sea Change
SOTN Editor’s Note:
The following article represents the greatest hope for the world’s future where it concerns truly safe and non-toxic, cost-effective and successful oil spill response. It is a touching story about a brilliant teenager who wanted to make a difference. And, boy, what a difference she has made already!

As you will soon read, Alana Tessman has accomplished in just a couple of months what oil spill remediation companies, research institutions, large universities and environmental groups have yet to achieve. She designed an exceptionally sound and efficacious protocol for cleaning up the wildlife that inevitably suffers in the wake of any oil spill.

There are several takeaways from this quite moving account. However, one question emerges above all others: Why hasn’t the Unified Command for the Refugio oil spill response been using these protocols during the past two months of cleanup? We also wonder why environmental groups have not been trumpeting this “enviro success story of the millennium”, especially where it concerns oil spills in U.S territorial waters.

Clearly, every health advocacy group and environmental activist organization — in the world — would want to be aware of the simple process and inexpensive procedure that Alana has formulated for saving any animals from the ravages of an oil spill. Perhaps it’s time for the adults to sit and listen to the youth. Otherwise, the planet, and the life-giving biosphere, will continue to degenerate beyond a point of no return.

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13 Year Old Scientist Shows the Experts How Bioremediation Can Clean Up Oil Spills and Save Wildlife
Alana Tessman collaborates with the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization (LAEO) to formulate an effective and nontoxic oil spill response plan for oiled birds and marine life.

By Diane Wagenbrenner
Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization

Montrose, CA (SOTN) — Alana Tessman of the Kern River Valley is no stranger to oil spills. Alana lived in New Orleans during the BP Gulf oil spill disaster and saw first hand the devastating effects the oil had on the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), the marine life, as well as the surrounding communities. For the past two years she has been doing something about it.

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Biosphere Collapse: The Biggest Economic Bubble Ever

July 24th, 2015

Dr. Glen Barry

The global environment collapses as in the pursuit of short-term growth, humanity overruns natural ecosystems including the atmosphere that make Earth habitable. Together we urgently address inequity, climate change, overpopulation and natural ecosystem loss or alone we each face the horrors of economic, social, and ecological collapse.

"Horrendous inequity whereby 200 people possess half of Earth’s wealth as more than one billion live on less than $1.50/day is evil incarnate and will kill us all.” – Dr. Glen Barry

Newspapers are full of disastrous warnings if economic growth does not return to Greece, or if it drops a couple points in China. Rarely in human history have so many been so fundamentally wrong about a matter of such importance as the desirability, and even the possibility, of perpetual economic growth. The real threat to human well-being is not that there is too little economic growth. Rather, it is that there is too much, and that we have overshot how much growth can occur without collapsing our shared environment.

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Israel Terrorizes Palestinian Children

July 24th, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

Israel is a fascist police state - a racist apartheid one run by criminals masquerading as democrats.

Netanyahu is a world class thug - exceeding the worst of Sharonian evil. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy once admitted he "can't stand him." Obama replied to his comment saying "I have to deal with him every day."

He's adamant against Palestinian statehood. He once called the peace process a waste of time. He wants continued conflict and instability.

Peace defeats his agenda. It includes brutalizing Palestinian children - some too young to understand what's happening and why.

Israel criminalizes Muslims for praying to the wrong God the way Nazis persecuted Jews. Instead of death camps, its policy is slow-motion genocide - unrelenting, ongoing for decades.

The late Edward Said called Palestine an isolated prison, an entire population suffocated for not being Jewish - impoverished, starved and slaughtered with impunity, a wasteland of human misery through an endless "cycle of violence (and) slow death."

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Ukrainian News Service Says Standard of Living Is Plummeting

July 24th, 2015

Eric Zuesse

The plunging economy of Ukraine has evidently become so bad that Ukrainians now can even feel safe to call publicly for stopping the war against the separatist Donbass region of the country, and for reallocationg those military expenditures so that Ukrainians in the non-rebelling part of the country won’t starve to death.

On July 23rd, Dmitriy Gordon, a leading Ukrainian journalist, is thus, for the first time, publicly urging that the separatist region, Donbass (consisting of the Donetsk and Luhansk districts), be officially acknowledged to be no longer part of Ukraine. He says that "It is better to dissociate Ukraine from the occupied territories of Donbass, to spend that money on housing and financial aid for immigrants [refugees from Donbass] than to keep the people [the vast majority of residents in Donbass] who hate Ukraine [though they actually didn’t hate Ukraine until Ukraine’s government was violently overthrown in February 2014 and the new government bombed them for not accepting that new government]. … I will tell an unfashionable view. Many people think it, but not everyone will dare to say it out loud. Ukraine does not need Donbass. It shackles the country. … It is like a lizard that lays aside its tail. … We need to get away from Donbass, and move into Europe without this tail.”

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BRICS Bank Opens for Business

July 24th, 2015

by Stephen Lendman

Its Shanghai-based New Development Bank (NDB) represents the beginning of a significant challenge to predatory Western financial institutions - the IMF, World Bank and other loan shark lenders of last resort.

The IMF was established to stabilize exchange rates linked to the dollar and bridge temporary payment imbalances. The World Bank's mandate was to provide credit to war-torn developing countries. Both bodies proved hugely exploitive - using debt entrapment to transfer public wealth to Western bankers and other major creditors.

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