by Stephen Lendman
On March 11, 2011, the world's greatest ever environmental disaster struck Fukushima. Weeks later, nuclear meltdown was confirmed.
Radioactive discharges can't be stopped. They continue out-of-control. They're uncontainable. Fukushima is an unprecedented catastrophe. It's reason enough to abolish nuclear power.
Helen Caldicott is clear and unequivocal. Enough nuclear explosions "would create nuclear winter, with the US covered with a cloud so thick that it would block out the sun for years, and that would be the end." Other nuclear experts agree.
In 1953, future physiology and medicine Nobel laureate George Wald told this student at the time and others "there's no such thing as safe nuclear power." He later said:
"If you were to read in the newspapers tomorrow that astronomers had a shocking piece of information for us. They had just found another star is going to collide with the sun and that would be curtains."
By Nicola Nasser*
Creating a humanitarian crisis in Syria, whether real or fabricated, and holding the Syrian government responsible for it as a casus belli for foreign military intervention under the UN 2005 so-called “responsibility to protect” initiative was from the very eruption of the Syrian conflict the goal of the US-led “Friends of Syria’ coalition.
Foreign military intervention is now ruled out as impossible, but what the Inquirer columnist Trudy Rubin described on last November 29 as “the biggest humanitarian crisis in a decade” was created and this crisis “is worsening and no end is in sight” according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) on November 11.
Objective and non-objective as well as official and non-official reports about the responsibility of the Syrian government are abundant, but that of the insurgents has been for too long covered up and only of late come under the scrutiny of human rights organizations and media spotlight.
by Stephen Lendman
Doomsayers claim it's troubled. So do Bolivarian haters. Chavez endured flack for 14 years. It's Nicolas Maduro's turn.
He prioritizes political, economic and social justice. Washington and internal dark forces despise him for doing so. They want him replaced. Perhaps they want him dead.
He's using Enabling Law authority responsibly. He represents popular interests. He's fighting corruption. He's cracking down on price-gouging profiteers. He's doing so legally.
US and internal dark forces target Venezuela's economy. They've done it since Chavez took office in February 1999. They haven't stopped.
They haven't succeeded. They're waging a losing battle. Venezuelans value Bolivarian fairness. They'll defend what's too valuable to lose.
by Stephen Lendman
Israel is a racist police state. Zionist ideology espouses Jewish superiority, specialness, and uniqueness. It claims Jews are God's "chosen people."
It's uncomfortably close to Nazi Aryan dogma. Master race notions are troubling. They reflect racist extremism. Israel is a prime example.
It calls itself a democratic Jewish state. Democracy is nowhere in sight. Jews alone have rights. Increasing numbers have limited ones. Neoliberal harshness denies them.
Arab citizens have few rights. Bedouin Arab citizens and Occupied Palestinians have none. Israel has various Judaization plans. They feature ethnic cleansing.
The U.S. will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer by 2015, and be close to energy self-sufficiency in the next two decades, amid booming output from shale formations, the IEA said. Bloomberg Nov 12
Well, I guess that means every thing will be just fine. We'll have plenty of cheap fuel to drive gas-guzzlers and lots of walking around money from out new status as oil suppliers to the world. We might even have enough money to fund health care, Social Security, and fix our collapsing infrastructure. There's just one catch. But first, here's some more good news. (Image)
Tim Johnson of McClatchy just wrote an excellent article outlining the geopolitical implications of our new energy wealth: "Rise of Saudi America will alter globe, prolong U.S. superpower role." Nov. 28. Rather than a slow decline from superpower status, Johnson makes the case that the rise in domestic shale oil production plus sought after U.S. oil industry services and technology will sustain the U.S. as a dominant superpower.
Dependence on Middle East oil will soon be a thing of the past. Johnson suspects that will make disasters like the Iraq invasion, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria a thing of the past. The shale oil boom, according to Johnson, has us fat and happy, counting our dollars from energy exports rather than bringing democracy (aka military action) to oil producing countries.
There's just one catch
By Stephen Lendman
Obama promised web site problems fixed by November 30. Another promise made. Another broken. Another lie followed.
Obama advisor Jeffrey Zients heads web site repair efforts. Load times are faster, he said. "The site is now stable and operating at its intended capacity, with greatly improved performance." Health and Human Services (HHS) claims 50,000 people can access the site simultaneously. "(M)ore that 800,000 consumer(s)" can do so daily, it added.
Zients and HHS stopped short of indicating how many people successfully enrolled since November 30.
Doing so involves completing all required steps necessary. It includes successfully transmitting accurate information to insurers.
DENNIS MASON interview of Lyndon LaRouche
DENNIS MASON: Good evening; it's Friday, November 29, 2013. This is our weekly broadcast of the Friday night webcast with Mr. LaRouche. My name is Dennis Mason. Joining me in the studio tonight is Jason Ross. We will be posing a series of questions to Mr. LaRouche. Lyn, we'll dive right in.
The first question comes from an institutional contact around Washington, DC, which I will read. He writes: "Mr. LaRouche, with the Thanksgiving holiday past, every member of Congress seeking re-election is now in the active phase of campaigning. The Glass-Steagall issue remains a prominent issue with growing support within the American population, among state legislators, and in Congress.
By Dr. Elias Akleh
Last Friday, the 29th of November, was the annual observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People as dedicated by the UN General Assembly (resolution 32/40 B). On the same day Palestinians had called for “Day of Rage” demonstrations against Israeli theft of Palestinian land especially the on going theft of Naqab (Negev) area.
The generation old Palestinian/Israeli peace negotiations have been futile due to Israeli perpetual theft of Palestinian land and the building of more Jewish colonies (settlement). Under the American pressure the Palestinian Authority agreed to restart peace talks this summer after a three-year stalemate. Yet immediately after this the Israeli government had approved the building of thousands more housing units on usurped Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Al-Quds (Jerusalem). More Palestinian homes were also demolished by Israeli army in Al-Quds.
By Stephen Lendman
Around 40,000 Bedouins are targeted. They're Israeli citizens. They're considered nonpersons. They're treated that way. They're denied all rights.
The so-called Begin-Prawer Plan (Law for Arranging Bedouin Settlement in the is ruthlessly racist. It legitimizes ethnic cleansing. It wants Bedouin land for exclusive Jewish development.
It authorizes destroying Bedouin homes. It calls for dozens of villages to be leveled. It sanctions mass ethnic cleansing on a scale not seen since 1948. Israeli authorities are trampling on the rights of their own citizens.
According to Association for Civil Rights in Israel attorney Rawia Aburabia:
Israel's plan "will cause the displacement and forced eviction of dozens of villages and tens of thousands of Bedouin residents, dispossessing them of their property and historical rights to their lands, destroying the social fabric of their communities, and sealing the fate of thousands of families into poverty and unemployment."
by Stephen Lendman
Previous articles discussed it. Honduran elections are won the old-fashioned way. They're stolen. State-sponsored electoral theft is official policy. It's longstanding.
November 24 was no exception. Presidential elections were held. Eight candidates contested. Only two mattered.
LIBRE party (Liberty and Refoundation) candidate Xiomara Castro challenged ruling National party's Juan Orlando Hernandez.
The National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP) established LIBRE. It did so following the 2009 coup.
Dark Honduran and US forces collaborated. President Manuel Zalaya was ousted. Fascist governance replaced him. Hernandez represents it.
The popular notion that anti-Semitism caused the Zionist movement makes the mistake of post hoc ergo propter hoc - "after the fact, therefore because of the fact."
Sixty-six years ago, on November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 181, which partitioned the land of Palestine into two States: the “birth certificate” for Israel, and the “death certificate” for Palestine.
Native Americans held a special knowledge of the land and its inhabitants, and believed they were only a small part of the whole circle of life, and that each part of creation played a significant role in the contentment and survival of the other.
The assassination of the President of the United States on national television by the “lone” assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald—who according to authorities used an obsolete bolt-action WWI rifle that was not capable of firing bullets fast enough to wound John F. Kennedy—who is then assassinated the next day by another “lone” assassin, is so stupid that whoever is behind the assassination didn’t expect you to believe it.
Would the planet be at serious risk, according to a massive United Nations Environmental Report, due to “the dangers of climate change, water scarcity, dwindling fish stocks and the pressures on the land and the extinction of species,” had John F. Kennedy not been assassinated on Friday, November 22, 1963.
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