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AFRICOM: Pentagon’s First Direct Military Intervention In Africa

December 12th, 2009

Rick Rozoff

The 2009 World Population Data Sheet published by the Washington, DC-based Population Reference Bureau states that the population of the African continent has surpassed one billion. Africans now account for over a seventh of the human race.

Africa’s 53 nations are 28% of the 192 countries in the world.

The size and location of the continent along with its human and natural resources – oil, natural gas, gold, diamonds, uranium, cobalt, chromium, platinum, timber, cotton, food products – make it an increasingly important part of a world that is daily becoming more integrated and interdependent.

Africa is also the last continent to free itself from colonial domination. South America broke free of Spanish and Portuguese control in the beginning of the 1800s (leaving only the three Guianas – British, Dutch and French – still colonized) and the post-World War II decolonization of Asia that started with former British East India in 1947 was almost complete by the late 1950s.

Sub-Saharan Africa was not to liberate most of its territory from Belgian, British, French, Spanish and Portuguese colonial masters until the 1960s and 1970s. And the former owners were reluctant to cede newly created African nations any more than nominal independence and the ability to choose their own internal socio-economic orientation and foreign policy alignment.

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OPEN LETTER FROM A CONCERNED VET TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

December 11th, 2009

Allen L Roland

President Obama's national approval poll numbers continue to tumble especially among veterans who increasing feel neglected, betrayed and sold out . Obama's political Afghanistan exit strategy may very well eventually result in his own one term exit:

As our self proclaimed war president, Barack Obama, receives his tainted Nobel Peace Prize today in Oslo, Norway ~ his national approval ratings continue to dramatically tumble. His obvious Nobel anointment by the global elite seemingly legitimizes Obama's illegal wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the attacks on Pakistan as necessary Wars for Peace ~ further enslaving the people of those countries and strengthening the ignorance of the public ~ who will now begin to assume, as Orwell predicted, that war is peace.

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Rules of human decency apply to Israelis too

December 11th, 2009

Stuart Littlewood

A dose of their own (academic) medicine might help the message sink in.

Poor Berlanty. What did she do to deserve this crushing blow to her hopes and life chances?

The Israeli High Court has denied her justice - again - and prevented Berlanty Azzam returning to Bethlehem University for the final few weeks to complete her degree.

On 28 October this Christian student at the Vatican-sponsored Bethlehem University was abducted by the IDF, "the world's most moral army”, after attending a job interview in Ramalla, then blindfolded and handcuffed and dumped in Gaza. She had lived in the West Bank since 2005 after being granted a permit.

There was only one kind of permit available in 2005 – an entry permit to Israel. But the Israeli State claimed that this permit was insufficient and Berlanty should have obtained some other permit, even though the State admits that none existed at the time.

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The Most Important Issue in the History of the Universe

December 11th, 2009

By Robert Singer

My goal in writing is to help wake up the huddled masses. To that end, the "Most Important Issue in the History of the Universe" is:

The Story Behind the Story Behind the Story of how the World Trade Center I and II collapsed on September 11, 2001.

Why? Because if you don't know how the twin towers collapsed, you can’t be sure you are waking up the masses from the right dream.

9/11/01

I’ll get right to the point, I have read the books and watched the documentaries on September 11 for three years and the 9/11 official story is:

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Israeli Occupation, Colonialism and Apartheid

December 11th, 2009

by Stephen Lendman

The Cape Town, South Africa-based Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) "conduct(s) large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific projects for public-sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies," and disseminates its findings widely.

In May 2009, it issued a damning report titled, "Occupation, Colonialism, Apartheid? A re-assessment of Israel's practices in the occupied Palestinian territories under international law." At the time John Dugard was the UN's Special Human Rights Rapporteur for Occupied Palestine. At his January 2007 suggestion, the study was undertaken "to scrutinise (his) hypothesis from the perspective of international law."

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Ass kissing liberal apologists' for failed health reform

December 11th, 2009

Michael Collins

The myth that the Democratic plans for health reform will produce anything by the target date of 2014 is only exceeded in absurdity by the myth that the world will end on December 21, 2012.

"New media" pundit Eric Alterman is down on his knees, genuflecting before the graven idol of Democratic Party interests. He wrote a full fledged justification supporting the current idol with feet of clay, the Democratic health care reform effort ongoing in the United States Senate. The article looks like talking points hot off the press from the White House Office of Disinformation since he's giving the president credit for all the good things which have materialized as if by magic in the latest Senate's efforts.

To begin with, he failed to note these very real issues in the health care debate: the immediate need by tens of millions for adequate health care and financial relief from exorbitant prices; the preservation of insurance companies at the center of public health care, companies with no interest in or obligation for the public welfare; and, the gross hypocrisy of the president demanding that health reform not add one penny to the deficit while he spends hundreds of billions for the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq - pure deficit operations with no discernible benefit to citizens.

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Obama's Big Sellout

December 11th, 2009

Matt Taibbi

The president has packed his economic team with Wall Street insiders intent on turning the bailout into an all-out giveaway

Barack Obama ran for president as a man of the people, standing up to Wall Street as the global economy melted down in that fateful fall of 2008. He pushed a tax plan to soak the rich, ripped NAFTA for hurting the middle class and tore into John McCain for supporting a bankruptcy bill that sided with wealthy bankers "at the expense of hardworking Americans." Obama may not have run to the left of Samuel Gompers or Cesar Chavez, but it's not like you saw him on the campaign trail flanked by bankers from Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. What inspired supporters who pushed him to his historic win was the sense that a genuine outsider was finally breaking into an exclusive club, that walls were being torn down, that things were, for lack of a better or more specific term, changing. Then he got elected.

What's taken place in the year since Obama won the presidency has turned out to be one of the most dramatic political about-faces in our history. Elected in the midst of a crushing economic crisis brought on by a decade of orgiastic deregulation and unchecked greed, Obama had a clear mandate to rein in Wall Street and remake the entire structure of the American economy. What he did instead was ship even his most marginally progressive campaign advisers off to various bureaucratic Siberias, while packing the key economic positions in his White House with the very people who caused the crisis in the first place. This new team of bubble-fattened ex-bankers and laissez-faire intellectuals then proceeded to sell us all out, instituting a massive, trickle-up bailout and systematically gutting regulatory reform from the inside.

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Open Letter to Steve McIntyre: The 'Highest Order Bit' of Climategate is being ignored by Scientists – WHY?

December 10th, 2009

Zahir Ebrahim | Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

Dear Mr. Steve McIntyre,

Hello,

I would like to begin by thanking you for your good forensic science work, and for your innate commonsense in ab initio sensing what naturally didn't sound right about climate-science's proclamations. But I would also like to express my disappointment that you have stopped a tad short of unraveling the social engineering that lies just behind the thin facade of this mega-funded science of Global Warming. Proving to the mainstream science skeptics that it was fictitious may have been deemed an important first step in unraveling the science of its deception for those of scientific acumen. But stopping there is unforgivable as is the absence of any demonstrated political acumen.

Therefore, I write this provocative open letter to you Mr. McIntyre in the hope of soliciting a response from the 'uber alles' science community who appear to me to be so enamored by their own brilliance to want to pay any attention to the Zen of Climategate. The debate among the learned men and women of science on your website, as on others', as in the mainstream newsmedia when it shows up on rare occasion, and in the hallways of the academe, is entirely concentrated “on the finger pointing away at the moon” instead of looking at the moon, thus missing all that imperial glory of science in the service of empire.

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Targeting Civilians in Gaza

December 10th, 2009

by Stephen Lendman

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is an "independent legal body dedicated to the protection of human rights, the promotion of the rule of law, and the upholding of democratic principles in the Occupied Territories." It issues frequent press releases, statistics, fact sheets, documents, and reports like its October 22, 2009 English version of "Targeted Civilians: A PCHR Report on the Israeli Offensive against the Gaza Strip (27 December 2008 - 18 January 2009)."

Its 184 pages comprise a comprehensive, conclusive, and damning account of Israel's war crimes, along with numerous others, including:

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School of the America's Protest at Fort Benning Georgia, Twenty Years Later

December 10th, 2009

Suhail Shafi

On November 16’th 1989, late at night on the campus of the University of Central America in San Salvador, a troupe of El Salvadorian soldiers entered the private living quarters of six Jesuit priests, and cold bloodedly shot and killed them, together with their servant and her daughter. Horrific as these murders were, there were but one incident in the long saga of atrocities that characterized the Central American nation’s twelve year long civil war. The savage incident may not have attracted much in the way of international or US headlines, but it did galvanize a former American soldier-turned-priest by the name of Father Roy Bourgeouis to expose the role the American military played in the training of the perpetrators of this crime.

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