By Tracy Turner
1990’s, Netscape or Internet Explorer? For those who have not followed the Open Source Movement – while many or most of you were arguing Mac or Windows, Free BSD was doing cartwheels where Mac System 6 and Windows 3.1 (both could play music CD’s, neither could surf the web) could barely stay booted-up. But deceased Steve Jobs and Monsanto’s Michael Taylor could well surpass Bill Gates position as most hated man on Earth today if either could corner 3-d techno, now. BTW, opensource Firefox works the best. This is not about guns, this is about Boardwalk Place billionaire monopoly via Plutarchs.
Let us digress – the government has focused the corrupt lamestream media on to guns as populace boogeyman aka fear mongering. How many of your loved ones were assassinated via plastic homemade guns? How many of your loved one’s might soon in the future need a 3-d bio-liver, 3-d bio-kidney or 3-d bio-cornea transplant? The great national panic is the consumer printing their own, bypassing Astra Zeneca, Dow, 3M and Monsanto.
Andrew Gavin Marshall
Educating yourself about empire can be a challenging endeavor, especially since so much of the educational system is dedicated to avoiding the topic or justifying the actions of imperialism in the modern era. If one studies political science or economics, the subject might be discussed in a historical context, but rarely as a modern reality; media and government voices rarely speak on the subject, and even more rarely speak of it with direct and honest language. Instead, we exist in a society where institutions and individuals of power speak in coded language, using deceptive rhetoric with abstract meaning. We hear about 'democracy' and 'freedom' and 'security,' but so rarely about imperialism, domination, and exploitation.
The objective of this report is to provide an introduction to the institutional and social structure of American imperialism. The material is detailed, but should not be considered complete or even comprehensive; its purpose is to function as a resource or reference for those seeking to educate themselves about the modern imperial system. It's not an analysis of state policies or the effects of those policies, but rather, it is an examination of the institutions and individuals who advocate and implement imperial policies. What is revealed is a highly integrated and interconnected network of institutions and individuals - the foreign policy establishment - consisting of academics (so-called "experts" and "policy-oriented intellectuals") and prominent think tanks.
by Stephen Lendman
On May 25, tens of thousands of people marched against Monsanto. They did so in dozens of countries worldwide. They had good reason.
They want consumer protections enacted. They want safe food to eat. They want governments assuring it. They want GMO foods and ingredients labeled.
"March Against Monsanto" (MAM) headlined "Why Do We March?"
Independent research shows GMO foods and ingredients cause "serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects."
Events in Syria are overtaking the plans of the Western powers and Gulf oils states to oust the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. An outright victory by the Syrian Army against rebels in a nearly concluded battle close to the Syria-Lebanon border could be a major turning point in the conflict. (Image)
The Times of Oman, May 25 reported that the Syrian Army and fighters from Hezbollah in Lebanon have encircled Syrian rebels in the critical town of Qusayr. The town is just across the Lebanon-Syria border, a strategic entry point for fighters and weapons vital to the rebel cause. The report from Oman and one of the key sources, the Syrian Observatory, give credibility to events as reported since both are viewed as sympathetic to the rebel cause.
by Stephen Lendman
His doublespeak duplicity reflects the last refuge of a scoundrel. He's the worst in recent memory. Perhaps the worst ever. Forked tongue rhetoric can't disguise it.
Throughout his tenure, he governed lawlessly. He's done so at home and abroad. He spurns rule of law principles and other democratic values.
Nothing suggests change. Business as usual continues. War on humanity is policy. Rogue leaders govern that way. Obama threatens everyone.
by Stephen Lendman
Mexico's President Porfirio Diaz (1830 - 1915) reportedly once said "Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States."
Poor Lebanon. It borders Israel. It does so with Syria at the wrong time. It's affected by ongoing conflict. Its southern neighbor matters most.
Hezbollah's part of Lebanon's coalition government. Israeli pressure got the State Department to declare it a foreign terrorist organization. It did so wrongfully. It falsely designated Hamas the same way.
by FRANKLIN LAMB
Homs Province, Syria.
During a tour of some of the neighborhoods in Homs, Syria’s third largest city after Aleppo and Damascus, with a pre-conflict population of approximately 800,000 (nearly half Homs residents have fled over the past two years) located maybe about 22 miles NE of the current hot-spot of al-Qusayr, this observer engaged is a few interesting conversations. More accurately labeled diatribes–with some long bearded Sunni fundamentalists who claimed they came from Jabhat al Nusra, aka Jabhat an-Nuṣrah li-Ahl ash-Shām, “Front of Defense for the People of Greater Syria”), and were preparing to return to al Qusayr to fight “the deniers of Allah”!
by Stephen Lendman
They didn't surprise. Media scoundrels support his worst policies. His neoliberal harshness is endorsed. His alliance with monied interests gets no coverage.
His crimes of war, against humanity and genocide go unmentioned.
His partnership with Israel against Palestine isn't explained. His systematic disdain for rule of law principles gets ignored.
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
“We are in the midst of the pre-history of historic transformational change that will end the rule of money.”
This was a week that exemplified the historic moment in which we live. We will look back at these times and see the seeds of a national revolt against concentrated wealth that puts profits ahead of people and the planet. Not only were there a wide array of resistance actions, but activists against the Guantanamo prison and drone strikes scored partial victories on which we much continue to build challenges to US empire and militarism.
Mike Lux, who authored a history of the movements of the 1960s, week that when he researched his book he “was struck by the fact that so many big things happened so close together.” Comparing that moment to today he writes, “We are living in such a moment in history right now, that organizers and activists are sparking off each other and inspiring each other, that there is something building out there that will bring bigger change down the road.”
by Stephen Lendman
Reports said two assailants hacked a British soldier to death. He's been identified as Lee Rigby. He was killed in broad daylight. It was several hundred meters from southeast London's Woolwich Royal Artillery barracks.
Weapons included a machete type knife. Alleged attackers remained on the scene. They did so until police arrived 20 minutes later.
Why wasn't explained. Killers don't usually stay around to be captured. Both assailants were shot and apprehended. They were hospitalized for treatment.
One allegedly said "(w)e must fight as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." Britain's ITV news aired an edited video clip.
Allegedly an onlooker filmed it. How whoever did so happened to be on site wasn't explained. Odds against it are huge. So is remaining unscathed. Assailants don't take kindly to being caught in the act.
Walking into any “court” of late one might have a distinct impression that one has walked into a monarch's domain. The rule of law only applies at the discretion of the monarch. And that would be the judge sitting in that particular court.
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