by Stephen Lendman
At age 88, he's Cuba's elder statesman. A legend in his own time and then some. Defying critics. Outwitting them. Outliving them.
This article a snapshot of some of his achievements. Impressive by any standard.
On the 50th anniversary of his July 26, 1953 Fort Moncada attack, media scoundrels pronounced his revolution dead.
Expected collapse. Predicted free market capitalism's return. The bad old days called good. More on Cuba under Castro below.
A previous article discussed America's master plan for world dominance. Key is eliminating all sovereign independent governments.
By political, economic or military means. Installing puppet regimes. Convenient stooges. Subservient to Washington.
Few nations challenge US policies successfully. Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz bested 10 US administrations. From Eisenhower through George Bush.
by Ellen Brown
The sudden dramatic collapse in the price of oil appears to be an act of geopolitical warfare against Russia. The result could be trillions of dollars in oil derivative losses; and the FDIC could be liable, following repeal of key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act last weekend.
Senator Elizabeth Warren charged Citigroup last week with “holding government funding hostage to ram through its government bailout provision.” At issue was a section in the omnibus budget bill repealing the Lincoln Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act, which protected depositor funds by requiring the largest banks to push out a portion of their derivatives business into non-FDIC-insured subsidiaries.
Warren and Representative Maxine Waters came close to killing the spending bill because of this provision. But the tide turned, according to Waters, when not only Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, but President Obama himself lobbied lawmakers to vote for the bill.
It was not only a notable about-face for the president but represented an apparent shift in position for the banks. Before Jamie Dimon intervened, it had been reported that the bailout provision was not a big deal for the banks and that they were not lobbying heavily for it, because it covered only a small portion of their derivatives. As explained in Time:
by Stephen Lendman
Israeli warplanes attacked on December 20. Lawlessly. Committed war crimes. More on this below.
Operation Protective Edge (OPE) was cold, calculated, long-planned, premeditated Israeli naked aggression.
Murdering or injuring thousands of Gazans. Around 80% civilians. Willfully targeted. In residential areas.
Turning large parts of Gaza to rubble. Genocidal high crimes by any standard. War raged from July 8 to August 26.
Ceasefire terms were agreed on. Hamas scrupulously observes them. Including halting all hostilities. Israel violated them straightaway.
by Daniel Patrick Welch
The US announcement on normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba should be seen as a major and historic victory for Cuba and the peoples of the Global South generally--and it needs to be hammered home that it is a sign of failure on the part of empire. There is, first and foremost a real and meaningful admission that their strategies to topple the revolution have all failed--as well as, from the other side, an impressive and inspiring feat that a revolutionary people of this tiny island have surmounted every effort to crush the revolutioin from a maniacal hegemonic power. This is especially noteworthy in having overcome the collapse of the USSR, which observers have thought would quickly lead to the fall of the Cuban Revolution.
by Stephen Lendman
Obama is right. Sanctions don't work. Not against Cuba. Russia. Iran or other countries. Provided they stay firm.
Defending their sovereign rights. Cuba did admirably. For over half a century. Against US imperialism.
Its leadership a testimony to successful sovereign resilience. Prevailing against long odds.
Longstanding US Cuban policy failed. Washington's objective remains unchanged. Regime change! Installing pro-Western stooge governance. Returning Cuba to its bad old days.
Castro gained power on January 1, 1959. Transforming a repressive brothel into a populist state. Ousting Washington's man in Havana. Fulgencio Batista. A despot by any standard.
Did the US/Saudi Arabia plan the oil crash to collapse Russia & the Ruble? -Putin’s counter-move could result in an EPIC BACKFIRE for the West. Putin may take the Ruble onto the GOLD STANDARD- if Russia detonates this Nuclear Financial Weapon, the West is DEAD!
“Suppose the Russian government says, you guys are attacking the ruble and causing us so much trouble, we are not going to pay off the next traunch of our debt that comes due in 2015.' European banking system would collapse because those banks are undercapitalized. Some of them have loans to Russia that almost absorb the entire capital base. If the Russians get angry, all they have to do is call up the European governments and say, ‘We no longer sell natural gas or any other form of energy to members of NATO.' The consequence would be the total collapse of NATO. Every banking system would collapse; German industry closing down.
Jesus was interrogated, tortured and then killed, has modern followers who actually support government sanctioned torture. Gap between torture supporters and opponents widens between voters who are Christian and those who are not religious.
Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner — in what investigators believe was a crazed gunman’s assassination-style mission to avenge Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Lone gunman, identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28. Moments after killing the two officers, he too was dead, having turned the gun on himself on a nearby subway platform as cops closed in.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced that Canada is introducing additional economic sanctions and travel bans against Russian and Ukrainian individuals over its alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis.
Shoppers are caught out by small print and hidden fees that eat balance; entire balance can be snatched. Many cards expire if they are not used for a set period and the money is lost. ‘Companies benefiting from customers who don’t use their gift cards straight away, due to inflation they will get less for their money if they wait years to spend them.
the world is currently engaged in a financial war and the ruble collapse is just one battle. The 2008 Great Financial Crisis ushered in a new currency war that has morphed into a financial market war, with oil as the weapon of choice. The latest battle in this financial war is the engineered drop in oil and subsequent collapse of the Russian ruble.
Mayor of Hollywood, Florida mandating that all city-owned vending machines offer non-GMO, healthier snack choices. This decision made by Mayor Peter Bober will positively affect all 45 city vending machines and thousands of people who work in government offices every day.
Israeli military has reportedly launched fresh airstrikes on the Gaza Strip after the regime’s forces opened fire and wounded six Palestinians in the northern part of the besieged coastal area.
170 countries voted in favor of the resolution. Israeli warplanes attacked Lebanon’s oil storage tanks during the 2006 war on Lebanon which led to oil spill, extensive pollution that covered the entire Lebanese coastline. Israel launched wars on Lebanon in 2000 and 2006. Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah defeated the Israeli military.
Putin: Russia's nuclear forces are a "major factor in maintaining global balance," nuclear forces "effectively preclude the possibility of large-scale aggression against Russia." The Russian military is expected to receive 50 new intercontinental ballistic missiles.
More than 30 cities in Spain have expressed their anger over the so-called ‘gag’ legislation that criminalizes social protest and, demonstrators say, curbs the freedom of expression.
Putin: "Of course, no one will be able to intimidate us, or contain and isolate Russia. No one has ever been able to and no one ever will."
BBC investigation alleges poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories.who make products for Apple. Undercover filming by BBC investigative program Panorama showed exhausted employees who said they worked 12 to 16 hours a day with no days off for long stretches, lived 12 to a room in dormitories.
The demonstration follows the death of Dontre Hamilton, 31, who was shot 14 times by a police officer at Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee April 30. Police fatally shot Hamilton after responding to a call by workers at a nearby Starbucks complaining of Hamilton sleeping in the park.
The European Union's unanimous resolve to punish Russia for its aggression in Ukraine appeared to be cracking as French, German, Austrian and Italian leaders voiced concern at an alliance summit of inflicting too much pain on Moscow as its economy tumbles.
SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco Sheriff’s Department deputy has been charged with four felonies, including perjury, filing a false police report, filing a false instrument and assault, as well as misdemeanor count of battery of a patient at San Francisco General Hospital, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office announced Friday evening.
Four Afghans held for over a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent home to Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the latest step in a slow-moving push by the Obama administration to close the facility.
The rouble lost almost half its value last week, stock market hit a five-year low. Putin blamed the economic problems on external factors, said the crisis over Ukraine was caused by the West, which he accused of building a 'virtual' Berlin Wall to contain Russia. Said Russia must diversify its economy to reduce dependence on oil, its major export and a key source of state income
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued radiation guides called Protective Action Guides or PAGs which allows more radiation than any American has ever been exposed to.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has called on the country’s parliamentarians to adopt a bill that would allow Ukrainian membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) saying the adoption of the document was “urgent”.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has criticized a UN bid for statehood by the Palestinians, describing the move as an “act of aggression.”“Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is adopting measures whose sole aim is to attack Israel, with no benefit for the Palestinians.”
Russia denounced latest round of European Union sanctions against Crimea, which integrated into Russian Federation earlier this year, describing bans as “absolutely unacceptable.” Russian Foreign Ministry:“Brussels should realize that Crimea and Sevastopol are an inseparable part of Russia.”
Drone strikes and other targeted counterinsurgency programs aimed at capturing or killing “high-value targets” belonging to militant groups could be effective if coupled with larger strategic goals, the CIA believes, but they could also backfire.
Russian President Vladimir Puitn:“We are not attacking anyone in the political sense,”“We are only defending our interests… The displeasure of our Western partners, particularly the Americans, comes from that.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin: Western nations want to chain “the Russian bear,” pull out its teeth and ultimately have it stuffed. “They won’t leave us alone. They will always seek to chain us. And once we are chain, they’ll rip out our teeth and claws. “It’s not payback for Crimea. It’s the cost of our natural desire to preserve Russia as a nation, a civilization and a state.”
United States would not support a new Palestinian-proposed UN Security Council draft resolution; US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psak. Israel's foreign minister described draft resolution that calls for a peace deal within a year ending the Israeli presence in Palestinian territories by 2017 a gimmick.
German researchers discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale even when cellular networks are using most advanced encryption available.
Persistent drought condition have sparked a water war in Brazil, which has more water resources than any other country in the world. The two largest cities in the South American powerhouse, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, fighting over rights to a water source that sits between them. Rio de Janeiro has long relied on the Jaguari reservoir. Sao Paulo wants in on the action.
Chevron Corp. second-largest U.S. energy producer will pull out of an agreement for exploring the Oleska field in western Ukraine, Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) retreated earlier this year from a similar deal in eastern provinces.
Vehicle to remove allies from Russia, damage it economically. The Ruble in free fall after oil took a hit. The most powerful government agency you have never heard of the Office of Foreign Assets Control has used sanctions on Putin associates and oil conglomerates. Cuba has deep relations with Russia going back decades, has much to offer the US.
At a meeting with leaders of 16 Central and Eastern European countries (CEE) Tuesday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced a new investment fund of $3 billion to facilitate financing in the cash-strapped countries. Most of these countries are members of the European Union.
Russia’s currency market witnessed further huge volatility again today. The finance ministry said it would start selling foreign exchange which are primarily in dollars. This appeared to reduce selling pressure on the rouble; due in part to low oil prices, effects of western sanctions.
The "architect" of the CIA's interrogation program, James Mitchell, accused Senate Democrats of putting his life in danger last week when they released a report detailing the program's "brutal" abuses. one of seven men who owned a company paid millions of dollars by the CIA to devise interrogation techniques for alleged terrorists following the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks The controversial techniques included waterboarding, which President Barack Obama called torture.
Former Assistant Treasury Secretary Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: recent spending bill, allows banks to gamble on derivatives, and taxpayers and depositors are on the hook for the losses.
Wisconsin-based farm policy research group has worked diligently to uncover persistent violations, filing formal legal complaints against livestock operations producing milk, meat and eggs, accusing them of fraudulently marketing such products as organic.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon :The Israeli army might be forced to attack Gaza again, with all its power.
Citigroup announced it would move its headquarters from New York to U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C., in 2015. Citi outbid JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs to lease thirty thousand square feet of prime real estate on the floor of House of Representatives. Citi spokesperson acknowledged makeover of the House is to cost millions,” “It’s always expensive to open a new branch.”“Instead of flying from New York to give Congress their orders, Citigroup executives can be on the floor with them, handing them legislation, telling them how to vote, result in tremendous cost savings.
The EU General Court's ruling to exclude Hamas from the list of terrorist organizations has sparked a powerful protest in Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named Hamas a "murderous terrorist organization" and promised to continue to fight it.
Economic hardship is being created by the foreign-controlled Bank of Russia’s monetary policies, to spread mass discontent and facilitate a Maidan in 2015 to remove Putin. So claims Evgeny Fedorov, citing the colonialist Central Bank law, established after Washington’s victory in the Cold War, and the system of fifth-column levers, methodically operated to steer the revolution. 2:59 Foreign banks own the production in Russia. 8:23 Putin has no authority over the Central Bank. 13:56 Bank of Russia is legally a foreign-controlled Central Bank.15:21 Road map to Maidan 2015.
Citing public safety concerns, Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris on Tuesday denied a special event permit application for an anti-police brutality march planned to start at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center during the Lakota Nation Invitational on Friday afternoon.
US Congress approved “pension reform” measure that permits preemptive cuts in benefits from still-solvent pension funds if the funds are deemed to be in a “critical status. The pension provision was backed by major corporations such as UPS, Kroger and by trade unions that jointly administer pension plans covering 10 million retired and active workers.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the state will not lift its ban on fracking. The long-awaited decision marks a decisive turn in the years-long battle over fracking in New York State
Italy has expressed its intent to partially privatize the postal service, air traffic control company and national railway, as the economy faces a third consecutive year of contraction. The government hopes to raise 10 billion euros.
US military, NATO allies increased military operations near the borders of Russia to keep “peace and stability” in the region, a Pentagon official says. US European Command efforts through Operation Atlantic Resolve are a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security of NATO.
The United States, Europe imposed sanctions on Russia’s energy, financial, military sectors, Russian nationals close to President Putin. White House officials: Russia was facing “a very serious economic situation” which “reflects the consequences of not following a set of international rules.”
The German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations said on Wednesday that ruble’s plunge would lead to a 20-percent fall in the Western European country’s exports to the Russian Federation.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also stated that while low oil prices and
Western sanctions have taken their toll on Russia, the central problem is that the ruble was undervalued. "The figures we saw at exchange offices in the last days do not reflect the real picture.
Federation Council Chair Valentina Matviyenko has ordered a vote on a parliamentary investigation into the recent activities of the Central Bank and its alleged role in the worst-ever plunge of the ruble rate.
American forces were involved in their first ground battle with Islamic State fighters, according to Kurdish media outlet Shafaq News, near the Ain Al-Assad base in the Anbar province of Iraq early Sunday. The report could not be independently verified.
"Fallout on Las Vegas and vicinity following this morning's detonation was very low and without any effects on health," the newspaper explained. "On Your Guard: Reds Launch 'Scare Drive' Against U.S. Atomic Tests." The article warned: "A big Communist 'fear' campaign to force Washington to stop all American atomic hydrogen bomb tests erupted this past week." It was a popular theme among prominent commentators like syndicated columnist David Lawrence, whose wisdom appeared in the Washington Post and other leading newspapers. "The truth is," he wrote in spring 1955, "there isn't the slightest proof of any kind that the 'fallout' as a result of tests in Nevada has ever affected any human being anywhere outside the testing ground itself." By then, children and others living in downwind areas were beginning to develop leukemia. As time passed, people in affected areas suffered extraordinarily high rates of cancer and thyroid ills. Functioning in tandem, the news media and the federal government continued to deny that nuclear testing was a health hazard.
Kennedy intended to stop the Vietnam War and all future wars waged for profit by America. He intended to regain control of the American people's government and their country by cutting off the military industrial complex and Federal Reserve banking system's money supply. Kennedy launched his brilliant attack using the Constitution, which states "Congress shall have the Power to Coin Money and Regulate the Value." Kennedy stopped the Federal Reserve banking system from printing money and lending it to the government at interest by signing Executive Order 11,110 on June 4, 1963. The order called for the issuance of $4,292,893,815,000 (4.3 trillion) in United States Notes through the U.S. treasury rather than the Federal Reserve banking system. He also signed a bill backing the one and two-dollar bills with gold which added strength to the new government issued currency. Kennedy's comptroller James J. Saxon, encouraged broader investment and lending powers for banks that were not part of the Federal Reserve system. He also encouraged these non-Fed banks to deal directly with and underwrite state and local financial institutions. By taking the capital investments away from the Federal Reserve banks, Kennedy would break them up and destroy them. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who alone had dared to stand against the military industrial complex and the Federal Reserve banking system, was murdered in Dallas, Texas at 12:30 p.m. CST on November 22, 1963, in a bloody "coup d'état". On that day America ceased to be a democracy of, by, and for the people. From that day forward the leaders of the American government have only been the willing puppets of corporations and an international banking cartel that profits from war.
Scientists have found that our bodies and our minds have both deteriorated significantly compared to our ancestors. In fact, just this week a very prominent professor at Cambridge University said that “our most highly trained athletes pale in comparison to these ancestors of ours”. The biggest reason for this, of course, is the degradation of the human genome. Groundbreaking research by Dr. John Sanford of Cornell University and others has shown that our genes contain tens of thousands of mistakes (mutations), and with each passing generation even more errors are added and passed on. So it should be no surprise that our ancestors were bigger, stronger, faster and smarter. The truth is that they had better genes.
Pay close attention to Steven Starr’s article, “The Lethality of Nuclear Weapons.” Washington thinks nuclear war can be won and is planning for a first strike on Russia, and perhaps China, in order to prevent any challenge to Washington’s world hegemony. The plan is far advanced, and the implementation of the plan is underway. As I have reported previously, US strategic doctrine was changed and the role of nuclear missiles was elevated from a retaliatory role to an offensive first strike role. US anti-ballistic missile (ABM) bases have been established in Poland on Russia’s frontier, and other bases are planned. When completed Russia will be ringed with US missile bases. ‘US threatens China not to drop dollar’ | ‘West sees China economy as threat’
The ANC government has received a request from the U.S. was rejected to be part of a U.S. disaster management plan which South Africa $ 10 billion a year (about R100 billion) for ten years would receive. According to the plan would be temporary housing for millions of Americans in South Africa built if the Yellowstone super volcano in the country sooner or later would come to a head. Countries that the U.S. will participate noodlenigingsplan, Brazil, Argentina and Australia. A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Sipho Matwetwe, South Africa will not "part of the plan because there is a risk that millions of white Americans in an emergency situation to the country can be sent and we can national culture and identity threat". ►ALERT: Pentagon Moves Nuclear Missiles From Yellowstone Blast Zone
They have been intentionally granted unlimited power, the power of judge, jury, executioner, and torturer. They have been given the power to destroy thousands of innocent American lives every year. The police are almost never punished. Most of the rights Americans once enjoyed have been stripped away by the Bush and Obama puppet regimes. The police and government serve one master, the international banking system and a handful of multi trillionaires otherwise known as globalists. They decide if the American people are ground down and brutalized.
From Gilad Atzmon
Yesterday I was invited by Press TV to participate in their daily program, ‘The Debate.’ In the last few years I have occasionally participated on the show. Usually I am confronted with banal Hasbara mouthpieces. I tend to demolish their arguments within the first round of questions.
Yesterday, I was asked to debate professor Geoffrey Alderman – an avid Zionist academic. To my great surprise Alderman and I agreed on pretty much everything: we had similar views on Israeli politics, the nature of the Jewish State, Netanyahu's Politics, Netanyahu’s engineered crisis, Jewish Lobby Domination in the West and other topics. Fascinating exchange but hardly a debate.
For the last decade I have been chased by Jewish ‘anti’ Zionists who wrote Jewish petitions against me and tried every Talmudic trick to silence my criticism of Jewish power and Jewish ID politics. I have also been harassed by some Trotskyites and even a list of 20 Palestinians who called for my ‘disavowal.’ These attempts to stop me achieved the opposite – if anything, they proved my point regarding Jewish dissent being a corrosive controlled opposition apparatus.
In all this time, not a single one of my Jewish anti Zionist or Trotskyite detractors have had the guts to debate me. But somehow, rabid Zionists and hard-core Hasbara agents are made from different materials. They must have have a modicum of dignity and confidence in their system.
My conclusion may upset some. As a thinker and an artist stimulated by challenge and titillated by intellectual provocation, I prefer to deal with hard core Zionists and Israeli Right wing ideologues rather than with the so-called ‘anti’ and their culture of deceit. At least with Zionists, I know exactly what I am up against.
Those who own and control the banking systems and corporations, those who control the governments and fight the wars for profit, those who are driven by greed and power madness are destroying our earth. The corporate capitalist paradigm of endless extraction from the planet and every person and every living thing will continue until the ecosystem is irreparably damaged and can no longer sustain life. http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2014/12/06/our-beautiful-earth-is-dying
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In this most powerful expose yet on Zionist crimes in Palestine, Dr. David Duke exposes the horrific Zionist terror in Gaza and proves how Zionist influenced media around the world lies to us! Not only must we free Palestine, we must free the West and the whole world from Zionist Globalist tyranny! Contact Your Senators and ask them to stop supporting the mass murder of Palestinian men, women, and children by Israel.
If we sit silently and do nothing, say nothing the mass murdering will continue. Why should any single group of people be given the right to kill? When will humanity say: 'No more killing' to Israel? You could begin to change this situation by contacting your Senators and Congressmen and telling them that you want them to stop supporting Israel and stop supporting the killing and maiming of thousands of innocent Palestinian men, women, and children trapped in the Gaza Ghetto by Israel.
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