Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya: Towards a New Iron Curtain-The US-NATO Missile Shield Encircles Eurasia

Towards a New Iron Curtain: The US-NATO Missile Shield Encircles Eurasia: Western Europe through NATO and the EU forms the primary bridgehead of America into Eurasia. According to Brzezinski, NATO and the European Union form the primary bridgehead of America into Eurasia. NATO and the EU constitute America's most important relationship. It is the springboard for US global involvement, enabling America to play the decisive role of arbiter in Eurasia, the world 's central arena of power, and it creates a coalition that is globally dominant in all key dimensions of power and influence. The secondary bridgeheads of America into Eurasia are: 1. Japan and South Korea, 2. the Arabian Peninsula, and 3. the US and NATO military forces in occupied Iraq and Afghanistan. This is why the expansion of the US missile shield from a US project to a NATO project should come as no surprise. The globalization of NATO is part of that process: The inclusion of the missile shield project under the helm of NATO was already in the pipeline in the 1990's. In fact, the statements that NATO just adopted the missile shield project in 2010 are bold faced lies.

70 Million Died So The Jews Could Have Palestine!!

Yes, according to Katherine Smith, PhD, the Jews were not the only ones who suffered as a result of World War II. My mother, grandmother, and I were barely able to escape our hometown Breslau with the last train from that surrounded city. On our way to Dresden, we were painfully aware that American fighter-bombers were lurking in the sky in order to hunt the poor refugees around us. We were saved only by the quick thinking of the commander of our train. In the middle of a dense forest, he shut down the train's boilers, so that the murderous American fighter planes could not find us. When we arrived in Dresden, we were greeted by friendly Red Cross nurses, who fed our starving refugees delicious noodle soup. Even so many years after that event, I still remember the many kind faces, only a few feet above me, who wanted to befriend a small child, who had not yet been baptized to the horrors of war. Many years later, when my advisory team and I stumbled over several 55 gallon drums tied to the trees at the bank of a river, I felt very strongly that I had to reciprocate my good fortune in surviving the holocaust of Dresden by assuring the survival of my adversaries, and I deliberately failed to call the location of these hiding places to the armed helicopters of the Cu Chi 25th Infantry Division. PEACE!!!

Sixty-Three Percent of Americans Oppose the War in Afghanistan!! I

Yes, Mr. Obama, the jig is up! Opposition to the war in Afghanistan is at an all-time high, with 63 percent of the public now opposed to US involvement there, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey. Just 35 percent of survey respondents say they still support US involvement. The increase in opposition to US involvement comes as pessimism about how the war is going is rising. According to a poll done December 17-19, 56 percent of the public believes that "things are going badly for the US in Afghanistan." The war has NOT always been unpopular - back in March, when a majority thought that the war was going well, the country was evenly divided, but in September, the number who said that things were going well for the US in Afghanistan had dropped to 44 percent, and opposition to the war had grown to 58 percent," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Today, with Americans remaining pessimistic about the situation in Afghanistan, they also remain opposed to the war."There are, however, at least two groups where there is still a slim majority of support for the war - the Republican Party establishment and Tea Party activists.


The War Prayer, by Mark Twain

It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism. The drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering. On every hand, and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with happy emotions as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory which stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts, and which they interrupted at briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running don their cheeks the while; in the churches the pastors preached devotion to flag and country, and invoked the God of Battles beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpourings of fervid eloquence which moved every listener. It was indeed a glad and gracious time, and the half dozen rash spirits that ventured to disapprove of the war and cast a doubt upon its righteousness straightway got such a stern and angry warning that for their personal safety's sake they quickly shrank out of sight and offended no more in that way. Sunday morning came - next day the battalions would leave for the front; the church was filled; the volunteers were there, their young faces alight with martial dreams - visions of the stern advance, the gathering of momentum, the rushing charge, the flashing sabers, the flight of the foe, the tumult, the enveloping smoke, the fierce pursuit, the surrender! Then home from the war, bronzed heroes, welcomed, adored, submerged in golden seas of glory!
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Hillary Clinton Plays Russian Roulette with Justice

Truly, my fellow Americans, why are we more JUST than the EVIL Russians and Arabs with whom we share our planet?? Just recently, a Moscow court decided to jail an oil tycoon. According to Clinton, (and too many of our allies), the US Secretary of State said Mikhail Khodorkovsky's conviction raised "serious questions about selective prosecution and about the rule of law being overshadowed by political considerations." Although Khodorkovsky, 47, and his business partner, Platon Lebedev, 54, were found to be guilty of theft and money laundering by a Moscow court, critics like Clinton say the trial constitutes 'revenge' for the for the tycoon's questioning of a state monopoly on oil pipelines and propping up political parties that 'oppose the Kremlin'. Clinton's censure was echoed by politicians in Britain and Germany, and Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, urged Moscow to "respect its international commitments in the field of human rights and the rule of law." Isn't it a shame that these same "human rights activists" have nothing at all to say about British Petroleum's contamination of our gulf seafood, which, according to New Orleans environmental and Gulf oil attorney Stuart Smith, is currently a danger to public health, since our FDA has simply overlooked an important aspect of safety in their protocol. But, then again, MONEY talks, and, in the case of Clinton: "Bullshit Walks". For detailed info about the remaining oil problem, check http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/gulf-oil


Our Veterans Against Torture Movement has joined the FREE Gaza Movement!!

Actually, the joining of these two organizations was inevitable. As veterans of American Wars, we feel an obligation to stand for human rights: The Free Gaza Movement is a coalition of human rights organizations and activists formed to challenge the Israeli blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip by sailing humanitarian aid ships to Gaza. The group has more than 70 endorsers, including Desmond Tutu and Noam Chomsky. The organizations participating in the Free Gaza Movement include the International Solidarity Movement. The activists participating in the effort include Jeff Halper, Hedy Epstein, Lauren Booth, and members of various Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious organizations, though Israeli "intelligence" agencies say that it also includes Islamist organizations that "supposedly pose a security threat to the Jewish state. The first sailing took place in early August 2008, organized by the Free Gaza Movement and the International Solidarity Movement. Many of the latter's members had been barred from entering Israel on "security grounds". The group intended for the boat to cross the Israeli-declared "special security zone".

Oil Attorney Challenges Safety of Gulf Seafood!!

Using state-of-the-art laboratory analysis, toxicologists, chemists and marine biologists retained by Gulf oil attorney Stuart Smith, he is proving that Gulf seafood is a danger to public health, contradicting the Obama government assurances that eating the catches since the Gulf oil "spill" is safe. The 'government' seafood testing program which focuses on the seafood free of the cancer-causing components of crude oil, has overlooked other harmful elements: Smith's testing, that examined fewer samples but more comprehensively, "shows high levels of hydrocarbons from the BP spill, that are associated with liver damage." William Sawyer, a toxicologist on Smith's team stated: "What we have found is that FDA simply overlooked an important aspect of safety in their protocol. We now have a sufficient number of samples to provide FDA with probable cause to include such testing. They need to go back and test some of their archived samples as well." Previously, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg stated at the time of the reopening Gulf fisheries in October, "There is no question gulf seafood coming to market is safe from oil or dispersant residue."


Korea War Redux: Koreastone Cops

Though much is being made of North Korea's shelling of one of 30 disputed islands, Yeonpyeong, which houses a South Korean military base, is well inside what should be a demilitarised zone between the two Koreas, resulting in the deaths of two Korean marines and two civilians. The borders were unilaterally drawn by the UN at the end of the 1950-53 war, and the countries are still officially in a state of war. Rumors are that the incident is connected to the possible transition of power from North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to his son Kim Jong Un, or to North Korea's recent announcement that it is proceeding with its nuclear program. The skirmish began last Tuesday, when North Korea warned the South to halt military drills at the base, after which Seoul began firing artillery directly into disputed waters within sight of the North Korean shore. The North retaliated by shelling the the Yeonpyeong military installations. Seoul responded by unleashing its own barrage of howitzers and scrambling fighter jets over the North, killing far more North Koreans, though the actual number is not yet known!

Iran hangs man convicted of spying for ISRAEL

In Iran, justice is truly NOT blind: Ali Akbar Siadati had been accused of providing Israel with classified information on Iran's military capabilities, including details on military maneuvers, bases, operational jet fighters, military flights, air crashes and missiles, according to IRNA. In addition, another Iranian was hanged for membership in an exile opposition movement. Over the past decade, Iran has stepped up its domestic military production, including missiles capable of reaching Israel and beyond, aiming, according to Tehran, to defend the country from Israel and the US, amid Iranian concern they might strike its nuclear facilities. According to IRNA, Siadati confessed to spying for Israel starting in 2004 in return for $60,000, as well as an additional $7,000 each time he met with Israeli handlers. IRNA said he met with Israeli intelligence agents during 'foreign trade' trips to Turkey, Thailand and the Netherlands and that he transferred data through a digital camera, transmitters and a laptop. IRNA reported that Siadati was arrested in 2008, while planning to flee Iran. There were no details on whether Siadati was a government employee, or how he obtained the classified information. Also, there was NO immediate comment on the execution from officials in Israel. There is an old German proverb: "Wer sich auf andere verlaesst, der IST verlassen." He, who depends on others, is lost!

What are our Prospects for Humanity, by Francis Boyle??

In 1965, after I finished my combat assignment in Vietnam, President Lyndon Johnson invaded the Dominican Republic, which prompted me to begin a detailed examination of US military interventions into Latin America. Before I served in Vietnam, I had stopped in Washington, DC, to visit a CIA Agent Steve Mayfield, who at that time, worked in Washington as a trainer for our agents in our southern hemisphere. This prompted me to begin a detailed examination of US military interventions into Latin America from the Spanish-American War of 1898 to President Franklin Roosevelt's so-called 'good neighbor' policy. At the end of this study, I concluded that the Vietnam War was not episodic, but rather systemic: Aggression, warfare, bloodshed, and violence were just the way the United States Power Elite had historically conducted their business around the world. Historically, the latest eruption of American militarism at the start of the 21st Century is akin to that of America opening the 20th Century with the US instigated Spanish-American War in 1898. At that time, the Republican administration of President William McKinley stole their colonial empire from Spain in Cuba.
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United States Prepares for a NEW Decade of War in Asia

Here's the GOOD News, sports fans: The United States is engaged in the LONGEST WAR in its 234-year history in Afghanistan, one that will begin its eleventh calendar year in two weeks. Like the Vietnam War, in which I was grateful for our "Fuehrer" for permitting me to put my jackboots, only slightly scuffed by my father for Adolf Hitler to good use, I look forward to more war on our otherwise dreary planet: It's a tradition for our family. My father served with the NAZI army in northern Italy, but the British who incarcerated him in their torture center called Erbiseoul lacked a sense of humor, and fired on their prisoners with their combat rifles while the German soldiers tried to relieve themselves of their feces, but ended up slipping into that horrible mess and drowning miserably. But, I digress, and after all, my combat experience in Banmethuot, Kontum, and the "Iron Triangle" was, really, really, a lot of fun. By returning enemy mortar fire from my base in Trung Lap, I was able to kill a little tiny boy, whose stomach had been thoroughly perforated by my mortar fire. But I digress again: "Roughly 100,000 US troops and over half as many more from Washington's North Atlantic Treaty Organization and partners are waging an armed conflict this year that has resulted in an increasing number of civilian casualties and the most deaths among belligerents on both sides, since it began on October 7, 2001. US and NATO war dead this year are approaching the 700 mark, nearly a third of the total for the over nine-year-old war.

Why is the FBI Orchestrating Fake Terror Plots???

Their latest "terror plot" snared Osman Mohamud, a Somali-American teenager in Portland, Oregon. Their misleading headline makes it clear that it was a plot orchestrated by federal agents. Two sentences into the 'news report', we read: "The bomb was an elaborate fake supplied by FBI agents and the public was never in danger, authorities said." In other words, OUR FBI did a year's work to convince two people to perpetuate fake plots, yet OBAMA, our "dear leader", likes it that way. If you are not too bright, and some tough-looking guys accost you and tell you that they are al Qaeda and expect your help in a terrorist operation, you might be thrilled to be part of a blowback against an American population that is indifferent to their government's slaughter of people of your ethnicity or religion in your country of origin. Nevertheless, this "ensnared" person would NEVER have done anything beyond talk, had the FBI not encouraged them into action!!!
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More Israeli Atrocities, with help from Washington, in Palestine -

December 27 is the second "anniversary" of Operation Cast Lead, Israel's brutal offensive against the Gaza strip, which was initiated to kill as many innocent women and children, thus clearing the area to attract more rabid Zionists from the remote corners of our world. In 22 days of relentless air and land attacks, more than 1400 Gazans, mostly civilians, were killed in what the 'Goldstone Report' describes as war crimes, and crimes against humanity. In its ferocity, Cast Lead desires to imitate the horrors of the invasion of the Polish Warsaw Ghetto by the German Nazi regime, and to let the world know who is in charge on this fragile planet. As of this day, Israel remains unpunished for her horrendous crimes. For all of their resources, and the "moral authority" of the United Nations and numerous other international humanitarian organizations have failed to deliver more than rhetoric, leaving it to the ordinary citizens of our world, in the form of humanitarian aid convoys, to break the blockade of Gaza and deliver essential medicines, educational resources and equipment to its suffering population. The international community meekly accepts the dictates of this rogue Israeli state, and its imposition of an illegal, immoral and inhuman torture.


A Palestinian Child Laments: "All I want to do is die" - Merry Christmas, (fn) Israel

While the rest of the world celebrates, Israel tells Palestinians to pay for the destruction of their own homes by the brutal Israeli state. While Christ spread a message of peace and love, Israel would rather flex its muscle by forcing the Palestinians to pay for the destruction of their own homes. Israel's "wonderful presents" include the shredding of all sense of humanity. In the words of Barbara Shenstone, the West Bank Field Director for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, demolitions are in contravention of international law, and one young child, about the age of our Lord and Savior Jesus, states: "All I want to do is die." Merry Christmas, Israel! I call on the Israeli authorities to cease demolitions and evictions in occupied areas which are in contravention of Israel's obligations under international law, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Israel is a party. The United Nations Organization states that in 2010, there has been a 45% increase in the demolition of Palestinian homes, with 561 people displaced, including 280 children! Merry Christmas, f'n Israel!!

Obama's Whitewash of a Disastrous Occupation

This year alone, the Afghan War has killed over 2500 Afghan civilians, almost 500 US troops, and more than 200 other NATO forces. Only in those isolated areas where violence might have dropped, can we proudly claim that "our strategy is winning." Still, President Obama's recent review produced the announcement that the US/NATO occupation will continue at least until 2014, another four years of war, death and devastation for the people of Afghanistan, as well as for the young US soldiers forced to remain in that toxic environment. Sixty percent of the people in our United States understand that the war in Afghanistan is "not worth fighting", that this is a war we cannot win, nor afford. There is no military solution, and yet the military battle goes on, despite its inevitable failure. In addition, the cost continues to rise, exacting a huge price from US tax -payers. The 2010 military budget, plus the costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, totaled over one TRILLION dollars - an amount so huge that none of our citizens can comprehend it: Just the cost of Obama's escalation this last year, those additional 30,000 troops, was over 33 billion. That money could have been more effectively used to create 600,000 new "green" middle-class jobs here at home, and still have $3 billion left to help with the rebuilding of post-occupation Afghanistan.


Bradley Manning Speaks About His Conditions

Bradley Manning, the 24-year-old Army private accused of leaking classified information to Wiki -leaks, has been held in the brig at Quantico Marine Corp Base for five months in inhumane conditions, with severe restrictions on his ability to exercise, communicate, or even sleep. Manning has NOT been convicted of any crime, nor is there a certain date for any court hearing. The conditions of Bradley Manning's confinement became a top issue in the press last week, as blog- gers traded blows with US officials over allegations that Manning endures inhumane treatment at the Quantico, VA detainment facility. In the midst of this rush by the "Defense Department" to contextualize Manning's confinement, David House traveled to see the man himself at the Marine Corps detainment facility in Quantico, VA. In his visit to see Bradley, it became clear that the Pentagon's public spin from last week sharply contradicts the reality of Bradley Manning's detainment. In his FIVE MONTHS of detention, it has become obvious that Manning's physical and mental well-being are deteriorating. His attorneys have already urged that it is necessary to have the "Prevention of Injury" order lifted, which severely restricts his ability to exercise, communicate, and sleep. Nevertheless, Manning has just been nominated as the most under-appreciated hero of 2010 by Johann Hari of the British Independent newspaper, and his deeds will one day be written in our world's history books!


The United States of Fear, by Tom Engelhardt

The National Security State Cops a Feel: Taking Off the Gloves - and then everything else. Take a country in the grips of an expanding national security state and sooner or later your "safety" will mean your humiliation, your degradation, and by the way, it will mean the degradation of your country, too. Just ask Rolando Negrin, a Transportation Security Administration screener, who passed through one of those new "whole body image" scanners last May as part of his training for airport security. His co-workers claimed to have gotten a look at his "junk" and mocked him mercilessly, evidently repeatedly asking: "What size are you?" and referring to him as "little angry man." In the end, calling it "psychological torture," he insisted that he snapped, meant that he went after a co-worker, baton first, demanding an apology. This anecdote illustrates just how low this country has now sunk, how psychologically insecure we have become, while supposedly guarding ourselves against a global danger. We live, it seems, in a national security "homeland" of little angry bureaucrats who couldn't be happier to define what "safety" means for you and big, self-satisfied officials who can duck the application of those safety methods.

Thanks to Bush and Obama: We can look forward to the great depression of the XXI Century

Yes, sport fans, it's all true: Between "W" Bush and Obama, these two morons have completely succeeded in destroying our fragile economy! The stated priorities of the Obama economic package were health, education, renewable energy, investment in infrastructure and transportation. At first sight, the budget proposal had all the appearances of an expansionary program, a demand-oriented "Second New Deal" geared towards creating employment, rebuilding shattered social programs and reviving the "real" economy. Unfortunately, the realities are otherwise. Obama's "promise" is based on a mammoth austerity program. The entire fiscal structure is shattered and turned upside down. To reach his stated objectives, a significant hike in public spending on social programs, including health, education, housing, and social security would be required, as well as the implementation of a large-scale public investment program. Major shifts in the composition of public expenditure would be required, requiring a shift out of military-related spending in favor of civilian programs.
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Dan Rather Confesses: "Fear of Challenging the Administrations Lies is present in EVERY Newsroom!!

This fear to which Dan Rather refers, is certainly familiar to every honest reporter. According to John Pilger, the public does not deserve to see or hear the truth: According to Pilger, we journalists have to be brave enough to defy those who seek our collusion in selling the story. Facts don't matter any more. The Pentagon contracts with news organizations to keep any unwelcome facts away from the watchful eye of a nervous public. If you click on my headline, you will be able to see for yourself how rotten our government has already become. The journalist who were "imbedded" with our Armed Forces during our ruthless invasion of Iraq, were at the mercy of the local Army commander, and reported only disgusting pablum to their audience. Even if they had dared to tell the truth about our invasion, Army censors would have made certain that nothing which might be considered "offensive" to out politicians and their handlers, would get into our nation's airwaves. A long time ago, while I served as the Intelligence Operations Officer of our 4th US Armored Division in Goeppingen, we made fun of the censorship imposed by our Soviet Enemy. Now, we have actually BECOME that enemy.


Webster G. Tarpley: Congress - Stop the Destruction of Social Security

American voters are shocked and outraged by Obama's latest betrayal of FDR's New Deal heritage. Most alarming in his dirty deal with the Republicans is the proposed sabotage of Social Security. We will work hard to defeat ANY politician of ANY party who loots or drains the Social Security trust fund, including Obama's diabolical trick of a payroll tax holiday: Tell Obama HANDS OFF OUR SOCIAL SECURITY! Any problems with Social Security can easily be solved by removing the cap on the FICA payroll tax, and making rich parasites and economic royalists pay their fair share - not by rewarding them with tax bonanzas. We demand that you use your position and influence actively, to beat back this sinister ploy by Obama. In the Senate, any senator who does not filibuster Obama's plan deserves to be "primaried" first, and then defeated at the polls. If this rotten sellout is not stopped, House members must dump Pelosi as minority leader, rather than become parties to such monstrous treachery!

Is Obama Qualified to be our President?

Evidence is mounting that Obama may NOT be as intelligent as his supporters and cheerleaders in the media constantly assure us. The reality is that Obama is mostly a creation of the liberal media. Indeed the more we dig into his past, the more we find very little substance, and discover how a network of liberal professors, law firms, and others gave him a "pass" on performance while he pursued his liberal agenda: "Sources" state that he attended an elite K-12 school in Hawaii called Punahou School, but the school claims that his records are "missing". He also "attended" the prestigious Occidental College in California, though he admitted in his book and elsewhere that he was engaged in heavy drug use while in high school. How he got in remains a mystery, and Obama's attorneys have blocked access to those records. Though he claimed to have finished his undergraduate years at Columbia college, but Obama won't release those records either. We do know, however, that he did NOT graduate with honors from Columbia. Being accepted by Harvard Law School without graduating with honors from Columbia suggests that Obama was admitted to Harvard based on race. Obama has also refused to release his Columbia thesis, which was about nuclear disarmament of the West.
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Aeschylus:525-456BC: In war, truth is the first Casualty

The heading of my article, as you can see, goes way, way back, in fact, all the way to a man, who lived between 525 and 456 BC (before Christ) for those of you who do not practice a religion. After nine years of war in Afghanistan, costing the American taxpayer $100 billion, and an enormous number of lives, Americans still don't know the full truth about this murky conflict, and all we get are lies and obfuscations from Washington (DC). A political whitewash issued by the Obama White House, claiming the "war was going well" was repeated by the pro-war New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other members of the tame US media. Meanwhile, the Red Cross issued a grim report, showing that Afghans were suffering widespread malnutrition and other serious health problems after nearly a decade of Western occupation. So much for US-led nation building. Then, there are the "leaks" about a new National Intelligence Estimate, the combined findings of all 16 US intelligence agencies. This document is explosive, and may never be fully revealed. The report asserts that $13 billion a month buys a stalemate, that Western occupation forces are now on the defensive, and their vulnerable supply lines continue to be threatened. The Taliban is expanding its control, particularly in northern Afghanistan.

German President Gerhard Schroeder Accuses George W of lying in his book!!!

In his book"Decision Points" former President George W. Bush has written that he told German President Gerhard Schroeder in an Oval Office meeting on 31 January 2002 that he was determined to make diplomacy work, but would invade Iraq if all else failed. Then, he claimed falsely "that Gerhard Schroeder had betrayed him, and it would be hard to have a constructive relationship again". Mr. Schroeder responded to Bush's claims by accusing him of "not telling the truth". Though Schroeder confirmed that he had told Bush that he would "stand reliably on the side of the US", the pledge was based on the false assumption that Iraq was sheltering those responsible for the September 11 "terrorist attacks". The reactions of former Schroeder aids were scathing: "We noticed that the intellectual reach of the president of the most important nation at the time was exceptionally low," said Uwe-Karsten Heye, Mr. Schroeder's spokesman told German news channel N24. "For this reason it was difficult to communicate with him. He had no idea what was happening in the world, though I think he knew every longhorn in Texas." Bottom line: Should you somehow feel the urge to read "W"s book, take it with a huge pile of manure on the side.


Americans suffering, but our capitalists have record profits!

According to the Russian Pravda site, the perversity of American capitalism emerges in the statistics on earnings in the US. Capitalist corporations are doing well, despite the deep economic crisis in our country. Data published in November by our government indicates that the profits of large companies have reached record levels in the third quarter of this year, with a gain of more than 1.6 trillion dollars, almost dwarfing our GDP of 15 trillion dollars, the highest total since our government has been keeping records on corporate profits. Total corporate profits had grown 28% over the same period in 2009. The number of unemployed in our country now totals 15.1 million in November, according to government statistics. The difference between these profits and our employment figures may be an indication of the perverse, and sometimes vicious face of capitalism. Three years after the beginning of our recession, our crisis is no longer a problem for major capitalists, but our workers are severely depressed by their low wages, and the hopes which they had for the Obama administration!!

Mind Control in America ???

Steven Jacobson is a graduate of the Boston University School of Communications. He worked in the film industry for 13 years, produced sponsored films, was a production manager and editor for a New York City documentary film company, did contract work for a Washington, DC film institute and re-cut features for US theatrical distribution, TV syndication and cable: "Working as an editor, it was easy to see how simple it is to change the meaning of an event, or of what someone says through editing," says Jacobson. "But I did not really fully appreciate the extent to which we are all manipulated and controlled by mass media - and this includes even those who work in it - until I was given the results of private medical research investigating mental programming and de- programming. This led to his leaving the film business to research the mind control issue, and the use of hypnotic programming in the mass media, leading to the development of the "Mind Control in America" audio series. Steven's goal is to bring the use of mass hypnosis and manipulation to the attention of the general public. Mind control is the most important issue facing America. Please click on my headline to read the rest of this story!

"Our" Massacres of Civilians in Afghanistan!

The growing hostility of the Afghan people to OUR occupation of "their" country, found expression in a poll conducted earlier this month by the Washington Post, ABC News, the BBC- The British Broadcasting Corporation, and Germany's ARD television. The survey found that more than half of the Afghan population wants the US and other foreign forces to begin their withdrawal by mid- 2011, if not immediately. Three-quarters of those surveyed supported negotiations between the government and the Taliban. In other news, support for the Taliban in Kandahar province, the main focus of the ongoing US surge, has increased to the point that 45 percent are now saying that they see that movement favorably. We should consider that poll a pale indication of both the popular outrage over the US military offensive, and the level of support for the armed groups fighting against our occupation. The situation on the ground is much worse than a year ago, because the Taliban insurgency has made progress across the country. It is now VERY DIFFI- CULT to work outside the cities, let alone move around Afghanistan by road: The insurgents have built momentum, exploiting the shortcomings of the Afghan government , and the mistakes of the "coalition".
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Why the FBI is Orchestrating Fake Terror Plots:

The FBI's latest fake terror plot snared Osman Mohamud, a Somali-American teenager in Portland, Oregon. The headline read: "Somali-born teen plotted car-bombing in Oregon." The report was misleading, and made it clear that it was a plot orchestrated by federal agents. Two sentences into the "report", it read: "The bomb was an elaborate fake supplied by FBI agents, and the public was never in danger, though three sentences later, the reporters claimed that : "The threat was very real." The reporters then contradict Balizan: "White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said Saturday that President Obama was aware of the FBI operation before Friday's arrest. Shapiro then said Obama was assured that the FBI was in full control of the operation and that the public was not in danger." If the FBI can not give us more clarity in what is apparently a serious matter, we need to rely entirely on our overburdened police force!!

Eric Margolis: The First Casualty of War is ALWAYS the Truth!

Or perhaps the first casualty is really the Tooth! It's been so long since I served in the Vietnam war, and I know that wars, including World War II, where I watched the beautiful city of Dresden burn, are NEVER good, but I digress: After nine years of war in Afghanistan, with over $100 billion of OUR money disappearing in smoke, our fraudulent "administration" needed to squeeze our taxpayers for more and more money. First, a political whitewash issued by the Obama White House claimed that "the war was going well", and 'SOME' US troops "might" even be withdrawn 'next' year. This 'don't worry, be happy summary was trumpeted by the pro-war New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other members of the 'tame' US media. Second, the Red Cross issued a grim report, showing that Afghans were suffering widespread malnutrition. In my considered opinion, this is not a good sign of progress!! So much for US LED NATION BUILDING. Third, there were leaks about the new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), the combined findings of all 16 US intelligence agencies. This key intelligence report is explosive and may not be fully revealed. The NIE reportedly asserts that the $13 billion a month Afghan War is at best stalemated. At Worse, Western occupation forces are on the defensive, and their vulnerable supply lines increasingly threatened. The Taliban is expanding its control, particularly in northern Afghanistan!! In other words, it's all over but the crying!

UN Mulls Internet Regulation

WikiLeaks sparks push for tighter controls. Because of the major problems with WikiLeaks, the United Nations is considering whether to set up an inter-governmental working group to harmonize global efforts by policy makers to regulate the internet. Spearheaded by Brazil, the establishment of such a group has the backing of several countries. Representatives from Brazil called for an international body made up of government representatives that would attempt the creation of global standards for policing the internet, specifically after the challenges of WikiLeaks.
However, the Brazilian delegate stressed that this should NOT be seen as a call for a 'takeover' of the internet. India, South Africa, China and Saudi Arabia appeared to favor action of this nature. On the other hand, Australia, the US, the UK, Belgium and Canada argued that there were risks in forming yet another working group that might isolate itself from the industry, community users, and the general public. Debate on the creation of a new inter-governmental body stemmed from a UN Economic and Social Council resolution 2010/2 of 19 July! Please click on my heading to read the full story of the United Nations action vs. WikiLeaks!


Supporters Say Bradley Manning's Health is deteriorating in Jail!!

As I reported yesterday, Wikileaks is merely nothing more than an Israeli ruse to implicate Turkey for helping the boat people who wanted to bring food and clothing to the Palestinians the Israelis had been terrorizing. Unfortunately, Bradley Manning, the intelligence analyst who helped Julian Assange in his fraudulent venture is being held in solitary confinement, and his health is now deteriorating very rapidly. Manning, who was arrested seven months ago, is now being held at a military base in Virginia, and faces a court martial (read government wack job), which will probably cost him up to 52 years in prison for his "alleged" role in copying the cables so that the so-called "HERO" of Wikileaks could triumph over the lies and deceptions perpetrated by "our" government. Manning's friends and supporters claim that he has been the target of 'extra-judicial' harassment, intimidation and outright bribery by US government agents, which is most probably true!! According to David House, a computer researcher from Boston, who visits Manning twice a month, he is beginning to deteriorate. "Over the last few weeks I have noticed a steady decline in his mental and physical well-being", he said. "His prolonged confinement in a solitary holding cell is unquestioningly taking its toll on his intellect. His inability to exercise due to prison regulations has affected his physical appearance in a manner that suggests physical weakness." I suspect that the cold hand of "our"Central Intelligence Agency" is involved in this sordid matter, and as my readers well know, those SOB's once tried to recruit me to pimp for them in the former "East Germany", until my outstanding Boss: Colonel Aantero Aakkula put a stop to this bullshit!!


Wikileaks is an ISRAELI MOSSAD operation!!!

Now it can be told: Wikileaks is a Mossad operation, a war by deception, using the New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, as well as many other of their "assets". We can now safely say , not only is Wikileaks Israel, but it is also the New York Times, the voice of Israel in America: Julian Assange's lawyer Mark Stephens Innocent, a major London elite law firm, also 'happens to be the legal adviser to the Rothschild Waddesdon Trust. The New York Times sdmits its complicity with Wikileaks, though that connection is far less innocent than depicted! In addition, Zbiegniew Brzezinski refers to Wikileaks as an "intelligence agency". What was presented to the world as an altruistic organization seeking truth is now known as something much more sinister, and Brzezinski now readily admits that Wikileaks is a front for an "intelligence agency." There is no better proof of the nature of Wikileaks than the attacks it makes on Turkey. Once, Turkey and Israel had cordial relations. Now that relationship is forever spoiled, supposedly because Turkey has been working with "Al Qaeda." In reality, that organization does not exist, but was merely an invention used to justify invasions into the Islamic world. When Israel wanted to attack Iraq, 5,000 Americans died, yet not ONE Israeli! Israeli "commandos" cried like babies after they had brutally massacred the civilians on the Mavi Marmara, but Mavi Marmara, a former US Marine, captured three of them, in order to be certain that they would atone for their crimes!

WikiLeaks IS Israel!!

Yes, sport fans, Israel has decided to screw with our minds one more time: Wikileaks has targets. A prime target of Wikileaks is Turkey!!! What was presented to our foolish world as an altruistic organization seeking truth, is something more sinister. Former American National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, says Wikileaks is a front for an "intelligence agency." The proof is in the fact that Wikileaks is filled with "seeded" material of a "pointed" nature. This was in a December 2 interview on PBS, the Public Broadcasting System, in the United States, yet NO major newspaper has carried this story nor reported dozens like it, all pointing to Wikileaks as little more than another "game theory" intelligence operation by the Mossad, and a clumsy and "ham handed" one at that: There is no better proof of the nature of Wikileaks than the attack it makes on Turkey.
When Turkey and Israel had cordial relations, there was considerable cooperation between their joint military and intelligence services. Now that this relationship is spoiled, Wikileaks is reporting unsubstantiated, as with all so-called "Wikileaks" that Turkey has been cavorting with a "terrorist" organization called "Al Qaeda". As 90 year old Helen Thomas pointed out: "Congress, the White House and Hollywood, as well as Wall Street are owned by Zionists, and they know how to put their money where their mouth is!!


Is "Wikileaks" a deliberate Fraud by "OUR" Government??

All of us have been "hoodwinked" by the founder of "Wikileaks". As the former Intelligence Operations Officer of our 4th US Armored Division in Germany, I should have known better! - At the time our Soviet Adversary called this deception: " In October 2010, Wikileaks was reported to have released 400,000 "classified" Iraq war documents, covering events from 2004 to 2009. This information provided "further evidence of the Pentagon's role in the systematic torture of Iraqi citizens by the US installed post-Saddam regime.", but there is MORE than meets the eye. Even before the launching of this project, the 'mainstream' media had contacted Wikileaks. At the outset, in early 2oo7, Wikileaks claimed that it was founded by Chinese dissidents, mathematicia- ians, and start-up company technologists, from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa. According to the company, its advisory board included representatives from expat Russian and Tibetan refugee communities, reporters, a former US intelligence analyst and cryptographers. Supposedly, Wikileaks would be an "uncensorable" version of Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Their primary interests would be oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but the organization would also be of assistance to those in the west, who wished to reveal illegal or immoral behavior in their own governments and corporations. Assange also intimated that exposing secrets could bring down many administrations that rely on concealing reality, including the US administration. For the full story, please click on the headline, to read the sordid details of the fraudulent creation of Wikileaks!!


Hedges: Every Act of Rebellion Helps Tear Down Our Corrupt System

Chris Hedges, who has a habit of being a war correspondent, recalls standing with thousands of rebellious Czechoslovakians in 1989 on a cold winter night in Prague's Wenceslas Square as the singer Marta Kubisova approached the balcony of the Melantrich building. She had been banished from the airwaves in 1968 after the Soviet invasion. Her entire catalog, including more than 200 singles, had been confiscated and destroyed by the state, and she had disappeared from public view. However, her voice that night suddenly flooded the square. There were throngs of students, most of whom had not been born when she vanished. Suddenly, they began to sing the words of the anthem, with tears running down their faces. It was then that Chris understood the power of rebellion. It was then that he knew that the Communist regime was finished: "The people will once again decide their own fate," the crowd sang in unison with Kubisova. Chris had reported on the fall of East Germany before he arrived in Prague, and he would leave Czechoslovakia to cover the bloody overthrow of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceacescu. The collapse of the Communist regimes in Eastern Europe was a lesson about the long, hard road of peaceful defiance that makes profound social change possible.
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Is There Something Rotten in the State of Wikileaks?

Aldus Huxley: World bankers, by pulling a few simple levers that control the flow of money, can make or break entire economies. By controlling press releases of economic strategies that shape national trends, the power elite are able to not only tighten their stranglehold on this nation's economic structure, but can extend that control world wide. Those possessing such power would logically want to remain in the background, invisible to the average citizen." Though Wikileaks is upheld as a breakthrough in the battle against media disinformation and the lies of the US government, the released documents constitute and valuable data bank. The documents have been used by critical researchers since the outset of the Wikileaks project: Earlier revelations, around July 2010, have focused on US war crimes in Afghanistan, as well as issues pertaining to civil liberties and the militarization of our homeland. In October 2010, Wikileaks was reported to have released some 400,000 classified Iraq war documents, covering events from 2004 to 2009. These revelations contained in the Wikileaks Iraq War Logs provide further evidence of the Pentagon's role in the systematic torture of Iraqi citizens by the US installed post-Saddam regime. Please click on my headline to read the full story of the Wikileaks tragedy!!


Barack Obama is bigger danger than WikiLeaks!!

The British Guardian newspaper says: More troubling than WikiLeaks' latest revelation of US secrets is the Obama administration's weak, wrong-headed and erratic response. Unfortunately, the administration has acted consistently with its demonstrated unwillingness to assert and defend US interests across a wide range of threats, such as Iran and North Korea, which, ironically the leaked cables amply document. On 29 November, secretary of state Hillary Clinton lamented that this third document dump was "not just an attack on United States foreign policy and interests, but an attack on the international community". By contrast, on 1 December, the presidential press secretary, Robert Gibbs, said the White House was "not scared of one guy with one keyboard and a laptop". Hours later, a Pentagon spokesman disdained the notion that the military should have prevented the WikiLeaks release: "The determination of those who are charged with such things, the decision was made not to proceed with any sort of aggressive action of that sort in this case."

First, the Voice of REASON, Then the PROBLEMS of Obama

Audit the Fed in 2011: Thank GOD for last week's announcement, that Ron Paul WILL chair the congressional subcommittee that oversees the Federal Reserve. The media response has been overwhelming, and the groundswell of opposition to Fed actions among ordinary citizens is reflected not only in the rhetoric coming out of Capitol Hill, but also in the tremendous interest shown by the financial press. The demand for transparency is growing, whether the political and financial establish- ment likes it, or not. The Fed is losing its vaunted status as an institution that somehow is above politics and public scrutiny. Fed transparency will be the cornerstone of Ron's efforts as sub-committee chairman.
Now, an important comment by David Michael Green:"Wow! What got into Obama?? The 'passion' he's finally showing is for a horrific piece of legislation, and the people he's dumping on are his own base? David says his "mocking anger" - on full display at his press conference this week, is driven by shame, and he thinks that his mocking anger is a way of hiding from his own embarrassment. Even his mother would now not approve of the sell-out he has become. Perhaps he knows that the Obama of just two years ago would not approve of the loser occupying his body today. In short, Obama knows that he is an astonishingly complete coward, a wimp of epic proportions, though he appears to be aware that his cowardice is the wreckage of millions of lives as well as his own presidency.


UN Rapporteur Says Assange Should NOT Be Prosecuted!!

The United Nations representative for freedom of opinion and expression says he is now working on a new report on free speech and the internet. Frank La Rue says he doesn't think that the United States Government will be able to make a case against Julian Assange, but he warns it would set a very bad example for free speech if it did take action against him. He spoke to Eleanor Hall earlier today from his home in Guatemala City: You mention freedom of expression and attempts to curtail it around the world. Do you agree with supporters of WikiLeaks that its founder Julian Assange is now a martyr for free speech? Frank's answer: "It certainly is. If there is a responsibility by leaking information, it is an expression of the person who made the leak and not related of the media which decided to publish it. This is the way transparency works, and also the method by which corruption has been confronted. I do believe that there are some limitations to these types of limitations, but essentially these have to be in exceptional form. Not only do they have to be established by law, but they also have to protect a superior goal and imminent danger. Meanwhile, Senators Joe Lieberman and Diane Feinstein have engaged in acts of serious aggressions against their own constituents, and the American people in general. They both invoked the 1917 Espionage Act, and urged its use in going after Julian Assange (My hero ever since I left our Army, after serving honorably as Advisory Team Leader in Vietnam)!!!! For good measure, Lieberman extended his invocation of the Espionage Act to include a call to use it to INVESTIGATE the New York Times, which made the apparently horrible mistake to publish to publish WikiLeaks' diplomatic cables. Reports yesterday suggest that US Attorney General Eric Holder (at the behest of his moronic employer), may seek to invoke the Espionage Act against Assange. These two idiotic "Senators", and the rest of the "Congressional" and "White House Leadership", who are coming forward in support of this appalling development, are cynically counting on Americans' ignorance of their own history - a history that should alert all of us at once of the fact that this "Act" was designed deliberately to be used to silence people like you and me. Woodrow Wilson crafted this act in 1917, because he wanted a war. Faced with the troublesome First Amendment, he wanted to criminalize any speech against any speech against US involvement in that horrible war. At the time, there were many educators, journalists, publishers, civil rights leaders, and union activists who had been speaking out against US involvement in that war! The Espionage Act was used to round up these citizens for the "new crime" of exercising their First Amendment Rights!!

Why Are Wars Not Being Reported Honestly?

Treason never prospers, but for one reason: When treason prospers, none dare call it TREASON!!
What we have here, in the person of a person who had the audacity to bring some sort of justice into our otherwise brutal world, a man who genuinely believes that our public needs to know the truth about wars, though journalists have colluded with our governments to hoodwink us. In the US Army manual on counterinsurgency, the American commander General David Petraeus describes Afghanistan as a "war of perception", conducted continuously by using the news media. What REALLY matters is not so much the day-to-day battles against the Taliban as the way the "adventure" is sold in America, where "the media directly influence the attitude of key audiences." Journalist John Pilger was reminded of the Venezuelan general who led a coup against the democratic government in 2002. "We had a secret weapon", he boasted. "We had the media, especially TV. You got to have the media." At Chicksands in Bedfordshire, the British Ministry of Defence's psychological warfare establishment , media trainers devote themselves to the task, immersed in a jargon world of "information dominance", "asymmetric threats" and "cyberthreats". They share premises with those who teach the interrogation methods that have led to a public inquiry into the British military torture in Iraq. Disinformation and the barbarity of colonial war have much in common! Thus writes John Pilger, a hardened war correspondent, who knows most of today's "world conflicts" like the back of his hand!!
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Ralph Waldo Emerson Revisited!

Please forgive me, if I wax poetic, but Julian Assange has brought the poet in me, despite the harassment of our, and many other governments: Could it be that he is now the savior of our "democracy"?"By the rude bridge that arched the flood, their flag to April's breeze unfurled, here once the embattled farmers stood, and fired the shot heard round the world." First of all, the rape allegations against him have proven to be totally absurd! Claes Borgstroem, the lawyer for the two women whose complaints of sexual assault triggered Julian Assange's arrest, said his clients had been assaulted twice: first physically, before being "sacrificed" to a malevolent online attack. The women were having "a very tough time", he said. A wealth of hostile material attacking the two women has appeared on the internet since August, when they took their complaints to the police. Their right to anonymity has been abandoned online, where enraged bloggers have uploaded dossiers of personal photographs, raked through their CV's and tweets, and accused them of orchestrating a CIA-inspired honey-trap operation. These online rumors were a convenient way for Assange to divert suspicion from the actual allegations, the women's lawyer said. There is nothing wrong with their reputation , and they have done nothing wrong in going to the police. What they are going through is unfair and absurd. He questioned whether the women would have pressed charges had they known in advance how their reputations would be attacked. Nevertheless, our US politicians demand a trial on espionage charges. The likelihood of the founder of "Wikileaks" is facing possible extradition to the US has strengthened with a number of right-wing "senior" American politicians, who claim that Julian Assange has breached the "Espionage" act. Joe Lieberman, the head of the Senate's Homeland Security Committee, claimed that the "leaks" organized by Julian Assange and his associates were "serious violations of the Espionage Act". US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley added: What Wikileaks has done were "serious violations of the Espionage Act". The so-called Justice Department is under intense pressure , especially from the Republicans, to pursue Mr. Assange to the pits of Hell. A European diplomat added: "They have got to do something, or face savage criticism." Although the US authorities have as yet made no official request for his extradition, informal discussions have been held between American and Swedish officials to that end. Mr. Assange's London solicitor Mark Stephens said that being sent to Sweden from the UK would make his client extremely vulnerable. His Swedish lawyer has said that it would be quite unsafe for Julian in Sweden at this time. Diplomatic sources say that it is not clear whether the US authorities will be able to prosecute Mr. Assange under the Espionage Act. They point out that whereas it is illegal for government officials with security clearance to leak classified documents to Wikileaks, it is not clear whether it is illegal for the website to be made public.
Nevertheless, the US Department of State Cleared the Wikileaks Documents. Though, for the last nine days, 250,000 cables of the US State Department were leaked to "wikileaks" , a mysterious non-governmental organization which purports to publish classified documents, while guaranteeing anonymity to the providers, the scandals covered a variety of topics of interest to the American public and government, from China's interest in the re-unification of Korea, to Iran's purchase of missiles from North Korea, to Pakistani General Kayani wondering whether the US would support him in a military coup. Oddly enough, there are no scandals of any significance from this source, involving Israel or any other American ally. Despite public perceptions, Wikileaks does not make the material it receives available directly to the public, but sends the documents to newspapers, which decide what news is fit to print. Wikileaks has only posted 623 of the 250,000 documents they claim to have released to their website. Neither the New York Times, the Guardian, or the other newspapers apparently in possession of these materials have published them either. Worse, these 623 'leaks' were apparently cleared by the State Department itself.


Could Assade face an Espionage Trial in "our" United States

It's a brand new world, sport fans: Though informal discussions have already taken place between US and Swedish officials, over the 'possibility' of Julian Assange being delivered into American custody, and US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is already crowing about "the good news", visibly rubbing his hands about his intention of charging Mr. Assage with "espionage" offences over his website's unprecedented releases of classified US diplomatic files, there is, as they say - many a slip between the cup and the lip, like the disgusting spectacle of Obama's acceptance of the Nobel Peace prize under false pretenses. In other words, our "valiant" president was NEVER interested in peace, but merely wanted to provide a cover for his continuation of our war in Afghanistan, which might attract the idiots in our country to sign up for a war without any possibility of merit. Mr. Assange's appearance in the London court, the focus of massive international media attention, will only serve to highlight the deliberate bankruptcy of our intentions. Mr. Assage, 39, had voluntarily gone to a police station, accompanied by lawyers, after the issuance of an "international warrant." The court heard that Jemima Khan, the sister of Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith, the film director Ken Loach, and journalist John Pilger were among those who offered to stand bail for Mr. Assad.
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Leaks Suggest Iran Is Now Winning in the Middle East

If our citizens no longer believe that we are "The land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave", as our National Anthem boldly advertises to the rest of our world's citizens, what can we truly tell those of our world which we have now become. If you truly read this blog, and take my advice I try to give to our world, here's "de" story: The "Wikileaks documents, though they have been leaked, as their name suggests, say that Iran is winning and Israel is losing in the mind of the rest of our world's citizens. That is the startling conclusion we reach if we consider how things have changed in the Middle East in the two years since most of the WikiLeaks State Department cables about Iran's regional difficulties were written. Lebanon's Sunni prime minister, once a virulent critic, quietly made his pilgrimage to the Iranian capital last week. Moreover, Israeli hopes of separating Syria from Iran have now been dashed. Turkey, once a strong ally of Israel, is now seeking better relations with Iran and with Lebanon's Shiites. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's visit to Iran was in part an attempt t reach out to a major foreign patron of his country's Shiite Hezbollah Party. Hariri's father, Rafiq, was mysteriously blown to kingdom come in 2005, and a United Nations tribunal is now rumored to be leaning toward to be leaning toward implicating Hezbollah.
Please click on my headline to read the full story by Juan Cole at truthdig.com.


Survey reflects Afghans' mixed views!

According to Rajiv Chandrasekan and Jon Cohen of the Washington Post, Afghans are now more pessimistic about the direction of their country, less confident in the ability of the US and its allies to provide security, and more willing to negotiate with the Taliban than they were a year ago, according to a new poll conducted in all of Afghanistan's 34 provinces, but residents of two key southern provinces that have been the focus of US military operations over the past year say aspects of their security and living conditions have improved significantly since last December. The new poll, conducted by The Washington Post, ABC News, the BBC and ARD television of Germany found a particularly notable shift in public opinion in Helmand province, where Marines have been conducting intensive counterinsurgency operations. The number of people in Helmand describing their security as "good" jumped from 14 percent in a December 2009 poll to 67 percent now. Nearly two-thirds of Helmand residents now say that Afghanistan is "on the right track". In Helmand and in neighboring Kandahar, the percentage of residents reporting threatening night-time letters from the Taliban has been sliced in half. Public assessment of the US military efforts in the area have also improved over the year, but 79 percent of people in the two provinces say American and Allied troops should start their withdrawal next summer or sooner!


World Hero Assange responds to Guardian Newspaper Questions!

The following is taken from the website of The Guardian newspaper in Britain, based on reader questions for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange: As an Australian passport holder, Julian misses his country, but questions a possible return to his homeland, since both their Prime Minister and their Attorney General are actively working to assist the United States in its attack on him and his followers. Julian believes that the Australian politicians are not interested in democracy, but rather that the Australian leaders are more concerned to continue to be invited to the best US embassy cocktail parties, in other words, human rights are not as important as shallow and frivolous events. For the past four years, Julian has been dedicated to work on his goals to lionize the source who takes the REAL risks in nearly every journalistic disclosure, and without whose efforts journalists could not effectively practice their important profession. Please click on my heading to read the full story of the heroism of Julian Assange and the other heroes, like the young soldier Bradley Manning, in our mercenary army on whom he depends for much of his anti-war information!!

The Beginning of the End of the "American Empire!"

In 1962, the historian Barbara Tuchman published a book about the start of World War I, and called it "The Guns of August". Soon afterward, that book went on to win a Pulitzer Prize. By looking back at events that had occurred almost 50 years earlier, she had at her disposal documents and information that were not available at the time of that horrible war. So were we this August 2010, with guns blazing in our war in Afganistan, while we were still trying to extricate ourselves from Iraq! Where are we, as we impose sanctions against Iran and North Korea, while we are sending our latest "wonder weapons", pilotless drones armed with bombs and missiles, into Pakistan's tribal borderlands, Yemen, and who knows where else, tasked with endless "targeted killings" which, in blunter times, used to be called "assassinations"? Where exactly are we, as we continue to garrison much of the globe, even as our country finds itself incapable of paying for basic services? Think about it!


Martin Luther King on War

Unfortunately, "President Obama" has cast a cloud over Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Though he gave an eloquent speech in Oslo, he appeased our corporate masters, who crave distant wars, never risking their own lives (as I did in Vietnam) and fortunes as the poor are routinely sacrificed for power and energy supremacy. Obama undermined the honor, justifying his own quagmire, the vacuous war in Afghanistan, which he had inherited from George W. Bush. Avoiding the truth that we have much to lose (like the arms and legs, as well as the lives of our brave soldiers), Obama smeared the success of King's victory, which proved that nonviolent action is the moral, rational and pragmatic answer to oppression and conflict. Obama dismissed the fact that war is evil, futile and disastrous, denying that nonviolence, as taught and waged by King and Gandhi, has not failed when relentlessly and patiently practiced. Saying that Hitler could not have been stopped by nonviolent resistance, Obama slighted Norway, whose people did exactly that, sparing their country Nazi domination and the devastation suffered by countries with powerful armies. Jimmy Carter, my personal hero, a former commander-in-chief, said, when he received the Peace Prize in 2002, "War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn to live together in peace by killing each other's children." We must all pray together to deserve another Jimmy Carter!!"

Perpetual War, No Jobs, No Justice =No Peace

One of the most bitter ironies of our 21st century is how skillfully corporate politicians in this nation have ushered in a state of perpetual war, without jobs or justice. None of our laws have anything to do with social, economic, or political justice for the black, white, brown, or yellow citizens of our state. While we wage war and occupy Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other countries, the citizens of our nation lack decent jobs, housing, education and the human rights accorded to the citizens of other nations. It is time for the citizens of our nation to cast their votes as hostage for decent treatment by their government. They should not be surprised that our citizens are often routinely degraded and humiliated in our airports by the Transport Security Administration, and handled as second-class citizens. We should also fear that our political parties are dismantling and destroying Social Security, while the Wall Street vultures in our insurance companies live in luxurious surroundings. Meanwhile, the White House, as well as our courts, make a mockery of democracy, justice, and human rights in our nation!
Please click on my headline to read the full story by Larry Pinkney, whose book: "Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker."

Harvey Wasserman: The War in Afghanistan is about Perpetual War!

The war in Afghanistan is about perpetual war, not Afghanistan! It's about preventing democracy in the United States, not bringing it to Southwest Asia, and it is the tombstone of the Obama Presidency. To justify the fight, and make the sacrifice of our soldiers palatable to an ignorant public, they've rounded up the usual suspects: Terror, Oil, Minerals, Poppies, and last, but not least: Democracy. Our subservient "news media" keeps the public frightened and dependent, and it also keeps the wheels of industry turning, without increasing the real wealth of the world: Goods must be produced, , but they must never be distributed to our ignorant masses, who are only concerned with keeping their underpaid jobs. It is better to destroy these goods, than to distribute them, so that our citizens can hope to make more, in order to feed their destitute families. A truly prosperous society, educated and secure, can not be ruled by the few: Poverty, ignorance, and fear are the three pillars of authoritarian control! Without wars, they would all disappear. Thus Afghanistan, as we once had the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, and Central America. Afterwards, who ever is handy! Our wonderful oligarchs will let us know when that time is once again upon us! Please check the recent books by Howard Zinn on the obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as David Swanson's update on Orwell's analysis. Though he passed away earlier this year, Howard's People's History of the United States continues to shape our understanding of this nation's true core. In narrating the hidden, bloody past of our compromised democracy, he warns us that an end will come, even for our United States: "There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people."


Explosive Leaks Provide Image of War from those Fighting It.

As you read this report, close to 92,000 'classified' documents pertaining to the war in Afghanistan have been leaked on the internet: Never before has it been possible to compare the realities on the battlefield against the propaganda spewed by the US government. Britain's Guardian newspaper, the New York Times, and Spiegel have all compared the data with independent reports. All three media sources have concluded that the documents are authentic and provide an unvarnished image of the war in Afghanistan, from the perspective of the soldiers who are fighting in that conflict. Calls for a withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan can not be far behind - even in America.
Last week, representatives from more than 70 nations and organizations met in Kabul for the Afghanistan conference, to ensure President Hamid Karzai that his country would eventually be in a position to guarantee security using its own soldiers and police, but such shows of optimism seem cynical in light of the realities on the battlefield: Nearly nine years after the start of that war, they at best, paint a gloomy picture. Afghan security forces are portrayed as the hapless victims of Taliban attacks, and even in northern Afghanistan, where German troops are stationed, the situation is becoming increasingly perilous - the number of warnings about possible Taliban in the region - fueled by support from Pakistan, has increased dramatically!!


Our NEW Corporate Police State: "Ever heard of 'deep packet' inspection??

Our government, which has now assumed the format of a "police state", is now busy in helping you from treading beyond the narrow path - past the standard pablum provided to us by moronic television talking heads, and the few newspapers and/or magazines which persist in feeding you the sickening lies which our "elected" government believes is in "your", (read "their interest" to keep you from surfing the web in order to seek your "own" enlightenment about their fast and loose wonders which "they" just "know" YOU want to hear, so that you are now motivated to run to your nearby Army, Marine, or Airforce recruiter in order to tell the rest of our world how to behave. The secret world of "cyber situational awareness" is now "their wet dream" on how to run the rest of our world. Would you bet your life that the wizards of misdirection and deception care that you are really more than a disembodied data point? From their lofty perch, our internet service providers play as intermediaries and gate keepers, collecting and analyzing the online communications of tens of millions of internet users. Still, the illusion persists that communication technologies are somewhat neutral. Whom are they REALLY trying to kid? Please click on my headline to read Tom Burghart's important message about our "Hi-Tech" Corporate Police State"!


Wikileaks Exposes America's Dirty Laundry

There is never a lack of an audience for "our" promoters of "alternate realities". Julian Assange is one of those rare people who wants our United States to make certain that Obama's awesome undeserved power is no longer used to ensure that our government brings evil to a fragile world: He believes that our US citizens have a right to know how our power is used. There is a need for people like him to enlighten our citizens, who are victimized by being bombarded with alternate realities: Whether most people REALLY want to know about the ravings of the maniacs within our government, is up for debate, but at least they are now told what passes for the truth these days. Glenn Beck is a charlatan who preaches an alternate reality that affirms the untested prejudicial assumptions and feelings of millions of Americans, while Julian is a real truth-teller who shatters assumptions, calls into question feelings, and would force us to look at the historically objective information that best represents how things REALLY are: He stands up and speaks truth to power, but, as Noam Chomsky once pointed out: POWER ALREADY KNOWS THE TRUTH!!


Noam Chomsky: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal a"Profound Hatred for Democracy on the Part of Our Political Leadership"

Noam Chomsky is, and has always been, our nation's conscience. In an interview with Amy Goodman, a woman whom he trusts to represent our national dilemma honestly. At the beginning of his interview, she reminded her audience of Noam's significant contribution to the morality of our great nation. He is not only the author of over a hundred books including his latest: "Hopes and Prospects". Forty years ago, Noam and Howard Zinn helped government whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg edit and release the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret US history of the Vietnam War. Noam mentioned to Amy that: "Dan and I were friends. Tony Russo prepared them and helped to leak them. After he received advance copies from Dan and Tony, there were several people who were releasing them to the press. Noam stresses that he did not modify anything about the contents, but ensured that the contents were in their original form. He also helped to prepare a fifth volume, featuring critical essays by many scholars, about the meaning of these contents, and their significance. Please click on my headline to read the full information about the trials and tribulations of Noam Chomsky, perhaps the only man who still troubles the conscience of our great nation!


Gerhard Schroeder: President George W.Bush Lied in his Memoirs

Yes sport fans: In his book "Decision Points", Mr. Bush writes that he told Mr. Schroeder in an Oval Office meeting on 31st January 2002 that he was determined to make diplomacy work, but he would invade Iraq if all else failed. He quotes Mr. Schroeder as saying: "What is true of Afghanistan is true of Iraq. Nations that sponsor terror must face consequences. If you make it fast and make it decisive, I will be with you." Mr.Schroeder responded to Mr. Bush's claims, accusing him of "not telling the truth". In a statement, he confirmed that he would "stand reliably on the side of the US" if it was confirmed that Iraq was sheltering those responsible for the September 11 terrorist attacks, "but this link, as it became clear during 2002, was false and contrived. This goes for the reasons for the invasion given by Bush, and then vice-president Dick Cheney too.
"As we know today, the Bush administration's reasons for the Iraq war were based on lies."
The reaction of former Schroeder aides was scathing. "We noticed that the intellectual reach of the president of the most important nation at the time was exceptionally low", said Uwe-Karsten Heye, Mr. Schroeder's spokesman at the time he told German news channel N24.

You'll Never Walk Alone, but 47 Percent of Military Families want their men back home!

Amputations among those serving in Afghanistan are "skyrocketing". Through September 23 of this year, 77 service members in Afghanistan had to have an extremity cut off, usually because of a mine explosion, planted by those who want us out of THEIR country. It is my considered opinion that those who sent our men (and women) over there, are safely in their fat government jobs somewhere in Washington, surrounded by heavily armed body-guards. I know a little about mines, from the time I served as Advisory Team Leader to a Vietnamese Battalion near Trung Lap, in the heart of the "Iron Triangle" of Vietnam. There was a dirt road from Trung Lap toward the paved highway leading to the American 25th Infantry Division. Once a week, I had to load my cargo of rats into my jeep trailer, and bring them to the American Surgeon in the 25th Division. He would gas most of these, and have his medics comb their fur for flees, so that his team could control any outbreaks of bubonic plague in my area. Before I began my lonely journey, I would drink at least a six-pack of American beer, so that I would not feel the pain of a mine explosion. The Vietcong would lay their mines in the middle of my road, have a few of their water-buffalo defecate on them, and then spike the feces with nails, which would trigger the mine detectors of the American mine clearing team. Fortunately, I returned from Vietnam with all of my limbs, but I also worked with an American Infantry unit in a nearby village, where we were inserted by helicopters. Just before we exited the open doors, I noticed little green trip-wires near our entry. The American Lieutenant was rearing to go, but I grabbed him in the back of his fatigues, with the words: Do you remember the song: "You'll never walk alone? Well, if you or your men start rushing out of this helicopter without me, I am here to tell you, that you and your men will definitely be walking alone." The good news was that they saw the sense of my warning, and followed closely in my footsteps.


47 Percent of Military Families Want Troops Brought Home!

Yes indeed, sport fans: It's over, except for the whining by our CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). YES, I know full well about the bastards with whom I am dealing here: When I served as Intelligence Operations Officer of our 4th US Armored Division in Goeppingen, Germany, one of the CIA operatives asked me to become an agent for our "government" in East Germany. With the advice of my boss, Colonel Aantero Aakkula, a former Finnish officer, I turned him down: According to the colonel, and my friend and adviser, I would have been abandoned by "our" CIA - Central Intelligence Agency, the minute I would have set my feet on East German soil. Good news for our families wanting their troops brought home from Afghanistan: "Every day, more and more people are willing to state the obvious: The Afghanistan war isn't making us safer, and it's not worth the cost: Obama, our faux "president" knows very well that "the jig is up"- in other words, it's all over but the crying! Military families have become painfully aware that isn't making us safer. In other words: "Mr. President - its all over, and only the massive defense contracts by the handlers who put you into power will rue this day". GET USED TO IT.


Russia and NATO - Cooperation or Confrontation??

The results of the NATO summit were as predictable as a Soviet Communist Party congress, but in this instance, the word "peace" was replaced by war! Not a single word about the United Nations or peacekeeping. In deference to Russia, the only mention of eastern expansion involved the "new" Strategic Doctrine, replacing the more modest Euro-centric 1999 model, reaffirming US control of the foreign policy of what the war monger Zbigniew Brzezinski calls its "vassal states". France's new defense minister, Alain Juppe, openly said the Afghan conflict was a trap, and, at least in my opinion, as I have witnessed so often in cheap western movies: "White man speak truth." NATO now needs a plan for a 30 or 40 year role, but it is EXTREMELY unlikely that those who have always inhabited that unfortunate country are going to agree!! On the sidelines, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev told United States President Barack "Hussein" Obama that he was ready to cooperate on missile defense, but only in a full-fledged strategic partnership between Russia and NATO, while Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai told an unresponsive Obama that he should scale back military operations and night raidsthat inflict heavy civilian casualties.


George Orwell: "We Must have Continuous war for Continuous peace."

Yes, fellow parshioners in our giant Animal House, it's absolutely true!! "We" must always have TOTAL WAR for TOTAL PEACE, and by that, I mean the peace of your grave! To justify the fight, we have rounded up the usual suspects: "Terror, Oil, Minerals, Poppies, and of course: "DEMOCRACY", for that is touted by our immoral presidents as our most important product. Soon, you too will begin to realize - that's why we send you to school, and why we continue to fund your underpaid teachers, that "vi" are "rite", as Hitler's SS used to say, and votever else you may "'belief'" is just rong, rong, rong. Thus spoke Adolf, our vonderful Tshermann lieter, and THUS speaks Obama. War keeps the public frightened and dependent, and it is also useful to keep the wheels of industry turning, without increasing the real wealth of our wonderful world. Goods must be produced, but they must not be distributed, because in a war, or a ritual slaughter like Afghanistan, they will all ultimately be destroyed. A truly prosperous society, educated and secure, can NOT be ruled by the few. Poverty, ignorance and fear are the three pillars of authoritarian control. Without war, they all disappear. Thus Afghanistan, after the "Cold War", Korea, Vietnam, and central America - sere vill bi mor - I promiss yu - Heil Hitler!!
Please click on my headline to read the full story "Afghanistan is about perpetual war" by Harvey Wasserman, on "The Smirking Chimp".


Afghanistan: Talking to the Taliban About Life After their Occupation

In the southeastern Afghan city of Khost, the Taliban administration carries on their business across the street from the fortified, government-run city court and police station. The head of the Haqqani network's civilian administration and hi assistant hold their council in the grand mosque, also known as the Haqqani mosque, since it was built with Taliban and Arab money: A frail- looking 60-year old and his younger sidekick seem to be merely merely haggard peasants rather than members of one of the organizations most feared by Britain and America. Worshipers at the mosque greet the Haqqani representatives with a mix of reverence and anxiety, some walking in a long circle to avoid them, while others come forward and shake hands, often pledging contribution for their movement. "The resistance is stronger and bolder today", muttered an old man. "A few years ago the Taliban could move only at night". "Thanks to God, our land has been liberated, and we are able to openly fighting to protect our people, controlling our land, while the Americans can only destroy us by air." "Yes, the Taliban has made mistakes in the past, and our men still do things that annoy our people, but my job is to convey their complaints."
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When considering a political Candidate, Character Counts!

Though Bill Clinton was morally bankrupt, we chose him as our president: Bill Clinton was a moral reprobate, because of his consistent lying and cheating! Unfortunately, too many Republicans were also willing to support liars, cheats, and morally bankrupt candidates just because of the "Republican brand" next to their names. Though Carl Paladino, a Republican, has the credentials and experience to qualify being elected governor of that state, he also has the morals of a dog in heat, sending out emails full of hard core porn, published on the Internet in living color. He is also an adulterer, who fathered a child outside his marriage.


Chris Hedges: Power and Tiny Acts of Rebellion

Chris, who is certainly one of the finest journalist who still believes in this country, is deluded when he laments that our "president" gave in to evil forces around him. In fact, my wife and I saw his glaring personality flaws when he ran for office, and Obama sold out to the movers and shakers in this country before he ever decided to run for his "titular" presidency. Both my wife and I realized that he was just another George W., who despises the people of this nation, and now spends most of his time in a vain attempt to hawk his ghost-written memoirs. Surprisingly, based on what we see on television, W., the man who gave our country an extremely bad name by advocating torture as a quick and easy way to ingratiate himself to the idiots of our world, is now Obama's role model. Though Obama will, as Chris Hedges predicts, spend the next two years "being even more obsequious to those in corporate power" that was clearly his intention from the very start - let's say: "His raison de etre!!" (His very reason for being, for those who don't have a French Dictionary handy). I pity the fools who rushed to support Obama in his rape of the poor nation of Afghanistan. Those who have watched that fiasco on nightly television can, I hope, commiserate with the poor inhabitants of that nation for the follies of the 'leaders' of our United States. In a group, they are leaders who have besmirched the good will of our great country!
Please click on my title to read the full story of Power and the Tiny Acts of Rebellion, by Chris Hedges, a truly great journalist, who has now gone astray! May he return to the path of righteousness.


Frosty Wooldridge: The Titanic and the United States

Just like the Titanic which sank on April 15, 1912, our United States stands at a critical point in the history of our nation: In 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson and Senator Teddy Kennedy drove America into an iceberg of massive, unrestricted immigration, that opened the floodgates with the "Immigration Reform Act". The massive flow of humanity from that lethal hit is still pouring into our country 38 years later, much like the party-goers on the Titanic, that kept enjoying themselves for hours after the doomed ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Like the Titanic, the constant flow of incoming humanity, 70 million immigrants pouring in at 2.3 million annually, both legal and illegal, raised our population from from 200 million to nearly 300 million in three decades, leading to overpopulation and a serious crisis. Our English language is now under assault, and our schools are drowning in ethnic violence, rapes, illicit drugs and gang warfare. In California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona, our hospitals have become bankrupt from unpaid services for 350,000 annual 'anchor babies'. Ten million illegal immigrants displace jobs from America's working poor, and depress wages for many others. Leprosy, tuberculosis, Chagas Disease, hepatitis and other diseases our into our country inside the bodies of illegal immigrants. Please click on my headline to read the full story on Frosty Woolridge's website!


War Crimes Committed Against US Military Personnel, June 8, 1967

If you believe that I detest the violent state of Israel, you are absolutely right. When Israel murdered our sailors on the USSLiberty, I was the Intelligence Operations Officer of our 4th US Armored Division in Goeppingen, Germany, and I was the one who took the wire copy of Israel's murderous deed from the transmission of our desperate sailors, who were then barely clinging to the debris of the Liberty, in the hope of surviving Israel's treachery against our sovereign nation. The report of war crimes committed against US military personnel was submitted to the Honorable Secretary of the Army, in his capacity as Executive Agent for the Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Department of Defense Directive Number 5810.01B, 29 March 2004. This report was filed by the USS Liberty Veterans Association, Inc. a California non-profit corporation, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt veterans organization, acting on behalf of the surviving crew members of USS Liberty. On June 8, 1967 while patrolling in international waters in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, USS Liberty (AGTR-5) was savagely attacked without warning or justification by air and naval forces of the state of ISRAEL. Of a crew of 294 officers and men, (including three civilians) the ship suffered thirty four (34) killed in action and one hundred seventy three (173) wounded in action. The ship itself, a Forty Million ($40,000,000) Dollar state of the art signals intelligence (SIGINT) platform, was so badly damaged that it never sailed on an operational mission again, and was sold in 1970 for $101,666.66 as scrap. Israel acknowledged the following facts without qualification: a. USS Liberty was an American ship, hence a neutral vis-a-vis the June 1967 war between Israel and its Arab neighbors. USS Liberty remained in international waters at all times on June 8, 1967. The attacking Israeli forces did NOT make a positive identification of the nationality of USS Liberty before unleashing deadly force in their attack on the ship. AND THAT NATION NOW CLAIMS TO BE A "FRIEND" OF OUR UNITED STATES!! As our division's commander told me when I rushed the tragic news of Israel's murderous attack to him: "With Friends like the Israelis, we have NO need of enemies!!!!"


Patrick Martin: Hunger in America

Some 15 percent of US households, 17.4 million families or about 50 million people, were too poor to buy adequate food last year, according to a new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). More than a third of these households, with as many as one million children, were missing meals on a regular basis, the study found. The number of families classified as 'food insecure' according to the USDA, which administers the food stamp program, has more than tripled since 2006, before the current economic slump which has brought near double-digit unemployment. Because most people are reluctant to admit they have a problem putting food on the table, particularly when they have children, food insecurity was calculated from survey questions about skipping meals or running out of food stamps, combined with with comparisons of income and food prices. Virtually the sole cause of food insecurity in America, the largest producer of agricultural and food products on the planet is lack of money: The poverty rate has risen sharply over the past three years, with an estimated 50 million people living below the official poverty line,which grossly underestimates the income needed for basic necessities. Highlighting the significant inequalities in food resource availability across US households, the USDA report noted that the typical food-secure household spent a whopping 33 percent more on food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and household composition.
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Israelis Insist they have US backing to build in East Jerusalem!!

Though "Israel" says US has agreed to allow building in East Jerusalem, Washington has yet to produce a letter showing it has agreed. Israel insisted it would keep building homes in the disputed East Jerusalem area, threatening to stall a US-proposed building moratorium aimed at reviving peace efforts. As far as Israel is concerned, the Palestinians will only secure the peace of their graves. Despite Washington having agreed to exclude the eastern part of the city from the 90-day moratorium, according to Israeli officials, it had still not sent a detailed letter on the alleged "understanding". Palestinians want building to halt in the West Bank and in Jerusalem, which they claim as their state. The US "hopes" a renewed moratorium will let Israel and the Palestinians work towards a deal on their future borders. However, a day after the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanjahu, said a deal was imminent, the US still had not sent a promised letter detailing the understandings on the proposed moratorium. Netanjahu's spokesman, Mark Regev, would not discuss details of the talks between the two governments. But he said any moratorium would not apply to Jerusalem, whose eastern sector was annexed by Israel in 1967 in a move not recognized by the international community.


Do the US and Israel REALLY want WAR with Iran??!!

Seems the word is out all over the Internet, that "our" Obama government and his "Israeli Handlers" are spoiling for a fight against Iran: As a result, Iran's Armed Forces are continuing their five-day war games, code-named Defenders of Velayat Skies, targeting "hypothetical" enemy warplanes: On the fourth day of the military maneuvers that began on Tuesday, the Islamic Republic's anti-aircraft guns shot down the "hypothetical" enemy warplanes. So far, the Iranian forces have successfully some new air defense systems during these military exercises, including a radar network that spots "stealth" aircraft. The country's senior military officials have also rolled out an air defense system which is an upgraded version of the Russian advanced S-200 system. The new, improved medium range system is capable of spotting and destroying advanced aircraft at both low and high altitudes. It can also be used to spot and destroy advanced aircraft at low and high altitudes. Brigadier General Hamid Arzhangi also indicated that the device can be used in electronic warfare, and can be networked with other radar and defense systems. The air maneuvers are being held near Iran's strategic sights and landmarks, to assess the performance of the newer air defense systems and enhance rapid response capabilities in countering potential air attacks!!

Douglas French: Bank Failures in Slow Motion

In a speech given for the Supporters of von Mises Institute, called The Economic Recovery: Washington's Big Lie, exclusively for the Supporters of that organization, on October 8, 2010: The speaker reminded his audience that: "Every Friday evening a few more banks are closed - seized by the various state banking regulators and handed over to the (FDIC) - Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, for liquidation. Of course, this all happens rather quietly, barely making the news. We're told these bank failures are no big deal - no reason to panic. The names of the banks change over the weekend and many customers don't know the difference. Though we've only had 294 failures this cycle, and yes, it is a big deal: Adjusted to current dollars, the Depression banking crisis was $100 billion, the S&L crisis was $923 billion, and the current crisis is nearly
$8 trillion. As one shameless comedian said: "A trillion here, a trillion there, and pretty soon we're talking about big money!" So, while FDIC chairwoman Sheila Blair said: "The current crisis would be nothing, compared with previous cycles, such as the savings-and-loan days," - dream on, Ms. Blair, it's actually much bigger, because the financial sector had grown to be nearly half the economy by 2006, as measured by the earnings of the S&P 500.
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The SCARY ACTUAL U.S. government debt !!!!

Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff says our US government debt is NOT $13.5 Trillion US dollars, which is sixty per cent of our current gross domestic product, which is what global investors and American taxpayers think, but at least 14 times higher: $200-trillion, or 840 per cent of current GDP (gross domestic product) - a term I learned while getting my MBA at the University of Arlington on the twenty-first day of May, 1976. Professor Kotlikoff says:"Lets get real", "the US is bankrupt". Writing in the September issue of Finance and Development, a journal of the International Monetary Fund, Professor Kotlikoff says the IMF itself has quietly confirmed that the US is in terrible fiscal trouble - far worse than the Washington-based lender of last resort has previously acknowledged. "The US fiscal gap is huge," the IMF asserted in a June report. "Closing the fiscal gap requires a permanent annual fiscal adjustment equal to about 14 per cent of US GDP." This sum is equal to all current US federal taxes combined. The consequences of the IMF's fiscal fix, a doubling of federal taxes in perpetuity, would be appalling - and probably worse than appalling. Professor Kotlikoff says: "The IMF is saying that , to close this fiscal gap (by taxation), would require an immediate and permanent doubling of our personal income taxes, our corporate taxes and all other federal taxes. "America's fiscal gap is so enormous - so massive that closing it appears impossible without immediate and radical reforms to its health care, tax and Social Security systems - as well as military and other discretionary spending cuts." He cites earlier calculations by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that concluded that the United States would need to increase tax revenue by 12 percentage points of GDP to bring revenue into line with spending commitments.
Please click on my headline to read the full two page article from the outstanding Canadian newspaper - The Globe and Mail. When my family and I lived in Toronto, we were one of their most loyal subscribers!


Gordon Duff: The Plot to Destroy the United States

According to Gordon Duff, Senior Editor of "Veterans Today", plans are in motion for a "false flag" attack on America. Iran will be blamed, but that country will be totally innocent. Two nuclear bombs, built by Israel in South Africa, and lost long ago, are missing. Now, we are suddenly told that they are in the United States, and our next: "9/11" will be nuclear. The apparent purpose is to push America into a 20 year war that will destroy Iran and Pakistan, take oil to over $300 per barrel, and collapse the dollar, as well as the Euro currencies. It will also be America's last military adventure, and the end of America's place in the world as we know it. Invading Iran is an impossible task for America, an it will be much more difficult than our landing on the moon. Nevertheless, the decision has apparently been made, though more in Tel Aviv than Washington, but when total war breaks out, 500,000 Americans will have to be immediately drafted into our military. An America in total economic collapse will require another 'decider' and more 'Patriot Acts', more ruthless and vicious than the last.
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