Category Archives: Politics

Joachim Hagopian ~ The US Is the World’s Worst Human Rights Violator

GlobalResearch  April 17 2014

The US government has always been the first to call out other nations with poor track records on human rights abuses. Invariably they are the two nations viewed most threatening to America’s global hegemony and power – rivals Russia and China. Other loudly criticized countries are those less powerful Third World nations that most defy US dominance. Any nation on earth is at risk of America’s wrath that fights to protect its own self-interest over and above the American Empire’s in a noble effort to minimize economic exploitation in the plundering of precious natural resources and subjugating and locking its native population into permanent Third World serfdom. But any country going against the world’s most powerful nation is automatically deemed an enemy of the Empire and subject to such labels as axis-of-evil and a serious affront to human rights. No surprise that countries like Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, Syria and North Korea are all targeted in the crosshairs of the next war or next regime change living under decades of heavy-handed economic sanctions designed to break the will of these independent smaller nations bold enough to resist US aggression, superpower control and full frontal dominance.

On the other hand, when a country’s government encourages and willingly allows a strong US presence with active duty military installations numbering over 1000 globally accompanied by an army of private contractors and transnational corporations, corrupt dictators with the worst human rights records in the entire world are merely given a free pass, immune from any US criticism. As long as you succumb and are minimally complicit in the raping and pillaging of your own nation and people by the global bully, be assured America will have your back and always turn a blind eye to your heinous crimes against humanity and human rights violations of the most vile kind – that is until the US ultimately uses you up and turns on you (like it predictably does with all its past tyrannical friends Mubareck, Hussein and Gaddafi just to name a few).

The ethics card is arbitrarily used only out of self-serving, psychopathic convenience. Like the psychopathic corporations that exploit people around the world into cheap labor bondage, likewise the psychopathic US government’s only interest (aside from its own) is the corporate interests it is most beholding to and sworn to protect. Instead of our government operating “of the people, by the people and for the people,” since 9/11 no longer sworn to uphold the Constitution, the US government is now sworn to operate in the sole interest “of the corporation, by the corporation and for the corporation” – since higher courts have given corporations all the rights that used to belong to the people. Lincoln must be turning over in his grave now to see what his United States have become.

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Greg Hunter ~ Weekly News Wrap Up April 18 2014 [Video & Transcript]

USAWatchdog

A deal has been reached over the Ukraine crisis, and that will supposedly “de-escalate tensions and restore security.”  This deal is between the EU, U.S., Russia and Ukraine.  I guess this is good news, but I would call it extremely temporary.  This is supposed to lead to disarming the pro-Russian militia and returning control of government buildings in Eastern Ukraine.  

Loyal Ukrainians and pro-Russian factions have been going at it, and I am not sure this deal is going to “de-escalate tensions.”  Even President Obama is skeptical.  He said that the U.S. has to be ready to “respond to what continue to be interference by the Russians.”   The military option is off the table according to the White House.  So, that leaves sanctions that nobody wants, especially in the EU.  Massive amounts of business are done between Russia and the EU.  The global economy is weak at best, and in some places in Europe, you can call it a depression.  Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has,“the right to use military force in Ukraine.”  Russia is going to end up with much of Ukraine, and I do not think there is much anyone is going to do about it.   Continue reading

John Pilger ~ The Strangelove Effect – Or How We Are Hoodwinked Into Accepting A New World War

JohnPilger  April 18 2014

John Pilger

John Pilger

I watched Dr. Strangelove the other day. I have seen it perhaps a dozen times; it makes sense of senseless news. When Major T.J. ‘King’ Kong goes “toe to toe with the Rooskies” and flies his rogue B52 nuclear bomber to a target in Russia, it’s left to General ‘Buck’ Turgidson to reassure the President. Strike first, says the general, and “you got no more than 10 to 20 million killed, tops.”

President Merkin Muffley: “I will not go down in history as the greatest mass-murderer since Adolf Hitler.”

General Turgidson: “Perhaps it might be better, Mr. President, if you were more concerned with the American people than with your image in the history books.”

The genius of Stanley Kubrick’s film is that it accurately represents the cold war’s lunacy and dangers. Most of the characters are based on real people and real maniacs. There is no equivalent to Strangelove today, because popular culture is directed almost entirely at our interior lives, as if identity is the moral zeitgeist and true satire is redundant; yet the dangers are the same. The nuclear clock has remained at five minutes to midnight; the same false flags are hoisted above the same targets by the same “invisible government”, as Edward Bernays, the inventor of public relations, described modern propaganda.

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Stephen Lendman ~ Israel Seeks Regional Anti-Iranian Alliance

SteveLendmansBlog April 16 2014

steveLendmanIsrael is a global menace. It threatens world peace. It wants regional hegemony.

It wants all rivals eliminated. It wants powerless, balkanized mini-states replacing them. Longstanding policy reflects it.

In 1982, Israeli Foreign Affairs senior advisor Oded Yinon urged it. He published a document titled “A Strategy for Israel in the NIneteen Eighties.”

The late Israel Shahak (1933 – 2001) obtained it. He translated it. He retitled it “The Zionist Plan for the Middle East.”

The Association of Arab-American University Graduates called it “the most explicit, detailed and unambiguous statement to date of the Zionist strategy in the Middle East.”

“Its importance…lies not in its historical value but in the nightmare which it represents.” It continues unfolding. Divide and conquer explain it.

Balkanizing Iraq into Sunni, Shia and Kurdish areas reflects it. Israel wants all regional states treated the same way.

Especially Iran. Israel wants the Islamic Republic eliminated altogether. Nonexistent threats are invented. War is threatened.

An earlier article discussed an unholy Israel/Saudi Arabia alliance. Both represent the worst of rogue state ruthlessness.

Crimes of war and against humanity are standard practice. Last October, Saudi Prince Bandar arrived secretly in Israel.

Doing so broke a longstanding taboo. Bandar was the first Saudi official to visit Israel. He came to discuss mutual interests.

They included toppling Syria’s Assad. They want Iran confronted belligerently. They’re strange bedfellows.

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Patrick Howley ~ Lois Lerner Awaits Possible Contempt Charge In Lavish Maryland Home

TheDailyCaller  April 14 2014

Image from Google Maps Street View.

Image from Google Maps Street View.

Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner is living the life of a private citizen at her more-than $2.4 million property in Bethesda, Md. while Republicans consider holding a House floor vote to hold her in contempt of Congress.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 21-12 to hold Lerner in contempt last week after she waived her Fifth Amendment rights but continued to stonewall the committees investigation into the IRS targeting scandal. The measure was opposed by all 12 of the committee’s Democrats, including Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings, whose staff requested information from the IRS about a conservative non-profit applicant group under agency scrutiny.

California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa said that congressional investigators ”need Ms. Lerner’s testimony to complete our oversight work and bring truth to the American people.”

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Paul Craig Roberts ~ Privatization Is A Ramp For Corruption and Insouciance Is a Ramp for War

PaulCraigRoberts  April 16 2014

PaulCraigRobertsLibertarian ideology favors privatization. However, in practice privatization is usually very different in result than libertarian ideology postulates. Almost always, privatization becomes a way for well-connected private interests to loot both the public purse and the general welfare.

Most privatizations, such as those that have occurred in France and UK during the neoliberal era, and in Greece today and Ukraine tomorrow, are lootings of public assets by politically-connected private interests.

Another form of privatization is to turn traditional government functions, such as prison operation and many supply functions of the armed services, such as feeding the troops, over to private companies at a large increase in cost to the public. Essentially, the libertarian ideology is used to provide lucrative public contracts to a few favored persons who then reward the politicians. This is called “free enterprise.”

The privatization of prisons in the US is an example of the extraordinary cost and injustice of privatization. Privatization of prisons requires ever higher rates of incarceration in order to build profitability. The US, supposedly “a land of liberty” has by far the highest incarceration rates of all countries. The “free” US has not only the highest percentage of its population in prison but also the highest absolute number. “Authoritarian” China with four times the US population has fewer citizens in prison.

This article shows how well prison privatization works for well-connected private interests:http://www.globalresearch.ca/privatization-of-the-us-prison-system/5377824

It also shows the extraordinary shame, corruption, and discredit that prison privatization has brought to the US.

A few years ago I wrote about the conviction of two judges who were paid by privatized juvenile detention facilities to sentence kids to their facilities.

As Alain of Lille and later Karl Marx said, “Money is all.” In America money is all that is
important to the political system and to the bulk of the population. Essentially, America has no other values.

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Feds Lock Horns With 68 Year-Old Rancher Over Land Use Laws [Video]

PJ Media  April 16 2014

The Bureau of Land Management nearly started a range war over cattle grazing fees when it had an old west style stand-off with 68 year-old rancher Clive Bundy. A shoot-out has been averted for now, but Trifecta wonders whether it could happen later. Are free speech and private property rights truly in peril under the Obama administration? Find out.

Stephen Lendman ~ Duplicitous Human Rights Misinformation On Ukraine

SteveLendmansBlog  April 15 2014

steveLendmanA previous article discussed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. It discussed her duplicitous anti-Assad report. It wasn’t her first one. It won’t be her last

She’s a reliable imperial tool. She buries truth. She lies for power. Her credibility long ago was lost. Not a shred of it remains.

She never had any in the first place. It launched her career earlier. It sustained it.

Her new report supports illegitimate putschist fascists. It’s titled “Misinformation, propaganda and incitement to hatred need to be urgently countered.”

During months of Maidan protests, Berkut special police showed remarkable restraint. Pillay lied claiming otherwise.

They used “excessive force,” she said. So did other security elements, she added. Doing so “led to the radicalisation of the protest movement,” she claimed.

Yanukovych government “(v)iolations related to the Maidan protests should be investigated and addressed in order to ensure accountability of perpetrators,” she said.

“Most acts of severe beatings, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment were reportedly attributed to the Berkut.”

False! Western-supported and paid radicalized elements bore full responsibility. Pillay lied saying otherwise.

She claimed Crimea’s reunification referendum had “no validity.”

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