Category Archives: Politics

Stephen Lendman ~ Strengthening Sino-Russian Ties

“Russia, China and other major world nations represent the future. America on its present course has none. It makes more enemies than friends. It’s thirdworldized.” – S Lendman

steveLendmanOn October 2, Vladimir Putin participated in the VI Russia Calling! Investment Forum. It focuses on attracting foreign capital.

It discusses ways to increase investments in Russia’s economy overall. Efforts so far proved successful. Opportunities in a resource rich country like Russia are huge.

According to Putin, “many serious investors and our country’s partners of long standing continue increasing their investment in various sectors of the Russian economy.”

At the same time, “(e)xternal limitations have an adverse effect not only on Russia’s economy, but also on that of the whole world,” he said.

“They only add to our determination to meet our targets in the priority areas of our country’s development, which include economic growth, upgrading the industry and infrastructure, the creation of new jobs and improvement of the quality of life of Russia’s citizens.”

Conditions are more complicated than earlier, Putin explained. Russia’s actions are based on responsible, balanced macroeconomic and budget policy, he added.

“The events of this year have convinced us yet again that the choice we made many years ago is the right one,” he stressed.

Putin remains upbeat. He’s confident about Russia’s economic prospects. He’s looking more East than West.

At the same time, He’s eager for normalized Western relations. He called sanctions on Russia “foolish.”

They’ve had little effect on Russia’s economy. According to Russian expert Richard Connolly, “FDI (foreign direct investment) figures from the Central Bank didn’t show any particular downturn.” Continue reading

Noam Chomsky ~ Facts On The Ground

October 04, 2014 “ICH” – On Aug. 26, Israel and the Palestinian Authority both accepted a cease-fire agreement after a 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza that left 2,100 Palestinians dead and vast landscapes of destruction behind.

The agreement calls for an end to military action by Israel and Hamas as well as an easing of the Israeli siege that has strangled Gaza for many years.

This is, however, just the most recent of a series of cease-fire agreements reached after each of Israel’s periodic escalations of its unremitting assault on Gaza.

Since November 2005 the terms of these agreements have remained essentially the same. The regular pattern is for Israel to disregard whatever agreement is in place, while Hamas observes it – as Israel has conceded – until a sharp increase in Israeli violence elicits a Hamas response, followed by even fiercer brutality.

These escalations are called “mowing the lawn” in Israeli parlance. The most recent was more accurately described as “removing the topsoil” by a senior U.S. military officer, quoted in Al-Jazeera America.

The first of this series was the Agreement on Movement and Access between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in November 2005.

It called for a crossing between Gaza and Egypt at Rafah for the export of goods and the transit of people; crossings between Israel and Gaza for goods and people; the reduction of obstacles to movement within the West Bank; bus and truck convoys between the West Bank and Gaza; the building of a seaport in Gaza; and the reopening of the airport in Gaza that Israeli bombing had demolished. Continue reading

David Swanson ~ The New War, The Forever War, And A World Beyond War

“Our message to the President is: now would be a good time to end the mind-set that gets us into wars, as you said you wanted to do. Is this really what you want to be remembered for?” – L Bolger

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October 3, 2014 — A statement on the current and enduring crisis, by the coordinating committee of WorldBeyondWar.org This statement as PDF.

Summary

The following is an assessment of the current ISIS crisis. The statement examines: (1) the social context of the destructive violence in Syria and Iraq — where we are; (2) viable nonviolent alternatives — what should be done; and (3) opportunities for civil society to advocate and push for those alternatives — how we can make it happen. The alternatives and pathways toward achieving those are not only preferable from a perspective of humanity, but proven to be more effective.

Graphic beheadings and other quite real stories of horrors committed by a new enemy — ISIS — have led to increased support for U.S. involvement. But a war on ISIS will make things worse for all concerned, following, as it does, a pattern of counterproductive action. Through the course of the so-called global war on terrorism, terrorism has been on the rise.

Nonviolent alternatives to war are abundant, morally superior, and strategically more effective. Some but not all are: apologies for past actions; arms embargoes; a Marshall Plan of restitution for the Middle East; meaningful diplomacy; appropriate conflict resolution responses to terrorism; addressing the immediate crisis with humanitarian intervention; redirecting our energies at home; supporting peace journalism; working through the United Nations; and de-authorizing the war on terror.

No solution by itself will bring peace to the region. Many solutions together can create a strong web of peace-building fabric superior to continued war. We cannot expect to make all of the above happen immediately. But by working toward those ends we can achieve the best results as quickly and as lastingly as possible.

We need teach-ins, communications, and education of all sorts. People should know enough facts to give their positions context. We need demonstrations, rallies, sit-ins, town forums, disruptions, and media productions. And if we make this a part of ending the whole institution of war, rather than just a particular war, we may move closer to not having to keep opposing new wars all the time.

Where We Are

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Jonathan Turley ~ Report: Justice Department May Shutdown Zimmerman Civil Rights Investigation . . . Quietly

jonathanTurleyWhen the Obama Administration sent in a team to investigate civil rights violations in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, some of us expressed doubt over the basis for such a charge as well as the timing of the federal move into the case. Indeed, I was highly skeptical of how the case was charged and prosecuted. Now the Washington Post is reporting that, after two years of investigation, Justice officials do not believe that they have sufficient evidence to bring federal charges.

George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in a state trial in Sanford, Fla., last year. Various community and political leaders demanded that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. bring a federal civil rights case against him. The protests led to considerable pressure for the Obama Administration to act and the investigation by the Civil Rights Section helped quell some of the discontent over the verdict. However, the case remained weak for both a second-degree murder case as well as a civil rights charge. While many read racist motivations behind Zimmerman motives, Zimmerman succeeded in establishing that he was acting in self-defense.

The Administration has also taken the same quick response to the shooting in Ferguson, though that investigation is centering on the police department as a whole.

Source: Washington Post

SF Source JonathanTurley  Oct 3 2014

Dan Froomkin ~ Non-Denial Denials: It Started With Watergate

RichardNixonIn late October 1972, as the Washington Post was aggressively uncovering the secret, massive campaign of political spying and sabotage directed by Richard Nixon’s top White House and campaign officials, Watergate editor Barry Sussman started documenting a common theme in the public denials those stories were eliciting.

As Sussman wrote in his definitive 1973 book, “The Great Coverup: Nixon and the Scandal of Watergate“:

I picked out seventeen examples of unfounded criticism of the Post or of carefully worded statements meant to pass as denials that had been made by [then-press secretary Ron] Ziegler, [then-White House official Clark] MacGregor and [then-chairman of the Republican National Committee Bob] Dole, and put together a four-page analysis of them for others at work. I felt I had found an important key to understanding the Administration’s response, one that might give us at least some comfort if the attack on the Post continued. We were trying to report the news as best we could; they were playing at semantics, trying to make The Washington Post, and not Nixon campaign spying, into an election issue…

We had not been in error. We had hit a nerve.

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James Corbett ~ “Kill The Messenger” Movie To Vindicate Gary Webb’s CIA Drug Running Reporting [Video]

Welcome to New World Next Week — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week:

Story #1: Hong Kong Erupts As Pro-Democracy Protests Bring 100,000 Into the Streets
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  • Flashback: First “Drone” Coverage On Media Monarchy (May 2007) http://ur1.ca/ia1f3
  • Hong Kong Protesters Turn to Mesh Networks to Evade China’s Censorship
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  • Students Know the Difference Between Indoctrination & Free Expression In Colorado, As Student Counter-Protest to An Anti-Protest Curriculum http://ur1.ca/ia1fa

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SF Source  corbettreport  Oct 2 2014

Carl Herman ~ .01% Scream, ‘More War!’ As A Million Children Die From Poverty Every Month; Are You Demanding Arrests Now?

“11 days of ongoing war cost would pay all tuition for US public college students.” – C Herman

BankerWarsThe US has started 201 foreign armed attacks since WW2, causing the world’s peoples to conclude in polling that the US is indeed #1 as the most threatening nation to world peace. These US-started armed attacks have killed ~30 million and counting; 90% of these deaths are innocent children, the elderly and ordinary working civilian women and men. These US armed attacks have war-murdered more than Hitler’s Nazis.

Importantly, US official reports now confirm all “reasons” for war the US .01% claimed were known to be false as they were told.

More importantly, these lie-started US wars are not even close to lawful (here, here, here, here), and continue a long history of lie-began US Wars of Aggression. The most decorated US Marine general in his day warned all Americans of this fact of lie-started wars for 1% plunder, and W. Bush’s Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff, Karl Rove, chided Pulitzer-winning journalist, Ron Suskind, that government will continue with such actions to “create our own reality” no matter what anyone else might say.

As we all observe, the US/UK/Israel .01% continuously scream for even more war in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Gaza, Ukraine, Russia, wherever ISIS or Khorasans might be, and wherever else. All of these armed attacks are obviously Emperor’s New Clothes-unlawful from the two treaties won by all our families’ sacrifices from two world wars. These war-murders are supported by other former imperial-power-crazed governments and the agency they created after their last world war: the UN. Continue reading

Kurt Nimmo ~ Patient Zero And The Pentagon’s Ebola Vaccine

M. Durga Prasad of India’s Defense Research & Development Organization recently raised the hackles of the establishment media when he said the Ebola outbreak could be part of a biological warfare program.” – K Nimmo

The first Ebola patient in the United States will lead to calls for the development of a vaccine.

The first Ebola patient in the United States will lead to calls for the development of a vaccine.

Last week Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the Global Health Security Agenda summit the Pentagon has a longstanding research program on infectious disease, including Ebola. Hagel said the Defense Department will now begin clinical trials for a vaccine candidate.

“On Wednesday,” Hagel said, “we received approval to begin safety testing for one [Ebola] vaccine candidate that will be conducted here at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.”

The Pentagon is funding an Ebola vaccine under a $140 million project with Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, a Canadian company.

In August an “experimental serum” was administered to Christian aid workers infected in Liberia. The “mysterious treatment” was produced by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., a company based in San Diego, California. Its antibody research is funded by the U.S. Army.

“The most fascinating aspect of the Ebola vaccine manufacturing process is how quickly they have brought it to the trials phase,” writes Dave Mihalovic for Prevent Disease. “It is virtually impossible for vaccine manufacturers to produce and deliver these drugs in the timeline they have proposed. It typically takes several years from the point of initial vaccine development to human clinical trials, a process which the manufacturers claim is being done in weeks and months. The only way it would have been possible was through years of planning and procurement.”

Ebola: Collaboration Between the Pentagon and Pharmaceutical Corporations Continue reading