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Dear Friends,

 

It is with great sadness that I learned today that a dear friend, Scott Kennedy , had died.  For those of you who did not know him, the two remembrances of him below will tell you why those of us who knew him respected and loved him.  Just 2 weeks ago he was here in Israel and Palestine , leading the olive harvest delegation of the Interfaith Peace Builders and the Resource Center for Nonviolence.  He and the delegation met with 4 of us representing New Profile.  It is hard to believe that this was his last visit.  I will miss him greatly, and I know that there are many others here in Israel who feel the same. 

 

Dorothy

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Our dear friend, co-worker, and co-founder of the Resource Center for Nonviolence Scott Kennedy died Saturday, November 19, 2011, of an apparent heart attack, while he was sleeping beside his wife Kris.   We love Scott.  He is one of us.  He collaborated with many of you in active nonviolent struggle for freedom and justice.  And he shared deep friendships with so many.

 

Please share your remembrances of Scott with us. Let us know how we can reach you as we make plans for a memorial , and let us know of others we should contact: rcnvinfo  at gmail  dot com, or call 831-423-1626. We will be in touch soon with more information.

 

Scott’s circle of community and friends is large, and you are all a part of it.  We will miss him fiercely, but Scott will continue to be a part of all of our lives as we continue our work for nonviolent social change and justice through the Resource Center for Nonviolence and beyond.  On Scott’s behalf, we thank you for your love, thoughts, and support.

 

For now we share this message from one co-founder of the Resource Center for Nonviolence, Joan Baez, as she writes from Occupy Wall Street …

“Scott died in his sleep last night, I’m sure you know.

 

Scott Kennedy ’s death is a loss to not only family and friends, but to the larger family of nonviolent soldiers he has taught, shared with, laughed with, and loved.  I’m fortunate to consider myself a member of his compassionate and passionate army.  Not many people manage to make a dent in the world of conflicts, but Scott’ s work in the Middle East defies all cynicism and hopelessness.

 

At this time in the world of extraordinary current events, we now need those of his nonviolent army to infuse the enthusiastic thousands with the true spirit of Gandhi, and of the minions who have steadfastly stood their ground through the waves of violence with strength, love, caring, and the willingness to suffer rather than inflict suffering.

 

May he make the crossing smoothly and joyfully.”

 

Joan Baez

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Scott Kennedy , former Santa Cruz mayor and founder of the Resource Center for Nonviolence, dead at 62

By JESSICA M. PASKO and J.M. BROWN

Posted: 11/19/2011 03:52:49 PM PST

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_19373837

 

Click photo to enlarge [use the link to see the photo of a very young Scott, which he always remained in spirit. Dorothy]

 

Scott Kennedy «12345»SANTA CRUZ – Scott Kennedy , a two-time former mayor of Santa Cruz who as a founder of the Resource Center for Nonviolence established himself as a pre-eminent voice on peaceful conflict resolution and provided an often controversial but measured voice on the heated issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, died Saturday at his home on the Westside. He was 62.

 

Kennedy spent almost his entire life working to promote social change and help those who were less fortunate, with much of that work done through the center , which he co-founded in 1976. He was a man who would go out of his way to help others, and was stubbornly driven.

 

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Kennedy was known for being passionate, intelligent and at times intense, and many are calling his death a huge loss for the community. Friends and colleagues remember him as someone who had an amazing energy and would go out of his way to help others and who had a sharp sense of humor.

 

In his political career, as in his advocacy, he was dedicated and tenacious.

 

“Serving with him was always a challenge because he was so damned smart,” said City Councilwoman Katherine Beiers, a former mayor with whom Kennedy served on the council. “He was one of the smartest people I’ve ever known and he had an incredible wit.”

 

She described him as someone who was always forthright about his agenda, and someone from whom she learned a lot.

 

“I hope he learned something from me, too,” she said.

 

Kennedy served on the City Council from 1991 to 1998, serving as mayor in 1994. He served on the council again from 2001-2003 with a second term as mayor in 2004.

 

Kennedy demonstrated fierce commitment to doing good in the world and was a champion of many causes. He co-founded the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz with a mission of promoting the principles of nonviolent social change and enhancing the quality of life. Middle Eastern issues were hugely important to Kennedy and he was coordinator of the center’s Middle East program. He led a number of trips to Israel and Palestine , and had returned from a two-week trip to the Gaza Strip just a week before his death.

 

His family said that while he’d had some health problems, his death came as a huge shock.

 

“My dad had so much love for the world and really dedicated himself to his work,” said his oldest son, Peter Kennedy , adding that he was glad his father had been able to take one final trip to the Middle East .

 

In August, the whole family had traveled to Algeria for Kennedy’s daughter’s second anniversary of her marriage to a French-Algerian man. The Kennedys, hosted by their daughter’s in-laws, spent three weeks in the Kabyle Region northeast of Algiers and visited the ancestral village of Ighil Hammad in the Berber mountains.

 

Kennedy met Peter Klotz-Chamberlin when they were freshmen at UC Santa Cruz, and the two would later go on to help found the Resource Center for Nonviolence of Santa Cruz.

 

“He was really driven to bring people together to create community,” said Klotz-Chamberlin. “He had an amazing energy.”

 

The Resource Center won’t be the same without Kennedy, he said, but its work will continue.

 

“There’s going to be over a dozen organizations that are going to be wondering what they’re going to do without Scott ,” said Klotz-Chamberlin.

 

Kennedy was a leading advocate for affordable housing, among other issues, and according to city Police Chief Kevin Vogel, was instrumental in founding the Citizens Police Review Board, which was disbanded due to budget cuts.

 

Vogel remembered Kennedy as a thoughtful leader, one who sent him hand-written letters each of the four times Vogel was promoted on the force , including in 2010 when Vogel was named chief.

 

“He was the only council member who did that,” Vogel said.

 

He noted also that Kennedy was instrumental in founding the Citizens Police Review Board, which was disbanded due to budget cuts.

 

Kennedy became friends with current Vice Mayor Don Lane more than 20 years ago, when Kennedy was first elected to the City Council.

 

“We worked very closely together,” he said. “We remained friends after that and we’d often talk about politics, We kept a really good friendship.”

 

Kennedy often received backlash for his outspokenness on Middle East issues, and critics often accused of him of being pro-Palestine and anti-Israel. He received criticism from many who thought he was being insensitive to the Jewish and Israeli communities,

 

In an op-ed published in the Sentinel on Feb. 13, 2011, Kennedy addressed mail he’d received after the Resource Center hosted a member of the Palestine Fair Trade Association, in which the writers accused him of being pro-terrorist and anti-American.

 

“Discussion of Palestinians or Muslims often degenerates into such attacks,” he wrote. “The argument may be more nuanced, but the message is the same: Islam equals terrorism. Violence is too often portrayed as distinctively Muslim, as though terrorists represent 1.5 billion Muslims.”

 

Lane said he always believed Kennedy genuinely took the position that both sides of the conflict had legitimate concerns and that he worked hard to try to bring the two sides together in nonviolent ways.

 

In November 2007, Sentinel reporter Shanna McCord traveled to Israel and the West Bank with Kennedy and a Washington D.C.-based group he was heavily involved with called Interfaith Peace Builders. The trip was designed to educate people about the historic and ongoing feud between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

 

“He never tried to paint a picture of being a neutral guy. He had a deep and unwavering passion for the plight of the Palestinians,” said McCord. “He felt that the more people knew about the divide between Jews and Arabs, the better chance there would be for peace there. “

 

His tenacity and passion could sometimes be off-putting or combative, say those who knew him.

 

“He had an absolute commitment to what he thought was right and just and I loved that about him,” said longtime friend Geoffrey Dunn, a writer, filmmaker and political activist. “He was very passionate and intense and that could sometimes make it difficult to work with him.”

 

Above all, Kennedy remained a strong symbol of peaceful activism for many in the community.

 

In 2010, he was the recipient of the 2010 Pfeffer Peace Prize, an honor for international human rights, justice, and peace work which has been awarded by the Fellowship of Reconciliation since 1989.

 

“His name is synonymous with peace and nonviolence,” said former principal of Bay View Elementary, Dan Cavanaugh , who worked with Kennedy’s wife, Kris Kennedy, at the Santa Cruz school for several years. “And it’s synonymous with how Santa Cruz looked at and related to world issues.”

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Zio-Nazi envoy visits Egypt for first time since Cairo embassy attack

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Zio-Nazi Foreign Ministry officials say visit is symbolic gesture of IsraHell wish to repair ties with Egypt; Cairo has yet to respond to IsraHell security requests that would enable a permanent return of its representative.

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Israel’s outgoing ambassadoe to Egypt visited Cairo on Sunday for the first time since Israeli diplomats were returned to Israel following an attack on the Israeli embassy by Egyptian protesters two months ago.

Egyptian protesters broke into the Israeli Embassy in September, dumping hundreds of documents out of its windows after a day of demonstrations. Protesters used sledge hammers and their bare hands to tear apart the embassy’s security wall.

Three Egyptian civilians were killed and a total of 1,049 injured, including 46 police and military soldiers, during the attack on the embassy, as Egyptian forces confronted the mob.

Israel’s ambassador Yitzhak Levanon, who is due to be replaced as ambassador to Egypt in two weeks, arrived in the country on Sunday for the first time since that attack. He was planning to stay in Cairo for two days to hold a series of farewell meetings with Egyptian officials and other foreign representative.

Israeli Foreign Ministry officials indicated that the visit was a symbolic gesture, meant to signal Jerusalem’s desire to return ties with its neighbor to the south to normalcy.

However, Shin Bet officials have yet to approve the permanent return of Israel’s envoy to Egypt for security reasons.

Sources within the Foreign Ministry claimed that Egypt has yet to respond to an Israeli request regarding security arrangements near the ambassador’s residence as well regarding the embassy’s planned new location.

Ya’akov Amitai has been named to replace Levanon as Israel’s ambassador, and is expected to enter office in early December. It has not yet been made clear, however, whether the requested security arrangements will be in place at that time. If security will not setup according to Israel’s requests at that time, Amitai will arrive to submit his letter of credence, stay in Cairo for a few days, and return to Israel.

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Syria: Arab League used as tool by Zionist West

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Syria’s foreign minister attacked the Arab League Sunday for suspending Damascus and accused the organization of being used as a “tool” by the West to take the Syrian crisis to the UN Security Council.

Walid al-Muallem spoke in Damascus shortly after the Arab League rejected Syria’s proposed amendments to a peace plan to end the country’s turmoil, saying the changes put forward by Damascus alter the plan’s “essence.”

The Arab initiative, agreed to earlier this month, calls for the withdrawal of government tanks from the streets, the release of political prisoners, a halt to attacks on civilians and allowing observers in.

Al-Muallem said the proposed Arab League mission placed “impossible conditions” and gave excessive authority to the observers in a way that violated Syria’s sovereignty. He denied Damascus had sought to restrict the observers’ movement within the country but said Syria wanted to be informed of the groups’ movements in order to offer security protection.

“The observers, if they come, will have freedom of movement,” he said. “We have nothing to hide, they should see the killings, the massacres and the crimes being carried out against our people and security forces.”

‘Armed gangs seeking to destabilize Syria’

He slammed the “hasty” decisions taken by the Arab League in suspending Syria and rejecting the amendments it proposed, saying the organization doesn’t want to believe that there are armed terrorist groups in Syria.

“It’s the first time that the Arab League works so blatantly against the interests of one of its members,” he said.

The government regime blames the country’s unrest on armed gangs playing out a foreign agenda that seeks to destabilize Syria. The uprising that began in mid-March has been largely peaceful, but has grown increasingly militarized with army defectors fighting back and some protesters taking up arms. The UN estimates at least 3,500 people have been killed in the government crackdown.

The minister accused some Arab countries of complicity with the US in pressuring Syria, but added: “This cheek is used to this slapping.”

Al-Muallem said Syria will send a reply to the Arab League secretary general asking for clarifications on why the proposed amendments were rejected.

He also denied reports that the Damascus headquarters of the ruling Baath Party was hit by rocket-propelled grenades Sunday, calling them “absolutely false.”

But he later thanked a Syrian journalist for clarifying that the explosions heard in the area were the result of a sound bomb, indirectly acknowledging that some kind of attack had taken place.

He also dismissed talk of civil war in Syria, saying such talk was “wishful thinking” by the US and Turkish leaders.

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Zio-Nazi Barak: Iran less than a year away from producing nuclear weapon

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Zio-Nazi Defense Minister tells CNN that the possibility of a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities is ‘not a subject for public discussion.’

Haaretz

Iran is less than a year away from being unstoppable in its goal of producing a nuclear weapon, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in an interview with CNN released on Saturday.

In an advance transcript of an interview to air on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” program on Sunday, Barak said Israel was focused on the prospect of a nuclear Iran and what “should and could be done about it on time.”

“It’s true that it won’t take three years, probably three quarters before no one can do anything practically about it because the Iranians are gradually, deliberately entering into what I call a zone of immunity, by widening the redundancy of their plan, making it spread over many more sites with many more hidden elements,” he said.

Barak, a former Israeli prime minister, said a report earlier this month by the UN nuclear watchdog that Tehran appeared to have worked on designing an atomic bomb and may still be conducting secret research had had a sobering effect on world leaders and was driving urgent, intensive diplomacy.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report confirmed long-standing concerns that Iran aims to build a nuclear weapon, which Israel sees as a threat to its existence. Tehran has said its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

The United States and Israel have not ruled out possible air strikes on Iran’s nuclear sites.

“I don’t think that that is a subject for public discussion,” Barak said when asked whether Israel was prepared to attack Iran to stop its nuclear ambitions.

He said a nuclear Iran would have deep repercussions for the Middle East, prompting countries like Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt to “turn nuclear” and starting a countdown to putting nuclear materials in the hands of terrorists.

Barak declined to comment on widespread speculation an explosion at an Iranian military base last week that killed 17 troops including an officer regarded as the architect of Iran’s missile defense systems was the work of Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency.

“No. I don’t know anything that I can contribute to this conversation,” he said.   Iran has said the explosion took place during research on weapons that could strike Israel but has denied speculation of possible sabotage by Israel or the United States.

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Barak says sees signs of cracks in Syria’s Assad regime

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Zio-Nazi Defense Minister Ehud Barak says Syrian security forces assessing events; says Assad regime like ‘a medieval fiefdom,’ its end will benefit entire region.

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Israel sees cracks in Syrian power structures amid increasingly violent unrest, and there are signs President Bashar Assad may not be in power for long, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Saturday.

Fourteen civilians were killed in a crackdown on dissent against Assad’s rule on Saturday, activists said. The United Nations says at least 3,500 people have died since March.

Barak said members of Syria’s security services, the armed forces and the civil service were starting to assess Assad’s future and were working out how to hedge their bets.

“As a result of it, I believe that we see for the first time, some cracks appearing in the support that he enjoys within his own arena,” he told the Halifax Security Forum in Atlantic Canada.

Assad has come under growing international pressure to end the crackdown. Syrian authorities blame the violence on foreign-backed armed groups which they say have killed some 1,100 soldiers and police.

Barak said it was significant that King Abdullah of Jordan has called on Assad to step down and that the Arab League suspended Syria this month.

“That is a real signal that there is acceleration toward the end of this regime,” he said.

Syria remains in a formal state of war with Israel, which seized the Golan Heights in 1967. It also has alliances with Iran as well as militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

Barak said the Assad family had reigned over Syrians for 40 years “like a medieval fiefdom in Italy somewhere on the mountains. It’s an iron fist.”

Asked about Assad’s possible downfall and Syria’s links to Hezbollah, Barak said: “It will damage these radical axes and they will make them somehow weaker. It will weaken Hezbollah, it will weaken Hamas.

“In this regard, it’s good, but it’s not just for Israel, but I believe it’s good for the Middle East as a whole.”

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Russia: UN report on Iran nuclear program is biased, unprofessional

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Russian IAEA envoy says leak of report indicating that Iran is working to develop nuclear weapons ‘plays into the hands’ of those who object to a diplomatic solution of the Iranian issue.

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A recently published report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran’s nuclear program is neither professional nor objective, a top Russian official said on Saturday, criticizing a decision by the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog to leak the report’s findings to the press.

Earlier this month, the IAEA published a report that claimed that there was a high probability that Iran’s nuclear program has military aspects, prompting Israel and the U.S. to urge the international community to toughen economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

On Friday, sources familiar with the matter said that the U.S. plans to sanction Iran’s petrochemical industry, seeking to raise pressure on Iran after fresh allegations it may be pursuing nuclear weapons.

However, Russia and China voiced their opposition for any unilateral move against Iran, arguing that dialogue was the only way to resolve the nuclear standoff between Iran and the West.

In an address to the IAEA’s Board of Governors in Vienna on Saturday, Russia’s representative to the UN’s nuclear watchdog Grigory Berdennikov said that it was “disappointing that in the context of the absence of convincing evidence there have begun assumptions and suspicions and juggling with information in order to produce an impression of some military component is present in Iran’s nuclear program.”

“Such an approach can hardly be called professional and impartial,” Berdennikov was quoted as saying by Russian news agency Itar-Tass.

In addition, the Russian envoy also attacked what he called the “alleged research” addendum to the IAEA report, saying that “even before the official circulation among the members of the IAEA Board of Governors it was leaked to the media and posted on the Internet.”

“I would like to draw attention to the fact that the report was meant for ‘restricted distribution’, and hence, the decision on its publication could be taken only by the Board of Governors. As far as we know, the Board has made no such decisions,” he was quoted by Itar-Tass as saying.

Berdennikov spoke of what he considered to be a “well-orchestrated media campaign” against Iran’s nuclear program, “aimed at the further aggravation of the situation surrounding the Iranian nuclear program.”

“We very much regret the IAEA has been drawn into the campaign. It is impossible not to see that this campaign over the director-general’s report plays into the hands of those forces that would like to obstruct a diplomatic solution of the Iranian issue to the maximum extent, and that the likelihood increases other means may be resorted to, which we have been consistently opposed to,” Berdennikov added.

The Russian representative urged the IAEA to “conduct an official investigation into the unpleasant incident related to the publication of the report on Iran in the media, and to present the findings and measures taken to prevent similar cases in the future to the next session of the Board of Governors in March next year.”

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Police Conspire to Shut Down OWS Nationwid

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Similar Tactics in Use Throughout the Country

By Michael Chester

In recent days, a pattern has appeared across the country in the actions of police in dealing with the peaceful protesters taking part in the OWS movement. This coordinated effort leads many to suspect the dark presence of the Federal government in what should be a local event.

The recent police attacks in New York and Oakland are just the tip of the police state takeover. The protesters have received threats from police in many cities across the country, including Portland, OR, Chicago, IL, San Francisco, Dallas, TX, and Atlanta, GA.


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Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who were present report that the police have used weapons and tactics on these peaceful gatherings that the military are prohibited from using in war zones. The police attacks show a pattern. They “justify” these attacks based upon fictitious claims that the occupiers are creating a health hazard, or a fire hazard, or a crime problem, based on no real evidence.

They also find old, obscure laws and vague anti-homeless statutes to justify their actions. Then the police attack in the middle of the night, dressed in riot gear and heavily armed with mace, pepper spray, clubs, hand cuffs, tear gas, assault rifles, and so-called flash-bang stun grenades–all potentially lethal weapons to be used against peaceful demonstrators.

Heidi Bogosian, executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, which has been providing legal services to the movement puts it this way.

“We definitely feel, especially in a movement like this that has arisen so quickly in a number of cities, that there will be a coordinated national effort to try and shut it down. We see the scapegoating of these movements, the attacks at night, and in general tactics designed to terrorize and to scare protesters away. I can’t see this as anything other than centrally coordinated.”

In a radio interview on San Francisco station KALW, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan admitted to being a part of a conference call among 18 city mayors. Quan’s former advisor, Dan Siegel, an Oakland attorney confirmed this call. After November 14 when Oakland police made a midnight attack on the protesters to drive them out of the park using military style equipment, Siegel resigned in disgust. It is not clear whether the conference call was initiated by one of the mayors or a Federal agency. No one who was involved is talking.

On Oct. 25, shortly after this call allegedly occurred, Quan ordered the first police attack on the occupy Oakland protesters. It was during this attack that Iraq war veteran, Scott Olsen was shot in the face with a hardened aluminum tear gas canister causing a severe brain injury. When others tried to help him, the police threw a flash-bang grenade into the middle of the crowd.

Both Siegel and Boghosian say they strongly suspect federal involvement in the planning of the recent rash of police violence against occupiers. Siegel states,

“It’s only logical to assume that the ‘Fusion Centers’ are involved, especially after the Oakland occupiers shut down the port in Oakland.” Says Boghosian, “What we are seeing here is the Miami model, with various levels of law enforcement, local, state and federal, all at work. It would be shocking if federal law enforcement were not seeing this occupy movement now as a national security threat

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For those who have not heard about the “Fusion Centers’  that Siegel mentions, 72 of them, located across the country were set up following 9-11 at a cost in excess of half a billion dollars. Under the Department of Homeland Security they are tasked with bringing the FBI together with local law enforcement departments. Their stated goal is to “both collect and share domestic intelligence, and serve as command centers to direct local law enforcement in helping implement national law enforcement goals.” There are also many Joint Terrorism Task Forces, which directly link the FBI with urban police departments.

Mara Veheyden-Hilliard, co-chair of the National Lawyers Guild’s National Mass Defense Committee, based in Washington, says.

“These crackdowns on the occupation movement certainly appear to be part of a national strategy to crush them. We haven’t yet found overt evidence of federal involvement, but the fact that in rapid succession local authorities have taken action raises the specter of coordination. There is absolutely no legal justification for the involvement of the Joint Terrorism Task Forces in this movement. These demonstrations are not terrorist activities, and police should not be treating them as such, yet all over the country the police are treating the protesters as if they are criminals. The similarity of the response everywhere to the movement makes it appear that there is a coordinated strategy.”

Former advisor to President Ronald Reagan, Paul Craig Roberts had this to say about government actions against anti-war protesters. The OWS people get the same treatment


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Examiner.com reporter Rick Ellis is reporting that an unidentified US Justice Department official has confirmed what Boghosian, Siegel and Veheyden-Hilliard say they suspect is the case: that each of the recent brutal police evictions and attacks on occupation groups “was coordinated with help from Homeland Security, the FBI and other federal police agencies.” Ellis goes on,

“According to this official, in several recent conference calls and briefings, local police agencies were advised to seek a legal reason to evict residents of tent cities, focusing on zoning laws and existing curfew rules. Agencies were also advised to demonstrate a massive show of police force, including large numbers in riot gear. In particular, the FBI reportedly advised on press relations, with one presentation suggesting that any moves to evict protesters be coordinated for a time when the press was the least likely to be present.”

In a story published early Wednesday, The Associated Press reports that mayors and city leaders in as many as 40 cities were communicating about coordinating an attack on the occupy movement. Again, this appears to be at the direction of a Federal agency.

It seems cruelly ironic that so many of our sons and daughters have put their lives and health on the line to provide freedom for Iraqis and Afghans only to return home to a police state. There is something definitely wrong with this picture.


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West Preparing For A Decisive Operation To Oust Bashar’s Regime

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Intelligence inputs from the Middle East suggest that a final and decisive ‘mini war’ to take out Bashar al-Assad’s regime is going to be initiated soon

by Zaki Khalid

Brief Commentary

I have recently blogged about why I feel the US and NATO are yet again vying to expand their territorial influence in the Middle East for reshaping the geography.

Without writing too much into the backdrop to all this since all that has been well elaborated by esteemed VT columnists such as Stephen Lendman, I would like to share some important bits of intelligence briefs shared by a source.

There are discussions of a grand attack by rebels and NATO mercenaries that will be waged by anti-Bashar militants; this will be the third and conclusive phase of the operation to replace Bashar’s regime by one more suitable to Western/Israeli interests.

My informant forwarded direct on-ground intelligence sent by an undercover spy hailing from an Arab country within the ranks of the ‘Free Syrian Army‘ that preparations are underway for this mini-war, as commanded by Riyad al-Asad (the rebellion’s leader currently in asylum at Turkey). This threat was noticed when more officers in the Syrian military who wanted to defect were told to pause their defection and keep it pending until further notification. The intelligence estimates provided say that the total figure of these defectors-on-hold is approximately 20,000 (twenty-thousand). Of these, roughly 2500 (twenty-five hundred) undercover defectors have been noticed moving around Syria’s borders with Turkey and Lebanon.

I have also been told that Israel’s notorious intelligence agency Mossad has recruited Muslim Brotherhood activists with the support of the US. In a related development, Turkey is also mysteriously assisting these forces (directly or indirectly) in the name of aid. Personally, I am baffled as to why Turkey is becoming a part of the dirty game again which is raising a lot of eyebrows within the Muslim world at large.

My source adds that the plan was finalized after a meeting between rebels of the Free Syrian Armyunknown to the informant and UK-based security firm Trango Ltd., the same company which is working with SNE Pvt. Ltd. in Libya. Trango Ltd. specializes in assisting companies in high-risk locations.  They are contracted with security for European firms and small-medium level enterprises who are taking part in reconstructing Libya’s war-torn infrastructure. Readers are requested to read Armed Business in Libya by Manlio Dinucci for Voltaire to get well-acquainted with what SNE actually does.

While analyzing the received information, I came across a news on Press TV today that senior British officials, including Foreign Secretary William Hague, are set to formally meet with Syrian rebels in London next week. The report does not mention who facilitated this top-level meeting. This is where intelligence briefs I received were confirmed. As the British and French heads-of-state had paid a visit to Tripoli after bombing the country in excuse to kill Gaddafi, the same regional players are hell-bent on Syria.

The volcano will erupt soon. More blood will be shed. Thousands of children will be orphaned, wives widowed. Yet all this will be cheered as the price for apparent change. I hope things turn out well for the Syrian people and nothing else should be of more concern to any of us. The Zionist regime of Israel is smiling behind the scenes as the gameplan is to their advantage as always.

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America’s Media War on OWS

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by Stephen Lendman

Early reporting was scant, dismissive, and offensive. Much still belittles, denigrates and marginalizes a significant movement.

Fox News claims protesters don’t pay taxes or know what they want, are supported by Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei and Hugo Chavez, and represent the lunatic left wing.

Bill O’Reilly quipped, “Do we have all kinds of crackheads down there.” He added that Zuccotti Park is “dirty and filthy. There’s rats running all over. There’s dope all over the place. They’re having sex outside at night and all of this stuff.”

Fox News reporter Charles Gasparino accused protesters of embracing “communism and there is no doubt about it.”

New York Times former executive editor Bill Keller ignored global activism in a column about “good news,” asking, “Bored by the soggy sleep-ins and warmed-over anarchism of Occupy Wall Street?”

Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer called protesters “indignant indolents saddled with their $50,000 student loans and English degrees (wanting to) “eat the rich.”

Despite occasional better reporting, much resembles Telegraph writer Nile Gardiner’s article about “the decline and fall of Occupy Wall Street,” saying:

It’s “been an act of desperation by the liberal Left, which now represents a small minority of Americans in terms of ideology. (It’s) descended into anarchy. (It’s) an anachronism, a wannabe 1960s-style protest movement in an America that has moved on.”

“And it is above all a symbol of a Left in decline amidst an increasingly conservative nation that has had enough of the kind of big government, anti-free market policies the liberal protesters crave.”

Gardiner’s right about one thing. Protesters want big government for the rich ended. They rage against privatizing profits, socializing losses, and trashing their rights for Wall Street and other corporate favorites. Other than that, he pathetically inverted truth. So do many others like him.

On November 15, Washington Post writers Eli Saslow and Colum Lynch headlined, “The Occupy movement: More trouble than change?” saying:

“The movement began as a protest of major economic and political issues, but lately the most divisive issue has become the protests themselves.” Nationwide “encampments….have become rife with problems of their own. There are sanitation hazards and drug overdoses, even occasional deaths and sexual assaults.”

Fact check

In hundreds of cities nationwide, OWS protesters represent direct democracy social activism. Except for occasional incidents common anywhere, they’re peaceful, unified, dignified, harmless, and resolute. As a result, baseless accusations vilify them.

In New York, OWS reported factually about one sexual assault incident. The perpetrator was arrested. “From the moment the incident was discovered to the present time, the survivor has been surrounded by a network of allies and trained advocates offering resources to provide emotional, medical, and legal support.”

OWS activists support her. They’re “saddened and angered (about) some members of the media and public,” blaming them and the survivor for the assault. Getting it right isn’t what major media do. Their specialties include distortion, misreporting and ball-faced lying.

“Is this an occupation or an infestation? City officials have long complained about the disruptiveness of Occupy Wall Streets, but in the past week, police officers began raiding encampments in the middle of the night, citing a public safety disaster.”

Fact check

Serving Wall Street, other corporate interests, and political Washington, rogue cops nationwide want OWS protesters intimidated, constrained, and if possible, silenced.

At issue isn’t public safety or other concerns. It’s serving wealth and power interests at the expense of beneficial social change. Heroically, OWS activists pursue it.

“Recent news updates from Occupy protests read like a crime blotter,” including a shooting, a suicide, two drug overdoses, a molotov cocktail, a sexual assault, sanitation, a rat infestation, violating a noise ordinance, and more. “Democracy has rarely looked so messy.”

Fact check

Hyperbole, exaggeration, and fabrication substitute for accuracy and full disclosure. Whatever challenges entrenched power gets vilified, pilloried, and discredited.

OWS represents direct democracy. It’s entirely absent at federal, state and local levels. Protesters want it restored. After being evicted from New York’s Zuccotti Park, one activist walked through it with a sign reading, “Grand Reopening Under New Management.” There’s no turning back now.

Washington Post writer Jennifer Rubin symbolizes America’s media depravity by promoting violence, mass murder, and vicious racial hatred of Palestinian Arabs. Nonetheless, disciplining and/or firing her’s not considered.

Her “Right Turn” columns appear regularly along with other extremist Post writers. On November 15, her latest article headlined, “Occupy movement deteriorates,” saying:

“The left-wing punditocracy’s fascination with the Occupy Wall Street and its progeny movements has declined in inverse proportion to the upswing in violence, mayhem and public filth stemming from those about whom the left was cooing only a couple of weeks ago.”

Fact check

Protesters nationwide are peaceful, law-abiding, model citizens. In contrast, goon squad cops assaulted them violently. Doing so violates constitutional and statute law. Verbal “filth” oozed from Rubin’s column. Truth was entirely absent.

“No more are the liberal pundits interesting (sic) in measuring the level of support for what they only weeks ago characterized as a genuine political movement. Ignored are reports of sexual assaults. No mention is made among the OWS cheerleaders of the latest effort to re-establish order in Oakland, Calif, and Burlington, Vt.”

“Funny how the left’s assertion that this was a grand political awakening has now gone down the memory hole….(L)eft-leaning elites tried mightily to ignore the instances of anti-Semitism, violence and fouling of public places. When that became impossible, they simply chose to ignore the whole disgusting mess.”

Fact check

Her comments lack truth and full disclosure. They feature hyperbole, hate, misreporting, and uncalled for pejoratives. Nor does she recognize real social, economic and political grievances. Why else would growing millions want change?

Thousands of nationwide OWS activists represent them. More join them daily. Rubin and others like her represent the malignancy that’s destroying America.

Shamefully, Washington Post editors put up with her. Its journalism fell from grace after Woodward and Bernstein’s heyday.

The New York Times also strayed from far June 13, 1971 when publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger said Pentagon Paper secrets “had to be revealed….people had the right to know.”

Belatedly in 1996, The Times said “Johnson Administration (officials) systematically lied, not only to the public, but also to Congress, about a subject of transcendental national interest and significance.”

Today, basics substitute for muckraking exposes. Distortion, exaggeration, misreporting, and ball-faced lies replaced truth and full disclosure.

Journalists like HL Mencken, Charles Edward Russell, Lincoln Steffens, Upton Sinclair, IF Stone, and Helen Thomas aren’t welcome.

Rubin/Judith Miller types replaced them. Gutter journalism trash is featured. Everything wrong about America is highlighted. Managed news and commentary insures readers and television viewers know nothing.

Major media journalism always fell short. It’s hard imagining how much lower it can sink. Why else are growing numbers turning elsewhere for real news and information. Hopefully it’s just a matter of time until they all do.

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