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PCHR Submits Memorandum to the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons

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On Monday 24 September the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) has made a written submission, in the form of a Memorandum, to the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, which draws attention to issue of the internal displacement of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as a result of Israeli actions.

The forced displacement of Palestinians, which results in internal displacement throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip, has been carried out by Israel since the beginning of its occupation of the occupied Palestinian territory in 1967.  From the end of ‘Operation Cast Lead’ until June 2012, 153 persons have been displaced from the ‘buffer zone’ of the Gaza Strip as a result of 351 attacks by Israel on civilian homes.  This includes the displacement of 24 families and 83 children.

In the Gaza Strip forced internal displacement can be caused by tank shelling, air strikes, bulldozing and shooting by Israel’s forces.  From ‘Operation Cast Lead’ until the end of June 2012, Israel carried out 346 aerial bombings and 12 bulldozing incidents that resulted in the internal displacement of Gazan civilians.  In addition to the damage and destruction of homes, the tank shelling and shooting incites fear in the population.  From ‘Operation Cast Lead’ until the end of June 2012, Israel carried out 142 tank shellings and 255 shooting incidents in the ‘buffer zone’ of the Gaza Strip.

As per Articles 49(1), 53 and 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, attacks against civilians and civilian property leading to the large scale transfer of civilians is illegal.  Furthermore, under Article 8(2)(a)(vii) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the unlawful transfer of persons protected under the provisions of the relevant Geneva Convention constitutes a war crime, and the forcible transfer of a civilian population constitutes a crime against humanity under Article 7(2)(d) of the Rome Statute.

The Memorandum also outlines how internally displaced persons in the Gaza Strip often suffer from additional human rights violations, such as the denial of the right of access to livelihood, the right to an adequate standard of living, and the right to health.

PCHR will be submitting either Memorandums or Individual Complaints bi-weekly to UN Working Groups and Special Rapporteurs, to draw attention to issues facing the Palestinian people.

Supplementary documents:

Memorandum: The Internal Displacement of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip (pdf)

http://www.pchrgaza.org/files/2012/un/PCHR%20Memorandum%20presented%20to%20the%20UN%20Special%2025-9.pdf

Briefing Note: The Internal Displacement of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip (pdf

http://www.pchrgaza.org/files/2012/un/Legal%20Briefing%20Note%20IDPs%20Gaza%20Strip%20-%2025Sep%202012.pdf

Fact Sheet: Gaza Strip: Attacks and their Consequences (pdf

http://www.pchrgaza.org/files/2012/un/Factsheet_IDPs_Gaza_Strip_25Sep_2012.pdf

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Mark Dankof’s America: American 3rd Position Party

Mark Dankof’s America Sept 26, 2012

by crescentandcross

Mark Dankofs beginning News Analysis will briefly reference his conversation with the Habilian Association of Iran on the de-listing of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK).

Guests today include Ken O’Keefe from Occupied Gaza if remote hookup works (!) and Merlin Miller of Americana Pictures and the American 3rd Position Party, who will discuss his recent trip to Tehran and the New Horizon Independent Film Festival there.

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Some of My Favorite Videos

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by mantiqaltayr

Prologue:

As Americans get ready to vote for the sitting Israeli Vice President for American Affairs – who will then allow Wall Street to destroy them – or for his opponent, who will allow Wall Street to destroy them even quicker, I thought I’d make an effort to try to cheer at least of few of my fellow-countrymen up as they are led by a plethora of Judas goats to the slaughter.  So below are of my favorite videos on youtube. Some are very short, one is really long, but all are worth a look.  Enjoy.

1. This is my all time favorite video. Can’t say why for sure. Maybe it’s because it is so short that even Shas Party members can watch the whole thing without getting bored.

2.  I really enjoyed this fight because of shit like this.  (Note to Shas Party members and Shas Party member wannabees, I know the fight took place before the previous link. But it’s the thinking that counts.)

3.  Long time readers of this site know that I’m a fan of Deek Jackson and his FKN News. Yes, there are times when even we here at Mantiq al-Tayr disagree with Deek, but as one of the tuyuur pointed out during one of our majlis-e-bullshit meetings, Deek doesn’t make his superb videos with an eye to kissing our ass, so to speak, which is yet another reason why we like him.  But I digress.

Also, it’s quite the catchy tune. (Music starts after about 30 seconds into the video.)

4. Now this video is almost five minutes long, but you can always just skip to the good parts. This one is in honor of Bin Dead Awhile, sometimes he needs something to bring him back to life.  Works for me.

5.  Now I just know that the Anonymous Arabista will yet again say that what is good for the goose is good for the gander, so take a gander at this if you are of her persuasion.

6. I’ve not shown a cat video for a long time due to the pernicious efforts of AIPAC, the American-Israeli Protectors of Asshole Cats, but in the past I ran the video below and all the dogs laughed like hell. Warning, if you laugh at this video you are a bad person or a dog.

7.  I have always loved how this family gets off listening to the Israeli National Anthem.

8. Here’s a newer one of Sadie.  May as well enjoy since the apocalypse is coming.

9. Now this one is a long one. It’s Michael Collins Piper presenting the main thesis of his book Final Judgment. Well worth a listen or two or three.

10.  I just love this short video. Sadly, once Obama or Romney is finished with us, we will all be lucky if we can even get Change for a Dollar.

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Unplugging the New World Odor

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Yogis say suffering is due to seeking happiness outside ourselves. Thequest for happiness is often the source of unhappiness. 

by Henry Makow Ph.D. 
If there were a webcam in the Monkey House at the local zoo, would you watch it?

Then, why watch TV or go to the movies? Why cruise the Internet or listen to most music? It’s the same thing as watching the chest pounding, screeching, defecating and copulating of monkeys. Of course humans outdo monkeys with mindless killing and mayhem.

If not a Monkey House, then the world increasingly resembles a hive which, thanks to the mass media, vibrates at the same frequency. For example, when the stock market is plummeting, everyone is panicking. (When Money is God, an economic downturn becomes a spiritual crisis.)

But there are other causes for the gloom: the spreading knowledge that our institutions  (government, media, education, religion etc.)  have been subverted and society now has no way of self-correcting.

The world feels like a roller coaster; we are holding on for dear life. Perhaps we need to let go. Perhaps we need to vibrate at our own unique frequency.

Perhaps I would be more effective if I devoted more energy to my private life. The external world is negating my private world even though it hasn’t physically impinged on it yet. I have impoverished myself by my constant focus on the Monkey House. I don’t think I am alone in this.

Our minds are like blotters, hoping to find a reflection of our ideals in the world. We need to turn the mirror around so the back faces the world. We need to use our personal lives (not the world) to reflect our ideals.

I envy people who can make God, Jesus or Mohamed the focus of all their thoughts. I often resolve to read the lives and saying of mystics. Clearly I need another focus. Family. Sports. A hobby.


TIME OUT 

Feeling fatigued recently, I resolved to unplug the world for 24 hours. I would be a Robinson Crusoe of the island of soul. I put on a Gregorian chant and tried to meditate. It’s all about where we direct our attention minute-by-minute. I would focus on God. Order. Peace. Truth. Sanity.  A calm came over me.

At the same time,  temptations made me realize how I am addicted to my computer terminal. From that monitor l satisfy all my lusts. Down that chute come the niblets of news, emails, book sales, stock quotes etc.  Yogis say suffering is due to seeking happiness outside ourselves. The pursuit of happiness is often the source of unhappiness.

Yet, that’s all we do: manipulate the world to make us feel good. When will we realize we cannot feel good unless we are good?  


How we hate to be alone. That’s why we are constantly talking on cell phones or watching TV. Why do we self-evade? As Paul Elmer More said, “we exhaust a great effort and expense to be poorly entertained.” 

Let’s enjoy our selves.

After about four hours of meditating, I felt quite detached and refreshed, and started to get bored. So I broke down and checked my e-mail and the latest headlines. (I want to be in the world but not of it. I don’t want to be adrift between two worlds.)

CONCLUSION

If we are engaged in a spiritual war, perhaps detaching from the world for set periods of time is the way to fight it. They seem to keep us in a state of high anxiety. They have been promising to invade Iran for six years. Is this the real agenda — to keep us at the edge of our seats?

I’m going to continue to fight the good fight. But maybe I can  win a partial victory  if I don’t let the enemy into my home and heart.

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West Attempts to Trigger Clash of Civilizations

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Global Research
In France where people are sent to jail for “Holocaust denial,” considered by law a religious hate crime, it seems strange then that well timed, raunchy cartoons designed solely to insult and inflame hate against and amongst Muslims worldwide would be defended vigorously by French politicians who claim, according to the Christian Science Monitor, that “freedom of the press should not be infringed.”With Neo-Conservative warmongers behind a recent inflammatory film titled, “The Innocence of Muslims,” and their counterparts amongst radical sectarian extremists leading violent protests across the Middle East and North Africa, it would almost seem as if the publication of insulting cartoons by a French paper, “Charlie Hebdo,” was part of a grander strategy to create a manufactured conflict between Islam and the West, setting the stage for more overt military operations to take over faltering covert operations in Syria and beyond.France (and the West) Are Playing Both Sides It is a fact that France itself has provided state sponsorship of terrorism from Libya to Syria, arming, funding, and politically backing the very groups taking to the streets, burning Western consulates, and killing bystanders, diplomats, and security forces alike. France had armedtrained, funded, and provided air support for the UN-listed terrorist outfit, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) last year in Libya, in their bid to overthrow the government of Muammar Qaddafi.

Image: Libyan Mahdi al-Harati of the US State DepartmentUnited Nations, and the UK Home Office (page 5, .pdf)-listed terrorist organization, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), addressing fellow terrorists in Syria. Harati is now commanding a Libyan brigade operating inside of Syria attempting to destroy the Syrian government and subjugate the Syrian population. Traditionally, this is known as “foreign invasion.” France is one of a handful of nations currently leading state-sponsorship of terrorist groups like LIFG in Syria.

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LIFG had merged officially with Al Qaeda, according to a US Army West Point Combating Terrorism Center report in 2007, long before the French knowingly aided and abetted these terrorists in their bid to overthrow and overrun Libya. Currently, the government of France is funding and arming these very same terrorists, who promptly transferred weapons, cash, and fighters to Syria to begin terror operations there.

The report titled, “Al-Qa’ida’s Foreign Fighters in Iraq” stated specifically:

The apparent surge in Libyan recruits traveling to Iraq may be linked the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group’s (LIFG) increasingly cooperative relationship with al‐Qa’ida, which culminated in the LIFG officially joining al‐Qa’ida on November 3, 2007. (page 9, .pdf)

France had recently announced its intentions to overtly arm these terror groups operating in Syria, now exposed by Human Rights Watch as carrying out systematic and widespread atrocities against the Syrian population.

The Hindu, in their article, “France to fund opposition in Syria,” reported:

“Reuters quoted a “diplomatic source” as saying France had started supporting parts of Syria that are apparently being controlled by the armed opposition. More alarmingly, the report pointed out that Paris was considering supplying heavy artillery to anti-government fighters — a move that would harden the possibility of a full-blown civil war in the country.”

Now France, through its media, and the complicity of its politicians’ tacit support, is providing their new terrorist allies with something else – a causus belli for confrontation with the West to reinsert in the public’s mind the adversarial plot device needed to introduce more direct military intervention where the covert support of listed-terrorist groups has now seemingly failed.

The Lie We Are Expected to Believe

What we are now expected to believe is that France, the US, UK, and other nations were benevolently, and unwittingly helping these groups into power, only to be betrayed by extremists.

In reality, the nature of these militant groups was known years in advance, these groups specifically chosen to lead the violent subversion of Western targets across the Arab World – with the possibility of sectarian genocide and significant blowback acknowledged as an acceptable risk.

In 2007, an article by Seymour Hersh published in the New Yorker titled, “The Redirection” admitted that:

“To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.” –The Redirection, Seymour Hersh (2007)

Hersh’s report would also include:

“the Saudi government, with Washington’s approval, would provide funds and logistical aid to weaken the government of President Bashir Assad, of Syria. The Israelis believe that putting such pressure on the Assad government will make it more conciliatory and open to negotiations.” –The Redirection, Seymour Hersh (2007)

Clearly the West, including the complicit regimes of Nicolas Sarkozy and now François Hollande, knowingly funded terrorists. Hersh’s report admits that all parties involved even in 2007 knew full well the potential dangers involved in funding terrorist groups but believed these forces could be controlled:

“…[Saudi Arabia’s] Bandar and other Saudis have assured the White House that “they will keep a very close eye on the religious fundamentalists. Their message to us was ‘We’ve created this movement, and we can control it.’ It’s not that we don’t want the Salafis to throw bombs; it’s who they throw them at—Hezbollah, Moqtada al-Sadr, Iran, and at the Syrians, if they continue to work with Hezbollah and Iran.” –The Redirection, Seymour Hersh (2007)

For the West to feign that evidence Al Qaeda is now overrunning the Middle East is somehow an unintended consequence, when officials in 2007 were on record already implementing such a policy is indeed a bold lie. To help sell that lie, the West is calling on its Neo-Conservative factions, and in particular, dusting off their Islamophobia brigades led by the likes of Daniel Pipes, a Project for a New American Century (PNAC) signatory and a chief proponent for war with Syria and Iran, as well as lesser demagogues such as Robert Spencer, Pamella Geller, and David Horowitz.

The creation of a sectarian extremist front to undermine and destroy the governments of Syria and Iran began under Bush in 2007 – Syria and Iran being the specific targets Neo-Cons like Pipes have ceaselessly advocated war with. That Pipes and his compatriots are now claiming the rise of this terrorist front they themselves helped create is somehow the result of a “pro-Islam Obama” is immense propaganda designed for the most impressionable minds.

The Plan: Flip the Script (Again)

In reality, Obama provided left-cover for a singular corporate-financier driven agenda, decided upon decades ago, and part of the reoccurring patterns and themes that define all empires past and present.

It appears that the public is becoming increasingly aware that the US has just handed the nation of Libya over to sectarian extremists and is backing brigades of these same terrorists, now operating in Syria. The operation in Syria seems to have reached a stalemate, with the further arming and backing of increasingly visible terrorist forces a politically untenable option.

It appears that the alternative plan is to flip the script once more, turning Al Qaeda – who began as celebrated freedom fighters battling Soviets in the mountains of Afghanistan, to reviled terrorists waging a decade of war on America in Iraq and Afghanistan, to freedom fighters seeking to oust Qaddafi and President Bashar al-Assad, to once again back to reviled, embassy attacking, ambassador-killing thugs.

Seemingly fully committed to tipping off a “clash of civilizations,” the ground is being prepared for false flag attacks and preparing public opinion for more direct military intervention in places like Syria and Iran. The failures of the last four years of corporate-financier driven policy is being compartmentalized around Obama and will be flushed with his presidency either in 2012, or 2016 with the hopes that the agenda itself will survive and carry on.

An Obama win in 2012 would allow the West to continue funding terrorists more openly worldwide against the governments of Syria, Iran, and even Russia and China – blaming it all on “Pro-Islam Obama.” A Romney victory would allow more aggressive, direct military intervention. Either way, the nations of Syria, Iran, Russia, and China will continue to find themselves in the firing line of both covert and overt foreign military aggression.

The overall agenda is global corporate-financier hegemony, the destruction of the nation-state, and the primacy of Wall Street-London dictated “international law” for an “international order” corporate-financier think-tank policy makerRobert Kagan concedes “serves the needs of the United States and its allies, which constructed it.”

By recognizing the singular agenda front-men like Bush, Obama, and Romney cover for, we can expose thecorporate-financier special interests truly dictating Western policy. By understanding that it is corporate-financier interests, not politicians, that drive these nefarious, overarching agendas, we can formulate solutions based uponundermining and replacing their power and influence, rather than becoming absorbed in short-sighted political battles that ultimately change only the front-men, not the agenda itself.

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The Neocons’ Project for the New American Century: “American World Leadership” – Syria next to Pay the Price?

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“In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter, who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the people.” (Eugene Debs, 1855-1926, speech Canton, Ohio, 16th June 1918.)

The Project for the New American Century (PNAC), unleashed in June 1997, has largely disappeared from the political radar, yet the mire, murder and general mayhem the US, UK and dwindling “boots on the ground” allies find themselves in, are seemingly rooted in its aims, which march relentlessly on.

PNAC was founded under the Chairmanship of William Kristol, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dan Quale during the Presidency of George Bush Snr. Kristol’s father, Irving Kristol has been described as the “Godfather of Neoconservatism.”

The organization was: “ … dedicated to a few fundamental propositions: That American leadership is good for America and the world.” Projects were devised: “ … to explain what American world leadership entails.” (i)

Consulting “the world” about the mind-numbing concept of a US planetary take-over was not a consideration.

Little time was wasted in advancing this new world order. On 29th May 1998 PNAC sent a letter (ii) to the then Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich and to Senate Majority Leader, Trent Lott. It referred to a letter sent to President Clinton four months earlier: “expressing our concern” that U.S policy of “containment of Saddam Hussein was failing.” Thus: “the vital interests of the United States and its allies in the Middle East would soon be facing a threat as severe as any we had known since the end of the Cold War.”

Therefore a strategy should be implemented to: “… protect the United States and its allies from the threat of weapons of mass destruction (and) put in place policies” that would topple the Iraqi leadership.

Without a glance towards international law, the letter continued: “.U.S. policy should have as its specific goal removing Saddam Hussein’s regime … Only the U.S. can (demonstrate) that his rule is not legitimate. To accomplish (this) the following political and military measures should be undertaken …” The first “measure to be taken” was what has now become the blueprint for each planned overthrow of a sovereign government:

“We should help establish and support (with economic, political and military means) a provisional, representative and free government of Iraq in areas of Iraq not under Saddam’s control.”

That Iraq’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity” was guaranteed in law and by the United Nations was not an issue for consideration. Signatories, a veritable “Whose Who” of neo-cons, included John Bolton, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Robert Kagan, James Wolsey, Zalmay Khalizad and PNAC co-founder Robert Kagan.

Robert Kagan is currently on Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Advisory Committee, his wife is Victoria Nuland, spokeswoman for the Clinton headed U.S. State Department. Kagan’s loftily entitled book “The World America Made”, was publicly endorsed by Barack Obama.Its theme was referenced in his 2012 State of the Union address.

Nor has William Kristol gone away. In March 2011 he wrote an editorial in the Weekly Standard arguing that US Military “interventions” in Muslim countries (including the decimations of the 1991 Gulf War, the Balkans, and destructions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq) should not be classified as “invasions” but as “liberations.” Needless to say, he backed US “intervention” in Libya, urging Conservative support.

A more recent piece of war mongering was on Fox News (7th August 2012) when he opined:

“I went back and looked at the speech President Obama gave in March 2011 when he announced the very mild intervention in Libya, which did help to get rid of Qaddafi. Every reason he gave for intervening in Libya is there squared, in triplicate, for intervening in Syria, including the strategic importance of getting rid of Assad and weakening Iran, and we’re sitting there talking about ‘we really hope there won’t be sectarian violence later on’, and, gee, this is kind of unfortunate.”

“If we are abdicating our role of helping to shape events in this absolutely crucial part of the world, what does that say? Are we just going to let other countries, ya know, play their games and stand back as if it doesn’t affect U.S. national security?”

On the same programme Hillary Clinton talked of: “the day after” President Assad. For anyone familiar with the 1983 film of that name portraying the effect of a nuclear strike on Missouri, it was a chilling phrase.

So far it is not known if Kristol and Clinton have connected their perceived threat to U.S. “national security”, the spectre of a dead Ambassador, three colleagues, ten guarding them, burning or under attack US Embassies around the world, generated by actions, provocations and invasions, exactly as they advocated again on Fox News.

Before his next appearance on Fox, Kristol could do worse than peruse Professor Hamoud Salhi’s address, presented at the Center for Contemporary Conflict, of the (U.S.) Naval Postgraduate School in June 2004.(iii pdf) It is entitled: “Syria’s Threat to America’s National Interest.” It is arguably even more pertinent now – and another reminder of how long Syria has been in U.S. sights.

He opens: “Syria’s threat to America’s national interest in the Middle East can only be understood in the context of U.S. plans to reconfigure the Middle East. Knowing now that the motive for invading Iraq was strategic, taking over Syria would give the United States further strategic depth in the region … tipping the balance of power (even more) in favour of the United States regional allies, Israel and Turkey.”

Salhi notes that “strategic pre-emption” is long central to American policy in the Middle East, citing Rapid Deployment Forces during the Carter Administration, Dual Containment under Clinton, Pre-emptive Doctrine under George W. Bush. Polices, he holds, which: “have been instrumental in maintaining hegemony in the region”, avoiding threats to U.S interests, or to those of Israel,Turkey and the Gulf States.

After the 1998 US-UK Christmas bombing of Baghdad drew world-wide criticism, Salhi points out that the often daily (illegal) bombing of Iraq by the two countries was stepped up, with often daily sorties, “using the latest technology” destroying what minimal economic infrastructure remained: “under the pretext that they represented future threats.” It was he contends, the “quiet war”, an ongoing tragedy little noticed by the world.

The ground was – literally – being prepared for invasion, the trigger finger ever itchier, any excuse sought. George W. Bush would later explain that invading Iraq was necessary: “ … to advance freedom in the greaterMiddle East …” (Emphasis mine.)

11th September 2001 arguably gave the excuse to release the safety catches. On 20th September 2001 PNAC sent a letter to Bush: “ … recommending the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, even if no direct link to the 9/11 attack were found.” Time to redeem American: “supremacy in global politics (and for) regime changes in Iraq, Iran and Syria.”

Michael Ledeen, foreign policy expert, another neo-con minded Fox News commentator, alleged to be a “strong admirer” of Niccolo Machiavelli, regarded 1991’s Desert Storm attack on Iraq as a woeful missed chance states Salhi. He notes Ledeen’s view that driving Iraqi troops from Kuwait was wholly inadequate. Strategy should have been: “regime change in Baghdad” (as) “one piece in an overall mission”, which should have been: “one battle … against Iran, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia.”

Addressing “The Syrian Threat”, Professor Salhi reminds of the U.S. Congress 2004 “Syria Accountability Act” which considerably financially weakened Syria’s fragile economy, with further aims clearly paving the way to regime change.

That achieved: “…the United States will have completed its final stage of encircling Iran. This would further tip the region’s balance of power in favour of Israel and ultimately open new doors” for the U.S. “active involvement in toppling the Iranian regime.”

PNAC’s John Bolton, as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control, had testified before a Senate Sub-Committee on Syria’s threats to the U.S., which of course included terrorism and “weapons of mass destruction” reminds Salhi – pointing out that Bolton could cite no specifics. The more a Syrian danger was inflated, the more “justification” for an attack.

Conversely he reasoned, a massively threatened Syria then: “has a motive to make itself more threatening than it actually is.” (On a personal note his comment had resounding resonance. In an interview with Iraq’s then Foreign Minister Tareq Aziz prior to the invasion, I asked about the weapons of mass destruction allegations relentlessly assailing Western air waves . He side- stepped the question neatly: “Madam Felicity, we too are afraid.” He of course knew the truth, Iraq was a sitting duck, but U.S. uncertainty was slender hope for catastrophe averted.)

In a rare moment of intemperance, President Assad stated the country had chemical weapons and would use them if invaded. As Aziz, he would hardly declare there was no way to counter an invasion’s fearsome arsenal.

Concluding, the Professor pointed out that: “Syria’s economic capabilities do not support the argument that Syria could become a threatening force in the region … “ Further, it’s technological development falls to near nil as a threat to the United States. A: “lack of interest in the sciences is reflected in patents registered in the United States, a meager ten, as against 16,328 for Korea and 7,652 for Israel (1980-2000.) Syria has a long way to go before it could reach any kind of technological development to be a threat to the United States.”

Moreover: “Syria’s leadership has pursued a principled foreign policy, built around deeply rooted philosophical orientations and molded to conform to the realities of the region.”

Whilst ideologically deeply rooted in Arab nationalism: “Syrian’s political approach has been consistently pragmatic … a scenario in which Syria acquires nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and uses them against the United States or its regional allies is unlikely.”

Further, as with Iraq, which was minutely scrutinized by US satellites since the late 1980’s (“We can see a Coca Cola can in a trash bin”, “If Saddam sneezes we can see him reach for his handkerchief”) it is surely happening with Syria, with Israel also openly admitting to Drone surveillance.(iv)

Professor Salhi’s final point is that to deter ever mounting threats, Syria might resort to acquiring WMDs, perceived as for their own protection. However: “What is certain, is that using WMDs would be inconsistent with Syria’s well established political approach.”

What is also certain is that in the event of an attack on Syria, the worldwide attacks on US and allied interests and personnel of the last few days will pale in to insignificance.

Notes

i http://www.newamericancentury.orgii http://www.newamericancentury.org/iraqletter1998.htmiiiiiikms1.isn.ethz.ch/serviceengine/Files/ISN/…/en/salhiApr05.pdf
iv http://www.inquisitr.com/285063/israel-increasing-syrian-drone-surveillance-to-monitor-weapons-of-mass-destruction

Essential reading;: http://www.globalresearch.ca/syria-nato-s-next-humanitarian-war/

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“Zombie Apocalypse” – Are We the Zombies?

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Aliens, terrorists … now zombies join the government list of imaginary menaces. But if people are in extremis, perhaps zombies won’t be so imaginary after all.
By Robert Neville

In 1954 a Satanist named Richard Matheson published a pulp fiction horror novel called I Am Legend.  It was the prototype of the “post-Apocalyptic Zombie genre” of fiction.   I actually read it as a boy…..my father bought a copy in 1955. It smelled of mildew.  I never imagined that  book was tied into the real future.

Twenty years ago  Heinz Kissinger said in an address to the Bilderberger meeting at Evian, France (1992), “Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will pledge with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government.”

An article in Huffington Post September 17th 2012 said,  “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is ready for a zombie apocalypse. Gun owners got prepared for a zombie apocalypse. Now, the military and law enforcement are getting ready.  And next month, they’ll begin training.” [1]

During the spring and summer there was a national Zombie Apocalypse campaign that set up shooting range events calling out gun owners to prepare for shooting ‘the Undead’ human Zombies. (see sample event [2] )

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(Does pop culture create zombies?) 


The Huffington Post continues, “Security firm HALO Corp. announced yesterday that about 1,000 military personnel, police officials, medical experts and federal workers will learn the ins and outs of a zombie apocalypse, as part of an annual counter-terrorism summit , according to the Military Times.”

Notice how all these futuristic drills are all privatized now.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and media present the Zombie angle as a clever way to raise public awareness to be prepared for ordinary “hurricanes, pandemics, and natural disasters”.  In the CDC’s Preparedness 101 program, fictional zombies are used to drive home the message that Americans must be ready for any emergency

“The Zombie Apocalypse is very whimsical,” Barker said, noting the setting is intended to add some levity to the more dire scenarios summit goers will encounter — incidents depicting active shooters inside a hospital or downed pilots trapped behind enemy lines, for instance. The pandemic medical nightmare is bound to be an attention-getter among people attending the summit.

The following is from their website:

“Better Safe than Sorry”  “So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp.” http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zombie-apocalypse/

BUT — since when has being prepared for a hurricane, tornadoes, or even the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic involved rifle practice to shoot human beings — I mean “zombies”?

THE REST OF THE STORY

Another series of operations are being carried out by US Special Operations Command or ‘SOCOM’ for short has conducted ‘urban warfare’ training exercises in American cities and rural areas in broad daylight in Minneapolis and St. Louis this year.  SOCOM combines all branches of the military.  It is rumored to include foreign troops from Russia and China reported by witness of these domestic exercises. SOCOM “conducts several covert and clandestine missions, such as unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, psychological warfare, civil affairs, direct action, counter-terrorism and War on Drugs operations.” [3]

This from the BLAZE August 28, 2012 : “Black Hawks Conducting Urban Training Exercise in Chicago and Minneapolis”

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Just as Chicagoans saw Black Hawk helicopters with “heavily armed men” hanging out of them in April this year and were told it was part of a routine training exercise, so to are the residents of Minneapolis being alerted to an upcoming urban training.

WCCO (via CBS Local) stated Monday that residents are not to be alarmed if they see a similar scene of low-flying military helicopters. It reported the U.S. Special Operations Command would be conducting exercises from now through the beginning of September.

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(The closest thing to zombies in a real scenario would be sustained famine – on the order of Holomodor, left, and the Irish famines.  Is this what they mean by zombies? Starvation victims stay on their feet for weeks. Cannibalism occurs in sustained famines of millions of people without food for weeks.)
Civilian videos show these military operations in broad daylight.. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/minneapolis-residents-catch-footage-of-black-hawks-conducting-urban-training-exercise/

Is this the “Big One”?  Martial law coming?


I’m not one to cry “wolf” like Alex Jones has been doing for 15 years.  But as I dig into research on this story, reports aren’t coming in so good.

On the RAND CORPORATION  website I found out about the existence of the  “Stability Police Force” for the United States.

Stability from what?  NWO takover?

They say,

“Security requires a mix of military and police forces to deal with a range of threats from insurgents to criminal organizations. This research examines the creation of a high-end police force, which the authors call a Stability Police Force (SPF)” [5]

Insurgents?  In the United States?

“Urban warfare exercises” coordinating Special Forces, Black Ops, Psyops, and foreign personnel?

Obviously these are military drills involving suppressing the domestic civilian population.  They think by dressing people up as zombies we’ll just think it’s a gag.

Pandemic or Sustained Famine?  War? 

I don’t think it’s about pandemics.  The closest thing to zombies in a real scenario would be sustained famine – on the order of Holomodor and the Irish famines of the 19th and 18th centuries.  There is precedence for this thing.

Military ‘Zombie’ exercises are cover for martial law drills.

What can we do?

Not much.  I’d say stock up on water and dried beans, and “be prepared” to stay indoors for a few weeks, just in case.

Have a nice Halloween folks – and don’t forget not to vote!

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[1] HUFFINGTON POST – Zombie Apocalypse Training: HALO Corp. To Train Military, Law Enforcement On Virus Outbreak
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/17/zombie-apocalypse-training-halo-corp_n_1889724.html

[2] Okeechobee Shooting Range, Florida – Zombie Apocalypse 2.  August 25, 2012 7:30 PM.
http://www.meetup.com/Florida-Firearms-Training/events/72072252/

California Security Summit to Include Zombie Crisis Training

[4] Urban Warfare Drills: Psy-Op Acclimating Americans to Military on US Streets  Aug 2012
http://occupycorporatism.com/urban-warfare-drills-psy-op-acclimating-americans-to-military-on-us-streets/

[5] RAND – A Stability Police Force for the United States
http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG819.html

Zombie Apocalypse Training: HALO Corp. To Train Military, Law Enforcement On Virus Outbreak
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/17/zombie-apocalypse-training-halo-corp_n_1889724.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

MILITARY TIMES MAGAZINE – Security firm to hold zombie crisis scenario
http://www.militarytimes.com/news/2012/09/navy-security-firm-holds-zombie-crisis-scenario-081612/

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Mark Dankof Warns: MEK Alliance With IsraHell Could Lead to World War III

Mark Dankof Warns: MEK Alliance With Israel Could Lead to World War III

by crescentandcross

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Is Venezuela a democracy?

NOVANEWS

by jodymcintyre

After seeing the reality of life in Venezuela, even if only for a short period of time so far, it seems strange for the title of this article to be posed as a serious question.  Nevertheless, with Presidential elections just ten days, and with an avalanche of misinformation allocated by certain sections of the media, it seems like an important issue to address.  Just last week, former US President Jimmy Carter said that, out of the 92 elections the Carter Center had observed, ‘the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world.’  He went on to say that his own country, the United States, had ‘one of the worst electoral processes in the world.’ Nevertheless, it would be short-sighted to accept the rhetoric of US Presidents, past or present, without critical questioning.

Firstly, there is the electoral system itself, being run by the CNE, the Consejo Nacional Electoral.  I know who the elections are being run by, because I have seen their tables and machines at most central Metro stations in Caracas.  Every day, they are there to encourage people to register to vote, to give them information and to explain how voting will take place on the day itself.  These CNE stands were already present when I last visited Caracas, in December of last year, so it is not a measure only for the period immediately preceding the elections.  All in all, in certainly amounts to more than a piece of card arriving through the post.

So, how will Venezuelans vote?  For the first time at these elections, an electronic system has been designed where you vote by using your thumb-print against touch screens, which then prints outs a reciept to confirm your vote.  Voting is not compulsory, the ballot is secret, and it seems like the thumb-print system will be a good way of combating fraudulent voting.  Without a doubt, corruption still exists in Venezuela, so it is a positive thing that new measures such as this are being developed to combat it.

Of course, voting only means something if you know the policies of the candidates you are voting for.  In another huge mobilisation last week, Hugo Chavez launched a mini-newspaper with his Propuesta, or his proposals for the next six years of government.  It contains pages of speciific, numbered objectives, labelled as historic objectives and national objectives, and is attractively laid out with cartoons and photographs to help the text flow.  Where achievements from the last period of government are emphasised, figures and graphs are employed to back-up the points.

Henrique Capriles, the main opposition candidate, has also been promoting his Plan Venezuela, although the release of leaked documents of team Capriles’ economic agenda, revealing a far more neo-liberal basis than suggested in public.  Considering the experience of Venezuelans in the Caracazo uprising in 1989, which erupted in the immediate aftermath of an IMF re-structuring plan and soaring bus prices, it seems that, unfortunately for the Capriles campaign, Venezuelans need little reminding of what neo-liberal economics would mean for their day-to-day lives.

Most of us will be particularly aware that is all too easy for politicians to make promises in the run-up to elections, but what if the candidate who wins does not subsequently deliver on those promises.  In that case, it is lucky that the option of a re-call referendum is in place, provided you gather the signatures of 20% of elligible voters for that candidate.  This was most famously applied in an attempt to remove Hugo Chavez as President in 2003 – after many allegations of fake signatures, extended deadlines and an eventual gathering of the required amount, Chavez eventually won, with 56% voting ‘No’ to re-calling the President – but the measure actually applies to any elected official.  You can’t help to wonder if Nicholas Clegg might be seeking alternative employment had this been in use in the UK.

But even if a candidate does deliver or partially deliver on their pre-election promises, surely it is important for everyone in that country, and not just supporters of that government, to know what laws are being passed or changed.  After all, government officials are elected not only to lead and represent the country, but to be led by and represent the people that voted them.  One solution to educating people about political changes in the country, as well as empowering the public with knowledge of their own political and social rights and how they can be applied, is by having the laws of the country, most of them neatly-printed in pocket-sized pamphlets of differing colours, for general sale on every street corner.  For the equivalent of £1.50, I purchased the law of social services, and the law of rights for people with disabilities.

Also on sale were the penal code, the work law, the law of organic electoral power, laws of rights for women and the civil code of Venezuela.  But perhaps the most important document on sale at the book stand, and that of smallest size in surface area, was the Bolivarian Constitution.  As written by an elected constitutional assembly, subject to suggestions and amendments from the public for several months, and voted into effect by popular referendum, the constitution enshrines the rights of every Venezuelan citizen.

Many basic social, political and human rights are covered, but it also goes further in several areas; not only is discrimination based ‘race, sex, creed or social standing’ outlawed, as is establishing foreign military bases on Venezuelan territory, but ‘Everyone has the right to the free development of his or her own personality.’  Once you begin to understand the importance of this document, not only in it’s content but in the manner in which it was conceived, you begin to understand that voting at elections is merely one part of a democratic, political culture that has transformed Venezuelan society.

It is a culture not of democracy necessarily in the sense that we may be familiar with, but of ‘participatory, protagonistic’ democracy.  Meaning, people both have active participation in the politics of their country, and that they are obliged to play a leading role.  In this way, for example, the Gran Mision Viviendo provides not only much-needed housing for the poorest sections of society, but the tools and the funding for people to build their own houses.

It is important to emphasise, however, that this article only skims the surface, and on a personal level I feel that I have a lot more to learn.  But in essence, this is what the Venezuelan model is about; putting resources into people’s hands, so that they can exercise their own power.  As the Bolivarian Constitution states, under the sub-heading of Fundamental Principles, ‘Sovereignty resides untransferable in the people, who exercise it directly…’

On October 7th, whoever wins the elections, it will be another opportunity for the Venezuelan people to exercise their sovereignty.  Sometimes, it makes me think that it would be a good thing for Hugo Chavez to come up against a serious opposition.  One that challenged Venezuelan society to go even further, to continue to serve as a model for how society can value it’s citizens, and encourage people to value themselves.

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The IRS – “Internal Reality Service”

NOVANEWS
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(Bradley Birkenfeld, left, got $104 million for squealing on his ex-employer to the IRS.) 
Democracy and nationhood are a charade. The IRS is a private collection agency. It reflects our true status in life: interest-bearing cattle & collateral for the Judeo Masonic (Illuminati) central banking cartel.  
by Henry Makow Ph.D. 

This story caught my eye last week. 

Bradley Birkenfeld, 47, a former Union Bank of Switzerland employee secured a whistle-blower award of $104 million, “the largest individual federal payout in U.S. history.”

Bradley Birkenfeld, 47, worked at the largest Swiss bank for five years. 
He told authorities how UBS bankers courted rich Americans, managed $20 billion of their assets and helped them cheat the IRS.

The “largest individual federal payout in US history.”  That got my attention. The federal government isnever that generous!  That’s when I found this excellent reminder  that despite what Bloomberg News wants you to believe, the IRS is not the federal government: 
“You might think that the I.R.S. is owned by our government.  A branch that collects taxes from the citizens in order to fund our government.  If you think that, you would be wrong.
The I.R.S. is owned by entities outside our country,  and by its operation is a collection agency for the Federal Reserve.  As you may know, the Federal Reserve is not a governmental agency, but it is a private bank [i.e. Rothschilds, Warburgs etc.  ] that lends our government money.  Our tax money is collected by the I.R.S. and sent directly to the Federal Reserve banking system.
Our government is financed much in the same way as you might finance your home.  The politicians spend so much money that there is no way that the taxes collected would be enough to pay for all their activities.  So, they borrow money from the banking cartels, and they tell the banking cartels that they can go get the money from the citizens.
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We the people, our labors, our person, is then owned by the banking cartels just as your home us actually owned by the mortgage company.  Don’t pay your mortgage payment and you’ll quickly see who really owns your home.

Don’t pay your taxes and the I.R.S. has the “right” to garnish your wages and freeze your accounts.  That is because our government sold us to the banking cartels as collateral many years ago.  We are property used as collateral for the loans that our politicians take out against us.  We are slaves – literally.

When you see how things actually operate, you can begin to see how these enterprises operate much like organized crime.  The government is the enforcement division, the I.R.S. is the collection division, and the big banks are for money laundering.

Unfortunately all of the money collected goes only to interest payments against the HUGE debt (loans) that our politicians have taken out against us.  They keep spending and we keep paying.  Illegal as it is, they have the bigger guns.

Illegal scams like our government have come and gone throughout the ages.  Just before we won our independence from Great Britain, we were subject that were required to pay exorbitant taxes to the monarchy.  We were not represented, and so “taxation without representation” was the phrase of the day.  That led to the Boston tea party, and the rest is history.”
IMPLICATIONS 

When the author says “the government is the enforcement division,” he is really referring to the “Department of Homeland Security.” The central bankers know they have to establish a fascist state in order to ensure their “debt” gets paid. They are behind 9-11 and the whole “war on terror” ruse which are pretexts to establish a police state.

All countries are “indebted” to the same clique, so they plan to merge them into a thinly disguised totalitarian one world government. 

Until the general population recognizes the real enemy, society is at war against itself.  For example, all foreign wars are contrived to weaken, impoverish and distract.  They finance the Taliban so we can have a state of perpetual war. (In World Wars One, and Two, they found ways to fund Germany.) 
Our political, economic and cultural leaders (i.e. education & the media) serve the debt holders, who unfortunately are satanists. We are like Stockholm Syndrome hostages hoping to be unharmed if we play nice.

Indeed, it is possible for individuals to thrive under these circumstances, and hope the day of reckoning is postponed. Society has proven incapable of  resistance because all the power is in the hands of collaborators. We are a colony where the citizens don’t even know they have been colonized.     

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