Archive | June 25th, 2013

MST (BRAZILS LANDLESS MOVEMENT) says it was encouraging the wave of protest and demand agrarian reform


Members of the MST (Landless Movement) incited on the wave of protests spread throughout the country and closed the BR-163(highway), near the District of Anhanduí, in order to draw the attention of the Federal Government about the dreamed land reform. In the design of them, the historic moment lived by the Brazilian population was triggered after the MST go Anhanduí until Campo Grande on the last day 03.Today, they are concentrated in the vicinity of the settlement Joaquim Pereira Truthful where await the release of Nazareth Farm, with almost 2,500 acres of land, there are 5 years.
According to one of the coordenares of the exhibition, Gerard Lee, the Incra (National Institute of colonization and agrarian reform) has already bought the space, however, is awaiting issuance of possession by the Justice.”We are here to protest about several things, including the delay in applying, in fact, land reform in the country. And also how workers are treated by the Government. Why not make a reform in the Fifa standard? “he asked referring to the exorbitant expenses with the completion of the World Cup.
The demarcation of indigenous lands is also included in the list of claims, in addition, improvements in the areas of health and education, as in all Brazil, are on the agenda of the protest. To avoid total congestion of the highway, they release the transit of 9:0 pm 21 minutes. The time is in allusion to the number of dead in the episode which became known as “the Carajás Massacre”.In April 1996, 21 MST members were killed by the military police of the State of Pará. The confrontation occurred when 1,500 landless who were camped in the region decided to make a March in protest against the delay in the expropriation of land, mainly of Cassava Farm. The military police was asked to take them out of the place, because it would be obstructing the highway BR-155, which connects the State capital Belem in the South of the State

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Marcos Solidarity Message From Subcomandante Marcos to the resisiting masses in Turkey

Resist! By Subcomandante
To the all citizens of the world,Fellows, Sisters, Women, Men, Homeless People, Poor People,
They asked us how many people the Zapatas are and we told them there are hundreds of thousands out there who are fighting for their rights and freedoms. Now today, we hear that on the Anatolian lands, the land of Turks, Kurds, Circassians, Armenians, the Lazs, and many more than i can count, thousands of masked people who wants to live in honor are hailing for freedom. Like Kurdish fellows who were in an honorable fight. We knew that we were not alone, there were millions of us out there and we weren’t alone since we have started fighting.
Today, we see that we are increasing. We hear that people in Turkey shout out “Ya Basta!” and they are in a riot to defend their honor against to the oppressive ruling of Turkish government. The Great Istanbul, the capital of masters throughout history, is now the capital of riot, and it has become the voice of oppressed ones. We see that on the streets of the great Istanbul are now the capital of women, children, men, homosexuals, Kurds, Armenians,
Christians and Muslims. The ones who have been humiliated, oppressed, ignored for decades by their government are now saying “We Are Here.” We are thrilled!We have never wanted a new governance, a new government or a new prime minister. We just asked for respect. We wanted the goverment to respect our requests of freedom, democracy and justice. People of Turkey are demanding for these and resisting for days: Now starting from the ingoing goverment, and all the governments who are going to be in charge, we want you to respect our requests of freedom, democracy and justice! And if you don’t do that, we, who are the owners of rights and freedoms, will stand against you, we’ll fight on the streets until you learn to respect. We don’t want too much, we just want you to respect our rights.
Because we know how we want to live, we know well how we want to govern and be governed. We want to govern ourself and decide about ourself.And we are greeting people of Turkey who are fighting for an honorable life from here, and we want to tell that the fire of riot has warmed Chiapas. Solidarity with the ones who saved the history from past and future and moved to present.Solidarity to the free people of Taksim,

Solidarity to the EZLN,United we stand,Resist! Subcomandante Marcos is the main ideologist, spokesperson and de facto leader of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), a Mexican rebel movement fighting for the rights of the indigenous peoples of Mexico

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The CIA and USAID are delivering arms and humanitarian aid, respectively. The White House continues to ponder what kind of strategy is both feasible and effective. Rosa Brooks posits that although such action is unlikely, the U.S. cannot claim that the use of military force in Syria is legal on the basis of international law. The U.S. can make a case for legitimate action, however.
Congress is demanding action. State reportedly wants airstrikes. The Pentagon is worried about entry and exit strategies. The CIA is already delivering arms to Syrian rebels through Turkey and Jordan. USAID is delivering humanitarian assistance. But at the White House, officials are grappling with how to create a strategy on Syria that is effective and doable — but doesn’t drag the administration into yet another war in the Middle East.
“Everyone knows we’re going to have to do a lot more and a lot more together, to get rid of Assad,” said Andrew Tabler, a Syria analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “The question is how to get there.



Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón will travel Sunday to Belgium where he is scheduled to sign Tuesday its first cooperation agreement with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

According to El Tiempo newspaper, the two-page document will be signed by Pinzon and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and will be broadened with a second chapter in the next two months.The text will originally be named Cooperation and Defense Agreement, and besides exchanging secret information with the 26-member alliance, “the country seeks to export its expertise in fighting terrorism, kidnapping, extortion and transnational crime,”
 says the source.
According to the newspaper that says to base its report on consulting high ranking anonymous sources, the country also hopes to promote the Colombian public force’s “international experience” in member countries of the Alliance or “its areas of influence.”This will be the first official agreement with NATO, “which now has battle fronts opened in Afghanistan and Iraq, after the Colombian Air Force held drills in May with NATO planes in Canada.”The agreement will have to be ratified in Congress and subject to discussion by the Constitutional Court.The Colombian government’s announcement in early June of its decision to start rapprochements with NATO, including its hope to join the Alliance, sparked strong criticism in the country and in the region from international analysts and civilian and political organizations.


The War on the Venezuelan Economy

400 tons of hoarded food seized on June 18Many people prefer to believe opposition claims that it is government mismanagement and policy causing shortages but in this report we publish actual photos taken on June 18th in Tachira state where 400 tons of basic foods were found hoarded in a secret warehouse in the city of San Cristobal.

5,000 kilos (5½ tons) of sugar found in another raid,
hidden in an opposition house in Caracas.

The products discovered were 195 tons of rice, one ton of ground coffee, 4,000 liters of cooking oil plus sugar, black beans, toilet rolls, canned sardines and tuna, lentils, peas, oats, mayonnaise, tomato sauce and serviettes. All foods sold at regulated process. The discovery was made by a joint operation led by Tachira state governor, José Vielma Mora, in conjunction with the state police and the tax authorities (SENIAT). The fact that this merchandise was found in Tachira state, which borders with Colombia, could mean that the food was due to be illegally smuggled into Colombia and sold in supermarkets there at much higher prices than in Venezuela.

The following photographs of just one government raid provide evidence of the food-hoarding tactics used by the Washington-backed opposition. This raid raises questions about the number of other hidden food dumps are yet to be discovered with Maduro’s new strategies for defending and deepening the revolution.[ed notes:click link for whole piece and more photos…

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Irregular groups attack the Central University of Venezuela

More than 50 masked men attacked, on Wednesday, the Central University of Venezuela, UCV, Caracas, the capital, where they fired guns and burned three vehicles, including two buses.According to the Minister of the Popular power for Interior, Justicia y Paz, Miguel Rodríguez Torres, the assailants, after entering the University “burned three vehicles within these facilities, using hoods, motorcycle without plates, causing fear and terror in that House of study”.Attackers seek to provoke the Venezuelan security forces, but they don’t know that the Venezuelan State is supporter of the dialogue, and human rights, said the Minister.
“We know that behind all this there is a plan to try to destabilise and break the stability and governability in Venezuela,” said the Venezuelan official.On the other hand, the Secretary general of the University, Amalio Belmonte, claimed that this group tries to hinder, democratic protest that the University maintain since last June 7Venezuelan public universities demand to the Government a salary increase for teachers and an increase in the budgets for schools.

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War Crimes Tribunal and IsraHell war criminals

On June 14, 2013, Marlise Simons reported in the pro-Israel New York Times that judge Frederik Harhoff, 64, of Denmark in a letter to 56 fellow judges and lawyers at the UN War Crime Tribunal in Hague has accused court’s current president Theodor Meron, for pressuring the fellow judges to acquit certain official accused of war crimes.“Judge Meron has led a push for raising the bar for conviction in such cases,” prosecutors say, “to the point where a conviction has become nearly impossible.” Critics say he misjudged the crucial roles played by the high-level accused and has set legal precedents that will protect military commanders in the future.
International attorney and analyst John Whitbeck comments that both Israel and the United States are “world leaders in the commission of war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against peace,” and that their officials “would prefer to see the bar for criminal convictions raised to a level which offers them continued impunity.”Theodor Meron, 83, is a Jewish US-Israeli citizen. He took the presidency on March 1, 2012. His tenure will end in 2016.
Before immigrating to the U.S., Meron was a member of the Israeli Foreign Service and served as Israeli Ambassador to Canada and to the United Nations in Geneva. He also served as Legal Counsel to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.In 1967 Meron wrote a secret memorandum of law to Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol stating that creating Israeli settlements on occupied territory would be a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, contrary to international law and, hence, a war crime. The memorandum was not made public either by the Zionist regime or Meron.According to Wickileaks cable dated July 27, 2003, judge Meron as president of the ICTY, asked a US diplomate not to extend term of US Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, because he disagreed with her.

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Anti-Semites are not true Christians, pope says



Rabbi meets Francis I, calls pontiff ‘a very good friend of the Jewish people’

ed note–I guess that means that Jesus Himself was an ‘anti-Semite’ as well.

JTA — Pope Francis condemned anti-Semitism during a meeting with representatives of the international Jewish community at the Vatican.

“Because of our commons roots, a true Christian cannot be anti-Semitic,” Francis said Monday at a meeting with a delegation of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, or IJCIC.

He added that the Catholic Church “firmly condemns hatred, persecution and all manifestations of anti-Semitism.”

While Francis has met with several Jewish leaders since becoming pope, he said Monday’s meeting was the first time he has spoken with an official group of representatives of Jewish organizations and communities.

At the meeting, the pope reiterated that the 1965 declaration Nostra Aetate remained the key point of reference for Catholic relations with the Jewish people. The declaration stresses the religious bond shared by Jews and Catholics, reaffirms the eternal covenant between God and the Jewish people, and calls for a halt to attempts to convert Jews.

“Pope Francis is a very good friend of the Jewish people and we rejoice in the fact that he will continue to advance the path of his predecessors in deepening the Catholic-Jewish relationship even further,” said Rabbi David Rosen, the American Jewish Committee’s director of international interreligious affairs.

Representatives of the Rabbinical Assembly, the international association of Conservative rabbis, and the World Jewish Congress also were in attendance. IJCIC is the Vatican’s dialogue partner with world Jewry.

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Obama Backs First-Strike Nuclear War as U.S. Policy


By Francis A. Boyle

I have now had the chance to read Obama’s Report on Nuclear Employment Strategy of the United States, that just came out on Friday, June 21, 2013. The critical passage can be found on page 5:

“The 2010 Nuclear Posture Review established the Administration’s goal to set conditions that would allow the United States to safely adopt a policy of making deterrence of nuclear attack the sole purpose of U.S. nuclear weapons. Although we cannot adopt such a policy today, the new guidance re-iterates the intention to work towards that goal over time.”

In other words, “nuclear deterrence” is not now and has not been the policy of the Obama administration going back to and including their 2010 Nuclear Posture Review as well. Since “nuclear deterrence” is not now and has never been the Obama administration’s nuclear weapons policy from the get-go, then by default this means that offensive first-strike strategic nuclear war fighting is now and has always been the Obama administration’s nuclear weapons policy. This policy will also be pursued and augmented by means of “integrated non-nuclear strike options.” Id.

Therefore the entire 2013 NPR and Obama’s recent nuclear arms “reduction” proposals must be understood within this context of the United States pursuing an offensive, strategic first-strike nuclear war-fighting capability as augmented by non-nuclear strike forces:

“After a comprehensive review of our nuclear forces, the President has determined that we can ensure the security of the United States and our Allies and partners and maintain a strong and credible strategic deterrent while safely pursuing a one-third reduction in deployed nuclear weapons from the level established in the New START Treaty.” Id. at 6.

And we know now for sure that all the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) systems that Obama is currently in the process of deploying in Europe, Asia, and the United States, on land, at sea and perhaps in Outer Space are designed to provide the United States with a strategic, offensive, first strike nuclear war fighting capability against Russia and China and Iran and North Korea and Syria for starters. The latter three because the United States has taken the position that they are not in compliance with their obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: “…the United States has relied increasingly on non-nuclear elements to strengthen regional security architectures, including a forward U.S. conventional presence and effective theater ballistic missile defenses…” Id. at 9.

So the United States government is currently preparing to launch, wage and win an offensive, first-strike strategic nuclear war against Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and Syria. All the rest is just palaver. Including by our Dissembler-in-Chief. An “honors” graduate of Harvard Law School.

Francis A. Boyle is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School. He has advised numerous international bodies in the areas of human rights, war crimes, genocide, nuclear policy, and bio warfare. He received a PHD in political science from Harvard University.

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US warns Moscow not to let Edward Snowden escape Russia



The Obama administration urged Russia not to allow the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden to leave the country, as his attempted escape to South America descended into confusion and farce on Monday.

John Kerry, the US secretary of state, said it would be “deeply troubling” if China and Russia had failed to detain Snowden knowing he was a fugitive from American justice.

The White House insisted that the extradition paperwork it had submitted to Hong Kong, where Snowden had been holed up until Sunday, was in order and that he should not have been allowed to leave.

Snowden was believed to be in Russia on Monday and attempting to fly to Ecuador. Yet journalists who boarded a flight from Moscow to Havana, a suspected lay-over stop on Snowden’s journey, reported that the former National Security Agency contractor was not on the plane, despite reports that he had checked in.

In a statement issued early on Monday, Caitlin Hayden, the chief spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said the White House was “disappointed” by Hong Kong’s decision not to comply with a request to detain Snowden, and allow him to fly to Russia instead on Sunday, in a move apparently orchestrated by WikiLeaks.

Hayden urged Russian authorities not to let Snowden leave its territory, and hinted that Snowden’s transit out of Russia would set back a relationship that President Obama has prioritized cultivating.

“We now understand Mr Snowden is on Russian soil,” Hayden said.

“Given our intensified co-operation after the Boston marathon bombings and our history of working with Russia on law enforcement matters – including returning numerous high level criminals back to Russia at the request of the Russian government – we expect the Russian government to look at all options available to expel Mr Snowden back to the US to face justice for the crimes with which he is charged.”

In Moscow, confusion surrounded Snowden’s whereabouts. Amid farcical scenes, an Aeroflot flight to Havana, packed with journalists, took off apparently without him.

The Interfax news agency quoted a “source familiar with Snowden’s situation” as saying: “Snowden is probably already outside the Russian federation. He could have flown on a different place. It is unlikely journalists could become witnesses to his flight.”

Ricardo Patino, Ecuador’s foreign minister, speaking in Hanoi, said it was considering Snowden’s asylum request but did not know where he was. “I cannot give you information about that. We are in contact with the Russian government, but this specific information about this precise situation of Edward Snowden, we cannot give it to you right now, because we don’t have it.”

Patino read out what he said was a statement from Snowden, in which the whistleblower compared himself to WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, currently on trial in the US for “aiding the enemy”. Snowden apparently said: “It is unlikely that I will have a fair trial or humane treatment before trial, and also I have the risk of life imprisonment or death.”

Speaking in Dehli on Monday, US secretary of state John Kerry expressed frustration that neither the Chinese or Russian governments had detained Snowden. “It would be deeply troubling, obviously, if they had adequate notice, and notwithstanding that, they make the decision wilfully to ignore that and not live by the standards of the law.”

Russian officials claim they lack the legal authority to detain Snowden. “The Americans can’t demand anything,” human-rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin told Interfax, saying that as long as Snowden did not leave the Moscow airport’s secure transit area, he was not on Russian soil and could not be seized.

The New York Times reported that Beijing “made the final decision” to allow Snowden to leave Hong Kong, despite his passport having been revoked by US authorities.

“We have registered our strong objections to the authorities in Hong Kong as well as to the Chinese government through diplomatic channels and noted that such behavior is detrimental to US-Hong Kong and US-China bilateral relations,” Hayden said.

Hong Kong authorities, in announcing Snowden’s departure, issued a statement Sunday saying the US extradition request “failed to comply with legal requirements under Hong Kong law”.

But US officials insisted that no objection had been raised in a series of high-level diplomatic exchanges. “At no point, in all of our discussions through Friday, did the authorities in Hong Kong raise any issues regarding the sufficiency of the US’s provisional arrest request,” the Justice Department said in a statement on Sunday evening. “In light of this, we find their decision to be particularly troubling.”

Obama administration officials revealed that federal judges in the eastern district of Virginia secretly issued a warrant for Snowden’s arrest on 14 June on charges of unauthorized disclosure of classified information and theft of government property. Multiple US government agencies worked extensively behind the scenes to convince Hong Kong to arrest and extradite Snowden on a warrant also issued on 14 June. But not even a phone call on 19 June placed by attorney general Eric Holder to his Hong Kong counterpart convinced Hong Kong to comply with the US request.

On Sunday, with much of the world’s attention captivated on Snowden’s attempts to span the globe in pursuit of asylum, the NSA director Keith Alexander said that Snowden’s disclosures of widespread US surveillance on phone records and Internet communications caused “significant and irreversible damage” to the US and its allies.

A senior Obama administration official who would not provide his or her name told reporters late on Sunday that Snowden’s presumed travel plan undermined the whistleblower’s stated intent to tell the American people about broad government surveillance.

“Mr Snowden’s claim that he is focused on supporting transparency, freedom of the press and protection of individual rights and democracy is belied by the protectors he has potentially chosen: China, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador,” said the official, who did not note that the US was simultaneously attempting to secure the cooperation of China and Russia.

“His failure to criticise these regimes suggests that his true motive throughout has been to injure the national security of the US, not to advance internet freedom and free speech,” the official said.

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