Archive | November 14th, 2013

Under Jewish Rule

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Is it time to write America’s obituary?  Is it time to say, ‘Goodbye, America’?

        … by  Lasha Darkmoon

[Editors Note:  Dear readers, another wonderful piece by Lasha today and also Kevin MacDonald who we all owe a lot to for his historic  research on ‘Jews’ as a biological entity. While Jewish scholars have intensely turned every culture they could find inside out to reveal whatever laundry they felt the world should know, they have used the anti-semitism smear to intimidate anyone else doing this to them.

It is a huge stain on the history of Jewish sociology scholarship. While not all Jews have participated, their professional scholar orgs have never attacked the ‘censor and intimidation’ branch to cease and desist, so they have in effect aided and abetted through their silence.

As our readers here know, during WWII where 50 million people died before it ended, the constant theme of Jewish guilt propaganda has been that not enough was done to save more Jews, which is a not too subtle way of saying that more goyim should have died to protect Jews.

You can add to that the archival proof that the early Zionists planned that the bigger the pile of dead Jews at the end of the war, the more they could use that to push for carjacking a homeland, and they did.

I have always been amazed that Jewish groups feel such campaigns serve their long term social interests, and many Jews I know are just as shocked. It’s similar to living in a area with a corrupt political system that there is not much you can do about it, but at least people don’t cover for them…Jim W. Dean ]

Kevin MacDonald’s review of Wilhelm Marr’s pamphlet, Der Sieg des Judenthums über das Germanenthum, 1879, (“The Victory of Judaism over Germanism”), is a fascinating compendium of pessimistic quotations in which German political pundit Marr concludes gloomily that there was no hope left for Germany.

It was finished — yes, as early as the 1870s. The Jews, he lamented, were simply too formidable a foe. 

Marr’s pamphlet ends with these chilling words: “Let us accept the inescapable, since we cannot change it. Its name is: FINIS GERMANIAE — the end of Germany!”

1.  Is America the new Germany?

I confess I had no idea the outlook was so bleak in Germany as early as 1879. (Marr’s pamphlet has recently been translated into English and is now available in pdf format).  I had been under the false impression that the notion of Jewish domination came much later — after the publication of the Protocols (1903) and the Russian Revolution (1917).

We have seen it all happen though. Germany was brought to its knees, exactly as Marr predicted. Its cadaver now lies rotting.

It was only quite recently that Israel demanded from Germany a further 1 billion Euros ($1.4 billion) in Holocaust reparations for its endlessly traumatized Jewish survivors. Almost 70 years after World War II, the grim extortion racket continues unabated.

Though World War II ended sixty-eight years ago, the number of Holocaust survivors today is truly phenomenal. This prompted Norman Finkelstein’s mother to ask somewhat cynically, after she had been cheated out of her reparations money by the rabbis who administered the Holocaust Fund: “If everyone who claims to be a survivor actually is one, who did Hitler kill?

Good question.

The subject that interests me however — and which should be of vital importance to Americans undergoing an almost identical trauma at the hands of organized Jewry today — is the question: to what extent was Germany in the days before Hitler’s rise to power a dress rehearsal for what we are witnessing in America right now? What are the parallels?  Is it time to write America’s obituary?

Is it time to say, FINIS AMERICAE — the end of America?

Here is a pertinent, relatively modern quotation which will serve as a useful coda to the doomladen citations from Marr. Read it carefully. It will not only hammer home the points made by Marr several decades earlier, it will also provide the reader with a sharp reminder of the parallel situation in which America finds itself today.

With one significant difference: America is in a far worse condition.

Wilhelm Marr (right, 1819–1904). His controversial pamphlet of 1879 predicted the end of Germany — sixty-six years before Germany’s catastrophic defeat in World War II in 1945.

Historian Sir Arthur Bryant summarizes Jewish power in pre-1933 Germany. I have edited this slightly for brevity, omitting the ellipses:

It was the Jews with their international affiliations and their hereditary flair for finance who were best able to seize such opportunities.

They did so with such effect that, even in November 1938, after five years of anti-Semitic legislation and persecution, they still owned, according to the Times correspondent  in Berlin, something like A THIRD OF THE REAL PROPERTY OF THE REICH.

Most of it came into their hands during the inflation. But to those who had lost their all, this bewildering transfer seemed a monstrous injustice.

After prolonged sufferings they had now been deprived of their last possessions. They saw them pass into the hands of strangers, many of whom had not shared their sacrifices and who cared little or nothing for their national standards and traditions.

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The Jews obtained a wonderful ascendancy in politics, business and the learned professions, in spite of constituting LESS THAN ONE PERCENT OF THE POPULATION. The banks, including the Reichsbank and the big private banks, were practically controlled by them.

So were the publishing trade, the cinema, the theatres and a large part of the press—all the normal means, in fact, by which public opinion in a civilized country is formed. The largest newspaper combine in the country with a daily circulation of four millions was a Jewish monopoly. Every year it became HARDER AND HARDER FOR A GENTILE TO GAIN OR KEEP A FOOTHOLD IN ANY PRIVILEGED OCCUPATION.

At this time it was not the ‘Aryans’ who exercised racial discrimination. It was a discrimination that operated without violence. It was EXERCISED BY A MINORITY AGAINST A MAJORITY. There was no persecution, only elimination.

It was the contrast between the wealth enjoyed — and lavishly displayed — by aliens of cosmopolitan tastes, and the poverty and misery of native Germans, that has made anti-Semitism so dangerous and ugly a force in the new Europe. Beggars on horseback are seldom popular, least of all with those whom they have just thrown out of the saddle.

Sir Arthur Bryant, Unfinished Victory (1940), emphasis added.

Throughout history, Christianity, and especially the Catholic Church, has been a countervailing force against organized Jewry—against a “stiff-necked” people who, while claiming spotless innocence and invariably framing their detractors as irrational and pathological haters, have nevertheless been expelled from no fewer than 109 locations since the year AD250.

Why has contemporary Christianity failed so abysmally to stand up to the encroachments of organized Jewry and its influence?

This is a question I will attempt to answer now.

2.  The Christian Zionists and organized Jewry: fools conned by knaves

Despite its history as the only Western institution that has been able at times to resist Jewish power, the Catholic Church, of which I am a hopelessly dysfunctional practicing member, has proved to be an acute disappointment. It has been thoroughly subverted from within and without. It offers neither guidance nor leadership. So forget the Catholics — a spent force.

One is also forced to conclude that there is little hope that American Protestants could come to the rescue. Their infatuated legions — particularly the 60 million Christian Zionists who constitute the most influential group among them — are in many ways as rabid as the fanatical Jews who seem to have infected them with their zealotry, egging them on to find solace in eschatological ecstasies and millenarian mumbojumbo.

Life is indeed so empty and sterile for these wretched lumpengoyim that the only thing that excites their sluggish sensitivities is the prospect of Armageddon and the thought of universal and catastrophic death — the quicker the better.

Whipped into a frenzy of religious fervor by the Grahams and the Robertsons, the Falwells and the Hagees, the Lindseys and the La Hayes, these Christian Zionists have become imitation Jews almost indistinguishable from Vladimir Jabotinski and Baruch Goldstein.

They believe in a Greater Israel — entailing further conquests of Arab Land — and in the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.

They have “adopted” illegal settlements and they directly finance the bulldozing of Palestinian homes, the uprooting of olive trees, and the daily oppression of the rightful owners of the Holy Land.

They pray every Sunday in their vast soulless churches for the destruction of Iran.

And if push came to shove, they would gladly give their blessings to genocide — and call it “the will of God.”

John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel: “Fifty million evangelical Christians unite with five million American Jews, standing together on behalf of Israel….The man or nation that lifts a voice or hand against Israel invites the wrath of God.”

There are now 80,000 fundamentalist pastors and clergy preaching their message of madness to these ill-educated Christian masses — in many ways as gullible and gormless as medieval peasants.

The pernicious views of their “pastors” are disseminated by 1000 local Christian radio stations as well as 100 Christian TV stations. (See here)

Consider the unimaginable war crimes committed by the state of Israel a few years ago in Gaza. The world saw it happen. Judge Goldstone saw it happen. His meticulously documented reportmakes it abundantly clear that Israel is a criminal nation and that its politicians and generals are steeped in criminality.

Later on, under intense pressure and perhaps intimidation, Judge Goldstone backtracked and made lame excuses for these war crimes. In the eyes of many, he damaged his reputation by doing this.

Yet here is Grace Halsell: “Every act taken by Israel is orchestrated by God, and should be condoned, supported, and even praised by the rest of us.”

When I first read this, I couldn’t believe my eyes.

Was this woman crazy? Where had she been since 1948? Hadn’t she heard of the Goldstone Report? Did she have no inkling of Israeli war crimes?

Had she forgotten the Deir Yassin massacre (1948), the Lavon affair (1954), the Sabra and Shatila war crimes (1982), Qana (17 villages wiped out 1996), the Jenin massacre (2002), the Lebanon and Egyptian terrorist attacks and the atrocities in Iraq from 1990 to the present time, the horrific Gaza invasion of 2009?

Had she never heard of the King David Hotel bombing of the British? Had she never heard of the Hebron Mosque massacre by Baruch Goldstein?

Had she never heard of the sneak attack on the USS Liberty? Had she never heard of American state secrets sold to the Soviets and Chinese?  Had she never heard of white phosphorus and cluster bombs and DIME weapons that slice babies’ bodies in half?

Above all: had she forgotten 9/11, the war crime of the century, dressed up to look like an Al Qaeda spectacular?

I need not have worried.

Halsell, I was relieved to learn, was being ironic. She opposed Zionism as much as I did—as any sane and reasonable person would.

3.  Why Contemporary America is far worse off than pre-National Socialist Germany

I have been accused of needless defeatism by some of my anti-Zionist colleagues. America is far from dead, they assure me. It’s alive and kicking. It’s just a matter of time before good patriotic Americans rise from their slumber, reclaim lost ground, and take back their country. I wish I could feel as sanguine about America’s prospects as these optimists do.

I should like to convince you that the problems facing Germany in the past were far less formidable than the problems facing any potential American rescuer today.

One of the serious negative factors facing America today — a problem the Germans never had — is the existence of vast numbers of Christian Zionists in their midst.

Germany of course had to cope with organized Jewry, a group working from within to undermine the foundations of German society. But one scourge Germany did not have, and which America has, is this scourge of a non-Jewish enemy within: the 60 million Christian Zionists acting in cahoots with organized Jewry to oppose the interests of their own people.

America’s Christian Zionists, it would seem, are their own worst enemy — blithely planning their own demise without knowing it.

So here is Problem Number One for those of you who dream that America could once again become the self-conscious ethnic possession of people of European ancestry:  What are you going to do with these 60 million White American renegades who have joined forces with the Enemy? Who are as Jewish as Ariel Sharon or Abe Foxman. Who are hand in glove with AIPAC. Who think ADL means ‘Advanced Divine Leadership’.

How are you going to fit these thoroughly Judaized allies of organized Jewry into your democratic homeland in which 98 percent of the population are non-Jews? — your country that has been taken over and transformed by the Jews into an Israeli colony?

It cannot be done. So you have a big problem.

4.  Israel and its Jewish-American Double Agents

Another big problem America needs to solve that Germany did not have to cope with is the state of Israel and its powerful lobby in America. Germany did not have Israel hanging round its neck like an albatross. The Germans were not induced to fight wars on behalf of a foreign country. They didn’t invade other countries in order to make the world safe for Israel.

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“Since September 11, 2001, the Israeli state, Zionists inside the US government, and the entire leadership of the Major American Jewish Organizations, have been entirely devoted to pushing the US into Middle East wars on behalf of Israel.” — James Petras, see here.

“Today the Jews rule this world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them.” — Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia, in a speech to the Tenth Islamic Summit Conference at Putrajaya, Malaysia, October 16, 2003.

Almost 5,000 U.S. military personnel have been sacrificed for Israel in Iraq. These are the “officially acknowledged” figures. The real figures have been put at between 50,000 and 70,000 and are probably higher. (See here and here.)

The number of seriously injured soldiers are perhaps ten times the number of the dead. Meanwhile, the number of Iraqis slaughtered amount to almost 1.5 million, with four times as many driven into neighboring countries as homeless refugees. The cost to the American taxpayer is (to date) over $980 billion, with a total cost of $3 trillion projected. (See here)

What is even more appalling is that nuclear weapons were surreptitiously used in Iraq, “dirty” weapons designed to produce hideous birth deformities in a “population cleansing war”. Here is America’s handiwork, courtesy of Israel, the instigator of this monstrous war crime.

I think that even the enemies of Zionism before 1948 failed to appreciate the extent to which organized Jewry would maximize its power once it had acquired its own headquarters and homeland — complete with its own military arsenal and espionage facilities. Archimedes provides a hint in his famous quote on the lever, often loosely translated as: “Give me a place to stand and I will move the world.” The Jews now have “a place to stand” — and they certainly are “moving the world.”

The Germans, in addition, did not have a powerful Jewish Lobby holding the entire German government to ransom. German politicians, unlike American ones, were not on Israel’s payroll via campaign contributions from AIPAC and its fabulously rich Jewish supporters. These political donations or “reward money” are bribes in all but name.

Apart from the carrot, there is of course the stick, wielded to good effect by organized Jewry against all American critics of Israel. “Their willing use of force, money and media slander,” James Petras points out, “intimidates any and all critics, including dissident politicians, media, journalists and professors.”

In pre-WW2 Germany, the Mossad did not exist. No Mossad was around to monitor the Internet activities of German politicians to see what financial or sexual shenanigans they were up to. Today, in America, it is reasonable to assume that there is constant surveillance of American politicians by Mossad — if not by AIPAC, the ADL, and their various affiliates. Indeed, the ADL famously settled a spy case that yielded documents with 10,000 names and 600 organizations thought to be insufficiently slavish toward Israel. Legal filings from the case showed that an ADL agent had a floor plan and a key for the office of Alex Odeh, a murdered Arab American leader.

It follows that the potential for blackmailing American politicians (by Israel’s agents) must today be enormous. Sibel Edmonds asks rhetorically, “Are American politicians being blackmailed? Is grass green?” Her answer:  “Of course the blackmail scenario is possible; in fact, highly possible.”

5.  Seven reasons why America is in a far worse position today than Germany was when it was under Jewish domination in the pre-Hitler era

Seven crucial points need to be hammered home.  These show that America is now in a critical situation from which nothing can save it—nothing except a military coup or violent revolution.

1.   Germany did not have to cope with 60 million Christians Zionists collaborating with the goals of organized Jewry; America does.

2.   Germany did not have the state of Israel to finance, nor did it have to fight Israel’s wars; America does.

 

3.   Germany’s population of Jews was relatively small compared to America’s: less than 1% of  80 million (roughly 522,000 Jews in 1933) compared to contemporary America’s 2% + of 314 million (over 6 million Jews).

4.   Since Israel had yet to be founded, Germany did not have the problem of dual citizens whose primary allegiance is to a foreign country.

5.   Although there were Jewish activist organizations in Weimar Germany, they had not achieved the power and influence of the Jewish ethnic infrastructure in the US. Organizations like AIPAC, the ADL, the SPLC, the American Jewish Committee, and the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations (to name a few) are lavishly funded and influential in all areas of American life, including law enforcement, foreign policy, and all things multicultural.

6.   Jews have also erected the Holocaust Industry as a powerful guilt machine for White Americans. Traditional American culture has been substantially replaced by the culture of the Holocaust and various other non-White victimhoods, endlessly played out in the movies, television shows, and in the schools, all the way from kindergarten through the university.

 

7.   Above all, Germany was never threatened with multiculturalism. Promoting multiculturalism has been the focus not only of various influential Jewish intellectual movements, it has also been the most important goal of the organized Jewish community, especially since World War II.

Multiculturalism is a deadly weapon against Western civilization — a WMD of truly devastating lethality that in the long run will destroy Christianity, traditional moral values, and traditional nationalist cultures in North America, Europe, and Australia. It will also result in the dispossession and disempowerment of the white race, with the significant risk of brutal mass rape of white women in future ethnic conflicts — as happened to 2 million German women after World War II.

These are not the fanciful fears of a “racist” — for I regard all manifestations of race supremacy as fundamentally obscene — but the  predictions of a pragmatic realist historian. For if multiculturalism were so desirable, why do the Jews promote it so assiduously in all countries except Israel?_

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“This is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth them…” (Isaiah 42:22)

6.  Conclusion

The situation facing America is a grim one. An epidemic of escalating severity threatens us all. In the course of time, this epidemic of evil is likely to infect Eurasia and spread to other parts of the world like a cancer.

Public debt has increased to almost 70 percent in five years, from 9.9 trillion in 2008 to 16.7 trillion today. China has begun to publicly mock the level of US debt and is reluctant to continue propping up the worthless US dollar, instead earmarking the country’s $3.6 trillion of foreign reserves for the acquisition of huge chunks of real estate in Europe. Soon they will be buying up America — indeed, the process has already begun.

There are plans to sell off  America’s national parks and post office buildings and to drastically limit the value of food stamps to the tens of millions now eking out a miserable existence in tent cities or in deep underground tunnels like sewer rats. Meanwhile, ten American executives took home $100 million each last year, with the top two raking in over $1 billion each. (See here)

Homeland Security has recently acquired 2700 armoured battle tanks for use in American cities, its own secret paramilitary forces, and 1.6 billion rounds of hollow-point ammunition — enough to kill everyone in America five times over. A domestic force of this magnitude can hardly have been assembled to protect America from a virtually non-existent terrorist threat. “This force has been assembled,” Paul Craig Roberts tells us, “to deal with starving and homeless people in the streets of America.”

Alarmist? Not so. Only a few weeks ago we learned that Obama had set a new litmus test for senior military leaders. They were asked the question: “Are you willing to open fire on your fellow American citizens if asked to do so?” Those who answered “Yes” were the ones who got the smiles. Those who said  “No” were instantly dismissed.

If that doesn’t set your alarm bells ringing, nothing will.

A neo-Bolshevik style culling of America’s 314 million population appears to be on the cards. If 66 million Russian Christians, according to Solzhenitsyn, were wiped out under Jewish rule in Communist Russia, why should Americans think themselves immune to a similar bloodbath in their own country?

Wars are the Jews’ harvest, for with them we wipe out the Christians and get control of their gold. We have already killed 100 million of them and the end is not yet.” That shocking statement was reportedly made by a French Jew whose very existence is problematic. His name was Rabbi Reichorn, and he was speaking at the funeral of the Grand Rabbi Simeon Ben-Judah in Paris in 1869. Henry Ford was to add later, “And no harvest is as rich as civil wars.”  

Even if no such rabbi ever existed, the controversial quote nevertheless encapsulates a frightening truth: that we are at war with an implacable enemy with whom we have been embroiled in a death struggle for the last 2000 years. And the tragedy is that most of us, like sleepwalkers in a mist, remain totally unaware of the machinations of this enemy or of the looming pitfalls that lie in front of us.

That the enemy is not entirely Jewish, but is made up of an equally malevolent non-Jewish component, hardly needs emphasis. Anti-Semitism, in the final analysis, is not the answer. Our enemy has two faces, and only one face is Jewish.

If you would like a detailed analysis of who controls America right now, click here.

The future looks unimaginably bleak

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Organized Slime

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Am sort of  having fun playing around with this. May as well have fun while documenting the apocalypse.

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DC Global Drone Summit: Momentum Building Against Killer and Spy Drones

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Friday: National Press Club Event and White House Rally and March to Drone Manufacturer Headquarters

Sat and Sun: International Summit to Feature Dr. Cornel West, Drone Pilots, Yemeni Victims, Legal Experts and Activists

WASHINGTON – November 12 – For the first time ever, a Yemeni delegation of drone strike victims’ family members, human rights experts and Yemeni political leaders will be visiting the US as part of the Global Drone Summit. Faisal Gaber, whose family members were killed by U.S. drones, will ask President Obama for an apology. The delegation will speak at the Friday press conference and at the Drone Summit on Saturday from 1:30pm-3:30pm.

Their visit follows in the wake of the shocking new reports on the impact of US drone strikes put out by the United Nations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, and a recent US visit by Pakistani drone strike survivors. Yemen is now the number one target for US drone strikes, and the heart-breaking story of the death of Faisal Gaber’s family members is detailed in the Human Rights Watch report.

The Global Drone Summit will bring together hundreds of people from across the US and around the world to discuss strategies to stop the proliferation of drones used for killing and spying. It is organized by the peace group CODEPINK, along with the Institute for Policy Studies, The Nation Magazine, Center for Constitutional Rights, and National Lawyers Guild (Georgetown Chapter).

In addition to the Yemeni delegation, the Summit will include drone pilots, legal experts, human rights advocates, authors, technology experts, artists and grassroots activists.

On Friday, November 15 at noon, CODEPINK is organizing a protest march from the White House to the headquarters of drone manufacturer General Atomics, and a day of congressional lobbying and actions on Monday, November 18. These actions will build on hundreds of recent protests at drone bases, CIA, Pentagon, White House and drone manufacturers as the anti-drone movement has gained rapid momentum.

Press Conference

Time: Friday, November 15, 11:00am

Location: National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, DC

Speakers: Faisal bin Ali Gaber, whose brother-in-law (an anti-al Qaeda cleric) and 21-year-old nephew were killed in drone strike; Entesar Al Qadhi, prominent female Yemeni politician from drone strike area; Baraa Shiban, youth representative for National Dialogue Conference and drone investigator for human rights group Reprieve UK; Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK cofounder and author of Drone Warfare.

White House Rally and March to Drone Manufacturer General Atomics HQ

Time: Friday, November 15, 12:00pm-1:30pm

Location: Rally at White House, march to General Atomics (1899 Pennsylvania Ave, NW)

Summit: Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance

Time: Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm

Location: Georgetown Law Center, Hart Auditorium, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW DC

The Summit’s program will include:

· Opening Remarks by Dr. Cornel West

· Victims’ Testimonies: Honoring Voices, Acknowledging Lives

· Drone Operators: Commanding the Machines

· I Spy: Drones and the Surveillance State

· Compensation: Helping with Loss

· Global Action to Regulate Drones: The United Nations and the International Movement

· Creative Resistance to Drone Warfare, Art and Poetry From Around the World

· Film screenings throughout the weekend

· Workshops on Sunday for direct action training, street theater, social media and student organizing

· Speakers include international law expert Mary Ellen O’Connell, author of Drone Warfare Medea Benjamin, Retired Colonel Ann Wright, UK/Europe drone expert Chris Cole, renowned British scientist Noel Sharkey, and creator of DroneStream Josh Begley.

The Yemeni delegates and other speakers are available for individual interviews.
– See more at: http://www.codepink4peace.org/article.php?id=6521#sthash.3svghqB8.dpuf

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What’s Right with Sweden? Prisons Close as Demand Falls

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With focus on rehabilitation and more reasonable sentencing, nation shutters four state-run jails

– Jon Queally

Prison numbers in Sweden, which have been falling by around 1% a year since 2004, dropped by 6% between 2011 and 2012 and are expected to do the same again both this year and next year. (Photograph: Paul Doyle/Alamy)As study after study (after study) in the United States over the last several decades have shown a prison population explosion that demands additional, larger, more expensive—and increasingly privatized—prisons, the trend in Sweden might hold a lesson on how to end the ever-expanding incarceration rate.

In fact, instead of building new prisons or holding steady with the number they have, the Swedish government—citing a rapid fall in demand—has now ordered the closure of four prisons.

“We have seen an out-of-the-ordinary decline in the number of inmates,” Nils Öberg, the head of Sweden’s prison and probation services, explained to the Guardian. “Now we have the opportunity to close down a part of our infrastructure that we don’t need at this point of time.”

As the Guardian reports:

Prison numbers in Sweden, which have been falling by around 1% a year since 2004, dropped by 6% between 2011 and 2012 and are expected to do the same again both this year and next, Öberg said.

As a result, the prison service has this year closed down prisons in the towns of Åby, Håja, Båtshagen, and Kristianstad, two of which will probably be sold and two of which will be passed for temporary use to other government authorities.

Öberg said that while nobody knew for sure why prison numbers had dropped so steeply, he hoped that Sweden’s liberal prison approach, with its strong focus on rehabilitating prisoners, had played a part.

Swedish authorities explain that this more “liberal” approach includes both the rehabilitation cited, but also a new sentencing structure that has reduced the terms given for drug offenses, theft, and other less serious crimes.

At 112th in the world, Sweden has long been rated well in indexes that calculate the percentage of its population the remains incarcerated. In contrast, the United States has the most heavily-jailed population in the world.

Again, from the Guardian:

According to data collected by the International Centre for Prison Studies, the five countries with the highest prison population are the US, China, Russia, Brazil and India.

The US has a prison population of 2,239,751, equivalent to 716 people per 100,000. China ranks second with 1,640,000 people behind bars, or 121 people per 100,000, while Russia’s inmates are 681,600, amounting to 475 individuals per 100,000.

And, as the Congressional Research Service (CRS) reported earlier this year, the U.S. prison population continues to rise at an unprecedented rate, both federally and across many states. Those rates lead to over-crowding, growing costs, and increasingly unsafe institutions. As anAl-Jazeera investigation, following a report from the Government Accountability Office, found:

The overcrowded facilities have contributed to a multibillion dollar demand for private prisons. The industry argues it is helping the government save money. But others argue that for-profit prisons only increase the incentive to incarcerate more people.

Almost half of those incarcerated in federal prisons are drug offenders. Another 16 percent of inmates are in prison for offences related to weapons, explosives and arson. Those convicted of immigration violations make up 12 percent of the federal prison population.

And the impact of mass imprisonment spreads far beyond the prison walls.

Sociologists have found that the rise in incarceration rates reduce social mobility and ensure both prisoners and their families remain trapped in a cycle of poverty.

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US Thwarts Investigation into Afghan Civilian Murders

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The killings have become a flashpoint of anger over U.S. atrocities and immunity from Afghan law

– Sarah Lazare

Afghanistan’s intelligence service says it is unable to continue an investigation into the murder of at least 10 Afghan civilians due to the U.S. military’s refusal to cooperate, Reuters revealed Tuesday.

A flier of Afghans who were seized by the Special Forces and never seen again (Photo: ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS/AP)

Between October 2012 and February 2013, 17 men disappeared following U.S. raids and detentions in the district of Nerkh in Wardak province—just west of Kabul. Local residents found 10 of their bodies buried just several hundred meters from a base housing a U.S. Army Special Forces unit, commonly referred to as Green Berets.

According to Reuters, a September 23rd report from Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) finds that the U.S. military refused the agency access to the three Green Berets and four Afghan translators suspected of involvement in the deaths.

“Despite many requests by NDS they have not cooperated. Without their cooperation this process cannot be completed,” stated the report.

Local residents say the Green Berets had detained and ‘disappeared’ 10 civilians and killed 8 during their ‘operations,’ according to an investigative report by Matthieu Aikins of Rolling Stone. Special Forces Afghan translator Zakeria Kandahari, who was arrested by the NDS under suspicion of participating in the murders, has also implicated the U.S. unit.

After repeatedly denying the involvement of Green Berets in the killings, the U.S. military launched its own criminal investigation into the murders in July 2013. Yet, it continues to refuse cooperation in the Afghan one.

U.S. service members in Afghanistan have immunity under Afghan law according to a deal brokered during the U.S.-led occupation. The Wardak killings have become a flashpoint in local anger over U.S. atrocities and insulation from Afghan law as the issue of immunity proves a key sticking point in negotiations over a bi-lateral security agreement.

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Lauren Booth speaking at protest against Aafia Siddiqui’s sentence

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September 23rd 2010 was a black day for justice and human rights as Aafia Siddiqui was shockingly sentenced to 86 years in prison, following a trial deemed by critics “a grave miscarriage of justice”. Protest outside the US Embassy, London, recalls this damning stain on America’s history, reaffirming our call for Aafia’s immediate release to her family in Pakistan.

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Conspiracy theories? No one does it better than West’s elite

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Neil Clark 

AFP Photo / Wojtek RadwanskiAFP Photo / Wojtek Radwanski

For a long time elite establishment gatekeepers in the West have scoffed at that those who claim Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned. As to those who claimed he was poisoned by Israel – well-of course they’re crazy conspiracy theorists!

Yet these same people who ridiculed the idea of Arafat’s poisoning are, by and large, the same people who assert, without any shadow of a doubt, that the murdered spy Aleksandr Litvinenko was poisoned by the Russian authorities in London in 2006.

Now we still don’t know for sure that Arafat was poisoned, or that Israel was responsible, but after last week’s news that Swiss scientists have found levels of polonium-210 18 times higher than normal in his exhumed body, it is much harder for these elite gatekeepers to haughtily dismiss as ‘cranks’ those who maintain that Arafat was murdered.

What the Litvinenko and Arafat cases show us is that there are officially ‘approved’ conspiracy theories and those which do not receive official approval.

Copies of the book "Death of a Dissident" by Alex Goldfarb and Marina Litvinenko (AFP Photo / Leon Neal)Copies of the book “Death of a Dissident” by Alex Goldfarb and Marina Litvinenko (AFP Photo / Leon Neal)

The labeling of people as ‘conspiracy theorists’ by gatekeepers in the West has nothing to do with how much evidence there is to support a claim or the quality of that evidence, but is a political call, based on who the conspiracy theory concerns and who is making it.

Establishment gatekeepers are not objective judges, but are heavily biased and label any idea they don’t like as a ‘conspiracy theory’. Labeling someone a ‘conspiracy theorist’ is their standard way of declaring that person to be ‘off-limits’, i.e. he/she is an unreliable source and a ‘crank’. It’s a way that dissent and debate is stifled in what appear to be free, democratic societies – and how people who challenge the dominant establishment narrative are deliberately marginalized.

Yet the greatest irony is that in the last 20 years or so, the biggest pushers of conspiracy theories have been these very same Western elite politicians and establishment gatekeepers so quick to accuse others of peddling conspiracy theories.

They were the ones who pushed, with great zeal, the conspiracy theory that Saddam Hussein had WMDs in 2003. This was one which had real, deadly consequences, leading to a blatantly illegal war and the deaths of at least 500,000 people. These elite gatekeepers have also pushed the conspiracy theory that Iran has secretly been developing nuclear weapons – again without producing any compelling evidence. This conspiracy theory has led to the imposition of draconian sanctions on the Islamic Republic, which have caused great suffering to ordinary people.

This year, these establishment conspiracy theorists have been at it again, claiming with great conviction that it was the Syrian government which launched a chemical weapons attack at Ghouta, even though we still don‘t know for sure who was responsible.

Other ‘acceptable’ conspiracy theories involve elections. if elections in foreign countries are won by the ’wrong’ side i.e. the side the Western elites don’t want to win, then it is routinely claimed that the elections were ’fixed’ or ‘stolen’. Thus, the late Hugo Chavez won his regular election victories in Venezuela not because he was genuinely popular and loved by his people, but because he fixed the polls. The same claims were made against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he was re-elected as Iranian president in 2009.

But when gatekeepers are asked for evidence to back up their claims of electoral fraud, there is silence.

Stephen Hildon, a politics commenter, @StephenHildon, asked one such gatekeeper on Twitter for evidence for his assertion that Hugo Chavez engaged in ’widespread fixing of a state election’.  As yet, he has not received a reply.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez waves a Venezuelan flag while speaking to supporters after receiving news of his reelection in Caracas on October 7, 2012. (AFP Photo / Juan Barreto)Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez waves a Venezuelan flag while speaking to supporters after receiving news of his reelection in Caracas on October 7, 2012. (AFP Photo / Juan Barreto)

In Western elite circles, it’s OK to claim Iraq possessed WMDs when it didn’t. It’s OK to say Iran has a nukes program. It’s OK to say that the Syrian government launched chemical weapons attacks against its own people. It’s OK to say that Hugo Chavez engaged in the ‘widespread fixing’ of elections. When the country being discussed is an ‘official enemy’, you don‘t need much, if any, evidence to make claims against it. The claim doesn’t even have to be logical.

For common sense tells us that if Bush and Blair genuinely believed Iraq possessed WMDs in 2003, they would not have attacked, or even talked about attacking the country. Common sense also tells us that it would have been absolutely mad for the Syrian government to launch a massive chemical weapons attack close to Damascus at the time when UN Inspectors were in town and when pro-war hawks in the West were looking for any pretext to launch military strikes on the country.  Yet we are expected to swallow these elite theories, despite the lack of evidence and the fact that they make no sense.

By contrast, if the country under suspicion is a Western one, or an ally of the West, such as Israel, anyone making any claims about its actions – claiming that it has assassinated someone, or that it has been involved in shady, dubious activities – they will be called a ’conspiracy theorist’, even if what they claim is in fact quite logical.

It’s time for those who challenge the dominant, establishment narrative in the West to go on the offensive and turn the tables on the elite gatekeepers who screech ‘conspiracy theorist’ at anyone who dares to question the official war-party line. What determines if an idea really is a conspiracy theory should be the evidence – or lack of it- and a logical appraisal of who would really benefit from the action. It certainly shouldn’t be the biased view of those who have appointed as the arbiters of what is a conspiracy theory and what isn’t

Another claim which was has been made by establishment gatekeepers is that the basis of conspiracy theories is ‘anti-Semitism‘. In other words, they put out a conspiracy theory about conspiracy theories. So if you do believe or espouse what the gatekeepers have deemed to be a ‘conspiracy theory’, you are not only a ‘crank‘, but are an anti-Semite, or more precisely, anti-Jewish.. The aim is clearly to ensure that those who don’t hold the ‘right’, i.e. pro- establishment views are totally ostracized, as for obvious reasons being accused of being anti-Jewish after the horrors of Nazism and the Holocaust is something most people would want to avoid.

Again, no compelling evidence is produced to back up the claim that conspiracy theories are inherently anti-Jewish, and any serious, objective analysis of conspiracy theories would lead to the rejection of the idea as quite ludicrous, but that doesn’t matter as it’s the elite gatekeepers who are making this toxic charge and they- unlike dissidents- are not required to prove their case.

The fact is that if you’re looking for wacky conspiracy theories then the experience of the last 20 years tells us that the best place to find them is not on so-called ‘fringe’ websites, or on ‘alternative’ media, but from the mouths – and the pens – of the elite gatekeepers themselves.

Whether it’s claims that Iraq could deploy its WMDs ‘within 45 minutes’, or that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, or that Hugo Chavez fixed elections, no one does conspiracy theories better than the West’s conspiracy-theory hating elite.

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‘Enjoy rape’ remark puts India’s top investigator under fire

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AFP Photo / Noan SeelamAFP Photo / Noan Seelam

The director of India’s top investigation agency faces fierce criticism over his controversial comment, “if you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it”. Rights campaigners demanded the resignation of the country’s top investigator.

“It is sickening that a man, who is in charge of several rape investigations, should use such an analogy. He should be prosecuted for degrading and insulting women,” local politician Brinda Karat told The Hindu newspaper.

The head of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Ranjit Sinha, made the remark while speaking on legalizing betting in sports.

Ranjit Sinha (AFP Photo / Sajjad Hussain)Ranjit Sinha (AFP Photo / Sajjad Hussain)

“Do we have the enforcement?” Sinha said at a CBI question-answer session in New Delhi on Tuesday.“If you cannot enforce the ban on betting, it is like saying ‘if you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it’,” he said.

Sinha’s comments immediately caused outrage among women activists, and many on the social media, who called it shameful and “not acceptable”.

“Such a senior police officer who is in a very responsible position and investigates criminal cases should not have passed such a remark,” said Ranjana Kumari of the Centre for Social Research, as quoted by the local Hindustan Times. “It is not acceptable and he should apologize for it. It has become a habit of people in senior positions to treat the issue of sexual assault lightly,” she added.

“How can he remain the head of India’s premier investigation agency?” All India Progressive Women’s Association activists said.

The CBI chief has said he regretted his remark on rape, which was misinterpreted as he “just used a proverb”.

“I gave my opinion that betting should be legalized and that if the laws cannot be enforced that does not mean that laws should not be made,” Sinha said in a statement. “This is as erroneous as saying that if rape is inevitable one should lie back and enjoy it.”

As Sinha explained to the Hindustan Times, he meant to say that “lotteries are already legal” and so, he said that “betting could be legalized, it can be taxed.”

“To make this point, I just used a proverb,” he told the newspaper.

The issue of sexual assaults on women in India has been in the spotlight since the gang rape of a student on a Delhi bus in December. She was thrown onto the street and later died in a Singapore hospital. The case led to widespread protests and ignited an intense debate over sexual violence and the rights of women, which in turn resulted in some legal reforms.

In March India introduced tougher rape laws. Under the new law, repeat offenders and those whose victims are left in a “vegetative state” now face the death penalty.

Government statistics earlier indicated that a woman is raped every 20 minutes in India, although the country’s conviction rate for rape crimes is one of the lowest in the world.

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Russia Seeks Biggest Egypt Arms Sale Since 1970s After U.S. Halt

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By Henry Meyer & Mariam Fam

Russia is negotiating its biggest weapons deals with Egypt since the Cold War as it seeks to capitalize on U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to cut defense aid to the military-backed government.

Egypt is seeking as much as $2 billion of Russian weaponry, including MiG-29 fighter planes, air-defense systems and anti-tank missiles, said Ruslan Pukhov, a member of the Russian Defense Ministry’s advisory board and head of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow.

The Russian defense and foreign ministers will fly to Cairo this week for two days of talks with Egyptian officials on “military-technical” cooperation, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Nov. 8. Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy confirmed the arms talks in an interview with Russia’s state-run Arabic language channel RT today.

The Obama administration last month suspended some military aid to Egypt, including $260 million in cash and deliveries of F-16 fighter jets, helicopters and tanks in an effort to prod the North African country toward democracy. Egypt’s army ousted President Mohamed Mursi in July, leading to clashes between security forces and Mursi’s supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood that have left more than 1,000 people dead.

The Russian visit sends “a strong political message that stresses the desire” of Russia “to bolster relations and cooperate with Egypt in all fields,” Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said by phone today. This doesn’t mean “substituting one party with another but rather diversifying the alternatives and choices.”

Gulf Funding

Egyptian officials are seeking financing from an unidentified Persian Gulf country to buy as much as $4 billion of Russian arms, Palestinian newspaper Dunia al-Watan reported Nov. 6, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have pledged at least $12 billion to Egypt’s new government.

Russia signed a weapons deal with Iraq last year that’s worth more than $4.2 billion, its biggest with that Middle Eastern country since the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

At the top of Egypt’s shopping list is the MiG-29 M2 fighter jet, an advanced version of the Soviet-designed aircraft, Pukhov said in an interview in the Russian capital. Egypt is interested in 24 of the warplanes, a package that may be worth 1.3 billion euros ($1.7 billion), according to Pukhov.

Egypt may also be interested in short- to medium-range Russian defense systems such as the Buk M2, Tor M2 and Pantsir-S1, according to Said Aminov, editor-in-chief of pvo.guns.ru, a defense information portal.

Nasser, Khrushchev

“The only issue is Egypt’s ability to pay,” Igor Korotchenko, another member of the Defense Ministry’s advisory board, said by phone from Moscow. “Russia is prepared to supply a wide range of arms to meet Egypt’s requirements.”

A spokesman for Russian arms broker Rosoboronexport, Vyacheslav Davidenko, declined to comment on the Cairo talks. Egyptian military spokesman Ahmed Mohamed Ali couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

The Egyptian government installed by the army after Mursi’s overthrow has said it expects to hold elections next year. Egypt, an American ally for more than three decades, received about $1.3 billion a year in military aid from the U.S. prior to Mursi’s ouster.

Egypt and the Soviet Union became allies in the 1950s when Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev forged ties. Egypt received Soviet military assistance, including during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, and the Soviets financed infrastructure projects such as the Aswan Dam to irrigate land and supply electricity.

Sadat, Mubarak

The ties lapsed after Nasser’s death in 1970, when the Arab nationalist was succeeded byAnwar Sadat, who set the regional power on a pro-U.S. track that accelerated under Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled in 2011. In 1972, Sadat expelled thousands of Soviet advisers and in 1976 ended a treaty on friendship and cooperation with the Soviet Union.

“They are trying to send the U.S. a strong message by approaching Russia the way they are, which is ’unless you stop linking military aid with political issues, we’re going to look elsewhere,’” Yasser el-Shimy, an analyst for the International Crisis Group in Cairo, said by phone today.

“A lot will depend on how willing Gulf countries are to finance Egypt’s arms purchases from Russia,” el-Shimy said.

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‘Untrustworthy and dishonest’: Obama’s popularity hits all time low

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US President Barack Obama (AFP Photo / Saul Loeb)US President Barack Obama (AFP Photo / Saul Loeb)

US President Barack Obama’s popularity has hit an all-time low, with a majority of Americans now saying he is dishonest, untrustworthy and not competent to govern, according to a new national poll.

The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute was conducted amongst 2,545 registered voters nationwide between November 6-11, with a margin of error of plus-minus 1.9 percentage points.

Overall, only 39 percent of Americans now approve of the job President Obama is doing, his lowest approval rating ever registered by the respected Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. Fifty-four percent, meanwhile, disapprove of his performance.

Voters in every age and income bracket view his performance negatively, with senior citizens giving him a particularly low 36 percent approval mark.

The biggest group to abandon the presidential ship was women voters, with his overall approval rating dropping to 40 percent. Fifty-one percent, on the other hand, disapprove of his performance.

Also for the first time, only 44 percent of Americans now view Obama as trustworthy and honest, while 52 percent say he’s not; the first time a majority of Americans have doubted his credibility. He also slumped on efficacy marks, with 53 percent of Americans now saying his administration is not competently running the government, while 43 percent retain faith in his ability to govern.

President Obama’s lowest score before the polling results were released on Tuesday was a 55 – 41 percent disapproval in an October 2011 survey.

“Any Democrat with an 11-point approval deficit among women is in trouble. And any elected official with an 8-point trust deficit is in serious trouble,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Malloy said Obama has naturally gone through the cycle of any new president, where the “honeymoon period” saw his approval ratings hover in the high 50s, only to eventually drop to the “respectable, though not overwhelming, 40s.”

“President Obama’s job approval rating has fallen to the level of former President George W. Bush at the same period of his Presidency,” Malloy added.

Bush’s level off approval dropped to 39 percent in 2005, although by 2008 he would hit the lowest approval rate in modern history: 28 percent. Only President Harry Truman, mired in the Korean War and battling back inflation, scored lower with a mere 22 percent of voters approving his performance in 1952.

A primary reason for the slump is disaffection with Obama’s broken promise that voters could keep the health care plans they already had under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

American voters are divided 46 – 47 percent on whether Obama “knowingly deceived” the public when saying people would be able to keep their plans.

A majority of Americans remain opposed to “Obamacare” – 55-39 percent. Only 19 percent of Americans believe the program will increase the quality of care they and their families will receive, while 43 percent say it will get worse.

The president continues to score high marks among Democrat African American voters, who approve of his performance 79 percent and 75 percent respectively.

The one issue Obama receives a passing grade on among a majority of American is his handling of terrorism, which garnered a 52-42 percent approval rating.

Regarding his handling of foreign policy, immigration, the federal budget and the economy, however, Obama did not break the 40 percent approval threshold on any of those issues.

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