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Poverty wages in the land of plenty

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The holiday season is upon us. Sadly, the big retailers are Scrooges when it comes to paying their workers
A group of protesters walk through the Walmart retail store parking lot on Black Friday in Elgin, Illinois, November 29, 2013.
A group of protesters walk through the Walmart retail store parking lot on Black Friday in Elgin, Illinois. Photograph: Jeff Haynes/Reuters

The holiday season is upon us. Sadly, the big retailers are Scrooges when it comes to paying their workers. Undergirding the sale prices is an army of workers earning the minimum wage or a fraction above it, living check to check on their meager pay and benefits. The dark secret that the retail giants like Walmart don’t want you to know is that many of these workers subsist below the poverty line, and rely on programs like food stamps and Medicaid just to get by. This holiday season, though, low-wage workers from Walmart to fast-food restaurants are standing up and fighting back.

“Walmart was put in an uncomfortable spotlight on what should be the happiest day of the year for the retailer,” Josh Eidelson told me, reporting on the coordinated Black Friday protests. “These were the largest protests we’ve seen against Walmart … you had 1,500 stores involved; you had over a hundred people arrested.” Wal-Mart is the world’s largest retailer, with 2.2 million employees, 1.3 million of whom are in the US. It reported close to $120bn in gross profit for 2012. Just six members of the Walton family, whose patriarch, Sam Walton, founded the retail giant, have amassed an estimated combined fortune of between $115bn to $144bn. These six individuals have more wealth than the combined financial assets of the poorest 40% of the US population.

Walmart workers have been organizing under the banner of OUR Walmart, a worker initiative supported by the United Food and Commercial Workers union. Workers have taken courageous stands, protesting their employer and engaging in short-term strikes. Walmart has retaliated, firing many who participated. One of those fired wasBarbara Collins, who worked for eight years at the Walmart in Placerville, California.

“I was terminated for speaking out,” Collins told us on “Democracy Now!” On 18 November, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that the strikes were protected worker actions. Collins, who was speaking to us from Bentonville, Arkansas, where she was protesting Walmart at its world headquarters, told us:

The NLRB ruling is just overwhelming. We are really excited that they found that we’re telling the truth, that they broke the law, and we want to be reinstated.

The public policy think tank Demos issued a report, A Higher Wage is Possible: How Walmart Can Invest in Its Workforce Without Costing Customers a Dime” (pdf). Demos analyzed a growing demand from the Walmart worker movement for a guaranteed base salary for full-time workers of $25,000 per year. “We found talking to Walmart workers over and over again that their wages give them just enough to meet their basic needs, and at the end of every month, they’re making critical trade-off decisions,” Catherine Ruetschlin, one of the report’s co-authors, told us. “Determining whether they’re going to get medicine or pay their school fees or put food on the table or keep their electricity on.” The report explains that “if Walmart redirected the $7.6bn it spends annually on repurchases of its own company stock, these funds could be used to give Walmart’s low-paid workers a raise of $5.83 an hour,” meeting the salary goal of the workers.

Parallel to the Walmart campaign is a drive for higher wages in the fast-food industry. In more than 100 cities, workers are organizing protests and strikes … and winning. In SeaTac, the Washington state municipality where the Seattle-Tacoma Airport is located, voters approved a local minimum wage of $15 an hour. As with Walmart workers, fast-food giants like McDonald’s and Yum Brands (which owns KFC and Taco Bell) all feast from the public trough: their workers, earning poverty wages, depend on public-assistance programs like food stamps and Medicaid, while their enormous CEO benefit packages qualify for corporate tax deductions, as reported by the Institute for Policy Studies this week.

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25, equivalent to an annual income of $15,080 for a full-time worker. If the minimum wage had kept up with inflation since 1968, it would be $10.74, enough to lift a family of three above the poverty line. If the wage had grown at the same pace as worker productivity (since each worker per hour produces much more now than in decades past), it would be $18.72 per hour. And if the minimum wage had skyrocketed at the same pace as wages for the top 1%, it would be $28.34. These figures from the Economic Policy Institute explain why President Barack Obama is pushing for an increase in the minimum wage.

Progress on the minimum wage, and on workers’ rights at Walmart, McDonald’s and the other multinational corporations that depend on public subsidies for their workers, will come not from a stroke of the president’s pen, but from the concerted efforts of workers and their allies, from the streets to the voting booths.

 

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Class Struggle American workers have a chance to be heard

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The most important–and unfortunately the least debated–issue in politics today is our society’s steady drift toward a class-based system, the likes of which we have not seen since the 19th century. America’s top tier has grown infinitely richer and more removed over the past 25 years. It is not unfair to say that they are literally living in a different country. Few among them send their children to public schools; fewer still send their loved ones to fight our wars. They own most of our stocks, making the stock market an unreliable indicator of the economic health of working people. The top 1% now takes in an astounding 16% of national income, up from 8% in 1980. The tax codes protect them, just as they protect corporate America, through a vast system of loopholes.

Incestuous corporate boards regularly approve compensation packages for chief executives and others that are out of logic’s range. As this newspaper has reported, the average CEO of a sizeable corporation makes more than $10 million a year, while the minimum wage for workers amounts to about $10,000 a year, and has not been raised in nearly a decade. When I graduated from college in the 1960s, the average CEO made 20 times what the average worker made. Today, that CEO makes 400 times as much.

In the age of globalization and outsourcing, and with a vast underground labor pool from illegal immigration, the average American worker is seeing a different life and a troubling future. Trickle-down economics didn’t happen. Despite the vaunted all-time highs of the stock market, wages and salaries are at all-time lows as a percentage of the national wealth. At the same time, medical costs have risen 73% in the last six years alone. Half of that increase comes from wage-earners’ pockets rather than from insurance, and 47 million Americans have no medical insurance at all.

Manufacturing jobs are disappearing. Many earned pension programs have collapsed in the wake of corporate “reorganization.” And workers’ ability to negotiate their futures has been eviscerated by the twin threats of modern corporate America: If they complain too loudly, their jobs might either be outsourced overseas or given to illegal immigrants.

This ever-widening divide is too often ignored or downplayed by its beneficiaries. A sense of entitlement has set in among elites, bordering on hubris. When I raised this issue with corporate leaders during the recent political campaign, I was met repeatedly with denials, and, from some, an overt lack of concern for those who are falling behind. A troubling arrogance is in the air among the nation’s most fortunate. Some shrug off large-scale economic and social dislocations as the inevitable byproducts of the “rough road of capitalism.” Others claim that it’s the fault of the worker or the public education system, that the average American is simply not up to the international challenge, that our education system fails us, or that our workers have become spoiled by old notions of corporate paternalism.

Still others have gone so far as to argue that these divisions are the natural results of a competitive society. Furthermore, an unspoken insinuation seems to be inundating our national debate: Certain immigrant groups have the “right genetics” and thus are natural entrants to the “overclass,” while others, as well as those who come from stock that has been here for 200 years and have not made it to the top, simply don’t possess the necessary attributes.

Most Americans reject such notions. But the true challenge is for everyone to understand that the current economic divisions in society are harmful to our future. It should be the first order of business for the new Congress to begin addressing these divisions, and to work to bring true fairness back to economic life. Workers already understand this, as they see stagnant wages and disappearing jobs.

America’s elites need to understand this reality in terms of their own self-interest. A recent survey in the Economist warned that globalization was affecting the U.S. differently than other “First World” nations, and that white-collar jobs were in as much danger as the blue-collar positions which have thus far been ravaged by outsourcing and illegal immigration. That survey then warned that “unless a solution is found to sluggish real wages and rising inequality, there is a serious risk of a protectionist backlash” in America that would take us away from what they view to be the “biggest economic stimulus in world history.”

More troubling is this: If it remains unchecked, this bifurcation of opportunities and advantages along class lines has the potential to bring a period of political unrest. Up to now, most American workers have simply been worried about their job prospects. Once they understand that there are (and were) clear alternatives to the policies that have dislocated careers and altered futures, they will demand more accountability from the leaders who have failed to protect their interests. The “Wal-Marting” of cheap consumer products brought in from places like China, and the easy money from low-interest home mortgage refinancing, have softened the blows in recent years. But the balance point is tipping in both cases, away from the consumer and away from our national interest.

The politics of the Karl Rove era were designed to distract and divide the very people who would ordinarily be rebelling against the deterioration of their way of life. Working Americans have been repeatedly seduced at the polls by emotional issues such as the predictable mantra of “God, guns, gays, abortion and the flag” while their way of life shifted ineluctably beneath their feet. But this election cycle showed an electorate that intends to hold government leaders accountable for allowing every American a fair opportunity to succeed.

With this new Congress, and heading into an important presidential election in 2008, American workers have a chance to be heard in ways that have eluded them for more than a decade. Nothing is more important for the health of our society than to grant them the validity of their concerns. And our government leaders have no greater duty than to confront the growing unfairness in this age of globalization.

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World’s richest 1% own 40% of all wealth, UN report discovers

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· First ever study of global household assets
· 50% of world’s adults own just 1% of the wealth
Slum, Nairobi

Children playing in Kibera, Africa’s biggest slum. Global levels of inequality are ‘grotesque’, Oxfam says. Photograph: David Levene

The richest 1% of adults in the world own 40% of the planet’s wealth, according to the largest study yet of wealth distribution. The report also finds that those in financial services and the internet sectors predominate among the super rich.

Europe, the US and some Asia Pacific nations account for most of the extremely wealthy. More than a third live in the US. Japan accounts for 27% of the total, the UK for 6% and France for 5%.

The UK is also third in terms of per capita wealth. UK residents are found to have on average $127,000 (£64,000) each in assets, with Japanese and American citizens having, respectively, $181,000 and $144,000. All data relate to the year 2000.

The global study – from the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations – is the first to chart wealth distribution in every country as opposed to just income, for which more comprehensive date is available. It included all the most significant components of household wealth, including financial assets and debts, land, buildings and other tangible property. Together these total $125 trillion globally.

Anthony Shorrocks, director of the research institute at the United Nations University, in New York, led the study. He affirmed that the existence of a nest egg provided an insurance policy that helped people cope with unforeseen events such as ill health or a lost job. Capital allowed people to drag themselves out of poverty, he added. “In some ways, wealth is more important to people in poorer countries than in richer countries.” It was more difficult in developing countries to set up a business because it was harder to borrow start-up funds, he said.

His team used detailed data from 38 countries, but had to rely on incomplete information from the rest.

The report found the richest 10% of adults accounted for 85% of the world total of global assets. Half the world’s adult population, however, owned barely 1% of global wealth. Near the bottom of the list were India, with per capita wealth of $1,100, and Indonesia with assets per head of $1,400.

Many African nations as well as North Korea and the poorer Asia Pacific nations were places where the worst off lived.

“These levels of inequality are grotesque,” said Duncan Green, head of research at Oxfam. “It is impossible to justify such vast wealth when 800 million people go to bed hungry every night. The good news is that redistribution would only have to be relatively small. Such are the vast assets of the rich that giving up a small part of their wealth could transform the lives of millions.”

Madsen Pirie, director of the Adam Smith Institute, a free-market thinktank, disagreed that distribution of global wealth was unfair. He said: “The implicit assumption behind this is that there is a supply of wealth in the world and some people have too much of that supply. In fact wealth is a dynamic, it is constantly created. We should not be asking who in the past has created wealth and how can we get it off them.” He said that instead the question should be how more and more people could create wealth.

Ruth Lea, director of the Centre for Policy Studies, a thinkthank set up by Margaret Thatcher, said that although she supported the goal of making poverty history she did not think increasing aid to poorer countries was the answer. “It’s no use throwing lots of aid at countries that are basically dysfunctional,” she said.

The UN report was issued as the Swiss magazine Bilan released a list of the richest Swiss residents. Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Ikea, topped the list with an estimated fortune of $21bn.

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World’s wealth gap grows; poorest half has 1% of assets

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London – The richest 2 percent of adults still own more than half of the world’s household wealth, perpetuating a yawning global gap between rich and poor, according to research published Tuesday.

The report from the Helsinki-based World Institute for Development Economics Research shows that in 2000 the richest 1 percent of adults – most of whom live in Europe or the United States – owned 40 percent of global assets.

The richest 10 percent of adults accounted for 85 percent of assets, the report said.

By contrast, the bottom 50 percent of the world’s adult population owned barely 1 percent of the world’s wealth.

“Income inequality has been rising for the past 20 to 25 years, and we think that is true for inequality in the distribution of wealth,” said James Davies, a professor of economics at the University of Western Ontario, one of the report’s authors.

But Davies said there are some hopeful signs: China and India, which are developing rapidly, are gaining wealth, and in countries such as Bangladesh, the spread of microcredit institutions is helping people increase their personal wealth, he said.

In other countries, land-registration programs allow the poor to own land for the first time, he said.

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How economic growth has become anti-life

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An obsession with growth has eclipsed our concern for sustainability, justice and human dignity. But people are not disposable – the value of life lies outside economic development.
An Indian trader inspects sunflower seeds as he participates in a seed auction sale at the grain market in the village of Jandiala, near Amritsar, India, 29 May 2013.
‘Economic growth begins when seeds are genetically modified and patented, leading to farmers having to buy seeds every season’. Photograph: Raminder Pal Singh/EPA

Limitless growth is the fantasy of economists, businesses and politicians. It is seen as a measure of progress. As a result, gross domestic product (GDP), which is supposed to measure the wealth of nations, has emerged as both the most powerful number and dominant concept in our times. However, economic growth hides the poverty it creates through the destruction of nature, which in turn leads to communities lacking the capacity to provide for themselves.

The concept of growth was put forward as a measure to mobilise resources during the second world war. GDP is based on creating an artificial and fictitious boundary, assuming that if you produce what you consume, you do not produce. In effect , “growth” measures the conversion of nature into cash, and commons into commodities.

Thus nature’s amazing cycles of renewal of water and nutrients are defined into nonproduction. The peasants of the world,who provide 72% of the food, do not produce; women who farm or do most of the housework do not fit this paradigm of growth either. A living forest does not contribute to growth, but when trees are cut down and sold as timber, we have growth. Healthy societies and communities do not contribute to growth, but disease creates growth through, for example, the sale of patented medicine.

Water available as a commons shared freely and protected by all provides for all. However, it does not create growth. But when Coca-Cola sets up a plant, mines the water and fills plastic bottles with it, the economy grows. But this growth is based on creating poverty – both for nature and local communities. Water extracted beyond nature’s capacity to renew and recharge creates a water famine. Women are forced to walk longer distances looking for drinking water. In the village of Plachimada in Kerala, when the walk for water became 10 kms, local tribal woman Mayilamma said enough is enough. We cannot walk further; the Coca-Cola plant must shut down. The movement that the women started eventually led to the closure of the plant.

 A young girl takes to an abandoned building for the shade in Mumbai, India.
‘Water extracted beyond nature’s capacity to renew and recharge creates a water famine’. Photograph: Joe McNally/Getty

In the same vein, evolution has gifted us the seed. Farmers have selected, bred, and diversified it – it is the basis of food production. A seed that renews itself and multiplies produces seeds for the next season, as well as food. However, farmer-bred and farmer-saved seeds are not seen as contributing to growth. It creates and renews life, but it doesn’t lead to profits. Growth begins when seeds are modified, patented and genetically locked, leading to farmers being forced to buy more every season.

Nature is impoverished, biodiversity is eroded and a free, open resource is transformed into a patented commodity. Buying seeds every year is arecipe for debt for India’s poor peasants. And ever since seed monopolies have been established, farmers debt has increased. More than 270,000 farmers caught in a debt trap in India have committed suicide since 1995.

Poverty is also further spread when public systems are privatised. The privatisation of water, electricity, health, and education does generate growth through profits . But it also generates poverty by forcing people to spend large amounts of money on what was available at affordable costs as a common good. When every aspect of life is commercialised and commoditised, living becomes more costly, and people become poorer.

Both ecology and economics have emerged from the same roots – “oikos”, the Greek word for household. As long as economics was focused on the household, it recognised and respected its basis in natural resources and the limits of ecological renewal. It was focused on providing for basic human needs within these limits. Economics as based on the household was also women-centered. Today, economics is separated from and opposed to both ecological processes and basic needs. While the destruction of nature has been justified on grounds of creating growth, poverty and dispossession has increased. While being non-sustainable, it is also economically unjust.

The dominant model of economic development has in fact become anti-life. When economies are measured only in terms of money flow, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. And the rich might be rich in monetary terms – but they too are poor in the wider context of what being human means.

Meanwhile, the demands of the current model of the economy are leading to resource wars oil wars, water wars, food wars. There are three levels of violence involved in non-sustainable development. The first is the violence against the earth, which is expressed as the ecological crisis. The second is the violence against people, which is expressed as poverty, destitution and displacement. The third is the violence of war and conflict, as the powerful reach for the resources that lie in other communities and countries for their limitless appetites.

Increase of moneyflow through GDP has become disassociated from real value, but those who accumulate financial resources can then stake claim on the real resources of people – their land and water, their forests and seeds. This thirst leads to them predating on the last drop of water and last inch of land on the planet. This is not an end to poverty. It is an end to human rights and justice.

Nobel-prize winning economists Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen have admitted that GDP does not capture the human condition and urged the creation of different tools to gauge the wellbeing of nations. This is why countries like Bhutan have adopted the gross national happiness in place of gross domestic product to calculate progress. We need to create measures beyond GDP, and economies beyond the global supermarket, to rejuvenate real wealth. We need to remember that the real currency of life is life itself.

• Vandana Shiva is a guest of the Festival Of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Opera House, this weekend.

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Yes, there is an alternative to capitalism: Mondragon shows the way

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Why are we told a broken system that creates vast inequality is the only choice? Spain’s amazing co-op is living proof otherwise.
Mondragon

Dani Martinez, innovation director at Orbea bicycles, part of Mondragon Co-operative Corporation, in Mallabia, 2011. Photograph: Vincent West/Westphoto for the Guardian

There is no alternative (“Tina”) to capitalism?

Really? We are to believe, with Margaret Thatcher, that an economic system with endlessly repeated cycles, costly bailouts for financiers and now austerity for most people is the best human beings can do? Capitalism’s recurring tendencies toward extreme and deepening inequalities of income, wealth, and political and cultural power require resignation and acceptance – because there is no alternative?

I understand why such a system’s leaders would like us to believe in Tina. But why would others?

Of course, alternatives exist; they always do. Every society chooses – consciously or not, democratically or not – among alternative ways to organize the production and distribution of the goods and services that make individual and social life possible.

Modern societies have mostly chosen a capitalist organization of production. In capitalism, private owners establish enterprises and select their directors who decide what, how and where to produce and what to do with the net revenues from selling the output. This small handful of people makes all those economic decisions for the majority of people – who do most of the actual productive work. The majority must accept and live with the results of all the directorial decisions made by the major shareholders and the boards of directors they select. This latter also select their own replacements.

Capitalism thus entails and reproduces a highly undemocratic organization of production inside enterprises. Tina believers insist that no alternatives to such capitalist organizations of production exist or could work nearly so well, in terms of outputs, efficiency, and labor processes. The falsity of that claim is easily shown. Indeed, I was shown it a few weeks ago and would like to sketch it for you here.

In May 2012, I had occasion to visit the city of Arrasate-Mondragon, in the Basque region of Spain. It is the headquarters of the Mondragon Corporation (MC), a stunningly successful alternative to the capitalist organization of production.

MC is composed of many co-operative enterprises grouped into four areas: industry, finance, retail and knowledge. In each enterprise, the co-op members (averaging 80-85% of all workers per enterprise) collectively own and direct the enterprise. Through an annual general assembly the workers choose and employ a managing director and retain the power to make all the basic decisions of the enterprise (what, how and where to produce and what to do with the profits).

As each enterprise is a constituent of the MC as a whole, its members must confer and decide with all other enterprise members what general rules will govern MC and all its constituent enterprises. In short, MC worker-members collectively choose, hire and fire the directors, whereas in capitalist enterprises the reverse occurs. One of the co-operatively and democratically adopted rules governing the MC limits top-paid worker/members to earning 6.5 times the lowest-paid workers. Nothing more dramatically demonstrates the differences distinguishing this from the capitalist alternative organization of enterprises. (In US corporations,CEOs can expect to be paid 400 times an average worker’s salary – a rate that has increased 20-fold since 1965.)

Given that MC has 85,000 members (from its 2010 annual report), its pay equity rules can and do contribute to a larger society with far greater income and wealth equality than is typical in societies that have chosen capitalist organizations of enterprises. Over 43% of MC members are women, whose equal powers with male members likewise influence gender relations in society different from capitalist enterprises.

MC displays a commitment to job security I have rarely encountered in capitalist enterprises: it operates across, as well as within, particular cooperative enterprises. MC members created a system to move workers from enterprises needing fewer to those needing more workers – in a remarkably open, transparent, rule-governed way and with associated travel and other subsidies to minimize hardship. This security-focused system has transformed the lives of workers, their families, and communities, also in unique ways.

The MC rule that all enterprises are to source their inputs from the best and least-costly producers – whether or not those are also MC enterprises – has kept MC at the cutting edge of new technologies. Likewise, the decision to use of a portion of each member enterprise’s net revenue as a fund for research and development has funded impressive new product development. R&D within MC now employs 800 people with a budget over $75m. In 2010, 21.4% of sales of MC industries were new products and services that did not exist five years earlier. In addition, MC established and has expanded Mondragon University; it enrolled over 3,400 students in its 2009-2010 academic year, and its degree programs conform to the requirements of the European framework of higher education. Total student enrollment in all its educational centers in 2010 was 9,282.

The largest corporation in the Basque region, MC is also one of Spain’s top ten biggest corporations (in terms of sales or employment). Far better than merely surviving since its founding in 1956, MC has grown dramatically. Along the way, it added a co-operative bank, Caja Laboral (holding almost $25bn in deposits in 2010). And MC has expanded internationally, now operating over 77 businesses outside Spain. MC has proven itself able to grow and prosper as an alternative to – and competitor of – capitalist organizations of enterprise.

During my visit, in random encounters with workers who answered my questions about their jobs, powers, and benefits as cooperative members, I found a familiarity with and sense of responsibility for the enterprise as a whole that I associate only with top managers and directors in capitalist enterprises. The easy conversation (including disagreement), for instance, between assembly-line workers and top managers inside the Fagor washing-machine factory we inspected was similarly remarkable.

Our MC host on the visit reminded us twice that theirs is a co-operative business with all sorts of problems:

“We are not some paradise, but rather a family of co-operative enterprises struggling to build a different kind of life around a different way of working.”

Nonetheless, given the performance of Spanish capitalism these days – 25% unemployment, a broken banking system, and government-imposed austerity (as if there were no alternative to that either) – MC seems a welcome oasis in a capitalist desert.

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The Killing of Journalists in Iraq

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In Iraq, at least 404 media professionals have been killed since the US invasion in 2003, among them 374 Iraqis, according to The BRussells Tribunal statistics. The impunity in Iraq is far worse than anywhere else in the world.

Dr. Yasser Salihee (here with his wife Dr. Raghad Wazzan) gave up his job at Yarmouk Hospital to become a journalist.

In memory of Dr Yasser Salihee, an Iraqi special correspondent for the news agency Knight Ridder, killed on 24 June 2005 by a single bullet of an American sniper as he approached a checkpoint that had been thrown up near his home in western Baghdad by US and Iraqi troops. Since May 2005, Dr. Salihee had been reporting on the similarities between the death squads used in El Salvador to obliterate their “insurgency” and the US military’s creation of the “Wolf Brigade” that had been unleashed to eliminate the Iraqi Resistance. Salihee had been gathering evidence that US-backed Iraqi Ministry of Interior forces had been carrying out extra-judicial killings.

We believe that he was assassinated because he came too close to the truth. There is serious doubt that the shooting was “an accident”. Nevertheless, the Committee for The ‘Protection’ of Journalists (CPJ) has thrown Dr Yasser Salihee in the dungeons of history. He doesn’t figure in any of their death lists.

Impunity for killers of media professionals in Iraq

In Iraq, at least 404 media professionals have been killed since the US invasion in 2003, among them 374 Iraqis, according to The BRussells Tribunal statistics. The impunity in Iraq is far worse than anywhere else in the world. None of the journalist murders recorded in Iraq in the past decade has been solved. Not a single case of journalists’ killings has been investigated to identify and punish the killers.

Hassan Shaaban, head of the Center for the Legal Protection of Journalists, told Human Rights watch (HRW) that, “Terrorists are systematically targeting journalists,” but that “the government is not protecting people.”

The New York Times reported on 24 December 2013 that: “Security forces have found lists of journalists targeted for assassination during raids on militant hide-outs in Mosul, and many journalists have stopped reporting in the streets or attending news conferences.”

Maliki’s security forces are not interested in protecting the journalists on this dead list.

Maliki’s harassment of journalists

Human Rights Watch stated: “Journalists in Iraq face a double threat, from armed gangs gunning them down and prosecutors charging them, all because of what they write. The recent spate of assassinations of journalists has had a chilling effect on journalists, who risk being prosecuted by the very authorities that are supposed to protect them.”

HRW: “At the same time, Iraqi prosecutors have stepped up criminal prosecutions of journalists for defamation and have increased other harassment of journalists. Three journalists told Human Rights Watch in November that security forces arrested them and confiscated their equipment after they covered politically sensitive topics, such as poor security, corruption, and the government’s inadequate response to the needs of people affected by flooding. Another journalist told Human Rights Watch that police arrested him on charges of defamation, a crime in Iraq’s penal code, for an article accusing officials of corruption.”

“Since the start of protests in Iraq in February 2011 over widespread corruption and lack of services, journalists have faced escalating attacks and threats, including from members of the government’s security forces.”

21 Iraqi media professionals assassinated in 2013

In 2013, the BRussells Tribunal has listed 21 assassinated media professionals, while the two best known advocacy groups for journalists: the Committee For The Protection of Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) listed respectively 12 and 11 murdered Iraqi colleagues.

Here are the names of the media professionals killed in Iraq in 2013:

1- Hamid Rashid Abbas (Not listed by CPJ – Not listed by RSF)

Journalist, formerly of Jumhuriah (Republic) newspaper.

06/02/2013

Iraqi Journalists Syndicate condemned, in a statement issued today 7 Feb, the assassination of Hamid Rashid Abbas, who worked in formerly Jumhuriah (Republic) newspaper southwest of Baghdad last night as he left the mosque after night prayers. An armed group assassinated the journalist in Baghdad yesterday evening Southwest of Baghdad.

2- Muwaffak al-Ani (Not listed by CPJ – Not listed by RSF)

Radio broadcaster in Baghdad and one of Iraq’s best-known media voices. 06/05/2013

Muwaffak al-Ani was one of Iraq’s longest-serving broadcasters. He began his career in radio and television in 1962 at Radio Baghdad and had worked for several of the country’s major networks since then. He also taught radio journalism. According to media reports he was killed, along with his brother and several others, when a bomb exploded outside the Mansour Mosque in west Baghdad during evening prayer on Monday.

3- Zamel Ghannam al-Zoubaie (Not listed by CPJ – Not listed by RSF)

Journalist in the Baghdad bureau of the Iraq News Network.

09/06/2013

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Tuesday condemned the murder of an Iraqi journalist who was killed in a terrorist attack in Baghdad.

The body of well-known journalist, Zamel Ghannam Al Zoubaie, was found in the Al Washwash area of western Baghdad.

4- Imad Ali Abbass (Not listed by CPJ – Not listed by RSF)

Journalist.

10/09/2013

A journalist was killed when an improvised explosive device placed in his car went off on Tuesday, Sep. 10, in northern Mosul. The car belonged to a journalist called Imad Ali Abbass.

5- Tahrir Kadhim Jawad (Not listed by CPJ – Not listed by RSF)

Freelance cameraman for US-funded Al-Hurra TV satellite channel.

05/10/2013

A freelance cameraman for US-funded Al-Hurra TV satellite channel was among 10 Iraqis killed in violence across Baghdad and the north of the country on Monday. Tahrir Kadhim Jawad was killed when a magnetic “sticky bomb” attached to his car detonated in the town of Garma, 50 km (30 miles) west of the Iraqi capital. Jawad was driving to Baghdad to deliver footage when the bomb exploded. He died instantly.

6- Mohammed Ghanem

Cameraman of the independent TV channel Al-Sharqiya.

07/10/2013

Gunmen opened fire on Mohammed Karim al-Badrani, correspondent for the independent TV channel Al-Sharqiya, and Mohammed Ghanem, a cameraman, while they were filming in the Al-Sarjkhana area of Mosul in Nineveh province, the station said. The journalists were hit in the head and chest, the reports said.

7- Mohammed Karim al-Badrani

Correspondent for the independent TV channel Al-Sharqiya.

07/10/2013

Gunmen opened fire on Mohammed Karim al-Badrani, correspondent for the independent TV channel Al-Sharqiya, and Mohammed Ghanem, a cameraman, while they were filming in the Al-Sarjkhana area of Mosul in Nineveh province, the station said. The journalists were hit in the head and chest, the reports said.

8- Saad Zaghloul (Not listed by CPJ – Not listed by RSF)

Reporter for several newspapers in the northern city of Mosul.

08/10/2013

Saad Zaghloul, who reported for several newspapers in the northern city of Mosul, was shot and killed outside his home

9- Bashar al-Nuaimi

Cameraman working for local TV channel al-Moussilyah.

24/10/2013

In the northern city of Mosul, police said gunmen killed Bashar al-Nuaimi, a cameraman working for local TV channel al-Moussilyah, as he was walking near his house.

10- Alaa Edward Boutros

Cameraman in Nineveh al-Ghad channel.

24/11/2013

Unidentified gunmen opened fire targeting Alaa Edward Boutros in the north of Mosul. The victim belong to Christian religion. ‘The victim used to work as a cameraman in Nineveh al-Ghad channel and he quit his job after receiving threats of killing him in case he remained working in the channel.

11- Wahdan al-Hamdani (Not listed by RSF)

Cameraman for the Al Taghee television station in Baghdad.

27/11/2013

Wahdan Al-Hamdani, a cameraman for the Al Taghee television station in Baghdad, was shot to death while covering a funeral in the southern city of Basra, according to a statement from the United Nations.

12- Aadel Mohsen Husain (Not listed by CPJ)

Reporter for a number of news media in Iraq.

02/12/2013

Aadel Mohsen Husain, a reporter for a number of news media in Iraq, was shot to death in the northern city of Mosul. There was no immediate information on who carried out the attack. The killing of Husain, 43, was confirmed by the Iraqi Journalists Rights Defense Association.

13- Kawa Ahmed Germyani

Editor-in-chief of Rayal magazine and a correspondent for Awene newspaper.

06/12/2013

Kawa Ahmed Germyani, investigative journalist, was shot in the head and chest in front of his mother at his home in the town of Kalar, which lies south of Iraqi Kurdistan’s second-biggest city Sulaimaniyah. Germyani had received threats, and he was taken to court by politicians and officials over his work to uncover corruption.

14- Nawras al-Nuaimi

TV presenter in Al-Mawsiliyah Channel.

15/12/2013

An unknown armed group murdered a TV presenter Nawras Al-Nuaimi who worked in Al-Mawsiliyah Channel near her house in Al-Jazaer District in Mosul

15- Muhanad Mohammed (Not listed by CPJ – Not listed by RSF)

Journalist who worked for both foreign and Iraqi media.

20/12/2013

Muhanad Mohammed, a journalist who worked for both foreign and Iraqi media, was among those killed in one of the suicide bombings on Thursday. He was the seventh journalist to be killed in Iraq in less than three months.

16- Raad Yassin

Chief news editor of Salaheddin TV.

17- Jamal Abdel Nasser

Producer of Salaheddin TV.

18- Mohamed Ahmad al-Khatib

Cameraman of Salaheddin TV.

19- Wissam al-Azzawi

Presenter of Salaheddin TV.

20- Mohamed Abdel Hamid

Archives manager and editor of Salaheddin TV.

(?) Unknown

Staff Member of Salaheddin TV.

23/12/2013

Five attackers stormed the offices of the channel owned by the provincial government of Salah al-Din in the city of Tikrit north of Baghdad, one blowing up a suicide car bomb at the gate and two more setting off explosive suicide belts inside, police said. Two more were killed by security forces. Six channel staff died in addition to the attackers, and six others were wounded, police and health officials said. A security source said one of the dead was a female presenter. Earlier in 2013, the Iraqi government suspended the licenses of 10 stations, including Salah al-Din, accusing the channels of sectarian incitement for their coverage of Sunni protests in Hawija outside of Kirkuk.

21- Omar al-Dulaimi (Not listed by CPJ – Not listed by RSF)

Reporter for one of the local agencies in Ramadi

31/12/2013

Killed when he was covering the armed clashes between the security forces and gunmen in the city of Ramadi, where he was shot by sniper fire in the head. Omar al-Dulaimi, a graduate of the Department of Information in the Faculty of Arts, University of Anbar

Scores of Iraqi media professionals not listed by CPJ and RSF

The question is why so many media professionals, assassinated in Iraq, were not reported by CPJ and RSF?

One of the reasons can be found on their websites.

RSF: “Journalists killed” in the table includes only cases in which Reporters Without Borders has clearly established that the victim was killed because of his/her activities as a journalist. It does not include cases in which the motives were not related to the victim’s work or in which a link has not yet been confirmed.

Note CPJ: CPJ’s list of killed journalists is different from other organizations. Why?

When CPJ publicizes journalists killed on duty, it cites only those cases in which the motive has been “confirmed.” Lists compiled by other organizations may include journalists whose killings CPJ has not connected to their work with reasonable certainty. Other organizations may also list media support workers, such as drivers and interpreters. CPJ maintains a separate list of media support workers killed on duty. CPJ also maintains a separate list of killed media professionals for which the motive is “unconfirmed”.

But a quick glance at The BRussells Tribunal database should make clear that their explanation doesn’t make sense in many cases.

It is hard to imagine that the unreported killing of 144 Iraqi media professionals (RSF) and 180 Iraqi media professionals (CPJ) between 2003 and 2013 was not related to their work.

But then how can the discrepancy between the RSF and CPJ lists and the list of The BRussells Tribunal be explained?

It is a well-established fact that since the invasion of 2003 the corporate media have consistently downplayed mortality figures. The killing of media professionals is no exception. It’s obvious that the journalist advocacy groups in the West are reluctant to give the real casualty figures of their colleagues who lost their lives under the ruthless occupation of the US/UK, an occupation that is still ongoing. So they narrow their criteria of who should be included in their lists. This is an objectionable attitude, especially because it concerns professional colleagues.

The difference with the situation in Syria is blatantly clear. But then CPJ is located in the USA, the country that illegally invaded and occupied Iraq, while in Syria the USA is on the side of the ‘opposition’. Since the ‘civil war’ in Syria in 2011 RSF has come up with a new category of journalists. They call them “netizens” (Media activists) and citizen journalists. This makes sense. A difference should be made between media ‘professionals’ and media ‘amateurs’.

CPJ has another opinion: “CPJ does not distinguish between professional and amateur journalists like some organizations. We also do not fixate on labels commonly used in the Syrian conflict such as “media activist” and “citizen journalist.” Instead, we care only about what the individual was doing. Did he or she show a consistent effort in gathering, producing, and publicly disseminating the news? That’s a journalist in our book.”

If only they had applied the same criteria for Iraqi ‘journalists’ …

CPJ keeps 3 separate lists: ‘journalists motive confirmed’, ‘media workers motive confirmed’ and ‘motive unconfirmed’.

RSF also keeps 3 separate lists: ‘journalists killed’, ‘media assistants killed’ and since 2011 ‘Netizens and citizen journalists killed’.

“Now, can we come up with a consensus all-inclusive journalist/media worker death tally rather than these disparate counts?” (Eason Jordan)

Media manipulation

Media manipulation in the USA didn’t start in 2003.

John Catalinotto, International Action Center (IAC): “935 lies. The Bush gang lied 935 times between Sept. 11, 2001, and March 19, 2003, to justify the invasion of Iraq. Bush lied 259 times. The biggest lie was that Iraq had “weapons of mass destruction”. And that Saddam Hussein worked with al-Qaida. Why is the number of lies important? There were 935 opportunities to question the liars. The 935 lies are proof that the entire U.S. ruling class is responsible for the conspiracy to wage war on Iraq.”

“The millions who marched against the war knew these were lies. You did not have to be Einstein. But the entire ruling class and its institutions colluded. The Pentagon went along willingly. The State Department presented the false statements to the United Nations. Congress voted the funds.”

“No major corporate media questioned or challenged these lies. The influential New York Times and the Washington Post supported the war drive. Nor did the media allow war opponents to expose the lies.”

TheCommonIlls commented on 18 December 2012 about CPJ not listing the assassination of an Iraqi journalist:

“Their list is missing Ziyad Tarek (not the 2007 death which is what the CPJ friend and I went round and round about).Al-Shorfa reported on Ziyad Tarek’s November 2012 death noting that he was killed in Baqubah — a sticky bomb attached to his car — that would be murder, CPJ, and that he was “the main news anchor” at the Diyala satellite TV station.”

(…) “On the phone last week, I was told I was confused and that I was referring to Ziad Tarek al-Dibo who died in 2007. No, I wasn’t confused. CPJ is obvioulsy confused. Ziad Tarek al-Dibo did die in October 2007. But that is not the November 2012 death that was reported last month.”

“As I said on the phone, you’re supposed to be a professional outlet and you can’t even get your facts straight and you’re telling me you’re not going to write an alert on Nouri (al-Maliki) closing the satellite station by force, with the Iraqi military?”

“And, yes, that’s what I was being told. They still haven’t reported on it. They want attention for their latest ‘report’ — that can’t even include the number dead in Iraq (the report would leave you with the impression that NO journalist died in Iraq this year) — and they can e-mail and call on that but they can’t get their damn facts right. And they want to be taken seriously?”

(…) “I haven’t begged for a penny and don’t plan to. But CPJ sure begs for pennies. And then after that they can’t do their job?”

More statistics

More than 36% of all the cases of killed media professionals worldwide between 2003 and 2013 occurred in Iraq. It is the deadliest country for media professionals.

Iraq was the deadliest country for media professionals in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013 (if you don’t count the netizens and citizen journalists) – Figures in this graph: RSF (for the rest of the world) and The BRussells Tribunal (for Iraq). RSF’s ‘Netizens and citizen journalists’ have been left out of this graph. They are no ‘media professionals’.

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$audi Arabia–I$raHell–America ($.I.A.): Transforming the Arab Spring into an Arab Inferno

NOVANEWS 
By Mohamed Khodr

From the Qur’an:  2:11-12

“And when they are told, “Do not spread corruption on earth,” they answer, “We are but improving things”!  Oh, verily, it is they, they who are spreading corruption but they perceive it not?”

“No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever”.

–J. Michael Straczynski

“There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit”.

–Napoleon Bonaparte

 For reference:

S.I.A.:  Saudi Arabia – Israel – America

G.C.C.:  Gulf Cooperation Council consisting of six nations:

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman.

In reality the G.C.C. should be renamed the A.I.G.C.C:

the “American Israeli Gulf Collaboration Council”

(Author’s Note:  I deliberately left out Egypt’s turmoil and the S.I.A. sponsored and paid for military coup against democracy due to the already long length of the article)

 

Finally the three Abrahamic faiths, as represented by Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the United States (S.I.A.), are unified, not as peace bearers but as war mongers against the Christian and Muslim Palestinians in the Holy Land as well as spreading death and devastation across the Arab and Muslim world who dare resist their hegemony.

The Christian U.S. and the “Muslim” Saudi Arabia are supporting Israel in its ethnic cleansing of Christianity and Islam from the Holy Land.  This is occurring while the entire Christian and Muslim world are intimidated into silence.   It really is a small Jewish after all.

Every nation the S.I.A. alliance hasintervened in either politically, economicallly, or military has become a devastated failed state that has been embroiled in a civil or sectarian war, a mass refugee problem, political fragmentation and instability, economic depression, and terrorism.

Not a day goes by in such countries like Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan,, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Tunis, Somalia, and now the newly created South Sudan, where deadly wars, terrorism. and car bombs are not carried out by Israel or Saudi Arabia to incite sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shiites, especially in Iraq and Lebanon, as well as assassination do not occur.  The civilian populations, mainly women and children, are the primary victims of such conflicts.

Map of Gulf Cooperation Council (G.C.C.) Nations.  Much wealth to destroy life, little wealth to save life.

Map of Gulf Cooperation Council (G.C.C.) Nations. Much wealth to destroy life, little wealth to save life.

While Saudi Arabia and the other G.C.C. have and are using their enormous wealth and economic leverage, along with their old new ally, Israel, to pressure the U.S. to do launch wars in the Middle East, especially now against Iran; not once, not once did they ever consider using such leverage to llift Israel’s 7 years deadly siege of Gaza where 1.8 million Palestinians are dying from lack of shelter, cold weather,, hunger, lack of drinkable water, thirst, disease, and lack of fuel for their electric plant thereby allowing sewage to fill the streets.   Gaza’sentire infrastructure has been destroyed by Israel thus hospitals, schools, clinics, churches, and mosques were destroyed.  Not even the sanctity of the dead in a cemeteries escaped Israel’s tanks.

What kind of subhuman animals are the Israelis who would deliberately run tanks over cemetery graves?  If they can disturb the peace of the dead why would anyone expect them to respect peace with the living?

Photo of a Palestinian youth searching for his mother’s grave in Gaza after Israeli tanks destroyed the cemetery.  From the New Yorker Magazine.

A young man looks for his mother’s grave in a cemetery in Beit Lehia that  was destroyed by Israeli tanks in January 2009.

A young man looks for his mother’s grave in a cemetery in Beit Lehia that was destroyed by Israeli tanks in January 2009.

This barbaric nation is called a “civilized democracy” by western government out of fear and greed of Jewish power and wealth respectively; while the world pays the price for its terrorism, including the American people.

[See Truth About the Talmud to better understand that Israel is simply following the teachings of the Babylonian Talmud.

Saudi Arabia has used its considerable oil and economic leverage to push the U.S., in concert with Israel, to destroy Middle East nations; yet not once did it ever consider using such leverage to deliver one loaf of bread, some water, and medicines to the besieged 1.8 Million starving freezing Gazan children, much less to lift the deadly siege of Gaza, or even push for an independent Palestinian state.

What the Middle East is left with is corrupt cowardly dictators; in effect, Israeli American doormats.

Despite a century of western lies, betrayals, coups, assassinations, wars, invasions, colonization, occupation, persistent war crimes and ethnic cleansing, the greatest tragedy of all — the Theft and Sale of Palestine to the Jews; the creation of a new Middle East with new nations, new boundaries, and installed dictator puppets; the current cabal of Arab tyrants in the monarchies of Saudi Arabia, the rest of the G.C.C., Jordan, and Morocco have sold their faith, their people, their land and resources; to serve as regional doormats and collaborators in the service of their masters:  Israel and the United States

The U.S. has always had a hypocritical selective ouble standardapproach to Arab dictators depending on whether they serve her immediate or long term interests in the region as well as their stand on Israel.    It is totally immaterial to the U.S. if such dictators are committing a holocaust against their own people, if they’re America’s doormat they good pro western puppets.

Not all Dictators are created equal.  Some we love, others we kill.  It depends.

Not all Dictators are created equal. Some we love, others we kill. It depends.

Please Watch this Video of Saudi Arabia’s close collaboration with Israel in planning an attack against Iran.

While the Arab Spring was turned into an Arab inferno through the intervention of the S.I.A. nations; the G.C.C. nations immediately squashed any freedom protests, not by force, but by bribes.  Bloomberg News reported that Saudi Arabia spent $130 Billion to bribe its people into quiet submission, which worked, for now.

The other G.C.C. nations spent over %100 Billion to bribe their people out of an Arab Spring mentality.

America’s Interests in the Middle East.

The core issue for the U.S. in the Middle East is: STABILITY – Both Political and Economic.  Political stability involves U.S. support of murderous puppet tyrants and dictators.  Economic stability, not only for the U.S. economy but for the world’s economy, which is energy driven hence the importance of the Persian Gulf oil.

 

1.  Protect cheap Oil and other Corporate interests in the region.

2.  Serve and Protect Israel even if it means paying and dying for her wars.

3.  Protect the “stability” and status quo of puppet dictator doormats, especially the monarchies, ensuring their total collaboration and collusion in the American Israeli hegemony in the region.

4. Protects the vital water lanes for shipping via the Strait of Hormuz, Bab Al Mandab, and the Suez Canal.

5. Maintain several military bases in the region, especially in the GCC countries.

6.  Work overtly or covertly to remove, assassinate, or damage through cyber-terrorism any regime or party opposed to U.S. Israeli interests.

As has been pointed out, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has been a Jewish run enterprise for the last century.

The most important element in the powerful and enormous success of Jewish Power in the U.S. is an ignorant population disconnected and disinterested in foreign affairs.:

“Most Americans are close to total ignorance about the world. They are ignorant. That is an unhealthy condition in a country in which foreign policy has to be endorsed by the people if it is to be pursued. And it makes it much more difficult for any president to pursue an intelligent policy that does justice to the complexity of the world.”

–Dr. Zbignew Brzenski ; former National Security Director under President Jimmy Carter.

Post 9/11, the Jewish Neocons and the Jewish owned media have successfully indoctrinated the American people that Muslims hate America for its multiple freedoms thereby distracting them from the real reason which is its insane pathetic Israel run foreign policy in the Arab and Muslim world.

Here’s the truth from the Pentagon itself:

Muslims do not hate our freedom, but rather they hate our policies. The
overwhelming majority voice their objections to what they see as one-sided
support in favor of Israel and against Palestinian rights, and the
long-standing, even increasing, support for what Muslims collectively see as tyrannies, most notably Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan and the Gulf states. Thus, when American public diplomacy talks about bringing democracy to Islamic societies, this is seen as no more than self-serving hypocrisy”.

–Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force “On Strategic Communication, September 2004

The CATO Institute issued a much earlier report on on December 17, 1998, titled: “Does U.S. Intervention Overseas Breed Terrorism? The Historical Record” that states:   

“A strong correlation exists between U.S. involvement in international situations and an increase in terrorist attacks against the United States. President Bill Clinton has also acknowledged that link…. This paper fills that gap by citing many examples of terrorist attacks on the United States in retaliation for U.S. intervention overseas. The numerous incidents cataloged suggest that the United States could reduce the chances of such devastating–and potentially catastrophic–terrorist attacks by adopting a policy of military restraint overseas”..

Similarly on the issue of foreign policy in the Middle East, in particular the Israeli Palestinian conflict, which to the entire Arab and Muslim world is the primary and root cause of animosity to the U.S. Government, not the American people, no matter how much Israel and its Zionist allies in the U.S. dismiss and distract from this truth.

In an article in Haaretz, October 6, 2010, titled; Clinton: Mideast peace can undercut global terror threat, Former President Clinton is quoted speaking of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would take away much of the motivation for terrorism around the world….It will take about half the impetus in the whole world — not just the region, the whole world — for terror away.…It would have more impact by far than anything else that could be done.”

 Notice that U.S. politicians wait until they leave office before having the courage to speak up about Israel, for while in office they’re under the strong grip of AIPAC and Jewish campaign contributions.

The U.S. stands accused by the world but especially the Arab and Muslim world of being the enabler, political and financial supporter, latest weapons gifter, and defense lawyer for the most condemned, despised, rogue, murderous, illegal and immoral nation on earth – ISRAEL

Jewish Power over U.S. politics, economy, foreign affairs, and military policy has long been an unquestioned established fact in Washington D.C.

Here is Secretary of State John Foster Dules speaking in 1957 about Jewish Power.

 “I am aware how almost impossible it is in this country to carry out a foreign policy [in the Middle East] not approved by the Jews….terrific control the Jews have over the news media and the barrage the Jews have built up on congressmen …. I am very much concerned over the fact that the Jewish influence here is completely dominating the scene and making it almost impossible to get congress to do anything they don’t approve of.  The Israeli embassy is practically dictating to the congress through influential Jewish people in the country”
–Secretary of State John Foster Dulles in February 1957 (Donald Neff’s book: “Fallen Pillars” page 99)

Currently AIPAC wrote legislation for Congress sponsored by the Jewish Senator from New York, Sen. Charles Schumer, that incredibly commit the U.S. to a war on Iran should Israel attacks Iran.  While the U.S. has several defense treaties with nations around the world that commits the U.S. to join  that nation should it be attacked; here the U.S. is committing itsel to an OFFENSIVE War against a sovereign nation, Iran, if Israel attacksi it.  This wil be the first time the U.S. would join a foreign naiton to attack another nation with no reason or rationale.

In an article titled; Congress Must Not Cede its War Power to Israel, December 27, 2013, Sheldon Richman, V.P. of the Future of Freedom Foundation, argues forcefully that the U.S. Congress not outsource its war power act to a foreign naiton, Israel.

In the article he quotes a letter from Gary Sick, former national security advisor to Carter, Reagan, and Bush and an expert on Iran, he sent to Sen. Charles Schumer denouncing the legislation as dangerous to the U.S. that must be stopped.

ONLY when the American people become aware enough and angry enough that a small foreign nation that they’ve subsidized to the tune of over $1 Trillion of their taxes will be thrown out of their national government’s influence and interests will America be truly free.

A Zionist free America will mean justice and independence not only for the Palestinians and will go a long way to eliminating terrorism in the Middle East and against the U.S. and Europe.

It’s up to the American people to decide if they wish to live in a Zionist Occupied nation or be free of that evil albatross.

Israel’s Interests in the Middle East:

“Our American friends offer us money, arms, and advice. We take the money, we take the arms, and we decline the advice.” (Iron Wall, p. 316)

–Moshe Dayan, former Israeli Defense Minister

Still true to this day.

From the Oden Yinon Plan: “Greater Israel: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East. 1982

“The plan operates on two essential premises. To survive, Israel must 1) become an imperial regional power, and 2) must effect the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states. Small here will depend on the ethnic or sectarian composition of each state. Consequently, the Zionist hope is that sectarian-based states become Israel’s satellites and, ironically, its source of moral legitimation…  This is not a new idea, nor does it surface for the first time in Zionist strategic thinking. Indeed, fragmenting all Arab states into smaller units has been a recurrent theme.”   –The Oden Yinon Plan 1982( Yinon Plan”

Please watch this Important Video that explains the Oden Yinon Plan for Dividing the Middle East and creating a Greater Israel.

To the Zionists such a plan would allow for the creation of Greater Israel which stretches from the Nile river in Egyptto the east, the Lebanese LItani river to the north, to the Euphrates river in Iraq to the west, along with the annexation of Palestine, Jordan, and large parts of Egypt, Syria, and Iraq.   With such a goal one can understand why Iraq was invaded, Syria is being destroyed, Lebanon is constantly bombed and occupied, and why Egypt’s democracy was overthrown to install a submissive military dictator.  After all this dictator has joined Israel in the deadly starving siege of Gaza.

This Map was drawn by Theodore herzl, founder of Zionism, more than a century ago.

This Map was drawn by Theodore herzl, founder of Zionism, more than a century ago.

Zionist Israel will not rest until its “Greater Israel” goal is achieved.  It will fight the Arabs and Muslims to the last American dollar and soldier.

 

Saudi Arabia’s Interests: (Same for G.C.C., states, Jordan, and Morocco):

S.A. has Five Main Objectives:

  1. Self-Preservation, at any cost, of Family Monarchies under the protection of the U.S. and the military bases they host.
  2. Serve as Puppet Regimes to U.S. interests, which mean Israel’s interests.
  3. Embezzle and Steal the national wealth for personal debauchery.
  4. Repress and Oppress their citizens into total submisin.
  5. Collaborate and Pay Israel and U.S. to destroy any threat to the Monarchies from any Arab or Muslim nation.

Like its allies Saudi Arabia has a double standard when it comes to which regimes are allowed to survive.  It’s funding radical Islamist terrorist in Sria to spread “democracy” while simultaneously sending troops to crush peaceful protests against the tyranny of Bahrain’s king and demanding freedom and democracy.

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King of Bahrain carrying the U.S. Fifth Fleet which is based in Bahrain; while its CENTCOM is based in Qatar. The U.S. has military bases in all of the G.C.C. nations as well as other Arab countries..

Saudi Arabia is the Chief Spponsor of Terrorism in and out of the Middle East.

For decades its been known in the West that Saudi Arabia, mainly, but along with other G.C.C. nations are the main supporters, organizers, and financial suppliers of ‘TERRORISM” in and out of the Middle East.

In the Guardian, December 5, 2010, titled;WikiLeaks cables portray Saudi Arabia as a cash machine for terroristswe find a memo from Secretary of State Hilary Clinton that highlights the Gulf states’ failure to block funding for groups like al-Qaida, Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiban.

From the article we read:

“Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba – but the Saudi government is reluctant to stem the flow of money, according to Hillary Clinton.

“More needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, the Taliban, and LeT and other terrorist groups,”  Her memo urged US diplomats to redouble their efforts to stop Gulf money reaching extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan”.

“Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide,” she said.

Three other Arab countries are listed as sources of militant money: Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates”.

In an article in the British paper The Independent titled; Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis,  December 8, 2013 we read:

Everyone knows where al-Qa’ida gets its money, but while the violence is sectarian, the West does nothing”,

In an article in Haaretz detailing the Israeli-Saudi “cooperation” to attack Iran titled: “Sunday Times: Israel, Saudi Arabia cooperating to plan possible Iran attack’, November 17, 2013, we read:

Saudis would allow Israel use of air space and provide drones, rescue helicopters and tanker planes, report says”.

Sudan and Yemen:  Partitioned by the S.I.A.

The Yinon/S.I.A. Plan e\\\\r the Oden Plan for Partitioning Arab states has succeeded in two nations:  Sudan and Yemen

Sudan: Partitioned into Sudan 9north) and South Sudan.

With Israel’s and U.S. direct economic and military assistance to the rebels fighting for an independent South Sudan, the new nation of South Sudan was created.   The President of South Sudan’s first foreign trip was to Israel to publicly thank Israel for their long time support of their cause.

“I am very moved to be in Israel and to walk on the soil of the Promised Land, and with me are all South Sudanese people. Israel has always supported the South Sudanese people. Without you, we would not have arisen”—said President Kiir to President Shimon Peres of Israel.

However, South Sudan is now embroiled in a civil war for power where thousands have been killed and over 150,000 refugees have fled their homes.  A failed western created state meant to pressure and limit any opposition from Sudan or Egypt in the future either through direct conflicts or its ability to manipulate the flow of the Nile River into the two nations where the river is the vital source for all life.

The long course of the Nile River that is the only source of water for several countries.  The Nile means life or death for the Sudan and Egypt.

The long course of the Nile River that is the only source of water for several countries. The Nile means life or death for the Sudan and Egypt.

YEMEN:   The End of One Nation, the beginning of Partition to Six       Provinces

Saudi Arabia has always looked at Yemen on its southern border as a demographic and military threat able to destabilize the tyrannical royal regime.

The courageous young Yemenie men and women joined the Arab Spring by their nationwide relentless protests to remove the S.I.A. supported military dictator whose ruled Yemen for 33 years, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who in response killed and injured thousands of Yemenie civilians, including children.

A United Yemen divided by the S.I.A. to remove a historical southern threat to Saudi Arabia.  This unrealistic division will increase not decrease civil and sectarian violence.

A United Yemen divided by the S.I.A. to remove a historical southern threat to Saudi Arabia. This unrealistic division will increase not decrease civil and sectarian violence.

The G.C.C. intervened and developed a peaceful transition plan of power from Saleh to his Vice President.   Since then Yemen has been immersed in conflicts throughout the country from the north to the south.  Some of it sectarian, a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, while in the South a strong secessionist movement arose; while terrorists used car bombs and assassinations to overthrow the transitional government.

A National Dialogue Conference that failed to unify the many different agendas of ideological and tribal parties finally accept the U.N. plan to divide Yemen into Six semi-uatonous provinces.  This plan was endorsed by the U.S., i abia and the other G.C.C. nations.

This is a catastrophic plan for Yemen, a nation of tribes who’ve had a long history of violent conflicts between them.   This plan will only increase violence, wars, and terrorism over sovereignty, territory, oil, water resources, electrical distribution, access to food and health care, disagreement over international aid, and over the certain economic unfair distribution over federal funds.

There will be violence, death, and mass expulsions of northerners from South Yemen and vice versa.  Properties of northerners and southerners will be illegally seized in both areas.

There is still the thorny issue of writing a Constitution, the role and powers of the federal government and the six provincial governments.  Will these leaders be appointed or elected>

The plan only calls for a Parliamentary vote and a Presidential signature.  The populace has no electoral say in this plan and thus withoutpopular support it is doomed to fail sooner or later.  I predict that in due time the Yemenie people will rise again demanding an end to this corrupt and violent prone plan and a return to a unified nation.

All the while Obama, the illegal Drone warmonger, massively increased his beloved ‘DRONE WAR” in Yemen that has killed hundreds of innocent civilians.

Please Wat this Video on Obama’s illegal Drone War on Yemen leading to civilian deaths and mass anger against the Yemen Government and the U.S.    Yemenie members of victimized civilians have come to the U.S. pleading for a stop of these Drones and warning the U.S. that such is having a counterproductive effect where more youths are joining militant groups.  But the U.S. knows best how to bomb Arab nations and introduce chaotic deadly democracy in the region.   Al Qaeda is becoming more powerful in Syria and Iraq while the Taliban are gaining the upper hand in Afghanistan and will surely return to power in Afghanistan as a whole or a divided naiton.

These drones are operated by isolated soldiers ten thousand miles away who simply watch a video screen to make the decision to attack or not.   These men and women are uninformed as to the culture, customs, or traditions of tribes in Yemen, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.   Thus the tribal custom of firing guns into the air during a wedding celebration is interpreted as an attach thus resulting in drone bombs dropped on innocent civilians in wedding parties.

There seems to be an addiction to drone bombing of weddings in the 3 nations since so many have ben bombed with scores of innocent civilians, including children, being killed.

The U.N. has called such drone attacks “illegal”.

“The United Nations experts express “serious concern”about US drone attacks in Yemen, December 26, 2013″

“UN human rights experts on Thursday expressed “serious concern” about lethal drone attacks allegedly conducted by US forces in Yemen, that resulted in civilian casualties this month”.
Where is the Muslim Oil Wealth Going?  Certainly not to the Muslim poor, hungry, sick and dying refugees around the world.

Despite the enormous wealth of Saudi Arabia and other G.C.C. countries, their expenditure on desperate Muslim refugees around the world is pitifully small, shamefully so.

According to the United Nations the G.C.C. Sovereign Wealth Funds which are assets from investments alone in 2012 was $1.8 Trillion, amounting to 34 percent  of the entire world’s SWF’s. 

Yet the G.C.C. rulers treat such national wealth as their private spending money to use as they please, mainly on lavish expensive gifts such as private jets, yachts, cars, jewelry; and vacation pleasures such as prostitution, drugs, and alcohol.

In Islam all wealth is a gift from God and belongs to God.  Every Muslim male or female who have wealth above a certain minimum is obliged to give a certain portion to the poor and needy.  This is a form of social justice.  No Muslim is allowed to hoard wealth and not spend on the needy.

From the Qur’an: 9:34

“Those who hoard the gold and silver, and do not spend them in the cause of GOD, promise them a painful retribution”

It seems these wealthy G.C.C. rulers and families have abandoned Islam, forgotten their duty to God, have lost fear of God, and perhaps have been blinded by worldly wealth that they’ve lost sense of the Day of Judgement.

The two photos below tell the tragic story between incomprehensible wealth spent by Prince Talal Bin Waleed, a Saudi prince, on a DIAMONE laden car (He also owns a car made of gold) and a Syrian refugees deprived and abandoned by the enormous wealth of Arab Muslims Sheiks in the G.C.C.

A Diamond laden Mercedes Car owned by one Saudi Prince.

Without any shame, empathy, or adherence to Islam, the G.C.C. countries sent pittance to aid Syria’s

While 2 million Syrian refugees are left in the cold, without food, water, and medicines.  The cost of the Diamond Car alone can save them.

While 2 million Syrian refugees are left in the cold, without food, water, and medicines. The cost of the Diamond Car alone can save them.

refugees who are freezing in the cold showy mountains, with no shelter, clothes, blankets, food, water, or medicines.  Over half of the Syrian refugees outside and inside the country are children.   These are the pledged amounts only, much is still undelivered.

  • Saudi Arabia’s total donation:  $130 Million
  • Qatar’s total donation:      $103 Million
  • Bahrain’s total donation:  $20 Million
  • Kuwait’s total donation:    $324 Million
  • United Arab Emirates:       $320 Million

Compare these amounts to amounts donated by the U.S. and U.K.; although like most donors they’ve not yet paid the entire emount.

 

  • United States:       $818 Million
  • United Kingdom:  $463 Million

Source:  The Guardian, September 6, 2013

Although the wealthy Arabs and Muslims have shirked their religious and humanitarian responsibility to the most desperate of refugees, the Syrian refugees with over half of them being children, let us all do our part yo dsbr yhrm.

You can donate through the UNHCR, UNICEF, Doctors without Borders,Islamic Relief USA, Save the Children, Mercy Corps,

You can visit this CNN site for a more detailed listing of agencies and how to help the Syrian refugees.

Please HELP and God bless you.

This Video is produced by the UNHCR on the Syrian Children Crisis in Refugee Camps.

 

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Will Lebanon Survive 2014?

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Should it?

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by Franklin Lamb

Beirut – Another week, another terrorist bombing.  It’s beginning to look a lot like that here in Lebanon these days. Another apparent suicide bomber detonated a car rigged with explosives in the southern suburbs yesterday killing at least five people and injuring at least 77. The health ministry released a statement just a short while ago reporting that  an additional 67 people were treated in hospitals for wounds and released, while 10 people remained hospitalized with more severe injuries.

Many who thought their team and its local and international supporters were invincible appear to be rethinking recent events. More are realizing that their enemies are also skilled and fearless fighters and not at all afraid to die for their religion, or related causes, and may well be growing in number as they view the results of their handiwork.

Yesterday’s explosion is the fourth bombing since last July in Beirut’s southern suburbs known as Dahiyeh. It targeted al-Arid Street two blocks almost directly behind the office of the Sabra-Shatila Scholarship Program (SSSP) near the old Al Manar building which re-located after being repeatedly bombed by US funded Israel forces in 2006. Some preliminary reports indicate that a 20 kilogram bomb was used in the explosion hidden and then detonated inside an olive green Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The latest information this morning comes from Hezbollah security guys who guard our building (and my motorcycle—bless them for both favors!) and who have been visibly present throughout Dahiyeh for the past six months, ever since the spate of neighborhood bombings began.  People in South Beirut tend to believe that al-Qaeda-linked groups are responsible for this latest in a series of attacks and some point to the recent reports from UPI and other media that Al-Nusra leader Abu Mohammad al-Golani and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have ordered their fighters specifically into Lebanon for the sole purpose of fighting and destroying Hezbollah.

There are reports, whose accuracy is difficult to verify that scores of jihadists are arriving here from Syria, Iraq and other countries. The last half of 2013 has seen a dramatic rise in the number of young male fighters from North Africa and the Levant. Many are joining Al Nusra and ISIS rather than choosing more “moderate” groups. The six-week training camps are attracting a majority of the wannabe jihadists who come for a number of religious and non-religious reasons and who want to join the better established and most widely admired ‘winning teams.’ Additionally, the Golani and Baghdadi groups reportedly offer the best food, the most “inspiring” jihadist ideology, newer and more powerful weapons,  heavy winter clothing including gloves,  and salaries of up to $ 450-500 per month depending on potential exhibited during the 45 days training camp with credit given to applicants with vetted previous experience.

Reports suggest that the current “slow war” will intensely in Lebanon following the assassination of a rumored candidate for Lebanese Prime Minister, when and if a new government is formed around here, the former Lebanese  Finance Minister Mohammad Chatah. That murder came at a very critical time in Lebanon. It is difficult to identify a period during the past three decades during which divisions and tensions among the Lebanese have previously reached such dangerous levels. Verbal attacks and thinly veiled threats from the pro-Western alliance known as March 14 against the National Lebanese Resistance lead by Hezbollah (March 8) have intensified. Common now are open calls to confront Hezbollah “by all means in order to save Lebanon.” The anti-Assad groups blame the pro-Assad March 8 coalition for last month’s assassination of  Mohammad Chatah which occurred near the spot in central Beirut where Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 25 others were killed by a massive car bomb on Valentine’s Day 2005. The Hague based Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is due to start trying that case last this month.

People in the street, from the depressed expressions on the faces of even apparently well to do women these days trudging along fashionable Hamra street–to the young from across the confessions who seek to depart Lebanon and the sooner the better, often cite a laundry list or reasons they think Lebanon never has been a real country, is not and likely never will be.

Indeed, to some foreigners living in Lebanon, it often seems that locals habitually blame outsiders for most, if not all, of their current problems. The Sykes-Picot secret process of creating nations, the French, the USA, Saudi Arabia, “the West”, Iran, Syria, the Gulf countries are among others being identified as the main culprits.

Others are quite sure, for a long list of commonly elaborated reasons that it’s the Lebanese themselves who created the current mess of this claimed ‘non-country.’ The reasons are many but a short list would include that there is no functioning government, no Armed Forces worthy of the name, corrupt politicians who regularly sell out their constituents who for some unfathomable reason keep voting them back into power. In addition, the poisonous sects and confessions that even give rising ethno-nationalism a bad name, defective character that is exhibited daily among the general population from cheating others at the slightest opportunity, insane, selfish, aggressive driving creating the highest auto accident rates per capital in the world, and considering it their birth-right to disparage others religions while threatening death to those who dares to criticize theirs. This, just for starters.

The gifted writer Michael Young of Beirut’s Daily Star wrote recently that “Everywhere, it seems, the Lebanese are swindled, and feel it. Restaurants charge European-standard prices, but the vast majority serves mediocre food. Many contractors will demand the highest fees for their work, but take no pride in it. They will bring in cheap laborers to save money, so that one must pay nearly double to repair the myriad errors.”  Young continues “Every day, it seems, Lebanon has become a vast con game, an unprincipled country where violence is given free rein, where charlatanism is rewarded, where incompetence is generalized and where legalized theft is widespread – a country which it is easy to leave and from which the young understandably seek escape.”

On a related subject some of these observers’ friends in Syria articulate a solution to the problem that Lebanon has become and that they claim “would be best for all concerned!”  They sometimes insist that whatever the outcome of the “current situation” at a minimum and for sure stolen Syrian territory, now referred to generally but not exclusively as “Lebanon” that was unnaturally and wrongfully ripped away and patched into a country by the French and British colonists must be returned to “Mother Syria”. It is true than whenever this observer crosses over into Syria from Lebanon and arrives in Damascus and engages with people, that despite the current tragic situation there, one feels that Syria in a “real country” with laws and standards and well, civilization.  Not only have I never felt that to be the case when in Lebanon I do not recall discussing the subject with any foreigner who does feel that Lebanon is a ‘real country’ or even with many locals in Lebanon who do.

Well, it not this observers business and not only does my own country appear to have more problems than few in this whole region would want to face, the Lebanese do have some good qualities—one imagines.

And for sure this damaged goods observer has no will at all to challenge the Almighty’s creation wisdom these days as there is way too much now on my soggy paper plate without entering the new year with her or him scowling at me too.

For New Years a cherished Lebanese friend, a sweet complainant of what her life has become, sent me this thoughtful message and insight about her personal dilemma and what went wrong with her life:

“When God created Lebanon he said to the angels nearby that it will be a land of terrific natural beauty with tall majestic mountains full of snow, beautifully sparkling rivers cutting through forests filled with many types of trees and high cliffs over-looking sandy beaches and waters with an abundance of sea life. I shall make the land rich and make the people prosper!”

One angel intervened and said, “Lord, isn’t that unfair to the rest of the world?”

“Actually no” God replied, “Just wait and see the neighbors I shall give them.”

Hopefully God will review and amend his work so Lebanon survives 2014.  It is not apparent that the Lebanese are capable of doing so.

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Immortalising the Myth: Comparing Zionist Apartheid I$raHell to Nazi Germany

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Editor’s note :  At this point, we believe discourse is appropriate and disagreement on issues encouraged as we all seek to find truth in what’s going on.  And Lawson makes a compelling case.

For a sequel, tune in to Tony Lawson for another story on just who is who in the “Hate Speech game.

 

by Anthony Lawson

Author’s pre-note: The initial comments I have made in this article are in no way meant to denigrate the two excellent commentators I have singled out and for whom I have great respect, but it should be realized that the more authentic, believable and respected a writer or a commentator is, the more careful he or she must be not to make statements which strengthen the myths that have been forced down our throats for nigh on 70 years.

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I’m not ready to take on another video project, at the moment, but I get incensed when so many people—even intelligent commentators like Paul Craig Roberts and Man of the People, Roger Waters—insist on comparing Israel to Nazi Germany, when the comparison is quite absurd.  Israel’s policies are far worse than Nazi Germany’s ever were.

Paul Craig Roberts wrote:

A person might wonder what is exceptional and indispensable about a government that is a reincarnation of Nazi Germany in every respect.

Roger Waters said:

The parallels with what went on in the 30’s in Germany are so crushingly obvious that it doesn’t surprise me that the movement that both you and I are involved in is growing every day.

It has been said that comparisons are odious, and they are even more so when the comparison is biased in the wrong direction.

Theodore Herzl

Theodore Herzl

Zionism’s stated aim, as propounded by Theodore Herzl at the First Zionist Congress in Basel, August 1897, was to steal a land already occupied by others in order to create the Zionist Jewish State of Israel.  And, ironically, it was not Adolph Hitler but Herzl who first coined the phrase “the final solution of the Jewish question” in a communication with the Czar of Russia.

The unification of Germany took place in 1871.  However, as it was with many European nations at the time, there were many areas of conflict and dissent with local populations who spoke different languages and many German-speaking people were left out of the unified nation who, in troubled times, were at the mercy of opposing political forces in countries such as France, Poland and the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia.

But one factor was reasonably constant within these populations: their forbears had all been living in these territories for hundreds of years, no matter which language or dialect they spoke, or how they got pushed around on the political chessboard.

The Gathering Storm

On the front page of the  March 24, 1933 issue of The Daily Express of London it was announced that Judea—also referred to as International Jewry—declared economic war on Germany.

 

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This date can be taken as the true beginning of the Second World War, and it should also be noted that Germany’s influential Jewish population—industrialists and media owners—warned the instigators against this economic attack, but they were ignored.  This then, is why Jews became The Enemies Inside the Gates of Germany and why many of them were later herded into concentration camps when it was clear that a shooting war was more or less inevitable.  A parallel can be drawn with the internment of large numbers of ethnic Japanese living in the United States following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.

In 1933, the German people had just elected a new leader, Adolf Hitler.  The political infighting that preceded this is a vast story, but Hitler’s election presaged the end to a long period of turmoil and economic woe in Germany and offered its people hope for a degree of stability and growth after they had been treated abominably, both territorially and economically, by the triumphant Allies at the end of the Great War, as manifested in the appallingly biased terms of the Treaty of Versailles.

After this, dare it be said, the Germans began to develop some of their long-lost pride as human beings, following the humiliation at Versailles, and much has been written and said about the concept of a superior race of people—an Aryan or Master Race—as propagandised by Hitler and its leaders.

The Aryan concept, despite claims to the contrary, pre-dates the Nazi era.  The word originates from the Sanskrit word ārya, in origin an ethnic self-designation, in Classical Sanskrit meaning honourable, respectable, noble.  Nothing too wrong with aspiring to those qualities, even as a nation, I wouldn’t have thought.  Compare that concept with  the constantly reiterated claim of the Jews to be God’s Chosen People.

These feelings were epitomised in the aftermath of the assassination of a minor member of the Nazi party, Horst Wessel, in 1930.  The famous, some insist on calling it infamous, Horst Wessel Lied, also known as Die Fahne hochThe Flag is High had far more to do with pride and anti-Communism than an aggressive attitude towards any particular nation or religious group.  It certainly had nothing to do with Jews, per se, although it is well known that Jews were prominent and very active in the rise of Communism in Russia, less than two decades earlier.

As an aside, Senator Joseph McCarthy would have applauded the sentiments of the lyrics in the early 1950s, because they can easily be related to his Reds-Under-the-Beds fears, but that was neither here nor there to those who were determined to blame Germany for absolutely anything and everything at the end of WW II, in 1945.  Even today the Horst Wessel Lied is banned in Germany and Austria, and Amazon and Apple have been investigated for selling the song to German users.  How dreadful!

One can only wonder what might have happened to the jingoistic songs of some of the Allies had they been the losers; for example:  Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves . . . or the U.S. Marine Corps Hymn.

But no, it was only Germany’s Horst Wessel Lied that got banned.  What a pathetic way to attempt to skew history.  Where do they come from, these petty-minded nit-picking people who think up such things?  One of Abe Foxman’s ADL predecessors seems a likely culprit.

So, where was I?  Oh yes, describing Germany’s situation in early 1933.

It is important to keep in mind that the vast majority of Germans were people whose forebears had been living in that general area of Europe for generation upon generation, so why shouldn’t they have stood behind a leader who was prepared to stand up for them against the dual threats of International Jewry ganging up on one side and the Soviet Union, led by a preponderance of Jews on the other?

What would any sensible leader have done, under the circumstances?  Prepare for the worst wouldn’t have been a bad choice.  Train up some battalions of crack troops, like other nations are wont to do these days.  The British call theirs the SAS (Special Air Services) and the Americans have their Navy SEALs (Sea, Air, Land Teams) some of whom, not so long ago, formed a team that was sent off to murder an already-dead Osama bin Laden, and who appear to have been off’ed themselves on the orders of their commander-in-chief.

The big mistake that the Germans seem to have made was to give their specialist units such names as Waffen SS, far more aggressive-sounding than the cuddly SEALs, one has to admit, although it merely means Weapons Protective Squad (bodyguards).

Then you have the ominous-sounding sturm—in a military sense meaning assault—thus SSSturmbannführerequals Protective Squad-Assault Command Leader, but Hollywood and the BBC have a habit of making these names sound something like Baby Bayoneting Battalions when spoken by actors or documentary voiceovers.

So there was Europe, on the brink of what had all the makings of an international conflict and—despite popular belief—Germany was not the nation to cast the first stone.  In fact it was not even a nation that did the casting, it was a religious organisation with territorial aims in mind, but not in Europe.  It was Jewish Zionists, and the first stone was cast in March, 1933.

Now we come to what led to the creation of Israel.  Remember that the so-called holocaust, whatever that really entailed, was not to occur for about 40 years when the Zionist plot—for the takeover of a large part of the territory surrounding Jerusalem; the so-called Promised Land—was first hatched, in 1897.

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The Zionists planned to take over a territory known as Palestine which was already populated by Arab Muslims and Christians far in excess, in numbers, than the then indigenous Jewish population which, during the late 1930s, was being surreptitiously increased by the implementation of the Transfer Agreement, made between the Zionists and the Nazis—yes, imagine that, the Nazis actually negotiating with the Zionists about German Jews being allowed to leave Germany and settle in Palestine—and this was achieved by bribes and deals made earlier between Zionist Jews and the British and American political establishments of the time and known, quite innocuously, as the Balfour Declaration.

It was this agreement which, in the fullness of time, would result in what the Palestinians call The Nakba—The Disaster—when well-organised gangs of armed Jews rampaged through the land, dividing and conquering; destroying hundreds of Palestinian villages and herding those they didn’t kill into enclaves such as the tiny strip of coastal territory called Gaza, which is under siege 65 years later.

So please, Paul Craig Roberts, Roger Waters and others, do think twice about comparing the excesses of the Jewish Apartheid State of Israeli—both at its beginnings and continuously ever since—with what has been propagandized about the German Nazis being the cruelest bunch of SS-Sturmbahnvillains since Ghengis Khan’s Mongol hordes went on the rampage.

The Inevitable Accusations

Roger Waters’s statement has, inevitably, produced the usual fits of righteous indignation from rabbis and holocaust enthusiasts.  Here are some quotes from the London Guardian:

Now leading American thinker Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has raised the stakes by describing Waters’ views as audacious and clearly anti­semitic. 

Writing in the New York Observer, the rabbi said:

 “Mr Waters, the Nazis were a genocidal regime that murdered six million Jews.” 

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: 

“Everyone is entitled to an opinion and to advocate passionately for a cause, but drawing inappropriate parallels with the Holocaust insults the memory of the six million Jews – men, women and children – murdered by the Nazis. These kinds of attacks are com­monly used as veiled antisemitism and should be exposed as such.”

When are these people and those who pass on their drivel going to get honest?  Everyone may be entitled to an opinion, but they are sure to get insulted and falsely accused by people like Boteach and Pollock who clearly have something to protect. The six-million figure has been widely questioned for many years, mainly because of its reiteration in earlier Jewish texts and it is now recognized as being utterly preposterous since the Polish authorities officially reduced the Jewish death toll at Auschwitz and its associated camps from four million to just over one million.

But here we have two prominent Jews, both engaged in the business of educating people—a rabbi, designated by two Guardian reporters as a leading American thinker  and the chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust who is also a member of the Jewish Human Rights Coalition, UK—deliberately linking this spurious claim to aid them in delivering the ultimate accusation of intolerance towards Jews in general:  that of being anti-Semitic.

British taxpayers might also like to know that this educational trust was voted a parliamentary grant of £4.65 million, in 2008, when it was announced that:

More than 1,500 students have now had the opportunity to visit the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau as a result of the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust.

So how did the myth of the six million Jews murdered by Germans manage to survive for so long?

A Summation of the Sequence

On April 18, 1945, in the immediate aftermath of World War II, the New York Times reported that 4 million people died at Auschwitz and this fact has been bandied about for at least 50 years.  (But please note, the numbers of Jews who allegedly died were not specified.)

Got that?  4 million people died . . .  And just to be clear, I checked when the Russians actually liberated Auschwitz and its satellite camps to see if there could possibly have been any authentication of this number in such a short space of time.  I searched for the information I was looking for in what I hoped would be a website acceptable to those who might wish to question my research.  In the end, I came across an article on the website of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum titled:   Liberation of Auschwitz which sounded authentic enough even for the likes of Abe Foxman and Alan Dershowitz, and here is the relevant quote:

On January 27, 1945, the Soviet army entered Auschwitz and liberated more than 7,000 remaining prisoners, who were mostly ill and dying.

So the Soviets had had about two-and-a-half months to get the figures together for the New York Times report of 4 million although, as might be expected, there are reports that many documents were destroyed or carried away by the Germans as the Soviet army advanced.

But that information pales into insignificance when continuing to read the  Liberation of Auschwitz  article and discover the following:

It is estimated that at minimum 1.3 million people were deported to Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945; of these, at least 1.1 million were murdered.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach at the 2011 menora-lighting ceremony at Newark City Hall. He is pledging to bring “Jewish values” to his campaign for the Dist. 9 seat.  Photo by Robert Wiener

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach at the 2011 menora-lighting ceremony at Newark City Hall. He is pledging to bring “Jewish values” to his campaign for the Dist. 9 seat.
Photo by Robert Wiener

Hello, hello, hello—as British coppers are wont to say when things don’t quite add up—what’s goin’ one ‘ere?

We’ve got a rabbi (teacher) and the chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust both sticking to the six-million figure as well as bandying  about the ant-Semitic accusation, which means that either they or the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum are not telling us the truth.

Clearly, if the original six-million figure was supposed to have been accurate—taking into account the number of alleged Jewish deaths at other German-run concentration camps for the not-insignificant period of  half-a-century—then a reduction from four million to just over one million at the Auschwitz complex must mean that the total figure of six million Jews allegedly murdered by the nasty Nazis is out by about three million.  Quite an error, one has to admit.

So, if such a huge error could have been hidden for 50 years, there is a distinct possibility that there were no planned exterminations. 

And it is a fact that no equipment that would have been necessary to operate the so-called death chambers has ever been discovered.  Anywhere.

What were discovered were rooms equipped with machines designed to blow hot air over Zyklon B pellets, to liberate the hydrogen cyanide gas soaked into them and circulate it around clothes and bedding;  ZyklonB was an insecticide used to kill the lice that spread the deadly disease typhus.  Zyklon B was used to save human beings, not to kill them.  Now ask yourself.  Why would so many of those pieces of equipment have survived, but none that had to do with exterminating humans? Had the Russian found such equipment, at Auschwitz, wouldn’t they have preserved it as evidence against their arch enemies?

Another reason why I am so suspicious about any information about this period is epitomised in an email I have just received, from YouTube, the text is as follows:

Regarding your account: Anthony Lawson

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I received a similar notification about six months ago and I replied asking them exactly what a “legal complaint” was and why wasn’t I copied with its contents.  But after several repeated requests The  YouTube Team failed to respond.

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To me, and many others, it is quite clear that details of certain events that occurred between 1933 and 1945 are being covered up, and that it must be the Zionist establishment that is doing it.

It follows, then, that the reported rise in so-called anti-Semitism is being driven by the Zionists themselves, because of their dishonest behavior in attempting to suppress any legitimate investigation or comment on what they call the Jewish Holocaust.

It is, in certain countries, the only event in history on which open discussion is illegal, and many criminal prosecutions have resulted in heavy fines and imprisonment.

This is, of course, in direct breach of Article 19 in The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

19. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Whatever arrangements were made between the Zionists, Britain and the United States that resulted in the iniquitous formulating of the Balfour Declaration, in November 1917, and whatever accusations can be made against Adolf Hitler for aiding and abetting the migration of many Jews to Palestine, the behaviour of the Zionist Jews towards the indigenous population has been nothing less than shameful.

The majority of the lands in Palestine were the properties of the Palestinian rural population, the fellahin. In the process of the creation of the state of Israel, over 418 Palestinian villages were depopulated and destroyed. Bedouin semi-nomadic tribes were displaced and 104 Palestinian populated villages remained under Israeli control. Understanding the culture of the fellahin is key to understanding the system of land ownership in Palestine. Referring to the fellahin of Palestine as peasants, as they are often referred to is an unfair misrepresentation of Palestinian society and culture to say the very least.

Just imagine that your local county council decided that they were going to divide up the place you were living in and give more than half of it to a bunch of people you’d never met and who, when they arrived, told you—at gunpoint—which part of your house and your garden they were going to occupy and if you didn’t like the arrangement you could shove off.

The Balfour Declaration was converted into The Palestine Mandate by The Council of the League of Nations, in July 24, 1922.  A section of which reads as follows:

. . . adopted by the said Powers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine . . . (emphasis added)

Zionist Lies

But, as we all know, the nations involved have done next to nothing, over the years, to pay even lip service to the rights of the non-Jewish communities that had been well established on that land for hundreds of years.  Furthermore, it appears that the United Nations was in error, following WW II, to order the creation of the State of Israel.   The closing paragraph of The Myth of the U.N. Creation of Israelreads as follows:

The U.N. could not deprive the majority of the people of Palestine of their territory and transfer it to the exclusive use of a minority in the country…. The United Nations Organization has no power to create a new State. Such a decision can only be taken by the free will of the people of the territories in question. That condition is not fulfilled in the case of the majority proposal, as it involves the establishment of a Jewish State in complete disregard of the wishes and interests of the Arabs of Palestine.

The Principles of Evidence

People who make accusations of anti-Semitism when they really mean anti-Zionism are rabidly dishonest, because there is absolutely nothing wrong with disliking or being anti a very suspicious and disturbing political movement that is opposed to democratic principles.  It is well known that Zionists control politicians in many countries because they have the funding to buy their allegiance for the price of a candidate’s next election campaign, and it really doesn’t matter which party wins, as long as the fear of losing is always present, so that the successful candidates always feel beholden to those Who Pay the Piper.

It is also dishonest to characterize the search for knowledge about what is called the Jewish holocaust as denial.  To draw a parallel, nobody denies that the Titanic sank, but trying to find out why it sank has never been considered to be disrespectful to those who died or  to their loved ones who survived them.

It has been estimated that around 60 million people died during World War Two.  Each and every one of those deaths was a tragedy, as was the pain and suffering caused by injury and loss to those who survived. But to prevent anyone from attempting to find out why such a war could have happened should be considered a crime against humanity.

The fact that about three-quarters of a billion people in Europe are not allowed to exercise their right to free speech and research on the single issue of what happened to the Jews, and why, is a despicable misuse of power by the Zionists and clearly indicates that there is a lot that needs to be hidden.

In a properly constituted court of law, anyone found to be bringing undue influence against those who had legitimate evidence to present on any issue being adjudicated, be it a matter of grievous bodily harm, fraud or murder would be in contempt of court.

If people like Karen Pollock and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach gave evidence to such a court, knowing that it was provably wrong,  they would also be held in contempt and either jailed or fined, just as some of those who have exercised their right to free speech about the so-called holocaust have been.

But one of the most despicable uses of Zionist power has been, and continues to be the attempt to prevent people from revealing the extent of the abusive and illegal actions and crimes of Israel against the Palestinians, by using diversionary tactics such as accusing anyone who criticizes Israel’s appalling behavior towards them as being anti-Semitic.

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