United Statement and Call for Action to OpposeU.S./NATO AND ISRAELI WAR ON SYRIA

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No more wars – U.S. out of the Middle East!
National Days of Action, June 28 – July 17, 2013

Israeli air strikes on May 5 near Damascus
Israeli air strikes on May 5 near Damascus

The White House’s June 13th announcement that it would begin directly supplying arms to the opposition in Syria is a dramatic escalation of the U.S./NATO war against that country. Thousands of U.S. troops and intelligence personnel are training opposition forces and coordinating operations in Turkey and Jordan. Israel, the recipient of more than $3 billion annually in U.S. military aid, has carried out heavy bombing raids against Syria. The Pentagon has developed plans for a “no-fly” zone over Syria, threatening a new U.S. air war.

The pretext for this escalation is the assertion, presented without any actual evidence, that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the conflict that has been raging for more than two years. Like their predecessors, President Obama and other top U.S. officials pretend to be concerned about “democracy” and “human rights” in Syria, but their closest allies in the campaign against Syria are police-state, absolute monarchies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Just as the false claim of “weapons of mass destruction” was used as justification for the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, the allegations that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian military is meant to mask the real motives of Washington and its allies. Their aim is to carry out “regime change,” as part of the drive to create a “new Middle East.”

The invasion of Iraq in 2003, the U.S.-backed Israeli war in Lebanon in 2006, the 2011 NATO bombing of Libya, the now-escalating war in Syria and the growing threats against Iran are part of a coordinated regional effort by the United States, Britain and France to dominate this oil-rich and strategic region.

The U.S. government cuts basic services and has eliminated hundreds of thousands of public sector workers jobs in the last three years in the name of  a discredited austerity which has destroyed the economy, but has unlimited billions available for wars of aggression and NSA surveillance of almost every American.

We join together to call for National Days of Action, June 28 – July 17, 2013, to demand:

  • Stop the U.S./NATO/Israeli war and forms of intervention against Syria!
  • Self-determination free from outside intervention for the Syrian people!
  • Fund people’s needs, not the military!
  • U.S. Out of the Middle East!
Endorse the National Days of Action List a demonstration in your city

Endorsers:

  • ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
  • United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
  • United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ)
  • Arab Americans for Peace
  • Arab Americans for Syria – AA4S
  • Veterans For Peace
  • World Can’t Wait
  • Syrian American Forum
  • International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
  • Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines
  • March Forward!
  • KmB Pro-People Youth
  • Green Party of the United States
  • CRI-Panafricain
  • AF3IRM
  • All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC)
  • Revival of Panafricanism Forum
  • Ugnayan (Linking the Children of the Motherland)
  • Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)
  • Socialist Action
  • Pakistan USA Freedom Forum
  • Freedom Road Socialist Organization
  • U.S. Peace Council
  • U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)
  • International Action Center
  • BAYAN USA
  • May 1 Workers and Immigrant Rights Coalition
  • Honduras Resistencia USA
  • The Green Shadow Cabinet
  • SI Solidarity with Iran
  • Iran Working Group VFP
  • Global Network Against Nuclear Power in Space
  • Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general
  • Akbar Muhammad, International Representative, Nation of Islam
  • Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild
  • Ardeshir Ommani, President, American Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC)
  • Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, candidates, Green Party
  • Prof. Jared Ball, radio host
  • Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report (organization for identification purpose only)
  • Margaret Flowers & Kevin Zeese, PopularResistance
  • Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report (organization for identification purpose only)
  • David Swanson, RootsAction
  • Sami Ramadani, journalist and scholar
  • Jim Lafferty, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild/Los Angeles
  • Nada Khader, WESPAC
  • Ron Jacobs, journalist
  • Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival
  • Peoples Video Network
  • LEF Foundation
  • Community Futures Collective
  • Bob Carter, Justice for Palestinians, Houston (organization for identification purpose only)
  • ANAKBAYAN Los Angeles and San Diego
  • Sabah Jawad, Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation
  • SiGAw-GABRIELA USA
  • Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC)
  • Kevin Akin, California State Chair, Peace and Freedom Party
  • Puerto Rican Alliance-LA
  • Habi Arts
  • Stop the War Machine, New Mexico
  • Union of Progressive Iranians
  • West County Toxics Coalition, Richmond, Calif.
  • The Dream Team 2013, RI
  • Teach Peace Foundation, Sacramento, Calif.
  • Los Angeles Peace Council
  • Maine Code Pink
  • RI Peoples Assembly
  • Peace and Freedom Party, Santa Cruz County
  • RI SOS Save Our Schools Coalition
  • RI Unemployed Council
  • BAYAN-SOCAL
  • Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel
  • Eugene E Ruyle, Peace and Freedom Party
  • School of the Americas Watch – LA (SOA Watch-LA)

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PRISM AND THE RISE OF A NEW FASCISM IN U.S.

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PRISM and Rise of a New Fascism in US
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John Pilger | Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 14:45 Beijing
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In his book Propaganda, published in 1928, Edward Bernays wrote: “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organised habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society.

“Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”

The American nephew of Sigmund Freud, Bernays invented the term “public relations” as a euphemism for state propaganda. He warned that an enduring threat to the invisible government was the truth-teller and an enlightened public.

In 1971, the whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg leaked US government files known as the Pentagon Papers, which showed that the invasion of Vietnam was based on systematic lying. Four years later, Frank Church conducted sensational hearings in the Senate: one of the last flickers of American democracy. These laid bare the extent of the invisible government: the domestic spying and subversion and warmongering by intelligence and “security” agencies and the backing they received from big business and the media, both conservative and liberal.

Speaking about the National Security Agency (NSA), Senator Church said: “I know the capacity that there is to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law . . . so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.”

On 11 June, following the revelations in the Guardian by the NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Ellsberg wrote that the US had now fallen into “that abyss”.

Snowden’s revelation that Washington has used Google, Facebook, Apple and other giants of consumer technology to spy on almost everyone is further evidence of a modern form of fascism. Having nurtured oldfashioned fascists around the world – from Latin America to Africa and Indonesia – the genie has risen at home. Understanding this is as important as understanding the criminal abuse of technology.

 

Fred Branfman, who exposed the “secret” destruction of tiny Laos by the US air force in the 1960s and 1970s, provides an answer to those who still wonder how a liberal African-American president, a professor of constitutional law, can command such lawlessness. “Under Mr Obama, America is still far from being a classic police-state . . .” he wrote. “But no president has done more to create the infrastructure for a possible future police state.” Why? Because Obama understands that his role is not to indulge those who voted for him but to expand “the most powerful institution in the history of the world, one that has killed, wounded or made homeless well over 20 million human beings, mostly civilians, since 1962”.

In the new American cyberpower, only the revolving doors have changed. The director of Google Ideas, Jared Cohen, was an adviser to Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state in the Bush administration who lied that Saddam Hussein could attack the US with nuclear weapons. Cohen and Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt – they met in the ruins of Iraq – have co-authored a book, The New Digital Age, endorsed as visionary by the former CIA director Michael Hayden and the war criminals Henry Kissinger and Tony Blair. The authors make no mention of the Prism spying programme, revealed by Snowden, that provides the NSA with access to all of us who use Google.

Control and dominance are the two words that make sense of this. These are exercised by political, economic and military design, of which mass surveillance is an essential part, but also by insinuating propaganda into the public consciousness. This was Edward Bernays’s point. His two most successful PR campaigns convinced Americans that they should go to war in 1917 and persuaded women to smoke in public; cigarettes were “torches of freedom” that would hasten women’s liberation.

FASCISM IN AMERICA

It is in popular culture that the fraudulent “ideal” of America as morally superior, a “leader of the free world”, has been most effective. Yet even during Hollywood’s most jingoistic periods there were exceptional films, such as those of the exiled Stanley Kubrick, and adventurous European films would find US distributors. These days there is no Kubrick, noStrangelove, and the US market is almost closed to foreign films.

When I showed my own film The War on Democracy to a major, liberal-minded US distributor, I was handed a laundry list of changes, to “ensure the movie is acceptable”. His memorable sop to me was: “OK, maybe we could drop in Sean Penn as narrator. Would that satisfy you?” Kathryn Bigelow’s torture-apologising Zero Dark Thirty and, this year, Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets, a cinematic hatchet job on Julian Assange, were made with generous backing by Universal Studios, whose parent company until recently was General Electric. GE manufactures weapons, components for fighter aircraft and advanced surveillance technology. The company also has lucrative interests in “liberated” Iraq.

The power of truth-tellers such as Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden is that they dispel a whole mythology carefully constructed by the corporate cinema and the corporate media. WikiLeaks is especially dangerous because it provides truthtellers with a means to get the truth out. This was achieved by Collateral Damage, the cockpit video of a US Apache helicopter allegedly leaked by Manning. The impact of this one video marked Manning and Assange for state vengeance. Here were US airmen murdering journalists and maiming children in a Baghdad street, clearly enjoying it, and describing their atrocity as “nice”. Yet, in one vital sense, they did not get away with it; for we are all witnesses now, and the rest is up to us.

John Pilger’s film on Australia, Utopia, will be released in the autumn.

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THE NAZIS TOO CLAIMED "GOD IS WITH US" AND WORE THAT MEME ON THEIR BELT BUCKLES AS THEY RAPED AND PILLAGED ALL OVER THE WORLD

THE NAZIS TOO CLAIMED “GOD IS WITH US” AND WORE THAT MEME ON THEIR BELT BUCKLES AS THEY RAPED AND PILLAGED ALL OVER THE WORLD

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FROM “FRIENDLY FASCISM: THE NEW FACE OF CORPORATE POWER IN AMERICA BY BERTRAM GROSS

The Rise and Fall of Friendly Fascsim p1 Looking at the present, I see a more probable future: a new despotism creeping slowly across America. Faceless oligarchs sit at command posts of a corporate-government complex that has been slowly evolving over many decades. In efforts to enlarge their own powers and privileges, they are willing to have others suffer the intended or unintended consequences of their institutional or personal greed. For Americans, these consequences include chronic inflation, recurring recession, open and hidden unemployment, the poisoning of air, water, soil and bodies, and, more important, the subversion of our constitution. More broadly, consequences include widespread intervention in international politics through economic manipulation, covert action, or military invasion…

I see at present members of the Establishment or people on its fringes who, in the name of Americanism, betray the interests of most Americans by fomenting militarism, applauding rat-race individualism, protecting undeserved privilege, or stirring up nationalistic and ethnic hatreds. I see pretended patriots who desecrate the American flag by waving it while waiving the law.

In this present, many highly intelligent people look with but one eye and see only one part of the emerging Leviathan. From the right, we are warned against the danger of state capitalism or state socialism, in which Big Business is dominated by Big Government. From the left, we hear that the future danger (or present reality) is monopoly capitalism, with finance capitalists dominating the state.

I am prepared to offer a cheer and a half for each view; together, they make enough sense for a full three cheers. Big Business and Big Government have been learning how to live in bed together and despite arguments between them, enjoy the cohabitation. Who may be on top at any particular moment is a minor matter-and in any case can be determined only by those with privileged access to a well-positioned keyhole. I am uneasy with those who still adhere strictly to President Eisenhower’s warning in his farewell address against the potential for the disastrous rise of power in the hands of the military-industrial complex.

Nearly two decades later, it should be clear to the opponents of militarism that the military-industrial complex does not walk alone. It has many partners: the nuclear-power complex, the technology-science complex, the energy-auto-highway complex, the banking-investment-housing complex, the city-planning-development-land-speculation complex, the agribusiness complex, the communications complex, and the enormous tangle of public bureaucracies and universities whose overt and secret services provide the foregoing with financial sustenance and a nurturing environment. Equally important, the emerging Big Business-Big Government partnership has a global reach. It is rooted in colossal transnational corporations and complexes that help knit together a “Free World” on which the sun never sets. These are elements of the new despotism.

A few years ago a fine political scientist, Kenneth Dolbeare, conducted a series of in-depth interviews totaling twenty to twenty-five hours per person. He found that most respondents were deeply afraid of some future despotism. “The most striking thing about inquiring into expectations for the future,” he reported, “is the rapidity with which the concept of fascism (with or without the label) enters the conversation.” But not all knowledge serves the cause of freedom… the tendency is to suppress fears of the future, just as most people have learned to repress fears of a nuclear holocaust. It is easier to repress well-justified fears than to control the dangers giving rise to them. p3

In 1935 Sinclair Lewis wrote a popular novel in which a racist, anti-Semitic, flag-waving, army-backed demagogue wins the 1936 presidential election and proceeds to establish an Americanized version of Nazi Germany. The title, It Can’t Happen Here, was a tongue-in-cheek warning that it might. But the “it” Lewis referred to is unlikely to happen again any place. Even in today’s Germany, Italy or Japan, a modern-style corporate state or society would be far different from the old regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, and the Japanese oligarchs. Anyone looking for black shirts, mass parties, or men on horseback will miss the telltale clues of creeping fascism.

In any First World country of advanced capitalism, the new fascism will be colored by national and cultural heritage, ethnic and religious composition, formal political structure, and geopolitical environment. The Japanese or German versions would be quite different from the Italian variety-and still more different from the British, French, Belgian, Dutch, Australian, Canadian, or Israeli versions.

In America, it would be supermodern and multi-ethnic-as American as Madison Avenue, executive luncheons, credit cards, and apple pie. It would be fascism with a smile. As a warning against its cosmetic facade, subtle manipulation, and velvet gloves, I call it friendly fascism. What scares me most is its subtle appeal.

I am worried by those who fail to remember-or have never learned -that Big Business-Big Government partnerships, backed up by other elements, were the central facts behind the power structures of old fascism in the days of Mussolini, Hitler, and the Japanese empire builders. I am worried by those who quibble about labels. Some of my friends seem transfixed by the idea that if it is fascism, it must appear in the classic, unfriendly form of their youth. “Why, oh why,” they retrospectively moan, “didn’t people see what was happening during the 1920s and the 1930s?” But in their own blindness they are willing to use the terms invented by the fascist ideologists, “corporate state” or “corporatism,” but not fascism.

I am upset with those who prefer to remain spectators until it may be too late. I am shocked by those who seem to believe in Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s words of 1940-that “there is no fighting the wave of the future” and all you can do is “leap with it.” I am appalled by those who stiffly maintain that nothing can be done until things get worse or the system has been changed. I am afraid of inaction. I am afraid of those who will heed no warnings and who wait for some revelation, research, or technology to offer a perfect solution. I am afraid of those who do not see that some of the best in America has been the product of promises and that the promises of the past are not enough for the future. I am dismayed by those who will not hope, who will not commit themselves to something larger than themselves, of those who are afraid of true democracy or even its pursuit. p5″

SELECTED QUOTATIONS:

Our pseudo-democratic governments are in reality fascist:

“Fascism should more properly be called corporatism since it is the merger of state and corporate power.”–Benito Mussolini

We’re not a democracy. It’s a terrible misunderstanding and a slander to the idea of democracy to call us that. In reality, we’re a plutocracy: a government by the wealthy.” —–Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General

But that’s the whole point of corporatism: to try and remove the public from making decisions over their own fate, to limit the public arena, to control opinion, to make sure that the fundamental decisions that determine how the world is going to be run —which include production, commerce, distribution, thought, social policy, foreign policy, everything—are not in the hands of the public, but rather in the hands of highly concentrated private power. In effect, tyranny unaccountable to the public.— Professor Noam Chomsky, interviewed in Corporate Watch

“As political theorist Michael Parenti points out, historians often overlook Fascism’s economic agenda–the partnership between Big Capital and Big Government–in their analysis of its authoritarian social program. Indeed, according to Bertram Gross in his startlingly prescient Friendly Fascism (1980), it is possible to achieve fascist goals within an ostensibly democratic society.”—Richard Heinberghttp://www.nexusmagazine.com//corporations.html

“It is weakness rather than wickedness which renders men unfit to be trusted with unlimited power.” — John Adams, 1788

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be. “Thomas Jefferson

“There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies as against despots. What is it? Distrust.” — Demosthenes: Philippic 2, sect. 24

“What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It’s not good at much else.” — Tom Clancy on Kudlow and Cramer 9/2/03

“It’s important to realize that whenever you give power to politicians or bureaucrats, it will be used for what they want, not for what you want.”– Harry Browne

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” — Pericles, 430 B.C.

“Give government the weapons to fight your enemy and it will use them against you.” — Harry Browne

“Give a good man great powers and crooks grab his job.” — Rick Gaber

“Overload the police with victimless crimes and other minutiae and eventually only creeps and bullies remain cops.” — Rick Gaber

“Power draws the corrupted; absolute power would draw the absolutely corrupted.” — Colin Barth

“The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” — Tacitus, Roman senator and historian (A.D. c.56-c.115)

“The more prohibitions there are, the poorer the people will be. The more laws are promulgated, the more thieves and bandits there will be.” — Lao-tzu, The Tao Te Ching (believed written in China, 6th century BC).
“An oppressive government is much worse than a man-eating tiger.” — Kong Fu-Dzuh (“Confucious”)

“A moderate is either someone who has no moral code of his own, or if he does, then he’s someone who doesn’t have the guts to take sides between good and evil.” — Rick Gaber

“Intellect annuls Fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free….The revelation of Thought takes man out of servitude into freedom.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Fate”

“Democracy is defended in 3 stages. Ballot Box, Jury Box, Cartridge Box.” — Ambrose Bierce

“Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all.” –Frederic Bastiat, ca. 1837

“The State is the coldest of all cold monsters, and coldly it tells lies, and this lie drones on from its mouth: ‘I, the State, am the people’.” — Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus spoke Zarathustra, 1883

“People constantly speak of ‘the government’ doing this or that, as they might speak of God doing it. But the government is really nothing but a group of men, and usually they are very inferior men.” — H.L. Mencken
“Government, when it is examined, turns out to be nothing more nor less than a group of fallible men with the political force to act as though they were infallible.” — Robert LeFevre, in his essay, Aggression is Wrong

“Crime does not pay … as well as politics. ” –Alfred E. Newman

Democracy is when two wolves and a sheep vote on what they will have for lunch.http://www.wealth4freedom.com/truth/chapter1.htm

“Politics is a means of preventing people from taking part in what properly concerns them.” Paul Valery (1871-1945)

“When we give government the power to make medical decisions for us, we, in essence, accept that the state owns our bodies.” ~U.S. Representative Ron Paul

“…somebody has to take governments’ place, and business seems to me to be a logical entity to do it.” – David Rockefeller – Newsweek International, Feb 1 1999.

“Government is big business, with the face of democracy.”–Jim West

“President George Bush held a WashinGton dinner…for 2,000 of his closest friends…(it) was sponsored by the tobacco and oil industries. But the big bash was the one given by Vice President Dick Cheney….The guests were lobbyists for the nuclear power, natural gas and oil industries.”–Toby Moore (Daily Express 24 May 2001)

“Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping, and unintelligent. –H. L. Mencken

“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.” -H. L. Mencken

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.” –Thomas Sowell

“…the world is governed by very different personages to what is imagined by those who are not themselves behind the scenes.” – Benjamin Disraeli (1801-1884) Prime Minister of Britain

“The Establishment decided Thatcher’s ideas were safer with a strong Blair government than with a weak Major government. We are given all these personalities to choose between to disguise the fact that the policies are the same.”–Tony Benn (Sunday Times Oct 6, 2002)

“The planet is being controlled, to an alarming extent, by elites, or, as I call them, cartels. There are many cartels, but 7 are the most powerful. They evolve, they learn from one another, they both compete and cooperate. Unfortunately, the trend is more towards cooperation. These 7 cartels represent the following areas: GOVERNMENT, MILITARY, INTELLIGENCE, ENERGY, MONEY, MEDIA, AND MEDICAL…..I came to this map of cartels through my own research on the medical monopoly. That’s where it started, in 1986. .. Once you understand these cartel elites, you can begin to separate out information into loose layers of importance, as in, which layer of the control game are we talking about? Because it’s all about layers. And at most layers, the players are forwarding agendas which they do not realize fit into higher and more destructive agendas.”–Jon Rappoport

“The constitution has broken down. We have no enemies except the ones we select and direct towards the nearest nuclear bombs. They need an enemy to provoke, a diversion. This is the mentality of tenth-rate people who are in politics because corporate America likes them. They are malleable. They give them contracts to build missile shields that will never work. It’s deeply corrupt.”–Gore Vidal (Observer magazine 12 Aug 2001)

“The State is the coldest of all cold monsters.” [Nietzche]

While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State. Lenin, “State and Revolution”, 1919

“Believe nothing until it has been officially denied.”–Claud Cockburn

“The art of government is the organisation of idolatry.”–George Bernard Shaw.

“Democracy allows mediocrity to rise to the top.”

“He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.”–George Bernard Shaw.

“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. — George Bernard Shaw (1944)

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”–HL Mencken.

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

“Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.”–TH Huxley.

“Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.”–George Bernard Shaw.

“The minority is sometimes right; the majority always wrong.”—-George Bernard Shaw.

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HUBRIS, ENTITLEMENT AND “AMERICAN” IMPERIAL “CULTURE”: GOD IS ON OUR SIDE–JUST ASK US

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“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
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THE NAZIS TOO CLAIMED "GOD IS WITH US" AND WORE THAT MEME ON THEIR BELT BUCKLES AS THEY RAPED AND PILLAGED ALL OVER THE WORLD

THE NAZIS TOO CLAIMED “GOD IS WITH US” AND WORE THAT MEME ON THEIR BELT BUCKLES AS THEY RAPED AND PILLAGED ALL OVER THE WORLD

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MANY AMERICANS APPEAR TO BE LIKE THE PROVERBIAL FROG WHO RUNS FROM BOILING WATER BUT WHO SITS TO HIS DEATH WITHOUT A FIGHT IF PLACED IN COLD WATER SLOWLY BROUGHT TO A BOIL

 

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Rising US drone strikes against al-Qaida in Yemen start to fuel anger over civilian deaths

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(Hani Mohammed, File/ Associated Press ) – FILE – In this Monday, April 29, 2013 file photo, a Yemeni man holds a banner during a protest to denounce American drone attacks in Yemen, in front of the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen. A public backlash is starting to grow in Yemen over civilians killed by American drones as the U.S. dramatically steps up its strikes against al-Qaida’s branch here the past year. Relatives of those killed say the missile blasts hitting their towns only turn Yemenis against the U.S. campaign to crush militants.

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SANAA, Yemen — The cleric preached in his tiny Yemeni village about the evils of al-Qaida, warning residents to stay away from the group’s fighters and their hard-line ideology. The talk worried residents, who feared it would bring retaliation from the militants, and even the cleric’s father wanted him to stop.But in the end it wasn’t al-Qaida that killed Sheik Salem Ahmed bin Ali Jaber.

U.K. Independence Party surged in local elections, routing prime minister’s Conservative-led coalition.

Al-Qaida fighters, who hide in mountain strongholds near the remote eastern village of Khashamir, did call him out, demanding he meet them one night — apparently to intimidate him into stopping his sermons against them.Sheik Salem felt he had no choice but to meet them, but a cousin who was in the police insisted on accompanying him as protection, according to the cleric’s brother-in-law, Faysal bin Ali bin Jaber, who recounted the events to The Associated Press.

“Once they arrived to the car where al-Qaida was, four missiles hit,” Faysal said. At home in the village, he heard the blasts — and heard the U.S. drone that struck the cars. “We know the buzzing sound of the drones overhead,” he said.

Yemeni security officials confirmed three militants, along with Sheik Salem and his cousin were killed in the strike last August and that it was carried out by an American drone.

In its covert fight against al-Qaida in Yemen, the United States has dramatically stepped up its use of drone strikes the past year, scoring key successes against one of the most active branches of the terror network. With more than 40 strikes reported in 2012 and nine so far this year, Yemen has become the second biggest front in American drone warfare, after Pakistan.

But the escalation has meant more civilians getting caught in the crossfire.

Civilian deaths are breeding resentments on a local level, sometimes undermining U.S. efforts to turn the public against militants. The backlash is still not as large as in Pakistan, where there is heavy pressure on the government to force limits on strikes — but public calls for a halt to strikes are starting to emerge.

Several dozen activists protested on Monday near the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, denouncing the strikes. “The drone program is terrorizing our people,” the activists wrote in an open letter to President Barack Obama. “One never knows where the next drone will strike nor how many innocent victims will die.”

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington last week on the drone program, Farea al-Muslimi, a Yemeni whose village had been struck only days earlier, told the senators that drones are “harming efforts to win hearts and minds,” saying drones are now “the face of America” to many Yemenis.

“What violent militants had previously failed to achieve, one drone strike achieved in an instant,” he said.

Faysal bin Jaber said the strike had deepened the fear in Khashamir.

Sheik Salem had spoken in his sermon “about how killing people and labeling people who work with the West as infidels is wrong,” Faysal said.

But after the strike, “everyone who saw that there is no differentiating between us and al-Qaida are asking why don’t we just join al-Qaida since it makes no difference?” he said. The cleric’s widow — Faysal’s sister —now relies on relatives and neighbors for support for herself and her seven children.

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Jason Bermas: From 9/11 to Depopulation and Politics (Video)

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Talented radio talk show host and filmmaker Jason Bermas appeared on “History, So It Doesn’t Repeat”to talk about everything under the sun. Do not miss this!

Jason Bermas, host of Punk Rock Politics on UnboundRadio.com

Jason Bermas, host of Punk Rock Politics on UnboundRadio.com

“I’m doing the right thing, I’m fighting for the right thing. Humanity is worth saving. We’re not perfect, we are never going to be perfect.”, Bermas said during the broadcast as he went on to talk about how individual freedom is important.

In today’s day and age information is everywhere, but you must use discernment.

The “programing” fed to you on the TV you watch has become almost fully overran.

The people demand truth as they realize their country has been overran as well.

The populace of the planet now yearns to be educated with truths their masters have suppressed from them for hundreds of years. As independent thinkers, we need to help get the information to the masses.

 

Recently, radio talk show host, filmmaker and activist, Jason Bermas, appeared on the series History, So It Doesn’t Repeat”, to talk all about his previous hit documentary films, and his new upcoming film Shade the Motion Picture.

Bermas explains how the new film will be made available for free on-line for everyone to watch, but encourages people to purchase the high-quality DVD to support the filmmakers.

Shade the Motion Picture is set to release August 15, 2013 worldwide.

Watch all trailer versions and pre-order the fim today!

Official Website: http://www.shadethemotionpicture.com

Listen to UnboundRadio.com to catch Jason’s show, Punk Rock Politics.

 

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U.S. Catholic Bishops: Don’t Arm Syrian Fighters

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ed note–a little late for this, dontcha think fellas? The time for the religious leadership of the West to come out against all of these Israeli-engineered massacres of Arab countries was 20 years ago when George H. W. Bush was president.

A sickening display on the part of this religious body that it is only when THEY find themselves in the crosshairs that they decide to ‘speak out’ against the injustices, but when it is Muslims or anyone else being subjected to the same thing, they are as silent as death.

cnsnews.com

Amid growing awareness of the effect the conflict in Syria is having on the country’s Christians, some church leaders in the West are warning that providing arms to combatants in Syria will only worsen the crisis – both overall and for religious minorities in particular.

On Tuesday, a congressional panel will hold a hearing to examine how U.S. policy can safeguard Syria’s vulnerable religious minorities amid the fighting and also once the war comes to an end.

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry last Wednesday, two leading U.S. Catholic bishops said there was an “urgent need for a negotiated ceasefire and political solution.”

“Instead of arming both sides, the international community should be emphasizing the need for a negotiated solution to the conflict,” wrote Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa and Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona.

“The introduction of more arms simply increases the lethality of the violence and contributes to the suffering of the Syrian people,” they said.

The White House earlier this month announced that it has authorized direct military support to anti-Assad rebels. On Saturday, Kerry joined colleagues from the 10 other members of the “Friends of Syria” group at a meeting in Qatar that decided “to provide urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment to the opposition on the ground.”

Rebel groups, including Sunni jihadists, have already been receiving weapons from Arab Gulf states and elsewhere for many months, while the regime is receiving support from Russia, Iran and Shi’ite elements in Lebanon and Iraq.

Pates, who heads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committee on international justice and peace, and Kicanas, chairman of the board of Catholic Relief Services, stressed to Kerry the need for a political solution that ends the fighting and creates a future where human rights and religious freedom are respected.

“We ask the United States to work with other governments to obtain a ceasefire, initiate serious negotiations, provide impartial and neutral humanitarian assistance, and encourage building an inclusive society in Syria that protects the rights of all its citizens, including Christians and other minorities.”

Their appeal echoes an earlier one by a senior Anglican leader in England, Bishop Peter Price of Bath and Wells, who spoke out against the British government push’s for the European Union to allow a Syria arms embargo to lapse, thus paving the way for Britain, France and possibly other E.U. to send arms from August.

Price, who is also a member of the House of Lords and now retiring, questioned the wisdom of “further arming in what is an already dangerously over-armed conflict.”

Pointing to the situation in Libya as an example of the risk of providing arms without taking into account where they may end up, he warned the government that “providing arms in this increasingly fragmented conflict makes any strategy for decommissioning arms, post conflict, very difficult.”

Rather than provide weapons, Price said the British government should focus its efforts in persuading the Syrian opposition to play a constructive role at peace talks which governments are trying to convene in Geneva.

(British Prime Minister David Cameron said last week Britain has made no decision yet to arm the rebels.)

Underlining the plight of Christians caught in the middle of the conflict, Christians in Aleppo on Saturday marked the two-month anniversary of the kidnapping – allegedly by rebels – of two bishops whose fate and whereabouts remain unknown.

At a prayer service and solidarity sit-in vigil at the city’s St. Elias Greek Orthodox church, members of various Christian denominations were joined by some Muslim leaders calling for the safe release of the bishops and others who have been abducted during the conflict.

Greek Orthodox Bishop Boulos Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim were seized by armed men while on a humanitarian mission on April 22. Their driver, a church deacon, was shot dead during the incident.

Fighting has stepped up in recent weeks in and around Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, with regime forces trying to dislodge rebels from parts of the city they have held since last July.

‘Existential threat’

On Thursday, Pope Francis once again expressed concern about “the people of beloved Syria,” and urged believers of every faith to put an end to the violence.

At a meeting with representatives of Catholic relief agencies, the pope said Catholics were grateful to members of the Eastern churches for “keeping the faith” despite facing great difficulties.

The plight of Syria’s Christians is also concerning the new titular leader of the world’s Anglicans, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who on Sunday began a five-day visit to Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

His office said “pressures” on the region’s Christian communities are a matter of deep concern for the archbishop, who was visiting the region early on, in part, “because he is keenly aware of the particular pressures on the region at the moment – not least the devastating conflict in Syria, and its impact more widely.”

On June 25, religious freedom advocates and a senior State Department human rights official have been invited to testify at a joint hearing of two House Foreign Affairs subcommittees, focusing on the difficulties faced by Syria’s minorities.

“According to reports, religious minorities have become victims of religiously-motivated atrocities by factions within Syria,” said Middle East and North Africa subcommittee chairman Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) ahead of the hearing.

“As we have learned from Egypt and Iraq, many Christians fled for fear of losing their lives and now religious minorities in Syria are faced with the same existential threat,” she said. “This hearing will examine how the United States can come up with a comprehensive strategy to promote religious freedom and protect Syria’s religious minorities.”

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who chairs the subcommittee dealing with global human rights, said religious minorities including Christians, Jews, Yezidis, and Druze are “viewed with suspicion by both sides of the civil war,” and cited warnings by some non-governmental organizations that “conditions have aligned for genocide.”

Those scheduled to testify on Tuesday include Thomas Melia, deputy assistant secretary in the State’s Department’s bureau of democracy, human rights and labor, Majed El Shafie of One Free World International, John Eibner of Christian Solidarity International, and Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom.

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Canada’s backroom role in Syria, Iraq Featured Guest(s): Yves Engler April 1st, 2013: -

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Canada is funding the Gulf monarchies who are funnelling militants into Syria, and U.S. intelligence is involved with the rebels. The dominant media in North America neglects an honest discussion of the Western role. Canada’s political opposition neglects Security Council agreements that could allow a demilitarized international forum to mediate the conflict.Engler also discusses opposition to Enbridge pipeline, and its possibility of derailing the Harper government. By taking such a hard stand on environmental issues, and pulling out of Kyoto, Harper is running out of feet to shoot.

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Under Electronic Surveillance of US Special Services

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Snowden has not revealed everything he knows as yet, but what has become the public knowledge so far has evoked high alarm, at least in Latin America. If the empire is watching the NATO closest allies, then how far can it go to the south of Rio Grande, the region it considers to be its own «backyard»? There is a huge building without windows in the heart of Miami that belongs to Terremark Company. Three big Global Crossing white domes with electronic equipment are located on the roof. It is used for keeping tabs on phone conversations and Internet messages in Latin America and the Caribbean. 
Brazil’s minister for communications Paulo Bernardo has said the government will ask the United States for explanations about the Internet spying and the role of the American companies. According to him, Google and other majors were to provide explanations to their clients in Brazil and other countries concerning their relationship with US security services. According to him, the media reports pose a great problem related to guaranteeing privacy of Brazilians granted to them by the country’s Constitution. The Brazilian government expresses legitimate concern. The United States started to pay special attention on Brazilian leaders’ private lives, the country’s internal and external policies during the tenure of Bush Jr. Brazil is viewed by the United States as a «South America giant», the major geopolitical rival in the Western Hemisphere, the leading nation of Latin American integration and a loyal partner of Cuba and other «populist regimes». 
The US embassy in Brazil has been involved in intelligence activities. The US operatives never shied away from recruiting Brazilians on US soil. The first US special services failures took place in 1999-2004 in the days when Rubens Barbosa served as Brazil’s ambassador to the United States. The communications of Brazil’s offices, cell phones of diplomats and auxiliary personnel were intercepted. There have been cases when the bags of Brazilian diplomats were open. According to Brazilian competent sources, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency hunted for decoders. Protests against eavesdropping and bags checking have been sent to the State Department, but there has never been a clear response. The Panama’s Democratic Revolutionary Party asked State Secretary John Kerry to explain the details related to the use of surveillance equipment transferred to Panamanian security services.
The devices allowed to conduct eavesdropping operations, Internet monitoring and intercept of text messages. The local analysts say the activities are timed with general elections on May 2014 and the desire of the Martinelli’s government to discredit the opposition by using «tarnishing» information. There are also other reasons provided to explain the fact of sharing the top secret equipment, it’s all done in order to deploy the PRISM elements in the Western Hemisphere. Another row has taken place in Argentina. The national police database was under control of US embassy in Buenos Aires. In 2005 Proyecto X 4.1 was acquired from Microsoft to systemize the data related to public activists, political and trade union leaders. According to the contract, Argentinian experts had no right to make changes to the program.
This could only be done by special staff in the United States embassy or, in other words, by those who work for the CIA. There are other reasons to believe the Agency used the police computers in order to collect data on other Brazilian law enforcement agencies according to PRISM program. Regional media puts the issue of US eavesdropping high on agenda. On June 6 Gaceta Mercantil.com published an interview with Henoch Aguiar, former Argentinian communications minister, who told how they tried to make him work for the United States. He was invited to meet an American by an Argentine entrepreneur who had close ties with US partners. Having a chat in a restaurant the American he was «recommended to meet» suddenly said he was a high standing CIA official. He put it straight and asked Aguiar to lend him a helping hand in eavesdropping efforts in Argentina. When refused he hurried away.[ed notes:click link for whole article..

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Impunity Inc. Reflections on the “super-rights” and “super-powers” of corporate capital

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http://www.tni.org/sites/www.tni.org/files/download/impunity_inc_0.pdf

Forty years after Salvador Allende(overthrown and assassinated by cia) denounced corporate power at the United Nations General Assembly (December 1972), millions of people all over the world are involved in struggles against the social and environmental injustice generated by transnational corporations.Working together or in parallel, in multiple ways, and in all sectors of the economy, people are defending their territories, seeds, water, forests, food, biodiversity, health, culture, etc., from the aggressive actions of the transnational corporations, which expand their power in a system of “accumulation by dispossession.”
Impunity Inc. is a report produced as part of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity. Through three case studies, it aims to provide inputs for reflection on the “super-rights” and “super-powers” of transnational corporations. The report describes the abuses and violations of fundamental labour rights taking place on a day-to-day basis in the export-oriented garment factories inMorocco, highlighting the responsibility of the Spanish transnational Inditex. It outlines a similar situation in Nicaragua, focusing on the role of Pescanova. In both cases, it explains how all this occurs in the framework of the Association Agreements imposed by the European Union (EU), in a context where Lex Mercatoria and the protection of corporate interests continue to take priority over the basic needs of human beings. The report also looks at Europe’s social metabolism, examining the consequences of the EU’s substantial dependence on the increasingly strategic raw materials that it imports from impoverished countries.
The cases of zinc mining in Bolivia, coal mining in Colombia and cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo, together with soya and sugar cane production in Argentina and Brazil, are used to illustrate the harmful impact of Glencore’s operations, analysing the extent to which trade agreements ensure the impunity of the large corporations. Glencore’s involvement in financial speculation on commodities is also described. Impunity Inc. then goes on to look at the physical scaffolding of free trade, focusing on the roll-out of the infrastructure mega-projects in South America (IIRSA-COSIPLAN), and highlighting the European Investment Bank (EIB) involvement, as well as European capital’s responsibility in these infrastructure projects and their financialisation. A separate section is devoted to the case of the mega-dams being built on the River Madeira in the Amazon, with the participation of Banco Santander, GDF-Suez, Abengoa, Voith, Siemens and other European companies.
SAMPLE:  Chapter 2 delves into Europe’s social metabolism to examine the EU’s substantial dependence on the import of increasingly strategic raw materials from impoverished countries. It describes the structure of exports from South America and Africa to Europe and how this keeps these countries in the role of primary commodity exporters and thus in poverty. Emphasising that raw materials are important to capital not only from the metabolic point of view but also on the business side, the chapter describes how European companies are consolidating their monopoly position and their control of the international trade in raw materials. They use Europe as a political platform to ensure that their interests are defended through its “raw materials diplomacy,” but it is also the destination for their products.
This is why they are particularly interested in maintaining the model of consumption and capitalist production that currently prevails in the EU. By examining Glencore’s mining operations in Colombia, Bolivia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, on which the EU’s metabolism depends, the chapter describes how a giant transnational like this is able to obtain enormous profits while also provoking serious social and environmental conflicts.
A review of its activities in MERCOSUR countries, where it has taken over thousands of hectares of fertile land, provides evidence of Glencore’s control over practically the entire chain of production, under the “vertical integration” model imposed by agribusiness. When Free Trade Agreements, EPAs and AAs are placed under the microscope as they relate to this company, it becomes clear how they benefit it and only serve to increase its hegemony and impunity. Finally, the chapter describes Glencore’s operations in different areas of the economy, focusing on its role in financial speculation on commodities.

Reflections on the “super-rights” and “super-powers” of corporate capital

Observatorio de la Deuda en la Globalitzación (ODG) & Transnational Institute (TNI)

Forty years after Salvador Allende denounced corporate power at the United Nations General Assembly (December 1972), millions of people all over the world are involved in struggles against the social and environmental injustice generated by transnational corporations. Working together or in parallel, in multiple ways, and in all sectors of the economy, people are defending their territories, seeds, water, forests, food, biodiversity, health, culture, etc., from the aggressive actions of the transnational corporations, which expand their power in a system of“accumulation by dispossession.” - See more at: http://www.bilaterals.org/spip.php?article23385#sthash.Gilqjk89.dpuf

 

Impunity Inc.
Reflections on the “super-rights” and “super-powers” of corporate capital

Observatorio de la Deuda en la Globalitzación (ODG) & Transnational Institute (TNI)

Forty years after Salvador Allende denounced corporate power at the United Nations General Assembly (December 1972), millions of people all over the world are involved in struggles against the social and environmental injustice generated by transnational corporations. Working together or in parallel, in multiple ways, and in all sectors of the economy, people are defending their territories, seeds, water, forests, food, biodiversity, health, culture, etc., from the aggressive actions of the transnational corporations, which expand their power in a system of“accumulation by dispossession.”

Impunity Inc. is a report produced as part of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity. Through three case studies, it aims to provide inputs for reflection on the “super-rights” and “super-powers” of transnational corporations.
The report describes the abuses and violations of fundamental labour rights taking place on a day-to-day basis in the export-oriented garment factories in Morocco, highlighting the responsibility of the Spanish transnational Inditex. It outlines a similar situation in Nicaragua, focusing on the role of Pescanova. In both cases, it explains how all this occurs in the framework of the Association Agreements imposed by the European Union (EU), in a context where Lex Mercatoria and the protection of corporate interests continue to take priority over the basic needs of human beings. The report also looks at Europe’s social metabolism, examining the consequences of the EU’s substantial dependence on the increasingly strategic raw materials that it imports from impoverished countries.
The cases of zinc mining in Bolivia, coal mining in Colombia and cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo, together with soya and sugar cane production in Argentina and Brazil, are used to illustrate the harmful impact of Glencore’s operations, analysing the extent to which trade agreements ensure the impunity of the large corporations. Glencore’s involvement in financial speculation on commodities is also described. Impunity Inc. then goes on to look at the physical scaffolding of free trade, focusing on the roll-out of the infrastructure mega-projects in South America (IIRSA-COSIPLAN), and highlighting the European Investment Bank (EIB) involvement, as well as European capital’s responsibility in these infrastructure projects and their financialisation. A separate section is devoted to the case of the mega-dams being built on the River Madeira in the Amazon, with the participation of Banco Santander, GDF-Suez, Abengoa, Voith, Siemens and other European companies…
- See more at: http://www.bilaterals.org/spip.php?article23385#sthash.Gilqjk89.dpuf
Impunity Inc.
Reflections on the “super-rights” and “super-powers” of corporate capital

Observatorio de la Deuda en la Globalitzación (ODG) & Transnational Institute (TNI)

Forty years after Salvador Allende denounced corporate power at the United Nations General Assembly (December 1972), millions of people all over the world are involved in struggles against the social and environmental injustice generated by transnational corporations. Working together or in parallel, in multiple ways, and in all sectors of the economy, people are defending their territories, seeds, water, forests, food, biodiversity, health, culture, etc., from the aggressive actions of the transnational corporations, which expand their power in a system of“accumulation by dispossession.”

Impunity Inc. is a report produced as part of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity. Through three case studies, it aims to provide inputs for reflection on the “super-rights” and “super-powers” of transnational corporations.
The report describes the abuses and violations of fundamental labour rights taking place on a day-to-day basis in the export-oriented garment factories in Morocco, highlighting the responsibility of the Spanish transnational Inditex. It outlines a similar situation in Nicaragua, focusing on the role of Pescanova. In both cases, it explains how all this occurs in the framework of the Association Agreements imposed by the European Union (EU), in a context where Lex Mercatoria and the protection of corporate interests continue to take priority over the basic needs of human beings.
The report also looks at Europe’s social metabolism, examining the consequences of the EU’s substantial dependence on the increasingly strategic raw materials that it imports from impoverished countries. The cases of zinc mining in Bolivia, coal mining in Colombia and cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo, together with soya and sugar cane production in Argentina and Brazil, are used to illustrate the harmful impact of Glencore’s operations, analysing the extent to which trade agreements ensure the impunity of the large corporations. Glencore’s involvement in financial speculation on commodities is also described. Impunity Inc. then goes on to look at the physical scaffolding of free trade, focusing on the roll-out of the infrastructure mega-projects in South America (IIRSA-COSIPLAN), and highlighting the European Investment Bank (EIB) involvement, as well as European capital’s responsibility in these infrastructure projects and their financialisation. A separate section is devoted to the case of the mega-dams being built on the River Madeira in the Amazon, with the participation of Banco Santander, GDF-Suez, Abengoa, Voith, Siemens and other European companies…
- See more at: http://www.bilaterals.org/spip.php?article23385#sthash.Gilqjk89.dpuf
Impunity Inc.
Reflections on the “super-rights” and “super-powers” of corporate capital

Observatorio de la Deuda en la Globalitzación (ODG) & Transnational Institute (TNI)

Forty years after Salvador Allende denounced corporate power at the United Nations General Assembly (December 1972), millions of people all over the world are involved in struggles against the social and environmental injustice generated by transnational corporations. Working together or in parallel, in multiple ways, and in all sectors of the economy, people are defending their territories, seeds, water, forests, food, biodiversity, health, culture, etc., from the aggressive actions of the transnational corporations, which expand their power in a system of“accumulation by dispossession.”

Impunity Inc. is a report produced as part of the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity. Through three case studies, it aims to provide inputs for reflection on the “super-rights” and “super-powers” of transnational corporations.
The report describes the abuses and violations of fundamental labour rights taking place on a day-to-day basis in the export-oriented garment factories in Morocco, highlighting the responsibility of the Spanish transnational Inditex. It outlines a similar situation in Nicaragua, focusing on the role of Pescanova. In both cases, it explains how all this occurs in the framework of the Association Agreements imposed by the European Union (EU), in a context where Lex Mercatoria and the protection of corporate interests continue to take priority over the basic needs of human beings.
The report also looks at Europe’s social metabolism, examining the consequences of the EU’s substantial dependence on the increasingly strategic raw materials that it imports from impoverished countries. The cases of zinc mining in Bolivia, coal mining in Colombia and cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo, together with soya and sugar cane production in Argentina and Brazil, are used to illustrate the harmful impact of Glencore’s operations, analysing the extent to which trade agreements ensure the impunity of the large corporations. Glencore’s involvement in financial speculation on commodities is also described. Impunity Inc. then goes on to look at the physical scaffolding of free trade, focusing on the roll-out of the infrastructure mega-projects in South America (IIRSA-COSIPLAN), and highlighting the European Investment Bank (EIB) involvement, as well as European capital’s responsibility in these infrastructure projects and their financialisation. A separate section is devoted to the case of the mega-dams being built on the River Madeira in the Amazon, with the participation of Banco Santander, GDF-Suez, Abengoa, Voith, Siemens and other European companies…
- See more at: http://www.bilaterals.org/spip.php?article23385#sthash.Gilqjk89.dpuf

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America Is Running the World’s Largest Terrorist Operation

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Chomsky: “Obama Is Running The Biggest Terrorist Operation That Exists”

Leading liberal Noam Chomsky said yesterday:

The Obama administration is dedicated to increasing terrorism. In fact, it’s doing it all over the world. Obama is running the biggest terrorist operation that exists, maybe in history: the drone assassination campaigns, which are just part of it [...] All of these operations, they are terror operations.

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People hate the country that’s just terrorizing them. That’s not a surprise. Just consider the way we react to acts of terror. That’s the way other people react to [American] acts of terror.

Chomsky is right. Experts agrees that indiscriminate drone strikes are war crimes (more here and here).

The U.S. is not only killing people whose identity it doesn’t even know (more), but it is also killing children. And it is using the justifiably-vilified Al Qaeda tactic of killing people attending funerals of those killed – and targeting people attempting to rescue people who have been injured by – our previous strikes.

Chomsky has previously extensively documented U.S. terrorism. As Wikipedia notes:

Chomsky and Herman observed that terror was concentrated in the U.S. sphere of influence in the Third World, and documented terror carried out by U.S. client states in Latin America. They observed that of ten Latin American countries that had death squads, all were U.S. client states.

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They concluded that the global rise in state terror was a result of U.S. foreign policy.

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In 1991, a book edited by Alexander L. George [the Graham H. Stuart Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Stanford University] also argued that other Western powers sponsored terror in Third World countries. It concluded that the U.S. and its allies were the main supporters of terrorism throughout the world.

Indeed, the U.S. has created death squads in Latin America, Iraq and Syria.

 

The director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan – Lt. General William Odom - noted:

Because the United States itself has a long record of supporting terrorists and using terrorist tactics, the slogans of today’s war on terrorism merely makes the United States look hypocritical to the rest of the world.

Odom also said:

By any measure the US has long used terrorism. In ‘78-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the US would be in violation.

(audio here).

The Washington Post reported in 2010:

The United States has long been an exporter of terrorism, according to a secret CIA analysis released Wednesday by the Web site WikiLeaks.

The head and special agent in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office said that most terror attacks are committed by our CIA and FBI.

Some in the American military have intentionally tried to “out-terrorize the terrorists”.

As Truthout notes:

 

Both [specialists Ethan McCord and Josh Stieber] say they saw their mission as a plan to “out-terrorize the terrorists,” in order to make the general populace more afraid of the Americans than they were of insurgent groups.

In the interview with [Scott] Horton, Horton pressed Stieber:

“… a fellow veteran of yours from the same battalion has said that you guys had a standard operating procedure, SOP, that said – and I guess this is a reaction to some EFP attacks on y’all’s Humvees and stuff that killed some guys – that from now on if a roadside bomb goes off, IED goes off, everyone who survives the attack get out and fire in all directions at anybody who happens to be nearby … that this was actually an order from above. Is that correct? Can you, you know, verify that?

Stieber answered:

“Yeah, it was an order that came from Kauzlarich himself, and it had the philosophy that, you know, as Finkel does describe in the book, that we were under pretty constant threat, and what he leaves out is the response to that threat. But the philosophy was that if each time one of these roadside bombs went off where you don’t know who set it … the way we were told to respond was to open fire on anyone in the area, with the philosophy that that would intimidate them, to be proactive in stopping people from making these bombs …”

Terrorism is defined as:

The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.

So McCord and Stieber are correct: this constitutes terrorism by American forces in Iraq.

The U.S. has been directly supporting Al Qaeda and other terrorists and providing them arms, money and logistical support in SyriaLibya, MaliBosniaChechnyaIran, and many other countries … both before andafter 9/11. And see this.

Torture – which the U.S. has liberally used during the last 10 years – has long been recognized as a form of terrorism.

Wikipedia notes:

Worldwide, 74% of countries that used torture on an administrative basis were U.S. client states, receiving military and other support to retain power.

Some Specific Examples …

The CIA admits that it hired Iranians in the 1950′s to pose as Communists and stage bombings in Iran in order to turn the country against its democratically-elected prime minister.

The former Italian Prime Minister, an Italian judge, and the former head of Italian counterintelligence admit thatNATO, with the help of the Pentagon and CIA, carried out terror bombings in Italy and other European countries in the 1950s and blamed the communists, in order to rally people’s support for their governments in Europe in their fight against communism.

As one participant in this formerly-secret program stated: “You had to attack civilians, people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple. They were supposed to force these people, the Italian public, to turn to the state to ask for greater security” (and see this)(Italy and other European countries subject to the terror campaign had joined NATO before the bombings occurred).

As admitted by the U.S. government, recently declassified documents show that in the 1960′s, the American Joint Chiefs of Staff signed off on a plan to blow up AMERICAN airplanes (using an elaborate plan involving the switching of airplanes), and also to commit terrorist acts on American soil, and then to blame it on the Cubans in order to justify an invasion of Cuba. See the following ABC news reportthe official documents; and watch this interview with the former Washington Investigative Producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.

Nine months earlier, a false flag attack was discussed in order to justify an invasion of the Dominican Republic. Specifically, according to official State Department records, Under Secretary of State Chester Bowles wrote on June 3, 1961:

The Vice President [Lyndon Johnson], [Attorney General] Bob Kennedy, Secretary [of Defense Robert] McNamara, Dick Goodwin [who was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs], [head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] General Lemnitzer, Wyn Coerr, and Ted Achilles were here. Bob McNamara and Lemnitzer stated that under the terms of the contingency paper, they were required to be prepared to move into the island on short order if required to do so, and this, in their opinion, called for substantially more troops that we had in the area. After some discussion we considered two more aircraft carriers, some destroyers, and 12,000 marines should be moved into a position some one hundred miles off the Dominican Republic shore…

The tone of the meeting was deeply disturbing. Bob Kennedy was clearly looking for an excuse to move in on the island. At one point he suggested, apparently seriously, that we might have to blow up the Consulate to provide the rationale.

His general approach, vigorously supported by Dick Goodwin, was that this was a bad government, that there was a strong chance that it might team up with Castro, and that it should be destroyed–with an excuse if possible, without one if necessary.

Rather to my surprise, Bob McNamara seemed to support this view …

The entire spirit of this meeting was profoundly distressing and worrisome, and I left at 8:00 p.m. with a feeling that this spirit which I had seen demonstrated on this occasion and others at the White House by those so close to the President constitutes a further danger of half-cocked action by people with almost no foreign policy experience, who are interested in action for action’s sake, and the devil take the highmost …

[At a subsequent meeting], Bob McNamara went along with their general view that our problem was not to prepare against an overt act by the Dominican Republic but rather to find an excuse for going into the country and upsetting it.

Department of Justice lawyer John Yoo suggested in 2005 that the US should go on the offensive against al-Qaeda, having “our intelligence agencies create a false terrorist organization. It could have its own websites, recruitment centers, training camps, and fundraising operations. It could launch fake terrorist operations and claim credit for real terrorist strikes, helping to sow confusion within al-Qaeda’s ranks, causing operatives to doubt others’ identities and to question the validity of communications.”

As Chris Floyd and many others have noted, this plan has gone live.

United Press International reported in June 2005:

U.S. intelligence officers are reporting that some of the insurgents in Iraq are using recent-model Beretta 92 pistols, but the pistols seem to have had their serial numbers erased. The numbers do not appear to have been physically removed; the pistols seem to have come off a production line without any serial numbers. Analysts suggest the lack of serial numbers indicates that the weapons were intended for intelligence operations or terrorist cells with substantial government backing. Analysts speculate that these guns are probably from either Mossad or the CIA. Analysts speculate that agent provocateurs may be using the untraceable weapons even as U.S. authorities use insurgent attacks against civilians as evidence of the illegitimacy of the resistance.

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