Helterskelter to World War Three

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This fact-filled article (source) is well worth studying carefully  because it gives us an overall perspective of the criminality of the American government as it plunges the world ever closer to WWIII.

Slightly abridged, with pictures and captions by Lasha Darkmoon

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This week I was invited to address an important conference of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. Scholars from Russia and from around the world, Russian government officials, and the Russian people seek an answer as to why Washington destroyed during the past year the friendly relations between America and Russia that President Reagan and President Gorbachev succeeded in establishing.

All of Russia is distressed that Washington alone has destroyed the trust between the two major nuclear powers that had been created during the Reagan-Gorbachev era, trust that had removed the threat of nuclear armageddon.

Russians at every level are astonished at the virulent propaganda and lies constantly issuing from Washington and the Western media. Washington’s gratuitous demonization of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has rallied the Russian people behind him. Putin has the highest approval rating ever achieved by any leader in my lifetime.

Washington’s reckless and irresponsible destruction of the trust achieved by Reagan and Gorbachev has resurrected the possibility of nuclear war from the grave in which Reagan and Gorbachev buried it. Again, as during the Cold War the specter of nuclear armageddon stalks the earth.

Why did Washington revive the threat of world annihilation?

Why is this threat to all of humanity supported by the majority of the US Congress, by the entirety of the presstitute media, and by academics and think-tank inhabitants in the US, such as Motyl and Weiss, about whom I wrote recently?

It was my task to answer this question for the conference.

You can read my February 25 and February 26 addresses below. But first you should understand what nuclear war means. You can gain that understanding here.

The Threat Posed to International Relations By The Neoconservative Ideology of American Hegemony

Address to the 70th Anniversary of the Yalta Conference, Hosted by Institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Moscow, February 25, 2015, Hon. Paul Craig Roberts

Colleagues,

What I propose to you is that the current difficulties in the international order are unrelated to Yalta and its consequences, but have their origin in the rise of the neoconservative ideology in the post-Soviet era and its influence on Washington’s foreign policy.

The collapse of the Soviet Union removed the only constraint on Washington’s power to act unilaterally abroad. At that time China’s rise was estimated to require a half century. Suddenly the United States found itself to be the Uni-power, the “world’s only superpower.” Neoconservatives proclaimed “the end of history.”

By the “end of history” neoconservatives mean that the competition between socio-economic-political systems is at an end. History has chosen “American Democratic-Capitalism.” It is Washington’s responsibility to exercise the hegemony over the world given to Washington by History and to bring the world in line with History’s choice of American democratic-capitalism.

In other words, Marx has been proven wrong. The future does not belong to the proletariat but to Washington.

The neoconservative ideology raises the United States to the unique status of being “the exceptional country,” and the American people acquire exalted status as “the indispensable people.”

If a country is “the exceptional country,” it means that all other countries are unexceptional. If a people are “indispensable,” it means other peoples are dispensable.

We have seen this attitude at work in Washington’s 14 years of wars of aggression in the Middle East. These wars have left countries destroyed and millions of people dead, maimed, and displaced. Yet Washington continues to speak of its commitment to protect smaller countries from the aggression of larger countries. The explanation for this hypocrisy is that Washington does not regard Washington’s aggression as aggression, but as History’s purpose.

We have also seen this attitude at work in Washington’s disdain for Russia’s national interests and in Washington’s propagandistic response to Russian diplomacy.

The neoconservative ideology requires that Washington maintain its Uni-power status, because this status is necessary for Washington’s hegemony and History’s purpose.

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To Al Franken at the White House who had asked him, “Dr Wolfowitz, hey, the Clinton military did a great job in Iraq, didn’t it?”

The neoconservative doctrine of US world supremacy is most clearly and concisely stated by Paul Wolfowitz (pictured) , a leading neoconservative who has held many high positions: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Director of Policy Planning US Department of State, Assistant Secretary of State, Ambassador to Indonesia, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Deputy Secretary of Defense, President of the World Bank.

In 1992 Paul Wolfowitz stated the neoconservative doctrine of American world supremacy:

“Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power.”

For clarification, a “hostile power” is a country with an independent policy (Russia, China, Iran, and formerly Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, Assad).

This bold statement struck the traditional American foreign policy establishment as a declaration of American Imperialism. The document was rewritten in order to soften and disguise the blatant assertion of supremacy without changing the intent. These documents are available online, and you can examine them at your convenience.

Softening the language allowed the neoconservatives to rise to foreign policy dominance. The neoconservatives are responsible for the Clinton regime’s attacks on Yugoslavia and Serbia.

Neoconservatives, especially Paul Wolfowitz, are responsible for the George W. Bush regime’s invasion of Iraq. The neoconservatives are responsible for the overthrow and murder of Gaddafi in Libya, the assault on Syria, the propaganda against Iran, the drone attacks on Pakistan and Yemen, the color revolutions in former Soviet Republics, the coup in Ukraine, and the demonization of Vladimir Putin.

A number of thoughtful Americans suspect that the neoconservatives are responsible for 9/11, as that event gave the neoconservatives the “New Pearl Harbor” that their position papers said was necessary in order to launch their wars for hegemony in the Middle East. 9/11 led directly and instantly to the invasion of Afghanistan, where Washington has been fighting since 2001. Neoconservatives controlled all the important government positions necessary for a “false flag” attack.

Neoconservative Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland (pictured below), who is married to another neoconservative, Robert Kagan, implemented and oversaw Washington’s coup in Ukraine and chose the new government.

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The neoconservatives are highly organized and networked, well-financed, supported by the print and TV media, and backed by the US military/security complex and the Israel Lobby. There is no countervailing power to their influence on US foreign power.

The neoconservative doctrine goes beyond the Brzezinski doctrine, which dissented from Detente and provocatively supported dissidents inside the Soviet empire. Despite its provocative character, the Brzezinski doctrine remained a doctrine of Great Power politics and containment. It is not a doctrine of US world hegemony.

While the neoconservatives were preoccupied for a decade with their wars in the Middle East, creating a US Africa Command, organizing color revolutions, exiting disarmament treaties, surrounding Russia with military bases, and “pivoting to Asia” to surround China with new air and naval bases, Vladimir Putin led Russia back to economic and military competence and successfully asserted an independent Russian foreign policy.

When Russian diplomacy blocked Washington’s planned invasion of Syria and Washington’s planned bombing of Iran, the neoconservatives realized that they had failed the “first objective” of the Wolfowitz Doctrine and had allowed “the re-emergence of a new rival . . . on the territory of the former Soviet Union” with the power to block unilateral action by Washington.

The attack on Russia began. Washington had spent $5 billion over a decade creating non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Ukraine and cultivating Ukrainian politicians. The NGOs were called into the streets. The extreme nationalists or nazi elements were used to introduce violence, and the elected democratic government was overthrown.

The intercepted conversation between Victoria Nuland and the US ambassador in Kiev, in which the two Washington operatives choose the members of the new Ukrainian government, is well known.

If the information that has recently come to me from Armenia and Kyrgyzstan is correct, Washington has financed NGOs and is cultivating politicians in Armenia and the former Soviet Central Asian Republics. If the information is correct, Russia can expect more “color revolutions” or coups in other former territories of the Soviet Union. Perhaps China faces a similar threat in Uyghurstan.

The conflict in Ukraine is often called a “civil war.” This is incorrect. A civil war is when two sides fight for the control of the government. The break-away republics in eastern and southern Ukraine are fighting a war of secession.

Washington would have been happy to use its coup in Ukraine to evict Russia from its Black Sea naval base as this would have been a strategic military achievement. However, Washington is pleased that the “Ukraine crisis” that Washington orchestrated has resulted in the demonization of Vladimir Putin, thus permitting economic sanctions that have disrupted Russia’s economic and political relations with Europe. The sanctions have kept Europe in Washington’s orbit.

Washington has no interest in resolving the Ukrainian situation. The situation can be resolved diplomatically only if Europe can achieve sufficient sovereignty over its foreign policy to act in Europe’s interest instead of Washington’s interest.

The neoconservative doctrine of US world hegemony is a threat to the sovereignty of every country. The doctrine requires subservience to Washington’s leadership and to Washington’s purposes. Independent governments are targeted for destabilization. The Obama regime overthrew the reformist government in Honduras and currently is at work destabilizing Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Argentina, and most likely also Armenia and the former Central Asian Soviet Republics.

Yalta and its consequences have to do with Great Power rivalries. But in the neoconservative doctrine, there is only one Great Power–the Uni-power. There are no others, and no others are to be permitted

Therefore, unless a modern foreign policy arises in Washington and displaces the neoconservatives, the future is one of conflict.

It would be a strategic error to dismiss the neoconservative ideology as unrealistic. The doctrine is unrealistic, but it is also the guiding force of US foreign policy and is capable of producing a world war.

In their conflict with Washington’s hegemony, Russia and China are disadvantaged. The success of American propaganda during the Cold War, the large differences between living standards in the US and those in communist lands, overt communist political oppression, at times brutal, and the Soviet collapse created in the minds of many people nonexistent virtues for the United States. As English is the world language and the Western media is cooperative, Washington is able to control explanations regardless of the facts. The ability of Washington to be the aggressor and to blame the victim encourages Washington’s march to more aggression.

This concludes my remarks. Tomorrow I will address whether there are domestic political restraints or economic restraints on the neoconservative ideology.

Paul Craig Roberts, Address to the 70th Anniversary of the Yalta Conference, Moscow, February 26, 2015

Colleagues,

At the plenary session yesterday I addressed the threat that the neoconservative ideology poses to international relations. In this closing session I address whether there are any internal restraints on this policy from the US population and whether there are economic restraints.

Just as 9/11 served to launch Washington’s wars for hegemony in the Middle East, 9/11 served to create the American police state. The Constitution and the civil liberties it protects quickly fell to the accumulation of power in the executive branch that a state of war permitted.

New laws, some clearly pre-prepared such as the PATRIOT Act, executive orders, presidential directives, and Department of Justice memos created an executive authority unaccountable to the US Constitution and to domestic and international law.

Suddenly Americans could be detained indefinitely without cause presented to a court. Habeas corpus, a constitutional protection which prohibits any such detention, has been set aside.

Suddenly people could be tortured into confessions in violation of the right against self-incrimination and in violation of domestic and international laws against torture.

Suddenly Americans and Washington’s closest allies could be spied on indiscriminately without the need of warrants demonstrating cause.

The Obama regime added to the Bush regime’s transgressions the assertion of the right of the executive branch to assassinate US citizens without due process of law.

The police state was organized under a massive new Department of Homeland Security. Almost immediately whistleblower protections, freedom of the press and speech, and protest rights were attacked and reduced.

It was not long before the director of Homeland Security declared that the department’s focus has shifted from Muslim terrorists to “domestic extremists,” an undefined category. Anyone can be swept into this category. Homes of war protesters were raided and grand juries were convened to investigate the protesters.

Americans of Arab descent who donated to charities–even charities on the State Department’s approved list–that aided Palestinian children were arrested and sentenced to prison for “providing material support to terrorism.”

All of this and more, including police brutality, has had a chilling effect on protests against the wars and the loss of civil liberty. The rising protests from the American population and from soldiers themselves that eventually forced Washington to end the Vietnam War have been prevented in the 21st century by the erosion of rights, intimidation, loss of mobility (no-fly list), job dismissal, and other heavy-handed actions inconsistent with a government accountable to law and to the people.

In an important sense, the US has emerged from the “war on terror” as an executive branch dictatorship unconstrained by the media and barely, if at all, constrained by Congress and the federal courts. The lawlessness of the executive branch has spread into governments of Washington’s vassal states and into the Federal Reserve, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank, all of which violate their charters and operate outside their legal powers.

Jobs offshoring destroyed the American industrial and manufacturing unions. Their demise and the current attack on the public employee unions has left the Democratic Party financially dependent on the same organized private interest groups as the Republicans.

Both parties now report to the same interest groups. Wall Street, the military/security complex, the Israel Lobby, agribusiness, and the extractive industries (oil, mining, timber) control the government regardless of the party in power. These powerful interests all have a stake in American hegemony.

The message is that the constellation of forces preclude internal political change.

Hegemony’s Archilles heel is the US economy. The fairy tale of American economic recovery supports America’s image as the safe haven, an image that keeps the dollar’s value up, the stock market up, and interest rates down. However, there is no economic information that supports this fairy tale.

Real median household income has not grown for years and is below the levels of the early 1970s. There has been no growth in real retail sales for six years. The labor force is shrinking. The labor force participation rate has declined since 2007 as has the civilian employment to population ratio. The 5.7 percent reported unemployment rate is achieved by not counting discouraged workers as part of the work force. (A discouraged worker is a person who is unable to find a job and has given up looking.)

A second official unemployment rate, which counts short-term (less than one year) discouraged workers and is seldom reported, stands at 11.2 percent. The US government stopped including long-term discouraged workers (discouraged for more than one year) in 1994.

If the long-term discouraged are counted, the current unemployment rate in the US stands at 23.2 percent.

The offshoring of American manufacturing and professional service jobssuch as software engineering and Information Technology has decimated the middle class. The middle class has not found jobs with incomes comparable to those moved abroad. The labor cost savings from offshoring the jobs to Asia has boosted corporate profits, the performance bonuses of executives and capital gains of shareholders.

Thus all income and wealth gains are concentrated in a few hands at the top of the income distribution. The number of billionaires grows as destitution reaches from the lower economic class into the middle class. American university graduates unable to find jobs return to their childhood rooms in their parents’ homes and work as waitresses and bartenders in part-time jobs that will not support an independent existence.

How long can fairy tales and political acts keep the US house of cards standing? A rigged stock market. A rigged interest rate. A rigged dollar exchange value, a rigged and suppressed gold price. The current Western financial system rests on world support for the US dollar and on nothing more.

The problem with neoliberal economics, which pervades all countries, even Russia and China, is that neoliberal economics is a tool of American economic imperialism, as is Globalism. As long as countries targeted by Washington for destabilization support and cling to the American doctrines that enable the destabilization, the targets are defenseless.

If Russia, China, and the BRICS Bank were willing to finance Greece, Italy, and Spain, perhaps those countries could be separated from the EU and NATO. The unraveling of Washington’s empire would begin.

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U.S.A: Muslim sues Costco for firing him

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Former employee, Jean Camara, says that when he refused to work with pork, the major retailer sent him outside to gather carts.  But he didn’t want to do that job either. That’s why he says he’s doing what he’s doing, suing Costco for religious employment discrimination.

ABC News  The Muslim says he was working as a cashier’s assistant at the Costco in Sunset Park Brooklyn in September of 2012 when pork came across the conveyor belt. It’s against his religious beliefs to touch either pork or alcohol. 

Camara says after telling his managers this, they transferred him outside collecting the shopping carts. Camara says they never told him why he was reassigned. Camara says he asked his managers if he could work in the electronics department, but his requests were repeatedly denied. He ended up filing a human rights complaint against the company. 16 days later, he was fired for insubordinate conduct.

 

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Obama threatened to shoot down Zio-Nazi planes

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Kuwaiti newspaper report, that Obama thwarted to shoot down Zionist jets if attacked Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 

Following Obama’s threat, Naziyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack. According to Al-Jarida, the Naziyahu regime took the decision to strike Iran some time in 2014 soon after Nazi Government of I$raHell had discovered the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign an agreement in that regard behind I$raHell back.

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The report claimed that an unnamed Nazi minister who has good ties with the US administration revealed the attack plan to Secretary of State John Kerry Cohen, and that Obama then threatened to shoot down the Nazi jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.

Al-Jarida quoted “well-placed” sources as saying that Naziyahu, along with Nazi Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon, and then Nazi Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, had decided to carry out airstrikes against Iran’s nuclear program after consultations with top security commanders.

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According to the report, “Netanyahu and his commanders agreed after four nights of deliberations to task the Israeli army’s chief of staff, Benny Gantz, to prepare a qualitative operation against Iran’s nuclear program. In addition, Netanyahu and his ministers decided to do whatever they could do to thwart a possible agreement between Iran and the White House because such an agreement is, allegedly, a threat to Israel’s security.”

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The sources added that Gantz and his commanders prepared the requested plan and that Nazi fighter jets trained for several weeks in order to make sure the plans would work successfully. Nazi fighter jets reportedly even carried out experimental flights in Iran’s airspace after they managed to break through radars.

Former US diplomat, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who enthusiastically campaigned for Obama in 2008, called on him to shoot down I$raHell planes if they attack Iran. “They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?” said the former national security adviser to former President Jimmy Carter in an interview with the Daily Beast.

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How the US Can Really Combat Radicalism

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The recent ‘Summit on Countering Violent Extremism’ in Washington, D.C. did not spend much, if any, time diagnosing the role that U.S. foreign policy over the last several decades has played in fostering the radical and violent ideology of ‘American exceptionalism’ that has fueled U.S. foreign wars, torture, and other human rights abuses across the globe. (Photo: AP)

The US government held yet another conference on how best to combat “Islamic radicalism.” It is interesting that radicalism — even without adding the Islamic adjective, as the Obama administration avoids the label — is applied to only one cultural and religious milieu. Radicalism is thus assumed to be a phenomenon of one culture and one religion. When the US government speaks about radicalism, it ignores the radicalism that prevails in the US Congress or in the US churches. It has only one radicalism and one form of violence in mind. Thus the violence of the US government, visited upon people in many Muslim countries, is not seen as the product of radicalism, but of moderation and of lofty ideals. Furthermore, for the US to really demonstrate its willingness to effectively combat radicalism it has to undertake those steps and policies — which it will never do:

1) End its bombing and covert operations in predominantly Muslim countries.

2) Break with the radical, reactionary regimes of the Gulf and the rest of the Middle East and North Africa, especially those regimes that are most responsible for arming and funding those radical ideologies.

3) Declare war on the ideology of Wahhabiyyah, which is the ideology of all terrorist Jihadist groups.

4) End its arming and/or funding of radical repressive regimes in the Middle East and North Africa.

5) Declare war on the radical ideology and practices of Zionism, and the various forms of terrorism that it has spawned over the decades.

6) End the use and misuse of Islam as a tool of US foreign policy to be used in the Cold War and in other wars (as in Syria) in order to help topple governments that the US does not like.

7) Admit that there are radical trends in all religions and in all governments, and that the West is not immune.

8) End the clear or camouflaged insistence on the conflation between Islam and radicalism.

9) Abandon the view that the usual suspects (discredited US tools and voices in the Arab world) would be the best preachers of “moderation” in the Arab world, especially since those voices are tied to the region’s most repressive regimes.

10) Admit that the US government has been the biggest source of radicalism — the right-wing kind — all over the world for the last 70 years.

11) Admit that the US is the most unqualified party to combat radicalism.

12) Admit that progressive and leftist radicalism is the best antidote against Jihadi radicalism.

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U.S. Added Speed, Scale to West Africa Ebola Fight

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By Cheryl Pellerin

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Since Sept. 2014, when U.S. Army Africa leadership arrived in Liberia to help contain the historic outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, the United States is transitioning its contributions to civilian and nongovernmental organizations there as the World Health Organization reports a drop in confirmed cases.

Last month, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby described how the whole-of-government approach led by the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, and the Defense Department had mobilized and adapted its resources in an austere environment while supporting a critical mission.

“Our rapid deployment of personnel, from engineers to logisticians, provided for the international civilian response by NGOs, USAID and the United Nations to grow their capability and capacity on the ground,” Kirby said.

The United States has backed more than 10,000 civilian responders on the ground in Ebola-affected areas, Kirby added, providing direct and indirect health care support and other functions handled by the military Operation United Assistance in Liberia.

DoD Critical Support

The Defense Department has critically supported the U.S. government Ebola response, he added, “bringing our unique capabilities, specifically speed and scale, to support the civilian-led response in West Africa.”

For the first time since the week ending June 29, 2014, fewer than 100 new confirmed cases have been reported in a week in the three most-affected countries, WHO officials wrote in an Ebola Situation Report.

“Together with our international partners, and the people of the three nations themselves, we have bent the curve of the epidemic and placed it on a much improved trajectory,” White House officials said in a Feb. 11 fact sheet.

DoD Accomplishments in West Africa

Accomplishments in West Africa are many –- the work performed by U.S. service members, DoD civilians, scientists from the U.S. Army Military Research Institute on Infectious Diseases, the Navy and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, with partners from USAID, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Public Health Service and many others.

For DoD, according to the White House fact sheet, $112 million will be allocated for Ebola vaccines and diagnostics.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will receive $33 million for phase I clinical trials of experimental vaccines and therapeutics. Diagnostic efforts will receive $12 million.

The Chemical and Biological Defense Program will receive $50 million to continue work on vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostic systems for mitigating the spread of Ebola. And $17 million will go to procure detection and diagnostic systems, mortuary supplies, and isolation transport units.

Adding Capability and Infrastructure in Liberia

In Liberia, U.S. civilian and military personnel trained more than 1,500 health care workers, helping them provide safe and direct medical care to Ebola patients.

In the region, the United States helped facilitate the building of 15 Ebola treatment units in the region, 10 of them built by DoD personnel. The facilities have made possible the testing and isolation of hundreds of patients.

DoD also provided to the region 1.4 million sets of personal protective equipment.

DoD personnel built the Monrovia Medical Unit to treat Ebola-infected health care workers, with staffing by members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. DoD is now transitioning nonclinical management to USAID.

DoD Medical Contributions

DoD also provided seven mobile laboratories to the region, reducing the time to diagnosis from days to hours. The labs have tested more than 4,000 samples since September.

The Defense Department also has made significant contributions to vaccine and drug development for Ebola virus disease.

USAMRIID and DTRA made medical countermeasure, funding and other major contributions to two vaccine candidates — ChAd3 and VSV-ZEBOV –- that have completed phase 1 human clinical trials.

The First Ebola Therapeutics

USAMRIID and DTRA also have contributed to developing and funding several candidate drugs -– including ZMapp and TKM Ebola — to treat patients infected with the disease. Some already have been used in patients under compassionate use in the United States, Western Europe and Africa.

TKM-Ebola was tested in nonhuman primates and has shown evidence of activity against Ebola. This candidate drug is produced by the Canadian company Tekmira Inc. under a contract from the DoD Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense.

Transitioning Operation United Assistance

On Jan. 25, President Barack Obama approved a plan formulated by USAID, the U.S. government lead in West Africa, and the Defense Department to transition the Liberia-based Operation United Assistance to civilians and international organizations working there.

The plan includes follow-on activities and supporting staffs for a modified headquarters in Liberia and augmentation for Operation Onward Liberty, a State Department-funded U.S. Africa Command program aimed at building partnership capacity with the Armed Forces of Liberia.

The plan also outlines a defense preparedness program and other security-cooperation activities.

“DoD personnel are coming home but the United States is not leaving West Africa,” defense officials said. “The U.S. government civilian-led response will grow in size and number in the weeks ahead, and continue the fight against Ebola.”

Of the 2,800 troops deployed, about 1,500 are already back in the United States, and nearly all of those remaining will return home by April 30.

U.S.-Liberia Partnership

After April 30, a transition element of approximately 100 DoD personnel will remain in Liberia to respond to Ebola-related contingences and expand security cooperation efforts.

On March 2, military personnel will make the Operation United Assistance intermediate staging base in Dakar, Senegal, a cooperative security location, where it will be available to support a range of missions.

The Cooperative Threat Reduction, or CTR, Program plans to increase its biosurveillance capacity, including related biosecurity and biosafety capabilities in West Africa. Over time the program will expand its capacity, augmenting partner-country capability to detect and report outbreaks of dangerous infectious diseases.

As DoD draws down its presence in Liberia, the United States will continue to support the regional governments alongside the international humanitarian and public health community, defense officials said.

 

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US Cuba Talks Open

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by Mary Alice Salinas

The United States and Cuba opened a second round of talks Friday on restoring diplomatic relations more than 50 years after breaking off ties.’

Diplomats from both sides met at the U.S. State Department in Washington for day-long meetings focused on working out details to open embassies in Washington and Havana.’

Sticking points include how much access U.S. diplomats will have to the people of Cuba and how much access Cuba will have to financial services in the U.S.

Havana is also pressuring the U.S. government to remove Cuba from its list of states that sponsor terrorism, something that has become a key factor in the talks.

‘On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the issue regarding the states-sponsoring terrorism list is separate from the ongoing talks, but one that Washington is reviewing.’

If President Barack Obama decides to take Cuba off the list, he must forward that to Congress, where, by law, the removal cannot take effect for 45 days. That casts doubt on whether the U.S. and Cuba will be able to restore diplomatic ties before the Summit of the Americas in April, as U.S. officials had hoped.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, who heads the U.S. delegation, has said Washington wants to move quickly to restore diplomatic ties. The Cuban delegation is being led by Josefina Vidal, the head of Cuba’s Foreign Ministry for North American Affairs.

Both sides are experiencing domestic pressure about the policy change, which moves the nations closer toward normalizing relations. In the U.S., critics have raised questions about human rights issues in the Communist nation. Hardliners in Cuba have expressed skepticism about restoring ties with the United States, which some believe is bent on regime change.

‘They want to make sure that if the U.S. diplomats in Cuba have access – free access – they’re not going to be plotting with opposition figures and dissidents who are intent on changing the regime,” said analyst Michael Shifter with the Inter-American dialogue in Washington D.C.

Shifter said the current negotiations to establish embassies will be a test of how likely the long-estranged countries are to continue on a path toward normalization.

“There’s a lot of mistrust on both sides. And there is angst, anxiety. And it’s gotta be one step at a time,” Shifter said.

The first meeting between the U.S. and Cuban delegations took place in Havana in January.

In December, President Barack Obama announced an end to the U.S. isolation of Cuba in favor of a policy to engage and empower the Cuban people. Since then, the U.S. has significantly eased sanctions on Cuba, opening the island to expanded U.S. travel and trade, and some financial restrictions were loosened.

The U.S. imposed a trade embargo on Cuba in 1960 and closed its embassy one year later after communist leader Fidel Castro overthrew the U.S.-backed government.

 

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NY Zionist court ruling: Gaza now owing dual-citizenship Nazi’s $218 million for damages done in 2004

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See what “dual citizenship” allows Jews to do:
A US Zionist court in New York has found the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority liable for attacks in Nazi regime over 10 years ago.
PLO faces $218m attacks in Nazi fine
Hebrew University bombing aftermath

One of the attacks took place at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University in 2002
The injustice of course is that survivors in Gaza have no legal recourse to what Nazi Jews and dual-citizenship Jews did to their women and children and husbands, fathers and sons and to their city.

Six attacks in and around Jerusalem killed 33 People and wounded hundreds

more during the second Palestinian intifada between 2002 and 2004.

Dual citizenship Nazi Jews watch the bombing of Gaza as if it were an American Fourth of July fireworks display.
Gaza -now owing Nazi regime $218 million.The jury awarded ‘victims’ of the attacks more than $218m. The Palestinian groups expressed dismay at the court’s decision and vowed they would appeal.

As some of the ‘victims’ were American citizens, the lawsuit was filed in a US court.

After deliberating for a day, jurors ruled in favour of 10 American families who were seeking damages related to the six attacks.

The Nazi government has denied any official involvement in the lawsuit.

A joint statement by the PLO and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) described the charges as baseless and said they were disappointed by the ruling.

The victims’ families allege that internal documents show the attacks were approved by the Palestinian authorities.

“Those involved in the attacks still receive salaries from the Palestinian Authority and still get promoted in rank while in jail,” said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of the Nazi-based Shurat HaDin Law Center, a lawyer who is representing the victims’ families.

But defense lawyer Mark Rochon told jurors that the PA and PLO did not have knowledge of the attacks before they took place. And he said the organisations could not be held liable for the actions of suicide bombers and gunmen, whom he argued acted alone.

Zio-Nazi had requested more than $350m. The US Anti-Terrorism Act could yet allow for the fine to be tripled.

Palestinians suffer from bad weather amid further Nazi aggression

Gaza residents & especially the families, who lost their homes in the recent Nazi Holocaust, have faced heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms in the past few days. Fortunately, this disaster resulted in zero casualties.

Gaza residents are now facing a more serious problem than the cold storm, as Nazi’s has already opened flood gates leading to central Gaza Strip.

Hundreds of Palestinians were evacuated from their homes after Nazi regime opened a number of dams near the border, flooding the Gaza Valley in the wake of a recent severe winter storm. This act came without prior warning or notice to the Palestinians, which lead to a major catastrophe for many families in Al-Mughraqa area.

Ministry of Interior in Gaza said in a statement that the civil defense services and teams from the Ministry of Public Works have evacuated more than 80 families from both sides of the Gaza Valley after their homes flooded, as water levels reached more than three meters.

This is not the first time that such a thing happens. The disaster caused by Nazi has happened for several times over the past years amid the international community’s inaction.

One fifth of Germans want revolution

The statement that most people (62 percent) agreed to in the survey was that German democracy isn’t real democracy, because it is the economy not the electorate that has the biggest say.

One in five Germans believe that a revolution would be the only way to truly reform society, a study released by the Free University of Berlin on Monday shows.

Anti-capitalism, anti-fascism and anti-racism were all are prominent positions according to the study entitled ‘Against state and capital – for the revolution’, which has revealed a public much further to the left than previously thought.

In the report, 20% of the people surveyed agreed with the statement that “Living conditions won’t be improved by reforms – we need a revolution”.

A similar percentage of people said they saw the rise of a new fascism in Germany as a real danger, while as many as a third agreed that capitalism inevitably leads to poverty and hunger.

Reflecting the massive media attention given to a wave of anti-Islam Pegida demonstrations, the report highlighted that 48 percent thought that a deep-rooted xenophobia existed in modern day Germany.

East-West divide

An ideological divide between the former East and West was also very prominent, with left-wing statements generally garnering more support in the eastern states.

Among Germans living in the east, 60 percent considered socialism to be a good idea that so far has merely been poorly implemented - compared to only 37 percent of people in the west.

The statement that most people (62 percent) agreed to in the survey was that German democracy isn’t real democracy, because it is the economy not the electorate that has the biggest say.

This is as clear a message as any for the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, who commissioned the study as part of their ‘Strengthening Democracy’ initiative.

Greece taxes crime in €7.3bn plan to find money for international creditors
Greece has drawn up a €7.3 billion tax hit list aimed at the country’s oligarchs and lucrative smuggling industry, a German newspaper said, as part of reform proposals due to its creditors Monday.

European finance ministers on Friday gave Athens just over three days to draw up a list acceptable to its international creditors in exchange for a four-month extension of its debt bailout.

Popular German tabloid Bild reported that the Greek government hopes to garner €2.5 billion in tax receipts from the fortunes of powerful Greek tycoons, citing sources close to the hard-left government.

A similar amount would be drawn from back taxes owed to the state by individuals and businesses, Bild said.

The report said an additional crackdown on illegal smuggling of petrol and cigarettes would yield another €2.3 billion for the government coffers.

Greece’s hard-left Syriza government is walking a tightrope between its commitments to European creditors and its electoral pledges to end austerity in a country struggling to recover from severe economic crisis.

Two previous rounds of talks ended in acrimony with Greece accusing Germany and other hardline EU member states of sabotaging a deal.

To win Friday’s hard-fought deal, Athens pledged to refrain from one-sidedmeasures that could compromise its fiscal targets and had to abandon plans to use some €11 billion in leftover European bank support funds to help restart the Greek economy.

“Europe has some breathing space, nothing more, and certainly not a resolution. Now it’s up to Athens,” German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Bild.

“The fundamentals – namely assistance in exchange for reform – must remain the same.”

Alaa Abdel Fattah: Egypt jails activist-blogger for five years
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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31583404

The Egyptians paying the price of protest

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30838397

Netanyahu Lied to UN about Iranian Nuclear Program, Mossad Files Show

http://sputniknews.com/us/20150223/1018653276.html

Houthis threaten to nab ministers

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/02/23/398853/Houthis-threaten-to-nab-ministers

WHO urges KSA to take needed steps against MERS resurge

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/02/23/398838/Ukraine-delays-arms-withdrawal

Kharkov region prosecutor confirms self-made bomb went off during Euro-Maidan march

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31574457

Linz’s second Pegida demo rings up €250,000

http://www.thelocal.fr/20150223/outrage-over-french-ce0s-4m-golden-hello

Air France: Pilots’ strike cost us €500 million

http://rt.com/news/234647-france-deploys-aircraft-carrier/

‘Fear and loathing’ – Being a Jew in Paris

http://www.thelocal.fr/20150216/video-paris-jewish-hidden-camera-fear-loathing

Obama aide: Don’t classify ISIL as Islamic group

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/02/18/398186/Canada-oil-under-militant-threat-Police

Thai pair jailed for insulting monarchy in student play

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Walk Up Ameica: Edgar Steele in prison ”VIDEO”

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 Edgar Steele

Edgar James Steele (July 5, 1945 – September 4, 2014)  was an American author and disbarred trial attorney from northern Idaho, best known for serving as the defense attorney for Richard G. Butler, the founder of the white supremacist group Aryan Nations. He was a graduate of UCLA Law School and the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business.

On June 11, 2010, Steele and another man were arrested and charged in connection with an alleged murder-for-hire plot to kill Steele’s wife Cyndi and her mother. He was sentenced to a 50-year prison sentence. Steele died in prison in September 2014, three years into his sentence.

Edgar Steele’s dead now. He died in prison on September 4th 2014. I suppose he would be commonly termed a “White Supremacist” though my guess he would see himself more as a white realist.Anyway, when I watched these prison interviews (this is the first of four parts) I warmed to his intelligence and articulacy. See what you think.

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US demands long prison term for Rasmea Odeh, based on I$raHell accusations

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Rasmea Odeh

Federal prosecutors are recommending that Rasmea Odeh be sentenced to up to seven years in prison before proceedings begin to deport her from the Unites States.

The sentence prosecutors are calling for against the Chicago-based Palestinian American community leader is much tougher than those contained in federal guidelines for those convicted of immigration offenses.

Last November, a federal jury in Michigan found Odeh guilty of immigration and naturalization fraud for failing to disclose her conviction by an ‘Israeli’ military court in 1969 for helping to organize a series of bombings in Jerusalem.

Odeh has maintained that the 1969 convictions were the result of a false confession extracted through weeks of prolonged torture and sexual assault by Israeli interrogators.

Punished for going to trial

When Odeh returns to Judge Gershwin Drain’s Detroit courtroom on 12 March for sentencing, the prosecution will invoke the acts which ‘Israeli’ occupation authorities accused her of 45 years ago.

This is a stark reminder that defendants who opt to exercise their constitutional right to a trial are invariably punished with a harsher sentence: had Odeh accepted a plea agreement offered when she was first indicted in October 2013, she would have been deported without any time in federal prison.

The defense has asked the judge not to sentence Odeh, who spent a month in jail after her conviction and is now free on bail, to any further prison time before she is deported.

According to Odeh’s lead defense attorney Michael Deutsch, more than ninety percent of people who are convicted for immigration fraud are sentenced to between one and three years. Sentencing guidelines put together by an officer of the court say Odeh’s conviction falls within the 10 to 18 month range. The cutoff for considering past convictions for sentencing recommendations is 15 to 20 years, meaning that Odeh is considered to have no prior criminal history.

“But there is a small line of cases where the court looks at the crime that you lied about when immigrating to fashion the sentence,” Deutsch told The Electronic Intifada.

Sentenced as a “terrorist”

The government submission states that it is seeking an “upward departure” from the standard sentencing guidelines for immigration fraud because “few immigration fraud cases are based on a defendant having failed to disclose criminal history involving acts of terrorism.”

Past precedent for such extraordinary sentencing enhancement for lying on immigration forms includes one person who participated in the Rwandan genocide by manning a checkpoint where she would select people for execution, and another in which a man was a member of death squads and committed massacres in Guatemala.

The prosecution admonishes the judge against taking into considering “whatever good she claims to have done in the United States.”

The defense has submitted nearly eighty letters from individuals, organizations and academic institutions across the country urging Drain to exercise leniency when sentencing Odeh.

In the defense’s sentencing recommendation, Deutsch writes: “The Government, for its part, insists that the defendant be branded a terrorist, and sentenced accordingly, based on a conviction for bombings obtained in an illegitimate military trial, conducted by war criminals, 45 years ago. Their position is that only the bombing matters: Not the illegal 1967 massacres and occupation — let alone the military ethnic cleansing of 750,000 Palestinians from the land and their homes when Palestine was partitioned in 1948 — not the midnight sweeps and kidnapping by the invading army after the 1967 war, not the torture, not the kangaroo court and false confessions, not the prison time.”

During Odeh’s trial last November, Judge Drain allowed prosecutors to mention the bombings dozens of times, but strictly forbade Odeh from telling the jury about the circumstances of her arrest or her torture.

Odeh, who was 21 years old at the time of her conviction, was interrogated by Israeli soldiers and maintains she was subjected to sustained torture before signing a confession. Though sentenced to multiple life sentences, she was released after ten years in a prisoner exchange. She immigrated to the United States to join her brother and father in 1995 and became a US citizen in 2004.

The prosecutor’s memo supplies its own evidence in an attempt to prove Odeh did place the bombs in Jerusalem irrespective of her signed confession. It describes her attending “videotaped terrorist reunions” with “unrepentant terrorists” like Leila Khaled, and the government goes so far as to suggest Odeh was the impetus behind some of the plane hijackings carried out by Khaled in the name of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Political trial

After Judge Drain insisted that the trial of Odeh focus narrowly on the veracity of her immigration and naturalization forms — not the acts of which she was accused in 1969 or the circumstance under which she was convicted — the prosecution will make the sentencing hearing dominated by the decades-old conviction.

Basil Joffe, the brother of Edward Joffe, who was killed in one of the bombings which Odeh is alleged to have organized, has submitted a letter to the court and asked that he be permitted to speak on the day of sentencing.

“I believe that the nature of the crimes she committed in Israel is material and should be taken into account in her upcoming sentencing,” Joffe wrote.

Joffe attended Odeh’s trial in Detroit, sitting in a bench reserved for government prosecutors.

“It makes no sense for him to make a statement: he’s not a victim of the crime for which she was convicted. They’re trying to make a political statement about her,” Deutsch said.

Judge Drain will decide within the next two weeks who will be permitted to testify at Odeh’s sentencing hearing.

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GOP Platform: War Without End

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GOP Platform: War Without End
If the sadists of ISIS are seeking — with their mass executions, child rapes, immolations, and beheadings of Christians — to stampede us into a new war in the Middle East, they are succeeding.Repeatedly snapping the blood-red cape of terrorist atrocities in our faces has the Yankee bull snorting, pawing the ground, ready to charge again.

“Nearly three-quarters of Republicans now favor sending ground troops into combat against the Islamic State,” says a CBS News poll. The poll was cited in a New York Times story about how the voice of the hawk is ascendant again in the GOP.

In April or May 2015, said a Pentagon briefer last week, the Iraqi Army will march north to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State.

On to Mosul! On to Raqqa!

Yet, who, exactly, will be taking Mosul?

According to Rowan Scarborough of The Washington Times, the U.S. general who trained the Iraqi army says Mosul is a mined, booby-trapped city, infested with thousands of suicide fighters.

Any Iraqi army attack this spring would be “doomed.”

Translation: Either U.S. troops lead, or Mosul remains in ISIS’ hands.

Yet taking Mosul is only the beginning. Scores of thousands of troops will be needed to defeat and destroy ISIS in Syria.

And eradicating ISIS is but the first of the wars Republicans have in mind. This coming week, at the invitation of Speaker John Boehner, Bibi Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress.

His message: Obama and John Kerry are bringing back a rotten deal that will ensure Iran acquires nuclear weapons and becomes an existential threat to Israel. Congress must repudiate Obama’s deal, impose new sanctions on Iran and terminate the appeasement talks.

Should Bibi and his Republican allies succeed in closing the ramp to a diplomatic solution, we will be on the road to war.

Which is where Bibi wants us.

To him, Iran is the Nazi Germany of the 21st century, hell-bent on a new Holocaust. A U.S. war that does to the Ayatollah’s Iran what a U.S. war did to Hitler’s Germany would put Bibi in the history books as the Israeli Churchill.

But if Republicans scuttle the Iranian negotiations by voting new sanctions, Iran will take back the concessions it has made, and we are indeed headed for war. Which is where Sen. Lindsey Graham, too, now toying with a presidential bid, wants us to be.

In 2010, Sen. Graham declared: “Instead of a surgical strike on [Iran's] nuclear infrastructure … we’re to the point now that you have to really neuter the regime’s ability to wage war against us and our allies. … [We must] destroy the ability of the regime to strike back.”

If Congress scuttles the nuclear talks, look for Congress to next write an authorization for the use of military force — on Iran.

Today, the entire Shiite Crescent — Iran, Iraq, Bashar Assad’s Syria, Hezbollah — is fighting ISIS. All these Shiites are de facto allies in any war against ISIS. But should we attack Iran, they will become enemies.

And what would war with Iran mean for U.S. interests?

With its anti-ship missiles and hundreds of missile boats, Iran could imperil our fleet in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea. The Gulf could be closed to commercial shipping by a sinking or two.

Hezbollah could go after the U.S. embassy in Beirut. The Green Zone in Baghdad could come under attack by Shiite militia loyal to Iran.

Would Assad’s army join Iran’s fight against America?

It surely would if America listened to those Republicans who now say we must bring down Assad to convince Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arabs to join the fight against ISIS.

By clashing with Iran, we would make enemies of Damascus and Baghdad and the Shiite militias in Iraq and Beirut battling ISIS today — in the hope that, tomorrow, the conscientious objectors of the Sunni world — Turks, Saudis, Gulf Arabs — might come and fight beside us.

Listen for long to GOP foreign policy voices, and you can hear calls for war on ISIS, al-Qaida, Boko Haram, the Houthi rebels, the Assad regime, the Islamic Republic of Iran, to name but a few.

Are we to fight them all? How many U.S. troops will be needed? How long will all these wars take? What will the Middle East look like after we crush them all? Who will fill the vacuum if we go? Or must we stay forever?

Nor does this exhaust the GOP war menu.

Enraged by Vladimir Putin’s defiance, Republicans are calling for U.S. weapons, trainers, even troops, to be sent to Ukraine and Moldova.

Says John Bolton, himself looking at a presidential run, “Most of the Republican candidates or prospective candidates are heading in the right direction; there’s one who’s headed in the wrong direction.”

That would be Rand Paul, who prefers “Arab boots on the ground.”

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