Saudi and Alkhalifa rulers increase military spending to stop change

In its annual report the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has reported an increase in the military expenditure by Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. The report says: Military spending in the Middle East increased by 4.0 per cent in 2013, reaching an estimated $150 billion. Saudi Arabia’s spending increased by 14 per cent, to reach $67 billion, possibly due to tensions with Iran but also the desire to maintain strong and loyal security forces to insure against potential ‘Arab Spring’ type protests. AS for Bahrain’s military expenditure the report says: “Maintaining regime survival in the face of internal opposition is also the likely motive for Bahrain’s 26 per cent increase.”

Bahrain’s dictator has meanwhile, sought to recruit more mercenaries to crush Bahrain’s native population seeking political and economic rights. Earlier this week Hamad bin Isa Alkhalifa visited Kazakhstan and held meetings with President Nazarbayev. Speculations have mushroomed about the aims of the visit, but indications point to the desire by Alkhalifa dictator to recruit more mercenaries from that country for use against the natives. Two weeks ago Bahrain’s dictator visited Pakistan to recruit more mercenaries. In a grilling questioning to Pakistan’s foreign ministry, Naela Chohan, Additional Foreign Secretary (Middle East & Africa) admitted that currently 10,000 Pakistanis were serving in Bahrain defence services.  About the visit of the King of Bahrain to JSHQ, she said:. "The visit was not meant for anything but due to the fact that we've 10,000 Pakistanis in their defence forces," she added. Commenting on the issue, chairman of the c ommittee Haji Adeel stated that they were not only serving in the defence force of Bahrain but also enjoying their nationality.

On Tuesday 15th April, the Alkhalifa junta told a senior religious figure to leave the country within 48 hours. Ayatullah Sheikh Hussain Najati, 60, had his house and office raided by members of Alkhalifa Death Squads in clear provocation. His Bahraini nationality had been revoked with thirty other Bahrianis in November 2012 for opposing the hereditary dictatorship. There has been an outcry amongst the natives who see these acts as evidence of the regime’s enmity to the natives and determination to change the demographic composition of the country. Last year the senior Ayatullah, who is a representative of Grand Ayatullah Sayed Ali Sistani of Iraq, was asked by the Alkhlalifa to condemn the people’s Revolution, but he refused on the basis that he had not been engaged in politics.

At another level, one of the most senior figures of the popular leadership has suffered serious deterioration in his health and is now in serious condition. He has been transferred to the military hospital but his family has not been allowed to visit him. Abdul Wahab Hussain, 60, who has been in jail for more than three years had asked the prison authorities for urgent medical treatment but his request has been turned down. He has several symptoms including general weakness in his body, burning feeling in his limps and inability to move his legs. Ten years ago he had been treated in UK for neurological ailments and loss of feelings and control of his limbs. when he was arrested in March 2011 he was severely tortured and denied medical treatment. There is now serious concern for Mr Abdul Wahab Hussain’s life and calls have been made to international bodies to put pressure on Alkhlaifa junta to allow him sufficient medical care.

Amnesty International, meanwhile, has issued an Urgent Action highlighting the plight of a torture victim and shed light on the policy of impunity adopted by the regime. Mr Ahmad Mushaima, the son of the jailed leader, Hassan Mushaima, has been put on trial for his pro-democracy activities. He had been subjected to horrific torture to extract “confessions” which have been used as the basis of his ongoing trial. Amnesty has urged the authorities to release Ahmed Mushaima immediately and unconditionally, allow him full access to lawyers, investigate allegations of torture and bring those responsible to justice and provide Mr Mushaima medical attention. Another internationally-renowned journalist, Ahmad Humaidan, is serving ten years sentence for his activities as photographer that expose the Alkhalifa hereditary dictatorship.

Bahrain Freedom Movement
16th April 2014

Full Show: Climate Catastrophe Now + The Most Important Question About Obamacare {aTV 001}

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

Dennis talks with Dr. Jill Stein, President of the Green Shadow Cabinet about the recently published U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) fifth assessment on climate change. The findings, combined with the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community, paint a picture of humanity committing a collective genocide and ecocide. The end of civilization scenarios, once projected for your grandchildren’s grandchildren are now a reality for anyone ho plans to be alive in 2050.

Ukraine News - Apr 19, 2014

 

Pro-Russian militants continue occupations, PM Yatsenyuk says constitutional reform to decentralize power and protect Russian language - Washington Post


VIDEO: 'Not going anywhere' say Ukraine separatists - YouTube


VIDEO (Ukrainian): Statements of PM Yatsenyuk and President Turchynov on Ukraine Constitutional Reform - YouTube


Ukraine’s Tymoshenko in favor of a reform promoting local self-government, calls for giving ‘stronger status’ to Russian language - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine govt sets October 1 deadline for power decentralization debates - Interfax


Kiev Says Protest Crackdown in East Switches to ‘Inactive Phase’ - RIA Novosti

 

Luhansk Protesters in Talks with Acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov to Make Local Militia Legal - RIA Novosti

 

Protesters take control of Seversk in Donetsk region - ITAR-TASS

 

Anti-Government Protests Continue in Ukraine's Donetsk, Luhansk - RIA Novosti

 

People's Mayor, Assistants Reported Missing in Ukraine's Donetsk Region - RIA Novosti

 

Welcome to the People's Republic of Donetsk - foreignpolicy.com

 

VIDEO: Thousands flock to Party of Regions congress in Donetsk - YouTube

 

VIDEO: 'We Don't Need Russia's Help' - Donetsk Residents Rally For Sovereign United Ukraine - rferl.org

 

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Kiev should immediately and fully implement the Geneva agreements: Lavrov to Kerry on phone - The Voice of Russia


Ukraine should start implementing measures to overcome crisis in coming days: Kerry - The Voice of Russia


57-nation OSCE plays key Ukraine monitoring role - Yahoo News


OSCE Ukraine peacemakers say they need more help - theguardian.com


Pentagon mulls sending ground troops to Poland amid Ukraine crisis - Fox News

 

Response of EU President Barroso to President Putin’s letter - europa.eu

 

Need for Russian Gas Creates Eastern EU Split on Sanctions - Businessweek

 

Poland’s reverse supplies of gas to Ukraine currently limited to 1.5 billion cubic meters - ITAR-TASS

 

Ukraine’s Naftogaz Says Gazprom Controls Direction of Slovak Gas Flow - RIA Novosti

 

Ukraine must repay $9 billion of foreign debt this year: Ukraine Finance Minister - ITAR-TASS

 

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"Russia with Love": Alaska Gas Scandal is Out-of-Country, Not Out-of-State

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

A legal controversy — critics would say scandal — has erupted in Alaska's statehouse over the future of its natural gas bounty.

It's not so much an issue of the gas itself, but who gets to decide how it gets to market and where he or she resides.

The question of who owns Alaska's natural gas and where they're from, at least for now, has been off the table. More on that later.

War Is Good for Us, Dumb New Book Claims

Ian Morris has stuck his dog's ear in his mouth, snapped a selfie, and proclaimed "Man Bites Dog." His new book War: What Is It Good For? Conflict and Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots is intended to prove that war is good for children and other living things.  It actually proves that defenders of war are growing desperate for arguments.

Morris maintains that the only way to make peace is to make large societies, and the only way to make large societies is through war. Ultimately, he believes, the only way to protect peace is through a single global policeman.  Once you've made peace, he believes, prosperity follows.  And from that prosperity flows happiness.  Therefore, war creates happiness.  But the one thing you must never stop engaging in if you hope to have peace, prosperity, and joy is -- you guessed it -- war.

This thesis becomes an excuse for hundreds of pages of a sort of Monty Python history of the technologies of war, not to mention the evolution of chimpanzees, and various even less relevant excursions.  These pages are packed with bad history and guesswork, and I'm greatly tempted to get caught up in the details.  But none of it has much impact on the book's conclusions.  All of Morris's history, accurate and otherwise, is put to mythological use.  He's telling a simplistic story about where safety and happiness originated, and advocating highly destructive misery-inducing behavior as a result.

When small, medium, and large societies have been and are peaceful, Morris ignores them.  There are lots of ways to define peaceful, but none of them put the leading war maker at the top, and none of them place at the top only nations that could be imagined to fall under a Pax Americana. 

When societies have been enlarged peacefully, as in the formation of the European Union, Morris applauds (he thinks the E.U. earned its peace prize, and no doubt all the more so for its extensive war making as deputy globocop) but he just skips over the fact that war wasn't used in the E.U.'s formation.  (He avoids the United Nations entirely.) 

When the globocop brings death and destruction and disorder to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, or Yemen, Morris sticks his fingers in his ears and hums.  "Interstate wars" he informs us (like most of his other claims, without any footnotes) have "almost disappeared."  Well isn't that great news?!  (Morris grotesquely minimizes Iraqi deaths from the recent [nonexistent?] war, and of course supplies no footnote.)

In a culture that has long waged wars, it has been possible to say that wars bring courage, wars bring heroism, wars bring slaves, wars bring cultural exchange. One could have asserted at various points that wars were the only way to a great many ends, not just large societies that reduce small-scale murders.  Barely a century ago William James was worried there was no way to build character without war, and defenders of war were advertising it as good for its participants in a much more direct way than Morris has been reduced to.  Has war been the means of building empires and nations? Sure, but that neither means that empires are the only way to peace, nor that war was the only nation-building tool available, nor that we must keep waging wars in an age in which we aren't forming empires or nations any longer.  That ancient pyramids may have been built by slaves hardly makes slavery the best or only way to preserve the pyramids.

Tying something good, such as ending slavery in the United States, to a war, such as the U.S. Civil War, doesn't make war the only way to end slavery.  In fact, most nations that ended slavery did so without a war.  Much less is continuing to wage wars the only possible way (or even a useful way at all) to hold off the restoration of slavery or to complete its eradication.  And, by the way, a great many societies that Morris credits with making progress through war also had slavery, monarchy, women-as-property, environmental destruction, and worship of religions now defunct.  Were those institutions also necessary for peace and prosperity, or are they irrelevant to it, or did we overcome some of them through peaceful means?  Morris, at one point, acknowledges that slavery (not just war) generated European wealth, later crediting the industrial revolution as well -- the godfather of which, in his mind, was no doubt peace created by war.  (What did you expect, the Spanish Inquisition?)

The tools of nonviolence that have achieved so much in the past century are never encountered in Morris' book, so no comparison with war is offered.  Nonviolent revolutions have tended to dismember empires or alter the leadership of a nation that remains the same size, so Morris must not view them as useful tools, even when they produce more free and prosperous societies.  But it's not clear Morris can recognize those when he sees them.  Morris claims that in the past 30 years "we" (he seems to mean in the United States, but could mean the world, it's not totally clear) have become "safer and richer than ever." 

Morris brags about U.S. murder rates falling, and yet dozens of nations from every continent have lower murder rates than the U.S.  Nor do larger nations tend to have lower murder rates than smaller nations.  Morris holds up Denmark as a model, but never looks at Denmark's society, its distribution of wealth, its social supports.  Morris claims the whole world is growing more equal in wealth. 

Back here in reality, historians of the Middle Ages say that our age has the greater disparities -- disparities that are growing within the United States in particular, but globally as well.  Oxfam reports that the richest 85 people in the world have more money than the poorest 3.5 billion.  That is the peace that Morris swears is not a wasteland.  The United States ranks third in average wealth but 27th in median wealth.  Yet, somehow Morris believes the United States can lead the way to "Denmark" and that Denmark itself can only be Denmark because of how many people the United States kills in "productive wars" (even though they have "almost disappeared").  Morris writes these scraps of wisdom from Silicon Valley, where he says he sees nothing but wealth, yet where people with nowhere to sleep but in a car may soon be banned from doing so.

We're also safer, Morris thinks, because he sees no climate emergency worth worrying about.  He's quite openly in favor of wars for oil, yet never notices oil's effects until the end of the book when he takes a moment to brush such concerns aside. 

We're also safer, Morris tells us, because there are no longer enough nukes in the world to kill us all.  Has he never heard of nuclear famine?  Does he not understand the growing risks of proliferating nuclear weapons and energy?  Two nations have thousands of nukes ready to launch in an instant, every one of them many times more powerful than the two nuclear bombs dropped thus far; and one of those nations is prodding the other one with a stick in Ukraine, resulting in more, not less, violence in the beneficiary of such expansionism.  Meanwhile the officials overseeing U.S. nukes keep getting caught cheating on tests or shipping nukes across the country unguarded, and generally view nuclear weapons oversight as the lowest most dead-end career track.  This makes us safer?

Morris hypes lies about Iran pursuing nuclear weapons.  He opens the book with a tale of a near nuclear holocaust (one of many he could have chosen). And yet, somehow disarmament isn't on the agenda, at least not with the priority given to maintaining or increasing war spending.  Not to worry, he assures us, "missile defense" actually works, or might someday, so that'll protect us -- although he parenthetically admits it won't.  The point is it's warlike, and war is good, because war spreads peace.  That's the role the U.S. must play for the good of all: policeman of the world.  Morris, while clearly a huge fan of Barack Obama, believes that all recent U.S. presidents should have a Nobel Peace Prize.  Never does Morris comment on the fact that the rest of the world sees the United States as the greatest threat to world peace.

Morris admits that the United States is encircling China with weapons, but he describes in sinister tones China's response of building weaponry that will only serve a function near China's own shores, not as defensive or unimperialistic, but at "asymmetrical" -- and we all know what that means: unfair!  China might make it hard for the globocop to wage war on and around China.  This Morris sees as the looming danger.  The solution, he thinks, is for the United States to keep its militaristic edge (never mind that its military makes China's look like a child's toy).  More drone killing is not only good but also (and this sort of nonsense always makes you wonder why its advocate bothers advocating) inevitable.  Of course, the United States won't start a war against China, says Morris, because launching wars hurts a nation's reputation so severely.  (You can see how badly the U.S. reputation has suffered in Morris' eyes following its latest string of wars.) 

And yet, what lies on the horizon, almost inevitably, Morris contends, is World War III.

There's nothing you can do about it.  Don't bother working for peace, Morris says.  But a solution may arrive nonetheless.  If we can go on dumping our money into wars for just one more century, or maybe more, proliferating weapons, destroying the environment, losing our liberties in the model land of the free, then -- if we're really lucky -- the computer programmers of Silicon Valley will save us, or some of us, or something, by . . . wait for it . . . hooking us up to computers so that our minds all meld together. 

Morris may be more confident than I that the result of this computerized rapture will be worldwide empathy rather than revulsion.  But then, he's had longer to get used to living with the way he thinks.

Ukraine News - Apr 18, 2014

 

Diplomats reach deal on defusing Ukraine crisis - The Washington Post


Joint Geneva Statement on Ukraine from April 17: The full text - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Kerry Says Parties Agree to De-Escalate in Ukraine - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Kerry and Ashton on April 17 Geneva deal on Ukraine - The Washington Post


Geneva talks urge all-Ukraine dialogue on constitutional reform: Russian FM Lavrov - The Voice of Russia


VIDEO: Lavrov: Russia, US, EU, Ukraine agree on de-escalation roadmap - YouTube


Ukraine crisis: Putin does not rule out sending in Russian troops - chicagotribune.com


NATO Commander Offers Evidence of Russian Troops in Ukraine - ABC News

 

Ukraine is holding about 10 suspected Russian intelligence agents: state security - Reuters

 

Kyiv: Russian Banks Fund Separatists - VOA

 

Putin admits Russian soliders sent to Crimea - Stuff.co.nz

 

Russian Defense Ministry Placed $140 Million Order at Crimean Shipyard: Putin - RIA Novosti

 

US to send 'non-lethal' military aid to Ukraine: Hagel - Yahoo News

 

EU agrees to Putin's call for gas security talks - Reuters

 

Pre-payment for gas to Ukraine if current bills not met: Putin - RT Business

 

Ukraine-EU free trade zone can start working from November 1: EU envoy - ITAR-TASS

 

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Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine not about to end sit-ins after international accord to defuse the crisis - GlobalPost


Anti-Kiev protest in east after Ukraine soldiers kill attackers - AFP


VIDEO: Tensions Rise in Eastern Ukraine after 3 Militants Killed in Mariupol - ABC News


VIDEO (Live footage): Three pro-Russian militants killed in Mariupol clashes - YouTube


Anti-govt activists take control of TV tower in Donetsk region - RT News


Thousands gather for peaceful demonstrations in at least four eastern cities to denounce Russia for its perceived meddling in Ukrainian affairs - The Washington Post

 

VIDEO: Students in Lugansk rally in support of Kiev government - YouTube

 

PHOTOS: Pro-Ukraine rally held in Donetsk - washingtonpost.com

 

Head of local administration elected by protesters kidnapped in Donetsk region - ITAR-TASS

 

Income Ministry: Donetsk region accounts for 9 percent of consolidated budget revenues - kyivpost.com

 

Party of Regions refuses to vote at Rada until its demands met - ITAR-TASS

 

VIDEO: OSCE in Lugansk for talks with pro-federalists - YouTube

 

Flier calling on Donetsk Jews to register now widely seen as fake - Haaretz

 

Translation of the flier ordering Jews to register or face forcible expulsion and the confiscation of property - interpretermag.com

 

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Interview: "Big Men" Director Rachel Boynton on Oil, Ghana and Capitalism

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The subtitle of the newly released documentary film Big Men is "everyone wants to be big" and to say the film covers a "big" topic is to put it mildly.

Executive produced by Brad Pitt and directed by Rachel Boynton, the film cuts to the heart of how the oil and gas industry works and pushes film-watchers to think about why that's the case. Ghana's burgeoning offshore fields — in particular, the Jubilee Field discovered in 2007 by Kosmos Energy — serve as the film's case study.

United We Stand

More Pre-Check propaganda and more TSA fraud

Another bs article about the bs program that is Pre-Check. And, of course, a discussion thread full of comments by the Special People o-woe-is-me-ing their fate.

Ukraine News - Apr 17, 2014

 

Ukraine’s Offensive Falters as Elite Units Defect to Pro-Russia Side, Armored vehicles seen flying Russian flags and carrying defected troops - ABC News


Anti-govt protesters seize Ukrainian APCs, army units 'switch sides' (VIDEOS) - RT News


VIDEO: BBC witnesses "surrender” of Ukrainian soldiers in Sloviansk - BBC News


VIDEO: Crowd cheering Ukraine Armored Vehicles Carrying Defected troops - VOA


VIDEO: Donetsk mayor’s office seized by gunmen - euronews


VIDEO: Government building seized in Slaviansk - euronews


One dead, 12 injured as anti-govt protesters rally near Ukrainian military base in Mariupol: reports (VIDEO) - RT News


Federalization proponents push for referendum on Donetsk region status for May 11, to vote on whether be an independent state, remain part of Ukraine, or become part of Russia - The Voice of Russia

 

Protesters hoist Donetsk People's Republic's flag in Novoazovsk, Krasnoarmeisk - ITAR-TASS

 

Protesters control administrative offices in 8 cities of Donetsk Oblast - ITAR-TASS

 

Crucial railway in Ukraine’s Donetsk region blocked by unknown people - ITAR-TASS

 

Unknown People Capture 2 Ukrainian Servicemen In Luhansk Region - Ukranian News

 

Cable TV operators and providers in eastern Ukraine restore Russian TV channels broadcasts - ITAR-TASS

 

Right Sector weapons depot discovered in Odessa: local media - ITAR-TASS

 

Interview: Tymoshenko Calls For National Resistance Movement Against Russian 'War' (VIDEO) - rferl.org

 

A proposal made by Tymoshenko to establish public resistance headquarters might provoke further destabilization of the situation in Ukraine: presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko - ITAR-TASS

 

Overall wage arrears in Ukraine reach $70 mln - ITAR-TASS

 

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Obama: Russia doesn’t want ‘any kind of military confrontation with us’ - washingtonpost.com


VIDEO: Obama says Russia will face "consequences" over actions in Ukraine - CBS News


US Working on Non-Lethal Aid Package for Ukraine - ABC News


U.S. State Dept demands halt to Russian 'provocation' in Ukraine - Yahoo News


Russia blasts US assessment of events in Ukraine’s southeast - ITAR-TASS


Russia's Plans for Four-Party Talks on Ukraine Still on Agenda: Lavrov - RIA Novosti


Ukraine PM Says Russia Exports Terror as Offensive Stalls - Bloomberg

 

Ukraine submits proof of Russian covert action - EurActiv

 

Bank of Ukraine denies that Russian bank finances supporters of federalism in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS

 

Citing Russian Moves, NATO Plans New Deployments - NYTimes.com

 

Russian Economy Hit by Ukraine Turmoil, Sees Serious Capital Flight - ABC News

 

Russian gas high on agenda at Geneva summit - Anadolu Agency

 

Gazprom may use its right to switch Ukraine over to prepayment for May deliveries of gas - ITAR-TASS

 

Slovakia-Ukraine reverse gas flow deal still unsigned - The Slovak Spectator

 

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9 courageous anti-drone activists arrested at Creech AFB

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at about 8:10 AM, 9 courageous anti-war activists were arrested at Creech AFB when attempting to serve a War Crimes Indictment (indictment below) to  Creech AFB Commander Col. Jim Cluff.  The 9 are members of the 2014 NDE Sacred Peace Walk which will end at the Nevada National Security Site on Friday, April 18, 2014.

The illegality of  the CIA “secretive cluster of units within the wing call the 732nd Operations Group" can no longer be denied or covered up.  Hundreds of children have been murdered along with thousands of innocent men and women. The CIA is using Creech Air Force Pilots to carry out drone strikes in Pakistan. The War Indictment could not be delivered  at a more timely moment. 

The 9 courageous activists arrested today are:

Vera Anderson, Las Vegas, NV
Barry Bink Sacramento, CA

Darcy Ike, San Diego, CA

Seamus Knight, Los Angeles, CA
Robert Majors, las Vegas, NV
Margaret McChesney, Phoenix, AZ
Marcus Page, Sheep Ranch, CA
Dan Shay, Santa Rosa, CA
Brian Terrell, Maloy, Iowa
 
Attached photo: Closing the gate on war crimes at Creech AFB. The 9 anti-drone activists arrested from LTR are
Vera, Anderson, Marcus Page, Robert Majors, Margaret McChesney, Brian Terrell, Seamus Knight, Barry Binks, Dan Shay and Darcy Ike in front. 


NDE volunteer John Amidon said, "The unconscionable killing of so many innocent people by drone strikes will forever be a stain on the USAF."


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WAR CRIMES INDICTMENT
Colonel Jim Cluff 
Creech Air Force Base
Indian Springs, Nevada
April 16, 2014

To President Obama, to Secretary of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, to the full Military Chain of the Command, including Commander Colonel Jim Cluff, to all Service Members and civilian staff of Creech Air Base, and to the local police and Sheriffs Department of the Clark County, Nevada:
Each one of you, when you became a public servant, serving in a government position or when you joined the United States Armed Forces or police, you publicly promised to uphold the United States Constitution. We take this opportunity to call your attention to Article VI of the US Constitution, which states:
“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary not with standing.”
This clause is known as the Supremacy Clause because it provides that the Constitution and laws of the U.S., including treaties made under authority of the U.S. shall be supreme law of the land.
The Supremacy Clause provides part of the Supreme Law of the Land.
One Treaty duly ratified by the U.S. is the United Nations Charter. It was ratified by a vote of 89 to 2 in the U.S. Senate, and signed by the President in 1945. It remains in effect today. As such, it is part of supreme law of the land.
The Preamble of the U.N. Charter states that its purpose is to “save future generation from the scourge of war” and it further states, “all nations shall refrain from the use of force against another nation.”
This Treaty applies both collectively and individually to all three branches of government, on all levels, U.S. federal, state and local governments, starting with the executive branch: the U.S. President and the executive staff; the judicial branch: all judges and staff members of the judiciary; the legislative branch: all members of the U.S. Armed Forces and all departments of Law Enforcement and all civilian staff, who have sworn to uphold the Constitution, which includes Article VI.
Under the U.N. Charter and long established international laws, anyone--civilian, military, government officials, or judge- who knowingly participates in or supports illegal use of force against another nation or its people is committing a war crime.
Today you must recognize that when you promised to uphold the Constitution, you promised to obey Treaties and International Law – as part of the Supreme Law of the Land and furthermore, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice of the U.S., you are required to disobey any clearly unlawful order from a superior.
Based on all the above,
WE, THE PEOPLE, CHARGE THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, BARAK OBAMA AND THE FULL MILITARY CHAIN OF COMMAND TO COMMANDER COLONEL JIM CLUFF, EVERY DRONE CREW, AND SERVICE MEMBERS at CREECH AIR BASE, WITH CRIMES AGAINST PEACE & CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, WITH VIOLATIONS OF PART OF THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND, EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS, VIOLATION OF DUE PROCESS, WARS OF AGGRESSION, VIOLATION OF NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY, AND KILLING OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS.
We charge that the United States Air Force, headquartered at Creech Air Force Base, home of the of the 432nd Wing and 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Commander Colonel Jim Cluff, is maintaining and deploying the MQ-9 Reaper robotic aircraft, called drones. These drones are being used not only in combat situations for the purpose of assassinations but also for killings far removed from combat zones without military defense, to assassinate individuals and groups far removed from military action.
Extra judicial killings, such as those the U.S. carries out by drones are intentional, premeditated, and deliberate use of lethal force to commit murder in violation of U.S. and International Law.
It is a matter of public record that the US Military has used drones in Afghanistan and in Iraq for targeted killings to target specific individuals which has nearly always resulted in the deaths of many other non-targeted innocents. Recent evidence has come forth indicating the personnel at Creech AFB also have used drones similarly in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia for the C.I.A. 
There is no legal basis for defining the scope of area where drones can or cannot be used, no legal criteria for deciding which people can be targeted for killing, no procedural safeguards to ensure the legality of the decision to kill and the accuracy of the assassinations.
In support of this indictment we cite the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, who has said that the use of drones creates “a highly problematic blurring and the law applicable to the use of inter-state force.... The result has been the displacement of clear legal standards with a vaguely defined license to kill, and the creation of a major accountability vacuum.... In terms of the legal framework, many of these practices violate straightforward applicable legal rules.” See United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Council Study on Targeted Killings, 28, May 2010.
The drone attacks either originating at Creech or supported here are a deliberate illegal use of force against another nation, and as such are a felonious violation of Article VI of the US Constitution.
By giving material support to the drone program, you as individuals are violating the Constitution, dishonoring your oath, and committing warcrimes.                                                                                         
We demand that you stop participating in any part of the operations of MQ-9 drones immediately, being accountable to the people of United States and Afghanistan.
As citizens of this nation, which maintains over 700 military bases around the globe, and the largest, most deadly military arsenal in the world, we believe these words of Martin Luther King still hold true, ”the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government”.
There is hope for a better world when WE, THE PEOPLE, hold our government accountable to the laws and treaties that govern the use of lethal force and war. To the extent that we ignore our laws and constitution and allow for the unchecked use of lethal force by our government, allowing the government to kill who ever it wants, where ever it wants, how ever it wants with no accountability, we make the world less safe for children everywhere.
We appeal to all United States citizens, military and civilian, and to all public officials, to do as required by the Nuremburg Principles I-VII, and by Conscience, to refuse to participate in these crimes, to denounce them, and to resist them nonviolently.
Signed by:
Marcus Page
John Amidon
 Nevada Desert Experience

The bigger threat is the National Security Agency: Despite Heart Bleed, the Internet’s Alive and Well!

By Alfredo Lopez


Some are calling it a "worst nightmare". There have been dire predictions that it represents the end of the Internet or that there is, in fact, no real Internet security or that Free and Open Source Software is dangerous to use.

One thing is sure. The week-old saga of the Heart Bleed flaw (or bug) and its potential exploits has shown more light on the Internet and its security issues than anything else in recent memory.

Video: Launch of Irish Stop Killer Robots Campaign

by AFRI (Action from Ireland)

 

 

The Loss of John Judge Hits Hard

Our society has lost a great activist today with the death of John Judge.  No one spoke more clearly, strongly, and informedly on political power, militarism, and activism for positive change.  While John lived nextdoor to Dennis Kucinich -- and with one of the best views and one of the best collections of political books and documents -- in Washington, D.C., it was as staff person for Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney that he advanced numerous causes of peace and justice and accountability for the powerful on Capitol Hill.  On impeaching Bush and Cheney he was there first.  John's expertise reached back into history and across continents.  From the Kennedy assassination to conscientious objection to how-a-bill-becomes-a-law, he was a person to turn to for information and wisdom who was never anything but helpful, friendly, cheerful, and energetic.  He could describe the hiring of Nazis in Operation Paperclip and the creation of the Cold War and then suggest that perhaps the Nazis actually won World War II.  He could explain the creation of standing armies in such a manner that you knew without a doubt that either our society was insane or you were.  He could get you thinking and get you active.  And always with complete humility and good will.  He will be missed.

I just opened this small selection of videos of John all at once, and it wasn't enough:

TSA anticipates matzo transportation spree

The Jewish holiday of Passover is here (April 14th-22nd). And rest assured: the crack teams of the TSA are ready for it. Since we all know how respectful the TSA is of people’s private belongingsdignity, and integrity, you can count on safe passage for your religious artifacts.  

Ukraine News - Apr 16, 2014

 

Ukraine President Says Anti-Terror Operation Under Way in Donetsk Region, It will be “conducted step by step, responsibly, cautiously” - FOX17online.com

 

VIDEO: Ukraine President Turchynov announces start of anti-terror operation in eastern Ukraine - YouTube


Ukraine Military secures Kramatorsk airport from attack (VIDEO) - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Ukrainian general came out of the Kramatorsk airbase to address the crowd and was roughed up by the demonstrators - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russian crowds confront troops - BBC News


VIDEO: Ukraine troops launch mission to retake Slavyansk from pro-Russian militants - YouTube

 

Ukrainian forces reportedly surround city of Slavyansk: Pro-Russian commander and acting mayor - ITAR-TASS

 

VIDEO: Slavyansk Crowd Chanting by Barricades - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Watch As Donetsk Locals Stop A Ukraine Tank - Zero Hedge

 

Ukraine Charges Pro-Federalization Presidential Candidate With Attack on Sovereignty - RIA Novosti

 

Ukraine pro-Russian presidential candidates attacked in Kiev (VIDEOS) - RT News

 

VIDEO (Ukrainian): Interview with pro-Russian presidential candidate Tsarov which was attacked in Kiev - YouTube

 

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US open to some military assistance to Ukraine while ruling out providing arms or other ‘‘lethal’’ aid at this time  - The Boston Globe


US sends specialists to Ukraine to coordinate activity of its state structures: source - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: White House Press Briefing: US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions - YouTube


Ukraine on Verge of Civil War: Russia’s Medvedev - RIA Novosti


'Criminal' use of force by Ukraine would imperil talks: Lavrov - Yahoo News


Lavrov: Yatsenyuk's statements Kiev is ready for talks with South-East correct but late - ITAR-TASS


Ukrainian Authorities: Russian Bank 'Paid Terrorists $3.75m ahead of Luhansk Building Occupation’ - ibtimes.co.uk

 

Ukrainian Intelligence Names Russian GRU Officer in Slavyansk - Institute for War and Peace Reporting

 

UN’s Geneva-based human rights office says no evidence of “widespread nor systemic” persecution of the nation’s ethnic Russian minority - bloomberg.com

 

REPORT: UN human rights report on Ukraine: Misinformation, propaganda and incitement to hatred need to be urgently countered - ohchr.org

 

Germany's RWE  to deliver reverse gas supplies to Ukraine via Poland - DW.DE

 

Slovakia offers way to send Ukraine some gas if Russia cuts supply - Reuters

 

Medvedev says Ukraine saved hundreds of billions of dollars on Russian gas discounts - ITAR-TASS

 

Ukraine's Economy Is Nearing Collapse - Forbes

 

CHARTS: Five charts that show just how bad Ukraine's economy really is: GDP growth, GDP per capita, Population, Unemployment, Debt repayments - managementtoday.co.uk

 

CHARTS: Ukraine’s financial crisis in six charts - Money Supply

 

Ukraine crisis could hit Russian GDP - BBC News

 

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Nevada Desert Experience to serve Creech AFB with a War Crimes Indictment on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, between 6:30 and 8:00 AM, the Nevada Desert Experience (NDE) Sacred Peace Walk will serve  Creech AFB Commander Col. Jim Cluff with a War Crimes Indictment. ( War Crimes Indictment below) Arrests seem likely when Sacred Peace Walk Representatives attempt to deliver this indictment in person. There will also be a vigil in front of the base.

In light of today’s breaking revelations about  the “secretive cluster of units with the wing call the 732nd Operations Group", where the CIA is using Creech Air Force Pilots to carry out drone strikes in Pakistan, the War Indictment could not be delivered  at a more timely moment. Clearly the  illegality of the largest targeted drone killing program  can no longer be denied or covered up. 

“We are also here to call upon the airmen and airwomen to consider the spiritual impact of the horrifying physical violence conducted by Creech AFB, said Marcus Page-Collonge, NDE council member. 


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What if they gave a war and nobody paid?

By David Hartsough, WagingNonviolence"Considering the Tax Shelter." (Flickr/JD Hancock)

As April 15 approaches, make no mistake: The tax money that many of us will be sending to the U.S. government pays for drones that are killing innocent civilians, for “better” nuclear weapons that could put an end of human life on our planet, for building and operating more than 760 military bases in over 130 countries all over the world. We are asked by our government to give moral and financial support to cutting federal spending for our children’s schools, Head Start programs, job training, environmental protection and cleanup, programs for the elderly, and medical care for all so that this same government can spend 50 percent of all our tax dollars on wars and other military expenditures.

My wife Jan and I have been war tax resisters since the war in Vietnam. We cannot in good conscience pay for killing people in other parts of the world.

Does it make sense to work every day for peace and justice and then contribute one day’s pay each week for war and war-making? In order to wage wars, governments need young men and women willing to fight and kill, and they need the rest of us to pay our taxes to cover the cost of soldiers, bombs, guns, ammunition, planes and aircraft carriers. The cost of just the wars being fought now is in the trillions of dollars.

Increasingly, we are able to recognize that most wars are based on lies — weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam, and now al-Qaeda behind every bush and in every country our government wants to attack.

As our government uses drones that kill thousands of innocent people, we create ever more enemies, thus assuring that we will have wars to fight in perpetuity. The war against communism used to be the rationale for all our military expenditures. Now it is the war on terror. But the problem is that all war is terrorism. It just depends which end of the gun or bomb you are on. One person’s freedom fighter is another person’s terrorist.

At what point do we the people refuse to cooperate with these immoral, illegal and senseless wars? The government cannot fight these wars without our tax dollars and our moral support. And I bet that if the Pentagon sent people out door to door to ask us to contribute to its wars, aircraft carriers, drones and new fighter jets, most of us would not contribute.

Some people argue that the Internal Revenue Service is so powerful that it will get the money anyway from our paychecks or bank accounts, so what good does it do to refuse to pay the 50 percent of our taxes that go for war? My response is that if the Pentagon has to take the money we were planning to contribute to schools and organizations working for peace and justice, at least we aren’t paying for the wars voluntarily. And if millions of us refused to pay our war taxes, the government would have a real crisis on its hands. It would be forced to listen.

As President Nixon’s chief of staff Alexander Haig looked out the White House window and saw more than 200,000 anti-war demonstrators marching by, he said, “Let them march all they want to as long as they pay their taxes.”

If our country put even 10 percent of the money we presently spend on wars and military expenditures into building a world where every person has shelter, enough to eat, an opportunity for education and access to medical care, we could be the most loved country in the world — and the most secure. But perhaps even more pressing is the question of whether we can in conscience continue to pay for the killing of other human beings and perpetuate the war system for all the world’s children.

The choice is ours. Hopefully many of us will join the increasing number of people who are refusing to pay the portion of taxes that pay for war and are redirecting their refused taxes to funding human and environmental needs.

My wife and I engage in war tax resistance by simply deducting 50 percent of the taxes we owe and depositing it in the People’s Life Fund. The fund keeps the money in case the IRS seizes our bank account or paycheck and will return it to us so we have the funds to replenish what the IRS has taken. Interest on the money in the People’s Life Fund is contributed to peace and justice organizations and programs addressing the needs of people in our communities. That way, as long as the IRS leaves us alone, the funds we refuse to pay go to the places we would like to see it go. The IRS may add penalties and interest on what we owe, but for me that is a small price to pay for refusing to voluntarily pay for wars and the American empire.

Someday, we hope to see a special fund set up by the government itself for those who cannot in good conscience allow their money to be used for war, such as the one that the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund has outlined. In the meantime, there are more resources about tax resistance available through the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee.

If your conscience so directs you, refuse to pay $1, $10, $100 or 50 percent of the taxes you owe, and send letters to your elected representatives and your local newspaper explaining why you are doing so. For the 50 percent of our taxes that my wife and I do pay, we make out a check to the Department of Health and Human Services instead of to the IRS and send it along with our 1040 form. We ask the IRS to allocate all the funds we pay to programs for health, education and human services.

For acts like this to become truly powerful, however, we need to make war tax resistance a mass movement. We need to reach out to all people who want to help build a more peaceful and just world, people who don’t believe in killing other people, people who are hurting because of the massive cuts in programs aimed at meeting human needs while the military gets the lion’s share, and people who are tired of living in the center of an empire that inflicts death and destruction on those who stand in the way. If all or even many of the people who feel this way were to refuse to pay the war and military portion of their taxes, we would have a mass movement that couldn’t be stopped.

The Climate Is Invading the Earth!

If an alien invader with a face were attacking the earth, the difficulties that governments have getting populations to support wars on other humans would be multiplied a thousand fold.  The most common response to officials calling some petty foreign despot "a new Hitler" would shift from "yeah, right" to "who cares?" The people of the world would unite in common defense against the hostile alien.

If only it had a face.  And what's a face anyway?  Doctors can create faces now.  You'd still love your loved ones if they lost their faces.  And I hear there's a movie in which a guy falls in love with his faceless computer.

The point is that there is an alien invader attacking the earth.  Its name is climate change.  And Uncle Sam wants YOU to fight it, as does Uncle Boris and Aunt Hannah and Cousin Juan and Brother Feng.  The whole family is in agreement on this one, and we are a family now all of a sudden.

Climate change breathes fire on our land and roasts it, killing crops, drying up water supplies, breeding dangerous diseases and infestations.  Climate change circles over the oceans and blows tidal waves toward our coasts.  It melts the icebergs in its evil claws and sinks our beach resorts beneath the sea.

How do we fight back?  We organize quickly, as only humans can.  We grab the $2 trillion that we spend on wars among ourselves each year, plus a few trillion more from some multi-billionaires who suddenly realize they don't have another planet to spend it on.  We start coating the rooftops with solar panels, aimed right at the face of the monster.  We put up windmills that will turn his nasty breath against himself. 

And we hit him where it really hurts, we cut off his supplies with crippling sanctions: we stop buying and making and consuming and discarding such incredible piles of crap every day.  Consumerism becomes rapidly understood as planetary treason, support for the Evil One.  We put a stop to its worst excesses and begin reining it in systematically -- working together as we never have before.

Ah, but the dark lord of the heat is subtle.  He has cells of loyalists among us.  They push fossil fuels on us and tell us comforting lies.  No longer!  We will drag them before the House UnEarthly Activities Committee.  "Are you now or have you ever been a promoter of oil, gas, or coal consumption?"  They'll crumble under the pressure.

Imagine how we could unite for this battle, what wits and courage and self-sacrifice we could put into it, what inspiring acts of bravery, what stunning creations of intellect!

Ah, but climate change is not a person, so forget the whole thing.  Did you ever notice what a funny grin Vladimir Putin has?  It's beginning to get on my nerves.

Talk Nation Radio: Winslow Myers on Living Beyond War

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-winslow-myers-on-living-beyond-war

Winslow Myers is an artist and activist who lives in mid-Coast Maine. For ten years he coordinated events and activities for Beyond War in central Massachusetts and led many seminars on personal and social change. Later he served on the board of Beyond War while it was based in Portland OR. He has written over a hundred opinion-editorial pieces on the subject of the prevention of war and building a world beyond war, some of which have seen print in national newspapers like the Christian Science Monitor, the San Jose Mercury News, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and all of which have been published online. He is the author of Living Beyond War: A Citizen’s Guide. He serves on the Advisory Board of the War Prevention Initiative, and is active in WorldBeyondWar.org.  His website is WinslowMyers.com.

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Washington Fights Fire With Fire in Libya

How Not to End Violence in a War-Torn Land 
By Nick Turse, TomDispatch.com

Is the U.S. secretly training Libyan militiamen in the Canary Islands? And if not, are they planning to?

That’s what I asked a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). “I am surprised by your mentioning the Canary Islands,” he responded by email.  “I have not heard this before, and wonder where you heard this.”

As it happens, mention of this shadowy mission on the Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa was revealed in an official briefing prepared for AFRICOM chief General David Rodriguez in the fall of 2013.  In the months since, the plan may have been permanently shelved in favor of a training mission carried out entirely in Bulgaria.  The document nonetheless highlights the U.S. military’s penchant for simple solutions to complex problems -- with a well-documented potential for blowback in Africa and beyond.  It also raises serious questions about the recurring methods employed by the U.S. to stop the violence its actions helped spark in the first place.   

Ever since the U.S. helped oust dictator Muammar Gaddafi, with air and missile strikes against regime targets and major logistical and surveillance support to coalition partners, Libya has been sliding into increasing chaos.  Militias, some of them jihadist, have sprung up across the country, carving out fiefdoms while carrying out increasing numbers of assassinations and other types of attacks.  The solution seized upon by the U.S. and its allies in response to the devolving situation there: introduce yet another armed group into a country already rife with them.   

Ukraine News - Apr 15, 2014

 

Separatists tighten grip on east Ukraine, No signs of military crackdown by the Kiev government - Reuters


Ukraine ultimatum to separatists fails to materialize after local police apparently refused to take part in the proclaimed "anti-terrorist operation" - latimes.com


Massive protests pass in 9 cities of eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region over past day - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO- Pro-Russian supporters attack a police HQ in Horlivka while hundreds of onlookers cheered them on - YouTube


VIDEO: Injuries reported in pro-Russia attack at Horlivka police HQ in east Ukraine - euronews


VIDEO: Pro Russian protesters seize Slovyansk airport - YouTube


Militia in Slavyansk gets weapons back, starts patrolling city streets: acting mayor - ITAR-TASS

 

Protesters in Luhansk demand that regional administration disobeys Kiev authorities - ITAR-TASS

 

Zaporozhye police release over 180 supporters of Ukraine federalization - ITAR-TASS

 

Ukraine President: We are not against holding a national referendum on federalization, but pro-Kremlin militias who have seized government buildings are demanding local referendums - AFP

 

Russia says east Ukraine must have say in preparing referendum - The Voice of Russia

 

Exclusive: U.N. Hints Russia and Its Allies Rigged Crimea's Referendum Vote - foreignpolicy.com

 

Ukraine Currency Continues to Slide - WSJ.com

 

Ukrainians start withdrawing money from banks: news portal - ITAR-TASS

 

VIDEO: Ukraine’s Economy Is in Free-Fall: Komileva - Businessweek

 

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Obama speaks to Putin about violence in Ukraine - usatoday.com


Remarks by US Ambassador Samantha Power at a UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine - usun.state.gov


Statement of Russia's Ambassador Vitalii Churkin to UNSC on Ukraine - Scoop News


CIA Denies Director Brennan’s Role in Protest Crackdown in Ukraine - RIA Novosti

 

Russian jet passes at close range over US warship in Black Sea - Fox News

 

Russian assets down sharply on Ukraine conflict fears - Reuters

 

Growing Tensions in Ukraine Push European Stocks Down - RIA Novosti

 

Europe speeds up gas storage to prepare for Russian cut - Reuters

 

Ukraine ready to pay $386 per 1,000 cubic metres of gas - ITAR-TASS

 

Ukrainian Supreme Court closes Tymoshenko’s ‘gas case’ - ITAR-TASS

 

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Rumsfeld Film Screening in Norfolk VA

Wednesday, April 30 at 7:15pm at Naro Cinema
THE UNKNOWN KNOWN Academy Award winning director Errol Morris (The Fog of War) offers a portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, and a larger-than-life character who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public. (103 mins)
 
"The film is a cat-and-mouse game in which each player thinks he's the cat, making it both thrilling and disconcerting to watch. It is also a nature documentary about behavior at the very top of the imperial food chain and a detective story about the search for a mystery that is hidden in plain sight." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
 
Post-Film Speaker and discussion:
David Swanson is an author, speaker, radio host, and activist. His books include War No More: The Case for Abolition, Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency, and When The World Outlawed War. He is founder of the organization and movement http://worldbeyondwar.org

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Your Doctors Are Worried

Your doctors are worried about your health―in fact, about your very survival.

No, they’re not necessarily your own personal physicians, but, rather, medical doctors around the world, represented by groups like International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).  As you might recall, that organization, composed of many thousands of medical professionals from all across the globe, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 for exposing the catastrophic effects of nuclear weapons.

Well, what seems to be the problem today?

Pay Your Taxes, Go to Gitmo?

Pay Your Taxes, Go to Gitmo?

Does Paying Taxes Violate the Law against Providing Aid and Support to a Terrorist Organization?

Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War (www.envirosagainstwar.org)

(April 13, 2014) -- With April 15 fast approaching, I have just finished mailing my 1040. This year, I didn't owe taxes and, boy, am I relieved. Not because I can't afford to cut a check, it's just that I don't want to spend the next six years in a federal prison for violating the provisions of US Code Title 18 -- Crimes and Criminal Procedures.

That's exactly what happened to Ahmed Taalil Mohamud, a cab driver in Anaheim, California, who was sentenced to six years in prison for, as the Associated Press put it, "funneling thousands of dollars to a terrorist organization" in Somalia.

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