Punishment or Witness Elimination?: Confessed Brazilian Torturer Found Murdered

By Michael Uhl

  

            At approximately four o’clock this past Thursday afternoon, Paulo Malhaes, a retired officer who served in the ‘70s  during the years of Brazil’s military dictatorship, was murdered at his small farm outside of Rio de Janeiro.

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TCBH! Review of Losing Tim: A Mother Unravels Her Military Son’s Suicide

By John Grant


I met Janet Burroway when I was a Vietnam veteran on the GI Bill at Florida State University and I signed up for a creative writing workshop she was just hired to teach. She was a worldly, published novelist seven years older than me. She had just left an oppressive husband, a Belgian, who was an important theater director in London where she’d been to parties with the likes of Samuel Beckett. I graduate in 1973, and in a turn of events that still amazes me, I asked her out and ended up living with her for a couple years. She had two beautiful boys, Tim, 9, and Toby, 6, who I grew to love.

Ukraine News - Apr 26, 2014

 

Ukraine moves to blockade activist-held Slovyansk - WSJ.com


VIDEO: Ukraine Decides to Isolate Slovyansk with Blockade - WSJ.com


VIDEO: Army road blocks are installed near Slovyansk - YouTube


'No quarter will be given': Slovyansk rebels gird for siege - GlobalPost


Ukraine rebel city Slovyansk holding international observers - AP


OSCE monitors' bus stopped because of Ukrainian military among passengers: Slovyansk people's mayor - The Voice of Russia


Vyacheslav Ponomarev: the 'people's mayor' who runs Slovyansk - The Guardian


VIDEO: CNN gets rare access to pro-Russia HQ in Slovyansk - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine’s Interior Ministry Releases Footage of Slovyansk Operation - Yahoo News

 

Helicopter explodes at Kramatorsk airfield in eastern Ukraine, Pro Russian self-defence troops have confirmed the attack (VIDEOS) — RT News

 

Seven injured in Ukraininan police checkpoint explosion near Odessa - Yahoo News

 

Donetsk republic council approves referendum question: "Do you support the act on state independence of the Donetsk people's republic?" - The Voice of Russia

 

VIDEO ARCHIVE: A large crowd of Pro-Russians in Donetsk demonstrates, wants referendum - BBC

 

Ukraine’s political prisoner #1, the “people’s governor” of Donetsk, stages hunger strike over Kiev’s assault on eastern regions - RT News

 

Right Sector Leader Dmitry Yarosh Writes Letter to Aleksandr Turchinov Demanding Ukrainian Citizens are Armed - Ace News Services

 

VIDEO (Ukrainian): Yarosh: Right Sector mobilizes in Southeast Dnepropetrovsk - YouTube

 

Right Sector militants attempting to infiltrate Slavyansk - self-defense forces commander - The Voice of Russia

 

Ukraine Right Sector activists build checkpoint on Transdniestria-Odessa road - ITAR-TASS

 

Interview with Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko - The Washington Post

 

VIDEO: Arseny Yatseniuk, Ukraine Prime Minister, Says Russia Wants To Start World War III By Occupying Ukraine - huffingtonpost.com

 

Kiev authorities: Russia should dissociate itself from protesters in southeastern regions - ITAR-TASS

 

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Pentagon says Russian jets enter Ukrainian airspace, calls for nation to 'deescalate the situation' - Washington Times


Pentagon to Russia: Call us, please? - POLITICO.com


Hagel Waits to Hear From Russian Counterparts - Defense Department


Russian Defense Ministry Says Ready to Discuss Ukraine With Pentagon - RIA Novosti


In a telephone call, Top Russian general voices concern to U.S. counterpart over Ukraine - Reuters


Russia to Draft Black Sea Fleet Development Program by June - RIA Novosti

 

Kiev Says It Detained Dozens of Russian Agents - RIA Novosti

 

‘Russian agents captured in Ukraine? Show them!’: Lavrov - RT News

 

Slavyansk acting mayor denies the claim of any involvement of Russian Special Forces in Ukraine's ongoing conflict - The Voice of Russia

 

Exclusive: Putin Halts All Talks With White House - The Daily Beast

 

Obama: Economic sanctions if Russia enters Ukraine - The Washington Post

 

Readout of the President’s Call with President Hollande, Chancellor Merkel, Prime Minister Renzi, and Prime Minister Cameron - The White House

 

Warship USS Donald Cook leaves Black Sea - ITAR-TASS

 

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Dropping Knowledge Like a Clumsy Librarian {#NSA edition}

Originally posted at PopularReistance.org

note This clip is an excerpt. Watch the full show here.

Shahid Buttar, the Executive Director of The Bill of Rights Defense Committee drops knowledge on the NSA in his new House track The NSA vs. the USAwhile appearing on a recent episode of Acronym TV.

A sample verse:

Some people think Edward Snowden is a Traitor /
They forget everything that happened later /
Congress LIED TO by EXECUTIVE OFFICIALS /
We’re talking about CORRUPTION in the Capitol FO SHIZZLE /
Democracies FIZZLE when their people are watched /

Rep. Hurt Confuses Iraq and Afghanistan

Congressman Hurt just wrote below:

"I have unconditional support for our brave men and women serving America overseas, as well as for their families.  As our military commanders have said, we must remain steadfast in a clear strategy to defeat the insurgency and prevent Iraq from again becoming a safe-haven for international terrorists. I think that the withdrawal of our troops should be based on the conditions on the ground, not political agendas."

When WAS Iraq a safe-haven for international terrorists? 

What American men and women (as opposed to weapons) are now "serving" in Iraq?

Does the Congressman have Iraq and Afghanistan confused?

And should a government that can't keep all of its wars straight still be fighting them?

And should it hide its decision to engage in these murderous expeditions behind pretended concern for the young people sent to do the killing?

 
 

April 25, 2014

 

 

 

 

Dear Mr. Swanson:

 

Thank you for your recent communication concerning the United States' current involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq.  I appreciate your taking the time to express your thoughts on this important matter.  I am grateful for the privilege of representing you and serving as a voice for the citizens of Virginia's Fifth District.  

 

I have unconditional support for our brave men and women serving America overseas, as well as for their families.  As our military commanders have said, we must remain steadfast in a clear strategy to defeat the insurgency and prevent Iraq from again becoming a safe-haven for international terrorists.  I think that the withdrawal of our troops should be based on the conditions on the ground, not political agendas. We must not embolden the terrorists who believe that free societies will cave under the pressure of their violent acts.  My highest priority is to safeguard our homeland.  Please be assured that I will continue to monitor the conditions on the ground and will keep your thoughts in mind as events in Afghanistan and Iraq continue to unfold.  

 

I hope you will stay connected to our office with updates on the latest news, legislation, and other useful information, by signing up for our e-newsletter on our website, hurt.house.gov.  Thank you again for your communication and please do not hesitate to contact our office with any future questions or comments.

 

 

 


Sincerely,

 

Robert Hurt
Member of Congress

 

 

Bahrain: Three activists assassinated, senior religious scholars exiled

The past few days have witnessed extreme forms of public outrage at what Bahrainis see as intensification of targeted killing of activists. On Sunday 20th April, two Bahrainis from the town of Maqsha, were assassinated with a car bomb by the Death Squads run by the royal court. Ali Abbas and Ahmad Al Masajjan were killed immediately when the car they were sitting in exploded. The driver, Abdulla Al Samoom, was hurled outside the car by the explosion. Although the regime blamed the victims for the explosion, Bahrainis are convinced that they were victims of Alkhalifa brutality which has escalated in recent days. Last week, another young man was killed by regime’s Death Squads and his body was discovered at a house which was burnt. Many activists have now been targeted by the Death Squads who had, over the years, killed many Bahrainis. At the funeral of the latest two victims yesterday, the people expressed grief, outrage and determination to continue the struggle until the count ry is cleansed of both dictatorship and occupation. The mourners were viciously attacked by riot police and Death Squads which deployed extensive amounts of chemical and tear gases. Another protest yesterday morning at Sitra was mercilessly crushed by regime forces. The people of Sitra demonstrated in support of the women prisoners and called for their immediate and unconditional release.

The arrest of citizens has continued unabated. On Sunday 20th April, several people were arrested during raids on their houses. From the town of Jid Al Hajj, Hussain Al Mulla and Hussain Abdul Amir were abducted and taken to the torture chambers. Jaffar Abdulla Al Jarish from Sitra was also detained. From Maqsha Town; Abbas Al Abid and Ibrahim Al Mawali were detained. From Karranah, Jaffar Al Aqadi and Ali Ahmad Aman were kidnapped and most likely tortured. Since his arrest few days ago, the child Hussain Ibrahim Mullah Ahmad, from Jid Al Hajj town has been unheard off and concerns are growing for his safety and well-being.

Fears are mounting for the safety of two Bahraini victims of torture who were recaptured after they had escaped from Jaw prison. Redha Al Ghasra, sentenced to 80 years jail for opposing Alkhalifa dictatorship and Hussain Al Banna had “escaped” from their cells on Sunday 20thApril but recaptured shortly afterwards by members of Death Squads. Officials of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights have raised the alarm that the episode may have been engineered by security forces. The two were re-captured from a house where seven others who were hiding. All were arrested.

There has been wide international condemnation of the decision by Bahrain’s dictator to exile a senior religious figure. Last week Ayatullah Sheikh Hussain Najati was told by regime’s agents to leave the country “within 48 hours”. At first he said he would not leave, but was forced to do so. This morning he travelled to Beirut with one-way passport. Amnesty International has condemned the move to exile the Sheikh. Under the title “End threats to Shi’a cleric stripped of nationality” it issued a statement on 17th April “This campaign of threats, harassment and intimidation against Shaikh Hussain al-Najati is unacceptable and must stop immediately. Forcing him out of his own country would render him stateless.” said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International. “The decision to strip Ayatollah Sheikh Najati of his nationality, along with 30 others in 2012 was little mo re than an arbitrary attempt to silence all government critics. It should be rescinded immediately.”

On 17th April the researcher at Durham University, Marc Own Jones, published good documentation of the policy of impunity in Bahrain. Under the title “Bahrain’s state accountability” he listed several cases which prove a systematic culture of impunity; either ignoring the complaints of victims of torture, superficial investigation of torture claims, acquitting the torturers or giving them light prison sentences and then reducing them or subjecting victims to more torture. The writer concluded his article saying: police criminality in Bahrain is not simply the fault of individuals or groups, but rather is a result of formal structures such as ‘the police organization, the criminal justice system, and the broader socio-political context.’ These legal manouvres by Bahraini authorities are a facade for a lack of accountability, designed to detract attention from systemic political reforms that are needed to enable both a reduction in police deviance and an i ncrease in genuine accountability in Bahrain.”

Bahrain Freedom Movement
23rd April 2013

David Swanson to Speak in Los Angeles, May 10, on Ending All War

Flyer: PDF.

Sign-up: go here.

David Swanson is working to end all war with WorldBeyondWar.org

His books include: War No More: The Case for Abolition, War Is A Lie, When the World Outlawed War, and The Military Industrial Complex at 50.  

He is the host of  Talk Nation Radio. He helped plan the nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington DC in 2011. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, as press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign, and communications coordinator for ACORN. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsaCrime.org and works for RootsAction.org Swanson is Secretary of Peace in the Green Shadow Cabinet.

Swanson will sign books.

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Full Show: Disband The NSA {aTV002}

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

Shahid Buttar, the Executive Director of The Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and Kevin Zeese of Popular Resistance sit down with host Dennis Trainor, Jr. in this episode of Acronym TV to discuss, among other things:

The Utility of the NSA | The 4th Amendment | Edward Snowden | The Espionage Act | Why the MSM treats Glenn Greenwald as a criminal | An update on Chelsea Manning | The Reset the Net Campaign | The Criminalization of Dissent | The Campaign to cut off Water to the NSA | and we ask the question: In what significant ways is President Obama different than the Straussian, noble liars that preceded him?

Ukraine News - Apr 25, 2014

 

Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, in response Russia starts drill near border - Reuters


Putin Warns of Consequences as Ukraine Steps Up Offensive - Bloomberg


VIDEO: Putin: If the Kiev regime has started to use the army against the population inside the country, it will certainly have consequences - PressTV


Russia Defense Minister Shoigu: 11,000 Ukrainian servicemen involved in operation in the country's southeast - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: Russian troops amassing along the Ukraine border - YouTube


Russia demands U.S. stop Ukraine's military operation - Reuters


Kerry: Russia has 'refused to take a single step' to de-escalate Ukraine crisis - Fox News


VIDEO: Secretary Kerry’s Full Statement on Ukraine - C-SPAN.org


East Ukraine tension mirrors mistrust of Kiev leaders, OSCE head says - ITAR-TASS

 

Churkin: Kiev authorities did not even try to bring people to negotiating table - ITAR-TASS

 

Russia urges release of Ukrainian protest leader Gubarev - The Voice of Russia

 

Producer of Russian TV show vanishes in Ukraine as ‘saboteurs posing as journalists’ detained - RT News

 

Detained American Journalist Freed in Eastern Ukraine - NBC News.com

 

VIDEO: Interview with American Journalist Simon Ostrovsky Held Prisoner in East Ukraine now Free - YouTube

 

Gazprom Charges Ukraine $11.4b Before EU Gas Talks - Bloomberg

 

EU to assist Ukraine in pay off part of debt to Gazprom, says commissioner - ITAR-TASS

 

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Ukraine forces kill five pro-Russia separatists in Slovyansk, repel an attack on an army base in the eastern town of Artemivsk - DW.DE 


VIDEOS: Ukrainian ‘Counter-Terror’ Operation Against Pro-Russians Kills 5 - Mediaite


Sloviansk self-defense militants redeploy to city’s downtown - ITAR-TASS


Protest crackdown in Slavyansk put on hold: Ukrainian Media - The Voice of Russia


Ukraine claims city hall in Mariupol cleared of pro-Russia militants, but reality on ground less clear - CBS News


East Ukraine’s Donetsk republic plans to hold sovereignty referendum jointly with Luhansk no later than May 11- ITAR-TASS

 

Ukraine’s parliament to consider proposals on expanding regions’ competences in autumn - ITAR-TASS

 

Party of Regions says memorandum on settlement in Ukraine’s east is set of empty promises, “This draft has no mention of either the issue of federalization or the status of the Russian language” - ITAR-TASS

 

Party of Regions: Russian language must be recognized as second official, The matter is in the fact that Russian-speaking citizens account for at least 40% of the population in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS

 

Protesters in Ukraine guard biggest weapons cache in eastern Europe - theguardian.com

 

Ukrainian extremist group Right Sector moves headquarters from Kiev to Dnepropetrovsk in the Southeast region - ITAR-TASS

 

Right Sector's "Donbass" battalion to assist crackdown on federalists in eastern Ukraine - Ak Zhaik

 

Miners in Lugansk region refuse to transfer their wages to restore Independence Square - ITAR-TASS

 

VIDEO: Miners stricking in Lugansk region - YouTube

 

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If War Was Funded Like College Tuition

Are you as tired as I am of news stories about college tuition costs rising? I've been out of college for many years, and you'd have to pay me to go back, but this is ridiculous. 

To see how ridiculous, try a little thought experiment. Imagine opening your newspaper and reading this:

"War and War Preparations Costs to U.S. Households Rose Again This Year

"Continuing a decades-long trend, the cost each U.S. resident pays for his or her wars and war preparations rose 5.3 percent this year. 

"With all costs of the U.S. military, across numerous government departments, reaching $1.2 trillion annually, according to Chris Hellman of the National Priorities Project, and with a U.S. population of 314 million people, bills to those opting for war-making as their foreign policy choice this year came to $3,822 each -- not counting room, board, and books."

Of course, that bill is for anyone who supports the U.S. government's spending priorities and anyone who doesn't, and it's a bill for every person, from disabled senior citizen to new-born infant. 

It's a bill that might strike some as a bit high.  So, here's one way this imaginary news story might develop:

"In an expanding trend, thousands of Americans opted for a smaller military investment this year.  Choosing to pay their share of a military the size of China's -- $188 billion, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute -- some war consumers bought the $599 war plan this year. 

"Others opted for the Russian model at a cost of $280.  But with polls showing that Americans believe Iran to be the greatest threat to peace, the Iranian-sized military has become this year's most rapid climber in the rankings; of course, the $20 price tag doesn't hurt.

"Buddy Beaverton of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, remarked at the post office as he mailed a check: 'If we could have Canada's annual supply of wars for $59 each, why should I have to pay $3,822? It's bad enough they've got cheaper prescription drugs that we're not allowed to buy!'"

Mr. Beaverton would have a point.  Some other nations that don't invest in wars and war preparations the way the United States does also make college education free or affordable -- and still have plenty of money to spare for frivolous luxuries like healthcare or energy systems that don't render the planet unlivable.

What would our lives be like if college were as free and unquestionable as military spending is now, but military spending arrived as an optional bill? 

Those who didn't want it could choose not to pay.  Those who wanted a coast guard, a national guard, and some anti-aircraft weapons could chip in a few bucks.  Those who wanted a bit more than that could pay a bit more.

And those who wanted troops in 175 nations, aircraft carriers in every sea, enough nuclear weapons to destroy life on several planets, and fleets of drones with which to traumatize and antagonize several nations at once -- well, they could pay their $3,822, plus of course another $3,822 for anybody opting out.

What a naive proposal! Left to individual choice, the commons would be destroyed, and our national defense would crumble!

Really?  People in the United States give over $300 billion to charity each year.  Nobody forces them to.  If they believed weapons and wars were the most important cause to donate their dollars to, they'd do it.  No nation on earth spends $300 billion or anywhere close to it on its military, other than the United States.

And with the government no longer funding the military in its socialistic manner, it might choose instead to fund many of the humanitarian causes to which private charity is now largely devoted. Private giving could take care of the Pentagon. 

But if wisdom about the counter-productive results of militarism spread, if nonviolent alternatives were learned, if free college had a positive impact on our collective intellect, and if the fact that we could end global poverty or halt global warming for a fraction of current military spending leaked out, who knows? Maybe militarism would fail in the free market.

Coming Soon: This Planet Will No Longer Support Civilization

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org

Dr. Jill Stein on Capitalism, the most important question of the climate struggle, and just how long we have before the planet will no longer support civilization.

Days before the Earth Day to May Day Global Climate Convergence kicked off, Dr. Jill Stein talked with Dennis Trainor, Jr. of Acronym TV in a wide-ranging conversation about her hopes for the Convergence, a first response to ShowTime’s new series Years of Living Dangerously, and why the Climate Justice movement is all about jobs.

Check out these short clips below, or watch the full episode here.

The Night of the Generals: When Brazilians were Tortured and Disappeared

By Michael Uhl


“The Face of Evil,” flashed the eye catching headline in Brazil’s major daily on a morning late this March, and the accompanying photo of Army lieutenant-colonel Paulo Malhaes, retired, could not have portrayed a more convincing ogre had it been photo shopped by central casting. Malhaes, a self-described torturer and murderer operated in the early 1970′s, the most repressive period in Brazil’s harsh era of prolonged military rule,

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Syrian and Iraqi Kurds protest separation ditch

By Kathy Moorhead Thiessen, CPTnet

Streamers of blue, green, yellow and brown election pennants crisscrossed over the street and almost blocked out the sun. The symbols of the major parties in Iraqi Kurdistan for the 30 April election dominated the landscape.  However, on Tuesday, 15 April, new flags waved from hand-held flagpoles. Many Syrian Kurds who have fled their country because of the turmoil marched through the streets of Sulaimani.  They were crying out because the government of the region in which they have taken refuge has decided to create a dividing ditch.  The KDP (Kurdish Democratic Party) that governs the area of Iraqi Kurdistan bordering Syria has sent workers, bulldozers, and security guards to facilitate the digging. It claims that the seventeen-kilometers-long, three-meters-deep, and two-meters-wide ditch will prevent terrorists and smugglers from entering the autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq.

However, the people of Rojava/Western/Syrian Kurdistan and their Iraqi Kurd supporters see the ditch differently.  One man CPT’s Iraqi Kurdistan team spoke to said, “After WWI Britain drew lines that artificially separated the Kurds into four countries.  Now Kurds are dividing Kurds from Kurds with ditches.”

Opinions about what is happening on the border—who is responsible and why they are doing it fly fast and furious.  Kamal Chomani, an independent journalist in Iraqi Kurdistan told the team, “The root of this is that KDP wants to have power in Rojava and PYD (Democratic Union Party), the party in power there, won’t let them.  KDP have some small “puppet parties” in Rojava but they don't have much support. PYD don't accept the demands of KDP. So closing the border is a way to punish them and put pressure on them.”

The political parties deny these allegations against them.  But whatever the reason for the ditch, the ordinary people who have already experienced the trauma of war suffer the most. In the last week, there have also been several demonstrations on the Syrian side of the border, joined by men and women, old and young who are upset by the closing of the border.  Some people showed their desperation by trying to fill in the ditches.  They want to be able to go to Iraqi Kurdistan to work, have access to hospitals or to buy goods that are unavailable in Syria.  Now they are denied these opportunities by other Kurds.

Marshall Islands Sues the Nuclear-Armed Nations

Nuclear Zero LawsuitsJust a few hours ago, the Republic of the Marshall Islands filed lawsuits against all nine nuclear-armed nations. All nine were named in applications to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, while an additional lawsuit was filed against the United States in U.S. Federal District Court in San Francisco.

The courage of the Marshall Islands in filing these lawsuits is admirable. The people of the Marshall Islands were subjected to 67 nuclear weapon tests by the United States from 1946-1958. The tests caused untold suffering that continues to this day through cancers, displacement and death.

Saying ‘Hell No’ To Obamacare

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org Recently, Dr. Margaret Flowers initiated an online petition declaring herself a consciences objector to the Affordable Care Act and asking others to send a message to President Obama that the ACA is a scam.

In this short clip (above), Dr. Flowers states:

“The most important question we should be having right now, knowing that insurgence is not protective, is do we want to continue to treat health care as a commodity and people only get what they can afford, or do we want to join the rest of the industrialized nations in the world and treat health care as a public good and create a system where people can get what they need.”

You can watch the full interview below:

Ukraine News - Apr 24, 2014

 

Ukraine president calls for new offensive after party member found dead - Al Jazeera America


Russia threatens retaliation as Kiev orders military moves in eastern Ukraine - The Washington Post


Russia insists on Ukrainian troop pullout from the Eastern region - DW.DE


VIDEO: Lavrov says Russia will respond if Ukraine interests attacked - RT


Russian FM warns Ukraine election will be 'destructive' without southeastern regions' support - The Voice of Russia


Expert: Putin Strategy With Ukrainian Separatists Differs From Crimea, He sees them not as future Russians, but as a lever to influence what happens in Ukraine - VOA

 

Ukraine: Three Russian military intel officers detained - usatoday.com

 

Scrutiny Over Photos Said to Tie Russia Units to Ukraine - NYTimes.com

 

Does US evidence prove Russian special forces are in eastern Ukraine? - The Guardian

 

Exclusive: Meet the Pro-Russian Separatist Accused to be a Russian Agent in Eastern Ukraine - time.com

 

Russia continues supplying its nuclear fuel to Ukrainian NPP - The Voice of Russia

 

US troops arrive in Poland for exercises across Eastern Europe amid Ukraine crisis - Fox News

 

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'Murdered' Ukraine politician faced hostile mob, video shows - Reuters


VIDEO (Scroll down): Ukrainian politician is mobbed by furious crowd hours before being abducted and 'tortured to death' by pro-Russian militia - Mail Online


Murdered politician in Ukraine suffered 'many knife wounds' - GlobalPost


US journalist Simon Ostrovsky held by pro-Russian militia in Ukraine - theguardian.com

 

Ukraine militants singled out American-Israeli journalist as valuable hostage - Haaretz

 

Full List Of Journalists Captured In Ukraine: Simon Ostrovsky Among 7 Reporters Kidnapped - AFP

 

Profile of an hardline pro-Russia separatist: From soap factory to commanding a rebel town in Ukraine - Yahoo News

 

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VIDEO: Pro-Russian Separatists Plan Referendum in Eastern Ukraine - VOA


Donetsk Region invites Kiev to sign provisional constitutional treaty, covering regions’ rights, governors’ electivity and the Russian language - ITAR-TASS


Pro-Federalization Supporters Gather for Rally in Ukraine’s Donetsk - RIA Novosti


Pro-federalization protesters picketed mayor's office in Ukraine's Kharkov - The Voice of Russia


At Funeral of Pro-Russian militants, Expressions of Grief and Anger Toward Kiev Officials (VIDEO) - NYTimes.com

 

POLL: In the Luhansk region, 41.9% said they would vote for a Ukraine Federation, 38.4% in Donetsk region and 32.2% in Kharkiv region - WSJ

 

In a bid to prevent a referendum on the federal status of the eastern region, Ukraine’s security service blocks state register of voters in Donetsk - ITAR-TASS

 

Ukraine’s authorities say they are ready to hear demands of Ukrainian regions - ITAR-TASS

 

Ukraine's government announces its forces have "liberated" an eastern town from pro-Kremlin separatists, but AFP finds no sign of military units and puzzled residents say they had never been under rebel control - AFP

 

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Taking the low road to war: Washington and the Corporate Media are in Full Propaganda Mode on Ukraine

By Dave Lindorff


The lies, propaganda and rank hypocrisy emanating from Washington, and echoed by the US corporate media regarding events in Ukraine are stunning and would be laughable, but for the fact that they appear to be aimed at conditioning the US public for increasing confrontation with Russia – confrontation which could easily tip over the edge into direct military conflict, with consequences that are too dreadful to contemplate.


Vice President Joe Biden Promotes U.S. as Fracking Missionary Force On Ukraine Trip

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

During his two-day visit this week to Kiev, Ukraine, Vice President Joe Biden unfurled President Barack Obama's "U.S. Crisis Support Package for Ukraine."

Robert Musil's "Rachel Carson and Her Sisters"

Despite the central role of women in environmental activism, surprisingly little is known about them.  Furthermore, what is known is usually limited to the work of Rachel Carson, whose powerful call to action, Silent Spring (1962), is widely credited with jump-starting the modern environmental movement.  Fortunately, Robert Musil’s new book, Rachel Carson and Her Sisters (Rutgers University Press, 2014), remedies this situation.

Musil notes that, as the nineteenth century progressed, increasing numbers of American women obtained better education and the ability to travel, write, and take action.  Hiking and botanizing, they observed the encroachment of manufacturing and urban life on the countryside.  Eventually, they produced a flood of books, magazine articles, journals, and children’s stories about nature.

Talk Nation Radio: Charles Komanoff: We Need a Carbon Tax

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-charles-komanoff-we-need-a-carbon-tax

Charles Komanoff is an activist, economist and policy-analyst. He directs the Carbon Tax Center and develops traffic-pricing modeling tools for the Nurture Nature Foundation. His work includes books (Power Plant Cost Escalation, Killed By Automobile, The Bicycle Blueprint), computer models, scholarly articles, and journalism. He discusses the need for a carbon tax. See http://carbontax.org

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Ukrainian Government Is Illegitimate

By David Morrison

(1) Why the Ukraine regime is wholly illegitimate

The resolution passed by the Rada (the Ukranian Parliament) which is supposed to have impeached and removed President Yanukovych doesn’t even mention impeachment.

The Ukranian constitution allows the Rada to appoint the Prime Minister as an Acting President, in the event of the presidency becoming vacant.  The Rada appointed Olexander Turchynov Acting President even though he wasn’t Prime Minister.

An Acting President has much less power than an elected president, but Turchynov has acted as if he has the powers of an elected president.

(2) UK Parliamentarians are happy to be misled

The British Government has seriously misled both Houses of Parliament about the removal of Ukraine’s elected President from power on 22 February 2014, giving the impression that it was carried out in accordance with the Ukranian constitution in response to popular pressure, when it wasn’t.  But of the 1400 or so Parliamentarians, only one has queried the matter – and the answer he received contained an outright lie.

Lawsuit to Protect Atmosphere as Public Trust to Be Heard in DC

The groundbreaking atmospheric trust case, Alec L, et al., vs. McCarthy, et al. will be heard before the Court of Appeals on May 2 in Washington DC.  You can be part of this historic event in two ways:

  1.  If you are in the DC area, come help us fill the Court of Appeals, 333 Constitution Ave, NW at 8:30 am.  
  2.  If you can't come in person, donate to cover expenses for the youth plaintiffs who filed this lawsuit to attend.

Dr James Hansen, formerly of NASA's Goddard Institute, will be attending the hearing, along with plaintiffs, supporters from iMatter and other youth organizations....as well as oil industry lobbyists who are co-defendants with the Federal Government, fighting for their right to pollute as much carbon into the atmosphere as they desire.  It's important to get as many young people in the gallery as possible.  Can you help?

Dr Hansen's prescription, written with 11 of the world's top climate scientists, provide the backbone of the remedy we seek in our lawsuit:  a national Climate Recovery Plan based on science rather than politics.  One that will actually restore the balance in the atmosphere for future.  Please stand with us.


Thank you,
The Teenagers suing the US Government to protect the atmosphere for our generation's future

alec loorz

"My generation knows that this planetary crisis will require a human shift of massive proportions. We cannot create that shift alone.  We need our government, our leaders, businesses and our elders to understand that it is unethical and can no longer be legal to pollute our atmosphere as if there are no consequences.  Our futures depend on a society that lives according to the implicit demands of the public trust doctrine.  We trust the legal system to protect our right to a livable planet."

Alec Loorz, lead plaintiff
Founder, Kids vs Global Warming



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"The good news of our lawsuit being heard in the Court of Appeals is that we are one step closer to realizing a restored future for our generation. This could change the tides of the good fight that many have been fought for so long. It should be illegal for fossil fuel companies to pollute our air and destroy our future. We trust the scientists who have studied the climate and have recommendations to lower carbon emissions."

Garrett Serrels and Grant Serrels
Plaintiffs and members of iMatter Youth Council

Madeline Wallace (1) 3

"I am very concerned that the continued rate of business-as-usual carbon dioxideemissions will affect our daily life and our use and enjoyment of lands, waters and wildlife that I love. We are relying on the courts to demand our federal government do its job to protect the atmosphere, as one of our most precious natural resources. This is about humanity’s survival and all of life on earth."

Madeleine Wallace
Plaintiff  




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"The government needs to put a more daring carbon emissions reduction plan in place as soon as possible, and at this point, the most direct and most efficient way to encourage that is through the federal courts. This is why I am a plaintiff with several other kids from across the country who believe the government must do more to protect the future of our planet."

Zoe Johnson
Plaintiff




Forty Years After the Carnation Revolution

Portugal as a Model for a New Socialism?

by Leila Dregger

 

Preliminary note of the author:
In this text the words socialism and communism are used synonymously. I see their differentiation and the rift, which has been stretched between their representatives, as no longer appropriate today. This article is directed toward all those interested in justice, solidarity and freedom.

 

 

Vicenza's “bomb day”

April 25th, 2014, national holiday, the "Liberation Day" recalling the 25th of April 1945 when some of the main Italian cities reached the freedom from the Nazi-Fascists thanks to the long battle of the Partisans and Allied Forces.

This Friday, the 25th of April, approx 27000 of Vicenza's residents will have to leave their homes within 08:30 a.m. for the defusing  of the "Old Lady", a British bomb containing 4000 pounds of explosives.

One of the thousands of bombs dropped on Vicenza  between the 17th and the 18th November 1944.

“Old Lady” is probably the heaviest and most powerful of those bombs.

In those days, the 18th in particular, when many civilians were also brought to patch the holes caused by the bombing of the day before, some hundred people lost their lives.

Many were injured and died during the following days.

Many children got killed and mutilated in the weeks after, playing in the fields where many cluster bombs were still active.

A good amount of bombs ended deep underground. Some were found years later during farming works.

A reasonable quantity, over 130, have been found in these last few months during the land reclamation of a portion of the former small airport now named "Parco della Pace" (Peace Park) adjacent to the new (and second) US military base in Vicenza.

It's a big field that for 70 years stored these bombs as seeds unable (fortunately) to sprout.

I really think that this fact, the big "Old Lady" and the other 130 and more bombs found so far, should offer the occasion to think about the long lasting damages of war.

After 70 years these bombs are still dangerous to the point that people must be evacuated in a radius of 2500 meters this coming Friday.

The military experts working on the bombs declared that the "Old Lady", with its 1500 kilos of "Minol II" equivalent to approx 1800 kilos of TNT, is one of the most dangerous ever found in Italy.

In case of explosion, after 70 years, more people would be added to the victim list of WW II!

How many other bombs and mines are sleeping under a few inches of soil around the World ?

How many people die every year or loose legs or arms because of bombs and mines even years after the official ending of a war ?

In almost every continent there are still wars and fights.

During these 70 years we didn't learn much.

Not here in Italy, as well not in many other parts of the World.

Having a foreign military base next to the "park of the bombs" is a clear proof.

These foreign soldiers are deployed "promoting democracy" supported by aircrafts and drones utilizing those "intelligent/smart" bombs we all have known for causing the death of many civilians in villages, markets, hospitals and schools.

It's a very sad aspect of this modern world.

Considering our “bomb day”, leaving home this Friday morning, I would like to imagine that probably the "Old Lady" and these other 130 and more “sleeping” bombs found are the real "intelligent" bombs

I imagine that while falling down from the aircrafts, seeing the massive destruction below, a real hell on earth, these bombs in some way said “enough is enough” and chose to refuse to do their job.

They deserted and went to hide under soft ground instead of blowing up causing further destruction.

May be they are trying to teach us something ?

Until now this “Old Lady” has been really capable to learn from human errors and horrors.

Enzo Ciscato

Via Marosticana 299/Z, 36100 Vicenza, Italy 

UNESCO Heritage City

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OF NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

The management of the Nobel Peace Prize has become a case for the Norwegian police, following a request for criminal investigation from 16 prominent Scandinavians, parliamentarians, lawyers, authors and peace activists, 10 Swedes and 6 Norwegians, to the authority on economic crime, the ØKOKRIM. The move is based on the research of Norwegian lawyer Fredrik S. Heffermehl who in his books has called for respect for Alfred Nobel and the peace plan he wished to support. -- In his last years Nobel joined the peace movement and wished to support financially its idea of co-operation on disarmament to replace military force and forces. The Norwegian Parliament appoints the five-member selection committee that must step down and be replaced by people who favor the idea of the prize,” says Heffermehl. He claims that his demands through 6 years, and even an order in March 2012 from the Swedish Foundations Authority have not led the awarders to show any interest in Nobel and what he really wanted. This is unlawful and criminal, and the requested police investigation comes as a last resort to secure justice for “the champions of peace” Nobel specified in his will.

The letter of accusation points in particular to Thorbjørn Jagland, the chair of the Nobel Committee and the incumbent Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and to Geir Lundestad, the powerful secretary of the committee. “The laws must be respected also by politicians, it is particularly worrisome that the Nobel awarders act as if they were above the law and seem to feel confident that society will not enforce the law against them,” says Sweden´s Tomas Magnusson, a former president of the International Peace Bureau. “Ignoring dissent and mowing down dissidents is a dangerous path to embark on. If we allow such norms to become political standard, how much democracy do we then have?”

The 16 persons signing the request for criminal investigations are:

Anna-Lisa Björneberg, Sweden, chair of Fredsam (Gothenburg),

Nils Christie, Norway, professor, University of Oslo

Erik Dammann, Norway, founder “Future in our hands,” Oslo

Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Norway, professor, University of Oslo

Ståle Eskeland, Norway, professor of criminal law, University of Oslo

Erni Friholt, Sweden, Peace movement of Orust

Ola Friholt, Sweden, Peace movement of Orust

Gunnar Garbo, Norway, ex MP, leader of Venstre, the Liberal Party

Fredrik S. Heffermehl, Norway, lawyer and author on the Nobel Peace Prize

Lars-Gunnar Liljestrand, Sweden, Chair of the Association of FiB lawyers

Tomas Magnusson, Sweden, ex President, International Peace Bureau

Birger Schlaug, Sweden, author, ex MP

Sören Sommelius, Sweden, author and culture journalist

Maj-Britt Theorin, Sweden, ex President, International Peace Bureau

Gunnar Westberg, Sweden, Professor, ex Co-President IPPNW (Nobel peace prize 1985)

Jan Öberg,TFF, Sweden, Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research.

Earth Day Greenwash: API Front Group Iowa Energy Forum Sponsors Pro-Keystone XL Event

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The political carnival that is the prelude to the Iowa caucuses has started over a year and a half early. At the center of it this time around: a game of political hot potato over the northern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

War Cost World $9.46 Trillion in 2012

By Talia Hagerty, Pacific Standard

Economists are not new to the study of war. Many in the U.S. have argued that war is good for the economy, and those in Washington have seemed eager to believe them. Indeed, war is an ideal economics topic. It’s very expensive, and the numbers involved—money spent, weapons used, casualties—can be easily counted and crunched.

There is, however, a more challenging topic that has recently caught the eye of economists: peace.

In the last decade, researchers and economists from all over the world have made great gains in the nascent field of peace economics. They’re finding that violence and war are terrible for the economy, but also that we can use economics to prevent them.

Obama Endorses a Forgery

The Smoking Pop-Gun
by DIANA JOHNSTONE, CounterPunch

On Friday, April 18, President Obama voiced his righteous indignation over anti-Semitic fliers pasted on synagogue walls in the pro-Russian eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.  The fliers, calling on all Jews to register or face expulsion, had appeared the day before and were instantly denounced by Donetsk leaders as a gross provocation and a forgery.

The next day, however, Obama “expressed his disgust quite bluntly”.  At least, that is what his hawkish national security advisor, Susan Rice, told the public. “I think we all found word of those pamphlets to be utterly sickening, and they have no place in the 21st century,” she declared.

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