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Look out! 4 things that get damaged at the airport, by Christopher Elliott

"The real answer is better training and more sensible rules."

No, the real answer is to disband this gang of criminals and thugs, starting with the one at the top, John Pistole.

Islamofascism in Egypt

 

Islamofascist Rule in Egypt

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Washington engineered Mubarak's ouster. He fell from grace. He became more liability than asset. 

 

For years, State Department and Pentagon officials wanted him out. He opposed Bush's 2003 Iraq war and other US policies. He had to go.

 

Netanyahu's Apartheid Government

 

Netanyahu's Apartheid Government

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Amos Oz is a noted Israeli academic, author, journalist, and novelist. He's also a vocal Netanyahu critic. More on his recent comments below.

 

It's well known that Israel's government reflects militarized occupation, colonialism and apartheid. It's done to enforce harshness. It continues because it's profitable. Doing so breaches international law. 

Syria News - Jan 30

 

 

78 bodies found 'executed' in Syria river, Syrian regime and opposition blame each other for the killings - Channel NewsAsia

VIDEO: Dozens Shot Dead In Aleppo - YouTube

VIDEO: Aleppo River of Death - LiveLeak.com 

VIDEO: Scores of bodies lined up after massacre in the Syrian city of Aleppo - Telegraph

Syrian government: Jabhat al-Nusra Terrorists Perpetrate Mass Execution in Aleppo- SANA,

VIDEO: Opposition VP: " Al Nusra rebels are fighting for freedom and democracy...Terrorists only a small part of Syrian rebellion" -— RT

VIDEO: FSA Al Tawheed and Nusra Front brigade attack an arms depot in rural Aleppo, The Jihadists are seen to employ extensive use of heavy weapons - YouTube

Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate claims 2 more suicide attacks - The Long War Journal

Christians in Syria, targeted by Islamic extremists and bombs - Asia News

March of solidarity for the victims of kidnappings in Syria - Agenzia Fides

Syrians angered by Free Syrian Army that reportedly recruits teens | National Post

VIDEO: Rebels execute Syrian shabiha - YouTube

VIDEO: Volunteer army in Syrian Latakia defends area from militants - LiveLeak.com

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VIDEO: President Obama Announces $155 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian People (Arabic Translation) | The White House

U.S. spent a whopping $365 million on 'non-lethal' role in Syrian civil war - Washington Times

Syrian crisis: EU pledges €100 million for humanitarian aid - europa.eu

VIDEO: UN issues briefing on deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria - YouTube

Brahimi Tells U.N. Assad Regime May Survive but Legitimacy Seriously Damaged — Naharnet

Erdoğan discusses Syrian crisis with Qatari emir - todayszaman

Turkey, Qatar sign MoU to cooperate on defense industry - today zaman

Mikati, Erdogan to discuss abducted Lebanese pilgrims held in Syria - Zawya

Analysis: Al-Qaida’s increasing presence in Lebanon- JPost - Middle East

Top Israeli security officials in Russia over Syria crisis - Saudi Gazette

Israel worrying about fate of Syria's conventional arsenal | Reuters

 

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January and February 2013 War Criminal Appearances

U.S. war criminals are speaking and promoting their latest books in various cities around the country in January and Feb. 2013. Check this out to see if any are in your area. We will help and publicize your protest. Reproducible leaflets and posters are available on:  http://warcriminalswatch.org/index.php/downloadable-materials

Pistole calls TSA “gold standard” for aviation security

In what is surely the howler of the week, TSA Administrator John Pistole has declared the TSA “the gold standard of aviation security.”

It gets better:

Obama Prioritizes Targeted Killings

 

Obama Prioritizes Targeted Killings

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article said Obama decided who lives or dies. His kill list chooses targets. He designated himself judge, jury and executioner.

 

He chose John Brennan as new CIA director. He's currently Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. He's Obama's chief counterterrorism advisor. 

Targeting Iran Continues

 

Targeting Iran Continues

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's likely coalition partners assure it. Spurious Iranian threats are hyped. What began years ago continues. 

 

Washington and Israel want puppet leaders replacing independent ones in power. At issue is unchallenged regional dominance.

 

A Blowback Hurricane

Most violence we face we've provoked.  Those confronting us with violence are exactly as wrong as if we hadn't provoked them.  But we are not as innocent as we like to imagine.

This seems like a simple concept awaiting only factual substantiation, but in fact it is dramatically at odds with most people's ridiculously ill-conceived notion of how blame works.  According to this common notion, blame is like a lump of clay.  Whoever holds it is to blame.  If they hand it to someone else, then that person is exclusively to blame.  If they break it in half, then two people can each be half to blame.  But blame is a finite quantity and the clay is very difficult to break.  So once the clay is attached to one person, everybody else is pretty well blameless. 

I faulted President Obama for instructing the Justice Department not to prosecute anyone in the CIA for torture, and someone told me that Attorney General Holder was in fact to blame, and therefore Obama was not.  I faulted easy access to guns for mass shootings, and someone told me that antidepressant medications were to blame, and therefore gun laws were not.  If you're like me, these sorts of calculations will strike you as bizarrely stupid.  The question of whether Obama is to blame is a question of what he has done or not done; Holder doesn't enter into it at all.  The question of whether Holder is to blame comes down to whether Holder acted against the interest of the greater good; it has nothing to do with Obama.  One or both or neither of them could be to blame.  Or they could both be to blame and 18 other people be to blame as well.  We have problems with gun laws, psychiatric drugs, films, tv shows, video games, examples set by our government's own violence, and many other elements of our culture; none of them erase any of the others. 

Blame is unlimited.  Rather than a finite lump of clay, blame should be pictured as water droplets condensing out of the air on a cold glass.  There is no limit to them.  They appear wherever another glass is cold.  Their quantity bears no relation to the quantity of the harm done.  A million people can carry the blame for a trivial harm, or one person can be alone to blame and to blame only slightly for a most horrible tragedy.

Another type of example may help explain where the common conception of blame comes from.  A man convicted of murder is proven innocent, but loved ones of the victim want him punished anyway (and in proportion to the harm done).  Another is proven insane or incompetent or underage, but he is punished just the same.  Blame is perceived as a burning hot ball of clay that must be tossed from person to person desperately until it can be attached to someone deserving of it.  Once that is done, there is no rush to find anyone (or anything) else who might also be to blame.  Blame is a concept that is tied up in people's muddled minds with the concept of revenge.  It's hard to seek revenge against numerous people or institutions all bearing different types and degrees of blame.  It's much easier to simplify.  And once the demand for revenge is satisfied in the aggrieved, it ceases to search for new outlets.

When hijackers flew airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, they were given blame.  Anyone who helped them was given blame (after all, it's hard to seek revenge against the dead).  But anyone who provoked or accidentally permitted those crimes was deemed absolutely blameless.  There wasn't any more clay to go around.  To blame the U.S. government for having spent years arming and training religious fanatics in Afghanistan and provoking them in Palestine and Saudi Arabia would mean unblaming the hijackers.  To blame the U.S. government for not preventing the hijackings would mean unblaming the hijackers. 

This kind of infantile thinking has prevented us from grasping anything like the true extent of blowback our nation has encountered. 

There are individual encounters in which zero-sum blame thinking appears to work.  Someone who kills in self-defense is given less blame than someone who kills an innocent victim.  But translating this to the public or even international arena seems to me to fail.  Violent social movements are wrong and to blame even when they are resisting injustice.  Crimes of resistance by Native Americans and slaves can be seen as crimes even as we understand them as blowback.  The World War II era crimes of Japan create a great deal of blame for Japan, and that is unchanged by understanding the history of how the United States brought war making and imperialism to the Japanese.  Often in U.S. history we have been confronted by a Frankenstein monster of our own creation, and one intentionally provoked at that.  This is different from the myth of our innocence and of the other's irrational random aggression.  A more informed understanding doesn't excuse the aggression.  It erases our (the U.S. government's) innocence. 

Saddam Hussein was our creature.  So was Gadaffi.  And Assad.  "Intervene" is Pentagon-speak for "switch sides."  Our dictators remain guilty of their crimes when we learn that we funded them.  Every graduate of the School of the Americas who heads off into the world to murder and torture is to blame for doing so, and so is the School of the Americas, and so are the taxpayers who fund it and the governments that send students to attend it. 

We imagine that crazy irrational Iranians attacked us out of the blue in 1979, whereas the CIA's coup of 1953 made the embassy takeover predictable -- a completely different thing from justifiable. 

Britain and its apprentice / master-to-be the United States long feared an alliance between Germany and Russia.  This led to facilitation of the creation of the Soviet Union.  And it led to support for the development of Nazism in Germany.  The goal was Russian-German conflict, not peace.  When war is imagined to be inevitable, the great question is where to create it, not whether.  The post-World War I talks at Versailles laid the groundwork for World War II, helped along by the West's financial and trade policies for decades to come. 

Also at Versailles, President Wilson refused to meet with a young man named Ho Chi Minh -- an initial bit contribution perhaps to a great deal of future blowback.  The Cold War was of course provoked by lies, threats, and weapons development. 

Even if you assume that the United States should dominate the globe militarily, some of the military bases being built right now are very hard to explain, except as thoughtless overreach or intentional provocation of China.  One can guess how China is perceiving this.  And yet, while the U.S. military spends many times the amount of money spent by China's each year, Chinese increases provoked by U.S. troop deployments, are being used in the U.S. media to justify U.S. military spending.  Most Americans have no more idea that their own government is provoking China than most Israelis have a remotely accurate conception of what their government does to Palestinians.  Watch these young Israelis exposed for the first time to their nation's occupation of Palestine.  Their world is altered. 

Imagine if people in the United States were to learn what their funding and weaponry are used for.  U.S. weapons account for 85% of international weapons sales.  While the NRA bought a political party, Lockheed Martin bought two.  We don't talk about it, but many U.S. wars have been fought against U.S. weapons.  U.S. wars like the recent one in Libya result in more violence in places like Mali.  U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen and Afghanistan are generating intense anger, and blowback that has already included the targeting and killing of drone pilots, as well as attempted acts of terrorism in the United States.

When will we ever learn?  The hacker group Anonymous replaces government websites with video games to "avenge" Aaron Swartz, and we laugh.  But vengeance is at the root of our inability to think sensibly about blame, which is in turn at the root of our inability to process what is being done to the people of the world in our name with our funding.  Because war is not inevitable, everywhere we stir it up is somewhere that might have lived without it.  We spend $170 billion per year on keeping U.S. troops in other people's countries.  Most people living near U.S. military bases do not want them there.  Many are outraged by their presence.  The blowback will keep coming.  We should begin to understand that it is normal, that it is the theme of our entire history, that its predictability does not of course justify it, that we are to blame, and that there's plenty of blame for anyone else who's earned it.

Tim Geithner's Legacy of Shame

 

Tim Geithner's Legacy of Shame

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

From January 26, 2009 - January 25, 2013, he was Obama's Treasury Secretary. He and Fed chairman Bernanke engineered crisis conditions.

 

Bankers profited hugely. They still do. Ordinary people were scammed. Geithner's gone. His legacy speaks for itself. His background showed what to expect. He spent three years at Kissinger Associates.

Medical Neglect in Israeli Prisons

 

Medical Negligence in Israeli Prisons

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinians in Israeli prisons are grievously abused. Conditions resemble gulag hell. Treatment is deplorable. Fundamental human rights are violated. 

 

Geneva's Common Article 3 requires "humane treatment for all persons in enemy hands, specifically prohibit(ing) murder, mutilation, torture, cruel, humiliating and degrading treatment (and) unfair trial(s)."

Iran War Weekly - January 27, 2013

Iran War Weekly

January 27, 2013

 

A Map and a Mule

A Map and a Mule: A Peace Story of Queen Isabel of PortugalHere's a great short story for children or anyone else who thinks achieving peace is a goal worth striving for.

And this story is a true one, drawn from history -- as could be many more if we chose to look in the right places.

But don't take it from me. I read it to a 6 year old who liked it too, so you can take if from him.

Amazon.

Syria News - Jan 28

Peabody: Bad for the Planet

 

On January 25th, I was in St. Louis, Missouri where I met up with some friends in Veterans for Peace.  It was a long drive from D.C., so I admit to being a bit road weary, but the action I was there to capture for Searching for Occupy was so compelling that my adrenaline took over and I just figured I could sleep... another day (not what some of you expected me to say, I bet...).  

Hey, Hey, Barack! What Do You Say? How Many Kids Have You Killed Today?

 

By Dave Lindorff


I personally found the president’s inaugural speech not just insipid, but disgusting. It reached its gut-churning nadir near the end where he said:


Aaron Tobey wins battle in lawsuit against the TSA

 

Aaron Tobey, the 1st and 4th Amendment hero who got arrested for speech — silent speech, as you can see in the photograph — has won a battle in his lawsuit against the TSA.

Those of you who remember Aaron Tobey know that he was unlawfully detained by the TSA at Richmond International Airport in 2010 because when he declined to go through the strip-search scanner and opted for a pat-down, he stripped down to his skivvies, thus showing that he had nothing to hide.

Empire Project Failing in Syria Says French Foreign Minister

Michael Collins

The survival of the Syrian government represents a major failure of the empire project to recolonize and dominate energy rich Middle Eastern and North African states.

In an abrupt change from months of anticipatory triumphalism, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius admitted that Syrian President Bashar Assad will not be leaving power any time soon.  This is a radical departure from the NATO script and that of their stenographers in the corporate media.   We've been fed a mix of articles over the past months predicting Assad's imminent demise, filled with speculation on how post-Assad Syria will look after he's gone. (Image)

Reuters reported the Fabius remarks on January 24:   

"Things are not moving. The solution that we had hoped for, and by that I mean the fall of Bashar and the arrival of the [opposition] coalition to power, has not happened."

How quickly "things" have changed.   In a July 2012 fit of grandiosity, Fabius announced that "Bashar Assad does not deserve to be on the face of the planet."

Obama's War on Whistleblowers

 

Obama's War on Whistleblowers

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

At perhaps the most perilous time in world history, exposing vital truths takes on greater urgency than ever.

 

Freedom in America is endangered. Truth telling and dissent increasingly aren't tolerate. Whistleblowers are called threats to national security.

 

Intifada Activism Needed

 

Intifada Activism Needed

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Six-five years of mass slaughter, destruction, dispossession, occupation, persecution, apartheid, and slow-motion genocide is enough.

 

Freedom requires committed activism. Liberation depends on working for what Israel denies. The alternative is more of what's too intolerable to bear.

 

CNN Video of Police Charge at Sandy Hook is Not Sandy Hook

Excerpted from original report at Digital Journal:
http://digitaljournal.com/article/341776

At the words "they arrived to carnage," the CNN Anderson Cooper report cuts to helicopter footage of seven police officers charging across a parking lot and toward a school. It is breaking news coverage of the Sandy Hook shooting just hours earlier. The three-minute report posted on the day of the shootings at the official CNN website is entitled "Tragedy Strikes at Elementary School." But the school the police are seen 'arriving' to is almost certainly not Sandy Hook.

Syria News - Jan 27

 

 

Iran official says attack on Syria is attack on Iran - Fox News

Syria says Russia still sending arms under contracts signed long ago - NOW

Russia’s Forces Are Ready for War - Army Chief - RIA Novosti

US delegation visits Syrian refugee camp in Turkey - todayszaman

Fears Grow That Libya Is Incubator of Turmoil - ABC News

British man remanded on Syria terror charge - North Wales Weekly News

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Al Nusrah Front claims complex suicide assault on Syrian military base in Golan Heights - The Long War Journal

Closer ties emerge between Sunni militants from Lebanon and Al Nusra, officials say - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Lebanese ambushed and killed by Syrian security forces kicking and cursing the corpses - YouTube

Al  Nusra and Secular Activists Clash in Syrian Town - NYTimes.com

VIDEO; Syria Rebels Liberate Prisoners in Idlib Central Prison - YouTube

VIDEO: Bleeding FSA Rebels Brutally Beaten by Syrian Soldiers - LiveLeak.com

VIDEO: How Syrian Rebels Massacred Citizens Of Daraya And Houla - YouTube

VIDEO: Fake videos about Syria? (CNN,Al Jazeera,BBC) - YouTube

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Barzani meets Moaz Khatib in Davos - Kurdpress News Aganecy

VIDEO: Turkish Ambulance in Ras Al Ain Supporting FSA - YouTube

VIDEO: Turkish hospitals taking care of wounded FSA - YouTube

VIDEO: Clashes in Ras al-Ayn, Syria: Video shows rebels crossing the Turkish border - LiveLeak.com

VIDEO: Ras al-Ayn, Syria: Arab rebels destroyed houses of Kurdish civilians - LiveLeak.com

 

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Déjà Vu All Over Again: Notes on Jonathan Schell’s Review of 'Kill Anything That Moves'

 

By Michael Uhl


Jonathan Schell‘s probing review of Nick Turse’s new book Kill Anything That Moves originated on Tom Dispatch and migrated to Salon, where it appeared under the head “Vietnam was even more horrific than we thought.”

Washington's in Good Hands with Mary Jo White

 

Wall Street's in Good Hands with Mary Jo White

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On January 24, Obama nominated Mary Jo White as SEC head. "You don't want to mess with Mary Jo," he said. Others have different views. More about her below.

 

Washington is Wall Street occupied territory. Regulatory oversight is absent. Earlier New Deal reforms are gone.

 

Israel's Likely Coalition Partner Government Threatens Humanity

 

Israel's Likely Coalition Partner Government Threatens Humanity

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Extremist Israel officials favor wealth, power, privilege and dominance. Tuesday's elections hardened fascism. 

 

Palestinians have the greatest cross to bear. Jews have their own. Humanity very much is threatened. More on that below.

 

Syria News - Jan 26

TSA shows up at Austin Amtrak station, by Wendy Thomson

We’ve written about the TSA’s so-called VIPR teams many times, but most Americans still don’t know about them. These teams conduct warrantless searches on all modes of transportation all over the country — buses, trains, subways, ferries. Even highways. Yes, that means the TSA isn’t only at the airport.

Targeting Younas Abdullah Muhammad

 

Targeting Younas Abdullah Muhammad

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

American disparagement of Muslims is longstanding. In his book "Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People," Jack Shaheen said they've been denigrated throughout decades of cinematic history.

 

Speaking Events

2016

 

March 24, Boone, NC.

 

March 25, Asheville, NC
Battery Park Apartments, 1 Battle Square, rooftop room, noon - 2 p.m.
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War Is A Lie: Second Edition
Published April 5, 2016
Tour begins here:

April 11, Washington, DC, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Busboys and Poets at 5th and K Streets.
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April 12, Baltimore, MD, 7:30 p.m. at Red Emma's.
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April 14, Bellingham, WA, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.
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April 15, Seattle, WA
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Ave (8th and Seneca) 
Seattle, WA 98101
7:30pm
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April 16 Portland, OR

 

April 24, Oneonta, NY at Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta.
5:30 discussion with students.
7:00 talk and Q&A with everyone.
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May 28, San Francisco, CA
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Daniel Ellsberg, at San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street.
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May 28, Marin County, CA
4 to 6 p.m., David Swanson in conversation with Norman Solomon, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA
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May 29, Oakland, CA
3 to 4 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Cindy Sheehan, at Diesel: A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue at Kales (near Manila), Oakland, CA
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May 29, Berkeley, CA
7:30 to 9 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, sponsored by the Social Justice Committee and Cynthia Papermaster, 1606 Bonita Ave. (at Cedar), Berkeley, CA
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May 30, Fresno, CA
2 to 4 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at a Peace Fresno event

 


June 11 St. Paul, MN, 6 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth Church Social Hall 1658 Lincoln, St. Paul, MN.
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June 12 Minneapolis, MN, 9 and 11 a.m. at St. Joan's 4533 3rd Ave So, Minneapolis, MN, plus peace pole dedication at 2 p.m.
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