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Israeli Terror Attacks: Day 8


Israeli Terror Attacks: Day 8


by Stephen Lendman


What can't go on forever, won't. As long as world leaders let Israel get away with murder, killing Palestinians won't stop.


Wednesday marks Operation Pillar of Cloud day 8. Ceasefire deals don't stop Israel's killing machine. It's a weapon of mass destruction.


Syria News - Nov 22

Lawyer for accused WikiLeaks source to make rare presentation Dec. 3

Bradley Manning Support Network
What: David Coombs, defense attorney for PFC Bradley Manning, to speak on the case
When: 7 PM ET (Doors 6 PM ET), December 3, 2012
Where: All Souls Church Unitarian, 1500 Harvard Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009 (Near the Columbia Heights Metro Station)

December 1st Is Military Abolition Day

I've been fond of December 1st ever since I was born on it.  I later found out that it had been on a December 1st that Rosa Parks had sat down and refused to stand up or move to the back of that racist bus in Montgomery.  Later still I found out about a December 1st that had happened still earlier.

It was on December 1, 1948, that President José Figueres Ferrer of Costa Rica abolished the military of Costa Rica.  He didn't "cut" its projected dream budget by a teeny fraction that sounded bigger if multiplied by 10 and announced as a reduction "over 10 years."  He didn't cut it in the ordinary sense of actually cutting it.  He abolished it.  Costa Rica put its military in a museum and a museum in its military headquarters.  It turned its military bases into schools.  It turned its military budget into a fund for useful projects.  In 1986, President Oscar Arias Sánchez declared December 1st the Día de la Abolición del Ejército (Military Abolition Day).

Without a military, Costa Rica has not been a perfect paradise on earth, but it has avoided invading or being invaded by other countries.  It has avoided military coups and civil wars and CIA interventions (although a coup in Honduras in 2009 involved flying the president to Costa Rica). 

Costa Rica is not rich, but its people have a higher life expectancy than we do in the United States.  Costa Rica provides a social safety net and of course provides everyone healthcare, spending less per capita than we do but providing superior healthcare than is provided by the wealthy United States.  Costa Rica is ranked by the Happy Planet Index as the #1 best place to live for happiness.  The United States comes in at #150 out of 178.  U.S. elections have 50% turnout and somewhere around 98% disgust.  Costa Rican elections have 90% turnout and enthusiastic participation.  And Costa Rica's way of life is far more sustainable than ours, one of the most sustainable in the world.

It's not a coincidence that our super wealthy country spends as much as all other nations combined on war preparations and ranks pitifully low in measures of health, education, environmentalism, happiness, and well-being.  We imagine that without a big military other nations would attack ours.  But why would they?  Simply because ours frequently attacks others?  That's a projection, not an observation. 

We imagine that without the largest military ever seen, we couldn't attack other nations for their own good and the good of the world.  But the tradeoff we've chosen is not one of sacrificing for the world's safety.  If the United States didn't spend $1 trillion every year on war preparation and war, it could spend that money on its own people and the world's.  We could have turned Afghanistan into Costa Rica over the past decade.  We could have built schools and hospitals and green infrastructure.  Does anyone seriously imagine that the people of Afghanistan or Pakistan or Yemen would hate the U.S. government more if it bought them a better life rather than raining its hated missiles from the sky?

Libertarians in the United States may not want to help the world, or even our own country, but they at least want to stop investing in killing.  Liberals, on the other hand, want to keep the war preparations money flowing while taxing millionaires to help pay for it.  Every "progressive" group in the United States right now is demanding that we protect what's left of our safety net, tax millionaires and billionaires, and (through careful silence) leave military spending right where it is or where it's headed.  Costa Rica has made progress beyond the imagining of our progressives, and it hasn't done so through progressive taxation.  Costa Rica has chosen not to make large-scale murder its primary public purpose, or any purpose at all. 

In the United States, peace groups sometimes mark the International Day of Peace.  But virtually everyone ignores Military Abolition Day.  It's time we changed that.


Where’s the News?: World Bank Warns Globe Could be Cooked by 2060


By Dave Lindorff

Run a google search of “World Bank” and “climate change” and you’ll discover that this month the World Bank released a major study predicting a global “cataclysm” if world-wide temperatures increase by a predicted four degrees celsius (that’s roughly 8 degrees fahrenheit).  

Talk Nation Radio: William Blum on America's Deadliest Export: Democracy

William Blum discusses militarism, politics, and his new book "America's Deadliest Export: Democracy: The Truth About U.S. Foreign Policy and Everything Else."

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Grand Central NYC Freezes to Support Gaza & Bradley Manning

Grand Central Memorial for Gaza Victims of Israeli Missiles - Monday November 26
Meet up at 5 pm at the NW corner of Lexington and 42nd St.  Enter Grand Central at 5:30 pm
Wear black.  Head scarves encouraged. Details at the Meet-Up.

The freeze will highlight a "surgical" Israeli missile attack on Sunday that killed 11 civilians, including 4 children, members of the Dalu family whose home was flattened by the strike.  This is one of many stories of innocents killed by the rain of missles. The children will be represented by shrouds and will be followed by mourners.

Is the TSA killing us?

A column by Charles Kenny has been reposted all over the web.

We're All Gazans Now


We're All Gazans Now


by Stephen Lendman


The whole world's watching. Growing millions know. Israel’s a rogue terror state. It's amoral, brutish, and ruthless. Arabs are murdered for not being Jews. 


Gazans suffer most of all. Israel's been terror-bombing them daily. Civilians are maliciously targeted.


Israeli Terror Attacks: Day 7


Israeli Terror Attacks: Day 7


by Stephen Lendman


When will Israel decide enough's enough? When will enough dead Palestinian men, women, children, infants, and elderly satisfy Netanyahu's blood lust? He'll have to explain.


Death and injury totals keep rising. Perhaps hundreds already perished. Those injured approach 1,000. Many are in serious condition. Some won't survive. Others are maimed for life.

Syria News - Nov 21


Dozens die as Kurds, rebels clash in northern Syria: NGO - Ahram Online

Syrian Rebel Commanders Killed in Clashes with Kurdish Fighters - Rudaw

Inter-Kurdish tensions mounting against Free Syrian Army - ekurd

VIDEO: FSA Going Door To Door in Ras Al Ain - YouTube

Syria Kurdish leader rejects new opposition coalition -


Britain recognizes Syrian opposition coalition, as "sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people" -

Turkey agrees Syria missile defense with NATO members -

Turkey Fears Escalation Of Fighting in Northern Syria - Al-Monitor

Erdoğan accuses CHP of cooperating with Syrian regime torturers - todayszaman


In Syria, An Act Of Reconciliation Stirs Fierce Debate: The Homs governor meets the rebels - NPR

Syria rebels set up own intelligence service - Now Lebanon

VIDEO: Syria rebels set up own intelligence service - Firstpost Topic

VIDEO: Syrian Rebels Release Prisoners from Harem Prison in Syria for Recruiting - Liveleak

VIDEO: Testimony of A Syrian Christian - YouTube

VIDEO: Abducted & tortured by Syrian rebels with uncertain fate - YouTube

VIDEO: Civilian abducted with uncertain fate - YouTube

VIDEO: Execution: Man hanged from a bridge - YouTube

VIDEO: Tortured POW - YouTube

VIDEO: Indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas by Syrian rebels - YouTube


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The World Can't Wait - Stop the Crimes of Your Government

by Debra Sweet, Director World Cant Wait                                                                                         Where do you turn when the Commander in Chief keeps a “kill list;” orders drone strikes on several continents, shredding lives and the concept of national sovereignty; supports indefinite detention without trial, vastly expanded domestic surveillance and the suspension of core civil liberties?

TSA’s Blogger Bob responds to Amy Alkon’s post

The TSA’s celebrated (cough, cough) “Blogger Bob” has responded to Amy Alkon's post about her most recent experience at JFK. Here’s the full text, with link below: 

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA agent sentenced in child pornography case

Michael Scott Wilson, who worked for the TSA at Baltimore-Washington International Airport until he was arrested a year ago on child pornography charges, and about whom we wrote here, has just been sentenced. 

Read the rest at TSA News.

Israeli Aggression: Dress Rehearsal for Iran?


Israeli Aggression: Dress Rehearsal for Iran?


by Stephen Lendman


Longstanding US and Israeli policies call for regime change in Iran. Replacing its independent government with a pro-Western puppet one is planned.


Israeli Terror Attacks: Day 6


Israeli Terror Attacks: Day 6


by Stephen Lendman


Israeli terror attacks continue. They're merciless. Defenseless civilians are targeted. It's official policy in all Israeli conflicts. Besieged Gazans are sitting ducks.


Where can they go? How can they hide? What can they do but pray they'll survive? Many won't. Through midday Monday, Haaretz reported 95 Gazan deaths. Another report said 97. These numbers will rise.

If Israel Is A Terrorist State, What Does That Make The U.S.?

cross posted from

Setting aside the statistically significant portion of those who would defend Israel’s Rumsfeldian named “Pillar of Defense” who think that the Old Testament is a real estate deed, those attempting to answer the question of whether Israel should be considered a terrorist state fall into roughly 3 categories:

Did Israel Overstep This Time?


Did Israel Overstep This Time?


by Stephen Lendman


Rogue states get away with murder only so long. Eventually their crimes catch up with them. Israeli policies are self-defeating. How long can killing civilian men, women, children, infants, and the elderly be called self-defense?


Israeli Terror Attacks: Day 5


Israeli Terror Attacks: Day 5


by Stephen Lendman


Sunday as this is written is day 5. Monday when it's read will be day 6. How much longer will this continue? How much more death, destruction, and human misery is tolerable?


Seventy-two confirmed Palestinian deaths were reported. Sunday attacks killed 24. Most are civilians. They include 14 children and eight women. 

Two petitions about the TSA

There are two petitions I’m asking you to sign. First off, I know petitions don’t, by themselves, effect change. I get it. But they still serve a useful purpose. They provide moral support to the person or organization sponsoring the petition. And they let other people know that they’re not alone. They are a way of communicating, a way of telling each other, “we’re all in this together.”

Read the rest at TSA News.

Straight Talk on Gaza


Straight Talk on Gaza


by Stephen Lendman


Palestine's democratically elected government is targeted. West Bank coup d'etat authority has no legitimacy. Abbas' term as president expired in January 2009. Israel rigged his 2005 election. 


What's ongoing is illegal aggressive war. Israeli provocations caused it. Israel's entire history reflects belligerence. It lives by the sword. It's a modern-day Sparta. 

Bahrain Cracks Down on Freedom


Bahrain Cracks Down on Freedom


by Stephen Lendman


The ruling Al Khalifa monarchy is one of the world's most brutal dictatorships. It's also a valued US ally. Bahrain is home to America's Fifth Fleet.


Imperial priorities matter most. Washington backs Bahraini harshness. State terror is policy. Murder, torture, lawless imprisonments, and daily atrocities get tacit support. 

General Petraeus & Army Staff Sargent Robert Bales

By Debra Sweet, Director World Can't Wait                                                                                        One man is at the center of a story you can’t avoid in the media, since last Friday. General David Petraeus, architect of the U.S. “surge” in Iraq, pulled in to “save” Afghanistan, then bumped over to the CIA last year, was forced to resign because the FBI, we are told, found out about an affair he was having with a fawning biographer.

Steampunk art is now terrorism, according to the TSA, by Amy Alkon

Via David Burkhead (who noted that about the steampunk art), the TSA has now taken to arresting people with artsy homemade watches and shoes. The nitwits at the Oakland airport said a man’s artistic watch could be used to make a timing device for a bomb. 

Read the rest at TSA News.

Military Industrial Congressional Media Complex is "modern-day Rasputin"

As Abraham Lincoln once observed, “Public sentiment is everything.’  (Unfortunately Edward Bernays and Goering quickly figured that out too.) 

Now with “embedded reporters” (many “embedded” in more ways than one!) incessantly pressing their readers' natural vices (fear, hate, greed, false pride and blind loyalty) and manufacturing public sentiment, the most recent polls show a high majority of Americans have come to love all things military.  Glenn Greenwald aptly calls it our new national religion with US journalists being its high priests.  Most “progressives” got fooled.  It's how war is being made permanent.   

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