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Fars News Agency Interviews Lendman

 

Fars News Agency Interviews Lendman

 

Iranian journalist Kourosh Ziabari conducted the interview. Topics included Tehran's successful NAM summit, Iranian/US/Israeli relations, Syria, potential war against both countries, and related issues.

 

Fars (FNA) calls itself "Iran's leading independent news agency." Its reports shame what appears in Western media.

 

Questions and answers are below. Some final comments follow.

Veterans, Occupiers and War Opponents Protest US Wars & Demand Release of Pfc. Manning

 On September 6,protesters will gather in support of the soldier accused of leaking classified records to WikiLeaks, Pfc Manning.

Demostrating at the DNC convention - 9/2/2012

 On Sunday September 2nd the World Can’t Wait hit the streets of Charlotte, NC. A small but determined crew participated in the March On Wall Street South. World Can’t Wait was there to protest Obama’s drone wars and challenge the “lesser of two evils” argument. The crew of activists had a drone replica which they wheeled through the streets of Charlotte. The drone replica drew much attention, press, and conversation. The activists chanted “When Drones Fly, Children Die!” and “Obama, Romney, All the Same, No More War Crimes in Our Name!” For a time a group of young people marched along with the World Can’t Wait crew and on the spot came up with the chant “Drone Strikes Are War Crimes, Obama Should Do Prison Time!

Talk Nation Radio: Sanctions on Iran -- March Toward War

Kate Gould is the lead lobbyist on Middle East Policy issues at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, focusing on preventing war with Iran and Israeli-Palestinian peace. She says the sanctions now imposed on Iran are cruel collective punishment and a step toward war. Kate represents FCNL on the board of Churches for Middle East Peace. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, PBS Frontline’s Tehran Bureau, Foreign Policy in Focus, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Mondoweiss, Common Dreams, Truthout, and other national media outlets.

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TSA wants your drink redux

Several people have sent me a link to what they think is a new TSA story. In fact, it’s an old story, but it bears repeating (as so many do).

Read the rest at TSA News.

Stealth Corporate Coup d'Etat

 

Stealth Corporate Coup d'Etat

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Obama and other Washington extremists support an alphabet soup of federal and international freedom-destroying measures.

 

SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, ACTA, and now TPP are stealth pro-corporate, anti-populist hellish schemes.

 

Netanyahu: The Mouth that Roars

 

Netanyahu: The Mouth that Roars

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

His bluster long ago wore thin. Iranian/Israeli/Middle East analyst Meir Javedanfar said he put himself up a tree and wants Obama to bring him down. "It's come down to threats, threats, threats, but we are at a saturation point."

 

War Criminals Appearances/Protests - September 2012

Check out whether U.S. war criminals are speaking and promoting themselves in your area this September.  Let us know how we may help with any demonstrations you might be organizing.Take a look at our website visual materials for your flyers. Send us photos and a story that we may put up on our Facebook page.

 

Organizing Against War Within a War Party

Remarks prepared for Progressive Central in Charlotte NC, Sept. 4, 2012

Last week in Tampa, Clint Eastwood proposed immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the Republican crowd applauded.  This week here in Charlotte, I wouldn't hold my breath for any speaker at the convention to dare to suggest such a thing.  But they would be applauded if they did.  President Obama will pretend to be ending the war, albeit through a process that will take much longer than the entire length of most wars the world has seen, and he'll be applauded for that.  And if the convention resembles the Obama campaign event I attended last week in Charlottesville (a completely different town from this one, by the way, but like this one named for the wife of a king whom these colonies fought a war against because he abused powers in no way approaching the powers now bestowed on our presidents) -- if, I say, the convention resembles that event, then at least one speaker will glorify the murder of Osama bin Laden and win applause for that, while at least one speaker will praise the continuation of the war on Afghanistan and encourage military recruitment for that purpose and win applause for that.  To get people at a convention of their party to reject something, to boo something, or even to stop and consider something would be the rarest of phenomena.

Some nice police officers asked me and my friends to leave the Obama rally in Charlottesville, because we were asking the president to get out of Afghanistan and to end the sanctions on Iran.  We would have asked him several other things if we had thought anyone in the crowd would have the slightest notion what we were talking about.  Why did the United States triple weapons sales to foreign dictatorships last year?  What's the State Department's commission on those sales?  How do they spread freedom, hope, and change?  Why does the president keep a list of people to be murdered?  Why are there children on the list?  Why do opponents of the electric chair and the poison needle not oppose this?  Why did the president triple the occupation of Afghanistan in the first place?  Why has he enlarged the military?  Who authorized him to bomb Libya and supply Syrian terrorists?  Why has he given war making powers to the CIA?  Why is he blowing people up in numerous nations our country was not at war with?  Why does he compound the domestic damage with an unprecedented assault on whistleblowers, the establishment of warrentless spying and trial-less imprisonment, the continuation of tax cuts for billionaires, corporate trade pacts that make NAFTA look like a student exchange program, threats to Social Security, and endless support for fossil fuel extraction and consumption?  We couldn't ask Obama about these things, because his followers tend not to know about them.  That ignorance is not a step up from supporting such policies.  Rather it is a conscious choice to avoid hearing, to flip past those stories, to stay off the sites and lists that might mention them, and to forget quickly any such news that has the indecency to be seen.

Imagine if the record of the past four years were the record of a Republican president.  We'd know a lot more about it.  We'd be a lot more outraged by it.  And we'd be opposing it without a hint of self-censorship.  Imagine if the record and platform of the Democratic nominee were noticeably less warlike.  Our own positions might be better still, but that Democratic platform would be the measure by which we condemned the Republican record of assassinations, privatization, secrecy, unconstitutional wars, drone wars, immunity for torturers, and so on, the record of the past four years -- if it were a Republican record.

Now imagine if the record of the past four years were the record of a Democratic president, but imagine it a far better record, a record of legitimate work for peace.  Imagine that bases had been closed rather than opened, wars ended rather than escalated (and not ended by a predecessor's treaty against which the president fought tooth and nail, but ended by choice), the military shrunken instead of enlarged, etc.  Not only would we applaud that record, but we might go so far as to identify ourselves with that president's political party.

Now imagine if the record of the past four years were that of a Democratic president but a record far worse than what it's actually been, involving more wars and more war preparation, more assassinations, more criminality, perhaps the dropping of a nuclear bomb or two.  Surely there would be some point prior to complete immediate genocide of our species at which we would begin to question the notion of working against war within a war party.  Surely at some point we would decide that we couldn't vote for such a party at all, much less name ourselves for it.  And surely at some earlier point we would decide that we could vote for members of that party (since another party was even worse), but we couldn't identify with them, collaborate with them, censor our views for them, apologize for them, or otherwise treat them fundamentally differently from how we treat the more catastrophic of the two catastrophe generating clubs.  The question is how we know when we've reached that point.

Maybe we can spot it coming from the other direction.  Imagine we've been acting as nonpartisan activists pressuring both halves of a rotten corrupt plutocracy, but one half is so dramatically reformed that we now want to associate ourselves with it and treat it differently.  For example, we don't want to ask for the impeachment of its members just because they do the same things as the other team.  A full 10% of the party perhaps has begun to uphold decent public policies, to the point where we deem it strategic to dismiss 90% of the party as not being the Real members of it.  How do we know when we've reached that point?

My contention is that there is no such point, whichever way you come at it.  If we improve our culture and activate our population, all the politicians will improve -- one party perhaps ahead of another, but all of them.  If, instead, we continue to suffer under the widespread delusion that independent activism can't work, then making excuses for the less evil half of a government will guarantee that both halves are more evil the next time we're asked for our input.  When peace movements, justice movements, the civil rights movement, the suffragette movement succeeded, they did so with independent activism.  The task of organizing, educating, and mobilizing nonviolent action needs everything we have. 

When we pushed for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney, people said "Oh, you just don't like Republicans," and we said: No, no, no, we wish them no ill.  We need their successors deterred.  If Bush gets away with these things, the next president of either party and of either sex will assume the same powers and expand upon them.  And it will be too late to wait for the third post-habeas-corpus presidency to begin our resistance.  When Nancy Pelosi gave John Conyers permission to hold an impeachment hearing as long as he didn't try to impeach anyone no matter what he heard at the hearing, we said: you are dooming us to more of these crimes.  And when Congressman Conyers said if the president attacks Iran then he'll finally pursue impeachment, Conyers meant if a Republican president attacks Iran.

And that seems utterly inevitable in its naturalness to us.  Who could question that?  I'm afraid we've turned the responsibility to vote into the pretense that voting changes things.  I'm afraid we've changed the rational casting of a lesser evil vote into a mindset to guide our actions throughout the year.  The threat to Iran is a more dangerous, more immoral threat than what put us in the streets in February 2003.  Murdering people with flying robots is a more dangerous, more immoral abuse than torturing them.  The inequality of wealth is advancing more rapidly.  The collapse of the natural environment is progressing more rapidly.  The proliferation of weapons is advancing more rapidly.  Our activism doesn't seem to be keeping pace.  One reason is that we don't maintain a steady campaign to pressure the government toward sustainability and peace.  That may be asking too much right now.  But come the middle of November, we'll have a choice between obsessing over which schmuck we want voted on or off our national island in 2016, or building a campaign to rid our culture of its addiction to violence and exploitation.  I hope we make the right choice.

News Media Blind (Again) to GOP Racism

 

By Linn Washington, Jr.


The news media have failed once again to report a significant story about an example of the racism always so obvious at Republican National Conventions.

Sucking Up Shamelessly to Israel

 

Sucking Up Shamelessly to Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America's special relationship with Israel too often reflects the tail wagging the dog. Increasingly, the Jewish state is more strategic liability than asset.

 

This Land Is Their Land

 

This Land Is Their Land

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestine belongs to Palestinians. They're willing to settle for what lies within 1967 borders. It's 22% of what they lost. They also rightfully claim East Jerusalem as their capital. It's theirs, not Israel's.

 

Israeli settlements are illegal. This article discusses Migron. It's one of dozens of illegal Israeli outposts. Over 100 exist. 

Writing Down Rants

In an age when the "conservative" political party cracks jokes about the destruction of the only planet we have to live on, and the other party -- which actually holds that 90% of governing power that now resides in the White House -- gets a free pass on its record of destroying that planet because the other party cracks jokes about it, cool dispassionate political science textbookese is out of place.  I'll care what Rational Man would do under each of the various systems of oppression when you find me somebody rational.  And then I'll just ask him or her what they are doing, so you won't have to tell me.

TSA: eliminating backscatter scanners? by Bill Fisher

While the press has been reporting TSA stories such as the multi-million-dollar shoe scanner debacle and the TSA’s denial of stonewalling a court order to take public comment on the scanners, one story has gone vi

Let's Have Another War

 

Let's Have Another War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Make no mistake. America is directly or indirectly responsible for most world conflicts. Across North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, it plays the lead role.

 

Afghanistan has been occupied for nearly 11 years. US air and ground attacks murder civilians daily. Pre-2003 Iraq no longer exists. America destroyed the cradle of civilization. 

Bona Fide Eurozone Crisis

 

Bona Fide Eurozone Crisis

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Economist Jack Rasmus appears regularly on the Progressive Radio News Hour. He calls Eurozone conditions today "a bona fide crisis."

 

It's threefold, he says. What first affected sovereign debt became a banking crisis. Both reflect two sides of the same coin. Regional recession followed. All economic sectors are affected. They feed off and exacerbate each other.

Iran War Weekly - September 2, 2012

Iran War Weekly

September 2, 2012

 

Hello All – A report this week on Iran’s nuclear program re-charged the debate on whether Israel should or would attack Iran before the US presidential election in November.  The quarterly report of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) highlighted what it said was a significant jump in Iran’s nuclear enrichment capacity.  However, a closer look at the report (as in several articles linked below) shows that the IAEA’s conclusion is simply not true.  Some analyses of the report, the treatment of the report by the New York Times and other mainstream media, and a critical assessment of what’s actually happening in Iran can be found in the good/useful reading linked below.

 

Global Peace Radio

Here's audio of David Swanson and Jason Liosatos: mp3.

Politics aside, what should we do about the TSA? by Christopher Elliott

American voters, who have felt powerless against the allegedly invasive screening methods used by an expanding TSA, got an unexpected gift from avery unexpected place last week.

Read the rest at TSA NEWS.

NAM Leaders Support Iran

 

NAM Leaders Support Iran

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

After six historic days, over 100 participating nations expressed support for common interests as well as host country Iran. The New York Times said NAM "handed….Iran a diplomatic victory."

 

The Christian Science Monitor suggested efforts to isolate Iran failed. 

 

Israel Uses Palestinians for Target Practice

 

Israel Uses Palestinians for Target Practice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israelis do that and much more. Gazans are locked down in isolation. They live in a virtual war zone. Incursions, bombings, and border killings happen regularly. 

 

Totalitarianism in the US: An Accident Waiting to Happen

By Numerian
First appeared in The Agonist

Listening to Paul Ryan’s speech at the Republican National Convention, I couldn’t place where I had come across something quite like this before. Then it struck me – Pravda! I used to subscribe to Pravda in high school and college, first to learn Russian, and second, to pursue a college program in Soviet studies. Pravda was a newspaper that specialized in the Big Lie – the Five Year Plan was always ahead of schedule, Soviet industrial capabilities exceeded that of any other country, people were starving on streets all across America. The newspaper was a non-stop stream of lies, just as Paul Ryan’s speech was studded with Big Lies – lies that were easily disprovable, such as Barack Obama did nothing about the Simpson-Bowles recommendations to reduce the budget deficit (Paul Ryan didn’t mention he voted against these recommendations when the House killed any chance of enacting them); or that Obama made it easier for people to live off welfare (the President altered the enrollment rules of welfare at the request of Republican governors); or the Romney favorite – Obama cut over $700 billion of Medicare benefits for individuals (the cuts were imposed on hospitals and insurance companies, not beneficiaries, and Romney has the same cuts in his economic plan).  (Image:  Wikipedia)

It's Not Just the LAPD: The Big Lie About Police Brutality is That it's Not Rampant

 

By Dave Lindorff


Police brutality is in the news, thanks to the widespread availability of amateur video.

We've seen scene after scene of police beating the crap out of, and even shooting and killing unarmed or minimally dangrous students, women, old men and crazy people, many of them after they have been handcuffed and checked for weapons.

Romney/Ryanism in Tampa

 

Romney/Ryanism in Tampa

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Tampa may never be the same. Republicans left it pockmarked. At least they're gone. Residents welcomed their departure. Three days of pre-scripted hokum were featured. Romney/Ryan speeches featured revisionist history. Democrats get their turn next week.

 

Netanyahu in New York

 

Netanyahu in New York

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

He's not there yet, but he's coming. Three days of torment and venomous anti-Iranian propaganda are planned. Big Apple residents will need decompression time when he leaves. 

 

His kind isn't welcome. He's toxic, deadly and destructive. Expect resentment to be expressed while he's there. It'll remain when he's gone.

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