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Arab League Pro-Western Despots

  Arab League Pro-Western Despots - by Stephen Lendman

 

On November 12, New York Times writer Neil MacFarquhaqar headlined, "Arab League Votes to Suspend Syria Over Crackdown," saying:

 

Rogue Israeli Lawlessness

  Rogue Israeli Lawlessness - by Stephen Lendman

 

Endless examples occur daily. Overnight Sunday, Maan News said Israeli forces raided homes of seven recently released prisoners as part of the October 18 exchange.

 

Notices were sent to Akram Mansour, Shadi Zayid and Ibrahim Yasin. They were ordered to report to Israeli intelligence for questioning.

Top 5 Reasons Dick Cheney Won't Speak in Charlottesville VA This Week

Number 5. When John Yoo came here, he got a good rowdy rule-of-law unwelcome, which no doubt made the Miller Center hesitate to promise Cheney a room free of decent human beings.

Number 4. Our brothers and sisters in San Francisco confronted Cheney with his crimes last week.

Number 3. It's a heck of a lot of crimes.

Number 2. Cheney just might have found himself face-to-face with a set of handcuffs.

And the Number 1 reason Cheney won't be seen at the University of Virginia this week: The first part of a Chicken Hawk is the chicken.

This Beat Down is for Your Health - the Money Party Must Stop Occupy Movements

By Michael Collins


"The problems we are facing were not created by us, but we deign to shed light on them and so we are blamed for them. The truth is, every person at our protest is there because the system is broken." Samuel Rutledge, Open Newswire, Portland Indymedia

The fascist financiers of the Money Party are growing restless. Occupy Wall Street began with a call to action from the activist online group Anonymous in August. It was barely featured in the mainstream or alternate media. Instead of a small crowd that could easily be ignored then disbursed, fifty thousand citizens showed up at the headquarters for the world financial system, Wall Street. Despite the best efforts of Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD, the Occupy Wall Street continues. The message went out to the country and the world. Now, there are over 100 occupy events in Oakland, Kansas City, Washington, DC, and elsewhere. (Image: K. Kendall)

Occupy Portland began on October 6, 2011. It has maintained a steady presence in downtown Portland, a major West Coast center of commerce. The participants refuse to leave until the government addresses their grievances. Police scare tactics, planted provocateurs, and the elements are no barrier.

Occupy America for Change

  Occupy America for Change - by Stephen Lendman

 

Good ideas spread fast. This one's long overdue. Real grievances launched it. 

 

They include out-of-control corporate power, complicit politicians, systemic corruption, predatory finance capital, capitalism itself, frustration turned to rage and activism, growing poverty, depravation, unemployment, imperial wars, environmental destruction, unprecedented inequality, rigged elections, and a nation no longer fit to live in for most in it.

Israeli Anti-Democratic Legislation

  Anti-Democratic Israeli Legislation - by Stephen Lendman

 

On October 31, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) expressed concern about "two contradictory main trends" in Israel's Knesset winter session:

We Are Already at War With Iran and Failing to Struggle to End It

In this past weekend's festival of idiocy known as the Republican Presidential Debate, one of the more idiotic of the idiots Newt Gingrich said that if he were president he would murder Iranians and deny responsibility, while another of the more idiotic of the idiots Senator Rick Santorum said that he was aware Iranian scientists had already been being killed and that he sincerely hoped the United States was behind those murders.

Also this past weekend, another Iranian scientist was murdered, with sources crediting Mossad.  In other words, the United States is either central to or complicit in and tolerant of at least some of the murders.  Whether Santorum will now endorse Obama for the Republican nomination is still unclear.

Push back here.

Congress Members Engage in Routine Insider Trading; Topic Reduces 60 Minutes to Non-Corporate Media Status

Here is a video by 60 Minutes all about the making of a story by 60 Minutes.  The reason is the extreme lengths the show thinks it went to to get comments from a member of Congress: staking out their public events and likely appearances, the same thing everyone else who wants to ask the important questions has always had to do for years.  The story here is not exactly as presented.  The story is that 60 Minutes has dared to address an unacceptable topic.  The topic in this case is Congressional insider trading, a topic upon which — as with most important topics — there is complete bipartisan harmony, and yet somehow no public satisfaction.

Bombs, Lies and Video: Washington's Fake 'Concern' About a Possible Israeli Attack on Iran

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

When it comes to mainstream press reports about a possible Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, it’s time to check the bullshit detector.

 

America's New World Order Agenda

  America's New World Order Agenda - by Stephen Lendman

 

New world order strategy dictates major global economic, political, and military policies. Nothing happens accidentally.

 

Events are manipulated. At issue is world dominance. America, Israel, and key NATO nations are partnered to achieve it.

 

Financial Tyranny Rules Eurozone

  Financial Tyranny Rules Eurozone - by Stephen Lendman

 

From inception, Eurozone planning was flawed. Uniting 17 dissimilar countries under rigid rules failed.

 

Membership required surrendering monetary and fiscal authority to a central power. 

 

Harvard Has Been Occupied: "Money for Jobs and Education, Not for Banks and Corporations!"

Months after Occupy Wall Street first burst onto the scene, weeks after Scott Olsen was shot in Oakland, and days after Bloomberg revealed that Bank of America, with federal approval, has put the taxpayers on the hook for a possible bailout which, according to financial analyst Avery Goodman, could trigger a chain of events which could result in major devaluation of the dollar, Harvard students last night joined the fray and did so in a big way.  The arrival of students at elite universities throws a monkey wrench into the coordinated media campaign to portray protesters as the incapable or lazy who have lost the economic race.

Big Lies Launch Wars

  Big Lies Launch Wars - by Stephen Lendman

 

In "The Art of War," Sun Tzu said "All war is based on deception." 

 

What worked in ancient times more than ever applies now, given instant ways of communicating globally and super-weapons Washington and Israel threaten to use like hand grenades.

 

War of Words on Iran

  War of Words on Iran - by Stephen Lendman

 

Provocative rhetoric followed release of the IAEA report on Iran's nuclear program, despite baseless allegations in it.

 

In October 2009, the Agency leaked a document titled "Possible Dimensions of Iran's Nuclear Program" to the New York Times. At issue was circumventing then IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei. Allegations in it were spurious. As a result, he wouldn't touch it.

 

The Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Scandal, the Second Mile Foundation, and Penn State

By Michael Collins

The current focus on Pennsylvania State University, its football program, and former coach Joe Paterno will be replaced by a more pervasive sexual assault scandal in the coming days and weeks.  At-risk children and their often disadvantaged single parents were delivered up to a relentless sexual predator with exhibitionist tendencies as described in the findings of a special Commonwealth of Pennsylvania grand jury.  (Image:  from video)

The relentless deviate, former PSU defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, is accused of sexually assaulting children for years.  According to the grand jury, he gained easy access to children and early adolescents through a foundation he founded in 1977, the Second Mile Foundation. He continued the assaults at his home and in the PSU showers on at least one occasion. The foundation serves over 100,000 at-risk youth. Sandusky started the foundation as a group home for "troubled boys" in 1977. Since hiring Jack Raykovitz, PhD, a licensed psychologist, as president, the foundation has grown into a multimillion enterprise serving over 100,000 children throughout the state.

A picture of alleged serial abuser Sandusky came into clear focus in the Pennsylvania Statewide Investigating Grand Jury release of findings about victims 1 through 8. Sandusky selected the eight boys from the population of those served by the Second Mile Foundation, it is alleged. He would start with mentoring, move onto hosting the boys for overnights in a bedroom at his home, and initiate oral copulation and anal sex, according to the grand jury report.

Penn State's 1st Amendment Victims: We Need Freedom of Speech on the Job Too, Not Just at Home!

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

The real story of the Penn State child abuse scandal and coverup is not Joe Paterno or Penn State, or even the abuse of children, as vile as what happened to them is. What it’s about it the lack of basic freedom for workers in the United State of America to speak out.

 

On paper, we have one of the freest societies in the world. The First Amendment to the Constitution would appear to be pretty damned unequivocal, when it states:

 

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

US Africa Policy Assailed by Africans

 

By Linn Washington, Jr.


America's Media War on Iran

  America's Media War on Iran - by Stephen Lendman

 

When Washington goes to war or threatens it, America's media march in lockstep, cheerleading. Fiction substitutes for fact. 

 

News is carefully filtered, dissent marginalized, and supporting imperial belligerence substitutes for full and accurate disclosure. 

 

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine: South Africa Session

  The Russell Tribunal on Palestine: South Africa Session - by Stephen Lendman

 

Launched on March 4, 2009, "The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) seeks to reaffirm the primacy of international law (to settle) the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (by focusing on) the enunciation of law by authoritative bodies (and) address(ing) the failure of application of law even though it has been so clearly identified." 

 

AUDIO: David Swanson and Coy Barefoot Discuss Dick Cheney, War, and Peace

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Charlottesville Right Now: 11-10-11 David Swanson
David Swanson joins Coy to discuss Occupy Charlottesville, protesting Dick Cheney's visit to the University of Virginia, and his new book.

LISTEN

Army Sends More Mercenaries to Iraq to Comply With Treaty by Violating It

Or as the Pentagon Post puts it:

As American troops head out of Iraq, U.S. officials are being forced to bring in more private security contractors.

The withdrawal of the remaining troops from Iraq — 33,000 at last count — has caused U.S. officials to move quickly to fill a series of security gaps to ensure the continued protection of American diplomatic personnel as well as U.S. goods.

Protest Dick Cheney in Charlottesville, Va., November 16th

Open flyer: PDF.

Another year, another war criminal book-touring at the Miller Center.  This time, on Wednesday, November 16th, it’ll be Dick Cheney, who . . .

  • lied to the public and Congress to launch a war on Iraq;
  • pressured the CIA to assist in fraud;
  • threatened and worked to promote war on Iran;
  • lied to the public and Congress in an effort to launch war on Iran;
  • led a campaign of retribution against a whistleblower;
  • refused a Congressional subpoena;
  • obstructed DOJ investigations;
  • profited from his own war making;
  • led the creation of programs of warrantless spying, lawless imprisonment, and torture;
  • created a secret energy task force that violated open-government laws;
  • mishandled classified information and destroyed visitors logs;
  • suppressed evidence in the California energy crisis;
  • continues to make false claims and to openly brag about his offenses.


The Miller Center is making people contact dcforum@virginia.edu for permission to attend, and appears to be screening out those who oppose the policies listed above.

But the Miller Center cannot prevent us protesting outside.  
Bring posters.  

9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011
Lawn in front of Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Road  
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Park at University Hall or Lannigan Field or in a nearby parking lot on Old Ivy Road.

Report on Demonstration Against War Criminal Henry Kissinger at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Some 65-70 people came out in New York City on Monday night to protest the horning of senior arch war criminal Henry Kissinger by the New-York Historical Society at a gala held at the luxe Waldorf Astoria Hotel.  The Board of Trustees of the N-Y Historical Society is now chaired by Richard Gilder, a wealthy NYC broker and found of the right-wing think tank, The Manhattan Institute.  Kissinger developed the plans for millions of war deaths, millions of refugees, millions maimed.He was responsible for the crimes against humanity in VietNam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Chile and many other countries, including Iraq.

Iran: WMDs Redux

  Iran: WMDs Redux - by Stephen Lendman

 

Here we go again. Everything that goes around, comes around. We've seen it all before, each time fake. Nothing's different now. 

 

Previous articles said US intelligence assessments through March 2011 found no evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons development.

 

Washington and Israel v. Iran and Flotilla Activists

  Washington and Israel v. Iran and Flotilla Activists - by Stephen Lendman

 

While high stakes nuclear roulette continues, the fate of Freedom Waves to Gaza activists hangs in the balance.

 

On November 2, Canada's Tahrir and Ireland's Soairse (Freedom) sailed from Fethiye, Turkey. Israel warplanes and naval vessels shadowed them in international waters.

 

Fabricated IAEA Report on Iran Released

  Fabricated IAEA Report on Iran Released - by Stephen Lendman

 

Previous articles said US intelligence assessments through March 2011 (the latest one) found no evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons development.

 

During his December 1, 1997 - November 30, 2009 tenure as IAEA director general, Mohamed ElBaradei concurred. He carefully avoided anti-Iranian rhetoric and baseless charges.

 

Kicking the Cannes Down the Road

  Kicking the Cannes Down the Road - by Stephen Lendman

 

They met. They talked. They agreed to talk more and solved nothing. A November 4 Guardian editorial headlined, "G20 summit: slumping to the occasion," saying:

 

Abandoned Youth - No More Future

By Michael Collins

If you are twenty four or younger, you are likely either under or unemployed. Only about 60% of those 16 to 24 years old are in the labor force (those employed or seeking jobs). Their unemployment rate is 18%.

For years, Money Party lackeys, our (s)elected officials, put out a propaganda line that said, Get an education or there's no future for you. Well, lots of people got a college or trade school education or on the job training and there are no jobs for them.

Here's why.

There has been no increase in jobs in the United States since 2000. In fact, the number of jobs relative to the total workforce has actually declined. Negative job growth for eleven years shows that the current economic system has failed miserably. Here's the ugly picture the rulers won't talk about.

National Day of Action - 1/11/12 Washington DC

Close Guantamo & Bagram - 10 years too many.

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