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The Berlin Wall, Fifty Years Ago

While Condemning Wall in Public, U.S. Officials Saw "Long Term Advantage" if Potential Refugees Stayed in East Germany

 

Three Days Before Wall Went Up, CIA Expected East Germany Would Take "Harsher Measures" to Solve Refugee Crisis

Disturbed By Lack of Warning, JFK Asked Intelligence Advisers to Review CIA Performance

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 354

Congressional Junkets to Israel

  Congressional Junkets to Israel - by Stephen Lendman

 

Eighty-one House members, one fifth of the chamber, will visit Israel during the traditional summer recess, instead of addressing festering local issues at home during the nation's gravest economic crisis too serious to ignore.

 

Arriving first were 26 Democrats together, including Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (MD). Another 55 Republicans will follow in two groups, including 47 freshmen. 

Riots Across Britain: Perhaps More than Meets the Eye

  Riots Across Britain: Perhaps More than Meets the Eye - by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article said the following:

 

On August 6, rioting began in Tottenham, North London after police shot and killed Mark Duggan, a 29-year old father of four. It triggered other outbreaks on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday in Brixton, Enfield, Walthamstow, Islington, Hackney, Croydon, Lewisham, Peckham, Clapham, Ealing, central London, and Birmingham, Britain's second largest city.

Repression in Israel and Bahrain

  Repression in Israel and Bahrain - by Stephen Lendman

 

On August 8, London Guardian writer Ian Black headlined, "Bahrain protests: 'The repression is getting worse,' " saying:

 

Bahraini police grabbed Hassan Ali Salman. One "forc(ed) his T-shirt roughly up over his head as three or four others laid in with wooden batons, dragging and pushing him to a line of waiting Land Cruisers and more helmeted cops."

 

New York Times Support for US Imperial Wars

  New York Times Support for Imperial Wars - by Stephen Lendman

 

The Times never met a US imperial war it didn't endorse or designated enemy it didn't vilify. Nor are concerns ever raised about constitutional and international law issues, crimes of war and against humanity, or mass slaughter and destruction. 

 

The Military: Closer to You Than Your Family

Two blocks from my house in a nondescript little building on the edge of our residential neighborhood is an office with a small sign reading "DVBIC of Charlottesville" which turns out to mean "Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center."

Now, I'm in favor of caring for people with brain injuries.  Heck, I wish we had universal comprehensive health coverage like other countries do.  But it disturbs me how difficult it is in this country to get any distance away from the military.  It's almost certainly closer to you than your relatives' homes.

Imperial Plans for Libya Post-Gaddafi

  Imperial Plans for Libya Post-Gaddafi - by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article suggested NATO's Libya war is unraveling, having misjudged the commitment of Libyans to resist, fight back, and support Gaddafi. Access it through the following link:

 

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2011/08/natos-libya-war-unraveling.html

 

Sustaining Protest Energy in Israel

  Sustaining Protest Energy in Israel - by Stephen Lendman

 

Since mid-July, Israelis have protested in unprecedented numbers for long denied social justice. Succeeding depends on sustaining that energy disruptively for change. Though never easy, it's the only way.

 

Frances Fox Piven discussed it in her book titled, "Challenging Authority" about social movements becoming pivotal forces for change when ordinary people used their considerable clout, saying:

War Criminals Converging on NYC for 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Major US war criminals, including Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Yoo will descend on NYC for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

These are the people who brought us torture, indefinite detention, and trillion-dollar wars that have claimed countless Afghani, Iraqi and US lives. They should be indicted and prosecuted for their crimes, not honored as speakers and special guests at symposia, memorials and fancy dinners. The brutality of the “war on terror” and the US wars of aggression are condemned both by the courtof global public opinion and by international law, including the Geneva Conventions and the Convention against Torture.

The Divided Left

The Satan Sandwich budget deal seems to have been left lying on the table in some television green rooms. Dylan Ratigan has begun cursing both political parties, even while still fantasizing about the President saving us. Keith Olbermann and Al Gore want a Tahrir Square in Washington, even while ignoring the actual preparations for it that are going on. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, who are part of those preparations, were permitted onto CNN momentarily -- only to be informed that they should calm down about the wealth gap since poor people "even have refrigerators!" (The refrigerators are empty, but they look good in the kitchen!)

Investigation - 9/11: The Tapping Point

SURPRISE! When Osama bin Laden talked, the United States could have been listening.

 

September 2011 - One morning in June 2001, three months before the 9/11 attacks on the United States, I happened to be interviewing a senior official from the British Secret Intelligence Service, M.I.6. His current focus was the war on drugs, not international terrorism, but he shared a piece of information that united the two subjects.

A short time earlier, the official told me, the U.S. National Security Agency had intercepted a call between two satellite-telephone users in Afghanistan—the al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and the Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. They had been discussing the Taliban’s ban on growing opium poppies, imposed the previous summer—a remarkably effective edict that had shrunk production in areas they controlled almost to zero.

Growing Israeli Tyranny

  Growing Israeli Tyranny - by Stephen Lendman

 

For years, America and Israel followed similar paths toward full-blown tyranny, threatening all their citizens. Believing either is democratic and egalitarian is ludicrous and nonsensical, especially now under right-wing neoliberal governments, cracking down hard against challenges to their authority. 

 

The Greatest Depression

  The Greatest Depression - by Stephen Lendman

 

One sign is the enormous worldwide financial shock, erasing nearly $8 trillion of equity wealth since late July. Another is teetering global economies, notably across Europe and America. 

 

Still another is growing poverty, deprivation, and despair for millions without jobs, enough income, or futures. Combined they indicate Depression in its early stages and deepening.

U.S. Physicians Spend Nearly Four Times More On Health Insurance Costs Than Canadian Counterparts

ScienceDaily (Aug. 4, 2011) — U.S. physicians spend nearly $61,000 more than their Canadian counterparts each year on administrative expenses related to health insurance, according to a new study by researchers at Cornell University and the University of Toronto.

The study, published in the August issue of the journal Health Affairs, found that per-physician costs in the U.S. averaged $82,975 annually, while Ontario-based physicians averaged $22,205 -- primarily because Canada's single-payer health care system is simpler.

Torture can lead to self-incrimination

Right to Remain Silent Not Understood by Many Suspects; Confusion About Constitutional Rights Can Lead to Self-Incrimination, Psychologist Reports

ScienceDaily (Aug. 5, 2011) — Movies and TV shows often depict crime with a police officer handcuffing a suspect and warning him that he has the right to remain silent. While those warnings may appear clear-cut, almost 1 million criminal cases may be compromised each year in the United States because suspects don't understand their constitutional rights, according to research presented at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.

This Can't Be Good for Verifiable Voting in Ohio

Politico:

"Obama’s high command has even studied President Bush’s 2004 takedown of Sen. John F. Kerry, a senior campaign adviser told POLITICO, for clues on how a president with middling approval ratings can defeat a challenger."

Military Industrial Complex at 50 - A National Conference in Charlottesville, Va.

A Conference on Moving Money from the Military to Human Needs -- http://micat50cville.org

Reserve your spot to attend this conference now!  The fees increase after September 1st: Register.


Over 20 speakers will lead the discussion, planning, and organizing.  Speakers will include retired Army Colonel Ann Wright, author Bruce Levine, retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and former Pentagon desk officer Karen Kwiatkowski, author Robert Jensen, international affairs analyst Helena Cobban, retired CIA officer Ray McGovern, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space Bruce Gagnon, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee Shahid Buttar, author and West Point graduate Paul Chappell, and many more.  See additional speakers and agenda.

In Charlottesville, as around the country, increasingly the best place to look for a job is in the military-weapons-logistics-spying-reconstruction industry.  There were 161 military contractors in Charlottesville taking in $919,914,918 through 2,737 contracts from the federal government between 2000 to 2010.  And the trend is ever upward, the budget "crisis" notwithstanding.

This flood of money creates jobs less efficiently than investment in most other industries or even tax cuts.  We are putting over half of every dollar of federal income tax and borrowing into the military.  We could cut this by 85% and still be the top-spending nation in the world militarily.  Meanwhile we are failing to invest in infrastructure, green energy, education, housing, jobs, and care for our young, old, and ill.  The current trend will ruin us economically, as well as in terms of civil liberties, representative government, environmental destruction, social cohesion, hostile blowback, and weapons proliferation.  Reining in the MIC has become a matter of survival.

We can and must turn this around!

Reserve your spot to attend this conference now!  The fees increase after September 1st: Register.

The low registration fees (just $30 or $15 for students) are made possible by sponsorships and donations from those who are able.

Sponsor this conference as an organization or an individual.

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Offer a guestroom in your Charlottesville home for one of our speakers or another participant from out of town.

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WHEN:  September 16-18, 2011

WHERE:

  • Friday, September 16, 2011, at the Haven, 112 W Market Street, Charlottesville, Va. Map
  • Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, 2011, at The Dickinson Fine and Performing Arts Center at Piedmont Virginia Community College, 501 County Road 338, Charlottesville, Va. 22902-7589. Map.
     

Learn more:
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New York Times Opposition to Palestinian Self-Determination

  New York Times Opposition to Palestinian Self-Determination - by Stephen Lendman

 

In September, when the General Assembly meets (beginning 9/13), Palestinians will seek de jure UN membership. Unless current policy changes, it will ask for official recognition as an independent sovereign state. Currently, it has Observer State Status only, denying its right to vote.

 

Israel opposes recognition. So does Obama, both Houses of Congress, and The New York Times.

No Joy in Mudville

  No Joy in Mudville - by Stephen Lendman

 

Indeed not. The equity markets struck out, or as highly respected analyst Louise Yamada believes: "Clearly, this cyclical bull is over," but it's worse than that with Western and other economies cratering. 

 

Some hover close to collapse or may head there. The operative word is hard times, the beginning of leg two of the global Depression that begin in fall 2007, likely to exceed it in harshness and duration.

Podcast: Coy Barefoot and David Swanson

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Best-selling author David Swanson joins Coy to breakdown the national problems facing the economy.

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National Conference in Charlottesville: The Military Industrial Complex at 50

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Sign Up Now for Low Rate to Attend in September!

Escalating Street Protests in Israel

  Escalating Israeli Street Protest - by Stephen Lendman

 

Ongoing since mid-July, Israeli street protests are unprecedented in size, scope, and (so far) determination to stay the course for social justice.

 

Two previous articles discussed them, accessed through the following links:

 

Destabilizing Syria

  Destabilizing Syria - by Stephen Lendman

 

What began in January escalated to an uprising in March. Ever since, it's been violent, disruptive and widespread, killing hundreds, and injuring many more. 

 

The stakes are high. The entire region is affected. It's very similar to what began in Libya, pitting imperial powers against ruling governments for destabilization and control. 

 

On the Unnecessary Death of 30 Soldiers

They Died in Vain; Deal With It

By Ray McGovern

 

Many of those preaching at American church services Sunday extolled as “heroes” the 30 American and 8 Afghan troops killed Saturday west of Kabul, when a helicopter on a night mission crashed, apparently after taking fire from Taliban forces.  This week, the Fawning Corporate Media (FCM) can be expected to beat a steady drumbeat of “they shall not have died in vain.”

 

But they did.  I know it is a hard truth, but they did die in vain.

 

As in the past, churches across the country will keep praising the fallen troops for protecting “our way of life,” and few can demur, given the tragic circumstances.

 

Lila Garrett hosts CONNECT THE DOTS with Bob Filner, David Swanson, Jeff Norman

Listen on Monday 7-8 a.m. PT: http://kpfk.org


Democratic Congressman Bob Filner:  Why after 10 yrs of fighting for the progressive agenda in Congress is he leaving to run for Mayor of San Diego?
 
Author David Swanson:  What chilling cuts can we expect from in the Debt Ceiling Deal?  Is a major depression inevitable?  Is the movement  to challenge Obama in the Primary gaining momentum?  
 
Jeff Norman Exec Dir of Veteran Project describes the shut out of homeless vets from their own facility by the Veteran’s Administration. Is that facility being privatized?

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Vilifying Muslims in America

  Vilifying Muslims in America - by Stephen Lendman

 

Judge nations by how they treat all people, whether equally, or advantaging some over others. Judge them harshly if they persecute some for political advantage. 

 

In America, people of color and Muslims are fair game. It's longstanding policy based on prejudicial attitudes, stereotypes, deep-seated racism, and notions of corrupted Western values, high-mindedness, and moral superiority.

America's Cratering Economy

  America's Cratering Economy - by Stephen Lendman

 

Slow-motion fiscal collapse perhaps explains its current state after decades of mismanagement, accelerated under Bush and Obama. The chickens are now coming home to roost big time, hitting ordinary people hardest, suffering under a protracted Main Street Depression. More on that below.

 

Last April 18, Standard & Poor (S & P) downgraded its rating on America to negative, saying:

WAKE UP, AMERICA! YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE!

 

by Joan Wile, author, "Grandmothers Against the War:  Getting Off Our Fannies and Standing Up for Peace" (Citadel Press, '08),

composer-lyricist, "Seven Ages of Woman" and other theatre musicals

 

WHAT ELSE DO WE NEED TO MAKE IT CLEAR

THAT DOOMSDAY IS GETTING PERILOUSLY NEAR

OUR SAFETY NET IS TORN TO SHREDS

TAX BREAKS ARE GIVEN TO CORPORATE HEADS

WHILE WE ON THE BOTTOM AND IN THE MIDDLE

LOSE MORE EACH DAY WHILE THE LEADERS FIDDLE

 

WE'RE MAKING WAR ALL OVER THE PLANET

THOUGH OUR CITIZENS DAILY URGE, "PLEASE BAN IT"

SOLDIERS AND CITIZENS ARE DYING FOR NAUGHT

SO BOMBS AND GUNS CAN BE PROFITABLY BOUGHT

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