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Deepening Debt Contagion

  Deepening Debt Contagion - by Stephen Lendman

 

With pressure building on Europe and America, something's got to give. Progressive Radio News Hour regular Bob Chapman says Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Nicolas Sarkozy search for solutions that don't exist.

 

Nothing's agreed on to be implemented. Austerity weakens failing Eurozone economies. French and other banks are selling bonds. Yields are rising. So isn't economic, financial and political uncertainty.

Honoring Whistleblowers; Encouraging More to Come Forward

Whistleblowers To Be Honored on Nov. 21 at American U.

http://consortiumnews.com/2011/11/16/whistleblowers-honored-on-nov-21/

November 17, 2011

In recent decades, information – the lifeblood of democracy — has often been cut off from the American body politic on “national security” grounds or because insiders feel it wouldn’t be “good for the country.” To counter that benighted view, a group of ex-U.S. intelligence officials honors brave whistleblowers, this year Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack.

By Ray McGovern

Tonight and Monday in Charlottesville

Charlottesville Event with David Swanson's New Book: "When the World Outlawed War"

WHAT: David Swanson with his new book "When the World Outlawed War" and thoughts on activism past and present

WHEN: Wednesday, 7 p.m., November 16, 2011

WHERE: Random Row Books
315 West Main Street  
Charlottesville, VA 22902
434-295-2493
http://randomrow.wordpress.com

Flyer: PDF.

THIS EVENT IS A DICK CHENEY FREE ZONE

NO ALUMINUM TUBES OR YELLOW CAKE ALLOWED

*****

Occupy City Council

At 5 p.m. on Monday rally at Lee Park.

Wear red.

March at 6 p.m. to City Hall.

At 6:30 everyone sign up for 3 minutes of speaking time at the 7 p.m. City Council meeting.

See http://occupycville.org
 

The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees that "Congress shall make no law ... 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."  But Congress has abridged freedom of the press by giving our air waves to international mega-conglomerates and granting them monopolistic control over what an overworked undereducated populace learns.  Our local governments have abridged the right to peacably assemble by forbidding gatherings in public places without special limited permits.  How are we to petition our government in Washington for a redress of grievances?  Mail, faxes, telephones, and emails don't seem to be working.  The government is radically opposing super-majority opinion on taxing the wealthy, taxing corporations, ending wars, cutting military spending, protecting the environment, enforcing laws against the powerful, criminalizing bribery and otherwise reforming the election system.  Not everyone can move to Washington, D.C., to exercise their First Amendment rights.  And if they did, how would their particular mis-Representative and Senators pick them out in the crowd?  Local Occupy camps are a means of petitioning the national government and identifying the petitioners. 

Occupy Cville is located across the street from Wells Fargo, to which the occupiers have brought their message.  Wells Fargo is arguably a branch of the U.S. federal government.  Wells Fargo is one of the largest institutions in the nation.  It pays negative taxes.  That is, it is richer after taxes than before.  It receives funding from our tax dollars.  To be specific, Wells Fargo has been given $18 billion in tax breaks during the past three years, resulting in its negative tax rate despite its massive profits.  Our federal government is also committed to bailing out Wells Fargo when it runs into trouble and has given it tens of billions of dollars in recent years.  Unlike human beings, schools, the economy, the natural environment, our health system, our grandparents, our children, the ill, the hungry, or the unclothed, Wells Fargo is guaranteed protection and assistance whenever it is in need.  Wells Fargo pays for our elections, funnelling millions of our tax dollars back into the campaigns of its preferred candidates.  In return, Wells Fargo is free to ruin families and neighborhoods through predatory lending, housing cost inflation, insider trading and speculation without any risk of criminal prosecution. 

It is in the interests of the City of Charlottesville not to interfere with the First Amendment rights of flesh and blood human beings in assembling and petitioning our corporate-congressional complex for a redress of a great many grievances. —D.S.

Targeting Iran and Syria

  Targeting Iran and Syria - by Stephen Lendman

 

America, key NATO partners, and Israel target both countries. 

 

Israel wants regional rivals removed. Washington and key NATO partners want independent regimes ousted, replaced with subservient ones. 

 

Gaza's Suffocating Siege

  Gaza's Suffocating Siege - by Stephen Lendman

 

In early November, the Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement published a report titled, "Scale of Control: Israel's Continued Responsibility in the Gaza Strip."  

 

It explained little changed after its alleged 2005 "disengagement."

Eviction and Enlarged Freedom

 

By Charles M. Young

 

After watching the Packers beat the Vikings on Monday Night Football, I had insomnia, so it was kind of an accident that I checked my email at 2 a.m. and discovered the police were clearing Zuccotti Park. Everyone had been expecting an eviction since it all started on September 17, but not expecting it at that particular moment. On my cell phone, there were several frantic texts from Occupy Wall Street begging for community support. So I hopped on a slow subway and arrived at Chambers Street about 3 a.m.

Police State Tactics: Signs Point to a Coordinated National Program to Try and Unoccupy Wall Street and Other Cities

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

 

The ugly hand of the federal government is becoming increasingly suspected behind what appears to be a nationwide attempt to repress and evict the Occupation Movement.

 

Across the country in recent days, ultimatums have been issues to groups occupying Portland, OR, Chicago, IL, San Francisco, Dallas, TX, Atlanta, GA, and most recently New York, NY, where the Occupation Movement began on September 17. The two most recent eviction efforts, in Oakland and New York, have been the worst.

 

AUDIO: David Swanson and Coy Barefoot Discuss Dick Cheney's Chickening Out of Charlottesville Event

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Charlottesville Right Now: 11-15-11 David Swanson
David Swanson joins Coy to discuss Dick Cheney postponing his visit to The University of Virginia and Occupy Charlottesville.


LISTEN HERE

A Conversation with War Criminals Cancelled at University of Chicago

A Conversation with War Criminals Cancelled at University of Chicago

"Update: Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, the Nov. 14 event featuring former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. has been postponed."  [1]

One Veteran's Rough Path from Killing and Torturing to Peace

Not yet 30, Evan Knappenberger has already lived several lives.  His story destroys the U.S. government's case against whistleblower Bradley Manning, exposes the toxic mix of fraud and incompetence that creates U.S. war policies, and highlights the damage so often done to soldiers who come home without visible injuries.

Knappenberger, seen in this video, was trained as an "intelligence analyst" at the U.S. Army's Intelligence Training Center at Fort Huachuca, Arizona in 2003 and 2004, the same school attended by Bradley Manning.  In April of this year, the PBS show Frontline, responding to an article Knappenberger had published, flew him to Los Angeles on a private jet, and interviewed him for four hours.

Herman Cain, Front-Man for Billionaires

GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain serves as front man for the billionaire Koch brothers in a way rarely, if ever, seen in modern times for a prominent U.S. major party candidate.

That relationship should be a huge campaign story. It’s arguably far more important in its implications for voters than the sex allegations raised against Cain two weeks ago that I’ve been covering in Washington, or last week’s Rick Perry “Oops” gaffe in a debate.

That’s because the secretive brothers are using Cain to sell their overall agenda to transform the United States in ways that could mean poverty resulting in premature death for many by destruction of the safety net along with support for the war culture.

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. 

 

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