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Beating Up on Iran

  Beating Up on Iran - by Stephen Lendman


After Washington bogusly accused Iran of an implausible terror plot on US soil, America's media brazenly regurgitated official lies.


It's nothing new. It's what they do instead of providing real news, information and analysis. Long ago they stopped trying, especially on television. It's little more than a worthless sinkhole no one should waste time on watching.


Abbas, UN Membership and Peace Talks

  Abbas, UN Membership and Peace Talks - by Stephen Lendman


Globetrotting to enlist UN membership support, Abbas told Time magazine in Columbia on October 11 that he'll resume talks if Israel accepts the Quartet's proposal.


What Wars and Socialism for Corporations is Costing You.

A brazen reversal of reality has been a hallmark of our politics since Ronald Reagan's "Peace through Strength."  For the first time in the Post World War II Era embracing Orwell, or rather that which Orwell warned of, the authoritarian right in America, as distinguished from true small government Goldwater conservatives, did not hesitate to attack opponents or opposing ideas by appropriating their language and turning its meaning on its head.  The party which prepared for war in Reagan's unprecedented peacetime build-up was the party that was for peace.  Impoverishing the middle class to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy was in fact the road to "prosperity."  And opponents of the agenda stood for "socialism," even though unprecedented largess in the form of defense dollars was enriching stockholders and CEOs of military contractors with taxpayer money.  

Hands Off Occupy Wall Street!

Mayor Bloomberg has announced that those who are at Zuccotti Park or Liberty Plaza must leave at 7am Friday October 14th so that it can be "cleaned".  He stated that people can re-enter when they are finished but under certain conditions. Just a few days ago he issued a statement saying  that the occupation could continue "for as long as they want".

Urgent Call to Action: Go to Zuccotti Park Now!!!


Urgent Call to Action: 

Go to Zuccotti Park Now!!!


By Charles M. Young



Mayor Bloomberg has announced that Occupy Wall Street must leave Zuccotti Park/Liberty Plaza from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 14, allegedly so the city can clean it.

Almost verbatim notices have been served on other occupations around the United States and the world. Invariably, they have turned out to be a ploy to clear the space and not let demonstrators back in. Mayor Bloomberg has a long history of lying and police state tactics of crowd control.

Occupied -- What Now?

Thanks in large part to the New York and national corporate media a massive campaign to shift power away from giant corporations and into the hands of the people is now afoot all across this continent. It was inspired by peoples' nonviolent uprisings in other countries and sparked by courageous nonviolence on Wall Street.

Can we keep it going and growing despite the unreliability of the corporate media? When the television networks created Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas, for us -- following the courageous stand taken by Cindy Sheehan -- they later turned against the movement and against Cindy. Already they are working to depict our occupations as violent, misdirected, undirected, and impotent.

Iran Falsely Charged with Fake Terror Plot

  Iran Falsely Charged with Fake Terror Plot - by Stephen Lendman


Since Iran's 1979 revolution and US hostage crisis, Washington's been spoiling for a fight. The Carter administration considered invading and seizing its oil fields.


Washington exploited Iran/Iraq tensions and encouraged Saddam Hussein to attack. Earlier Iran's Shah was supported. After 1979, US foreign policy shifted.


Major Media Liars Report Fake NATO Victories

  Major Media Liars Report Fake NATO Victories - by Stephen Lendman


On October 9, BBC claimed National Transitional Council (NTC) forces "made significant gains in the battle for the city of Sirte. (NTC) commanders said they had captured the main hospital, the university and the Ouagadougou conference center."


Profiling on Steroids-More Security Insecurity


Computer Vision Experts Develop 'Questionable Observer Detector'

This is a demonstration of a crime-fighting tool that can help law enforcement officials identify suspicious individuals at crime scenes. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Notre Dame)

ScienceDaily (Oct. 12, 2011) — It's become a standard plot device of television detective shows: criminals always return to the scene of the crime. And law enforcement officials believe that perpetrators of certain crimes, mostly notably arson, do indeed have an inclination to witness their handiwork. Also, U.S. military in the Middle East feel that IED bomb makers return to see the results of their work in order to evolve their designs.

An Irony Acutely This Week

Tens of thousands of people in the U.S., taking the lead from millions in the Middle East, are “occupying” public spaces, seeking change in the the world as it is, standing up to authority, power, and blowing the ceiling off expectations that the vast disparity in global income “has to” be as it is.  We’ve got to spread these occupations!

An Open Letter to the Occupations

An Open Letter to the Occupations

Fighting for the Soul of the American Dream

  Fighting for the Soul of the American Dream - by Stephen Lendman


Republics are nations where heads of state aren't monarchs or despots in which citizens elect officials to represent them.


Merriam Webster calls them "government(s) in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law."


Troubled Eurozone Finance Capital

  Troubled Eurozone Finance Capital - by Stephen Lendman


For years, Progressive Radio News Hour contributor Bob Chapman warned about troubled Eurozone financial institutions and possible sovereign defaults.


Greece died months ago. Default is certain. Only its obituary hasn't appeared. Germany prepared contingency plans to reissue the Deutschemark if Eurozone stability crumbles.


We Shut Down the Hart Senate Office Building

Here's C-Span video of committee protest.

See also Indymedia.

How 99% Prevented Senators from Working Yesterday

By David Swanson

At exactly 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday a few hundred people began preventing any work that might have been done in the Senate Hart Office Building.  Until sometime past noon, the noise of incessant chanting and the spectacle of banners, flags, and flyers actually flying down into a large atrium directed the attention of staffers and corporate lobbyists in every window away from their work.  For another half hour or so, the police worked to clear people out of hallways and quiet them down.  The police closed off access to the building for visitors. 

For another hour or more, our friends who had chosen to demonstrate in front of the building displayed giant signs, played thundering music on their drums, and generally kept people away from the now closed building entrance.

Our chants were clear enough for easy comprehension by just about anyone over the age of 3 other than perhaps CNN producers:

"How do we fix the deficit?  End the wars!  Tax the rich!"

"Senators for sale, go to jail!"

"We are the 99 percent and so are You are the 99 percent and so are We are the 99 percent …."

Videos tell the story:

While a few people inside the atrium chose not to comply with orders to be quiet or disperse and were arrested, most of us were not.  Six people were arrested, but I don't know the details of all six arrests.  We could do this sort of thing every day without arrests if done right. 

Later in the day, in the next building over, the Senate Finance Committee met to discuss ways it could kill off more jobs, including new corporate trade aggreements with Colombia, Panama, and Korea.  Four of us, including me, were arrested for speaking up in protest.  Others, including Robert Naiman, managed to avoid arrest even while speaking out.  This required merely wearing the congressional uniform (a suit and tie) and not being too loud. 

I've been told there are good videos and photos of our protestations in the committee hearing but can't find them, so please share if you can.  There was also, of course, C-Span. (Here's C-Span video of committee protest.)

The Hart Senate Office Building has a multistory atrium with hallways open to it from four sides on the third, fifth, and seventh floors.  The three Senate office buildings are connected inside, and have entrances all around them through which you are allowed to simply walk in at any time.  It is not difficult to bring banners inside, either stuffed in a backpack or hidden under your clothes.  A hundred people or more can make enough noise to halt work in all the surrounding offices.  And the police give three warnings before arresting you.  (Be careful, though, because it's impossible to hear the police talking during the chanting and clapping by yourself and your friends.)

In committees it is usually possible to hold up signs before the gavel of the chairman or chairwoman bangs the hearing into session.  Then, if you speak up, there may be warnings, you may be escorted out, or you may be arrested.  It is usually possible to find out beforehand.  We knew we were likely to be arrested on Tuesday and did not care.

The downside to being arrested by the Capitol Police is that they can be very slow, and then you can end up with a distant court date that you have no option but to appear for, or you will face a separate criminal prosecution.  The police themselves are polite and professional, but they have antiquated computers and not enough of them.  They do most of their work by hand on endless pieces of paper, copying information from form to form by hand.  They even have typewriters.  We were processed by trainees, but training wasn't the only thing lacking.  They needed decent equipment and, frankly, decent educations.  In the shadow of the government buildings used to pour trillions of dollars into wars and the enrichment of our corporate overlords, the government's own guardians emerge from a magnificently mediocre school system to find employment in an underfunded operation that does the bidding of our fascistic committee chairmen to the extent of its abilities.  Average time for processing arrestees on Tuesday was about four hours.

If you have a charge pending as I now do, it can be harder to get released at all if arrested again.  So, a strategy that involves arrests, or an effort to fill the jails, can result in a reduction in available people for further actions.

However, we can prevent work in one congressional office building or another, day after day, without necessarily having anyone arrested.  At this point I'm leaning in that direction.  Unless, of course, Congress discovers the need to end the wars and tax the rich.

No New Penalty Trial Likely: US Supreme Court Confirms 3rd Circuit Ruling Lifting Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Death Penalty


By Dave Lindorff



Here’s a prediction: Seth Williams, the district attorney of Philadelphia, will decide not to seek to reimpose the death penalty on Mumia Abu-Jamal, the world-famous journalist, former Black Panther and condemned prisoner who has spent the last almost 30 years of his life on Pennsylvania’s overcrowded death row.


The choice belongs to Williams, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided, on its second time dealing with the issue, not to overturn the decision of a three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which had, on orders of the Supreme Court, reheard, reconsidered and reaffirmed its earlier decision upholding the tossing out of Abu-Jamal’s death sentence by a lower federal district court.


Obama's Depression

  Obama's Depression - by Stephen Lendman


Chosen to serve power, not popular interests, Obama wrecked America's economy to save giant Wall Street banks. He's still doing it, despite claiming he's been out in front doing all he can.


By bailing out too-big-to-fail banks and waging multiple imperial wars, he intensified social misery.


Israeli-Style Peace and Justice

  Israeli-Style Peace and Justice - by Stephen Lendman


Israel is a repressive rogue state. Netanyahu bombs Gaza and attacks fishermen while talking peace.


On October 10, without provocation, Israeli jets bombed northern Gaza. An explosion rocked Rafah city. So far, no cause is known but Israel most likely is responsible.


Freedom Plaza Is Now Ours

And we're never giving it back.  Our permit for Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., expired, we refused to leave, and the Park Police has just proposed to let us stay for four more months. 

We've agreed.  We have not said that when the four months are over and the American Spring is here we will leave.

In fact, we intend to make it possible for anyone to visit D.C. with free accommodations.  Just bring a sleeping bag and agree to work with us to pressure Congress, the White House, K Street, the Pentagon, and all the lobbyists and profiteers for peace and justice.  We have free food, we have free drink, we have free trainings and seminars, we have tents, we have peace keepers, we have a big victory under out belts, and we welcome all peace makers for they shall inherit Freedom Plaza.  We own it.  It is ours.  It shall remain ours world without end.

The Taste of DC food festival just gave us all their remaining food.  Or at least all the individual booths did.  Ben and Jerry's just endorsed us.  Busboys and Poets just fed us.  Businesses that support us will be honored and supported by 99 percent of this country.

So, here's the plan: Bring us your reports from around the country at your local Occupations.  Fill us in here in the Empire's Capital.  We will fill you in too.  We will train and inspire and connect you with the rest of this global movement.  Then go back home energized.  Come down from New York and go back up.  We need to coordinate on a personal level.

Our brothers and sisters in McPherson Square have a growing occupation too.  Join them.  Join us.  We're family.  We disrupted the work of the NSA today, and the Association of the Army's convention at which our women had generals crawling under tanks to avoid cameras.  We shut down a celebration of Christopher Columbus as well.

And Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. sharp in Our Freedom Plaza we will set off to "welcome" Congress back to town.  Join us.  We are legion. 

The one thing that we need now is money, and you can contribute it at

Or you can wait for the bankster war machine to confiscate your money, eat your retirement, swallow your healthcare, foreclose on your home, and tax you into debt to pay for plutocrats' profiteering.

It's up to you.

It's up to us.

Barack O'Bailout Feels Occupy Wall Street Protesters' Pain.

Forgive me for being cynical about Washington, the major parties, or anything to do with them right now.  Obama just gave a shout-out to the Occupy Wall Street protesters, saying:

"I think people are frustrated, and the protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works,"

Excuse me, but that's like tossing a match at a house full of kerosene and then saying how much you sympathize with the fire department.  The way "our financial system works" is exactly the way people like O'Bailout made it work.

It's not the $700 billion TARP bailout which Barack supported, going as far as issuing a joint statement on  September 24, 2008 with John McCain, the Republican nominee, before the vote warning: "The effort to protect the American economy must not fail."

HOMEFRONT 911: “Truth-telling at its Disturbingly Best” Coming to United States Capitol Visitor Center

 Military Family Monologues about the war at home to be presented on Capitol Hill.

Benefit performance at Shirlington Busboys & Poets Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 pm.

      Struggling with bearing the home front burdens of two wars for ten years, military family member’s rates of mental health issues are approaching  those of service members.  A study released earlier this year found that suicidal ideation in boys with a deployed parent is nearly twice that of civilian boys.  Tricia Radenz, the mother of a 12-year-old boy who killed himself during his dad’s 2nd tour, will be speaking at Homefront 911: Military Family Monologues at the United States Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Auditorium at 12:00 noon on Thursday, November 17. 

Dancing on Our Occupation Permit

Sunday night, our permit expired for occupying Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. So, we threw a dance party, and when we could dance no more, we went to sleep in Freedom Plaza.

We have until 2 p.m. today to remove our possessions. We do not intend to do so. We suspect that if the police want to remove us by force they will wait until evening. So we're throwing a dinner party, and 99% of the country is invited.

Our permit is now the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

"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."

Social Justice Occupations Head Everywhere

  Social Justice Protests Head Everywhere - by Stephen Lendman


Ordinary people across the Middle East, Europe and America are fed up and want long denied social justice.


Londoners are enraged about growing social pain, government in the pockets of monied interests, and endless imperial wars they want ended - NOW!


Dominant Finance Capital Institutions

  Dominant Finance Capital Institutions - by Stephen Lendman


Most people know about the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of England, and Bank of Japan. 


Few ever heard of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the central bank for central bankers. Based in Basle, Switzerland, it's a banking boss of bosses accountable to no government.


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