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Dying for Justice in Israel

  Dying for Justice in Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Among developed countries, Israel is one of the world's most socially, politically, and economically unjust. It mocks democratic values and social justice. 

 

Saudi Arabia Rocked by Protests

  Saudi Kingdom Rocked by Protests

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On February 14, 1945, Franklin Roosevelt met with Saudi King Ibn Saud on the USS Quincy. A nearly seven decade relationship followed.

 

America was guaranteed access to what the State Department called "a stupendous source of strategic power, and one of the greatest material prizes in world history."

Greg Muttitt in Charlottesville, VA, on Tuesday, July 24th

Greg Muttitt, visiting from the U.K., is the author of the brand new book on Iraq that is making a lot of news.  It's called Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq.

"Nothing short of a secret history of the war" -- Naomi Klein.

Democracy Now aired this interview of Greg this week.

Greg will speak and answer your questions:

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 7 p.m.

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About Fuel on the Fire:

The departure of the last U.S. troops from Iraq at the end of 2011 left a broken country and a host of unanswered questions. What was the war really about? Why and how did the occupation drag on for nearly nine years, while most Iraqis, Britons, and Americans desperately wanted it to end? And why did the troops have to leave?

Now, in a gripping account of the war that dominated US and UK foreign policy over the last decade, investigative reporter and activist Greg Muttitt takes us behind the scenes to answer some of these questions and reveals the previously untold story of the oil politics that played out
through the occupation of Iraq.

Drawing upon hundreds of unreleased government documents and extensive interviews with senior American, British, and Iraqi officials, Muttitt exposes the plans and preparations that were in place to shape policies in favor of American and British energy interests. But he also tells the inspiring story of how Iraqi trade unions organized not only to defend their members’ rights, but also to thwart many of the USA’s oil plans  -- with remarkable success. Through their stories, we begin to see a very different Iraq from the one our politicians have told us about.

In light of the Arab revolutions, the war in Libya, and renewed threats against Iran, Fuel on the Fire provides a vital guide to the lessons from Iraq and of the global consequences of our persistent oil addiction.

"Excellent... a textbook example of how international pressures are put on politicians to get them to buckle" - The Guardian

"Set to turn our understanding of the war on its head" - The Independent

"Will trouble the most ardent liberal interventionist" -
Petroleum Economist

"The Iraqi civil society voices resound with dignity in this brilliant, comprehensive account" - New Internationalist

Spoiling for Another Lebanon War

  Spoiling for Another Lebanon War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Lebanon has the misfortune of bordering Israel. The IDF attacked its northern neighbor in 1978, 1982, 1996, and 2006. More on the most recent war below.

 

Israel still illegally occupies Sheba Farms and Ghajar Lebanese territory.

Security Council Showdown Aftermath

  Security Council Showdown Aftermath

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On July 19, Russia and China vetoed a Western resolution on Syria. Invoking UN Charter Chapter VII, it effectively authorized war.

 

Disabled elderly man detained by TSA, made to miss flight

There’s been so much abuse by the TSA over the past several days it’s hard to keep up.

Protest Obama and On-Going Wars - Oakland, CA, 7/23/2012

 Protest Obama and On-Going Wars 

 7.23.2012 -  3:00 - 9:00 PM  

Starting at Oscar Grant Park & Going to Fox Theater, Oakland, CA.

Rupert Watch, Murdoch Faces Shareholder Rebellion in UK

By Michael Collins

News Corporation is facing an investor rebellion in Great Britain that parallels a similar rebellion occurring in the United States. (Image)

"A consortium of 18 heavyweight investors is calling for Mr Murdoch to stand down as chairman in the interests of good corporate governance and be replaced by an independent figure who is seen to be acting in the best interests of shareholders." The Independent, July 20

The investors have filed a resolution to remove Murdoch from power at the October News Corp shareholders meeting. The resolution will accompany those already filed by large investors in the United States.

What upsets the 18? Murdoch and his family have too much control. That control serves the family well, but not the shareholders. Specifically, recent scandals have hurt News Corp performance.

Syria Roulette

  Syria Roulette

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In Las Vegas, the house seldom loses. Rarely are dirty Washington schemes foiled. It's playing hardball against Syria. 

 

Israel Likely Behind Bulgarian False Flag

  Israel Likely Behind Bulgaria False Flag

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's history is odious. State terror is policy. It's a dagger pointed at humanity's heart. False flags and targeted assassinations are specialties.

 

TSA strip-searches another woman, messes with feeding tube

TSA agents have, yet again, strip-searched another woman. But that wasn’t enough. They also endangered her life by handling her feeding tube.

READ THE REST HERE.

Accidents Happen, But We Can't Afford One in the Persian Gulf

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

Things are getting out of hand in the Persian Gulf.


Military NASCAR Sponsorships Live On

We lost 202-216 on cutting military NASCAR sponsorships. We could have used a tiny bit more push. In contrast, the proposal to cut military band $$ lost 166-250 with nobody pushing against it at all.

Citizens Protest PA Prison Expansion At Graterford Prison

 

By John Grant


About 50 people converged on Tuesday afternoon July 17 along Route 29 in Montgomery County near the Graterford State Prison to declare their opposition to the building of more prisons and the expansion of existing prisons like Graterford in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Graterford is already a massive institution.

US Cities Going Bankrupt

  US Cities Going Bankrupt

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In past decades, many US municipalities declared bankruptcy. Since 1981, 42 cases were filed. Ten came in the past four years. 

 

Given hard times getting harder, what's happening now is unprecedented since the Great Depression. 

Divorce Scuttles Shotgun Likud/Kadima Wedding

  Divorce Scuttles Shotgun Likud/Kadima Wedding

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Shotgun weddings often produce quick and/or ugly divorces. This one was no exception. When announced, public outrage greeted it. 

 

Minnesota Town Bans Signs in Yards Unless They're Pro-War

At a festival called Peacestock in Wisconsin last weekend, I met a woman who lives in Little Falls, Minnesota.  That city had forced her to take down signs in her own yard, signs that said "Occupy Wall Street," "Back the 99 Percent" and "Boycott Monsanto."

But Robin Hensel noticed that the city itself was displaying, in violation of the same ordinance, a banner reading "We Support Our Troops." 

For anyone who's been visiting outerspace for the past half-century, "support our troops" is, of course, a phrase meaning "support whatever wars our government engages in."  Thus, we ocassionally see signs reading "Support our troops: Bring them home," a message that is understood to reverse the common meaning of "support our troops" by giving it a literal interpretation. 

Well, Hensel proposed that the banner come down, in compliance with the law -- acting on the idea that even bad laws should be enforced fairly. 

And then came the death threats.

These kinds of incidents -- and I've been through them too, and can testify to the viciousness the threats can take on -- expose the darker meaning behind "support our troops."  That meaning is "death to the other side."  Needless to say, the work of troops is killing.  Those on the other side in a war are supposed to die.  The official bragging about how many have died, so common during the Vietnam War, has not been entirely absent from the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan.  Hensel placed herself in the enemy camp, in the minds of some war proponents.  And therefore she needed to die.  The threats flooded in.

Hensel was also turned down by the city in a request for permission to set up an Occupy encampment, but corporate groups were permitted to do everything she'd requested and more.

Hensel is now suing Little Falls in district court, with help from a local attorney and from former associate deputy attorney general of the United States Bruce Fein, who can be expected to denounce the city's assault on the First Amendment in the most powerful and eloquent manner.  The complaint filed states:

"The city of Little Falls has no excuse in law for wrongfully harassing a 58-year-old grandmother because she colorfully expressed an unpopular viewpoint on her own property. And that is exactly what the Defendant City did. Indeed, at every turn the Defendants brandished their government authority to suppress or burden Plaintiff's viewpoints because of hostility to their ideas and to facilitate and promote viewpoints they found agreeable."

A columnist at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jon Tevlin, has reported on this story three times, here, here, and here. How many other stories like this go unreported?

Little Falls' city government needs an overhaul, and Robin Hensel is going to run for office.

Our mental slavery needs an overhaul as well.  The idea that by murdering large numbers of foreign Muslims we expand our "freedoms" coexists with radical curtailment of our rights.  Our rights shrink in direct proportion to military spending.  We can be spied on without warrant, locked up without charge, or murdered -- all as a result of the latest war for "freedom."  We can also be locked in free-speech cages for protests and see our freedom to speak, assemble, or petition our government shut down -- all in the name of the war that is supposed to make us free by killing people.

The only bit of truth to echo through the Orwellian hum of our militarism is that "freedom isn't free."  That's right.  It takes struggle.  It takes exactly the kind of risk that Robin Hensel is engaged in.

Talk Nation Radio: U.S. Poverty Is Expanding and Worsening

Poverty in the United States is surrounded by myths and misunderstanding.  Poverty is expanding, and extreme poverty is expanding.  The social safety net is retracting.  Congress has just slashed food stamps.  But corporate media coverage that misleads us on the nature and causes of poverty is neither expanding nor improving.  Karen Dolan is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and coordinator of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.  She discusses this project, which is producing reporting on poverty while providing work to unemployed and under-employed journalists. Learn more at http://economichardship.org

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ICRC Supports Imperialism for Profit

  ICRC Supports Imperialism for Profit

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Progressive News Hour regular James Petras once said most NGOs skim 90% of donations for themselves. They're predators, not humanitarians. They serve political agendas for profit.

 

Olympiad Readiness: Militarized London Total Policing

  Olympiad Readiness: Militarized London Total Policing

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Olympism today differs vastly from its Athens roots. A previous article explained it's more about profiteering, exploitation, and cynicism than sport. 

 

Syria News - July 17

 

“Battle for liberation” of Damascus has begun, Free Syrian Army says - Now Lebanon

Syrian National Council members in Saudi Arabia are coordinating with tribes along the borders of Syria to smuggle weapons to the Free Syrian Army - JPost.com

Syrian Muslim Brotherhood urges grassroot support for Damascus battle - Yahoo! News

SNC, Syrian Muslim Brotherhood renew calls for foreign intervention - todayszaman

SNC spokewoman: If the UN won't act, 'we have other options' - CSMonitor.com

How valid are the outlandish claims of defector Nawaf Fares? He offers no proff - BBC

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Does US refuse to help Syrian rebels until after election? The Obama administration has made clear to its allies that it will not intervene - Telegraph

U.S. Mum On Releasing $ 10 Million in Frozen Funds to Syrian Rebels - DOTMIL (usnews.com)

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Jihad in Syria: The Penetration of Radical Islam in the Syrian Conflict - canadafreepress.com

Video: Christian Town Hit by Suicide Bombing - YouTube

Video: Syrian rebels kidnap terrified innocent boy - YouTube

Video: Syrian Rebels Shelling City Of Aleppo Endangering Civilians - Liveleaks.com

Video:  Syrian Rebels Burning and Destroying Countless Bottles of Alcohol as They Yell ‘Allahu Akbar’ - TheBlaze.com

Video: Tribute to the Mujahideens of Free Syrian Army - YouTube

Video: Syrian' Rebels fly the flag of Saudi Arabia - YouTube

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Scan Scam: FDA/GE - Who Cares About Extra Radiation?

FDA & GE: Harassing Whistleblowers
 
July 17, 2012

Editor Note: Food and Drug Administration officials reacted to suspected whistleblowing by some of its scientists, about excessive radiation from medical imaging devices, by spying on several. But the larger issue is the need to alert the public to unnecessary risks, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

By Ray McGovern

Hidden Anti-Teacher Agenda: Former DC Schools Chancellor Rhee Still Scamming and Posing as Education ‘Reformer’

 

By Dave Lindorff


Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of Washington, DC’s public schools, who left under a cloud after the mayor who appointed her, Adrian Fenty, was defeated in a re-election bid in which Rhee’s contentious tenure was the main issue, is at it again.


Occupy Wall Street Occupies Hiroshima Day, August 6th

 

Please join this Occupy Nukes page on Facebook.   https://www.facebook.com/events/174464619354032/?context=create

 

And see our Occupy Wall Street Declaration in Support of Nuclear Abolition and Disarmament

 http://www.nycga.net/groups/antiwar/docs/declaration-in-support-of-nuclear-abolition-and-disarmament

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