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Syria/Turkey News - Oct 11, 2014


Islamic State advances deeper into Kobani, taking almost complete control of an area where the local Kurdish administration is based - Reuters


Islamic State shells border crossing to close the noose around the Kobane, prevent anyone from entering or leaving the town - todayszaman


Islamic State brings in heavy weapons and fighters from Raqqa and elsewhere for an intensified assault on Kobane - Rudaw


SOHR: U.S. led coalition aerial strikes have not prevented Islamic State from bringing munitions from Aleppo and al Raqqa - SOHR


Fight for Syria Town Kobani at 'Standstill' After New U.S. Air Strikes on Friday: Pentagon - NBC News


VIDEO: Unofficial Islamic State news account showing heavy street-to-street fighting in Kobane - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: More Footage From Kobane in Areas under Islamic State Control - YouTube


VIDEO: From Inside Kobane: The Aftermath of Airstrikes on Islamic State - LiveLeak.com


FSA unit fighting alongside Kobane Kurds against Islamic State, Interview with the field commander of Raqqa's Revolutionaries Brigades - NOW


The Dawn of Freedom Brigades, a participant in the fight against IS in Kobani: Analysis and Interview - Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi


VIDEO:Dawn of Freedom Brigades today target IS positions in east of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab) city w/mortar rounds - Aymenn J Al-Tamimi


US back-channel talks with PYD - Kurdpress News Aganecy


US Says Priority Is Islamic State In Iraq, Not Kobani - Sky News


Analysis - Kobani's fall would be symbolic setback for Obama Syria strategy - Reuters


A Kurdish Alamo: Five Reasons the Battle for Kobane Matters - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


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UN envoy urges Turkey to let Kurds cross into Syria to battle Islamic State, warns many "will most likely be massacred" if Kobani falls - MC Clatchy


War for Kobane: 13,000 terrified Kurds trapped between Islamic State and Turkish border - Telegraph


Syrian Kurdish leader calls on Turkey to allow its territory to be used for passing weapons to Kurdish fighters defending Kobane- GlobalPost


Kurds surrounded by Islamic State militants risk running out of ammo as Turkey controls Kobani’s last escape route - National Post


Asya Abdullah calls for ‘aid corridor’ - ANF


We cannot help Kobani until there is no cooperation between Ankara and Erbil: PUK leading official - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Hagel: US wants use of Incirlik Air Base in fight against Islamic State - Stripes


Turkey to support training, equipping Syrian opposition: U.S. - THE DAILY STAR


Turkey’s top soldier to skip US-hosted IS meeting - hurriyetdailynews


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Death toll of Kurdish unrest in Turkey climbs to 37, with 351 injuries and more than 1,000 detentions: interior minister - hurriyetdailynews


PM accuses CHP leader of ‘treason' in Kobani row, wants him to hush - todayszaman


VOA Exclusive: Turkish Troops Fire on Kurdish Protesters - VOA


VIDEO: VOA Exclusive: Turkish Troops Fire on Kurdish Protesters - YouTube


VIDEO (Raw): Videos reportedly showing protesters being shot in Dargeçit, southeast Turkey - Brown Moses on Twitter


Syrian group fired at Turkish troops on border, military says - todayszaman


VIDEO: Turkish police shouts ''long live ISIS'' to Kurdish protesters - Bertramus on Twitter


PHOTO: Abu Hanzala, claimed to be spiritual leader of IS in Turkey, released from prison today - ilhan tanir on Twitter


VIDEO: IS leader Abu Hanzala, released by Turkish authorities today, explains the current situation of Syria and the recent attacks against the IS before he was arrested - Elijah J Magnier on Twitter

 

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Murder? Homicide? Torture? .... whatever

A Murder Mystery at Guantanamo Bay

Editor Note: America’s plunge into the “dark side” last decade created a hidden history of shocking brutality, including torture and homicides, that the U.S. government would prefer to keep secret, even though many of the perpetrators are out of office.

By Ray McGovern

There’s more of a mystery to how three Guantanamo detainees died on June 10, 2006, than I realized when I described their deaths as suicides in a recent article about force-feeding methods at the notorious U.S. prison. Some very experienced investigators who have examined the evidence suspect the three were victims of homicides amid the torture regime employed by President George W. Bush’s underlings.

Scott Horton, whose upcoming book Lords of Secrecy contains new insights into the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Tenet go-ahead on torture and other abuses, has supplied me with additional detail highly suggestive of foul play by CIA interrogators.

President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney receive an Oval Office briefing from CIA Director George Tenet. Also present is Chief of Staff Andy Card (on right).

President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney receive an Oval Office briefing from CIA Director George Tenet. Also present is Chief of Staff Andy Card (on right).

Horton noted that the three prisoners were scheduled to be released and repatriated and that key details about the U.S. government’s suicide claims have been disproved. For instance, the first reports said the inmates had hanged themselves with linens in their jail cells, but medical records, which the government sought to suppress, indicate otherwise.

Again the Peace Prize Not for Peace

The Nobel Peace Prize is required by Alfred Nobel's will, which created it, to go to "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." The Nobel Committee insists on awarding the prize to either a leading maker of war or a person who has done some good work in an area other than peace.

The 2014 prize has been awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay, which is not a person but two people, and they have not worked for fraternity between nations or the abolition or reduction of standing armies but for the rights of children. If the peace prize is to be a prize for random good works, then there is no reason not to give it to leading advocates for the rights of children. This is a big step up from giving it to leading makers of war. But then what of the prize for peace and the mission of ending war that Nobel included in his will in fulfillment of a promise to Bertha von Suttner?

Malala Yousafzay became a celebrity in Western media because she was a victim of designated enemies of Western empire. Had she been a victim of the governments of Saudi Arabia or Israel or any other kingdom or dictatorship being used by Western governments, we would not have heard so much about her suffering and her noble work. Were she primarily an advocate for the children being traumatized by drone strikes in Yemen or Pakistan, she'd be virtually unknown to U.S. television audiences.

But Malala recounted her meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama a year ago and said, "I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education, it will make a big impact." So, she actually advocated pursuing education rather than war, and yet the Nobel Committee had not a word to say about that in announcing its selection, focusing on eliminating child labor rather than on eliminating war. The possibility exists then that either of this year's recipients might give an antiwar acceptance speech. There has, after all, only been one pro-war acceptance speech, and that was from President Obama. But many speeches have been unrelated to abolishing war.

Fredrik S. Heffermehl, who has led efforts to compel the Nobel Committee to give the peace prize for peace, said on Friday, "Malala Yousafzay is a courageous, bright and impressive person. Education for girls is important and child labor a horrible problem. Worthy causes, but the committee once again makes a false pretense of loyalty to Nobel and confuses and conceals the plan for world peace that Nobel intended to support.

"If they had wished to be loyal to Nobel they would have stressed that Malala often has spoken out against weapons and military with a fine understanding of how ordinary people suffer from militarism. Young people see this more clearly than the grown ups."

The leading contenders for this year's prize, as speculated in the media, included the Pope who has in fact spoken against all war, abandoning the "just war" idea; and some advocate or other for Japan's Article Nine which forbids war and ought to be a model for other nations but is being threatened in Japan instead. These recipients would at least have bordered on Nobel's ideal, as perhaps might be said for last year's recipient, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Also on the list was a Russian newspaper supportive of Western aggression, the President of Uruguay for legalizing marijuana, Edward Snowden for leaking evidence of U.S. spying, Denis Mukwege for helping victims of sexual violence, and Chelsea Manning for exposing U.S. war crimes. Manning would have made a certain amount of sense, and her work has probably gone some way toward discouraging war. The same might be said, to a lesser degree, of Snowden. But none of these fit the description in Nobel's will. If the peace prize were actually awarded to a leading peace activist, at this point the world would be rather scandalized and scratch its collective head in wonderment at what the significance could be in that person's work.

Look at this list of recent recipients of a prize meant for peace:
The European Union
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman
Liu Xiaobo
Barack H. Obama
Martti Ahtisaari
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr.
Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank

There you have the two leading makers of war in the world: Obama and the E.U. You have advocates for green energy and small loans and women's rights and human rights. Martti Ahtisaari's prize announcement actually quoted from Nobel's will, but he himself supported NATO and Western militarism.

While good work in other areas can in fact contribute to peace, it is unlikely to do so in the absence of recognition of the goal of peace and of work directly aimed at abolishing war. 

The National Priorities Project, a U.S. organization that actually works against militarism, was nominated this year, as no doubt were others relevant to the purpose for which the peace prize was created.

Year 14 of Dangerous War on the World

by Debra Sweet     October 2001: the U.S. swept into Afghanistan. October 2014: years after the U.S. promised to leave, the new U.S. – approved Ashraf Ghani government of Afghanistan (which many report has influence as far as the outskirts of Kabul) announced a new agreement to let 10,000 U.S. troops stay in the country for “training and advising,” until at least 2024.

Honolulu Participates in The Global Day of Action Against Drones

World Can't Wait Hawai`i reports:   “Saturday our drone replica was flying above the corner of Kalakaua and Kapahulu Avenues in Waikiki. About a dozen people held signs and banners or passed out brochures against drone warfare and surveillance. This busy corner in front of the Honolulu Zoo and across from Waikiki Beach is a spot where there residents, tourists and a significant number of military personnel pass by. Trolleys and buses loaded with tourists pass by on their way to popular tourist spots. Responses were tremendously mixed. A number of drivers of tourist trolleys and buses honked their horns. A taxi driver stopped to ask whether there were military drones in Hawai`i (yes!).

Syria/Turkey News - Oct 9, 2014


US-led airstrikes push jihadists back in Syrian town Kobane - AP


YPG says for the first time, the U.S. strikes had some effect - ekurd


IS launches new offensive east of Syria’s Kobane after withdrawing following U.S.-led strikes - Al Arabiya News


Kurdish defence chief: IS sent suicide truck bomber to center Kobane. YPG destroyed truck b4 reaching target - Jenan Moussa on Twitter


VIDEO: Kobane: sustained air attacks by the US-led coalition against fighters from Islamic State - BBC News


VIDEO (Raw): Islamic State getting liquified by US air strike - LiveLeak.com


PHOTOS: First chilling pictures INSIDE Kobane show IS fighters prowling the deserted streets and their flag still flying - Daily Mail


Tens of thousands of Kurds swamp Obama’s official Facebook page: Save Kobane - Rudaw


Is President Obama Sending in The Cavalry (i.e. Air Strikes) to Save Syrian Kurds? - dailykos.com


Washington's Secret Back-Channel Talks With Syria's Kurdish ‘Terrorists' - foreignpolicy.com


Peshmergas, acc to sources, coordinate location of airstrikes in Kobane btwn coalition & YPG. No direct coordination btwn U.S & YPG - Jenan Moussa on Twitter


John Kerry hints protecting Kobani is not priority - ITV News


VIDEO: John Kerry hints protecting Kobani is not priority - YouTube


UN envoy urges help to defend Kobani - DW.DE


VIDEO: UN’s Syria envoy calls for international action to defend Kobane - YouTube


Syria human rights groups call on world to save embattled town of Kobani from 'Islamic State' - Independent.ie


As They Battle IS For Kurdish Town Kobane, U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Question Support - huffingtonpost.com


VIDEO: the Dawn of Freedom Brigades (rebels working w/ YPG) targeting IS positions in east of Kobani city - Aymenn J Al-Tamimi on Twitter


Saraya Jarabulus: rebel group in NE Aleppo/Kobani area working w/ YPG in 'Euphrates Volcano' against IS - Aymenn J Al-Tamimi on Twitter


"Komele" Kurdish faction quits Syr Rev Front after leadership refused 2 provide them w support to go fight in Kobane against IS - Joshua Landis on Twitter


11 Rules For Journalists Covering ISIS, Issued By IS - huffingtonpost.com


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Army imposes curfew after 21 killed in Turkey pro-Kurdish protests over failure to aid besieged Kobane - Yahoo News


Kobani: Anger grows as Turkey’s Kurds are stopped from aiding Syria militias in Kobane (VIDEO) - The Guardian


Kurdish rallies in Turkey turn bloody, (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - RT News


VIDEO (Raw): Pro-Kurd rally turns violent in Istanbul as IS on verge of capturing Kobani - YouTube


Kurdish-led Kobani protests spread to Europe - todayszaman.com


VIDEO: Kurds across Europe hold protests calling for more help for Kobani - LiveLeak.com


Street clashes pitting Kurds against radical Muslims left 23 people wounded in Germany - Yahoo News


VIDEO: Germany: Pro-IS mob attacks Kurdish protesters with MACHETES and KNIVES - YouTube


'Shame on you, Turkey!' Massive protest in London demands protection for Kobani Kurds (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - RT UK


Turkish Inaction on IS Advance Dismays the U.S. - NYTimes.com


White House walks back talk of Syria-Turkey buffer zone after France backed the proposal and Kerry said the idea was worth examining - Yahoo News


Pentagon: Turkey's proposed buffer zone not on table - Al Arabiya News


Barzani Asks Turkey to Let Peshmerga Through to Kobani, So far there is no word from Ankara - BAS NEWS


Kurdish leader Salih Muslim met with Turkish officials in Ankara - hurriyetdailynews


Kobane connected to Kurdish peace process in Turkey, HDP says - hurriyetdailynews


Gülen warns against adventurism, using force against Kurds - todayszaman.com

 

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Judge Gives Guantanamo Abuses a Hearing

 

 


Guantanamo’s Force-Feeding Challenged

 

 

Editor Note: In the Kafkaesque world of Guantanamo, even inmates cleared for release are held indefinitely and – if they try to kill themselves via hunger strikes – are brutally force-fed to keep them alive. Finally, a U.S. court is confronting whether the force-feeding can be done more humanely.

By Ray McGovern

In the first trial weighing the legality of force-feeding methods at the Guantanamo Bay prison, U.S. government lawyers have tried to disparage doctors and refute medical assessments regarding the best practices and ethics for treating inmates who have engaged in hunger strikes to protest their indefinite confinements, often after being cleared for release.

Is Ferguson Is Just the First Wave of Escalating Riots and Police Repression?

Originally posted at AcronymTV

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The murder of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Office Darren Wilson set off and wave of protests, the majority of which were non violent. The militarized police response and the violent repression of peaceful protestors will only get worse if the economic conditions of this country do not change radically and quickly, says David DeGraw, author of the new book, The Economics of Revolt. “If you want to change things through non-violent methods, the window of opportunity is closing fast. Very fast,” says DeGraw.

Urgent: Right-Left Alliance Needed to Stop This War!

Pick Up TruckBy David Swanson, originally published by Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

Last year, public pressure played a big role in stopping US missile strikes on Syria. The biggest difference between then and now was that televisions weren't telling people that ISIS might be coming to their neighborhood to behead them. There were other, smaller differences as well: Britain's opposition, Russia's opposition, and the difficulty of explaining to Americans that it now made sense to join a war on the same side as al Qaeda.

But there's another big difference between last year and this year. Last year was not a Congressional election year. With elections coming this November, Congress declared an early vacation in September and fled town in order to avoid voting a new war up or down. It did this while fully aware that the President would proceed with the war illegally. Most Congress members, including House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Leader Harry Reid, believe that by allowing a war to happen without explicitly voting for or against it they can best win our votes for re-election without offending their funders.

Congress members have good reason to think that way. Numerous organizations and individuals are dumping endless energy and resources into trying to elect either Democrats or Republicans, regardless of their policies. Big groups on the left have told me that they will not have any time for opposing war until the elections are over, at which point they'll be happy to "hold accountable" any of the Democrats they've just reelected. There are organizations who do the same thing for Republicans.

When war was made the top election issue in exit polls in 2006, Democrats took power and their leader in the House, Rahm Emanuel, openly told the Washington Post that they would keep the war in Iraq going in order to campaign against it again in 2008. And so they did. Republicans elected opposing war in 2010 have been more rhetorical than substantive in their "opposition."

The current war, and the endless war it is part of, must be opposed by people across the political spectrum who put peace ahead of party. ISIS has a one-hour video asking for this war. Giving it to them, and boosting their recruitment, is insanity. Ending insane policies is not a left or right position. This is a war that involves bombing the opposite side in Syria from the side we were told we had to bomb a year ago, and simultaneously arming the same side that the U.S. government is bombing. This is madness. To allow this to continue while mumbling the obvious truth that "there is no military solution" is too great an evil to fit into any lesser-evil electoral calculation.

This war is killing civilians in such large numbers that the White House has announced that restrictions on killing civilians will not be followed. This war is being used to strip away our rights at home. It's draining our economy. It's impoverishing us -- primarily by justifying the routine annual spending of roughly $1 trillion on war preparations. It's endangering us by generating further hatred. And all of this destruction, with no up-side to be found, is driven by irrational fear that has people telling pollsters they believe this war will endanger them and they're in favor of it.

According to the Congressional Research Service 79% of weapons shipments to Middle Eastern countries are from the United States, not counting arms given to allies of ISIS or used by the US military. Rather than arming this region to the teeth and joining in wars with US weapons on both sides, the United States could arrange for and lead an arms embargo. It could also provide restitution for what it has done in recent years, including the destruction of Iraq that allowed the creation of ISIS. Making restitution in the form of actual aid (as opposed to "military aid") would cost a lot less than lobbing $2 million missiles at people who view them as recruitment posters and tickets to martyrdom. That shift would also begin to make the United States liked rather than hated.

We won't get there unless people whose souls are un-owned by political parties take over town hall meetings and let Congress members know that they must work to end this war if they want to earn our votes.

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David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org

Thoughts of a Beheaded Head

Dostoievski once had a character imagine what a head would think if for some seconds it were aware of having been cut off by an executioner's guillotine, or if somehow it were aware for a full minute, or even for five minutes.

I should think such a head would think thoughts entirely dependent on the circumstances and that the type of blade that committed the murder wouldn't affect the thoughts too greatly.

I loved you, it might think, thinking of its loved ones. I did well there, if might think, thinking of its accomplishments. I'm sorry, it might think, dwelling momentarily on its deepest regrets -- as likely as not relatively trivial incidents in which the head together with its body had hurt someone's feelings.

I've died in a war, the head might think, despite opposing wars. I took the risk and enjoyed the thrill, yet the injustice remains. I didn't launch the war. I didn't make millions off it. I didn't win votes from it. I tried to tell people what it was, and here I am no better than a soccer ball about to cease existing as a consciousness.

As the beheaded head's remaining seconds stretched into what seemed to it a long period of time, it might be struck by the absurdity of the situation, and it might be horrified by the barbarism. I was supposed to not be the news, the head might think, and now I am the news. After pretending not to be human, my humanity -- once ended -- will now be used as a reason to escalate the war. No one will ask me. How could they?

But no one ever asked me, did they, even when I was connected to a neck and arms and legs? I reported on this battle or that atrocity. But did anyone ever ask whether the entire enterprise made me ashamed of my species? Did anyone ever ask whether the justifications used were any better than lunacy? My country decided 100 years ago that it would dominate the Middle East for oil -- oil that will destroy the world itself if the wars don't.

In recent years my country destroyed Iraq, killing a half-million to a million-and-a-half people, leaving behind a hell on earth, including a government that both beheads people and bombs them, as well as handing over weaponry to this gang that beheaded my body -- a gang that could only have arisen in the hell on earth that Washington created and which will never match Washington's scale of killing if it keeps beheading and crucifying for decades.

So what does the government of the people who read my reports do? It sends in more weapons to the close allies of ISIS and simultaneously starts bombing ISIS just one year after screaming that it must bomb the Syrian government that ISIS is fighting. And ISIS makes a movie demanding heavier U.S. attacks, and the U.S. obliges and launches heavier attacks. And ISIS recruitment soars, the weapons companies stocks soar, and I get my body cut off.

And because my body is gone from me, and because the war is begun, and because it is guaranteed to get worse rather than better, brave drone pilots will be told that they must continue the war so as not to offend themselves, and as they commit suicide after murdering people with joysticks, still more pilots will be called on so that the first ones will not have killed themselves in vain.

Why when we're alive do we act as if the whole thing isn't insane? Is it a function of our habit of acting as if our existence isn't insane? We puff ourselves up, don't we? We talk solemnly of strategy, energetically ignoring the intentional absurdity of the whole doomed project, just as we eat and eat and eat without ever once wondering what the junk we are eating will do to the worms who will dine on our flesh.

What if the world comes to its senses next week, the head might think as the world grows blurry around it. How will I feel to have missed it by so little? Well, I'll feel nothing of course, and so I do hope that it will happen. I really do. This man who's cut off my body has a loud laugh. He was sad yesterday morning and I could not ask him why. I wonder if people back home know that he thinks Americans can only understand the language of violence, so there's no sense talking to them.

We Would Have Revolution Overnight If People Understood This One Thing

Martin Luther King, Jr. was working towards a guaranteed basic income for all when he was killed. Wealth inequality, neoliberalism, the actions of the Federal Reserve, along with the greed and theft of the global elite have made the call for a guaranteed basic income for all even more urgent in 2014 than in the 1960s.

David DeGraw, interviewed here by Dennis Trainor, Jr. of Acronym TVclaims the alternative is a violent revolution.

In his new book, The Economics of Revolution, DeGraw writes:

The Green Shock Doctrine: a Decade of False Climate Solutions

Originally posted at AcronymTV

Anne Petermann, has been banned from future U.N. Climate Conferances for her vocal activism. Here, she outlines the last decade of U.N. Climate Conference failures and false solutions.

About Anne Petermann |

Anne Petermann is the Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project. She is also the Coordinator of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees; the North American Focal Point for the Global Forest Coalition; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Will Miller Social Justice Lecture Series.

Clarity vs. befoggery: Troglodytes, Weasels and Young Turks

By John Grant

 

I’m a leftist, but I have a weakness for my brothers and sisters on the right. For some reason, I’m compelled to see what troglodytes like Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Megyn Kelly are thinking. They’re all quite entertaining as they do their best to un-man Barack Obama and advocate day-in, day-out for a war with Islam. They are masters of malicious fog.

Then there’s a writer like New York Times columnist David Brooks, a man who must sit around observing current events until he figures out a safe, center-right position he can express in the most reasonable, muddled language possible. Reading David Brooks is like trying to get a grip on jello.

Unnecessary Suffering: The Legacy of Depleted Uranium

by Carol Dudek          Iraq was the fertile crescent of antiquity, the vast area that fed the entire Middle East and Mediterranean, and introduced grains to the world.  It was Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization, that propelled us forward with its invention of writing, domestication of animals and settled life.   Now its groundwater and soil store the radioactivity of 630 tons of depleted uranium weapons.  The waste that has been thrown onto civilian targets has permanent consequences.  It pollutes southern Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia with uranium oxide dust that spreads as far as 26 miles, blowing with sand, weathering into water.  Uranium 238, with a half-life of 4 ½ billion yea

Talk Nation Radio: Mark Weisbrot: Latin America Has Gone Left, U.S Can't Stop It

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Mark Weisbrot is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, in Washington, D.C. He writes columns for Al Jazeera and the Guardian. We discuss the leftward movement of Latin American governments, and the unsuccessful efforts of the U.S. government to overthrow those governments. Read Mark's columns at http://www.cepr.net/index.php/clips/mark-weisbrots-op-eds

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Ferguson Flash Mob! Requiem for Mike Brown Confronts White Privilege at St. Louis Symphony

Originally posted at AcronymTV

About 50 protesters seeking justice for Mike Brown delayed the start of the second act of Brahms requiem on Saturday night at the St. Louis Symphony in a brilliantly executed creative protest captured by Rebecca Rivas of the St. Louis American.
(read more: http://www.popularresistance.org/demonstrators-disrupt-st-louis-symphony-singing-a-requiem-for-mike-brown/)

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Vietnam in Virginia

Wednesday, Oct 15 at 7:15 p.m. at Naro Cinema in Norfolk, Va.



LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM 


Award-winning independent filmmaker Rory Kennedy’s new film chronicles a story few of us have heard before. During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. The prospect of an official evacuation of the remaining Americans and their South Vietnamese allies becomes hopelessly delayed by Congressional gridlock and a delusional U.S. Ambassador. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of Americans take matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible. (98 mins)     
http://lastdaysinvietnam.com

David Swanson, RootsAction campaign coordinator and WorldBeyondWar director, will return to speak at the Naro from his home in Charlottesville. He is a nationally renowned journalist, teacher, peace activist, and author of War Is A Lie, When The World Outlawed War, and War No More: The Case For Abolition.

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Syria/Turkey News - Oct 7, 2014


Islamic State militants raise flag over Kobane as fighting intensifies - smh.com.au


Street battles as IS enters Syria's Kobane - theguardian.com


VIDEO: Islamic State flag raised over Kobane, Syria - BBC


Islamic State Takes Position on Kobane’s Mount Mishtenur - bellingcat


VIDEO: Outmatched Kurds with AK47s v IS tanks in Kobane - Peter Bouckaert on Twitter


Syrian Kurds say air strikes against IS are not working - The Guardian


Kurds confused at US reluctance to crush Islamic State - GulfNews.com


VIDEO: State Department Briefing: U.S. Strategy in Syria Questioned as IS Enters Kurdish Town Kobane - Rudaw


Kurdish Female Commander in Kobane Kills IS Militants in Suicide Attack - rudaw


YPG confirm Arin Mirkan carried out suicide bombing vs. IS in Kobane (PHOTO) - Charles Lister on Twitter


'Grannies with Kalashnikovs' Last Line of Defence for Besieged Syrian Town - breitbart.com


At least 30 Kurdish fighters killed in two IS suicide bombs in Syria’s Hasakah - The Globe and Mail


IS’ Ammunition Is Shown to Have Origins in U.S. and China - NYTimes.com


3 New Findings On IS Weapons That You Should Know About - huffingtonpost.com


REPORT: Analysis of small-calibre ammunition recovered from Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria - Conflict Armament Research


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Kurds Protesting In Turkey And Europe As Kobane About To Fall - Business Insider


VIDEO: Watch pro-Kurd protesters RAGE in fiery Istanbul clashes - YouTube


PHOTO: In Istanbul, bus on fire during protests over Kobane - Mehmet Cerit on Twitter


Kurdish Protesters Shut Down Oxford Circus Tube, Calling For More Action Against Islamic State (PHOTOS) - huffingtonpost.com


‘Stop IS!’ Kurdish protesters storm Dutch parliament in The Hague (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - RT News


Kurdish-Americans Appeal for US Action in Kobane - Rudaw


UN Secretary General Calls for Action to Protect Civilians in Syria’s Kobane - RIA Novosti


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Boots on the ground in Syria ‘if the US strategy includes going after Assad,’ says Turkish PM - hurriyetdailynews


VIDEO: Interview with Turkey Prime Minister on IS, Syria war - CNN


PKK, IS are the same, says Erdoğan - todayszaman


Islamic State siege of Syrian border city tests Turkey's allegiances - Washington Times


After Turkey and UAE, Saudi Arabia Is Next on Biden’s Mideast Apology List After Harvard Remarks - NYTimes.com


Turkish army uses tear gas to move Kurds from Syrian border - AFP


VIDEO: Turkish Kurds clashed with police on the border of Syria after they gathered to show support for Kobani's defenders - CNN


Turkish police tear-gas BBC team near Syrian border - BBC News


VIDEO: BBC crew come under attack by Turkish police near Kobane - BBC News


Anonymous customs officer: The Turkish state continues to give logistic support to IS - ANF


Ankara urges PYD leader to join ranks of Free Syrian Army against al-Assad - hurriyetdailynews


Turkey Launches Crackdown On Oil Smugglers Feeding IS - huffingtonpost.com

 

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Appearances/Protests of War Criminals for October 2014

George Bush

10/9/14 San Antonio TX - Alamodome
10/9/14 San Antonia TX - Marriott Resort

Barack Obama

Definition of Orwellian: Launching Wars against "Future Enemies"

 

 by Debra Sweet        This seems like a good time to sort out what's true in the public discourse over Iraq and Syria, and what's not. The United States, apparently with some significant level of public support, is embarking on an extremely dangerous and provocative war, possibly with the help of allies in NATO, and certainly with an alliance of countries targeted by protesters during the Islamic Spring.  We can't spend enough time understanding the dynamics, in order to better challenge the lies, and lead people to stand up for the interests of humanity.

But Don't We Have to do SOMETHING About ISIS?

by Debra Sweet      The most frequently asked question I'm hearing, including among people who have been active in opposing U.S.

Elected Officials and ‘Boots on the Ground’

               As the United States’ armchair warriors sit in their comfortable homes and offices and decide on which country it is time to invade, attack or bomb, little consideration is given to those that must carry out their decisions. Sound bites for the evening news are far more important that human suffering.

Operation Odysseus' Butcher Shop

The phrase "war myths" these days is generally taken to mean such nonsense as that war will make us safe, or civilians won't be killed, or surgical strikes will kill more enemies than they produce, or prosperity and freedom will follow war-making, etc. But I wonder whether "war myths" shouldn't be taken more literally, whether we don't in fact have a bunch of warmakers believing that they are Odysseus.

Remember Odysseus, the great Greek hero who went on lots of thrilling adventures on his way home from Troy and kicked a bunch of interloping suitors of his lonely wife out of his house in Ithaca when he got home?

Well, Odysseus didn't actually kick them out, did he? Do you remember what actually happened? Odysseus could have ordered them out upon his return. He could have announced his approach and had them gone before he arrived. Instead, he disguised himself and entered his house unannounced. He secretly hid all the weapons except those for himself and his son and loyal servants. He secretly blocked every door. The suitors were unarmed and trapped when Odysseus revealed who he was and started murdering them.

The suitors offered to more than repay him for what they had stolen from his house, to apologize, to try to make things right. Odysseus, who had a goddess making sure he succeeded in every detail, declined all offers and murdered every man but those his son said were loyal. He beheaded. He tortured. He dismembered. He cut off faces and cut out organs and fed bits of people to dogs. And then, seeing as how he was on such a glorious killing spree, he asked his wife's head servant whether any of the servant women had been disrespectful or misbehaved in any way. Those who had were quickly identified, and Odysseus murdered them immediately.

And there was a cute reunion scene with his wife, and everyone lived happily ever after, right?

Well, actually, there's a bit of the story we tend to overlook. Odysseus realized that the giant pile of corpses in his house had friends and relatives who would seek revenge exactly as barbarically as he had. So his goddess friend cast a spell of forgiveness on all of them, and by that means there was peace. 

Now, in the world of the myth one might well wonder why Athena didn't just cast that spell on Odysseus the day before, let the suitors repay him, and skip the blood bath. But in the world of reality, one must ask whether our masters of war believe Athena is going to help them too.

They revenge themselves with righteous brutality on various dictators who have lapsed in their loyalty or death squads that have lost their utility, and the blowback is predictable, predicted, and tragic. No goddess ever shows up to cast a spell of forgiveness on victims' friends and family.

War supporters know there's no goddess in their fight, but often they begin to imagine that the other side will find forgiveness by seeing the justness of the war against them -- although I don't believe there are any examples of this actually happening.

War propaganda maintains that the other side only speaks the language of violence, so violence will communicate to that other side our grievances, our suffering, our justifiable outrage, and our desire for peace.  But of course, violence is not a language, not even when dressed up in Homer's art. A language is a substance that can be thought in. Violence cannot embody thought, only fantasy.

The happy little war that turned Libya into hell three years ago was called Operation Odyssey Dawn.

There have been many admirable suggestions put forward to name Obama's latest war:
Operation Enduring Confusion
Operation Rolling Blunder
Operation Iraqi Liberation
Operation We're Indispensable - Guess What That Makes You
Operation Unchanging Hopelessness

But I think the appropriate tag for a mission based on the idea of special holy goodness and power, the idea that mass killing of civilians is justified by outrage at killing of civilians, and the notion that everyone will forgive it afterwards so it won't just make matters worse, is Operation Odysseus' Butcher Shop.

Libeling a movement and its activists: Accusing Hong Kong Activists of Being Tools of US Policy is Both Ignorant and Dangerous

By Dave Lindorff

 

            A number of progressive and left-leaning writers in the US have jumped on a report by Wikileaks that the neo-con dominated National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and various other US-government linked organizations with a history of subversion and sowing discord abroad are operating in Hong Kong to make the leap of “logic” that the democracy protests in Hong Kong must therefore be a creation of US policy-makers.

.01% slaughter innocents by the millions, parasitize trillions: how do you speak of them?

by Carl Herman

 

published on Washington’s Blog 4 Oct 2014
republished here under the term of Fair Use

 

if_your_presenceWe all have our roles to play.

Weeks before Dallas Ebola case, OIG slammed DHS, TSA for ineffective pandemic preparedness

Expired respirators? Unsanitary hand sanitizer? Antivirals unaccounted for? No problem! As long as the TSA keeps putting its hands down people's pants, we're safe!

 

Read the rest at TSA News.

Beyond 935 Lies

Charles Lewis' book, 935 Lies, would make a fine introduction to reality for anyone who believes the U.S. government usually means well or corporations tend to tell the truth in the free market. And it would make an excellent introduction to the decline and fall of the corporate media. Even if these topics aren't new to you, this book has something to add and retells the familiar quite well.

The familiar topics include the Gulf of Tonkin, the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, the civil rights movement, U.S. aggression and CIA overthrows, Pinochet, Iran-Contra, lying tobacco companies, and Edward R. Murrow. Lewis brings insight to these and other topics, and if he doesn't document that things were better before the 1960s, he does establish that horrible things have been getting worse since, and are now much more poorly reported on.

The New York Times and Washington Post were afraid not to print the Pentagon Papers. Nowadays a typical decision was that of the New York Times to bury its story on warrentless spying in 2004, with the explanation that printing it might have impacted an election. TV news today would not show you the civil rights movement or the war on Vietnam as it did at the time.

Lewis has hope for new media, including the Center for Public Integrity, which he founded in 1989, and which has produced numerous excellent reports, including on war profiteering, and which Lewis says is the largest nonprofit investigative reporting organization in the world.

Points I quibble with:

1. Human Rights Watch as a model media organization? Really?

2. The New America Foundation as a model media organization? Really?

3. Think tanks as a great hope for integrity in public life? Really?

4. After making 935 of the George W. Bush gang's lies a book title, you aren't sure he "knowingly" lied? Seriously?

This is the guy who wanted an excuse to attack Iraq before he had one. He told Tony Blair they could perhaps paint a U.S. plane in U.N. colors, fly it low, and hope for it to get shot at -- after which conversation the two men spoke to the media about how they were trying to avoid war. This was January 31, 2003, and is quite well documented, but I don't think a single reporter who was lied to that day has taken any offense or asked for an apology.  This is the president who rushed the war to prevent completion of inspections. This is the president who made dozens of wild claims about weapons without evidence -- in fact with evidence to the contrary. 

Not only does overwhelming evidence show us that Bush knew his claims about WMDs to be false, but the former president has shown us that he considers the question of truth or falsehood to be laughably irrelevant. When Diane Sawyer asked Bush why he had claimed with such certainty that there were so many weapons in Iraq, he replied: "What's the difference? The possibility that [Saddam] could acquire weapons, If he were to acquire weapons, he would be the danger." What's the difference? It's the difference between lying and meaning well. This interview is available on video.

5. Why not bring the trend of lying about wars up to date, I wonder. Since I wrote War Is A Lie we've had all the lies about drone wars, the lies about Gadaffi threatening to slaughter civilians, the lies about Iranian nukes and Iranian terrorism, the lies about Russian invasions and attacks in Ukraine, the lies about chemical weapons use in Syria, the lies about humanitarian and barbaric justifications for attacking Iraq yet again. It's hard to even keep up with the pace of the lies.  But we ought to be able to properly identify the mother of all lies, and I don't think it was the Gulf of Tonkin.

6. Lewis's model of integrity is Edward R. Murrow. Among Murrow's independent and heroic credentials, according to Lewis, is that he met with President Roosevelt hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Now, I take nothing away from Murrow's reporting and the stand he later took for a free press. But why did Lewis bring up this meeting? And once he'd brought it up why did he not mention that Murrow told his wife that night that FDR had given him the "biggest story of my life, but I don't know if it's my duty to tell it or forget it." The Murrow depicted by Lewis would have known what his duty was. Murrow later told John Gunther that the story would put his kid through college if he told it. He never did.

That many people will not immediately know what the story was is testimony to a pattern that Lewis documents. Some lies take many, many years to fall apart. The biggest ones sometimes take the longest.

Syria/Turkey News - Oct 4, 2014


Islamic State fighters reportedly enter Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani - ekurd


YPG Statement: IS will never be able to enter Kobani - ANF


Kurds Fight Alone as Coalition Holds Fire Against Jihadist Tanks - Businessweek


Dramatic footage of Islamic State advance on Syrian Kurdish Kobani city, the group now control 325 villages in the surrounding area  - ekurd


VIDEO: Dramatic footage of Islamic State advance on Syrian Kurdish Kobani city - YouTube


VIDEO: IS apparently seized a checkpoint of an entry point to the city of Kobani from the south - Aymenn J Al-Tamimi on Twitter


VIDEO: A YPG Killdozer and several dead YPG fighters filmed by IS on the outskirts of Kobane - Brown Moses on Twitter


19-Year-old Syrian Kurdish woman YPG fighter Ceylan Ozalp kills herself rather than falling into IS jihadists' hands - ekurd.net


WYPG Women Soldiers in a War Against IS - Marie Claire


VIDEO: Kurdish Female Fighters VS. The Islamic State (Australian documentary) - liveleak.com


Looks likely that the Chechen-dominated Liwa al-Aqsa is leading the IS offensive on Kobane (Ayn al-Arab) - Charles Lister on Twitter


Mayadeen: 100s of Nusra fighters in Aleppo & Idlib defected to IS & headed to Alshadadi in Hassaka after giving bayaa - Joshua Landis on Twitter


MAP: Who and from where is coming to join IS - James Denselow on Twitter


Seven members of Syria family executed by jihadists - THE DAILY STAR


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Turkey vows support for besieged Syrian town Kobane, but stops short of committing to military action - Reuters


VIDEO: Turkey tanks idle as IS attacks Kobane - BBC News


Watching Kobane battle, Kurds lose faith in Turkey anti-IS action - Yahoo Maktoob News


Kobane Kurds say they held talks with the Turkish government but it has not responded to their request for help - The News Tribune


Turkey parliamentary motion is actually against Syria, not IS: main opposition - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkey PM: Syrian Kurds paying price for siding with Assad - Daily Sabah


Turkish intervention in Syria would be 'aggression': Damascus - Dunya News


When Turkish official was asked why Turkey wasn't helping Kurds in Syria he replied: “Why must we choose btwn PKK & ISIS?” - cale salih on Twitter


Öcalan: Massacre in Kobani would end peace talks in Turkey - todayszaman.com


Turkish co-chairs on the way to Kobanê border - ANF


Turkish soldiers allegedly met IS gangs on Kobanê border last night - ANF


Turkey to bargain with US over no-fly zone - hurriyetdailynews.com


49 hostages swapped for 180 IS terrorists, report claims - todayszaman.com


New EU warns ‘new Turkey' for first time - todayszaman.com


Turkey: under pressure to take a definitive stance - European Council on Foreign Relations


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Islamic State beheads British hostage, names captured American as next - McClatchy DC


VIDEO: IS Sends “Another Message to America and Its Allies”, Beheads Brit Aid Worker and Threatens to Kill American Next - Saving the Republic


Biden blames US allies in Middle East for rise of IS - RT News


VIDEO: Vice President Biden Delivered Remarks on Foreign Policy at the John F. Kennedy Forum - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Remarks by the Vice President at the John F. Kennedy Forum - The White House


Obama team circles wagons as Panetta hits White House on Iraq, Syria and more - Fox News


Leon Panetta: Should have armed Syrian rebels sooner - CNN.com


Syria opposition head 'not satisfied' with coaltion support - Al-Monitor


American Allies On The Ground In Syria Say US-Led Air Strikes Are Hurting Their Cause - Business Insider


Syrian Rebel Commanders Say US Airstrikes Bolster Assad - VOA


U.S., anti-Assad rebels at odds over Nusra’s role - The State


Syria: top FSA officers quit - Al Arabiya News


Why Does the Free Syrian Army Hate Us? - The Daily Beast


The Idealists Who Started Syria's Revolution Have All Been Killed, Jailed Or Exiled - The Daily Beast


Pentagon "slush fund" pays for ISIS airstrikes, irking some in Congress - CBS News


Anti-IS Pentagon Operation Has New Website, but Still No Name - WSJ

 

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IN MEMORIAM: A LOSS FOR HUMANITY

by Debra Sweet      It was heartbreaking to hear of the suicide of Jacob David George last week.  He had been sent to Afghanistan three times with the Marines, from the age of 19-22.  We met him in NYC on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, just on the even of OWS.  An Arkansan, he rode his bike with the Guitarmy.  I last saw him playing his guitar and singing at the Ft. Meade rally for Chelsea Manning.Most significantly, Jacob was one of the veterans who threw their medals toward the NATO meeting in Chicago, at the 2012 antiwar protest in Chicago.

But Don't We Have to do SOMETHING About ISIS?

by Debra Sweet          The most frequently asked question I'm hearing, including among people who have been active in opposing U.S. wars, is “but, don't we have to do somethingabout ISIS?”  Yes, “we” do.  We — people living in this country — do have to send a loud message to the rest of the world that we are completely against the killing, theft of resources, subjugation of women and denial of peoples’ rights in the region by the forces responsible. The Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) is both a response to U.S. occupation of the region, and also literally, in some cases, was created by torture in U.S. prisons in Iraq; by billions of dollars in U.S.

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