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Laughing Our Way to Destruction

If members of the U.S. public were ever to wonder what the other 95% of humanity thinks about them, would it be better to break that harsh truth to them gently or just to blurt it out?

I'm going to go with the latter.

Here's Frankie Boyle explaining the advantages of Scottish independence: "Scotland would no longer have to invade places like Afghanistan for American interests. . . . I don't support America's wars. I don't even think they are wars. They're one-way traffic, mass-murder. There's never been a time when a shepherd has beaten a helicopter. You never switch on the news to see 'A shock result in Afghanistan today when a missile was destroyed by a wedding.' Because not only will America go into your country and kill all your people. But what's worse I think is they'll come back twenty years later and make a movie about how killing your people made their soldiers feel sad. Oh boo hoo hoo. Americans making a movie about what Vietnam did to the soldiers is like a serial killer telling you what stopping suddenly for hitchhikers did to his clutch."

If you don't think people find such remarks acceptable, listen to this laughter:

Living in the United States we've been trained to appreciate the fact that the wars do in fact make the soldiers feel sad. In fact they significantly increase rates of depression and violence and suicide. We tell each other not to blame the soldiers, rather to blame the top politicians. But then we don't really do that, do we? Bush is off painting himself in the bathtub and otherwise doing his imitation of the original King George III during his blue urine period. Obama is cheered by his fans because his wars make him sad and he declares them with such heartfelt reluctance. But from the point of view of people who are told about non-American deaths in their newspapers and on their televisions and radios (that is, from the point of view of 95% of humanity) U.S. wars are mass-slaughter of innocents. Ninety percent of the deaths are on one side. Ninety percent of those deaths are civilians by every definition. When the U.S. says it's going to launch another war because it opposes genocide, the rest of the world responds "We what the f%^$^! do you call your wars?"

Think the rest of the world is crazy? Think it's just bad jokes that miss the serious complicated facts of the matter. Watch how an intelligent Englishman watches an Obama speech:

Or you can watch how an American views Lindsey Graham's speeches:

Or how an American comedian views U.S. foreign policy:

When an American gets honest about U.S. warmongering it has to be a joke. It has to sneak in. We don't want to hear it. But we shouldn't keep imagining the rest of the world doesn't know what's going on.

Iraq/Syria News - Sep 16, 2014

 

Iraq wins pledge of global military support against Islamic State at the international meeting in Paris - THE DAILY STAR


Iraqi Leader Asks World Powers to Pursue Islamic State in Syria - Alaska Dispatch


VIDEO: World’s Top Diplomats Pledge Iraq Support - VOA


White House claims Arab nations offer to join airstrikes against IS in Iraq, Syria - Fox News


French Rafale Fighter Jets Fly over Iraq as Anti-Islamic State Paris Summit Begins - Yahoo News UK


First U.S. airstrikes near Baghdad in expanded Iraq fight - US News


Airstrikes Have Halted Islamic State in Iraq, U.S. Says - WSJ


POLLS: Obama’s Iraq policy gains bipartisan support, polls show - LA Times


Rights group calls for probe into Iraqi airstrike that killed 31 civilians, including 24 children - US News


Iraq: Survivors Describe Government Airstrike - Human Rights Watch


Iraq′s prime minister halts airstrikes in civilian areas - DW.DE


Kerry: Airstrikes against Islamic State would be ‘deconflicted’ with Syria, but there would be no formal cooperation or coordination - The Washington Post


AP Sources: US would hit back against Assad if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country - ABC News


US covertly giving Assad intel on Islamic State, regime daily claims - The Times of Israel


Intelligence operation focuses on Syria's Raqqa in Jihadi John hunt (PHOTOS) - Mail Online


VIDEO: Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister 'Action against Islamic State should include Syria’ - BBC News


US rejects military cooperation with Iran in Iraq, open to talks - Yahoo News


Iran supreme leader spurns U.S. overture to fight Islamic State - Reuters


Iraq FM says 'regrets' Iran not invited to Paris conference - Yahoo News


Iran fills key role in battling Islamic State in Iraq - LA Times


Hezbollah vows to destroy Islamic State in Syria - The Times of Israel


Turkish military weighs 'buffer zone' against Iraq, Syria threats: media - Reuters


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House Republicans drafting resolution to authorize training and arming of Syrian rebels - WashingtonExaminer.com


Syria's 'moderate' rebels say they need weapons, not training - Reuters


Lobbyists For Syrian Rebels To Woo Congress For Funding In Closed-Door Meeting - huffingtonpost.com


IS Strikes Non-Aggression Deal With ‘Moderate' Syrian Rebels: Reports - huffingtonpost.com


White House Denies Truce Between Syrian Rebels And IS - huffingtonpost.com


A statement from Jamal Marouf, leader of Syrian Revolutionary Front, denying his group signed a truce with IS - Hassan Hassan on Twitter


‘Moderate’ Syrian Revolutionaries Front continues to support al Qaeda - Uprootedpalestinians's Blog


Wow. US-backed Syrian Revolutionary Front rebels killed & crucified 2 apparent IS suicide bombers - Charles Lister on Twitter


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Kurdish fighters capture several Syrian villages amid heavy fighting with Islamic State, “We are fighting, on behalf of the world, the terrorism” - AP


YPG statement on recent clashes with IS - LiveLeak.com


Kurdistan Prime Minister Barzani and PKK leaders Discusse Joint Force Against IS - Rudaw


Peshmerga and Syrian Kurdish Forces Agree to Fight Together in the push to retake Yezidi town from Islamic State - Rudaw


West Widens Contacts With Syria's Kurds But Suspicion Remains - Business Insider


Analysis: YPG - the Islamic State's worst enemy - IHS Jane's 360


Peshmerga Forces Recruit Christian Fighters, says Local Official - Rudaw


Peshmerga's Spokesman: US will build two military sites to attack the Islamic State, one in Erbil - National Iraqi News Agency


VIDEO: On the Peshmerga front line in the fight against IS - BBC News


VIDEO (English Sub): IS running away from Kurds - Rudaw


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Barbaric IS earning $3m a day: Experts - AP


U.S. Targets Islamic State’s Lucrative Oil Smuggling Operations - oilprice.com


Islamic State fighters drawing on oil assets for funding and fuel - The Washington Post


Complex Network Smuggles Oil for Islamic State - WSJ


Who All are Buying Oil from Islamic State? Possibly Everyone - ibtimes.co.in


Turkish minister denies buying smuggled oil from ISIL, slams Western reports - hurriyetdailynews


Islamic State sells ‘blood antiquities’ from Iraq and Syria to raise money - The Washington Post


How IS became the wealthiest terror group in history - The Independent


Funding ISIS Infographic - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

 

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Lawless Law Enforcers: In America the 'Terrorists' All Too Often Are the Police

By Linn Washington

 

Two acts of ugly terrorism occurred in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963.

One act was widely abhorred. The other act ignored.

Many across America know about the 9/15/63 Birmingham murders of four little girls slain in the bombing of a black Baptist church 18-days after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his stirring “I Have A Dream” speech.

Nationalist Illusions

After thousands of years of bloody wars among contending tribes, regions, and nations, is it finally possible to dispense with the chauvinist ideas of the past? 

After New York: Rally for Peace and Climate in DC

An interactive townhall discussion of how we get to peace

Speakers: Andy Shallal, Barbara Wien, David Swanson, and YOU

When: Monday, September 22, 11:30-1:30

Where: SIS Founders Room, American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

Food and drink provided!



War, Whistleblowing, and Independent Journalism
 
Join us for the powerful documentary Body of War (co-produced and co-directed by Phil Donahue), followed by a discussion with whistleblowers and journalists.
 
When: Monday, September 22
 
6:30 pm: Body of War film screening

8 pm: Q&A with Phil Donahue

8:15 pm: Panel
*  William Binney, NSA whistleblower
*  Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, EPA whistleblower
*  Phil Donahue, journalist
*  Thomas Drake, NSA whistleblower
*  Peter Kuznick, professor of history
*  Jesselyn Radack, DOJ whistleblower
*  Kirk Wiebe, NSA whistleblower
Moderator: Norman Solomon
 
Where: American University -- Butler Board Room (located on the 6th floor above the Bender arena sports complex)

Optional: You can sign up on FaceBook here.

This event is sponsored by RootsAction.org and the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University, and co-sponsored by ExposeFacts.org.

For more information on the speakers, click here
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Nonviolent civil resistance for peace and climate at the White House

When: Tuesday, September 23, 10 a.m.

Where: Pennsylvania Ave. in front of White House.

More information.

Parenting Without God

Originally posted at AcronymTV

When asked if the world would be better off without God, Dan Arel, the author of Parenting Without God does not pull punches. “The world would be better off without the idea of God,’ Arel clarifies “the world is already without God.”

Defeating the Violence of Psychiatry

As the movement to abolish psychiatry continues to gather momentum – see ‘On Antipsychiatry’ – it is worth reviewing its delusional foundation, the history of its violence and its function as a weapon of elite social control.

September 2014 War Criminal Appearances & Protests

 September 2014 War Criminal Appearances & Protests

George Bush

9/9/14 - Park City UT

9/10/14 - Washington DC

9/11/14 - Cleveland OH

 

Dick Cheney

9/10/14 - Cheyenne WY

Dangerous Plans for More U.S. Bombing, Surveillance, and Troops in Iraq & Syria

The Senators leading the pack of war-dogs, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, opined in The New York Times this week on the need for the U.S. to go all-out in the Middle East:  We must face facts: A comprehensive strategy to defeat ISIS would require more troops, assets, resources and time. Such an undertaking should involve Congress. We have consistently advocated revising the Authorization for Use of Military Force that has provided congressional backing for counterterrorism operations since September 2001.These plans carry with them a repeat, or worse, of the mass death and destruction of society the U.S. carried out in an attempt to control Iraq.

The Nazis Had Their Law Professors Too, John Yoo

by Debra Sweet      Intense world events have again eclipsed news of the Guantanamo prisoners, meaning that their situation grows worse. No wave of releases has followed Obama's promise in May 2013 to once again close it. Andy Worthington reported Friday in Guantanamo Violence: Prisoners Report Shaker Aamer "Beaten," Another Man Assaulted "For Nearly Two Hours":

March with the Stop the Crimes Against Our Planet Contingent in New York City!

People's Climate March - SEPT. 21, 2014. NYC    Meet the Stop the Crimes Against Our Planet Contingent at 10:00 am at 77th St. & CPW    Humanity and the Planet Must Come First!    The World Can't Wait!

World leaders have called for yet another International Conference at the UN in September. Their meeting will, however, do nothing to stop the global environment's escalating destruction. Using the justifications of “national security” and "business necessities," the US government itself has consistently sabotaged climate talks, supported dangerous drilling, fracking, plunder and exploitation of non-renewable energy resources here and around the world. It has also ruthlessly prosecuted and jailed environmental and animal rights activists explicitly as “terrorists.”

Workshop: Climate Crisis - The Roots of the Problem

World Can't Wait cordially invites you to a discussion it is hosting at the New York City Climate Convergence., Sept. 20,2014. entitled Climate Crisis: The Roots of the Problem .The workshop will examine underlying economic, political and philosophical roots of the climate crisis. The science is clear: what are the obstacles preventing action commensurate with the crisis? Speakers will address the capitalist economic and political system, theological understanding of humanity's relation to the earth and the inheritance of colonial domination and the settler mindset.

Violence Against Women is a Necessary Outcome of the Athletic Industrial Complex | Dave Zirin Interview

Originally posted at AcronymTV

Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation, talks with Dennis Trainor, Jr. about the one reason Roger Goodell will be forced out as NFL Commissioner, Violence in the NFL, Domestic violence.

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James Foley Is Not a War Ad

To the extent that the U.S. public is newly, and probably momentarily, accepting of war -- an extent that is wildly exaggerated, but still real -- it is because of videos of beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

When 9-11 victims were used as a justification to kill hundreds of times the number of people killed on 9-11, some of the victims' relatives pushed back.

Now James Foley is pushing back from the grave.

Here is video of Foley talking about the lies that are needed to launch wars, including the manipulation of people into thinking of foreigners as less than human. Foley's killers may have thought of him as less than human. He may not have viewed them the same way.

The video shows Foley in Chicago helping Haskell Wexler with his film Four Days in Chicago -- a film about the last NATO protest before the recent one in Wales.  I was there in Chicago for the march and rally against NATO and war. And I've met Wexler who has tried unsuccessfully to find funding for a film version of my book War Is A Lie

Watch Foley in the video discussing the limitations of embedded reporting, the power of veteran resistance, veterans he met at Occupy, the absence of a good justification for the wars, the dehumanization needed before people can be killed, the shallowness of media coverage -- watch all of that and then try to imagine James Foley cheering like a weapons-maker or a Congress member for President Obama's announcement of more war. Try to imagine Foley accepting the use of his killing as propaganda for more fighting.

You can't do it. He's not an ad for war any more than the WMDs were a justification for war. His absence as a war justification has been exposed even faster than the absence of the WMDs was.

While ISIS may have purchased Sotloff, if not Foley, from another group, when Foley's mother sought to ransom him, the U.S. government repeatedly threatened her with prosecution. So, instead of Foley's mother paying a relatively small amount and possibly saving her son, ISIS goes on getting its funding from oil sales and supporters in the Gulf and free weapons from, among elsewhere, the United States and its allies. And we're going to collectively spend millions, probably billions, and likely trillions of dollars furthering the cycle of violence that Foley risked his life to expose.

The Coalition of the Willing is already crumbling. What if people in the United States were to watch the video of Foley when he was alive and speaking and laughing, not the one when he was a prop in a piece of propaganda almost certainly aimed at provoking the violence that Obama has just obligingly announced?

Foley said he believed his responsibility was to the truth. It didn't set him free. Is it perhaps not too late for the rest of us?

A Paradigm for Peace

Raise your hand if you weren't surprised when fancy films of beheadings resulted in bombings?

Keep your hand up if you weren't shocked when bombings resulted in more brutality and beheadings?

Is it possible we need a radically different way of thinking about how to solve violence?

Listen to this quote:

"Neither governments nor terrorists analyze the Defensive and Aggressive Roots of Violence within their enemies and themselves. Consequently, their policy solutions are imbalanced, hostile, and impractical. The habit of antagonistic debate further impedes the development of solutions, while threat-oriented psychological patterns and assumptions buttress a belief in war."

Please don't scream "What are we suppose to do, have a friendly discussion with the man with a knife on our throat?"

I actually know someone who did that and lived to tell the tale. But that's not the idea. We don't actually have a collective throat, and we aren't actually engaged in debates or discussions of any sort with the people our government is bombing thousands of miles from home. The point, as I take it, is to alter how we are thinking about matters of war and peace. Kristin Christman, whose quote that is, has produced a remarkable project called Paradigm For Peace.

She takes on the policy of war and the propaganda of war. She rethinks it all in her own language, very much the autodidact but very much dedicated to seeing the perspectives of others. Her writing could help war supporters begin to question their beliefs, which she sees as often noble, if often also shameful, if always misguided, in motivation. Christman applies the same generosity and insight to an analysis of war supporters on both sides. That is, she asks both why someone would support bombing Iraq and why someone would support anti-U.S. terrorism.

Another excerpt:

"Since its first foreign policies towards Native Americans, the U.S. has perceived the opponent as two-dimensional and deficient in qualities worth respecting and perspectives worth understanding. It is similar to the faulty way in which some have perceived slaves, children, animals, trees, rocks, rivers, and land itself: to be much less than they really are. Yet trying to obliterate the enemy does not resolve the threat; it does not address why the enemy became a threat. And if motivations are not discussed, solutions to motivations will be omitted. Foreign policy must be based upon a Science of Peace."

And one more, just to get a proper taste:

"We wouldn’t kick a car to make it go. If something were wrong with it, we would figure out which system wasn’t working and why: How is it not working? Does it turn on a little? Are the wheels spinning in mud? Does the battery need recharging? Are gas and air getting through? Like kicking the car, an approach to conflict that relies on military solutions does not figure things out: It does not distinguish between the causes of violence and does not address aggressive and defensive motivations."

Christman has organized her ideas into a system of categories that can be a bit intimidating, but often extremely valuable. I've sometimes struggled with the concept of the "roots of war" because I recognize factors that facilitate war, while recognizing that they are neither necessary nor sufficient to actually cause war. Christman makes use of a very helpful category that she calls "The Escalators of Violence." These are broken up into mental, legal, and physical varieties -- that is to say, mental habits that make war a first resort, legal structures that permit war, and physical facts like the presence of weapons and troops that make war the easiest option.

The "Roots of Violence" is another piece of Christman's analysis, itself divided into defensive, aggressive, and accidental roots. Christman is not using "defensive" as a legal justification for war, but rather as a category to facilitate understanding of what is motivating the actions of one's government or its declared enemies.

Continuing her mission of categorization, Christman creates a "Taxonomny of Peace" including an in-depth and specific look at roots and escalators of violence, and at solutions -- with a focus in particular on the United States and Western Asia (the "Middle East"). In fact, Christman lists 650 Solutions for Peace.

That's quite a leap from the currently common U.S. wisdom that one must choose between bombing and nothing, to a menu of 651 choices (including bombing as 1).  But the 650 are not all concrete and discrete steps.  Many are guides to better thinking.  Many are rules for what not to do. For example: "Do Not Determine Solutions Based Merely upon Snapshots of a Conflict" is the heading of one of the 650 sections.

I spoke at an event along with Christman some weeks back (video), and recognized that she was a brilliant independent thinker. It then took me weeks to get around to reading her work, which I still haven't finished. Why? Because it's too big, too disorganized, needs an editor, needs a web designer, and ought to be published in a hardcopy book for us old-fashioned types who like those. I mean all of that as constructive criticism, and I really very much do hope those steps are taken.

In the meantime, take any amount of time you have (such as time you might have wasted watching TV news) and check this out.

A cultural essay: Going to War with a Vengeance

By John Grant


To do nothing is to send a message to the wrongdoer, and the general public, that the victim has no self-worth and will not marshal the internal resources necessary to reclaim his or her honor. Shattered dignity is not beyond repair, but no elevating and equalizing of dignity can occur without the personal satisfaction of revenge.
        -Thane Rosenbaum, Payback: The Case For Revenge

Doing it right: man refuses TSA screening after flight

 

I realize this might seem like small potatoes, what with our Hawk-in-Chief doing what he does best -- bomb people to smithereens -- but as activists should know, these issues are all related. Quoting Hanna Arendt, "Empire abroad entails tyranny at home."


The U.S. is eviscerating civil liberties left and right. And every time you go to the airport and acquiese to the abusive practices of the TSA, you're going along with the evisceration of these civil liberties. Anyway, here's how one man handled himself recently at an American airport.

 

Syria/Iraq News - Sep 12, 2014

 

Obama to expand offensive against Islamic State, vowing a relentless effort to wipe out the terrorists “wherever they exist” - VOA


VIDEO: President Obama Addresses the Nation on the IS Threat - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Obama’s Remarks on the Fight Against IS - NYTimes.com


FACT SHEET: White House Statement on the Strategy to Counter the Islamic State (IS) - The White House


POLL: Overall, Americans gave President Obama's speech high marks - WCTI News


Congress backing Obama’s plan for Islamic State - The Boston Globe


Pentagon advances plan to defeat jihadists, the mission is to use any future strikes in Syria to weaken the Islamic State's operation in Iraq - WSJ


Air Campaign Against ISIS to Target Leaders and Seized U.S. Weapons - NBC News.com


US war planes to fly from Erbil base in Iraqi Kurdistan - France 24


U.S. airstrikes in Iraq destroyed 162 Islamic State vehicles: Pentagon - Washington Times


So what exactly will the US troops be doing in Iraq? - ABC 31: News


Pentagon: US Troops to Advise Iraqi Units at Brigade Level - C4ISR & Networks


Instead of boots on the ground, US Seeks Iraq contractors to advise the Iraqi Defense Ministry in force development, logistics and planning and operations - Military.com


Retraining Iraq's fractured army: Will it work this time? - Stripes


Gen. Allen Will Coordinate the Fight Against the Islamic State - Defense One


Former Iraq/Afghanistan commander John Allen is very familiar with Middle East nations and leaders crucial to the fight against the Islamic State - navytimes.com


US Treasury’s Cohen: Combating IS’s Access to Financing - USPolicy


IS Is A Threat To America, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Says. Here's What's Being Done About It - huffingtonpost.com


IS has between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters, CIA says - CNN.com


Islamic State group not an unstoppable juggernaut - AP


Islamic State's Financial Independence Makes It All the More Dangerous - newsweek.com


Oil, Extortion and Crime: Where IS Gets Its Money - NBC News


Funding the Islamic State: The terrorist group is reaping millions a day selling oil, gasoline and diesel on the black market. - US News


Islamic State Smuggles Oil Into Turkey—With Hostages as Insurance - Businessweek


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After talks in Saudi's Jeddah, Kerry wins Arab support for Syria/Iraq military campaign - Reuters


TEXT: Jeddah Communique from the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and the United States - state.gov


VIDEO: Secretary of State John Kerry makes a joint statement with Saudi foreign minister: Barbarity of IS 'Knows No Limits' - NBC News


Iraqi politicians welcome Obama’s expanded campaign against Islamic State - McClatchy DC News


Syria's Deputy FM: Syria has “no reservations” about U.S. airstrikes against IS and wants to team up with Washington to tackle the terrorists - NBC


VIDEO: Syrian Deputy FM: Syria Must Be Part of Coalition Against IS - NBC


Syrian opposition coalition says ready to partner against Islamic State - Reuters


Syria's Muslim Brotherhood rejects the international coalition against the Islamic State (Arabic) - CNNArabic.com


Syrian Refugees Express High Hopes for Obama’s IS Plan - VOA


Jordanian prince says US has strong ally in facing Islamic State militants in Middle East - Star Tribune


Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood decries Kerry visit, rejects the international coalition against IS - haberler.com


Turkey refuses to allow a U.S.-led coalition to attack IS in Iraq and Syria from its air bases, nor will it take part in combat operations, “Our hands and arms are tied because of the hostages” - Al Arabiya


Ankara lost contact with Mosul hostages kidnapped by the Islamic State, “There is strong evidence that some of these [hostages] are in Syrian territories” - todayszaman.com


Netanyahu says Israel playing part in fighting Islamic State - The Times of Israel


Iran Foreign Ministry spokeswoman: anti-Islamic State coalition 'shrouded in serious ambiguities' - Yahoo News


Russia says air strikes in Syria would be act of aggression without the consent of the legitimate Syrian government, U.N. vote - Reuters

 

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How 94,000 U.S. Air-Strikes Created ISIS and a Global Crisis

Thirteen years ago, a draft dodger from Texas stood on a pile of rubble in New York City and promised: "the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon."  Of course, the people who flew the planes into the World Trade Center could not hear anybody, as their remains were buried in the rubble beneath Bush's feet.  And our government's extraordinary relationship with one of the world's last and most brutal absolute monarchies ensured that any accomplices still in the U.S. were quickly flown home to Saudi Arabia before the crime could be investigated.  In 2003, Bush meekly complied with Al-Qaeda's most concrete demand, that he withdraw U.S. forces from military bases in Saudi Arabia.

A month after September 11th, Donald Rumsfeld stood at a podium in front of a $2 billion B-2 bomber at Whiteman AFB in Missouri and addressed the aircrews of the 509th Bomber Wing, before they took off across the world to wreak misdirected vengeance on the people of Afghanistan.  Rumsfeld told them, "We have two choices.  Either we change the way we live, or we must change the way they live.  We choose the latter.  And you are the ones who will help achieve that goal."

Since then, the United States has launched more than 94,000 air strikes, mostly on Afghanistan and Iraq, but also on Libya, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.  Rumsfeld's plan has undoubtedly achieved his goal of changing the way people live in those countries, killing a million of them and reducing tens of millions more to lives of disability, disfigurement, dislocation, grief and poverty.

Pathetic - the President's Speech

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ISIL replaces Russia as the top threat to the United States according to president

"There's a sucker born every minute." President Obama agrees based on his address to the nation. How else can you explain the pathetic national address just delivered?

Tonight's viewing event featured ISIL, the latest excuse for increased military spending. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is also called ISIS and IS. The name really doesn't matter. ISIL is code for angry Muslims who decapitate reporters. ISIL didn't quite pass public relations muster when it stood for angry Muslims who attack Iraqi towns and cities.

Early in the speech, the president said, "we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists who threaten our country." Therefore, we're taking "the fight" to ISIL, right? It's a little more complicated than that.

Russia/Ukraine News - Sep 11, 2014


Criticizing NATO, Putin Underlines Need for Nuclear Deterrence - VOA


Putin Tightens Grip on Russian Defense Industry - The Moscow Times


VIDEO: Putin takes control of Russia's defence industries and calls for new weapons - YouTube


Russia developing new nuclear and conventional weapons to counter US, NATO - New York Post


Russia Test-fires Intercontinental Nuclear Missile, Hits Target 3,500 Miles Away - ibtimes.com


VIDEO: Bulava ICBM test-fired from Russian nuclear sub Vladimir Monomakh - YouTube


Russia: Ukraine in NATO would be 'unprecedented challenge’ - AFP


Ukraine and NATO navies gather for Black Sea manouevres - ITAR-TASS


Canada says its frigate buzzed by Russian warplanes during NATO drill, Russia denies - AP


Russian coastal defenses in Crimea stage target practice amid NATO drills in Black Sea (VIDEO) - RT News


Russian strategic bombers reportedly practice nuclear missile strike against US - RT USA


The Ukrainian Crisis' Overlooked Nuclear Dimension - huffingtonpost.com


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Ukraine's President Pledges To Give The Country's East More Autonomy - huffingtonpost.com


VIDEO: Ukrainian president agrees to give rebel-controlled areas more autonomy - LiveLeak.com


Luhansk and Donetsk republics may start negotiating their political status with Kiev soon - ITAR-TASS


Poroshenko: 70 Percent of Russian Troops Have Left Ukraine - VOA


Exclusive: Russian Soldiers Reveal the Truth Behind Putin's Secret War - newsweek.com


Ukrainian guards start building wall on the border with Russia - ITAR-TASS


OSCE says will use drones for ceasefire monitoring in Ukraine - Yahoo News


VIDEO: OSCE observers assess Ukraine ceasefire - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine War: The exchange of prisoners - YouTube


Ukraine's Security Chief Says Savchenko, Sentsov On Prisoner-Exchange List - rferl.org


Mother of Ukrainian rebel hostage 'received his head in the post' - Mail Online


Azov fighters are Ukraine's greatest weapon and may be its greatest threatn - theguardian.com


VIDEO: Battalion "Azov" soldiers in spare time - LiveLeak.com


Ukraine Opens Criminal Investigation Against Members of Volunteer Battalions - RIA Novosti


MH17 official report finds jet was shot down by multiple 'high energy impacts' over Ukraine - Mail Online


Main points of the MH17 Ukraine crash report - BusinessWorld


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Gazprom limits Polish gas supplies preventing the EU member state from supplying Ukraine via so-called reverse flows - Bloomberg


U.S., EU ready new sanctions to stop oil exploration in Russia - Reuters


EU to hold off on new Russia sanctions - RTÉ News


VIDEO: Europe Delays Russia Sanctions: EU defence officials discuss Ukraine crisis - YouTube


VIDEO: EU delays sanctions on Russia amid economy concerns - CCTV News - CCTV.com English


OSCE chief says reasonable to give Ukraine ceasefire chance before sanctions - Reuters


Amid Intensifying Requests, American Military Aid to Ukraine Stalls - NYTimes.com

 

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Making the news fit the politics: NY Times Finds Conclusions Where None Exist in Dutch Flight 17 Downing Report

By Dave Lindorff


The New York Times, which has been misreporting on, and misleading its readers about the downing of Malaysian Flight 17 since the plane was downed last July 17, continues its sorry track record of flogging anti-Russian sentiment in the US and of supporting the post-putsch Ukrainian government in Kiev.

Warning to War Supporters

I know you mean well. I know you think you've found a bargain that nobody else noticed hidden in a back corner of the used car lot. Let me warn you: it's a clunker. Here, I'll list the defects. You can have your own mechanic check them out:

1. If you want to bomb a country every time an evil group murders people in a gruesome manner, you'll have to bomb a lot of countries including our own.  ISIS draws its strength in Iraq from resentment of the Iraqi government, which bombs its own cities using U.S. weapons, and which beheads people, albeit in grainier footage with lower production values.  Allies in the region, including allies that support ISIS, including allies armed by the United States (some of which arms end up in the hands of ISIS), themselves behead people regularly. But is that worse than other types of killing? When President Barack Obama blew up a 16 year old American boy whom nobody had ever accused of so much as jaywalking, and blew up six other kids who were too close to him at the time, do you imagine his head remained on his body?

As with most drone strikes, that boy could have been arrested and questioned. Had he been, though, gruesome death would have remained a possibility. In April, the United States injected a man with chemicals that made him writhe in excruciating pain for 43 minutes and die. Last week in the United States a man facing a similar fate on death row was proven innocent and freed. The prosecutor who had put him there 30 years earlier showed zero remorse. Now I'm not proposing that we bomb North Carolina because I'm angry at that prosecutor. I'm not even angry at that prosecutor. I am suggesting that there are evil killers all over the place, some wearing Western suits and ties, some wearing military uniforms. Bombs, which mostly kill innocent people who had nothing to do with it, won't help.

2. The bombs will mostly kill innocent people who had nothing to do with it, and will only make the crisis worse. Most people who die in wars are civilians by everyone's definition. People still use words like "battlefield" as if wars were waged in a field the way a football game is played. They couldn't play football on our streets and sidewalks because grandparents and baby strollers would end up tackled and crushed. Well, wars are waged on people's streets and sidewalks, even when one side is only present in the sky above in the form of unmanned robot death planes. The slow-moving die first: the very old and the very young. And when anyone dies, according to top U.S. officials, more enemies are created in greater numbers. Thus, the operation is counterproductive on its own terms, making us less safe rather than safer. This is why President Obama is always saying "There is no military solution" just before proposing to use the military to seek a solution. When he proposes bombing Iraq for three more years, that number has no basis in military calculation whatsoever. I challenge you to find a general who says otherwise. It is a number almost certainly based on the U.S. election schedule, aimed at convincing us to accept a war without question until a date after the next presidential election. When Obama says he's going to get a good government in place in Iraq this week and then make a speech, he's delusional or enjoying toying with your gullibility, but he's also pointing to the actual problem: a nation destroyed by 24 years of wars and sanctions and lacking a legitimate governing system.

3. Bombing is crazy, and bombing for three years is certifiable. Bombing strengthens ISIS. Three years is longer than most U.S. wars have taken from beginning to end.  The U.S. Constitution, which did not foresee a permanent standing army, much less one permanently standing in most other nations on earth, did not permit -- and does not permit -- creating and funding one for a longer period than two years at a time (Article I. Section 8.). But of course nothing guarantees that the bombing will stop after three years and not go on for thirty more. And nothing guarantees that this war will involve only bombing. Already Obama has sent over 1,100 troops, and is promising to send some number less than 100,000. Read that twice please, slowly. Obama wants Congress to debate his war plans but not vote on them. Why not? Because Congress might be compelled by you and me to vote no, if not on this war then on the next one. Obama wants himself and all future presidents free to launch wars without Congress, exactly what he campaigned for office opposing.

"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation." —Senator Barack Obama. 

The U.S. "intelligence" agencies, by the way, deem ISIS no threat to the United States. Apart from trashing the Constitution and really the one thing its framers got right, President Obama is trashing the U.N. Charter and the Kellogg Briand Pact, laws that forbid war.

4. The fact that it's Obama doesn't make it OK. A majority of you supported attacking Afghanistan and within a couple of years a majority of you said Afghanistan should not have been attacked. Why not? Not because there weren't evil people in Afghanistan, but because bombing the country made everything worse, not better.  You kept telling pollsters it was a bad idea for over another decade, but the war rolled on, and still rolls on.  Iraq is a similar story, although you were even faster to change your mind.  And the occupation ended when President Bush and Prime Minister Maliki signed an agreement for three more years of that war, and then the three years ran out.  At that point, President Obama tried to win approval from the Iraqi government to keep U.S. troops in Iraq longer, but with immunity for any crimes they might commit.  Failing at that, Obama withdrew the troops.  Having won that concession now, he's sending them back in.  Does the fact that it's Obama doing it, rather than Bush, make it OK? Remember the massive protests when Bush proposed a war on Iraq? Obama just put the band back together in Wales, and you're squealing with delight that he visited Stonehenge, or you're busy coloring in your "I'm Ready for Hillary" posters.

The nation of Iraq was utterly destroyed last time. The place is in total chaos: violence, hatred, poverty, illness, desperation, fanaticism.  Dumping gasoline on that fire is worse now than before, not better. And now we have NATO toying with a nuclear confrontation with Russia, drone wars generating violence and terrorism in Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia, the U.S. Navy poking China in the eye with a stick, troops heading into a dozen new parts of Africa -- How is starting a war this time better than last time, which you came to view as a mistake by 2004, elected a Congress to end in 2006, thought you were voting against again in 2008, and cheered for the eventual ending of in 2011? Observers have called this the most dangerous moment since World War II. Please don't tell me you trust Obama, believed the fraudulent threat to Benghazi and are now unaware of the disaster he created in Libya, where France has just proposed yet another war to fix the damage of the last war. Please don't tell me you believed the disproven claims of evidence that Assad used chemical weapons or Russia shot down an airplane. This is a government that lies about possible grounds for war and possible outcomes of war, just like its predecessors.

5. The enemy of your enemy is your other weapons customer. Public pressure was instrumental last year in halting proposed attacks on Syria, the plans for which involved massive death and destruction. But the White House and CIA went right ahead and armed and trained one side in that war, the ISIS side. ISIS now has weapons provided directly to it and indirectly to it by the United States, including those seized from the Iraqi government. ISIS has troops trained by the United States and "radicalized" (enraged) by the United States in its brutal prisons in Iraq, as well as troops previously in the Iraqi military who were thrown out of work in 2003 by the U.S. occupation.  Last year, the evil to be confronted was Assad, at all costs. To your great credit you didn't fall for it. Why not? Not because Assad doesn't do evil things, but because you understood that more war would make things even worse.  

Now you're being told that Assad's enemies must be attacked at all cost, and you're falling for it, to your great discredit.  With supposed surgical precision the "moderate" beheaders will be spared, in order to blow up only the "extremist" beheaders. Don't believe it.  Six months ago the great Satan was Iran.  Now you're on Iran's side.  Were you aware of that? You're stirring up trouble to the ultimate benefit of only one group: the weapons makers.  You think of the Middle East as a violent place, but 80% of the weapons come from the United States. Imagine how much less violent the Middle East could be if it only had 20% of the weapons.  We're not talking about stockpiles. These weapons get used.

6. There are other options. Try telling a four-year-old he has only two choices: eat the broccoli or eat the lima beans.  He'll throw another 18 alternatives at you in less than a minute, beginning with eating ice cream. Try telling a non-American adult about the current state of disaster in Iraq, and they'll begin by opposing making it worse, and then start discussing a variety of steps to make it better, from humanitarian aid to diplomacy to disarmament to emergency U.N. police forces, etc.  But tell a U.S. adult that Iraq must be bombed or we must do nothing other than sit back and revel in our evil state of ISIS-loving, and your befuddled manipulated subject will shout "Bomb em! Bomb em!" Why?

Last year we were told that we had to bomb Syria or love the poisoning of children with chemical weapons. We did not accept that those were the only two choices. Why not? Because we were thinking straight.  We hadn't been frightened into blind stupidity by high-quality videos of beheadings and threats that we might be next.  Nobody thinks well when they're scared. That's why the government likes to scare you.  That's why your you're hearing all this nonsense about ISIS coming to your neighborhood. The more the U.S. keeps bombing people, the more some of those people will want to fight back. Did you ever wonder why nations that spend 2% what the U.S. does on its military feel so much safer than you do? Part of it is the reality that war generates enemies rather than removing them, but mostly it's a culture of cowardice that we're living in. Here are 15 things we could do about ISIS instead of bombing.

7. We don't have time for this barbaric insanity. War is sucking our resources and energy and attention away from where they are needed, namely on a massive campaign to protect the climate of the earth. Imagine a proposal to dump untold trillions of dollars and every ounce of energy into that project! Would Congress step aside and allow it? It would benefit even your short-term economic interests, but would you permit it? Would you demand it? Would you join with me in insisting that we stop the wars and save the climate?

UPDATE: Newsweek says ISIS is intentionally manipulating you into attacking it.

UPDATE 2: Matt Hoh Says the Beheadings Are Bait

Syria/Iraq News - Sep 10, 2014


Ahead of prime time speech, Obama signals readiness to strike Islamic State in Syria - The Washington Post


VIDEO: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest: Obama has authority to act on IS - YouTube


VIDEO: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest full briefing about the U.S. strategy against the Islamic State - bloomberg.com


On Capitol Hill, more calls for Obama to seek authorization on IS - CBS News


Obama Said to Seek Billions Extra for Islamic State Fight - Bloomberg


POLL: Americans back Obama on strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria - WashingtonExaminer.com


US Drones, Hunting for IS Leader, Seen Flying over Syrian Airspace - ibtimes


VIDEO: A Syrian citizen records a US drone in the skies over Ar-Raqqah - YouTube


Ex-CIA chief says targeted killings key to stopping Islamic State - CCTV News


Expert: A four-point plan to defeat the Islamic State - Al Jazeera America


Steven Sotloff Was Sold To IS By 'Moderate' Rebels, Family Spokesman Tells CNN - huffingtonpost.com


VIDEO: Steven Sotloff Was Sold To ISIS By 'Moderate' Rebels, Family Spokesman - CNN


White House Denies Steven Sotloff Was Sold to IS by ‘Moderate’ Rebels, says FBI is investigating - NBC News.com


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US seeks UN resolution to outlaw foreign fighters, It would also make it illegal to collect funds for groups like the Islamic State - Yahoo News


Expert: Over 12,000 Foreign Fighters in Syria - ABC News


VIDEO: CNN Analysts Warn Of ‘Unprecedented’ Threat From IS Foreign Fighters - Washington Free Beacon


Kerry to hold Saudi talks on Islamic State, the meeting attended by ministers from Egypt, Jordan, six Gulf Arab states and Iraq - Al Jazeera


Arab Partners Skeptical of US Fight Against Islamic State - teleSUR


Qatar’s Support of Islamists Alienates Allies Near and Far - NYTimes.com


IS received most of its funding from donors in Kuwait and Qatar, often with the knowledge of government officials - Homeland Security News


Hagel finds Turkish help against Islamic State a tough sell - WashingtonExaminer.com


Erdogan’s Turkey: unwilling ally in struggle against Islamic State - Al-Monitor


Why Obama is seeking a Sunni coalition to defeat the Islamic State, The US hopes to avoid the impression it is siding with the Shiites - CSMonitor.com


Obama, Iraq's Abadi discuss Islamic State threat in call: White House - Reuters


Kurds Agree to New Iraq Government, Opening Door to US War Strategy Against IS - Rudaw


Fearing Islamic State attack on Jordan, US steps up sharing of intel - Stripes


Israel Reportedly Providing U.S. With Satellite Intelligence on Islamic State - Algemeiner.com


In fight against Islamic State West widens contacts with Syria's Kurds but suspicion remains - Reuters


U.S. urges China to help with Islamic State in Iraq - The Washington Post


Islamic State advances in Iraq force Syria to cancel wheat deal - Yahoo News


The unlikely alliance of hackers fighting the Islamic State: American hackers, the Syrian Electronic Army, the group Anonymous and Iranians - mashable.com


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Car bomb kills leaders of major Syrian rebel faction - LA Times


Al Qaeda members mourn Ahrar al Sham, Islamic Front leaders on Twitter - The Long War Journal


Group says Islamic State using weapons meant for moderate rebels - Washington Post


Islamic State: its weapons and where it gets them - The Week UK


How ISIS funds its reign of terror - NY Daily News


How The Islamic State Smuggles Oil To Fund Its Campaign - NPR


Paying For The Caliphate: When IS Members Become Bad Bank Managers In Mosul - Niqash


Insight – In northeast Syria, Islamic State builds a government - euronews


The Islamic State's global reach - Threat Matrix


Behind Islamic State's advance: 'sophisticated, patient and focused' plans - Stripes


IS calls for assassination of Twitter employees - Channel 4 News


VIDEO: IS releases new video: capture and execution of 200 Syrian troops at the Tabqa airbase- YouTube


VIDEO: In new video IS flaunts captured jets and artillery at the Tabqa airbase - YouTube

 

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Washington’s seedy propaganda campaign: Satellite Images of Alleged Russian Artillery in Ukraine Come A-Cropper

By Dave Lindorff


In the ongoing propaganda campaign mounted by the Obama administration to claim that Russia has “invaded” Ukraine from the east, it offered up some grainy black-and-white satellite images purporting to show heavy Russian military equipment inside the Ukraine. 


Ukraine News - Sep 9, 2014


Ukraine ceasefire overall held, still shaky: OSCE - Reuters


VIDEO: I have feeling this will work. People want it: OSCE on Ukraine ceasefire - YouTube


Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe: Text of the Protocol on Ceasefire in Ukraine - Council on Foreign Relations


Petro Poroshenko Announces Release of 1,200 Ukrainian Prisoners in Mariupol Trip - ibtimes.co.uk


Poroshenko, On Visit To East, Vows Mariupol Will Stay Ukrainian - KPLU


President Poroshenko Puts Mariupol Defenses on High Alert - RIA Novosti


VIDEO: President Poroshenko in Mariupol - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine’s Coast Guard Admiral: Mariupol's Port Won’t Be Taken - YouTube


VIDEO (English) - Press Conference of Ukraine Military Spokesman Lysenko, Sep 8 - Ukraine Crisis Media Center


PM Yatseniuk says Ukraine ‘will impose martial law if truce fails’ - London Evening Standard


Yulia Tymoshenko: “Minsk protocol” threatens Ukraine's integrity - Charter’97


Interview with Igor Plotnitsky, Prime Minister of the Luhansk People’s Republic - RIA Novosti


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Amnesty: Evidence of war crimes by Ukrainian and separatist forces, Satellite images of Russian involvement (PHOTOS) - Amnesty International


Amnesty: Ukraine must stop ongoing abuses and war crimes by pro-Ukrainian volunteer forces - Amnesty International


REPORT: Abuses and war crimes by the Aidar Volunteer Battalion in the north Luhansk region - Amnesty International


VIDEO: Russian Army in Ukraine: Amnesty International offers fresh proof in Ukraine Today interview - YouTube


Donbass Battalion Member Says Azov Broke Ceasefire In Mariupol - Interpreter_Mag


VICE News correspondent embeds with the Azov Battalion, a volunteer militia based in Mariupol that is allegedly linked to neo-Nazism - VICE News


Foreign Policy talks to deputy leader of ‘pro-govt’ Azov Battalion - RT News


Preparing for War with Ukraine’s Fascist Azov Battalion - foreignpolicy.com


VIDEO (Ukrainian): Azov NG battalion commander talks about Mariupol defense - YouTube


No official conclusion despite long investigation into mass death in Odessa - ITAR-TASS


Separatist ambush on Aidar battalion during ‘ceasefire', 11 KIA (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war


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Eyewitnesses: Russians 'controlled BUK missile system’ in the MH17 disaster- BBC News


Images Show the Buk that Downed Flight MH17, Inside Russia, Controlled by Russian Troops (PHOTOS) - bellingcat


New Data on MH17 Crash Questionable: Russian Civil Aviation Union - RIA Novosti


Further Reports of Russian Paratroopers Killed in Ukraine - The Interpreter


Russia Reports Troop Deaths In Ukraine, But Calls Them 'Volunteers' - NPR


Ukraine Says Russian Armor and Heavy Weaponry Still Crossing Border - Interpreter_Mag


Another 40+ Russian armor on the move Sept 3rd (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war


Russian T-72BM Visible In Footage Of 'Novorossiya' Parade in Perevalsk (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

 

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Calling for a Solution as Big as the Crisis We Face

Originally posted at AcronymTV

Timeka Drew of the Global Climate Convergence in conversation with Dennis Trainor, Jr.

The Global Climate Convergence is calling for AN EMERGENCY GLOBAL GREEN NEW DEAL including:

 

  • Full employment with community-based small businesses, worker co-ops, small farmers & government jobs.
  • 100% clean renewable energy by 2030. International binding treaty for swift, deep cuts to carbon emissions. Wealthy polluting nations pay for technology transfer & climate adaptation.
  • Universal free healthcare & education through college. Affordable housing for all & a moratorium on foreclosures.

Talk Nation Radio: Lindsey German: NATO Should Be Abolished

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-lindsey-german-nato-lhould-be-abolished

Lindsey German is Convenor of the Stop the War Coalition ( http://stopwar.org.uk ) and was part of the protests and counter-summit at the just-completed NATO summit in Wales. We speak with her about NATO and the state of war and peace in the world. German's books include A People's History of London; How a Century of War Changed the Lives of Women: Work, Family, and Liberation; Material Girls: Women, Men, and Work; Sex Class and Socialism; and Stop the War: The Story of Britain's Biggest Mass Movement.

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
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Flaws in US Thought–And Some Remedies

by Johan Galtung, 8 Sep 2014 - TRANSCEND Media Service

Kuala Lumpur

Obama faces a “three-headed monster” (INYT 5 Sep 2014): Russia-Ukraine, ISIS, and Asia with a US “pivot”. Show NATO strength in Eastern Europe; crush ISIS (Colin Powell’s 9/11 remedy for Al-Qaeda); 60% of US force and “all but China” treaties in Asia-Pacific.

It is not going to work. Not with Obama-Biden-Kerry, nor with McCain; be it one monster with three heads or three with one each. There is no way in which Donbass will become a peaceful, integrated part of a unitary two-nation Ukraine; the Sunni-Arab world will find ways to integrate and undo Sykes-Picot; and no way in which one Asia-Pacific will choose USA over China. They want both, as the PM of Malaysia, Najib Razak, expresses it so well; eulogizing both.

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