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Chicago's unknown hero of peace

By David Swanson, Guest columnist, The Daily Herald

In its 1929 Man of the Year article, Time magazine acknowledged that many readers would believe Secretary of State Frank Kellogg the right choice, as probably the top news story of 1928 had been the signing by 57 nations of the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact in Paris, a treaty that made all war illegal, a treaty that remains on the books today.

But, noted Time, "analysts could show that Mr. Kellogg did not originate the outlawing-war idea; that a comparatively obscure lay figure named Salmon Oliver Levinson, Chicago lawyer," was the driving force behind it.

David Swanson

Indeed he was. S.O. Levinson was a lawyer who believed that courts handled interpersonal disputes better than dueling had done before it was banned. He wanted to outlaw war as a means of handling international disputes. Until 1928, launching a war had always been perfectly legal. Levinson wanted to outlaw all war. "Suppose," he wrote, "it had then been urged that only 'aggressive dueling' should be outlawed and that 'defensive dueling' be left intact."

Levinson and the movement of Outlawrists whom he gathered around him, including well-known Chicagoan Jane Addams, believed that making war a crime would begin to stigmatize it and facilitate demilitarization. They pursued as well the creation of international laws and systems of arbitration and alternative means of handling conflicts. Outlawing war was to be the first step in a lengthy process of actually ending that peculiar institution.

The Outlawry movement was launched with Levinson's article proposing it in The New Republic magazine on March 7, 1918, and took a decade to achieve the Kellogg-Briand Pact. The task of ending war is ongoing, and the pact is a tool that might still help. This treaty commits nations to resolving their disputes through peaceful means alone. The U.S. State Department's website lists it as still in effect, as does the Department of Defense Law of War Manual published in June 2015.

Levinson and his allies lobbied senators and key officials in the United States and Europe, including French Foreign Secretary Aristide Briand, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman William Borah, and Secretary of State Kellogg. The Outlawrists united a U.S. peace movement far more mainstream and acceptable than anything that's borne that name in the decades since. But it was a movement that had been split over the League of Nations.

The frenzy of organizing and activism that created the peace pact was massive. Find me an organization that's been around since the 1920s and I'll find you an organization on record in support of abolishing war. That includes the American Legion, the National League of Women Voters, and the National Association of Parents and Teachers.

By 1928, the demand to outlaw war was irresistible, and Kellogg who had recently mocked and cursed peace activists, began following their lead and telling his wife he might be in for a Nobel Peace Prize.

On August 27, 1928, in Paris, the flags of Germany and the Soviet Union newly flew along many others, as the scene played out that is described in the song "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream." The papers the men were signing really did say they would never fight again. The Outlawrists persuaded the U.S. Senate to ratify the treaty without any formal reservations.

None of this was without hypocrisy. U.S. troops were fighting in Nicaragua the whole time, and European nations signed on behalf of their colonies. Russia and China had to be talked out of going to war with each other just as President Coolidge was signing the treaty. But talked out of it they were. And the first major violation of the pact, World War II, was followed by the first ever (albeit one-sided) prosecutions for the crime of war -- prosecutions that rested centrally on the pact. The wealthy nations have, for a number of possible reasons, not gone to war with each other since, waging war only in poor parts of the world.

The United Nations Charter, which followed without replacing the Kellogg-Briand Pact, seeks to legalize wars that are either defensive or U.N. authorized -- loopholes more abused than used over the years. The lessons of the Outlawry movement may still have something to teach both the neocon war advocates and the "Responsibility to Protect" humanitarian warriors. It's a shame that their literature is largely forgotten.

In St. Paul, Minn., appreciation is reviving for local hero Frank Kellogg, who was indeed given the Nobel, is buried in National Cathedral, and for whom Kellogg Avenue is named.

But the man who led the movement that began to stigmatize war as evil and to make war understood as optional rather than inevitable was from Chicago, where no memorial stands and no memory exists.

David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War." He'll be speaking in Chicago on Aug. 27. For information, see

Syria/Turkey News - Aug 2, 2015


US-backed rebel group flees north Syria HQ after clash with Nusra - THE DAILY STAR

Saga of U.S trained Syria rebels continues. Nusra attacks their HQ. 5 dead, 18 injured & 20 captured out of 60 - Jenan Moussa on Twitter

Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria says it captured US-backed rebels - The Long War Journal

Nusra statement: About Division 30 and Assistance of the Coalition Airplanes With Bombing Nusra (English) -

VIDEO (Arabic): Nusra publishes video of abducted U.S trained Syrian rebels including an interview with one of them - YouTube

According to the New York Times U.S officials thought Nusra would welcome U.S trained rebels as an ally in its fight against Islamic State - Jenan Moussa on Twitter

Syria's rebel fighters recruited to fight Isis, but captured and beaten by Jabhat al-Nusra for 'collaborating with crusaders' - The Independent

More on the relationship between U.S backed rebel group Division 30 and Al-Qaida affiliate Nusra Front - Juan Cole

According to local sources Turkey opens its border for Al Nusra - ANF

Al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria flaunts U.S.-made TOW anti-tank missiles - Al Arabiya News

Qaeda-led court executes 10 in Syria's Aleppo, two were accused of adultery and the rest of collaboration with the Syrian government: monitor - Yahoo News



Syrian Kurds Accuse Turkey Of Attacks, Ask U.S. For Explanation -

Ascendant Kurds emerge from Syrian civil war as major power player - The Guardian

US commander Killea hails Kurdish group opposed by Turkey, 'YPG for the coalition against ISIL has been a very reliable partner' -

VIDEO: Marine Corps Brigadier General Kevin J. Killea on the coalition against ISIL -

YPG kills 25 IS militants and drags their bodies at the outskirts of the city of al- Hasakah - Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

VIDEO: Hasakah : Syrian Army 104th Repulican Guards and Tribal Fighters capture the Central Prison from ISIS -

Syrian army advances on plain after rebel offensive: activists - THE DAILY STAR

25 Syria rebels killed in failed Aleppo attack - Al Arabiya News



Turkey military presses ahead with strikes against PKK in northern Iraq, as many as 28 F-16 jets raid 65 PKK targets -

Turkish Airstrikes Kill Nine Civilians in Kurdistan Region, Local villagers ask PKK to leave the area - BasNews

Witnesses tell the massacre in Zergêle village in Kandil caused by Turkey bombing (VIDEO) - ANF

PHOTOS: Photos of civilians killed by Turkish airforces in village near mountain Kandil -

VIDEO: Turkish F16 hit kurdish village killing civilians -

Turkey says ’saddened’ over reports of civilian deaths in air strikes, vows probe -

Iraqi Kurdish regional government asks PKK to 'withdraw' to prevent civilian deaths amid Turkish airstrikes targeting the group - AP

KRG condemns PKK attack on Turkey's oil pipeline -

Sources: Turkey Military operations 'kill 260 PKK terrorists’ - Anadolu Agency

HDP leader Demirtas denies his brother injured in air strikes on PKK in northern Iraq -

Turkey has not struck IS targets since 24 July, but strikes against PKK targets have continued every night since then - Alev Scott on Twitter

Turkey used 3 planes to strike IS targets in Syria on night of 23-24 July. The next night it used 75 planes to hit PKK targets in Iraq - Alev Scott on Twitter


Kurds Claim Turkish Airstrikes on PKK Destroyed Health Clinic in Iraqi Kurdistan -

2 Soldiers Dead, 24 Wounded in PKK Suicide Attack in Turkey: Officials - ABC News

PKK military wing HPG: At least 14 soldiers and 2 police officers killed in the past days - ANF

We are ready to sacrifice our sons, Davutoğlu says amidst terror attacks -

Turkish prime minister Davutoglu op-ed : We will stop at nothing to defeat terrorism - The Washington Post

Police break up march in Turkey demanding PKK leader's freedom - Middle East Eye

HDP co-chairs file complaints against Erdogan, Davutoglu for swaying judiciary -


HDP co-leader Yuksekdag faces propaganda investigation - Anadolu Agency

There are ‘preparations’ to close HDP, says co-leader Demirtaş -

Are Turkish courts delaying trials of IS militants? - Al-Monitor

The one who got away: 40 Indian workers in Mosul were abducted and 39 killed by the Islamic State - Fountain Ink Series

US Report: ISIS Still Kidnapping and Selling Women -

al-Ḥayāt Media Center presents a new magazine issue from The Islamic State: “Istok #2″ - JIHADOLOGY

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Revolting World

There is much that is revolting about the current world and Andre Vltchek, Christopher Black and Peter Koenig are well placed to document it, which they have done in their new book The World Order and Revolution! Essays from the Resistance.

Using a combination of political, legal and economic analyses, Vltchek, Black and Koenig carefully strip away the façade that the corporate media presents to us, and which the imperial elite wants us to believe, so that we can see some of the ugly, underlying truth about our world.

Syria/Turkey News - July 31, 2015


U.S.-backed Syrian group says Nusra abducted its leader and members, a blow to U.S. efforts to train fighters to combat ISIS - Al Arabiya

US moves to quash reports on Syria trainees captured by al-Nusra - Middle East Eye

Despite Pentagon Denial, Reports Confirm That U.S.-Trained Syrian Rebels Were Kidnapped By Al-Qaeda Almost Immediately - PJ Tatler

If u want to know more about U.S trained rebel group allegedly captured by an Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, read this - Jenan Moussa on Twitter

Kidnapping of Pentagon-Trained Fighters in Syria Is New Hurdle for U.S. Effort - The New York Times

Pentagon price tag for Syrian rebels: $4 million each - POLITICO

Pentagon: Cost of War Against ISIS Already Exceeds $3 Billion - Breitbart

US, Turkey differ over how to fight IS from Incirlik air base, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bilgic: support for the YPG is not one of the elements of the agreement - Asharq Al-Awsat

Syrian Kurds fear their territorial gains are at risk after Turkish action - The National

Syria Kurds’ spending plans reflect ambition as the authorities provide services for a greater population due to the territorial gains - THE DAILY STAR

Syrian Kurds refine oil for themselves for first time - Yahoo News

Turkey Seeks To Prevent Syria Kurds' Autonomy, Not Fight IS, Analysts Suggest -

Turkish military builds 2.5 meter-high, rocket-proof wall on Syria border - Todays Zaman

POLL: Majority of Turks would prefer Kurds over ISIL controlling northern Syria - Todays Zaman

ICJ acknowledges request for inquiry into Syria-bound MİT trucks - Todays Zaman

Assyrian Christians Demand Turkey Stop Bombing YPG - Breitbart

Cairo slams Turkey’s proposed safe zone in Syria, defends territorial unity -

Egypt accuses Turkey of working with the Islamic State on the Sinai Peninsula - Washington Times

Syria ‘doubts Turkey’s intentions in anti-ISIS effort’ - Al Arabiya News


Erdogan taking Turkey to war to avenge Kurdish territorial and political gains: leader of pro-Kurdish opposition Demirtas - Reuters

VIDEO: Kurd leader Demirtas attacks Turkey's 'safe zone' plan for Syria - BBC News

Demirtas: PKK withdrew from its separatist agenda 20 years ago, it is Erdogan’s fault that the PKK did not lay down their arms - Rudaw

Turkey prosecutors open probe into Kurdish leader Demirtas - France 24

Summary of proceedings prepared for Demirtas' immunity to be lifted - Todays Zaman

Erdoğan hits out at the Kurds, says their representatives have links to terrorist groups and the peace process is impossible – POLITICO

VIDEO: Erdogan responds to accusations by the head of a pro-Kurdish party - YouTube

New wave of attacks in southeastern Turkey blamed on the PKK with at least 11 police and army members killed since last week - AFP

PM’s office: 1,302 detained in 39 provinces in terror raids across Turkey targeting ISIL, the PKK and illegal extreme leftist groups - Todays Zaman

CPJ calls on Turkey to restore access to banned websites - Todays Zaman

Turkey onslaught on Kurds fuels anger - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Turkey’s Kurds condemn renewed fighting with PKK - France 24

In Iraq bastions, PKK braces for new war with Turkey - Yahoo News UK

Turkish Lira Declines as Soldier Deaths Spur Security Risk - Bloomberg Business

German defense minister cautions Turkey about attacks on PKK - Todays Zaman

Germany Wants to Withdraw Patriot Missiles From Turkey due to attacks carried out by the government forces against the Kurds - Sputnik International

Iraqi PM: Turkish Airstrikes on Kurds 'Dangerous Escalation and Violation of Sovereignty' - Breitbart

Turkey urged by Nato to show restraint as Erdogan says Kurdish peace process 'impossible' - Telegraph

UN calls on Turkey and PKK to find peaceful solution - Rudaw

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Iran Deal Prevents Naked Muslim Ray Gun

Nukes get all the attention, but the fact is that intense inspections of Iranian facilities will also prevent Iran from developing a ray gun that causes your clothes to vanish and your brain to convert to Islam.

No, there is not the slightest scrap of evidence that Iran is trying to create such a thing, but then there's also not the slightest scrap of evidence that Iran is trying to create a nuclear bomb.

And yet, here are a bunch of celebrities in a video that certainly cost many more dollars than the number of people who've watched it, urging support for the Iran deal after hyping the bogus Iranian nuclear threat, pretending that the United States gets "forced into" wars, making a bunch of sick jokes about how nuclear death can be better than other war deaths, suggesting that spies are cool, cursing, and mocking the very idea that war is a serious matter.

Viet Nam a Half Century Later

Jimmy Carter called a war waged in Vietnam by the United States -- a war that killed 60,000 Americans and 4,000,000 Vietnamese, without burning down a single U.S. town or forest -- "mutual" damage. Ronald Reagan called it a "noble" and "just cause." Barack Obama promotes the myth of the widespread mistreatment of returning U.S. veterans, denounces the Vietnamese as "brutal," and has launched a 13-year, $65 million propaganda program to glorify what the Vietnamese call the American War:

"As we observe the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, we reflect with solemn reverence upon the valor of a generation that served with honor. We pay tribute to the more than 3 million servicemen and women who left their families to serve bravely, a world away . . . They pushed through jungles and rice paddies, heat and monsoon, fighting heroically to protect the ideals we hold dear as Americans."

Which ideals might those have been? Remember, this was the bad war in contrast to which World War II acquired the ridiculous label "good war." But the Pentagon is intent on undoing any accurate memory of Vietnam. Members of the wonderful organization, Veterans For Peace, meanwhile have launched their own educational campaign to counter the Pentagon's at, and the Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee has done the same at Already, the Pentagon has been persuaded to correct some of its inaccurate statements. Evidence of the extent of the killing in Vietnam continues to emerge, and it has suddenly become universally acceptable in academia and the corporate media to acknowledge that presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon secretly sabotaged peace talks in 1968 that appeared likely to end the war until he intervened. As a result, the war raged on and Nixon won election promising to end the war, which he didn't do. There would seem to be at work here something like a 50-year limit on caring about treason or mass-murder. Imagine what it might become acceptable to say about current wars 50 years hence!

The circus is in town: The United States of Absurdity, Circa 2015

By John Grant


"Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning."

Effects of Oppression and Occupation

I am sure there are many effects of the Israeli oppression and occupation of the Palestinian people.  I probably have written about some of them in past entries.  I have had so many experiences living behind the wall.  Part of me wanted this blog to be about the stories that I have heard but I also wanted it to be about the experiences I have had living behind the wall.  It's interesting too because after the first few weeks, random people stopped telling me their stories, as my Arabic got better, people stopped telling me their stories, as I went from  being known as a tourist to known as someone who lived here, people weren't flocking to me to tell me their stories.  But also as I stayed here and as my Arabic got better and as I went from being known as a tourist to someone who lived here, my personal stories about living behind the wall were racking up but I became blocked mentally.  One day in the Palestinian life is like a week.

The Only Democracy in the Middle East

Doesn't that indicate freedom.  Freedom of movement.  Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of travel.  Maybe equal rights.  Liberty...if it's the only democracy in the Middle East then why is it the only country in the Middle East that I have traveled to where I have been interrogated at the airport on the way in and the way out...each time I have been there?  Why is it the only country I have traveled to in the Middle East where I am scared to post on Facebook?  Where I'm scared to blog about my experiences?  Where I'm scared to tell people where I am living?  Where I am scared to tell people where I am volunteering and what I am doing?  Why is it the

Focus: Hillary Clinton - July 29, 2015


Hillary Clinton dodges Keystone pipeline question - POLITICO

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton refuses to take a position on Keystone XL pipeline - The Guardian

VIDEO: Clinton Dodges Twice More On Keystone - YouTube

Fact sheet: Hillary Clinton's Vision for Renewable Power -

VIDEO: The Clinton plan: Taking on the global threat of climate change, Building an economy for tomorrow - Hillary for America

CHART: One Simple Chart Explains The Climate Plans Of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley - ThinkProgress

Bernie Sanders attacks Clinton: It is hard for me to understand how one can be concerned about climate change but not vigorously oppose the Keystone pipeline - POLITICO

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders on climate change - YouTube

How does Hillary's climate change plan compare to Martin O'Malley's? - Yahoo News

A Jobs Agenda for our Renewable Energy Future - Martin O'Malley for President

The holes in Hillary Clinton's climate plan, She has avoided taking stands on Keystone XL, fracking, oil exports and Arctic offshore drilling - POLITICO

Hillary Clinton's Climate-Change Plan Is Anything But Comprehensive - The New Republic

Hillary Clinton's clean energy challenge doesn't match up with climate -

Hillary Clinton has a renewable energy plan, but she still needs one for fossil fuels - Grist

Hillary Clinton’s platform on climate and energy made headlines, but it did not break much new ground - InsideClimate News

Yet another study finds that reducing carbon emissions saves Americans money - Vox

Clinton's 'clean energy' agenda would benefit her corporate allies - Washington Examiner

Clinton Solar Plan Winners Include Supporters’ Clients, Employers - Washington Free Beacon

Hillary Clinton boards private jet hours after global-warming push (VIDEO) - Daily Mail Online

Hillary Clinton campaign pledges to go 'carbon neutral,' after private jet video - Daily Mail Online



House speaker: Hillary Clinton should "come clean" and hand over private email server - Reuters

The Missing Hillary Emails No One Can Explain - The Daily Beast

Intel Community Warns: Posting Hillary's Supposedly Harmless Email Could Jeopardize National Security - Breitbart

Did Hillary doomed Stevens with ‘classified’ emails? Inspectors-general query points to info on ambassador's movements in Benghazi - WND

The Clinton Emails: Will DOJ Conduct a Real Investigation? -

Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton's private email use was 'criminal’ - The Guardian

Attorney seeks oral arguments on case bringing RICO claims against Clinton Foundation - WND

Bill and Hillary Clinton's charities got £50million of British taxpayer-funded foreign aid cash - Daily Mail Online

Clinton adviser Huma Abedin earned $69,263 for the first quarter of the campaign - OmniTalk

Hillary Clinton’s $600 haircut puts Bergdorf on lockdown - Page Six

Martin O'Malley Faults Hillary Clinton for 'Closeness' to Wall Street - The New York Times

Liberal Organization Democracy for America Slams Clinton Econ. Speech - The Daily Caller

Tell Hillary Clinton to join Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin in standing up against the Wall Street revolving door - Democracy For America

Hillary Clinton aides' Wall Street links raise economic policy doubts - The Guardian

POLL: Trump leads GOP field in NBC poll; Sanders gains on Clinton -

POLL: The 2016 unpopularity contest, presidential candidates are unpopular in New Hampshire and Iowa, The one exception? Bernie Sanders - NBC News

POLL: Why Hillary Clinton’s numbers are down in the states that matter - The Washington Post

POLL: 95 Percent of Registered Voters Deem It Important That Next President Be Honest, Trustworthy - Washington Free Beacon

Barack Obama: I think if I ran I could win a third term, but I can't under our constitution - Daily Mail Online

Obama: I'd win a third term, but I can't under our constitution - YouTube

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Talk Nation Radio: Do Ethics Professors Behave Ethically? Someone Checked.

Eric Schwitzgebel is Professor of Philosophy at University of California at Riverside.  His most recent book is Perplexities of Consciousness. We discuss his article "Cheeseburger Ethics" on his research into whether ethics professors are any better behaved than anyone else. See

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Help Prevent a War on Iran! Public Forum in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 5, 2015


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To be held exactly 70 years after nuclear age opened in Hiroshima (including time zone difference).

7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 5, 2015

At The Haven, 112 W. Market Street Charlottesville, VA 22902

Sponsored by World Beyond War, Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice,, and Amnesty International Charlottesville, (more welcome to join).

Video of event to be widely distributed.

Speaker: Gareth Porter, independent investigative journalist and historian who specialises in U.S. national security policy. He is the author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, and the winner of the Gellhorn Prize for journalism in 2012 for exposing lies and propaganda about the Afghanistan War. Porter spent two weeks in Vienna covering the final round of negotiations and is now writing the definitive account of the how U.S. and Iran finally reached agreement.

Also invited, not confirmed (so please invite them!): Rep. Robert Hurt, Sen. Tim Kaine, Sen. Mark Warner.

Tomgram: Eduardo Galeano, The Previous Sole Superpower

 Recently, Susan Bergholz, the devoted literary agent of the late Uruguayan writer and planetary great Eduardo Galeano, sent me this brief email: “A friend of Eduardo's and mine called yesterday to tell me, ‘Now we know where Eduardo went: he became pope!’” Somehow, that thought raised my spirits immeasurably.

Turkey News - July 27, 2015

Turkish Jets Hit Kurdish Militant Camps Again, Security Sources Say -

Kurdish Separatists End Cease-Fire After Turkish Airstrikes - VOA

Merkel urges Turkey to continue Kurdish peace process despite violence - DW.COM

EU’s Mogherini urges Turkey to keep Kurdish peace process alive - BasNews

Here's what the US has to say about Turkey and the PKK - Al Bawaba

NATO: North Atlantic Council to meet at Turkey's request - US News

Iraq’s Kurdistan slams Turkish airstrikes on PKK - Al Arabiya News

In a phone call to Turkish Prime Minister Davutoğlu Barzani urges Turkey to Stop Attacks on PKK - BasNews

Barzani's statement on Turkish airstrikes contradicts Davutoğlu's remarks -

The Kurdistan Parliament condemns the Turkish air campaign targeting bases of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) inside Iraqi territory - NRT English

HDP slams operations targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party: AKP is setting Turkey on fire - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Erdogan’s shift on Islamic State linked to Kurdish gains in Syria, implementing a safe-zone project controlled by Turkey-supported Syrian opposition forces - Al-Monitor

Le Monde publishes indictment claiming MİT involved in Paris murder of 3 PKK women -

Turkey Uses ISIS as Excuse to Attack Kurds -

Report: Seized USB drives reveal Turkey’s links to ISIL -

Report: Turkish President Erdogan's daughter heads ‘covert' medical facility for treating injured Isis fighters, These claims however could not be independently verified - IBTimes

ARCHIVE: Research Paper: ISIS-Turkey List -



Turkey policeman killed during clashes with protesters in Istanbul district of Gazi - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Turkey: Clashes erupt as activists protest Turkish airstrikes, dozens arrested - YouTube

Turkey bans 'peace march' on security concerns -

Turkish police break up anti-IS march in Ankara - theSundaily

Protesters, police clash in eastern Turkey - The Journal of Turkish Weekly


Hundreds detained in operations across Turkey and North Kurdistan - ANF

Turkey blocks Kurdish websites as Twitter and Facebook slows down -

People march from Ranya to Kandil to protest Turkish airstrikes - ANF

PHOTOS: Kurds are marching to Qandil to prevent Turkish attacks on PKK - International Brigades of Rojava

VIDEO: Hundreds of French Kurds stage demonstration in Paris against the attack by ISIL that killed 32 people, but also against the government’s bombing of PKK - euronews

Politicians, protesters in Germany condemn Turkey attacks on PKK -

Kurds and others protest against Turkey in Washington -

Jailed prosecutor says complacency towards Salafists made Suruç bombing possible -



ISIS on retreat as Syrian Kurdish forces make more territorial gains in -

Syrian army, Kurds advance against IS in Hasakeh - Yahoo News

Syrian Kurds: Turkish army tanks shelled our positions - International Brigades of Rojava

PYD Leader Muslim: Iraqi Kurdistan is Our Main Provider of Weapons - BasNews

KRG Releases Details of Weapons Sent to YPG in Rojava - BasNews

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq -

Syrian President Bashar Assad makes rare speech, vows to crush enemies - CBS News

VIDEO (English):  Assad's Damascus speech (Full) - Al Bawaba

Syria's Assad announces amnesty for draft dodgers -Syrian TV - Yahoo News


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Israel Sees Nazism in Mirror it Mistakes for Window

Israel is trying to expel the population of a village for the crime of not being Jewish, the same crime for which Israel bombs the people of Gaza for a month or so every few years and blockades them in between these bursts of violence.

Meanwhile, Mike Huckabee declares that making peace with Iran amounts to marching Israelis "to the door of the oven."

Guess which of the two stories will get more coverage!

A crime of over 70 years ago, part of a war that in my unscientific estimate forms the single most common theme of U.S. historical fiction -- whether print or film -- is more important news in the view of U.S. editors than is a crime of right now.

And that was true 60 years after World War II and 50 years after and 40 and 20 and even 3 years after World War II.

Eve Spangler has just published a wonderfully well documented book that should be the text for universal history classes, called Understanding Israel/Palestine: Race, Nation, and Human Rights in the Conflict. Spangler, the U.S. child of two holocaust survivors, was a college professor before she had the slightest idea what had happened in Palestine during the twentieth century. When she found out, she went all-in and found out as much as could be known.

Spangler takes students to Israel/Palestine every year. When visiting the Arab market in Hebron, she learned that the heavy metal mesh screen overhead was hung there to protect shoppers from bricks and chairs thrown down from balconies by Israeli settlers. However, Spangler was struck with the contents of one of the objects settlers had learned could penetrate the screen: a plastic bag of human excrement. Israeli settlers behave like prisoners gone mad from confinement even as they steal the land and homes of non-Jewish people with impunity.

How can this be? What went wrong?

Well, at least a part of what went wrong went wrong from the start, from even before the 1948 Nakba in which Israelis-to-be ethnically cleansed the land without a people for the people without a land. The land without a people was more densely populated than the United States, but was seen as populated by subhuman non-people, not even Untermenschen.

"Clearly, the aspiration to creating a 'new man,'" Spangler writes, "defined by a hyper-masculine ethos of physical and military strength and by 'clean and pure blood' (and a 'new woman' defined by fecundity) had echoes of fascist ideology and profoundly racist implications. Consider, for example, the iconic photo of an Israeli soldier gazing reverently at the Western Wall on the day that the Israeli army conquered East Jerusalem in 1967. He is startlingly Aryan in appearance. Nor did the preference for blondes end in 1967. Recently social workers told an Israeli friend of mine who is waiting to adopt a baby, that her family could have a 'defective' baby immediately, but would have to wait about a year for a 'normal' baby or up to five years if they insisted on having a blond, blue-eyed child. 'Defective' children, this family discovered, were dark-skinned."

Two years after the liberation of the concentration camps in Europe, Jewish militias besieging the town of Beisan (Bet She'an), Spangler notes, "required some Arabs to don yellow armbands, and marked Arab stores with yellow decals, targeting them for looting." Spangler, whose book covers many subtopics other than the one I'm focusing on, is infinitely careful to stress the obvious, namely that similarities are not exact equivalencies. Her point in noting the similarities is, I think, clearly and legitimately enough to expose the imperfect yet startling mimicry and the motivation of misdirected revenge in the basic policies of the Israeli government from that day to this toward the people who lived in the "uninhabited" land.

Lillian Rosengarten's forthcoming Survival and Conscience: From the Shadows of Nazi Germany to the Jewish Boat to Gaza is an account by a Jewish woman who fled Nazi Germany for the United States as a little girl with her parents. "Nationalism revisited," she writes, "is now twisted into a parody of the Nazi credo, 'Deutschland über alles,' extolling Germany over all others with only pure Germans as inhabitants. Get rid of the undesirables who are beneath contempt. I must not make such a comparison, you say. Yet I must, for I fear a Jewish State that belongs only to Jews is a dangerous road. I must question the profound psychological impairment suffered and internalized by generations of Jews that follows the Nazi Holocaust. The cycle of paranoia and abuse is playing out its destructive course: this is how I understand Palestinians as the last victims of the Holocaust."

I would question only how Rosengarten can see into the future and find the last victims of the influence of Nazism. After World War II, the military of the United States -- which, of course, arms the Israeli military free of charge while whining about how it can't afford luxuries like schools, housing, and bridges that don't collapse -- hired sixteen hundred former Nazi scientists and doctors, including some of Adolf Hitler’s closest collaborators, including men responsible for murder, slavery, and human experimentation, including men convicted of war crimes, men acquitted of war crimes, and men who never stood trial. Some of the Nazis tried at Nuremberg had already been working for the U.S. in either Germany or the U.S. prior to the trials. Some were protected from their past by the U.S. government for years, as they lived and worked in Boston Harbor, Long Island, Maryland, Ohio, Texas, Alabama, and elsewhere, or were flown by the U.S. government to Argentina to protect them from prosecution. To observe and note the Nazification of the U.S. military is neither to absolve the U.S. military of its pre-WWII crimes nor to pass blame off to the Nazis instead of blaming U.S. officials of later generations for their own actions. Blame is not a limited quantity.

I don't think we can dismiss Huckabee's comments about ovens as simply a bid to be dumber than Donald Trump and win the pro-stupidity vote in the Republican primaries. Transforming Iran from devil to negotiation partner victimizes Israel precisely by stripping Israel of some of its victim-status. Without the status of eternally current victim of the fantasized reenactment of long-past crimes, Israel has to be viewed through a filter of actual facts. Were Jews victimized by Germany? Of course! Did Palestinians deserve to suffer for it? Of course not! Did Iran have anything to do with it? Of course not! Would I support pulling all the U.S. military bases out of Germany and turning all of their land over to Jewish settlers? Sure!

But only those who want to leave Palestine should leave it. Only those who want to stay in a nonviolent, pluralist, secular, democratic, state with equal rights for all and compensation for Palestinians harmed over the past many decades should remain.

Photo above is from MiddleEastMonitor.

Hey, I Have an Idea Where They Can Stick the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia campaigned on green energy (and I hear some people may have believed him, though I haven't met one) and then immediately backed the proposed construction of a giant fracked-gas pipeline through the mountains and farms of Virginia to carry fossil fuels from West Virginia to North Carolina.

Dominion Virginia Power paid $1.3 million this year in legal bribes to candidates' election campaigns, more than anyone else in Virginia except the two Parties. Every single bill Dominion opposed in the legislature died. Dominion, according to the dictionary, is "the power or right of governing and controlling; sovereign authority; rule; control; domination."

In Virginia it's easy to think of the evictions of the poor farmers 80 years ago to create Shenandoah National Park as something ancient that civilization has outgrown and would never do again. (And the old lyrics of the song Shenandoah, about giving the Native American chief liquor in order to steal his daughter, are not celebrated in this day and age.) But at least the injustice of the 1930s evictions created a park. At least there was some sort of public interest involved.

Now here comes the Virginia government as the bought-and-paid-for servants of their corporate masters at Dominion to claim a 40-yard-wide path of destruction and potential catastrophe right through the middle of numerous private properties and public properties for the sake of escalating the collapse of a livable climate on the planet, not to mention facilitating the destruction in West Virginia where the fracking frackers will do their fracking. What's the public interest to justify it? It's going to ruin parks and not create any.

A good short documentary on the growing resistance, called Won't Pipe Down, shows the owner of Silverback Distillery explaining that he supported the Keystone Pipeline but opposes this one because it impacts his own personal private property and his business. The correct response to that attitude is not "Serves you right," but "Glad you're now with us." Because NIMBYism keeps getting the proposed path of the pipeline moved, and if those who succeed in moving it stick with the struggle to keep it from getting built at all, perhaps it can be prevented entirely.

The pipeline is also proposed to cut right through a communal farm property, where an existing sense of community may aid the movement.

In fact the movement is doing well. Check out There are big protests. Driving through Nelson County, or even through Charlottesville, one sees lots of "No Pipeline" signs. Some 69% of Nelson County landowners in the proposed path have refused to allow surveys on their land.

The film, Won't Pipe Down, uses a quote from local hero slave-owner, rapist, coward, sadist, and father of States Rights, Thomas Jefferson, to emphasize the supreme value of "private property." But the pipeline is not going through the private property of most of the people opposing it, or of most of the people who ought to be opposing it and who will have to start opposing it if it is to be stopped.

The U.S. government fights wars for oil and gas, for godsake. It bombs people's homes for this stuff. If we only protest when our own personal property is impacted disproportionately, we're going to see the climate severely impact each and every piece of private property on earth. This pipeline needs to be opposed by everyone in the area and everyone in the world. Help out, won't you? and

Oh, and here's my idea for where to stick the thing if it can't be stopped. Governor McAuliffe is living in public housing in Richmond, Va., and I suspect that Thomas F. Farrell II is able with his personal $12 million per year from Virginians' utility bills, to afford some sort of residence in that area. McAuliffe must bow before the $2500 Farrell gave him for his campaign, even knowing that Farrell gave his opponent $5000. Why not build a pipeline from the sewer beneath each of these two gentlemen's houses, connecting them, and let the question of which produces more filth, the public or private realm, finally be answered when we see which house's plumbing backs up first?

"We Don't Want Your Pipeline" By Robin and Linda Williams from Richard Adams on Vimeo.

Protest Song about proposed Dominion Gas Pipeline coming through
West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.
Robin and Linda Williams (copyright 2014)

Image above shows the results of building a leaking pipeline in another state, what Virginians can look forward to if the ACP is built.

Focus: Hillary Clinton - July 25, 2015


Federal investigators discover classified information in Clinton emails, say those secrets should never have been on Hillary server - New York Times

GOP Lawmakers renew calls for probe of Clinton's private server - Washington Examiner

Statement by Chairman Gowdy on Reports of Classified Information in Secretary Clinton’s Emails - Select Committee on Benghazi

Hillary Clinton: The New York Times Report of Email Probe Has 'a Lot of Inaccuracies’ (VIDEO) - NBC News

Cummings Responds to Inaccurate Leaks to New York Times on Clinton Emails - Select Committee on Benghazi, Democrats

Text of the State Department and Intelligence Community inspectors general’s memos on Clinton emails -

Inspectors General's joint statement explaining that the referral was not criminal in nature, “it was a security referral made for counterintelligence purposes” - Mediaite

Text of the Intelligence Community Inspector General's letter to congressional committee leaders on Clinton emails -

VIDEO (at minute 3:00): Press Briefing of State Department spokesman Mark Toner who says they did not believe that Clinton sent classified information through her personal email - YouTube

Judge: State Department Will “Answer For” Any Destruction of Clinton Emails -

State Department Hid Clinton Aide’s Special Job Status, Grassley Charges - The American Spectator



POLL: Sanders Surges While Clinton Sags in U.S. Favorability, Hillary is at its Lowest Level Since 2007 -

Dem fears over Clinton’s strength grow after new Quinnipiac poll - TheHill

POLL: Clinton In Trouble In Colorado, Iowa, Virginia, Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll Finds - Quinnipiac University

Hillary Clinton focuses on economy amid email controversy -

VIDEO (Full): Hillary Clinton Remarks on the Economy -

Hillary Clinton Isn’t Going As Far As Her Democratic Rivals on Minimum Wage - ABC News

Wall Street Is Putting Money Behind These Presidential Candidates: Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio -

Hillary Clinton's Biggest Campaign Bundlers Are Fossil Fuel Lobbyists -

Lobbyists for Monsanto, ExxonMobil Raise Money for Hillary Clinton - Bloomberg Politics

Does Hillary Clinton have a small donor problem? -

Top Hillary Clinton Fundraisers Also Big Donors to Foundation - WSJ

Most Hillary bundlers also gave to Clinton Foundation - Washington Examiner

Clinton Foundation Tax Records Raise Questions About How Funds Are Used, Salaries of Executives Total $30 million in 2013, $8M in Travel Costs - Radar Online

Bill Clinton’s Limo Service to Hermès Cost Taxpayers $8,852 - Washington Free Beacon

Bill Clinton's half brother Roger was paid $100k to influence the president - Daily Mail Online

Arms dealer: Obama DOJ prosecuting me to protect Hillary, Claims administration covering up 2011 scheme to arm Libyan ‘rebels’ - WND


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Elephant In The Room: The Pentagon's Massive Carbon Footprint

(Image: Anthony Freda. Used with permission)

It’s not news that climate change threatens the security of every person on planet Earth. The Union of Concerned Scientists predicts 6-16 inches of sea level rise by the year 2050. The threat is apparent in the Marshall Islands, which just set its own ambitious goal for reducing carbon emissions in the wake of catastrophic storms and coastal flooding in the South Pacific. The threat is apparent in California, where prolonged drought has led to wildfires like the one that crossed a busy highway and caused several vehicles to explode in flames.  The threat of weather extremes is apparent in Sydney, Australia, which saw snowfall this winter for the first time since 1836.

George Clooney Opposes War Profiteering While African

George Clooney is being paid by the world’s top two war profiteers, Lockheed-Martin and Boeing, to oppose war profiteering by Africans disloyal to the U.S. government’s agenda.

Way back yonder before World War II, war profiteering was widely frowned on in the United States. Those of us trying to bring back that attitude, and working for barely-funded peace organizations, ought to be thrilled when a wealthy celebrity like George Clooney decides to take on war profiteering, and the corporate media laps it up.

“Real leverage for peace and human rights will come when the people who benefit from war will pay a price for the damage they cause,” said Clooney — without encountering anything like the blowback Donald Trump received when he criticized John McCain.

Really, is that all it takes to give peace a chance, a celebrity? Will the media now cover the matter of who funds opponents of the Iran deal, and who funds supporters of the wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, etc.?

Well, no, not really.

Tomgram: Pepe Escobar, The Pivot to Eurasia

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Greece News - July 23, 2015


Greece PM Tsipras Wins Parliamentary Backing For EU Bailout Reforms -

ECB provides $980 million cash Injection to Greek banks ahead of the key vote in parliament on judicial and banking reforms - VOA

Moscovici says Greece, creditors seek to finalise bailout deal by mid-August - AFP

Greek companies forced out of business because of restrictions on foreign transfers even after banks reopened: Chamber of Commerce - Independent

Thousands protest as Greece votes on bailout bill - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Greece: Protesters throw Molotov cocktails at riot police in front of parliament - YouTube

VIDEO: Athens anti bailout deal protesters set TV van on fire - YouTube

Standard & Poor's upgrades Greece's credit rating to 'CCC+' as fears of collapse dissipate - Associated Press

Eurostat: Greek govt debt decreased compared to the first quarter of 2014, dropping by 5.5% -

It's Not Just Greece: Total European Debt Hits New All Time High - Zero Hedge

Government debt rose to 92.9% of GDP in euro area, First quarter of 2015 compared with fourth quarter of 2014 - EUROSTAT

Can Greece Get A Handle On Its Notorious Tax System? - NPR

German media eyes Greek public assets sell-off in privatization push -

Greece's EU Migrant Crisis: Thousands Of Refugees Flock To Islands As Greece Sinks Under Debt -

Greek PM Tsipras Allegedly Asked Russia for $10 Bln to Print Drachmas -

Drachma? Never heard of that: Tsipras never addressed Russia with a request to provide Greece with financial assistance in order to print its own currency, Kremlin spokesman - Cihan Economy News

Greece is more useful to Russia inside the EU than out -



German coalition in turmoil over Schäuble, Vice Chancellor Gabriel accuses the finance minister of being unreasonable over Greece - EurActiv

Awkward Alliance Running Germany Exposed by Greek Crisis - Bloomberg Business

The Man Behind the Iron Chancellor - Foreign Policy

Pierre Moscovici pushes Angela Merkel on debt relief for Greece - Irish Examiner

There is little legal basis for Wolfgang Schäuble’s claim that debt restructuring is incompatible with euro membership - EUROPP

Bernanke seeks long term Greek solutions, says Germany succeeding in a monetary union at the expense of others -

Bernanke blog post: Greece and Europe, Is Europe holding up its end of the bargain? - Brookings Institution

New IMF chief economist Maurice Obstfeld is a euro visionary - Bloomberg

IMF Brings in New Enforcer Delia Velculescu to Deal With Greece -

Sachs blog post: Germany, Greece, And The Future Of Europe -

Krugman blog post: Europe’s impossible dream: the euro has turned into a Roach Motel, a trap that’s hard to escape - The New York Times

This is what economists, like Krugman, don’t understand about the euro crisis – or the U.S. dollar - The Washington Post

EU launches € 315bn investment fund to boost Europe’s economy - RT Business

Press release: Investment Plan for Europe: European Fund for Strategic Investments ready for take-off in autumn - European Commission

VIDEO: 'Juncker’s plan' to boost EU investment - euronews

8 Projects of 6 EU Countries among First Batch to Get Funding under ‘Juncker Plan’ -

Europe’s Economy Could Grow 1.7% in 2016 - Barron’s

Why 2016 may be Europe's best year in decade -

French business confidence hits four-year high - The Guardian

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Jon Stewart Blew Last Chance to Ask Obama a Question

Jon Stewart interviewed President Obama for the last time and told jokes instead of asking questions.

If Stewart retires, where will we find someone willing to let Obama spew nonsense at such length unchallenged?

I discussed Obama's interview on RT on Wednesday, and someone asked me to post the Youtube, but RT has to do that, not me. So here's the gist of what I think.

Stewart said to Obama: you've tried bombing and overthrowing leaders and arming rebels and ... what's that new thing ... oh yeah, diplomacy.

Everybody laughed.

Obama talked up the Iran deal.

Stewart should have asked Obama a question, such as, "If you prefer diplomacy in this case, why not in many other cases where you seem to prefer war?" He could have followed up by asking about each war.

Panem et Presidential Elections

I know you like the elephants and the acrobats, but we really do not have time for this.

The U.S. presidential election is very far away. There's a measurable rise in the ocean, the construction of numerous new military bases, a decision on peace or war with Iran, a push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, intense antagonization of Russia, and more than likely another month-long bombing of Gaza between now and then.

We should be engaged in intense, all-out, creative, nonviolent resistance. We should be reforming or revolutionizing the election process, among much else. Even when elections have not been financed and reported on primarily by a wealthy elite with debates run by two parties, they haven't tended to be the means by which important social change has come.

We need radical change, and the election process isn't even advertising it. One of the chief sources of U.S. election funding, Sheldon Adelson, dismisses the idea of democracy because it's not in the Bible. And of course Adelson is up-to-date compared with some of the people he funds. At least 32 Republicans are running, apparently with a collective IQ that hardly reaches three figures. For them I'd be willing to revive the Confederacy, give it lots of flags, and locate it in the portions of the Southeast expected to fall below the rising ocean (as long as Donald Trump is charged extra for beach properties!).

Of course Jill Stein has great positions, but let's face it, the Democrats are not up to the task. Hillary Clinton has replaced FDR's four freedoms with "the four fights." It turns out she's in favor of families, America, democracy, and economics (who knew?), or at least she wants to fight with them. Oh, and she also wants to fight with Iran, ISIS, China, and Russia -- each of which is apparently somehow harming our "values." Then there's Bernie Sanders who pretends that the 54% of federal discretionary spending that goes to militarism just doesn't exist. Military? What military? Martin O'Malley has the same approach. Lincoln Chafee claims very briefly and vaguely to oppose wars. Jim Webb adds a bit more to his claim to oppose wars, but makes clear that he wants to fund militarism while expecting doing so not to produce more wars. Chafee and Webb are the worst on non-war issues, unless you compare Clinton's and O'Malley's actual records to their stated desires. Sanders is the best on non-war issues but might do little to slow the rush toward bigger and more frequent wars.

A decent candidate with a basic grasp of the problem of war addiction would say something like this, and no Democrat or Republican is anywhere close to saying it:

Tomgram: Engelhardt, A Message in a Bottle from My Mother

Requiem for the Home Front
A Cheer for Irma the Caricaturist
By Tom Engelhardt

Greece News - July 21, 2015

Greece Adjusts to New Normal as Banks Reopen - US News

3 week bank shutdown cost Greek economy €3 billion: report - The Property Gazette

New Data Show How Bad Things Were for Greek Banks the Week Capital Controls Were Introduced - Bloomberg Business

Greece repays crucial €4.2bn to ECB and €2bn to IMF - Reuters

Greece does about-face, pledges privatization push - AP

Greece becomes more expensive after VAT hikes, Low VAT rates remain in medicine, theater tickets and books -

Greek VAT rises: what they pay compared to other European countries - World First Blog

Greece’s Tsipras Shakes Up Cabinet in Bid to Rebuild Government - Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

VIDEO: New Greek ministers sworn in after Tsipras reshuffle - YouTube

Merkel opens the door to cutting Greek debt burden by extending maturities and reducing interest rates, but not writedowns - Bloomberg

French President Francois Hollande calls for creation of eurozone government after Greece crisis - Reuters

IMF names advocate of eurozone integration as chief economist -

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn addressing “German friends” on Greece -



Goldman Sachs Facing Heat As Greek Crisis Mounts -

How Goldman Sachs profited from the Greek debt crisis -

Did Wall Street Enable Greek Debt Crisis? - Al Jazeera America

Goldman Sachs could be sued for helping hide debts when Greece joined euro - The Independent

Greek debt crisis: Meet the Goldman Sachs banker Antigone Loudiadis who got rich getting Greece into the euro - The Independent

Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein has become a billionaire - Crain's New York Business

UK Treasury minister was managing director at Goldman Sachs which ‘cooked the books’ for Greek government - Political Scrapbook

Plenty Deserve Blame for Greece’s Woes, but Maybe Not Goldman Sachs - The New York Times

ARCHIVE: Goldman Secret Greece Loan Shows Two Sinners as Client Unravels (2012) - Bloomberg Business

VIDEO ARCHIVE: Goldman Sachs, Eurostat, and cooked Greek books - BBC

EuroZone Profiteers: How German and French Banks Helped Bankrupt Greece - Common Dreams

A Greek default would have massive repercussions for Deutsche Bank and by implication the entire European banking system - Irish Examiner

Greece’s 2010 assistance program was largely a bailout of European banks, initiated to prevent a wider banking crisis - interfluidity

ARCHIVE: It is not the people of Greece who have benefitted from bailout loans, but the European and Greek banks which recklessly lent money to the Greek State (Jan, 2015) -

ARCHIVE: Greek Bail-Out: 77% went into the Financial Sector (2013) - Attac Österreich


ARCHIVE: The Greek Debt Restructuring: An Autopsy (2013) -

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Talk Nation Radio: Ukraine and the Checkmating of the West

Natylie Baldwin and Kermit Heartsong are the authors of Ukraine: Zbig's Grand Chessboard & How the West Was Checkmated. We speak with both of them about the book and the current crisis in Ukraine.

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