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Obama’s Zionist Wannabe Veep

Obama’s Zionist Wannabe Veep
By Robert Weitzel

“If I were a Jew, I would be a Zionist. I am a Zionist. You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist.”- Senator Joseph Biden

Considering the last eight years and the current (viable) options, I’ll admit to wanting Barak Obama in the White House in January. Undoubtedly, more people around the world will have a better chance of surviving the next four years with his finger on—or rather off—the button. However . . .

For all of Obama’s campaign promises of “change,” his choice of Joseph Biden as his running mate sends a clear signal to Israel’s lobby in Washington and its right-wing government in Jerusalem that for the next four years there will be no change in the United States’ unconditional support or its annual $6 billion in direct and indirect aid.

Predictably, neither will there be a change in the hopelessness and the impotent rage of the Arabs suffering under a U.S.-supported Zionist ideology in Palestine.

Senator Biden is the ardently pro-Israel chair of the Foreign Relations Committee. He is a 36-year veteran politician whose specialty is foreign policy. When he told a reporter from the Jewish cable network, Shalom TV, that he is a Zionist, he knew the implications of that admission for the Palestinians, the entirety of the Arab world, and America’s global “war on terror.”

US-Iraqi Agreement: Leaked

US-Iraqi Agreement: Leaked
By Raed Jarrar | Raed Jarrar's Blog

I read about a leaked copy of the US-Iraqi agreement a few days ago when a radio station in Iraq mentioned some of its details, then it was mentioned in some Arab newspapers like Al-Qabas and Al-Sharq Al-Awsat. A couple of days ago, one Iraqi website (linked to an Iraqi armed resistance group) published the leaked draft on their web page for less than a couple of days before their website went offline. (Thankfully, I downloaded the 21 pages agreement and saved them before their server went down)

The Depleted Uranium Threat

The Depleted Uranium Threat
by Thomas D. Williams

"The DoD, the nation's biggest polluter, is now cleaning up 29,500 currently or formerly contaminated sites in every state and territory. California alone has 3,912 contaminated sites on 441 current and former DoD installations. Many of DoD's facilities have already contaminated groundwater sources of drinking water.... The cost to clean up toxic munitions contamination and unexploded ordnance at active and former military installations around the country may reach $200 billion." - The National Resources Defense Council, April 21, 2004.

"The Defense Department is refusing to comply with orders or sign contracts to clean up 11 hazardous waste sites, including one in Hawaii, and has asked the White House and Justice Department to intervene on its behalf." - The Associated Press, July 1, 2008

Banners Over Madison Support RNC Protestors

Banners appeared in Madison, Wisconsin overpasses Monday morning in solidarity with the blockades and protests against the Republican Convention in St. Paul, MN.

As of 9/1/2008, there are a total of 256 arrests; 119 felonies, 48 gross misdemeanors; 89 misdemeanors.

CNN reported that police used pepper spray and tear gas against protestors. St Paul received $50 million in federal grant money to pay for additional security.

Rally Focuses on Iran, Saber-Rattling

Rally focuses on Iran, saber-rattling
Hundreds protest prospect of US acting against Iran
By Susanne Cervenka | Florida Today | Event Photo Gallery

Gillian Myers held a sign firmly over her head. Its message: "Even children know to march for peace."

The 4-year-old from Palm Bay was among about 500 people participating in Florida's First Mass March to Stop War on Iran. Rallies similar to the one Saturday -- which was led by Brevard Patriots for Peace -- have increased across the country as some believe U.S. leaders are building up to war with the Middle Eastern nation.

"We were misled into one war and we don't want it to happen again," Gillian's dad Ray Myers said. "Sitting at home and complaining doesn't do anything."

NY Times Does It Again: More 'Judy Miller' Tap Dancing (Pt2)

NY Times does it again: More 'Judy Miller' tapdancing (Pt2)
Luke Ryland | LetSibolEdmondsSpeak.com

In Nuclear Net’s Undoing, a Web of Shadowy Deals" in Monday's New York Times by David Sanger and William Broad details the destruction of evidence by the US government in a case involving the nuclear black market.

The article highlights again that the New York Times continues to engage in 'Judy Miller reporting' by warmongering and acting as a mouthpiece for the government.

'Stealing America': Voting-Fraud Documentary

'Stealing America': Voting-fraud documentary
Michael Ordoña | SFGate.com

The numbers don't add up.

$3.8 billion: The initial Help America Vote Act allocation that California Secretary of State Deborah Bowen said "pushed many counties into buying electronic systems that ... were not properly reviewed or tested."
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18,000: Votes that did not register in a 2006 Sarasota County, Fla., local election using touch-screen machines, in a Democratic stronghold that the Republican challenger won by 368 votes.

Negative 16,022: Votes counted for Al Gore on a Diebold tabulator in Volusia County, Fla., in 2000.

Zero: The number of proven instances of election fraud involving electronic voting machines, according to industry spokespeople.

Journalist Amy Goodman Arrested/Released in MN (Update With Press Conference)

by Linda Milazzo

Amy Goodman of Pacifica Network's Democracy Now! was arrested in St. Paul, Minnesota, while trying to free two of her producers, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, who were unlawfully detained. Also arrested was Associated Press photographer, Matt Rourke.

For many in America, Amy Goodman is the defining journalist of their generation. Amy's arrest, and the arrests of nearly 300 others, in addition to the warrantless raids, searches and seizures of private homes, and the creation of the police state of Minnesota in-service to the Republican Party, are unconscionable acts that SHOULD NOT be tolerated.

Former Marine’s Acquittal Triggers Debate Over Law

Former Marine’s Acquittal Triggers Debate Over Law
ToTheCenter.com

Should a combat veteran be tried in civilian court for actions he may or may not have committed on the battlefield? Some people don’t think so.

Yahoo! News reports that several members of the jury that acquitted former Marine and Iraq veteran Jose Luis Nazario, Jr. of war atrocities that he allegedly committed while fighting in the Battle of Fallujah in 2004 have expressed their feeling that, as civilians, they “weren’t qualified” to pass judgment over acts committed in the heat of combat.

Experts on military and legal affairs say that Nazario’s case “raises serious questions about whether federal prosecutors should even pursue such cases.”

"I don't think we had any business doing that," juror Nicole Peters insisted. "I thought it was unfair to us and to him."

Federal Government Involved In Raids on Protesters

Federal government involved in raids on protesters
Glenn Greenwald | Salon.com

As the police attacks on protesters in Minnesota continue -- see this video of the police swarming a bus transporting members of Earth Justice, seizing the bus and leaving the group members stranded on the side of the highway -- it appears increasingly clear that it is the Federal Government that is directing this intimidation campaign. Minnesota Public Radio reported yesterday that "the searches were led by the Ramsey County Sheriff's office. Deputies coordinated searches with the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation."

Psychologists and Torture

Psychologists and torture

FROM THE moment US military and civilian officials began detaining and interrogating Guantanamo Bay prisoners with methods that the Red Cross has called tantamount to torture, they have had the assistance of psychologists. This has been a source of anguish to many members of the profession, who want to join their colleagues in other professional organizations and draw a clear line against psychologists' involvement in interrogation of detainees.

Stoking Tensions, Risking Confrontation: A High Stakes US Gamble with Russia

Stoking Tensions, Risking Confrontation: A High Stakes US Gamble with Russia
by Stephen Lendman

Prior to entering WW II, US strategists had a clear aim in mind at its conclusion - to hold unchallengeable power in a new post-war global system: military, economic and political in a "Grand Area" encompassing the West and Far East. Essentially most parts outside the communist bloc and exploiting it under disarming rhetoric like being "selfless advocates of freedom for colonial peoples (and an) enemy of imperialism." Championing "world peace (also) through multinational control."

Today, the facade is gone, and no pretense remains about much "grander" plans - over an "Area" comprising planet earth with "full spectrum dominance" over all land, surface and sub-surface sea, air, space, electromagnetic spectrum and information systems with enough overwhelming power to fight and win global wars against any potential challengers with all weapons in our arsenal, including nuclear and others of mass destruction.

Alex - Impeach the Bastards - Watch the Lies!

Alex - Impeach the Bastards - Watch the Lies!

Impeach the bastards

NY Times Does It Again: More 'Judy Miller' Tap Dancing

NY Times does it again: More 'Judy Miller' tapdancing
by Luke Ryland

A front page article "In Nuclear Net’s Undoing, a Web of Shadowy Deals" in Monday's New York Times by David Sanger and William Broad details the destruction of evidence by the US government in a case involving the nuclear black market.

The article highlights again that the New York Times continues to engage in 'Judy Miller reporting' by warmongering and acting as a mouthpiece for the government.

Conyers Sets Deadline For Production of US Attorney Documents

Conyers Sets Deadline For Production of US Attorney Documents

"...Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) sent a letter to White House Counsel Fred Fielding setting a September 4, 2008, deadline for the White House to comply with its obligations regarding production of documents under the July 31 Order issued by U.S. District Judge John Bates in Committee on the Judiciary v. Miers. The letter also notes that a hearing at which Harriet Miers is to appear pursuant to subpoena has been rescheduled for September 11, 2008. The letter follows yesterday’s rejection by Judge Bates of the White House’s request that the July 31 Order be stayed pending appeal, as well as a status conference before Judge Bates that was held this morning. The full text of the letter is linked here.

October Surprise? US Naval Battle Ships Sail Into Georgian Vicinity

Naval Ship Movements Update 8/29/08
by Andrew Schoerke, Capt USNR (ret.)

On 25 August, the guided missile destroyer USS McFaul unloaded relief aid at the Black Sea port of Batumi, Georgia. The McFaul was followed shortly afterwards by the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dallas which made a similar delivery. At Gaeta, Italy, on 21 August, the amphibious command ship USS Mt. Whitney was loading relief supplies for delivery. The Turkish Foreign Ministry, on 22 August, confirmed that Spanish, German and Polish military ships had received permission to transit into the Black Sea through the Bosporus and Dardanelles Straits on a NATO mission.

Treating Iraqi Children For PTSD

Treating Iraqi Children For PTSD
by Lourdes Garcia-Navarro | NPR.com

According to the Web site iraqbodycount.org, at least 658 children were killed in Iraq in 2007, and the violence has touched the lives of many others. Iraq children also have been the victims of kidnapping, torture and rape.

The problem has become so acute that a new clinic for children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will be opening this month in Baghdad. It will be the first of its kind in Iraq.

Dhiya Moussa, 11, is a stocky child with shaggy brown hair. He cautiously answers questions from Dr. Haider Maliki, and confesses he still can't fall asleep at night.

Moscow Halts Iran Cooperation with US; Will Complete Bushehr Reactor By Year's End

Moscow halts Iran cooperation with US, will complete Bushehr reactor
DEBKAfile

The Georgia quarrel has all but derailed US-Russian cooperation on the Iran issue. Moscow is not only pulling out of the diplomatic and sanctions front against Iran’s nuclear program; according to DEBKAfile’s Russian sources, Moscow has decided to finally finish building Iran’s nuclear reactor in the southern town of Bushehr before the end of the year, after holding back for five years at Washington’s insistence.

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin said in reference to the impact of the Georgia row on US-Russian cooperation on Iran Thursday, Aug. 28: “If nobody wants to talks with us on these issues and cooperation with Russia is not needed, then for God’s sake, do it yourself.”

George Bush, Finally The Uniter

George Bush, finally the uniter
By Mikel Weisser | MohaveDailyNews.com

When Bob Costas interviewed George Bush for NBC's Olympic coverage on Aug. 10, attempting to take a hard line, Costas asked Bush to comment on the problems in our country. Bush replied, “I don't see any problems with our country.”

Following the immediate crowd reaction of everyone in the room yelling “get that man a *&%&$@# pair of glasses” at the TV set, I, like many in the American public, came the realization that from his point of view things in America probably do look pretty rosy. After all, Bush does not have to see any problems. His problems are seen to.

Ex-Guantanamo Detainees Appeal to US Supreme Court

Ex-Guantanamo detainees appeal to US Supreme Court

Four Britons released from Guantanamo in 2004 after two years' detention, requested the US Supreme Court to rule on the right of prisoners "to worship and...not to be tortured."

If the high court takes the case, it will have to decide whether war-on-terror detainees have additional constitutional rights besides the right to challenge their detention in civilian court, as was confirmed in a June Supreme Court ruling.

British nationals Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal, Rhuhel Ahmed and Jamal Al-Harith were held at the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 to April 2004, when they were released uncharged and deported to Britain.

Military: Study Cites Poor Public Access To Military Courts

Military: Study cites poor public access to military courts
Report calls for standardized docket accessible via the Internet
By MARK WALKER | NCTimes.com

Public access to U.S. military courts around the world and information about current cases is woefully inadequate, according to a new study of the inner workings of justice in the armed services.

To improve access and basic information, the study calls for the creation of a Defense Department-managed docketing system for all military court matters that would be accessible to the public via the Internet.

Presidential Crimes: Moving On Is Not An Option

Presidential Crimes: Moving on is not an option
By Elaine Scarry | BostonReview.net

We have at the present time two government leaders, a president and a vice president, who, according to all available evidence, have carried out grave crimes. Will these two men leave office and live out their lives without being subjected to legal proceedings? Such proceedings will surely release new documents and provide additional testimony important in resolving their guilt or innocence. But the public record is now so elaborate, so detailed, and validated from so many directions that a weight is on the population’s shoulders: does our already existing knowledge of what they have done obligate us to press for legal redress?

Wake up America, Sign up America! We're in the Countdown to a Million More!

A million signatures by Sept. 10 will send a powerful message to Congress that Americans want to reclaim the Constitution and hold the Administration accountable. September 10th, the day before the world changed, could be the day WE change the world! Rep. Kucinich writes:

Rare Behind-The-Scenes Of CODEPINK Prepping For RNC

by Linda Milazzo

The above video, courtesy of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and videographer, Jeffrey Thompson, is one of the first behind-the-scenes views of the extreme dedication and depth of organization of CODEPINK, which like most PEACE and social justice groups, is comprised mainly of volunteers who work ceaselessly and selflessly to restore this nation to the rule of law and principles of freedom upon which it was built.

Bush Seeks to Affirm a Continuing War on Terror

Bush Seeks to Affirm a Continuing War on Terror
By ERIC LICHTBLAU | NYTimes.com

Tucked deep into a recent proposal from the Bush administration is a provision that has received almost no public attention, yet in many ways captures one of President Bush’s defining legacies: an affirmation that the United States is still at war with Al Qaeda.

Seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, Mr. Bush’s advisers assert that many Americans may have forgotten that. So they want Congress to say so and “acknowledge again and explicitly that this nation remains engaged in an armed conflict with Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated organizations, who have already proclaimed themselves at war with us and who are dedicated to the slaughter of Americans.”

No One Should Have to Stand in Line for 10 Hours to Vote

No One Should Have to Stand in Line for 10 Hours to Vote
By ADAM COHEN | NYTimes.com

Everyone complains that young people don’t vote, but consider the experience of students at Kenyon College in Ohio in the 2004 election. Officials in Knox County, Ohio, provided just two voting machines for the school’s 1,300 voters. Some students waited in line for 10 hours, and the last bleary-eyed voter did not cast a ballot until nearly 4 a.m.

Speaking Events

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April 4: Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next: An event to mark 100 years since the United States entered World War I, and 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech against war. A new movement to end all war is growing. 6-8 p.m. at 5th and K Busboys and Poets, Washington, D.C.
 

 

April 7-9: Huntsville, Alabama: 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & Protest

 

April 22: David Swanson speaking in Burlington, Vermont

 

June 16-18: David Swanson and many others speaking at United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) annual conference in Richmond, Va.



August 2-6: Peace and Democracy Conference at Democracy Convention in Minneapolis, Minn.



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