Promoting REAL Security through International Cooperation and Democracy Building
This week we have all seen the horrors unfold the territory formerly known as Burma. It was renamed Myanmar in recent years by the ruling military junta. Up until 2 weeks ago Myanmar was the internationally recognized and used name for this state much to the dismay of Democracy activists and Buddhist Monks. Now, since the pictures of a dead Monk floating in the Inle Lake and the truth of the military dictatorship have immerged in mainstream media the international community has jumped on the ‘democracy for Burma’ bandwagon.
Isn’t it a little late to support these Democracy activists? Would it not have been more productive to address this issue back in 1990 when a general election voted agianst the militaristic government and these results were thrown out by then State Peace and Development Council Chairman Than Shwe? This is the man who responsible for the atrocities of recent weeks and for the renaming of this once democratic country.
Pres. Bush, at the UN meeting declared that we must support democracy in Burma. After our invasion he declared we must support democracy in Iraq, and after 9/11 he declared the Afghans ‘hated us for our freedom’. Why, after we supplied AK47’s and rocket launchers to the Taliban to support our proxy war with the Soviets did they have such a change of heart against the U.S.?
Surely, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism was a significant factor. But how did this rise occur? The Taliban, like the SPDC did in Bruma, took over Afghanistan with military might. They terrorized Afghan citizens, created a huge refugee crisis, and institutionalized Madrasah educational systems to teach Islamic fundamentalism to the oppressed and disenfranchised population. It is apparent to me that if we had supported a democratic movement and given non-military aid (in the way of education and basic necessities) to citizens in those early years we could have avoided the tragic events of 9/11. Subsequently, we could have avoided the current international quagmire we find ourselves in today. No one straps a bomb to their body if they are leading a fulfilling and secure life.
The only way to combat terrorism and promote grassroots democratic systems is to engage the population BEFORE the violence comes to a head. We have the largest military in the world and yet we have no Peacekeepers. We allocate 90% of our security budget to our own military and a fraction of it to international cooperation. It is time we switched our priorities to secure a future for our children and children all over the world.
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Subject: SO FAR CONGRESS HAS TAKEN FOUR YEARS TO REACT TO THE AMERICAN ABUSES, AND THE WAR FOR PROFIT.. WHY? PROFIT FOR THEIR SPECIAL INTEREST.
Do not “underestimate” the “anger,” “frustration,” and “determination,” of your citizens who demand “justice and fairness.”
One Thousand A Month Tortured To Death In Iraq PDF Paul Joseph Watson/Prison Planet.com | February 21 2006 – the outgoing UN human rights chief, Dr. John Pace, dropped a bombshell when he told an obscure Maltese newspaper that as many as a thousand detainees a month are being tortured to death in Iraq.
Private Contractors that routinely torture Iraqi prisoners are not subject to arrest or court martial by the coalition command. The military leaves it up to the companies to take disciplinary action. These contractors operate directly under Mossad intelligence and follow their policies on torture. The soldiers that are up for court martial have been made to be accomplises but are not the main culprits in the scandal. The private contractors working for the Mossad and the Mossad ‘advisors’ should also be on trial along with the leaders of the military at the highest level, including the Commander and Chief. –Webber
Meltdown in Iraq by George Hunsinger – Writing in the respected Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Orit Shoat summed up:
“During the first two weeks of [April], the American army committed war crimes in Fallujah on a scale unprecedented for this war. . . . Some 600 Iraqis were killed during these two weeks [estimates are now at 800 – G.H.], among them some 450 elderly people, women and children. . . . According to the organization Doctors Without Borders, U.S. Marines even occupied the hospitals and prevented hundreds of the wounded from receiving medical treatment. Snipers fired from the rooftops at anyone who tried to approach.”
Troops ‘have been abusing Iraqis for a year’: Amnesty By Marian Wilkinson – A CIA officer told the Herald that “one prisoner . . . who we were talking to did die”. And the former US officer responsible for the jail, Brigadier-General Janis Karpinski, reiterated that the cell blocks where the abuses took place were under the control of military intelligence when the prisoners were subjected to beating, rape, sexually humiliation and torture. [Gee, I wonder how many CIA/Mossad officers will go on trial over this? -ed.]
French TV screens images ‘of US helicopter crew killing Iraqis’ PARIS, May 4 [The link to the video is available for viewing in our Movies & Multimedia Section -ed.]
Horrific New Evidence of Soldiers’ Brutality in Iraq By Raymond Whitaker, Andy McSmith and Andrew Johnson Independent U.K. Sunday 02 May 2004 – Gen Taguba’s report makes it clear that far from being isolated actions by low-level personnel,intelligence interrogators encouraged the military police to “soften up” detainees. [These “intelligence” interrogators are the private mercenary soldiers employed by the Pentagon there. They include personnel from companies like Blackwater, CACI, Titan and others. -ed.]
Photos show jail abuse by US troops April 30, 2004 – The photographs were taken inside Abu Ghraib prison, near Baghdad, where US forces have been holding hundreds of Iraqis.
American Justice: Pictures of an Iraqi arrested and executed PDF By: khilafah.com on: 22.01.2005
Investigator: Troops drank, golfed before Iraqi killings, rape PDF August 7, 2006
G.I.’s Say Officers Ordered Killing of Young Iraqi Men PDF By PAUL von ZIELBAUER August 3, 2006
Soldiers Say Ordered to Kill Young Men PDF By ALICIA A. CALDWELL Jul 21,2006
When Torture Isn’t Good Enough PDF Booman Tribune July 14, 2006
Her face PDF by Joseph Cannon, Cannonfire – Abir Hamza, the victim of that vicious assault, was born in 1991. She was only 14 when a squad of all-American “Christian” good-old-boys killed her family, raped her, and burned her body.
New ‘Iraq massacre’ tape emerges PDF – a report filed by Iraqi police accused US troops of rounding up and deliberately shooting 11 people in the house, including five children and four women, before blowing up the building.
‘I Pretended to be Dead’ : Girl, 12, Sole Survivor When Marines Executed Her Family (With Video) PDF – War Crime Video
Photos Indicate Civilians Slain Execution-Style PDF By Tony Perry and Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writers May 27, 2006 – a 9-year-old girl, Eman Waleed, said that she saw Marines kill her grandparents and that other adults in the house died shielding her and her 8-year-old brother.
Breaking: Eyewitnesses to the Haditha massacre!!! PDF by EZ writer May 26, 2006 – The girls killed inside Khafif’s house alone were aged 14, 10, 5, 3 and 1, according to death certificates.
Easily Dispensable: Iraq’s Children PDF By Dahr Jamail 5-22-6
Video of Ex -US soldier: ‘If he didn’t answer the way we liked, we would shoot his youngest kid in the head’ (Local .MOV File) [Right-click to save] May 21, 2006
Iraq Sunnis accuse US of “atrocity” over raids PDF 15 May 2006
How Massacres Become the Norm PDF By Dahr Jamail t r u t h o u t | Perspective 04 April 2006 – An AP video of the scene shows male bodies tangled together in a bloody mass on the floor of the Imams’ living quarters – all of them with shotgun wounds and other bullet holes. The tape also shows shell casings of the caliber used by the US military scattered about on the floor. An official from the al-Sadr political bloc reported that American forces had surrounded the hospital where the wounded were taken for treatment after the massacre.
When is Killing Arab Civilians Considered a Massacre? PDF By OMAR BARGHOUTI, Counterpunch March 29, 2006 – “American forces used helicopters to drop troops on the house of Faiz Harat Khalaf situated in the Abu Sifa village of the Ishaqi district. The American forces gathered the family members in one room and executed 11 people, including five children, four women and two men, then they bombed the house, burned three vehicles and killed their animals.”
Did American Marines murder 23 Iraqi civilians? PDF 27 March 2006
The Gruesome Reality of Operation Swarmer PDF Eman Ahmad Khamas, CommonDreams.org March 24, 2006
Photos: U.S. Soldiers Kill Children in Cowardly Attack PDF by combat Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2006
11 People, mostly women and chlidren, Killed in U.S. Raid north of Baghdad PDF By: ZIAD KHALAF, Associated Press Writer on: 15.03.2006
Beyond Abu Ghraib: Detention and Torture in Iraq PDF Amnesty International 6 March 2006
‘14,000 detained without trial in Iraq’ PDF Mike McDonough Monday March 6, 2006
U.S. invasion responsible deaths of over 250,000 civilians in Iraq PDF by John Stokes
British troops videoed ‘beating Iraqis’ PDF By: Jo Revill and Ned Temko on: 12.02.2006
“This is the face of American terrorism” PDF – Upon stealing the $10,000 that were in his coat pocket the troops that the Americans are so proud of and support, found that he did not have any weapons or explosives and then they dumped his body at the local hospital and walked away with his money.
British mercenary firm with Pentagon contracts exposed in civilian shooting incident in Iraq PDF
Whistleblower! – US Interrogator Confirms Routine Iraq Torture PDF Dailykos.com – November 28, 2005
Baghdad: Iraqi girls claim kidnapping by US soldiers PDF By: http://www.iha.com.tr on: 25.10.2005
Army officer reveals new allegations of detainee mistreatment in Iraq and Afghan PDFSeptember 24, 2005
Iraqi Police accuse Britons of planting bombs PDF By: Jonathan Finer and Omar Fekeiki on: 19.09.2005 [British troops get busted during a false flag operation. -ed.]
Tal Afar Residents Send Out SOS PDF – “The Americans are seemingly bombing the city with chemical weapons,” he said, adding Tal Afar residents are speaking of suffocations and other health problems upon exposure to any hit area.
US Forces slaughter dozens of civilians in Iraq PDF By: Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey on: 01.09.2005
ar-Ramadi Massacre – 23 dead, Nineteen killed instantly, including 7 children
15 Iraqis dead after US gunfire: doctor PDF
Who Murdered 32 Iraqi Children? (Truth Comes Out) PDF By: Layth on: 17.07.2005
US Troops plant weapons on civilian kills in order to claim they are insurgents PDF Jun 25, 2005
U.S. Used NAPALM In Iraq and LIED About It *PIC* PDF
Sick strategies for senseless slaughter PDF by John Kaminski
U.S. forces abuse and torture female detainees in Iraq 4/18/2005
Army Probe Finds Abuse at Jail Near Mosul The Associated Press Saturday 26 March 2005
Iraqi doctor: US troops storm hospital Sunday 27 March 2005 – The assistant director also said US troops raided Ramadi and Haditha general hospitals a few days ago, and questioned whether doctors had become military targets and if the raids were aimed at closing hospitals.
Britain’s Abu Ghraib — BBC correspondent Paul Adams [Photos]
US troops kill Iraqi civilians PDF Sun Jan 9, 2005 – “Why did these poor people have to die?” lamented Baghdad taxi driver Doraid Abdul Khaliq, 28. “Bombing, shooting and running a tank over cars have all become something normal.”
Reporter: Wounded Iraqi Made No Movements Monday November 22, 2004 – “Through my viewfinder I can see him (Marine) raise the muzzle of his rifle in the direction of the wounded Iraqi. There are no sudden movements, no reaching or lunging,” Sites writes.
US soldier shoots Bengal tiger in Baghdad zoo 11/11/2004 – The “insurgent” in this case was a defenseless Bengal Tiger, locked up in its cage, shot dead by a drunken American soldier. What fun. What a brave soldier.
Iraq transfers war crimes? UPI – Tuesday, October 26, 2004 – The Washington Post reported Sunday that the CIA secretly transferred a dozen non-Iraqi prisoners out of Iraq in the past 18 months.
The Secret File of Abu Ghraib By OSHA GRAY DAVIDSON – A slide presentation in the classified files spells out the new “Interrogation Rules of Engagement,” specifying that soldiers, with proper approval, may subject prisoners to dietary manipulation, sleep deprivation, stress positions and the “presence of mil working dogs.”
Iraqi group claims over 37,000 civilian toll By Ahmed Janabi Saturday 31 July 2004 – Our study is the result of two months of hard work which involved hundreds of Iraqi activists and academics. Of course there may be deaths that were not reported to us, but the toll in any case could not be lower than our finding,” said Muhammad al-Ubaidi.
UK troops held torture contests, Iraqi claims KAREN MCVEIGH – A HOTEL worker who says he witnessed British troops beating his friend to death in Iraq spoke yesterday of being subjected to “torture competitions” at the hands of the army.
3,000 held in America’s global gulag PDF – In Syria, detainees sent by Washington are held at “the Palestine wing” of the main intelligence headquarters and a series of jails in Damascus and other cities. Egypt has also received a steady flow of militants from American installations.
Soldier’s defense team wants 100 witnesses from Cheney on down for Abu Ghraib case Sunday, June 13, 2004 By Cindi Lash and Michael A. Fuoco – By putting top government officials like Vice President Dick Cheney on their witness list, England’s attorneys are serving notice that in defending their client, they will attempt to put on trial the Bush administration’s policies on intelligence gathering from detainees.
Torture and Rumors of Torture June 10, 2004 – “[Hersh] said he had seen all the Abu Ghraib pictures. He said, ‘You haven’t begun to see evil…’ then trailed off. He said, ‘horrible things done to children of women prisoners, as the cameras run.’ He looked frightened.”
Sanchez Authorized Torture at Abu Ghraib t r u t h o u t | 06.13.04 – Sanchez decided on Oct. 12 to remove several items on the list and to require that prison officials obtain his direct approval for the remaining high-pressure methods.
New Report Documents Extensive U.S. War Crimes In Iraq…
Purported “Transfer of Sovereignty” Condemned as Farce, Despite UN Resolution
CA Guardsman alleges detainee abuse in Iraq Published on Thursday, June 10, 2004 – Sgt. Greg Ford said he repeatedly had to revive prisoners who had passed out, and once saw a soldier stand on the back of a handcuffed detainee’s neck and pull his arms until they popped out of their sockets.
Use Of Dogs In Abuse Scandal Authorized: Report WASHINGTON, June 11, 2004 – two dog handlers at Abu Ghraib were “having a contest” to see how many detainees they could make involuntarily urinate out of fear of the dogs
Ignoring Iraqi Death Toll Labelled a Holocaust Denial Gideon Polya. – His startling estimate is that, for Iraq, excess mortality and infant mortality are “currently of the order of 100,000 per year, or about 300 per day”.
John Howard, George Bush: war criminals Rohan Pearce – “Gonzales said he feared `prosecutors and independent counsels who may in the future decide to pursue unwarranted charges’ based on a 1996 U.S. law that bars `war crimes,’ which were defined to include `any grave breach’ of the Geneva Conventions.”
War Crimes: What Secrets Can the Photos Reveal? By Steve Weissman t r u t h o u t | Perspective Tuesday 25 May 2004 – According to intelligence sources that Sy Hersh quoted in the New Yorker, Rumsfeld turned to a super-secret Special Access Program, or SAP, which was in the business of killing or capturing al-Qaeda suspects all over the world, and where possible, interrogating them using Stress and Duress techniques banned by the Geneva Conventions. Now the covert operators would bring the same techniques to Abu Ghraib.
New Details of Prison Abuse Emerge By Scott Higham and Joe Stephens Washington Post Friday 21 May 2004 – Hilas also said he witnessed an Army translator having sex with a boy at the prison. He said the boy was between 15 and 18 years old. Someone hung sheets to block the view, but Hilas said he heard the boy’s screams and climbed a door to get a better look. Hilas said he watched the assault and told investigators that it was documented by a female soldier taking pictures.
‘US soldiers started to shoot us, one by one’ Rory McCarthy in Ramadi Friday May 21, 2004 – “We went out of the house and the American soldiers started to shoot us. They were shooting low on the ground and targeting us one by one,” she said.
`They didn’t even spare one child’ Air strike kills families in their beds U.S. maintains target was hideout SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI
U.S. kills 40 Iraqis, at wedding party PDF The Associated Press May 19, 2004 [At least they won’t be tortured in prison. -ed.]
Congress hiding soldiers’ photos of torture – The worst he said was a picture o
‘They were kicking us, laughing. It was a great pleasure for them’ Rory McCarthy in Basra Saturday February 21, 2004 – Troops searched the building and arrested the staff, driving them off to a British military base in Basra, southern Iraq. It was only a formality and the men would be released shortly, they said. Four days later Baha was dead.
Iraqi women, children in US custody By Ahmed Janabi – “Surrender, we have your wife”, this threatening note has been found at the homes of many Iraqis.
Drowned Iraqi ‘was forced into river by five US soldiers’ 14.02.2004 – Zeidun Fadhil and his cousin Marwan Fadhil were allegedly taken to a remote spot on the shore and ordered into the river at gunpoint. When they refused, the soldiers were said to have forced them into the river. Zeidun, who could not swim, drowned in the strong current. His cousin survived to tell the story.
Britain Faces ICC Investigation Into Use of Cluster Bombs by Tracy Kramer – Jan 21 – The report alleges that the use of cluster bombs and bunker-buster missiles during the conflict was contrary to international law. At a press conference Tuesday one of the lawyers, Professor Bill Bowring of London Metropolitan University, said, “There is a considerable amount of evidence of disproportionate use of force causing civilian casualties.”
U.S. Is Violating Accord on POWs by Leon Friedman – So the prisoner-of-war designation is meaningless, just a charade to hide our own failure to abide by international law in other areas. We are just saying to the world community: “See, we abide by international treaties – once in a while.”
Living by the Fence by Jo Wilding – The November 2003 study by the Uranium Medical Research Committee (UMRC) said: “Witnesses living next to the airport report 3,000 civilians were incinerated by one morning’s attack from aerial bursts of thermobaric and fuel air bombs. Since the cessation of the main phase of battle, several of the Baghdad area battlefields. [were] landscaped by the US forces and Iraqi contractors, thus preventing a thorough examination.”
Article 6(b) of the 1945 Nuremberg Charter defines a Nuremberg War Crime in relevant part as the “. . . wanton destruction of cities, towns or villages. . .” According to this definitive definition, the Bush Jr. administration’s destruction of Fallujah constitutes a war crime for which Nazis were tried and executed.
US BOMBED FALLUJA HOSPITAL SO THAT WORLD WOULD NOT GET REPORTS OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES
Posted Nov 8, 2004 – It is a war crime to deliberately destroy civilian medical facilities. The hospital was shut down because doctors told people how many innocents were killed by the American assault, thus making it a military target. Any pretence of civilization is now gone.
Private contracting companies such as Haliburton and KBR, as well as BlackWater, a private army of civilians, continue to operate in Iraq, making profits and replacing the U.S. military’s role without any accountability or oversight by the US Government. As Americans and Iraqis are dying, reports continue to emerge that reveal despite a failing war strategy, the business strategies of these companies allow them to continue profiting.
Georgetown University–George Washington University, private Universities.
Harvard University–Yale University, private Universities.
All above Universities are highly influenced by AIPAC LOBBY. To the point that
administrations, professors, and contributions come from AIPAC and other
organizations with ISRAELI influence on such education system.
To the extreme point that our Congressmen & Senators are unduly influenced
by their staffers that come from those universities, also taking their advisor
members from the professors of such universities.
We also feel that the SCREENING of information, e-mails, documents, even
editorials, are scanned by staffers to present only information benificial to the
AIPAC, ISRAELI cause. That BILLS introduced on the floor, are even
written by such staffers. That PORK entered into or attached to BILLS are
done so by staffers.
When we the AMERICAN people request reform of GOVERNMENT such
practice should also be reformed. It seems our elected officials are immediately
guided into this corrupt system.
Enough interviews have been done with past officials etc, that points this out.
BUT year after year, the system of undo influence continues. EVEN to the
point that all trips to Israel for INFORMATION GATHERING, is done to take
away any support for the true victims of conflict in the Middle East.
The Palestenian people, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, and soon to
be Iran, if their influence continues.
The Church organizations in this country bought into this Israeli propaganda
along time ago. Seemingly, and wrongfully agreeing with the human rights
violations, abuses and genocide for the last 60 years.
It is time our complete system of governing, foreign policy, and foreign
influences be REFORMED.
Do not “underestimate” the “anger,” “frustration,” and “determination,” of your citizens who demand “justice and fairness
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DOWN RIGHT APPALLING:
NO STAND-UP LEADERSHIP:
It is appalling to see people with moral values, integrity, ethics, and a real passion
and ability to lead our Federal, State and
local governments fail.
Falling into a trap of control by special
interest lobbies, insiders with the power
and clout to influence and cause the immoral,
corrupt, and unconstitutional alliances.
Such corruption stands on a false pretense.
of being a faith based religious institution,
and actually asking GOD to bless them.
Not only by propaganda, but also by organizing chapters in every state, becoming
involved in main stream media, universities,
political science, law, and theology schools.
Of course we hear alot of old testiment theory,
but very little of the new testiment or the son
of God “Jesus”.
Starting in the 1950’s, recognized by JFK,
RFK, and MLK in the 1960’s. Now has spread
to a globalization represented in several
major Countries and governments.
Checks and balances have gone by the way-side.
It is time to stand up and be counted for the
good of our Country, families, and future.
Change, has to be on the agenda of all.
Regardless of political party, the controlling
interest is very evident.
If we do not fight the apartheids now, we will
end up with-in one soon. IF we haven’t already.
Republicans were in majority, now the Democrats are, we Americans do not see
We all need to become Americans again.
Do what is necessary for OUR Country,
not party or bias religion.
Tuesday night in Massachusetts. The results send a clear message to Democrats in Washington: Be bold, fight for more change — not less, and pass healthcare with a public option.
The poll results are such a shock to out-of-touch leaders in Washington and talking-head blowhards on T.V. that they’re still pushing back, instead of listening.
Or is it business as usual by bowing to the syndicate in charge. AIPAC and
Voters have seen too much help for Wall Street and not nearly enough help for Main Street.
The message was also clear: It’s not time to leave it to any political party to take care of us once we put them in office.
It’s time to organize and mobilize as never before to make every elected or aspiring leader realize they are elected by the
American people, not special interest lobbies that are immoral, corrupt, and unconstitutional.
WHO IS PAYING THE BILLS? THE NEXT 6 GENERATIONS OF USA TAX-PAYERS.
Israeli drones–Israeli unemployed 6.1%. USA–11.2%
US to Pay Taliban Fighters to ‘Lay Down Their Arms’ –I’ve covered a lot of BULLSH*T since Coup 2000, but this takes the cake bakery. By Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org 24 Jan 2010 ‘Afghan President Hamid Karzai unveiled an ambitious Western-funded plan Friday to offer money and jobs to tempt Taliban fighters to lay down their arms in an effort to quell a crippling insurgency…’ ‘Further incentives could include pensions for older fighters and allotments of land.’ The Taliban Stimulus: ‘Junior Taliban fighters’ are going to be offered jobs at US taxpayer expense. Maybe we can include the newly hired Taliban insurgents in US economic data so that the unemployment rate will appear to be on the wane. And, not a GOP signal of discontent in sight! After all, it’s the *Taliban* getting jobs, training and education — not the US poor, so it’s all good.
‘Israel seeks more involvement in Afghan war’ 22 Jan 2010 Foreign forces in Afghanistan will use unmanned Israeli drones more extensively in the US-led war, an Israeli paper said, citing the regime’s desire to be more involved in the war. The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday that Germany will become the fifth country whose troops in Afghanistan will operate Israeli drones as of next week.
Israeli drones take over skies of Afghanistan 21 Jan 2010 While Israeli soldiers can’t fight in the war in Afghanistan, Israeli drones can. Starting next week, five NATO member countries will be operating unmanned aerial vehicles produced in the Jewish state in anti-Taliban operations in the Central Asian country. Next week, officials from the German military will arrive to take delivery of an undisclosed number of Heron UAVs, made by Israel Aerospace Industries.
Israeli unemployment 6.1%
USA unemployment 11.2%
USA taxpayer money to Israel.2.6 Billion this year.
U.S. Aid To Israel: Cost to U.S. Taxpayers $134,791,507,200
It is the goal of If Americans Knew to provide full and accurate information on this critical issue, and on our power – and duty – to bring a resolution.
The United States government continues to assist Egypt with the installation
of the underground wall to cut off the tunnels under the border of Gaza and
Egypt. According to Reuters, on January 14, 2010, U.S. three military
personnel from the U.S. embassy in Cairo visited Rafah to follow up on the
building of the barrier.
We have created a society in which Zionism overwhelms moral commitment,
in which the rapid growth that we have achieved is not sustainable
environmentally or socially, in which we do not act together to address our
common needs. Market fundamentalism has eroded any sense of community and
has led to rampant exploitation of unwary and unprotected individuals.
The World Bank admits that in 2005 three billion one hundred and forty million people live on less that $2.50 a day and about
44% of these people survive on less than $1.25. Complete and total
wretchedness can be the only description for the circumstances faced by so
Do not underestimate the ability of fanatical groups of terrorists to kill and destroy, but they do not threaten the life of the nation”. What we need now is a renewed commitment by the international community to uphold human rights law. Howard Jacobson may call it “drivel”, but when national and nationalistic politicians take it upon themselves to “protect” us, crimes of all kinds can and do take place. International checks and balances are essential if human rights abusers – including terrorists are to be challenged and defeated.
“If the response to terrorism is to target the innocent so as to get at the
guilty, then the concept of an open society is significantly diminished.
That was the tragedy of the Bush administration.”
Egypt’s unemployment rate.-8.3%
Palestine’s unemployment- 52.0%
TOP U.S. Foreign Aid Recipient Countries
$2.6 billion = Israel
$1.7 billion = Egypt
Poverty rate Palestine-60%
Palestinian poverty rate tripled from 20-60 percent since 2000 …
Poverty rate: Israel—-18.6%
Poverty rate Egypt—18.4%
Poverty rate USA—14.3% Some States 16%.
35.9 million people live below the poverty line in America, including 12.9 million children.
Total Population Israel——-7,500,000.
Total population Egypt—–81,530,000.
Total population Palestine–3,840,000.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has confirmed reports that Egypt is building a metal wall along its border with the Gaza Strip and noted the wall is being financed by the United States.
“Transforming Palestine/Israel Into A Single, Secular, Democratic State With Equal Rights for All”
An Idea Whose Time has Come.
SUPPORT THE GOLDSTONE REPORT:
Support the Goldstone Report –War crimes during the attack on Gaza must be investigated. The UN Goldstone report is a well-researched, fair-minded report. Israel and Hamas must conduct credible, independent investigations on war crimes and possible crimes against humanity or face the International Criminal Court. We demand accountability for all victims, respect for the rule of law, international law and human rights.
As we tackle healthcare reform, catastrophic climate change, immigration and high finance reform, the last thing we need is for Congress to pass a resolution full of misinformation and falsehoods just to satisfy friends in AIPAC.
A Conservative Estimate of Total Direct U.S. Aid to Israel: Almost $114 Billion and climbing.
Cost of War in Iraq so far:
Cost of War in Afghanistan so far:
Health care reform will cost: That figure came to $3,885 per capita or $298.7 billion in total. BUT that is spending on Americans; do we have lobbies for us?
History suggests that anticipation of an end to the war might help lift the mood of consumers and investors whose fears now deepen the economic problem.
City, State, % of People below the Poverty Level, Americans in the USA.
1. Detroit , MI 32.5%
2. Buffalo , NY 29.9%
3. Cincinnati , OH 27.8%
4. Cleveland , OH 27.0%
5. Miami , FL 26.9%
6. St. Louis , MO 26.8%
7. El Paso , TX 26.4%
8. Milwaukee , WI 26.2%
9. Philadelphia , PA 25.1%
10. Newark , NJ 24.2%
U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey.
Heal the War-Torn Economy
Stand up for Justice and Say No! To LOCKHEED MONSTER:
During the Great Depression of the 1930’s, homeless men built “shanty towns” around the country and called them “HOOVERVILLES”, after President Herbert Hoover who presided over the worst economic collapse in U.S. history.
Today, we face an economy torn apart by more than a half century of U.S. militarism, empire, and corporate war profiteering. U.S. military spending this year is estimated at $925 billion, a figure that doesn’t include funding for the U.S. occupation of Iraq and the even more costly and escalating war in Afghanistan. The cost of the two wars, funded by supplemental spending, now stands at $14 billion a month. Our country continues to be held in the grip of a war economy resulting in poverty, which Gandhi called “the greatest form of violence”, a culture of unmet human needs here at home, and war and misery for untold millions around the world.
Lockheed Martin is the world’s largest weapons contractor and war profiteer, receiving more than $42.7 billion of our tax dollars annually. War and weapons profits continue to take priority over the justice of a caring economy and society. Many suffer, so very few may profit. The price we pay is:
“LOCKHEEDVILLE: Where the business of war matters (and human needs don’t!)”
ZIONISH WALL—- PEACE 4 ALL——TAKE DOWN THE WALL
Relevant Amendments to the U.S. Constitution
Amendment One: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or of the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Amendment Four: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Amendment Fourteen: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of its laws.
“Israel’s diplomatic status is undergoing a rapid collapse, whose like we have never known before. We did undergo crises during the first Lebanon War, the First Intifada and on other occasions – but never did we fall from a such great height to such a low depth, and the bottom is still far down”
Israel resembles a failed state
Ali Abunimah – Electronic Intifada – The shift in public opinion is palpable as Israel`s own actions transform it into a pariah whose driving forces are not the liberal democratic values with which it claims to identify, but ultra-nationalism, racism, religious fanaticism, settler-colonialism and a Jewish supremacist order maintained by frequent massacres.
International law is clear: Israeli settlements are illegal
Iain Scobbie (in reaction to Eric Rozenman)- Los Angeles Times – Israel refused to be seen as the successor state to the Palestinian mandate. Accordingly, it refused to pay the public debt that Palestine owed to Britain. How then can there be a right of Israeli settlement in the West Bank, territory to which Israel itself has never made legal claim?
DEMAND THE PROMISED TRANSPARENCY
Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq “1,366,350”
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In U.S. War And Occupation Of Iraq 4,689
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,566
Cost of U.S. War and Occupation of Iraq
DEMAND THE PROMISED TRANSPARENCY:
Americans deserve to know the “TRUE”
facts, that is the rational behind our
Decision making made by lobbist money
delutes our democracy. Foreign lobbies,
registered as American with TAX EXEMPT
STATUS have the most powerful influence
on our agencies, including our defense
It has been reported that 75 retired military officers regularly appearing on television “have ties to military contractors vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air.”
Collectively, the group represented “more than 150 military contractors either as lobbyists, senior executives, board members or consultants,” and here’s the kicker: “Those business relationships are hardly ever disclosed to viewers.”Why is that? Media is
silenced by the same lobbies.
“major television networks continue to host retired generals as military analysts without alerting viewers to their extensive ties to defense contractors.”
Additionally, Wired magazine reports that neoconservative think-tankers who directly helped craft the Pentagon’s Afghan escalation are now appearing throughout the media as allegedly disinterested analysts of the escalation — again, without any mention of their concurrent work. Or connections to the Israeli lobbies.
It’s easy to think this opacity is the exclusive transgression of commercial media. Unfortunately, it’s not — it has bled into the country’s single most powerful economic institution, the Federal Reserve.
This is the bank currently lobbying against congressional oversight by arguing it must preserve its “independence” — the same institution whose regional board members are elected by the private banks they regulate and whose chairman, Ben Bernanke, quietly cavorts with the bank CEOs he’s supposed to be independent from. Even worse, the Fed is paying many of the ostensibly objective economists who sculpt the debate about Fed policy.
The Fed today doles out roughly $400 million a year for “research” — much of it to outside economists who then advocate for the Fed’s agenda without disclosing their Fed ties. For instance, seven of the eight economists on a recent anti-oversight letter to Congress failed to note they are or were on the Fed’s payroll.
That blatant chicanery, though, is not the worst of it. The real subterfuge is how the Fed’s shadowy pay scheme bakes an invisible pro-Fed consensus into our public discourse. Through its academic largesse, the Fed “so thoroughly dominates the field of economics that real criticism of the central bank has become a career liability for members of the profession.”
They think they have the USA under control enough, that they now can have global control of everyone’s
money. Our officials sell themselves and us out for personal gain. Will Americans revolt soon enough to regain what we once were, prior to 1994?
American News Media Works In Favor of Israel
A MOCKERY TO RELIGIOUS BELIEF (ISRAEL & USA)
Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land
U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
How Israel manipulates and distorts American public perceptions
Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land carefully analyzes and explains how–through the use of language, framing and context–the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied terrorities appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one.
The faithful congregations taken for a Deceptive ride by GW Bush, republican party boys, AIPAC, and the organized crime & corruption involved
Will we ever recover from the mess left behind by such atrocities and the cost we will now bear for it all? FAITH BASED???
Explore the ways that U.S. journalists, for reasons ranging from intimidation to a lack of thorough investigation, have become complicit in carrying out Israel’s PR campaign. At its core, the documentary raises questions about the ethics and role of journalism, and the relationship between media and politics.
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