Monday, August 30, 2010

Coal Ash Dump Sites Polluting Drinking Water across US with Heavy Metals and Arsenic

A new study has identified 39 additional coal ash dumpsites in 21 states that are contaminating water supplies with heavy metals, showing the government is inadequately monitoring these disposal sites and lax at regulating the toxic waste. The study is entitled IN HARM’S WAY: Lack of Federal Coal Ash Regulations Endangers Americans and Their Environment and was released just days before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) starts a series of hearings across the U.S. to consider regulation of toxic coal ash waste.

O'odham to National Guard: 'We do not want you on our lands'

Ofelia Rivas, traditional O'odham living on the border, released a statement to the National Guard, who are to arrive on the US/Mexico border in Arizona on Monday.To the United States National Guard arriving in O'odham Lands,We are not compliant people, we are people with great dignity and confidence. We are a people of endurance and have a long survival history. We are people that have lived here for thousands of years. We have our own language, we have our own culture and traditions.You are coming to my land, you may find me walking on my land, sitting on my land and just going about my daily life. I might be sitting on the mountain top, do not disturb me, I am praying the way my ancestors did for thousands of years. I might be out collecting what may be strange to you but it might be food to me or medicine for me.

CISPES disrupts Pacific Rim shareholders meeting in Vancouver

 Pacific Rim Mining held its annual general meeting in downtown Vancouver today - attended by a few directors and more than a dozen protesters. Most of the demonstrators were from the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) in the US Pacific Northwest. They wore tags describing themselves as shareholders in democracy, human rights, access to clean water and "our future." 

Vancouver-based Pacific Rim Mining is suing the people of El Salvador after the government refused to allow it to mine using methods that would poison El Salvador's rivers. The suit for millions in "lost profits" has been filed under the Central American Free Trade Agreement. CISPES is calling on the company's directors to drop the suit. Two CISPES representatives were allowed into the meeting, then ejected after they tried to speak.

IV Americas Social Forum: Grassroots Organizations Are Still in Charge

Today, social movements are uniting to defend common resources and criticize extractivism. However, they are far from the unanimity characteristic of the period when rightwing governments prevailed in most South American countries and are separated when it comes time to evaluate progressive and leftist governments.

Costa Rica: The lowest form of military aggression (Video)

On 1 July 2010, Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly authorized the U.S. military to undertake policing duties in Costa Rica, based on an expired “Cooperation Agreement.” There is only one small problem: Costa Rica abolished its army in 1949 and since then has had no national military forces. Lawyer and Right to Peace advocate, Zamora Bolaños, analyses the situation playing out in his country and extended regional ramifications.

Indigenous leaders found murdered

According to Colombia's ombudsman, two other indigenous leaders from the same region were kidnapped on Friday by alleged members of paramilitary group Nueva Generacion (New Generation).

Ramsey Muniz: Guilty of Being Latino and an Activist in America

This heroic man is serving a life sentence on bogus charges - for his activism.

Ties That Bind: Canadian Military Seeking Lessons from Israeli Occupying Army

Canadian military officials have undertaken a comprehensive effort with their Israeli counterparts to “pursue deeper relationships,” to borrow from Israel’s weapons, war training, and counter-insurgency strategies, and to strengthen diplomatic ties, according to documents obtained through access to information (ATI) requests.

Endless War, Humanitarian Crisis, and Perpetual Resistance: U.S. Foreign Policy in the 21st Century

In neglecting to cover the process and impact of the Pakistan war, the U.S. media has ignored or recorded in a perfunctory manner (often as add-ons to Afghanistan coverage) major developments in this war, particularly the humanitarian crisis it has created.

FEMA GROUNDZERO U.S cameraman has proof 911 was a lie - you decide ALSO SEE FEMA Photographer Kurt Sonnenfeld - Complete WTC Photos

urgent statement from neturei karta of the orthodox jewry, occupied palestine: condeming poisonous statements made by zionist "chief rabbi" "yosef"

Authentic orthodox Jews condemn with all words of condemnation the poisonous words that were heard these days, by the leader of "Shas" party "Yosef" the so called "Rabbi", against His Excellency our beloved President Mahmud Abbas, and against our Palestinian brothers in Palestine:

Masterminds, Mosques and Mass Insanity: “War on Terrorism” Propaganda Ratcheted up Ahead of War Escalation“war-on-terrorism”-propaganda-ratcheted-up-ahead-of-war-escalation/

“Islamic terrorism”, including “Al-Qaeda”, the Taliban, etc. are assets of the CIA a myth designed to obscure a vast covert operation and war plan. The “Militant Islamic Network” was created by the CIA, and has continued to operate on behalf of Anglo-American military-intelligence interests.

A U.S. 'legacy of waste' in Iraq

The shell of a prison that will never be used rises from the desert on the edge of this dusty town north of Baghdad, a hulking monument to the wasted promise of America's massive, $53-billion reconstruction effort in Iraq.Construction began in May 2004 at a time when U.S. money was pouring into the country. It quickly ran into huge cost overruns. Violence erupted in the area, and a manager was shot dead in his office. The Iraqi government said it didn't want or need the prison. In 2007 the project was abandoned, but only after $40 million of U.S. taxpayer money had been spent.

Apartheid Israel: Education Ministry Approves New 'Whites-Only' Settlement School

'Several months ago, a religious school in the illegal Israeli settlement of Immanuel was criticized for segregating white Jewish students from non-white Jewish students in classes. Originally, the school was fined for this policy of racial segregation, because the school was state funded. Now, the Israeli education ministry has agreed with the white parents' request to allow the school to continue with its racial discrimination under private funding. There is no law preventing racial discrimination by private organizations, even schools, in Israel.'

Deadly Fungus Spreading Across US and Canada

'A research study out of Duke University has found that a dangerous mutated form of an airborne fungus called Cryptococcus gattii is spreading across the Northwest United States and some parts of Western Canada. The fungus, which typically only infects people with autoimmune disorders and compromised immune systems, now seems to be infecting healthy people as well, worrying experts.

Published in PLoS Pathogens, a journal of the Public Library of Science, the report explains that the new fungus is currently infecting people across the Pacific Northwest region and its scope is continuing to expand. Though the fungus was originally discovered in tropical and subtropical regions, it is somehow thriving in temperate regions far different than its native home.'

Obama to Escalate Slaughter in Yemen

'With the opening of a new front in Yemen for the CIA’s drone “targeted killing” program, the Obama administration is steadily escalating the role played by both the covert agency and secretive US military Special Operations forces as a global Murder Incorporated.“The White House, in an effort to turn up the heat against Al Qaida’s branch in Yemen, is considering adding the CIA’s armed Predator drones to the fight,” reported the Associated Press on Thursday, citing senior Washington officials.“The US military’s Special Operation Forces and the CIA have been positioning surveillance equipment, drones and personnel in Yemen, Djibouti, Kenya and Ethiopia” in preparation for the stepped-up killing spree, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.'

Friday, August 27, 2010

Spying on Free Speech Nearly At Cold War Level

An intelligence bulletin, from a DHS-supported North Central Texas Fusion System, was distributed to over 100 different agencies. It described a "purported conspiracy between Muslim civil rights organizations, lobbying groups, the anti-war movement, a former U.S. Congresswoman, the U.S. Treasury Department, and hip hop bands to spread tolerance in the U.S."

Monsanto in Gates' clothing? The emperor's new GMOs

Under the guise of "sustainability" the Foundation has been spearheading a multi-billion dollar effort to transform African into a GMO-friendly continent. The public relations flagship for this effort is the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a massive Green Revolution project. Up to now AGRA spokespeople have been slippery, and frankly, contradictory about their stance on GMOs.

Gates Foundation invests in Monsanto/ Both will profit at expense of small-scale African farmers

Farmers and civil society organizations around the world are outraged by the recent discovery of further connections between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and agribusiness titan Monsanto. Last week, a financial website published the Gates Foundation’s investment portfolio, including 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock with an estimated worth of $23.1 million purchased in the second quarter of 2010 (see the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission). This marks a substantial increase from its previous holdings, valued at just over $360,000 (see the Foundation’s 2008 990 Form).

INDIA Activists Use Legal Weapons to Stop Thermal Power Plants

HYDERABAD, India, Aug 27 - Green activists have various ways of pushing their causes, from enlisting movie stars to launching protests, but India’s campaigners have also been quietly using legal weapons to try to get the projects they oppose, such as thermal plants, stopped or reversed.

India rejects controversial mine project on Sacred Mountain

After eight long years of protests and legal battles, India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests has rejected Vedanta Resources' controversial plan to mine for Bauxite on the Dongria Kondh's Sacred Mountain in Orissa, India.

ACTION ALERT: Pacific Rim shareholders meet today!

Today, the shareholders and Board of Directors of Pacific Rim Mining will meet for their Annual General Meeting in Vancouver, B.C. When the government and people of El Salvador stopped Pacific Rim’s gold mines from opening, this Canadian corporation opened a storefront in Nevada, and is now using the US-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) to sue the Salvadoran government for hundreds of millions of dollars in ‘lost profits’.  

The company has been telling their shareholders that they are still hopeful for a “resolution” with the Salvadoran government. However, after the 2009 elections, El Salvador finally has a democratic government that is responding to the people’s demands. On Saturday, the President of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes reiterated his public commitment: “I will not authorize any mining exploration or exploitation project” and he welcomed the process underway in the Legislative Assembly to pass a national ban on metallic mining.

Bodies as Territories Thousands of women say “no” to militarization in Colombia

A meeting in Colombia which aimed to “give visibility to the numerous effects of war in the lives of women and the peoples”, by building proposals for peace in Latin America, came to an end on Monday.

Pentagon's New Global Military Partner: Sweden by Rick Rozoff

"With eleven years of NATO expansion and the Alliance's transformation into the world's first internationally-oriented military bloc, no nation in Europe is permitted to be neutral and none can avoid involvement in military missions, including wars, abroad. Sweden is no exception, having joined scores of other previously non-aligned nations around the world in being pulled into the Pentagon's orbit in the post-Cold War period."

European Union: Anti-Democratic and Neo-Liberal

The European Union (EU) has just forced through a constitution, under the name of the Lisbon Treaty...The European Union is not a democratic entity. We have to vote how they want us to vote or it doesn't count...The treaty also confirmed a further push towards the privatization of public services...We have become subject to the British Conservative Party's vision of Europe which has no social vision, but sees Europe only in market terms.

Privatizing the Occupation: Mercenaries and NGO's By YVES ENGLER

Market extremists argue that the private sector can do almost everything better than governments...The growth of private security generally seen as a result of the success of extreme market arguments...Less commented upon is a parallel growth of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) engaged in health-care, education and social services development...that [were] once provided by public institutions.

An Exciting New Muslim Country to Drone Attack

Could Barack Obama become the first person in history to win the Nobel Peace Prize two consecutive years? It is hard to dispute the premise that awarding him the Prize this year would be every bit as justifiable as last year's award. Fresh off his Nobel-winning escalation of the war in Afghanistan, we now have this monument to world peace...

FBI paid informant in Bronx synagogue bomb plot $97K, who provided terror suspects with fake bombs

The jury in the Bronx synagogue bomb plot case was told Wednesday that the informant who provided the four suspects with phony bombs and missiles was paid $97,000 by the FBI.The FBI gave Pakistani immigrant Shahed Hussain $44,000 for expenses and $53,000 for "his services" over a three-year period, agent Robert Fuller said.

US 'Kill Team' Targeted Afghan Civilians

'Five US soldiers are charged with deliberately targeting Afghan civilians amid growing discontent over the rising civilian causalities in the war-torn country. The troopers allegedly killed three Afghans in Kandahar Province this year and they were charged with murder in June.Since then US army prosecutors have also filed additional charges of conspiracy to commit premeditated murder -- a plot that allegedly began when one soldier discussed how easy it would be to "toss a grenade" at Afghan civilians, The Seattle Times reported on Thursday. One of the soldiers had reportedly formed what has been called a "kill team" to randomly execute Afghan civilians while on petrol.'

Treasury Makes Shocking Admission: Program for Struggling Homeowners Just a Ploy to Enrich Big Banks

'But according to recent startling admissions from top Treasury officials, the mortgage plan was actually not really about helping borrowers at all. Instead, it was simply one element of a broader effort to pump money into big banks and shield them from losses on bad loans. That's right: Treasury openly admitted that its only serious program purporting to help ordinary citizens was actually a cynical move to help Wall Street megabanks.'

Israel Buys $2bn In Jet & Diesel Fuel - Far Beyond Normal

'Three weeks ago the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) published a notice, as it is legally required to do, announcing that Israel has ordered massive quantities of various fuels suitable for military use, and in the case of the order for JP-8 jet fuel, suitable only for military use.The massive order is valued at some $2 billion and, as well as the 284 million gallons (1.075 billion litres) of JP-8 jet fuel, the order also includes 60 million gallons (227 million litres) of unleaded gasoline and 100 million gallons (378 million litres) of diesel fuel.

Last week I wrote of how it would not be possible for Israel to mount a ‘unilateral’ strike against Iran because Israel would require complete connivance and support for such a strike from the US. I explained, as I have in the past, how it would be necessary for the US to supply the massive amounts of fuel need for such a strike. If Israel were to strike Iran, Israel would only require the massive amounts of jet fuel and over a billion litres of jet fuel would be more that enough to do the job in practical terms.'

Thursday, August 26, 2010


In Venezuela, "there is the bloody gang warfare caused by drug trafficking, partly as a result of the presence of Colombian paramilitaries and guerrillas."

carlos_the_mackeral1919: Israeli intelligence steps up its activity in the U.S. _ and gets away with it. By Philip Giraldi

carlos_the_mackeral1919: Israel, Big Money and Obama ... ..posted by Dimona

Sayanim -- Israeli operatives in the U.S

Americans know that something fundamental is amiss. They sense -- rightly -- that they are being misled no matter which political party does the leading.

DFID: 'Educating' Tribal Leaders about the 'benefits' of Development in Ghana

The British government has given, through its Department for International Development (DFID), £100,000 to the Institute of Professional Studies (IPS), a management training institute in Ghana, to provide a "managerial framework for traditional leaders in a bid to maximize the benefits from natural resources specifically land in the oil and gas region of Ghana."

Blackwater Resurfaces in Pakistan. Operatives to infiltrate key cities

Pakistan’s Foreign Office succumbs to US blackmail in allowing notorious Blackwater operatives to infiltrate key cities 

Whatever It Takes: Protecting the Tar Sands, Protecting Capitalism

Something is rotten in the province of Alberta! And it's not just the tar sands. It's the way political and corporate elites do whatever it takes to extinguish potential threats to the bituminous megaproject. The attempt to protect the tar sands from criticism can be framed as a part of a broader effort to protect the 'rights' of private interests to profit from bitumen production.

Blackwater Provided Unauthorized Training in Colombia

Blackwater, a corporation that specializes in providing military-style training and support to other businesses and governments, recently entered into a $42 million civil settlement with the State Department this month after the agency found that the company violated international arms trafficking and export regulations no less than 288 times.

Afghanistan Crisis Deepens: U.S., Canada and NATO Threaten to Extend War

On March 13, 2008, Canada's Parliament voted to extend the country's military “mission” in Afghanistan to July 2011. The motion by the minority Conservative government was supported by the opposition Liberals. The war makers correctly estimated that fixing an exit date would deflect mounting opposition to the war among the Canadian public and buy time for Canada's continued participation. Since then, the political and military situation in Afghanistan has continued to deteriorate for the occupying forces, and leading politicians are now floating proposals to extend Canada's claimed exit date for a military mission that already constitutes a gross violation of the national sovereignty and human rights of the Afghan people.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

US releases watered-down, generic report to UN on human rights

The United States has sent its report card for itself on human rights to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The US Periodic Review on Human Rights released Monday shows the Obama Administration giving itself a glossy, positive review on the issue of Native Americans and human rights. However, it appears that no one was actually listening at the US State Department's Listening Conferences, held to gather testimony for the report from Native Americans.In the US sanitized report, the US report fails to describe the ongoing environmental genocide, where corporations in collusion with the US government target Indian country with power plants, coal mines, oil and gas wells and experimental technology.

Extractive industries Seriously?UN acknowledges relying on figures produced by the oil industry to study impacts

The UN Environment Programme acknowledged that its investigation about the oil spills in the Niger Delta, in Nigeria, is based on information provided by the oil industry. This raised the concern of several environmental and human rights organizations.

Russia Today Interview with Daniel Ortega: “The World is Changing, the US is Not”

DO: I believe the situation in Latin America makes the US dialogue different from what it was before the Bush epoch. But US policy hasn’t been modified. I’d say that we need a dialogue based on the objective reality of Latin America. In Trinidad and Tobago, President Obama said he wanted our relations to be based on mutual respect, and so on. But how can anyone explain US involvement in the coup in Honduras just a few months later? And how can we explain the fact that the US was fighting to recognize the Honduran government? The only thing we see is that the US hasn’t changed in its essence. The world is changing, the US isn’t. This isn’t a problem just for Latin America, but rather for the entire world. This country has military and economic power, and at the same time, it’s not changing its expansionary and imperialistic policy.

India: Police Arrest Researcher Who Showed E-Voting Machines Are Not Secure

The police did not state a specific charge at the time of the arrest, but it appears to be a politically motivated attempt to uncover our anonymous source. The arresting officers told Hari that they were under “pressure [from] the top,” and that he would be left alone if he would reveal the source’s identity.

Colombian rights defender found 'murdered'

Perez was a member of the Upper Guayabero Regional Committee for Human Rights. She was among rights workers who in July agitated for an investigation into allegations of 2,000 unidentified bodies in a La Macarena graveyard.

Political Killings in Colombia

Colombia, America's closest South American ally, is a corrupted narco-state, a repressive death squad faux democracy, threatening regional neighbors, and reigning terror against trade unionists, human rights workers, campesinos, pro-democracy organizations, independent journalists, and legitimate resistance groups like the FARC-EP. Established in 1964, James Petras calls it the "longest standing, largest peasant-based guerrilla movement in the world," persisting valiantly for decades.

Mining for El Salvador’s Gold—In Washington

Last week, however, these activists suffered a setback—not from their own government, but from an obscure tribunal in Washington, D.C. Two transnational mining companies have used rules in the “free trade” agreement between the United States and six countries in the region to sue the government of El Salvador They are demanding hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for the denial of mining permits. The first company to file suit, Pacific Rim, has just won the first stage of the proceedings by overcoming the Salvadoran government’s effort to get the case thrown out on jurisdictional grounds.The tribunal’s decision to give the green light to this controversial case should send shudders down the spines of advocates for the environment, community rights, and democracy.

US to Spend $1.3 Billion on Afghanistan Bases

'The Pentagon is embarking on a major base construction effort in Afghanistan even as Obama administration and military officials are making it clear that the US "surge" will last well past the July 11 deadline for beginning a drawdown of US troops.The Washington Post reported Monday that the US Congress is preparing to pass legislation providing "$1.3 billion in additional fiscal 2011 funds for multiyear construction of military facilities in Afghanistan". These funds would cover, in part, $100 million expansions for each of three major US air bases in different parts of the country.These projects, the Post stated, are indicative of plans "to support increased US military operations well into the future".'

The CFR/Globalist/Zionist Hegelian Dialectic New York Mosque Conspiracy

'Tony Cartalucci's The Anatomy of a Globalist Propaganda Operation has exposed the facts that the New York "Imam" Faisal Abdul Rauf, the frontman for the near ground zero mosque, is a CFR member and that his Cordoba Initiative and the American Society for Muslim Advancement are at least partly funded by the usual suspects in the 'new world disorder' including the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers, Rockefeller Philanthropy, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.'

US Drone Strike Destroys House Full of Children in Pakistan

'The Obama Administration’s policy of escalating drone strikes took another hit today, after the explosion from a drone attack against the house of “suspected militants” in North Waziristan also destroyed a neighboring house full of women and children.The combined toll from the blast was 20 people killed, with at least four women and three children among the slain. At least 13 other civilians were also reported wounded, including a number of other children.The large numbers of civilians (700 in 2009 alone) killed in the US drone strikes has fueled considerable anti-American sentiment in Pakistan. When pressed during a previous visit Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shrugged off concerns about the civilians, saying only “there’s a war going on".'

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Third World Children, 'Lab Rats' for US

'Children of third world countries and nations in transition have become 'laboratory rats' for the US' clinical tests for new drugs, an Indian newspaper says. Under US' 1997 legislation called the Pediatric Exclusivity Provision, intended to speed up development of new drugs for American kids, the trials were carried out in countries such as Uganda and India, The Times of India reported.Although the trials were carried out in such countries, using their children as laboratory rats, it is not clear if okayed medicines might ever become available there and whether they will be affordable for them.'

Israel Takes Control of Lebanon

'WMR has learned from its Lebanese intelligence sources that the Lebanese government is coming to realize that Israeli intelligence penetration of all political groups in the country is worse than originally believed Israel’s Mossad, once content on penetrating the Christian and Druze parties in the country, has now thoroughly infiltrated the top echelons of Sunni and Shi’a parties, as well. Recently, Lebanon charged retired General Fayez Karam, a senior member of retired General Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement, which is allied with Hezbollah, with spying for Mossad.'

Outrage at UN Decision to Exonerate Shell for Oil Pollution in Niger Delta

'A three-year investigation by the United Nations will almost entirely exonerate Royal Dutch Shell for 40 years of oil pollution in the Niger delta, causing outrage among communities who have long campaigned to force the multinational to clean up its spills and pay compensation.

The $10m (£6.5m) investigation by the UN environment programme (UNEP), paid for by Shell, will say that only 10% of oil pollution in Ogoniland has been caused by equipment failures and company negligence, and concludes that the rest has come from local people illegally stealing oil and sabotaging company pipelines.The shock disclosure was made by Mike Cowing, the head of a UN team of 100 people who have been studying environmental damage in the region.'

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Obama and “free trade:” eight items of note and one obvious conclusion

Conclusion : From this recent history of Obama’s words and deeds with regards to “free trade” we should expect an offensive, similar in scope and scale to the US military escalation under way around the world, to obtain passage of the Colombia FTA, starting probably right after the November mid-term elections. It will probably be advertised as a coming to the defense of Colombia against the threat posed by Venezuela’s Chavez. Let’s get ready to battle against passage of the Colombia FTA.

COLOMBIA The Violent "Agrarian Counter-Reform" Conspiracy

An unknown number of agribusiness owners and public employees at all levels, as well as far-right paramilitaries, have a common link with rural people who have been forced off their farms or killed in Colombia: the land stolen from the latter group in the armed conflict.

Mexican students and youth in solidarity with the Venezuelan revolution

A meeting of teachers, students and youth in Mexico voted a resolution in solidarity with the Venezuelan revolution and in support of Bolivarian candidates on September 26.

Report: Military Assistance and Human Rights: Colombia, U.S. Accountability, and Global Implications

U.S. military aid flowing to Colombia is having a direct, negative effect on the human rights of Colombians. Though the “Leahy Law” prohibits aid to military units that have committed gross violations, the United States continues to support such units in Colombia. Worse, areas where Colombian army units received the largest increases in U.S. assistance reported increased extrajudicial killings on average.

Afghans mark Independence Day with anti-occupation protests

Today marks 91 years since Afghanistan gained its freedom from the British Empire, following three bloody wars of independence. U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has issued a video statement to mark the occasion. It's worth watching or reading the text in full, if only to appreciate the new Empire's irony-laden platitudes.

Canadian Mining Company Faces Criminal Charges in Honduras as it Tries to Re-open Gold Mine

· Communities in the Siria Valley have also complained of health problems, including respiratory, skin and gastro-intestinal diseases, which they believe are a result of drinking water polluted by the mine. A study carried out by the Honduran Department for the Environment in 2008, found high levels of heavy metals, such as arsenic, lead and mercury in blood samples taken from villagers living close to the mine. The study has yet to be published by the government.

SPINWATCH-US: Colombia Must Defend Military Pact

U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said Wednesday that Washington hopes Bogota "takes the necessary steps to preserve the bilateral military agreement," and that in the meantime cooperation will continue under pre-existing agreements.

FIDEL: The World Goverment (Part II)

“…Neil Clark points out that Soros is not upset about the goal pursued by Bush –who intended to expand the Pax Americana and turn the world into a safer place for global capitalists like him-, but about the gross and coarse means resorted to by Bush to achieve that.”“The Marshall Plan proposed for the Balkans is a mirage […] This plan, funded by the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as well as by private creditors will mainly benefit the mining, oil and construction companies and foreign debt will continue to grow well into the third millennium.”

Extractive industries / Wrong Beneficiaries / Organizations fear ICSID will benefit Canadian company in El Salvador

Canadian company Pacific Rim has a long record of irregularities, including the murder of people opposing its mining operations in Cabañas department. Nevertheless, the company decided to file a lawsuit against El Salvador before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) of the World Bank.

The Story of Obama: All in the Company (Part II)

In the second part of his investigation Wayne Madsen focuses on Barack Obama’s mother and stepfather. He follows their footsteps as CIA assets from the University of Hawaii, home to some of the CIA’s blackest projects, to their activities in Indonesia where a vast US-sponsored anti-communist massacre was unfolding. It marked the start of globalisation in Asia and in the rest of the world. Unlike the Bush dynasty, Barack Obama has smartly concealed his own connections with the Agency and, in particular, those of his ancestors, until now. Madsen concludes with a question: Is Barack Obama a real-life “Manchurian Candidate?”

U.S. Global Strategy: Defeating Potential Challengers in Eurasia by Rick Rozoff

"The U.S. is reacting to China's rise by moving its unmatched military machine into the latter nation's neighborhood and consolidating an Asian NATO to surround it as the original North Atlantic military bloc, now global in its scope, does Russia....To have expected anything else is to have been either inveterately naive or, as the self-proclaimed commander-in-chief of the world's sole military superpower Barack Obama recently branded his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, willfully blind."

“La Tramacúa”: Colombia’s Abu Ghraib

In 2000, the US Ambassador and the Colombian Minister of Justice signed an agreement called the Program for the Improvement of the Colombian Prison System. On the basis of this document the US would provide support to build new prisons throughout Colombia and to restructure the penal system on a US model, one emphasizing security over all other considerations, including the education and resocialization of inmates.

Halliburton gets letter of intent for Iraq oil

Halliburton Co. said on Wednesday that it has gotten a letter of intent from Shell Iraq Petroleum Development BV that would make Halliburton the project manager for developing the Majnoon field in southern Iraq.Halliburton said it wold be working with Nabors Drilling and the Iraq Drilling Company. The contract needs final approval by Iraqi authorities, Halliburton said.

Israel Places Order For 20 F-35s; U.S Taxpayer. Picks Up The Tab

'Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak approved an order for 20 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in a deal valued at around $2.75 billion, according to Haaretz. The Israeli Air Force expects to take delivery of the first aircraft in 2015. The article quotes Barak saying the F-35 costs $96 million a copy. The entire deal will be funded by American military aid.'

Trigger Happy Companies Back in Iraq

'Trigger happy American security firms' personnel in Iraq, which currently stand at 7,000, may replace US soldiers in increasing numbers throughout Iraqi War Theater. The contractors are to take over as the United States troops are expected to fully leave the war-torn country by the end of 2011, The New York Times reported on Thursday. They would be authorized to run surveillance missions in search for alleged roadside bombs, fly spy planes and man radar facilities.'

US Announces Second Fake End to Iraq War

'It was another of those great TV moments. Embedded reports filming as the “last” brigade of American troops in Iraq cross the border into Kuwait bringing over seven years of unhappy conflict to its final, conclusive end. America was, at last, at peace.But like so many other great TV moments, this one was a scripted fantasy, a fake exit done purely for political gain by an increasingly unpopular president trying to look like he is keeping at least one campaign promise.It was perhaps a different sort of scripted, mythical end to the Iraq War than the last one, the May 1, 2003 “Mission Accomplished” speech of President Bush, but it was no more real, as over 50,000 US troops remain on the ground in Iraq tonight.'

Declassified: Massive Israeli Manipulation of US Media Exposed

Files declassified in America have revealed covert public relations and lobbying activities of Israel in the U.S. The National Archive made the documents public following a Senate investigation. They suggest Israel has been trying to shape media coverage of issues it regards as important. You can download the files from the web-site of the Institute for Research on Middle Eastern policy. And we can cross to Washington now and talk to Grant F. Smith who is a director at that Institute.

Massive Protests Erupt in Kashmir

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Indian-administered Kashmir after two more people were killed by government soldiers. Police clashed with protesters in Srinagar and several others major towns after Friday noon prayers.Clashes also erupted at various locations where security forces tried to stop the stone-pelting demonstrators. The latest violence came hours after Indian forces killed a 25-year-old man in the southern town of Bijbehara during pro-independence rallies.'

Greg Palast Confronts The Generalissimo of Globalization

Investigative journalist Greg Palast travels to Geneva to ask some hard questions about the WTO's latest attempts to win a losing game

Who's Blowing Up Iran's Gas Pipelines?

'In the past few weeks Iran’s gas infrastructure, which is central to the country’s energy requirements, has been hit by a series of unexplained explosions. The series of mysterious explosions began at the end of July when the state-owned Tehran Times reported that a pipeline carrying gas from Iran to Turkey had exploded near the eastern Turkish town of Dogubayazit. Iranian officials blamed the blast on Kurdish rebels.

This was followed earlier this month by reports in the Iranian press of an explosion in a gas pipeline on the outskirts of Tabriz. A few days later there was a more serious incident on August 4 when five people were killed when another gas pipeline exploded on the outskirts of the Pardis petrochemical plant. The explosion took place just a week after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had made an official visit to the complex. Finally, on August 10, a pipeline exploded in the city of Masjed Sleiman.'

Secretly Forced Brain Implants: Explosive Court Case

'Few American doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists will break rank or brave the new world of high-tech electronic abuse some of their patients report but evidence mounts that increasing numbers of innocent citizens targeted for U.S. state-sponsored terror are being secretly brain implanted with U.S. RFID chips without their consent for no-touch torture and mind control plus experimentation. One man evidenced this in court; won his case; and now prepares for a continuationin federal court, due to be equally explosive.

RFID is abbreviation for Radio-frequency Identification, a misnomer due to the device functions consisting of far more than ID. It is used for remote technological harassment, torture and even assassination.

James Walbert, resident of Wichita, Kansas, proved his experience as a Targeted Individual under surveillance includes forcefully implanted RFID chips, including in his brain, and subsequent remote electronic abuse. Walbert told Sedgwick County, Kansas court panel that Jeremiah Redford threatened him with “jolts of radiation".'

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Innu of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam call for moratorium on uranium exploration and mining

(Uashat, Nitassinan – August 17, 2010) Speaking for his nation, Chief Georges-Ernest Grégoire of the Innu of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam is calling on the Government of Québec to declare an immediate moratorium on uranium exploration and mining throughout Québec. The statement is being made in support of the actions being taken by the grassroots organization Sept-Iles Sans Uranium at the National Assembly in Québec City this week.

August in Review, Part I Pickton history revealed, Tamil migrants arrived, First Nations marched against tar sands

Hundreds of Guatemalans launched a case against a supreme court justice for falsification, through which he granted 22 square kilometres of public land to Vancouver-based Goldcorp.First Nations communities downstream from the tar sands announced a healing walk leaving from Fort McMurray and traveling along the Athabasca River.Vancouver residents tore down a fence erected around Grandview Park, a community gathering space in East Vancouver. The City of Vancouver is embarking on a program to renovate the park, which some say will displace the diverse communities that frequent the area.

Canadian Companies Out For Colombian Oil

In Canada, unions and human rights organizations led opposition to the CCFTA, but they failed to rally popular outrage against the agreement. The passage of this controversial agreement, however, cannot be attributed only to ineffective opposition, especially not when those actively organizing in its favor constitute a powerful swath of Canada’s corporate elite.

David Sugar: Calling for an International Tribunal on North American Genocide

Healing cannot even begin for the survivors of genocide until truth emerges and is acknowledged. This to me is one of several essential reasons I have chosen to support and if possible to actively participate in Kevin Annett's call for holding an International tribunal on North American genocide.

 Chevron Submits "Wild" Distortions of Ecuador Video to Federal Court; Conceals Evidence of Own Misconduct

In an explosive legal filing, lawyers for Ecuador's Amazonian communities suing Chevron for environmental damage have submitted evidence that the oil giant is attempting to mislead a U.S. Federal Court with "wild, superficial allegations" based on "snippets" of private video outtakes from Joe Berlinger's award-winning documentary film CRUDE.

thousands will gather at the gates of Fort Benning to stand up for justice, to shut down the School of the Americas and to end the oppressive U.S. foreign policy that the school represents

From November 19-21, 2010, thousands will gather at the gates of Fort Benning to stand up for justice, to shut down the School of the Americas and to end the oppressive U.S. foreign policy that the school represents. We invite you to join us this November as we remember, in solemnity, the victims, and as we grow stronger than ever before in our resistance.

Journalist Allan Nairn Facing Possible Arrest in Indonesia for Exposing US-Backed Forces Assassinated Civilians

In Indonesia, investigative journalist Allan Nairn is facing possible arrest for exposing that US-backed Indonesian armed forces assassinated a series of civilian activists last year.

The Rebellion in Potosí: Uneven Development, Neoliberal Continuities, and a Revolt Against Poverty in Bolivia

In a recent interview, after praising the government’s respect for human dignity, responsible development, and Mother Earth, Vergara Garinca was asked about the economy under Morales: “Bolivia has grown economically at a rate of approximately 4 percent [under Morales]; however, in spite of the fact that many say that this growth has brought big economic benefits for Tarija [a hydrocarbons-rich department in the eastern lowlands], these aren’t being felt by the people, because they have been concentrated in a few hands, and have never reached the general population.”

Female Israeli Soldiers Release Film Confessing to Atrocities and War Crimes, Say They Are Ashamed of Themselves

Female Israeli soldiers Share what they have done to Palestine people . how they kill Children how they humiliate how they degrade and after doing all the crimes to the Palestine people now they are guilty of there crimes and ashamed of them self."

FIDEL: “The World Government” (Part 1)

“‘These recently created groups as well as their living styles […] became a new very visible ‘type’ (according to the Tavistock jargon), and it was not long before the new styles in clothing, hairdos and the use o language started to draw millions of American youths into the new cult. The American youth suffered a radical revolution without even knowing it […] and reacted in a wrong way against the manifestations of that crisis by resorting to the consumption of drugs of every sort –first marihuana and later on lysergic acid (LSD), a powerful drug that altered the state of mind of persons.’ […] At the MI6 headquarters in London and in the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, it could be taken for granted that the British Intelligence and its subsidiary, the US Office of Strategic Services (OSS), were directly involved in a secret investigation to control human behavior. Allen Dulles, the director of the CIA when that agency began MK-Ultra, was the OSS station chief in Berne, Switzerland throughout the early Sandoz research.”

Arming Aid: Costa Rica, the US Military and the Ongoing "War" on Drugs

They will also likely be part of the militarization of the Drug War, which clearly correlates with increased violence against civilian populations. Second, the “humanitarian mission” is literally a page straight out of the Pentagon’s counter-insurgency playbook, developed for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and clearly documented in a recent counter-insurgency manual.

comment-also read...Fake war on drugs

Democracy?Peasant leader murdered in Honduras,2907

Today, peasant organizations from La Via Campesina Honduras received very bad news: our friend Teresa de Jesus Flores Elvir, 52, who fought all her life for the Honduran peasant movement, has been murdered”, reads a statement issued by La Via Campesina Honduras last week.

The Story of Obama: All in The Company (Part I)

Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen has discovered CIA files that document the agency’s connections to institutions and individuals figuring prominently in the lives of Barack Obama and his mother, father, grandmother, and stepfather. The first part of his report highlights the connections between Barack Obama, Sr. and the CIA-sponsored operations in Kenya to counter rising Soviet and Chinese influence among student circles and, beyond, to create conditions obstructing the emergence of independent African leaders.

U.S.-China Conflict: From War of Words to Talk of War by Rick Rozoff

"On China's Western flank where a narrow strip of land connects the two countries, the U.S. Defense Department announced on August 11 that, in addition to 30,000 U.S. forces not so assigned, "The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan now has almost 120,000 troops from 47 different countries assigned to it," [22] including forces from Asia-Pacific nations South Korea, Mongolia, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand....The noose is tightening around China and the nation's military knows it."

The secrets in Israel's archives :: Evidence of ethnic cleansing kept under lock and key ::

"It is also a necessary first step in challenging Israel’s continuing attempts to ethnically cleanse Palestinians, as has occurred in the last few weeks against the Bedouin in both the Jordan Valley and the Negev, where villages are being razed and families forced to leave again....Genuine peacemakers should be demanding that the doors to the archives be thrown open immediately. The motives of those who wish to keep them locked should be clear to all."

Ex-congressman sentenced to 7.5 years for parapolitics

The Colombian Supreme Court sentences former congressman Humberto de Jesus Builes Ortega to seven and a half years in jail for his ties to paramilitary leader "El Aleman."

Cover Report: CONFLICT OF INTEREST? IFC's US$140m splash in BSP

It wasn’t too long ago that a partnership between the World Bank and its sister organisation the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the deregulation of the telecommunications sector in some countries in the region was frowned upon. Critics called it a ‘conflict of interest’. Through multi-million dollar loans, the IFC—the World Bank’s private sector financing arm—was funding the Pacific expansion of Irish-owned Digicel.At the same time, the World Bank was offering policy and technical assistance to governments in the region interested in opening up their telecommunications market.Words like “double standard” and “inappropriate” were used to describe their involvement in the Pacific’s telecommunication market.

Is Africa still being looted? World Bank dodges its own research

The continent’s own elites, together with the West and now China, are still making Africans progressively poorer, thanks to the extraction of raw materials. Reinvestment is negligible and the prices, royalties and taxes paid are inadequate to compensate the wasting away of Africa’s natural wealth. Anti-extraction campaigns by (un)civil society are the only hope for a reversal of these neocolonial relations.

Venezuela Ready to Sell Petrol to Iran

'The Venezuelan ambassador to Tehran says his country is ready to sell gasoline to Iran despite US and EU unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic. "Every time Tehran announces its demand, we will provide it with gasoline," David Velasquez Caraballo told Fars news agency on Monday.'

USA Criminalises Giving Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

USA makes it illegal to give aid to Gaza! In Holder vs. Humanitarian Law project, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutional law that it is illegal to "knowingly provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization," overturning multiple lower court rulings that the law was too broad or vague. This terror-inducing "material support" and "resources" includes, but is not limited to humanitarian aid and non-violent resistance tactics. Under this law, humanitarian assistance on the recent Freedom Flotilla to Gaza could feasibly be legally charged and President Jimmy Carter's quest for Middle East peace, which involved some communication with "terrorists," could have quite possibly landed him behind bars.

Egypt Seizes Explosives on Ship Coming From Israel

'Egyptian security forces seized a ship loaded with explosives coming from Israel and arrested its owner in Port Said, Egypt's independent Al-Shorouk daily reported on Monday. The explosives were loaded inside containers on board of the ship, the newspaper reported without providing further details about the ship and explosives.'

US-Vietnam Military Cooperation Directed Against China

'Former foes Vietnam and the United States on Aug. 17 stepped up cooperation by holding their first high-level defense dialogue, amid concerns over China's military build-up.Robert Scher, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for South and Southeast Asia, met Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Vietnam's deputy minister of defense, for talks in Hanoi on ways to enhance cooperation by the two sides, they said.'

Obama`s Gulf Swim Was Fake

'On August 15, AP reported that Obama gave his "personal assurances of (the) Gulf's safety," saying: "Beaches all along the Gulf Coast are clean, they are safe, and they are open for business."He lied. The same day, Britain's government owned BBC reported: "Barack Obama has taken a swim in the Gulf of Mexico (to) reassure Americans that the waters are safe despite the recent oil spill".'

John Bolton at CPAC: The Benefits of Nuking Chicago

'Former UN Ambassador John Bolton believes the security of the United States is at dire risk under the Obama administration. And before a gathering of conservatives in Washington on Thursday morning, he suggested, as something of a joke, that President Barack Obama might learn a needed lesson if Chicago were destroyed by a nuclear bomb.'

Friday, August 13, 2010

San Francisco: Aug 13 Protest against the Indian Government’s “Operation Green Hunt”

Big corporations, both Indian and foreign, are plundering these natural resources for quick profits and plan to continue doing so while paying almost no attention to the enormous environmental and human costs inherent in their ventures. The state and central governments continue to welcome these big corporations with open arms by signing an unknown number of memoranda of understanding with them-whose details have been kept secret. A recent report by the Ministry of Rural Development, on the other hand, described these trends as one of the biggest land grabs since the time of Columbus.

Parliamentary Tar Sands Report Shredded

Journalist Andrew Nikiforuk reads the testimonies on water pollution

Iraq massacre eye-witness story (video)

HOV campaign condemns lies of Colombian government

The Hands off Venezuela campaign notes with concern the recent allegations by the Colombian government of Alvaro Uribe about the presence of members and camps of the FARC and ELN guerrilla organisations within Venezuelan territory.

Social communicators, jurists and students in Panama joined in the struggle to free the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unfairly imprisoned in U.S. jails

PANAMA - Social communicators, jurists and students in Panama joined in the struggle to free the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unfairly imprisoned in U.S. jails for defending their country.

Crying fowl: KFC and the World Food Programme

Given the negative impact of the fast food industry on food sovereignty and security, isn't it a little odd that the World Food Programme has teamed up with KFC to fund its hunger relief efforts, asks Alex Free. Fast food's methods of production and perpetual drive to lower costs work to undermine ‘environments, biodiversity and local people’s access to land’, says Free, while tackling world hunger demands the exact opposite: ‘Working towards sustainable access to food; recognising local expertise; promoting biodiversity; and putting people before profits.’

Banks, blood and chocolate

Rudolf Elmer, whistleblower and former CEO of Swiss bank Julius Baer’s Cayman Island operations, reveals the secrets of the murky world of offshore banking to Khadija Sharife. ‘Mauritius is in many ways the Switzerland of Africa,’ says Elmer, but there is another African nation vying to be the ‘golden’ financial gateway: Ghana.

Colombia: soldiers acquitted in San José Peace Community massacre

The community's members were protected by an Inter-American Human Rights Court ruling, and received international accompaniment. Among those killed were a community co-founder, Luis Guerra, and three children. An army captain, Guillermo Gordillo, confessed to his participation in the massacre, as did several paramilitary members who said they worked together with the military. The victims were killed by machete, and several of them dismembered.

"This makes me deeply sad, after everything that's been done to make justice," said Gloria Cuartas, former mayor of Apartadó, who has been an ally to the Peace Community. Cuartas pointed out that the ruling is inexplicable after the confessions of Gordillo and paramilitary men. Gustavo Araque, attorney for one of the soldiers, said that "the judge was capable of overcoming the political pressure and media war; she ruled in law."

Afghanistan: villagers block road after claims of civilian deaths

A crowd of about 300 villagers blocked a main road in eastern Afghanistan and chanted "Death to the US!" The protest came after a raid by US forces in which they said three villagers were killed.


The Time reporter who wrote a story bolstering the case for war appears to have benefited materially from the NATO invasion of Afghanistan

What the Zapatistas Can Teach us About the Climate Crisis

With their 1994 battle cry, “Ya basta!” ("Enough already!") Mexico’s Zapatista uprising became the spearhead of two convergent movements: Mexico’s movement for indigenous rights and the international movement against corporate globalization.

Extractive industries Again The disastrous consequences of “development”,2884

Mining in Latin America would grow rapidly in the next ten years. Chile alone could receive from 50 to 60 million dollars in investments for the sector, which would mean the highest investment flow in the history of the country.

The aggression is ongoing: their maps and our destinies

"It is Israel which promotes wars against our people, because it is an entity based on extremism, killing, settlement, occupation, terrorism and assassination. The only way to deter it is to force it to pay for all the destruction it is causing in Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq, in the same way Turkey has done. Only then, will it stop drumming up war against this or that Arab or Muslim country. The task of inquiries and investigation commissions is not only to find out the ‘mistakes’ which caused wars, but to know the objectives for which these mistakes have been made and to make those who promoted them pay the price. Aggressors should bring their war criminals to account, compensate their victims and rebuild the areas destroyed by their wars."

Central Asia: U.S. Military buildup on Chinese, Iranian and Russian borders by Rick Rozoff

"With the announcement of new U.S. military bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in addition to the indefinite maintenance of those in the latter country, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and with American and NATO military strength in Afghanistan at a record 150,000 troops, there is no indication that the Pentagon and the North Atlantic military bloc intend to leave the strategic arc that begins in the South Caucasus and ends at the Chinese border."

Barriere Lake Algonquins mount boycott of government-imposed election poll in face of threats of arrest by Quebec police

“The Canadian and Quebec Governments are shamefully treating our community like criminals for peacefully protecting our inherent right to govern ourselves according to our customs,” says Tony Wawatie community spokesperson. “The Canadian government is attempting to unconstitutionally abolish our traditional leadership selection. They claim imposing this regime is a democratic move, but the overwhelming majority of our community members are opposed and want instead to maintain our own system of government.”

U.S. Judge OKs Confession Extracted by Threatening Suspect with Rape

In one of the first military commissions held under the Obama administration, a US military judge has ruled that confessions obtained by threatening the subject with rape are admissible in court.The case involves Omar Ahmed Khadr, a citizen of Canada who was apprehended in Afghanistan when he was 15 years old and has remained in Guantanamo Bay for the last seven years awaiting trial for terrorism and war crimes.

2010 Bohemian Grove Membership List and Maps

This list is now available for public research. Not all who visited the Bohemian Grove in 2010 are listed, only members.

"Major George": Israel’s Abu Ghraib

A police officer known as “Major George” who is accused of torturing Arab prisoners in his previous role as chief interrogator in a secret military jail has been appointed to oversee relations with Jerusalem’s Palestinian population, it has emerged...The decision has been greeted with stunned disbelief from human rights groups...

Towards a World War III Scenario? The Role of Israel in Triggering an Attack on Iran

'The stockpiling and deployment of advanced weapons systems directed against Iran started in the immediate wake of the 2003 bombing and invasion of Iraq. From the outset, these war plans were led by the US, in liaison with NATO and Israel.Following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration identified Iran and Syria as the next stage of “the road map to war”. US military sources intimated that an aerial attack on Iran could involve a large scale deployment comparable to the US "shock and awe" bombing raids on Iraq in March 2003:"American air strikes on Iran would vastly exceed the scope of the 1981 Israeli attack on the Osiraq nuclear center in Iraq, and would more resemble the opening days of the 2003 air campaign against Iraq.'

American Cancer Society Maintains Close Financial Ties to Mammography Radiation Device Manufacturers

'The American Cancer Society (ACS) is involved financially with manufacturers of mammography devices, tainting its cancer screenings with conflict of interest, cancer prevention experts Samuel S. Epstein and Rosalie Bertell have charged. Epstein is a medical doctor and the chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition. Bertell works with the organization International Physicians for Humanitarian Medicine.

"The mammography industry conducts research for the ACS and its grantees, serves on its advisory boards, and donates considerable funds," they said. "DuPont also is a substantial backer of the ACS Breast Health Awareness Program; sponsors television shows and other media productions touting ACS literature for hospitals, clinics, medical organization, and doctors; produces educational films; and aggressively lobbies Congress for legislation promoting the nationwide availability of mammography services".'

The U.S. War Addiction

When George Bush launched the Iraq War, it was obvious to any observer that we were in that country because they had oil, and our government wanted that oil. But this isn't the only time that our military has been used to help businesses take control of the natural resources of a country. In fact, it's happened a lot more than you might think. Mike Papantonio talks about our war addiction, and how US corporations are helping to make these wars self-perpetuating, with David DeGraw, a founding member of the Amped Status blog.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Chevron Abused Federal Court With "False and Misleading" Use of Ecuador Footage, Says Filmmaker

Chevron is facing blistering criticism from Joe Berlinger, the award-winning filmmaker of the documentary CRUDE, for violating a court order and making "false and misleading" statements about film outtakes shot by Mr. Berlinger, according to legal papers filed by Berlinger's lawyers before a New York federal judge

Oil, Gas, and Canada-Colombia Free Trade

Following the hype of being deemed as one of the world's "fastest growing and most important energy development stories," Colombia put 168 oil and gas concession blocks on auction in June to foreign and national exploration and production companies. The Canadian energy corporations that led the charge to gobble up these concessions now stand to have preferential treatment in Colombia. The Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, signed into law in Canada in June, now only awaits Colombia finalization to go into effect.

US arms 'bonanza' in Middle East :: Israel and Saudis to buy advanced war planes ::

Stephen Zunes, a US-based Middle East policy analyst, accused Washington of setting the stage for another “arms race” in the region....“This is a pattern we’ve seen before. The US offers Arab states expensive modern armaments, and then turns around to Israel and tells it it needs to have even better weapons to stay ahead in the race. Then the pressure again mounts on the Arab states. It’s a racket that has been a bonanza for US arms manufacturers,” he said.

WHO List Reveals Flu Advisors with Financial Ties to Pharma, Vaccine Manufacturers

'After months of stalling, the World Health Organization (WHO) has finally revealed the names of key pandemic advisors who influenced its decision to declare a phase six pandemic last year -- a decision that resulted in a financial windfall for vaccine manufacturers. As you'll see here, that list includes at least five expert advisors received money from vaccine companies.Here's who received money from Big Pharma and then influenced the WHO decision to declare a pandemic:'

US Outraged as Iran Offers to Replace Military Aid to Lebanon

'The US State Department has reacted with outrage today after the Iranian government offered to provide military aid to Lebanon to make up for what was lost when the US pulled all such aid yesterday.State Dept Spokesman Philip CrowleyIncredibly enough, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley suggested that Iran’s military aid would “compromise Lebanon’s sovereignty,” yet no similar concerns were voiced when the US was providing much larger amounts of aid to the exact same country. In fact, Crowley insisted US military aid had the opposite effect, and was actually helping “expand the capabilities of the government and thereby improve its sovereignty over its territory".'

Mossad Guns in Tallaght

JUSTICE MINISTER Dermot Ahern might be talking tough with the Israelis over the proposed transfer of EU citizens’ data (see The Phoenix 16/7/10) but he rolled over for Israeli armed security in Dublin recently.

GM Crop Escapes Into the American Wild

'A genetically modified (GM) crop has been found thriving in the wild for the first time in the United States. Transgenic canola is growing freely in parts of North Dakota, researchers told the Ecological Society of America conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, today.The scientists behind the discovery say this highlights a lack of proper monitoring and control of GM crops in the United States.'

Zombie Bank to Cost Irish Taxpayers Billions More

'Zombie bank Anglo Irish may cost the Irish taxpayer far more than the $30 billion so far set aside. Anglo Irish Bank formerly run by now bankrupt Sean FitzPatrick was at the center of the property collapse leaving billions in bad loans in its wake. The new crisis has emerged despite assurances by the government that the Anglo bill would not come to more than the $30 billion figure. However, the Department of Finance has now admitted that there was a ‘significant risk’ that the Anglo bill will rise even further.'

US Planning a Coup d'Etat in Venezuela? Expanded US Military Presence in Colombia

'There's no way of knowing whether Chavez is really in danger or not, but don't be surprised if he is. After all, the US claims it has the right to kill anyone it sees as a threat to its national security, and Chavez ranks high on its list of threats. In any event, the warnings coincide with other unsettling developments. At a recent meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS), Colombian officials charged Chavez with harboring guerrillas on Venezuelan territory.

(The allegations could be used to justify a preemptive attack) Chavez reacted angrily to the accusations and broke off diplomatic relations with Colombia. But the row did not end there. Obama's nominee as US ambassador to Venezuela, Larry Palmer, decided to throw a little gas on the fire by backing-up Colombia's claims. Now the two countries are at loggerheads which seems to be what the Obama administration had in mind from the very beginning. US policy towards Venezuela has changed at all under Obama. If anything, it's gotten worse.'

Iran Propaganda Debunked in Less Than Seven Minutes

Iran Propaganda debunked in less than 6 minutes.

The Hidden Tragedy of the CIA's Experiments on Children

When the LSD Mary has been given begins to have its effects, she stops moving her head and legs and sits staring at the wall. She doesn't move at all. After about ten minutes, she looks at the nearby physician observing her, and says, "God isn't coming back today. He's too busy. He won't be back here for weeks".'