Mittwoch, 14. April 2010

The Really Really Long War

John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus: "Let's imagine that the Cold War was a detour. The entire 20th century, in fact, was a detour. Since conflicts among the 20th-century ideologies (liberalism, communism, fascism) cost humanity so dearly, it's hard to conceive of World War II and the clashes that followed as sideshows. And yet many people have begun to do just that. They view the period we find ourselves in right now - the so-called post-Cold War era - as a return to a much earlier time and a much earlier confrontation. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq aren't discrete battles against a tyrant (Saddam Hussein) or a tyrannical group (the Taliban)."

Next-up News Nr 1323

- Santé Publique : irradiation et affaiblissement de la population par les CEM artificiels
- Valeurs et comparatifs irradiation LFC : Osram, Philips, Samsung, Ikea, Casino, etc ... (reportage TSR)

Internet Exposes Corrupt WHO Over Pharma Swine Flu Hoax

WHO Rewrites History To Confuse Swine Flu Inquiry

WHO Attempts To Whitewash Swine Flu Inquiry

World Health Organisation Secures Its Own Irrelevance

Jury Still Out On Swine Flu, WHO And Pharmaceutical Industry Corruption

How WHO engineered pandemic


German Magazine Reveals Drug Companies' Influence to Engineer Swine Flu Fake Pandemic

Why did 30 senior pharmaceutical reps meet with the WHO Director General just before the peak of the swine flu mass hysteria?


More On Pre-Pandemic Vaccinations / CIDRAP

Prepandemic vaccinations have been discussed for years, quietly, by the international flu elite. They were a "win-win" approach: the elite recommending them would be viewed as heroes when the pandemic came (just as our public health officials assumed that the patina of a Salk or Sabin would rub off on them for saving us from swine flu). The other win was that big pharma would do very well by doing good. You cannot simply exhort the masses to take vaccines, while spending like a drunken sailor to buy them and expect there will be no accountability down the road for your lack of attention to details... your unwarranted fearmongering... your inability to take the "off ramps" Secretary Sibelius promised were being built into the American program. As CIDRAP makes clear, the 1976 swine flu vaccine program and the 2003 smallpox vaccine program were dismal failures, causing hundreds or thousands of serious reactions for diseases that were not circulating on planet Earth when the vaccines were administered and have not been seen since then, either. At least for now, the policymakers can spend our money to buy vaccines without consent, but they can't force them into us. That is, unless you attend school, work in the military, or work in many healthcare establishments. Soldiers, for example, are still receiving mandatory smallpox inoculations. Hmm.

Dr Meryl Nass, MD


The pandemic that never was

Daily Mail [UK]

Declaring a swine flu pandemic was a ‘monumental error,’ driven by profit-hungry drug companies spreading fear, an influential report has concluded. It led to huge amounts of taxpayers’ money being wasted in stockpiling vaccines, it added...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

How One Hedge Fund Helped Keep the Bubble Going

Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein, ProPublica: "In late 2005, the booming US housing market seemed to be slowing. The Federal Reserve had begun raising interest rates. Subprime mortgage company shares were falling. Investors began to balk at buying complex mortgage securities. The housing bubble, which had propelled a historic growth in home prices, seemed poised to deflate. And if it had, the great financial crisis of 2008, which produced the Great Recession of 2008-09, might have come sooner and been less severe."

How Bubble Barons Protected Their Influence While the Economy Tanked

Kevin Connor, AlterNet: "Following the deadly mine explosion in West Virginia last week, the CEO of the company that owned the mine quickly emerged as a sort of Dickensian villain in media reports. Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's cavalier, profit-obsessed approach to mining had led him to dismiss pressing safety concerns at his mines."

Drone strikes: a violation of law

US missile strike in Pakistani tribal agency kills 5

At least five "militants" were reportedly killed in a US missile strike Monday evening in Pakistan tribal agency, bordering Afghanistan, security sources said.

4 killed, 2 injured in US attack in NW Pakistan

At least four people were killed and two others were injured Monday evening in a U.S. drone attack in northwest Pakistan's tribal area, Xinhua informed.

Drone strikes: a violation of law

by Aaleem Gardezi

The drone attacks by the US violate both the United Nations Charter and the Geneva Conventions of 1949, which prohibit wilful killing. Article 2(4) of the UN Charter prohibits "the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state."

From Information Clearing House


Ender’s Game in Real Time


Legal questions raised over CIA drone strikes



Is the CIA’s secret program of drone strikes against terrorists in Pakistan and Yemen a case of illegal assassinations or legitimate self defense? That was a central question Wednesday as the program came under fire from several legal scholars who called for greater oversight by Congress, arguing the attacks may violate international law and put intelligence officers at risk of prosecution for murder in foreign countries...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Iraq Vets: Coverage of Atrocities Is Too Little, Too Late

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: "The WikiLeaks video footage from Iraq taken from an Apache helicopter in July 2007 showing soldiers killing 12 people and wounding two children has caused an explosion of media coverage. But many Iraq vets feel it is too little and too late.

Iraq Vet Denounces War Crimes: "We Fired on Buses Full of Civilians"

Leo Paz, Truthout: "Seven years on after the second US invasion of Iraq, the Americans continue slaughtering civilians, now in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Recently, the video of the massacre of 12-15 Iraqis by an US helicopter gunship in 2007 began making the rounds thanks to Episodes like what is shown in that video have been denounced by Iraq Veterans Against the War for years now."

Seven Years of (Unconvincing) Lies in 39 Minutes: A Primer

Dr. Matthew Feldman, Truthout: "No wonder the US military said the tape was lost. Those murderous images leave you gasping for air like a punch in the gut at boot camp. Then you hear a bit of cackling, some banter and more shooting. Dahr Jamail reported in Truthout that a dozen people were killed in the massacre, including two Reuters news staff, with another two children wounded but (amazingly) alive. The US troops sounded as if they were having fun, like aiming for high-score on an arcade game."


Boeing: Bringing Death From the Skies

Informant: Kev Hall


Collateral damage denialism

The American Prospect
by Matthew Yglesias


Early this week, downtown Washington, D.C., played host to a nuclear-security summit that occasioned a lot of frustrating road closures for those of us who live here. On the stretch of New York Avenue right by my office, National Guard vehicles would sporadically move in to block traffic from entering the street, the better to facilitate the passage of motorcades. And Monday evening, one such multi-ton truck hit and killed Constance Holden, a 68-year-old Science magazine correspondent, as she was riding her bicycle. In a bizarre response, the National Guard assured a local TV station reporter that ‘we will look at the video to make sure the pedestrian didn’t run into the truck as it was moving.’ Separately on Monday came the news that American soldiers in Afghanistan shot at a civilian bus in an incident ‘which killed as many as five civilians and wounded 18.’ Disparate events, to be sure, but the former casts the latter in a different light, and both challenge the notion that the counterinsurgency-era American military is really engaged in a kinder, gentler form of warfare or, indeed, that such an approach is even plausible...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Two U.S. Soldiers >From Wikileaks 'Collateral Murder' Video Apologize

"Letter Of Reconciliation"

We are both soldiers who occupied your neighborhood for 14 months. Ethan McCord pulled your daughter and son from the van, and when doing so, saw the faces of his own children back home.

'Dehumanizing, part of US training'

A former US Army specialist, who was part of the same unit that killed Iraqi civilians from a helicopter in 2007, says dehumanizing is part of basic US army training.

Wikileaks Video Revisited: What Needs To Happen Now

By Dan Froomkin

Where's the outrage? Where's the responsibility? Where's the oversight? H..., where's the basic curiosity? Has anyone on the Hill even asked any questions of the Pentagon or the White House? Hey, President Obama, are you OK with this? Does your member of Congress give a s...?

From Information Clearing House

The feds blame others for the financial crisis

The FCIC: Passing the Buck

Feds Busy Rewriting the History of the Collapse


A Banana Republic With No Bananas

Experts on third world banana republics from the IMF and the Federal Reserve have said the U.S. has become a third world banana republic.

From Information Clearing House

War Crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan

Your Tax Dollars at War: More Than 53% of Your Tax Payment Goes to the Military

United for Peace & Justice: Tax Day Actions For Peace!


Planning the Peace and Enforcing the Surrender: Deterrence in the Allied Occupations of Germany and Japan

By Melissa Willard-Foster

What exactly did the United States plan to do in the case of resistance? This study seeks to address the gap in both the historical and political-science literature by examining policy designed for the initial period of occupation in Germany and Japan.

Pakistan Airstrike Kills 71 Civilians: Official


Pakistan concedes strike killed 45 civilians

The Pakistan army acknowledged Wednesday that at least 45 civilians died in a military airstrike targeting Taliban leaders this past weekend, an admission that will likely fan domestic criticism of the U.S.-backed war effort against Islamic militants.

US attack kills 4 in Pakistan

Another strike by US-operated drones has killed at least 4 people and injured several others in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region.

US military playing expanded role in Pakistan

US and Pakistani officials worry that detailed disclosures about the role of Special Ops could compromise operational security, spark a backlash among Pakistanis against their government and fuel already high anti-American sentiment.

2 US attack kill 6 in Pakistan

On Friday, the US drones fired several missiles on the Toolkhel area near Miramshah in North Waziristan, Dawn news network reported.

US Kills 7 In Pakistan

Suspected US predators have fired three missiles in Markikhel area of North Waziristan Agency, killing seven people and injuring as many, a report said on Saturday.

US attack kills four people in North Waziristan

Suspected US missiles killed four alleged militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area on Monday, intelligence officials said.

US attack kills 2 in Pakistan's northwest

A US drone fired four missiles into a vehicle into an Al Qaeda and Taliban stronghold of Pakistan's northwest tribal belt yesterday, killing two militants, local security officials said.

From Information Clearing House

Patents Trump Public Interest in Monsanto's Ag Empire


After Monsanto's GM Meltdown in the USA

Anti-American Anger Grows in Afghanistan

McChrystal Backtracks on Troop Veto for Kandahar Shuras


Nato killings spark Afghan protests

Nato troops opened fire on the bus in the Zhari district of Kandahar province before dawn on Monday, killing four people and injuring 18, Afghan officials said.

Ninety-Four Percent of Kandaharis Want Peace Talks, Not War

By Gareth Porter

An opinion survey of Afghanistan's Kandahar province funded by the U.S. Army has revealed that 94 percent of respondents support negotiating with the Taliban over military confrontation with the insurgent group and 85 percent regard the Taliban as "our Afghan brothers".

Army Researchers: Why the Kandahar Offensive Could Backfire

The southern Afghan province of Kandahar trusts the Taliban more than the government. And that's according to a survey commissioned by the U.S. Army.

Afghanistan: A conspiracy of silence

An IoS poll shows 77 per cent of Britons want our forces to come home and a majority believe our presence makes UK streets less safe from terrorist attack. Yet all three parties are ducking this most critical issue.

From Information Clearing House


US Troops Open Fire on Passenger Bus in Afghanistan, Killing Four Civilians

Jason Leopold, Truthout: "Four Afghan civilians were killed and 18 others wounded Monday when US troops opened fire on a passenger bus they believed was a threat to military personnel working to remove roadside bombs from a highway near Kandahar."

Dread Surrounds "Operation Hope" in Afghanistan

Jean MacKenzie, GlobalPost: "It is being called Operation Omid. The word omid means 'hope' in Afghanistan's Dari language. But, judging by the reaction of local residents, the coming US-led military offensive against the Taliban in Kandahar could not be more inappropriately named."


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