Unspeakable grief and horror
Know them by their fruit
words attributed to Jesus speaking in Aramaic
 



Earth, a planet
hungry for peace

(IPC, 7/4/04)
The Israeli apartheid (land grab) wall
around Palestinian population centers.
The Israeli apartheid (security) wall around Palestinian population centers in the West Bank, like a Python (Alquds, 1/25/03.
Pastor Strangelove: Texan John Hagee, AIPAC, and Instigating War on Iran
Trinity Broadcasting Network’s flagship talk show, 'Praise the Lord'
By Sarah Posner
March 14, 2007
Texan John Hagee may not have his “perfect red heifer” yet.
But he does have a huge following, the ear of the White House — and a theory that an invasion of Iran was foretold in the Book of Esther.
On Purim, the Israel holiday that celebrates the day Queen Esther saved the Jews from annihilation, Trinity Broadcasting Network’s flagship talk show, Praise the Lord, featured an appearance by Rabbi Daniel Lapin.
A politically conservative Orthodox rabbi, Lapin is best known for crusading with the Christian right against “anti-religion bigotry” and, more recently, for his close association with the convicted super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
But he was not invited to a nationwide telecast to discuss such topics as the trumped-up war against religion or the better nature of his fallen friend.
He had been asked to explain the significance of Purim to Christians, and particularly how the Old Testament’s Book of Esther “serves as a roadmap to reality,” which pinpoints where the next world “hot spot” will be.
That soon-to-be-flaming location is where the Book of Esther was set: namely Persia, or in modern parlance, Iran.
Seated beside Lapin in the ornately gilded Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) studio was Pastor John Hagee, the author of an incendiary new book purporting to show that the Bible predicts a military confrontation with Iran.
By then, Hagee’s book, Jerusalem Countdown, had sold nearly 500,000 copies.
It had occupied the No. 1 position on the Wal-Mart inspirational best-seller list, showed up on Wal-Mart’s list of top 10 best sellers for seven weeks, and made the USA Today top 50 best-seller list for six weeks.
Hagee, who serves as head pastor of the 18,000-member Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, hosts his own television program that is seen twice a day on TBN.
He argues that the United States must join Israel in a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God’s plan for both Israel and the West.
Shortly after the release of his book last January, he launched Christians United for Israel (CUFI), a lobbying organization intended, he says, to be a Christian version of the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
With CUFI, which Hagee has said will cause a “political earthquake,” the televangelist aims to put the political organizing muscle of the conservative evangelical movement behind his grand plan for a biblically prophesied end-time confrontation with Iran, which will lead to the Rapture, Tribulation, and Second Coming of Christ.
Hundreds of evangelical leaders signed on to his new organization
While Washington insiders wonder and worry whether President Bush really is bent on a military strike against Iran, Hagee already has spent months mobilizing the shock troops in support of another war.
As diplomats, experts, and pundits debate how many years Iran will need to develop a viable nuclear weapon, Hagee says the mullahs already possess the means to destroy Israel and America.
And although Bush insists that diplomatic options are still on the table, Hagee has dismissed pussyfooting diplomacy and primed his followers for a conflagration.
Indeed, Hagee wields “a very large megaphone” that reaches “a very large group of people,” said Rabbi James Rudin of the American Israel Committee, who has studied the Christian right for 30 years.
With CUFI, the Texas pastor has exponentially expanded the reach of his megaphone beyond his television audience.
Thanks to the viral marketing made possible by the hundreds of evangelical leaders who have signed on to his new organization, his warmongering has rippled through mega-churches across America for months.
Spiritual generals of Evil
Hagee calls pastors “the spiritual generals of America,” an appropriate phrase given his reliance on them to rally their troops behind his message.
The CUFI board of directors includes the Reverend Jerry Falwell, former Republican presidential candidate and religious right activist Gary Bauer, and George Morrison, pastor to the 8,000-member Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, Colorado, and chairman of the board of Promise Keepers.
Rod Parsley, the Ohio televangelist who is rapidly becoming a major political figure in the Christian right, signed on as a regional director.
Among CUFI’s other supporters are nationally syndicated Christian right talk show host Janet Parshall, who serves on its board of advisers, and Ron Wexler, an Orthodox Jew and president of the theocratic Ten Commandments Commission, which has the backing of nearly every prominent conservative evangelical in the country.
Many popular TBN televangelists, among them the controversial faith healer Benny Hinn and the best-selling author of self-improvement books, Joyce Meyer, have also offered their support.
Meyer was named one of the country’s 25 most influential evangelicals in an oft-cited 2005 Time magazine article — as was Stephen Strang, CEO of Strang Communications, which published Jerusalem Countdown.
Long before his launch of CUFI, Hagee had sought to influence American policy toward the Middle East. For 25 years, he has hosted a “Night to Honor Israel” at his church, an event that showcased Tom DeLay as the keynote speaker in 2002, and that has attracted leaders of the Israeli government as well as American politicians.
Palestinine family
under Israel
occupation
$1 million annually since 1999 in salary and deferred compensation
Now 66 years old, the ambitious preacher divorced his first wife 30 years ago when their children were ages 3 and 6, and less than six months later married his second wife, who happened to be 12 years his junior.
Despite this apparent moral lapse, other evangelicals have long looked to him for guidance.
The Christian pollster George Barna recently reported that Hagee is ranked in the top 10 spokesmen for Christianity among other Pentecostals.
Morrison, who has been friends with Hagee for more than 20 years and whose ministry has likewise “always seen Israel in God’s plan for the future,” says that Hagee “has proven himself as a spiritual leader in the country.
And he has the platform, his TV ministry … he has the great respect of a lot of other leaders, so certainly, he’s in that position … [of] spiritual leadership and authority to lead the evangelical churches and help unite them.” (Hagee himself, as well as Falwell and Bauer, declined to be interviewed for this article.)
David Brog, a former chief of staff to Senator Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania Republican, serves on CUFI’s board of advisers.
Standing With Israel, his book urging Jews to embrace the support of evangelical Christians, has just been published by Strang Communications.
Brog believes that CUFI “can have an enormous influence.
It can really create a player where there isn’t currently one.”
As to whether Hagee has the organizational skills to pull off such a project, Brog added that the pastor is a “great administrator” and a “great leader,” and was able to build his church and TV ministry because “he’s a good businessman, he’s a good organizer.”
But Hagee the businessman — along with friends like Hinn, Meyer, Parsley, and other TBN televangelists, including the network’s top executives, Paul and Jan Crouch — has come under fire for excessive compensation derived from his nonprofit ministries.
According to his organization’s tax returns, Hagee has earned more than $1 million annually since 1999 in salary and deferred compensation from his nonprofit Global Evangelism Television and Cornerstone Church.
In 2004, the San Antonio News Express reported that he was the highest-paid nonprofit executive in that city; his pay was nearly twice that of the next best-paid executive.
TBN is the largest Christian television network in the world, claiming to reach more than 92 million households in the United States alone, and since 9-11 has expanded its worldwide reach into Muslim countries, including Iran.
Despite TBN’s claim to represent the whole of Christianity, however, many Christians might not recognize their religion in TBN’s “Word of Faith” programming.
One of many scandals of religious world of television
Word of Faith is a nondenominational Pentecostal movement, based on the power of the spoken word to claim one’s spiritual and material desires and to purge devils from one’s life.
The movement’s other central tenet, which critics say leads to the excessive compensation of its leaders, is the notion that “sowing a seed” — contributing to the ministry — will result in the donor’s “harvest” of personal prosperity.
Like the televangelists’ individual ministries, TBN is operated by a nonprofit entity, so contributions are tax-deductible to the donor and tax free to the ministry.
While TBN reaps more than $100 million of revenue per year, mostly from viewer donations, Hagee’s organization reports annual revenues of about $15 million.
Olé Anthony is president of the Trinity Foundation, an independent watchdog of TBN and its televangelists.
He says that the ministries increase donations through “sophisticated direct-mail campaigns,” using mailing lists compiled as a result of viewers calling the “prayer lines” advertised on television programs.
He regards the abuse of the prayer lines to get callers’ names and addresses as “one of the many scandals of the religious world of television.”
Occupied Palestine boys
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What a winner he is for...
Although many Christians consider the money-centered word of faith theology to be a form of heresy, the Republican Party has embraced TBN’s audience as a valuable constituency.
Rabbi Lapin, who himself has met personally with President Bush, told the Prospect that Hagee “without question, yes, absolutely” has the ear of the White House.
But he declined to identify any officials by name, claiming “there’s a lot of sensitivity in government circles about the so-called religious right.”
TBN has made much of its own Republican connections, touting network founder Paul Crouch’s relationship with John Ashcroft (they attended the same church as children) — and the Republicans have returned the compliment.
In his 1999 campaign memoir, Bush recalls feeling “spellbound” by the preaching of Dallas-based TBN televangelist T.D. Jakes, whom he has since invited to participate in official White House events.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has lauded TBN’s efforts to expand its broadcasting into China.
TBN’s lawyer is Colby May, who also serves as counsel to the American Center for Law and Justice, a group founded by Pat Robertson, whose president Jay Sekulow, a converted Jew, advised Bush on his Supreme Court nominees.
May also represents certain members of Congress on legislative initiatives and helped draft the Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act, which, if passed, would lift the ban on electioneering from the pulpit.
Its chief sponsor, Congressman Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, has appeared on Praise the Lord to promote the bill.
Other guests on TBN programming have included Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina; Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican; Texas gop co-chairman David Barton; and Oliver North, the radio host and Iran-Contra scandal celebrity.
Several years ago, after Crouch interviewed California Congressman Duke Cunningham, he wrote in TBN’s newsletter: “What a soul-winner he is! Every time he shares his powerful testimony, lives are touched, and our SOULS TOTAL soars!”
That was long before Cunningham pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy, and fell under suspicion of providing favors to a defense contractor who sent him prostitutes via limousine.
Kicks back
tear gas
Collaboration of Benny Hinn
For Hagee’s new project, his influence in Washington is probably less important than his influence over his audience.
With the clout of his listeners, he can serve Bush administration hawks by firing up grass-roots support for a military strike against Iran.
TBN has provided several opportunities for Hagee to promote his book on Praise the Lord, several installments of his own program, and a two-day appearance on Benny Hinn’s show.
Through the marketing efforts of Strang Communications, which placed national radio advertising spots for Jerusalem Countdown on The Sean Hannity Show, The O’Reilly Factor, and Janet Parshall’s America, Hagee brought his Armageddon message to a wider conservative audience.
His end-times theology is nothing new; countless numbers of self-proclaimed prophets of the end of the world have demanded attention since the beginning of time.
The difference now is that TBN’s relentless fund raising — along with advances in digital and satellite broadcasting technology — has permitted worldwide dissemination of his ominous predictions.
Through TBN, other religious and conservative media, and the growing mega-churches, Hagee has turned his Bible-thumping not only into a multi-million dollar business, but into a pro-war movement as well.
While pundits and politicians in Washington debate the merits of confrontation with Tehran, Hagee and other evangelical leaders plan to activate hundreds of congregations across the country — many of which boast tens of thousands of members — to flood congressional inboxes with e-mails at the touch of a button.
The message from the heartland, beyond the ken of elites who cannot quite imagine such a decision, will be to strike Iran before it is too late.
The pages of Jerusalem Countdown provide a peculiar mix of biblical prophecy, purported inside information from Israeli government officials, and a mixed-up, pared-down lesson in nuclear physics.
“I wrote this book in April 2005, and when people read it, they will think I wrote it late last night after the FOX News report,” says the author without a trace of irony.
“It’s that close to where we are and beyond.”
Oddly enough he predicted, allegedly relying on information from a “reliable” Israeli source, that Iran would have a nuclear weapon ready by April 2006 — the month during which Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Iran had enriched uranium, although apparently not nearly enough to make a bomb.
The particulars of Iran’s nuclear program, however, do not seem to interest Hagee.
In many of his appearances last winter, before the Iranian president’s announcement, he glossed over the obstacles faced by Tehran in creating a viable nuclear weapon, arguing that “once you have enriched uranium, the genie is out of the bottle.”
(His command of politics in Islamic countries is similarly flawed; he repeatedly has called Iranian religious fundamentalists “Wahabbists,” even though Wahabbism is a form of Sunni Islam, and the overwhelming majority of Iranians are Shiites.)
Last March, he claimed that within a month, “Iran will have the nuclear — the enriched uranium to make the — have the nuclear capability to make a bomb, a suitcase bomb, a missile head, or anything they want to do with it.”
That statement is blatantly false, even according to the most pessimistic assessments of Iran’s nuclear prowess, but Hagee’s purpose is to frighten his listeners, not to inform them.
10-year-old Abir Amarin Announced Brain Dead
Abir Amarin, ten years old, who was wounded by an Israeli border policeman Tuesday the 16th was announced brain dead this morning, International Solidarity Movement (ISM) SAID.
ISM said said in a press release that the girl was announced brain dead at the Haddasa Ein Karem hospital and is being examined by a committee to determine whether or not to unplug her from life support machines.
Bassam Amarin, the girl's father, is a member of Combatants for Peace, the Israeli-Palestinian peace organisation, adding that Israeli and International supporters have gathered at the girls School in Anata to express their solidarity and protect the traumatised students from the ongoing threat of the Israeli border police.
Hassan, a sixteen-year old student who witnessed Abir's injury and carried her back to the girls school stated:
"The students of the girls school and the boys school had both just come out of an examination.
A border police jeep approached the gathering of girls.
The girls were afraid and started running away.
The border police jeep followed them in the direction in which they were retreating.
Abir was afraid and stood against one of the shops at the side of the road, I was standing near her.
The border policeman shot through a special hole in the window of the jeep that was standing very close to us.
Abir fell to the ground.
I picked her up and took her to the girls school.
I saw that she was bleeding from the head."
According to Avichai Sharon of Combatants for Peace and a friend of the family:
"The Israeli border police have been entering Anata frequently when students go and return from school for the last year and eight months.
This began with the construction of the Wall near Anata, supposedly in order to protect the construction workers from the students, but construction of the wall was completed over a month and a half ago".
According to Wael Salameh, a close friend of the family and a member of Combatants for Peace, "This week border police would invade the village twice a day when the students were going and returning from school."
JERUSALEM, January 18, 2007 (WAFA) -
 



Earth, a planet
hungry for peace

(IPC, 7/4/04)
The Israeli apartheid (land grab) wall
around Palestinian population centers.
The Israeli apartheid (security) wall around Palestinian population centers in the West Bank, like a Python (Alquds, 1/25/03.
Pastor Strangelove: Texan John Hagee, AIPAC, and Instigating War on Iran
Trinity Broadcasting Network’s flagship talk show, 'Praise the Lord'
By Sarah Posner
March 14, 2007
He speaks simultaneously to two audiences about Iran’s nuclear capabilities: one that fears a terrorist attack by Iran and another that embraces a biblically mandated apocalypse.
To impress the fearful, he mimics Bush’s deceptions about Iraq’s capacity to attack the United States with weapons of mass destruction, Condoleezza Rice’s warnings of mushroom clouds, and Dick Cheney’s dissembling about an alliance between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda.
Comparing Ahmadinejad to Hitler, Hagee argues that Iran’s development of nuclear weapons must be stopped to protect America and Israel from a nuclear attack.
Preying on legitimate worries about terrorism, and invoking 9-11, he vividly describes a supposed Iranian-led plan to simultaneously explode nuclear suitcase bombs in seven American cities, or to use an electromagnetic pulse device to create “an American Hiroshima.”
When addressing audiences receptive to Scriptural prophecy, however, Hagee welcomes the coming confrontation.
He argues that a strike against Iran will cause Arab nations to unite under Russia’s leadership, as outlined in chapters 38 and 39 of the Book of Ezekiel, leading to an “inferno [that] will explode across the Middle East, plunging the world toward Armageddon.”
During his appearance on Hinn’s program at the end of last March, for example, the host enthused, “We are living in the last days. These are the most exciting days in church history,” but then went on to add, “We are facing now [the] most dangerous moment for America.”
At one point, Hinn clapped his hands in delight and shouted, “Yes! Glory!” and then urged his viewers to donate money faster because he is running out of time to preach the gospel.
The rhetoric in Hagee’s book, and his discussion of it in Christian media outlets, is absolutist.
He speaks not only of good against evil, believer against nonbeliever, Judeo-Christian civilization against Islamic civilization, but of an American-Israeli alliance against the rest of the world.
He plays on conservative disdain for anything European, while promoting the Bush unilateralist mentality that has had catastrophic results in Iraq.
Naturally, he expresses contempt for the possibilities offered by diplomacy, calling the U.N. Security Council “a joke.”
Lapin says, “Pastor Hagee has a very realistic understanding of the United Nations … and recognizes it as unlikely to be any more helpful in this looming tension than it has been in any other in the past.”
He paints Russia and China — two members of the Security Council resisting sanctions on Iran — as America’s enemies, adding that Russia has helped Iran build long-range missiles that could reach New York City. (Those don’t exist, either.)
In Hagee’s telling, Israel has no choice but to strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities, with or without America’s help.
The strike will provoke Russia — which wants Persian Gulf oil — to lead an army of Arab nations against Israel.
Then God will wipe out all but one-sixth of the Russian-led army, as the world watches “with shock and awe,” he says, lending either a divine quality to the Bush administration phrase or a Bush-like quality to God’s wrath.
But Hagee doesn’t stop there.
He adds that Ezekiel predicts fire “‘upon those who live in security in the coastlands.’”
From this sentence he concludes that there will be judgment upon all who stood by while the Russian-led force invaded Israel, and issues a stark warning to the United States to intervene: “Could it be that America, who refuses to defend Israel from the Russian invasion, will experience nuclear warfare on our east and west coasts?”
He says yes, citing Genesis 12:3, in which God said to Israel: “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you.”
To fill the power vacuum left by God’s decimation of the Russian army, the Antichrist — identified by Hagee as the head of the European Union — will rule “a one-world government, a one-world currency and a one-world religion” for three and a half years.
(He adds that “one need only be a casual observer of current events to see that all three of these things are coming into reality.”)
The “demonic world leader” will then be confronted by a false prophet, identified by Hagee as China, at Armageddon, the Mount of Megiddo in Israel.
As they prepare for the final battle, Jesus will return on a white horse and cast both villains — and presumably any nonbelievers — into a “lake of fire burning with brimstone,” thus marking the beginning of his millennial reign.
Now that’s entertainment.
Hundreds of evangelical leaders signed on to his new organization
Notwithstanding Hagee’s bizarre narrative of the future, certain Israel leaders value what they call his support for Israel, and appreciate his pledge not to actively proselytize Jews — a promise that sets him apart from other evangelicals.
Rudin says that while he welcomes Hagee’s support for Israel, he is uneasy “with what I feel is placing Jews and Judaism and the state of Israel into somebody else’s divine play.”
Hagee’s divine play is based, in part, on Genesis 12:3. The same verse he uses to argue that America should unconditionally back Israel (“I will curse him who curses you.”), he also cites to explain why Christians should love the Israel people (“I will bless those who bless you.”).
During TBN’s April “Praise-a-Thon,” he invoked that verse for yet a third reason: to urge viewers to give their money to the network.
Hagee told his viewers that “[g]iving is the only proof you have that the cancer of greed has not consumed your soul.”
Besides his million-dollar compensation package, Hagee has a portfolio of other ventures, including a cattle ranch in south Texas that may have religious significance.
Many evangelicals believe that the arrival of a “perfect red heifer” will signal the end times.
In the Old Testament, burning a red heifer and sprinkling its ashes is described as a purification ritual for priests entering the temple.
Ultra-orthodox Jews believe that the birth of a modern perfect red heifer will herald the arrival of the messiah, leading to a confrontation with Muslims over the Temple Mount, where Jews believe the Temple will be rebuilt.
Some evangelicals likewise regard the red heifer as a harbinger of the ultimate showdown at the Temple Mount, which they believe will be the site of the Second Coming.
And they believe that time is near.
Red heifer
To many other observers, the advent of the red heifer threatens to provoke a violent struggle for control of the Temple Mount, with worldwide repercussions.
In the late 1990s, a group of unidentified Texas ranchers reportedly bred a perfect red heifer, which generated excitement in evangelical circles until the animal sprouted some black hairs.
Six years ago, the John C. Hagee Royalty Trust paid more than $5.5 million for a 7,600-acre ranch in Brackettville, Texas, where cattle are raised in a venture with the Texas Israel Agricultural Research Foundation, a nonprofit outfit operated by the pastor.
(Another part of the property is a resort hunting facility, where guests paying up to $250 for a night’s stay can also land their planes at the ranch’s private airstrip.)
Last year, Hagee hired one of the top lobbyists in San Antonio, David Earl, to urge the state Legislature to exempt Hagee’s foundation from water-use regulations.
A spokeswoman for the bill’s sponsor, Representative Frank Corte, whose district includes Hagee’s church, said that he introduced it on behalf of a constituent, but added that she was not authorized to divulge the identity of that constituent. (The bill stalled in committee.)
Earl said that Hagee wants to “share information” to “improve” the “production of livestock,” particularly cattle, with an Israeli research project, but otherwise claimed to be unsure of the particulars.
Dr. Scott Farhart, an obstetrician and trustee of the John C. Hagee Royalty Trust (and an elder at Hagee’s church), did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the director of the ranch.
Esther is a favorite Old Testament figure of many evangelicals, a heroine who saved her people from a genocidal plot masterminded by the evil vizier Haman through her influence as the wife of the King of Persia.
When she and her cousin Mordecai discussed whether she should risk death by intervening with the king, he encouraged her by suggesting that she had a divine role; perhaps she had come to the kingdom, he said, “for such a time as this.”
Evangelicals often invoke that phrase to elevate the relevance of modern-day figures.
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checkpoint
In 2004, Laura Bush repeated a story about a woman she met on the campaign trail who told her that the President “was born for such a time as this.”
In a recent message sent by e-mail to CUFI supporters, Hagee wrote that his organization “is exactly in the position of Esther.
Israel is in a time of crisis.
A 21st-century Hitler (the president of Iran) has put in place a plan to exterminate the Jews with nuclear warfare.
If we remain completely silent at this time, God’s punishment will come to us also.”
Hagee doesn’t fear a nuclear conflagration, but rather God’s wrath for standing by as Iran executes its supposed plot to destroy Israel.
A nuclear confrontation between America and Iran, which he says is foretold in the Book of Jeremiah, will not lead to the end of the world, but rather to God’s renewal of the Garden of Eden.
But he also reveals that he is ultimately less concerned with the fate of Israel or the Jews than with a theocratic Christian right agenda.
When Jesus returns for his millennial reign, “the righteous are going to rule the nations of the earth … When Jesus Christ comes back, he’s not going to ask the ACLU if it’s alright to pray, he’s not going to ask the churches if they can ordain pedophile bishops and priests, he’s not going to ask if it’s all right to put the Ten Commandments in the statehouses, he’s not going to endorse abortion, he’s going to run the world by the word of God … The world will never end. It’s going to become a Garden of Eden, and Christ is going to rule it.”
Sarah Posner’s profile of TBN televangelist Rod Parsley, “With God on His Side,” appeared in the November 2005 issue of the Prospect.   More articles by
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Third of Iraqi children now malnourished four years after US invasion
16 March 2007
www.caritas.org
Vatican City — Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Iraq say that malnutrition rates have risen in Iraq from 19 percent before the US-led invasion to a national average of 28 percent four years later.
Caritas says that rising hunger has been caused by high levels of insecurity, collapsed healthcare and other infrastructure, increased polarisation between different sects and tribes, and rising poverty.
Over 11 percent of newborn babies are born underweight in Iraq today, compared with a figure of 4 percent in 2003.
Before March 2003, Iraq already had significant infant mortality due to malnutrition because of the international sanctions regime.
Caritas Iraq has been running a series of Well Baby Clinics throughout the country.
Currently it provides supplementary food for 8000 children up to 8 years and new mothers.
The Caritas clinics help the most vulnerable, and the health crisis they face is much worse than the national average.
Caritas works in an environment of high risk insecurity.
Claudette Habesch, President of Caritas Middle East North Africa works closely with Caritas Iraq:
“Caritas Iraq is working against this difficult background providing vital food to the most vulnerable children and newborn mothers.
Staff face great risks but still managing to provide medical care in a country where the national healthcare system has collapsed in some areas.
“Iraq has the second largest oil supplies in the world, but it has levels of poverty, hunger and underdevelopment comparable to sub-Saharan Africa. “The last four years, but in particular 2006, we have seen life get worse rather than better for the ordinary Iraqi.
“And people are voting with their feet.
“Everyday 5000 people leave Iraq.
“In 2007, one in ten Iraqis is expected to leave the country.
“We are seeing minority groups such as Christians completely disappear from the country or leave their homes for safer areas.
“I have hope for Iraq that things will improve but that is because things can surely get no worse.”
US Police Attack
Person seeking to stop the US war
attacked by police
Washington
Saturday, March, 17 2006
Sometimes it takes years for betrayal to submerge, and start attacking the belief system
AmBush
 
Sometimes it takes years for betrayal to submerge, and start attacking the belief system.

We fight it off with denial and anger that is usually directed at others.

The anger builds and builds, until one day something hits a vulnerable pocket of pain.

Suddenly, a door opens, and all of that suppressed grief comes pouring out.

Like a huge red flash, 'Looking For A Few Good Men,' goes down the drain.

You can't stop crying.

You can't stop shaking.

In all of that frightening bereavement, the Truth is born.

You suddenly realize you were brutally betrayed by your government, and abandoned to die.

I felt like I walked into an ambush.

It was like having a lifelong mentor turn on me, and become my worst enemy.

All I wanted to do was run.

The only thing that stopped me, was I couldn't see from all of the crying.

The only glory in war is in the imagination of those who were never there.

These lies have been passed down from generation to generation.

My grief quickly turned into rage, as I saw how War Profiteering was behind all of that betrayal.

Door after door kept opening.

The War was staged from the very beginning.

Being USED for consumption, was the ultimate wound.

I was duped.

And, The War destroyed the lives of millions of people.

Empire is so clever.

I never knew what hit me.

Photograph:
 
This is a picture of a very close Vietnam veteran friend, who is on a brick walkway that is part of the 11 acres of the Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Portland.

He was severely wounded in Vietnam, when he found out that the radio transmits he was giving B-52 bomber pilots, were flight directions over civilian targets.

On the day that he finally saw the truth, he walked into his unit orderly room, and told his commanding officer that his tour in Vietnam was over.

He was sent back to the United States, where he received a psychiatric discharge.

He spent the next twenty years recovering from his guilt and betrayal.

He is now a very active member in the anti-war movement.

When it comes to the lies about the Vietnam War, he is relentless.

Photo and words: Mike Hastie
U.S. Army Medic
Vietnam 1970-71
March 9, 2007     

AmBush
Sometimes it takes years for betrayal to submerge, and start attacking the belief system.
We fight it off with denial and anger that is usually directed at others.
The anger builds and builds, until one day something hits a vulnerable pocket of pain.
Suddenly, a door opens, and all of that suppressed grief comes pouring out.
Like a huge red flash, 'Looking For A Few Good Men,' goes down the drain.
You can't stop crying.
You can't stop shaking.
In all of that frightening bereavement, the Truth is born.
You suddenly realize you were brutally betrayed by your government, and abandoned to die.
I felt like I walked into an ambush.
It was like having a lifelong mentor turn on me, and become my worst enemy.
All I wanted to do was run.
The only thing that stopped me, was I couldn't see from all of the crying.
The only glory in war is in the imagination of those who were never there.
These lies have been passed down from generation to generation.
My grief quickly turned into rage, as I saw how War Profiteering was behind all of that betrayal.
Door after door kept opening.
The War was staged from the very beginning.
Being USED for consumption, was the ultimate wound.
I was duped.
And, The War destroyed the lives of millions of people.
Empire is so clever.
I never knew what hit me.
Photograph:
This is a picture of a very close Vietnam veteran friend, who is on a brick walkway that is part of the 11 acres of the Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Portland.
He was severely wounded in Vietnam, when he found out that the radio transmits he was giving B-52 bomber pilots, were flight directions over civilian targets.
On the day that he finally saw the truth, he walked into his unit orderly room, and told his commanding officer that his tour in Vietnam was over.
He was sent back to the United States, where he received a psychiatric discharge.
He spent the next twenty years recovering from his guilt and betrayal.
He is now a very active member in the anti-war movement.
When it comes to the lies about the Vietnam War, he is relentless.
Photo: Photo and words: Mike Hastie
U.S. Army Medic
Vietnam 1970-71
March 9, 2007
George Bush after executing Saddam Hussain
Relentless efforts to resurrect the 7th Century Shi'i-Sunni conflict
The goal: Divide and Rule
George Bush after executing Saddam Hussain:

Relentless efforts to resurrect the 7th Century Shi'i-Sunni conflict

The goal: Divide and Rule

Image: http://aljazeerah.info/Nasser Al-Ja'afari, Alquds, 12/29/06
March 15, 2007
Strip-Searching Children
Humiliation and Child Abuse at Israeli Checkpoints
By ALISON WEIR
Israeli officials have been regularly strip-searching children for decades, some of them American citizens.
While organizations that focus on Israel-Palestine have long been aware that Israeli border officials regularly strip search men and women, If Americans Knew appears to be the first organization that has specifically investigated the policy of strip searching women.
In the course of its investigation, If Americans Knew was astonished to learn that Israeli officials have also been strip searching young girls as young as seven and below.
According to interviews with women in the United States, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Israeli border officials periodically force Christian and Muslim females of all ages to remove their clothing and submit to searches.
Palestinians run to avoid effects of tear gas
Thrown by US paid Israeli soldiers
In some cases the children are then "felt" by Israeli officials.
Sometimes mothers and children are strip-searched together, at other times little girls are taken from their parents and strip-searched alone.
Women are required to remove sanitary napkins, sometimes with small daughters at their side. Sometimes women are strip searched in the presence of their young sons.
All report deep feelings of humiliation.
Many describe weeping at the degradation they felt.
Intention is to humiliate Palestinians so that they won't return to Palestine
"I remember crying and pleading with my mother," Gaza journalist Laila El-Haddad recalls of an experience when she was 12-years-old, hoping that her mother could convince the Israeli official to allow her to keep her undershirt on.
But parents are unable to shield their children, El-Haddad and others report.
"They had machine guns," El-Haddad explains.
"We just had to submit." El-Haddad, who holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, believes that the intention of the strip searches is to humiliate Palestinians so that they won't return to Palestine.
Oregon attorney Hala Gores remembers being strip-searched at the age of 10.
Her family, Palestinian Christians from Nazareth, were leaving Israel because of Israeli discrimination against Christians.
Gores has never returned to her family's ancestral home in Nazareth, she says, in part because she does not want to repeat the experience of having no control over what is done to her.
The Israeli policy appears to target only Christian and Muslim children, and is equally applied to those with Israeli citizenship and citizenship in other countries, including native-born Americans.
There are no reports of Israel children being strip-searched.
Demolition of Palestine homes 2007
Using Volvo to steal Palestine land
New Jersey stand-up comedian Maysoon Zayid describes being strip-searched at Ben Gurion Airport when she was "seven, eight, nine years old" on family trips to visit her parents' original home in Palestine.
Forced to bleed publicly for hours
On her most recent trip in July 2006, Maysoon, an American citizen, had her sanitary pad taken by officials in Ben Gurion Airport.
When the search was completed, she says, the Israeli official in charge, Inbal Sharon, then refused to return her pad or allow her to get another.
Zayid, who has cerebral palsy and was sitting in a wheelchair, was then forced to bleed publicly for hours while she waited for her flight.
Zayid, a former class president and yearbook editor at New Jersey's Cliffside Park High School known for her irreverent comedy routines and strong personality, describes sobbing uncontrollably.
"No one spoke up," she remembers.
"There were several women, including the woman who was pushing my wheelchair, none of whom said a word."
When she boarded her flight, Zayid recalls, "The flight attendants looked at me in disgust."
She told them what had happened, and the attendants then gave her some of their own clothing to use.
Abir Aramin
Ten years old
Killed by US taxpayer paid Israel forces
In addition to taking her sanitary napkin, Israeli officials also confiscated medication that Zayid is required to take when flying.
As a result, she vomited repeatedly throughout the 12-hour flight.
Many youths permanently disabled from attacks by Israeli forces
Zayid, who founded a program for newly disabled Palestinian youths ­ many of them permanently disabled from attacks by Israeli forces ­ was so depressed by her treatment that she determined never to return.
"But that's what they want," she says, "They want us to get to the point where we don't go back."
She says that she is already planning to return to her volunteer work in the West Bank.
Israeli practices vary and seem to be applied randomly, from elderly women to small children.
In some instances women are taken into a room alone and are left sitting naked for hours.
At other times they are strip-searched in groups, their clothes thrown in a pile.
When they are finally allowed to get dressed, they describe having to rummage through the heap of clothing, naked and barefoot, to find their own garments.
Imprisoned wherever they wish to go in Palestine
Geneva Conventions prohibits humiliating and degrading treatment
While these policies largely target Palestinian and Palestinian-American women and children, some non-Palestinian Americans also report being subjected to strip searches by Israeli officials.
St. Louis resident Hedy Epstein, whose parents and extended family perished in Nazi camps, and whose story is featured in the Academy Award winning documentary "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport," reports being strip searched three years ago following her participation in nonviolent protests in the West Bank.
Epstein, who was 79 at the time, describes being forced to bend over for an Israeli official to search her internally.
The strip searches appear to be illegal under numerous statutes.
The Geneva Conventions, to which Israel is a signatory, prohibit: "Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment" and specifically emphasize: "Women shall be especially protected against any attack on their honour"
Article 2 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child states: "No child shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy"
In the US, such policies would appear to violate child abuse statutes.
The state of Utah, for example, defines Child Abuse as: "Any form of cruelty to a child's physical, moral or mental well-being."
The Encarta Encyclopedia defines child abuse as "Intentional acts that result in physical or emotional harm to children."
While the If Americans Knew investigation focused on practices concerning women, many interviewees reported frequent random strip-searching of males as well; including American citizens, children, and the elderly.
Ongoing protest
Nablus checkpoint
Explained to daughter why he might never return to his original home
While the practice is widely applied, many people find it too humiliating to speak of.
One 68-year-old Christian businessman, who had been stripped naked at Ben Gurion airport in 2006 before being allowed to board his flight to return home, had never revealed his experience to his family until he learned of the If Americans Knew investigation.
He then explained to his daughter why he had previously told her that he might never return to his original home, now in the state of Israel.
Christians, a thriving community that made up approximately 15 percent of Palestine's population before Zionist immigration and the creation of Israel (Muslims were 80 percent and Jews 5 percent), have now dwindled under Israeli occupation to approximately two percent of the total population.
Israeli spokespeople and sympathizers have bristled in recent months at the title of a book by former President Jimmy Carter, "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid."
In reply, Carter has emphasized that the Israeli "apartheid" he is describing is limited to the West Bank and Gaza.
Many analysts have disagreed with Carter, providing evidence of pervasive discrimination within Israel itself.
The If Americans Knew finding that Israel has been routinely strip-searching non-Israel citizens of Israel would also indicate a wider policy of Israeli discrimination.
Destruction of homes prevented by human shields
American taxpayers give Israel over $8 million per day
Since American taxpayers give Israel over $8 million per day, the Council for the National Interest, a Washington DC-based lobbying organization, is organizing a campaign to call on Congress to demand that Israel end these policies.
"We are extremely upset to learn that Israel is using American tax money in ways that degrade and humiliate women and children," says CNI President Eugene Bird.
"We call on all Americans to help us on this campaign."
The organization urges people to begin contacting their Congressional representatives immediately, and to disseminate the video report by If Americans Knew as widely as possible.
Iraq: the hidden cost of the war
Andrew Stephen
Published 12 March 2007
America won't simply be paying with its dead.  The Pentagon is trying to silence economists who predict that several decades of care for the wounded will amount to an unbelievable $2.5 trillion.
They roar in every day, usually direct from the Landstuhl US air-force base in the Rhineland: giant C-17 cargo planes capable of lifting and flying the 65-tonne M1 Abrams tank to battlefields anywhere in the world.
But Landstuhl is the first staging post for transporting most of the American wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan back to the United States, and these planes act as CCATs ("critical care air transport") with their AETs — "aeromedical evacuation teams" of doctors, nurses and medical technicians, whose task is to make sure that gravely wounded US troops arrive alive and fit enough for intensive treatment at the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre, just six miles up the road from me in Washington.
These days it is de rigueur for all politicians, ranging from President Bush and Ibrahim al-Jaafari (Iraq's previous "prime minister") to junior congressmen, to visit the 113-acre Walter Reed complex to pay tribute to the valour of horribly wounded soldiers.
Last Christmas, the centre was so overwhelmed by the 500,000 cards and presents it received for wounded soldiers that it announced it could accept no more.
Yet the story of the US wounded reveals yet another deception by the Bush administration, masking monumental miscalculations that will haunt generations to come.
Thanks to the work of a Harvard professor and former Clinton administration economist named Linda Bilmes, and some other hard-working academics, we have discovered that the administration has been putting out two entirely separate and conflicting sets of numbers of those wounded in the wars.
This might sound like chicanery by George W Bush and his cronies — or characteristic incompetence — but Bilmes and Professor Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel laureate economist from Columbia University, have established not only that the number wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan is far higher than the Pentagon has been saying, but that looking after them alone could cost present and future US taxpayers a sum they estimate to be $536bn, but which could get considerably bigger still.
Just one soldier out of the 1.4 million troops so far deployed who has returned with a debilitating brain injury, for example, may need round-the-clock care for five, six, or even seven decades.
In present-day money, according to one study, care for that soldier alone will cost a minimum of $4.3m.
Article continued here: Iraq: the hidden cost of the war
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A paralysis beam based on a 7.5 million candlepower strobe light from Peak Beam Systems is under development by the US Army.
Although details are sketchy, it appears that US government acquisition records call for Peak Systems to
"...design and fabricate a light-based immobilisation system/deterrent device and integrate it with an unmanned aerial system.
This will include any necessary medical research on frequency and amplitude modulation of high-intensity light that will cause immobilisation to all those within the beam."
The Peak Beam Systems device can apparently be pulsed with a strobe effect that has some effect on the human nervous system.
The Maxa Beam shown above has quite a range, too.
It can illuminate targets as far as 1.5 miles away.
The Maxa Beam is small enough to be hand-held, which is a vital factor in the US Army's selection of the device.
The ultimate goal is to mount the device on a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) for crowd-control.
The idea of a paralysis beam is an old science fiction favorite.
A early version can be found in the excellent 1958 novel
The Mechanical Monarch, by E.C. Tubb.
In the story, the para-beam is also installed on a roaming device — the frightful metamen:
Curt skidded to a halt, staring wildly at the advancing figure of the metaman, and darted to one side.
Blue fire streamed through the air where he had stood a moment before.
It swung, lifted and Curt felt his legs go numb and almost lifeless as the blue ray stabbed past him, missing him by a fraction.
...Again the blue ray sent coldness through him, slowing his reflexes and chilling his blood with the touch of paralysis... (Read more about the
para-beam)
I also recall Robert Heinlein using the idea in his earlier 1940 story Methuselah's Children; in that story, he described paralysis bombs that delivered a paralyzing beam when set off.
This device also may remind fans of classic Star Trek of a device that appeared in the 1965 episode Dagger of the Mind — the neural neutralizer.
Check out these other beam-related stories:
  • Pulsed Energy Projectile EMPs Your Nervous System
  • Active Denial Sytem Heat Ray Warming Up
  • For every technology, there are counter-measures; read about the:
    Thor Shield Energy Weapon-Proof Fabric.
    Read more about the:
    Paralyzing floodlight.
    Paralysis Beam From Peak Beam Systems
    It appears that the US Army is interested in developing a paralysis ray.
    Active Denial Sytem Heat Ray Warming Up
    Raytheon finally gets this nonlethal crowd-dispersing weapon out in public view.
    HCID: Handwear Computer Input Device Combat Glove
    Interesting military control glove concept under development.
    Laser Gunship Prototype By 2007
    The military is working hard to bring this weapon system online, hopefully in time for Cyberdyne Systems to use it.
    March 12, 2007
    Kafkaland
    The Future Has Caught Up With Us
    By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
    US Torture — mistaken identity
    Kenneth Michael Trentadue
    Beaten to death in his cell at the Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center
    Incarcerated for minor parole violation
    U.S. Bureau of Prisons tells family he hanged himself
    Kenneth Michael Trentadue is beaten to death in his cell at the Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center, where he is incarcerated for a minor parole violation. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons tells his family that he hanged himself, but upon inspection at the funeral, they discover injuries over his entire body.

Since August 21, 1995, Salt Lake City trial lawyer Jesse Trentadue has led a small, relentless crusade against Janet Reno, the FBI and the United States Department of Justice.

Prison guards claimed to have found the body of Kenneth Michael Trentadue hanging in a suicide proof cell in the new

    Kenneth Michael Trentadue is beaten to death in his cell at the Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center, where he is incarcerated for a minor parole violation.
    The U.S. Bureau of Prisons tells his family that he hanged himself, but upon inspection at the funeral, they discover injuries over his entire body.
    Since August 21, 1995, Salt Lake City trial lawyer Jesse Trentadue has led a small, relentless crusade against Janet Reno, the FBI and the United States Department of Justice.
    Prison guards claimed to have found the body of Kenneth Michael Trentadue hanging in a suicide proof cell in the new "Federal Transportation Center" in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
    According to family members who had contact with him hours before he died, he was positive and upbeat about his chances for an early return home.
    From the very beginning, Justice Department lawyers have lied about the existence of critical evidence, including death scene pictures.
    Federal officials finally admitted that photos existed only after a number of them were leaked to a writer for GQ Magazine, Mary Fischer.
    A literal 'swearing contest; erupted between the prison guard who took the pictures, and the FBI Special Agent he swore under oath he gave them to.
    The negatives mysteriously reappeared in the Oklahoma City's FBI field office.
    A twist in the Trentadue case has this death coupled with both evidence in the Branch Davidian cases and Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing at the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, April 19, 1995.
    Photo: http://www.apfn.org/
    Image inserted by Kewe.info
    John Derbyshire is the sole remaining adult writing for National Review.
    In a recent issue he noted that Aldous Huxley's novel, Brave New World, first published in 1932, now reads like contemporary news.
    Huxley's fearsome predictions of a 26th century world have all come true six centuries early — in vitro fertilization, genetically modified crops, stem-cell research, promiscuous recreational sex, the demise of marriage and families, and the epidemic use of prescription and illegal drugs to escape from anxiety, frustration and disappointment.
    Alas, Franz Kafka's novel, The Trial, published in 1925 and George Orwell's novel, 1984, published in 1949, also have been turned into period pieces by the practices of the Bush Regime.
    Hearsay, secret evidence, confession by torture
    In Kafka's novel, Josef K. is arrested for reasons never given, tried for an unspecified crime, and executed.
    The Trial is the model for the Bush Regime's Military Tribunals, which permit execution on the basis of hearsay, secret evidence unknown to the defendant, or confession extracted by torture.
    Without warrants, charges, or access to attorney
    For the past five years, the Bush Regime has held people in secret prisons without warrants, charges, or access to an attorney.
    Most detainees have been tortured and abused. Bush's real world victims suffer from more disorientation and hopelessness than Kafka's character, Josef K.
    In Orwell's 1984, people are subjected to relentless spying.  A state or alleged state of war is used to maintain total control over everyone.  Lies have replaced truth, and the media serves as propagandist for the Ministry of Truth.
    The meaning of words, such as "freedom" has been perverted.
    The attitude of 1984's all powerful government is "you are with us or against us."
    Military Commissions Act — constitutional monstrosity
    In the United States, each member elected to the House and Senate takes an oath to uphold the US Constitution, as does the president and vice president.
    Yet the Bush Regime drafted and Congress passed the Military Commissions Act, a constitutional monstrosity that denies the protection of law to everyone declared, without evidence, by the executive branch to be a suspected terrorist or enemy combatant.
    The Military Commissions Act became law in "the land of the free" in 2006.
    The Act strips detainees of protections provided by the Geneva Conventions.
    The Act declares that no person "subject to trial by military commission under this chapter may invoke the Geneva Conventions as a source of rights."
    The Act also denies detainees the protections of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights: "No court, justice, or judge shall have jurisdiction to hear or consider an application for a writ of habeas corpus filed by or on behalf of" a detainee.
    Some language in the Act refers to detainees as "aliens," but, ominously, other language does not limit the Act's applicability to "aliens."
    In Orwell's novel, Winston Smith commits a thought crime, is arrested by the Thought Police, and imprisoned in the Ministry of Love.
    Winston's dearth of rights under Big Brother are comparable to the absence of rights of detainees under the Military Commissions Act
    Regime resurrected medieval practice of torture
    This dangerous legislation is the product of the same regime that resurrected the medieval practice of torture of prisoners and that has consistently lied about the reasons for the wars it has initiated.
    Scholars, such as Philip Cooper of Portland State University, warn that the Bush Regime is using presidential signing statements to replace constitutional checks and balances with elevated executive powers associated with the unitary executive theory.
    The unitary executive theory is a way to turn the US president into Big Brother.
    Already Bush is replacing Congress as the arbiter of law and the judiciary as the arbiter of rights.
    The media enable his usurpation, and the people, distracted by war and "terrorism," have their various forms of soma.
    Predicted present day America
    Amazing but true — three novels of the early 20th century predicted present day America.
    New York Times promotes “escape” to Israel
    By Bill Van Auken
    10 March 2007
    Foreign buyers of Israeli real estate, the Times notes, are “taking advantage of a decrease in terrorism and property prices still far below Western levels” to scoop up their luxury vacation homes.
    The “decrease in terrorism” is factored in as one might list beach erosion in the Hamptons.
    The word “Palestinians” is nowhere to be found in the article, though the expensive real estate deals and “gated communities” it touts are all founded upon land seized from a people who were violently dispossessed and turned into refugees nearly six decades ago.
    The human suffering caused by the mass confiscation of Palestinian land that began in 1948 has only been intensified by the policies of the Israeli government, backed by Washington.
    While the Times promotes lavish second homes in Israel to America’s wealthy, tens of thousands of Palestinians lack even a single roof of their own.
    Millions remain refugees, denied the right to return and live in their own land.
    Since 1967, the Israeli authorities have demolished tens of thousands of Palestinian homes in the occupied territories.
    According to the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics, between 2000 and 2005 alone, 30,000 families were made homeless by demolitions carried out by Israeli forces.
    Until 2005, it was a common practice to demolish the homes of those accused of terrorist acts, a form of collective punishment banned by international law. [Homes still being demolished regularly — Kewe.info]
    For the most part, these houses are destroyed on the pretext that they were built without first obtaining a permit, something that the bureaucracy of the Zionist state makes virtually impossible for Palestinian Arabs.
    The demolitions have been accompanied by: the building and expansion of illegal Zionist settlements in the occupied West Bank
    The construction of the so-called separation wall.
    Seizing large new tracts of Palestinian territory.
    Turning what is left into non-contiguous and unviable ghettoes.
    Enforcing an oppressive system of checkpoints and roadblocks that effectively make the occupied territories into a massive open-air prison
    .
    Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said he was unable to get to sleep after listening to Gore’s Sept, 23, 2002 address.   Robert Parry.
    Underlying these brutal actions is an apartheid-style policy of population transfers and segregation aimed at carving out exclusively Israel territories and annexing even more land.
    While trampling on the rights of the Palestinians, the Israeli state has also presided over the deepening impoverishment of large sections of the population within Israel itself, including both Israel immigrants and Arabs born within Israel’s boundaries.
    According to Israeli government statistics released last September, fully 1.6 million people — a quarter of the population — live below the poverty line.
    Long gone are the egalitarian and even “socialist” pretenses of Labour Zionism of an early epoch.
    The present state and all major parties have abandoned any serious attempt to ameliorate poverty, instead embracing free market policies and imposing continuous rounds of budget cuts.
    The result has been mounting social polarization, of which the real estate deals highlighted by the Times are a direct expression.
    The gobbling up of ever-more-expensive properties by wealthy Americans in Israel has placed increasing pressure on Israeli working people, driving up housing prices beyond what they can afford.
    Israel army destroy Bedouin homes
    Hathaleen area south of Hebron,
    West Bank
    Houses near Israel settlement
    75 Palestinians displaced
    Paid for by U.S. taxpayer
    Tears And Blood And Shit
    Mark from Ireland
    Posted on March 8th, 2007
    Look at his ribs
    This photograph is of a boy in a hospital in Hilla.
    He lost his leg in a car bomb attack on pilgrims on Tuesday March 6th 2007.
    The photo shows the overwhelming facts of life in the Irak created by the continuing American led war against the Iraki people.
    Look at this child’s ribs.  Then look at how thin his arms are.
    This child has known a lot of hunger in his life.  He’s suffering from two forms of long term malnutrition.
    1.  The kind brought about by not enough food over an extended period.  In this case his whole life.
    2.  The more subltle and insidious kind of malnutrition — the “hidden malnutrition” caused by long term dependence on a diet deficient in the minerals and vitamins a child needs to develop normally.
    In the Irak created by America more than 70% of the population are unemployed.  They depend on food rations.  Those food rations are not adequate.  Not even remotely adequate.
    Worse than that long after the Americans deliberately and knowingly committed the war crime of bombing civilian water treatment plants those plants are still unrepaired.  Lots of no-bid contracts to American corporations of course.  As you might expect because this is American occupied Irak, the work either wasn't done at all or was so inferior that the plants just don’t work
    What that means is the millions of people are forced to use water that contains faecal matter.  Millions of them don’t have enough money to boil the water to make it safe.
    And as saying things politely often doesn’t seem to work with those of our audience who come from the USA I’m going to resort using the sort of language suitable for the purpose.
    The corruption and inferiority associated with everything that America has done in Iraq means that millions of people have to drink and cook with water that contains shit.
    This child’s hunger has been repeatedly worsened by water containing shit.
    Even under the worst of Saddam’s regime the water was treated.
    Everything that America has done in Irak has turned either to shit or to blood.
    Amazingly there are still Americans stupid and self-satisfied and hypocritical enough to believe that America can do some good there.
    Or undo some of the evil that America has already deliberately and knowingly committed and continues to commit in Irak by remaining.
    These hypocrites think that Irakis and the rest of the world are stupid enough to believe the comforting American lie
    that this time America will behave like a civilised nation in a country that America has raped repeatedly.
    This child has lost his leg, and suffered a life of deprivation because of American lies, and the barbaric way in which America invaded and occupied Irak.
    When this child is sent home from hospital in a few days his wounds will be washed by parents
    trying to do their best for the child they love in water containing shit.
    That water is America’s gift to them
    and their mutilated child.
    al-Kindi hospital, Iraq, Monday, March 5
    The second photograph was taken on Monday March 5th 2007 in al-Kindi hospital Baghdad.  The crying child is having his face washed.  He’s crying because he has been wounded and his brother killed.
    The circumstances in which that took place were also created by the corrupt American government’s corrupt and bloodsoaked occupation of Irak.
    The Americans promised they would protect pilgrims.  As usual it was an American lie.  Too busy having their surge to bother to do what they are required to do.  To protect the civilian populace.  Too busy unleashing mayhem on civilians to bother about protecting this child’s family.  God forbid that a member of the new master race suffer even a scratch when there are innocent Irakis to do the suffering for them.
    Here are some unpleasant facts about America in Irak:
    1.  Everything America does in Irak turns to tears, and blood and shit.
    2.  The Americans in Irak are far far far worse than Saddam ever was.
    3.  The Americans in Irak always were far far far worse than Saddam ever was.
    4.  The Americans in Irak always will be far far far worse than Saddam ever was.
    5.  Managing to be far far far worse than Saddam ever was is an achievement of which any country calling itself “civilised” should be profoundly ashamed.
    Well done I hope you’re fucking proud of of yourselves.
    markfromireland
     
     
     
     
     
    Published on Wednesday, March 7, 2007 by Inter Press Service
    Cuba-Venezuela: Making Biofuels Without Wasting Food
    by Patricia Grogg
    HAVANA - The governments of Cuba and Venezuela are planning to move forward together on biofuels production, but they will rely on producing alcohol from sugarcane, in order to spare food crops.
    Official Cuban sources described the cooperative alcohol program between the two countries as part of their joint efforts to protect the environment, reduce consumption of fossil fuels and promote alternative energy sources, while holding fast to the principle of not using edible crops to make fuels.
    At present Venezuela imports Brazilian ethanol to mix with gasoline distributed in the eastern part of the country, in preference to methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE), an oxygenate additive which is a pollutant.
    The Venezuelans "are planning to add eight percent ethanol to petrol in the first instance," said the head of the state Cuban Institute of Research on Sugarcane Derivatives, Luis Gálvez, on a television panel program on alternative energy, in which experts warned that the rush to produce fuel alcohol could threaten food production.
    Venezuela is planning to grow 276,000 hectacres of sugarcane, to produce some 25,000 barrels per day (bpd) of fuel ethanol from bagasse, the plant matter left over after the sugar has been extracted.
    Along with a wide range of cooperation projects totalling 1.5 billion dollars agreed on Feb. 28, the two governments signed an agreement to instal 11 ethanol plants in Venezuela and develop sugarcane production there.
    On that occasion, Cuban Sugar Minister Ulises Rosales del Toro and Venezuelan Energy Minister Rafael Ramírez also signed contracts for supplying the first four plants, according to a detailed report published in the local daily Granma.
    "Cuba is playing an important role, not only in supplying Venezuela through several of our sugar mills, but also with cooperation on technological aspects," Gálvez said.
    The official defended alcohol production from sugarcane rather than from cereals like maize, which the United States uses as raw material for its entire ethanol consumption. The U.S. is the world's second largest producer of alcohol, after Brazil.
    According to Gálvez, sugarcane is the best answer to three of humanity's pressing concerns, namely food, energy and the environment.
    "Sugarcane production today is inevitably linked to alcohol and energy, for economic and market reasons," said Gálvez, citing Brazil, the world leader in producing fuel alcohol, as a prime example of "flexible production."
    Expert sources consulted by IPS estimated that a ton of sugarcane bagasse can yield between 65 and 90 liters of alcohol. They emphasized that as the source is biomass, the fuel alcohol produced does not contribute to global warming.
    Other experts participating in the forum on Cuban state television were insistent on the danger posed by the global biofuels fever to developing countries, as industrialized nations "talk of substituting one (energy) source for another, without changing their current patterns" of high consumption.
    "What they are considering is a scheme in which most of the biofuels are produced in underdeveloped countries in Asia, Latin America or Africa, to be exported to the industrialized world," said Ramón Pichs, of the World Economy Research Center (CIEM).
    According to this model, developing countries would provide large areas of their cultivable land and cheap labor, and suffer a negative impact on food production and the environment, he said.
    According to Pichs' calculations, filling a car's five-gallon tank with biofuel for two weeks would consume the amount of grain that would feed 26 people for a year.
    Condemnation of the huge black ops budget of US used to prop up elites of the world's countries
    Stealing money from the poor
    Preventing development
    And increasing poverty
    The surge of interest in biofuels is caused by the drawbacks of using fossil fuels: high oil prices, their role in global warming, and their non-renewable nature as an energy source.
    In 2002, Cuba restructured its sugar industry, closing down half of its 156 factories and cutting sugarcane cultivation. Now it is interested in manufacturing fuel alcohol, primarily for export.
    It has therefore modernised at least 11 of its 17 distilleries, and intends to build seven new plants. These will be devoted to producing fuel grade dehydrated (anhydrous) ethanol, treated to remove the four percent of water contained in ordinary distilled alcohol.
    The program requires an investment of between 100 and 150 million dollars, and will increase ethanol production to about 500 million litres a year, from its current base of between 100 million and 150 million liters a year.
    Cuba and Venezuela have close political and economic ties, and are promoting an integration strategy known as the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), which Bolivia joined in 2006, as did Nicaragua after Daniel Ortega became president on Jan. 10.
    Under the terms of an energy agreement in force since 2000, Venezuela supplies Cuba with 93,000 to 100,000 bpd of oil, as well as technological support for developing oil and gas production on this Caribbean island.
    After the meeting in Havana to assess the progress of a wide-ranging integrated cooperation agreement in force for over six years, the two countries agreed to stimulate development of new energy sources in Cuba and Venezuela that will also benefit "other sister nations."
    © 2007 IPS-Inter Press Service
    On 10 March 2007 in Baghdad a stillborn regional conference will convene in which the Iraqi people will again be absent, their resistance not represented.
    Instead, a defeated US occupation will continue attempting to write the fate of the Iraqi people, conspiring with an undemocratic Security Council, as well as neighbouring and regional states, supposedly invited by a puppet government.
    What kind of government collaborates with foreign powers against its own people?
    What kind of government invites foreign forces to kill and injure its own population?
    And what is a government that is never in the country?
    Such a government is the proof that occupation is the highest form of dictatorship.
    The only solution in Iraq is the sovereignty of the Iraqi people.
    We must pre-empt any new US attempt to impose a lackey government on the Iraqi population by recognizing its resistance as the sole representative of the will of the Iraqi people.
    Only the national popular Iraqi Resistance is capable and empowered, both as an objective reality and under international law, to determine a path towards peace and stability in Iraq and end this illegal occupation.
    Retrieve recognition from this foreign-imposed backward government and recognize the Iraqi Resistance!
    Statement by:
    Hana Al Bayaty
    Ian Douglas
    Abdul Ilah Albayaty
    Iman Saadoon
    Dirk Adriaensens
    Ayse Berktay
    Matthias Chang
    Arundhati Roy
    Michel Chossudovsky
    Eduardo Galeano
    Kewe

    for all the Iraqi people
    The benefits of U.S.-style democracy
    By Imad Allo
    Azzaman, March 6, 2007
    The achievements of U.S.-style democracy which the current U.S. administration has tried to apply in Iraq are numerous.
    The benefits Iraqis have gained from these achievements have prompted the administration to try and spread them throughout the Middle East, taking Iraq as a small experiment.
    And here are a few examples of these achievements and their advantages in case you have not yet heard of them or have not experienced them for the bad luck of not being able to live in Iraq.
    The U.S. democracy has interrupted power supplies and caused chronic fuel shortages.
    Iraqis have given up even dreaming of going on a picnic to their once beautiful tourist spots like the Habaniya Lake or the ancient Akarkouf.
    Iraqis now dread to go to the cinema - if there any cinemas left in the country. Eating out is a dream of the past and taking the children for an outing is unthinkable.
    Under the U.S. democracy in Iraq you must be a prisoner of your own house or you risk being killed, injured or kidnapped.
    Even staying home is no longer safe. It is very likely for unidentified gunmen to storm your house in the middle of the night or in broad day light.
    Millions of Iraqis are now on holiday in Syria or Jordan, spending the extra foreign cash they have been earning due to massive U.S. reconstruction works.
    There have never been so many Iraqi tourists in foreign countries. Internal tourism is also booming, with whole quarters, towns and villages currently on holiday.
    An Iraqi man stands near an unexploded cluster bomb in Najaf, in 2003.

Civilians make up 98 percent of the tens of thousands of victims of cluster bombs in the 30 years since their introduction during the Vietnam war.

AFP/Karim Sahib
    An Iraqi man stands near an unexploded cluster bomb in Najaf, in 2003.
    Civilians make up 98 percent of the tens of thousands of victims of cluster bombs in the 30 years since their introduction during the Vietnam war.
    If you happen to be in the capital Baghdad, a major advantage of U.S. style democracy is denial of sleep.
    U.S. warplanes, helicopter gun ships, tanks and other armored vehicles spring to life at night.   The U.S. military love Baghdad nights and their warplanes are fond of low-flying when it is dark.
    The U.S. thinks democracy can only take roots if practiced at night amid deafening noises, indiscriminate shelling and bombing and breaking of doors and windows.
    As the day breaks, our national police and army spring to action.   They set up roadblocks wherever they want.   They close streets and establish checkpoints.
    In the middle of this chaos, suicide and car bombers strike, and insurgents mount attacks on both Iraqi and U.S. forces.
    It is not important how many people get killed or injured.   It is not important whether Iraqis are so terrified that many of them do not venture outside their homes.
    What is important is our ‘democratically elected’ government and the nearly 150,000 U.S. occupation troops protecting it.
    These are some of the advantages of U.S.-style democracy.   If you need further information or you want to enjoy the benefits first hand you are most welcome to visit Baghdad and see for yourself.
    March 5, 2007
    Holding Susie Hazahza for Profit
    "If That's How They Treat You as a Law Abiding American, Imagine How They Would Treat People on the Inside"
    By GREG MOSES
    Of the four men who actually made the final trek to the Rolling Plains prison camp at Haskell, Texas on Saturday afternoon, you could say whatever you want, but you'd be a liar to call them fair weather.
    Not fair-weather friends
    Jay Johnson-Castro had walked 60 miles to the prison, stepping off Wednesday morning in Abilene with southerly winds to his back and a temperature of 63. But Thursday, Friday, and Saturday winds blew northerly into his face, as morning temperatures chilled to 40.
    Behind Jay's walk was John Neck driving his brown pickup truck with the whirling yellow light on top keeping the bigger trucks away.
    And joining Jay in Haskell was one supporter from Dallas and one California psychiatrist named Javier Iribarren.
    Count them on one hand with a finger to spare.
    Since everything was running a couple hours early, the four protesters had time for a long lunch before the final mile.
    Police tried to keep this protest out of sight
    If the authorities could go back and do the whole thing over again, it would be interesting to see if they would still take so much trouble to keep this party out of sight.
    One journalist tried to catch up to them in a car, but roads near the prison were "under repair" and closed to traffic.
    So the lone journalist drew flashing lights from the Sheriff's office, followed by a stern command to leave the scene.
    Five women
    three children
    bombed out of existence
    Four generations
    of an Afghan family
    NATO US war crimes
    We're not going to let anyone on the inside know that anyone on the outside gives a crap
    As for the three conscientious walkers and their security driver, it must have felt like something to have a police escort and careful instructions not to approach any side of the prison that would allow the protest to be seen by prisoners.
    "In Haskell County they immediately drew the line for us," says Johnson-Castro via cell phone Saturday night.
    "The County Judge, the County Commissioners, the City Council, and the corporate partners from the Emerald Companies who run the Rolling Plains prison, all of them said we're not even going to let you see the front of the prison, because we're not going to let anyone on the inside know that anyone on the outside gives a crap.
    I think outside of prison there will be people who find that shocking."
    At the Haskell city limits on this cold and windy Saturday morning, Johnson-Castro was met by the Chief of Police.
    "Hey man it's just me," is how Johnson-Castro recalls his own end of the conversation.
    "Relax."
    As he had done on Wednesday while talking to the Haskell County Sheriff, Johnson-Castro told the town's Chief of Police that something was wrong in that prison.
    It had been turned into a hellish prison camp for immigrants.
    "Keep your ears open," advised Johnson-Castro, because the story of the prison camp is going to come out.
    Abducted and detained with their parents and three brothers by Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE )
    Inside the Rolling Plains prison since early November are 20-year-old Suzi Hazahza and her 23-year-old sister Mirvat.
    Five women
    three children
    bombed out of existence
    Four generations
    of an Afghan family
    NATO US war crimes
    They spent their first two chilly days at Haskell on the concrete floor of a drunk tank, because no beds were available.
    The sisters had been abducted and detained with their parents and three brothers by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during a pre-election roundup of immigrants called "Operation Return to Sender."
    Mother Juma and 11-year-old brother Mohammad were shipped to the T. Don Hutto prison camp at Taylor, Texas.
    Father Radi and two older sons, Ahmad and Hisham, were shipped with the sisters to Haskell.
    For the first five weeks of their detention at Haskell, the Hazahzas accepted a family visitor, but since week five they have all refused to risk the humiliating cavity searches that follow contact with outsiders.
    Meanwhile, the Hutto prison released Juma and Mohammad shortly before a press tour in early February.
    On Saturday, Juma and Mohammad planned to cross paths with Jay in Haskell and visit Mohammad's older brothers Hisham and Ahmad.
    Saturday is visitation day for the men.
    Radi was still holding out against the cavity search.
    The younger men "worked up their courage" says family friend Reza Barkhordari.
    Day-dreaming about seeing his brothers for entire week
    "11-year old Mohammad had been day-dreaming about seeing his brothers for the entire week," writes Barkhordari via email.
    "He was up at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, excited with the hope of seeing his brothers after so long."
    After a three-and-one-half-hour drive, Juma and Mohammad found themselves confronted by a maze of security precautions like Reza had never seen during his visits last November.
    Five women
    three children
    bombed out of existence
    Four generations
    of an Afghan family
    NATO US war crimes
    Warden has declared a no-visitation weekend!
    "The whole area was blocked by vehicles from the Prison Security Patrol and the Local Police," writes Barkhordari.
    "I called the facility to find an alternate route.
    I was told that the roads are blocked because the Warden has declared a no-visitation weekend!
    When I asked for an explanation, I was told that the reason is confidential.
    I was asked for my name and the reason for my visit."
    "So, I called a second time and asked for the Warden," continues Barkhordari.
    "Her assistant took the call and said that the Warden is not taking any calls today but we can reach the facility via a detour.
    We took the detour and found the other road to the detention center area to be blocked as well.
    This time we were approached by the Rolling Plains Security Guards.
    When asked to let us get through, they said that the warden has ordered all the roads leading to the facility blocked and that nobody knows the reason why."
    After a third call to the prison, Barkhordari, Juma, and Mohammad headed back home.
    "By the time we drove back, there were two additional State Trooper vehicles guarding the entrance," reports Barkhordari.
    "This all seemed like deja vu to me.
    This was not the first time I had been told to leave without a reasonable explanation.
    I received a call from Suzi and her sister shortly after we departed and was told that everyone is in a lock-down this weekend."
    "As I was trying to give comfort to Mohammad, I realized how greatly public awareness can effect the world we live in.
    Today, I saw one of the most beautiful and powerful statements that one man made.
    A man walking 60 miles on foot and determined to bring light to the public eyes and awareness to their minds regarding the wrongful imprisonment and mistreatment of an immigrant family."
    Eight Afghans killed
    22 wounded
    attack by US NATO forces
    Nijrab district
    of Kapisa province
    NATO US war crimes
    Nothing but a regional prison
    A habeas corpus motion filed for the Hazahzas in late February alleges sexual harassment, medical neglect, isolation, and other prison cruelties handed to a family whose alleged wrongdoing has something to do with their attempt to seek asylum from their war-torn homeland in Palestine.
    While the Hutto prison in Taylor, Texas has been sometimes defended as a "family detention" center, the prison at Haskell is nothing but a regional prison hard enough to contain convicted criminals imported from Wyoming.
    Along the highway to Haskell, Johnson-Castro has picked up a few stories from local folk.
    There was the former prisoner who said Haskell is actually better than some other prisons you could find yourself in.
    But they do like to hold onto people.
    Every time his release date got close, said this hardtimer, there would be a new reason to keep him locked up a little longer.
    And of course, the longer people are locked up, the more money changes hands.
    Somebody's got to do it
    "This needs to be done," said the former prisoner to the walker about the walk, giving his thumb's up.
    "Somebody's got to do it."
    He didn't think it was wrong that he had been sent to prison, but there were people inside that should not have been sent there.
    There was a man from the Rio Grande Valley who didn't have an ID, so ICE put him away.
    He saw immigrants at Haskell prison who only wanted to go back home if they could, but they couldn't, and he thought it was unfair how long they were kept in prison under those conditions.
    One woman at a restaurant talked about her uncle being a prisoner there.
    She said the guards could be unkind, and they did seem to like keeping people inside.
    Funded and extended for profit
    These anecdotes suggest the awful conclusion that Suzi Hazahza's hell is being funded and extended for profit.
    What could be a justifiable reason to keep her locked up for one more day if not to prove that the lengthy detention of immigrants is a profitable policy, no matter who you think you are.
    "This is no different than what Eisenhower warned us about when he talked about the military-industrial complex," says Johnson-Castro.
    "And just like you have wars waged because there are people who profit, so there are prisons built -- and people put in them -- for the same motive."
    "People honked, people waved," recalls Johnson-Castro.
    "People approached us and complimented us for what we were doing.
    At Haskell one lady was coming back from a funeral for her mom.
    She came out and said, I want to compliment you for doing this.
    I know things are wrong there.
    But nobody does anything about it.'
    She invited us to talk with her.
    We said we can't stay long, but she asked some questions anyway."
    Partnership between federal government, county government, state politicians, and corporate interests
    "A diversity of people encouraged us," says Johnson-Castro.
    "Which tells us that there is an element that would like to connect and be heard together.
    I've got to say that this is a part of Texas that all Texans should be proud of.
    Here is the Texan who is making the earth productive.
    It is a dying breed in our county or anywhere in the modern world.
    And they are trying to prove that humans can get along.
    It would be a violation of their conscience to see this happen to Suzi.
    It may look like they are guilty, but they aren't.
    It's not the people.
    It's a partnership between the federal government, county government, state politicians, and corporate interests."
    "If the people recognize it, they will talk.
    But the people have been kept in darkness.
    They are good people.
    And this kind of operation there has to be a pact of secrecy, just like we saw manifest at Hutto.
    And just like Hutto, it is hard for me to believe that the majority of these people wouldn't be outraged to know that atrocities are being committed in the Governor's hometown of Haskell."
    "If I'm right," says Johnson-Castro, "Haskell's end is in view, because the voice of people will win. But their voice hasn't been heard yet because people have been misinformed."
    Back at the Haskell town square after the walk, the lone journalist found Johnson-Castro and told the story about how he had been run off by the Sheriff.
    "If that's how they treat you as a law abiding American, imagine how they would treat people on the inside," said Johnson-Castro.
    "I think he took it to heart, and was kind of blown away."
    NATO WAR CRIMES
    Four generations of a family killed by new US attack
    Nine people including women and young children have been killed in a bombing attack by US forces in Kapisa province.
    The news comes shortly after US forces are accused of killing 10 village people on Sunday in Nangarhar province.
    Journalists have stated that US troops confiscated their photos and video footage of the aftermath of the violence.
    Kapisa province deputy governor Daud Hashimi said the nine dead civilians included five women and three children.
    He said the raid was carried out by Nato forces.
    Nato have denied any involvement.
    A US military statement said US-led NATO forces had 'dropped two 2,000-pound (900-kilogram) bombs' during an air attack on village people in Kapisa.
    Village people say that the NATO US coalition forces bombed the mud-brick home, killing nine members of the same extended family.
    President Hamid Karzai condemned US NATO killing on Sunday in which US forces fired indiscriminately at civilians in the eastern province of Nangarhar.
    Eight Afghan village people were killed by US forces, 35 village people were injured.
    Reporters say that as the Americans left the scene along a busy highway, US forces fired on the village vehicles.
    Thousands of local people took to the streets on Sunday protesting what had happened.
    The puppet Afghan authorities in Kabul have stated that they have launched an 'investigation' into the circumstances of the US attack.
    The Associated Press news agency has complained to the US military over journalists saying US soldiers deleted footage of the aftermath of the Nangarhar violence.
    Freelance journalists working for the Associated Press in the eastern province of Nangarhar stated that troops erased photos and video they had taken.
    This video captured the attack including showing a vehicle in which three people were shot dead.
    How Barack Obama learned to love Israel
    Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 4 March 2007
    Michelle Obama and Barack Obama listen to Professor Edward Said give the keynote address at an Arab community event in Chicago, May 1998.

Photo: Ali Abunimah/http://electronicIntifada.net/

    Michelle Obama and Barack Obama listen to Professor Edward Said give the keynote address at an Arab community event in Chicago, May 1998.
    Photo: Ali Abunimah
    http://electronicIntifada.net/
    If a man of this calibre could become president one day
    I first met Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama almost ten years ago when, as my representative in the Illinois state senate, he came to speak at the University of Chicago.
    He impressed me as progressive, intelligent and charismatic.
    I distinctly remember thinking 'if only a man of this calibre could become president one day.'
    On Friday Obama gave a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Chicago.
    It had been much anticipated in American Israel political circles which buzzed about his intensive efforts to woo wealthy pro-Israel campaign donors who up to now have generally leaned towards his main rival Senator Hillary Clinton.
    Reviewing the speech, Ha'aretz Washington correspondent Shmuel Rosner concluded that Obama:
    "Sounded as strong as Clinton, as supportive as Bush, as friendly as Giuliani.
    At least rhetorically, Obama passed any test anyone might have wanted him to pass.
    So, he is pro-Israel.
    Period."
    Israel is "our strongest ally in the region and its only established democracy," Obama said, assuring his audience that:
    "We must preserve our total commitment to our unique defense relationship with Israel by fully funding military assistance and continuing work on the Arrow and related missile defense programs."
    Such advanced multi-billion dollar systems he asserted, would help Israel:
    "Deter missile attacks from as far as Tehran and as close as Gaza."
    As if the starved, besieged and traumatized population of Gaza are about to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles.
    Obama offered not a single word of criticism of Israel, of its relentless settlement and wall construction, of the closures that make life unlivable for millions of Palestinians.
    There was no comfort for the hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza who live in the dark, or the patients who cannot get dialysis, because of what Israeli human rights group B'Tselem termed:
    "...one cold, calculated decision, made by Israel's prime minister, defense minister, and IDF chief of staff last summer to bomb the only power plant in Gaza."
    A decision that:
    "...had nothing to do with the attempts to achieve [the] release [of a captured soldier] nor any other military need."
    It was a gratuitous war crime, one of many condemned by human rights organizations, against an occupied civilian population who under the Fourth Geneva Convention Israel is obligated to protect.
    While constantly emphasizing his concern about the threat Israelis face from Palestinians, Obama said nothing about the exponentially more lethal threat Israelis present to Palestinians.
    In 2006, according to B'Tselem, Israeli occupation forces killed 660 Palestinians of whom 141 were children -- triple the death toll for 2005.
    In the same period, 23 Israelis were killed by Palestinians, half the number of 2005 (by contrast, 500 Israelis die each year in road accidents).
    But Obama was not entirely insensitive to ordinary lives.
    Obama's phrasing complete distortion
    He recalled a January 2006 visit to the Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona that resembled an ordinary American suburb where he could imagine the sounds of Israeli children at "joyful play just like my own daughters."
    He saw a home the Israelis told him was damaged by a Hizbullah rocket (no one had been hurt in the incident).
    Six months later, Obama said, "Hizbullah launched four thousand rocket attacks just like the one that destroyed the home in Kiryat Shmona, and kidnapped Israeli service members."
    Obama's phrasing suggests that Hizbullah launched thousands of rockets in an unprovoked attack, but it's a complete distortion.
    After dozens of civilians were massacred in an Israeli air attack
    Throughout his speech he showed a worrying propensity to present discredited propaganda as fact.
    As anyone who checks the chronology of last summer's Lebanon war will easily discover, Hizbullah only launched rockets against Israeli towns after Israel had heavily bombed civilian neighborhoods in Lebanon killing hundreds of civilians, many fleeing the Israeli onslaught.
    Obama excoriated Hizbullah for using "innocent people as shields."
    Indeed, after dozens of civilians were massacred in an Israeli air attack on Qana on July 30, Israel "initially claimed that the military targeted the house because Hezbollah fighters had fired rockets from the area," according to an August 2 statement from Human Rights Watch.
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    More than Fifteen million US dollars
    given by US taxpayers to Israel
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    A third of them children
    The statement added:
    "Human Rights Watch researchers who visited Qana on July 31, the day after the attack, did not find any destroyed military equipment in or near the home.
    "Similarly, none of the dozens of international journalists, rescue workers and international observers who visited Qana on July 30 and 31 reported seeing any evidence of Hezbollah military presence in or around the home.
    "Rescue workers recovered no bodies of apparent Hezbollah fighters from inside or near the building."
    The Israelis subsequently changed their story, and neither in Qana, nor anywhere else did Israel ever present, or international investigators ever find evidence to support the claim Hizbullah had a policy of using civilians as human shields.
    In total, forty-three Israeli civilians were killed by Hizbullah rockets during the thirty-four day war.
    For every Israeli civilian who died, over twenty-five Lebanese civilians were killed by indiscriminate Israeli bombing -- over one thousand in total, a third of them children.
    Even the Bush administration recently criticized Israel's use of cluster bombs against Lebanese civilians.
    But Obama defended Israel's assault on Lebanon
    But Obama defended Israel's assault on Lebanon as an exercise of its "legitimate right to defend itself."
    There was absolutely nothing in Obama's speech that deviated from the hardline consensus underpinning US policy in the region.
    Echoing the sort of exaggeration and alarmism that got the United States into the Iraq war, he called Iran "one of the greatest threats to the United States, to Israel, and world peace."
    While advocating "tough" diplomacy with Iran he confirmed that "we should take no option, including military action, off the table."
    He opposed a Palestinian unity government between Hamas and Fatah and insisted "we must maintain the isolation of Hamas" until it meets the Quartet's one-sided conditions.
    He said Hizbullah, which represents millions of Lebanon's disenfranchised and excluded, "threatened the fledgling movement for democracy" and blamed it for "engulf[ing] that entire nation in violence and conflict."
    Over the years since I first saw Obama speak I met him about half a dozen times, often at Palestinian and Arab-American community events in Chicago including a May 1998 community fundraiser at which Edward Said was the keynote speaker.
    In 2000, when Obama unsuccessfully ran for Congress I heard him speak at a campaign fundraiser hosted by a University of Chicago professor.
    On that occasion and others Obama was forthright in his criticism of US policy and his call for an even-handed approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
    The last time I spoke to Obama was in the winter of 2004 at a gathering in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.
    He was in the midst of a primary campaign to secure the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat he now occupies.
    But at that time polls showed him trailing.
    As he came in from the cold and took off his coat, I went up to greet him.
    Tough primary race!!
    He responded warmly, and volunteered:
    "Hey, I'm sorry I haven't said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race.
    I'm hoping when things calm down I can be more up front."
    He referred to my activism, including columns I was contributing to the The Chicago Tribune critical of Israeli and US policy, "Keep up the good work!"
    Gradual shift into the AIPAC camp
    But Obama's gradual shift into the AIPAC camp had begun as early as 2002 as he planned his move from small time Illinois politics to the national scene.
    In 2003, Forward reported on how he had "been courting the pro-Israel constituency."
    He co-sponsored an amendment to the Illinois Pension Code allowing the state of Illinois to lend money to the Israeli government.
    Among his early backers was Penny Pritzker -- now his national campaign finance chair -- scion of the liberal but staunchly Zionist family that owns the Hyatt hotel chain.
    (The Hyatt Regency hotel on Mount Scopus was built on land forcibly expropriated from Palestinian owners after Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967).
    He has also appointed several prominent pro-Israel advisors.
    Obama has also been close to some prominent Arab Americans, and has received their best advice.
    His decisive trajectory reinforces a lesson that politically weak constituencies have learned many times: access to people with power alone does not translate into influence over policy.
    But especially money
    Money and votes, but especially money, channelled through sophisticated and coordinated networks that can "bundle" small donations into million dollar chunks are what buy influence on policy.
    Currently, advocates of Palestinian rights are very far from having such networks at their disposal.
    Unless they go out and do the hard work to build them, or to support meaningful campaign finance reform, whispering in the ears of politicians will have little impact.
    (For what it's worth, I did my part. I recently met with Obama's legislative aide, and wrote to Obama urging a more balanced policy towards Palestine.)
    If disappointing, given his historically close relations to Palestinian-Americans, Obama's about-face is not surprising.
    He is merely doing what he thinks is necessary to get elected and he will continue doing it as long as it keeps him in power.
    As Obama voted to reauthorize the USA Patriot Act
    Palestinian-Americans are in the same position as civil libertarians who watched with dismay as Obama voted to reauthorize the USA Patriot Act, or immigrant rights advocates who were horrified as he voted in favor of a Republican bill to authorize the construction of a 700-mile fence on the border with Mexico.
    Only if enough people know what Obama and his competitors stand for, and organize to compel them to pay attention to their concerns can there be any hope of altering the disastrous course of US policy in the Middle East.
    It is at best a very long-term project that cannot substitute for support for the growing campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions needed to hold Israel accountable for its escalating violence and solidifying apartheid.
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  • March 3 / 4, 2007
    Sen. Clinton and Corporate America
    Hillary, Inc.
    By RALPH NADER
    J ust as the Democrats could never seem to get a handle on Ronald Reagan in his sixteen years as Governor of California and President, the Republicans cannot get a handle on Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
    No matter what they tried-and they were admittedly timid-the Democrats could neither upset, mire, or throw Ronald Reagan on the defensive.
    He smiled, shrugged his shoulders and tefloned his way to victory after victory.
    The Republicans are flummoxed when it comes to Senator Clinton.
    They could not even mount a hardy campaign against her in 2006, leaving a nominal Yonkers mayor the hapless task to take up the space on the ballot opposite her.
    She walked to victory, spending over $35 million in the process.
    The reasons why Republicans cannot score points against Clinton is that she is so much like them on the key corporate power issues.
    Although she is on the Armed Services Committee, she took President Eisenhower's description of the "military-industrial complex" and repeatedly rubber stamped the massive, bloated, wasteful and corrupt expenditures.
    Let a thousand weapon systems bloom, was and is her mantra
    It was not for her to question any redundant weapons systems, no longer strategically needed in the post-Soviet Union era.
    It was not for her to act on the scores of investigative findings by the Government Accountability Office of the Congress documenting corporate waste, fraud and abuse and do something about them.
    Let a thousand weapon systems bloom was and is her mantra.
    Opted instead for political cash for her campaigns
    The corporate crime wave of the past seven years, draining and looting trillions of dollars from workers, investors and pension-holders did not catch her industrious attention either.
    Notwithstanding the publicized enforcement efforts of her state's attorney general, Eliot Spitzer, whose popularity took him to a landslide win for the Governorship, she refused to extend his efforts in the U.S. Senate by pushing the regulatory agencies for a necessary crackdown on corporate crime.
    He gave her the ultimate political cover, by showing the great public support for his "law and order" drives, but she lacked the political fortitude and opted instead for the political cash for her campaigns.
    Further contributing to the gigantic government deficit in Washington are the dozens of programs providing subsidies, handouts and bailouts to large corporations known as "corporate welfare."
    One would think that all that experience in her husband's White House, which she touts routinely, would have predisposed her to championing cutting corporate welfare that now amounts to hundreds of billions of dollars a year in an upward distribution of wealth from the have-littles to the have-lots.
    No way.
    Hillary lets the tax revenues and the tax loopholes grow and the windfalls swell the coffers of big business.
    Done nothing, especially in inner city where outrageous interest charges on pay-day loans, predatory lending, redlining, landlord abuses and code violations, lead and asbestos abound
    By this time the Republicans cannot describe her in the least as "anti-business."
    Why the junior Senator from New York has done virtually nothing about the business crimes against the poor in her state, especially in the inner city where outrageous interest charges on pay-day loans, predatory lending, redlining, landlord abuses and code violations, lead and asbestos abound.
    Many of these financial scams benefit Wall Street financiers.
    What's left for the Republicans to work on?
    The Iraq war?
    Senator Clinton voted for the war resolution and refuses to admit her mistake in so doing.
    She remains generally a Democratic Hawk on foreign policy.
    What about global corporate trade?
    She is a fervent backer of the World Trade Organization and NAFTA, though she now wants to tweak them with some unenforceable labor and environmental qualifications.
    The evidence behind the treaties' supplanting our nation's legitimate sovereignty and procedural safeguards through these transnational forms of autocratic, secretive governance, is overwhelming.
    The evidence that these trade treaties have cost good industrial jobs, driven down efforts to keep living wages, and contributed to the country's huge trade deficits is also decisive.
    Yet Senator Clinton follows the Republicans and neuters what could be the latter's criticism of any potential demand for renegotiating these vise-like trade shackles that have led to shipping whole industries to the communist dictatorship in China.
    Moreover, she has co-sponsored bills with Republicans and received their public praise, including that of former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich.
    The new publication, Politico, headlined recently an article by Jim Vandehei and Carrie Sheffield with the words-"Clinton Presidency May be Inevitable, Republicans say."
    Former House Majority leader, Tom DeLay, is quoted as saying: "If the conservative movement and Republicans don't understand how massive the Clinton coalition is, she will be the next president."
    He should know about massive coalitions.
    The article also quotes other Republican Party bigwigs in the same vein.
    None of them offered any strategy.
    Instead they speak generalities that simply prove the point that Senator Clinton has them neutralized and nullified by the very brazen scope of her political expediency and opportunism.
    About all these Republican operatives could offer is that a Hillary presidency would prod and shock conservative foot soldiers into action.
    Such an attitude means capitulation for 2008.
     
    U.S. Rich Scandal    
    Fast forward 10 years, and America will be a culture in chaos.

Some people say it is happening right now.

What you see now, is the early stages.

By 2017, there will be martial law in many cities across America.

Why?

Because most people thought it would never happen here.

They thought the Iraq War would just go away.

It finally did — in the poverty streets of America.

One of the last things I saw before I left Vietnam, was a brutal suicide by a U.S. soldier.

He was a heroin addict.

He blew his brains out—everywhere.

That has stayed with me for 36 years.

And the soldier who woke me up to tell me that this soldier had shot himself in Charlie Troop, was loaded on heroin himself.

America, listen to your veterans.

Before it is too late.

Put your, 'Stop The War Shoes On.'

March.

Like your life depends on it.

Because, it does.

Photo and words: Mike Hastie
U.S. Army Medic
Vietnam 1970-71
March 4, 2007
March!     

    Fast forward 10 years, and America will be a culture in chaos.
    Some people say it is happening right now.
    What you see now, is the early stages.
    By 2017, there will be martial law in many cities across America.
    Why?
    Because most people thought it would never happen here.
    They thought the Iraq War would just go away.
    It finally did — in the poverty streets of America.
    One of the last things I saw before I left Vietnam, was a brutal suicide by a U.S. soldier.
    He was a heroin addict.
    He blew his brains out — everywhere.
    That has stayed with me for 36 years.
    And the soldier who woke me up to tell me that this soldier had shot himself in Charlie Troop, was loaded on heroin himself.
    America, listen to your veterans.
    Before it is too late.
    Put your, 'Stop The War Shoes On.'
    March.
    Like your life depends on it.
    Because, it does.
    Photo and words: Mike Hastie
    U.S. Army Medic
    Vietnam 1970-71
    March 4, 2007
    March!
    ESTIMATED NUCLEAR WARHEADS, STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL
    Map showing declared, suspected and potential nuclear nations.

The US is also said to have some 3,000 warheads in reserve, while Russia has about 11,000 in non-operational stockpiles.

Israel declines to confirm it has nuclear weapons.

North Korea — 1 test underground, October 2006.

Iran is accused by the US of ambitions to build nuclear arms.

The United states had drawn up a battle plan for the potential use of nuclear weapons in Iraq and the United States has been involved in planning potential nuclear use scenarios for Iran.

The United States is now involved in a massive program to overhaul its nuclear arsenal.

In fact they're working to replace every nuclear warhead and all of the existing delivery systems in the arsenal to ensure prompt precision global strike capabilities.

Jackie Cabasso — Western States Legal Foundation
    The United States has conducted 1,127 nuclear and thermonuclear tests — 217 in the atmosphere.
    The Soviet Union/ Russia conducted 969 tests — 219 in the atmosphere.
    France, 210 tests, 50 in the atmosphere.
    The United Kingdom, 45 tests — 21 in the atmosphere.
    China, 45 tests — 23 in the atmosphere.
    India and Pakistan — 13 tests underground.
    Israel — possible 1 test atmosphere South Africa 1979.
    North Korea — 1 test underground, October 2006.
    “The United states had drawn up a battle plan for the potential use of nuclear weapons in Iraq and the United States has been involved in planning potential nuclear use scenarios for Iran.”
    “The United States is now involved in a massive program to overhaul its nuclear arsenal.   In fact they're working to replace every nuclear warhead and all of the existing delivery systems in the arsenal to ensure prompt precision global strike capabilities.”
    Jackie Cabasso — Western States Legal Foundation
    Western Elite militarism
    Western Elite Terror States
    Western Elite War Crimes
    The aim of Kewe.info is to make us all aware that the most murderous violence and terror by far, committed by anyone, is done by The West
    Violence and terror is the footprint and modus operandi of Western Government and the shadow power that operates from behind these 'elected officials'
    This film helps us to focus on that reality
    Indonesia's 9/11 — Exposing US government operations in the Bali Bombing
    Kewe
    Questioning War, Organizing Resistance
    - Carol Brouillet
    Glen Clancy, from Victoria, Australia, created "Fool Me Twice" described as 'A documentary about the Australian government's lies about the East Timor massacres, the cover-up of the Bali Bombings and subsequent anti-terror laws.'
    The 25 year old, Clancy is Australia's Dylan Avery (of Loose Change fame).
    The work was originally created to be viewed online, but Clancy is working on improving the resolution for larger screen and theatrical viewing.
    Glen wrote on December 4, 2008
    To all,
    After discovering 911 was an inside job, through such movies as Loose Change, Terrorstorm and Zeitgeist, I decided to investigate the Bali bombings. The evidence was overwhelming. There had been a cover-up.
    As shocking as the truth may be, please keep an open mind while viewing this documentary. FOOL ME TWICE is 100% sourced. Please see reference list below. I tried to produce a documentary as true to the genre as possible, limiting opinion and simply documenting the facts.
    I believe that 911 Truth is one of the most important movements of our time and exposing the cover-up of the 2002 Bali bombings can help destroy the "911/War on terror/Al-CIAda" myth.
    Please help spread this information.
    Kind regards,
    Glen
    To listen to the March 10, 2008 interview of Glen Clancy by Carol Brouillet broadcast on:
    We The People Radio Network
    — Right Click Here (Save Target As, Link As, File) MP3 1 hour
    Firefighters for 9/11 Truth
    Erik Lawyer:
    I, like most Americans, remember exactly where I was when I saw the attacks and had the overwhelming urge to take action.
    I was shocked, outraged, scared and confused.
    I called my Battalion Chief and asked if Seattle would be sending any teams to help.
    I was a member of the MMST, and figured we would be needed and I wanted to know where to report.
    Due to the nature of the incident we were not called up, and instead USAR teams, including Seattle's, were sent.
    I first visited Ground Zero in October of 2001 with several firefighters from Seattle.
    We went to pay our respect and show support.
    We raised money for our brother firehouses and attended the funerals of our fallen Brothers.
    I was deeply moved and humbled by the community support, the sheer enormity of the tragedy along with the courage and compassion of the FDNY "Brotherhood."
    I vividly remember the anger, the intense desire for vengeance,the feelings of helplessness
    Even though I listened to their stories for days, I cannot even begin to imagine the pain and tragedy they suffered on that day and the years to come.
    I vividly remember the anger I felt, the intense desire for vengeance, and the feelings of helplessness.
    I was relieved when the government identified the terrorists and satisfied that we were going to have a swift deliverance of "justice."
    I've been a conservative my entire life; a registered Republican since I could vote.
    I am a self proclaimed Patriot with George Washington as one of my all time heroes.
    So when conspiracy theories quickly surfaced, and "Liberals" cried foul on the erosion of civil liberties, I chalked it up to their political beliefs and bitterness towards the Republican President.
    I read many debunking articles — including Popular Mechanics — and watched many debunking videos including, Farenhype 9/11.
    I was convinced that these "Liberals" were misinformed and were grasping at straws to discredit the "official" story.
    Don't confuse me with the facts, I have my mind made up!
    Like most people with strong opinions, instead of looking at all the facts, I was specifically looking for anything that supported my own beliefs.
    As soon as I discovered any inaccuracy in a conspiracy claim, I wrote it off.
    My father, a big city cop and Korean War veteran, loved to say, "don't confuse me with the facts, I have my mind made up!"
    Well, I had my mind made up.
    I told conspiracy theorists like my own Truck Officer, Lt. Earl Emerson, that they were insane if they thought anyone other than the terrorists did this.
    Bin Laden confession tapes — how much clearer did they need it
    Heck, we have ID cards, security camera videos, Bin Laden confession tapes — how much clearer did they need it?
    The years went on and I was satisfied in my beliefs.
    I even believed these "Wackos" that doubted the "official" story were distracting our country from focusing on the real threat of terrorism...
    Fast forward to March of 2008.
    A great friend of mine with a Business degree from West Point, as conservative and non-conspiratorial as they get, came over one night to talk about what he saw happening in the economy.
    Began researching such things as economies, who is in control of currencies
    He provided some disconcerting evidence that we as a nation are at risk of entering into another depression; he pointed out historical parallels where other countries, such as Germany, suffered economic collapse.
    THAT was my eye opener.
    I became obsessed researching things such as economies, who is in control of currencies, what causes depressions, who profits during war, etc.
    So many things kept pointing to 9/11.
    Another one of my dad's favorite quotes was, "believe half of what you see and none of what you hear."
    So, I looked at both sides and quickly noticed a pattern.
    On one side, the general media ignores some of the most compelling evidence that contradicts the "official" story...
    When I voiced my new opinion and concerns most of my friends listened.
    Shocked that a staunch Conservative could have such a major shift
    I think because they were shocked that a staunch Conservative could have such a major shift, or because they thought I had lost my mind and wanted to diagnose the cause.
    Curiously, some became angry at my new questions and actually thought I was supporting Terrorists with my concerns.
    Being a part of that same mindset myself only a few weeks ago, and then having a major shift in consciousness, really shook me to the core.
    What has happened to our collective consciousness that we believe anyone who doubts the "official" story or what the government tells us is an enemy?
    What has happened to us — are we not founded on Freedom of Speech and taught to check our Government?
    Anyone who asks for the Truth is labeled a "Wacko" or "Terrorist Sympathizer?"
    What has happened to us?
    Are we not founded on Freedom of Speech and taught to check our Government?...
    To be honest, I was asleep at the wheel, and relied on what I was being told by mainstream media.
    The same media whose parent corporations, are some of the largest suppliers of weapons in this war.
    Before this "awakening" I had no idea the extent of our civil liberties that had been eroded in the name of Terrorism.
    I had never really wrapped my brain around what legalized torture means.
    I had always claimed America was noble.
    Just look at how we treated POW's during WWII and Vietnam compared to our enemies.
    [Ever check out the real story of John McCain as a POW, keep investigating! — Kewe.info]
    That separated us.
    We were setting the example of Human Rights to the rest of the world.
    [Check out the real facts of US instigations in Central and South America! — Kewe.info]
    Sure, you'll always have individuals that will take things too far, but Government sponsored torture?
    [Let's mention CIA activity across the planet since its inception, including inside the US, and other black budget US government special operations agencies! — Kewe.info]
    What has happened to our country?
    What kind of example are we setting for our children, and the world?
    You would be interested to learn how many of our own rights have been stripped away recently.
    Look up the Military Commissions Act of 2006, John Warner Defense Authorization Act, Homegrown Terrorism Act, Presidential Directive 51.
    Amazing the rights we have all lost
    It is amazing the rights we have all lost in the past couple of years and very little is covered by the U.S. media.
    After discovering this, I applied the "common sense" test that my Grandfather always said wasn't so common.
    Why would a government so aggressively suppress truth and blatantly destroy evidence if there was nothing to hide?
    Why has every testimony from sworn government and military officials that points to "prior knowledge" been stricken from the 9/11 Commission Report?
    How did paper business cards, cloth bandanas, and plastic ID's that implicate the terrorists survive so neatly through jet fueled fireballs hot enough to destroy titanium and steel?
    I've seen bodies burned beyond recognition, yet I have never found one that was wearing unburned clothing.
    These questions alone are enough to make me risk everything for a real investigation and accounting...
    When I truly realized the enormity of the effect 9/11 has had on our Rights, our Economy, our Beliefs, our Fears, our Intolerances and our Government — I felt fear, then anger, then the need to take action.
    Bill Chickering said it best:
    "Anger is a very appropriate and necessary response to an injustice.
    "But stand back now; the truth, clearly spoken, is always your best weapon.
    "Calmly spoken, it can burn a hole through the hardest heart."
    When I realized the extent of the force and attitudes working to silence those who peacefully ask questions, demand answers, and seek truth, it became clear to me that our Country is in serious trouble and I must now stand alongside those Patriots who seek Truth and Constitutional Restoration.
    Richard Gage, AIA is the founding member of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth ae911Truth.org.
    He has been a practicing Architect for 20 years and has worked on most types of building construction including numerous fire-proofed steel-framed buildings.
    He is employed with a San Francisco Bay Area architecture firm and has most recently performed Construction Administration services for a new $120M High School campus including a $10M steel-framed Gymnasium.
    Currently he is working on the Design Development for a very large mixed use urban project with 1.2M sq.ft. of retail and 320K sq.ft. of mid-rise office space — altogether about 1,200 tons of steel framing.
    He has been one of the most tireless speakers on the issue of 9/11 truth, and more specifically on challenging the official narrative of the disintegration of the 3 major skyscrapers in the World Trade Center complex that took place on September 11th.
    He has been lecturing widely across the US and in Canada.
    Those who see his presentation rarely walk away still thinking that fires alone could have brought down the buildings.
    When NIST came out with a report recently that fires were responsible for the destruction of WTC7, Richard and Architects and Engineers were quick to challenge that report.
    See NY Times quotes Richard Gage on WTC7 "collapse"
    Aside from the NYT's reporter and a media request from Bulgaria, the press has tried to ignore the serious criticisms that Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth has raised about their reports.
    Richard Gage gives an insightful interview on major points that scientifically do not agree with the official story of 9/11.
    Click logo for architects & engineers for 9/11 truthArchitects & Engineers for 9/11 truth

Image: www.ae911truth.org/
    911 Operation Gladio — Syria chemical attack — Al-Qaeda lead up to Twin Towers falling — US government fabricated stories
    Operation Gladio false flag terrorism over decades to raise US government power
    You had to attack civilians — the people women children far removed from any political game — this would allow authorities to bring in a state of emergency
    Innumerable regular meetings between US and Al-Qaeda in lead-up to 2001
         False Flag terrorism is being used to move people 'like sheep'       
         NATO Secret Armies     
          US fabrications of Syria government chemical attack — 9/11      
    911 Controlled Demolition - Seeking Understanding - Coming to Terms - Psychologists and therapists speak out.

Most of us who have lived with the events of 911 have as a result experienced some kind of trauma over the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings.

In fact someone told me recently, 'I wouldn't believe what you are telling me about 911 even if it were true.'

2,606 people lost their lives in the World Trade Center buildings on September 11, 2001.

125 people lost their lives at the Pentagon on 9/11.

246 people lost their lives on the four planes on 9/11.

Image: ae911truth.org
    In fact someone told me recently, 'I wouldn't believe what you are telling me even if it were true.'
    PDF and now EPub versions for small tablets and Kindle, Nook and varied e-readers
    The Game - The Enslavement Dream - Manor House Oath Highway.

Kewe.info
    9/11
    By all accounts, the unprecedented events of September 11th, 2001 changed the way our country functions, and in turn, the world.
    It is therefore critical that conscientious Americans, as well as people around the globe, understand these events in detail.
    Unfortunately the official reports, including The 9/11 Commission Report and the NIST WTC Report, written by those working under the direction of the Bush Administration, have been proven to be elaborate cover-ups.
    Film: 9/11 Revisited
    September 11th Revisited is perhaps the most riveting film ever made about the destruction of the World Trade Center.
    This is a powerful documentary which features eyewitness accounts and archived news footage that was shot on September 11, 2001 but never replayed on television.
    Featuring interviews with eyewitnesses & firefighters, along with expert analysis by Professor Steven E. Jones, Professor David Ray Griffin, MIT Engineer Jeffrey King, and Professor James H. Fetzer.
    This film provides stunning evidence that explosives were used in the complete demolition of the WTC Twin Towers and WTC Building 7.
    For Film: 9/11 Revisited
    — Click Here
    Film: 9/11 Press for Truth
    An excellent documentary about the families of the victims of 9/11 and their fight to uncover and expose the truth about what happened that day.
    For Film: 9/11 Press for Truth
    — Click Here
    Film: 9/11 Mysteries
    90 minutes of pure demolition evidence and analysis, laced with staggering witness testimonials.
    Moving from "the myth" through "the analysis" and into "the players," careful deconstruction of the official story set right alongside clean, clear science.
    The 9/11 picture is not one of politics or nationalism or loyalty, but one of strict and simple physics. How do you get a 10-second 110-story pancake collapse?
    'Oh!   You don't believe the 9-11 official version,' they say.
    'You mean where they want you to accept the buildings were not blown up from below.
    'Plane fuel!   Substance never burns higher then a gas stove!   That it caused the inner core steel to melt!
    'Steel melting!
    'Concrete vaporizing!
    ' 'No!   I don't believe that conspiracy theory.
    'Cheney!   Bush!   Rudy Giuliani!   HA!  HA!
    'Tower 7 that never had a plane hit — just came tumbling down!
    'You believe that, eh!
    'Ever think it had to be blown up because the plane scheduled to fly into it was off getting shot down.
    'Thermite in Tower 7's walls, you see — incriminating evidence — impossible to get out without people watching!
    Had to be blown up!
    'Next you'll be saying Obama is not a Wall Street Illuminati banker stooge?
    'Take your pick:   The partner in a comedy team who feeds lines to the other comedians.
    'Him who allows himself to be used.
    'Oh!   I can't really blame you,   Television it turns minds to pulp.
    'Turn off the television.   It's the only way.'
    'Turn off the television?'
    'Get rid of it really.   I mean what else is there to do!'
    'Get rid of the television?'
    'Don't forget all radio garbage is propaganda, even the songs.
    'Then those five minute propaganda hits they send you every hour!
    'The ones they refer to as News
    'Get rid of all the propaganda from your brain, the only way to do it.'
    'Stop being hooked on those Hollywood movies — even those that make you think they are making you think'
    'All paid performers to make your brain dead.
    'You turn the brainwashing off, you'll begin to become yourself.
    'It really is the only way!'
    'Oh!'
    Kewe — Kewe.info
    BBC — Sunday, 3 June 2007
    Putin warns Europe in missile row
    Mr Putin says US missile defence plans may spark another arms race.

Moscow may target weapons at Europe if the US builds planned missile defence facilities in the region, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

Russia has not pointed missiles towards Europe since the end of the Cold War.
    Mr Putin says US missile defence plans may spark another arms race
    Moscow may target weapons at Europe if the US builds planned missile defence facilities in the region, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.
    Russia has not pointed missiles towards Europe since the end of the Cold War.
    Last week, Russia said it had tested a ballistic missile to maintain "strategic balance" in the world.
    The US wants to expand its missile defences into Eastern Europe. It says the system is not aimed at Russia but Moscow says its security is threatened.
    'Not our fault'
    Mr Putin made the comments in an interview published in Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera ahead of the G8 meeting which starts in Germany on Wednesday.
    If the American nuclear potential grows in European territory, we have to give ourselves new targets in Europe
    President Vladimir Putin
    He repeated warnings that the US defence shield could lead to a new arms race but said it would the fault of the Americans if this happened.
    He said the US had "altered the strategic balance" by unilaterally pulling out of the anti-ballistic missile (ABM) treaty in 2002.
    "If the American nuclear potential grows in European territory, we have to give ourselves new targets in Europe," Mr Putin said.
    "It is up to our military to define these targets, in addition to defining the choice between ballistic and cruise missiles."
    US President George W Bush is due to meet Mr Putin at the three-day G8 summit in the German resort of Heiligendamm.
    Washington wants to deploy interceptor rockets in Poland and a radar base in the Czech Republic to counter what it describes as a potential threat from "rogue states" such as Iran and North Korea.
    Last Tuesday, Russia tested an RS-24 missile that successfully struck its target 5,500km (3,400 miles) away.
    It was designed to evade missile defence systems, Russia's defence ministry said.
    BBC — Sunday, 3 June 2007
    Gorbachev criticises US 'empire'
    Mikhail Gorbachev.

Moscow may target weapons at Europe if the US builds planned missile defence facilities in the region, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

Russia has not pointed missiles towards Europe since the end of the Cold War.

The former Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, has blamed the US for the current state of relations between Russia and the West.

In a BBC interview, Mr Gorbachev said that the Russians were ready to be constructive, but America was trying to squeeze them out of global diplomacy.

Mr Gorbachev accused America of ' empire-building ', which he said the UK should have warned it away from.
    Mr Gorbachev said relations between Russia and the West were in a bad state
    Gorbachev interview
    The former Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, has blamed the US for the current state of relations between Russia and the West.
    In a BBC interview, Mr Gorbachev said that the Russians were ready to be constructive, but America was trying to squeeze them out of global diplomacy.
    He added that the Iraq War had undermined Tony Blair's credibility.
    Mr Gorbachev accused America of "empire-building", which he said the UK should have warned it away from.
    'New empire'
    Moscow and the West have been in dispute over Iraq, America's plans for a missile defence system and civil rights within Russia itself.
    Britain's extradition request for a Russian man in connection with the murder of ex-agent Alexander Litvinenko has also caused tension.
    In an interview with Radio Four's The World This Weekend, Mr Gorbachev said relations between Russia and the West were in a bad state.
    If the American nuclear potential grows in European territory, we have to give ourselves new targets in Europe
    President Vladimir Putin
    "Well, it's worse than I expected," he said through a translator.
    "We lost 15 years after the end of the Cold War, but the West I think and particularly the United States, our American friends, were dizzy with their success, with the success of their game that they were playing, a new empire.
    "I don't understand why you, the British, did not tell them, 'Don't think about empire, we know about empires, we know that all empires break up in the end, so why start again to create a new mess.'"
    He added that the war with Iraq had damaged Britain's relationship with Russia after a promising start.
    "Tony Blair and Putin established a very good relationship and that made it possible to advance our relationship," he said.
    "But then Iraq happened and Tony found himself in the embrace of that military monster, of that war situation, and he lost a lot of his credibility in the world and in Europe."
    Your life, your children's lives —
    Will you live or die?
    Decided by small group of elite.
    Pure evil
    It doesn't get any clearer than this
     
    Published on Friday, March 2, 2007 by the Los Angeles Times
    US to Develop New Hydrogen Bomb
    by Ralph Vartabedian
    The Energy Department will announce today a contract to develop the nation's first new hydrogen bomb in two decades, involving a collaboration between three national weapons laboratories, The Times has learned.
    The new bomb will include design features from all three labs, though Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Bay Area appears to have taken the lead position in the project. The Los Alamos and Sandia labs in New Mexico will also be part of the project.
    Teams of scientists in California and New Mexico have been working since last year to develop the new bomb, using the world's most powerful supercomputers.
    Take note of the words used folks — Kewe.info
    The weapon is known as the reliable replacement warhead and is intended to replace aging warheads now deployed on missiles aboard Trident submarines.
    The contract decision was made by the Nuclear Weapons Council, which consists of officials from the Defense Department and the National Nuclear Security Administration, part of the Energy Department. Plans were underway Thursday to announce the award this afternoon.
    The nuclear administration will issue the contract and run the program.
    The cost of the development is secret, though outside experts said it would cost billions of dollars — perhaps tens of billions — to develop the bomb, build factories to restart high-volume weapons production and then assemble the weapons.
    If Livermore does become the lead laboratory, confidence in the facility is likely to be bolstered, and political suggestions that its role in weapons development is unnecessary could be quelled.
    A lead role by Los Alamos would help extract that facility from deep political problems growing out of security breaches.
    The program is not expected to create a surge in employment at any of the labs
    The program marks the first time the military has fielded a nuclear weapon design without an underground test. The last time scientists set off a hydrogen bomb was in 1991 under the Nevada desert.
    President Clinton ordered a testing moratorium, and it has been continued by President Bush.
    Note the words — how you are being persuaded to accept — Kewe.info
    Since the reason for building the new bomb is to maintain confidence in the nation's nuclear deterrent, experts say, the Nuclear Weapons Council will want the most conservative design, which gives Livermore the upper hand.
    The design details are secret, but Livermore's version utilizes major components that had been tested — though not produced — for a Navy bomb about two decades ago.
    By contrast, Los Alamos selected a design that involved an atomic trigger and a thermonuclear component that had been tested individually.
    However, the two elements were never tested together, said Philip Coyle, who serves on scientific advisory committees and formerly was deputy director at Livermore.
    Spin to keep you asleep — Kewe.info
    The Los Alamos design is said to contain highly attractive features, including innovative mechanisms that would prevent terrorists from detonating the bomb should they gain access to it, experts said.
    Those use controls were cited by military officials as a key factor in developing the weapon.
    Proponents of the effort say that the nation's existing nuclear stockpile is getting old and that doubts will eventually grow about weapons reliability.
    They say the new bomb will not have a greater nuclear yield and could not perform any new military missions beyond those of existing weapons.
    So far, those arguments have attracted bipartisan support, including from Democrats who have long played a leading role in nuclear arms issues.
    Critics say the existing stockpile is perfectly reliable and can be maintained for decades.
    The new bomb will undermine U.S. efforts to stop nuclear proliferation, they say.
    In addition, a recent study showed that plutonium components in existing weapons were aging much more slowly than expected.

    New study from Pilots for 9/11 Truth:
    No Boeing 757 hit the Pentagon
    New study from Pilots for 9/11 Truth:

No Boeing 757 hit the Pentagon
    Thu Jun 21, 3:01 AM ET
    Pilots for 9/11 Truth obtained black box data from the government under the Freedom of Information Act for AA Flight 77, which The 9/11 Report claims hit the Pentagon.
    Analysis of the data contradicts the official account in direction, approach, and altitude.
    The plane was too high to hit lamp posts and would have flown over the Pentagon, not impacted with its ground floor.
    This result confirms and strengthens the previous findings of Scholars for 9/11 Truth that no Boeing 757 hit the buillding.
    Madison, WI (PRWEB) June 21, 2007 - A study of the black box data provided by the government to Pilots for 9/11 Truth has confirmed the previous findings of Scholars for 9/11 Truth that no Boeing 757 hit the Pentagon on 9/11.
    "We have had four lines of proof that no Boeing 757 hit the building," said James Fetzer, founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth.
    "This new study by Pilots drives another nail into a coffin of lies told the American people by The 9/11 Commission":
    The new society, an international organization of pilots and aviation professionals, petitioned the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) under the Freedom of Information Act and obtained its 2002 report on American Airlines Flight 77.
    A Boeing 757 that, according to the official account, hit the ground floor of the Pentagon after it skimmed over the lawn at 500 mph plus, taking out a series of lamp posts in the process.
    The pilots not only obtained the flight data but created a computer animation to demonstrate what it told them.
    According to the report issued by Pilots for 9/11 Truth (
    http://pilotsfor911truth.org/ ), there are major differences between the official account and the flight data:
    a. The NTSB Flight Path Animation approach path and altitude does not support official events.
    b. All Altitude data shows the aircraft at least 300 feet too high to have struck the light poles.
    c. The rate of descent data is in direct conflict with the aircraft being able to impact the light poles and be captured in the Dept of Defense "5 Frames" video of an object traveling nearly parallel with the Pentagon lawn.
    d. The record of data stops at least one second prior to official impact time.
    e. If data trends are continued, the aircraft altitude would have been at least 100 feet too high to have hit the Pentagon.
    As Robert Balsamo, co-founder of Pilots for 9/11 Truth, observes:
    "The information in the NSTB documents does not support, and in some instances factually contradicts, the official government position that American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon on the morning of September 11, 2001."
    The study was signed by fifteen professional pilots with extensive military and commercial carrier experience.
    They have made their animation, "Pandora's Box: Chapter 2," available to the public at
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5zuoBLIbvM
    According to James H. Fetzer, founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth ( http://911scholars.org ), this result fits into the broader picture of what happened at the Pentagon that day.
    "We have developed four lines of argument that prove — conclusively, in my judgment — that no Boeing 757 hit the building.
    The most important evidence to the contrary has been the numerous eyewitness reports of a large commercial carrier coming toward the building.
    If the NTSB data is correct, then the Pilot's study shows that a large aircraft headed toward the building but did not impact with it. It swerved off and flew above the Pentagon."
    Fetzer, who retired last June after 35 years of teaching courses in logic, critical thinking, and scientific reasoning, expressed pleasure over the Pilot's results, which, he said, has neatly resolved the most pressing issue that remained about the Pentagon.
    He added,
    "We have previously developed several lines of argument, each of which proves that no Boeing 757 hit the building."
    (1) The hit point at the Pentagon was too small to accommodate a 100-ton airliner with a 125-foot wingspan and a tail that stands 44 feet above the ground; the kind and quantity of debris was wrong for a Boeing 757: there were no wings, no fuselage, no seats, no bodies, no luggage, no tail!
    Not even the engines were recovered, and they are practically indestructible.
    (2) Of an estimate 84 videotapes of the crash, the three that have been released by the Pentagon do not show a Boeing 757 hitting the building, as even Bill O'Reilly admitted when one was shown on "The Factor".
    At 155 feet, the plane was more than twice as long as the 77-foot Pentagon is high and should have been visible.
    There are indications of a much smaller plane, but not a Boeing 757.
    (3) Indeed, the aerodynamics of flight would have made the official trajectory — flying more than 500 mph barely above ground level — physically impossible, because of the accumulation of a massive pocket of compressed gas (air) beneath the fuselage; and if it had come it at an angle instead, it would have created a massive crater; but there is no crater and the official trajectory is impossible.
    (4) Flying low enough to impact with the ground floor would have meant that the enormous engines were plowing the ground and creating massive furrows; but there are no massive furrows.
    The smooth, unblemished surface of the Pentagon lawn thus stands as a "smoking gun" proving the official trajectory cannot be sustained.
    Members of Scholars have contributed to a new book that analyses the government's official account, according to which 19 Islamic fundamentalists hijacked four commercial airliners, outfoxed the most sophisticated air-defense system in the world, and committed these atrocities under the control of a man in a cave in Afghanistan.
    Entitled, THE 9/11 CONSPIRACY (2007), it includes photographs of the hit point before and after the upper floors collapsed, the crucial frame from the released videos, and views of the clear, smooth, and unblemished lawn.
    "Don't be taken in by photos showing damage to the second floor or those taken after the upper floors collapsed, which happened 20-30 minutes later," Fetzer said.
    "In fact, debris begins to show up on the completely clean lawn in short order, which might have been dropped from a C-130 that was circling above the Pentagon or placed there by men in suits who were photographed carrying debris with them."
    The most striking is a piece from the fuselage of a commercial airliner, which is frequently adduced as evidence.
    James Hanson, a newspaper reporter who earned his law degree from the University of Michigan College of Law, has traced that debris to an American Airlines 757 that crashed in a rain forest above Cali, Columbia in 1995.
    "It was the kind of slow-speed crash that would have torn off paneling in this fashion, with no fires, leaving them largely intact."
    Fetzer has been so impressed with his research he has invited Hanson to submit his study to Scholars for consideration for publication on its web site,
    http://911scholars.org .
    "The Pentagon has become a kind of litmus test for rationality in the study of 9/11," Fetzer said.
    "Those who persist in maintaining that a Boeing 757 hit the building are either unfamiliar with the evidence or cognitively impaired.
    Unless," he added, "they want to mislead the American people.   The evidence is beyond clear and compelling.   It places this issue 'beyond a reasonable doubt'.   No Boeing 757 hit the Pentagon."

    Copyright © 2007 Yahoo! Inc.
    Please be advised when reviewing the article entitled "New Study From Pilots For 9/11 Truth: No Boeing 757 Hit The Pentagon" the following.
    These (relatively minor) points are made in the interest of historical accuracy.
  • Pilots for 9/11 Truth did not write it and some corrections need to be stated.
    Athough Pilots for 9/11 Truth did not initiate this press release, which was sent out by Scholars for 9/11 Truth, our society is grateful to Scholars for emphasizing its importance in understanding events at the Pentagon on 9/11.
  • Pilotsfor911truth.org does not make the claim that "No Boeing 757 hit the Pentagon".   We have analyzed the Flight Data Recorder data provided by the NTSB and have shown factual analysis of that data.   We do not offer theory.
    While we do not make this claim in these words, the analysis we present on the basis of the NTSB's own data factually contradicts the official account that Flight 77 hit the Pentagon — if trends are continued beyond end of data records — and therefore supports the inference that American Airlines Flight 77 did not hit the building based upon that data.
  • Pilotsfor911truth.org did not create the animation, which we included in " Pandora's Black Box Chapter Two ".   The NTSB provided the animation based upon its own data and spread spread sheets which can be found at our site/forums.
    Since the NTSB is a government agency and, indeed, is the agency designated by the government to conduct this investigation — the FBI has jurisdiction to conduct the investigation when the incident is determined to be of a criminal nature, see
    http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=2...123X00105&key=1 — we find it hard to believe that someone within one of these agencies did not know immediately that its findings contradict the official account.
    The NTSB and FBI are now well aware of these contradictions due to the work of pilotsfor911truth.org and have refused to comment.   THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT also contradicts the NTSB Flight Path Study in terms of impact time, speeds, and distance from Pentagon in initiating the 330 degree manuever, even though THE REPORT itself footnotes the NTSB Flight Path Study for this information.
    [See
    http://pilotsfor911truth.org/pentagon.html (bottom of the page)]
  • Pilotsfor911truth.org created a documentary based on the NTSB data using its animation.   The title is " Pandora's Black Box - Chapter Two: Flight Of American 77 " and can be found through google or on our site.
    Links to our documentary are included in most of the published versions of the press releases from Scholars and can be found on pilotsfor911truth.org.
  • Our official press release is signed by all our members.   In the interest of saving space, we included only a handful of members on the actual release with a URL to the full core member list.   The original pilotsfor911truth.org press release is available at http://pilotsfor911truth.org/pressrelease.html
    Not only the fifteen persons named from Pilots support our study but all of our members endorse it.   We stand behind our research and are grateful that more of the public will know about it, thanks to Scholars.
  • Thank you.
    Rob Balsamo
    Co-Founder
    pilotsfor911truth.org
    BBC — Friday, 26 October 2007
    Putin gives stark missile warning
    Russian President Vladimir Putin says US plans for a missile shield could precipitate a situation similar to the Cuban missile crisis of the 1960s.
    Mr Putin was speaking after a summit with EU leaders in Portugal.
    The US said there was no comparison "in any way, shape or form".
    Russia has long opposed US plans to build missile bases in European states once in the Soviet sphere of influence.
    The Cuba crisis saw the US and Soviet Union go to the brink of nuclear war.
    The 1962 stand-off was triggered when US spy planes discovered Soviet missile bases in Cuba, within striking distance of the American mainland.
    Moscow's decision to deploy these weapons in Cuba was at the time seen as a response to the build-up of powerful US missiles in Europe.
    Tensions were only defused when Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agreed to dismantle the bases in return for guarantees that Washington would not attack communist Cuba.
    'Similar situation'
    US President George W Bush has said there is a "real and urgent" need for a missile shield in Europe as a defence against possible attack by Iran and countries in the Middle East.
    His defence secretary suggested this week that the development of the bases in countries such as the Czech Republic and Poland could be slowed while Russian concerns were addressed.
    [Bush immediately asserted the need for missile defence in Europe.   He also attacked the US Congress for reducing funding to missile shield systems
    The missile shield system would see among other threats to Russia, a radar site set up in the Czech Republic and a missile interceptor base in Poland.   Inserted by Kewe.info]
    President Putin said the threat to Russia's borders was akin to that faced by the US during the Cuban crisis.
    "I would remind you how relations were developing in an analogous situation in the middle of the 1960s," he said.
    "Analogous actions by the Soviet Union when it deployed rockets in Cuba provoked the Cuban missile crisis," he said.
    "For us, technologically, the situation is very similar."
    He added that current tensions had not reached the pitch attained during the Cuban crisis.
    "It's not the same and we're not enemies.   I can call President Bush my friend.   But we've put forward solutions and we haven't yet received any answer."
    US state department spokesman Sean McCormack said there were "clear historical differences" with the Cuban crisis.
    "I don't think that they are historically analogous in any way, shape or form."
    ... The Kremlin also opposes the stance pursued by several EU members on Kosovo and Iran.
    Russia opposes independence for the Serbian province of Kosovo and has also criticised recent moves to impose sanctions on Iran.
    Why are the West's elites trying to start a nuclear war?
    Because you pay for it
    BBC — Thursday, 6 September 2007
    UK jets 'chase Russian bombers'
    UK MoD image of Tupolev-95 Bear bomber

An MoD photo shows RAF Typhoon shadowing a Russian Bear-H
    Norway says Russia has increased military flights in the Arctic
    The UK's Royal Air Force has launched fighter jets to intercept eight Russian military planes flying in airspace patrolled by Nato, UK officials say.
    Four RAF F3 Tornado aircraft were scrambled in response to the Russian action, the UK's defence ministry said.
    The Russian planes - said to be long-range bombers - had earlier been followed by Norwegian F16 jets.
    Russia recently revived a Cold War-era practice of flying bombers on long-range patrols.
    A Norwegian officer, Lt Col John Inge Oegland, told the BBC the Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bear bombers flew in international airspace from the Barents Sea to the Atlantic, before turning back.
    Two Norwegian F-16s shadowed them on Thursday morning and another two went up later, he said.
    There have been several similar incidents in recent months, Lt-Col Oegland added.
    "Norway is following the increased Russian activity in the far north with interest," he told the BBC News website.
    He said the Russian flights were not causing alarm in Norway.   "Our systems are adequate," he said, when asked whether Norway was bolstering its security in the area.
    Every missile has a home.

Photo: Alaska Image Library
    Every missile has a home
    (No Mortgages to Worry About)
    Image: Natasha Mayers
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    He says, "You are quite mad, Kewe"
    And of course I am.
    Why, I don't believe any of it — not the bloody body, not the bloody mind, not even the bloody Universe, or is it bloody multiverse.
    "It's all illusion," I say.   "Don't you know, my lad, my lassie.   The game!   The game, me girl, me boy!   Takes on interest, don't you know.   T'is me sport, till doest find a better!"
    Pssssst — but all this stuff is happening down here
    Let's change it!
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