Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Lets get this straight. Israel and jews don't care what people inside Israel see. They care what Americans see because it's Americans that are sponsoring the apartheid criminal state of Israel. Remember this the next time some good "non-zionist" zionist jew denies jewish control of American media and buffaloes you about jews telling the truth in their media in Israel. It doesn't matter. And they know it.
The British secret intelligence service (MI6) suspects that airline staff working for the Israeli secret service Mossad may have copied thousands of British passports, some of which were used in the assassination of senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai, the News of the World tabloid reported Sunday.
According to the report, British authorities are also concerned about security searches carried out on British officials attending a terrorism conference in Israel last September.
MI6 believe that Britons flying to Israel have been targeted for months and their documents have been cloned, the newspaper said, adding that the Foreign Office held top level talks last week on whether to issue a warning against travelling with certain airlines.
The forging method was already revealed last week in a statement made by the British government to the parliament after the use of British citizens' identities in the Dubai assassination was revealed. According to the statement, 12 passports used by the assassins were cloned in different airports while the British nationals were on their way to Israel. They were taken away for "examinations" which lasted 20 minutes each.
In addition to the investigation into the falsification of British passports, the United Kingdom authorities are also checking whether Israeli intelligence elements took advantage of a visit to Israel by British security officials in order to clone their passports.
British police sources said the officials had undergone strict security checks upon arriving in Israel.
"It was said to be routine but the searches did not apply to all nations," a source told the newspaper. "There is now a real concern that some of these high-ranking officers and officials have also had documents cloned."
Source article is located here.
P.S. Dismantle that criminal apartheid state, now!
Conducted by Dr. Ronit Haimov-Kokhman, the study showed a 40-percent decline in the concentration of sperm cells among the country's sperm donors from 2004 to 2008, compared to those of donors from 1995 to 1999. Hadassah's sperm bank is now turning away two-thirds of potential donors because of low-quality sperm, as opposed to one-third in the past.
Haimov-Kokhman's research is to be presented today at a conference of the Israeli Society of Fertility Investigation in Tel Aviv.
In Israel, too, a study was published about a year ago, showing an increase of about 30 percent in defects in the male reproductive system.
Source article is here.
P.S. Don't laugh. You may provoke them into massacre a bunch of Palestinians. And we all know they don't need to be provoked for that.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
"Ayn Rand" came to America from Russia presenting herself as if a radical anti-Communist. Hers was the typical modus operandi of Bolshevik operatives working for an official Soviet organization known as "The Trust". These agents, many of them crypto-Jews, came to the West in search of anti-Communists and infiltrated anti-Communist organizations and Western intelligence agencies. Their objective was to forward the interests of Communism by creating a controlled opposition to Communism which would serve the interests of the Communists while pretending to fight them. They also subverted all authentic anti-Communist movements.
Rand promoted negative stereotypes of women, attacked homosexuals, advocated laissez faire Capitalism, and taught selfishness and disregard for humanity. She opposed charity and objected to any governmental assistance for those without means. She wanted to place America on the ruinous Gold Standard.
Rosenbaum's "good advice" to the blacks only held them back by preventing them from using the political process to forward their interests. Her good advice to the Goyim only held the Gentiles back, by making them selfish and irresponsible, and also by preventing them from using their government to better themselves and their neighbors. She taught the Gentiles to hate the poor, undermine the middle class and concentrate wealth in the hands of the wealthiest Jews, all in the name of "fighting Communism". Her "good advice" pitted Goys against one another at the time when they should have been helping one another to become successful. She taught Gentiles to shun any efforts to cooperate in their communities and improve the lot of one another.
While Jews famously provided communal support and charitable assistance for their own, Rosenbaum helped to create the destructive "me generation" attitudes in Americans, which undermined the good nature of Christianity, weakened communities and inhibited the advancement of the poor and middle class. Her beliefs also fostered the drug culture, pornography and the destruction of public education. While Jews promoted strong community ties, Rosenbaum taught the Goyim to be selfish and "independent", meaning without any sense of social responsibility or communal cohesion.
While Jews wisely took from the public schools all they could, Frederick T. Gates, an agent of World Jewry, used Rockefeller/Rothschild money to finance institutions of higher learning which benefitted Jews, while promoting the idea that Gentile students should be readied for factory work and work as field hands and farmers. While World Jewry took the monies they stole from Gentiles and distributed them charitably to their own, Rosenbaum taught Gentiles to abandon all social responsibility, obsessively focus on themselves, and destroy all government institutions which better the lot of the American middle class and poor.
Alisa Rosenbaum's "anti-Communist" philosophies weakened Americans opening the door for Communism. I suspect she was an agent of "The Trust".
Enter Ron Paul, the "Libertarian" who wants to erode all the powers of the Federal Government which protect us from the Rothschild model of laissez faire Capitalism, in the name of "freedom". Ron Paul equates personal freedom with "economic freedom", meaning the "freedom" of the Jewish Capitalists to steal our wealth with their monopolies, pollute our environment with their greed, fill our streets with drug dealers, and rob the nation of all our gold and other wealth in the name of creating "sound money".
He would increase the advantages of the wealthy by taking away all public benefits to our citizens which would provide each American with the opportunity to have an education, obtain medical care, drink clean water and breathe clean air. Do not be duped by these agents of World Jewry who are trying to teach you to destroy yourself and your nation in the name of "freedom". We need to do whatever it takes to provide education to our citizens, protect our environment, and tend to the needs of those who need our help, including using our government as a means to secure and promote these vital interests without which personal freedom cannot exist and ceases to have real meaning.
We need to take back our wealth from the Jewish bankers who have exploited Capitalism as a means to syphon off the wealth of Gentiles and leave them poor and uneducated. We need to take the press and educational system out of the hands of World Jewry and create public schools which teach real history and honest social responsibility. Ron Paul's Ayn Rand selfishness will wipe away all Christian values of charity, community and family. It leads impoverished fools to blame the poor for their poverty and celebrate the "right" of rich Jews to own the media, run the government and suck off the wealth, labor and health of the general American public—the supposed "right" of rich Jews to educate their youth while the young of the Gentiles make heroes of thugs and celebrate ignorance and poverty as if the virtues of those who are "free".
Government exists as a collective force. That is not Communism, which places the State above the individual. It is instead the right of the individual to join with his fellows in a common defense against a hostile and alien group bent on exploiting and destroying the individual. We need a strong Federal Government run by us to help us in our fight against the laissez faire Jewish Capitalist bankers. Capitalism should serve us, and where and when it fails to do so, we should exercise our freedom to organize through our government to set things right. We should not be averse to helping one another. It is our duty to help one another. It is only World Jewry which wants us to abandon our responsibilities to our society.
Know "Ayn Rand" and you will know Ron Paul and what a danger he poses to our freedom. Know the machinations of the Bolshevik "Trust" and you will know why the supposedly anti-Zionist and anti-Communist movements in America have always been farces headed by Jews and funded with Jewish money, and why they promote Ron Paul. Understand why no advancements are made in the fight against Zionism and why these front organizations are such an embarrassment to authentic anti-Zionists, why they did nothing during the Israeli attack on Lebanon, why they do nothing to rescue the Palestinians, why they have done nothing to impeach Bush and Cheney, etc. etc. etc. Know also why at critical moments they stage fights among their members and subvert momentum and misinform and mislead wherever possible.
They want to sucker us into a gold system and into giving over all of our wealth to World Jewry. They want to open us up to exploitation the way Russia was exploited under the laissez faire Capitalism of Yeltsin and the Jewish Oligarchs. They want to ruin education for the poor and middle class and make our youth into ignorant drug addicts. They want to pit Americans against Mexicans, whites against blacks, straights against gays, men against women, etc. and stand in the way of every organized effort we make to better ourselves as a nation and as individuals. They want us to fear making our government stronger in our fight against World Jewry, and they attempt to confound and confuse every effort to make our government truly ours.
They are the modern day descendants of the Bolshevik "Trust". Trust them not!
Source article "Ron Paul, 'Ayn Rand and 'The Tust'" is located here.
P.S. Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich are both gatekeepers of their respective mainstream zionist political parties. Both have most probably seen the evidence that 9-11 was an inside job; both distance themselves from talk about it. Both offer timid resistance to the zionist war agenda. Well damn, they have to. It's not in the interests of the American people, and the American people don't want it.
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Mark Glenn and Mark Dankof discuss Paul Craig Roberts’ decision to step out of his role as writer and speaker involving Zionist matters.
From Paul Craig Roberts' Good-Bye article:
There was a time when the pen was mightier than the sword. That was a time when people believed in truth and regarded truth as an independent power and not as an auxiliary for government, class, race, ideological, personal, or financial interest.
Today Americans are ruled by propaganda. Americans have little regard for truth, little access to it, and little ability to recognize it.
Truth is an unwelcome entity. It is disturbing. It is off limits. Those who speak it run the risk of being branded “anti-American,” “anti-semite” or “conspiracy theorist.”
Truth is an inconvenience for government and for the interest groups whose campaign contributions control government.
Truth is an inconvenience for prosecutors who want convictions, not the discovery of innocence or guilt.
Truth is inconvenient for ideologues.
Today many whose goal once was the discovery of truth are now paid handsomely to hide it. “Free market economists” are paid to sell offshoring to the American people. High-productivity, high value-added American jobs are denigrated as dirty, old industrial jobs. Relicts from long ago, we are best shed of them. Their place has been taken by “the New Economy,” a mythical economy that allegedly consists of high-tech white collar jobs in which Americans innovate and finance activities that occur offshore. All Americans need in order to participate in this “new economy” are finance degrees from Ivy League universities, and then they will work on Wall Street at million dollar jobs.
Economists who were once respectable took money to contribute to this myth of “the New Economy.”
And not only economists sell their souls for filthy lucre. Recently we have had reports of medical doctors who, for money, have published in peer-reviewed journals concocted “studies” that hype this or that new medicine produced by pharmaceutical companies that paid for the “studies.”
The Council of Europe is investigating the drug companies’ role in hyping a false swine flu pandemic in order to gain billions of dollars in sales of the vaccine.
The media helped the US military hype its recent Marja offensive in Afghanistan, describing Marja as a city of 80,000 under Taliban control. It turns out that Marja is not urban but a collection of village farms.
And there is the global warming scandal, in which NGOs. the UN, and the nuclear industry colluded in concocting a doomsday scenario in order to create profit in pollution.
Wherever one looks, truth has fallen to money.
Wherever money is insufficient to bury the truth, ignorance, propaganda, and short memories finish the job.
I remember when, following CIA director William Colby’s testimony before the Church Committee in the mid-1970s, presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan issued executive orders preventing the CIA and U.S. black-op groups from assassinating foreign leaders. In 2010 the US Congress was told by Dennis Blair, head of national intelligence, that the US now assassinates its own citizens in addition to foreign leaders.
When Blair told the House Intelligence Committee that US citizens no longer needed to be arrested, charged, tried, and convicted of a capital crime, just murdered on suspicion alone of being a “threat,” he wasn’t impeached. No investigation pursued. Nothing happened. There was no Church Committee. In the mid-1970s the CIA got into trouble for plots to kill Castro. Today it is American citizens who are on the hit list. Whatever objections there might be don’t carry any weight. No one in government is in any trouble over the assassination of U.S. citizens by the U.S. government.
As an economist, I am astonished that the American economics profession has no awareness whatsoever that the U.S. economy has been destroyed by the offshoring of U.S. GDP to overseas countries. U.S. corporations, in pursuit of absolute advantage or lowest labor costs and maximum CEO “performance bonuses,” have moved the production of goods and services marketed to Americans to China, India, and elsewhere abroad. When I read economists describe offshoring as free trade based on comparative advantage, I realize that there is no intelligence or integrity in the American economics profession.
Intelligence and integrity have been purchased by money. The transnational or global U.S. corporations pay multi-million dollar compensation packages to top managers, who achieve these “performance awards” by replacing U.S. labor with foreign labor. While Washington worries about “the Muslim threat,” Wall Street, U.S. corporations and “free market” shills destroy the U.S. economy and the prospects of tens of millions of Americans.
Americans, or most of them, have proved to be putty in the hands of the police state.
Americans have bought into the government’s claim that security requires the suspension of civil liberties and accountable government. Astonishingly, Americans, or most of them, believe that civil liberties, such as habeas corpus and due process, protect “terrorists,” and not themselves. Many also believe that the Constitution is a tired old document that prevents government from exercising the kind of police state powers necessary to keep Americans safe and free.
Most Americans are unlikely to hear from anyone who would tell them any different.
I was associate editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal. I was Business Week’s first outside columnist, a position I held for 15 years. I was columnist for a decade for Scripps Howard News Service, carried in 300 newspapers. I was a columnist for the Washington Times and for newspapers in France and Italy and for a magazine in Germany. I was a contributor to the New York Times and a regular feature in the Los Angeles Times. Today I cannot publish in, or appear on, the American “mainstream media.”
For the last six years I have been banned from the “mainstream media.” My last column in the New York Times appeared in January, 2004, coauthored with Democratic U.S. Senator Charles Schumer representing New York. We addressed the offshoring of U.S. jobs. Our op-ed article produced a conference at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and live coverage by C-Span. A debate was launched. No such thing could happen today.
For years I was a mainstay at the Washington Times, producing credibility for the Moony newspaper as a Business Week columnist, former Wall Street Journal editor, and former
Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. But when I began criticizing Bush’s wars of aggression, the order came down to Mary Lou Forbes to cancel my column.
The American corporate media does not serve the truth. It serves the government and the interest groups that empower the government.
America’s fate was sealed when the public and the anti-war movement bought the government’s 9/11 conspiracy theory. The government’s account of 9/11 is contradicted by much evidence. Nevertheless, this defining event of our time, which has launched the US on interminable wars of aggression and a domestic police state, is a taboo topic for investigation in the media. It is pointless to complain of war and a police state when one accepts the premise upon which they are based.
These trillion dollar wars have created financing problems for Washington’s deficits and threaten the U.S. dollar’s role as world reserve currency. The wars and the pressure that the budget deficits put on the dollar’s value have put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block. Former Goldman Sachs chairman and U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is after these protections for the elderly. Fed chairman Bernanke is also after them. The Republicans are after them as well. These protections are called “entitlements” as if they are some sort of welfare that people have not paid for in payroll taxes all their working lives.
With over 21 per cent unemployment as measured by the methodology of 1980, with American jobs, GDP, and technology having been given to China and India, with war being Washington’s greatest commitment, with the dollar over-burdened with debt, with civil liberty sacrificed to the “war on terror,” the liberty and prosperity of the American people have been thrown into the trash bin of history.
The militarism of the U.S. and Israeli states, and Wall Street and corporate greed, will now run their course. As the pen is censored and its might extinguished.
“He [Ross] seems to be far more sensitive to Netanyahu’s coalition politics than to U.S. interests,” one U.S. official told POLITICO Saturday. “And he doesn’t seem to understand that this has become bigger than Jerusalem but is rather about the credibility of this Administration.”
Let me repeat myself. This guy is the living embodiment of the Israel lobby. He was till recently chairman of the Jerusalem-based Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, which opposes intermarriage, among other charming and important campaigns. Aaron David Miller said that the U.S. too often acted as "Israel’s lawyer" at Camp David; and that meant Ross. Dan Kurtzer’s book, Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace, said that the US team lacked diversity and cross-cultural expertise– again, ethnocentric Ross. Kurtzer and co-author Scott Lasensky write:
"’The perception always was that Dennis [Ross] started from the Israeli bottom line,’ said a prominent Arab negotiator, ‘that he listened to what Israel wanted and then tried to sell it to the Arabs.’" No wonder Kurtzer lamented "the deference that some policymakers pay to Israeli domestic political concerns. Israel plays an outsized role in U.S. politics and diplomacy…"
The lobby; and Ross denied the existence of the lobby when it was under attack, because it was his own power base.
Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech last week was so shocking that it has rung in a new era for the lobby. Basically: the F.U. period, overplaying its hand in plain sight of the American people. The (in)ability of an American administration to free itself of Ross is a real test of the perseverance of the lobby in our politics.
More on Ross: this was in the original RSS feed on the Politico piece but is not in the published version:
Ross, the U.S. official continued, “starts from the premise that U.S. and Israeli interests overlap by something close to 100 percent. And if we diverge, then, he says, the Arabs increase their demands unreasonably. Since we can’t have demanding Arabs, therefore we must rush to close gaps with the Israelis, no matter what the cost to our broader credibility.”
This is the old neocon delusion, in order to support their loyalty to Israel’s interests: there is no difference between our interests and Israel’s. A preposterous assertion, for any two states.
Source article is located here.
P.S. I want a zionist free government. Is that asking for too much?
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
What will you do now Alex? Perhaps play the anti-Semitism card?
The author and interviewee is Dr. Alan Sabrosky, and the article in question is probably this one here.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed US Vice President Biden during an after-dinner ceremony in Jerusalem on March 9, 2010.
Netanyahu had prepared a symbolic gift for visiting Vice President Joe Biden: a framed document announcing that several trees were planted in Jerusalem in memory of Biden’s mother, a loyal supporter of Israel.
But with Biden’s mission to persuade the Israeli government to begin shrinking Greater Israel back to its pre-1967 borders, Netanyahu leaned on the present (NOT “accidentally” as reported by the Jew-owned press) and shattered the glass frame.
Then came Netanyahu’s cyptic warning and by way of indirection, a threat to Obama: “I have one thing to offer you right now, and it’s broken glass.”
It got worse. At a later tour of Israel’s Holocaust memorial museum, Yad Vashem, the lights in the Hall of Remembrance “unexpectedly” went out as a prayer for the dead was chanted.
Catching Biden’s security detail by surprise as they anxiously stood for over 60 seconds in utter darkness, only the “eternal fire” that honored the Jewish dead spread its ominous light upon the Biden contingent.
By the time the lights flickered back on, Biden’s Middle East fortunes were sealed with an Israeli announcement that it would build 1,600 new homes for Jewish settlers, ignoring US and Palestinian objections. On Biden’s departure for Jordan, Ha’aretz reported that Israel plans to build 50,000 new homes in East Jerusalem over the next three years.
The “broken glass” and the “moments of darkness” that Biden experienced were not chance events. Nothing happens at official Israeli gatherings that is not carefully planned and orchestrated in advance. And in spite of Biden’s groveling before Netanyahu and Peres, with vows of Israel being the “centerpiece of US policy,” the Vice President’s cowering was met with glassy eyes by the leaders of the “master race.”
Symbolic acts, such as the breaking of a glass by a Jewish groom before making vows of faithfulness to his bride at every Jewish wedding, are part of Jewish tradition. When the Jewish groom crushes the glass beneath his right foot, he silently pledges to avenge the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and wage war on all those who would perpetuate that destruction.
David Wilder, spokesman for Jewish settlers in the West Bank city of Hebron, said he did not necessarily believe “all of this happened during Biden’s visit to Israel because of divine intervention” but he saw the mishaps as “very symbolic.”
“When the United States doesn’t play its cards right, Wilder said, “it gets a gift of broken glass,” noting also that “one of the plagues in Egypt was darkness.”
Surely none of this was lost on Biden who is well aware of the Mossad’s assassination teams who rove throughout the world targeting for the dung heap those it deems to be Israel’s enemies. Netanyahu has made it known through Jewish-styled symbolism that both Biden and Obama could be next on the Mossad’s hit list.
Shards of glass that cut and bleed, and a darkness shrouding the memory of the dead are ominous signs of what awaits those who oppose the masters of the goyim. Surely, the look of the “master race” was written all over Netanyahu’s face as he handed Biden the document with sharp pieces of the glass frame scattered upon it.
Netanyahu and his Jewish agents in America were deeply aggrieved when Obama went to Cairo on June 4, 2009, for an address to the Muslim world without stopping in Israel. That such a visit would sabotage Netanyahu’s quest for a Greater Israel through continual expansion and elimination of competitive states in the region was carefully filed in the annals of Israel’s foreign policy posture towards America. Symbolic messages portending revenge were not long in coming…
Source article by Brother Nathanael Kapner can be found here.
Two salient facts continue to underscore the ongoing ideological bankruptcy of the Republican Party in Texas, as well as nationally. First, Medina’s vote totals remind the perceptive that 82% of “conservatives“ in the Texas gubernatorial race placed their imprimatur on two candidates symbolizing the Neo-Conservative hijacking of the electoral process in the GOP. The Bush family, the Carlyle Group, and AIPAC are surely smiling in concert.
But more importantly, the 18% who voted for Debra Medina, are in many cases largely clueless as to who and what is really behind the demise of their country, and their Party.
This cluelessness apparently includes Mrs. Medina herself. Like 2008 Presidential candidate, Ron Paul, Mrs. Medina attempted to finesse the 911 Truth Movement question posed to her by Glenn Beck on Fox News, and to avoid an aggressive attack [by] the Israel First Neo-Conservatives who have hijacked the Republican Party.
This is clearly a mistake, especially in light of the deliberate kidnapping of the Tea Party movement by the same suspects who have now moved into fourth gear in their promotion of an American/Israeli preemptive military attack on Iran. Sarah Palin’s jingoistic keynote address at the recent Nashville conclave of deluded patriots underscores the gravity of the situation, both for an American conservative movement infiltrated by Tay-Sachs disease, and for the nation as a whole.
My friend, Victor Thorn, described the sickening scene in Nashville for the March 1st American Free Press. Before Palin’s Likudnik address, Thorn describes how the convention meal was blessed by Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of the Christian-Zionist organization, Proclaiming Justice to the Nations. Moore proclaimed, “If we do not defend the United States, who will defend Israel? I would like to think that Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is watching tonight. And I want Bibi Netanyahu to know that the Tea Party nation is going to stand strong for Israel.”
Someone like Debra Medina or Ron Paul needs to engage in an ideological frontal assault on this transparent, palpable garbage, with no punches pulled. Where are these people when the country and the world are now on the edge of the precipice?
Nashville clearly would have exploded. It should have. And the longer America First patriots delay the exposure of the Trojan Horse within the gates that should have transpired in Tennessee, the greater likelihood of the destruction of the Republic at the hands of the House of Rothschild, and the envelopment of the planet in the flames of a Third World War, courtesy of the Neo-Conservative dream of a “Clash of Civilizations.”
Source article is located here.
P.S. Where are the patriot icons when their party is being hijacked? Hiding? Waiting for someone else to show them courage? On the part of Saint Ron Paul, it's putting up token, feigned resistance. He knows his role; he has an image to maintain.
The fliers, quoting Torah and Qur'an, used scripture to urge Palestinians living in the city to leave.
"The Old Testament says the land of Israel is small and belongs to Jews only. Others are not allowed to stay permanently," the flier read
Jewish exile from ancient Israel was due to a failure of compliance with divine orders, the paper explained, adding "now, after the Jewish people returned to Israel, the people of Israel have complied with divine orders.
"Thus, we ask you to leave the land of Israel in order to guarantee peace in this land. There are verses in the Old Testament and in the Quran that prove this."
The leaflet continued, "After you have seen divine explanations, and as Islam is a religion of manners, you have many countries in which you can live.
You have to understand that we are complying with the orders in the Old Testament, so we suggest you negotiate with Israel to get reimbursement."
Source article can be found here.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
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Dear supporter of the ANSWER Coalition,
I am writing to let you know about a serious assault on free speech rights that we believe is intended to hamper and obstruct the mobilization for the March 20 anti-war demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
On Sunday night, March 6, volunteers in Los Angeles were arrested for allegedly putting up three posters announcing the March 20th action. They were charged with felony vandalism and kept in jail on a $20,000 bail for each of them. Thanks to volunteers coming together, we were able to raise bail money and they are now out of jail.
The heavy felony charge and huge $20,000 bail in Los Angeles comes shortly after a nearly identical situation in San Francisco. Two ANSWER organizers were arrested on felony vandalism charges for allegedly putting up a political poster and also each given a $20,000 bail.
In Washington, D.C., the ANSWER Coalition has been hit with another wave of fines for March 20th political posters. These thousands of dollars of new fines are on top of an unprecedented $70,000 fines from the two most recent mobilizations. We are challenging the old and new fines. The posters conformed to lawful regulations—as they always have. No organization, corporate entity or politician has ever been hit with these massive fines.
Just today, we received another $1,300 fines on top of earlier fines.
Anti-war organizations and volunteers are also being hit with heavy fines in Chicago, New York City and elsewhere.
The stakes here are high.
The massive fines and felony arrests with extraordinarily high bail come just before what we believe will be the largest outpouring to date against the war in Afghanistan.
The large corporations, including the biggest war contractors and banks, have billions of dollars to advertise their message of war and profit. Grassroots organizations have always relied on leaflets and posters to build progressive movements for change.
The government and national and local law enforcement agencies are now engaged in a nationally coordinated effort to stamp out the exercise of classic grassroots organizing.
ANSWER Coalition's website is here.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Meanwhile Goldman Sachs recommended buying health insurance company stock because competition is decreasing and prices are going up. The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College estimates that "the typical married couple at age 65 should expect to spend" a whopping $197,000 on uninsured medical expenses. Obama urges action on a watered-down health care bill, but the Republicans and conservative Democrats just say no and collect money from the private health care lobby. Will we continue to tolerate skyrocketing health care costs?
As a long-time Anthem Blue Cross customer, my insurance increased 400 percent since 2000. For 15 years, my wife and I jockeyed our budget to afford the increases. Neither of us have serious medical problems; we're in good health and rarely go to the doctor.
Our last surprise came six months before we both became eligible for Medicare, when Anthem raised our premiums 30 percent. Did Anthem calculate that we would pay the increase rather than let our insurance lapse for six months before we qualified for Medicare?
Through the years, we scrambled to find an alternative insurance company, and with the last increase, we applied to other companies. After long delays, they turned us down, citing every time we had used our medical insurance in the past 20 years, which they labeled "pre-existing conditions." The conditions included successful knee surgery 20 years ago and a medicine that was used out-of-prescription and didn't work.
My individual story is one among thousands, but I have watched the national medical care debate unfold, and the opposition puzzles me. Many of those shown in Tea Party anti-healthcare protests are white-haired and overweight, which suggests they have health problems and Medicare. Yet, they protest against "government interference," as if they prefer the ironclad clutches of Anthem and other for-profit, what-the-market-will-bear private health insurance companies.
Maybe some of the 800,000 California policyholders who are having their rates increased an average of 25 percent, and those who are having their rates increased up to 39 percent, will decide to back health care reform. Such rate increases are outlandish when inflation was -0.4 percent last year.
Anthem claims people are dropping their insurance, leaving people with high medical bills on their rolls, and they must increase their rates to maintain profits. Anthem's president, Leslie Margolin, dismissed criticism by telling a California Assembly panel that anger at the hikes is "misdirected" due to the "underlying causes of our collective failure."
The real story is different. According to Health Care for America Now, in 2008, WellPoint controlled 30 percent of the commercial market for health insurance in California. Along with Kaiser Permanente, they controlled 58 percent of the market. In some cities, such as Salinas, WellPoint controls 60 percent. No wonder WellPoint paid its top seven executives $83 million in 2008, spent $4.7 million on lobbying, and recorded record profits.
Between 2000 and 2007, premiums for families increased from $6,227 to $12,1994, almost doubling, while California's median wages increased only 19 percent. Insurance costs increased five times faster than earnings.
California has the most competitive health care insurance market in the U.S., and there's almost no regulation. Insurance companies are supposed to spend 70 percent of their premiums on medical care, but the state cannot verify their accounting. Other states fare worse.
In 34 of the states, two companies control 60 percent of the market and in 16 states two companies control three quarters or more of the market. Four companies control 75 percent of all health insurance sold in the U.S. They have virtual monopoly control and are exempt from anti-trust regulations, which allows them to collude on prices, standards and, and conspire together in ways that are illegal for other companies.
I'm in sympathy with those who dislike forcing people to buy insurance: It would be far better to expand coverage through taxes. Other serious problems also abound: too few doctors; no incentives to keep people healthy; terrible food products. It's a long list.
The sooner we begin to replace what we have with a single-payer system, buttressed by widespread health education programs and cost containment, the better. Let Anthem Blue Cross go out of business. Let their experts join the public in finding a workable solution.
The U.S. is the only wealthy industrialized country where private companies ration medical care, causing over 100,000 unnecessary deaths a year and the majority of bankruptcies. We spend the largest share of national income on medical care, yet in 2000 the World Health Organization rated the U.S. health care system 37th in overall performance, 72nd in health levels, and the most expensive.
Without radical reform-and that means a government regulated and run system-we are at the mercy of the heath care insurers, who dictate our premiums and the treatment and coverage we receive. Far from being a threat, the government could play a vital role in providing an affordable health care system that protects us.
Source article can be found here.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Yes, that phrase from The Lord's Prayer is mentioned in the discussion, and it is very relevant to our current world crisis.
P.S. DBS is coming around to seeing that if there is anything good coming out of the jewish culture, it's in spite the culture.
There are two strikingly significant levels to the current crisis. While primarily economic, the European Economic Community also claims to be a community, based on solidarity -- the sisterhood of nations and brotherhood of peoples. However, the economic deficit is nothing compared to the human deficit it exposes.
To put it simply, the Greek crisis shows what happens when a weak member of this Union is in trouble. It is the same as what happens on the world scale, where there is no such morally pretentious union perpetually congratulating itself on its devotion to human rights. The economically strong protect their own interests at the expense of the economically weak.
The crisis broke last autumn after George Papandreou’s PASOK party won elections, took office and discovered that the cupboard was bare. The Greek government had cheated to get into the EU’s euro zone in 2001 by cooking the books to cover deficits that would have disqualified it from membership in the common currency. The European Treaties capped the acceptable budget deficit at 3 per cent and public debt at 60 per cent of GDP respectively. In fact, this limit is being widely transgressed, quite openly by France. But major scandal arrived with revelations that Greece’s budget deficit reached 12.7 per cent in 2009, with a gross debt forecast for 2010 amounting to 125 per cent of GDP.
Of course, European leaders got together to declare solidarity. But their speeches were designed not so much to reassure the increasingly angry and desperate Greek people as to soothe “the markets” – the real hidden almighty gods of the European Union. The markets, like the ancient gods, have a great old time tormenting mere mortals in trouble, so their response to the Greek problem was naturally to rush to profit from it. For instance, when Greece is obliged to issue new bonds this year, the markets can blithely demand that Greece double its interest rates, on grounds of increased “risk” that Greece won’t pay, thus making it that much harder for Greece to pay. Such is the logic of the free market.
What the EU leaders meant by “solidarity” in their appeal to the gods was not that they were going to pour public money into Greece, as they poured it into their troubled banks, but that they intended to squeeze the money owed the banks out of the Greek people.
The squeezing is to take the forms made familiar over the past disastrous decades by the International Monetary Fund: the Greek state is enjoined to cut public expenses, which means firing public employees, cutting their overall earnings, delaying retirement, economizing on health care, raising taxes, and incidentally probably raising the jobless rate from 9.6 per cent to around 16 per cent, all with the glorious aim of bringing the deficit down to 8.7 per cent this year and thus appeasing the invisible gods of the market.
P.S. Just like in the US, those gods of the market happen to be jewish bankers.
Read more of this informative article here.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Silvia Cattori: We heard that Israel is pressing hard on nonviolent protests. Can you give the background of this situation?
Mazin Qumsiyeh: Civil nonviolent resistance in Palestine, against the Zionist colonial project, has been going on for over 120 years. It escalated under British occupation between 1917-1947. But it became far more critical under the Zionist direct occupation from 1948 until today. The most visible events were publicized for example during the uprising of 1987 to 1991 when peaceful demonstrators were met with policies of breaking bones, shooting, home demolitions etc. With the effective ending of armed resistance in 2006 when Hamas entered the political process joining the other major factions, the only form of resistance that remained in a way threatening to the status quo of endless occupation was civil or popular resistance. Israeli authorities thus tightened the pressure on all forms of civil resistance. They arrested dozens of leading activists, harassed and beat others, and in several cases injured or killed peaceful demonstrators.
Silvia Cattori: How many people are in Israeli jails?
Mazin Qumsiyeh: There are over 11’000 political prisoners in Israeli jails. Hundreds of those are kept in so called administrative detention which means months and sometimes years without even seeing an Israeli military judge (unfair as that judge might be).
Silvia Cattori: What happened in Beit Sahour that led to the recent unrest, so that Beit Sahour is now just as tense as Bi’lin?
Mazin Qumsiyeh: Beit Sahour has a long and illustrious history of civil resistance that started in 1919. The town is 70% Christian and 30% Muslim. In the 1987 uprising, town people (all of them) decided to use tactics of civil resistance. This includes dumping Israeli issued ID cards, refusing to pay taxes, refusing to cooperate etc. The town was attacked repeatedly from the "Shdema" Israeli military camp at the edge of town (an area known as Ush Ghrab to the locals).
On 28 December 2000, town people invited Internationals including Israelis to march on the camp. Hundreds got into the military camp in a brilliant act of civil resistance. The success led to the founding of the International Solidarity Movement in Beit Sahour. The Israeli military vacated the site in April 2006. Town people built a "Peace Park" including a Children’s playground on part of the old site and land owners were able to access their lands for the first time in decades and started to reclaim it for agriculture. But radical settlers began coming to the site and pressing the Israeli government which refused to approve building a children’s hospital at the site (funding is available for this project). To mollify the settlers, the Israeli military is returning to Ush Ghrab.
A popular committee was created in February 2010 as Israeli bulldozers began working at the site. It includes representatives from all political factions and nongovernmental organizations. Its actions so far includes vigils and prayers, legal explorations, protests, land reclamation.
The first vigil and prayer held at the park was faced with an Israeli brutal attack. See the video here.
The next week, a similar attack occurred on activists as they tried to explore the site. See video here.
Silvia Cattori: But what about you? We heard that you personally were also targeted. Can you tell us what happened?
Mazin Qumsiyeh: On two occasions, Israeli officers at the scene warned me not to "organize" events. I am just one of many who coordinate and work to educate people and engage in other forms of nonviolent resistance. All forms of resistance are supported by International law. But in particular people respect our nonviolent form of resistance and support it. I just finished a book titled "Hope and Empowerment: A history of Palestinian Popular Resistance". Clearly, the Israeli army is not happy about this. They had cracked down hard on civil resistance arresting dozens of activists in Bi’lin, Ni’lin, Al-Masara, and elsewhere just in the past year. They even injured and murdered other peaceful demonstrators.
The Israeli army wants me. The soldiers came to my house the day after I left on a speaking tour to the US. The heavily armed soldiers and intelligence [sic] officers came at 1:30 AM Tuesday morning. They demanded to see me and when I was obviously not there, they wrote a summons to appear for Monday March 8. Of course, I will not be able to appear then as I am still in the US and cannot change my schedule. I am sure they will pick me up when I return.
Silvia Cattori: What will you do now that you are in the US and know the Israeli army wants you?
Mazin Qumsiyeh: I will go back and face what comes. Truth and justice are not things we should compromise on regardless of the injustice and repression.
Silvia Cattori: Your family is Christian and your town is in majority Christian. Does Israel deal differently than with Muslims?
Mazin Qumsiyeh: No. Israel was established as a state for and by "the Jewish people" from around the world. Natives whether Christians or Muslims, were treated the same: with contempt, by oppression, and relentless attempts to separate us from our lands.
Silvia Cattori: What do you think of the problems between Fatah and Hamas?
Mazin Qumsiyeh: It is like prisoners held in a jail that sometimes they elect or select easy guys to accommodate the jailers and sometimes they try tough guys who refuse to cooperate with the jailers. The differences between them are subsumed by the fact that both have to live in the jail. I would say unfortunately many Palestinian factions including Hamas and Fatah fell under the spell of Oslo accords with its illusionary promises of "authority" when there is really only one authority west of the river Jordan: the state of Israel. What should have been done and is still doable is to struggle for equality and justice ala the struggle done in South Africa. We cannot accept Bantustans with the illusions of authority.
Silvia Cattori: What help or support do you expect from the outside world?
Mazin Qumsiyeh: I think just like happened with apartheid South Africa, the International community has a critical role to play. Boycotts, divestments, and sanctions (BDS) based on the Palestinian civil society call to action are growing everywhere (see http://bdsmovement.net). We urge all to join them.
Beyond that, reaching out to media, politicians, church leaders, and ordinary people to educate them about what is going on is critical. This is especially true in countries whose government enable this repression to continue (e.g. Israel, US, Canada, Australia, European countries, Arab countries with friendly relations to Israel).
Silvia Cattori: Thank you very much.
(*) Mazin Qumsiyeh is a tireless activist for Palestinian human rights who returned to his hometown of Beit Sahour in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and now teaches at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities. He previously served on the faculties of the University of Tennessee, Duke and Yale Universities. He is now president of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People in Beit Sahour, a suburb of Bethlehem. The author of "Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle" (2004), Qumsiyeh is both a human rights activist and a scientist who has a lengthy list of publications on genetics to his credit. Visit Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh's website here.
Source article can be located here.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
ISLAMABAD, March 8 (Xinhua) -- America-born al-Qaida spokesman Adam Pearlman, alias Adam Gadahn, was arrested in Pakistan, reports said Sunday.
Adam could've remained safe making fake al-Queda tapes in Tel Aviv. But no! Adam had to get his feet on the ground and get a real feel for his character part.
In the face of world-wide governmental condemnation (except from the Zionist-occupied White House and US Congress), the PMAJO slavishly backs any brutal murder committed by the Israeli secret police anywhere in the world and at anytime. The recent assassination of Hamas leader, Mahmoud Mabhouh, in Dubai is a case in point. The PMAJO has defended all of Mossad’s criminal actions leading up to the murder, including extensive identity theft and the stealing or falsification of passports and official documents from several European countries, presumably allied to the Zionist state. Among the Mossad agents who entered Dubai to kill Mabhouh, twelve agents used stolen or forged British passports, three Australian, three French, one German and six Irish. These agents assumed the identity of European citizens in order to commit murder in a sovereign nation.
Once again the PMAJO demonstrate that its first loyalty is to the Israeli secret police, even when they violate the sovereignty of major US allies. No doubt the PMAJO would readily support the Israeli Mossad, even if it were shown to have used U.S. documents to assassinate Mabhouh. In fact, two of the 26 Israeli assassins, carrying fake Irish and fake British passports, are known to have entered the United States after the killing and may still be here.
The position adopted by the Daily Alert and the PMAJO in defense of Israel’s international terrorist act followed several lines of attack, which will be discussed below. These include: (1) blaming the victim, (2) claiming that extra-judicial, extra territorial murders are legal, (3) minimizing the murder of ‘one’ individual, (4) deflecting attention from the Zionists by blaming ‘other Arab’s, (5) favorably comparing Mossad assassinations to US killings in Afghanistan, (6) trivializing and relativizing world condemnation, (7) citing “self-defense”, (8) praising the high tech ‘operational details’ of the assassination and (9) discrediting the Dubai police investigators rather than the Israeli perpetrators.
Abridged articles, cited in the Daily Alert, have appeared in the op-ed pages of several US, UK, Canadian and Israeli newspapers, as well as in rightwing magazines like Forbes and Commentary. The mainline Zionist propaganda technique is to avoid any discussion of Israel’s egregious crimes against sovereignty, due process, international law and the personal security of individuals. In doing so, the Daily Alert adopts the propaganda techniques common to all totalitarian regimes practicing state terrorism.
(1) Blaming the Victim
On February 22, the Daily Alert (DA) headlined two articles, which were entitled: “Killed Hamas Official betrayed by Associates says Dubai Police Chief” and “Hamas: Assassinated Operative put Himself at Risk”. The DA forgot to mention that Israeli secret police had been tracking their prey for over a month (having failed to assassinate him on six previous attempts) and that the Dubai Police Chief was not blaming Hamas officials but was in the process of accumulating evidence, witness statements, videos and documents proving the Israeli identities of the assassins. Needless to say, if we were to accept the American Zionists’ argument that any leading opponent of Israel, who travels without an army of bodyguards, is “putting himself at risk”, then we must acknowledge that ours is a lawless world where Israeli hit squads are free to commit murder anywhere, any time.
(2) Extra-Judicial, Extra territorial Murder is “Legal” (At least if the killers are Mossad)
The February 22 and February 24 issues of the DA include two articles arguing that Israel’s practice of extra-judicial, extra-territorial murder is legal. One article is entitled, “The Legality of Killing of Hamas Mahmoud al Mabhoud” and the other, “The Proportionate Killing of Mahmoud al Mabhoud”. These avoid any reference to international law, which emphatically rejects cross-border, state-sponsored murders. Legality, for the PMAJO, is whatever the Israel’s secret police apparatus deems expedient in pursuit of its goal of eliminating leaders who oppose its colonial occupation and expropriation of Palestinian lands. If Israel’s extra-judicial, extra-territorial murder of an adversary in Dubai is legal, why not assassinate opponents in the US, Canada, England or any other country where they might travel, live, work or write? What if the critics and opponents of Israel decided that it was now “legal” to murder Israel’s supporters wherever they lived citing the Daily Alert’s definition of legality? We would then find ourselves in a lawless world of “legal” murder and totalitarian cross-border surveillance.
(3) Minimizing the Murder
The Feb 22, 24, and 25 issues of the Daily Alert deflect attention from the Mossad murder by making comparison to the hundreds of Afghan civilians killed by US drone attacks. The claim is that “targeting individuals” is less a crime than mass killings. The problem with this argument is that for decades Mossad has “targeted” scores of opponents overseas and killed thousands of Palestinians in the occupied territories (where they work with the domestic secret police, Shin Bet, and the military, IDF). Moreover, this argument linking Israel’s extra judicial assassinations with US colonial killing of Afghans is hardly a defense of either. By implicating the US in its defense of state terror, Israel is holding up the worst aspects of American imperialism as a standard for its own political behavior. One state’s crimes are no justification for another’s.
(4) Blaming the Arabs: Deflecting Attention from Israel
The DA Feb. 22 article entitled “The Assassination Heard Around the World” insinuates that the murder was a “result of a Hamas power struggle” or by one of “many Arab groups who loathes the Islamist Hamas”.
In other words, all the forged or stolen European passports of Israeli dual citizens, and the Dubai security videos of Mossad operatives in various costumes, not to mention the jubilant affirmation by top Israeli leaders of the killing, was in reality ‘Arab tricks’. This crude propaganda ploy by the most prominent Jewish American organization reveals their own descent into a fantasy land of self-delusion, possible only in the closed world of US Zionist politics.
(5) Technical Proficiency
The DA published several articles praising the technical details of the Mossad assassination in Dubai, an aspect of the operation, with which few Israel security experts would agree. The Feb. 24 DA article entitled, “Assassination Shows Skillful Planning” chastises Israel’s critics for not recognizing the high quality of the “operational aspects” of the killings and recommends its “lessons for all intelligence services around the world”. Like sociopaths and serial killers, US Zionists openly promote Israeli death squad techniques to all fellow state terrorists. In the DA, professional techniques of assassination are far more important than universal moral repugnance of political murders.
(6) Discrediting the Investigators While Defending the Perpetrators
The DA on Feb. 25 cited a long and tendentious attack on the Dubai police, published in Forbes Magazine, which ridiculed their meticulous investigations uncovering Mossad’s roles in the murder. In this article, the Dubai authorities were condemned for uncovering Israeli involvement while not investigating the source of the murder victims’ … Iraqi passport! Instead of encouraging the Dubai police pursuit of justice, the Daily Alert published a long diatribe implicating Dubai in the attacks of 9/11/2001, its continued trade with Iran, its ‘involvement’ in international terrorism etc. There was no mention of Dubai’s relatively friendly position to Israel and Israelis prior to Mossad’s blatant violation of its sovereignty.
The American Zionist propaganda campaign in defense of Israeli state terror and, specifically, Mossad’s murder of a Hamas leader in Dubai, relies on lies, evasions and specious legal arguments. This “defense” violates all precepts of a civilized society as well as the most recent American federal laws prohibiting all forms of support for international terrorism. The PMAJO can pursue its defense of Mossad’s acts of international terrorism with impunity in the US because of its power over the US Congress, the Obama White House and the American mass media. This ensures that only its version of events, its definition of legality and its lies will be heard by legislators, echoed by Zionist activists and embellished by its solemn defenders in academic and journalistic circles. To counter the American Zionist defense of Israel’s practice of extra-territorial, extra-judicial executions by the Mossad, we need American writers and academics to step forward. It is time to expose their flimsy arguments, bold-face lies and audacious immorality. It is time to speak out against their impunity, before another Israeli secret police murder takes place, possibly inside the USA itself and with the shameless complicity of Zionist accomplices.
The authorities in Dubai have found clear evidence that the Mossad assassination team received support from European Zionists. The hotels, air tickets and expenses were paid with credit cards issued in the US. Two of the killers may be in the US now. Will a time come when American Zionists, who are unconditional public defenders of Mossad killings, cross the line between propaganda for the deed to become accomplices of the deed? The robust American Zionist defense of Mossad’s overseas assassinations does not augur well for the security of Americans in the face of Israel’s willing U.S. accomplices.
Source article by James Petras can be located here.
Listen to truth that you won't here in "our" jewish MSM here.
P.S. Alex Jones fans are especially invited to hear the hard truth that Alex avoids discussing. It's refreshing to hear the truth. Trust me, you'll get used to it and know it when you hear it... and you'll notice the absence of it listening to Alex. And you may lose your addiction to scintillating half truths.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Keep an eye out for these dangerous jewish assassins in a synagogue of your neighborhood... or perhaps hiding in your jewish neighbor's home. They are armed and dangerous. If you see them, call the authorities. Don't try to apprehend them by yourself.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
This mockery of the legal system continued when the judge asked the father of the child to pay a fine of 5000 NIS (New Israeli Shekels), reduced subsequently to 2000 NIS. The boy’s father, Fadel Al-Muhtaseb, refused to pay and told the judge of the military court in Ofer, “What kind of law is it that brings a child to trial and asks the father to pay the fine? I will not pay the fine, and you must release my child.”
Mr. Al-Muhtaseb continued, “My son was brought to the court wearing handcuffs, with shackles on his feet so he couldn’t walk; he was very scared and frightened of the soldiers who surrounded him. It is ironic that the judge has extended Hassan’s detention in order to allow time for an indictment to be filed against him. They came to the court without an indictment and the judge is asking me to pay 2000 NIS fine; this is the ‘justice’ of the Israeli occupation.”
Hassan was detained by Israeli soldiers along with his brother Amir, aged 7, while they were on Ash-Shalala Street in Hebron. Amir was released ten hours after his detention. Mr. Al-Muhtaseb said he heard about his children’s detention from local residents, who told him that Hassan and Amir had been taken to an unknown location. When he returned home, he found Amir standing outside the front door.
“I received a phone call from one of the detainees in Ofer prison who told me Hassan was there and would be sent before an Israeli military court on charges of throwing stones at Israeli soldiers,” he added, before calling on children’s rights and international organizations to defend the interests of all children under occupation and to work with him for the release of his child from Israeli custody.
Source article can be found here.
P.S. I'm amazed that the Israeli judge could feel shame.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
DUBAI (Reuters) - Dubai's police chief plans to seek the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of Israel's spy agency over the killing of a Hamas leader in the emirate, Al Jazeera television reported.
Dahi Khalfan Tamim "said he would ask the Dubai prosecutor to issue arrest warrants for ... Netanyahu and the head of Mossad," the television said. It did not give details.
Tamim has said he is "almost certain" Israeli agents were involved in the killing of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh at a Dubai hotel in January, calling for Mossad's boss, Meir Dagan, to be arrested if it is proved responsible. Tamim said on Monday Mossad had "insulted" Dubai and Western countries whose fraudulent passports were used by suspects in the assassination.
Dubai has asked the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into prepaid cards issued by the Meta Financial Group's MetaBank which the suspects used, a United Arab Emirates newspaper said.
Citing an FBI source, The National newspaper said the investigation would look into any Israeli involvement in the killing.
"Thirteen of the 27 suspects used prepaid MasterCards issued by MetaBank, a regional American bank, to purchase plane tickets and book hotel rooms," the newspaper said, quoting Dubai police.
MetaBank said it followed proper procedures when it issued the cards.
Authorities told the bank that the suspects appeared to have used stolen passports to get employment with U.S. companies, MetaBank said in a statement on Tuesday. The companies paid the employees with prepaid cards issued by MetaBank and other banks.
MetaBank said it had launched its own review of the matter, and had so far found that it followed all bank and regulatory requirements.
The suspects authorities had identified were not on any list that would indicate their identities were fraudulent, it said.
The UAE, a U.S.-allied Arab state that backs the Palestinian drive for an independent state and an end to Israeli occupation, has no diplomatic relations with Israel.
But it has established low-level political and trade links in recent years, with some Israeli officials attending events in the Gulf Arab state. Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer competed in the Dubai Championships last month.
Members of the hit squad used fraudulent passports from Britain, Ireland, Germany, France and Australia. Residents of Israel with the same names as the suspects, holding dual nationalities, have said their identities appear to have been stolen.
The passport abuse has drawn criticism from the European Union, and some of the governments involved have summoned the Israeli ambassadors to their countries to protest.
Source article can be found here.
US Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen: There are some reports, for example, that some countries have been trying to construct something like an Ebola Virus, and that would be a very dangerous phenomenon, to say the least. Alvin Toeffler has written about this in terms of some scientists in their laboratories trying to devise certain types of pathogens that would be ethnic specific so that they could just eliminate certain ethnic groups and races; and others are designing some sort of engineering, some sort of insects that can destroy specific crops.
Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.
The call was reportedly rebuffed by the United States, however, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is said to have dispatched a message to Berri warning that the United States could do nothing to stop a potential Israeli invasion, citing reports of arms smuggling to Hezbollah, whose political wing is now part of the Lebanese government.
In late January, Israeli Minister Yossi Peled declared that a new war against Lebanon was only a matter of time. The threat has solidified Lebanon’s tenuous coalition government, and Hezbollah and the Lebanese military are scrambling to prepare for the invasion.
The refusal of help from the Obama Administration is likely to be particularly galling, however, after officials played such an overt role in swinging the narrow June election in favor of a pro-US Sunni faction. America’s pledge of “aid” for Lebanon in returning for supporting that faction, it seems, won’t involve any effort to prevent the US-armed Israeli military from launching its second invasion of the nation in less than four years.
Source article can be found here.
P.S. Sorry, Israel is our daddy. We can't do anything.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Many people find such a sign of family partisanship in an editor covering a foreign conflict troubling – especially given the Times’ record of Israel-centric journalism.
Times management at first refused to confirm Bronner’s situation, then refused to comment on it. Finally, public outcry forced Times Public Editor Clark Hoyt to confront the problem in a February 7th column.
After bending over backwards to praise the institution that employs him, Hoyt ultimately opined that Bronner should be re-assigned to a different sphere of reporting to avoid the “appearance” of bias. Times Editor Bill Keller declined to do so, however, instead writing a column calling Bronner’s connections to Israel valuable because they “supply a measure of sophistication about Israel and its adversaries that someone with no connections would lack.”
If such “sophistication” is valuable, the Times’ espoused commitment to the “impartiality and neutrality of the company's newsrooms” would seem to require it to have a balancing editor equally sophisticated about Palestine and its adversary, but Keller did not address that.
Bronner Is Far From Alone
As it turns out, Bronner’s ties to the Israeli military are not the rarity one might expect.
Read more here.