March 11, 2005

The Empire of Darkness Series #23: The Black "White House" Vomitorium

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The Black "White House" Vomitorium ...

Need I say anything more?

Details below... ad nauseam!

Jean Hudon

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One Iranian official summed up his view of the situation by saying, "The Third World War has already begun." Unless the political opposition inside the U.S. takes over policy-making soon, that indeed is the danger.

- Muriel Mirak-Weissbach - Taken from Lebanon's Hariri Killed To Make a 'Clean Break' below

"As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless."

- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864 - (letter to Col. William F. Elkins) - Ref: The Lincoln Encyclopedia, Archer H. Shaw (Macmillan, 1950, NY)


- Ginger Gibson>

Note from Jean: Ginger also mentioned that those who want more information about the Marine Mammal Conservancy may go at and those who can afford to help send their (urgently needed) donations through - Check also:
Whale stranding cases 'increase' (2005/03/09)
Whale, dolphin and porpoise strandings have doubled in the UK over the last
10 years to 782, according to a new study. (...) Since only a fraction of dead whales and dolphins will eventually arrive on beaches to be counted, the actual number of cetacean deaths is almost certainly much higher. "We believe that the numbers of animals we see stranded probably represents 10% of what is being killed out there," Richard Sabin, of the Natural History Museum, London, told the BBC News website. (...) "Everyone who is involved in marine conservation agrees that no population can sustain the level of die-off that we've seen, with the common dolphin particularly, in the last five years." CLIP
Greenpeace swimmers disrupt dolphin-killing trawlers (3/8/05)

Worthy of Your Attention

Picture of Bush Giving "Special Look ?" To Gannon/Guckert ?"Bush's Gannon/Guckert Hug, Monica Moment (MUST SEE!)
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Codex Alimentaris Ends US Supplements in June 2005 (3-6-05) IMPORTANT!!!
Working stealthily BIG PHARMA has rapidly pushed their legislative program (Codex Alimentaris) in Europe that will eliminate the free choice Americans now have to purchase vitamins, herbs, minerals, homeopathic remedies, aminoacids and nutritional supplements. This elimination of all competition for the pharmaceutical industry will produce an enormous increase in the already exorbitant profits earned by the pharmaceutical firms. Of even greater significance the lack of free choice to stay well by taking effective nutritional substances will promptly be followed by a sharp increase in illnesses that will only be treated in the future with pharmaceutical drugs. The new Codex Alimentaris adopted in a secret meeting in Europe in November 2004 is scheduled to take effect in June 2005. Because the United States belongs to the World Trade Organization WTO any changes approved in Europe automatically become law in the United States superceding our own laws (we are no longer a sovereign nation). Failure to comply with these changes institutes lawsuits which can not be won as they are settled in international courts which care nothing about U.S. laws. (...) The features of Codex Alimentaris are: * No supplements can be sold for preventative or therapeutic use. * Any potency higher than RDA levels (pathetically low) is a drug that requires a prescription and must be produced by drug companies. * Codex regulations are binding internationally * New supplements are banned unless given Codex testing and approval (certain to expensive and lacking in scientific merit). Norway and Germany are already operating under the new Codex regulations. The price of zinc tablets has gone from $4 to $52. Echinacea has risen from $14 to $153. * Codex regulations are not based on science or research findings. These regulations were developed by 11 appointed persons. Guess who appointed them? CLIP - MUST READ! TIME IS RUNNING SHORT TO ACT ON THIS... MORE ON THIS IN #14 BELOW: "URGENT READ: Action will keep our choices!"
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1. Peak Oil and 9/11
2. The Big STOP THE WAR! Demo - London, March 19th
3. Open letter to Condi Rice - Canadian 'talks truth to power'
4. Lebanon's Hariri Killed To Make a 'Clean Break'
5. America No. 1?
6. One in Four Americans Would Use Nukes Against Terrorists, Gallup Finds
7. Pharisee Nation
8. Haiti: A Bleak and Dismal Country One Year Later
9. Mysterious Quantum Disease Strikes Thousands In US/Canada
10. A History of the Bush Administration in One Sentence
11. One for oil and oil for one
12. Freed Italian hostage survives likely assassination bid by US Special Forces
13. There is No More Time
14. Codex Limits Your Right To Choose By July/05!
15. Padilla's indefinite detention puts your rights at risk
16. U.N.: AIDS May Kill 80M Africans by 2025

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Gannongate Swinging Open? New Move in Congress for Info (March 03, 2005)
NEW YORK Gannongate may be opening a little wider soon. For two weeks, several Democratic members of Congress have pressed the White House, the Secret Service, the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security for information about just how GOPUSA/Talon News reporter James Guckert was able to attend briefings and presidential press conferences for two years under the alias James Gannon, on behalf of an openly partisan organization. Guckert has also been linked to sex sites and a male escort operation. Today, ranking members for House committees on Rules, Judiciary, Government Reform, Homeland Security and Ways and Means submitted a Resolution of Inquiry, which would require the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security to turn over all documentation regarding Guckert's access to the White House day after day for two years. "We cannot allow the White House to stonewall the United States Congress and the American people on an issue of such importance,” said Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY). “Every day more questions are raised and so far, the White House is not providing any answers. We intend to find out what the White House is hiding." Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich) said: "We had hoped that the half dozen congressional and senate requests for information would have been sufficient. We hope that this resolution gets to the bottom of whether any processes were abused in favoring Mr. Guckert.”The resolution must be considered by the Judiciary Committee within 14 legislative days and, unless blocked by the Republicans on the committee, will be put before the full House for consideration.

Bush is a Child Molester!! (March 07, 2005)
Hey! Leave Those Kids Alone Where Are All of Those Missing Children on Milk Cartons? In the White House... of course! (...) Our children are being kidnapped and forced into servicing the elites and their minions in order to quell their twisted sexual appetites and simultaneously advance their New World Order agenda through blackmail and espionage. It's not hyperbole. The elite, who truly control, really do consider 'US', including our babies, their chattel and cattle!

Evidence of a White House 'cult'
Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib By Seymour M. Hersh
Seymour Hersh's Chain of Command is a stunning expose of the mismanagement, mendacity and misconduct behind the actions of the U.S. government and military in relation to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (...) Chain of Command is a difficult book to read in several respects. The stomach-turning descriptions of torture practiced on innocents at Abu Ghraib will horrify anyone with an ounce of humanity. The lengthy list of examples of hubris, wishful thinking, arrogance and blatant stupidity by Rumsfeld, Perle and others in overruling Pentagon planners and intelligence professionals will appall most readers and enrage many. In the book's epilogue, Hersch poses a series of questions raised by his catalog of the Bush administration's sins, omissions and errors: "How did eight or nine neoconservatives who believed that a war in Iraq was the answer to international terrorism get their way? How did they redirect the government and rearrange long-standing American priorities and policies with so much ease? How did they overcome the bureaucracy, intimidate the press, mislead the Congress, and dominate the military? Is our democracy that fragile?" Given the litany of errors, abuses and arrogance contained in Chain of Command, the future does not look bright.

The "suicide" deaths of Hunter Thompson, Gary Webb and J.H. Hatfield show that reporters who expose the criminal activities of our political elite are risking their lives. They are on the front line of freedom. When they are killed, it means very bad things are in store. In the latest issue of "World Currency Review," veteran British intelligence analyst Christopher Story warns us to expect a tyranny in America worse than Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia. I'll elaborate below.Hunter Thompson was killed late last month. He was working on stories dealing with a homosexual callboy (or programmed sex slave?) ring in the Bush White House and the demolition of the World Trade Center. Gary Webb was killed in December. His specialty was the Cocaine Import Agency (CIA). J.H. Hatfield "committed suicide" in 2001. His book "Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President" was actually withdrawn by the publisher during the 2000 election campaign. About 100,000 copies were actually burned! In the book, Hatfield established that G.W. Bush was convicted of cocaine possession in 1972. His father had the record expunged. (...) Story says that "the volume of official criminal operations and funds stolen have exceeded mind boggling numbers...only the most draconian control mechanisms can ever guarantee the immunity of all the high-level perpetrators...from exposure, arrest, indictment or worse." (110) He reminds us of George H.W. Bush's comment that "if the American people knew what we have done, they would string us up from the lamp posts." CLIP

An Inside Look at George W. Bush's "Murka" (03/07/05)
(...) The foundations of an empire absorbed in megalomania are crumbling, slowly but surely rotting to the core, a victim of its own hubris, indifference and complacency, in time to fall with the tremors of an earthquake of its own creation. This the Land of Murka cannot stop, for its inertia has been set in motion, its momentum into self-implosion has been accelerated by its own hand of decadence. CLIP

War is Peace - John Bolton to the UN (March 8, 2005)
In Bushzarro world, where up is down and logic is irrational, Bush nominates a man as ambassador to the United Nations who believes there is no United Nations. "There's no such thing as the United Nations," John Bolton declared in 1994. ''If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference.'' Like the character Bizarro created by Otto Binder, Bolton Bizarro has a brain apparently functioning at a level of a kid -- or more accurately, Bolton Bizzaro operates on the level of a playground bully minus Ritalin. (...) In fact, since Israel and the United States are connected at the hip, Bolton Bizzaro is the ideal choice for ambassador, especially considering the United Nations, routinely outraged by Israel's wanton slaughter of innocent Palestinians, has issued nearly as many resolutions against the tiny outlaw state as the International House of Pancakes serves up hotcakes on Saturday morning. Referencing his notorious curriculum vitae, Bolton admitted his fondness for Zionism. "Indeed, one highlight of my professional career was the 1991 successful effort to repeal the General Assembly's 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism, thus removing the greatest stain on the UN's reputation," Bizarro Bolton proudly confessed. Never mind that more than a few people in the world consider Zionism a particularly racist colonial manifestation, essentially an apartheid philosophy CLIP

Maximum pain is aim of new US weapon (March 2, 2005)
The US military is funding development of a weapon that delivers a bout of excruciating pain from up to 2 kilometres away. Intended for use against rioters, it is meant to leave victims unharmed. But pain researchers are furious that work aimed at controlling pain has been used to develop a weapon. And they fear that the technology will be used for torture. "I am deeply concerned about the ethical aspects of this research," says Andrew Rice, a consultant in pain medicine at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, UK. "Even if the use of temporary severe pain can be justified as a restraining measure, which I do not believe it can, the long-term physical and psychological effects are unknown."
(...) Amanda Williams, a clinical psychologist at University College London, fears that victims risk long-term harm. "Persistent pain can result from a range of supposedly non-destructive stimuli which nevertheless change the functioning of the nervous system," she says. She is concerned that studies of cultured cells will fall short of demonstrating a safe level for a plasma burst. "They cannot tell us about the pain and psychological consequences of such a painful experience."

Video Shows U.S. Soldiers in 'Ramadi Madness' Abuse

Welcome to a town called terror (06 March 2005)
Most people have already fled Playas, New Mexico. Now the final residents are preparing for anthrax attacks and suicide bombers. Jason Oddy visits the town where America is mobilising for the ultimate showdown. (...) Ever since the War on Terror was invoked by President Bush, this notion has been milked to maximum effect by the US administration. Spun into a many-headed hydra, it helped make the case for the invasion * of Iraq while simultaneously permitting an erosion of civil liberties back home. As a doom-laden, bellicose mantra it has worked its magic, and nowhere more so than with the mainstream media who have instinctively understood the power of endlessly and unquestioningly repeating such an irresistible incantation. Even though the War on Terror may now have become the background hum of everyday life in America, none of the parties with vested interests has let up in its efforts to keep the nation on its toes. For just as the Bush administration has maintained an elevated or high terror alert unceasingly since they devised their colour-coded warning scheme more than two years ago, so the plethora of press releases and news stories surrounding New Mexico Tech's takeover of Playas all come down to one crucial word. Anyone wanting a slice of the Department of Homeland Security's multi-billion-dollar budget knows that they must summon up that evil genie "terror". And just like the businessman who has to keep faith in consumer confidence or in rising stock prices, they must believe in their bogeyman too. CLIP

Press Coverage of Darfur Crisis Increases, Raises 'Genocide' Charge (March 03, 2005)
NEW YORK International pressure on the United States to refer the murders and violence in Darfur, Sudan, to the International Criminal Court has produced little action so far. But the American press has remained active in its coverage of what some are calling genocide in Sudan. The wires, especially Reuters, have continued to break news from the region on nearly a daily basis, but daily newspapers are also continuing to regularly cover Sudan, with many stories lately probing the genocide question. Coverage includes a Los Angeles Times story today about a videotaped interview with Sudanese militia leader Musa Hilal, in which he denies involvement in violence against Darfur denizens. The Associated Press reported the same story Wednesday. An AP story today looks at proposed additional U.S. spending on the war in Iraq and in Afghanistan at the expense of many programs, including food aid to Darfur. (...) But what is genocide? New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof worried about the definition of the word in a Wednesday column titled "The American Witness." In it, he interviewed Brian Steidle, a former Marine and a military adviser for the African Union monitoring team in Darfur. Steidle expressed frustration at what he saw as inaction, and at a lack of resources devoted to stopping the genocide. Kristof advocated the passage of the Darfur Accountability Act but expressed frustration, writing: "If American voters cared about Darfur's genocide as much as about, say, the Michael Jackson trial, then our political system would respond."

Asylum Seekers in U.S.
Electronic Anklets Track - Summary: Gov't Tests Placing Monitoring Bracelets on Immigrants - National Public Radio is reporting that the Department of Homeland Security has placed electronic monitoring bracelets on the ankles of 1,700 immigrants as part of an experimental programs that allows the government to track them 24 hours a day. The bracelets have been placed on a group of immigrants who have never been accused of a crime but whose immigration status is being challenged by the government. In one case, an immigrant from Belize has been ordered to stay in his house from 6 at night to 6 in the morning. If he tries to sneak out of his Minneapolis home, his ankle bracelet sounds an alarm at a national computer center in Indiana. The experimental program is expected to last six more months. After that the Department of Homeland Security will decide whether it will order all non-citizens applying to stay here to wear the electronic monitoring device.

50¢ of Every Tax Dollar Goes to Pay for Wars (March 7 2005)
Increasing numbers of Americans say the U.S. government is involved in immoral and illegal wars around the world and are refusing to support this with their tax money. The invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and the indiscriminate killing of civilians, for example, are outlawed by international law. "Of every tax dollar paid, more than 50 cents goes to pay for past, present and future military expenses. The military budget for the Department of Defense alone for 2005 will be close to $500 billion. Our payment of federal taxes enables the government to carry on a continuing program of illegal military activities," wrote Glen Milner, a member of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Wash., in a recent opinion piece in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "International laws and agreements support and encourage citizens to resist their government when it is engaged in illegal acts," Milner added. Under international laws, those who facilitate illegal wars and war crimes could actually be morally -if not legally- accountable, say proponents of resisting war taxes. Principle IV of the Nuremberg Principles states: "The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him." For example, a 1996 ruling by the International Court of Justice regarding the threat or use of nuclear weapons could be interpreted to mean that the United States' deployment of depleted uranium weapons is illegal. The humanitarian measure prohibits the use of weapons or methods of warfare that are directed against civilians or cannot discriminate between military targets and civilians; cause unnecessary suffering to combatants; violate the territory of neutral states; cause long-term and widespread damage to the environment or use poisonous substances. (...) In any event, tax resister groups estimate that tens of thousands of Americans don't pay their income taxes in order to protest U.S.-backed war efforts around the world. And, they say, that number is growing every year.

Wolfowitz and Fiorina in Race to Head World Bank (02 March 2005)

Washington - Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense, is under serious consideration to become the next president of the World Bank, according to a source in the administration of George W. Bush. Another new candidate to emerge is Carly Fiorina, who lost her job as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard two weeks ago, the official said on condition of anonymity. CLIP

Will Bono's next gig be World Bank president? (March 7, 2005)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow yesterday would not rule out the idea of Irish singer Bono, an activist on debt relief and AIDS, making the short list of potential candidates to lead the World Bank, even though an American is expected to get the job. CLIP

The oil factor in Bush's 'war on tyranny (March 2)
In recent public speeches, President George W Bush and others in the US administration, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, have begun to make a significant shift in the rhetoric of war. A new "war on tyranny" is being groomed to replace the outmoded "war on terror". Far from being a semantic nuance, the shift is highly revealing of the next phase of Washington's global agenda. In his January 20 inaugural speech, Bush declared, "It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world" (author's emphasis). Bush repeated the last formulation, "ending tyranny in our world", in the State of the Union address. In 1917 it was a "war to make the world safe for democracy", and in 1941 it was a "war to end all wars". The use of tyranny as justification for US military intervention marks a dramatic new step in Washington's quest for global domination. "Washington", of course, today is shorthand for the policy domination by a private group of military and energy conglomerates, from Halliburton to McDonnell Douglas, from Bechtel to ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco, not unlike that foreseen in president Dwight Eisenhower's 1961 speech warning of excessive control of government by a military-industrial complex. (...) The Washington Post confirmed Hersh's allegation, reporting that Rumsfeld's Pentagon had created, by Presidential Order, and bypassing Congress, a new Strategic Support Branch, which co-opts traditional clandestine and other functions of the CIA. According to a report by US Army Colonel (retired) Dan Smith, in Foreign Policy in Focus last November, the new SSB unit includes the elite military special SEAL Team 6, Delta Force army squadrons, and potentially a paramilitary army of 50,000 available for "splendid little wars" outside congressional purview.The list of emerging targets in a new "war on tyranny" is clearly fluid, provisional, and adaptable as developments change. It is clear that a breathtaking array of future military and economic offensives is in the works at the highest policy levels to transform the world. A world oil price of US$150 a barrel or more in the next few years would be joined by chokepoint control of the supply by one power if Washington has its way.

Ex-Marine Says Public Version of Saddam Capture Fiction (March 09, 2005)
A former U.S. Marine who participated in capturing ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said the public version of his capture was fabricated.

Let's Learn from the Death of Mohammed Mossedegh (March 4, 2005)

(...) For years, the US denied its involvement in the 1953 coup, but in 2000 the Clinton administration finally issued a statement that recognized the US role in the failure of democracy in Iran. In a speech before the American-Iranian Council in March 2000, then Secretary of State Madeline Albright admitted, "In 1953 the United States played a significant role in orchestrating the overthrow of Iran's popular Prime Minister, Mohammed Mossadegh. The Eisenhower Administration believed its actions were justified for strategic reasons; but the coup was clearly a setback for Iran's political development. And it is easy to see now why many Iranians continue to resent this intervention by America in their internal affairs." The Bush administration would do well to recall the history of US involvement in Iran as it contemplates future actions. A US attack on Iran's nuclear facilities would rally Iranians of all political stripes to support the government. In an article in the British Independent, Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi speculated that US military intervention would be devastating for those promoting human rights. "Not only would a foreign invasion of Iran vitiate popular support for human rights activism," she wrote, "but by destroying civilian lives, institutions and infrastructure, war would also usher in chaos and instability. Respect for human rights is likely to be among the first casualties." CLIP

The End of the Right to Counsel? (March 8, 2005)
What if the government arrested you on terrorism charges? What if your lawyer was afraid to zealously defend you (as required by the Model Rules)? What if your lawyer was so afraid, he wouldn't even tell you that he wasn't able to zealously defend you? This is the direction American criminal law is taking, according to defense attorney and civil rights activist Elaine Cassel, author of The War on Civil Liberties: How Bush and Ashcroft Have Dismantled the Bill of Rights (...) George W. "to the extent appropriate and consistent with military necessity" Bush warns of more attacks to come. In order to "protect us," he has appointed Alberto "rendering Geneva quaint and obsolete" Gonzales the new attorney general, Michael "round 'em up and ask questions later" Chertoff the new director of Homeland Security, and John "I have no idea what death squads you're talking about" Negroponte the new national "intelligence" director. None of these appointments bode well for what is left of the rule of law in this country. Won't the American people demand an end to this madness? CLIP

A Televisual Fantasyland - George Monbiot (January 18, 2005)
The US Media is Disciplined by Corporate America into Promoting the Republican Cause - The role of the media corporations in the US is similar to that of repressive state regimes elsewhere: they decide what the public will and won't be allowed to hear, and either punish or recruit the social deviants who insist on telling a different story. The journalists they employ do what almost all journalists working under repressive regimes do: they internalize the demands of the censor, and understand, before anyone has told them, what is permissible and what is not. So, when they are faced with a choice between a fable which helps the Republicans, and a reality which hurts them, they choose the fable. As their fantasies accumulate, the story they tell about the world veers further and further from reality. Anyone who tries to bring the people back down to earth is denounced as a traitor and a fantasist. And anyone who seeks to become president must first learn to live in fairyland. CLIP

Bush wielding secrecy privilege to end suits (March 3, 2005)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is aggressively wielding a rarely used executive power known as the state secrets privilege in an attempt to squash hard-hitting court challenges to its anti-terrorism campaign. How the White House is using this privilege, not a law but a series of legal precedents built on national security, disturbs some civil libertarians and open-government advocates because of its sweeping power. Judges almost never challenge the government's assertion of the privilege, and it can be fatal to a plaintiff's case. The government is invoking the privilege in an attempt to wipe out the heart of a lawsuit that seeks to examine rendition, the secretive and controversial practice of sending terror suspects to foreign countries where they might be tortured. Use of the secrets privilege also could eliminate a suit by a former FBI contract linguist who charges that the bureau bungled translations of terrorism intelligence before and after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The Bush administration is also using the secrets privilege to seek dismissal of a third case not related directly to terrorism. And the administration has invoked the privilege in less sweeping ways on several other occasions. The use of the state secrets privilege, critics say, is part of President Bush's forceful expansion of presidential secrecy, including a more restrictive approach to releasing documents under the Freedom of Information Act; limitations on the dissemination of presidential papers and curtailment of information on individuals rounded up in the war on terrorism. CLIP

Is America going broke? (March 02, 2005)
Record deficits, colossal debt and no clear plan for digging itself out. If the U.S. sinks, it will take Canada down with it. David Walker can see the future, and it scares the hell out of him. (...) THE NUMBERS are staggering -- a US$43-trillion hole in America's public finances that's getting worse every day. And the stakes are almost inconceivable for a generation of politicians and voters raised in relative prosperity, who've never known severe economic hardship. But that plush North American lifestyle to which we've all grown accustomed has been bought on credit, and the bill is rapidly nearing its due date. If the United States can't find a way to pay up, the results will spill beyond national borders, spreading economic misery far and wide. In Canada, the country whose financial well-being is most tightly tied to trade with the U.S., there wouldn't be a single region or industry left untouched by a fiscal shock south of the border. CLIP

Tsunami bomb NZ's devastating war secret (30.06.2000)
Top-secret wartime experiments were conducted off the coast of Auckland to perfect a tidal wave bomb, declassified files reveal.An Auckland University professor seconded to the Army set off a series of underwater explosions triggering mini-tidal waves at Whangaparaoa in 1944 and 1945.Professor Thomas Leech's work was considered so significant that United States defence chiefs said that if the project had been completed before the end of the war it could have played a role as effective as that of the atom bomb.Details of the tsunami bomb, known as Project Seal, are contained in 53-year-old documents released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.Papers stamped "top secret" show the US and British military were eager for Seal to be developed in the post-war years too. They even considered sending Professor Leech to Bikini Atoll to view the US nuclear tests and see if they had any application to his work. CLIP

Iran Says It Won't Give Up Program to Enrich Uranium (March 6, 2005)
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator said Saturday that the country would never permanently cease enriching uranium, and he warned that if the United States went to the United Nations Security Council to seek sanctions against Iran, "the security and stability of the region would become a problem." (...) Mr. Bush is clearly rethinking his approach to Iran, which has been marked by a refusal to become involved in the European negotiations - or to demonstrate in any tangible way that he is willing to join its strategy of incentives. He returned from his trip to Europe 10 days ago saying he would reconsider that position.But after a flurry of initial activity early this week, it became clear by Friday that it would take some time to work out the details. Meanwhile, Iran has refused to turn its temporary suspension of enrichment into a permanent commitment. And it insists that the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which it has signed, gives the nation the right to manufacture fuel for commercial purposes, and that Iran will not give up that right. Mr. Rowhani said Saturday that Iran had made clear to the Europeans that cessation was out of the question and warned that referring Iran's case to the Security Council would bring a crisis. No one would benefit, he said at a news conference. "There would be no more confidence," Mr. Rowhani added, "and the region could face a crisis."

Collateral damage (March 2, 2005),14124,1428024,00.html
Peter Huck reports on claims that anti-terrorist legislation brought in by the US government since 9/11 is being used as a catch-all to harass and prosecute environmental protesters.

UFO Secrecy and the Death of the American Republic - Part Two (February 28, 2005)
The development of silent fascism in America is of such historical significance, you might ask, "why talk about UFOs?" (...) When the Soviet Union came to an end, people adjusted to face new problems, but also new opportunities. We would have to do the same. Following the sense of betrayal, following the frenzy of revelations, following the planetary chain reaction of scrutiny and exposure, we might just awaken to a new world one fine morning. A world in which the lies have been scrubbed away, and in which new truths are shining everywhere.
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Ram Implosion Wing Developments (March 8, 2005)
Recent replications claim to confirm effect in which special aerodynamic shape is alleged to create an air vortex that increases vehicle mileage and decreases airflow disturbance. CLIP

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Omega-News Collection 6. March 2005


Subject: Peak Oil and 9/11
Date: 4 Mar 2005
From: "Ian Neal">

Dear Jean

Beware the 'Peak Oil' Agenda (October 12, 2004)

I recommend this article for your consideration regarding the Peak Oil issue.

Can I also state my agreement with John Kaminiski in his excellent article ‘Second Wave’ featured recently. I too have noticed a second wave of 9/11 truth here in the UK.

This has been partly inspired by the support of Jimmy Walter who recently visited activists in the UK and on mainland Europe. Particularly exciting is Jimmy’s offer of a FREE compilation of 9/11 films on a DVD

To 911 activists and volunteers he is willing to send 10 DVDs to distribute to friends and family. There is a lot of activity taking off in the UK including plans for DVD screenings around the country, lobbying members of UK parliament, the opening of a 911 truth exhibition in the UK’s leading tourist resort, Blackpool, the formation of local activist groups and the formation of a UK campaign calling for a further inquiry. Activists are keeping in touch with developments and how they can get involved through email bulletins and local group meetings. If anyone in the UK would like to know more please email me

Best wishes

Ian Neal


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The Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas: US DOE has received the warning
(...) World oil peaking represents a problem like none other. The political, economic, and social stakes are enormous. (...) According to the study this will have the following impact: “Waiting until world conventional oil production peaks before initiating crash program mitigation leaves the world with a significant liquid fuel deficit for two decades or longer.” CLIP

Students at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville have inaugurated a short and solemn pledge for young people to take, asserting that, should a draft be reinstituted, they will not serve. Signatures have already started coming in to their new website at

US report acknowledges peak-oil threat (09 March 2005)
It has long been denied that the US government bases any policy around the idea that global oil production may be in terminal decline. But a new US government-sponsored report, obtained by, does exactly that. CLIP

China's oil demand has doubled over the past decade, and the pace is only increasing. There will be ups and downs along the way: When the current infrastructure boom and the flood of foreign investment slow, energy demand will slow for a time also. But in the long run, the trend is inexorably steep. Consider this from The Economist (from "The Hungry Dragon," September 2004): "In around 20 years' time, China's income per person could be close to South Korea's today. If its energy consumption per person also rose to current South Korean levels, its energy demand would quadruple. The increase alone would be greater than America's total consumption today,yet China's energy use per person would still be only half that in America. At present there is only one car for every 70 people in China, against one car for every two Americans. If car ownership were eventually to rise to American levels, there would be 650 million cars on Chinese roads - more than all the cars in the world today." CLIP

Crude Awakening

The Militarisation Of Oil (March 8, 2005)


The Big STOP THE WAR! Demo - London, March 19th

The signs are March 19 will be even bigger than the Bush demo last November.

More coaches have been booked than for the Bush demo. Most Stop the War meetings are big. The Muslim networks are starting to move. 40 Imams from across the Midlands met in Birmingham last Friday to plan for the demo. 30 coaches are coming from mosques in Leeds alone. Stop the War have sold 90,000 leaflets in the last 4 days. 

The demo will be electric. Police have backed down and let us go past the US embassy in Grosvenor Sq. It will be the largest mobilisation there since the Vietnam protests.

* Maxi Jazz from Faithless will be singing at Trafalgar Sq along with rappers Lowkey and Skinnyman. Martin Mubanga who was locked up in Guantanamo Bay for 33 months will be speaking and rapping.
* From Wednesday 16 through to the demo Military Families and others are organising a Peace Camp in Trafalgar Square with entertainment every night.
* We must make sure no-one wakes up on March 20th and says I wish I d known about it!
* Think about how to use the new posters, which shops will put them up, and sticking them to railings during the street activities.
* A new square sticker is available for the last two weeks. Order yours from the office, and we will send them out to you.

Get Busy!

Courtesy of Fraser Clark / The Parallel YOUniversity, in England - found in Larry Morningstar> newsletter.


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Momentum Is Building for the March 19 Troops Out Now Demonstration
Help build the movement to stop the war:
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Plans for the March 19 March and Rally in Central Park, NYC are drawing support from antiwar groups across the country. Saturday, March 19, the second anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, is a world-wide day of protest. In New York City, a broad coalition of antiwar, community,solidarity, and labor organizations will march from Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem to Central Park's East Meadow to demand the immediate, complete, and unconditional withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Groups from all over the eastern U.S. are organizing buses, vans, car caravans, and peace trains to travel to NYC for what promises to be a massive rally against the war. Activists are travelling from as far away as Maine, Georgia, and Ohio to demand an end to the occupation and money for human needs, not for war. (...) Please click on the link below to let us know if you can help get out the No Draft No Way! word on March 19, or organize for a March 31 action: http://www.nodraftnoway/organizer.shtml

Dear VoteToImpeach / Members, We are urging all of those who are part of the impeachment movement to participate and bring the message of impeachment with signs and banners to the hundreds of local demonstrations that will be taking place on March 19/20, the second anniversary of the beginning of the criminal war against Iraq. CLIP



Date: 10 Mar 2005
From: Maireid Sullivan>
Subject: Open letter to Condi Rice - Canadian 'talks truth to power'

This is a powerful exposition!



Lloyd Axworthy is a former Foreign Minister of Canada. He held the portfolio in the late 1990's, and stood on the left wing of Canada's governing Liberal Party. Some of his achievements while holding the Foreign Affairs portfolio included driving Canada's involvement in the Ottawa Protocol (the international treaty to ban landmines). In addition, he was involved in the establishment of the International Criminal Court and drew attention to the issue of child soldiers in Africa.

He is now the President of the University of Winnipeg, where he's working to establish a "Global College", including a Centre for Human Rights and Global Studies.

But I'm not here to trumpet his achievements (as notable as they may be). This morning, in the Winnipeg Free Press (my local newspaper) Dr. Axworthy published a very blunt open letter to Condoleeza Rice on the topic of missile defence and Canada/US relations. As web access to the paper is limited to subscribers, I thought I'd post the full text in the extended entry.


Missile Counter-Attack

Axworthy fires back at U.S. -- and Canadian -- critics of our BMD decision in An Open Letter to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Thursday, March 3rd, 2005


Dear Condi, I'm glad you've decided to get over your fit of pique and venture north to visit your closest neighbour. It's a chance to learn a thing or two. Maybe more.

I know it seems improbable to your divinely guided master in the White House that mere mortals might disagree with participating in a missile-defence system that has failed in its last three tests, even though the tests themselves were carefully rigged to show results.

But, gosh, we folks above the 49th parallel are somewhat cautious types who can't quite see laying down billions of dollars in a three-dud poker game.

As our erstwhile Prairie-born and bred (and therefore prudent) finance minister pointed out in presenting his recent budget, we've had eight years of balanced or surplus financial accounts. If we're going to spend money, Mr. Goodale added, it will be on day-care and health programs, and even on more foreign aid and improved defence.

Sure, that doesn't match the gargantuan, multi-billion-dollar deficits that your government blithely runs up fighting a "liberation war" in Iraq, laying out more than half of all weapons expenditures in the world, and giving massive tax breaks to the top one per cent of your population while cutting food programs for poor children.

Just chalk that up to a different sense of priorities about what a national government's role should be when there isn't a prevailing mood of manifest destiny.

Coming to Ottawa might also expose you to a parliamentary system that has a thing called question period every day, where those in the executive are held accountable by an opposition for their actions, and where demands for public debate on important topics such a missile defence can be made openly.

You might also notice that it's a system in which the governing party's caucus members are not afraid to tell their leader that their constituents don't want to follow the ideological, perhaps teleological, fantasies of Canada's continental co-inhabitant. And that this leader actually listens to such representations.

Your boss did not avail himself of a similar opportunity to visit our House of Commons during his visit, fearing, it seems, that there might be some signs of dissent. He preferred to issue his diktat on missile defence in front of a highly controlled, pre-selected audience.

Such control-freak antics may work in the virtual one-party state that now prevails in Washington. But in Canada we have a residual belief that politicians should be subject to a few checks and balances, an idea that your country once espoused before the days of empire.

If you want to have us consider your proposals and positions, present them in a proper way, through serious discussion across the table in our cabinet room, as your previous president did when he visited Ottawa. And don't embarrass our prime minister by lobbing a verbal missile at him while he sits on a public stage, with no chance to respond.

Now, I understand that there may have been some miscalculations in Washington based on faulty advice from your resident governor of the "northern territories," Ambassador Cellucci. But you should know by now that he hasn't really won the hearts and minds of most Canadians through his attempts to browbeat and command our allegiance to U.S. policies.

Sadly, Mr. Cellucci has been far too closeted with exclusive groups of 'experts' from Calgary think-tanks and neo-con lobbyists at cross-border conferences to remotely grasp a cross-section of Canadian attitudes (nor American ones, for that matter).

I invite you to expand the narrow perspective that seems to inform your opinions of Canada by ranging far wider in your reach of contacts and discussions. You would find that what is rising in Canada is not so much anti-Americanism, as claimed by your and our right-wing commentators, but fundamental disagreements with certain policies of your government. You would see that rather than just reacting to events by drawing on old conventional wisdoms, many Canadians are trying to think our way through to some ideas that can be helpful in building a more secure world.

These Canadians believe that security can be achieved through well-modulated efforts to protect the rights of people, not just nation-states.

To encourage and advance international co-operation on managing the risk of climate change, they believe that we need agreements like Kyoto.

To protect people against international crimes like genocide and ethnic cleansing, they support new institutions like the International Criminal Court -- which, by the way, you might strongly consider using to hold accountable those committing atrocities today in Darfur, Sudan.

And these Canadians believe that the United Nations should indeed be reformed -- beginning with an agreement to get rid of the veto held by the major powers over humanitarian interventions to stop violence and predatory practices.

On this score, you might want to explore the concept of the 'Responsibility to Protect' while you're in Ottawa. It's a Canadian idea born out of the recent experience of Kosovo and informed by the many horrific examples of inhumanity over the last half-century. Many Canadians feel it has a lot more relevance to providing real human security in the world than missile defence ever will.

This is not just some quirky notion concocted in our long winter nights, by the way. It seems to have appeal for many in your own country, if not the editorialists at the Wall Street Journal or Rush Limbaugh. As I discovered recently while giving a series of lectures in southern California, there is keen interest in how the U.S. can offer real leadership in managing global challenges of disease, natural calamities and conflict, other than by military means.

There is also a very strong awareness on both sides of the border of how vital Canada is to the U.S. as a partner in North America. We supply copious amounts of oil and natural gas to your country, our respective trade is the world's largest in volume, and we are increasingly bound together by common concerns over depletion of resources, especially very scarce fresh water.

Why not discuss these issues with Canadians who understand them, and seek out ways to better cooperate in areas where we agree -- and agree to respect each other's views when we disagree.

Above all, ignore the Cassandras who deride the state of our relations because of one missile-defence decision. Accept that, as a friend on your border, we will offer a different, independent point of view. And that there are times when truth must speak to power.

In friendship, Lloyd Axworthy

(Lloyd Axworthy is president of the University of Winnipeg and a former Canadian foreign minister)




This article appears in the February 25, 2005 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.

Lebanon's Hariri Killed To Make a 'Clean Break'

by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

The assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, in Beirut on Feb. 14, was a carefully planned and executed act, geared to trigger a chain reaction of events in the region, that would conform with the long-standing policy of the neo-conservative junta running Washington.

To understand the why of the assassination—although the material perpetrator, the who, remains unclear—one must look back at the 1996 policy paper prepared under the supervision of now-Vice President Dick Cheney, and his neo-con task force of Richard Perle, Doug Feith, David and Meyrav Wurmser, et al. Entitled "Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm," this paper outlined a scenario whereby the 1993 Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Authority would be torn to shreds, and, first Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Hezbollah, and Iran, would be targetted for military assault and political destabilization.

The document flatly stated that Israel should engage "Hisbollah, Syria, and Iran, as the principal agents of aggression in Lebanon, including by ... establishing the precedent that Syrian territory is not immune to attacks emanating from Lebanon by Israeli proxy forces [and] striking Syrian military targets in Lebanon, and should that prove insufficient, striking at select targets in Syria proper." Furthermore, it said, Israel should divert "Syria's attention by using Lebanese opposition elements to destabilize Syrian control of Lebanon." The paper also called for focusing on "removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq...."

The outcome of the regional convulsions provoked by the "Clean Break" doctrine, was to be a new Middle East, with Israel hegemonic in the region, presiding over a series of newly balkanized states, run by puppet regimes. The Bush Administration has recently restated its intention to pick off these governments, dubbed "outposts of tyranny," one by one. The order in which they were to be hit was assumed to start with Iran. Instead, Syria was moved into first place.

The reason for this, one regional expert told EIR, is that if Iran were attacked militarily by the United States or Israel, the Islamic Republic would respond asymmetrically, unleashing allied and sympathetic Shi'ite forces in the Persian Gulf and in Lebanon: Hezbollah's capabilities to target Israel could be effectively deployed. Thus, the source said, the need to eliminate the Lebanese-based Shi'ite Hezbollah as a factor, and at the same time neutralize Syria, before moving against Tehran.

The stage for the immediate destabilization was set diplomatically by UN Resolution 1559, presented by the U.S. and France together, and at the forefront of recent discussions between Secretary of State Condolezza Rice and French President Jacques Chirac. UN Resolution 1559, adopted last September, demands the termination of the Syrian presence in Lebanon (estimated to be 15,000 troops) and the disarming of the Hezbollah. Instead of mounting an Israeli assault directly on Syria—which would have provoked an international outcry—a flanking operation was launched, with a terrorist act that would trigger mass forces on the ground to move against the Syrian presence.

Thus, the assassination of Hariri.

Hariri: 'Mr. Lebanon'

Rafiq Hariri, a building magnate, was Lebanese Prime Minister from 1992-1998 and again from 2000-2004, when he resigned, in protest over the re-election of President Lahoud, who was backed by Syria. He was known for his key international connections, both with the Saudi Royal family (he became their personal contractor after building a palace for a member of the Saudi Royal Family in Taef, Saudi Arabia in 1977), and with French President Jacques Chirac. Hariri invested massively in rebuilding Beirut after the civil war, and made an estimated $3.8 billion. Thus he was considered "Mr. Lebanon," and enjoyed broad popular support. After he resigned in protest against Syria, he became a symbol for the opposition. Any harm done to Hariri would automatically unleash factional strife and anti-Syria protests.

As soon as the news of the brutal car bomb explosion broke, crowds of Lebanese opposition forces, who saw Hariri as one of their own, took to the streets. At his funeral on Feb. 16, hundreds of thousands demonstrated, demanding the expulsion of the Syrians. At the same time, before any investigation had yielded any leads, a well-rehearsed chorus pinned the blame on Syria. Exiled Lebanese political figure Michel Aoun, for example, stated categorically from Paris: "They [the Syrians] are responsible. It's they who control the security and intelligence services" in Beirut. Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, now with the opposition, echoed Aoun's words, as did Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom.

After lodging an official diplomatic note of protest with the Syrian government, U.S. Secretary of State Condolezza Rice ordered the withdrawal of U.S. Ambassador Margaret Scobey from Damascus. "The proximate cause was Lebanon," Rice told the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, "but unfortunately we have an increasing list of problems with Syria." U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William Burns, who attended the funeral, said that Hariri's death "should give renewed impetus to achieving a free, independent, and sovereign Lebanon. What that means is the complete and immediate withdrawal by Syria."

In a press conference on Feb. 17, President Bush went further, saying "... [W]e've talked clearly to Syria about ... making sure that their territory is not used by former Iraqi Baathists to spread havoc and kill innocent lives. We expect them [Syria] to find and turn over former regime—Saddam regime supporters, send them back to Iraq...."

But why would Syria, already politically targeted, kill Hariri, when it would obviously be the first place at which accusing fingers would be pointed? "What exactly would the Syrians gain from this?" asked Rime Allaf, Middle East analyst at the Royal Institute for International Affairs in London. "It doesn't make any sense. The first people who will be hurt by this is Syria. Given the chaos in Lebanon and the rising anger between the factions, analytically Syria loses a lot by this," Allaf told

A Syrian analyst at the Middle East Institute in Washington, told Aljazeera, "The Syrians are not crazy and they are not going to be assassinating Lebanese officials." He pointed to the fact that the Syrians had been engaging in dialogue with the opposition. Others noted that Hezbollah, another prime suspect, had been lying low in the recent period, on the recommendation of Syria and Iran, both eager to avoid confrontation.

Chaos and Civil War

The easiest way for the "Clean Break" scenario to be implemented now, would be through a new civil war in Lebanon, which would lead to the balkanization of the country into ethnic/religious/sectarian entities. Tensions among factions in the country had been heating up prior to the Hariri assassination. Walid Jumblatt, for example, speaking to Christian Maronites at St. Joseph University, accused "elements" of the Syrian Baath Party of killing his father in 1975. The Baath party then demanded that Jumblatt be prosecuted in Lebanon for slander.

Meanwhile, members of the Lebanese government accused opposition figures of being tools of the United States and Israel. The Mufti of Lebanon, Mohammad Khabani, added fuel to the fire, when he stated that the Sunnis in Lebanon believed that they were being targetted through the murder of Hariri, who was a Sunni. As journalist Robert Fisk, who was on site when the bombing occurred, stressed in the British paper the Independent: "Anyone setting out to murder Hariri would know how this could reopen all the fissures of the civil war from 1975 to 1990."

Iran and Syria Close Ranks

In response to the propaganda barrage aimed against Syria, the government strengthened its strategic alliance with Iran, another neo-con target. Syrian Prime Minister Mohammad Naji al-Otari visited Tehran, and after talks with Iranian First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref, stated: "This meeting, which takes place at this sensitive time, is important, especially because Syria and Iran face several challenges and it is necessary to build a common front." The two discussed increasing cooperation in transportation, oil, irrigation, energy, and trade, as part of their "common front," and Aref pledged Iran's support.

More significant, strategically, is the support which Moscow has lent to both Syria and Iran. Flying in the face of Israeli and U.S. protests, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Sharon, one day after Hariri's assassination, saying that Russia would fulfill its pledge to sell Syria vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft missiles. The next day, Feb. 16, Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, former senior member of the Russian Defense Ministry, and currently president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, warned: "Should an aggression be launched against Iran, the war will come to Russian borders." Hassan Rowhani, head of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council (and a negotiator on nuclear issues), visited Moscow for talks with Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov. And on Feb. 26, the head of the Russian Federation Atomic Energy Agency, Alexander Rumyantsev, is expected in Iran, to sign the final agreements on the Bushehr nuclear reactor. According to regional sources, Russia has de facto established guarantees for Iran's security, and is beefing up its southern border, from the Black Sea into Central Asia, a signal that Moscow is taking the threats against Iran and Syria very seriously.

One Iranian official summed up his view of the situation by saying, "The Third World War has already begun." Unless the political opposition inside the U.S. takes over policy-making soon, that indeed is the danger.


Many other such analysis at


See also:

All Set for War With Syria (March 2, 2005)
(...) The broader implications of the Feb. 14 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was seen by many as the embodiment of the Lebanese people's efforts to rebuild their country in the aftermath of its 15-year civil war, are yet to unfold. A Sunni Muslim, Hariri reached out to all of Lebanon's ethnic and religious communities in an effort to unite the country after decades of violence waged by heavily armed militias and foreign invaders.


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America No. 1?

America by the numbers by Michael Ventura

No concept lies more firmly embedded in our national character than the notion that the USA is "No. 1," "the greatest." Our broadcast media are, in essence, continuous advertisements for the brand name "America Is No. 1." Any office seeker saying otherwise would be committing political suicide. In fact, anyone saying otherwise will be labeled "un-American." We're an "empire," ain't we? Sure we are. An empire without a manufacturing base. An empire that must borrow $2 billion a day from its competitors in order to function. Yet the delusion is ineradicable. We're No. 1. Well...this is the country you really live in:

* The United States is 49th in the world in literacy (the New York Times, Dec. 12, 2004).

* The United States ranked 28th out of 40 countries in mathematical literacy (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004).

* Twenty percent of Americans think the sun orbits the earth. Seventeen percent believe the earth revolves around the sun once a day (The Week, Jan. 7, 2005).

* "The International Adult Literacy Survey...found that Americans with less than nine years of education 'score worse than virtually all of the other countries'" (Jeremy Rifkin's superbly documented book The European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream, p.78).

* Our workers are so ignorant and lack so many basic skills that American businesses spend $30 billion a year on remedial training (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004). No wonder they relocate elsewhere!

* "The European Union leads the U.S. in...the number of science and engineering graduates; public research and development (R&D) expenditures; and new capital raised" (The European Dream, p.70).

* "Europe surpassed the United States in the mid-1990s as the largest producer of scientific literature" (The European Dream, p.70).

* Nevertheless, Congress cut funds to the National Science Foundation. The agency will issue 1,000 fewer research grants this year (NYT, Dec. 21, 2004).

* Foreign applications to U.S. grad schools declined 28 percent last year. Foreign student enrollment on all levels fell for the first time in three decades, but increased greatly in Europe and China. Last year Chinese grad-school graduates in the U.S. dropped 56 percent, Indians 51 percent, South Koreans 28 percent (NYT, Dec. 21, 2004). We're not the place to be anymore.

* The World Health Organization "ranked the countries of the world in terms of overall health performance, and the U.S. [was]...37th." In the fairness of health care, we're 54th. "The irony is that the United States spends more per capita for health care than any other nation in the world" (The European Dream, pp.79-80). Pay more, get lots, lots less.

* "The U.S. and South Africa are the only two developed countries in the world that do not provide health care for all their citizens" (The European Dream, p.80). Excuse me, but since when is South Africa a "developed" country? Anyway, that's the company we're keeping.

* Lack of health insurance coverage causes 18,000 unnecessary American deaths a year. (That's six times the number of people killed on 9/11.) (NYT, Jan. 12, 2005.)

* "U.S. childhood poverty now ranks 22nd, or second to last, among the developed nations. Only Mexico scores lower" (The European Dream, p.81). Been to Mexico lately? Does it look "developed" to you? Yet it's the only "developed" country to score lower in childhood poverty.

* Twelve million American families--more than 10 percent of all U.S. households--"continue to struggle, and not always successfully, to feed themselves." Families that "had members who actually went hungry at some point last year" numbered 3.9 million (NYT, Nov. 22, 2004).

* The United States is 41st in the world in infant mortality. Cuba scores higher (NYT, Jan. 12, 2005).

* Women are 70 percent more likely to die in childbirth in America than in Europe (NYT, Jan. 12, 2005).

* The leading cause of death of pregnant women in this country is murder (CNN, Dec. 14, 2004).

* "Of the 20 most developed countries in the world, the U.S. was dead last in the growth rate of total compensation to its workforce in the 1980s.... In the 1990s, the U.S. average compensation growth rate grew only slightly, at an annual rate of about 0.1 percent" (The European Dream, p.39). Yet Americans work longer hours per year than any other industrialized country, and get less vacation time.

* "Sixty-one of the 140 biggest companies on the Global Fortune 500 rankings are European, while only 50 are U.S. companies" (The European Dream, p.66). "In a recent survey of the world's 50 best companies, conducted by Global Finance, all but one were European" (The European Dream, p.69).

* "Fourteen of the 20 largest commercial banks in the world today are European.... In the chemical industry, the European company BASF is the world's leader, and three of the top six players are European. In engineering and construction, three of the top five companies are European.... The two others are Japanese. Not a single American engineering and construction company is included among the world's top nine competitors. In food and consumer products, Nestlé and Unilever, two European giants, rank first and second, respectively, in the world. In the food and drugstore retail trade, two European companies...are first and second, and European companies make up five of the top ten. Only four U.S. companies are on the list" (The European Dream, p.68).

* The United States has lost 1.3 million jobs to China in the last decade (CNN, Jan. 12, 2005).

* U.S. employers eliminated 1 million jobs in 2004 (The Week, Jan. 14, 2005).

* Three million six hundred thousand Americans ran out of unemployment insurance last year; 1.8 million--one in five--unemployed workers are jobless for more than six months (NYT, Jan. 9, 2005).

* Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea hold 40 percent of our government debt. (That's why we talk nice to them.) "By helping keep mortgage rates from rising, China has come to play an enormous and little-noticed role in sustaining the American housing boom" (NYT, Dec. 4, 2004). Read that twice. We owe our housing boom to China, because they want us to keep buying all that stuff they manufacture.

* Sometime in the next 10 years Brazil will probably pass the U.S. as the world's largest agricultural producer. Brazil is now the world's largest exporter of chickens, orange juice, sugar, coffee, and tobacco. Last year, Brazil passed the U.S. as the world's largest beef producer. (Hear that, you poor deluded cowboys?) As a result, while we bear record trade deficits, Brazil boasts a $30 billion trade surplus (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004).

* As of last June, the U.S. imported more food than it exported (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004).

* Bush: 62,027,582 votes. Kerry: 59,026,003 votes. Number of eligible voters who didn't show up: 79,279,000 (NYT, Dec. 26, 2004). That's more than a third. Way more. If more than a third of Iraqis don't show for their election, no country in the world will think that election legitimate.

* One-third of all U.S. children are born out of wedlock. One-half of all U.S. children will live in a one-parent house (CNN, Dec. 10, 2004).

* "Americans are now spending more money on gambling than on movies, videos, DVDs, music, and books combined" (The European Dream, p.28).

* "Nearly one out of four Americans [believe] that using violence to get what they want is acceptable" (The European Dream, p.32).

* Forty-three percent of Americans think torture is sometimes justified, according to a PEW Poll (Associated Press, Aug. 19, 2004).

* "Nearly 900,000 children were abused or neglected in 2002, the last year for which such data are available" (USA Today, Dec. 21, 2004).

* "The International Association of Chiefs of Police said that cuts by the [Bush] administration in federal aid to local police agencies have left the nation more vulnerable than ever" (USA Today, Nov. 17, 2004).

No. 1? In most important categories we're not even in the Top 10 anymore. Not even close.

The USA is "No. 1" in nothing but weaponry, consumer spending, debt, and delusion.

Reprinted from the Austin Chronicle.


Forwarded by From: "Meria Heller">

Hi Meria,

After reading this, I think most American's are sitting on their brains....:


One in Four Americans Would Use Nukes Against Terrorists, Gallup Finds

By Greg Mitchell

March 01, 2005

NEW YORK More than one in four Americans would go so far as to utilize nuclear bombs if need be in the fight against terrorism, according to a national survey reported today by The Gallup Organization.

Gallup asked Americans whether they would be willing or not willing "to have the U.S. government do each of the following" and then listed an array of options.

For example, "assassinate known terrorists" drew the support of 65% of all adults. "Torture known terrorists if they know details about future terrorist attacks in the U.S." won the backing of 39%.

Finally, the option of using "nuclear weapons to attack terrorist facilities" drew the support of 27% of adults, with 72% opposing, which would shatter the taboo on using these weapons militarily since the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Experts agree that the power of today’s weapons, their range of damage and the peril of drifting radioactive fallout far exceeds the bombs used against Japan. That support has declined 7% since 2001, however.

Greg Mitchell ( is the editor of E&P and co-author (with Robert Jay Lifton) of the book "Hiroshima in America."

People don't realize that the bombs dropped on Japan were on 500 Kilotons, we have nukes today well over 100 Megatons of explosive power, that's 200 times more powerful than the WWII bombs. If anyone has seen the photos of Hiroshima or Nagasaki after the bombs were dropped, I think they would think twice about the use of these weapons. The bombs we have today are nation destroyers; just one of them. I would also surmise that if we nuked a country because of suspected terrorist activities, the terrorist WOULD try to acquire a nuke to use on us. Once one of these monsters is used, it would probably be hard to stop there, I suspect that there would be a tendency to use more.....

People also forget that we have tactical nukes that can be fired from artillery pieces, with more explosive power than the bombs dropped on Japan. It would also signal to other nations that have nukes, that it's okay, the U.S. did it, we can do it too....

I was watching the Military Channel (one of the Discovery Channel spin offs) with a documentary on mobile artillery and armored vehicles. At the end I started to think about when I worked for Northrop Corporation's Computer Division. Though we were the technology side of the business, we still received all the news bulletins and newsletters from Northrop as a whole. At the time, Northrop was fighting to have it's F-20 Tigershark fighter selected for use by the military, I was pretty proud of what my company was doing, this was around 1983-85. As I think about it now, we over spend on defense, an industry that is so full of illegal acts, the whole thing should be under investigation. Over and over, Eisenhower's Farewell speech comes to mind were he warns us to beware of the military-industrial complex....

I guess we didn't listen too well to ole Ike's words, if we had, we probably would have more balance and accountability of the Dept. of Defense, there would be little or no black-ops slush funds laying around with trillions of dollars sitting in them.

The Cold War was a perfect pretense for the massive build-up of all the weapons we have stockpiled now. Did you know all the Purple Hearts being given out are warehoused from WWII. If the two atom bombs had not been dropped and ended the war, it was thought that close to 500 thousand soldiers would be killed in an invasion of mainland Japan. With that in mind, the DoD ordered the appropriate number of Purple Hearts, no one suspected that the two nukes would end the war and we had a surplus of Purple Hearts to warehouse. From what I understand, there are still plenty more in the warehouse..... There are people in the military that think nuclear war is winnable, but it's not, not with 200+Megaton nukes around; these things are destroyers of nations, plain and simple. We have chemical agents like VX that many people wish we could un-invent.

What is it in man that makes him want to fight his fellow man? One would think by the 21st century that we would have evolved enough to get past wars, but apparently not. I have to disagree with the guest that you had on the show that thinks we have already fought WWIII, i.e. the Cold War, it was not a war of nations like WWI & WWII, so to me the next one will be WWIII. I wonder if like the past two "great wars", people will say it will be the war to end all wars. If nukes are used, I would say "yes it would be"...........



Date: 3 Mar 2005
Subject: "Pharisee Nation"

This just really gets down and back to the basics and the truth -- that the mindblowing hypocrisy of the self-styled "Christian" right is absolutely antithetical to the message of the Jesus Christ they *claim* to follow. Particularly compelling, coming from a devout Christian, rather than a new ager or journalist non-believer!    
Anni :º)



Pharisee Nation 

American Nation Brainwashed 

by John Dear 

02/17/05 "CommonDreams" - - Last September, I spoke to some 2,000 students during their annual lecture at a Baptist college in Pennsylvania. After a short prayer service for peace centered on the Beatitudes, I took the stage and got right to the point. “Now let me get this straight,” I said. “Jesus says, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers,’ which means he does not say, ‘Blessed are the warmakers,’ which means, the warmakers are not blessed, which means warmakers are cursed, which means, if you want to follow the nonviolent Jesus you have to work for peace, which means, we all have to resist this horrific, evil war on the people of Iraq.” 

With that, the place exploded, and 500 students stormed out. The rest of them then started chanting, “Bush! Bush! Bush!” 

So much for my speech. Not to mention the Beatitudes. 

I was not at all surprised that George W. Bush was reelected president. As I travel the country speaking out against war, injustice and nuclear weapons, I see many people consciously siding with the culture of war, choosing the path of violence, supporting corporate greed, rampant militarism, and global domination. I see many others swept up in the raging current of patriotism. Since most of these people, beginning with the president, claim to be Christian, I am ashamed and appalled that they support war and systemic injustice, that they do it in the name of God, and that they feign fidelity to the nonviolent Jesus who gave his life resisting institutionalized injustice. 

I am reminded of Flannery O’Connor’s great book, “Wise Blood,” where her outrageous character Hazel Motes is so fed up with Christian hypocrisy that he forms his own church, the “Church of Christ without Christ,” “where the lame don’t walk, the blind don’t see, and the dead don’t rise.” That’s where we are headed today. 

I used to think these all-American Christians never read the Gospel, that they simply chose not to be authentic disciples of the nonviolent Jesus. Now, alas, I think they have indeed chosen discipleship, but not to the hero of the Gospels, Jesus. Instead, through their actions, they have become disciples of the devout, religious, all-powerful, murderous Pharisees who killed him. 

A Culture of Pharisees 

We have become a culture of Pharisees. Instead of practicing an authentic spirituality of compassion, nonviolence, love and peace, we as a collective people have become self-righteous, arrogant, powerful, murderous hypocrites who dominate and kill others in the name of God. The Pharisees supported the brutal Roman rulers and soldiers, and lived off the comforts of the empire by running an elaborate banking system which charged an exorbitant fee for ordinary people just to worship God in the Temple. Since they taught that God was present only in the Temple, they were able to control the entire population. If anyone opposed their power or violated their law, the Pharisees could kill them on the spot, even in the holy sanctuary. 

Most North American Christians are now becoming more and more like these hypocritical Pharisees. We side with the rulers, the bankers, and the corporate millionaires and billionaires. We run the Pentagon, bless the bombing raids, support executions, make nuclear weapons and seek global domination for America as if that was what the nonviolent Jesus wants. And we dismiss anyone who disagrees with us. 

We have become a mean, vicious people, what the bible calls “stiff-necked people.” And we do it all with the mistaken belief that we have the blessing of God. 

In the past, empires persecuted religious groups and threatened them into passivity and silence. Now these so-called Christians run the American empire, and teach a subtle spirituality of empire to back up their power in the name of God. This spirituality of empire insists that violence saves us, might makes right, war is justified, bombing raids are blessed, nuclear weapons offer the only true security from terrorism, and the good news is not love for our enemies, but the elimination of them. The empire is working hard these days to tell the nation--and the churches--what is moral and immoral, sinful and holy. It denounces certain personal behavior as immoral, in order to distract us from the blatant immorality and mortal sin of the U.S. bombing raids which have left 100,000 Iraqis dead, or our ongoing development of thousands of weapons of mass destruction. Our Pharisee rulers would have us believe that our wars and our weapons are holy and blessed by God. 

In the old days, the early Christians had big words for such behavior, such lies. They were called “blasphemous, idolatrous, heretical, hypocritical and sinful.” Such words and actions were denounced as the betrayal, denial and execution of Jesus all over again in the world’s poor. But the empire needs the church to bless and support its wars, or at least to remain passive and silent. As we Christians go along with the Bush administration and the American empire, we betray Jesus, renounce his teachings, and create a “Church of Christ without Christ,“ as Flannery O’Connor foresaw. 

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Haiti: A Bleak and Dismal Country One Year Later

By Ira Kurzban - The Miami Herald

01 March 2005

One year after the coup d'etat against Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the nation's first democratically elected president, the situation is dismal.

The Caribbean Community of nations (CARICOM) just last week expressed deep concern over ''the deteriorating human-rights situation in Haiti,'' including ''serious abuses at the hands of the police'' and ``the indefinite detention of Lavalas (Aristide's party) leaders and activists.''

Former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune and former Minister of the Interior Jocelerme Privert, held for almost one year without any charges, are now on a hunger strike.

Even journalists broadcasting for U.S. news services are no longer safe from the U.S.-installed government of Gerard Latortue. Abdias Jean, a correspondent for a Miami radio station, was summarily executed last month by Haitian police because he had witnessed the execution of a 17-year-old girl. The situation has become so grave for journalists in Haiti that the Inter-American Press Association convened an Emergency Forum on Press Freedom in Haiti two weeks ago.

At the same time, Haitians supportive of Aristide are being slaughtered in the neighborhoods. The Latortue government and Minister of Justice Bernard Gousse celebrated the anniversary of the coup by condoning the execution of more than 25 Aristide supporters in various poor areas of Port-au-Prince this weekend. The police, who are now largely made up of former military and death squad members, conduct ''operations'' in Aristide strongholds that constitute little more than summary executions.

Just yesterday, Haitian police fired on peaceful protesters marking the one-year anniversary of Aristide's ouster. Early reports said at least two protesters were killed and about a dozen wounded.

Meanwhile, U.N. troops provide the firepower to support the political cleansing operation. The former members of the Haitian army still remain in control of the vast majority of the country and their actions, including the rape of 11- and 14-year-old girls last week, go unreported by the mainstream press and unchallenged by the U.N. troops allegedly providing security.

Aristide's forced departure and kidnapping by the Bush administration is one of the saddest moments in our unfortunate history with Haiti. That Aristide was kidnapped cannot be seriously challenged, despite reports to the contrary. The person who translated his letter of resignation for the U.S. government has stated that the version that the Bush administration presented to the United Nations and Organization of American States as proof of Aristide's voluntary departure was flawed and inaccurate.

The Haitian president never resigned, according to the accurately translated letter. Rather, U.S. troops allegedly sent to guard the U.S. Embassy in the days leading up to the coup were actually special forces used to remove Aristide and his wife, a U.S. citizen. He was taken out of his own country on a CIA-sponsored aircraft with a phony tail registration, and he and his wife were kept incommunicado for 20 hours. Even the declaration presented to the government of Antigua when the aircraft stopped to refuel was a phony declaration that declared there were no passengers on board.

A recent report in The Herald suggesting that Neptune's actions support the view that Aristide left voluntarily is deeply flawed. Aristide's alleged conversation asking Neptune to leave with him never took place. In fact, Neptune, like many people during the days after the coup believes that he was duped and has asked for an investigation into Aristide's ''departure.''

The sad fact is that Haiti is another example of the Bush administration's complete incompetence and unwillingness to support democratic principles. While President Bush seeks democracy in Iraq, he was apparently willing to end it in Haiti because he wanted to complete the first coup that his father and Dick Cheney, as the secretary of defense at the time, began against Aristide in 1991.

Ira Kurzban is counsel for Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the former attorney for the government of Haiti.


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Stability still eludes Haiti (March 9, 2005)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A year after U.S. Marines whisked elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide away to exile in Africa, the jury is still out on whether an interim government backed by a U.N. peacekeeping mission can restore stability and democratic rule in Haiti, or whether it will return to its former violence and ruin. Recent events have not been encouraging. Two-and-a-half weeks ago, a handful of gunmen stormed the national penitentiary here in the capital and freed more than 480 prisoners, though U.N. peacekeepers and Haitian police were just three blocks away. Shortly after, a gang murdered at least 10 persons in the seaside slum called God's Village, an area patrolled by Sri Lankan peacekeepers. The following day, the bodies of five persons killed by gunshots lay in the streets of the pro-Aristide neighborhood of Bel Air after a police operation. Witnesses said hooded, black-clad policemen executed them. -Police fire at march - On Monday of last week, Haitian police fired at a peaceful march of Aristide supporters in Bel Air on the first anniversary of his ouster, leaving a 26-year-old man dead and others injured. The police seemed unconcerned at the presence of foreign reporters and Brazilian peacekeepers, some of whom were livid afterward because they accompanied the demonstrators and had been in the line of fire. CLIP

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Note from Jean: I saw a similar report from another source recently coming from Europe about the same strange skin disease - perhaps caused by a parasite. So I take it that this is for real. Go at for pictures of this bizarre phenomenon.

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Subject: Mysterious Quantum Disease Strikes Thousands In US/Canada
Date: 2 Mar 2005

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March 2, 2005

Mysterious Quantum Disease Strikes Thousands in United States and Canada

By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Russian Subscribers

For over two decades Russian scientists have theorized that it was possible for human beings to contract quantum diseases, and now we are beginning to hear from the Western countries of the United States and Canada that indeed an outbreak of the world's first quantum disease is now occurring.

Western governments, their propaganda media organs and their medical and scientific organizations are greatly suppressing this information from the citizens of these countries, but their control measures are breaking down on some local levels.

From the Texas Region of the United States we can read this story from a local television station in the city of San Antonio (WOAI) titled, "Mystery Illness Turns Family's Home into Prison", and which says, "Amysterious skin disease is spreading across the country, and it has already extended into parts of Texas. It's called Morgellons, a parasite-like infection that will literally make your skin crawl. Patients say it feels like bugs are crawling all over you. To make matters even worse, many doctors say the victims are delusional."

Another Texas Region television station (KXAN), located in Austin says in their reporting about this event, "A new, mysterious illness, sounds like it comes straight out of The Twilight Zone. It's a rare, skin disorder called Morgellons. You may be surprised to learn that Texas is second only to California in the number of documented cases of Morgellons."

The Morgellons Research Foundation says about this mysterious new disease; "Most individuals with this disease report non-healing skin lesions, which are associated with highly unusual structures. These structures can be described as fiber-like or filamentous, and are the most striking features of this disease. In addition, many people consistently report finding objects described as black specks, and granules associated with their skin and skin lesions.

The granules have also been described as sand or seeds, but are often seen to have fibers emerging from one end. The elongated fibers are often twisted into balls or what appear to be bundles of fibers, as they grow within the skin. Many people refer to these bundles as fiber balls, fuzz balls, or lint balls. The fibers are clearly hyphae-like structures, and yet, due their immense size (150+/- microns wide), they do not fall within the description of known hyphae or pseudohyphae.

The fibers are most often white, but are also consistently seen as blue, black, and rarely red. The fibers exhibit a high degree of autofluorescence and are not, repeat not, textile derived."

In their attempts to forestall a mass panic about this mysterious disease the military authorities in the United States have instructed their medical authorities to not treat patients and to instead categorize them as insane, and as we can read from this newspaper story from the Reno Gazette-Journal from the Nevada Region of the United States, and titled, "A Medical Mystery: Delusional parasitosis", and which says;

"Thousands of people from Canada to Miami, and from Seattle to Houston report the same symptoms, according to a national group formed to help such patients. Scientists have used state-of-the-art microscopes to take photos the fibers and "parasites," but they remain unidentified. The Reno Gazette-Journal talked to other patients in Reno, Fallon, Fernley, Las Vegas, Boulder City and the Bay Area who report similar symptoms and have received similar diagnoses: their disease is psychological, not physical.

But if Blodgett and other patients are delusional, the activists said, thousands of people have been having the same hallucinations in exactly the same way, thousands of miles apart. And the delusions can be photographed and — if anyone will take the time — studied."

To the ancient peoples of the world this disease was well known, and spoken of with great fear. 

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A History of the Bush Administration in One Sentence

By William Pitt

March 3rd, 2005

Just because the Supreme Court set a poison precedent and appointed Bush, who brought in his crowd of neocon yahoos that no one discussed during the 2000 campaign because we 'Muricans vote for the man and not the mob of frothing dogs that come in his wake, just because the twin bill of unreasonably massive tax cuts were combined with the economic depth-charge that was the Enron/Arthur Andersen scandal that was umbilically connected to the White House, just because the economy (not to mention our whole psyche) absorbed another blow when four commercial airplanes somehow managed to pierce the most impenetrable air defense system in the history of the universe, fooling the entire intelligence community as well if you believe what you hear on Fox... ...despite a blizzard of warnings and a raft of information from the previous administration, just because a bunch of anthrax got mailed to Democrats by the Ashcroft wing of the Republican Party in what were obvious assassination attempts and yet nothing but nothing has been done about it, just because the 9/11 attack was immediately and I mean the day after immediately grasped as an excuse to invade Iraq, just because virtually everyone in the administration lied with their bare faces hanging out about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, terrorism ties in Iraq, so break out the plastic sheeting and duct tape because we're all gonna die, just because they did this in no small part to win the 2002 midterms by any means necessary, just because 1,502 American soldiers have been killed looking for the 26,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin, 500 tons (which is 1,000,00 lbs.) of sarin and mustard and VX nerve agent, 30,000 munitions to deliver the stuff, mobile biological weapons labs, arial drones to spray the aforementioned stuff, and let's not forget the uranium from Niger for use in Iraq's robust nukular program, all of which was described to the letter by Bush in his 2003 State of the Union address, all of which remains on the White House website on a page titled 'Disarm Saddam Hussein,' just because the medical journal Lancet estimates that as many as 198,000 Iraqi citizens have been killed as well in the war to get at this stuff, just because none of the stuff was there, and by the way nonee of the stuff was there, and did I mention that none of the stuff was there, just because the idea that Hussein was allied with bin Laden was laughable because Osama has wanted Saddam's head on his battle standard for decades, just because the true source of world terrorism, which is Wahabbist extremism in Saudi Arabia, goes completely unaddressed because the Houses of Bush and Saud have been partnered for decades, just because so much of 9/11 and this 'War on Terra' has to do with business arrangements going awry between these two Houses, just because a deep-cover CIA agent who was working to track any person or nation or group that would give weapons of mass destruction to terrorists got her cover and her network blown by Administration officials who wanted to shut her husband and any other potential whistleblowers the hell up, just because the front company she was working out of called Brewster Jennings and Associates was likewise blown, thus torpedoing other agents and their networks, just because absolutely all of this went virtually unreported by the mainstream media until it was too late, if it was reported at all, just because dangerous spies like Ahmad Chalabi used Judy Miller and the New York Times to disseminate the lie that Iraq was riddled with weapons, thus opening the floodgates for the rest of the media to repeat the lie because once the Times says it, it must be true, just because this lack of reporting combined with an astounding level of cheerleading from the aforementioned media combined with some good old-fashioned vote fraud in places like Ohio, Florida and New Mexico gave the aforementioned group of yahoos four more years and a congressional majority in both houses of congress, just because this means the Iraq war will continue and Iran will probably be next and draconian legislation further restricting our rights will get passed along with things like the Bankruptcy bill and media reform of any kind will be nowhere on the menu, just because a lot of the Justices on the Supreme Court are sure to step down or die soon and Bush will be able to recraft that high court for the next 20 years, just because the Christian Reconstructionists are becoming mainstream with their goal of having every American singing "Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me" in a droning monochromatic hypnotized voice all day every day...

...doesn't mean anyone should be worried or anything. Get a grip.



One for oil and oil for one

Michael Meacher says that the fuss over Ukraine was about the geopolitics of oil, and the growing conflict between the US and China

Yes, our man (Yushchenko) and our system (democracy) won in Ukraine, and once again good triumphed over bad. Yet this presentation, so characteristic of the Western media, misses the point about what the struggle is really about.

If the issue was fair elections, there would have been an equal furore about the grossly rigged elections by which Ilham Aliyev assumed the presidency of Azerbaijan in 2003 from his father, a ruthless KGB hardman in the former Soviet state. In fact the West turned a blind eye, in order to maintain access to Azerbaijans oil supplies after a $13 billion contract had been signed with BP in 1998. Equally, there would have been uproar when the pro-Russian Shevardnadze was ousted as President of Georgia in 2003 and the Wests favoured candidate won 96 per cent of the vote to replace him. But nobody raised any complaint.

If the issue was legitimate government, much more attention would have been focused on Yushchenkos aides and the tenor of his administration. His closest aide, Julia Timoshenko, known as Ukraines gas princess, and now appointed Prime Minister, has been widely accused by both the Russian and Ukrainian authorities of bribery and embezzlement. Another aide admits that the key people in the Yushchenko team are from the same oligarchic mould as our opponents. Economic interests, not political principle, pitted them against the Yanukovich camp. Many fear that turning over state power to entrenched oligarchs like these will make Yushchenkos government little different from its predecessor.

What is really at stake is something quite different, almost entirely unmentioned in the Western media. It is rather more prosaic than a people powerrevolution. It is primarily a battle over oil transit routes from the second largest remaining oil deposits in the world, and, more long term, a US attempt to pre-empt Chinese designs on the key strategic space round the southern rim of the old Soviet Union.

In May 2000 an oilfield containing 2050 billion barrels of oil was discovered in the Caspian Sea off the Kazakhstan coast, probably the biggest hitherto untapped reserve in the world. But, with major exploration only now getting under way, early seismic studies suggest vast resources of hydrocarbons ranging from 70200 billion barrels of oil and some 250 trillion cubic feet of gas less than in the Middle East but much more than in the US and Europe.

The geopolitical problem, however, centres on the fact that the Caspian Sea is landlocked, so that oil and gas have to be transported by pipeline to a terminal on the open sea. One relatively short route runs through Iran, but that is not acceptable to the US. Another plan, from the US oil company Unocal, was to extend Turkmenistans existing route through Afghanistan and Pakistan on to the Arabian Sea, and this was a consideration behind launching the war against Afghanistan in 2001. A third alternative is a pipeline westwards from the Caspian port of Baku through Georgia to the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean; but this has been heavily opposed on grounds of environmental destruction. A fourth option is a pipeline from Kazakh to the Black Sea, but this has the severe drawback of tanker congestion in the Bosphorus.

Against this background, Ukraines geographical location makes it an ideal corridor for oil and natural gas from the Caspian region to Western markets. The most suitable conduit is the OdessaBrody pipeline which was completed in 2001 and runs north from Ukraines Black Sea port to the city of Brody, and is thence extended to the refinery at Plotsk in Poland and a further link to the Baltic port of Gdansk.

However, this has been blocked hitherto by Moscows stubborn insistence on operating the pipeline in the reverse direction, to move oil from Russia southwards to tankers in the Black Sea for onward shipping to world markets. Moscow has also tried to drag Ukraine into a customs or even an economic union in the framework of its so-called Integrated Economic Zone. By depriving Ukraine of its European prospects and hence of its opportunity to become more independent economically, the Kremlin has been trying to pull Kiev back into Moscows orbit.

What has been at stake in Ukraine is less a fight over democracy than a struggle over the geopolitics of oil and military reach. If Ukraine is absorbed into the Nato orbit, Russia will be deprived of access to its naval bases in the Crimea, and Russian oil and gas exports will be squeezed by a new US straitjacket.

But the significance of the Ukrainian confrontation goes even wider. China remains the sole long-term challenger to US hegemony, and while the Chinese economy has been expanding at a phenomenal rate, its weakness continues to be its energy supply. Once oil-independent, China has over the last decade become increasingly reliant on imports, which now account for 60 per cent of its oil consumption, compared with only 6 per cent in 1993. Within the next five years, according to Beijing, China will be importing 50 million tons of oil and 50 billion cubic metres of gas annually.

Chinese petro-diplomacy already extends worldwide, including Africa, and it is busily establishing surveillance stations, naval facilities and airstrips to safeguard the oil route from the Gulf to the South China Sea. But its main goal in escaping dependence on maritime oil supplies is access to Russian and central Asian oil. Another facet, therefore, of intense US pressure on Ukraine is to forestall any Chinese encroachment on this oil-strategic area in the soft underbelly of the former Soviet Union. Ukraine is in reality a key flashpoint in the new Great Game being played out by the US, not so much with Russia, still a declining force, but with China, the emerging long-term threat.


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Will The End of Oil Mean The End of America?
(...) When oil is gone, civilization will be stupendously different. The onset of rapid depletion will trigger convulsions on a global scale, including, likely, global pandemics and die-offs of significant portions of the world's human population. The "have" countries will face the necessity kicking the "have-nots" out of the global lifeboat in order to assure their own survival. Even before such conditions are reached, inelastic supply interacting with inelastic demand will drive the price of oil and oil-derived commodities through the stratosphere, effecting by market forces alone massive shifts in the current distribution of global wealth. If the US economy is not to grind to a halt under these circumstances it must choose one of three alternate strategies: dramatically lower its living standards (something it is not willing to do); substantially increase the energy efficiency of its economy; or make up the shortfall by securing supplies from other countries. President Bush's National Energy Policy published in March 2001 explicitly commits the US to the third choice: Grab the Oil. It is this choice that is now driving US military and national security policy. And, in fact, the past 60 years of US policy in the Middle East can only be understood as the effort to control access to the world's largest supply of oil. Witness, for example, the deep US embrace of Saudi Arabia since World War II. One quarter of all US weapons sales between 1950 and 2000 went to Saudi Arabia despite its horrifically repressive, literally medieval tribal nature. CLIP


Forwarded by Paul Prior>


Freed Italian hostage survives likely assassination bid by US Special Forces

March 4, 2005

U.S. forces have fired at a car carrying Italian reporter Giuliana Sgrena shortly after her liberation, killing one Italian intelligence agent, wounding two other agents.

The just-freed journalist was later treated for a shrapnel wound in her shoulder at a U.S. military hospital.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has demanded an explanation from the United States. "The agent, Nicola Calipari covered Sgrena with his body, he was hit by a bullet which unfortunately was fatal," he said.

Berlusconi personally knew Calipari and the agent's wife worked in his Palazzo Chigi office. Calipari had worked on previous hostage release cases in Iraq "He was an extraordinary man," said Berlusconi.

Sgrena, was abducted while waiting outside a Baghdad mosque to interview refugees from the US-led assault on the city of Fallujah in November. She has worked for leftist Italian newspaper Il Manifesto since 1988. The paper is opposed to the US-led invasion of Iraq.

The kidnapping had already attracted much suspicion --as have other previous kidnappings of individuals hostile to US interests in Iraq. The circumstances of the shooting will do little to assauge those suspicions.

If the Italian intelligence agent who died shielding Sgrena had not courageously given his life in such a way, the outcome would have been the death of Sgrena and the injuring of three intelligence agents. That would have made it look like she had been the primary target of a planned ambush.

That is precisely the conclusion many Italian journalists, members of the public and skeptics of mainstream corporate news will tonight be concluding.

Just days ago an article on AL-AHRAM online weekly asked:

"Is there more to the abduction of Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena than meets the eye?"

The secretary of the Rome-based National Federation of the Italian Press (FNSI), complained, "With so little information at hand, no one is saying that the Iraqi secret service is behind the latest kidnapping, but the nagging question as to who benefits from terrorising anti- occupation civilians persists"...

With the deteriorating security situation inside Iraq, the latest Italian hostages have been critics of the military occupation rather than employees in foreign companies. Enzo Baldoni another independent journalist who was killed while in capture was himself working on a Falluja story....

The question on everyone's lips is why are pacifist civilians kidnapped in Iraq? What sense is there in eliminating journalists who are known for publishing information that goes against the occupation?...

With so little information at hand, no one is saying that the Iraqi secret service is behind the latest kidnapping, but the nagging question as to who benefits from terrorising anti- occupation civilians persists.

Two recent developments are worth noting. Earlier in the year, Newsweek reported that the Pentagon is considering using the "Salvador Option" in reference to a counter-insurgency strategy of the 1980s which saw the CIA-train local secret forces to go after leftists insurgents and their sympathisers in the Central American country and which led to tens of thousands of deaths.

A few weeks ago, and of particular interest to Italy, researcher Daniele Ganser with the Centre for Security Studies at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich published a book on the NATO's Secret Armies after WWII. The research offers plenty of proof on how NATO and the secret services in various European countries collaborated in attacks on civilians that were blamed on left-wing groups. It was not till the early 1990s that a former Italian prime minister, Giulio Andreotti confirmed that the secret group, code-named Gladio, existed.

Ganser's book contains various documented confessions including this chilling statement by former Gladio member, a right-wing extremist who was convicted for his part in one fatal attack, "You had to attack civilians, people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple. They were supposed to force these people, the Italian public, to turn to the state to ask for greater security."


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'Silencing Sgrena, gangland-style'
Sgrena had the goods on them, the whole bloody litany of crimes perpetrated by the swaggering Texas psychopath and his Pentagon goons. Her interviews with Falluja's refugees put her in a position to spill the beans on Bush's murderous farce and splatter the headlines across Europe with the real picture of what is going on inside Iraq. "I wanted to tell about the bloodbath in Falluja through the refugees tales....I had in front of me the EVIDENCE of what Iraqi society had become with the war," she announced in her confession My Truth ("La mia verita") Of course she she had to die. (...) The choice to fire 300 rounds into the vehicle carrying an Italian journalist to safety was not ordered by a junior-grade officer either. When Sgrena was transported to the Baghdad airport everyone along the way was notified. In case you're wondering, no one simply travels the road to the airport without all points being alerted to their movements. It's the most hazardous stretch of ground on earth and no one passes without proper clearance. This means that the Pentagon's storyline is pure fiction, as time will certainly tell. CLIP

Italian reporter's companion tells press Americans hoped she'd be killed
The web site of TF1, France's most popular television network, reported Saturday that as Giuliani Sgrena returned to Rome Saturday morning, her companion told the press that "the American military didn't want her to get out alive" because she was in possession of information embarrassing to the United States.[1] --The common joy at her liberation quickly degenerated into a political confrontation in Italy, whose population has never been in favor of the government's support for military intervention in Iraq. -- An earlier report from Libération (Paris) evoked the"confusion" in Rome Friday night as news of the tragedy reached Italians.[2] ...

Nicola Calipari and the Soldier who Shot Him

Italy Outraged: Charge Freed Journo Shooting Deliberate (March 05, 2005)
The United States military has pursued shoot to kill policies on independent journalists at least since the opening days of the Iraq war. Dozens have been killed- all regrettable "accidents of war." As Bush Himself says: "It's a dangerous place." Now, they've been outed by a survivor. - {lex}US Soldiers Try To Murder Another Journalist Posted by Lew Rockwell at 01:57 PM Despite the universal reprinting of Pentagon press releases by the US media--the Italian car carrying the hostage and her rescuers was speeding towards the checkpoint and refused to stop despite warning shots--the foreign press reports the truth. When the USG soldiers opened fire, the car was 700 yards from the airport and had passed all checkpoints. Giuliana Sgrena had helped expose Abu Graib and other US military crimes, including massacres in Fallujah, and she has much more to say. She is hated for not being embedded and FOXified, so they opened fire. One can never rule out a snafu--this is the government, after all--but the rest of the world sees it as an attempted hit. CLIP

I was US target - journalist (March 6),,2-10-1460_1672095,00.html
Rome - The Italian journalist wounded by US troops shortly after her month-long kidnap ordeal ended this weekend, on Sunday fanned a growing diplomatic rift between Rome and Washington by suggesting the US soldiers deliberately tried to kill her. Giuliana Sgrena, wounded when the convoy taking her to safety was riddled with bullets by a US patrol near Baghdad airport on Friday, said she may have been a target because the US opposed negotiations with her kidnappers."Everyone knows that the Americans don't want hostages to be freed by negotiations, and for that reason, I don't see why I should rule out that I was their target," Sgrena told Sky Italia news channel on Sunday. The comment comes amid fears that Friday's incident, in which Italy's top intelligence officer in Iraq was killed, could lead to a full-scale diplomatic rift between the two allies. CLIP

The Benefit of the Dumb (March 06, 2005)
Pier Scolari, Sgrena's partner, said yesterday "either this was an ambush, as I think, or we are dealing with imbeciles or terrorized kids who shoot at anyone." Since the latter has already been tragically demonstrated many times over in Iraq (graphically evidenced here), it makes an almost plausible explanation of what befell Sgrena's car, and a consoling fable to those who still balk at the notion that the United States has deliberately targetted journalists in Iraq. Which may very well be why the attempt on her life was made in this fashion. (...) "We buried them, but we could not identify them because they were charred from the napalm bombs used by the Americans." People from Saqlawiya village, near Falluja, told al Jazeera television, based in Qatar, that they helped bury 73 bodies of women and children completely charred, all in the same grave. The sad story of common graves, which started at Saddam‚s times, is not yet finished. Nobody could confirm if napalm bombs have been used in Falluja, but other bodies found last year after the fierce battle at Baghdad airport were also completely charred and some thought of nuclear bombs. No independent source could verify the facts, since all the news arrived until now are those spread by journalists embedded with the American troops, who would only allow British and American media to enrol with them. But the villagers who fled in the last few days spoke of many bodies which had not been buried: it was too dangerous to collect the corpses during the battle. As she was released, Sgrena's captors - whoever they were - warned her to take care, because "there are Americans who don't want you to go back." An independent foreign journalist, witness to numerous war crimes, writing for a communist paper. Would the killers and heirs of killers of nuns, Kennedys and Kings blink an eye at targetting such a person? Sgrena's ambush was a colossal mistake, only because she survived it.

A Few Words From A "Liberated" Iraqi
We do not hate America for its "freedom or democracy". We don't hate America. We hate the crimes, the destructions, and the devastation committed by America against the innocent people in our country. (...) Having known the facts, you did not apologize for the victims of the American torture but went ahead putting the blame on only the "seven bad apples". That did not STOP the torture or the human rights violations committed by your troops in Iraq. Reports are still coming to date confirming that torture is being committed against the Iraqis in the American detention camps. I am sure that your advisors will tell you that this is necessary to protect the security of America, several thousands of miles away from Iraq. Your partners in the "coalition of willing" are not doing any better!The British and Danish armies are both torturing Iraqi detainees. Now we discover through human rights reports that the "new Iraqi army", created and trained by your government, is also torturing the Iraqis. It is clear to me, Mr. President, that while we were tortured, before the "liberation", by one force of evil, now we are being tortured by at least four evil forces after the "liberation". It looks to me, Mr. President, that contrary to your announcement, the "torture chambers" may truly be here forever. CLIP


Forwarded by Paul Prior>


There is No More Time

By Lucinda Marshall

04 March, 2005

All evidence suggests that our lives and that of our planet are in grave peril. If we are to survive, we must immediately dismantle the forces of greed and power that are destroying our lives in the toxic pursuit of empire. It is our refusal to face the realities of global warming and our continued illegal use of Depleted Uranium that are the true terrors of our time. Our governments and the corporate empires they defend must be compelled to cease and desist from all forms of violence against our earth and its inhabitants, to work towards mitigating the damage done and to begin creating a livable future.

The environmental imperative of our situation cannot be ignored. The impact of global warming is accelerating. Levels of carbon dioxide (the main cause of global warming) have risen abruptly in the last two years. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world and its polar ice cap has shrunk up to 20% in the last three decades; the ice cap is expected to disappear altogether by the year 2070. (1) Our land, air and water are polluted with toxins and waste to the point where they can no longer sustain life. Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct, glaciers are melting.

As global warming continues to affect the life of our planet, the results will be devastating. Water will become scarce in some parts of the world while others will be flooded by rising seas as the polar ice caps melt. Rain forests are likely to dry out and burn and parts of the world will become much hotter even as others become much colder. Droughts will cause starvation, oceans will become more acidic and less hospitable to life and diseases like malaria will spread easily. (2)

Studies and reports have been issued telling us that temperatures are rising far faster than previously thought and that we have reached the tipping point in global warming that we had sought to avoid. There is the grave possibility that within as little as 10 years, we will reach the point of no return. Once that point is reached, the risk of abrupt uncontrollable climate change is expected to increase according to the recent report "Meeting The Climate Challenge". (3)

Each year, more and more people die unnecessarily of the cancerous impact of our toxic behavior, of preventable starvation, of disease and because of the misguided priorities of violence. War rages because of greed and the desire for domination. The pandemic quest for power and honor cuts an ever-widening swath of violence and degradation. Millions of people have been killed, wounded, trafficked, sexually assaulted and left homeless. And always, it is women and children who are most victimized.

It is precisely our disconnection from our ecological support systems that allows us to commit warfare. It should therefore not surprise us that military powers are the biggest polluters on our planet. The worst of this pollution is the use of enormous amounts of depleted uranium in wars that have been waged by the U.S., most recently against Afghanistan and Iraq, imperiling the very survival of our planet.

With a half-life of 4,500,000,000 years, the impact of DU will not go away. There is more than 1.5 million tons of radioactive Depleted Uranium waste in the world today (700,000 or more tons of this is located in the U.S.), and this number grows by 50,000 tons per day. In the first Gulf War alone, the Pentagon admits to using 320 tons of uranium weapons (in violation of international law), although Greenpeace puts the probable amount at more than 800 megatons. (4), (5) (6),

Depleted uranium causes both radioactive and chemical damage in humans. It is deposited in the lungs and kidneys of its victims and gives off alpha and beta radiation which cause cell deaths and genetic mutations, resulting in cancer in exposed individuals and genetic abnormalities in their descendants for many generations to come (from a 1995 U.S. Army report). (7) Women with their sensitive breast and uterine tissues and children with their not yet fully developed immune systems are the most vulnerable. (8)

Unquestionably the most critical point that we must understand is that the lethal impact of DU knows no boundaries. As these weapons explode, their toxic dust is carried in the wind and invades soil, water and air everywhere. We do not yet fully know the magnitude of the damage caused by this pollution, but there is the very real likelihood that we have already sown the seeds of our own demise.

It is the most perverse of ironies that the military forces that claim to defend us are responsible for most of the violence and environmental degradation that is destroying our world. These forces are inextricably tied to the ethos of corporate and national empire building that values the hoarding of resources over the common good.

This perilous and lethal greed is no longer tolerable and it is imperative that we come together in insisting on an end to planetary destruction and full commitment to creating a fair and sustainable future, with full and equal voice for all, most especially those who have born the brunt of the impact of the patriarchal irresponsibility.

Delay is no longer acceptable or possible, there is no more time.



(1) Geoffrey Lean, "Global warming approaching point of no return, warns leading climate expert", The Independent, January 23, 2005.
(2) Geoffrey Lean, "Apocalypse Now: How Mankind is Sleepwalking to the End of the Earth", The Independent, February 6, 2005.
(3) Michael McCarthy, "Countdown to global catastrophe", The Independent, January 24, 2005.
(4) World Information Service on Energy Uranium Project, "Current Issues: Waste Management of Depleted Uranium",
(5) VT Padmanabhan, "Is Depleted Uranium From The West Asian Battlefields Coming To India?", South Asia Citizens Wire, January 27-28, 2005.
(6) Brita May Rose, "America's Radioactive War", Counterpunch, November 17, 2004.
(7) VT Padmanabhan, "Is Depleted Uranium From The West Asian Battlefields Coming To India?", South Asia Citizens Wire, January 27-28, 2005.
(8) Rosalie Bertell, "Health and Environmental Costs of Militarism", presented in Barcelona, Spain and reprinted by International Institute of Concern for Public Health,


Lucinda Marshall is a feminist artist, writer and activist. She is the Founder of the Feminist Peace Network, which publishes Atrocities, a bulletin documenting violence against women throughout the world. Her work has been published in numerous publications including, Awakened Woman, Alternet, Dissident Voice, Off Our Backs, The Progressive, Rain and Thunder, Z Magazine , Common Dreams and Information Clearinghouse. She can be reached at



Forwarded by Jakina Déom> on March 5

From: Albert Moore>
Date: February 24, 2005
Subject: URGENT READ: Action will keep our choices!

Dear Friends,

Our Health Choices are being stolen... Please consider contacting your M.P. for their support... The way through is by positive assertive action... please speak up!!!

In friendship and health,

Albert Moore
Whitehorse, Canada.


Codex Limits Your Right To Choose By July/05!

Voice your Support of Bill C-420

Review: The Codex Alimentarius Commission was established in 1962 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations 'Food and Agriculture' Organization—to develop international food standards—under a complete media blackout. We are facing a massive push to 'harmonize' (make our products comply) with the heavily restrictive rules of their 'trial' countries of France, Germany, and Australia. What they really want to do is outlaw disease-prevention—which would generate a windfall of profits for drug companies as more and more people become ill and diagnosed with chronic diseases. Too many people are dying today as a result of medical ignorance and apathy. Horrible as 'culling' sounds, it seems powerful forces do not want us to live beyond retirement age, with one reason being that the entitlement programs world-wide appear either bankrupt or close to it. However, most of us are unaware that we are facing an unprecedented eugenics agenda! —a massive push to quietly 'harm-onize' all laws in almost invisible increments while media keeps our attention on 'other' issues.

We in Canada and the USA need to know that the European Union (EU) Food Supplements Directive is the blueprint for the harmonization of all laws worldwide through the Codex Alimentarius. Codex met secretly in November 2004, and finalized Step 8 (the final one) to begin June 2005 implementation. After June 2005 the World Trade Organization (WTO) and WHO will define and control supplements for all countries in the WTO, through the Codex Alimentarius (the 'Food Code') with violations to be punished by trade sanctions. An example of the resulting cost in Norway, Germany, and Australia, the 'trial' nations, zinc tablets rose from $4 per bottle to $52, Echinacea rose from $14. to $153 (by prescription only!). Another example is Vitamin C above 200mg and Niacin above 32mg will be banned from over-the-counter sale, being sold as drugs—no amino acids, essential fatty acids, and many other usual supplements will be allowed.

We need to realize that the EU Food Supplements Directive will be a template that governs the development of a global trade standard for dietary supplements. Nutritional supplements are derived from nature and cannot be patented, thus the support of the ban by the pharmaceutical industry. Health Canada and the FDA are setting up for 'harm-onization' of health-supplement laws to a mindlessly-restrictive international standard, aided and abetted directly by pharma-dominated vitamin trade associations world-wide—that have been effectively pulling the wool over the eyes of American and Canadian industry, health food stores, and consumers. Dietary supplements (from a list of 15 minerals and 13 vitamins, leaving out at least 40 important minerals) will be considered 'medical drugs' and controlled by prescriptions.

The EU Food Supplements Directive affects 75% of vitamin and mineral forms currently sold in the EU. Approximately 350 supplement ingredients (out of a total of 420) are missing from the 'permissible' list, which would cause over 5000 products to disappear from the shelves of UK health stores (The UK is a EU member). If they are not added to the so-called "positive list" list by June 2005, these nutrients will be banned throughout the EU from the end of July 2005, with Canada and the USA being hoodwinked into following suit. This in spite of the fact that the Commission, Council, and Parliament are not able to give any adequate scientific explanations as to why so many forms of vitamins and minerals naturally occurring in foods could be banned across the EU. The process for requesting inclusion of individual elements is expensive and very time consuming, thus discouraging many companies. We will hear more and more of the pharma industry' 'studies' in their attempts to dis! credit nutritional products and their effectiveness for therapeutic purposes.

If the proposed ban is implemented, there is much at stake. The maximum levels will be determined by "scientific risk assessment." The problem is that the published dietary supplement science is often flawed, biased, outdated, and badly in need of revision. The ban would result in restrictions in doses and potency, the quantity per package, etc, drastically increasing prices and affecting availability. Recent advances in nutritional science show that the currently-allowed higher levels would significantly reduce morbidity and mortality among millions of people worldwide.

Another result of the new regulations would be that testimonials and endorsements would have to be backed by "competent and reliable scientific evidence" which means a scientist needs to do the research for each testimonial, so even the most innocent and mundane statement cannot be used. The WTO will require that testimonials not imply that products treat, cure, prevent, or even mitigate any disease. In other words no relationship can exist between a supplement and a disease condition. (' Operation Cure All' Ruth James). T he FDA has also taken the position that internet advertising qualifies as labeling.

A few non-profit groups such as Freedom of Choice in Health Care, International Advocates for Health Freedom, and Alliance for Natural Health are working at breaking down the bureaucratic barriers that would deny us access to validated life-saving therapies. Donations towards related legal expenses would help them.

NOW: On January 25, 2005, the Alliance for Natural Health took their landmark case to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg to overturn the EU Food Supplements Directive. The Advocate General has announced that he will deliver his opinion on April 5, 2005, while the Court is expected to give its judgment in June— shortly before the ban would otherwise be set to come into effect in August 1, 2005.

The Private Members' Bill C-420 to amend the Canada Foods and Drugs Act was re-introduced October 20, 2004, by Dr Colin Carrie, MP for Oshawa (for our supplements to be treated as the 'food' they are, and not as 'drugs' which they aren't). The first hour of debate at 2 nd reading was November 29, 2004. We are expecting the second hour of debate at 2 nd reading to be March 2, 2005 and the vote for 2 nd reading shortly after that. If passed , this legislation will redefine dietary supplements, herbs, botanicals, and other natural health products as foods and NOT drugs. Additionally Bill C-420 will repeal the current regulations preventing advertising of natural products that help alleviate diseases and disorders. We agree that the package contents and potency levels need to be accurately stated, but controlling the potency "for consumer protection" is totally unnecessary and would ! put our health choices firmly in the hands of doctors and pharmaceuticals.

Your Action Is Needed : Bill C-420 is a decisive step and a major health initiative for Canadians. We ask all who desire freedom of choice in healthcare, information, and products at the usual potency level, to support Bill C-420 by contacting your Members of Parliament (MP's) now, requesting they support Bill C-420 . Also the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Health, Minister of State (Public Health). Other important contacts would be the Leaders of the other parties (Jack Layton, NDP, Gilles Duceppe, BQ, and Steven Harper, Opposition Leader). Given the Canadian minority government situation, your contact is more important than ever. The numbers of people contacting MPs will have significant inpact..

We recommend these websites for more information. Also Canadian members may wish to sign a petition to mail or email to all Canadian MP's. Copies of a petition in support is at

"Hot News" For you to obtain a more complete picture see:

If we are diligent in supporting Bill C-420 , it may be that Canada will follow the wisdom of South Africa where their Health Minister (Manto Tshabalala-Msimang) declared that "this draft legislation that alternative practitioners believe could cripple complementary medicine is likely to be changed Ěto avoid the pitfall of putting such (health supplements) in the same regulatory environment as pharmaceutical drugs, whose testing and control is very different." This Minister went on to urge delegates to expose "the false dichotomy that has arisen between natural and allopathic medicine" !! We are amazed that none of the Canadian or US Delegates spoke in support of this brave stand.

The WTO has the legal authority to force our countries to 'harm-onize' vitamin laws to the Codex standard. The idea circulating that a US Federal Statute protects American rights is misleading. In 1993, when the FDA and drug corporations tried to put all supplements under restriction and prescription—over 4 million Americans told Congress and the President then to protect their freedom of choice in health supplements. True the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act (DSHEA) protecting supplements was passed in 1994, but will be over-ruled by CODEX and the WTO. The FDA in its Federal Register 62FR states that it plans to amend its regulations to standards adopted by CODEX to promote international harmonization. Public records show that the IOM at the National Academy of Sciences has called for DSHEA repealment. What they failed to do through Congress will be put in place through CODEX!

Old school medicine and the FDA are arguing that all nutritional supplements should be subjected to the same rigorous scientific review as prescription drugs. These are the same 'rigorous' studies distorted to exaggerate benefits of drugs while concealing health risks—we have felt that clinical trials for prescription drugs do not use good science—recently borne out by the number of 'approved' drugs that are being pulled from shelves because of related deaths and health risks (e.g. Celebrex, Vioxx, Bextra, PPA, Adderall XR, etc and those currently being questioned such as Accutane, Crestor, Meridia, Sereven, and Ritalin). Without CODEX there has been one proven health-supplement-related death in the last 50 years; however, we can expect an all-out barrage of misinformation in the news media negating high-dose nutritional supplements between now and June 2005, with factitious arguments. We can also expect various companies to come out with "new" content and potency-adjuste! d formulas so their products 'line up' with new regulations—regulations that Bill C-420 would overcome!

Elected representatives need to hear from you. If you contact the FDA or Health Canada, urge them to continue to provide complete access to the safe, affordable, and innovative dietary supplementation on which you and millions rely on for health. For the USA, remind the FDA that the current DSHEA already guarantees the choice of a wide-range of dietary supplements—as foods, not as food additives or drugs—in other words, the current DSHEA law works! Ask that they also ensure that any new FDA guidelines for new dietary ingredients reflect the intent of Congress and continue to provide complete access in order to preserve your health freedoms. (For more information please see - - - )



Padilla's indefinite detention puts your rights at risk

Mar 4, 2005

Picture yourself in this scenario: You're a U.S. citizen landing at a major airport from abroad. You're pulled out of line at customs, arrested, thrown in jail for a month and then spirited off to a military prison.

Nearly three years later, you're still there, never charged with any crime. The government claims it can hold you forever without answering to any judge or court.

The scenario is not fiction. It's happening now. Only a federal judge in South Carolina is standing in the way. At stake is the constitutional guarantee of every American to be free from arbitrary imprisonment.

Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen born in Brooklyn, N.Y., was arrested at Chicago's O'Hare Airport in May 2002. He's still being held. No charges have been filed.

Despite the clear language of the Constitution that prohibits detention without trial, the Bush administration insists that it can indefinitely hold Padilla - or anyone else it chooses - as an "enemy combatant" without trial or even formal charges.

Padilla is one of a handful of Americans known to have been swept up in the war on terror, but he is the lone suspect not released or handled by the courts. So far, he has received only indictment by press conference - and with dubious credibility at that.

The Justice Department first claimed Padilla was sent home by al-Qaeda to set off a radioactive "dirty bomb" in Washington. That scenario was downplayed last year in favor of new allegations: An alleged plan to blow up high-rise apartment buildings using natural gas. Still no charges, still no trial.

In South Carolina on Monday, U.S. District Judge Henry Floyd ordered the government to either try Padilla or let him go. Floyd, a Bush appointee, ruled that the government had failed to cite any law or legal precedent to justify holding him indefinitely.

Defenders of the administration argue that Padilla is dangerous. Putting him on trial, they say, could endanger intelligence sources that provided evidence against him.

Perhaps he is a threat. Perhaps there's reason for suspicion but not enough evidence to convict. Or perhaps the government erred in arresting him and would rather not admit it. Without a trial, there's no way to find out.

For obvious reasons, the Constitution denies the president or his aides the power to decide by themselves that a citizen can be imprisoned indefinitely without judicial review. Armed with such power, an administration could imprison its political opponents or silence them with the threat.

Yes, there is a risk that if Padilla is freed he might make trouble. But tracking potential criminals is a job intelligence and police agencies can handle. The cost of setting a precedent that presidents can jail whomever they choose would be far greater.

This case is not just about Jose Padilla. It's about every citizen's liberty. If the foundations of freedom crumble under the stresses of the war on terrorism, the terrorists will have won.



U.N.: AIDS May Kill 80M Africans by 2025

Mar 4,

By ANTHONY MITCHELL, Associated Press Writer

(AP) - More than 80 million Africans may die from AIDS by 2025, the United Nations said in a report released Friday, and infections could soar to 90 million -- or more than 10 percent of the continent's population -- if more isn't done soon to fight the disease. More than 25 million African have been infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. UNAIDS estimated that nearly $200 billion is needed to save 16 million people from death and 43 million people from becoming infected, but donors have pledged nowhere near that amount.

In its report, "AIDS in Africa," the U.N. agency examines three potential scenarios for the continent in the next 20 years depending on the international community's response.

Researchers determined that even with massive funding and better treatment, the number of Africans who will die from AIDS is likely to top 67 million in the next two decades.

"What we do today will change the future," concluded the report, drawn up by some of the world's leading experts on HIV and AIDS. "These scenarios demonstrate that, while societies will have to deal with AIDS for some time to come, the extent of the epidemic's impact will depend on the responses and investment now."

The three scenarios include a best-case situation, a middle-case and a doomsday scenario. They all warn that the worst of the epidemic's impact is still to come.

"There is no single policy prescription that will change the outcome of the epidemic," the report stated. "The death toll will continue to rise no matter what is done."

Under the worst-case scenario, experts have plotted current policies and funding over the next two decades.

"It offers a disturbing window on the future death toll across the continent, with the cumulative number of people dying from AIDS increasing more than fourfold," it says. "The number of children orphaned by the epidemic will continue to rise beyond 2025."

While there is no cure for HIV or AIDS, anti-retroviral drugs can allow sufferers to live a normal life. Such drugs, though, are too expensive for most Africans, who live on less than a dollar a day and don't have access to modern health care.

Experts have said donors' money needs to be spent to train more health workers, develop better clinics and subsidize medications as well as promote more prevention programs.

AIDS already has a devastating impact on Africa.

UNAIDS has reported that life expectancy in nine countries has dropped to below 40 because of the disease. There are already 11 million orphans because of AIDS, while 6,500 people are dying each day. In 2004, 3.1 million Africans were newly infected, the agency said.

"If by 2025, millions of African people are still becoming infected with HIV each year, these scenarios suggest that it will not be because there was no choice," the report said. "It will be because, collectively, there was insufficient political will to change behavior at all levels, from the institution, to the community, to the individual, and halt the forces driving the AIDS epidemic in Africa."

Hundreds of experts and people living with the virus helped draw up the report.

More on AIDS at


Date: 9 Mar 2005
From: star light>

A big shot attorney had to spend a couple of days in the hospital. He was a royal pain to the nurses because he bossed them around just like he did his staff. None of the hospital staff wanted to have anything to do with him. The head nurse was the only one who could stand up to him. She came into his room and announced, "I have to take your temperature. After complaining for several minutes, he finally settled down, crossed his arms and opened his mouth. No, I'm sorry, the nurse stated, "but for this reading, I can't use an oral thermometer."

This started another round of complaining, but eventually he rolled over and bared his behind. After feeling the nurse insert the thermometer, he heard her announce, "I have to get something. Now you stay JUST LIKE THAT until I get back!" She leaves the door to his room open on her way out. He curses under his breath as he hears people walking past his door, laughing. After a half hour, the man's doctor comes into the room. "What's going on here?" asked the doctor. Angrily, the man answers, "What's the matter, Doc? Haven't you ever seen someone having their temperature taken?" After a pause, the doctor confesses, "Not with a carnation".


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