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"I want to share something quite unusual that happened to me. A few months ago while I was sleeping one night, someone asked me in a dream to find out about Caroll Quigley. Upon awakening, I remembered this. Though I didn't recognize the name, I figured it couldn't hurt to do a Google search. Much to my surprise and excitement, I learned that this is the name of a renowned professor of history from Georgetown University who died back in the 1970s. Not only that, he was one of the few historians to ever delve deep into the absolutely critical, but little known role of money and the banking elite in the history of our world. How amazing! I then went on to explore Prof. Quigley's most well known book, Tragedy and Hope, and have just completed both a 10-page and a 40-page summary of this most excellent history of the world. These summaries focus on his discussion of the development and evolution of the banking elite and their secretive, yet powerful influence on world affairs through the ages. They are quite fascinating and enlightening. To read the 10-page summary, click here. For the 40-page summary, click here. And a big thank you to whoever spoke to me in that dream. Though I've had some amazing dreams in my life, I've never experienced anything like this before, so it is quite exciting to receive that kind of guidance."
"Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. "
1. Kucinich wakes up Democratic Convention
2. Analyst warns of looming global climate wars
3. Report: Israel won't allow a nuclear Iran
4. War With Russia Is On The Agenda
5. 'Free Gaza' boat enters Gaza
6. Israel Unable To Stop Liberty -- Report from SS Liberty docked in Gaza
7. Comment on the safe arrival of the boats and the honourable struggle to free Gaza
8. Draw upon the Valley Spirit of the Mysterious Female
9. Food, Fuel and Water Crises Converging
10. FDA Plots to Mislead Consumers Over Irradiated Foods
11. GARDASIL Vaccine: The Damage Continues
12. New message from Matthew
13. Message from SaLuSa
14. A Beautiful Story
WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION
Dennis Kucinich at the DNC: Wake Up America! - A superb America-rousing oratory performance! MUST SEE! http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=C4EN7ibO1ec
Dennis Kucinich is bold enough to tell the truth at the Democrat National Convention that the other democrats are afraid to speak! Did the Media tell you about it? Former presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich delivered one of the most passionate addresses Tuesday night. Wake up, America. We went into Iraq for oil. The oil companies want more, Kucinich said. War against Iran will mean $10-a-gallon gasoline. The oil administration wants to drill more, into your wallet. Wake up, America. Weapons contractors want more. An Iran war will cost 5 to 10 trillion dollars. More on this below. Its been described as "electrifying" ... "passionate" ... "fiery" ... "stirring" ... "the most lively performance yet at this year's Democratic National Convention" and one that "caused delegates to jump out of their seats, wave their arms in the air and shout." Congressman Dennis Kucinichs speech Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention - "Wake Up America" - had the delegates on their feet, roaring with approval. Even the usually dismissive media correspondents and commentators couldnt avoid taking grudging notice of the man they work so hard to ignore. But, most importantly, if Dennis represents what you believe, its crucial that you support his re-election campaign as generously as you can and ask everyone you know to do the same. Only with your support will his voice continue to be heard. And only with your support, will your voice continue to be represented.
Progressive Radio Network http://www.prncomm.net/PRNabout.php
Feisty, Free, and Non-Commercial - Progressive Radio Network (PRN) is a provocative new concept in internet radio. Launched in June 2006, it is independent, non-commercial, and listener supported. Its growth has not only been phenomenally rapid (from zero to more than one million visitors a month), but also quite startling to those who view the internet as little more than a giant cash register, whose main purpose is to produce as much money as possible in return for as little content as they can get away with providing.PRN broadcasts in all 50 U.S. states and internationally to 158 countries as a free and open forum for thought-provoking news and commentary on public affairs, politics, health, and the environment. It also presents a wide spectrum of music, drama, poetry, and other New Post Respond to Post performance arts too often ignored or suppressed by mainstream media."Bolder than PBS ... wittier than NPR ... edgier than Air America"PRN takes chances so you can have choices. The voices and ideas it presents are not always welcome on corporate media, and indeed have often been banned from those media. But they represent the cutting edge of the issues that matter most to educated and curious citizens and are presented by some of the most audacious thinkers, artists, healers, poets, playwrights, statesmen, polemicists, philosophers, investigative reporters and raconteurs in the world.PRN is a second home (and sometimes the last resort) for provocative voices such as Noam Chomsky, Michael Parenti, Gary Null, the Dalai Lama, Michio Kaku, Jim Hightower, Michael Toms, Helen Caldicott, Krishnamurti, Earl Caldwell, Ralph Schoenman & Mya Shone (Taking Aim), as well as the weekly radio programs of The Nation Magazine (Radio Nation with Laura Flanders), FAIR (Counterspin), Free Speech Radio News, War News Radio, Workers Independent News, and many more. CLIP Check their PRN Archives! Past Shows are archived as MP3 files: http://www.prncomm.net/PRNarchives.php Last Tuesday, August 26, ilyes (an ERN co-founder) was interviewed on Evolving Ideas with Elaine Smitha on the basics of the crop circle phenomenon (who/what is creating them, themes that have dominated the "landscapes", the balls of lights flying around the formations, what kind of energies they are using, locations, etc., why England seems to be the focused center, why there is a season, etc.) - listen to the archived copy of this 30 min interview through at http://smitha.progressiveradionetwork.org/
Note from Jean: Upon seeing that above, ilyes sent me this as a complement:
"For 9 years ilyes was the US National Coordinator of England's Center for Crop Circle Studies ... from 1992-2000 she visited over one hundred Formations, and flew the Crop Circles in Wiltshire and Hampshire in England, in WA State, OR, and Howick Quebec, shooting aerials, documenting the lays, sampling crop, soil, and sand for analysis by WC Levengood, PhD (biophysicist), and dowsing the Energy lines that are consistent within every Formation (a relatively easy way to quickly separate genuine from ersatz if you're a newcomer to Circledom) ... ilyes is an internationally recognized speaker on The Circles, and has written a Monograph wch is available in softcover and online (free!) at http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/ilyes/ilyes.html - click on the graphic of the book up near the top-left entitled, "The Transmission of a Crop Circle" for a more detailed presentation (including photos and graphics) than we'll be able to cover in this half-hour ... you may want to Bookmark pg 9 now so you can follow along with the visuals as ilyes discusses how a Transmission occurs: http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/ilyes/P9.html - To be blown away by the Gifts we've been receiving during the current Summer season (some of wch are still in the fields!), visit http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2008/2008.html where the new Circles are grouped by month under 'State of the Art'. To feedback after hearing the radio program, contact ilyes: at email@example.com
Portal to Maya Underworld Found in Mexico? (August 22, 2008) http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/08/080822-maya-maze.html
A labyrinth filled with stone temples and pyramids in 14 caves - some underwater - have been uncovered on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, archaeologists announced last week. The discovery has experts wondering whether Maya legend inspired the construction of the underground complex - or vice versa. According to Maya myth, the souls of the dead had to follow a dog with night vision on a horrific and watery path and endure myriad challenges before they could rest in the afterlife. In one of the recently found caves, researchers discovered a nearly 300-foot (90-meter) concrete road that ends at a column standing in front of a body of water."We have this pattern now of finding temples close to the water - or under the water, in this most recent case," said Guillermo de Anda, lead investigator at the research sites. (...) "There are stones, huge columns, and sculptures of priests in the caves," said de Anda, whose team has been working on the Yucatán Peninsula for six months. "There are also human remains and ceramics," he said. Saturno said the discovery of the temples underwater indicates the significant effort the Maya put into creating these portals. In addition to plunging deep into the forest to reach the cave openings, Maya builders would have had to hold their breath and dive underwater to build some of the shrines and pyramids. (!!! - This is a stupid theory as those underground temples predate the Mayan period and go back to Atlantis) Other Maya underworld entrances have been discovered in jungles and aboveground caves in northern Guatemala Belize. CLIP
Fabled Enemies trailer (August 11th, 2008) http://www.loosechange911.com/blog/?p=183
Fabled Enemies is unlike any 9/11 documentary ever put together. Rather than focusing on the physical anomalies at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, this film follows the intelligence ties of Osama Bin Laden, the alleged hijackers, and those who were actually detained on 9/11. The movie delves deeply into the roles of separate Nations that were involved in supporting the 9/11 attacks. From Israel to Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, and even the United States itself, no one is spared in this scathing expose that pulls no punches. Sit back and get ready to learn how members of the FBI had their investigations into Bin Laden obstructed and shut down, how the hijackers were trained at US bases, that military drills crippled our defense and facilitated the attacks, how the Shadow Government was actually activated that day, and much much more. Join Alex Jones productions and Jason Bermas one of the creators of Loose Change, in his Directorial debut on September 1st , as he loads new ammo for the Infowar. Click here to view the trailer.
The Citizens Solutions Council http://www.citizenssolutionscouncil.net
Out of breakdowns come breakthroughs! Out of crises comes transformation. Everything that rises converges. The key is connecting the positive, NOW. Finally a new social function has been created to do just this! The Citizens Solutions Council has been formed to identify, connect, communicate and support what is working in America and the world. It proposes that a Solutions Council be established in the office of the next Vice President of the United States. This Council will stimulate a partnership between government and citizens to activate the creativity of the American people. It is a doorway to a positive future. The Council will celebrate spiritually motivated, compassionate, innovative social action that springs from the heart. The time for cocreation and cooperation has come. We are ready to seek common goals, to match our needs with our resources, to cooperate among ourselves and to cocreate together a world equal to our spiritual, social and scientific potential.
Permaculture Education Bus Seized by Twin Cities Police at RNC (posted by Starhawk) http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message597346/pg1
Hey friends, we need your help! Our Earth Activist Training Sustainable Skills Bus has been seized without cause by the police. Below is an account from the Wilsons, who have been travelling in the bus for the last seven months doing trainings in permaculture and sustainability, including ways you can help. (...) After the incident Stan Wilson said, "If the combined law enforcement of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Ramsey County, and the State of Minnesota can pull over and impound a vehicle and home used to teach organic gardening and sustainability, one has to wonder what it is our government really fears. After all, we seek to teach people that the real meaning of homeland security is local food, fuel and energy production. For that we have had our lives stolen by government men with guns." (...) Permaculture is a design system with ethics and principles that can be applied to food production, home design, and community building in order to increase sustainability in food production, energy production, and social systems. The Permibus is a rolling demonstration of small scale sustainable living with three people, three dogs, three chickens, and a box of worms as permanent residence. The chickens and worms are part of a closed-loop food productions composting system that supports the Permibus's traveling garden. CLIP Check also STARHAWK AT THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION - Daily Blogs and updates on the protests at http://www.starhawk.org/
World poverty 'more widespread' (27 August 2008) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7583719.stm
The World Bank has warned that world poverty is much greater than previously thought.It has revised its previous estimate and now says that 1.4 billion people live in poverty, based on a new poverty line of $1.25 per day.This is substantially more than its earlier estimate of 985 million people living in poverty in 2004. The Bank has also revised upwards the number it said were poor in 1981, from 1.5 billion to 1.9 billion. The new estimates suggest that poverty is both more persistent, and has fallen less sharply, than previously thought.However, given the increase in world population, the poverty rate has still fallen from 50% to 25% over the past 25 years. "This is pretty grim analysis coming from the World Bank," said Elizabeth Stuart, senior policy adviser at Oxfam. "The urgency to act has never been greater, especially in sub-Saharan Africa where half the population of the continent lives in extreme poverty, a figure that hasn't changed for over 25 years." (...) The new figures still suggest that the world will reach its millennium development goal of halving the 1990 level of poverty by 2015, according to World Bank chief economist Justin Lin. The transformation of China has been the biggest example of growth. "Poverty has fallen by about 1% per year since 1981," he said." However the sobering news that poverty is more pervasive than we thought means we must redouble our efforts."Oxfam, however, warns that another 100 million people may be forced into poverty by rising food prices, as well as the additional 400 million identified in the new report. The Bank's findings come as the OECD has reported that many rich countries have cut back on their foreign aid budgets, with little sign that the pledge made at the G8 summit at Gleneagles in 2005 to double aid to Africa by 2010 is being met.
Today, over 26,500 children died around the world (January 31, 2008) http://www.globalissues.org/article/715/today-over-26500-children-died-around-the-world
Around the world, some 26,500 children die every day. That is equivalent to: - 1 child dying every 3 seconds - 18 children dying every minute - A 2004 Asian Tsunami occurring every week - An Iraq-scale death toll every 1536 days - Almost 10 million children dying every year - Some 60 million children dying between 2000 and 2006... The silent killers are poverty, hunger, easily preventable diseases and illnesses, and other related causes. In spite of the scale of this daily/ongoing catastrophe, it rarely manages to achieve, much less sustain, prime-time, headline coverage.
Hurricane Gustav slams La.; 1M without power (Sept 1, 2008) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/gustav_gulf_coast;_ylt=Aq7yj1nBkqsJGmB5.Vq4hqCs0NUE
NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Gustav slammed into the heart of Louisiana's fishing and oil industry with 110 mph winds Monday, delivering only a glancing blow to New Orleans that raised hopes the city would escape the kind of catastrophic flooding brought by Katrina three years ago. CLIP
Russia Begin Catastrophic End Time War On World (August 29th, 2008) (???) http://www.arnolddegraaf.nl/blog/?p=543US-
In the shadow of Western public blind to their own government's propaganda that such technology does not exist, the first attacks of Total Global War between the West and East have been launched against each other by the United States and Russia. The Americans are reported to have struck first in their Alaskan HAARP< based attack upon Russia's similar array of atmospheric radars located on the shores of Lake Baikal (also home to Russia's Deep Underwater Neutrino Telescope) which was hit by a devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake. (6.7 on the Richter scale) Russian Forces were quick to counterstrike with a massive 9 billion volt surge from their "Hurricane Gun" directed towards the Gulf of Mexico, and which American meteorologist Scott Stevens had previously accused Russia of utilizing against the US over the catastrophic Katrina Hurricane which virtually obliterated the city of New Orleans. CLIP
American meteorologist Scott Stevens has recently brought accusations against Russia (30.09.2005) http://english.pravda.ru/science/19/94/379/16227_hurricanes.html
Mr. Stevens claims that Russian military specialists were behind the fury of Hurricane Katrina that devastated New Orleans. According to him, Russia has built secret equipment for causing a detrimental impact on the weather way back in the Soviet era. (...) American meteorologists are not the only ones who blame the neighbors for using the hurricane gun. Unconfirmed and patchy reports on questionable experiments with weather conducted by the U.S. and Soviet Union stirred up a number of political scandals in many countries of the world. Following a large-scale flooding in Europe in 2002, some European politicians put the blame on the U.S. military for disrupting EU economy. In 2002, Committee for Defense of the Russian Duma raised the issue about a detrimental impact on climate caused by experiments involving disturbance of the earth's ionosphere and magnetosphere. The deputies focused their attention on HAARP system that is still under construction in Alaska. There is a special facility located at a military installation some 400 km north of Anchorage. A huge area of tundra features thousands of 25-m antennas pointing to the sky. The facility is called High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP). U.S. Marines patrol the vicinity of the base. No commercial or military aircraft are allowed to fly over the base. Air-defense systems Patriot were installed around the base following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force combined efforts building the facility. Open information sources indicate that the facility is used for causing active influence on the earth's ionosphere and magnetosphere. The results could be fantastic, according to scientific journals. Scientific journals claim that HAARP is capable of causing artificial aurora borealis, it can also jam radar stations of early ballistic missile detection systems, communicate with submarines in the ocean and even detect secret underground complexes of the enemy. Radio-frequency emission is capable of piercing through the ground and examine hideaways and tunnels, it can burn out electronics and destroy space satellites. The equipment can also impact the atmosphere and thus cause changes in weather. HAARP is allegedly used for causing natural disasters similar to Huricanes Katrina and Rita. Three years ago the Duma deputies held a heated discussion of issues related to HAARP. They even drew up an appeal to the President Putin and the UN. They demanded to set up an international commission for the investigation of the experiments conducted in Alaska. (...) Russian politicians are head over heels debating plans of U.S. imperialists and their bloodthirsty military, man-made disasters and floods. They are probably totally unaware that Russia has long build it own facility similar to HAARP. The facility Sura is as powerful as HAARP. It is located in Russia's central area, in a remote and desolate place some 150 km from the city of Nizhny Novgorod. One of the leading scientific research institutions of the USSR, Research Institute of Radiophysical Studies, owns the facility.There are only three facilities like this in the world, one is in Alaska, the very HAARP, one in Norway, and one in Russia, said Nikolai Snegirev, director of the above institute. The facility was commissioned in 1981. Using this unique facility, researchers achieved extremely interesting results regarding the ionosphere behavior. CLIP MORE on this through Haarp: High-Frequency Vandalism in the Sky
Cuba blasted by wrath of deadly Hurricane Gustav (August 31, 2008) http://news.smh.com.au/world/cuba-blasted-by-wrath-of-deadly-hurricane-gustav-20080830-462k.html
Hurricane Gustav swept into the Gulf of Mexico late Saturday after ravaging western Cuba, where it tore off roofs, flattened buildings and plunged communities into darkness. Having left at least 81 people dead in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica, Gustav smashed first across Cuba's Isle of Youth, with more than 200,000 residents, and then tore across mainland Cuba southwest of Havana, which has a population of more than two million people.While slightly weaker now, forecasters said Gustav could hit top category five force as it moved toward the US Gulf Coast for a direct hit Monday or Tuesday. "Gustav is forecast to remain a major hurricane through landfall along the northern Gulf coast," the US National Hurricane Center said. New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin ordered the city emptied on Sunday in the face of what he called "the storm of the century." Republican White House hopeful John McCain and his running-mate Sarah Palin decided to suspend their normal election campaign and visit Mississippi to inspect preparations for the arrival of Gustav. Cuban national television reported that the scene in Isle of Youth was one of devastation after the monster storm earlier ground its way across the low-lying island of fishing villages, factories and citrus farms. (...) Earlier Gustav left a path of destruction through the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica, killing at least 81 people. In Haiti, it left 66 dead plus 10 missing. In the neighbouring Dominican Republic, the death toll stood at eight. And in Jamaica the toll was seven, with many thousands displaced. Anxiety meanwhile grew on the US Gulf Coast over Gustav's trajectory, with New Orleans beginning mandatory evacuations of low-lying areas Saturday. Roads out of New Orleans were jammed with people fleeing a potentially disastrous strike on the city just three years after Katrina left some 1,800 dead along the coast. Major oil producers BP, ConocoPhillips and Shell on Thursday evacuated workers from their facilities in the Gulf where nearly a quarter of US crude oil installations are located.
Oil falls as Gustav weakens (September 2, 2008) http://business.smh.com.au/business/oil-falls-as-gustav-weakens-20080902-47c8.html
Crude oil fell to its lowest in more than four months after Hurricane Gustav weakened, easing concern of widespread damage to drilling rigs and refineries. Gustav was downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane, the second- weakest of the five strength levels, the National Hurricane Centre in Miami said. Companies have closed 96% of offshore oil production and about 10% of US. refining capacity in preparation for the system." The latest forecast shows that while Gustav is perfectly aimed at the heart of U.S. oil and gas production, it's not quite as strong as was initially feared." CLIP
We remember what happened in New Orleans http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/417.html
The government (FEMA) was anything but incompetent. In the chaos and trauma that accompanied the levee collapses in New Orleans in 2005, a few basic facts were obscured: 1. Katrina was not a natural disaster. It was an engineering disaster caused by the federally funded U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 2. Far from performing incompetently, the Bush administration and reactionary forces in local government were extremely effective in attaining their aims. Specifically: 1. The Bush administration did an extremely effective job of withholding vital "life and death" information that levees had not only topped, they had also catastrophically collapsed.(Reference: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/79.html) 2. FEMA did an extremely effective job of discouraging qualified relief workers from coming to the area, going so far as to turn many back at gunpoint. They also turned away much needed supplies like water and fuel and sabotaged local communications lines. 3. Thousands of flood victims were very effectively herded and held in concentration-like conditions within the city for many days after the flooding. CLIP
Hanna remains threat to Florida (AUGUST 31, 2008) http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080831/BREAKINGNEWS/309010002/1006/NEWS01
Tropical Storm Hanna remains a threat to the east coast, from Miami north to South Carolina as its track shifted slightly west over the past day or so.A ridge of high pressure that was to keep Hanna south of the state appears to be weaker or moving east faster than originally predicted, forecasters are saying. The storm's track, as of 2 p.m., has it headed for the Bahamas. By Wednesday, forecasters expect it to be over the eastern and southern Bahamas as a very strong tropical storm or perhaps a Category 1 hurricane. The northwest direction of the forecast track on the fourth and fifth days of the forecast shows it headed north of Florida. However, the forecast remains very erratic and computer models are not in agreement, according to the latest forecast. The cone of the forecast tracks shows the storm could take aim at just about anywhere in Florida and Gov. Charlie Crist, speaking on Sunday morning talk shows on several networks, said state and local officials are watching carefully. It could be reaching Florida by the end of this week. CLIP
In the Wake of Gustav Comes Hurricane Hanna (September 2, 2008) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/01/AR2008090102392.html
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos -- Tropical Storm Hanna strengthened to become Hurricane Hanna on Monday, bringing fierce winds and battering waves to the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos islands. Forecasters warned that the storm could hit the southeastern United States by midweek. "The storm is on top of us right now and it's blowing really hard," said Miguel Campbell, a mechanic with Bahamas Electricity on Mayaguana, the easternmost island in the Bahamas, where about 300 people were hunkered down at home or in a government shelter. CLIP
Rain hampers India flood rescue (1 Sep 2008) http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=68119§ionid=351020406
Rescue efforts following the devastating flood in the Indian state of Bihar are being hampered by further heavy rains and bad weather. Desperate and starving villagers are storming rescue boats as Indian authorities struggle to save the 700,000 people who remain trapped. Two weeks of flooding has turned the land into a lake. Authorities report that over 350,000 people have been evacuated in the past 11 days, but rescuers are demanding more boats to help the hundreds of thousands of people still marooned in remote villages. Bad weather and heavy rain over the past few days have hampered rescue and relief operations, in the worst floods to hit Bihar state in 50 years. The death toll rose to 90 on Sunday with five more people drowning overnight in separate districts, an official said. (...) More than 1,000 people have been killed by floods in South Asia since the monsoon began in June. In India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh, 785 people died. Deaths have also been reported in Nepal and Bangladesh. At least three million people have been displaced from their homes, and this figure is likely to rise as heavy rain continues. The latest flooding occurred after the Kosi River burst a dam in neighboring Nepal earlier this month and changed its course, swamping hundreds of villages in Bihar and destroying over 100,000 hectares (247,000 acres) of farmlands. Authorities are struggling to get to grips with the crisis, and the spread of disease is feared. Cases of diarrhea have been reported from many relief camps in the state according to UNICEF and fears are that conditions will continue to deteriorate.
China Quake Kills 27, Destroys 180, 000 Homes (31 August 2008) http://www.truthout.org/article/china-quake-kills-27-destroys-180-000-homes
The Associated Press: "Chinese rescue teams carrying tents, quilts and sacks of rice rushed Sunday to reach survivors of an earthquake that killed at least 27 people, turned tens of thousands of homes into rubble and cracked reservoirs." The 6.1-magnitude quake struck Sichuan province on Saturday along the same fault line as the May 12 earthquake that killed nearly 70,000.
US to build large airport near Iran (25 Aug 2008) http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=67541§ionid=351020101
The Kurdistan Regional Government has allocated 1,500 acres of land near Iran's border for the construction of a large US-financed airport. The airport is to be built in a town called Halabja situated about 11 kilometers from the Iranian border in the northern Iraqi province of Sulaimaniyah, our Press TV correspondent reported from Irbil on Monday. This is while most political analysts and economists believe that the location is unsuitable, because a small town like Halabja does not need such a large airport, particularly one so close to the border. Speculations are that by financing the construction of an airfield much larger than just a civilian airport, the US wants to establish an airbase close to the Iranian border for its forces. CLIP
Dutch intel: US to strike Iran in coming weeks (Sep 1, 2008) http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1220186494776&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull The Dutch intelligence service, the AIVD, has called off an operation aimed at infiltrating and sabotaging Iran's weapons industry due to an assessment that a US attack on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program is imminent, according to a report in the country's De Telegraaf newspaper on Friday. The report claimed that the Dutch operation had been "extremely successful," and had been stopped because the US military was planning to hit targets that were "connected with the Dutch espionage action." The impending air-strike on Iran was to be carried out by unmanned aircraft "within weeks," the report claimed, quoting "well placed" sources. MORE on this in Report: Israel won't allow a nuclear Iran below
USA deeply concerned about Russian nuclear-capable bombers returning to Cuba (23.07.2008) http://english.pravda.ru/russia/politics/23-07-2008/105854-russian-bombers-0
Washington is deeply concerned about an opportunity for Russia to use Cuban air bases to deploy its strategic bombers there in response to US missile defense plans in Europe. Gen. Norton Schwartz stated that Russia would be crossing a red line with such an intention. "I certainly would offer best military advice that we should engage the Russians not to pursue that approach," Schwartz told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "And if they did, I think we should stand strong and indicate that that is something that crosses a threshold, crosses a red line for the United States of America." Russias Izvestia newspaper reported this week that Moscow was considering an opportunity for strategic bombers to fly to Cuba in response to USAs intentions to deploy the missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. Russian strategic aircraft Tu-160 (known as the White Swan) and Tu-95MS can technically reach Cuba. It was even said that they had already landed on the Island of Freedom. It goes without saying that the USA has its own eyes and ears on the island the Guantanamo base. Therefore, if Russian bombers had landed in Cuba, the international scandal would have happened already. CLIP
The Future of Death at the Pentagon http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174969
(...) The projects are often some of the most lethal ever conceived. Over the years, DARPA research has led to a plethora of products designed to maim and kill, among them the M-16 rifle, Hellfire-missile-equipped Predator drones, stealth fighters and bombers, surface-to-surface artillery rocket systems, Tomahawk cruise missiles, B-52 bomber upgrades, Titan missiles, Javelin portable "fire and forget" guided missiles, and cannon-launched Copperhead guided projectiles, to name but a few. A question seldom asked is why pie-in-the-sky creativity exists unfettered and fostered only in the context of lethal technologies? As the U.S. continues its mad dash into a post-Cold War, one-nation arms race, fears of a missile gap or the menace of a technologically advanced foreign foe drop away as explanations; nor can it just be a generalized fear of falling behind the rest of the world. Look at the state of education in America -- in 2002 the U.S. ranked 18th in UNICEF's list of teenagers in 24 industrialized countries falling below international academic benchmarks. Despite the poor showing, no one is rushing to set up an Advanced Education Research Agency.According to the CIA's annually-published World Factbook, "the US is the largest single emitter of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels," yet the Environmental Protection Agency's "National Center for Environmental Innovation" is a far cry from a DARPA-like entity. It doled out a mere $737,500 in seven state-innovation grants in 2003. DARPA, by comparison, spent about $3 billion on some 200 projects that ranged from space weapons to unmanned aerial vehicles. But just because the government isn't pouring money into the projects of scientists eager to attack environmental problems doesn't mean environmental research is of no interest to it. Quite the opposite. DARPA has taken up the torch and is funding a rigorous research program aimed at finding novel ways to weaponize the natural world. CLIP
Will the US Develop a Death Ray? (Aug. 21, 2008) http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1834547,00.html
A band of pre-eminent scientists and war-fighters has concluded that the nation's military might isn't powerful enough for the 21st Century; and so the National Research Council (NRC), an independent, congressionally-chartered body charged with assessing scientific issues, is urging the Pentagon and Congress to get cracking on developing a weapon capable of hitting any target in the world within an hour of being launched. CLIP NOTE from Jean: This story is merely designed to prep-up the public for this type of weapon (first conceived by Nikola Tesla - see below) which they have already developed with black budget funds and possibly through technical assistance from the bad ETs...
Nikola Tesla's Death Ray and the Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster http://www.amazon.com/Nikola-Teslas-Columbia-Shuttle-Disaster/dp/1892062569
READ THE FACTS NASA AND THE GOVERNMENT DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW. . . This large size - 8x11 -- deluxe edition provides evidence that the space agency issued warnings to the public about the danger of coming in contact with space shuttle debris in order to cover up the true cause of the Columbia disaster. WERE THEY ATTEMPTING TO CONCEAL THE FACT THAT A WEAPON FIRST ENVISIONED BY LEGENDARY INVENTOR NIKOLA TESLA OVER 80 YEARS AGO WAS THE REAL CULPRIT THAT BROUGH DOWN THE SHIP AND KILLED THE SEVEN ASTRONAUTS?Learn about the San Francisco photographer who took photos of the Columbia as it passed over the Bay Area. The photos, when developed, revealed anomalous flashes of purple light around the shuttle minutes before it was destroyed. NASA later confiscated the photographer's camera and flew it to Mission Control by a special jet. What did the camera contain that made it so crucial for NASA to take possession of it? The book also includes the full text of a 1940 newspaper article in which Tesla first unveils the invention of his "Death Ray to a sympathetic reporter. Did other scientists pick up where Tesla left off and create a super weapon the likes of which the world has never seen before? Was a device Tesla intended to be used defensively developed into a horrifying offensive weapon instead? Another chapter deals with the rumored Soviet conspiracy to sabotage the U.S. space program, leaving a path of destruction in their wake that includes eight U.S. rockets destroyed over a 19 month period. Was the U.S.S.R. also responsible for the Challenger disaster in 1986?This book will be of special interest to those who have long thought that much of Tesla's work continues behind our backs and underground by a Secret Government that has a global agenda of world domination.
Bruce Ivins Wasn't the Anthrax Culprit (August 5, 2008) http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB121789293570011775.html
Over the past week the media was gripped by the news that the FBI was about to charge Bruce Ivins, a leading anthrax expert, as the man responsible for the anthrax letter attacks in September/October 2001. But despite the seemingly powerful narrative that Ivins committed suicide because investigators were closing in, this is still far from a shut case. The FBI needs to explain why it zeroed in on Ivins, how he could have made the anthrax mailed to lawmakers and the media, and how he (or anyone else) could have pulled off the attacks, acting alone. The spores could not have been produced at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, where Ivins worked, without many other people being aware of it. Furthermore, the equipment to make such a product does not exist at the institute. The product contained essentially pure spores. The particle size was 1.5 to 3 microns in diameter. There are several methods used to produce anthrax that small. But most of them require milling the spores to a size small enough that it can be inhaled into the lower reaches of the lungs. In this case, however, the anthrax spores were not milled. They were also tailored to make them potentially more dangerous. The spores were coated with a polyglass which tightly bound hydrophilic silica to each particle. Each particle was given a weak electric charge, thereby causing the particles to repel each other at the molecular level. This made it easier for the spores to float in the air, and increased their retention in the lungs. In short, the potential lethality of anthrax in this case far exceeds that of any powdered product found in the now extinct U.S. Biological Warfare Program.
Liberal Positions Gaining Popularity http://www.truthout.org/article/liberal-positions-gaining-popularity
Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers: "As they meet for their national convention Monday through Thursday, Democrats are poised to shift their party's course - and the country's. They're turning to the left - deeply against the war in Iraq, ready to use tax policy to take from the rich and give to the poor and middle class, and growing hungry, after years of centrist politics, for big-government solutions, such as a health-care overhaul, to steer the nation through a time of sweeping economic change. They are, in short, more liberal than at any time in a generation and eager to end the Reagan era, which dominated not just the other party, but also their own, for nearly three decades."
The Democrats endorse the "Global War on Terrorism": Obama "goes after" Osama (August 29, 2008) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9995
Obama's "American Promise" is War. Barack Obama has embraced the "Global War on Terrorism" (GWOT). The Obama-Biden campaign has endorsed the very foundations of the Bush administration's foreign policy agenda: "Go after Osama bin Laden, "take him out". The rhetoric is softer but the substance is almost identical: "For while Senator McCain was turning his sights to Iraq just days after 9/11, I stood up and opposed this war, knowing that it would distract us from the real threats we face. When John McCain said we could just "muddle through" in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources and more troops to finish the fight against the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and made clear that we must take out Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants if we have them in our sights. John McCain likes to say that he'll follow bin Laden to the Gates of Hell - but he won't even go to the cave where he lives. [APPLAUSE]And today, as my call for a time frame to remove our troops from Iraq has been echoed by the Iraqi government and even the Bush Administration, even after we learned that Iraq has a $79 billion surplus while we're wallowing in deficits, John McCain stands alone in his stubborn refusal to end a misguided war.That's not the judgment we need. That won't keep America safe. We need a President who can face the threats of the future, not keep grasping at the ideas of the past." The 9/11 Cover-up -- The Democrats have endorsed the "Big Lie". Bin Laden is upheld as the "outside enemy" who threatens the American Homeland. The fact that bin Laden is US sponsored intelligence asset, created and sustained by the CIA, is never mentioned. The Obama campaign galvanizes public support for the "Global War on Terrorism" (GWOT). In the words of Obama's running mate, Joe Biden:"The fact of the matter is, al-Qaida and the Taliban - the people who have actually attacked us on 9/11 [note: exactly the same wording as in the Obama speech] -- they've regrouped in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan and are plotting new attacks. And the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has echoed Barack's call for more troops and John McCain was wrong and Barack Obama was right." (Joe Biden, Democratic Convention, Denver, August 27, 2008, emphasis added) In contrast to Iraq, the war on Afghanistan is portrayed by the Obama-Biden campaign as a "Just War", a war of retribution initiated in October 2001 in response to the 9/11 attacks. This concept of the "Just War" in relation to Afghanistan has been echoed by several prominent Liberal and "Progressive" intellectuals: The war on Iraq, on the other hand, is seen as an "illegal war". In October 2001, the attack on Afghanistan was supported by numerous civil society organizations on humanitarian grounds. It is by no means coincidental that the prominent "Leftist" scholars and intellectuals, who failed to address the use of the 9/11 attacks as a pretext to wage war, have expressed their support for Barack Obama. The Nation Magazine and Progressive Democrats for America are indelibly behind the Obama-Biden ticket. The Obama-Biden campaign has endorsed the 9/11 cover-up. Without a shred of evidence, Afghanistan, a nation of 34 million people (the size of Canada) is portrayed as the State sponsor of the 9/11 attacks. This basic premise is accepted by the Democrats. Obama indelibly upholds 9/11 as an act of war and aggression directed against America, thereby justifying a war of retribution directed against "Islamic terrorists" and their state sponsors. The "Global War on Terrorism" (GWOT) is the product of a carefully designed military-intelligence agenda, which determines the thrust of US foreign policy. GWOT is endorsed by both Republicans and Democrats. US intelligence overrides party politics. GWOT is part of the presidential campaign platform of both political parties. Its validity is not questioned, nor are its consequences. The fact that it is predicated on a "Big Lie" is not an issue. Spiraling Defense Spending Both Barack Obama and John McCain have signaled that they will increase overall defense spending, while also revamping the system of Pentagon procurement with a view to reducing cost overruns. For FY 2009, the US Defense Department is asking for a $515 billion defense budget plus a separate $70 billion "to cover war costs into the early months of a new administration... Those amounts combined would represent the highest level of military spending since the end of World War II (adjusted for inflation)." Obama's message is crystal clear. He endorses the Bush administration's proposed surge in military spending. He wants to spend more money on weapons and troops. Going after bin Laden and the "Global War on Terrorism" constitute his main justification for increased defense spending: "[M]ore resources and more troops to finish the fight against the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11..." CLIP
What's Past is Prologue: The War Will Go On (September 1, 2008) http://counterpunch.com/estabrook09012008.html
In the late summer of 2008, as the American political parties convene to produce a new president, it seems clear that Americans will continue to kill and die -- and suffer and inflict terrible injuries -- in the U.S. war in the Middle East, regardless of who is elected president, well into the next administration and beyond.The war is not limited to Iraq. The Bush administration's invasion of Iraq, in March of 2003, was preceded by their invasion of Afghanistan, in October of 2001. In the spring and summer of 2008, more Americans have been killed each month in Afghanistan than in the on-going war in Iraq.Furthermore, there are undoubtedly members of the current administration -- centered in the office of the vice president -- who wish to attack Iran, and the military and the CIA are already conducting "special operations" there. But the foreign policy establishment in Washington -- which cuts across party lines -- believes, in the words of Democratic party deep thinker Richard Holbrooke, that "AfPak" [Afghanistan and Pakistan] is "even more important to our national security than Iraq."What he means is that that is where the most serious resistance to the U.S. attempt to dominate the region militarily is coming from. And therefore the Pentagon will send 12,000 to 15,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, as soon as the end of this year, with planning underway for a further force buildup in 2009. (...) Both potential presidents approve. McCain and Obama try to outdo one another on how war-like they will be in AfPak: after Obama said he would send two more brigades to Afghanistan, McCain said he would send three; in his major speech in Berlin, Obama's only specific exhortation to the Germans was, "The Afghan people need our troops and your troops ... We have too much at stake to turn back now." What in fact do we have at stake? Recently an Afghan government newspaper loosed the proverbial cat when it asserted that the U.S. wants to keep Afghanistan unstable in order to justify the presence of the American military, given Afghanistan's geographical location bordering Iran and central Asia's rich oil- and gas-producing nations. CLIP
Curb Your Enthusiasm for Obama By Chris Hedges (Aug 31, 2008) http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20080831_curb_your_enthusiasm_for_obama/
The Democrats, who promise to end the war in Iraq, create jobs and provide universal health care, ignore these promises once election cycles are over. And we never make them pay. They gave us NAFTA, the destruction of welfare and increased military spending, and we gave them our vote. This is the party that took back Congress in 2006 on an anti-war platform and then increased troop levels and funding for the Iraq war.
Biden Pick Gives Obama What He Needs http://www.truthout.org/article/biden-pick-gives-obama-what-he-needs
John Nichols, The Nation: "And the winner is: Joe Biden. It did not take a newfangled text message, just an old-fashioned leak, to identify Barack Obama's running mate. Word of the Biden selection spread late Friday night, barely twelve hours before the event in Springfield, Illinois, at which the presumptive Democratic nominee for president was set to introduce the presumptive Democratic nominee for vice president. Ultimately, Obama went with the guy who suggested most pointedly during the race for the Democratic nomination that Obama was not quite experienced enough for the presidency."
Who is Biden? (24. August 2008) http://sabbah.biz/mt/archives/2008/08/24/who-is-biden/
What Bidens pick means to Arab and Palestinians? Dont wonder much it means, fuck you Arab/Palestinians!!! (Excuse my French) As our Arabic proverb says: The straw that broke the camels back. This is how I can describe Obamas move. The guy (Obama) is ignorant and naive when it comes to cases such as Israeli occupation of Palestine. And now he picks a guy who proudly says Im a Zionist. You dont have to be a Jew to be a Zionist! So, what are you expecting from Obama if hes in office? (not that the other puppet is better). Joe Biden chairs the Senates Foreign Relations Committee, a post that Obama hopes will compensate for his own lack of experience in the global realm. Obama safe choice will also help him win the most important part of all USA elections, AIPAC support - the Zionist Lobby. Biden is a firm supporter of terrorist state of Israel. In his words, Biden said he is a Zionist and wants leniency for Pollard. Israel must be thrilled! Listen to him in this video: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=yAZmO80dLfE
So, congratulations America for your next Zionist Office!
Obama selects Biden to reassure the US ruling elite (25 August 2008) http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/aug2008/bide-a25.shtml
The selection of Senator Joseph Biden as the vice-presidential candidate of the Democratic Party underscores the fraudulent character of the Democratic primary campaign and the undemocratic character of the entire two-party electoral system. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, the supposed protagonist of change, has picked as his running-mate a fixture of the Washington establishment, a six-term US senator who is a proven defender of American imperialism and the interests of big business.The rollout of the Biden selection over three days of escalating media attention, culminating in the text-message announcement early Saturday and a kickoff rally in Springfield, Illinois, is a metaphor for the entire Obama campaign. His presidential candidacy represents not an insurgency from below, but an effort to manipulate mass sentiments, using Internet technology and slick marketing techniques, aided by a compliant media, to produce a political result that is utterly conventional and in keeping with the requirements of the US ruling elite. (...) In the 1990s, with Bill Clinton in the White House, Biden was one of the principal proponents of US intervention in the former Yugoslavia, a role that he describes in his campaign autobiography, published last year, as his proudest achievement in foreign policy. In the mid-1990s he called for the US to arm the Bosnian Muslim regime against Serbia, and then advocated a direct US attack on Serbia during the 1999 Kosovo crisis, joining with a like-minded Republican senator to introduce the McCain-Biden Kosovo Resolution, authorizing Clinton to use all necessary force against Serbia. This legislative proposal provided a model for a 2002 congressional resolution authorizing Bush to wage war against Iraq, which Biden co-authored with Republican Senator Richard Lugar. The Bush administration opposed the Biden-Lugar resolution, because it was limited to ridding Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, and successfully pressured the Democratic-controlled Senate to adopt a broader war resolution, for which Biden voted.On domestic policy, Biden is a conventional liberal whose roots go back to the Cold War era. He combines occasional populist bromides about concern for the poor and downtrodden with close relations with the trade union bureaucracy and unquestioning defense of the profit system. Like every other senator, he has looked after the interests of those big corporations with major operations in his state, including the Delaware-based MBNA, the largest independent issuer of credit cards until it was acquired in 2005 by Bank of America. In this capacity, Biden was one of the most fervent Democratic supporters of the reactionary 2005 legislation overhauling the consumer bankruptcy laws, making it much more difficult for working class and middle-class families to escape debt burdens exacerbated by the corrupt and misleading marketing tactics employed by companies like MBNA. The 2005 law has compounded the problems of distressed homeowners seeking to avoid foreclosure. CLIP
Joe Biden's record on US wars (August 29, 2008) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9994
Barack Obama's choice of Joe Biden for his running mate presents a reassuring face to those concerned about Obama's relative naivety. What is tragic for the antiwar movement is that Biden's long years as a Washington foreign policy insider reflect deep-rooted support for US military intervention to achieve geopolitical aims. CLIP
Joe Biden: Russia, China, India: "The Real War (August 28, 2008) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9975
Obama's running mate presents the strategic plan for the next administration -- On Aug 27 2008 at the Democratic Convention in Denver, Vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Biden presented the plan for the real war, the war against China, Russia. He repeated the key points pushed by Zbigniew Brzezinski in his obsessive determination to go to the final clash with Russia and Asia.For Biden, The greates mistake of the Bush administration was its failure "to face the biggest forces shaping this century. The emergence of Russia, China and India's great powers". What was the "consequence of this neglect"? "Russia challenging Georgia's freedom." The Obama-Biden administration will repair those criminal mistakes... Barack and I will end that neglect. We will hold Russia accountable."The wars of the Bush administration were, so to speak the wrong ones. The new administration will unchain the real war. The war to confront the emergence of Russia, China, India. The war, the real war will have to be waged in Afghanistan/Pakistan - exactly the area where it will be more disruptive for the feared Russia, China India challenge.The previous administration was not warmonger enough, according to Biden. The new Democratic administration will increase the number of troops sent in central Asia. Then "the real war" against America's enemies will start. "al-Qaida and the Taliban - the people who have actually attacked us on 9/11 - they've regrouped in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan and are plotting new attacks."McCain is bad as President because he did not understand the need for the "real war." McCain believes that the war in Afghanistan is over. But Obama is the real champion of the US National Security. "One year ago he said 'We need to send two more combat battalions to Afghanistan' " The military establishment is with Obama, in this real war, Biden said. "the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has echoed Barack's call for more troops and John McCain was wrong and Barack Obama was right." Bush foreign policy has dug us into a very deep hole, with very few friends to help us climb out. And for the last seven years, the administration has failed to face the biggest the biggest forces shaping this century. The emergence of Russia, China and India's great powers, the spread of lethal weapons, the shortage of secure supplies of energy, food and water. The challenge of climate change and the resurgence of fundamentalism in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the real central front in the war on terror. Ladies and gentlemen, in recent years and in recent days we once again see the consequences of the neglect, of this neglect, of Russia challenging the very freedom of a new democratic country of Georgia. Barack and I will end that neglect. We will hold Russia accountable for its action and we will help Georgia rebuild. CLIP
Motormouth Joe Biden - Warmonger, Wordmonger And Political Hit Man By Webster G. Tarpley (8-25-8) http://www.rense.com/general83/biden.htm
WASHINGTON DC -- The vice presidential candidate chosen to run with Obama is Senator Joe Biden of Delaware, a discredited, sleazy, and shopworn political hack -- and therefore an anti-climax for all the callow and feckless youth who got the word via text message at 3am in the morning. The ability of the Trilateral-Bilderberg machine which controls Obama to put up a person like Biden already reflects the further degradation of US political life over the past 9-12 months, largely as a result of Obama's own demagogic, no- issues, personality cult agitation. A year ago, there was wide agreement in the US middle class that Bush and Cheney should be impeached, that the police state be rolled back, and that the Iraq war should be ended as soon as physically possible. Thanks largely to the advent of the vapid and messianic Obama, these issues have now been thoroughly deflated. Biden is himself an incurable warmonger who voted for the Iraq war and blathered ceaselessly in favor of Bush's aggressive adventure to all who would listen. Naming Biden is a brutal insult to the antiwar majority of the Democratic Party, and Obama is obviously hoping that the Iraq war issue is dead, so nobody will care. Last year, Obama promised that he would work against the mentality that produced Iraq; if anyone incarnates that mentality, it is Biden. Biden is an incurable imperialist and an eager advocate of the discredited Bush-Cheney "war on terror." (...) In presenting Biden, Barky reveled in Biden's "tough message" for Russia; we are sure Putin is trembling. Biden wants to prop up the madman Saakashvili with $1 billion of the US taxpayers' money, a gesture which is every bit as obscene as the worst Bush-Cheney excesses. $1 billion would get us on the road to fully funding a program like WIC (high-protein foods for expectant mothers) or Head Start, but this thought does not occur to Biden when he is trying to provoke Russia. We can see the cruel elitism of a financier- controlled Obama regime taking place before our eyes. CLIP
For those who wonder who Webster Tarpley is... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webster_Tarpley
Webster Griffin Tarpley is an author, journalist, lecturer, and critic of US foreign and domestic policy. Tarpley maintains that the events of 9/11 were engineered by a rogue network of the military industrial complex. His writings and speeches describe a model of false flag terror operations by a rogue network in the military/intelligence sector working with moles in the private sector and in corporate media, and locates such contemporary false flag operations in a historical context stretching back in the English speaking world to at least the "gunpowder plot" in England in 1605. (...) Beginning in January 2008, Tarpley has warned  that a shift in power has taken place in the ruling class, with the Brzezinski faction and its presidential candidate Obama ascendant over the lame-duck neocons. The targets of US imperialism would now be Russia, China and its ally Pakistan, instead of Iraq, Iran and Syria.
Police step over the line in the twin cities http://www.minnesotaindependent.com/6158/breaking-food-not-bombs-house-among-saturday-raids http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0UUsdCx3Qg
Heavily armed police are raiding houses, in some cases without warrants, detaining and arresting people who they think might possibly be discussing potential future protests. In many cases they seized computers and personal journals. The charges are "conspiracy to commit riot", which basically makes political protest illegal in the US. It is the charge bought against the Chicago Eight. There is clearly an intent on the part of law enforcement authorities here to engage in extreme and highly intimidating raids against those who are planning to protest the Convention. The DNC in Denver was the site of several quite ugly incidents where law enforcement acted on behalf of Democratic Party officials and the corporate elite that funded the Convention to keep the media and protesters from doing anything remotely off-script.But the massive and plainly excessive preemptive police raids in Minnesota are of a different order altogether. Targeting people with automatic-weapons-carrying SWAT teams and mass raids in their homes, who are suspected of nothing more than planning dissident political protests at a political convention and who have engaged in no illegal activity whatsoever, is about as redolent of the worst tactics of a police state as can be imagined. More on this through http://twincities.indymedia.org/
Federal government involved in raids on protesters (Aug. 31, 2008) http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/08/31/raids/index.html
As the police attacks on protesters in Minnesota continue -- see this video of the police swarming a bus transporting members of Earth Justice, seizing the bus and leaving the group members stranded on the side of the highway -- it appears increasingly clear that it is the Federal Government that is directing this intimidation campaign. CLIP
Police Raids on Protesters Mark Start of RNC http://www.truthout.org/article/police-raids-protesters-mark-start-rnc
Christopher Kuttruff, Truthout: "Days before the start of the Republican National Convention, the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department, the Minneapolis Police Department, and the FBI raided houses of protesters suspected of 'conspiring to riot.' While only a few individuals were eventually arrested, several dozen were detained, searched, and questioned."
Who is Sarah Palin? Here's some basic background http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/pol/821476258.html
(...) "She is really just a mayor from a small town outside Anchorage who has been a governor for only 1.5 years, and has ZERO national and international experience. I shudder to think that she could be the person taking that 3AM call on the White House hotline, and the one who could potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile international scene that exists today." - Rose M., Fairbanks, AK
"She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect. She's a hunter and fisher woman, but votes against the environment again and again. She ran on ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges involving hiring and firing of state officials. Shehas NO experience beyond Alaska." - Christine B., Denali Park, AK
" As an Alaskan and a feminist, I am beyond words at this announcement. Palin is not a feminist, and she is not the reformer she claims to be." - Karen L., Anchorage, AK
"Alaskans, collectively, are just as stunned as the rest of the nation. She is doing well running our State, but is totally inexperienced on the national level, and very much unequipped to run the nation, if it came to that. She is as far right as one can get, which has already been communicated on the news. In our office of thirty employees (dems, republicans, and nonpartisans), not one person feels she is ready for the V.P. position." - Sherry C., Anchorage, AK
"She's vehemently anti-choice and doesn't care about protecting our natural resources, even though she has worked as a fisherman. McCain chose her to pick up the Hillary voters, but Palin is no Hillary." - Marina L., Juneau, AK
Bush administration widens domestic spy agency powers (25 August 2008) http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/aug2008/fbi-a25.shtml
In recent weeks, Bush administration officials have introduced a number of provisions that substantially widen the powers of intelligence and law enforcement agencies to conduct spying and other operations within the US against American citizens.Last week, several news outlets reported that the Justice Department had drafted new rules on intelligence gathering operations which it plans to ratify on October 1, the first day of the new fiscal year and one month before the November elections.Although details of the draft have not been made publicly available, officials told the Associated Press (AP) that the changes give explicit permission to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to spy on Americans even if there is no basis for suspicion of criminal activity or allegations of wrongdoing. According to an August 20 report by the AP, officials speaking on condition of anonymity said the new policy would let agents open preliminary terrorism investigations after mining public records and intelligence to build a profile of traits that, taken together, were deemed suspicious. (...) There can be little doubt that among those targeted will be the sizable and growing segment of the population actively opposed to the governments policies. Pretext interviews and the use of recruited informantswho infiltrate targeted organizationsare deeply anti-democratic and unconstitutional tactics that the FBI, in the anti-communist Cold War era, widely employed against socialists and civil rights groups. In their letter, the senators merely urged Mukasey not to ratify the guidelines until they have been publicly announcedan indication that they have no any serious intention of blocking the action. Only last month, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and Senate passed, by an overwhelming margin, legislation legitimizing the Bush administrations ongoing domestic wiretapping and surveillance operations and granting immunity to telecommunications companies participating in the illegal programs. (...) This month, the Bush administration also announced the creation of a new unit within the Defense Departments Defense Intelligence Agency, called the Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center. Without giving details, Mike Pick, appointed to direct the program, told reporters at a Pentagon press conference that the office would carry out strategic offensive counterintelligence operations within the United States. Pentagon officials have insisted that the agency would target only foreign intelligence officers on US soil. The announcement closely followed a July 30 executive order by President Bush ordering a restructuring of intelligence agencies to more tightly centralize spying and other so-called counterintelligence operations under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The purpose of the change is to consolidate and solidify the huge intelligence apparatus that has grown massively in the period since the September 11, 2001 attacks. AN ORWELLIAN 24 HOUR TOTAL SURVEILLANCE OF EVERYONE IS BEING BUILT UP AND HARDLY ANYONE PAYS ATTENTION!!! MICRO-CHIPPING EVERYONE FOR TOTAL CONTROL IS NOT FAR AWAY... JUST A NEW FAKE "TERRORIST" AWAY WHICH, HOPEFULLY WILL NEVER BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN...
Los Angeles gives Israeli operatives "unfettered" access to their airport (June 16, 2008) http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/7951
Los Angeles, Alta California - - (ACN) Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed an agreement during his trip to Israel that greatly endangers the security of all Angelenos and of travellers who utilize the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The agreement signed on Friday will allow right-wing Israeli Likud Party operatives complete access to all areas of the LAX under the pretext of making "expert" periodic reviews of anti-terrorist measures at the world's fifth busiest airport. The agreement also calls for city taxpayers to pay three Israelis $1000.00 each per day plus all travel, lodging and other expenses while making "security" inspections at the LAX.... Damn, LA, what's with this? Has all of that smog affected your memory? Erased words like 9/11 and Huntleigh? Let's refresh that memory about Huntleigh, as posted by AZTLAN The security at Boston's Logan Airport during the terror attack of 911 was under the control of Huntleigh USA which is a wholly owned subsidiary of an Israeli company called International Consultants on Targeted Security (ICTS) that is run by "former Israeli military commanding officers and veterans of government intelligence and security agencies." There are today an increasing number of Americans who are convinced that 911 was an inside job carried out by USA Neocons in collaboration with the Israeli MOSSAD and the criminal Likud Party. Americans who do not believe the conclusions of the "US 9/11 Commission Report" include university professors, physicists, engineers, and many other professionals. There is now a large very credible body of evidence that proves that 911 was in fact an inside job. These intelligent and patriotic Americans are today demanding an independent re-investigation of the 911 terror attacks. They say that 911 was engineered in order to justify the war against Iraq and to benefit Zionists here and in Israel.This is the type of "security" you're wanting to provide to Los Angeles? Gotta a death wish or something? CLIP
Bush quietly seeks to make war powers permanent, by declaring indefinite state of war (August 30, 2008) http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Bush_seeks_to_institutionalize_war_powers_0830.html
As the nation focuses on Sen. John McCain's choice of running mate, President Bush has quietly moved to expand the reach of presidential power by ensuring that America remains in a state of permanent war.Buried in a recent proposal by the Administration is a sentence that has received scant attention -- and was buried itself in the very newspaper that exposed it Saturday. It is an affirmation that the United States remains at war with al Qaeda, the Taliban and "associated organizations."Part of a proposal for Guantanamo Bay legal detainees, the provision before Congress seeks to acknowledge again and explicitly that this nation remains engaged in an armed conflict with Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated organizations, who have already proclaimed themselves at war with us and who are dedicated to the slaughter of Americans.The New York Times' page 8 placement of the article in its Saturday edition seems to downplay its importance. Such a re-affirmation of war carries broad legal implications that could imperil Americans' civil liberties and the rights of foreign nationals for decades to come.It was under the guise of war that President Bush claimed a legal mandate for his warrantless wiretapping program, giving the National Security Agency power to intercept calls Americans made abroad. More of this program has emerged in recent years, and it includes the surveillance of Americans' information and exchanges online."War powers" have also given President Bush cover to hold Americans without habeas corpus -- detainment without explanation or charge. Jose Padilla, a Chicago resident arrested in 2002, was held without trial for five years before being convicted of conspiring to kill individuals abroad and provide support for terrorism. CLIP
Missile Defense: Washington and Poland just moved the World closer to War (August 15, 2008) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9836
The signing on August 14 of an agreement between the governments of the United States and Poland to deploy on Polish soil US 'interceptor missiles' is the most dangerous move towards nuclear war the world has seen since the 1962 Cuba Missile crisis. Far from a defensive move to protect European NATO states from a Russian nuclear attack, as military strategists have pointed out, the US missiles in Poland pose a total existential threat to the future existence of the Russian nation. The Russian Government has repeatedly warned of this since US plans were first unveiled in early 2007. Now, despite repeated diplomatic attempts by Russia to come to an agreement with Washington, the Bush Administration, in the wake of a humiliating US defeat in Georgia, has pressured the Government of Poland to finally sign the pact. The consequences could be unthinkable for Europe and the planet. CLIP
Cold War tension rises as Putin talks of Black Sea confrontation (August 28, 2008) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article4622422.ece
A new Cold War between Russia and the West grew steadily closer yesterday after the Kremlin gave a warning about "direct confrontation" between American and Russian warships in the Black Sea. Dmitri Peskov, a spokesman for Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister, declared that Russia was taking "measures of precaution" against American and Nato naval ships. "Let's hope we do not see any direct confrontation in that," he said. Any attempt by countries in the West to isolate Russia would "definitely harm the economic interests of those states", he said. A day after the Kremlin said that it was ready to fight a new Cold War, both sides gave the impression that they were preparing for a protracted stand-off. Foreign ministers of the G7 leading industrialised nations condemned Russia's excessive use of force and the decision to recognise the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, while the US and Russia shelved a key nuclear agreement that would have given the Americans access to Russian nuclear technologies and Russia help from the US in establishing an international nuclear fuel storage facility for spent fuel. David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, also flew to Ukraine to assemble the "widest possible coalition against Russian aggression", while Georgia downgraded its diplomatic relations with Russia, recalling all but two of its diplomats from Moscow in protest at the continuing occupation of its country. Russia criticised the US for using naval ships to deliver aid to Georgia. The US Coast Guard cutter Dallas delivered supplies to the Georgian port of Batumi yesterday, three days after the guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul docked in the port. The US sailors were greeted with chants of "USA! USA!" CLIP
Russia threatens to supply Iran with top new missile system as 'cold war' escalates (31 Aug 2008) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/2651516/Russia-threatens-to-supply-Iran-with-top-new-missile-system-as-cold-war-escalates.html
Russia is deploying the threat to sell a "game changing" air defence system to Iran as a high stakes bargaining chip in its new "cold war" with America, The Sunday Telegraph has learned. -- US intelligence fears the Kremlin will supply the sophisticated S-300 system to Tehran if Washington pushes through Nato membership for its pro-Western neighbours Georgia and Ukraine.The proposed deal is causing huge alarm in the US and Israel as the S-300 can track 100 targets at once and fire on planes up to 75 miles away.That would make it a "game-changer", greatly improving Iranian defences against any air strike on its nuclear sites, according to Pentagon adviser Dan Goure. "This is a system that scares every Western air force," he said.Senior US intelligence operatives believe that Russia is planning to use a stand-off over the S-300 to create a foreign policy showdown that would test the mettle of a new US president.Republican candidate John McCain has taken a strongly anti-Kremlin line on a series of international issues and backed Georgia's desire to join Nato. His Democratic rival Barack Obama has also indicated he supports Nato membership for Georgia."The message from Moscow is very clear," said George Friedman, director of Stratfor, a leading US private intelligence agency. "They are saying if you don't stop meddling in our sphere of influence, this is what we are going to do."Back Georgia and Ukraine for Nato membership and you'll see the S-300 to Iran. It is a very powerful bargaining chip and a major deterrent to US actions in the region. Moscow is playing very strategically on America's obsession with Iran."Moscow has been infuriated by the steady encroachment of Nato into the former Soviet bloc and the recent granting of independence to the ex-Serbian province of Kosovo against its wishes.After American condemnation of Russia's foray into Georgia, Moscow invited Syria's dictator Bashar al-Assad, a long-time US foe, to discuss military deals in a deliberate signal of how it could cause trouble for Washington. A senior US intelligence operative who recently returned from the Middle East said Russia is believed to have struck a tentative deal to sell the S-300 to the Islamic regime. There are reports that Russia has already moved some basic components for the system to its close ally Belarus, ready for possible transfer to Iran. "Moscow cannot simply threaten to strike the deal," the official told The Sunday Telegraph. "Iran certainly thinks it has a deal. And the Israelis believe that a deal has been reached but that they can still block it."The outgoing Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert is expected to pass that message on to his counterpart Vladimir Putin and President Dmitri Medvedev when he visits Moscow next month. Israel has already ended military assistance to Georgia in an effort to placate Russia. CLIP
US gearing up to attack Iran - report (September 01, 2008) http://www.jnewswire.com/article/2517
The United States is preparing to launch an attack on the Iranian nuclear program with something expected to happen "in the coming weeks." (...) In a classic power play, the regime in Tehran has escalated its rhetoric amid increasing reports that either Israel or the United States plans to strike. A top Iranian official, Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri, warned at the weekend that an attack on the rogue state's nuclear facilities would trigger another world war. Israel has meanwhile reiterated that it will never allow the Iranians to acquire an atomic bomb. As the war talk spirals, Israeli officials voiced the belief Iran has purchased advanced anti-aircraft defenses from Russia that would severely hamper efforts to hit the Iranian facilities. CLIP
Putin blames US for war (August 29, 2008) http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/putin-blames-us-for-war/2008/08/29/1219516709057.html
The Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, has shocked Europe by using the giant American broadcaster, CNN, to accuse his US counterpart, George Bush, of creating the war in Georgia as a plot to install John McCain as his successor. In the most outrageous and inflammatory claim since the crisis in South Ossetia erupted earlier this month, Putin accused the US of provoking the conflict to help the Republican candidate - an outspoken critic of the Kremlin in the race for the Presidency. "It is not just that the American side could not restrain the Georgian leadership from this criminal act. The American side in effect armed and trained the Georgian army," Mr Putin told CNN. "Why spend years holding difficult negotiations and looking for complicated compromises in ethnic conflicts? It's easier to arm one of the parties and push it to kill the other party, and the job is done." The suspicion arises that someone in the United States especially created this conflict with the aim of making the situation more tense and creating a competitive advantage for one of the candidates fighting for the post of US President." While Mr Putin carefully did not name Mr Bush directly, White House officials quickly denounced his accusations broadcast both on CNN and Russian television. His claims had been widely aired in Russia last week too.. CLIP
NATO sends more ships into Black Sea http://en.rian.ru/world/20080823/116233036.html
NATO has sent a Polish frigate and a U.S. destroyer through the Bosporus to boost its presence in the Black Sea, where it is delivering humanitarian cargoes to Georgia, a source in the Turkish navy said.
Why was Cheney's guy in Georgia before the war? http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/presidentbush/2008/08/georgia-war.html
What was a top national security aide to Vice President Dick Cheney doing in Georgia shortly before Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's troops engaged in what became a disastrous fight with South Ossetian rebels -- and then Russian troops? Not, according to the vice president's office, what you might think -- if your thinking takes you into the realm of Cheney giving his blessing to the Georgian's military operation. To be sure, Cheney has been a leader of the hardliners in the administration when it comes to standing up to Russia -- to the point that the man who ran the Pentagon as the Cold War came to an end during the administration of the first President Bush has been seen as ready to renew that face-off with Moscow. It was Cheney who visited the Georgian embassy in Washington last week to sign a remembrance book as a demonstration of the administration's support. And yes, Joseph R. Wood, Cheney's deputy assistant for national security affairs, was in Georgia shortly before the war began. But, the vice president's office says, he was there as part of a team setting up the vice president's just-announced visit to Georgia. (...) The White House disclosed on Monday that Cheney would hurry over to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine and Italy next week, almost immediately after addressing the Republican National Convention on Labor Day.And so it was that a team from the vice president's office, U.S. security officials and others were in Georgia several days before the war began. It had nothing to do, the vice president's office said, with a military operation that some have said suggests a renewal of the Cold War.
Russian general criticizes US Black Sea presence http://articles.lancasteronline.com/ap/4/georgia_russia
The deputy chief of Russia's general staff suggested the arrival of the McFaul and other U.S. and NATO ships would increase tensions: Russia shares the sea with NATO members Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria as well as Georgia and Ukraine, whose pro-Western presidents are leading drives for NATO membership.
Medvedev says Russia ready to cut ties with NATO http://en.rian.ru/russia/20080825/116266781.html
If NATO is not willing to cooperate with Moscow, "we will take any decision, up to terminating relations entirely," Medvedev told Russia's envoy to the alliance, Dmitry Rogozin. "Cooperation is above all in the interests of NATO, not Russia," he said
Russia may cut off oil flow to the West (29/08/2008) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2008/08/29/cnrussia129.xml
Fears are mounting that Russia may restrict oil deliveries to Western Europe over coming days, in response to the threat of EU sanctions and Nato naval actions in the Black Sea. Any such move would be a dramatic escalation of the Georgia crisis and play havoc with the oil markets. Reports have begun to circulate in Moscow that Russian oil companies are under orders from the Kremlin to prepare for a supply cut to Germany and Poland through the Druzhba (Friendship) pipeline. It is believed that executives from lead-producer LUKoil have been put on weekend alert. "They have been told to be ready to cut off supplies as soon as Monday," claimed a high-level business source, speaking to The Daily Telegraph. Any move would be timed to coincide with an emergency EU summit in Brussels, where possible sanctions against Russia are on the agenda. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev may use the oil weapon -- Any evidence that the Kremlin is planning to use the oil weapon to intimidate the West could inflame global energy markets. US crude prices jumped to $119 a barrel yesterday on reports of hurricane warnings in the Gulf of Mexico, before falling back slightly. Global supplies remain tight despite the economic downturn engulfing North America, Europe and Japan. A supply cut at this delicate juncture could drive crude prices much higher, possibly to record levels of $150 or even $200 a barrel. With US and European credit spreads already trading at levels of extreme stress, a fresh oil spike would rock financial markets. The Kremlin is undoubtedly aware that it exercises extraordinary leverage, if it strikes right now. Such action would be seen as economic warfare but Russia has been infuriated by Nato meddling in its "backyard" and threats of punitive measures by the EU. Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday accused EU diplomats of a "sick imagination". Armed with $580bn of foreign reserves (the world's third largest), Russia appears willing to risk its reputation as a reliable actor on the international stage in order to pursue geo-strategic ambitions."We are not afraid of anything, including the prospect of a Cold War," said President Dmitry Medvedev. CLIP
Post Your Personal Farewell Message To George W. Bush And Be Part Of The Book The Whole World Is Writing http://www.farewell43.com/
Farewell 43 is the inaugural Presidential Farewell Gift Book, where for the first time, every American has the opportunity to write a personal farewell message to their departing President. Messages will later be culled into a printed gift book commemorating the 43rd President, and given to Mr. Bush as a parting gift from We the People. So take a moment, be a patriot, and write a message to your departing President. Everyone is encouraged to participate.
Here are some samples:
Good Riddance and Get Lost http://www.farewell43.com/2008/08/28/good-riddance-and-get-lost/
You once said that the The Constitution is just a goddamned piece of paper! Perhaps, when you wake up one day to find yourself charged with mass murder and other capital crimes, you will learn to love the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and be sorry that you subverted them. Because YOU lied, over one million civilians in Iraq are dead, many are the result of direct combat like the war crimes perpetrated upon Fallujah - a heinous crime not unlike the Nazi liquidation of Lidice. It would be fitting if your Presidential Library be housed inside a Holocaust Museum.
Eyes Wide Open http://www.farewell43.com/2008/03/30/eyes-wide-open/
Oh George, where do I start?The best thing about your occupation of our country is that our eyes were opened for the first time since your Dad had a hand in murdering JFK and RFK and no doubt many others. So now we know the truth about your little family. And to think we used to call your Mom America's Grandmother!! What a laugh! So the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, does it?The Bush dynasty will go down in history as the most corrupt, evil, self-serving, lying, and ignorant group of people to have inhabited the Earth. Ever. You made it clear your only intention was to rape and pillage and stuff your pockets and those of your buddies'.
Good Riddance http://www.farewell43.com/2008/06/08/good-riddance-3/
Dear Georgie, The only thing I can think to say is that I will hopefully not have to see your grinning mug again unless it is in a Federal Courthouse for high crimes against the United States. Nor will I have to listen to your world view which can only be described as a paranoids nightmare in which evil lurks in every corner. You have created and presided over the worst chapter in America's history, and have left us with a crippled economy, empty coffers, and a ruinous foreign policy. Your a liar and a cheat and this country can only become better when you leave because we are now at rock bottom. Good riddance.
Economy at 60-year low. And it will get worse http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/aug/30/economy.alistairdarling
In a candid interview in today's Guardian Weekend magazine, Darling warns that the economic times faced by Britain and the rest of the world "are arguably the worst they've been in 60 years". To deepen the sense of gloom, he adds: "And I think it's going to be more profound and long-lasting than people thought."
America's Plantation Prisons (August 30, 2008)
IT IS UNIMAGINABLE THAT SOMETHING SO SHAMEFUL STILL EXISTS TODAY! http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10008
On an expanse of 18,000 acres of farmland, 59 miles northwest of Baton Rouge, long rows of men, mostly African-American, till the fields under the hot Louisiana sun. The men pick cotton, wheat, soybeans and corn. They work for pennies, literally. Armed guards, mostly white, ride up and down the rows on horseback, keeping watch. At the end of a long workweek, a bad disciplinary report from a guard - whether true or false - could mean a weekend toiling in the fields. The farm is called Angola, after the homeland of the slaves who first worked its soil.This scene is not a glimpse of plantation days long gone by. It's the present-day reality of thousands of prisoners at the maximum security Louisiana State Penitentiary, otherwise known as Angola. The block of land on which the prison sits is a composite of several slave plantations, bought up in the decades following the Civil War. Acre-wise, it is the largest prison in the United States. Eighty percent of its prisoners are African-American."Angola is disturbing every time I go there," Tory Pegram, who coordinates the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3, told Truthout. "It's not even really a metaphor for slavery. Slavery is what's going on."Mwalimu Johnson, who spent 15 years as a prisoner at the penitentiary and now works as executive secretary of the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana, concurred."I would truthfully say that Angola prison is a sophisticated plantation," Johnson told Truthout. "'Cotton is King' still applies when it come to Angola."Angola is not alone. Sixteen percent of Louisiana prisoners are compelled to perform farm labor, as are 17 percent of Texas prisoners and a full 40 percent of Arkansas prisoners, according to the 2002 Corrections Yearbook, compiled by the Criminal Justice Institute. They are paid little to nothing for planting and picking the same crops harvested by slaves 150 years ago.On land previously occupied by a slave plantation, Louisiana prisoners pick cotton, earning 4 cents an hour. (...) "In the conventional plantations, slaves were given just enough food, clothing and shelter to be a financial asset to the owner. The same is true for the Louisiana prison system."Wages for agricultural and industrial prison labor are still almost nonexistent compared with the federal minimum wage. Angola prisoners are paid anywhere from four to twenty cents per hour, according to Fontenot. Agricultural laborers fall on the lowest end of the pay scale.What's more, prisoners may keep only half the money they make, according to Johnson, who notes that the other half is placed in an account for prisoners to use to "set themselves up" after they're released.Besides the fact that two cents an hour may not accumulate much of a start-up fund, there is one glaring peculiarity about this arrangement: due to some of the harshest sentencing practices in the country, most Angola prisoners are never released. Ninety-seven percent will die in prison, according to Fontenot.(Ironically, the "progressive" label may well apply to Angola, relative to some locations: In Texas, Arkansas and Georgia, most prison farms pay nothing at all.)Angola prisoners technically work eight-hour days. However, since extra work can be mandated as a punishment for "bad behavior," hours may pile up well over that limit, former prisoner Robert King told Truthout."Prisoners worked out in the field, sometimes 17 hours straight, rain or shine," remembered King, who spent 29 years in solitary confinement at Angola, until he was released in 2001 after proving his innocence of the crime for which he was incarcerated.It's common for Angola prisoners to work 65 hours a week after disciplinary reports have been filed, according to Johnson. Yet, those reports don't necessarily indicate that a prisoner has violated any rules. Johnson describes guards writing out reports well before the weekend, fabricating incident citations, then filling in prisoners' names on Friday, sometimes at random. Those prisoners would then spend their weekend in the cotton fields. CLIP
Torture As Official Israeli Policy - by Stephen Lendman (August 28, 2008) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9969
The UN Convention against Torture defines the practice as:"any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain and suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity...."The US and Israel are the only two modern states that legally sanction torture. An earlier article covered America. This one deals with the Jewish state, but let there be no doubt: (...) Israel claims it never uses torture and complies with international laws and norms. International law experts, the UN Committee Against Torture, and sources like B'Tselem, United Against Torture (UAT), and the Public Committee against Torture in Israel (PCATI) disagree.So does Dr. Afi Rabs in testimony to Israel's High Court on 14 Palestinian prisoners. They were all detained for trivial offenses like stone-throwing and tire-burning and weren't "ticking bombs." Yet they all were tortured as one detainee explained:"I was shackled in iron cuffs that entered my flesh, and a bag was put on my head as a certain music roared in my ears and almost deafened me. They used to beat me up and kick me, and my body was full of wounds and bruises. After that I was sent to a doctor who asked me if I was tortured, and I said yes, but he didn't reply or say something. Then I was taken back and tortured again."(...) Abuse Begins at the Start - Most often, soldiers beat Palestinians during and right after painfully shackling them. Plastic handcuffs are used that can only be tightened, not released or loosened, and subjects are kept that way (generally for hours) long enough to cause permanent injury. In response to PCATI requests, the IDF Spokesperson provided no regulations, procedures or orders regarding use of plastic handcuffs. However, Chief Military Police Officer Order No. 9810 discusses shackling in detention facilities and states: "only metal (devices) are to be used, (and) the tightening of the shackles should be undertaken....to prevent injury to the detainee (particularly to blood vessels)."Violence and threats are also common from the start. Besides painful shackling, subjects describe being blindfolded, threatened with weapons and death, accused of harboring suicide attackers, shouted at, beaten, kicked, punched in the face, and in at least one instance told his house would be destroyed and burned. Complaining did no good. It incited more abuse.Treatment During Transport - From Place of Arrest to Detention Facilities - This is stage two of abuse and humiliation - inside military vehicles. Subjects are made to sit or lie on their floors and at times are thrown on them. They're bare, hot, and when soldiers step on detainees' heads or bodies (a frequent practice) abrasions and injuries result. PCATI again found no orders or procedures regulating transport, so detainees are subjected to the whims of their captors while on site commanders look the other way.Treatment in Temporary Army Base Detention - Here, too, abusive practices continue the way one detainee described: "I was put in a small room and they beat my legs. They put me on the floor. Then I felt one of the soldiers take something from the floor and beat me on my head and shoulders....Then they took me out into a concrete yard and tied my handcuffs to a concrete pole and made me sit on the ground and they beat me. Every hour or half hour they would beat me on the face." Lack of oversight and procedures invite ill treatment, and soldiers take full advantage. It's painful, protracted and humiliating - sometimes so extreme that subjects lose consciousness or require hospitalization.Sting dogs are also used and trained for one of five purposes: CLIP
The Rich Man's Michael Moore (February 23, 2008) http://online.wsj.com/public/article_print/SB120371859381786725.html
Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, used to be an accepted member of the New York elite, with a trust fund, a top education and loads of old-money friends. Now, thanks to his film career, he's not as welcome. "I'll walk into a social event where there are a number of people who I grew up with and they'll treat me apprehensively," says Mr. Johnson, 28. His relationship with his family, especially his father, has also cooled. "There was a sense that 'If you go too far with these [films], you won't be welcome in your own home,'" he says. Mr. Johnson is getting used to being an outcast among the upper class. After the 2003 release of his first film, "Born Rich," which looked at the lives of the silver-spoon set, and now his second, "The One Percent," which focuses on the American wealth gap, Mr. Johnson has become the rich man's Michael Moore -- a trust-fund populist who's not afraid to attack the wealthy and powerful. While his wealth has helped him gain access to the people he's filming, it's also carried personal costs. He has learned the hard way that the biggest betrayal for the rich is to talk publicly about their riches. "I think most wealthy people want to live with this myth of equal opportunity and equality in this country," he says. "I don't think they want to question their right to this wealth." With "The One Percent," Mr. Johnson wanted to show ... that today's wealthy have become an increasingly isolated elite. He says rather than using their wealth for good, they have used it to restructure the economy, lower their taxes, cut social programs for the middle and lower classes, and amass ever more wealth. "We have an aristocracy in this country that has convinced everybody else that they don't exist," Mr. Johnson says.
500 civilians killed, injured in Afghanistan (September 01, 2008) http://paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?205155
ESHAWAR: At least 500 civilians were killed or wounded during the five-day US-led troops` ground and air operation in the Sangin district of Helmand province, a member of Afghanistan`s parliament said on Sunday."Foreign forces have been conducting operation in Sarwan Qala area of Sangin district for the last five days in which artillery and aircraft are being used," Dad Muhammad Khan, member of Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament), told Afghan Islamic Press. "The dead and injured were lying in the area and there is no one to shift the injured. CLIP MUCH MORE in Full Coverage: Afghanistan
Report: US-Led Airstrikes Kill 76 Afghan Civilians http://www.truthout.org/article/report-us-led-airstrikes-kill-76-afghan-civilians
Sharafuddin Sharafyar, Reuters: "US-led coalition forces killed 76 Afghan civilians in western Afghanistan yesterday, most of them children, the country's interior Ministry said. The coalition denied killing civilians. Civilian deaths in military operations have become an emotive issue among Afghans, many of whom feel international forces take too little care when launching air strikes, undermining support for their presence. 'Seventy-six civilians, most of them women and children, were martyred today in a coalition forces operation in Herat province,' the Interior Ministry said in a statement. Coalition forces bombarded the Azizabad area of Shindand district in Herat province on Friday afternoon, the ministry said. Nineteen of the victims were women, seven of them men and the rest children under the age of 15, it said." *** an emotive issue! ***
Karzai Denounces US Airstrike That Killed Civilians http://www.truthout.org/article/karzai-denounces-us-airstrike-that-killed-civilians
M. Karim Faiez and Laura King, The Los Angeles Times: "President Hamid Karzai today denounced an airstrike by U.S.-led forces that his office said killed at least 70 civilians. Civilian deaths and injuries are an extremely sensitive subject in Afghanistan, where the government has repeatedly pleaded with Western troops to exercise greater care to avoid hurting and killing noncombatants. Karzai broke down in tears during one such appeal."
President Hamid Karzai Assails US Airstrike He Says Killed 95 http://tinyurl.com/5bb757
President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned on Saturday a coalition airstrike that he said killed up to 95 Afghans - including 50 children - in a village in western Afghanistan on Friday, and said his government would be announcing measures to prevent the loss of civilian life in the future.
UN Says Has Evidence Air Strikes Killed 90 Afghans, Including 60 Children (August 26, 2008) http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSISL1312420080826?sp=true
KABUL - The United Nations said on Tuesday it had found convincing evidence that 90 Afghan civilians, most of them children, were killed in air strikes by U.S.-led coalition forces in western Afghanistan last week. An UN investigation suggested that 60 children were killed in the airstrike. The issue of civilian casualties has driven a rift between the Afghan government and its NATO backers, with President Hamid Karzai saying earlier this month that air strikes had achieved nothing and had only succeeded in killing ordinary Afghans. "Investigations by UNAMA (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan) found convincing evidence, based on the testimony of eyewitnesses, and others, that some 90 civilians were killed, including 60 children, 15 women and 15 men," U.N. Special Envoy to Afghanistan Kai Eide said in a statement. (...) Afghan and foreign soldiers entered the village of Nawabad in Shindand around midnight on August 21. Operations lasted several hours and air strikes were called in, the villagers told UNAMA. "The destruction from aerial bombardment was clearly evident with some 7-8 houses having been totally destroyed and serious damage to many others," the U.N. statement said. Local residents were able to confirm the number of casualties, including names, age and gender of the victims. "This is matter of grave concern to the United Nations, I have repeatedly made clear that the safety and welfare of civilians must be considered above all else during the planning and conduct of all military operations," Eide said.
Afghan leader fires top general http://tinyurl.com/6r4g2n
"In the tragic air strike and irresponsible and imprecise military operation in Azizabad village ... more than 89 of our innocent countrymen, including women and children, were martyred," the statement said.
BBC presenter Lyse Doucet: Media fail to convey 'humanity of the Taliban' (25 Aug 2008) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2613717/BBC-presenter-Lyse-Doucet-Media-fail-to-convey-humanity-of-the-Taliban.html
Media coverage of the conflict in Afghanistan is failing to convey the "humanity of the Taliban", a BBC presenter has said. - Lyse Doucet, a presenter and correspondent on BBC World News, was speaking at a discussion of TV reporting of the war in the country.Doucet, who has been at the BBC since 1983, also spoke out against the nature of the reports on Prince Harry's deployment in Afghanistan.The veteran correspondent and presenter, who played a key role in the BBC's coverage of the war in Afghanistan in 2001, told the Edinburgh International Television Conference: "What's lacking in the coverage of the Afghans is the sense of the humanity of the Afghans."In the Prince Harry coverage for example, there were all these people out there you never really saw them."You knew that the bombs were dropping in that direction and the guns pointing in that direction but you never got a sense of how Afghans are as a people."Asked what was missing in British coverage, she added: "It may sound odd but the humanity of the Taliban, because the Taliban are a wide, very diverse group of people."Some of them would like to talk to the British Government. Some of them don't want to be fighting British troops. Some of them would. This is the ideological Taliban."We never have the ability or sometimes the desire to present this in a different way, so that people would be interested ... it's a regret."She told the conference: "In a country which is as complex, and as difficult and dangerous as Afghanistan you can't really cover it properly and get the full picture unless you are there day in, day out. Unless you are living there and feeling and eating the heat and the dust."She added: "What does it feel like to be a British soldier under fire? It's bloody frightening and difficult and dangerous, exhilarating as well."But we also want to know what it feels like to be an Afghan involved with such hopes in 2001 that things would get better and they've got a lot worse."She said that it was "getting more and more dangerous" to cover the country. CLIP
SOME of the comments posted above on this:
"Dehumanising your opponents is something all imperial aggressors do, ourselves included, and Doucet is quite right to draw attention to this. It's a pity so few reporters have the guts to report anything except a pro-US brainwashed line. The thoughtless, aggressive bigots writing here might like to ask why we drop high explosives on villages. They might also like to ask what on earth we think we are fighting for, what victory might look like, what we are risking the lives of our brave young men and women for. Karzai, hah, US puppet."
"Report this comment. I know Lyse. She's a bloody good journalist, very level headed, quite prepared to be straight with her audience. Some people want the world to be black and white and news coverage to reflect their world view. Governments are wont to encourage a black and white view of conflicts they're engaged in. Well sorry but things aren't like that. Lyse simply states the unavoidable - that even groups we disagree with, or find hard to understand have a point of view some of which may be valid. And having reported from the Muslim world I met many devout and often conservative Muslims who were warm, generous, humane and good people who I'm proud to count amongst my friends. To accept that doesn't make one left wing - merely open minded - and that is an essential for any good reporter - and Lyse is most definitely a very good reporter."
Cease-fire by Pakistan in attacks on militants (August 31, 2008) http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/08/31/asia/pakistan.php
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The Pakistani military, which has been criticized by Washington for not pushing hard enough against Taliban militants, has used jet fighters and helicopter gunships in the past three weeks to strike at insurgents who pour over the border to attack American forces in Afghanistan. A military official involved in the operation said the air assaults had resulted in more than 400 Taliban casualties in Bajaur, an area of the tribal region where Al Qaeda and the Taliban have forged close ties, and had forced the militants to retreat from villages they controlled. It was difficult to verify the number of casualties independently.But as a result of the air campaign, more than 200,000 civilians have fled their homes, according to the World Health Organization and Unicef, which are providing assistance in the area. Many of the refugees, who are now squatting in makeshift camps or bunking with extended families, are angry at the deaths of relatives and the destruction of property. More than 40,000 people from Bajaur are now refugees in Afghanistan, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.The airstrikes, in addition to a monthlong air and ground offensive by the Pakistani Army in nearby Swat, a scenic area in the North-West Frontier Province, signified the most sustained campaign by the Pakistani military after months of intense pressure by the Bush administration to do more against the insurgent CLIP
Cell Phone Dangers - what they don't want you to see (6 min 35 sec) Check the related videos! http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=gkeMLOIAEKU
Cell phones have brought upon our kids and all cell phone addicts a massive brain cancer epidemic - and the cancer site is always on the side of the head where heavy cell phone users place their lethal phone.
Dr. George Carlo EMF Cell Phone Dangers Interview (5 min 50 sec) http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=2GD_BKTWyTY
According to Dr. George Carlo, studies have shown that many US adolescents use their cell phone on average 2600 minutes a month and leave their cell phone active under their pillow during the whole night to receive text messages from their friends. Current projections from epidemiological studies indicate that in just 2 years from now, it is expected that there will be every year over half a million new cases of brain and eye cancers directly attributable to cell phone use - worldwide - while current numbers are between 30,000 and 50,000 new cases every year. With 2.5 billion cell phone users worldwide (and growing) this is a time bomb that will explode with catastrophic consequences for humanity.
Ancient Amazon Cities Found; Were Vast Urban Network (August 28, 2008) http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/08/080828-amazon-cities.html
Dozens of ancient, densely packed, towns, villages, and hamlets arranged in an organized pattern have been mapped in the Brazilian Amazon, anthropologists announced today. The finding suggests that vast swathes of "pristine" rain forest may actually have been sophisticated urban landscapes prior to the arrival of European colonists. "It is very different from what we might expect using certain classic models of urbanism," noted study co-author Michael Heckenberger, an anthropologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Nevertheless, he said, the repeated patterns within and among settlements across the landscape suggest a highly ordered and planned society on par with any medieval European town. The finding supports a controversial theory that the Amazon River Basin teemed with large societies that were all but obliterated by disease when European colonists arrived in the 15th and 16th centuries. The isolated tribes that remain in the Amazon today are the last survivors of these once great societies, according to the theory. CLIP
Bayer on defensive in bee deaths (Aug 26, 2008) http://www.newsobserver.com/business/story/1193866.html
German authorities look into allegation that RTP maker's pesticide harms environment -- Bayer CropScience is facing scrutiny because of the effect one of its best-selling pesticides has had on honeybees. A German prosecutor is investigating Werner Wenning, Bayer's chairman, and Friedrich Berschauer, the head of Bayer CropScience, after critics alleged that they knowingly polluted the environment. The investigation was triggered by an Aug. 13 complaint filed by German beekeepers and consumer protection advocates, a Coalition against Bayer Dangers spokesman, Philipp Mimkes, said Monday. The complaint is part of efforts by groups on both sides of the Atlantic to determine how much Bayer CropScience knows about the part that clothianidin may have played in the death of millions of honeybees. Bayer CropScience, which has its U.S. headquarters in Research Triangle Park, said field studies have shown that bees' exposure to the pesticide is minimal or nonexistent if the chemical is used properly. Clothianidin and related pesticides generated about $1 billion of Bayer CropScience's $8.6 billion in global sales last year. The coalition is demanding that the company withdraw all of the pesticides. "We're suspecting that Bayer submitted flawed studies to play down the risks of pesticide residues in treated plants," said Harro Schultze, the coalition's attorney."Bayer's ... management has to be called to account, since the risks ... have now been known for more than 10 years." CLIP
26/08/08 DENVER -- Who lit a fire under U.S. Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich?
The Ohio Democrat went to church at the Democratic National Convention today, lighting up the 4 oclock hour as time marched toward Sen. Hillary Clintons much anticipated appearance.
I mean he preached like hed had some lessons from the Rev. Jesse Jackson. And he woke up an audience that until that moment appeared to be mostly waiting to hear anybody else.
We Democrats are giving America a wake-up call, he preached. Wake up, America. In 2001, the oil companies, the war contractors and the neo-con artists seized the economy and have added $4 trillion of unproductive spending to the national debt. We now pay four times more for defense, three times more for gasoline and home heating oil, and twice what we paid for health care.
Sleepy delegates in a half-empty arena began to take notice. A couple of them pointed.
If there was an Olympics for misleading, mismanaging and misappropriating, this administration would take the gold, Kucinich said. World records for violations of national and international laws we can't afford another Republican administration. Wake up, America.
The insurance companies took over health care. Wake up, America. The pharmaceutical companies took over drug pricing. Wake up, America. The speculators took over Wall Street. Wake up, America. They want to take your Social Security. Wake up, America.
He had them. Where was this speech when the tiny Ohio congressman was running for president? Or did we really just not pay attention?
This administration can tap our phones. They can't tap our creative spirit, he said. They can open our mail. They can't open economic opportunities. They can track our every move. They lost track of the economy while the cost of food, gasoline and electricity skyrockets. They skillfully played our post-9/11 fears and allowed the few to profit at the expense of the many. Every day we get the color orange while the oil companies, the insurance companies, the speculators, the war contractors get the color green.
Wake up, America! This is not a call for you to take a new direction from right to left. This is call for you to go from down to up. Up with the rights of workers. Up with wages.
And Dennis Kucinich began to bounce, the way the ministers of my girlhood churches did.
Up with fair trade. Up with creating millions of good paying jobs, rebuilding our bridges, ports and water systems, he said, his voice rising, people rising and grinning at the Dennis Kucinich who was surprising them.
Up with health care for all, he said. Up with education for all. Up with homeownership. Up with guaranteed retirement benefits. Up with peace. Up with prosperity. Up with the Democratic Party. Up with Obama-Biden!
Hmmmmm. Did the Democrats miss something along the way from the only man with the courage to introduce a resolution in June to impeach President George W. Bush and whose speech reminded those gathered who their fight actually was with?
"Wake up America, Sign up America!"
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In my speech to the Democratic National Convention, I called on America to wake up to the corruption, lies, abuses and criminal failings of the Bush Administration over the past eight years.
Now, more than ever, we need your voice to shout that wake-up call - all across this nation and into the halls of Congress by signing the petition to begin impeachment proceedings against this Administration.
If we can deliver ONE MILLION signatures to the Speaker of the House on September 10th - the day before the world changed - we can change the world. We can send a powerful message that will shake Congress from its silence which enables President Bush to continue to violate the law. We the People must demand accountability.
While many seem convinced that Senator Obama can "save" us,
I felt drained by most of the speeches at the Democratic Convention.
I want more than we vs. them, good vs. bad, blame and punishment, tickling ears, enabling victim-hood, and pump-up pep rallies.
I long for a higher vision...
empowering a higher mission...
where ALL can win.
One phrase from the convention DID inspire me:
Kucinich's "Wake up, America!"
Have we fallen asleep?
Have we ever been awake?
Does "awake" require blaming?
Does "awake" mean taking sides?
Does "awake" imply win/lose competition?
Is this what "Love your enemies" means?
Does "Love your enemies" apply any more?
Wake up, America.
Will you ask more questions?
Wake up, America.
Will you self-examine?
Wake up, America.
Will you see a higher vision?
Why do so many seem sure of what's
and what's wrong?
Why are these people sure WHO is right...
and who is wrong?
Is there a higher way...
beyond right and wrong?
Wake up, America.
Will you hear your higher calling?
Wake up, America.
Will you commit to 'The Work'?
Wake up, America.
Will you see a higher vision?
What's required to do this?
What's possible to attain?
Do we need a new perspective?
Do our values need to change?
Can we possibly love our enemies?
Can we find a higher way?
Wake up, America.
Will you rise above fear?
Wake up, America.
Will you listen to your heart?
Wake up, America.
Will you see a higher vision?
To dream the impossible
to fight the unbeatable foe,
to bear with unbearable sorrow,
to run where the brave dare not go.
To right the unrightable wrong,
to love pure and chaste from afar,
to try when your arms are too weary,
to reach the unreachable star.
This is my quest,
to follow that star --
no matter how hopeless,
no matter how far.
To fight for the right
without question or pause,
to be willing to march into hell for a
And I know if I'll only be true to this
that my heart will be peaceful and calm
when I'm laid to my rest.
And the world will be better for this,
that one man scorned and covered with scars
still strove with his last ounce of courage.
To reach the unreachable stars.
- Quixote (firstname.lastname@example.org)
THIS ARTICLE AND THE RELATED ONES BELOW ARE A MUST READ! AND THEN ASK YOURSELF: Did you hear over-hyped Obama discuss any of these MOST urgent and vital survival issues? He pledged in his DNC speech to invest a paltry $15 billion per year on developing renewable energies (solar and wind)... Compare this to his brain-dead promise to "rebuild our military", with the Pentagon already getting over $1 trillion per year, black budgets included... Do you think Joe Biden or anyone involved in Obama's team really care about the environment? And with federal elections now looming in Canada, ask yourself: Would oil-cartel's pawn Stephen Harper be better than self-professed green candidate Stéphane Dion to address the fact that Canadians are, per capita, among the worst polluters and greenhouse emitters of this planet?
Audio: Military analyst predicts 'climate wars' (The World Today) Go at the URL above to listen to this...
The prospect of global wars driven by climate change is not something often discussed publicly by our political leaders.
But according to one of America's top military analysts, governments in the US and UK are already being briefed by their own military strategists about how to prepare for a world of mass famine, floods of refugees and even nuclear conflicts over resources.
Gwynne Dyer is a military analyst and author who served in three navies and has held academic posts at the Royal Military College at Sandhurst and at Oxford.
Speaking about his latest book, Climate Wars, he says there is a sense of suppressed panic from the scientists and military leaders.
"Mostly it's about winners and losers, at least in the early phases of climate change," he said.
"If you're talking about 1 degree, 2 degrees hotter - not runaway stuff - but what we're almost certainly committed to over the next 30 or 40 years, there will be countries that get away relatively cost free in that scenario, particularly countries in the higher latitudes."
But he says that closer to the equator in the relatively arid zone - where Australia is situated - there will be very serious droughts.
"[There will be] huge falls in the amount of crops that you can grow because there isn't the rain and it's too hot," he said.
"That will apply particularly to the Mediterranean... and so not just the north African countries, but also the ones on the northern side of the Mediterranean.
"The ones in the European Union like Spain and Italy and Greece and the Balkans and Turkey are going to be suffering huge losses in their ability to support their populations.
He says a fall in crops and food production means there will be refugees, people who are desperate.
"It may mean the collapse in the global trade of food because while some countries still have enough, there is still a global food shortage," he said.
"If you can't buy food internationally and you can't raise enough at home, what do you do? You move. So refugee pressures - huge ones - are one of the things that drives these security considerations."
In Climate Wars, even the most hopeful scenarios about the impact of climate change have hundreds of millions of people dying of starvation, mass displacement of people and conflict between countries competing for basic resources like water.
"India and Pakistan are both nuclear-armed countries. All of the agriculture in Pakistan and all of the agriculture in northern India depend on glacier-fed rivers that come off the Himalayas from the Tibetan plateau. Those glaciers are melting," Dr Dyer said.
"They're melting according to Chinese scientists to 7 per cent a year, which means they're half gone in 10 years.
"India has a problem with this. Pakistan faces an absolutely lethal emergency because Pakistan is basically a desert with a braid of rivers running through it.
"Those rivers all start with one exception in Indian-controlled territory and there's a complex series of deals between the two countries about who gets to take so much water out of the river. Those deals break down when there's not that much water in the rivers."
And then you have got the prospect of a nuclear confrontation, Dr Dyer says.
"It's unthinkable but yet it's entirely possible. So these are the prices you start to pay if you get this wrong," he said.
"Some of them, actually, I'm afraid we've already got them wrong in the sense that there is going to be some major climate change."
Dr Dyer explains the least alarmist scenario for the next couple of decades still involves enormous pressures on the US border.
"That border's going to be militarised. I think there's almost no question about it because the alternative is an inundation of the United States by what will be, effectively, climate refugees," he said.
"They [US] are concerned actually about losing a lot of land and a lot of crop production within the United States itself.
"A lot of Florida's basically about six inches above sea level - and the Mississippi River Delta, well we've already seen what one hurricane did there - plus of course many interventions overseas by the American armed forces as much bigger emergencies occur in much bigger parts of the world."
But the real insight into the US study is that the more severe climate change scenario is the one that analysts think is the more likely one.
"And it's not just the analysts. I spent the past year doing a very high-speed self-education job on climate change but I think I probably talked to most of the senior people in the field in a dozen countries," Dr Dyer said.
"They're scared, they're really frightened. Things are moving far faster than their models predicted.
"You may have the Arctic ocean free of ice entirely in five years' time, in the late summer. Nobody thought that would happen until about the 2040s - even a couple of years ago."
Dr Dyer says there is a sense of things moving much faster, and the military are picking up on that.
He also says we will be playing climate change catch-up in the next 30 years.
"The threshold you don't want to cross, ever, is 2 degrees Celsius hotter than it was at the beginning of the 1990s," he said.
"That is a margin we have effectively already used up more than half of. It would require pretty miraculous cooperation globally and huge cuts in emissions."
And if the world does not decarbonise by 2050, you don't want to be there, according to Dr Dyer.
"My kids will and I don't think that is going to be a pleasant prospect at all, because once you go past 2 degrees - and you could get past 2 degrees by the 2040s without too much effort - things start getting out of control," he said.
"The ocean starts giving back to the atmosphere the carbon dioxide it absorbed. That world is a world where crop failures are normal.
"Where, for example, Australia does not export food any more, it is hanging on to what it can still grow to feed its own people but that is about all that it is going to be able to do, and many countries can't even do that."
He says China will take an enormous blow.
"There is a study out from the Chinese Academy of Scientists and then swiftly disappeared again, but about two years ago, we predicted the maximum damage that would be done to China under foreseeable climate change in the 21st century was 38 per cent cut in food production," he said.
"That is only about three-fifths of the food they now eat and there will be a lot more of them.
"I think we will end up having to do things that at the moment nobody would consider doing like geo-engineering, ways of keeping the temperature down while we get our emissions down."
- Adapted from an interview first aired on The World Today, August 25.
On a planet 4C hotter, all we can prepare for is extinction (August 11 2008) http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/11/climatechange
There's no 'adaptation' to such steep warming. We must stop pandering to special interests, and try a new, post-Kyoto strategy -- We need to get prepared for four degrees of global warming, Bob Watson told the Guardian last week. At first sight this looks like wise counsel from the climate science adviser to Defra. But the idea that we could adapt to a 4C rise is absurd and dangerous. Global warming on this scale would be a catastrophe that would mean, in the immortal words that Chief Seattle probably never spoke, "the end of living and the beginning of survival" for humankind. Or perhaps the beginning of our extinction.The collapse of the polar ice caps would become inevitable, bringing long-term sea level rises of 70-80 metres. All the world's coastal plains would be lost, complete with ports, cities, transport and industrial infrastructure, and much of the world's most productive farmland. The world's geography would be transformed much as it was at the end of the last ice age, when sea levels rose by about 120 metres to create the Channel, the North Sea and Cardigan Bay out of dry land. Weather would become extreme and unpredictable, with more frequent and severe droughts, floods and hurricanes. The Earth's carrying capacity would be hugely reduced. Billions would undoubtedly die.Watson's call was supported by the government's former chief scientific adviser, Sir David King, who warned that "if we get to a four-degree rise it is quite possible that we would begin to see a runaway increase". This is a remarkable understatement. The climate system is already experiencing significant feedbacks, notably the summer melting of the Arctic sea ice. The more the ice melts, the more sunshine is absorbed by the sea, and the more the Arctic warms. And as the Arctic warms, the release of billions of tonnes of methane - a greenhouse gas 70 times stronger than carbon dioxide over 20 years - captured under melting permafrost is already under way. To see how far this process could go, look 55.5m years to the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, when a global temperature increase of 6C coincided with the release of about 5,000 gigatonnes of carbon into the atmosphere, both as CO2 and as methane from bogs and seabed sediments. Lush subtropical forests grew in polar regions, and sea levels rose to 100m higher than today. It appears that an initial warming pulse triggered other warming processes. Many scientists warn that this historical event may be analogous to the present: the warming caused by human emissions could propel us towards a similar hothouse Earth.But what are we to do? All our policies to date to tackle global warming have been miserable failures. The Kyoto protocol has created a vast carbon market but done little to reduce emissions. The main effect of the EU's emissions trading scheme has been to transfer about ¤30bn or more from consumers to Europe's biggest polluters, the power companies. The EU and US foray into biofuels has, at huge cost, increased greenhouse gas emissions and created a world food crisis, causing starvation in many poor countries.So are all our efforts doomed to failure? Yes, so long as our governments remain craven to special interests, whether carbon traders or fossil fuel companies. The carbon market is a valuable tool, but must be subordinate to climatic imperatives. The truth is that to prevent runaway greenhouse warming, we will have to leave most of the world's fossil fuels in the ground, especially carbon-heavy coal, oil shales and tar sands. The fossil fuel and power companies must be faced down. CLIP
Index Research: On The Road To Extinction (Summer 2008) http://indexresearch.blogspot.com/2008/08/index-research-on-road-to-extinction.html
A history lecturer recently said that if one doesn't believe in 'global warming' one is put in the same category as those who do not believe in the Nazi holocaust. This research of summer 2008 articles is not only about global warming but also about species that have become extinct or are an endangered species. Mr. Bush's (and ViPer Cheney's) contempt for endangered species reflects a similar contempt for civilian lives in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. -- INDEX -- 1. Planet Earth: General; Air pollution; Biofuels; Coral Reefs; Dead Zones; Depleted Uranium Contamination; "Democracy," Food (corn, rice, wheat, famine); Lakes (extinct: Greenland Lake: endangered Baikal); Nuclear Holocaust; Oil (Peak Oil, U.S. exploitation, The Car); Polar Ice; Rainforest; Water; Wetlands -- 2. Towards Extinction: General; Amphibians (frogs); Bees; Birds; Deer; Elephant; Fish (salmon, shark, sturgeon, tuna) Flora and Fauna (Lichen, Orchid); Mammals (deer, (elephant, lynx, kangaroo, mustang, polar bear, seal, tiger, whale, wolf, wolverine); Mammoth rhino), Primates (Great Ape, Homo Sapiens, Lemur, Monkey, Orangutan); Reptiles (lizard, turtle, tortoise. - 3. Good News CLIP
Study: Earth may be facing mass extinction http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2008/08/13/Study_Earth_may_be_facing_mass_extinction/UPI-98011218638519/
BERKELEY, Calif., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. biologists say devastating declines of amphibian species around the world are a sign the Earth might be facing a new mass extinction. The researchers from the University of California-Berkeley said that biodiversity disaster caused by a virulent fungus is larger than just frogs, salamanders and their ilk. "There's no question that we are in a mass extinction spasm right now," said Professor of integrative biology David Wake. "Amphibians have been around for about 250 million years. They made it through when the dinosaurs didn't. The fact that they're cutting out now should be a lesson for us." The fungus that's been killing amphibians around the world has been called the most devastating wildlife disease ever recorded, Wake said. CLIP (NOTE: This fungus could possibly be a consequence of the deadly chemtrails being spread in many countries for the past 10 years - more on this below and through http://tinyurl.com/6ls3qa and http://www.carnicom.com/ Check also this : http://www.carnicom.com/airops1.htm which has an intriguing explanatory theory for this military activity.
A Chemtrail Story (5-1-8) http://www.rense.com/general81/chemical.htm
(...) Dr. Gwen Scott: "As a result of this aerosol spraying, we have seen a fungus showing up in our air supply that dramatically compromises the immune system by consuming those nutrients the immune system uses to repair and rebuild. Like every system in our body, the immune system has to keep rebuilding itself. If it doesn't have those nutritional tools to do that, the immune system becomes dramatically compromised unable to deal with any kind of invader. That's why I think we're seeing so many more colds and flues over the last 5-6 years. I know in my clients these things are epidemic sinus infections, colds and flues. That's on the lighter side on the heavier side, we're seeing a lot more cancers and some very devastating disease. Part of it has to be this fungal invasion, because this fugal invasion eats the nutrients the immune system uses to rebuild itself. CLIP
Species extinction threats underestimated http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2008/07/08/Species_extinction_threats_underestimated/UPI-67121215534230/
BOULDER, Colo., July 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. study finds species extinction threats are underestimated due to a math problem, with extinction risks underrated by possibly as much as 100-fold.University of Colorado-Boulder Assistant Professor Brett Melbourne said current mathematical models used to determine extinction threat, or the "red-listed" status, of species overlook random differences between individuals in a given population.He said such differences-- including variations in male-to-female sex ratios and size or behavioral variations among individuals -- can influence their survival rates and reproductive success, thereby exerting an unexpectedly large effect on extinction risk calculations."When we apply our new mathematical model to species extinction rates, it shows that things are worse than we thought," said Melbourne. "By accounting for random differences between individuals, extinction rates for endangered species can be orders of magnitude higher than conservation biologists have believed."
Methane Release Could Cause Abrupt, Far-Reaching Climate Change http://www.sonnenseite.com/index.php?pageID=80&news:oid=n10645&template=news_detail.html
An abrupt release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, from ice sheets that extended to Earth's low latitudes some 635 million years ago caused a dramatic shift in climate, scientists funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) report in this week's issue of the journal Nature.The shift triggered events that resulted in global warming and an ending of the last "snowball" ice age.The researchers believe that the methane was released gradually at first and then very quickly from clathrates--methane ice that forms and stabilizes beneath ice sheets.When the ice sheets became unstable, they collapsed, releasing pressure on the clathrates. The clathrates then began to de-gas."Our findings document an abrupt and catastrophic global warming that led from a very cold, seemingly stable climate state to a very warm, also stable, climate state--with no pause in between," said geologist Martin Kennedy of the University of California at Riverside (UCR), who led the research team."What we now need to know is the sensitivity of the trigger," he said. "How much forcing does it take to move from one stable state to the other--and are we approaching something like that today with current carbon dioxide warming?" CLIP
Globalization Is Destroying the World's Oceans http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,570877,00.html
The oceans are a primary source of food for mankind, and fishing provides 200 million people with income, as meager as it may be. But growing demand and the industrial-scale exploitation of the seas are destroying global fish populations. The European Union's quota system is partly to blame. CLIP
Israel will not allow Iran to attain nuclear capability and if time begins to run out, Jerusalem will not hesitate to take whatever means necessary to prevent Iran from achieving its nuclear goals, the government has recently decided in a special discussion.
According to the Israeli daily Ma'ariv, whether the United States and Western countries succeed in thwarting the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions diplomatically, through sanctions, or whether a US strike on Iran is eventually decided upon, Jerusalem has begun preparing for a separate, independent military strike.
So far, Israel has not received American authorization to use US-controlled Iraqi airspace, nor has the defense establishment been successful in securing the purchase of advanced US-made warplanes which could facilitate an Israeli strike.
The Americans have offered Israel permission to use a global early warning radar system, implying that the US is pushing Israel to settle for defensive measures only.
Because of Israel's lack of strategic depth, Jerusalem has consistently warned in recent years that it will not settle for a 'wait and see' approach, merely retaliating to an attack, but will rather use preemption to prevent any risk of being hit in the first place.
Ephraim Sneh a veteran Labor MK who has recently left the party, has reportedly sent a document to both US presidential candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama. The eight-point document states that "there is no government in Jerusalem that would ever reconcile itself to a nuclear Iran. When it is clear Iran is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons, an Israeli military strike to prevent this will be seriously considered."
According to Ma'ariv, Sneh offered the two candidates the "sane, cheap and the only option that does not necessitate bloodshed." To prevent Iran's nuclear aspirations, Sneh wrote, "real" sanctions applied by the US and Europe were necessary. A total embargo in spare parts for the oil industry and a total boycott of Iranian banks would promptly put an end to the regime, which is already pressured by a sloping economy and would be toppled by the Iranian people if they have outside assistance, he said.
The window of opportunity Sneh suggests is a year and a half to two years, until 2010.
Sneh also visited Switzerland and Austria last week in an attempt to lobby them against the Iranian threat. Both countries have announced massive long-term investments in Iranian gas and oil fields for the next decade.
"Talk of the Jewish Holocaust and Israel's security doesn't impress these guys," Sneh said wryly.
Hearing his hosts speak of their future investments, Sneh replied quietly "it's a shame, because Ido will light all this up." He was referring to Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan, the recently appointed IAF commander and the man most likely to be the one to orchestrate Israel's attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, should this become a necessity.
"Investing in Iran in 2008," Sneh told his Austrian hosts, "is like investing in the Krupp steelworks in 1938, it's a high risk investment." The Austrians, according to Sneh, turned pale.
In related news, a top official said Friday that Iran had increased the number of operating centrifuges at its uranium enrichment plant to 4,000.
Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Reza Sheikh Attar, who visited the Natanz plant last week, said that Iran was preparing to install even more centrifuges, though he did not offer a timeframe.
"Right now, nearly 4,000 centrifuges are operating at Natanz," Attar told the state news agency IRNA. "Currently, 3,000 other centrifuges are being installed."
Meanwhile, the pan-Arabic Al Kuds al Arabi reported Friday that Iran had equipped Hizbullah with longer range missiles than those it possessed before the Second Lebanon War and had also improved the guerrilla group's targeting capabilities.
According to the report, which The Jerusalem Post could not verify independently, Hizbullah was planning a massive rocket onslaught on targets reaching deep into Israel's civilian underbelly in case Israel launches an attack on Iran.
Survey: Most Americans may back strike on Iran (Aug 29, 2008) http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1219913190453&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
Sixty-three percent of Americans say that if diplomacy fails to solve the Iranian nuclear crisis, they would approve of an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear sites, a new poll has found. The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and commissioned by The Israel Project, also finds that 87% of US voters feel that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a threat to the US. Meanwhile, 80% of Americans said it was likely Iran would use nuclear weapons if it acquired them. The threat of Iran is apparently felt across the political spectrum, with 85% of Democrats and 97% of Republicans believing the Islamic Republic represents a serious threat to the US. However, 62% of those polled also felt that it was still possible to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis. The approval rate for American military action against Iran was lower than that of an Israeli operation, with 55% supporting targeted strikes by the US and its allies. Negative feelings towards Iran are also held by a significant amount of the populations of Germany and the UK, the poll finds, with 64% and 39% viewing Iran unfavorably in the two countries, respectively. CLIP -- NOTE from Jean: If those numbers have not been doctored, it baffles the mind that 63% of Americans would approve of an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear sites!! Either they are completely brainwashed and have completely lost any moral perspective on the consequences of such an act of war against Iran with millions of people at risk of immediate death and long-term radioactive contamination of a vast area of our planet, or they simply are too stupid to understand that this would most likely trigger a much wider war from which everyone would suffer. One way of another, with Obama pledging a no-hold barrel approach to this matter to ensure the powerful US Jewish will bless his presidential bid, and with his oratory skills and the blind media adulation for him (except at FOX, of course), that could ensure he could get much support once elected if he decides the lives of millions of children, women and men in Iran and much everyone else in the Middle East are worth less than all the other considerations he will have to put in the balance...
Iran warns any attack would start 'world war' http://tinyurl.com/6fxrew
"The unrestrained greed of the US leadership and global Zionism... is gradually leading the world to the edge of a precipice," Jazayeri said, citing the unrest in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and Georgia.
Dutch pull spies on Iran attack fears http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=67943§ionid=351020101
The Dutch AIVD secret service has had an ultra-secret operation underway in Iran in recent years that was halted in connection with plans for a US attack on Iran. - "The operation, described as extremely successful, was halted recently in connection with plans for an impending US air attack on Iran. Along with this, targets would also be bombed which were connected with the Dutch espionage action," writes the Netherlands' biggest newspaper.
26/08/08 "ICH" -- -- Thinking about the massive failure of the US media to report truthfully is sobering. The United States, bristling with nuclear weapons and pursuing a policy of world hegemony, has a population that is kept in the dark--indeed brainwashed--about the most important and most dangerous events of our time.
The power of the Israel Lobby is an important component of keeping Americans in the dark. Recently I watched a documentary that demonstrates the control that the Israel Lobby exercises over Americans' view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The documentary is available here: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14055.htm
As a result of the US media's one-sided coverage, few Americans are aware that for decades Israel has been ethnically cleansing Palestinians from their homes and lands under protection of America's veto in the United Nations. Instead, the dispossessed Palestinians are portrayed as mindless terrorists who attack innocent Israel.
If one reads Israeli newspapers, such as Haaretz, or publications from Israeli organizations, such as the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, one gets a radically different view of the situation than the propagandistic version delivered by US media and evangelical pulpits.
Most Americans know of the 2000 attack by Muslim terrorists on the USS Cole in Aden harbor that resulted in 17 dead and 39 wounded American sailors. But few have heard of Israel's 1967 attack on the USS Liberty that left 34 American sailors dead and 174 wounded. Pressured by the Israel Lobby, President Johnson ordered Admiral McCain, father of the Republican presidential nominee, to cover up the attack. To this day there never has been a congressional investigation.
The failure of the American media is again evident in the coverage of the Georgian-Russian conflict. The US media presented the conflict as a Russian invasion of Georgia, whereas in actual fact the American and Israeli trained and equipped Georgian military launched a sneak attack to kill and to drive the Russian population out of South Ossetia, a separatist province.
Russian peacekeepers, together with Georgian ones, had been stationed in South Ossetia since the early 1990s. On orders from Mikheil Saakashvili, the American puppet "president" of Georgia, the Georgian peacekeepers turned their weapons on the unsuspecting Russian peacekeepers and murdered them.
This action by Saakashvili, elected with money from the neoconservative National Endowment for Democracy, an election-rigging tool of US hegemony, was a war crime. In truth, the Russians should have hung Saakashvili, as he is far more guilty than was Saddam Hussein. But it is Russia, not Saakashvili, that the US media has demonized.
Americans have become perfect subjects for George Orwell's Big Brother. They sit stupidly in front of the TV news or the New York Times or Washington Post and absorb the lies fed to them. What is wrong with Americans? Why do they put up with it? Are Americans the nation of sheep that Judge Andrew P. Napolitano says they are? Americans flaunt "freedom and democracy" and live under a Ministry of Propaganda.
Two decades ago, President Reagan reached agreement with Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev to end the dangerous cold war. But every one of Reagan's successors has sought to pick a new fight with Russia. In violation of the agreement, NATO has been taken to Russia's borders, and the US is determined to put former constituent parts of Russia herself into NATO. In an effort to neutralize Russia's nuclear deterrent and compromise her independence, the US is putting anti-ballistic missile bases on Russia's borders.
The gratuitously aggressive US military policy toward Russia will lead to nuclear war. I am confident that if Americans elect John McCain, or the Republicans steal another presidential election, there will be nuclear war in the second decade of the 21st century. The neocon lies, propaganda, macho flag-waving, and use of US foreign policy in the interests of a few military-security firms, oil companies, and Israel are all leading in that direction.
The November election is perhaps the last chance to avoid nuclear war. But the opportunity might already have been missed. The Republicans have chosen as their candidate one of the most ignorant warmongers alive. The Democrats' choice was between one of the most divisive women in America and a man of mixed race with a funny name. Considering American's taste for war, the Democratic candidate could fail to defeat the GOP war candidate.
Many Americans will vote against Obama because he is black. Why does mixed ancestry confer the black label? If America's population was predominantly black, would Obama be considered white?
Race and propaganda are more likely to determine the outcome of the November election than any awareness or consideration of real issues by voters.
The real issues are suffocated by the media. The American middle class is being destroyed by jobs offshoring and work visas for foreigners, while the incomes of the super rich are soaring. The US dollar's reserve currency status is eroded. The US is massively in debt at home and abroad. Health insurance is unaffordable for the vast majority of the population. Injured veterans are being nickeled and dimed, while Halliburton's profits escalate. Americans are losing their homes, while the US government bails out banks. Wars with Iran, Russia, and China are being planned in order to secure US hegemony.
Americans no longer have a government that is for the people and by the people. They have a government for and by special interests and an insane ideology.
But Americans have war, which lets them take out all their frustrations, resentments, and disappointments on "Muslim terrorists" and "Russian aggressors." Few Americans are disturbed that 1.25 million Iraqis and an unknown number of Afghans have died as a result of American invasions based on Bush regime lies and deceptions. Even Americans, like Senator Biden, Obama's selection for vice president, who understand that the wars are based on lies, still want the US to win. So, it was all a mistake and a deception, but let's win anyway and keep on killing.
I know people who still complain that the US did not nuke North Vietnam. When I ask why Vietnam should have been nuked, they reply, "if we had nuked them we would have won."
What would America have won? The answer is world loathing and the loss of the cold war.
For many Americans, war is like a sports contest in which they take vicarious pleasure and cheer on their side to victory. Millions of Americans are still bitter that "the liberal media" and war protesters caused America to lose the Vietnam war, and they are determined that this won't happen again. These Americans have no realization that there was no more reason for the US to be fighting in Vietnam 40 years ago than to be fighting today in Iraq and Afghanistan or tomorrow in Iran.
Obama, if elected, is no guarantee against nuclear war. Obama has shown that he is as much under the Israel Lobby's thumb as McCain. Obama's foreign affairs advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, is not a neocon, but he was born in Warsaw, Poland, and has the Pole's animosity toward Russia. The Bush administration has already changed US war doctrine to permit preemptive nuclear attack. With the US government determined to ring Russia with puppet states and military bases, war is inevitable.
Presidential appointees face confirmation in the Senate. Any of Obama's appointees who might be out of step with plans for US and Israeli hegemony could expect opposition from large corporations and the Israel Lobby. There is no assurance that an Obama administration would not be positioned on "the issues" by the same special interests that have positioned the Bush administration.
Americans are filled with hubris, not with knowledge. They have no awareness of the calamity that their government's pursuit of hegemony is bringing to themselves and to life on earth.
Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury in the Reagan Administration. He is a former Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal, a 16-year columnist for Business Week, and a columnist for the Scripps Howard News Service and Creator's Syndicate in Los Angeles. He has held numerous university professorships, including the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by the President of France and the US Treasury's Silver Medal for "outstanding contributions to the formulation of US economic policy."
Two boats carrying 44 pro-Palestinian activists from Cyprus arrived in the Gaza Strip on Saturday after Israel allowed them through despite its tight blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory.
The boats set sail on Friday carrying activists from 17 countries, including Israel, who hoped to draw attention to the blockade of Gaza which has been ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement since June 2007.
The boats sailed through choppy grey waters and into Gaza City's main port, where they were greeted by around 2,000 people waving Palestinian flags, many of them motoring around the harbour in boats.
Israel had initially warned the activists to stay away from Gaza's coastal waters but later allowed them to pass, hours after the crew said their communications systems had been jammed as they sailed through stormy seas.
"They wanted provocation at sea but they won't get it. We know who the passengers are and what they are bringing with them and so we have no problem letting them through," Foreign Ministry spokesman Aviv Shiron told AFP.
Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, a Jerusalem-based spokeswoman for the so-called Free Gaza Movement which organised the event, said the boats' communications systems had been attacked by "electronic piracy" earlier in the day.
"We are not experienced sailors. As a result, there is concern about the health and safety of the people on board (should) an emergency develop," the crew said in a message, according to Godfrey-Goldstein.
An attempt by a third boat carrying reporters from the Israeli port of Ashdod to meet the two vessels failed because of communications problems, Godfrey-Goldstein said.
The two converted fishing boats set sail under Greek flags from Cyprus on Friday morning carrying the activists determined to break an Israeli embargo that was tightened when Hamas seized power in Gaza in June 2007.
Since then Israel has sealed the territory off from all but vital humanitarian aid in a bid to put pressure on Palestinian militants, who have fired hundreds of rockets at southern Israel in the past year.
The boats, Liberty and Free Gaza, left Larnaca port on Cyprus's south coast on a 370-kilometre (230-mile) voyage, carrying 200 hearing aids for Gaza children and 5,000 balloons.
The activists initially expected to be stopped by Israel, which maintains a tight naval blockade on Gaza and had warned the boats not to enter its waters, saying that to do so would support "the regime of a terror organisation."
Around 20 Gaza fishing boats flying Palestinian flags had earlier left Gaza City's main port in a bid to meet the two blockade runners, but were turned back when Israeli gunships in the distance fired warning shots.
Back at the port hundreds of people had gathered to await the boats' arrival, waving flags as a local band performed.
The activists hail from 17 countries including Israel and are aged between 22 and 81, organisers said. Among them are students, lawyers, doctors, journalists and an online poker player.
Mostly American and British, they include Lauren Booth, sister-in-law of former British premier Tony Blair who is now an international Middle East peace envoy.
Many of the activists said they had received death threats before they set sail, and some demonstrators dropped out.
Free Gaza Movement: WE BROKE THE SIEGE OF GAZA !!! (08-24-2008) http://www.freegaza.org/index.php?module=latest_news&id=755c1cbc181460a1cf8442137900eeec&offset=
On August 23, 2008, the Free Gaza Movement broke the Siege of Gaza. It was world news yesterday, thousands of people cried for joy, and there is an enormous amount of footage and coverage. A press conference in Gaza is taking place now, on Sunday morning. Press release follows shortly on this website. Thanks to everybody who made this possible. And: this is certainly not the end of the story.
Israel Unable To Stop Liberty -- Report from SS Liberty docked in Gaza
By Yvonne Ridley
25/08/08 - Gaza - I was too overwhelmed yesterday to put pen to paper after the magnificent welcome I and my fellow peace activists from SS Liberty and SS Free Gaza received as we entered the port of Gaza ... the first ships to sail in since 1967.
But I really want to make one thing very clear to you here and now.
Israel did not give us permission to enter Gaza - the reality is they could NOT STOP us even if they tried.
And believe me some of the tactics to scupper our historic voyage were unbelievable.
Some of us, our family and friends have received death threats by telephone, text and emails while the whole Free Gaza Movement was targetted by Zionists lawyers who tried to sink our mission beofre it even began.
We were accused of being a front for a Hamas operarted gun-running venture and even iran was accused of being party by supplying weapons.
Then Israel Foreign Minister Zvipi Livni made a snide comment a few days ago saying she hoped we could all swim while the Naval Commander announced he was running military exercises off the coast of Gaza and had thrown a 35-mile wide exclusion zone around.
As you know we set off from Larnaca, determined but a little nervous on Friday and, in the dead of night, all of our communications when down ... satellite phones, radar etc. There we were sa iling in rough seas, in the pitch black without any form of communication to the outside world.
It was psychological warfare but the Zionist scare tactics failed and driven by nothing more than people power and a couple of seaworthy engines the SS Free Gaza and the SS Liberty sailed into a tumultus welcome in Gaza.
It was one of those defining moments in history - a bit like the first brick of the Berlin Wall being dislodged by ordinary citizens sick of the injustices imposed in a world run by political bullies.
All I could hear ringing in my ears was "Free, Free, Free Gaza and Allahu Akbar".
The emotion was unbelievable and the joy swept us all along on the crest of a gigantic Palestinian wave of delight and disbelief.
We have now smashed the medieval siege imposed by Israel but we will not stop.
Now we need to tear down the checkpoint and crossing at Rafah where so much humanitarian aid has arrived only to be refused entry.
The Egyptian Government should hang its head in shame that a bunch of largely white, non-Muslim westerners smashed the brutal siege by sea to reach the Palestinians and now they must do the same.
There were a few weasel words from Abu Mazen on the day we arrived ... why did the Palestinian leader take so long to send us a goodwill message? Was he waiting for the greenlight by his political masters in washington and Tel Aviv? 'Fraid it was too little too late from a man who is doing his best to ignore the people of Gaza ... shame, shame, shame on you!
And as for the words of goodwill from the Arab League - back them up with hard cash to make this whole Free Gaza Movement permanent so we can open a ferry between Larnaca and Gaza which will run regularly.
Finally, a big thank you to all of you out there who have given us unstinting solidarity, support and encouragement.
It is time for the politicians to move aside and let the people take over - the people united will never be defeated.
Must dash - I'm about to get my passport stamped with Gaza, Gaza City.
Yvonne Ridley was on board the SS LIberty with film-maker Aki Nawaz producing a documentary for Press TV which will be shown later this year.
Related video and articles:
Inside Story Gaza Under siege - Al Jazeera Video - MOST TELLING INTERVIEW WORTH WATCHING! http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=aUPA0z2zRHQ (12 min) http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=C-DGBHPMe5c (13 min)
Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza in June 2007, when Hamas took control of the territory by force.Since then, Israel has allowed in little more than basic humanitarian aid as a means of isolating Hamas and persuading militant groups to stop firing rockets into Israel. Inside Story asks: Is this another failed attempt or the beginning of a process to end the siege? This episode of Inside Story aired on Sunday, August 24, 2008
The view from the boat - 'Ordinary people can do something' (24 Aug) http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1014504.htmlBR>
Haaretz spoke last night by phone with Jeff Halper, an Israeli professor who was among the activists who sailed to Gaza. "We proved that ordinary people can do something and succeed," he said. "Even Tony Blair can't go to Gaza, but ordinary people with drive can . . . "I tell myself: We're in the modern world, the 21st century, and yet such excitement - over what? Over something we take for granted, that two boats arrived. Here it's a national holiday. Their isolation is so complete," he said.
Boat activists tour Gaza Strip http://tinyurl.com/6jzlpl
Dozens of pro-Palestinian activists from 17 countries toured the Gaza Strip on Sunday after their two fishing boats were allowed in despite an Israeli naval blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory.
Blockade-running activists tour Gaza Strip, vow to bring 10 students on return voyage http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=95365
Dozens of human rights activists from 17 countries toured the Gaza Strip Sunday after their two fishing boats were allowed in despite an Israeli naval blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory. The group also said it plans to bring 10 Palestinian students to Cyprus on the return voyage in another bid to highlight Israel's strict restriction of movement into and out of the impoverished territory of 1.5 million people.
Israeli guards refuse to let international activists leave Gaza by land http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-08/31/content_9742070.htm
JERUSALEM, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Israeli border guards have refused two international peace activists to leave the Gaza Strip through Eretz Crossing with some Palestinian patients, the Free Gaza Movement said in an e-mail sent to Xinhua Saturday. The refusal happened on Friday when Bill Dienst, a doctor from U.S., and British journalist Lauren Booth, accompanied by some sick Palestinians who need special medical care, attempted to exit Gaza via the Eretz Crossing into Israel after their U.S.-based movement finished its days-long protests against the Israeli siege.
46 Patients, including 10 children, died since the truce was declared http://www.imemc.org/article/56735
The Palestinian Ministry of Health at the Hamas-led government in Gaza reported on Tuesday that 78 days after the truce deal came into effect in the Gaza Strip, 46 patients including 10 children, died due to the ongoing Israeli siege on the coastal region.
Hundreds cross from Gaza into Egypt http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2008/08/200883012594812457.html
Hundreds of Palestinians are reported to have crossed into Egypt after Cairo opened the border with the Gaza Strip for two days. The opening on Saturday comes ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, but only people with pressing humanitarian needs and foreign residency permits are being allowed to cross.
Report: Israeli Guards regularly abuse prisoners http://tinyurl.com/6goljo
Investigation conducted by Israeli Bar finds prison wardens regularly subject inmates to inhumane conditions including unleashing of dogs, debasement. Prisoners also complain of delay in medical treatment to point of death. Wardens who set dogs on inmates, an inmate being held under administrative detention for 10 years, and serious flaws in prison medical care are only some of the conclusions of an investigation conducted by the Israel Bar at Hadarim Detention Center and Hasharon Prison. The investigation, summed up in a report by attorneys Amnon Zikhroni and Michael Atiya, probed the View on conditions afforded by the felony and security wards at Hadarim, where most of the Palestinian organization's leaders are held in Israel, as well as the conditions in the juvenile and women's wards in Hasharon Prison. The report stipulates that in many cases inmates are subjected to unprovoked and whimsical chastisement by the prison guards, and presents charges of assault made by several inmates against the wardens. Some of them claim the guards responsible for moving them to different venues unleash dogs upon them, humiliate and debase them, and later file unfounded charges against them in order to justify their actions. One of the more serious cases reported is that of a prisoner named Mohammad Azaan, who has been held for the past 10 years under administrative arrest without trial or indictment. Azaan traveled to Afghanistan in the '80s and was arrested upon returning. Since then Azaan has been held under the condition that another country accept him. Aside from the guards' attitude towards them, the inmates also complained of their conditions, claiming that in many cases their medical care was delayed to the point of death. They also claim their cells are not properly ventilated or adequately lighted. In the women's ward the situation is direr, as their infants are sometimes placed in cramped and crowded conditions. The report's findings were transferred to the Attorney General's Office, the Israeli Prison Service, and the Internal Security Ministry. Attorney Yuri Guy Ron, who heads the Israeli Bar, said the investigation is of paramount importance to maintaining prison conditions. "This report expresses the significance of allowing professional and objective representatives of the Israeli Bar to visit the prisons and insist the prisoners be held under humane conditions," Ron said.
Israeli army beat resident of Nilin leaving him with a fractured skull (August 23rd, 2008) http://www.palsolidarity.org/main/2008/08/23/israeli-army-beat-resident-of-nilin-leaving-him-with-a-fractured-skull/
A 20 year old resident of Nilin is currently in Ramallah hospital with a a fractured skull after being beaten by Israeli soldiers at a demonstration in the village against the construction of the annexation wall on the 21st August. Haitham Mousa, 20, was standing by his Grandfathers house when 5 Israeli soldiers grabbed him and proceeded to beat him, hitting him in the head with the butts of their rifles. Witnesses say that Haitham briefly managed to get free from the soldiers, but as he attempted to run off soldiers fired a rubber-coated steel bullet at him from close range. Haitham immediately collapsed, though whether his fractured skull is due to the beating or from the rubber-coated stell bullet is, as of now, unclear.Haitham was immediately taken to Ramallah hospital where an X-ray determined that he had indeed had his skull fractured. His condition is currently stable, though he is in a lot of pain with sever wounds to his face and mouth.A 13 year old boy, Said Nafa, was also shot in the side of the head by a rubber-coated steel bullet at the same demonstration. He was taken to hospital in Ramallah where he received medical care and should be discharged later this afternoon. 3 other demonstrators were injured at the protest.These serious injuries come at a time where extreme violence from Israeli forces in Nilin saw the killings of Ahmed Mousa, 10 years old, and Yousef Amira, 17 years old, three weeks a ago. To date, fifteen Palestinians, ten of them minors, were killed while protesting the wall. (...) From the original 58,000 dunums of Nilin land (580 hectares) more than 69% was taken by Israel in 1948, while in 1967 44% of the remaining land was used for construction of the nearby settlements. The annexation wall, illegal under international law, will take a further 25% of the farming land that the village relies on for its income, and will make the once commercial capital of the area isolated from the surrounding villages. This will leave Nilin, when the wall is finished, with only 10% of its original land (less than 15,000 dunums).
A civil war in the making (25 August 2008) http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9780.shtml
CAIRO (IPS) - Recent weeks have seen the worst fighting between rival Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas since the latter's takeover of the Gaza Strip last summer. Hamas accuses the "treasonous faction" within Fatah -- which worked with US military intelligence in last year's failed bid to destroy the resistance group -- of instigating the violence."Hamas's accusations are understandable," Abdelaziz Shadi, political science professor and coordinator of the Israeli studies program at Cairo University told IPS. "Instability in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip would be in Fatah's interests." In the 14 months since Hamas seized control of Gaza from the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) in a preemptive coup, after winning elections in 2006, mutual animosity has been largely confined to a war of words. In recent weeks, however, the dispute between the two movements -- which now head rival governments in Gaza and Ramallah -- escalated into open conflict.On 25 July, a bomb went off on a crowded beach in the Gaza Strip, killing five major figures in Hamas's military wing and a six-year-old girl. Hamas, currently party to a fragile ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian resistance factions, accused elements of Fatah of carrying out the attack. Despite official denials by Fatah, Hamas security forces in Gaza carried out a territory-wide campaign of arrests of Fatah personnel suspected of involvement. Fatah retaliated in the West Bank by detaining scores of Hamas-affiliated activists, along with a number of civic leaders not associated with the resistance group. After human rights groups condemned the arrests -- in both territories -- as "politically-motivated," the majority of detainees from both sides were soon released. CLIP
Abbass moment of truth (04/05/2008) http://tinyurl.com/64vkyg
Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas feels quite depressed these days, having been unceremoniously told by President Bush that the US administration wont pressure Israel to halt Jewish settlement expansion nor commit itself to a total Israeli withdrawal from the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967.Some of Abbass aides have described his recent visit to Washington as the straw that broke the camels back. Abbas himself described the visit as a clear failure. One Palestinian commentator from Ramallah labeled the visit a gigantic and monumental fiasco, arguing that it amounted to a virtual breakdown of Abbass entire strategy of counting on the Bush administration to create a viable and contiguous Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.According to sources in Amman, Abbas informed Bush that he wouldnt run for a second term as Chairman of the PA.One source quoted an aide to Abbas as saying that the chairman concluded his meeting with Bush by telling him you can look for another donkey to preside over the Palestinian Authority.The PA chairman reportedly asked Bush to declare his support for the creation of a Palestinian state on the entirety of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem and also to pressure Israel to put an end to Jewish settlement expansion in the occupied territories, especially East Jerusalem. Abbas, according to aides, was stunned when Bush told him that he couldnt meet Palestinian demands since that would violate the letter of guarantees he gave former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on 14 April, 2004. (...) As Chairman of the PA, Abbas and his hangers-on abducted, detained, tortured and even killed political opponents in order to demonstrate Palestinian commitment to peace to the malicious duo of the US and Israel. This happened at a time when Israel continued to murder Palestinians in droves and grab more Palestinian land for Jewish settlement expansion.Abbas also readily accepted, even welcomed, naked American interference in Palestinian internal affairs to the point of allowing Washington to conspire in coordination with certain Palestinian security officials to corrode and overthrow the democratically elected government led by the Hamas movement. More to the point, Abbas went as far as tacitly collaborating with Israel and the US in maintaining the Nazi-like blockade of 1.5 million Gazans, all in order to weaken Hamas. CLIP
From Gaza with love from Mary Hughes-Thompson: Tears and smiles in Gaza http://www.thecornerreport.com/index.php?p=3517&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1
It was a day of smiles and a day of tears for me here in Gaza City. Another early press conference, followed by a visit to the hospital which has seen most of the carnage created in Gaza by Israeli bombs and rockets. The doctor related some of the difficulties faced by the population of Gaza. That 50 children have died because Israel refused to let them enter Israel for treatment. The reason given by Israel? The mothers were under 35 years old and could be terrorists. So the children died. He told us that so far 242 people have died during the siege because of Israel's refusal to allow them to get the treatment they need. And that there have been 300 deliveries at checkpoints, resulting in 69 babies dead. Next we visited a room whose walls were filled with horrific photographs of injured and dying and dead children and babies. On the table was a collection of fragments of Israeli artillery -- rockets, bombs, shrapnel, bullets... CLIP
Date: 24 Aug 2008
From: Edna Spennato (email@example.com)
Subject: Comment on the safe arrival of the boats and the honourable struggle to free Gaza
Jean, it's quite amazing that the Free Gaza boats were able to complete their mission unhindered in the end, despite the previous threats from Israel that the people on the boats were going to be treated like "pirates" (!!) and the actual scrambling of their electronic communications as they started approaching Gaza waters. Maybe having Tony Blair's sister-in-law on board night was an incentive for Israel not to turn this into an international incident with 44 Rachel Corrie-type martyrs, which would have caused quite a stir, even in the mainstream press! :)
On a symbolic level at least, the siege has now been broken, something even the mainstream media cannot ignore, and the new meme which was introduced into the collective consciousness earlier this year was strengthened, when the Separation Wall came down and thousands of Gazans poured into Egypt. This new meme introduces the idea that the massive, brutal and illegitimate zionist machinery CAN be authentically challenged, through tenacious and peaceful collective work, as it has been for the past 60 years by a small and amazingly resilient population now trapped inside the biggest concentration camp the world has ever known. The support of a critical mass of the world's population will make all the difference in the struggle to free Palestine.
The Free Gaza boats have delivered 200 hearing aids for children who lost their hearing due to the constant bombing, as well as thousands of balloons, so it really is just a symbolic breaking of the siege. What would be marvellous now is if just one country (maybe Chavez of Venezuela is the guy to approach?) sends a container ship with all the essential supplies so desperately needed by Gaza, medicines, baby formula etc., which Israel has been blocking since the start of this siege, and this would break the siege of Gaza completely, once and for all. Most important of all of course is the free movement not of goods but of people, and as you know Jean, more than 200 critically ill and injured people, including many babies and children, have died since the siege began, as a result of not being permitted to leave Gaza for medical attention. It is a concentration camp in every sense of the word.... and ultimately, we need a critical mass of people determined to bring down that evil Separation Wall, which I hope to see in my lifetime!
On Friday (August 22) when I was facilitating this 3-hour treatment for the detainees, the Free Gaza project came up as a 'client' too, as I mentioned to you, and there were quite a few steps for them, clearing dissonant energies affecting the energy field of the project, etc. There was so much disharmonic 'stuff' coming out... Maybe they had some help from the other side in getting to their destination too, who can say... in my experience, the beings of light working for the highest good of all do lots of work specifically to help the Palestinians... because that is for the highest good... and I have yet to run into a being of light who is in favour of the zionist project!!! :) or any other racist projects such as apartheid and nazism. This may explain why, in my experience anyway, the beings of light who work with us during planetary healing work so very often include, and many times have often focused on, the well-being of the people of Palestine.
NOTE from Jean: I also want to start building up awareness in ERN readers about the need to focus more healing attention as Edna do through her Earth Clinic towards the Palestinian cause - with a special focus on healing the relationship between them and the Israelis, mainly through "working" on the deeper wounds (lots of forgiving to do on both sides) and helping to shift the situation to a more forward-looking positive and constructive partnership. To tear down the walls of injustice and tyranny, the dividing walls of hatred and resentment must first vanish as the physical walls are a mere reflection of the abysmal spiritual divide separating those 2 communities of - yes! - brothers and sisters of the one Human family... P.S. as of Sept 1st: This has led to an interesting development which will come to you in the form of a proposal next Friday and it will encompass much more than just the situation outlined above. Stay tuned for more soon ;-)
Date: 24 Aug 2008
From: Ariel Ky (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Draw upon the Valley Spirit of the Mysterious Female
The Free Gaza action of the courageous people on the boat from Cyprus to Gaza to deliver medical supplies deserves our support. I now understand what freedom really is; a fruit of the tree of life, nurtured by love and watered by forgiveness. Freedom cannot be bought, nor more than true love. Friendship cannot be bought, nor can kindness or compassion. Wisdom can never be bought, nor can vision. So long as we only value that which can be bought and sold which brings a profit, we will not enjoy much of these "secret essences".
I have been reading the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. There is a teaching from the Tao that I would like to share with your readers:
The Valley Spirit never dies
It is named the Mysterious Female.
And the Doorway of the Mysterious Female
Is the base from which Heaven and Earth sprang.
It is there within us all the while;
Draw upon it as you will, it never runs dry.
There is another teaching that includes the following lines:
Wealth and place breed insolence
That brings ruin in its train.
As countries, the governments today of the US and the UK are beginning to face the ruin that insolence bred by wealth and place have bred. The energy today is chaotic. As lightworkers, we need to anchor our energy deep within the earth to remain steadfast in the storm that is starting to batten our collective psyche as much of the fabrications constructed by the old energies are collapsing. It's good to spend as much time possible in nature, prayer and meditation. We can actually go through every minute of our day in an attitude of mindful attention which will keep us centered no matter what red flags wave in our faces to distress us.
This is the time that we have been healing and preparing ourselves for -- do we have the mastery to engage when needed and also disengage when that is the higher course?
We give thanks and honor to our mother, the Earth, whose beauty and love glorifies our lives as the sun rises and sets and sparkles on the sea, as the wind blows in the trees and carries the seeds, as our existence depends on the bees.
NOTE from Jean: In my reply to Ariel who is in China, I wrote:
"I think we should all be very thankful for the wonderful Olympic Games China and thousands of athletes have offered humanity. They have finally been able to show to the world a face we all need to see about this great country. Like the US, whose human rights record is far from being unblemished but where the best of the New consciousness movement is to be found, China had gotten a bad rap lately - a much deserved one at that, especially for its cruel treatment of Falun Gong practitioners and its oppression of Tibetans and Uigurs, but it must also get the credit for its most impressive achievements with organizing and hosting the Olympics Games and the lifting out of extreme poverty of hundreds of millions of its citizens - sadly but almost inevitably at a great environmental cost that many future generations will have to bear."
I didn't find many articles praising China, but found this one:
Olympics: Praise for Beijing organisation, criticism over rights (24 Aug, 2008) http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/News_By_Industry/ET_Cetera/Olympics_Praise_for_Beijing_organisation_criticism_over_rights_/articleshow/3400512.cms
LONDON: China won praise on Sunday for organising an impressive Olympics and Germany predicted the Beijing Games would have an "irreversible" impact on Chinese society, but rights groups remained critical. As the Games ended with a spectacular closing ceremony, the International Olympic Committee's pledge when it awarded Beijing the Games in 2001 -- that hosting the Olympics would open China up to the world -- came under scrutiny. (...) Amnesty International accused the Chinese authorities of violating human rights by preventing protests during the Games and the group said the IOC had failed in its duty to hold the organisers to account. "The Beijing Olympics have been a spectacular sporting event but they took place against a backdrop of human rights violations, with activists prevented from expressing their views peacefully and many in detention when they have committed no crime," said Roseann Rife, Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific deputy programme director. "The Chinese authorities and the IOC had an opportunity to demonstrate human rights improvements but in most respects they failed to deliver. Forced evictions, detention of activists and restrictions on journalists should not blight another Olympics." CLIP
AND TO THIS ARIEL REPLIED - IN A VERY INSIGHTFUL MANNER:
There are so many different ways to measure how open or closed a society is when it is in the process of change... I think it's a little bit like the proverbial blind men who encountered an elephant. Although it's true that political dissidents were not given the opportunity to speak at the Olympics, that is arguably just one measure.
What I have seen is Chinese teachers being encouraged to express themselves more openly in an official campaign to encourage more free speech. Although discussion of politics and religion is still largely tabu, nevertheless I have had many conversations with Chinese on these subjects, and they do criticize the government at times and are concerned about living conditions for the poorest people in China. The young students, especially, are very conscious about the environment and want to do something to improve air and water quality.
When I consider the tremendous effort and great lengths that the Chinese have gone to in order to speak English with foreigners coming to the Olympics, it is mind-boggling. When I traveled to Beijing this summer, I was concerned that I didn't know enough Chinese to get around. People reassured me that I could always find someone who spoke enough English to assist me, and this was certainly true. Here in Qingdao during the Sailing Regatta, while I was touring the city, I saw Olympics' volunteers everywhere I went. All I had to do was open a map and start to study it, and within seconds someone would be by my side to assist me. One man even walked me ten minutes to the best bus stop in my area to catch a direct bus down to the beach.
The Chinese have been so much more friendly than the Andorrans who I lived among last year in Europe. I feel freer here than I did in Europe, Canada or the U.S.
Millions of Chinese are starting to become fluent in English. Millions more are on the verge of fluency and only need more practice speaking. I envision a time just five years hence when the average Chinese will be speaking with other English speakers all over the world over the Internet. This is going to bring about greater change in the world as we know it than anything else, I believe.
We very clearly have two distinct futures before us: the controlling elite continues to get richer and have more control, further impoverishing the rest of the world and killing people through wars and famines, drought, plagues, pharmaceuticals, disease, harmful technology (such as cell phones) and extreme poverty, OR we come together and take care of each other and everyone prospers in a time of peace and plenty. Given these choices, who wouldn't choose the latter? Only a tiny percent of a percent who presently benefit from the world the way it is.
Whenever I get discouraged or feel myself dropping into fear or anger (mostly about what the U.S. is doing or trying to do), I call on the energy of all the people in the world who want peace and prosperity. This is a tremendous energy field that any one of us can tap into in order to thwart the control matrix of the past. We are the future - we don't have to keep going the harmful patterns of our past that rose from disconnection with each other.
As I have said before, freedom is the fruit of the tree of life that ripens in the light of truth and is watered by forgiveness.
STOCKHOLM, Aug 22 (IPS) - A spectre is haunting the cities and villages of most developing nations, warns a senior official of a World Bank-affiliated organisation.
"It's the spectre of a food, fuel and water crisis," says Lars Thunell, executive vice president of the Washington-based International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank group.
"I believe we are at a tipping point," he said, because the scarcity of water poses a threat to the food supply just when the agricultural sector is stepping up production in response to riots over food prices, growing hunger, and rising malnutrition.
Speaking at the conclusion of the weeklong Stockholm International Water Conference Friday, Thunell said the growing demand for water is outpacing supply.
The world's current population of over 6.0 billion is expected to rise to about 9.0 billion by 2050, with more than 60 percent living in mega cities.
"Since water consumption goes up where there is development and improved lifestyles, we can expect even greater demands on fresh water," Thunell said.
The most water-intensive sector, agriculture, is expanding and industrialisation and energy production are further driving demand, he added.
The conference, which was attended by over 2,400 water experts and government officials, ended with an ominous warning: that water and sanitation are not far behind the food, energy and climate crises.
Summing up the weeklong proceedings, the Stockholm International Water Institute said that slow progress on sanitation will cause the world to badly fail the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). At the same time, weak policy, poor management, increasing waste and exploding water demands will push the planet towards the tipping point of a global water crisis.
According to U.N. estimates a little less than one billion people worldwide still don't have access to clean drinking water while over 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation.
The MDGs aim at a 50 percent reduction both in the number of people without drinking water and without basic sanitation. The deadline has been set at 2015. But most of the world's poorer nations are likely to miss the deadline.
Colin Chartres, director general of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) said the causes of water scarcity are essentially identical to those of the food crisis.
"There are serious and extremely worrying factors that indicate that water supplies are close to exhaustion in some countries," he said.
He pointed out that current estimates indicate the world will not have enough water to feed itself in 40 years time, "by when the current food crisis may turn into a perpetual crisis."
Chartres said he and his water science colleagues have raised a warning flag that significant investments in both research and development and water infrastructure development are needed, "if dire consequences are to be avoided."
IFC's Thunell said providing clean water and sanitation services are not only business opportunities but also opportunities to improve lives. He said investors see an opportunity in the 450-billion-dollar global water sector, where stocks are performing strongly worldwide.
Private firms also regard water supply as a business risk and are tackling it as an integral part of their risk-management strategy.
"I believe the moment is right," Thunell said. "We can avert a crisis -- as partners, working together."
He said IFC will do its part by investing in companies that pursue opportunities in water conservation and quality, and by fostering public-private partnerships in the water sector.
But Patti Lynn, campaigns director of Corporate Accountability International, has a different take on the role of the private sector.
"The crisis stems from a confluence of problems, but perhaps no contributing factor is more insidious and correctable than the privatisation of the resource," she told IPS. "When people's access to clean drinking water is reliant on the profit interests of a handful of transnationals, all of us pay a premium and because of this many of the world's poor go thirsty."
Asked if the international community will meet the MDGs relating to water and sanitation by 2015, she said: "Not if we don't change immediate course."
For one, she said, the World Bank needs to stop making water privatisation a condition for their loans.
"If the Bank is truly interested in alleviating poverty, its conditions should take a longer view," she said.
Keeping water under local, public and democratic control is the most just way to insure the greatest degree of water access for the greatest number of people, Lynn added.
THIS IS BEYOND TREASON! THIS IS CRIMINALLY INSANE! MUST READ!
FDA Plots to Mislead Consumers Over Irradiated Foods
August 23, 2008 -- by Mike Adams
NaturalNews has learned that the FDA is intentionally plotting to deceive consumers over the labeling of irradiated foods, attempting to eliminate any requirement for informative labeling or replace the word "irradiated" with "pasteurized."
In a feature story published by NaturalNews yesterday (FDA Unleashes Mass Irradiation of Spinach, Lettuce and Other Vegetables), we stated that the FDA does not require foods to be labeled as irradiated. We received a lot of questions from readers about that point, with some stating the FDA does, in fact, require foods to be labeled when irradiated. This is not always correct: Most foods are not required to be labeled as irradiated. This story explains the FDA's food irradiation labeling policy in more detail and reveals the FDA's plot to deceive consumers by misleading them into thinking irradiated foods are NOT irradiated.
Foods that are exempt from irradiation labeling
According to current FDA regulations, any food used as an ingredient in another food does NOT have to be labeled as irradiated. For example, if you buy coleslaw, and the cabbage in the coleslaw has been irradiated, there is no requirement that the coleslaw carry any labeling indicating it has been irradiated.
However, if raw cabbage is irradiated, then current FDA regulations do require it to carry an irradiation label. This label, however, is a symbol, not text, and many consumers have no idea what the symbol really means -- it actually looks like a "fresh" symbol of some sort. In no way does it clearly indicate the food has been irradiated. This is the FDA's way to "hide" the fact that these foods have been irradiated. (The symbol looks a lot more like leaves under the sun than food being irradiated...)
That same head of cabbage, by the way, if served in a restaurant, requires absolutely no irradiation labeling. All restaurant foods are excused from any irradiation labeling requirement. As stated at the FDA's own website (1):
Irradiation labeling requirements apply only to foods sold in stores. For example, irradiated spices or fresh strawberries should be labeled. When used as ingredients in other foods, however, the label of the other food does not need to describe these ingredients as irradiated. Irradiation labeling also does not apply to restaurant foods.
How the FDA plans to deceive consumers and further hide the fact that foods are being irradiated
As stated above, the FDA does not want consumers to realize their foods are being irradiated. Consumer awareness is considered undesirable by the FDA; an agency that also works hard to censor truthful statements about nutritional supplements and functional foods. Accordingly, the FDA pursues a policy of enforced ignorance of consumers regarding irradiated foods, nutritional supplements, medicinal herbs and all sorts of natural substances. It is currently illegal in the United States to state that cherries help ease arthritis inflammation if you are selling cherries. (http://www.naturalnews.com/019366.html)
On the food irradiation issue, the FDA is now proposing two things that are nothing short of astonishing in their degree of deceit:
FDA proposal #1: Irradiated foods shouldn't be labeled as irradiated unless consumers can visibly tell they're irradiated.
This ridiculous proposal by the FDA suggests that foods shouldn't be labeled as irradiated unless there is some obvious material damage to the foods (like their leaves are wilting). Thus, foods that don't appear to be irradiated should not have to be labeled as irradiated.
Imagine if this same ridiculous logic were used to regulate heavy metals content in foods: If consumers can't SEE the heavy metals, then they should be declared free of heavy metals!
FDA proposal #2: Irradiated foods should be labeled as "pasteurized," not "irradiated."
This FDA proposal is so bizarre that it makes you wonder whether the people working at the FDA are smoking crystal meth. They literally want irradiated foods to be labeled as "pasteurized."
And why? Because the word "pasteurized" sounds a lot more palatable to consumers, of course. Never mind the fact that it's a lie. Irradiated foods are not pasteurized, and pasteurized foods are not irradiated. These two words mean two different things, which is precisely why they each have their own entries in the dictionary. When you look up "irradiated," it does not say, "See pasteurized."
But the FDA is now playing the game of thought police by manipulating the public with screwy word replacement games that bear a strange resemblance to the kind of language used in the novel 1984 by George Orwell. And it is, indeed, an Orwellian kind of mind game that the FDA wants to play with the food supply: After unleashing Weapons of Mass Destruction (radiation) onto the foods, the FDA wants to label them all as simply being "pasteurized," keeping consumers ignorant and uninformed.
How do I know the FDA wants to do this? The agency said so itself in an April 4, 2007 document filed in the Federal Register (Volume 72, Number 64). As published in the document (2):
FDA is also proposing to allow a firm to petition FDA for use of an alternate term to "irradiation'' (other than "pasteurized''). In addition, FDA is proposing to permit a firm to use the term "pasteurized'' in lieu of "irradiated,'' provided it notifies the agency that the irradiation process being used meets the criteria specified for use of the term "pasteurized'' in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the act) and the agency does not object to the notification.
Did you follow all that mind-warping logic? The FDA is essentially begging a company to petition it to use the term "pasteurized" instead of "irradiated" as long as they both result in the food being killed. Once it receives such a petition, it will approve it, claiming it is meeting "the needs of industry."
The FDA already allows lots of word substitutions in the areas of health and medicine. The phrase "Toxic Poison" has been replaced with "Chemotherapy," for example. "Over-medicated with dangerous psychiatric drugs" has been replaced with the term, "Treatment." And the phrase, "Regulated with life-threatening synthetic chemicals" has been replaced with the word "managed," as in "her diabetes has been managed."
So why not introduce all sorts of other word substitutions that might continue the Orwellian "Ministry of Language" propaganda put forth by the FDA?
I say we substitute the word "medicated" with "treated" and "treated" with "rewarded." That way, when a patient describes what drugs she's on, she can say, "I've been rewarded with ten different prescriptions!"
Better yet, let's replace the word "surgery" with "enhancement." So anybody who undergoes heart bypass surgery, for example, can say they've really just had "Heart bypass enhancement!"
It sounds a lot easier to swallow, doesn't it? And that's what it's all about, folks, when it comes to irradiating the food supply: Making it all sounds a lot less treacherous than it really is. Control the words and you control people's ideas, and if there's one thing the tyrannical FDA is really, really good at, it's controlling words!
What the FDA really wants to accomplish
Let's get down to some blunt truth about the FDA's real genocidal agenda. What the FDA wants here is two things:
1) The destruction of the food supply (genocide)
2) The complete ignorance of the consuming public (nutritional illiteracy)
Genocide and illiteracy. Ignorance and fear. Tyranny, radiation and chemicals... These are the things the FDA truly stands for.
That pretty much sums up the FDA's intent on this whole food irradiation issue. Destroy the food and mislead the People. And then wait for the windfall of profits at Big Pharma as the People degenerate into a mass of diseased, disoriented and desperate health patients. It's business as usual at the FDA.
That's why Dr. James Duke, creator of the world's largest phytochemical database (http://www.ars-grin.gov/duke), had this to say about the FDA's food irradiation policy:
"Perhaps the FDA should call up a billion dollar team to consider irradiating another health hazard - the FDA itself, which is almost as dangerous to our health as the pharmaceutical industry."
Why I call this the unleashing of "Weapons of Mass Destruction"
In my previous article on this issue, I've called this food irradiation agenda a "Weapon of Mass Destruction" against the food supply. A couple of readers questioned me about that. Why, they asked, do I consider food irradiation to be a WMD?
WMDs include weapons that indiscriminately cause damage to people and infrastructure that serves the People. Dumping a radioactive substance into the water supply that serves a major city, for example, would be considered using a Weapon of Mass Destruction.
Interestingly, the use of Depleted Uranium by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan is also an example of Weapons of Mass Destruction, making the U.S. guilty of yet more crimes against humanity. (A previous example is the dropping of nuclear weapons on Japan's civilian population in World War II.)
Irradiating the food supply is also an application of Weapons of Mass Destruction, and here's a thought experiment that will clearly demonstrate it:
Suppose you wanted to irradiate your own garden vegetables. The minute you start trying to buy a machine that produces radiation, you would be quickly considered a terrorist and investigated by the FBI. They would visit your home and ask, "Why do you need a radiation machine?" And if you said you needed to irradiate your garden vegetables, they would look at you like you were completely nuts and probably haul you into the local FBI field office for yet more questioning, all while considering you a possible terrorist and likely adding your name to the no-fly list so you could never travel on commercial airlines.
If you don't believe me, try to acquire a high-powered radiation emitting device and see what happens...
So why is it considered bizarre and possibly criminal when an individual buys a radiation machine to irradiate their own foods, but when the FDA pushes the same agenda on a larger scale, they call it "safety?"
Irradiated food isn't altered, claims the FDA
Of course, the FDA says the irradiated food isn't altered by the radiation. This statement is an insult to the intelligence of anyone with a pulse. Why? Because if the radiation doesn't alter anything, then how can it kill e.coli and salmonella?
The whole point of the radiation is to kill living organisms. And it works by causing fatal damage to the tissues and DNA of those microorganisms. So guess what it does to the plants? Since radiation isn't selective, it also irradiates the plant fibers and tissues, causing DNA damage and the destruction of enzymes and phytochemicals.
Amazingly, the FDA claims this does not count as "altering" the food because these changes aren't visible.
If it weren't such a nutritional atrocity, it would be downright hilarious. DNA changes are not visible to the human eye, but they can result in serious health consequences. Just ask anyone born with two Y chromosomes.
Eat up, guinea pigs!
Of course, the radiation pushers will claim that nobody really knows whether irradiating the food kills just 1% of the phytochemicals or 99% (or something in between). And they don't know what the long-term effect is on human health, either. This is exactly my point: The irradiation of fresh produce is a dangerous experiment, and we've all been involuntarily recruited as guinea pigs.
I will be curious to see a serious scientific inquiry into the nutritional damage caused to fresh produce by irradiation. I also find it simply astonishing that this decision by the FDA has been made in the absence of such scientific studies. Much like it does with the pharmaceutical industry, the FDA prefers to poison the people first, and then figure out later just how much damage might have been caused.
I say when you're dealing with the food supply, you should err on the side of caution. We are talking about the health of the nation here. This is not a small matter. It should be treated with extreme caution, skepticism and scientific scrutiny. Instead, it is being addressed with a gung-ho attitude framed in mind games and enforced ignorance.
In other words, rather than figuring out whether food irradiation is actually safe, the FDA would rather simply pretend it is.
Welcome to Make Believe Land, where all your food is now safe and nutritious, courtesy of the FDA!
Also highly recommended:
FDA Unleashes Mass Irradiation of Spinach, Lettuce and Other Vegetables (August 22) http://www.NaturalNews.com/023945.html
(...) Radiation, of course, destroys delicate phytochemicals in plants -- the very phytochemicals protecting consumers against cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol, inflammation and other diseases. Microwaving broccoli, for example, destroys up to 98% of its anti-cancer nutrients. (The FDA has not yet acknowledged this scientific fact, either.) In a similar way, irradiating food destroys much of its nutritional content, including vitamins, carotenoids, anthocyanins and other delicate protective nutrients that are right now providing the last, desperate nutritional defense against the American diet of meat, milk, fried foods and processed junk. Irradiating fresh produce will leave the U.S. population is a state of extreme deficiency in protective plant-based nutrients. (...) Don't think the FDA will stop with spinach and lettuce, either. They're already talking about irradiating tomatoes, peppers and onions. Before long, radiation could become mandatory for ALL fresh produce, and all the fresh fruits and vegetables that are supposed to contain health-protecting nutrients will be transformed into sterile, inert plant mass with no health benefits at all. (...) In pushing this radiation agenda, the FDA is committing a crime against humanity -- a nutritional atrocity that violates fundamental human rights. And yet the FDA's top decision makers continue to operate with zero oversight and zero accountability. They make decisions in a corporate-sponsored vacuum, absent any input from reasonable, health-conscious consumers or scientists. And because they have been granted tyrannical powers by Congress, the FDA operates above the law. CLIP
Recommended by Rebeca Davis (email@example.com)
The vaccine reaction reports keep coming into the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) from mothers describing how they took their healthy teenage girls into a pediatrician or gynecologist's office where they were given a GARDASIL shot and, then, nothing was ever the same again. The reports of HPV vaccine reactions, injuries and deaths continue to roll in, not only to NVIC but also to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (Search HPV4 at http://www.medalerts.org/vaersdb/index.html) newspapers, and television stations. And the only response that comes from officials at the CDC, FDA and drug companies when perfectly healthy teenage girls collapse into unconsciousness, suffer a massive seizure, get paralyzed or die suddenly after being injected with GARDASIL is the zombie mantra: "It is a coincidence."
Last week a nurse who is an administrator in the outpatient department for a group of hospitals in California called and asked if NVIC had been getting reports of unusual collapse after GARDASIL vaccination. I said, yes, we are getting those reports and she said "A lot of our patients are collapsing after the shot is given. It happens with GARDASIL more frequently than with any other vaccine we give." That same week, NVIC received a report from the mother of a 15 year old daughter who got her first GARDASIIL shot last month. Within 10 minutes of being injected, she collapsed and had her first grand mal seizure, became incontinent, temporarily lost vision in her right eye, suffered uncontrolled vomiting and had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital. Another report to NVIC that week also involved first-time seizures in a 15 year old girl after she got a GARDASIL shot.
Through June 30, 2008, there have been reports that at least 17 to 20 deaths have occurred following GARDASIL and were filed with the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), although the FDA has yet to admit even one death is causally related to the vaccine, suggesting that the girls would have died that day even if no vaccine had been given. Many of the teenage girls ,who die suddenly after vaccination without explanation, were among the brightest and the best and in top physician condition. This was true for 17 year old Jessica Ericzon, a New York softball player, snowboarder and honor roll student who dropped dead within 48 hours of getting a GARDASIL shot. A coroner could find no cause for her death after an autopsy.
There have been so many reports of reactions, injuries and deaths following GARDASIL vaccination (20-25 percent of all vaccine adverse event reports being filed with VAERS are for GARDASIL vaccine reactions) that the FDA and CDC issued a statement defending the vaccine's safety on July 22.
But one of the vaccine's developers has urged caution and offers practical advice about the need for continued use of Pap screening to prevent cervical cancer rather than relying on the vaccine to do the job. " If you are at all concerned, then don't have the vaccine - have regular Pap smears and you will be equally protected from cervical cancer....Pap screening is still the only proven method we have for cervical cancer prevention," said Professor Diane Harper, Ph.D. "We don't know how long the vaccine will protect a woman from HPV infection, and the vaccine does not protect against all types of HPV infection that cause cervical cancer."
The "coincidence" defense mounted by doctors and drug company officials every time a vaccination is followed by injury and death is as old as it is unscientific. It is amazing that they have been able to get away with it for so long. Babies can't talk and babies can't walk so who they will become is still a dream. But young girls and women have already become much of who they will be and, on the cusp of fulfilling the dream, their vaccine deaths and injuries are much more difficult to sweep under the carpet.
It is immoral for doctors in government and industry to continue to look away from the damage done when vaccines cut down the brightest and most physically fit among us. The suggestion that these healthy, high functioning girls were biologically compromised and would have died or been injured that day even if no vaccine had been given is ludicrous. If those in government responsible for protecting the public health and safety look the other way when healthy individuals die and are injured by pharmaceutical products pronounced by government as "safe" for public use, then we cannot be assured that any licensed drug or vaccine is safe.
Last year, the head of the FDA in China was executed for allowing toxic pharmaceutical products to be licensed and released for public use that ended up killing and crippling people.
MY GIRL DIED AS 'GUINEA PIG' FOR GARDASIL (July 20, 2008) http://www.nypost.com/seven/07202008/news/regionalnews/my_girl_died_as_guinea_pig_for_gardasil_120737.htm
(...) Livingstone reported Jessie's death to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System.Run by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it has collected 8,000 reports of problems after Gardasil shots, including paralysis, seizures and miscarriages.Seventeen other deaths following the vaccine have been reported since Merck & Co. introduced it in 2006.Officials have confirmed 11 of the reported deaths so far, said CDC spokesman Curtis Allen. They have found "no pattern or connection" to Gardasil in eight deaths and are still reviewing three, he said. Lisa Ericzon now feels her daughter was "a guinea pig" for Gardasil, and is urging parents to research the vaccine before letting their daughters get it. "I want other mothers to know," said Lisa, the first parent of a girl who died after Gardasil to speak publicly."I don't want them to go through what I went through." CLIP
Adverse Reactions Reported After Gardasil Shots M(July 21, 2008) http://cbs11tv.com/health/Gardasil.cervical.cancer.2.776277.html
DALLAS (CBS 11 News) - The cervical cancer vaccine called Gardasil has been on the market for about two years. Thousands of girls and women across the country, who've received the series of shots, have reported painful and scary side effects and one Dallas family is going through a similar ordeal.Seizures, temporary paralysis and excruciating pain - those are a few of the symptoms some have reported after taking Gardasil. It took months for a North Texas teen to recover and her family says the Gardasil shots are the only explanation that makes sense.Dallas mother Michelle Kimzey saw the ads and heard all of the positive news about Gardasil and how it could help prevent cervical cancer. So when she took her 13-year-old daughter, Katherine, to the doctor, getting the vaccine was a 'no-brainer'."I thought, wow! When we left the office, I said, I just protected her from one more disease!¨"Katherine got her first injection of Gardasil along with a Hepatitis-A vaccine and a chicken pox booster. She got the second injection two months later, along with the D-TaP vaccination. Six weeks after the second injection of Gardasil, Katherine passed out. "I tried to get up and my neck was stiff, and I couldn't move it," the teenager explained. "I couldn't move at all." CLIP
Feelings of light beings in spirit worlds; duality in humankind ending; importance of synchronicity; acceleration in all aspects of life; responsibility to Self; Hatonn: October 14 appearance of large space ship; telepathic communication; preparation for ascension; diet; addicts; world transformation on steady course
August 29, 2008
This is Matthew, with loving greetings from all souls at this station.
As an exception to the usual message wherein we first address issues of most widespread interest, we have chosen to begin by answering a reader's questions that we do not see stirring in very many minds, but the reply from here perhaps will give you a clearer understanding of souls in evolved spirit worlds. Do you tire of seeing brutality and pain and feel angry that the people who cause it are still allowed to do that? Do you get discouraged when people read your messages but don't seem to remember what's important because they ask measly little questions or ones you answered before?
Yes, it could be expressed as our "tiring emotionally" at seeing the masses suffering at the hands of a few, and we long for the day when this exists only as a very sad part of Earth's history. But no, we do not feel anger toward the people who are causing the widespread suffering. It is one thing to abhor atrocious behavior, feel deep compassion for the people in pain that behavior causes, and give whatever comfort we can to ease their pain. It is quite another thing to feel anger toward those benighted individuals who are responsible. In part this is because we do not judge, but more so, we know that their actions are due to the absence of light in their souls, the absence of conscience, the absence of a capacity to feel love. Those voids result in fear and a sense of abandonment along with inability to feel empathy or to comprehend the measure of pain their actions cause. And they have no idea that their next lifetime will be one of experiencing the collective agony and terror their free will choices caused.
It is because light beings in spirit do understand those conditions that our messengers have urged you to send love-light to the persons who commit despicable acts. Because the energy of unconditional love, the most powerful force in the cosmos, is the only means whereby those souls can be healed and enlightened and thus stop their madness. Because at soul level the darkly-motivated ones and the light workers throughout this universe are inseparably connected with each other and with God. Because the aim of all souls, whether consciously realized or not, is reintegration with God through evolving spiritually and intellectually, and this journey is best made in cooperation and conscious unity, not perceived separation.
This is a good place to answer readers' questions about the best way to send love to dark individuals. We understand that in your usual concept of lovea deep personal caring and abiding commitment to the beloved onesthose feelings are not possible for persons you don't know except by their heinous acts. But you can feel love for Mother Earth and care deeply about her restoration to health and beauty, so envision her in golden light that touches all her life formsthe energy in those sensations and visualizations flows where it is most needed. Also I shall give you the suggestion I gave my mother years ago when she was struggling with this situation. Imagine holding a flashlight in pitch darkness so lost souls can find their way back to the safety of the path; feel their gratitude for this help and feel joy that you can serve in this way. That visualization and accompanying sensations also will go wherever healing light and love are most needed.
Another aspect of the dark ones' unconscionable activities is karmicthe duality in humankind and universe's continual balancing motion. Where tyranny and corruption and deception abound, the other end of the duality spectrum is the awakening of peoples and their united focus on peaceful coexistence; the availability of food, homes, health care and education for all; the desire for all lives to be free from terror, horror and terrible deprivation; and the determination to bequeath to future generations a world far better than it is today. The karma incurred during millennia of third density lifetimes within the duality that causes divisiveness and disharmony had to be experienced until it could be completed, and darkness has served its purpose in this regard. Now it is being transmuted into light, wherein there is the balance that each soul strives to attain.
As for our feelings about some responses to our words, yes, in moments there is discouragement that the most important parts of our messagesthe information to enlighten, guide and empower you to be the gods and goddess souls you areoften is forgotten rather than put into use as you go about your daily activities. We know your strong spirit is tested mightily by the energies generated by conflicts between or within nations, and on a personal level, in relationships and within Self; and we continue to hope that you will cease feeling that you must deal with troubling issues alone and instead, remember that you have an abundance of unseen helpers awaiting your invitation for their assistance. We feel disheartened that each time there is a prediction of some disastrous happening or talk of new oppressive government policies, you allow fear to enter your psyche, and you look to external sources to quell that fear instead of going within and letting your soul reassure you. And we cannot help but wish that trivial matters would receive less of your time and energy, and developing discernment and spiritual clarity would receive more. However, we assure you, our dear sisters and brothers, we have those fleeting feelings only because of our great love for each of youyou could say that we are in a state of constant prayer and unconditional love for you. We want for you what you want for yourselves and your world, and when we see you recognizing and taking advantage of all the relevant opportunities being presented, there is great rejoicing in the lighted souls all over this universe!
Now then, along this line, you as a unique being are in a profound change mode; Earth is too, and so is your solar system. The universe itself is undergoing this same change, and synchronous steps are happening much faster than ever before. You need to understand how synchronicity works so you can recognize the windows of opportunity and then choose wisely whether to open them or leave them closed.
Mother, please copy the part in a book that explains this.
[Excerpt from the chapter "The Importance of Synchronicity" in Voices of the Universe]
Your dictionary definition of synchronicity is sadly lacking. Synchronicity is nothing less than the universe in operation! What you perceive as random events, chance meetings, good or bad luck, isolated incidents, and especially what you call "coincidences" actually are energy in motion in perfectly defined and aligned directions to achieve specific results.
The synchronous process is like a stretch of dominoes on endwhen the first falls against the second, a chain reaction flows until the last domino has fallen. While that is the simplest way to explain the workings of synchronicity insofar as one situation affecting the next and the next and so on, it is not an accurate explanation because the domino line had a first and last object. Synchronicity has no beginning and no endinglike the universe, it always is in motionand synchronous happenings are not as obvious as a straight line. True, certain happenings in a lifetime stand out from the myriad others because of their greater importance, and direct tie-ins to those may be held in significance as well, but those, too, are surrounded by the "before" and the "after."
Synchronicity is the series of situations required to manifest the intended result of all the players. Please don't take offense at my term "players." If you could know the profound importance to your soul of your consciousness acting upon your variety of inspirations, motivations and intuitions, yet the simple reason for ALL the happenings, you would understand that Earth is a stage for all of you to play out the karmic roles you chose. The "importance" is the souls chosen mission that is being relayed to your consciousness via those nudgings; the "simple reason" for all happenings is that you manifested them by your free will choices.
There is no limit to the number of players, no limit to the events in the proper sequence, and no limit to the distance that may separate the people involved. Usually the players have no awareness of their indispensable link in the chain reaction, and most often it is only in retrospect that someone may realize that a series of seemingly unrelated people and events had led him to exactly where he is. But other times, at least in a small pocket of a lifetime, the players do recognize how others meaningful entry into their lives had a profound effect.
You do of course participate in synchronous happenings, but you are not responsible for creating the circumstances or contacting the people who will be the links. Countless sources of energy come into play for each life, arranging the opportunities for connecting the links. But as always, free will is honored, so at each "open door"or, new acquaintance or eventeveryone may respond as he or she wishes.
The value of recognizing that nothing happens by coincidence cannot be emphasized too strongly. It invitescompels!you to look at your life in a new light by understanding the significance of the synchronous threads that have woven its design. When you realize that happenings are purposeful, that they are guidelines and open doorways to karmic completion, you can proceed with more confidence, more excitement, more fulfillment and joy as you live this life in preparation for the next.
Thank you, Mother. I hasten to add that, while the way you live now is indeed preparation for the "next" lifetime, it is for a different reason that you must see the importance of this one and the significance of synchronicity. As linear time is disappearing and the reality of the continuum is approaching, the pace of change is accelerating the appearance of synchronous links the universe is supplying to each of you and collectively, to your world. I must tell you, we can anticipate your reactions to this reality: "Then why isn't the war ending faster and the truth about everything coming out?" "Where are all those new leaders you talk about and when is the economy going to get better?" "When will we see proof that ETs are helping us?" We can anticipate those kinds of reactions because, our dear ones, we are mind- and heart-readersthose deeply felt sentiments are in your hearts, and your minds are aswirl with questions, especially "when...?!" And this is understandable. With everything in existence being accelerated, naturally this includes the fervor of your hopes, expectations and desire to know your space family and live in the long-awaited Golden Age. The synchronous threads of opportunity that the universe is providing are there right now, needing only to be recognized, embraced and then woven tightly into the grand design of your life and your world's.
This acceleration means that there is very little time left for choosing to live in the light, which is necessary for the spiritual clarity and cellular restructuring that enables physical survival in the higher frequencies along Earth's ascension course, or choosing to keep on slumbering unawares. As much as you want family and friends to make the journey with Earth, none can persuade another to choose that. The slumberers will have another opportunity to awaken, so let your heart be at peace in this respect. And the light you radiate touches others in ways that words cannot, so let that be your light worker or weaver or warrior gift to those whom you love.
Every soul's first responsibility is to Self, and in these tumultuous times of wild energy fluctuations, that is a handful. Patience may be more difficult to muster; increasing instances of forgetfulness frustrating; irregularities in vision and hearing annoying; and mood swings and bouts of depression may occur. There are many types of physical and emotional challenges to deal with as bodies' electrical systems keep adjusting to the progressively higher frequencies. Fretting about these natural changes, or worse, feeling anxious about them, adds stress and exacerbates the conditions. Changing your thoughts to optimism and trusting that what seems abnormal actually now is normal will ease anxiety and allow the energy to flow more smoothly through your body. However, not all emotional and physical discomfort is rooted in energetic adjustment, so if symptoms of disease appear or depression deepens, please consult a trusted health care professional. Avoid prescription medications as the chemicals in those drugs will interfere with the body's self-healing mechanisms; natural substances can reinforce those mechanisms that have become sluggish and need a good jolt back into proper functioning.
A question of prominence among those who have heard that a spacecraft of such size as to be undeniably from another civilization will appear in your skies October 14 is: "Will this really happen?" Since my present service is not in your solar system or even in your galaxy, where details of such an event would be known, I can say only "Yes," so I have asked my good friend Hatonn, who is an intergalactic fleet commander, to reply.
HATONN: Thank you, Matthew, and good evening, Suzy and readers. I'm here at Matthew's request to comment on the veracity of what some consider a "prediction" instead of the announcement it is. Yes, plans are in place for a ship of much greater size than any previous sightings to appear on that date and be evident in your skies for a few days. The crew is in readiness and excited about making our presence indisputable.
Now I add this caveat: Nothing is set in stone. If there are cogent reasons to delay the ship's appearance, then it will show itself when safety is assured for you on the ground and your aircraft in the skies. Bellicose forces on the planet don't want you to have proof that we are this close by, or even exist, and they will try to keep this from you by whatever means they think necessary. So the decisive factor of timing is safety all the way around.
Do not doubt that we are close by, millions and millions of us, but of course not all of us will land on your planet when the time comes for that. Most of us work out of your visual range and must remain that way to continue the service we've been providing beloved Earth so she can keep steadily climbing toward her plane of planetary origination in fifth density. We all come in peace, and we anticipate that most of you will welcome us and our technological assistance.
That should dispel any doubts as to the October 14 plan being truthful information, but I add to what Matthew and other messengers tell you through their receiversgo within for answers and trust your intuition! Thank you, Suzy, and good night.
SUZY: Thank you, Hatonn! Matthew, shall we continue?
MATTHEW: Indeed, Mother, and this is a good place to reply to the reader who asked how to initiate dialog with interplanetary beings. "Multidimensional" is a more inclusive term, but that doesn't change the fact that you can't initiate a dialog unless your telepathic communication connection has opened, and this happens when the need arises in accordance with each one's soul contract. However, the energy of being intensely eager can block the opening event, so our recommendation is to feel relaxed in the assurance that this will happen at the appropriate time for you. I repeat my warning that dark entities as well as light want to make contact, and once the telepathy channel has opened, it is essential that you know how to identify dark energy and how to protect your psyche from being vulnerable to its intrusion. Detailed information about this is in other messagesplease read it so you will be a knowledgeable telepathic communicator with light beings. Please understand that "audible" conversations with beings in spirit or physical worlds is one thing, and "hearing" the messages from your soul is quite anotherthis communication always is available to you!
Now I shall address the variety of questions about how best to prepare for ascension. Live in godly waysthere's no need for me to spell those out, they come naturally to people who have light in their souls. There's no need either for esoteric studies, trips to the Himalayas, belonging to spiritual groups, attending instructional seminars or workshops, or establishing prayer rituals; however, if you feel strongly attracted to any of those and you have the time and resources to engage in them, by all means follow your heart in those matters. Know that there is no separation between you and God or with all other souls in this universe. Trust your intuition, the messages from your soul to your consciousness. Let the love in your soul radiate out to the universe. Love, the most powerful force in the cosmos, can be expressed in limitless ways, but it must start with self-love that comprises self-respect, self-worth and self-confidence. Live in harmony with Nature. Quiet times in solitudemeditation, if you willis food for the soul. So is music that inspires or soothes, and the light in a genuine smile has incalculable ripple effects for Self and those whose lives you touch. Forgive Self and others, see a situation from others' perspectives, cherish beautiful memories and let go of the those that are hurtful. The people who are working for peace; preservation of the environment; humane treatment of animals; assistance to homeless, hungry and sick; or any other avenue of assistance are examples of light and love in action. Those motivations come from soul level, and the advocates and activists are responding to their souls' messages. Know that you are god- and goddess-selves with the power to manifest whatever you strongly intend!
Nothing I said is new to many of you as we have spoken before about these and other like measures, but since ones still are asking about this essential aspect of enlightenment and spiritual growth, reiteration is necessary. And if it is a reminder to you who have this awareness, that too can be beneficial.
After that exceedingly important facet of living in the light, it may seem rather insignificant to speak about how diet may affect one's ascension course, but it is a worthy consideration. Density applies to food, not only to energy planes, and meat is the lowest density in the food chain because of the inhumane way food animals are forced to live and die. The energy of trauma remains in their flesh, and since energy can't be extinguished, the bodies of meat eaters absorb the animals' anguish. Light equally applies to foodfruits, vegetables and grains have the most light and the nutrients that bodies most need. That kind of diet prevails in higher densities, where animal life is respected and bodies also are treated more respectfully, and it would be helpful for you to start adapting now.
Can addicts ascend with Earth? Persons who are dealing positively with their addictive nature to substances or behaviors can benefit from the higher frequencies that are magnifying strengths, and just as other types of physical and emotional infirmities and debilitations cannot exist in the higher density of Earth's destination, neither can third density addictions. In light receptive people, healing happens along Earth's ascension pathway.
We cannot say how many souls will accompany Earth all the way to her destination because there are many unknown variables: provisions of original soul contracts, uncompleted contracts, amended contracts, free will choices that affect only Self, and choices that profoundly affect many others.
To the dear soul who feels confident that she will live past 100 so she can live in heaven on Earth, I don't know your soul contract, but this I can say: Your intention to live in the Golden Age is the best way to do so. However, if in your contract you chose otherwise, then you can look forward to visits on the planet. One of the glories of the Golden Age is the return of the once commonplace travel back and forth between Nirvana and Earth as well as telepathic communication between residents of both worlds.
To those who are looking for a "signal" that can rid all doubts about which persons and what sources of information are trustworthy and how to know when all corruption and deception has ended, go within! All the answers you need are in your soullearn to trust the messages it sends to your consciousness.
We know your interest in specific happenings in this critical and unique time in your world, but there is really no "new news" to add to the logical progression of developments that we and other lighted souls have been relaying to you. The reformation process in governments and economies continues apace, still mostly behind the public scene, to end the old, broken ways and usher in the new to far better serve all peoples and Earth herself. The powerful momentum behind Barack Obama zig-zagged a tad with smear campaigns and voters' confusion about what to believe, but that momentum has not lost any of its energy. Armed skirmishes and fatalities will continue, but none will lead to all-out war. More and more souls are "seeing the light" and making U-turns from their dark tendencies, including deserters from the ranks of the Illuminati. Earth's ascension course, like everything else, is being accelerated, and storms, flooding, fires and earthquakes will continue to relieve negativity's pressure on the planet. You will see more honest reporting as media controllers' hold becomes increasingly tenuous; the lid that has been kept on the truth about "9/11" cannot remain securely in place a lot longer.
However, a process the magnitude of world transformation takes time to evolve so that order rather than chaos emerges from the unprecedented changes underway. Although all efforts of the topmost dark ones, who include the unenlightened reptilians living among you, to hold their ground will be futile, they will resist until their last breath, so to say. Let your light be reinforced by the knowledge that in the continuum, Earth's Golden Age that you are co-creating this moment in linear time, already IS! Light beings throughout this universe are with you in love and assistance every step of the way.
And now, a note of apology and regret. It just isn't possible for me to read and answer the many hundreds of old emails in my inbox. It is only a hope that along with trying to keep up with recent emails, I can begin to answer those dated after June 1, 2008. If any of you want to know how difficult it was for me to come to this conclusion, it's in my "Thoughts and Afterthoughts" at http://www.awakenedhearts.com/suzy3.htm#9
With so much happening on all levels, it is not surprising that you sometimes do not know which way to turn. If you ever sensed that matters were heading for a showdown this is the time. Politically speaking the dark does not want Obama to become your next President, and will try all manner of tricks to prevent him succeeding. There have already been three attempts to assassinate him, and even if he were to take power he would still be tightly controlled and not allowed the freedom that he would expect. However, the dark forces do not entirely have their own way, and we too can pull some strings. People sense that the outcome is most important to the future of the world, and apart from the diehard supporters who vote regardless of party policies, there is a move towards major changes. The prospect of opening up a new path that deals with the issues that dominate your political scene, is appealing to more voters than ever before.
Around your earthly issues we ourselves are busy moving our allies into position, as we also have a vested interest in moving your energies into the right direction. Your input is needed to bring changes that will open up the opportunities for abundance and other benefits to be delivered to you. It all sits nicely balanced regardless of the attempts of the dark to lead you to believe otherwise. They confuse you and talk of Cold Wars and this is a diversion from their real aims, as they continue to turn away attention from themselves. Dear Ones, nothing has changed in the way they work, and they continue to create situations that afford the opportunity to impose their plans upon you. Accept nothing that you are told without giving it some thought, and remember that you are considered to be easily fooled and led as you might say, up the garden path. Fortunately, there are many of you that can now see through the tactics used, and have the confidence to state your views publicly.
With the recession hitting the Western countries, it is a good time to exalt the benefits of NESARA. You need major help to overcome the magnitude of the problems that are about to beset you. We are that help, but matters will have to be drawn out a little longer before we can enter the affray. We have foreseen these events, and they are not unusual bearing in mind that you approach the end of the cycle. It is quite normal to fully experience the result of your creations, and the reality that you have built around you.
Your psychics pick up the potential for massive physical changes, but they will not all be played out apart from those essential to restoring Mother Earth. Be assured that we are totally aware of every likely change, and the more severe ones will not be allowed if they are a major threat to life. We have told you many times that we can hold off or diminish the effects of major changes caused for example by earthquakes. This brings us to the one predicted for October, and that will not take place in that time period. Whatever is essential and necessary to the cleansing of Earth, will largely occur after First Contact. In the event of a major occurrence we would direct or move your people to safe areas, and we cannot easily do that whilst your dark forces are in power.
We bear in mind that the dark seize on natural changes as a means to create chaos, and will use their weaponry to cause what appear to natures own ways of working. Again we follow such events to ensure that they do not result in a massive catastrophe, but there are times when we are not allowed to interfere. It will be totally different once we can openly appear on Earth, and we have plans to immediately take control of any likely act against Humanity. Our technologies have often been used to show the dark forces our capabilities, and they know we mean what we say from experience. We re-iterate that nuclear weaponry will not be allowed to be used, and we can quite easily prevent it from being activated.
On higher levels we continue to monitor your mass consciousness and it grows ever faster, and that is most encouraging. The awakening is really under way and the energies reach out further than before, touching the hearts of those who have been held down by the dark energies. Cleansing of self is most important, and it requires the release of everything in your psyche that does not resonate with the Light. Over millennia of time you have gathered attachments that have grown and overcome your Higher Self, preventing you from using that link to guide you through your life. Many have created their own prison by allowing the dark energies to dominate their lives, and it is only time and experience that will change the situation. There must come a time when the realization sets in that you are not living your life to its greatest potential. Repeatedly going through the same lessons has to eventually enable you to move on. Now you have such an opportunity, as the incoming energies are most powerful and uplifting.
Your whole solar system is being changed and your Earth is part of it. The Sun is changing and is the central player in what is taking place. You cannot avoid the end times, but those who opt out are entitled to move onto another path. In Gods Kingdom for many mansions read many dimensions and know that life abounds everywhere. The dark also know it, but reckon without the power of God and believe they can hold everyone else to ransom. They are in for a shock very soon, and their little world and ambitions will come tumbling down. They were never destined to succeed but have given people a rough ride. It is a paradox however, that through their machinations and oppressive behavior, they have awakened the Light and Love within so many souls. Little did they realize that they have been used for the greater benefit of Mankind. They have been the major players in the dramas enacted upon Earth, and unknowingly have used every chance to show Man what his creations have led to through the resulting chaos and destruction.
I am SaLuSa from Sirius, and have come again to reveal to you what an unusual world you live in, yet it is through your experiences that you evolve, and none faster than in the cycle of duality. See beyond the immediate happenings, and look to the future that is assured through divine decree. We are here from many Star Nations of the Galactic Federation, and we will ensure your successful completion to your glorious time of Ascension.
Thank you SaLuSa
Diane (29 August 2008) http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/mike_quinsey/channeled%20messages/August%202008/08.29.08Diane.htm
(...) Michael has been wondering whether we will endorse the prediction of a special sighting that is intended for the 14th October, and we are more than happy to do so. However, always allow for changes where anything of this nature is concerned. Because it has been given to you some weeks in advance, it allows for a careful assessment of your reaction to the news. It also means that we can judge the impact upon your dark forces, and how they intend to respond. We cannot jeopardize the good work that has been done up to now, so we ask you all to accept at this stage the intent to bring our presence into the open. It will open peoples eyes and minds to our mission, and they shall see that we intend no harm to you. It will result in a call for your governments to interact with us, but of course that is not what they wish to do. They would rather ignore us and prevent any discourse with us that would take away their power over you. The UFO cover-up has gone on for so long, but now fools very few people. The disclosure of mountains of evidence is essential to the acceptance and safety of our craft and personnel, and it needs to be seen that we have interacted with you in a peaceful and non-interfering manner. We would like that to go further, and reveal the many occasions that we have contacted your officials on peaceful missions. There is still a mixed feeling about our intentions, but generally speaking we are accepted as being of no threat to you. The nearer we get to First Contact there will be fear mongering but we visualize that by then we shall have achieved our goal of being accepted. The messages we bring are going to call for a new look at your history, and many false concepts and beliefs will have to be released. We come to prepare you for Ascension, and come what may we shall ensure that we are successful in carrying out our divine orders. When the might and power of Heaven is placed behind us, you can be sure that there is only one outcome. Our mission is one of love and dedication to you, and we see you as equals and in no way different to us. We may be further down the path of evolution, but soon you will have the opportunity to join us. It is our responsibility to raise your consciousness to much higher levels, and bring the truth to you of your immortality and everlasting immutable link to God. Life is infinite and you are eventually destined to take your place in the Cosmos as time travelers. You will carry the message of God, and Love and Light just as we are now for you. CLIP
I have read this story before and loved it. I wanted to share it with you today! May you truly be blessed by the Lord. This beautiful story was written by a doctor who worked in Africa.
One night I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in spite of all we could do, she died, leaving us with a tiny, premature baby and a crying two-year-old daughter. We would have difficulty keeping the baby alive, as we had no incubator (we had no electricity to run an incubator). We also had no special feeding facilities. Although we lived on the equator, nights were often chilly with treacherous drafts.
One student midwife went for the box we had for such babies and the cotton wool that the baby would be wrapped in. Another went to stoke up the fire and fill a hot water bottle. She came back shortly in distress to tell me that in filling the bottle, it had burst (rubber perishes easily in tropical climates). "And it is our last hot water bottle!" she exclaimed. As in the West, it is no good crying over spilled milk, so in Central Africa it might be considered no good crying over burst water bottles. They do not grow on trees, and there are no drugstores down forest pathways.
"All right," I said, "put the baby as near the fire as you safely can, and sleep between the baby and the door to keep it free from drafts. Your job is to keep the baby warm." The following noon, as I did most days, I went to have prayers with any of the orphanage children who chose to gather with me. I gave the youngsters various suggestions of things to pray about and told them about the tiny baby. I explained our problem about keeping the baby warm enough, mentioning the hot water bottle, and that the baby could so easily die if it got chills. I also told them of the two-year-old sister, crying because her mother had died.
During prayer time, one ten -year-old girl, Ruth, prayed with the usual blunt conciseness of our African children. "Please, God" she prayed, "Send us a hot water bottle today. It'll be no good tomorrow, God, as the baby will be dead, so please send it this afternoon." While I gasped inwardly at the audacity of the prayer, she added, "And while You are about it, would You please send a dolly for the little girl so she'll know You really love her?"
As often with children's prayers, I was put on the spot. Could I honestly say "Amen"? I just did not believe that God could do this. Oh, yes, I know that He can do everything; the Bible says so. But there are limits, aren't there? The only way God could answer this particular prayer would be by sending me a parcel from the homeland. I had been in Africa for almost four years at that time, and I had never, ever, received a parcel from home. Anyway, if anyone did send me a parcel, who would put in a hot water bottle? I lived on the equator!
Halfway through the afternoon, while I was teaching in the nurses' training school, a message was sent that there was a car at my front door. By the time I reached home, the car had gone, but there on the verandah was a large 22-pound parcel. I felt tears pricking my eyes. I could not open the parcel alone, so I sent for the orphanage children. Together we pulled off the string, carefully undoing each knot. We folded the paper, taking care not to tear it unduly. Excitement was mounting. Some thirty or forty pairs of eyes were focused on the large cardboard box.
From the top, I lifted out brightly-colored, knitted jerseys. Eyes sparkled as I gave them out. Then there were the knitted bandages for the leprosy patients, and the children looked a little bored. Then came a box of mixed raisins and sultanas - that would make a batch of buns for the weekend. Then, as I put my hand in again, I felt the.....could it really be? I grasped it and pulled it out.
Yes, a brand new, rubber hot water bottle. I cried. I had not asked God to send it; I had not truly believed that He could.
Ruth was in the front row of the children. She rushed forward, crying out, "If God has sent the bottle, He must have sent the dolly, too!" Rummaging down to the bottom of the box, she pulled out the small, beautifully-dressed dolly. Her eyes shone! She had never doubted! Looking up at me, she asked: "Can I go over with you and give this dolly to that little girl, so she'll know that Jesus really loves her?" Of course, I replied!
That parcel had been on the way for five whole months, packed up by my former Sunday school class, whose leader had heard and obeyed God's prompting to send a hot water bottle, even to the equator. And one of the girls had put in a dolly for an African child - five months before, in answer to the believing prayer of a ten-year-old to bring it "that afternoon."
"Before they call, I will answer." (Isaiah 65:24)
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