4/9/9 What good are democrats? Deadly Deja Vu: U.S. Agenda Under See-Through Charm Cover

Attempts to portray u.s.capitalism as what any prez. du jour says/does has reached new levels of propagandistic absurdity. Now the charmer, the rockstar world dominator's meglomaniacal chief henchman tries and fails to grease hegemonic skids: he's responsible for u.s. capitalism
Obama's G-20 confession: "I take responsibility"

what good are democrats?
'When President Obama commits this nation to war against the Islamic terrorists, as he already has in Afghanistan, he will take millions of previously alienated and disaffected Americans with him, and they will support our troops in a way that most of his party has refused to support them until now. When another liberal, Bill Clinton went to war from the air, there was no anti-war movement in the streets or in his party’s ranks to oppose him.'
David Horowitz in Wall Street Journal on Obama's inauguration
quoted in http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/black-democrats-evolve-backw...

SELLING U.S. OFFENSIVE: OBAMA USES HIS SKIN-COLOR IN THE SERVICE OF A DESPERATE DEFENSIVE DANCE TO SAVE U.S. EMPIRE .
BIG LIES AS BASIS OF U.S. IMPERIALIST 'HOPE': THE MORE BRAZENLY OBAMA EXECUTES THE SAME, EXPANDED U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AGENDA FOR GLOBAL HEGEMONY, UNDER COVER OF SILVER-TONGUED 'SOFT POWER' - "IN CONTRAST TO BUSH AGENDA"- THE MORE EFFUSIVELY U.S. MEDIA TRIES TO CONVINCE US PRESIDENTS SET GEOSTRATEGIC AGENDAS & OBAMA'S IS DIFFERENT

1,320,110 Iraqis Slaughtered in U.S. Invasion & Occupation to Liberate Iraq for U.S. Imperialism
www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html

I am proud of the liberation of 25 million Iraqis....
Condoleeza Rice

"I Freed Millions From Barbarism"
GWB

Obama in Baghdad, Tells Troops Iraq Must Take Over
Iraqis ''need to take responsibility for their own country,'' Obama told hundreds of cheering soldiers gathered in an ornate, marble palace near Saddam Hussein's former seat of power. ''You have given Iraq the opportunity to stand on its own as a democratic country. That is an extraordinary achievement,'' he told some 600 troops, saluting their efforts during six years of American fighting and losses. ''We love you,'' someone yelled from the crowd of photo-snapping men and women in uniform....''I love you back,'' responded the president, repeating a sequence that played out at hundreds of campaign stops on his successful run for the White House last year.
In his remarks to the troops, Obama made no mention of the Afghanistan conflict -- where he has decided to commit 21,000 additional troops -- and it was not known whether it came up in his meeting with Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. commander, and other officers.
Obama met with top U.S. commanders as well as senior Iraqi leaders on a visit of a little more than four hours that was confined to Camp Victory, the largest U.S. military base in a war that began in 2003 and has cost the lives of 4,265 members of the U.S. military. Many thousands more Iraqis have perished....

While Obama spent much of the past week overseas grappling with the worldwide economic crisis and the war in Afghanistan, a constant theme of the trip was his determination to turn a new page in U.S. relationships abroad after eight years of the Bush administration.
Nowhere was that intention more evident than in Iraq, where a Bush-ordered invasion in 2003 began as a quick rout of forces loyal to Saddam Hussein before gradually turning into a murderous environment for U.S. troops. Obama said American forces had ''performed brilliantly ... under enormous strain.'' ''It is time for us to transition to the Iraqis,'' he said as an estimated 600 troops cheered. ''They need to take responsibility for their country.''

''I am personally committed to a new chapter of American engagement. We can't afford to talk past one another, to focus only on our differences, or to let the walls of mistrust go up around us.'' Obama said before leaving Turkey. The visit to a nation that straddles Europe and Asia was designed to signal a new era. He had pledged as a candidate to visit a majority-Muslim nation in his first 100 days in office....

...during a discussion with students in Turkey he faced a probing question of whether his policies were not in substance more like those of his predecessor, George W. Bush, than he liked to acknowledge. “I have a responsibility to make sure that as we bring troops out, that we do so in a careful enough way that we don’t see a complete collapse into violence,” he replied, discussing Iraq among other issues. He added: “Moving the ship of state is a slow process. States are like big tankers. They’re not like speedboats.” ...

In Europe, he and other world leaders pledged cooperation to combat a global recession, and he appealed with limited success for additional assistance in Afghanistan, a war he has promised to intensify. The new president drew large crowds as he offered repeated assurances that the United States would not seek to dictate to other countries. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/04/07/world/AP-ML-Obama-Iraq.html

"....people who turned up their noses at Bush’s crass bullying swoon over Obama’s slick words..."
Freedom Rider: Phony Nuclear Disarmament
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/freedom-rider-phony-nuclear-...

“Obama repeated almost word for word Bush administration policy on the need for missiles in Europe.”
President Barack Obama has an amazing ability to convince people that he intends to do what they want, even when he intends to do the exact opposite. It is a skill that he honed during the presidential campaign that he is now using expertly as president. He managed to sell himself as the peace candidate when in fact he has every intention of continuing the expansion of the American empire....he has used his expert communication skills to declare that he will eventually make war on Iran. He has never said those words, he even sent a smiley faced video greeting for Nowruz, the Iranian new year celebration. The president appeared to be very amiable and wished peace, love and harmony to the Iranian people. Yet the much discussed greeting was nothing more than a well executed propaganda ploy intended to give him cover on the day he announces his true intentions.

Obama tells outright, bald faced lies about Iran in order to make an attack palatable to progressives, who actually never need much of a rationale to capitulate to the wishes of their idol. Iran is painted as an aggressor nation because it chooses to exercise its right as a sovereign nation and signatory to the Non Proliferation Treaty to develop nuclear energy.

“Progressives never need much of a rationale to capitulate to the wishes of their idol.”
Obama is so smooth... he even makes it appear that the United States is willing to pursue nuclear disarmament. During his recent trip to Europe he announced that he and Russian president Medvedev would embark on a plan for mutual nuclear disarmament. Headlines raved that the president was willing to give up nukes, but as always even a cursory reading informed those wise enough to be skeptical that he means no such thing. In a speech in Prague he said, ''Make no mistake: As long as these weapons exist, we will maintain a safe, secure and effective arsenal to deter any adversary, and guarantee that defense to our allies.'' Just in case anyone got carried away with the announcement he added, “This goal will not be reached quickly – perhaps not in my lifetime.” So much for a nuclear free world. Not only did Obama make clear that he didn’t mean what soft hearted, useful dupes think he said, he repeated almost word for word Bush administration policy on the need for missiles in Europe. ''As long as the threat from Iran persists, we will go forward with a missile defense system that is cost-effective and proven.''
It was once left to Condoleezza Rice... to insist that Poland and the Czech Republic were threatened by the prospect of a nuclear Iran. Now Barack Obama repeats the worst, most untruthful and belligerent policies of the Bush administration. The devious plan is breathtaking in its simplicity. Obama will point to his nuclear proposals, and his new year’s charm offensive in order to claim that he is a lot nicer than George W. Bush. The Iranian government has no reason to be impressed with America’s empty gestures. Iran has fairly and reasonably requested that the United States address its grievances before relations can be normalized. The United States overthrew the democratically elected government of Mohammed Mossadegh in the early 1950s. America’s then ally, Saddam Hussein, launched a nearly decade long war against Iran in the 1980s that included the use of chemical weapons. In 1988 the United States navy shot down an Iranian passenger jet and killed 300 people. Economic sanctions continue to take their toll on the Iranian economy.

“Needless to say, the only nuclear power in the Middle East, Israel, didn’t get a mention in the president’s remarks.”
The American people will be told none of this history. They will be told that the president made nice and the mean, crazy Iranians slapped his loving, outstretched hand. They will not be told that the United States senate failed to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Needless to say, the only nuclear power in the Middle East, Israel, didn’t get a mention in the president’s remarks. Israel is estimated to have hundreds of nuclear weapons. No one is certain how many exist because that nation’s nuclear program is unacknowledged and uninspected.
Obama should get credit for gall if nothing else. Most Czechs are opposed to having American nuclear weapons on their soil, and yet Obama told them he would do precisely what they don’t want, while also claiming he wants to end the existence of nuclear arsenals.

Many people who turned up their noses at Bush’s crass bullying swoon over Obama’s slick words. America is still the enemy of the rest of the planet and is not to be trusted. In fact, the mistrust should be greater now that a smart, charismatic imperialist has replaced a stupid, despised one. Nuclear arms reduction should be pursued but the United States can’t take the lead. Its motives are not honest and its true intent is clear. Only a smart imperialist can make plans for war while claiming to make plans for peace. If the Iranians are unimpressed with Mr. Obama it is because they are paying attention. The only question is whether or not enough people in this country are smart enough to do the same thing.

the enemy's view...
Obama's Strategy: Global Summits
By George Friedman
www.stratfor.com

The United States systematically avoided any appearance of disagreement. It preferred to appear as part of a consensus rather than appear isolated.
The weeklong extravaganza of G-20, NATO, EU, U.S. and Turkey meetings has almost ended. The spin emerging from the meetings, echoed in most of the media, sought to portray the meetings as a success and as reflecting a re-emergence of trans-Atlantic unity. The reality, however, is that the meetings ended in apparent unity because the United States accepted European unwillingness to compromise on key issues. U.S. President Barack Obama wanted the week to appear successful, and therefore backed off on key issues; the Europeans did the same
The reason there was no bargaining was fairly simple: The Germans were not prepared to bargain. They came to the meetings with prepared positions, and the United States had no levers with which to move them. The only option was to withhold funding for the IMF, and that would have been a political disaster (not to mention economically rather unwise). The United States would have been seen as unwilling to participate in multilateral solutions rather than Germany being seen as trying to foist its economic problems on others. Obama has positioned himself as a multilateralist and can’t afford the political consequences of deviating from this perception. Contributing to the IMF, in these days of trillion-dollar bailouts, was the lower-cost alternative. Thus, the Germans have the U.S. boxed in.
The political aspect of this should not be underestimated. George W. Bush had extremely bad relations with the Europeans (in large part because he was prepared to confront them). This was Obama’s first major international foray, and he could not let it end in acrimony or wind up being seen as unable to move the Europeans after running a campaign based on his ability to manage the Western coalition. It was important that he come home having reached consensus with the Europeans. Backing off on key economic and military demands gave him that “consensus.” ...

. While atmospherics after the last week’s meetings might have improved, there was certainly no fundamental shift in U.S.-Russian relations. The Russians have rejected the idea of pressuring Iran over its nuclear program in return for the United States abandoning its planned ballistic missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. The United States simultaneously downplayed the importance of a Russian route to Afghanistan. Washington said there were sufficient supplies in Afghanistan and enough security on the Pakistani route such that the Russians weren’t essential for supplying Western operations in Afghanistan. At the same time, the United States reached an agreement with Ukraine for the transshipment of supplies — a mostly symbolic gesture, but one guaranteed to infuriate the Russians at both the United States and Ukraine. Moreover, the NATO communique did not abandon the idea of Ukraine and Georgia being admitted to NATO, although the German position on unspecified delays to such membership was there as well. When Obama looks at the chessboard, the key emerging challenge remains Russia.
Obama gave the Europeans a pass for political reasons, and because arguing with the Europeans simply won’t yield benefits. But the key to the trip is what he gets out of Turkey — and whether in his speech to the civilizations, he can draw some of the venom out of the Islamic world by showing alignment with the largest economy among Muslim states, Turkey....

NATO BACKS U.S. ESCALATION OF WAR IN CENTRAL ASIA
The NATO 60th anniversary summit in Strasbourg, France, and Kehl, Germany, ended with a headline commitment for Europe to provide "up to" 5,000 additional troops for Afghanistan.
This was the smallest commitment the European leaders could make without delivering an open rebuke to the United States. Nevertheless it paves the way for an escalation of the war in Afghanistan and its extension across the border into Pakistan—aims which are at the centre of the foreign policy of the Obama administration.
Central and indeed Southern Asia is a strategic focus for US imperialism. A military success in Afghanistan is seen as key in countering both Russian and Chinese global influence and securing US hegemony over strategic concerns such as oil, pipelines, transit routes and markets. Control over Afghanistan gives the US access to traditional areas of Russian influence such as the Caucasus, ex-Soviet Central Asia, as well as Iran. It also threatens China's main ally in the Indian sub-continent, Pakistan. To this end Obama has announced an Iraq-style military "surge" ...
In continuing the US occupation of Iraq and escalating attacks on Afghanistan and Pakistan, Obama has adopted the same basic pretexts employed by the Bush administration to justify its neo-colonialist actions—including the supposed threat posed by Al Qaeda. These pretexts have not been challenged by any of the European powers....

Obama could not hide his disappointment, calling the commitments only a "strong down payment". The Sunday Times commented acidly, "He is right, but he may also be optimistic if he expects further payments to follow. If a new American president armed with the most goodwill that he will ever have in office cannot persuade NATO to do more now, he never will"...
The growing tensions between the US and Europe notwithstanding, the NATO summit will nevertheless signal a continued resort to colonial-style militarism led by Washington with the blessings and assistance of Paris, Berlin, London and Rome....

Nothing was said in opposition to either the surge in Afghanistan, the US missile attacks on Pakistan's border that have flattened entire villages and left over half a million people officially refugees, or the threat of a full-scale war in the nation of 173 million.

Rather, Obama, Merkel and Sarkozy combined together to make sure that Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen was nominated as the new secretary-general of NATO. Rasmussen was a staunch ally and friend of Bush in the war against Iraq, hailing his defence of "the ideals of liberty and against submission" and supporting the imprisoning without trial carried out at Guantanamo Bay. A leading figure in defending the provocation by the Jyllands-Posten daily, when it published cartoons of Mohammed, his nomination is itself provocative if not aggressive in its implications. Turkey's opposition was bought off with various NATO jobs and a promise that its appeal for accession to the EU would move forward.

Even now what still unites the US and Europe is a common desire to face off any challenge from Russia and China to their global influence. Two new eastern European states joined NATO at Strasbourg: Albania and Croatia. The continued integration of former Warsaw pact countries into NATO has angered Russia, leading to sharp conflicts over US plans to establish its so-called Nuclear Missile Shield stationed in Poland and the Czech Republic and over NATO support for Georgia on the ongoing conflict over Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The "Declaration on Alliance Security" combines praise for NATO enlargement as "an historic success in bringing us closer to our vision of a Europe whole and free" and a promise that "NATO’s door will remain open to all European democracies" with pledges to maintain a "strong, cooperative partnership between NATO and Russia". And there has even been talk of offering Russia NATO membership.
Moscow, however, knows that it is under threat. During the G20 summit, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned of further NATO expansion eastwards. "Before making decisions about expanding the bloc, one must think about the consequences", he said. "I said this frankly to my new comrade, US President Barack Obama. NATO needs to think about preserving its unity and not harming relations with its neighbours". www.uruknet.info?p=53202 www.wsws.org/articles/2009/apr2009/nato-a06.shtml

CLASSIC US/SOROS OSI 'STRATEGIC NON-VIOLENCE' AIMED AT DESTABILIZING MAJOR RIVAL RUSSIA
Moldova: Romania to blame for Twitter riots
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/04/08/moldova.unrest/index.html?ere...
(CNN) -- Moldova's president Wednesday accused Romania of involvement in a huge anti-communist protest, much of it coordinated on Facebook and Twitter, which saw government buildings ransacked and police arrest scores of demonstrators.Protests over Moldova's election have gathered pace, fueled by Facebook and Twitter. Vladimir Voronin described riots in the Moldovan capital Chisinau against his ruling Communist party's victory in Sunday elections as "very serious" and pledged to take action in response. "Romania is involved in everything that has happened," he said, according to the RIA-Novosti news agency. "Patience also has its limits."... An estimated 10,000 mainly students gathered Tuesday to protest what they say was a rigged election. Many in the crowd were summoned using social networking tools, particularly Twitter. Protesters threw bricks at riot police who responded with batons and water cannon. Outnumbered, police retreated, leaving rioters to enter the parliament building and presidential offices where they smashed windows and started fires...
Moldova's ties with Romania have become increasingly strained under Voronin, who has steered his country diplomatically closer to Russia since taking power in 2005. The president has repeatedly accused Romania of wanting to absorb his country.

Protests in Moldova Explode, With Help of Twitter
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/08/world/europe/08moldova.html?_r=1&th=&e...
MOSCOW — A crowd of more than 10,000 young Moldovans materialized seemingly out of nowhere on Tuesday to protest against Moldova’s Communist leadership, ransacking government buildings and clashing with the police....
Evgeny Morozov, a specialist in technology and politics at the Open Society Institute in New York, a group that works with democratic movements worldwide and has been active in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, said Facebook and Twitter had apparently played a major role in the protests.... Young people have increasingly used the Internet to mobilize politically; cellphones and text messages helped swell protests in Ukraine in 2004, and in Belarus in 2006. ...
protesters used their generation’s tools, gathering the crowd by enlisting text-messaging, Facebook and Twitter, the social messaging network.... created their own searchable tag on Twitter, rallying Moldovans to join and propelling events in this small former Soviet state onto a Twitter list of newly popular topics, so people around the world could keep track.

The protests apparently started on Monday, when organizers from two youth movements, Hyde Park and ThinkMoldova, began calling for people to gather at an event billed as “I am a not a Communist.” Natalia Morar, one of the leaders of ThinkMoldova, described the effort on her blog as “six people, 10 minutes for brainstorming and decision-making, several hours of disseminating information through networks, Facebook, blogs, SMSs and e-mails.” “And 15,000 youths came out into the streets!” she wrote...
By Tuesday night, the seat of government had been badly battered and scores of people had been injured. But riot police had regained control of the president’s offices and Parliament Wednesday.... throwing stones at the windows of Parliament and the presidential palace, removing furniture and lighting it on fire. Riot police officers shielded their heads as demonstrators pelted them with stones. The police then used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd. Fires continued to burn late into the night. Valery Obade, director of the Republican Hospital, said his staff had treated 76 people for injuries. Moldova’s national television channel also reported that a young woman died of carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of a fire set in the Parliament building, but it was impossible to independently confirm the report...

Mr. Voronin issued a statement saying the leaders of opposition parties were behind the rallies, which he called “an anticonstitutional coup.” In a television broadcast, he said the protests were “well designed, well thought out, coordinated, planned and paid for.” Russia backed Mr. Voronin. Moscow’s embassy released a statement saying that “a group of militants” appeared in an otherwise peaceful crowd on Tuesday, urging them to attack government buildings. The Kremlin released a statement saying President Dmitri A. Medvedev had spoken with Mr. Voronin about “the mass disorder unfolding on the pretext of disagreement with the election results.”
At a news briefing, a State Department spokesman, Robert A. Wood, also expressed concern about the violence, but he said policy makers in Washington had not yet assessed whether the elections had been free and fair.

soft power is always synched with hard power, under the Pentagon's aegis, on one worldwide mission: u.s. global dominance
Sudan/Darfur: Test Case for Obama’s “Humanitarian” Aggression
by Glen Ford 04/01/2009
http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/sudandarfur-test-case-obama%...
Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir had no choice but to expel the western "aid" organizations that had merged with the American propaganda machine aimed at regime change in Khartoum. Obama operatives like UN Ambassador Susan Rice have for years been "eager to blockade Sudan's ports" and to launch "selective" bombing raids against Sudan. When imperial doctrine claims the right to intervene whenever disasters overtake sovereign countries - and proceeds to create and exacerbate those disasters - then no government is safe against regime change. President Obama "appears to be fine-tuning a ‘humanitarian' interventionist doctrine that is applicable to any point on the planet."...

Any government in the world that believes it has been targeted for regime change by the United States and its allies would be foolish to allow western-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to operate freely in its territory. When Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir evicted 13 western NGOs from his country last month, he was responding quite rationally to the clear threat of so-called “humanitarian” military intervention by the U.S. under the pretext of “rescuing” Sudanese in the war-torn Darfur region.

Under the Obama administration, a military interventionist doctrine is rapidly crystallizing around the concept of “Responsibility to Protect,” or R2P, which holds that nations have a responsibility to forcibly intervene when a state is judged to be unwilling or unable to protect or otherwise fulfill its responsibilities to its people – responsibilities that can be broadly or narrowly defined. United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice and Samantha Power, a member of Obama’s National Security Council, are leading advocates of a broad and unilateralist interpretation of R2P. Both are very close to President Obama...[digest note: fro more on the imperialist strategists behind Obama & their positions see http://www.cnas.org]...

President Obama has dispatched a U.S. Air Force general as his special envoy to Sudan to deal with, in Obama’s words, the sudan “immediate crisis prompted by the Khartoum government's expulsion of non-governmental organizations that are providing aid to displaced persons inside of Sudan." Obama is reaching for the heights of hypocrisy. First, the United States is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court, fearing that its own numerous and constant violations of international law might land an American president in the dock, one day. Second, the entire purpose of U.S. policy toward Sudan is to create a crisis in hopes of toppling the regime and transforming the largest country in Africa – or big, dismembered chunks of it – into a client of the United States...

“The rebel groups are intimately involved with U.S. allies in the region and western individuals and NGOs attached to the aid effort.”
The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), a major rebel faction, has offices in Tel Aviv. ABC News reports that “Israel has conducted three military strikes against targets in Sudan since January in an effort to prevent what were believed to be Iranian weapons shipments from reaching Hamas in the Gaza Strip.” The alleged Gaza/Iran connection is for western consumption. In fact, Israel is in the vanguard of U.S. clients, including Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Chad, that connive to dissolve the Sudanese state. [...]

Iraq deja vu as u.s. terror attacks face increasing resistance
Pakistan could collapse within six months: US expert
7 Apr 2009, 0149 hrs IST,
NEW YORK: Pakistan could collapse within six months in the face of the snowballing insurgency, a top expert on guerrilla warfare has said. The dire prediction was made by David Kilcullen, a former adviser to top US military commander General David Petraeus. David Kilcullen is the best known practitioner of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations and had advised Gen Petraeus on the counter-insurgency programme in Iraq. Few experts understand the nature of the insurgency in Af-Pak as well and he is now advising Petraeus in Afghanistan. Petraeus also echoed the same thought when he told a Congressional testimony last week that the insurgency could "take down" Pakistan, which is home to nuclear weapons and al-Qaida.
Kilcullen's comments come as Pakistan witnesses an unprecedented upswing in terror strikes and now some analysts in Pakistan and Washington are putting forward apocalyptic timetables for the country....
How to shift that focus in time for Pakistan to defeat a fast-expanding Islamic insurgency that threatens to devour the country is the challenge facing Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, and Richard Holbrooke, the special envoy to the region, as they arrive in Pakistan for talks later this week, the Times emphasised. Strengthening Pakistan's weak civilian institutions, updating political parties rooted in feudal loyalties and recasting a military "fixated on yesterday's enemy", and stuck in the traditions of conventional warfare, are generational challenges, the paper said, warning that Pakistan may not have the luxury of the long term to meet them.... however, many Pakistanis have concluded that reaching an accommodation
with the militants is preferable to fighting them. Some, including mid-ranking soldiers, choose to see the militants not as the enemy, but as fellow Muslims who are deserving of greater sympathy than are the American aims, the paper added. It is problematic whether the backing of Zardari, and the Obama administration's promise of $1.5 billion in aid for each of the next five years, can change the mood in the country, former interior minister Aftab Ahmad Sherpao, who visited Washington last fall to meet some of the people who are now officials in the new administration, was quoted as saying. "Fighting the insurgency is commonly seen in Pakistan as an American cause, not a Pakistani one," he said. "After such a long time of being with the Americans, the country has been through such stress and strain and nothing good has come of it," Sherpao told Another section is not happy but not vocal. About 1 to 2% would say this policy of America should continue." http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pak-could-collapse-in-6-months-...

Iraq deja vu: "sectarian warfare" made-in-usa
Pakistan…Faking Iraq-like Sectarian Tension
By Aamir Latif, IOL Correspondent
ISLAMABAD — Already reeling under suicide bombing, Pakistan is seeing a surge in attacks targeting mosques and religious congregations, in what analysts describe as part of a scheme to trigger Shiite-Sunni clashes and distract growing public anger over US drone attacks in the tribal belt. "It seems to me a calculated conspiracy to trigger sectarian violence in the country in line with Iraq so that the public attention could be diverted from real issues," Abdul Khalique Ali, a Karachi-based senior political analyst, told IslamOnline.net. "I believe that bombings of mosques and religious congregations of rival sects are aimed at diverting the public attention from increasing drone attacks in line with new Afghan-Pakistan policy of the US," says Ali....
"The timing of attacks suggests to me that there was something wrong in the wind," said Ali."This all is happening at a time when (US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan) Richard Halbrooke and the US military leadership are in Pakistan and have made it clear that there would be no respite in drone attacks despite a growing criticism among Pakistanis."

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Holbrooke held two days of talks with Pakistani leaders in the first such top-level visit since President Barack Obama put Pakistan at the heart of his new strategy to defeat Al-Qaeda. "We believe that... the US and Pakistan face a common strategic threat, a common enemy and a common challenge and therefore a common task," Holbrooke told a news conference in Islamabad Tuesday. Halbrooke reportedly informed the Pakistani leadership that there will be an increase in drone attacks in the near future. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi warned the attacks, which killed over 360 people since August 2008, fuel extremism and deepen public resentment....
"My view is that they are working to the advantage of the extremists."

Ansar Abbasi, an Islamabad-based political analyst, agrees that sectarian violence, uncertainty and chaos serve America's interests in Pakistan. "I don’t know whether America is involved in fomenting sectarian tension in Pakistan in line with Iraq but what I know is that it serves its purpose here," he told IOL.
Abbasi says the government is aware of the involvement of different international spy agencies in Pakistan’s northern tribal belt, but keeps mum about that in public.
"We have been informed by security officials in different briefings about the involvement of MI-6, RAW, Mossad, CIA and other intelligence agencies in the tribal belt," he claimed, naming the spy agencies of the UK, India, Israel and the US.
The expert maintains that foreign spy agencies are using different extremist elements for their own interests. "According to my understanding, sectarian elements have been mixed up with Taliban, taking advantage of this chaos-like situation and are accomplishing their own agenda at the behest of anti-Pakistan forces." Abbasi says foreign intelligence agencies are exploiting the government's policies in the tribal areas."This can easily be exploited in the name of revenge and sectarian differences. These sectarian groups need to be singled out and scholars have to play a role in this connection."

Analysts believe that despite attacks on mosques and religious congregations, a large-scale Shiite-Sunni violence remains unlikely.
"I don’t think that there are any chances of clashes between common Sunnis and Shiites in Pakistan in the wake of such bombings, because there is a general realization that there is a common enemy behind these attacks," maintains Abbasi.
Syed Shabbar Raza, a prominent Shiite leader and secretary general of the Jafria Alliance Pakistan, regrets that local extremists are serving America's agenda of creating chaos and uncertainty in Pakistan.
www.uruknet.info?p=5324 www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1237705963227&page...

Hard Rain Keeps Falling: Talking Peace in Prague, Dropping Bombs in Pakistan
Chris Floyd

"I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it." -- Bob Dylan
While the usual gaggle of sycophants and media hive-minders -- along with some ordinarily perspicacious analysts -- tell us that Barack Obama literally changed the course of human history by disgorging a great load of thrice-chewed cud about nuclear disarmament in Prague this week, the high-tech drone war the great hero of peace is waging inside the sovereign territory of America's ally, Pakistan, is helping drive tens of thousands of people from their homes and killing civilians...
But there was nothing in Obama's speech that had not been said dozens if not hundreds of times before by American presidents from both parties, going back decades: We pledge "to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." Nuclear proliferation must be stopped. Rogue states can't have nuclear bombs. We will work with the Russians to reduce our stockpiles. What president has ever said otherwise? Has there ever been a U.S. president since the atomic evisceration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki who has not made an impassioned plea to rid the world of these terrible weapons?...
And of course, the brute fact is that the United States is bound by solemn treaty to work toward the reduction and eventual elimination of its nuclear arsenal. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty obliges the government of the United States "to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures" to bring about complete nuclear disarmament in the world. Obama's "bold," "new" vision is, quite simply, part of his job description; or rather, a legal requirement for his office.

The hard rain of nuclear war remains metaphorical except for the remaining survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan. But there is another hard rain of death -- death without metaphor, the thing itself -- falling on the villages of Pakistan from the literally faceless, literally soulless remote-control drones of the American military. In undeclared, unsanctioned acts of war, they are sent across the border to fire heavy missiles, usually on undefended villages, and almost always on residential areas...

As each passing week of the American drone campaign brings yet another harvest of civilian deaths, more and more Pakistanis are radicalized, and the government -- the nuclear-armed government -- grows ever more shaky. If the state structure in Pakistan ultimately breaks apart from the pressures of the Terror War, its nuclear arsenal will be up for grabs. Thus the attacks ordered by Obama in Pakistan are escalating the threat of exactly the kind of nuclear instability that he decried in Prague....

"I've been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard...."
www.uruknet.info?p=5322 chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/3/1735-hard-rain-keeps-falling-talking-peace-in-prague-dropping-bombs-in-pakistan.html

despite pathetic u.s.& co. attempts to save face declaring this 'disobedient' act a failure
Russian confirms DPRK satellite launch, urges restraint:
"The DPRK sent an artificial satellite into an earth orbit on the morning of April 5," ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-04/05/content_11134510.htm

Israel carries out missile test - Defence Ministry:
Israel carried out a test launch of its Arrow II interceptor missile on Tuesday, designed to defend against possible ballistic missile attacks by Iran and Syria according to Defence Ministry
http://snipurl.com/ffp16

volunteer civilian army ... a la Obama's expanded 'homeland' americorps
Home Front Command training volunteer corps for future emergencies
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1057479.html

State panel: Take Home Front Command out of IDF hands
Responsibility for the home front should be transferred from the Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command to the Public Security Ministry, a governmental committee on preparing the home front has recommended....[for] the "civilian front" to be allocated equal importance to the military one...unlikely to happen as long as the home front remains the IDF's responsibility, forcing it to compete with the military front for the army's resources. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1073084.html

massive zionist psywar project to whip up war fever
IDF planning largest-ever drill to prepare Israel for war
The Home Front Command is preparing to hold the largest exercise ever in Israeli history, scheduled to take place in about two months, in hopes of priming the populace and raising awareness of the possibility of war breaking out... hoping to convince the population that in a future war the entire country can become a front without warning.The aim of the nationwide drill, Sofer said, "is to transform the population from a passive to an active one..."The entire population will participate in the exercise, not only the schools - everyone," Sofer said. "We will all need to practice for the short warning that we will have to seek shelter from the moment missiles begin falling." http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077035.html

Israel created 'terror without mercy' in Gaza:
The Israeli military attacked civilians and medics and delayed - sometimes for hours - the evacuation of the injured during the January war in Gaza, according to an independent fact-finding mission commissioned by Israeli and Palestinian medical human rights groups.http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/07/israel-gaza-human-rights-report

Why? because this is a fundamental cornerstone of u.s. imperialist-zionism, not the 'policy' of any particular president, but necessarily of all u.s. politicians
PFLP: Obama's statement is a repetition of Bush's policy and lacks any concrete mechanism for ending the Israeli occupation.
obama-israeli-flag.jpg
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's statement issued April 7th, 2009, said that President Obama speech in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on April 6th 2009, is nothing but a repetition of the statements and positions of former U.S. President George W. Bush and it lacks any concrete mechanism for ending the Israeli occupation and aggression against our people.
http://www.pflp.ps/english/?q=node/1499

..."Obama is a friend of Israel and the United States is an important ally, and everything between us will be the result of communication." The Prime Minister's Office responded to Obama's comments in Turkey by saying, "Israel appreciates President Obama's commitment to Israel's security and to the pursuit of peace." "The government of Israel is committed to both of these goals and will formulate its policies in the near future so as to work closely with the United States toward achieving these common objectives" ...
Gilad Atzmon after PR brag of Israel's independence from its U.S. proxy

Haiti: The Audacity of Hopelessness
by John Maxwell 04/07/2009
http://www.blackagendareport.com/
Haiti’s gift to humanity was to become “the first nation anywhere to enshrine the rights of man, woman and child, the fundamental universal rights of human beings, in their constitution.” Much of the rest of its history has been a litany of rape and assaulted national tortures at the hands of France, the United States and the corrupt and depraved elite installed by the foreigners. Despite this history, “an eminent gaggle of politicians and private sector experts” claim that “the poorest country in the Western hemisphere got that way… by native mismanagement and the incompetence of the black Haitian population and its leaders.” To believe that, is to “believe that women who are raped are at least partially responsible for their own misfortunes.”
The poorest country in the Western hemisphere got that way, according to an eminent gaggle of politicians and private sector experts, by native mismanagement and the incompetence of the black Haitian population and its leaders...

“William Jennings Bryan saw as Haitians as bunch of ‘Niggers speaking French.’"
Among these are such as Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and their advisers including the toxic spawn of Jesse Helms, Roger Noriega and Otto Reich and the International Republican Institute, and before them were Thomas Jefferson who defined blacks as three-fifths human and William Jennings Bryan, three times Democratic party candidate for the Presidency of the USA and who, as Secretary of State, was astonished at the pretensions of the Haitians who he saw as a bunch of "Niggers speaking French."

Hold on tight to your screams !
In a New York Times Op-Ed piece last week Ban Ki Moon wrote:
"Yes, Haiti remains desperately poor. It has yet to fully recover from last year’s devastating hurricanes, not to mention decades of malign dictatorship. Yet we can report what President René Préval told us: “Haiti is at a turning point.” It can slide backwards into darkness and deeper misery, sacrificing all the country’s progress and hard work with the United Nations and international community. Or it can break out, into the light toward a brighter and more hopeful future." Last August the Secretary General was full of hope: “The time has come to rebuild the institutions that have been destroyed by years of neglect, corruption and violence, to strengthen them so that the State is able to deliver the services that the people need.”..."It is easy to visit Haiti and see only poverty. But when I visited recently with former President Bill Clinton, we saw opportunity....

"It is easy to visit Haiti and to see only poverty" It probably isn’t much harder if you live there and like a parish priest named Jean Bertrand Aristide, become inflamed with the idea that you and your people are going to change things, to “build utopia on a dung heap.”

The only problem is that there are people who want Haitians to remain in the misery they have been made to embrace. The facile American journalistic explanations for Haiti have always been lies, launched by no less than Thomas Jefferson and sedulously cultivated by generations of racists intent on keeping Haitians in their proper place.
The Haitians were always presumptuous: two hundred years ago they fought above their weight and won, abolishing slavery, destroying France's ambitions in the New World, doubling the size of the USA and above all, being the first nation anywhere to enshrine the rights of man, woman and child, the fundamental universal rights of human beings, in their constitution....[...]

Pol Pot Leader Exposes U.S.
By Ek Madra
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Pol Pot's chief torturer told Cambodia's "Killing Fields" tribunal on Monday that U.S. policies in Indochina in the 1970s contributed to the rise of the Khmer Rouge.
"Mr Richard Nixon and Kissinger allowed the Khmer Rouge to grasp golden opportunities," the 66-year-old former jailer said at the start of the second week of his trial by the joint U.N.-Cambodian tribunal....
Cambodia became a Cold War battlefield in 1969 when the Nixon administration began bombing routes in the east of the country that Soviet-backed North Vietnamese troops were using to transport men and supplies for their war against the U.S.-backed regime in Saigon. In 1970, then Prince Norodom Sihanouk was ousted in a coup led by U.S.-backed General Lon Nol, who cranked up the war against Vietnamese and Cambodian communists. Sihanouk formed an alliance with the Khmer Rouge and urged Cambodians to join the fight against Lon Nol's regime, which fell to Pol Pot's army in 1975....After Pol Pot's death in 1998, Kissinger defended the decision to bomb Cambodia as part of the Vietnam War and said it could not be linked with Pol Pot's killings later on.

Fujimori's U.S. backers use 'declassified' docs. to nail their stooge and suppress evidence of u.s. major involvement
U.S. Documents Implicated Fujimori in Repression, Cover-up of Human Rights Crimes
http://www.nsarchive.org
Washington, DC, April 7, 2009 - As Peruvians and the international community [SIC] await the verdict in the human rights trial of former president Alberto Fujimori, the National Security Archive today posted key declassified U.S. documents submitted as evidence in the court proceedings. The declassified records contain intelligence gathered by U.S. officials from Peruvian sources on the secret creation of "assassination teams" as part of Fujimori's counterterrorism operations, the role of the Peruvian security forces in human rights atrocities and Fujimori's participation in protecting the military from investigation.

Obama Administration expands Bush's legal defense of wiretapping
By Tim Jones for Electronic Frontier Foundation
http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_55378.shtml
Apr 7, 2009
Obama's own Department Of Justice has argued that, under the PATRIOT Act, the government shall be entirely unaccountable for surveilling Americans in violation of its own laws...This isn't change we can believe in. This is change for the worse...
The DOJ claims that the U.S. Government is completely immune from litigation for illegal spying — that the Government can never be sued for surveillance that violates federal privacy statutes. This is a radical assertion that is utterly unprecedented. No one — not the White House, not the Justice Department, not any member of Congress, and not the Bush Administration — has ever interpreted the law this way.
Previously, the Bush Administration has argued that the U.S. possesses "sovereign immunity" from suit for conducting electronic surveillance that violates the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). However, FISA is only one of several laws that restrict the government's ability to wiretap. The Obama Administration goes two steps further than Bush did, and claims that the US PATRIOT Act also renders the U.S. immune from suit under the two remaining key federal surveillance laws: the Wiretap Act and the Stored Communications Act. Essentially, the Obama Adminstration has claimed that the government cannot be held accountable for illegal surveillance under any federal statutes.

Obama, the ICRC Report and Ongoing Suppression
By Glenn Greenwald
April 07, 2009 "Salon"" -- Following up on the latest extremist Cheney/Addington/Yoo arguments advanced by the Obama DOJ in order to shield Bush lawbreaking from disclosure and judicial review -- an episode I wrote about in detail yesterday, here -- it's worthwhile to underscore the implications of Barack Obama's conduct. When Obama sought to placate his angry supporters after he voted for the Bush/Cheney FISA-telecom immunity bill last June (after vowing the prior December to support a filibuster of any such legislation), this is what he said (h/t notavailable):

[The FISA bill] also firmly re-establishes basic judicial oversight over all domestic surveillance in the future. It does, however, grant retroactive immunity, and I will work in the Senate to remove this provision so that we can seek full accountability for past offenses.

So candidate Obama unambiguously vowed to his supporters that he would work to ensure "full accountability" for "past offenses" in surveillance lawbreaking. President Obama, however, has now become the prime impediment to precisely that accountability, repeatedly engaging in extraordinary legal maneuvers to ensure that "past offenses" -- both in the surveillance and torture/rendition realm -- remain secret and forever immunized from judicial review. Put another way, Obama has repeatedly done the exact opposite of what he vowed he would do: rather than "seek full accountability for past offenses," he has been working feverishly to block such accountability, by embracing the same radical Bush/Cheney views and rhetoric regarding presidential secrecy powers that caused so much controversy and anger for the last several years.

And note the pure deceit on the part of Senate Democrats who justified telecom immunity by continuously assuring the public that the Bush officials who ordered the illegal surveillance (as opposed to the telecoms who broke the law by enabling it) would still be subject to legal accountability. It was obvious at the time (as was often pointed out) that they were outright lying when they said this -- because all sorts of legal instruments had been invoked (such as "state secrets" and "standing" arguments) to protect those government officials from that accountability (legal instruments Democrats knowingly left in place), and now it is Barack Obama who is leading the way in ensuring that the assurances given by Senate Democrats -- don't worry that we immunized the phone companies because Bush officials, who were the truly guilty parties in the illegal spying, will still be subject to legal accountability -- never materialize.

On a very related note: last night, The New York Review of Books published the full report of the International Committee of the Red Cross (.pdf), which documented in detail the brutal torture to which the 14 "high-value" detainees whom we disappeared into our CIA "black sites" were subjected and demanded "that the US authorities investigate all allegations of ill-treatment and take steps to punish the perpetrators, where appropriate." As Scott Horton notes, the ICRC does not call for investigations and prosecutions easily, but rather, "only where the evidence of criminal conduct is manifest." Yet Obama's handpicked CIA Director, Leon Panetta, continues to demand that there be no investigations of any kind, let alone prosecutions. As a CIA spokesperson told the New York Times yesterday in response to the ICRC report:

Mr. Panetta "has stated repeatedly that no one who took actions based on legal guidance from the Department of Justice at the time should be investigated, let alone punished." The C.I.A.'s interrogation methods were declared legal by the Justice Department under President George W. Bush.

Candidate Obama unambiguously vowed to his supporters that he would work to ensure "full accountability" for "past offenses" in surveillance lawbreaking. President Obama, however, has now become the prime impediment to precisely that accountability. http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22373.htm

Report Outlines C.I.A. Medical Workers’ Role in Torture
Medical personnel were deeply involved in the abusive interrogation of terrorist suspects held overseas by the Central Intelligence Agency, including facilitating torture a long-secret report by the International Committee of the Red Cross concluded.... medical professionals working for the C.I.A. monitored prisoners undergoing waterboarding ... when guards confined prisoners in small boxes, shackled their arms to the ceiling, kept them in frigid cells and slammed them repeatedly into walls ... medical workers “gave instructions to interrogators to continue, to adjust or to stop particular methods”...... Other sources have said psychologists helped design and run the C.I.A. interrogation program, that physicians’ assistants and former military paramedics worked regularly in it, and physicians were involved at times....By policy, the Red Cross, the chief independent monitor of detention conditions around the world, keeps its reports to governments confidential to encourage officials to grant access to prisoners. Bernard Barrett, a spokesman for the organization in Washington, declined to comment on the report, adding, “We deplore that confidential material attributed to the I.C.R.C. was made public ”http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/07/world/07detain.html?th=&emc=th&pagewanted=print

US Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Case of Mumia Abu Jamal
A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon
http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/us-supreme-court-refuses-hea...
This is indeed the age when a black boy can become president of the United States. It's also the age when another black mother's son in that same United States can begin his third decade as a political prisoner.... the age when prosecutors are permitted to deliberately exclude African Americans from jury pools to boost their conviction rates, while the US Supreme Court turns a blind eye to the practice.
The Supreme Court has just refused to hear the argument that Mumia Abu Jamal's conviction should be overturned because the Philadelphia prosecutors' office had a policy of arbitrarily, or to use the legal term, peremptorily removing African Americans from juries. The existence of this longstanding policy is beyond dispute, since recordings of the training sessions for new prosecutors have come to light in which supervisors instructed newbies to routinely violate professional ethics and the rights of accused persons to fair trials before a jury of their peers in precisely this manner. Despite the clear and straightforward evidence of this unconstitutional practice in the Philadelphia prosecutors' office, or perhaps because the evidence is so clear and incontrovertible, the Supreme Court will not allow Jamal's attorneys to make their case in open court. Prosecutorial ethics and the Constitution are one thing, it seems, while politics are quite another. This is the clearest proof anyone could want that former Black Panther and working journalist Mumia Abu Jamal is indeed a political prisoner. His conviction, his death sentence and his continued incarceration have never been anchored in the purported evidence offered at his trial, and they are, as the Supreme Court has shown once again, quite independent of the law and the Constitution.... That's political.
No reasonable or fair minded person believes that contradictory and coerced testimony, long since recanted are a proper basis for decades of imprisonment, let alone the death penalty.
Less than a week ago, an outraged black federal judge threw out the conviction of a white Republican senator on grounds that prosecutors lied and withheld evidence. If the same standard were applied to Mumia Abu Jamal's prosecutors and trial judge, he would have been free long ago. But again, facts and law matter little in the cases of political prisoners.

Europeans, despite their own problems and their own bloodstained history, possess the necessary distance from white America to discern this easily. That's why they have streets and municipal holidays named after Mumia Abu Jamal in France, and why people in a dozen other countries in Africa and Asia know more about his case than many Americans, including many African Americans.

We may have a black president. But we also have black political prisoners, whose incarceration has nothing to do with the crimes of which they were accused and convicted. Some things change more slowly than others.
Those who want to learn more about the case of political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal should visit freemumia.com on the web. Mumia Abu Jamal's online commentaries are available at www.prisonradio.com.

In Defense of Mumia
"The prosecution claimed that the shot which killed Faulkner came from Mumia Abu- Jamal’s legally registered .38-caliber weapon, contradicting the medical examiner’s report that the bullet removed from Faulkner’s brain was a .44-caliber.
This fact was kept from the jury. Moreover, a ballistics expert found it incredible that police at the scene failed to test Mumia’s gun to see if has been recently fired, or to test his hands for powder residue. One of the most damning prosecution claims was that Mumia confessed at the hospital. However, this confession was not reported until nearly two months after December 9th, immediately after Mumia had filed a brutality suit against the police. One of the officers who claims to have heard the confession is Gary Wakshul. However, in his police report on that day he stated, “the Negro male made no comments.” Dr. Coletta, the attending physician who was with Mumia the entire time, says that he never heard Mumia speak...
More details here. Mumia Abu-Jamal's Radio Broadcasts and Recorded Essays http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_55372.shtml

Finance capital rules.It controls a bipartisan ruling class state. Its electoral politics exist to deliver delusions of choice, hope, change... by changing executors to carry out its national agenda for global domination ... eliminate or suppress other national capitalist rivals and mass resistance everywhere by any means necessary, soft and/or hard power
Obama's Wall Street cabinet
Tom Eley and Barry Grey
It is not new for leading figures from finance to be named to high posts in a US administration. However, there has traditionally been an effort to demonstrate a degree of independence from Wall Street in the selection of cabinet officials and high-ranking presidential aides, often through the appointment of figures from academia or the public sector. In previous decades, moreover, representatives of the corporate elite were more likely to come from industry than from finance. In the Obama administration such considerations have largely been abandoned.
This will not come as a surprise to those who critically followed Obama’s election campaign. While he postured before the electorate as a critic of the war in Iraq and a quasi-populist force for "change," he was from the first heavily dependent on the financial and political backing of powerful financiers in Chicago. Banks, hedge funds and other financial firms lavishly backed his presidential bid, giving him considerably more than they gave to his Republican opponent, Senator John McCain.

Alongside Wall Street, the Obama cabinet is dominated by the military, including three recently retired four-star military officers: former Marine General James Jones as national security adviser; Admiral Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence, and former Army Chief of Staff Erik Shinseki as secretary of veterans’ affairs.

These are the deeply reactionary [capitalist] political and class interests represented by the Obama administration.

Friday’s financial disclosures further expose the bankruptcy of American democracy... determined by the interests of the financial aristocracy that dominates both political parties. The working class fight for its own interests—for jobs, decent living standards, health care, education, housing and an end to war—only through a break with the two parties of American capitalism and the development of a mass, independent socialist movement.

propaganda reverses reality to maintain 'hope'...and peace and quiet
Outlook on Economy Is Brightening, Poll Finds

Obama Brand Soars, GOP Plummets on American Illusory Exchange: AmIllEx
BAR executive editor Glen Ford 04/08/2009
Barack Obama massacred George Bush at the polls this week - the New York Times/CBS poll, that is. The high marks for the president are being interpreted as signs of an upbeat feeling about the economy - although Obama's popularity and the economy's performance are two different matters. One is largely based on subjective feelings (popularity), while the other (economy) is measured by objective facts. The business of polling is corrupted by corporate manipulation of the "news." "Much polling is an incestuous, closed loop of rehashed feedback whereby the same corporate media that provide the daily narrative and selected ‘facts' to the public later pose carefully crafted questions to determine whether their untrustworthy presentations sank in." http://www.blackagendareport.com/

Obama's 'Overhauling Health Care System': this war on the people is happening across the country
U.S. - The Recession's Impact: Closing The Clinic
Scott Pelley , CBS 60 minutes
In the economic crisis, public hospitals are needed now more than ever. If you're down on your luck without insurance, the county hospital can be your last resort. Recently thousands of letters went out across Las Vegas telling cancer patients that the only public hospital in the state was closing its outpatient clinic for chemotherapy. University Medical Center is the safety net for two million people; Las Vegas bets its life on it. UMC is a teaching hospital, the only fully equipped trauma center, the only burn unit, the only transplant unit, and the primary source of charity care in a city that has fallen on the hardest times it has ever seen..."We no longer provide prenatal services. We closed the outpatient oncology program. We cancelled a contract for outpatient dialysis. We closed the dedicated high risk obstetrical unit that we had. And we stopped doing outpatient mammography." ...
The Nevada state legislature is now considering a proposal to cut millions of dollars more from the budget of University Medical Center.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/04/03/60minutes/main4917055.shtml

Whole-Body Scans Pass First Airport Tests
In a shift, the Transportation Security Administration plans to replace walk-through metal detectors at airport checkpoints with whole-body imaging machines — that provide an image of the naked body...Bruce Schneier, a security technology consultant, said the body-imaging machines are the equivalent of “a physically invasive strip-search...“How do we know they’re not going to be storing those images?” he asked. “We’re taking their word for it.” http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/07/business/07road.html?th&emc=th

A House subcommittee wants to legalize payday loans with interest rates of up to 391% APRS
http://consumerist.com/5198880/house-preparing-to-legalize-payday-loans-...

laugh at last
Zombie multi-billionaire hedge fund imperialist 'humanitarian' 'soft power' obama/ dem. party sugarshitdaddy George Soros warns 'zombie' banks could suck lifeblood out of economy -
not as reported by http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/apr/07/george-soros-zombie-banks