8/31 The Class, Color & Cost of U.S. Finance Capitalist 'Recovery' Worldwide

THE CLASS, COLOR & COST OF GLOBAL U.S. FINANCE CAPITALIST RECOVERY
Vile hypocrisy after 4 yrs. of silence, billions for war, $23.7 trillion for finance capitalists, profit-stimulating 'stimulus', deploying military in 'homeland', tightening police state powers....
Obama Vows to Speed Hurricane Katrina Recovery Effort
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/us/politics/30radio.html?ref=us&pagewa...
...“None of us can forget how we felt when those winds battered the shore, the floodwaters began to rise and Americans were stranded on rooftops and in stadiums,” Mr. Obama said. “Over a thousand people would lose their lives. Over a million people were displaced. Whole neighborhoods of a great American city were left in ruins. Communities across the Gulf Coast were forever changed. And many Americans questioned whether government could fulfill its responsibility to respond in a crisis, or contribute to a recovery that covered parts of four states.”...

'recovery effort' may need another genocidal 'natural disaster' to eliminate remaining 'fundamental problems'
New Orleans Sees Opportunity to Improve on Its Past
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/31/us/31orleans.html?hp
Houses still sit empty, residents are still scattered and streets still echo with the sounds of hammers and power saws. But on the fourth anniversary of the hurricane that redefined its future, New Orleans is no longer talking about mere recovery...
reverting to the city that existed here before the flood is not the goal. For a city that justly if sometimes self-consciously relishes its own nostalgia, there was much about pre-Katrina New Orleans, from the unstable floodwalls to the stagnant economy, that was best left behind.... instead... New Orleans is talking about revitalization... A large-scale rejuvenation of the city’s economy needs a large-scale commitment... the tens of billions of government dollars flowing into the city for the next few years give it a rare, but not unlimited, chance to make that kind of commitment.... There are existing plans for major economic development: from a rejuvenated port to an ambitious (and controversial) medical district to a sports complex or theme park. All of these are largely in the discussion stage, and all of them face serious shortfalls of money, political support, or both....there are still fundamental problems that have not been addressed. Many neighborhoods seem barely touched since the flooding four years ago. Empty stores still stare out along commercial strips in Arabi and New Orleans East. Much of the Lower Ninth Ward, with its concrete slabs and grassy lots, still looks like an oversize graveyard. The Gentilly neighborhood at first seems to have bounced back, but a closer look shows how many houses are vacant. According to the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, New Orleans has roughly the same number of abandoned or vacant residences as recession-ravaged Detroit, a city more than twice as large as New Orleans....“Our economy was based heavily on low-wage tourism jobs,” said Allison Plyer, the data center’s deputy director. “It still is. The main impediment was an undereducated work force. And that hasn’t changed so much.”... perhaps the largest barrier to major private investment is the uncertainty that hangs over every facet of life in the city: the future of the New Orleans economy depends on what happens when the waters rise again.... The Army Corps of Engineers has a Hurricane and Storm Risk Reduction System scheduled to be ready in 2011, and important projects, like a mammoth storm surge barrier, are under way. But increasingly, many are concerned that the disappearance of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands can make even the strongest levee system inadequate. None of this reassures investors. “It’s going to take another hurricane to hit the area to demonstrate the levees will hold,” said Loren C. Scott, an emeritus professor of economics at Louisiana State University, “ to sell that as a good deal.”

2007 report reveals role of racist criminal justice system in genocidal Black national oppression disguised as 'recovery':
Deadly lockdown in New Orleans
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/08/23/nola_prisons/index.html
Two years after Hurricane Katrina, the city's prisons are overflowing and inmates have mysteriously died behind bars. Critics denounce a justice system in tatters... part and parcel of a wider social crisis. Two years after the storm, only one-third of the childcare centers and 45 percent of the public schools in Orleans Parish have reopened. Mental health services for residents suffering from depression, drug addiction and posttraumatic stress disorder are nonexistent. The city's Housing Authority has slated thousands of units of public housing for demolition, the majority of which were not damaged by the storm.

New Orleans has the highest incarceration rate of any major U.S. city -- double the national rate. Louisiana also locks up more people in local jails than any state, in part because of state laws, unheard of in other parts of the country, that paralyze due process...The majority of victims and suspects have been young African-American men -- many of them teenagers -- caught up in a drug trade that was reinvigorated, reorganized and made more lethal in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina...

The city's police department is staffed back up to its pre-Katrina size and budgeted all the way back up. Local law enforcement has been joined by 60 state troopers and 300 National Guard troops in Humvees and military uniforms -- they've christened themselves "Task Force Gator" -- at a cost to the state of $35 million. Police have been making a record number of arrests, now averaging 1,400 a week...but they don't seem to be getting the bad guys. According to recent exit interviews with detainees leaving the parish jail, conducted by the local criminal justice reform organization Safe Streets/Strong Communities, 80 percent of inmates were being held for nonviolent offenses, mostly on low-level drug and alcohol charges.... Safe Streets provides first responders to the city's incarcerated. The group racks up huge phone bills accepting collect calls from the Orleans Parish Prison and the diaspora of correctional facilities to which arrestees were scattered in the wake of the storm. Some callers just want to know why they're there -- it can take days for police, whom one criminal defense lawyer described as "functionally illiterate," to complete a report. Others wonder how long they might be in, whether they have a court date, how they can get legal support and how they can contact their family or boss.

Callers from Orleans Parish Prison report dungeonlike conditions: Twenty-five people held in cells built for 10, so many people sleeping in one area that you can't even see the floor, no fresh or conditioned air, overflowing toilets, inconsistent electricity and iffy plumbing. The prison has yet to regain the accreditation it lost in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when thousands of inmates were abandoned in fetid floodwaters in what local writer and criminal defense attorney Billy Sothern described as "the biggest prison crisis since Attica." ...
""This is the third death there's been in there this year. It's all the same story. The jail says they don't know why any of these people died. Anything wrong that happens in his facilities the sheriff blames on the inmates or on not having enough money," says Safe Streets co-director Norris Henderson...
It's not so far from the way things were more than a century ago. Antebellum city records refer to what is now the Orleans Parish Prison as the Workhouse. In addition to those arrested for crime, the jail was a repository for slaves whose masters chose to lease them to the Workhouse. The same archives also reveal that African-Americans were committed to the Workhouse for "claiming to be free": In the space where the master's name was usually recorded, these inmates were referred to as "so-called free." After the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, African-Americans arrested in New Orleans for black-code crimes like vagrancy and unemployment were taken to the parish Workhouse. During Reconstruction, the incarcerated former slaves provided a critical pool of forced labor for railroad companies, agriculture and industry.
In its first session post-Katrina, the state Legislature amended a law regulating parish jail labor in order to grant immunity to prison authorities "for injuries or damages caused or suffered by prisoners participating in the any work program during incarceration at parish jail facilities." ...
Lt. Eric Donnelly, director of the sheriff's work-release program...told a local business paper the program played a vital role in restarting the city's economic engine. "As soon as the hurricane ended and we got a new phone, it was ringing off the hook from employers saying they needed their inmates," Donnelly said. "So as soon as we were getting them back in we had [employers] coming to pick them up themselves. That's how much they rely on this program."

it began way before the storm...
The Secret History of Hurricane Katrina
Written by Sharon Philip for Mother Jones magazine
http://www.daily.pk/author/sharon-philip/> World http://www.blackagendareport.com)

“The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center counts 65,888 abandoned residential addresses in New Orleans.”
Using conservative estimates, UNITY estimates at least 6,000 squatters, and a total of about 11,000 homeless individuals in the city.
“About a third of the addresses in the city are vacant or abandoned, the highest rate in the nation.”
“Four years after Katrina, recovery and rebuilding has come slow to this city, and there are many boarded-up homes to choose from,” though few are fit for habitation. Apartments that once rented for $350 a month now go for $1,200. Section 8 voucher holders, 99 percent of them Black, face widespread rejection by landlords. “People cannot afford the housing in New Orleans anymore.”...
Four years after Katrina, recovery and rebuilding has come slow to this city, and there are many boarded-up homes to choose from. The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center counts 65,888 abandoned residential addresses in New Orleans, and this number doesn’t include any of the many non-residential buildings, like the hospital Mickey stays in. Overall, about a third of the addresses in the city are vacant or abandoned, the highest rate in the nation. UNITY for the Homeless is the only organization surveying these spaces, and Miller and Rohn are the only fulltime staff on the project. They have surveyed 1,330 buildings – a small fraction of the total number of empty structures. Of those, 564 were unsecured. Nearly 40% of them showed signs of use, including a total of 270 bedrolls or mattresses.
UNITY workers have also found that not all people living in New Orleans’ abandoned homes are squatters. In the last three months alone, they have found nine homeowners living in their own toxic, flood-damaged, often completely unrepaired homes. These are people living in buildings - identified as abandoned and not fit for human habitation – that they (or extended family members) actually own, but cannot afford to repair.
The abandoned building dwellers they’ve found are generally older than the overall homeless population, with high rates of disability and illness. The average age of folks is 45, and the oldest was 90....42% show signs of disabling medical illnesses and problems... “people facing death if not treated properly,” clarifies Rohn. “We’re not talking about something like high blood pressure.”...
UNITY received funding from the federal government for 752 housing vouchers specifically to help house the city’s homeless population. They have put people on a list, with those in the most danger of dying if they don’t get help on the top of the list. However, the vouchers still have not arrived, and at least 16 people from the list have already died while waiting. “The stress and trauma that these people have endured cannot be overstated,” says Martha Kegel, executive director of UNITY. “The neighborhood infrastructure that so many people depended on is gone.”
“'My rent was 350 dollars...But when I came back, my rent was up to $1200.'”
This problem was exacerbated by the demolition of thousands of units of public housing, an act which not only took away the community that many people found brought them comfort and safety, but has also made affordable rentals for poor New Orleanians even harder to find. Section 8 subsidized housing has been offered as a solution for those displaced from public housing and other poor renters, but a new study from Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) shows that discrimination keeps many people from finding quality housing through the program. According to the report, 82% of landlords in the city either refused to accept Section 8 vouchers, or added insurmountable requirements.

“The police hate homeless people...They’ll arrest me on drunk in public...I haven’t had a drink in months.” Gesturing around the room that he made into a home, he adds, “Of course, this is illegal. If I get caught I can not only be evicted, but incarcerated. I could go to jail for trespassing.”

The study found that both discrimination on the part of landlords (99% of Section 8 voucher holders in Orleans parish are Black) and mismanagement on the part of the housing agency were barriers. One prospective landlord told a tester for GNOFHAC that he wouldn’t rent to Section 8 holders, “until Black ministers…start teaching morals and ethics to their own, so they don’t have litters of pups like animals, and they’re not milking the system.”

The River in Reverse: Looking Back at the Drowning of New Orleans
Empire Burlesque Chris Floyd
30 Aug 2009
written September 1, 2004:
The destruction of New Orleans represents a confluence of many of the most pernicious trends in American politics and culture: poverty, racism, militarism, elitist greed, environmental abuse, public corruption and the decay of democracy at every level.Much of this is embodied in the odd phrasing that even the most circumspect mainstream media sources have been using to describe the hardest-hit victims of the storm and its devastating aftermath: "those who chose to stay behind." Instantly, the situation has been framed with language to flatter the prejudices of the comfortable and deny the reality of the most vulnerable.
It is obvious the vast majority of those who failed to evacuate are poor: they had nowhere else to go, no way to get there, no means to sustain themselves and their families on strange ground. While there were certainly people who stayed behind by choice, most stayed behind because they had no choice. They were trapped by their poverty - and many have paid the price with their lives. Yet across the media spectrum, the faint hint of disapproval drips from the affluent observers, the clear implication that the victims were just too lazy and shiftless to get out of harm's way. There is simply no understanding - not even an attempt at understanding - the destitution, the isolation, the immobility of the poor and the sick and the broken among us....
Where were the resources - the money, manpower, materiel, transport - that could have removed all those forced to stay behind, and given them someplace safe and sustaining to take shelter?...
we all know what happened to those vital resources... cut back, stripped down, gutted, pilfered - looted - to pay for a war of aggression, to pay for a tax cut for the wealthiest, safest, most protected Americans, to gorge the coffers of a small number of private and corporate fortunes, while letting the public sector - the common good - wither and die on the vine...
....The destruction of New Orleans was a work of nature - but a nature that has been worked upon by human hands and human policies. As global climate change continues its deadly symbiosis with unbridled commercial development for elite profit, we will see more such destruction, far more, on an even more devastating scale. As the harsh, aggressive militarism and brutal corporate ethos that Bush has injected into the mainstream of American society continues to spread its poison, we will see fewer and fewer resources available to nurture the common good. As the political process becomes more and more corrupt, ever more a creation of elite puppetmasters and their craven bagmen, we will see the poor and the weak and even the middle class driven further and further into the low ground of society, where every passing storm - economic, political, natural - will threaten their homes, their livelihoods, their very existence.
......
And if Katrina happened today, in our bold new progressive era, where would those vital resources be? Still gone -- gone into the trillions of dollars now committed to bail out the rapacious financial elite, gone to the still-raging, ever-expanding wars of terror and domination that our leaders -- "progressive" and conservative alike -- keep waging.

Land of Hope and Torture
There aint no asylum here
King solomon he never lived round here
The Clash
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institutionalized genocide against the Blacdk Nation in amerika will continue - increasing racist pillar of u.s. capitalism and increasing supply of gun fodder
The Black Prison Gulag in the Age of Austerity
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/black-prison-gulag-age-auste...
“The states can no longer afford to indulge in their depraved luxury of choice: Black and brown mass incarceration.”
The general economic crisis has pushed the finances of many state governments over the cliff. State services of all kinds have been cut beyond the bone, with devastating effects on the quality of life for working people and the poor. The crisis has also brought into sharp focus a nightmare of the states’ own making: the Black Prison Gulag. For two generations, states have eagerly diverted hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to constant expansion of their prison systems, in a kind of institutional and fundamentally racist mob frenzy to lock up as large a proportion of their non-white populations as possible. In grotesquely expanding numbers, African Americans paid the social cost for prison fever, a mass white pathology unrelated to actual rates of crime has devastated Black American society like no other affliction since slavery, itself. One out of every eight prison inmates on planet Earth is an African American – a self-evident crime against a specific portion of humanity....

"I do not hesitate one second to state clearly and unmistakably: I belong to the American resistance movement which fights against American imperialism".
Paul Robeson

AFRICOM: Pentagon's First Direct Military Intervention In Africa
by Rick Rozoff
http://www.voltairenet.org/article161777.html
During the second half of the 20th century, the United States allowed the former colonial powers to safeguard their interests in Africa. The tables have turned. President Barack Obama, of Kenyan descent, has chosen one of AFRICOM’s main architects as his national security adviser: General James Jones. The new command is tasked with planifying the Pentagon’s military interventions throughout the African continent.

U.S. proxy invades again as U.S. further ravages the continent using the genocidal results as pretexts for for further aggression aka 'aid'
Ethiopian troops have crossed into neighbouring Somalia and seized control of a town from [anti-U.S. forces aka] Islamist fighters
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2009/08/2009829101133876939.htm...

Millions facing famine in Ethiopia as rains fail: International aid agencies fear the levels of death and starvation seen 24 years ago, are set to return to the Horn of Africa.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/millions-facing-famine-in...

An official Scottish review body declared a "miscarriage of justice may have occurred" in the conviction of the Libyan intelligence officer, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.
http://www.usnews.com/blogs/robert-schlesinger/2009/08/20/was-freed-lock...

Megrahi: 'A convenient scapegoat?'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/8211596.stm
...Dick Marquise, chief of the FBI "Scotbom Task Force" from 1988-1992, said investigators could find nothing later to link the [alleged Palestinian] plot with Lockerbie. "We never found any evidence... not one shred of evidence that a prosecutor could take into court to convict either an official in Iran or Ahmed Jibril for blowing up Pan Am flight 103" he told BBC.
There were also suggestions that Jibril's group put the bomb onto a Pan Am feeder flight from Frankfurt Airport to Heathrow, switching the suitcase for one containing drugs being run by another Palestinian group. But another airport has also come under suspicion - Heathrow in London, from where the doomed jumbo jet took off.Pan Am Flight 103 was ripped apart by the bombing. Dr Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora was one of the victims of the atrocity, said a break-in the night before near the Pan Am secure baggage area was not fully investigated by police, who he claims concealed the evidence....During Megrahi's first appeal, held at Kamp van Zeist in the Netherlands, his counsel raised the matter, saying it cast doubt on claims that the fatal bomb must have been loaded in Malta. But the five appeal judges rejected the suggestion. Malta had become crucial once police found a fragment of the bomb timer wrapped in a piece of clothing ...The clothes had Maltese labels - but question marks remain about how this discovery was made several months after the disaster, and also over how the material was handled. The original trial heard that labels on police evidence bags containing the fragment had been changed: the evidence of the officer who had done this was heavily criticised by the trial judges.
There were question marks too over Tony Gauci, a Maltese shopkeeper, the only man to identify Megrahi. His evidence was that the Libyan, who he picked out at an identity parade, had bought the clothes at his shop. But his police statements are inconsistent, and prosecutors failed to tell the defence that shortly before he attended an identity parade, Mr Gauci had seen a magazine article showing a picture of Megrahi, speculating he might have been involved. Mr Gauci now lives in Australia, and according to defence claims is believed to have been paid several million dollars by the Americans for his evidence
Secret documents before the Appeal Court - which even the defence has not seen - might have provided new information. They will now remain undisclosed, after the foreign secretary issued a Public Information Immunity certificate stating that to publish them would be to the detriment of UK national security.... with Britain and America doing big business with Libya now, perhaps it is in no-one's political interests to have the truth emerge. Megrahi is now dying, but he may have been a convenient scapegoat for a much bigger conspiracy.

'I'll Reveal True Identity of Bomber'
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/122299/-I-ll-reveal-true-identity-of...
Sources close to Megrahi believe he may have been a double agent working for the FBI or the CIA. An American citizen is to be named by the Lockerbie bomber as the man who really carried out the terrorist attack on Pan Am Flight 103. Lawyers for the bomber were to argue that an "elusive" terrorist codenamed Abu Elias planted the bomb in December 1988, causing the deaths of 270 innocent people. Megrahi is expected to identify the man behind this alias.

Lockerbie bomber: Megrahi's lawyer to release dossier 'proving' his innocence
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/611...
last 2 from www.legitgov.org

electoral politics serves to 'legitimize' past & and promote more fascist crimes of the national security state
Cheney Calls Interrogation Inquiry a ‘Political Move’
... Mr. Cheney’s vigorous remarks demonstrated his determination to embrace his new role as a fiery defender of Bush administration’s policies. But some of his concerns are already reverberating in the Obama administration as officials debate whether the investigation will undercut the work of the C.I.A. or serve as a critical step toward exposing and possibly prosecuting grave acts of wrongdoing that have damaged the nation’s standing abroad....in an interview on Fox News Sunday.Mr. Cheney said he also supported officers who strayed outside of the Justice Department rules and used unauthorized interrogation techniques...“I think they were directly responsible for the fact that for eight years we had no further mass casualty attacks against the United States,”....the review by the Justice Department of detainee interrogation practices would harm C.I.A. morale....Mr. Cheney described the inquiry as an “intensely partisan, politicized look back at the prior administration” intended to placate the left wing of the Democratic Party... It’s clearly a political move...I mean, there’s no other rationale for why they’re doing this.” ...http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/31/us/politics/31cheney.html?_r=1&hp

U.S. Increasing Use of Private Contractors in War
By Jeremy Scahill
The Department of Defense has released an updated census of Pentagon contractors deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and CENTCOM’s area of operations. The overall number of contractors in the third quarter of 2009 increased slightly from 243,000 to 244,000, which means that private forces continue to constitute about half of the total US force deployed in these two wars. Two other statistics jump out. First, in Iraq, the DoD reports that there was "a 19 % increase (from 10,743 to 13,232) of armed DoD PSCs in Iraq compared to the 2nd quarter FY 2009 census." The DoD says the "increase can be attributed to an increased need for PSCs to provide security as the military begins to drawdown forces and to our continued improved ability to account for subcontractors who are providing security services." In other words, less soldiers means more mercenaries in Iraq... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=57325

Flushing Blackwater
Jeremy Scahill
Blackwater, the private mercenary company owned by Erik Prince, has been thrust back into the spotlight by a series of stunning revelations about its role in covert US programs. Since at least 2002, Blackwater worked for the CIA in Afghanistan and Pakistan on "black" contracts... a central part of a secret CIA assassination program... Blackwater remains a key player in the widening air war in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where it arms drone aircraft. These disclosures follow allegations--made under oath by former Blackwater employees--that Prince murdered or facilitated the murder of potential government informants and that he "views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe."... yet the Obama administration continues to keep Blackwater on the government's payroll http://www.uruknet.de/?p=57408

claims of suspicion all state terrorism needs
U.S. to speed production of 10 -12 huge "bunker buster" bombs: Air Force concerns over suspected underground nuclear sites in Iran and North Korea.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090827/us_nm/us_usa_bomb

Iraq-Syria war of words escalates:
Syria's president has hit back at Iraqi accusations that Syria supports deadly insurgent attacks in Iraq, calling the claims immoral and illogical.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8230635.stm

Duel in the Sun: America's Iraqi Clients Play the Al Qaeda Card on Syria
by Chris Floyd   
31 August 2009
The American client government in Iraq has embarked on a remarkable campaign of diplomatic hostilities with its neighbor, Syria, accusing Damascus of, among other things, the modern-day blood libel that immediate consigns a nation to diplomatic hell, and makes it a target for what George W. Bush used to call "the path of action": supporting al Qaeda...
With televised confessions, the Maliki regime has moved swiftly from blaming Baathist diehards who have been hiding amongst the multitude of Iraqi refugees to accusing the Damascus regime of openly directing the attackers -- and now, in the latest show-trial spectacle, of supporting al-Qaeda training camps on Syrian soil. This is heavy stuff indeed. For as we all know, the presence of al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan was the sole, purported reason for the American invasion in 2001; and preventing the re-establishment of such camps is still one of the primary excuses for continuing the slaughter there. The presence (or threat) of al-Qaeda camps is also proffered as justification for extending the Terror War into Pakistan and Somalia. What's more, the continual -- and blatantly false -- trumpeting of a "connection" between al Qaeda and Iraq was, in the end, the principal reason why the Iraq invasion garnered so much initial public support; the act of unprovoked aggression as "payback for 9/11," ... The "al Qaeda" card trumps everything else. It justifies any action: invasion, torture, drone attack, rendition, death squads, covert ops, war profiteering, draconian power -- "the dark side, if you will," as one great American statesman put it. By openly accusing the Syrian government of sponsoring al Qaeda and directing terrorist attacks inside Iraq...laying the groundwork for any action their Washington masters might want to take against Damascus at any time...
The latest accusations of the [U.S.] Iraqi client regime will be used to stoke the never-ending fires of militarist warmongering... until every knee bows to their god of American Dominance.

U.S. helicopter accidentally dumps 50 Afghan ballot boxes
A U.S. military helicopter carrying ballot boxes packed with Afghan election votes accidentally dumped some somewhere over the rugged mountains of Nuristan, officials said Wednesday
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090826/wl_nm/us_afghanistan_election_helico...

anti-imperialist forces can be slaughtered, their nations destroyed, but not conquered
US wants 20,000 more troops to fight Taliban
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/us-wants-20000-more-troops-...

Afghanistan Contractors Outnumber Troops
August 22, 2009, Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125089638739950599.html

911-made-in-state-terrorist-usa like 'global terrorism' and 'taliban'
Taliban and the bogey of terrorism
By Charles Ferndale
US general in charge of the Afghan war, David Petraeus, interviewed (8/20) by Gaven Esler on Newsnight, said the war was "not a war of choice"...echoing President Obama, Gordon Brown, British military officials and others... that NATO forces have to be there to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a training ground for terrorist attacks on our own soil... Taliban have shown no inclination to conduct war against NATO countries outside Afghanistan... They are freedom-fighters who want us out of their country. Would we be killing them if there were no oil and gas around the Caspian sea? General Petraeus said the attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001 were planned in Afghanistan....Osama bin Laden may have been in Afghanistan at the time of the attacks, but had he been in Washington, New York, London, Paris or Hamburg, his whereabouts would have made no difference to the outcome. The perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks resided in Germany, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, trained (in part) in flying schools set up some allege, for this very purpose by the CIA in Florida,... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=57437

Ex-ISI Chief Says Purpose of New Afghan Intelligence Agency RAMA Is 'To Destabilize Pakistan'
By Jeremy R. Hammond
Retired Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul responds to charges he supports terrorism, discusses 9/11 and ulterior motives for the war on Afghanistan, claims that the U.S., Israel, and India are behind efforts to destabilize Pakistan, and charges U.S. and its allies with responsibility for the lucrative Afghan drug trade. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23375.htm

The Truth about Honduras
YayaCanada
...Many have simply disappeared - a familiar tactic in US-dominated Latin American countries, as famously depicted by Costa Gravas in his 1982 film: "Missing". Martinez says people are being chopped up, dumped into metal containers and set afire to thwart any chance of identification by their families. In the audience was a man from Haiti, another country in which Canada has aided and abetted American interference. He warned the speaker not to put much stock in any words of support from any governments or government agencies. They say one thing and do another. He said that ultimately it is up to the people of Honduras to bring about their own solution, one way or another. Indeed, it seemed there was no one in the room who believed the media stories that Obama is critical of the coup or intends to follow through on any promises...
The Toronto Honduras Resistance website is a good place for English speakers to get updates and resources. This article explains the circumstances under which Zalaya was replaced by the leader of the party to which he belonged. This video talks about the attempted denial that it was a military coup. There are rumours being spread that Zalaya was involved in the drug trade ...Meanwhile, it is no secret at all that the CIA has long been involved in the drug trade. Nor is it a secret that the CIA is involved in regime change.http://www.uruknet.de/?p=57459

Coup in Honduras enters third month
Bill Van Auken
...The commission cited the shooting deaths of at least four demonstrators, savage beatings of protesters, including elderly people and women, with "police truncheons and other blunt objects made of rubber, iron and wood," and police gang rapes of women detained at demonstrations. In the face of this brutality, Honduran workers, peasants and students have continued to carry out strikes, mass demonstrations and other acts of resistance in a sustained mass movement without precedent in the country’s history...... This heroic struggle has helped expose two great political fictions. The first is the pretense that the Obama administration has inaugurated a new era of non-intervention and mutual respect in US-Latin American relations. The second is that the region’s bourgeois regimes of a nationalist or populist stripe—from Venezuela’s Chavez to Zelaya himself—offer any way forward for the working class and oppressed masses.... neither Obama nor anyone else in his administration has uttered a word of criticism of the killings, disappearances, torture or mass detentions in Honduras. For its part, the US mass media has virtually blacked out these crimes...
Far from ushering in a new era of peace and harmony, the Obama administration embarked on a campaign to reassert US domination in Latin America, utilizing military means to offset growing economic challenges from China, Europe and emerging competitors within the region itself. The recent furor over Colombia’s agreement to provide the Pentagon with bases capable of deploying US "rapid reaction forces" anywhere in the hemisphere and the continuation of plans for a revival of the US Fourth Fleet are indications of this strategy. The Pentagon, meanwhile, continues military operations at the US base in Soto Cano—its largest in the region—where some 600 American troops and hundreds of US civilian contractors work closely with the Honduran military that carried out the coup...
With the events in Honduras, the class lines have emerged starkly. It is the Honduran workers, backed by students and peasants, who have fought intransigently against the coup regime, even as Zelaya has sought a US-brokered deal with its leaders.Zelaya’s willingness to participate in such a settlement confirms the bitter lessons of the past period of defeats in Latin America, from Brazil in 1964, to Chile in 1973, to Argentina in 1976. The working class cannot defend itself from military coups and dictatorship by subordinating its struggle to a supposedly "progressive" faction of the bourgeoisie.... http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=57447&s2=30

Wall St. Journal encourages U.S. proxy
Israel, Iran and Obama
Conflict is inevitable unless the West moves quickly to stop a nuclear Tehran.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297020386320457434853310642797...
U.S. and Israeli military officials we've spoken to are confident an Israeli strike could deal a significant blow to Iran's programs, even if some elements would survive. The longer Israel waits, however, the more steps Iran can take to protect its installations.The consequences of an Israeli attack are impossible to predict, but there is no doubt they would implicate U.S. interests throughout the Middle East. Iran would accuse the U.S. of complicity, whether or not the U.S. gave its assent to an attack. Iran could also attack U.S. targets, drawing America into a larger Mideast war. Short of an Islamist revolution in Pakistan, an Israeli strike on Iran would be the most dangerous foreign policy issue President Obama could face, throwing all his diplomatic ambitions into a cocked hat. Yet in its first seven months, the Administration has spent more diplomatic effort warning Israel not to strike than it has rallying the world to stop Iran.
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In recent days, the Administration has begun taking a harder line against Tehran, with talk of "crippling" sanctions on Iran's imports of gasoline if the mullahs don't negotiate by the end of September. Rhetorically, that's a step in the right direction. But unless Mr. Obama gets serious, and soon, about stopping Iran from getting a bomb, he'll be forced to deal with the consequences of Israel acting in its own defense.

US Army Chief: We'll Always Stand by Israel's Side
By Yitzhak Benhorin
The US will always stand by Israel's side, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said overnight Thursday during a farewell party for Israel's military attaché in Washington Major-General Benny Gantz, who will be retuning to Israel following his appointment as IDF deputy chief of staff.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23384.htm

US & state terrorist proxy officialize agreements for USRAELI 'peace to intensify genocide against Palestinians
The Obama administration has agreed to remove East Jerusalem from negotiations on the impending settlement freeze... Netanyahu said he ...intends to raise the demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state and that any agreement explicitly declare the conflict over and bar any further claims. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1110507.html

Zionism: An “Abnormal” Nationalism
By M. Shahid Alam
Jewish ‘nationalism’ was abnormal for two reasons. It was homeless: it did not possess a homeland. The Jews of Europe were not a majority in, or even exercised control over, any territory that could become the basis of a Jewish state. We do not know of another nationalist movement in recent memory that started with such a land deficit — that is, without a homeland. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23370.htm

Leaving Obamaland
By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
.... Back in June of 2003, when Glen Ford and I introduced Barack Obama to our audience at Black Commentator we noted at the time [Obama] seemed to be playing a double game. He offered progressive, black and antiwar constituencies a hook just big enough to hang their hopes on, while through his affiliation with the right-wing Democratic Leadership Council, Obama actively courted the support of the full range of corporate America, from the energy, insurance, military contractors and financial sectors to the airlines and Wall Street. This video clip of a much longer interview with BAR executive editor Glen Ford explains how we discovered Obama's affiliation with the Democratic Leadership Council, along with his apparent repudiation of his previous criticism of the Iraq war in the wake of Bush's declaration that Iraq was a “Mission Accomplished.”
Being named one of the DLC's “100 To Watch” as Obama was in 2003 signifies that a candidate has been extensively vetted by a broad range of corporate interests as completely trustworthy and utterly loyal to their agendas. Having obtained the indelible seal of approval from Wall Street, insurance companies, telecoms, military contractors, airlines and the like who sit on the DLC's board, denying it all was the safe and sensible, if dishonest thing to do, and Obama did just that. He claimed the DLC had conferred this distinction upon him with no advance knowledge on his part, and that he would gladly renounce it, as if such a repudiation could ever be taken seriously....
http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=print/content/leaving-obamaland

Is Unemployment the Worst Since the Great Depression?
The "Great Recession" is the name that has stuck for the economic decline that began in late 2007. But there's some reason to think that using the word recession is being kind....
The unemployment rate is a murky number. It seems simple enough to look at the national unemployment figures released every month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In July, that number was 9.4 percent. At the peak of the early '80s recession--December 1982--unemployment hit 10.8 percent. So where's the murkiness? The problem is that many of the people one would think of as "unemployed" are not included in this unemployment rate...."Ask the average person if he or she is unemployed, and there is little hesitation in giving you an answer, but that may not agree with government definitions," says John Williams, an economist who examines government statistics at shadowstats.com... when you start counting all these people the real unemployment rate today goes all the way up to 20.6 percent by his calculations. "It won't take much to get it to the worst since the Great Depression,"
http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnews/20090827/ts_usnews/isunemploymenttheworst...

Fed urges secrecy on banks in bailout programs
http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idINN2732083820090827
The U.S. Federal Reserve asked a federal judge not to enforce her order that it reveal the names of the banks that have participated in its emergency lending programs and the sums they received, saying such disclosure would threaten the companies and the economy. The central bank filed its request on Wednesday, two days after Chief Judge Loretta Preska of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan ruled in favor of Bloomberg News, which had sought information under the federal Freedom of Information Act. Preska said the Fed failed to show that revealing the names would stigmatize the banks and result in "imminent competitive harm." www.legitgov.org

speechless ambassador aka 'PR' / spy
U.S Marine Quarters to cost only $5 Million, says US embassy
http://www.daily.pk/u-s-marine-house-to-cost-only-5-million-says-us-emba...
The Marine House to be constructed on U.S. embassy premises would be a $5 million bomb-proof facility to accommodate less than 20 guards and the $112.5 million figure quoted from the US budget documents was a ‘misinterpretation’ said US Ambassador Anne W. Patterson at a media briefing beginning what was described as ‘deeper engagement with media’ to counter the bad press America was getting in Pakistan...tried to lay to rest a controversy about the number of Marines being based in Islamabad....The duties of Marines, she said, would be to guard the embassy building and classified material inside and there weren’t any sinister designs about which fears were expressed by certain quarters... shocked when someone asked if the embassy expansion was for espionage....the ambassador said: ‘I’m speechless..." [...] [that someone, probably now unemployed at best. dared publicly mention what's common knowledge].

Taxpayers will foot bill to defend CIA torturers
http://snipurl.com/rgvar

ruling class mob's underground mob partners
...Mob May Seek a Cut of the Stimulus Pie

The Depths of Mortgage Debt
The number of homeowners whose mortgages exceed the value of their home... recently hit a grim milestone. As of the end of June, more than one-third of all mortgaged homes in the United States were underwater

Real Americans': "between 2003-2007 the net worth of an American family expanded to $540, 00..."
class of target audience determines angle of 'analysis'- but underlying message always, as Bush told post-911 patriots, to secure amerika, 'go shop'
Reluctance to Spend May Be Legacy of Recession
Peter S. Goodman
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/29/business/economy/29consumer.html?th&em...
Even as evidence mounts that the Great Recession has finally released its chokehold on the American economy, experts worry that the recovery may be weak, stymied by consumers’ reluctance to spend. Given that consumer spending has in recent years accounted for 70 percent of the nation’s economic activity, a marginal shrinking could significantly depress demand for goods and services, discouraging businesses from hiring more workers.... Millions of Americans spent years tapping credit cards, stock portfolios and once-rising home values to spend in excess of their incomes and now lack the wherewithal to carry on. Those who still have the means feel pressure to conserve, fearful about layoffs, the stock market and real estate prices...Some suggest the recession has endured so long and spread pain so broadly that it has seeped into the culture, downgrading expectations, clouding assumptions about the future and eroding the impulse to buy.
The Great Depression imbued American life with an enduring spirit of thrift [like working class amerikan's almost zero savings and huge patriotic consumer debt] The current recession has perhaps proven wrenching enough to alter consumer tastes, putting value in vogue....“It’s simply less fun pulling up to the stoplight in a Hummer than it used to be,” said Robert Barbera, chief economist at the research and trading firm ITG...
For years, Americans have tapped stock portfolios and borrowed against homes to fill wardrobes with clothes, garages with cars and living rooms with furniture and electronics. But stock markets have proven volatile. Home values are sharply lower. Banks remain reluctant to lend in the aftermath of a global financial crisis. Households must increasingly depend upon paychecks to finance spending, a reality that seems likely to curb consumption: Unemployment stands [officially] at 9.4 percent and is expected to climb higher. Working hours have been slashed even for those with jobs.
Economists subscribe to a so-called wealth effect: as households amass wealth, they tend to expand their spending over the following year, typically by 3 to 5 percent of the increase.
Between 2003 and 2007 — prime years of the housing boom — the net worth of an American household expanded to about $540,000, from about $400,000, according to an analysis of federal data by Moody’s Economy.com . Now, the wealth effect is working in reverse: by the first three months of this year, household net worth had dropped to $421,000. “Not only have people lost money, but they don’t expect as much appreciation in the money they have, and that should affect consumption,” said Andrew Tilton, an economist at Goldman Sachs.

Household incomes remain flat, raising fears about a rebound
By Martin Crutsinger, AP
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/PrintStory.pl?document_id=20097...
WASHINGTON — Household income in the United States is essentially stagnant, raising doubts about whether consumers already hurt by job losses can sustain an economic recovery.
The now-ended "cash for clunkers" program helped lift spending last month and is expected to deliver a bigger boost this month. But any economic rebound likely would falter if consumers lack the income to spend more in the long run.Especially in the U.S., consumer spending is essential: It drives about 70 percent of economic activity — more than for most European nations and well above the rates in developing [SIC] countries such as China.
"Consumers just don't have the financial firepower to go out and spend more," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Economy.com . "Unless businesses curtail their job cuts, the recovery could very well peter out." Americans' purchasing power has been battered by the 6.7 million jobs that have vanished since the recession began in December 2007. Companies also have cut costs by forcing workers to take unpaid days off or to work part time. And some consumers have pared their spending because their pay hasn't kept pace with their expenses or because they're using more money to save or reduce debt....Analysts said America's high-spending ways, which fueled economic growth for years, could be fading. Baby boomers, sobered by the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, are striving to save more as they near retirement."For almost a quarter-century, the U.S. consumer has powered ... the entire global economy," Zandi said. "But this crisis signals an inflection point where U.S. consumers will go from leading global growth to, at best, just doing their part."

'homeland' homeless
The Foreclosure Rescue Mirage
By Andy Kroll
How the government’s flagship homeowner relief program hangs borrowers out to dry. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23380.htm

'homeland' hungry
One In Nine Uses Food Stamps
By Tom Eley
In all, 34.4 million people used the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a federal program that provides assistance to low-income people, an increase of more than 2 percent from the previous month, and a staggering increase of 6 million over the past year. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23382.h