4/7/8 Beyond 'Dumbing': Media Hypocrisy as Psychological Warfare

Genocide to liberate Iraq
Iraqis Slaughtered by U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq 1,197,469
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html

Digest: U.S. CAN'T ADMIT DEFEAT BECAUSE IRAQ IS CENTRAL TO ITS GLOBAL AGENDA, MUST CREATE BIPARTISAN & PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR EXPANDING WAR
British Warn US commander is beating the drum for Iran strikes
By Damien McElroy
Foreign Affairs Correspondent
04/04/08 "The Telegraph" -- -- British officials gave warning yesterday that America's commander in Iraq will declare that Iran is waging war against the US-backed Baghdad government. A strong statement from General David Petraeus about Iran's intervention in Iraq could set the stage for a US attack on Iranian military facilities, according to a Whitehall assessment. In closely watched testimony in Washington next week, Gen Petraeus will state that the Iranian threat has risen as Tehran has supplied and directed attacks by militia fighters against the Iraqi state and its US allies.
The outbreak of Iraq's worst violence in 18 months last week with fighting in Basra and the daily bombardment of the Green Zone diplomatic enclave, demonstrated that although the Sunni Muslim insurgency is dramatically diminished, Shia forces remain in a strong position to destabilise the country.
"Petraeus is going to go very hard on Iran as the source of attacks on the American effort in Iraq," a British official said. "Iran is waging a war in Iraq. The idea that America can't fight a war on two fronts is wrong, there can be airstrikes and other moves," he said. "Petraeus has put emphasis on America having to fight the battle on behalf of Iraq. In his report he can frame it in terms of our soldiers killed and diplomats dead in attacks on the Green Zone."...
The Wall Street Journal said last week that the US war effort in Iraq must have a double goal. "The US must recognise that Iran is engaged in a full-up proxy war against it in Iraq," wrote the military analyst Kimberly Kagan.
There are signs that targeting Iran would unite American politicians across the bitter divide on Iraq. "Iran is the bull in the china shop," said Ike Skelton, the Democrat chairman of the Armed Services Committee. "In all of this, they seem to have links to all of the Shi'ite groups, whether they be political or military.".... http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19678.htm

Petraeus: Iran joined militias in battle for Basra
Sarah Baxter and Marie Colvin
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article3690010.e...
April 6, 2008
IRANIAN forces were involved in the recent battle for Basra, General David Petraeus, the US commander in Iraq, is expected to tell Congress this week.
Military and intelligence sources believe Iranians were operating at a tactical command level with the Shi’ite militias fighting Iraqi security forces; some were directing operations on the ground, they think.Petraeus intends to use the evidence of Iranian involvement to argue against any reductions in US forces. Dr Daniel Goure, a defence analyst at the Lexington Institute in Virginia, said: “There is no question that Petraeus will be tough on Iran. It is one thing to withdraw troops when there is purely sectarian fighting but it is another thing if it leaves the Iranians to move in.” ...
"anti-american" al-Sadr conveniently bolsters U.S. pretext for continued occupation....
Moqtada al-Sadr, the radical Shi’ite cleric, has called for 1m people to march on Baghdad on Wednesday – the fifth anniversary of the fall of the capital – when Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, the US ambassador to Iraq, will be briefing Congress. ....

US hails 'positive step' from Shiite leader Sadr
AFP
WASHINGTON (AFP) The United States on Monday hoped for an end to Iraqi military operations in Basra as it welcomed hardline Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's "positive step" to rein in fighters battling them."We think that's a positive step," State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey told reporters "It's important all Iraqis cooperate with the government and work within the political system that's there. We welcome the statements by Moqtada al-Sadr," he said. http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m42606&hd=&size=1&l=e ,

Iraqi Offensive Revives Debate for Campaigns
The war's return to the public consciousness poses new challenges and opportunities for the candidates, particularly Senator John McCain.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/30/us/politics/30campaign.html?th&emc=th

"terrorist": a term of convenience for state terrorism
Iranian who brokered Iraqi peace is on U.S. terrorist watch list
Warren P. Strobel and Leila Fadel | McClatchy Newspapers
The Iranian general who helped broker an end to nearly a week of fighting between Iraqi government forces and Shiite Muslim militiamen in southern Iraq is an unlikely peacemaker. Brig. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, who helped U.S.-backed Iraqi leaders negotiate a deal with radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr to stop the fighting in Iraq's largely Shiite south, is named on U.S. Treasury Department and U.N. Security Council watch lists for alleged involvement in terrorism and the proliferation of nuclear and missile technology... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=42625

Officials in Iran confirmed for the first time Saturday that the country played an important role in brokering a recent truce between the Iraqi government and anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
http://tinyurl.com/6oxo82

A reply to Muqtada’s statements on al –Jazeerah TV channel /2.4.08
The Political Bureau of The Iraqi Islamic Resistance Front (JAAMI)
The Jazeera satellite channel presented in its program "open dialogue" on Saturday 29th of March 2008 an interview with the head of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militias, Muqtada al-Sadr. In this interview, Muqtada al-Sadr made false statements, with the aim of changing public opinion in his favor and covering up the real facts. A cheap ploy to market himself and his militias and selling it to the public as being an important element in the patriotic Iraqi Resistance movement. And portraying himself as the symbol of this Resistance, claiming its legitimate rights. This political maneuvering on his part comes at a time when Muqtada and his followers are in a big crisis with the Maliki government, an ally to the occupation. A power struggle over interests and influences when Muqtada al Sadr and his followers were one the most important parties in the Shia Alliance who greatly contributed and helped the rise and taking of power of al-Maliki, in this illegitimate government...The militia of Jaysh al-Mahdi did not direct its weapons in the face of the American occupier, but only on very rare occasions, namely when the American occupier would annoy the JAM militia in its murderous course of pouring more innocent Iraqi blood. In fact, Moqtada Al-Sadr’s militia was one of the biggest obstacles that the honorable Iraqi resistance had to constantly face. The Sadr militia time and time again targeted members of the Resistance wi! th attac ks and sectarian cleansing in Baghdad and its surroundings...: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=42783

on top of 1,197,469 Iraqis slaughtered...
The Iraqi Brain Suction
Imad Khadduri
... In order to dominate Iraq, the occupation had dismantled key Iraqi institutions and subjected the Iraqi society to extreme violence and impoverishment, instigating ethnic and sectarian strife by promoting its own Salvador-type death squads, 200,000 mercenaries and local mafia-like bands operating under the patronage of the same religious political parties who are supported by the occupation or aided by regimes neighbouring Iraq. These policies have resulted in: * A documented list of at least 345 teachers and professors from universities across Iraq, representing all academic disciplines, have been killed in a systematic campaign of assassinations. The Iraqi Interior Ministry has recently announced that it has detained more than 6000 suspects charged with the assassination of academics and scientists, 600 of whom have been sentenced to death, with one suspect alone who has admitted to killing 60 of the above. Yet, the Iraqi Interior Ministry provides no explanation on the affiliations of these prisoners nor of their instigators and who is behind them.* It is estimated that 2,000 Iraqi doctors have been killed and half of the 34,000 doctors registered in 2003 have left the country. Of Iraq’s 180 large hospitals, 90 per cent lack essential resources. Under the control of Moqtada Al-Sadr, the Ministry of Health has plummeted into corruption, while hospitals have been transformed into secret detention centres where torture and murder are endemic at the hands of death squads. http://www.uruknet.de/?p=42650

Proving propaganda as 'news' pays...if you believe polls
Poll: Americans call Iran, Iraq, China top enemies
Iran topped the list, with 25% naming it when asked which country is the greatest U.S. enemy, according to the Gallup Poll. Iraq came next at 22%, then China with 14%.http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-03-31-poll-enemies_N.htm

On the 60th Anniversary of the Nakba the New England Committee to Defend Palestine presents
Struggle for the Land: Zionism and the Repression of Anti-Colonial Movements
An Education and Strategy Conference
The New England Committee to Defend Palestine
This year commemorates the sixtieth anniversary of the Nakba (Arabic for 'catastrophe') in Palestine. While this past January saw an escalation of the already brutal strangulation of Gaza, as well as continued colonization throughout historic Palestine, Palestinians have continued to resist in all of their historic land. In Gaza, under starvation conditions, Palestinians broke the siege by destroying the wall at Rafah crossing and continue to defend their land through armed resistance against settlers. In spite of a wider public awareness of the brutal policies of colonial settlement in Palestine, the "United States" continues to provide the main economic, political and military aid to the Zionist settler colony. While every major presidential candidate pledges undying support for "Israel," there is a growing public discussion about the role of Zionism in the "US" political system, and especially of its relationship to the war in Iraq... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=42817

Continuing U.S.-Israeli 'peace process': fomenting civil war
Gaza ‘Bombshell’ Took a Year To Fall US Coup Backfires, Most Media Outlets Unwilling to Investigate
by Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/04/02/8046/
Vanity Fair magazine claim: that Hamas’s takeover of the territory was prompted by a secret U.S. plan aimed at extirpating the Islamist group’s leadership in Gaza. In an article entitled ‘The Gaza Bombshell’, the magazine purports to “lay bare a covert initiative” approved by the White House and implemented by the U.S. State Department “to provoke a Palestinian civil war.”Relying on confidential documents and former administration officials, author David Rose writes that after Hamas’s unexpected victory in the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections, the U.S. administration drew up a plan to arm Fatah cadres with the aim of forcefully removing Hamas from power in Gaza. Under the terms of the arrangement, Rose writes, Fatah received arms and financing through a handful of Washington’s Arab allies, including Egypt and Jordan. According to sources cited in the article, the plan was to be jointly coordinated by U.S. Lieutenant-General Keith Dayton and long-time Fatah strongman Mohamed Dahlan. But the conspiracy was stillborn. After a Jordanian newspaper leaked details of the plot, Hamas pre-emptively seized control of Gaza on Jun. 14 and arrested much of Fatah’s leadership throughout the territory.

DCI: IOF killed 49 Palestinian children since start of 2008
Palestinian Information Center
The defense for children international organization announced that IOF troops killed 49 Palestinian children since the start of 2008 including six who were killed inside their homes. The organization's branch in Palestine said that 33 of those victims were killed in five days during the IOF holocaust in the Gaza Strip in the period 27/2 to 2/2/2008. It pointed out that the IOF killed 55 Palestinian children in 2007 and wounded 345 others in addition to kidnapping 700 children including 30 who were retained behind bars in administrative detention, without trial or charge... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=42807

Ecuador president blames CIA for incursion
The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has accused the United States of infiltrating the Ecuadorian intelligence services....
http://story.irishsun.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/2411cd3571b4f088/id/345564/...
QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador's president accused the CIA on Saturday of controlling many of his country's spy agencies, in comments that could fray ties with Washington and drag it into Ecuador's feud with neighboring Colombia.President Rafael Correa has fired a top intelligence officer and plans to overhaul spy agencies for belatedly informing him about links between Colombian rebels and an Ecuadorian who died in Colombia's raid inside Ecuador last month that sparked a regional crisis....Correa also charged the United States with financing some officers in the Ecuadorian spy agencies.
Correa, whose popularity has rebounded for his handling of the dispute and is an ally of U.S. foe Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, is a critic of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America.He has called President George W. Bush worse than Satan, and once vowed to cut off his own arm before renewing a lease that allows U.S. troops to use a key anti-drug air base. The March 1 raid, which killed a Colombian rebel leader and more than 20 other people, raised the threat of war after Ecuador and Venezuela briefly sent troops to their borders with Colombia. Nerves quickly calmed during a regional meeting a week later.Correa said he hoped the diplomatic spat would be over soon, but warned of legal actions against Colombia for the killing of the Ecuadorian citizen who was in the rebel camp.Correa added that Ecuador's decision to sue Colombia in international court over Colombia's anti-drug spraying along its border was in response to the raid.The suit filed on Monday has once again strained relations between the neighbors who share a 400-mile border often crossed by rebels fighting a four-decade war against the Colombian government. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080405/wl_nm/ecuador_cia_dc

Files Released by Colombia Point to Venezuelan Bid to Arm Rebel
Simon Romero
BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Files provided by Colombian officials from computers they say were captured in a March 1 cross-border raid in Ecuador appear to tie Venezuela's government to efforts to secure arms for Colombia's largest insurgency.
Officials taking part in Colombia's investigation provided The New York Times with copies of more than 20 files, some of which also showed contributions from the rebels to the 2006 campaign of Ecuador's leftist president, Rafael Correa. If verified, the files would offer rare insight into the cloak-and-dagger nature of Latin America's longest-running guerrilla conflict. They would also potentially link the governments of Venezuela and Ecuador to the leftist guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which is classified by Washington as a terrorist group and has fought to overthrow Colombia's government for four decades. While it was impossible to authenticate the files independently, the Colombian officials said their government had invited Interpol to verify the files. Both the United States and Colombia, Washington's staunchest ally in the region, have a strong interest in undercutting President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, who has sought to counter the influence of the United States by forming his own leftist bloc in the region. But the Colombian officials who provided the computer files adamantly vouched for them....
The files contained touches that suggested authenticity: They were filled with revolutionary jargon, passages in numerical code, missives about U.S. policy in Latin America and even brief personal reflections like one by a senior rebel commander on the joy of becoming a grandfather. Other senior Colombian officials said the files made public so far only scratched the surface of the captured archives, risking new friction with Venezuela and Ecuador, both of which have dismissed the files as fakes.
Colombia's relations with its two Andean neighbors suddenly grew hostile after Colombian forces raided a FARC camp inside Ecuador on March 1, killing 26 people, including a top FARC commander, and capturing the computers, according to the Colombians. Though tensions ebbed after a summit meeting of Latin American nations in the Dominican Republic later in March, the matter of the computer files has threatened to reignite the diplomatic crisis caused by the raid.
Shortly after the crisis erupted, Colombian officials began releasing a small portion of the computer files, some of which they claimed showed efforts by Chávez's government to provide financial support for the FARC. Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos said that officials had obtained more than 16,000 files from three computers belonging to Luis Edgar Devia Silva, a commander known by his nom de guerre, Raul Reyes, (digest: emphasis added) who was killed in the raid. Two other hard drives were also captured, he said....The correspondence also pointed to warm relations between Venezuela's government and the FARC.[...]http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/30/world/americas/30colombia.html?th&emc=th

Slain Colombian Insurgents Held Secret Talks with U.S. Diplomats
Declassified State Department Memo Describes Clandestine 1998 Meeting with Colombian Guerrillas Central to Current Saber-Rattling in Andean Region
National Security Archive Update, March 4, 2008
http://www.nsarchive.org
For more information contact: Michael Evans - 202/994-702 mevans@gwu.edu
Washington, D.C., March 4, 2008 - Two senior Colombian guerrilla leaders killed in Ecuador last weekend in a cross-border raid by Colombian forces held secret talks with U.S. diplomats ten years ago in Costa Rica, according to a declassified memorandum of conversation published on the Web today by the National Security Archive...The slain insurgents, Raul Reyes and Olga Marin, met secretly in Costa Rica in December 1998 with a U.S. diplomatic mission led by Philip T. Chicola, then director of the State Department's Office of Andean Affairs. The meeting was particularly sensitive in that the guerrilla group represented by Reyes and Marín, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was listed on the State Department's list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. The FARC remains Colombia's oldest and largest rebel army. Stressing "the absolute requirement for confidentiality," Chicola told Reyes and Marin that the U.S. wanted to "to develop a channel of communication" with the FARC to discuss U.S. counternarcotics programs, the Colombian peace process, and FARC attacks on U.S. interests in Colombia. Noting the "historic importance of the meeting," Reyes praised then-Colombian President Andres Pastrana's "commitment to a successful peace process" and "expressed satisfaction at the opportunity to talk directly" to the U.S. government. [...]

ANTI-CHINA CAMPAIGN
hypocrisy of 'free press': u.s. sponsored sources of 'objective, neutral news reports'
More violence in Tibet as foreign envoys end visit
By Joe McDonald
The Associated Press
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/PrintStory.pl?document_id=20043...
BEIJING — Fresh protests broke out in the Tibetan capital Lhasa on Saturday as foreign diplomats wrapped up a tightly controlled visit organized by Beijing, a radio broadcaster and Tibetan activists reported.
A protest began Saturday afternoon at Lhasa's Ramoche monastery and grew to involve "many people," said Kate Saunders of the International Campaign for Tibet in Washington, D.C. Citing unnamed witnesses in the city, Saunders said the situation calmed down after a few hours. She had no information on injuries or arrests.
People also protested at the Jokhang Temple, a major Buddhist site in Lhasa, the government in exile of the Tibetan Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama, said on its Web site. The India-based government gave no details.
Several hundred people took part in the protests, the U.S. [government] -funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia reported. The Ramoche and Jokhang monasteries and other sites were sealed off by security forces, Saunders said. Ramoche was the original site of protests that spread earlier this month and led to a crackdown by the Chinese government.
The reports of new protests came as a 15-member group of diplomats from the United States, Japan and Europe returned to Beijing after a two-day visit to Lhasa. Beijing is trying to enforce calm in Tibet and buttress its claim that the most violent anti-Chinese protests since 1989 were incited by forces linked to the Dalai Lama.
Diplomats toured damaged areas of Lhasa and met people selected by Chinese authorities, who accompanied them at all times, the U.S. Embassy said in a brief statement[....]

another 'good humanitarian' imperialist project connected by U.S. govt., George Soros funded NGO 'initiatives' and zionist orgs. For more on what's actually behind the 'free tibet', 'save darfur', 'genocide olympics', see:
http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/81 http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/80 http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/77 http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/73

Changing the Rules of the Games
By ILAN GREENBERG
Published: March 30, 2008
Correction Appended
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/30/magazine/30olympics-t.html?th&emc=th
Jill Savitt, Dream for Darfur’s executive director... around her were boxes overflowing with Dream for Darfur’s own media salvo: white T-shirts emblazoned with “Genocide Olympics?”
Savitt, a peripatetic, hyperarticulate 40-year-old human rights activist, is the mind behind a long string of organizations conducting campaigns to pressure China to change its policies by threatening to tarnish this summer’s Olympic Games. Dream for Darfur orchestrates a coalition of the believing — N.G.O.’s committed to ending the continuing violence in Sudan, but also groups concerned with government abuses inside China; Olympic athlete associations; organizations concerned about Tibet or China’s influence in Burma; and a spindly archipelago of other China-related causes. “We are happy to walk into space that’s been created by the Darfur people, because they have created something fresh,” says Mary Beth Markey, vice president for advocacy at the International Campaign for Tibet in Washington. “It’s been opportunistic for us.” But while Savitt’s many allies have adopted her strategy, Dream for Darfur still has just one goal: to convince China’s government that the Games are imperiled unless it halts its support for Sudan’s regime....

“People say there are a lot of problems in the world, so why single out Darfur and why target China?” Ruth Messinger, the former Manhattan borough president who is now head of the American Jewish World Service, told me recently in her Manhattan office. “But this is the first genocide, since the word was coined, where it was defined as genocide by the American government while it has been happening,” she added, referring to Colin Powell’s statement in 2004 that the Darfur killings were indeed a genocide and a Congressional resolution making the same designation. Messinger is one among perhaps three dozen professional political operatives and freelance agitators who have collaborated closely behind the scenes with the Dream for Darfur team, participating in strategy sessions and connecting Savitt with larger political networks. “Darfur is singular,” Messinger told me. “China is the reason Darfur is happening. And it is happening now. There is nothing fast about the killing in Darfur.”

For those on board with Dream for Darfur, connecting the dots between the Summer Games and hundreds of thousands of African corpses is not much more complicated than that. The brief against China is by and large uncontested (except by China): the Sudan government buys its weapons from China with the foreign currency it makes from selling China its oil. China, meanwhile, protects Sudan from excessive attention in the United Nations Security Council. “The Olympics is a unique lever with the Chinese, and we’re not going to get another one — it ain’t happening again,” Savitt said one morning in January. (She has met five times with Chinese diplomats, who each time, Savitt says, use the opportunity to explain just how much the Chinese people like the Olympics and dislike street demonstrations.) Now every form of opposition to the Beijing government seems to have its Olympic angle; the repression of Tibetan protests earlier this month, for example, immediately led to calls for a boycott of the Games...

Savitt’s message to corporate sponsors is less ambivalent but in some ways trickier. “No company wants to be the first whale to spout” is how she put it to me. Dream for Darfur asks that the major sponsors like McDonald’s, Anheuser-Busch, Microsoft and Volkswagen take very small but potentially significant actions: to meet privately with Chinese officials to express concern over Darfur, for example, or to take a symbolic stand by calling publicly for officials from Sudan who have been accused of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court to be banned from attending the Games. “These companies aren’t pushing guns in anyone’s faces” in Darfur, says Ellen Freudenheim, a consultant working on corporate outreach for Dream for Darfur. “We have to be careful in how we frame this. They are not directly responsible. Yet the morality is, You are complicit when you do nothing to try to stop genocide when you can.”

Ilan Greenberg, an adjunct fellow with the Asia Society, reported on Central Asia for The Times until last year. His last article for the magazine was about Mikhail Saakashvili, the president of Georgia.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: March 30, 2008
An article on Page 52 of The Times Magazine this weekend about this summer’s Olympics in Beijing and the effects of political activists on them and their sponsors omits a sentence from a statement from Microsoft, a sponsor of the games, about the need for international organizations to intervene in Sudan, which buys weapons from China. The passage containing the statement should read: The company further “commend[ed] Dream for Darfur and other organizations for their leadership in casting a spotlight on this atrocity and the need for immediate international resolution. Governments and international organizations — the United Nations chief among them, as well as humanitarian relief organizations — will need to continue to work together locally and globally to address the problems in the Sudan. Microsoft will continue to support these organizations in their mission through technology assistance and other resources.”

Microsoft: "From the depth of our heart -- thanks to The Israeli Defense Forces"
Microsoft and the National Security Agency
http://killinghope.org/aer44.htm

digest: FROM U.S. PROXY ISRAEL'S MOUTH, evidence of the deep u.s.-israeli humanitarian compassion for the peoples of Africa, from the israeli based Institute for Advanced Strategic & Political Studies (IASPS) a Jerusalem-based think tank with analysts, policy-makers and office in Washington, D.C.

American Policy and Africa
http://www.iasps.org/nbn/nbn308.htm
http://www.israeleconomy.org/nbn/nbn308.htm

The Strategic Importance of Africa
by IASPS Staff
http://www.israeleconomy.org/opeds/oped30.htm
May 7, 2001
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which initiated the "Save Darfur" coalition with American Jewish World Service, had also issued a "Genocide Watch" for Chechnya in 2001 (note that it has nothing to say about Iraq, though the latest estimate of Iraqi casualties numbers 200,000, about the same as the Darfur casualty estimate -- the only "[p]laces currently on the [Holocaust Museum Committee on Conscience's] standing agenda" are Chechnya, Sudan: Darfur, and Sudan: South/Nuba Mtns). http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/furuhashi300406.html

Sudan Accuses Israel Of Fueling Darfur Crisis
http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2004-08/08/article01.shtml

" 'Save Darfur': Evangelicals and Establishment Jews" [e.g. liberal zionists]
[http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/furuhashi280406.html].

Who Wants Peace in Darfur?
by Yoshie Furuhashi
http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/furuhashi300406.html

Stop the U.S. - Israeli War Against Sudan
http://rule19.org/resources/sudan-drolde.htm
by David Rolde, Green-Rainbow Party of Mass.

Darfur: Simplification and Moralization of the Conflict

Voltaire Network | Paris (France) | International edition, 13 March 2006

Tibet, the 'great game' and the CIA
By Richard M Bennett
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/JC26Ad02.html
Given the historical context of the unrest in Tibet, there is reason to believe Beijing was caught on the hop with the recent demonstrations for the simple reason that their planning took place outside of Tibet and that the direction of the protesters is similarly in the hands of anti-Chinese organizers safely out of reach in Nepal and northern India.
Similarly, the funding and overall control of the unrest has also been linked to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, and by inference to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) because of his close cooperation with US intelligence for over 50 years.
Indeed, with the CIA's deep involvement with the Free Tibet Movement and its funding of the suspiciously well-informed Radio Free Asia, it would seem somewhat unlikely that any revolt could have been planned or occurred without the prior knowledge, and even perhaps the agreement, of the National Clandestine Service (formerly known as the Directorate of Operations) at CIA headquarters in Langley.
Respected columnist and former senior Indian Intelligence officer, B Raman, commented on March 21 that "on the basis of available evidence, it was possible to assess with a reasonable measure of conviction" that the initial uprising in Lhasa on March 14 "had been pre-planned and well orchestrated".
Could there be a factual basis to the suggestion that the main beneficiaries to the death and destruction sweeping Tibet are in Washington? [...]
Richard M Bennett, intelligence and security consultant, AFI Research.

FYI: AFI RESEARCH
ISDB – INTERNATIONAL SECURITY DATABASE
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/alan-turnbull/afi-research.htm
AFI Research provides expert worldwide coverage with a network of Research Associates based in the UK, USA, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Belgium, France, Germany,
Greece, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Bahrain, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, China, Australia, Nigeria and South Africa.
AFI Research was first established in 1968, with the ISDB being added in 2001 by journalist, author and broadcaster Richard Bennett and edited by his journalist
daughter Katie, along with an international team of dedicated researchers. Since Spring 2005 the ISDB has been available for media and official use only.
The ISDB contains more than 100 million words and is expanding rapidly It covers Intelligence Services, National Security, Signals Intelligence (SIGINT),
Satellite Intelligence (SATINT), Communications Security (COMSEC), Defence Intelligence, Internal Security and Paramilitary Forces, Secret and Security Police, Counter-Terrorism and Special Forces. A second major Database covers Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Conventional Weapons and Defence ORBAT. In its current greatly expanded form, the ISDB now covers over 200 countries and concentrates (though not exclusively) on the period 1945 to the present

deadly hypocrisy: snide article omits U.S. cigarette/ tobacco companies outsourced production in China
Beijing Tries to Kick Habit Before Games
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2004314914_apolychinab...
Cui Dalin, China's deputy sports minister, told legislators that the Beijing Olympics would inspire Chinese to live healthier lives. Then he stepped out into a nonsmoking hallway _ and lit a cigarette. The recent incident illustrates the uphill battle China faces as it prepares to take what health advocates hope will be a big step against smoking in what is the world's biggest tobacco market. A ban on smoking in most Beijing public places, similar to efforts in major North American, European and Asian cities, is expected to take effect in May, aimed at meeting China's pledge of a smoke-free Olympics. China is home to 350 million smokers _ a third of the global total. More than 150 Chinese cities already have limited restrictions, but the capital would be the first to ban smoking in all restaurants, offices and schools, said health expert Cui Xiaobo, who helped draft the regulations...
"The whole world will be watching Beijing, because its success means a big step toward the success of the whole world, given the large smoking population of China," said Cui, an associate professor at the Capital University of Medical Sciences in Beijing....
"The problem is that there are commercial interests that make it hard," said Sarah England, who heads the tobacco control department of the WHO's Beijing office. She means the state-run tobacco industry, which made $53.6 billion last year, up 25 percent from a year earlier....

FALSE FRIENDS: REPORT DETAILS U.S. CIGARETTE COMPANIES’ BETRAYAL OF AMERICAN TOBACCO GROWERS
http://tobaccofreekids.org/Script/DisplayPressRelease.php3?Display=7

...The reduced purchases of U.S.-grown tobacco leaf have little to do with the gradual smoking declines in the United States. Instead, they are tied almost entirely to the decisions of the U.S. cigarette companies to manufacture more of their products overseas and use more foreign-grown tobacco in the cigarettes they make both here and abroad. These decisions have allowed the U.S. cigarette companies to dramatically increase their overall sales, revenues and profits.
As a direct consequence of these decisions, the major cigarette companies now manufacture cigarettes in more than 100 foreign countries. Since 1995, Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, and British American Tobacco have established manufacturing capacity in Switzerland, Hungary, Tanzania, Poland, Cambodia, Mexico, Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, China, and elsewhere. Accordingly, exports of U.S.-made cigarettes now account for significantly less than one-fourth of all U.S. company brands sold overseas and have declined about 30 percent since 1996. By itself, this decline in cigarette exports has reduced the annual amount of U.S. tobacco leaf used in cigarette manufacturing by about 10 percent in just the past three years.
To supply their growing base of foreign manufacturing facilities, the U.S. tobacco companies and the U.S.-based leaf dealers have turned to foreign sources of tobacco and have provided direct financial, technical and material assistance to foreign growers. Their goal has been to increase the amount and quality of American-style leaf available, while reducing costs. As a result, nearly 90 percent of all American-style cigarette tobacco (flue-cured and burley) is now grown by foreign farmers in at least 78 countries.... U.S. cigarette companies and U.S.-based leaf dealers have provided extensive assistance to foreign growers....
Because of increased foreign sales and domestic price hikes, the U.S. cigarette companies’ revenues and profits have soared since the 1980s. For example, from 1985 to 1998, Philip Morris’ annual cigarette revenues more than quadrupled, to $42.7 billion, and its profits from cigarettes have roughly tripled, to $6.5 billion....

China's Tobacco Wars
by Judith MacKay
http://multinationalmonitor.org/hyper/issues/1992/01/mm0192_06.html
China's first anti- tobacco law went into effect on January 1, 1992. It has the potential to save more lives in a single country than any other health law in history.......The foreign tobacco companies have identified China as their golden goose for the twenty-first century. In a September 1986 article in the industry journal World Tobacco, Rene Scull, then-vice president of Philip Morris Asia, stated: "No discussion of the tobacco industry in the year 2000 would be complete without addressing what may be the most important feature on the landscape, the China market. In every respect, China confounds the imagination." Rather than defending ChinaÆs people from predatory attacks, CNTC's Jin Maoxian's response was to tell the foreign companies: "China's door is open to you all."
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco International took the CNTC at its word. RJR established a joint-venture cigarette company which commenced production at its Xiamen factory in 1988. U.S. health advocates have vigorously protested against this exportation of disease, disability and death to China. Assistant U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan has estimated that the 2.5 billion cigarettes produced annually at this new factory "will eventually lead to 75,000 deaths yearly" in China.
One of the most immediate concerns of anti-smoking advocates in China and elsewhere in the world is that the United States may threaten to impose unilateral trade sanctions under section 301 of the U.S. Trade Act if China does not open its market to foreign tobacco companies and loosen its restrictions on tobacco advertising. In recent years, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has pried open the markets of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand with these threats. An October 31, 1991 letter to the director of China's National Health Education Institute, Dr. Chen Bing Zhong, from Joseph A. Massey, the assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and China, states ominously: "Because of discriminatory Chinese government import controls, the volume of cigarettes exported from the United States into Chinese markets is the lowest that it has been for several years."

Health activists are urging the USTR to not interfere with China's anti-smoking program. A November 13, 1991 letter from this writer to the U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hills remains unanswered at the time of publication. The letter states: "China needs vital encouragement and support from countries with a long track record of recognition of the problems of smoking and proven effective action to protect their citizens. I would suggest that the U.S. would be better served, especially on a long-term basis in China, by extending health expertise rather than by supporting the tobacco companies. While I respect the need for fair trade practices, I would most earnestly urge you not to include tobacco products in these negotiations. A letter from the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition on Smoking OR Health, representing the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association, similarly asked the USTR to not press China to open its cigarette market. It stated, "health concerns [must] take precedence over trade concerns where uniquely harmful products such as cigarettes are involved." This letter, too, remains unanswered.

The current example of Taiwan bodes ill for China. In response to a threat of unilateral trade sanctions under the 301 Trade Agreement, Taiwan signed an agreement regarding tobacco in 1986 with the USTR. Six years later, Taiwan is now attempting to pass a national tobacco control law, which includes a provision banning advertising. The USTR claims that this law "reveals potential inconsistencies" with the 301 trade agreement and held a meeting in Washington, D.C. on January 23, 1992 to discuss the matter, only to postpone any decision and to schedule another meeting later in the year. In a letter to the Taiwan government, the USTR pointedly refers to the importance of cooperation "at a time when Taiwan is seeking active consideration of its GATT [General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade] application." The letter further states: "The Taiwan authorities should also take note of the importance of cigarette exports to U.S. trade interests. Cigarette exports have made a significant contribution to reducing the global U.S. trade deficit."

U.S. Senators Jesse Helms, R-North Carolina, and Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and the tobacco companies have added their weight in letters to the Taiwan government. Whether the Chinese (in China or Taiwan) smoke Western or Chinese cigarettes has significant public health consequences. Foreign tobacco companies may now only have a small market share in China, but their behavior is different from the national monopoly. The foreign companies market and promote cigarettes in ways unknown to the national monopoly, with expensive advertisements portraying healthy, attractive, macho, wealthy, sporty and emancipated Western images. These are especially powerful images for China's youth.
By 1987, a Media and Marketing article entitled "Great Leap into the PRC," reported that Philip MorrisÆs Marlboro was the fourth top foreign advertiser in China, behind only Toshiba, Hitachi and NEC. Many of the tobacco advertisements violate the restrictions China had in place at the time. For example, the South China Morning Post detailed in 1986 how a Hong Kong advertising agency places advertisements on clocks and lighted panels in railway stations and on trains, skirting the law by claiming that these are decorations, not advertisements.
The foreign companies also sponsor sports, arts and health organizations. Philip Morris contributes thousands of dollars to help the disabled in China, which some liken to the Colombian cocaine cartel establishing drug rehabilitation centers.

from Tobacco Reporter
http://tr.itsmyiq.com/home.php?id=119&cid=201&article_id=10629
[China edition at http://tr.itsmyiq.com/home.php?id=524&prev=465

Golden Leaf Awards
Altria has been nominated for a Golden Leaf Award in the “Most outstanding service to the industry” category because of its continued innovation and ability to create shareholder value in a challenging environment. As the global market leader, Altria has carried the brunt of anti-tobacco attacks in court and in the news media. Despite the difficult trading conditions, the company has managed to turn a healthy profit year in, year out, while entering into new markets and launching innovative products. Altria is committed to tobacco risk reduction: witness its $350 million investment in a research center in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Recently, the company launched a snus product under the Marlboro trademark. Prior to that, the company made headlines by developing a Marlboro kretek. In 2005, the company signed a groundbreaking agreement to manufacture cigarettes in China[...].

more solid all-amerikan values

Permissible Assaults Cited in Graphic Detail
Could the president, if he desired, have a prisoner's eyes poked out? Or, for that matter, could he have "scalding water, corrosive acid or caustic substance" thrown on a prisoner? How about slitting an ear, nose or lip, disabling a tongue or limb? What about biting?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19681.htm

"OK because I'm white,"
Two white Seattle men accused of beating a black man while shouting racial epithets, Jason Roan, 28, and Richard Miles, 46, are scheduled to enter pleas Wednesday in King County Superior Court on charges of second-degree assault, first-degree robbery and malicious harassment, a statute better known as the hate-crime law. Prosecutors accuse the men of beating a 25-year-old man into unconsciousness and causing a 3-inch-long gash on his head that required four or five surgical staples to close. According to police, Roan and Miles approached the 25 year old man just before 5 p.m. March 23 while he was waiting for a bus... Miles asked the man whether he knew where they could acquire some crack cocaine. Offended, the man said he did not, and Miles got in the man's face, demanding that they fight.While the man defended himself against Miles, Roan struck him in the back of the head with a full beer bottle, according to police. The man dropped to the ground, Miles and Roan continued to kick and beat him as more than a dozen witnesses looked on...Witnesses told police that Miles and Roan shouted anti-black slurs during the attack. As they fled with the man's cell phone, Roan told one witness the attack was "OK because I'm white," according to police. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/357305_hatecrime02.html

NYT digs the fascist comraderie
"Inside the Black Budget"
by William J. Broad, New York Times,April 1:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/01/science/01patc.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
...Not the fantasy world of a boy... It is, according to a new book, part of the hidden reality behind the Pentagon’s classified, or “black,” budget that delivers billions of dollars to stealthy armies of high-tech warriors. The book offers a glimpse of this dark world through a revealing lens — patches — the kind worn on military uniforms.... Military officials and experts said the patches are real if often unofficial efforts at building team spirit....
The classified budget of the Defense Department, concealed from the public in all but outline, has nearly doubled in the Bush years, to $32 billion. That is more than the combined budgets of the Food and Drug Administration, the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Those billions have expanded a secret world of advanced science and technology in which military units and federal contractors push back the frontiers of warfare. In the past, such handiwork has produced some of the most advanced jets, weapons and spy satellites, as well as notorious boondoggles.... Budget documents tell little. This year, for instance, the Pentagon says Program Element 0603891c is receiving $196 million but will disclose nothing about what the project does. Private analysts say it apparently aims at developing space weapons....
The book offers not only clues into the nature of the secret programs, but also a glimpse of zealous male bonding among the presumed elite of the military-industrial complex. The patches often feel like fraternity pranks gone ballistic. The book’s title? “I Could Tell You but Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed by Me,” published by Melville House. Mr. Paglen says the title is the Latin translation of a patch designed for the Navy Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 4, at Point Mugu, Calif. Its mission, he says, is to test strike aircraft, conventional weapons and electronic warfare equipment and to develop tactics to use the high-tech armaments in war. “The military has patches for almost everything it does,” Mr. Paglen writes in the introduction. “Including, curiously, for programs, units and activities that are officially secret.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/01/science/01patc.html

Fighting U.S. capitalist democracy globalization
VIETNAMESE WORKERS STRIKE NIKE FOR 20% RAISE ON $59 MONTHLY PAY
FORBES More than 20,000 Vietnamese workers have walked off the job at a Taiwanese-owned plant that makes shoes for Nike Inc., demanding higher pay to keep pace with skyrocketing prices, officials said The workers at Ching Luh plant, in southern Long An province, went on strike Monday. They want a 20 percent increase to their $59 average monthly salaries [SIC] along with better lunches at the company cafeteria, said Nguyen Van Thua, an official with the province's trade union.
The plant has been making sneakers since 2002 and employs about 21,000 workers, most of them young rural women. The company is paying the workers 14 percent more than minimum wage, but soaring inflation is eroding their earnings, Thua said.

Barack Obama: Faithful Tool of U.S. Imperialism and Empire
Larry Pinkney
Imperialism and empire must be replaced with the dogged determination to bring about the realization of a just and equitable society based upon human needs not human greed.
The only hope for real change is not to be found in any politician of the Democratic or Republican parties, but in we ourselves organizing day by day in the cities, towns, country side, and rural areas of America. This is the real hope for real change. This is keeping it real, and this is our collective task...
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board member, Larry Pinkney, is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil/political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
http://www.blackcommentator.com/271/271_kir_obama_tool_us_imperialism_pr...

A NO-CHANGE -POSSIBLE-VIA- ELECTORAL- POLITICS REMINDER:
OBAMA PRAISES FIRST GULF WAR, FOREIGN POLICIES OF REAGAN AND DADDY BUSH
AP
Sen. Barack Obama said Friday he would return the country to the more "traditional" foreign policy efforts of past presidents, such as George H.W. Bush, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. At a town hall event at a local high school gymnasium, Obama praised George H.W. Bush - father of the president - for the way he handled the Persian Gulf War: with a large coalition and carefully defined objectives. . . "The truth is that my foreign policy is actually a return to the traditional bipartisan realistic policy of George Bush's father, of John F. Kennedy, of, in some ways, Ronald Reagan, and it is George Bush that's been naive and it's people like John McCain and, unfortunately, some Democrats that have facilitated him acting in these naive ways that have caused us so much damage in our reputation around the world," he said....

(Amy Goodman): Senator Obama, quick question: 70 percent of Iraqis say they want the US to withdraw completely; why don't you call for a total withdrawal?
Obama: Well, I do, except for our embassy. I call for amnesty and protecting our civilian contractors there. we do need to have a strike force in the region. It doesn't necessarily have to be in Iraq; it could be in Kuwait or other places. But we do have to have some presence in order to not only protect them, but also potentially to protect their territorial integrity.... see...we have 140,000 private contractors right there, so unless we want to replace all of or a big chunk of those with US troops, we can't draw down the contractors faster than we can draw down our troops. So what I want to do is draw -- I want them out in the same way that we make sure that we draw out our own combat troops. Alright? I mean, I-
AG: Not a ban?
Obama: Well, I don't want to replace those contractors with more US troops, because we don't have them, alright?
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/OBAMA_BUSHSITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2008-03-28-23-41-54>

HAHAHAHA...american fools joke
Pentagon Is Expected to Close Intelligence Unit
The expected shuttering of the Counterintelligence Field Activity office is part of a larger effort to overhaul thE nation's intelligence architecture.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/02/washington/02intel.html?th&emc=th

ACLU: Military using FBI to skirt legal domestic surveillance restrictions to access citizens' phone, net, bank info.
Tues., April. 1, 2008
NEW YORK - The military is using the FBI to skirt legal restrictions on domestic surveillance to obtain private records of Americans' Internet service providers, financial institutions and telephone companies, the ACLU said Tuesday. The American Civil Liberties Union based its conclusion on a review of more than 1,000 documents turned over by the Defense Department after it sued the agency last year for documents related to national security letters. The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court. NSL letters are investigative tools used to compel businesses to turn over customer information without a judge's order or grand jury subpoena... Goodman, a staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project, said the military ... does not have the authority to get e-mail and phone records or lists of Web sites that people have visited. That is the kind of information the FBI can get by using a national security letter, she said....The FBI referred requests for comment Tuesday to the Defense Department. A department spokesman, Air Force Lt. Col. Patrick Ryder, said in an e-mail that the department had made "focused, limited and judicious" use of the letters since Congress extended the capability to investigatory entities other than the FBI in 2001....
In other allegations, the ACLU said: The Navy's use of the letters to demand domestic records has increased significantly since the Sept. 11 attacks. The military wrongly claimed its use of the letters was limited to investigating only Defense Department employees.The Defense Department has not kept track of how many national security letters the military issues or what information it obtained through the orders.The military provided misleading information to Congress and silenced letter recipients from speaking out about the records requests.... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23908142/

U.S. Memo Approved Harsh Interrogations
A newly disclosed memo shows the Justice Department gave military interrogators authority to use extreme methods in questioning detainees...."If a government defendant were to harm an enemy combatant during an interrogation in a manner that might arguably violate a criminal prohibition, he would be doing so in order to prevent further attacks on the United States by the al Qaeda terrorist network," Yoo wrote. "In that case, we believe that he could argue that the executive branch's constitutional authority to protect the nation from attack justified his actions."
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/02/washington/02terror.html?th&emc=th

Military Report: Secretly 'Recruit or Hire Bloggers'
By Noah Shachtman March 31, 2008
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/03/report-recruit.html
Ff_118_milblogs2_fA study, written for U.S. Special Operations Command, suggested "clandestinely recruiting or hiring prominent bloggers."

This 2006 report for the Joint Special Operations University, "Blogs and Military Information Strategy," offers a third approach -- co-opting bloggers, or even putting them on the payroll. "Hiring a block of bloggers to verbally attack a specific person or promote a specific message may be worth considering," write the report's co-authors, James Kinniburgh and Dororthy Denning.... The report introduces the military audience to the "blogging phenomenon," and lays out a number of ways in which the armed forces -- specifically, the military's public affairs, information operations, and psychological operations units -- might use the sites to their advantage.
Information strategists can consider clandestinely recruiting or hiring prominent bloggers or other persons of prominence... to pass the U.S. message. In this way, the U.S. can overleap the entrenched inequalities and make use of preexisting intellectual and social capital. Sometimes numbers can be effective; hiring a block of bloggers to verbally attack a specific person or promote a specific message may be worth considering. On the other hand, such operations can have a blowback effect, as witnessed by the public reaction following revelations that the U.S. military had paid journalists to publish stories in the Iraqi press under their own names. People do not like to be deceived, and the price of being exposed is lost credibility and trust.

An alternative strategy is to “make” a blog and blogger. The process of boosting the blog to a position of influence could take some time, however, and depending on the person running the blog, may impose a significant educational burden, in terms of cultural and linguistic training before the blog could be put online to any useful effect. Still, there are people in the military today who like to blog. In some cases, their talents might be redirected toward operating blogs as part of an information campaign. If a military blog offers valuable information that is not available from other sources, it could rise in rank fairly rapidly. In her 2006 paper, Denning warns that blogs can and will be used by America's enemies. These sites, she argues, can also be used to serve U.S. government interests.
There are certain to be cases where some blog, outside the control of the U.S. government, promotes a message that is antithetical to U.S. interests, or actively supports the informational, recruiting and logistical activities of our enemies. The initial reaction may be to take down the site, but this is problematic in that doing so does not guarantee that the site will remain down. As has been the case with many such sites, the offending site will likely move to a different host server, often in a third country. Moreover, such action will likely produce even more interest in the site and its contents. Also, taking down a site that is known to pass enemy EEIs (essential elements of information) and that gives us their key messages denies us a valuable information source. This is not to say that once the information passed becomes redundant or is superseded by a better source that the site should be taken down. At that point the enemy blog might be used covertly as a vehicle for friendly information operations. Hacking the site and subtly changing the messages and data—merely a few words or phrases—may be sufficient to begin destroying the blogger’s credibility with the audience. Better yet, if the blogger happens to be passing enemy communications and logistics data, the information content could be corrupted. If the messages are subtly tweaked and the data corrupted in the right way, the enemy may reason that the blogger in question has betrayed them and either take down the site (and the blogger) themselves, or by threatening such action, give the U.S. an opportunity to offer the individual amnesty in exchange for information.
(Hook up: Cryptome.org; photo: Peter Starman / WIRED)

JOSEPH GUZMAN, testifying about being shot 16 times by the police who murdered Sean Bell
“I’m looking in his eyes, man. He shot me. Everything slowed down. But I’m looking at him shooting me. He’s continuing to shoot... I thought I was dead. I knew I was dead.” With bullets slamming into the passenger side, Mr. Guzman said he desperately propelled himself across the lap of the car’s driver, Sean Bell, while urging Mr. Bell to get them out of there. “...‘S., let’s do it, let’s do it.’ This is not a robbery. They’re trying to kill us. This is not a robbery.” But the man with the gun was Detective Gescard F. Isnora, an undercover detective, and it was police officers who were shooting.
In seconds, it was over. Mr. Guzman was hit 16 times. Some of the bullets passed through his body, leaving 19 wounds that perforated his intestines and severed nerves and shattered bones in his legs. Mr. Bell was slumped in the driver’s seat, [DEAD], with Mr. Guzman, a large, stocky man, on top of him. ... Mr. Guzman’s account of the shooting on Nov. 25, 2006, in Jamaica, Queens, was by far the most detailed version given by one of the men wounded in the barrage of 50 police bullets that claimed Mr. Bell’s life. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/02/nyregion/02bell.html?th&emc=th

POLICE REMOVE 80 YEAR OLD CHURCH DEACON FROM MALL FOR WEARING AN=TI-WAR T SHIRT
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/nassau/ny-liwar305631629mar30,0,108541...
An 80-year-old church deacon was removed from the Smith Haven Mall yesterday in a wheelchair and arrested by police for refusing to remove a T-shirt protesting the Iraq War. Police said that Don Zirkel, of Bethpage, was disturbing shoppers at the Lake Grove mall with his T-shirt, which had "graphic anti-war images." Zirkel, a deacon at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Wyandanch, said his shirt had the death tolls of American military personnel and Iraqis - 4,000 and 1 million - and the words "Dead" and "Enough." ...and also three blotches resembling blood splatters.

CLASS RULES
Manhattan Apartment Prices Hit Record High Despite Slump
The average price of a Manhattan apartment in the first three months of this year was $1.7 million, up 33.5 percent from the same period last year.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/02/nyregion/02prices.html?th&emc=th

AGENTS IN OUR MIDST:
digest note: Such treacherous apologetics by agents of capital would be laughable if not so dangerous: pretending u.s. capitalism, world- enemy #1, empowered by historical state terrorist crimes against humanity, the political-economic system dominating and destroying the world with the help of its israeli proxy, is a pawn held hostage by the 'Israeli lobby' ... and that the solution to the horrors it creates can be resolved by major imperialist architects like Zbigniew Brzezinski, father of the U.S. strategy for world domination, through u.s. state propaganda media organs:
Breaking Through the News Filter
By: Peter Chamberlin
The American mainstream media has allowed itself to serve as a disinformation service for the promotion of neoconservative (Likud) propaganda to the American people, under the guise of the "free press." ... today all political candidates are beholden to a foreign power (Israel), because of the power accumulated by the agents of that foreign government (AIPAC, the Israel lobby), as demonstrated in the "bi-partisan support" for an attack upon Iran...
The fulfillment of the Likud plans of Ariel Sharon for the land of Palestine remains the central foreign policy goal of the Bush Administration... We cannot question our current course, which leads to the destruction of American democracy to save Israeli democracy, if we cannot get past distracting questions concerning 911. Identifying the prominence of Israel in our war upon the world, will automatically repel many heavily-indoctrinated Americans, before they ever hear our arguments for opposing this war. It is true that American media is dominated by pro-Israeli interests who regularly censor pro-Palestinian, or pro-Muslim news. This is the nature of our national news filter, the obstacle that must be overcome. We will not be able to get questions out that cross the "red lines," or use words like "Zionism, ethnic cleansing," or "Israeli aggression." We cannot deal with the Israeli connections to the "mistakes" we have made in our own war on terrorism if we cannot separate the historical record of Israeli actions from ongoing speculation about Israeli connections made in 911 investigations. Going off on these diversionary tangents merely disrupts the debate about Israeli manipulation of American foreign policy, which is a hostile act that must not go unpunished.... The neocon war plan which flowed outward from the Vice President's office, becoming American foreign policy, began in Israel's Likud Party. Israel's war on terror became the template followed in America's terror war, from the Islamaphobic strategy at its core, to its indiscriminate policy of assassinations using large missiles on crowded streets. The placement of hundreds of neocon ideologues, many of them citizens of both the US and Israel, brought the Likud war plans for America directly into the heart of American government. This amounted to the wholesale infiltration of our government by elements of the Israeli government.... If Congress can be pressured into ignoring calls from the White House to attack Iran, because of the deterioration of Iraq, can the people then produce more pressure than the political pressure generated by the Israel lobby? We don't have to produce a revolution to take back our country, we just have to be able to generate irresistible political pressure to wrestle control our Congress from the lobby's hands.... we will begin to successfully penetrate that media filter whenever we learn how to simplify our questions so that they fit within the boundaries that have been set by political correctness. If we focus on one all-important line of questioning, carefully choosing the words that we use (aimed at stopping the planned escalation of the war), we may avoid causing reactionary responses. Find the right questions and hammer away at people like Brzezenski [...] http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19696.htm

FIGHTING 'HOMELAND' STATE TERRORISM SINCE 1492
Our Haudenosaunee Territory is infested with paper “Algonquins” and virtual “Algonquin” communities
Kahentinetha Horn
http://www.mohawknationnews.com/
March 29, 2008.
is now infested with paper “Algonquins” and virtual “Algonquin” communities created by “Mother” Joan “Ho”lmes. She is the darling researcher, registrar, genealogist, membership clerk, judge, jury and would-be executioner of our nationality. She is the
“gun for hire” by Canada or anybody that wants to become or create paper mache “Indians”. We understand she receives a large sum of money for each Indian she signs up. If the real Indigenous at Ardoch or Sharbot Lake want an Algonquin identity, according to our ways, they have to live on Algonquin land. Mother Joan has also been known to write fake histories about the Haudenosaunee that Canada uses to try to settle their phony claims to our land. She’s been hired to write the phony histories of the Mohawks of Kanehsatake, Kahnawake, Akwesasne, Tyendinaga and Wahta . She even helped convince the ignorant Kanawake band council that our land was given to us by Louis XIV!!!

We are a bigger industry for these gangsters than General Motors! In the syndicates they set up, all the top jobs go to “non-natives” except for the figurehead, like Ellen Gabriel, who gets brought out for photo ops. She does not legally represent us. Only members of her organization vote for her. It’s like saying the head of the women’s auxiliary of the church represents all Canadian women.

Those Algonquin “Nohawks” who don’t follow the party line are called NLA, “No Longer Active”. We are informed that Mother Joan creates “Indians” with a five year expiry date. Is “nationality” like a driver’s permit! It looks sillier and sillier all the time.
Right now about 20 people have up-to-date licenses and run the whole show. This gives them access to lots of money. They also have a “chief-in-training” who gets voted in by those few “Nohawks” who have active status. Mother Joan needs 125 virtual
Algonquins for each community to be able to “conduct business” called “joint ventures”, run by non-native shell companies, like
Coreshellgroup.

According to reports of witnesses who were in court, Judge Cunningham issued an order that the “Algonquins” cannot “speak directly or indirectly to anyone who they believe could be or is in contact with the Mohawks”!! How did this guy graduate from law school? They could get six months in jail for violating this order. How do they plan to monitor it? The Sharbot Lake “Nohawks” agreed to this condition. It apparently was requested by Neil Smitherman, the ambulance chaser [lawyer] for the uranium mining companies, Frontenac Ventures Corporation and Platinex, who want to mine in the area. Chris Reid, ambulance chaser for Sharbot Lake, consented to this decree....

This order sounds like a prototype of the kind of controls that the colonists will try to put on the “real” Indigenous who stand up to the frauds being committed by the corporations, mining companies and colonial governments and their agencies.
We took over the Thurlow Aggregates Quarry in March 2007, to protest an age old robbery and injustice over the illegal infringement on our land without our informed consent.... a clear violation of our authority and international law. [...]