The Hypocrisy of America: This Fourth of July is yours, not mine.
Frederick Douglass: July 4, 1852, invited to give a speech in Rochester, Douglass delivered the following indictment of a a nation celebrating freedom and independence, while keeping slaves.

Fellow citizens, pardon me, and allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I or those I represent to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? And am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits, and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?

Would to God, both for your sakes and ours, that an affirmative answer could be truthfully returned to these questions. Then would my task be light, and my burden easy and delightful. For who is there so cold that a nation's sympathy could not warm him? Who so obdurate and dead to the claims of gratitude, that would not thankfully acknowledge such priceless benefits? Who so stolid and selfish that would not give his voice to swell the hallelujahs of a nation's jubilee, when the chains of servitude had been torn from his limbs? I am not that man. In a case like that, the dumb might eloquently speak, and the "lame man leap as an hart."

But such is not the state of the case. I say it with a sad sense of disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you this day rejoice are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought life and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today?..

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?

I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.

To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy‹a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.

There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.

Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the old world, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me, that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.


"Strikes at population targets (per se) are likely not only to create a counterproductive wave of revulsion abroad and at home, but greatly to increase the risk of enlarging the war with China and the Soviet Union. Destruction of locks and dams, however – if handled right – might offer promise. It should be studied. Such destruction does not kill or drown people. By shallow-flooding the rice, it leads after time to widespread starvation (more than a million) unless food is provided – which we could offer to do ‘at the conference table’."
- John McNaughton, US State Department Vietnam policy, quoted in ‘The Mentality of the Backroom Boys.’ Article by Noam Chomsky, 1973

"If war aims are stated which seem to be solely concerned with Anglo-American imperialism, they will offer little to people in the rest of the world. The interests of other peoples should be stressed. This would have a better propaganda effect."
- Private memo from The Council of Foreign Relations to the US State Department, 1941

"We have about 60% of the world’s wealth but only 6.3% of its’ population. In this situation we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world benefaction. We should cease to talk about such vague and unreal objectives as human rights, the raising of living standards and democratisation. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better."
- George Kennan, former Head of the US State Department Policy Planning Staff, Document PPS23, 24th February 1948

"The same rebellion, the same impatience, the same anger that exists in the hearts of the dark people in Africa and Asia is existing in the hearts and minds of 20 million black people in this country who have been just as thoroughly colonized as the people in Africa and Asia."
Malcolm X

Martin Eisenstadt ["I am proud to announce that I recently accepted an offer from the McCain campaign to serve as “a Liaison with the Jewish community” and “foreign policy advisor”....] talking at the 'Baghdad Business 2 Business EXPO' about business opportunities in Iraq, evangelises about casinos in the green zone (built with slave labor), bringing in former Soviet Union and Thai 'masseuses’... so racist it is difficult not to feel sick, as Raed Jarrar says-
... ladies and gentlemen, please meet the new US strategy to unite Iraq: Giuliani/McCain’s adviser (Mr. Eisenstadt) wants to use the same uniform for Iraqis who serve in the Green Zone. So whether you were a Sunni, Shiite, or Kurd, you will be working in the brand new casinos with the saaaaame outfit. This approach seems to have been tested before in the U.S. before exporting it to Iraq. Mr. Adviser says that "we also had a racial problem between the indians, the caucasians from europe and the blacks from africa but somehow casinos have managed to fix that". Then he adds: "only 20 years ago indians were drunk and homeless and committing crimes, today they are prosperous and wealthy driving mercedes and their kids have gameboys and play stations". Not only "the indians", but also " the black people with the sports have managed to advance themselves".
After 7000 years, finally someone who knows how to unite iraqis, and it’s been tested... youtube clip http://raedinthemiddle.blogspot.com/2008/06/yes-democracy-is-alive.html

Oil majors lead another Iraq invasion
Five years after the US-led coalition stormed into Iraq there is set to be another western invasion. This time it is the world's biggest oil companies leading the charge, 36 years after Saddam Hussein kicked them out. The oil giants are seeking access to Iraq's rich crude reserves, Australian companies BHP Billiton and Woodside are among them [NYT omits of US oil 'majors', it's all "iraqi " puppet government's initiative and advantage].
The Iraqi government wants to make up for the lost opportunities under Hussein's rule and has the ambitious goal of doubling Iraqi oil production to more than 4 million barrels a day within five years."The United States was not involved in any decisions to award contracts, to make determinations of what kinds of contracts would be offered" said State Department spokesman Tom Casey

Operation Horse's Head: U.S. Raid Sends Message on Iraq "Status Forces Agreement"
Chris Floyd
As we know from The Godfather -- that seminal work of American political philosophy which serves as the Bible for policy-making in the Bush Administration -- a horse's head in the bed can be highly effective tool in difficult contract negotiations. Last Friday, Bush went his fictional mentors one better in the "negotiations" over an agreement setting out the public terms of a de facto permanent American occupation of the conquered land: he laid the corpse of a kinsman on the doorstep of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

McClatchy Newspapers reports that U.S. Special Forces launched a deadly raid in al-Maliki's home province -- supposedly returned to the full control of the Iraqi government. Without any warning to Iraqi forces, the American unit stormed the rural town of Janaja at dawn on Friday with 60 troops and in the course of the raid killed Ali Abdulhussein Razak al Maliki, one of the prime minister's many relatives in the area, where he was born and where his tribe is based. No Iraqi authority was notified of this heavily armed raid -- complete with jets and helicopters -- on supposedly "sovereign," supposedly Iraqi-controlled territory... the prime minister himself knew nothing of the impending attack on his hometown. And once the operation was over, Iraqi military officers -- trained, funded, armed and embedded with U.S. forces -- said that "the Americans had acted on faulty intelligence."

The raid comes at...a delicate juncture in the on-going talks to establish a "status of forces agreement" for [permanent-digest] American military presence in Iraq....

This overarching goal of the entire American enterprise in Iraq has been abundantly clear from the very beginning.... a client state and forward bastion in the American empire of military bases -- with the second biggest oil reserves in the world.

In the al-Maliki government, the Bushists have their best shot at nailing down the ultimate prize down at last. So it's going to be hardball in the "negotiations" of the "status of forces agreement" (which even the corporate media recognizes as a transparent sham to avoid a Congressional vote on America's acquisition of a new colony. Although given the track record of the Democratic "opposition," it's hard to see why the Bushists would be too worried about pushing a formal treaty down the collective throat of Congress. Can't you hear Barack Obama now, announcing, in solemn tones, that although he does not agree with every aspect of the Iraq treaty, "it represents the best hope for bringing this tragic conflict to a close, ensuring the future of the Iraqi people and honoring the sacrifices of our fallen soldiers. Therefore I will support this measure.")

As Kurdish legislator Mahmoud Othman noted, the raid was a "big embarrassment" for al-Maliki, "because he was in that area two days before the incident, telling his people that we are the masters in our country and the decisions were ours to make." Clearly, the attack on al-Maliki's hometown and the killing of his kinsman were intended to send a double message. First, that any notion of Iraqi "sovereignty" is and always will be a joke, whatever pious verbiage gets spouted for the rubes back home. And second -- well, it goes something like this: "Hey, Nouri, see Cousin Ali here? You're next, pal, if you don't play ball!"

U.S. spy satellites eyeing Iraqi army
United States is using spy satellites that ordinarily are trained on adversaries to monitor the movements of the U.S.-backed Iraqi army, according to current and former U.S. officials.... The use of the satellites puts the United States in the unusual position of employing some of its most sophisticated espionage technology to track an allied army that American forces helped create, continue to advise, and often fight alongside.... The satellites are part of a vast intelligence arsenal that the United States has deployed in Iraq, including the CIA's largest overseas station, eavesdropping equipment that monitors much of the country's telephone and e-mail traffic, as well as Predators and other aircraft that survey the Iraqi landscape from the sky... though the United States essentially installed the Iraqi government and helped build its institutions, U.S. spy agencies have been active in the country from the beginning, keeping close tabs on Iraqi politicians and influential groups...."You have an independent army for an independent nation conducting independent operations," said the senior U.S. intelligence official. "To know where that army is so you don't have an unintended consequence would seem like a benefit."

Leaked Arabic version SOFA agreement
U.S. guarantees of not using the Iraqi soil [military bases] to attack neighboring countries are not included. Field and Purpose This agreement identifies the rules and the basic provisions that organize the presence of the U.S. forces in Iraq, and the agreed upon activities of these forces in Iraq. Also, it identifies the rules and the basic provisions of certain situations explained in this agreement, of contractors and employees working for the U.S. on the Iraqi soil. These activities agreed upon includes: Operations and trainings, transit, support and related activities, Aerial refueling, maintenance of vehicles, ships and airplanes, providing suitable residents for the employees and their work-places, mobilizing forces and materials storage, and other goals and activities will be agreed upon...http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45281

“At a time of spiraling oil prices, the no-bid contracts, in a country with some of the world’s largest untapped fields and potential for vast profits, are a rare prize....”
NYT 6/30/8

Miles-long gas lines despite oil riches Iraqis trying to tank up their cars face miles-long gas lines
Iraq had been expected to announce short-term, no-bid contracts with five major Western oil firms Monday as a stopgap measure to boost production until the government awards longer-term deals next June. However, the oil minister said the government was still negotiating with the companies, which he did not identify. He said the firms wanted to participate in oil field production rather than simply provide consulting services for cash.
Some fear a dominant role for Western firms in Iraq's oil industry could feed perceptions that U.S.-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein to grab the country's natural resources.

U.S. Advised Iraqi Ministry on Oil Deals
The disclosure, on the eve of the contracts' announcement, is the first confirmation of direct U.S. involvement in deals to open Iraq's oil to commercial development.

...Trying to impose classic colonial status on Iraq...
force Iraqis to swallow permanent vassal status and give up control of their oil echoes British imperial history
Seumas Milne
...BP, Exxon Mobil, Shell and Total - write their own no-bid contracts with the Iraqi government, an unheard-of practice: they have also reportedly secured rights of first refusal on the far more lucrative 30-year production contracts expected once a new US-sponsored oil law is passed, allowing a wholesale western takeover... when it comes to the future of the US occupation itself.,,, a secret deal for indefinite military occupation would effectively reduce Iraq to a long-term vassal state....this "strategic framework agreement", intended to replace the existing UN mandate at the end of the year.... including indefinite authorisation for the US to "conduct military operations in Iraq and to detain individuals when necessary for imperative reasons of security". Since then, much more has emerged about the accompanying "status of forces agreement" the US administration wants to impose: including more than 50 US military bases, full control of Iraqi airspace, legal immunity for US military and private security firms, and the right to conduct armed operations throughout the country without consulting the Iraqi government.... would shackle Iraq with a permanent puppet status.... the US...didn't invade Iraq only for its oil. It was a projection of American power in the world's most strategically sensitive region http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jun/26/usforeignpolicy.usna...

U.S. advisers steered Iraqi oil contracts to Western firms
Bill Van Auken
“A group of American advisers led by a small State Department team played an integral part in drawing up contracts between the Iraqi government and five Western oil companies to develop some of the largest fields in Iraq,” the New York Times reported Monday. The team of government lawyers and private sector consultants provided “detailed suggestions on drafting the contracts,” the Times reported, citing a senior State Department official.
Among the other “services” offered by the U.S. advisers was ensuring that the Iraqi Oil Ministry dismissed claims by the Russian oil company Lukoil based on contracts signed with the Iraqi government before the U.S. invasion of March 2003.

The Times continued: “It is unclear how much influence their work had on the ministry’s decisions.” There is nothing unclear about it. The U.S. government dictated terms that are set to bring back Exxon Mobil, Shell, BP, Total and Chevron, the very same multinational energy giants that dominated Iraqi oil production before Baghdad nationalized the sector 36 years ago. They, along with a consortium of smaller firms, have been offered no-bid contracts by the Iraqi government....

Behind all of the lies about “weapons of mass destruction” and supposed ties between Baghdad and Al-Qaeda, the U.S. war was about reinstating the domination of the U.S. over the world’s third largest petroleum reserves and blocking access to them by their foreign rivals.... Domination of strategic energy resources and their utilization to further Washington’s increasingly desperate struggle to preserve its global economic hegemony...These predatory strategic aims, and the related profit interests of the oil conglomerates, are the sole justification for the slaughter of more than one million Iraqis and the transformation of nearly five million more into exiles or internal refugees.

The determination of both major political parties and the U.S. ruling establishment as a whole to pursue this criminal war, whatever their tactical differences, was underscored with... Bush’s signing into law another $162 billion war funding bill, sent to his desk by the Democratic leadership of the U.S. Congress. Bush praised the Democrats in Congress for having “agreed to provide these vital funds without tying the hands of our commanders, and without an artificial timetable of withdrawal from Iraq.” ...

Moreover, the Democratic Congressional leadership has crafted the spending package—which brings the total amount spent thus far on the war to over $650 billion—so that it pays for the war through the first six months of the next administration. Their aim was to get the issue off the political agenda well before the November election—allowing them to better posture as opponents of the war—while at the same time sparing an incoming Democratic administration led by Barack Obama from having to seek new money for this vastly unpopular war during its first months in office....

“Since the United States had no involvement in this, I’m not sure on what basis the United States could ... block the Iraqi government from contracting in the way it sees fit,” State Department spokesman Tom Casey told the media.... White House spokeswoman Dana Perino commented, “Iraq is a sovereign country, and it can make decisions based on how it feels that it wants to move forward in its development of its oil resources.” She added: “And if that means that our companies here in the United States can compete and win business, then that’s for them and the Iraqis decide. But we don’t think the federal government of the United States needs to get involved.”

How many lies can be crammed into a single statement? Iraq is an occupied, not a sovereign, country... U.S. companies did not “compete and win business,” but rather reached no-bid deals, prepared by U.S. government advisers working out of the Iraqi [SIC] oil ministry....

While the motives behind the U.S. war of aggression have now been laid bare, their accomplishment remains anything but certain. Thus far, the major U.S. oil firms have shown no intention to launch any immediate resumption of their long suspended operations in Iraq. The continuing resistance of the Iraqi people to the U.S. occupation makes any such venture hazardous in the extreme.
Source: WSWS.org

Obama Might ‘Refine’ Iraq Timeline
Obama said he was not shifting strategy, but would have to pay attention to conditions on the ground...“My job is to make sure that the strategic issues that we face, not just in Iraq, but in Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan are all taken into account and dealt with in a way that enhances America’s national security interests over the long term.”

"Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy"
Henry Kissinger http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Military

Wounded Iraqi veterans described their government's treatment of them as at best indifferent abandonment and at worst vindictive.

The April 2001 report, "Strategic Policy Challenges for the 21st Century," was prepared by the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy and the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations at the request of Vice President Dick Cheney.

"...For the most part, U.S. international oil policy has relied on maintenance of free access to Middle East Gulf oil and free access for Gulf exports to world markets. The United States has forged a special relationship with certain key Middle East exporters, which had an expressed interest in stable oil prices and, we assumed, would adjust their oil output to keep prices at levels that would neither discourage global economic growth nor fuel inflation. Taking this dependence a step further, the U.S. government has operated under the assumption that the national oil companies of these countries would make the investments needed to maintain enough surplus capacity to form a cushion against disruptions elsewhere. For several years, these assumptions appeared justified. But recently, things have changed. These Gulf allies are finding their domestic and foreign policy interests increasingly at odds with U.S. strategic considerations, especially as Arab-Israeli tensions flare. They have become less inclined to lower oil prices in exchange for security of markets, and evidence suggests that investment is not being made in a timely enough manner to increase production capacity in line with growing global needs. A trend toward anti-Americanism could affect regional leaders’ ability to cooperate with the United States in the energy area. The resulting tight markets have increased U.S. and global vulnerability to disruption and provided adversaries undue potential influence over the price of oil. Iraq has become a key "swing" producer, posing a difficult situation for the U.S. government....
"Unless the United States assumes a leadership role in the formation of new rules of the game,'' the report said, ''U.S. firms, U.S. consumers and the U.S. government [will be left] in a weaker position." ...

"Iraq remains a de-stabilizing influence to the flow of oil to international markets from the Middle East," the report said. "Saddam Hussein has also demonstrated a willingness to threaten to use the oil weapon and to use his own export program to manipulate oil markets. Therefore the U.S. should conduct an immediate policy review toward Iraq including military, energy, economic and political/diplomatic assessments."

In April 2001, the report laid out a series of unacceptable options, including helping Iraq under Saddam Hussein extract more oil by easing embargoes that were meant to hem Hussein in. "The U.S. could consider reducing restrictions on oil investment inside Iraq," the report said. But if Hussein’s "access to oil revenues was to be increased by adjustments in oil sanctions, Saddam Hussein could be a greater security threat to U.S. allies in the region if weapons of mass destruction, sanctions, weapons regimes and the coalition against him are not strengthened."
Iraq is a "key swing producer turning its taps on and off when it has felt such action was in its strategic interest," the report said, adding that there even was a ''possibility that Saddam Hussein may remove Iraqi oil from the market for an extended period of time'' in order to drive up prices.
"Under this scenario, the United States remains a prisoner of its energy dilemma, suffering on a recurring basis from the negative consequences of sporadic energy shortages," the report said. "These consequences can include recession, social dislocation of the poorest Americans, and at the extremes, a need for military intervention."
The report recommended Cheney move swiftly to integrate energy and national security policy as a means to stop ''manipulations of markets by any state" and suggested that his task force include "representation from the Department of Defense."...

U.S. unilateral sanctions as well as multilateral sanctions against oil-producing countries have discouraged oil resource investment in a number of key oil provinces, including Iraq, Iran, and Libya. U.S. sanctions policy has constrained capacity expansion to some extent in Iran and Libya, although the unilateral aspect of the U.S. action limited its impact. In the case of Iraq, the U.N. sanctions imposed as a result of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait have had a severe effect on potential Iraqi production.

Sanctions’ role in constraining investment in several key OPEC countries has aggravated the global problem of spare production capacity, which is now less diversified among a number of large producers than was the case twenty years ago. The consequent lack of competition has contributed to high prices. Most of today’s spare productive capacity is located in Saudi Arabia. And Saudi Arabia’s high, and growing, level of production and the lack of significant spare unutilized capacity outside the kingdom have spotlighted that country’s critical role in determining the state of current and future oil markets, in turn creating unique political pressures. Iran and Iraq accuse Saudi Arabia of seeking higher production rates to accommodate the economic interests of the United States, Japan, and Europe at the expense of the needs of local populations, creating internal pressures in the Arabian Gulf region against a moderate price stance. Bitter perceptions in the Arab world that the United States has not been evenhanded in brokering peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have exacerbated these pressures on Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and given political leverage to Iraq’s Saddam Hussein to lobby for support among the Arab world’s populations.

Several key producing countries in these important areas remain closed to investment. Encouragement of open investment policies in these countries would greatly promote renewed competition among the largest oil producers and the advancement of oil supplies in the coming years. A reopening of these areas to foreign investment could make a critical difference in providing surplus supplies to markets in the coming decade.

Removal of bureaucratic, logistical, and political obstacles to investment in Russia could also play a major role in promoting supply outside the Middle East. The deterioration of the Russian oil industry has been a prominent feature of international oil markets in recent years. While Russia has the world’s eighth-largest oil reserves, the country’s political and economic problems have discouraged investment by both domestic and international oil companies. As a result, oil production in Russia has fallen to about 6 million b/d in 1999, down from 12.5 million b/d in the late 1980s. Both Russia and the Caspian Basin countries show promise as key future suppliers of hydrocarbons. In fact these two regions could hold as much as 27 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil resources. But, bureaucratic, logistical, and political obstacles remain a hindrance to both the timely development of currently exploitable reserves and new discoveries.

Oil resource development in Latin America, which offers great strategic benefits to the United States, has also slowed in the past year or two as sharp declines in oil fields in Venezuela and Colombia have not been offset by new oil fields coming online. Political uncertainties in both countries are thwarting foreign investment, and state revenues are tight, discouraging spending in oil and natural gas fields by government-owned oil monopolies...

The United States must face up to this energy interdependence squarely and pursue new paths to assure that neither its economy nor policies are excessively vulnerable to foreign influence. For the foreseeable future, the Gulf will remain the world’s base-load supplier and least expensive source of oil to meet growing demand. The global nature of oil trade and pricing means that it matters little if Gulf oil flows to Asia or to the United States. Middle East Gulf pricing and supply trends will affect energy costs around the globe regardless. If the United States wishes to change this reality, it must start now to deploy new energy technologies that will lessen this dependence in the long run....

Clearly the path of maintaining the status quo of no energy policy is by far the easiest short-term option.... One clear benefit of this approach is that the short-term costs to the consumer would be limited and that no hard sacrifices would have to be made. The costs to U.S. taxpayers seem minimal and indirect and in any event they can be postponed. Consumers have the prospect of the market assisting them yet again in achieving low energy costs. Some of the real costs, such as the high-cost U.S. military presence in the Middle East, are already accepted and forgotten by the public....

Thus, it is the view of this Task Force that only by forging a comprehensive energy policy can the United States escape from a pattern of recurring energy crises.
A truly comprehensive policy may well provide the kind of balance and compromise that are consistent with much of America’s political history. However, any comprehensive plan is likely to require confrontation with other policy objectives that have deep constituencies. In some measure, concessions will have to be made that will impinge on certain local environment goals, states rights, Middle East policy, economic sanctions policy, Russia policy, and hemispheric and international trade policy.[...]


The New Yorker ’s Jane Mayer made another discovery: a secret NSC document dated Feb. 3, 2001 – only two weeks after Bush took office – instructing NSC officials to cooperate with Cheney’s task force, which was "melding" two previously unrelated areas of policy: "the review of operational policies towards rogue states" and "actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields." [The New Yorker, Feb. 16, 2004] By March 2001, Cheney’s task force had prepared a set of documents with a map of Iraqi oilfields, pipelines, refineries and terminals, as well as two charts detailing Iraqi oil and gas projects, and a list titled "Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts," according to information released in July 2003 under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch.
A Commerce Department spokesman issued a brief statement when those documents were released stating that Cheney’s energy task force "evaluated regions of the world that are vital to global energy supply."

In January 2003, as President Bush was presenting the looming war with Iraq as necessary to protect Americans, the Wall Street Journal reported that oil industry executives met with Cheney's staff to plan the post-war revival of Iraq's oil industry. "Facing a possible war with Iraq, U.S. oil companies are starting to prepare for the day when they may get a chance to work in one of the world's most oil-rich countries," the Journal reported on Jan. 16, 2003.

On April 5, 2003, Reuters reported that the State Department's "Future of Iraq" project headed by Thomas Warrick, special adviser to the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, held its fourth meeting of the oil and energy-working group.Documents obtained by Reuters showed that "a clear consensus among expert opinion favoring production-sharing agreements to attract the major oil companies."That is likely to thrill oil companies harboring hopes of lucrative contracts to develop Iraqi oil reserves," the news agency reported. "Short-term rehabilitation of southern Iraqi oil fields already is under way, with oil well fires being extinguished by U.S. contractor Kellogg Brown and Root …"Long-term contracts are expected to see U.S. companies ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco and ConocoPhillips compete with Anglo-Dutch Shell, Britain's BP, TotalFinaElf of France, Russia's LUKOIL and Chinese state companies." (emphases added) http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45378

VIDEO: Death, Destruction Mean Freedom to America
Iraqi oil engineer shows film in which US soldiers throw detainees off buildings and compete in who can shoot the injured first.
The price of the 'liberation’ of Iraq has been paid with the lives of more than one million Iraqis, of thousands of American soldiers, of thousands of American mercenaries, and cost over 700 billion dollars. Oil Engineer Ali Kadhim spoke about these and then showed a very shocking film on American crimes....The film is really shocking. It starts showing the beautiful treasures of Iraq before chaos and death overtook everything. Then it immediately shows scenes of Iraq today. Fires, dead bodies, bombs are everyday life...However, the end, just like the beginning, features a proud theme. Scenes of the Iraqi opposition movement inform that Iraq is not on its knees. The film ends with the message that the Iraqi resistance lives forever... http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=45261&s2=29

Medical Evidence Supports Detainees’ Accounts of Torture in US Custody
PHR Library
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has published a landmark report documenting medical evidence of torture and ill-treatment inflicted on 11 men detained at US facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo Bay, who were never charged with any crime. The physical and psychological evaluation of the detainees and documentation of the crimes are based on internationally accepted standards for clinical assessment of torture claims. The report also details the severe physical and psychological pain and long-term disability that has resulted from abusive and unlawful US interrogation practices.

no lies too low, too absurd, too deadly, for u.s. imperialism
re-stoking pretexts to intensify u.s. state terrorist war suffering defeat by nationalist resistance, aka 'terrorists'
U.S. intragovernmental keep feuding as al-Qaida rebuilds
fights among federal agencies have stymied attempts to keep the terror network from regaining strength in Pakistan.... terrorism experts have warned that it is only a matter of time before a major terrorist attack planned in the mountains of Pakistan is carried out on American soil."The United States faces a threat from al-Qaida today that is comparable to what it faced on Sept. 11, 2001," said Seth Jones, a Pentagon consultant and a terrorism expert at RAND Corp.

Family Members and Friends Killed as They Waited for Relative's Release
Eight relatives and a neighbor on their way to a homecoming party for a detainee released from Camp Bucca were shot and killed by American soldiers as they waited on the road outside the neighborhood. American soldiers were conducting raids in the area, so neighbors had warned the family to stay away from the area until the patrol was over. As the two car convoy was waiting nearby, an American helicopter nearby opened fire on the vehicles. As the vehicles were hit, the drivers attempted to seek cover, but both vehicles were repeatedly shot and disabled. The helicopter landed but instead of assisting those shot and needing medical help, the American soldiers killed any survivors and then wrote numbers on the foreheads of some. Several children including a young girls body are clearly visible, and the wounds suffered by the men are horrific. The vehicle is clearly shot with many rounds and the seats and road is covered with blood. Iraqi police were called to the scene to remove the bodies, and some video footage was taken. It is clear that these people were unarmed civilians... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45246

'perilously close' propaganda
...the government contended its accusations against the detainee held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, for more than six years should be accepted as true because they had been repeated in at least three secret documents. The court compared that to the absurd declaration of a character in the Lewis Carroll poem “The Hunting of the Snark”: “I have said it thrice: What I tell you three times is true.” “This comes perilously close [SIC] to suggesting whatever the government says must be treated as true,” said the panel of Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

"Detritus of Knowledge"
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
Iraq, once famous for its Libraries, Universities and Schools...Once famous for its best educational system in the Middle East, for erasing illiteracy, for producing top notch academics, scientists and doctors, for supporting overseas students in their studies free of charge, and only God knows how many Palestinians, Egyptians, Somalis, Sudanese, Mauritanians, Jordanians...graduated from Iraqi universities...Iraq, the center of knowledge, culture and publishing...Lo ok at it now, just look at its educational system. There is no educational system left, it is in debris, in ruins...The story am about to tell you, and I doubt very much you will read it in your media, happened yesterday at 11 am, in Adhamyia and was covered by one Iraqi satellite channel only. I need to remind you that Adhamyia is now an all Sunni walled neighborhood - ghetto. It is year-end exams in Baghdad. Around 1000 students from the College of Education in Adhamyia had to walk two hours to get to their exam hall. They were only allowed to carry pencils and an ID card. The exam was to start at 9 am. They are in their final year. They arrived at the hall, many names were missing from the exam list, deliberately so... The students explained to the Minister of "Education" that many names were missing from the exam list, that by 10.30 they still did not receive their exam questions, that they walked for 2 hours in the heat and there was no drinking water available, and no functioni ng toilet...In sum, the students were angry! . The mi litia/bodyguards of the Minister of "Education", started shooting at the students with real bullets. Six were severely wounded, and 2 died in hospital. The exams were, of course, postponed... They interviewed a couple of students later on that day. One said "They shot at us exactly the same way the Israelis shoot at the Palestinians..." http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45237

Iraq War Photographer Diary: Militias
By Zoriah in Baghdad
The U.S. Military is arming and funding militias and civil military groups across the country. After a discussion about the Sons of Iraq, what is now called a "neighborhood guard" by the US military, the soldier said, "We are basically paying these guys off with money and weapons to not kill us." The streets of Iraq are now filled with various militias and private security forces. Think of these militias as Blackwater without background checks, rules or any kind of oversight whatsoever (ok, so just think of it like Blackwater!) . Often, they are composed mainly of children not old enough to drive and carrying AK-47 assault rifles nearly as big as themselves. http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=45326&s2=02

75 children and 23 women killed, the harvest of Israel’s terrorism in the first 6 months of 2008
Iqbal Tamimi, Palestine Think Tank

Israel killed 29 Palestinians in June including four children
Palestinian Information Center
Quds Press reported that the IOF troops killed last June 29 Palestinians including four children which means that the total number of the victims murdered during the first six months of 2008 rose to 449 Palestinians, mostly killed in the Gaza Strip. According to the report, Israel during June killed 24 Palestinians in Gaza alone due to its military escalations while five were murdered in the West Bank... IOF troops have killed since the beginning of this year a total of 66 children..

NYT, neolib imperialist-zionist organ
Israel's Diplomatic Offensive
Israel's latest diplomatic initiatives come despite, not because of, seven years of malign Mideast neglect by the Bush administration.

mere tip of iceberg of u.s. support for its state terrorist proxy & partner
US Congress endorses an increase in Israel's security aid
Palestinian Information Center
The Israeli Yediot Ahronot newspaper reported that US Congress approved a 170 million dollar increase in Israel's security aid as a part of a new plan aimed to provide the Hebrew state with 30 billion dollars over the next 10 years....AIPAC welcomed the congressional step, saying it would increase US aid to Israel to 2.55 billion dollars in 2009 up from 2.38 billion dollar aid this year.... that such assistance would help Israel and US to face new challenges such as the "Iranian attempt to acquire nuclear weapons and the growing influence of the anti-Zio-American groups in Gaza and Lebanon".

IOF troops assault Palestinian award winning journalist
Palestinian Information Center
IOF troops stationed at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing, on Thursday, physically assaulted Muhammad Omar, winner of 2008 Martha Gellhorn Journalism award, as he returned to Gaza from London where he received the award earlier this month. Omar is a young journalist from the Rafah refugee camp and the correspondent of the Washington Report. He won the award jointly with American journalist Dahr Jamail who has been reporting for several ye ars from Iraq. He said that occupation soldiers at the border crossing made fun of him saying: "Oh' so it's you who won the journalism award" and ordered him to lie face down on the ground, then they stepped on his neck...

Israeli strike on Iran not likely - local analysts
Michael Bluhm, Daily Star staff
Israel would not be able to hit Iran without the consent and assistance of the US, because Iran's response would be sure to include US targets, Salem added. Mohammad ElBaradei, head of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, said on June 21 that a strike on Iran would "transform the Middle East region into a ball of fire."
"The US would have to give a red or green light," he said. "It cannot be a decision made solely by Israel. It would be interpreted as a US decision, and the repercussions will be as such." The past week's spate of signals that Israel might be preparing a strike against Iranian nuclear targets - an attack which would almost certainly provoke a wave of retaliation engulfing Hizbullah and Lebanon in regional conflict - amounts to... posturing to prod the West in negotiations with the Islamic Republic, a number of analysts told The Daily Star...
Despite the signals pointing against an attack on Iran in the short term, the long-term prognosis appears less rosy, the analysts said. Despite the arguments against Iran using a nuclear weapon, broad agreement still exists - among the US, Europe, Russia, China and many Arab nations - that Iran should not have a nuclear arsenal, which could eventually lead to a strike against Iran and a possible regional conflagration, Salem said. "There's pretty wide consensus that many parties feel that, in the end, if all else fails ... a military option may be possible," Salem said. "The nuclear issue is a red line. It's not a Republican or Democratic issue. It's basic. If push came to shove, there probably would be an attack. It's a pretty wide consensus."

An Act Of War
Resolution calls for embargo against Iran
Congress is calling for President Bush to ban all exports of refined petroleum going into Iran to help stop its nuclear program. US House Res.362 demands "stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran."

a drop in the bucket ..no compensation for genocide
Native Americans demand billions from US
A judge [hinted he] will not award Native Americans the $US46 billion ($A48 billion) in a lawsuit charging the US government with stealing profits from land held in trust since the 1800s. The judge said he believed what was in dispute was whether the remedy should be in the millions or billions, or "10 digits or nine digits." ... "There is very little hard data on which to base an award that covers 120 years" of collections and disbursements, he said.... In an earlier opinion in January at the outset of the trial, the judge had said a lack of adequate accounting of trust money did "not mean that a just resolution of this dispute is hopeless."... "a remedy must be found for the (Interior) Department's unrepaired, and irreparable, breach of its fiduciary duty over the last century."
Lawyers for the Native Americans said the government had failed to pay out tens of billion dollars in oil, timber, mineral and grazing royalties from lands held in trust by the Department of Interior since 1887... The origins of the trusts date back to a notorious policy launched in the late 1800s designed to assimilate Native Americans...Their land was divided up into individual parcels and held in temporary trust. The policy eventually evolved into a permanent trust, in which Indians were supposed to be paid any royalties from the land.... The lead plaintiff in the case, Elouise Cobell of the Black Foot Indian Tribe in Montana, said US banks would never be allowed under the law to manage trust accounts the way the government handled the Indians' money over the past century. And she said the figure put forward in her lawsuit was based on "conservative" estimates, using what government records were available."People have not gotten paid," Cobell told AFP. "I think the government is getting a very good deal."

capitalist globalizaton's victims get the blame as excuse for expanded imperialist free trade
Hoarding Nations Drive Food Costs Ever Higher
BANGKOK — At least 29 countries have sharply curbed food exports in recent months, to ensure that their own people have enough to eat, at affordable prices...“It’s obvious that these export restrictions fuel the fire of price increases,” said... the director general of the World Trade Organization. And by increasing perceptions of shortages, the restrictions have led to hoarding around the world, by farmers, traders and consumers....
Is it best to specialize in whatever food grows best in a country’s soil, and trade it for all other food needs — or even, perhaps, specialize in services or manufacturing, and trade those for food? Or is it best to seek self-sufficiency in every type of food that will, weather permitting, grow within a country’s borders? The usual answer from economists, and the United States’ position for decades, is that the world benefits most if every country specializes in growing (or servicing or making) what it can most efficiently, and trading for the rest.... Some countries reject the notion that restricting exports has pushed up prices on the world market, and point instead to higher prices for fertilizer, diesel and other farm expenses.... http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/30/business/worldbusiness/30trade.html?_r...

poor poor u.s.: greedy 'hoarders' are also 'neo-consumer' profiteers
A Terrible Bust Is Born
Yes, a bear market is upon us. But not everyone is suffering as the Dow dives....Over the past decade, China, India and Russia joined global markets, doubling the labor force (at least) and changing the relationship between capital and labor in the former’s favor. Business leaders had many more cheap workers at their disposal, not least because technology eliminated distance. One result was the rich thrived.
Another was low inflation. Imports of goods produced by cheap labor in Asia ensured that: the Wal-Mart dividend spread.
But as with most things, there was another side to the coin. Those hundreds of millions of people emerging from poverty, moving to cities from central China or Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, began to consume. They asked for wage rises. They started to eat two meals a day instead of one. They needed building materials for homes. After acquiring bicycles, they got scooters. Now they’re starting to offload scooters for cars. These neo-consumers created new pressures, and not only on the environment: commodities went through the roof and oil hit $140....
But not everyone is suffering as the Dow dives... The new consumers are still living better... the world is no longer flat, it’s upside-down. In the BRIC economies — Brazil, Russia, India and China — confidence persists. There’s a reason. The four emerging behemoths’ combined reserves stand at close to $3 trillion, almost ten times where they were in 2001. Their share of world output has doubled in that period to 16 percent. The military dominance of the United States is no longer matched by economic dominance...a $400-billion lesson that globalization doesn’t make risk vanish... http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/30/opinion/30cohen.html?th&emc=th

LOYAL opposition all down the line
Obama Wants to Expand Role of Religious Group
Barack Obama outlined a plan to expand on President Bush's program of investing federal money in religious-based initiatives.

Lords of Capital Versus The Planet
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

"The Lords of Capital and their accomplices have drowned the world in non-productive, ‘fictional' money that is constantly bet on one non-productive proposition or another."
The corporate mega-criminals are all pleading not guilty to speculating the price of oil into the stratosphere, while their servants in the Bush administration rush to appear as character witnesses for the perpetrators. Oil prices have multiplied seven-fold in the last seven years of Bush-Cheney rule - a time of unceasing American wars and threats of war in oil producing regions. That alone should have pushed oil prices far beyond peacetime levels - and it has. The U.S. Congress pretends it's trying to find out what's behind the ever-escalating price of crude oil and gasoline at the pump, even mustering up the courage to make threatening noises at Wall Street's Lords of Capital. But it's all a front to appease desperate and angry consumers, who are urged by the U.S. Secretary of Energy to put the blame on the uppity and unworthy Chinese and Indians, who insist on trying to catch up economically with the Americans and Europeans after suffering so many centuries of white Western colonial and imperial rule. Unfortunately, lots of Americans buy Bush's racist argument. That's the way they have been raised. Looking at the world through white supremacist glasses is - like cheap oil - a fundamental aspect of the "American way of life."

George Bush's aggressions, actual and verbal, in the Middle East and everywhere oil can be found, make future global energy-delivery prospects extremely uncertain. Any fool can figure out that American and Israeli threats to set the Persian Gulf aflame in a war against Iran make future supplies of oil iffy propositions - enough to tempt even honest citizens to place bets on global catastrophe. But despite the Bush regime's eagerness to keep tensions at excruciatingly high pitch for years on end, oil supplies have not been interrupted even for a moment. The threat of war against Iran does provide a powerful upward pressure on oil prices, and the U.S. Congress is making things much worse by pressing for a naval blockade of Iran - an act of war. But even such political insanities cannot begin to account for the price madness of recent years. Only concentrated, organized capital, relentlessly distorting economic realities as it moves through international markets - much as gravity bends space and time - can wreak the havoc we have witnessed in oil trading. The tracks of the criminals are clearly seen, leading straight back to Wall Street.

"The threat of war against Iran provides a powerful upward pressure on oil prices."
However, the current oil price crisis should be viewed as an episode in a much larger saga. Over a generation ago, finance capital, which produces nothing, won its long struggle against productive, industrial capital. The Lords of Finance rule. They make money through manipulation of markets, or even by compelling the governments they control - like the U.S. government - to print money for them. They scheme and conspire to create artificial wealth - and in the process hem in and hold back the world's productive capacity. A group of European luminaries including former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt issued a warning against what they called "fictitious capital... that does very little to improve the human condition...." Actually, it's worse than that. The Lords of Capital and their accomplices have drowned the world in non-productive, "fictitious" money that is constantly bet on one non-productive proposition or another - including betting that something horrible will occur very soon to halt the flow of oil.

Humanity can't afford to play in that kind of casino. The Lords of Capital must be swept into the dustbin, or our collective history will come to an end. You can bet on that.

For Black Agenda Radio, I'm Glen Ford.
BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Seven years of Bush-Cheney governance has resulted in a seven-fold increase in oil prices, as "speculators" - actually, the Lords of Finance Capital that rule the U.S. imperium - pursue the last ounce of unearned profit. The Bush gang's "unceasing wars and threats of war in oil producing regions" have made oil "futures" as volatile and terrifying as the future prospects of a planet in the grip of warmongers and mad profiteers. The U.S. Congress plays at seeking out the cheaters in the Great Energy Game, while making the situation "much worse by pressing for a naval blockade of Iran" - an act of war that is like playing Russian Roulette with the world economy.

capitalist state of marriage: political-economy
from Peak Scam
by Reza Fiyouzat
June 28th, 2008

...‘Peak Oil’ has nothing to do with the current U.S. military invasion of the greater Middle East. The invasion has had something tangentially to do with oil per se, as this commodity has for a century had something to do with how westerners have approached us. The real reason Saddam Hussein had to go has far more to do with the fact that he stopped being a stooge, was acting too independently, and challenging the set-up favored by the U.S. and Israel. The real political-economic causes in this case were more political than purely economic....
The military invasions of the greater Middle East have everything to do with a... hegemonic structure set up after World War II....the U.S. is in a scramble to make something, strategically, out of the chaos of its own making. But, in this scramble, there are far more unknowns than there are known factors! Which is why people in the Middle East can and will defeat the aggressors. The Arabs, I believe, will free themselves of imperialism in the long run; as will everybody else. The Middle Eastern cultures run thousands of years deep. Nothing can destroy this. I have no doubt that the Americans too, just like the Persians, the Romans, the Mongols, and the Turks, will eventually have to creep back to where they came from, and in their case to face their true selves: neurosis-filled, self-indulged. And maybe, just maybe, when they do face themselves as societies, they can figure out a thing or two about how to enhance the human species not corrupt and destroy it. The only problem is that until then, there will be lots of nastiness going around since the American imperialists, like the Mongols, just can’t create anything other than total destruction.
http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2008/06/peak-scam/ Reza Fiyouzat can be reached at: rfiyouzat@yahoo.com

arrogant imperialist predators ...
Niger Delta: Nowhere to hide
Security Watch News Analysis
Shell's Bonga field, the biggest deep offshore field in Africa and holding more than 1 billion barrels of crude reserves, thus became a showpiece of success in the Gulf of Guinea. Other oil majors such as Chevron Corp, Exxon Mobil Corp and Total also followed with huge offshore oil discoveries that helped make the waters offshore Nigeria a leading global oil exploration hotspot. However, the aura of invincibility that surrounded the deep-water oilfields in Nigeria is no more. It was shattered on 19 June when the main guerrilla group in the oil region, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), launched an overnight raid on the Bonga oilfield's floating, storage, production and offloading vessel, forcing it to shut down.... With the Nigerian military apparently unable to stop the attacks, analysts believe the government should either reach a negotiated settlement to the conflict or risk the intervention of foreign powers keen to secure oil supplies.

"The location for today's attack was deliberately chosen to remove any notion that off-shore oil exploration is far from our reach," Jomo Gbomo, spokesman for MEND, said in a statement emailed to reporters later that day. "The oil companies and their collaborators do not have any place to hide in conducting their nefarious activities."
Already, the US, which buys nearly half of Nigeria's oil exports, has increased its naval patrols in the Gulf of Guinea, an area it perceives as ungovernable, working to implement plans for its Africa Command. Recently, the US sponsored a UN resolution allowing outside powers to enter Somali waters in pursuit of pirates threatening shipping in the Indian Ocean, a measure that could be replicated in the Gulf of Guinea. "If they can do that with shipping, they can also do that as well to protect the oil corridor in the Gulf of Guinea," said Obasi. "It's not an immediate possibility, but you can't rule it out in the long run."
International Relations and Security Network
Think Tank Directory
The TTCSP/ISN Think Tank Directory offers a global overview of research organizations active in international relations and security policy. The directory currently has over 850 listings from around the world. The directory will be significantly expanded over the next 12 months and will include detailed descriptions of all think tanks and their activities.
The directory is a joint project of the ISN and the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia.

Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)
Series of environmental/social consultation with interest groups and NGOs operating in the Niger Delta and International Finance Corporation to describe the objectives and anticipated benefits of available financing for local Shell contractors

Fake Terror and Instability in North Africa
In Niger.. government press censorship has been routine. Journalists have endured prison sentences for simply interviewing rebel leaders. The newspaper publisher Mamane Obou, for example, was sentenced to 18 months in jail after publishing an article which alleged that the Nigerien president, Mamadou Tandja, had been seeking to improve relations with Iran. At the same time, 130 U.S. special forces were training Nigerien soldiers to take part in the “Niger Rapid Intervention Company” ostensibly to root out terrorists ... THE history behind the instability in Niger and it is a theme that stretches across the Sahel region of Africa. Since 2003, the Sahel nations – Niger, Mali, Chad, Mauritania and Algeria – have been absorbed into the global “war on terror” and have all come under the U.S. counter-terrorism military umbrella. Lurid accusations of these nations harboring “al-Qaeda in the Maghreb” or groups allied to Osama Bin Laden have justified the expansion of U.S. military assistance to often brutal regimes, such as that of Niger.... Disinformation peddled by the U.S. and Algerian governments has provided justification for the launching of a second front in the “war on terror” and has fed separatist sentiment from Mauritania to Chad. In its effort to secure a strategically important part of the world, and the oil and uranium resources that it holds, the Bush administration has laid it open to conflict and repression.... Right wing commentators began to make a cottage industry from discussing the rise of al-Qaeda in the Maghreb. At the same time, legions of military and intelligence personnel within the U.S. European Command (EUCOM), which has had responsibility for African affairs, have been looking for work. Major Gen. Charles Wald, for example, has been the foremost U.S. military voice in hyping the Sahel terrorist threat.

In 2004, for example, he told Congress that “The terrorist activity in this area is not going to go away…This could affect your kids and your grandchildren in a huge way. If we don’t do something about it, we are going to have a real problem on our hands…We have to . …have the ability to get our intelligence into that area and infiltrate there so we can get into their environment. And that is when we will stop it.” ... the Pentagon hierarchy also offered up what Keenan has called the “banana theory of terrorism” to justify opening a North African front. In this view, terrorists uprooted from comfortable hideouts in Afghanistan and Pakistan have spread out across the “failed” states of Africa in a banana shaped route.

At least 17 killed as Niger troops, rebels clash
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) -- Government troops clashed with ethnic Tuareg rebels in the northwest African nation of Niger Friday, leaving at least 17 people dead, according to statements by both sides.The Tuareg rebel group, the Niger Movement for Justice, said on its Web site that two separate clashes kill 33 people -- 26 soldiers and seven rebels...that those who didn't return included one named as a ''commander'' but did not provide further details.
The Movement for Justice has operated in the desert nation's arid northern region, engaging the army in sporadic gunfights as part of a struggle they claim is aimed at protecting lands from mining. Niger's government describes the rebels as ''bandits.'' The rebel group accuses the government of reneging on promises to improve economic opportunities for the nomadic Tuareg people and of trying to push the blue-robed nomads off uranium-rich lands so the state can profit.

6/28/2008 | seattletimes.com | ...Venezuela — Hundreds of Venezuelan military officers are no longer assigned Officers say Chávez won't tolerate dissent officers say they have been pushed to the sidelines for dissent under the socialist leader. AP ...one-seventh of the Venezuelan military's 14,900...incite the military against Chávez.

10/24/2002 | seattletimes.com ...Venezuela — Military officers demanding elections are...Monday general strike against his government. ...allowing citizens to rebel against an anti-democratic...defended his revolution against "neo-liberalism...cancellation. The Venezuelan Workers Confederation...

6/8/2002 | seattletimes.com | New coup rumors false, Chavez says Nation and World
...Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, briefly ousted April 11 by rebellious military and civilian leaders, moved yesterday to quell rumors of another impending coup.... a group of uniformed figures wearing masks and claiming to be military officials broadcast a statement on local television criticizing Chavez, praising the coup and warning of a civil war....a form of terrorism to destabilize us," Chavez told military officers at Guaira navalbase...

11/23/2004 | seattletimes.com U.S. aware of 2002 Venezuelan coup plot in '02, CIA documents show Nation and World
April 6, 2002, CIA document states that "dissident military factions, including some disgruntled senior officers and a group of radical junior officers, are stepping up efforts to organize a coup against President Chávez, possibly as early as this month.""This is substantive evidence that the CIA knew in advance about the coup, and it is clear that this intelligence was distributed to dozens of members of the Bush administration, giving them knowledge of coup plotting," said Peter Kornbluh, a senior analyst at the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C.However, he said that while the documents show U.S. officials knew a coup was coming, perhaps implying tacit approval, they do not constitute definitive proof the U.S. was involved in ousting Chávez.


" National security investigations": Profiling may be newest FBI weapon against terrorism
Race could be used to target U.S. citizens
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is considering letting the FBI investigate Americans... mining public records and intelligence to build a profile of traits deemed suspicious ... that could single out Muslims, Arabs or other racial and ethnic groups..... without any evidence of wrongdoing, relying on a terrorist profile that could single out Muslims, Arabs or other racial and ethnic groups.Law enforcement officials say the proposed policy would help them do exactly what Congress demanded after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks: root out terrorists before they strike... One senior Justice Department official said agents have been allowed since 2003 to build "threat assessments" of Americans based on public records and information from informants. Such assessments could be used to open a preliminary investigation...

Emerging Threats
Analysis: U.S. military to patrol Internet
UPI Homeland and National Security Editor
June 30, 2008
The U.S. military is looking for a contractor to patrol cyberspace, watching for warning signs of forthcoming terrorist attacks or other hostile activity on the Web. ..."The purpose of the services will be to identify and assess stated and implied threat, antipathy, unrest and other contextual data relating to selected Internet domains," says the solicitation... The solicitation says the successful contractor will "analyze various Web pages, chat rooms, blogs and other Internet domains to aggregate and assess data of interest," adding, "The contractor will prioritize foreign-language domains that relate to specific areas of concern … (and) will also identify new Internet domains" that might relate to "specific local requirements" of the command... contract covered only information that could be found by anyone with a computer and Internet connection... the main purpose of the contract is to analyze "trends in information." The contractor will "help us find those needles in that haystack of information." The solicitor says the contractor's team will include a "principal cyber investigator," a "locally specialized threat analyst" and a "foreign-speaking analyst with cyber investigative skills," as well as a 24/7 watch team....

Judge Orders Google to Turn Over YouTube Records
A federal judge in New York has ordered Google to turn over to Viacom a database linking users of YouTube, the Web’s largest video site by far, with every clip they have watched there....For every video on YouTube, the judge required Google to turn over to Viacom the login name of every user who watched it, and the address of their computer, known as an I.P., or Internet protocol, address...Kurt Opsahl, senior staff lawyer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation... said even records that did not include a user’s login name and I.P. address might be able to be associated with specific individuals... video viewinghabits of hundreds of millions of people could be exposed.

Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries
HUMAN EVENTS ["leading the conservative movement since 1944"] asked a panel of 15 conservative scholars and public policy leaders to help us compile a list of the Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Each panelist nominated a number of titles and then voted on a ballot including all books nominated. A title received a score of 10 points for being listed No. 1 by one of our panelists, 9 points for being listed No. 2, etc. Appropriately, The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, earned the highest aggregate score and the No. 1 listing.

understand the nature of world enemy #1

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism

“Monopoly, oligarchy, the striving for domination and not for freedom, the exploitation of an increasing number of small and weak nations by a handful of the richest or most powerful nations – all these have given rise to those distinctive characteristics of imperialism which compel us to define it as parasitic or decaying capitalism. … It would be a mistake to believe that this tendency to decay precludes the rapid growth of capitalism. It does not. In the epoch of imperialism, certain branches of industry, certain strata of bourgeoisie and certain countries betray… now one and now another of these tendencies. On the whole, capitalism is growing far more rapidly than before.”
Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, VI Lenin, Selected Works in one volume, p 260

Imperialism....CH. 10... the bourgeoisie to an ever-increasing degree lives on the proceeds of capital exports and by “clipping coupons”. It would be a mistake to believe that this tendency to decay precludes the rapid growth of capitalism. It does not. In the epoch of imperialism, certain branches of industry, certain strata of the bourgeoisie and certain countries betray, to a greater or lesser degree, now one and now another of these tendencies. On the whole, capitalism is growing far more rapidly than before; but this growth is not only becoming more and more uneven in general, its unevenness also manifests itself, in particular, in the decay of the countries which are richest in capital....

...parasitism is characteristic of imperialism... the deepest economic foundation of imperialism is monopoly. This is capitalist monopoly, i.e., monopoly which has grown out of capitalism and which exists in the general environment of capitalism, commodity production and competition, in permanent and insoluble contradiction to this general environment. Nevertheless, like all monopoly, it inevitably engenders a tendency of stagnation and decay....Certainly, the possibility of reducing the cost of production and increasing profits by introducing technical improvements operates in the direction of change. But the tendency to stagnation and decay, which is characteristic of monopoly, continues to operate, and in some branches of industry, in some countries, for certain periods of time, it gains the upper hand.... imperialism is an immense accumulation of money capital in a few countries, amounting, as we have seen, to 100,000-50,000 million francs in securities. Hence the extraordinary growth of a class, or rather, of a stratum of rentiers, i.e., people who live by “clipping coupons”, who take no part in any enterprise whatever, whose profession is idleness. The export of capital, one of the most essential economic bases of imperialism, still more completely isolates the rentiers from production and sets the seal of parasitism on the whole country that lives by exploiting the labour of several overseas countries and colonies....

the tendency of imperialism to split the workers, to strengthen opportunism among them and to cause temporary decay in the working-class movement, revealed itself much earlier than the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries; for two important distinguishing features of imperialism were already observed in Great Britain in the middle of the nineteenth century—vast colonial possessions and a monopolist position in the world market. Marx and Engels traced this connection between opportunism in the working-class movement and the imperialist features of British capitalism systematically, during the course of several decades. For example, on October 7, 1858, Engels wrote to Marx: “The English proletariat is actually becoming more and more bourgeois, so that this most bourgeois of all nations is apparently aiming ultimately at the possession of a bourgeois aristocracy and a bourgeois proletariat alongside the bourgeoisie. For a nation which exploits the whole world this is of course to a certain extent justifiable.”[15] Almost a quarter of a century later, in a letter dated August 11, 1881, Engels speaks of the “worst English trade unions which allow themselves to be led by men sold to, or at least paid by, the middle class”. In a letter to Kautsky, dated September 12, 1882, Engels wrote: “You ask me what the English workers think about colonial policy. Well, exactly the same as they think about politics in general. There is no workers’ party here, there are only Conservatives and Liberal-Radicals, and the workers gaily share the feast of England’s monopoly of the world market and the colonies.” [13] (Engels expressed similar ideas in the press in his preface to the second edition of The Condition of the Working Class in England, which appeared in 1892.)...

The distinctive feature of the present situation is the prevalence of such economic and political conditions that are bound to increase the irreconcilability between opportunism and the general and vital interests of the working-class movement: imperialism has grown from an embryo into the predominant system; capitalist monopolies occupy first place in economics and politics; the division of the world has been completed; on the other hand, instead of the undivided monopoly of Great Britain, we see a few imperialist powers contending for the right to share in this monopoly, and this struggle is characteristic of the whole period of the early twentieth century. Opportunism cannot now be completely triumphant in the working-class movement of one country for decades as it was in Britain in the second half of the nineteenth century; but in a number of countries it has grown ripe, overripe, and rotten, and has become completely merged with bourgeois policy in the form of “social-chauvinism”. [14]


We politically conscious Black people know the active spirits and histories of Malcolm & Martin, Fannie & Rosa, Geronimo & Crazy Horse, Sandino & Zapata, Che & Tanya, John Brown, and so many other freedom fighters, are ONE. Do what it may, racist white America will not succeed in crushing & harnessing these spirits or in relegating to oblivion our collective true histories. For these histories belong to the people anywhere and everywhere on this planet who demand and insist upon justice. There is no higher calling than the continuing struggle to 'keep it real.' We must remain steadfast, absolutely refusing to allow our hopes and yearnings for justice and real social, economic, and political equality and freedom to be forever kept from us. Never! The "dream" as Langston Hughes might say, may have been temporarily "deferred," but it grows stronger every day and it will never destroyed. It must, and it will be, brought to fruition. There is no acceptable alternative.
Columnist Larry Pinkney is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former u.s. political prisoner