7/26/08 Who is "Quelling Violence"?

"Sure, there's less violence... because we've ethnically cleansed most of Baghdad."
Congressman Jim Moran

"We first fought heathens in the name of religion, then communism, now in the name of drugs and terrorism. Our excuses for global domination always change"
Serj Tankian

digest note:
the excuses and enemies change, the faces change, but never the bipartisan u.s. capitalist ruling class, its 'manifest destiny' agenda and the unspeakable crimes of the barbaric perpetrators, their pimps, proxies and apologists.

“The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.”
September 2000, Rebuilding America’s Defenses

the heroic 'militants' and 'insurgents' fighting a just war against u.s. state terror, blamed for the 'violence'
One would hardly guess from media reporting that Britain and America are responsible for killing anyone in Iraq and Afghanistan, where violence is typically blamed on "insurgents" and "sectarian conflict". International "coalition" forces are depicted as peacekeepers using minimum violence as a last resort... "militants" are not conducting "military operations", and Afghan government/"coalition" forces conducting "military operations" are not "militants". The point being that "militant" is a pejorative term used by journalists to suggest illegitimacy. In June 1999, the BBC reported that "Kosovo Albanians have been welcoming the return of armed KLA soldiers." (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/369239.stm) KLA insurgents fighting Serbian forces were supported by the West and were regularly described as "soldiers" rather than "militants" or "insurgents". The British media have similarly referred to the "Chechen resistance" fighting the Russian army. Ironically, British and American journalists also commonly referred to Afghan forces fighting the 1979-1989 Soviet occupation of Afghanistan as "resistance fighters" and "freedom fighters" (See our media alert: http://www.medialens.org/alerts/ 07/071120_invasion_a_comparison.php). The use of such terms is of course inconceivable in US-UK reporting of the current occupation. On the rare occasions when US-UK atrocities are discussed, they are invariably described as blunders rather than crimes. http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45903

For the moment, the main talks are on forging a "bridge" agreement that would give temporary legal cover to the American military presence after a U.N. mandate expires Dec. 31.That's not coming anytime soon, said U.S. officials, who spoke on condition on anonymity.... Washington hopes to retain the prime parts — the "filet mignon" — in a bridge pact. The official described them as dealing with rules covering the U.S. military's "jurisdiction and authority" and powers to detain Iraqis. The official said U.S. negotiators have not abandoned hope of eventually reaching a wide-ranging status of forces accord. But it could take years...

"To make a contented slave it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken the moral and mental vision and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason."
Fredrick Douglass

this is how stupid, compliant and criminally complicit your govt. and its propaganda media thinks they've made you..
State Department investigating Iraqi oil contracts
WASHINGTON -- The State Department's inspector general is investigating Iraqi oil contracts after four democrat senators complained that department employees may have encouraged lucrative oil deals between Iraq and several Western companies. The State Department has denied it tried to facilitate any oil deals.

remember 3 weeks ago...
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.
“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....”

Miles-long gas lines despite oil riches Iraqis trying to tank up their cars face miles-long gas lines
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.

remember 3 years ago ...
US 'backed illegal Iraqi oil deals'
Report claims blind eye was turned to sanctions busting by American firms
... the Senate report found that US oil purchases accounted for 52% of the kickbacks paid to the regime in return for sales of cheap oil - more than the rest of the world put together."The United States was not only aware of Iraqi oil sales which violated UN sanctions and provided the bulk of the illicit money Saddam Hussein obtained from circumventing UN sanctions," the report said. "On occasion, the United States actually facilitated the illicit oil sales.

...Trying to impose classic colonial status on Iraq...
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

65 Citizens Arrested in Babil Governorate
Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI)
Occupied Iraq is witnessing another arrest campaigns targeting ordinary people through so-called military operations. 65 citizens have been arrested within the so-called "Leap of Knights" carried out by the troops in the province. So-called security operation was extensively launched with participation of the current army, police and occupation forces in early morning on Wednesday. "Leap of Knights" plan is being carried out by two days in the north of Hilla where the imposition of curfew still valid.... analysts and many neutral observers criticize these operations as targeting ordinary citizens oF the areas against the occupation and collaborators...

pledging allegiance to 'old europe' and global dominance of white supremacist imperialism
Obama Speaks to Germany on European Ties
In Berlin, Senator Barack Obama implored America and Europe to bridge differences and rekindle old alliances to restore global stability and security and and better confront existing and unforeseen threats. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/25/us/politics/sub25OBAMAcnd.html?8au&emc...

Scowcroft, Brzezinski Urge Bush to Drop Precondition
Two of Washington's most prominent foreign policy greybeards praised Saturday's direct participation in multinational talks with Iran by a senior U.S. diplomat but called on the administration of President George W. Bush to drop his demands that Tehran freeze its uranium enrichment programme as a precondition for broader negotiations. Ret. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, who served as national security adviser under Republican presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, and Zbigniew Brzezinski, who held the same post under Democratic President Jimmy Carter, urged Bush to go further by offering immediate rewards to Tehran in exchange for such a freeze... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45904

“Prisoner Boxes” in Iraq
Russ Kick, The Memory Hole
In Iraq, some prisoners/detainees are kept in wooden crates known as "prisoner boxes," so I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the US Central Command asking for the following:"Vanity Fair (Feb 2005 issue) has reported the existence of wood "prisoner boxes" being used by the US military in facilities in and around Baghdad. They are used to hold individual prisoners and detainees. "I hereby request all photographs of these boxes, including empt y boxes as well as boxes holding prisoners and detainees." Around nine and a half months later, CentCom responded by sending the three photographs on this page. You are seeing the photos exactly as they were sent to me http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45933

strategic complicity...
Torture, and the 'Strategic Helplessness' of the American Psychological Association
By Stephen Soldz, Brad Olson, Steven Reisner, Jean Maria Arrigo, Bryant Welch
Coalition for an Ethical Psychology
24/07/08 "ICH" -- - Jane Mayer's new book, The Dark Side, has refocused attention on psychologists’ participation in Bush administration torture and detainee abuse. In one chapter Mayer provides previously undisclosed details about psychologists... role in the CIA's brutal, “enhanced interrogation” techniques. These techniques apparently drew heavily on the theory of "learned helplessness" developed by former American Psychological Association President Martin Seligman. (Seligman’s work involved tormenting dogs with electrical shocks until they became totally unable or unwilling to extract themselves from the painful situation. Hence the phrase “learned helplessness.”) ... One prisoner was repeatedly locked in a fetal position; in a cage too tiny for him to do anything, other than to lie still in a fetal position. The cage was evidently designed not only to restrict movement, but also to make breathing difficult. ...
a report issued by the Defense Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and from documents released during recent hearings by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), is that these SERE techniques, designed to ameliorate the effects of torture, were "reverse engineered," transformed from ensuring the safety of our own soldiers, to orchestrating the abuse of detainees in Guantánamo, Afghanistan and Iraq. These documents reveal, further, that certain SERE psychologists shifted roles from supervising protective SERE programs to overseeing SERE-inspired abusive interrogations. Several reporters have named Mitchell and Jessen (former SERE psychologists under contract) as responsible for this "reverse-engineering" that was used at secret CIA "black sites". The Senate Armed Senate Committee reported that other psychologists played a role in the “reverse-engineering” of SERE techniques for the Department of Defense at Guantánamo Bay and in Iraq....
APA has put extraordinary effort into maintaining and expanding opportunities for psychologists to serve US intelligence and security institutions. As the APA's Science Policy Insider News (SPIN) proudly announced in January 2005, "Since 9/11 psychologists have searched for opportunities to contribute to the nation's counter terrorism and homeland security agenda."
These efforts included cosponsoring a conference with the CIA to investigate the efficacy of enhanced interrogation techniques, including the use of drugs and sensory bombardment. Among the reported organizers of that conference was APA member Kirk Hubbard, Chief of the Research & Analysis Branch, Operational Assessment Division of the CIA. Hubbard recruited the “operational expertise” for that conference. Among the attendees to this “by-invitation-only” conference were Mitchell and Jessen. (Hubbard also helped organize the event at which Seligman spoke and to which Mitchell and Jessen were invited.)

In addition, the APA co-sponsored a conference with the FBI during which it was suggested that therapists report to law-enforcement officials information obtained during therapy sessions regarding “national security risk.” And just this past June, APA's efforts included lobbying for the retention of “invaluable behavioral science programs within DoD’s Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) as it reorganizes and loses personnel strength.” For those who are not familiar with this issue, the CIFA program was closed down because of numerous scandals, including: misuse of national security letters to gain access to private citizen’s financial information without warrants, the resignation of a Congressman accused of accepting bribes in exchange for CIFA contracts, and, according to the New York Times, the collection of a wide-reaching domestic “database that included information about antiwar protests planned at churches, schools and Quaker meeting halls.” The CIFA psychology directorate, although a top secret operation, was known for its risk assessments of Guantánamo detainees, including feeding questions to interrogators. ... the CIA has a long record of tapping academic scientists as witting and unwitting consultants and researchers, and of providing protection through cover stories and secrecy. For example, the 1977 Senate investigation of the CIA Behavioral Modification Project (called MKULTRA) disclosed that the CIA had contracted with researchers at over 80 universities, hospitals, and other research-based institutions through a front funding agency... Recently, Dr. Belinda Canton, a long-time CIA intelligence manager and a member of the 2005 President’s Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, recommended opportunistic use of scientists as an approach to management of uncertainty: “Identify academics and scientists who may have insights” and note where “opportunities exist to exploit scientific cadre.”[ii] ...

U.S. memo: 'Good faith' negates torture charges
Justice Department brief approved CIA's interrogation method
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department in 2002 told the CIA that its interrogators would be safe from prosecution for violations of anti-torture laws if they believed "in good faith" that harsh techniques used to break a prisoner's will would not cause "prolonged mental harm." That heavily censored memo, released Thursday, approved the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques method by method but warned that if circumstances changed, interrogators could be running afoul of anti-torture laws. The Aug. 1, 2002, legal opinion signed by then-Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee was issued the same day he wrote a memo for then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales defining torture as only those "extreme acts" that cause pain similar in intensity to that caused by death or organ failure...

U.S. soldiers offer lessons from Iraq to Georgian military
TBILISI, Georgia -- President Mikhail Saakashvili praised a joint military training program involving more than 1,000 U.S. Marines and soldiers at a former Soviet base Monday, amid [e.g. CREATING] heightened tensions with Moscow.

swearing his allegiance to imperialist-zionist historical agenda
[Obama] barges into the Holy Land announcing it's OK for Israel to grab the hallowed City of Jerusalem and turn it into the permanent headquarters of the Zionist regime... Jerusalem "will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided," he told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)... realizing his position on Jerusalem is at variance with UN resolutions...he moderated the tone slightly telling CNN... "...it is smart for us to work through a system in which everybody has access to the extraordinary religious sites in Old Jerusalem, but Israel has a legitimate claim on that city." ...

"... Israel is the subcontractor for American arms to the 'Third World.' There is no terrible regime-Colombia, Guatemala, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile during the time of the colonels, Burma, Taiwan, Zaire, Liberia, Congo, Sierra Leone-there is not one that does not have a major military connection to Israel... Israel is a key member of the empire."
Jeff Halper

Israel plans new West Bank settlement
All settlements in occupied territory are illegal under international law... plan to build 20 homes in a new settlement in the Jordan valley to be called Maskiot....
Maskiot began as a military position, which is how many settlements started. Then a religious school was established, and this year several families arrived in mobile homes. The families were mostly religious Jewish settlers who had been withdrawn from Gaza in 2005, with more reportedly waiting to join them...
There are more than 400,000 people living in Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. A report in Ma'ariv said new figures from the interior ministry showed the West Bank settler population grew by 15,000 last year, a rise of 5.5%, with the sharpest rise in ultra-Orthodox settlements. That compares with a 1.8% rise for the Jewish population in Israel.http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/24/israelandthepalestinians.middleeast1?gusrc=rss&feed=networkfront

Tough Love for Israel?
Barack Obama gave ritual affirmations of his support for Israeli policy, but what Israel needs from America isn't more love, but tougher love. Particularly at a time when Israel seems to be contemplating military strikes on Iranian nuclear sites, the United States would be a better friend if it said: “That’s crazy” — while also insisting on a 100 percent freeze on settlements in the West Bank and greater Jerusalem.... If there is no two-state solution, there will be a one-state solution — and given demographic trends, that will mean either the end of Israeli democracy or the end of the Jewish state. Zionists should be absolutely clamoring for a Palestinian state.

...Unlike our enemy, we respect life. We do not target innocent civilians. We care for the innocent people of Afghanistan, so we continue to provide humanitarian aid, even while their government tries to steal the food we send....We are at the beginning of our efforts in Afghanistan, and Afghanistan is only the beginning of our efforts in the world. No group nor nation should mistake Americans' intentions. Where terrorist groups exist of global reach, the United States and our friends and allies will seek it out, and we will destroy it....
GWB, Nov. 8, 2001 address

Majority of Afghan insurgents not Taliban
By Khalid Hasan
WASHINGTON: The vast majority of Afghan insurgents are not Taliban according to a new book ‘Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare’, released here by the Centre for Naval Analysis (CAN), a local defence-related research establishment.....

Pentagon to suggest more help to quell violence
WASHINGTON -- Top Pentagon leaders are expected to recommend soon that Defense Secretary Robert Gates order hundreds [SIC] of additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan over the next month or so, according to a senior military official.

US-led forces kill more Afghan civilians
US and NATO forces killed at least 13 Afghans over the weekend, adding to the toll of civilian deaths as the military intensifies efforts to crush opposition to the nearly seven-year-old US occupation. The two latest incidents occurred as Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama visited Afghanistan and called for more US troops to be sent to the war-ravaged country. On Sunday, US-led coalition forces killed four Afghan police officers and five civilians in t he Anar Dara district in the western province of Farah, near the Iranian border. Coalition forces, which entered the area around midnight, waged a four-hour firefight and called in air strikes after reportedly receiving small arms fire from a group of local policemen... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45898

cover-up time...'insurgents' to blame
The killing of 78 Afghan civilian by US occupation forces probed
More than half of those killed in the three recent U.S.-led airstrikes -- which occurred in a three-week span in three provinces in eastern and western Afghanistan -- were women and children, according to Afghan and Western officials. 78 have died in three separate incidents this month alone, officials say

imperialist europeans love him...
Obama told reporters that "Afghanistan is a war we have to win." The Taliban and terrorist groups it supports, he said, pose an unacceptable threat to the U.S., France and other nations. "We've got to finish the job," said Obama, who often has said the Iraq war was an unwise move that distracted the United States from efforts to find Osama bin Laden and other terrorist leaders, and to root out the Taliban forces in Afghanistan.Sarkozy said he agreed that the Taliban must be defeated in Afghanistan, where French troops are part of a multinational force....Sarkozy called his guest "my dear Barack Obama,"

What...are we doing in Afghanistan?
... it’s hard not to conclude that Afghanistan was better off under the Taliban than it is a present. It was better off still under the Soviet-backed governments, at least in the early years, and it was certainly better off before the Soviets under old King Mohammad Zahir Shah, if only because it hadn’t then been comprehensively trashed by decades of war.... www.uruknet.info?p=45953

Ex-US Official Charges Afghan Leader Protecting Drug Trade
A former U.S. State Department official charges Afghanistan's drug trade is being protected by the country's top officials.... Schweich left his post as coordinator for Counter Narcotics and Justice Reform in Afghanistan last month. No U.S. or Afghan officials were immediately available for comment....
According to the United Nations and the U.S., Afghan farmers produce 93 percent of the world's opium poppies. A report by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime earlier this year predicted the 2008 Afghan poppy crop would be large, but smaller than it was in 2007.
He writes that some U.S. military commanders obstructed counter-narcotic efforts... http://tinyurl.com/5whbct

The new Auschwitz
In addition to a bumper opium harvest, the US is reaping the whirlwind in Afghanistan, warns Eric Walberg
According to Gideon Polya, based on UNESCO data, the US invasion of Afghanistan has led to as many as 6.6 million unnecessary deaths. According to Washburn University law professor Liaquat Ali Khan, the "crime of genocide applies to the intentional killings that NATO troops commit on a weekly basis in the poor villages and mute mountains of Afghanistan to destroy the Taliban." The occupation forces, which ironically include former Axis powers Germany and Japan, have created the New Auschwitz.
During a recent visit to Kabul by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Afghan President Hamid Karzai defended his rule, saying the economy and education systems had improved and there was more democratic freedom under the new constitution "It is not right that Afghanistan was forgotten," he said.... except by the drug-crazed bomber pilots, who made a record- breaking 3,572 bombing raids last year, 20 times the level two years earlier .... there is the one flourishing industry -- opium and marijuana production. Opium production was up 34 per cent last year... It is well documented that many governments in the region, not to mention the CIA, are deeply involved in both sides of the so-called war against drugs. The Taliban actually wiped out all drug production in 2000. Some critics of US foreign policy argue that the 2001 invasion was actually prompted by a distaste for this successful campaign, which led to a crisis in the European drug blackmarket.... http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/print/2008/884/in21.htm

... the post-war Asian opium drug trade was cultivated by the US to threaten China (via the Nationalist Chinese Kuomintang army in Burma) and the Soviet Union (via Afghanistan and its pro-US neighbours). Nixon eliminated Turkish opium production in the 1970s, but Turkey subsequently became a major conduit for opium to Europe. The illegal drug trade is a powerful vehicle for covert US-backed non-state and state terrorism.
Since 2001 there have been about 0.4 million global drug deaths linked to US Coalition re-establishment of globally-dominant Afghan opium production (destroyed by the Taliban in 2000-2001 but 76% and 86% of global production in 2002 and 2004, respectively, after US Coalition invasion and conquest) (see: http://www.unodc.org/pdf/WDR_2005/volume_1_ex_summary.pdf).
Dr Gideon Polya, Melbourne, Victoria, 3085, Australia Website: http://members.optusnet.com.au/~gpolya/links.html
Dr. Polya has published some 130 works in a 4 decade scientific career, most recently a pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (Taylor & Francis, New York & London, 2003), and is finishing a book on global mortality.

Who benefits from the Afghan Opium Trade?
The UN estimates that for 2006, the contribution of the drug trade to the Afghan economy is of the order of 2.7 billion. What it fails to mention is the fact that more than 95 percent of the revenues generated by this lucrative contraband accrues to business syndicates, organized crime and banking and financial institutions. A very small percentage accrues to farmers and traders in the producing country...
Afghanistan and Colombia are the largest drug producing economies in the world, which feed a flourishing criminal economy. These countries are heavily militarized. The drug trade is protected. Amply documented the CIA has played a central role in the development of both the Latin American and Asian drug triangles.... what distinguishes narcotics from legal commodity trade is that narcotics constitutes a major source of wealth formation not only for organized crime but also for the US intelligence apparatus, which increasingly constitutes a powerful actor in the spheres of finance and banking. This relationship has been documented by several studies including the writings of Alfred McCoy. (Drug Fallout: the CIA's Forty Year Complicity in the Narcotics Trade. The Progressive, 1 August 1997).
In other words, intelligence agencies, powerful business, drug traders and organized crime are competing for the strategic control over the heroin routes. A large share of this multi-billion dollar revenues of narcotics are deposited in the Western banking system. Most of the large international banks together with their affiliates in the offshore banking havens launder large amounts of narco-dollars.
This trade can only prosper if the main actors involved in narcotics have "political friends in high places." Legal and illegal undertakings are increasingly intertwined, the dividing line between "businesspeople" and criminals is blurred. In turn, the relationship among criminals, politicians and members of the intelligence establishment has tainted the structures of the state and the role of its institutions including the Military.
Related Article: The Spoils of War: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade, by Michel Chossudovsky, July 2005

Afghanistan’s Opium Production in Perspective
...after World War II Opium production moved to the hills and mountains of Southeast Asia,where the so-called Golden Triangle quickly became the primary opium-producing region in the world. As Alfred McCoy revealed in his 1972 seminal book The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia (reedited in 1991 as The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade), the Cold War clearly helped the illicit opium-heroin economies thrive in Asia. This trend emerged first in Laos and in Burma, then in Afghanistan in what came to be known as the Golden Crescent. In both Southeast and Southwest Asia, the Central Intelligence Agency’s anti-Communist covert operations and secret wars benefited from the participation of some drug-related combat units or individual actors who, to finance their struggles, were directly involved in drug production and trade. To cite just two, the Hmong in Laos and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in Afghanistan. 2 Alfred McCoy, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia (New York, Harper & Row, 1972)and Alfred McCoy, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade (1972; reprint 1991, Brooklyn, NY: Lawrence Hill Books, 1991).

Obama puts new pressure on Iran:
Obama said he and Sarkozy agreed Iran poses "an extraordinarily grave situation."... the world must send "a clear message to Iran to end its illicit nuclear program." http://tinyurl.com/5jompb http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/obama-puts-new-presure-...

neoliberal imperialist-zionist strategists, Obama advisors
Scowcroft, Brzezinski Urge Bush to Drop Precondition
Two of Washington's most prominent foreign policy greybeards praised Saturday's direct participation in multinational talks with Iran by a senior U.S. diplomat but called on the administration of President George W. Bush to drop his demands that Tehran freeze its uranium enrichment programme as a precondition for broader negotiations. Ret. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, who served as national security adviser under Republican presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, and Zbigniew Brzezinski, who held the same post under Democratic President Jimmy Carter, urged Bush to go further by offering immediate rewards to Tehran in exchange for such a freeze... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45904

15 Killed as Iranian military convoy rocked by another mystery explosion:
Iran's Revolutionary Guards have launched an urgent inquiry after a mysterious explosion wrecked a military convoy in Tehran, killing at least fifteen people and injuring scores... The Revolutionary Guards' investigation into last weekend's explosion is understood to be looking into the possibility that it was caused by sabotage. Iran has suffered a number of unexplained explosions in recent months, including an explosion at a mosque in Shiraz, which had been holding a military exhibition, and another incident at a missile site that killed dozens of Iranian technicians.
Last month Seymour Hersh, the respected American investigative journalist, reported that US President George W Bush had authorised up to $400 million (£200 million) to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran to destabilise the regime.

'Iran will keep cooperating with IAEA'
"I categorically reject the misleading information by western media. We are not reducing our cooperation with the IAEA," Ali Asghar Soltaniyeh told Press TV

Bolton: U.S. should help Israel hit Iran:
Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton said the United States should assist Israel in any strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. The ex-U.S. envoy in an op-ed in the July 15 Wall Street Journal said the United States must consider what assistance to extend to Israel before and after an airstrike.

"Insurgents" Resist U.S. Proxy Ethiopia's Occupation
Ethiopian forces kill nine civilians in Somalia
Ethiopian forces on Thursday killed nine civilians in central Somalia after coming under attack from insurgents,
Ethiopia sent troops into Somalia in late 2006 to help dislodge Islamists who had taken control of much of south and central Somalia, and continues to back the country's weak transitional government. The insurgents have vowed to fight on until Ethiopian forces pull out of the troubled Horn of Africa nation that has been wracked by lawlessness since the 1991 ouster of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre. -- Sapa-AFP Mail & Guardian Online
http://www.mg.co.za/article/2008-07-24-ethiopian-forces-kill-nine-civili... http://tinyurl.com/69fc8o

Statement on the decision of the International Criminal Court against Sudan (excerpt):
Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah
... Egypt is targeted primarily through this new attempt to
engulf Sudan in a maze of instability, where the generated turbulence is
directed more closely to the Egyptian Interior arena. Israel has made it
clear through its threatening letters to Egypt, that it is prepared to
tamper with the Nile's waters by securing its grip on the Nile's sources,
or controlling the Nile's track if Egypt undergoes political change.

Away from satire raised by some about the mentality of conspiracy
that supposedly controls us, we believe the accusation against the
Sudanese President is a new Western attempt to loot Sudan economically,
and place it in its grips. It is a new attempt to penetrate the African
continent and the Arab world through the ruling of the international
court, and comes on the heels of its shattered dreams in Iraq.

We know very well, and through accurate information, that the U.S.
administration tried to haggle the Sudanese regime to abandon its policy
and its basic Arab and Islamic principles in exchange of lifting the
Security Council's baton, and when it failed to do so, it moved on the
level of the International Criminal Court, with the aim of intimidating
the current government in Sudan, and creating instability for Sudan and
its neighbours. ...
Why this division in the movement of international justice? Why not target the
trials to the exhibitions of American and Israeli policy? Why not
prosecute the top criminals - the likes of U.S. President George W. Bush
-, Why not prosecute U.S. soldiers who killed, raped and wronged in every
single place they invaded in this world? Why not prosecute the leaders of
the Zionist enemy in Palestine?!.

We are facing this reality, where all values fall in front off the altar
of International greed, in the grip of brutal America, we call on Arab and
Islamic peoples to organize and move against this unjust reality, which is
intended to be imposed on the whole nation, let us drop this plan and
terminate America's and Israel's ambitions in confiscating new positions.
Office of Ayatollah Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah

why u.s -israel & co. crusade against the politics of Muslims it calls "extremist" and "terrorist"
Statement on the recent prisoners exchange deal by Sayyed Fadlullah

The Sayyed issued a statement regarding the recent prisoners exchange deal and its significance. He said:

The exchange deal with the enemy's entity, the way it was performed with the conditions that the Resistance imposed, rehabilitated the Arabs and Muslims whom the Arab governments abandoned and the international organizations treated as citizens of the sixth-class, after giving priority to the Zionists...
The Resistance in Lebanon was able to give back to the Arab and Muslim world its balance and presence vis-à-vis the mythical image of the enemy that the regimes and their agencies drew and worked on sticking it in the popular mind in order to prevent our peoples from playing their role in confronting the occupier.

It is shameful for the Arab regimes to ignore their prisoners and detainees or to accept the enemy's conditions and thus move their prisoners enchained from the enemy's prisons to their own.We know some Arab officials were displeased when the media raised the cause of our prisoners and revealed the brutality of the enemy in burying them alive.

Therefore, the value of the resistance in Lebanon through the recent exchange of prisoners lies not only in this renewed inspiration it gave to the Arab and Muslim peoples, but also in its ability to rehabilitate their causes, rights and human beings and to oblige the entire world to recognize these rights and causes and appreciate the Arab and Muslim
people intended to remain in the sphere of weakness, imprisonment, consumption, backwardness and ignorance.

The exchanging of prisoners represented a shock to this arrogant world and to the so called "International Community". That is because this world did not only remain silent towards the destruction of Lebanon and the killing of its children, women and elderly during the Israeli war on Lebanon in July 2006, but it also worked on preparing the political, media and even the security atmospheres for Israel to legitimize its war on Lebanon, in a bid to end the Resistance and kill the spirit of opposition in the nation.
We have also seen that the entire world did not utter any word regarding all the Israeli massacres in the war on Lebanon and was not worried except about the Resistance's capture of the two Israel soldiers and kept on calling for releasing them without any conditions, while ignoring the Lebanese and thousands of Palestinian and Arab detainees in the enemy' prisons.

We should learn from the significant experience of the Resistance in Lebanon in dealing with this arrogant world in order to force it to recognize our rights and respect our peoples. We also have to insist on adhering to the basic principles that preserve our causes, especially the Palestinian and the Iraqi ones despite all pressures that are being
exerted on us in the Arab as well as in other worlds in order to drive us to offer concessions that might drop our causes, and our Arab and Muslim dignity and personality....


US airwaves fail to win hearts and minds in u.s. terrorist war
the US Government launched an Arabic satellite station called Alhurra aiming to win Arab hearts and minds as a key plank of its "war on terrorism". Four years and $104 million funding each year on, Alhurra has become an expensive flop....Alhurra, which means "the free one" in Arabic "It's essentially the spokesman for the U.S. Government," said Mohamed El Sayed Said, a senior analyst with the Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies, in Egypt.

another essential use of imperialist-zionist psychology: cultural political psywar
The Islamic ‘other’ in film
Sukant Chandan*
...Broomfield’s recently released Battle for Haditha on the other hand does feature Iraqi protagonists in the community where the massacre took place as well as persons involved in the Iraqi resistance. This film was expected to be a critical film of the now notorious massacre of 24 men, women and children by US marines in November 2005. While the film does show the gung-ho nature of the Marines, it fails to depict the Iraqis accurately. Iraqis are a proud people with a l ong history and tradition of multi-confessional Iraqi, Arab and Islamic culture which includes a deep sense of patriotism which they have defended against colonialism of the past and today against neo-colonialism. Battle of Haditha treats the Iraqi resistance in an even more problematic manner than that of the Iraqi non-combatants. One of the main resistance fighters is a drunk and joins the struggle due to financial reasons, while the Islamist resistance leader, a cleric, is a very shady and manipulative character who cares nothing about the Iraqi people. In contrast, despite the animal-like behaviour of the Marines, they are shown as victims of their political and military leaders. There is no doubt that the viewer is supposed to sympathise with the Marines culminating in one of them leading an Iraqi girl by the hand into the light, while a few moments ago he just massacred her entire family. The Western viewer would rightly never accept such a depiction of a soldier of the Third Reich in relation to the French or Dutch, never accept the anti-fascist resistance as fundamentally suspect... so why should the viewer accept such a portrayal in this instance?.. http://www.uruknet.de/?p=45951

usa #1 in production of obedient, narcissistic ciphers
“For most of our history, we’ve sold newer and better products for habits that already existed...“But about a decade ago, we realized we needed to create new products. So we began thinking about how to create habits for products that had never existed before.”
Proctor & Gamble psychologist

criminal justice: who benefits who pays in a dictatorship of capital?
Richest Americans See Their Income Share Grow
In a new sign of increasing inequality in the U.S., the richest 1% of Americans in 2006 garnered the highest share of the nation's adjusted gross income for two decades, and possibly the highest since 1929, according to Internal Revenue Service data [Charts] Meanwhile, the average tax rate of the wealthiest 1% fell to its lowest level in at least 18 years.... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121677287690575589.html

New Offshore Bank Limits for U.S. Clients, UBS Says
Mark Branson, chief financial officer of the UBS global wealth management group, told a Senate subcommittee that the company would provide banking or securities services to United States residents only through companies licensed in this country and that it would help the federal government identify American citizens engaging in tax fraud... a Senate permanent subcommittee on investigations released a report saying that UBS global wealth management group's offshore practices helped American citizens hide an estimated $18 billion in 19,000 accounts from the Internal Revenue Service. Mark Branson, chief financial officer of UBS apologized for any compliance failures that might have happened...U.S. clients will still be able to access UBS’s services through wealth management units regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. But advisers based in Switzerland will not be allowed to come to the United States to meet with American clients... The subcommittee’s report said both LGT bank and UBS set up convoluted foreign-owned offshore accounts whose assets did not have to be reported to the I.R.S. That practice by LGT, UBS, and other offshore companies, costs the Treasury Department [SIC] $100 billion annually

amerika: a "homeland" and empire built on slavery, genocide, killing exploitation, state terror and war

"Most New Orleans schools are in ruins, as are the homes of the children who have attended them. The children are now scattered all over the country. This is a tragedy. It is also an opportunity."
Former Chief Economist Milton Friedman, op-ed in the Wall Street Journal 3 months after Katrina

Doctor caring for 2000 hospitalized people finally cleared in Katrina deaths after courageous fight...
Jul 20, 2008 ... Doctor Anna Pou was cleared in Katrina deaths, recalls the struggle to keep patients alive during hurricane ...

FEMA Finds Faith in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision to reimburse faith-based organizations for services rendered in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina signals another triumph for the president's faith-based initiative

Racist Genocide in New Orleans Continues: "Like 911 But Add Water"
by liz burbank
[edited version originally published 9/3/05 "A Catastrophic Success": A Holocaust Shaped by Race]
Katrina was no accident, no surprise, no act of 'mother nature', the 'gods' , nor the result of 'government mismanagement' and 'poor communication'. The human and environmental and impact on New Orleans of a hurricane of this magnitude had been scientifically calculated. Rescue and recovery were deliberately withheld, working class Black people militarily imprisoned, forcibly dispersed and murdered by the armed state's violence. ..
Katrina and the brutal aftermath was engineered to serve the capitalist agenda in two interrelated ways: by uprooting, dispersing and destroying the Black Nation, while simultaneously inflaming reliable american racism and support for the consolidation of a fascist mode of state capitalism -- under the pretext of "rescue, relief and recovery” from a "major casualty-producing event" called a “natural disaster.” [...]
full article at http://lizburbankdigest.blogspot.com/2006/03/racist-genocide-in-new-orle...

FEMA's Trailers: The Cheapest, The Most Toxic
The penultimate, if not the ultimate, shoe dropped in the FEMA trailer scandal in New Orleans this week, with the publication of a report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that pinpointed the reasons why so many New Orleanians inhaled such a high level of formaldehyde fumes for so long:
Berkeley researchers said they found "exceptionally large emissions of formaldehyde" in units tested and traced the chemical's presence to extensive use of cheap, light plywood and particleboard for walls, flooring and cabinet surfaces. At the same time, trailers "are not outfitted for adequate ventilation and are tighter than would be desired for housing with such small volume," ...
to review, the federal government, under both parties, allowed the Corps of Engineers to build a "system" of levees and floodwalls the Corps knew was inadequate. Then, after FEMA's disaster response... survivors were crammed into toxic cans by the same agency... All the while, the Feds knowingly allowed the cheapest materials to be used in an environment allowing for the least effective ventilation. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/harry-shearer/femas-trailers-the-cheape_b_...

AP IMPACT: Key Katrina Aid Goes Toward Million Dollar Football Condos Far From the Storm Zone
...investors are purchasing the condos with plans to rent them out. And they intend to take full advantage of the generous tax benefits available to investors under the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005, or GO Zone, according to Associated Press interviews with buyers and real estate officials.The GO Zone contains a variety of tax breaks designed to stimulate construction in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. It offers tax-free bonds to developers to finance big commercial projects like shopping centers or hotels. It also allows real estate investors who buy condos or other properties in the GO Zone to take accelerated depreciation on their purchases when they file their taxes.

Robust Again, New Orleans Dining Is Up for Review
The city's newspaper is rating restaurants for the first time since Hurricane Katrina shut down all of them... “But that never happened. I can count on one hand the great, significant, iconic restaurants that haven’t reopened.”...Some eaters believe the hurricane, for all the damage it did, provided a sort of culinary correction for restaurants...John Besh, a chef often held up as an example of going far afield, has drawn in his focus and creates high-end food that pays renewed attention to Louisiana ingredients....
Finding qualified workers is still the biggest headache for chefs in the New Orleans area, where there are about a third fewer residents than before the hurricane. In the second quarter of 2007, the restaurant job-vacancy rate was 13.4 percent; before the storm, it was 3.6 percent. “Housing is surely a large part of this problem,” said Allison Plyer, the deputy director of the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center. Rent has jumped 46 percent since 2005, pricing out many people who once could live on restaurant wages.
A lack of child care and public transportation has also hurt, Ms. Plyer said. The number of child-care centers has dropped by more than half. Only 21 percent of the city’s public transit routes are in operation....http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/25/dining/25orleans.html?th&emc=th

Oil Spill on Nearly 100 Miles of Mississippi River from the center of New Orleans to the Gulf of Mexico
Mayor C. Ray Nagin told residents of city neighborhoods on the east bank of the Mississippi they could safely drink tap water, though he was more cautious about water in Algiers, the neighborhood on the west bank ... no respiratory risks, officials said, despite... heavy odor.... Commander Ben-Iesau said. “We’ve got a lot of commerce dependent on this water supply, so we’re scrambling to get it cleaned up.”...http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/25/us/25spill.html?th&emc=th

"Congress gave EPA the duty to protect the public from dangerous pesticides"
Public health experts rally to keep EPA from easing asbestos risk rule
It's not as if the hazard from asbestos hasn't been studied. It has for more than a century and the conclusions are always identical. Asbestos kills.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared asbestos a human carcinogen 30 years ago. The World Health Organization and scores of other public health bodies, including the EPA and OSHA, agree there is no known level of exposure that is safe. Yet, industry continues to fight this battle and spend millions of dollars funding "research" to show that their products could not have harmed or killed anyone.... Dr. Michael Silverstein, a clinical professor and occupational health specialist at the University of Washington's Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences has submitted a 29-page report signed by 83 of the nation's leading public health authorities which, in part, shows the harm to this science-for-hire practice.... this bogus science is conducted on behalf of manufacturers and users of not just asbestos, but of benzene, beryllium, chromium, methyl tertiary-butyl ether, perchlorates, phthalates, and virtually every other toxic chemical in the news today. "Their business model is straightforward. They profit by helping corporations minimize public health and environmental protection and fight claims of injury and illness," wrote David Michaels, director of the Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy at the George Washington School of Public Health.... EPA leaders won't even listen to their own experts, who say there is an urgency by industry's lobbyists to get this new risk assessment on the books before there is a new occupant in the White House and before agency Administrator Steve Johnson moves on to be a well-paid spokesman for the pesticide or chemical industry....

EPA chief won't explain climate choices
WASHINGTON -- Environmental Protection Agency chief Stephen Johnson has declined to explain before Congress how a conclusion he made last year that global warming put the public in danger could lead to a decision not to regulate greenhouse gases.... A Supreme Court ruled last year that such a finding would compel the agency to begin regulating greenhouse gases from motor vehicles under the Clean Air Act. The Bush administration never officially published the document, and in December, according to accounts from a former top official, the White House Budget Office refused to open it when it was sent over in an e-mail.... the document confirmed that Johnson had concluded that greenhouse gases posed a threat to the public and that EPA should act...Johnson made no determination on global warming's risks in a formal notice earlier this month...