3/26 "this administration prefers to avoid the term 'Long War' or 'Global War on Terror'...use 'Overseas Contingency Operation

Note: Growing resistance (aka "terrorism") --- against the worldwide devastation wreaked by the global domination of u.s. capital crisis manipulated to serve its predatory interests with ever more draconian iron and velvet gloved 'fixes' --- desperately demands expanded "global action" (aka political, financial and military state terror) --- so u.s. imperialism's despised, defeated permanent all-purpose global domination war has been re-branded for bigger better 'surges'


Defense Department's office of security review memo to Pentagon from the Office of Management and Budget, the executive-branch agency that vets public statements by administration officials before it is delivered:
"this administration prefers to avoid using the term 'Long War' or 'Global War on Terror' (GWOT).
Please use 'Overseas Contingency Operation.'"
John A. Nagl, former Army officer who helped write the military's latest counterinsurgency field manual, said the phrase "was enormously unfortunate because it pulled together disparate organizations and insurgencies... Our strategy should be to divide and conquer rather than make of enemies more than they are," said Nagl, now president of the Center for a New American Security, a defense policy think tank in Washington. "We are facing a number of different insurgencies around the globe -- some have local causes, some of them are transnational. Viewing them all through one lens distorts the picture and magnifies the enemy."... senior administration officials had been publicly using the phrase "overseas contingency operations" in a war context for roughly a month before the e-mail was sent. Peter Orszag, the OMB director... Feb. 26 discussing Obama's budget proposal at a news conference: "The budget shows the combined cost of operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and any other overseas contingency operations that may be necessary."...And in congressional testimony last week, Craig W. Duehring, assistant secretary of the Air Force for manpower, said, "Key battlefield monetary incentives has allowed the Air Force to meet the demands of overseas contingency operations even as requirements continue to grow." Monday's Pentagon e-mail was prompted by congressional testimony Lt. Gen. John W. Bergman, head of Marine Forces Reserve, intends to give today. The memo advised Pentagon personnel to "please pass this onto your speechwriters and try to catch this change before statements make it to OMB."...

"We actually misnamed the war on terror...It ought to be the struggle against ideological extremists who do not believe in free societies who happen to use terror as a weapon..."
George Bush, August 2004

slicker rhetoric for more of the same: expanded imperialist aggression
U.S. hard & soft power to maintain and expand global domination
A time for global action
Barack Obama
Once and for all, we have learned the success of the American economy is inextricably linked to the global economy. There is no line between action that restores growth within our borders and action that supports it beyond... I know America bears our share of responsibility for the mess that we all face. But I also know we need not choose between a chaotic and unforgiving capitalism and an oppressive government-run economy...My message is clear: The United States is ready to lead, and we call upon our partners to join us with a sense of urgency and common purpose. http://www.iht.com/bin/printfriendly.php?id=20995371

White House to Keep Agency Focus on Terrorism
The Obama administration is moving to solidify one of the most significant shifts of resources put into place under President George W. Bush: the transformation of the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation into agencies where the top priority is counterterrorism rather than conventional law enforcement... The administration’s position underscores the extent to which Mr. Obama’s legal team has found itself following many of the Bush administration’s counterterrorism policies... critics, including former Vice President Dick Cheney.. warned that Mr. Obama’s policies have made the United States more vulnerable to terrorists....that Mr. Obama was “making choices that... raise the risk to the American people of another attack.” Mr. Cheney cited few specifics but referred to what he said was a return to the Clinton administration’s approach of treating terrorism as a law enforcement problem, rather than a war....
Representative Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat who has questioned whether enough money has been allocated to fight the spillover of crime along the Mexican border, said it was difficult for any public figure to advocate a reduction in counterterrorism resources. “No one wants to say we’re not going to do national security at full-tilt,” Ms. Lofgren said.... she hoped that the Obama administration would broaden the definition of national security to include combating drug cartels and gun smuggling rings... noted a parallel concern that the Department of Homeland Security was similarly obliged to devote an outsize share of its resources to immigration enforcement...

"...Together with the new US administration, we are developing a strategy... at the forefront of international co-operation..."
We are about to take the war against terror to a new level
Gordon Brown
... The approach we are taking tackles the immediate threat through the relentless pursuit of terrorists and disruption of their plots, builds up our defences against attacks and our resilience to deal with them, and addresses the longer term causes - understanding what leads people to become radicalised, so we can stop the process.Across all these strands, our response must be international, national and local....This is not just about training and equipping professionals... the better we inform the public, the more vigilant the public will be. And there is a duty on all of us - government, parliament, and civic society - to stand up to people who advocate violence and preach hate, to challenge their narrow and intolerant ideology - in public meetings, in universities, in schools and online. This is also a global challenge and Britain is at the forefront of international co-operation... this updated strategy, recognised by our allies to be world-leading in its wide-ranging nature, leaves us better prepared and strengthened in our ability to ensure all peace-loving people of this country can live normally, with confidence and free from fear. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/mar/22/gordon-brown-terrori...

"What luck for the rulers that men do not think."
Adolf Hitler

making the dictatorship of capital 'perfectly clear' to those willing to reality - check against their meticulously manufactured 'hopes' :
finance capital's stimulating prez. plan includes no fucking direct aid to those most desperately destroyed to further its predatory agenda
Obama on tent cities surge across US: “...not acceptable for children and families to be without a roof over their heads in a country as wealthy as ours.”

Obama doesn’t talk like Bush he just acts like him
By Ted Rall
...Dick Cheney... the dark prince of neoconservatism should relax. Obama’s inaugural address may have promised to “reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals,” but — in all the ways that matter — he’s keeping all of Bush’s outrageous policies in place. Sure, he talks a good game about “moving forward.” But nothing has really changed. From reading your e-mails to asserting the right to assassinate American citizens to bailing out companies whose executives pay themselves big bonuses, Obama’s changes are nothing but toothless rhetoric.

Closing Gitmo, reported The New York Times, was “a move that seemed intended to symbolically separate the new administration from Bush detention policies. But in a much anticipated court filing, the Justice Department argued that the president has the authority to detain terrorism suspects there without criminal charges, much as the Bush administration had asserted. It provided a broad definition of those who can be held, which was not significantly different from the one used by the Bush administration.” What will happen to the 241 POWs still at Gitmo? They won’t be called “enemy combatants” anymore but most won’t be going home. “The filing signaled that, as long as Guantánamo remains open, the new administration will aggressively defend its ability to hold some detainees there,” wrote the Times. Where will they go after that?

Welcome to Gitmo II — courtesy of Barack Obama.
Countless victims have been tortured by U.S. military personnel at Bagram, the U.S. air base in Afghanistan where Bush imprisoned 600 people without charges. Some were murdered in the camp’s notorious “salt pit.” “Even children have not been spared,” says Amnesty International. Now Bagram is being expanded — nearly doubled in size — in order to accommodate 200-plus detainees from Gitmo, as well as future POWs from Obama’s expanded war against Afghanistan. As bad as Guantánamo was, conditions at Bagram are worse.

Extraordinary renditions, the Times reports in a different article, will continue under Obama.
“In little-noticed confirmation testimony recently,” says the paper, “Obama nominees endorsed continuing the CIA’s program of transferring prisoners to other countries without legal rights, and indefinitely detaining terrorism suspects without trials even if they were arrested far from a war zone.”During the 2008 campaign Obama’s critics accused him of saying nothing, albeit beautifully. Now that we’ve gotten to know him a bit, it’s time to refine that assessment: He’s just a weasel. An eloquent weasel. But a weasel who says the right things while doing the opposite.

"Signing Statements"
On March 9, Obama ordered federal agencies to suspend Bush’s infamous “signing statements,” sneaky documents issued after the signing of a bill that ordered government agencies not to enforce the very same bill he’d just approved in front of the cameras. Signing statements, says the American Bar Association, use one-man dictatorial rule to negate the people’s will as expressed by Congress and are thus “contrary to the rule of law and our constitutional separation of powers.” “Yet two days later — literally — Obama signed a $410 billion spending bill and appended to it a signing statement claiming that he had the constitutional authority to ignore several of its oversight provisions,” writes Glenn Greenwald of Slate.... “Barack Obama has perfected a three-step maneuver that could never even be attempted by a politician lacking his rhetorical skill or cool cynicism. First: Denounce your presidential predecessor for a given policy, energizing your party’s base and capitalizing on his abiding unpopularity. Second: Pretend to have reversed that policy upon taking office with a symbolic act or high-profile statement. Third: Adopt a version of that same policy, knowing that it’s the only way to govern responsibly or believing that doing otherwise is too difficult.”...

Unlike the word count limit of this column, Obama’s perfidy knows no limits. He’s already become more dangerous to democracy and basic human rights than George W. Bush. Unlike Bush, he has no political opposition. Cheney may nitpick, but most Republicans are happy to see Bush’s policies remain in place. Meanwhile, liberals remain loyal, silent and tacitly pro-torture. Ted Rall is a columnist for Universal Press Syndicate.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22286.htm http://www.sj-r.com/opinions/x1331535931/Ted-Rall-Obama-doesn-t-talk-lik...

it's the system stupid!
Bernie and the Scapegoats
by Frank Scott
Capitalism’s worst crisis in a generation has seen the personalizing of social problems proceed with a vengeance usually reserved for foreign leaders . As the nation spins through a cycle only the neanderthal right can call socialism, the public sinks into trillions more dollars in debt to bail out the system which has created our problems. But we are to think only about individual villains who are the supposed cause of all that has gone wrong, which is like blaming a meteorologist for a hurricane. Having an individual demon to despise keeps people from questioning the system which creates such negative icons, thereby making it safe for our rulers to continue ruling while the scapegoats they advertise for public consumption arouse the anger that should be directed at them. As the new N word - nationalize - becomes more unspeakable than the other N word, taxpayers take majority ownership of financial institutions, but exercise absolutely no control over them, entrusting that to the same people who ran these billion dollar cathedrals for wealth worshippers into the financial fiascos they have become. Meanwhile, we are supposed to hate outrageously overpaid CEOs who have existed for nearly a generation now but escaped scrutiny until this moment. This, while the slack jaws of the right screech about socialism, communism, and the end of free enterprise, which has never begun for most and what passes for the left shudders in fear that it will be judged extreme if it does anything more than shudder in fear.
Frank Scott frankscott@comcast.net writes political commentary which appears in the Coastal Post, The Independent Monitor and on his shared blog at:http://legalienate.blogspot.com

Leading Military at Time of War, but Not as a ‘War President’
President Obama, by necessity and temperament, is wearing the role of commander in chief in ways distinctly different from former President George W. Bush
...The weight of military leadership has hardly disappeared....Mr. Obama said sending additional troops to Afghanistan had been the hardest decision of his young presidency... Afghanistan is high on Mr. Obama’s agenda, and his new strategy for the war could define his presidency the way Iraq defined Mr. Bush’s.

“U.S. goals in Afghanistan must be ‘modest, realistic,’ and ‘above all, there must be an Afghan face on this war,’ Gates said. ‘The Afghan people must believe this is their war and we are there to help them. If they think we are there for our own purposes, then we will go the way of every other foreign army that has been in Afghanistan.’”Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’s recent testimony on the Afghan War before Senate Foreign Relations Committee

“Making sure that Al Qaeda cannot attack the U.S. homeland and U.S. interests and our allies. That’s our No. 1 priority.”
Obama on U.S. mission in Afghanistan

...Obama cancelled the regular secure videoconferences that Bush used to hold with Karzai, and did not even make a phone call to the Afghan president until four weeks after his inauguration. Obama ordered a major escalation of the US military presence in Afghanistan, adding 17,000 troops to the 38,000 already in place, with only the barest pretense of consultation with his opposite number in Kabul. In his interview Sunday night with the CBS television program "60 Minutes," Obama made no reference to the Bush administration's claims to be promoting democracy and economic development in Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries in the world. Instead, asked what the US mission was in Afghanistan, Obama replied, "Making sure that Al Qaeda cannot attack the US homeland and US interests and our allies. That's our No. 1 priority." Significantly, Obama made no reference to the Taliban, the main target of US military action in the country. There have been a series of reports suggesting back-channel talks with the Taliban or other insurgent groups are under way.
Despite Holbrooke's denial... there is no denying the growing US disdain for the man who has been for more than seven years the principal American puppet in Kabul. Karzai was installed as president in early 2002, then won a landslide victory in a US-run election two years later. His term officially expires in May, but he is currently favored to win reelection in the poll set for August 20... it is clear that the Obama administration regards Karzai as an obstacle to its policies in the region.
Whatever the immediate course of action in relation to Karzai himself, the Obama administration has decided on a major escalation of the US intervention in Afghanistan and in the wider region, including the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. In addition to the 17,000 troops which have begun arriving in the country, there is an enormous increase in US military construction. According to one report, the Army Corps of Engineers is now the second largest employer in Afghanistan, after the national government, and commands as much as 60 percent of the country's construction industry, with plans to spend $4 billion this year and an even greater sum next year, largely to make the rural areas more accessible to US military forces.
The real target of the US escalation is the Pakistan border region, which Holbrooke singled out as the biggest concern of Washington policy-makers. He told the Christian Science Monitor, in an interview in Brussels, that the military and political situation in Afghanistan was actually not as bad as in the Pashtun-populated tribal regions on the Pakistan side of the mountainous border region, where Taliban strength has grown rapidly in the past year. "The heart of the problem for the West is in western Pakistan," he said. Another top US adviser, Australian counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen, told the Washington Post, in an interview published Sunday, that the greatest US fear was an outright collapse of the Pakistan government. "We're now reaching the point where within one to six months we could see the collapse of the Pakistani state, also because of the global financial crisis, which just exacerbates all these problems," he said. "The collapse of Pakistan, Al Qaeda acquiring nuclear weapons, an extremist takeover—that would dwarf everything we've seen in the war on terror today. Kilcullen has been a key aide to General David Petraeus, the US commander in Iraq in 2007-2008 who now heads the US Central Command, with jurisdiction over the entire Middle East and Central Asia. At the same time, CIA Director Leon Panetta was in India and Pakistan over the weekend for talks with top officials in each country. www.uruknet.info?p=52883 www.wsws.org/articles/2009/mar2009/afgh-m24.shtml

Pakistan could collapse in six months: CENTCOM adviser
The Pakistani state could collapse within six months if immediate steps are not taken to remedy the situation, warned a top adviser to the US Central Command, The News reported. David Kilcullen, who advises CENTCOM commander General David H. Petraeus on the war on terror, urged US policymakers to focus their attention on Pakistan as a failure there could have devastating consequences for the entire international community. In an interview with The Washington Post (Sunday Edition), Kilcullen warned that if Pakistan went out of control, it would ‘dwarf’ all the crises in the world today. “Pakistan hands down. No doubt,” he said when asked to name the central front in the war against terror... "He claimed the Pakistani military and Police and intelligence service did not follow the civilian Government, they were essentially a rogue state within a state. “Were now reaching the point where within one to six months we could see the collapse of the Pakistani state, also because of the global financial crisis, which just exacerbates all these problems...The collapse of Pakistan, al-Qaeda acquiring nuclear weapons, an extremist takeover — that would dwarf everything we’ve seen in the war on terror today.” http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/detailed_news.asp?date1=3/24/2009#18

US military solicits mercenaries to protect bases in Afghanistan
Obusha's Gates says mercenaries vital to protecting U.S. forward basesThe military buildup in Afghanistan is stoking a surge of private security contractors mercenaries to protect convoys and guard U.S. bases in troubled southern provinces such as Helmand and Kandahar.

'Secret' Made-to-order-in usa-'news': U.S. says Afghan Strikes by Taliban get Pakistan help
WASHINGTON: The Taliban's widening military campaign in southern Afghanistan is made possible in part by direct support from operatives in Pakistan's military intelligence agency, despite Pakistani government promises to sever ties to militant groups fighting in Afghanistan, according to American government officials. The support consists of money, military supplies and strategic planning guidance to Taliban commanders who are gearing up to confront the international force in Afghanistan that will soon include some 17,000 American reinforcements. Support for the Taliban, as well as other militant groups, is coordinated by operatives inside the shadowy S Wing of the Pakistan's spy service, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, the officials said. There is even evidence that ISI operatives meet regularly with Taliban commanders to discuss whether the Taliban should intensify or scale back violence in the months before the Afghan elections, scheduled for August.
Details of the ISI's continuing ties to militant groups were described by a half-dozen American, Pakistani and other security officials during recent interviews in Washington and the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. All requested anonymity because they were discussing classified and sensitive intelligence information that they are not supposed to make public. The support consists of money, military supplies and planning guidance to Taliban commanders who are gearing up to confront an international force in Afghanistan... Pakistanis offered a more nuanced portrait of the ties between the ISI and militant groups. They said the contacts were less threatening than the American officials depicted and were part of a strategy to maintain influence in Afghanistan for the day when American forces would withdraw and leave what they fear could be a power vacuum to be filled by India, Pakistan's archenemy. A senior Pakistani military officer said, "In intelligence, you have to be in contact with your enemy or you are running blind."..
Yet with the future of Mr. Zardari's government uncertain in the current political turmoil and with Obama officials seeing few other immediate political alternatives, American officials and outside experts said that Pakistan's military establishment appears to see little advantage of responding to the demands of civilian officials either in Islamabad or Washington. http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/03/25/asia/26tribal.php?page=2

U.S. Plans Vastly Expanded Afghan Security Forces
President Obama and his advisers have decided to significantly expand Afghanistan’s security forces in the hope that a much larger professional army and national police force could fill a void left by the central government and do more to promote stability in the country, according to senior administration and Pentagon officials. A plan awaiting final approval by the president would set a goal of about 400,000 troops and national police officers, more than twice the forces’ current size, and more than three times the size that American officials believed would be adequate for Afghanistan in 2002, when the Taliban and Al Qaeda appeared to have been routed....Mr. Obama was expected to approve a version of the plan in coming days as part of a broader Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy. But even members of Mr. Obama’s national security team appeared taken aback by the cost projections of the program, which range from $10 billion to $20 billion over the next six or seven years. By comparison, the annual budget for the entire Afghan government, which is largely provided by the United States and other international donors, is about $1.1 billion, which means the annual price of the program would be about twice the cost of operating the government of President Hamid Karzai. Those figures include only the cost of training and establishing the forces, and officials are still trying to determine what the cost would be to sustain the security forces over the long term. Administration officials also express concern that an expanded Afghan Army could rival the corruption-plagued presidency of Mr. Karzai. The American commanders who have recommended the increase argued that any risk of creating a more powerful Afghan Army was outweighed by the greater risks posed by insurgent violence that could threaten the central government if left unchecked.... the Bush administration last summer approved an increase that authorized the army to grow to 134,000 over the next three years, in a program that would cost about $12 billion....Senator Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, which would have to approve new American spending, endorsed the goal of expanding Afghan security forces, and urged commanders to place Afghans on the front lines to block the border with Pakistan to insurgents and terrorists. “The cost is relatively small compared to the cost of not doing it — of having Afghanistan either disintegrate, or fall into the hands of the Taliban, or look as though we are dominating it,” ... http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/19/us/politics/19military.html?ref=world

Burn, Balochistan, burn
By Pepe Escobar
The "strategic reviewers" of United States President Barack Obama's "good war" in Afghanistan are almost finished. Even before the new policy is set in stone - in Badakshan's famed lapis lazuli, maybe? - by Obama himself within the next few days (with sensitive covert aspects of course withheld from public opinion), its contours are raising many an eyebrow.
The new mix will likely feature an ongoing wild goose chase for "good Taliban"; an expanded Central Intelligence Agency-operated drone war (a George W Bush policy decision); assorted CIA and special forces cross-border attacks (also a Bush policy decision); more carrots for the Pentagon-friendly Pakistani army (and Inter-Services Intelligence); more US troops in Afghanistan (starting with the announced 17,000 who will hit Helmand province befor summer); and more training for the Afghan army.
The CIA and Pentagon couldn't be happier with their clean and safe - at least for the drones - remote-control war on the Pakistani tribal areas. But they want more. Bombing Pashtun weddings and decimating tribals in Waziristan is not that much fun anymore. Of all the national security adviser groups who are delivering their suggestions to the White House, two key reports want to (literally) go south. Their authors are Central Command chief General David "I'm always positioning myself to 2012" Petraeus, and White House Afghan expert Lieutenant General Douglas E Lute. So welcome to a new (drone) hit series - "Burn, Balochistan, burn"...

When the drones hit Balochistan a disaster movie will be in the making. Bombing remote Pashtun tribal area mud houses by remote control is one thing. Bombing a major Pakistani urban center - surrounded by over-crowded Afghan refugee camps - is a completely different story. It's like the Russians bombing Phoenix or Sedona in Arizona....Not only Pakistani popular opinion (but not US puppet Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari) will - rightly - interpret it as the US declaring war on their country, the banned Balochistan Liberation Front, fueled by even more rage, will have a field day with it, and run rings around the Pakistani army....

So now Petraeus has gone definitely schizo: while trying to locate these elusive "good Taliban", why not extend toy targets among Pashtuns and Balochis?
None of these strategies seem to understand the obvious: for the Pashtuns who happen to be Taliban it's not essentially about money (though Samsonites full of dollars help) or religion (strict application of Deobandi views): it's first and foremost about getting rid of foreign occupation. A graphic example is what the Taliban have already demanded in not-so-secret negotiations: total control of at least 10 Afghan provinces (most of the south and southeast); a fixed timetable for total withdrawal from Western troops; and the release of the thousands of prisoners now congesting Bagram airbase.

Standard Western ignorance - imperial arrogance rather - filters to details like the New York Times dubbing the tribal areas "unruly". This is ridiculous. The tribal areas have been ruled for centuries by a very rigorous code - the Pashtunwali. Pashtuns are bound by honor to respect and abide by it.The code requires any Afghan to defend the motherland (nowadays against what they see as US/NATO occupying troops). They have to grant asylum to any fugitive - irrespective of his creed or caste (that was the case with Osama bin Laden). Insult should be answered with insult. If you enter a Pashtun house with your armed patrol, disrobe their women or - worse still - bomb a wedding by remote control, you will suffer an extended family (and village) rage for eternity. And they will find any possible way to hurt you. More on Western arrogance. For the New York Times, "fear remains within the American government that extending the raids would worsen tensions". As if people shouldn't be "tense" when their village is hit by missiles in the middle of the night. And then the Times notes "Pakistan complains that the strikes violate its sovereignty". As if Pakistanis should shut up and be bombed quietly (as Zardari and the army, who control the failed - politically and economically - state of Pakistan actually do; after all they made a deal with Washington). [...]

Taliban Set to Burn the Reichstag?
Pepe Escobar
As if NATO's top brass hadn't noticed... Biden stressed the situation in the South Asian theater was getting worse. The Europeans were not impressed - ie, no more forking out troops. Biden said the current mess "poses a security threat ... not just to the United States, but to every single nation around this table". There's still no credible evidence the Taliban want to cruise the Brandenburg Gate in their Toyota Land Cruisers - or set the new, post-modern, Sir Norman Foster-redesigned Reichstag alight (again)...
A French/EU strategist confirmed to Asia Times Online that Biden and his eminent NATO round table simply couldn't agree on which "good" Taliban to talk to. A Skype conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai would not enlighten matters. A phone call to the puppet across the border, Benazir Bhutto's widower President Asif Ali Zardari, might.
For public consumption Obama insists "we have no interest or aspiration" to be in Afghanistan "over the long term". He obviously forgot to ask the Pentagon. Their acronym-infested bible - the famous FM 3-05.202 (Special Forces Foreign Internal Defense Operations) spells counter-insurgency lasting forever. Retired Lieutenant General David Barno, the former top military man in Afghanistan, even said the US will stay until 2025. ..
Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007) and Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. His new book, just out, is Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

Buying Allies Where U.S. Has No Friends
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
"The U.S. plans to double the Afghan army and police, to 400,000 men, through the sheer magnetic pull of money. But, as the old song goes, money can't buy you love." At root, the Obama/ Petraeus plan for Afghanistan is bribery on a massive scale, a "surge" of billions of dollars to convert the desperately unemployed into U.S.-allied fighters. The plan only looks halfway intelligent in comparison to the early Rumsfeld Iraq plan based on the assumption that Iraqis desired to be ruled by foreigners.

Digest readers might be interested in the following historical reference, in light of Obama's recent escalation of the illegal U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan
from bob feldman in response to Partition Plans to Eliminate Iraq: "Containment Plus" from Clinton to Biden & Obama http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/179
 "Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carter’s National Security Adviser, will state in 1998, “According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the mujaheddin began… after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan…
But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.… We didn’t push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.” [Le Nouvel Observateur (Paris), 1/15/1998] After Brzezinski’s confession, other US officials who denied US involvement prior to the Soviet invasion will change their story as well. For instance, Charles Cogan, who is head of the CIA covert aid program to Afghanistan at this time, will call Carter’s approval on this day a “very modest beginning to US involvement.” [Cooley, 2002, pp. 10] In fact, even this is not correct because the CIA had been aiding the rebels since at least the year before. The Soviets invade Afghanistan by the end of 1979."

Liquid War: Welcome to Pipelineistan
By Pepe Escobar
What happens on the immense battlefield for the control of Eurasia will provide the ultimate plot line in the tumultuous rush towards a new, polycentric world order, also known as the New Great Game.... Forget the mainstream media's obsession with al-Qaeda, Osama "dead or alive" bin Laden, the Taliban - neo, light or classic - or that " war on terror", whatever name it goes by ... diversions compared to the high-stakes, hardcore geopolitical game that follows what flows along the pipelines of the planet.
a far more important... global energy war.... the risk mounts constantly, given the relentless competition between the West and Asia, be it in the Middle East, in the Caspian theater, or in African oil-rich states like Angola, Nigeria and Sudan... the Liquid War, because its bloodstream is the pipelines that crisscross the potential imperial battlefields of the planet... How could Russia, China, and Iran not interpret the war in Kosovo, then the invasion of Afghanistan (where Washington had previously tried to pair with the Taliban and encourage the building of another of those avoid-Iran, avoid-Russia pipelines), followed by the invasion of Iraq (that country of vast oil reserves), and finally the recent clash in Georgia (that crucial energy transportation junction) as straightforward wars for Pipelineistan? ... the Russian and Chinese leaderships saw a stark "continuity" of policy stretching from Bill Clinton's humanitarian imperialism to Bush's "global war on terror" ... consider this just the first postcard sent off from our tour of Pipelineistan. We'll be back (to slightly adapt a quote from Terminator). Think of this as a door opening onto a future in which what flows where and to whom may turn out to be the most important question on the planet....
Pepe Escobar is the roving eye correspondent for Asia Times Online This article draws from his new book, Obama Does Globalistan. He is also the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving Into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007) and Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. He may be reached at pepeasia@yahoo.com .

why the new owners will never leave...
The Iraqi resistance is still up and running
In 1973, Iraq nationalized its oil. It finally became free of the imperialist stranglehold placed on it by the West decades earlier. The nationalizing of Iraqi oil was the main reason behind the miraculous growth of the nation’s economy, infrastructure, and social services. In 2008, the stooges in Baghdad, prompted by their puppet masters in Washington, D.C., began to negotiate to sell off Iraqi oil rights to foreign firms. One U.S. oil executive said, "We’ve waited 35 years for this and now we’re back." ...
Pundit-after-pundit has hailed the diminishing violence in Iraq. There is a Santa Claus. Iraq is now peaceful and the Iraqi people are free. This newly-assessed theory about Iraq is false....
The Iraqi resistance is still up and running. According to experts, the groups have enough military hardware to conduct a formidable resistance for at least 40 years. This equipment came from the stockpiles of conventional weapons that were pre-positioned by the former Iraqi military. The Ba’ath Party executed this maneuver fight under the noses of the occupiers who were claiming victory. The mother of all battles is far from over... the terminology has been tweaked to evade reality. During World War II, the French resistance was considered a patriotic entity because it fought the German occupiers. The same is true of the Iraqi resistance, yet the U.S. is the occupier and calls those who participate in the resistance "terrorists."

Post-invasion violent & non-violent excess deaths total 2.3 million, refugees total 6 million in a continuing Iraqi Holocaust and Genocide.
Dr. Gideon Polya
On the 6th anniversary of the illegal and unjustified US Alliance invasion of Iraq, post-invasion non-violent excess deaths total 1.0 million (UN Population Division data)(US Just Foreign Policy, the UK ORB company and Johns Hopkins and Columbia University medical epidemiologists published in the top medical journal The Lancet); post-invasion under-5 infant deaths total 0.6 million (UN Population Division);and refugees inside and outside Occupied Iraq total 6 million (BRussells Tribunal)... This Iraqi Holocaust is an Iraqi Genocide as precisely defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention... In the mere 2 months after the inauguration of President Barack Obama, non-violent excess deaths of America’s “slaves” in the Occupied Palestinian, Iraqi and Afghan Territories have totaled about 100,000.. As Harold Pinter says, “How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? One hundred thousand? More than enough, I would have thought” - and therefore it is just that Obama as well as Bush and Blair be arraigned before the International Criminal Court of Justice.. http://mwcnews.net/content/view/29360/42/

FBI planting spies in U.S. mosques
Ten U.S. Muslim organizations threatened this week to cease working with the FBI, citing "McCarthy-era tactics" by the agency, including efforts to covertly infiltrate California mosques posing as worshippers into mosques, pressured Muslims to become informants, labeled civil rights advocates as criminals and spread misinformation.

Treatment of Imprisoned Muslims at Terre Haute's Communications Management Unit (CMU)
Stephen Lendman
Besides "unlawful enemy combatants" in global "torture prisons," they've been unfairly harassed, arrested, prosecuted, and interned as political prisoners for being Muslims at the wrong time in America. Most end up in federal facilities like the CMU at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI), Terre Haute, Indiana, established to segregate and discriminate against Muslims and Middle Eastern internees....US Prison Bureau regulations also stipulate that "staff shall not discriminate against inmates on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or political belief (including) administrative decisions (involving) access to work, housing and programs." Nonetheless, the Bush administration instituted these practices, and they continue under Barack Obama at the Terre Haute federal prison's Communications Management Unit (CMU). Perhaps at other federal and state facilities as well at a time Muslims are vilified and persecuted... Given how conditions have deteriorated, prisoners have reason to worry. A new administration is in charge. It vowed to close Guantanamo and end torture. Yet CMU conditions are worse and unaddressed by an uncaring government, no different under Obama than George Bush.... http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=52730&s2=19

US Iraq nominee issues Iran warning
Iran remains the "real problem" for Iraq, the US nominee for ambassador to Baghdad said, pledging to work to ensure Tehran respects Iraqi sovereignty. "The real problem in the region for Iraq is its ancient neighbour, Iran," Christopher Hill told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a confirmation hearing

... we underestimate the spine of these people. They will fight and die to defend their values. And their values are not to destroy America and Israel. Their values are to defend their way of life against Western encroachment...they have grounds to think America threatens them... it would be dangerously naive to think we could shock and awe them into any kind of submission....
Salon Interview with Rick Steves, http://www.ricksteves.com/iran/

'offer' from leaders of modern history's worst terrorist states
Obama offers Iran 'new beginning' not through "terror or arms but peaceful actions..."
U.S. proxy
Peres urges Iran: Reclaim place among 'enlightened nations'

u.s. imperialist analysis: IRAN'S VIEW
By George Friedman
Stratfor Geopolitical Intelligence Report
Obama is trying to create a new global perception of the United States. Global opinion was that former U.S. President George W. Bush was unwilling to engage with, and listen to, allies or enemies. Obama’s view is that that perception in itself harmed U.S. foreign policy by increasing suspicion of the United States. For Obama, offering New Year’s greetings to Iran is therefore part of a strategy to change the tone of all aspects of U.S. foreign policy. Getting Peres to offer parallel greetings was undoubtedly intended to demonstrate to the Iranians that the Israelis would not block U.S. initiatives toward Iran....
The Iranian response is also understandable. The United States has made a series of specific demands on Iran, and has worked to impose economic sanctions on Iran when Tehran has not complied. But Iran also has some fairly specific demands of the United States. It might be useful, therefore, to look at the Iranian view of the United States and the world through its eyes. ... in the Iranian point of view, the United States is asking for strategic concessions, yet offering very little in return...
Meanwhile, merely working on a nuclear device — regardless of how close or far Iran really is from having one — provides Iran with a dramatically important strategic lever. The Iranians learned from the North Korean experience that the United States has a nuclear fetish... From Tehran’s perspective, abandoning its nuclear program without substantial concessions, none of which have materialized as yet, would be irrational. And the Iranians expect a large payoff from all this...
The American demand that Iran stop meddling in Iraqi policies strikes the Iranians as if the United States is planning to use the new Baghdad regime to restore the regional balance of power. In fact, that is very much on Washington’s mind. This is completely unacceptable to Iran, although it might benefit the United States and the region. From the Iranian point of view, a fully neutral Iraq — with its neutrality guaranteed by Iranian influence — is the only acceptable outcome. The Iranians regard the American demand that Iran not meddle in Iraq as directly threatening Iranian national security.

Tehran dislikes the Obama-Petraeus strategy in Afghanistan. That strategy involves talking with the Taliban, a group that Iran has been hostile toward historically. The chance that the United States might install a Taliban-linked government in Afghanistan represents a threat to Iran second only to the threat posed to it by Iraq.
The Iranians see themselves as having been quite helpful to the United States in both Iraq and Afghanistan, as they helped Washington topple both the Taliban and Saddam Hussein. In 2001, they offered to let U.S. aircraft land in Iran, and assured Washington of the cooperation of pro-Iranian factions in Afghanistan. In Iraq, they provided intelligence and helped keep the Shiite population relatively passive after the invasion in 2003. But Iranians see Washington as having betrayed implicit understandings that in return for these services, the Iranians would enjoy a degree of influence in both countries. And the U.S. opening to the Taliban is the last straw...

Iran views Obama’s New Year greetings within this context. To them, Obama has not addressed the core issues between the two countries. In fact, apart from videos, Obama’s position on Iran does not appear different from the Bush position. The Iranian leadership does not see why it should respond more favorably to the Obama administration than it did to the Bush administration. Tehran wants to be very sure that Obama understands that the willingness alone to talk is insufficient; some indications of what is to be discussed and what might be offered are necessary.
Many in the U.S. administration believe that the weak Iranian economy might shape the upcoming Iranian presidential election. Undoubtedly, the U.S. greetings were timed to influence the election. Washington has tried to influence internal Iranian politics for decades, constantly searching for reformist elements. The U.S. hope is that someone might be elected in Iran who is so obsessed with the economy that he would trade away strategic and geopolitical interests in return for some sort of economic aid. There are undoubtedly candidates who would be interested in economic aid, but none who are prepared to trade away strategic interests. Nor could they even if they wanted to. The Iran-Iraq war is burned into the popular Iranian consciousness; any candidate who appeared willing to see a strong Iraq would lose the election. American analysts are constantly confusing an Iranian interest in economic aid with a willingness to abandon core interests. But this hasn’t happened, and isn’t happening now....
Rebuilding the U.S. public image is a reasonable goal for the first 100 days of a presidency. But soon the openings Obama has made will have to be walked through, with tough bargaining. In the case of Iran — one of the toughest cases of all — it is hard to see how Washington can give Tehran the things it wants because that would make Iran a major regional power. And it is hard to see how Iran could give away the things the Americans are demanding.
Obama indicated that it would take time for his message to generate a positive response from the Iranians. It is more likely that unless the message starts to take on more substance that pleases the Iranians, the response will remain unchanged. The problem wasn’t Bush or Clinton or Reagan, the problem was the reality of Iran and the United States. Only if a third power frightened the Iranians sufficiently — a third power that also threatened the United States — would U.S.-Iranian interests be brought together. But Russia, at least for now, is working very hard to be friendly with Iran..... www.stratfor.com

enlightened nations' 60 year holocaust
ARIJ study: Illegal Settlements increased by 173% in 20 years
Israeli acts in violation to all signed peace deals, to international law and the basic principles of human right. The illegal Israeli actions aim at expanding settlements by annexing Palestinian lands and expanding the areas that the illegal Annexation Wall isolate and keep in Israel’s hand.
www.uruknet.info?p=52808 www.imemc.org/article/59482

The soldiers' testimonies include accounts of an unarmed old woman being shot at a distance of 100 yards, a woman and her two children being killed after Israeli soldiers ordered them from their house into the line of fire of a sniper and soldiers clearing houses by shooting anyone they encountered on sight.
"That's the beauty of Gaza. You see a man walking, he doesn't have to have a weapon, and you can shoot him," one soldier told Danny Zamir, the head of the Rabin pre-military academy, who asked him why a company commander ordered an elderly woman to be shot... The same unnamed NCO said that his commanding officer ordered soldiers on to a rooftop to shoot an old woman crossing a main street during the fighting, which a Palestinian rights groups said left 1,434 people dead, 960 of them civilians...
Another NCO recounted... "We had taken over the house... and the family was released and told to go right. A mother and two children got confused and went left...you can say he just did what he was told... he was told not to let anyone approach the left flank and he shot at them....
The soldiers' accounts were submitted anonymously at a meeting at the academy around a month ago. The Israel army said that it had started an investigation, but that this was the first time it had heard such testimony, despite having debriefed troops itself. Breaking The Silence, an organisation of former soldiers who gather witness accounts from troops in the Palestinian territories, said that its own investigation into Operation Cast Lead, as the war was known in Israel, revealed a similar picture of the fighting.
Another disturbing element reported by the soldiers was the role of military rabbis distributing booklets that framed the fighting as a religious war. "All these articles had a clear message: we are the Jewish people, we have come to the land by miraculous means, and we have to fight to remove the Gentiles who are getting in our way and preventing us from occupying the Holy Land... http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article5939611.e...

Dead Palestinian babies and bombed mosques - IDF fashion 2009
Uri Blau, Haaretz
...Dead babies, mothers weeping on their children's graves, a gun aimed at a child and bombed-out mosques - a drawing of a soldier next to a young woman with bruises, and the slogan, "Bet you got raped!" ... a few examples of the images Israel Defense Forces soldiers design these days to print on shirts they order...A T-shirt for infantry snipers bears the inscription "Better use Durex," next to a picture of a dead Palestinian baby, with his weeping mother and a teddy bear beside him. A sharpshooter's T-shirt from the Givati Brigade's Shaked battalion shows a pregnant Palestinian woman with a bull's-eye superimposed on her belly, with the slogan, in English, "1 shot, 2 kills." A "graduation" shirt for those who have completed another snipers course depicts a Palestinian baby, who grows into a combative boy and then an armed adult, with the inscription, "No matter how it begins, we'll put an end to it."... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=52791 http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1072466.html

U.S. capitalist competitors are not 'socialists' / 'communists'
BEIJING - China will continue investing in US government bonds while paying close attention to possible fluctuations in the value of those assets, said a deputy governor of China's central bank here Monday."Investing in US Treasury bonds is an important component of China's foreign currency reserve investments," Hu Xiaolian, deputy governor of the People's Bank of China, told a briefing about President Hu Jintao's participation in the Group of 20 financial summit in Britain scheduled for April 1 to 2.
"We are naturally relatively concerned with the safety and profitability of US government bonds," she added. China's reserves hit a record US$1.95 trillion at the end of 2008, the largest in the world and far exceeding those of Japan, the second-largest foreign exchange holder, which had US$1.03 trillion. China has invested its huge foreign exchange reserves in low-risk but low-yield assets, such as US government bonds. Treasury bond assets fluctuate during different periods, according to Hu.
Treasury bond purchases would remain key to China's investment plans, but China would keep close watch on them, Hu said. Given that the US dollar is still the leading currency used in the settlement, valuation and payment of international trade, China will pay closer attention to the supervision of the international monetary system based on the US dollar, Hu said. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn//china/2009-03/23/content_7607827.htm

China promotes overhaul of global monetary system
Mr. Zhou diplomatically did not refer explicitly to the dollar. But his speech, issued exceptionally in English as well as Chinese, spelled out Beijing's dissatisfaction with the primacy of the U.S. currency, which Mr. Zhou says has led to increasingly frequent global financial crises since the collapse in 1971 of the Bretton Woods system of fixed but adjustable exchange rates.
Reform of the international monetary system is likely to take a back seat to the more urgent task of economic and financial stabilization when leaders of the Group of 20 developed and emerging economies meet in London on April 2. China proposed a sweeping overhaul of the global monetary system, outlining how the dollar could eventually be replaced as the world's main reserve currency by the International Monetary Fund's Special Drawing Right. The S.D.R. is an international reserve asset created by the I.M.F. in 1969 that has the potential to act as a super-sovereign reserve currency, Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People's Bank of China, said in remarks published on the central bank's Web site."The role of the S.D.R. has not been put into full play due to limitations on its allocation and the scope of its uses. However, it serves as the light in the tunnel for the reform of the international monetary system," he said. http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/03/23/business/imf.php?WT.mc_id=newsale...

fast-blooming capitalists now IN, not communists AGIN, the global imperialist game
China calls on overseas Tibet report to be 'objective'
China hoped overseas media could carry out reports on Tibet in an objective, comprehensive and truthful way, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said... at a regular press conference responding to a question related to a video clip on the Internet in recent days that allegedly showed Chinese police brutality in the March 14 Lhasa riot of last year.... Qin said "Maybe the Dalai Lama and his followers got some tips of image-editing from some western media,"...
"Have you ever cared about the innocent civilians who were burnt or hacked to death in the event... noting the riot killed 18 innocent civilians, and injured more than 380 innocent civilians and 242 servicemen.? Do you remember the five young girls who were burnt to death in the event? Do you remember the sad look of the parents who lost their children?" Qin said... the March 14 Lhasa riot was a violent crime... dealing with the riot, local policemen and armed police force didn't carry or use lethal weapons...."The crimes committed by the Dalai Clique are irrefutable and pinned down by ironclad evidence," ... Qin gave a book and a disc published by China reviewing the facts of the March 14 Lhasa riot to the journalist who raised the question. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn//china/2009-03/26/content_7621038.htm

A a sacrificial lamb to preserve US interests in the Philippines
The Filipina who accused a United States serviceman of rape in 2005 recanted her version of events, but the country is still up in arms. Opposition and women's groups claim the US has manipulated her to defuse rising public resentment towards the controversial military pact that governs the conduct of US troops in the Philippines.... using her as a pawn to dampen widespread public resentment towards the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the presence of US troops in the country. Joms Salvador, spokesperson of the women's group Gabriela, was suspicious that Nicole's recantation was released after US President Barack Obama placed a phone call to President Gloria Arroyo on March 14, during which the two leaders reportedly discussed various matters, including the VFA."It was too smoothly executed ... one cannot believe that [Obama's] call had nothing to do with what happened," Salvador said.
Renato Reyes Jr, secretary general of the leftist political coalition Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance) or Bayan, said Nicole's recantation was "part of a grand design to preserve the VFA at all costs. She was a sacrificial lamb in order to preserve US interests.... the Philippine and US governments believed declaring Smith innocent "will weaken the people's case against the VFA".... "The continuing detention of convicted rapist Lance Corporal Daniel Smith at the US Embassy ... is clear proof of the grossly unequal character of the Visiting Forces Agreement or VFA," Bayan...
Nicole's recantation comes less than three weeks after the dismissal of another rape case filed by a Filipina against an American soldier, this time in Okinawa, Japan.

snapshot of the ideology that drives and 'justifies' amerika's shameless global white supremacist exploitation, oppression, torture, terror, lies and war to keep it #1 world dominator
Rape and other forms of sexual assault against women is the great shame of the U.S. armed forces, and there is no evidence that this ghastly problem, kept out of sight as much as possible, is diminishing.

Remembering the 1999 NATO led War on Yugoslavia: Kosovo "Freedom Fighters" Financed by Organized Crime
Michel Chossudovsky
Ten years ago March 24th 1999 marks the commencement of NATO aerial bombardment of Yugoslavia. The bombings which lasted for almost three months, were followed by the military invasion (under a bogus UN mandate) and illegal occupation of the province of Kosovo. The following article was written and published in April 1999.
Michel Chossudovsky, March 19, 2009
Heralded by the global media as a humanitarian peace-keeping mission, NATO's ruthless bombing of Belgrade and Pristina goes far beyond the breach of international law. While Slobodan Milosevic is demonised, portrayed as a remorseless dictator, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) is upheld as a self-respecting nationalist movement struggling for the rights of ethnic Albanians. The truth of the matter is that the KLA is sustained by organised crime with the tacit approval of the United States and its allies....

Covert Financing of "Freedom Fighters"
Remember Oliver North and the Contras? The pattern in Kosovo is similar to other CIA covert operations in Central America, Haiti and Afghanistan where "freedom fighters" were financed through the laundering of drug money. Since the onslaught of the Cold War, Western intelligence agencies have developed a complex relationship to the illegal narcotics trade. In case after case, drug money laundered in the international banking system has financed covert operations. According to author Alfred McCoy, the pattern of covert financing was established in the Indochina war. In the 1960s, the Meo army in Laos was funded by the narcotics trade as part of Washington's military strategy against the combined forces of the neutralist government of Prince Souvanna Phouma and the Pathet Lao.6
The pattern of drug politics set in Indochina has since been replicated in Central America and the Caribbean. "The rising curve of cocaine imports to the US", wrote journalist John Dinges "followed almost exactly the flow of US arms and military advisers to Central America".7 The military in Guatemala and Haiti, to which the CIA provided covert support, were known to be involved in the trade of narcotics into Southern Florida. And as revealed in the Iran-Contra and Bank of Commerce and Credit International (BCCI) scandals, there was strong evidence that covert operations were funded through the laundering of drug money. "Dirty money" recycled through the banking system--often through an anonymous shell company-- became "covert money," used to finance various rebel groups and guerilla movements including the Nicaraguan Contras and the Afghan Mujahadeen. According to a 1991 Time Magazine report:
"Because the US wanted to supply the mujehadeen rebels in Afghanistan with stinger missiles and other military hardware it needed the full cooperation of Pakistan. By the mid-1980s, the CIA operation in Islamabad was one of the largest US intelligence stations in the World. `If BCCI is such an embarrassment to the US that forthright investigations are not being pursued it has a lot to do with the blind eye the US turned to the heroin trafficking in Pakistan', said a US intelligence officer.8

Death squad leader 'was top CIA agent'
The late President Milosevic's secret police chief and organiser of Serb death squads during the genocidal ethnic cleansing of disintegrating Yugoslavia was the United States' top CIA agent in Belgrade, according to the independent Belgrade Radio B92. The claim that from 1992 until the end of the decade, Jovica Stanisic, head of Serbia's murderous DB Secret Police, was regularly informing his CIA handlers of the thinking in Milosevic's inner circle has shocked the region. Stanisic is said to have loyally served his two masters for eight years. He is facing war crimes charges at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. http://www.legitgov.org/#breaking_news

Imperialist diplomacy & peacekeeping
Indicted Bosnian Serb claims immunity
...Richard Holbrooke, now a special envoy on Afghanistan and Pakistan for the Obama administration, has repeatedly denied promising Mr. Karadzic immunity from prosecution in exchange for abandoning power after the Bosnian war. But the rumor persists, and different versions have recently emerged that line up with Mr. Karadzic's assertion, including a new historical study of the Yugoslav wars published by Purdue University in Indiana. Charles W. Ingrao, the study's main editor, said that three senior State Department officials, one of them retired, and several other people with knowledge of Mr. Holbrooke's activities told him that Mr. Holbrooke assured Mr. Karadzic in July 1996 that he would not be pursued by the international war crimes tribunal in The Hague if he left politics. Mr. Ingrao said that Mr. Holbrooke used Slobodan Milosevic, then the Serbian leader, and other Serbian officials as intermediaries to convey the promise and to reach the deal with Mr. Karadzic....
The 442-page report, Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies: A Scholars' Initiative, is the product of eight years of research by teams of historians, jurists and social scientists into the wars that tore the former Yugoslavia apart in the 1990s. Mr. Ingrao said scholars from all sides contributed in an effort to reconcile disparate views of the conflicts. The report says that Mr. Holbrooke, in Belgrade, "instructed his principal assistant, Christopher Hill, to draft the memorandum to be signed by Karadzic," who was in Pale, Bosnia, committing him to give up power."The agreement almost came to grief when Holbrooke vigorously refused Karadzic's demand, and Hill's appeal, that he affix his signature to it," the report says, citing unidentified State Department sources. Neither Mr. Goldberg nor Mr. Hill responded to requests for interviews for this article.
In an interview, the former State Department official, who had access to confidential reports and to members of the Holbrooke team, said that during that evening in 1996, Mr. Milosevic and other Serbian officials were on the phone with Mr. Karadzic.The former official said that Mr. Karadzic wanted written assurances that he would not be pursued for war crimes and refused to sign without them. "Holbrooke told the Serbs, 'You can give him my word he won't be pursued,' but Holbrooke refused to sign anything," the official said. Mr. Holbrooke could make that promise because he knew that American and other Western militaries in Bosnia were not then making arrests, the official said. In the short statement Mr. Karadzic eventually signed, he agreed to withdraw "from all political activities" and to step down from office.
The American who was involved in peacekeeping insisted in an interview that Mr. Holbrooke himself told him that he had made a deal with Mr. Karadzic to get him to leave politics. He recalled meeting Mr. Holbrooke in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on the eve of Bosnian elections in November 2000, just after Mr. Milosevic had finally been ousted from power in Serbia. Mr. Holbrooke was worried about the outcome of the Bosnian vote because he knew that Mr. Karadzic was still secretly running his nationalist political party, picking candidates, including mayors and police chiefs who had run prison camps and organized massacres. "Holbrooke was angry, he was ranting,"... He quoted Mr. Holbrooke as saying: "That son of a bitch Karadzic. I made a deal with him that if he'd pull out of politics, we wouldn't go after him. He's broken that deal and now we're going to get him. Mr. Karadzic's party won those elections in the Bosnian Serb republic. Shortly afterward, he disappeared from public view. http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/03/21/europe/22hague.php?WT.mc_id=newsa...

U.S. Seeks Expanded Power in Seizing Firms
The Obama administration and the Federal Reserve, still smarting from the political furor over the bailout of American International Group, began a full-court press on Tuesday to expand the federal government’s power to seize control of troubled financial institutions deemed too big to fail....The federal government has long had the power to take over and close banks and other deposit-taking institutions whose deposits are insured by the government and subject to detailed regulation. But the Obama administration and the Fed would extend that authority to insurance companies like A.I.G., investment banks, hedge funds, private equity firms and any other kind of financial institution considered “systemically” important. That would let the government for the first time take control of private equity firms like Carlyle or industrial finance giants like GE Capital... If Congress approves such a measure, it would represent one of the biggest permanent expansions of federal regulatory power in decades....scores of questions remained about how the authority would actually work, and industry experts cautioned it would only be one step in a broad overhaul of financial regulation that President Obama and Congress were beginning to map out. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/25/business/economy/25web-bailout.html?th...

multi-billionaire - Obama/democratic party-financier Soros the big liberal imperialist-zionist "humanitarian" savior
Top Hedge Fund Managers Do Well in Down Year
George Soros... a perennial name on the rich list of secretive moneymakers, pulled in $1.1 billion... In a year when losses were recorded at two of every three hedge funds, pay for many of these managers was down by several million, and the overall pool of earnings was about half the $22.5 billion the top 25 earned in 2007. The managers’ compensation, which was breathtaking in the best of times, is eye-popping after a year when hedge funds lost 18 percent on average, and investors withdrew money en masse...“The golden age for hedge funds is gone, but it’s still three times more lucrative than working at a mutual fund and most other places on Wall Street,” said Robert Sloan, managing partner of S3 Partners, a hedge fund risk management firm.... these hedge fund managers and others who made it through last year with cash on hand are the sort of investors the federal government hopes will step in and buy troubled assets from banks. The richest managers are also in the best position to take advantage of the distressed environment to build their wealth. “The guys who own the future are the guys like John Paulson and the others on the Alpha list,” said Keith R. McCullough, the chief executive of Research Edge, a firm in New Haven that provides trading analysis for hedge funds. “... we’re going to go beg for capital from the very people we’ve been trying to vilify.” ... http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/25/business/25hedge.html?_r=1&th&emc=th

a.m newspaper headline replaced in online ST by...
Half of us have one month of cash cushion if laid off
A MetLife study released last week found 50 percent of Americans said they have only a one-month cushion — roughly two paychecks — or less before they would be unable to fully meet their financial obligations if they were to lose their jobs. More disturbing is that 28 percent said they could not make ends meet for longer than two weeks without their jobs. MarketWatch
Hand to mouth
RECENT SURVEYS show a growing number of Americans a few paychecks away from trouble if they lost their job:
50 percent said they have only a one-month cushion or less before they would be unable to fully meet their financial obligations.
28 percent said they could not make ends meet for longer than two weeks.
29 percent of people earning $100,000+/year said they'd struggle to pay bills after a month.

Unemployment hits harder among Latinos, Blacks
"Many times blacks and Latinos are the last to be hired, so naturally they are first to be fired," said Jerry Medley, who has been in the executive search business for 30 years. "Not saying that it's racism,"...
Much of the disparity is due to a concentration of Latinos and blacks in construction, blue-collar or service-industry jobs that have been decimated by the economic meltdown. And black unemployment has been about double the rate for whites since the government began tracking those categories in the early 1970s.... But this recession is cutting a swath through the professional classes as well, which can be devastating to people who recently arrived there. Since the recession began in December 2007, Latino unemployment has risen 4.7 percentage points, to 10.9 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Black unemployment has risen 4.5 points, to 13.4 percent. White unemployment has risen 2.9 points, to 7.3 percent.[reflects only FT workers currently getting benefits]...
"You worry about populations of concentrated poverty..." Holzer said. "It could lead to social unrest, higher crime rates...."It will obviously have an effect on the crime rate," said Maya Wiley, director of the Center for Social Inclusion, which recently issued a report stating that nonwhites are bearing the heaviest burden during the recession.

The Cold-Blooded Murder of Oscar Grant
by Reiko Redmonde and Larry Everest
The New Year in Oakland, California, brought in an old message to Black youth: they can be corralled and murdered for no reason... Such is the rationale of racial state terror: the victim can do nothing to either invite or avoid the assault. "The killing of Oscar Grant was not a mistake or an accident, it was cold-blooded murder." Immediately, the "system's institutions moved to cover up and legitimize this violence and let all the cops but one go free." The powers-that-be seek equilibrium through normalization of murder... brutalizing, terrorizing, and murdering oppressed people—especially Black people—is what the police are supposed to do—not to “protect and serve,” but to keep people down....
[Links to videos of the events leading up to, and the murder of Oscar Grant are available at http://www.ktvu.com/news/18426590/detail.html]

3 Officers Dead After Shootings in Oakland
Tension between police and the community has escalated since the fatal shooting of an unarmed 22-year-old, Oscar Grant III, by a transit police officer on New Year’s Day... at close range while lying face down on a train platform....the officer accused in the shooting, Johannes Mehserle, has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge. Violent protests hit the streets in the weeks after Mr. Grant’s death. Jan. 7, more than 100 people were arrested after protesters marched through the city breaking store windows and setting cars and trashcans on fire.
Oakland’s black community and law enforcement have had a tense relationship for years, including a case known as the Riders case in which a group of police officers were accused of abusing and falsely accusing suspects. Three of the officers were acquitted of charges including kidnapping and assault...The Associated Press reported Saturday that... bystanders taunted the police.

Breathing While Black: Guilty Until Proven Innocent
The Oakland police have drawn up a kind of criminal hit parade called Operation Cease-Fire that includes the top 100 “persons of interest” in the city...who the authorities believe are causing trouble and contributing to a climate of lawlessness..."we’ve been watching you,” said Howard A. Jordan, deputy police chief... People suspected of committing crimes who are not already in the justice system will be asked to come in voluntarily, with the authorities using relatives, friends and girlfriends to entice them to cooperate.http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/22/us/22oakland.html?fta=y

NYT unflinching hypocrisy
Obama Flinches on Immigration
In a little-noticed act of political faintheartedness the Obama administration has pulled back from nominating Thomas Saenz, a highly regarded civil-rights lawyer and counsel to the mayor of Los Angeles, to run the Justice Department’s civil rights division.... former top litigator in Los Angeles for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund [MALDEF] was privately offered the job in January. The floating of his name led to fierce outbursts from anti-immigrant groups and blogs...He was a leader of the successful fight to block California’s Proposition 187, an unconstitutional effort to deny social services and schooling to illegal immigrants. He has defended Latino day laborers who were targets of misguided local crackdowns, from illegal police stings to unconstitutional anti-solicitation ordinances. An editorial in Investor’s Business Daily slimed Mr. Saenz by calling him “an open-borders extremist” and said Maldef wanted to give California back to Mexico....None of it was true, but it was apparently too much for the White House. Mr. Saenz was ditched in favor of Maryland’s labor secretary, Thomas Perez, who has a solid record but is not as closely tied to immigrant rights....
Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Editorial
Expanding National Service Department of Justice, 1988-1995. Special Counsel to U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts, 1995-98. Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1999-2001. Presidential Elector, Maryland, 2004. Member, Agency Review Team, Obama-Biden Transition, 2008-09
...According to Maryland Secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Thomas Perez, "Labor centers are the most cost-effective investment of government money I can imagine ... We're providing employment, addressing public safety by creating an orderly process, keeping people from street corners and protecting workers."... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CASA_of_Maryland

no flinching on patriot civilian army
At this moment of economic crisis, when so many people are in need of help and so much needs to be done, this could not be more urgent
prez. Barack Obama

“a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the regular military.
candidate Barack Obama

why 'post racial' obama had to denounce decades-long 'friend' & pastor Jeremiah Wright to become head house-negro
...Wright’s extensive and effective broadsides against U.S. and Western (white European) policies and pretensions, including his criticisms of the United States as an imperial superpower that rules the world by force, robs from lesser powers in order to maintain its great wealth, without concern for the people it damages...that the United States remains a racist society... in stark contrast with Obama’s “post-racial” rhetoric...
Wright’s political critique of “500 years of colonialism, racism, and slavery”... encompasses Wright’s sermon in the aftermath of 9/11 that warned of the dangers inherent in seeking vengeance, and argued that 9/11 can only be understood as “America’s chickens coming home to roost”... that the United States is “the No. 1 killer in the world,”...that when Americans kill, “nobody bats an eye”; his “God damn America...for killing innocent people [and] for treating her citizens as less than human” ...that the U.S. government “lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq”, “lied about a connection between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein”; supports Israel “shamelessly while ignoring the Palestinians and branding anybody who [speaks] out against it as being anti-Semitic”; that this country “believe[s] in white supremacy and black inferiority” that we ought to call this country the “United States of White America.”....
from Jeremiah Wright in the Propaganda System, Edward S. Herman and David Peterson, http://www.monthlyreview.org/080901herman-peterson.php

his handlers later tried to amend this 'spontaneous' off-teleprompter 'color-blind' racism ...
COMPTON: Yours is a rather historic presidency. And I’m just wondering whether, in any of the policy debates that you’ve had within the White House, the issue of race has come up or whether it has in the way you feel you’ve been perceived by other leaders or by the American people? Or has the last 64 days been a relatively colorblind time?
OBAMA: I, I think that the last 64 days has been dominated by me trying to figure out how we’re going to fix the economy, and that affects black, brown and white.
And, you know, obviously, at the inauguration, I think that there was justifiable pride on the part of the country that we had taken a step to move us beyond some of the searing legacies of racial discrimination in this country, but that lasted about a day.
And, and, you know, right now, the American people are judging me exactly the way I should be judged. And that is: Are we taking the steps to improve liquidity in the financial markets, create jobs, get businesses to reopen, keep America safe? And that’s what I’ve been spending my time thinking about.

Why Obama is chief u.s. imperialist-zionist salesman
Obama Fronts for White Supremacy with Boycott of Durban II
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
The Durban II conference on racism has been eviscerated by the Black man at the helm of the racist superpower.
For many on the Left, it was an article of faith that the election of Barack Obama would change the paradigm of United States and international politics – that the conversation would be fundamentally altered when a Black man became leader of the sole superpower on Earth. How anyone could believe that one man’s melanin could undo or even significantly alter an imperial edifice erected over centuries at the cost of hundreds of millions of lives and the extinction of whole peoples – is beyond me. But wishful thinking and silly assumptions are washed away by events and the passing of time. The injustices of the current world order are derived from those of the old order - based on white supremacy. The language of Euro-American hegemony has become more refined but, with the advent of the Barack Obama presidency, it has taken only two months to demonstrate that white supremacy - and its peculiar Zionist offshoot - has no difficulty exercising its power and privilege through the agency of a Black executive." The Durban II conference on racism has been eviscerated by the Black man at the helm of the racist superpower...
President Obama has shown us – and very early in his term – that he is just as determined as his white predecessors in the Oval Office to maintain the global order created by the conquistadors, colonizers, and genocidal maniacs of Europe and North America. Obama threatens that the U.S. will boycott the second international gathering on racism since the turn of the millennium, scheduled for late April in Switzerland. The conference is informally called “Durban II” in reference to the first such gathering on racism, in Durban, South Africa, in 200l. George Bush pulled the U.S. out of Durban I, claiming the deck was stacked against Israel, a state whose purpose is to maintain Jewish supremacy...In the interim, Israel has escalated its savage aggressions against Arabs within its borders, in the occupied territories, and among its neighbors. Thus, the question of whether Zionism is a form of racism is as relevant today, as ever.
Since 2001, the United States has been engaged in its own, self-proclaimed war against Arabs and Muslims everywhere on the planet, and has intensified anti-Arab and anti-Muslim discrimination, here at home. The racial order in the United States has, since 2001, developed even deeper layers of hatred and discrimination directly related to American imperial policy in the world – and, of course, its connections to Israel and Zionist racism. It’s past time for Durban II, but Obama doesn’t want to go – any more than George Bush did. And for the same reasons. Imperialism is incomprehensible without an understanding of its white supremacist underpinnings.

The European and North American imperialists are busy re-writing the agenda for Durban II, so that whether they attend or not, the event will result in no indictment of white supremacy as a fundamental evil at work in the world, today. Language related to reparations to Africans for the white worldwide savagery and people-stealing that created the Black Diaspora, is gone, written out – as if the cascade of holocausts against Africa and Africans never happened.
For centuries, North American and European power and privilege has been built on the degradation of people of color. Now a Black man has been elevated to a singular status. He uses it to reinforce the system of white supremacy, and to write other Black and brown and red and yellow people out of history. His name is Barack Obama. Why should anyone be proud. ..... http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/obama-fronts-white-supremacy...
For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford www.BlackAgendaReport.com. BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

warning: anti-capitalist agenda brewing in the wings
The U.N. International Labor Organization projects between 30 million and 50 million job losses worldwide. Central European countries are teetering; Japan's economy is horrifying; and the Chinese job-creation machine is losing the race against its demographic pressures. There have been riots in Greece and China as well as huge protest rallies in Dublin, Paris, London and beyond. So far the protesters express anger without an agenda, but if the global economy continues to slide through 2010, they'll discover one....
David Brooks

martial law waiting in the wings
"... Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order … An American government and defense establishment lulled into complacency by a long-secure domestic order would be forced to rapidly divest some or most external security commitments in order to address rapidly expanding human insecurity at home. DoD might be forced by circumstances to put its broad resources at the disposal of civil authorities to contain and reverse violent threats to domestic tranquility. Under the most extreme circumstances, this might include use of military force against hostile groups inside the United States. Further, DoD would be, by necessity, an essential enabling hub for the continuity of political authority in a multi-state or nationwide civil conflict or disturbance..."
Nathan Freier, Army Lt. Col. ret., professor & author of the new U.S. Army War College report

“it is impossible to separate the country’s financial ills from the long-term need to rein in health-care costs, stabilize Social Security and prevent the Medicare program from bankrupting the government.”

Barack Obama's budget would produce $9.3 trillion in deficits over the next decade, more than four times the deficits of George W. Bush's presidency

bloodsuckers' nightmare unfolding
G20 must help world poor or risk unrest say EU and U.S.

u.s. ambassador from one holocaust to another
Pope Urges Angolans to Help the Poor and Embrace Democracy
The pope challenged the people in oil-rich Angola and other African countries to free their people “from the scourges of greed, violence and unrest” through “modern civic democracy.”... the pope renewed the church’s objection to the use of condoms.. “The Angolans see themselves as a continental power, and the pope’s visit is a further reaffirmation of that,”... "...pope’s visit is a geopolitical coming of age..." said the United States ambassador...

3 Million Workers Take to the Streets Across France
Hundreds of thousands at the main rally in Paris and tens of thousands taking part in marches in provincial towns and cities packed with protesters waving anti-Sarkozy placards and chanting slogans "Get lost you little jerk!" The protests, which polls show are backed by three quarters of the French public, reflect growing disillusion with Sarkozy's pledges of reform as the crisis has thrown two million out of work and left millions more worried about their jobs.

police state violence propaganda & preparations
London police fear violent protests at G-20 economic meeting
British police are preparing to deal with violent protests as anarchists threaten to bring chaos to the Group of 20 summit meeting in London. All leave for police officers in the capital has been called off and businesses are being advised to cancel unnecessary meetings because protesters have vowed to target the financial district as the world leaders gather to discuss the financial crisis.Previous world economic summit meetings and conferences have been targeted by anarchists, anti-globalization protesters and other groups. The police say they fear that the gathering April 2 in London, set against anger at the economic downturn, could provoke more violence....protesters have already indicated that they would demonstrate April 1 as politicians and officials begin arriving in London. A movement called "Storm the Banks" circulating on the Internet indicating that anti-capitalist protesters planning to focus attention on the Bank of England during what some have dubbed "Financial Fools Day."..."At the moment, we are not aware of any specific threat to this event," a police spokeswoman said. "What we will be doing is an intelligence-led deployment... http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/03/19/europe/protest.php

calling all patriots - waving the bloody imperialist flag is 'cool' now with a black face in place
Expanding National Service
The nation is close to a major civic breakthrough...essentially the measure is an expansion of AmeriCorps.... It would increase the number of full-time and part-time service volunteers to 250,000 from 75,000 and create new programs focused on special areas like strengthening schools, improving health care for low-income communities, boosting energy efficiency and cleaning up parks... Special fellowships would be available for people 55 and older, as well as summer positions for middle- and high-school students. In tribute to victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Sept. 11 would be designated a day of service and remembrance....In all, the measure would cost about $6 billion over the next five years — a sound investment in the nation’s future. President Obama helped put it on a fast track calling on lawmakers to act when he addressed Congress last month.... This is a chance to constructively harness the idealism of thousands of Americans eager to contribute time and energy to solving the nation’s problems — a chance not to be missed... http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/24/opinion/24tue4.html?th&emc=th

The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. In partnership with nonprofit organizations, state and local agencies, faith-based and other community organizations...Drawn from successful models of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and U.S. military, AmeriCorps NCCC is built on the belief that civic responsibility is an inherent duty of all citizens and that national service programs work effectively with local communities to address pressing needs.

stimulating same profiteering 'healthcare' meets opposition
Doctors Doubt Value of $19 Billion Stimulus for Digital Health Data
The Obama administration’s health technology plan, part of the economic recovery package, includes incentive payments for adopting electronic health records — more than $40,000 per physician and up to several million dollars for hospitals... spread over a few years... based on “meaningful use” of “certified” records... Congress left defining those terms to the Department of Health and Human Services.... spending billions of dollars of federal funds to stimulate the adoption of existing forms of health record software would be a costly policy mistake.... current health record suppliers offering pre-Internet era software...“If the government’s money goes to cement the current technology in place,” Dr. Mandl said in an interview, “we will have a very hard time innovating in health care reform.” To justify spending taxpayers’ money, the government program must expand digital records beyond tasks like billing to focus on “how the technology will be used to improve clinical performance,” said Herbert S. Lin, a senior scientist the National Academy of Sciences, an advisory group to the government... http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/26/business/26health.html?th&emc=th

Drug-Sniffing Dogs Patrol More Schools
Strip-Search of Girl Tests School Anti-Drug and Violence Policy
Dale Lamborn, the superintendent of a somewhat threadbare rural school district, feels the pain of Utah’s economic crisis every day as he tinkers with his shrinking budget, struggling to avoid laying off teachers or cutting classes like welding or calculus. Just across the border in Wyoming, a state awash in oil and gas money, James Bailey runs a wealthier district. It has a new elementary school and gives every child an Apple laptop.
But under the Obama administration’s education stimulus package, Mr. Lamborn, who needs every penny he can get, will receive $400 hundreds of dollars less per student than will Dr. Bailey, who says he does not need the extra money.
Washington is using a tangle of well-worn federal formulas, some of which benefit states that spend more per pupil, while others help states with large concentrations of poor students or simply channel money based on population. Combined, the formulas seem to take little account of who needs the money most. Democrats in Congress decided to use the formulas to save time, knowing that devising new ones tailored to current conditions could require months of negotiations.
“These formulas were the best vehicle for getting these emergency economic recovery funds out to school districts as quickly as possible, to help them immediately stave off layoffs,” said Rachel Racusen, a spokeswoman for Representative George Miller, Democrat of California, who is chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor. The education secretary, Arne Duncan, said that he, too, was aware of the disparities but that no formula was perfect. “In this case, people are just extraordinarily thankful for these unprecedented resources,” Mr. Duncan said in an interview. “So I’m aware of these disparities, but we’ve received zero complaints.”...

political education in capitalist 'science'
Oversaving, a Burden for Our Times
... news of another crisis that is much more pleasant to deal with. Now that shoppers have sworn off credit cards, we’re risking an epidemic of a hitherto neglected affliction: saver’s remorse....condition is real enough to merit a new label. Consumer psychologists call it hyperopia, the medical term for farsightedness and the opposite of myopia, nearsightedness... so obsessed with preparing for the future that they can’t enjoy the present, and they end up looking back sadly on all their lost opportunities for fun.... experiments showed that people will work harder for luxuries than for more practical prizes — and the more effort that’s required, the more they feel entitled to a self-indulgent reward. That’s a motivation strategy for managers and marketers to keep in mind, Dr. Kivetz said....During the current recession, hyperopic Ants are presumably having a harder time than ever parting with their own cash, no matter how often President Obama and his economists urge them to do some stimulative shopping.
scientific rationale for going on a shopping binge: It’s essential therapy for your hyperopia! If that doesn’t convince them... try this: When you’re on your deathbed, how much time will you spend wistfully thinking, “If only I’d bought the smaller plasma TV. . . .”?

Further Reading
"Remedying Hyperopia: The Effects of Self-Control Regret on Consumer Behavior." A. Keinan, R. Kivetz. Journal of Marketing Research, 2008.
"Self-Control for the Righteous: Toward a Theory of Precommitment to Indulgence" (pdf). R. Kivetz, I. Simonson. Journal of Consumer Research, 2002.
"Determinants of Justification and Self-Control" (pdf). R. Kivetz, Y. Zheng. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 2006.
* Get Science News From The New York Times » http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/24/science/24tier.html?th&emc=th

liberal lament
Who is the enemy?
Tim Gatto
The United States continues to show its ignorance to the rest of the world by... categorizing nations or cultures around the world into friend or foe. The worst part...is that many in this country actually believe this rhetoric... a country that has a media that tells us how to think. It tells us what we like, what we approve of, what we despise and how we should act. This has made life easier. We can join the conversation around just about any water cooler and fit right in. We know what we can say safely and what opinions to keep to ourselves...We have perfected the art of acquiescence and learned the waypoints to the paths of least resistance....Critical thinking is frowned upon in our schools and in our boardrooms. Thinking “outside the box” has become a metaphor for saying the same thing in a different way. Those that truly “think outside the box” will find themselves looking up the latest keywords to slip into their resumes... a nation that questions the loyalty of people who have dared to disagree with the policymakers in Washington...when political dissent become a reason to end up grounded at an airport...your name mysteriously added to a “no-fly list”? When did the American government begin building FEMA camps and what exactly is their purpose? When did Congress become the rubber stamp for...reading the correspondence and listening in on the conversations of the American public? Who is the enemy? Why were the Patriot Acts, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, the expanded FISA laws, The John Warner Defense Act (that suspended Posse Comitatus) and all of the draconian attacks on our privacy and our freedoms enacted? http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22246.htm http://liberalpro.blogspot.com

The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas. The class which is the ruling material force in society, is at the same time, its ruling intellectual force. The class, which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production…The ruling ideas are nothing more than the ideal expression of the dominant material relationships, the dominant material relationships grasped as ideas.
Marx & Engels, 1846, 1970, p. 64

‘Slumdog’ Success Calls Attention to Tours in Mumbai
As the phenomenal success of “Slumdog Millionaire” continues, both in the hearts of moviegoers and at the Oscars, tourists are flocking to Mumbai’s Dharavi neighborhood, where some of the scenes from the movie were filmed. “There’s been a 10-15 percent jump in customers since the movie came out,” said Krishna Poojari, a co-owner of Reality Tours and Travels, which conducts daily tours of Dharavi for groups of 20 to 24 people....“People think this tour is exploitative because they think of Dharavi as a terrible place,” said Mr. Poojari, who started Reality Tours in mid-2006 with his British-born partner... “Of course things are bad here, but there is a lot of enterprise, energy, and an amazing sense of community. Most people here hate the movie because it showed only the negative side of Dharavi. We want to show on the tour what they didn’t show in the movie.”And, on the whole, it does. Dharavi is undeniably dirty, and this tour is not for the squeamish: We threaded our way through filthy, crowded alleys and puddles of sewage. Families share miserably overburdened toilets, the air is filled with toxic fumes and children play alongside mountains of garbage. Yet what struck me most was the fierce, valiant spirit of enterprise. Dharavi generates an estimated revenue of $660 million a year, most from recycling waste. Every tiny home is filled with men and women recycling plastics, making pots, stitching clothes, tanning leather, baking biscuits or making soaps. Nothing goes to waste here, and no one is idle.
As we watched, men melted plastic over raging fires without any protective gloves, goggles, or masks against the fumes. Elsewhere, men and women sorted cardboard scraps to make new boxes, melted shavings of soap to mold into new cakes, or cleaned discarded oil cans for recycling. Much of the garbage is from the West, and some of the recycled products will be exported back there, in a perfect model for sustainable living.[...] http://globespotters.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/11/slumdog-success-spawns...

"Hillary: The Movie" next on Supreme Court docket
The justices' review of the documentary financed by critics of Secretary of State Clinton may settle the question of whether the government can regulate a politically charged film