7/9/Obama To Russia: No Interference in Other Nations: Surreal Deception, Arrogance, Hypocrisy of Deadly Global Juggernaut

From Pentagon Plan: 'Prevent the Re-Emergence of a New Rival'
NYT March 8, 1992
Following are excerpts from the Pentagon's Feb. 18 draft of the Defense Planning Guidance for the Fiscal Years 1994-1999: This Defense Planning guidance addresses the fundamentally new situation which has been created by the collapse of the Soviet Union, the disintegration of the internal as well as the external empire, and the discrediting of Communism as an ideology with global pretensions and influence. The new international environment has also been shaped by the victory of the United States and its coalition allies over Iraqi aggression -- the first post-cold-war conflict and a defining event in U.S. global leadership. In addition to these two victories, there has been a less visible one, the integration of Germany and Japan into a U.S.-led system of collective security and the creation of a democratic "zone of peace."

Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order
Video interview with William Engdahl on his book Full Spectrum Dominance:

"Even students and alumni of the Western-oriented business school where Mr. Obama gave the graduation address on Tuesday seemed merely respectful, but hardly enthralled"
the prez: war criminal and obscene stand up comic
Barack Obama urges Russia not to interfere in neighbouring states
The White House billed Obama's Moscow address as a "major foreign policy speech".
Obama delivered a tough, though implicit, critique of Kremlin foreign policy, rejecting the claim it has "privileged interests" in post-Soviet countries. He said the 19th-century doctrine of spheres of influence and "great powers forging competing blocs" was finished. "In 2009, a great power does not show strength by dominating or demonising other countries. The days when empires could treat sovereign states as pieces on a chessboard are over," he said, speaking to graduates from Moscow's New Economic School. In 2009, a great power does not show strength by dominating or demonising other countries. The days when empires could treat sovereign states as pieces on a chessboard are over," he said, speaking to graduates from Moscow's New Economic School....
Monday Obama reaffirmed Georgia's sovereignty – severely undermined by last year's war and Moscow's subsequent unilateral recognition of rebel-held Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states. Today Obama defended "state sovereignty", describing it as "a cornerstone of international order".He said that Georgia and Ukraine had a right to choose their own foreign policy and leaders, and could join Nato if they wanted....
He also reaffirmed that the US would only go ahead with its planned missile defence shield in central Europe – opposed by the Kremlin – if there was an Iranian nuclear "threat". He said neither the US or Russia would benefit from a nuclear arms race in east Asia or the Middle East...
He is due to meet business leaders and civil society activists, including the opposition leader and former world chess champion Gary Kasparov [big player in US/SOROS OPS].

because they're 'racist'...
In Russia, Obama’s Star Power Does Not Translate
Let other capitals go all weak-kneed when President Obama visits....Crowds did not clamor for a glimpse of him. Headlines offered only glancing or flippant notice of his activities. Moscow has greeted Mr. Obama, who on Tuesday night concluded a two-day Russian-American summit meeting, as if he were just another dignitary passing through.... Asked by one Moscow newspaper what they expected to come out of Mr. Obama’s visit, most respondents had the same answer: traffic jams.

Mr. Obama’s speech on Tuesday, billed as his third major foreign policy address after speeches in Cairo and Prague, was not shown live on any of the major Russian channels, to the White House’s disappointment. Mr. Obama used the speech, at the New Economic School, to declare that Russia and the United States “share common interests.” The Kremlin tightly controls Russian television, and it was not clear why officials chose to disregard the speech... They may have believed that there would be little public interest, or they may not have wanted to provide Mr. Obama with unfettered access to the country, which might have allowed him to overshadow Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin or President Dmitri A. Medvedev....

Even students and alumni of the Western-oriented business school where Mr. Obama gave the graduation address on Tuesday seemed merely respectful, but hardly enthralled. “We don’t really understand why Obama is such a star,” said Kirill Zagorodnov, 25, one of the graduates. “It’s a question of trust, how he behaves, how he positions himself, that typical charisma in Russia is often parodied.... like he is trying to manipulate the public.”...

In the background is the question of race, which Russians view through a complicated prism. For decades, Soviet propaganda hammered home the idea that the United States was an irredeemably racist country, as opposed to the Communist bloc nations. But Russia in recent years has been plagued by racist violence against people from the Caucasus region and Central Asia, as well as other immigrants....

Tom Malinowski, a speechwriter for Mr. Clinton, said Russian audiences were always the toughest to connect with. “It is a jaded political culture that has had a very hard experience with a system that professed universal idealism while delivering unbearable suffering,” said Mr. Malinowski, now Washington advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. “Some degree of cynicism about high-minded ideals is a natural outcome of that.”

Obama Resets Ties to Russia, but Work Remains
President Obama kicked off a new chapter in Russian-American relations with significant progress on several fronts during a two-day visit to the nation that began Monday. About a year after the relationship ruptured over the war in Georgia, the two sides are now back at the table and doing business.But while Mr. Obama and President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia declared a reconciliation, they did so partly by agreeing to disagree on important issues and by selectively interpreting the same words in sharply different ways. Moreover, they made promises of cooperation that ultimately might prove easier to translate into words than reality. A case in point: Mr. Obama and Mr. Medvedev announced an agreement to open a joint early-warning center to share data on missile launchings. But Presidents Bill Clinton and Boris N. Yeltsin announced the same agreement in 1998. Mr. Clinton then announced it again with President Vladimir V. Putin in 2000. Mr. Putin and President George W. Bush recommitted to it as recently as 2007.

In public, the two praised each other and made no mention of Mr. Obama’s assessment last week that Mr. Putin still had “one foot in the old ways” of the cold war.... But in a later interview with Fox News, Mr. Obama said that “some of his [Putin's] continued grievances with respect to the West are still dated in some of the suspicions that came out of that period.” Mr. Obama added: “I found him to be tough, smart, shrewd, very unsentimental, very pragmatic. And on areas where we disagree, like Georgia, I don’t anticipate a meeting of the minds anytime soon.”

Mr. Obama used his second day here to demonstrate continuing American support for greater freedom in Russia. He met with opposition leaders, attended a conference on civil society... At the civil society conference, Mr. Obama stressed support for freedom of expression and assembly, the rule of law, and consistent application of justice...Thomas O. Melia, deputy executive director of Freedom House [U.S./SOROS org.], an American advocacy group, hailed Mr. Obama for offering a more expansive articulation of democratic values and attending the civil society conference even though Mr. Medvedev refused to go. “It underscores how wide is the values gap between the American and Russian governments,” Mr. Melia said, “which is a reminder of why it will be difficult to improve the relationship in some key ways.”

When NGOs Attack: Implications of the Coup in Georgia
By Jacob Levich
Nongovernmental organizations– notionally independent, humanitarian NGOs–are now being openly integrated into Washington’s overall strategy for consolidating global supremacy[..].

Soros-Funded Democratic Idea Factory Becomes Obama Policy Font
By Edwin Chen
Nov. 18 2008

soft power tactical shift in the works for years
Michael J. Zwiebel is Director of Range Infrastructure and Investments, U.S. Army Developmental Test Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Wilkes University, an M.A. in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. reprinted by permission of the AWC and the author.

When one thinks of sovereign state power, the first thought is likely that of military capabilities. but the sovereign state has many instruments of power available to it, including diplomatic, informational, military, and economic (DiMe) instruments. in Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics, Joseph Nye, a former assistant secretary of Defense for international
security affairs and a recognized expert on international affairs and the effects of soft power, provides some useful observations on power and its relationship to the sovereign state. Power, Nye says, is “the ability to influence the behavior of others to get the outcomes you want.”2 Influence can be accomplished through forceful means, or hard power, such as military action or economic restrictions. Nye then describes an alternate source of power: soft power. He explains that soft power uses attraction to “get the outcomes you want without the tangible threats or payoffs.”3
According to Nye, a state derives its soft power from three sources: culture, political values, and foreign policy.4 the strength of the state’s soft power depends on the attraction or repulsion its culture, political values, and foreign policy generate in the citizens of the targeted country. to make soft power work effectively, a state must carefully select the methods that will attract others to its interests. soft power, it must be said, is not an exclusive replacement for hard power; rather, it can strengthen applications of hard power, and may be less expensive. soft power can be directed at either an opposing state or at its individual citizens. public diplomacy is one form of soft power...
USAID, an independent government agency under the direction of the secretary of state, provides humanitarian, developmental, and democracy-building assistance to developing countries and countries affected by disaster and afflicted with poverty.25 relies on partnerships with voluntary organizations, indigenous organizations, universities, american businesses, international
agencies, and other U.S. and foreign governmental agencies to improve the lives of people in developing countries. by helping to expand democracy and the free-trade market, it plays a key role in carrying out U.S. foreign policy. USAID established an Office of Public Diplomacy within its bureau of legislative and public affairs. according to an april 2004 press release, “The Office of Public Diplomacy helps to coordinate and infuse the development and humanitarian message of USAID to the U.S. Government, the American people and the Arab world.”
sources include:
United States Information Agency Alumni Association, “What is Public Diplomacy,” .

The USIAAA public diplomacy website provides specific examples of the programs used today. See the United States Information Agency Alumni Association,
“Public Diplomacy Activities and Programs,” .

George W. Bush, “The National Security Strategy of the United States of America”

Joseph S. Nye Jr., “The Decline of America’s Soft Power,” Foreign Affairs 83, 3 (May-June 2004)

Agency for International Development, “About USAID,” . The organization was established in 1961 by presidential executive order after President Kennedy signed the Foreign Assistance Act into law.

Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, “USAID Launches New Middle East Outreach Initiative With Media Summit,”.

Report seeks 'smart power' overhaul of federal operations 11/06/2007
America's global image is at an all-time low and is heading lower, crippling Washington's ability to shape world events and allowing other nations to usurp American leadership, concludes a recent report by a Washington think tank. The reason is that since the Sept. 11 attacks, America has elevated the war on terror to the central component of our global engagement, said study co-chair and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.Since Sept. 11, Americans have been "exporting our fear and anger," said Armitage at an event Tuesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, which sponsored the Commission on Smart Power report. "I believe we need to get back to exporting more traditional values, such as hope, optimism and tolerance and opportunity."The report contains recommendations on how the next administration can repair America's global image and maintain its pre-eminence. Hard power relies on traditional measurements of military and economic might, while soft power is the “power of attraction” through ideas, said study co-chair and Harvard professor Joseph Nye. The report argues that both hard and soft power should be combined in new “smart power” efforts. Establish a Quadrennial Smart Power Review, modeled on the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review, to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the resources and goals of the civilian tools ...

The Soft Power Surge
July 21, 2008
Author: Greg Bruno
New U.S. public diplomacy efforts seek to promote a more appealing brand. (AP/Kamran Jebreili)
In the final months of the Bush administration, a top State Department official is calling for a new emphasis on public diplomacy, promoting what he calls "powerful and lasting diversion"—such as sports, culture, even video games—as alternatives to violent extremism...
In parts of Africa and Asia, the effort to promote U.S. values and influence foreign publics—either via broadcasts, cultural exchanges, or government-sponsored programs—may already be paying off. According to a recent global attitudes survey by the Pew Research Center, positive views of the United States (PDF) in the last twelve months inched up in Tanzania, South Korea, India, China, and elsewhere. But in a number of Muslim states, the study found very low favorability ratings for the United States. There are indications these publics are already looking past the Bush administration to its successor. The U.S. presidential campaign between Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is generating enormous interest outside the country, though experts say either one faces major challenges to burnishing the U.S. image abroad.

President Bush's national terrorism strategy of 2006 noted that "winning the war on terror means winning the battle of ideas." Two years later, "soft power" diplomacy is gaining steam. In early 2008, viewership of U.S.-funded international broadcasts, including Voice of America, Radio Sawa, and Radio Free Asia, topped 175 million people weekly, a 75 percent increase from 2001, according to the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the U.S.-appointed agency that overseas such broadcasts. Funding for educational programs has more than doubled since 2003 (PDF), to $501 million, and State's overall public diplomacy dollars—used for foreign media broadcasts, cultural exchanges, and information programs—jumped by about $600 million between 2001 and 2007 to $1.6 billion (PDF). Washington is even using athletics to court public opinion in Iran (UPI).

Yet military and political leaders say additional changes are needed to bolster the United States' diplomatic strategy. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has warned of the "creeping militarization" (WashPost) of U.S. foreign policy. A majority of military officers recently surveyed said diplomacy, food aid, and other soft power tools need strengthening [...]

merging 'hard' & 'soft' imperialist power to give U.S. penetration & domination a friendly 'development' face
Winning the world's hearts and minds... trying to polish America's image with communication and humanitarian assistance strategies.
By Peter A Buxbaum in Washington, DC for ISN Security Watch (28/07/08)
With world public opinion of the US the lowest it has been in decades, there is little the Bush administration can do to change global perceptions at this point. The same cannot be said for the "permanent government," as the Washington bureaucracy is sometimes called. This effort is not exactly brand new; the seeds of a new attitude toward global outreach were sown several years ago. But with the winds of change blowing through Washington in anticipation of a new administration next year, thought and action on these fronts are picking up steam.

Two documents emblematic of enhanced US outreach efforts are worth noting. The first, a report from the Pentagon's Defense Science Board, released in September 2004, calls for the development of a national strategic communication strategy and the establishment of an independent Center for Strategic Communication to support the US National Security Council in its efforts to win the world's hearts and minds. The other, also emanating from the Pentagon, is Department of Defense Directive 3000.05, issued in November 2005, which states that addressing the basic human needs of civilians is "a core US military mission that the Department of Defense shall be prepared to conduct and support. They shall be given priority comparable to combat operations."

The fact that both of these documents originate with the Department of Defense is significant. Increasingly, both communication and humanitarian efforts are being funded and supported by the US military...."This will be an effort to synchronize diplomacy with military psychological operations to develop an overarching concept of creating the right message for the right audience delivered in the right way to help shape perceptions."... US government communication must be "reasonably consistent" in order to prevent "information fratricide" and "dissipating the effectiveness of the message.... recommendation of the Defense Science Board to establish an extra-governmental institute to help shape US government communications....
"Military humanitarian projects are similar to those conducted by civilian aid agencies and non-governmental organizations," he told ISN Security Watch. "The difference lies in the strategic rationale with which these projects are selected and chosen by the military, rather than the principal focus on humanitarian need and sustainability that is held by civilian development experts." This has been borne out by the experience of the USAID. "I have worked with military officers who acted as development officers in Afghanistan," Elisabeth Kvitashvili, deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID, told ISN Security Watch....
That the provision of humanitarian assistance is a strategic Pentagon priority was highlighted by the launch of the US Africa Command, or AFRICOM, in 2007. "As with other regional commands, AFRICOM will have responsibility for US military operations with a particular area of responsibility," said Brigety. "Yet it is distinguished from other regional commands because its primary mission will be conducting non-military operations."

'rebranding democracy'
Quieter Approach to Spreading Democracy Abroad
By Peter Baker, NYT February 21, 2009
Four years after President George W. Bush declared it the mission of America to spread democracy with the goal of “ending tyranny in our world,” his successor’s team has not picked up the mantle. Since taking office, neither Mr. Obama nor his advisers have made much mention of democracy-building as a goal. While not directly repudiating Mr. Bush’s grand, even grandiose vision, Mr. Obama appears poised to return to a more traditional American policy of dealing with the world as it is rather than as it might be.
The shift has been met with relief in Washington and much of the world, which never grew comfortable with Mr. Bush’s missionary rhetoric, seeing it as alternately cynical or naïve. But it also underlines a sharp debate in Democratic circles about the future of Mr. Bush’s vision. Idealists, for lack of a better word, agree that democracy-building should be a core American value but pursued with more modesty, less volume and better understanding of the societies in question. The realists, on the other hand, are skeptical of assumptions that what works in America should necessarily be exported elsewhere, or that it should eclipse other American interests.

The essential tension for the Obama team is whether to let Mr. Bush’s strong association discredit the very idea of spreading democracy. “It’s sadly ironic that an administration that put democracy promotion at the forefront of its foreign policy has created such controversy about what has been a bipartisan ambition,” said Kenneth Wollack, president of the National Democratic Institute, a government-financed group, affiliated with [digest: Soros and] the Democratic Party, that promotes democracy abroad....

Mr. Obama’s National Security Council has not duplicated the high-profile democracy post Mr. Bush had. Instead, Mr. Obama’s top democracy adviser during the campaign, Michael McFaul, was given the Russia portfolio.... Many Democrats thought Tom Malinowski, the Washington director of Human Rights Watch, would be a powerful choice, but he cannot take the job under Mr. Obama’s rules against lobbyists. Mr. Malinowski was registered as a lobbyist to advocate for victims of genocide, torture and oppression, rather than moneyed interests, but that has not earned him a waiver. “As a Democrat, I am particularly troubled,” said Jennifer Windsor, executive director of Freedom House, a group that promotes democracy and liberty abroad. “To see democracy promotion as particularly Republican or Bush policy is to misunderstand our country’s foreign policy history.”...

After all, Democrats in Congress created the democracy and human rights bureau at the State Department in the 1970s, and Jimmy Carter embraced it as he made human rights a central tenet of his foreign policy. Ronald Reagan created the National Endowment for Democracy to encourage reform around the world. Bill Clinton made democracy promotion one of four pillars of the nation’s international development strategy. Mr. Obama, Ms. Windsor said, should find his own way to advance the cause. “The challenge for the Obama team is to find words and concepts that enable the administration to distinguish itself from the Bush administration, but not to downgrade support for democracy and civil and political rights,” she said. “So far, I haven’t seen them even try.”
Thomas Carothers, who oversees the democracy and rule of law program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, made the same point in a paper to be published next week. “Caution and moderation on democracy promotion are very much in order, including a careful post-Bush process of repair and recovery,” he wrote.
Carl Gershman, president of the National Endowment for Democracy, said Mr. Obama should retool the agenda to make it more of a long-term goal instead of an immediate policy instrument. He argued “for lowering the profile of the issue without abandoning the commitment, especially in the Middle East, which is the toughest region, but where more progress was achieved in the last period than is generally recognized.”

The Middle East, of course, is what led Mr. Bush down this road in the first place. After the invasion of Iraq failed to turn up any weapons of mass destruction, he embraced the goal of building democracy there as an outpost for freedom in a repressive region. By the time his second inauguration came around, he decided to broaden the mandate around the world, seeing it as a more positive philosophical underpinning for the war on terror than simply hunting down evildoers.... Mr. Bush and his advisers took inspiration from popular revolutions in Georgia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Lebanon that toppled entrenched governments. They were encouraged by the first purple-finger elections in Iraq. They were emboldened when Egypt released the imprisoned opposition leader, Ayman Nour, after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, canceled a trip to protest his arrest.

Yet the vision Mr. Bush articulated with passion and clarity was never translated consistently into policy. He launched the Millennium Challenge program to steer foreign aid to countries promoting freedom and developing rule of law. He met with the Dalai Lama, hosted Chinese and North Korean dissidents in the Oval Office and slapped sanctions on Burma. But he tempered criticism of allies and countries he needed for other priorities, like Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kazakhstan. His “freedom agenda” was undermined after his administration encouraged Palestinian authorities to proceed with elections that were ultimately won by Hamas, which the West considers a terrorist group.

And much of the world saw democracy promotion through the lens of Iraq, viewing it not as a principled stance but as code for changing regimes that America did not like, even by force.
William Inboden, a former strategic adviser at the National Security Council now at the Legatum Institute in London, said the brand suffered. “The word democracy itself is a little radioactive and unfortunately has gotten a bad name,” he said. “But when you talk about its meaning and the concepts behind it, just about everyone would say they want those things.”
Mr. Inboden said Mr. Obama has the chance to rebrand democracy. His own election generated enormous good will around the world, an “incredibly profound and incredibly potent” statement about American democracy, Mr. Inboden said. And so, he said, “There’s real opportunity there.”

The Israel Project: Ending Settlements = ‘Ethnic Cleansing’
Think Progress
Columnist Douglas Bloomfield reports that The Israel Project (TIP) — a Washington- based group that describes itself as "devoted to educating the press and the public about Israel while promoting security, freedom and peace" — advocates accusing those who support removing illegal Israeli settlements of promoting "a kind of ethnic cleansing to move all Jews" from the West Bank... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=5580

"U.S. Security Assistance to the Palestinian Authority,"
June 24, 2009

The Creation Of The Ukraine “Democratic” Opposition
By Justus Leicht

Freedom of Choice is an umbrella organisation founded in 1999, ostensibly consisting of over 300 different groups. According to its own sources, it is supported by the following institutions: the American, British and Canadian embassies; the National Democratic Institute, which is chaired by the former US sectretary of state (under Clinton) Madeleine Albright; the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF), which is the Ukrainian offshoot of the George Soros-financed Open Society Institute; the Eurasia Foundation, which is likewise financed by Soros and the US government; the World Bank; the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; the US Agency for International Development; Freedom House, chaired by ex-CIA director James Woolsey; and the right-wing Konrad Adenauer Institute of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

The political model for Pora is neo-liberalism. Pora praises the brief reign of Viktor Yushchenko as Ukraine prime minister because he took measures to open up the country to international capital and implement a radical privatisation program. Pora declares: “During its brief period of government power, the team of reformers in 2000 brought about a reduction in the shadow economy and contributed to the establishment of equal access to the Ukrainian market not only for Russian, but also for Western companies... Furthermore, Ukraine expanded its Euro-Atlantic cooperation and adjusted its business relations with Russia (in particular, with regard to the transport of energy resources).”

The most prominent members and activists of Pora were trained by the US-backed elements. A report by the Jamestown Foundation, a think tank whose executive committee includes James Woolsey and former US national security adviser (under President Jimmy Carter) Zbigniew Brzezinski, states: “Otpor has been training Pora members under the auspices of the Citizen Participation in Elections in Ukraine (CPEU) program which is run by Freedom House, the National Democratic Institute, and the International Republican Institute and funded by the US Agency for International Development.”

In 2000, the Serbian organsation Otpor organised the demostrations that led to the fall of Slobodan Milosevic. Now the same organsation is being used to bring about regime change in Ukraine, supported by one institute close to the US Democratic Party, and another close to the Republican Party, and financed by an American government agency.

The Center for Political Education and the Ukrainian Centre for Independent Political Research have also trained political activists of the “democracy movement.” The Center for Political Education aknowledges that it cooperates with the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Ukraine and the US Republican Party-run International Republican Institute, while, according to its own pronouncements, the Ukrainian Centre for Independent Political Research has been financed for many years by the American National Endowment for Democracy, George Soros’ IRF, and the British and Canadian governments.

Together with the activists of the opposition, numerous election observers were also sponsored by American institutions. This should be sufficient to indicate their complete lack of impartiality in the Ukrainian elections. A large number were organized by the Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU), under the chairmanship of Igor Popov, and by New Choice-2004. The latter organization was founded by the CVU and built up by Soros’ IRF. The driving forces behind the CVU are the Eurasia Foundation and the National Democratic Institute. In February of this year, New Choice held a working meeting with Madeleine Albright. According to its own figures, the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) has since 1990 pumped over $50 million into the construction of various Ukrainian non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Over the past few years, IRF admits to supporting NGOs with over $5 million annually... the election polls, which showed a clear lead for opposition candidate Yushchenko immediately after the closing of the voting stations, were financed by the same sources. The polls were initiated by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation and jointly carried out by the Razumkov Centre for Political and Economic Research (financed by the IRF) and the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology. The Democratic Initiatives Foundation is affiliated to New Choice-2004 and the World Democracy Movement, an offspring of the National Endowment for Democracy....

The NED, NGOs and the Imperial Uses of Philanthropy: Why They Hate Our Kind Hearts, Too
By JOAN ROELOFS http://www.counterpunch.org/

SOROS Falls from Grace in Central Asia
After Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan has also voiced concerns about the activities of SOROS Foundation. This completes the quorum.
In rapid sequence, Uzbekistan kicked out SOROS, Kazakhstan issued a back-taxes notice that is likely to lead to closure of SOROS offices, President Askar Akayev of Kyrgzstan whipped SOROS for interfering in the society and President Imomali Rakhmanov of Tajikistan told his cabinet of ministers that he considered SOROS a destructive presence for the society. Why has the entire Central Asian region united against SOROS, a supposedly philanthropic organization engaged in grand and noble projects of absolutely the greatest possible value to the primitive and barbarian societies of Central Asia? […]

“Orange Networks From Belgrade to Bishkek”
We have seen well-organized mobs - allegedly acting in the name of the “protesting people” - occupy parliament buildings in Belgrade and Tbilisi, paralyze Mensk and Budapest, launch noisy campaigns in the streets of Kyiv, and riot in the downtown Bishkek and Yerevan. The events have taken place sufficiently long ago to realize that the color revolutions have not led Serbia, Ukraine, and Georgia to prosperity. They did transform the political landscape in the post-Soviet space though, and the consequences they have for the neighboring countries, especially for Russia, such as the drift in Ukraine's foreign politics which followed the developments of 2004, can prove long-lasting and dire.
The phenomenon of “color revolutions” has been examined by the Russian political science in a number of point studies, particularly those which dealt with the 2004 events in Ukraine. However, until recently, there was no broad study of the of the “non-violent” coup d’état technology. “Orange Networks From Belgrade to Bishkek”, a collection of essays prepared by the Historical Perspective Foundation and published in Saint Petersburg by Alateya Press in 2008, is intended to fill the gap.
Altogether, the essays comprise a detailed investigation of the technologies employed in the “color revolutions” first in Serbia in 2000 and later in several FSU Republics. The political dynamics in the post-Soviet space (the essays were written by an international team of authors) leaves no doubt as to the timeliness of the studies. The collection was in press in March, 2008 when the crisis erupted in Armenia – in many respects the tragic events in the country can be regarded as a failed “color” coup – and entailed fatalities. Efforts to similarly destabilize other countries, particularly Belarus, are being made continuously, and developments like the Andijan unrest in Uzbekistan and the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan cannot be ruled out. The forces which organized the upheaval in Bishkek in 2005 failed to take into account the specific features of the local situation, and their initial objectives largely remained unaccomplished. Most importantly, they failed to push Kyrgyzstan out of the orbit of the political and military cooperation with Moscow (as discussed in the essay by A.Sh. Niyazi). Another theme touched upon in “Orange Networks From Belgrade to Bishkek” is the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon and a number of other crises of the same origin. Student protests in Iran in 2003 could also be considered in the context, but the authors mainly focused on the former Soviet Republics of Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, and on Russia.
The range of political and social circumstances responsible for the radicalization of public protests is well-known. The most significant destabilizing factor in the post-Soviet Republics is the course of radically liberal economic reforms, which was adopted in the early 1990ies largely under the influence of Western advisers.

U.S. anti - Iran propaganda broadcast in Venezuela
No More Patience? Clinton calls for 'even stricter' Iran sanctions
US secretary of state tells Venezuelan television she supports tougher sanctions against Iran in order 'to try to change the regime's behavior'
Is window of opportunities given by Washington to Tehran about to close? The United States will call for "even stricter sanctions on Iran to try to change the behavior of the regime," US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a TV interview broadcast in Venezuela..."We would ask the world to join us in imposing even stricter sanctions on Iran to try to change the behavior of the regime," Clinton said in the interview broadcast late Tuesday...."We have seen in the last weeks that Iran has not respected its own democracy. It has taken actions against his own citizens for peacefully protesting," she said..."I think it is not a very smart position to ally with a regime that is being rejected by so many of their own people," Clinton said ...
Iran dominated talks between Obama and Russian leaders Tuesday, with White House officials noting Moscow now seemed more receptive to US arguments. US Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough said Obama was "struck by the candor with which President (Dmitry) Medvedev has underscored his concern about the growing threat from Iran."
While Tehran insists its nuclear program is strictly for energy production, the United States has long voiced fears that it could be used to manufacture an atomic bomb.

Iran Arrests A U.S. Spy Network
by Ardeshir Ommani
TV station of the Islamic Republic on July 18 and 19, 2007 broadcasted a program in which the three Iranian-American citizens, Haleh Esfandiari, Ramin Jahan Beglu and Yahya Kian Tajbakhsh, confessed that during the last two years they were constructing a human network to serve the objectives of U.S. policy-makers.

U.S. – In the Name of Liberty
Over the past several months, a great deal of hullabaloo about “human rights” violations in Iran has saturated the western media. Since the White House and the U.S. Congress have freed and democratized 24 million Iraqis, not detained or tortured 1000’s of them in Abu Gharib, nor imprisoned 100’s in Guantanamo Bay with no regard to the protocols of the Geneva Convention, and since thousands more Iraqis are not languishing in U.S. prison camps constructed throughout Eastern Europe and Iraq, President G.W. Bush and Vice-President Cheney, have taken upon themselves the right to shed crocodile tears about the violation of the “human rights” of three “innocent” Iranian-American individuals who have been arrested “for no good reason” by the Iranian government. It seems the U.S. government suffers from severe amnesia or denial.

According to the “Iranian”, a Farsi-language weekly paper based in Washington, D.C., the TV station of the Islamic Republic on July 18 and 19, 2007 broadcast a program in which the three Iranian-American citizens, Haleh Esfandiari, Ramin Jahan Beglu and Yahya Kian Tajbakhsh, confessed that during the last two years they were constructing a human network to serve the objectives of U.S. policy-makers.

These three academics are charged with spying for the U.S. Haleh is a director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Before the 1979 Revolution, Mrs. Esfandiari admitted that she served in the “Farah Pahlavi Foundation”, an organization led by the Shah’s wife, with cultural and political objectives. She confessed that at the Woodrow Wilson Center, under her directorship, a broad network has taken shape by which social and political activists from Iran were being invited, and at times were introduced to and communicated with policy-makers and former intelligence agents.

During the broadcast, Ms. Esfandiari said that her activities at the Woodrow Wilson Center (WWC) gave way to inviting speakers from Iran to special meetings in which they provided information about Iran to U.S. Congresspersons and intelligence agents. This process gradually gave rise to the formation of a network by which individuals were linked together. Esfandiari said that over time, she had to visit Iran and search for individuals who would be ready to accept ‘our’ (WWC) invitation to speak to the American officials. In these meetings, she said, representatives from European and Middle Eastern countries, including from Israel, took part and gathered information. She pointed out that Ali Ashari, one of the activists in the old student movement, Mohsen Sazgara, a political activist and journalist, and Ramin Jahan-Beglou, were among individuals who were brought into contact with U.S. ‘research’ organizations.

Next was Yahya Kian Tajbakhsh, 46 years old, an operative connected to the “Open Society Institute and Soros Foundations Network” in NY, who stated that before the 1979 Revolution his father was active in the “Farah Pahlavi Foundation”. He said that as a 7-year-old child he was sent to England to study and until 36 years old, he had no interest in Iran and could not speak or write Farsi, the Persian language.

In this same broadcast, Ramin Jahanbeglou talked about meetings which were organized by Haleh Esfandiari and said in those meetings he was getting acquainted with Americans and Israelis mostly who were intelligence agents. Confessions from all of these individuals were heard from the TV program that was called “In the name of democracy.” During the airing of the program, it was mentioned that the individuals involved were charged by Iranian prosecutors with the crime of plotting to overthrow the government of Iran by the so-called “soft method” of “regime change.” Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbacksh who are detained are formally charged with undercover activities aiming at disturbing peace and the security of Iran.

Confessions: True or Forced?
As to the legality and legitimacy of the charges against Haleh Esfandiari and the originality and authenticity of her confessions, a quick search into the websites of the Middle East Program, headed by Esfandiari, and the former Conflict Prevention Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars reveals the tight connection between the above-mentioned offices and the U.S. governmental departments in charge of gathering information and channeling it into the major centers from which the U.S. State Department policies are formulated and carried out in the diplomatic, political, military and economic spheres. The Middle East Program site openly states that its training projects and workshops “have been made possible through funding from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and from the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the U.S. Department of State.”

The activities and the co-sponsorship of the USIP with the Middle East Program’s workshops were “made possible through a $10 million appropriation from Congress in late 2003 and $2.855 million in transfers from the State Department in 2005…” These Middle East Program activities are on-going and expand across the entire countries of the Middle East, paying special attention to Iraq.
It is interesting to note that the Middle East program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center established the Iraqi Women’s Democracy Initiative in April 2003, immediately following the U.S. invasion, destruction and occupation of Iraq. There is a great similarity between this program and the pacification project of the U.S. war machine in the late 60’s and early 70’s in Vietnam.
-Ardeshir Ommani is a writer and an activist in the anti-war and anti-imperialist struggle for many years, including against the Vietnam War. Ardeshir is a co-founder of the American-Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC. He helped launch the successful www.StopWarOnIran.org campaign. In the 1960's, he was a co-founder of the Iranian Students Association (ISA), which contributed to the struggle against the Shah of Iran, U.S. puppet. He can be reached at: Ardeshiromm@optonline.net http://www.progressiveportals.com/aifc

Soros French Insider Trading Conviction Upheld
From: Bloomberg
Billionaire investor George Soros was found guilty of insider trading by a French appeals court, upholding a 2002 conviction in a case that he's been fighting for 16 years. The Paris appeals court ruled that Soros's 1988 purchase of Societe Generale SA shares with the knowledge that the bank might be a takeover target broke French insider trading laws. The court today confirmed an earlier order asking Soros to pay back his 2.2 million euros ($2.9 million) in gains. Prosecutors didn't ask for punitive damages and Soros faces no other penalties or restrictions in France.... Soros, 74, is no longer actively investing and has turned his attention to political and charitable activities....
Soros History
The hedge fund manager has been no stranger to controversy. For more than two decades, Soros has used his wealth to influence governments, both as an investor and as a philanthropist. In 1992, he correctly bet $10 billion that the British government would let the pound slide in value; in a headline, the Times of London called him ``The Man Who Broke the Bank of England.''
In 1997, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad accused him of attempting to destroy Southeast Asia's economy by selling the ringgit and other regional currencies and decreasing their value, an allegation Soros denied.
In 2003, his New York-based philanthropic organization, the Open Society Institute, backed groups calling for fair elections in the Republic of Georgia, helping oust President Eduard Shevardnadze. The organization spent $429 million on pro- democracy and social programs in 60 countries that year. [...]

Iran Security Forces Move to Crush Renewed Protests
CAIRO — Iranian security forces moved in quickly to try to disperse thousands of protesters who massed in the streets of central Tehran on Thursday evening, witnesses said, resuming a strategy of direct confrontation with police nearly a month after Iran’s disputed presidential election and shattering 11 days of tense calm in the city, witnesses said... The protesters, defying government warnings to remain off the streets. ... Morteza Tamaddon, governor-general of Tehran, said there had been no request for a permit to hold Thursday’s rally. Challenging bands of dozens of police officers in heavy riot gear, demonstrators began to gather at around 5 p.m., marching in an initially festive mood in the streets around Tehran’s Revolution Square.... Trash fires burned, cloaking the streets in black smoke, as protesters lobbed rocks at security forces.... the effort to halt the protest quickly turned violent...“Tell the world what is happening here,” one 26-year old engineering student demonstrator said... “We want democracy.”...
Iranian officials said Wednesday they had released 2,000 people arrested in the earlier demonstrations but were still holding 500 prisoners who would be put on trial, according to the state-run Press TV news service......the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, a group based in New York, said the government was continuing to make arrests.... Mr. Ghaemi of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said that more needed to be done for those being held [...]

US frees 5 Iranian diplomats held without charge since 2007 in Iraq
"US occupying forces have handed over the five Iranian diplomats to the Iraqi Prime Minister [Nouri al-Maliki]," the ambassador told Fars news agency on Thursday. "The diplomats will be transferred to the Iranian Embassy after meeting with the prime minister," Hossein Kazemi-Qomi said.
Three of the diplomats were among the five staff abducted in January 2007 by US troops in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil during a raid on the Iranian Consulate. Two of the abductees were released later, and the three who were kept locked up were later joined by two other Iranians kidnapped elsewhere in Iraq by the US occupation troops.
Although they have never been charged or tried for any offence, the five remained in detention until today, despite repeated requests by the Iraqi government for their release.
Press TV's correspondent in Iraq, Wisam al-Bayati, says the Iranians who were released were working with Iran's Embassy in Baghdad before being detained by US troops.

U.S. 'mediator' re: Honduras reveals U.S. designs: Arias' anti-national liberation movements strategic non-violence' and opening to imperialist 'development' has served u.s. imperialism for decades :
President Manuel Zelaya met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton... Both Zelaya and coup-imposed President Roberto Micheletti have agreed to mediations led by Costa Rican President Óscar Arias Sánchez. The mediation will begin on Thursday in President Arias' house in Costa Rica....
The Christian Science Monitor reports that all possible solutions to the crisis floated by the US State Department include Zelaya's return to power. US State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told the press that the United States is urging a "peaceful, constitutional, and lasting solution to the serious divisions in that country through dialogue.... In the most immediate instance it means the return of the democratically elected president to Tegucigalpa." Clinton, for her part, said "It is our hope that through this dialogue mechanism overseen by President Arias that there can be a restoration of democratic, constitutional order, a peaceful resolution of this matter that will enable the Honduran people to see the restoration of democracy and a more peaceful future going forward." http://informationclearinghouse.info/article23000.htm

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and Costa Rica President Oscar Arias Sanchez to Keynote Wharton School Event in Costa Rica
:May 31, 2007
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica and PHILADELPHIA, May 31 /PRNewswire- USNewswire/ -- President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias Sanchez, and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore (via video conference) will be keynote speakers at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania's Global Alumni Forum in San Jose, Costa Rica

Photo: President Reagan meeting with President Oscar Arias Sanchez of Costa Rica at the White House, Vice President Bush, Undersecretary of State Kenneth D. Whitehead
(NYT/Paul Hosefros) September 25, 1987, Friday, Late City Final Edition

Oscar Arias Sánchez to the U.N.
President of the Republic of Costa Rica
United Nations Headquarters, New York City
13 June 2007
Central Americans... have collected in economic terms—modestly, but something. GDP per capita in Honduras has grown by 65%, in Nicaragua it has grown by 70%, in Guatemala it has
nearly doubled and in Costa Rica and El Salvador it has more than doubled. Financial capital that fled the gunfire is coming back: foreign companies invested $4.5 billion dollars
in Central America last year alone. And our exports continue to grow. From hardwoods to software, bananas and melons to fabrics for Fruit of the Loom, palm oil to components you might find in a Palm Pilot, we have become a trusted workshop for the world.... Today, scholars, students, diplomats, and representatives from NGOs and governments have assembled to lay the groundwork for a Costa Rica Consensus. The idea is simple: debt relief and development aid should reward countries that spend less on their militaries ...

capitalist propaganda and
Tehran and Tegucigalpa: A Tale of Two Capitals
By Barry Grey
...The media dispenses with any pretence of objectivity and proclaims the protest movement and its leaders the spearhead of a “green revolution” for democracy. Every act of repression by the Iranian regime is given headline coverage, and rumors of hundreds of deaths are reported as fact. The US media focuses its wrath in particular on the regime’s efforts to block Internet and mobile phone communication.
Two weeks later, the US-trained and equipped military of Honduras breaks into the home of the elected president, bundles him onto a plane and flies him out of the country at gunpoint...
The coup regime, backed by the Honduran business elite, the Congress, the courts and the Church, seeks to halt Internet and cell phone communication—evoking no protest from the US media. Demonstrations in support of the coup staged by the new regime are dominated by the wealthy middle class of the capital, Tegucigalpa....the Honduran teachers union launches a 60,000-strong strike that closes the schools, and thousands demonstrate in Tegucigalpa. The demonstrations are dominated by trade unionists, workers, the unemployed and the rural poor. This working class resistance to the coup barely gets a mention in the US media. On Sunday, July 5, troops barricading the airport at Tegucigalpa fire on unarmed demonstrators gathered to welcome Zelaya as he attempts to land a chartered plane and resume his office. A 19-year-old youth is shot and killed. Again, barely a mention in the US news media.

...imagine how the US media would have responded had Ahamdinejad arrested Mousavi and thrown him out of Iran. Or the howls of indignation that would have erupted had the Iranian president blockaded the airport to prevent him from returning....

CNN made great play of the efforts of the Iranian regime to censor the news and intimidate foreign journalists. It has said nothing about the shutdown of its own broadcasts by the Honduran coup government. On July 4, CNN.com reported that it had received a video tape showing Honduran troops shooting out the tires of buses bringing anti-coup demonstrators to Tegucigalpa from the countryside. This video has been given little, if any, airplay by the network.

Most significant is the virtual absence of coverage in the US media of the murder and wounding of anti-coup demonstrators at Tegucigalpa airport on Sunday. The Latin American press has widely published photos of the fatally wounded youth, Isis Obed Murillo, being dragged away by fellow protesters. No such photos have appeared in major US newspapers or on television news channels. Murillo remains unnamed and unmourned in the American media.

One need only compare this callous treatment to the media frenzy over the death on June 20 of Neda Agha Soltan in Tehran. The death of the 27-year-old student, who was reportedly a bystander at a pro-Mousavi protest, occurred under murky circumstances. The government denied responsibility, but the media immediately declared her a martyr of the “green revolution.” Her picture was splashed across the front pages of newspapers and broadcast by every TV channel. “Neda” was proclaimed the “Joan of Arc” of the Iranian opposition.

This tale of two capitals provides a graphic illustration of the character and role of the American media. Owned and controlled by corporate goliaths, it functions as an adjunct of the state and a propaganda machine in behalf of US imperialist interests. Its class bias—and that of the lavishly paid individuals who serve as top editors, senior reporters and TV anchormen—is underscored by the diametrically opposed responses to the protests in Tehran and Tegucigalpa.

The same role is played by the so-called “progressive” liberal media, which has uniformly lined up behind the US campaign against the ruling faction in Iran....

American media adheres to no standards and observes no limits in carrying out its function of manipulating public opinion in accordance with the objectives, domestic and foreign, of the American ruling elite. Nothing so clearly demonstrates American democracy and the “free press” than the manner in which it lines up behind phony “color revolutions” against regimes deemed inimical to US interests and ignores flagrantly antidemocratic measures by regimes backed by the CIA, the military and the State Department.

Detainees, Even if Acquitted, Might Not Go Free:
The Obama administration said it could continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens indefinitely after they have been acquitted of terrorism charges by a U.S. military commission.

Pope Urges Forming New World Economic Order to Work for the ‘Common Good’

Unlike Neda's death in u.s. engineered Iran chaos, this suspicious terrorist crime got no u.s. media coverage, no outrage or comment from obama
The headscarf martyr: murder in German court sparks Egyptian fury
• Woman was stabbed 18 times during hijab [SIC] trial
• Outrage at lack of media coverage fuels protests
It was while Marwa el-Sherbini was in the dock recalling how the accused had insulted her for wearing the hijab after she asked him to let her son sit on a swing last summer, that the very same man strode across the Dresden courtroom and plunged a knife into her 18 times. Her three-year-old son Mustafa was forced to watch as his mother, a pharmacist, slumped to the courtroom floor....her husband Elvi Ali Okaz could do nothing as the 28-year-old Russian stock controller who was being sued for insult and abuse took the life of his pregnant wife. As Okaz ran to save her, he too was brought down, shot by a police officer who mistook him for the attacker. He is now in intensive care in a Dresden hospital...

She has become a national symbol of persecution for a growing number of demonstrators, who have taken to the streets in protest at the perceived growth in Islamophobia in the west. Sherbini's funeral took place in her native Alexandria on Monday in the presence of thousands of mourners and leading government figures. Sherbini, a former national handball champion, and Okaz, a genetic engineer who was just about to submit his PhD, had reportedly lived in Germany since 2003, and were believed to be planning to return to Egypt at the end of the year. They were expecting a second child in January....
Alex W. was found guilty last November of insulting and abusing Sherbini, screaming "terrorist" and "Islamist whore" at her, during the Dresden park encounter. He was fined ¤780 but appealed the verdict, which is why he and Sherbini appeared face to face in court again. Even though he had made his anti-Muslim sentiments clear, there was no heightened security and questions remain as to why he was allowed to bring a knife into the courtroom.
As hundreds of Arab and Muslim protesters demonstrated in Germany, and observers drew comparisons with the Danish cartoon row, Egyptian government representatives in Berlin said it was important to keep the incident in perspective. But because it occurred just days after Nicolas Sarkozy gave a major policy speech denouncing the burka, many Egyptians believe the death of Sherbini is part of a broader trend of European intolerance towards Muslims. Media pundits such as Abdel Azeem Hamad, editor of the daily al-Shorouk newspaper, have attributed the western media's disinterest in the story to racism, arguing that if Sherbini had been Jewish the incident would have received much greater attention.

convenient for obama's cyberwar agenda: after declaring NK the culprit with absolutely no evidence, 'experts' admitted it could be just a single hacker since none of the sites that a 'nation state' attack would target to cripple U.S. were hit...but SK proxy continues blaming NK on U.S. behalf
US officials eye North Korea in cyber attack
White House among targets of sweeping cyber attack:
The powerful attack that overwhelmed computers at U.S. and South Korean government agencies for days was even broader than initially realized, also targeting the White House, the Pentagon and the New York Stock Exchange public sites.... Philip Reitinger, deputy under secretary at the Homeland Security Department, said the far-reaching attacks demonstrate the importance of cybersecurity as a critical national security issue... Officials agreed that the incident brings to the forefront a key 21st century threat. "It tells you that cyber attacks are real. It's a very serious problem and one of the more serious facing us, along with terrorism, and China and Russia are the main threats," said Rep. Dutch Ruppersburger, D-Md., who was briefed on the incident. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090708/ap_on_go_ot/us_us_cyber_attack

Police Open Then Drop News Corp. Hacking Inquiry
LONDON — The London police opened then closed a preliminary inquiry Thursday into a report that Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper subsidiary had paid about $1.6 million to settle court cases over allegations that its reporters had hacked into the cell phone messages of public figures. John Yates, the assistant police commissioner, told reporters that the report, in The Guardian newspaper on Wednesday, contained no new information, and “I therefore consider that no further investigation is required.” Mr. Yates spoke hours after after his boss, Sir Paul Stephenson, the head of Scotland Yard, announced he had ordered Mr. Yates to conduct the preliminary inquiry into the Guardian account of the cellphone hacking.
Among those whose cellphones were compromised were the former deputy prime minister and at least one other cabinet minister, The Guardian reported.
The Guardian’s report was denied by Mr. Murdoch, whose News Corporation owns the Fox Broadcasting Company in the United States as well as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post. ..News International, the Murdoch subsidiary owns four major newspapers in Britain, including The Times of London, The Sunday Times and two tabloids, The News of the World and The Sun, [allegedly] used private investigators to hack into “thousands” of cellphones to obtain confidential personal data, including tax records, social security files, bank statements and itemized telephone bills. It cited another source “with knowledge of the police findings” as saying that the investigators had tapped “two or three thousand” cellphones...“ ...The Guardian said Scotland Yard files also showed that the newspapers had used private investigators to approach government agencies, banks, phone companies and other agencies that, the paper said, were conned into handing over confidential information...
The Guardian said financial settlements in Britain were accompanied by clauses that prevented the people receiving the money from speaking about the cases. Such confidentiality clauses are common in many settlements. It said the settlements arose from disclosures that emerged from a trial of two private investigators working for The News of the World who served brief prison terms after being convicted in 2007 for hacking into cellphone messages.[...]

Mr. Murdoch now [2007] commands a news, entertainment and Internet enterprise whose $68 billion value slightly exceeds that of the Walt Disney Company.

For Murdoch holdings see http://ketupa.net/murdoch1.htm
According to the 2009 Forbes 400, Murdoch is the 132nd-richest person in the world, with a net worth of $4 billion. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupert_Murdoch

List of Murdoch/News assets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_assets_owned_by_News_Corporation

Barack Obama
In a 2008 interview with Walt Mossberg, Murdoch was asked whether he had "anything to do with the New York Post's endorsement of Barack Obama." Without hesitating, Murdoch replied, "Yeah. He is a rock star. It's fantastic. I love what he is saying about education. I don't think he will win Florida... but he will win in Ohio and the election. I am anxious to meet him..."
In early summer 2008, a "tentative truce" was brokered during a secret meeting between Barack Obama, Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes (President of the Fox News Channel) at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York.[36][37] Obama had initially resisted Murdoch's propositions, despite senior News Corp executives having recruited the Kennedys to act as go-betweens.[37] Obama resented Fox News's portrayal of him "as suspicious, foreign, fearsome - just short of a terrorist," while Ailes said "it might not have been this way if Obama had more willingly come on the air instead of so often giving Fox the back of his hand."[37] A "tentative truce" was agreed upon; Obama would be portrayed more favourably, while Obama would be more willing to appear on Fox.[36]

Media Disinformation: "Saudis give nod to Israeli raid on Iran"
by F. William Engdahl
...This time it seems that the same Bolton and Rupert Murdoch’s Times of London are again in bed together, this time in an effort to drive a wedge of distrust across the Muslim oil-producing world by planting disinformation about an agreement between Saudi Arabia and Israeli military intelligence that never existed. Cui Bono? By planting a false story that Saudi Arabia’s worst opponent, Israel, is now its closest friend, allied with the Netanyahu government against Iran, the false story spreads and sows distrust that functions along the classic lines of Roman military strategy: divide and conquer... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=55834

capitalism's war on the working class worldwide is intensifying drastically in the 'homeland' also: Boeing, led by local democrat politicians and union leader accomplices, threatens to leave seattle if machinists don't agree to a NO-STRIKE CONTRACT.
CA state workers have been forced into 3 days a week 'furloughs' -- a loss of 20-25% of their wages.
This is just the beginning.

Unemployment, Not the Stock Market, Distinguishes a Recession From a Depression:

True unemployment rate already at 20%:

Health Deals Could Harbor Hidden Costs
...the most influential players in the industry are inside the room negotiating with administration officials and leading lawmakers, like Senator Max Baucus, chairman of the Finance Committee. “The very groups we have been talking to have been the most vocal opponents of health care reform; they are now becoming the vocal proponents for health care reform,” said Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff. ...As part of their deal with the White House, pharmaceutical companies say they won an agreement from Mr. Baucus to oppose efforts by House Democrats to sharply reduce what the government pays for drugs for some Medicare recipients previously covered by Medicaid.
The deal with doctors could come at a steep price: a $250 billion fix to a 12-year-old provision in federal law intended to limit the growth of Medicare reimbursements. The American Medical Association and other doctors’ groups have sought to change or repeal the provision, and they are likely to try to extract that as their price for boarding the Obama train, people tracking the negotiations said.
Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private-sector employer, agreed recently to support requiring all big companies to insure their workers. In exchange, Wal-Mart said it wanted a guarantee that the bill would not “create barriers to hiring entry-level employees” — in effect, code words to insist that lawmakers abandon the idea of requiring employers to pay part of the cost for workers covered by Medicaid, the government insurance plan for the poor.
“It’s kind of a give-and-take, quid pro quo kind of environment,” said Tom Daschle, President Obama’s first choice for health secretary, who remains in touch with the White House on health care issues. “I think that the stakeholders wouldn’t do this if they didn’t think there was something in it for them.” But, Mr. Daschle said, there is something in it for Congress and the White House, too: By getting on board early, groups like the drug makers and hospitals will be “owners of this process, and as owners they have to continue to defend it and support it.”

Health-care industry spending over $1.4 million per day on lobbying
The nation's largest insurers, hospitals and medical groups have hired more than 350 former government staff members and retired members of Congress in hopes of influencing their old bosses and colleagues, according to an analysis of lobbying disclosures and other records...Nearly half of the insiders previously worked for the key committees and lawmakers, including Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), debating whether to adopt a public insurance option opposed by major industry groups. The hirings are part of a record-breaking influence campaign by the health-care industry, which is spending more than $1.4 million a day on lobbying in the current fight, according to disclosure records.

Congress’s $1.2 Million a Day Drug Habit
Pharma had 1,814 flacks at work last year and 1,309 in the first 3 months of this year. That’s 12 percent of all the lobbyists in Washington. Last year alone the drug industry spent $234 million on lobbying. In the first three months of this year, it spent more than $66.5 million... And that doesn’t include polling, advertising, and research.... with drug spending estimated to total $3.3 trillion over the next decade, $80 billion in discounts is a small price for Big Pharma to pay to preserve its stranglehold on the American health care system. And so is $1.2 million a day to preserve its friends in high places in the United States Congress....
Among the top recipients of Pharma funds are several members of the Senate Finance Committee, including Chair Max Baucus, who have positioned themselves as a “coalition of the willing” dedicated to promoting a bipartisan middle ground on health care reform–in other words, minor changes that won’t seriously affect private sector profits. And that’s what we’re getting from Big Pharma, in the form of a phony “discount” program for Medicare recipients... the drug-makers are offering a 50 percent discount–on brand name drugs only–to old and disabled people when they fall into the Part D coverage gap known as the “donut hole.” Pharma’s purported “gift” to seniors, and to the health care reform effort, is actually a smart long-term business strategy, since it is likely to keep Medicare recipients hooked on brand name drugs, rather than switching to less costly generics when they reach the gap. A study released last year by Wolters Kluwer Health showed “clear evidence of a growing affinity for generics and a continual slide away from brands” since the institution of the Medicare prescription drug program. In 2007, the study found, generics accounted for 67 percent of the Part D market, up from 50 percent just three years earlier....a VP of the information services company said, “... of those who discontinue their branded drug therapy in the coverage gap, only 6% return to them after leaving the gap.” http://informationclearinghouse.info/article23015.htm

Life-threatening disease is the price we pay for factory farm meat
Factory farms manufacture low-cost flesh, with a side-dish of viruses to go. In most swine farms today, 6,000 pigs are crammed snout-to-snout in tiny cages where they can barely move, are fed for life on an artificial pulp, living on top of cess-pools of their own stale faeces....thousands [of pigs], constantly infecting and reinfecting each other. The virus can combine and recombine again and again. The ammonium from the waste they live above burns the pigs' respiratory tracts, making it easier yet for viruses to enter them...the pigs' immune systems are in free-fall...they are stressed, depressed, and permanently in panic, easier to infect. There is no fresh air or sunlight to bolster their natural powers of resistance. They live in air thick with viral loads, exposed every time they breathe. As Dr Michael Greger, director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States, explains: "Put all this together, and you have a perfect storm environment for these super-strains. If you wanted to create global pandemics, you'd build as many of these factory farms as possible."

Administration Issues New Rules on Egg Safety
Tuesday, the Obama administration released a rule to deal with the nation’s egg problem and used the moment to promise a sweeping overhaul of the system to ensure the safety of spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, melons, beef and chicken — foods that lead to millions of illnesses and thousands of deaths a year.... In a White House ceremony, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. told an audience of two cabinet secretaries, Congressional leaders and food regulators that the administration would make safer foods a priority...
Most of the measures announced Tuesday are more aspirational than actual. The Agriculture Department promised to develop new standards to reduce salmonella levels in chickens and turkeys by the end of the year. The Food and Drug Administration promised to advise the food industry by the end of the month on how to prevent contamination of tomatoes, melons, spinach and lettuce. And within three months the F.D.A. plans to release advice about how farmers, wholesalers and retailers can build systems to trace contaminated foods quickly from shelf to field.
But many rules that even industry representatives call essential are years away. “We’ve got to move to mandatory regulatory standards, and this is a step along the way,” said Michael Taylor, a food specialist who is a senior adviser at the food and drug agency... industry representatives said they welcomed the administration’s commitment to food safety.