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Taliban peace talks ‘at risk’ as Obama stalls on Guantánamo

January 18, 2012 Leave a comment
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From; guardian.co.uk, The Obama administration is in danger of missing an historic opportunity for a peace settlement in Afghanistan if it does not act quickly to release prisoners in response to a Taliban offer to open talks, European officials and observers claim.

The Taliban announced on 3 January that it had agreed to open a political office in Qatar for the purpose of holding peace talks with the international community, and said it expected the release of its officials being held at Guantánamo Bay.
At the time, White House officials said the administration was considering the transfer of five Taliban officials to custody in another
country, widely believed to be Qatar. But with still no movement on the prisoner transfers European officials involved in the talks are
urging Washington to act quickly to keep the momentum going towards talks before hardline spoilers on all sides can stall proceedings.

What do possible peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban mean for Afghanistan’s future?

For more information on Taliban / US peace talks check out this report uploaded by
on Jan 11, 2012

Herding Americans to War with Iran | Consortiumnews

January 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Right Wing Terror Plot, The True Story Of 9/11!!!!!

September 14, 2011 Leave a comment

The dirty little secret about modern  terrorism is that it is a tool used and often caused by conservative right wing forces to attack those that seek peace,  freedom, justice for everyone.  This is true throughout the globe and while the causes that these terrorists might in some cases be lofty the terrorist organizations in almost all cases were created by the very repressive forces they fight.People with honest grievances are exploited by those who want to create fear within a general population.

No better example of this fact can be found than the attacks on September 11, 2001. Here we have al-Qaeda a terrorist organization created by the intelligence services of the US, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. It was a small part of a much larger army of like-minded religious fanatics created by these same organizations to destabilize Afghanistan and then fight the Soviet Union when they intervene. Before the war started in Afghanistan the government had been elected and for a country in the Middle East fairly progressive. After more than a decade of war we helped usher in the Taliban who created a brutally suppressive government based on right-wing ideology.

But once you start a boulder rolling downhill it’s tough to stop. So having created an army of religious fanatics what happens once you’ve achieved your strategic goal? They just aren’t going to fade away.  So most of them went back to their home countries to wage terror against governments they see as repressive.

al-Qaeda was a special case because Osama Bin-Laden came from a connected family, one of the wealthiest in the world. For awhile he took on the Saudi government for its allowing American troops to be based there. Then he was bought off by the government and al-Qaeda became an international terrorist organization who declared war on the US.

A central part of his  war strategy was to induce America into invading and occupying countries in the Middle East.The cost of which would help to destroy our economy. So in the end this right-wing terror organization that we helped create gets it’s victory and the added bonus of helping to cause a right-wing coup in this country that continues to repress individual rights and destroy any socially helpful parts of government.

And the sad thing is that most Americans don’t see, don’t want to know or don’t care because (they think) it doesn’t effect them.

Anyway today we present a broader look at how right-wing terror has been used to justify war. And in the end how it is self defeating

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire


Tomdispatch.com / By Mike Davis

“If Sarajevo and the World Trade Center, in contrast, unleashed global carnage and chaos, it was because a de facto collusion existed between the attackers and the attacked.  I’m not referring to mythical British plots in the Balkans or Mossad agents blowing up the Twin Towers, but simply to well-known facts: by 1912, the Imperial German General Staff had already decided to exploit the first opportunity to make war, and powerful neocons around George W. Bush were lobbying for the overthrow of the regimes in Baghdad and Tehran even before the last hanging chad had been counted in Florida in 2000.

Both the Hohenzollerns and the Texans were in search of a casus belli that would legitimate military intervention and silence domestic opposition.

Prussian militarism, of course, was punctually accommodated by the Black Hand — a terrorist group sponsored by the Serbian general staff — that assassinated the Archduke and his wife, while al-Qaeda’s horror show in lower Manhattan consecrated the divine right of the White House to torture, secretly imprison, and kill by remote control.

At the time, it seemed almost as if Bush and Cheney had staged a coup d’étatagainst the Constitution.  Yet they could cynically but accurately point to a whole catalogue of precedents.”

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The Complete 9/11 Timeline / No Conspiracy Theories

September 8, 2011 Leave a comment

For anyone interested in marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by learning more about it I recommend the History Commons as a good place to start. Not a collection of conspiracy theories but a well researched timeline of over 6,000 events that made up that day and the trail of events leading up to it.
Or as they put it in their own words.
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“This timeline is meant to be a comprehensive resource for anyone attempting to understand 9/11 and the “war on terrorism” in general. Polls show that Americans are extremely uninformed about 9/11. A third of Americans can’t even correctly guess the year 9/11 took place and about half of all Americans mistakenly believe Saddam Hussein had a role in the attacks.

But it is vital for everyone to understand 9/11, what led to it, and what the fallout from it has been. Terrorism directly and indirectly affects our lives in many ways and dominates the political discourse. Those of us working on the 9/11 timeline are striving to boil the news on terrorism down to a reasonable level so citizens can stay well informed.

We strive to be objective and keep any layers of interpretation as thin as possible. If you see specific examples of bias anywhere in the timeline, please point them out so we can make changes. But at the same time, we unabashedly focus on failures, problems, and controversies instead of success stories. That’s because those are the things we need to learn from and fix and hold people responsible for when necessary.

9/11 and terrorism generally are flashpoints for what people call “conspiracy theory.” This 9/11 investigative project contains no conspiracy theories. In fact, it does not offer any theories at all. Rather it simply lays out the facts so readers can come to their own conclusions. Biases may show at times because no human being is completely objective and judgments have to be constantly made; for instance, to include this particular fact or that one when editing decisions have to be made to keep the length down. We rely on each other and ask readers to point out when we are missing important facts or skewing the information.”

To Explore The 9/11 Timeline Click Here

 

9/11 and the R*ping of America

September 7, 2011 Leave a comment

9/11 and the raping of America
What is rape but the use of fear and violence to get what you want.
Right wing extremists in the United States have been exploiting  fear from 9/11 to use violence to get what they want.
We fight a global war on terror and sacrifice our freedoms at home to support the same kind of failed policies that caused the 9/11 attacks.
At the same time these same extremists have used the 9/11 attacks to expand the debt.
While at the same time reducing the tax burden on the wealthiest Americans.
Creating the huge  budget problem we have.
Then instead of restoring the tax rate we insist that it is the average American that is going to   pay in the form of reduced service   fees/taxes.
We are being raped and then forced to pay for it.
These same corporations have a strangle hold on the government   the media, one and a half of the two parties and most importantly most of the wealth.
The average American gets less pays more and ends up going overseas to die needlessly.

I Remember 9/11
I was on the highway driving up to work in Palatine.
Kids in school now time to go back to work.
Listening to sports talk radio.
They interrupted and the story began to unfold as the planes hit the buildings and the fires began.
I pulled over to  the side of the road because I could hear the bodies hitting the pavement.

Oh the horror!

Then like just now I cried for those poor souls.
It was a nightmare day.
And it was just the start of a ten year nightmare.

 
Which leads us to Noam Chomsky and in his reflections on 9/11 where he gives us some further background on the kinds of policies that caused the 9/11 attacks.

Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of American Empire and Why the US Continues to be Bin Laden’s Best Ally

Tomdispatch.com / By Noam Chomsky

“A number of analysts have observed that although bin Laden was finally killed, he won some major successes in his war against the U.S. “He repeatedly asserted that the only way to drive the U.S. from the Muslim world and defeat its satraps was by drawing Americans into a series of small but expensive wars that would ultimately bankrupt them,” Eric Margolis writes. “‘Bleeding the U.S.,’ in his words.” The United States, first under George W. Bush and then Barack Obama, rushed right into bin Laden’s trap… Grotesquely overblown military outlays and debt addiction… may be the most pernicious legacy of the man who thought he could defeat the United States” — particularly when the debt is being cynically exploited by the far right, with the collusion of the Democrat establishment, to undermine what remains of social programs, public education, unions, and, in general, remaining barriers to corporate tyranny.”
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Two Areas The “Super Committee” Should Take A Look At!

August 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Here are two stories from todays news that illustrate the warped spending priorities of the US government.  While we debate how much to “reform” Social Security and cut medical aid the black hole that is the military/security complex. Both come to us from CommonDreams.org

The Decade’s Biggest Scam

Published on Monday, August 29, 2011 by Salon.com
by Glenn Greenwald

The Los Angeles Times examines the staggering sums of money expended on patently absurd domestic “homeland security” projects: $75 billion per year for things such as a Zodiac boat with side-scan sonar to respond to a potential attack on a lake in tiny Keith County, Nebraska, and hundreds of “9-ton BearCat armored vehicles, complete with turret” to guard against things like an attack on DreamWorks in Los Angeles.  All of that — which is independent of the exponentially greater sums spent on foreign wars, occupations, bombings, and the vast array of weaponry and private contractors to support it all — is in response to this mammoth, existential, the-single-greatest-challenge-of-our-generation threat:

To read this entire post click here.

Windfalls of War: Pentagon’s No-Bid Contracts Triple in 10 Years of War

Published on Monday, August 29, 2011 by iWatchNews.org
Taxpayer is the loser when Pentagon doesn’t require competition among contractors. “The lack of competition is a scandal,” says one expert.
by Sharon Weinberger

As U.S. military deaths and injuries from roadside bombs escalated after the invasion of Iraq, the Pentagon rushed to find solutions.

Competition is normally the cornerstone of better prices and better products, but the urgency of dealing with improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, has been cited to justify a number of sole-source contracts to companies promising quick solutions over a decade of war.

One such company was Tucson-based Applied Energetics , which markets a futuristic weapon that shoots beams of lightning to detonate roadside bombs. The company won over $50 million in military contracts for their lightning weapon, all without full and open competition, even though there was another company marketing similar technology. Despite test failures, the company, in part thanks to congressional support, continued to get funding.

Corruption In Iraq, Tax Cuts For The Rich & Arnold Schwarzenegger

We have a little stew today it started with one story but then some other things got tossed in the pot and well here we are.

This isn’t even a new story but it happened in 2004 and there were those who at the time it was going on said a lot of this cash was being stolen. So now here we are seven years later and auditors are finally saying almost half the cash was stolen. It’s stunning on so many levels and yet it’s just a small part of the gigantic criminal enterprise that this war has been. You had no justification for the invasion and occupation. You had no plan on what you were going to do once you took over the country. You had no oversight on any of this and to top it off you have no exhaustive investigation into the whole mess.

 

To be sure there are lots of investigations into little pieces of the disaster like this one that the story is based on. There will be no accounting for the invasion itself because in really a stunning abdication of responsibility the Democrats were given the majority in the whole Congress and the White House and decided we don’t really want to look into this. Probably because the same sort of madness still goes on in Afghanistan.

Let me put it this way the two parties have formed a throughly corrupt partnership and are engaged in activities that if any private company or people were engaged would be called racketering. It’s absolutely disgusting that were told that public employees have to give up there union rights because were told they make too much money. It’s obscene that were telling our elderly that they have shoulder a much larger share of their health care costs. And the endless waste of a never ending supply of billions of dollars goes on with hardly a peep from the people the press and Congress. Those of us who are outraged generally express here on the Internet where it gets lost among the millions of other voices. While at the same time making it easy for the government to know who to keep an eye on.

At this point the only hope the country has for lawmakers who are sick of this dirty racket to leave their party and become independents. Take a look at Bernie Sanders from Vermont an independent and his voice is always consistent and always in support of the people and for what is just and fair. It would be nice to see him joined by folks like Ron Paul, Colin Powell, Al Franken or fill in the blank.

 Missing Iraq money may have been stolen, auditors say

By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times

June 13, 2011

Reporting from Washington—

After the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the George W. Bush administration flooded the conquered country with so much cash to pay for reconstruction and other projects in the first year that a new unit of measurement was born.

Pentagon officials determined that one giant C-130 Hercules cargo plane could carry $2.4 billion in shrink-wrapped bricks of $100 bills. They sent an initial full planeload of cash, followed by 20 other flights to Iraq by May 2004 in a $12-billion haul that U.S. officials believe to be the biggest international cash airlift of all time.

 

This month, the Pentagon and the Iraqi government are finally closing the books on the program that handled all those Benjamins. But despite years of audits and investigations, U.S. Defense officials still cannot say what happened to $6.6 billion in cash — enough to run the Los Angeles Unified School District or the Chicago Public Schools for a year, among many other things.

To read the entire post click here.

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger Gives A Stunning Speech On Corporate Greed & Then Gets Caught In A Sex Scandal

And on the subject of corruption last September Arnold Schwarzenegger gave a speech lashing out at corporate corruption that the press in this country mostly ignored but I did a post on it from a story on a British site. Anyway when I was thinking about potential independent politicians and right away thought of him but then of course realized that just this past May he was caught up in a sex scandal that didn’t go away. Funny how those things happen.

 

https://mindsimedia.wordpress.com/2010/09/30/arnold-schwarzenegger-gives-a-stunning-speech-on-corporate-greed/

 

 ONE MORE thing a word about the wealthy because they have prospered mightily these past ten years while the rest of us have suffered. But they are the job creators right? Well maybe they are but the jobs they are creating with the windfall of tax cuts they’ve received aren’t in this country. Because since the Bush era started 53,000 factories have been closed so those job creators that need that tax break. In fact since the Bush tax cuts took effect we’ve lost 1.1 million jobs. By contrast after Clinton raised taxes 23 million jobs were created in eight years. That and more from Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks.

 

 

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