Thursday, December 31, 2015

John Lennon - Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

Israeli intelligence undermining US sovereignty: Analyst

Scott Rickard                                                                                                                                      The Unite States has the right to spy on Israeli officials as the Tel Aviv regime has long been breaching America’s sovereignty through its espionage, says an American intelligence expert.
According to a Wall Street Journal report published on Tuesday, US President Barack Obama has privately maintained the monitoring of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the grounds that it served as a “compelling national security purpose.”
This is while Obama announced two years ago that he would curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state after the world learned of the long-secret US surveillance programs.
Washington was particularly concerned that Israel might be monitoring the nuclear negotiations with Iran to derail the effort to reach an accord on Tehran's nuclear program, according to the report.              >Complete Report<

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Patrick Kennedy on the pain of mental illness and addiction

Oct 15, 2015

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Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy was the lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity Act and he's written a new book about his, and his family's, experiences. Kennedy's book is titled "A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction." He spoke October 13, 2015 at the Westminster Town Hall Forum in Minneapolis.

Soda Wars: How Big Beverage Targets Poor People and Compromises Their Health @alternet

Soda Wars: How Big Beverage Targets Poor People and Compromises Their Health @alternet

Violence in Gaza ‘is a predictable outcome of Israel’s brutal occupation...

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mnar Muhawesh On Nearly 8 Muslim Casualties in US-Led War on Terror

‘I was denied entry to my homeland’ – Arab-American student has passport...

US Congresswoman Asks For Halt On Military Aid To Israel

US congresswoman Betty McCollum has asked the State Department to investigate whether the unlawful killing Palestinians should deprive Israel of US military aid.
By IMEMC News | August 26, 2015                                                                                                        In a letter to the State Department officials last week, the Minnesota Representative said that the deaths of Nadim Nowarah and Mohamed Odeh, in May of 2014, demonstrated the “brutal system of occupation that devalues and dehumanizes Palestinian children.”

The two Palestinian youths, aged 16 and 17, were killed when Israeli troops assaulted a peaceful protest outside the West Bank city of Ramallah during the Nakba Day, an annual commemoration of Palestinian forceful displacement by Zionist in 1948.

“It is time for a strong and unequivocal statement of US commitment to the human rights of Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation,” McCollum wrote in the August 18 letter, which was released to the public on Monday, according to Days of Palestine.

McCollum urged State Department officials to determine whether the killing of the teens was in violation of the Leahy Act.

The Leahy Act is a US human rights law that prohibits the State and Defence departments from providing military assistance to foreign military units that violate human rights with impunity.

In a CCTV video posted by the Palestine division of Defence for Children International, a global NGO, appears to show one teen being shot as he walked by a gas station after the protest had subsided.

The second Palestinian teen appears to have been shot shortly afterwards.

Initially, the Israeli occupation army maintained that only nonlethal dispersal methods were used by troops during the Nakba Day demonstration.

An autopsy performed by Palestinian and Israeli pathologists in June, however, found that Nawara was almost certainly killed by live fire, most likely from an Israeli weapon.

Following the announcement of autopsy outcomes, an Israeli military investigation into the shooting, carried out following the autopsy, found that an Israeli border policeman had illegally used live ammunition during the protest.
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Monday, August 24, 2015

4 Quick Questions with Jessy Belt

Earlier this month, IARP welcomed new Deputy Director Jessica Belt. Ms. Belt, a graduate of the University of Minnesota and previous resident of Lebanon, is an Arabic speaker and has experience as a teacher, event organizer and networker across international lines. We asked her a few questions about her new role at IARP.

Q: How did you first get involved in IARP?
A: I came to know of IARP during my year of service with Americorps. I first volunteered to help with an end of the year mailing. Most people might wonder how a tedious evening of envelope stuffing led to further involvement in the organization. However, I was so genuinely impressed by the board members and staff I met and the array of services IARP provides, that I pursued further volunteer opportunities. After several more volunteer experiences and hosting a newly arrived Iraqi refugee family, I became further dedicated to reconciliation between our two countries. I spent the summer as an intern, after which time I left to live and work in Beirut, Lebanon.

Q: What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?
A: What I am looking forward to most is meeting all the different people involved in IARP. From the very beginning, I have been impressed by the small yet extremely dedicated IARP community and their commitment to creating an environment for dialogue, education, peace and understanding.

Q: What are you enjoying most so far?
A: As a past volunteer and intern, I am enjoying being more hands on and involved in all the different IARP programs. IARP is unique in its breadth of services for a small organization and its close partnership with an Iraqi NGO and Iraqi leadership. I am honored to play a more substantial role in the organization.

Q: Why IARP?
A: I am a firm believer that through meaningful conversations and understanding between peoples - face to face or through the arts - peace, mutual respect and friendship can be realized. Why IARP? Because they facilitate these interactions that are so vital in realizing reconciliation.

We have a lot of work to do! As violence in Iraq intensifies, now more than ever we have a need for Americans and Iraqis to build bridges of friendship and mutual respect. Through our programming, IARP works to amplify unheard voices to rise above mainstream media to dispel misconceptions of Iraqis and the greater Middle East. I look forward to partnering with you as we build bridges of friendship and grow our mission of reconciliation.

Please feel free to contact me at 763-710-0427,, or visit me in our office on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Thank you again for such a warm welcome to IARP!

Prayer of St. Francis by Sarah MacLachlan

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

US Has Been Planning To Wipe Out Russia Since 1945

Posted By pcr3 On August 18, 2015 @ 9:20 am In Articles & Columns
US Has Been Planning To Wipe Out Russia Since 1945
Paul Craig Roberts
An article on Sputnik by Ekaterina Blinova, [1] , provides a history of US and British plans to destroy the Soviet Union with nuclear weapons in the early post-World War II years before the Soviets got the bomb and prior to President John F. Kennedy reining in the plans to use nuclear weapons against Soviet civilian populations. If truth be known, the Cold War was entirely a Washington creation.
The military/security complex, against which President Dwight Eisenhower warned the American people to no avail, has found that its profits cannot survive the end of the Cold War and has orchestrated its resumption. Washington has revived its plans for surprise nuclear attack on Russia and this time on China as well. These plans are known and have destroyed the trust among nuclear powers, leading to an even more dangerous situation than existed during Cold War I.
The American people are not politically competent, and they are easily brainwashed by Washington’s propaganda. It has only taken two years for Washington’s demonization of Russia to convince hapless Americans that Russia is the Number One Threat to the United States. This unbelievable hogwash is constantly broadcast by the presstitute media and is now
believed by a majority of the American Sheeple.
Armageddon will be the consequence.

Monday, August 17, 2015

What the Latest Currency ‘War’ is All About

An internationalized yuan established as a global reserve currency implies a "market-determined" exchange rate policy.
  by Pepe Escobar

When the US embarks on perennial quantitative easing, that’s OK. When the EU does QE as well, that’s OK. But when the Bank of China decides it’s in the best interest of the nation to let the yuan go down a bit instead of infinitely up, that’s Armageddon.

It took the Bank of China to devaluate the yuan on two consecutive days — moving within the 2 percent band that it’s allowed to — for the proverbial global financial banshees to go completely bonkers.

Forget the hysteria. The heart of the matter is that Beijing has stepped on the gas in a quite complex long game; to liberalize the yuan exchange rate; allow it to free float against the US dollar; and establish the yuan as a global reserve currency.                                                                   So this is essentially exchange rate policy liberalization — not a currency “war”, as the frenetic spin goes from Washington/Wall Street to Tokyo via London and Brussels.
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Hyannis Port and Squaw Island, August 1963

Hyannis Port and Squaw Island, August 1963
Date(s) of Materials:
August 1963: 14-30
Silent motion picture footage of President John F. Kennedy's family time at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, and at his residence at Squaw Island, Massachusetts. Dates for some of the footage cannot be established. For most of the footage, dates likely fall between August 14, 1963, and August 30, 1963. President Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy, Jr., relax outside the Squaw Island residence with dogs. The family visits the residence of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., in Hyannis Port. The President greets Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., while Eunice Kennedy Shriver is present. Other activities include Caroline and others riding horses, Caroline and John, Jr., and others spending time at the beach, and President Kennedy cruising aboard the President's yacht "Honey Fitz" with his family, Under Secretary of the Navy Paul B. "Red" Fay, Anita Fay, and Sally Fay.                                                                                     >link historical footage<

Israeli lobby has destroyed political careers for criticism of Israel – ...

An Introduction to Pentagon Contracts

An Introduction to Pentagon Contracts

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

EPA catching more heat for more toxic waste spilling in Southwest waters

These Companies Are Getting Rich While The Planet Burns

War-Hungry Conservatives Vow To Stop Obama’s Iran Deal

Rachel Corrie Family Still Searching for Justice 12 Yrs Later w/ Mnar Mu...

VIDEO: Chris Hedges, Cornel West on the Demonization of the Black Poor (from @Truthdig)

VIDEO: Chris Hedges, Cornel West on the Demonization of the Black Poor (from @Truthdig)

AIPAC taking all but 3 freshmen Congresspeople to Israel in effort to sabotage Iran deal

US Politics Ben Norton on August 3, 2015

The American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), the educational wing of hardline right-wing pro-Israel lobbying organization the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), is taking all but three freshmen US House Representatives on a tour of Israel, in hopes of turning them against the Iran nuclear deal.

Over 50 US congresspeople will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel in August.

Two separate trips are being organized along partisan lines—one for Democrats, and another for Republicans.

The Democrat trip begins on August 3, and will be led by House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland).

The Republican trip begins on August 8, and will be led by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California).                                    >Complete Report<

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

US ex-intelligence chief on ISIS rise: It was 'a willful Washington decision'

Lieutenant General Michael Flynn. © Gary Cameron / Reuters                                                                                                                                                       US didn’t interfere with the rise of anti-government jihadist groups in Syria that finally degenerated into Islamic State, claims the former head of America’s Defense Intelligence Agency, backing a secret 2012 memo predicting their rise.
Islamic State

An interview with retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), given to Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan, confirms earlier suspicions that Washington was monitoring jihadist groups emerging as opposition in Syria.       >Complete report<

Sunday, August 9, 2015

A Vice Admiral and WWII Hero Condemns Nuclear Weapons 70 Years After Nagasaki and Hiroshima (from @Truthdig)

A Vice Admiral and WWII Hero Condemns Nuclear Weapons 70 Years After Nagasaki and Hiroshima (from @Truthdig)

The Iran deal is the Israel lobby’s Armageddon

By My Catbird Seat -
Aug 9, 2015                                                                                                                                       by Justin Raimondo
The Liberation of US Foreign Policy
The Iran deal is a turning point in US foreign policy, and its approval by Congress will represent a sea change in American politics: it will mark nothing less than a day of liberation which future generations might dub “VI Day” – victory over Israel day.                                               >Complete Report<

Friday, August 7, 2015

Lawrence Ferlinghetti Enters Devastated Nagasaki

Jews in US capable of overriding Obama’s veto of Iran deal: Analyst

An American geopolitical commentator says “Jewish oligarchs” are so powerful in the United States that can override President Barack Obama’s veto of any congressional opposition to the Iran nuclear agreement.

In a phone interview with Press TV on Wednesday, Scott Rickard said Jewish oligarchs in the US “have dedicated tens of millions of dollars to the opposition of the Iran deal.”

He made the remarks when asked to comment about Obama’s warning to the leaders of American Jewish Community during a meeting in the White House on Tuesday.

The meeting was part of an effort by the Obama administration to gain support for the agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 group -- the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – in the Austrian capital of Vienna on July 14.                                 >Complete Report<

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hiroshima bombing: Marking the 70th anniversary

On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima—the first time a nuclear weapon had ever been used for warfare. Just three days later, the U.S. dropped a second bomb on Nagasaki.  

More than 200,000 people were killed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Radiation from the bombings continued to claim lives in the decades that followed, causing birth defects and other health issues among their children.

Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima reminds us of the real consequences of war and the growing urgency to free the world of nuclear weapons.

To learn more about the bombings and ongoing efforts toward nuclear disarmament, see some of the resources below, including the powerful account from Hiroshima survivor Michiko Kodama.                       the powerful account from Hiroshima survivor Michiko Kodama.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Pages related to Saudi Arabia in CIA report attack appear blank

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has blocked out almost all sections related to Saudi Arabia’s alleged role in 9/11 from a newly-released document on the agency’s “systemic problems” ahead of the attacks.                  >Complete Report<                                       

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

An Appeal to Firefighters, Present and Past from a retired FDNY Lieutenant

Fellow Firefighters, A great tragedy befell our community on September 11, 2001, an unprecedented 343 deaths in the line of duty. As horrible as that toll is, if there were a rational explanation for it, we could accept it and mourn. We all understood the risk we accepted when we took the oath of office, that chance might cut short our lives when we placed ourselves in harm’s   way in the public’s service. This is what we are paid for and it is our honor. However, in short, the official explanation of the events of that day are not only insufficient, they are fantastic and cannot bear rational examination. We are asked to believe that on that day three structural steel buildings, which have never before in history collapsed because of fire, fell neatly into their basements at the speed of gravity, their concrete reduced to dust. We are asked to believe that jet fuel (kerosene) can melt steel. We are asked to believe that the most sophisticated air defense system in the world, that responded to sixty-eight emergencies in the year prior to 9-11 in less than twenty minutes allowed aircraft to wander about for up to an hour and a half. We are asked to believe that the steel and titanium components of an aircraft that supposedly hit the Pentagon “evaporated”. There is much, much more if anyone cares to look into it. Trade Tower #7 by itself is the “smoking gun”. Not hit by an aircraft, with only a few relatively small fires, it came down in a classic crimp and implosion, going straight into its basement, something only very precise demolition can accomplish, which takes days if not weeks to prepare. The 9-11 Commission didn’t even mention it, and F.E.M.A. actually stated they DIDN’T KNOW WHY IT COLLAPSED AND LEFT IT AT THAT. Brothers, I know that the implications of the above are hard, almost unthinkable, but the official explanation is utter nonsense, and three hundred and forty three murdered brothers are crying out for justice. Demand a genuine investigation into the events of September 11!

-Anton Vodvarka, Lt. FDNY (ret)

Lt. Vodvarka served on FDNY Ladder Co 26, Rescue Co. 3, Rescue Co. 1, Engine Co. 92, Ladder 82 and Ladder 101. He was awarded the Merit Class 1 award, the Prentice Medal.   >archive of evidence<

Monday, June 8, 2015

Pakistanis for 9/11 Truth

There were no Muslims involved in the planning or execution of the events of 9/11. This blog will enlighten readers of the wealth of information and witnesses available that were totally ignored or had their testimony redacted by the 9/11 Commission in it's final report. Please review all archived pages on our blog, click SHARE on the right side, and ask your facebook friends to invite Dan Hanley to be their facebook friend.      >link to follow<

Matthieu Ricard: How to let altruism be your guide

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Netanyahu’s “Us or Them” Is Nothing But Trouble |

Netanyahu’s “Us or Them” Is Nothing But Trouble |

Body of War

"Body Of War" - Cowardly Congress-Spineless Senate 1 of 7

War is a Racket by Smedley Butler

Blood Money: These Companies and People Make Billions of Dollars From War

Lily Dane
Activist Post

War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it. – George Orwell

The late United States Marine Corps Major General Smedley D. Butler is perhaps most famous for his post-retirement speech titled “War is a Racket.” In the early 1930s, Butler presented the speech on a nationwide tour. It was so popular that he wrote a longer version as a small book that was published in 1935.

Butler points to a variety of examples, mostly from World War I, where industrialists whose operations were subsidized by public funding were able to generate substantial profits essentially from mass human suffering.
>Complete Report<

Eisenhower warns us of the military industrial complex.