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February 3, 2014

ما بين شبيحة النظام الأوكراني والمندسين

by mkleit
محمد قليط
متظاهرون يهددون الشرطة بجرافة

متظاهرون يهددون الشرطة بجرافة

تفاقمت حدة الخلاف في أوكرانيا بين السلطة والمعارضة بنحو متسارع. الخلاف الذي كان أساسه طلب المعارضة من الحكومة تذليل العقبات أمام انضمام كييف إلى الاتحاد الأوروبي، احتدم بعد إقرار الحكومة قانون منع التظاهر الذي دفع المعارضة إلى تصعيد تحركاتها واندلاع أعمال شغب أودت بحياة 6 من أفراد الشرطة واحتلال مبان حكومية، الأمر الذي جعل الحكومة والرئيس يرضخون لشروط المعارضة بالتراجع عن القانون واستقالة رئيس الحكومة وعرض الرئيس فيكتور يانوكوفيتش على المعارضة تسلمها.

الأزمة التي بدأت بتظاهرات سلمية سرعان ما تحولت إلى مواجهات محتدمة بالأيدي والأسلحة ما بين الطرفين بعدما دخل العنصر الأمني أو «الطابور الخامس»، فيما تقاذف طرفا النزاع المسؤولية عمّا حصل ورماها على الطرف الآخر.

داخلياً، «انشقت» صفوف الشعب الأوكراني إلى طرفين: الأول ينتمي إلى تنظيمات المعارضة، المعروفة بـ«مايدان الراديكالية أو الأوروبية» (Radical-Euro Maidan)، التي تطالب بتغيير القوانين «اللاديموقراطية» في البلاد والانضمام إلى الاتحاد الأوروبي، الذي أصبح شارة على كتف المتظاهرين المؤيدين. أما الطرف الثاني، فهم مؤيدو نظام الرئيس فيكتور يانوكوفيتش، وهم مؤلفون من رجال الأمن «بيركوت» (Berkut) بالإضافة إلى «التيتوشكي» (Titushki)، وإن جاز التعبير «شبيحة النظام» أو «وحدات الحماية الشعبية».

مع تطور الأوضاع، انقسمت المعارضة بين معتدل ومتطرف. فطالب المعترضون بالتغيير الديموقراطي عبر الانتخابات المقبلة القريبة، ووافقت على التنازلات التي قدمتها الحكومة.

بينما طالب المتطرفون بإسقاط السلطة بشكل تام والانضمام إلى الاتحاد الأوروبي. المعارضة الأوكرانية، آرينا كوزنيتوفا رأت أن المتطرفين «لا يستحقون الانضواء تحت اسم الاتحاد الأوروبي؛ لأنهم يتصرفون بطريقة همجية، فمن يرد الانضمام إلى الاتحاد الاوروبي، فعليه التصرف بأن لا أحد فوق القانون، وأن لا يحصل التعدي على الممتلكات العامة، وهو ما لا ينطبق على المتظاهرين من «مايدان الراديكالية»».

وأضافت كوزنيتوفا في حديث لها مع «الأخبار» أن «المعارضة الراديكالية تعرضت للضرب المبرح وسقط عدد من المتظاهرين بسبب عنف الشرطة ووحشيتهم، ولكن هناك المئات من رجال الشرطة ذهبوا إلى المستشفيات بحالات حروق حرجة جراء رمي قنابل المولوتوف عليهم من قبل متظاهرين ملثمين ويحملون شعار السواستيكا النازية (الصليب المعقوف)».

المشهد الأوكراني استحوذ على اهتمام شاشات التلفزة وعناوين الجرائد العالمية، ولم تمر مرور الكرام، وكانت فقرةً أساسية في نشرات أخبار التلفزة، وبالأخص تلك المنضوية تحت مظلة المعسكر الأميركي ـ الأوروبي. وبدا واضحاً وقوف الإعلام الأميركي، بطرفيه المعارض والرسمي، مع مطالب المتظاهرين المعارضين للحكومة الأوكرانية على اعتبار أنها محسوبة على «العدو» روسيا، واتفقت المحطات على أحقية الشعب الأوكراني في التظاهرات ووجود «وحشية» في التعامل مع المتظاهرين، على حد تعبير بعض وسائل الإعلام هناك.

بدورهم، نسي طرفا النزاع المبادئ الإعلامية التي تتعلق بالحيادية والموضوعية، فحتى الآن لم تُنشَر أخبار عن الإصابات البالغة في صفوف الشرطة والتعديات عليهم من قبل الإعلام المؤيد لـ«المايدان»، الذي يجهد بطرفيه المعارض والحكومي لإظهار الحكومة الأوكرانية ورجال أمنها على أنهم «مرتزقة».

ووصل الأمر إلى حد نشر أخبار مفبركة على حساب المعارضة الأميركية من حركة «احتلوا وال ستريت» الرسمي، التي تتضمن فبركات عن الاستعانة برجال أمن روس يرتدون الزي الأمني الأوكراني، وذلك «لحماية مصالح (الرئيس الروسي) بوتين في أوكرانيا»، بحسب أحد الحسابات المنثبقة من الحركة. وأضاف مخترق الحساب أن «التيتوشكي» يقبضون يومياً ما يعادل 42$، وهو ما دفع الحكومة الأوكرانية إلى نفي ما عدّته «تلفيقاً» ضدها. قناة «سي أن أن» على سبيل المثال، الوجه الإعلامي الأبرز لأميركا، عرضت مقالاً على موقعها، بدا أكثر إدانةً ليانكوفيتش، حيث أظهرت جزءاً بسيط يدافع عن الرئيس الأوكراني، بينما الإدانات كانت بنسبة أكبر من التأييد، وقد استعانت «بأهل الديموقراطية»، أي الاتحاد الأوروبي، الذي أعرب عن «قلقه في ما خص التقارير «الموثوقة» عن التعذيب وسوء معاملة الشرطة للمتظاهرين».

من جهته، الإعلام التابع والمؤيد للحكومة الأوكرانية، وبالأخص الروسي والبيلاروسي، ركز على مبدأ وجود «طابور خامس» في صفوف المعارضة، مدعوم من أطراف خارجية «تحاول إغراق أوكرانيا في فخ الاتحاد الأوروبي الرأسمالي وجعل أوكرانيا سوق تجاري لها»، بحسب إيوجين تيتوف، مؤيد أوكراني لنظام يانكوفيتش، في تعليق له على موقع «other98.com» التابع للمعارضة الأميركية. وأضاف تيتوف: «إن أردتم تغيير يانكوفيتش، فالانتخابات قريبة. قوموا بذلك كالأوروبيين الذين تزعمون أنكم منهم، لا كالنازيين البربر». من جهتها قناة «روسيا اليوم»، لم تتوانَ عن اتهام الإعلام الغربي بالقيام بحملة علاقات عامة للمتظاهرين، حيث نشرت مقال رأي للصحافي والمدون نيل كلارك أشار فيه إلى لقاءات السيناتور الأميركي جون ماكين مع المعارضة قبل التظاهرات، بينما شكك بأصالة المعارضة في ظل اهتمام غربي كبير «بالجماعة النيو ــ نازية واليمين السياسي المتطرف»، مضيفاً: «لو حصلت هذه التظاهرات وعلى النحو ذاته في أوروبا الغربية، لما وجدت هذا الاهتمام الكبير سياسياً وإعلامياً، أو لو قامت الموالاة بتظاهرات كهذه، لكانوا هم الغوغاء والهمج».

السيناتور الأميركي جون ماكين يقف مع قادة المعارضة الأوكرانية

السيناتور الأميركي جون ماكين يقف مع قادة المعارضة الأوكرانية

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April 26, 2013

Welcome to NWO: Everything Is Rigged

by mkleit

The Illuminati were amateurs. The second huge financial scandal of the year reveals the real international conspiracy: There’s no price the big banks can’t fix.

 Illustration by Victor Juhasz

 

Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right.

The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game. We found this out in recent months, when a series of related corruption stories spilled out of the financial sector, suggesting the world’s largest banks may be fixing the prices of, well, just about everything.

You may have heard of the Libor scandal, in which at least three – and perhaps as many as 16 – of the name-brand too-big-to-fail banks have been manipulating global interest rates, in the process messing around with the prices of upward of $500 trillion (that’s trillion, with a “t”) worth of financial instruments.

When that sprawling con burst into public view last year, it was easily the biggest financial scandal in history – MIT professor Andrew Lo even said it “dwarfs by orders of magnitude any financial scam in the history of markets.”

That was bad enough, but now Libor may have a twin brother. Word has leaked out that the London-based firm ICAP, the world’s largest broker of interest-rate swaps, is being investigated by American authorities for behavior that sounds eerily reminiscent of the Libor mess.

Regulators are looking into whether or not a small group of brokers at ICAP may have worked with up to 15 of the world’s largest banks to manipulate ISDAfix, a benchmark number used around the world to calculate the prices of interest-rate swaps.

Interest-rate swaps are a tool used by big cities, major corporations and sovereign governments to manage their debt, and the scale of their use is almost unimaginably massive. It’s about a $379 trillion market, meaning that any manipulation would affect a pile of assets about 100 times the size of the United States federal budget.

It should surprise no one that among the players implicated in this scheme to fix the prices of interest-rate swaps are the same megabanks – including Barclays, UBS, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and the Royal Bank of Scotland – that serve on the Libor panel that sets global interest rates.

In fact, in recent years many of these banks have already paid multimillion-dollar settlements for anti-competitive manipulation of one form or another (in addition to Libor, some were caught up in an anti-competitive scheme, detailed in Rolling Stone last year, to rig municipal-debt service auctions).

Though the jumble of financial acronyms sounds like gibberish to the layperson, the fact that there may now be price-fixing scandals involving both Libor and ISDAfix suggests a single, giant mushrooming conspiracy of collusion and price-fixing hovering under the ostensibly competitive veneer of Wall Street culture.

The Scam Wall Street Learned From the Mafia

Why? Because Libor already affects the prices of interest-rate swaps, making this a manipulation-on-manipulation situation. If the allegations prove to be right, that will mean that swap customers have been paying for two different layers of price-fixing corruption.

If you can imagine paying 20 bucks for a crappy PB&J because some evil cabal of agribusiness companies colluded to fix the prices of both peanuts and peanut butter, you come close to grasping the lunacy of financial markets where both interest rates and interest-rate swaps are being manipulated at the same time, often by the same banks.

“It’s a double conspiracy,” says an amazed Michael Greenberger, a former director of the trading and markets division at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and now a professor at the University of Maryland. “It’s the height of criminality.”

The bad news didn’t stop with swaps and interest rates. In March, it also came out that two regulators – the CFTC here in the U.S. and the Madrid-based International Organization of Securities Commissions – were spurred by the Libor revelations to investigate the possibility of collusive manipulation of gold and silver prices. “Given the clubby manipulation efforts we saw in Libor benchmarks, I assume other benchmarks – many other benchmarks – are legit areas of inquiry,” CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton said.

But the biggest shock came out of a federal courtroom at the end of March – though if you follow these matters closely, it may not have been so shocking at all – when a landmark class-action civil lawsuit against the banks for Libor-related offenses was dismissed.

In that case, a federal judge accepted the banker-defendants’ incredible argument: If cities and towns and other investors lost money because of Libor manipulation, that was their own fault for ever thinking the banks were competing in the first place.

“A farce,” was one antitrust lawyer’s response to the eyebrow-raising dismissal.

“Incredible,” says Sylvia Sokol, an attorney for Constantine Cannon, a firm that specializes in antitrust cases.

All of these stories collectively pointed to the same thing: These banks, which already possess enormous power just by virtue of their financial holdings – in the United States, the top six banks, many of them the same names you see on the Libor and ISDAfix panels, own assets equivalent to 60 percent of the nation’s GDP – are beginning to realize the awesome possibilities for increased profit and political might that would come with colluding instead of competing.

Moreover, it’s increasingly clear that both the criminal justice system and the civil courts may be impotent to stop them, even when they do get caught working together to game the system.

If true, that would leave us living in an era of undisguised, real-world conspiracy, in which the prices of currencies, commodities like gold and silver, even interest rates and the value of money itself, can be and may already have been dictated from above. And those who are doing it can get away with it. Forget the Illuminati – this is the real thing, and it’s no secret. You can stare right at it, anytime you want.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/everything-is-rigged-the-biggest-financial-scandal-yet-20130425#ixzz2Rabgishs

January 26, 2013

At First, You’d Think This is Funny… At First!

by mkleit

From Exposing The Truth

At first I thought this was funny….Then I realized the awful truth of it. Be sure to read all the way to the end!

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he’s fed.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for peanuts
Anyway!

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid.

When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
It’s time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Airline surcharge tax
Airline Fuel Tax
Airport Maintenance Tax
Building Permit Tax
Cigarette Tax
Cooking Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Goods and Services Tax (GST)
Death Tax
Driving Permit Tax
Environmental Tax (Fee)
Excise Taxes
Income Tax
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Petrol Tax (too much per litre)
Gross Receipts Tax
Health Tax
Heating Tax
Inheritance Tax
Interest Tax
Lighting Tax
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Mortgage Tax
Pension Tax
Personal Income Tax
Property Tax
Poverty Tax
Prescription Drug Tax
Real Estate Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Retail Sales Tax
Service Charge Tax
School Tax
Telephone Tax
Value Added Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Water Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
Tax (VAT) on Tax.
And Now they want a blooming Carbon Tax!

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was one of the most prosperous in the world… We had absolutely no national debt, had a large middle class,a huge manufacturing base, and Mum stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the Hell happened? Could it be the lying parasitic politicians wasting our money?
Oh, and don’t forget the relatively new bank charges….
And we all know what we think of Bankers, and that most of these taxes are spent paying for the interest they charge on the imaginary money that they create. Spread this round, share, copy and paste… whatever. Together we are making a difference ♥

January 1, 2013

2012 in review

by mkleit

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

November 17, 2012

Ron Paul: The Truth in the Farewell [Video]

by mkleit

Ron Paul’s Farewell Speech

 

An amazing 50min of truth out of the mouth of former US presidential candidate Ron Paul during his retiring from Congress speech after a huge in the Republican Primary election. The farewell speech contained strong feelings and imposed many questions to the US government and its policy; calling the Americans that they live in a “Culture of Violence” and the violence is justified… Just a little of what he said.

 

November 15, 2012

The israeli Fact Sheet: Self-Defense or Provocation? Existence or Apartheid?

by mkleit

Amazing facts from the British PM, George Galloway, who explains the existence of the israeli occupation in Palestine.

 

 

The IMEU offers the following timeline of the recent violence and a fact sheet on previous Israeli ceasefire violations.

Jadaliyya

[Skyline of Gaza burns during Operation Cast Lead. Image by Al-Jazeera English. From Wikimedia Commons.]

I. TIMELINE: ISRAEL’S LATEST ESCALATION IN GAZA

THURSDAY, 8 NOVEMBER

Following a two-week lull in violence, Israeli soldiers invade Gaza. In the resulting exchange of gunfire with Palestinian fighters, a twelve year-old boy is killed by an Israeli bullet while he plays soccer.

Shortly afterwards, Palestinian fighters blow up a tunnel along the Gaza-Israel frontier, injuring one Israeli soldier.
SATURDAY, 10 NOVEMBER

An anti-tank missile fired by Palestinian fighters wounds four Israeli soldiers driving in a jeep along the Israel-Gaza boundary.

An Israeli artillery shell lands in a soccer field in Gaza killing two children, aged sixteen and seventeen. Later, an Israeli tank fires a shell at a tent where mourners are gathered for a funeral, killing two more civilians and wounding more than two dozen others.
SUNDAY, 11 NOVEMBER

One Palestinian civilian is killed and dozens more are wounded in Israeli attacks. Four Israeli civilians are also injured as a result of projectiles launched from Gaza, according to the Israeli government.

During an Israeli government cabinet meeting, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz urges the government to “cut off the head of the snake… take out the leadership of Hamas in Gaza.” He also calls for a cutting off of water, food, electricity, and fuel shipments to Gaza’s 1.7 million people.
MONDAY, 12 NOVEMBER

Palestinian militant factions agree to a truce if Israel ends its attacks.
WEDNESDAY, 14 NOVEMBER

Israel breaks two days of calm by assassinating Ahmed Jabari, the head of Hamas’ military wing. According to reports, at least eight other Palestinians are killed in Israeli attacks, including at least two children. Palestinian militant groups vow to respond.
II. FACT SHEET
– Self-Defense or Provocation?: Israel’s History of Breaking Ceasefires –

Since Israel’s creation in 1948, Israeli political and military leaders have demonstrated a pattern of repeatedly violating ceasefires with their enemies in order to gain military advantage, for territorial aggrandizement, or to provoke their opponents into carrying out acts of violence that Israel can then exploit politically and/or use to justify military operations already planned.

The following fact sheet provides a brief overview of some of the most high-profile and consequential ceasefire violations committed by the Israeli military over the past six decades.

israeli prime minister Benjamin Natanyahu

2012 – On 14 November, two days after Palestinian factions in Gaza agree to a truce following several days of violence, Israel assassinates the leader of Hamas’ military wing, Ahmed Jabari, threatening to escalate the violence once again after a week in which at least six Palestinian civilians are killed and dozens more wounded in Israeli attacks.

2012 – On 9 March, Israel violates an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire and assassinates the head of the Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees, sparking another round of violence in which at least two-dozen Palestinians are killed, including at least four civilians, and scores more wounded.

As usual, Israel claims it is acting in self-defense against an imminent attack being planned by the PRC, while providing no evidence to substantiate the allegation.

Following the assassination, Israeli journalist Zvi Bar’el writes in Haaretz newspaper:

“It is hard to understand what basis there is for the assertion that Israel is not striving to escalate the situation. One could assume that an armed response by the Popular Resistance Committees or Islamic Jihad to Israel’s targeted assassination was taken into account.

But did anyone weigh the possibility that the violent reaction could lead to a greater number of Israeli casualties than any terrorist attack that Zuhair al-Qaisi, the secretary-general of the Popular Resistance Committees, could have carried out?

‘In the absence of a clear answer to that question, one may assume that those who decided to assassinate al-Qaisi once again relied on the “measured response” strategy, in which an Israeli strike draws a reaction, which draws an Israeli counter-reaction.”

Just over two months prior, on the third anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, Israeli army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz tells Israel’s Army Radio that Israel will need to attack Gaza again soon to restore its power of “deterrence,” and that the assault must be “swift and painful,” concluding, “we will act when the conditions are right.”

2011 – On 29 October, Israel breaks a truce that has maintained calm for two months, killing five Islamic Jihad members in Gaza, including a senior commander. The following day, Egypt brokers another truce that Israel proceeds to immediately violate, killing another four IJ members. In the violence, a total of nine Palestinians and one Israeli are killed.

2008 – In November, Israel violates a ceasefire with Hamas and other Gaza-based militant groups that has been in place since June, launching an operation that kills six Hamas members. Militant groups respond by launching rockets into southern Israel, which Israel shortly thereafter uses to justify Operation Cast Lead, its devastating military assault on Gaza beginning on 27 December.

Over the next three weeks, the Israeli military kills approximately 1,400 Palestinians, most of them civilians, including more than 300 children. A UN Human Rights Council Fact Finding Mission led by South African jurist Richard Goldstone subsequently concludes that both Israel and Hamas committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during the fighting, a judgment shared by human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

2002 – On 23 July, hours before a widely-reported ceasefire declared by Hamas and other Palestinian groups is scheduled to come into effect, Israel bombs an apartment building in the middle of the night in the densely populated Gaza Strip in order to assassinate Hamas leader Salah Shehada. Fourteen civilians, including nine children, are also killed in the attack, and fifty others are wounded, leading to a scuttling of the ceasefire and a continuation of violence.

2002 – On 14 January, Israel assassinates Raed Karmi, a militant leader in the Fatah party, following a ceasefire agreed to by all Palestinian militant groups the previous month, leading to its cancellation. Later in January, the first suicide bombing by the Fatah-linked Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade takes place.

 

 

 

 

2001 – On 23 November, Israel assassinates senior Hamas militant Mahmoud Abu Hanoud. At the time, Hamas was adhering to an agreement made with PLO head Yasser Arafat not to attack targets inside of Israel. Following the killing, respected Israeli military correspondent of the right-leaning Yediot Ahronot newspaperAlex Fishmanwrites in a front-page story:

“We again find ourselves preparing with dread for a new mass terrorist attack within the Green Line [Israel’s pre-1967 border]… Whoever gave a green light to this act of liquidation knew full well that he is thereby shattering in one blow the gentleman’s agreement between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority; under that agreement, Hamas was to avoid in the near future suicide bombings inside the Green Line…” A week later, Hamas responds with bombings in Jerusalem and Haifa.

2001 – On 25 July, as Israeli and Palestinian Authority security officials meet to shore up a six-week-old ceasefire, Israel assassinates a senior Hamas member in Nablus. Nine days later, Hamas responds with a suicide bombing in a Jerusalem pizzeria.

1988 – In April, Israel assassinates senior PLO leader Khalil al-Wazir in Tunisia, even as the Reagan administration is trying to organize an international conference to broker peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The US State Department condemns the murder as an “act of political assassination.” In ensuing protests in the occupied territories, a further seven Palestinians are gunned down by Israeli forces.

1982 – Following Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in June, and after PLO fighters depart Beirut under the terms of a US-brokered ceasefire, Israel violates the terms of the agreement and moves its armed forces into the western part of the city, where the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila are located. Shortly thereafter, Israeli soldiers surround the camps and send in their local Christian Phalangist allies – even though the long and bloody history between Palestinians and Phalangists in Lebanon is well known to the Israelis, and despite the fact that the Phalangists’ leader, Bashir Gemayel, has just been assassinated and Palestinians are rumored (incorrectly) to be responsible.

Over the next three days, between 800 and 3,500Palestinian refugees, mostly women and children left behind by the PLO fighters, are butchered by the Phalangists as Israeli soldiers look on. In the wake of the massacre, an Israeli commission of inquiry, the Kahan Commission, deems that Israeli Defense Minister (and future Prime Minister) Ariel Sharon bears “personal responsibility” for the slaughter.

1981-2 – Under Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, Israel repeatedly violates a nine month-old UN-brokered ceasefire with the PLO in Lebanon in an effort to provoke a response that will justify a large-scale invasion of the country that Sharon has been long planning.

When PLO restraint fails to provide Sharon with an adequate pretext, he uses the attempted assassination of Israel’s ambassador to England to justify a massive invasion aimed at destroying the PLO – despite the fact that Israeli intelligence officials believe the PLO has nothing to do with the assassination attempt. In the ensuing invasion, more than 17,000 Lebanese are killed.

1973 – Following a ceasefire agreement arranged by the US and the Soviet Union to end the Yom Kippur War, Israel violates the agreement with a “green light” from US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. According to declassified US documents, Kissinger tells the Israelis they can take a “slightly longer” time to adhere to the truce.

As a result, Israel launches an attack and surrounds the Egyptian Third Army, causing a major diplomatic crisis between the US and Soviets that pushes the two superpowers to the brink of nuclear war, with the Soviets threatening to intervene to save their Egyptian allies and the US issuing a Defcon III nuclear alert.

1967 – Israel violates the 1949 Armistice Agreement, launching a surprise attack against Egypt and Syria. Despite claims that Israel is acting in self-defense against an impending attack from Egypt, Israeli leaders are well aware that Egypt poses no serious threat.

Yitzhak Rabin, Chief of the General Staff of the Israeli army during the war, says in a 1968 interview that “I do not believe that Nasser wanted war.The two divisions he sent into Sinai on 14 May would not have been enough to unleash an offensive against Israel. He knew it and we knew it.” And former Prime Minister Menachem Begin later admits that “Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai approaches did not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.”

1956 – Colluding with Britain and France, Israel violates the 1949 Armistice Agreement by invading Egypt and occupying the Sinai Peninsula. Israel only agrees to withdraw following pressure from US President Dwight Eisenhower.

1949 – Immediately after the UN-brokered Armistice Agreement between Israel and its neighbors goes into effect, the armed forces of the newly-created Israeli state begin violating the truce with encroachments into designated demilitarized zones and military attacks that claim numerous civilian casualties.

[This piece originally published by the Institute for Middle East Understanding.]

 

September 25, 2012

Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and ‘god-given land’ claims – 2003

by mkleit

 

2003 Edward Said lecture on United States impirialism and Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
Edward Said, acclaimed for his literary and cultural criticism, is a sought-after commentator on Middle Eastern politics and America’s foremost spokesman for the Palestinian cause.

His influential book, “Orientalism,” (1978), is an examination of Western perceptions of the Islamic world. His criticism extends to the United States, which he calls a dishonest broker in the peace process due to its long-standing support for Israel.
For the full version of the lecture visithttp://researchchannel.com/prog/displayevent.aspx?rID=3288&fID=34

September 11, 2012

A 5min. Explanation of the 9/11 [AMAZING!]

by mkleit

 

I think this is an amazing piece of work that should be shown on every channel on every TV station in every country. Not even 5mins long and blows the official theory out the water. Excellent vid.
Enjoy and pass around.

August 3, 2012

The 10 Companies that Own Almost EVERYTHING

by mkleit

Disclaimer: The graphic has not been updated to reflect P&G’s sale of Pringles to Kellogg and Pepsi hasn’t owned Taco Bell since the 90’s, but that doesn’t make it any less creepy.

We already know that 90 percent of the media is controlled by six companies, 37 banks have been consolidated into four, 307 types of corn have been reduced to 12, and these 10 companies own practically everything else.
What’s next?

 

Source

July 8, 2012

The third crisis of capitalism

by mkleit

capitalism 300x187 The third crisis of capitalism

The current economic crisis of capitalism manifested its first signs in the U.S. in 2007, and in Brazil signs of uncertainty already emerge.

The system is a cat of seven breaths. In the last century, two major crises were faced. The first, in the early twentieth century, in the early days of imperialism, the passing of laissez-faire (economic liberalism) the concentration of capital by the monopolies. The economic war for the conquest of markets gave rise to the First World War. It resulted in an “out” on the left: the Russian Revolution of 1917.

In 1929, another crisis, the Great Depression. from night to day thousands of people lost their jobs, the New York Stock Exchange crashed, the recession lasted for a long period, with consequences worldwide. This time the “exit” came from the right: Nazism. And, therefore, World War II.

This third crisis differs from previous ones. And in some ways it is surprising: that countries that once formed the periphery of the system (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia), for the time being they are better than metros. This year, the growth of Latin American countries is expected to surpass the U.S. and Europe. On this side of the world, there are better conditions for economic growth: rising wages, falling unemployment, abundant credit and reduction in interest rates.

In the rich countries, the fiscal deficit is accented by unemployment (24,3 million unemployed people in the European Union), and  State debts. In Europe, it seems that the history – for those who already saw this movie in Latin America – it is being rewound: the IMF starts to administer the finances of the countries, intervenes in Greece and in Italy and, soon, in Portugal.  Germany manages, as a creditor, do what Hitler tried by force – to impose on the countries of the  eurozone the rules of the game.

So far there is no third way out of this crisis. All measures taken by the U.S. and Europe are palliative and will not see the light at the end of the tunnel. And everything can be aggravated by the already announced slowdown in growth of China and the consequent reduction of its imports. For the Brazilian economy, it will be dramatic.

Worldwide trade has plummeted 20%. There is progressive deindustrialization of the economy, which already affects Brazil. What supports corporate profits for now, is that they operate today both in production and speculation. And, through banks, promoting the financialization of consumption. There is credit! Then the bubble burst and defaults spreads like plague.

Will the “exit” from this crisis be the third from the left or right? I fear that mankind is under two serious risks. The first is already clear: climate change. Produced inclusive of the loss of value in the use of food, it is now subject to the purchase value established by the financial market.

There is a growing reprimarization in so-called emerging economies. Countries such as Brazil regress back in time and depend on exports of commodities (agricultural products, oil and iron ore, whose prices are determined by transnational corporations and the financial market).

In the overall scheme, before the power of giant transnational corporations that control GM seeds and agricultural poisons, the Brazilian plantation becomes the weakest link.

The second risk is nuclear war. The two previous crises in the great wars had their exhaust valves. Faced with massive unemployment, nothing like the defense industry to hire unemployed workers. Today, thousands of nuclear warheads are stockpiled worldwide. And there are even nuclear munitions, accurately located for destruction, as in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

It’s time to reject the anticipation of the apocalypse and react. Seek a solution to the capitalist system, intrinsically evil, to the point of devoting trillions to save the financial market and give back to the billions of humans who are suffering from poverty and misery.

It remains, therefore, to organize and create hope, from large-scale mobilization, viable alternatives that will lead humanity, as prayed in the Eucharistic celebration, “sharing the goods of the earth and the fruits of human labor.”

 

http://www.trueactivist.com/the-third-crisis-of-capitalism/

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