MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH
(Peace Etcetera Inc. has granted permission for use of this peace logo which is solely owned, copyrighted and is a registered trademark of Peace Etcetera Inc.)
October 11, 2007
The Perfect Storm Series #13: Cruising Through Dangerous Waters
While reading one of the numerous articles in this compilation (THE KENNEBUNKPORT WARNING), I stumbled upon this article, What World War III May Look Like ... This is such hair-raising stuff that I won't include this whole thing here, but I felt I needed to mention this article anyway. And you know what the worst part is? This hypothetical scenario describes merely the onset of WWIII...
There is still enough hair-raising stuff in this compilation to make anyone dizzy with a foreboding sense of very bad things that could happen at any moment. But please make sure to remember when reading all this that the key word here is "could" as none of these possibilities are an absolute certainty. In fact, there is some comfort in the thought that elements in the US Air Force and intelligence community have apparently succeeded in derailing a Cheney-hatched attack plan against Iran in the beginning of September. I'm sure we are not left alone to face these difficult times, and that unseen assistance is being provided to help us avert the worst scenarios. Yet we each have to assume responsibility for our share of the global co-creative effort required to assist in the birth process of a new era of lasting Peace, Love and Harmony all over this planet and way, way beyond...
Aside from that you'll find much disheartening material on the ongoing global environmental holocaust in this compilation (from items #10 on) and well as some inspiring gems. The is so precious little time left to stop the wholesale destruction of our living planet by man's abysmal greed and stupidity. And the last thing humanity needs right now is a new war conflagration as Israel henchmen and the Bush/Cheney cabal seem so intent on igniting...
SPECIAL NOTE: Here is a Special invitation from me, in a totally different vein...
MP3 Fiesta - Amazing offer! http://www.mp3fiesta.com/?user=148241
For every person who registers and fills up his balance through this link above, I'll receive a $5 bonus which I can then apply to download more music there - whenever I can make time for this... Cost per album is on average only 99¢ and it is perfectly legal. They have an astounding choice: 23 052 artists, 1 034 653 tracks and 95 662 albums (currently!). Check the Site Tour to understand how this works and read their Help section to find out about all the technical stuff. I've downloaded there lots of wonderful music I could not find elsewhere legally at such a bargain price and everything works just fine. Just make sure you download any music you buy there within 48 hours and, of course, go through http://www.mp3fiesta.com/?user=148241 if you decide to register and give this a try. I thought many of you would be interested ;-)
P.S. Your feedback is as always welcomed and may be included in a coming compilation - unless you prefer it is not. Circulating this compilation (or any part of it) and personally inviting your correspondents to subscribe to this list would also help enlarge the circle of people who have access to this material. Please include the following note and the URL address for the archived copy below along with your forwards, so others may have the opportunity to explore the original copy, if they so choose.
This compilation is archived at
STATS for this compilation: Over 32,700 words and 165 links provided.
To unsubscribe from the Earth Rainbow Network automated listserver, or change your listing on it when you have a new email address, the simplest way is to do it yourself by sending a blank email at email@example.com -- IMPORTANT: You MUST do it from the email account you wish to unsubscribe otherwise the system won't recognize your request.
"The world is changing fast and the darkness in a near final attempt to gain power is increasing its activities; no matter this is just a sign that it is in fact the Light that has the upper hand and that we WILL unite, win and extradite the darkness within and without. I used to believe in seeing only light and peace in this world, but realised this is naive to do in this 3 D earth as it is now. We have a WAR and we must be warriors of Light to save the day. So many souls are being harmed by dark forces and we need to act quickly on all spiritual and physical levels."
- Nahla Rifai (Nahla.Rifai@gmail.com) - You can find more on Nahla, a long-time ERN subscriber originally from Jordan, through http://www.global-leadership.com/board/index.htm - including the following: "I believe that spiritual healing of individuals and nations is needed on a profound level if we want to avoid more conflicts and poverty and create a peaceful society on earth. It is thus my aim to promote the empowerment of peoples in humanitarian and personal crises so that they may be able to have the confidence, faith and tools to rebuild their lives and find true happiness. I also hope to positively influence community, national and international leaders to empower nationals of the world and work together as one team to achieve harmony, balance and peace through inner and outer self-development."
"President Bush has no better friends than the spineless Democratic congressional leadership and the party's leading presidential candidates when it comes to his failing Iraq policy."
These 3 comments below found in our new ERN guestbook are too sweet to not include them here ;-)
"Dear Friends of Jean Hudon, I have been on Jean's mailing list since the beginning, pre-911, and appreciate so much his wonderful compassionate intelligent work! Let us all continue to work for the greater good and make a real difference -- it is truly up to US! When it comes time to make your choice in the 2008 Presidential primary elections, please consider who is the best man for the job -- I say it's Dennis Kucinich -- and I hope you will join me in voting for him to bring America back on track and to the next level of world leadership -- strength though peace. Thank you. "
"Beloved Jean. Thank You AGAIN for all the hard work of putting all this information out there for us all.
It helps a lot to give me ideas for my radio program and I am for ever grateful. I love you. Your Sister in the Light."
"Dear Jean and friends. As with many of you, I am a long-time subscriber to ERN; and I have long respected, recommended, and rejoiced in this amazing service provided to all of us. Like many of you, I don't always take the time to say "thank you" in writing; yet I feel so connected to Jean and an ever-expanding multitude of People of the Heart. Truly, regardless of appearances to the contrary, we are making a difference... a huge difference. All over the planet people are waking up in droves; and it is because of people like Jean who faithfully do their part month in and month out. Thank you, Jean, for all you do from all who are truly grateful for your efforts. Namaste."
1) THE KENNEBUNKPORT WARNING - Cheney's Ouster May Be Last Chance to Stop World War III
2) Leading Americans Ask U.S. Military to Refuse Orders to Attack Iran
3) Five Days In October
4) Access Denied
5) On Torture and American Values
6) World roars on Burma
7) Burma's Saffron Revolution: Goodbye, Generals Helpful Hints for Saving the Planet
8) Congressman: Dollar Could Collapse To Absolute Zero
9) Why the US Lacks Full Health Care
10) Helpful Hints for Saving the Planet
11) Carbon's New Math
12) South America chokes as Amazon burns
13) World Bank accused of razing Congo forests
14) Scientists Invent 30 Year Continuous Power Laptop Battery
15) New Community, New Leadership
16) Declaration for All Life on Earth
17) Climate urgency builds more parliamentary support for Simultaneous Policy
18) Water - Water Everywhere
WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION
FRIDAY October 12 Orange Friday - Demand NO WAR on Iran http://www.worldcantwait.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4365&Itemid=223
If youre against George Bush attacking Iran, it doesnt count unless you Declare It Now. Show it by wearing and displaying orange at work, school, at the mall or the movies. At 5pm, get into the streets, or in front of the biggest TV station or newspaper with signs and determination, saying, NO ATTACK on Iran, no way!
Spain - 4-Hour UFO Sighting Over Canary Islands (10 -8 -7) A MOST fascinating story! http://www.rense.com/general78/womdds.htm
(...) Now comes a part that is difficult to disclose because it is so unacceptable to many. We decided to verbally and mentally ask these objects to stop and hover so that we could observe them better. Most of the objects ignored this request. But 5 of these objects did respond. Four of these objects stopped over the airport area, reversed their direction and headed directly to our home. They stopped and hovered a few blocks from our home. The fifth object directly over our home, in fact directly over my wife who was then asking them to do exactly that. I could see the object directly over her at about 500 feet. An oblong-shaped light. Silent. Obliging. It remained in this position for a few minutes while my wife was almost bent backward with her binoculars observing this mysterious thing. She continuously dialogued with me about what she was observing. There was so much going on that I chose to direct my attention to another group of objects heading west. We didn't want to miss anything. CLIP
UFO observed on the Moon by Italian Astronomers http://uncutvideo.aol.com/videos/172681f3a339f0ecdd1db5b7f3f994ec
According to Richard Boylan: "It is fitting that this telescope video was shot by an Italian astronomer. Galileo Galilei was an 17-century Italian and the first person to use the newly-invented telescope to peer at the heavens and give rise to astronomy. As for this dark craft skittering above the Moon's surface, I used my dowsing rods and determined that its energy signature was consistent with the Cabal (occupation crews based on the Moon)."
The Militarization of Our Police (6 min 39 sec) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INdcaeeb3ws
As the US government becomes more aggressive overseas, it's also developing its military capacity to repress American citizens at home. Really complacency-busting stuff. A MUST see!
FOX ATTACKS IRAN http://foxattacks.com/iran
Sign the Open Letter. Tell the networks not to follow FOX down the road to war -- 55,743 signers so far -- Dear ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN, "My station was intimidated by the administration and its foot soldiers at FOX News." That is CNN's Christiane Amanpour explaining why the major television networks failed to accurately inform the public in the lead-up to the Iraq war, choosing instead to follow FOX's lead. Now, FOX is beating the drums for war with Iran. Robert Greenwald's short film, "FOX Attacks: Iran", outlines the evidence from the station's own broadcasts, comparing their reporting before the Iraq war with what they are saying now about Iran. You have a sacred responsibility to the American people to provide accurate and reliable information so we can best make the decisions which affect our lives. We urge you to accurately and thoroughly report all sides of this important story. Please do not blindly follow FOX down the road to another war. - Go at http://foxattacks.com/iran to add your voice... This is IMPORTANT!
Shifting Targets ? A MUST READ!! Here are 3 significant excerpts from this longer article by Seymour Hersh http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/10/08/071008fa_fact_hersh
The Administrations plan for Iran. In a series of public statements in recent months, President Bush and members of his Administration have redefined the war in Iraq, to an increasing degree, as a strategic battle between the United States and Iran. Shia extremists, backed by Iran, are training Iraqis to carry out attacks on our forces and the Iraqi people, Bush told the national convention of the American Legion in August. The attacks on our bases and our troops by Iranian-supplied munitions have increased. . . . The Iranian regime must halt these actions. And, until it does, I will take actions necessary to protect our troops. He then concluded, to applause, I have authorized our military commanders in Iraq to confront Tehrans murderous activities. The Presidents position, and its corollarythat, if many of Americas problems in Iraq are the responsibility of Tehran, then the solution to them is to confront the Iranianshave taken firm hold in the Administration. This summer, the White House, pushed by the office of Vice-President Dick Cheney, requested that the Joint Chiefs of Staff redraw long-standing plans for a possible attack on Iran, according to former officials and government consultants. The focus of the plans had been a broad bombing attack, with targets including Irans known and suspected nuclear facilities and other military and infrastructure sites. Now the emphasis is on surgical strikes on Revolutionary Guard Corps facilities in Tehran and elsewhere, which, the Administration claims, have been the source of attacks on Americans in Iraq. What had been presented primarily as a counter-proliferation mission has been reconceived as counterterrorism. The shift in targeting reflects three developments. First, the President and his senior advisers have concluded that their campaign to convince the American public that Iran poses an imminent nuclear threat has failed (unlike a similar campaign before the Iraq war), and that as a result there is not enough popular support for a major bombing campaign. The second development is that the White House has come to terms, in private, with the general consensus of the American intelligence community that Iran is at least five years away from obtaining a bomb. And, finally, there has been a growing recognition in Washington and throughout the Middle East that Iran is emerging as the geopolitical winner of the war in Iraq.
(...) Theyre moving everybody to the Iran desk, one recently retired C.I.A. official said. Theyre dragging in a lot of analysts and ramping up everything. Its just like the fall of 2002 the months before the invasion of Iraq, when the Iraqi Operations Group became the most important in the agency. He added, The guys now running the Iranian program have limited direct experience with Iran. In the event of an attack, how will the Iranians react? They will react, and the Administration has not thought it all the way through. (...) A senior European diplomat, who works closely with American intelligence, told me that there is evidence that Iran has been making extensive preparation for an American bombing attack. We know that the Iranians are strengthening their air-defense capabilities, he said, and we believe they will react asymmetricallyhitting targets in Europe and in Latin America. There is also specific intelligence suggesting that Iran will be aided in these attacks by Hezbollah. Hezbollah is capable, and they can do it, the diplomat said.
(...) The revised bombing plan for a possible attack, wit its tightened focus on counterterrorism, is gathering support among generals and admirals in the Pentagon The strategy calls for the use of sea-launched cruise missiles and more precisely targeted ground attacks an bombing strikes, including plans to destroy the most important Revolutionary Guard training camps, supply depots, and command and control facilitiesCheneys option is now for a fast in and outfor surgical strikes, the former senior American intelligence official told me. The Joint Chiefs have turned to the Navy, he said, which had been chafing over its role in the Air Force-dominated air war in Iraq. The Navys planes, ships, and cruise missiles are in place in the Gulf and operating daily. Theyve got everything they needeven AWACS are in place and the targets in Iran have been programmed. The Navy is flying FA-18 missions every day in the Gulf. There are also plans to hit Irans anti-aircraft surface-to-air missile sites. Weve got to get a path in and a path out, the former official said.A Pentagon consultant on counterterrorism told me that, if the bombing campaign took place, it would be accompanied by a series of what he called short, sharp incursions by American Special Forces units into suspected Iranian training sites. He said, Cheney is devoted to this, no question.A limited bombing attack of this sort only makes sense if the intelligence is good, the consultant said. If the targets are not clearly defined, the bombing will start as limited, but then there will be an escalation special. Planners will say that we have to deal with Hezbollah here and Syria there. The goal will be to hit the cue ball one time and have all the balls go in the pocket. But add-ons are always there in strike planning. The surgical-strike plan has been shared with some of Americas allies, who have had mixed reactions to it. Israels military and political leaders were alarmed, believing, the consultant said, that it didnt sufficiently target Irans nuclear facilities. CLIP
Tempo of Attack Planning Increases for U.S. Military Strikes on Iran (October 10, 2007) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7047
Based on high-level sources inside the U.S. government and military, journalist Seymour Hersh reports: This summer, the White House, pushed by the office of Vice President Dick Cheney, requested that the Joint Chiefs of Staff redraw long-standing plans for a possible attack on Iran. (Shifting TargetsThe Administrations plan for Iran, New Yorker, October 8, 2007.) Hersh writes that the focus of U.S. attack plans has shifted from a broad bombing attack to surgical strikes on Irans Revolutionary Guard Corps. Hersh says Bush recently told U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, he was thinking of hitting Iranian targets across the border and that the British were on board.(...) Urgently Needed: Mass Resistance to a U.S. War on IranWhile war on Iran may not be inevitable (Hersh writes that he was told the President has yet to issue the executive order that would be required), many signs show its a rapidly growing danger and a real possibility. A U.S. attack on Iran would in all likelihood have catastrophic consequences for the people of Iran, the peoples of the Middle East and the world. It would be an escalation of the U.S.s global war of aggression for greater empireno matter what pretext the Bush regime used to launch itand it would be totally unjust.Massive resistance in this country must put an end to the war in Iraq and prevent a U.S. war with Iran. Millions of ordinary people from all segments of society, acting now, could change the political terrainand the calculations of those in power. Today, the Bush regime is planning to stay in Iraq indefinitely and preparing for a possible attack on Iran and it calculates thatand is counting onpeople going along with all this. We need to change that calculus. Now.
Report: Britain to back U.S. air strikes on Iran http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-10/07/content_6841271.htm
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has agreed to support U.S. air strikes against Iran if the Islamic country orchestrates large-scale attacks by militants against British or American forces in Iraq, a British newspaper said on Sunday.
"Operation Swarm"- War without End against Iran (October 5, 2007) http://peacepalestine.blogspot.com/2007/10/fabio-mini-italian-general-operation.html
Writing for Italy's l'Espresso, Italian General Fabio Mini has understood and explained the dangerous mechanisms of gaining consensus to wage war against "Enemies", which are variable and flexible according to the interests of hegemonic power. This enlightening article explains the manner in which War against Iran has been promoted in the West as well as the operative elements that will bring it about. A MUST READ! (...) The thesis that its about an attack basically aimed at the atomic installations with no collateral damage for the civil population is only a miserable fantasy from those who have by now become used to telling lies. Even the idea that it may be restricted to Iranian soil is suspicious to say the least, since the end of the stubbornness and the boastfulness of the Ayatollahs, on one side, and by the Israeli-Americans, on the other, has to do with interests and ambitions which go far beyond the Persian Gulf. Whatever the kind of attack it may be, it will produce heavy military and civil casualties regardless of whether or not a nuclear emergency fall-out or a radiation leak is triggered. Any kind of attack must have as its premise the destruction of defence structures: air and missile bases, deposits, mobile ramps, military ports, naval units, radars and anti-aircraft artilleries, land and armoured units, communication and command headquarters will have to be eliminated before or during the attack against the nuclear installations. Many of these structures are located near the most densely populated areas. Even taking into account the most sophisticated cruise missiles, the intelligent bombs directed against the targets by the Israeli and American commandos, who have already been operative for some time in Iran, a quite high margin of collateral effects remains. Were mini nuclear fission bombs or neutron bombs to be used instead of the conventional bunker busting bombs, the damage percentage might rise, even thought not as greatly as many expect. CLIP
The fallout from an attack on Iran would be devastating (October 5, 2007) http://politics.guardian.co.uk/columnist/story/0,,2184267,00.html
The drumbeat of war in Washington is growing - and so must public pressure against British involvement in such folly -- It seems almost incredible after the catastrophe of the Iraq war, but the signs are growing that the Bush administration wants to do it all over again - this time to Iran. Just as in the runup to the invasion of Iraq, the Washington air is thick with unsubstantiated claims about weapons of mass destruction; demonisation of the country's president has reached bizarre proportions; intelligence leaks about links with al-Qaida and attacks on US and British targets are now routine; demands for war from the administration's neoconservative outriders are becoming increasingly strident; the pronouncements of George Bush and his vice-president, Dick Cheney, are turning ever more belligerent - and administration sources claim that the British government is privately ready to play ball. (...) What should not be in doubt is that the consequences of an attack on Iran would be devastating, both in the region and beyond. Iran has the reach to deliver an unconventional armed response in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf - as well as on the streets of London. The economic impact could be even greater, given Iran's grip on the 20% of global oil supplies that are shipped through the Strait of Hormuz. It would also certainly set back the cause of progressive change in Iran.Iranian leaders have dismissed the threat of attack as "psychological warfare", and no doubt the US would prefer to bring Iran to heel through political upheaval in Tehran rather than by force. But current destabilisation efforts seem unlikely to succeed, and so, short of a sudden US embrace of genuine negotiation, the chances of war before Bush leaves office look high. The likelihood of a Brown government directly participating in an attack must be small after the debacle of Iraq. But the possibility that logistical or political support might be offered is more serious. The need to step up public pressure to make sure that does not happen could not be clearer.
Hillary prods Bush to go after Iran (10/10/2007) http://www.aljazeera.com/news/newsfull.php?newid=41546
So let me see if Ive got this right: Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner for the presidential nomination, is demanding that George W. Bush take a more belligerent posture toward Iran.
Dangerous Crossroads: US Sponsored War Games by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky (October 6, 2007) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6997
US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) has announced the conduct of major war games under Vigilant Shield 2008 (VS-08). Vigilant Shield 2008 (15 to 20 October, 2007) is designed to deal with a "terrorist" or "natural disaster" scenario in the United States. The operation will be coordinated in a joint endeavor by the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security. Yet, VS-08, which includes a massive deployment of the US Air Force resembles a war-time air scenario rather than an anti-terrorist drill. The VS-08 war games extend over the entire North American shelf. Canadian territory is also involved through Canada's participation in NORAD. (See Nazemroaya, October 2007)These war games are being conducted at an important historical crossroads, amidst mounting US pressures and threats to actually declare a "real war" on Iran. VS-08 is predicated on the doctrine of preemptive warfare, with a vie to protecting the Homeland. The war games are coordinated with anti-terrorist drills directed against presumed Islamic terrorists. Moreover, the announcement by NORTHCOM of the VS-08 war games-anti-terror drills coincided with a declaration by the Bush administration in early September that military action against Iran is being contemplated at the highest echelons of the US government and Military: (...) The conduct of the anti-terrorist exercise is intended to justify the need to retaliate against an illusive outside enemy (Al Qaeda), even if the US is not attacked. But there are indications that the administration has envisaged from the standpoint of military planning, for several years now, a scenario of a second major terrorist attack on America . According to Pentagon officials referring to a classified military document: "Another [second 911] attack could create both a justification and an opportunity that is lacking today to retaliate against some known targets [Iran, Syria], according to current and former defense officials familiar with the plan." (WP 23 April 2006).The above Pentagon statement suggests that a "Second 911" attack characterised by a "mass casualty producing event" is part of military doctrine and planning. A real "false flag" attack or even the threat of a terrorist attack could be used as a justification to wage war on Iran. In the month following the 2005 7/7 London bombings, Vice President Dick Cheney is reported to have instructed USSTRATCOM to draw up a contingency plan "to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States". Implied in the contingency plan is the certainty that Iran would be behind a Second 9/11. CLIP MUCH MORE through http://www.globalresearch.ca/
Israel's rising right wing (10/09/07) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18533.htm
Together, an enigmatic billionaire and a resurgent Bibi Netanyahu could put Israel on the war path. Dick Cheney, AIPAC and Iran are all watching closely. -- One of this year's nominees for Israeli TV's "Man of the Year in Politics" award doesn't speak Hebrew. He has vast wealth and a shady past. He was once a circus worker. He isn't even a politician, at least not yet.But over the past several years Arcadi Gaydamak, an enigmatic Russian-Israeli billionaire, has managed to become a widely influential figure in Israel. And he is now at the center of a right-wing political alliance -- featuring Israeli über-hawk Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu -- that could dramatically influence the country's direction. If the rising alliance takes power in the next election, it could push Israel toward military confrontations with Iran, Syria or Hezbollah, while extinguishing any remaining flickers of hope in Israel's peace camp regarding the Palestinians.Gaydamak has recently been consolidating his influence as a power broker in Israeli politics. He has used his wealth to gain popularity through social and business initiatives, while deftly exploiting the widespread perception of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's government as corrupt and incompetent, particularly during last year's disastrous war in Lebanon. With his financial capital and cunning political tactics, Gaydamak is like a cross between George Soros and Karl Rove, with a streak of Russian oligarchy at his core.In a country full of colorful political characters, he may be the most colorful. Gaydamak is wanted in France for illegal arms dealing. He is alleged to have ties, through his former arms-dealing partner, to Halliburton and to corporations that donated to President George W. Bush's 2000 campaign. He has Russian, Israeli, French and Canadian citizenship, as well as a diplomatic passport from Angola, on which he reportedly travels in order to avoid arrest. He owns a Jerusalem soccer team with a notoriously racist, anti-Arab fan base. And he is said to be planning a run for mayor of Jerusalem. But it is in Israeli national politics where Gaydamak may now be a powerful -- and, some say, dangerous -- force. Along with his new Social Justice Party, formed in July, Gaydamak has allied himself with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Likud Party leader and former prime minister. To this alliance Gaydamak brings his rapidly increasing popularity, especially among Israel's influential Russian population, a growing grass-roots political network, and billions of dollars. Netanyahu brings his credibility as a former prime minister, hawkish bona fides, and resurgent popularity both inside Israel and across the Atlantic, where he enjoys strong support among Washington war hawks and many delegates of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group. The goal of this emerging alliance is to make Netanyahu prime minister once again, which would give Gaydamak direct access to the uppermost echelons of Israeli power. Not only does the alliance have the potential to unseat the centrist leadership governing Israel and replace it with one much further to the right -- precisely at a time when Israel may be on the brink of war with Iran -- but some observers believe it poses a threat to Israeli democracy itself.(...) Netanyahu is a favorite among those in Washington promoting hard-line Israeli policies, including a bellicose policy toward Iran. In March, while in town for the annual AIPAC conference in Washington, Netanyahu met privately with Vice President Dick Cheney at the White House, where they reportedly discussed stepping up pressure on Iran, with an eye toward military options. (...) A former Netanyahu aide echoed this sentiment: "The only thing that's important to him is becoming prime minister, whatever the sacrifice."If Netanyahu succeeds with Gaydamak in his corner, that sacrifice may include wider regional war and perhaps even the erosion of democracy in Israel.
Unmasking AIPAC http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18512.htm
What does AIPAC's control of our Congress mean for the American people? Arguably, that influence propelled the U.S. into war against Iraq with its inevitable consequences in death, destruction and debt leaving the nation bereft of a resolution; it has solidified perception around the world that Israel's defiance of the UN resolutions demanding that it obey international law regarding right of return for Palestinians and return of occupied territory is not just condoned by the U.S. but is the policy of the U.S., making the United States a co-partner in international crime.
So Who's Afraid of the Israel Lobby? By Ray McGovern http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18514.htm
Virtually everyone: Republican, Democrat-Conservative, Liberal. The fear factor is non-partisan, you might say, and palpable. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) brags that it is the most influential foreign policy lobbying organization on Capitol Hill, and has demonstrated that time and again-and not only on Capitol Hill.
The Possible Partition of Jerusalem http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/101007G.shtml
Celine Lussato, writing for Le Nouvel Observateur, interviews Middle East experts Ofer Bronstein and Antoine Sfeir, both sanguine that negotiations on the partition of Jerusalem are poised to bear fruit.
North Koreans Agree to Disable Nuclear Facilities http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/100407M.shtml
Helene Cooper, of The New York Times, reports: "North Korea has agreed to disable all of its nuclear facilities by the end of the year, in a move that the Bush administration hailed as a diplomatic victory that could serve as a model for how to deal with Iran, which has defied American efforts to rein in its nuclear ambitions. The North Korea agreement, announced in Beijing on Wednesday, sets out the first specific timetable for the North to disclose all its nuclear programs and disable all facilities in return for 950,000 metric tons of fuel oil or its equivalent in economic aid."
Google Earth provides birds eye view of Israeli reactor (October 05. 2007) http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20071005/NEWS/71005013/0/State
JERUSALEM When Google Earth first came along, the company went to some lengths to address the security concerns and restrictions in various countries, including Israel, where images of this nation were often blurry and you couldnt zoom in to find your house in Jerusalem. Well, good-bye to all that. Sensitive installations, Air Force bases with their planes and helicopters, missile bases and even the nuclear reactor in Dimona have never been photographed better, writes Yuval Dror in Fridays Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper. A recent Google Earth update shows satellite pictures that make it possible to see clear, sharp pictures of military and civilian targets all across Israel. Up until recently, the satellite pictures of Israel on Google Earth had a particularly low resolution: every pixel was equal to 10-20 meters. Now, the satellite maps of Israel show great parts of the country with a resolution close to two meters per pixel. American law prohibits showing satellite pictures of the State of Israel with a resolution higher than two meters per pixel, but Google argues they are not breaking the law. CLIP
Turkey Bombs Kurdish Rebels, Military Declaration Anticipated http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/101007A.shtml
Selcan Hacaoglu, reporting for The Associated Press, writes, "Turkish warplanes bombed positions of suspected Kurdish rebels Wednesday, and the prime minister said preparations for parliamentary approval of a military mission against separatist fighters in Iraq were under way."
US warns against Turkish action in Iraq http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N09396316.htm
The United States cautioned Turkey on Tuesday against making an incursion into northern Iraq after Kurdish rebels launched attacks from there and urged both countries to work together to resolve the conflict.
Turkey Pressured to Send Troops Into Northern Iraq http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/100907R.shtml
Hidir Goktas and Gareth Jones of Reuters report: "Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan gave the green light on Tuesday for a possible military incursion into northern Iraq to crush Kurdish rebels hiding there after a series of deadly attacks on Turkish security forces."
Battles, Airstrike in Pakistan Kill 250 http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iOiNT_O7MYpG6MzupugzRbGJsi-QD8S5MMIG0
Airstrikes hit a village bazaar in North Waziristan tribal region on Tuesday afternoon, killing more than 50 militants and civilians and wounding scores more, said resident Noor Hassan. "The bombing destroyed many shops and homes," Hassan said by telephone from the village of Epi. "We are leaving." (...) A local intelligence official said the latest fighting started Saturday when a roadside bombing killed one paramilitary soldier and wounded 12 traveling in a truck.When five vehicles of army troops went to the bomb site Sunday to retrieve the truck, about 300 militants ambushed them, killing 22 troops and wounding 11. Others were captured alive and could be still held by militants, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists. CLIP
Six Years Later, US Expands Afghan Base http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/100707C.shtml
Jason Straziuso, The Associated Press, says, "Six years after the first US bombs began falling on Afghanistan's Taliban government and its al-Qaida guests, America is planning for a long stay."
The Iraq Occupation and the Coming War Against Iran - Political Wickedness and Moral Bankruptcy http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18530.htm
(...) In Iraq, the Bush-Cheney regime is still building "enduring" military bases in order to occupy Iraq militarily for decades to come. They even talk openly about the half-century American military presence in South Korea, as if this were a useful analogy.At the end of the day, as Bush has said: "I do not need to explain". As the British magazine The Economist has warned, the world should beware of a President "who has little left to lose," the more so if he has hardly any moral principle and is indifferent to the opinions of the majority of Americans. It is doubtful that a George W. Bush in denial and his delusional neocon advisors for permanent war will ever listen to reason and morality. To the contrary, the lame-duck president is still firing anybody who does not agree with him, while listening to chief Neocon Dick Cheney. The American people see that, and that is why nearly half of them want President George W. Bush to face impeachment, while about 54 percent of American adults now want the US House of Representatives to begin impeachment proceedings against Vice President Dick Cheney, because he is seen as the chief spreader of lies to launch the illegal Iraq War. Recommended: Read the comments through the link at the bottom of this URL above including this one:
"Many Americans support the wanton killing of millions of innocent Iraqis, the grizzley murder of Saddam Hussein, the imprisonment and torture of thousands of innocent people in Cheney-bush torture chambers. Many Americans support the carnage committed in Iraq by international mercenaries trained in a terrorist training camp in North Carolina, making the US a breeding ground for global terror. Many Americans approve of Bush, the Butcher of Baghdad. A reckless violent government brings out bloodlust and hate among its citizenry.America has thrown out its noble goals to support the extremist, militant abomination in the White House today. It's like invasion of the body snatchers. The Cheney-bush monster has infected millions of Americans with a deadly lust for oppressing others and stealing unearned wealth. We need an antidote for that cowardly lust for violence and greed, and we need it fast."
The Media Ignore Credible Poll Revealing 1.2 Million Violent Deaths In Iraq (October 8, 2007) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7005
The media are not, as is commonly supposed, windows on the world; they are more like paintings or sketches of windows on the world - both the 'window and the 'reality beyond are manufactured corporate products.The problem is that the manufacturers selling their wares, while portraying themselves as disinterested, are anything but. They are profit-seeking media corporations that have a very clear interest in highlighting certain issues and in burying others out of sight. (...) Another aspect of reality that has no place in the corporate medias painted window was highlighted last Friday with the release (September 14) of a new report by the British polling organisation, Opinion Research Business (ORB). ORB is no dissident, anti-war outfit; it is a respected polling company that has conducted studies for customers as mainstream as the BBC and the Conservative Party.The latest poll revealed that 1.2 million Iraqi citizens "have been murdered" since the March 2003 US-UK invasion. (www.opinion.co.uk/Newsroom_details.aspx?NewsId=78) (...) And yet, despite its obvious significance, the ORB study has been almost entirely blanked by the US-UK media. At time of writing, four days after the findings were announced, the poll has been mentioned in just one national UK newspaper - ironically, the pro-war Observer. It has been ignored by the Guardian and the Independent. CLIP
Defense Spending Reaches Over $600 Billion http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/100407P.shtml
The Associated Press reports: "the Senate on Wednesday approved $459 billion in spending for the Pentagon, after adding $3 billion for security at the Mexican border. The bill, passed by voice vote, does not include President Bush's request for almost $190 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill would increase other Pentagon spending $43 billion, up more than 10 percent from the last budget."
An American Embassy with All the Amenities (Oct 4) http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14993509
The new U.S. embassy in Baghdad is shaping up to be the largest and most lavish embassy in the world. Tucked inside the heavily fortified Green Zone, the $600-million compound will include grocery stores, a movie theater, tennis courts and a club for social gatherings.In "The Mega Bunker of Baghdad," Vanity Fair reporter William Langewiesche describes the compound and argues that it's not being built for diplomacy.
We Shoot They Run, If They Run, They Are Insurgents http://agonist.org/forgiven/20071005/we_shoot_they_run_if_they_run_they_are_insurgents
This appears to be the new engagement strategy for the US Military in Iraq. And who said the surge isnt working? Were killing everyone in sight, soon there wont be anyone left to resist the occupation. The US Military has developed a new strategy for targeting insurgents in Iraq. According to testimony in the trial of three US Army snipers for murder, it works like this. The snipers plant various objects (ie. wiring, bullets, and detonation cords) in plain view and if anyone picks up the items and tries to leave with them, they are killed. (...) This has got to be the craziest idea ever. In a war zone, you lay out these items that anyone could pickup for a number of different reasons and if anyone happens to pick them up regardless of their status they are killed. Its simple you are obviously an insurgent or why would you pick up this stuff? CLIP
Why Moveon.org Has Been and Will Always Be Wrong http://tvnewslies.org/blog/?p=664
(...) This nation is in huge trouble. America is dead. This not in any way shape or form a democracy and we do not have a representative government. This past year of so called Democratic control of our Congress, with no changes in direction, no arrests, no prison terms, and the continuation of completely ignoring the massive evidence of high crimes by the Bush administration should be enough to make people realize that the problems facing our nation have nothing to do with left and right rather they have everything to do with democracy vs. tyranny.Most people dont have any idea that there are even any questions surrounding the legitimacy of the past few elections so I am not surprised that they dont know that many of the answers were discovered; and the answers indicate massive election fraud. If this nation had any kind of national journalism institution we would all know this. Perhaps a national strike would have taken place. Perhaps harsher responses would have been taken by the people of this nation who call themselves patriots. But I can tell you two things, if this nation had a real media that served up accurate information about the world a lot of things would be better and the American public would not simply move on every time a crime is committed against them! So you can thank the media for what is going on these days. As I always say they are Americas greatest enemy for they protect and empower the most powerful enemies of the people.Moveonorg members continue to march and yell to empty buildings. They continue to sign petitions and they continue to fall for the notion that the answers to their problems will be implemented if everyone would stop what their doing and tells their Congressperson one thing or another. Hey, stupid people, wake up, you are being ignored. Is that not yet apparent? CLIP
Inside France's secret war (5 October 2007) ANYONE WHO BELIEVES FRANCE'S GOVERNMENT HAS CLEAN HANDS MUST READ THIS! THE SCALES WILL FALL FROM YOUR EYES... http://news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/article3030349.ece
For 40 years, the French government has been fighting a secret war in Africa, hidden not only from its people, but from the world. It has led the French to slaughter democrats, install dictator after dictator and to fund and fuel the most vicious genocide since the Nazis. Today, this war is so violent that thousands are fleeing across the border from the Central African Republic into Darfur seeking sanctuary in the world's most notorious killing fields(...) As Mahmoud and Idris talk it gets dark, and a suffocating blackness and silence falls on the city. There is no electricity and no moonlight. They explain in this blackness that the French-backed troops began firing and the French military began bombing in March for one reason: the desperate locals had begun to rise up against President Bozize, because he had done nothing for them. People here were tired of the fact that "there are no schools, no hospitals, and no roads". "We are completely isolated," they explain. "When it rains, we are cut off from the world because the roads turn to mud. We have nothing. All the rebels were asking was for government help." As I stumble around Birao, I hear this every time: the rebels were simply begging for government help for the hungry, abandoned people. Even the bemused French soldiers and the Bozize lackeys sent to the area admit this privately. Yet the French response was with bombs against the rebels' pick-up points. Why? What is there here that they want? (...) The country is in a dire situation," he says. "We have been described by the magazine Foreign Policy as one of the worst failed states in the world, after Iraq and Afghanistan." He says the CAR is now " a total and ferocious dictatorship" under the absolute command of Bozize. The roots of the wars in the north-east and north-west are, he says, simple. "Local people in these regions are rebelling against the government, because the government provides them with nothing. There are no services. There aren't even roads. So the rebels rise up to get attention and the government retaliates by rampaging through the area, killing civillians and burning homes."So who is this Francois Bozize, and why are the French supporting him with batallions and bombs? (...) From being a poor man, Bozize suddenly had the money to run a huge presidential campaign. He ran, and he lost. So in October 2002, he paid for a vast private mercenary army (you might wonder with whose money?) to invade the CAR from neighbouring Chad, depose the sitting president and install himself as the supreme ruler. Since then, he has "won" a disputed election he arranged for himself and bathed in French approbation." France sees the CAR as a colony," Maka says. "The presidents are selected by France, not elected by the people. The presidents do not serve the interests of this country; they serve the interests of France." He lists the French corporations who use the CAR as a base to grab Central African resources. This French behaviour is, he reasons, at the root of the wars currently ripping apart the north of the country. Whoever becomes president knows his power flows down from Paris, not up from the people so he has no incentive to build support by developing the country. Rebellions become inevitable, and the president crushes them with the house-burnings and French bombs I learned about in Birao. (...) In just four years, starting in 1990, the French buffed up the Hutu nationalist military forces in Rwanda from 10,000 to more than 40,000. The moderate forces within Rwanda began desperately trying to broker a power-sharing agreement between the two sides, "And the French government deliberately destroyed any attempt at a peace deal," Mounie says. Then the hacking up of Tutsi men, women and children began. Mitterrand extended bigger loans to the Hutus, which they used to buy more weapons and ammunition. He publicly mocked anyone who talked about a Hutu-led genocide. Then, when the international outrage became so great even Mitterrand could not ignore it, the French announced they would send in a military force to stop the killing. "It was France's last lie, and the most cruel," Mounie adds. "Even at this point, Mitterrand's real aim was to recapture Kigali and restore the Hutus to power." In Birao today, many of the soldiers patrolling the city are veterans of this "rescue operation". CLIP
Rape Epidemic Raises Trauma of Congo War http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/100707F.shtml http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/07/world/africa/07congo.html
Jeffrey Gettleman, The New York Times, reports: "Eastern Congo is going through another one of its convulsions of violence, and this time it seems that women are being systematically attacked on a scale never before seen here. According to the United Nations, 27,000 sexual assaults were reported in 2006 in South Kivu Province alone, and that may be just a fraction of the total number across the country." The sexual violence in Congo is the worst in the world, said John Holmes, the United Nations under secretary general for humanitarian affairs. The sheer numbers, the wholesale brutality, the culture of impunity its appalling. The days of chaos in Congo were supposed to be over. Last year, this country of 66 million people held a historic election that cost $500 million and was intended to end Congos various wars and rebellions and its tradition of epically bad government.But the elections have not unified the country or significantly strengthened the Congolese governments hand to deal with renegade forces, many of them from outside the country. The justice system and the military still barely function, and United Nations officials say Congolese government troops are among the worst offenders when it comes to rape. Large swaths of the country, especially in the east, remain authority-free zones where civilians are at the mercy of heavily armed groups who have made warfare a livelihood and survive by raiding villages and abducting women for ransom. According to victims, one of the newest groups to emerge is called the Rastas, a mysterious gang of dreadlocked fugitives who live deep in the forest, wear shiny tracksuits and Los Angeles Lakers jerseys and are notorious for burning babies, kidnapping women and literally chopping up anybody who gets in their way.United Nations officials said the so-called Rastas were once part of the Hutu militias who fled Rwanda after committing genocide there in 1994, but now it seems they have split off on their own and specialize in freelance cruelty. CLIP NOTE From Jean: Do you see the "French connection" with the previous article above?
Bush vetoes children's health bill (October 3, 2007) http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0%2C%2C2182765%2C00.htm
George Bush today used his presidential veto for only the fourth time in seven years to block legislation that would have given health insurance to millions of poor American children. He announced his opposition to the expansion of an existing insurance programme last month. The exercise of his veto power today isolates the White House on the most pressing domestic issue for many Americans, and puts Mr Bush in conflict with Congress, where there was widespread Republican support for the legislation. The legislation would have extended health cover to 10 million poor children, and would have cost $60bn (£29.5bn) over the next five years. It had widespread support outside Congress, from state governors and even the health insurance industry. The White House argued that the programme represented a stealth effort to bring in government health care, and would have extended coverage to middle class families as well as the poor."This legislation would move health care in this country in the wrong direction," Mr Bush said today. "Under this bill government coverage would displace private health insurance for many children."Democrats said the veto demonstrated Mr Bush's detachment from the American mainstream. "The same president who is willing to throw away a half trillion dollars in Iraq is unwilling to spend a small fraction of that amount to bring healthcare to American children," said Edward Kennedy, senator from Massachusetts. Republicans feared the veto could hurt their prospects in next year's elections.
US Labs Mishandling Deadly Germs http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/100307HA.shtml
Larry Margasak, The Associated Press, says, "American laboratories handling the world's deadliest germs and toxins have experienced more than 100 accidents and missing shipments since 2003, and the number is increasing steadily as more labs across the country are approved to do the work."
Hawaiian Islands are Contaminated with with Ballistic Uranium http://dc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/141057/index.php
Please be pro-active and help us protect Hawai'i; demand the military not store, use or transport depleted uranium in the Hawaiian Islands. Army admits to the contamination of Hawaiian islands with depleted uranium spotting rounds on Schofield Barracks, O'ahu and Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawai'i Island. Help us save paradise from this most toxic substance. (...) Any uranium product used as munitions becomes ballistic once it is fired, launched or dropped. Ballistic depleted uranium contamination is a serious problem in Hawai'i. Depleted uranium is a toxic radioactive waste product of the nuclear industry that has a half life of over 4 billion years. In other words, DU is radioactive forever. The military claims that depleted uranium munitions are low level radioactivity and are not harmful to health and environment. The military's claims are false. The military's talking points are about the solid form depleted uranium, the military never addresses Hawai'i residents' concerns, which is the ballistic form of depleted uranium. When depleted uranium munitions are used in war or artillery practices, these munitions have a devastating effect on public health and the environment.Once DU munitions are launched, they become ballistic. They catch fire, and on impact they can punch through anything with tremendous force causing trillions of tiny radioactive particles of DU dust to be scattered in the environment and carried in the air. This is when the real public health problem begins. Once airborne, these vaporized radioactive heavy metal particles can be inhaled or ingested because of radioactive contamination of air, food or water supply.Many of our U.S. Veterans, serving in combat areas that use DU munitions, are getting sick. Support legislation to test our troops returning from Iraq for depleted uranium. We must stand up for Hawai'i. We must protect our precious islands and our veterans.The military live-fire ranges in Hawai'i are radioactive! CLIP - Note: The US Army admitted the radiological contamination of Hawaii in the summer of 2007. The contamination was later confirmed by the senior US Senator from Hawaii, The Honorable Daniel Inouye. The first 2007 Army air born radiological contamination survey identified 45 locations with dangerous levels of Gamma Ray radiation from US Army uranium munitions. Satellite radiation observations have not been released by the Pentagon.
The Radiation Poisoning Of America (2007-10-07) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7025
Prior to 1996, the wireless age was not coming online fast enough, primarily because communities had the authority to block the siting of cell towers. But the Federal Communications Act of 1996 made it nearly impossible for communities to stop construction of cell towers "even if they pose threats to public health and the environment. Since the decision to enter the age of wireless convenience was politically determined for us, we have forgotten well-documented safety and environmental concerns and, with a devil-may-care zeal that is lethally short-sighted, we have incorporated into our lives every wireless toy that comes on the market. We behave as if we are addicted to radiation. Our addiction to cell phones has led to harder "drugs" like wireless Internet. And now we are bathing in the radiation that our wireless enthusiasm has unleashed. Those who are addicted, uninformed, corporately biased and politically-influenced may dismiss our scientifically-sound concerns about the apocalyptic hazards of wireless radiation. But we must not. Instead, we must sound the alarm. (...) Nuclear bombs on a polePainful conditions endured by the families of Garcia and Jasso are identical to those suffered by Japanese victims of gamma wave radiation after nuclear explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Five decades of studies confirm that non-ionizing communications radiation in the RF/microwave spectrum has the same effect on human health as ionizing gamma wave radiation from nuclear reactions. Leading German radiation expert Dr. Heyo Eckel, an official of the German Medical Association, states, "The injuries that result from radioactive radiation are identical with the effects of electromagnetic radiation. The damages are so similar that they are hard to differentiate."1Understanding what happened at Likely Mountain is critical to understanding the public health threat posed by RF/microwave radiation in the United States. The families of Garcia and Jasso, plus previous lookout workers and multitudes of tourists who visited Likely Mountain for camping and sightseeing, were beamed by the same kind of high frequency radiation that blasts from tens of thousands of neighborhood cell towers and rooftop antennas erected across America for wireless communications. The city of San Francisco, with an area of only seven square miles, has over 2,500 licensed cell phone antennas positioned at 530 locations throughout the city. In practical terms, this city, like thousands of others, is being wave-nuked 24 hours a day.The identical damage resulting from both radioactive gamma waves and high frequency microwaves involves a pathological condition in which the nuclei of irradiated human cells splinter into fragments called micronuclei. Micronuclei are a definitive pre-cursor of cancer. During the 1986 nuclear reactor disaster at Chernobyl in Russia, the ionizing radiation released was equivalent to 400 atomic bombs, with an estimated ultimate human toll of 10,000 deaths. Exposed Russians quickly developed blood cell micronuclei, leaving them at high risk for cancer.What they wouldn't tell usRF/microwaves from cell phones and cell tower transmitters also cause micronuclei damage in blood cells. CLIP
Dragonfly or Insect Spy? Scientists at Work on Robobugs. (October 9, 2007) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/08/AR2007100801434.html
Vanessa Alarcon saw them while working at an antiwar rally in Lafayette Square last month."I heard someone say, 'Oh my god, look at those,' " the college senior from New York recalled. "I look up and I'm like, 'What the hell is that?' They looked kind of like dragonflies or little helicopters. But I mean, those are not insects." Robotic fliers have been used by the military since World War II, but in the past decade their numbers and level of sophistication have increased enormously. Out in the crowd, Bernard Crane saw them, too."I'd never seen anything like it in my life," the Washington lawyer said. "They were large for dragonflies. I thought, 'Is that mechanical, or is that alive?' "That is just one of the questions hovering over a handful of similar sightings at political events in Washington and New York. Some suspect the insectlike drones are high-tech surveillance tools, perhaps deployed by the Department of Homeland Security. CLIP
Same problem with the nexus Magazine http://www.nexusmagazine.com/
NEXUS email and server problems - PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT MANY EMAILS TO AND FROM THE USA AND AUSTRALIAN OFFICES ARE GOING ASTRAY. WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT THIS IS DUE TO THE DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY PERIODICALLY 'SAMPLING' OUR EMAILS. (It seems we are deemed as "subversive" or something.)
Second North American Secessionists Convention held in Downtown Chattanooga (Oct 3. 2007) http://wdef.com/news/secessionists_say_second_north_american_secessionists_convention/10/2007
People from both sides of the political spectrum meet in downtown Chattanooga to discuss the one thing they agree on...seceding from the Union. It's the 2nd North American Secessionists Convention. They say the Federal Government is destroying State's rights and personal freedoms and it's time for that to stop. By definition to "secede" is to withdraw formally from membership in an organization, association or alliance. The 2nd North American Secessionists Convention says that's a fundamental right, and it's as American as apple pie. CLIP You may review the The Chattanooga Declaration at http://peggymurrahonline.com/texaslos/2007/10/08/the-chattanooga-declaration/
Al Gore tipped to win Nobel (October 7, 2007) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article2603982.ece
THE environmental campaigner Al Gore is being tipped as a favourite to win the Nobel peace prize in Oslo this Friday in a controversial move that could place saving the planet above saving people from war and conflict.Gore, a former American vice-president and failed presidential candidate, has reinvented himself as the "Goracle" with a rock star following after presenting last year's Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, about the dangers of climate change.He was nominated for the Nobel prize jointly with Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a Canadian Inuit activist who has campaigned about the effect of climate change on Arctic peoples."A prerequisite for winning the Nobel peace prize is making a difference and Al Gore has made a difference," said Boerge Brende, a former Norwegian environment minister who nominated Gore and Watt-Cloutier.BackgroundU-turn on showing of Al Gore film in school - Al Gore - he's hot - Al Gore: an inspiring but divisive green adviserAn Inconvenient TruthAn inconvenient truth?"I think they are likely winners this year," said Stein Toennesson, director of Oslo's International Peace Research Institute. The winner will receive $1.5m (£750,000) in prize money.Gore spent last year assessing whether he ought to run for the White House in 2008, teasing his supporters by saying, "I haven't completely ruled it out", and prompting observers to keep a close eye on his girth for signs that he was slimming for a presidential bid.Some commentators in America, including the British writer Christopher Hitchens, believe he could use a Nobel win to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination."Can he stand to watch another Clinton walk away with a nomination that could have been, or could still be, his?" Hitchens asked. Close supporters believe the answer is yes. Gore appears to have concluded that the Democrats are satisfied with their candidates.* Global temperatures will rise 2.5C within the next century even if the world hits its targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, according to the scientist leading research into the issue.Consequences could include widespread starvation, as farm yields fall 50% in parts of Africa, water shortages for 300m and the destruction of 20-30% of species. If targets are missed the rise could reach 4C.Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, issued his warning in London last week."We have come to the conclusion that global warming is unequivocal," he said. "What is particularly worrying is that it is accelerating."s
Oil on the Slide http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/100307EB.shtml
In The Guardian UK, Jeremy Leggett says, "Warnings by oil industry insiders recently reached a new pitch that should be sounding alarm bells in every capital in the world. At the annual summit of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil, experts on the issue heard the former US energy secretary, James Schlesinger, conclude that 'we can't continue to make supply meet demand much longer. It's no longer the case that we have a few voices crying in the wilderness. The battle is over. The peakists have won.'"
US Moving Backwards http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/100307EC.shtml
Stephen Leahy, Inter Press Service, reports: "As global warming melts the Arctic, the United States' biggest banks are investing billions of dollars in as many as 150 new coal-fired power plants around the country."
Gas emissions said at unsafe threshold (October 9, 2007) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/climate_change;_ylt=Am.Cbth9Z.Ebr2BmjS0xYKtrAlMA
SYDNEY, Australia - Worldwide economic growth has accelerated the level of greenhouse gas emissions to a dangerous threshold scientists had not expected for another decade, according to a leading Australian climate change expert. Tim Flannery told Australian Broadcasting Corp. that an upcoming report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will contain new data showing that the level of climate-changing gases in the atmosphere has already reached critical levels.Flannery is not a member of the IPCC, but said he based his comments on a thorough review of the technical data included in the panel's three working group reports published earlier this year. Carola Traverso Saibante, spokeswoman for IPCC headquarters is in Geneva, said she was unable to disclose what would be in the final report synthesizing the data before it is released in November."What the report establishes is that the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere is already above the threshold that can potentially cause dangerous climate change," Flannery told the broadcaster late Monday. "We are already at great risk of dangerous climate change, that's what these figures say. It's not next year or next decade, it's now." CLIP
Climate change disaster is upon us, warns UN (October 5 2007) http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2007/oct/05/climatechange
A record number of floods, droughts and storms around the world this year amount to a climate change "mega disaster", the United Nation's emergency relief coordinator, Sir John Holmes, has warned. Sir John, a British diplomat who is also known as the UN's under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said dire predictions about the impact of global warming on humanity were already coming true. "We are seeing the effects of climate change. Any year can be a freak but the pattern looks pretty clear to be honest. That's why we're trying ... to say, of course you've got to deal with mitigation of emissions, but this is here and now, this is with us already," he said. As a measure of the worsening situation, Ocha, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - part of the UN secretariat that employs Sir John - has issued 13 emergency "flash" appeals so far this year. The number is three more than in 2005, which held the previous record. Two years ago only half the international disasters dealt with by Ocha had anything to do with the climate; this year all but one of the 13 emergency appeals is climate-related. "And 2007 is not finished. We will certainly have more by the end of the year, I fear," added Sir John, who is in charge of channelling international relief efforts to disaster areas. More appeals were likely in the coming weeks, as floods hit west Africa. "All these events on their own didn't have massive death tolls, but if you add all these little disasters together you get a mega disaster," he said. (...) "The flooding in Africa just now is the worst anyone can remember," Sir John said, expressing frustration at how little media attention in the west was being devoted to what he terms creeping climatic catastrophe.Flooding is likely to be common for a warming planet, and climate change has a double effect - causing an increase in the frequency of storms, while higher atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide curb the ability of plants to draw groundwater.A climate-change summit is to be held in Bali in December, with the aim of agreeing the principles of a new international treaty to replace Kyoto, the accord that expires in 2012. But the talks face determined US opposition to mandatory emissions targets, and most climate negotiators doubt a real breakthrough can be achieved before the Bush government leaves office in 2009.Sir John argues that whatever is done on greenhouse gas emissions, money has to be spent now on mitigating the impact that climate change is already having. "You can't actually stop disasters happening but you can do a lot to reduce their impact and reduce people's vulnerability to them by making sure people don't live on the coast or river plains, and that roads are raised and dams are in reasonable shape."According to the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is leading research on the issue, global warming will disrupt and potentially devastate the lives of billions of people.And, just as global warming starts to make itself felt, there are signs that "donor fatigue" has set in. Of about $338m (£166m) requested for Ocha's 13 flash appeals this year, only $114m has so far come from donors.
Vital Gorilla Habitat Seized by Gunmen http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/100807EC.shtml
Eddy Isango, The Associated Press, reports: "Rebels have seized an area in eastern Congo that serves as a wildlife habitat for endangered mountain gorillas, threatening one of the last known populations of the animals, conservationists said Sunday."
Public health: The hidden menace of mobile phones (7 October 2007) http://news.independent.co.uk/health/article3036005.ece
Research into the link between regular handset use and disease reveals the risks rise significantly after 10 years, despite official assurances that they are safe. - Using a mobile phone for more than 10 years increases the risk of getting brain cancer, according to the most comprehensive study of the risks yet published. The study which contradicts official pronouncements that there is no danger of getting the disease found that people who have had the phones for a decade or more are twice as likely to get a malignant tumour on the side of the brain where they hold the handset.The scientists who conducted the research say using a mobile for just an hour every working day during that period is enough to increase the risk and that the international standard used to protect users from the radiation emitted is "not safe" and "needs to be revised". They conclude that "caution is needed in the use of mobile phones" and believe children, who are especially vulnerable, should be discouraged from using them at all. The study, published in the latest issue of the peer-reviewed journal Occupational Environmental Medicine, is important because it pulls together research on people who have used the phones for long enough to contract the disease.Cancers take at least 10 years and normally much longer to develop but, as mobile phones have spread so recently and rapidly, relatively few people have been using them that long. Official assurances that the phones are safe have been based on research that has, at best, included only a few people who have been exposed to the radiation for long enough to get the disease, and are therefore of little or no value in assessing the real risk. (...) Their research suggests they are more than three times more likely to get malignant gliomas than other people, and nearly five times more likely to get them on the side of the head where they held the phone. For acoustic neuromas they found a threefold and three-and-a-half-fold increased risk respectively.They have also carried out the only study into the effects of the long-term use of cordless phones, and found this also increased both kinds of tumours. Their research suggests that using a mobile or cordless phone for just 2,000 hours less than an hour every working day for 10 years is enough to augment the risk. Professor Mild told The Independent on Sunday: "I find it quite strange to see so many official presentations saying that there is no risk. There are strong indications that something happens after 10 years." He stressed that brain cancers are rare: they account for less than 2 per cent of primary tumours in Britain, though they are disproportionately deadly, causing 7 per cent of the years of life lost to the disease. "Every cancer is one too many," he said. He said he uses a mobile phone as little as possible, and urges others to use hands-free equipment and make only short calls, reserving longer ones for landlines. He also said that mobiles should not be given to children, whose thinner skulls and developing nervous systems make them particularly vulnerable. The danger may be even greater than the new study suggests for, as Professor Mild says, 10 years is the "minimum" period needed by cancers to develop. As they normally take much longer, very many more would be likely to strike long-term users after 15, 20 or 30 years which leads some to fear that an epidemic of the disease could develop in the coming decades, particularly among today's young people. CLIP
Rethink on human hybrid experiments (Oct 8) !!! http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=paEmbryo_mon19_human_experiments&show_article=1
A radical Government re-think on the law governing hybrid embryos will allow scientists to carry out virtually any work they like - if it is approved by regulators.The move opens the door to experiments involving every known kind of human-animal hybrid. These could include both "cytoplasmic" embryos, which are 99.9% human, and "true hybrids" carrying both human and animal genes. In addition "chimeras" made of a mosaic-like mix of cells from different species, and "human transgenic embryos" - human embryos modified with animal DNA - will also be allowed under licence.Provision has also been made for the regulation of hybrid embryo research to incorporate any unforeseen developments that might arise in the future.Ministers have moved a long way from original White Paper proposals for an outright ban on all human-animal embryos, prompting outrage from scientists.The new measures are contained in a revised version of the Human Tissue and Embryology Bill which will be included in the Queen's Speech next month. They have been set out as part of the Government's response to a parliamentary committee's verdict on the Bill. CLIP
I am creating artificial life, declares US gene pioneer (October 6 2007) http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2007/oct/06/genetics.climatechange
Craig Venter, the controversial DNA researcher involved in the race to decipher the human genetic code, has built a synthetic chromosome out of laboratory chemicals and is poised to announce the creation of the first new artificial life form on Earth.The announcement, which is expected within weeks and could come as early as Monday at the annual meeting of his scientific institute in San Diego, California, will herald a giant leap forward in the development of designer genomes. It is certain to provoke heated debate about the ethics of creating new species and could unlock the door to new energy sources and techniques to combat global warming. Mr Venter told the Guardian he thought this landmark would be "a very important philosophical step in the history of our species. We are going from reading our genetic code to the ability to write it. That gives us the hypothetical ability to do things never contemplated before".The Guardian can reveal that a team of 20 top scientists assembled by Mr Venter, led by the Nobel laureate Hamilton Smith, has already constructed a synthetic chromosome, a feat of virtuoso bio-engineering never previously achieved. Using lab-made chemicals, they have painstakingly stitched together a chromosome that is 381 genes long and contains 580,000 base pairs of genetic code.
The Worm That Roared (Sept 27, 2007) http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1666279,00.html
(...) The Storm Worm is a marvel of social engineering. Its subject line changes constantly. Whoever produced it--and its many later variants--has a lively feel for the seductive come-on and a thorough grounding in human nature. Nobody knows who's behind the Storm Worm. F-Secure suspects a group based in Russia, but there's no way to be sure, and recent Storm Worm subject lines referring to Labor Day and the start of the football season suggest that those involved have an American connection (...) It's also clear that they've been pulling their punches. Right now the Storm Worm gang controls a massive amount of computing power, as much as some of the world's largest supercomputers, and all they do with it is send out spam and conduct the occasional denial-of-service attack (bombarding a specific server with traffic until it shuts down). We're lucky: so far they haven't gone in for more lucrative, damaging activities like online gambling, stock scams and stealing passwords and credit-card information. Is it possible that even a worm can have a conscience?
THE KENNEBUNKPORT WARNING - Cheney's Ouster May Be Last Chance to Stop World War III
NOTE: At the Sept 30, 2007 Sunday night conference call on the Kennebunkport Warning, the issue of seeking immediate Impeachment as a way to avoid the outbreak of war with Iran (and a wider WWIII) was discussed. Rep Dennis Kucinich has indicated he may take Res 333 for the impeachment of Cheney for a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives under HIgh Constitutional Privilege. This is a strategy favoured by the Kennebunkport Warning (See below), which was issued on Aug 24, 2007, 6 days in advance of the leak by constitutionally loyal US Air Force personnel on Aug 30, 2007 that six nukes were missing on a Minot, ND USAF - LA. USAF flight. Rep. Robert F. Drinan in March 1973 used this Privilege to bring a Resolution of Impeachment against Nixon. By Oct, 1973, there were 84 such Impeachment Resolutions.
If Kucinich follows through and exercises Constitutional Privilege, this could help the forces trying to avert WW III (Read article below).
You can send Kucinich a personal email at mailto:DKucinich%40aol.com">DKucinich@aol.com urging him to use High Constitutional Privilege to seek a vote on the House floor for Res 333 to impeach VP Richard B Cheney. Or you can call Rep. Dennis Kucinich office Toll free: 866-340-9281 (Ask the Capitol operator for Rep Kucinich's office. Then ask for Dennis' Legislative Assistant). Please register your opinion with Dennis' office. It's free and you might help stop the war. Thank you.
THE KENNEBUNKPORT WARNING
To the American people, and to peace loving individuals everywhere:
Massive evidence has come to our attention which shows that the backers, controllers, and allies of Vice President Dick Cheney are determined to orchestrate and manufacture a new 9/11 terror incident, and/or a new Gulf of Tonkin war provocation over the coming weeks and months. Such events would be used by the Bush administration as a pretext for launching an aggressive war against Iran, quite possibly with nuclear weapons, and for imposing a regime of martial law here in the United States. We call on the House of Representatives to proceed immediately to the impeachment of Cheney, as an urgent measure for avoiding a wider and more catastrophic war. Once impeachment has begun, it will be easier for loyal and patriotic military officers to refuse illegal orders coming from the Cheney faction. We solemnly warn the people of the world that any terrorist attack with weapons of mass destruction taking place inside the United States or elsewhere in the immediate future must be considered the prima facie responsibility of the Cheney faction. We urge responsible political leaders everywhere to begin at once to inoculate the public opinion of their countries against such a threatened false flag terror operation.
List implications to prevent nuclear war. EIR view. Forwarded with permission:
Electronic Intelligence Review Oct. 5th 2007
Cheney's Ouster May Be Last Chance to Stop World War III
By Jeffrey Steinberg.
The latest word from the Democratic chicken-coop on Capitol Hill is that, if President Bush orders military strikes against Iran, both he and Vice President Dick Cheney will be immediately impeached. This is the newest prize-winning excuse of- the-week being circulated by a number of leading Democratic lawmakers to their key constituents, who remain fit-to-be-tied over the Dems' capitulation to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has declared, for months, that impeachment is "off the table."
Just when you thought that things couldn't get worse, Congressional Democrats, having failed to support Rep. Dennis Kucinich's (D-Ohio) H.R. 333, calling for the impeachment of Cheney, have now gone one step further towards capitulating to another devastating Cheney-Bush war, through legislative acts of treachery that have given the White House a green light to bomb Iran back to the Stone Ageeven as internal political developments in Iran suggest that the war party in Tehran has been weakened.
On Sept. 26, by a vote of 76-22, the U.S. Senate approved an amendment to the defense authorization bill, calling on President Bush to list Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a "foreign terrorist organization," subject to a wide range of economic sanctions. Military experts consulted by EIR confirmed that, while the designation principally authorizes economic measures, the ambiguities of the Bush Administration's so-called "Global War on Terror" makes the Senate vote a de facto endorsement of military action.
As the result of the amendment, which was introduced by two of Cheney's leading Senate alliesJoe Lieberman (I-Ct.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)President Bush can order a bombing campaign against Iran at any time, without having to go to Congress for further authorization, according to a number of constitutional scholars and military analysts.
While two particularly egregious sections of the amendment were removed after protests by Sen. James Webb (DVa.), prompting some Senators to claim that the vote was not a de facto authorization to go to war, it remains to be seen whether the White House, particularly Cheney, will abide by that strict "interpretation."
The same day that the Senate was providing Bush and Cheney with their backhanded authorization for war, the House of Representatives was caving in similarly. By an overwhelming vote of 408-6, the House passed the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act, which would impose sanctions against any foreign or American companies investing more than $20 million in Iran's energy sector. According to Inter-Press Services' Jim Lobe, the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act has been the numberone legislative priority of the Israeli Lobby since the beginning of the year.
Once again, the stage has been set for a Bush-Cheney preemptive war. As Lyndon LaRouche has been warning for months, the only sure-fire war avoidance option left is the immediate ouster of Dick Cheney from office.
Scenario for World War III
On Sept. 25, retired CIA officer Philip Giraldi penned a frightening piece for antiwar.com, which took up the potential consequences of a U.S. military confrontation with Iran. Under the provocative title "What World War III May Look Like," Giraldi spelled out an unfortunately realistic scenario for an escalation of military conflict between the United States and Iran, triggered by a low-level skirmish between U.S. and Iranian soldiers along the Iraq border. Under Giraldi's scenario, a full-scale war erupts between the United States and Iran, which soon spreads to Iraq, where Shi'ite insurgents engage in large-scale asymmetric combat with American soldiers, who finally have to shoot their way out of the country, at tremendous loss of life. Ultimately, the conflict spreads to the Eastern Mediterranean, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent; it sparks a war between India and Pakistan, a violent coup in Afghanistan, a war between Israel and Syria/Lebanon, rioting
throughout the Muslim nations of the Asia Pacific region, and, ultimately, U.S. use of nuclear weapons, which draws both Russia and China to the brink of intervention. As Giraldi concludes, "World War III has begun."
While we are hopefully some distance away from such an Armageddon nightmare, the onrushing global financial meltdown, and the tensions and war-moves throughout Southwest Asia make it a most appropriate time to take seriously the warnings offered by the former CIA officer.
Furthermore, according to a variety of Washington military sources, the U.S. Air Force is stepping up war plans against Iran through a planning unit called Project Checkmate. Created in the 1970s to plan out strategic warfare against the Soviet Union, Project Checkmate was revived in the early 1990s, as the air-war planning unit for Operation Desert Storm. In June of this year, Project Checkmate was reactivated, to plan for future wars, targetted immediately at Iran, and, in the longer term, against North Korea and China. According to a Sept. 23, report in Rupert Murdoch's London Sunday Times, Project Checkmate is the Air Force's primo planning agency. Col. John Warden (USAF), who ran Project Checkmate in the 1990s, told the Times that the unit is vastly better situated to plan out the next war than the staff at the Central Command. "The Centcoms of this world are executional they don't have the staff, the expertise, or the responsibility to do the thinking that is needed
before a country makes the decision to go to war. War planning is not just about bombs, airplanes and sailing boats," he told the Times' Sarah Baxter.
A wide array of Washington insiders interviewed by EIR confirm that there is a humongous faction fight inside the Bush Administration, over war on Iran. Vice President Cheney remains the chief proponent of preventive war, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, with the backing of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the CIA, opposes it, arguing instead for robust diplomacy. One centerpiece of the fight is the still-pending National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear program. The report was, according to several sources, completed in February and submitted in draft to the White House; but it has been sent back to the intelligence community at least four times. The reason? The report concludes that Iran will not have the capacity to build a nuclear bomb until sometime in the next decadeafter Bush-Cheney have left office.
Giving Ahmadinejad the Saddam Treatment
One of the more clearcut indications that the war party is still pressing for an attack on Iran came during the visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to New York City, to address the United Nations General Assembly. U.S. intelligence sources have confirmed that Ahmadinejad was sent to the United States, under orders from the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Kamenei, to signal that Iran is prepared to compromise and avoid war. In appearances at Columbia University, on CBS-TV's "Sixty Minutes," and in a closed-circuit broadcast into the National Press Club in Washington, the Iranian President was repeatedly insulted and ridiculed. As one longtime Middle East observer put it, "Ahmadinejad was given the Saddam Hussein treatment," referring to an early 1990s Diane Sawyer interview with Saddam, in which he was publicly trashed, as a signal that the United States was turning towards war.
Just hours after Columbia University President Lee Bollinger delivered a 30-minute "bill of indictment" against the Iranian leader, in introducing him to a university audience, a group of scholars and journalists gathered at the Washington, D.C. campus of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), to discuss the Iranian situation. One speaker, M.J. Rosenberg of the Israel Policy Forum, an organization created after the 1993 Oslo Accords to promote a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, lamented that Dr. Bollinger's behavior had reminded him of "the Soviet Union."
The forum was convened to release a new book by SAIS graduate Dr. Trita Parsi, on the complex and treacherous relationship among Israel, Iran, and the United States. Dr. Parsi and the other speakers highlighted the recent signals by the government in Tehran, that it wishes to resolve all the issues of conflict with Washington, through diplomacy and compromise, not military conflict. The re-emergence of Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, as a counterweight to President Ahmadinejad; the recent progress in Iranian negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over Iran's nuclear energy program; and the Iranian government's release of a number of Iranian-American dual citizens from custody, were all cited as evidence of a turn in Iranian diplomacy towards the United States. Furthermore, Dr. Parsi cited the May 2003 communiqué between then- Iranian President Seyyed Mohammad Khatami and then- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, offering comprehensive bilateral talks "with no preconditions," as evidence that Iran has been seeking a diplomatic rapprochement with Washington for a long time. That May 2003 offer was flat out rejected by the Bush White House, with Cheney and then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld most aggressively opposing any talk with Iran.
EIR's own sources emphasize that Iran's top leadership has woken up to the fact that at least some factions inside the Bush White House are intent on a military confrontation with Iran, before leaving office, and that the Iranians are attempting to demonstrate that they are prepared to negotiate.
It is in this context that LaRouche has again warned Congress that its failure to force Dick Cheney's ouster from office could go down as the fatal act of cowardice that destroyed the American Republic.
The Kennebunkport Warning And The Rogue B-52 - Confirmation With A Vengeance
By Webster G. Tarpley (10- 8 -7) http://www.rense.com/general78/kene.htm
The events of August and September now allow us to evaluate the accuracy of the August 26 Kennebunkport Warning, which generated much attention and controversy from the moment it was issued. The preliminary verdict of history is now in, and establishes the Kennebunkport Warning as one of the most remarkable successes of open source intelligence forecasting in recent decades. It may even have directly helped to disrupt Cheney's plan for a nuclear sneak attack on Iran. (...) On September 6, the Syrian News Agency SANA announced that the Israeli Air Force had mounted an incursion into the air space of northern Syria, and had jettisoned drop tanks and bombs along the Syrian-Turkish border. The Turkish Foreign Ministry protested the objects that had fallen on Turkish territory. The Israelis first denied, but later admitted, that this illegal incursion, an ipso facto act of aggressive war, had taken place. Middle East experts estimated that the Israelis had been probing the Syrian and Iranian air defenses, but that they had been driven off by the new and superior Russian air defense systems now fielded by these two countries. This meant that the US-UK-Israeli model of air blitzkrieg was now in crisis, just as the Israeli land blitzkrieg technique had been defeated by Hezbollah in Lebanon in the summer of 2006. To cover up this humiliating defeat, the Israelis later concocted a story that this had been a successful air attack on a nuclear facility operating in Syria with North Korean assistance; this silly tale was then retailed by neocon John Bolton and also by warmonger Democrat Hillary Clinton in a candidates' debate. But any bombing of a nuclear facility would have had to produce a cloud of radioactive nuclear debris, which would have been registered by Iran, Pakistan, India, Russia, China, Japan, or some other state in the region. Since no such reports have ever come to light, it must be assumed that the Israeli story was fabricated in an attempt to cover up the repulse of the Israeli jets. (...) On Monday, September 24, Wayne Madsen Report posted a story which concluded that "the B-52 transporting six stealth AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missiles, each armed with a W-80-1 nuclear warhead, on August 30, was destined for the Middle East via Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. [S] It is now apparent that the command and control breakdown, reported as a BENT SPEAR incident to the Secretary of Defense and White House, was not the result of command and control chain-of-command 'failures,' but the result of a revolt and push back by various echelons within the Air Force and intelligence agencies against a planned US attack on Iran using nuclear weapons." This report does not however mention the possibility that one or more of the cruise missiles was destined to be used against an American city, as prescribed by the Cheney Doctrine. A stealth cruise missile fired at night would be almost undetectable; all the public would see would be a nuclear fireball. Predictably, the target city would be swarming with patsies and dupes carrying large suitcases or trunks with "Al Qaeda" or "Osama Bin Laden" monograms. At that point, Cheney would have the "suitcase bomb" pretext he so ardently desires. Madsen also does not discuss the half-dozen people connected to the Minot or Barksdale Air Bases who had perished under mysterious circumstances between July and September 2007. But Madsen does stress one critical fact: according to reliable sources, one of the six nuclear-armed cruise missiles was reported missing in the course of the incident, and there was some indication that it was never found: "WMR has been informed by a knowledgeable source that one of the six nuclear-armed cruise missiles was, and still may be, unaccounted for. CLIP
Nuke transportation story has explosive implications (Oct. 07, 2007) http://www.star-telegram.com/245/story/259201.html
Last month, six W80-1 nuclear-armed AGM-129 advanced cruise missiles were flown from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., to Barksdale AFB in Louisiana and sat on the tarmac for 10 hours undetected.Press reports initially cited the Air Force mistake of flying nuclear weapons over the United States in violation of Air Force standing orders and international treaties, while completely missing the more important major issues, such as how six nuclear cruise missiles got loose to begin with.Opinion columns and editorials appeared in America's newspapers, some blasting the Air Force for flying nukes over the U.S. and some defending the Air Force procedure. None of the news reports focused on the real questions of our nuclear security.Let me be very clear here: We are not talking about paintball cartridges or pellet gun ammo. We are talking nuclear weapons. (...) This is about how six nuclear advanced cruise missiles got out of their bunkers and onto a combat aircraft without notice of the wing commander, squadron commander, munitions maintenance squadron (MMS), the B-52H's crew chief and command pilot and onto another Air Force base tarmac without notice of that air base's chain of command -- for 10 hours.It is time that we got to the bottom of it through a comprehensive investigation. (...) Does the Bush administration, as some news reports suggest, have plans to attack Iran with nuclear weapons? CLIP
Forwarded by Kathleen Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Leading Americans Ask U.S. Military to Refuse Orders to Attack Iran
Contact: Marcy Winograd 310-795-2322, Tim Carpenter
413-320-2015, David Swanson 202-329-7847 email@example.com
For immediate release: October 2, 2007
Country music legend Willie Nelson, literary icon Gore Vidal, Gold Star Mother Cindy Sheehan, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, retired U.S. Army Colonel Ann Wright, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega, author and radio host Thom Hartmann, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Rabbi Steven Jacobs, and dozens of other prominent Americans have signed a letter asking the Joint Chiefs of Staff and all U.S. military personnel to refuse orders to launch an aggressive war on Iran.
ATTENTION: Joint Chiefs of Staff and all U.S. Military Personnel:
Do not attack Iran. Any preemptive U.S. attack on Iran would be illegal. Any preemptive U.S. attack on Iran would be criminal.
We, the citizens of the United States, respectfully urge you, courageous men and women of our military, to refuse any order to preemptively attack Iran, a nation that represents no serious or immediate threat to the United States. To attack Iran, a sovereign nation of
70-million people, would be a crime of the highest magnitude.
Legal basis for our Request - Do not attack Iran:
The Nuremberg Principles, which are part of US law, provide that all military personnel have the obligation not to obey illegal orders. The Army Field Manual 27-10, sec. 609 and UCMJ, art. 92, incorporate this principle. Article 92 says: "A general order or regulation is lawful unless it is contrary to the Constitution, the law of the United States..."
Any provision of an international treaty ratified by the United States becomes the law of the United States. The United States is a party and signatory to the United Nations Charter, of which Article II, Section 4 states, "All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state..." As Iran has not attacked the United States, and as the U.S. is a party and signatory to the Charter, any attack on Iran by the U.S. would be illegal under not only international law but under the U.S. Constitution which recognizes our treaties as the Supreme Law of the Land. When you joined the military, you took an oath to defend our Constitution.
Following the orders of your government or superior does not relieve you from responsibility under international law. Under the Principles of International Law recognized in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal, complicity in the commission of war crime is a crime under international law.
The Bush Administration's charges against Iran have not been proven. Neither the development of nuclear weapons, nor providing assistance to Iraq would, if proven, constitute justification for an illegal war.
An attack on Iran might prompt the formidable Iranian military to attack U.S. troops stationed in Iraq. Thousands of our soldiers might be killed or captured as prisoners of war. A U.S. attack against Iranian nuclear facilities could also mean the deaths, from radiation poisoning, of tens of thousands of innocent Iranian civilians. The people of Iran have little control over their government, yet would suffer tremendously should the U.S. attack. Bombing raids would amount to collective punishment, a violation of the Geneva Convention, and would surely sow the seeds of hatred for generations to come. Children make up a quarter of Iran's population.
Above all, we ask you to look at the record of our actions in Iraq, which U.S. intelligence admits is "a cause celebre for jihadists" - a situation that did not exist before we attacked. We must face the fact that our rash use of military solutions has created more enemies, and made American families less safe. Diplomacy, not war, is the answer.
Know the Risks Involved in Refusing an Illegal Order or Signing This Statement:
We knowingly and willingly make this plea, aware of the risk that, in violation of our First Amendment rights, we could be charged under remaining sections of the unconstitutional Espionage Act or other unconstitutional statute, and that we could be fined, imprisoned, or barred from government employment.
Our leaders often say that military force should be a last resort. We beg you to make that policy a reality, and refuse illegal orders to attack Iran. We promise to support you for protecting the American public and innocent civilians abroad.
Our future, the future of our children and their children, rests in your hands.
You know the horrors of war. You can stop the next one.
Daniel Ellsberg, Thom Hartmann, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Rabbi Steven Jacobs, Cynthia McKinney, Willie Nelson, Cindy Sheehan, Norman Solomon, Elizabeth de la Vega, Gore Vidal, Ann Wright,
The Draft Card is on the TableBut No One Looks Like They are Going to Pick it up! (August 22nd, 2007) http://www.centeronconscience.org/UAA/08222007.shtml
(...) The fact that such a statement was made by such a highly placed official in an administration that has always said publicly that a draft was bad policy and unnecessary is cause for some concern. Was the administration floating a trial balloon, to see how the public would react to a draft as some have suggested? We have carefully investigated this matter, and as of this writing we see no evidence that the administration is gearing up for a draft. (...) Although there is no immediate evidence that the draft is returning, now is a good time to make sure that your representatives in Congress hear from you: A draft is unacceptable! With increase pressure on meeting recruitment goals, the discussions of a possible invasion of Iran, the possibility of the return of the draft remains. CLIP
THERE CANNOT BE ANY MORE STRIDENT WARNING THAN THIS...
If there was ever any doubt that the United States is "safer" now than we were before we attacked Iraq-then the jury and the government have decided that the answer is "We're NOT!
When 911 happened there were a number of "war-games" in progress, on the same day, at the same hour and with exactly the same targets as those that were hit on 911. The same thing occurred in the case of the London train bombings ? another terrorist training exercise was underway at the exact same time with the exact same targets as the real thing. This will be the third time that a major training exercise is being launched, but this one involves the entire United States in something called "Vigilant Shield 08."
This supposedly will be a training exercise to use local and state police and sheriffs in tandem with the military to "practice what was learned from the military's response to Katrina." The troops and militarized police did not get involved in saving people's lives ? they were completely occupied with disarming the surviving public. If we are so much safer now than we were before these certifiable nut jobs took over this government-then why do we need to "practice living under Martial Law"? (1)
If we are safer now than we were before the Cheney-Bush Cabal decided that they were going to take over the world ? then why do we need to ask permission to fly between states inside the United States?
"Beginning in February 2008, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will implement their ¨Advance Passenger Information System (APIS),¨ the gist of which is that you will need permission from the United States Government to travel on any air or sea vessel that goes to, from or through the U.S. The travel companies will not be able to issue a boarding pass until you are cleared by DHS. This applies to ALL passengers, US citizens and visitors alike. And how do you get said permission to travel? That's for your government to know and (for) you to never find out." (2)
At least this one is still a ways from actual implementation, but the point of this federal lockdown of the population is still all too clear. If this were not the case, then why do they need to sneak things like this into legislation?
What this nation is about to attempt in Iran will be a war crime of unlimited scope and outrageous destruction, for an untold number of nations and peoples trying to just get on with their lives. Yet we are presented with these pending attacks as if there is no alternative to their determined plans for Global Control-as if this is akin to an act of god that cannot be stopped, regardless of all the evidence against just such an action. If this nation and the other corrupted governments had leaders with even a modicum of military experience, they would all know that this course of action has failed long before the first bombs or missiles are even launched. (3)
What will happen if the date of the attacks upon Iran just happen to coincide exactly, with Operation Vigilant Shield? If we begin the bombing raids and Iran retaliates: Then the cowards in their bunkers in DC and elsewhere will then declare that America has secret terror cells here in the USA, that must be found and disarmed-and fortunately 'we just happen to have the troops and police in position to do just that'! And since the nation would by then, for all intents and purposes already be under Martial Law, because all of the facility to do this has already been entered into the record, in a number of presidential Executive Orders especially written for this occasion: What could the nation do to prevent any of this from actually happening?
If we wait patiently until October 15 to find out if this is "real;" instead of just an exercise ? then the answer is obviously "Nothing"!
But if we probe into the planning and the execution as well as into what will be sought during Operation Vigilant Shield-before October 15th, then maybe something of substance could be able to deter whatever might be coming.
This potential attack upon Iran is far more than just another phase of our ongoing wars upon the Muslim world. This is pivotal and virtually impossible to predict: which is exactly why it should never have even been considered in the first place. Iran has an army that's three times the size of the one we're still fighting in Iraq. Iran is not a lonely impoverished nation without resources or international alliances. But most of all to begin such a blatant and unwarranted attack upon so pivotal a nation-now-when we are losing whatever remains of any credibility in our unilateral and illegal war upon Iraq; would seem to an act of military and economic suicide. Yet no one inside the Cheney-Bush Cabal seems to have even the most remote idea of when or how to use military force: never mind the absolute need to consider all the ramifications before unleashing our Frankenstein version of Blitzkrieg on yet another nation that stands between us and what we are determined to steal for some overly corrupt corporations.
These people that believe they are "in-charge," actually know nothing at all about military force, military tactics or the dangers of the misuse of these very expensive weapons. That's how we managed to run up the price tag in Iraq and Afghanistan to over a Trillion dollars, and still managed to lose all the key aspects of this massive military failure. The numbers in Vietnam and Iraq are almost parallel now, especially given the reality that we've been virtually at war since 1991: Thanks to the No-Fly-Zones that operated 24-7 almost up to the day we announced Shock & Awe over Baghdad.
The Veteran's administration tracked the figures for the death toll from 'both wars' and came up with a death toll of over 71,000 dead, from all causes: That's a lot of dead people. Of course the cabal doesn't want this kind of information even discussed: because it presents the full picture, given all the deaths from combat related injuries, disease and exposure to toxic poisons, as well as death in combat and after incident deaths from all sources. This would give the current war an entirely different look and might go a long way to explaining the Trillion dollars plus that it is currently costing us in money. (4)
Vietnam involved 500,000 troops at the time when we had to flee. In Iraq now we have over 400,000 if you count the mercenaries. If Iraq has been going on since 1991-we've been at it for sixteen years now-with the continued bombing of the infrastructure and the two- thirds of Saddam's populations that suffered mightily, for all those years under UN sanctions. No wonder Cheney-Bush wants these actions kept strictly separate!
Cheney has no authority to set a US agenda for war with Iran: yet that is what he has continued to blatantly do-unchecked-by any other branch in this so-called government. He won't stop until we are all looking at Armageddon-and that has nothing to do with why any of these scheming thieves should be in office in the first place.
Too many people here continue to say: "we don't have time to read or to pay attention to the politics -- we don't have the time to spend on the internet between jobs, kids, and everything else."
Which is like saying: "How dare you bomb my neighborhood today - I've got to get the kids to tennis lessons and then pick-up something for dinner: Or maybe when the storm troopers kick in your door ? you might decide that since they didn't even knock - you should just ignore them?
There is a HUGE world out there that all of us have major responsibilities for because of all that has been done in our names: In that world there is about to be a devaluation of YOUR money, YOUR future and YOUR life. If you REFUSE to pay attention to that world, then KNOW that your world has had time-bombs carefully planted, in every facet of everything you care about (just like the travel restrictions and the Real ID card). When these bombs go off you will have nothing at all to say about your own demise, or YOUR death. If your petty considerations TRUMP that - then you shall deserve everything you get - and all of this will happen: Because you refused to Pay-Attention to what is happening all around you now!
Federal Approval To Travel WITHIN The US Soon? http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Find-Freedom.htm?At=024113&From=News
(...) Come with me into a nightmare world where American citizens will have to obtain permission from the government before they can travel by air in the U.S. Your government (meaning the Department of Homeland Security) is up to no good. CLIP
Questions Raised Over Terror Exercise Associated Press (October 03, 2007) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071003/ap_on_go_ot/terror_exercise;_ylt=ArZkRo.LIRBaUKnfKqrc5GxI2ocA<
WASHINGTON - The nation is preparing for its biggest terrorism Exercise ever next week when three fictional "dirty bombs" go off And cripple transportation arteries in two major U.S. Cities and Guam, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. (...)According to an internal department briefing of next week's Exercise obtained by AP, a dirty bomb will go off at a Cabras Power plant in Guam; another dirty bomb will explode on the Steel Bridge in Portland, Ore., impacting major transportation systems, And a third dirty bomb will explode at the intersection of busy Routes 101 and 202 near Phoenix. Local hospitals and law enforcement agencies will be involved in The "attacks" by the dirty bombs, which are conventional Explosives that include some radioactive material that would Cause contamination over a limited area but not create actual Nuclear explosions. CLIP
The numbers are so staggering that they are hard to process mentally and impossible to process logistically: each month some 60,000 Iraqis are voting with their feet against the surge of U.S. forces by fleeing their homes. Since the invasion, more than 2.5 million Iraqis have left for neighboring countries, while 2.2 million have been forcibly displaced within Iraq--too poor to escape the country or blocked from transitioning through more peaceful provinces, which in recent months have erected checkpoints to keep them out. To put it in stark historical terms: the war has created the largest refugee crisis in the Middle East since the displacement of the Palestinians in 1948.
Here is what it looks like on the ground: in two short years, a million Iraqi refugees have poured into Syria, a country of 19 million. In U.S.-population terms, this would be the equivalent of 15 million Iraqis arriving on our shores. Overwhelmed by the deluge, Syria has said it will begin requiring visas for Iraqis next month, the practical equivalent of shutting its doors, while Jordan, which has admitted 750,000 Iraqis, closed most of its border crossings earlier this year.
Despite all this, the U.S. debate about withdrawal from Iraq seems remarkably indifferent to those whose lives have been upended. The Bush Administration talks of staying the course without expending nearly enough political or financial capital to mitigate the humanitarian catastrophe that it pretends does not exist. Many advocates of withdrawal point to the humanitarian disaster as a ground for leaving without addressing how worse suffering might be averted.
Thus far, the American discussion of the refugee crisis has focused on the paltry number of Iraqis the U.S. has let in. Although the U.S. was the lead architect of the invasion, only 535 Iraqis were granted entry last year. Sweden, which opposed the war, took in 8,950. Ironically, in 2000, three years before the war, the U.S. admitted 3,145 Iraqis, whereas fewer than 1,700 Iraqis have been resettled on American soil in the four years since.
The situation has grown so desperate that even our mild-mannered ambassador, Ryan Crocker, sent a harsh cable to the State Department on Sept. 7, titled "Iraqi refugee processing: Can we speed it up?" He complained of the endless "bottlenecks" delaying entry even for those Iraqis who had risked their lives working for U.S. forces. Crocker pleaded with immigration and Homeland Security officials to fast-track the screening process so the State Department's recommended 7,000 asylum slots could be filled.
But while expeditious review and expanded quotas are urgently needed, they will not affect the welfare of the several million Iraqis who have lost their homes and their livelihoods. If the Administration is to ease the toll on Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and Syria and persuade them to welcome Iraqis in need, it must extend massive assistance to those governments to help fund shelter, food, sanitation, health care and transportation for arriving Iraqis. Among the 200,000 Iraqi children who have fled to Jordan, only 20,000 started school in the past year, and 6,000 of them dropped out. As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should have taught us, the grievances of refugees may start as humanitarian concerns, but they quickly become security problems.
President George W. Bush is in denial about the refugee crisis. He claimed this month that "ordinary life is beginning to return" and warned that with a U.S. departure, "Iraq could face a humanitarian nightmare." But he has refused to deal with the nightmare already under way. It is as if he fears doing so would mean conceding the costs of the U.S. invasion and would undermine his arguments for staying. As he argues that we have a moral responsibility to Iraqis, it would be inconvenient for him to draw attention to how we have shirked that responsibility.
In addition, if the President were actually to insist that the U.S. and its allies resettle Iraqi refugees in earnest, he would be making it that much harder for an educated, moderate Iraqi middle class to reconstitute itself. How would Iraq "unleash the talent of its people and be an anchor of stability in the region," as Bush promised, if its doctors were practicing medicine in Detroit and its English speakers were in Langley, Va., translating Arab press reports for the CIA?
The brain drain is a legitimate concern, but the welfare of Iraqis fleeing for their lives cannot be held hostage to Bush's romantic dreams for a "free Iraq." The U.S. lost the war in Iraq. At the heart of the debacle in Iraq has been the repeated failure to deliver a more secure life for Iraqis. It is long past time that we stop simply debating the "fate of Iraq" and start addressing the fate of Iraqis.
Once upon a time, it was the United States that urged all nations to obey the letter and the spirit of international treaties and protect human rights and liberties. American leaders denounced secret prisons where people were held without charges, tortured and killed. And the people in much of the world, if not their governments, respected the United States for its values.
The Bush administration has dishonored that history and squandered that respect. As an article on this newspapers front page last week laid out in disturbing detail, President Bush and his aides have not only condoned torture and abuse at secret prisons, but they have conducted a systematic campaign to mislead Congress, the American people and the world about those policies.
After the attacks of 9/11, Mr. Bush authorized the creation of extralegal detention camps where Central Intelligence Agency operatives were told to extract information from prisoners who were captured and held in secret. Some of their methods simulated drownings, extreme ranges of heat and cold, prolonged stress positions and isolation had been classified as torture for decades by civilized nations. The administration clearly knew this; the C.I.A. modeled its techniques on the dungeons of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Soviet Union.
The White House could never acknowledge that. So its lawyers concocted documents that redefined torture to neatly exclude the things American jailers were doing and hid the papers from Congress and the American people. Under Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Mr. Bushs loyal enabler, the Justice Department even declared that those acts did not violate the lower standard of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
That allowed the White House to claim that it did not condone torture, and to stampede Congress into passing laws that shielded the interrogators who abused prisoners, and the men who ordered them to do it, from any kind of legal accountability.
Mr. Bush and his aides were still clinging to their rationalizations at the end of last week. The president declared that Americans do not torture prisoners and that Congress had been fully briefed on his detention policies.
Neither statement was true at least in what the White House once scorned as the reality-based community and Senator John Rockefeller, chairman of the Intelligence Committee, was right to be furious. He demanded all of the opinions of the Justice Department analyzing the legality of detention and interrogation policies. Lawmakers, who for too long have been bullied and intimidated by the White House, should rewrite the Detainee Treatment Act and the Military Commissions Act to conform with actual American laws and values.
For the rest of the nation, there is an immediate question: Is this really who we are?
Is this the country whose president declared, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall, and then managed the collapse of Communism with minimum bloodshed and maximum dignity in the twilight of the 20th century? Or is this a nation that tortures human beings and then concocts legal sophistries to confuse the world and avoid accountability before American voters?
Truly banning the use of torture would not jeopardize American lives; experts in these matters generally agree that torture produces false confessions. Restoring the rule of law to Guantánamo Bay would not set terrorists free; the truly guilty could be tried for their crimes in a way that does not mock American values.
Clinging to the administrations policies will only cause further harm to Americas global image and to our legal system. It also will add immeasurably to the risk facing any man or woman captured while wearing Americas uniform or serving in its intelligence forces.
This is an easy choice.
Secret US Endorsement of Torture Revealed http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/100407J.shtml
Scott Shane, David Johnston and James Risen, of The New York Times, report: "when the Justice Department publicly declared torture 'abhorrent' in a legal opinion in December 2004, the Bush administration appeared to have abandoned its assertion of nearly unlimited presidential authority to order brutal interrogations. But soon after Alberto Gonzales's arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency."
Abu Ghraib Prisoners Accuse US Companies of Torture http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18496.htm
Two US Army subcontractors accused of torturing prisoners at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib jail go to court Wednesday in a case that highlights the murky legal status of private US companies in Iraq.
Bush's Torturers Follow Where The Nazis Led (October 7, 2007) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/andrew_sullivan/article2602564.ece
(...) I remember that my first response to the reports of abuse and torture at Guantanamo Bay was to accuse the accusers of exaggeration or deliberate deception. I didn't believe America would ever do those things. I'd also supported George W Bush in 2000, believed it necessary to give the president the benefit of the doubt in wartime, and knew Donald Rumsfeld as a friend. (...) Last week The New York Times revealed more. We now know that long after Abu Ghraib was exposed, the administration issued internal legal memos that asserted the legality of many of the techniques exposed there. The memos not only gave legal cover to waterboarding, hypothermia and beating but allowed them in combination to intensify the effect.The argument was that stripping a chained detainee naked, pouring water over him while keeping room temperatures cold enough to induce repeated episodes of dangerous hypothermia, was not cruel, inhuman or degrading. We have a log of such a technique being used at Guantanamo. The victim had to be rushed to hospital, brought back from death, then submitted once again to enhanced interrogation.George Orwell would have been impressed by the phrase enhanced interrogation technique. By relying on it, the White House spokesman last week was able to say with a straight face that the administration strongly opposed torture and that any procedures they use are tough, safe, necessary and lawful. So is enhanced interrogation torture? One way to answer this question is to examine history. The phrase has a lineage. Verschärfte Verneh-mung, enhanced or intensified interrogation, was the exact term innovated by the Gestapo to describe what became known as the third degree. It left no marks. It included hypothermia, stress positions and long-time sleep deprivation. The United States prosecuted it as a war crime in Norway in 1948. CLIP
Torture Endorsed, Torture Denied http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/101007C.shtml
Marjorie Cohn writes in the Jurist: "The April 2004 publication of grotesque photographs of naked Iraqis piled on top of each other, forced to masturbate, and led around on leashes like dogs, sent shock waves around the world. George W. Bush declared, 'I shared a deep disgust that those prisoners were treated the way they were treated.' Yet less than a year later, his Justice Department issued a secret opinion endorsing the harshest techniques the CIA has ever used, according to a report in The New York Times. These include head slapping, frigid temperatures, and water boarding, in which the subject is made to feel he is drowning. Water boarding is widely considered a torture technique. Once again, Bush is compelled to issue a denial. 'This government does not torture people,' he insisted."
Date: 3 Oct 2007
From: Ricken Patel - Avaaz.org (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: World roars on Burma
Our emergency petition to stop the crackdown on peaceful protesters in Burma is exploding, with nearly 500,000 signers from every nation of the world. But the situation in Burma remains desperate, with reports of hundreds of monks being massacred and tortured. Burma's rulers have also killed and expelled international journalists, cutting off global media coverage of their cruelty.
China is still the key - the country with the most power to halt the Burmese generals' reign of terror. We're delivering our message this week with a massive ad campaign in major newspapers, beginning Thursday with a full page ad in the Financial Times worldwide, and in the South China Morning Post. The strength of the ad comes from the number of petition signers listed can we reach our goal of 1 million signatures this week? The link to sign the petition and view the ad is below, forward this email to all your friends and family!
China continues to provide key economic and military support to Burma's dictatorship, but it has been openly critical of the crackdown. Now we need the government to match words with actions. Our ad paints a powerful moment of choice for China in its relationship with the world will it be a responsible and respected member of the global community, or will it be associated with tyranny and oppression?
People power, on the streets of Burma, and around the world, can triumph over tyranny. Our strength is in our numbers, spread the word!
With hope and determination,
Ricken, Paul, Ben, Graziela, Pascal, Galit and the whole Avaaz team.
For the best local reporting on the situation in Burma, try these links:
Monks Flee Crackdown in Burma http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/100607D.shtml
The Christian Science Monitor's Simon Montlake writes: "A violent crackdown in military-run Burma (Myanmar) is continuing, one week after security forces broke up peaceful monk-led protests on the streets of Rangoon, sending shock waves around the world. Predawn raids on houses and temples in the former capital, which is under nighttime curfew, have netted truckloads of people suspected of joining the biggest antigovernment outpouring since 1988."
Protesters Stay Put to Battle Junta as World Waits on Burmese Border http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/100407K.shtml
Peter Popham, of The Independent UK, reports: "at the Moei river in Thailand there is sticky sunshine, jungle and the world's media in waiting. Yet there is no flood of refugees from across the border in Burma. From Rangoon there are disturbing reports of monks fleeing the city; of thousands more locked up in windowless improvised prisons with little to eat or drink."
Yangon: Monks Massacred at Monastery http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/index.php?storyID=8920&p=2
Insistent reports emerged today that on the very day Gambari was scheduled to meet military leaders, a massacre occurred at one of Rangoon's finest monasteries, Ngwe Kyar Yan. Troops supported by paramilitary thugs launched a pre-dawn raid on the monastery on Sunday, dragging 200 monks from their beds, most of them young novices, lining them up against a wall and smashing their skulls. Reports of the outrage reached London, where a reliable blog site, Ko Htike, run by Burmese students in the British capital, gave a graphic description of the horror. The blog said the raiders "systematically ordered all the monks to line up and banged and crushed each one's head against a brick wall.
Chevron's Pipeline Is the Burmese Regime's Lifeline http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/100307S.shtml
On Truthdig, Amy Goodman says, "Chevron's role in propping up the brutal regime in Burma is clear. According to Marco Simons, US legal director at EarthRights International: 'Sanctions haven't worked because gas is the lifeline of the regime.'"
Help topple the hideous junta in Burma by cutting off their funding! This is the "dirty list" of corporations worldwide doing business with the military junta in Burma. You can help by visiting http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/dirty_list/dirty_list_details.html and emailing as many of the corporate heads as you can to tell them how you feel about their propping up a brutally murderous regime and politely asking them to suspend business ties with Burma till a semblance of democratic rule returns to that beleaguered nation. Recommended by Antares (email@example.com)
Just because we can't see protestors any longer doesn't mean they aren't there. The Burmese regime wants us to believe their claims that they have "restored normalcy" to the country. They want us to conclude that the repression was successful and that the resistance has been crushed. But that's not the real story from Burma.
No one should be surprised that the regime cracked down; after all, that's what regimes do when faced with dissent. The effects of the protests may be much deeper and longer lasting than the effects of the most recent round of terror against Burmese citizens. Exiled pro-democracy leaders, monks and students all claim that the movement survives and that, in the words of one refugee the people, "have committed themselves to victory in the struggle for Burma." There are some encouraging signs that this commitment is being translated into a systematic strategy to undermine the junta's sources of support and control.
For starters, the movement learned how to coordinate "lines" or layers of leadership, so that if one group of leaders was jailed or otherwise neutralized, another would quickly step up in its place. And that is exactly what happened after the first wave of arrests, then the second, and then the third. It is believed by some Burma observers that there still more - many more - ready to take their places.
Next, with monks in the vanguard, the movement has revealed the regime's utter lack of political legitimacy and moral authority. By cracking down on the most respected and revered part of its society, the regime has cracked down on the very soul of Burma. This has activated parts of the population that have up till now stayed on the sidelines, including teachers, villagers, and even government workers. A BBC World Asia correspondent recently said, "It is obvious that despite their best efforts to stifle any opposition, the question Burma's ruling generals need to ask themselves is not if the anti-government protests will return, but when."
It hasn't taken long. Already, news has broken that citizens in Rangoon were engaging in "silent protests" - such as turning off the state news reports en masse, or turning off their lights - to symbolize their rejection of the regime's propaganda. Ordinary people have withdrawn their consent to the regime, and are willing to take action - if creative, low risk options are presented to them. They will follow in the footsteps of courageous nonviolent resisters who battled against Pinochet's junta in Chile, the apartheid regime in South Africa, and the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines. They all faced repression yet devised nonviolent actions to disrupt their oppressive systems and mobilize people.
Rank-and-file members of the military and police are finding themselves in a dilemma. To disregard their orders might get them into trouble, but to obey will only put their souls in peril in this devoutly Buddhist country. If the movement can achieve a critical mass, some soldiers and police may hesitate to repress if they know that people from their own communities or extended families could be the ones being hurt. Such was the case in Serbia during the nonviolent uprising against Slobodan Milosevic, otherwise known as the "Butcher of the Balkans." When police were asked why they did not fully obey orders, some answered that they could not shoot into the crowd because they didn't know if their own children were in it.
A final sign of the strategic planning and strength of the movement is its ability to maintain "nonviolent discipline." Despite the horrors committed by the regime over the past days, there has not been a single report of protesters becoming violent. And why should they use violence? It would only give the regime more pretence to repress, and perhaps even allow many individual soldiers and police officers to rationalize doing something they otherwise could not bring themselves to do. The maintenance of nonviolent discipline - along with the growing size, diversity, and commitment of the resistance in Burma - has garnered more sympathy from the international community, and is a critical factor in building the movement's own legitimacy.
The latest rumor making its way through the streets and alleys of Rangoon is that the wife of General Than Shwe, the junta's alpha dog, is house-shopping in Dubai. Rather than debate whether or not the crackdown on the Saffron Revolution was successful, perhaps the more intriguing question we all should be asking is: who is more afraid of whom?
Congressman: Dollar Could Collapse To Absolute Zero
Presidential candidate Ron Paul warns of coming global economic depression
Paul Joseph Watson - October 8, 2007
Presidential candidate Ron Paul has made a dire prediction that the dollar could collapse to absolute zero - precipitating hyper inflation, soaring oil prices and a global economic depression if current policies are continued.
"Once they realize the American people have awakened to the con game that's been going on - I think those people running the banking and monetary system aren't going to be too happy," Paul told the Alex Jones Show on Friday.
The Texas Congressman forecasts that if current policies are prolonged, the dollar could crash all the way to nothing and be forced to start over.
(Article continues below)
"If Bush is foolish enough to start bombing Iran, that might precipitate such a crisis as oil going to $200 dollars a barrel and really dampening the enthusiasm of the whole dollar," said Paul.
"If they continue what they're doing, it's gonna go to zero, we're gonna have runaway inflation, all paper currencies eventually self-destruct and are ruined, and we're in uncharted waters right now - this is the first time in the history of man you've had no solid currencies around the world and this has been going on for 35 years."
Paul agreed that elitists would seize upon a global depression by posing as the saviors and offering more control, police state and big government as the solution.
"This was the whole thing that started in the last depression," said Paul, "Scare people to death instead of blaming the Federal Reserve for the depression and the financial bubble of the 20's, they said 'well capitalism failed, it was that stupid gold standard', therefore we have to have welfare and of course everything they did prolonged the depression."
Paul said his warnings about the impending collapse of the U.S. economy, which stretch back years, were helping his campaign gain credibility due to the unfolding crises in the market and the credit crunch.
"When the people understand how the Fed screws up the economy and causes all the bubbles and all the changes that have to come from that, I'm getting a lot more calls," said Paul.
The Congressman also discussed the continued success of his campaign and the establishment's attempts to stifle its importance.
The presidential candidate said the reason that the Democrats and Republicans are trying to speed up the primaries is because they don't like competition from third party and grass roots candidates and are trying to prevent them from gaining traction.
"The move right now is to try to close the primaries - do you think they're sincere when they say they want to have a big tent and invite new people in? They can invite a lot of new people in but they don't want constitutionalists evidently because they want to make it tough to vote in a Republican primary," said the Congressman.
"It confirms the fact that the control of this whole system has been one party so to speak, it's one group of people that control both parties and right now I think the people are getting disgusted with it and they're starting to wake up," he added.
The Congressman stated that the popularity of his campaign outstripped even his expectations and slammed the establishment networks for attempting to skew Paul as a fringe candidate.
"It doesn't discourage our supporters, it enrages them," said Paul, "They always claimed that there were just a few of us out there that cared and that they were bloggers manipulating the Internet - well you can't manipulate to the point where you get 35,000 new donors who average about $40 dollars a piece and raise $5 million dollars and outpace many of the other candidates."
Paul said the other candidates had initially tried to ignore his platform, before ridiculing it, to the point where they are now being forced to adopt constitutionalist rhetoric in order to compete with his burgeoning popularity.
From: Peter Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007
Subject: New Study on National Health Care Issues Released
Why the US Lacks Full Health Care
By Peter Phillips and Bridget Thornton
A new research study completed at Sonoma State university shows how health and disability insurance companies are systematically cheating the American public.
Michael Moores top-grossing movie Sicko is one example of the growing concern surrounding health care in the US. The number of Americans without health insurance reached forty-seven million at last count, or sixteen percent of the population. The cost of health insurance is rising two to three times faster than inflation and is the number one cause of personal bankruptcy in the country. We pay more and get less medical care than the rest of the industrialized world. The total per capita health care cost in the US exceeds the health care expense per person in all other full care countries.
The Institute of Medicine estimates that as many as eighteen thousand Americans die prematurely each year because they do not have health insurance. This figure does not include those who die prematurely each year because their insurers delay, diminish, or deny payment for promised benefits. Reports about people who die unnecessarily from services denied or delayed by insurance companies seldom receive broad coverage in the corporate media. Lack of media coverage has led to a nation of people uninformed about how national health and disability policies are controlled by the private insurance industry and how government regulators are powerless to do anything about it.
If industrialized countries around the world offer health care as a basic right, why is full health care not happening in the US? Private insurance companies are motivated to make as much money as possible and do so by systematically delaying, diminishing, and denying payment for promised services, and blaming individuals for their own misfortune.
On the boards of directors of the nine largest insurance companies are one hundred thirteen people. These directors are some of the richest people in the world. They hold one hundred fifty past and/or present positions with major financial or investment institutions in the US including such major firms such as J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, Lord Abbett, Bank of America, and Merrill-Lynch. Additionally, these board members have connections to some of the largest corporations in the world including General Motors, IBM, Ford, Microsoft, and Coca Cola. The combined affiliations among the one hundred thirteen health insurance directors represent revenue of over 2.5 trillion dollars 2006.
As some of the richest most powerful people in America, health care executives dominate health policy with their campaign donations and active lobbying efforts. They spend millions to keep themselves in the health insurance delivery business despite overwhelming evidence that we would all be better off without them. They use these profits to propagandize the American public and influence voters through scare tactics of socialized medicine and long delays of service that supposedly occur in single-payer systems.
The single-payer advocacy group, Physicians for a National Health Program, reports that private insurance corporations spend an enormous amount of money on business-oriented expenses rather than health-related investments. A 2003 study in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that spending for administrative costs associated with health care amount to over $320 billion per year or about thirty-one percent of health care costs in the US overall. The administrative costs in the Canadian national healthcare system amount to 16.7 percent or about half of the administrative overhead in the US.
Countries with common pool or single payer health care systems provide similar levels of service to every person. In such countries, it is the responsibility of society as a whole to provide health care for each individual.
People in the US have a choice. We can continue with a high-cost profit-driven private insurance health care system leaving millions to languish without care, and millions more to face the frustrations of systematic delays, diminished care, and denials of promised benefits. Alternatively, we can build a common pool health care system that provides necessary health care goods to everyone for less than what we are now paying.
Lets find and support the politicians who will provide health care for all outside of corporate fat-cat control.
Peter Phillips is a Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University and Director of Project Censored. Bridget Thornton is a graduate student in the Interdisciplinary Studies. All statements above are fully documented in their new study Practices in Health Care and Disability Insurance: Delay, Diminish Deny and Blame."
Yeah, yeah, yeah, the environment, blah, blah, blah, melting ice caps. To judge from all the gas-guzzlers still fouling the air and the plastic bottles clogging the dumps, it appears that the news that we are killing ourselves and the world with our greed and garbage hasn't sunk in. That's one reason "The 11th Hour," an unnerving, surprisingly affecting documentary about our environmental calamity, is such essential viewing. It may not change your life, but it may inspire you to recycle that old slogan-button your folks pinned on their dashikis back in the day: If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.
The problem looks overwhelming, literally, as demonstrated by the images of overflowing landfills and sickeningly polluted bodies of water that flicker through the movie like damning evidence. Structured in mainstream fiction-film fashion (in other words, like a term paper), it opens with an introduction that presents the case, builds momentum with an absorbing analytical middle section and wraps up with just enough optimism that I didn't want to run home and stick my head in an energy-efficient oven. No matter how well intentioned, political documentaries that present problems without real-life, real-time, real-people solutions - an 800 number, an address, something - just add to the noise (pollution), becoming another title on some filmmaker's résumé as well as a temporary salve for the audience's guilt.
Written and directed by the sisters Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners, and narrated on- and off-camera by Leonardo DiCaprio, who served as one of the producers, "The 11th Hour" attempts to stave off helplessness, and the nihilism that often follows it, mostly by appealing to our reason.
In one interview snippet after another, dozens of scientists, activists, gurus, policy types and even a magical-mushroom guy go through the arguments, present the data and criticize the anti-green faction, putting words to the images that are liberally interspersed between these talking heads like mortar. Every so often, Mr. DiCaprio pops up on screen to interrupt this show and tell, squinting into the camera and pushing the narrative to the next topic.
If your head isn't lodged in the sand, much of what's said in the movie will be agonizing and familiar. Gasping children, disappearing animals, gushing oil, billowing smoke, dying lakes, emptying forests, warming weather - the list of ills is numbingly familiar. In the movie's eye-catching opener, the directors riffle through a veritable catalog of timely snapshots, some obvious (a smoggy skyline), others less so (a human fetus).
Effectively blunt, this sequence provoked a colleague to invoke the name of the avant-garde giant Stan Brakhage, but the truer visual and structural model here is a film like "Koyaanisqatsi," with its streaming global landscapes. The difference is that the images in "The 11th Hour" are pointedly horrifying, not reassuring, pacific or aestheticized.
That can make it tough to watch, which the directors clearly know. They whip through the pictures and the interviews fast - at times a little too fast - and keep the information flowing as quickly as the visuals. This swift, steady pace means that you receive a lot of bad news from a lot of different sources. The ecologist Brock Dolman explains, "When we started feeding off the fossil fuel cycle, we began living with a death-based cycle." From there the topic nimbly jumps to climate change, national security (courtesy the former director of the C.I.A., R. James Woolsey), Katrina, asthma and the stunning news from the oceanographer and author Sylvia Earle that "we've lost 90 percent of most of the big fish in the sea."
Yes, it's bad, but it's not over yet. Many of those same sober talking heads also argue with equal passion that we can save ourselves, along with the sky above us and the earth below. The capacity for human beings to fight, to rise to the occasion, as Mr. Woolsey notes, invoking America's rapid, albeit delayed jump into World War II, gives hope where none might seem possible.
It is our astonishing capacity for hope that distinguishes "The 11th Hour" and that speaks so powerfully, in part because it is this all-too-human quality that may finally force us to fight the good fight against the damage we have done and continue to do. As the saying goes, keep hope alive - and if you're holding this review in your hands, don't forget to recycle the paper.
Special related hope-stirring, empowering complement featuring a Canadian Environmental Heroine:
Watch this most excellent (9 min 15 sec) interview of Tzeporah Berman on The Hour http://www.cbc.ca/thehour/video.php?id=1721
Tzeporah Berman has been fighting to save North American forests since, well, other people decided to start cutting them down. She is the Program Director for ForestEthics, a group whose mandate is to save endangered forests by transforming the paper and wood industries. Berman and other activists have convinced companies to stop using Canadian pulp for their catalogues because of bad environmental records. Along the way Berman has been arrested and even called an enemy of the state. This past year she took her fight to the big screen with Leonardo DiCaprios documentary, 'The 11th hour.'
Tzeporah Berman's speech to Bioneers (October 21st, 2006) http://www.forestethics.org/article.php?id=1629
(...) The forest on the top of North America is North America's greatest conservation opportunity. The Boreal Forest holds more fresh water in its lakes and in its rivers than any other place on earth. It's the world's largest terrestrial carbon storehouse. It is also the breeding place, the nesting ground for the majority of North American birds; 5 billion birds go to the Boreal at the top if this continent in order to breed. It's the place, the refuge, the last of the wild in North America for grizzly bears. The pink is where they used to live; the beige is where they live now. For caribou again, and it is not just about those species, they are the canary in the coalmine. This slide shows you the migration patterns of the majority of North America's birds. And Canada has only protected 8% of its forests and what I like to refer to as parquets. And the boreal is being logged at incredible rates. Five acres a minute and for what? We are logging it for catalogs, for newspapers; 46% of all the newspapers in the United States come from here. The cumulative impacts of what's happening in the Boreal are far greater than the impacts of what is happening in the logging industry, mining, oil and gas development. Of course the logging. And now a dramatic increase in forest fires as a result of climate change. Climate change for these forests is a double edge sword. Logging these forests contribute to climate change. Impacts of climate change destroy these forests. And when you hear about the Tar Sands in the United States and Canada as being the next Saudi Arabia - I can't tell you as a Canadian how terrifying that is because it is not a desert. The Tar Sands lie underneath the boreal forest. (...) "Human activity is putting such a strain on the natural functions of the earth that the ability of the planets ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted." The United Nations reports that two-thirds of the services provided by nature to human kind are in decline worldwide. In order to mitigate global warming to implement the precautionary principle that Lois Gibbs talked so eloquently about, we need to hold on to these last wild places. I sat right there last year and listened to Bill McKibben talk about how we live on a planet that is warmer than it has been in 420,000 years. How we now know that the cumulative impacts of what we are doing to the earth are far greater than we ever imagined. The Boreal Forest holds an estimated 21% of the earth's land-based carbon in trees and soils, and it stores nearly twice as much carbon per hectare as tropical rainforests. And Canada's Boreal Forest stores an estimated 200 billion tons of carbon - almost 10 times the total annual global carbon emissions from fossil fuels. Globally, logging (both deforestation and forest management) is responsible for approximately 25% of total anthropogenic carbon emissions - i.e. it is one quarter of the climate change problem. Logging in Canada's Boreal Forests releases approximately 110 million tons of carbon each year. By comparison, this amount is approximately twice the carbon released annually by all passenger vehicles in Canada. If we were to reduce logging in Canada by 25%, it would be the equivalent of taking 50% of the cars in Canada off the road. There is no question that addressing fossil fuel consumption must be our priority strategy and we do not want to see increased pollution due to conservation offsets but that said, we need to recognize that large-scale forest conservation can play an important role in climate mitigation and that logging reduction is absolutely critical. CLIP
To deal with global warming, the first step is to do the numbers.
The CO2 from fossil fuels lingers in the atmosphere, so global warming can't be undone. But catastrophe can still be averted.
Here's how it works. Before the industrial revolution, the Earth's atmosphere contained about 280 parts per million of carbon dioxide. That was a good amount-"good" defined as "what we were used to." Since the molecular structure of carbon dioxide traps heat near the planet's surface that would otherwise radiate back out to space, civilization grew up in a world whose thermostat was set by that number. It equated to a global average temperature of about 57 degrees Fahrenheit (about 14 degrees Celsius), which in turn equated to all the places we built our cities, all the crops we learned to grow and eat, all the water supplies we learned to depend on, even the passage of the seasons that, at higher latitudes, set our psychological calendars.
Once we started burning coal and gas and oil to power our lives, that 280 number started to rise. When we began measuring in the late 1950s, it had already reached the 315 level. Now it's at 380, and increasing by roughly two parts per million annually. That doesn't sound like very much, but it turns out that the extra heat that CO2 traps, a couple of watts per square meter of the Earth's surface, is enough to warm the planet considerably. We've raised the temperature more than a degree Fahrenheit (0.56 degrees Celsius) already. It's impossible to precisely predict the consequences of any further increase in CO2 in the atmosphere. But the warming we've seen so far has started almost everything frozen on Earth to melting; it has changed seasons and rainfall patterns; it's set the sea to rising.
No matter what we do now, that warming will increase some-there's a lag time before the heat fully plays out in the atmosphere. That is, we can't stop global warming. Our task is less inspiring: to contain the damage, to keep things from getting out of control. And even that is not easy. For one thing, until recently there's been no clear data suggesting the point where catastrophe looms. Now we're getting a better picture-the past couple of years have seen a series of reports indicating that 450 parts per million CO2 is a threshold we'd be wise to respect. Beyond that point, scientists believe future centuries will likely face the melting of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets and a subsequent rise in sea level of giant proportion. Four hundred fifty parts per million is still a best guess (and it doesn't include the witches' brew of other, lesser, greenhouse gases like methane and nitrous oxide). But it will serve as a target of sorts for the world to aim at. A target that's moving, fast. If concentrations keep increasing by two parts per million per year, we're only three and a half decades away.
So the math isn't complicated-but that doesn't mean it isn't intimidating. So far only the Europeans and Japanese have even begun to trim their carbon emissions, and they may not meet their own modest targets. Meanwhile, U.S. carbon emissions, a quarter of the world's total, continue to rise steadily-earlier this year we told the United Nations we'd be producing 20 percent more carbon in 2020 than we had in 2000. China and India are suddenly starting to produce huge quantities of CO2 as well. On a per capita basis (which is really the only sensible way to think about the morality of the situation), they aren't anywhere close to American figures, but their populations are so huge, and their economic growth so rapid, that they make the prospect of a worldwide decline in emissions seem much more daunting. The Chinese are currently building a coal-fired power plant every week or so. That's a lot of carbon.
Everyone involved knows what the basic outlines of a deal that could avert catastrophe would look like: rapid, sustained, and dramatic cuts in emissions by the technologically advanced countries, coupled with large-scale technology transfer to China, India, and the rest of the developing world so that they can power up their emerging economies without burning up their coal. Everyone knows the big questions, too: Are such rapid cuts even possible? Do we have the political will to make them and to extend them overseas?
The first question-is it even possible?-is usually addressed by fixating on some single new technology (hydrogen! ethanol!) and imagining it will solve our troubles. But the scale of the problem means we'll need many strategies. Three years ago a Princeton team made one of the best assessments of the possibilities. Stephen Pacala and Robert Socolow published a paper in Science detailing 15 stabilization wedges"-changes big enough to really matter, and for which the technology was already available or clearly on the horizon. Most people have heard of some of them: more fuel-efficient cars, better-built homes, wind turbines, biofuels like ethanol. Others are newer and less sure: plans for building coal-fired power plants that can separate carbon from the exhaust so it can be "sequestered" underground. (See Illustration "How to Cut Emissions.")
These approaches have one thing in common: They're more difficult than simply burning fossil fuel. They force us to realize that we've already had our magic fuel and that what comes next will be more expensive and more difficult. The price tag for the global transition will be in the trillions of dollars. Of course, along the way it will create myriad new jobs, and when it's complete, it may be a much more elegant system. (Once you've built the windmill, the wind is free; you don't need to guard it against terrorists or build a massive army to control the countries from which it blows.) And since we're wasting so much energy now, some of the first tasks would be relatively easy. If we replaced every incandescent bulb that burned out in the next decade anyplace in the world with a compact fluorescent, we'd make an impressive start on one of the 15 wedges. But in that same decade we'd need to build 400,000 large wind turbines-clearly possible, but only with real commitment. We'd need to follow the lead of Germany and Japan and seriously subsidize rooftop solar panels; we'd need to get most of the world's farmers plowing their fields less, to build back the carbon their soils have lost. We'd need to do everything all at once.
As precedents for such collective effort, people sometimes point to the Manhattan Project to build a nuclear weapon or the Apollo Program to put a man on the moon. But those analogies don't really work. They demanded the intense concentration of money and intelligence on a single small niche in our technosphere. Now we need almost the opposite: a commitment to take what we already know how to do and somehow spread it into every corner of our economies, and indeed our most basic activities. It's as if NASA's goal had been to put all of us on the moon.
Not all the answers are technological, of course-maybe not even most of them. Many of the paths to stabilization run straight through our daily lives, and in every case they will demand difficult changes. Air travel is one of the fastest growing sources of carbon emissions around the world, for instance, but even many of us who are noble about changing lightbulbs and happy to drive hybrid cars chafe at the thought of not jetting around the country or the world. By now we're used to ordering take-out food from every corner of the world every night of our lives-according to one study, the average bite of food has traveled nearly 1,500 miles (2,414 kilometers) before it reaches an American's lips, which means it's been marinated in (crude) oil. We drive alone, because it's more convenient than adjusting our schedules for public transit. We build ever bigger homes even as our family sizes shrink, and we watch ever bigger TVs, and-well, enough said. We need to figure out how to change those habits.
Probably the only way that will happen is if fossil fuel costs us considerably more. All the schemes to cut carbon emissions-the so-called cap-and-trade systems, for instance, that would let businesses bid for permission to emit-are ways to make coal and gas and oil progressively more expensive, and thus to change the direction in which economic gravity pulls when it applies to energy. If what we paid for a gallon of gas reflected even a portion of its huge environmental cost, we'd be driving small cars to the train station, just like the Europeans. And we'd be riding bikes when the sun shone.
The most straightforward way to raise the price would be a tax on carbon. But that's not easy. Since everyone needs to use fuel, it would be regressive-you'd have to figure out how to keep from hurting poor people unduly. And we'd need to be grown-up enough to have a real conversation about taxes-say, about switching away from taxes on things we like (employment) to taxes on things we hate (global warming). That may be too much to ask for-but if it is, then what chance is there we'll be able to take on the even more difficult task of persuading the Chinese, the Indians, and all who are lined up behind them to forgo a coal-powered future in favor of something more manageable? We know it's possible-earlier this year a UN panel estimated that the total cost for the energy transition, once all the pluses and minuses were netted out, would be just over 0.1 percent of the world's economy each year for the next quarter century. A small price to pay.
In the end, global warming presents the greatest test we humans have yet faced. Are we ready to change, in dramatic and prolonged ways, in order to offer a workable future to subsequent generations and diverse forms of life? If we are, new technologies and new habits offer some promise. But only if we move quickly and decisively-and with a maturity we've rarely shown as a society or a species. It's our coming-of-age moment, and there are no certainties or guarantees. Only a window of possibility, closing fast but still ajar enough to let in some hope.
Vast areas of Brazil and Paraguay and much of Bolivia are choking under thick layers of smoke as fires rage out of control in the Amazon rainforest, forcing the cancellation of flights.
Satellite images yesterday showed huge clouds of smoke and much of the Amazon basin burning as fires, originally set by ranchers to clear land, have raged into the forest itself.
From Santa Cruz in the east of Bolivia, where flights have been grounded, to the Brazilian frontier city of Porto Velho, where the river Madeira has been made unnavigable, burning smoke has blocked out the sun and local communities have begun to complain of respiratory disorders.
Roberto Smeraldi, head of Friends of the Earth Brazil, said the situation was out of control: "We have a strong concentration of fires, corresponding to more than 10,000 points of fire across a large area of about two million sq km in the southern Brazilian Amazon and Bolivia."
Each year at the end of the dry season, in anticipation of the first winter rains, farmers and cattle ranchers throughout South America set fires to "renovate" pasture land. But this age-old cycle has spun out of control as deforestation and climate change have created a tinderbox. There has also been a massive expansion of cattle ranching into forested areas, where fires are then set to clear an area after chainsaws have felled the trees.
Mr Smeraldi was clear on who was to blame for this year's fires: "They are mainly, I would say more than 90 per cent, the result of expanding cattle ranching." The first rains have arrived but they are weaker than usual in most areas and have been useless against the fires.
In the past three years Brazil's National Development Bank and the World Bank have poured funds into the southern Amazon, fuelling the expansion of the cattle industry with new slaughterhouses and four million additional head of cattle arriving in exactly the areas where the fires are now. Conservationists have said that while governments insist they are doing their utmost to stop deforestation they have been putting in place incentives for the destruction of the forest. "It is taxpayers' money fuelling these fires," said Mr Smeraldi.
Standing forests, of which the Amazon is the largest in the world, play a vital role in regulating the world's climate, both absorbing harmful emissions and acting as vast carbon sinks. At present these forests are not included in the international carbon trading schemes set up under the Kyoto agreement the only serious global effort to limit the emission of greenhouse gases. In recent weeks there has been an increase in efforts to raise the issue of avoided deforestation as a means of limiting the impact of catastrophic climate change.
"These fires are the suicide note of mankind," said Hylton Murray Philipson, from the London-based charity Rainforest Concern. "While politicians talk about defining moments, destruction will continue until we begin to attribute real value to the standing forest.
"The forces of globalisation will intensify with the construction of two asphalt roads linking the western Brazilian Amazon to the Pacific coast of Peru, dramatically shortening the export route to China," said Mr Murray-Philipson. "If we do not enable local people to gain a livelihood from the standing forest, it will continue to be converted into cattle pasture and soya prairies and we will only have ourselves to blame."
Brazil and Indonesia do not appear on conventional industrial indices of the world's leading polluters but both countries are among the world's top four carbon emitters when deforestation is factored in.
NOTE FROM JEAN: For as long as I remember, everything I've seen on the World Bank has been all BAD. This Cabal-controlled institution should be dismantled before it does more harm to this planet and her inhabitants.
· Internal report says mass logging threatens Pygmies
· Findings are embarrassing for British government
John Vidal, environment editor
The Guardian - October 4 2007
The World Bank encouraged foreign companies to destructively log the world's second largest forest, endangering the lives of thousands of Congolese Pygmies, according to a report on an internal investigation by senior bank staff and outside experts. The report by the independent inspection panel, seen by the Guardian, also accuses the bank of misleading Congo's government about the value of its forests and of breaking its own rules.
Congo's rainforests are the second largest in the world after the Amazon, locking nearly 8% of the planet's carbon and having some of its richest biodiversity. Nearly 40 million people depend on the forests for medicines, shelter, timber and food.
The report into the bank's activities in Democratic Republic of Congo since 2002 follows complaints made two years ago by an alliance of 12 Pygmy groups. The groups claimed that the bank-backed system of awarding vast logging concessions to companies to exploit the forests was causing "irreversible harm".
It will be discussed at board level in the World Bank within weeks and may lead to a complete rethink of how forestry in the DRC is practised.
It is particularly embarrassing for the British government, which is a development partner of the bank and its third largest financial contributor. It encouraged the bank to intervene in the Congo forests with export-driven industrial logging and has earmarked £50m for further Congo basin forestry aid.
When the bank moved back into Congo in 2002, after years of war which cost up to 4 million lives, it said industrial forestry could contribute most strongly to the country's recovery. In its rush to reform the economy it devised new forestry laws, divided the county into zones and aimed to create a favourable climate for industrial logging.
But although the bank is legally committed to protecting the environment, and trying to alleviate poverty, the panel found that the policies it imposed on the Congo were having the opposite social and environmental effects:
· An area of 600,000 square kilometres (232,000 square miles) of forest was earmarked for logging companies.
· The bank failed to address critical social and environmental issues.
· It ignored between 250,000 and 600,000 Pygmies believed to be living in the Congolese forests, even though their presence was well known and documented.
· It put the Pygmies in serious potential harm.
Criticism is made of the forestry reforms that the bank imposed in return for loans of more than $450m. Initially, said the panel, "the bank provided [to the government] estimates of export revenue from logging concessions that turned out to be far too high. This encouraged a focus on reform of the forestry system at the expense of pursuing sustainable uses of forests, the potential for community forests and for conservation.
For the most part foreign companies, or local companies controlled by foreigners, have been the beneficiaries of this," the report said.
In a scathing analysis of the bank's economic reasoning, the panel said the bank had "distorted the real economic value of the country's forests" by looking solely at the tax and revenue that increased industrial logging might generate. "There seems to have been little action to support alternative uses of the forest resources," it said.
The panel travelled deep into the forest to take evidence from the Pygmy communities, who told it they were not consulted before the bank launched its wide-ranging forestry reforms.
One Pygmy leader told the panel: "We are being made poor in every aspect ... the [logging] company prevents us from going into the forests." Another said that the company had bought the land so that people could no longer live in the forests.
"Roads are going ever deeper into the forests, opening it up. We are increasingly deprived of our foods and drugs. We have never seen anything from the bank except promises," said a third.
Research by non-government groups last year showed that 12 foreign-owned or foreign-controlled companies were encouraged by the bank to dominate the entire industry. Some had concessions of more than 5m hectares, and all included Pygmy communities in their holdings. The bank is reviewing the legality of many of these concessions.
Yesterday international groups that have worked with Congolese communities said they were shocked by the panel's findings.
"The Pygmies must be fully involved in developing any future plans for the forest, and the bank need to find ways of helping them uphold their rights, rather than helping logging companies to destroy them," said Simon Counsell, director of the Rainforest Foundation.
"The World Bank must change drastically its forest policies. Industrial logging is not contributing to poverty reduction, while its expansion undermines future financial benefits for environmental services," said Staphan van Praet, the Africa forest campaigner for Greenpeace International.
Scientists Invent 30 Year Continuous Power Laptop Battery
Your next laptop could have a continuous power battery that lasts for 30 years without a single recharge thanks to work being funded by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. The breakthrough betavoltaic power cells are constructed from semiconductors and use radioisotopes as the energy source. As the radioactive material decays it emits beta particles that transform into electric power capable of fueling an electrical device like a laptop for years.
Although betavoltaic batteries sound Nuclear they're not, they're neither use fission/fusion or chemical processes to produce energy and so (do not produce any radioactive or hazardous waste). Betavoltaics generate power when an electron strikes a particular interface between two layers of material. The Process uses beta electron emissions that occur when a neutron decays into a proton which causes a forward bias in the semiconductor. This makes the betavoltaic cell a forward bias diode of sorts, similar in some respects to a photovoltaic (solar) cell. Electrons scatter out of their normal orbits in the semiconductor and into the circuit creating a usable electric current.
The profile of the batteries can be quite small and thin, a porous silicon material is used to collect the hydrogen isotope tritium which is generated in the process. The reaction is non-thermal which means laptops and other small devices like mobile phones will run much cooler than with traditional lithium-ion power batteries. The reason the battery lasts so long is that neutron beta-decay into protons is the world's most concentrated source of electricity, truly demonstrating Einstein's theory E=MC2.
The best part about these cells are when they eventually run out of power they are totally inert and non-toxic, so environmentalists need not fear these high tech scientific wonder batteries. If all goes well plans are for these cells to reach store shelves in about 2 to 3 years.
New Community, New Leadership
By Alex Kochkin
Humanity is at the point of a dramatic transformation in its evolution as spiritual beings who are soon to shift from having a human experience to that of having a major transformational experience. More people than ever before are identifying with spiritually aligned choices for themselves and the planet. One new challenge is to encourage and nourish this new consciousness in tangible ways and to do it now.
A new fabric of human society, one purely intended to facilitate in every way possible an emerging new consciousness and spiritual evolution, is most needed. New weavers are most needed to step forward now. The concept and presence of a New Earth/Earth-II is presenting itself to us now as one avenue in this regard. It is here now as well as vibrationally removed from what generally passes as shared reality. Perhaps all that is needed is a shift in our consciousness and to begin living differently. Who will we be its new population and partners in co-creation and stewardship? Who will be the population and partners in co-creation and stewardship of what would be regarded as our present Earth/Earth-I?
The New Creation energy asks of us to honor Creation in its consciousness, honor the Earth in its consciousness, and honor our Humanity as a unique experiment in creation. In so doing it beckons us, asking who are now willing and ready to consciously graduate ourselves to the next step in conscious, spiritual evolution? New Earth wants nothing of the old ways of power and control and self as primary. It asks us to leave all of our baggage at the doorway before leaving one world and entering into a pristine one. It offers us newly refined bodies to walk upon its new ground. This process will also help prepare those who are called to work specifically with Earth-I. Such a transition will mark the true liberation of humanity into its future destiny. It is our awakening to our true nature and destiny.
The events of recent years and days continue to weaken the bubble of illusion in which humanity has struggled and suffered. Even more people are taking a pause in their lives to reflect on what truly matters. Many, purely out of circumstances, are in the process of rejecting the old but cannot complete such a shift of movement without some sense of what they are to welcome in its place. So much of the old paradigm and control matrix are breaking down and causing increased suffering for so many people; many more will turn their attention to creating a world from love and care and inspiration of higher consciousness.
As this is being written, many lasting changes in the planetary environment are underway as well as lasting changes in the human social, economic, and political spheres. The potential to connect to higher consciousness has never been greater for all humanity yet for all practical purposes, humanity as a whole remains oblivious to this possibility. Soon this will change.
The earth is an evolving living entity. Every form of life on earth is an important part of this living entity. Accordingly, we, as individual human beings, must cultivate the awareness that we are all members of a global community of life and that we share a common mission and responsibility for the future of our planet.
Every one of us has a role to play in the evolution of our planet, and to achieve world peace each of us must live up to our responsibilities and obligations. Up to the present time, few people on earth have been fully satisfied with life. We have faced conflicts all over the world in competition for limited resources and land. This has had a devastating effect on the global environment.
As we enter the new millennium, more than anything else, the realization of world peace depends on an awakening of consciousness on the part of each individual member of the human race. Today, it is imperative that every human being bears the responsibility of building peace and harmony in his or her heart. We all have this common mission that we must fulfill. World peace will be achieved when every member of humanity becomes aware of this common mission-when we all join together for our common purpose.
Until now, in terms of power, wealth, fame, knowledge, technology and education, humanity has been divided between individuals, nations and organizations that have possession and those that do not. There have also been distinctions between the givers and the receivers, the helpers and the helped.
We hereby declare our commitment to transcend all these dualities and distinctions with a totally new concept, which will serve as our foundation as we set out to build a peaceful world.
In the new era, humanity shall advance toward a world of harmony, that is, a world in which every individual and every nation can freely express their individual qualities, while living in harmony with one another and with all life on earth. To realize this vision, we set forth the following guiding principles:
1. Reverence for life
We shall create a world based on love and harmony in which all forms of life are respected.
2. Respect for all differences
We shall create a world in which all different races, ethnic groups, religions, cultures, traditions and customs are respected. The world must be a place free from discrimination or confrontation, socially, physically and spiritually-a place where diversity is appreciated and enjoyed.
3. Gratitude for and coexistence with all of nature
We shall create a world in which each person is aware that we are enabled to live through the blessings of nature, and lives in harmony with nature, showing gratitude for all animal, plant and other forms of life.
4. Harmony between the spiritual and material
We shall create a world based on the harmonious balance of material and spiritual civilization. We must break away from our overemphasis on the material to allow a healthy spirituality to blossom among humanity. We must build a world where not only material abundance but also spiritual riches are valued.
We shall put these principles into practice guided by the following:
We must move beyond an era in which authority and responsibility rest in nation states, ethnic groups and religions to one in which the individual is paramount. We envision an "Age of the Individual"-not in the sense of egoism, but an age in which every individual is ready to accept responsibility and to carry out his or her mission as an independent member of the human race.
Each of us shall carry out our greatest mission to bring love, harmony and gratitude into our own heart, and in so doing, bring harmony to the world at large.
In our specialized fields:
We shall build a system of cooperation in which wisdom is gathered together to derive the most from technical knowledge, skills and ability in various fields, such as education, science, culture and the arts, as well as religion, philosophy, politics and economics.
As the young generation:
In the 20th century, parents, teachers and society were the educators of children, and the children were always in the position of being taught. In the 21st century, adults shall learn from the wonderful qualities of children, such as their purity, innocence, radiance, wisdom and intuition, to inspire and uplift one another. The young generation shall play a leading role in the creation of peace for a bright future.
May Peace Prevail on Earth!
The Declaration for All Life on Earth was launched on 30 September 2000 at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo on the occasion of the Creating a Culture of Peace-World Peace Celebration 2000 event. This major Celebration has been designated by UNESCO as a Flagship Event for the International Year for the Culture of Peace. Supported by The Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNESCO Headquarters and The United Nations University, the Creating a Culture of Peace - World Peace Celebration 2000 was presented by THE GOI PEACE FOUNDATION in cooperation with The World Peace Prayer Society. More than 10.000 guests have attended that Celebration, among them members of the Imperial Family and more than 90 Ambassadors and Representatives to Tokyo.
For more information about the Declaration for All Life On Earth and The Goi Peace Foundation, please visit our website at http://www.goipeace.or.jp and you may contact us directly at the following address:
The Goi Peace Foundation
Heiwa Daiichi Building
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0093, Japan
Tel: 81 (3) 3265-2071
Fax: 81 (3) 3239-0919
From: John Bunzl" (email@example.com)
Subject: Climate urgency builds more parliamentary support for Simultaneous Policy
Date: 9 Oct 2007
Simultaneous Policy: Rediscovering the Sense of our Collective Humanity
PRESS RELEASE: 27th September 2007
Climate urgency builds parliamentary support for Simultaneous Policy
The Simultaneous Policy (SP), a global grassroots campaign aimed at addressing global problems such as climate change, unfair trade and global poverty, gained further support in Parliament today as Celia Barlow, Labour MP for Hove, joined twenty-three other MPs from all the main UK political parties who have signed a pledge to implement SP alongside other governments. "Co-operation between different nations is paramount in terms of tackling the world's greatest problems such as climate change and poverty. Unilateral action, though important, cannot solve these international problems," Ms. Barlow said.
The fear of all governments that the unilateral implementation of stringent environmental controls would increase business costs resulting in a loss of investment and jobs is rapidly being recognised as the key barrier to solving global warming and other global problems. Despite the Stern report which urged governments to act decisively to curb carbon emissions, the Financial Times (6th Dec. 06) noted that "governments remain reluctant to address this threat because any country acting alone to curb its greenhouse gas emissions, without similar commitments by other governments, risks damaging the competitiveness of its industries."
To eliminate the fear of first-mover disadvantage, SP's range of global measures is to be implemented simultaneously, only when all or sufficient governments have signed up. By posing no-risk to any nation's international competitiveness, simultaneous action removes excuses for inaction and delay and opens the way to far more robust policies being adopted than relatively weak agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol. Contraction & Convergence, a powerful international framework designed to combat global warming, is one measure that has been put forward for potential inclusion in SP's package of global problem-solving measures.
To secure sufficient international political will for the implementation of SP, citizens around the world who support it, known as Adopters, tell politicians that they will be voting in all future national elections for any candidate, within reason, who has signed the pledge to implement SP alongside other governments, or they encourage their preferred party to support SP. In this way, competition between candidates is intensified to a point where politicians who fail to support SP risk losing their seats to those who do. With more parliamentary seats and even entire national elections being won or lost on fine margins, only a relatively small number of Adopters may be needed to make it in the vital interests of the main politicians and parties to support SP.
Celia Barlow's pledge to implement SP follows vigorous local campaigning by Brighton and Hove's SP Adopters Group, chaired by Barnaby Flynn. Local Adopter groups meet regularly around the UK and recruit new Adopters, so building the pressure on politicians to sign the SP Pledge. Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MEP who will stand at the next election in the neighbouring Brighton Pavilion constituency, has already signed the SP Pledge and competing candidates from other parties are expected to follow.
In China alone more than two hundred million people were displaced or affected in some way.
In just two of Indias provinces another 20 million people were left homeless and hungry for days before help on such massive scale could cover the enormity of the area and the numbers of people.
As for low lying Bangladesh by the time it was evident that half the country was under water nobody bothered to estimate how many more millions were affected.
Main stream corporate media suddenly stopped reporting about Englands worst ever floods which of course by then looked almost benign when compared to Asias.
As I write this column, Switzerland, Germany and parts of France are starting to be added to the list and this is not to mention Eastern Europes storms and flash floods that did not even make it to the world news for us all to notice. Same could be said of the washing and killing rains of Sudan, a country we are more accustomed to associate with war, genocide and desert.
Now, we all have in every continent, without exception come to understand what global warming is all about or at least the palpable tangible effects or should I say side effects of it. Scientists are still divided in camps of told you so and what global warming? even though the latter camp seem to be marginalizing themselves in the face of such powerful evidence now before us (and them) even before those paid to look the other way by some major political and economical lobbies.
Al Gore and his documentary An Inconvenient Truth showed us images that speak louder than any of his own or anybodys statements, especially those pertaining to the melting of the glaciers, the rise in temperatures and how the world maps are likely to change.
From a spiritual perspective, those of us who are deeply connected to Mother Earth and all life forms evolving on Her, we know that this she is a nurturing, sentient and intelligent being trying to cope as best she can with the unbearable pain we have inflicted upon her, her creatures and upon each other through our collective greed, carelessness and mindless consumption.
Our collective pollution is not just the visible rubbish we have accumulated, from our own homes to the waste dumps, but most serious still, is the emotional pollution we have created with the belief systems that have separated us, drove us to just, liberation independence holy and all kinds of wars, creating unbearable suffering and exploitation of all kinds and in general brought us to this sense of dirt and clutter that prevails.
And what would each one of us do if we were to feel dirty, cluttered, raped, violated, used and lonely? We would want to wash it all away and that is exactly what she is doing. Mother Earth is washing herself now. And her bath is just filling up. Like a pained and overwhelmed mother she is allowing the bath to run over. This season she will not care - all she wants and all she needs is water-water everywhere.
Become her life line send her your love and gentle words. Act for Her:
sell your gas guzzler, plant more trees, walk on Her body with your bare feet and tell her you love her often, become a mindful consumer, live from the heart, and whatever you do, buy, create, invent, sell, connect to her to find out if it is good for her and all the life forms she supports.
She needs our collective healing love. Now!
The more of us do this the faster she will choose to heal.
By not changing anything in our lives and in our behaviour, we choose to experience the alternative: sleep in the bath water with her and perhaps never wake up again on her loving heart.
Lou BOGNON is a spiritual healer, author, teacher, producer and presenter of The Inner Voice, an inspirational program on Channel Africa which is broadcast internationally in English and French.
If you are not yet a subcriber to the Earth Rainbow Network emailing list and would like to subscribe to its automated listserver and regularly receive similar compilations covering a broad range of subjects, including each new Meditation Focus issued every two week, simply send a blank email at firstname.lastname@example.org from the email account to which you want to receive the material compiled and networked by the Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator. Subscription is FREE!