Heavy artillery movement causes scare in Lahore

PAKISTAN-POLITICS-MUSHARRAF

Heavy artillery movement causes scare in Lahore

Avijit Ghosh

NEW DELHI: There is unusual movement of hundreds of heavy military artillery vehicles in Lahore, a well-known Pakistan newspaper reported on

Sunday. The

development has caused scare among the masses, it added.

The report published in The News International said that “hundreds of medium and heavy artillery vehicles moved from the Lahore Cantonment area to north of Punjab via Motorway as the 11th Corps was moving from Lahore to Tilla Range Jhelum while the 10th Corps moved towards Lahore.”

According to the report when contacted, Director-General Inter Services Public Relations Major-General Athar Abbas stated that “the military movement was due to routine  winter military exercises. The 10th Corps was returning to the Lahore Cantonment after completing its winter exercises while the 11th Corps was moving to Jhelum to replace it.”

Even the Dawn writes of troops movement. “A number of people travelling between Lahore and Rawalpindi over the past two days have come up with claims that a heavy redeployment by the army was under way. “Long convoys of military trucks are heading towards Lahore from Jhelum,” Jawad Khan, a motorist, told Dawn.

In a well-researched article published in the Dawn, Zaffar Abbas points out even during Eid-ul-Azha, Jamaat-ud-Dawa volunteers were going around asking for donations for “the families of martyrs.”

He wonders why no militant group has protested against the sealing of various offices of Dawa in Pakistan and why there was no outcry on the move to place Hafiz Saeed under house arrest.

Abbas says, “Armed militant groups are not known to surrender so meekly. So either Dawa men are not involved in militancy, or they too regard the police action as a half-hearted, cosmetic, measure.”

Abbas says that many seasoned analysts of the Pakistani religious militancy have their doubts about the seriousness of the measures against the terror groups: “It’s not even as serious an operation as it was in 2002,” says Amir Rana, Director of Islamabad-based Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) in the article.

In 2002, five known Islamist militant groups were banned by Gen Pervez Musharraf, including Hafiz Saeed’s Lashkar-i-Taiba. Among others, the most prominent militant group was Jaish-i-Mohammed of Maulana Masood Azhar.” Pakistan authorities then had arrested over two thousand militants and kept them in detention for nearly two years before many of them secured their freedom by challenging the preventive detention laws under which they were confined, the report says.

Abbas further writes that “Masood Azhar is mostly confined to his home town of Bahawalpur, where his madressah´s influence has continued to grow. But his supporters are found all over the country. Other top militant leaders like Qari Saifullah Akhtar of Harkat-i-Jihad-ul-Islami or Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil of outlawed Harkat-ul-Mujahideen continue to command respect and influence in their respect circles, and have their activists operational in many parts of the tribal areas, where they are mostly called the ‘Punjabi Taliban’.

The PIPS director says there is documented proof that (Lashkar boss) Hafiz Saeed and his organisation have never believed in democracy or the country’s constitution, and have constantly undermined Pakistan’s own political and justice system.

In a Sunday editorial, the News International says that “the trail from Mumbai appears to have led back to Faridkot, a small town near Deepalpur in Punjab. While conspiracy theories, involving a plot by Indians to frame Pakistan abound, the facts have to be faced up to. No matter how tempting it is to grasp at straws, these theories sound fanciful. It seems certain that Kasab is indeed Pakistani.”

The editorial further says, “The menace must somehow be stopped. Today, we have been cast as the villains of the world. We must prove ourselves to be heroes by showing we have the will and the courage to overcome the forces that threaten to weaken us from within.”

A Frontier Post editorial talks about the RAW influence in Afghanistan and questions why USA is ignoring it. It says, “Can you even imagine that Washington wouldn’t be knowing what for are those over half a dozen Indian consulates in close proximity of our border with Afghanistan, whose existence cannot be justified by any diplomatic standard? And would you believe that India could station, as has it, hundreds of its crack paramilitary soldiers in Afghanistan without Washington’s knowledge or consent? Or that it doesn’t know of their special training in infiltration, subversion and sabotage? Or it knows not why is Indian intelligence RAW so massively entrenched in Afghanistan and what it is up to from there?”

The RSS also finds a mention in the newspapers. In an editorial headlined, Hindu fundamentalism, the Dawn also lambasts RSS boss K Sudarshan. It says, “only madmen can advocate conflicts involving nuclear weapons. But that is precisely what the head of the Hindu-fundamentalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh seemed to be doing on Friday when he said that India should be ready for a nuclear war.” Granted he said that such a showdown would be the last resort, but the fact that this hothead can even entertain such a possibility is simply mind-blowing. The head of the RSS is as ignorant and sinful as the most rabid mullah that can be found anywhere across the length and breadth of Pakistan.

The editorial adds: “The ‘Islamic fundamentalist’ is a well-known commodity. This is so largely because of the transnational nature of militant Islam. The Hindu fundamentalist, on the other hand, works within the geographical boundaries of his own country and as such does not attract attention worldwide. The pogrom in Gujarat, the targeting of Christian missionaries in India’s tribal regions, all go unnoticed in the western world because India is a major trading partner. That’s what it comes down to, essentially. Money.”

Collapse of Pension Funds: The End of Retirement?

Collapse of Pension Funds: The End of Retirement?

Unless things change fast, human history will show that the phenomenon of “retirement” was limited to one generation.   After World War II, when European and Japanese economies stood in tatters, American capitalism could fulfill “the American dream,” since there was little foreign competition to speak of.  For the first time ever, workers were promised that — after working thirty or so years — they would be able to securely retire.  That was largely the case…for one generation.

The second generation is having a devastating reality check.  2008 was supposed to be a watershed year for retirement: it was the first year that the baby-boomers turned 62, and the retirement frenzy was to begin (since people could begin to draw on their social security benefits).   Early in the year, however, a study was conducted that found one-fourth of these boomers were delaying retirement (only the baby-boomers who were actually able to plan for retirement were studied).  The economy has since nosedived, and many more retirements are being delayed.  The unfortunate reality is that many who planned on retiring will work until the grave, joining the millions of other baby-boomers who never had such dreams.

The experts are calling this the “perfect storm” for retirement.   Everything that could go wrong is in fact going wrong.  This storm, however, was not created by supernatural forces, but the coordinated effort of big-business and their puppet politicians.

The deliberate destruction of the pension and its replacement by the 401(k) was, of course, a giant step towards attacking retirement; but now that the economic crisis has emerged, we’re beginning to see just how ruinous the effects are.

At the end of September, just as the crisis was beginning to gain steam, it was discovered that in the previous year the value of stocks in 401(k) accounts had fallen by nearly $2 trillion!  Much more has been lost since then.  This is especially devastating since almost one-third of 401(k) participants in their 60s had 80 percent of their money in stocks (pension funds have been similarly destroyed).

The 401(k) was the scheme of the century.  Corporations offloaded their “burdensome” pensions and used the combined forces of the media and politicians to sell the ruse to the public, to the great benefit of Wall Street.  Workers were told that the boom-slump cycle was over, and that stocks were a sure thing.  There were additional factors to invest in stocks:  interest rates were so low that investing in bonds and other less-risky instruments offered only tiny returns; and since employers stopped contributing to retirement funds, a bigger return was required.

More importantly, corporations have been driving down real wages since the seventies, allowing less money to be saved for retirement, creating a mood of desperation.

Every “safe bet” for investing has been proven unsafe; the recession has left nothing untouched.  After the dotcom bubble burst — taking with it millions of people’s 401(k) savings — the housing market became the place to invest.  Now the safest possible investment, too, has turned sour.  For millions of people, the home they lived in was their nest egg, which they had planned to sell and move into a smaller place.  No more.

Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ), who chairs the House subcommittee on health, employment, labor and pensions, put it bluntly: “Some will have very little, some will have almost nothing, and some will have nothing when they retire”.   Of course, people who “have nothing” do not retire.

This process is being accelerated by the newest trick of big business:  declaring bankruptcy to destroy “pension obligations”.   These obligations apply with equal weight to workers already retired, many of whom are seeing their pensions slashed in half, forcing them out of retirement.

Now even the threat of bankruptcy is constantly used in union contract negotiations to scare workers into concessions, since after achieving bankruptcy, labor agreements are torn up.  The threat of closing the company’s doors is a very effective form of intimidation.

This phenomenon is at the center of the GM debate.  The corporate politicians in congress cannot decide whether to appoint a “Car Tsar” to oversee the destruction of the autoworkers pensions, or use the proven method of bankruptcy.  Not a day goes by that the corporate media doesn’t join hands to assail the pension and health care benefits of the “spoiled” GM workers.  The hypocrisy is sickening.

This after the UAW had already agreed to the most shameful concessions in 2007.  Although concessions are often made in the name of “job security,” the result is that corporations become emboldened by such acts. Eventually, every benefit of workers that contradicts company profit will be targeted.  The demand for concessions never stops, and soon the point arrives when the benefits of having a union become questioned, since dues money is not paid with concessions in mind.

The autoworkers struggle is at the forefront of the pension battle nationwide, since their struggles in the 1930’s originally paved the way for pensions.  Equally important is the pension struggles emerging with public employees, the last stronghold of workers who receive them.  Public employees will find their pensions under immense attack as the economic crisis intensifies, and government budgets are depleted (see “State Budget Crisis Deepens” on this site).

Fighting the corporate strategy of bankruptcy and business closures is an immediate need of working people. This tactic will increase in number as the crisis deepens and companies strive to “restore profitability” by drastically lowering wages.  If a company attempts such a criminal act, the workers should demand a bailout for themselves; the government should take over the plant so that the workers can keep their jobs, such as was done for the banks.  Management must be sacked and instead of a government bureaucrat, the workers themselves should run the business.

To win this program, new levels of organizing and solidarity are needed, such as the example of the United Electrical Workers, who occupied their factory and organized in a brilliant fashion.  They won a stunning victory by utilizing the methods of the original autoworkers struggles from the 1930’s. If a fight is to be waged, it must be done seriously and with determination, uniting both retired and active workers.  The UEW workers have shown the way forward for the labor movement, which can no longer rely on union concessions or the promises of Democratic politicians, but only their own collective strength.

Shamus Cooke is a social service worker, trade unionist, and writer for Workers Action (www.workerscompass.org). He can be reached at shamuscook@yahoo.com

SPECIAL RIGHTS FOR “THE CHOSEN”

HALLELUJAH! FINALLY WE HAVE THE ISSUE OF THE NOAHIDE LAWS BROUGHT INTO THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. THE TOTAL HYPOCRACY OF THE ZIONIST POSITION IS THAT THERE ARE TWO STANDARDS OF LAW ON GOD’S EARTH, ONE SET OF LAWS FOR ALL GENTILES AND ANOTHER SET FOR THE JEWS. ONE OF THE SPECIAL RIGHTS IS THE “RIGHT OF RETURN” THAT IS USED AS A WEAPON AGAINST THE NATIVE PALESTINIAN INHABITANTS OF THE COVETED LAND, INSISTING UPON THEIR ULTIMATE RIGHT TO “RETURN” AND THE PALESTINIANS TOTAL LACK OF THE SAME RIGHT TO RETURN TO THE LANDS STOLEN IN THE NAKBAH.

Universal Theocratic Law

for Non-Jews

(620 commandments)

IN THE CASE OF Sholom Rubashkin, former Agriprocessors’ CEO, ISSUES OF EQUALITY UNDER AMERICAN THE LAW DEMAND THAT RUBASHKIN NOT BE ALLOWED TO CLAIM SPECIAL STATUS, BEING SUBJECT TO A HIGHER SET OF LAWS. THIS IS A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO FORCE OPEN THE WHOLE CAN OF WORMS OF ZIONIST PENETRATION OF AMERICAN POLITICS AND LAW.

AT THE VERY LEAST, THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO FOCUS ON THE SPECIAL STATUS AFFORDED ISRAELI JEWS, WHO CLAIM A RIGHT OF RETURN FOR THEMSELVES AND NONE FOR THEIR SEMITIC PALESTINIAN BRETHREN.

Feds Argue Return Law Makes Jews Flight Risk

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Sholom Rubashkin, former Agriprocessors’ CEO: Deemed a flight risk and denied ball.

by Stewart Ain
Staff Writer

In a legal argument called “astounding and very troublesome,” a federal prosecutor has argued that Israel’s Law of Return makes American Jews a flight risk and therefore ineligible for bail.

The claim, believed to be unprecedented, came in the bank fraud case of Sholom Rubashkin, the former Jewish head of the embattled Iowa kosher slaughterhouse, Agriprocessors, Inc.

And the federal judge in the case, Magistrate Jon Stuart Scoles, cited the Law of Return in his Nov. 20 decision denying Rubashkin bail.

“Under Israel’s Law of Return, any Jew and members of his family who have expressed their desire to settle in Israel will be granted citizenship,” the judge wrote, adding that the government had claimed that at least one other Agriprocessors’

defendant had already fled to Israel.

Rubashkin’s lawyers wrote in their appeal filed last Friday: “It is ironic that a law designed to provide refuge to persecuted Jews has now become the basis for detaining a Jew who might otherwise have been released pending trial.”

Deborah Lauter, director of the civil rights office of the Anti-Defamation League, said the prosecution’s “referencing the Law of Return is highly unusual.”

Marc Stern, acting co-executive director of the American Jewish Congress, called the move “very troublesome.”

“All Jews are suspect because of the Law of Return?” he asked. “It’s a very astounding and troubling argument. It’s different from saying he might run to Israel — whether or not there is a Law of Return.”
Stern said the government’s argument is “probably impermissible, but it’s hard to say without being more closely involved. … I think it’s an argument that’s too aggressive and I think they need to justify it by evidence that I can’t imagine them producing.”

In last Friday’s legal papers, defense attorneys for Rubashkin asked Scoles to reconsider his decision. And, in order to preserve their right to appeal, they also filed papers with federal District Court Judge Linda Reade in the event Scoles does not grant Rubashkin bail.

Defense attorneys F. Montgomery Brown and Guy Cook argued in their papers that the U.S. has an extradition treaty with Israel and that therefore “the Law of Return should have played no role whatsoever in the analysis.”

They noted that when they argued that position in court, the office of U.S. Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth countered by insisting that the extradition process “could take years.” And the prosecutor also introduced a copy of the Law of Return.

The defense attorneys said their research “has not uncovered a single instance involving a Jewish criminal defendant where the prosecution invoked the Law of Return in support of detention.”
And they quoted an attorney with years of experience in the Brooklyn and Manhattan federal district courts as saying he too could “recall no instance where the prosecutor invoked the Law of Return in arguing that an American Jew is a bail risk.”

Bob Teig, a spokesman for Dummermuth’s office, said the defense papers were filed last Friday and that “we have had no chance to file a response.”

Asked if the defense’s characterization of the government’s argument was correct, he replied: “The judge’s order speaks for itself.”

Laura Sweeney, a Justice Department spokesperson, said when asked about the prosecutor’s argument, “This is an ongoing matter and therefore the department declines comment.”

In their request to deny bail after his second arrest in November — he had been arrested in October on charges alleging that he hired illegal workers for his plant — prosecutors noted that Rubashkin had $20,000 in his home, much of it in a travel bag that also contained his birth certificate and his children’s passports; he has 10 children. He and his wife surrendered their passports after Rubashkin’s first arrest.

One of Rubashkin’s lawyers, Baruch Weiss of New York, acknowledged the cash was in the house but said that much of it was in one-dollar bills that had been collected for charity. And he said the rest was used to pay expense. He noted that a $1,700 car bill had recently been paid in cash.

Rubaskin’s Iowa defense team contended in their papers that in “the prosecutors’ view, anyone subject to the Law of Return is an increased flight risk. Consequently, under that view, ‘every Jew’ is to be viewed for bail purposes as a greater risk of flight than a non-Jew. That means that 5.3 million Americans would be viewed as heightened bail risks simply because they are Jews.”

They pointed out that would include Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff and two U.S. Supreme Court Justices, Steven Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In their papers, the defense lawyers said the extradition treaty the U.S. has with Israel “has always been workable,” and that after recent amendments it is “now better than workable.”

“It applies to everyone, Jews and non-Jews,” they said. “It even applies to Israelis. This treaty will ensure that Rubashkin — even if he were to become a citizen of Israel under the Law of Return — will be returned to the United States, tried in the United States and if convicted, that he will serve any sentence in the United States. Were he to flee to Israel, he would be detained pending extradition. Because of this treaty, the Law of Return is irrelevant.”

In addition, the defense lawyers said that by denying Rubashkin bail, the court was denying him the constitutional right to equal protection.

“Jews are a protected class for Equal Protection purposes,” they wrote. “Thus, singling Jews out in any way when determining bail is unconstitutional…

“The government has failed to demonstrate a compelling government interest in a rule that implicates all Jews, and has failed to demonstrate that its interest here cannot be met with a more narrowly tailored approach. … The government introduced no evidence that Jews are more likely to flee because of the Law of Return than non-Jews.”
The defense lawyers concluded that “rather than locking Jews up with greater frequency, the United States could rely on a general array of bail conditions, and then utilize the valid, streamlined, regularly-invoked extradition treaty with Israel in those few cases where the defendant actually flees. Certainly it is better to have the government on rare occasions be forced to resort to this streamlined extradition than to brand over 5 million Americans a bail risks. … Otherwise, the government slurs Americans because of a law passed by a foreign country over which these Americans have no control and which they may have no desire to invoke.”

Fed to America: You Can’t Handle the Truth

Fed to America: You Can’t Handle the Truth

Many of you may remember way back to November 7th, when Bloomberg (the company, not the person) filed suit against the Federal Reserve under the Freedom of Information Act demanding details of the assets they are accepting as collateral under their various new lending programs. The Fed finally got around to responding. From Bloomberg:

In response to Bloomberg’s request, the Fed said the U.S. is facing “an unprecedented crisis” in which “loss in confidence in and between financial institutions can occur with lightning speed and devastating effects.”

“Notwithstanding calls for enhanced transparency, the Board must protect against the substantial, multiple harms that might result from disclosure,” Jennifer J. Johnson, the secretary for the Fed’s Board of Governors, said in a letter e-mailed to Bloomberg News.

“In its considered judgment and in view of current circumstances, it would be a dangerous step to release this otherwise confidential information,” she wrote.

For those of you following at home, let’s summarize what happened here. The Fed has 11 lending programs, 8 of which were started in the past year and a half. Many of these programs accept a wide range of collateral, from treasuries to commercial real estate loans to collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs) and collateralized debt obligations (CDOs). Many of the banks participating in these programs did so because the assets they were holding became toxic under the mark-to-market accounting (marking asset prices at the end of the day according to the going rate in the market), i.e. there was no liquid market for which the banks to sell them hence they became worthless (that is a gross oversimplification but demonstrates the point). Bloomberg’s suit wants to find out the details on the quality of these debt products that the Fed is accepting as collateral, and for good reason; if they truly are worthless, or near worthless, then the Federal Reserve is just giving away money to prop up failing banks. The Fed responds by telling Bloomberg that they don’t want to scare the American public, and that under Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act they do not have to reveal “trade secrets and other confidential business information.” There are only two reasons that come to mind why the Fed would not give up the details on these assets, A) the Fed doesn’t even understand how to value them, or B) they truly are near worthless and they don’t want riots in the streets.

“There has to be something they can tell the public because we have a right to know what they are doing,” said Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Arlington, Virginia-based Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

The scary part is there does not have to be something they can tell the public. The Fed is only a quasi-government agency. It was designated by, and accountable only to Congress, but acts in private in order to “keep politics out of monetary policy.” It is owned, via stock (paying a 6% dividend), through its member banks. There are currently 865 member banks. So you tell me, when you run a company, are you responsible to the public, or your shareholders?

“I understand where they are coming from bureaucratically, but that means it’s all the more necessary for taxpayers to know what exactly is going on because of all the money that is being hurled at the banking system,” [Bruce] Johnson said [a lawyer at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Seattle].

“Americans don’t want to get blindsided anymore,” [Carlos] Mendez [a senior managing director at New York-based ICP Capital LLC] said in an interview. “They don’t want it sugarcoated or whitewashed. They want the complete truth. The truth is we can’t take all the pain right now.”

“It would really be a shame if we have to find this out 10 years from now after some really nasty class-action suit and our financial system has completely collapsed,” she [Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Arlington, Virginia-based Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press] said.

From the looks of it, that’s exactly how we’re going to find out. Let’s see how it would play out in court:

Paulson: I’ll answer the question. You want answers?
Lt. Kaffee: I think I’m entitled to them.
Paulson: You want answers?!
Lt. Kaffee: I want the truth!
Paulson: You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has mortgages, and those mortgages have to be collateralized by men with PhDs. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for the foreclosed, and you curse Fannie and Freddie. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know — that those foreclosures, while tragic, probably saved the economy; and my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves the economy. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me creating these mortgage products — you need me to create these mortgage products. We use words like “default rate,” “prepayment,” “tranche.” We use these words as the backbone of a life spent analyzing numbers. You use them as a punch line. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very credit that I provide and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather that you just said “thank you” and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a calculator and value the risk. Either way, I don’t give a DAMN what you think you’re entitled to!
Lt. Kaffee: Did you order the “bailout?”
Paulson: I did the job I was –
Lt. Kaffee: Did you order the “bailout”?
Paulson: You’re Goddamn right I did!!

Maddog land seizures by Bush Inc. in the final hours

Maddog land seizures by Bush Inc. in the final

hours

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Photo: In solidarity, Hopis and Navajos protest Peabody Coal in Denver today/Photo by Hopi-Navajo photographer Mano Cockrum.

SAN FRANCISCO — From Black Mesa to the Western Shoshone’s Mount Tenabo, the Bush extended corporation of thieves is seizing Indigenous lands in the final hours.
Barrick Gold is right now bulldozing the Western Shoshone’s sacred Mount Tenabo, tearing the trees out by the roots as Barrick prepares to dig out the heart of the sacred mountain for an open pit gold mine with cyanide leaching. Barrick is targeting Indigenous lands around the world.
In Denver today, Navajos and Hopis in solidarity are protesting the latest threat to Black Mesa. A soon-to-be released environmental impact statement could reopen the Black Mesa Mine and more lands for coal strip mining. It could result in the relocation of more families from Black Mesa and give Peabody Coal Company a life-of-mine permit to mine Black Mesa. Peabody Coal could also be given the green light to suck dry the precious water of the Navajo Aquifer.
In the Arctic, the fight continues to protect the pristine region from oil drilling and the pollution of power plants. Black carbons from power plants, including those on Indian lands, and tailgate emissions are destroying the habitat for polar bear, walrus and seals in the melting Arctic.
The proposed Desert Rock power plant on the Navajo Nation is being pushed by elected Navajo officials who receive their salaries and travel funds primarily from energy profits.
Desert Rock is being fought by grassroots Navajos at Dooda Desert Rock who do not want a third power plant in this area on Navajo land, in northwestern New Mexico. Desert Rock’s corporate schemer is Sithe Global, whose parent company was created by Stephen Schwarzman at Blackstone, a member of the Bush corporate band of Skull and Bones.
With the racist hype of television news and hate crimes rising, Indigenous borderlands are being seized by the U.S. Homeland Security. The ancestors graves have been dug up on the Tohono O’odham Nation by Boeing during construction of the border wall. Lipan Apache in Texas are fighting the seizure of their land by Homeland Security.
The seizure of borderlands will result in a profitable corridor of land for the US, while the militarization of the border results in deaths, harassments and rape. US soldiers and US border agents are smuggling drugs and carrying out murders, assaults and rapes.
Across America, Native American sacred places, from San Francisco Peaks to Bear Butte, are being pillaged and desecrated. Indian lands, including the Lakota and Navajo lands, already strewn with unreclaimed radioactive tailings from the Cold War, poisoned water and massive cancers and deaths from uranium mining, are targeted in the United States and Canada for more uranium mining and nuclear waste dumping.
At the northern border, Mohawk grandmothers have been beaten by Canadian border guards, resulting in the heart attack of Mohawk Nation News Publisher Kahentinetha Horn. MNN Editor Katenies was also beaten and jailed.
Just as the American Indian Movement said after the murder of Raymond Yellow Thunder in Gordon, Neb., the battlecry is now “Never again!”

Related:

Photos and audios from Peabody Coal protest in Denver: http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

Video: Award-winning journalist Great Palast tells how Bush Sr. went to work for Barrick Gold after changing the laws before he left office, so Barrick could buy land for its gold mine in Nevada. Also described is how a subsidiary, that Barrick purchased, buried miners alive in Tanzania:

Open Letter to the Villains of the World

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Open Letter to the Villains of the World

Att – Messrs. Vladimir Putin, Hu Jintao, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez, Hassan Nasrallah, Fidel Castro, et al,

Dear Sirs,

The Western bloc-media has declared you the villains of the world. You know as well as I do that none of you, nor your countries, nor your people, will ever get a break in the Western media. The entire media sings from the same song-sheet with a simple message. Each of you is a variation of Orwell’s Emmanuel Goldstein. Collectively you are those whom we must hate.

To be honest, I don’t know where your heads are at precisely. But I’m assuming that you understand how the world works. I’m assuming that you’re perfectly aware that the Reserve Banks of the world are privately owned and what this means. Tie this power to the undeniable bloc nature of the media and its refusal to acknowledge this power, and it’s no great feat of logic to arrive at the conclusion that the media is, in essence, a machine to cloud our minds to the nature of our subjugation.

Effectively we all participate in a mad charade, an idiotic drunken parlour game, wherein the perpetual topic-du-jour is that old chestnut ‘What’s to be done?’ To obey the rules of the game we must discuss this topic in every way possible but we must never mention the chief protagonists, which is to say, international banking. The entire perverse system of monetary policy, and control of the means of exchange, must be dealt with, not as a human contrivance subject to alteration, but as an act of God that may not be questioned.
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I notice that you all play within the parlour game rules. And some of you do quite well occasionally. Mr Putin has had some interesting footage showing him staring down a tiger and displaying his martial arts ability. Hats off. But between these minor efforts (which, trust me, the media did its best to spin as vaguely comedic, or undignified, or otherwise as ‘not quite the thing’) and, say, the watertight depiction of Russia as the ogre of Ossetia, it’s small potatoes. But all of you receive the same thing.

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In China, never mind the tirelessness of Hu Jintao throwing himself amongst the people struck homeless in that earthquake, nor the millions of servicemen and women he then mobilised into a fearless hands-on disaster relief (which the American government could watch as a ‘How to’ if the welfare of their citizens was worth tuppence to them), the Western media barely batted an eyelid. Besides, their reporters were far too busy looking for Chinese citizens unhappy with their government. And they found them, sure enough, one after another. (Well, shit, eh? Like this is difficult – Pick a country, any country). With this as the perpetual template, unsurprisingly we in the West will only ever know of the Chinese as villains. And when the bankers move against China (à la David Sassoon and his opium wars) we in the deluded West will righteously cheer its destruction. And geez, you can hardly blame us – all we know is what we are told.

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Perhaps you have your fingers crossed. Just like Tariq Aziz. He was the Iraqi Foreign Minister in the run up to the invasion of Iraq. It didn’t matter how much he kowtowed and did as he was ordered (always scrupulously obeying the rules of the parlour game). His handing over of the complete 40,000 pages detailing the weapons programme and allowing the CIA-infested weapons inspectors to wander all over his sovereign nation was never going to make a lick of difference to Iraq’s inevitable bombing. And that’s the lot of anyone who plays within the rules of the parlour game. You will always be on the back foot. It’s not your game and if you stay within it, you will lose. And lose big. Destruction-of-your-nation big. I’m sure you get it.

In any conflict, whoever follows the agenda set by their opponent will always be on the back foot, always reduced to defensive tactics. It stands to reason. The only way to ‘win’ (exactly the wrong word but let’s carry on) is to seize the initiative. And the only way to do this is to Call The Game. The game isn’t hidden from public view for no reason. Nor does its veiled nature add some minor degree of utility to the whole caper. This veil of delusion is the single crucial function by which the enterprise succeeds or fails. Pull away that veil and start a global public discussion on the true nature of reserve banking (and the role the media plays as its handmaiden) and the bankers (and their media monkeys) will be forced into unfamiliar territory. I expect that even wrongfooted like this they will still be formidable opponents. But at least you’ll have them on the back foot.
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So. Rather than stand in front of the UN and call George Bush the devil, or mouth generalities about peace amongst men of good will, why not call the game? I’m not going to say that this is easy. Packing the history of international banking and control of the world’s money supply into fifteen minutes is no easy task. But it can be done. Hell, if you want a hand, for an absurdly modest fee I’m your man. The comment section is below, and world leaders are perfectly welcome, ha ha.

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But forget me, I’m nobody. This will be your gig. In English ‘your’ can be singular and plural. Take it here as the plural. Acting in concert will be vital. Each of you must reinforce the others and put out a consistent, coordinated and coherent message. And the beauty of it is that all you will have to do is: tell the truth; not waste time on red-herrings; and stick to your guns. The last part of this will not be easy. God knows that in this bullshit world there’s nothing braver than the man who tells the truth. And we all know how powerful those who control the money supply are. They whacked Kennedy and got away with it. And they can whack you too. But only if you’re a singleton. Act in concert and the possibility of your silencing becomes ever more unlikely.

But if you stay silent, stay isolated, one way or another they’re going to whack you anyway. You and your whole nation. The bloc-media hasn’t invested all this time and capitol painting each of you as the enemy for nothing. They don’t do this lightly. They do this because they are the part of the machine that is going to destroy you. How about this – the media is the laser that paints the target so that the bomb knows where to go. The bomb is us, sure enough. Make no mistake, you are lit up by that laser.

Forget living in the shadows. The media-laser loves it there. The media doesn’t just light things up, they actually render in the shadow also. In fact, this rendering of shadow is their primary purpose. If anything they’re better at that than casting light. The only strategy for dealing with this mastery of darkness is to flood the whole place with the broad daylight of truth.

It’s easy and it’s hard. But the time is now, you’re the men for the job, and no job was more worth doing. You know this is true.

I have a dream. I dream that you’re not the servants of the bankers. I dream that you’re possessed of intellect, of free will, and of big balls. I dream that you’re men whose place in history will be that reserved for those who usher in an era. An era free from delusion. An era of peace and prosperity. A second Enlightenment, perhaps. It’s not impossible. And all things being equal, why wouldn’t you pick this dream? Who but a slave would follow someone else’s dream of warfare, starvation, misery and suffering? Are you not masters of which dreams you choose? If you are serious, bold, act in concert, and stay true, this false dream is yours to smash. You will be your own masters and earn the thanks of a world freed of delusion and subjugation. That’s my dream. What’s yours?

Push For Secret Addresses Out Of Control

Push For Secret Addresses Out Of Control

Hiding Information On Public Servants A Slipperly Slope

If we believe in democracy, in a free and open society, then we should look twice at an ever-growing crusade to hide the home addresses of any and all who govern us…

But at what point do we tilt the scales from our cherished free and open society and head down the path to oligarchy or worse? Every time we chip away at democratic ideals for the sake of presumed safety we walk further away from the republic bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers…

In short, a nightmare for local government officials. It is reminiscent of the Soviets whitewashing history by erasing people from historic photos as if they never existed.

Town clerks, now besieged by requests to make addresses secret, are dumbfounded to find a solution. Somehow hide land records — those huge old volumes dating back to Colonial times that show when property was bought and sold? How can you hide a land transaction? A property deed? And now we will have secret voting records? Does this mean two sets of records in every town, public records of all the rest of us, secret records for some secretary to a judge who is in no more danger of being attacked at home than you or I?

[INDIAN OCCUPATION TROOPS UNLEASH "IRON FIST" UPON KASHMIRI RESISTANCE]

[INDIAN OCCUPATION TROOPS UNLEASH "IRON FIST" UPON KASHMIRI RESISTANCE]

VOTING, VIOLENCE MARK 5TH ROUND

Polling, clashes in Pulwama; youth killed in police firing
Shabir Dar/Mehboob Jeelani
Quil (Pulwama), Dec 13:
A 21-year-old youth was killed when police and paramilitary personnel fired on anti-election demonstration in Pulwama, which along with five other constituencies in South Kashmir went to polls on Saturday.

The violence and clashes marred the 5th phase of seven-phase elections in Kashmir.
Eyewitnesses told Rising Kashmir that Muzaffar Mushtaq Ganai (21) son of Mushtaq Ahmad Ganie along with two other youth – Muhammad Ayoub Kumar son of Ghulam Ahmad and Zeeshan Bhat son of Ali Bhat – sustained bullet injuries after CRPF troopers fired indiscriminately on peaceful protest at 12.30 pm. “They were rushed to district hospital Pulwama where from doctors referred them to SMHS hospital Srinagar for specialized treatment,” they said.
However, Mushtaq succumbed to injuries on way to the hospital.
“Mushtaq was brought dead to our hospital. He had received bullet injury in abdomen. The condition of two other injured, who were operated in the hospital, is stable” said Medical Superintendent SMHS. Dr Waseem Qureshi.
Giving details of the incident, eyewitnesses said that as soon as polling got underway at around 8.am, police and CRPF troopers fired few rounds in air allegedly to bully-down the villagers to cast votes. “They later barged into our houses and threatened us to vote. The troopers smashed the door of my house and injured my son,” said Abdul Ahad Kumar.
He added that this action infuriated the villagers who came out on roads and staged massive pro-freedom demonstration. “Police and CRPF personnel fired dozens of teargas canisters besides resorting to massive baton charge to disperse the protesters. Around 30 persons were injured in the initial clashes,” he said.
Another eyewitness Mohammad Afzal alleged that CRPF and police opened direct firing on the protesters. “It was a planned action and troopers, who were coming from the Pulwama side, deliberately fired on us, killing a youth and critically injuring two others,” he said.
“Our village is coloured with blood. 12 people have sacrificed their lives for Kashmir cause during past 20 years of turmoil and this killing had increased the count,” said Mudasir Ahmad, a villager.
Besides Quil, anti-election demonstrations took place in Karimabad, Charsoo, Litter, Pinglana, Samboora, Pampore town, Laam, Naina Wachi and Imam Sahib. The police and para-military fired dozens of tear smoke shells and resorted to heavy baton charge to disperse the agitating people. The clashes continued for some time during which polling was affected.
However, brisk polling was reported in some polling booths, where people waited in large queues to caste votes.
In a polling station at Tanchibagh Pampore 103 votes out were cast till 11 am while some other polling booths in Pampore witnessed brisk polling.
In Samboora boycott was evident and only 20 voters out of 2300 made use of their franchise in Samboora-A polling booth till 1 pm.
In Lelhar and Kakpora, voting was more intense. Out of 1390 votes 500 were polled till 2 pm in a polling station at Lelhar while a long queue of people were waiting to cast their votes.
In Pinglina, voting fervour was mixed with half of the population staying away while other including elderly persons were enthusiastic to cast their votes.
At Billi Sheerabad, 210 votes were cast till 2.45 pm while in Batigund Tral, 85 percent of people had caste their votes till 3.30 pm.
In some polling booths the polling intensified with the passage of time.

‘LeT not linked with Qaeda, Taliban’

‘LeT not linked with Qaeda, Taliban’

Rising Kashmir News
Srinagar Dec 13:
Terming the imposition of ban by United Nations Security Council as ‘unjustified’, the Lashkar-e-Toiba has claimed that the outfit has no links with Taliban and Al-Qaeda, fighting American forces in Afghanistan and North West Pakistan.

Lashkar spokesperson Dr Ghaznavi quoted Qari Abdul Wahid Kashmiri, outfit’s chief commander in Kashmir as saying, “The ban on Lashkar was unjustified in past and is same this time also.  By imposing ban on LeT, the UN SC has itself violated the mandate.”
He said Lashkar is a Kashmir based organization and is fighting against the illegal occupation of Kashmir by Indian forces. “Lashkar-e-Toiba has nothing to do with Al-Qaeda and Taliban. It is not wise to relate a Kashmiri organization with Pakistan. We are operating in Kashmir only,” LeT spokesperson quoted Wahid Kashmir as saying.
Lashkar chief said, “It was the duty of UN SC to pay heed to our original mission before taking imposing ban on us. New Delhi is trying to defame LeT and other similar organizations under a definite propaganda. It wants to crush freedom struggle of Kashmiris but all its nefarious designs will be foiled”.
He vowed to continue the struggle till India resolved Kashmir issue as per wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris.

HERE IS A FRIGHTENING BIT OF NEWS

[HERE IS A FRIGHTENING BIT OF NEWS:

TODAY AND TOMORROW AN ALLIANCE OF “EUROPEAN PATRIOTS” MEET IN THE KNESSET WITH THEIR FELLOW TRAVELERS TO PERPETUATE THE IDEA THAT “Israel is our first line of defense [but] the war against Israel is not a war against Israel. It is a war against the West. It is jihad. Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us.”  THE PURPOSE OF THIS CONFERENCE IS TO FURTHER THE ZIONIST AGENDA, SPECIFICALLY, UNITING CHRISTIANS AND JEWS IN AN “ANTI-JIHAD” AGAINST ALL OF ISLAM]

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Jerusalem to Host Anti-Jihad Convention in December

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

(IsraelNN.com) Dutch legislator Geert Wilders, producer of the movie Fitna exposing the Koran’s incitement to violence, announced that a “Facing Jihad Conference” will take place in Jerusalem in December. “We are organizing this event in Israel to emphasize the fact that we are all in the same boat together,” he said in a speech in New York.Wilders’ 15-minute film earlier this year set off violent protests in Muslim countries because of the description of the Muslim prophet Mohammed as a murderer. He is teaming up with Knesset Member Prof. Aryeh Eldad

(National Union) for the Jerusalem convention, where he vowed “no racist organizations will be allowed.”

Wilders said the conference will mark the beginning of an Alliance of European Patriots that “will serve as the backbone for all organizations and political parties that oppose jihad and Islamization.” His speech was sponsored by the prestigious Hudson Institute, which has stated his current programs are aimed at “developing programs of political and economic reform to transform the Muslim world.”

He said that “Israel is our first line of defense [but] the war against Israel is not a war against Israel. It is a war against the West. It is jihad. Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us. If there would have been no Israel, Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest. Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.”

Wilders warned that the Islamization of Europe leaves the United States as “the last man standing.” The Dutch legislator presented statistics showing that the new European reality is one of a burgeoning Muslim population [in] ghettos controlled by religious fanatics…, and they are the building blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe… Clearly, the signal is: we rule.”

The history of the Holocaust cannot be taught in many French cities because of Muslim sensitivity, Wilders stated.

He views the Muslim religion as a base for extremism. “The Koran calls for hatred, violence, submission, murder, and terrorism,” he said in his speech at the Four Seasons Hotel. “Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion. Sure, it has a god, and a hereafter, and 72 virgins. But in its essence Islam is a political ideology…. If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies… Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam ‘the most retrograde force in the world’ and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Koran.”


Facing Jihad

December 14, 2008

Jerusalem, Israel

“Facing Jihad” is a one-day event at the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem that aims to educate the Israeli public about the true nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

About Facing Jihad

The conference, hosted by Member of Knesset Dr. Arieh Eldad and the Ariel Institute, will focus on the principle that urgent action is required to defend traditional fundamental European rights such as the liberty of individuals, the rule of law, democracy, freedom of speech and the equality of all before the law as well as the traditional identity and sovereignty of Western nations.

India Denies Its Planes Violated Pakistani Airspace


India Denies Its Planes Violated Pakistani Airspace

By Bibhudatta Pradhan and Khalid Qayum

Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) — The Indian Air Force denied its planes intruded into Pakistan’s airspace yesterday amid a rise in tensions between the South Asian neighbors following the Nov. 26-29 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Pakistan said Indian Air Force aircraft twice violated the airspace, Humayun Waqar, a spokesman for the Pakistan Air Force, said today. Pakistan Air Force planes chased the Indian aircraft and forced them to go back, he said…

The Indian planes first entered Pakistani territory yesterday over the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir at 11 a.m., Waqar said. The second entry into Pakistani territory was at 2 p.m. over the eastern city of Lahore, he said.

The Waziristan problem

The Waziristan problem

Amna Saboor

[see: The Legendary Fighters of Waziristan]

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Waziristan constitutes a mountainous, rocky, inhospitable and extremely poor region in Pakistan’s northern territory having round about four and a half thousand square miles of area between eastern border of Afghanistan, NWPF province in the north, and Balochistan in the south.

The region has never been clearly a part of Pakistan or India before independence, or Afghanistan, and was in fact an independent tribal area loosely administered by British rule until the late 19th century. Waziristan is actually two agencies, north and South Waziristan, that are part of the seven agencies making up federally administered areas or FATA. Central authority of government is limited to non-existent in these agencies. The three million people, who are inhabitants of tribal areas, live according to an oppressively conservative tribal code of honour and behaviour that mixes brutality intolerance and extreme hospitality and generosity. Literacy rate is 17 percent and just 3 percent among girls and women.

In the rugged and remote region of Waziristan on British India’s northwest border wit Afghanistan, mountain tribes of Muslim fighters gave British army a difficult time for decades. The Waziristan revolt of 1919-20 was sparked by the Afghan invasion of British India in 1919. Though the British quickly defeated Afghans, the Waziri tribe man gave forces, a very difficult fight. Many of the Waziri men were veterans of the British led and controlled Indian army and use modern military tactics and modern rifles against the British and Indian forces sent into Waziristan.

Traditionally, local Waziri religious leaders have enlisted outsiders in their feuds, through its not always that way, as local Waziri claim they are totally against the foreign militants living there. In the early stage of U.S invasion of Afghanistan, when Taliban started fleeing into Pakistan the local leaders began a campaign among their locals to oust the foreigners. Since then around 200 noble Maliks have been assassinated by local Taliban through targeted killings.

On June 4, 2007, the National Security Council of Pakistan met to decide the fate of Waziristan and take up a number of political and administrative issues in order to control the Talibanization of the area. The meeting was chaired by then President Pervez Musharraf and attended by Chief Ministers and Governor of all four provinces. They discussed the deteriorating law and order situation and the threat posed to their security. National Security Council divided to take few actions which include:

1-     Deployment of unmanned reconnaissance planes.

2-     Strengthing law enforcement agencies with advanced equipments.

3-     Deployment of more troops to the region.

4-     Operations against militants on fast track basis.

5-     Action against madrassahs preaching militancy.

6-     Focused operation against militant commanders.

7-     Appointment of region co-coordinators.

8-     Fresh recruitments of police officers In NWPF.

The ministry of interior has prepared a list of militant commanders and played a large part in gathering for the operation against the militants and their institutions.

In 1980s, when CIA funded one billion dollars to the mujahideen fighting against Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Waziristan was a mujahid staging ground for cross border attacks. Among the Afghan and Arabs mujahideen in Waziristan at that time was also Osama Bin Laden. According to US military officials in Bagram, Afghanistan, some 3500 foreign militants had taken refuge in South Waziristan. Where, Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), was pressing Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to send troops against the militants. Musharraf was resisting, preferring to save his military for Pakistan’s perennial stand off with India.

Al Qaeda regrouped in Angor Adda in South Waziristan, sending fighters on missions against American forces across the border in Afghanistan. Tribal who opposed Al-Qaeda or Taliban operations in the region were executed. That created sure rifts between Waziri tribes and Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, who were perceived as outsiders. The government never took advantage of the rifts. It either attempted, through the ISI, to play the Taliban presence in the area to its advantage. Or ill-staged heavy handed, showy fruitless attacks designed to give impression of trying to get control of the region.

Shortly, after 9/11 attacks, Pakistan had a chance to bring Waziristan into Pakistani fold and prevent it from falling under the control of Taliban. Many tribesmen demanded that the Govt give them the choice of either joining NWPF or creating a separate province out of the FATA agencies. If the military had a referendum at the time, an overwhelming majority of tribesman would have opted to become full citizen of Pakistan by choosing one or the other options. If such a political step had been taken and followed up with development funds and road building, it would almost certainly have changed the complexion of FATA and prevented it from becoming terrorism central. Instead the army continued the games of manipulating the tribesman. Meanwhile canted states also focused on military rather than economic or socially constructive alternatives in the region.

In 2004, Govt of Pakistan, a head of U.S Presidential election, launched a major offensive in South Waziristan. The offensive did not achieve its objectives. Many Al-Qaeda and Taliban operations merely moved to North Waziristan. New militant leaders took up the fight against the Pakistani military in South, which was sealed to foreigners. The Taliban’s hold on the region was neither diminished nor softened. To the contrary Baitullah Mehsud firmly held the ground of South Waziristan.

Recently a full fledge military operation is going on in tribal belt and US military is also targeting the hide outs of Al-Qaeda and Taliban in the Pakistani territory. Pakistan Govt has condemned the US attacks inside Pakistan and termed them as a serious violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty. According to the some reports by foreign media, these US attacks are the result of a silent agreement reached upon by the Govt of US and Pakistan that US will continue to carry out the attacks while Pakistan will carry out protests.

Barrack Obama is now the US Presidential elections and the policy of the new US Govt still has to be seen. At least this fail is established up till now that US attacks in Waziristan will continue despite the protests of Pakistan as US always denied to talk to Taliban.

American Govt is not helping Pakistan in real sense by providing them new equipments, arms and facilitates them to hit terrorism. Rather they are targeting Pakistan. It is unbearable for true Pakistani nation solidarity. It has made the situation of chaos in the people of Pakistan by continuous and directly hitting in the boundaries of Pakistan. It is very harmful to the solidarity of Pakistan, as, Pakistan Army doesn’t have the power to cope with internal insurgency. Pakistani official should make it a point to American Govt to stop their activities as federal Govt has made it the point to negotiate with militants and Taliban. Pakistan Security Forces and other law enforcements operations have not yet able to stop terrorist activities of these people. Now, negotiation among these tribes and security forces are very essential to eliminate the wave of unrest among people.

The solution lies in talks. Military is not the solution rather it will send Pakistan into deep troubles as now this fighting is carried on to settled areas as well. There should more thinking and more talking on the problem rather trying to solve it offensively.