ICH: Face the Facts About Israel?

July 29, 2008

These are some of the latest, continually updated news items on one of my favourite sites, Information Clearing House (ICH):

Time To Exit The Empire Game
By Patrick J. Buchanan
As any military historian will testify, among the most difficult of maneuvers is the strategic retreat. Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow, Lee’s retreat to Appomattox and MacArthur’s retreat from the Yalu come to mind. The British Empire abandoned India in 1947 – and a Muslim-Hindu bloodbath ensued.
If Iran is Attacking It Might Really be Israel
By Philip Giraldi
There are a number of possible “false flag” scenarios in which the Israelis could insert a commando team in the Persian Gulf or use some of their people inside Iraq to stage an incident that they will make to look Iranian, either by employing Iranian weapons or by leaving a communications footprint that points to Tehran’s involvement.
Are You Ready to Face the Facts About Israel?
By Paul Craig Roberts
I had given up on finding an American with a moral conscience and the courage to go with it and was on the verge of retiring my keyboard when I met the Rev. Thomas L. Are.
Guarantee Healthcare for All
By Malinda Markowitz
The United States spends more than twice as much per person on healthcare as most other industrialized countries – but it has plunged to last among those nations in preventing deaths through timely and effective medical care.
We’re a Nation of Lemmings
Screw The Climate! We Want Our Cheap Gas!
By Dave Lindorff
What the hell happened to any sense of shared responsibility, not just for society, but for our own offspring?
Who Are We?
One World, One Humanity, One Family
Must Watch Video
Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.
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As “Surge” Ends, How Many US Troops Will Remain in Iraq?:
Barack Obama, says he wants U.S. troops out of Iraq in 2010, but he is careful to specify that he’s talking about combat troops
Former Iraqi PM Says Surge Not So Great:
Allawi describes security gains from the U.S military surge as fragile and possibly not sustainable. Calls fo “a time frame for reduction of U.S. forces”.
The 25 Most Vicious Iraq War Profiteers:
The Iraq war is many things to different people. It is called a strategic blunder and a monstrous injustice and sometimes even a patriotic mission, much to the chagrin of rational human beings. For many big companies, however, the war is something far different: a lucrative cash-cow.
The killing of 78 Afghan civilian by US occupation forces probed:
More than half of those killed in the three recent U.S.-led airstrikes — which occurred in a three-week span in three provinces in eastern and western Afghanistan — were women and children, according to Afghan and Western officials. 78 have died in three separate incidents this month alone, officials say
2 NATO occupation force soldiers killed, 9 wounded in Afghanistan:
A British army dog handler was fatally shot by insurgents in southern Afghanistan, where a Danish soldier died in a separate roadside bomb attack, officials said Friday.
Brzezinski: Surge In Afghanistan Risky, Some McCain Backers Want World War IV:
Brzezinski now doubts the that the answer to what ails Afghanistan is more troops. “I think we’re literally running the risk of unintentionally doing what the Russians did.
Gilani, Bush to discuss rise of Taliban in Pak:
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani will discuss with US President George W. Bush at the White House on Monday the rising Taliban-led militancy in areas bordering Afghanistan, officials said on Friday.
‘Iran will keep cooperating with IAEA’:
“I categorically reject the misleading information by western media. We are not reducing our cooperation with the IAEA,” Ali Asghar Soltaniyeh told Press TV on Friday.
Bolton: U.S. should help Israel hit Iran:
Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton said the United States should assist Israel in any strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The ex-U.S. envoy in an op-ed in the July 15 Wall Street Journal said the United States must consider what assistance to extend to Israel before and after an airstrike.
Report: Ex-Mossad chief says strike on Iran could ‘affect us for 100 years’:
Halevy, who currently heads the Center for Strategic and Policy Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, added that an Iranian attack on Israel would probably have little impact, because Iranian missiles would largely be intercepted by Israel’s advanced anti-missile defense system.
Obama puts new presure on Iran:
Obama said that he and Sarkozy agreed that Iran poses “an extraordinarily grave situation.” He said the world must send “a clear message to Iran to end its illicit nuclear program.”
Two die in Gaza bomb blast:
The attack was the third of its kind on Friday, making for one of the biggest flare-ups in internal violence since Hamas routed the forces of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s secular Fatah faction to seize control of Gaza a year ago.
Obama: Jerusalem will not be capital of Palestinian state:
Recent years have seen Obama’s position on Israel/Palestine shift dramatically towards the Israeli side. He previously stated that the issue of Jerusalem should be on the table of any peace negotiation, but after criticism of his ‘naïve’ stance, Obama dropped this position.
Poll: Israelis favor Barack Obama:
A new poll shows that US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has more Israeli supporters than his Republican rival John McCain.
Iran: US seeks to keep public in dark:
Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) said the US has rashly proposed a resolution that would blacklist Iranian satellite networks, Al-Alam and Press TV, since Washington dreads their role in informing the world of global developments.

McCain Goes Over-the-Top Negative

July 29, 2008

John McCain’s angry side is coming out in ways that puzzle those who’ve known him, writes Brent Budowsky in this guest essay.

Also, read “Americans Move Left; NYT Misses It”: Polls show American shifting left on issues, but the New York Times calls that moving to the center, as Jeff Cohen notes.

For the full stories, go to Consortiumnews.com.

Hiroshima/Nagaski Photo Exhibit August 6-11 – Toronto City Hall

July 29, 2008

The Toronto Hiroshima Day Coalition (THDC) cordially invites you to attend the unveiling of the powerful exhibition of photographs from the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the Rotunda inside Toronto City Hall on Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 at 5:30 pm.

THDC is honoured to announce that the City of Toronto has been selected to host the Hiroshima & Nagasaki Photo Exhibit to be held concurrently with 101 cities across the United States. THDC is also very pleased to present Setsuko Thurlow, Member of the Order of Canada and Hibakusha (Hiroshima survivor), who will introduce the exhibition.

Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba of Hiroshima will also offer a personal video greeting to the citizens of Toronto in mutual respect for the decades of work done by the citizens of Toronto and Hiroshima on global peacebuilding and the Mayors for Peace campaign pressing together in solidarity for the abolition of nuclear weapons. “Our goal is to create awareness of the destructive power of nuclear weapons,” says Setsuko Thurlow, “and the 25,000 armed nuclear weapons of which are still threatening humanity today.”

The Hiroshima & Nagasaki Photo Exhibit features pictures and educational facts about the devastation of nuclear war. The exhibit also displays dramatic drawings and paintings from dozens of Hibakusha survivors of their painful memories during the first moments on the ground after the 1945 atomic bombings in Japan with the urgent message “never again”.

The exhibit runs from August 6th -11th, 2008 in conjunction with the “Paths to Hope” Peace Commemoration and Lantern Ceremony on Saturday, August 9th, 2008 at the Toronto Peace Garden, Nathan Phillips Square beginning at 6:30 pm.

To RSVP for the August 6th, 2008 unveiling of the Hiroshima & Nagasaki Photo Exhibition at the Rotunda, Toronto City Hall, please contact Helen Chilas, National Coordinator of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, via email h-chilas@rogers.com or cell at 416-473-8238

Note: If you would like to reserve a table at the Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Annual Peace Commemoration and Lantern Ceremony (August 9th at the Toronto Peace Garden, Nathan Phillips Square), please contact Dr. Barbara Birkett with Physicians for Global Survival at bbirkett@interlog.com.

Neoliberalism and the State

July 28, 2008

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Neoliberalism and the State

An Interview with Bryan Evans and John Shields

An assessment of the Left today must begin with an analysis of neoliberalism. Over the past two decades neoliberalism has come to dominate public discourse and the modalities of the state in one country after another. The ascendancy of neoliberalism has occurred through a series of interconnected transformations that began with the economic turmoil of the 1970s, the rise of New Right governments across the 1980s, and the deepening internationalization of the circuits of money and industrial capital, modes of communication and governance structures in the 1990s.

Neoliberalism has come to mark an historic turning-point in the balance of power, the social forms of economic and political power and the patterns of everyday life in capitalist societies. Bryan Evans and John Shields, from Ryerson University in Toronto, here discuss some of the features of neoliberalism, particularly as it relates to Canada and North America.


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Tomgram: Chalmers Johnson, Warning: Mercenaries at Work

July 28, 2008

[Note for TomDispatch readers: Part 2 of Pepe Escobar’s RealNews.com TomDispatch interview is now posted. In it, Nick Turse discusses his new book The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives about which Chalmers Johnson has said: “Americans who still think they can free themselves from the clutches of the military-industrial complex need to read this book… Nick Turse has produced a brilliant exposé of the Pentagon’s pervasive influence in our lives.” To read, Part 1 of the interview, with Tom Engelhardt, click here.]

To offer a bit of context for Chalmers Johnson’s latest post on the privatization of U.S. intelligence, it’s important to know just how lucrative that intelligence “business” has become. According to the latest estimate, the cumulative 2009 intelligence budget for the 16 agencies in the U.S. Intelligence Community will be more than $55 billion. However, it’s possible that the real figure in the deeply classified budget may soar over $66 billion, which would mean that the U.S. budget for spooks has more than doubled in less than a decade. And as Robert Dreyfuss points out at his invaluable blog at the Nation, even more spectacularly (and wastefully), much of that money will end up in the hands of the “private contractors” who, by now, make up a mini intelligence-industrial complex of their own.

Chalmers Johnson, who once consulted for the CIA and more recently, in his book Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic, the third volume of his Blowback Trilogy, called for the Agency to be shut down, knows a thing or two about the world of American intelligence. As he has written, “An incompetent or unscrupulous intelligence agency can be as great a threat to national security as not having one at all.” Now consider, with Johnson, just how incompetent and unscrupulous a thoroughly privatized intelligence “community” can turn out to be. Tom

The Military-Industrial Complex

It’s Much Later Than You Think
By Chalmers Johnson

Most Americans have a rough idea what the term “military-industrial complex” means when they come across it in a newspaper or hear a politician mention it. President Dwight D. Eisenhower introduced the idea to the public in his farewell address of January 17, 1961. “Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime,” he said, “or indeed by the fighting men of World War II and Korea… We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions… We must not fail to comprehend its grave implications… We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”

Although Eisenhower’s reference to the military-industrial complex is, by now, well-known, his warning against its “unwarranted influence” has, I believe, largely been ignored. Since 1961, there has been too little serious study of, or discussion of, the origins of the military-industrial complex, how it has changed over time, how governmental secrecy has hidden it from oversight by members of Congress or attentive citizens, and how it degrades our Constitutional structure of checks and balances.

From its origins in the early 1940s, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was building up his “arsenal of democracy,” down to the present moment, public opinion has usually assumed that it involved more or less equitable relations — often termed a “partnership” — between the high command and civilian overlords of the United States military and privately-owned, for-profit manufacturing and service enterprises. Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is that, from the time they first emerged, these relations were never equitable.

Click here to read more of this dispatch.

U.S. Embassy plans Arms Show in Ottawa despite 1989 ban!

July 27, 2008

Heads Up!
U.S. Embassy plans Arms Show in Ottawa (Sep30-Oct1) despite 1989 ban!

The U.S. Embassy has scheduled a huge arms bazaar at Lansdowne Park this fall, despite an Ottawa City Council Motion of 1989 that banned all future military trade shows from municipal property. If it goes ahead, the “U.S. Embassy Defense & Security Exhibition” (Sept. 30 – Oct.1) will be the first weapons expo on Ottawa City property since May 23-25, 1989, when ARMX — Canada’s largest military exposition of that time — filled Ottawa’s Lansdowne Park.

Following a public outcry inspired by a campaign against ARMX organized by the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT), Ottawa City Council barred the return of “ARMX or other such arms exhibitions” to municipal property.
Learn about COAT’s opposition to ARMX: http://coat.ncf.ca/ARMX/disARMX.htm
Read the almost-unanimous City Council Motion (April 19, 1989): http://coat.ncf.ca/ARMX/bylaw.htm

Secure Canada 2008 ? Three Arms Bazaars Rolled into One!
The upcoming U.S.-government sponsored arms bazaar is one part of a much larger military trade event called “Secure Canada 2008.” This exhibition is actually three separate arms shows in one. It promises to be the biggest, international war-industry exposition in Ottawa since ARMX ’89.
Learn about “Secure Canada 2008”:

Sponsors: This gross manifestation of the military-industrial complex is being sponsored by the U.S. government, large U.S. weapons exporters and two Canadian military-industry magazines crammed with government war propaganda and glossy ads for expensive weapons systems.
Learn who is sponsoring Secure Canada: http://coat.ncf.ca/ARMX/SC2008sponsors.htm

Exhibitors: Secure Canada 2008 has 160 booth spaces for showcasing products and services. Organizers have so far released a list of 50 exhibitors.
View an annotated exhibitors list here: http://coat.ncf.ca/ARMX/sc-list.htm

What can we do?

Online Petition!
COAT will pressure the City of Ottawa to live up to its 1989 motion banning the use of municipal property for all future military trade shows.
We will soon be launching an online petition telling the City that arms bazaars still aren’t welcome anywhere in Ottawa, least of all at publicly-funded facilities. (A print version of the petition will also be available for those who don’t have access to the internet.)

If we can’t stop this arms bazaar from coming to Ottawa, we will rally to protest it. Please join us!

Spread the word!
Please post this message to websites, list serves, and make announcements at events and in print publications. The URL for this email is:

Support COAT
Please donate to COAT so we can continue this work. Also, please subscribe to our magazine and order extra copies and/or back issues:

Keep informed
We’ll notify the “COAT list” with breaking news about the arms bazaar and the campaign to expose and oppose it. If you aren’t already on the “COAT list,” you can join here:

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The True Story of the Bilderberg Group – by Daniel Estulin

July 26, 2008
The True Story of the Bilderberg Group - by Daniel Estulin

The True Story of the Bilderberg Group - by Daniel Estulin

This book by investigative journalist Daniel Estulin is a must read for all Canadians, Americans, and citizens of countries throughout our world who care about their sovereignty — and any semblance of ‘democracy’ they think they have or aspire toward.

Bilderberg Club – the Mother of all Secret Societies


In 1954, the most powerful men in the world met for the first time under the auspices of the Dutch royal crown and the Rockefeller family in the luxurious Hotel Bilderberg of the small Dutch town of Oosterbeek. For an entire weekend, they debated the future of the world. When it was over, they decided to meet once every year to exchange ideas and analyze international affairs. They named themselves the Bilderberg Club. Since then, they have gathered yearly in a luxurious hotel somewhere in the world to decide the future of humanity. Among the select members of this club are Bill Clinton, Paul Wolfowitz, Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Toni Blair and many other heads of government, businessmen, politicians, bankers and journalists from all over the world.

Nevertheless, in the more than fifty years of their meetings, the press has never been allowed to attend, no statements have ever been released on the attendees’ conclusions, nor has any agenda for a Bilderberg meeting been made public. Leaders of the Bilderberg Club argue that this discretion is necessary to allow participants in the debates to speak freely without being on record or reported publicly. Otherwise, Bilderbergers claim, they would be forced to speak in the language of a press release. Doubtlessly, this discretion allows the Bilderberg Club to deliberate more freely, but that does not respond to the fundamental question: What do the world’s most powerful people talk about in these meetings?

Any modern democratic system protects the right to privacy, but doesn’t the public have a right to know what their political leaders are talking about when they meet the wealthiest business leaders of their respective countries? What guarantees do citizens have that the Bilderberg Club isn’t a centre for influence trafficking and lobbying if they aren’t allowed to know what their representatives talk about at the Club’s secret gatherings? Why are the Davos World Economic Forum and G8 meetings carried in every newspaper, given front page coverage, with thousands of journalists in attendance, while no one covers Bilderberg Club meetings even though they are annually attended by Presidents of the International Monetary Fund, The World Bank, Federal Reserve, chairmen of 100 most powerful corporations in the world such as DaimlerChrysler, Coca Cola, British Petroleum, Chase Manhattan Bank, American Express, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Vice Presidents of the United States, Directors of the CIA and the FBI, General Secretaries of NATO, American Senators and members of Congress, European Prime Ministers and leaders of opposition parties, top editors and CEOs of the leading newspapers in the world. It is surprising that no mainstream media outlets consider a gathering of such figures, whose wealth far exceeds the combined wealth of all United States citizens, to be newsworthy when a trip by any one of them on their own makes headline news on TV.

Read more here.

Based in Spain, Daniel Estulin is an award-winning investigative journalist who has been researching the Bilderberg Group for over 15 years. He is the author of La Verdadera Historia del Club Bilderberg (2005), a best seller in Spain and now in its 15th printing; it has been translated into 29 languages and sold in over 49 countries. Estulin is also the host of two radio shows in Spain.

More info about the book, its author and updates about the Bilderberg Group (and their secret meetings) at: BilderbergBook.com.

Buy the book online from TrineDay here.:

Unravel one of the best-kept secrets in political history.

Delving into a world once shrouded in complete mystery and impenetrable security, this investigative report provides a fascinating account of the annual meetings of the world’s most powerful people—the Bilderberg Group. Since its inception in 1954 at the Bilderberg Hotel in the small Dutch town of Oosterbeek, the Bilderberg Group has been comprised of European prime ministers, American presidents, and the wealthiest CEOs of the world, all coming together to discuss the economic and political future of humanity. The press has never been allowed to attend, nor have statements ever been released on the attendees’ conclusions or discussions, which have ramifications on the citizens of the world. Using methods that resemble the spy tactics of the Cold War—and in several instances putting his own life on the line—the author did what no one else has managed to achieve: he learned what was being said behind the closed doors of the opulent hotels and has made it available to the public for the first time.

Buy the book on Amazon.com here.

I don’t care where you buy this book: The True Story of the Bilderberg Group, as long as you buy it somewhere, and read it, then TELL your friends about it! Contrary what we are led to believe, ignorance is NOT bliss; our governments do NOT have our best interests at heart; and to be one of the sheeple in this information age is inexcusable!