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Friday  11/28/2008

Did a Criminal Mastermind Stage the Mumbai Nightmare?  11/28/2008 Alternet: "The coordinated nighttime assault against seven major targets in Mumbai is reminiscent of the 1993 bombings that devastated the Bombay Stock Exchange. The recent attack bears the fingerprints of the same criminal mastermind – meticulous preparation, ruthless execution and the absence of claims or demands. The eerie silence that accompanied the blasts are the very signature of Ibrahim Dawood, now a multi-millionaire owner of a construction company in Karachi, Pakistan. His is hardly a household name around the world like Osama bin Laden. Across South Asia, however, Dawood is held in awe and, in a twist on morals, admired for his belated conversion from crime boss to self-styled avenger." [He also has long functioned as a CIA asset.]

Thursday  11/27/2008

Mumbai terror attacks: Who could be behind them?  11/27/2008 Guardian, UK: "But if Ibrahim is involved, his gang members are suspected of having played a local, supportive role in the terror strike. "The latest attack on Mumbai has the stamp of Dawood Ibrahim," said a Delhi-based security expert who did not want to be identified. "Definitely the people who hit Mumbai were a mixture of local guys who know the city very well, and trained, hardcore fighters who came by sea.""

Tuesday  11/25/2008

topObama, Ask the Kremlin about Gates  11/25/2008 Consortium News: "Nearly 16 years ago, during the last transition from a President Bush to a Democrat, Moscow made an extraordinary gesture to Washington: The Kremlin supplied a summary of its intelligence information about secret U.S.-Iranian contacts in the 1980s."

The Missing Rules of Engagement in Cyberwar  11/25/2008 Counterpunch 

Monday  11/24/2008

topRomero's Folly: NY Times Reporter Calls Chavez's Landslide Electoral Victory a "Stinging Defeat"  11/24/2008 NarcoSphere 

Sunday  11/23/2008

topHillary plays hardball  11/23/2008 Independent: More neocon victories.

White extremists lash out over election of first black president  11/23/2008 LA Times 

Saturday  11/22/2008

topAnger, shock, and a call for new leaders  11/22/2008 Boston Globe: "In a city where blacks have long struggled for power, a notoriously small corps of black political leaders was suddenly much smaller yesterday. In Roxbury, many seethed over what they said was the deliberate targeting of black politicians, while clergy and community activists began to talk of opportunities for a new generation of political leaders."

Chuck Turner takedown  11/22/2008 Boston Herald: "The investigation into Chuck Turner began in early 2007, when an unidentified “cooperating witness” told the FBI that the five-term city councilor accepted cash payments in connection with his official position. The witness also alleged that state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson took bribes."

Hub’s black community blasts arrests of pols  11/22/2008 Boston Herald: "The Rev. Ray Hammond, a well-known minister who called for Sen. Dianne Wilkerson to step down after her arrest, said some residents have questioned why the bribery sting has only ensnared blacks - Wilkerson and now Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner. “As there appears to be an effort to root this out, people are wondering ‘Why is it only black officials that have been targeted,’ ” asked Hammond, who serves at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain. “I’m not willing to say this is inherently racial, but given our history as a nation, people of color tend to be a little suspicious.”

Martial Law in America by The Corbett Report  11/22/2008 Global Research 

Rich countries launch great land grab to safeguard food supply  11/22/2008 Guardian 

JFK and Vietnam - Kennedy's assassination 45 years ago today made it an American war.  11/22/2008 LA Times: "Kennedy was not receptive. Long before becoming president, he had spoken out in Congress against the disastrous French experience in Vietnam, citing it as a reason the U.S. should never fight a ground war there. In the summer of 1961, he said he had accepted the conclusion of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who counseled against a land war in Asia, insisting that even a million American infantry soldiers would not be sufficient to prevail. He would offer military aid and training to Saigon, but he would not authorize the dispatch of ground forces. Over the three years of his presidency, Kennedy sometimes invoked hawkish rhetoric about Vietnam. He also increased the military advisors and training personnel there to roughly 16,000. But McNamara and Bundy both came to believe that Kennedy would not have Americanized the war -- even if the price was communism in South Vietnam."

Obama Vows Swift Action on Vast Economic Stimulus Plan  11/22/2008 NY Times: "Advisers to Mr. Obama say they want to use the economic crisis as an opportunity to act on many of the issues he emphasized in his campaign, including cutting taxes for lower- and middle-class workers, addressing neglected public infrastructure projects like roads and schools, and creating “green jobs” through business incentives for energy alternatives and environmentally friendly technologies."

Friday  11/21/2008

topChuck Turner on race, ethics  11/21/2008 Boston Globe: "From an ethical standpoint, I don’t think the vast majority of Congress should be allowed to sit. Ethics should include a commitment to the needs of the people of this country which the Congress has not displayed. Given the fact that all our state governments and the federal government is controlled by money, I think it is hypocritical to talk about ethics when you talk about our political leaders or our business leaders, religious leaders, etc. Its time for Americans to admit that ethics never have had a significant influence on American politics. If Americans cared about ethical behavior, why did slavery last for two hundred years and neo slavery last for another two hundred? Why does America have the weakest laws in the Western World to protect a working person right to have a fair return on their labor. Why were the Irish treated as animals when they were driven to America by the politics of the English ancestors of the Yankees who treated them as if they were black when they were driven here. I’m surprised Tom. I didn’t think you were in denial of the reality of the moral depravity of this country."

Jewish settlers desecrate mosque, graves  11/21/2008 Daily Times, Pakistan: "Jewish settlers angry at an Israeli court order for their eviction from a house in Hebron desecrated a mosque and tombs in the flashpoint West Bank City before dawn on Thursday, witnesses said. The settlers scrawled an anti-Arab slogan on the front of a mosque and drew the Israeli emblem, the Star of David, on several gravestones in a Muslim cemetery, the witnesses said. The mosque and cemetery both lie near the Hebron house where dozens of extremist Jewish settlers are defying the order by the Israeli High Court setting last Wednesday a deadline for them to leave or face eviction. Israeli soldiers are on round-the-clock patrol in the tense neighbourhood."

Elections: Geopolitical Nadir for Chávez and His Movement?  11/21/2008 NACLA 

Netanyahu hires 2 of Obama's advisors  11/21/2008 Ynet: "On Thursday the opposition leader finalized the employment of Bill Knapp and Josh Isay, who have worked in recent years with candidates of the Democratic Party in the United States, as well as former President Bill Clinton, Senator Joe Lieberman, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and president-elect Obama."

Thursday  11/20/2008

topThis is Change? 20 Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama's White House  11/20/2008 Alternet 

Antiwar Groups Fear Barack Obama May Create Hawkish Cabinet  11/20/2008 LA Times 

Medvedev's Venezuela, Cuba trips set to rile U.S.  11/20/2008 Reuters 

Obama's Hawks and Ziocons  11/20/2008 Wake Up From Your Slumber 

Wednesday  11/19/2008

topMoscow seeks UN help to root out racism  11/19/2008 Russia Today: "In our view, it is totally inadmissible to glorify those who were involved in Nazi crimes, including whitewashing former SS members, such as the Waffen-SS unit that has been recognised as criminal by the Nuremberg Tribunal," said the Russian diplomat. Russia has repeatedly criticized some of the Baltic States and Ukraine for honouring its war veterans who served on the side of the Nazis."

Tuesday  11/18/2008

topSoros-Funded Democratic Idea Factory Becomes Obama Policy Font  11/18/2008 Bloomberg: "Thanks in part to funding from benefactors such as billionaire George Soros, the Center for American Progress has become in just five years an intellectual wellspring for Democratic policy proposals, including many that are shaping the agenda of the new Obama administration. Much as the Heritage Foundation provided intellectual heft for the Republican Party in the 1980s, CAP has been an incubator for liberal thought and helped build the platform that triumphed in the 2008 campaign… CAP's president and founder, John Podesta, 59, former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, is one of three people running the transition team for president-elect Barack Obama, 47. A squadron of CAP experts is working with them."

Center for American Progress  11/18/2008 CAP: Funded by George Soros, made man in the Russian Mafiya.

Monday  11/17/2008

topDual Loyalties Will Doom Obama  11/17/2008 Counterpunch: "Remarkably, Obama reinforced the same Islamophobia. His staff prohibited two women wearing the hijab, or Islamic head scarf,fromsitting behind him in full view of the cameras at a Detroit rally. He described the mischaracterization of him as a Muslim as a “smear.” He also forsook campaigning with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), America’s first Muslim congressmen (and certainly not because he is African-American). To help repair the damage, Mazen Asbahi, a Chicago corporate lawyer, was appointed as Muslim outreach coordinator. He was quickly forced to resign on flimsy links to extremist groups promulgated by right-wing bloggers and picked up by the Wall Street Journal. Just recently, Obama disowned his friend Dr. Rashid Khalidi, renowned, distinguished professor and Edward Said Chair of Arab Studies at Columbia University, after vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin labeled him an “extremist” and John McCain called him a “neo-Nazi.”

Falash Mura advocates press UJC to continue funding Ethiopian aliya  11/17/2008 Jerusalem Post 

Sunday  11/16/2008

topSTATEMENT OF PLAINTIFF TERRY K. REED  11/16/2008 Conspiracy Nation: published 6/96 - "Some of the CIA's activities which took place at Bill Clinton's Mena, Arkansas were patriotically driven and justified. Other activities, however, those which included the importation of cocaine and money laundering, can never be justified in the domain of the public. For this reason, there has been a concerted and bi-partisan effort to keep the subject matter known as MENA from becoming legitimized through the court process."

The Activities at Mena  11/16/2008 What Really Happened: Mena, Clinton, and Bush

Alex Jones Interviews Terry Reed About Drug Trafficking  11/16/2008 YouTube: Mena, Clinton, and Bush

Saturday  11/15/2008

topRussia builds ties in United States' backyard  11/15/2008 LA Times: "President Dmitry Medvedev is to visit Venezuela, where President Hugo Chavez has been cultivating stronger military and economic relations with Russia. Stops in Brazil and Cuba are also planned."

Pakis Know More About Rahm Than Americans  11/15/2008 Rense: "Emanuel is a close friend of fellow Chicagoan David Axelrod, chief strategist for the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign. Axelrod signed the ketubaa Jewish marriage contract at Emanuel's wedding to Amy Rule. Emanuel and his wife are members of Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel, a Modern Orthodox Jewish congregation in Chicago, Emanuel has said of his Judaism: "I am proud of my heritage" That heritage, presumably, includes his father's stint as a member of the Irgun."

Friday  11/14/2008

topHistory Repeats Itself For Indigenous Communities in Colombia  11/14/2008 Mama Radio: "Eyewitnesses say the assassins of Lemus and Rivera were members of the Aguilas Negras, or Black Eagles, newly formed paramilitary groups that have emerged throughout Colombia in recent months. The 39-year-old Lemus, the brother of two well-known Nasa activists, was driving his car on the road from the town of El Palo to the indigenous reserve of Toribio, in the mountainous region of northern Cauca. He was accompanied by his wife and son. According to eyewitnesses, Lemus was ordered to stop and get out of his car by two hooded gunmen, who proceeded to drill him with bullets in front of his family. The assassins, before leaving the site of the attack, wrote “Águilas Negras” on the window of Valencia Lemus’ vehicle."

Thursday  11/13/2008

topAn Obama Presidency: More of the Same Only Worse  11/13/2008 Black Commentator: "The recent selection by Barack Obama of the war mongering, apartheid Zionist, Wall Street-backed, infamous Mossad-connected Rahm Israel Emanuel to the powerful position of White House Chief of Staff came as no surprise to politically conscious and discerning people; and its going to get worse—a lot worse, on so very many levels. First and foremost it should be clearly understood by Black, White, Brown, Red and Yellow peoples everywhere that Zionism is the Israeli version of the racist, murderous, and hypocritical U.S. ‘Manifest Destiny,’ which despicable ideology supported and rationalized the wholesale thievery of indigenous people’s lands, genocide, and slavery on this so-called North American continent. Zionism has become the 21st Century reality of apartheid, especially as it is practiced towards the Palestinian peoples in particular and Arab peoples in general, in what is known geographically as the Middle East."

Wednesday  11/12/2008

topHelp Ethiopians in Israel, not the Falash Mura  11/12/2008 JTA 

Tuesday  11/11/2008

topProgressives Have Leverage NOW: Use It Or Lose It  11/11/2008 Crisis Papers 

Sunday  11/9/2008

topCall Bigots On Their Racist Rants About Obama  11/9/2008 Tampa Tribune 

Obama's Bob Marley effect  11/9/2008 Trinicenter: "Robert "Bob" Nestor Marley and Senator Barack Obama both have one thing in common: a white parent. Bob Marley's father was British and white; Senator Barack Obama's mother was American and white… Put another way, it might have been in the subconscious payche of these White-European patrons that they were in musical- cultural communion with one of their own. They internalized that they were in-tuned with a white artiste. They felt one with Bob Marley on stage during his concerts. A white-looking Bob Marley was their musical- cultural comfort zone. And this comfort zone was further ossified by Bob Marley's international lyrics. The white-European audiences totally identified with Bob Marley's lyrics. They understood and felt his "positive vibration" up close and personal because they knew what "Babylon" meant; they knew of a "Trench Town" ghetto in America and Europe; they all yearned for "One Love" among humanity; and they expressed these sentiments outwardly by growing dreadlocks themselves. Senator Barack Obama's run for the United States presidency mirrored Bob Marley's iconic musical – cultured legacy. Like Bob Marley, Senator Barack Obama was also able to woe thousands of young white Americans, mainly females, to work for his election. Like Bob Marley, these young American females saw Barack Obama as one of them. Obama's campaign experience was their political comfort zone a la Bob Marley's concerts."

Saturday  11/8/2008

topVenezuela offers Russians big gold projects  11/8/2008 China Post: "Venezuela plans to build mines at its largest gold deposits with Russian help, the mining minister said on Thursday, apparently killing a years-long bid by two Canadian companies to develop the projects. The decision reflects leftist President Hugo Chavez efforts to boost ties with Russia, increase state control over a key sector and speed up stalled mining development as tumbling crude prices threaten to crimp the OPEC nation’s finances."

Caribbean hotel bookings plunge as economy sags  11/8/2008 Reuters: "The economic downturn following the global credit crunch -- and once-surging oil prices that increased air fares and prompted airlines to cut flights -- are already having an effect, with Caribbean hoteliers reporting drops of 30 percent to 50 percent in bookings. But the real pain will be felt during the winter high season, from Dec. 15 through April 15, when many vacationers flee the cold north for the Caribbean's sun-drenched beaches. "The forecast is for a bad winter," said Clarisa Jimenez, president of the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association. The United States accounts for 50 percent of the Caribbean tourism market, which attracts 22 million visitors and injects $21.6 billion into the island economies each year. Europe accounts for another 40 percent of the region's tourists, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization."

'Child-witches' of Nigeria seek refuge  11/8/2008 Telegraph: "Many of those branded "child-witches" are murdered - hacked to death with machetes, poisoned, drowned, or buried alive in an attempt to drive Satan out of their soul. The devil's children are "identified" by powerful religious leaders at extremist churches where Christianity and traditional beliefs have combined to produce a deep-rooted belief in, and fear of, witchcraft. The priests spread the message that child-witches bring destruction, disease and death to their families. And they say that, once possessed, children can cast spells and contaminate others."

Friday  11/7/2008

topRahm Emanuel's middle finger  11/7/2008 Daily Kos: "Wikipedia states: "During the 1991 Gulf War, Emanuel [then 32 years old] was a civilian volunteer in Israel, rust-proofing brakes on an army base in northern Israel." Questions: 1) Isn't it difficult to perform a tactile function like "rust-proofing brakes" with a missing finger? 2) Doesn't it strike you as rather odd that someone as talented and ambitious as Rahm chose to assist his fellow Jews in such a mundane capacity?"

Obama Election Night Backstage Photos  11/7/2008 Huffington Post: slideshow of the Obamas, the Bidens, and others watching the returns before appearing in Chicago

Mississippi students told not to say Obama's name  11/7/2008 Raw Story: "They feel like they afraid to say who our president is, cause they afraid they going to be in trouble," Reginald's mother Canishia told WAPT. "We teach our kids not to be racist, and here it is going on. I just feel hurt by it." The Simpson family is black. However, another mother whose son was on the bus and who also plans to confront school officials about the incident is white. "This is what the whole election was about," Venus Neagu told WAPT. "It was supporting someone. And now that they've done it and they're on the school bus, now they're getting consequences for it."

No apology for Obama "suntan" remark: Berlusconi  11/7/2008 Reuters: "Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, under fire at home for describing U.S. President-elect Barack Obama as "suntanned," said on Friday he saw no need to apologize. At a news conference, Berlusconi was brusque with an American journalist who suggested he should say sorry for the remark on Thursday. Visiting Moscow, he described the man elected to be the first black U.S. president as "handsome, young and also suntanned." His center-left opponents called the comment racist; Berlusconi responded by saying they were "imbeciles without any sense of humor." At Friday's news conference after a European Union summit, the reporter asked: "Prime Minister, do you realize that your comment on Obama is offensive to the United States? Why don't you apologize?" Berlusconi responded: "Give me a break! You have just put yourself on that list of people (imbeciles) I mentioned yesterday!" When the reporter pressed for an answer on why Berlusconi did not deem it necessary to apologize, the prime minister, clearly irritated, said: "Why (should I)? You should apologize to Italy!" He then walked out of the room."

A Healthy Palestinian Prisoner Operated on Without His Consent - Another Israeli Preach of human rights  11/7/2008 Uruknet 

Thursday  11/6/2008

topDEA complicit in drug trade, says Morales  11/6/2008 AFP: ""The worst thing is, it did not fight drug trafficking; It encouraged it," the Bolivian leader said, adding that he had "quite a bit of evidence" backing up his charges. Presidential Minister Juan Ramon Quintana presented a series of documents and press clippings at a news conference, which he described as "object data" that had influenced Morales' decision to suspend DEA activities last week."

NY Muslim Beaten by Gang Shouting 'Obama'  11/6/2008 CAIR 

President-Elect Obama and the Future of US Foreign Policy: A Roundtable Discussion  11/6/2008 Democracy Now: Emanuel is one of the most hard-line supporters of Israel in the Congress and has been for many years. He’s the son of Benjamin Emanuel, who actually was a gun runner for the Irgun, the Zionist, pre-Israel Zionist, militia that carried out numerous terrorist attacks on Palestinian civilians, including the bombing of the King David Hotel. Of course, Rahm Emanuel himself is not responsible for any of that, but his record is sometimes far to the right of President Bush when it comes to supporting Israel.

Obama's first pick: Israeli Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff  11/6/2008 Haaretz, Israel: Emanuel, a former Bill Clinton adviser, is the son of a Jerusalem-born pediatrician who was a member of the Irgun (Etzel or IZL), a militant Zionist group that operated in Palestine between 1931 and 1948.

Georgia Claims on Russia War Called Into Question  11/6/2008 NYT: "Newly available accounts by independent military observers of the beginning of the war between Georgia and Russia this summer call into question the longstanding Georgian assertion that it was acting defensively against separatist and Russian aggression. Georgia moved forces toward the border of the breakaway region of South Ossetia on Aug. 7, at the start of what it called a defensive war with separatists there and with Russian forces. Instead, the accounts suggest that Georgia’s inexperienced military attacked the isolated separatist capital of Tskhinvali on Aug. 7 with indiscriminate artillery and rocket fire, exposing civilians, Russian peacekeepers and unarmed monitors to harm. The accounts are neither fully conclusive nor broad enough to settle the many lingering disputes over blame in a war that hardened relations between the Kremlin and the West. But they raise questions about the accuracy and honesty of Georgia’s insistence that its shelling of Tskhinvali, the capital of the breakaway region of South Ossetia, was a precise operation. Georgia has variously defended the shelling as necessary to stop heavy Ossetian shelling of Georgian villages, bring order to the region or counter a Russian invasion."

Wilkerson: FBI targets Black politician  11/6/2008 Workers World: "FBI investigators also presented subpoenas to African-American City Councilor Chuck Turner and his staff, without any evidence of a connection between the allegations of wrongdoing and Councilor Turner or his staff. This must be seen as politically motivated harassment. The witch hunt atmosphere against Sen. Wilkerson has continued with a unanimous resolution by the entire Massachusetts Senate, supported by Gov. Deval Patrick, demanding that she resign. Never before in its history has the Senate made such a request of a senator who has not been convicted of any crime. It is also completely hypocritical, as all of these senators do what Wilkerson is accused of, on a far larger scale, as a matter of routine. The notorious multimillion-dollar corruption surrounding Boston’s “big dig” project is just one example."

Wednesday  11/5/2008

topObama's Priority: Chief of Staff, Treasury Secretary  11/5/2008 ABC: "Obama offered the job of chief of staff to Rep. Rahm Emanuel, ABC News' Jake Tapper reported today. Emanuel, a veteran of President Clinton's administration and a close political ally of Obama's from Chicago, hasn't immediately given his answer… Obama intends to quickly settle on a secretary of treasury to help bring stability to the country's shaky economy. "If people think there is a direction, a vision, a plan that we're moving forward, you can change the psychology, help the markets to settle down," Clinton's former chief of staff Mack McLarty told "Good Morning America." Timothy Geithner, president of New York's Federal Reserve Bank, and Larry Summers, the former treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, are believed to be the leading contenders." [Emmanuel, an Israeli Defense Force Officer, and Larry Summers, who gave cover to his friend Andrei Shleifer in the looting of Russia, have both aided the Russian Israeli mafia.]

President-elect Obama gets to work on transition  11/5/2008 AFP: "The transition office in Washington will be run by co-chairs John Podesta, a former chief of staff to Bill Clinton; Pete Rouse, who was Obama's Senate chief of staff; and the Democrat's close friend Valerie Jarrett."

Obama picks pro-Israel hardliner for top post  11/5/2008 Electronic Intifada 

Obama will take his Internet army to Washington  11/5/2008 McClatchy 

Monday  11/3/2008

topMembers of Israeli spy ring 'related to 9/11 hijacker'  11/3/2008 Daily Star, Lebanaon 

Saturday  11/1/2008

topU.S. government finally exacts revenge on Iran/Contra whistleblower Cele Castillo  11/1/2008 NarcoNews: "Celerino “Cele” Castillo III, a former DEA agent who played a key role in exposing the U.S. government’s role in narco-trafficking as part of the Iran/Contra scandal, is now a discredited man. At least that is what the office of U.S. Attorney Johnny “House of Death” Sutton in San Antonio, Texas, who is a “dear friend” of President George W. Bush, would like us to believe… "… As time went on I started to collect Vietnam vintage surplus to sell. But before long, I began to do what most of the vendors were doing at the gun show, selling and buying both used and new guns without a license. Over half of the gun show vendors are still doing what I got charged with. However, I strongly believe that because of my involvement as an "expert witness" and an activist against certain actions of our government, I obviously had become a target. After all, I had been forewarned by a defense attorney, that an AUSA Federal prosecutor had advised him to instruct me that in some way, shape or form, they were going to target me until they got me. And that they did."

Illegal killings by army seen widespread in Colombia  11/1/2008 Reuters 

Friday  10/31/2008

topVenezuela raids offshore banker Stanford Bank  10/31/2008 Reuters 

Monday  10/27/2008

topRussia’s Military to Check Cuba’s Missile Defense Facilities  10/27/2008 Kommersant 

Sunday  10/26/2008

topBachmann's pardon request reversed  10/26/2008 SC Times, MN: "U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann wrote a letter last year recommending a federal pardon for a major campaign contributor who was once convicted of felony money laundering, firearm and drug charges on the basis he had reformed. This month, she withdrew that recommendation on behalf of Frank E. Vennes Jr., eight days after the FBI searched his Shorewood home and office and confiscated documents, money, art, coins and jewels that agents think may be related to a $3 billion investment fraud scheme in which Minnesota business mogul Tom Petters has been charged."

Saturday  10/25/2008

topBallots picked up, then disappear  10/25/2008 Miami Herald: "Hernandez said he worries his ballot was stolen or destroyed. He and two other voters told The Miami Herald that the man was dispatched by a woman caller who also said she worked for Martinez. But the phone number cited by the voters traces back to a consultant working for Martinez's rival, Republican congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart."

Thursday  10/23/2008

topCongressman earmarks $2M for firm that sold spy gear to Chavez  10/23/2008 WikiLeaks: "A high-tech Perrine firm that delivered surveillance equipment to Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez's intelligence agency is scheduled to get a $2 million contract from the federal government at the request of Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart. The Republican congressman made the request for the funds, called an earmark, in late September. The company, Phoenix Worldwide Industries, is expected to use the money to develop mobile platforms outfitted with biological and video sensors for the U.S. Army. In 2001, Phoenix delivered $225,256 in equipment to the DISIP, Venezuela's secret police, according to federal court records."

Wednesday  10/22/2008

topNone Dare Call It Murder  10/22/2008 Capitol Hill Blue: "Make no mistake - whatever they may call Cele Castillo's sentence for buying and selling guns without a license at a Texas gun show (which, folks, happens to be completely legal), any prison sentence at all for this man is a sentence of death just as surely as if the judge had sentenced Castillo to the needle. So what is Castillo's real crime? He has the goods - documentary evidence - to put the sitting president's father away for a long, long time for his illegal smuggling activities during Iran Contra. Unfortunately, Castillo also has a sense of honor - he just won't keep his mouth shut."

Friday  10/17/2008

topThe Assassinations of the 1960s as "Deep Events"  10/17/2008 History Matters: [by Peter Dale Scott, brilliant as always] - "In writing this paper I have been helped immeasurably by the Mary Ferrell Foundation website, This comparative approach is now made much easier by the addition of MLK and RFK files to the existing JFK collection. As there is far more research to be done, I am hoping that some younger resercher will take advantage of this new opportunity."

Colombia's Uribe Said To Hinder Militia Probes  10/17/2008 WaPo: "But the report accused Uribe of trying to obstruct the probes, instead of supporting them as he claims in his frequent trips to Washington. It also highlighted how Uribe and his aides have tried to tarnish the Supreme Court, which is carrying out an assertive probe that has already found ties between dozens of members of Congress and paramilitary groups. "President Uribe's and his cabinet members' repeated verbal attacks, bizarre public accusations and personal phone calls to members of the court create an environment of intimidation," the report said."

Thursday  10/16/2008

topVenezuela buying Russian tanks, armored vehicles  10/16/2008 AFP: "We could be talking about 100 to 500 tanks. Right now it's impossible to know ... because strategic research studies are still underway (and) we're still negotiating," Strategic Operations Command chief General Jesus Gonzalez told reporters."

Wednesday  10/15/2008

topRight-Wing Intimidation Hits Home  10/15/2008 Huffington Post: "I'm sure you really don't know anything about me, let alone my political leanings. How is it then that you have my name and address and threaten to "publicize my involvement in leftist organizations in my local community?"

The GOP's Bill Ayers?  10/15/2008 Slate: "As a result, McCain's campaign and advisers find themselves allied with and/or supporting militants who have committed acts that any reasonable observer would define as terrorism. On July 20, while campaigning for McCain in Miami and just prior to speaking at a McCain event, Sen. Joe Lieberman met with the wife of convicted serial bomber Eduardo Arocena and promised to pursue a presidential pardon on his behalf. Arocena is the founder of the notorious Cuban exile militant group Omega 7, renowned for a string of bombings from 1975 to 1983. Arocena was convicted of the 1980 murder of a Cuban diplomat in Manhattan. In 1983, Arocena was arrested and charged with 42 counts pertaining to conspiracy, explosives, firearms, and destruction of foreign government property within the United States. He is currently serving a life sentence in federal prison in Indiana. His targets included: Madison Square Garden (he blew up an adjacent store); JFK airport (Arocena's group planted a suitcase bomb intended for a TWA flight to Los Angeles—in protest of the airline's flights to Cuba. The plane would have exploded if not for the fact that the bomb went off on the tarmac prior to being loaded); Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center (causing damage to three levels of the theater and halting the performance of a music group from Cuba); the ticket office of the Soviet airline Aeroflot; and a church."

Tuesday  10/14/2008

topAs the Violence Soars, Mexico Signals It's Had Enough of America's Stupid War on Drugs  10/14/2008 Alternet: "The U.S.-financed War on Drugs has had savage results in Mexico, and now its president wants to decriminalize pot, cocaine and heroin possession."

Thursday  10/9/2008

topCultura Afrovenezolana: Interculturalidad y educación  10/9/2008 Aporrrea: publicado 9/04, por Jesús Chucho García

Hacia una escuela de música afrovenezolana - Red de Organizaciones Afrovenezolanas  10/9/2008 Aporrrea 

Wednesday  10/8/2008

topGuantanamo techniques applied on US soil: civil rights groups  10/8/2008 AFP 

Sheriff in Ill. county won't evict in foreclosures  10/8/2008 AP: "[Sheriff] Dart says he's concerned that many of the people being evicted are renters who were unaware that their landlords have been failing to pay their mortgages. He says his deputies have no way of knowing whether they're removing someone who has defaulted on a loan or someone who has been faithfully paying rent."

Tuesday  10/7/2008

top3 arrested after anti-Semitic messages found in Pikesville  10/7/2008 Baltimore Sun: "Two men and a boy were arrested today after anti-Semitic spray-painted messages were discovered on the exterior signs of two Jewish institutions in Pikesville over the weekend, Baltimore County police said. One of the men is a member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in the 5500 block of Slade Ave,. where the word Nazi and a swastika were spray-painted on signs, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a police spokesman. Signs at Beth Tfiloh Community School in the 3300 block of Old Court Road were similarly defaced. The incidents are not being treated as hate crimes, Hill said, but he would not discuss a motive for the vandalism."

Monday  10/6/2008

topVenezuelan Interior Minister: "Antonini Wilson is an FBI and CIA agent"  10/6/2008 El Universal, Caracas: "Venezuelan Minister of the Interior and Justice Tarek El Aissami said that Venezuelan-American businessman Guido Antonini Wilson, who tried to smuggle USD 800,000 in a suitcase into Argentina, is an FBI and CIA agent."

Secret Bush Administration Plan to Suspend US Constitution - "Continuity of Government" (COG) Provisions activated in 2001  10/6/2008 Global Research: "Vogler's greatest moment of glory was to be his 1993 appearance before the United Nations to denounce United States "tyranny" before the entire world and to demand Alaska's freedom. The Alaska secessionist had persuaded the government of Iran to sponsor his anti-American harangue. That's right ... Iran. The Islamic dictatorship. The taker of American hostages. The rogue nation that McCain and Palin have excoriated Obama for suggesting we diplomatically engage. That Iran. AIP leaders allege that Vogler, who was murdered that year by a fellow secessionist, was taken out by powerful forces in the U.S. before he could reach his U.N. platform. "The United States government would have been deeply embarrassed," by Vogler's U.N. speech, darkly suggests Clark. "And we can't have that, can we?" "

Inventing an invention  10/6/2008 Haaretz: "According to Shlomo Sand, everything you ever thought you knew about the Jewish people as a nation with ethno-biological origins is false."

Shattering a 'national mythology'  10/6/2008 Haaretz: published 3/08 - "According to the Tel Aviv University historian, Prof. Shlomo Sand, author of "Matai ve'ech humtza ha'am hayehudi?" ("When and How the Jewish People Was Invented?"; Resling, in Hebrew), the queen's tribe and other local tribes that converted to Judaism are the main sources from which Spanish Jewry sprang. This claim that the Jews of North Africa originated in indigenous tribes that became Jewish - and not in communities exiled from Jerusalem - is just one element of the far- reaching argument set forth in Sand's new book."

Christian Security Forces Growing Stronger In Iraq  10/6/2008 NPR 

Israeli best seller breaks national taboo  10/6/2008 The National, Abu Dhabi: "Dr Sand said that, in the centuries immediately preceding and following the Christian era, Judaism was a proselytising religion, desperate for converts. “This is mentioned in the Roman literature of the time.” Jews travelled to other regions seeking converts, particularly in Yemen and among the Berber tribes of North Africa. Centuries later, the people of the Khazar kingdom in what is today south Russia, would convert en masse to Judaism, becoming the genesis of the Ashkenazi Jews of central and eastern Europe... One further question is prompted by Dr Sand’s account, as he himself notes: if most Jews never left the Holy Land, what became of them? “It is not taught in Israeli schools but most of the early Zionist leaders, including David Ben Gurion [Israel’s first prime minister], believed that the Palestinians were the descendants of the area’s original Jews. They believed the Jews had later converted to Islam.” Dr Sand attributed his colleagues’ reticence to engage with him to an implicit acknowledgement by many that the whole edifice of “Jewish history” taught at Israeli universities is built like a house of cards."

Sunday  10/5/2008

topFrench FM warns of Israeli strike on Iran nuclear sites  10/5/2008 AFP 

Remains of Alaska Separatist Are Identified  10/5/2008 NYT: [Palin's Alaska Independent Party founder Vogler killed in a plastic explosive sale gone bad.] - "Fingerprint tests show that human remains found in a gravel pit east of Fairbanks on Wednesday are those of Joe Vogler, the founder of the Alaskan Independence Party, who vanished in May 1993, Alaska state troopers said today... The blue tarp and duct tape in which the remains were wrapped, officials said, matched a description given by a convicted thief, Manfred West, who confessed last summer that he had killed Mr. Vogler in a plastic-explosives sale gone bad and had then buried him."

Saturday  10/4/2008

topMcCain campaign surrogate invokes the Holocaust  10/4/2008 America Blog: "Then there was the Jews for Jesus leader who spoke at Palin's church, with her in attendance, in August, and told the congregation that terrorist attacks in Israel are God's punishment for Jews who refuse to convert to Christianity."

Friday  10/3/2008

topHallazgo de drogas en buque petrolero podría ser parte de un plan contra Venezuela  10/3/2008 ABN: "El elemento que resulta más sospechoso para las autoridades venezolanas, agregó Reverol, es que los dos ciudadanos de nacionalidad colombiana, que fueron detenidos mientras trataban de ocultar la droga en el buque, obtuvieron sus respectivos pasaportes en el consulado neogranadino de Houston, Texas, Estados Unidos. “No descartamos la posibilidad de que todo esto se trate de un plan orquestado para decir que Venezuela sí es cómplice del narcotráfico como lo han manifestado ellos (EEUU); que incluso estamos usando el transporte petrolero para llevar droga a ese país. No nos extrañaría, pero queremos enfatizar que investigaremos este caso hasta los últimos detalles”, dijo."

Judeo Christian conclave to be held in Grand Bahama  10/3/2008 Freeport News, Bahamas: "He noted that the economy of the Caribbean has benefited from Israel with the introduction of the sugar cane, Jewish influences and pioneers of national development. "Solomon Kerzner who is the biggest employer in The Bahamas has parents who are Russian Jews and Mick Harrison of Carnival Cruise Lines has also descended from Israel," Wallace said. Tony Gee, president of the Freeport Hebrew Congrega-tion, has welcomed the message of SCI and is focused on fostering a positive relationship with the Hebrew community."

Lithuanian Nazis become partisans?  10/3/2008 Ria Novosty: "Today, there are 2,800 Jews left in Lithuania. Still, the country's government is unable to ensure their security. In recent years, many friends turned into enemies. Since last September, Lithuania's Prosecutor's Office has been demanding extradition of a former member of Lithuanian NKVD (former Commissariat for Internal Affairs), Yitzhak Arad, from Israel, to sue him for killing Nazi collaborationists, who are now proudly called "partisans." The government is making every effort to put together the crimes committed by the Soviets and the Nazis, and have eventually made "Soviet" a synonym for "Nazi."

Thursday  10/2/2008

top"Grand Larceny" on a Monumental Scale: Does the Bailout Bill Mark the End of America as We Know It?  10/2/2008 Global Research: "In the post-bubble era there will be no more economic engines for the American economy. A long term recession and depression are inevitable, and they are expected by those in the know. In fact, there has been a plan in the works for a very long time to bring down the U.S. economy, and it will be happening over the coming months. This is why the government is also preparing to implement martial law, or something close to it, in case public unrest breaks out. We will likely also see a clampdown on free speech, the right to protest, and use of the internet. Federal facilities are being prepared all around the country to backstop state prisons and local jails that are already bursting at the seams."

Wednesday  10/1/2008

topStudent opposition leader gunned down in Venezuela  10/1/2008 AP 

Project Censored: The Top 10 Stories the US News Media Missed in the Past Year  10/1/2008 Media Channel 

SPLC, Civil Rights Groups File Complaints to End Neglect of Florida Students with Learning Disabilities  10/1/2008 SPLC 

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