August 15, 2008
The Moment of Truth Series #14: Hanging by a Thread... of Light!
In the wake of the US prompted attack of South Ossetia by Georgia last Friday and following several reports indicating a massive naval build up underway in the Persian Gulf pointing towards a possible blockade of Iran if the US Congress approves such a measure when it reconvenes after Labor Day, it came to me that it was time to ask our brother Matthew in the heavenly realm what the Earth monitors there were seeing about the current situation in the Middle East. Here is what Suzy kindly sent me today...
Special Message from Matthew - August 13, 2008
With the love and blessings of the universe, this is Matthew speaking on behalf of all souls at this station. We thank you, dear soul Jean, for this opportunity to speak about world events that are dominant in hearts and minds throughout your world. The combination of situations does seem to you perilous indeed, yet we tell you DO NOT FEAR! Do not fear what you hear is happening between Russia and Georgia or the worsening of hostilities in the Mideast or speculation about the advent of biochemical warfare. Immeasurably more powerful forces are working to prevent the kinds of disasters that experts with the aid of your media are ominously reporting as imminently likely or inevitable.
As awkward an image as this may be, please let me describe the present moment by asking you to imagine the cannons of war filled with myriad little darts that are shot out willy-nilly, then fall to the ground where some land as intended. The darts represent attempts to assassinate; provoke enemies with threats; drive tanks across borders; amass sea troops; bomb strategic targets; displace large numbers of civilian populations; immobilize area infrastructures; keep inflammatory rhetoric flowing; incite uprisings where formerly there was order; keep despots in power; instigate suicide bombings here, there and everywhere. In short, create chaos, death, destruction and FEAR. All of this and more harm is being caused by a few crazed individuals acting out their own fear and desperation, and their free will decisions to do so cannot be denied by God or any of his soul-selves who could prevent those kinds of incidents of dark origin.
Now please see the cannons in a larger image, with Earth's horizon in the background and a wide band of golden light almost touching the planet. This time the cannons are shooting forth only a few long, straight arrows, which swiftly disappear into the light band. The arrows represent the ultimate aim of those crazed individuals: by whatever means it takes, to invade, conquer and control all lands on Earth and enslave surviving peoples. The band of light is the end times for them and their diabolical plan.
Those depictions may seem a frivolous way to describe what is being portrayed there as having catastrophic, even potentially lethal effects for humankind, but my purpose is exactly to make light of that darkness and inspire you to join all souls in spirit and physical worlds who are working continuously to keep intensifying this light!
And there is an actual light band, more accurately termed grid or matrix, protectively surrounding the planet-it is a network of Christed light, the most powerful energy in the cosmos. Also, the golden band of my graphic represents the strength of the civilizations authorized by God to use their technology to prevent a nuclear war; thwart all efforts to initiate major terrorist events like 9/11; neutralize the poisons in biochemical weaponry; and do whatever else is deemed necessary to honor Earth's free will decision that all darkness be eliminated from her planetary body and peace and harmony among all humankind and Nature's kingdoms be restored.
In the timelessness of the continuum, Earth's return to her Eden health and beauty, a world where the essence of all life is unconditional love, already is a reality; however, in your linear time, the critical moment at hand needs light to create that reality. We are asking you to remember what we have told you through our various receivers: You chose to be where you are; countless other souls who wanted to participate in this unprecedented process of rapid world transformation did not have the qualities required-spiritual strength, moral integrity, experience, wisdom and determination to lift beloved Earth out of the zone where darkness thrives and into the higher vibrations of the Golden Age. You do! But you cannot be held captive of fear and also have light to illuminate your pathway and radiate outward to help transmute the negativity of present circumstances into light. You must choose, and choose the light you must!
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So as you see, once again we are urged to focus our unimaginably powerful creative energies towards assisting the emergence of a New Era of Love, Peace and Harmony on Earth, thus nullifying all possible dark scenarios with the combined power of our faith in the Higher Wisdom guiding all souls of goodwill...
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"The US is not a superpower. It is a bankrupt farce run by imbeciles who were installed by stolen elections arranged by Karl Rove and Diebold. It is a laughing stock, that ignorantly affronts and attempts to bully an enormous country equipped with tens of thousands of nuclear weapons."
"We have done our utmost to reverse the tide of media disinformation, to inform our readers and the broader public on the impending dangers underlying the US military adventure. This is the most serious crisis in modern history which in a very real sense threatens the future of humanity."
"While attempting to act as the planet's nuclear watchdogs, the United States and Great Britain have become two of the world's largest, cancer-causing radiated dust and rusty depleted uranium projectile polluters. Using tanks and planes, the US and British military have fired hundreds of tons of radioactive depleted uranium munitions (DU) while fighting the first Gulf War, the Balkans War, and the more recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. For two decades, successive US and British government leadership has done little overall to clean up the hazardous war waste. And, when repeatedly asked questions about it, spokespersons for Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown and US President George W. Bush, as well as the two presidential candidates, Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) and Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), didn't respond to a large number of e-mails and telephone calls over a month's time. Ironically, while firing this nuclear by-product all over Iraq, Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia, both Britain and the US regularly criticized and put financial or political pressure on Iran, Syria, North Korea and Pakistan for developing nuclear weapons."
1. Planetary Rearrangement & An inspiring message
2. Latest news from Malta and Solar Eclipse Meditation
3. Message from Atmos - 11 August 2008
4. Shaking hands in Beijing
5. Zimbabwe: Urgent Action Needed
6. Russian view of the New World Order or the West View?
7. Putin Walks into a Trap
8. Law Professor: Counter Terrorism Czar Told Me There Is Going To Be An i-9/11 And An i-Patriot Act
9. Action Update: Make September 10th a day to change the world!
10. War with Iran - On, Off or Undecided?
11. SPECIAL REPORT: Kuwait Readying for War in Gulf?
12. The Depleted Uranium Threat
13. An Election Without Meaning
14. Primates in danger of extinction, claims report
SPECIAL EARTH HEAL PLANETARY HEALING EVENTS
Please send a prayer and/or your healing energy to the thousands of people being tortured during incarceration with a special focus on Aafia Siddiqui and Mohammed Omar.
The Earth Heal Clinic invites all people everywhere to send prayers and healing energy to support the energy work, starting at 5 pm GMT/UT and continuing until 8 pm GMT/UC on both Friday August 15 and Friday August 23. To find out your local starting time CLICK HERE
The treatment will include a focus on the life-threatening injuries and suffering of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, the Pakistani woman neuroscientist who was arrested in Afghanistan five years ago, and has been held at US Bagram prison in Afghanistan, where she was tortured and raped repeatedly. Not much is known about the fate of her three children arrested with her, who will also be included in the healing work. Dr Siddiqui is also suffering from a bullet wound in the abdomen for which she has not received medical treatment, and which has reportedly gone septic. Please send a prayer for the healing of Dr Siddiqui any time before or during the treatment process on both days. The background to this story and a photograph of her at her graduation ceremony is available at http://www.aztlan.net/strange_case_of_dr_siddiqui.htm
Here is a related article in the Guardian:
Al-Qaida: Terror suspect says she was secretly detained and tortured for years by US (August 8 2008) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/08/alqaida.pakistan
A Pakistani woman charged with attacking US army officers in Afghanistan last month has told her lawyer that she was in US custody for years, despite claims that she was only arrested last month. Aafia Siddiqui, who is accused of being a key al-Qaida operative, disappeared five years ago. Now being detained in New York, she said she had been held elsewhere for years and was tortured.Her US lawyer, Elaine Sharp, who interviewed her for three hours on Wednesday, said her description of the place she was detained meant it could only be Bagram, the US base in Afghanistan. "The abuse was horrendous, it was physical, as well as psychological. It was torture," Sharp said. "When you're locked up in such a place and treated so horrifically, they don't exactly give you a calendar, but she says it was a very long time, years for sure ... They [her captors] were Americans, there's no doubt about it." While Sharp declined to give details of the alleged abuse, Siddiqui's sister, Fauzia, told a press conference yesterday in Islamabad that Siddiqui had been "raped repeatedly". Sharp said Siddiqui was not getting proper treatment for a bullet wound, which may have gone septic. The lawyer suggested it was the impending US election, that led the authorities to put Siddiqui on trial through the regular criminal courts, rather than sending her to Guantánamo, where almost all other al-Qaida suspects have been held. "It's the November elections. And they've chosen New York, home of the Twin Towers, where sentiment is most prejudicial." The US department of justice did not return calls seeking a response, while the US army in Afghanistan said a spokesman was not available.
We will also be doing healing work for the Palestinian journalist, Mohammed Omar, who was tortured at the Allenby crossing into Gaza while on his way back from a European tour. In London, he was awarded the Martha Gellhorn prize for investigative reporting. Omar suffered injuries and a nervous breakdown as a result of the abuse. His story is told here. For those who can send reiki energy, his photograph can be seen at http://rafah.virtualactivism.net/news/todaymain.htm
Please make a prayer and send your healing energy to the collective consciousness of all the people suffering in horrendous conditions in detention. During these treatments, we will also be facilitating planetary healing work for the Highest Good of All, under guidance from the collective Higher Self for the ongoing situation in Georgia and the massive build up of war ships threatening Iran in the Gulf.
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WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION
Only the People will stop the War on Iran http://stopwaroniran.org/petition.shtml
Please join the online campaign to STOP THE WAR ON IRAN BEFORE IT STARTS! YOUR EMERGENCY ACTION IS NEEDED NOW! Send emails to President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of State Rice, U.N. Secretary-General Ban, Congressional leaders and the media demanding NO WAR ON IRAN!
Iran War Countdown Started? (14. August 2008) http://sabbah.biz/mt/archives/2008/08/14/iran-war-countdown-started/
Biggest ever U.S. naval built-up in the Gulf - France and Britain following suit. As we write, the arrival of new U.S. warships will mark the largest build-up of Naval forces in the Gulf since the 1991 Gulf War.The aircraft carriers USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Ronald Reagan, along with the USS Iwo Jima, an Amphibious Assault Ship are sailing toward the Persian Gulf to reinforce the US strike forces in the region, along with a British Royal Navy carrier battle group and a French nuclear hunter-killer submarine. This move follows the ominous Operation Brimstone, a massive military exercise involving more than a dozen warships from the US, England, and France in the Atlantic Ocean in preparation for a possible confrontation with Iran.The USS Roosevelt, which participated in the just-concluded exercise, and the USS Ronald Reagan will join two US naval battle groups in the area: the USS Abraham Lincoln with its Carrier Strike Group Nine ; and the USS Peleliu, and Amphibious Assault Ship with its expeditionary strike group. Naval forces now heading towards the Gulf include: (...) This massive deployment means that hundreds of nuclear-armed warplanes, thousands of troops, and destroyers capable of launching cruise missiles carrying nuclear weapons, bunker busters, or fragmentation bombs will be available for a strike on Iran. While Russia is bogged down with the crisis in Georgia, and China is occupied with the Olympics, the Bush Administration may believe that this is an opportune time to strike. This massive deployment is occurring as both Houses of Congress are set to approve resolutions that would mandate a U.S. blockade (which is an act of war under international law).In the next few days and weeks, we will be mobilizing in the streets against an attack on Iran.
Burma Campaign Australia - Their Courage, Our Solidarity. Democracy Will Prevail in Burma http://www.aucampaignforburma.org/
On 8 August 1988 (8888) tens of thousands of people across Burma rose up in peaceful demonstration against the military regime. Led by students - monks and other religious peoples, civil servants, workers, lawyers, men, women and children all risked their lives for democracy. On this one day over 3 000 people were killed by the military rulers and thousands more forced to flee their homeland. 8 August 2008 (8808) marks the 20th anniversary of this event. In these 20 years, life for the people of Burma has deteriorated and the regime is as cruel as ever. The brutal crackdown on protesters, led by monks, last September - in what became known as the "Saffron Revolution" - and the regime's callous disregard for the people of Burma in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, has proved this beyond doubt. Now is a critical time for action to bring change to the people of Burma. Activists inside and outside of Burma are working together to achieve democracy and peace. The can you spot the difference campaign calls on the Australian Government to enact economic and trade sanctions and visa sanctions against the military, their families and state enterprises. NOTE: They have a petition for people in Australia which you can download through the URL above. Check also this other Burma Campaign in the UK at http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/ and all the other Burma organisations worldwide if you want to offer your support in your area. Recommended by Edna Spennato (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Savants: Unlikely Genius AMAZING! http://60minutes.yahoo.com/segment/186/savants
It's estimated that there are only 50 true savants in the world. They are often people with enormous disabilities who also have extraordinary talents. The mathematical wizardry of George Finn and Daniel Tammet, the musical abilities of Rex Lewis-Clack and Derek Paravincini and the sculpting artistry of Alonzo Clemons all illustrate how savants relate to the world in a way that's unimaginable to most of us.
My Peace TV - Speak Your Peace! http://mypeace.tv/
Launched on 8-8-08, MyPeace.TV is a social networking site dedicated to Co-Creating Peace through Media. We are also a strategic partner and proud sponsor of Peace.TV, a social networking site for broadcasting Commercials and Public Service Announcements for Peace.
Federation Of Light - Craft Will Appear on Oct 14th 2008 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAThhjU5CRA
Blossom's most recent book "The Bridge" documents the messages channeled to her by the Cosmic Beings known as The Federation of Light. In her most recent encounters with them they have announced that one of their craft will appear in our skies on October 14th 2008 for a period of three days in such a way as to prove to us the existence of other life forms in the Universe. The Federation of Light stress that they come in LOVE to help us and our planet move to a new Higher Vibration of Love. They have asked Blossom to get this message out to as many people as possible. The transcript of this message is at http://lightworkers.org/content/39513/blossom-good-child-channeling-galactic-federation-light
THE QUANTUM APOCALYPSE (10 min) MInd-blowing scientific stuff http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfdUrGTSFls&NR=1
Featuring Noted Experts - Fred Alan Wolf, Peter Russell, Professor Al-Khalili, York Dobyns, Robert Anton Wilson, Dean Radin, Richard Alan Miller, Michael Talbot, Gregg Braden, Professor David Deutsch, David Wilcock, Khemp Yurmed Tinly, Nassim Naramein, John Hagelin, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, David Bohm, Bill Hicks -- TOPICS: Mind, Brain, Reality, Consciousness, Matter, Atoms, Quantum, Teleportation, Particles, Space, Time, Hologram, Fractal, Superposition, Entanglement, Parallel Universe, Duality, Uncertainty, Energy, Words, Illusion, Ego, Perception, Matrix, Infinite, Senses, Science, Information, Words, Metaphor, Digital, Vibration, Imagination, Psychology, Evolution, Psychology, LSD, NWO, Void, Vortex, Grid, Egypt, Mayan, Psychedelics, Healing, Aether, Harmonic Concordance, Luminiferous Pulse, Primal Point Of Unity, Underpinning Geometry, Platonic, Emanation, Light, Eternity, Love, Spirit, Graviton, Takyon, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnidimensional, All seeing Eye, Infinity, Spin Continuum, Aura, Soul
THE MATRIX OF ILLUSION http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvUTozuiBF0&NR=
Featuring noted experts - David Lynch, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, David Wilcock, David Icke, Michael Talbot, Gregg Braden, James J Traitz, Robert Anton Wilson, Neil Kramer, Grant Morrison, Bill Hicks - TOPICS: Consciousness Matter Planck Matrix Atoms Vibration Mind Einstein Illusion Vibration Frequency Hologram Reality Quantum Physics Aristotle Fear Greed Behaviour Stress Manipulation Belief Information Fractal Chaos Illuminati Observer Energy Field Feelings Infinate Universe Program Creator Brain Television Words Psychology Evoloution Psychology LSD NWO Void Vortex Grid Egypt Mayan Psychedelics
Military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities may not be effective http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-08/08/content_9055209.htm
The analysis by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) found that Iran's uranium facilities are too widely dispersed and protected -- and, in some cases, concealed too well -- to be effectively destroyed by warplanes. And any damage to Iran's nuclear program could be quickly repaired.
Navy relieves commander of air recon squadron (August 13, 2008) Bush wants to nuke Iran and Bentley wouldn't agree, or what? MILITARY BRASS REBELLION IS PROBABLY OUR BEST HOPE OF AVOIDING A NUCLEAR CONFLAGRATION AT THIS POINT... Pray that there are more Bentleys willing to put sand in Bush/Cheney/Kissinger's gears http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iKDcgevZDggHCdTkRzapHfQC_a2wD92H4SBG3
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The commander of a Navy air reconnaissance squadron that provides the president and the defense secretary the airborne ability to command the nation's nuclear weapons has been relieved of duty, the Navy said Tuesday. Cmdr. Shawn Bentley was relieved of duty Monday by the Navy for loss of confidence in his ability to command, only three months after taking the job. Capt. Brian Costello, commander of the Navy's Strategic Communications Wing One, removed Bentley from command, said Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Brown, a spokesman for the Naval Air Forces. Brown said Bentley, who is based with the squadron at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, was removed after an investigation by the Navy's Inspector General. The Navy did not release any details about the investigation or about any possible allegations against Bentley.But a source close to the investigation told The Associated Press that Bentley's removal regarded an undisclosed personal matter and was not related to the squadron's missions or duties. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter. There was no telephone listing for Shawn Bentley in Oklahoma City, and the Navy did not make Bentley available for comment.The primary duty of the squadron, nicknamed the "Ironman," is to provide communication with ballistic missile submarines, Brown said.It is also one of three squadrons that provides airborne communications for the president and defense secretary to command and control the nation's nuclear submarines, bombers and missile silos, according to the Wing's official Web site.Brown said Cmdr. Erik Johnson, who previously served as the commanding officer of the VQ-3, has resumed command of the squadron.Bentley has been temporarily assigned to a staff job with the Strategic Communications wing, Brown said.Bentley's removal, which was first reported by The Navy Times, is the latest in a series of high-profile firings by the Navy.Last month, the Navy relieved the commander of the USS Pearl Harbor of duty after the ship ran aground in the Persian Gulf. That was followed days later by the announcement the Navy fired its commanding officer and executive officer of the USS George Washington after a fire onboard the nuclear-powered aircraft caused $70 million in damage.
Iranian diplomat warns of harsh response to any strike http://tinyurl.com/67qd6c
Tehran's press attaché in Damascus grants interview to Israeli-Arab newspaper, says 'if Israel were to do something stupid it will face a shocking response the likes of which it has never encountered before'
Three major US naval strike forces due this week in Persian Gulf http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=5499
DEBKAfiles military sources note that the arrival of the three new American flotillas will raise to five the number of US strike forces in Middle East waters an unprecedented build-up since the crisis erupted over Irans nuclear program. This vast naval and air strength consists of more than 40 carriers, warships and submarines, some of the last nuclear-armed, opposite the Islamic Republic, a concentration last seen just before the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Our military sources postulate five objects of this show of American muscle: 1. The US, aided also by France, Britain and Canada, is finalizing preparations for a partial naval blockade to deny Iran imports of benzene and other refined oil products. This action would indicate that the Bush administration had thrown in the towel on stiff United Nations sanctions and decided to take matters in its own hands. 2. Iran, which imports 40 percent of its refined fuel products from Gulf neighbors, will retaliate for the embargo by shutting the Strait of Hormuz oil route chokepoint, in which case the US naval and air force stand ready to reopen the Strait and fight back any Iranian attempt to break through the blockade. 3. Washington is deploying forces as back-up for a possible Israeli military attack on Irans nuclear installations. 4. A potential rush of events in which a US-led blockade, Israeli attack and Iranian reprisals pile up in a very short time and precipitate a major military crisis. 5. While a massive deployment of this nature calls for long planning, its occurrence at this time cannot be divorced from the flare-up of the Caucasian war between Russia and Georgia. While Russia has strengthened its stake in Caspian oil resources by its overwhelming military intervention against Georgia, the Americans are investing might in defending the primary Persian Gulf oil sources of the West and the Far East. DEBKAfiles military sources name the three US strike forces en route to the Gulf as the USS Theodore Roosevelt , the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Iwo Jima . Already in place are the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea opposite Iranian shores and the USS Peleliu which is cruising in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.
Persian Gulf blockade 'a matter of time' http://www.kuwaittimes.net/read_news.php?newsid=NTk0MjM0Nzk=
Khathor commented, "The closure of the strait of Hormuz is something that is going to happen and will happen many times... it might happen very soon with this issue but either way, it will repeat again in the future."
U.S. Puts Brakes on Israeli Plan for Attack on Iran Nuclear Facilities http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20499.htm
The American administration has rejected an Israeli request for military equipment and support that would improve Israel's ability to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.
Israel Threatens Russian Air Defenses http://tinyurl.com/553hzm
'We'll neutralize S-300 if sold to Iran': If Russia goes through with the sale of its most advanced anti-aircraft missile system to Iran, Israel will use an electronic warfare device now under development to neutralize it and as a result present Russia as vulnerable to air infiltrations, a top defense official has told The Jerusalem Post.
America's Israeli-Occupied Media (August 12, 2008) http://www.antiwar.com/orig/giraldi.php?articleid=13288
There should be little doubt that the Israeli government is making every effort to jump-start a war against Iran sooner rather than later. Many Israelis not surprisingly believe it is in their interest to convince the United States to attack Iran so that Israel will not have to do it, and they are hell-bent on bringing that about. Unfortunately, their efforts are being aided and abetted by a U.S. mainstream media that is unwilling to ask any hard questions or challenge the assumptions of the Israeli government.Israeli intellectuals such as Benny Morris have been provided a platform to argue implausibly that a little war is necessary right now to prevent a larger nuclear conflict. The repeated visits to Washington by Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak and Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi to pressure Washington to commit to a military option are generally unreported in the U.S. media, and no one is asking why the United States should be involved in what is clearly a "wag the dog" scenario.For once, however, some officials in Washington appear to have developed a backbone and are pushing back. A flurry of visits to Israel by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen, and intelligence chiefs Mike McConnell and Michael Hayden have made clear that there is considerable opposition at the Pentagon and in intelligence circles to starting a third war at this time. Israel says that Iran is about to obtain a nuclear weapon while the Pentagon and American intelligence services are providing a more cautious assessment, putting forward the U.S. view that Iran is still far removed from having nuclear capability. (...) On the home front there is also some additional good news for those who prefer diplomacy to warfare: Congress is in recess and won't be able to do anything truly stupid, at least not until next month. House Resolution 362 has 261 co-sponsors, but it is still in committee and the word is that it will be rewritten because of concerns about some of its language. Though not binding, it would have recommended a blockade of Iranian ports to stop the import of petroleum products, which many have rightly seen as an act of war. Senate Resolution 580, which has 49 senators as co-sponsors, is also reportedly being redrafted. The antiwar movement has claimed some credit for stopping the two resolutions in their original versions because of a mobilization that produced thousands of calls to congressmen, but AIPAC has been lobbying heavily for the approval of both resolutions. I expect that the Israel lobby will prevail. Both resolutions should pass with overwhelming majorities when Congress reconvenes after Labor Day. The principal problem in attempting to derail the rush to war has been the mainstream media, which provides a bully pulpit for those who want war. The media also accepts the framework of the Iran "problem" as defined by Washington and Tel Aviv, refusing to enter into any kind of serious, adult discussion of how the outstanding issues between the U.S. and Iran might be resolved CLIP
Report: Syria taking preventive steps, fearing Israeli strike http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1011235.html
Syria's leadership fears that a drill conducted Tuesday by the Israel Defense Forces in the Golan Heights may develop into a military offensive against Damascus, the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Watan reported Wednesday.
Poland and US Agree on Missile Defense Shield http://www.truthout.org/article/poland-and-us-agree-missile-defense-shield
Harry de Quetteville, The Telegraph UK: "Poland and the US have signed a deal to build a controversial missile defense shield in Eastern Europe, the Polish prime minister said. The agreement highlights how Russia's invasion of Georgia has prompted a swift reappraisal of the region's security and alliances."
Our $100 Trillion National Debt http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20463.htm
The "official" debt of the United States is only around $10 trillion dollars as of August 6, 2008. This is a manageable number; we could pay it off in a few decades if we quit buying luxuries like food and clothing, and take a few other minor economy measures. Unfortunately, the "$10 trillion" number was produced by government accounting, which among other things allows one to ignore Social Security, Medicare, and the new prescription drug benefit. This is like ignoring rent, food, and utilities in your household budget. it will lead to a few bounced checks. Our real debt is about ten times higher.
Sub-prime crisis: Property crash pushes third of US homebuyers into negative equity (August 14 2008) http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/aug/14/subprimecrisis.housingmarket?gusrc=rss&feed=worldnews
The US property market has collapsed with such ferocity that almost a third of homebuyers are trapped in negative equity with mortgages outstripping the value of their homes.House prices in the US are plunging at their fastest rate for 12 years, leaving millions of people struggling to meet home loans often provided by unscrupulous lenders after making minimal checks on the suitability of borrowers.Among Americans who bought homes since the beginning of 2003, some 29.1% are in negative equity according to research by Zillow.com, an online specialist in house values. For those who bought in 2006, as many as 45% have mortgages under water in comparison to the sale value of their property."For homeowners who need to sell, this is a gravely serious situation," Stan Humphries, Zillow's vice-president of analytics, told Bloomberg News."It can also be harmful to communities where the number of unsold homes adds more houses to inventory and puts downward pressure on prices." The latest figures on house prices showed a year on year drop of 9.9%.Worst hit are previously booming areas such as Los Angeles, where prices are down 27%, and Las Vegas, which has seen a drop of 21%. Citigroup's housebuilding analyst, Josh Levin, yesterday predicted that property prices could continue falling through 2010 and possibly 2011. One of America's largest mortgage finance companies recently forecast that prices would drop by between 18% and 20% from "peak to trough" in the current downturn. Freddie Mac said the US property market was in its most dismal condition since the great depression of the 1930s.
Foreclosure fallout: Houses go for a $1 http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080813/METRO/808130360
DETROIT -- One dollar can get you a large soda at McDonald's, a used VHS movie at 7-Eleven or a house in Detroit. The fact that a home on the city's east side was listed for $1 recently shows how depressed the real estate market has become in one of America's poorest big cities. And it still took 19 days to find a buyer. The sale price of the home may be an anomaly, but illustrates both the depths of the foreclosure crisis in Detroit and the rapid scuttling of vacant homes in some of the city's impoverished neighborhoods.The home, at 8111 Traverse Street, a few blocks from Detroit City Airport, was the nicest house on the block when it sold for $65,000 in November 2006, said neighbor Carl Upshaw. But the home was foreclosed last summer, and it wasn't long until "the vultures closed in," Upshaw said. "The siding was the first to go. Then they took the fence. Then they broke in and took everything else." The company hired to manage the home and sell it, the Bearing Group, boarded up the home only to find the boards stolen and used to board up another abandoned home nearby. Scrappers tore out the copper plumbing, the furnace and the light fixtures, taking everything of value, including the kitchen sink. "It about doesn't make sense to put the family out," Upshaw said. "Once people are gone, you're gonna lose the house in this neighborhood." Tuesday, the home was wide open. Doors leading into the kitchen and the basement were missing, and the front windows had been smashed. Weeds grew chest-high, and charred remains marked a spot where the garage recently burned.Put on the market in January for $1,100, the house had no lookers other than the squatters who sometimes stayed there at night. Facing $4,000 in back taxes and a large unpaid water bill, the bank that owned the property lowered the price to $1. CLIP
Our Economic Malaise - The Fire This Time? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20461.htm
We stole from Native Americans within minutes of landing here, and never stopped until we'd grabbed all the land and resources we wanted, leaving them casinos and poverty in return. We harnessed yokes around Africans and imported them as if they were agricultural beasts of burden, and continued to do so for centuries. We built our economic accomplishments on the backs of near-slave immigrant laborers, from Chinese coolies to Mexican wetbacks, along with Irish, Italian, German, Jewish and a whole lot of other nationalities in-between
Iraq Contractors Outnumber Troops http://www.truthout.org/article/iraq-contractors-outnumber-troops
Andrew Tilghman, TPM Muckraker: "Today private military contractors supporting the U.S. occupation in Iraq far outnumber U.S. troops inside the country. All together, these non-uniformed workers have cost nearly $100 billion, accounting for roughly 20 percent of the total U.S. budget for the five-year war."
The Peak Oil Crisis: Masking the Peak (6 August 2008) http://www.fcnp.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3385:the-peak-oil-crisis-masking-the-peak&catid=17:national-commentary&Itemid=79
As world oil production has never peaked before, there is no historical basis for making informed judgments as to what is going to happen. All we know is that some six billion people, living in some 200 economies on this earth are soon going to be confronted with getting by on less than the 86 million barrels of oil per day (b/d) that we currently consume. The outcome of the interaction among all those people, all those countries and all that oil is too complex to foresee with any clarity.It has long been recognized among those studying the peak oil phenomenon a severe, lengthy, worldwide economic setback could reduce the demand for oil to such an extent that peak production could be lost in the chaos.Other scenarios involve oil prices rising to such level that demand drops significantly, which would be followed by a major drop in prices, followed by increased demand and rising prices, and the cycle continues.In the last three weeks, world oil prices have dropped steadily so they are now nearly $30 a barrel below what they were in early July.Now this decline could be the result of those pesky speculating hedge funds selling short the oil futures contracts. It could be the $4 gasoline keeping an increasing number of Americans off the roads, or even the Olympics, which forced Beijing into a two-month shutdown of a sizable piece of its economic activity in an effort to clean up the air. (...) Falling demand for oil obviously is going to cut production so that a nominal "peak" in world oil output will occur. From there on, the situation has so many variables as to become unpredictable. Worldwide demand for oil could fall by hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of barrels per day. Oil consumption, however, is so deeply rooted in the sinews of the world's economy, it is difficult to image demand dropping by many millions of barrels from the current 86 million b/d. But then again, nobody can realistically foresee what is going to happen.If worldwide economic problems should stretch out into years, then we would be in the midst of what most foresee will be the geologic/economic decline in world oil production. If demand has already dropped due to bad economic times, then the geologic peak is likely to go undetected. For in our rearview mirror, world production would have been dropping for months or years simply because fewer have enough money to pay for the stuff. The message is that there are many ways to perceive the coming years. Either the lack of enough oil due to geologic constraints will create unimaginable economic troubles, or economic troubles from some other cause can kill the demand for oil. A major blow-up in the Middle East, for example, could create so much turmoil that world oil production would peak on the spot, never again to return to current levels of production. It is getting very complicated out there, and none of us really know what is going to happen. The only thing we can be sure of is that somewhere along the line, changes in our lifestyles are coming - perhaps faster than we think.
The Venezuelan-Russian Alliance? Venezuela to buy Russian weapons (July 27, 2008) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9678
In this epoch of globalization where authoritarianism has prospered, elitism has conquered, false flag operations have ascended, liberty has shriveled, war has prevailed, and true democracies have vanished , a handful of sovereign nations are trying to survive the whirlpool of the new world order by arming themselves and by making unholy alliances that will prolong their sovereignty and survival.Venezuela is one of these countries. Washington's intent to instrument regime change in Venezuela has failed and President Hugo Chavez has lately struck a deal with Moscow to sell oil in exchange for weapons. President Chavez has also threatened to switch oil transactions into euros, and has reasserted his total control over Petroleos de Venezuela with 74,918 employees and $101 billion a year in sales. . Venezuela is also the worlds fourth largest oil exporter and the number three supplier of the United States. According to Janes Intelligence report, quoting a Russian political analyst, Venezuela could be purchasing weaponry from Russia worth USD5 billion over the next ten years. In addition, the report also added that Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), has said: Regardless of the situation on global arms markets, Venezuela under Hugo Chavez will continue to buy Russian weaponry and may spend USD5 billion or more over the next 10 years on imports of Russian military equipment. RIA Novosti also reported that during his official visit to Russia on July 23, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and the Russian leadership reaffirmed their mutual drive to strengthen bilateral defense cooperation. . Hugo Chavez could be writing his final chapter of defiance against the new global corporate aristocracy by making a deal with the Russian Military Industrial Complex. The neocons will undoubtedly connect Venezuela to terrorist networks, and the Anglo-American establishment will relentlessly continue their quest to dethrone him, fuel conflict and unrest in the region, and use every possible clandestine strategy to bring the corporate jackals back into Venezuela to exploit once again the wealth of that nation, and to impoverish the Venezuelan population.
Anthrax Mystery: Questions Raised over Whether Government Is Framing Dead Army Scientist for 2001 Attacks (August 04, 2008) http://www.democracynow.org/2008/8/4/anthrax
The FBIs prime suspect in the October 2001 anthrax letters case died last week in an apparent suicide. Bruce Ivins was an elite government scientist at the biodefense research lab in Fort Detrick, Maryland. He was among the nations top experts on the military use of anthrax. But many of his colleagues have expressed deep skepticism over the FBIs claims. We speak to anthrax expert Dr. Meryl Nass and blogger Glenn Greenwald. [includes rush transcript] Guests: Glenn Greenwald, attorney and blogger at Salon.com. His recent posts include Vital Unresolved Anthrax Questions and ABC News, Additional Key Facts Re: The Anthrax Investigation and Journalists, Their Lying Sources, and the Anthrax Investigation Dr. Meryl Nass, expert on anthrax and editor of the blog AnthraxVaccine.blogspot.com AMY GOODMAN: The FBIs prime suspect in the October 2001 anthrax letters case died last week in an apparent suicide. Bruce Ivins was an elite government scientist at the biodefense research lab at Fort Detrick, Maryland. He was among the nations top experts on the military use of anthrax. Ivins reportedly died soon after learning the Justice Department was about to file criminal charges against him for the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people and sickened seventeen others, crippling the national mail service. He had been part of a team that helped the government investigate the attacks and won the Pentagons highest civilian award in 2003. Many of his colleagues are convinced Ivins was innocent and claim he lacked the motive and the means to develop the fine powder used in the letter scare. Theyre also skeptical of the FBIs investigation, one of the largest in US history, given its false starts over the past seven years. The investigation initially focused on Steven Hatfill, the onetime colleague of Bruce Ivins. But this June, the Justice Department settled with Hatfill for $5.82 million. Whether Ivins was guilty or not, the case also raises key questions about how the anthrax scare was initially linked to Islamic terrorists and Iraq. In a piece for Salon.com, attorney and author Glenn Greenwald writes repeated claims by the mainstream media linking the attacks to Saddam Hussein helped shape American perceptions about Iraq in the lead-up to the invasion. Glenn Greenwald joins us now by telephone from Brazil. Were also joined on the phone by Dr. Meryl Nass. Shes in Maine. Shes an expert on anthrax and knew Bruce Ivins. On her blog, anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com, she writes she believes Ivins was probably innocent. CLIP
Scientists Question FBI Probe On Anthrax
August 3, 2008, Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/02/AR2008080201632.html
(...)Colleagues and friends of the vaccine specialist remained convinced that Ivins was innocent: They contended that he had neither the motive nor the means to create the fine, lethal powder that was sent by mail to news outlets and congressional offices in the late summer and fall of 2001. CLIP
Brasscheck TV: Before the War on Terror http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/399.html
Before the "War on Terror" the Bush family declared another war. Bush Sr. got the ball rolling on that one. Bush Sr. was Ronald Reagan's "Dick Cheney." He was the real president while the senile, but highly charismatic actor and lifelong associate of gangsters Ronald Reagan occupied the White House. It was called "The War on Drugs." And just like the "War on Terror," it was (and still is) a multi-billion dollar enterprise fighting shadows. Guess who brought cocaine into the US by the planeload during the 1980s?
Voting machine gets LinuxWorld tryout (August 2, 2008) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/08/01/BUFD1224UC.DTL
Like many people, Alan Dechert was outraged when the 2000 presidential election was thrown to the Supreme Court because nobody could figure out how Florida's voters had voted. An engineer who has designed and tested software for a living, he thinks the outcomes of elections should never be in doubt. So Dechert and a couple of colleagues founded the Open Voting Consortium, a nonprofit group dedicated to delivering "trustable and open voting systems." In addition to lobbying against proprietary voting machines, they have spent the last several years working with scientists and engineers around the world to design and build a voting machine of their own. On Tuesday their machine will be put to the test at LinuxWorld in San Francisco, where the 10,000 people who are expected to attend the conference will get to vote in a mock presidential election pitting Barack Obama against John McCain. "The voting system in the U.S. is still not sufficiently accurate to determine the winner in a very close election," said Dechert, who has worked at Borland International and Intel developing and testing software. "By the time we're done (with the mock election), nobody will have any doubt." The code that runs this voting machine is based on the work of a former [U.C.] Berkeley student, Ka-Ping Yee, who now works at Google. At a price of about $400, the new voting machine is a tenth of the cost of proprietary machines ... because it's simply designed and based on free software. Its workings are transparent, he said, unlike some of the electronic voting machines that California decertified for security problems. Note: How could the U.S. government allow private companies to develop machines with secret codes the government can't access in the first place? For a summary of the many problems with proprietary electronic voting machines, click here.
Travelers' Laptops May Be Detained At Border: No Suspicion Required (August 1, 2008) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/01/AR2008080103030.html
Federal agents may take a traveler's laptop computer or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed. Also, officials may share copies of the laptop's contents with other agencies and private entities for language translation, data decryption or other reasons, according to the policies, dated July 16 and issued by two DHS agencies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "The policies . . . are truly alarming," said Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.), who is probing the government's border search practices. He said he intends to introduce legislation soon that would require reasonable suspicion for border searches, as well as prohibit profiling on race, religion or national origin. DHS officials said the newly disclosed policies ... apply to anyone entering the country, including U.S. citizens. Civil liberties and business travel groups have pressed the government to disclose its procedures as an increasing number of international travelers have reported that their laptops, cellphones and other digital devices had been taken -- for months, in at least one case -- and their contents examined. The policies cover "any device capable of storing information in digital or analog form," including hard drives, flash drives, cellphones, iPods, pagers, beepers, and video and audio tapes. They also cover "all papers and other written documentation," including books, pamphlets and "written materials commonly referred to as 'pocket trash' or 'pocket litter.' "
Underground FEMA Fuel Tanks Could Leak http://www.truthout.org/article/underground-fema-fuel-tanks-could-leak
Eileen Sullivan, for The Associated Press: "The government owns hundreds of underground fuel tanks - many designed for emergencies back in the Cold War - that need to be inspected for leaks of hazardous substances that could be making local water undrinkable. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has known since at least the 1990s that tanks under its supervision around the country could be leaking fuel into soil and groundwater, according to Associated Press interviews and research."
Cellphone use potentially risky for kids, teens: health agency (July 12, 2008) http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/07/12/cellphones-kids.htm
Toronto's department of public health is advising teenagers and young children to limit their use of cellphones to avoid potential health risks.The advisory believed to be the first of its kind in Canada warns that because of possible side effects from radio frequencies, children under eight should only use a cellphone in emergencies and teenagers should limit calls to less than 10 minutes."Teach them the ways to use a cellphone responsibly to make shorter calls, to use other modes of communication; if it's possible, use a landline," said Loren Vanderlinden, a health department supervisor and the report's author.In an interview with the Toronto Star, Vanderlinden said scientists were dismissive of any risk years ago. But with more studies, she said, a pattern is emerging that suggests people who have used their cellphones for a long period of time are at greater risk of certain kinds of brain tumours. CLIP
Gardasil vaccine doubts grow (August 11, 2008) http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-gardasil11-2008aug11,0,2921629.story
Sandra Levy wants to do everything she can to safeguard the health of her 11-year-old daughter -- and that, of course, includes cancer prevention. She has had her child inoculated with one shot of Gardasil, the human papilloma virus vaccine that may prevent cervical cancer. But now, she says, she has serious reservations about going ahead with the next two injections of the course. Though most medical organizations strongly advocate using the HPV vaccine, some doctors and parents, like Levy, are asking whether the vaccine's benefits really outweigh its costs. A report released in June stirred up more doubts. Although cause and effect were not proved, the report listed serious events -- such as seizures, spontaneous abortions and even deaths -- among teens, preteens and young women who had earlier had Gardasil shots. [The] analysis, released June 30 by the Washington, D.C.-based public interest group Judicial Watch, [has] raised [these] red flags. Judicial Watch obtained records from the FDA's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a voluntary system used by doctors, patients and drug companies to report side effects with vaccines to the federal agency. The report revealed that since the vaccine's 2006 approval, when girls began getting it, nearly 9,000 had bad health events after receiving Gardasil. The incidents included 10 miscarriages, 78 severe outbreaks of genital warts and six cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that can result in paralysis. There were also 18 reported deaths.
GM surprise in the cereal box (August 03, 2008) http://www.thetimes.co.za/PrintEdition/News/Article.aspx?id=814190
Label battle grows as lab tests show top breakfast brands contain a hefty proportion of genetically modified maize - Millions of South Africans eat genetically modified cereals for breakfast. Laboratory tests have found that more than half of the maize used in some of the countrys top breakfast brands is genetically modified. Maize is one of the countrys staple foods and a key ingredient in breakfast cereals. The type of modified maize grown locally contains an additional gene, borrowed from a type of bacteria, that makes the crop more resistant to insects. CLIP
Prince Charles in battle with ministers over 'cynical' attempts to push GM food as the solution to world hunger (13th August 2008) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1044146/Prince-Charles-battle-ministers-cynical-attempts-push-GM-food-solution-world-hunger.html
Prince Charles has been thrust into a fierce battle with the Government after warning that GM farming will deliver an 'environmental disaster'.He is furious at 'cynical' attempts by the biotech industry and ministers to push genetically modified crops as the solution to Third World hunger. Charles says the industrialisation of farming, which includes GM, is destroying the soil, polluting waterways and pushing out small producers. He accused agrochemical firms of conducting a 'gigantic experiment with nature and the whole of humanity which has gone seriously wrong'. A number of Labour MPs yesterday rubbished his concerns, suggesting he was 'Luddite'. However, his views echo those of at least one senior government scientist and a recent UN commission which warned against the further industrialisation of farming. The Prince said relying on gigantic corporations for the mass production of food would threaten supplies and the future of small farmers.'If they think this is the way to go we will end up with millions of small farmers all over the world being driven off their land into unsustainable,unmanageable, degraded and dysfunctional conurbations of unmentionable awfulness. I think it will be an absolute disaster.' What we should be talking about is food security not food production - that is what matters and that is what people will not understand. If they think it's somehow going to work because they are going to have one form of clever genetic engineering after another then count me out, because that will be guaranteed to cause the biggest disaster environmentally of all time.' CLIP More on this through http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1044664/The-Luddite-Prince-GM-catastrophe.htmland http://tinyurl.com/6sx5mp
Arctic ice depleted by half in 6 years of 'drastic thinning:' researcher (August 05, 2008) http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=04feb590-43b6-4f92-b54b-255ce1ec32dd
A new seven-year study of the Arctic's shrinking sea ice - which is headed for another above-average melt this summer - concludes that the polar cap is not only losing vast swathes of surface area but also experiencing a "drastic thinning" likely to reinforce the overall retreat.The study, headed by University of Alberta ice expert Christian Haas, found reductions of ice thickness in the central Arctic Ocean of up 50 per cent between 2001 and 2007, as well as widespread replacement of heavier, older ice near the North Pole with weaker first-year ice."The regime shift to younger and thinner ice could soon result in an ice-free North Pole during summer," says the study, to be published in the fall by the U.S. journal Geophysical Research Letter CLIP
Dead Zone in The Gulf of Mexico Near Record Size (July 31, 200) http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/07/31/10723/
GULF OF MEXICO - The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, an area on the seabed with too little oxygen to support fish, shrimp, crabs and other forms of marine life, is nearly the largest on record this year, about 8,000 square miles, researchers said this week.
106 mpg 'air car' creates buzz, questions (August 8, 2008) http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/08/08/air.car/index.html
(...) The technology has been the focus of MDI, a European company founded in 1991 by a French inventor and former race car engineer.New York-based Zero Pollution Motors is the first firm to obtain a license from MDI to produce the cars in the United States, pledging to deliver the first models in 2010 at a price tag of less than $18,000. The concept is similar to how a locomotive works, except compressed air -- not steam -- moves the engine's pistons, said Shiva Vencat, vice president of MDI and CEO of Zero Pollution Motors.Gas still plays a roleThe six-seater planned for the U.S. market would be able to reach speeds of more than 90 mph and have a range of more than 800 miles thanks to a dual energy engine, Vencat said. Watch what a prototype looks like and why the cars may take off in cities » The design calls for one or more tanks of compressed air under the car's floor, as well as a tank holding at least 8 gallons of fuel. Whether the engine uses just air or both air and fuel would depend on how fast the car is going. It would run purely on compressed air at speeds less than 35 mph, Vencat said. Since the car could only go a short distance when using just air, fuel is needed to get the full range, he explained."Above 35 mph, there is an external combustion system, which is basically a heater that uses a little bit of gasoline or biofuel or ethanol or vegetable oil that will heat the air," Vencat said."Heating the air increases its volume, and by increasing its volume, it increases [the car's] range. That's why with one gallon of gasoline or its equivalent we are able to make over 100 mpg." CLIP
Dean Kamen aims to clean water, generate electricity with Slingshot machine (Apr 23rd 2008) http://www.engadget.com/2008/04/23/dean-kamen-aims-to-clean-water-generate-electricity-with-slings/
This one has been making the rounds for a little while now (including a recent appearance on The Colbert Report, viewable after the break), but it hasn't received anything near Segway-like coverage, which is all the more curious given that it's potentially a far more important device. Dubbed the Slingshot, Dean Kamen's latest creation promises to do nothing short of producing clean water from virtually any liquid source (without filters) and generate enough electricity to power about 70 energy efficient light bulbs. What's more, Kamen estimates that the machines would cost between $1,000 and $2,000 which, given the number of people a single one is likely to help, is certainly quite the bargain. MANU more such inventions through http://www.engadget.com/
Recommended on August 12 by Bonnie Mandell-Rice (email@example.com) who wrote: "Jean, I thought you might want to include this exceedingly powerful message in the next compilation. Blessings and gratitude for all your service."
Note from Jean: In light of the numerous signals pointing to risky times ahead, it is imperative that we each take a moment to anchor deep in our soul's core the message Maureen Moss has been inspired to manifest for us all. We are fast approaching an epochal crossroad in our collective lifetime continuum. Each choice we make in every NOW moment to shift away from any fear-based thought-form and emotional radiation of fear towards BEing the shining stars of LOVE we truly are brings us closer to Heaven (the promised Land of the New Earth we are Co-creating as living expressions of God) and further away from hell (the realm where our worst self-fulfilling prophecies of fear become manifested by the universal Law of Attraction). It is simply a matter of making a conscious choice in every single moment as we vigilantly stand at the razor edge of our consciousness to surrender to the welling of Love that brightens our face into a radiant smile, wet our eyes with tears of bliss and make our soul sing the universal hymn of godly adoration of the I Am Presence in All That Is. We be One!
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Sent: July 31, 2008
Subject: World Puja/Planetary Rearrangement
PLANETARY MASS REARRANGEMENT
I pray you are well. This past month began my hiatus and deep inward journey as I prepare my body, mind and spirit for the heightened chapter in our lives that has already turned its first several pages.
I did not intend to write a newsletter while on hiatus this month though upon being awakened with purpose this morning I was strongly guided to do so. Please know that no response is necessary. If this resonates for you please pass it on as always with the World Puja website for further information, life-changing broadcasts from global shape-shifters, CD's, MP3's, personal sessions, and former articles that support what I am about to write.
The energy was strong that prompted this information, so I apologize in advance for its big push.
With that said my brothers and sisters, we are on shaky ground as fear continues to escalate and undermine our highest potentials, drags our consciousness through the mud and literally makes fools out of the Gods that we are.
As a species we cannot pull this kind of energy into play any more, not for any reason, for any season, for any story, for any thing or anybody. It is seriously obvious that there is infiltration on and off this Planet with a plan to incite fear wherever possible for personal gain. I am guided to reach out again and bring attention to the need to cultivate a fearless stewardship over your human form.
Many that live now and have lived previously have not worked so hard and for this long to simply let it be ok that fear is still running the show for far too many, and putting others at risk who are making great strides to cease and dismiss this malignant illusion once and for all. Fear is both a malignant and ignorant illusion induced by skewed perception of experience. It is humanity's biggest Achilles heel and it's got to be healed, or the end of suffering will never be had. Never.
I ask where is the sense in fear? There isn't any. Where is the knowledge in fear? There isn't any. (Please don't confuse discernment or intuition with fear.) Where is the strength in fear? There isn't any. Where is the life force in fear? There isn't any. What will fear do to uplift your consciousness? Nothing. What will fear do to end wars? Nothing. What will fear do to bring down the price of gas? Nothing. What does fear accomplish? It multiplies itself, spreads like cancer and puts us into slave mentality. Can fear be used to work against us? Yes. Will it be used to work against us? Yes and it already is! Where is God in fear? Nowhere.
NEVER MIND what's scaring the life out of you. Over mind what's scarring the life out of you or consciously mind what's scarring the life out of you and shift out of it before its malignancy destroys you and others. You owe it to yourself to know that you have what it takes to rise above the insidious groveling, demeaning and clawing nature of fear. Prove this to yourself once and for all.
Take anything inside of you or outside of you that you are afraid of before this day is over and take dominion OVER it by sheer will and pure love for yourself. Watch what happens. Love what happens. Don't forget what happens.
As a collective we are standing smack dab in the middle of a massive planetary overhaul and we've got a job to do that requires complete clarity and fearlessness in spite of the mess we appear to be in and the predictions of what will be. The conditions of the experience we are all going through have a purpose; to give us an experience unlike any other to breakdown mental and emotional and spiritual facades. To breakdown greed and dishonesty and attentions that have strayed in the wrong direction. Furthermore, to abolish human made laws of attraction for inappropriate "things" and to help us rise up as powerful aspects of God by giving us a new value system, teaching us how to be Self sufficient, amplifying the power of the heart, and the heart mind and give us a new lens of perception to see what is real and what is worth being alive in human form for.
Yes we are in a planetary mass rearrangement and that's why there must be both breakdown and breakthrough, which CAN NOT be done through fear. And if it can't be done through fear, and you know it, are you going to take that road anyway? Former experience has proven to all of us that the fear road has a dead end and has never resolved one single thing in our lives. Are you going to take a dead end road and let a bully named fear take you and the entire Planet down?
Are you going to pass up an opportunity, perhaps the last of its kind ever, to find out what you are truly capable of and then live from that place, or do you need a recycled experience to give it another go? Are we going to repeat history or make history? Are we going to live Heaven or Hell right here and right now on Planet Earth where both are up for grabs? Pick your side before you are pushed to the side you don't want to be on. Either side will have you reaping what you sow.
You owe it to yourself and all of humanity to demonstrate the power of fearlessness that lives and breathes inside of your skin and bones and to be in service to the mass consciousness on this Planet as a result of doing so. Your piece of mass consciousness is vital! You can lift it or deplete it with a fear based thought or a fearless one. Don't think for a moment that your piece of Light doesn't have enough power to cause a shift in this game, one way or another, because it does, and you are responsible to steward that Light properly.
You have the strength and the power to shift out of fear in mere moments if you come to understand the strategy of fear, and utilize your strategy to strip it down. You are further responsible for discerning whether it is truly you doing the thinking about anything based in fear, or if something is being impressed upon you to think in a perilous manner. This thought takes an open mind, void of Pollyanna mentality and is born of cultivating razor sharp consciousness. When you heighten yourself to that level of consciousness you will realize that you have the power to seal off the largest trap on this Planet, which is fear, and to ward off the "players" who use it purposefully.
If you consent, intend and equip yourself with the ways and means to go about the task of shutting that trap down forever, regardless of whatever comes up or comes down in your life, you will realize your inherent power... God that you are. Self respect and deep self-love will flood in and bless every corner of your life in ways and means that you may have never entertained as being both fulfilling and life giving.
If you consent, intend and equip yourself with the ways and means of abolishing fear, in an instant you can have a breakthrough moment granting you the consciousness to never consent to such obvious manipulation again. Fear is self induced or "otherwise" produced manipulation. For God's sake, for your sake, for humanities sake please stop whatever you are doing and consider the above. Your life is at stake.
Consider this. What if you were given an internal command that asked you to spend the next 30 days building a safe harbor for your consciousness to dwell and expand in that never allows fear to trespass? How would you build an internal place where fear has no point of entry? What would you need to build a "foolproof/fearproof" harbor? What knowledge would you need as building material? What would you need to know about radical faith, action and inaction and insurmountable love for Self to make this harbor impossible for any fear based thoughts to penetrate no matter what? No matter what! Whether you've heard the command and turned a deaf ear or pretended not to hear the internal command.... it has been issued, and is asking you to become a Divine Architect and build that harbor now. No distractions, no stories, no victim mentality, martyr mentality or mortal mentality. No excuses. When you build that harbor, you will be met with indescribable peace, regardless of anything tha
t goes on or off in this world.
If we don't come to understand and witness for ourselves, within ourselves what the Masters that came before us, (and some who walk among us) taught (and teach) about the simple, uncomplicated love over fear approach to living as Divine Beings of Love and Light we will not be moved up even a half level in consciousness no matter what knowledge you hold or teach about anything that entices the human mind to stray from Self Consciousness.
Consciousness, not knowledge is your energy imprint on the Earth. Consciousness enmeshed with fear profoundly impacts our energy imprint keeping us suppressed, depressed, and away from what we came here to do; transform mortal consciousness! Fear has got to go or we as a species are going to go down, again. Where fear is not, love is, or at the very least neutrality is, bringing us closer to stability.
We are truly at the final frontier of our former existence and undoubtedly it is scary as hell to stand at the threshold of your true Self. It changes everything, and I do mean everything. You are at the edge of the cliff of your life and here, right at the razors edge, do you learn to fly, so let go of everything fearful weighing you down. When you do, the first place you will fly is to the first step of your future life and you will feel the difference from what once was your path of progression to what now will be your path of progression.
Once you get there prepare to not know where you will fly to next, until you are led. Stand in the void and don't get scared. This is a good place to be, embrace it and don't get scared. If you do get scared, simply acknowledge it and don't touch it with another thought! This is Mastery.
What will lead you to the next step is radical trust. Not the lukewarm surrender sort of trust, not the sweaty palms trust, but the trust that makes the difference between who you were while steeped in your fate and who you are about to become steeped in your destiny. Destiny is not shaped by fear; fate on the other hand is sealed by fear.
Wake up every day and get close to your soul. Approach your day fearless about everything no matter what and be willing to be led by the Lantern of the Divine. You will be, so be quiet, and be patient. Develop a strategy for building your fearless harbor and start building. It seemed so easy for so many to heed the call to make vision boards. Let this strategy supercede the most sublime of vision boards. For you see, not everyone's destiny was meant to have everything they envisioned, for soulful and contractual reasons. On the other hand, everyone's destiny requires fearless living in order for it to come to be. You may wish to pause and take that in for a moment, it's important.
As you build your fearless harbor, undoubtedly you will find yourself renouncing existing plans, former ambitions, and mentally planned goals. So be it! Let it be. This is not about you breaking agreements. It is about you honoring the agreement to wake up and stay up, being true to your higher Self, and claiming dominion over your sovereign Self. Open to the Will of Heaven and be patient. When you are not open to the Will of Heaven, you are open to the will of everything and everyone else. I don't sense that's a good option, do you?
For the sake of your destiny and out of love for humanity and this Planet's transition please deeply consider the action necessary to be taken on your behalf. Take a breath, make a commitment to your God Self to let it live out loud fearlessly and make your mark in history as a fearless hero in a never before played out shift in consciousness.
Final words: let no fear, no one and no thing hold you hostage again. You are the Light. Now blast it out, so there is no mistake about it.
Feel free to pass this on with proper credit to author Maureen Moss (Maureen@worldpuja.org) and website
The following message comes directly from the illumined beings of Love and Light that are working diligently on our behalf to assist us in our ascension from Human Nature To Divine Nature and so that we may arrive with grace into the fifth dimension. Please take this message deeply into your hearts, as I have mine.
- Maureen Moss
Namaste Beloveds. We honor you as Creator Gods in the midst of experiencing the Great Fallen Illusion and the return of the Light. You are looked upon and loved dearly as some of the most respected and courageous of all of God's Creations throughout all of time. We remind you that by choice you descended to Planet Earth, the mainland of negation to live and serve as heroes in a transition stage. Your redemption is close at hand, though we tell you even we are ill-equipped to honor you sufficiently for what you have all agreed to.
We know the courage it took for you to descend willingly into the tides of separation, further compounded by grids of fear, force-fields of ego control and enemy patterning. We know the pain you have endured of diverted dreams and we know what each and every one of you has been subjected to by the unrelenting ego in the lower realms of consciousness.
We know the depth of love you hold for the Divine to agree to be bound for centuries by the effects of a fear-based mass consciousness and an inrush of unhappiness caused by an intensification of the outplaying of the lower human nature.
Yes Beloveds you are highly revered! You willingly stood in line waiting to descend and be covered by the veils of forgetfulness. You agreed to all of this to prove that in spite of living in reverse conditions of God Consciousness, you were capable of bringing a Planet and a species to Light and emerge triumphant with your love and your light blazing like the Great Central Sunand with your Christ Minds in full control.
You, the modern day disciples of the Holiest of Holies are almost complete. You are surrounded by vast Legions of Light from Universes and Omniverses beyond even your deepest rememberings. We ask that you do not stop in spite of the intensification of the mutations of your physical bodies and in spite of your minds and egos attempt to amplify their illusory validity.
It is necessary that we bring a few critical points of Light to you as you come closer to your victory.
The first is that we have watched many of you switch your fascinations from the goings on and promises of the third dimension, to the goings on and promises of the fifth dimension. Though what is ahead for you is of great importance the actions required for you to take NOW is of greater importance in preparing to live less encumbered in the new world. Every shift in consciousness comes with it's own set of challenges. Don't exchange one trap for another. Stay fascinated only to the Divine Creator Gods that you are. Nourish and sustain connection to your Divine natures only and your Lightbodies.
We also notice that the human nature is still grasping for solutions and we understand the problem. In the moment you have feet, minds and responsibilities in more than one dimension as the merging continues to take place. Many of you are confused on how to live your life in a new order outside of time with a new focus on what is truly important to your Spirit, not your personality mind and ego.
Human negative emotions, primarily anger and despair, rise up in grasping . whether for hope, solutions or for illumination. Cease grasping and you will cease suffering.
By now you must know that solutions come from a Source far above what the human mind can comprehend. Cease grasping. A wise soul is not thrown off balance because it cannot render solutions. A wise fifth dimensional soul of Divine Nature loves whatever is or appears to be from a state of assuredness that all is in Divine right order and must play itself out as this game of separation and mind and ego control comes to a close. Whatever is troubling you let it run out of your mind. Soon there will be nothing left but a quiet mind and a guided path. Rest assured.
We also ask that you stop running hither and yon for Truth. Truth seeks out every evolving being in all Universes past, present, future and simultaneous. It is the great I AM who holds the Lamp of truth to guide you ever forward through your eternal Ascension through the infinite ages.
Beloveds, you never have to seek Truth through another for it will always be wherever you are and in every experience you have if you will turn a deaf ear to the mind and ego. Whatever your experience solitary or otherwise, quiet yourself, open yourself to receptive observation, breathe and expand the Divine Spark of Light that lives within your heart and ask this simple question "was that the Truth that just visited me?" You will always be met with an answer and balance will be restored.
And lastly we address fear, the great master-mind of the human undoing. Fear. The misappropriation of thought to experience both past and present, and the ill-conceived notion of what will be. Stop now is the hark from the company of heaven, the legions of Light that battle on your behalf for your illumination. We cannot continue to pierce your illusions of fear as the transition of human consciousness into the fifth dimension draws near. This battle rests upon you. Fear is a misapprehension of thought to experience and life and its purpose. Fear has become a ritual in the mortal mind of human, in regard to his/her future and harsh criticism of the past. Surrender it all immediately. It must cease or you will slip through the cracks between the world of illusion and the Kingdom of Heaven. Engage your Christ mind and stay only in the moments of the Now.
Cease pitting yourself against yourself. There is nothing wrong with you that a participatory shift in nature will not cure. You are stripping away your own dignity and the dignity of the great I AM which lives and breathes and has its expression of Life through you. You and the great I AM are one. I AM that I AM. No separation.
Understand this in the deepest recesses of your heart. You are a sacred tone flowing through the Universe. You are a dispensation of God's sacred ray. You are the Divine Plan frequency that is manifesting it's dominion on Earth. Rest in these truths and let all identities leave your mind, all is well.
Enter the fifth dimension with grace we are waiting for you with deep gratitude.
From: Louise Sullivan (email@example.com)
Subject: Latest news from Malta and Solar Eclipse Meditation
Date: 12 Aug 2008
Hello Dear Jean,
I have attached the latest channeling by Janet. It is so positive and augurs well for the future.
The Aug 1st Solar Eclipse meditation went very well.
Many groups from around the world joined in for this wonderful occasion. In all about 49 countries were linked up with us during this very Sacred day. Some were small groups and some were as large as 5,000 people. This turnout was beyond all expectations!!! We all came together to celebrate Our World - working together towards peace, unity and co-existence to form a New Earth.
We were blessed to have Deborah Roessner Harrison, the American internationally acclaimed performer who so kindly interrupted her sailing trip in the Med to be with us for this event and regaled us with some lovingly chosen music for this special occasion.
This was followed by a talk by Janet Trevisan who then led everybody in meditation for the Solar Eclipse. This meditation was not just randomly decided upon, it was impressed upon Janet Trevisan by her higher guidance.
Janet has lived in Malta for many years during which she has taught meditation and many different spiritual practices. We are very blessed to have her here at this time of global transformation as a very special spiritual guide and teacher.
We would very much like to share the talk and meditation with all our dear friends from around the world. Please go into our website: http://www.theenvoy.org/ where you will find the
Devatas: What we would deal with this evening is the Nature of the Future events on your planet. Now this is an important time to discuss these happenings. There is upon your planet a lot of information being given out which is totally negative. On the other hand having said that, your scientists have their scientific facts and it looks bleaker and bleaker. You have your scenarios of your global warming, you have your scenarios of waters rising around your planet, you have your scenarios of an ice-age, you have your scenarios of disease and lack of food and many other negative happenings. Now, as you look upon these, you automatically feel in your heart-of-hearts disquiet. And yet, we will tell you, that although this is being placed before the masses, In Reality and In Truth It Will Not Be It Will Not Occur in the manner it is being given out. CLIP
World Meditation for Peace, Co-Existence and Harmony
led by Janet Trevisan
Time: CET 20.00 Hrs
Place: Malta - Europe
Let us Unite in global meditation, to help stabilize the immense power which is synonymous with the Solar Eclipse thus Awakening a peaceful co-existence and Spiritual Conscious Awareness.
The world is at the point of Transformation. Consciousness now is Opening to its greater potential. Mother Earth calls you to help balance the energetics of the planet at this time. Through the light of the Solar Eclipse, our aspiration resonates now with our Higher Being.
Although the eclipse will be visible over China, Mongolia and Russia, its effects will be manifested worldwide over a period of three days, bringing about great positive change and innovation, as its energies interface with all the sacred sites and ley-lines around the planet.
You are Created, through consciousness, and you are a projection of thought. THEREFORE WHAT YOU TERM, YOUR REALITY IS A THINKING PROCESS, TO A DEGREE. ALL THAT YOU WISH TO BECOME, OR TO ATTAIN OR TO DO, IS BROUGHT ABOUT THROUGH THE THINKING PROCESSES. But you do not realize that THE THINKING PROCESS IS A VIBRATIONAL FREQUENCY, ONE WHICH CAN BE VERY NEGATIVE OR VERY POSITIVE.
AND IT IS IMPORTANT, GLOBALLY SPEAKING NOW, THAT PEOPLE LIFT THEIR AWARENESS, LIFT THEIR MINDS AND HEARTS, AND GO INTO A HIGHER FREQUENCY, LEAVING BEHIND THAT PAST THAT WAS.
BUT IF YOU CAN HOLD A POSITIVE AND NOT A NEGATIVE VIBRATIONAL FREQUENCY, THEN IT WILL BE A BALANCING - AND A BALANCING WITHIN A HIGHER LEVEL.
NOW AS THIS OCCURS, SO THE THOUGHT CHANGES - AS THIS CHANGES, YOUR REALITY CHANGES. AND THE REALITY FOR HUMANITY AS WE HAVE SAID MANY TIMES BEFORE IN THE PAST, IS A GREAT FUTURE INDEED.
AND IT IS A FUTURE WHEREBY HUMANITY COMES INTO ITS TRUE SPIRITUALITY AND ADULTHOOD AS SUCH - MOVING OUTWARD CONSCIOUSLY SPEAKING, INTO UNION WITH MANY, MANY OTHER DEEPER LEVELS OF SPIRITUALITY.
YOU ARE SPIRIT AND AS YOU 'CO-COMBINE' WITH OTHER SPIRITS, SO YOU WILL START TO SEE THE EXPANSION OF YOUR AWARENESS OCCURRING.
AND IT IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE THAT THE UNITIVE ATTITUDE AND THE POSITIVE ATTITUDE IS GIVEN OUT.
Taken from Devata Dictation (June, 30 2008) channeled by Janet Trevisan
We tell you so much about the coming period, and particularly the preparations to be made in readiness for Ascension. It is such a grand occasion that will lift you out of duality, so that you no longer have to go through the experiences arising from it. We know so many of you tire of the continual conflicts whether they occur in your personal lives, or as a collective experience within your mass consciousness. The opportunity to ascend and leave the old ways of duality behind are too good to miss, and part of our service to you is ensure as many as possible are aware of it. Certainly we note that even those souls that are shrouded in darkness have a sense of occasion, and know that something unusual is taking place.
To say that things are not what they used to be is to put it mildly, as you are in the midst of fantastic changes that are beginning to manifest. The plan for these times was laid down eons of time ago, which is why you find many references to the end times in your ancient books. Man has subconsciously known what the future held, if not the precise manner in which it would take place. Now you are not just within the period of changes, but are participating in them and having a large influence on how they work out. Your conscious decisions and desires for what the future should hold are energies that bring with them their own fulfilment.
It can therefore be said that you are opening the pathway to Ascension. You have immense help from our levels and beyond, but it is always up to you whether you accept. Great energies are playing upon Earth, and the grids that carry them spread out far and wide so that no soul shall be outside of the Light. We hear many of you asking what is going on, as they see the old collapsing around them. For those who are fortunate to be aware of the plan for Man it is a welcome sign, as it means that the new ways are preparing to replace them. There cannot any longer be the two running side by side, and one has to relinquish its hold.
Your experiences in duality have repeatedly exposed the dark side of life, and have fulfilled their part in allowing you direct experience of them. Of necessity you have moved from the Light to the dark, and back again, but there is no need to permanently remain in the lower dimension. You have learnt all that is needed to equip yourselves to serve others, in a similar way as to how we have served you. You are not fallen souls inasmuch that you have transgressed against the Light, but you have allowed yourselves to be purposefully veiled from it. It has been an interesting experiment in which you willingly volunteered to experience separation from the Source. Having been cut off from your Higher Self for so long, it is only in comparatively recent times you have regained that connection.
When you realise that each and every one of you has shared your experiences, it may dawn upon you why being judgemental about another souls actions is simply a reflection of yours. You have been a model of Light and a beast of Hell in your different expressions, yet you stand today on the threshold of a great and wonderful experience called Ascension. Do not even concern yourselves about the fate of others, and know that every single one will return to the Light. Once you have lifted your vibrations, it must be said that you become more sensitive to what happens around you and desire to leave the darkness behind. However, you are sufficiently advanced and understanding to realise that you can simply be an observer, sending out your Love and Light to those who toil amongst the lower energies. They need your help as much, indeed if not more than others as they know not their true selves and have yet to find the Light within.
The end times create the opportunity for cleansing and clearing everything that no longer serves your highest ideals. Once you dedicate yourselves to the higher path, you will find that you can apply yourself to becoming peaceful and compassionate quite easily. Your mere desire to do so elevates your consciousness to the higher levels, and connects you ever closer to your Higher Self, your God Self. Listen and you will hear the voice that comes from within and it is full of wisdom and love for you. Your earthly personality may wish to ignore it, but you would be well advised to follow its promptings.
However, you would not wish to ignore your planned experiences, and in the course of them your Higher Self will try to alleviate the extent to which you may suffer. It is no good agreeing that you need a certain life plan to continue your evolution, and then set it aside because it brings you in touch with the lower energies. Learn from whatever crosses your path, because it will undoubtedly have a special message for you. You may not always be the central player in lifes dramas, but in every scene all of you have something to learn from it.
I refer to an incident that has just occurred in Georgia, and you may lay the blame on both sides for its creation. Yet I can tell you that the US has covertly helped bring it about to galvanise the West against Russia. It is an attempt to create another Cold War and isolate the Russians before they make more headway in Europe. They are now big players in the oil markets that are at the root of many problems in your world today, that also broker much power and dictate what happens in your financial markets.
Fortunately, the source of your energy supplies will completely alter in the very near future, and oil shall be left where it should remain in the body of the Earth. Your dependence on oil has long been a thorn in your sides, and left you at the mercy of those who control its supplies and manipulate the prices. Free energy involves little cost at all, and will replace your fossil fuels and thereby also ensure that after the cleansing of Earth, there will be no pollution as you now experience it. Clearly your Earth could not sustain the present levels of pollution, deforestation, and the resultant damage for much longer.
I am Atmos from Sirius, and we of the Galactic Federation see our opportunity to safely land on Earth not too far away. Changes will first take place that shall prepare you for such a wonderful event, and we excitedly look forward to it.
Thank You Atmos.
Date: 07 Aug 2008
From: Paul Hilder, Avaaz.org (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Shaking hands in Beijing
As the Beijing Olympics begin, the world looks on with mixed emotions. It's a moment which should bring us closer together, and Chinese citizens deserve their excitement -- but the Chinese government still hasn't opened meaningful dialogue with the Dalai Lama, or changed its stance on Burma, Darfur and other pressing issues.
Even worse, extremists in China are promoting the view that Olympic activism like ours is anti-Chinese. We can't stay silent, but we also can't let our efforts be abused to divide people. So what can we do? The answer comes from the Dalai Lama himself, in an unambiguous gesture of Olympic spirit and friendship: a handshake.
It began in London, passed hand to hand by thousands of us -- now the handshake has gone online, and is criss-crossing the globe on its way to Beijing. All of us can join, Chinese and non-Chinese, and it comes with a promise: to hold ALL our governments accountable where they fall short, in Tibet, Iraq, Burma or beyond. We'll deliver our message in a bold media campaign in Hong Kong and around the world: Click below to see how the Olympic handshake started, sign up to join in, and watch it circle the globe --
The worldwide outcry has produced a little progress, but much resistance from Chinese officials so far. If we are to see advances not setbacks after the Games, we need to show both that our voices will never fall silent, and that our challenge is a positive one.
We have one last chance to reclaim the spirit of the Olympics, with the message of friendship and dialogue we share with the Dalai Lama. The more people join the global handshake, the more powerful our message will be when it hits the Chinese and international media. So let's forward this email on, encouraging everyone to join in. "One World, One Dream" is an ideal that's bigger than the Olympics -- it's time for citizens around the world to take it back.
With hope and respect,
Paul, Ricken, Ben, Milena, Graziela, Iain, Pascal, Veronique and the whole Avaaz team
In a representative survey of us from all over the world, 92% of respondents recommended we pursue this handshake instead of the often-suggested boycott -- there's a strong consensus that this is the way to get our message across right now.
Spectators awed as Games begin (8 August 2008) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7550283.stm
Thousands of years of Chinese history were at the centre of the show - Those who watched the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games from inside the stadium seemed unanimous in their praise. "It was fantastic. I was so moved," said 20-year-old Zhang Qiong, as she sat down at the end of the event to contemplate what she had just seen. It was hard to find someone who disagreed with her. After seven years of planning, billions of dollars in spending and some bad publicity, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games are finally under way. Fireworks lit up the night sky at the end of a four-hour opening ceremony attended by performers, athletes, dignitaries and spectators. CLIP
What China wants from the Games (7 August 2008) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7545593.stm
After winning the right to host this summer's Olympics, China was ecstatic. Officials promised the greatest Games ever held.But that kind of colourful language has been quietly dropped. China now says its top priority is simply to provide a safe Olympic Games.The change in tone comes after a year in which China's image has been dented over its links with Sudan, the torch relay and unrest in Tibet.China hoped to showcase all it had achieved over the past 30 years since opening up to the outside world, but outside criticism has changed all that.(...) Officially, China talks about the more noble aspects of the Games - promoting sport for all, spreading the Olympic spirit and creating a "green" legacy. But on the streets, ordinary people have a less complicated understanding of what the Olympics means for the country. "It will show that China is now powerful, not backward," said 35-year-old Beijing resident Li Xiaowen. Scaling backBut events this year changed the script, leaving the Chinese government - and the country's people - feeling hurt and misunderstood.The resignation of Hollywood film-maker Steven Spielberg as an artistic director to the Olympic Games in February was a foretaste of what was to come. Mr Spielberg resigned over what he saw as China's refusal to put pressure on the Sudanese government to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. Spielberg's move led a series of challenges for China's OlympicsChinese officials lashed out at all those linking the Olympics with Darfur, saying it was unfair to connect a far-off African region with the Olympics.The riots and demonstrations in Tibetan areas in March, and then the angry reception that greeted the torch relay in many international capitals, only strengthened this feeling.Chinese officials - and the country's people, after government prompting - turned on the Western media, whom they believed were distorting the truth about China.Xu Guoqi, whose book "Olympic Dreams: China and Sports, 1895-2008" has just been published, says China was genuinely surprised at how the world viewed the country. CLIP
Spectacular opening for Olympics (8 August 2008) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7548539.stm
China has presented a dramatic display of fireworks, music and dancing to mark the opening of its Beijing Olympics. Some 10,000 performers took part in the ceremony, watched on TV by an estimated one billion people, before athletes paraded around the national stadium.Security was tight in the capital, and three US activists were arrested after holding a pro-Tibet protest. Larger rallies took place in Nepal and India. Analysts say it is the most politicised Games since the Cold War era.The build-up to the event was dogged by worries over pollution and criticism of China's rights record. Beijing has faced pressure to improve civil liberties - with US President George W Bush among several world leaders to express concern over a crackdown on dissidents. But after the controversy of the run-up, the opening ceremony certainly changed the focus of attention. (...) Pollution remains a key concern for the Games and on the morning of the opening ceremony, fog obscured the Beijing skyline. A BBC reading suggested air quality remained below World Health Organization (WHO) standards. But Guo Hu, director of the Beijing Meteorological Observatory, predicted that heavy rain over the weekend would clear the skies. And he warned that hazy conditions should not be confused with high levels of pollution. On Thursday, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said events that lasted more than an hour could be shifted or postponed if the pollution was bad. But he also praised China's "extraordinary" efforts to cut pollution ahead of the Games, saying there was no danger to athletes' health.
Date: 14 Aug 2008
From: Ben Wikler - Avaaz.org (email@example.com)
Subject: Zimbabwe: Urgent Action Needed
Hopes are slipping away for a deal to resolve Zimbabwe's political crisis. Yesterday, Robert Mugabe announced plans to ignore the ongoing negotiations with the opposition MDC party, form a sham "Government of National Unity" with a breakaway opposition faction, and open parliament next week.
This weekend, when Southern Africa's 15 leaders, including Mugabe, meet at a major summit in Johannesburg, they will look out upon a sea of red. Thousands of Southern African trade unionists and other citizens will march to the summit waving red cards -- the football penalty symbol for expulsion -- and call for Mugabe to go. The organisers have appealed to Avaaz for international support, and will carry signs at the march representing the "red cards" sent by Avaaz members.
The region's powerful trade unions have threatened that unless Southern African leaders take action now, they will refuse to handle goods coming to or from Zimbabwe and will squeeze Mugabe out. A massive march this weekend backed by 100,000 supporters from around the world will be a overwhelming signal to Southern African leaders that they must act now before the crisis becomes even more desperate -- to announce that the Mbeki-led negotiations have failed, and to launch a new and fairer negotiating process immediately. Click below to send a red card, and pass this message along to friends and family!
Four and a half months have passed since the people of Zimbabwe voted for Morgan Tsvangirai and the Movement for Democratic Change on 29 March. Hyperinflation has exploded to an unimaginable 40,000,000%, and millions now face starvation. The EU, US, and UK have pledged a $1.9bn financial aid package to stabilise Zimbabwe's economy, feed the hungry and combat hyperinflation -- but only if Mugabe is removed.
Meanwhile, distribution of food aid by local and international humanitarian agencies has been prohibited by Mugabe's government. Torture camps remain in operation, political violence continues in some rural provinces, and 12 opposition MPs languish in jail on trumped-up charges. The Mbeki-led talks are collapsing, as Mugabe and his military high command insist on retaining control.
The people of Zimbabwe need strong allies willing to take bold action. Already, more than 300,000 Avaaz members -- including tens of thousands in Africa -- have signed petitions, donated funds, and written to their leaders in global campaigns for democracy and justice. After Avaaz flew a 280-square-metre banner over an Mbeki-chaired United Nations meeting, South Africa finally called for the release of elections results. In April, trade unions and civil society groups including Avaaz led a successful campaign to block a Chinese arms shipment to Zimbabwe. Now, as the crisis accelerates, our voices matter more than ever -- we can send an electronic wave of red cards to Johannesburg and bolster the efforts of on-the-ground advocates pressing for change.
Join the global outcry now, and then pass this message along!
From: Larry Stell" (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Russian view of the New World Order or the West View?
Date: 13 Aug 2008
David Bakradze, chairman of the Georgian Parliament says, What is going on now in Georgia is a test case. This is about the Russian view of the New World Order versus the West view of the New World Order. If Russia wins it will validate the Russian view of the New World Order."
NOW, FINALLY, we know why the US, Israel and Georgia attacked South Ossetia. It should now be clear to all Americans that the BushCo Zionist Oil-Soaked Criminal Cartel's view of the New World Order has been flatly rejected. Bush has accomplished nothing during his 8 years in office but mayhem and lies and mass murder.
As of Tuesday morning, Russia has attacked in the western part of Georgia along the Black Sea, apparently against new Georgian troop build-ups there. For all practical purposes, in response to being attacked by Georgia, US and Israel, Russia has cut Georgia in half and what remains under control by the "Saakashvili Regime may be 'landlocked' by the end of Tuesday or Wednesday.
Russia just made it clear what it thinks of BushCo Pipeline Dreams and BushCo vision of the New World Order.
Of course, their co-conspirators over in DC are calling it 'a disproportionate response" and Deadeye Dick says "Russia's actions must be responded to."
I am not sure how many Americans know about the two wars Russia fought with Chechnya or even where Chechnya is located. Not many, that's certain. I have met too many Americans who can't even name the states that are adjacent to their own home states. And speaking to these multitudes of dumbed-down American cattle is the same endless stream of pancake make-up covered, hair-sprayed talking head 'internationally-recognized experts' on Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran - all of them spewing the same contrived DC bull like so much pungent, putrid McDonalds fast-food. Meals of fast food sound bites for the masses.
The Zionist US media is nothing but a mouthpiece, a bullhorn, for US Zionist policy and an extension of every lie DC can dream up.
Poor, dumb Americans...sitting around uncountable dens, offices and local coffee shop roundtables discussing nonsensical, ill-informed crap that was never true, isn't true now and never will be true. Many Americans can't even find on a map the nations they are such 'experts' on...and will never see the world as it really is.
Many Americans heard the "Al Qaeda rebels in Chechnya" and bought into the lies that the skirmishes were with Islamic "Al Qaeda" extremists. I, for one, will be glad when Americans figure out that Al Qaeda is the CIA, that is the bottom line, folks.
Those wars were before 9-11 but were part of US policy and CIA actions to pave the way for the takeover of the Caspian Basin. The Chechnya confrontation was the New World Order trying to impose itself on Russia for a pipeline right-of-way. Read on.
Well, let's try Geography 101 and see if anyone in America wakes up to the realities of the matter. With Georgia and Russia at war right now, let's see if a map will clue in those clueless Americans.
Note on the map, Chechnya is directly next door to Georgia, and the US and Israel just pushed Georgia into an attack on Russia. There is a war going on there RIGHT NOW to push Russia back...and it is NOT working. The blowback from Russia has been exactly what I expected...ferocious.
Even with all of this 'help' from the US and Israel, the Georgian military has been laid to waste. This is not Iraq 1991, this is 2008 and the New Russia is for real. They are a Superpower economically and militarily...but unlike the US they do not owe $1 to anyone. Like China, they are cash rich and much of Russia's wealth is due solely to Stupid George Bush, the weakened dollar, the soaring costs of oil and natural gas.
Osama bin Laden: A US invention http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/397.html
Remember Osama bin Laden? He's the evil mastermind who single-handedly inspired the war on terror while operating from a cave in a remote location in Afghanistan. Somehow he and his band managed to outwit the entire US Air Defense, built and maintained at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars. Bush can't find him and in public statements doesn't seem to care whether he is found or not. Most people outside the US propaganda bubble find all his very strange. Message to my fellow Americans: The whole thing has been a scam from the start. No weapons on mass destruction in Iraq. No external force involved in 9/11 (except for many some help from Israeli operatives who I'm sure viewed the whole thing as a patriotic exercise.) Click here for Israelis gone wild
13/08/08 "ICH" --- - The American-armed and trained Georgian army swarmed into South Ossetia last Thursday, killing an estimated 2,000 civilians, sending 40,000 South Ossetians fleeing over the Russian border, and destroying much of the capital, Tskhinvali. The attack was unprovoked and took place a full 24 hours before even ONE Russian soldier set foot in South Ossetia. Nevertheless, the vast majority of Americans still believe that the Russian army invaded Georgian territory first. The BBC, AP, NPR, the New York Times and the rest of the establishment media has consistently and deliberately misled its readers into believing that the violence in South Ossetia was initiated by the Kremlin. Let's be clear, it wasn't. In truth, there is NO dispute about the facts except among the people who rely the western press for their information. Despite its steady loss of credibility, the corporate media continues to operate as the propaganda-arm of the Pentagon.
Former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev gave a good summary of events in an op-ed in Monday's Washington Post:
"For some time, relative calm was maintained in South Ossetia. The peacekeeping force composed of Russians, Georgians and Ossetians fulfilled its mission, and ordinary Ossetians and Georgians, who live close to each other, found at least some common ground....What happened on the night of Aug. 7 is beyond comprehension. The Georgian military attacked the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali with multiple rocket launchers designed to devastate large areas....Mounting a military assault against innocents was a reckless decision whose tragic consequences, for thousands of people of different nationalities, are now clear. The Georgian leadership could do this only with the perceived support and encouragement of a much more powerful force. Georgian armed forces were trained by hundreds of U.S. instructors, and its sophisticated military equipment was bought in a number of countries. This, coupled with the promise of NATO membership, emboldened Georgian leaders into thinking that they could get away with a "blitzkrieg" in South Ossetia...Russia had to respond. To accuse it of aggression against "small, defenseless Georgia" is not just hypocritical but shows a lack of humanity." ("A Path to Peace in the Caucasus", Mikhail Gorbachev, Washington Post)
The question for Americans is whether they trust Mikhail Gorbachev more than the corporate media?
Russia deployed its tanks and troops to South Ossetia to save the lives of civilians and to reestablish the peace. Period. It has no interest in annexing the former-Soviet country or in expanding its present borders. Now that the Georgian army has been routed, Russian president Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin have expressed a willingness to settle the dispute through normal diplomatic channels at the United Nations. Neither leader is under any illusions about Washington's involvement in the hostilities. They know that Georgian President Mikail Saakashvili is an American stooge who came to power in a CIA-backed coup, the so-called "Rose Revolution", and would never order a major military operation without explicit instructions from his White House puppet masters. Most likely, the orders to invade came directly from the office of the Vice President, Dick Cheney.
The Georgian army had no chance of winning a war with Russia or any intention of occupying the territory they captured. The real aim was to lure the Russian army into a trap. US planners hope to do what they did so skillfully in Afghanistan; lure their Russian prey into a long and bloody Chechnya-type fiasco that will pit their Russia troops against guerrilla forces armed and trained by US military and intelligence agencies. The war will be waged in the name of liberating Georgia from Russian imperialism and stopping Putin from achieving his alleged ambition to control critical western-owned pipelines around the Caspian Basin. Much of this "think tank" generated narrative has already appeared in the mainstream media or been articulated by American political elites. Meanwhile, the fighting in the Caucasus has diverted attention from the massive US naval armada that is presently sailing towards the Persian Gulf for the long-anticipated confrontation with Iran.
Operation Brimstone, the joint US, UK and French naval war games in the Atlantic Ocean preparing for a naval blockade of Iran, ended just last week. The war games were designed to simulate a naval blockade of Iran and the probable Iranian response.
According to Earl of Stirling on the Global Research web site:
"The war games included a US Navy supercarrier battle group, an US Navy expeditionary carrier battle group, a Royal Navy carrier battle group, a French nuclear hunter-killer submarine plus a large number of US Navy cruisers, destroyers and frigates playing the "enemy force. The lead American ship in these war games, the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN71) and its Carrier Strike Group Two (CCSG-2) are now headed towards Iran along with the USS Ronald Reagen (CVN76) and its Carrier Strike Group Seven (CCSG-7) coming from Japan."
Stirling adds: "A strategic diversion has been created for Russia. The South Ossetia capital has been shelled and a large Georgian tank force has been heading towards the border....American Marines, a thousand of them, have recently been in Georgia training the Georgian military forces... Russia has stated that it will not sit by and allow the Georgians to attack South Ossetia...This could get bad, and remember it is just a strategic diversion. ..but one that could have horrific effects." ("Massive US Naval Armada Heads for Iran", Earl of Stirling, Global Research)
In June, former foreign policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, presented the basic storyline that would be used against Russia two full months before the Georgian invasion of South Ossetia. The article appeared on the Kavkazcenter web site. Brzezinski said the United States witnessed "cases of possible threats by Russia, directed at Georgia with the intention of taking control over the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline".
Brzezinski: "Russia actively tends to isolate the Central Asian region from direct access to world economy, especially to energy supplies..If Georgia government is destabilized, western access to Baku, Caspian Sea and further will be limited". http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2008/06/13/9798
Nonsense. Neither Putin nor newly-elected president Dmitry Medvedev have any such intention. It is absurd to think that Russia, having extracted itself from two pointless wars in Chechnya and Afghanistan, and after years of grinding poverty and social unrest following the fall of the Soviet state, would choose to wage an energy war with the nuclear-armed US military. That would be complete madness. Brzezinski's speculation is part of broader narrative that's been crafted for the western media to provide a rationale for upcoming aggression against Russia. Brzezinski is not only the architect of the mujahadin-led campaign against Russia in Afghanistan in the 1980s, but also, the author of "The Grand Chessboard--American Primacy and it's Geostrategic Imperatives", the operating theory behind the war on terror which involves massive US intervention in Central Asia to control vital resources, fragment Russia, and surround manufacturing giant, China.
"The Grand Chessboard" it is the 21st century's version of the Great Game. The book begins with this revealing statement:
"Ever since the continents started interacting politically, some five hundred years ago, Eurasia has been the center of world power.....The key to controlling Eurasia, says Brzezinski, is controlling the Central Asian Republics."
This is the heart-and-soul of the war on terror. The real braintrust behind never ending conflict" was actually focused on Central Asia. It was the pro-Israeli crowd in the Republican Party that pulled the old switcheroo and refocused on the Middle East rather than Eurasia. Now, powerful members of the US foreign policy establishment (Brzezinski, Albright, Holbrooke) have regrouped behind the populist "cardboard" presidential candidate Barak Obama and are preparing to redirect America's war efforts to the Asian theater. Obama offers voters a choice of wars not a choice against war.
On Sunday, Brzezinski accused Russia of imperial ambitions comparing Putin to "Stalin and Hitler" in an interview with Nathan Gardels.
Gardels: What is the world to make of Russia's invasion of Georgia?
Zbigniew Brzezinski: Fundamentally at stake is what kind of role Russia will play in the new international system.(aka: New World Order) Unfortunately, Putin is putting Russia on a course that is ominously similar to Stalin's and Hitler's in the late 1930s. Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has correctly drawn an analogy between Putin's "justification" for dismembering Georgia -- because of the Russians in South Ossetia -- to Hitler's tactics vis a vis Czechoslovakia to "free" the Sudeten Deutsch. Even more ominous is the analogy of what Putin is doing vis-a-vis Georgia to what Stalin did vis-a-vis Finland: subverting by use of force the sovereignty of a small democratic neighbor. In effect, morally and strategically, Georgia is the Finland of our day.
The question the international community now confronts is how to respond to a Russia that engages in the blatant use of force with larger imperial designs in mind: to reintegrate the former Soviet space under the Kremlin's control and to cut Western access to the Caspian Sea and Central Asia by gaining control over the Baku/Ceyhan pipeline that runs through Georgia.
In brief, the stakes are very significant. At stake is access to oil as that resource grows ever more scarce and expensive and how a major power conducts itself in our newly interdependent world, conduct that should be based on accommodation and consensus, not on brute force.
If Georgia is subverted, not only will the West be cut off from the Caspian Sea and Central Asia. We can logically anticipate that Putin, if not resisted, will use the same tactics toward the Ukraine. Putin has already made public threats against Ukraine." ("Brzezinski: Russia's invasion of Georgia is Reminiscent of Stalin's attack on Finland"; Huffington Post)
Brzezinski takes great pride in being a disciplined and rational spokesman for US imperial projects. It is unlike him to use such hysterical rhetoric. Perhaps, the present situation is more tenuous than we know. Could it be that the financial system is closer to meltdown-phase than anyone realizes?
It should be clear by Brzezinski's comments that Georgia's invasion of South Ossetia was not another incoherent exercise in neocon chest-thumping, but part of a larger strategy to drag Russia into an endless conflict that will sap its resources, decrease its prestige on the global stage, weaken its grip on regional power, strengthen frayed alliances between Europe and America, and divert attention from a larger campaign in the Gulf. It is particularly worrisome that Brzezinski appears to be involved in the planning. Brzezinski, Holbrooke and Albright form the "Imperialist A-Team"; these are not the bungling "Keystone Cops" neocons like Feith and Rumsfeld who trip over themselves getting out of bed in the morning. These are cold-blooded Machiavellian imperialists who know how to work the media and the diplomatic channels to conceal their genocidal operations behind a smokescreen of humanitarian mumbo-jumbo. They know what they are doing and they are good at it. They're not fools. They have aligned themselves with the Obama camp and are preparing for the next big outbreak of global trouble-making. This should serve as a sobering wake-up call for voters who still think Obama represents "Change We Can Believe In".
Richard Holbrooke appeared on Tuesday's Jim Lerher News Hour with resident neocon Margaret Warner. Typical of Warner's "even-handed" approach, both of the interviewees were ultra-conservatives from right-wing think tanks: Richard Holbrooke, from the Council on Foreign Relations and Dmiti Simes from the Nixon Center.
According to Holbrooke, "The Russians deliberately provoked (the fighting in South Ossetia) and timed it for the Olympics. This is a long-standing Russian effort to get rid of President Saakashvili."
Right. Is that why Putin was so shocked when he heard the news (while he was in Beijing) that he quickly boarded a plane and headed for Moscow? (after shaking his finger angrily at Bush!)
Holbrooke: "And I want to stress, I'm not a warmonger, and I don't want a new Cold War any more than Dimitri does....The Russians wish to re-establish a historic area of hegemony that includes Ukraine. And it is no accident that the other former Soviet republics are watching this and extraordinarily upset, as Putin progresses with an attempt to re-create a kind of a hegemonic space."
It is impossible to go over all of Holbrooke's distortions, half-truths and lies in one article but, what is important is to recognize that a false narrative is being constructed to demonize Putin and to justify future hostilities against Russia. Holbrooke's bogus assertions are identical to Brzezinski's, and yet, these same lies are already appearing in the mainstream media. The propaganda "bullet points" have already been determined; "Putin is a menace", "Putin wants to rebuild the Soviet empire", Putin is an autocrat". (Unlike our "freedom loving" allies in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt!?!) In truth, Putin is simply enjoying Russia's newly acquired energy-wealth and would like to be left alone. But it is impossible to be left alone when the US spends 24 hours a day pestering people. The world deserves a break from an extremely irritating USA.
So why are Brzezinski and his backers in the foreign policy establishment demonizing Putin and threatening Russia with "ostracism, isolation and economic penalties?" What is Putin's crime?
Putin's problems can be traced back to a speech he made in Munich nearly two years ago when he declared unequivocally that he rejected the basic tenets of the Bush Doctrine and US global hegemony. His speech amounted to a Russian Declaration of Independence. That's when western elites, particularly at the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Enterprise Institute put Putin on their "enemies list" along with Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Castro, Morales, Mugabe and anyone else who refuses to take orders from the Washington Mafia.
Here's what Putin said in Munich:
"The unipolar world refers to a world in which there is one master, one sovereign---- one center of authority, one center of force, one center of decision-making. At the end of the day this is pernicious not only for all those within this system, but also for the sovereign itself because it destroys itself from within. What is even more important is that the model itself is flawed because at its basis there is and can be no moral foundations for modern civilization.
Unilateral and frequently illegitimate actions have not resolved any problems. Moreover, they have caused new human tragedies and created new centers of tension. Judge for yourselves---wars as well as local and regional conflicts have not diminished. More are dying than before. Significantly more, significantly more!
Today we are witnessing an almost uncontained hyper-use of force military force in international relations, force that is plunging the world into an abyss of permanent conflicts.
We are seeing a greater and greater disdain for the basic principles of international law. And independent legal norms are, as a matter of fact, coming increasingly closer to one states legal system. One state and, of course, first and foremost the United States, has overstepped its national borders in every way. This is visible in the economic, political, cultural and educational policies it imposes on other nations. Well, who likes this? Who is happy about this?
In international relations we increasingly see the desire to resolve a given question according to so-called issues of political expediency, based on the current political climate. And of course this is extremely dangerous. It results in the fact that no one feels safe. I want to emphasize this no one feels safe! Because no one can feel that international law is like a stone wall that will protect them. Of course such a policy stimulates an arms race.
I am convinced that we have reached that decisive moment when we must seriously think about the architecture of global security.
Every word Putin spoke was true which is why it was not reprinted in the western media.
Unilateral and illegitimate military actions, the uncontained hyper-use of force, the disdain for the basic principles of international law, and most importantly; No one feels safe!
Putin's claims are all indisputable, that is why he has entered the neocons crosshairs. He poses a direct challenge to---what Brzezinski calls---the international system", which is shorthand for the corporate/banking cartel that is controlled by the western oligarchy of racketeers.
South Ossetia was a trap and Putin took the bait. Unfortunately for Bush, the wily Russian prime minister is considerably brighter than anyone in the current administration. Bush's plan will undoubtedly backfire and disrupt the geopolitical balance of power. The world might get that breather from the US after all.
LATEST UPDATE ON THE SITUATION IN GEORGIA
Chavez blames US for war in Georgia (15 Aug 2008) http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=66651§ionid=351020704
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused the United States of America of fanning the flames of war between Georgia and Russia. Hugo Chavez made the remark in a statement issued on Thursday saying the conflict was "planned, prepared and ordered" by Washington in an incitement of violence, AP reported on Friday. The hostilities began after the Georgian military launched an offensive to retake the breakaway province of South Osettia on Thursday night. Tbilisi's controversial measure faced a strong response from Moscow. The conflict claimed the lives of at least 2000 South Ossetians and about 150 Georgians. The statement went on to say that Russia acted to protect local residents from unacceptable acts of violence'' perpetrated by Georgian troops. During an April summit in Bucharest Washington pushed hard on behalf of Tbilisi's NATO aspirations but faced opposition from France, Germany, among others. Experts have described Russia's ability to quickly move US and NATO-trained Georgian army out of South Ossitia as a big achievement for the country which has repeatedly expressed its opposition to the expansion of the alliance in its backyard. Also on Thursday, Bill Christison, a former senior CIA official, told Press TV in an interview that there were quite a few people in the US that supported this kind of conflict in this region. Christison, in a response to a question on whether or not Washington gave the go ahead for Tbilisi to launch its attack, said Georgia may have received the green light from the US to attack South Ossetia.
U.S.-Russia tensions heighten over Georgia conflict (August 15, 2008) http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-fg-ossetia15-2008aug15,0,2212287.story
GORI, GEORGIA -- With Russia still defying U.S. demands to pull its troops from Georgia, the short, one-sided fight over two small mountain provinces widened Thursday into the sharpest exchanges yet between Washington and Moscow, threatening to unravel the post-Cold War consensus between them. As Washington dispatched humanitarian relief, but no military aid, to its Georgian allies, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warned that unless Russian forces relented from their incursion into Georgia, "the U.S.-Russian relationship could be adversely affected for years to come." But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov bluntly told the Georgians to "forget about" recovering the two secessionist provinces whose unsettled fate triggered this month's fighting. Instead of withdrawing, as demanded a day earlier by President Bush, the Russian military plunged deeper into several towns in Georgia proper, Georgian officials said. Despite official denials, Russian troops remained in control on the streets of Gori, a garrison city near the border with the rebel province of South Ossetia, setting up roadblocks into the city as Georgian forces looked on helplessly. CLIP
In the guise of humanitarian aid Bush dispatches US military forces to Georgia (14 August 2008) http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/aug2008/bush-a14.shtml
In a major escalation of the conflict with Russia over Georgia, President George W. Bush on Wednesday announced a vigorous and ongoing deployment of US military forces to its key ally in the Caucasus. Bush appeared in the White House Rose Garden for the second time in three days, this time flanked by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and announced the military buildup, casting it as a humanitarian relief operation. Even as he spoke of a humanitarian mission, Bush made clear the military dimensions of the measures he was announcing. He said he was directing Pentagon chief Gates to lead the mission, which would be headed by the United States military. He announced that a C-17 military aircraft was already on its way to Georgia and that in the days ahead we will use US aircraft, as well as naval forces, to deliver humanitarian and medical supplies. This is a formula for an injection of US military and naval forces into Georgia of indeterminate scope and duration. It will certainly involve the presence of hundreds if not thousands of uniformed US military personnel on the ground, and a substantial number of warships in the region. The US is introducing this military force into a situation that remains highly unstable and combustible, raising the possibility of a direct military clash between the United States and Russia. CLIP
Russian tanks pressed deeper into Georgia http://tinyurl.com/6s7cpo
Russian tanks rolled into the strategic Georgian city of Gori on Wednesday then pressed deeper into Georgia territory, smashing an EU-brokered truce designed to end six-day conflict that has uprooted 100,000 people and scarred the Georgian landscape.
Tension mounts between US and Russia as Russian tanks move deeper into Georgia: http://tinyurl.com/5pvtvd
As Russia continued flexing its military muscles even after agreeing to a ceasefire that technically ended a war that humiliated Georgia, tensions continued to mount between Russia and Western nations such as the U.S. The United States displayed its first concrete response to the armed conflict in Georgia by canceling its upcoming joint military exercises with Russia.
CNN blamed for using misleading war video (August 12, 200) http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/28880
American broadcaster CNN has been accused of using the wrong pictures in their coverage of the conflict in South Ossetia. A Russian cameraman says footage of wrecked tanks and ruined buildings, which was purported to have been filmed in the town of Gori, in fact showed the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali.
Media war against Russia (10 Aug 2008) Reuters caught with 'fake' pictures from Georgia http://russia-insider.livejournal.com/25329.html
This morning one can read on the BBC news site -- Reuters agency posts horrible pictures of Russian bombardments of allegedly civilian residential buildings. But what if you take a closer look? [See: A Georgian man cries next to his brother's body in the town of Gori, 80 km (50 miles) from Tbilisi, August 9, 2008. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili. Here he is again, alone still with some clothes on, or may be he got changed. The man in the checkered shirt keeps returning!
Bush orders U.S. military to help Georgian "civilians" http://tinyurl.com/5ljcmn
President Bush said Wednesday he is dispatching U.S. military personnel to Georgia in a "vigorous and ongoing" mission to provide humanitarian aid to victims of the fighting between Russian and Georgian troops.
Israel and U.S. Send Aid to Georgia, as Battles Ensue http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20500.htm
A U.S. C-17 military cargo plane, loaded with supplies, already is on the way, and Bush said that Russia must ensure that all lines of communication and transport, including seaports, roads and airports, remain open to let deliveries and civilians through.
Georgian President's Accusations Grow http://tinyurl.com/6rm4wb
President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia, who has appeared repeatedly on Western television during the days of conflict with Russia, made frantic and apparently overstated warnings on Wednesday that Russian troops were poised to enter the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.
Russia: US Allowed Georgia to Attack http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=96083
"It is hard to imagine that (Georgian President Mikheil) Saakashvili embarked on this risky venture without some sort of approval from the side of the United States," Churkin told Russian NTV television on Wednesday.
Why Russia's Response to Georgia was Right - By Sergei Lavrov http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20505.htm
For some of those witnessing the fighting in the Caucasus over the past few days, the narrative is straightforward and easy. The plucky republic of Georgia, with just a few million citizens, was attacked by its giant eastern neighbour, Russia. Add to this all the stereotypes of the cold war era, and you are presented with a truly David and Goliath interpretation - with all its accompanying connotations of good and evil. While this version of events is being written in much of the western media, the facts present a different picture.
Russia: US must choose Moscow or 'project Georgia' http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3582207,00.html
Russia's foreign minister said on Wednesday the United States had to choose between partnership with Moscow and the Georgian leadership which he described as a "virtual project."
Sympathy For The Aggressor http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20506.htm
Now that Georgia has lost the war, the world is saying that President Mikheil Saakashvili made a "miscalculation" by starting it. Again, the world is wrong. Starting a war of conquest that kills and maims thousands of people is not a miscalculation, it's a horrible, detestable crime. The world should save its sympathy for South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Russians Have Introduced Ballistic Missile Launchers Into South Ossetia. Democracy Now Interviews Col. Sam Gardiner, retired Air Force Colonel. - Transcript and Audio http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20492.htm
The Russians put into their doctrine a statement, and have broadcast it very loudly, that if the United States were to use precision conventional weapons against Russian troops, the Russians would be forced to respond with tactical nuclear weapons.
Cheney: "Russian Aggression Must Not Go Unanswered" http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20491.htm
"The vice president expressed the United States' solidarity with the Georgian people and their democratically elected government in the face of this threat to Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Cheney's office said in a statement.
A Path to Peace in the Caucasus - By Mikhail Gorbachev http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20493.htm
What happened on the night of Aug. 7 is beyond comprehension. The Georgian military attacked the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali with multiple rocket launchers designed to devastate large areas. Russia had to respond. To accuse it of aggression against "small, defenseless Georgia" is not just hypocritical but shows a lack of humanity.
US, Allies Weigh Punishment for Russia http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20497.htm
Scrambling to find ways to punish Russia for its invasion of pro-Western Georgia, the United States and its allies are considering expelling Moscow from an exclusive club of powerful nations and canceling an upcoming joint NATO-Russia military exercise, Bush administration officials said Tuesday.
Brzezinski: Russia's Invasion of Georgia Is Reminiscent of Stalin's Attack on Finland http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20496.htm
Fundamentally at stake is what kind of role Russia will play in the new international system. Unfortunately, Putin is putting Russia on a course that is ominously similar to Stalin's and Hitler's in the late 1930s. Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has correctly drawn an analogy between Putin's "justification" for dismembering Georgia -- because of the Russians in South Ossetia -- to Hitler's tactics vis a vis Czechoslovakia to "free" the Sudeten Deutsch.
The Reality Behind Western Propaganda Regarding War In Georgia http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20495.htm
Georgia would not have made any such move into South Ossetia without the backing of the US. It now seems, though, that both the US and Georgia have badly misjudged the Russian reaction and the US are unable to move.
McCain Accuses Russia of Bidding to Wipe Out Georgia http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20494.htm
Republican White House hopeful John McCain said Monday Russia appears bent on extinguishing Georgia's independence as he demanded a united Western front to protect the former Soviet republic. - "In the face of Russian aggression, the very existence of independent Georgia and the survival of its democratically elected government are at stake," the Arizona senator said.
Top McCain adviser lobbied for nation of Georgia (August 8, 2008) http://www.mcclatchydc.com/104/story/46982.html
WASHINGTON John McCain's top foreign policy adviser, Randall Scheunemann, lobbied for the nation of Georgia for four years, including for about a year after he joined the Republican senator's presidential campaign staff in early 2007. Georgia has paid Scheunemann's firm, Orion Strategies, LLC, nearly $900,000 since 2004, including $200,000 for an eight-month contract that began on May 1, two weeks after McCain issued a strong statement criticizing Russia and supporting Georgia. Scheunemann took a leave from lobbying for Orion in March, two months before McCain barred active lobbyists from serving on his staff. He's still listed as Orion's president and owner. (...) Saakashvili has been criticized for authoritarian tendencies following a crackdown on demonstrators last year, but McCain has been a staunch ally, sternly criticizing Moscow for its backing of pro-Russian, separatists. On April 17 of this year, McCain issued a stern statement assailing "Russia's moves to undermine Georgian sovereignty." Two weeks later, Georgia gave Orion a $200,000 contract extension. After Russian tanks rolled into the breakaway region of South Ossetia Friday amid fighting between Georgian troops and the separatist rebels, McCain called for an immediate Russian pullout and urged the Bush administration to request an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
War in Georgia: The Israeli connection Arie Egozi Y Net News August 10, 2008 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3580136,00.html
The fighting which broke out over the weekend between Russia and Georgia has brought Israel's intensive involvement in the region into the limelight. This involvement includes the sale of advanced weapons to Georgia and the training of the Georgian army's infantry forces. The Defense Ministry held a special meeting Sunday to discuss the various arms deals held by Israelis in Georgia, but no change in policy has been announced as of yet. "The subject is closely monitored," said sources in the Defense Ministry. "We are not operating in any way which may counter Israeli interests. We have turned down many requests involving arms sales to Georgia; and the ones which have been approves have been duly scrutinized. So far, we have placed no limitations on the sale of protective measures." Israel began selling arms to Georgia about seven years ago following an initiative by Georgian citizens who immigrated to Israel and became businesspeople. "They contacted defense industry officials and arms dealers and told them that Georgia had relatively large budgets and could be interested in purchasing Israeli weapons," says a source involved in arms exports. The military cooperation between the countries developed swiftly. The fact that Georgia's defense minister, Davit Kezerashvili, is a former Israeli who is fluent in Hebrew contributed to this cooperation. "His door was always open to the Israelis who came and offered his country arms systems made in Israel," the source said. "Compared to countries in Eastern Europe, the deals in this country were conducted fast, mainly due to the defense minister's personal involvement."(...) "The Israelis should be proud of themselves for the Israeli training and education received by the Georgian soldiers," Georgian Minister Temur Yakobashvili said Saturday. CLIP
Israeli Has $1 Billion Invested in Georgia http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/151211
(IsraelNN.com) The Israeli-Georgia connection is estimated to be worth $1 billion, according to a former Georgian ambassador to Israel. The Jewish state and private investors have provided military assistance and advisors to Georgia, where pipelines pump oil destined for Israel. A new pipeline is being built to bypass Russian territory. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Israeli companies in Georgia have begun evacuating their staff and that Israeli tourists are leaving for home.
Georgia's Israeli arms point Russia to Iran http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JH14Ak02.html
With the eruption of fighting between Russia and Georgia, Israel has found itself in an awkward position as a result of its arms sales to Georgia. Israel is now caught between its friendly relations with Georgia and its fear that the continued sale of weaponry will spark Russian retribution in the form of increased arms sales to Iran and Syria.
Law Professor: Counter Terrorism Czar Told Me There Is Going To Be An i-9/11 And An i-Patriot Act
Stanford Law professor Lawrence Lessig details government plans to overhaul and restrict the Internet
Steve Watson - August 5, 2008
Amazing revelations have emerged concerning already existing government plans to overhaul the way the internet functions in order to apply much greater restrictions and control over the web.
Lawrence Lessig, a respected Law Professor from Stanford University told an audience at this years Fortunes Brainstorm Tech conference in Half Moon Bay, California, that "Theres going to be an i-9/11 event" which will act as a catalyst for a radical reworking of the law pertaining to the internet.
Lessig also revealed that he had learned, during a dinner with former government Counter Terrorism Czar Richard Clarke, that there is already in existence a cyber equivalent of the Patriot Act, an "i-Patriot Act" if you will, and that the Justice Department is waiting for a cyber terrorism event in order to implement its provisions.
During a group panel segment titled "2018: Life on the Net", Lessig stated:
Theres going to be an i-9/11 event. Which doesn't necessarily mean an Al Qaeda attack, it means an event where the instability or the insecurity of the internet becomes manifest during a malicious event which then inspires the government into a response. You've got to remember that after 9/11 the government drew up the Patriot Act within 20 days and it was passed.
The Patriot Act is huge and I remember someone asking a Justice Department official how did they write such a large statute so quickly, and of course the answer was that it has been sitting in the drawers of the Justice Department for the last 20 years waiting for the event where they would pull it out.
Of course, the Patriot Act is filled with all sorts of insanity about changing the way civil rights are protected, or not protected in this instance. So I was having dinner with Richard Clarke and I asked him if there is an equivalent, is there an i-Patriot Act just sitting waiting for some substantial event as an excuse to radically change the way the internet works. He said "of course there is".
Watch Lessig reveal the details at 4.30 into the following video:
i urge you to go see the rest of what's up in future in TheBlackHats' determination to control the internet, it's important -- better, we can do something about it NOW, before it's too late ...
From: Dennis Kucinich (email@example.com)
Date: 12 Aug 2008
Subject: Action Update: Make September 10th a day to change the world!
September 10th: The day before our world changed, a day to change the world!
On August 1st, I delivered to Speaker Nancy Pelosi; a petition bearing the names of over 100,000 Americans that, like us, feel that the President must be held accountable for abusing executive power and disregarding his Constitutional obligations.
Your voices have been heard and your support continues to send a powerful message to lawmakers. That is why I call on you again to help us in a new effort to deliver 1 Million signatures to Speaker Pelosi on September 10, 2008.
Together we can:
- Urge real Congressional action to hold President Bush accountable now
- Reinstate the authority of our Constitution
- Document crimes committed by President Bush for historical account
- Facilitate post- Administration law enforcement and prosecution
- Reset the standard for the incoming and future administrations
- Demand justice for the over 3,000 who died on 9/11and whose deaths were tragically exploited to take us into an illegal war in Iraq
- Demand justice for the estimated 30,324 U.S. military personnel who have been injured/wounded
- Demand justice for the estimated 4,138 U.S. military personnel who have been killed or died
- Demand justice for the 1 Million innocent Iraqis who have died*
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At what point in time will it become clear that a crime against America has been committed, not by any foreign terrorist group, but rather the highest officials in the land, those entrusted with safeguarding the Constitution? If the rule of law is to have any meaning today, Congress has no choice but to institute proceedings mandated by the Constitution against those high officials who have committed high crimes and misdemeanors against the American people.
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There's good news and bad, mostly the latter but don't discount the good. On May 22, (non-binding) HR 362 was introduced in the House - with charges and proposals so outlandish that if passed and implemented will be a blockade and act of war. It accused Iran of:
-- pursuing "nuclear weapons and regional hegemony" that threatens international peace and America's national security interests;
-- overtly sponsoring "several terrorist groups, including Hamas and Hezbollah;"
-- having close ties to Syria;
-- possibly sharing "its nuclear materials and technology with others;"
-- developing "ballistic technology" and ICBMs exclusively to deliver nuclear weapons;
-- calling for the "destruction of Israel;"
-- refusing to suspend its uranium enrichment program despite its legality;
-- using its banking system to support proliferation and terrorist groups;
-- supporting Hezbollah to dominate Lebanon and wage war on its government (of which Hezbollah is part);
-- helping Hamas "illegally seize control of Gaza" (and) continuously bombard Israeli civilians with rockets and mortars;"
-- financing Iraqi "Shia militant groups (and) Afghan warlords (to) attack American and allied forces;"
-- destabilizing the Middle East "by underwriting a massive rearmament campaign by Syria;" and
-- seeking regional hegemony to undermine "vital American national security interests."
While stopping short of overtly declaring war, it proposes Congress:
-- prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons "through all appropriate economic, political and diplomatic means;"
-- urges the President to impose sanctions on:
(1) Iran's Central Bank and all others supporting proliferation and terrorist groups;
(2) international banks that do business with proscribed Iranian banks;
(3) energy companies with $20 million or more investments in Iran's oil or natural gas sectors since the 1996 Iran Sanctions Act; and
(4) all companies doing business with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard.
-- demands that the President prohibit export of all refined oil products to Iran; impose "stringent inspection requirements" on everything entering and departing the country, including international movement of its officials;
-- aims to deny foreign investors greater access to Iran's economy and give US companies preferential treatment if and when sanctions are lifted; and
-- enlists regional support against Iran and makes clear that America will protect its "vital national security interests in the Middle East," implying by war if necessary.
Sanctions As A Form of War
Under the UN Charter's Article 41, the Security Council (SC) may impose economic sanctions to deter (as Article 39 states) "any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression." Specific measures "may include complete or partial interruption of economic relations and of rail, sea, air, postal, telegraphic, radio, and other means of communication, and the severance of diplomatic relations." Prior to imposition, however, the SC should determine if they're warranted, "call upon the parties concerned to comply with such provisional measures," make appropriate recommendations, and decide which specific ones, if any, to use short of armed force.
Under appropriate circumstances, and if imposed responsibly, sanctions may be warranted and have greater impact than diplomatic protests or posturing. They're also hugely less problematic and costly than conflict. However, when irresponsibly used, for imperial gain, or as acts of vengeance or political punishment, they become siege warfare and should be judged accordingly. Most often, US pressure is for these purposes in violation of the UN Charter's intent and spirit. As a result, grievous harm is caused - nowhere more horrifically than in Iraq from 1990 - 2003 when around 1.5 million Iraqis died and millions more suffered tragically and needlessly.
In far less extreme form, a similar strategy is being used against Iran - with no justification whatever. Last March, after a year of deliberations, the Security Council approved SC 1803 - a third set of Iranian sanctions for refusing to suspend its legal right to enrich uranium as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty allows. It followed two earlier rounds in July 2006 (SC 1696) demanding that Iran suspend uranium enrichment by August 31. When it refused, SC 1737 passed in December imposing limited sanctions. SC 1747 then tightened them in March 2007. It imposed a ban on arms sales and expanded a freeze on Iranian assets.
New sanctions extend the earlier ones but not as harshly as Washington wanted. Still they restrict dual-use technologies and authorize cargo inspections to and from the country suspected of carrying prohibited equipment and materials. They also tighten the monitoring of Iranian financial institutions and extend travel bans and asset freezes against persons and companies involved in Iran's nuclear program.
On August 5, AP reported that Germany and the SC's five permanent members (the so-called P5 + 1) "agreed yesterday to 'seek' new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program after the country failed to meet a weekend deadline to respond to an offer" discussed below. Its source is US State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos saying "we have no choice but to pursue further measures against Iran."
Now the good news. By mid to late June, HR 362 had 169 co-sponsors. More were being added, and by August 1, 252 were on board. For a time it looked sure to pass quickly. Then anti-war groups reacted - with a tsunami of emails, phone calls, letters and visits to congressional members and their staffs. In spite of heavy AIPAC pressure for the resolution it wrote, they suspended action until the bill's language is softened, so for now it's stalled in committee (but not halted), and Congress is on recess until September 7 after both parties hold their conventions.
Talking Peace, Planning War
On July 16, the New York Times called Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns' presence at the July 19 Geneva talks "the most significant diplomatic contact with Iran since" the 1979 revolution. It followed a June meeting (attended by no US representative) at which Germany and the Security Council's five permanent members presented a package of "economic and diplomatic incentives" that failed to impress the Iranians. Predictably, neither did the July 19 meeting that ended in "deadlock" because America doesn't "negotiate." It demands.
In this case, the proposal offered a so-called "freeze-for-freeze" formula, with imprecise terms, under which Iran would stop enriching uranium in return for no additional sanctions for six weeks. At that point, formal negotiations would begin with no promises of concessions or compromise. Iran was given two weeks to reply. The US delegation said that Burns' appearance was a one-time event, and by so doing revealed its deceit. For its part, Iran rejects deadlines, and its IAEA representative, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, expressed "grave concern" over America's double standards on nuclear policy.
For the Bush administration, Iran's nuclear program isn't the issue. It's mere subterfuge for what's really at stake, but first a little background. Under Reza Shah Pahlevi, Iran undertook a nuclear program in 1957 and got a US research reactor in 1967. After the 1974 oil shock, and in spite of the country's vast oil reserves, he established the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran to use nuclear power generation for a modern energy infrastructure that would transform the entire Middle East's power needs. He also wanted to reduce Iran's dependence on oil, lessen its pressure to recycle petrodollars, and ally more closely with European companies through investments.
In the 1970s, W. Germany began Iran's Bushehr civilian reactor complex. In 1978, Iran had the world's fourth largest nuclear program, the largest in the developing world, and planned to build 20 new reactors by 1995. That year, it contracted with Russia to complete the Bushehr project, supply it with nuclear fuel, and transfer potentially dangerous technology, including a centrifuge plant for fissile material. Washington became alarmed. It got the Yeltsin government to back out, but Iran's efforts continued with Russia supplying nuclear fuel, and it still does.
Earlier in 2002, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI - the opposition parliament in exile) claimed the country was pursuing a secret nuclear weapons program - including a Natanz uranium enrichment facility and an Arak heavy water one. US - Iranian confrontation followed using Iran's nuclear program as pretext. Here's what's really at issue:
-- Iranian sovereignty;
-- its independence from US control;
-- its immense proved oil reserves - third or fourth largest in the world by most estimates; also its vast proved natural gas reserves - ranked second largest in the world after Russia;
-- America's resolve to control and have veto power over them;
-- Big Oil's desire to profit from them;
-- Iran's size and location in the strategically important Middle East; its chokehold over the Strait of Hormuz through which millions of barrels of oil flow daily - about 20% of world production of around 88 million barrels;
-- its strategic ties to Russia and China on energy, other commercial, and weapons deals; both countries are Iran's largest foreign investors; Iran has vital security ties with them as well;
-- these relationships' spillover for control of Eurasia and the Caspian region's vast oil and gas reserves through two organizations - the Asian Security Grid and more important Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as a counterweight to an encroaching US-dominated NATO;
-- its power and influence in a region the US and Israel want to dominate; and
-- the immense power of the Israeli Lobby to influence US policy, including a possible war on Iran or minimally the harshest measures just short of one.
Congress On Board with the Israeli Lobby
At AIPAC's June 2008 annual conference, most congressional members (over 300 attended), the leadership, and both parties' presidential candidates expressed uncompromising support for Israel. They also backed harsh sanctions against Iran and even war if they prove ineffective.
For its part, AIPAC's action agenda urged:
-- stopping Iran's nuclear program; getting Congress to pass HR 362 and the Senate's equivalent SR 580; "calling on the administration to focus on the urgency of the Iranian threat and to impose tougher sanctions on Tehran;"
-- urging the Senate to pass the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act of 2007 (S.970) - "to enhance United States diplomatic efforts with respect to Iran by imposing additional economic sanctions against Iran, and for other purposes;" on September 25, 2007, it passed the House overwhelmingly; the Senate Finance and Banking Committees passed key provisions of the Senate version in two Iran sanctions bills;
-- supporting the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act of 2007 (HR 2347) that "authorize(s) State and local governments to direct divestiture from, and prevent investment in, companies with investments of $20,000,000 or more in Iran's energy sector;" and
-- urging additional aid for Israel as the president requested, "support(ing) Israel's quest for peace, (and) press(ing) the Arab states to do more to support Israeli-Palestinian talks."
An earlier August 14, 2007 AIPAC "Issue Brief" is titled "Iran's Support for Terrorism." It claims that:
-- "the radical regime in Iran has sponsored terrorism against the United States, Israel and the West for decades;"
-- the State Department designates Iran "the world's leading state sponsor of terror, noting its support for groups such as Hamas, 'Hizballah' and Islamic Jihad;"
-- Tehran also sponsors the "insurgency in Iraq, supplied arms to the Taliban and hosted al-Qaeda terrorists;"
-- it also "relentlessly pursu(es) nuclear weapons (and thus is) a particularly implacable and lethal regime;" and
-- "only a sustained, unified international effort to isolate and sanction Iran is likely to convince it to give up these dangerous activities."
The Bush administration agrees. So do most members of Congress, the leadership, and both parties' presumptive presidential candidates in speeches at the June AIPAC conference. Obama oozed obeisance - "speaking from the heart as a true friend of Israel....when I visit with AIPAC, I am among friends. Good friends....who share my strong commitment (that) the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable today, tomorrow, and forever." Though far less eloquent, McCain was equally supportive.
Obama assured attendees that he stands "by Israel in the face of all threats..speak(s) up when Israel's security is at risk (and voices concern that) America's recent foreign policy (hasn't) made Israel more secure. Hamas now controls Gaza. Hizbollah has tightened its grip on southern Lebanon, and is flexing its muscles in Beirut. Because of the war in Iraq, Iran - which always posed a greater threat to Israel than Iraq - is emboldened and poses the greatest strategic challenge to the US and Israel in the Middle East in a generation....We must isolate Hamas....Syria continues its support for terror and meddling in Lebanon (and) pursu(es) weapons of mass destruction....There is no greater threat to Israel - or to the peace and stability of the region - than Iran. (It) supports violent extremists....pursues a nuclear capability....and threatens to wipe Israel off the map....my goal will be to eliminate this threat."
AIPAC attendees loved it and his receptivity to attacking Iran. McCain's comments no less plus his bad humor earlier in singing "bomb, bomb Iran" to the tune of a popular song on a May campaign stop. At AIPAC, he was just as supportive as Obama, wants increased military aid for Israel in FY 2009, and "foremost in (his mind) is the threat posed by the regime in Tehran....The Iranian President calls Israel a stinking corpse....it uses violence to undermine Israel in the Middle East peace process....(it supports) extremists in Iraq (killing) American soldiers....remains the world's chief sponsor of terrorism....(and its) pursuit of nuclear weapons poses an unacceptable risk, a danger we cannot allow" with clear implications of what he means and what he may do as president.
Christians United for Israel (CUFI) on the "Iranian Threat"
Along with the Israeli Lobby, Bush neocons, and most Washington officials, Christian extremists from organizations like CUFI cite the "Iranian threat" as a recurrent theme, the country's hostility to Israel and desire to "eliminate" the Jewish state, the danger it may do so if it acquires nuclear weapons, and the need to confront Iran preemptively - through sanctions, isolation and war if other measures fail.
Controversial Pastor and John McCain supporter John Hagee is its founder and national chairman, and his influence is considerable. He has 18,000 supporters in his San Antonio Cornerstone Church and far more through CUFI and his global television ministry. His ideology is chilling, and as the most powerful and influential American Christian Zionist, he's a man to be reckoned with. He calls Muslims "Islamic fascists," claims they're at war with western civilization, and believes preemptive countermeasures, including belligerent ones against Iran, are a proper defense.
As keynote speaker at AIPAC's 2007 conference, he called Iran "the most dangerous regime in the Middle East (characterized by its) cruel despotism (and) fanatic militancy. If this regime (acquires) nuclear weapons this would presage catastrophic consequences not only for my country, not only for the Middle East, but for all of mankind....The fact that Iran is building nuclear weapons is beyond question....and they may be the world's first 'un-deterable' nuclear power....So the danger is clear and the question is what do we do about it...My message to you is....divest Iran," impose sanctions, isolate the country, and if these measures fail choose a "second course," the other two being "nothing" or "non-military action." From his rhetoric at AIPAC and fundamentalist preaching to his followers, it's clear which one Hagee prefers and may get if enough others in high places share his views.
Israeli Defense Minister and former Labor Prime Minister Ehud Barak may be one of them. On July 30, he told top US officials that Israel won't rule out a military strike against Iraq, but there's still time to pursue diplomacy. Like other Israeli officials (past and present), he stressed Iran's global threat so that for Israel "no option would be removed from the table."
Israeli Deputy Defense Minister (and possible next Prime Minister) Shaul Mofaz stated similar views. In an August 1 speech to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (a pro-Israeli think tank), he called Iran an existential threat, recommended diplomacy first, then added "all options are on the table" to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons - "as soon as 2010" as some in Israel claim.
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni (and Mofaz rival for Prime Minister) may be one of them. On CNN August 3, she called for a fourth round of sanctions against Iran and urged the world community to support them. "Iran doesn't pay attention to talks," she said, and "time is of the essence." On the same day, US spokesperson for the US's UN mission, Richard Grenell, (in a Reuters report) voiced the same view in saying "Iran has not complied with the international community's demand to stop enriching uranium (so) the Security Council (has) no choice but to increase the sanctions...."
High Level US Opposition to War on Iran
Key Obama foreign policy advisor and former Carter administration National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, is one of them. In a Washington Post March 2008 op-ed, he called the Iraq war a "national tragedy, (demagogically justified), an economic catastrophe, a regional disaster, and a global boomerang for the United States." Earlier in February 2007, in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he said it was "a historic, strategic, and moral calamity. Undertaken under false assumptions, it is undermining America's global legitimacy....tarnishing (our) moral credentials (and) intensifying regional instability."
He then laid out a "plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran (based on) Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks, followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure, then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the US blamed on Iran, culminating in a 'defensive' US military action" in response. This would plunge "a lonely America into a spreading and deepening quagmire eventually ranging across Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan." Brzezinski's remarks were an unmistakable warning that the Bush administration may try to stampede the country into a calamitous conflict it must avoid, and it's up to Congress to stop it. He also practically called Bush neocons a cabal and warned Congress to be alert.
Later last September, Brzezinski repeated the same warning on CNN - that the Bush administration (Bush and Cheney mainly) is "hyp(ing) the atmosphere (and) "stampeding" the country to war with Iran. "When the president flatly asserts (Iran is) seeking nuclear weapons, he's overstating the facts....we have very scant (supportive) evidence (and after the Iraq calamity he) should be very careful about the veracity of his public assertions." Based on his own experience in Afghanistan in the 1980s, he's also very leery about "running the (same) risk of unintentionally" falling into Russia's trap - overreaching, paying "little regard for civilian casualties," turning Afghans against us, and being defeated and forced out of the country.
Brzezinski supports a less confrontational occupation and had this to say about a McCain administration: "if his Secretary of State is Joe Lieberman and his Secretary of Defense is (Rudy) Giuliani, we will be moving towards the WW IV (counting the Cold War as WW III) that they have been both favoring and predicting....an appalling concept" he says must be avoided.
It will be if global intelligence company Stratfor founder and head George Friedman is right. In an August 4 Barrons interview (reported on Iran's Press TV), he called Israeli war games and tough US talk geopolitical head-fake leading to an "amicable endgame in Iran." Why? Because given today's global economy, the alternative risks far outweigh potential benefits. Besides, Iran poses at most a "negligible nuclear threat" and nowhere near reason enough to go to war over.
Further, Iran has helped reduce sectarian violence in Iraq by reigning in Shia militias, and that's a key reason for lower US casualties. Barrons noted that Stratfor has a record of making accurate assessments and gained a large client base as a result. Friedman believes the US and Israel are using psychological warfare to intimidate Iran to make it more accommodative to their policies. He also says a major attack would have grave repercussions for the global economy at a time when it's most vulnerable. Iran's potential retaliatory strength might cripple a sizable amount of world oil trade, cause prices to skyrocket, and exacerbate an already shaky situation at the worst time.
He says the Pentagon has war-gamed an attack, and believes it can make short work of Iran's shore-based missile batteries and attack ships. De-mining operations would take much longer. In the meantime, oil prices could hit $300 a barrel, shipping insurance and tanker lease rates would soar, and economic stability would collapse. In the near-term, it would be "cataclysmic to the global economy and stock market."
Up to now, two years of talks on Iran's nuclear program have been more "Kabuki theater" than a real effort at serious negotiation. In addition, Friedman says Iran is "decades away" from developing a credible nuclear weapons capacity even if it intends to pursue one. At best, in his judgment, it may be able to come up with a crude device like the North Koreans managed and apparently tested in 2006. No reason to go to war over if he's right and one among many more vital issues that influential American figures cite to oppose one.
Pentagon Crosscurrents on Iran
In late June, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Michael Mullen, visited Israel - his second trip there since his October 1 appointment, but this time with a clear (official US) message according to defense analyst and former Pentagon official Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). It was that "the US did not give the green light for an Israeli attack on Iran....George Bush made it clear to all parties that the first option is diplomacy," and no attack should be undertaken without White House approval. Mullen further suggested that US policy likely will remain unchanged under George Bush, and that future plans will be up to the next incumbent - a strong hint that cooler high-level Washington figures know the folly of a wider Middle East war and want no part of one.
Nonetheless, there's no assurance they'll win out, and analyst Michael Oren of the Shalem Centre told CBS News that Bush administration officials assured Israelis that Iran wouldn't be allowed to develop a nuclear weapons capacity with strong hints of an attack if one continues. Then on March 11, CENTCOM commander William Fallon was sacked following reports that he sharply disagreed with Bush administration Middle East policy. On April 24 Iraq commander, and noted super-hawk, David Petraeus was named to replace him, and following an easy Senate confirmation will take over in September.
In June 2007, another change of command occurred when George Bush replaced Joint Chiefs Chairman Peter Pace because of his public disagreement over policy. On February 17, 2006 at a National Press Club luncheon, he responded to a question: "It is the absolute responsibility of everybody in uniform to disobey an order that is either illegal or immoral." He later added that commanders should "not obey illegal and immoral orders to use weapons of mass destruction....They cannot commit crimes against humanity." Nor should they go along with wrong-headed illegal schemes of remaking the Middle East and other regions militarily, but until Admiral Mullen's comments to Israelis it looked like a compliant Pentagon team was in place to pursue it.
Whatever's ahead, it appears high-level opposition figures have surfaced with practical (past and present) trilateralists among them. Figures like Brzezinski, Jim Baker, Henry Kissinger, George Tenet, Paul Volker, Jimmy Carter, George Soros, David Rockefeller, many other top business executives, and even GHW Bush. Their concern over present policy is having an effect, but there's no certainty about which side will prevail. However, with Congress out until September, things are on hold, and time is fast running out on a lamer-than-lame duck administration, according to some.
Even The New York Times is sending mixed messages it will have to clarify in coming weeks. In a June 10 editorial, it said: "If sanctions and incentives cannot be made to work, the voices for military action will only get louder. No matter what aides may be telling Mr. Bush and Mr. Olmert - or what they may be telling each other - an attack on Iran would be a disaster," implying it's wrong, won't work and will devastate the economy. Then on July 18, it they gave Israeli historian and apologist Benny Morris op-ed space for a vicious and Orwellian headlined diatribe: "Using Bombs to Stave Off War."
In it, he states "Israel will almost surely attack Iran's nuclear sites in the next four to seven months (conventionally)." Should that "assault fail to significantly harm or stall the Iranian program....a nuclear (attack) will most likely follow." The world has "only one option if it wishes to halt Iran's march toward nuclear weaponry: the military" one by "either the United States or Israel." But America is bogged down in two wars, and "the American public has little enthusiasm" for more.
"Which leaves only Israel - the country threatened almost daily with destruction by Iran's leaders....Iran's leaders would do well to rethink their gamble and suspend their nuclear program." Otherwise, an Israeli attack "will destroy their nuclear facilities (even though) this would mean thousands of Iranian casualties and international humiliation."
It's high time The New York Times (and other major media voices) took a stand. Is it opposed to further regional conflict, or in James Petras' words: is it for "the nuclear incineration of 70 million Iranians and the contamination of the better part of a billion people in the Middle East, Asia and Europe" plus an unimaginable amount of retaliatory fallout with the entire Muslim world against the West and Israel.
Yet a June 2008 Presidential Task Force on the Future of US-Israeli Relations statement calls for "Cooperation on the Iranian Nuclear Challenge" and to consider "coercive options" against it, including embargoing Iranian oil and "preventive military action." It was at the time Haaretz reported that Israel conducted large-scale exercises (focusing on long-range strikes) "that appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack" on Iran. Statfor's George Friedman downplayed them, called them "psychological warfare" saber-rattling, not preparations for war, and why would Israel telegraph plans if that's what it has in mind. In 1981, it gave no hint it intended to bomb Iraq's Osirak reactor, and when it came it was a surprise.
For brief moments earlier, positive developments surfaced, only to be swept aside by a torrent of anti-Iranian hostility. The Baker Commission December 2006 report recommended engaging Iran and Syria "constructively" and called for a "New Diplomatic Offensive without preconditions," all for naught. Then last December the National Intelligence Assessment (representing the consensus of all 16 US spy agencies) concluded that Iran "halted" its nuclear weapons program in 2003, and it remains frozen, again without effect.
At the same time, battle plans are in place under code name TIRRANT for Theater Iran Near Term. And under a top secret "Interim Global Strike Alert Order" and CONPLAN (contingency/concept plan) 8022, Washington may preemptively strike targets anywhere in the world using so-called low-yield extremely powerful nuclear bunker buster weapons. Iran is the apparent first target of choice, and US Naval carrier strike groups are strategically positioned in the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean to proceed on command.
A recent May World Tribune report cited a second carrier group in the Gulf and secret (approved but not implemented) US naval and air plans for an Iran "counterstrike" in response to "escalating tensions that would peak with an Iranian-inspired insurgency strike against US" forces - that might easily be another Gulf of Tonkin-type incident. So the question remains, are we heading for war or is it just "head-fake" as George Friedman believes?
Sy Hersh On "Preparing the Battlefield"
On June 29 in the New Yorker magazine, Hersh reported more crosscurrents and added to what's covered above. On the one hand, Congress will fund "a major escalation of covert operations against Iran," according to his high-level sources. As much as $400 million will go to minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi dissident groups, to "destabilize the country's religious leadership," aim for regime change, and gain intelligence on Iran's "suspected nuclear-weapons program."
The plan apparently involves stepped up covert CIA and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) operations authorized by a highly classified Presidential Finding about which some congressional leaders have little knowledge and have voiced concern. By law, party leaders and ranking intelligence committee members must be briefed, but apparently it's been done selectively.
On the other hand, Hersh says Pentagon military and civilian leaders are concerned about "Iran's nuclear ambitions," but disagree "whether a military strike is the right solution." Some oppose one, want diplomacy instead, and apparently Robert Gates is one of them - a former Iraq Study Group member until he became Secretary of Defense in December 2006. In late 2007, he apparently warned the Democrat Senate caucus of grave consequences if the Bush administration preemptively attacked Iran - saying it would create "generations of jihadists, and our grandchildren will be battling (them) in America."
Admiral Mullen also is "pushing back very hard" against an attack along with "at least ten senior flag and general officers, including combatant commanders" in charge of military operations around the world. One of them is Admiral Fallon who lost his CENTCOM job for opposing an attack even though he agrees on Iran's possible threat.
More good news for what it's worth. On August 2, tens of thousands across the US and Canada protested against a possible attack on Iran. On the bad side, unprecedented numbers, in vain, did as well ahead of the Iraq war, but this time influential Washington figures support them.
With Congress on recess, it's too soon to know what's ahead, but one thing's for sure. Neocons still run things. Dick Cheney leads them, and he claims Iran intends to destroy Israel, is developing nuclear weapons, and is a "darkening cloud....right at the top of the list" of world trouble spots and needs to be addressed (along with Syria) as the next phase of "the road map to war." With five months to go and heavy firepower to call on, he and George Bush have plenty of time left (as this writer said earlier) to incinerate Iran and end the republic if that's what they have in mind. Better hope they don't or that cooler heads win out for a different way.
Stephen Lendman is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization. He lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The small oil-rich emirate of Kuwait situated between Iraq, Iran and an un-enviable geographic hard place on the northern end of the Persian Gulf has reportedly activated its "Emergency War Plan" as a massive U.S. and European armada is reported heading for the region.
Coming on the heels of Operation Brimstone just a week ago that saw U.S., British and French naval forces participate in war games in the Atlantic Ocean, the object of which was to practice enforcing an eventual blockade on Iran, the joint task force is now headed for the Gulf and what could easily turn into a major confrontation with Iran.
The naval force comprises a U.S. Navy super carrier battle group and is accompanied by an expeditionary carrier battle group, a British Royal Navy carrier battle group and a French nuclear hunter-killer submarine.
Leading the pack is the nuclear-powered carrier, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and its Carrier Strike Group Two; besides its 80-plus combat planes the Roosevelt normally transports, it is carrying an additional load of French Naval Rafale fighter jets from the French carrier Charles de Gaulle, currently in dry dock.
Also reported heading toward Iran is another nuclear-powered carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan and its Carrier Strike Group Seven; the USS Iwo Jima, the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal and a number of French warships, including the nuclear hunter-killer submarine Amethyste.
Once the naval force arrives in the Gulf region it will be joining two other U.S. naval battle groups already on site: the USS Abraham Lincoln and the USS Peleliu; the Lincoln with its carrier strike group and the latter with an expeditionary strike group.
Telephone calls to the Pentagon were not returned by publication time.
This deployment is the largest naval task force from the United States and allied countries to assemble in the strategic waters of the Persian Gulf since the two Gulf wars.
The object of the naval deployment would be to enforce an eventual blockade on Iran, if as expected by many observers, current negotiations with the Islamic republic over its insistence to pursue enrichment of uranium, allowing it, eventually, to produce nuclear weapons yields no results.
Adding to the volatility is the presence of a major Russian navy deployment affected earlier this year to the eastern Mediterranean comprising the jewel of the Russian fleet, the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov with approximately 50 Su-33 warplanes that have the capacity for mid-air refueling. This means the Russian warplanes could reach the Gulf from the Mediterranean, a distance of some 850 miles and would be forced to fly over Syria (not a problem) but Iraq as well, where the skies are controlled by the U.S. military, and the guided missile heavy cruiser Moskva. The Russian task force is believed to be composed of no less than a dozen warships as well as several submarines.
However, Russia is unlikely to get involved in a military showdown in the Persian Gulf, particularly at this time when it is engaged in a major confrontation with the Republic of Georgia in South Ossetia.
For Iran however, a naval blockade preventing it from importing refined oil would have devastating effects on its economy, virtually crippling the Islamic republic's infrastructure. Although Iran is a major oil producer and exporter, the country lacks refining facilities having to re-import its own oil once refined.
Iran's oil both the exported crude as well as the returning refined product passes through the strategic Straits of Hormuz, controlled by Iran on one side and the Sultanate of Oman a U.S. ally on the other. The strait is about 30 miles wide at its narrowest point, making it easy to control, but at the same time placing Western naval vessels within easy reach of Iran's Revolutionary Guards fast moving light crafts that could be used by Iranian suicide bombers.
Although Kuwait is on the opposite end of the entrance to the Gulf and the Straits of Hormuz, Kuwait City is less than 60 miles from Iran and with good reason to worry.
"Kuwait was caught by surprise last time, when Iraqi troops invaded the small emirate and routed the Kuwaiti army in just a few hours," a former U.S. diplomat to Kuwait told the Middle East Times.
Thomas D. Williams, t r u t h o u t | Report - 13 August 2008
"The DoD, the nation's biggest polluter, is now cleaning up 29,500 currently or formerly contaminated sites in every state and territory. California alone has 3,912 contaminated sites on 441 current and former DoD installations. Many of DoD's facilities have already contaminated groundwater sources of drinking water.... The cost to clean up toxic munitions contamination and unexploded ordnance at active and former military installations around the country may reach $200 billion."
- The National Resources Defense Council, April 21, 2004.
"The Defense Department is refusing to comply with orders or sign contracts to clean up 11 hazardous waste sites, including one in Hawaii, and has asked the White House and Justice Department to intervene on its behalf."
- The Associated Press, July 1, 2008
While attempting to act as the planet's nuclear watchdogs, the United States and Great Britain have become two of the world's largest, cancer-causing radiated dust and rusty depleted uranium projectile polluters.
Using tanks and planes, the US and British military have fired hundreds of tons of radioactive depleted uranium munitions (DU) while fighting the first Gulf War, the Balkans War, and the more recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. For two decades, successive US and British government leadership has done little overall to clean up the hazardous war waste. And, when repeatedly asked questions about it, spokespersons for Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown and US President George W. Bush, as well as the two presidential candidates, Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) and Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), didn't respond to a large number of e-mails and telephone calls over a month's time.
Ironically, while firing this nuclear by-product all over Iraq, Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia, both Britain and the US regularly criticized and put financial or political pressure on Iran, Syria, North Korea and Pakistan for developing nuclear weapons. Of those four countries, only Pakistan is said to possess depleted uranium munitions, but their military forces have not been notorious for using them.
Depleted uranium is a by-product of the enrichment of natural uranium for nuclear reactor-grade or nuclear weapons-grade uranium. It is additionally used as an armor to protect tanks. Its metallic density is ideal for manufacturing munitions that readily pierce tank and other armor by burning and burrowing through it. But, while doing so, the munition creates large quantities of radioactive dust that the wind can carry for 20 to 30 miles. Sometimes the projectiles didn't explode. Instead, they buried themselves and degraded. Now they pollute or threaten water supplies, soil, plants, birds and animals in war-torn regions.
Potentially Serious Health Impacts
Dangerous DU debris is credited by some with creating higher child cancer and other illness rates in Europe and the Middle East. DU's fine particles can be harmful as well to the kidneys, skin and the lenses of the eyes. And, when inhaled or swallowed by humans, animals or fish, that dust can create serious and permanent health hazards. Expended DU is a permanent terrain contaminant with a half-life of 4.5 billion years. Uranium dust can linger in the lungs, the blood and other organs for years. It is reported to have caused some of the so-called mysterious ailments among the more than 350,000 US service members, many of whom unsuccessfully sought medical treatment after the first Gulf War.
At least four states - New York, California, Louisiana and Connecticut - passed bills in an unsuccessful attempt to force the Department of Defense to better test and care for war veterans for DU exposures. Their legislatures and governors were all concerned about sick service members exposed to DU wartime dust.
"Large numbers of corroding depleted uranium penetrators embedded in the ground might pose a long-term threat if the uranium leaches into water supplies," a British Royal Society scientific study says. After shell firings, the ground becomes polluted with depleted uranium particulate waste and some parts of the munitions themselves. DU contamination should be removed from areas around known penetrator impact sites," says the Royal Society. "Long-term environmental sampling, particularly of water and milk, is required and provides a cost-effective method of monitoring sensitive components of the environment, and of providing information about uranium levels to concerned local populations. Monitoring may need to be enhanced in some areas, by site-specific risk assessment, if the situation warrants further consideration."
Although the Royal Society insists threats of health damage to those inhaling depleted uranium dust is remote and limited to those who took in large quantities, a study of Iraqi children, exposed to wartime DU dust, contradicts that assessment. Dr. Souad N. Al-Azzawi, a member of the Brussels Tribunal Advisory Committee, says that children breathing or swallowing those radiated particles in areas of intense United States DU munitions firings "offer strong evidence of the correlation between low level radiation exposure and result(ing) health damages." DU exposures created "a shift of leukemia incidence rates towards younger children during the recent years," said the doctor. Another inquiry by three professors at the University of Massachusetts and Tufts University concludes: "In aggregate the human epidemiological evidence is consistent with increased risk of birth defects in offspring of persons exposed to DU."
Four years ago, Iraq's provisional government sought help from the United Nations in cleaning up wide swaths of its country, littered with expended munitions projectiles, DU destroyed equipment, broken random particles and wind showers of DU dust. The United Nations, without effective result, urged the British and U.S. military to clear many of the DU hazards they had created. In fact, United Nations environmental cleanup specialists asked U.S. and British officials for locations where the munitions were fired in Iraq, but they only reported receiving DU firing coordinates from Britain.
DU Cleanup Required But Ignored
Neither British nor U.S. authorities have offered to augment the $4.7 million donated mainly by Japan to the United Nations to evaluate sites of wartime contamination that health experts say threaten the well-being of millions of Iraqi civilians. But, contrary to scientific evidence, in late October 2004, Army Lt. Col. Mark Melanson said a five-year, $6 million Defense Department experiment with a simulated DU tank explosion shows "the chemical risks of breathing in uranium dust are so low that it won't cause any long-term health risks," even for the tank crew.
However, U.S. Army regulation 700-48 and its Technical Bulletin 9-1300-278 have for years required cleanups of the residue of depleted uranium firings and destruction. "Radioactive material and waste will not be locally disposed of through burial, submersion, incineration, destruction in place, or abandonment without approval from overall commander," says the regulation. "If local disposal is approved, the responsible commander must document the general nature of the disposed material and the exact location of the disposal." Radioactive equipment under that same regulation must be cleaned up and disposed of as soon as practicable. Other crucial military regulations call for DU tank drivers to be medically examined if they are exposed to dust or other radioactive debris. Similar British requirements prohibit unauthorized collection of radioactive waste.
One of the most salient examples of the problems with depleted uranium munitions and their dangers to the public recently opened a new chapter in the munition's long, nagging history. In the face of the Pentagon's and the Army's repeated denials of the need to follow their own regulations, that very same leadership was involved this spring in one final large and expensive DU munitions cleanup of Camp Doha, a 500-acre base in Kuwait.
Despite the potential health dangers to anyone walking close to the area, most of the particulate hazards remained right there in the soil above and below ground at this active military camp for more than a decade and a half. In the years since 1991, the site's larger waste hazards have been cleaned up in varying incomplete manners. This sloppiness caused health issues for all living nearby or stationed there. The military camp is on a peninsula relatively close to Kuwait City, holding the capital's government offices. Its population was about 191,000 people when a depleted uranium munitions accident occurred. Right around the corner is Kuwait City International Airport.
Seventeen years ago, during the first Gulf War, Doha was the site of one of the largest fires and explosions of a depleted uranium munitions and tank storage area ever. On July 11, 1991, at about 10:20 a.m., says a Pentagon inquiry, a defective heater in an M992 ammunition carrier loaded with 155mm artillery shells caught fire and set off a sustained series of explosions and fires. The blaze and blasts sent chemicals and radiation dust from munitions and tanks into the air for miles, as the black hazardous smoke rose high into the sky. Tanks, other equipment, vehicles and a huge store of munitions were scorched. Fifty American and six British soldiers were injured. Two American soldiers' injuries were serious. It took many months and hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild this significant military base. "The destruction was overwhelming," said a Pentagon inquiry. "The fire and explosions damaged or destroyed 102 vehicles, including four M1A1 tanks and numerous other combat vehicles. More than two dozen buildings sustained damage as well. Among the estimated almost $15 million in damaged or destroyed ammunition were 660 M829 120mm DU sabot rounds."
Initially, the Army worked for months on a major cleanup. Then in late 1991, the second and final phase of hazardous equipment removal was assigned to the Environmental Chemical Corporation. And the Pentagon's investigation report said: "Personnel packing the drums with DU penetrators wore surgeon's caps, safety glasses, half face protective masks, coveralls, butyl rubber aprons, rubber surgeon's gloves with cotton inserts, and rubber 'booties' over their normal work boots. A total of eight drums were filled with about 250 DU penetrators."
The Kuwaiti government hired its own U.S. private contractor, the Halliburton Corporation, to move most of the burned-out hulks in the vicinity of Kuwait City to a dump in the western desert. But, not until three years ago, when the U.S. planned to stop using the base, did the Army dispose of additional shell fragments. And, it was just in April of this year that the rest of this gigantic mess was finally neutralized on site. The cleanup, accomplished by MKM Engineers, headquartered in Stafford, Texas, was financed by the Kuwaiti government.
David Foster, an Army public affairs spokesman, said "under the circumstances, the Army had no legal obligation to clean up the (particulate) material" at Camp Doha. The Army originally brought the munitions and equipment to protect Kuwait, so it was now Kuwait's responsibility to pay for the cleanup, transportation of the hazards and final, safe burial, he said.
A total of 6,700 tons of contaminated sand with particles of depleted uranium and lead from Kuwait was shipped in April to the Port of Longview in Washington. The barrels were then transferred to railway cars for final delivery to the American Ecology Corporation's Idaho's Grand View low-level radiation waste facility, 70 miles southeast of Boise in the Owyhee Desert.
"Based on the very low levels of contamination present," American Ecology spokesman Chad Hyslop, "the soil is not regulated as 'radioactive material' by the US Department of Transportation." Damaged depleted uranium penetrators were separated out by MKM and sent separately to the United States for disposal, said Army spokesman Foster. Both the Department of Environmental Protection and the Nuclear Regulatory Agency, accepting the Army's tests and descriptions of the hazards of the dust, allowed this form of disposal.
EPA and NRC Leave Cleanup and Burial to the Army
Those two agencies' officials took the Army's word that these shipments of depleted uranium dust did not pose a threat to humans or the environment while in transit or stored away in its final Idaho waste site. Mark MacIntyre, an EPA spokesman, said: "The Army is responsible for characterizing the material for the purposes of complying with transportation and disposal requirements.... The EPA does not have a specific standard related to depleted uranium. For the purposes of disposal, depleted uranium is considered a low level radioactive waste and is subject to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations." Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the NRC, explained: "The sand - with small amounts of depleted uranium being sent to the U.S. Ecology Idaho facility for disposal - contains 'exempt' concentrations of uranium, less than 0.5-percent weight. If the concentrations were greater than this, we would have oversight."
Retired Army Maj. Doug Rokke, who has a Ph.D. in education - physics and technology - from the University of Illinois, fought the use of DU for years through the Internet and other means. He believes this current Doha DU waste-disposal operation violates safe guidelines. He worked with the special operations team, the 3rd U.S. Army captured equipment project team, and with the 3rd U.S. Army Depleted Uranium Assessment team during Gulf War One. As a result of his DU cleanup work, Rokke says he is ill with radiation damage to his lungs and kidneys. He also has radiation cataracts, fibromyalgia, rash, hearing loss, diarrhea, reactive airway disease, brain lesions, teeth breaking off and falling out, and neurological abnormalities.
It is ludicrous, said Rokke, for the NRC, the EPA and the Army to deny the Doha depleted uranium's dangers. They are doing this, he said, even as the U.S. government is mandating a huge cleanup of the Concord, Massachusetts, depleted uranium munitions manufacturer Starmet's Superfund site, and is indeed taking those pains to ship DU from Camp Doha, Kuwait, to the United States while endangering the environment and all persons who come anywhere near that shipment.
Health Destroyed by DU
Former First Lt. Todd Lightfoot is one of many Army veterans who believes he became sick from the aftermath of the fire while stationed at Camp Doha in 1991. He explains at his Internet web site that: "During my entire tour; one could say that, 'I was in the loop' (in the know about operations)." Lightfoot added that he has reviewed "my notes from all of the meetings we had ... and we had meetings twice a day every day ... and many times having a meeting or two in between. I can still not find one mention of potential health hazards from depleted uranium or the possible contamination of any area at Camp Doha." and "I've been sick now since about 1995," said Lightfoot. "I have what they call IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), but they've not been able to treat it with any success. (It creates constant) bad, bad cramping in the lower abdomen, severe fatigue, bad joint pain, all of the norms rolled up into the 'Gulf War Illness' tag!"
"As for what I believe is the cause of my declining health," said Lightfoot, "there were three constants when I arrived a DOHA. There were the burning oil well fires. There was a constant presence of insects/pesticides. And then there was the DU. I've always believed that there is more to the DU than the US government and DoD would like us to believe." Army spokesman Foster did not answer queries about Lightfoot.
International Calls to Ban and Clean Up DU
Back as far as 1999, a United Nations committee called for a DU munitions ban worldwide because its long-term adverse health impact on civilians violates international law. More recently, in January, the United Nations voted to approve an inquiry among member nations to determine the harmful impacts of depleted uranium munitions. Three years later, the World Health Organization recommended that "young children's exposure to depleted uranium must be monitored and preventive measures taken, and heavily affected impact zones for depleted uranium munitions should be cordoned off and cleaned up." United States officials failed to effectively warn the government of Afghanistan about that very danger. BBC News reported in April: "Doctors in Afghanistan say rates of some health problems affecting children have doubled in the last two years. Some scientists say the rise is linked to use of weapons containing depleted uranium (DU) by the U.S.-led coalition that invaded the country in 2001. A Canadian research group found very high levels of uranium in Afghans during tests just after the invasion. A U.S. forces spokesman denied its weapons were affecting the health of Afghans or the country's environment."
Some cleanups were conducted in the Balkans, but otherwise the recommendations found little cooperation. Finally, in late May, the European Parliament passed a global ban on such weapons with a landslide approval vote. The rationale: "Ever since its use by the allied forces in the first war against Iraq, there have been serious concerns about the radiological and chemical toxicity of the fine uranium particles produced when such weapons impact on hard targets. Concerns have also been expressed about the contamination of soil and groundwater by expended rounds that have missed their targets and their implications for civilian populations. Despite the fact that scientific research has so far been unable to find conclusive evidence of harm, there are numerous testimonies as to the harmful and often deadly effects on both military personnel and civilians. The last few years have seen great advances in terms of understanding the environmental and health hazards posed by depleted uranium, and whereas it is high time that this was reflected in international military standards, as they develop. The use of depleted uranium in warfare runs counter to the basic rules and principles enshrined in written and customary international, humanitarian and environmental law."
Press spokespersons for both President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have told this reporter in the past they rely upon the Pentagon for advice about the use of depleted uranium munitions, their health impacts and cleanups. Neither British Prime Minister Gordon Brown nor the British Environment Agency specifically answered this reporter's repeated queries about their policies toward DU munitions and cleanups.
The British Ministry of Defense says on its Internet site: "There is no reliable scientific or medical evidence to link DU with the ill health of either Gulf or Balkans veterans or people living in these regions. Many independent reports have been produced and researchers continue to consider the battlefield effects of using DU munitions. These reports include work by the Royal Society, the European Commission, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). None of these organizations has found a connection between DU exposure and illness, and none has found widespread DU contamination sufficient to impact the health of the general population or deployed personnel."
Jasem Al-Budaiwi, first secretary of the Kuwaiti Embassy in Washington, sent this reporter's inquiries to his government, but no reply came back. Repeated inquiries to presidential candidates Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) and Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) over a month's time netted no answer to phone calls or e-mails.
It was not until October 2006, after decades of complaints about the hazards that President Bush signed into law a Congressional bill calling for a study of the health effects of depleted uranium munitions' firings on American troops, but not on the millions of foreign civilians exposed. As a result, a legislative committee is expected to ask the Army to review the accuracy of acute exposures and the cancer risks posed by them.
This summer, a Canadian Member of Parliament, Alex Atamanenko (British Columbia Southern Interior, NDP) called on his government "to undertake every measure possible to ensure that depleted uranium weapons of mass destruction are banned forever." Atamanenko continued: "Belgium has banned the use of uranium in all conventional weapon systems. However, at least 18 countries, including the U.S., use depleted uranium in their arsenals. They are considered weapons of mass destruction under international law. According to a Canada-U.S. agreement, Canadian uranium exports may only be used for peaceful purposes." Nonetheless, he said, Canada provides raw uranium to the United States and other countries for processing and the resulting depleted uranium is then used in weapons.
DU Munitions Abandoned by Some
Now says Dai Williams, a British uranium expert, who posts on http://www.eoslifework.co.uk, most DU munitions are becoming pass, but in their wake, undepleted uranium shells made of natural uranium have been fired and are being manufactured by arms makers worldwide. "Why is this a problem?" asks Williams. "Because natural uranium in the general environment is mostly in large particles created from natural weathering processes. The body seems to be able to eject these. But weapons uranium dust is formed at very high temperature into ultra-fine particles described as aerosols that can pass through cell walls etc. In the lungs these will go into soft tissue and stay there, rather than being coughed out," Williams explains. In the meantime, he says, tons of the old DU munitions are still in storage for potential firing by countries including the Great Britain and the United States. The British, he said, are now using the hard metal tungsten to manufacture munitions formerly made of uranium. Even the U.S. Navy and Marines have abandoned depleted uranium munitions in light of their potential health hazards.
A Government Accountability Office investigation two years ago found the military's and the Department of Energy's handling of depleted uranium and other nuclear waste a fiscal quagmire to clean up. In the United States, DU munitions manufacturing operations have created numerous hazardous-waste concerns. The military has had to deal with firing range cleanups of DU, while the Energy Department is responsible for oversight of nuclear installations. "The nation's military installations and nuclear weapons production facilities," said the GAO, "have accumulated many types of waste and contamination over the years. The federal government estimated its environmental liability to clean up this waste at $249 billion in fiscal year 2004, representing the federal government's third-largest reported liability. It represents a significant future outflow of funds at the same time as many other competing demands for federal dollars, but is currently not auditable," the GAO said.
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Man's closest relatives in the animal kingdom are under unprecedented threat because of human activity, according to a recent report.
Almost one in three of all non-human primate species including apes, monkeys and lemurs have been classified as being in danger of extinction.
The report from the World Conservation Union (IUCN) states 114 of the world's 394 primate species could be lost forever because of the continuing destruction of tropical forests, illegal wildlife trade, climate change and commercial bushmeat hunting.
The proportion on the organisation's Red List, which signals a species is endangered or vulnerable, has increased 16 per cent since 2005.
Sixty experts from 21 countries, who compiled a list of the 25 most endangered species, said failure to respond to the growing threats along with the potential impact of climate change was in danger of causing the first primate extinctions for more than a century.
Russell Mittermeier, chairman of the Primate Specialist Group of the IUCN's Species Survival Commission, said: "You could fit all the surviving members of these 25 species in a single football stadium. That's how few of them remain on Earth today.
"The situation is worst in Asia, where tropical forest destruction and the hunting and trading of monkeys puts many species at terrible risk.
"Even newly discovered species are severely threatened from loss of habitat and could soon disappear."
Some experts believe the Miss Waldron's red colobus monkey, of Ivory Coast and Ghana, may already be extinct.
There are believed to be only a few dozen golden-headed langur, another type of monkey, of Vietnam and China's Hainan gibbons left.
The Horton Plains slender loris of Sri Lanka has been sighted just four times since 1937.
The list, which is compiled every two years, was compiled at the 21st Congress of the International Primatological Society in Entebbe, Uganda.
Six species are included for the first time the Sahamalaza Peninsula sportive lemur, Rondo dwarf galago, Western Hoolock gibbon, Brown-headed spider monkey and the recently discovered Kipunji and Siau Island tarsier.
Non-human primates help support a wide range of plants and other animal life in their through interventions with their surrounding environments such as the dispersal of seeds.
The loss of habitat caused by the clearing of tropical forests for agriculture, logging, and the collection of wood for fuel continues to be the main reason for the declining number of primates, according to the report.
Tropical deforestation is also responsible for approximately 20 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions more than all the cars, lorries, trains and aeroplanes in the world combined.
Climate change has already been shown to be altering the habitats of many species leaving those with only small ranges even more vulnerable to extinction.
Mr Mittermeier added: "By protecting the world's remaining tropical forests, we save primates and other endangered species while preventing more carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere to warm the climate"
The hunting of primates, especially in Africa and Asia, and live capture for the pet trade, particularly to Asian species, also pose serious threats.
Germ warfare fear over African monkeys taken to Iran (July 6, 2008) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article4276460.ece
Hundreds of endangered monkeys are being taken from the African bush and sent to a secretive laboratory in Iran for scientific experiments. An undercover inquiry by The Sunday Times has revealed that wild monkeys, which are banned from experiments in Britain, are being freely supplied in large numbers to laboratories in other parts of the world. All will undergo invasive and maybe painful experiments leading ultimately to their death. (...) Manji said scientists at the Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute in Iran had bought 215 vervet monkeys from him this year but he had become suspicious about their true motive, although he was still trading with them. They had spent a lot of money on getting the monkeys, even sending over scientists to check on each consignment. Iran is very secretive, said Manji, who has been exporting monkeys for 22 years. They said it [the monkeys] was for our country, for vaccine. [They said] We dont buy vaccine from anywhere; we prepare our own vaccine. But I think they use it for something else. You know why? Because they dont go on kilos. Iran wants [monkeys weighing] 1.5kg to 2.5kg, [but] 1.5kg for vaccine is not possible. Rubibira indicated that finding out what the Iranians wanted the monkeys for would be difficult. They cannot say, you know. They are secretive. They wouldnt tell the truth. The revelation will fuel speculation that the monkeys may be used for research involving biological weapons. Primates are typically used by scientists wishing to test both the effectiveness of germ warfare agents and defences against them. The Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute, which has its headquarters in Karaj, near Tehran, has been accused in the past by an Iranian opposition group of conducting biological weapons testing. According to US intelligence, the pharmaceutical industry in Iran has long been used as a cover for developing a germ warfare capability. (...) Experiments are carried out on various primates in a number of scientific fields Baboons are used for research into the brain, endometriosis and strokes. Vervets are often used for testing the effectiveness of new vaccines Monkeys are commonly used to test vaccines for biological weapon diseases such as anthrax and plague The World Health Organisation says mice can be used to test the polio vaccine. However, monkeys will still be bought and killed by some scientists to use their kidney cells to create the vaccines Experimenting on monkeys caught in the wild was effectively banned in Britain in 1997. Since then permission to use them has required special authority from the Home Office, which has not been granted for 10 years Only monkeys bred in captivity are now used for research America, Russia, China andIran are among the countries still using wild monkeys
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