August 11th, 2008


US-led forces kill 8 civilians

Afghan, U.S. forces kill 25 Taliban, 8 civilians

1 hour, 13 minutes ago

Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces killed 25 Taliban insurgents and eight civilians after an ambush in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said on Monday.

The issue of civilian casualties has led to a rift between Afghanistan and its Western allies with President Hamid Karzai saying on Sunday that foreign airstrikes had only succeeded in killing ordinary Afghans and would not defeat the insurgency.

The Taliban launched multiple ambushes on a patrol in the Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan province on Sunday, the U.S. military said in a statement.


Alaska Airlines cancels 41 flights over volcanic ash

1 hour, 7 minutes ago

Alaska Airlines canceled 41 flights by early on Monday because of a towering plume of ash created by the eruption of a volcano last week, the airline said.

The cancellations began Sunday evening and affected flights between Alaska and Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, British Colombia, the airline said in a statement.

The ash was created by the eruption of Kasatochi volcano in the Aleutian Islands on Thursday.


US lighting Mideast powder keg?

The Daily Cartoon

11 August 2008


Russian jets bomb Georgia
Putin: US impedes Georgia military ops
War in the Caucasus: Towards a Broader Russia-US Military Confrontation?
The US and the Russian-Georgian conflict
The Real Aggressor
The West must share the blame for war in Georgia

Mon, 11 Aug 2008 13:58:40 GMT

Three more US warships are reportedly heading towards the Persian Gulf amid ongoing tension in the region.

DEBKAfiles-- an Israeli web site with alleged close links with the regime's military and intelligence sources-- claimed that the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Iwo Jima are sailing towards the Persian Gulf to reinforce the US strike forces deployed to the region.

The report said the expedition could be linked to a conflict between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia.


Fort Detrick Anthrax Scientist: Ivins Innocent, FBI Worse Than KGB

Anthrax Attacks Gave Rise To $50B Biodefense Industry

By Kevin Barrett and Rolf Lindgren, 

If elected, I will call for an immediate all-out congressional investigation of the anthrax attacks as well as the 9/11 attack they were so obviously linked to. In fact, I hope that by the time I reach Congress, a no-holds-barred investigation of FBI misconduct in the anthrax affair will have already brought down this lying, murdering administration. 

A growing legion of skeptics, including more and more  mainstream journalists, say the government's case against suicided anthrax fall-guy Dr. Bruce Ivins has more holes than a Dunkin' Donuts factory. World Net Daily reports that Ivins passed two lie detector tests, and that a comparison of his handwriting with the handwriting on the anthrax letters shows that he wasn't the one who scrawled "Death to America. Death to Israel. Allah is great" on the toxic missives.  

By blaming Ivins, who was not Muslim, the government is admitting that the anthrax scare was a false-flag terror attack, presumably one designed to demonize Muslims and grease the skids for war and fascism. The anthrax attacks targeted Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy, the two biggest obstacles in the path of the Patriot Act, and helped convince ordinary Americans who have mailboxes, but who don't work in skyscrapers, that their lives were endangered by murderous Muslim madmen.



Israeli's swarming over Georgia, Lev Leviev's one of them

More Evidence Of U.S. Complicity In S. Ossetia War
U.S. Arms Cache Found in Kyrgyzstan

Israel 'has a hand in S. Ossetia war'
At least one American citizen has been captured by the Russian forces. He is claimed to be an 'advisor' with the Georgian military. Some sources claim that one of the SU-25 pilots downed by the Russian spoke neither Russian nor English.
In South Ossetia captured American mercenary
US begins flying Georgian troops home from Iraq
Israelis in Georgia warn of impending disaster "We are the victims!"
Israel Linked To Georgia Security

As long as the "brave" IDF storm troopers are shooting Palestinian kids in the head, or beating up a handcuffed "detainee," or clubbing elderly Palestinians in the skull, they are some of the "bravest" troops in the world.

But when the other side rares up and fights back, as we saw in Lebanon in 2006, the Khazars put their tail between their hoofed feet and run.

Security consultants? Right. And the US doesn't send combat troops to countries it's trying to subvert, only "military advisers."

Even a blind man can see what's going on here. Zionists like Leviev are trying to corner the oil and gas fields in the resource rich Caspian Basin region, to enrich themselves and to make Israel's port of Haifa the oil capital of the world.

Georgian fighting drives out Israeli security consultants

By Ora Coren


Stamford Hill, London – Williamsburg Controversial Activist Heckled, Flees To Get Police Protection

07-24-2008 - 7:19 PM

Mr. Nuchem Rosenberg [white shirt] talking to the people in Williamsburg. This picture was taken a few years ago on the corner of Lee and Keap. Photo by Chaim Zayon from
Stamford Hill, London - Rabbi Nochum Rosenberg of Brooklyn, New York, and a controversial figure in its Williamsburg-neighborhood Chasidic community, was physically accosted this evening by dozens of angry Chasidim in London’s Stamford Hill, after he visited today that community to assist in a private matter.

Seeing a hostile situation about to erupt out of control, Rabbi Rosenberg managed to flee to a passing police car, which carried him away to safety. He is currently being held under protection of the Met, London’s police force, until his departure and return to the U.S.

Rabbi Rosenberg is well-known for helping establish mikvaos all over the world over the past 20 years. His notoriety has spiked in recent months, however, due to his newly-adopted personal crusade against an internal communal problem which he claims goes ignored and untreated in the Orthodox community: molestation of children.


Bolivians back Morales in vote triumph

Mon, 11 Aug 2008 04:59:30 GMT

Bolivian President Eva Morales claims victory in recall vote.
Partial results give Bolivian President Evo Morales a clear victory in a referendum designed as a litmus test for his socialist reforms.

Partial results from nearly half of country's polling stations show that nearly 64 percent of Bolivians voted in support of the mandate of Morales and his Vice-President Alvaro Garcia.

The majority is 10 percent more than the majority which won Morales the presidency in 2006.


NY Times wants Russian blood! Invokes Hitler

If Georgia had succeeded in its aggression, Kristol would be comparing Saakashvili to George Washington.

Will Russia Get Away With It?


Published: August 10, 2008

In August 1924, the small nation of Georgia, occupied by Soviet Russia since 1921, rose up against Soviet rule. On Sept. 16, 1924, The Times of London reported on an appeal by the president of the Georgian Republic to the League of Nations. While “sympathetic reference to his country’s efforts was made” in the Assembly, the Times said, “it is realized that the League is incapable of rendering material aid, and that the moral influence which may be a powerful force with civilized countries is unlikely to make any impression upon Soviet Russia.”

“Unlikely” was an understatement. Georgians did not enjoy freedom again until 1991.

Today, the Vladimir Putins and Hu Jintaos and Mahmoud Ahmadinejads of the world — to say nothing of their junior counterparts in places like Sudan, Zimbabwe, Burma and North Korea — are no more likely than were Soviet leaders in 1924 to be swayed by “moral influence.” Dictators aren’t moved by the claims of justice unarmed; aggressors aren’t intimidated by diplomacy absent the credible threat of force; fanatics aren’t deterred by the disapproval of men of moderation or refinement.



RIA Novosti hit by cyber-attacks as conflict with Georgia rages

RIA Novosti hit by cyber-attacks as conflict with Georgia rages

RIA Novosti hit by cyber-attacks as conflict with Georgia rages

17:50 | 10/ 08/ 2008
MOSCOW, August 10 (RIA Novosti) - RIA Novosti news agency's website was disabled for several hours on Sunday by a series of hacker attacks, as the conflict between Russia and Georgia over breakaway South Ossetia continued for a third day.

Websites in both Russia and Georgia have been hit by cyber attacks since Georgia launched a major ground and air offensive to seize control of South Ossetia on Friday. Russia responded by sending in tanks and hundreds of troops.

"The DNS-servers and the site itself have been coming under severe attack," said Maxim Kuznetsov, head of the RIA Novosti IT department.
RIA Novosti's servers are now functioning as normal.

A top Russian diplomat accused foreign media on Sunday of pro-Georgian bias in their coverage of the ongoing conflict.

Russia says Georgian forces have killed around 2,000 South Ossetian civilians, mainly Russian nationals, since the start of the offensive, and that 34,000 locals have been forced to flee to Russia. In response to the Georgian attacks, Russia sent tanks and troops into the province, and carried out a series of air strikes on Georgian military targets.

U.S.A. to collapse as U.S.S.R. did?

Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects

In the waning days of the American empire, we find ourselves mired in political crisis, with our foreign policy coming under sharp criticism and our economy in steep decline. These trends mirror the experience of the Soviet Union in the early 1980s. Reinventing Collapse examines the circumstances of the demise of the Soviet superpower and offers clear insights into how we might prepare for coming events.

Rather than focusing on doom and gloom, Reinventing Collapse suggests that there is room for optimism if we focus our efforts on personal and cultural transformation. With characteristic dry humor, Dmitry Orlov identifies three progressive stages of response to the looming crisis:

  • Mitigation-alleviating the impact of the coming upheaval
  • Adaptation-adjusting to the reality of changed conditions
  • Opportunity-flourishing after the collapse

He argues that by examining maladaptive parts of our common cultural baggage, we can survive, thrive, and discover more meaningful and fulfilling lives, in spite of steadily deteriorating circumstances.

This challenging yet inspiring work is a must-read for anyone concerned about energy, geopolitics, international relations, and life in a post-Peak Oil world.

Dmitry Orlov was born in Leningrad and immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. He was an eyewitness to the Soviet collapse over several extended visits to his Russian homeland between the late eighties and mid-nineties. He is an engineer and a leading Peak Oil theorist whose writing is featured on such sites as and

About the Author
Dmitry Orlov was born in Leningrad and immigrated to the United States at the age of 12. He was an eyewitness to the Soviet collapse over several extended visits to his Russian homeland between the late eighties and mid-nineties. He is an engineer with a BS in Computer Engineering and an MA in Applied Linguistics.


KBR-Halliburton locked rape victim in shipping container for days to prevent her from reporting

KBR, the defense contractor doing a lot of heavy lifting in the upholding of our occupation of Iraq, has banned the use of personal cell phones by its employees. KBR and its previous parent company Halliburton are notorious for many things. One of those things is the rape and cover up of rape committed by its male employees against its female employees.

How are the two related? Well, the first and most widely-known woman to come forward with an allegation of rape and cover up is Jamie Leigh Jones. Jones was gang raped by her coworkers, then locked inside of a shipping container for days in order to prevent her from reporting the attack. The Justice Department never brought charges against her assailants, and extremely important evidence in the case was “lost” by KBR. But the relevant part is how Jones escaped: through the use of a cell phone. A “sympathetic guard” loaned the phone to her, which she used to call her father in the United States. Her father subsequently called his congressperson, who ended up securing Jones’ release. If that “sympathetic guard” (you know, the one who didn’t set her free) hadn’t handed her that cell phone, god only knows where Jamie Leigh Jones would be today. But it just might not be alive, let alone acting as a major anti-rape and anti-KBR activist.

So. KBR employee is raped by her coworkers and then kidnapped and held prisoner. Employee secures her release through use of a personal cell phone. KBR doesn’t really give a shit about any of it. Employee makes a lot of noise about the incident, making KBR look really bad, even if not actually impacting the company financially. KBR bans personal cell phone use.

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Foreign Ministry seeks lower profile for Israel in Georgia-Russia conflict

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Last update - 01:23 11/08/2008

By Barak Ravid and Amos Harel

Israel is hoping to maintain a low profile with regard to the war in Georgia, government officials told Haaretz. One source noted that currently, neither side of the conflict is pleased with Israel's position, since Russia has been irked by Israeli-Georgian weapons deals for some time, and Tbilisi is now frustrated by Israel's decision to halt arms exports.

In a move which drew heavy criticism from defense officials, Israel's Foreign Ministry over the weekend recommended complete cessation of the sale of weapons and security-related equipment to Georgia in light of the fighting between its troops and the Russian Army.

"The Foreign Ministry's approach demonstrates a naively simplistic view and a lack of understanding of the complex world of the security deals which Israel is conducting with foreign partners," a defense official told Haaretz on condition of anonymity.


Israeli soldiers who trained Georgia troops say war with Russia is no surprise

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Last update - 13:45 11/08/2008

VIDEO / IDF vets who trained Georgia troops say war with Russia is no surprise

By Jonathan Lis and Moti Katz

For the past few days, since fighting broke out in the Caucasus, 24-year-old L. from central Israel has been trying to phone the group of Georgian combat soldiers he had been training in Georgia up to a few months ago.

L. and a group of young Israel Defense Forces reservists have been watching reports of the fighting in Georgia worriedly, concerned over the fate of the soldiers they had trained for four months.

"We have their phone numbers, but we haven't been able to reach them. These are people we know and we are all hoping for their success," L. said.


Neocons Call For U.S. To Launch War With Russia: It's Raining Nazis

August 11, 2008 9:06

It's Raining Nazis--Continued

Posted by Joe Klein |

When a column starts off like this:

The details of who did what to precipitate Russia's war against Georgia are not very important. Do you recall the precise details of the Sudeten Crisis that led to Nazi Germany's invasion of Czechoslovakia? Of course not, because that morally ambiguous dispute is rightly remembered as a minor part of a much bigger drama.

The events of the past week will be remembered that way, too.

...the author has got to be a neoconservative pushing for the next war. In this case, it's Robert Kagan, girding for a new twilight struggle with the Sovi...uh, sorry: that was a couple of twilight struggles ago...Russia. Kagan is smart and modulated in this case. He carefully lays out the U.S. and European Union initiatives in Eastern Europe that have led to the Russian pushback. Most of the western actions have been morally justified support for the new democracies--and Georgia may be the most heart-warming example--in the region; others, including the costly and technologically untenable missile defense system fantasized by Bush, have been unnecessarily provocative. And Kagan's (right)wingman, Bill Kristol, is similarly modulated in the NY Times:

The good news is that today we don’t face threats of the magnitude of Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union. Each of those regimes combined ruthless internal control, a willingness to engage in external aggression, and fervent adherence to an extreme ideology. Today these elements don’t coexist in one place. Russia is aggressive, China despotic and Iran messianic — but none is as dangerous as the 20th-century totalitarian states.



This sort of explains the last 7 years


BEIJING - AUGUST 10: President of the United States, George W. Bush holds up the American Flag the wrong way before wife Laura Bush instructs him to turn it around at the swimming arena at the National Aquatics Center during day 2 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 10, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


Putin: U.S. hindering truce efforts in South Ossetia

Arkia cancels flight meant to carry Israelis out of Georgia

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Last update - 19:07 11/08/2008

Putin: U.S. hindering truce efforts in South Ossetia

By News Agencies

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin criticized the United States on Monday, saying it had displayed a cynical Cold War mentality by supporting Georgia in the conflict over South Ossetia.

The world's seven largest economic powers, meanwhile, urged Russia on Monday to accept an immediate cease-fire with Georgia and agree to international mediation over a growing crisis that is verging on all-out war in the former Soviet republic's separatist areas.

Putin, shown on state television speaking to officials, said the West had manipulated the truth about the war to present the Georgians as the victims rather than the aggressors.


Israeli gov't infuriates rightists by removing Jabotinsky from curriculum

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Last update - 17:05 11/08/2008

Tamir infuriates rightists by removing Jabotinsky from curriculum 10 daily feature for August 10, 2008.

By Haaretz Staff and Channel 10

Education Minister Yuli Tamir has once again found herself under fire for a decision regarding the national education curriculum.

Tamir has decided to strike Ze'ev Jabotinsky, a right-wing Revisionist Zionist leader, from a list of terms students are required to learn.

And once again, the reaction to her decision exposes the deep left-right divide regarding the Israeli narrative.


What Banks And The Government Are Not Telling Us About 2009

One on One with David Rosenberg, Chief North American Economist at Merrill Lynch
Indebted Ever After - Scared by National Deficit? You Should Be, Filmmakers Say
Are central banks getting it all wrong?
This credit crisis is like the plague and nobody is safe yet

Is the U.S. Economy Safe?

What Banks And The Government Are Not Telling Us About 2009—The Next Shoes You Hear Drop May Be Very Loud Ones

James QuinnAugust 4th 2008

Cutting Edge News Contributor

Economy - Bernanke460
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke
It is time for some straight talk about what America is being told about our financial institutions. First: listen to the words or our most esteemed financial leaders. In March of last year, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson delivered an upbeat assessment of the economy, saying growth was healthy and the housing market was nearing a turnaround. "All the signs I look at" show "'the housing market is at or near the bottom," Paulson said in a speech to a business group in New York, adding that the U.S. economy is "very healthy" and "robust."
At about the same time last March 2007, Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, told Congress, "At this juncture, the impact on the broader economy and financial markets of the problems in the sub-prime market seems likely to be contained."



McCain To Hold Fundraiser With Ex-Abramoff Business Partner. So Did Obama

Obama and Greenberg Traurig

Ralph Reed: Come meet my new friend John McCain

Friday, August 8, 2008, 02:06 PM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

If you read this space, you knew this was coming. But even now that the odd-couple alliance between Ralph Reed and John McCain is complete, you still can’t believe that it’s true.

On Thursday afternoon, Republicans around Georgia received an invitation from Reed, who will serve as a host of a “special event” for McCain at the downtown Marriot Marquis on Aug. 18.

“John McCain believes in a strong national defense, a smaller, more accountable government, steady economic growth and opportunity, the dignity of life and traditional values,” wrote Reed, whose 2006 campaign for lieutenant governor sank under the weight of evidence detailing his relationship with Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff — much of it uncovered by McCain’s Indian Affairs Committee.


Bear Baiting

August 11, 2008 

U.S. soldiers training Georgian Army

U.S. soldiers training Georgian Army

One of the sad resonances of the U.S. Invasion of Iraq is playing out on the Steppes of Northern Georgia today. As President Bush was feverishly trying to assemble the “coalition of the willing” to join with us in Iraq, President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia eagerly stepped forward. Always looking for a way to bait the Russian bear across the border, Saakashvili became the first of the “coalition of the billing”. He would send 2000 troops to Iraq if the U.S. would completely modernize his army, train his soldiers and give him the latest technology like surveillance drones. We were so desperate for allies in Iraq, we gladly complied. And of course, in order to make sure they got as much from our treasury as possible and encouraged Congress to let them into NATO, the Georgians hired some Neo-con lobbyists like Randy Scheuneman, now John McCain’s chief foreign policy advisor. All of this advice from the Neo-cons led to a classic miscalculation.

In the ensuing years, even as Russia issued warnings, Mr. Saakashvili grew bolder. There were four regions out of Georgian control when he took office in 2004, but he restored two smaller regions, Ajaria in 2004 and the upper Kodori Gorge in 2006, with few deaths.

The victories gave him a sense of momentum. He kept national reintegration as a central plank of his platform.



You pay a price for believing in Bush. The Georgians did

There are three basic facts to keep in mind about the smokin’ little war in Ossetia:

1.    The Georgians started it.
2.    They lost.
3.    What a beautiful little war!

For me, the most important is #3, the sheer beauty of the video clips that have already come out of this war. I’m in heaven right now.

Of course, if you want to get all serious and actually study up on Ossetia, North and South, and Georgia and the whole eternal gang war that they call the Caucasus, you can check out a column I did on that school-hostage splatter in Beslan, North Ossetia, a few years back.

But for me, right now, I say let’s stick to the action. This is the war of my dreams—both sides using air forces! How often do you see that these days?—so I’ll skip the history. Just remember that South Ossetia is a little apple-shaped blob dangling from Russian territory down into Georgia, and most of it has been under control of South Ossetian irregulars backed by Russian “peacekeepers” for the last few years.



US disregarded experts over biolab

AP Exclusive

By LARRY MARGASAK – 12 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department swept aside evaluations of government experts and named Mississippi — home to powerful U.S. lawmakers with sway over the agency — as a top location for a new $451 million, national laboratory to study some of the world's most virulent biological threats, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Mississippi's lawmakers include the Democratic chairman of the department's oversight committee in the House and the senior Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is expected to approve money to build the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility at one of five sites being considered. The two lawmakers said they were unaware of the Homeland Security evaluation system that scored the Mississippi site so low.

The disclosure is the latest example of what critics assert is the Bush administration's politicizing of government decisions, such as efforts to steer science over global warming at the Environmental Protection Agency and hiring and firing practices at the Justice Department.



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US envoy to Georgia runs for the hills

US envoy to Georgia departs

1 hour, 40 minutes ago

The US State Department has sent senior envoy Matthew Bryza to join European Union representatives attempting to mediate a ceasefire in Georgia's South Ossetia region, department spokesman Robert Wood said Monday.

Wood said he believed Bryza, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, departed late Sunday.

"He left. He is on his way to the region. I don't have his itinerary."


7 worrisome signs for Obama

Glenn Thrush Mon Aug 11, 5:29 AM ET

A few weeks back, Time magazine was musing that John McCain was in danger of sliding from “a long shot” to a “no-shot.” Around the same time, a hard-nosed former Hillary Clinton insider declared the race “effectively over” thanks to the McCain campaign’s ineptitude, the tanking U.S. economy and Obama’s advantages in cash, charisma and hope. And Obama, up by three to six points nationally, was about to leverage a much-anticipated trip to Iraq, Afghanistan and Europe into a pre-convention poll surge.

Instead, his supporters are now suffering a pre-Denver panic attack, watching as John McCain draws incrementally closer in state and national polls – with Rasmussen’s most recent daily national tracker showing a statistical dead heat.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has been privately enumerating her doubts about Obama to supporters, according to people who have spoken with her. Clinton’s pollster Mark Penn recently unveiled a PowerPoint presentation red-flagging Obama’s lukewarm leads among white female voters and Hispanics – while predicting a five-point swing could turn a presumed Obama win into a McCain landslide.


McCain's Internet Troll Jill Hazelbaker leads online censorship campaign

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Jill Hazelbaker is currently the national communications director for John McCain's presidential campaign, and has been profiled in several recent news articles discussing her missteps as a campaign press aide. However, Hazelbaker has a disturbing past as an Internet Troll and is now believed to be behind the McCain bury brigade that suppresses negative online stories regarding the candidate.

Two weeks ago Hazelbaker became famous when McCain publicly disagreed with her line of attack against Barack Obama on his foreign trip. Hazelbaker raced out of the Virginia campaign headquarters crying and refused to take McCain’s calls of apology, aides said.

Hazelbaker served as the campaign spokeswoman for the 2006 New Jersey Senate campaign of Republican Thomas Kean Jr., who was easily defeated by Democrat Robert Menendez.


Georgia says key city taken by Russian forces

Georgia Fight Spreads; Moscow Issues Ultimatum

27 minutes ago

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — The head of Georgia's national security council says Russian forces have taken the strategically key city of Gori.

Gori is on Georgia's main east-west highway, about 60 miles west of the capital Tbilisi. By taking the city, Russia has the potential to effectively cut the country in half.

Security Council head Alexander Lomaia said Monday that it was not immediately clear if Russian forces would try to advance on Tbilisi.


BTW, MSM: There's a war in the Phillipines, 130,000 flee fighting

130,000 flee Philippines fighting

Article from: Agence France-Presse

From correspondents in Manila

August 11, 2008 02:43pm

FIGHTING between rebel Muslims and troops in the southern Philippines has forced about 130,000 people to flee their homes, the Government says.

The National Disaster Co-ordinating Council (NDCC) said 129,819 people had been displaced from 42 villages in North Cotabato province since the fighting began last week.

The refugees are being housed in 43 government evacuation centres in the province in the southern island of Mindanao, said Glenn Raboza, an NDCC executive officer.

The flare-up of violence follows a decision last week by the Supreme Court to suspend plans for an extended Muslim homeland in the southern Philippines.


Some of Beijing's rundown storefronts and neighborhoods are hidden behind newly built walls
The Boston Globe

Vanishing act

Beijing's rundown storefronts are concealed behind walls as China puts best face on for the Games

By Patricia Wen, Globe Staff | August 10, 2008

BEIJING - This should be a golden season at the Kaiqin Wu's "Heavenly Peak" motorcycle shop. With car use severely restricted as part of the governments' effort to limit pollution during the Olympics, sales of bikes - motorized or not - have been soaring in Beijing.

But business has gone steeply downhill at Heavenly Peak. Blame it on the wall.

Not that one, but the 8-foot brick wall Chinese authorities have erected down the south side of Luomashi Boulevard, obstructing a row of rundown storefronts, including Wu's, and the alleyway "huttong" housing of the neighborhood. Walls like it have been built in many parts of the bustling city, as some 500,000 foreigners have come to town for the Games - part of the government's pursuit of perfection, albeit sometimes a Potemkin perfection, in the way the ancient capital presents itself to the world.


Chinese Rights Activist Zeng Jinyan Disappears


Obama's plan for permanent occupation of Iraq

Like a Mirage in the Desert

full withdrawal may recede into the time horizon

by Charles Knight
Presentation at the United States Institute of Peace panel
on The Future of the U.S. Military Presence in Iraq
25 July 2008 (as prepared)

[The panel consisted of Kimberly Kagan, Colin Kahl, Charles Knight, and Rend al-Rahim, with Daniel Serwer serving as moderator. Charles Knight's presentation followed that of Kimberly Kagan.]

Good morning. You may recall the line from Monty Python.., "Now for something completely different!"

I am one of the organizers of the Task Force for a Responsible Withdrawal from Iraq where we have published a set of 25 initiatives that complement and support a short timeline military withdrawal. They involve very considerable engagement -- some of it extending years into the future. Please take and read a copy of the Task Force Report available on the table out front.

So… get the troops out very soon and remain responsibly engaged in Iraq and the region.



Bush admin bans voter drives at VA hospitals

The New York Times

August 11, 2008

Op-Ed Contributor

Help Our Veterans Vote



WHAT is the secretary of Veterans Affairs thinking? On May 5, the department led by James B. Peake issued a directive that bans nonpartisan voter registration drives at federally financed nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and shelters for homeless veterans. As a result, too many of our most patriotic American citizens — our injured and ill military veterans — may not be able to vote this November.

I have witnessed the enforcement of this policy. On June 30, I visited the Veterans Affairs Hospital in West Haven, Conn., to distribute information on the state’s new voting machines and to register veterans to vote. I was not allowed inside the hospital.

Outside on the sidewalk, I met Martin O’Nieal, a 92-year-old man who lost a leg while fighting the Nazis in the mountains of Northern Italy during the harsh winter of 1944. Mr. O’Nieal has been a resident of the hospital since 2007. He wanted to vote last year, but he told me that there was no information about how to register to vote at the hospital and the nurses could not answer his questions about how or where to cast a ballot.


Be on high ground come August 15th - Neocons in action

  • Aug. 11th, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Neocons don't care where the chips may fall as long as they don't fall on them.

August 15th 2008, be on high ground and have cash in hand.

I have advised my good friends and family to have cash in hand (not in the Banks) by 08/14/08 because come the 16th, a freeze on assets in the US limiting cash withdraws from banks and investment accounts may go into effect. The evening of the 15th just may be the start of the worst evil global chaos in the last 50 years. Be prepared.


Federal Reserve finds deepening credit crisis

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER – 30 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is reporting that more banks are tightening lending standards on home mortgages, consumer and business loans as a deepening credit crisis exerts a heavier toll on the economy.

The Fed said Monday that the percentgage of banks reporting tighter lending standards rose across various loan types in its July survey compared to levels in April. Back then, the central bank had found the percentage of banks reporting tighter lending standards was already near historic highs.

The Fed says its new survey, conducted in early July, found that about 75 percent of the banks surveyed indicated they had tightened their lending standards for prime mortgages. That's up from about 60 percent in the previous survey.


The mask of altruism disguising a colonial war

That prick Kristof over at the NYT has been pumping war on Sudan for years. Today Jerkoff wants war on Russia. The guy's a freak. How much is Mossad paying him, anyways?

Oil will be the driving factor for military intervention in Sudan

* John Laughland

* The Guardian,
* Monday August 2 2004

If proof were needed that Tony Blair is off the hook over Iraq, it came not during the Commons debate on the Butler report on July 21, but rather at his monthly press conference the following morning. Asked about the crisis in Sudan, Mr Blair replied: "I believe we have a moral responsibility to deal with this and to deal with it by any means that we can." This last phrase means that troops might be sent - as General Sir Mike Jackson, the chief of the general staff, immediately confirmed - and yet the reaction from the usual anti-war campaigners was silence.

Mr Blair has invoked moral necessity for every one of the five wars he has fought in this, surely one of the most bellicose premierships in history. The bombing campaign against Iraq in December 1998, the 74-day bombardment of Yugoslavia in 1999, the intervention in Sierra Leone in the spring of 2000, the attack on Afghanistan in October 2001, and the Iraq war last March were all justified with the bright certainties which shone from the prime minister's eyes. Blair even defended Bill Clinton's attack on the al-Shifa pharmaceuticals factory in Sudan in August 1998, on the entirely bogus grounds that it was really manufacturing anthrax instead of aspirin.

Although in each case the pretext for war has been proved false or the war aims have been unfulfilled, a stubborn belief persists in the morality and the effectiveness of attacking other countries. The Milosevic trial has shown that genocide never occurred in Kosovo - although Blair told us that the events there were worse than anything that had happened since the second world war, even the political activists who staff the prosecutor's office at the international criminal tribunal in The Hague never included genocide in their Kosovo indictment. And two years of prosecution have failed to produce one single witness to testify that the former Yugoslav president ordered any attacks on Albanian civilians in the province. Indeed, army documents produced from Belgrade show the contrary.


Kuwait scandal: High-ranking people tried to sell 20,000 Kuwaiti Bidoun

Aug 11, 2008

Kuwait to sell the Bidoun

Scandal in Kuwait

High-ranking people tried to sell 20,000 Kuwaiti Bidoun [Bidoun are not Bedouin] to Comoros Island and Caribbean countries in exchange of financial support.

Stateless issue not raised in Kuwait-Comoros talks: Al-Hamad

Kuwait News Agency - 28 July, 2008

Kuwait Ambassador to Egypt and non-resident Ambassador to Comoros Dr. Rashid Al-Hamad said on Sunday no Kuwaiti official has raised the issue of stateless (bedoon) residents of Kuwait in the talks with Comoro officials.

He made the remarks in response to recent reports on refusal of Comoros to grant its nationality to stateless people in Arab countries including Kuwait.

"The recent visits of Kuwaiti officials to the United Republic of Comoros aimed exclusively to enhance the bilateral ties and boost Kuwait role in the economic development of Comoros," he said in statements to KUNA here.


United by misery

While much attention is paid to inter-Palestinian strife, the Israeli occupation is ultimately responsible, writes Ramzy Baroud

Ahmed Moussa was a 12-year-old Palestinian boy from the West Bank village of Nilin, near Ramallah. Mohamed Bahloul is a 12-year-old Palestinian boy from Gaza City. The former was shot and killed 29 July by Israeli forces following a peaceful protest against the Israeli apartheid wall. The latter is awaiting death in a dilapidated hospital in Gaza.

Reports on Moussa's death vary. The Anti- Apartheid Wall Campaign's report said that the boy was "sitting under a tree with his friends when a military jeep drove up and the army shot him -- a live bullet pierced his head. The boy died immediately."

Agency France Press's report, the day following his death, confirmed the nature of the death but said that the boy was killed during the demonstration. Nilin, one of the numerous villages losing land to the Israeli wall -- deemed illegal according to the International Court of Justice in 2004 -- holds regular protests against the confiscation and destruction of the village's farms. It's part of a sustained non- violent campaign that brings together Israeli, Palestinian and international peace activists.


Credit Crisis Triggers Unprecedented U.S. Response

NY expands auction-rate securities probe

Worst debt turmoil since Depression sparks government action

By David Cho and Neil Irwin

Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, August 9, 2008; A01

Since the credit crisis erupted a year ago, the Bush administration has presided over one of the broadest expansions of the government into private lending in U.S. history, risking public money to prop up financial firms both large and small.

The administration has transformed federal agencies into dominant players in such diverse realms as student lending and mortgage finance while exposing itself to trillions of dollars in loans.

The scope of these commitments demonstrates the unprecedented nature of the challenge facing the nation. Not since the Great Depression have so many debt markets been in turmoil at the same time, financial historians say. During the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s, for example, the financial upheaval was largely contained to banks and thrifts, though the real estate market also felt the impact.


Paraguay, “a devastated country”, says elected president

Friday, August 8, 2008

Paraguay’s elected president former bishop Fernando Lugo said he receives a “devastated country with no institutions”, and claimed there is a plan to destabilize his administration which takes office next August 15.

Elected President Lugo will takes offices next Friday

Deep engrained corruption, the need to change the energy policy and the alleged conspiracy were identified by Mr. Lugo as his three main immediate challenges. Mr. Lugo supported by a wide ranging coalition managed to defeat last April the hegemony of the Partido Colorado which has ruled the landlocked, second poorest country in South America for over six decades.

“We have indications that people who have been in power for too long don’t wish to respect the change voted by Paraguayans last April and are planning to destabilize creating an atmosphere of protests and possibly sabotage actions”, said Lugo adding that fuel provision and hospital supplies “are considerably delayed”.



Concrete blocs…Baghdad's new face

Baghdad - Voices of Iraq

Saturday , 09 /08 /2008 Time 6:13:59

BAGHDAD, Aug. 7 (VOI) - Aysar Mohamed, a young man who returned from abroad after four years, was astonished by the civilized face of Baghdad which is covered by concrete blocs, which he said signals the modern age in Baghdad.

"I was surprised when i saw that my beloved Baghdad lost all its beauties because of the concrete blocs covering most of the capital's neighborhoods, I was totally shocked," Mohamed, who escaped to Germany from the violent acts that killed his sister, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).

"We heard from our families in Baghdad about the new changes, but i never expected to see such ruins wrecks and blocs separating the neighborhoods to end sectarian acts, but the walls themselves consider can be considered sectarian act in separating one region from another," he added.


Bush's War in Georgia


Mike Whitney

“I saw bodies lying on the streets, around ruined buildings and in cars. It’s impossible to count them now. There's hardly a single building left undamaged.” Lyudmila Ostayeva, resident of Tskhinvali, South Ossetia

Washington's bloody fingerprints are all over the invasion of South Ossetia. Georgia President Mikhail Saakashvili would never dream of launching a massive military attack unless he got explicit orders from his bosses at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. After all, Saakashvili owes his entire political career to American power-brokers and US intelligence agencies. If he disobeyed them, he'd be gone in a fortnight. Besides an operation like this takes months of planning and logistical support; especially if it's perfectly timed to coincide with the beginning of the Olympic games. (another petty neocon touch) That means Pentagon planners must have been working hand in hand with Georgian generals for months in advance. Nothing was left to chance.

Another tell-tale sign of US complicity is the way President Bush has avoided ordering Georgian troops to withdraw from a province that has been under the protection of international peacekeepers. Remember how quickly Bush ordered Sharon to withdraw from his rampage in Jenin? Apparently it's different when the aggression serves US interests.


Anthrax Attack Was State-Sponsored Terror (But the State Was America)

Monday, August 11, 2008

The chief biological inspector for the U.N. Special Commission from 1994 to 1998 - who describes himself as one of the "four or five people in the whole country" who could make the type of anthrax used in the 2001 attacks - noted in testimony to Congress:

"I have maintained from the first descriptions of the material contained in the Daschle letter that the quality appeared to be such that it could be produced only by some group that was involved with a current or former state program in recent years. The level of knowledge, expertise, and experience required and the types of special equipment required to make such quality product takes time and experimentation to develop. Further, the nature of the finished dried product is such that safety equipment and facilities must be used to protect the individuals involved and to shield their clandestine activity from discovery."

Similarly, a manufacturer of specialized anthrax equipment said:

"You would need [a] chemist who is familiar with colloidal [fumed] silica, and a material science person to put it all together, and then some mechanical engineers to make this work . . . probably some containment people, if you don't want to kill anybody. You need half a dozen, I think, really smart people."


US burns down Iraqi village

It Became Necessary To Destroy The Town To Save It

Omar Khdhayyir » 10 August 2008 » In Analysis Briefings Commentary, Iraq, Photos »

A U.S. army soldier from Fox Troop, Sabre Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, sets a mud hut on fire in a deserted village on the outskirts of Balad Ruz, in Diyala province, some 75 kilometers ( 46.6 miles) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008. Soldiers from Fox Troop burned down a deserted village in the area, in order to deny safe haven to possible terrorists in their area of operation.

Source: AP

One of the most famous quotes of the Vietnam War was a statement attributed to U.S. Air Force Major Chester I. Brown by AP correspondent Peter Arnett. Writing about the provincial capital, Ben Tre, on February 7, 1968, Arnett said: “‘it became necessary to destroy the town to save it,’ a U.S. major says.” To this day, “Ben Tre logic” is a common saying for whenever a “logical” conclusion is to destroy something out of the perceived best interests of everyone involved. Papa Bravo Romeo - U. S. Navy Patrol Boats at War in Vietnam, by Wynn Goldsmith (pages 184 to 186) attributes the quote to USAF Major Chet Brown.

Source: Ben Tre From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Balad Roz — Diyala, Irak, August 9th -10th 2008:



Americans wait for the big smackdown art: Alessandro Bavari

Mr. Bageant,

Thanks, asshole, for writing a book that makes me feel so fucking miserable I could cry. For all the redneck jokes I've heard and the feel-good superiority they engender for having been born into a northern Virginia culture, yet rising above it, I now feel like a traitor to my class. I feel a compulsion to do something more than merely espouse liberal values. I feel a need to do something about them, and I thank you for awakening me to this need.

Your book, Deer Hunting with Jesus, is the most profoundly moving social tract I have ever read. To me, it ranks with Thomas Paine's Common Sense as a call for social justice.

Georgetown, Texas



Well, I'm not sure one is a class traitor just because he or she utilized their potential on the only terms offered. I think it's more a matter of a society maintaining a sense of ongoing interactive compassion for its members, which of course starts on a one-to-one basis.

In my humble opinion, it's like this:


Minister Opens Fire on Iraqi Students

Iraqi League, By Ahmed Aljubouri :: 2008-07-23 :: ................. file

Minister Opens Fire on Iraqi Students

On the 27th of June 2008, the Education minister “ Khudayer al-Khuza'i”of Iraq was touring one of the final examination centers on the campus of the college of Education situated in the “Seba' Abkar” district of Adhamiya city. As the minister entered the center, the students began complaining about the center's very bad conditions: there was no power to run the fans, the temperature was 130 degrees, and there was no water to drink. The students also mentioned to the minster many other problems they were facing which made it very hard for them to take their final exams. Hearing the complaints of the frustrated students, the education minister took out his gun and started shooting real bullets at the students. Simultaneously his body guards started shooting randomly at the students. Scores of innocent Iraqi students were killed and injured in this horrible incident.

Brothers and sisters in humanity all over the world, I ask you in the name of whatever you worship or believe in, have you ever heard of something like that ever happening anytime in history? Have you ever heard of an education minister shooting real bullets at unarmed students? I suppose things like that could happen only in the disastrous era of Mr. Bush's externally imposed “democracy” in Iraq. What Mr. Bush imposed on Iraq was a bunch of criminals and ex-cons, and one of them is this so-called Education Minister Khudayer al-Khuza'i. Now let me spotlight a little bit of his background to let you, dear readers, know something about the so-called Iraqi government which is empowered and heavily supported by Mr. Bush.

His full name is “Khudayer Moses Jaafer al-Khuza'i”. His original citizenship was Iranian, and the second one is Canadian. His family there receives welfare payments. In addition to that he has Iraqi citizenship. He is a big member in the al-Da'wa party al- Anzi division militias. He claimed to have a PhD in the Quranic sciences from Qum University in Iran. But when the head of the Iraq's Foreign Study Department, Dr. Khairo, proved that he had no such degree and in fact Minister al-Khuza'i no degree from any country, Dr. Khairo was kidnapped and killed. It was demonstrated later on that this minister didn't even have a primary school certificate having failed the fifth grade of primary school. One of the Iraqis who had lived in the same building with him in London said to me “I was so astonished when I read that he claimed to have a PhD. I knew for sure that he had failed the fifth grade of primary school. I knew that he used to make a living before the invasion by working as a “Rozkhon”. A Rozkhon is one who recites sad stories at a funeral to make the funeral attendees cry. The attendees usually tip the Rozkhon with small amounts of money, a quarter or a half a dollar. The word Rozkhon itself is an Iranian word not Iraq


Stupid is as Stupid Does

"Bush And His Zionist Pals -- Stupid Is As Stupid Does

by Karl Schwarz

I was wondering why Vladimir Putin was representing Russia at the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Within minutes, the news broke that Russia had moved an armored division into South Ossetia and Russian jets were pounding targets in Georgia.

Oops. There goes another Bush Pipedream up in smoke.

Of course, the Western Zionist media reported only the US/Zionist/CIA and Georgia side of what happened. Russia did NOT attack, Russia responded to an attack on Russian peacekeepers that killed 10 and injured more. Russia has also moved to protect Russian citizens who live in South Ossetia.

Obama’s Letters of No Apology

by Paul Street / August 9th, 2008

Should Barack Obama’s volunteers mail “Letters of No Apology” to survivors of the large number of people killed by U.S. imperial assault in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Recently Obama was asked by CNN’s Candy Crowley if “there’s anything that’s happened in the past 7 1/2 years that the U.S. needs to apologize for in terms of foreign policy?” Obama responded by saying, “No, I don’t believe in the U.S. apologizing. As I said I think the war in Iraq was a mistake. We didn’t keep our eye on the ball in Afghanistan. But, you know, hindsight is 20/20, and I’m much more interested in looking forward rather than looking backwards.” The United States, Obama told Crowley, “remains overwhelmingly a force of good in the world.”1


I would like the Afghan “war”2 enthusiast3 Barack Obama to write a Letter of No Apology to Orifa Ahmed. On October 7, 2001, Orifa’s house in the Afghan village of Bibi Mahru was destroyed by a 500-pound bomb dropped by an American F-16 plane. The explosion killed her husband (a carpet weaver), six of her children and two children, who lived (and died) next door. Away visiting relatives when the bombing occurred, Orifa returned to find pieces of her children’s flesh scattered around the killing site. She received $400 from U.S. authorities to compensate her for her losses.4law.5


CIFA Closes, Pentagon Opens New Spy Shop

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Back in April, Antifascist Calling reported on the proposed shut-down of the Pentagon's controversial Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA) office that illegally spied on the antiwar movement.

That office was officially "disestablished" August 4 by the Department of Defense (DoD). Simultaneously, it "activated" the Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center (DCHC) "under the direction of the Defense Intelligence Agency."

DCHC will "combine CIFA resources and responsibilities with longstanding DIA CI and HUMINT capabilities." DCHC director Army Maj. Gen. Theodore Nicholas says that "the realignment of CIFA's functions and resources into DIA strengthens the close historical and operational relationship between counterintelligence and HUMINT."


Israeli Authorities Continue Ethnic Cleansing Campaign against Bedouins and Farmers

Press Release

  Friday August 08, 2008 22:07 by The Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center 
The Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center issued its monthly report stating that the Israeli Ethnic cleansing policy is escalating; especially, towards the Bedouins and farmers, e.g. the illegal procedures imposed on the residents of Kherbet Twal / north Aqraba in Nablus district.


The Center stated that 15 residents were notified that their residency and their animals establishments, (which is considered the sole source of their living), will be demolished.

In addition to that issued a decision to remove the sources of electricity that provides the area with the electric energy, which was considered by JLAC's lawyer Bassam Karageh a decision for making impossible, the like of the residents of the area, who had been residing the area for decades before the 1967 Israeli occupation.

 The Village Mayor sent a written letter to JLAC illustrating their situation, and that the residents of Kherbet Twal are more than 500 persons, and the agricultural and fertile area reaches 50000 Dunams, most of it in area C and has many ancient Islamic and Roman wells.



Georgia: the messy truth behind the morality tale

Monday 11 August 2008

Brendan O’Neill

The black-and-white reading of the horrific violence in South Ossetia overlooks the role of the ‘war on terror’ in destabilising the region.

It is remarkable how quickly other people’s bloody tragedies can be transformed into simple morality tales by Western observers sitting in cushioned, air-conditioned offices.

Almost as soon as the terrible violence broke out in Georgia and South Ossetia, voices in the West were insisting that this was a straightforward tale of a plucky independent republic (Georgia) standing up to a ‘bully wreaking havoc’ (Russia). Georgia is presented as bravely defending its democratic writ by wishing to hold on to South Ossetia, while Russia is accused of ‘dismembering’ a nation state by supporting the South Ossetians’ separatist sensibilities (1). There have been demands for the Western powers, in particular America, to defend Georgia – a rare representative of ‘freedom and civilisation’ in the East (2) – and to chastise the Russians. One commentator says Russia should be ‘denied the prestige that comes with membership of the G8’ (3).

The problem with this fairytale script that is being cut-and-pasted on to the horrendous massacres of people in South Ossetia and Georgia is that it is almost entirely wrong. Georgia is no free-spirited, democratic republic, but an increasingly authoritarian regime that bans overly critical media outlets and criminalises opposition parties (4). Russia is acting not from an imperialist, expansionist standpoint but out of desperation, behaving recklessly because it feels its sovereign authority challenged by numerous ex-Soviet republics.


Russia Georgia War: Washington Risks Nuclear War by Miscalculation

Politics / Russia Aug 11, 2008 - 07:15 AM

By  F. William Engdahl

The dramatic military attack by the military of the Republic of Georgia on South Ossetia in the last days has brought the world one major step closer to the ultimate horror of the Cold War era—a thermonuclear war between Russia and the United States—by miscalculation. What is playing out in the Caucasus is being reported in US media in an alarmingly misleading light, making Moscow appear the lone aggressor. The question is whether George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are encouraging the unstable Georgian President, Mikhail Saakashvili in order to force the next US President to back the NATO military agenda of the Bush Doctrine. This time Washington may have badly misjudged the possibilities, as it did in Iraq , but this time with possible nuclear consequences.

The underlying issue, as I stressed in my July 11 piece in this space, Georgien, Washington, Moskau: Atomarer geopolitischer Machtpoker , is the fact that since the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact in 1991 one after another former member as well as former states of the USSR have been coaxed and in many cases bribed with false promises by Washington into joining the counter organization, NATO.

Rather than initiate discussions after the 1991 dissolution of the Warsaw Pact about a systematic dissolution of NATO, Washington has systematically converted NATO into what can only be called the military vehicle of an American global imperial rule, linked by a network of military bases from Kosovo to Poland to Turkey to Iraq and Afghanistan . In 1999, former Warsaw Pact members Hungary , Poland and the Czech Republic joined NATO. Bulgaria , Estonia , Latvia , Lithuania , Romania , and Slovakia followed suit in March 2004. Now Washington is putting immense pressure on the EU members of NATO, especially Germany and France , that they vote in December to admit Georgia and Ukraine .

The roots of the conflict


Bolivia: The US prepares a civil war


Bolivia: Is Evo in Danger after the August 10 referendum? The US prepares a civil war

Michel Collon

Bolivia has certainly changed. In La Paz, I attended a large reception given by the Cuban ambassador. Mojitos, buffet, dances... Where was it held? In the ceremonial hall of... the Bolivian army. Yes, the one that killed Ché.

Bolivia has certainly changed, but not everyone wishes it well. We had come to get an idea first hand with some progressive intellectuals from about 15 countries. Frei Betto, Ernesto Cardenal, Ramsey Clark, François Houtart, Luis Britto Garcia, Pascual Serrano... A few days of meetings and exchanges with Bolivian intellectuals, representatives of the Indian communities, artists...

It's a sensitive moment. The rightwing is trying to split away the wealthy regions of the country's East. To frustrate this operation, President Evo Morales, in the middle of his mandate, has called for a revocatory referendum, this Aug. 10. It's a sort of vote of confidence. It puts his legitimacy in play, but also that of the prefects of departments, including those who belong to his opposition. The rightwing is trying to sabotage the referendum and people fear incidents...

We will see who is behind these incidents, which role the United States plays, and the CIA, and a really strange ambassador, and also Europe...

Strong impressions



US sends more arms to Georgia: Israeli media


Georgia conflict could revive big military spending
Georgian exit leaves vacuum near Iranian border

August 11, 2008, 19:41

The United States is sending fresh supplies of weapons to Georgia from its base in the Jordanian port of Aqabah. That’s according to the Israeli newspaper – Maariv.

The paper says the US began flying weapons from the transport hub on Saturday.

According to Maariv, the US is hiring Russian-made freight planes belonging to UTI Worldwide Inc. to transport arms and ammunition to Georgia. The paper says the Pentagon is redirecting supplies to Tbilisi that were earmarked for Iraq.

The Aqabah terminal is used by the US to supply troops in Iraq. The American military relies on the hub mainly because it’s safer to use Aqabah than Iraq’s own ports in the Persian Gulf.

Georgia stocks a wide range of weapons from many sources. This is a strategic move in case Russia were to block off the channels through which it gets its military supplies.


Shocker! Real news on Fox: Wallace slams McCain camp lies

Added: August 10, 2008

On Fox News Sunday Rick Davis is asked about McCain's voting record, and tries to attack Obama instead of answering, then he goes to the "Maverick" well, and then his last defence is how many of those votes had anything to do with the economy. So screaming means you're against it, but voting for it doesn't mean anything...or what am I missing here?


Pamela Fayed's Murder & The Beginning of the End for E-bullion

 August 10, 2008

by ePanama

Is e-bullion Really Finished? Jean Harlow said, “When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas” and e-bullion is a very good example. If you allow ponzi scams to openly operate through your financial business you will inherit some very big problems.

July 28th, 2008 was a Monday night like most other weeknights but as the sun set over the California coastline about 6:35 p.m. e-bullion's Pamela Fayed was being murdered. This is a tragic event, a mother has died and she was someone the DGC industry knew very well. She leaves behind two young daughters.

By sunrise the next morning, all of the local news channels were running the story and a lot of details on the day to day operation of Goldfinger Coin & Bullion Sales were starting to appear on index pages across the Internet.

Most of the California television and newspapers focused on the fact that James Fayed and his estranged wife were going through a messy divorce. The early reports talked about court documents which had shown around $12 million in assets up for grabs in the divorce.



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