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American Jihad: Armed to the Teeth and Ready for Religion

Our Jihadis and Theirs: The Real (Armed) Dangers of American Life
by Tom Engelhardt  - TomDispatch

Consider this paragraph a holding action on the subject of getting blown away in America. While I write this dispatch, I’m waiting patiently for the next set of dispiriting killings in this country. And I have faith. Before I’m done, some angry -- or simply mentally disturbed -- and well-armed American “lone wolf” (or lone wolves) will gun down someone (or a number of people) somewhere and possibly himself (or themselves) as well. Count on that. 
It’ll be my last paragraph. Think of it as, in a grim way, something to look forward to as you read this piece on American armed mayhem.

National security officials and politicians have been pounding home the message that the “greatest threat” to Americans is an extreme and brutal jihadist movement thousands of miles away and the videos and social media messages its followers produce that make it seem close at hand. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the dangers of armed life in these United States, a quick survey of national insecurity in a country armed to the teeth. 

Lebanon's Sunni ISIS Sympathies

Why Are Some Lebanese Sunni Muslims Becoming Sympathetic Toward Da’ish (ISIS)?
by Franklin Lamb -

20 June, 2015

Damascus - As recent developments in the Levant make plain, the Sunni-Shiite conflict is increasingly dominating political and strategic initiatives and calculations in Lebanon. In the twelve months since declaring its "caliphate” on June 29, 2014, the “Islamic State” (IS/ISIS/Da’ish), basically a political power movement as opposed to being a religious project, continues birthing international and local franchises.

The numbers of foreign fighters from diverse countries traveling to join Da’ish or Nusra increases after every victory. The US State Departments just released 2014 Country Reports (6/18/2015) spends considerably more time discussing the growth in popularity of the group's ideology than previous reports.
The extreme’ ideology of Da’ish and its embrace of brutal violence have allowed it to quickly attract the attention of millions worldwide and is estimated to have resulted in thousands of recruits, many being from Lebanon. The group's ability to effectively leverage social media and disseminate its message -- with near instantaneous global repostings -- has enhanced its success.
Governments around the world-including Lebanon have been ineffective in significantly curtaining its actions.

Left Leaves Southern Europe's Economically Left Behind

The Radical Reconfiguration of Southern European Politics: The Rise of the Non Leftist Left
by James Petras

Over the past decade fundamental changes have taken place in Southern Europe, which have broken with previous political alignments, resulting in the virtual disappearance of traditional leftist ’parties, the decline of trade unions and the emergence of ‘middle class radicalism’.

New political movements, purportedly on the left, no longer are based on class conscious workers nor are they embedded in the class struggle. Likewise on the right, greater attention is paid to escalating the repressive capacity of the state instead of state intervention in pursuit of economic markets.

Radicalization of the right, including massive cutbacks in social spending, has demolished welfare programs. The dispossession of households has uprooted cohesive neighborhood-based social organizations. In place of the class based traditional left, ‘non-leftist left’ movements have emerged.
Their leaders embrace ‘participatory democracy’ but engage in vertical political practice.

On the right, politics no longer revolve around conserving national economic privileges. Rightwing leaders willingly subordinate their economies and society to imperial led crusades, which empty national sovereignty of any meaning while pillaging the national treasury.

This essay will proceed to discuss these complex changes and their meaning.

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Breathless America: Left Without a Word to Say

In the USA – “I Cannot Write!”
by Andre Vltchek - CounterPunch

At the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), in Los Angeles, a gigantic, carnivorous flag with torn ends was waving in an artificial wind created by enormous propellers.

There were no visitors at the exhibition. For a while I thought that in all this huge space I was totally alone.

But soon I noticed two figures in black torn dresses, moving slowly, in semi-darkness, desperately clinging to the walls. Backs bent, they passed by the bookstore right near the place where someone had put a small sign on the wall that said, “I cannot breath!”

Most likely it was a performance, a desperate protest action of one man and one woman, a performance against this giant all-devouring flag.

“I cannot breath!” A man shouted before he died, before he was murdered by the regime.

“I cannot write!” I thought. Which to me was almost the same as not being able to respire.

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Reviewing the Coup and America's Propensity for Regime Change

The Coup
by David Swanson - Let's Try Democracy

18 June 2015

The Coup: 1953, the CIA, and the Roots of Modern U.S.-Iranian Relations deals with such an engaging topic that even this new book can't really make it boring, hard as it seems to try.

When asked what historical figure I would most like to bring back to life and have a talk with I tend to think of Mossadeq, the complex, Gandhian, elected leader, denounced as both Hitler and a communist (as would become part of the standard procedure) and overthrown in an early CIA coup (1953) -- a coup that encouraged dozens more around the globe and led straight to the Iranian revolution and to today's Iranian distrust of the United States.

I'm more inclined to believe that current Iranian distrust of the U.S. government is well-merited than blaming it on a long-ago coup implies, but the coup lies at the root of Iranian and worldwide skepticism about generous U.S. intentions.

It's also an interesting fact, supported by this case, that some of the best government actions, taken by any government around the world, have occurred just prior to various U.S.-backed violent coups -- and I include in that category the U.S. New Deal, followed by the unsuccessful Wall Street coup attempt rejected by Smedley Butler.

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Who Is Served Best by Serving Genetically Altered Salmon, Costco?

Tell Costco that you won't eat GMO salmon!
by FDN

Do you want to eat genetically engineered salmon? Neither do we! But Costco refuses to say they won’t sell it in their stores.
Costco is one of the largest retailers of salmon and seafood in the US and is one of the last large retailers that hasn’t yet made a commitment to not sell GMO salmon.

Tell Costco to say NO to GMO salmon, and you won't shop there unless they do! Every voice counts!

In an alarming update, last month, the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans released a never-before-seen review of AquaBounty’s GMO salmon that detailed real scientific concerns about the safety of GMO salmon, which would be the first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption.
According to Canada’s scientific review, AquaBounty’s GMO salmon are MORE susceptible to disease than non-GMO salmon and have “dramatically diminished growth rates in AquaBounty’s commercial facilities”.

Immigration Detainee's Death in-custody Spurs Hunger Strikes and Demonstration

Hunger-striking friends of man who died in immigration custody speak out

June 19, 2015
Toronto - One week after the death of a 39 year old, Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan at the hands of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), immigrants imprisoned without trial or charges along with their families, and friends are refusing food today inside and outside of the Central East Correctional prison.

Detainees in Toronto East Detention Centre will be joining them. The one-day fast is to commemorate the death of their close friend, and to demand an end to immigration detention.

Detainees and End Immigration Detention Network (EIDN), Canada’s leading immigration detention watch group are also calling for a Coroner’s Inquest into Hassan’s death as well as the implementation of recommendations from Lucia Vega Jimenez’s death, a 90 day limit on immigration detention, an end to maximum security imprisonment and overhaul of the judicial process.

Tale of a Trip to Canada and Back: Policed, or Police State?

Returning Home to the US is to Enter a Police State: What were you doing on your vacation?
by Dave Lindorff - This Can't Be Happening
A few weeks ago, I got a vivid comparative look at how far this country has moved towards becoming a police state. The occasion was a brief visit to Montreal, where my wife was to give a harpsichord recital at an early keyboard music conference.
At the Canadian border crossing, just above Lake Champlain, the Canadian official politely asked us our purpose in coming to Canada. Informed it was to perform harpsichord music at a music conference, he actually asked my wife what composers she was playing! (It was Gaspard le Roux).
I tried to imagining even being asked such a question by an American border official and simply couldn’t. The Canadian officer also asked us if were were bringing anything in with us. Told that we had a keyboard, he asked if we planned to sell it -- a fair question for a customs official. Then, assured we’d be bringing it back home with us, he waved us through with a smile.
On our way back into the US, we found ourselves being questioned by a grim-faced, beefy, cop-like guy, complete with sidearm, about where we’d been and what we’d done in Canada.

Who and What Is Behind Asia-Pacific Tension?

Who's Behind Asia-Pacific's Growing Tensions?
by Tony Cartalucci - NEO
Increasing tension in the Asia-Pacific between China and nations surrounding its territory, appears to be an unstoppable and inevitable lead-up to regional conflict and perhaps even global war.
In reality, for those who have studied history, this is a familiar rerun. Change the characters and place current events in the context of the early 1900’s and we see the lead up to World War II and more specifically, the events that set the stage for the fighting in the Pacific.
Some may believe this is a rerun of when Japan was the sole aggressor in the region, expanding beyond its means before finally meeting its match. Predicated on this misconception, these same people would believe that China has now traded places with Imperial Japan, and is expanding recklessly at the expense of regional and global peace and stability.
However, this is indeed a misconception.

Anonymous Claims Responsibility for Canadian Government Hack

Anonymous Claims Responsibility for Canadian Government Hack
by C. L. Cook -
The global Anonymous Collective claimed responsibility Wednesday, June 17th for a cyber attack targeting Canadian government websites and the country's senate.

A video purportedly released by the Anon collective said its actions were in response to the June 15th senate passing of the controversial Bill C-51, also known as the Anti-Terrorism Act.

A broad coalition of social justice, free speech, and media organizations harshly criticized the Act, saying it is a massive over-reach and will effect negatively the rights of Canadian citizens.

Similar legislation has been introduced in several western nations, prompting the Anons to call for a June 20th global demonstration against state intrusion into people's lives, and the undermining of  Magna Carta protections for the individual.

The Canadian senate passed Bill C-51 as Britain celebrated the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, or Great Charter of English Law.

Video released by "Anonymous"

Site-C News: Agricultural Land Commission Chair Cashiered

Shameful Firing of Bullock, Chair of BC's Agricultural Land Commission

by Farmland Protection Coalition

To Farmland Protection Coalition supporters,

It is spring, heading into a summer, the busiest season in farming, and yet again events affecting BC farmland are happening.

It is no coincidence that just before the Victoria Day long weekend, the BC Liberal government acted, making media coverage very slim of Richard Bullock, Chair of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) being fired before his term was up without due cause.

CBC Radio did two very illuminating interviews with Richard Bullock since his termination:

The CBC Daybreak Kelowna interview, “’They screwed this organization badly,’ says former ALC chair Richard Bullock.”
The BC Almanac (Vancouver) interview, which brings out Richard Bullock’s view of the B.C. Cabinet’s removal of a vast area of Peace River ALR farmland for Site C dam as “a sin against humanity.”

Richard Bullock, in spite of a toxic political environment, was and continues to be, a powerful voice for protecting OUR farmlands throughout BC! Let's continue to thank him and show our continuing SUPPORT by signing the Thank You Richard Bullock card so you too can help his resolve to continue to speak out for the ALR as new threats arise.

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