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Before the Flag: Hypothetical Graham Presidency Promises Jack-Boots for Congress - "He's Kidding!"

Why the media silence on Lindsey Graham’s vow to use the military to force vote in Congress?
by Bill Van Auken - WSWS 
 
14 March 2015  

The protracted 2016 presidential campaign cycle has already begun, and with it the close attention of the media to the statements made by prospective candidates in hopes of discovering even the slightest “gaffe” that can be turned into a political news item.
 
All the more odd then that the remarks made at a New Hampshire town hall meeting by one Republican presidential hopeful, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, have been virtually blacked out by all of the major print and broadcast outlets.
 
Asked by a member of the audience what he would do about automatic cuts to the Pentagon budget that would go into effect because of sequestration, Graham responded that the problem had left him sick to his stomach.
 
He continued:

“And here is the first thing I would do if I were President of the United States: I wouldn’t let Congress leave town until we fix this. I would literally use the military to keep them in if I had to. We’re not leaving town until we restore these defense cuts. We’re not leaving town until we restore the intel cuts.”

Why Haiti Suffers: "New" Revelations and an Old Story of Colonial Oppression

The economic reasons for the US occupation of Haiti behind the UN and NGO charitable fronts (Check back often for updates.)

The Obama Administration got rid of its most powerful Democratic rival with Haiti. Hillary and Bill Clinton “opened Haiti” as their private asset to liquidate. They used the resources of the World Bank, the State Department, USAID, the UN, the Private Military Security Contractors (PMSC), the US military, and the Fed’s passport and visa issuance capabilities.
 
They got kickbacks called “donations,” from anyone who wished to buy, from them, a piece of Haiti’s lands, oil, iridium, uranium or gold. They also took in bribes disguised as “donation” from big businesses, some from offshore Swiss Bank accounts, to assign UN guns subcontracted to PMSCs to secure corporate interests in Haiti. The Clintons have used governmental power to conduct their private business and called it “helping poor Haitians.” The evidence is in the results for Haiti’s poor.

The racket is finally being exposed by some US journalists. But not altogether and not simply because most care about the truth, the human rights, health or lives of the Black people of Haiti. No.
 
We’ve explained the racism, neo-feudalism, cognitive dissonance, imperialism terrors and about the US low intensity warfare in Haiti for decades now. (See, The Pain Rush in Haiti; Haiti Riches, the economic reason for the US occupation of Haiti behind the UN and NGO charitable fronts ; Quiet Genocide in Haiti from FDR to Obama: UN a criminal organization from Lumumba to Aristide and Swapping Haiti lives: Interview on US Haiti Exploits.) The new “revelations” are “new” because some white guy or gal with privilege newspaper distribution and publishing access, says so.

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Canada's Secret Shame: The Secret Trial 5

The Secret Trial 5
by Secrettrial5.com

Imagine spending years in prison without being charged with a crime or knowing exactly what you’re accused of. A film about the human impact of the “War on Terror,” The Secret Trial 5 is a sobering examination of the Canadian government’s use of security certificates, a Kafkaesque tool that allows for indefinite detention without charges, based on evidence not revealed to the accused or their lawyers.


 
 
 
 

In the Footsteps of Napoleon: NATO's Road to Moscow

NATO’s Shadow of Nazi Operation Barbarossa
Finian Cunningham - SCF
 
barbarosaNATO’s Operation Atlantic Resolve paced ahead this week with the latest arrival of more US military forces in the Baltic region. Under the guise of defending eastern Europe from «Russian aggression», more than 100 Abrams tanks and Bradley armoured personnel carriers rolled into Latvia.
 
Last month, a similar motorised display of military support was deployed in Estonia – in the town of Narva – with American flags flown by the US Army’s Second Calvary Regiment just 300 metres from the Russian border.
 
Narva protrudes sharply eastward – like a metaphorical blade – into Russian territory. It is only some 100 kilometres from St Petersburg – Russia’s second city after Moscow, and with a searing history of military assault by Nazi Germany during 1941-44. The siege of St Petersburg, formerly Leningrad, caused over one million Russians to perish, mainly from hunger, before the German Wehrmacht was eventually pushed back and defeated by the Soviet Red Army. More on that in a moment.
 
Back to the present: US General John O’Conner said of the latest deployment in Latvia that American troops would «deter Russian aggression», adding with Orwellian prose: «Freedom must be fought for, freedom must be defended».
 

Neo-Con Propaganda Punctuates Ukraine Crisis

Nuland’s Mastery of Ukraine Propaganda
by Robert Parry - Consortium News
 
March 11, 2015 

An early skill learned by Official Washington’s neoconservatives, when they were cutting their teeth inside the U.S. government in the 1980s, was how to frame their arguments in the most propagandistic way, so anyone who dared to disagree with any aspect of the presentation seemed unpatriotic or crazy.

During my years at The Associated Press and Newsweek, I dealt with a number of now prominent neocons who were just starting out and mastering these techniques at the knee of top CIA psychological warfare specialist Walter Raymond Jr., who had been transferred to President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council staff where Raymond oversaw inter-agency task forces that pushed Reagan’s hard-line agenda in Central America and elsewhere. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “The Victory of ‘Perception Management.’”]

Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs
Victoria Nuland, who pushed for the Ukraine
coup and helped pick the post-coup leaders.
 
One of those quick learners was Robert Kagan, who was then a protégé of Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams. Kagan got his first big chance when he became director of the State Department’s public diplomacy office for Latin America, a key outlet for Raymond’s propaganda schemes.

A Rogue Senate: Cotton Picking America's Foreign Policy?

The Message Behind the Senate GOP’s Letter to Iran
by Jim Lobe - CounterPunch
 
Sen. Tom Cotton
 
The story of the day on the Iran front is the publication of what its authors titled “An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

It was signed by 47 Republican senators led by freshman Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, who, as reported by LobeLog, received nearly $1 million in advertising support from Bill Kristol’s Emergency Committee for Israel in the closing days of last November’s campaign. The basic thrust of the letter is to warn the recipients that once President Barack Obama leaves office, any deal that he and his P5+1 partners may have reached with Iran regarding the latter’s nuclear program could be revoked “with the stroke of a pen.”

There are already lots of arguments breaking out over whether the basis of the letter was an accurate statement of U.S. law.

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Site C: A Project With No Clear Purpose

Shocking Critique from Site C Panel Chair Should Have Gov't. Pulling Plug
by Damien Gillis - Common Sense Canadian
 
Site C bucket of moneyIn a highly unorthodox move for a person in his position, the chair of the Joint Review Panel for Site C Dam has come out with harsh words for the $9 Billion project and the BC government’s hurry to get it built.
 
Harry Swain, a former federal deputy minister with deep experience in the environmental assessment business, made the comments in an eye-opening interview with Desmog Canada’s Emma Gilchrist, almost a year after the panel he led issued its report.
 
Speaking for himself, Swain said:

“There’s a whole bunch of unanswered questions, some of which would be markedly advanced by waiting three or four years. And you’d still be within the period of time, even by Hydro’s bullish forecasts, when you’re going to need the juice.”

The province and BC Hydro, by contrast, want shovels in the ground on the project – which would flood or disrupt 30,000 acres of prime farmland – as early as this summer.
 

Now and Then: The Clear Connections between IS and DC

Washington and ISIS: The Evidence
by Tim Anderson - Telesur
 
ISIS sock puppetReports that US and British aircraft carrying arms to the Islamic State group – better known as ISIS - have been shot down by Iraqi forces have been met with shock and denial in western countries. Few in the Middle East doubt that Washington is playing a ‘double game’ with its proxy armies in Syria, but some key myths remain important amongst the significantly more ignorant Western audiences.
 
A central myth is that Washington now arms ‘moderate Syrian rebels’, to both overthrow the Syrian Government and supposedly defeat the ‘extremist rebels’. This claim became more important in 2014, when the rationale of US aggression against Syria shifted from ‘humanitarian intervention’ to a renewal of Bush’s ‘war on terror’.
 

A Pre-Emptive Ides: Knifing the President

Official Washington’s Delusions on Delusions
by Robert Parry - Consortium News
 
March 10, 2015 

1984-big-brother-poster-210x300The chasm between reality and the U.S. political/media elite continues to widen with Official Washington’s actions toward Iran and Russia making “the world’s sole remaining superpower” look either like a Banana Republic (on Iran) or an Orwellian Dystopia (regarding Russia).
 
On Iran and the international negotiations to rein in its nuclear program, the American people witnessed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu striding into the U.S. Congress – like some imperial proconsul – to deliver a faux State of the Union address that undermined the sitting U.S. president.
 
Then, 47 Republican senators furthered Netanyahu’s intent to denigrate President Barack Obama by sending an open letter to Iranian leaders designed to prevent a deal.
 
Big Brother poster illustrating Orwell’s
novel about modern propaganda, 1984
 
Yes, I know many Republicans and their overwhelmingly white “base” don’t consider the African-American Obama the legitimate President despite his two election victories. But never in American history has a major political party as brazenly challenged the constitutional authority of a sitting president to conduct foreign policy.
 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Carmen Cheung, Scott Horton, Janine Bandcroft Mar. 11, 2015

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com

That Stephen Harper's government wished to create a new order in Canada was clear from its earliest days, and from foreign policy and immigration, to environmental and labour policies, the country has changed. Now though, with the introduction of Bills C-51 and C-44, the prime minister is making much better his famous boast to make of this once familiar liberal democracy something "unrecognizable."

Just what the transformation could mean for Canadian life, should the Anti-Terrorism Act pass final reading and be enacted, has mobilized resistance across the country, uniting political polar opposites, even while making strange bedfellows of the Liberal and Conservative parties.
 
Carmen Cheung is Senior Counsel at the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, where she focuses on issues relating to national security and litigation matters for the Association. She's recently back from a leave, serving as acting Director of the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, where she also taught international human rights advocacy and the law of armed conflict.
 
 
Carmen Cheung in the first half.
 
 
 
And; it's not just in Canada, Western Civilization as a whole is suffering a crisis of confidence. Where we once sang of our bravery and strength, today's rewritten national anthems could well mewl, beg, and plead for mercy and protection. It seems there's nothing for it now but to surrender our freedoms, the precious way of life George W. Bush so busily beavered to protect from the "evil-doers", and allow democracy die for fear it may be murdered. That is, if you believe what the government and their cohorts in captured media incessantly tell you.
 
Scott Horton is a practicing emerging markets lawyer, lecturer at Columbia Law School, National Magazine Award-winning columnist for his reporting on the law and national security issues, contributing editor to Harper's Magazine, and author of the freshly-released book, 'Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare.' A life-long human rights activist, Scott served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, and other activists caught in the former Soviet Union's legal system.
 
Scott Horton and the Free World enmeshed in the Emergency-Secrecy Cycle in the second half.
 
And; Victoria Street News publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some what's good to do in and around our town in the coming week, and beyond that too. But first, Carmen Cheung and Canada's C-51: A terrorism bill too far?


Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. And now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.ca . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Staying Just, While Escaping a Criminal System

Possibility of Escape
 
March 9, 2015
asylumprojects dot org
"That is also us, the possibility of us, if the wonderful accident of our birth had taken place elsewhere: you could be the refugee, I could be the torturer. To face that truth is also our burden. After all, each of us has been the bystander, the reasonable person who just happens not to hear, not to speak, not to see those people, the invisible ones, those who live on the other side of the border." - Karen Connelly, The Lizard Cage
 
It was a little over two weeks ago that Marlo entered Atwood Hall, here in Lexington federal prison. Nearly all the women here are nonviolent offenders. When I first saw Marlo, her eyes seemed glued to the tiled floors as she shuffled along hallways. I guessed her age to be 25 or so. A few days later, she came to a choir rehearsal. She was still shy, but she looked up and offered a quiet smile when she joined the soprano section. The next time our choir gathered, Marlo raised her hand before we ended our rehearsal.
 
"I got something to say," she said, as she stood. "When I first came here, I can tell all of you now, I was terrified. Just plain terrified. I have 70 months, and I felt so scared." The intake process for this, her introduction to the prison system, had badly frightened her, but before sundown that same day, a second intake process had occurred, with several inmates finding her, reassuring her, and getting her beyond that first panic.
 

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