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Codex Alimentarius - Les herbes médicinales seront illégales, tout comme la marijuana

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Émission de L'Autre Monde du 6 mars 2009: Codex Alimentarius - Les herbes médicinales seront illégales, tout comme la marijuana



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L'Autre Monde 6 mars 2009

60 min / Radio de l'UQAM, CHOQ FM


Diffusion en direct : Vendredi à 11:00h
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Émission du 6 mars 2009:

Cette semaine, nous faisons le tour des derniers développements en Israël, Iran, Gaza, Irak, Pakistan, Afghanistan et au Liban. Le dossier de l'économie est aussi abordé, particulièrement le cas scandaleux des pertes de 40$ milliards de la Caisse de dépôt et placements du Québec. Nous complétons avec un aperçu du Codex Alimentarius qui a pour effet de rendre illégales les herbes médicinales et la médecine alternative à toute fin pratique, ainsi qu'un tour de l'actualité dans la chronique LNI.


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Canada falls into deep recession, no sign of recovery


Caisse de dépôt et placement

Les pires résultats de son histoire

Mise à jour le mercredi 25 février 2009

La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec dévoile une perte globale de 25 % en 2008, soit 39,8 milliards de dollars, sa pire performance en 43 ans d'existence.

La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec dévoile une perte globale de 25 % en 2008, soit 39,8 milliards de dollars, sa pire performance en 43 ans d’existence. (Source)

C’est pour ça que John James Charest (le poulain des Desmarais et des néoconservateurs/fédéralistes/droite religieuse-sioniste/corporatistes) a lancé les élections en automne dernier. Il savait que ce scandale était pour lui nuire et possiblement lui couter les élections, alors il s’est dit valait mieux reprendre le pouvoir avant que cela se sache.

Mieux vaut avoir son homme de main au pouvoir pour aider à camoufler les vraies raisons et acteurs qui sont responsable de la perte de 40$ MILLIARDS DE NOTRE ARGENT.

ALLONS-NOUS LAISSEZ CE SCANDALE PASSER SOUS SILENCE SANS ENQUÊTE FORMELLE ET INDÉPENDANTE SUR CE QUI S’EST PASSÉ À LA CAISSE DE DÉPÔTS ET DE PLACEMENT, SUR H.P. ROUSSEAU ET POWER CORPORATION ET LES LIENS QUI LES UNISSENT?

Il ne faudrait pas manquer d’enquêter sur les liens et conflits d’intérêts en Charest, son gouvernement et les Desmarais.

N’est-il pas temps que nous fassions la lumière sur les vrais maitres du Québec? Pourquoi tolérer cette main invisible qui a tant de pouvoir sur la politique au Québec?

Sommes-nous si soumis que ça?

Henri-Paul Rousseau a quitté la CDPQ pour aller chez Power Corporation.
Sous son «règne» la caisse avait fait d’excellentes années…

H.P. Rousseau a placé des centaines de millions de dollars de notre argent de la Caisse de dépôts dans des entités de Power Corporation qui ne sont même pas au Canada.

Il semble que le but soit de miner la Caisse de dépôt qui devait servir à l’origine à nous donner une certaine indépendance dans la gestion de nos fonds de pension et un moteur pouvant servir à assurer qu’on puisse un jour faire l’indépendance en ayant un puissant levier de pouvoir financier au Québec.

Sans cette Caisse, si elle devient trop amochée due aux pertes énormes dans le marché des produits dérivés et hedge funds, il sera beaucoup plus difficile d’être indépendant des pouvoir financiers extérieurs qui ne veulent pas que nous soyons indépendants.

M. Rousseau a donné sa démission le 30 mai 2008. Il ne reste que juin,juillet, septembre… On ne peut pas avoir décapité la caisse en trois mois. On aurait plutôt tendance à croire que le capitaine a quitté le navire bien aux faits de ce qui se passait.
Et une prime de 380,000$.
Écarter H.P Rousseau comme responsable, c’est faire preuve de …courte vue.
M. Charest aurait été mis au courant du dérapage en octobre.


Canada to skip UN racism meet due to 'anti-Semitism'

Canada will not take part in a major United Nations conference on racism next year because the event is likely to descend into "regrettable anti-Semitism", a top official said on Wednesday.

A similar meeting at the same venue in 2001 was marred when Israel and the United States walked out in protest over draft conference texts branding Israel as a racist and apartheid state - language that was later dropped.

Israel, the US, and now Canada have taken the position that the world is not what you see before your eyes, but what you are told it is.

"The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth. " -- Morpheus, The Matrix


Obama Pulls U.S. Out of UN Conference on Racism, But Congressional Black Caucus Should Attend Anyway

When Eric Holder, the new U.S. Attorney General called the nation to account for its historic reluctance to honestly talk about race and racism, its manifestations and consequences, he could have been talking about his boss the president. By withdrawing from the UN Conference on Racism he is leading backwards, in the direction of Clinton and Bush rather than forward into the 21st century. The fact that the President of Change can't bring himself -- or us --- to an honest discussion about race says a lot for his willingness to lead on the subject.


Obama to spend $200b on war in 2009

According to the US defense officials, Obama needs USD 75.5 billion for 2009 to cover the cost of the additional troops deployed in to Afghanistan this year and an another USD 130 billion for the rest of fiscal 2009.

The war spending request will be in addition to USD 534 billion for the US Defense Department's other expenditures.

The US Congress had already approved USD 65.9 billion in emergency wartime spending for fiscal 2009.
The report concluded that the nearly USD 1 trillion already spent is only a down payment on the war's long-term costs.

Webmaster's Commentary:

This is just the cost of the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and does not include other Pentagon spending, which is far more costly (when they don't lose it outright).


Democrats Introduce Public National Service Bills

A Democratic Senator from Connecticut has introduced four bills aimed at establishing a groundwork for a system of comprehensive national service.

Webmaster's Commentary:

"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime where of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." -- 13th Amendment to the US Constitution


DEA to halt medical marijuana raids

Supporters of programs to provide legal marijuana to patients with painful medical conditions are celebrating Attorney General Eric Holder’s statement this week that the Drug Enforcement Administration would end its raids on state-approved marijuana dispensaries.


U.S. Energy Department Cannot Account for Nuclear Materials at 15 Locations


The Sun: We Made "False Allegations" Against Muslim

According to the Sun the story went something like this: Muslim bus driver in London kicks passengers off his bus in order that he can pray. Keeps them waiting and then lets them back on after he has done his "Muslim thing."

Anyway it transpires that the story was a fabrication by the Sun. That's right it never really happened as the Sun claimed.


Crisis in the US newspaper industry - BBC

BBC News Americas February 27, 2009 Max Deveson

If the economic crisis goes on much longer, will there be any newspapers left in the US to write about it?

The "crisis" in the newspaper industry may, therefore, be more of a crisis for the journalists and publishers who are currently facing job losses and bankruptcy.

But if it is merely the quantity, but not the quality, of journalism that declines then - for readers - there may not be a crisis at all.


Rocky Mountain News Is Shutting Down

The Rocky Mountain News in Denver will cease publication on Friday.

E.W. Scripps, which owns newspaper, known locally as The Rocky, announced Thursday that it had failed to find a buyer for the daily. Scripps’s chief executive, Rich Boehne, said in a statement that The Rocky was “a victim of changing times in our industry and huge economic challenges.” Scripps said the newspaper lost $16 million last year.


Drug Maker Is Accused of Fraud

The New york Times Feb 25, 2009 BARRY MEIER and BENEDICT CAREY

The Justice Department charged the drug maker Forest Laboratories on Wednesday with defrauding the government of millions of dollars by illegally marketing the popular antidepressants Celexa and Lexapro for unapproved uses in children and teenagers.


Baxter admits contaminated seasonal flu product contained live bird flu virus

The company that released contaminated flu virus material from a plant in Austria confirmed Friday that the experimental product contained live H5N1 avian flu viruses.


Harvard Medical School in Ethics Quandary - Naiveté? or Just Systemic, Blind, Arrogant Greed?

The New York Times Duff Wilson March 2, 2009

BOSTON — In a first-year pharmacology class at Harvard Medical School, Matt Zerden grew wary as the professor promoted the benefits of cholesterol drugs and seemed to belittle a student who asked about side effects.

Mr. Zerden later discovered something by searching online that he began sharing with his classmates. The professor was not only a full-time member of the Harvard Medical faculty, but a paid consultant to 10 drug companies, including five makers of cholesterol treatments.

“If a school like Harvard can’t behave itself,” Dr. Angell said, “who can?”


New Wave of Films Tackle Globalization Head on

This year's Berlin International Film Festival provided a veritable showcase for films that criticize globalization and free market ideology. From Michael Winterbottom's "The Shock Doctrine" to "The Yes Men Fix the World" to the sober intellectual history of neo-liberalism portrayed in the "L'encerclement" to Michael Winterbottom's cinematic adaptation of Naomi Klein's bestselling book "The Shock Doctrine," this year's Berlinale has tapped into a zeitgeist that resoundingly rejects the notion that "greed is good", many films cast businessmen as the world's new baddies.


Nation's food system nearly broke

As our government enacts a stimulus package and President Barack Obama announces bold initiatives to stem home mortgage foreclosures, disaster threatens family farmers and their communities.


Asteroid flies closely past Earth

An asteroid the size of a 10-story building flew past Earth today about twice the distance as the highest Earth-orbiting satellites.

The space rock was about 115 feet (35 meters) wide, perhaps a bit larger than one thought to have created a colossal explosion in the air above Siberia in 1908 that flattened 500,000 acres (2,000 square kilometers) of forest.

Asteroid 2009 DD45 was closest to Earth today at about 8:40 a.m. ET. It was some 44,740 miles (72,000 km) away. That's twice the height of a geostationary communications satellite.


Bush Lawyers Approved Constitution-Free Domestic Military Ops, Docs Show

The Justice Department secretly authorized President George Bush to use the military inside the United States to snoop on, raid and even kill citizens in order to fight terrorism without regard to the Fourth or Fifth Amendment, according to a Oct 23, 2001 memo released by the Obama Administration Monday.

"We do not think a military commander carrying out a raid on a terrorist cell would be required to demonstrate probable cause or to obtain a warrant," the Office of Legal Counsel memo (.pdf) said. "We think that the better view is that the Fourth Amendment does not apply to domestic military operations designed to deter and prevent future terrorist attacks."


"Designer Babies" Ethical?

(CBS) For years, reproductive specialists have been helping people become parents, even enabling them to choose the sex of their baby.

One fertility doctor is taking things a step further, offering what some are calling "designer babies," as Early Show national correspondent Hattie Kauffman reports.

If you could design your baby's features, would you? According to L.A.'s Fertility Institute, prospective parents can select eye color, hair color and more.

"Let me quote Dr. Steinberg. He just said he predicts we will have determined sex with 100 percent accuracy and eye color with 80 percent accuracy in the next year. Does that give you pause at all?" Rodriguez asked.

"I disagree completely. There are really three things to think about. One is, when you move away from diseases, who's to say what's the better trait? Is it better to be red-headed than it is to be brown-haired? Is it better to have freckles or not? Those sorts of things are subjective and in some ways driven by our culture," Caplan said.

"Secondly, you're going to have the rich using these technologies, and that's going to advantage them further. It's not going to be something the poor get to do. Lastly, you've got a problem here, why are doctors in this business at all? He said (Dr. Jeff Steinberg), 'I have to serve my patients,' but is this just a cash business where you'd say, you know, 'I want a child with short arms. I want a kid with athletic ability.' Okay. Well, we'll do that. Is everything and anything for sale at the fertility clinic?" Dr. Caplan asked.

The case of Nadya Suleman, who had octuplets, has raised so many debates like this. The doctor who implanted six embryos is being criticized. A lot of people say there should be a law prohibiting that, Rodriguez pointed out.


This can lead to false expectations on children, he explained. The parents may pick a child to be smart, and he or she doesn't succeed, then they become upset because they invested money and didn't get what they want.


5 Myths About All Those Nukes Out There

Webmaster's Commentary:

With all the fear-mongering about nuclear weapons, the historical reality remains that one and only one nation has actually used a nuclear weapon against the people of another country, and that nation is the United States.


Found in Translation

Most Americans have never heard of Sibel Edmonds, and if the U.S. government has its way, they never will. The former FBI translator turned whistleblower tells a chilling story of corruption at Washington’s highest levels—sale of nuclear secrets, shielding of terrorist suspects, illegal arms transfers, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, espionage. She may be a first-rate fabulist, but Edmonds’s account is full of dates, places, and names. And if she is to be believed, a treasonous plot to embed moles in American military and nuclear installations and pass sensitive intelligence to Israeli, Pakistani, and Turkish sources was facilitated by figures in the upper echelons of the State and Defense Departments.



Israël:


Harper embrasse Israël et son hostilité envers l’Iran


Canada becomes Israel

Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper's government publicly supported Israel's brutal assault on Gaza and voted alone at the UN Human Rights Committee in defense of Israel's actions three weeks ago. Now Canada has taken over Israeli diplomacy. Literally.

In solidarity with Gaza, Venezuela expelled Israel's ambassador at the start of the bombardment and then broke off all diplomatic relations two weeks later. Israel need not worry since Ottawa plans to help out. On 29 January, The Jerusalem Post reported that "Israel's interests in Caracas will now be represented by the Canadian Embassy." This means Canada is officially Israel, at least in Venezuela.


Canada backs Israeli attack on Iran?

In his harshest rhetoric so far, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed steadfast support for Israel and claimed that the Iranian government has "evil" purposes for its technological achievements.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Canadians ought to give Stephen a rifle, a parachute, drop him into Iran and let him walk his talk.


Illegal settlements: Israel plans to build another 73,000 houses in occupied territory

A report about Israel and it's plans for an expansion of their illegal settlements on the West Bank. The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on her first trip to the Middle East, is meeting Israeli leaders in the hope of making some progress on peace talks.

While one of the main issues is Israel's building of settlements in the West Bank, the Israeli organisation 'Peace Now' has released a report suggesting Israel plans to build another 73,000 houses in occupied territory.

Webmaster's Commentary:

... in defiance of UN Resolution 446.


Israel Violates Res. 1701, Fires on Adeisseh Main Road

A statement by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) qualified the incident as "serious" and said a probe was underway. "This is a serious incident and a violation of Security Council Resolution 1701," the statement said, referring to the UN resolution that ended the 2006 Israeli war against Lebanon. "UNIFIL has protested to the Israelis," it added. The statement said at least two shots hit the wall.


Israel to present Clinton with 'red lines' on talks with Iran

Israel plans to present U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a series of "red lines" it wants Washington to incorporate into its planned dialogue with Tehran about Iran's nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary:

"I want to tell you something very clear, don’t worry about American pressure on Israel, we, the Jewish people control America, and the Americans know it." -- Ariel Sharon, as quoted by Kol Yisrael radio


Clinton arrives in Israel on first visit as US top diplomat

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Israel on Monday evening on her first visit to the Middle East since taking office.

Webmaster's Commentary:

No doubt, to get her "marching orders" from Tel Aviv.

When she gets back from this set of meetings, listen for a ratcheting up of accusations against Iran.


Israel launches campaign against UN nuke watchdog chief

Israel's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) recently intensified its attacks on the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei. The AEC, one of the most classified bodies in Israel that is also, among other things, responsible for operating the Dimona nuclear reactor, does not often issue public statements, and usually plays down its activities.

But in recent months, given the IAEA director's actions relating to all aspects of Syria and Iran's nuclear programs, the committee decided, with the consent of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, to stop tiptoeing around the issue. The AEC now hurries to respond to ElBaradei's interviews, in which he often speaks of Israeli in critical tones.


Jewish Leaders Blast Clinton Over Israel Criticism

In a swift about face from her views as New York's senator, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now hammering Israel over its treatment of Palestinians in Gaza.

As First Lady, Clinton raised eyebrows when she kissed Suha Arafat.

Since she was then seeking a Senate seat the resulting brouhaha caused her to "re-think" her positions.

"I'm a very strong supporter of Israel," Clinton said back in February 2000.


Interpol issues arrest warrants for 15 Israelis

The International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO) has issued a circular calling for the arrest of 15 top Israeli officials over war crimes.

At a news briefing on Sunday, Tehran's Public Prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, said that Iran had referred the case to the organization, known as Interpol, drawing on the Interpol charter and Israel's violation of the Geneva Conventions.

"ICPO has notified governments of 180 countries to arrest the suspects," who were involved in the 23-day Israeli offensive on Gaza in December and January he said.


Yippie! Interpol issues arrest warrants for 15 top israeli officials

Take that, you zionist fiends! You can kiss your impunity goodbye!

Finally, the world sees israelis for what they really are -- war criminals extraordinaire.

The list of Israeli war criminals includes:

1 Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
2 Defense Minister Ehud Barak
3 Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni
4 Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi
5 Commander in Chief of the Israeli Air Force Ido Nehoshtan
6 Commander of the Gaza war -- Operation Cast Lead -- Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant
7 Head of Military Intelligence Directorate Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin
8 Commander of Battalion 13 in the Golani Brigade Lt. Col. Oren Cohen
9 Deputy to the Givati Brigade Col. Ron Ashrov
10 Commander of the Israel Paratroopers' Brigade in Gaza Col. Hertzi Halevy
11 Commander of 401st Armored Corps Brigade convoy Col. Yigal Slovik
12 Commander of the 101st Battalion in the Paratrooper Brigade Lt. Col. Avi Blot
13 Lt. Col. Yoav Mordechai, who served as a commander of the Golani infantry brigade's 13th Battalion in Gaza
14 Givati squad commander Col. Tomer Tsiter
15 Brigade commander in Battalion 51 Col. Avi Peled


INTERPOL issues denial of reported Iranian request seeking arrest of 15 senior Israeli officials

Statement by INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters, Lyon, France

02 March 2009

While INTERPOL does not ordinarily comment on false stories reported in the media, in light of the nature of recent erroneous articles reporting that INTERPOL is being used by Iranian authorities to seek the arrest of 15 senior Israeli officials on alleged charges of war crimes in Gaza, the Organization is taking the unusual step of making the following public statement:

“INTERPOL has neither been requested to issue by Iran, nor has it issued on behalf of Iran or any of its 187 member countries any Red Notices for persons wanted internationally or other requests seeking the arrest of senior Israeli officials for alleged war crimes in relation to the Gaza offensive in December and January.”

INTERPOL’s Constitution strictly prohibits the Organization from making ‘any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character’.

All further enquiries should be directed to the source reported in the media. Since INTERPOL has received no information in relation to the alleged false claim, INTERPOL is unable to comment further on this matter.



Iran:


The Iran-Israel nuclear endgame is now much closer

In recent days, four key developments have clicked in to edge Iran and Israel much closer to a military denouement with profound consequences for American oil that the nation is not prepared to meet.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Once again, Israel trying to goad the US into war on Israel's enemies.

Yes, Iran has a lot of uranium, but it is enriched to the levels used for power stations. It is NOT, nor is it anywhere close to, the levels of enrichment needed for weapons.

Second, the IAEA already stated that the mis-estimation of Iran's amounts of processed fuel rod material was a bookkeeping error; the difference between what IAEA assumed the enrichment could produce, and what it actually yielded.

War with Iran will mean war with Russia. And Israel, I assume, would be perfectly happy (now that the US is broke and little money can be sucked out of the corpse) to have the US and Russia engage in a mutually destructive war which would leave Israel and its hundreds of warheads in effective control of the Middle East and its oil resources.


Iran: Our missiles can hit Israeli nukes

Iranian missiles can hit Israel's nuclear sites, according to the chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard.


Iran "not close" to nuclear weapon: Gates

Iran is not close to having a nuclear weapon, which gives the United States and others time to try to persuade Tehran to abandon its suspected atomic arms program, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday.


Russia rejects link between missile defence and Iran

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev on Tuesday showed willingness to discuss the US-planned missile defence system opposed by Moscow, but without "haggling" linking it to Iran. Medvedev was commenting during a visit to Spain on an alleged offer by US President Barack Obama to halt the defence system if Iran could be convinced to give up nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Webmaster's Commentary:

WHAT nuclear weapons?


Obama denies offering Russia missile shield deal

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday denied offering Russia a deal in which Washington would slow deployment of a missile defense shield in Europe in exchange for Moscow's help in a nuclear stand-off with Iran.


Clinton accuses Iran of seeking to intimidate

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton swiped hard at Iran on Wednesday, accusing its hardline leaders of fomenting divisions in the Arab world, promoting terrorism, posing threats to Israel and Europe, and seeking to "intimidate as far as they think their voice can reach."

Webmaster's Commentary:

Someone needs to run a drug test on SecState.



Gaza:


GAZA…. OPERATION ‘WINTER STORM’, PART 2


WHO’S WHO IN THE AID FOR GAZA CAMPAIGN?

Unlike the aftermath of the European holocaust where Germany itself was forced to pay reparations to the surviving victims, things are different regarding the holocaust in Gaza. Instead of the International Community insisting that Israel pay for the damages and crimes, everyone else seems to be pitching in instead.


Only one-third of US pledge at Gaza conference to go to Gaza, none of it for rebuilding


Aid or Insult? U.S. offers $300m to Gaza, rest to Abbas

The U.S. will pledge $900 million aid for Palestinians, but only a third of that is earmarked for Gaza.
The pledge amounted to $300 million to meet "urgent" humanitarian needs in Hamas-ruled Gaza after Israel's military invasion in December, and would be funnelled through U.N. and other organizations.The US pledged $1 billion of aid to Israel this year. More


Let's see, there's around 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gazan Concentration Camp, so that works out to about $200 dollars per person. Is this aid or an insult?

Add in the tremendous amount of infrastructure deliberately damaged by the IOF and the tens of thousands of homes deliberately targeted and destroyed by the IOF and suddenly, 1.5 million doesn't go too far, does it?

But the Zionist entity will get at least one billion and that's for starters. With the new Congress seated that has a record number of Jews, look for aid to Israel to increase significantly this session.

And the traitorous quisling Abbas will get hundreds of millions, some of which no doubt will wind up in some Swiss bank account.


WHAT HILLARY WON’T BE SEEING IN GAZA

Bullet holes from bullets shipped from USA….. Bullets shot by guns shipped from the USA…..



Irak:


REVEALED: 'There was no Cabinet debate in run-up to war,' says Short as Government refuses to release minutes

The Government is refusing to release minutes of Cabinet meetings before the Iraq War because they would reveal there was no discussion on the issue.

Details surrounding two crucial meetings on the eve of the conflict were laid bare for the first time yesterday when former Cabinet Minister Clare Short, who was present at both, gave a full account of what happened.

She told The Mail on Sunday the main reason for the ‘scandalous’ decision not to publish the minutes was not to protect confidential discussions about the war, but to cover up the fact there was no such discussion.


US Combat Missions in Iraq Will Continue After ‘Pullout’

After the “pullout,” as many as 50,000 troops will remain on the ground, and despite being touted as a withdrawal of combat troops, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell conceded that some would continue to “conduct combat operations,” and Iraq would still be considered a war zone. The rest would be what he described as “enablers.”

Webmaster's Commentary:

i.e., what we called "Advisers" in Vietnam.


It’s Obama’s War Now

Barack Obama has shown that he is as capable of doublespeak as any other politician when he announced an end to the war in Iraq. Combat troops are to be pulled out of Iraq by August 2010, he said, but some 50,000 occupation troops will remain behind. Someone should let the Iraqis know the distinction. I doubt any soldier or Marine in Iraq will notice much difference in 19 months. Many combat units will simply be relabeled as noncombat units. And what about our small army of well-paid contractors and mercenaries? Will Dyncorp, Bechtel, Blackwater (which recently changed its name to Xe), all of whom have made fortunes off the war, pack up and go home? What about the three large super-bases, dozens of smaller military outposts and our imperial city, the Green Zone?


Obama to Leave 50 000 Troops in Iraq Indefinitely President Tells Lawmakers Troops Will Stay to "Protect US Interests"

As we reported yesterday, President Obama’s Iraq “withdrawal” plan will leave up to 50,000 troops in a warzone engaging in combat missions. Today the president detailed the plans for members of Congress, and said the remnant forces, which would remain for an indefinite period of time, will be in Iraq to “advise Iraqi troops and protect US interests.”


Iraqi PM says his security forces ready

Iraq's prime minister said Saturday that the country's security forces have been tested and have shown they are ready to take over from the Americans.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Translation: "WE WANT YOU TO LEAVE NOW!!!!!!"


Hersh: Children sodomized at Abu Ghraib, on tape

Hersh gave a speech last week to the ACLU making the charge that children were sodomized in front of women in the prison, and the Pentagon has tape of it.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Yeah, worse things than waterboarding happened at the hands of the Americans and their "helpers."


Six years later in Iraq: still no good news

Whatever the reason, one thing is plain: The situation in Iraq doesn’t add up to good news any way you look at it; what the U.S. power structure was trying to pull off and what they actually realized are a study in devastating contrasts.

Webmaster's Commentary:

On the other hand, Israel's plan to shatter Iraq into pieces and let American kids bleed for it has worked out just fine!



Pakistan:


The US-India-Mossad Connection

Both Israel and India aspire to become unchallenged military powers of Middle East and South Asia respectively.

Above all, they over ensure that no Muslim country can possess nuclear capability and be in a position to avert blackmailing and bullying tactics. In other words, both desire weak and subservient states doing their bidding. Nuclear capability with any country is a death knell for their megalomaniac aspirations and hence a binding necessity to prevent its acquisition.


Pakistan declares: 'We are at war'


Obama expanding military operations in Pakistan: Report

US President Barack Obama's administration has broadened the number of radical groups targeted by the CIA inside Pakistan by attacking a militant network seeking to overthrow the Pakistani government, The New York Times reported Saturday.

The newspaper said recent missile strikes on training camps run by Baitullah Mehsud represent a broadening of the US military campaign inside Pakistan, which has been carried out largely by drone aircraft.

Webmaster's Commentary:

"Change???", Change, my ASTROLABE! This appears to be simply an escalation of Bush's policy of "wars without end."

It looks as though the US government is working as hard as humanly possible to destabilize the Pakistani government to the degree that we have to "save" it from its nuclear weapons falling into the hands of the radicals.


Google Earth reveals secret history of US base in Pakistan

The US was secretly flying unmanned drones from the Shamsi airbase in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan as early as 2006, according to an image of the base from Google Earth.

The image — that is no longer on the site but which was obtained by The News, Pakistan's English language daily newspaper — shows what appear to be three Predator drones outside a hangar at the end of the runway. The Times also obtained a copy of the image, whose co-ordinates confirm that it is the Shamsi airfield, also known as Bandari, about 200 miles southwest of the Pakistani city of Quetta.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Okay Googlers; start searching out those secret US bases!!!!


U.S. missile strike kills 25 al Qaeda in Pakistan

A U.S. missile attack killed at least 25 al Qaeda-linked militants in a Pakistani tribal region on Saturday, security and Taliban officials said, the highest death toll of militants in a single such strike.

The strike by pilotless drones in the South Waziristan region on the Afghan border was the third such attack since U.S. President Barack Obama took office last month and could ignite fresh popular anger in Pakistan over the cross-border raids from Afghanistan.

"Our people have informed us that at least 25 people were killed. It could be more," the official told Reuters. A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons, said 25 to 30 people were killed.

U.S. drones carried out about 30 missile attacks on suspected militants in 2008, according to a Reuters tally, more than half after the beginning of September.

The attacks killed more than 220 people, including foreign militants, according to a tally of reports from Pakistani intelligence agents, district government officials and residents.


Obama widens missile strikes inside Pakistan

With two missile strikes over the past week, the Obama administration has expanded the covert war run by the Central Intelligence Agency inside Pakistan, attacking a militant network seeking to topple the Pakistani government.

The strikes are another sign that President Obama is continuing, and in some cases extending, Bush administration policy in using American spy agencies against terrorism suspects in Pakistan, as he had promised to do during his presidential campaign. At the same time, Mr. Obama has begun to scale back some of the Bush policies on the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects, which he has criticized as counterproductive.


US Drone Strike Kills At Least 30 in South Waziristan

The large death toll will likely also bring uncomfortable attention to the comments by Senator Dianne Feinstein, who claimed that the drones were being “flown out of a Pakistani base”. With the Pakistani government officially complaining about the attacks amid public outrage, such a revelation would likely further destabilize an already floundering Pakistani government.

Webmaster's Commentary:

If this allegation is true about the US launching its drones from Pakistani bases, it is obvious that both Congress and the Pentagon have long been aware of this program.

So, just for whose consumption was this statement made? Not for We the People, who have absolutely lost control of a government which still claims it speaks and acts in our behalf.

One has to wonder if this statement was not made for the consumption of the Pakistani people, already angry and afraid that their own government has been complicit in the murders cause by these US drone attacks.

Perhaps, this kind of statement is an attempt to inflame the Pakistani people to further protests and "instability", making it necessary for the US and NATO to "rescue" the Pakistani government from itself.

And we all know what that means.


Gunmen in Pakistan Kidnap American Head of UN Refugee Office

Suspected Islamic militants abducted the American director of the United Nations refugee agency in southwest Pakistan, killing his driver, police said.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Why would Islamic militants do something guaranteed to provoke an American military response and to alienate the UN, which has been chief amongst critics of US and Israeli aggressions against Muslims?

Qui Bono?

This is an obvious false-flag.


Pakistan Suicide bomber kills 28 as sectarian violence grows in Pakistan

One has to wonder which elements are benefiting from this surge in violence.

It cannot be either the Pakistani people or their government.

But increasing unrest may well be the US/NATO reason for a call to arms to "save Pakistan from itself", as a nuclear nation which has the potential for militants getting hold of their weapons.


US troops offering secret aid to Pakistan

The New York Times is reporting that more than 70 US troops are secretly helping the Pakistani army in its fight against militants. They provide advice and training but are not directly involved in any Pakistani combat operations.

Webmaster's Commentary:

That's how Vietnam started.


Pakistan opposition chief warns of chaos

Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif warned in an interview Friday that political chaos could embolden Islamist militants threatening nuclear-armed Pakistan, as his supporters battled police following a court ruling barring him from elected office.

Webmaster's Commentary:

It is very possible that this destabilization of nearly-bankrupt Pakistan is just what the US and NATO may want to see happen: that gives them (in their view) the carte blanche to "save the Pakistani government from itself"

And we all have a pretty good picture of how that may play out.


Attack on cricketers in Pakistan; MI6, CIA, Mossad

On 3 December 2008, at Al Ahram Weekly, Abdus Sattar Ghazali wrote ‘Behind the scenes’ (Cached)

He tells us about the US-UK-Israel agenda for the Middle East and South Asia region.

Among the points made:

1. The Global Trends 2025 report by Thomas Fingar, US deputy director of national intelligence for analysis, suggests that Pakistan may become much smaller.

2. The New York Times reported on a “New Middle East” map published in 2006 by the US Air Force Journal along with an article by retired Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters, entitled, “How a better Middle East would look?” The map and Peters suggested that a ‘natural’ Pakistan would be much smaller than today.



Afghanistan:


Obama Orders 17,000 More U.S. Troops to Afghanistan

President Barack Obama signed an order boosting U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan by 17,000 combat and support personnel.

Obama said in a statement that he approved a request for the additional soldiers and Marines made by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and military commanders.


Afghanistan, the Next US Quagmire?


US expands prison in Afghanistan

Webmaster's Commentary:

Well, I guess we know where Obama is sending the Guantanamo prisoners.


U.S. Concedes Afghan Attack Mainly Killed Civilians

Webmaster's Commentary:

"Our bad. We're sorry. Won't happen again." -- Official White Horse Souse

KABUL, Afghanistan — An airstrike by the United States-led military coalition killed 13 civilians and 3 militants last Tuesday in western Afghanistan, not “up to 15 militants” as was initially claimed by American forces, military officials here said Saturday.

The civilians killed included three children, six women and four men in the Gozara district of Herat Province, in addition to three people suspected of being Taliban fighters, according to an aide to the provincial governor.

American and NATO forces have come under increasing criticism from Afghans and political leaders in Kabul for the soaring number of civilians killed by airstrikes and fighting between Taliban and American-led forces.

The United Nations says civilian deaths rose nearly 40 percent last year to 2,118, the most in any year since the 2001 invasion that drove the Taliban from power. Most of the casualties last year were caused by the Taliban and other insurgents, the United Nations found, but 828 deaths were attributed to American, NATO and Afghan forces, mostly from airstrikes and village raids. Afghan officials fear the numbers will rise as more American troops deploy to the country.


Uncomfortable Others: Afghan Civilians Wounded by America

In our contemporary world where the visual message trumps the written word, photos of those killed or wounded by U.S/NATO actions rarely are published (those killed or wounded by the Taliban frequently appear in the western mainstream press). They generate too much discomfort.

In a rare example of independent photojournalism, Lynsey Addario published photos of some wounded victims of U.S/NATO actions in Afghanistan

Webmaster's Commentary:

Your tax dollars at work, folks; while American vets sleep in our streets.

The knuckleheads who put together the "plan" for the Afghanistan campaign apparently had not one bit of understanding about the history of the people they were going to fight, and managed to have selective amnesia on that little bit in the military tactical books stating that a country cannot possibly win what is a land war from the air.(something I had hoped we would learn from Viet Nam, but apparently haven't.)

All this, coupled with what can only be kindly described as "magical thinking" has lead us to where we are, 7 years on. We have an insurgency which wants its country back, an Afghani president and government so crooked that the people believe that they have to screw their socks on in the morning, and - oh yes - the opium poppy business is booming!

Obama has vowed to placed 17,000 more troops there (which depends on when we can get many of them out of Iraq,), to add to the 30,000 US troops already there. So, we have around 47,000 troops.

Unfortunately, as reported in The Australian:
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24778094-5017961,00.html

"US military planners estimate 500,000 troops, including newly trained Afghan National Army soldiers, are needed to secure the country"

500,000...47,000. Less than 10%, even counting NATO-Contributing forces. So ultimately, we've come up with a manpower figure which most likely cannot, and will not, work to hold this country.d

It isn't for no reason that Afghanistan has been characterized as "The Graveyard of Empires".


Afghans threaten US troops over civilian deaths

An angry Afghan man with a thick black beard ranted wildly at the U.S. officials, shouting about how their overnight raid had killed 16 civilians in his village. An Afghan elder cried out in grief that his son and four grandsons were among the dead.

One after another, a long line of government officials, villagers and community leaders told American military officials at the Laghman governor's compound that Afghan soldiers must be allowed to take part in such raids. Several predicted increased violence against U.S. forces if more nighttime operations take place.


Canadian soldiers to target Afghan drug trade linked to Taliban


NATO can't defeat Afghan insurgency, PM says

In an interview broadcast Sunday with CNN, the Conservative leader sought to lower expectations about prospects for the insurgency-riddled country. He said Canada has had modest success over the course of its eight-year effort, but that any gains were vulnerable if the security situation were to worsen.

Yet simply staying the course in Afghanistan is not going to result in an inevitable victory.

Webmaster's Commentary:

The last man to conquer and actually hang onto Afghanistan was Alexander the Great, and he only kept it for three years.


France calls for NATO Afghan pullout

There are currently more than 68,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan.
French Defense Minister Herve Morin has requested that NATO set a timetable for the withdrawal of alliance forces from Afghanistan.


Taliban rivals unite to fight US troop surge

Three rival Pakistani Taliban groups have agreed to form a united front against international forces in Afghanistan in a move likely to intensify the insurgency just as thousands of extra US soldiers begin pouring into the country as part of Barack Obama's surge plan.

The Guardian has learned that three of the most powerful warlords in the region have settled their differences and come together under a grouping calling itself Shura Ittihad-ul-Mujahideen, or Council of United Holy Warriors.


Afghanistan: Slipping out of control

A grim picture of spiralling violence and a disintegrating society has emerged in Afghanistan in a confidential Nato report, just as Barack Obama vowed to send 17,000 extra American troops to the country in an attempt to stem a tide of insurgency.



Syrie:


Russian Navy Back in Syria

Russian warships have returned to the naval base in the Syrian port of Tartus, used by the Soviet Union since the late sixties, after more than a decade of absence.

Many see it as a sign that Russia could be seeking to revive its naval influence in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Nature abhors a vacuum. Russia simply took this geopolitical advantage because it could.

The US could have had much better working relationships with almost all of the countries of the Middle East, had our officials not just been agents of Israel's policies in the region.


Elbaradei: Israel violated international law in Syria

Mohamed ElBaradei, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said Saturday that Israel "violated the rules of international law" by bombing an alleged Syrian nuclear reactor in September 2007.


First evidence of damage to Gaza’s cultural sites emerges

The Antiquities Museum of Gaza, privately founded and run by Gazan contractor and collector Jawdat Khoudary, was badly damaged during Israel’s 22 days of air and land strikes. The glass doors and windows have been shattered and the roof and walls have been damaged. Roman and Byzantine pottery, Islamic bronze objects and many amphorae have been destroyed, initially during shooting 20m to 200m away, and later because of nearby shelling, with one direct hit to the museum’s conference hall.

Webmaster's Commentary:

One of the great crimes committed against the people of Iraq was the looting of the Baghdad Museum and the destruction of many important ancient sites inside Iraq.
Now we are seeing the same crime against history committed in Gaza. The direct hit indicates intentional targeting.
As Israel rolls into Gaza yet again, there is a valid concern that Palestine's ancient archeological sites face risk of destruction. I agree. And more to the point, I think that destruction of ancient sites is deliberate policy.
Egypt is literally littered with the ruins of the ancient temples and palaces of her rulers. As much as has been found, it is estimated that only 1/3 of Egypt's archeological wonders have been uncovered. A newly discovered temple was uncovered while digging a sewer line, and a cache of finely preserved mummies was literally stumbled over by a cow in a pasture.
Iraq's ancient heritage was enshrined in its ancient sites and museum. As a result of the war, many of those sites have been damaged or destroyed. Part of the ancient city or Ur now lies underneath a US air base runway. The treasures of the museum have only partly been recovered. The treasures from the looted archaeological sites have been scattered to the world.

All of this wealth of archaeological treasures must of course annoy Israel. We are raised from birth with Old Testament tales of the greatness of the ancient Israelites, of the powerful kingdoms of Solomon and David and the first temple. Yet Israel, while rich in antiquities, is almost totally devoid of artifacts from this supposedly glorious time in her history. The existence of the fabled First Temple was supported with just two artifacts, a carved staff ornament in the shape of a pomegranate and the Jehoash tablet. Both of these artifacts have been exposed as frauds. We are told that once there was a magnificent temple on that hill, but it "all went away." The wonders emerging from the soil of Egypt, Iraq, and Iran serve as a constant reminder that ancient buildings of such a scale as we are told the First Temple was simply do not vanish without a trace.
There is considerable reason to suspect that the tales told in the Old Testament are just that; tales. The Bible is not science, it is the collected stories of a primitive tribal people telling each other how important they are. And like fishermen talking about the won that got away, or Ramses with his temple carvings of the did-not-really-happen victory over the Hittites at Kadesh, the writers of the ancient testaments assumed that the people they were telling stories to had no way to verify the claims for themselves. So "embellishment" was a low-risk activity.
We do know from the available archaeological evidence that the
Exodus probably actually happened to the Hyksos, not the Israelites. We know that the story of Moses is suspect because no Egyptian princess would hide a Hebrew child inside Pharaoh's household, then give the kid a Hebrew name ("Moses" is actually an Egyptian title meaning "Prince" and is included in the names of many Pharaoh's names such as Tut-Moses, Ah-Moses, Ra-Moses (Ramses) etc.)

Likewise, the story of Masada may be less than accurate. The remains found on the mountain were buried with pig bones, something no proper Jewish funeral would tolerate, which suggests that the bodies found and venerated as heroes of ancient Judea were actually those of dead Romans.
But a good story is a good story and the writers of the ancient texts were probably not thinking much further into the future than the guys who pen the "Celebrity dates space alien" stories you see at supermarket checkout lines. The fact that the celebrity is a real person does not prove the space alien exists. It's just a story.

Given enough time, even a simple story written in jest can take on a life of its own. Scientology began as a bet between two science fiction writers; look how wide spread that has become in just a short time.

But, over time, entire religions with attendant wealth and power structures have been built on the premise that these ole testament stories really happened exactly as written. And today, here in the 21st century world, science has started to catch up with these ancient legends and call many of them into doubt.
So, for a nation that justifies its existence on the writings of the Torah, the plethora of sites and artifacts confirming the ancient histories of Egypt, Iraq, Iran, etc. etc. etc. must seem a dire political threat for a nation whose own ancient history seems to have left little if any traces at all.

In that context, the strange behavior of the US military which posted guards around the Iraq oil ministry while leaving the Baghdad museum unguarded suddenly starts to make sense. So does the intentional targeting of Palestinian antiquities and the theft of their cultural treasures, if the supporters of a very insecure nation decide that leveling the archaeological playing field is preferable to allowing the obvious disparity in artifacts to remain visible to the world.


2 commentaires:

Anonyme a dit...

slt Francois,il commence y avoir en allemagne beaucoup de protestation contre monsato,bonne chose,source speigel online.As-tu remarquer sur le site mondialisation.ca sur desmarais et rousseau,je n'arrive pas a croire que tout cela est fait en plein jour,ost...qu'on est aveuglé.Alain B.

Les Nouvelles Internationales a dit...

Salut à vous Alain B.,

Content de vous retrouver ici! C'est exactement de cela que je parlais dans cette émission de la semaine. J'ai peine à croire que 40 milliards de notre argent s'est évanouie et qu'on va laisser ça passer comme dans du beurre, sans ouvrir d'enquête indépendante.

Je suis allé voir cet article sur Mondialisation.ca et je vais le reproduire sur LNI d'ici peu pour le profit des lecteurs.

À bientôt!