L'Autre Monde 6 mai 2010: Le Tchernobyl pétrolier dans le Golfe du Mexique et l'hégémonie militaire et corporatiste en Asie
L'Autre Monde 6 mai 2010: Le Tchernobyl pétrolier dans le Golfe du Mexique et l'hégémonie militaire et corporatiste en Asie
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L'Autre Monde 6 mai 2010
90 min / Radio de l'UQAM, CHOQ FM
Au programme cette semaine, 6 mai 2010:
- Nous parlons du militarisme américain qui sert les intérêts corporatistes en Asie et partout dans le monde; d'économie; du Tchernobyl pétrolier dans le Golfe du Mexique, des médias de papier qui sont en chute et beaucoup plus!
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If this doesn't convince you that government rules by terror, nothing will!
There is no freedom without the freedom to say "no!"
The reality facing many American newspaper publishers continues to look stark, as figures released Monday show deep circulation declines, with average weekday sales down almost 9 percent since the same time last year.
In the six-month period ending March 31, the Audit Bureau of Circulations reported Sunday sales dropping 6.5 percent and weekday sales 8.7 percent compared with the same six-month period a year ago. The figures are based on reports filed by hundreds of individual papers.
The decline was widespread, as nearly all of the major newspapers and many of the smaller ones lost circulation. Among the 25 largest papers, The San Francisco Chronicle suffered the most, losing 22.7 percent of its weekday sales.
Among the 25 largest circulation newspapers, 10 had declines in weekday circulation of more than 10 percent. The Sunday circulation figures were slightly higher, though far from a bright spot, as five of the 25 largest papers reported double-digit declines.
Sumner Redstone, the boss of Viacom and CBS, has gazed into his crystal ball, and what he sees may not cheer up anyone in the newspaper business -- though it may, conveniently, be good news for broadcasters. According to Redstone, "there won't be any newspapers in two years."
by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
While on a speaking engagement in
This was no ordinary protest. Tony Blair has been accused of war crimes in a legal initiative led by the country's former Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission stated that this is only the beginning of a global campaign to ostracise war criminals like Blair and Bush and urge people the world over to adopt similar campaigns against Bush and Blair. No Where to Hide: Fears of Arrest and Prosecution by Tony Blair on Charges of War Crimes, Global Research, April 24, 2010)
While these unfolding events have been acknowledged by the Malaysian press, Tony Blair's visit to Malaysia has passed virtually unnoticed in the United Kingdom. In fact, outside of
Deafening silence and complicity of the British media? One would expect that people in
Japanese navy commander Keizo Kitagawa recently spoke with Agence France-Presse and disclosed that his nation was opening its first overseas military base – at any rate since the Second World War – in
The fact that
Behind the military jockeying for power are economic interests. Controlling the U.S. economy are powerful corporations, who rely on the U.S. military to ensure them super profits overseas, including domination over whole regions — the Middle East, Latin America, the Pacific — that are viewed as the “exclusive economic zones” of U.S. corporations. The fact that
Hardly had Russia and the United States signed a nuclear arms reduction treaty, New START, the U.S. pushed ahead with the development of new conventional weapon systems that threaten to stall nuclear disarmament and discredit U.S. non-proliferation efforts at the NPT Review Conference opening in New York on Monday.
Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee Strategic Forces Subcommittee on April 15 Lieutenant General Patrick J. O'Reilly, U.S. Missile Defence Agency Director, said that his agency was going full steam with development of “advanced capability” anti-missile systems.
It is precisely this type of capability in missile defence that
Central Intelligence Agency director Leon Panetta told 300Sacramento Metro Chamber Cap-to-Cap delegates that the next “Pearl Harbor” is likely to be an attack on the
Memo to CIA Director Panetta: I don't know if I would run so quickly with that particular analogy, sir. As reported at:
""...everything that the Japanese were planning to do was known to the
"President Roosevelt (FDR) provoked the attack, knew about it in advance and covered up his failure to warn the Hawaiian commanders. FDR needed the attack to sucker Hitler to declare war, since the public and Congress were overwhelmingly against entering the war in
Creating this linkage, unfortunately, could lead a thinking person to wonder if just such a "false flag cyber-attack" could be in the works, courtesy of our own government, either to be blamed on the "adversary du jour" (like, perhaps, Iran), or used as an excuse to declare martial law in the US.
There is a bill to make Puerto Rico a state. Again, they are trying to pull one over on us and on Puerto Ricans, who have consistently said they do not want to become a state.
The US Government steals other peoples' lands and makes them states without their permission. Here is just one example.
In other words, the
The desertions raise fears that a new U.S.-backed effort beginning next month to build up
In an effort to rebuild the tattered Somali military, the
“Some gave up the army and returned to their ordinary life, and others joined the rebels,” he said.
At least 30 people have been killed after two bombs exploded at a mosque in the Somalian capital
A high-ranking member of
This proxy war, where the "transitional government" is supported by the
Jewish groups are calling on U.N. member representatives to walk out in protest when
"We call on all countries, particularly those that value democracy and freedom, to leave the United Nations hall when
And notice how
US lawmakers on Friday denounced Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's plans to join a major UN nuclear disarmament summit next week in
"This is preposterous, and allowing it to happen will make a mockery of the effort to stop the spread of nuclear weapons to rogue states and terrorist groups," 14 Republican senators wrote to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Right on cue, just like Pavlov's dogs, salivating at the sound of a bell, here you have the US's "Israel-first" Congress members barking and snarling at the very thought of Iran's president addressing the UN.
And why are they barking and snarling, pray tell?!?
Because as surely as the sun rises, Ahmedinejad is going to honestly point out the obvious; that Israel has nuclear weapons, but refuses to join the NNPT or allow inspections of their nuclear facilities, which Iran has done and is continuing to do.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should be arrested and tried with war crimes while he's in the
1. Ahmadinejad has never incited to commit genocide against the Jewish people.
2. The IAEA has not accused
The US and Israel have accused Iran of having a nuclear weapons program, evidence of which all the IAEA inspections have not found to date.
An Iranian press delegation slated to accompany President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his upcoming visit to
How churlishly petty of the
What are they afraid of, except the very real possibility that they might report Ahmadinejad mentioning the fact that although
The last-minute issuance came on Saturday, after officials in
*hyperlinks and videos live at source*
The “emperor has no clothes” fact is that the new face of unlawful global imperialism is the old face of 20th Century imperialists. As critical mass of public recognition builds, this time, the public will reject their loveless and mass-murderous empire-building.
The two paper-thin lies the 21st Century fascists use to promote unlawful war is that
As documented in the links here (and from other viewpoints here, here, and here), Iran’s President Ahmadinejad never physically threatened Israel and all inspections of Iran’s legal nuclear energy and medicine has verified all nuclear material is accounted for.
The global elite has chosen the Bank For International Settlements, which financed Hitler’s war machine, to boss the financial arm of the new world order
European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet’s announcement that the Bank for International Settlements is to become the primary engine for global governance is a shocking admission given the fact that this ultra-secretive menagerie of international bankers was once controlled by top Nazis who, in collusion with global central banks, funneled money through the institution which directly financed Hitler’s war machine.
During a speech to the elitist CFR organization earlier this week, ECB head Trichet said that the Global Economy Meeting (GEM), which regularly meets at the BIS headquarters in
The GEM is basically a policy steering committee under the umbrella of the Bank for International Settlements. In its current form, the BIS, which itself is not accountable to any national government, is comprised of banking chiefs from global central banks, most of which are private and also have no responsibility to their nation states or their citizens.
The board of directors who control the BIS include Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke and Bank of England head Mervyn King, as well as Trichet himself.
For months the top leaders of the European Union resisted the idea of a bailout for
This is the trap of a private central bank issuing the public currency at interest. The moment that first note goes into circulation, more money is owed to the private central bank than is actually in existence. Repayment of the debt is impossible. That is the trap.
The founders of the United States saw the trap clearly, which is why they set up a Treasury Department that issued the public currency interest free, to prevent private bankers from enslaving the public labor.
“The refusal of King George 3rd to allow the colonies to operate an honest money system, which freed the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, was probably the prime cause of the revolution.” – Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father
Sadly, greed by politicians sold this nation back into the same private bankers' trap in 1913. There can be only one outcome and because people who have spent their lifetimes addicted to other peoples' money would rather die than surrender their wealth, the path we were placed on ultimately ends with the bankers and their politician lackeys hanging from the streetlamps.
Taxes could rise by six pence in the pound over the next 10 years to slash public borrowing, an economic forecaster warned today.
Although cuts and a public sector pay clampdown will halve the
'We assume it is achieved through income taxes rising by an equivalent of six pence in the pound on the basic rate,' NIESR said.
The Obama administration said Tuesday it would provide more information to Congress about the
At the time of the shooting, inside sources at
With the White House defying a subpoena to provide witness statements, one thing that we now know for a fact is that the story of
The announcement by New York authorities that there is no evidence to support an apparent claim of responsibility for Saturday’s attempted car bombing by a Pakistani based Taliban group underscores once again how Pentagon front groups are releasing fake and misleading “Al-Qaeda videotapes” in crass PR stunts to justify the expansion of the “war on terror” under Obama.
As soon as Fox News reported that “the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the bomb plot,” we smelled a rat, especially as the so-called video claiming complicity was released by the Pentagon front group SITE, founded by the daughter of an Israeli Mossad spy.
Indeed, the original Fox News story has now been significantly watered down after
“Although a Taliban bomb maker has claimed on the Internet… we have no evidence to support this claim,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
Everything about SITE indicates that it is nothing more than a dummy organization being used by the military-industrial complex to release staged Al-Qaeda videotapes as part of the ongoing propaganda offensive to justify the brutal, pointless and manufactured war on terror.
SITE miraculously were able to obtain the highly suspicious September 2007 Bin Laden video tape before it was released by the so-called Al-Qaeda group who had made it. A month before the release of this tape, SITE’s sister organization IntelCenter was caught adding its logo to a tape at the same time as Al-Qaeda’s so-called media arm As-Sahab added its logo, proving the two organizations were one and the same.
SITE has been positively endorsed by Blackwater USA, the infamous military contractor co-founded by former Navy Seal Erik Prince that was found to have been involved in several massacres of innocent Iraqi civilians.
The SUV was parked near offices of Viacom Inc., which owns Comedy Central. The network recently aired an episode of the animated show "
Given that Revolution Muslim is a hoax website pretending to be Muslim extremists but actually created and run by Joseph Cohen, and given that the now discredited claim of a Pakistan Taliban group taking credit for the bombing attempt came from another Israeli propaganda operation run by the daughter of an executed Israeli spy, I think we can safely guess who staged this fizzled bombing attempt, and more to the point, who was supposed to be framed for it.
The suspect in the Times Square bombing attempt defaulted on a $200,000 mortgage on his
The foreclosure records show Faisal Shahzad took out the mortgage on a home in
While SITE and the US Government are trying to blame Pakistan or Iran or "Al Qaeda" for the failed NY bombing attempt, this is starting to look more like a repeat of the Joe Stack affair, in which a victim of the US economy strikes back.
This isn't politics; this is economics. This isn't terror, it is desperation and revenge.
On that last one, can someone at ABCNNBBCBS please explain why a fizzled bomb in
A Pakistani-American man arrested as he tried to flee the country has confessed to the failed bomb in
"And we only had to waterboard him 48 times, so it MUST be true!
While federal prosecutors have provided ample evidence that members of the Hutaree are passionately anti-government — what decent person isn’t? — they haven’t been able to demonstrate that the group did anything more than engage in survivalist training and indulge in apocalyptic rhetoric.
Judge Roberts didn’t find the government’s case compelling.
“Discussions about killing local law enforcement officers — and even discussions about killing members of the judicial branch of government — do not translate to conspiring to overthrow, or levy war against, the United States government,” she wrote, ordering that the Hutaree suspects be released on bail.
Since the federal case against the Hutaree rests entirely on what was said by the suspects, rather than anything specific that was done by them, it’s difficult to see what’s left of it.
Rising rates of obesity among young Americans could undermine the future of the
More than a quarter of young Americans are now too fat to fight, they said.
Writing in the Washington Post, the ex-commanders said the fat crisis ruled out more potential military service recruits than any other medical factor.
They want Congress to introduce laws to give US children better nutrition in schools, with less sugar, salt and fat.
The leading hypothesis is that the cement plugs failed.
Independent scientists estimate that the renegade wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf could be spewing up to 25,000 barrels a day. If chokeholds on the riser pipe break down further, up to 50,000 barrels a day could be released, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration memo obtained by the
CNN quotes the lead government official responding to the spill - the commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Thad Allen - as stating:
If we lost a total well head, it could be 100,000 barrels or more a day.
“The enormity of this slick began to sink in to me,” Wathen says on the video. “It seems as if the thing was spreading out over the entire
Gulf of Mexico oil spill begins to wash ashore in
Attempts to contain and clean up the oil slick created by the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig continue. The slick continues to grow by the day and move perilously close to the shore of the
The scrutiny on cementing will focus attention on Halliburton Co., the oilfield-services firm that was handling the cementing process on the rig, which burned and sank last week. The disaster, which killed 11, has left a gusher of oil streaming into the Gulf from a mile under the surface.
According to Transocean Ltd., the operator of the drilling rig, Halliburton had finished cementing the 18,000-foot well shortly before the explosion. Houston-based Halliburton is the largest company in the global cementing business, which accounted for $1.7 billion, or about 11%, of the company's revenue in 2009, according to consultant Spears & Associates.
BP, which leased the rig and owned the oil rights, had downplayed the possible danger of any spill - predicting "no significant adverse impact" - when it submitted its exploration plan last year.
Another political embarrassment for Mr Obama is that he had only recently announced White House approval for a controversial expansion of offshore oil exploration.
The policy has been enthusiastically pushed by Republicans such as former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin - who litters speeches with the phrase "drill, baby drill" - and has also been backed by a majority of Americans since fuel prices soared.
The view from space indicates that the oil may be leaking at a rate of 25,000 barrels a day, dwarfing the figure of 5,000 barrels that US officials and the British oil giant BP have used in recent days.
That would mean that some nine million gallons may already have escaped from the underwater well following the April 20 explosion that killed 11 rig workers. It suggests the disaster will almost certainly prove greater than the Exxon Valdez tanker spill off
BP is facing a £3billion fine for the oil spill on
Documents emerged yesterday showing BP had previously downplayed the possibility of a catastrophic accident at the rig.
It suggested in a 2009 exploration plan and environmental impact analysis for the well that an accident leading to a giant oil spill – and damage to beaches, fish and animals – was unlikely or virtually impossible.
BP, the company that owned the
One area of immediate concern, industry experts said, was the lack of a remote system that would have allowed workers to clamp shut Deepwater Horizon's wellhead so it would not continue to gush oil. The rig is now spilling 210,000 gallons of oil a day into the
In a letter sent last year to the Department of the Interior, BP objected to what it called "extensive, prescriptive regulations" proposed in new rules to toughen safety standards. "We believe industry's current safety and environmental statistics demonstrate that the voluntary programs…continue to be very successful."
Even if the materials, called dispersants, are effective, BP has already bought up more than a third of the world’s supply. If the leak from 5,000 feet beneath the surface continues for weeks, or months, that stockpile could run out.
On Thursday BP began using the chemical compounds to dissolve the crude oil, both on the surface and deep below, deploying an estimated 100,000 gallons. Dispersing the oil is considered one of the best ways to protect birds and keep the slick from making landfall. But the dispersants contain harmful toxins of their own and can concentrate leftover oil toxins in the water, where they can kill fish and migrate great distances.
I just found an article on line regarding biomediation of oil slicks published in English by the Indian Coast Guard, written by one Dr. Pradeep Kumar, located at:
That is more than a little scary, in terms of the long-term potential toxic effects of these dispersants.
It's the big story.
And not surprisingly it's almost impossible to get
basic facts about it from the mainstream news media.
The New York Times recently characterized the
oil spill as a "natural disaster." They've got to
Bottom line on the
1. It didn't need to happen in the first place
2. The damage could have been fully contained on the first day
3. Government (and media) corruption made the whole
economic and ecological catastrophe possible.
Video and more details:
Nearly 50% of the seafood consumed by Americans comes from the
And that was before the oil spill.
The oil is gushing from BP's sunken Deepwater Horizon rig at 25,000 barrels a day and could reach 50,000 barrels a day, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Earlier estimates had put the leak at 5,000 barrels a day.
Professor Ian MacDonald, an ocean specialist at
Hans Gruber, a Miami University researcher, said that satellite images of the slick on Friday showed that it was three time bigger than estimated, covering an area of 3,500 sq miles (9,000 sq km), similar in size to Puerto Rico.
At the current estimated rate of leakage, it would take less than eight weeks for the huge spill to surpass the Exxon Valdez disaster.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that deteriorating conditions on the sea bed could result in a flow of 50,000 barrels a day, sufficient to produce one of
The British oil giant faces questions over how much it knew about previous problems with “blowout preventers”, the giant underwater valves designed to shut down oil flow in the event of accidents.
The valves on the rig failed to work after it exploded on April 20. BP technicians have been unable to activate them even though they appear to be undamaged by the blast.
BP has calculated that it might take up to three months to sink a new well that could cut off the flow of the Deepwater Horizon’s oil.
The worst oil spill affecting US waters was caused by a 1979 blowout aboard the Ixtoc, a Mexican rig that discharged at least 130 million gallons, 600 miles south of the
Deep-water drilling is a high-stakes game. It's not exactly a "casino," in that there's a heck of a lot of settled science, engineering and technology involved. But we're sure finding out the hard way what all the risks are. And it's becoming more and more clear how the totality of risk is a moving target. There's geologic risk, technical risk, engineering risk, environmental risk, capital risk and market risk.
With each deep well, these risks all come together over one very tiny spot at the bottom of the ocean.
This animation of the
The red dot is the location of the Deepwater Horizon oil well, which exploded on April 20, releasing oil into the Gulf near the
Setting aside the obvious nonsense about North Korean mini-subs, there is a lot of conflicting information, complicated by finger-pointing.
But what seems to have happened is ...
Deep Horizon was, as the name implied, seeking a deep oil field. The well head is 5000 feet down in the
The drill appears to have hit a very high pressure deposit of oil and gas. It's like the old joke of a mosquito that hits an artery and explodes. In the case of Deepwater Horizon, it appears that high pressure natural gas flowed back up the drill pipe, and being gas rather than oil, arrived back at the well head at high pressure, more than was expected, and blew out the control valves. Gas escaped above the oil rig and the first spark set it off. Attempts to close the "pinchers" have failed so far, and yesterday a classified NOAA report was leaked reporting that there are three distinct points of leakage, suggesting that the cement well cover built by Halliburton may have failed.
Already there are indications of inadequate safety precautions. Records are missing.
Estimates of how much oil is leaking vary wildly from the media reports of 5000 barrels a day up to 200,000 barrels a day. From the above animation it appears that the rate of flow is increasing.
The situation 5000 feet down at the well head is that of ruptured pipes, cracked concrete well cover, and the wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon sitting on top of it all, making access to the wellhead all but impossible.
Frankly, I doubt even a nuclear bomb could close off this vent, and we may be on our way to seeing the oil underneath the Gulf of Mexico, become the
The oil companies are facing their own
Imagine a pipe 5 feet wide spewing crude oil like a fire hose from what could be the planets' largest, high-pressure oil and gas reserve. With the best technology available to man, the Deepwater Horizon rig popped a hole into that reserve and was overwhelmed. If this isn't contained, it could poison all the oceans of the world.
This is Big Oil's
BP is preparing a system never tried nearly a mile under water to siphon away the geyser of crude from a blown-out well a mile under
Federal officials speaking about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill Sunday morning appeared to be steeling the
The officials, who run the agencies charged with mitigating the impact of the spill on
We are seeing these trial balloons all over, from Sorcha Faal's North Korean mini-sub to Pills Limbaugh's suggestion that eco-terrorists might have blown up the Deepwater Horizon.
BP/Transoceanic/Halliburton are looking at the most expensive accident in history, with billions of dollars in lawsuits already being filed by residents of the gulf coast states. The oil disaster, coming just weeks after Obama approved new coastal drilling, is a major political embarrassment heading into an election season. The US Government as a whole is looking incompetent with what appears to the public as the latest in a long line of infrastructure failures brought on by neglect. Both the oil companies and the US Government are off the hook if the public can be tricked into believing this disaster was an attack by
Given that official
President Barack Obama is the biggest recipient of BP political action committee donations of any political candidate in the last 20 years, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and an analysis published Wednesday by Politico.
Obama's take from the company whose drilling site is leaking tens of thousands of gallons of day into the
His massive take from the company responsible for an ever-growing oil spill off the
Presidents, Senators, and Congressional Representatives are all simply "acquisitions" of those powerful corporations which will have need of their services at some point. We the People are of absolutely no consequence to them, save as an allegedly endless pool of money to be taxed.
This is simply the reality of the political beast in the
It will truly be interesting, in light of Obama's having been "acquired" by BP, to see the extent to which BP will be made financially responsible for the massive cleanup of the Gulf.
The Interior Department exempted BP's calamitous
Obviously, those three reviews were flat-out wrong. Of course, the fact that BP was a major donor to Obama might have had something to do with the lenient treatment.
"James" - who was on the oil rig that blew in the Gulf - calls the Mark Levin Show and explains what occurred.
The last minute or so he makes it very clear "it was not terrorism."
The CEO of British Petroleum told NBC's Meredith Vieira that his company wasn't responsible for creating the oil spill but they are responsible for cleaning it up. And he told ABC that liability waivers that fishermen were being asked to sign was an "early misstep."
As the New York Times reported Saturday, BP's liability for is capped at $75 million:
Under the law that established the reserve, called the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, the operators of the offshore rig face no more than $75 million in liability for the damages that might be claimed by individuals, companies or the government.
The fund was set up by Congress in 1986 but not financed until after the Exxon Valdez ran aground in
The problem: The federal government did not have a single fire boom on hand.
Okay, now this lays the blame for the destruction form the oil squarely on the Federal Government.
The smallest (by far) of the three leaks has been closed off, but that may not really mean anything as the system is under pressure from below, and closing off one hole may just increase pressure and flow at the others.
Iran offers to help contain US oil spill
Mon, 03 May 2010
The National Iranian Drilling Company (NIDC) has offered to assist the US in efforts to prevent an ecological disaster caused by the spreading oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
"NIDC managing director Heidar Bahmani announced the firm's readiness to use its decades-long expertise to fight the oil slick, the company's public relations office told Press TV.
"Our oil industry experts in the field of drilling can contain the rig leakage in the
As an oil slick in the