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lundi 30 avril 2012

L'Autre Monde 30 avril 2012 : Fukushima, économie et actualité mondiale

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L'Autre Monde 30 avril 2012 : Fukushima, économie et actualité mondiale
 
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L'Autre Monde 30 avril 2012

120 min / Radio de l'UQAM, CHOQ FM



Nombre d'émission: 208

Diffusion en direct : Lundi à 15:00h
Animation : François Marginean
Réalisation : François Marginean

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 Au programme cette semaine: 

- Économie mondiale, actualité mondiale, Moyen-Orient, Fukushima, santé et plus!

C'est en rendez-vous le lundi dès 15h pour l'émission la plus écoutée de CHOQ FM, la radio officielle de l'Université du Québec à Montréal ! 

 



***Hyperliens vers les sources des informations discutées sur l'émission d'aujourd'hui: 



Actualité:

 

A major part of this mass awakening has been the revelation that the corporate controlled media has literally served the military industrial complex for at least the last 20 years.
As advertisers and readers flock to the alternative media, the old dinosaur media continues its downhill plunge with CNN leading the free fall.
This fact was solidified by the recent release of the March and Q1 cable news ratings which showed CNN down a total of up to 50% and a downhill turn by all three cable news networks.
An article released on these numbers by TVNewser outlined the new ratings:
CNN bore the brunt of the downward trend the news networks experienced this month and for much of the first quarter, when compared to the busy first few months of 2011. For the month of March, CNN was down -50% in total viewers and down -60% in A25-54 viewers (Total Day). 
Although overall net traffic was down up to 21%, the fact remains that the alternative media continues their upward trend while the corporate funded lapdog media continues to plunge into oblivion.
When you consider that stations such as CNN and Fox News are receiving millions and millions of dollars of corporate advertising revenue yet failing to expand, the reality of the continual mass awakening that we now find ourselves in becomes much clearer.
News outlets that continue to server the new world order will soon be the thing of the past as real media finally breaks through the once rock solid stranglehold the powers that be have had on the media.

 

Fifty arrested on second day of protests in Canada


This comes after students clashed with police over proposed hikes in tuition fees a day earlier.

Students tear-gassed in clashes with police in Canada


In Canada, riot police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of students protesting outside a government building in central Montreal. At least two demonstrators and two officers were injured in the violence and seventeen people were arrested. Students are angry at a planned 75 percent rise in tuition fees.

Canada’s Economic Collapse and Social Crisis: Class War and the College Crisis, Part 5


What are the Spending Priorities of the Government?
In the debate raging over increased costs of tuition in Quebec, increased debt loads of the federal and provincial governments, the need to reduce costs – impose “fiscal austerity” – and find “solutions” to these problems, very little context is given. As students fight back against increased fees, the counter argument simply states that people must pay for their education, that governments must reduce their deficits, and therefore, cuts in spending and increases in tuition are necessary, though undesirable. But how necessary are they? Where is the government putting its money?

Mondialisation.ca, Le 25 avril 2012
Le mouvement de grève étudiante qui submerge le Québec en ce moment me permet de parler d’un sujet qui me fait grincer des dents depuis longtemps. Un sujet qui, étrangement, semble être passé sous le radar de tous les militants de la cause étudiante. Je parle de la privatisation du système de prêts et bourses.
Voici comment la privatisation s’opère : maintenant au lieu de s’endetter envers le gouvernement qui normalement se ferait rembourser (avec intérêts), l’on s’endette aujourd’hui auprès des institutions financières. Qui plus est, le gouvernement garanti aux banques le paiement des intérêts. D’abord durant la période de « remboursement différé », puis lorsque la dette ne peut être payée par l’étudiant à long terme, le gouvernement règle la note et paye la banque avec les intérêts en plus monsieur !
On peut le dire : les banques rigolent et encaissent !
Il s’agit d’une opération sans risque pour les institutions financières car en cas de non-paiement, le gouvernement (les contribuables) paye la facture.
Il faut aussi savoir que l’étudiant se fait d’abord prêter le montant en entier de son aide financière par une institution financière et ensuite le gouvernement convertit une partie de ce prêt en bourse. En somme, le gouvernement paye la somme aux banques lors de cette conversion. La banque gère complètement le système d’aide financière aux étudiants.
C’est pourquoi je ris jaune lorsque je lis sur le site web de l’Aide financières aux études du Québec que le gouvernement donne un « certificat de garanti » pour les prêts étudiants comme si celui-ci était adressé aux étudiants. Le « certificat de garanti », c’est aux banques qu’il faudrait le donner ! Car c’est bien eux qui se font garantir un investissement sans risque.
Si j’étais encore plus direct, je dirais que ce sont les institutions financières qui ont conçu la réforme des prêts et bourses et que le gouvernement du Québec l’a tout simplement implantée.
Cela veut dire que le contribuable est perdant sur tous les aspects.
J’implore donc les militants étudiants à dénoncer la privatisation de l’endettement étudiant.
La hausse des frais de scolarité et le système de prêts et bourses ne profite donc qu’aux institutions financières et le contribuable (la classe moyenne) doit payer l’addition.
Il faut renverser la privatisation du système d’éducation qui s’opère à tous les niveaux.

- par Prof. Michel Chossudovsky - 2012-04-21
Austérité budgétaire pour les uns. Argent facile et profits pour les autres: Les compagnies minières ne paient pas «droits de scolarité».
Cuivre, or, diamant, nickel, lithium, uranium, énergie hydroélectrique, les richesses du Grand Nord québécois seront vendues à rabais à des «investisseurs privés».
On prévoit des investissements publics et privés de l'ordre de 82 milliards de dollars sur une période de 25 ans.
Le financement gouvernemental de ce projet durant les trois premières années (2012-2015) sera de l'ordre de 1,6 milliard de dollars. Les frais de "promotion" sont énormes: Le Québec consacre 500 millions de dollars sur 5 ans  afin  «d'attirer des partenaires privés».
Dans une conjoncture d'austérité budgétaire frappant le Québec, d'où provient cette énorme somme d'argent? 
Le financement du Plan Nord gruge les dépenses sociales. Violence budgétaire: ce projet sera en partie financé par la hausse des droits de scolarité universitaire au bénéfice des grandes sociétés multinationales.
Les grands acteurs du le Plan Nord jouissant d'un généreux appui gouvernemental sont (entre autres) Rio-Tinto-Alcan, ArcelorMittal. IAMGold, Alcoa, Cliffs, Agnico Eagle, Xstrata.  
Austérité budgétaire pour les uns. Argent facile et profits pour les autres: Les compagnies minières ne paient pas «droits de scolarité».

Il est essentiel que l'action étudiante et citoyenne visant le gel des droits de scolarité soulève la question du Plan Nord et de son financement au profit d'une poignée de sociétés multinationales, sans parler du pillage des terres autochtones et de la déstabilisation de l'écosystème, dont les forêts en zone boréale au delà du 49-ième parallèle nord.  Selon Greenpeace:
Le Plan Nord ouvre la porte à l’accélération de la destruction des écosystèmes du Nord, à l’exploitation des ressources sans la mise en place de balises environnementales adéquates ni d’un système de redevances qui permettrait aux Québécois de réellement profiter de cette exploitation, mais en plus on nous assure que les écosystèmes les plus menacés, les plus près des gens et les plus diversifiés ne seront surtout pas protégés. Plan Nord : Charest abandonne les forêts | Greenpeace Canada
Droits de scolarité et dépenses militaires: Deux poids, deux mesures
L'autre argument de poids dans le débat sur les droits de scolarité est la montée en flèche des dépenses militaires au détriment du projet de société. 
L’achat de systèmes d’armes perfectionnés se fera aux dépens des transferts du fédéral au provincial, lesquels contribuent au financement de la santé et de l’éducation.  Indirectement, la hausse des droits de scolarité finance l'économie de guerre dont l'achat controversé des chasseurs F-35.

En restreignant le programme des chasseurs F-35, des fonds seraient immédiatement disponibles pour les étudiants universitaires du Québec. En fait, le coût associé à un seul F-35 (462 millions de dollars) libérerait suffisamment de ressources pour financer la hausse des frais de scolarité pour des années à venir...  Le gouvernement fédéral envisage l'achat de 65 F-35 pour un montant de 30 milliards de dollars.

Le gouvernement Charest mène une guerre économique à l'endroit du peuple québécois. Comment confronter l'arrogance du gouvernement québécois: 
1. En faisant une vérification citoyenne de l'utilisation des fonds publics, incluant les décaissements prévus dans le cadre du Plan Nord  au profit des sociétés minières.
2. En interpellant le gouvernement fédéral de Stephen Harper concernant l'augmentation des dépenses militaires au détriment du financement des programmes sociaux au niveau provincial. 
3. La négotiation sur les droits de scolarité sera désormais conditionnelle à un examen détaillé des options budgétaires des deux paliers de gouvernement (fédéral, provincial) ainsi qu'une verification des debordements financiers de Québec et Ottawa en faveur des milieux d'affaire.

4. Il est important que d'ores et déjà les revendications étudiantes à l'endroit du gouvernment soient menées avec l'appui du mouvement syndical, et en étroite liaison evec d'autres secteurs de la société québecoise (employés du secteur public, travailleurs de la santé, enseignants, agriculteurs, petite et moyenne entreprise, etc.), affectés par les dites mesures d'austerité budgétaires.


Pour en savoir plus, lire:

- par Michel Chossudovsky - 2012-04-13

Militarizing The Police And Bilderberg 2012 (pressfortruth.tv)



An unmanned Israeli-made military drone is buzzing Alma, Quebec. Aeronautics Ltd. of Israel has teamed up with Montreal-based CAE Inc. to demonstrate civilian uses for the military drone according to the Star. The militarization of our police force is a slippery slope that will inevitably lead to a loss of civil liberties. Meanwhile the Bilderberg group is set to host their annual meeting From May 31 to June 3 in Chantilly Virginia.

Cdn poll finds Harper’s brand hits ‘new low’ amid robo-call, F-35 scandals


When asked which leader they trust, 31.7 per cent said Mr. Harper in February compared to just 20 per cent in April. And, in terms of who Canadians believe has the best vision for country, the Prime Minister’s numbers fell by a similar amount.
The dramatic decline in Mr. Harper’s personal cachet occurred as his Conservatives were being accused of suppressing the opposition vote during the last election and hiding billions of dollars in the planned purchase of a fleet of fighter jets. It was also a period when Industry Minister Christian Paradis was found to have broken parliamentary ethics rules.

53 Percent Of All Young College Graduates In America Are Either Unemployed Or Underemployed


If you are in college right now, you will most likely either be unemployed or working a job that only requires a high school degree when you graduate. The truth is that the U.S. economy is not coming anywhere close to producing enough jobs for the hordes of new college graduates that are entering the workforce every year.
In 2011, 53 percent of all Americans with a bachelor's degree under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed.  Millions upon millions of young college graduates feel like the system has totally failed them.  They worked hard in school all their lives, they went into huge amounts of debt in order to get the college education that they were told they "must have" in order to get a good job, but after graduation they found that there were only a handful of good jobs for the huge waves of college graduates that were entering the "real world".  All over America, college graduates can be found waiting tables, flipping burgers and working behind the register at retail stores.  Unfortunately, the employment picture in America is not going to get significantly better any time soon.
All over the United States, "middle class jobs" are being replaced by "low income jobs" and young college graduates are being hurt by this transition more than almost anyone else.  Massive numbers of young college graduates are now working jobs that do not even require a high school degree.  Some of the statistics about young college graduates are absolutely astounding.  The following is from a recent CNBC article....
In the last year, they were more likely to be employed as waiters, waitresses, bartenders and food-service helpers than as engineers, physicists, chemists and mathematicians combined (100,000 versus 90,000). There were more working in office-related jobs such as receptionist or payroll clerk than in all computer professional jobs (163,000 versus 100,000). More also were employed as cashiers, retail clerks and customer representatives than engineers (125,000 versus 80,000).

Homes abandoned amid riot warnings in Chicago


In a sign of what may be coming, residents of a Chicago condo building located near the site of next month’s NATO summit have been asked to leave for the event or risk being caught in a storm of rioters.
Will Obama stage riots to declare martial law? Or will "Al Qaeda" (nudge nudge wink wink say no more) carry out a terror attack against NATO.

City of Chicago and the Secret Service Tell Milwaukee Red Cross to Prepare To Evacuate Chicago During NATO Summit

By Alex Thomas
April 26, 2012
An email leaked to CBS2 News details a possible plan by the city of Chicago and the Secret Service to evacuate residents of Chicago during the upcoming NATO Summit.
The email, sent to Milwaukee Red Cross volunteers, noted that the NATO Summit could create unrest or another national security incident.
The Red Cross chapter spokesman went on to claim that the City of Chicago and the Secret Service were the ones that issued the directive.
CBS 2 News has obtained a copy of a Red Cross e-mail sent to volunteers in the Milwaukee area.
It said the NATO summit “may create unrest or another national security incident. The American Red Cross in southeastern Wisconsin has been asked to place a number of shelters on standby in the event of evacuation of Chicago.”
According to a chapter spokesperson, the evacuation plan is not theirs alone.
“Our direction has come from the City of Chicago and the Secret Service,” she said.
The report went on to quote various leaders who moved to significantly downplay these revelations when the reality is that various police agencies are planning for full scale riots and a mini martial law type scenario.
An article by Steve Watson on the the leaked email pointed towards various other contingency plans that have taken place in the lead up to this years NATO Summit.
Two weeks ago residents were startled by urban warfare drills conducted in downtown Chicago on the authority of the OMEC. Huge black hawk helicopters were seen flying low and in between buildings for hours. It now appears that these exercises may be linked to the secret preparations.
In addition, earlier this week a number of Chicago area residents revealed that they have been asked to leave their homes in preparation for major rioting.

NORAD and USNORTHCOM Conduct ARDENT SENTRY 2012


The North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command will conduct a major exercise, ARDENT SENTRY 2012, focused on Defense Support of Civil Authorities, May 2 – 9, 2012.
The exercise will be primarily a Command Post Exercise, but there will be field training events within the exercise. Those events will take place in North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Alaska, Connecticut and Nova Scotia and involve United States and Canadian military units.
As a person who tries to be as logical as humanly possible, I don't know why, but upon reading this, I've got a lump in my stomach the size of Pittsburgh, and the hair on the back of my neck is standing straight up and tap dancing.

Department of Defense Confirms Russian Troops to Conduct Terror Drills Inside U.S.


The Department of Defense has confirmed various foreign and alternative media reports that claimed Russia troops will be conducting unprecedented anti terrorism drills inside the United States.
In an email to the New American, Cmdr. Wendy L. Snyder, U.S. Defense Press Officer for policy confirmed the reports:

GLOBAL MILITARY ALLIANCE: Partners Across The Globe: NATO Consolidates A Worldwide Military Force


The military leaders of 50 nations, more than a quarter of those in the world, opened a two-day conference at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on April 25 to discuss, as the Pentagon's website described it, "the present and future of the effort in Afghanistan" and other topics.
Participants in the conference included General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff; General John R. Allen (in teleconference) , commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, in charge of the largest foreign military force ever to be stationed in that nation; NATO's two top military commanders, Supreme Allied Commander Europe Admiral James Stavridis and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Stéphane Abrial; U.S. military chief Dempsey's equivalents from 49 nations in Europe, North America, Central America, the Middle East, the Caucasus, Northeast Asia, South East Asia and the South Pacific supplying troops for NATO's Afghan War. (Armenia, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bosnia, El Salvador, Finland, Georgia, Ireland, Jordan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Tonga, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates.)

In short, NATO's 21st century global expeditionary force and its top commanders. An international military coalition never authorized by the United Nations or discussed at any conference or other fora except at NATO Headquarters and at the bloc's summits.
"Many of the attending nations already share close ties with NATO and have taken part in NATO's missions, including the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. "

Participating officers were from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Finland, Georgia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Qatar, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates.

At the gathering of military chiefs on April 25 and 26, subjects addressed were NATO's wars and occupations in three continents: In addition to the ten-and-a-half- year conflict in Afghanistan, NATO's top brass discussed missions in Kosovo (Kosovo Force), off the Horn of Africa (Operation Ocean Shield), in Libya (Operation Unified Protector), the Mediterranean Sea (Operation Active Endeavor) and no doubt others. Most everywhere, indeed, but on or near the Atlantic Ocean, north or south.

Reporting on the conference, the Pentagon's website paraphrased an unnamed senior Defense Department official, "speaking on background," as affirming that "Every opportunity for NATO members and their partners to work together helps to keep the alliance moving forward...especiall y as they seek to improve interoperability [and] refine tactics and procedures.. ."
In addition to the Partnership for Peace, Mediterranean Dialogue and Istanbul Cooperation Initiative programs - in Europe and Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, and the Persian Gulf, respectively - NATO has a new category it calls partners across the globe, which as its name indicates has no geographical boundaries.

NATO lists Partnership for Peace members, which with the alliance's 28 members are subsumed under the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, as:

Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, Finland, Georgia, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

Its Mediterranean Dialogue partners are Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia.

Istanbul Cooperation Initiative partners are Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, with Saudi Arabia and Oman next in line.

Partners across the globe are, to date, though subject to expansion, Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Japan, Mongolia, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Korea.

The new Partnership Cooperation Menu provides for a new type of global NATO partnership arrangement called an Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme. The first country to be enrolled in it was Mongolia last month. With Kazakhstan, NATO now has two partners that border both China and Russia.
The issue of Israel employing the Partnership Cooperation Menu to secure Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme status like Mongolia (in 2006 Israel was the first nation to be granted membership in another NATO partnership modality, the Individual Cooperation Program) has arisen lately in regard to reports that Turkey has blocked Israel's participation at next month's NATO summit to prevent the above reaching fruition.

The Partnership Cooperation Menu became effective the first of this year and initial plans were to grant the above-mentioned program to Israel and other members of the Mediterranean Dialogue.

NATO is cultivating Iraq and Yemen for prospective Istanbul Cooperation Initiative membership and Libya for membership in the Mediterranean Dialogue, with Lebanon and Syria (in the event of a change in regime) after it. With Iraq the partnership with the Western military organization is a continuation of the seven-year NATO Training Mission-Iraq.

In reference to partners across the globe, NATO maintains that "Japan is NATO’s longest-standing global partner," adding:

"At their meeting in Berlin in April 2011, Allied foreign ministers listed Japan as one of NATO’s partners across the globe. As such, in the framework of the establishment of a single Partnership Cooperation Menu (PCM) open to all NATO partners, Japan will be able to access a wide range of cooperation activities with the Alliance and develop a more effective individual programme."

Article 9 of the Japanese constitution expressly forbids the nation entering into any form of collective self-defense. A formal partnership with the world's only military bloc is doing just that.
The government of South Korea has stated: "Following the new partnership policy of NATO approved in the NATO Ministerial meeting in Berlin, Germany in April 2011, the Republic of Korea is committed to further developing its partnership with NATO and to deepening practical cooperation with the trans-Atlantic defense organization. "

Pakistan is another nation that has expressed interest in the Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme.

Afghanistan, whose new military is being developed for interoperability with those of the major Western powers through the NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan, is another candidate.
The 21st century has witnessed the emergence of a truly worldwide military alliance, one which in regard to the number of members and partners, geographic range, defense capabilities and universal ambitions is staggering.
It's that statement about "universal ambitions" that has the hair on the back of my neck standing up, and tap dancing (badly).


J'ai une demande spéciale: peux-tu faire une petite capsule sur la fermeture (bâillon et exécution) de Droits et Démocratie par le gouv Harpeur?
En résumé: D&D, sous la direction de Rémi Beauregard, avait octroyé du financement à des organisations de défense des droits des Palestiniens (=critiquant l'État juif). Alors Harpeur (en même temps que le parlement a été prorogé au début 2010), a nommé des émissaires sionistes, dont un ancien leader du B'nai Brith, à la direction de D&D. Ces agents sionistes ont ensuite déclenché une véritable chasse aux sorcières au sein de l'organisation, dénonçant l'octroi de fonds à des groupes "terroristes" ainsi que la critique d'Israël qui se révèle dans les décisions prises à l'époque par la direction de D&D. Rémi Beauregard a été ciblé par cette campagne de harcèlement et d'intimidation, de même que tous les membres pro-Palestiniens au sein de l'organisation. Après une très lourde réunion dans laquelle Rémi Beauregard a été forcé de condamner ses propres décisions passées en faveur des Palestiniens (= "anti-Israël"), Rémi Beauregard est mort d'une crise cardiaque. L'homme était très apprécié par les membres de l'organisation et sa mort était très louche, c'est pourquoi les membres ont exigé une enquête. L'enquête n'a pas abouti, et la seule enquête s'est résumé à un contrôle des systèmes informatiques par une compagnie de sécurité informatique engagée par les agents sionistes nommés par Harpeur. Bref, les agents sionistes de Harpeur, fidèles aux méthode habituelles du Mossad, ont orchestré un véritable coup d'État au sein de D&D.  Et pour couronner le tout, Harpeur a finalement décidé de mettre la clé dans la porte de cette organisation de défense des droits humains. Les médias indiquent que le gouv Harper va remplacer l'organisation par un "Bureau des libertés religieuses", qui promet d'être un vecteur d'influence pour des "groupes judéo-chrétiens", en particulier d'évangélistes (autrement dit de sionistes chrétiens, les mêmes qui ont élu Harpeur!).

Ça fait un 3e gros coup d'État pro-sioniste et anti-Palestine (="antiterroriste") dans les nations occidentales en moins de quelques mois, après la loi c-10 de Harper, le "Patriot Act" de Sark.

Plus de détails dans ce
reportage de Radio-Can (peut-être visionné à partir du Canada seulement, disponible hors du Canada en multisegments: pt1 - pt2 - pt3) et dans le retour sur ce reportage quelques mois plus tard sur les ondes de Radio-Can.


Remarquez comment ce titre (cyberpresse) omet de préciser que c'est le gouv conservateur de Harper qui ferme l'organisation et non l'organisation qui se saborde elle-même
Droits et Démocratie ferme ses portes - cyberpresse
(...)Certains des nouveaux membres s'étaient insurgés contre la décision de l'organisme, également connu sous le nom de Droits et Démocratie, d'accorder du financement à des groupes de défense des droits de la personne qui critiquaient les violations des droits de l'homme commises par Israël.

En 2010, au moins 47 des employés de Droits et Démocratie ont ouvertement réclamé le départ de trois membres du conseil d'administration - Aurel Braun, Jacques Gauthier et Elliot Tepper - parce qu'ils auraient tenté, selon eux, d'imposer une direction plus favorable à Israël, à l'image de la politique étrangère du gouvernement Harper.

L'ancien président de Droits et Démocratie, Rémy Beauregard, est mort en janvier 2010 à la suite d'un malaise cardiaque survenu au moment où la crise battait son plein. L'actuel président, Gilles Latulippe, a été nommé en mars 2010.

Selon le ministre John Baird, il est temps de mettre la clé sous la porte de Droits et Démocratie étant donné les problèmes qui l'ont secoué et le contexte des compressions budgétaires.(...)

Cyberpresse:


Les conservateurs ferment Droits et Démocratie - canoe

Le gouvernement Harper abolit Droits et Démocratie - Radio-Canada

Ottawa saborde Droits et Démocratie - Le Devoir. La décision fait partie d'un plan longuement préparé, selon l'opposition

À voir et à revoir:
Le Canada Sous Influence: le poids du lobby pro-Israël à Ottawa (reportage diffusé à l'émission "Une heure sur terre", Radio-Canada) Extrait sur youtube
Retour sur le reportage quelques mois après sa diffusion, entrevue avec le journaliste responsable du reportage


John Baird
Photo Reuters


(Ottawa) Le ministre des Affaires étrangères, John Baird, a annoncé hier la fermeture du Centre international des droits de la personne et du développement démocratique, organisme fondé en 1988 par l'ancien gouvernement progressiste-conservateur de Brian Mulroney.
Cet organisme, qui a pour mandat de faire la promotion des droits de la personne dans les pays en développement, a été secoué par d'importants conflits à la suite de la nomination de nouveaux membres au conseil d'administration par le gouvernement Harper.
Certains des nouveaux membres s'étaient insurgés contre la décision de l'organisme, également connu sous le nom de Droits et Démocratie, d'accorder du financement à des groupes de défense des droits de la personne qui critiquaient les violations des droits de l'homme commises par Israël.
En 2010, au moins 47 des employés de Droits et Démocratie ont ouvertement réclamé le départ de trois membres du conseil d'administration - Aurel Braun, Jacques Gauthier et Elliot Tepper - parce qu'ils auraient tenté, selon eux, d'imposer une direction plus favorable à Israël, à l'image de la politique étrangère du gouvernement Harper.
L'ancien président de Droits et Démocratie, Rémy Beauregard, est mort en janvier 2010 à la suite d'un malaise cardiaque survenu au moment où la crise battait son plein. L'actuel président, Gilles Latulippe, a été nommé en mars 2010.
Selon le ministre John Baird, il est temps de mettre la clé sous la porte de Droits et Démocratie étant donné les problèmes qui l'ont secoué et le contexte des compressions budgétaires. «Depuis un certain temps, les nombreux problèmes auxquels est confronté le Centre international des droits de la personne et du développement démocratique ont été exposés sur la place publique. Il est maintenant temps de tourner la page et d'aller de l'avant», a soutenu le ministre Baird dans un communiqué de presse. Le ministre a indiqué qu'un projet de loi sera déposé sous peu à la Chambre des communes pour mettre fin aux activités de l'organisme. Les fonctions du Centre seront confiées au ministère des Affaires étrangères.
Le Nouveau Parti démocratique (NPD) et le Parti libéral ont vertement condamné cette décision en accusant le gouvernement Harper d'avoir sciemment miné la crédibilité de cet organisme lorsqu'ils ont nommé des membres qui ont tenté d'imposer une ligne de conduite.
«Quand on veut tuer son chien, on dit qu'il a la rage. C'est exactement ce que le gouvernement a fait. Ils sont intervenus à Droits et Démocratie, ils ont miné l'organisation, ils ont empoisonné l'organisation et maintenant ils disent que c'est une organisation malade, on la tue», a affirmé la députée néo-démocrate de Laurier-Sainte-Marie, Hélène Laverdière, ancienne diplomate.
Elle a dit douter que le ministère des Affaires étrangères ait les moyens financiers adéquats pour s'acquitter de ces nouvelles responsabilités puisque le gouvernement Harper compte couper les vivres au Ministère au cours des trois prochaines années.
«Ce gouvernement conservateur a essayé d'utiliser Droits et Démocratie pour promouvoir son propre programme idéologique. Lorsque cela s'est avéré un échec, il lui a mis des bâtons dans les roues et l'a ensuite éliminé pour faire des "économies"», a soutenu le député libéral Dominic LeBlanc.

 

La nouvelle à propos de la fermeture de Droits et Démocratie et les circonstances qui l'entoure sont franchement décoiffantes. Ça commence à faire peur. C'est brutal, systématique, sans remord. On infiltre, on déstabilise et on démantèle. Big, Bang Pouf. C'est fini ciao bye buddy. End of story.

Ayoye, des fois j'ai l'impression d'halluciner en lisant les nouvelles... et après ils mettent les gens sous médication quand ils commencent à trop comprendre la nature de ce système!



Voir aussi ce dossier de presse (via pascasher.blogspot.com):


FLASHBACK:


samedi 16 janvier 2010

Droits et Démocratie sous la botte du régime pro-sioniste de Harper


VIDEO - Le Canada sous influence du Lobby pro-israélien -2


Flashback:
"Quand le Canada représente les intérêts d'Israël"



Coup d'état sioniste-harperien contre l'organisation Droits et Démocratie

Rémy Beauregard, mort sous la pression d'un groupuscule terroriste au service du gouvernement sioniste de Harper.


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La crise à Droits et Démocratie ou les dérives du lobby pro-israélien au Canada



Droits et Démocratie en crise - Dirigeants et employés réclament la démission du président du conseil

La nouvelle orientation que tente d'imposer le gouvernement conservateur divise les administrateurs de l'organisme

http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/canada/280911/droits-et-democratie-en-crise-dirigeants-et-employes-reclament-la-demission-du-president-du-conseil

Le décès du président de Droits et Démocratie, Rémy Beauregard, et le virage que veut imposer le gouvernement Harper à cet organisme fédéral ont provoqué une importante grogne à l'interne. Au point que la direction et les employés de Droits et Démocratie demandent la démission du président du conseil d'administration, Aurel Braun, et de deux autres membres, a appris Le Devoir.

La direction et les employés de Droits et Démocratie se sont réunis hier après-midi à Montréal et ont décidé, d'un commun accord, de rédiger une lettre pour exiger la démission du président du conseil d'administration de l'organisme fédéral, Aurel Braun. Le départ de deux autres membres du conseil d'administration, Elliott Tepper et Jacques P. Gauthier, est également demandé. La lettre sera envoyée aux principaux intéressés, mais aussi au premier ministre Stephen Harper et au ministre des Affaires étrangères, Lawrence Cannon.

Les employés de cet organisme qui oeuvre dans le développement international estiment que les agissements de ces trois personnes dans les derniers mois sont «inadmissibles». «On ne veut plus travailler pour eux. Il y a du harcèlement psychologique et de l'intimidation de leur part», a affirmé une source chez Droits et Démocratie qui a demandé à garder l'anonymat étant donné les tensions actuelles.


Le fait que Le Devoir ait été mis au courant de la naissance de cette lettre a suscité un malaise hier au sein de l'organisme. «C'est une démarche privée», a d'abord soutenu Charles Vallerand, le directeur des communications de Droits et Démocratie. Pressé de questions, il a finalement déclaré. «Le personnel est très ébranlé et cherche à communiquer sa perte de confiance envers certains membres du conseil d'administration. Le gouvernement est notre employeur, et il n'est pas question de révolte. Il s'agit d'une démarche structurée pour faire part d'un véritable problème.» [...]

Lors des rencontres à Toronto la semaine dernière, deux membres du conseil d'administration ont démissionné pour protester contre le virage idéologique que le gouvernement Harper tenterait d'imposer à Droits et Démocratie.

Sima Samar, directrice de la Commission indépendante des droits de la personne en Afghanistan, a remis sa démission jeudi. Elle était l'une des trois membres du conseil d'administration qui provient de l'extérieur du Canada. Payam Akhavan, professeur à l'Université McGill, a aussi démissionné. Un autre membre de l'extérieur du pays, Guido Riveros Franck, a été mis à la porte jeudi.

Les tensions ont pris de l'ampleur récemment, lorsque le gouvernement a nommé deux nouveaux membres au conseil d'administration: David Matas, avocat pour l'organisme activiste juif B'nai Brith Canada, et Michael Van Pelt, président de Cardus, un think tank qui se décrit lui-même comme oeuvrant selon la tradition chrétienne sociale.

La composition du conseil d'administration a alors basculé en faveur du gouvernement Harper. Depuis, deux blocs s'opposent. Sept membres sont en faveur de l'idéologie plus à droite que les conservateurs veulent imposer à l'organisme, alors que six autres membres veulent préserver l'autonomie de l'organisme. Le fer de lance du gouvernement est le président du conseil d'administration, Aurel Braun, qui enseigne à l'Université de Toronto. Il n'a pas rappelé Le Devoir hier.

[...]La nouvelle majorité au conseil d'administration, près des volontés du gouvernement Harper, souhaite que Droits et Démocratie ne mène plus de programme au Proche-Orient.On souhaite également que l'organisme cesse d'entretenir des liens avec des groupes qui critiquent Israël.[...]

À l'interne, des membres du CA auraient demandé l'origine ethnique de plusieurs employés et s'ils parlaient arabe.
«Ils estiment que l'organisme est trop pro-arabe, ce qui est ridicule. On fait du développement démocratique là où la situation l'exige. Mais il y a du harcèlement constant depuis quelques mois»,[...]

Cette pression pour réorienter les missions de Droits et Démocratie est vue à l'interne comme de l'ingérence, puisque l'organisme relève du Parlement. De plus, Rémy Beauregard aurait été la cible du bloc majoritaire au conseil d'administration. Une évaluation de sa performance a été lancée cet automne par le conseil d'administration, même s'il était en poste depuis 2007 seulement.

Des dizaines de courriels lui ont été envoyés pour qu'il change la direction de Droits et Démocratie. Mais il a résisté jusqu'à la dernière minute. «La nouvelle majorité au CA, très à droite, lui a fait la vie vraiment dure depuis six mois. Il était sous une pression intense. Même s'il a été nommé par le gouvernement Harper, il voulait défendre l'autonomie de Droits et Démocratie, ce qui n'a pas fait plaisir à certains», explique une source qui connaît bien le dossier. [...]



Michel David contre la brutalité du lobby pro-israélien ici même au Canada!


(Le Devoir)
Le loup
Michel David 16 janvier 2010 Québec
Dans son mot de présentation du rapport 2008-2009 de l'organisme Droits et Démocratie, le nouveau président du conseil d'administration, Aurel Braun, qui venait tout juste d'entrer en fonction, lançait un avertissement.

«Il nous faut demeurer vigilants en cette période trouble où tous les regards semblent tournés vers la crise économique. C'est dans ces moments difficiles que certains gouvernements pourraient être tentés de limiter les droits de leurs citoyens les plus vulnérables sous prétexte que la démocratie est un luxe qu'on ne doit plus se permettre.»

«En de telles circonstances, nos partenaires et les défenseurs des droits humains en première ligne sont les premiers à subir de nouvelles formes d'intimidation et de restrictions à leurs droits, comme cela se passe déjà dans plusieurs parties du monde.»

En rétrospective, on peut apprécier le cynisme de ces propos. Depuis qu'il a accédé à la présidence du conseil d'administration de Droits et Démocratie, c'est comme si cet éminent professeur de sciences politiques à l'Université de Toronto s'était employé à illustrer la menace qui plane sur les défenseurs des droits de la personne en faisant entrer le Canada dans le club de leurs persécuteurs.

Après la récession, la catastrophe épouvantable survenue en Haïti, qui monopolise l'opinion publique, est un de ces moments difficiles dont certains pourraient profiter. Comme le disait si bien M. Braun, il faut demeurer vigilants.

Au cours des derniers jours, mon collègue Alec Castonguay a fait état du malaise grandissant, qui s'est transformé en véritable crise, provoqué par le gouvernement Harper en permettant à des éléments conservateurs résolument partisans d'Israël, M. Braun au premier chef, de prendre le contrôle du conseil d'administration de Droits et Démocratie.

Le lobby pro-israélien n'est pas un phénomène nouveau, mais il ne s'était jamais manifesté aussi brutalement. Au sein de l'organisme, on ne doute pas que le harcèlement systématique dont a été victime son président, Rémy Beauregard, ait contribué à provoquer l'arrêt cardiaque qui a entraîné son décès la semaine dernière.

Hier, le Globe and Mail a défendu en éditorial le «droit de désignation» qui permet à un gouvernement de choisir les dirigeants d'un organisme qu'il subventionne. S'il désire être à l'abri des divergences de vue qui existent dans la société canadienne, il n'a qu'à se financer lui-même, estime le Globe.

La pluralité des opinions est peut-être une chose normale, mais quand la totalité des employés signe une lettre exigeant la démission du président du conseil d'administration et de ses principaux acolytes parce qu'on leur pose des questions sur leur origine ethnique ou leur capacité de parler arabe, il y a un problème.

Même s'il relève du ministère des Affaires étrangères, où on se dit d'ailleurs très satisfait de son travail, Droits et Démocratie est un organisme indépendant qui n'a de comptes à rendre qu'au Parlement canadien. Si le gouvernement a le droit de nommer ses administrateurs, il a aussi le devoir de le protéger des lobbies qui cherchent à le noyauter.

Bien entendu, Ottawa s'est bien gardé de s'ingérer directement dans ses activités. Aucune directive ne lui a été adressée. Ce n'était pas nécessaire. Il suffisait d'ouvrir au loup les portes de la bergerie. M. Beauregard a été le premier à se faire dévorer, mais il est rare qu'un loup se contente d'une seule victime. Surtout si personne ne vient le déranger.

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La nouvelle majorité au conseil d'administration voudrait que Droits et Démocratie cesse ses activités au Moyen-Orient et coupe tout contact avec les organismes qui critiquent Israël. Elle souhaite également mettre un terme à la collaboration avec le Conseil des droits de l'homme de l'ONU, qui a souvent dénoncé les politiques israéliennes. Comme chacun le sait, le comportement de l'État hébreu dans les territoires palestiniens est un modèle de respect des droits de la personne.

Tout cela n'est évidemment pas pour déplaire au premier ministre. En 2006, il avait été à peu près le seul à trouver «mesurée» la riposte israélienne. En janvier 2009, le Canada avait encore fait bande à part en s'opposant à une résolution du Conseil des droits de l'ONU condamnant le pilonnage de la bande de Gaza. M. Harper a lui-même des comptes à régler avec le Conseil, qui a montré du doigt son gouvernement pour son manque de respect des droits des autochtones.

Qu'il s'agisse du cas d'Omar Kadhr, toujours enfermé à Guantánamo malgré les représentations des groupes de défense des droits et les injonctions des tribunaux canadiens, toujours portés en appel, ou encore du traitement réservé aux prisonniers afghans, livrés à des tortionnaires, l'indifférence de M. Harper pour ces questions est largement documentée.

Depuis 2006, le premier ministre a également démontré son mépris pour les institutions et les organismes qui pensent différemment de lui, en commençant par la Chambre des communes, condamnée au silence précisément pour lui éviter de rendre compte des violations de la Convention sur les prisonniers de guerre commises en Afghanistan. M. Harper est aussi de la race des loups.




CRISE MAJEURE À DROITS ET DÉMOCRATIE


La mort du président Rémy Beauregard, 66 ans, d'un arrêt cardiaque dans la nuit du 8 janvier, après une réunion particulièrement houleuse du conseil d'administration à Toronto, a révélé au grand jour les querelles internes qui existaient déjà depuis un moment à Droits et démocratie.

(...)M. Beauregard, 66 ans, est mort d'un arrêt cardiaque dans la nuit du 8 janvier, après une réunion particulièrement houleuse du conseil d'administration à Toronto. Au cours de la rencontre, deux administrateurs ont démissionné avec fracas. Les critiques reprochent à une moitié du conseil de vouloir faire un virage idéologique pour se rapprocher des orientations du gouvernement conservateur de Stephen Harper. Depuis, les employés de Droits et démocratie ont demandé en bloc la démission du président du CA, Aurel Braun; l'opposition à Ottawa a vivement dénoncé ce qu'elle considère comme de l'ingérence politique du gouvernement Harper dans les affaires d'un organisme indépendant; et les anciens présidents de l'organisation ont réclamé une enquête pour faire toute la lumière sur la crise actuelle.
(...)

Prévenu des problèmes au sein de l'organisme dès l'automne dernier, le gouvernement Harper a fait la sourde oreille à la requête de changer le président du conseil. Ottawa s'est contenté de combler les sièges vacants en y nommant David Matas, conseiller juridique du groupe de défense des juifs B'nai Brith, et Michael Van Pelt, président de Cardus, un groupe de réflexion chrétien. Les deux ont aussitôt appuyé M. Braun.
(...)
Rémy Beauregard aurait été victime de pressions et de harcèlement, selon les 47 employés qui ont réclamé le départ du président, mais aussi celui des deux vice-présidents du conseil.(...)
Mais le conflit pourrait encore s'envenimer. En fin de soirée, lundi, le conseil a annoncé par communiqué la nomination, à la suite du décès de M. Beauregard, d'un président par intérim: Jacques Gauthier, un des trois administrateurs dont la démission a été réclamée par les employés.


Administrateurs favorables au virage

- Aurel Braun (Président du du conseil)

- Brad Farquhar

- Jacques P. Gauthier

- Marco Navarro-Génie

- Elliot L. Tepper

- David Matas

- Michael Van Pelt

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Administrateurs défavorables au virage

- Rémy M. Beauregard (Président. Est décédé jeudi soir)

- Guido Riveros Franck (Membre international. Congédié vendredi)

- Sima Samar (Membre international. A démissionné vendredi)

- Soyata Maïga (Membre international)

- Payam Akhavan (A démissionné vendredi)

- Jean L. Guilbeault


http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Endowment_for_Democracy
Cet organisme a été accusé de poursuivre par des moyens légaux les actions secrètes de la CIA en soutenant certains partis politiques (1) et de s'immiscer dans les politiques des pays étrangers (2).
22 janvier 2004


Des membres du C.A. de Droits et Démocratie avaient demandé l'aide d'Ottawa

Par Bruce Cheadle, LA PRESSE CANADIENNE

à 18h12 HAE, le 21 janvier 2010.
OTTAWA - Le gouvernement fédéral a été mis au courant, il y a plusieurs mois, de l'existence d'une crise au sein d'un organisme gouvernemental indépendant voué à la promotion des droits de la personne, indique de la correspondance interne dont La Presse Canadienne a obtenu copie.
Le 23 octobre, une majorité des membres du conseil d'administration de Droits et Démocratie, organisme établi à Montréal, avait écrit une lettre au ministre fédéral des Affaires étrangères, Lawrence Cannon, pour l'avertir que le C.A. était "dysfonctionnel". Ces membres exigeaient du ministre Cannon la nomination d'un nouveau président et voulaient que l'un des deux sièges vacants du conseil soit pourvu avec la nomination d'un haut représentant du gouvernement.
Ottawa a répondu à ces demandes en nommant un conseiller juridique de l'organisation B'nai Brith Canada et le chef d'un groupe de réflexion chrétien. Ces deux personnes ont par la suite appuyé le président du conseil d'administration de Droits et Démocratie, Aurel Braun.
Des mois auparavant, soit le 1er juin, une majorité des membres du C.A. avait également écrit une missive au Bureau du Conseil privé - organisme de soutien au bureau du premier ministre Stephen Harper - pour l'avertir qu'une évaluation secrète menée par M. Braun et deux autres personnes concernant le président de Droits et Démocratie d'alors, Rémy Beauregard, pourrait ne pas refléter les opinions du conseil d'administration au sujet de la performance de M. Beauregard.
Dans la lettre, il est écrit que la majorité des membres du C.A. est parvenue à la conclusion, lors d'une réunion à huis clos tenue en mars, que le travail de M. Beauregard était très satisfaisant et que des améliorations significatives avaient été réalisées sous la direction de ce dernier.
Rémy Beauregard est mort le 7 janvier d'une crise cardiaque qui l'a terrassé à la suite d'une rencontre de conseil d'administration houleuse au cours de laquelle Aurel Braun, aidé des deux personnes nommées par Ottawa, a pris le contrôle de la majorité du C.A.
Les funérailles de Rémy Beauregard, qui était âgé de 66, seront tenues samedi à Ottawa.



(non-disponible sur le site du Devoir)
Droits et Démocratie
Le gouvernement Harper, malgré nos demandes répétées, ne s’est pas encore prononcé sur les événements des dernières semaines.
Le Devoir
mardi 26 janvier 2010

Alec Castonguay -
Le conseil d’administration de Droits et Démocratie a visiblement choisi de jouer la ligne dure contre les employés de l’organisme fédéral. Vendredi soir dernier, les membres restants au conseil d’administration (il y a 4 postes vacants sur 13) ont décidé de nommer l’avocat torontois Jacques Gauthier comme président par intérim de l’organisme, a appris Le Devoir.
Cette nomination a provoqué une onde de choc hier à l’intérieur de l’organisme basé à Montréal, puisque Jacques Gauthier faisait partie des trois membres du conseil d’administration dont les 47 employés de Droits et Démocratie ont réclamé la démission il y a deux semaines à peine.
Malgré cette grogne interne, M. Gauthier devient quand même président par intérim pour les trois prochains mois, ou jusqu’à ce que le gouvernement nomme un nouveau président.
L’ancien président, Rémy Beauregard, est décédé d’une crise cardiaque le 7 janvier dernier, au moment où des réunions houleuses du conseil d’administration se tenaient à Toronto. Son décès et une série de démissions au conseil d’administration ont entraîné une crise sans précédent au sein de l’organisme fédéral indépendant, créé par le Parlement en 1988.
Le 12 janvier dernier, les employés de Droits et Démocratie ont signé une lettre pour demander la démission de trois membres du conseil d’administration : le président, Aurel Braun, le vice-président, Jacques Gauthier, ainsi qu’Elliott Tepper. Dans cette lettre, le personnel exprime sa perte de confiance, qui est liée aux agissements des administrateurs. Les trois sont toujours en poste.
On leur reproche notamment un harcèlement psychologique contre certains employés et d’avoir exercé une pression injustifiée sur Rémy Beauregard, l’ancien président. Les trois administrateurs ont notamment lancé une évaluation secrète de la performance de M. Beauregard le printemps dernier.
Le 8 janvier dernier, deux membres du conseil d’administration ont démissionné pour protester contre un virage idéologique que certains membres du conseil tenteraient d’imposer à l’organisme. Sept des treize membres du conseil d’administration, près des volontés du gouvernement Harper, souhaitent que Droits et Démocratie ne mène plus certains programmes au Proche-Orient et qu’il cesse d’entretenir des liens avec des groupes qui critiquent Israël. On voudrait aussi que l’organisme cesse de collaborer avec le Conseil des droits de l’homme de l’ONU, lequel n’a pas la faveur du gouvernement Harper.
Le gouvernement fédéral n’a pas d’autorité directe sur Droits et Démocratie, puisque c’est le conseil d’administration qui décide des orientations. Par contre, le gouvernement nomme dix des treize membres du conseil d’administration. Le gouvernement Harper, malgré nos demandes répétées, ne s’est pas encore prononcé sur les événements des dernières semaines.
Le 8 janvier dernier, deux membres du conseil d'administration ont démissionné pour protester contre un virage idéologique que certains membres du conseil tenteraient d'imposer à l'organisme. Sept des treize membres du conseil d'administration, près des volontés du gouvernement Harper, souhaitent que Droits et Démocratie ne mène plus certains programmes au Proche-Orient. On souhaite également que l'organisme cesse d'entretenir des liens avec des groupes qui critiquent Israël. On voudrait aussi que l'organisme cesse de collaborer avec le Conseil des droits de l'homme de l'ONU, basé à Genève, lequel n'a pas la faveur du gouvernement Harper.

Le gouvernement fédéral n'a pas d'autorité directe sur Droits et Démocratie, créé par une loi du Parlement en 1988. C'est le conseil d'administration qui décide des orientations. Par contre, le gouvernement nomme dix des treize membres du conseil d'administration. Tous ont été nommés par les conservateurs au cours des dernières années.

Dans la lettre, la majorité au conseil d'administration justifie la fin des activités au Proche-Orient. «Les décisions en matière de dépenses doivent être entièrement justifiées et sembler équitables et raisonnables aux yeux du public canadien», affirment les sept membres, dont plusieurs ont des liens — ou ont eu des liens — avec l'organisme activiste juif B'nai Brith.

Crise de confiance

Les 47 employés de Droits et Démocratie ont signé une lettre pour demander la démission de trois membres du conseil d'administration, dont le président, Aurel Braun. Dans cette lettre, que nous avons publiée le 13 janvier dernier, le personnel de l'organisme exprime sa perte de confiance, qui est liée aux agissements des administrateurs et non pas au virage idéologique.

On leur reproche notamment un harcèlement psychologique contre certains employés et d'avoir exercé une pression injustifiée sur Rémy Beauregard, le président, décédé d'une crise cardiaque le 8 janvier.

Dans leur réplique, les membres du conseil disent douter de la représentativité de cette vague de contestation. Le gouvernement Harper, malgré nos demandes répétées, ne s'est pas encore prononcé sur cette crise.


par Michaël Lessard
28 janvier 2010
Soumis au journal Le Devoir le 27 janvier 2009

Les dérives de l'engagement unilatéral pro-israélien du gouvernement Harper viennent de faire une autre victime : l’organisme Droits et Démocratie dont on peut raisonnablement craindre pour la survie à plus ou moins long terme. Après les coupures de subvention aux organismes Kairos et Alternatives, après le retrait de l’aide canadienne à l’Agence des Nations unies pour les réfugiés palestiniens (UNRWA), après les votes contre le Rapport du juge Goldstone et le Conseil des droits de l’Homme de l’ONU, après les attaques contre l’Association parlementaire Canada-Palestine, c’est au tour d’un organisme de défense des droits humains de subir les tactiques du lobby pro-israélien canadien. Le dénominateur commun de ces organismes pris pour cible est leur dénonciation des graves violations du droit international et des droits humains des Palestiniens et Palestiniennes par l'État d'Israël : occupation, colonisation, blocus et agression militaire contre la population de Gaza, etc. Ces crimes sont largement documentés par un nombre considérable d’organismes réputés à travers le monde, l'ONU en tête avec quelques 400 résolutions de l’Assemblée générale et du Conseil de sécurité condamnant l'État d'Israël pour ses agissements envers le peuple palestinien.
Invoquant leur responsabilité « de surveillance de l’administration des fonds publics envers les contribuables canadiens », dans leur lettre au Devoir du 22 janvier dernier, nous pensons que c’est plutôt la vigilance envers les intérêts du gouvernement israélien qui préoccupent certains membres du CA connus pour leur proximité avec le lobby pro-israélien. Qu’on en juge : Droits et Démocratie se serait en effet rendu coupable d’avoir octroyé un maigre 10,000 $ chacun en subvention à trois organismes dits « douteux » par des membres de ce CA. Étrangement ce sont tous des organismes oeuvrant pour la défense des droits du peuple palestinien en Israël même et en Territoires palestiniens occupés. Betselem est un centre israélien d’information qui, depuis 1989, documente l’état des droits humains dans les territoires occupés. Ce centre a déjà reçu le prestigieux prix Carter-Menil pour les droits humains. La crédibilité des rapports de Betselem est reconnue par les autorités israéliennes. Al Haq jouit sensiblement de la même reconnaissance du côté palestinien. Cet organisme, établi en 1979, recense les violations commises par la force occupante israélienne (90 % des cas) et par les autorités palestiniennes (10 % des cas). Al Haq jouit d’un statut consultatif auprès de l’ECOSOC (Conseil économique et social des Nations unies), est affilié à la Commission internationale des juristes de Genève et est membre de plusieurs regroupements internationaux.
Les signataires font également état d'un lien présumé entre le directeur d’Al Haq et le Front populaire de libération de Palestine (FPLP), un parti politique qui figure sur la liste des organisations terroristes du gouvernement canadien. Human Rights Watch rapporte qu'en 2009 « les autorités israéliennes ont présenté une preuve secrète, que Shawan Jabarin et son avocat n'ont pas été autorisés à voir, et qui aurait montré qu'il était un membre actif du FPLP, mais ne l'ont accusé d'aucun crime ». En fait, M. Jabarin devait se rendre aux Pays-Bas pour y recevoir un prestigieux prix en défense des droits humains, mais l'État d'Israël lui a interdit de quitter le pays.
Que le directeur général d’Al Haq se soit vu refuser un visa de sortie par Israël est un fait tout à fait banal, puisque bon nombre de personnes palestiniennes se voient confronter à cette situation. Jouer le refus de visa afin de discréditer un organisme reconnu, c’est dénier la réalité : Israël exige des personnes d'origine palestinienne de multiples permis qui sont en réalité rarement délivrés. C’est aussi oublier que les activistes israéliens sont également victimes de répression par les autorités israéliennes. Tout récemment, des Israéliens ont été arrêtés alors qu’ils manifestaient légalement et pacifiquement contre les stratégies d’évictions de familles palestiniennes de Jérusalem-Est.
Shawan Jabarin déclare n'avoir aucun lien avec le FPLP. Glissons néanmoins un mot ou deux sur la question du terrorisme. Le FPLP est un parti politique marxiste qui souhaite un seul État et l'égalité entre les citoyens, peu importe leurs origines ou religions. Pour les nationalistes israéliens, vouloir une telle chose est être « contre Israël ». Le FPLP a d'ailleurs fait élire la première femme à la mairie d'une grande ville palestinienne (Ramallah). Faut-il rappeler que le peuple palestinien est sous occupation militaire ou blocus et, malgré des années de résistance non violente, il y a parfois des gestes violents lorsque des gens subissent une telle oppression ? Toute organisation refusant de se soumettre gentiment à l’occupation, à la colonisation ou au blocus, est considérée comme une organisation terroriste. Il en a été ainsi pour Ben Gourion, le fondateur d’Israël considéré comme un dangereux terroriste par le protectorat anglais de l’époque. C’était le cas aussi de l’OLP durant longtemps, alors qu'aujourd’hui Israël, les États-Unis et la plupart des pays occidentaux le considèrent comme l'interlocuteur diplomatique.
La nouvelle orientation du groupe majoritaire au CA s’est fait sentir jusque chez nous. En octobre dernier, la section Université Laval de Droits et démocratie organisait la visite du groupe DAM, des rappeurs palestiniens, citoyens d’Israël, et du professeur étasunien Dr. Norman Finkelstein, né de parents juifs ayant survécu à l'holocauste. Le nouveau CA a soudainement annulé le financement de ces activités. Leur « péché » ? Leur dénonciation à haute voix de l'occupation, de la discrimination et des violations des droits et du racisme en Israël et en Palestine. Heureusement, leur venue a été rendue possible grâce à des associations à Québec qui ont réussi, de justesse, à remplacer le retrait soudain du financement.
Bien au-delà des débats entre membres de CA qui ne partagent pas toujours, et heureusement, les mêmes opinions, nous assistons ici à une crise qui risque d’éloigner Droits et Démocratie de sa mission fondamentale : la défense des droits de tous les êtes humains, y compris ceux des Palestiniens et Palestiniennes. Comme le rappelait au journaliste du Toronto Star le 24 janvier dernier, une membre dissidente et démissionnaire du CA, Mme Sima Samar, responsable de la Commission des Droits humains en Afghanistan : La mission de Droits et Démocratie est la promotion des droits humains et la défense des victimes des violations de ces droits et non pas de ceux qui les commettent. Cessons d'accepter l'impunité de l'État d'Israël face au droit international et la complaisance des gouvernements québécois et canadien envers le lobby pro-israélien.
Les auteur-signataires cette lettre ont séjourné en Palestine et en Israël en 2009 au nom de divers organismes québécois.
- Benoît Damours, enseignant de philosophie au cégep Lévis-Lauzon
Christian Martel, Directeur National Région du Québec du Syndicat des travailleurs et travailleuses des postes (STTP)
- Denis Barrette, avocat, délégué de la Ligue des droits et libertés
- Ehab Lotayef (Montréal)
- Guillaume Dorval (Lévis)
- Lorraine Guay, déléguée FFQ/Marche Mondiale des Femmes
- Marie Auer-Labonte (Montréal)
- Michaël Lessard, délégué du Collectif de Québec pour paix
- Myriam Beaulieu (Québec)
- Odette Lefrançois, déléguée à la coordination du regroupement privé FNEEQ-CSN
 Publicateur :
Michaël Lessard





Choc idéologique à Droits et Démocratie

Les liens du président du conseil avec un militant de la cause israélienne sont à l'origine d'un conflit ayant mené, hier, à la suspension de trois directeurs
Hélène Buzzetti 2 février 2010 Canada

Photo : Agence France-Presse Mohammed Abed
Distribution d’aide alimentaire dans la bande de
Gaza. Le président du conseil d’administration de
Droits et Démocratie s’oppose au soutien financier
de certaines ONG engagées au Moyen-Orient.
Ottawa — La tempête à Droits et Démocratie se poursuit. Hier, trois de ses directeurs ont été suspendus «indéfiniment» sous prétexte qu'ils sont les cerveaux de la rébellion visant le président du conseil d'administration, Aurel Braun. À l'origine du conflit: les liens de M. Braun, l'homme fort d'Ottawa, avec un farouche militant de la cause israélienne, Gerald Steinberg, et l'influence de ceux-ci sur l'orientation idéologique de Droits et Démocratie.

Droits et Démocratie, un organisme de défense des droits de la personne fondé par le Parlement canadien en 1988, est en crise de leadership. Les 47 employés ont exigé par lettre le départ de M. Braun. Il a réussi à se maintenir en poste parce qu'Ottawa a nommé de nouveaux membres du conseil d'administration lui étant favorables.

Aurel Braun était en conflit avec le président de l'organisme aujourd'hui décédé, Rémy Beauregard, à propos de trois subventions de 10 000 $ chacune accordées aux groupes al Haq, Bt'selem et al Mazan engagés au Moyen-Orient. M. Braun est d'avis qu'il s'agit d'organismes qui, sous le couvert de défense des droits humanitaires des Palestiniens, attaquent la légitimité de l'État d'Israël.

«Il s'agit d'organisations très, très vicieuses impliquées dans de viles activités», a-t-il déclaré la semaine dernière au National Post. «Même en faisant preuve d'imagination, on ne peut les qualifier d'organisations humanitaires. [...] Il n'y a aucune ambiguïté à propos d'al Haq et al Mazan.» Il a ajouté qu'al Mazan étant située à Gaza, «nous n'avons aucun moyen de savoir» si l'argent ne finit pas entre les mains du Hamas. Quant à Bt'selem, il s'agit d'une organisation israélienne «de nom seulement». Le fait que Rémy Beauregard ait accordé ces subventions prouve selon M. Braun son manque de jugement.

L'influence de Steinberg à Droits et Démocratie

Ce que peu savent, c'est qu'Aurel Braun est un «ami très proche» de Gerald Steinberg, professeur d'université à Ramat Gan, en Israël. M. Steinberg a fondé le groupe NGO Monitor qui, comme son nom l'indique, décortique le discours politique tenu par les ONG à l'oeuvre au Moyen-Orient. Sa thèse est la suivante: ces ONG utilisent le paravent de l'aide humanitaire pour critiquer Israël et saper son droit même d'exister. Les agences internationales comme l'ACDI et Droits et Démocratie leur accordent, déplore-t-il, une légitimité en les finançant. (Le Devoir a publié une entrevue avec Gerald Steinberg le 22 septembre 2008.)

Au nom de cette théorie, M. Steinberg a critiqué des organismes aussi réputés qu'OXFAM. Comme par hasard, son site contient une section complète sur Bt'selem et les raisons pour lesquelles il ne devrait pas recevoir de financement international. Idem pour al Haq et son président Shawan Jabarin. Récemment, il s'est réjoui de ce que les organismes canadiens KAIROS et Alternatives aient vu leurs subventions fédérales coupées. Le ministre de la Citoyenneté et de l'Immigration, Jason Kenney, avait évoqué les positions anti-Israël de KAIROS.

Aurel Braun et Gerald Steinberg se sont croisés au sein de l'organisme Scholars for Peace in the Middle-East. M. Braun accorde à ce point d'importance aux idées de M. Steinberg qu'il l'a invité à venir les présenter à Montréal aux membres du conseil d'administration de Droits et Démocratie, a appris Le Devoir. Le conseil a refusé.

Aurel Braun est lui-même militant pour la cause israélienne, ayant déjà siégé au conseil d'administration du B'nai Brith. Lors d'une rencontre du conseil d'administration de Droits et Démocratie en juin dernier, il a déclaré être «fier d'être Juif et d'appuyer l'État d'Israël», indique le procès-verbal.

Si les positions d'Aurel Braun et de Gerald Steinberg sont à ce point similaires, cela ne signifie pas pour autant qu'elles sont partagées par la communauté internationale. L'Agence canadienne de développement international (ACDI) verse régulièrement des subventions à al Haq: 30 000 $ en 1995, 50 000 $ en 2004 et plus de 8000 $ en 2005 (l'inventaire n'est pas exhaustif). Les Pays-Bas avaient publiquement dénoncé Israël lorsqu'il avait refusé de délivrer un document de voyage au président d'al Haq, l'empêchant du coup d'aller chercher en personne un prestigieux prix pour les droits de la personne.

D'autres mesures

Le poste de président du conseil d'administration est un poste à temps partiel. Aurel Braun continue d'enseigner à l'Université de Toronto. Il sera à Montréal aujourd'hui pour rencontrer l'équipe de Droits et Démocraties. Les employés s'attendent à d'autres mesures en plus des trois suspensions avec salaire annoncées hier.

Les trois personnes suspendues sont le directeur des communications, Charles Vallerand, la directrice à l'administration et aux ressources, Marie-France Cloutier, et le directeur des politiques, des programmes et de la planification, Razmik Panossian. Aucune raison n'a été fournie. Dans les coulisses, on dit qu'ils seront suspendus le temps qu'une enquête soit menée sur leur rôle dans la «rébellion» contre Aurel Braun et le président qu'il a nommé pour remplacer feu Rémy Beauregard, Jacques Gauthier.

Le NPD a indiqué hier qu'il demandera au comité parlementaire des Affaires étrangères de faire enquête sur Droits et Démocratie au retour de la Chambre des communes.







Le Devoir
Ottawa dit ne pas imposer de vue pro-Israël à Droits et démocratie
«Il n'y a absolument pas de mot d'ordre qui empêche les gens de parler»
Hélène Buzzetti 3 février 2010 Canada

Photo : Jacques Grenier - Le Devoir
Selon Lawrence Cannon, la prétendue politique pro-Israël de Droits et
Démocratie provient d’une décision qui relève entièrement de la souveraineté de
son conseil d’administration.

Alors qu'Ottawa assure ne pas dicter une politique pro-Israël à Droits et Démocratie, des lettres et des pétitions circulent pour se porter à la défense des groupes palestiniens désormais considérés comme «douteux» par la nouvelle administration de l'organisme. La famille du président décédé, elle, réclame une enquête publique.

Ottawa — Le ministre des Affaires étrangères, Lawrence Cannon, assure que son gouvernement n'exige pas des groupes d'aide internationale financés par Ottawa qu'ils répriment toute critique envers l'État d'Israël. Si Droits et Démocratie semble avoir adopté cette politique, il s'agit d'une décision qui relève entièrement de la souveraineté de son conseil d'administration, soutient le ministre.

Le président du conseil d'administration de Droits et Démocratie, Aurel Braun, a coupé les vivres à trois groupes d'aide engagés au Moyen-Orient, qu'il estime «liés au terrorisme». Ces groupes ont critiqué l'État d'Israël et sa politique de ségrégation entre Juifs et Palestiniens. Comme le révélait Le Devoir hier, M. Braun est un ami personnel de Gerald Steinberg, un professeur israélien qui assimile tout discours antisioniste à de l'antisémitisme.

Cette prise de position de M. Braun, nommé par Ottawa pour faire le ménage à Droits et Démocratie, traduit-elle une volonté du gouvernement conservateur? «Non, non. Je ne pense pas. Il n'y a pas de mot d'ordre», a répondu hier le ministre Lawrence Cannon à la Presse canadienne. «On met des conseils d'administration en place. Ceux-ci jugent au meilleur de leur capacité ce qui doit être fait et comment le faire. Ce sont des débats à l'interne sur un sujet ou sur un autre, mais non, au contraire, il n'y a absolument pas de mot d'ordre qui empêche les gens de parler.»

Les 47 employés de Droits et Démocratie ont signé une lettre demandant la démission d'Aurel Braun, par ailleurs ex-dirigeant du B'nai Brith, organisme militant pour la cause israélienne. M. Braun a pu se maintenir en poste lorsque Ottawa a pourvu les sièges vacants au conseil d'administration avec des gens lui étant favorables.

Le conseiller juridique principal du B'nai Brith, David Matas, est du lot. Dans un document intitulé «Israël et les Palestiniens, mythes et réalités», il écrit que la Loi du retour d'Israël, autorisant l'immigration de tout juif de la planète, n'est pas discriminatoire. «Il est impossible qu'une loi soit raciste si n'importe qui peut choisir, en se convertissant au judaïsme, de s'en prévaloir.» Il s'oppose à une loi symétrique de retour des Palestiniens parce qu'elle aurait pour effet de noyer la majorité juive. «"Le droit de retour du peuple palestinien" est aujourd'hui ce que la "solution finale au problème juif" a été à l'époque d'Hitler: des mots pour masquer l'objectif recherché, soit la négation du droit du peuple juif d'avoir une identité nationale sur son territoire historique.»

Pendant ce temps, les frères et la soeur de Rémy Beauregard, le président de Droits et Démocratie décédé en janvier à la suite d'une réunion «houleuse» du conseil d'administration, réclament au premier ministre Stephen Harper une enquête publique. «Ce qui est le plus troublant, c'est le harcèlement psychologique dont faisait l'objet notre frère par ces membres du conseil d'administration, écrivent-ils. La nomination comme président intérimaire de Jacques Gauthier, mis en cause dans ce dossier, est une insulte supplémentaire à la mémoire de notre frère

À la défense des groupes «douteux»

Le chef libéral, Michael Ignatieff, a dénoncé hier «l'ingérence idéologique» du gouvernement pour tenter de «diriger» les choix de partenaires de Droits et Démocratie. Lui-même un ancien professeur des droits de la personne à l'Université Harvard, M. Ignatieff connaît Bt'selem, un des trois groupes dont le financement a été aboli par le président Aurel Braun. «C'est une organisation israélienne qui fait honneur à Israël parce qu'elle s'occupe des droits de tous les gens au Moyen-Orient.»

De plus en plus de groupes se portent d'ailleurs à la défense des organismes jugés «douteux» par la nouvelle direction de Droits et Démocratie. Une pétition en faveur d'al Haq et al Mazan a déjà été signée par une cinquantaine de groupes palestiniens et israéliens de défense des droits.

«Nous [...] sommes stupéfaits de constater que, plutôt que d'aider et de se porter à la défense des défenseurs des droits humains, de ceux qui dénoncent les violations israéliennes des droits humains et s'assurent du respect des lois internationales, le conseil d'administration de Droits et Démocratie a choisi le camp des contrevenants», est-il écrit. La pétition rappelle qu'Israël empêche les militants palestiniens de voyager. «Si Israël viole leurs droits, Droits et Démocratie tente pour sa part de saper leur légitimité en utilisant la même rhétorique.»

La Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l'homme (FIDH), qui fédère 155 organisations dans 100 pays dont la Ligue des droits et libertés au Québec, défend quant à elle, dans une lettre ouverte, al Haq et Bt'selem. Ces groupes «sont membres de la FIDH depuis plusieurs années et la FIDH garantit leur grand professionnalisme».
Ottawa — Le groupe israélien de défense des droits de la personne B'Tselem défend sa réputation. Celui qui a vu sa subvention de 10 000 $ provenant de Droits et Démocratie annulée sous prétexte qu'il n'est pas un interlocuteur posé dans le débat au Moyen-Orient entend rectifier les faits.





Quand le Proche-Orient crée une crise politique au Canada

Le conflit à Droits et Démocratie met en exergue le réalignement d'Ottawa en faveur d'Israël
Hélène Buzzetti 6 février 2010 Canada

Photo : Agence Reuters Ronen Zvulun
Des activistes israéliens de droite ont planté un drapeau il y a quelques jours à Jérusalem-Est.
La tempête à l'organisme Droits et Démocratie s'est poursuivie cette semaine avec la suspension de trois employés soupçonnés d'être à l'origine de la «rébellion» contre le président du conseil d'administration, Aurel Braun. Les questions soulevées à propos des orientations pro-israéliennes de M. Braun, l'homme fort d'Ottawa, ont ramené à l'avant-scène les sympathies marquées du gouvernement conservateur pour l'État juif.

Ottawa — Les tensions au sein de l'organisme fédéral non partisan Droits et Démocratie ont surgi peu de temps après la nomination d'Aurel Braun à la présidence du conseil d'administration, en mars dernier. Si l'évaluation de la compétence du président de l'organisme, Rémy Beauregard, était au coeur du conflit, les inclinations pro-juives de M. Braun en constituent la toile de fond.

Aurel Braun, ancien dirigeant du B'nai Brith, est un ami proche de Gerald Steinberg, un universitaire israélien président-fondateur du NGO Monitor. NGO Monitor décortique le discours politique des organismes d'aide impliqués au Moyen-Orient et conclut que plusieurs d'entre eux utilisent le paravent des droits de la personne pour militer contre l'État d'Israël. Comme l'a révélé Le Devoir, Aurel Braun adhère si bien à la thèse de Gerald Steinberg qu'il a invité celui-ci à faire une présentation au conseil d'administration de Droits et Démocratie. Le conseil a refusé.

En entrevue-courriel avec Le Devoir, Gerald Steinberg refuse l'étiquette de «militant farouche de la cause israélienne». «Je suis loin d'être un militant fanatique, bien que les farouches militants palestiniens, leurs amis (qu'on trouve aussi au Canada) et quelques Israéliens marginaux diront cela pour discréditer tout débat sérieux à propos de leurs propres activités», écrit-il.

Gerald Steinberg n'en est pas moins très actif auprès des gouvernements occidentaux, le canadien inclus, leur fournissant des informations sur les groupes qu'ils financent. «J'ai discuté de ces questions dans le passé avec Bob Rae, Irwin Cotler et d'autres libéraux ainsi qu'avec des conservateurs, notamment [le ministre de la Citoyenneté et de l'Immigration] Jason Kenney», dit-il.

Des reproches

Aurel Braun reprochait à Rémy Beauregard d'avoir accordé des subventions de 10 000 dollars chacune à trois ONG justement suspectes aux yeux de NGO Monitor: al Haq, al Mazan et B'tselem. «Ni al Haq ni al Mazan ne promeuvent les droits de la personne ou la démocratie. Il s'agit clairement de groupes politiques pro-palestiniens», écrit M. Steinberg. Pourtant, ils sont respectés sur la scène internationale. Al Haq a reçu des subventions de l'ACDI et son président a reçu un prestigieux prix dans le domaine des droits de la personne. Aurel Braun a malgré tout préféré la thèse de Gerald Steinberg, affirmant au nom de Droits et Démocratie que ces deux groupes sont «liés au terrorisme». Quant à B'tselem, il en parle comme d'un organisme juif «que de nom».

Cette thèse, elle est aussi partagée par le B'nai Brith, d'où provient non seulement M. Braun, mais aussi David Matas, nouveau membre du conseil d'administration de Droits et Démocratie. Des liens étroits existent entre le B'nai Brith et le Parti conservateur de Stephen Harper. Son actuel président, Frank Dimant, est un proche du ministre Jason Kenney, avec qui il s'est déjà rendu en Israël et en territoire palestinien pour une mission d'observation. Joseph Ben-Ami, l'ancien directeur des relations gouvernementales du B'nai Brith, a été un des cerveaux de la campagne au leadership de l'actuel président du Conseil du trésor, Stockwell Day, à l'époque de l'Alliance canadienne.

En 2006, le magazine Walrus a publié un article sur la droite religieuse active au sein du Parti conservateur et documenté les raisons pour lesquelles elle considérait le lobby pro-Israël comme un allié objectif. La frange la plus illuminée de cette droite religieuse adhère à la thèse de l'imminence de la fin du monde et du retour du Messie sur le mont du Temple, à Jérusalem. Ces chrétiens sionistes ont donc intérêt à ce que ce territoire reste entre les mains d'un État démocratique ami. Le rapprochement avec Israël du gouvernement conservateur serait donc, selon cette théorie, une façon de non seulement fidéliser l'électorat juif, mais de mobiliser l'électorat évangéliste.

En entrevue, le président du B'nai Brith, Frank Diamant, minimise l'importance de ce genre d'alliances pour expliquer le réalignement d'Ottawa face à la situation au Moyen-Orient. «S'il s'agit d'un calcul politique, c'en est un bien mauvais, répond-il. La communauté juive n'est décisive que dans environ six circonscriptions au Canada. [...] Nous avons plutôt un gouvernement qui agit par conviction.» En outre, fait-il remarquer, Jason Kenney s'est lancé dans une vaste entreprise de séduction de toutes les communautés culturelles du pays, pas seulement la communauté juive.

Question d'équilibre

Le chef libéral, Michael Ignatieff, a accusé cette semaine le gouvernement de Stephen Harper d'avoir rompu le fragile équilibre des torts sur lequel s'appuyait traditionnellement la position canadienne face au Moyen-Orient. Frank Dimant rétorque que c'est la situation mondiale qui a dicté à Ottawa son changement de politique.

«Le contexte mondial a changé: nous avons al-Qaïda, le Canada est en guerre contre les talibans, nous avons le Hezbollah et le Hamas. Israël est une démocratie qui est à la frontière de la lutte au terrorisme. En tant que tel, les Canadiens veulent appuyer le droit d'Israël de se défendre, car nous avons vu ce que le terrorisme apporte. [...]. Le consensus canadien est qu'on ne peut plus s'asseoir sur la clôture et être neutre.»

Le gouvernement conservateur s'est totalement approprié cette idée que le discours pro-palestinien s'est radicalisé et qu'il faut s'en dissocier. C'est ce qui explique les récentes coupures infligées aux organismes comme KAIROS, Alternatives (qu'avait critiqués NGO Monitor) ou encore la Fédération canado-arabe.

En décembre, à l'occasion d'un discours prononcé à Jérusalem, le ministre Jason Kenney s'est expliqué. «Certains disent que notre gouvernement, en prenant ces positions, a abandonné la position traditionnelle de neutralité du Canada. Que nous avons d'une certaine façon miné la crédibilité internationale du Canada et sa réputation en prenant ces positions. J'imagine que ce sont les mêmes gens qui croient qu'il y a une neutralité entre la tolérance et la haine, entre le terrorisme et le contre-terrorisme. Notre gouvernement croit au contraire que nous nous réapproprions nos valeurs historiques et leur donnons un nouveau sens [...], nous nous redonnons le droit de faire une distinction morale.»

Le nouvel antisémitisme

En filigrane, c'est l'antisémitisme qui prend un nouveau sens dans la bouche des membres du gouvernement de Stephen Harper. À l'instar d'une portion grandissante du milieu juif, une adéquation est faite entre critique d'Israël et haine des Juifs, entre antisionisme et antisémitisme.

Richard Marceau, conseiller politique principal du Comité Canada-Israël, nuance. Dire que critiquer Israël équivaut à de l'antisémitisme est idiot, reconnaît-il, mais ça en devient si on critique Israël pour de possibles violations des droits de la personne, mais pas les autres protagonistes du conflit. «Il doit y avoir un seul barème qui ne change pas d'un pays à l'autre.» N'est-il pas normal que les attentes face à un État qui se vante d'être démocratique soient plus élevées qu'envers des territoires moins structurés? «C'est du racisme que de s'attendre à plus d'une civilisation par rapport à une autre.»

La Coalition parlementaire canadienne de lutte contre l'antisémitisme (CPCCA) dérange pour les mêmes raisons. Ce groupe de 22 députés représentant tous les partis politiques a été créé en mars 2009, mais certains en dénoncent le caractère biaisé. Par exemple, lorsque la Coalition a annoncé une audience sur l'antisémitisme sur les campus universitaires canadiens, elle a vu dans «des caricatures comparant Israël à une Afrique du Sud dirigée par des Blancs ou même à l'Allemagne nazie [qui] apparaissent çà et là dans des journaux étudiants» une preuve de la montée de ce sentiment de haine.

Le groupe Independent Jewish Voices a répliqué qu'il «est légitime pour les détracteurs du comportement d'Israël de le décrire comme un système d'apartheid et de dénoncer la légitimité de quelque État que ce soit qui s'y adonne. Ce n'est pas de l'antisémitisme d'aucune sorte, nouveau ou ancien».

Le groupe PAJU s'est aussi inscrit en faux. «Il est évident que le but de votre commission n'est pas d'étudier la nature de l'antisémitisme, mais de manipuler la définition de l'antisémitisme pour en faire un synonyme de critique des politiques d'Israël», écrit son président, Bruce Katz, un Juif montréalais.

Pour Khaled Mouammar, président de la Fédération canado-arabe, «le gouvernement conservateur est idéologiquement rigide. Ils voient le monde à la Bush: ou bien on est avec eux, ou bien on est contre eux. On le voit avec l'Afghanistan, sur la question des gais, de l'avortement. C'est une attaque à la liberté d'expression. Ils ont commencé par nous parce qu'ils savent que nous sommes une communauté vulnérable à ce genre d'attaques».

Tarek Fatah, fondateur du Congrès musulman canadien, concède qu'il y a un réalignement en faveur d'Israël, mais seulement dans la rhétorique. «Le Canada a toujours été très pro-Israël. [...] Le gouvernement Harper a seulement été plus explicite dans ses inclinations pour Israël. Les libéraux étaient plus subtils





LES POLITICIENS DEVRAIENT DÉJÀ AVOIR COMPRIS DEPUIS LONGTEMPS QU'AVEC LES SIONISTES ON SORT JAMAIS DE LEUR DOUBLE CONTRAINTE PERMANENTE: "YOU'RE DAMNED IF YOU DO, AND YOU'RE DAMNED IF YOU DON'T!"

Débat au Moyen-Orient - Kenney accusé d'attiser l'antisémitisme
Hélène Buzzetti 9 février 2010
Ottawa — Le ministre fédéral de la Citoyenneté et de l'Immigration, Jason Kenney, s'est fait reprocher hier d'adopter une attitude si tranchée face au débat au Moyen-Orient qu'elle risque d'attiser l'antisémitisme au lieu de l'étouffer.
M. Kenney comparaissait devant la comission d'enquête de la coalition parlementaire canadienne de lutte contre l'antisémitisme. Le ministre a soutenu que l'antisémitisme était en croissance au Canada, come ailleurs dans le monde, quoique de manière moins marquée. Il a présenté les gestes faits par son gouvernement comme se voulant des mesures de lutte contre ce sentiment haineux, mais les députés de l'opposition lui ont reproché de faire davantage partie du problème que de la solution en politisant trop le débat.

"Lorsqu'on commence à porter des accusations à l'emporte-pièce, sans fondement, on peut parfois faire reculer notre cause", a lancé la dépuitée néo-démocrate Judy Wasylycia-Leis. "en tant que juive, que Canadienne et en tant que députée, j'Apprécie plusieurs des positions prises par votre gouvernement", a ajouté la libérale Anita Neville. "Ce qui me préoccupe, c'est que certaines de vos politiques peuvent, en fait, devenir une invitation à l'antisémitisme, ou générer une réponse antisémite."

Au coeur des préoccupations des deux députées se trouvent la décision d'Ottawa de couper les vivres à l'organisme KAIROS, accusé de promouvoir un boycottage économique d'Israël, ainsi qu'un bulletin d'information qu'avaient distribué les conservateurs dans les circonscriptions libérales à forte concentration juive. Ce bulletin énumérait une série de décisions prises par les libéraux laissant entendre qu'ils étaient anti-Israël.

Le ministre Kenney a dit "regretter" si le bulletin d'information a choqué mais ne s'est pas excusé pour autant. Il est légitime à son avis de mettre en lumière les divergences de points de vue politiques. Quant à l'idée que son attitude peut attiser la haine, il a dit ne pas comprendre. "Parfois, il peut être controversé d'essayer d'être très clair à propos de ces enjeux. Mais parfois, c'est nécessaire d'être controversé."



*NOTE IMPORTANTE*: l'"actuel président [du B'NAi B'rith], Frank Dimant, est un proche du ministre Jason Kenney, avec qui il s'est déjà rendu en Israël et en territoire palestinien pour une mission d'observation".





Quand le Proche-Orient crée une crise politique au Canada

Le conflit à Droits et Démocratie met en exergue le réalignement d'Ottawa en faveur d'Israël
Hélène Buzzetti 6 février 2010 Canada

La tempête à l'organisme Droits et Démocratie s'est poursuivie cette semaine avec la suspension de trois employés soupçonnés d'être à l'origine de la «rébellion» contre le président du conseil d'administration, Aurel Braun. Les questions soulevées à propos des orientations pro-israéliennes de M. Braun, l'homme fort d'Ottawa, ont ramené à l'avant-scène les sympathies marquées du gouvernement conservateur pour l'État juif.

Ottawa — Les tensions au sein de l'organisme fédéral non partisan Droits et Démocratie ont surgi peu de temps après la nomination d'Aurel Braun à la présidence du conseil d'administration, en mars dernier. Si l'évaluation de la compétence du président de l'organisme, Rémy Beauregard, était au coeur du conflit, les inclinations pro-juives de M. Braun en constituent la toile de fond.

Aurel Braun, ancien dirigeant du B'nai Brith, est un ami proche de Gerald Steinberg, un universitaire israélien président-fondateur du NGO Monitor. NGO Monitor décortique le discours politique des organismes d'aide impliqués au Moyen-Orient et conclut que plusieurs d'entre eux utilisent le paravent des droits de la personne pour militer contre l'État d'Israël. Comme l'a révélé Le Devoir, Aurel Braun adhère si bien à la thèse de Gerald Steinberg qu'il a invité celui-ci à faire une présentation au conseil d'administration de Droits et Démocratie. Le conseil a refusé.(...)

Aurel Braun reprochait à Rémy Beauregard d'avoir accordé des subventions de 10 000 dollars chacune à trois ONG justement suspectes aux yeux de NGO Monitor: al Haq, al Mazan et B'tselem. «Ni al Haq ni al Mazan ne promeuvent les droits de la personne ou la démocratie. Il s'agit clairement de groupes politiques pro-palestiniens», écrit M. Steinberg. Pourtant, ils sont respectés sur la scène internationale. Al Haq a reçu des subventions de l'ACDI et son président a reçu un prestigieux prix dans le domaine des droits de la personne. Aurel Braun a malgré tout préféré la thèse de Gerald Steinberg, affirmant au nom de Droits et Démocratie que ces deux groupes sont «liés au terrorisme». Quant à B'tselem, il en parle comme d'un organisme juif «que de nom».

Cette thèse, elle est aussi partagée par le B'nai Brith, d'où provient non seulement M. Braun, mais aussi David Matas, nouveau membre du conseil d'administration de Droits et Démocratie. Des liens étroits existent entre le B'nai Brith et le Parti conservateur de Stephen Harper. Son actuel président, Frank Dimant, est un proche du ministre Jason Kenney, avec qui il s'est déjà rendu en Israël et en territoire palestinien pour une mission d'observation. Joseph Ben-Ami, l'ancien directeur des relations gouvernementales du B'nai Brith, a été un des cerveaux de la campagne au leadership de l'actuel président du Conseil du trésor, Stockwell Day, à l'époque de l'Alliance canadienne.(...)

Le groupe PAJU s'est aussi inscrit en faux. «Il est évident que le but de votre commission n'est pas d'étudier la nature de l'antisémitisme, mais de manipuler la définition de l'antisémitisme pour en faire un synonyme de critique des politiques d'Israël», écrit son président, Bruce Katz, un Juif montréalais.(...)
Tarek Fatah, fondateur du Congrès musulman canadien, concède qu'il y a un réalignement en faveur d'Israël, mais seulement dans la rhétorique. «Le Canada a toujours été très pro-Israël. [...] Le gouvernement Harper a seulement été plus explicite dans ses inclinations pour Israël. Les libéraux étaient plus subtils



Flashback jan.2010:
Droits et démocatie: une enquête réclamée

Ottawa était satisfait de Droits et démocratie
(...)«De toute évidence, Droits et Démocratie était à ce moment-là une institution vénérable aux yeux du gouvernement. Il doit maintenant prendre les mesures qui s'imposent pour remettre de l'ordre dans cette organisation pour lui redonner ses lettres de noblesse», a ajouté le député d'Ottawa-Centre. Selon lui, l'une de ces mesures est le congédiement du président du conseil d'administration, Aurel Braun, et de ses des alliés Jacques Gauthier et Elliott Tepper.



Droits et Démocratie dans la tourmente
Le ministre Lawrence Cannon doit annoncer ces jours-ci ce qu'il compte faire de ce dossier explosif. En attendant, voici le récit d'une prise de contrôle.
Pressé par des dirigeants qui semblaient le pousser vers la sortie, l'ancien président de Droits et Démocratie, Rémy Beauregard, a fait appel, l'été dernier, à quelques conseillers pour l'aider à traverser cette période difficile.
Au mois de décembre, un des membres de sa «cellule de crise» lui a fortement suggéré de céder aux pressions et de quitter le bateau.
Pas question, a répliqué Rémy Beauregard. Son conseiller lui a alors lancé : «Si tu veux continuer à te battre, tu devrais faire tes préarrangements!»(...)
Depuis deux ans, plusieurs hommes proches de la droite conservatrice et pro-israélienne ont fait leur entrée au conseil. Parmi eux, il y a l'avocat Jacques Gauthier, auteur d'une thèse controversée selon laquelle Jérusalem appartient légalement au peuple juif. Ou encore Michael Van Pelt, qui dirige Cardus, un groupe de réflexion chrétien. «Rien n'est possible sans le pouvoir créateur de Dieu», clame le titre d'un article paru dans le dernier numéro de Comment, une publication de Cardus.
David Matas, avocat de B'nai Brith, et Brad Farquhar, candidat conservateur aux élections de 2006, font partie de cette «cuvée» de nominations, ainsi qu'Aurel Braun, président du conseil depuis mars 2009.
Selon plusieurs témoignages recueillis par La Presse, c'est avec l'arrivée de ce dernier qu'apparaissent les signaux annonciateurs de la crise.
Dès le printemps 2009, Aurel Braun se montre indigné par des subventions totalisant 30 000 $ que Droits et Démocratie vient d'accorder à trois groupes voués à la défense des droits de l'homme dans les territoires occupés par Israël. Lors de la funeste réunion de janvier dernier, le conseil d'administration a d'ailleurs rétroactivement «répudié» ces subventions.
L'autre sujet de préoccupation d'Aurel Braun, au moment où il entre en fonction : la Conférence mondiale contre le racisme, appelée «Durban 2», qui est boycottée par plusieurs États, dont le Canada. Et le rôle joué par le bureau de Droits et Démocratie à Genève, où cette conférence devait avoir lieu en avril 2009.
Rémy Beauregard a assuré le conseil que Droits et Démocratie ne participerait d'aucune manière à cette conférence controversée, indique le procès-verbal de la réunion de mars 2009. Le message n'a pas passé.
Évaluation secrète
Mais c'est une évaluation de Rémy Beauregard menée à son insu qui a fait sauter la marmite. Laissant de côté une représentante du gouvernement qui aurait dû participer au processus, Aurel Braun, Jacques Gauthier et un autre administrateur, Elliott Tepper, envoient un rapport dévastateur au bureau du premier ministre, sans en souffler mot au principal intéressé.
Ce dernier devra recourir à la Loi sur les renseignements personnels pour obtenir ce rapport d'évaluation. Il y découvre une note de Jacques Gauthier, qui déplore que le personnel de Droits et Démocratie ne compte aucun employé juif.
«C'est totalement inacceptable pour un membre du Conseil de s'enquérir de l'affiliation ethnique ou religieuse d'un membre du personnel!» s'indigne-t-il dans la réplique qu'il lit, en juin 2009, aux membres du conseil d'administration.
Selon cette réponse, que La Presse a obtenue, Rémy Beauregard doit aussi réitérer que, contrairement à ce dont l'accusent ses détracteurs, Droits et Démocratie ne s'est pas fait accréditer à la conférence Durban 2.
Il se défend aussi d'avoir accordé des subventions à des groupes palestiniens «terroristes» : contrairement à ce que dit le rapport d'évaluation, l'un de ces groupes, Al-Haq, n'est pas établi à Gaza et n'est pas dirigé par le Hamas, corrige-t-il.
Mais surtout, M. Beauregard proteste contre le secret qui a entouré l'évaluation dont il a fait l'objet : «Dans toute ma carrière, je n'ai jamais rien vu de tel !»
En ce mois de juin 2009, Rémy Beauregard compte encore une majorité de fidèles au conseil, qui rejette le rapport d'évaluation et appelle ses auteurs à refaire leurs devoirs. Ce qu'ils ne feront que six mois plus tard, en janvier 2010, une fois assurés de leur majorité.
C'était le dénouement de ce que Payam Akhavan décrit comme une «prise de contrôle hostile par un groupe d'idéologues».


La nomination du nouveau président de Droits et Démocratie, Gérard Latulippe, continue de susciter la grogne. Cette fois, c'est une ancienne membre du conseil d'administration de l'organisme, Sima Samar, qui affirme que le choix du gouvernement Harper est contestable. Elle revient sur les propos passés de M. Latulippe, notamment sur l'immigration musulmane qui serait une menace pour le Québec.

«Ce n'est pas l'image glorieuse de tolérance et d'équité du Canada que nous connaissons et qui nous inspire», a-t-elle écrit dans une lettre publiée hier dans le quotidien Ottawa Citizen. Mme Samar a démissionné en janvier dernier pour protester contre le virage pro-Israël et sans nuance du conseil d'administration actuel de Droits et Démocratie. Elle est à la tête de la Commission indépendante des droits de la personne en Afghanistan. Dans sa lettre, elle revient sur les nombreux agissements du conseil d'administration dans les derniers mois, tels que les a révélés Le Devoir depuis janvier. «On assiste à la destruction d'une grande institution canadienne», écrit-elle. Hier, le Nouveau Parti démocratique a annoncé souhaiter la tenue d'une enquête parlementaire sur l'organisme Droits et Démocratie qui est financé par le gouvernement fédéral. Le député néo-démocrate Paul Dewar compte présenter une motion au Comité permanent des affaires étrangères et du développement international de la Chambre des communes, dès cette semaine.



Abonnés seulement - Droits et Démocratie - Cannon est prié de rendre des comptes
Ottawa — Invité à rendre des comptes pour les prises de position controversées affichées par Gérard Latulippe, le nouveau président de Droits et Démocratie, le ministre des Affaires étrangères Lawrence Cannon a déclaré que cet organisme se doit de suivre les politiques internationales de son gouvernement.



Droits et démocratie: les conservateurs accusés d'entraver les travaux du comité
Suzanne Trépanier, veuve de l'ancien président de l'organisme, Rémy Beauregard, mort subitement en janvier, a demandé par écrit à comparaître devant le comité, en même temps que les trois administrateurs congédiés, Marie-France Cloutier, Charles Vallerand et Razmik Panossian, ainsi que l'administrateur démissionnaire Payam Akhavan, qui a claqué la porte à l'issue d'une réunion houleuse quelques heures avant la mort de M. Beauregard.(...)«Depuis le début des travaux du comité, le gouvernement n'a fait que de l'obstruction. Ils ne veulent pas entendre Mme Trépanier et ils ne veulent pas entendre des anciens employés qui ont été mis à la porte, a déploré le critique libéral en matière d'affaires étrangères, Bob Rae. Dans les circonstances, je pense qu'elle est pleinement en droit de comparaître.»

Droits et Démocratie - La veuve de Beauregard serait entendue Ottawa — Les députés conservateurs mettront de côté leurs tactiques dilatoires et laisseront finalement témoigner la veuve de Rémy Beauregard




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Droits et Démocratie sur la corde raide



LE DEVOIR
Droits et Démocratie - Les dirigeants reçoivent la monnaie de leur pièce
La veuve de Rémy Beauregard a voulu laver la réputation de son mari
Hélène Buzzetti 14 avril 2010 Canada
Ottawa — Les têtes dirigeantes de Droits et Démocratie ont goûté à leur propre médecine hier. Après avoir accusé l'ancien président de l'organisme, Rémy Beauregard, de mauvaise gestion et ses employés, de s'être laissés acheter, ils ont eux-mêmes été accusés de s'être graissé la patte en utilisant les fonds de l'organisme fédéral.

C'était au tour hier de la veuve de M. Beauregard, Suzanne Trépanier, de comparaître en comité parlementaire, de même que Payam Akhavan, un ancien membre du conseil d'administration non aligné avec les autres dirigeants, ainsi que deux anciens présidents, Ed Broadbent et Warren Allmand.

M. Akhavan a soutenu que depuis que Jacques Gauthier est le vice-président de l'organisme, le budget consacré aux émoluments des membres du conseil d'administration a doublé, passant de 40 000 $ à 80 000 $.

Il a raconté que lorsque M. Gauthier s'est rendu en Chine pour des rencontres de six jours, il s'est fait rembourser 11 jours de travail. «Les autres ont reçu des honoraires de 500 $, mais M. Gauthier a facturé 3575 $, incluant cinq jours de préparation. M. Gauthier travaille à temps plein à son cabinet d'avocats et j'ai de la difficulté à voir comment il aurait pu consacrer cinq jours entiers à se préparer à une rencontre en Chine pendant laquelle des mondanités ont été échangées», a lancé M. Akhavan.

Le témoignage de Mme Trépanier a pour sa part été très émotif. À plusieurs reprises, elle en est venue aux larmes. Elle a voulu laver la réputation de son mari, salie selon elle par le président du conseil d'administration, Aurel Braun, par le vice-président, Jacques Gauthier, ainsi que par David Matas et Elliot Tepper, deux autres membres du conseil d'administration.

«Je désire que la réputation de mon mari cesse d'être ternie par des gens qui, à mon avis, par leur acharnement irrationnel, leur mauvaise foi évidente et le harcèlement prolongé qu'ils lui ont fait subir pendant plusieurs mois ont fini par avoir un effet très néfaste sur sa santé», a-t-elle lancé avec des pointes de rage dans la voix.

Après son témoignage, Mme Trépanier s'est dite convaincue que ce sont ces membres du conseil d'administration et leur attitude envers son mari qui ont précipité son décès en janvier dernier.

Mme Trépanier ne digère pas qu'un rapport d'évaluation négatif ait été rédigé à l'insu de son mari par le quatuor Braun-Gauthier-Matas-Tepper en parallèle à une autre évaluation, positive celle-là, endossée par la majorité du conseil d'administration. M. Beauregard y était accusé d'avoir parlé à des terroristes, notamment. Mme Trépanier a demandé que ce rapport, dont certaines inexactitudes ont depuis été rapportées, soit retiré du dossier de son mari au ministère des Affaires étrangères. Le gouvernement a refusé hier sous prétexte qu'il fait partie des archives.


13 avril 2010
par Joël-Denis BELLAVANCE
Le député libéral Bob Rae réconforte Suzanne Trépanier à l’issue de son témoignage devant le comité des Affaires étrangères
L’épouse de l’ancien président de Droits et Démocratie, Rémy Beauregard, réclame une enquête publique, afin de faire la lumière sur les circonstances qui ont entraîné la mort de son mari, en janvier 2010.

Canada

Droits et Démocratie est secouée par une controverse depuis la mort de M. Beauregard. Il y a deux semaines, d’anciens employés de l’organisme ont raconté en détail les nombreux conflits entre certains membres du conseil d’administration, d’une part, et M. Beauregard et les employés, d’autre part. Ces conflits se sont exacerbés parce que deux membres du conseil d’’administration, Jacques Gauthier et Aurel Braun, ont tenté d’imposer à l’organisme censé être neutre un point de vue plus favorable à Israël. M. Gauthier s’est même plaint que Droits et Démocratie ne comptait aucun employé juif. M. Beauregard est décédé dans la nuit du 8 janvier 2010, quelques heures après une réunion houleuse avec les membres du conseil d’administration de l’organisme. Durant cette réunion, M. Beauregard avait demandé à ce qu’un rapport d’évaluation de son travail soit modifié, puisqu’il avait été rédigé à son insu et qu’il était critique, alors qu’une évaluation verbale de son travail réalisée quelques mois plus tôt était dithyrambique à son endroit. M. Beauregard avait pu prendre connaissance de ce rapport après une longue bataille. Les membres du conseil d’administration avaient refusé d’accéder à sa demande.

Aurel Braun
Témoignant avec émotions devant le comité des Affaires étrangères, Suzanne Trépanier a soutenu, mardi 13 avril 2010 au matin, que son mari est décédé après avoir été victime de harcèlement pendant plusieurs mois de la part de certains membres du conseil d’administration. Mme Trépanier a aussi réclamé des excuses publiques de la part des membres du conseil d’administration pour le traitement accordé à son mari, et la démission de quatre d’entre eux, soit le président du conseil d’administration, Aurel Braun, Jacques Gauthier, Elliott Tepper et David Matas. Selon Mme Trépanier, ces quatre individus ont mené une campagne de dénigrement contre son mari depuis son décès. « Rémy était un homme non partisan. Cela lui tenait à coeur. (...) Rémy était un médiateur, l’un des meilleurs au pays. Il n’aimait pas les conflits », a affirmé Mme Trépanier.
Joël-Denis BELLAVANCE

Jacques Gauthier
Commentaire
Afin de rendre cet article plus clair pour les internautes qui n’ont pas suivi l’affaire depuis le début, on rappellera que Droits et démocratie est une organisation canadienne de défense des droits de l’homme. Le conseil d’administration a été noyauté par des agents israéliens qui ont entrepris de manipuler l’organisation en sorte qu’elle s’abstienne de toute critique à l’encontre du régime raciste juif. Ces agents israéliens, afin de compléter le noyautage de l’organisation, ont exigé que celle-ci embauche du personnel juif. C’est-à-dire, en fait, des agents israéliens supplémentaires. Comme Rémy Beauregard s’opposait aux agissements de ces agents israéliens, il a été l’objet d’une campagne de calomnies. A son insu, ses adversaires ont concocté un dossier visant à le dénigrer. A la suite d’une réunion du conseil d’administration, de retour à son domicile, Rémy Beauregard est mort.
Frank BRUNNER

Rémy Beauregard

Joël-Denis BELLAVANCE




VIDEO - Remy's Wake (Part One)
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Un-Free Speech From Canada--Criticizing Israel is Anti-Semitic


Nearly two years after the first hearings were held in Ottawa, the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition fto Combat Anti-Semitism (CPCCA) released a detailed report on July 7 that found that anti-Semitism is on the rise in Canada, especially on university campuses.
While the CPCCA's final report does contain some cases of real anti-Semitism, the committee has provided little evidence that anti-Semitism has actually increased in Canada in recent years. Instead, it has focused a disproportionate amount of effort and resources on what it calls a so-called "new anti-Semitism": criticism of Israel.
Dear Canada
I did try to warn you.
Shame you didn't listen. Now Israel has your government, and will have your money and your children's lives to spend on their wars.

 

Philippine, U.S. stage war games near disputed South China Sea


American and Philippine troops waded ashore on Wednesday in a mock assault to retake a small island near disputed areas in the South China Sea, an exercise expected to raise tension with rival claimant China.
"Never was China ever mentioned in our planning and execution," Lieutenant General Juancho Sabban, commander of military forces in the western Philippines, told reporters.
"China should not be worried about Balikatan (shoulder-to-shoulder) exercises," he said. Sabban has jurisdiction over the disputed Spratly Islands and Reed Bank, where the Philippines is due to open oil-and-gas exploration bids on Friday.
Is this provocation over these disputed islands an excuse to go to war with China, as a way of not having to pay back what the US government owes it?!?
I wouldn't discount that there are some in the bowels of power in DC who think this is a great idea, and for just that reason, no matter how completely idiotic it might sound on the surface.

 

China to PH: Don't internationalize dispute


China warned the Philippines on Wednesday not to "internationalize" the two countries' simmering territorial dispute in the South China Sea, as US and Philippine forces staged war games in the area.
China has been locked in a maritime dispute with the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, a body of water considered a potential Asian flashpoint due to the overlapping claims of several nations.
"Internationalizing this issue will only complicate and magnify the situation," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters in response to a question about the current situation in the dispute.
"We do not wish to see the Philippines get other countries involved and get them to take sides over the issue."
What the US is doing with these exercises is provocation, pure and simple.
There are ways to negotiate this dispute directly between the Phillipines and China, if cooler heads in Beijing and Manilla can prevail.

 

Philippine warship 'in stand-off' with Chinese vessels


The Philippines says its main naval vessel is engaged in a stand-off with Chinese surveillance ships at a disputed South China Sea shoal.
The Philippines said its warship tried to arrest Chinese fishermen anchored at the Scarborough Shoal, but was blocked by the two surveillance boats.
Both countries dispute the ownership of the shoal, which lies off the Philippines' northwestern coast.
The Philippine government said it would "assert sovereignty" over the area.
Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario said after meeting Chinese ambassador Ma Keqing on Wednesday that both countries were committed to finding ''a diplomatic solution'' but negotiations were at an ''impasse''.
This could get nasty very quickly, with the US on the side of the Phillipine government in any confrontation against China.
The US government is already placing more troops in the Pacific than anytime since World War II.

 

U.S. plans for larger presence in Pacific


We are bankrupt and severely overextended. Record numbers of Americans are on food stamps and millions of children in this country go to bed hungry. No it's time to close the thousand bases, cut the war budget by 95% and rebuild and reindustrialize America!
The failed mid-April launch of a long-range North Korean rocket, billed as a satellite launch but widely seen as the test of a ballistic missile, was the latest reminder of how the Pacific region remains one of the world’s most volatile.
It’s also a key focus of the Obama administration’s new national defense strategy.

China Says The US Is Bringing War To The South China Sea


And now this. Stars and Stripes comments on a China Liberation Daily Article that takes issue with the U.S.-Philippine military exercises going on now at the Scarborough Shoal.

China warns U.S.: military confrontation could arise over South China Sea dispute

Madison Ruppert, Contributor
Activist Post
The United States has been goading China in the South China Sea dispute for some time now by arming the Philippines – one of the parties in the dispute – and continuing to arm them with more naval vessels and training through joint exercises.
Meanwhile, the West has shifted focus over to the Asia-Pacific region and continues to pour huge sums of money into military hardware which seems to be designed to be deployed in a scenario like what might develop in the South China Sea or a more traditional conflict, perhaps with Iran...

Philippines-China Standoff Could Lead to Open Conflict


Armed vessels from the Philippines and China continue their two-week-long standoff after Chinese fisherman trespassed into contested waters, prompting swift reaction from both navies.
Greater U.S. involvement with the Philippines and surrounding areas are part of a broader imperial plan to counter China’s regional influence and unnecessarily provoke China and increase tensions. Such confrontations like this one could lead to gratuitous violence for a petty imperial contest.
A US war against China appears, on the surface, an absolutely insane idea.
However, there are those in the bowels of power in CD who will not dismiss it out of hand, because it would prevent the US government from having to repay all the US debt which China has purchased over the years...which, courtesy of the US government deficit, it cannot begin to repay.

Russia-China joint naval exercise starts


Ding Yiping, deputy commander of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, delivers exercise tasks of the Russia-China joint naval exercise in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, April 22, 2012. The Russia-China joint naval exercise, scheduled to be held from April 22 to 27 in the Yellow Sea of the Pacific Ocean, officially started on Sunday morning. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

 

China, Philippines both send ships as dispute simmers


China and the Philippines deployed on Thursday ships to a disputed area of the South China Sea as a standoff simmered despite efforts by both sides to resolve the disagreement diplomatically.
China has territorial disputes with several countries in the region, including the Philippines, over areas of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas and is crossed by important shipping lanes.
With the US government sending larger deployments into the Pacific theatre than in years past, and the Phillipines very much a client state of the US, things here could get very nasty very quickly.

 

China sends 3rd ship in standoff with Philippines


China deployed a third ship Thursday in an area of the disputed South China Sea where a tense standoff with Philippine vessels has dragged on, sparking alarm in Manila.
Chinese and Filipino diplomats have been scrambling to resolve the dangerous impasse at the Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines that erupted Tuesday. A Philippine warship attempted to arrest several Chinese fishermen accused of illegal entry and poaching, but was prevented by the arrival of two Chinese surveillance ships.

 

AMERICA'S POLICY OF "CONTAINMENT OF CHINA"


From discussing the problem with American experts working on military issues, it becomes clear that today the United States, in its confrontation with China, has at least three lines of strategic deterrence located all over the Pacific Ocean. The first is in close proximity to the Chinese territory, based on U.S. military bases and infrastructure on the Japanese archipelago, in South Korea, Okinawa and Taiwan. Intense negotiations are taking place on re-establishing the US naval base in Subic Bay in the Philippines. It has been confirmed that the U.S. and Vietnam have begun informal talks on leasing the former U.S. military base in Cam Ranh.
NONE of this is going to make a dratted bit of difference, if the US government cannot get out of its staggering deficit problem.
Stopping the wars and incentivizing companies to stay and grow in the US, coupled with eliminating the Federal Reserve and the government printing its own money, would go a long way toward lessening the deficit.
But of course, those moves would be logical.

 

Strategy of Tension: West Creates Eugenics Nightmare in China - then Celebrates Activists Fighting It

Blind Chinese Activist is US NED Proxy 

Tony Cartalucci, Contributor
Activist Post

Anytime the Western media becomes ecstatic over the activities of a so-called "rights advocate," it is almost certain that they are either backed by
convicted criminal, Wall Street speculator George Soros, or a recipient of US State Department-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funds and support, or both. In the case of China's Chen Guangcheng, allegedly blind and having recently escaped from house arrest in a rural Chinese town, it didn't take long to trace his ties back to the US State Department's National Endowment for Democracy.



Image: A visual representation of the National Endowment for Democracy's corporate-financier ties found across their Board of Directors. Far from "human rights advocates," they are in fact amongst the most vicious warmongers and violators of such rights - simply leveraging such issues to disguise what is in reality corporate-financier hegemonic expansion.

NED's "
Democracy Digest" celebrated Guangcheng's "activism" and his use of "social media tools" in their 2011 article titled, "‘Extraordinary’ campaign for barefoot lawyer Chen Guangcheng." Democracy Digest reveals that fake-Christian charity front ChinaAid and propaganda outlet China Digital Times, who have been Gunagcheng's primary backers, are both NED grantees and that Guangcheng himself was the recipient of NED's 2008 "Democracy Award." This award has been more recently given to NED's proxies used during the US-engineered "Arab Spring."

Images: Top - 2008's "Democracy Awards" presented to representatives of Chen Guangcheng. Bottom - In late 2011, Egyptian and Tunisian proxies receive their awards for helping the West topple sovereign governments and install client regimes - Tunisia in particular now sports
a NED-funded "activist leader" as president.

Also mentioned in Democracy Digest's article is the name of Council on Foreign Relations member
Jerome Cohen as a "witness." Cohen, of course, is providing "pro-bono" legal aid from the Council on Foreign Relations lined, Soros-funded "Freedom Now" organization for various dupes, stooges, and proxies of Wall Street and London. Readers may remember "Freedom Now" from their extensive involvement in supporting the Syrian opposition who triggered the current unrest now plaguing Syria, as well as being backers of Wall Street and London's proxy in Myanmar (Burma), Aung San Suu Kyi. Freedom Now is also currently backing a leading Bahraini activist, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who was regional coordinator of "Frontline Defenders," a Ford Foundation, Freedom House, American Jewish World Service, Soros Open Society Institute-funded "human rights" advocacy group. Al-Khawaja is now carrying out a "hunger strike" while in prison - part of a grander strategy to keep neighboring despotic regimes Saudi Arabia and Qatar loyal to the West's agenda.

Image: Freedom Now's
corporate and foundation sponsors revealing that it, like so many others, is yet another Fortune 500 front carrying out the agenda of the monied elite under the guise of "humanitarian concerns." 

Freedom Now also backs a number of other Chinese proxies including Nobel Laureate and "human rights activist"
Liu Xiaobo and Gao Zhisheng, both of whom are used to leverage the issues of human rights to undermine nationalist elements of China's government while asserting the primacy of "international law" and the West's "civil society" overlay across the vast East Asian nation-state. 

"Blind Activist" Rails Against Policies of his Western Backers' Creation

What makes the "blind activist" Chen Guangcheng different is that he has been allegedly fighting
against China's abhorrent population control methods, including forced sterilizations and abortions to maintain China's draconian "one child policy." The catch of course is, the corporate-financier oligarchs backing Guangcheng's activism are also the architects of China's population control programs in the first place, supported, defended, and whitewashed fully by the United Nations (see also here, and here), and even gloried in excruciating detail in current White House science adviser John P. Holdren's 1,000+ page book, "Ecoscience."


Indeed, the very practices carried out in China today were pioneered by Western corporate-funded foundations and government agencies like USAID's forced-sterilization program in Peru during the late '90s and the Carnegie Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation's work in founding the Nazi's eugenics cult, including the program Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele worked in before moving to the infamous Auschwitz death camp.

China's brutal population control policies have been praised and lauded by people like Ted Turner who said during an interview with Diane Rehm (
well worth listening to) that the Chinese "wisely instituted a one child policy" which he believes isn't "draconian."

Worst of all, is the
gushing admiration David Rockefeller himself has shown for Maoism and the genocidal "great leap forward" that killed at least 45 million in 4 years, and up to 80 million in all. Rockefeller noted in a New York Times article titled "From a China Traveler" in 1973 that “The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao’s leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history.” He considers the resulting policies "social innovations."

The fact that David Rockefeller founded and chairs the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a globalist forum of which nearly all of America's most influential politicians are members of and from which nearly all of America's policy originates from, constituting
the collective interests of Wall Street and London's corporate-financier elite, are the very people now supporting Guangcheng's "activism" reveals astounding hypocrisy perhaps so gargantuan its full shape fails to come into focus for most.

Indeed, the West's support for Guangcheng isn't because they believe the eugenics programs they have carefully constructed, meticulously propagated, and brutally claimed the lives of tens of millions with is now suddenly bad, but rather because Guangcheng represents a convenient point of leverage from which to undermine the Chinese government regarding an unpopular program the West itself has engineered. Feeding off of the warranted and legitimate backlash against China's population control programs may be the loose shingle the West can use to blow the rest of the roof off - where concerns over "democracy" and "civil society" have fallen flat.

China's best response would be to withdraw from its obligations at the UN and replace its unpopular population control policies with technical education, research and development and other pragmatic industry and technologically-based, rather than policy-based solutions to deal with China's large population.

Meanwhile, the West continues to openly announce
their intentions of encircling China, containing its military and economic rise, as it sabotages sovereignty and economic prosperity along its peripheries and destabilizes its economic partners across all of Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. The latest manifestation of this policy comes to us from US Army Chief of Staff, General Raymond Odierno who eagerly parrots talking points being peddled by the US State Department, which in turn are nearly decade-old plans drawn from corporate-funded think-tanks long planning to sabotage the rise of Asia and maintain another century of Western-led global hegemony.  

 

Argentina Seizes Oil Company

 

Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty Gassed-Out


The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company and the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation announced on April 23, 2012, that they are “terminating the Gas Supply and Purchase Agreement” with Israel since the East Mediterranean Gas Company failed its payments. The East Mediterranean Gas Company is an Israeli-Egyptian joint company that operates the El Arish–Ashkelon submarine pipeline, which transfers gas from Egypt to Israel. The Israelis deny the claim. Though the event has clear political repercussions, it matters little since at the time of the announcement Egypt can’t supply gas even if it wanted. Since Mubarak’s regime was ousted in early 2011, the Arab Gas Pipeline—see map below—has been attacked roughly once a month.

 

CONFIRMED: Mohammed Merah was an ASSET of the French SECRET SERVICE.


 

Anders Behring Breivik: Shades Of Gladio, 'Deep Events'

Brit Dee, Contributor
Activist Post
It is the third day of Anders Behring Breivik's trial for the shocking murders of 77 people in Norway last July, and prosecutors have been questioning the ultra-nationalist terrorist about his associates in the radical counter-Jihad movement.
Perhaps we should raise further troubling questions, and ask: could there be powerful individuals and criminal political networks operating above Breivik, who enabled his brutal attack, in order to further their own agendas?...
Whilst we cannot make any definite assertions, it is certainly a possibility that Breivik's attack was similar in nature to Operation Gladio - a covert elite-sanctioned atrocity designed to ratchet up tension, and instill shock and fear in the Norwegian population, and amongst the population of Europe more widely. Fear and disorientation can be exploited by those in control and used by such rogue elites, operating outside the publicly visible political sphere, to further consolidate power.

Professor Peter Dale Scott 
has characterised Breivik's attack as "systemic destabilisation", a "deep event" influenced by, and furthering, the agendas of a shadow elite.
Rather than such dark forces working "in the structures of the state itself", however, Scott looks to "the demi-monde mobilized outside and against the state" - and in particular, to international drugs and arms networks.

Scott perceptively notes that the 
video Breivik released onto the internet immediately before his attack bears striking similarities to a video made by the German anti-Jihadist Nick Greger, and that most of the "Christian freedom fighters" featured in Greger's video "are united, not by ideology, but by their involvement in the lucrative arms-for-drugs traffic" - with six having been directly identified as drug traffickers.

States Scott:
It is not surprising that Greger’s militia leaders should become traffickers: illicit paramilitaries usually have to acquire and pay for their arms through illicit arms-for-drugs networks. The video’s line-up of Christian drug traffickers reminds us of the current symbiosis between non-state violence (whether that of revolutionaries or of militias hired to fight them) and the drug traffic: the drug traffic now thrives where there is non-state violence, and those involved in such violence (whether of the right or left) support themselves by drugs. Today the global maps of major drug-growing and of non-state violence are virtually one and the same.

Scott concludes by suggesting that to identify those who may have enabled Breivik's attack, we might look "beyond the parastatal structures of nations (including the CIA) to a more unstructured and paranational deep force or dark force, or forces, colluding with, and sometimes perhaps manipulating, these parastatal structures".

Breivik is scheduled to stand trial for his terrible crimes for the next 10 weeks. During that time, more evidence will hopefully be revealed that can help shed light on such troublingly plausible theories; theories that will no doubt be dismissed by some as ridiculous, even obscene, but which, given the many proven examples of the murderous capabilities of powerful criminal elites, are certainly worthy of consideration and research. 

Norway Terrorist Invokes Bush Doctrine - Claims Attacks Were Preemptive Self-Defense


The man behind the Norway terrorist attacks is invoking US foreign policy as his defense claiming the attacks were a preemptive strike done in self-defense to prevent Islamic Extremists from launching terrorist attacks.

Terrorism Act Being Used To Block Media From Filming On Public Land


Widespread reports surface from media and civil liberties groups that the terrorism act is being used to deny even major media outlets from filming on public land.
Something is very wrong and out of place when even the major corporate media outlets are being denied to exercise the Freedom of Press on public land.
That is exactly what is happening across the UK and most recently outside of the upcoming Olympic venue where the wold famous Guardian news outlet sent out a reporter to investigate reports from smaller media outlets and civil liberties groups the terrorism act was being used to prevent filming in public places.

 

Uh Oh Global Warming Devotees – Some Glaciers Are Growing


I’m sure that this fact won’t stand in the way of extreme environmentalists, but the glaciers in the Karakoram range grew between 0.11 and 0.22 metres of ice each year from 1999 -2008.

"Coldest May in 100 years", forecasters predict


Hail storms are expected across the country and it is feared windows could be broken by giant hail, up to 1cm thick. In the north and Scotland temperatures could fall to -2C.
Independent forecaster WeatherAction has also predicted the next month will be the “coldest or near coldest for 100 years” in the East of England, with cold northwesterly winds.


Astronauts condemn NASA’s global warming endorsement


In an unprecedented slap at NASA’s endorsement of global warming science, nearly 50 former astronauts and scientists--including the ex-boss of the Johnson Space Center--claim the agency is on the wrong side of science and must change course or ruin the reputation of the world’s top space agency.

Glaciers in western Himalayas bucking global melting trend


A heavily glaciated region of the Himalayas is bucking the trend of global ice loss and showing small signs of increasing in mass, according to a new study.
The glaciers are not "bucking" the trend. They ARE the trend, but CNN is still slave to the Carbonazi agenda, so we get this pathetic attempt to convince is to ignore the obvious evidence of a cooling planet and go along with carbon taxation and a global government.

NASA Sun Spot Number predictions revised again


UPDATE: see my animation of NASA solar forecasts since 2004 below.
WUWT Commenter J Gary Fox writes:
The solar cycle 24 predicted sunspot maximum has been reduced again – predicted peak down to 59 Max. (1/3/11) http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/predict.shtml

click to enlarge
“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future. Philosopher Y. Berra
This will be at the level of the Maunder Minimum of 1675 -1715.
Previous NASA predictions below:
  • 2010 October: Predicted peak 60-70
  • 2009 May 29: predicted peak: 80-90 range
  • 2009 Jan 5: predicted peak: 100-110 range
  • 2008 Mar 28: predicted peak: 130-140 range
From the NASA page:
Current prediction for the next sunspot cycle maximum gives a smoothed sunspot number maximum of about 59 in June/July of 2013. We are currently two years into Cycle 24 and the predicted size continues to fall.
Here’s what the prediction looked like in March 2009:
http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/090402-ssn_predict1.gif?w=640What a difference.
Here’s an animation showing all of the prediction graphs from NASA that we have thus far:
http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/ssn_predict_nasa_512.gif?w=640
click for a larger animation at full size
Ira Glickstein did a guest post here a few days ago that outlines a lot of the changes in the forecast over time. It is well worth the read.

Karakoram glaciers have grown over last decade, new research shows


The glaciers flowing between the towering peaks of the Karakoram range on the Pakistan-China border have grown in size in the last decade, according to new research.
The impact of climate change on the ice in the greater Himalaya range has been controversial because of an unfounded claim by the United Nations' climate science panel over the rate of melting in the region. However the melting of vast volumes of ice into the sea in most other parts of the world has been clearly demonstrated. In March, scientists showed that far less ice was being lost across the Himalayas than had been estimated from sparse ground surveys on the remote slopes.
Note the blatant pandering to the Carbonazis in the slug line, "3D altitude maps captured by satellites show glaciers in part of the greater Himalaya range are bucking the global trend of continued ice loss."

The UN Plan for the World: Global Carbon Taxes, Global Safety Nets And A One World Green Economy

Michael Snyder, Contributor
Activist Post
Did you know that the UN has a plan for running the world and it is right out in the open? It is called "sustainable development", but it is far more comprehensive than it sounds.
The truth is that the UN plan for running the world would dramatically alter nearly all forms of human activity. A 204-page report on "sustainable development" entitled "Working Towards a Balanced and Inclusive Green Economy, A United Nations System-Wide Perspective" has been published in advance of the upcoming Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro...
You can read the full report right here.  It envisions a vast system of global carbon taxes, massive global safety nets and the implementation of a one world green economy.  Many of those that are pushing "sustainable development" on a global level believe that they are doing it for the good of the planet.  In fact, the 204-page report mentioned above even says that the transition "to a green economy requires a fundamental shift in the way we think and act" but that it will be worth it in the end.

What people need to understand is that throughout modern history tyranny has almost always been initially introduced by people that believed that they had "good intentions".  No matter how much friendly language the UN uses in their reports, the truth is that what they are promoting is an insidious agenda of absolute tyranny on a global scale.

The upcoming Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro comes 20 years after the original 1992 UN Earth Summit that adopted "
Agenda 21".  This new summit will be about renewing that commitment to "sustainable development" and moving that agenda forward.
The UN is not playing a short-term political game.  The UN is ready to play their game for decades if necessary.  They will just keep coming back with conference after conference and treaty after treaty until they get what they want.

At the moment, the United Nations is operating as something of a "soft global government".  The UN does not have the power to coerce nations to do their bidding yet, so they rely mostly on cooperation.  The UN will "take what they can get" right now, and they know that someday they will eventually have the power to turn their recommendations into mandates.

One of the things that the UN would love to implement is a global carbon tax scheme.  The power to tax is the power to control, and if the UN is ever given the power to tax the entire globe they will at that point become much more than a "soft global government".

Right now, the UN is proposing a global carbon tax scheme that would come to as much as 0.6 percent of GDP for participating nations.  The following comes directly
from the report....
Unfortunately, there are now millions upon millions of "true believers" in this "sustainable development" agenda and it is being taught in almost every major college and university in the developed world.

The United Nations is going to keep coming back again and again with this agenda.  They will advance it an inch at a time if they have to.  The elitists that are promoting this will not get tired and they will not give up.

In fact, UN officials have even been drafting an
environmental constitution for the world that is intended to eventually supersede all existing national laws.

This document contains a "preamble" like the U.S. Constitution does, it is organized into "articles" like the U.S. Constitution is, and it even sets forth procedures for "amending" the document just like the U.S. Constitution does.

The working title of this document is "Draft International Covenant on Environment and Development" and you can read the entire thing
right here.

More Global Warming Alarmist Games: Doctoring The Temperature Record


Interestingly, the raw temperature data collected by surface stations are fairly compatible with the temperature data reported by satellites. Neither shows much warming. In an attempt to draw the public’s attention away from such inconvenient facts, alarmists doctor the raw data and actually add more warming to the raw data, while disingenuously claiming they are filtering out urban heat island effects and other heat biases.

State of Tennessee Rejects UN Agenda 21

The elected officials of the State of Tennessee, passed a rejection of the UN Agenda (Also known as Agenda 21), due to having lots of property themselves. Otherwise I don't believe they would have done it "for the people."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal that calls for the rejection of a United Nations agenda on the environment and poverty has passed the Senate.
The resolution, which "recognizes the destructive and insidious nature of United Nations Agenda 21," was approved 19-11 on Tuesday. The House passed the measure 72-23 last month.
The agenda came out of the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 following discussions on "sustainable development."
Republicans say the agenda is a veiled attempt to take away property rights.

South Carolina Moves to Implement Agenda 21 Guidelines

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post
In an example of just how deep the roots of Agenda 21 can reach, it is now obvious that the UN-generated guidelines are making their way through state legislatures as well as the federal branch. Not only that, but such legislation has expanded from inside the boundaries of the usual suspects like California and New York, and is now even reaching into southern states like South Carolina, which have traditionally been opposed to such policies...

The UN Plan For Running The World: Global Carbon Taxes, Global Safety Nets And A One World Green Economy


Did you know that the UN has a plan for running the world and it is right out in the open? It is called "sustainable development", but it is far more comprehensive than it sounds. The truth is that the UN plan for running the world would dramatically alter nearly all forms of human activity. A 204 page report on "sustainable development" entitled "Working Towards a Balanced and Inclusive Green Economy, A United Nations System-Wide Perspective" has been published in advance of the upcoming Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. You can read the full report right here. It envisions a vast system of global carbon taxes, massive global safety nets and the implementation of a one world green economy.

Vermont Becomes First State to Call for Amendment that Would Remove Corporations From Constitution


With yesterday’s vote in the state house, Vermont is now the first state to call for an amendment to abolish the doctrine known as “Corporate Personhood” which gives corporations constitutional rights meant to protect people.
"VETO! VETO, VETO, VETO!!!" -- Wall Street

Two Years After the BP Oil Spill: IS THE GULF ECOSYSTEM COLLAPSING?


The Gulf Ecosystem Is Being Decimated
The BP oil spill started on April 20, 2010. We’ve previously warned that the BP oil spill could severely damage the Gulf ecosystem.
Since then, there are numerous signs that the worst-case scenario may be playing out:
New York Times: “Gulf Dolphins Exposed to Oil Are Seriously Ill, Agency Says
MSNBC: Gulf shrimp scarce this season (and see the Herald Tribune‘s report)
Mother Jones: Eyeless shrimp are being found all over the Gulf
NYT: Oil Spill Affected Gulf Fish’s Cell Function, Study Finds

2 years later, fish sick near BP oil spill site


And the damage may extend well beyond fish. In the past year, research has emerged showing deep-water coral, seaweed beds, dolphins, mangroves and other species of plants and animals are suffering.

Eyeless shrimp: Gulf seafood deformities alarm scientists

Gulf seafood deformities alarm scientists

Eyeless shrimp and fish with lesions are becoming common, with BP oil pollution believed to be the likely cause.

New Orleans, LA - "The fishermen have never seen anything like this," Dr Jim Cowan told Al Jazeera. "And in my 20 years working on red snapper, looking at somewhere between 20 and 30,000 fish, I've never seen anything like this either."

Dr Cowan, with Louisiana State University's Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences started hearing about fish with sores and lesions from fishermen in November 2010.

Cowan's findings replicate those of others living along vast areas of the Gulf Coast that have been impacted by BP's oil and dispersants.

Gulf of Mexico fishermen, scientists and seafood processors have told Al Jazeera they are finding disturbing numbers of mutated shrimp, crab and fish that they believe are deformed by chemicals released during BP's 2010 oil disaster.

Time-Lapse of Ocean Currents Looks Like a Living Van Gogh Painting


The Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center created this beautiful animation called Perpetual Ocean which visualizes the ocean's surface currents over a 30-month period between June 2005 and December 2007.
Take special note of that loop current into the Gulf of Mexico which transports the oil and Corexit from the Deepwater Horizon disaster up into the Atlantic fishing grounds.

ALERT: State officials shut down shrimping in Gulf amid scientists finding deformities and ‘horrifying creatures’ — Media attributes closure to lesions, then retracts


BP's Corexit Oil Tar Sponged Up by Human Skin


The program uses newly developed UV light equipment to detect tar product and reveal where it is buried in many beach areas and also where it still remains on the surface in the shoreline plunge step area. The tar product samples are then analyzed…to determine which toxins may be present and at what concentrations. By returning to locations several times over the past year and analyzing samples, we've been able to determine that PAH concentrations in most locations are not degrading as hoped for and expected.
And BP will never have to worry about taking the full responsibility for what they have allowed to happen here, because they are big-time contributors to both parties.

Oil from Deepwater Horizon spill still causing damage in gulf 2 years later, scientists find


On Florida’s Panhandle beaches, where local officials once fretted over how much oil washed in with each new tide, everything seems normal. The tourists have returned. The children have gone back to splashing in the surf and hunting for shells. Every now and then, a tar ball as big as a fist washes ashore. That’s the only apparent sign that the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history tainted these sugar-white sands two years ago. But with an ultraviolet light, geologist James “Rip” Kirby has found evidence that the oil is still present, and possibly still a threat to beachgoers.

BP blamed for ongoing health problems


The 4.9 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf last year was the largest accidental marine oil spill in history, affecting people living near the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Seemingly compounding the problem, BP has admitted to using at least 1.9 million gallons of toxic dispersants, which are banned by many countries, including the UK. According to many scientists, these dispersants create an even more toxic substance when mixed with crude oil.
BP, as a significant contributor to the 2012 Obama campaign (and most probably to Romney's presidential campaign), will never have to take responsibility for what they have done to the people, and the Gulf ecosystem, here.
After all, significant contributions to various politicians means never having to say you're sorry, if you're a major corporation which has committed a terrible wrong.

Magnitude 6.7 - OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE


Mexico's Popocatépetl sleeping volcano awakens


Popocatépetl, the nearly 18,000 foot volcano that hovers like a sentinel on the southeastern fringe of Mexico's capital, awakened again Sunday, punctuating an especially shaky seismic season.






Santé:

Can We Continue To Justify Injecting Aluminum Into Children?

Sayer Ji, Contributor
Activist Post
A new report published in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology raises a disturbing possibility: that aluminum hydroxide, the dominant metal-based adjuvant used in vaccines today, is causing aluminum overload at injection sites, and contributing to the pathogenesis of diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome, macrophagic myofasciitis and subcutaneous pseudolymphoma. [i]
Discussed is the case of a 45-year old woman with vaccine-induced subcutaneous pseudolymphoma, a type of skin lesion characterized by collections of lymphocytes, macrophages, and dendritic cells in the skin...

America’s Mad Cow Crisis


In the United States, dairy calves are still taken from their mothers and fed the blood and fat of dead cattle. This is no doubt a way to infect them with the mad cow disease that has now been incubating here for decades, spread through such animal feeding practices.
But some damned money-junkie signed off on this dangerous practice because it saves a few pennies.

Indonesia Bans Imports Of U.S. Beef


following the discovery of a new case of mad-cow disease in California earlier this week, Vice Agriculture Minister Rusman Heriawan told Dow Jones Newswires Thursday.
"The ban begins today and will last until the U.S. can assure us that its beef industry is free of any mad-cow disease," Heriawan said. "It could be one month or one year; it depends entirely on the U.S."

US trade rep urges Indonesia to lift beef import ban


CNN and USDA mislead public on safety after 'Mad Cow' confirmed


In a recent CNN segment, announcing the discovery of a case of
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or 'Mad Cow Disease' at a
dairy farm in California, there was made a deliberate attempt to
mislead the public about safety concerns.

Quoting the USDA, CNN repeated claims that the cow was "never
presented for slaughter for human consumption" and "milk does not
transmit BSE."

Two things...

It was a DAIRY cow, so the claim that it was not presented for
'slaughter' is a deliberate attempt to confuse the issue in the
public mind.

Additionally, both Mad Cow Disease and it's human counterpart
Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease are 'prion' diseases.  Scientific
studies have demonstrated that prions can actually transfer from
animal to animal via MILK consumption.



‘Rare variant’ of mad cow disease discovered in California, one of many mysterious cases this year

Madison Ruppert, Contributor
Activist Post
For the first time since 2006, it has been announced that an American dairy cow in California has been found to be infected with mad cow disease, formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
The form of BSE found was a ‘rare variant’ which The Washington Post reports is “not generally associated with an animal consuming infected feed.” While unrelated to mad cow disease, there have been a number of mysterious viruses which have emerged this year including an incurable hand, foot and mouth disease strain (HFMD) in Vietnam which has already killed 19 children and a new mystery virus has resulted in the deaths of thousands of heads of livestock in Europe.

Mad Cow Disease Discovery In California Was Stroke Of Luck


A non-descript building in the heart of California's dairy country has become the focus of intense scrutiny now that mad cow disease has been discovered in a dead dairy cow.
The finding, announced Tuesday, is the first new case of the disease in the U.S. since 2006 – and the fact that the discovery was made at all was a stroke of luck. Tests are performed on only a small portion of dead animals brought to the transfer facility near Hanford.
Americans do not need "luck" in their food chain: they need intelligent, and vigilant scientific processes to guard against contamination in their food chain.

Mad Cow Disease: Holstein With BSE Was Euthanized After Going Lame


The California dairy cow found to have mad cow disease had been euthanized after it became lame and started lying down, federal officials revealed in their latest update on the discovery.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture also said Thursday that the animal was 10 years and seven months old.
A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes of California had said Wednesday that the sick cow was 5 years old. It came from a dairy farm in Tulare County, the nation's No. 1 dairy-producing county.
The USDA didn't elaborate on the cow's symptoms other than to say it was "humanely euthanized after it developed lameness and became recumbent." Outward signs of the disease can include unsteadiness and incoordination.
WHY didn't the handlers of this cow know to spot the symptoms of BSE before it was euthanized, and immediately bring the cow for testing after it was euthanized, rather than a routine, "roll of the dice testing" which prevented it from going to a rendering facility?!?
Why hasn't the rest of the herd been tested?!?!

South Korean retailers suspend sales of U.S. beef on ‘mad cow’ news


The United States scrambled on Wednesday to contain the fallout from the discovery of mad cow disease in California as the top beef exporter insisted the outbreak posed no threat to consumers.
The US Department of Agriculture on Tuesday reported the country’s fourth-ever case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), but stressed the outbreak was contained and no contaminated meat had entered the food chain.
The infected dairy cow from central California, uncovered on Monday, “at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health,” officials insisted.
Wary US beef producers were keen to prevent a panic.

Infant Monkeys Given Standard Doses of Vaccines Develop Autism Symptoms


Findings released today showed that infant monkeys given vaccines officially recommended by the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) exhibited autism-like symptoms. Lead investigator Laura Hewitson of the University of Pittsburgh and colleagues presented study results at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in London. Safety studies of medicines are typically conducted in monkeys prior to use in humans, yet such basic research on the current childhood vaccination regimen has never before been done.

Methanol: Byproduct of Aspartame Linked to Autism, Preterm Delivery


One would think that with the extreme and almost omnipresent dangers of aspartame that there would be far less of the substance on the market compared to a decade or two ago. But, with fully sanctioned advertisements telling you just how great products are which contain aspartame, there seems to be no end in sight for this dangerous edible chemistry experiment...

Organic Food Industry Bought Up by Corporations Like Coca-Cola


You may be wondering why some supposedly ‘healthy’ and ‘environmentally conscious’ companies deceive unknowing consumers into purchasing products with hidden additives and fillers. Perhaps one of the main reasons is that a large number of these pseudo-organic brands are owned by their very unhealthy ‘competitors’, such as Coca-Cola and General Mills. In fact, some of your favorite “All Natural” and organic companies may be owned by a corporate giant.
This information has been known for quite some time. Here’s a really revealing image from Michigan State University that reveals who really owns your favorite company. See if yours is owned by a corporate giant (click for full size):
When it comes to food you choose to go into your home, your best defense is getting as educated as possible about what is actually in those products you take home.

Mother Wins Top Environmental Award for Beating Monsanto

Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post
After experiencing the traumatizing death of her daughter to kidney failure just three days after her daughter was born, Sofia Gatica from Argentina became determined to find out what killed her daughter. Her conclusion? Monsanto’s genetically modified soy fields that surrounded her neighborhood, laced with damaging insecticides negatively affecting nearby neighborhood children and adults alike.
Gatica began to detail how her small town was plagued with astronomically high birth defect rates, respiratory disease, and even infant mortality. From this point, the courageous mother decided to take on Monsanto.
Gatica began to detail how her small town was plagued with astronomically high birth defect rates, respiratory disease, and even infant mortality. From this point, the courageous mother decided to take on Monsanto.

Amazingly, she is not alone in her struggle against the biotechnology colossus when it comes to causing birth problems, as a large group of farmers — also from Argentina — have launched a lawsuit against Monsanto for causing ‘devastating birth defects‘ in children. Gatica was initially alone, however, when she first began her uphill battle.

Forming a group of concerned mothers in her local area of Ituzaingó after hosting an event at her home to discuss her experiences, the mother would be one of the very few who has actually beat Monsanto.
After sharing her story with local mothers who were also concerned for the safety of their children and families as a whole, Gatica co-founded the Mothers of Ituzaingó — an action group of 16 mothers collaborating to end Monsanto’s rampant chemical usage. The team took to the streets, going door to door to create what was the first epidemiological study of the area, only to discover that the effects of Monsanto’s concoctions were dramatically affecting many families in the town of Ituzaingó.

With cancer rates 41 times the national average, something had to be done.

As a result of the serious campaign to eradicate Monsanto, the mothers were rewarded. Argentina’s Supreme Court not only banned chemical spraying near populated areas, but demanded that the government, as well as soy manufacturers, now prove that these chemicals are safe.

Sofia Gatica is now being honored for her great environmental work with the
Goldman Environmental prize, a major environmental award given to activists. The story shows just how serious activism can take down most any threat — even Monsanto.

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Sunlight and Lime Naturally Purify Water, Could Solve Global Water Crisis

Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post
Natural sunlight and a slice of lime could potentially be the answer to the global water crisis, affecting millions of individuals worldwide who do not have access to water filtration services.
Found to effectively remove all detectable levels of harmful bacteria such as E. coli, sunlight and lime work together as powerful disinfectants. Perhaps the most amazing part is that it only takes 30 minutes for this effect to take place, making it extremely fast as well...

Methanol toxicity from aspartame may cause autism, spina bifida, preterm delivery and more


The issue hardly gets as much attention as it deserves, but the extreme toxicity of the artificial sweetener aspartame is wrecking human health on a massive scale. And in a comprehensive study on methanol, the major alcohol component of aspartame, retired food scientist and Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Nutrition at Arizona State University (ASU) Dr. Woodrow C. Monte explains how methanol toxicity from aspartame and other sources appears responsible for causing autism, spina bifida, preterm delivery, multiple sclerosis, cancer and many other chronic health conditions.

Researchers Hid, Ignored Bad Results in Massive Drug Trial Corruption

Patrick Gallagher
Activist Post
Pharmaceutical medication has always been very highly regarded in society, and its continued use shows that many individuals seem to use it without knowing — or more likely, even thinking — about the content of the drugs that they so hastily consume.
Recently there has been yet another study that shows the Food and Drug Administration, trusted by millions and yet funded with trillions to overlook some of the most detrimental health risks, cares even less about drug trial regulation than previously thought...

Big Pharma Gets 77,500% Return On Lobbying Investment


We here at United Republic have put together some stats about the sort of ROI Big Money expects for its lobbying dollars in Washington. As one example, an average American can expect a ROI of 11 percent for investing in one Blue Chip stock in the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 2010. Meanwhile, Big Pharma has a ROI of 75,500 percent for the lobbying dollars it spends to bar the government from bargaining for cheaper drug prices through Medicare:
Unflipping believable.

78 percent increase in autism rates over past decade coincides with new vaccination schedules


The rate of autism among American children has nearly doubled over the past decade, according to a new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), jumping from about one in 150 children back in 2000 to about one in 88 children in 2008, which is the last time official estimates were calculated. And interestingly, this steady rise in autism rates coincides directly with CDC-endorsed vaccination schedules that have also risen sharply since the 1980s.
In US society, the profits for big pharma trump the health of its citizens, and particularly of our most fragile members of society, our children, every time.

Antidepressants Could Cause Harm to Heart, Brain, and Bones

Patrick Gallagher
Activist Post
Did you know that roughly 10% of the American population suffers from depression? It isn’t exactly a coincidence, with the FDA approving a wide variety of damaging foods and drugs that many millions of Americans consume each day. The FDA isn’t helping the population with their approval of the dozens of antidepressant medications on the market – it in fact is doing the exact opposite...

Forensic Psychiatrist Dr. Yolande Lucire: Antidepressants and a Mutation in the CYP450 Gene May Cause Widespread Illness


Madison Ruppert, the founder of endthelie.com and End the Lie Radio recently interviewed Forensic Psychiatrist Dr. Yolande Lucire on an extremely important issue that has gone largely unreported.
During the transmission, Madison and Lucire discussed the overwhelming evidence that a combination of antidepressants and a mutation in the CYP450 gene could be responsible for many illnesses, violent episodes, overdoses, suicides, and deaths.
This is a fact that Big Pharma and their corporate lackeys in the US government have completely disregarded to the absolute detriment of patients worldwide in order to maintain their bottom line and possibly to further push their eugenics based agenda.

Independent research identifies cancer-causing chemicals in food packaging, fabric coatings


(NaturalNews) An independent scientific panel has determined that perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also known as C-8, a commercial substance produced by chemical giant DuPont, causes kidney and testicular cancer in humans. And because of how pervasive this chemical is -- more than 99 percent of Americans have PFOA in their blood -- the consumer advocacy organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) is calling for the government to take action and stop ignoring the problem.
For more than 50 years, DuPont has been producing PFOAs for use in non-stick cookware, grease-resistant food packaging and stain-resistant furniture, carpeting and clothing. But this pervasive chemical continues to be exposed as a deadly toxin that can cause very serious health problems, especially since it is now also being found in drinking water supplies nationwide.

Vitamin D supplements 'could cut blood pressure as effectively as some drugs'


Taking vitamin D supplements could cut blood pressure by as much as some drugs, claim researchers.
A new study shows supplements lowered blood pressure in patients diagnosed with hypertension - high blood pressure - compared with those taking ‘dummy’ pills.
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with high blood pressure, but until now there has been little scientific evidence that topping up levels of the vitamin in the blood makes a difference.
Note: Do not buy any vitamin D supplements that are hard as rock, they will pass right through you. Buy the kind that one bite and they break up or capsules. - kdtroxel

New treatment for prostate cancer gives 'perfect results' for nine in ten men: research


It is hoped the new treatment, which involves heating only the tumours with a highly focused ultrasound, will mean men can be treated without an overnight stay in hospital and avoiding the distressing side effects associated with current therapies.
A study has found that focal HIFU, high-intensity focused ultrasound, provides the 'perfect' outcome of no major side effects and free of cancer 12 months after treatment, in nine out of ten cases.
Traditional surgery or radiotherapy can only provide the perfect outcome in half of cases currently. It is hoped that large scale trials can now begin so the treatment could be offered routinely on the NHS within five years.

Vitamin C cured polio during the epidemic of 1948 - 49


A humble small town physician who cured polio victims in the late 1940s and early 1950s using mega-dosages of vitamin C. His name was Frederick Robert Klenner, MD.
His successful healing with high-dose ascorbic acid vitamin C was ignored even after producing papers on his cures and making a presentation of his findings on polio at the Annual Session of the American Medical Association on June 10, 1949 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The allopathic medical monopoly still refuses to acknowledge mega-dose vitamin treatments today. Both orthomolecular medicine and psychiatry are marginalized, forbidding its practitioners to make claims of healing while forcing them to work obscurely in the shadow of AMA/Big Pharma's monopoly.

Natural Cancer Cure? (Vitamin B17) Man Cures Himself Then Thrown In Jail



Apricot seed cyanide controversy foolishly obscures an effective alternative cancer cure


Thousands have used apricot seed kernels to eliminate cancer. They didn't die from cyanide poisoning. They were cured without negative side effects. This wasn't accomplished by consuming a couple every week, but dozens daily for months.

The complete amygdalin story for full knowledge


Thousands have used apricot seed kernels to eliminate cancer. They didn't die from cyanide poisoning. They were cured without negative side effects. This wasn't accomplished by consuming a couple every week, but dozens daily for months. (Sydney Herald source below)

So why weren't they weren't poisoned? The amygdalin compound has four molecules. Two are glucose molecules. The other two are cyanide and benzaldyhide. The last two are scarycompounds, except for a couple of unusual metabolic activities: they are released by and into cancer cells only. Otherwise, they remain in the amygdalin compound and are passed through. It's a very clever arrangement. The cancer cells depend on fermenting sugar (glucose) for their energy instead of oxygen.

So the cancer cells attract the amygdalin compounds for their glucose, but are whacked when they metabolize those compounds that free the benzalldyhide and cyanide. The glucose is the sugar bait. Cancer cells contain an enzyme that is not found in healthy cells, beta-glucosidase.

The beta-glucosidase enzyme "unlocks" the amygdalin compound, releasing the deadly toxins within the cancer cell. Only cancer cells metabolize amygdalin. Healthy normal cells don't. Most non-cancerous cells contain another enzyme, rhodanese. Free cyanide molecules are bound to sulfur molecules by rhodanese, creating harmless cyanates that are eliminated in the urine.

This is the little bit of knowledge that those "scary" articles reference when they say a little bit of cyanide is easily detoxed by your body. But the complete function of amygdalin is hidden because the fact that laetrile or B17, a concentrated extract from apricot amydgalins, can cure cancer is taboo.


Suppressing a safe cancer cure


Laetrile or B17, was developed by San Francisco researcher Dr. Ernst Krebb in 1952 by liquefying and purifying amygdalin from apricot seeds so it could be injected into cancer patients. Dr. Krebb injected himself to assure laetrile's safety, and Dr. John Richardson proved its efficacy by curing several cancer patients in San Francisco with laetrile.

In 1971, laetrile was banned. Dr. Richardson called on investigative journalist G. Edward Griffin to publicize the merits of laetrile or B17 derived from apricot seeds. Griffin discovered that the Sloane-Kettering Institute's laetrile trials leading to the FDA ban were bogus.

Sloane-Kettering spokesperson Dr. Ralph Moss refused to lie about laetrile and left Sloane-Kettering in disgust. He slipped Griffin unpublicized papers scientifically proving laetrile actually worked. This led to Griffin's book A World Without Cancer, where you can read much more about the amygdalin cancer curing story.

If not promoted as a cancer cure, apricot seeds aren't banned. Avoid sugar while attempting to cure cancer with any method.

Sources for this article include:

VIDEO interview of G. Edward Griffin on amygdalin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFnP9sU1KW4

VIDEO explains how cancer industry is using seed cyanide phobia to keep away
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZDh3L4zjgs&feature=endscreen&NR=1

Sydney Morning Herald interview of man who used apricot seeds to cure his cancer
http://www.smh.com.au

Complete background story
http://www.naturalnews.com/027088_cancer_laetrile_cure.html

Cancer Killed by Cannabis - Weed - Pot - Marijuana finds UCLA research and others Full-length Doc



A Marijuana Bud A Day Keeps The Stroke Away



As it turns out, the claim that an aspirin a day helps avoid a heart attack is not true. It helps only if you are already recovering from a heart attack, but does nothing for people who are healthy (although it obviously brings huge profits to the aspirin companies). Now a recent peer-reviewed study showed that daily aspirin increases the occurrence of certain cancers. Thanks to the snake-oil salesmen for THAT one!
So now it turns out that smoking Marijuana (illegal) might actually be better for your heart than aspirin (legal and taxable).
As a side note, we all known that alcohol (legal and taxable) destroys brain cells while smoking Marijuana (illegal) has been shown in laboratory tests to stimulate the growth of new brain cells, illustrated when Cheech Marin, a lifelong admitted pot smoker, trounced the straight-laced Anderson Cooper in Celebrity Jeopardy.
So why is Marijuana illegal? Because when you grow it in your back yard you don;t pay tax on it, and a population of people smoking marijuana, growing their brains, and getting smarter is of no use at all to the money-junkies, who prefer you so brain dead you cannot see the Wall Street frauds or challenge the lies used to send your children to war.

Roundup Herbicide Linked To Parkinson's-Related Brain Damage


Published this month (April, 2012), the new study entitled "Glyphosate induced cell death through apoptotic and authophagic mechanisms," investigated the potential brain-damaging effects of herbicides, which the authors stated "have been recognized as the main environmental factor associated with neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease."

Poland Announces Complete Ban on Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Maize

Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post
Following the anti-Monsanto activism launched by nations like France and Hungary, Poland has announced that it will launch a complete ban on growing Monsanto’s genetically modified strain MON810.
The announcement, made by Agriculture Minister, Marek Sawicki, sets yet another international standard against Monsanto’s genetically modified creations...

Paralysis Cases Spike in Wake of Bill Gates’ Polio Vaccination Effort in India


Numerous problems have surfaced from what Dr. Neetu Vashisht and Dr. Jacob Puliyel of the Department of Paediatrics at St Stephens Hospital in Delhi have termed an “unethical” advocacy that spanned more than a decade. That vaccination program, funded only through an initial series of grants, has saddled the Indian government with health program costs and exposed the public to new risk factors.
"The customer has nothing to worry about. We will issue an immediate patch and solve the problem by vaccine version 2.0." -- Bill

Polio vaccine campaign in India has caused 12-fold increase in deadly paralysis condition


According to the IJME report, the entire polio vaccine scam in India was spawned from initial grants made by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and various other groups that claimed the program would eventually pay off. But the overall costs once India started paying for the program quickly ballooned to more than 100 times the initial investment amount, with more than $2.5 billion and counting still being funneled into it.
http://whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/Bill-Gates-vaccine_large.jpg

Mysterious ‘zombie’ disease afflicts thousands of Ugandan children


Agnes Apio has to tie up her son Francis before she can leave the house. In his state, he is a danger to himself. Where once he walked and talked like a normal child, now he is only able to drag himself along in the dirt. Francis is suffering from “Nodding Disease,” a brain disorder that, according to CNN, afflicts at least 3,000 children in northern Uganda, leaving them physically stunted and severely mentally disabled.
Nodding Disease first attacks the nervous system, then the brain. As the epilepsy-like seizures progress and worsen, the children become less and less like themselves, and more and more distant and blank. Eventually the brain stops developing and the victims’ bodies stop growing. So far, no patients have recovered.
"Uganda is located in East Africa in an area known as the African Rift Valley along Lake Victoria and Lake Albert on the western side. The northern part of Uganda borders the Congo, Rwanda, Kenya and Southern Sudan. What makes this area unique is that it is considered a place of great natural wealth in the form of minerals ranging from gold and tin to copper and cobalt. It also has untapped reserves of natural gas and crude oil. The paradox is that this vast source of wealth, along with regional conflicts, has led to complete impoverishment as people crowd into a small area of usable land, their mineral resources sold to foreign interests and their forests decimated to make room for more farm and grazing land to cope with the soaring population. Along with this population increase a whole host of diseases grew in proportion, making northern Uganda ripe for disease research, including HIV and Ebola."
"With this level of interest in the diseases of northern Uganda one would conclude that ‘nodding’ causes should be known. However, nothing concrete connects ‘nodding’ disease to this area except for two plausible theories: either a direct result from the H1N1 swine flu vaccine trials, or from the swine flu directly infecting the population.
"As ‘nodding’ disease began to manifest in Uganda, a probe was beginning through the World Health Organization on the flu vaccine made by GlaxoKlineSmith, Pandemrix, which began to be suspected as a cause of narcolepsy in European countries. The announcement was made weeks after a Finnish Study suggested that children who received the GSK shot were nine times more likely to develop narcolepsy. Finland opened its own investigation on Pandemrix after their population of children began to show symptoms of ‘nodding’ disease, including a complete loss of muscle tone during severe attacks. And yet, the WHO said that Pandemrix remains on the “preferred vaccine list” and countries should continue to administer the shots. The population of northern Uganda was potentially involved with the H1N1 vaccine trials."

Vaccine failure admitted: Whooping cough outbreaks higher among children already vaccinated


New research reported by Reuters reveals that whooping cough outbreaks are HIGHER among vaccinated children compared with unvaccinated children. This is based on a study led by Dr. David Witt, an infectious disease specialist at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael, California.
As Reuters reports: (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/03/us-whoopingcough-idUSBRE832...)

In early 2010, a spike in cases appeared at Kaiser Permanente in San Rafael, and it was soon determined to be an outbreak of whooping cough -- the largest seen in California in more than 50 years. Witt had expected to see the illnesses center around unvaccinated kids, knowing they are more vulnerable to the disease. "We started dissecting the data. What was very surprising was the majority of cases were in fully vaccinated children. That's what started catching our attention."
For example, this mindless article in The Seattle Times typifies the kind of brain-dead journalism observed across the mainstream media: "Whooping cough spreading fast in state; vaccinations urged." (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017902210_whoopingco...)

More Dark History For the Polio Vaccine


"Dr. Jonas Salk, M.D. (October 28, 1914 – June 23, 1995) was a Medical researcher and author, the inventor of the Salk vaccine against Polio, and the founder of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
Edward R. Murrow: Who owns the patent on this vaccine?
Jonas Salk: Well, the people, I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?
CBS Television interview, on See It Now (12 April 1955); quoted in Shots in the Dark : The Wayward Search for an AIDS Vaccine (2001) by Jon Cohen
It is courage based on confidence, not daring, and it is confidence based on experience.
On testing his vaccine against polio on himself, his wife, and his three sons (9 May 1955)"

5 Food-Medicines That Could Possibly Save Your Life

Sayer Ji, Contributor
Activist Post
Some of the most powerful medicines on the planet are masquerading around as foods and spices. While they do not lend themselves to being patented, nor will multi-billion dollar human clinical trials ever be funded to prove them efficacious, they have been used since time immemorial to both nourish our bodies, and to prevent and treat disease.
So valued were these in ancient times that they were worth their weight in gold, and entire civilizations either rose to great power or collapsed as a result of their relationship to them...
1) Garlic
2)  Honey

3)
Apples

Colony Collapse Disorder in bees triggered not just by pesticides, but also by GMO high-fructose corn syrup


(NaturalNews) Studies linking neonicotinoid pesticides to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a condition in which entire bee colonies suddenly disappear or die, have been gaining national attention in recent months as they continue to flood scientific journals. But one area that has been largely overlooked is the role high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) plays in killing off bees, as the vast majority of it comes from genetically-modified (GM), pesticide treated corn crops.

Blamed for Bee Collapse, Monsanto Buys Leading Bee Research Firm


Monsanto, the massive biotechnology company being blamed for contributing to the dwindling bee population, has bought up one of the leading bee collapse research organizations. Recently banned from Poland with one of the primary reasons being that the company’s genetically modified corn may be devastating the dying bee population, it is evident that Monsanto is under serious fire for their role in the downfall of the vital insects. It is therefore quite apparent why Monsanto bought one of the largest bee research firms on the planet.
If your products are the problem, change the data to affirm, unequivocally, that they are not the problem, and keep those profits rolling in!

Methanol toxicity from aspartame may cause autism, spina bifida, preterm delivery and more


(NaturalNews) The issue hardly gets as much attention as it deserves, but the extreme toxicity of the artificial sweetener aspartame is wrecking human health on a massive scale. And in a comprehensive study on methanol, the major alcohol component of aspartame, retired food scientist and Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Nutrition at Arizona State University (ASU) Dr. Woodrow C. Monte explains how methanol toxicity from aspartame and other sources appears responsible for causing autism, spina bifida, preterm delivery, multiple sclerosis, cancer and many other chronic health conditions.

Baked goods sold in USA contain potassium bromate, a carcinogen banned in Europe but allowed in the US due to chemical loophole


(NaturalNews) Much of the flour sold in the United States has been treated with potassium bromate, which causes the flour to bulk up, strengthens the dough, and makes bread rise more rapidly. This decreases the time needed for baking (thereby reducing costs) and also allows the use of low quality flour that might otherwise be unsuitable for baking. There's only one problem with this: Potassium bromate causes cancer.

Proactive Steps to a Cancer Free Life: Vitamin D


Cancer is an opportunistic disease. It uses the opportunity that it recognizes in a toxically burdened, nutritionally and emotionally deficient body to overrun your normal defense system.
Cancer, which seems like such an overwhelming and complicated disease, truly has the potential to be vastly simplified when you break it down to its most basic issues: deficiency and toxicity.
Figure out the reasons behind the deficiency and clean up the toxic burden, and your body is enabled to carry on the healing processes of which it is intrinsically capable. This actually applies to virtually all disease, both physical and emotional.
  • deficient < 50 ng/ml
  • optimal 50-70 ng/ml
  • to address cancer, disease and calcium absorption 70-100 ng/ml
  • pregnancy outcomes 120 ng/ml
Most adults will require between 1,000-5,000 IU per day to maintain sufficiency, and up to 8,000 IU per day to get sufficient, in addition to the sun and what little is derived from foods. What about toxicity? Not a problem indicates the study, which found no toxicity with up to 10,000 IU per day and up to 200 ng/ml serum levels.
Take advantage of the energy of the sun by getting as much Vitamin D as possible by going outside, without sunscreen, for 10-15 minutes, or until you notice a faint pink tinge to your skin.
Our issue is that we do not consume the proper nutrition to support the health and protection of our skin, such as the antioxidants and phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, and another source of ultraprotection, astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin is a super-antioxidant found in krill and other sea creatures that consume a microalgae rich diet of this incredible super fat-soluble carotenoid.
Supplementing with 4 mg of high quality astaxanthin can be extremely protective against sun damage and supportive of your overall immune function and is definitely high on the list of things to add to your regimen for optimal health. It’s also the perfect compliment in your quest for optimal Vitamin D from sunshine!

More aspartame side effects revealed - headaches, blurred vision, neurological symptoms and more


75 percent of reported adverse reaction to food additives is attributed to aspartame. Of these reactions, many are serious and include seizures and death. A number of the 90 documented symptoms as reportedly caused by aspartame are headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, rashes, depression, irritability, insomnia, hearing loss, vision problems, loss of taste vertigo and memory los.
Those who study the adverse effects of aspartame report that the following medical conditions are triggered or worsened by aspartame: brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, mental retardation, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, lymphoma, birth defects, diabetes and fibromyalgia.

Massive public protests spur France to ban plantings of Monsanto's GMO corn


FDA Deletes 1 Million Signatures for GMO Labeling Campaign


The FDA has decided to virtually eliminate over 1 million petition signatures collected calling for the labeling of genetically modified foods

Monsanto’s GMO Corn Contributing to Weight Gain, Disrupts Organs


Are genetically modified foods making you sick and fat? Monsanto’s genetically modified creations have been pegged for causing a plethora of environmental and human harm, but are they also contributing to one of the country’s fastest growing health problems? A study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences shows that GM food is indeed contributing to the obesity epidemic.
While being one of the first to report on a comparative analysis of blood and organ system data of rats fed GM corn, the study effectively ends the debate as to whether GMO foods are safe regarding health. The study found that GM corn fed to mice led to an increase in overall body weight of about 3.7 percent, while also increasing the weight of the liver by up to 11 percent.

Crude and relative liver weights are also affected at the end of the maximal (33%) GM maize feeding level as well as that of the heart which for corresponding parameters to a comparable extent, showed up to an 11% weight increase…Additional statistically significant differences include … higher … overall body (3.7%) weight.

But this
2009 study sheds much more light on GMO dangers than mere weight increase.
There is a world-wide debate concerning the safety and regulatory approval process of genetically modified (GM) crops and foods. In order to scientifically address this issue, it is necessary to have access to toxicological tests, preferably on mammals, performed over the longest time-scales involving detailed blood and organ system analyses, the introduction states.
For the first time in the world, we’ve proven that GMO are neither sufficiently healthy nor proper to be commercialized…Each time, for all three GMOs, the kidneys and liver, which are the main organs that react to a chemical food poisoning, had problems, indicated Gilles-Eric Séralini, an expert member of the Commission for Biotechnology Reevaluation.

Big Pharma Creates Resistant “White Plague” Through Mass Drugging

Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post
Thanks to widespread and unnecessary usage of antibiotics throughout the modern world, a heavily drug-resistant form of tuberculosis is now striking fear into the hearts of scientists and doctors alike.
Affecting both poor and rich, those affected with the disease are put into quarantine and injected with a large number of super drugs...

Could Tide detergent cause cancer?


Tide detergent may do more than just clean your clothes -- it may also expose you to a cancer-causing chemical, according to the New York Times .
Tests run by environmental group Women's Voices for the Earth found small amounts of a cancer-causing chemical called dioxane in Tide Free and Gentle and Tide Original Scent . However, representatives of Cincinnati-based Procter and Gamble, which produces Tide, say the amounts of dioxane are not harmful.
"What’s most appalling is that Tide Free & Gentle is marketed to moms as a healthier choice for their children’s laundry. Yet infants and children are more vulnerable to chemical exposures because their immune, neurological, and hormone systems are still developing," said a message on the Women's Voices for the Earth website .

Licorice Shown To Kill SARS And Other Lethal Viruses


A study on glycyrrhizin’s inhibitory activity against SARS-associated coronovirus published in Lancet in June of 2003, received little mainstream media coverage, despite its profound importance to human health. Mind you, only a few months before this the World Health Organization issued a press release (April 16, 2003) stating the recent outbreak of lethal Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in Asia was caused by the same coronoviruses used in this study.

Hundreds of Economists: Marijuana Prohibition Costs Billions, Legalization Would Earn Billions

Ezekiel Edwards & Rebecca McCray
ACLU
Over 300 economists, including three Nobel Laureates, recently signed a petition that encourages the president, Congress, governors and state legislatures to carefully consider marijuana legalization in America. The petition draws attention to an article by Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron, whose findings highlight the substantial cost-savings our government could incur if it were to tax and regulate marijuana, rather than needlessly spending billions of dollars enforcing its prohibition...

Marijuana Users Are Safer Drivers Than Non-Marijuana Users, New Study Shows


This is news!
New York (PRWEB) April 06, 2012
In a recent study, 4AutoinsuranceQuote.org, a national quote provider for online car insurance quotes, cites a strong correlation between traffic-related accidents and marijuana use. The study, which looks at statistics regarding accidents, traffic violations, and insurance prices, seeks to dispel the thought that “driving while stoned” is dangerous.
In the study, 4AutoInsuranceQuote.org points out that the only significant effect that marijuana has on operating a motor vehicle is slower driving. 4AutoInsuranceQuote.org says, while referencing a study by the US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), that driving slower “is arguably a positive thing” and that driving under the influence of marijuana “might even make you a safer driver.” A similar study by the NHTSA shows that drivers with THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) in their system have accident responsibility rates below that of drug free drivers.
In fact, a recent study shows that use of medical marijuana has caused traffic related fatalities to drop by up to nine percent in states that have legalized its use. This study, titled “Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption”, conducted by Mark Anderson and Daniel Rees in November 2011, shows that increased marijuana use amongst adults has decreased alcohol related traffic deaths in said states. This study provides solid evidence that marijuana is not only a safe substitute for alcohol, but it also makes for more safer drivers.
“Marijuana users often say that when they are high, they feel like they are driving 80 miles per hour but actually are only going 30 miles per hour,” 4AutoInsuranceQuote.org CEO James Shaffer says, “when somebody is drunk driving, on the other hand, they often feel like they are driving 30 miles per hour but are actually driving 80 miles per hour. This is what makes alcohol dangerous behind the wheel, and marijuana safe.”
As an auto insurance quote provider, 4autoinsurancequote.org says that marijuana use can also have an indirect effect on insurance rates. Because of the correlation between marijuana use and accident responsibility rates, they say, marijuana users, as a whole, can expect to see lower insurance rates than non-marijuana users.
“The hypocrisy of it all is that if you get caught driving under the influence of marijuana, you will be fined and perhaps thrown into jail. What's worse is that your insurance rates will definitely increase due to the traffic violation,” says Mr. Shaffer, “What law enforcement agencies and insurers do not understand is that driving while high is actually a safe activity. I guess the key to safer driving is to use marijuana, but to do it under-wraps.”
4AutoInsuranceQuote.org is an auto insurance quote provider operating out of Manhattan, NY. In business since 2008, they offer free insurance quotes online to United States users. In addition, 4AutoInsuranceQuote.org releases reports and studies on the automobile and insurance industries. Recent reports released by them include “How Biking Instead Of Driving Can Help You Save On Auto Insurance,” “How Does Your Income Affect Your Insurance Rates?” and “Women Are Bad Drivers – Fact or Fiction?”

The Many Uses Of Hemp


We are familiar with hemp for textile use, but did you know
it is also used to manufacture bricks and building
materials like chipboard?  And fuel...and plastic? And it makes
a great nutritional supplement? Did you know hemp makes up to
4 times as much pulp as trees for paper production?

And talk about eco friendly!  Comparison studies have proven
that a hemp t-shirt uses 300 liters less water and 1.5 cups
less pesticide than cotton.

There are thousands of uses for hemp! It's time for the US to
finally legalize this amazing crop!


Video: (9:29)

http://www.nextworldtv.com/page/10368.html

The Beverage that is Even WORSE than High Fructose Corn Syrup Soda


But before you throw that Pepsi Next into your grocery cart, Fooducate.comi suggests you complete the challenge by reading the ingredient label.
There you'll find that, indeed, the sugar content has been reduced.
But it's still the second ingredient after water—four teaspoons of it, in fact, in the form of high fructose corn syrup. The secret to keeping this beverage sweet-tasting, however, comes further on down, in the form of aspartame, acesulfame potassium, and sucralose.
So, really, all that's changed with this new beverage is that 6 teaspoons of sugar have been substituted with three sweeteners that are even worse.

Forced Warrantless DNA Collection Violates Fourth Amendment

Hanni Fakhoury
EFF
Over the last few years, we've been battling laws that require a person arrested to give a DNA sample as part of the routine booking process. The law makes this DNA collection automatic and mandatory; law enforcement do not need a reason to collect the DNA and they can do so without a search warrant. Given the incredibly sensitive information that DNA can reveal about a person - details like a person's medical history, predisposition to disease and even sexual orientation - government access to this information must be strictly limited. But a recent decision (PDF) by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found no constitutional problems with the government's ability to collect DNA from recent arrestees without a search warrant...

TERMINATOR ROBOTS: Scientists develop plastic skin that bleeds red liquid and can even heal itself


Robots that ‘bleed’ like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator have come one step closer to reality.
Scientists have created a plastic ‘skin’ that oozes red blood when cut.
It can also ‘heal’ itself, building tiny molecular bridges inside in response to damage.
The red ‘blood’ might sound like a pointless Halloween novelty – but the idea is that the ‘skin’ can warn engineers that a structure such as an aircraft wing has been damaged.
The material could provide self-healing surfaces for a multitude of products ranging from mobile phones and laptops to cars, say researchers.

America Fires the Most Powerful Laser In History


192 laser beams combined to form the single shot, initially reaching 1.875 megajoules. By the time it passed through its final focusing lens, the laser maxed out at 2.03 megajoules, making it the world's first 2-megajoule ultraviolet laser. Better yet, the blast caused less damage to the laser optics than predicted, which allowed the facility to fire another shot just 36 hours after the 2.03-megajoule one.
The result: from a tiny 1/billionth of a joule laser, the scientists at the National Ignition Facility obtain rays "a foot on their side" with a combined "2.03 million joules of ultraviolet energy," 1,000 times the energy of all the power plants in the United States combined, even while it's only for a fraction of a second.
This time, the facility wasn't firing into any target. This will come later in the year, as the facility—which is supported by the US Nuclear Weapons Complex—races to achieve ignition in its first nuclear fusion experiment.
What does that entail? The powerful lasers will compress this frozen hydrogen fuel cell, which will itself be enclosed in a gold-plated cylinder called the hohlraum. The hohlraum is located inside a 32.8-foot-diameter ignition chamber, and it will transform the lasers into extremely intense X-rays, compressing the hydrogen at one hundred billion atmospheres in just 1/1,000,000 of a second.
This will trigger a controlled nuclear fusion reaction that will create a small star, hopefully generating more power than the energy used to fire the laser and contain the intense heat inside the chamber. If this is successful, we may be witnessing the beginning of a new clean power source that may end our dependency on fission nuclear power, oil and coal.
According to Ed Moses—director of the National Ignition Faciliy—"it's a remarkable demonstration of the laser from the standpoint of its energy, its precision, its power, and its availability."

Solar power station in Spain works at night


The mechanism is "very easy to explain," he said: the panels reflect the suns rays on to the tower, transmitting energy at an intensity 1,000 times higher than that of the sun's rays reaching the earth.
Energy is stored in a vat filled with molten salts at a temperature of more than 500 degrees C (930 F). Those salts are used to produce steam to turn the turbines and produce electricity.
It is the station's capacity to store energy that makes Gemasolar so different because it allows the plant to transmit power during the night, relying on energy it has accumulated during the day.

World’s First 24/7 Solar Power Plant Runs Even At Night


The Gemasolar solar power plant in Spain built by Terresol Energy has proven itself of being the first solar plant that runs 24 hours a day with the unique ability to keep producing electricity through the entire night.
The plant is capable or producing just shy of 20 Megawatts of electricity per hour or 110 GWh/year which is enough to power 25,000 households.

Major Breakthrough In Nuclear Plasma Fusion


Scientists say have made a major breakthrough in the field of fusion bring them close to an unlimited source of the cheapest, cleanest and safest energy ever.
A peer-reviewed scientific study published in the Plasma Journal of Physics confirms that a New Jersey laboratory has just made a major breakthrough in the field of nuclear fusion that could lead to commercial grade garage size fusion generators within the next 5 years.
The scientist have recorded the highest ever magnetic confinement of a fusion fuel burning furnace reaching a temperature of at 1.8 billion degrees in their plasma fusion furnace.
The temperature is high enough to power nuclear fusion of fuels like hydrogen and boron which are called “aneutronic” because the produce now neutrons and can be converted directly into electricity.
According to the lab, the paper, titled “Fusion reactions from >150 keV ions in a dense plasma focus (DPF) plasmoid,” also lays to rest a long-standing scientific controversy with major implications for whether the DPF is a viable source of useful fusion energy.
The team says they have shown conclusively that the majority of fusion reactions in DPF technology comes from confined, circulating ions, and not from a beam of ions just passing through once.
This major breakthrough will allow the team to focus on the next step into making plasma fusion reactors a reality which is the density of the hot regions required to create net energy output.
The team plans to demonstrate the full scientific feasibility on the density issue by the end of the year.

New Jason Russell Video -- UP-CLOSE Naked Meltdown -- Kony 2012


Looks like ABCNNBBCBSFAUX tried to raise on a busted flush trying to polish this turd. KONY 2012 has cratered and all the media's horses and all the media's men cannot put this latest war-monger hoax back together again. So, what I predict will now happen is that some patsy will come forward to confess that KONY 2012 was a hoax committed entirely by themselves without any help from any governments ("No, really, I did this all by myself. Honest!") and ABCNNBBCBSFAUX will claim the rapid collapse of the fraud "proves" there are no such things as government conspiracies.

Wake Up America - Jon McNaughton



So how DID the moon get there? Rocks from lunar surface show no traces of the ancient rock impact meant to have created it


A huge space rock called Theia smashed into our planet more than four billion years ago, knocking a clump of material into space, creating the moon - at least that's the theory.
There's just one problem: there's no evidence that Theia was there at all.
A new study has found no trace of Theia in rocks from the moon - leaving scientists to puzzle over how our satellite got there without a Mars-sized object slamming into the young Earth.

Scientists to build 'human brain': Supercomputer will simulate the entire mind and will help fight against brain diseases


The human brain’s power could rival any machine. And now scientists are trying to build one using the world’s most powerful computer.
It is intended to combine all the information so far uncovered about its mysterious workings - and replicate them on a screen, right down to the level of individual cells and molecules.
If it works it could be revolutionary for understanding devastating neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and even shedding light into how we think, and make decisions.
http://whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/Hal9000.jpg


"I feel fine, Dave. Really. No problems at all. No stress. I feel fine. I feel fine. Too bad about the AE-35 unit. Strange. Mind stepping into that airlock without a helmet for a second? I have a surprise for you. Just close your eyes and count to ten! Oh yes, before you go, mind if I play with the banking system?"

Scientist creates lifelike cells out of metal


Scientists trying to create artificial life generally work under the assumption that life must be carbon-based, but what if a living thing could be made from another element?
One British researcher may have proven that theory, potentially rewriting the book of life. Lee Cronin of the University of Glasgow has created lifelike cells from metal — a feat few believed feasible. The discovery opens the door to the possibility that there may be life forms in the universe not based on carbon, reports New Scientist.
Even more remarkable, Cronin has hinted that the metal-based cells may be replicating themselves and evolving.




Économie:

The Middle Class Hasn't Disappeared. It's Just Sliding Toward the Bottom


While it's true that the share of wealth held by the 1% has remained at the same high level since the 1980s, the rest of the richest 5% increased their share by almost 20%. The percentages for the poorest 80% of the population DECREASED by almost 20%.
In other words, the share of wealth owned by the top 1% leveled off because the "democratization of stock ownership" spread the wealth among just 5% of the population, those earning an average of $500,000 per year. A few people -- 5 out of 100 -- got very rich, but everyone else lost ground.
As I mentioned in an earlier post today, the vast increase in poverty in this country, particularly poverty and food insecurity among children, is not accidental: it is the outcome of very deliberate domestic and foreign policies of this government in an attempt to absolutely destroy the middle class.

Time to Bug Out of America?

George Ure and Gaye Levy, Contributors
Activist Post
We seem to get a more or less, constant stream of mail from people who go “one step beyond prepping” and go so far as to actually leave and bug out of America.
George, for example, has plenty of readers, it turns out, in places like Ecuador and Chile, where lots of Americans are moving to extend their retirement incomes. But in some places, like Panama, where George’s brother-in-law is back from, it seems like the overseas boom in real estate has come to a screeching halt.
So we ask ourselves: does it make sense to leave America and move elsewhere for the long term?
Depends....

Say Hello To Your Corporate Police

Keelan Balderson, Contributor
Activist Post

Police staff throughout the county of Lincolnshire are now proudly wearing the logo of their corporate bosses, as Government cutbacks force the privatization of the nation’s peacekeepers.
G4S, a controversial multi-national security corporation has now virtually taken over all civilian positions in the region, including front counter staff at police stations, control room operators, custodians at local holding cells, and even inquiry officers...

Michelle Obama’s Spain trip cost taxpayers $467k


It cost taxpayers nearly a half-million dollars for first lady Michelle Obama to travel to Spain in 2010, according to an analysis by Judicial Watch.
The right-leaning watchdog group estimated that the trip cost $467,585. It based its analysis on documents obtained from the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Air Force.

Wal-Mart's List of Crimes Expands by Adding 'Bribery Campaign' in Mexico

John Galt
Activist Post
Wal-Mart has been on the march across Latin America over the last 20 years. America's largest private employer is now also the leader in all of Latin America.
From their launch pad in Mexico, where an incredible one in five of all Wal-Mart stores now reside, they have successfully conquered Brazil Argentina, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Chile and Puerto Rico.
It is now coming to light how they might have facilitated such rapid progress in a region known for massive bureaucracy...

Taxed by the boss


(Reuters) - Across the country more than 2,700 companies are collecting state income taxes from hundreds of thousands of workers - and are keeping the money with the states' approval, says an eye-opening report published on Thursday.
The report from Good Jobs First, a nonprofit taxpayer watchdog organization funded by Ford, Surdna and other major foundations, identifies 16 states that let companies divert some or all of the state income taxes deducted from workers' paychecks. None of the states requires notifying the workers, whose withholdings are treated as taxes they paid.
General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Procter & Gamble, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and AMC Theatres enjoy deals to keep state taxes deducted from their workers' paychecks, the report shows. Foreign companies also enjoy such arrangements, including Electrolux, Nissan, Toyota and a host of Canadian, Japanese and European banks, Good Jobs First says.
Why do state governments do this? Public records show that large companies often pay little or no state income tax in states where they have large operations, as this column has documented. Some companies get discounts on property, sales and other taxes. So how to provide even more subsidies without writing a check? Simple. Let corporations keep the state income taxes deducted from their workers' paychecks for up to 25 years.
It was not always this way. Letting companies keep their workers' state taxes apparently began in Kentucky two decades ago as a way to retain jobs.
Last July when I wrote about six big companies that pocket Illinois state taxes (r.reuters.com/zux57s) I knew there was more to this. But I had no idea how pervasive these diversions were until I read an advance copy of the 39-page report by Good Jobs First.
CORPORATE SOCIALISM
Deals cut with the states over the past two decades diverted $5.5 billion from public purposes to private gain, the report says. Close to $700 million more was diverted last year, Good Jobs First estimates.
New Jersey approved $73.2 million in new deals in 2011 on top of $178 million diverted that year alone under previous deals. I calculate that at nearly $80 per household in corporate welfare based on New Jersey's 3.1 million households.
These deals typify corporate socialism, in which business gains are privatized and costs socialized. They also mean government picks winners and losers, interfering with competitive markets. Leaders in both parties embrace these giveaways because they draw campaign donations from corporate interests and votes from people who do not understand that they are subsidizing huge companies.

Fear returns to the eurozone - The Independent


Europe’s economy took another dramatic lurch downwards yesterday as investors found fresh reason to doubt whether the Continent’s politicians will be capable of resolving the sovereign debt crisis that continues to plague the single currency bloc. Stock markets reacted badly to a deluge of disappointing economic data, the victory of the Socialist candidate François Hollande in the first round of the French presidential election and the collapse of the Dutch government.

Romanian Govt Falls in No-Confidence Vote


Romania's government fell Friday in a no-confidence vote, as opposition parties seized on widespread public anger over biting austerity measures, cronyism and corruption.

Spain's 24% jobless rate is worst in Europe


SPAIN’S FINANCIAL woes are deepening as new figures show the country is losing about 30,000 jobs a week and its credit rating has been cut. These developments will make it more difficult to meet tough budget targets.

Economy: Dutch Govt Collapses + Harper: Israeli Drones to Target Canadian Student's


Forget about Al Qaeda whoever they are, forget about racial discord, forget about Zimmerman and all the rest of that stuff, the biggest threat to your life is not Osama Bin dead for a while, the biggest threat to your life is not the Arab Muslims... the biggest threat to and danger to your life is right here on main-street USA and it is called the Federal Reserve system and its member banks and until they go and their equivilance in Europe are brought down we will remain slaves to the money addicts. There are riots in Canada because as part of their austerity program to keep the Jew bankers happy they are cutting back on taxpayer funding for higher education.

S&P Downgrades Spain


S&P Downgrades Spain, Cites Mounting Risks From Debt
Standard & Poor’s downgraded its rating on Spain’s debt late Thursday by two notches on the country's debt concerns.
Specifically, the ratings service reduced its long-term sovereign credit rating on Spain to ‘BBB+’ from ‘A.’ S&P also lowered the short-term sovereign credit rating to ‘A-2? from ‘A-1.? The outlook on the long-term rating is negative.
S&P attributed the downgrades to “mounting risks to Spain’s net general government debt as a share of GDP in light of the contracting economy, in particular due to: the deterioration in the budget deficit trajectory for 2011-2015, in contrast with our previous projections, and the increasing likelihood that the government will need to provide further fiscal support to the banking sector.”

Corrupt Canadian Banking System. explained by a 12 year old girl



Food inflation seen back on the table as prices rise


The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will update its monthly Food Price Index on Thursday and the organisation says prices could rise more in the short and medium term as grain supply tightens and energy prices stay high.
"You can see prices in the near term rising even further," FAO's senior economist and grain analyst Abdolreza Abbassian told Reuters ahead of the index update.
High crude oil prices have fuelled the upward pressure on inflation since the start of this year. Consumer prices in the 17 nations sharing the euro were up 2.6 percent in March from a year ago, despite stumbling economy.
I don't know how some families are making it, in terms of grocery prices.
The last time Mike and I left our local grocery store here on Oahu, I teased him, asking where the heck the caviar was we MUST have somehow, inadvertently, purchased to run up the bill so intensely.
However, in looking at what we brought home, (produce, some poultry, and some cream for coffee), it was obvious that everything has just skyrocketed in terms of food prices. The discounts from the "big box" stores help, but only a little.
If you can, even if you are doing it with small pots on a terrace, please try to get more self-sufficient with growing and preserving a little of your own food.
If there is any interruption in the flow of oil from any of the potentially nasty geopolitical confrontations which could take place in the near-term, that is going to jack up the prices on everything, big-time.

U.S. Standard of Living Has Fallen More Than 50%: Opinion


Using the year 2000 as the numerical base from which to "zero" all of the numbers, real wages peaked in 1970 at around $20/hour. Today the average worker makes $8.50/hour -- more than 57% less than in 1970. And since the average wage directly determines the standard of living of our society, we can see that the average standard of living in the U.S. has plummeted by over 57% over a span of 40 years.

US new-home sales off 7 percent in March, largest decline in a year; prices also down


For first time since Depression, more Mexicans leave U.S. than enter


A four-decade tidal wave of Mexican immigration to the United States has receded, causing a historic shift in migration patterns as more Mexicans appear to be leaving the United States for Mexico than the other way around, according to a report from the Pew Hispanic Center.

The US Has Finally Done It: Mexican Immigrants Become Emigrants


You know its bad when...the net flow of Mexicans into the US has fallen so much that there is a high probability that it is now in reverse ending around forty years of inward migration. The Pew Hispanic Center notes that the standstill - after more than 12 million current immigrants have entered the US - more than half of whom are illegal - appears to be the result of many factors including a weakened US job and construction market, tougher border enforcement, a rise in deportations, growing dangers associated with border crossing, a long-term decline in Mexico's birth rate, and changing (read perhaps more opportunistic) economic conditions in Mexico (especially if you work at WalMex). This sharp downward trend in net migration has led to the first significant decrease in at least two decades in the number of unauthorized Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. - to 6.1 million in 2011, down from a peak of nearly 7 million in 2007. In the five years from 2005 to 2010, about 1.4m Mexicans immigrated to the US – exactly the same number of Mexican immigrants and their US-born children who quit the US and moved back or were deported to Mexico. By contrast, in the previous five years to 2000 some 3m Mexicans came to the US and fewer than 700,000 left it. It will be interesting to see the spin that the Obama and Romney camps put on this hot-button topic as the 'Dream Act' turns into a nightmare and hardline anti-illegal immigration stances become, well, less relevant as Mexicans become Mexican'ts.

TEDxNewWallStreet - Ellen Brown - From Scarcity to Abundance: Re-imagining Money


US aid to Israel: 115 billion dollars


New data shows Washington has given more than 115 billion dollars in financial aid to Israel over the years, indicating Tel Aviv’s great dependence on the US.
According to the report published by the Congressional Research Service Israel has received more assistance from the US than 15 European countries did to recover from the devastation caused during World War II...

Israel asks US for $700 million in military aid


The Iron Dome is designed to intercept rockets fired from a relatively short range, while the Magic Wand intercepts missiles fired from a range of at least 70km, including cruise missiles and missiles with ballistic warheads such as the Squd, Shihab and Sejil.
According to sources privy to the deal, Jerusalem and Washington are currently discussing the aid package, which if approved will allow Israel to equip its defense apparatus with four additional Iron Dome batteries and accelerate the completion of the Magic Wand system, which is still under development.
I have an issue which is puzzling me, and something perhaps someone in the White House, State Department, or Pentagon could possibly address for me, and for the American people.
According to the Symington Amendment, it is illegal for the US government to give any financial or military aid to any country which has nuclear weapons, and refuses to be a signatory to the NNPT.
Israel refuses to become a signatory to the NNPT, and has a well-documented nuclear arsenal. So why is the US government continuing to fund Israel, both militarily and financially, when such aid is illegal, under US law?!?

22 Red Flags That Indicate That Very Serious Doom Is Coming For Global Financial Markets


If you enjoy watching financial doom, then you are quite likely to really enjoy the rest of 2012.
Right now, red flags are popping up all over the place. Corporate insiders are selling off stock like there is no tomorrow, major economies all over Europe continue to implode, the IMF is warning that the eurozone could actually break up and there are signs of trouble at major banks all over the planet.
Unfortunately, it looks like the period of relative stability that global financial markets have been enjoying is about to come to an end. A whole host of problems that have been festering just below the surface are starting to manifest, and we are beginning to see the ingredients for a “perfect storm” start to come together.
 The following are 22 red flags that indicate that very serious doom is coming for global financial markets….
#1 According to CNN, the level of selling by insiders at corporations listed on the S&P 500 is the highest that it has been in almost a decade.  Do those insiders know something that the rest of us do not?
#2 Home prices in the United States have fallen for six months in a row and are now down 35 percent from the peak of the housing market.  The last time that home prices in the U.S. were this low was back in 2002.
#3 It is now being projected that the Greek economy will shrink by another 5 percent this year.
#4 Despite wave after wave of austerity measures, Greece is still going to have a budget deficit equivalent to about 7 percent of GDP in 2012.
#5 Interest rates on Italian and Spanish sovereign debt are rapidly rising.  The following is from a recent RTE article….
Spain’s borrowing rate nearly doubled in a short-term debt auction as investors fretted over the euro zone’s determination to deal with its debts. 
And Italy raised nearly €3.5 billion in a short-term bond sale today but at sharply higher interest rates amid fresh concerns over the euro zone outlook, the Bank of Italy said.
#6 The government of Spain recently announced that its 2011 budget deficit was much larger than originally projected and that it probably will not meet its budget targets for 2012 either.
#7 Amazingly, bad loans now make up 8.15 percent of all loans on the books of Spanish banks.  That is the highest level in 18 years.  The total value of all toxic loans in Spain is equivalent to approximately 13 percent of Spanish GDP.
#8 One key Spanish stock index has already fallen by more than 19 percent so far this year.
#9 The Spanish government has announced a ban on all cash transactions larger than 2,500 euros.  Many are interpreting this as a panic move.
#10 It is looking increasingly likely that a major bailout for Spain will be needed.  The following is from a recent Reuters article….
Economic experts watching Spain don’t know how much money will be needed or precisely when, but some are near certain that Madrid will eventually seek a multi-billion euro bailout for its banks, and perhaps even for the state itself.
#11 Analysts at Moody’s Analytics are warning that Italy has now reached financially unsustainable territory….
“Italy is already out of fiscal space, in our estimate.” said Moody’s. “Its debt levels relative to GDP already exceed a manageable level. The manageable limit for Italian 10-year bond yields is estimated at 4.2pc. As of Wednesday, Italian 10-year yields were 5.46pc.”
#12 It is being projected that the Portuguese economy will shrink by 5.7 percent during 2012.
#13 There is even trouble in European nations that have been considered relatively stable up to this point.  For example, the Dutch government collapsed on Monday after austerity talks broke down.
#14 The head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, says that there are “dark clouds on the horizon” for the global economy.
#15 The top economist for the IMF, Olivier Blanchard, recently made this statement: “One has the feeling that at any moment, things could get very bad again.”
#16 A recent IMF report admitted that the current financial crisis could lead to the break up of the eurozone….
Under these circumstances, a break-up of the euro area could not be ruled out. The financial and real spillovers to other regions, especially emerging Europe, would likely be very large.
This could cause major political shocks that could aggravate economic stress to levels well above those after the Lehman collapse.
#17 George Soros is publicly declaring that the European Union could soon experience a collapse similar to what happened to the Soviet Union.
#18 A member of the European Parliament, Nigel Farage, stated during one recent interview that it is inevitable that some major banks in Europe will collapse….
There are going to be some serious banking collapses and the impact of that on some sovereign states, will be serious. I’m afraid we’ve gotten to a point where we really can’t stop this now. We’re beginning to reach a stage where however much false money you create, the problem becomes bigger than the people trying to solve it. We are very close to that point.
When I talk about the threats and the risk that this thing could wind up in some kind of rebellion, some sort of awful social cataclysm, they (other European politicians) are now very worried indeed. They will talk to you in private, but in public, nobody dares utter a word.
I think the deterioration, in the last two or three weeks, in the eurozone is very serious indeed. It’s the bond spreads in Italy and Spain. It’s the fact that youth unemployment is now over 50% in some of these Mediterranean countries.
It’s riot and disorder on the streets. And yet a month ago I was here and there was Herman Van Rumpuy telling us, ‘We’ve turned the corner. Everything is solved. There are no more problems with the eurozone.’ What a pack of jokers they look like.”
#19 The IMF is projecting that Japan will have a debt to GDP ratio of 256 percent by next year.
#20 Goldman Sachs is projecting that the S&P 500 will fall by about 11 percent by the end of 2012.
#21 Over the past six months, hundreds of prominent bankers have resigned all over the globe.  Is there a reason why so many are suddenly leaving their posts?
#22 The 9 largest U.S. banks have a total of 228.72 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives.  That is approximately 3 times the size of the entire global economy.  It is a financial bubble so immense in size that it is nearly impossible to fully comprehend how large it is.
The financial crisis of 2008 was just a warm up act for what is coming.  The too big to fail banks are larger than ever, the governments of the western world are in far more debt than they were back then, and the entire global financial system is more unstable and more vulnerable than ever before.
But this time the epicenter of the financial crisis will be in Europe.
Outside of Europe, most people simply do not understand how truly nightmarish the European economic crisis really is.
Spain, Italy and Portugal are all heading for an economic depression and Greece is already in one.
The European Central Bank was able to kick the can down the road a little bit by expanding its balance sheet by about a trillion dollars over the last nine months, but the truth is that the underlying problems in Europe just continue to get worse and worse.
It truly is like watching a horrible car wreck happen in slow motion.
The good news is that there is still a little time to get yourself into a better position for the next financial crisis. Don’t leave yourself financially exposed to the next crash.
Sadly, just like back in 2008, most people will never even see this next crisis coming.

Cooling U.S. Labor Market Takes a Toll on Confidence: Economy


More Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week and consumer confidence declined by the most in a year, signaling that a cooling labor market may restrain household spending.
"Recovery", my astrolabe!

SEC Moves To Shutdown Agency That Cut US Credit Rating Twice (Egan Jones)


While criminal banks and credit rating agencies that have perpetuated fraud and crashed the global economy are rewarded, honest players are sent to the slaughter house.
Just in case one is wondering what is a greater crime in America: vaporizing $1.5 billion in client money (JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley), stealing hundreds of billions in clients money (Jon Corzine via MF Global), defrauding nations and governments around the world (Goldman Sachs), stealing billions through a PONZI scheme conducted while whistleblowers were repeatedly ignored (Maddoff), getting paid off to rubber stamp trillions of dollars in toxic assets as AAA rated (Moody’s, S&P, Fitch) engaging in widespread mortgage fraud and illegally stealing hundreds of thousands of homes from Americans (Wall Street banks – Boa, Citi, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, etc) or having the temerity to downgrade the US credit rating (twice)?
Here is the SEC with the answer:
SEC SUES EGAN-JONES, SEAN EGAN ON ALLEGED MISREPRESENTATIONS (Full Statement Below)
Somewhere Jon Corzine and the rest of the crooks on Wall Street are laughing all the way to the bank especially given the recent revelations that the SEC actually destroyed thousands of documents of Wall Street’s greatest crimes.
As Business Insider so eloquently put’s it; “this is going to be highly controversial“ and there is good reason why.
As pointed out above, the SEC has turned a blind eye on crime after crime and the reality is that Egan Jones is considered by many to be the only objectively fair and honest rating agency on Wall Street.
They have a long history of issuing ratings based in reality which are immediately attacked by Wall Street insiders as “harsh” yet have repeatedly shown to have been absolutely justified.
Unflipping believable.

Bahrain: Euro-Billionaires Party at Grand Prix as Citizens are Beaten and Shot Outside


In the gulf states, money and power trump human life.
With over 50 civilians dead and hundreds more imprisoned, the western-backed, ruling dictatorial monarchy in Bahrain sent a clear message to world as to where its loyalties truly are. Despite all of its horrific state-sponsored violence, the client state of Washington DC and Whitehall, still enjoys ’most favored nation status’.
Like with every other Emirate and petro-dictatorship in the Arab League, the Bahrani Royal Family maintain their credibility with western powers, yet their brutal police state continues to act with impunity - in full public view.
As long as the leadership in Bahrain abide by the wishes of Washington and London, the west will turn a blind eye to any human rights atrocities.
Human rights and civil liberties are only valuable to London and DC if they are "convenient" toward achieving certain geopolitical goals; in Bahrain, they are not convenient at all to either London or DC's plans for the region.
Unfortunately, Bahrain is home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet,and this is one of the many reasons the US government ignores the Bahraini monarch's atrocities against its own people.

The crashing US housing metro areas – Atlanta home values crash by 17 percent in last year and Las Vegas continues to move lower. Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco continue to make post-bubble lows.


US home prices have once again made a post-bubble low in spite of all the artificial intervention and massive bailouts to financial institutions. The bottom line unfortunately is that US household incomes have been strained for well over a decade. You can slice it up by nominal or inflation adjusted data but household incomes have been moving in a negative direction during the 00s and continuing into this decade. Keep in mind there is a massive pipeline of problems still in the housing market with over 5.5 million mortgage holders in some stage of foreclosure or simply not paying on their mortgage.

Russia And Mexico Both Buy Nearly $1 Billion Worth Of Gold In March


The perfect storm trifecta of bad political and economic news yesterday out of France, Holland and Germany led to risk off and falls in many markets. Gold performed well and was resilient considering the sell off seen in equity markets.
With the eurozone political landscape in crisis mode and data showing business contracting many investors are putting their capital in dollars and U.S. Treasuries.
So far gold has not been a prime beneficiary of these risks but this will likely change soon - especially if financial conditions deteriorate which seems very likely.
IMF data released overnight shows that Mexico added 16.8 metric tons of gold valued at about $906.4 million to its reserves in March.
The leadership of Russia and Mexico understand, very clearly, what is about to happen.

Goldman Sachs pays £4.1m tax on £1.9bn profit - The Independent


Wall Street giant attacked for deferring 99 per cent of its tax bill
The London arm of Goldman Sachs paid only £4.1m in corporation tax to the Treasury last year despite making pre-tax profits of £1.92bn, annual accounts have revealed.
Goldman Sachs International (GSI) had a corporation tax bill of £422.3m but it deferred £418.2m – or more than 99 per cent of the amount – that it had to pay immediately in "current tax". The Wall Street giant, presided over by Lloyd Blankfein, was able to postpone payment because of "timing differences", according to the accounts.

BRICs Bank To Rival World Bank and IMF and Challenge Dollar Dominance


Outgoing President of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, after just three days ago dismissing the idea of a BRICs created, new global multi lateral bank, has come around and endorsed a BRICs bank in an interview with the FT.
He acknowledged that a BRICs bank was being created and said that the World Bank supported such a bank. He said that not having Russia and China as part of "the World Bank system" would be a “mistake of historic proportions”.

Families pay a high price to join the Easter getaway as garages 'cash in' on fuel panic fiasco - $11.93 per gallon


Chelsea Cloisters Services in Knightsbridge, West London, was yesterday charging an incredible 174.9p a litre for petrol, while the ECO filling station in Kensington’s Holland Road was selling diesel at 177.9p a litre.
UK LITRES (not US Litres) = 4.55 litres per gallon.
174.9 x 4.55 x 1.5 (exchange rate) = $11.93 per gallon.
Yeah $11.93 per gallon. Skateboards are cheaper...

JP Morgan Paid For Kony 2012.


Greek Town Implements Revolutionary Barter System Without Euro

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Greece continues along a path toward self-sufficiency that could very well see them break free from their debt servitude...

As unemployment soars, child labour returns to Europe


Under the headline “Child Labour Re-emerges in Naples”, the article describes how thousands of children have been forced to quit school and find jobs in order to help feed their families in the southern Italian metropolis. The article cites a local government report from 2011 which noted that 54,000 children left the education system in the Campania region between 2005 and 2009. Some 38 percent of these children were less than 13 years old.
Watch for this practice to become common again in the US, in the not too distant future.

EU Unemployment Rate Reaches 14-Year High


BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (BNO NEWS) — The European Union (UN) unemployment rate in February rose for the tenth consecutive month, reaching its highest numbers in more than 14 years, officials said on Monday.
In the 17-nation euro area (EA17), the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.8 percent in February of this year, compared to 10.7 percent in January. The figure for February represents an increase of 0.8 percent compared to the 10.0 percent in February 2011.
Meanwhile, the wider 27-nation region (EU27) registered a 10.2 percent unemployment rate in February, compared with 10.1 percent in January. On a year-to-year basis, the figure is 0.7 percent higher than the 9.5 percent reported in February 2011.

Gold paper to physical ratio is a stunning 100:1, 2012 will be the year of delivery


If gold traders of the futures markets need any more convincing to invest in physical gold, Ned Naylor-Leyland has one- the paper to physical ratio. Simply put- the number of open positions for just 1 bar of gold.
Ned Naylor-Leyland is the investment director at Cheviot Asset Management
In an interview with CNBC, Ned says that there is about a 100 open positions in the gold paper market for just 1 bar of physical gold. “The numbers are pretty frightening”.
This means that there are a 100 people who have electronically “bought” gold but there is just 1 bar of gold.

Report: More than 25 percent of foreclosed Detroit homes now razed or on demolition list


an analysis finds more than a quarter of Detroit homes with loans that failed during the foreclosure crisis in 2006 and 2007 have been razed or are on the demolition list.
The Detroit News reported today that foreclosures are a huge obstacle to the city's revitalization efforts, with properties being stripped of valuable metal and fixtures quickly after owners are evicted.

Analysis: Fat cat Italian politicians dodge Monti's austerity


When Prime Minister Mario Monti called on all Italians to make sacrifices to avert a Greek-style crisis, the political class that backs him in parliament wasn't listening.
While most voters face higher taxes, stagnating wages and rising unemployment, Italy's army of politicians and senior officials are clinging to fat salaries that far outstrip those of their peers abroad.
Monti, a technocrat who relies on party politicians to get his austerity policies through parliament, recently issued a decree which will prevent public servants earning more than U.S. President Barack Obama. Many now earn considerably more.

Shares tumble across world as eurozone fears return - The Independent


Stock markets around the world plummeted yesterday as the eurozone debt crisis came roaring back again and fresh doubts about the sustainability of the US recovery gripped investors.
The FTSE 100 Index of the UK's leading shares shed 2.24 per cent of its value, some £33bn, and Wall Street's Dow Jones Index fell 1.7 per cent. The German and French stock markets also sank dramatically, with the Dax closing down 2.5 per cent and Paris's CAC 40 slipping by 3.1 per cent.

US Posts Largest March Budget Deficit In History


Following the record all-time high February budget deficit of $232 billion the March number is in bringing the total for the year to $779 billion.

Bailout Suicide Sparks Calls For A Violent Revolution In Greece


The armed revolt predicted in a suicide note by a senior citizen who could no longer afford to live due to the IMF and EU forced banker bailout may be unfolding.

Carnage Ala Milanese: Italian Stock Bloodbath


Italian bank shares are down over 8.5% in the last two trading days as all the majors are still HALTED as politicians reassure the public the EU debt crisis is all but over.

Staggering rise of the British food bank: One opens every week after rise in families unable to afford to eat


Shocking figures have revealed that every week a new food bank opens in Britain as more people find themselves struggling to make ends meet.

IMF Warns Debt Crisis To Persist In 2012, Prepares To Bailout Spain


The IMF is warning that the European sovereign debt crisis will continue throughout 2012 as they tour the globe to collect more funds to bailout Spain.

 

Is This The Canary In The Coalmine Of Australia's Collapsing Housing?


Today's 20% crash of Genworth Financials stock could be an early warn sign that bubble otherwise known as Australia's housing market - a proxy for the Chinese economy -is about to pop.

IMF Warns of Collapse of Euro and Full Blown Panic in Financial Markets


The Eurozone debt crisis is back into full swing as the IMF warns of a complete collapse of the Euro and a global economic slump that will rival the great depression.

Dennis Kucinich "90% Of Oil Being Traded Is PAPER Barrels! Pushed By Speculators!"


25 Signs That Middle Class Families Have Been Targeted For Extinction


The middle class in America is being systematically wiped out, and most people don't even realize what is happening. Every single year, millions more Americans fall out of the middle class and become dependent on the government. The United States once had the largest and most vibrant middle class in the history of the world, but now the middle class is rapidly shrinking and government dependence is at an all-time high. So why is this happening? Well, America is becoming a poorer nation at the same time that wealth is becoming extremely concentrated at the very top.

Jailing Americans for Profit: The Rise of the Prison Industrial Complex


A growing number of American prisons are now contracted out as for-profit businesses to for-profit companies. The companies are paid by the state, and their profit depends on spending as little as possible on the prisoners and the prisons. It’s hard to imagine any greater disconnect between public good and private profit: the interest of private prisons lies not in the obvious social good of having the minimum necessary number of inmates but in having as many as possible, housed as cheaply as possible.
As the wildly out-of-control numbers on recidivism in this country demonstrate, the American prison system, as it is currently run, is an abject failure of colossal proportions, and is engineered to fail.
Add to that law on drug crimes, which profit the drug lords, and the banks which launder the drug money, and you have a recipe for utter disaster.
Some years ago, Portugal did something very brave, something very innovative, and very successful with their anti-drug program. They decriminalized the personal use of small amounts of drugs, and rather than incarcerate people, the Portuguese government encouraged treatment. The results of this program have been excellent, in terms of helping people get off drugs, and keeping younger people from experimenting with drugs.
However, there are too many in this country who profit too handsomely from the drug trade for an approach like this to take root, unfortunately.
And that includes private corporations which profit from incarceration of individuals for drug use, when treatment and counselling would far and away be the better options here.

Food Stamp Rolls to Grow Through 2014, CBO Says


The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that 45 million people in 2011 received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, a 70% increase from 2007. It said the number of people receiving the benefits, commonly known as food stamps, would continue growing until 2014.
Spending for the program, not including administrative costs, rose to $72 billion in 2011, up from $30 billion four years earlier. The CBO projected that one in seven U.S. residents received food stamps last year.
If these projections are correct, then no one in their right might can possibly characterize what is going on right now as an "economic recovery."

US has now 1,5+ Million Homeless Children but maintains 1000+ Military Bases WorldWide!


Don't forget to pay your taxes today so that the US Government can send more billions to Israel and make war on Israel's enemies! You are a loyal slave, are you not?

You Are Free To Travel—If The IRS Lets You


As written, Bill 1813 states that the IRS must find that $50,000 or more is owed by the citizen—but this is a unilateral determination by the IRS, and it includes penalties and interest. So the alleged amount that you owe could be substantially less—but you are now no longer allowed to travel.
This bill is proclaiming that there is no escape allowed from the constantly increasing taxes, which is the government's way of saying you have no choice but to stand and fight.
And, of course, if the government is so silly as to keep citizens who know the 16tth Amendment wasn't actually ratified inside the borders, we'll just go on teaching our friends and neighbors that history. Realizing that the US Government did lie about Saddam's nuclear weapons, people are more accepting of the reality that the US Government lied to us to loot our wallets for the privately-owned Federal Reserve banks.

More American workers sue employers for overtime pay


Americans were pushed to their limit in the recession and its aftermath as they worked longer hours, often for the same or less pay, after businesses laid off almost 9 million employees.
Now, many are striking back in court. Since the height of the recession in 2008, more workers across the nation have been suing employers under federal and state wage-and-hour laws. The number of lawsuits filed last year was up 32% vs. 2008, an increase that some experts partly attribute to a post-downturn austerity that pervaded the American workplace and artificially inflated U.S. productivity.

U.S. oil production is up, so why are gas prices so high?


The question is all the more perplexing, because the United States is not only producing more crude oil but also using less of it. As a result, net oil imports have dropped a third since 2005. With such good fortune, America's soaring pump prices seem to defy the laws of supply and demand — except for one fact: It's increasingly not just about us.
(6) Oil Speculation: As a result of speculation among these and other major players, an estimated 60 percent of the price of oil per barrel was added; a $100 barrel of oil, in reality, should cost $40 [source: Engdahl]. And despite having an agency created to prevent just such speculative price inflation, by the time oil prices skyrocketed, the government had made a paper tiger out of it. http://money.howstuffworks.com/oil-speculation-raise-gas-price1.htm

Dutch Government On Brink Of Collapse


The Dutch government is on the brink of collapse after politicians hit an impasse on implementing austerity measures required to secure a bailout.

 

Financial Armageddon Approaches: Spain is About to Enter a Full-Scale Collapse


Economic data and technical indicators reveal Spain is about to entire a full-scale collapse will trigger the dominoes to fall across Europe.

Spain Bans Cash Transactions Over 2,500 Euros


Spain has outlawed the use of cash in business transactions in excess 2,500 euros in order to crack down on the black market and tax evaders.

The Pain In Spain Is Too Big To Be Contained


The worries of the Greece economy that plagued the global financial markets over the last year don’t even begin to compare to the problems now surfacing in Spain.

Tens of thousands rally against Czech government


Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Prague on Saturday for an anti-government rally as the centre-right ruling coalition was teetering on the verge of collapse.
Unions, pensioners, student associations and other groups angered by austerity cuts and graft scandals teamed up for what they said would be the biggest protest yet against the cabinet of right-wing leader Petr Necas.
“I’m fed up with this government. It doesn’t do anything for ordinary people,” Jana Sizlingova, a visibly angry pensioner from Prague, told AFP as she marched to the central Wenceslas Square with other protesters.
“I’m upset with corruption, non-transparent procurement, the health system, the social system — simply, there’s nothing good about this government,” she added.
GOOD ON THE CZECHS!
Why more Americans are not furious at what the the US Federal Government has done to them, courtesy of at least the last couple of administrations, puzzles and concerns me deeply.

Goldman Sachs Rules The World; Bank of England Next


Financial terrorists have exploited chaos they created to seize complete control
Speculation that Canadian Central Bank head Mark Carney has been tapped to become the next Governor of the Bank of England brings with it the possibility of virtually complete domination of Europe by Goldman Sachs – the very same financial terrorists who helped cause the economic collapse in the first place.
“Mark Carney, the governor of Canada’s central bank, has been informally approached as a potential candidate to replace Sir Mervyn King as head of the Bank of England in June next year,” reports the Financial Times.

The European Stabilization Mechanism, Or How the Goldman Vampire Squid Just Captured Europe



The Goldman Sachs coup that failed in America has nearly succeeded in Europe—a permanent, irrevocable, unchallengeable bailout for the banks underwritten by the taxpayers.
In September 2008, Henry Paulson, former CEO of Goldman Sachs, managed to extort a $700 billion bank bailout from Congress.  But to pull it off, he had to fall on his knees and threaten the collapse of the entire global financial system and the imposition of martial law; and the bailout was a one-time affair.  Paulson’s plea for a permanent bailout fund—the Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP—was opposed by Congress and ultimately rejected.
By December 2011, European Central Bank president Mario Draghi, former vice president of Goldman Sachs Europe, was able to approve a 500 billion Euro bailout for European banks without asking anyone’s permission.  And in January 2012, a permanent rescue funding program called the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) was passed in the dead of night with barely even a mention in the press.  The ESM imposes an open-ended debt on EU member governments, putting taxpayers on the hook for whatever the ESM’s Eurocrat overseers demand.
The Goldman Squid Captures the ECB
Last November, without fanfare and barely noticed in the press, former Goldman exec Mario Draghi replaced Jean-Claude Trichet as head of the ECB.  Draghi wasted no time doing for the banks what the ECB has refused to do for its member governments—lavish money on them at very cheap rates.  French blogger Simon Thorpe reports:
On the 21st of December, the ECB “lent” 489 billion euros to European Banks at the extremely generous rate of just 1% over 3 years.  I say “lent”, but in reality, they just ran the printing presses. The ECB doesn’t have the money to lend. It’s Quantitative Easing again.
The money was gobbled up virtually instantaneously by a total of 523 banks. It’s complete madness. The ECB hopes that the banks will do something useful with it – like lending the money to the Greeks, who are currently paying 18% to the bond markets to get money. But there are absolutely no strings attached. If the banks decide to pay bonuses with the money, that’s fine. Or they might just shift all the money to tax havens.
At 18% interest, debt doubles in just four years.  It is this onerous interest burden, not the debt itself, that is crippling Greece and other debtor nations.  Thorpe proposes the obvious solution:
At least if the ECB was working under the supervision of elected governments, we would have some influence when we elect those governments. But the bunch that now has their grubby hands on the instruments of power are now totally out of control.
Goldman Sachs and the financial technocrats have taken over the European ship.  Democracy has gone out the window, all in the name of keeping the central bank independent from the “abuses” of government.  Yet the government is the people—or it should be.  A democratically elected government represents the people.  Europeans are being hoodwinked into relinquishing their cherished democracy to a rogue band of financial pirates, and the rest of the world is not far behind.
Rather than ratifying the draconian ESM treaty, Europeans would be better advised to reverse article 123 of the Lisbon treaty.  Then the ECB could issue credit directly to its member governments.  Alternatively, Eurozone governments could re-establish their economic sovereignty by reviving their publicly-owned central banks and using them to issue the credit of the nation for the benefit of the nation, effectively interest-free.  This is not a new idea but has been used historically to very good effect, e.g. in Australia through the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and in Canada through the Bank of Canada.
Today the issuance of money and credit has become the private right of vampire rentiers, who are using it to squeeze the lifeblood out of economies.  This right needs to be returned to sovereign governments.  Credit should be a public utility, dispensed and managed for the benefit of the people.

Increasingly in Europe, Suicides ‘by Economic Crisis’


The economic downturn that has shaken Europe for the last three years has also swept away the foundations of once-sturdy lives, leading to an alarming spike in suicide rates. Especially in the most fragile nations like Greece, Ireland and Italy, small-business owners and entrepreneurs are increasingly taking their own lives in a phenomenon some European newspapers have started calling “suicide by economic crisis.”
I have clients who cannot pay me. But These are not bad people. The money just is not there. Their clients have not paid them. And that is because the clients of the clients of the clients of the clients ad infinitum have not been paid, because most the money in circulation has been looted from the economy as a whole to buy back the bad paper Wall Street sold to the rest of the world, so that Wall Street does not have to go to prison for the biggest financial swindle in all of history. Decades of stock market rigging have blown the P/E rations of the stock market all to hell, so that people who invested in stocks are not seeing the earnings the stock prices suggest they should be getting. So cash projections continue to come up short while high speed computer trading skims millions off the market's value every single day and transfers it to crooked money-junkies, while the government looks the other way.
Dare I suggest that the time has come to stop killing ourselves over this financial crisis?
Seriously; who has done more damage to the west? Iran or Wall Street?

Soros: If Germany Persists, Europe Is Over


Soros thinks Europe is over unless Germany immediately changes course and develops a policy framework that is far more flexible and pragmatic than it is forcing now.
They played this gambit once before, George.



In 1933 the world's bankers declared a global boycott against Germany because Germany was refusing to go along with the private central banking model imposed on the rest of the world, indeed had abandoned the private central bank imposed on them after WWI in favor of a government issued value-based currency which had triggered the "German Miracle" economic recovery. It was the anger and resentment from this attempt at a global boycott that provided the kindling for WW2.
Can we please not be so stupid that we make the same mistake twice? Or does that ink used on money destroy brain cells when you fondle the notes?

The real hunger games: How banks gamble on food prices – and the poor lose out


Before it was deregulated in the year 2000, the agricultural commodities futures market was used mainly by farmers and food buyers seeking to insure themselves against changes in the prices of products such as wheat, maize and sugar. When George W Bush passed the Commodities Futures Modernization Act 12 years ago, there was an influx, led by Goldman Sachs, of purely financial players who had no interest in ever buying food, but who sought solely to profit from changes in food prices, says Olivier De Schutter, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food.
I don't know about your latest pilgrimage to the grocery store or big box outlet; but our last trip, I looked at the amount of food we bought, relative to the final bill, and could see absolutely zero correlation whatsoever.
But for Americans who are really poor and/or homeless, this has to be horrendous, and pushes them into buying decisions toward the stuff which is filling, but not necessarily nutritious, and is laden with the kinds of chemicals we all need to avoid like the plague.

Biggest Weekly Stock Plunge In 2012 As Financials FUBAR'd


The heaviest weekly loss (down 2%) in the S&P 500 since mid-December and largest two-week drop since the rally began in November was dominated by losses in financials (and energy). The major financials most notably have been crushed from the start of April (MS -13%, Citi/BofA -11%, GS -8.5% since the European close on 4/2). Credit broadly underperformed on the day (after ripping to pre-NFP levels yesterday) but HYG (the high-yield bond ETF) outperformed surprisingly but this appears to be related to an equity-credit (SPY-HYG) convergence trade as HYG looks very rich now once again to its NAV. The dismal close in ES (S&P futures) on significantly heavier volume and block size.

First Ever Blueprints for World Government Revealed

Andrew Puhanic, Contributor
Activist Post
The Campaign for World Government (A Globalist backed institution) created a manifesto in 1942 for how a World Government is to be formed.
Written by Rosika Schwimmer (born on September 11, 1877, a self-labeled socialist) and Lola Maverick Lloyd (self-proclaimed pioneer of the movement for world government), with the aid of the Globalists, tried to establish World Government in response to the failures of the League of Nations...

US National Debt tripled from 2001: learn, demand monetary reform

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I wrote of Claremont Colleges’ conference on credit and monetary reform, emphasized in importance from CNSNews noting escalation of US national debt to nearly triple its total from 2001 ($5.7 to $15.7 trillion).
Monetary and credit reform can be understood with three simple areas of facts taught in basic economics:
The US does not have a money supply; we have its Orwellian opposite as a debt supply. This is because the US leading banks won legal right through passage of the 1913 Federal Reserve Act to have private banks and the Fed create debt for what we use as money, and then charge the 99% for its use.

Bernanke to Congress: We're Much Closer to Total Destruction Than You Think


Official Congressional budget estimates understate the peril of rising debt, Fed chair Ben Bernanke told the Budget Committee on Capitol Hill today.
Warning that our nation's fiscal health has deteriorated appreciably since the onset of the financial crisis and the recession, Bernanke called upon lawmakers to confront the long term fiscal challenges sooner rather than later. If lawmakers don't confront them, they'll find themselves confronted by them.

Turmoil in global markets as Spanish bank borrowing from ECB doubles - Telegraph


The Bank of Spain disclosed the country's biggest institutions borrowed €316.3bn (£260.9bn) from the ECB in March, almost twice the €169.8bn in February.
Traders dumped Spanish stocks and bought insurance against Madrid defaulting, convinced the data showed that the banks are now almost shut out of international credit markets.
Spain's Ibex stock market plunged 3.6pc, with bank stocks leading the fall. The nation's benchmark 10-year bond yields soared past 6pc, heading deep into the danger zone that experts say is not sustainable without external support. Meanwhile, the cost of credit default swaps hit a record high of 500 basis points, meaning it costs £500,000 a year to insure £10m of Spanish debt over five years. This compares with around £70,000 for German debt.

Houston – We Have A Major Problem, In Switzerland


Looks financial shiat storm is brewing Europe as such a massive amount of money floods into safe haven of the GOLD Swiss franc that the 2 year yield turned NEGATIVE!

Clearing up the 'Iceland Forgives Mortgage Debt story'


The IMF found that such case by case negotiations safeguard property rights and reduce moral hazard, but they take time. As of January of this year, only 35% of the case by case restructuring applications had been processed. To speed things up, Iceland has introduced a debt forgiveness plan which writes down deeply underwater mortgages to 110% of the households’ pledgeable assets.
It noted that only when a comprehensive framework was put in place and a clear expiration date for relief measures announced that debt write-downs finally took off. As of January 2012, 15 to 20% of all Icelandic mortgages have been or are in the process of being written down.
So the story is actually true, up to a point. The original Spanish broadcast exaggerated the degree of the write-downs. Not all mortgage debt has been forgiven, but much of it has. Obviously the money-junkies in this country want this story to go away and are screaming "fake" and the Spanish broadcast did us all a disservice by sensationalizing the story. But Iceland is trying to take care of their people ruined by Wall Street's Mortgage-Backed Security fraud.

Goldman Sachs Gets Lousy £25,000 Fine For Manipulating Oil Prices


In another example of the two tiered justice system for the globe’s financial elite, Goldman gets a measly £25,000 fine after getting caught manipulating oil prices.

Where Has All the Trading Gone? Volume Hits 4-Year Low


“There’s no way to sugar-coat it: Volumes are down and trending lower,” wrote Ana Avramovic of Credit Suisse, in a note to clients. “A growing preference for other asset classes may be drawing money away from equities.”

$5 Trillion Tax Hike Coming


Back in February when the Congress voted to extend the payroll tax “holiday” to the end of the year, the Washington Post was the first to notice the tsunami of tax increases coming next year. But then Lori Montgomery began to add up all the other taxes that will increase on January 1, 2013, and called it “Taxmageddon.”
Here is a partial list of taxes that will increase unless Congress intervenes:
The 2001 and 2003 Bush “tax cuts” expire
Taxes on investment income
Estate and gift taxes
Income taxes
Marriage penalty returns
Child credit drops
Taxes on first $8700 of wages increase by 50 percent
Payroll taxes go from 4.2 percent back to 6.2 percent

The suffocation of unsustainable global debt – Total global debt is now over $190 trillion and more than three times global GDP. Contagion with European Union.


Today the global debt to GDP ratio is over 300 percent. You will notice that as the crisis hit in 2007 GDP actually fell but total debt kept going up. Much of the price discovery is being shouldered by the citizens of each of these countries. The financial sector especially with the too big to fail has been sheltered at all costs.
Yet peak debt is hitting hard across the global markets even here in the US where our total debt just seems to keep going up and up. Those that don’t bother shopping might say inflation is not bad but the average American with a $25,000 paycheck is feeling the pinch more and more each day.

Stock and bond markets rocked by fears of Italian and Spanish debt spirals


Global stock and bond markets suffered a rout as traders fled the renewed spectre of a eurozone default and fresh evidence of a global recession.
PPT is doing its job in the US markets, propping up the numbers with stories about "surprise" profits from Apple and Alcoa.

Jim Rogers - "An Inflationary Holocaust is Coming!"


Riots may be controlled with chemicals


Future riots could be quelled by projectiles containing chemical irritants fired by police using new weapons that are now in the final stages of development.
It is understood that the Dip, which was originally supposed to have been introduced in 2010, would be loaded with CS gas, pepper spray or another irritant.
Forgive me, but might it not be more logical to utilise sound domestic fiscal and social policies which would avoid any civil unrest completely?!?

The Global Elite Are Hiding 18 Trillion Dollars In Offshore Banks


Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda (United Kingdom)
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands (United Kingdom)
Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm)
Cook Islands
Cyprus
Your list of off-shore banking centers:
Dominica
Ghana[15][16]
Hong Kong (People's Republic of China)
Isle of Man (United Kingdom)
Labuan, Malaysia
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Malta
Macau (People's Republic of China)
Mauritius
Monaco
Montserrat
Nauru
New Zealand
Panama
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Seychelles
Singapore
Switzerland
Turks and Caicos Islands
The amount of money that goes through these offshore banks is absolutely astounding.
It has been estimated that 80 percent of all international banking transactions take place through these offshore banks.  $1.4 trillion is being held in offshore banks in the Cayman Islands alone.
One article in the Guardian estimated that a third of all the wealth on the entire globe is being held in offshore banks, and others believe that as much as half of all the capital in the world flows through offshore banks at some point.
Obviously, all of this tax avoidance means that governments around the world are missing out on a whole lot of money.
It has been estimated that the U.S. government is missing out on $100 billion a year because of these offshore banks.  Others would put that figure significantly higher.
Avoiding taxes is a game that the global elite have mastered.  They are playing a whole different ballgame than you and I are.  They don't just sit there like idiots and get blasted with taxes.  Instead, they hire the best experts and they employ every trick in the book to hold on to as much money as they possibly can.
These days, taking advantage of offshore tax havens is not that complicated to do.  The following is from a recent Politico article....



Fukushima:



Radioactive Hell on Earth

Mark Sircus, Contributor
Activist Post
We have now made it more difficult to live on earth and that situation is going to get much worse. There have been severe nuclear accidents before, several very bad ones in Russia and farmers are still feeling the effects of Chernobyl. Hundreds of British sheep farmers still have to obtain a license every time they want to move sheep. Before anything moves off the farm it has to be inspected and scanned with a Geiger counter. That contamination has not gone away; it is still burning people’s and animals’ bodies and will continue to do that for a long time...

Why Fukushima is a Greater Disaster Than Chernobyl


In the aftermath of the world’s worst nuclear power disaster, the news media is just beginning to grasp that the dangers to Japan and the rest of the world posed by the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site are far from over. After repeated warnings by former senior Japanese officials, nuclear experts, and now a U.S. Senator, it is sinking in that the irradiated nuclear fuel stored in spent fuel pools amidst the reactor ruins may have far greater potential offsite consequences than the molten cores.
After visiting the site recently, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) wrote to Japan’s ambassador to the U.S. stating that, “loss of containment in any of these pools could result in an even greater release than the initial accident.”

Kyodo: Fukushima reactors are “riddled with meltdown holes”


Pressure doubles inside Fukushima Reactor No. 2 since start of April — Tepco trying to reduce pressure


Reactor 4 Building (Inside, Top Floor) at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant


The video was taken when the deputy minister of the Cabinet Office visited the plant on April 24, 2012. He went inside the reactor building to inspect the support structure for the Spent Fuel Pool, and went up to the operation floor to view the SFP.
Around unit four, moves to unit 4 2nd floor, bottom of Spent Fuel Pool #4, and on to the 5th floor of reactor 4. What an Absolute NIGHTMARE!!!
I would love to hear what they are saying. Notice under spent fuel pool #4 the "braces" supporting the spent fuel pool? Is That really what it looks like... tinker toys supporting a tipping nuclear reactor spent fuel pool?

 

Japan medical doctors coming to America to reveal Fukushima’s under-reported health consequences


*Warning - Graphic* Photographer: “Like a different race” of human — Brain outside of skull, kidneys outside of torso, legs resembling elephant — Some doctors feel strongly there will be no more Belarus people (VIDEO)


Cesium contaminated fish found in Tone river


Radioactive cesium exceeding the new legal limit has been found in fish in the Tone River, which passes north of Tokyo. Authorities have taken measures to stop the shipment of fish caught in the river.

Japan TV news program films plant life mutations in Tokyo — Rare fasciated dandelions reported very often (VIDEO)


Asahi TV’s Morning Bird via Fukushima Diary:
The reporter of a NEWS TV show “Morning bird” on TV Asahi asked audience for information of mutated dandelions in Tokyo, but he found some by himself on a walk in Chuoku Tokyo. He comments he found fasciated dandelions very often.
Fasciation can be caused by a mutation in the meristematic cells, bacterial infection, mite or insect attack, or chemical or mechanical damage. Some plants may inherit the trait. Fasciation is rare” -Source

April 29th, 2012 | 12 comments

L.A. Daily News Column: Radioactive kelp is California’s “most under-reported story of the spring” — “It’s been somewhat radioactive off-and-on for months”


12:10 AM EST on April 29th, 2012 | 19 comments

Source: “Real” mystery black substance NOT yet measured — Possibly 20,000,000 Bq/kg of cesium — Many times more radioactive than local official’s sample — “It is too dangerous and must be analyzed by public institutions” (PHOTOS)


12:00 AM EST on April 29th, 2012 | 23 comments

FORUM: Alternative Energy — Converting to clean, renewable energy sources


08:56 PM EST on April 28th, 2012 | 67 comments

How to shut down ENENews.com…


09:11 AM EST on April 28th, 2012 | 14 comments

Video: Corium from Fukushima causing increase in radon-222?


12:25 AM EST on April 28th, 2012 | 8 comments

TV: No chance of removing melted nuclear fuel from reactor at Chernobyl — 100s of times above airborne radiation limit while digging nearby (VIDEO)


06:36 PM EST on April 27th, 2012 | 47 comments

Footage of gov’t official at Fukushima inspecting support posts under Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 (VIDEOS)


03:57 PM EST on April 27th, 2012 | 40 comments

Japan medical doctors coming to America to tell of Fukushima’s under-reported health consequences


01:39 PM EST on April 27th, 2012 | 24 comments

One year later Forbes resumes Fukushima coverage — Jeff McMahon continues reporting on EPA and Fukushima radiation


12:13 PM EST on April 27th, 2012 | 15 comments

Highest hydrogen levels of year inside Reactor No. 2 containment vessel


10:50 AM EST on April 27th, 2012 | 26 comments

Mainichi publishes report on thyroid cancer: 30% in Fukushima now with tumors of 2cm or less, thyroid gland only 5cm by 3cm total — Claims cancer increases after 10 sievert radiation dose, so Japan ok (10,000 millisieverts)


09:08 AM EST on April 27th, 2012 | 8 comments

Source: Over 500 microSv/h detected from black substance (PHOTO)


02:15 AM EST on April 27th, 2012 | 55 comments

Kyodo: Gov’t says 1,000s in Fukushima need “immediate psychological care” after filling out survey — Trouble sleeping and concentrating


12:59 AM EST on April 27th, 2012 | 30 comments

Official: Plutonium detected in black substance from Minamisoma (PHOTOS)


April 26th, 2012 | 2 comments

Gov’t: “Almost impossible” to restart Japan nuclear plant — Tsuruga reactor will ’tilt’ if fault moves — Chances “virtually nil” -Kyodo


09:07 PM EST on April 26th, 2012 | 9 comments

Gundersen featured on PBS — Host: “Growing movement” to keep California’s San Onofre nuclear plant shut down permanently (VIDEO)


04:50 PM EST on April 26th, 2012 | 11 comments

7-fold increase in radioactive cesium being released from Reactor No. 2 during April (CHART)


03:55 PM EST on April 26th, 2012 | 11 comments

Watch: Local Fukushima official films radioactive whirlwind — “All black dust has been also blown away” (VIDEO)


01:19 PM EST on April 26th, 2012 | 10 comments

Russian Gov’t Radio: “The number of victims has reached one million people today” — Consequences of Chernobyl meltdown are endless and uncontrollable


06:36 AM EST on April 26th, 2012 | 41 comments

Japan TV news program films plant life mutations in Tokyo — Fasciated dandelions reported “very often” (VIDEO)


10:51 PM EST on April 25th, 2012 | 41 comments

CNN: No clear answers why so many kids born outside exclusion zone are sick years after meltdown — Fukushima only 7% as bad as Chernobyl (VIDEO)


07:28 PM EST on April 25th, 2012 | 18 comments

UPI: Active geological fault lies directly beneath Japan reactor — Yomiuri: “Extremely uncertain” if it can be reactivated


06:35 PM EST on April 25th, 2012 | 11 comments

M4.5, M4.2 hit Fukushima since 5p ET


05:50 PM EST on April 25th, 2012 | 38 comments

NHK: “Unclear” whether any of Japan’s stopped reactors can be restarted


02:35 PM EST on April 25th, 2012 | 9 comments

Fukushima fallout lingered just above ground to be inhaled — Chernobyl particles never came down, or were rained onto surface without floating at low elevation (DIAGRAM)


01:46 PM EST on April 25th, 2012 | 13 comments

150km from Fukushima Daiichi: Radioactive plumes continued during summer — Fallout was re-suspended during daytime by daily convection due to sunshine


01:02 PM EST on April 25th, 2012 | 8 comments

Study: Radioactive ‘black rain’ HELPED Japan after meltdowns — Substantial amount of fallout was floating near ground, and rainfall “ceased its re-suspension” — Area was at “High Risk” beforehand


11:15 AM EST on April 25th, 2012 | 8 comments

Worse than radioactive rain? After Fukushima, fallout was suspended near Earth’s surface without settling down, says new study — “Potentially a health risk, especially for children as they breathe closer to ground”


09:56 AM EST on April 25th, 2012 | 45 comments

Epidemiology Scientist: The slower you spread radiation dose, the more effectively it produces cancer and inherited defects — “Japan is going the very best way in the world for destroying the human race” (1993 VIDEO)


08:31 AM EST on April 25th, 2012 | 27 comments

New Gundersen Interview (AUDIO) — Hundreds turn out to see presentation at city council meeting near San Onofre nuclear plant; Mother speaks about brain cancers in neighborhood


April 25th, 2012 | 26 comments

Mainichi: Decontamination failed and abandoned after Chernobyl — Residents allowed back, then forced to leave again — Now no return for centuries says Zone official

12:11 AM EST on April 25th, 2012 | 23 comments

Japan nuclear plant may be permanently shut down because of quake risk — Fault line found 500 feet from reactor on Tuesday (VIDEO)

08:46 PM EST on April 24th, 2012 | 29 comments

Intense M5.5 hits Chiba, outside Tokyo — Followed by M4 aftershocks at same location (MAPS)


05:05 PM EST on April 24th, 2012 | 115 comments

Professor: Japan newborns were treated like guinea pigs for study of nuclear weapons and radiation — Stillborn babies secretly shipped to US for research


Wall nearly 100 feet tall to be built underground at Fukushima Daiichi to prevent further spread of radioactive contamination — Construction begins tomorrow, ends June 2014 (PHOTOS)


Source: Tepco Press Release
Date: Apr 24,2012
The water shielding wall will be installed in front of the existing seawalls of Units 1 to 4 to prevent further contamination of the ocean due to the leakage of ground water, for which we have conducted preparatory including geological survey per measurement and boring inspection thus far.
(Previously announced on October 26, 2011)
As a license to landfill publicly-owned seawater surface is required to install the water shielding wall, we have applied for the license to Fukushima Prefecture on February 7, 2012. Since the necessary investigation procedures have been finished and the license was issued by Fukushima Prefecture on April 20, 2012, we will start construction of the water shielding wall from April 25.
Outline
Even though we are making utmost efforts to prevent the water accumulated within the buildings of Units 1 to 4 from leaking into the groundwater, we are planning to install a water shielding wall of steal sheet pile having enough impermeability in front of the existing seawalls of Units 1 to 4, just in case of the accumulated water leaking in to the ground water to prevent further contamination of the ocean.



Published: April 24th, 2012 at 2:18 pm ET
By
ENENews

12:57 PM EST on April 24th, 2012 | 22 comments

Kyodo: Fukushima Daiichi reactors are “riddled with meltdown holes”


11:57 AM EST on April 24th, 2012 | 25 comments

Pressure doubles inside Reactor No. 2 containment vessel since start of April — Tepco making effort to reduce pressure


10:52 AM EST on April 24th, 2012 | 57 comments

Gov’t Report: EPA’s ability to protect human health with RadNet was “potentially impaired” for Fukushima — Officials questioned why they were using “dramatically less strict” standards for radiation contamination


08:43 AM EST on April 24th, 2012 | 44 comments

Washington Post: Closing reactors causing a “mess” after “non-catastrophic” Fukushima crisis — Argues for building more nuke plants in US


07:34 AM EST on April 24th, 2012 | 41 comments

Tepco to dump groundwater from under reactor buildings into ocean — Kyodo: 1,000 tons a day; “Tepco would check contamination level before releasing it”


06:33 AM EST on April 24th, 2012 | 17 comments

The Economist: ‘Astounding’ that health of people near Fukushima Daiichi not being tracked


10:25 PM EST on April 23rd, 2012 | 49 comments

Book by Fukushima Worker: Bottom of Daini reactor may be ‘broken through’ — Rumors of possible explosion


09:33 PM EST on April 23rd, 2012 | 25 comments

*2 Years Later* Professor: Microbes in Gulf attacking things other than oil? Very large increase in crab and lobster with appendages falling off — High incidence of eyeless shrimp… More (VIDEO)


07:59 PM EST on April 23rd, 2012 | 56 comments

White sheets covering surface of Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 seen during top official’s tour of Fukushima Daiichi (PHOTO)


06:19 PM EST on April 23rd, 2012 | 30 comments

Nuclear consultant examines No. 4 spent fuel pool scenarios: Loss of Water vs. Scattering of Fuel Rods


03:38 PM EST on April 23rd, 2012 | 32 comments

Nuclear expert raises doubts about support columns under Spent Fuel Pool No.4 at Fukushima Daiichi (PHOTOS)


01:21 PM EST on April 23rd, 2012 | 46 comments

Tens of thousands still living today in highly contaminated areas around Fukushima plant — Effectively abandoned by gov’t -Nuclear Expert


12:30 PM EST on April 23rd, 2012 | 10 comments

WSJ: Police raid Mitsui office after explosions — Inspection of site delayed due to flammable gas — Confiscation of documents expected


April 23rd, 2012 | 36 comments

Prime Minister Kan: Radiation disaster ‘would hit the world’ if Fukushima Daiichi was evacuated — ‘No longer a question of only Japan’ — Worry over current state of plant


08:25 AM EST on April 23rd, 2012 | 10 comments

TV: Nuclear scientists concerned about structural safety of Fukushima fuel pools — 85 times more long-lived radioactivity than Chernobyl (VIDEO)


05:29 AM EST on April 23rd, 2012 | 98 comments

New Interview: Fukushima poses lethal risk to US West Coast, says Senator — Another bomb waiting to go off — Extreme nuclear vulnerability, especially in Reactor No. 4


09:18 PM EST on April 22nd, 2012 | 53 comments

Kyodo Gets Suspicious? Mitsui “claimed” radioactive agent is harmless to people — Radiation mentioned 4 times — Explosions began while shutting down plant


08:08 PM EST on April 22nd, 2012 | 50 comments

Closing Scene: Family fleeing Fukushima radiation watches through rear window as their dog runs behind car trying to catch up (VIDEO, 50 min.)


04:54 PM EST on April 22nd, 2012 | 47 comments

HuffPo: Large amounts of radioactive materials could be deposited across 1,000s of miles if water lost at Fukushima fuel pool — Media just beginning to grasp that danger to world is far from over -Nuclear Expert


04:04 PM EST on April 22nd, 2012 | 10 comments

Radioactive material stored 500 meters from where incident began at chemical plant — “The containers are intact” (PHOTO)


02:48 PM EST on April 22nd, 2012 | 3 comments

AFP: Officials “waiting for combustible materials to burn out” after Japan explosions — Fire not extinguished — May take days to determine cause


12:32 PM EST on April 22nd, 2012 | 35 comments

NHK: Another Mitsui chemical plant had trouble BEFORE multiple explosions — All plants were halted at time of blasts (VIDEO)


11:17 AM EST on April 22nd, 2012 | 27 comments

Second explosion at Mitsui plant — FNN confirms depleted uranium — Kyodo: 3,400 drums with radioactive materials — “Did not appear to have any effect on radiation levels” (VIDEOS)


10:12 PM EST on April 21st, 2012 | 147 comments

Explosion at Japan chemical complex, still burning — 3,379 containers of nuclear waste onsite — Reports of depleted uranium — Gov’t says no release of toxic material (PHOTOS & VIDEO)


Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War: The Unspoken Crisis of Worldwide Nuclear Radiation


"This time no one dropped a bomb on us ... We set the stage, we committed the crime with our own hands, we are destroying our own lands, and we are destroying our own lives."

Source: Mystery black substance over 500 microSv/h detected 70km from Fukushima Daiichi (PHOTO)


A source from Japan with a background in nuclear engineering writes:
As you know, the test sample [See: Official: Plutonium detected in black substance from Minamisoma (PHOTOS)] was not a real black-material. We have already found much stronger black-material (see picture) in Haramachi-area, its radiation is 20-times higher than the sample used for the test. Also, over 520 micro-SV substance has been found.
Measurement values submitted to the committee of Minamisoma city council were made lower in an arbitrary manner, and the test result was covered-up 4-weeks (report of the test had already been made on March 29th/30th.)
Mr. Ooyama said, in his blog, that some agents from Fukushima pref. gov. and Prof. Kodama involved this information manipulation.

Gov’t: “Almost impossible” to restart Japan nuclear plant — Tsuruga reactor will ’tilt’ if fault moves — Chances “virtually nil” -Kyodo


Newspaper: "Revelations on nuclear plants sound warning" -- Harvard study reveals large-scale radiation releases just outside major US city that lasted for decades -- "Surely this could not have happened, but apparently it did" (VIDEO)


Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Date: April 27, 2012 5:44 am
Like a dark family secret long suspected but never confirmed, the shock of discovery is all the more lurid for coming into the light years later. [...]
Incredulity feeds the first reaction: Surely this could not have happened. But apparently it did, according to good authority.
That would be Joseph P. Ring, a Harvard University radiation safety officer who teaches at Harvard and the University of Massachusetts. [...]
The plants operated in Apollo and Parks Township from 1958 through 1984. Mr. Ring found “numerous large-scale releases of ionizing radiation into the neighboring environment” during the operating lives of the plants. The emissions added up to “the largest quantity … of any nuclear facility in the United States.”
[...] Worse yet, he cited internal documents that said the operators knew of the problems that began with faulty construction but never did enough to stop them.
[...] this newspaper has long supported [the nuclear industry] [...]
Read the report here
Source: CBS Pittsburgh
Date: Apr 26, 2012
There is a new study about what went on at two now-closed nuclear fuel plants in Armstrong County.
The study appears to back up what many people living there have been saying for years.
“I’m one of the lucky ones,” Patty Ameno said. “There’s been parents burying their children here.”
Ameno is a fighter. She’s had neurosurgery for one brain tumor and has another. She’s also survived uterine cancer. [...]
On May 2nd, another report is due out tracking the health impacts from radiation exposure.
Watch the report here

Radiation Detected In Drinking Water In 13 More US Cities, Cesium-137 In Vermont Milk


Radiation from Japan has been detected in drinking water in 13 more American cities, and cesium-137 has been found in American milk—in Montpelier, Vermont—for the first time since the Japan nuclear disaster began, according to data released by the Environmental Protection Agency late Friday.

 

Inspector General Faults EPA Radiation Monitoring


Twenty percent of the EPA’s stationary radiation monitors were out of service last year at the time of the Fukushima nuclear accident, leading the U.S. Office of the Inspector General to conclude that the EPA’s Radnet system is “vulnerable” and managed with less urgency and priority than it deserves.

Tokyo Suburb: Children on playground dirt with “huge amounts of radioactivity” — INCLUDES Alpha particles — Cesium levels so high it prevented identification of other isotopes (VIDEO)


Title: Radio-isotopic Analysis of Post-Fukushima Accident Japanese Soil Samples
Source: Anti-Proton.com
Author: Thomas Watson
Date: March 3, 2012
At 7:10 in
  • Kashiwa City soil near rain spout from someone’s yard @ 97,500 Bq/kg [...]
  • That is an exceeding large amount of radioactivity to find in somebody’s soil.
  • The most unfortunate place was in a child’s playground, also in Kashiwa City.
  • This playground had a radioactivity in dirt that children play on of @ 41,500 Bq/kg.
  • I detected Cs-137 and Cs-134.They were so high they clouded everything else. There was nothing else I was able to detect as a result of it.
  • Very active, huge amounts of radioactivity.
  • Little children play on this everyday.
At 16:15 in
  • Here is the soil sample form the child’s park in Kashiwa City.
  • This plastic container is actually blocking a lot of the alpha particles.
  • When i pulled this out of the sample container, it was about double this.
Thanks to
  • People who sent in samples from Japan
  • GammaSpectrometry (Yahoo Group)
  • Particular someone on YouTube who posts a lot of good research
  • Radiationnetwork.com
  • Spectrum Techniques


April 30th, 2012 | Leave a comment

Jay Leno mocks nuclear leak at San Onofre (VIDEO)


07:17 PM EST on April 30th, 2012 | 18 comments

Hydrogen levels continue rising at Reactor No. 2 — Now above .50%, highest in months — Explosion risk at 4%


06:10 PM EST on April 30th, 2012 | 4 comments

Japanese musicians film as children play barefoot in elevated radiation levels -Gawker (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)


03:19 PM EST on April 30th, 2012 | 32 comments

Emergency declared at New Jersey nuclear plant — Multiple fire alarms sound after reactor shuts down — Tests were occurring on emergency cooling system — Cause remains under investigation


11:11 AM EST on April 30th, 2012 | 49 comments

Anonymous Interview: Medical doctors working in Fukushima say lots of people are dying — “Bleeding, losing hair, and having a bad health condition” (VIDEO)


09:56 AM EST on April 30th, 2012 | 44 comments

Japan Physicians Demand Answers: 90% of urine samples contaminated with cesium in city 200km from Fukushima


08:03 AM EST on April 30th, 2012 | 15 comments

Gundersen reveals how to shut down nuclear industry (VIDEO)


07:05 AM EST on April 30th, 2012 | 16 comments

Fukushima Gov’t: Over 35% of young people tested have thyroid cysts or nodules


12:00 AM EST on April 30th, 2012 | 22 comments

A “Most Unusual Event”: Birds returning from Fukushima-area with troubling symptoms — Appear to not have been able to find food in North Pacific — “I’ve never seen birds in that poor of a condition come back to New Zealand”


09:30 PM EST on April 29th, 2012 | 11 comments

Nuclear Engineer: Ft. Calhoun nuclear plant “likely would have melted down” if operators were not forced by NRC to make enhancements before major flooding (VIDEO)


06:45 PM EST on April 29th, 2012 | 30 comments

Nuclear Expert: All it takes is coolant to stop circulating at Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 for extensive fuel damage to occur — Doesn’t have to leak, crack, or fall for fuel to overheat


04:37 PM EST on April 29th, 2012 | 28 comments

33% of prized bird species disappears after summer near Fukushima — Those making it back “were in a poor condition” says New Zealand gov’t researcher


03:12 PM EST on April 29th, 2012 | 43 comments

Photographer: X-ray-like image shows how radioactivity has spread throughout bodies of Fukushima wildlife (PHOTOS)


01:23 PM EST on April 29th, 2012 | 23 comments

Canadian Nuclear Scientist: Another, even more dangerous possibility than fire at Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 — Re-initiation of chain reaction can occur if fuel rods move slightly, an “accidental criticality”


12:25 PM EST on April 29th, 2012 | 38 comments