U.S. right wing extremists more deadly than jihadists? CNN plays the bullshit card (again)

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

U.S. right wing extremists more deadly than jihadists?

In fact, since 9/11 extremists affiliated with a variety of far-right wing ideologies, including white supremacists, anti-abortion extremists and anti-government militants, have killed more people in the United States than have extremists motivated by al Qaeda’s ideology. According to a count by the New America Foundation, right wing extremists have killed 34 people in the United States for political reasons since 9/11. (The total includes the latest shootings in Kansas, which are being classified as a hate crime).

By contrast, terrorists motivated by al Qaeda’s ideology have killed 23 people in the United States since 9/11.

Read full opinion piece.

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off
Apr 15

Jean Lievens: After Liberalism – Complexity in the Governance of a Networked Global Society

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

After Liberalism – Complexity in the Governance of a Networked Global Society

Hilton Root

World Financial Review

Below, in an excerpt from Dynamics Among Nations: The Evolution of Legitimacy and Development in Modern States, Hilton L. Root argues that the linkages between liberal internationalism and modernization theory fail to provide convincing explanations for variations in governance that can arise from the local pursuit of wealth and power, and discusses how global change processes are being shaped by the properties of networks of interdependent but diverse actors who respond to cues both from their local and their global situations.

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off
Apr 14

BLM halts seizure of Nevada rancher’s cattle, citing safety concerns

Click on Image to Enlarge

Click on Image to Enlarge

BLM halts seizure of Nevada rancher’s cattle, citing safety concerns

Fearing for their safety as armed protesters gathered in the Nevada back country, federal officials on Saturday suddenly ended a controversial effort to seize hundreds of cattle that a rancher has kept illegally on public land.

The cattle ranch’s owner, Cliven Bundy, and hundreds of armed supporters had threatened to forcefully keep Bureau of Land Management employees from rounding up the approximately 900 cattle. Nearly 400 of the cattle had been seized during the past week. They were being held nearby and could be sent to Utah, authorities said.

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off
Apr 12

Mini-Me: Nevada Stand-Off YouTubes from 773,010 Views On Down

Who?  Mini-Me?

Who? Mini-Me?

Huh?

.Ranch Riot!! Bundy Ranch Protesters Tasered by Federal Agents and Attacked by K9′s.

773,010 Views Uniforms with dogs without a clue. Protesters without a clue as well.

Revolution in Nevada to Save Cliven Bundy

34,286 Views Militant call to arms including plans to use force.

URGENT! Nevada militia is mobilizing! Cliven Bundy ranch

22,267 Views White woman, “people are getting fed up” — group going into DC on May 16th.

Waco-Style Confrontation Looms in Nevada!!

15,460 Views Alex Jones’ version of what is going on.

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off
Apr 11

Owl: Nevada Set to Explode — Every Cop a Target – Feds Tazer Son – Nevada State Officials Blast Federal Idiocy – Country Commissioner Corruption In Question

Who?  Who?

Who? Who?

Note this comment after a recent article on this in Alex Jones:

“When the pigs start killin…..the state of Nevada will ignite…..no cop anywhere will be safe, black, white, whatever….we all know who the MAN is, and we will unite and we will strike back, everywhere……”

What is most striking to me in the videos of the defenders of Cliven Bundy is their intense, near-savage anger. And not just any typical anti-government anger, but an anger erupting volcano-like from an enormous well of frustration at the government combined with an acute sense of personal sufferings from whatever cause. The specific frustrations, angers and fears they have appear to be metastasizing into a kind of seething mass forming into a toxic projectile in search of a target that is or merely looks like government and business authority. For the the fascist nexus of government and business, this is just another routine land-grab and power play done at the expense of one typical group of victims, white poor and proles. Nothing special about it, all done in a day’s work. And it could have been done against any other disenfranchised group, whether black, brown, yellow, whatever color. Doesn’t matter. The money they rip off from a diversity of social, religious, ethnic groups is still green. But the gov-bus fascists and crony capitalists may have underestimated their would-be victims this time, as the signs are emerging in their sheer numbers they are not “taking it” any more. Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins is very representative of the mega-arrogance and mega-ignorance of the crony-fascist cabals that put such people into positions of authority in order to represent their interests. This arrogance and ignorance always blinds them to essential facets of their own self-interest. As an example of the blindness and lack of imagination of these pathologically self-interested fascists, we notice that when Collins says the defenders of Bundy “better have funeral plans”, it never occurs to him and his fascist backers the blistering rancor they have ignited among the militias members – who have guns and know how to use them – may require Collins and his henchmen to begin plans for their own funeral.

County Commissioner Says Bundy Supporters “Better Have Funeral Plans”

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off
Apr 11

Owl: Is Nevada the New Waco or Bunker Hill? 5,000 Militia Swarm to Confront Federal “Gestapo” Abuse of 67 Year Old Land Grazer – Are Corporate Interests Behind This?

Who?  Who?

Who? Who?

Bunkerville, Nevada: the 21rst Century Lexington, MA?

The Feds may have bit off more than they can chew if the number of militia members – 5,000, outnumbering by a wide margin the number of federal law enforcers – in article and video is correct. This might be the place where the Second American Revolution against the 1% starts, unless Obama’s BLM storm troopers back off:

“An area just outside of the little town of Bunkerville, Nevada, with a population of around a thousand people, may go down in history. This little spot in the desert may be compared with Lexington, Massachusetts, the site of the “shot heard round the world” – the first shot fired in the American Revolution. Because it looks like the second American Revolution may start there…and soon.

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off
Apr 11

Veterans Today: US Produced Sarin Gas for Syrian Rebels, in Georgia (the Country Next to Russia)

veterans todayUS Produced Sarin Gas Used in Syria

Jeffrey K. Silverman

Veterans Today, 8 April 2014

Jeffrey K. Silverman, 22 years resident of the former Soviet Union, since October 1991, resides in Tbilisi Georgia worked with Radio Free Europe, crime, corruption and terrorism report. USAR, 100th Division Training, Fort Knox and Blue Grass Army Chemical Weapons Depot, both Kentucky bases: decorated veteran, 19D, Calvary Scout. Jeffrey has a track record in breaking through language barriers and bureaucracies to gather information under unconventional circumstances.

EXTRACT

Journalists Jeffrey Silverman and Lika Moshiashvili are credited with having discovered the secret and illegal operations taking place in the US-controlled Central Reference Laboratory (CPHRL) in the Tbilisi suburb the Alekseevka Settlement.”As soon as this scary information was made known to the public, Georgia & World contacted Tbilisi based American journalist and researcher Jeffrey Silverman.

. . . . . . .

A number of labs, strewn across Eastern Europe, are linked like an umbilicial cord to the Biological Weapons Proliferation Prevention (BWPP) programme and various projects within it. This programme provides a cover for what is most likely an offensive programme. If the strains they are investigating turn out to be antibiotic resistant, this implies they are conducting ongoing research into special organisms that can eat bacteria and attack infections that are antibiotic resistant, which can be quickly accessed.  Whoever has the capacity to release these controls the bioweapons battlefield.

Read full article/interview.

Comments Off
Apr 10

David Swensson: Just How Stupid Is The US Public?

David Swanson

David Swanson

War For Dummies

Sorry for the headline if it got you hoping for a quick 1-step guide on how to bomb a country without breaking a sweat. I didn’t actually mean that I could teach a dummy to wage a war. I meant that only dummies want to wage wars.

Need proof?

Check out a recent Washington Post report.

Now there I go misleading you again.  While it’s true that the editors of the Washington Post are often dummies and often want wars to be waged, that’s not what I mean right now.  I think members of the U.S. government and its obedient media constitute an important but tiny exception to the rule this report points to.

Click on Image to Enlarge

Click on Image to Enlarge

The facts as reported on April 7th are these:

  • 13% of us in the United States want our government to use force in Ukraine;
  • 16% of us can accurately identify Ukraine’s location on a map;
  • the median error by Americans placing Ukraine on a map is 1,800 miles;
  • some Americans, based on where they identified Ukraine on a map, believe that Ukraine is in the United States, some say it’s in Canada, some Africa, some Australia, some Greenland, some Argentina, Brazil, China, or India;
  • only a small number believe Ukraine is in an ocean.

And here’s the interesting bit:

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off
Apr 10

David Swanson: Liberating Hawaii

David Swanson

David Swanson

One Nation the U.S. Actually Should Liberate

“Secretary Kerry? It’s Ukraine on the phone asking about liberation again. Have you been able to get them a reference letter yet from Libya or Iraq or Afghanistan? How about Vietnam? Panama? Grenada? Kosovo maybe? Ukraine says Syria says you have a reference letter in the works from Kosovo. No? Huh. They said they’d accept one from Korea or the Dominican Republic or Iran. No? Guatemala? The Philippines? Cuba? Congo? How about Haiti? They say you promised them a glowing reference from Haiti. Oh. They did? No, I am not laughing, Sir. What about East Timor? Oh? Oh! Sir, you’re going to liberate the what out of them? Yes sir, I think you’d better tell them yourself.”

Some nations the United States should probably not liberate — except perhaps the 175 nations which could be liberated from the presence of U.S. soldiers.  But one nation I would make an exception for, and that is the nation of Hawai’i.

Jon Olsen’s new book, Liberate Hawai’i: Renouncing and Defying the Continuing Fraudulent U.S. Claim to the sovereignty of Hawai’i, makes a compelling case — a legal case as well as a moral one.

Click on Image to Enlarge

Click on Image to Enlarge

Olsen’s case, in very condensed summary, looks like this: Hawai’i was an independent nation, recognized as such by the United States and numerous other nations, with treaties in effect between Hawai’i and other nations, including the United States, that have never been terminated.  In 1893 U.S. profiteers and U.S. Marines, in a criminal act, overthrew Hawai’i’s government and queen, setting up a new government that lacked any legal standing.  President Grover Cleveland investigated what had been done, admitted to the facts, and declared the new government illegitimate, insisting that the Queen retain the rule she had never abdicated.  But the fraudulent foreign government remained, and in 1898 once William McKinley was U.S. president, handed over Hawaii (thought it had no legal power to do so) to the United States, as the United States also picked up the Philippines, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Cuba in a bit of a global shopping spree.  By 1959, these events were growing lost in the mists of time, and the demographics of Hawai’i were radically altered, as Hawai’i was offered a vote between two bad choices: statehood or continued status as a colony or “territory” (liberation wasn’t on the ballot). Thus did Hawai’i seem to become a state without legally becoming any such thing.  In 1993, the U.S. Congress passed and President Clinton signed U.S. Public Law 103-150, admitted to and apologizing for this history, without of course doing the one thing legally and morally required — liberating Hawai’i.

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off
Apr 9

Berto Jongman: Frederick Kagan on Why US Has Failed to Defeat Al Qaeda

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Missing the Target: Why the US Has Not Defeated al Qaeda

Frederick W. Kagan, TESTIMONY

American Enterprise Institute, 8 April 2014

All conditions are set for a series of significant terrorist attacks against the US and its allies over the next few years. But that’s not the worst news. Conditions are also set for state collapse in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and possibly Jordan. Saudi Arabia, facing a complex succession soon, is likely to acquire nuclear weapons shortly, if it has not already done so. Turkey and Egypt confront major crises. Almost all of Northern and Equatorial Africa is violent, unstable, and facing a growing al Qaeda threat. And Vladimir Putin’s assault on Ukraine is likely to empower al Qaeda-aligned jihadists in Crimea and in Russia itself. That eventuality is, of course, less worrisome than the prospect of conventional and partisan war on the European continent, likely threatening NATO allies. The international order and global stability are collapsing in a way we have not seen since the 1930s. There is little prospect of this trend reversing of its own accord, and managing it will require massive efforts by the US and its allies over a generation or more.

This distressing context is essential for considering the al Qaeda threat today. On the one hand, it makes that threat look small. The long – term effects of global chaos and conflict among hundreds of millions of people across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East on US security, interests, and way of life are surely greater than any damage al Qaeda is likely to do to us in the immediate future. Yet the two threats feed each other powerfully. Disorder and conflict in the Muslim world breed support for al Qaeda, which is starting to look like the strong horse in Iraq and even in Syria. Al Qaeda groups and their allies, on the other hand, powerfully contribute to the collapse of state structures and the emergence of horrific violence and Hobbesian chaos wherever they operate. They are benefiting greatly from the regional sectarian war they intentionally triggered (the destruction of the Samarra Mosque in 2006 was only the most spectacular of a long series of efforts by al Qaeda in Iraq to goad Iraq’s Shi’a into sectarian conflict , for which some Shi’a militants, to be sure, were already preparing) — and have been continuing to fuel.

Al Qaeda is like a virulent pathogen that opportunistically attacks bodies weakened by internal strife and poor governance, but that further weakens those bodies and infects others that would not otherwise have been susceptible to the disease. The problem of al Qaeda cannot be separated from the other crises of our age, nor can it be quarantined or rendered harmless through targeted therapies that ignore the larger problems.

Yet that is precisely how the Obama administration has been trying to deal with al Qaeda.

PDF (6 Pages): 20140408 Kagan on Why US Has Not Defeated Al Qaeda

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off
Apr 9