Berto Jongman: 7 armed conflicts world failed to stop

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7 armed conflicts the world failed to stop, proving we learned little from the Rwanda genocide

For 20 years, the world has been promising “never again.” It’s been an empty promise.

Timothy McGrath

Global Post, 8 April 2014

For those who lived through the genocide in Rwanda, the mass killings were an indescribable horror. For those who watched from afar, it was an international shame. The world stood idle as an estimated 800,000 men, women, and children were slaughtered in the course of 100 days in 1994. After, hanging its collective head, the world promised that “never again” would it allow such a horrifying conflict to unfold.

But even while making that promise, the world watched as people in Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo killed and displaced each other by the millions. Conflicts in Darfur and Syria would also later test the world’s “never again” resolve. The US invasion of Iraq and Mexico’s drug war created new armed conflicts that also failed to live up to the lofty promise.

“Never again,” it seems, was an empty promise. The world of international actors capable of preventing or intervening in such conflicts has over and over again avoided doing so, even when there was the political and public will to do so.

Here are just seven examples:

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1) Democratic Republic of Congo: First & Second Congo Wars, aftermath (1996 – present)

2) First and Second Liberian Civil Wars (1989-2003)

3) Eritrean – Ethiopian War (1998-2000)

4) Darfur conflict (2003 – present)

5) Iraq: US invasion, insurgency, civil war (2003 – present)

6) Mexican Drug War (2006 – present)

7) Syrian conflict (2011 – present)

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Apr 9

Chris Hedge: The Crucible of Iraq – Best Book from Worst War

Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges

The Crucible of Iraq

The Corpse Exhibition: And Other Stories of Iraq, by Hassan Blasim, is the most important book to come out of the Iraq War. Blasim, whom I met with last week in Princeton, N.J., has a faultless eye for revealing detail, a ribald black humor and a psychological brilliance that makes every story in his book a depth charge. In this collection of short stories he explores through fiction the culture of violence unleashed under the bloody dictatorship of Saddam Hussein and exacerbated by an American occupation that has destroyed the damaged social cohesion and civil life that survived Saddam’s regime. His prose, courtesy of a brilliant translation by  Jonathan Wright, is lyrical, taut, and riveting.

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Militarism and violence are diseases. It does not matter under what guise they appear. Renegade jihadists, Shiite death squads, Sunni militias, Saddam’s Baathists and secret police, Kurdish Peshmerga rebels, al-Qaida cells, gangs of kidnappers and the U.S. Army 101st Airborne are all infected with the same virus. And it is a virus Blasim fearlessly inspects. By the end of this short-story collection the reader grasps, in a way no soldier’s memoir or journalistic account from Iraq can explicate, the crucible of war and the unmitigated horror of violence itself. The book is a masterpiece.

“When I was 6, during my first year at school, the Iran-Iraq War erupted,” Blasim told me in a mixture of English and Arabic. “We were living in Kirkuk. We were taught in school to draw tanks or the face of Ayatollah Khomeini as the enemy. The city of Kirkuk was beautiful. There were flowers everywhere. But we were never taught the names of the flowers. Even today I do not know the names of these flowers. I tried to learn their names as an adult.”

“There was a culture of violence that predated the occupation,” he said…

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Apr 8

Berto Jongman: John Whitehead Reviews the the US Budget and What It Says About America and Americans

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Why Are Americans Paying to be Searched, Spied On, Shot At, and Robbed Blind by the Government [and the Oligarchs Behind the Government]?

John Whitehead

OpEdNews, 7 April 2014

The State Department wants $400,000 to purchase a fiberglass sculpture of a camel looking at a needle for its new embassy in Pakistan. They’ve already spent their allotted $630,000 to increase the number of “likes” and fans on their Facebook and Twitter pages. The NATO ambassador for the U.S. needs $700,000 for landscaping and gardening, the National Science Foundation would like $700,000 to put on a theatrical production about climate change, and the Senate staffers need $1.9 million for lifestyle coaching. Also, Yale University researchers could really use $384,000 so they can study the odd cork-screw shape of a duck’s penis.

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Apr 8

SchwartzReport: Autism of the Poor Linked to Pollution for the Rich

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

We are literally crippling and killing our children so the few can become richer. It is a form of national insanity. Click through to see video.

Growing Evidence That Autism Is Linked to Pollution
ALEXANDRA SIFFERLIN – Time

A new study offers strong evidence that environmental toxins play a role in the disorder. The report looked at birth defects associated with parental exposure to pollution and found a 1% increase in the defects corresponded to a 283% increase in autism

Several studies have shown a link between air pollution and autism, but a new study published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology is one of the largest to put the two together.

Researchers studied insurance claims from around 100 million people in the U.S., and used congenital malformations in boys as an indictor for parental exposure to environmental toxins. ‘Autism appears to be strongly correlated with rate of congenital malformations of the genitals in males across the country. This gives an indicator of environmental load and the effect is surprisingly strong,” study author Andrey Rzhetsky from the University of Chicago said in a statement.

Every 1% increase in malformations corresponded to a 283% increase in autism in the same county.

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Apr 8

Berto Jongman: America’s Homegrown Nuclear and Fracking Terror

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America’s Homegrown Terror

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The U.S. security complex is up in arms about cyberhackers and foreign terrorists targeting America’s vulnerable infrastructure. Think tank reports have highlighted the chinks in homeland security represented by unsecured ports, dams, and power plants. We’ve been bombarded by stories about outdated software that is subject to hacking and the vulnerability of our communities to bioterrorism. Reports such as the Heritage Foundation’s “Microbes and Mass Casualties: Defending America Against Bioterrorism” describe a United States that could be brought to its knees by its adversaries unless significant investments are made in “hardening” these targets.

But the greatest dangers for the United States do not lurk in terrorist cells in the mountains surrounding Kandahar that are planning on assaults on American targets. Rather, our vulnerabilities are homegrown. The United States plays host to thousands of nuclear weapons, toxic chemical dumps, radioactive waste storage facilities, complex pipelines and refineries, offshore oil rigs, and many other potentially dangerous facilities that require constant maintenance and highly trained and motivated experts to keep them running safely.

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Apr 7

4th Media: Peter Dale Scott on Deep State, Connecting JFK Assassination, 9/11, FBI Protection of Perpetrators, and CIA Off the Books Funding

4th media croppedThe American Deep State, Deep Events, and Off-the-Books Financing

Peter Dale Scott | Monday, April 7, 2014, 19:50 Beijing
Peter Dale Scott

Peter Dale Scott

I have been writing about deep politics since 1993, when I gave the example of how the United States after World War sent American mafia figures to fight communism in Italy, thereby creating a corrupted politics that was soon out of control – as bad as the influence the mafia once possessed in cities like Marseille, or Chicago.1

Since then I have written about deep events, by which I mean mysterious events, like the JFK assassination, the Watergate break-in, or 9/11, which repeatedly involve law-breaking or violence, and are embedded in fact in deep politics. Some of these may be low-level, as when data is filched from a personal computer, or mid-level, like the murder of Karen Silkwood.

But what I have called structural deep events are large enough to affect the whole fabric of society, with “consequences that enlarge covert government, and are subsequently covered up by systematic falsifications in media and internal government records.” We still live in the official state of emergency imposed after the last great deep event – 9/11; and this has left us in a deconstitutionalized era of warrantless surveillance, warrantless detentions, and militarized homeland security.2 In the remainder of this essay, the deep events I refer to will all be structural deep events.

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Apr 7

SchwartzReport: Supreme Court Treason?

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

I believe that the Rightwing Supreme Court Justices — the most activist, legislating-from-the-bench, cabal in the history of the court — know exactly what they are doing, and what effect it is having on our democracy. It is having the effect they intend, to turn the country into an oligarchy. This essay is one of the best assessments of what has happened that I have read.

How Can We Safeguard our Democracy After McCutcheon?
JOSHUA HOLLAND – Moyers & Company/The Raw Story

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Apr 7

Berto Jongman: Malaysian Airlines Round Two – Diego Garcia Chartering Cargo Ship Designed for Mass Body Transport?

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New Evidence That Flight 370 Was Diverted To US Military Base

US Navy Cargo Ship Only Used To Carry People Or Bodies

Further evidence has emerged which may support the theory that Malaysian jetliner 370 and its 239 missing passengers and crew were taken to the US military base of Diego Garcia, located to the south of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. 

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On 31 March 2014, the US Navy was looking to obtain the services of ‘one dry cargo vessel in support of operations between Singapore and Diego Garcia’, according to the Fed Biz Opps website, which could be used to transport people or dead bodies.

The site adds that the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command is looking for — or ‘soliciting’ — contractual tenders for ‘Transportation, Travel, & Relocation services’ under the title of ‘Diego Garcia Re-supply’.

In normal circumstances, this would not be unusual.  However, in the light of other information that has recently emerged indicating that flight 370 may have been somehow diverted to the US airbase there, it may have more sinister overtones.

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Apr 5

Mini-Me: NSA Created Not One But TWO RSA Back-Doors (and Crummy Ones Usable by Others, at That)

Who?  Mini-Me?

Who? Mini-Me?

Huh?

NOT JUST ONE! RSA Adopted Two NSA Backdoored Encryption Tools

Exclusive: NSA infiltrated RS security more deeply than thought – study

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Apr 2

Berto Jongman: Quantum Encryption NSA Proof? Plus 16 Disturbing Things Snowden Has Taught Us So Far…

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Physicists are building an NSA-proof internet

The next generation web — far more secure than today’s — is on the way. Here’s how it works.

“This now works in the lab. It has even gone commercial: There is a small industry doing what is called quantum-key distribution…”

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16 disturbing things Snowden has taught us (so far)

What is the extent of the information Edward Snowden has leaked? The consequences? We break it down.

13) Your address book is the NSA’s address book 

As reported Oct. 14 by the Washington Post, the latest Snowden leaks reveal that the NSA has secretly been collecting millions of email and chat contact lists around the world. The program reportedly takes in as many as 500,000 contacts from email inboxes and chat rooms every day. The Post described an average day’s gleaning as follows: “444,743 email address books from Yahoo, 105,068 from Hotmail, 82,857 from Facebook, 33,697 from Gmail and 22,881 from unspecified other providers.”

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Apr 2