Washington is Fostering Political Divisions between India and Pakistan
by Michel Chossudovsky
Good background info & maps. A more in depth analysis then anything you will get out of the MSM.
After a series of accusations against Pakistan’s premier intelligence organisation, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), we recently had another demand from the US, that it be restructured. Before addressing this issue, it is necessary to briefly review the recent history of the ISI to understand the reasons for the accusations and the demands that followed.Now, ask yourself, why would the US even dare to DEMAND change from such a "powerful" intelligence agency? Unless, the intelligence agency is compliant?
During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the CIA worked hand in glove with the ISI, funnelling billions of dollars in cash and munitions of war. After the Soviet withdrawal, followed by the US abandonment of Afghanistan, the ISI had no control over the anarchical events that ensued, until the Taliban entered the affray in 1994, bringing some sort of peace in their wake. At least until 1996, when they fell under the influence of Osama bin Laden. However, the ISI’s influence on the Taliban continued till 9/11.
Throughout this period, including that of the Taliban, the CIA continued close collaboration with the ISI, often referring to the ISI as ‘among the most efficient and well organised intelligence organisations in the world’ and as ‘our closest and most reliable partner’. In private, it went so far as to acknowledge that it (CIA) received greater cooperation from the ISI than it did from Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency.
WASHINGTON: Unprecedented intelligence cooperation involving investigating agencies and spy outfits of India, United States, United Kingdom and Israel has got underway to crack the method and motive behind the Mumbai terrorist massacre, now widely blamed on Islamist radicals who appeared to have all four countries on their hit list when they arrived on the shores of India.Isn't that a bunch of bunkem? Like there has never been intelligence cooperation between these countries before?
Obama said if elected in November 2008 he would be willing to attack inside Pakistan with or without approval from the Pakistani government, a move that would likely cause anxiety in the already troubled region.
Barack Obama, a leading Democrat candidate in the US presidential race, provoked anger yesterday by threatening to send troops into Pakistan to hunt down terrorists — even without permission from that country’s Government.
WASHINGTON, Nov 25 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates could approve plans for a major build-up of U.S. forces in Afghanistan before President-elect Barack Obama takes office on Jan. 20, officials say.
"And thanks to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's brilliant bailout coup, Reaganomics is now the new "sleeper cell" quietly hidden inside the Obama White House and America's Treasury, where it will be for a long time to come, armed with what Warren Buffett calls financial weapons of mass destruction, guaranteed to sabotage the new president, taxpayers and the future of America.
Listen closely folks: You and your government are and will continue being conned out of trillions. Better that we should have taken care of ourselves first and cleaned house, not bailed out Wall Street financiers -- let them pay for their sins and feel the pain.Unfortunately, while you were distracted by the election, Wall Street gained control of our Treasury using a Trojan Horse, Hank Paulson, who filled Treasury with Goldman Sachs alums and pulled off one of the greatest inside heists in the history of the world."
But we’ve never had a year like 2008.
The financial crisis first gripping Wall Street and now spreading rapidly throughout the world is, in many ways, emblematic of the worst of the corporate-dominated political and economic system that we aim to expose with our annual 10 Worst list.
Here is how it was done....
Improper political influence: Deregulation and non-enforcement: Short-term thinking: Financialization: Profit over social use: Externalized costs
In the article each on of these points are explained.
Then onto the corporations, which corporations and why are they on the annual top ten list?
Moving along to the "Carbon Market". Carbon Market Fundamentalism
The article ends like this......
Tom Picken, the Head of International Climate for Friends of the Earth-UK, puts it this way: “It is absolutely clear that there is no ‘spare’ [carbon dioxide] ‘in the system’ and therefore no ‘spare’ [carbon dioxide] to trade. If there is no spare [carbon dioxide] to trade, then this poses a pretty fundamental challenge to the means available to achieve emissions reductions — that there cannot be any more offsetting of any form. To do so is downright dangerous, in my view, and seems to me to be based on neoliberal economic fundamentalism rather than being environmentally and socially informed.”
Is BC’s Carbon Tax Fair? analyzes the impact of the tax and revenue “recycling” for households with varying income levels. It finds that the tax is progressive for the first year, although personal and corporate income tax cuts still result in an undesirable net benefit to the highest income households, which also have the largest ecological footprint.
As the carbon tax increases in subsequent years, however, it becomes regressive, meaning low-income families pay a larger share of their income to the tax than higher-income families. The authors argue that the best way to fix the problem of inequality is to rework how carbon tax revenues are spent.
Is BC’s Carbon Tax Fair?An Impact Analysis for Different Income Levels - PDF File, 741 Kb
I note the crown and the defence both requested this move. ( which was a common theme in Dave McGowan's serial killer book, where the crown and defence , worked in tandem with one another)
At Court of Queen's Bench in Portage on Friday, a motion was put forward by the Crown and defence attorneys to have Li's case moved to Winnipeg court because of security issues.
Justice John Scurfield accepted the Crown and defence's motion.
"Security is an issue," he said during the hearing. "That's a concern from the Crown and the RCMP. There is no security in Portage's court house."He noted the Portage courtroom lacks metal detectors and security at the doors to provide increased safety for those attending.
"We have received some threats," she said. "They are not specific enough in nature that we could lay any type of criminal charge. Also, it's not something that could be completely identified to a particular person.hmm, so move him closer to the people or persons who may possibly be doing the threatening?
The change of venue may also be convenient to the victim's family.
The case will proceed with a judge alone trial, without a jury.
"This is going to be a lot of psychiatric evidence as opposed to evidence from witnesses, and a judge may be in a better position to deal with it," said Crown attorney Joyce Dalmyn to reporters after the court hearing.
He added the psychological assessment is still ongoing.
Libman expected the agreed statement of facts to be presented in court likely in late February or early March.
"It would be presented in court," said Libman. "There would be no need to call any civilian witnesses. We anticipate the only witnesses will be forensic psychiatrists."Vince Li's case is next scheduled for Winnipeg court at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 10, at which time a trial date will be set.
Ellen Brown,Hour 2, is a civil litigation attorney, author and analyst of the Us monetary system. Her latest book is titled "Web of Debt" in which she analyzed the Federal Reserve and "the money trust." How this private cartel usurped money creation power. To print and control its supply, price, and to charge government interest on its own money. Ellen Brown's writings on the current financial crisis and the Bush administration's "bailout" of Wall Street are published by Global Research. That topic will be discussed on the program.The way she explained the banking system, the federal reserve, private central banks etc., plain and simple. Easily understandable. Click the link (hour 2) to listen.
Advocates Call for Immediate Ban of All GM Foods and GM Crops
A long-term feeding study commissioned by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, managed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth, and carried out by Veterinary University Vienna, confirms genetically modified (GM) corn seriously affects reproductive health in mice. Non-GMO advocates, who have warned about this infertility link along with other health risks, now seek an immediate ban of all GM foods and GM crops to protect the health of humankind and the fertility of women around the world.
Feeding mice with genetically modified corn developed by the US-based Monsanto Corporation led to lower fertility and body weight, according to the study conducted by the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. Lead author of the study Professor Zentek said, there was a direct link between the decrease in fertility and the GM diet, and that mice fed with non-GE corn reproduced more efficiently.
In the study, Austrian scientists performed several long-term feeding trials over 20 weeks with laboratory mice fed a diet containing 33% of a GM variety (NK 603 x MON 810), or a closely related non-GE variety used in many countries. Statistically significant litter size and pup weight decreases were found in the third and fourth litters in the GM-fed mice, compared to the control group.
The corn is genetically modified with genes that produce a pesticidal toxin, as well as genes that allow it to survive applications of Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup.
"Deployment of a missile defense system would bring nothing to security"
"It would complicate things, and would make them move backward."
check this out also NORAD, USNORTHCOM participate in Exercise Vigilant Shield 09
This week and into next, NorthCom and NORAD are conducting a joint exercise called "Vigilant Shield '09."
The focus will be on "homeland defense and civil support," a NorthCom press release states.
From November 12-18, it will be testing a "synchronized response of federal, state, local and international partners in preparation for homeland defense, homeland security, and civil support missions in the United States and abroad."
NorthCom is short for the Pentagon's Northern Command. President Bush created it in October 2002. (The Southern Command, or SouthCom, covers Latin America. Central Command, or CentCom, covers Iraq and Afghanistan. And the new AfriCom covers, well, you get the picture.)
Vigilant Shield '09 "will include scenarios to achieve exercise objectives within the maritime, aerospace, ballistic missile defense, cyber, consequence management, strategic communications, and counter terrorism domains," the press release states.
NorthCom's press release also says that other participants in the exercise include the U.S. Strategic Command's "Global Lightning 09," which is a plan to use nuclear weapons in a surprise attack.
The Pentagon's "Bulwark Defender 09" is also involved in the exercise, and it is a cyberspace protection outfit of the Pentagon.
Something called the "Canada Command DETERMINED DRAGON" also is participating, as is the California National Guard and California's "Golden Guardian."
California's involvement appears to center around planning for a catastrophic earthquake.
"Under the leadership of Governor Schwarzenegger and direction of his Office of Homeland Security, the nation's largest state sponsored emergency exercise will take place November 13-18," a press release from the governor's office states.
"Golden Guardian 2008 tests California's capability to respond and recover during a major catastrophic earthquake. The Golden Guardian 2008 full-scale exercise scenario focuses on a simulated, catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake along the southern portion of the San Andreas Fault."
NorthCom is being shy about giving out additional information about Vigilant Shield '09. When I called for a fact sheet on it, I was told there was none.
Jules Dervaes and three of his adult children live on one-fifth of an acre in Pasadena, Calif., a block away from a multilane highway. On this tiny sliver of land, they manage to be mostly self-sufficient. “This is our form of protest,” says Dervaes, who is 60, “and this is our form of survival.” The family harvests 6,000 pounds and more than 350 separate varieties of fruits, vegetables and edible flowers annually. They brew the biodiesel fuel that powers the family car. Solar panels on their roof reduce energy bills to as little as $12 a month. Goats, chickens, ducks and two rescued cats are in residence. Red wiggler worms turn the kitchen and garden waste into compost, which is then recycled back into the garden.Visit there website:Dervaes/Path to Freedom
HOMEGROWN follows the Dervaes family who run a small organic farm in the heart of urban Pasadena, California. While "living off the grid", they harvest over 6,000 pounds of produce on less than a quarter of an acre, make their own bio diesel, power their computers with the help of solar panels, and maintain a website that gets 4,000 hits a day.
Upset with a Democratic pollster during a long-ago congressional race, Emanuel mailed him a big dead fish.
Outraged over what he regarded as disloyal Democrats during Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign, he stunned dinner companions by rattling off names of the offenders, each time stabbing the restaurant table with a dinner knife and shouting, "Dead."
"Rahmbo" is said to have mellowed over the years, but that's relative. That's from a starting point of pugnaciousness the likes of which even the hardened politicos of Washington don't see every day.
The Food and Drug Administration ignored scientific evidence and used flawed methods when it determined that a chemical widely used in baby bottles and in the lining of cans is not harmful, a scientific advisory panel has found.In a highly critical report to be released today, the panel of scientists from government and academia said the FDA did not take into consideration scores of studies that have linked bisphenol A (BPA) to prostate cancer, diabetes and other health problems in animals when it completed a draft risk assessment of the chemical last month.
The report likely will be fodder for critics of FDA who have accused the agency of relying too heavily on industry-funded studies.
In the next three years the military plans to activate and train an estimated 4,700 service members for specialized domestic operations, according to Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of U.S. Northern Command, which was created in 2002 for homeland defense missions.
"There have been some threats uttered that cause concern so obviously we would prefer to limit his appearances in a courtroom if at all possible," said Crown attorney Joyce Dalmyn.
Dalmyn would not elaborate on the threats, but said there was no mention of Li's safety at the forensic psychiatric unit at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre.
If there have been threats against Li's life, wouldn't the Health Sciences Centre be concerned also? Because, really where there is a will , there is a way.
If the threats are legit, I would think the Winnipeg Health Science Centre would be concerned, not just for their patient/prisoner Vince Li, but , should they not be concerned for the well being of other patients and staff at the Centre?
Dalmyn also said the economics of transporting Li from Winnipeg to Portage was also a factor in the decision to not have Li brought to court each time it appears on the docket.Looking at what is being reported the one conclusion I can draw is the Crown definitely does not want Li appearing in the courtroom, until absolutely necessary. Why?
Li's defense lawyer, Alan Libman said in a recent interview that whether the 40-year-old should face criminal sanctions is "the sole issue" of the case.
"If someone commits an offense while suffering a disease of the mind and they don't know their actions are wrong, they can't be held criminally responsible," Libman said.
So , I am perplexed why he would choose a jury trial?
I wonder if he will testify on his own behalf ?
``To all those watching from beyond our shores, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand,'' Obama said in his victory speech in Chicago's Grant Park. ``To those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security: We support you.''I weep as I read this:
"The change that Obama will bring is not going to be as great as many people imagine.''
Obama has described a middle path on China much like Bush's, seeking expanded contacts while pressing for economic concessions. He has criticized Russia for supporting breakaway Georgian territories while eschewing confrontational measures such as expulsion from summits of the Group of Eight economic powers.
While Obama has promised greater engagement in the search for a Middle East peace, he will likely be forced to wait until both Israelis and Palestinians sort out internal political conflicts.
What much of the world may find surprising about Obama's foreign policy is that it will mark a far less dramatic shift in substance than many anticipate -- because Bush has moved in the same direction during his second term.
Analysts point out that Bush has struck a deal with North Korea to contain its nuclear-arms development effort, accepted the idea of a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, embraced talks with some elements of Afghanistan's Taliban rebels and contemplated opening a diplomatic outpost in Iran.
The Illinois Democratic senator has declared his support for technological innovation across the federal government, but in particular, Obama's campaign says he advocates unmanned aircraft, electronic warfare capabilities and cyber security among several other national security efforts. The tech emphasis aligns with Obama's promises to buttress the military's personnel ranks while wrangling control of the DOD's problem-plagued acquisition portfolio.
"We must adapt and make tradeoffs among systems originally designed for the Cold War and those required for current and future challenges," the Obama camp says on its campaign Web site. "We need greater investment in advanced technology ranging from the revolutionary, like unmanned aerial vehicles and electronic warfare capabilities, to systems like the C-17 cargo and KC-X air refueling aircraft - which may not be glamorous to politicians, but are the backbone of our future ability to extend global power.""The backbone of our future ability to extend global power".
That bears repeating doesn't it? The imperial goal of the US will continue on with it's strategy of dominating the globe, and all who reside on the planet. New President, same goals. No surprise!
Yet, the technological push is eyed far beyond just national security and into outer space. Obama during the late summer appeared to shift his support toward the Bush Exploration Vision goal of returning astronauts to the moon by 2020, noting that he "endorses the goal" of a lunar return "as a precursor in an orderly progression to missions to more distant destinations, including Mars."
He further states that he wants the Constellation program to have the flexibility to explore other sites such as asteroids and Lagrangian points. Major space program supporters have raised asteroids as a much better stepping stone to Mars than the moon.
Is that national security in outer space? I would say it is.