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Lawlessness – part 5

Colten Boushie

“Colten Boushie and Settlers’ Justice” by David MacDonald

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The decision by an all-white jury, presided over by a white judge, to acquit the killer of Colten Boushie, a young Indigenous man from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, is a severe test of the settler-based Canadian legal system…

Boushie’s friend Belinda Jackson, taken into police custody before she provided a statement, did not sleep or eat for 19 hours. Boushie’s mother Debbie Baptiste was told to “get herself together” after being informed her son had been killed.

Is it normal for police to tell you that your son is dead, imply you have a drinking problem, and then search your home for clues? It seems so in Saskatchewan. The police acted as if they were an army of occupation in someone else’s home.

What does colonization and occupation look like? Statistically like this: In mid-2016, Maclean’s surveyed the 265 most powerful positions in Saskatchewan’s legal, educational, business and legislative systems: 4.5 per cent of positions were filled by Indigenous peoples. Only two of 101 judges are Indigenous — in a province where 81 per cent of inmates in provincial jails are Indigenous.

A recent poll indicated Saskatchewan residents viewed the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people more negatively than anywhere else in Canada, and 41 per cent of respondents blamed “Aboriginal peoples” for inequalities and problems. Saskatchewan was also the home of the last federally funded Indian Residential School. One of its survivors, Darren Maxie, told Maclean’s “It is their system, not ours… Every institution belongs to them. We are not allowed in.”
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“Like a Safari: Israeli Troops in Jeeps Hunt a Palestinian Teen and Shoot Him in the Head” by Gideon Levy and Alex Levac

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The killing field of young Laith Abu Naim is an empty lot in the remote village of Al-Mughayyir, north of Ramallah. Someone once planned to build a house here, but got no further than iron rods and a retaining wall. The boy ran for his life between the rods, pursued by two armored Israel Defense Forces jeeps. The chase ended when the door of one of the vehicles opened and a soldier aimed his rifle straight at Laith’s forehead from a range of 20 meters. He fired one bullet, killing the teen – the same way an animal is hunted down and bagged on a safari…

The earth is still bloodstained where Abu Naim fell, and littered with shreds of a memorial poster with his picture on it. According to the grocer, the soldier who fired the shot walked over to the dying teen and turned over his body with his foot, apparently to check his condition. The soldiers ordered the grocer to get back into his store and close it. They left without offering the victim any medical assistance…

Fat’hi, his face a study in dejection, asks: “Is there an army in the world that, after shooting someone, puts a foot on his body? They shot him in cold blood in order to kill him. It was a liquidation, an assassination. They could have arrested him, wounded him – but not killed him. To kill a Palestinian is nothing for them. They have no human feelings. Doesn’t the officer who fired have children? Did he see Laith as a boy like his children? The Israeli soldiers have lost all restraint. Every soldier can kill anyone according to his mood.”
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Chaim Levinson

“Haaretz Journalists Gideon Levy, Alex Levac Detained by IDF in West Bank” by Chaim Levinson

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Two prominent Haaretz journalists were detained by the Israeli army at the Tul Karm checkpoint and questioned by police on Monday on their way back from the West Bank to Israel, in what the newspaper described as an attempt to undermine the essential work of journalists.

Reporter and columnist Gideon Levy, who has written extensively about Palestinian life in the West Bank, and photographer Alex Levac were released after police questioned them at the police station in the West Bank settlement of Ariel…

We must call a spade a spade, said Levy. It was a false arrest of journalists, meant to harm their work. I have been covering the occupation for 30 years, and I will continue to do so even if I get arrested every week.
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Oddie Shoupe | Photo: White County Sheriff’s Office

“Sheriff Sued After Ordering Deputies to ‘Kill That M-therf-cker'” by ? (teleSUR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Body camera recording revealed that Shoupe gave instructions for Michael Dial, with whom law enforcement was engaged in a low-speed car chase, to be fired on.

Deputies initially used the Pursuit Intervention Technique, which is meant to turn a moving vehicle sideways, reducing its speed and bringing it to a stop by nudging (ramming) it with a patrol car.

According to Channel 5, Shoupe can be heard in the recording saying: “They said, ‘we’re ramming him,’ I said, ‘Don’t ram him, shoot him. F-ck that sh-t. Ain’t gonna tear up my cars.’”

Dial was reportedly driving on a suspended license and ignored instructions from DeKalb Country officials to pull over.

“If they don’t think I’ll give the damn order to kill that motherf-cker they’re full of sh-t,” Shoupe said, according to the recording. “Take him out. I’m here on the damn wrong end of the county.”
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“Our Verdict: UK Assange Ruling is Unlawful, and 100% Political” by Patrick Henningsen (21st Century Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Yesterday, a high court judge ruled to uphold a UK arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, consigning him to further limbo and little chance of justice.

While the details, twists and turns of this case are certainly important, it’s essential to first understand that this case no longer has anything to do with any laws Assange is said to have broken. This is now one hundred percent political…

On June 19, 2011, prior to his extradition hearing, Assange jumped bail, and claimed political asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has been living in the basement ever since. By jumping bail at that time, Assange triggered a separate UK arrest warrant. However, the Swedish sex assault case was eventually dropped in August 2015, and has since been deemed by many analysts to be vexatious, if not completely fraudulent. Despite all this, the UK government has still enforced the original charge of jumping bail…

There were faint hopes that yesterday’s hearing at Westminster magistrates court might yield a victory for justice and common sense, but those hopes were dashed by senior Judge Emma Arbuthnot…

In addition, the judge made a series of bizarre remarks, including a claim that Assange has not been arbitrarily detained, and should be grateful of the luxurious conditions of his incarceration.

“Firstly, he can leave the embassy whenever he wishes; secondly, he is free to receive, it would seem, an unlimited number of visitors and those visits are not supervised; thirdly, he can choose the food he eats, the time he sleeps and exercises.”

“He can sit on the balcony (I accept probably observed by the police and his supporters) to take the air. He is not locked in at night.”
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That judge is ruined.

“Amid Peace Talks, 2 More Social Leaders Assassinated in Colombia” by ? (teleSUR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Amid peace talks between the National Liberation Army, ELN, and the Colombian government, two more campesino leaders were assassinated on Friday in the municipality of Guapi, in the Cauca department of Colombia…

Human rights defenders Orlando Grueso, a former guerrilla, and Jonathan Cundimi, a local activist, were working to help campesinos transition from growing coca crops to alternative crops in the region. Grueso was reportedly a former member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC…

Jhonatan Centeno, a fellow human rights defender, told local media: “Orlando was a great leader of the Patriotic March and promoted the process of voluntary substitution of crops for illicit use.”

Nearly 170 social leaders have been killed in Colombia in 2017, according to the Institute of Studies for Peace Development, Indepaz, a Colombian non-governmental organization.

Indepaz director Camilo Gonzalez Posso said, “The rise in homicides is over two main conflicts: (access to) land and (natural) resources. This latter refers to the rentiership in illegal mining and cultivation of illicit crops.”
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Honduras: Indigenous Communities Unite Against Extractive Policies

“Environmental Activists Attacked in Mexico, Bus Lit on Fire” by ? (teleSUR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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A group of environmental activists traveling from Zacatilihuic to Tehuacan, Mexico were attacked Saturday after protesting the Atzala-Coyolapa hydroelectric project in the Sierra Negra, the mountain chain that crosses the state of Puebla…

When driving by Zacacoapan, a black double cabin pick-up truck blocked their way and masked armed men forced the activists to step down, get on their knees, face the bushes by the road with their heads down and wait while they sprayed gasoline over the bus.

When the attackers left, the activists turned their heads only to see their bus on fire. They weren’t able to identify any of the attackers or the truck’s details…

The Sierra Negra de Puebla is a region under constant threat by mining, manufacturing and other environmental threats in a mostly Indigenous territory. Activists and local residents fear the new hydroelectric may damage the region’s ecosystem…

The main beneficiary will be the Autlan Mining Company in Teziutlan, which provides metal alloys to GFM…

Since it’s a mainly Indigenous territory, the government must carry out popular consultations to approve the project. However, local residents have denounced it as treacherous, claiming the consultation shouldn’t even happen.

“The mayor (of Zoquitlan) has sold out to the company,” said Martin Barrios, president of a human rights group in Tehuacan.
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“Hydro Electric Firm, Honduran Military Planned Berta Caceres Murder” by ? (teleSUR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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A hydroelectric company that environmental activist Berta Caceres had fought plotted with Honduran military and security forces to kill the Indigenous leader in March 2016, an independent commission has found.

The investigation was carried out by the International Group of Advisors and Expert Persons, which is comprised of several lawyers from Guatemala, Colombia, Holland and the United States and was based on dozens of interviews, court records and partial access to evidence provided by government investigators.

The GAIPE found that high-level executives of Energy Development SA and government officials began planning the assassination of Caceres at least four months before they carried it out.
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Nicolas Maduro and Marco Rubio | photos from Reuters

“Rubio calls for military coup in Venezuela” by ? (RT via Axis Of Logic)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Republican Senator Marco Rubio called for the Venezuelan Armed Forces to rebel against the government, in a series of inflammatory tweets posted on Friday. The Secretary of State has hinted at support for a coup d’etat.

“The world would support the Armed Forces in #Venezuela if they decide to protect the people & restore democracy by removing a dictator,” Florida Senator Rubio wrote.

Rubio’s tweets come after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday hinted at his support for a coup d’etat in Venezuela, as well as more sanctions including an embargo on Venezuela’s valuable oil exports.
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A Palestinian flag is seen in from to the Jewish settlement of Gilo, in the West Bank village of Walajeh near Bethlehem August 18, 2017. Photo by Wisam Hashlamoun

“Upcoming Likud bill is Israel’s latest attempt to annex the settlements” by Maya al-Orzza

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Israel’s ruling Likud party announced last Sunday a new bill that seeks to apply Israeli domestic law directly to settlements. The bill, expected to be introduced in two weeks, is an exact copy of a decision unanimously approved by the Likud Central Committee on December 31, 2017, which would de facto annex all Israeli settlements.

This is will not be the first time that a bill proposal to apply sovereignty on all Israeli settlements is presented to the Knesset, truth is, Israel has been incrementally extending its sovereignty in practice over the occupied Palestinian territory since 1967, when it annexed East Jerusalem.
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For people who don’t pay any attention to what happens in Israel and occupied Palestinian territories; Simply, ‘all’ Jewish settlements on occupied, and stolen, Palestinian territory are illegal. In its ongoing “politicide” (Baruch Kimmerling) of the nation of Palestine, Israel – like the little boy with chocolate all over his face who says he doesn’t know anything about what happened to the chocolate cake – allows the settlements and then, after a time, declares them a part of Israel. Nazi Israel expands and Palestinian territory shrinks further.

Congress

“Congress introduces new set of bills to limit the right to seek justice against major corporations” by Frank Sellers

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Congress has countenanced a large number of bills over the course of the past year that deal with deregulating industry either by removing regulations entirely or else knocking out their teeth… But these aren’t the only consumer protections that are under fire by bills that are gaining support in Congress:

6 bills with provisions to eliminate judicial review, eroding the role of courts as a check and balance on other branches of government.
14 bills that could effectively strip people of their right to sue by either forcing them into arbitration or blocking their ability to join together in class action lawsuits.
17 bills that would make it too expensive to sue, forcing members of the public to bear the burden of costly litigation against the government.
10 bills that meddle with timely resolution through settlements, forcing government agencies to draw out challenges through costly litigation fights.

If these bills make it into law, the corporate environment will not only be freed from the shackles of having to face accountability regulations and judicial processes when they misbehave, but they will also be wearing a bullet proof vest against the possibility of being brought to court to answer for it.
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IDF Israeli soldier carry an Israeli flag seen in a gathering point near the border with Gaza, in Southern Israel, yesterday, July 19, 2014, the day following the Israeli forces ground invasion to the Northern Gaza Strip, in an escalation of the operation as it enters its 11th day. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90

“Israel’s Justice Minister endorses apartheid — the Jewish state ‘at the expense of equality’” by Jonathan Ofir

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Ayelet Shaked, the Israeli justice minister has done it again: She has spelled out Israeli Apartheid in unequivocal terms, and tied it directly to Zionism:

“There is place to maintain a Jewish majority even at the price of violation of rights.”

she said yesterday (Monday) at the Congress on Judaism and Democracy, as reported by Haaretz.

Shaked was speaking about Israel’s “Nation State of the Jewish People” bill, and made it clear that equality was essentially anathema to the “Jewish State”:

On the coalition’s intent to keep the word “equality” out of the nation-state bill, Shaked said that

“Israel is a Jewish state. It isn’t a state of all its nations. That is, equal rights to all citizens but not equal national rights.” …

On the one hand, one could be tempted to believe that Shaked is just fighting a battle against the courts, and that there is a supposedly liberal Supreme Court that can act as counterweight to this. But remember – the Supreme Court is essentially Zionist, and therefore it is always biased towards the “Jewish State”. Since that concept cannot be challenged in any meaningful way, and since Shaked is actually voicing Zionist ideology honestly and vociferously, one is left with very little meaningful agency to protest or counter this.

One agency is, of course, the civil, democratic grassroots means of protest: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).

But look what Supreme Court President Esther Hayut said at a recent anti-BDS conference. BDS is a “a civil wrong”, she said, and went on:

“Calling for a boycott is a means of coercion and not persuasion. It does not serve the basic principles of democracy, but instead undermines them by preventing a free exchange of ideas. As such, it is not worthy of the constitutional protection enjoyed by other forms of political expression.”

So, too bad – BDS is not protected speech, according to Israel’s highest court authority. And hence it is alright for the state itself to impose sanctions upon individuals for pursuing it:

“The imposition of legal sanctions is proportionate when the state is interested in defending itself against a boycott of civilians”, Hayut said.

It must become clear that this positioning is fascism in its very essence.
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Lawlessness – part 4

Honduras Dead
From the article:
Demonstrators carry crosses with the names of the victims killed in the political crisis, mostly at the hands of state forces, during a protest against military brutality, Comayagüela, Dec. 20, 2017. Source: Heather Gies

“Honduras: Military Intelligence Behind Assassinations, Tortures, and Forced Disappearances” by ? (Radio Progreso)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Captain Orellana Rodríguez was dishonorably discharged [AQP added link] from the military for having mentioned publicly that the president’s brother, Congressmember Antonio “Tony” Hernández, was being investigated by the DEA for drug trafficking, and denounced that Congressmember under investigation had used official airplanes to transport drugs.

In an interview with Radio Progreso (RP), Captain Santos Orellana Rodríguez (SOR) spoke of the actions of the Armed Forces during the current political crisis and the role they have played in the JOH [Juan Orlando Hernández] government…

RP: How does military intelligence operate?

SOR: The Armed Forces are in charge of intelligence in Honduras. They created an intelligence agency of the State but the Armed Forces themselves operate it. Coronel Germán Alfaro is the national director of intelligence, he has been investigated for drug trafficking, he has been investigated for abuse of authority and human rights abuses. The gringos were investigating him for the death of a boy in Tocoa.

RP: What is your opinion of the Armed Forces that you belonged to?

SOR: The Armed Forces are a noble institution that serves society, but at the present moment our Armed Forces are not serving the people…

RP: How do they pick a target?

SOR: Okay so they say let’s eliminate this leader because [s/]he’s creating problems for us, and once we get rid of that sort of person the others will be afraid, scared, intimidated, all that. It’s a delicate theme – there needs to be a thorough investigation and that will never happen in a government like this one. Honestly I tell you this even though it pains me to say it- the Armed Forces will not be audited or investigated for their role in everything that has happened in this country, the disasters that have taken place, the murders that the Armed Forces have committed, none of this will be investigated by this government. Tell me who they answer to: they answer to the government, they answer to the president of the Republic, they are his arms, he is the one who controls them.

RP: What do you propose?

SOR: The Armed Forces and the police should not be beholden to the executive branch of power; they should pertain to the legislative branch.
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That is a startling report. Our ex-military whistleblower is clearly conflicted. His “noble” armed forces are indoctrinated, fascist, anti-people and a big part of the problem, but he has a hard time accepting it even when what he reports leads to that conclusion. By his answers I gather that he is not that educated, which is not a knock (and something he alludes to when he explains recruitment in the military). He’s somewhat hysterical – not wrong or bad intentioned – in fact. His comment about all the vandalism and so forth (which he sort of contradicts later on in his interview) being caused by black ops hurts his argument. Is he saying that no one else in the whole country is a criminal and would do something like vandalism? However, Considering what he and his country has gone through, and is going through, I think we can forgive our friend for being a bit hysterical. And it’s worth nothing that the link in the Upside Down World article to a Washington Post (state propaganda and fake news) article turns up nothing. That, in my view, works in favor of Santos Orellana Rodríguez’s credibility. One final point: I think he’s wrong about keeping the executive power away from the military. Just because ‘his’ executive, President Juan Orlando Hernández, is a fascist who will happily eat his own people, that doesn’t mean that that’s how it should be. In fact, given the way fascism today comes into being and is sustained, namely via Uncle Sam’s help, I think it’s vital that the executive keep a very, very watchful eye on his military and police. I recently attached a comment to an important article, about the ongoing menacing of Venezuela by the US, on the Axis Of Logic website (which is great). What Les Blough said, in response to my comment, is what I would hope is happening in every Latin American (still free) country. Here’s my comment and Les’s response:

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RB: What sort of connections do Venezuela’s military and police have with the US, because that – long cultivated connections with foreign military officers and police forces that absorb the ideology of imperial uncle Sam and are a ready, willing and able to betray the people for the global 1% who really matter – the standard practice and an unfailing source of successful US-directed coups that install National Security States that are “stable,” in the technical sense (anti-people, pro business)?

Les Blough: The Military (FANB), Bolivarian National Guard (GNB), Intelligence Services (CICPC), Bolivarian National Police (PNB) and Civil Militia are intact and local to the government. Ideologically they are socialist and anti-imperialist. That of course doesn’t preclude an occasional rogue officer like Óscar Perez or Resistencia breaking ranks but when they do they are quickly neutralized which I fully support b/c we are in the Middleton of a war. In his Latin American destabilization tour this week began by stupidly calling for the military to rise up against Maduro and he did it in México, not exactly a friend of Venezuela. Reuters reportes that Mexican FM, Luis Videgaray quickly chastized Tillerson,

“Mexico, in no case, would back any option that implies the use of violence, internal or external, to resolve the case of Venezuela,”

along with many other Latin American leaders. They finally realize that “if they can do it to him, they can do it to me.
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From pages 53 & 54 of “The Washington Connection And Third World Fascism, The Political Economy of Human Rights – Volume I,” by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman, the following:

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Military training and supply, the build-up and cultivation of the military and intelligence establishments, as well as CIA surveillance and destabilization, have been key elements of the “Washington connection,” employed to protect U.S. interests in its client states in the post-World War II era. The United States trains client military personnel in some 150 bases and training schools, and sends mobile units and advisors to serve on an in-country basis. This training has placed great weight on ideological conditioning and has “steeped young Latin officers in the early 1950s anti-Communist dogma that subversive infiltrators could be anywhere.” In addition to the ideological cement of this world view, U.S. military training has purposefully helped build a network of personal relationships between United States and Latin American military cadres. This tie has been further consolidated by military aid from the wealthier power as well as cooperative maneuvers and logistical planning. Over 200,000 Latin American military personnel have been trained in the U.S., and since 1949 over 35,000 Latin American officers have trained in the School for the Americas alone: a school identified in Latin America by its historic function as the “school of coups.”

In testimony before Congress, there has been a pretense by spokesmen for the military and foreign policy establishment that our training and contacts will have a “pro-democratic” impact and will serve to bring more “humane” methods to the Latin American police and military. Precisely the opposite effects have occurred. Our training and aid have enhanced the power of the military, and our ideological and moral support and training have encouraged them to assert themselves politically. They have become more “pro-American,” but any spinoff of democratic values is as yet undetectable…”
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White Supremacist Jim Mattis and his buddy, a terrorist White Helmet
photo source:
https://bsnews.info/mattis-threatens-military-action-syria-gas-attack-claims-admits-no-evidence/

“Mattis Threatens Military Action Over Syria Gas Attack Claims, Then Admits “No Evidence”” by Tyler Durden

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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This week the American public was once again bombarded by fresh headlines alleging the Syrian government under President Bashar al-Assad gassed its own people. And in predictable fashion the usual threat of US military force soon followed…

On Friday Defense Secretary Jim Mattis addressed the latest claims, confidently asserting the Syrian government had as a matter of routine used chlorine as a weapon against the remaining pockets of opposition areas of the country – specifically in the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta, but it appears at this point that even Reuters has suddenly found its journalistic skepticism… Yes, actual knowledge on whether or not there was even a chemical attack to begin with is indeed thin enough for Reuters to headline its own report with “Mattis says has no evidence of sarin gas used in Syria, but concerned”…

But Mattis was also forced to admit the following, according to Reuters:

Mattis, speaking with reporters, said the Syrian government had repeatedly used chlorine as a weapon. He stressed that the United States did not have evidence of sarin gas use.

“We are even more concerned about the possibility of sarin use, (but) I don’t have the evidence,” Mattis said. “What I am saying is that other groups on the ground – NGOs, fighters on the ground – have said that sarin has been used, so we are looking for evidence.”

Like with previous allegations, US government officials are issuing threats of military action based on NGO’s and fighters on the ground…

In this case it once again appears to be the word of the White Helmets, which it seems just about every other week issue new and unverified claims of chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian government. As is now generally well-known the White Helmets are funded by US and UK governments to the tune of many tens of millions of dollars, and have further been frequently filmed and documented cooperating closely with al-Qaeda factions on the ground in Syria.
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The US is in Syria illegally

“U.S. Murders 100 Syrian Soldiers, Claims “Self-Defense” In Country America Invaded And Occupies” by Brandon Turbeville

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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In the latest instance of American war criminality, the United States launched an air attack against the Syrian military on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. This brazen aggression against the sovereign government of Syria has resulted in the death of at least one hundred “forces aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad” according to U.S. military officials…

The U.S. attack represents yet another brazen act of hubris and arrogance that goes hand in hand with the Western imperialism which has seen the United States and NATO march across the world, leaving nothing but their bloody footprints behind them. To claim “self-defense” in a country that you have destabilized, invaded, and occupied is hypocrisy to say the least. It is also a violation of national sovereignty and international law.
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From Venezuelanalysis website:
A US soldier, on a US Army M113, in Panama during “Operation Just Cause” on December 21, 1989. Harvard economist Ricardo Hausmann presents the US invasion as a model for international intervention in Venezuela. (J. Elliot / US Department of Defense)

“Harvard Economist Suggests D-Day Style Invasion to Fix Venezuela’s Crisis” by Ryan Mallett-Outtrim

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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According to Ricardo Hausmann, the best way to fix an economic downturn is by replacing it with a full-blown humanitarian catastrophe…

Seeking to justify foreign intervention, Hausmann himself looked to the 1989 US intervention in Panamá as a model.

“It would be akin to the US liberating Panama from the oppression of Manuel Noriega, ushering in democracy and the fastest economic growth in Latin America,” he stated.

Fun fact: anywhere from a few hundred to 4,000 Panamanian non-combatants were killed during the intervention. In the aftermath of the violence, even the Washington lapdogs at Human Rights Watch couldn’t contain their horror at the conduct of US forces…

This brings me to my next key point. As the perceptive reader may have noticed, there’s a common pattern among Western interventions: they’re all followed by years – if not decades – of horrific internal conflict and instability. Any rational observer would assume the same would be true of Venezuela, a deeply divided country with an extremely complex political situation. Hausmann himself should be aware of this, given his impressive résumé.

A former Venezuelan planning minister, he is today a professor of economics at the Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the Centre for International Development at Harvard University. Needless to say, his academic credentials and familiarity with Venezuela would lead one to presume he should already understand everything I’ve mentioned here. The same could be said for virtually all prominent voices demanding direct intervention in Venezuela. With decades of data under our collective belts, the question of whether or not military intervention can be conducted humanely is well and truly settled. Intervention is just a polite term for mass murder.
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FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2014, file photo, fighters from Kurdish popular defense units YPJ (women) and YPG (men) gather during a short break before heading out to fight for new positions in Kobani, Syria. U.S.-backed Kurdish forces have forcefully displaced thousands of Syrian civilians, mostly Arabs, and demolished villages in northern Syria, often in retaliation for the residents’ perceived sympathies for the Islamic State group and other militants, Amnesty International said Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin, File)

“Kurds in Conflict-Ridden Northeastern Syria Turn to Kidnapping, Conscription, ISIS-like Tactics” by Sarah Abed

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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One of the most startling allegations made is that the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been arresting and kidnapping men aged 18 to 40 in the Al Hassakah governorate, which includes Al Qamishli and other towns under their control. They are taking these men against their will to Kurdish militia training camps, where they will stay for some time and receive training before being forced to fight in the so-called “New Syrian Army” or “North Syrian Army.” I was told that some of these men are being taken to the front lines to fight in Afrin as well…

Eddie Gaboro Hanna told me: “They [the Kurdish militias] are still taking land and property from Christians by force and charging the Christian businesses a tax.” They are also destroying historical sites and claiming Assyrian artifacts to be Kurdish in origin. Historical revisionism is taking place, and the indigenous people are crying out for the world to stop these violations…

Kurdish independence has been falsely portrayed as an ethno-religious, democratic, feminist, revolutionary cause by mainstream and even some alternative media outlets. However, these media sources completely ignore facts and realities that contradict the romanticized version being publicly displayed. A point they often disregard is that the Kurds are not the original inhabitants of the lands that they now claim. Assyrians, Aramaeans, Armenians and other Christian minority groups are indigenous to the Levant…

A popular misconception that is regularly touted by Kurdish sources is that they are the largest stateless group of people in the world. However, that title belongs to the Tamil people, an ancient ethnic group in South Asia who mainly reside in India and Sri Lanka. With a population of over 79 million, the Tamils are double the size of the Kurdish population…

For the United States, the Kurdish cause has always been a ploy in order to carry out its formidable foreign interventionist strategy. Without its Kurdish “allies” the United States would not be able to establish its illegal military bases and thereby have a presence in the region. The northeastern region of Syria is the most oil/gas and agriculturally rich region in the country, which adds to its significance and geopolitical importance.

In addition to fueling perpetual war and conflict in the Middle East, the U.S. is using its strategic presence to assist its number one regional ally, “Israel,” and to keep an eye on its proclaimed adversary, Iran.
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The mountains of the South Cotabato province of Mindanao Island in the southern Philippines, where the primitive Tasaday people live, is seen, July 1971. (AP Photo)

“Operation Pacific Eagle in the Philippines: Washington’s New Colonial War” by Elliot Gabriel

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Pacific Eagle, an open-ended mission aimed at “countering radicalization and violent extremism” in the Southeast Asian region, could see the U.S. military re-establish itself as a virtually permanent fixture in a former U.S. colony described by President Donald Trump as a “prime piece of real estate.”…

The operation comes to light months after the conclusion of the bloody siege of Marawi, a now-pulverized city in the southernmost island of Mindanao that became the scene of a ruinous counterinsurgency campaign by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against hundreds of alleged “Islamic State affiliates” of the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups…

The U.S. participation was seen by the country’s leftists as proof of President Rodrigo Duterte’s hypocrisy, exposing his angry anti-U.S. statements and pledges to align with regional powerhouses such as Russia and China as the empty bluster of a U.S. puppet.

A report published for the U.S. Congress last Friday by Lead Inspector General Glenn Fine repeatedly invokes “ISIS-Philippines” as justification for the report while subtly mentioning “other terrorist organizations” that remain unnamed:

“OPE-P is described as the comprehensive counterterrorism campaign by the DoD, in coordination with other U.S. Government agencies and international partners, to support the Philippine government and military in their efforts to isolate, degrade, and defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) affiliates and other terrorist organizations in the Philippines.”

Critics see the use of the term “other terrorist organizations” as a red flag signaling that the Pentagon’s focus is far from limited to those who are seeking to help establish a global “caliphate” from the Southeast Asian archipelago…

Duterte once called himself a “socialist” and “anti-imperialist,” and even expressed sympathies for the red fighters in a manner considered taboo in a country that, for decades under former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, once nursed a single-minded hatred of the left.

Since 1986, however, Manila has taken part in intermittent peace talks with the banned Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) through the National Democratic Front, an alliance of social movements affiliated with the clandestine party.

While Duterte initially championed the peace process, which hinged on the implementation of an ambitious socio-economic reform agenda, the negotiations were derailed last May after his declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

Accordingly, the end of last year’s peace talks eventually led to Duterte designating the Philippine communists, both armed and unarmed, as “terrorists.”

“I will follow America, since they say that I am an American boy,” Duterte noted. “OK, granted, I will admit that I am a fascist. I will categorize you already as a terrorist.”
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I recall a number of lefties arguing that Duterte was actually a good guy. I must confess, they almost had me fooled. Almost.

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“Resurgence or revelation? White nationalist legacies in Canada”

*edit, February 11, 2018 – I’ve posted my online comment to Canadian Dimension twice. Comments have not been closed. The comment appeared, again, but was later removed. I have been expecting CD to go downhill. They still carry great articles by great writers (like Yves Engler) and important Canadian figures like Pamela Palmater. But I’m a nobody (who happens to support Yves Engler’s politics) who can be disappeared without cost. CD may pick up lefty writers like Engler (for now), but they are fakers. I know.

Source: Resurgence or revelation? White nationalist legacies in Canada – Canadian Dimension

An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Pamela Palmater follows:

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There has been a great deal of discussion and debate around iconic Canadian symbols like Sir John A. Macdonald who, on the one hand, is a symbol of confederation, yet on the other hand was responsible for genocide against Indigenous peoples. The idea has people of all backgrounds grappling with the dissonance between Canadian pride and nostalgia related to the settlement and creation of the Canadian state versus the inter-generational pain and trauma experienced by many Indigenous peoples from the very brutal, and often lethal, colonization process that accompanied settlement. The question really is: How do we address this clash of values in an age of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples?…

For me however, the debate over reconciliation must move beyond symbolism and be grounded in the substantive. For example, I believe it’s long past time to stop giving land acknowledgements and simply give the land back. Canada’s racist foundations and modern-day structures continue to have a lethal impact on Indigenous peoples — this is a fact — and it must be addressed, or no amount of statute removals and street-name changes will make any difference.
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John Alexander Macdonald and William Lyon Mackenzie King
photo sources:
John Alexander Macdonald from the linked-to article
William Lyon Mackenzie King: http://www.italiancanadianww2.ca/collection/details/ldicea2011_0005_0001

I don’t completely side with First Nations on some things. That they’ve been wronged by a racist, imperial Canadian state is unquestionable. (So far, the best book I’ve read about that is by Todd Gordon. It’s called “Imperialist Canada.”) And that they continue to be is not in doubt. As long as we have Corporatocracy and corporations, including extractive industries, running our Corporatocracy governments, First Nations are not safe. No one is. But this idea that “It’s my land, period,” which also afflicts the Palestinians, who, because they are faithless (by which I mean whose faith is, in my view, wrong) find themselves sacrificing their children and themselves needlessly. They should have said to the marauders, when they had the chance, “Fine. Take our land. Let us go elsewhere.” And they should have went elsewhere. God isn’t impressed with those who casually toss away their human lives. Israel, profoundly, doesn’t own Palestine and in time that will be made quite clear by Jehovah God. The planet was given to humankind to have dominion over, but it always was and will be conditional. And those conditions apply to First Nations, other nations, Palestinians and Israelis. Those conditions have to do with the requirement, that we all are subject to, of upholding God’s standards, which, if followed, won’t see people squabbling over pieces of land that they claim as theirs. Those standards include a love of justice, a love of peace, a love of sharing and caring (Jesus Golen Rule of ‘love others as you would have them love you’), a love of truth and, highest of all, a love for the Creator.

My online response to the above linked-to article follows:

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“When it comes to actually DOING something about addressing Canada’s genocidal past or its modernday representations in statues or the names of streets and buildings — the buck stops there. You see, for some, reconciliation is only tolerable if it remains at the symbolic and doesn’t cause any discomfort or changes in the status quo structures of power and wealth. True reconciliation however, must go beyond nice words, eloquent apologies and the inclusion of native artwork on twenty-dollar bills.”

Reconciliation presupposes a reality that doesn’t exist. Those who want it may be normal, or they wouldn’t want it, but Canada is a ruined (violent, anti-God) country with a ruling class comprised of spiritually and mentally ruined ‘leaders’ and a population that is uncaring and unprincipled and utterly dull (ruined). The clever politicians will go along with efforts to look caring, but only to a point. If people think that there’s no reason for that ‘point’ to exist, that Canada can progress all the way to paradise, then they are not paying attention. Canada is just another captured – by powerful, capitalist special interests, as Tony Clarke explained years ago – state. It’s part of the American-led Corporatocracy. Our foreign policy aligns with American foreign policy and the wishes of our criminal business community.

The only time Canada does the right thing – and it’s usual only a show – is when it’s forced to. Harper had to be forced to accede to the missing First Nations [women] inquiry. I’m almost done Yves Engler’s “Canada In Africa: 300 Years Of Aid And Exploitation.” I just finished the section dealing with private Canadian security companies, like Garda (of Libya fame). How do they get away with joining with imperial and commercial forces in criminal, destabilization efforts in places like Africa? One, The racists who own (or act like they own) the world and run it are down with that sort of thing. Two, Our Corporatocracy governments are behind that sort of thing, for which reason Canada refuses to sign the UN’s international convention against the recruitment, use, financing and training of mercenaries and, as Engler points out “has been little involved with the human rights councils working group on the use of mercenaries.” The authors (Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman) remind us, in “After The Cataclysm,” of former prime minister Mackenzie King’s statement about the bombs dropped (unnecessarily) on Nagasaki and Hiroshima: “It is fortunate the use of the bomb should have been upon the Japanese rather than upon the white races of Europe.” “In fact, in The Mackenzie King Record, the 1968 biographical project of King’s literary executors, the sentence is excised, though the diary was kept as a record to “recount and explain” the conduct of public affairs and is described in the official Canadian military history as “the most important single political document in twentieth-century Canadian history.””

Most Canadians aren’t likely to read Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman (who, in their two-volume book on “The Political Economy Of Human Rights,” which the above quote is taken from, explain efforts by their original publisher to suppress the book) or Yves Engler. A girl who I know at work (she isn’t a workmate but, the security co. I work for protects her site) mentioned her disappointment that a show on television about Winston Churchill is proving hard to find. I mentioned that Churchill is a war criminal and was met with cold hostility for that comment and my attempts to explain it were unwelcome.

I tried to make the point that many of our so-called heroes, like General Patton, were monsters. I gave her the example I recently came across, from Eric Lichtblau’s book “The Nazis Next Door,” of racist Patton’s attitude toward incarcerated victims of the Nazis after that war had been won by the allies. People don’t realize that the prisons for all those innocent victims were not immediately emptied of their victims. Patton even authorized the continued employment, in some cases, of former Nazi prison guards, allowing them to simply continue with the same routines they followed under Hitler! My friend at work stuttered and said that she heard a former prisoner talk on tv and (he or she) didn’t mention any of that. In other words, she automatically rejected what I said because it was not the propaganda that she was used to. What I said was strange. Just as Chomsky explained long ago, Those being propagandized will regurgitate the conventional pieties, which is all they will be fed on network television which uses devices like concision to exclude critics, like Chomsky, who offer a non establishment view of issues, which non establishment views would take, naturally, some time to explain precisely because they are not the usual, conventional truths. One wonders what the Peter Gzowski radio show would have sounded like had Gzowski not responded to Chomsky with silent disbelief and cold hostility those many years ago when Chomsky commented to him how he had just come from war criminal airport, meaning Lester Pearson Airport. Imagine what Canadians listening might have learned if Gzowski had asked Noam, in a friendly manner, what he meant?

Remember the Bills (one after another) that assorted politicians tried getting through Parliament that would, if made into law, make Canadian businesses committing crimes overseas accountable and liable to prosecution in Canadian courts? All quashed by our neoliberal/ neoconservative ruling class. As Engler also notes, “Contravening international law can be good for business.”

While Canada pretends in public to be principled and caring, denouncing corruption in (targetted) places like Africa, Canada resisted joining with other G7 countries in criminalizing foreign bribery. When the pressure became too great and Canadian politicians relented on that issue, it still didn’t mean much. “Still, for the next decade Canadian officials did little to enforce the law.” Transparency International isn’t impressed. But this is, and has always been, the real Canada. And Canadian citizens, for the most part, don’t know and don’t care.
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Lawlessness – part 3


‘Justice has finally prevailed. Miracles can happen still these days,’ Hassan Diab said at a news conference on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS

“‘I will get no penny:’ Diab seeks no personal compensation for extradition ordeal” by Aedan Helmer

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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I don’t want a penny from the Canadian taxpayers,” Hassan Diab said after a near-decade-long legal ordeal, vowing instead to fight to change the extradition law that allowed the Ottawa professor to languish in a French prison for three years…

Terror charges brought by French authorities nine years ago were dismissed last week by judges in France who ruled the prosecution not only had insufficient evidence to convict Diab, but had presented insufficient evidence to even pursue a trial.

Diab and his lawyer said they never considered suing the Canadian government for allowing the extradition to occur, despite the numerous legal challenges the defence mounted during Diab’s six years of living under restrictive bail conditions and the three years he spent in a French prison — often spending 20 to 22 hours in a solitary cell — while awaiting a trial that was eventually dismissed before it could begin…

Diab’s extradition ordeal raises troubling questions for Canada and for Canadians, [Don] Bayne said.

Under the current Extradition Act, a citizen is only extradited to a foreign country that is prepared to proceed with trial. But Diab, Bayne said, was extradited and jailed for more than three years while the case was still under investigation.

“How then could Dr. Diab have ever had his liberty stripped by our extradition system, to send him to a foreign country?” Bayne said.

Bayne said the Parliamentarians who enacted the 1999 law “promised that no Canadian would ever languish in a foreign prison during a foreign investigation, yet that’s exactly what our courts let happen to Diab.
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Perhaps Diab and his lawyer and friends noticed the public reaction to the Canadian government’s treatment of Omar Khadr and didn’t want to start out his new life as a target, along with his family, of rightwing vitriol from a ruined Canada. But make no mistake, this man SHOULD be compensated. Anyone decent who has followed this travesty of justice, as I have, is as outraged at our utterly uncaring, fascist Canadian government as we are relieved that sane judges in France have finally pushed back successfully against their fascist government’s incarceration of an innocent Canadian. Be clear please on this point: What France was ‘allowed’ to do to Hassan Diab, Canada, because of its abusive extradition laws, could ‘not’ do to a French citizen.

“Let the Omar Khadr furor fade away with him” by DiManno

“Taking Liberties: Revelations in Hassan Diab case highlight major faultlines in extradition process” by Matthew Behrens

“Op-Ed: Bring Canada’s extradition law into this century” – Ottawa Citizen

“A Canadian in Paris: Hassan Diab’s indefinite jail journey” by Matthew Behrens

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“Israeli army declares Nabi Saleh, home to Tamimi family, closed military zone” by Ma’an News Agency

An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Ma’an News Agency follows:

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The Israeli army declared the central occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh — home to imprisoned teenage activist Ahed al-Tamimi — a closed military zone on Saturday, closing off all entrances and exits…

While Wafa said that the closure was enforced to prevent people from accessing the protest, some have speculated that the closure was taken as a punitive measure against the residents of Nabi Saleh, specifically the Tamimi family.

Since Ahed’s arrest, her cousin Nour was arrested — she was recently released — her mother Nariman and her aunt were detained, and recently one of her cousins was detained in an overnight raid.

Over a week ago, Ahed’s distant cousin Musaab al-Tamimi, from Nabi Saleh’s sister village of Deir Nitham, was shot and killed by Israeli forces.

The Tamimi family of Nabi Saleh is well known internationally for their activism against the Israeli occupation, which maintains a heavy, near-constant presence in their village.
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When it comes to Nazi Israel, unfortunately, I could just fill up every “Lawlessness” post with examples from that hellish place. I could fill my whole blog with those. But in order to fit in other items, I have to limit – but return to regularly – my Nazi Israel items.

“Climate Denial Group Protected Former Executive Charged With Stalking Colleague, Ex-Staffers Say” by Alexander C. Kaufman

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Eugene Koprowski’s temper earned him a reputation around the office pretty quickly.

Koprowski started work as the marketing director at the Heartland Institute, a right-wing think tank based outside Chicago, in July 2015. Former colleagues say he frequently raised his voice and threw tantrums if they questioned him. One described him as “violent generally.” He sent condescending emails to a female colleague, reprimanding her in almost comically sinister terms: “We will have no more insubordination.”…

Heartland, they said, fostered a culture that allowed Koprowski, 52, to relentlessly harass a female subordinate half his age ― to the point where she took out a restraining order against him in October 2015. And though Koprowski was apparently fired sometime after the woman complained to human resources, her former colleagues say his termination came in response to other misbehavior ― not his repeated, undesired romantic pursuit of the woman who reported to him.
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Presence of virus in BC farmed salmon a battleground for federal, provincial scientists. Photo by Tavish Campbell.

“Inside DFO’s Battle to Downplay a Deadly Farmed Salmon Disease” by Damien Gillis

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Yet for the next 14 years, working closely with the industry and the provincial lab that audits fish farm health, the DFO went to great lengths to avoid acknowledging HSMI’s [Heart Skeletal Muscle Inflammation] presence in B.C. waters.

That’s not surprising. Justice Bruce Cohen warned DFO had a fundamental conflict in his 2012 report on disappearing Fraser River sockeye…

And after reviewing hundreds of pages of academic papers, court transcripts, sworn affidavits and internal emails obtained by The Tyee, it is clear just how deep this unresolved conflict goes…

But in B.C. — where the provincial agriculture ministry oversaw fish farms until 2009 — government veterinarians worked closely with the industry they were charged with auditing and developed their own diagnosis of HSMI. It allowed both to deny the existence of the disease in B.C. waters for years.

Dr. Gary Marty was the key provincial figure in the denial that HSMI exists in B.C. waters…

The Animal Health Centre receives $7 million in funding from the province’s agriculture ministry and about $1.4 million from clients — including $176,000 from three salmon aquaculture companies in the latest fiscal year. It’s also under contract with the DFO to perform farmed salmon audits.

Even after a 2009 court ruling forced the federal government to take over regulation of fish farms, the feds contracted with Marty’s lab to continue providing diagnostic services. The DFO did not, however, provide any direction to AHC on the specific diagnostic methods it had to use to assess viruses and diseases.
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Michael Spratt

“Loblaws Skates on Price-fixing, Tried to Send Homeless Man to Jail” by Michael Spratt

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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…The reality is that we are not all equal before the law — not even in Canada — not even in 2018. Poor people are criminalized for being poor. Addicted people are criminalized because of their addiction. And yes, there are many echoes of racism in our criminal law.

But I will let you in on a secret — it is even worse than that. Not only do we arrest, prosecute and jail the poor for minor offences but we also turn a blind eye to large-scale crimes committed by the rich and powerful.

Last month, days before Christmas, George Weston Ltd. and Loblaw Companies Ltd. admitted to participating in a 15-year price-fixing conspiracy to artificially inflate the price of bread. Loblaws claims it “discovered” Canadians were overcharged for the cost of bread, but make no mistake, this was an admission of illegal behaviour…

Last year, I represented a homeless man who stole a cheap steak from an Ottawa Loblaws store. Unlike the powerful men and women who sit in the Loblaws boardrooms, my client did not steal for his own enrichment — he did it because he was hungry.

When my client was caught stealing, Loblaws called its publicly subsidized security force — the local police — and my homeless client was arrested and prosecuted for theft. A few months later when facing the judge in court, my client explained that at the time of the theft, he had nowhere to live and was hungry. He told the court he was sorry and that things had gotten better for him. He had found a place to live and was beginning to get back on his feet…

You see, my client was not able to afford a crisis management team to draft a pre-Christmas press release. My client was not in a position to buy off the public with gift cards. In short, my client was too poor to purchase immunity.
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A Palestinian man walks past the headquarters United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza city on January 6, 2018. US envoy to the UN Haley warned US support for UNRWA would end if the PA refuses to enter negotiations with Israel. Despite Mr. Trump’s Twitter message, Chris Gunness, an Unrwa spokesman, said the agency had not received any formal notification that the Trump administration intended to cut its funding. The United States is the top funder of Unrwa, and according to figures released in 2016, it contributed nearly $369 million. Photo by Ashraf Amra

“Trump move to pressure Palestinian leadership will ‘take away food and education from vulnerable refugees’” by Allison Deger

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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In a sign that the United States is ratcheting up pressure on Palestinian leadership, the Trump administration sent notice to UNRWA that it is withholding over half of this year’s annual commitment, paying $60 million and freezing another $65 million. The move indicates the U.S. is leveraging its hefty payments to the United Nations Refugee Works Agency (UNRWA) to pressure Palestinian officials into acquiescing to its vision for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

The reactions from Palestinian leaders have been serious, reflecting a diplomatic crisis point that began in December after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“Children’s access to basic humanitarian services is not a bargaining chip but a U.S. and international obligation,” Palestinian Ambassador to the U.S. Husam Zomlot (who is a Palestinian refugee from Al-Shabura camp in southern Gaza) said in a statement released today from Washington DC.

“[T]aking away food and education from vulnerable refugees does not bring a lasting and comprehensive peace,” Zomlot added, noting Trump’s decision lined up with statements made two weeks ago from Israel’s Prime Minister who called to shut down UNRWA.
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“‘Vaccine Choice’ Mom Gets Jail Time for Not Jabbing Her Kid” by 21st Century Wire

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Rebecca Bredow, a self-proclaimed ‘vaccine choice’ mom from Detroit, has just been sentenced to seven days in jail for contempt, defying a court order that states she agreed with her ex-husband to vaccinate their 9-year-old son.

The judge also ordered to have the child vaccinated within one week, while Bredow is serving her jail sentence. Attorneys for the anti-vaxxer mom, who refused to jab her son based on her personal and religious beliefs, have said they will be filing an appeal.

“I would rather sit behind bars standing up for what I believe in, than giving in to something I strongly don’t believe in,” Bredow said in her statement to the court.

As WXYX-TV Detroit reports, the son’s father must get the child vaccinated before his mother gets out of jail, or this story could take yet another controversial turn…
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“Big Pharma’s agenda: Assault on informed consent” by Prof. James F. Tracy

Big Pharma gets its political allies to help it force its products on us.

An excerpt from the transcript of the above linked-to show follows:

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SHARMINI PERIES: It’s The Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore. This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, CFPB, and I stress Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, announced that is stepping back from regulating the so-called payday lenders. Payday lenders are usually located in low-income neighborhoods and provide short-term cash loans at interest rates of up to 900 percent. The CFPB said it is scrapping a rule that would have required these lenders to vet borrowers to make sure they’re able to pay back their small cash loans. The CFPB also announced that it is dropping a lawsuit against a group of payday lenders associated with an American Indian tribe. These have been exempt from state-level regulation, and the previous leadership of the CFPB tried to bring American Indian payday lenders under the federal regulation.

Joining me now to discuss the CFPB’s deregulation of payday lenders is Bill Black. Bill is a white-collar criminologist, an associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He’s the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One. Thanks for joining us, Bill.
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Nazi America

RIP Robert Parry (1949-2018)

This video is something North Americans, drowning in fake news from corporate-owned media and suffocating under an avalanche of censorship, need to see. It’s the real America. I know that Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky and others would like America to be something better than the ruined nation it is, but Stone’s own investigations, and many, many other examinations by others (notably, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman), reveal that it is, as the Bible aptly describes it, a wild beast and a false prophet. It is, in fact a wild beast within a wild beast.

I found the above video on YouTube and wouldn’t be surprised if that has been yanked. This video is banned in Nazi Ukraine, of course, and is being suppressed in the US. I did manage to find a website where the video can be bought, either in streaming format or as a dvd. I have ordered and received my copy and urge others to do the same. And I may very well have to pull my downloaded copy, above, and it may be the producers who wish me to. If that happens, I’ll put up a trailer for it and maybe grab a few excerpts, via Avidemux, from the movie.

The Anglo/American world power aka the two horned beast (that arises out of the ‘earth’) aka the False Prophet
(image from the book “Revelation – Its Grand Climax At Hand!” by the Watch Tower Bible And Tract Society)

The Christian Bible presents 3 special beasts in the book of Revelation having the same basic form. They are, of course, symbols. Those beasts all have 7 heads and 10 horns. Two of those beast wear crowns. The first beast, referred to as a dragon, is identified plainly as Satan, and it is said to give its authority to the second beast, which represents the dominant human world powers, from the Bible’s standpoint, since the rise of the Egyptian world power: 1. Egypt 2. Assyria 3. Babylon 4. Medo-Persia 5. Greece 6. Rome 7. Britain-America. “True, there have been other world powers in history besides the seven – just as the wild beast John saw was made up of a body as well as of seven heads and ten horns. But the seven heads represent the seven major powers that have, each in its turn, taken the lead in oppressing God’s people. In 33 C.E., while Rome was ascendant, Satan used that head of the wild beast to kill the Son of God.” -page 189 of “Revelation – Its Grand Climax At Hand!” published by the Watchtower Bible And Tract Society Of New York, Inc./ International Bible Students Association of Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. Following the revelation of the first two seven-headed beasts, we learn from chapter 13 that another wild beast “ascends out of the earth.” Whereas the second seven-headed beast ascended out of the sea, this one ascends out of the earth. The “sea” simply means the turbulent sea of humankind out of which arose various kingdoms. They came and went, actually, but as time progressed, they – or many of them – began to firm up or stabilize and they developed into enduring nations. By the time the two-horned wild beast of Revelation 13:11-13 arises, nation state boundaries are largely fixed, so that this beast, not having seven heads and ten horns, can be said to have arose from the earth. That beast possesses two horns like a lamb, but a mouth like a dragon.

Indeed, the monstrous British Empire was followed and supported by the even more monstrous American Empire (which support came after a period of mutual antagonism between those two powers), and part of what made them monstrous was the fact that they slaughtered – and are still slaughtering – their way to glory in the name of God. As Jesus Christ said, “If the light that is in you is in fact darkness, then how great that darkness is!” (Matthew 6:23b) Jehovah’s Witnesses – I’m not a Witness; They wouldn’t have me if I wanted to be part of their org and I don’t want to be part of their organization – say that the word ‘dragon’ means swallower down. I have not investigated that claim, and I don’t recall the Witnesses explaining it, but it tracks. Uncle Sam does his creator’s will (Revelation 13:2) when he pursues an imperial, terrifying regime change course, swallowing down nations by destroying and/or enslaving and ruining them. My country, Canada, is certainly one that has been ruined by both its awful leaders (violent, racist, elitist) and by the example and influence of our powerful southern neighbor. By now, Canada would probably have lost even the ability to fake it (polite, friendly Canada) had our leadership not been traitorous and continentalist. But our leaders have indicated to the American ruling class that they don’t need to invade Canada to get Canada. They will hand over Canada, via creeping deep integration and free trade agreements.

From pages 357, 358, 359, 363 of “The Washington Connection And Third World Fascism” by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman, the following:

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“The atrocities committed by [General William] Westmoreland’s killing machine as it was “grinding the enemy down by sheer weight and mass” [Robert Komer’s words] are readily discerned even in the bureaucratic prose of the Pentagon Papers and other government reports, but it was only after the Tet offensive of December 1967-February 1968, when the Pentagon Papers record terminates, that the full force of U.S. power was launched against the defenseless population of South Vietnam. Operation SPEEDY EXPRESS, conducted in the first six months of 1969, was only one of many major pacification efforts…

“[Kevin] Buckley’s Newsweek account describes the events as follows:

All the evidence I gathered pointed to a clear conclusion: a staggering number of noncombatant civilians – perhaps as many as 5,000 according to one official – were killed by U.S. firepower to “pacify” Kien Hoah. The death toll there made the My Lai massacre look trifling by comparison…

The Ninth Division put all it had into the operation. Eight thousand infrantrymen scoured the heavily populated country-side, but contact with the elusive enemy was rare. Thus, in its pursuit of pacification, the division relied heavily on its 50 artillery pieces, 50 helicopters (many armed with rockets and mini-guns) and the deadly support lent by the Air Force. There were 3,381 tactical air strikes by fighter bombers during “Speedy Express”…

“Death is our business and business is good,” was the slogan painted on one helicopter unit’s headquarters during the operation. And so it was. Cumulative statistics for “Speedy Express” show that 10,899 “enemy” were killed. In the month of March alone, “over 3,000 enemy troops were killed… which is the largest monthly total for any American division in the Vietnam War,” said the division’s official magazine. When asked to account for the enormous body counts, a division senior officer explained that helicopter gun crews often caught unarmed “enemy” in open fields. But Vietnamese repeatedly told me that those “enemy” were farmers gunned down while they worked in their rice fields…

There is overwhelming evidence that virtually all the Viet Cong were well armed. Simple civilians were, of course, not armed. And the enormous discrepency between the body count [11,000] and the number of weapons [748] is hard to explain – except by the conclusion that many victims were unarmed innocent civilians…

The people who still live in pacified Kien Hoa all have vivid recollections of the devastation that American firepower brought to their lives in early 1969. Virtually every person to whom I spoke had suffered in some way. “There were 5,000 people in our village before 1969, but there were none in 1970,” one village elder told me. “The Americans destroyed every house with artillery, air strikes, or by burning them down with cigarette lighters. About 100 people were killed by bombing, others were wounded and others became refugees. Many were children killed by concussion from the bombs which their small bodies could not withstand, even if they were hiding underground.”

Other officials, including the village police chief, corroborated the man’s testimony. I could not, of course, reach every village. But in each of the many places where I went, the testimony was the same: 100 killed here, 200 killed there. One old man summed up all the stories: “The Americans killed some VC but only a small number. But of civilians, there were a large number killed…”

“Returning to SPEEDY EXPRESS, Newsweek reported that although John Paul Vann found that SPEEDY EXPRESS had alienated the population (a profound discovery), the Army command considered its work well done. After all, “the ‘land rush’ succeeded. Government troops moved into the ravaged country-side in the wake of the bombardments, set up outposts and established Saigon’s dominance of Kien Hoa” – a notable victory for “our Vietnamese.”

“Operation SPEEDY EXPRESS was regarded by the Army as a “stunning success.” Lauding the Commanding General on the occasion of his promotion, General Creighton Abrams spoke of “the great admiration I have for the performance of the 9th Division and especially the superb leadership and brilliant operational concepts you have given the Division.” “You personify the military professional at his best in devotion and service to God and country,” Abrams rhapsodized, referring specifically to the “magnificent” performance of the 9th Division, its “unparalleled and unequaled performance.” During Operation SPEEDY EXPRESS, for example. On another occasion, when awarding him the Legion of Merit, Abrams referred to George Patton III, one of the men best noted for converting “pacification” into plain massacre, as “one of my finest young commanders.”
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The bolding in the last paragraph, above, is mine.

“You are from your father, The Devil, and you wish to do as your father desires.” – John 8:44a

Is it any wonder that this supposed champion of democracy and human rights – the United States – supposedly on the side of God and the angels (“two horns like a lamb”), is also referred to at Revelation 19:19-21 as a false prophet? And what does this champion of democracy actually think of the people, meaning ‘most’ people? Does it care about what they think? More to the point, Does it care about their safety more than the safety of its ‘defense’ contractors and its capitalist class? (I know how Palestinians and Yemeni people, whose brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers are being slaughtered with American-sold weapons and/or by uncle Sam’s approval and sometimes with direct American assistance, would answer that question. And note that there are weapons and then there are weapons.

Sanctions are used by the US as a weapon. Countries targetted for regime change – Russia, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Syria – or whose political class shows too much interest in its own people and not enough interest in the US-based investment community, get hit with all manner of destabilization methods, including sanctions. One of the latest has to do with already totally destitute Palestinians. And the targetting of those defenseless people, already broken and literally ‘living’ in rubble (in Gaza), is tantamount to calling to God to “Bring it!” We shall see.) “…while Reagan was being extolled (in the United States) for leading the world towards peace at the December 1987 Washington summit, where the INF [Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces] Treaty was signed, the United Nations General Assembly, speaking for “the community of nations,” voted [on] a series of disarmament resolutions. It voted 154-1, with no abstentions, opposing the build-up of weapons in outer space (Reagan’s Star Wars) and 135-1 against developing new weapons of mass destruction. The Assembly voted 143-2 for a comprehensive test ban, and 137-3 for a halt to all nuclear test explosions. The US voted against each resolution, joined in two cases by France and one by Britain. None of this was reported in the Free Press, the “community of nations” being irrelevant when it fails to perceive the Truth.” – pages 96 & 97 of “Deterring Democracy” by Noam Chomsky. Noam elsewhere refers to the US as the UN’s veto champ. Not only does that collective Anglo/American false prophet (with the American component coming to dominate) present itself as benign and godly (with regime change – almost ALWAYS overthrowing democratic states – that it refers to as humanitarian intervention), but it (American component) urges the world to accept the false savior that was first known as the League of Nations and which then became the United Nations. Abandoning God, his standards (via a course of regime change and unbelievable destruction of human and other life) and his plan of salvation for believing humankind, which centers around God’s appointed savior, Jesus Christ, the United States urged the people of the earth to get behind a human scheme that in fact represented not God, but the bloody world powers under Satan’s control. (Note that the American Empire is not consistently against the UN. When the UN ‘behaves’ it is fine with it. When the UN ‘misbehaves’, the US ignores and/or lambasts it. But it has not destroyed it for it is sometimes useful to the American-led Corporatocracy.)

“The annual survey of human rights put out by the U.S. State Department has this primary characteristic: it strives consistently and without intellectual scruple to put a good face on totalitarian states within our sphere of influence. The bias is so great, the willingness to accept factual claims and verbal promises of military juntas is so blatant, the down-playing of the claims and pain of the victims of official terror is so obvious, that these reports are themselves solid evidence of the primary official commitment to the dispensers of terror rather than its victims. They constitute a defense of client fascism, not of human rights. The highly touted “human rights program” must be understood in this context…

“Our massive intervention and subversion over the past 25 years has been confined almost exclusively to overthrowing reformers, democrats, and radicals – we have “rarely” destabilized right-wing military regimes no matter how corrupt or terroristic.” – pages 16 & 17 of “The Washington Connection And Third World Fascism – The Political Economy Of Human Rights, Volume 1” by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman

“The UN is “functional” today because it is (more or less) doing what Washington wants, a fact that has virtually nothing to do with the end of the Cold War, the Russians, or Third World maladies.” – Noam Chomsky, page 200 of “Deterring Democracy” (pub 1991)

About this part of the second seven-headed, ten horned beast of Revelation that is singled out and referred to as a wild beast that ascends out of the earth, John tells us:

“And it misleads those who dwell on the earth, because of the signs that were granted it to perform in the sight of the wild beast, while it tells those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the wild beast that had the sword-stroke and yet revived. And there was granted it [the power] to give breath to the image of the wild beast, so that the image of the wild beast should both speak and cause to be killed all those who would not in any way worship the wild beast.” – Revelation 13:14,15

The second seven-headed beast experienced a sword stroke during WWII when all the nations, including the dominant Anglo/American world power, were pummeled. The British Empire especially was quite damaged. Following that war, the American component of the Anglo/American world power became ascendant and more powerful, and godless and perverted, than any human power that had come before.

Indeed, The United States did not prevent the birth of the League of Nations (an “image” of the second seven headed wild beast) and encouraged its creation, even though it didn’t right away ratify the convention creating it. By taking the position (falsely), supported by the entire beast – heads and body and all components, including religious components, therein – that this was all God’s doing, the proponents of the false savior that was the League and is now the United Nations figuratively killed those who didn’t and don’t agree. We who disagree are, in their view, damned. So be it. We who do not get the slave’s mark of 666 (Revelation 13:18) are, in the eyes of this godless world, evil and damned. (3 is used in the Bible for emphasis, while 6 denotes missing the mark from God’s standpoint) That “image” of the second seven-headed wild beast is itself a third seven-headed wild beast, scarlet-colored, which is fitting for a number of reasons, including those just given. (The third, scarlet-colored seven-headed wild beast, unlike the two preceding seven-headed beasts, possesses no crowns. That’s because, most of the time, it only represents nation states. It is not those nation states.)

A major focus of the UN is war, supposedly preventing it. But it really can’t prevent war because it is comprised of anti-god states, all whom possess weapons industries that make and sell weapons and therefore profit from war. Additionally, The UN’s Security Council isn’t united and one member can always veto another. Look at how often the US, together with Israel and maybe one or two other small countries, veto resolutions, in the General Assembly, calling on the US to obey international law, especially in regard to Nazi Israel’s treatment of Palestinians! One of the Security Council’s members – namely uncle Sam, aka the false prophet, aka the wild beast that ascends out of the ‘earth’ – wants war more than other UN members and, right now, he’s itching to have it with two of the other (permanent) members of the Security Council! What’s more, the UN’s blue helmets are armed gangs who rape and plunder and terrorize in order to subdue populations that would otherwise resist absorption into the American-led Corporatocracy. Haiti is probably the best example of that. And where does the UN stand on Africa? Usually on the side of foreign great powers. It actually aided and abetted genocide in Rwanda, as Edward Herman and David Peterson report in their book “Enduring Lies: The Rwandan Genocide In The Propaganda System, 20 Years Later.” It fought alongside the US and South Korea in the devastating Korean War, which began in 1950 and was provoked by South Korea and its allies. The fighting stopped in 1953, with the signing of an armistice, but not the signing of a peace treaty. Don’t expect the establishment, including Wikipedia (which can be edited by anyone who knows how to), to tell you the truth about that war.

Here’s some of the twisted, anti-God thinking (from page 244 of “Revelation – Its Grand Climax At Hand!”) behind supporters of the false prophet’s false savior:

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“Christianity can furnish the good-will, the dynamic behind the league [of nations], and so change the treaty from a scrap of paper into an instrument of the kingdom of God.” – The Christian Century, U.S.A., June 19, 1919, page 15.

“The League of Nations idea is the extension to international relationships of the idea of the Kingdom of God as a world order of good will… It is the thing all Christians pray for when they say, ‘Thy Kingdom come.'” – The Christian Century, U.S.A., September 25, 1919, page 7.

“The Cement of the League of Nations is the Blood of Christ.” – Dr. Frank Crane, Protestant minister, U.S.A.

“The [National] Council [of Congregational Churches] supports the Covenant [of the League of Nations] as the only political instrument now available by which the Spirit of Jesus Christ may find wider scope in practical application to the affairs of nations.” – The Congregationalist and Advance, U.S.A., November 6, 1919, page 642.

“The conference calls on all Methodists to uphold and promote highly the ideals [of the League of Nations] as expressed by the idea of God the Father and God’s earthly children.” – The Wesleyan Methodist Church, Britain.

“When we consider the aspirations, the possibilities and the resolutions of this agreement, we see that it contains the heart of the teachings of Jesus Christ: The Kingdom of God and his righteousness… It is nothing less than that.” – Sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury at the opening of the League of Nations Assembly in Geneva, December 3, 1922.

“The League of Nations Association in this country has the same holy right as any humanitarian missionary society, because she is at present the most effective agency of the rule of Christ as the Prince of peace among the nations.” – Dr. Garvie, Congregationalist minister, Britain.
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Considering all the crimes of the UN, Why would anyone suggest that we are better off with it? It’s sort of like arguing whether the filter on a cigarette is a good idea. Sure, but only if you don’t believe there’s an alternative to the cigarette, such as not having cigarettes at all. Chomsky told me personally (and respectfully) that he doesn’t believe in God. (He said that if he can’t measure something, then he’s not going to believe in it. But why does he suggest that God can’t be measured? I can measure Chomsky’s mind, an intangible, by what it produces. Ergo…) Those who choose to reject God, the Creator, and therefore his plan of salvation for imperfect, but loyal humankind, put themselves in the impossible position – especially if they are good people like Noam Chomsky or the late Robert Parry – of having to always choose a lesser of two evils, in politics and in all serious matters. Principled in some ways, at some times, such persons become pragmatic during elections. With regard to the UN, Chomsky thinks it is better that we have it than not. Perhaps. But that’s not the central issue. Only the faithless see things that way. I might also suggest that it’s better that we have the UN than not, but I would certainly qualify that and leave my audience in no doubt where I stand on the UN, religiously. And that matters. I will not be a purveyor of mysterious lawlessness.

Mysterious lawless obtains when those without a moral compass observe the world’s political and other leaders doing bad things and they conclude that “Those people are smart. They know a thing or two and they know right from wrong, and yet, there they are being lawless. I guess bad must sometimes be good.” Those with a useful moral compass don’t draw such conclusions and cannot become victims of the bad examples set by others.

I’m right now reading “The Washington Connection And Third World Fascism – The Political Economy Of Human Rights, Volume 1,” (supported partly by the Lannan Foundation which sought to suppress John Pilger’s work) by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman. It’s a must read in my view and the authors don’t pussy-foot around, which is why the US establishment sought to suppress the book (which the authors talk about a little in the Prefatory note for the first edition of this book). They state bluntly that “Washington has become the torture and political murder capital of the world.” (pg 18) In it, the authors refer to what they call “subfascism.” The distinction between fascist and subfascist comes about in this way; Fascism obtains via mass popular support and therefore genuine legitimization of the fascist state. Whereas, When you have juntas that rule by force, terror and deceit and they do not represent the will of the people they are therefore not representative of the entire country. Is ‘subfascism’ a useful concept? I’m sure that sometimes it is. But until I came upon the explanation for the term, it simply confused me. I’m probably not going to use it much, because I don’t want to confuse others, but I thought that it was worth mentioning here.

“The ugly proclivites of the U.S. clients, including the systematic use of torture, are functionally related to the needs of U.S. (and other) business interests, helping to stifle unions and contain reformist threats that might interfere with business freedom of action. The proof of the pudding is that U.S. bankers and industrialists have consistently welcomed the “stability” of the new client fascist order, whose governments, while savage in their treatment of dissidents, priests, labor leaders, peasant organizers or others who threaten “order,” and at best indifferent to the mass of the population, have been most accommodating to large external interests. In an important sense, therefore, the torturers in the client states are functionaries of IBM, Citibank, Allis Chalmers and the U.S. government, playing their assigned roles in a system that has worked according to choice and plan.” -page xxii of the Preface to “The Washington Connection And Third World Fascism, The Political Economy Of Human Rights, Volume 1,” by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman

I think that those concepts lead to some interesting, if not terribly useful, ideas. Is most of America ruined, mentally and spiritually? There’s lots of American culture. Alongside it, here and there, perhaps, is some of Jehovah’s culture. How much of Jehovah’s culture do you suppose is out there? How many people, good and bad, are okay with ‘using’ God? (“My God! He doesn’t celebrate Christmas?!” The brother of my half brother hates me because I don’t worship Santa Claus but do worship God. At my father’s memorial – he didn’t want a funeral service – that brother of my brother came up to me, shook my hand and said “Merry Christmas” and walked away. I didn’t have a chance to respond. My jaw literally dropped. That person was in the army, courtesy of my father who never bothered to educate himself or care. We are Canadian, but What’s the difference?) How many people lie, or just tell white lies? I do neither (which doesn’t mean that I’m superman and can’t break). And, now that Americans (and others) have been blasting corporate owned media, including big screen movies, at their heads for many years, How many people think that torture, nuclear warfare, smoking (that’s back big time in movies and tv), Big Pharma and Big Brother are okay? How many people, subjected to “National Security Cinema” think that all of those things are fine, as is the marauding American military? How many Americans are okay with all of that darkness, even while, if you asked them whether Nazis are good or bad, most would answer “bad”?

Is America fascist or subfascist? How can the source of the world’s fascism today – not to mention its absorption of so many Nazis before and after the war to defeat Hitler and not to mention its very Nazi-like Phoenix Program, targetting politicians and civilians, in Vietnam – be merely subfascist? One thing’s for sure; If America’s ruling class is fascist – and it is the definition of fascist as far as I’m concerned – then it is also anti-Christ and anti-God and doomed. Jesus Christ said, “Where your heart is, there your treasure will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) What does that mean? It means that if we invest everything in this anti-God world, then, when it goes, we will go too. If we invest our soul – all of our eggs – in this wild beast of Corporatocracy, willingly and knowingly, then when it is destroyed, we will be destroyed along with it. If we invest our soul in the sure thing backed up by Jehovah God, then when Armageddon goes down, we will survive. Jehovah is more powerful than Nazi America and the Corporatocracy that he leads.

The US uses the UN, disrespectfully. Noam Chomsky gives many good examples, including, in relation to the arming of the genocidal, fascist Indonesian army, the example of America’s ambassador to the UN back when Indonesia brought hell to East Timor and the world shrugged, much like it’s doing today in relation to the carnage being unleashed in Yemen, courtesy of the US and its staunch ally, and big time head chopper, Saudi Arabia. Below, I’ll present that example and a few others. This is the UN that the wild beast aka the False Prophet wants people to think will help save them. It’s a major, evil “Look over there!” ploy. We are to look at the false savior instead of the real savior. People are helped to do so by their willing embrace of other ideas, like the Lie, that prime them for acceptance of additional lies.

“Indonesia, A Proudly Fascist Nation?” by Andre Vltcheck

“In its new-found zeal for international law and the United Nations, the New York Times repeatedly turned to one heroic figure: Daniel Patrick Moynihan. He was brought forth as an expert witness on “the new spirit of unanimity at the United Nations,” explaining that there were “some pretty egregious violations of international law in the past,” but now “the major powers have convergent interests and the mechanism of the U.N. is there waiting to be used.” His “firm espousal of international law” was lauded in a review of his study The Law of Nations. The reviewer took note of his “sardonic, righteous anger,” which recalls “the impassioned professor who suspects no one is listening” while “clearly fuming that an idea as morally impeccable as international law is routinely disregarded as disposable and naive.” In a Times Magazine story, we learn further that Moynihan is “taking particular delight” in being proven right in his long struggle to promote international law and the United Nations system, “abstractions” that “matter dearly” to him. At last, everybody is “riding Moynihan’s hobby-horse” instead of ignoring the principles he has upheld with such conviction for so many years. No longer need Moynihan “revel in his martyrdom.”

“Omitted from these accolades was a review of Moynihan’s record as UN Ambassador, when he had the opportunity to put his principles into practice. In a cablegram to Henry Kissinger on January 23, 1976, he reported the “considerable progress” that had been made by his arm-twisting tactics at the UN “toward a basic foreign policy goal, that of breaking up the massive blocs of nations, mostly new nations, which for so long have been arrayed against us in international forums and in diplomatic encounters generally.” Moynihan cited two relevant cases: his success in undermining a UN reaction to the Indonesian invasion of East Timor and to Moroccan aggression in the Sahara, both supported by the US, the former with particular vigor. He had more to say about these matters in his memoir of his years at the United Nations, where he describes frankly his role as Indonesia invaded East Timor in December 1975:

The United States wished things to turn out as they did, and worked to bring this about. The Department of State desired that the United Nations prove utterly ineffective in whatever measures it undertook. This task was given to me, and I carried it forward with no inconsiberable success.

“He adds that within a few weeks some 60,000 people had been killed, “10 percent of the population, almost the proportion of casualties experienced by the Soviet Union during the Second World War.”” – pages 199 & 200 of “Deterring Democracy” by Noam Chomsky

“The official story is that the Korean War began when the Soviet-backed North invaded the South on June 25, 1950. The US then came to the South’s aid. As is the case with most official US history the story is incomplete, if not downright false. Korea: Division, Reunification, and US foreign Policy notes: “The best explanation of what happened on June 25 is that Syngman Rhee deliberately initiated the fighting and then successfully blamed the North. The North, eagerly waiting for provocation, took advantage of the southern attack and, without incitement by the Soviet Union, launched its own strike with the objective of capturing Seoul. Then a massive U.S. intervention followed.

“Korea was Canada’s first foray into UN peacekeeping/peacemaking and it was done at Washington’s behest. US troops intervened in Korea and then Washington moved to have the UN support their action, not the other way around. On June 28 [Lester] Pearson lied to Parliament, telling the House that Washington acted on behalf of the international organization because the troops foreseen in the UN charter did not exist. “In this case the United States recognized a special responsibility which it discharged with admirable dispatch and decisiveness.” In reality American troops landed 24 hours before the UN endorsed military action and President Truman told the press they would intervene 11 hours before the UN voted to support the mission.

“The UN resolution in support of military action in Korea referred to “a unified command under the United States.” Incredibly, United Nations forces were under US General Douglas MacArthur’s control yet he was not subject to the UN. Canadian Defence Minister Brooke Claxton later admitted “the American command sometimes found it difficult to consider the Commonwealth division and other units coming from other nations as other than American forces.”

“After US forces invaded, Ottawa immediately sent three gunboats. Once it became clear US forces would not be immediately victorious, Pearson began lobbying to mount “some kind of international force” for Korea. In his Memoirs he explained “I was anxious that Canada should assume full responsibility by sending an expeditionary force. There were, however, members of the Cabinet… who did not support a forward foreign policy.” Both the Prime Minister and Defence Minister were wary about committing Canadian ground troops with Claxton fearing the US was “getting [Canada] into something to which there really is no end.” But, Pearson pressed his colleagues hard. In an August 3, 1950 letter to Prime Minister St. Laurent, Pearson insinuated that he’d quit as external affairs minister if Canada failed to deploy ground troops to Korea.

“Canada’s famed peacekeeper pushed to send troops into an extremely violent conflict. Two million North Korean civilians, 500,000 North Korean soldiers, one million Chinese soldiers, one million South Korean civilians ten thousand South Korean soldiers and 95,000 UN soldiers (516 Canadians) died in the war. The fighting on the ground was ferocious as was the UN air campaign. US General MacArthur instructed his bombers “to destroy every means of communication and every installation, factory, city and village” in North Korea except for hydroelectric plants and the city of Rashin, which bordered on China and the Soviet Union, respectively.” – pages 52-54 of “Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping – The Truth May Hurt” by Yves Engler

That happened after Canada was instrumental in dividing Korea, as always, following the lead of the US, following the guidelines of it’s hawkish Cold War NSC 68 document, which was rabidly anti-communist and anti-Soviet Union. But the real concern behind all of that was simply the profits of the American, powerful, capitalist special interests.

Elsewhere, Engler gives us another example of official Canada’s service to the American-led Corporatocracy. People know about the US’s regime change course and its assassinations of democratic leaders, including Patrice Lumumba. But how many know about Canada’s involvement in Lumumba’s assassination? Looking at that presents another example, as well, of UN perfidy. From “7. Canadian Coups” in “Canada In Africa – 300 Years Of Aid And Exploitation,” by Yves Engler, we get the following:

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Once countries won their independence Ottawa began to deliver aid as a way to maintain its influence on the continent. Canadian officials were particularly concerned about blunting radical decolonization…

Most Canadians would probably be surprised to know that the Canadian military played a significant role in coups that overthrew African leaders…

In the final days of a hastily organized independence, the Congolese people elected Patrice Lumumba, a stridently anti-colonial leader who had been imprisoned by the Belgian authorities. But he would be prime minister for only 81 days. The political forces Lumumba galvanized threatened Belgium’s plan to maintain control over the newly independent country’s resources and in particular the behemoth mine Union Minière. To undermine the elected prime minister the former colonial power backed a secessionist movement, a coup and Lumumba’s assassination. During this time Ottawa was a willing partner in Belgian/US policy…

While Washington and UN officials pressed Lumumba to request a UN force to quell social disturbances in Kinshasa, Lumumba ultimately asked for an international force to halt a rebellion in the east of the country…

Nearly 2000 Canadian troops served in the Organsation des Nations Unies au Congo (ONUC) despite Congolese authorities reservations…

While Lumumba never openly argued that Canadian soldiers were undesirable, Soviet officials did. Prior to their deployment the Soviet Union’s ambassador to the UN, Vasily Kuznetov, explained: “Canada is a member of the NATO military block which also includes Belgium which has committed an aggression against the independent Congo. In these conditions the dispatch of Canadian troops or any other state belonging to a military bloc of which Belgium is a member, would constitute nothing but assistance to the aggressor from his military ally.”

Canadian archives suggest that Moscow’s criticism wasn’t far from the mark…

Ottawa promoted ONUC and UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold’s controversial anti-Lumumba position… Canadian troops within the UN force were also concentrated in militarily important logistical positions, including chief operations officer and chief signals officer…

Canada’s strategic role wasn’t simply by chance. Ottawa pushed to have Canada’s intelligence gathering signals detachment oversee UN intelligence and for Colonel Jean Berthiaume to remain at UN headquarters to “maintain both Canadian and Western influence.”…

To bolster the power of ONUC, Ottawa joined Washington in channelling its development assistance to the Congo through the UN. Ghanaian president Kwame Nkrumah complained that this was “applying a restriction to Congo which does not apply to any other African state.” Ottawa rejected Nkrumah’s request to channel Congolese aid through independent African countries…

Ottawa supported Hammarskjold even as he sided with the Belgian-backed seccessionists against the central government…

The UN head also worked to undermine Lumumba within the central government. When President Joseph Kasavubu dismissed Lumumba as prime minister – a move of debatable legality and opposed by the vast majority of the country’s parliament – Hammarskjold publicly endorsed the dismissal of a politician who a short time earlier had received the most votes in the country’s election.

Lumumba attempted to respond to his dismissal with a nationwide broadcast, but UN forces blocked him from accessing the main radio station…

To get a sense of Hammarskjold’s antipathy towards the Congolese leader, he privately told officials in Washington that Lumumba must be “broken”…

…When the Congolese prime minister was overthrown and ONUC helped consolidate the coup, the United Arab Republic (Egypt), Guinea, Morocco and Indonesia formally asked Hammarskjold to withdraw all of their troops.

Canadian officials took a different position. They celebrated ONUC’s role in Lumumba’s overthrow…

…Colonel Jean Berthiaume assisted Lumumba’s enemies by helping recapture him. The UN Chief of Staff, who was kept in place by Ottawa, tracked the deposed prime minister and informed Joseph Mobutu…

Ghanaian peacekeepers near where Lumumba was captured… requested permission to… place Lumumba under UN protection. Unfortunately, the secretary-general denied their request. Not long thereafter Lumumba was executed by firing squad and his body was dissolved in acid.”
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Patrice Lumumba (1960)
From Wikipedia

“Ban Ki-moon Supports Israeli High Crimes” by Stephen Lendman

“UN Peacekeeping Paramilitarism” by Stephen Lendman

“The Fairy Tale About A Brave Canadian General In Rwanda” by Yves Engler

“…we would suggest that Dallaire should be regarded as a war criminal for positively facilitating the actual mass killings of April-July, rather than taken as a hero for giving allegedly disregarded warnings that might have stopped them.” – pg 63 of “Enduring Lies – The Rwandan Genocide In The Propaganda System, 20 Years Later,” by Edward Herman and David Peterson

Well, uncle Sam. You have been calling to God to “Bring it!,” incessantly, loudly, since you came into being. You are a superpower. You are this world’s dominant superpower and your influence on the direction that this world has taken has been great. You have been responsible for the runination of most of the nations of the earth and most of its inhabitants. Like the whore of false religion who made the world drunk on the wine of her fornication – treating with you for mutual gain and betraying God (Revelation 17:2) – you too have played a role in making the world drunk – mentally and spiritually ruined – with your neoconservatism, neoliberalism and the Lie. And you have been at the forefront of selling the game of ‘riches for the strongest’, this dark world’s operating principle. It’s exactly the opposite of Jesus’s golden rule which tells us that we should care for others the way that we would want others to care about us. All of those dark ideas and beliefs – not fully held, which one would expect – go together.

The Lie, which posits that 1. Humankind, collectively, is God and 2. We are all, and everything is – knitted together by an energy, or force – helps you to swallow your neoconservatism down and to sell it to others. Neoconservatism is the belief in deceit, inequality and violence. And, as one would expect, those who are already in positions of dominance in this world are neoconservatism’s greatest champions. And how does one come to be powerful in this world? 1. It’s simply a matter of choice, although, at this time, those who choose to self-modify into being believers in inequality, deceit and violence, get help – moral support – from the dark world (of those who have already embraced darkness) around them. In this dark world, in which ruined people see themselves as God, there can be no real evil, since God decides on what is good and bad and can, therefore, just call evil ‘good’ and good ‘evil’, whenever he wishes. 2. Those who have self-modified into being believers in neoconservatism and ‘riches for the strongest’ get ahead of and on top of others, simply, by rule-breaking. The UN is a great example of how that works, but anyone anywhere at any time can strategically rule-break and thereby make ‘progress’. The US got the world to huddle around the League of Nations and to hammer out the rules that would conduce to civilization, but never intending to let that org work that way. The idea is that you strategically break rules, knowing that others who ‘do’ desire law & order, for all, will not make the same moves. Normal, un-modified people, who don’t think terrorism and torture and agreement-breaking are okay, will never be able to deal with the lawless crowd, who go from strength to strength. Those in that crowd end up in positions of authority and from their positions of dominance, they can now dictate outcomes, including outcomes that benefit them and theirs. We could imitate them, and many do, but then once we decide to imitate them, we have lost our souls, for there is Judge who does not approve of inequality, deceit and violence and has no intention of allowing that forever. And for those who wonder why he has allowed it at all, see my essay titled “The Issue Of Universal Sovereignty.”

You can believe actively and conveniently only, or you can believe actively and internally, which means fully. Those who self-modify into being believers in inequality, deceit and violence, cannot alter reality, nor can they evade consequences. Those who embrace darkness and the Lie have introduced conflict into their souls that causes them to become trouble-makers who are forever trying to convince themselves, by convincing others, that their Lie is the Truth, but that can’t be done and therefore the trouble-making continues. The disturbance doesn’t die down, but increases and so the trouble-making, the perversity and the calling to God to “Bring it!” gets more incessant and louder and the violence on earth increases. What matters is what you do, which includes the harmful lies you tell. Jesus Christ said of people, “By their fruits, you will know them.” By our deeds, we will be revealed. We will all be corrected, because we are all imperfect. We make mistakes and commit crimes, because of imperfection, but we can be forgiven (depending). But those who cross the line and knowingly and actively work against God and his holy spirit can’t be forgiven, as Jesus Christ indicated (Matthew 12:31,32). Ruined ones who cross the line will all answer for their crimes, for their sins, eventually, even if they don’t think so.

In the case of uncle Sam, he has played a big role in bringing the earth to ruin and he has clinched his adverse judgment, from God, with his additional crime of helping to turn people away from God and his plan of salvation for loyal, believing humankind, by pushing, conveniently, the idea that humankind is God and the United Nations, which he brought to life and dominates, is tantamount to the Kingdom of God on earth. Stay tuned!

“This is the history of Noah. Noah was a righteous man. He proved himself faultless among his contemporaries. Noah walked with the true God. In time Noah became father to three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. But the earth had become ruined in the sight of the true God, and the earth was filled with violence… After that God said to Noah: “I have decided to put an end to all flesh, because the earth itself is full of violence on account of them, so I am bringing them to ruin together with the earth…” – Genesis 6:9-13

“But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came and the appointed time for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.” – Revelation 11:18

“For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be. For as they were in those days before the Flood, eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and they took no note until the Flood came and swept them all away, so the presence of the Son of man will be…” – Matthew 24:38,39

From pages 286-288 of “The Washington Connection And Third World Fascism, The Political Economy Of Human Rights, Volume 1,” by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman, the following:

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The Nazi Parallel: The National Security State and the Churches

…A close study of recent trends – including the specific totalitarian ideology of the generals, the system of ideological manipulation and terror, the diaspora, and the defensive response of the churches (and their harassment by the military juntas) – reveals startling similarities with patterns of thought and behavior under European fascism, especially under Nazism. Fascist ideology has flowed into Latin America directly and indirectly. Large numbers of Nazi refugees came to Latin America during and after World War II, and important ingredients of fascist ideology have been indirectly routed into that area throughout the U.S. military and intelligence establishment. Whatever the source, however, it has met a need of the local and foreign elites that dominate the area, and has been modified to meet their special requirements.

The ideology designated the “National Security Doctrine” (NSD) now prevails among the military elites that rule east eight Latin American states – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. The doctrine has three main elements: (1) that the state is absolute and the individual is nothing; (2) that every state is involved in permanent warfare, its present form being Communism versus the Free World; and (3) that control over “subversion” is possible only through domination by the natural leadership in the struggle against subversion, namely the armed forces. The first two elements of the NSD closely parallel Nazi ideology, which laid great stress on the organic Volkstaat [people-state] and the deadly combat in process between the forces of good and evil (Bolshevism, Jewry). Geopolitics is also a favorite source of ideological nourishment to the Latin military elite, as it was for the Nazis. Nazi doctrine did not give primacy to the armed forces, although they were assigned an important place, but the Leader and the Party played an elite role. The special place of the armed forces in the NSD reflects in part the self-interested rationalization of the privileged and dominant military elite; it also represents the choice of vehicle by the colossus of the north, which has long invested in the military establishment as potentially “a major force for constructive social change in the American republics” (Nelson Rockefeller).

An important ingredient of Nazi ideology, anti-Semitism, is absent from the NSD, although it has found a home with the military of certain countries (specifically, Argentina, where there has been a long anti-Semitic tradition). But the NSD also lacks any element of egalitarianism or notion of human community, both present in grotesquely perverted form in Nazi ideology, so that the Latin American version has been well adapted to justifying and institutionalizing extreme inequality and domination by a small elite. The NSD is not a doctrine with ugly potential consequences for specific minorities; it is one that fits the need for disregard and spoliation of the majority. The special place of army and police merely assures that the military elite will share in the spoliation along with the traditional elite group. It is, therefore, an appropriate doctrine for what we have been calling “subfascism.”

Since the generals sponsoring the National Security Doctrine have been nurtured by and dependent on the U.S. military-intelligence establishment, and look to the United States as the heartland of anti-Communism and Freedom, it is little wonder that the economic doctrinal counterpart to the NSD is quite congenial to the interests of multinational business. The military juntas have adopted a “free enterprise – blind growth” model, on the alleged geopolitical rationale that growth means power, disregarding the fact that dependent growth means foreign power. Since profits equal investment equal growth equal power, it works out that state support for large interests – domestic and foreign – and neglect of the masses, is sound policy. We saw earlier that in the economics of client fascism, that is, National Security Economics, the welfare of the masses is no longer a system objective – the masses become a cost of goods sold, something to be minimized – so that although the military juntas sometimes speak of long run benefits trickling down to the lower orders, this is really an after-thought and is not to be taken too seriously.

Furthermore, since the world is one of good and evil, with “no room for comfortable neutralism” (Pinochet, echoing a familiar refrain of his U.S. mentor), and since free enterprise-growth-profits-USA are good, anybody challenging these concepts or their consequences is ipso facto a Communist-subversive-enemy. This is a logical deduction from NSD principles, and it is also clearly just what General Maxwell Taylor had in mind in telling the students of the police academy of the lessons of Vietnam and the need for anticipatory counter-subversion. It also means that any resistance to business power and privilege in the interests of equity, or on the basis of an alternative view of desirable social ends or means, is a National Security and police problem…
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The authors go on to point out that the churches in Latin America, by and large, Conservative, became the single, large organizational opposition to NSD. (They also state that “throughout World War II one important segment of the Protestant Church (the Confessing Church) refused to pray for military victory, and by the war’s end many hundreds of clergmen had died in concentration camps.” One, Jehovahs Witnesses took that very stand and always have and in every country, but the authors have chosen to ignore them. Two, I don’t recall Jehovah’s Witnesses saying anything about the principled stand of the Confessing Church.) The authors note that the churches’ defence of the defenceless made things difficult for the fascists authorities. “Furthermore, the church and religion are part of the ceremonial apparatus of the Christian-West-Free World, and however little the generals may regard Christian principles, the symbols should be available for manipulation of the lower orders. But they have not been readily available, and the conflict between the churches and the military juntas has escalated in Brazil and throughout the empire.” The authors go on to point out that the then newish features of the churches, including an inclusion of more democratic thinking, didn’t help the churches in their struggles with the generals. “The Catholic Church has not been able to swallow passively the intensified post-1964 day-by-day spoliation of the Indians and peasantry… The Latin American churches have been unified and radicalized by subfascist terror and exploitation.”

“As the church has reached into the communities of the poor it has been obliged to see and feel the problems of this exploited mass, and the result has been a further democratization of the church, expressions of remorse at its elite supportive role in the past, and a new concern for meeting the needs of all the people now…” (pg 291) Perhaps. To the extent that that is true, it’s good. But as an organization that’s supposed to represent God, it has certain duties. Those include telling the people about Jehovah’s Kingdom and his plan of salvation for loyal humankind, something that the people also need. Those requirements aren’t small potatoes and the churches failure to carry out its core teaching duty places it, in certain respects, on the side of their tormentors here in Latin America. Going along with the authorities idea that the United Nations represents the Kingdom of God on earth can’t help the churches to gain any blessings from God. Nor can its many unscriptural teachings, such as biological evolution, Christmas and The Trinity. And its stand on blood is as unforgivable as was Adam’s eating, in full knowledge of the rebellious character of the act, of the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden. As the Christian Bible notes, “Unless Jehovah builds the house, It is in vain that its builders work hard on it.” (Proverbs 127:1a) The role that the Latin American churches came to play in defending the victims of the fascists, which the authors of “The Washington Connection” have pointed out, represents “hard” work and means ‘good’ work, from God’s standpoint. And hopefully individual priests involved in it will have benefitted, spiritually, personally from it. But Christendom, as part of global false religion, aka Babylon The Great, can only look forward to a world-wide, UN directed pogrom in which it is not only opposed by the torturing, soulless fascist leaders of Latin American and their American enablers, but it is devastated. She has brought that upon herself. She accepted the state’s affections and favors in return for her stamp of approval as a representative of God, an arrangement whereby she has shared in the rulership over humankind of the wild beast and its invisible ruler. And when her former paramours are finished with her, God, through the agency of his deputy King, Jesus Christ, will finish them off. (See Revelation chapter 17)

“One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me: “Come, I will show you the judgment on the great prostitute who sits on many waters, with whom the kinds of the earth committed sexual immorality and earth’s inhabitants were made drunk with the wine of her sexual immorality…

“And he carried me away in the power of the spirit into a wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet-colored wild beast that was full of blasphemous names and that had seven heads and ten horns…

“The ten horns that you saw mean ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they do receive authority as kings for one hour with the wild beast. These have one thought, so they give their power and authority to the wild beast. These will battle with the Lamb, but because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, the Lamb will conquer them…

“He said to me: “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is sitting, mean peoples and crowds and nations and tongues. And the ten horns that you saw and the wild beast, these will hate the prostitute and will make her devastated and naked, and they will eat up her flesh and completely burn her with fire…

“And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage the war against the one seated on the horse and against his army. And the wild beast was caught, and along with it the false prophet that performed in front of it the signs with which he misled those who received the mark of the wild beast and those who worship its image. While still alive, they both were hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulphur. But the rest were killed off with the long sword that proceeded out of the mouth of the one seated on the horse.” (Revelation chapters 17 & 19)

The number 10 is used in the Bible to symbolize completeness. The long sword of Jesus’s mouth here means his authority, which includes his authority to put to death Jehovah’s enemies. ‘Kings’ refers to the secular authorities. And you’ll recall that the “false prophet” is the Anglo/American world power aka the two-horned wild beast that ascends out of the ‘earth’.

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