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beans Haiti disappeared Metanoia

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The Avalanche – Snapshot 26 – Dec 8, ’18

Tony Greenstein

“Twitter closes down my account for ‘hateful conduct’” by Tony Greenstein (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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According to Twitter, wishing Jewish anti-Zionists had died in Auschwitz is not a breach of rules whereas comparing the siege of Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto is.

On November 17th I was informed by Twitter that my account was suspended permanently. No reason was given. However Jack Mendel @mendelpol who describes himself as a web editor and ‘so-called journalist’ at the Jewish News was soon boasting that he had made a complaint.

This is not the first time that Twitter has targeted my account. In February, at the height of the campaign to free Ahed Tamimi, 17, from Israeli jail, Twitter locked my account. My offence? As part of my profile I had a photo of Israeli soldiers violently attacking Ahed and other Palestinian children. ‘Remove’ they demanded.
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From Who.What.Why.:
Stacey Abrams fights voter suppression. The media ignores the issue. Photo credit: DonkeyHotey / WhoWhatWhy (CC BY-SA 2.0)…
The cartoon above was created by DonkeyHotey for WhoWhatWhy from these images: Stacey Abrams caricature (DonkeyHotey / Flickr – CC BY 2.0), Nate Silver caricature (DonkeyHotey / Flickr – CC BY 2.0), arena (sachab / Flickr – CC BY 2.0), boxer (US Army), and boxing gloves (US Army).
Related front page panorama photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from ballot box (mb7art / Flickr – CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

“Dereliction of Duty: Big Media Fails Citizens by Neglecting Voter Suppression” by ? (Who.What.Why.)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Despite the untold millions that corporate media spends each election cycle, and the thousands of reporters the big news outlets dispatch to cover races across the country, it is truly baffling that, without fail, they miss one of the biggest stories: the impact voter suppression has on the outcome.

What is even more stunning is that this impact has become more pronounced since the 2013 Supreme Court Shelby County v. Holder decision opened the door for states with a history of discrimination to return their election laws back to the Jim Crow era.

There were lots of really close races this year, and it’s more than likely that voter suppression was the decisive factor in many of them. But you wouldn’t know that from the corporate media, which hardly discussed the issue before the election (and even that was an improvement over previous years) but then completely ignored it once the ballots had been cast…

Unlike other Democrats, Abrams is fighting back. While she acknowledged that she lost an (albeit very unfair) election and is not challenging the final tally, she is now battling back against a system that clearly and methodically disadvantages people of color.

Her new group, Fair Fight Action, filed a far-reaching lawsuit in Georgia this week to force the state to hold transparent and non-discriminatory elections.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II speaks after receiving the 2018 Templeton Prize at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC on November 13, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

How Jordan is fostering a climate of censorship by Ines Osman (Middle East Eye)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

In an article published on 31 October in the Jordan Times entitled “Social or anti-social media”, King Abdullah II vowed to “combat rumours and misinformation, and counter hate speech”, noting that “anyone who offends a Jordanian – whether from my bigger Jordanian family or my immediate family – offends me personally.”

To an informed reader, the timing of the article may raise suspicions. One could interpret it as implicit support of new amendments to the country’s cybercrime law, recently brought before the parliamentary legal committee for discussion. The text could be brought before parliament for a vote at any moment.

If the text is adopted, it will be the second time that the 2010 law has been amended. In 2015, a provision was introduced to punish defamation on social media and online media outlets with a minimum of three months in prison, which has been used as a basis to arrest and detain a number of critics…

Around the same time, a special tribunal for interpreting laws confirmed that the cybercrime legislation superseded any other text, sparking widespread criticism among media workers and marking a huge setback for journalists, who would no longer enjoy protection against imprisonment under the press and publications law…

The UN special rapporteur on the right to freedom of expression, David Kaye, has pointed out that governments must strike a balance between regulating hate speech and promoting free speech, explaining that the question is “to define when does hatred cross the line from being merely [an] expression to being something that’s inciting hostility or violence against individuals”. Such an assessment requires context, he noted.

The Jordanian definition of hate speech, which vaguely refers to inciting “discord” and “strife”, thus falls short of international standards.

Milo Yiannopoulos

“With Deplatforming of Yiannopoulos, Patreon Joins Facebook and Twitter on the Slippery Slope of Censorship” by Whitney Webb

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

SAN FRANCISCO – The decision of crowdfunding platform Patreon to delete the page of right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos for an alleged past association with the group Proud Boys has been hailed by some for derailing the former Breitbart columnist’s planned “magnificent 2019 comeback.”

However, the similarities between Patreon’s banning of Yiannopoulos and the deplatforming of right-wing firebrand Alex Jones are notable and thus cause for concern, given that Jones’ removal from popular social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook paved the way for the social media “purge” of independent, watchdog media in early October…

In a subsequent letter sent to Yiannopoulos from Patreon, the company elaborated that his “past association with the Proud Boys, though recently disavowed, is a breach of our guidelines.” As Patreon itself noted, there is not a strong connection between Yiannopoulos and the Proud Boys, even though he frequently shared stages with them and attended their events. Yiannopoulos was never a member of the controversial group, founded by Vice News co-founder Gavin McInnes; never incited violence as part of the group; and, as Patreon noted, recently disavowed the group. The Proud Boys’ magazine had its page removed by Patreon earlier this year in May.

Though Yiannopoulos has found himself banned from other platforms before, this time is different. While Twitter banned him from the platform for tweets he made in 2016, Patreon chose to deplatform Yiannopoulos not for his statements or content but for a past association with a group that he recently disavowed. Regardless of how one feels about Yiannopoulos’ past statements and politics, there is no denying that this is a dangerous precedent, particularly at a time when online censorship is growing at a dramatic rate.

“A Loud Whoompfing Sound”

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Professional Scam Artists – part 27

“The Colonial Broadcasting Corporation: Selling Out Canadians” by Robin Matthews (American Herald Tribune)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The phrase “As It Happens in the U.S.A.” serves well to describe, overall, what Canada’s Colonial Broadcasting Corporation ‘does’ in the world in our time. Canada’s ‘system’ is very special, I believe, devoted to dumbing Canadians, to disguising Canadian information, to broadcasting for its real (non-Canadian) audience ….

Why, do you suppose, the Canadian broadcast called “As It Happens” broadcasts trivia, tirelessly and endlessly … and often (to many of us) boringly, from “trivial nowheresville USA”? Well … simply … could it be because that’s where the biggest potential CBC audience is … and … true to Colonial loyalty … the Imperial Country matters; Canada does not? The heaps of “junk matter” from the USA are for the U.S. audience… as well as is much else on the show….

The “intelligentsia” of the CBC knows the size of the U.S. audience, and the Corporation receives communications from U.S. listeners and viewers that are never discussed or revealed (or even admitted) to Canadians…. Is it the unseen (to Canadians), unpaying, foreign audience of the CBC that really matters to many people who run the Corporation?

Besides … the more Canadians hear about Donald Trump and his antics … the less they will hear about Justin Trudeau and the antics of the Canadian Cabinet.
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I don’t have a television set, so I don’t watch CBC, which I know, and have known for years, is compromised and a tool of the American Empire and it’s supporters, like the Canadian Empire (which exists). Also, I take the same position that Arundhati Roy takes when it comes to the American Empire. I’m not American, but the American Empire is global and therefore, anyone in any country has the right to criticize that country and its awful ruling class.

Pierre Omidyar

“Pierre Omidyar: A Dangerous Billionaire-Backer of the “Resistance”” by Daniel Haiphong (American Herald Tribune)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

By supporting Omidyar and his version of the “Resistance,” most of humanity stands to lose. Omidyar’s “soft power” network has only one mission and that is to stabilize an empire in crisis. One of the ways that Omidyar has attempted to stabilize the imperialist system is through investments in journalism. Omidyar is the principle owner of First Look Media, the parent corporation of The Intercept. While The Intercept has covered important issues in the past, it has been charged with privatizing Edward Snowden’s leaks and promoting regime change efforts in Syria through direct attacks on the democratically-elected government of Bashar Al-Assad. Furthermore, The Intercept possesses a troubling record of outing the identities of those leaking secret government information. In a word, Omidyar has used his influence over The Intercept to stifle dissent while promoting the outlet as a pioneer of “independent” media.

Omidyar is most concerned, however, with ensuring that the US empire maintains corporate and military control over the world’s nations and peoples. He has donated millions to the Clinton Global Initiative responsible for imposing ruthless austerity measures on nations such as Haiti. There is also documented evidence that Omidyar used his philanthropic network to support the “Maidan Revolution” in Ukraine in 2014 which propelled neo-Nazis into state power, much to the pleasure of the IMF. The billionaire eBay mogul has also been a critical supporter of the United States Agency for International Development or USAID. USAID is well-known for its support of “soft power” tactics to promote regime change in nations that do not bow down to U.S. military and corporate power such as Cuba.

“The Amazon Robbery” by Margaret Kimberley (Black Agenda Report)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The world’s richest man just pulled a con job on several hundred US cities, which tells us a lot about the (mostly) Democrats that run these towns.

“Public officials are the errand boys and girls for the billionaire rulers.”

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world. That means he is by definition the biggest thief in the world. He proved it by pulling off a reported $2.1 billion heist against the people of New York and Virginia who will subsidize two new Amazon regional offices. Critics claim the subsidy amount is closer to $4.6 billion . But the man whose net worth is more than $120 billion didn’t have to twist any arms to get his hands on public money, regardless of the true amount of his haul. More than 200 localities entered a sweepstakes for chumps, competing with one another to offer up the fastest race to the bottom when only two of them were ever in the running. There is a sucker born every minute and they’re all in government.

It is no surprise that Bezos chose the capitals of governance and finance as the locations of his two new offices. Bezos is sole owner of the Washington Post, a move that put him in the driver seat of U.S. politics when he made the purchase in 2013. The Washington Postis also the vehicle for his Propaganda or Not project, which targeted Black Agenda Report and other outlets for 21stcentury McCarthyite censorship. Amazon also has a $600 million contract with the CIA and plays an integral role in the surveillance state.

From Corporate Europe Observatory:
[The fabulous dragon is exhibited in front of the EU Council from 26-28 November 2018. It’s the handiwork of the Break Free From Plastic Alliance.]

“Plastic pressure” by ? (Corporate Europe Observatory)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

When Collins Dictionary announced that its ‘word of 2018’ was “single-use”, it summed up the striking way that the pressing need to tackle plastic over-use shot up the public agenda in recent years. Reducing single-use plastics has become urgent, to help protect the marine environment, tackle climate change, and move towards using far fewer resources, and it formed the centre-piece of the European Commission’s May 2018 proposal on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment’. At least partly due to public pressure and concern, member states such as France and the UK have also proposed additional national measures to tackle single-use plastics. And while none of these proposals are as radical as they need to be to significantly reduce dependence on plastic, they are nevertheless a positive step forward.

Industry is on the back foot as a result of these developments. It has opposed and worked to undermine action to cut back on plastics use for years, instead funding education and litter clean-up initiatives focussed on shifting the blame to citizens instead of the plastics industry. But now, decision-makers in the Brussels bubble are on the receiving end of serious, coordinated industry lobbying, which aims to undermine proposed action on single-use plastics…

EPR [extended producer responsibity] schemes have existed for a while for some products but, as with all such polluter pays schemes, those companies which are required to foot the bill tend to resist. In this case, industry has tried to camouflage its resistance by arguing that the plastics issue is essentially a litter problem, thus placing greater onus onto citizens and communities to take responsibility, and exculpating the plastics industry from binding measures. Exemplifying this approach are BusinessEurope and FoodDrinkEurope, who have railed against producers paying the full costs to manage waste and clean-up litter via EPR schemes.

Also in this camp is the Clean Europe Network (CEN), the focus of a previous article by Corporate Europe Observatory. CEN, an NGO focussed on litter prevention, was set up by the packaging trade lobby Pack2Go Europe, with whom it shares a Brussels office address, along with other business and lobby groups…

Coca Cola, Danone, Nestlé, and PepsiCo, whose own product packaging were found to be the top four most-littered plastic items in the world, have urged member states to oppose the Commission proposal that, in order to reduce litter and boost recycling, bottle tops for drinks should be re-designed so that they are no longer detachable.

Corporate Europe Observatory
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“[PART 1] A dangerous distraction: Seven myths industry uses to sell “renewable gas”” by ? (Corporate Europe Observatory)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The latest report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calls for deep and urgent emissions cuts if we are to keep average global temperature rise below 1.5°c, which governments signed up to under the Paris Agreement. So can the gas industry, whose primary product is fossil fuels – the very thing driving climate change – really be part of the solution?

While industry sees renewable gas as their ticket to addressing climate change while keeping their business model – and their gas infrastructure – intact, the reality is not so clear. If created from truly sustainable, renewable sources, the gases industry claims it can create (hydrogen from excess renewable electricity or biomethane from sustainably-sourced biomass), would still be in incredibly short supply even by 2050. Moreover, producing biomethane unsustainably could lead to the same land-grabs and competition with food crops seen when the EU tried to stimulate biofuel production. So while small potential quantities of renewable gas may be suitable for a few hard-to-decarbonise industrial activities or for local heat and electricity generation, they will fall far short of projected 2050 gas demand.

Gas companies are fully aware of this. In reality industry’s core vision is about pumping fossil gas for the foreseeable future, with some small renewable gas capacity giving them a cover of sustainability. Also included under the umbrella of supposed sustainability is what industry calls ‘decarbonised’ or ‘low-carbon’ gas, which is fossil gas that in the future will possibly – through unproven, experimental and extremely expensive technology – have its CO2 emissions captured (known as carbon capture and storage technology).

For all its green talk, the gas industry’s basic plan is to continue extracting and transporting fossil gas, building new infrastructure and transferring large sums of public money into corporate wallets in the process, rather than making the urgent shift in energy infrastructure now. This spells disaster not just for the climate, but also for communities and ecosystems all along the gas supply chain. So-called ‘renewable’ gas and its ‘low-carbon’ bedfellows are therefore a dangerous distraction, a false solution engineered by the gas industry to keep itself in business but utterly inconsistent with the “rapid and far-reaching transition” demanded by the IPCC.

The gas industry is not going to plan for its own demise, which makes it imperative that governments do so, and in a way that protects workers.
Summary of the myths about so-called ‘renewable’ gas

1 It’s convenient for industry to talk about renewable gas alongside green, clean, decarbonised, low-carbon, or just plain ‘natural’ gas, mixing definitions. This hides the true impact and also sneaks fossil gas under the ‘renewable’ label. Truly renewable gas is hydrogen from excess renewable electricity or locally produced and small-scale biogas made from sustainable biomass.

2 Industry’s version of renewable gas is unlikely to be carbon neutral when you examine how it’s actually produced, and could even drive deforestation and land-grabbing.

3 The potential for sustainable renewable gas production in the EU is a fraction of what industry claims. It will never substitute current fossil gas use, and is estimated to meet just seven per cent of today’s gas demand by 2050.

4 Industry claims any non-renewable gas demand will be ‘decarbonised’ in the future, but the carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology needed is still not technically or commercially available.

5 In search for new markets the gas industry is pushing for (renewable) gas to be used in transport. But transport is electrifying, and this unnecessary push has been labelled “an unrealistic attempt to greenwash the use of gas”.

6 Europe is unlikely to sustainably produce significant quantities of renewable gas, so despite industry claims, it will not provide energy security. Either the EU keeps its neocolonial mantle and imports it instead of fossil gas or, more likely, imports more fossil gas claiming to be able to decarbonise it.

7 Developing renewable and decarbonised gases is expensive, despite industry promises of savings. And if they turn out to be a dangerous distraction that slows efforts to tackle climate change, the EU’s current bill of €14bn per year to deal with its impacts will rise dramatically – paid for by taxpayers, not the gas industry.
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“[PART 2] A dangerous distraction: Industry lobbies behind “renewable” gas” by ? (Corporate Europe Observatory)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Their strategy is to claim that so-called ‘renewable gas’ is the way forward – massively overstating its climate credentials and how much we can produce by 2050 – and if renewable gas can’t meet all future gas demand, then non-renewable gas (ie fossil gas) can be ‘decarbonised’ – despite a lack of proof that this is realistic or achievable. A closer look reveals industry is more concerned with greenwashing its image and staying in business than tackling climate change. Attacking renewable electricity deployment in favour of gas infrastructure shows what lengths they will go to in order to keep fossil gas flowing well into the future.

J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited (JCB)

“JCB’s complicity in the ethnic cleansing of Furush Beit Dajan” by Eliza Egret (Corporate Occupation)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Furush Beit Dajan’s residents sustain themselves through agriculture. Without water, Israel is not only stripping them of their livelihood, but the very lifesource needed to survive. Next door, the illegal colony of Hamra – which was built on the village’s land – enjoys an abundance of stolen water, with settlers growing 100 acres of dates, as well as bananas and citrus fruits.

We interviewed the head of the village, 52 year old Tawfiq al-Hajj Muhammad. His family was made homeless twice in 2017 – first when their home was confiscated by the Israeli forces and Civil Adminstration, and secondly when their replacement home was demolished using a JCB bulldozer. When the Israeli authorities destroyed his home, they made Tawfiq, his wife and his seven children homeless. Their youngest child is just five years old.

Roughly 90% of the fertile Jordan Valley is designated by Israel as Area C land, meaning that it is under full Israeli control and that it is illegal under Israeli law for Palestinian residents to build or renovate structures or connect to water sources. “The land belongs to my family and we have documents to show that we own it,” Tawfiq told us. Despite this, his land is still designated as Area C…

Al-Jiftlik is 33 kilometres north of Jericho. It is in Area C, like almost 90% of the Jordan Valley. Being designated as Area C means that Al-Jiftlik is under full Israeli control. Palestinians who have lived in the Jordan Valley for generations have to apply for permission from the Israelis for any building work, which is almost never granted.

Isa*, Akram’s 84 year-old grandfather, tells Corporate Occupation about the struggles he has had against the occupation over the decades. His family have lived and farmed in the Jordan Valley for generations – since before Israel occupied.

““I was sleeping when the bulldozers came”: Hyundai’s complicity in Israeli war crimes” by Amy Hall (Corporate Occupation)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Layla* was nine months pregnant when her home was destroyed. “I was sleeping when the bulldozers came… I was really scared,” she explains.

“When I went outside and saw the soldiers I was really shocked. At first they didn’t let us take any personal stuff like clothes from the house… Later on they allowed some neighbours helped us to take the stuff out. I was really upset…There was nothing I could do.”

Layla lives in the community of Al Jiftlik, in the Jordan Valley, West Bank. When the soldiers came her husband Akram* was at work in another village. He says:

“They came between 6.30 to 7.00am. A friend called me and said ‘the soldiers are in your house’, but he didn’t tell me why. I called my father and asked what happened. My father said that they were going to destroy the house. I was worried about Layla because she was so pregnant.”

Their daughter is four months old when we meet the family.

“The military were shouting at Layla,” explains Naima*, Akram’s mother. “I helped her to go outside. The workers started throwing the mattresses out. We tried taking them, but they didn’t want us to and they shouted at us.”

When Akram arrived back in Al Jiftlik he found the area around his house had been closed off by the authorities. “I was 200 metres from the house and they wouldn’t let me enter. I told them, ‘I have to go to my house’, they said, ‘there’s no house’.”

The family shows us photos of the Hyundai vehicle that was used to carry out the demolition. Equipment manufactured by Hyundai is used in many of Israel’s demolitions. Palestinians have made calls to boycott and divest from the company until it ends its involvement in Israel’s violations of human rights.

“On the Inside: The Chaos of Arizona Prison Health Care” by Jimmy Jenkins (Prison Legal News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The Arizona Department of Corrections contracts with privately owned correctional health care company Corizon Health to oversee all medical, mental and dental care at 10 state prisons. However, that care has come under scrutiny in federal court.

In 2015, prisoners settled a lawsuit with Arizona over poor health care conditions in state prisons. More than two years later, Arizona and its provider have failed to meet the more than 100 stipulations agreed to in the settlement and a federal judge is threatening to fine the state millions of dollars…

Lucinda Jordan hadn’t talked to her father, Walter Jordan, for several years. He was serving time in an Arizona prison and they had lost touch. Then, one day in August 2017, the phone rang.

“He has a really strong voice and usually he’s pretty calm about things but I could tell he was really upset,” Lucinda Jordan said. Her father had called to tell her he had cancer.

“I asked him how bad and he said it was really bad,” Jordan said. “I asked him what kind of cancer and he told me it was skin cancer.”

Days later, Walter Jordan would file a notice of impending death with the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC). He alleged that his cancer treatment had been delayed and was causing memory loss and pain. He predicted he might not make it another month. And then just weeks later, on Sep. 7, 2017, Walter Jordan died.

Now attorneys for the plaintiff class in the Parsons v. Ryan prison health care settlement are alleging a review of Walter Jordan’s medical records shows a history of delayed and inadequate care.

“Washington State: Jail Phone Rates Increase as Video Replaces In-Person Visits” by Steve Horn and Iris Wagner (Prison Legal News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

A comprehensive set of public records obtained by Prison Legal News from the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) and most of the state’s county jails indicates that the average cost of local and in-state phone calls made by Washington prisoners has steadily increased in recent years.

The records also demonstrate an ongoing shift toward video-based calling in county jails, which in some cases has resulted in the elimination of in-person, face-to-face visits. PLN uses the term “video calling” because “video visits” implies people are actually visiting each other rather than seeing their images on a screen. The records procured by PLN further indicate that some of the money generated from phone and video calling revenue at county jails, which is placed in Inmate Welfare Funds, is used to pay the salaries and benefits of jail employees instead of benefiting prisoners…

These developments have occurred despite the state’s proclaimed desire to lower phone rates for prisoners and, ironically, are partly due to a cap on interstate (long distance) prison and jail phone rates imposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Using Washington’s Public Records Act, PLN obtained and reviewed telecom contracts for the Washington Department of Corrections and local jails in most of the state’s 39 counties. The documents detail the accounting behind how companies like Securus Technologies, Global Tel*Link (GTL), Consolidated Telecom, Legacy Inmate Communications and others secure monopoly contracts with state and county officials.

The FCC took action during the Obama administration to reduce interstate prison and jail phone rates, capping them at $0.21/minute for debit and prepaid calls and $0.25/minute for collect calls. However, the agency’s rate caps on intrastate (in-state) calls were struck down by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on June 13, 2017, after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, appointed by President Trump, ordered the agency not to defend its rulemaking related to intrastate rates. [See: PLN, July 2017, p.52; Dec. 2013, p.1]. Consequently, local and in-state phone rates are completely unregulated on the federal level – meaning they often cost more than long distance calls.

I’m ambivalent about poking holes in the isolation of (some) inmates’ isolation. Most people believe in lock em up and throw away the key justice that includes hellish conditions for offenders. I absolutely do not. I don’t care how comfortable a prisoner is, which means that I do not want offenders to be uncomfortable. If you’re not going to execute them, then don’t torture them. But I also believe that those who have committed murder or rape should truly be isolated from the rest of society. Yes, That’s going to be hard on innocent family members. But it’s justice that is humane, in my view. And you don’t yank it because it’s imperfect, at least not if it works. That wouldn’t be the case for the death penalty, which should be yanked because of its imperfection. Putting death row inmates to death via methods that amount to torture (and experimentation) are unacceptable. Not to mention our inability to guarantee that we will never put to death innocent people. Just read the latest about faulty identification of perpetrators by their victims, or how the police elicit false confessions via techniques designed only to produce confessions.

“CoreCivic & GEO: Don’t cage kids!” by ? (Criminal Legal News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to Go Fund Me Campaign follows:

Recently, the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant parents from their children has made headlines across the nation and internationally. Critics have rightfully condemned the practice of separating families pending immigration proceedings. There have been disturbing news accounts of the impact this policy has had on children, as well as reports that children have been involuntarily drugged, subjected to sexual abuse and used as leverage by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to force parents to agree to deportation in order to be reunited with their children.

This is unacceptable in a country that prides itself on liberty, democracy and justice. It is also unacceptable for private companies like CoreCivic and GEO Group to profit from immigrant detention – particularly the detention of parents and children, whether they have been separated or not. Both companies operate “residential centers” in Texas that house immigrant families – in Dilley and Karnes.

Even Ivanka Trump has described her father’s family separation policy as a “low point.” Although the Trump administration has stopped separating immigrant families and is in the process of reuniting them due to litigation, that may change in the future…

Both CoreCivic and GEO Group are publicly-traded companies, and shareholders can submit resolutions to try to change corporate policies. Since 2012, the Human Rights Defense Center’s associate director, Alex Friedmann, who owns a small amount of stock in CoreCivic and GEO, has filed shareholder resolutions with both firms…

By prohibiting the nation’s two largest companies that operate immigration detention centers from housing immigrant families, whether separated or not, we hope to dramatically alter how ICE and the Trump administration handle family detention going forward.

We also hope to directly impact CoreCivic and GEO Group’s business operations. Immigrant detention is big business; both companies engage in extensive lobbying on the federal level to obtain and retain lucrative contracts. CoreCivic receives around 25 percent of its gross revenue from ICE, while GEO receives almost 20 percent.

Simply put, we believe that incarcerating people for the purpose of generating corporate profit is immoral and unethical.

Clear and right-thinking people will see from the above, and should see from the totality of our unnatural world, that capitalism does not work. I don’t think money works, period.

“The Charities Making Inequality Worse” by Sam Pizzagati (Too Much)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Not that many years ago, only corporate CEOs had the nerve to pocket paychecks over $1 million a year. But times change. Million-dollar executive pay packages have become almost routine in some corners of the nonprofit sector.

How routine? A new Wall Street Journal analysis counts about 2,700 nonprofit execs and high-powered staffers who took home at least seven digits in 2014, the most recent year with pay figures available. That total represents an increase of a third since 2011.

No exec at a U.S. nonprofit collected more compensation in 2014 than the Ascension Health Alliance’s Anthony Tersigni. Should nonprofits that pay execs lavishly be granted tax exemptions?

The nonprofit world’s most lavishly compensated execs, the Journal notes, hail from traditional charities like the United Way, major institutions like hospitals and universities, and even a religious ministry.

Anthony Tersigni, the CEO of the nonprofit Ascension Health Alliance, leads the Journal’s pay list. He collected $1.6 million in 2014 base pay and another $15.9 million in assorted add-ons. Another 30 nonprofit movers and shakers that year pocketed at least $6 million…

Why are so many of these do-good institutions letting Americans down? We don’t have far to look. The blame for pay excess in the nonprofit sector rests first and foremost in the private sector.

America’s for-profit and nonprofit sectors, we need to remember, don’t operate in separate universes. The two spheres continually interlink. Corporate execs, for instance, regularly sit on nonprofit boards of directors. They bring their ideas and values — and maybe even from time to time flash their $10,000 Rolexes.

Nonprofit boards, not surprisingly, have begun adopting corporate pay-setting procedures. Over two-thirds of the charities with million-dollar-a-year execs, the Wall Street Journal reports, hire corporate-style “compensation consultants” to aid in the executive pay-setting process. These consultants help nonprofits fashion convoluted — and lucrative — bonus and deferred compensation arrangements.

In effect, corporate executive pay practices are now poisoning the nonprofit sector.

“Morneau’s mini-budget provides billions in tax breaks to corporations, but will they even work?” by ? (Canadians For Tax Fairness)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

After months of reducing expectations, Finance Minister Bill Morneau provided corporations with surprisingly large tax breaks in his mini-budget,worth $14.4 billion over the next five years.

The tax breaks—which allow businesses to write off the cost of capital investments more rapidly—were supposedly introduced to increase the attractiveness of investing in Canada after President Trump slashed tax rates for U.S. businesses and top incomes earlier this year. They were well-targeted for short-term political reasons: to shore up business support for the Liberals less than a year before the next election. This “deficit-financing of the corporate sector” received an enthusiastic thumbs-up from business lobby groups, including the Business Council of Canadaand the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (which also called for further tax cuts and for the federal government to balance its budget without any sense of irony).

But a bigger question is whether another $14 billion in tax breaks for business will actually work in economic terms and boost business investment in Canada—and to “grow the middle class and those working hard to join it”?

Steep cuts in corporate tax rates have failed to boost rates of business investment in Canada and neither have even steeper cuts in the broader set of tax rates that apply to business investment decisions.

“Auditor General report confirms CRA more lenient on corporations, offshore than individuals” by (Canadians For Tax Fairness)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The Auditor General’s Fall 2018 report on compliance activities by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) confirms what we’ve heard from Canadians and from CRA professionals as well: Canada’s Revenue Agency is more lenient in many ways with international and large businesses and taxpayers with offshore transactions than they are with individual Canadians.

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Lawlessness / Ruined – part 29

commanding General of the British Army, Mark Carleton-Smith

“Head of British Army: ‘Russia is Far Greater Threat to UK than ISIS or al-Qaeda’” by ? (21st Century Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

According to a statement given earlier by former SAS commander and now commanding General of the British Army, Mark Carleton-Smith (image above), the UK should be worried about the threat posed to it by Russia.

Carleton-Smith claims that Russia somehow poses a far greater threat to national security than anyone else in the world, including the threat posed by ISIS and al-Qaeda.

The General underlined what he believes is an imminent existential threat to the UK in a recent interview The Daily Telegraph:

The Russians seek to exploit vulnerability and weakness wherever they detect it …. Russia today indisputably represents a far greater threat to our national security than Islamic extremist threats such as al-Qaida and ISIL.

Carleton-Smith also reiterated that would not allow NATO to “diluted” and believes that the Cold War alliance is still the “centre of gravity of European security” and claims that it has been “extraordinarily successful,” despite bloody debacles in the both former Yugoslavia, Libya, and facilitating covert weapons trafficking and terrorists cohorts led by member state Turkey, which could easily be credited for helping to fuel the gruesome conflict in Syria since 2012.

“EVIDENCE: Kerch Incident Was Planned Provocation – Pretext for US Aid, Martial Law, War in Donbass” by ? (21st Century Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

On Sunday, a major international incident took place at the Kerch Strait which connects Crimea with mainland Russia, when a Russian border patrol ship stopped three Ukrainian Navy vessels from passing through the narrow waterway. The Russian authorities have accused the Ukrainian ships of illegally entering its territorial waters without prior notice, and instead attempting to force their way through. According to reports, Russian officers repeatedly hailed the Ukrainian vessels but calls were ignored by the Ukrainian Navy. This prompted Russia to fire upon the boats, before eventually seizing all three Ukrainian vessels including two gunboats and one tug boat. It is believed that at least four Ukrainian sailors sustained injuries during the four-hour affair, but they have since been given medical care and have been declared ‘out of danger.’

However, based on all of the circumstantial evidence prior to, and after this event, and particularly those moves made by leaders in Kiev and Washington DC, this incident appears to have been a planned provocation specifically designed to escalate diplomatic and military hostilities internationally.

“U.S. Silently Passes And Signs Bill To Create New Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency” by Aaron Kesel (Activist Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

A bill silently passed through Congress and to U.S. President Donald Trump’s desk that was signed right before Thanksgiving last week, which would re-designate the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) into a new agency called the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA.)…

The bill known as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act swiftly passed in Congress in October; and last week, H.R. 335 advanced through the House Of Representatives without any resistance and barely any media attention. Trump signed the bill into law almost immediately after the legislation passed the House…

Nothing is expected to change in day-to-day operations for the agency, but being reorganized as a federal agency, CISA will now benefit from an increased budget and more authority in imposing its directives. Although, CISA will still face oversight by the DHS at the end of the day.

To put that into perspective for you, CISA now has the same power as the U.S. Secret Service or FEMA.

CISA will be responsible for leading cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection programs…

As a fun fact, in April this year the DHS announced it would monitor hundreds of thousands of news sources around the globe and compile an extensive database on journalists, editors, foreign correspondents, and bloggers to identify top “media influencers” who mention its name.

A police officer walks through the parking lot of the Delimart supermarket complex, where vehicles sit charred and looted merchandise lies scattered after two days of protests against a planned hike in fuel prices in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, July 8, 2018. Government officials had agreed to reduce subsidies for fuel as part of an assistance package with the International Monetary Fund, but the government suspended the fuel hike after widespread violence broke out. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

“Haiti Police and UN Attack Protesters Pushing For Investigation Into Petrocaribe Funds; Trump Admin Backs Regime Plagued By Voter Fraud Allegations” by Aaron Kesel (Activist Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Utter chaos is erupting in Haiti, with videos and pictures of dead protesters against the current Jovenel Moise regime flooding social media. While MSM (Mainstream Media) is reporting on the deaths of protesters, the numbers are severely under-reported and the story is far from the full narrative playing out for a country that has been embroiled in various forms of corruption for years.

What MSM is further failing to report is that Haitian police aren’t the only ones involved in the Haitian massacre; the UN is also responsible with its military occupation established in the country in 2004…

A lot of outlets are reporting these protests have been ongoing for a week, failing to tell the full story. The truth of the matter is that dissent in the country has been growing for years.

On the lower level, these protests are products of concern Haitians expressed months ago regarding spiking fuel prices and alleged misuse of government funds for a joint Venezuelan oil initiative dubbed the Petrocaribe funds…

In regards to the Petrocaribe funds, an investigation by Haiti’s Senate found that at least 14 former government officials allegedly misused $3.8 billion under the administration of former President Michel Martelly.

The Senate released two separate Commission reports in which they further accused a dozen former officials ranging from previous governments led by presidents Rene Preval, under whom the program began of corruption as well, Miami Herald reported.

In essence, that’s money that could have helped the country rebuild after its devastating earthquake in 2010.

related: “The Character Of Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s and Haiti’s Enemies”

“Lavrov: Washington Sees Daesh as Ally to Be Used for Regime Change in Syria” by ? (Alahednews)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Earlier, US special representative for Syria engagement James Jeffrey claimed that the Syrian government was responsible for creating the Wahhabi Daesh [Arabic acronym for “ISIS” / “ISIL”] terrorist group, which he said was trying to “protect people…from the depredations of the Assad regime.”

The United States is using Daesh as a pretext for continuing its illegal presence in Syria, and regards the terrorist group almost like an ally for carrying out regime change in the Arab Republic, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.

“The US State Department has declared that Daesh has not been completely defeated, and that the main condition for its defeat is regime change in Syria and the withdrawal of any Iranian or pro-Iranian units from the country. This confirms my theory that the Americans view Daesh as an excuse for their presence in Syria and almost as an ally in the fight against the Syrian regime. In other words, the main task now is regime change, not defeating Daesh,” Lavrov said, speaking in Lisbon after meeting with his Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva.
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“20 Martyred in New Massacre by Int’l Coalition on Syria’s Deir Ezzor Countryside” by ? (SANA via Al Manar TV)

From the above Al Manar TV website:

Twenty civilians, including 9 children and 8 women, were martyred on Saturday in a new massacre committed by US-led “International Coalition” in Deir Ezzor eastern countryside.

Local sources told SANA that warplanes of the US-led “International Coalition” carried out airstrikes on al-Souk (market) area in Hajin city in Deir Ezzor eastern countryside, claiming the lives of 20 civilians, including 9 children and 8 women.

“New Democratic House Leaders Steer Clear of Medicare For All” by Bruce A. Dixon (Black Agenda Report)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

In January the 116th Congress will swear in, this time with a Democratic majority in the House. Corporate Dems and even many self described lefties are still celebrating some kind of victory. But it ain’t so. The headline on a November 20 Roll Call article “On Medicare For All Democrats Tread Lightly” says it all. Now that Democrats control the House, they have no real intention of relieving the burden of 30 million uninsured, and tens of millions more carrying fake insurance too expensive to use, and still threatened by bankruptcy with any serious illness.

On health care, the priorities of Democratic House leaders are plugging up some of the minor holes in the Affordable Care Act, a bill written by and for the health insurance companies. Perhaps the biggest failing of Obamacare was that it left 20 million, now about 30 million low income Americans totally uninsured. The Affordable Care Act tied expansion of “benefits,” which are really no more than the ability to buy near-junk insurance policies – to low income Americans to expansion of the existing Medicaid program, which is administered by individual states. That’s a hole you can stampede elephants through, and the Republicans did just that. It left ACA application effectively in the hands of state governments at a time when the number of states dominated by Republican governors and legislatures was at an all time high.

“Julian Assange in US Intel’s Company Town” by Ann Garrison (Black Agenda Report)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Former CIA official John Kiriakou, who served two years in prison after exposing the CIA’s official use of torture, predicted that Assange would be indicted in the Eastern District of Virginia during a Unity4J vigil :

The rumor here in Washington is that Julian has been secretly indicted in the Eastern District of Virginia. That’s here where I live. It’s based in Alexandria, Virginia. And they call the Eastern District of Virginia the “espionage court” because almost all national security cases are tried here. And the reason they’re tried here is because this is the home of the CIA, of the Pentagon, and of almost every intelligence-related private contractor in the Washington area. So look who’s going to be onthe jury. It’s going to be CIA employees, FBI employees, military employees, or their spouses. Intelligence contractors or their spouses. Julian couldn’t possibly get a fair trial in a place like this. So they do it on purpose.

And in addition to that, no national security defendant has ever won a case in the Eastern District of Virginia. It’s called venue shopping. Even though no crime was actually physically committed in the Eastern District of Virginia, they know that the judges here are the toughest in America on national security cases, so they would charge him here. You wouldn’t charge him in New Mexico or California because he would probably be acquitted.

“The Google Walkout” by Dan La Botz (Canadian Dimension)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Thousands of Google employees throughout the United States and around the world walked off their jobs on November 1, “to protest sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency, and a workplace that doesn’t work for everyone.” Beginning in Singapore and working its way around the globe the movement closed Google offices from Mountain View, California, in Boulder and New York, as well as in London, Dublin, Zurich and Berlin.

Signs on placards or on the walls read “Don’t Be Evil,” or “Times Up Tech.” One woman wrote, “My outrage won’t fit on this sign.” Nearly everywhere workers held short rallies where women read the movement’s demands. Looking at the many photos and videos of the walkouts and rallies, as well as reading the Google workers’ comments, it is clear that this was a mass working class movement.

related: “‘We Are Not Robots’: Amazon Workers Across Europe Walk Out on Black Friday Over Low Wages and ‘Inhuman Conditions'” by Jessica Corbett (Common Dreams)


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The Avalanche – Snapshot 25 – Nov 27 ’18

* Do Evil Carefully! *

I have been having trouble lately posting comments to the Consortium News website, which allows readers to attach comments to articles it carries but uses an automated system to deal with spam. That system isn’t working well. Was it that or my opinions? I contacted CN, before doing one of my Disappeared posts, to see whether they might have an explanation.

Consortium News got back to me promptly, explaining:

“Good morning Rick, First I appreciate the email and apologies that this
has happened. I looked into the issue and resolved it. It was a glitch
with the spam filters. Feel free to respond with any questions.”

But the bigger shock I experienced in connection with my sudden inability to give my two cents worth in CN forums came when I attempted to email them about it via their contact feature. I received a message saying that my message couldn’t be sent. It included a line telling me to try later. My first attempt was via my Pale Moon browser (and I don’t know anything about the people behind it). I then tried again via my Epic browser. I was met with the same message. Then I just changed the email address from to in order to use my aol email account. That worked!

Google is hindering my email messages!!! What an evil company. This is at least the second time I’ve caught them doing this crap. I once emailed Stephen Lendman to congratulate him on his new website design and could only get through to him by bypassing gmail, which I mentioned to him. I’m now in the middle of the messy business of moving all of my contacts over to AOL’s email service (not that I think AOL isn’t evil). Thanks Google. I really have better things to do than this.

From the Greanville Post:
True journalist Serena Shim: As brave as they come. Despised by the empire and its vassals, of course. Her vital work cost her her life. One of the many victims of Erdogan’s treacheries and America’s endless criminal meddling in the Middle East.

“Khashoggi, Ben Barka & PressTV’s Serena Shim: A 4-part series” by Patrice Bergeracpas (The Greanville Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

In October of 1965, 2014 and 2018 three journalists were prominently assassinated: Mehdi Ben Barka, Serena Shim and Jamal Khashoggi. Most readers likely don’t know the first two, while the entire world seems to know about the last one.

This is a 4-part series which explains what Jamal Khashoggi represented ideologically, the relevance of his ideology in the modern Islamic World, the perhaps-unexpected similarity of his ideology with the Western World, and why – even more unexpectedly – the world is still talking about Khashoggi six weeks after his death.

Why do so few remember Mehdi Ben Barka or care about Serena Shim even though they did far more for the People than Khashoggi ever did?

There is a quick answer to this question: Khashoggi remains in the spotlight because the House of Saud killed a Western journalist.

“Israel’s Attack on Gaza: MSM Blackout and Lies Exposed” by (21st Century Wire)

Visit 21st Century Wire to see the above video by Robert Inlakesh.

Poster for the 2018 National Students for Justice in Palestine conference at UCLA.

“The criminalization and censorship of Palestinian solidarity on campus” by Nada Elia (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Last week, I was asked to speak in a classroom alongside someone from StandWithUs. Apparently, the professor was going by a recommendation to have me as a discussant, to possibly provide the “other side.” Without getting into a discussion of what those two sides are (pro-apartheid and pro-justice, of course), or why I will not be party to normalizing, (setting up the illusion that “both sides” are equal, rather than oppressor and oppressed, occupier and occupied), I sent this response, which I tried to keep short and to the point.

“Dear …

“Thank you for the request, which I must decline. I must also say that I find it quite worrisome that you would have representatives of this group talk to our students. StandWithUs is a right-wing propaganda organization which actively stifles free speech and critical thinking, by equating any and all criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism. This is extremely intimidating for students attempting to formulate their own thoughts about the topic, and distracts from the real anti-Semitism that targets all Jews, regardless of their political ideology…”…

As I considered this request, which coincided with the National Students for Justice in Palestine annual conference, which both the city of Los Angeles and the host school, the University of California in Los Angeles, tried to ban, and in light of the numerous violations of the academic freedom of anti-Zionist faculty and students across the country, I couldn’t help but marvel at how some administrators bend over backwards to accommodate any representatives and requests from Zionist organizations, while also bending over backwards to censor and criminalize any representatives and requests from pro-Palestine rights organizations…

UCLA even sought a cease and desist against NSJP for using a bear in their poster, for fear the image would be viewed as the school’s mascot, and thus interpreted as official endorsement of the conference. In their cease and desist letter to NSJP, UCLA administrators also demanded that the poster advertising the conference not show the bear flying kites, as this could be viewed as an incitement to violence. As NSJP wrote in their statement, UCLA’s action “demonstrates how out of touch they are with the facts, and how quickly they are willing to associate the Palestinian rights movement with harmful, broad-sweeping stereotypes and caricatures.”
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“Facebook deletes WSWS post on Sri Lanka” by Patrice de Bergeracpas (The Greanville Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

On Monday, Facebook removed a post on Sri Lanka by the World Socialist Web Site’s official Tamil-language Facebook page. The alleged reason was violation of unspecified restrictions in Facebook’s “community standards,” which is no explanation at all.

The Tamil language, spoken by 74 million people, is the language of the ethnic Tamil minority in Sri Lanka and South India, as well as a large global diaspora.

The move is the latest in the crackdown on left-wing, anti-war and socialist organizations by US-based technology monopolies including Google, Facebook and Twitter. As these companies integrate themselves ever more closely into the American state apparatus, they are increasingly weaponized to promote US imperialist aims all over the world. At the center of this drive is the suppression of socialist political viewpoints.

“Six Recent US Antiwar Demonstrations Your Rulers Don’t Want You Talking About” by Caitlin Johnstone (Rogue Journalist)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

A friend told me yesterday that he hadn’t seen an antiwar protest in America in ten years. It was a sincere comment; he genuinely hadn’t seen any coverage on any peace activism in his country during that time. And of course he hadn’t; it is mainstream media’s job to distort public narratives in favor of the war-hungry plutocratic class which owns the media outlets. But I’ve actually been noticing a lot of antiwar activism lately which, while often far from the spotlight of mass media attention, has given me much hope for the future.

“Another Independent Media Voice Silenced And Slandered By Silicon Valley – The Insidious Nature Of This Type Of Censorship Must Be Countered” by Susan Duclos (All News Pipeline)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

When big tech and Silicon Valley joined with social media giants to collude and deplatform Alex Jones, ANP headlined with “First They Came for Alex Jones… Tomorrow We Will All Be Alex Jones,” because whether one agrees, disagrees, likes or dislikes the content, presentation, or even the Independent Media personality in question, we felt everyone should be highly concerned about the overt and blatant collusion to silence and censor anyone online by preventing them from reaching and building their audiences.

The liberal establishment media pushed back against the censorship and silencing assertion by claiming “he still has a website,” and “Alex still has a radio show,” but those arguments are inherently dishonest because what big tech, social media giants and Silicon Valley was doing was far worse, they were preventing his audience on a number of platforms from accessing him using their services, quite literally taking their users right to listen, see, and comment on any content they chose.

That was not just an attack on Alex Jones, that was an attack against every single one of their own users…

Thanks to a comment left this morning by a reader, we see another Aleternative Media voice is being silenced, as well as insidiously slandered in an attempt to associate her with “hate speech” by linking to a “learn more” option to describe why Google’s YouTube had disabled and limited certain features on her video.

It is a Lisa Haven video…

Slander: Perhaps the most egregious action is the link YouTube takes you to when you click the “Learn More,” (bottom of the screen shot above).

That takes you a Google support page that explains why there are “Limited features for certain videos,”…

Think about how insidious this type of slander by association that “learn more” page truly is.

First let me say I have spoken to Lisa Haven before, while I may agree with some of her content, or disagree with some, I can say without a doubt Lisa does not promote violence, incite violence, recruit terrorists, celebrate terror attacks or practice hate speech in her work or videos.

Yet anyone unfamiliar with her work that clicked the “learn more” option YouTube put beneath her video would be left with the impression that she does.

“A Lound Whoompfing Sound”

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Lawlessness / Ruined – part 28

“As Campaign to End US-Saudi War on Yemen Grows, Republicans Derail it with Bizarre Wolves Bill” by Ben Norton (The Real News Network)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

BEN NORTON: The campaign is growing to end U.S. support for the Saudi war on Yemen, which has unleashed the largest humanitarian catastrophe on the planet and pushed millions to the brink of famine. But Republican members of Congress have resorted to bizarre tactics to try to maintain U.S. support for this devastating war and derail any attempts to stop it. A Yemeni child dies every 10 minutes on average due to the crisis caused by the war, and specifically due to Saudi Arabia using famine as a weapon–intentionally destroying food production and preventing imports into the poorest country in the Middle East.

The U.S. government has played the key role in helping Saudi Arabia carry out this war, providing substantial military, economic, and political assistance. In response, some lawmakers in Congress have been taking action to try to force the U.S. military to withdraw its support, which would effectively end the war. In the House of Representatives, Congressman Ro Khanna, a progressive Democrat from California, has been building support for a bill that cites the 1973 law the War Powers Resolution, which puts a check on the power of the president and gives Congress the authority to vote for or against a U.S. war. This bill has some bipartisan support, although it is mostly backed by progressive Democrats, and Republicans have been taking steps to try to undermine this legislation.

On Wednesday, November 14, House Republicans employed one of the strangest tactics imaginable. They used a totally unrelated bill involving wolves and the endangered species list in order to block a vote on the Yemen bill…

“Aboriginal Rights: Canada’s Legal System’s Complicity in Genocide. “Canadian Law Courts Dare not Deliberate”” by Kim Petersen (Global Research)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Witness the power of the State: the power to mete out punishment for persons found guilty of something the State has determined to be illegal. It is a power that may be, and has been, wielded in what would be construed to be a thoroughly criminal manner in a moral universe. After all, gift giving and dancing were once deemed illegal by the Canadian State, and thus the tradition of First Nation Potlatches were banned until a sense of sanity and seeming propriety prevailed.

Such legal chicanery is not surprising to those who subscribe to Emery Dahlberg’s admonition that power corrupts. When law is unjust or when the punishment for wrongdoing is unjust, then the State has abused its power. The State’s power to prescribe justice can, moreover, be argued to represent State violence – in that the threat of punishment is used by the State to coerce behavioral compliance with the societal norms as dictated by the State.

To any informed person, Canada is undeniably a nation state erected on pre-existing nation states. The founding of Canada was unquestionably rooted in the genocide of the Original Peoples of the territory…

Bruce Clark is speaking and writing words extremely discomfiting to many non-Indigenous people. He is the author of Justice in Paradise and Native Liberty, Crown Sovereignty: The Existing Aboriginal Right of Self-Government in Canada. Just published is a collection of Clark’s subsequent writings, Ongoing Genocide caused by Judicial Suppression of the “Existing” Aboriginal Rights. In Ongoing Genocide Clark presents the legal case for Indigenous sovereignty such that the layperson can readily grasp the arguments.

Clark examines the constitutional law, international law, and case studies based on the law of the invaders. When interpreted without bias, the compelling arguments of Clark strongly refute any credence to the newcomers’ doctrine of discovery, especially over lands previously inhabited for millennia. That invader courts should have any authority in the territory invaded is, on its face, risible.

While constitutional and international law should be preeminent, in Canada writes Clark, “The modus operandi of the legal establishment and its collaborating Indian accomplices is the suppression of the constitutional and international law that the establishment intentionally is breaking.”…

The corruption in the system is political, economic, and legal. Clark finds that the legal profession and the judiciary are complicit in misprision [sic] of treason, fraud, and genocide. (p 31) The legal system has politicized law through artifices such as “the rule of judicial discretion” substituted for “the rule of law.” (p 40) Clark criticizes, “The lie, recently invented by the Supreme Court of Canada in willful blindness, is that the aboriginal right is no more than ‘the right to be consulted’…” (p 142)

Jonathan Greenblatt

“Airbnb decision to end West Bank listings spurs ADL to smear BDS campaign” by James North and Philip Weiss (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

We thought Airbnb’s decision to end listings in the occupied West Bank was a minor story, and we were wrong…

Echoing the Israeli government’s rage, and talking points, the ADL director struck back against Airbnb in a letter accusing the organization of giving in to anti-Semites. The ADL is dedicated to fighting bigotry in the U.S., but Jonathan Greenblatt reels off pro-Israel storylines that dip into Islamophobia in their indifference to Palestinians’ objections to an expansionist Jewish state in their land:

“[U]pon the founding of Israel in 1948 . . . five Arab countries invaded the fledgling nation in order to wipe it off the face of the Earth . . . [T]here are voices in Palestinian society as well as others in the Arab world, who reject Israel’s legitimacy and call for a violent end to Israel itself. Unfortunately, the ‘core of the dispute’ is that too many do not want a Jewish state to exist.”

The ADL letter also echoes the Israeli government in treating the Airbnb decision as a victory for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, or BDS, which calls for boycott of Israel. Even though the Human Rights Watch report that spurred the Airbnb decision does not mention BDS, and neither does the Airbnb announcement, the decision must nonetheless be viewed as such because BDS supporters pushed for this decision and see it as an incremental victory.

From Consortium News:
Two soldiers from the Azov Battalion in front of a building with Nazi symbol at the battalion’s base in Urzuf. (Carl Ridderstråle-Wikimedia Commons)

“US-Funded Neo-Nazis in Ukraine Mentor US White Supremacists” by Max Blumenthal (Consortium News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Last month, an unsealed FBI indictment of four American white supremacists from the Rise Above Movement (RAM) declared that the defendants had trained with Ukraine’s Azov Battalion, a neo-Nazi militia officially incorporated into the country’s national guard…

The indictment stated that the Azov Battalion “is believed to have participated in training and radicalizing United States-based white supremacy organizations.”…

Not only are white supremacists from across the West flocking to Ukraine to learn from the combat experience of their fascist brothers-in-arms, they are doing so openly — chronicling their experiences on social media before they bring their lessons back home. But U.S. law enforcement has done nothing so far to restrict the flow of right-wing American extremists to Azov’s bases.

There is one likely explanation for the U.S. government’s hands-off approach to Azov recruitment: the extremist militia is fighting pro-Russian separatists as a front-line proxy of Washington. In fact, the United States has directly armed the Azov Battalion, forking over anti-tank rocket launchers and even sending a team of Army officers to meet in the field with Azov commanders in 2017.

Though Congress passed legislation this year forbidding military aid to Azov on the grounds of its white supremacist ideology, the Trump administration’s authorization of $200 million in offensive weaponry and aid to the Ukrainian military makes it likely new stores of weapons will wind up the extremist regiment’s hands.

From Mondoweiss:
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, July 19, 2018. Orbán has previously praised a Nazi collaborator and his faction has been accused of launching an anti-Semitic billboard campaign depicting George Soros. (Photo: AP)

“Survival of the fittest has become survival of the fascists” by Jonathan Ofir (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

A week ago, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu told Likud officials that “occupation is nonsense”. This is a continuation of a right-wing spinning of history that says that Israel is not an occupying power.

Then Netanyahu went further, to speak with clear fascist eliminationist undertones:

“Occupation is nonsense. Empires have conquered and replaced entire populations and no one is talking about it”.

This line was reported by the Israeli Yediot Aharonot, yet didn’t make too many headlines otherwise…

MEMO also reminded us of another chilling statement by Netanyahu from 2-1/2 months ago, which echoed Hitler:

“The weak crumble, are slaughtered and are erased from history while the strong, for good or for ill, survive. The strong are respected, and alliances are made with the strong, and in the end, peace is made with the strong.”

While those Hitleresque statements were made in the context of his September visit to Dimona and the nuclear center, the recent ones were made in the general context of relations with Arab countries:

“Power is key. Power changes everything in our policy with Arab countries,” he said. “Aligning [Arab] interests with Israel, based on Israel being a technological superpower must lead the way”.

This view of power politics is consistent with Israel’s intensifying campaign to create a strong alliance with Arab countries aligned with Saudi Arabia…

The US State Department is allegedly evaluating including Venezuela on the list (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

“Trump Ponders Putting Venezuela on Terrorism Blacklist” by Paul Dobson (Venezuelanalysis)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Merida, November 21, 2018 ( – The White House is considering including Venezuela in its list of countries which sponsor terrorism, the Washington Post revealed Monday. The prospect has been described as “absurd” by Venezuelan authorities.

The list ─ which currently includes Iran, Sudan, North Korea and Syria ─ brings together countries which US authorities claim “have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism” according to White House criteria…

Despite repeated efforts from the Venezuelan opposition, the US State Department, and Senator Rubio to charge the Venezuelan government with support for terrorism, no evidence for such claims has been provided.

According to an unnamed State Department official quoted by the Washington Post, “It would be a challenge for the Trump administration to provide concrete proof linking the Maduro government to terrorism if it decides to put Venezuela on the list.”

David Smilde, a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America, agrees with this evaluation, stating that “I suspect this will be based on hearsay and sources of questionable integrity.”

“Leaked 2009 Cable Labels Saudi Arabia ‘Most Significant Source Of Funding To Terrorist Groups Worldwide’ – Exposes Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, And Pakistan” by Brandon Turbeville (Brandon Turbeville)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

While the Saudi military continues to besiege Yemen and create the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet today, the United States also continues to arm and abet KSA in their war against the Yemeni people. Yemen, of course, is nothing more than a proxy war against Iran and a geopolitical chess move on the part of both the Saudis and the Americans and, for that reason, no amount of war crimes and intentional targeting of civilians has warranted anything more than a tepid criticism of the Saudis by the current US administration.

The Saudis, because of their oil and money, are untouchables. KSA can kill journalists in an open and brutal fashion, chop off heads in the city square, oppress its female population like no other country in the world, and launch unjustified wars with no consequence. KSA can even fund and direct terrorist organizations across the world with very little restraint.

The US And Its Staunch Terrorist Ally Think That Yemenis Need An Attitude Adjustment

“Nothing In Any Conspiracy Theory Is As Bad As What’s Being Done Out In The Open” by Caitlin Johnstone (Rogue Journalist)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Yesterday President Trump posted a statement on the White House website saying his administration will be standing with the House of Saud despite the CIA’s assertion that Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman personally ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who was living and working in the United States.

The statement reads like a long form version of one of Trump’s tweets, replete with gratuitous exclamation points and slogans like “America First!” and the lie that Iran is “the world’s leading sponsor of terror”, which will never be true no matter how many times this administration deliberately repeats it. The world’s leading sponsor of terrorism is of course Saudi Arabia, along with Israel and the United States.

Trump’s alleged opposition has responded with melodramatic outrage, as though a US president continuing to stand by Saudi Arabia in the face of horrific acts of violence is somehow new and unprecedented and not standard operating procedure for decades…


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