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What's Behind Israel's Power over America?

Netanyahu: He Came, He Saw, He Conquered: The Power of Israel over the United States
 
bibi does congressHow is it that the ruler (Benjamin Netanyahu) of a puny country (Israel) of 8.2 million (6.2 million Jews) with the 37th biggest economy (GDP in current prices) in the world dictates war policy and secures the willing submission of the legislature of the largest economy and most powerful military empire in the world?
 
What significance does Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress have, beyond the fact that he uses it as a platform to attack the elected President of the US, to denounce US peace negotiations and to demand that Congress adopt policies designed to precipitate a war with Iran?

There have been times when history has played tricks with man and...has magnified the features of essentially small persons into a parody of greatness. - Rabindranath Tagore(on Benito Mussolini)
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Stupid, or Woefully Uninformed? Why the West Wishes War with Russia

Why Is the West Spoiling for a Fight with Russia?
by Murray Dobbin - New Cold War
 
nato logoWhat are the consequences when elected governments make policy based on faith and imperial hubris instead of science and expertise? It’s a question that is forcing itself on the world as we watch the United States, Britain, NATO and the Harper [Canada] government continue to up the ante in the confrontation with Russia over the Ukraine. There are real enough geo-political dangers in the world without actually creating them out of arrogance and ignorance but that is where we are right now and the consequences could be catastrophic.

Canada, Britain, the U.S. and the boys with their toys in NATO headquarters are looking for a fight with Russia. Throughout the confrontation and provocations these protagonists treat Russia as if it is some insignificant middle power that can be provoked with impunity.
 
That is just dangerously stupid and stupidity is something the West can ill-afford given all its internal problems — economic stagnation, unsustainable inequality, collapsing infrastructure.

Thinking Behind the In-Security State

Rationalizing Lunacy: The Intellectual as Servant of the State
by Andrew J. Bacevich  - TomDispatch

 

Policy intellectuals -- eggheads presuming to instruct the mere mortals who actually run for office -- are a blight on the republic. Like some invasive species, they infest present-day Washington, where their presence strangles common sense and has brought to the verge of extinction the simple ability to perceive reality.

A benign appearance -- well-dressed types testifying before Congress, pontificating in print and on TV, or even filling key positions in the executive branch -- belies a malign impact. They are like Asian carp let loose in the Great Lakes.

It all began innocently enough. Back in 1933, with the country in the throes of the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt first imported a handful of eager academics to join the ranks of his New Deal.
 
An unprecedented economic crisis required some fresh thinking, FDR believed. Whether the contributions of this “Brains Trust” made a positive impact or served to retard economic recovery (or ended up being a wash) remains a subject for debate even today. At the very least, however, the arrival of Adolph Berle, Raymond Moley, Rexford Tugwell, and others elevated Washington’s bourbon-and-cigars social scene. As bona fide members of the intelligentsia, they possessed a sort of cachet.

Then came World War II, followed in short order by the onset of the Cold War. These events brought to Washington a second wave of deep thinkers, their agenda now focused on “national security.” This eminently elastic concept -- more properly, “national insecurity” -- encompassed just about anything related to preparing for, fighting, or surviving wars, including economics, technology, weapons design, decision-making, the structure of the armed forces, and other matters said to be of vital importance to the nation’s survival. National insecurity became, and remains today, the policy world’s equivalent of the gift that just keeps on giving.
 

Bill C-51: Writing Oneself Above the Law

Bill C-51: Laws That Do Not Apply to the Government and Police Elites
by Sandra Finley - The Battles
Additional worrisome deficits in the debate on Bill C-51:
 
 
2. “Terrorism” is being used to mean anything. By definition it is violence aimed at CIVILIAN POPULATIONS. Terrorists kill and terrorize innocent women, children, and men. That is DIFFERENT from the killing of SOLDIERS. If you kill soldiers from a country that is at war with your country, that is NOT an act of terrorism. It goes with the territory.
 
The Government and Journalists are irresponsible when they plaster the word “terrorism” on events that are not terrorist events. It is an emotional word that creates fear.
 
 
3. Decisions about C-51 need to incorporate the factual information that reveals:

The Government and Police clearly believe that the Laws do not apply to them. Which means they believe they cannot be held accountable to the Rule of Law.

Bill C-51 needs to be thrown out, for this reason, too. . . . Read on.
 

Netanyahu's White Whale Beaches in Washington

Ahab’s Speech before His Crew: the Face of Falsehood (a Reflection on the Congress of the United States)
by William A. Cook

[Last week, the very day when Israel's Prime Minister, Netanyahu spoke before the American Congress, I was teaching Herman Melville's Moby Dick. In reflection it offered insight into the man, his mental state, and that of our Congress.
 
I submit to you, that you understand the depth of the crisis impacting the innocent. It is as though Melville prophesied the character of this man driven beyond reason to impose his will on the world, a hubris that knows nothing of those who must suffer his dementia. - Bill Cook]


“What is it, what nameless, inscrutable, unearthly thing is it; what cozening, hidden lord and master, and cruel, remorseless emperor commands me; that against all natural lovings and longings, I so keep pushing, and crowding, and jamming myself on all the time …” (Ahab in Moby Dick)

How fiction foretells the future, as the peoples’ Speaker brings his Captain to the podium to demand rebellion against their elected President, to exhort them to allegiance in his doomed quest to destroy yet another nation, to stand alone with him against the peoples of the world enticing them with fear and hate---rationalizing madness, obsessed with power, driven by hubris, twisted in his mind—a lone figure, with no position but the potential of reelection to govern a nation of six million, to dare to demand of the peoples representatives of this once great nation that they pay homage to him, obey him, to send their sons and daughters to yet another war for him, the leader of all the Jews who inhabit the earth.

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Surviving Selma: White Sheets, to Spreadsheets, Jim Crow Is Alive and Well

From White Sheets to Spreadsheets
by Greg Palast - Truthdig
I hate to spoil a happy ending.
 
The movie “Selma,” like this week’s commemorations of Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Selma, Ala., 50 years ago, celebrates America’s giant leap from apartheid.
 
Half a century ago Alabama state troopers and a mob of racist thugs beat African-Americans and others as they marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, demanding no more than the right to vote.
 
By the time King led 25,000 demonstrators singing “We Shall Overcome” into Montgomery, the state capital, on March 24, the president of the United States had introduced the Voting Rights Act. Free at last—to vote. Roll credits.
 
Yet, just a few months ago, Martin Luther King asked me, “How long until African-American citizens of Alabama—and Mississippi and Georgia—get the unimpeded right to vote?”
 

Not Dead, But Resting: Awakening Arab Intellectualism

The Arab Intellectual is Resting, Not Dead
by Ramzy Baroud - Middle East Eye
Whenever a new poem by Mahmoud Darwish was published in al-Quds newspaper, I rushed over to Abu Aymen’s newsstand that was located in the refugee camp’s main square. It was a crowded and dusty place where grimy taxis waited for passengers, surrounded by fish and vegetable venders.
 
Darwish’s poetry was too cryptic for us teenagers at a refugee camp in Gaza to fathom. But we laboured away anyway. Every word, and all the imagery and symbolism were analyzed and decoded to mean perhaps something entirely different from what the famed Palestinian Arab poet had intended.
 
We were a rebellious generation hungry for freedom that was soon to carry the burden of the popular uprising, or Intifada, and we sought in Darwish’s incomparable verses, not an escape, but a roadmap for revolution.
 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Eva Golinger, Janine Bandcroft Mar. 4th, 2015

 
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com

Tomorrow marks a sad anniversary for Venezuela; at least that part of the country that respected, loved, and revered former president, Hugo Chávez Frias. True, not everyone loved Hugo; he was a thorn in the side of Venezuela's oligarch class and foreign corporate interests that profited while the people suffered.
 
Repeated attempts were made to oust Chávez from the presidency, and those efforts continue to daunt his successor, Nicolás Maduro, with western press attacks coming fast and furious, much as they did preceding coup attempts against Chávez.
 
Eva Golinger is an award-winning American journalist, and author. Dubbed 'La Novia de Venezuela' by her friend Hugo Chávez, she's worked and lived in Caracas for the greater part of the last decade. Winner of the International Award for Journalism in Mexico, Golinger is also an attorney and author dividing her time between New York and Caracas.
 
Listen. Hear.

Golinger's English book titles include: 'Bush vs. Chávez: Washington's War on Venezuela,' 'The Empire's Web: Encyclopedia of Interventionism and Subversion,' and 'The Chávez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela,' currently being made into a feature film. Golinger has, since 2003, been analyzing and investigating US interventions in Latin America and, as well as her many English articles, has written two books in Spanish on the subject. Eva is also a news presenter for RT, where she also produced the documentary film, 'One Day with President Evo Morales.'
 
Eva Golinger in the first half.
 
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of what's good to do around our town and beyond in the coming week. But first, Eva Golinger and The Ongoing Coup d'Etat in Venezuela.


Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. And now heard at Simon Fraser University's http://www.cjsf.ca . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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Disappearing Russia's Nuclear Potential: Down the Rabbit Hole with the Spinmeisters and Pundits

Playing Chicken with Nuclear War
by Robert Parry - Consortium News

March 2, 2015 

The United States and Russia still maintain vast nuclear arsenals of mutual assured destruction, putting the future of humanity in jeopardy every instant.

But an unnerving nonchalance has settled over the American side which has become so casual about the risk of cataclysmic war that the West’s propaganda and passions now ignore Russian fears and sensitivities.

A swaggering goofiness has come to dominate how the United States reacts to Russia, with American politicians and journalists dashing off tweets and op-eds, rushing to judgment about the perfidy of Moscow’s leaders, blaming them for almost anything and everything.

A nuclear test detonation carried out
in Nevada on April 18, 1953.
 
These days, playing with nuclear fire is seen as a sign of seriousness and courage. Anyone who urges caution and suggests there might be two sides to the U.S.-Russia story is dismissed as a wimp or a stooge. A what-me-worry “group think” has taken hold across the U.S. ideological spectrum.
 
Fretting about nuclear annihilation is so 1960s.

Chicago's Police Black Site Draws Protest

Total Mainstream Media Blackout of Chicago Secret ‘Black Site’ at Homan Square
by Nick Bernabe - The AntiMedia

Chicago, IL — As the nation continues to react to the newly discovered ‘black site’ operated by Chicago Police, the mainstream media continues to bury it’s head in the sand.

National media outlets like Fox, MSNBC, and CNN are unsurprisingly refusing to touch this story, driving even further suspicion that the corporate media has become nothing more than a mouthpiece for big government and corporate America.

As we reported earlier this week, local corporate media was literally running stories about Homan Square that were direct copies from CPD’s public relations statements.

According to interviews conducted by The Atlantic, local mainstream reporters often agree with these disappear and torture tactics, so they refuse to do their jobs at uncovering what is going on there;

“I think that many crime reporters in Chicago have political views that are right in line with the police,” Tracy Siska said.
 “They tend to agree about the tactics needed by the police. They tend to have by one extent or the other the same racist views of the police — a lot of urban police (not all of them by any stretch, but a lot of them) embody racism.”

Meanwhile, a campaign we launched to shed light on Homan Square, #Gitmo2Chicago, trended nationwide last night on Twitter and today on Facebook — showing that the public at large is generally disgusted by these CIA-style tactics.

So while the corporate media posts 3 million stories about the color of a dress, the country is questioning the police state in a big way.

As I write this, a large protest is taking place in Chicago at Homan Square to shut it down, with more protests being planned across the country in the coming weeks.

But keep in mind, the Revolution will not be televised on Cable TV, but it will be on the internet. Watch live video from the protests here.

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Life in Gaza's Winter Wasteland

Winter in the Ruins of Gaza (1/2)
by TRNN

30 UN Agencies and International NGO's released a letter condemning the lack of reconstruction and development in Gaza after the war last summer. The pledges made in Cairo have not been received and there appears to be a tragic perpetual holding pattern when it comes to Gaza, says Pernille Ironside, Chief of Gaza Field Office, UNICEF - March 1, 2015


 
 
UN agencies and international NGOs operating in Gaza, 30 of them issued a letter, alarmed by the limited progress in rebuilding the lives of those who live in Gaza. And that is six months after the attacks they suffered last summer. To quote the letter,
 
"The Israeli-imposed blockade continues, the political process, along with the economy, are paralyzed, and living conditions have worsened. Reconstruction and repairs to the tens of thousands of homes, hospitals, and schools damaged or destroyed in the fighting has been woefully slow. Sporadic rocket fire from Palestinian armed groups has resumed. Overall, the lack of progress has deepened levels of desperation and frustration among the population, more than two thirds of whom are Palestine refugees."
Pernille Ironside is UNICEF's Chief of Gaza Field Office, where she is leading UNICEF's emergency response across the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory. She has held this position since August 2013; and has served in various other roles since joining the United Nations in 2002, including in the Philippines, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and as UNICEF's global adviser on child protection in emergencies at Headquarters in New York.
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