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Jewish settlers 'building 600 new homes'

(AFP)

JERUSALEM ¡ª Jewish settlers have started building at least 600 homes since the end of a building ban on September 26, a pace four times faster than before the freeze began last year, Peace Now said on Thursday.

"In our estimation, building has started on between 600 and 700 new housing units in less than one month, which is four times the pace of construction since before the freeze," Peace Now's Hagit Ofran told AFP, referring to the moratorium that began at the end of November 2009.

Direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians are facing imminent collapse in a bitter row over settlement building on occupied West Bank land, which resumed after the end of the 10-month ban.

Israel has refused to reimpose the moratorium, while the Palestinians say they will not talk when settlers are building on occupied Palestinian land, prompting a flurry of US diplomatic efforts to resolve the deadlock.

Ofran said the surge in construction was to meet immediate demand for some 2,000 housing units, as part of a longer-term plan to build some 13,000 new homes, all of which had already been approved.

After the moratorium expired just over three weeks ago, Jewish settlers across the West Bank began building in earnest, although they were advised by the Israeli leadership to keep a low profile so as not to inflame international condemnation.

As bulldozers lumbered into action, the Palestinian leadership held back on a threat to abandon talks, with president Mahmud Abbas and Arab diplomats agreeing to give Washington a few extra weeks grace period to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

Although the freeze did not cover building in Arab east Jerusalem, Ofran said there had been a "certain slow-down" in construction there since a visit in March by US Vice President Joe Biden.

In an announcement which was seen as a slap in the face for the visiting Biden, Israel said it would build 1,600 new settler homes in east Jerusalem, prompting a major crisis with Washington.

Since then, Israel has not signed off on any new building in the east -- until last week, when it approved plans for another 240 homes in the settlement neighbourhoods of Pisgat Zeev and Ramot.

The move was sharply condemned by the Palestinians, who accused Israel of being intent on "killing" every opportunity to revive peace talks between the two sides.

Netanyahu has so far refused to reimpose the freeze, largely because he lacks support for such a move within his right-wing coalition.

Jewish settlement on occupied Palestinian land is one of the most bitter aspects of the conflict.

About 500,000 Israelis live in more than 120 settlements across the West Bank, including annexed Arab east Jerusalem -- territories the Palestinians want for their promised state.

The Palestinians see the settlements as a major threat to the establishment of a viable state, and view the freezing of settlement activity as a crucial test of Israel's intentions.

 

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Palestinian loss of land 1946 to 2000

 

 

Alleged assassin arrested in Canada

Reuters

October 19, 2010 

DUBAI - Canadian police have arrested a suspect in the assassination of a Hamas militant in Dubai but offered Dubai police no information on the matter, the Gulf emirate's police chief said on Tuesday.

Assassins killed Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in his Dubai hotel room in January, a hit widely blamed on Israeli intelligence agents. The large-scale operation involved a ring of suspects who wore disguises and held passports from countries including Britain, France, Germany, and Australia.

Dubai police chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim said he was frustrated by the lack of any details or information from Canadian authorities regarding the arrest.

¡°We want clarity on this issue. We want the Canadian authorities to tell us exactly what the details are ¡ª the thing that is discomfiting is the lack of transparency on this,¡± he told Reuters.

Tamim said he had been informed that Canada would send a representative to Dubai to provide further information, but did not know when a debriefing would take place.

Canadian officials have not responded to requests for comment from Reuters.

 

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POLICE BRUTALITY - Louisiana Cop Taunts & Tortures Man To Death

 

 

 

Killer colonel's victim pleaded for mercy

By MICHELE MANDEL, QMI Agency

Toronto Sun

WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT

BELLEVILLE, Ont. - He created his own snuff films, a sick, meticulous director who, for hours, raped and tortured two terrified women, capturing all their degradation on his video camera as he snapped commands.

You are a bastard Col. Russell Williams.

Bound with rope and duct tape, his victims pleaded for their lives. Jessica Lloyd was 27 and compliant, trying desperately to survive by obeying all his disgusting instructions, even apologizing when she got it wrong.

Cpl. Marie-France Comeau, Lloyd's senior by ten years, had tried a different approach. Fighting her commanding officer at every turn, she struggled with all the military strength in her power as she fought his attempts to turn her into a sex toy.

But neither stood a chance with this monster.

"Have a heart please, I've been really good, I want to live," Comeau pleaded.

"If I die, will you make sure my mom knows that I love her?" Lloyd begged.

There was no reaching this aspiring serial killer. Instead, the heartless director coolly ended his celluloid porn fantasies by snuffing them both in cold blood.

The former commander of CFB Trenton taunted authorities, paraded about in his crisp military uniform as if he could never be touched, grew bolder and more daring with each assault. But late Tuesday afternoon, the empty shell of a once arrogant man was formally convicted of two murders, two sexual assaults and 82 fetish break-ins after two days of graphic and grisly facts were read into the record.

Those poor women's final hours were worse than anyone could have imagined. The photos and videos that Williams had taken and kept hidden as part of his trophy collection would not be shown in the courtroom, but the crown attorneys warned that they would be presenting a "very disturbing" and meticulous description of what they contained.

But there was no possible way to prepare for the horror of what we were about to hear.

You bastard, Col. Williams.

That's what Comeau screamed as he jumped out from behind her basement furnace on Nov. 24, 2009 and tried to beat her into submission with his flashlight.

 

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The Essence Of The Banking Industry...

 

 

 

Canada officially lists BPA as 'toxic' chemical

By Amy Minsky, Postmedia News

October 13, 2010

Calgary Herald

T he federal government has made good on a two-year-old promise to add bisphenol A, a hormone-disrupting chemical linked to some cancers, to the country's list of toxic substances, in spite of industry opposition.

In 2008 Canada became the first country in the world to ban the chemical, an estrogen-mimicking substance also known as BPA, in baby bottles after concluding that the industrial chemical could eventually lead to prostate and breast cancers.

The next step for the government was to designate the chemical as toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which happened Wednesday.

The delay in its listing was due to a formal notice of objection from the American Chemistry Council, filed on July 15, 2009, which maintained BPA is safe.

Ottawa rejected the request on July 27, 2010, because the council did not "bring forth any new scientific data or information with respect to the nature and extent of the danger posed by bisphenol A."

Environmental Defence, a nonprofit environmental organization, has spent five years leading the lobby campaign for the toxic designation.

 


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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls for 9/11 investigation

Mahmoud fuelled his claims that the US government was behind the Sept 11 attack on America and demanded to ¡®know the truth of what happened' during his visit to Lebanon.

by Damien McElroy in Beirut

Telegraph.co.uk

Speaking at a late night rally, he said: ¡°I announce that the formation of an independent and neutral team to examine the facts and discover the truth of the September 11 events is the demand of all the peoples of the region and the world.¡±

Earlier in the day, thousands held up flowers and Iranian flags as Mr Ahmedinejad waved through the open roof of an armoured car that carried him through the Shia Muslim strongholds of south Beirut, the Lebanese capital.

 

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Revealed: how seed market is controlled by Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow & DuPont

Tom Levitt

TheEcologist.org

Graphic illustrates how just five biotech giants have increased their control of the global seed market, promoting monoculture farming and making it harder for farmers to find alternative sources of seeds

Since the mid-1990s just five biotech giants - Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow and DuPont - have bought up more than 200 other companies between them to dominate our access to seeds.

Philip Howard from Michigan State university, who has produced a unique visual to illustrate this growing concentration of power in the hands of a few companies, says the takeover of the seed market has been 'dramatic' and that it is getting harder for farmers to find alternatives.

In the US for example, where 90 per cent of the soybeans grown are genetically-modified varieties, many conventional farmers have had difficulty obtaining non-genetically modified seeds to plant.

Howard says the increasing power of these seed companies is 'incompatible' with renewable agricultural practices such as saving and replanting seeds. He says one solution to restricting their control would be through banning the practice of granting patents on seeds, plants and genes.

A patent gives a company exclusive rights to sell and develop a new invention. In the case of patents on plants and genes it grants them temporary monopolies and bans farmers from saving seeds, forcing them to buy new seeds from the company each year or pay a license to use patented seeds they have saved.

Howard and others argue that 'excessive seed patenting' by the biotech giants is allowing them to control a large number of seeds and leading to an increase in seed prices and a decrease of seed choices for farmers.

The groundbreaking IAASTD report in 2008 , conducted by 400 scientists from around the world, criticised patents for driving up costs and restricting experimentation by farmers in developing countries.

A report, ' Future of seeds and food ', published last year by a coalition of campaign groups, including Greenpeace, called for an end to patents on seeds to halt the domination of biotech giants like Syngenta. It says only bigger seed companies can afford to apply and enforce a patent.

'Patents exacerbate genetic erosion as they promote monoculture by hindering the development of new seed varieties. In sum, the possible, long term consequences of patents are control of the whole food chain by a few companies.

'What is needed most is a clear legal ruling that exempts seeds and farm animals from patent protection,' said the report.

Useful links
Visualizing Consolidation in the Global Seed Industry: 1996¨C2008

 

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Sterile woman sues Alberta government

By QMI Agency

Cnews.Canoe.ca

EDMONTON - A Grande Prairie, Alta., woman has launched a $700,000 lawsuit against the province alleging she was sexually sterilized as a 15-year-old without her knowledge or permission.

In a Sept. 30 statement of claim, Darlene Gabler, 64, claims she has been left emotionally and physically scarred when she was sterilized in 1961, and has suffered severe post-traumatic stress and clinical depression.

Gabler was 15 when she was irreversibly sterilized under the Sexual Sterilization Act by the Alberta Eugenics Board, a government sanctioned board created to approve the sterilization of mentally deficient Albertans.

In her statement, Gabler claims she was falsely assessed as unable to properly parent a child due to mental disability.

Her parents deny giving their permission for the procedure, and the statement alleges the sterilization was medically unnecessary and should be considered an assault.

"(The Eugenics Board) knew or should reasonably have known the Sexual Sterilization Act did not apply," the statement of claim reads.

It goes on to allege Gabler was wrongfully certified as mentally deficient, and would not have passed any mental disabilities to a child.

The lawsuit is seeking $500,000 in damages for wrongful sterilization, $200,000 in punitive damages, plus damages for past loss of income to be proven in trial.

 

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Columbus Day? True Legacy: Cruelty and Slavery

Eric Kasum

Founder of PeaceDog
Posted: October 11, 2010

Huffington Post

Once again, it's time to celebrate Columbus Day. Yet, the stunning truth is: If Christopher Columbus were alive today, he would be put on trial for crimes against humanity. Columbus' reign of terror , as documented by noted historians, was so bloody, his legacy so unspeakably cruel , that Columbus makes a modern villain like Saddam Hussein look like a pale codfish.

Question: Why do we honor a man who, if he were alive today, would almost certainly be sitting on Death Row awaiting execution?

If you'd like to know the true story about Christopher Columbus, please read on. But I warn you, it's not for the faint of heart.

Here's the basics. On the second Monday in October each year, we celebrate Columbus Day (this year, it's on October 11th). We teach our school kids a cute little song that goes: "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." It's an American tradition, as American as pizza pie. Or is it? Surprisingly, the true story of Christopher Columbus has very little in common with the myth we all learned in school.

Columbus Day , as we know it in the United States, was invented by the Knights of Columbus , a Catholic fraternal service organization. Back in the 1930s, they were looking for a Catholic hero as a role-model their kids could look up to. In 1934, as a result of lobbying by the Knights of Columbus, Congress and President Franklin Roosevelt signed Columbus Day into law as a federal holiday to honor this courageous explorer. Or so we thought.

There are several problems with this. First of all, Columbus wasn't the first European to discover America. As we all know, the Viking, Leif Ericson probably founded a Norse village on Newfoundland some 500 years earlier. So, hat's off to Leif. But if you think about it, the whole concept of discovering America is, well, arrogant. After all, the Native Americans discovered North America about 14,000 years before Columbus was even born! Surprisingly, DNA evidence now suggests that courageous Polynesian adventurers sailed dugout canoes across the Pacific and settled in South America long before the Vikings.

Second, Columbus wasn't a hero . When he set foot on that sandy beach in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492, Columbus discovered that the islands were inhabited by friendly, peaceful people called the Lucayans, Taínos and Arawaks. Writing in his diary, Columbus said they were a handsome, smart and kind people. He noted that the gentle Arawaks were remarkable for their hospitality . "They offered to share with anyone and when you ask for something, they never say no," he said. The Arawaks had no weapons ; their society had neither criminals, prisons nor prisoners. They were so kind-hearted that Columbus noted in his diary that on the day the Santa Maria was shipwrecked, the Arawaks labored for hours to save his crew and cargo. The native people were so honest that not one thing was missing.

Columbus was so impressed with the hard work of these gentle islanders, that he immediately seized their land for Spain and enslaved them to work in his brutal gold mines. Within only two years, 125,000 (half of the population) of the original natives on the island were dead.

If I were a Native American, I would mark October 12, 1492, as a black day on my calendar.

 

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The Nightmare: The Iraq Invasion's Atrocities, Unearthing the Unthinkable

Global Research

October 9, 2010

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." François-Marie Arouet -"Voltaire" (1694-1778.)

I have a deeply held belief that the duty of a commentator is, to the best of one's ability, to record, to shine light in often dark places, to act as a voice for those whose own voice, fears, plights might not be heard or known. To write about the emotions one sometimes feels when doing it, is an anathema and anyway a redundancy. The purpose is to attempt to draw attention to wrongs, not to whinge about the effects they can have - and any way, a private life should be just that. If politicians wish to strip themselves of their dignity and allude to everything from their sex life, to using private grief to gain sympathy votes, those with a shred of self-respect do not wish to emulate them. Here, I am breaking my taboo, for a reason.

Over the last several weeks I have again researched in depth, invasion's atrocities in Iraq, unearthing the unthinkable, switching off emotion and reading of terror, torture, monstrous wickednesses, word after sickening word. Then, Fallujah revisited (1) with document after document revealing the depth of the darkest depravities towards others, which can be plumbed, by "some mother's son" - or daughter. Indeed, some child's father or mother, able to shoot the children, toddlers, babies of others, in cold blood, drive over them in tanks, leaving the pathetic remains to be eaten by stray dogs.

Photographs viewed have included many which even hardened investigators have deemed: "too disturbing to view." This is not a view I hold. If family members who have survived, emergency workers (when not incinerated by U.S., troops themselves) medical staff, if not shot, imprisoned, tortured, or tied up with a bag over their head) can view, identify, bury with love and respect - or in the case of medical staff, carefully photograph, and note time, location of finding, then number, wrap and retain for a period, before burial, hoping a relative will claim the charred, mutilated, or worse, remains. It is a duty for those with any "voice", from countries responsible for this first documentable U.S., U.K., genocide of the 21st century, to draw attention to it, in the memory of and in tribute to, the voiceless, nameless, uncounted victims, in the hope that eventually, legal recourse might result.

In fact it was compassion which over came all - bodies and faces burned near beyond recognition, or the eviscerated, the all with the eyes, often, still staring out in a desperate silent plea for help, combined with utter bewilderment. "We have the scumbags on the run", wrote a marine on his website. "We lit them up", wrote another, as many took photographs of these lost souls - and sent them to porn sites in exchange for free viewing. And between the U.S., occupiers (now, surreally, re-branded "advisors" - same car, new paint) and what Hussein al-Alak of the Iraq Solidarity Campaign has called: " the U.S., imposed Vichy government, with their foreign passports ..", who will fight for justice for the Iraqis?

And, as since 1991, this is also a war against the unborn, new born and under fives. After the bodies and the rubble, the gore, blood and limbs, there are the deformities. The fledgling life, born without eyes, brain, with one cyclops eye, with no head, with two heads, with no limbs, or fingers - or too many. A biblical land turned to genetic and ecological Armageddon, for current and future generations, till the end of time. "Mission accomplished", said George W. Bush, in his ridiculous little flying suit, on the USS Abraham Lincoln on 1st May 2003. "Let freedom reign", he scribbled, after the first, corrupt, murderous, corpse-littered "elections". Result: "Let genocide commence."

The U.S., appointed "Viceroy" in Iraq, J. Paul Bremer, dressed for the part, Hollywood style, in ridiculous desert, or army boots, depending on your perception, arrived shortly after the invasion, seemingly believing in population reduction. Reportedly asking what the population of Iraq was, he was told, about twenty five million. His response was allegedly : "Too many, try five." But then, he had been Kissinger Associates' man.

As I read, I listened to the great and the good in various world legal bodies discuss whether the Congo and Rwanda should be "classed" as genocide. In July 2004, as U.S., troops were training for the Fallujah massacre, the coming November, the U.S., House of Representatives passed a unanimous resolution calling the tragedy of Darfur: "Genocide." They asked the administration to consider "Multilateral or even Unilateral" action, to end this genocide. Reluctance to take proactive steps to prevent further loss of human life was "criminal", they opined.

Seemingly genocides these days are only committed by Africans or Eastern Europeans, not those great bastions of democracy, U.S., U.K., and the "only democracy in the Middle East", ally Israel. The Israeli Defence Force, trained U.S., troops for the two week November 2004, Fallujah pogrom. (2) "If it moves, shoot it", was the order of the day. As two world wars, as Korea, Vietnam, the face of liberation never changes.

"Their tactics basically involve massive fire power ... bringing in tanks and helicopters to fire on targets ... demolishing buildings, establishing snipers on roofs, smashing holes in walls (and) shooting anything that moved." This in addition to: " ... aerial bombardment and shell fire from large field guns." The plight of Fallujah: "Was not fully understood in the West, save by some of the survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto ... they were trapped (like) rabbits in a cornfield", being circled to be mown down and dismembered by combine harvesters.(3)The photographs are testimony to the chilling description. The unsung heroes are those who determined to record them, so some time, some where, the crimes would be known and legal retribution sought. These terrible, pathetic images, are the silent testimony to the first known Western genocide of the 21st century. Sadly, it is a near certainty that Iraq and Afghanistan will, in time, produce proof of more.

 

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Vancouver 9/11 Truth Society welcomes release of firefighters video

By Travis Lupick , October 6, 2010

Georgia Straight

Darren Pearson, a founding member of the Vancouver 9/11 Truth Society , describes this video as just one more piece in the ¡°mountains and mountains of evidence¡± that prove the three World Trade Centre towers that collapsed on September 11, 2001, were brought down by demolition explosives and not the airplanes that hit them.

He said that he had seen the video before, years ago, but was happy to see it uploaded again and receiving attention.

 

 

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CNN reporter: Network censored footage of Iraq ¡®war crime'

Raw Story

By Daniel Tencer
Sunday, September 19th, 2010

A former CNN Iraq correspondent suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder says his employers wouldn't run footage he filmed of what he describes as a war crime by US troops, an Australian news source reports.

Michael Ware, who covered Iraq for CNN from 2006 until last year, describes the incident as "a small war crime, if there is such a thing."

In 2007, Ware was with a group of US soldiers in a remote village in Iraq that was under the control of al Qaeda militants. Ware says there was a teenage boy in the street carrying a weapon for protection.

¡®¡®(The boy) approached the house we were in and the (US) soldiers who were watching our backs, one of them put a bullet right in the back of his head. Unfortunately it didn't kill him,'' Ware told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, as quoted at the Brisbane Times .

Ware said his footage of the incident was deemed "too graphic" by CNN bosses to be placed on the air.

The Brisbane Times quotes Ware:

We all spent the next 20 minutes listening to his tortured breath as he died.

I had this moment ¡­ that I realized despite what was happening to this man in front of me, I'd been more concerned with the composition of my (photo) shot than I was with any attempt to either save him or at the very, very least ease his passing.

I indeed had been indifferent as the soldiers around me whose indifference I was attempting to capture.

Ware became "obsessed" with the footage of the incident, playing it repeatedly, said John Martinkus, a journalism teacher at the University of Tasmania and a friend of Ware's.

"Part of him was like, ¡®How could I just stand by and watch that happen?' It was a really horrible, stark moral choice that he faced and he still wrestles with that,'' Martinkus said.

Ware says the footage belongs to CNN and he can't release it himself.

 

 

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Oil in Eden: The Battle to Protect Canada's Pacific Coast

 

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It's one of the last bastions of Canadian wilderness: the Great Bear Rainforest, on BC's north and central Pacific coast. Home to bountiful marine mammals, fish, and wildlife - from orca and humpback whales to wild salmon, wolves, grizzlies, and the legendary spirit bear - this spectacular place is now threatened by a proposal from Enbridge to bring an oil pipeline and supertankers to this fragile and rugged coast.

The plan is to pump over half a million barrels a day of unrefined bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands over the Rockies, through the heartland of BC - crossing a thousand rivers and streams in the process - to the Port of Kitimat, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. From there, supertankers would ply the rough and dangerous waters of the BC coast en route to Asia and the United States. Dubbed the Northern Gateway Pipeline, the project is of concern for three main reasons: 1. It would facilitate the expansion of the Tar Sands, hooking emerging Asian economies on the world's dirtiest oil; 2. the risks from the pipeline itself; 3. the danger of introducing oil supertankers for the first time to this part of the BC coast.

Now a growing coalition of First Nations, conservation groups, and concerned citizens from Canada and around the world is banding together to say no the Enbridge project, in what is shaping up to be the defining Canadian environmental battle of our time. Produced by Canadian filmmaker Damien Gillis for Pacific Wild, This 16 min short documentary - featuring stunning images from the Great Bear Rainforest - provides a summary of the key issues involved in this battle over the pipeline, tankers, and Canada's Pacific coast.

 

 

Israel deports pro-Palestinian Nobel laureate who tried to break Gaza blockade

By: Josef Federman, The Associated Press
Posted: 5/10/2010

Winnipeg Free Press

JERUSALEM - Israel on Tuesday expelled an Irish Nobel peace laureate and pro-Palestinian activist who was barred from the country for trying to bust the naval blockade of Gaza.

Mairead Corrigan Maguire was placed on an early morning flight to Britain, the Interior Ministry said.

She had been banned from Israel for 10 years after trying to sail to Gaza on a blockade-busting ship in June. Still, she landed in Tel Aviv last week as part of a delegation meeting Israeli and Palestinian peace activists.

She was immediately detained and held at an airport detention facility. Maguire appealed but the Supreme Court upheld her deportation order late Monday.

Adalah, an Arab Israeli advocacy group representing Maguire said she planned a news conference in Ireland later Tuesday.

Maguire won the 1976 Nobel peace prize for her work in Northern Ireland. But in recent years, she has emerged as an outspoken critic of Israel. At Monday's court hearing, she called Israel an "apartheid" state, and in comments to reporters, accused it of committing "ethnic cleansing."

Her words drew a sharp rebuke from a Supreme Court justice, who told her the courtroom was "no place for propaganda" and cut her off.

Fellow Nobel laureate Jody Williams of the Nobel Women's Initiative, which had sponsored the delegation Maguire was part of, said they were unaware of the travel ban against her. However, Israel's Foreign Ministry wrote earlier this year to the initiative denying its appeal to let Maguire join its delegation.

Maguire, 66, has also voiced support for Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, a man widely seen in Israel as a traitor. Before her ban, she attended anti-Israel demonstrations in the West Bank and compared the Jewish state's reported nuclear arsenal to Hitler's gas chambers. In 2007, she was wounded at a demonstration against Israel's West Bank security barrier when a rubber bullet fired by police hit her in the leg.

 

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Files Missing in Action: War data wiped to cover up abuse?

 

 

 

U.N. Report finds Israel "summarily executed" U.S. citizen on flotilla

By Glenn Greenwald

Salon.com

(updated below - Update II - Update III)

Last week, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights released a comprehensive report detailing its findings regarding the May, 2010, Israeli attack on the six-ship flotilla attempting to deliver humanitarian aid to Israel-blockaded Gaza.  The report has been largely ignored in the American media despite the fact (or, more accurately:   because ) it found that much of the Israeli force used "was unnecessary, disproportionate, excessive and inappropriate and resulted in the wholly avoidable killing and maiming of a large number of civilian passengers"; that "at least six of the killings can be characterized as extra-legal, arbitrary and summary executions "; and that Israel violated numerous international human rights conventions, including the Fourth Geneva Conventions (see p. 38, para. 172). 

Even more striking in terms of U.S. media and government silence on this report is the fact that one of the victims of the worst Israeli violations was a 19-year-old American citizen.  As Gareth Porter documents in an excellent article at The Huffington Post , the report "shows conclusively, for the first time, that US citizen Furkan Dogan and five Turkish citizens were murdered execution-style by Israeli commandos."  In particular:

The report reveals that Dogan, the 19-year-old US citizen of Turkish descent, was filming with a small video camera on the top deck of the Mavi Marmara when he was shot twice in the head, once in the back and in the left leg and foot and that he was shot in the face at point blank range while lying on the ground.

The report says Dogan had apparently been "lying on the deck in a conscious or semi-conscious, state for some time" before being shot in his face.

The forensic evidence that establishes that fact is "tattooing around the wound in his face," indicating that the shot was "delivered at point blank range." The report describes the forensic evidence as showing that "the trajectory of the wound, from bottom to top, together with a vital abrasion to the left shoulder that could be consistent with the bullet exit point, is compatible with the shot being received while he was lying on the ground on his back."

 

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Galloway vows to sue Canadian government

CBC

Former British MP George Galloway says he will sue the Canadian government, alleging it breached his privacy rights and branded him a terrorist when it told him last year that he was not welcome in Canada.

He also announced Sunday he would take legal action against "some of the media outlets that casually repeated what were false and defamatory allegations."

"I will be seeking redress in the Canadian courts for these false accusations,"

Galloway told CBC News, a day after arriving in the country to resume an antiwar speaking tour.

In a speech in Toronto on Sunday afternoon, Galloway reiterated his desire to sue the government and challenged Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to a public debate. Galloway, who said he fought in his youth, donned red mittens as if they were boxing gloves and urged Kenney to "go five rounds with me."

Galloway said he would be prepared to stand outside the minister's constituency office in Calgary until he gets one.

In announcing that Galloway would not be welcome in Canada 18 months ago, Kenney noted the former British MP provided financial support to the Palestinian group Hamas, which Ottawa considers a terrorist organization. Galloway donated £25,000 to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya in the Gaza Strip in March 2009.

But Galloway said in the interview with CBC that the Canadian government breached his rights under the Privacy Act by allegedly giving the Sun newspaper in Britain information about its decision to discourage him from coming to Canada.



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U.S. Apologizes for Syphilis Tests in Guatemala

By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
Published: October 1, 2010

NY Times

From 1946 to 1948, American public health doctors deliberately infected nearly 700 Guatemalans ¡ª prison inmates, mental patients and soldiers ¡ª with venereal diseases in what was meant as an effort to test the effectiveness of penicillin.

American tax dollars, through the National Institutes of Health , even paid for syphilis -infected prostitutes to sleep with prisoners, since Guatemalan prisons allowed such visits. When the prostitutes did not succeed in infecting the men, some prisoners had the bacteria poured onto scrapes made on their penises, faces or arms, and in some cases it was injected by spinal puncture.

If the subjects contracted the disease, they were given antibiotics .

¡°However, whether everyone was then cured is not clear,¡± said Susan M. Reverby, the professor at Wellesley College who brought the experiments to light in a research paper that prompted American health officials to investigate.

The revelations were made public on Friday, when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius apologized to the government of Guatemala and the survivors and descendants of those infected. They called the experiments ¡°clearly unethical.¡±

¡°Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health,¡± the secretaries said in a statement. ¡°We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices.¡±

In a twist to the revelation, the public health doctor who led the experiment, John C. Cutler, would later have an important role in the Tuskegee study in which black American men with syphilis were deliberately left untreated for decades. Late in his own life, Dr. Cutler continued to defend the Tuskegee work.

His unpublished Guatemala work was unearthed recently in the archives of the University of Pittsburgh by Professor Reverby, a medical historian who has written two books about Tuskegee.

President Álvaro Colom of Guatemala, who first learned of the experiments on Thursday in a phone call from Mrs. Clinton, called them ¡°hair-raising¡± and ¡°crimes against humanity.¡± His government said it would cooperate with the American investigation and do its own.

 

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Banner-Drop on Pennsylvania Avenue: "Mr. Obama: End These Fucking Wars! War is the Obscenity"

Veterans' 25 x 17 Banner Tells it Straight to Obama at 555 PA Ave. N

 

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Monsanto's Tough Week: Now It's Birth Defects

By Tiernan Ray

Barron's

Tough week for Monsanto ( MON ). Tuesday, word went around that the company's ¡°SmartStax¡± seeds were yielding less in Iowa's corn harvest than expected. That prompted analysts, including Goldman Sachs, to cut their price targets on the stock.

Today, it's the rumor that the company's herbicide, ¡°Roundup,¡± could be causing birth defects, based on a study released by researchers in Argentina, and published in the August issue of the academic journal Chemical Research in Toxicology.

The study itself focuses broadly on herbicides containing glyphosate, but F. William Engdahl over at Global Research lays out the explicit connection to Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide, writing:

Widespread reports of human malformations began to be reported in Argentina beginning 2002, two years after widespread aerial spraying of Roundup and planting of [Roundup Ready] Soybeans was begun. The test animals used by Carrascoís group share similar developmental mechanisms with humans. The authors concluded that the results ìraise concerns about the clinical findings from human offspring in populations exposed to Roundup in agricultural fields.î Carrasco added, ìThe toxicity classification of glyphosate is too low. In some cases this can be a powerful poison.î

Monsanto shares today ended down 9 cents at $47.91, which is actually pretty good considering the state of the broader market today.

There was at least one bright spot: Monsanto's ¡°Roundup Ready Yield¡± Soybeans, unlike SmartStax, are actually performing as expected, reports OTR Global of San Francisco, according to a piece by Bloomberg's Jack Kaskey this afternoon. OTR found that farm managers in Illinois and Indiana were seeing crop yield improvements of 7% to 11%. OTR said that was an improvement from a year ago, when Roundup Ready soybeans underwhelmed.

 

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Cleveland Show October 3 2010, 911 was an Inside Job

 

 

 

60 Dead as Helos, Drones Strike in Pakistan (But Don't Call it a War)

By Noah Shachtman
September 27, 2010

Wired.com

U.S. officials don't like calling what's going on in Pakistan a war. But the American-led conflict, whatever name you give it, has never been this violent. The drone component of the campaign hit a new high over the weekend ¡ª 20 attacks in September alone, killing as many as 101 people. Today, NATO confirmed that a pair of its helicopters, based in Afghanistan, chased militant suspects across the border. 53 more are now reported dead.

In the Beltway, it's considered bad form to refer to the Pakistan ¡°war.¡± The term is too loaded with geopolitical baggage, and raises too many questions about who should be overseeing the conflict at home. But when NATO helicopters kill more than four dozen in Pakistan in a single day; when the CIA-led drone campaign hits 20 targets in 23 days ; when thousands of U.S.-trained Afghans cross the border to fight insurgents on Pakistani soil; when American troops ferry aid to Pakistan's flood victims ; when the U.S. Air Force flies surveillance sorties over Pakistan ; when American security contractors operate on Pakistani turf ; and when U.S. Special Operations forces school Islamabad's army in counterinsurgency (and sometimes lose troops to firefights in the process), what else should we name this multi-pronged military campaign? What other term would possibly apply?



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U.K. politician George Galloway flies to Toronto on Saturday after court decision

By James Clark

September 29, 2010

Rabble.ca

Editor's update: Former British MP George Galloway will now arrive in Toronto on Saturday, Oct. 2, to resume his pan-Canada speaking tour after being prevented from entering the country in March 2009. A welcome rally will assemble at 5 p.m. at the Terminal 1 arrivals gate at Lester B. Pearson International Airport, where Galloway will hold a 15-minute press conference.

On Sunday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m., Galloway will address a public meeting at Trinity-St. Paul's United Church, 427 Bloor Street, in downtown Toronto. This event is sponsored by rabble.ca, and will be livestreamed on rabbleTV.

Eighteen months ago, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney blocked then-British MP George Galloway from Canada, labeling him a terror supporter and a national security risk. At the time, Galloway was scheduled to appear in four Canadian cities on a speaking tour called "Resisting War: from Gaza to Afghanistan."

Galloway and his supporters protested, saying the move was a crass political attempt to silence criticism of Canadian foreign policy on Afghanistan and Palestine. Weeks before the ban, Galloway had led a humanitarian aid convoy to Gaza as part of an international campaign to break Israel's illegal blockade.

This week, after Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley issued his 60-page decision on the matter, Galloway and his supporters were fully vindicated.

But you wouldn't know it from reading the mainstream media's response to the decision. Most headlines declared that Galloway "lost" his appeal because the judge dismissed the case. Justice Mosley ruled that, since Galloway had not been denied entry into Canada at the border, a final decision on his admissibility had not been made. This meant that Justice Mosley had no decision to overturn. Consequently, Justice Mosley dismissed the case, but not before agreeing with every other claim made by Galloway and his supporters. This is what most mainstream media seems to have missed.

The ruling is a victory for three reasons:

 

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The War on Drugs: What a Joke! (MUST-SEE VIDEO!!)

 

 

 

Aspartame has been renamed and is now being marketed as a natural sweetener

Friday, February 12, 2010 by: Ethan Huff, citizen journalist

NaturalNews

(NaturalNews) In response to growing awareness about the dangers of artificial sweeteners, what does the manufacturer of one of the world's most notable artificial sweeteners do? Why, rename it and begin marketing it as natural, of course. This is precisely the strategy of Ajinomoto, maker of aspartame, which hopes to pull the wool over the eyes of the public with its rebranded version of aspartame, called "AminoSweet".

Over 25 years ago, aspartame was first introduced into the European food supply. Today, it is an everyday component of most diet beverages, sugar-free desserts, and chewing gums in countries worldwide. But the tides have been turning as the general public is waking up to the truth about artificial sweeteners like aspartame and the harm they cause to health. The latest aspartame marketing scheme is a desperate effort to indoctrinate the public into accepting the chemical sweetener as natural and safe, despite evidence to the contrary.

Aspartame was an accidental discovery by James Schlatter, a chemist who had been trying to produce an anti-ulcer pharmaceutical drug for G.D. Searle & Company back in 1965. Upon mixing aspartic acid and phenylalanine, two naturally-occurring amino acids, he discovered that the new compound had a sweet taste. The company merely changed its FDA approval application from drug to food additive and, voila, aspartame was born.

G.D. Searle & Company first patented aspartame in 1970. An internal memo released in the same year urged company executives to work on getting the FDA into the "habit of saying yes" and of encouraging a "subconscious spirit of participation" in getting the chemical approved.

 

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***FLASHBACK*** World's top sweetener is made with GM bacteria

MARIE WOOLF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT

Sunday, 20 June 1999

The Independent

LEGAL NOTE: Please do not publish articles about the alleged dangers of aspartame without contacting the legal department and the aspartame information website

MARIE WOOLF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT

THE MOST widely used sweetener in the world, found in fizzy drinks and sweets, is being made using a secret genetic engineering process, which some scientists claim needs further testing for toxic side-effects.

As the G8 summit of rich country leaders decided last night to launch an inquiry into the safety of genetically modified (GM) food, an investigation by the Independent on Sunday revealed that Monsanto, the pioneering GM food giant which makes aspartame, often uses genetically engineered bacteria to produce the sweetener at its US production plants.

"We have two strains of bacteria - one is traditionally modified and one is genetically modified," said one Monsanto source. "It's got a modified enzyme. It has one amino acid different."

The use of genetic engineering to make aspartame has stayed secret until now because there is no modified DNA in the finished product. Monsanto insists that it is completely safe.

A Monsanto spokeswoman confirmed that aspartame for the US market is made using genetic engineering. But sweetener supplied to British food producers is not. However, consumer groups say it is likely that some low-calorie products containing genetically engineered aspartame have been imported into Britain.

"Increasingly, chemical companies are using genetically engineered bacteria in their manufacturing process without telling the public," said Dr Erik Millstone, of Sussex University and the National Food Alliance.

MPs want the Government to launch an inquiry to see how much US aspartame is coming into the UK. Norman Baker, Liberal Democrat environment spokesman, will this week write to Jeff Rooker, the Food Safety minister, to ask him to ensure that US aspartame is labelled as genetically modified. "Monsanto's sweetener has turned sour," he said.

Aspartame is made by combining phenylalanine, which is naturally produced by bacteria, with another amino acid. Monsanto has genetically engineered the bacteria to make them produce more phenylalanine. Scientists fear that other unknown compounds, which may end up in food, are produced by the genetic engineering process.

"Whether such a contaminating compound will be toxic, or not is completely unknowable until empirical studies are done to test toxicity," said Dr John Fagan, a former genetic engineer who now heads Genetic ID, the world's leading GM test centre. "No such studies have been done, or at least they have not been placed in the public domain.

 

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George Galloway loses bid to quash Canada's ban on him

By Joseph Brean

National Post

A year and a half after he was barred from Canada over his defiance of Israel's blockade of Gaza and his alleged support for the terrorist group Hamas, rabble-rousing British MP George Galloway yesterday lost his appeal of the government's controversial ban.

A coalition of leftist protesters brought the appeal with Mr. Galloway to Federal Court, arguing that he was unfairly banned because of his political views about Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Mr. Justice Richard Mosley agreed up to a point, accusing the government of failing the meet the proper standards for labelling someone a terrorist supporter. But he ruled the government did not officially exclude him, and it was Mr. Galloway himself who made the decision not to enter Canada, based on a letter from the Canadian High Commission that, if he were to try, he might be judged inadmissible.

That letter was based on a preliminary assessment by the Canada Border Services Agency ordered at the last minute by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. It came at a time of particular strife between Mr. Kenney's office and pro-Palestinian activists, and followed Mr. Galloway's high profile ¡°Viva Palestina¡± aid convoy, an aid shipment on 109 trucks, plus a cash donation of $45,000, that entered Gaza through Egypt in defiance of the Israeli blockade.

¡°Mr. Galloway chose not to present himself at the border for examination and did not seek the exercise of ministerial discretion in the form of an exemption or a temporary residence permit,¡± the judgment reads. ¡°As such, no final decision was made regarding his admissibility. There is, therefore, no decision which this Court can review.¡±

Mr. Justice Mosley had harsh words for Mr. Kenney, whose office hastily assumed Mr. Galloway was inadmissible based on ¡°scant¡± evidence.

¡°The result, in my view, was a flawed and overreaching interpretation of the standards under Canadian law for labelling someone as engaging in terrorism or being a member of a terrorist organization,¡± the judgment reads. ¡°It is clear that the efforts to keep Mr. Galloway out of the country had more to do with antipathy to his political views than with any real concern that he had engaged in terrorism or was a member of a terrorist organization.¡±

It is the second time the pro-Galloway group has failed at Federal Court in their efforts to bring Mr. Galloway's speaking tour to Canada. A judge refused to grant a last-minute injunction overturning the ban last year, so he gave a webcast lecture from New York instead



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GM maize 'has polluted rivers across the United States'

By Steve Connor, Science Editor

The Independent

Tuesday 28 September

An insecticide used in genetically modified (GM) crops grown extensively in the United States and other parts of the world has leached into the water of the surrounding environment.

The insecticide is the product of a bacterial gene inserted into GM maize and other cereal crops to protect them against insects such as the European corn borer beetle. Scientists have detected the insecticide in a significant number of streams draining the great corn belt of the American mid-West.

The researchers detected the bacterial protein in the plant detritus that was washed off the corn fields into streams up to 500 metres away. They are not yet able to determine how significant this is in terms of the risk to either human health or the wider environment.

"Our research adds to the growing body of evidence that corn crop byproducts can be dispersed throughout a stream network, and that the compounds associated with genetically modified crops, such as insecticidal proteins, can enter nearby water bodies," said Emma Rosi-Marshall of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York.

GM crops are widely cultivated except in Britain and other parts of Europe. In 2009, more than 85 per cent of American corn crops were genetically modified to either repel pests or to be tolerant to herbicides used to kill weeds in a cultivated field.

The GM maize, or corn as it is called in the US, has a gene from the bacterium Bacillus thuriengensis (Bt) inserted into it to repel the corn borer beetle. The Bt gene produces a protein called Cry1Ab which has insectidical properties.

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, analysed 217 streams in Indiana. The scientists found 86 per cent of the sites contained corn leaves, husks, stalks or cereal cobs in their channels and 13 per cent contained detectable levels of the insectidical Cry1Ab proteins.

"The tight linkage between corn fields and streams warrants further research into how corn byproducts, including Cry1Ab insecticidal proteins, potentially impact non-target ecosystems, such as streams and wetlands," Dr Rosi-Marshall said.

All of the stream sites with detectable insecticidal proteins were located within 500 metres of a corn field. The ramifications are vast just in Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana, where about 90 per cent of the streams and rivers ¨C some 159,000 miles of waterways ¨C are also located within 500 metres of corn fields.

After corn crops are harvested, a common agricultural practice is to leave discarded plant material on the fields. This "no-till" form of agriculture minimises soil erosion, but it then also sets the stage for corn byproducts to enter nearby stream channels.

 

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The Food Crisis is Not About a Shortage of Food

by Jim Goodman

CommonDreams.org

The food crisis of 2008 never really ended, it was ignored and forgotten. The rich and powerful are well fed; they had no food crisis, no shortage, so in the West, it was little more than a short lived sound bite, tragic but forgettable. To the poor in the developing world, whose ability to afford food is no better now than in 2008, the hunger continues.

Hunger can have many contributing factors; natural disaster, discrimination, war, poor infrastructure. So why, regardless of the situation, is high tech agriculture always assumed to be the only the solution? This premise is put forward and supported by those who would benefit financially if their ¡°solution¡± were implemented. Corporations peddle their high technology genetically engineered seed and chemical packages, their genetically altered animals, always with the ¡°promise¡± of feeding the world.

Politicians and philanthropists, who may mean well, jump on the high technology band wagon. Could the promise of financial support or investment return fuel their apparent compassion?

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) an initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation supposedly works to achieve a food secure and prosperous Africa. While these sentiments and goals may be philanthropy at its best, some of the coalition partners have a different agenda.

One of the key players in AGRA, Monsanto, hopes to spread its genetically engineered seed throughout Africa by promising better yields, drought resistance, an end to hunger, etc. etc. Could a New Green Revolution succeed where the original Green Revolution had failed? Or was the whole concept of a Green Revolution a pig in a poke to begin with?

Monsanto giving free seed to poor small holder farmers sounds great, or are they just setting the hook? Remember, next year those farmers will have to buy their seed. Interesting to note that the Gates Foundation purchased $23.1 million worth of Monsanto stock in the second quarter of 2010. Do they also see the food crisis in Africa as a potential to turn a nice profit? Every corporation has one overriding interest--- self-interest, but surely not charitable foundations?

 

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Israel is guilty of everything the US is accusing Iran of and accused Iraq of doing

 

 

 

UN experts: Israel flotilla raid broke int'l law

By Frank Jordans

Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) -- A report by three U.N.-appointed human rights experts Wednesday said that Israeli forces violated international law when they raided a Gaza-bound aid flotilla killing nine activists earlier this year.

The U.N. Human Rights Council's fact-finding mission concluded that Israel's naval blockade of the Palestinian territory was unlawful because of the humanitarian crisis there, and described the military raid on the flotilla as brutal and disproportionate.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry responded late Wednesday by saying the Human Rights Council, which commissioned the report, had a "biased, politicized and extremist approach."

The Islamic militant group Hamas that controls Gaza, meanwhile, praised the report and called for those involved in the raid to be punished.

The 56-page document lists a series of alleged crimes committed by Israeli forces during and after the raid, including willful killing and torture, and claims there is "clear evidence to support prosecutions." ure.

"A series of violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, were committed by the Israeli forces during the interception of the flotilla and during the detention of passengers in Israel prior to deportation," the experts found.

Examining the circumstances of the raid, the panel concluded that a humanitarian crisis existed in Gaza on the day of the incident in Gaza and "for this reason alone the blockade is unlawful and cannot be sustained in law."

 

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US UK War Crimes: More leukemia in Iraq than after Hiroshima as result of depleted uranium, white phosphorus bombs and nerve gas

Parliamentary Motion in Scotland

September 22, 2010

Uruknet

More leukemia in Iraq than after Hiroshima as a result of the US-UK use of depleted uranium, white phosphorus and nerve gas in its weaponry.

Bush and Blair lied about non-existent Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction in order to justify their invasion of that country. Now the toxic effects of US-UK's own WMD bring a massive cancer scurge - particularly of childhood cancers - to the town of Fallujah. Women are now being advised not to have children.

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Use
Women advised not to have children as legacy of US and UK WMD

Bill Wilson MSP (SNP) has lodged a Parliamentary Motion highlighting the consequences of the US and UK's use of Weapons of Mass Destruction during an attack on Fallujah in 2004.

Speaking after lodging his motion, Dr Wilson said, "The consequences are ongoing: a survey showed a four-fold increase in all cancers, a 12-fold increase in childhood cancer in under-14s and a 38-fold increase in leukaemia. By contrast, Hiroshima survivors showed a 17-fold increase with regard to the latter. What's more, because of this cancer crisis, local doctors are advising women not to have children.

"I have long been convinced that those responsible for the invasion of Iraq should be charged. It seems to me that any reasonable person looking at what happen in Fallujah would conclude that major war crimes have been committed. Tony Blair has to answer for his decisions.

"It is disappointing, to say the least, that our media have paid relatively little attention to this issue. Yet women are now being advised not to have children. To turn a blind eye now would surely make us all complicit."

 

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Iran President UN Speech "Everyone knows U.S. Orchestrated 9/11"

 

 

 

Exclusive: Heavy metals go untested in Gulf seafood

By Brad Jacobson

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Raw Story

(Read Part I: Gulf seafood poses long-term health risks .)

Experts urge caution for pregnant women and young children

Despite claims from President Barack Obama and federal officials that Gulf seafood is safe and poses no long-term health risks, no testing for heavy metals is occurring in fish or shellfish in areas that have been reopened to commercial and recreational fishing.

Both National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and FDA officials told Raw Story that fish and shellfish being tested for the purpose of reopening waters to commercial and recreational fishing are not being tested for heavy metals.

Whenever Raw Story raised the lack of heavy metal testing, FDA and NOAA officials routinely referenced a ¡°Mussel Watch¡± program. Yet neither agency seemed to have a clear grasp on how this program actually collected useful data related to the heavy metal levels in the seafood currently being fished and sold to market.

 

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Project Censored "censored" because of Stance on 9/11 Truth!

911blogger

This years new Project Censored 2011 Book has been released including numerous stories and references to the 9/11 cover up. Dr. Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff explain in this interview that they have been censored by so called "alternative" left wing publications because of their refusal to drop 9/11 truth content!

From the show notes: "Censored 2011" with Dr. Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff. We discuss the new Project Censored book and some of the most censored news stories of the past year. --END--

Listen Here: Guns and Butter: Project Censored 2011

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Frankenfish: Tampering with nature

 

 

 

Life running out of control - Genetically Modified Organisms

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1876901729566469042#

 

 

Patent For a Pig

 

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1669587865067156619#

 

 

George Galloway's "The Real Deal" & Richard Gage

 

 

 

The Creepy Science Behind Genetically Engineered "Frankenfish" About to Enter Our Food Supply Unlabeled

This salmon would be the first genetically engineered animal to enter the U.S. food supply, and the science behind its approval process is frightening.

September 13, 2010

Alternet

When the FDA announced it found the genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon safe just before Labor Day, news headlines and even Alaska Senator Mark Begich called it a "frankenfish." A closer look at AquAdvantage makes it seem unlikely that Mary Shelley could have ever dreamed up anything as wild as the fast growing GE salmon. Even more worrisome is the science used to justify the salmon's safety, which Consumers Union senior scientist Michael Hansen calls "sloppy," "misleading," and "woefully inadequate."

If approved, AquAdvantage will be the first genetically engineered animal to directly enter the U.S. food supply -- a fact that raises the stakes of the FDA's approval process, as it sets a precedent for all future GE animals. Because of a regulatory decision in the 1980s that no new laws are needed to regulate genetically engineered foods, the FDA is actually regulating the GE salmon as a drug. The next step in the approval process will be a series of public meetings held September 19-21. Already, a number of groups, including Food & Water Watch, the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, and Organic Consumers Association have written to President Obama, urging him to discontinue the approval process for the GE salmon. (Full disclosure: I serve on the Policy Advisory Board of the Organic Consumers Association, but I was not a part of the decision to sign onto this letter.)

The company that developed the GE salmon, AquaBounty Technologies, claims the fish grows to market weight in 16 to 18 months instead of the usual 30 required for farmed Atlantic salmon. The fish was created by inserting genetic material of both Chinook (the largest variety of Pacific salmon) and ocean pout (an eel-like fish) into the genome of Atlantic salmon. The commercialized fish will all be females, making them unable to breed. AquaBounty's intellectual property will be further protected because the fish will be sterile, as they will all be triploids (fish with three complete sets of chromosomes instead of the usual two).

How to Make Frankenfish

To create the fish, AquaBounty begins with eggs of GE Atlantic salmon females and fertilizes them with irradiated sperm of another similar fish species, Arctic char. The eggs are then pressure-treated, causing them to produce diploid offspring (i.e. fish with two complete sets of chromosomes), with both sets of chromosomes originating from the GE female salmon. The all-female GE diploid salmon will then be treated with 17-methyltestosterone, a hormone that turns the fish into what AquaBounty calls "neomales" -- genetically female fish that produce milt (sperm) instead of eggs. The milt from the GE neomales will fertilize the eggs of non-GE Atlantic salmon, and the resulting fertilized eggs will be treated with pressure to produce the final product, a line of all-female triploid GE Atlantic salmon.

According to AquaBounty's plans, the GE salmon will begin their lives at a hatchery in Prince Edward Island, Canada and then transfer to a grow-out facility in Panama. Unlike most salmon, which begin their lives in freshwater before transferring to saltwater, the GE salmon will live their entire lives in freshwater. The good news is that currently there are no plans to raise the GE salmon in open net pens in the ocean, a method of salmon farming that has resulted in massive damage to wild salmon populations as well as frequent escapes of farmed salmon into the ocean.

 

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Massive Fish Kill Hits Louisiana Bayou

 

 

 

Blackwater's Black Ops

Jeremy Scahill

The Nation

Over the past several years, entities closely linked to the private security firm Blackwater have provided intelligence, training and security services to US and foreign governments as well as several multinational corporations, including Monsanto, Chevron, the Walt Disney Company, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and banking giants Deutsche Bank and Barclays, according to documents obtained by The Nation . Blackwater's work for corporations and government agencies was contracted using two companies owned by Blackwater's owner and founder, Erik Prince: Total Intelligence Solutions and the Terrorism Research Center (TRC). Prince is listed as the chairman of both companies in internal company documents, which show how the web of companies functions as a highly coordinated operation. Officials from Total Intelligence, TRC and Blackwater (which now calls itself Xe Services) did not respond to numerous requests for comment for this article.

One of the most incendiary details in the documents is that Blackwater, through Total Intelligence, sought to become the "intel arm" of Monsanto, offering to provide operatives to infiltrate activist groups organizing against the multinational biotech firm.

Governmental recipients of intelligence services and counterterrorism training from Prince's companies include the Kingdom of Jordan, the Canadian military and the Netherlands police, as well as several US military bases, including Fort Bragg, home of the elite Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), and Fort Huachuca, where military interrogators are trained, according to the documents. In addition, Blackwater worked through the companies for the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the US European Command.

On September 3 the New York Times reported that Blackwater had "created a web of more than 30 shell companies or subsidiaries in part to obtain millions of dollars in American government contracts after the security company came under intense criticism for reckless conduct in Iraq." The documents obtained by The Nation reveal previously unreported details of several such companies and open a rare window into the sensitive intelligence and security operations Blackwater performs for a range of powerful corporations and government agencies. The new evidence also sheds light on the key roles of several former top CIA officials who went on to work for Blackwater.

 

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British & Canadian Military Running Heroin Smuggling Operation Claims British Newspaper

 

 

 

MoD probes claim that soldiers are smuggling heroin from Afghanistan

Sept 12, 2010

DailyMail.co.uk

Soldiers returning from Afghanistan are being subjected to rigorous security checks amid claims that some are involved in heroin trafficking.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed last night that military police were investigating a tip-off alleging that soldiers sent to fight the Taliban were buying drugs from Afghan dealers and shipping them back to Britain.

The claim is that heroin and other drugs are being smuggled in by a handful of the hundreds of soldiers returning each week to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

As military detectives launched the probe, Army chiefs ordered checks to be stepped up at the airbase.

Now all returning personnel are being subjected to greater use of sniffer dogs, body and luggage searches, and covert monitoring.

While defence officials apologised for the inevitable inconvenience to troops returning from duties in Afghanistan, they warned of the consequences for any soldiers who might be involved in drug-smuggling.

 

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WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN

WhatReallyHappened.com

 

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1,280 Architects and Engineers Launch Third Light Beam into NYC Night Skyline on 9th Anniversary of September 11th

Pr Newswire

 

Represents WTC Bldg 7's still-officially-unexplained free fall collapse and explosive implications

NEW YORK , Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At 9:11 p.m. on the 9th anniversary of the September attacks, the members of the 1,280-strong Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth) lit up the skies over Manhattan with a towering 2-billion-candlepower beam of light to raise public awareness that three , not just two, World Trade Center high-rise buildings collapsed symmetrically at near free-fall acceleration on 9/11, though only two were hit by planes. Three Beams image at www.ae911truth.org , main page upper left.

"Why is there a Third Beam in my skyline?" New Yorkers are asking themselves tonight.  

AE911Truth founder Richard Gage , AIA, answered that question earlier in the day at a 2:00 press conference in front of the entrance to the now-rebuilt WTC 7 where he was joined by 9/11 victims' family members, members of NYC CAN (New York City Coalition for Accountability Now) and an audience of hundreds of concerned citizens from NYC and across the country.

"The people of New York need to see the light that a third WTC skyscraper not hit by any plane was destroyed on Sept. 11th and that they have been deceived about what happened on that terrible day," he said. "Tonight we are shining the spotlight, literally, on the fact that the official story of what happened at Ground Zero simply cannot be true and that a new, truly independent investigation is needed. This new investigation is needed both as a matter of national security and as the key to real justice for the victims of the Twin Towers."

"So look into the NYC evening skyline tonight at 9:11 and ask yourself this question: "What can I do to shine a light of truth and justice for the family members and first responders?"

Gage is in NYC Sept. 11 and 12 to speak at a live-streamed symposium on "How the World Changed After 9/11." This event at INN World Report, 56 Walker Street, Lower Manhattan, features national and international leaders of the 9/11 Truth and accountability movement.

"Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth are here to give any and all press and media all the technical support you need in order to break this story of the crime of the century," Gage said. "The real story is not about the Islamic Cultural Center, which is a red herring fed to the media to keep New Yorkers emotionally occupied while the crime of the century -- the explosive demolition of three World Trade Center skyscrapers on 9/11 -- goes almost completely unquestioned."  

"Building 7 is a smoking gun of the WTC crime scene. We hope that after tonight, New Yorkers will realize this and see what happened here on September 11th in a whole new light."

SOURCE Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth

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More Molten Metal Filmed Within WTC 2 Before Its Collapse?

 

 

 

Voices For Truth (Sept. 11th 2010 Vancouver Event)

Vancouver911Truth

Location:

UBC Robson Square Campus

800 Robson St. Room C225

Vancouver

 

This event will run 10am to 6:30pm, you can drop in at any time!
Entry is by donation, suggested donation $10.

We will have speakers (live and video feeds), Q&As, Documentaries and more. There will also be a raffle and a silent auction!

Speakers lined up include:

- Mike Rivero (WhatReallyHappened.com)

- Kevin Ryan (Journalof911Studies.com)

- Richard Gage (tentative)

- Annie Machon (tentative)

- Will Thomas

- others

 

As several of the speakers have other engagements and busy schedules, some speakers are tentative and will be broadcast via live feed when available.

As always we will have our tent set-up on Robson st. at the foot of the art gallery stairs.
Please come out and get involved.
This is the anniversary!

 

Meetup link

 

Ustream link

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/voices-for-truth

 

 

New Scientific Evidence Undermines Afghanistan War

Reuters

Thu Sep 9, 2010

PR Newswire

NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9

-- On the eve of the 9th anniversary of 9/11, support for the war in Afghanistan took a serious blow today. Simultaneous press conferences were held in New York and Los Angeles to present startling new information refuting the official 9/11 narrative, used to justify the war. Also announced were three major professional groups which have joined the worldwide, and ever-growing, "9/11 Truth Movement."

In a striking show of unity, representatives of " Scientists for 9/11 Truth ," " U.S. Military Officers for 9/11 Truth " and " Actors & Artists for 9/11 Truth " presented their findings and unveiled their eye-opening websites. Each non-profit group has launched a petition calling for a new, transparent investigation.

In NY, representing "Scientists," Professor Niels Harrit said, "The official account put forth by NIST violates the fundamental laws of physics and chemistry." Harrit is Prof. Emeritus at the University of Copenhagen and was lead author for a 2009 peer-reviewed study that revealed evidence of high tech explosives throughout the WTC dust .

In LA, physics teacher David Chandler discussed the swift destruction of the WTC towers, including Building 7, the little-known third tower. Having demonstrated its free fall, he confronted the US government agency NIST with his analyses and forced NIST to revise its November 2008 Final Report on WTC 7 . NIST's Draft Report had claimed free fall was impossible but NIST ultimately acknowledged WTC 7 was in absolute free fall for over two seconds. Concluded Chandler, "Free fall is physically impossible without explosives."

In LA, former Director of Advanced Space Programs Development Lt. Col. Robert Bowman stated, "9/11 has been an excuse to use our brave young troops as cannon fodder in unjust wars of aggression." In NY, Lt. Col. Shelton Lankford , decorated fighter pilot, and USAF Accident Investigator Lt. Col. David Gapp in LA, questioned how four highly trained flight crews would all break protocol, reporting, "Not one pilot broadcast the required hijack transponder codes."

 

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Pentagon aims to buy up book

By Peter Finn and Greg Miller

Washington Post

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Defense Department is attempting to buy the entire first printing - 10,000 copies - of a memoir by a controversial former Defense Intelligence Agency officer so that the book can be destroyed, according to military and other sources.

"Operation Dark Heart," which was scheduled to be published this month by St. Martin's Press, recounts the adventures and frustrations of an Army reservist, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, who served in Afghanistan in 2003, a moment when the attention of Washington and the military had shifted to Iraq.

Shaffer, who is now a senior fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies in Washington, describes a number of planned covert operations, including an aborted cross-border surveillance operation using sophisticated eavesdropping technology that targeted high-level al-Qaeda operatives based in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

The operation was shut down by military officials concerned about offending Pakistan, according to Shaffer's account.

Shaffer's book was reviewed and cleared in writing by the Army Reserve earlier this year, but this summer the Defense Intelligence Agency objected to the use of the names of American intelligence officers, among other issues.

 

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1,270 Architects/Engineers Reveal Hard Evidence of Explosive Demolition at World Trade Center on 9/11

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7

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Former US Senator Mike Gravel (D-AK) and Richard Gage , AIA, Founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth Discuss Scientific Findings

National Press Club, Washington DC , 2:00 pm , Thursday, September 9, 2010

WASHINGTON , Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday September 9, 2010 , Gravel and Gage will host a central press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC , presenting hard evidence that all three WTC skyscrapers on September 11, 2001, in NYC were destroyed by explosive controlled demolition.

Senator Gravel notes, "Critically important evidence has come forward after the original government building reports were completed."

This press conference will be webcast at AE911Truth.org and hosted concurrently in cities throughout the world.*  Following the conference, there will be a mock debate during which public statements made by government investigators and other defenders of the official account will be presented and responded to in multimedia format.  "They refuse to debate us in person," says Gage, "so we will let their public statements represent them."

Gage will release a media-friendly summary of his organization's findings, which are based on forensic evidence as well as video and eyewitness testimony that were omitted from official reports.  He will show evidence that the WTC Twin Towers were not destroyed by jet plane impacts or fires, but by pre-set explosives and incendiaries.  The non-profit organization, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, will also call for a grand jury investigation of government report lead engineers Shyam Sunder and John Gross of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. "They were in a position to know the evidence we have been presenting," says Gage.

Also speaking will be Florida State Professor Lance deHaven-Smith, who coined the academic term State Crimes Against Democracy (SCAD).  Prof. deHaven-Smith has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw , CBS Nightly News with Dan Rather , and other national TV/radio shows.  

The DC press conference will be accessible via webcast AE911Truth.org , 2:00 pm September 9, 2010 .

* For information on satellite press conferences in your area, contact CongressionalOutreachTeam [at] ae911truth.org .

To arrange print/broadcast interviews, with Richard Gage , AIA, contact Tania at 510-292-4710, or via email at 1000 [at] ae911truth.org .  

CONTACT: David Slesinger  410-499-5403

SOURCE Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth

 

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9/11 Truth Interupts the Qur'an Burning Media Distraction

 

 

 

Vancouver truth seekers question 9/11

By Carlito Pablo , September 9, 2010

The Georgia Straight

Darren Pearson makes a point of being at Vancouver's Robson Square on the 11th of every month.

He and his colleagues have been setting up shop at the downtown plaza for more than three years to distribute leaflets and DVDs commemorating an event that changed the world: the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S.

But more than just remembering the almost 3,000 people who perished, including 24 Canadians, Pearson's group is asking the question that refuses to die in the minds of many: was 9/11 an inside job?

According to the founding member of the Vancouver 9/11 Truth Society, being involved in such a cause involves some serious challenges.

¡°I guess alienating myself from some people that may have been friends at one time¡ªthat certainly becomes a part,¡± Pearson told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview. ¡°And even family members, for that matter.¡±

But it has its rewards. According to Pearson, he has received notes from people who feel that they've been enlightened. ¡°I feel that I have been recognized by individuals who have said that I have changed their lives,¡± he said.

Largely ignored by media and shunned by other activist groups, 9/11 truth societies have managed to keep their crusade alive. That's largely because of the Internet and social media, according to Mario Canseco, vice president of communications with Angus Reid Public Opinion.

¡°We need to remember that it's easier now to tell a story than it ever was because of social media, because of blogs, because of Twitter,¡± Canseco told the Straight in a phone interview. ¡°It's never been as easy as it is now to deal with ways to get your message across. Not only that, it's not just putting something out there but actually connecting with people who feel the same way you do.¡±

About two years ago, Canseco's company conducted a survey on public perceptions of 9/11. The results showed that 34 percent of Canadians believed that the U.S. government ¡°let¡± the attacks happen. While 29 percent thought that the administration of then¨CAmerican president George W. Bush had no prior knowledge, 16 percent of Canadians believed that the U.S. ¡°made¡± the attacks, and 21 percent were undecided.

¡°We're basically talking about almost one in four Canadians who think that the collapse of the World Trade Center was a result of a controlled demolition,¡± Canseco said.

 

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"BuildingWhat?" 9th 9/11 Anniversary Commemorative Video

 

 

 

International Center for 9/11 Studies Secures Release of Thousands of Photos and Videos from NIST

911Blogger

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Bush Questioned about 9/11 Commission

 

 

 

Larry Silverstein, WTC 7, and the 9/11 Demolition

WhatReallyHappened.com

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New more complete WTC 7 video with audio of explosion just before collapse

 

 

 

Obama resorts to Orwellian Double Speak: The True Cost of the War

by Paul Craig Roberts

Global Research , September 3, 2010

Obama's ¡°end of Iraq war¡± speech must have shattered any remaining belief in him. Forced to appease both his supporters and the warmonger right-wing, who denounce him as a Muslim and a Marxist, Obama resorted to Orwellian DoubleSpeak.  He could only announce an end to the war by praising the president who started it and the troops who fought it. Yet, as most earthlings, if not Americans, surely know by now, the war was based on a lie and on intentional deception. The American troops died for a lie.
President Obama spoke of the cost to Americans of liberating Iraq, but is Iraq liberated or is Iraq in the hands of American puppet politicians and still occupied by 50,000 American troops and 200,000 private mercenaries and ¡°contractors,¡± governed out of the largest embassy in the world, essentially a fortress?
President Obama did not speak of the cost to Iraqis of being ¡°liberated.¡± The uncounted Iraqi deaths, estimates of which range from 100,000 to 1,000,000, most being women and children, were not mentioned. Neither were the uncounted orphaned and maimed children, the four million displaced Iraqis, the flight from Iraq of the professional middle class, the homes, infrastructure, villages and towns destroyed, along with whatever remained of America's reputation. 
All of this was left out of the picture that Obama painted of America's ¡°commitment¡± to Iraq which brought Iraqis ¡°peace¡± and liberated Iraqis from Saddam Hussein in order that that a destroyed Iraq can now be an American puppet state and take its orders from Washington.
As it is impossible for the U.S. government to any longer pretend that the invasion of Iraq was necessary to save America from weapons of mass destruction and al Qaeda terrorists, the U.S. government's justification for its massive war crime has come down to removing Saddam Hussein, who, like the Americans, tortured his opponents. 
Does anyone on earth, even among the most moronic of the flag-waving American super-patriots, believe that the bankrupt United States government spent three trillion borrowed dollars to remove one man , Saddam Hussein, in order to free Iraq from tyranny? Anyone who believes this is insane.

 

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The Union: The Business Behind Getting High

 

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Ever wonder what British Columbia's most profitable industries are? Logging?
Fishing? Tourism? Ever think to include marijuana? If you haven't, think again.
No longer a hobby for the stereotypical hippie culture of the ‘60s, BC's illegal
marijuana trade industry has evolved into an unstoppable business giant,
dubbed by those involved as 'The Union'. Commanding upwards of $7 billion
Canadian annually, The Union’s roots stretch far and wide. With up to 85% of all 'BC Bud' being exported to the United States, the BC marijuana trade has
become an international issue with consequences that extend far beyond our
borders. When record profits are to be made, who are the players, and when do their motives become questionable?


- Why is marijuana illegal?
- What health risks do we really face?
- Does prohibition work?
- What would happen if we taxed it?
- Medicine, paper, fuel, textiles, food, etc. Are we missing something?


Follow filmmaker Adam Scorgie as he dives head first into Canada's most
socially acceptable illegal activity. Along the way, Adam demystifies the
underground market and brings to light how such a large industry can
function while remaining illegal. By interviewing experts from around the
globe, including growers, clippers, police officers, criminologists, economists,
medical doctors, politicians and pop culture icons, Scorgie examines the cause
and effect nature of the business behind getting high.
Nobody's innocent in this exploration of an industry that may be profiting
more by being illegal. Join Adam Scorgie as he unravels the mystery of The
Union.

 

 

 

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