Feb
28

From Kevin Annett No bomb that ever bursts shatters the crystal spirit

Hi everyone: Considering my upcoming journey to Europe, I thought it appropriate to share (below) what I wrote after being unlawfully incarcerated in a British prison and then deported, in May of 2011. This is especially made relevant with our criminal conviction of the traitorous Elizabeth Windsor and the nullification of the authority of the British “crown”. So take heart! And enjoy. – Kevin Annett

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No bomb that ever bursts shatters the crystal spirit: With Farid and others in a British prison
by Kevin Annett
May 31, 2011 


I wear as a badge of honor my deportation from a country of liars and cut throats.

- Big Bill Haywood, IWW leader and revolutionary, 1920

The filthy fiction calling itself the Crown of England finally vomited me from its midst this week, only five days before I was to speak of its crimes at the annual Against Child Abuse Rally in London’s Trafalgar Square.

I am proud to have shared a British prison with many freedom fighters over time, including my own free thinking ancestor Peter Annett, who was jailed and pilloried in London at the age of 70, in the year 1763, for writing “seditious blasphemy” against the Church of England. And that repression continues today, against innocent men and women still caught in the claws of the police state known as England.

Here is what happened:

The room is small, unventilated, and foul-smelling, and crammed with ten of us. I am the only white person there.

A Malaysian mother with her four year old daughter sits in one corner, sobbing uncontrollably. Incarcerated for half a day, she’s one of the luckier ones: a young Turkish man called Farid has languished in here for nearly three days, isolated from his four children. Farid has lived in England for eleven years, doing sweat jobs for shit wages and loyally paying his taxes, but tomorrow he’ll be deported over a technicality in his work visa.

There is no appeal allowed. His children will not accompany him.

This is the Immigration Prison in Stansted airport, outside London. The time is the early hours of May 30, 2011.

The net fell on me suddenly the night before, as I made my way through the border control desk after disembarking from the Netherlands.

After asking me why I was coming to England, a banal twit in a uniform scanned my passport through his computer, and quickly looked shocked as he peered through thick lenses at the screen. He scuttled off to speak to his supervisor, who I watched through the glass window of his office as he looked at his own computer, nodded his head and said something to his crony.

Triumphantly – I guess that as an employee of the private company Reliance Ltd. that runs British immigration services now, he gets extra points for deporting someone – The Twit returned and informed me with a whine of condescension that my giving public lectures was “unusual” for a tourist, that I was “suspect”, and would therefore be barred from entering England.

“What exactly am I suspected of doing?” I asked the guy.

“But first you are to come this way” he motioned, ignoring my question like I hadn’t said anything, and we walked to a tiny holding cell. The Twit left me alone in there for a half hour, I guess to make me sweat, but when he returned I was calmly whistling an Irish melody that seemed to annoy him to no end.

“I bet you find your job difficult, you know, putting people through all this” I ventured to The Twit as he fiddled with his papers.

Attempting a smile, he answered,

“No, I enjoy it, actually. One meets very fascinating people in this line of work”.

If only you knew, I thought, but said nothing.

The Twit refused to give me his name when I asked, nor could I know the name of his supervisor. He also wasn’t wearing a badge number, although later he made a gaff when he donned another coat and I saw his number: 6676.

“You’ll be in here tonight, until we can send you back from whence you came” The Twit informed me, gesturing to a white door. He knocked, and a stern young guy answered and glared at me like I was yesterday’s trash. Then I was locked in with a whole crowd of dark skinned people.

Despair gazed back at me from the sad eyes of my fellow prisoners who lay or sat around the room. They were all deflated, tired and beaten. A TV was blaring mindless crap at them so I walked over and switched it off. The young Turkish guy whose name was Farid looked surprised, and then he smiled at me weakly, and nodded.

After my obligatory finger printing and photographing – I asked the Reliance goon if I could have a copy of the picture, since I looked pretty good, but he said no – I was locked back into the sparse room with my fellow detainees, and was told not to speak to any of them since that was against the rules. I just smiled at the goon, and ignored him.

Most of the detainees didn’t want to talk. It was nearly midnight by then, and like prisoners tend to do, they had adapted to their incarceration and were mired in themselves. But Farid was too filled with grief about being robbed of his children to settle into apathy.

“I will never see them again. They will be put with other families and then anything can happen to them. My youngest son is only a baby.”

I remembered reading the day before how 586 children placed in the foster care system in England had somehow disappeared over the past year. Local child welfare officials had no explanation, apparently.

To ride out his pain and the dull hours, Farid taught me some Turkish words that night, starting with “I love you” – it sounded like “selly sev yurum”. He laughed for the first time when he commented how the phrase might come in handy if I ever came to his country, but not if I said it to another man.

“That’s not what I hear” I replied, and he laughed even harder.

We held back the demons together during those slow and weary hours, as the others tried to sleep, and didn’t, and the Malaysian woman sang to her daughter while the Reliance thugs stared at us through a thick pane of glass.

It ended for me at 9 am, when I was taken to a plane that would fly me back to Eindhoven. I said goodbye to Farid and wished him luck.

The man took my hand gently and said “Allah”, pressing his other hand against his chest, and then pointing to my heart.

I recalled then the last words in George Orwell’s book Homage to Catalonia, in which he describes briefly meeting an Italian militia man who like Orwell was fighting Franco and his fascists during the Spanish civil war. They couldn’t speak one another’s language, but they shook hands and departed in different directions for the front lines, and Orwell never saw the Italian man again.

In memory to this unknown stranger who had briefly taken his hand in comradeship, and who had probably died, Orwell wrote a poem to him that concluded,

But the look I saw in your eyes, no power can disinherit.
No bomb that ever burst shatters the crystal spirit.

The night after my deportation, I stood in a crowd of singing and laughing revellers in a Dublin pub, tasting my freedom like a soothing ale, and thinking of where Farid might be, and grieving for him and his children in that part of me that never rests. I never felt unfree in jail; nor did Farid’s own imprisonment and agony stop him from taking my hand in his, and blessing us.

I’ve learned from so many Farids that the more they repress us, the sharper and stronger we get, like a gift. And what happened to me is simply boomeranging back now on the British government and its clumsy attempts to stop our Tribunal this fall.

So be of good cheer, and let that hope propel your body and your life to continue to accompany your words. But never forget Farid, and his children … and that Thing which is trying to imprison all of us through fear, and its other illusions.

www.KevinAnnett.com

Feb
28

Report from Kesha Rogers Campaign from Larouche Pac

 

Report from Kesha Rogers Campaign

 

February 27th, 2014 • 8:00 PM

Here are two updated reports on the Kesha Rogers’ for U.S. Senate campaign, Kesha is running for the Democratic seat in Texas, with the primary scheduled for March 4th.

1. Kesha Addresses The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce

Kesha Rogers addressed an audience of approximately 200 attendees at a chamber of commerce held in north Houston. Kesha and one additional campaign organizer attended the event. The campaign had a literature table set up among other candidate tables in the back of the room that attracted a lot of attention, given that Kesha was the only Democrat in the room, but also, unlike the generic campaign tables set up, she shocked some people with her sign that read, “When Kesha Wins, Obama is Finished!,with a large picture of Kesha’s face. They were the only table there with any real policy solutions displayed. Candidates were given two minutes to speak, and there were three other Republican Senate candidates there.

In Kesha’s speech, she began by introducing herself as a LaRouche Democrat, working with economist and statesman Lyndon LaRouche, who had addressed the group in 1996 when he was running for President. She went on to say that there are two grave problems threatening our nation, a lawless President Obama in the White House, who must be impeached now, and a bankrupt financial system. She called for the crushing of Wall St. through the immediate reinstatement of Glass-Steagall. She also warned the audience of a greater threat facing the state and the nation, a food and water crisis, threatening starvation. She briefly described her solution for a Kennedy supported NAWAPA plan, in complete opposition to the killer environmental green policy of Obama’s food depleting biofuels and fracking.

Following her brief remarks, Kesha had several people come up to thank her. One lady said that her remarks were so powerful that it had her crying. Another guy said that she really kicked his ass. People also reflected on the fact that most of the other candidates were more concerned with talking about how hot their wives were and how many kids they had, than talking about what is going on in the country and providing any real solutions. Even two of the other Senate candidates came over to Kesha inspired by what she had done. The Rogers campaign made the point to everyone there, that they are leading the fight to impeach Obama now and that is what they have to move their congressman to act upon.



2. Broad support emerging for Kesha, as Obama Dems freak out

Report from Harley Schlanger

The release of a poll this week by Texas Tribune/University of Texas, which shows Kesha Rogers leading the race for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, has provoked a palpable panic, reflected in myriad articles by press whores for Obama, and frantic activity from Obama’s Texas operatives. Screaming about how she is “not a real Democrat,” the real object of their wrath is Texas voters, who refuse to accept Obama as ‘The One.’

Obama operatives in the national Democratic Party launched a drive to ‘Turn Texas Blue,’ following the 2012 election, based on the insane idea that the Democrats could take advantage of “demographics”, by which they mean an increasing Hispanic population in Texas, to snatch the state away from the GOP. It is based on the belief that Hispanics see Obama as a “transformational figure,” and will become Democrats because of him. After setting up “Battleground Texas,” to use computer technology to map out where their prospective haul of “new voters” would emerge, they have been handing out money to political pimps, and set up “training sessions” to recruit new organizers. Then they recruited a multi-millionaire, dental entrepreneur David Alameel, to run for the U.S. Senate, knowing he could not win the general election, but would be a safe choice to be their candidate in November. Also, they could use his money to pay their bills. In the past, Alameel had contributed lavish amounts to Republicans, including to current GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, and to his would-be opponent — assuming he won the Democratic primary for Senate — Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn!

The next step was to announce the Texas Future Project, which would raise money from wealthy donors IN TEXAS AND CALIFORNIA, to fund a get-out-the-vote campaign, focused on Latinos, African-Americans, single women, and young voters, to build up a pool of new voters. A key to this was to channel money to an infrastructure staffed by Democratic Party activists, and members of the AFL-CIO, SEIU, AFSCME and UCFW. We have been told that labor has had, at best, a lukewarm commitment to this.

This whole strategy has gone up in smoke with the emergence of Kesha Rogers as a front-runner. Rogers’ support exposes the biggest vulnerability of this strategy, namely OBAMA. Whether the one poll is accurate or not, the Obama Democrats who run the state party know that they are taking a serious risk by attacking her for her call to impeach Obama, as Obama and his policies of genocide and war are very unpopular among Texans, including among the demographic sectors targeted by their techno-wonks, and that calling attention to her impeach Obama campaign would backfire, bringing “new voters” to vote for her. This happened in 2010 and 2012, as attacks on Kesha by party hacks consolidated support for her, especially among voters who don’t like being told how to vote! As a result, the party enforcers are losing their cool, using Joseph McCarthy-style “loyalty oaths” and threats to withdraw funds to force local Dems to dis-invite Kesha to events to which she had been previously invited, and exclude her from others, under the thoroughly discredited line that “she is not a real (i.e., Wall Street approved) Democrat.”

In meetings and discussions in San Antonio yesterday, it was confirmed that, while some Hispanic leaders are taking money from the Texas Future Project, they are doing nothing to earn it. One leader, who is working openly with Kesha, said that he had initially disagreed with Kesha”s “strategy” of calling for Obama’s impeachment. “I was wrong,” he said, “People are ready to throw him out.” Another Hispanic leader said that he can’t hold it against those “community organizers” taking the money from the Dems, as many of them are desperate due to the economic collapse. However, they also know that this President has deported more Latinos than Bush — “There is no love for him, and our community will respond to someone standing up against him.”
Plans were mapped out with them for a drive over the last days leading up to the primary to mobilize for Obama’s impeachment, and Kesha’s victory.

Feb
24

Global bank investigation sudden loss of witnesses for prosecutors

From Wayne Madsen Report

February 24-25, 2014 – SPECIAL REPORT. Global bank investigation results in sudden loss of witnesses for prosecutors

A long ongoing transatlantic probe by prosecutors and investigators with the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the U.S. Department of Justice and Commodities Futures Trading Commission, European Union regulators, and the Financial Conduct Authority of the quasi-independent City of London has been hampered by the sudden deaths of several key witnesses, according to information conveyed to WMR by our sources on Wall Street.

The investigation of major banks, including Barclays, JP Morgan, UBS, Citigroup, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, Standard Chartered, HSBC, and Rabobank for manipulating the London interbank offered rate, or LIBOR, in order to maximize profits, has resulted in charges recently being brought against three Barclays executives, a derivatives trader with UBS and Citigroup, and two traders with the brokerage firm RP Martin by the SFO in London. However, WMR has been told that additional charges against more senior banking executives have been stymied by the sudden deaths of named or prospective witnesses on both sides of the Atlantic.

Banks are alleged to have falsely reported the benchmark LIBOR rates used to lend money to one another in order to boost bonuses for bank executives. The collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 and its ripple effect on the global economy has been linked to LIBOR manipulation. The bank lending rate manipulation was accompanied by massive foreign currency exchange rate manipulation, especially against the euro, pound sterling, and yen, a practice that has earned global hedge fund tycoon George Soros handsome profits in the hundreds of billions of dollars over recent decades.

WMR has been told by Wall Street insiders that the LIBOR manipulation was also at the heart of the massive fraud schemes of jailed American bankers Bernard Madoff and “Sir” Allen Stanford. The collapse of Madoff Securities and Stanford International Bank followed the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and the near bankruptcy of several other securities firms and banks. Much of the fraud was known to then-Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, but he took no action to raise the issue with regulators or the Department of Justice. Bernanke, we are told, is a target of investigators on both sides of the Atlantic. Senior executives of the Bank of England were also aware of the nature of the fraud and took no steps to stop it.

Internal text messages retrieved from banks’ communications networks reveal that the global scamsters referred to themselves as “The Mafia” and “The Cartel.”

The loss of actual and potential witnesses to the massive global banking fraud of LIBOR and FOREX manipulation began with the September 26, 2008 death of London banker Kirk Stephenson, the chief operating officer of Guernsey-based Olivant Advisers, a UBS investor. Stephenson was a former executive of Morgan Stanley and Warburg. Stephenson was said to have thrown himself in front of a speeding commuter train at the Taplow rail station in Berkshire, England, a suburb west of London.

In November 2008, Paulo Sergio Silva, a trader for the Brazilian banking firm Itau, shot himself in the chest during a trading session on the floor of the Sao Paulo Commodities and Futures Exchange. The following month, on December 5, Alex Widmer, the chief executive officer of Bank Julius Baer in Zurich, reportedly committed suicide.

Gavin Macdonald, 47, an executive with Morgan Stanley’s mergers and acquisitions department died May 5, 2008 from a reported heart attack at the firm’s Canary Wharf office. However, Macdonald’s death was not publicly announced until May 7.

On December 23, 2008, René-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet, CEO of Access International Advisers, was found with his wrists slashed in his Madison Avenue, New York office. His investors included members of the Rothschild banking family.

On January 5, 2009, German billionaire investor Adolf Merckle, major investor in Volkswagen, threw himself in front of a train in Blauberen, southern Germany. That same day, Stephen Good, Chairman and CEO of Sheldon Good & Co., a real estate auction firm and a business partner of Donald Trump, was found in his car with a gunshot wound to his head.

On December 11, 2010, the body of Mark Madoff, the son of convicted Ponzi scheme fraudster Bernard Madoff, was found hanging inside his Soho, Manhattan loft apartment. On December 18, 2010, Jessica Fashano, 27, an investment adviser for Citi Global Markets, reportedly jumped to her death from the roof of the Trump Tower building in Manhattan.

Former Bank of America FOREX manager Michael Burdin reportedly threw himself in front of a speeding train on October 31, 2012 at London’s Wimbledon train station. He was said to be despondent opver being fired from his job.

In October 2012, London Investec banker Nico Lambrecht, formerly with Merrill Lynch, is said to have jumped to his death from the seventh floor terrace of the fancy Coq d’Argent restaurant near the Bank tube station in the City of London. It was the fourth such suicide at the restaurant in five years. Anjool Maude, a Deutsche Bank trader, jumped from the terrace in 2009 while reportedly holding a glass of champagne. In 2007, Richard Ford, formerly with Merrill Lynch, is said to have leaped from the terrace to his death. In September 2012, Rema Begum, 29, a British Library manager is said to have jumped to her death from the terrace after she was subjected to a Facebook “hate campaign” for straying from her Muslim religion and adopting a “Western life style.” The inquest into Begum’s death never investigated whether Begum may have been dating men associated with banks targeted in the global fraud investigation.

In July 2013, Swisscom CEO Carsten Schloter was found hanged at his home in Freiburg, Switzerland. Official cause of death: Schloter was said to have become “addicted” to his smart phone after his divorce. The next month, Bank of America London-based intern Moritz Erhardt reportedly died from an epileptic seizure brought on by “exhaustion” from job stress.

In August 2013, Zurich Insurance group chief financial officer Pierre Wauthier was found hanging at his home in Walchwil, in the canton of Zug, Switzerland. Wauthier previously worked for J P Morgan Chase. Police said the hanging “pointed to” a suicide. The insurance company conducted an investigation and determined that Wauthier was not suffering from stress as Swiss police contended.

On December 23, 2013, Robert Wilson, a hedge fund tycoon, leaped to his death from Manhattan’s San Remo building.

In January 2014, Tim Dickenson, the communications director for London-based Swiss Re died from unknown causes.

On January 26, 2014, William Broeksmit, an American retired executive with Deutsche Bank and an expert on risk and capital management, was found dead at his London home from an “apparent” suicide. Police ruled out anything suspicious in the banker’s death. Two days later, J P Morgan vice president for technology development Gabriel Magee was said to have fell or jumped from the 33rd floor of the company’s headquarters within the same Canary Wharf building where Gavin Macdonald mysteriously died in 2008. The next day, January 29, Mike Dueker, the chief economist with Russell Investments, reportedly jumped to his death from an on-ramp to ther Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state. Police said Dueker’s death “appeared” to be a suicide.

On January 27, Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym was found dead in his room at Bangkok’s posh Shangri-La hotel. Police said Slym “might” have committed suicide.

On February 3, the body of J P Morgan executive Ryan Crane was discovered at his Stamford, Connecticut home. The cause of Ryan’s death is not expected until the March release of a toxicology report from the Connecticut state medical examiner’s office.

On February 18, J P Morgan banker Dennis Li Junjie reportedly jumped from the 30th floor of the firm’s Chater House building in downtown Hong Kong.

JP Morgan is the main tenant of Chater House, an office building in the centre of Hong Kong’s financial district
Employees of J P Morgan who know too much stand a very good chance of falling or jumping from the firm’s skyscrapers.

The most bizarre financier death was that of American Title Services CEO Richard Talley who was found dead in his Greenwood Village, Colorado garage with “seven or eight” wounds inflicted by a nail gun.

In addition to the above deaths, Wall Street Journal chief oil market reporter David Bird disappeared without a trace during the second week of January 2014. The FBI is continuing its search for Bird.

Feb
20

Allen Dulles rejected anti-Zionist group’s requests

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February 19-20, 2014 — Allen Dulles rejected anti-Zionist group’s requests

From Wayne Madsen Report

 A series of documents uncovered from declassified CIA archives reveal that CIA director Allen Dulles rejected speaking before or issuing a statement to an anti-Zionist group called the American Council for Judaism.

Although Dulles maintained close links between the wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and the Gestapo during World War II, he helped expose “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” as a forgery to The Times of London and New York Times while serving at the U.S. embassy in Istanbul in 1921. Dulles also saw the establishment of a Zionist state in the Middle East as a natural outgrowth of the Balfour Declaration and the post-World War I Treaty of Versailles. During his time in Istanbul, Dulles became a close acquaintance of Chaim Weizmann, the father of modern Zionism.

When it came to issuing a statement for the American Council on Judaism conference in Houston in March 1958, Dulles made his position on the group’s goals clear. In a latter to the group’s executive director Leonard Sussman, Dulles’s executive officer at the CIA wrote, “In view of the nature of Mr. Dulles’ position in the intelligence community, he regrets that he is not able to furnish you with a statement.” In a February 4, 1958 briefing memo, Stanley J. Grogan, Dulles’s assistant, wrote “This is a very delicate matter which involves a religious faith and a political movement, both things to be avoided by the Director.”

What alarmed Dulles and his staff was Sussman’s statement in his letter that “We believe our program takes on particular interest this year, because of a growing recognition on the part of thoughtful people everywhere, of the need for distinguishing between Judaism (a religious faith) and Zionism (a worldwide political movement). This need, first emphasized by us fifteen years ago, is increasingly referred to by informed observers as one of the fundamentals underlying the Arab-Israeli crisis in the Middle East, a crisis threatening the peace of the world.”

In 1960, Dulles’s staff again rejected an invitation by the American Council for judaism for Dulles to issue a statement to the group’s meeting in Denver. The CIA’s executive officer responded to Sussman by stating, “In view of the nature of Mr. Dulles’ official position, he has followed a firm policy of declining participation in non-governmental activities.”

It is noteworthy that Dulles avoided the appearance of speaking to religious and political groups involved with Middle East policy while today, U.S. leaders, including military and intelligence officials, routinely appear before such groups as the American israel Public Affairs Committee and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai Brith.

The American Council on Judaism continues to exist and it remains one of the leading Jewish voices opposed to Zionism. However, American political leaders continue to follow Dulles’s footsteps in eschewing the organization’s events.

 

 

 

 

Dec
27

Wayne Madsen Report Person’s of the Year

 

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WMR’s Persons of the Year for 2013: Ed Snowden and Vladimir Putin

December 27-30, 2013 – WMR’s Person of the Year

It was a tough call. Who did more to change the course of history and influence news coverage in 2013 than any other person?

It’s a tie.

Because National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower might be locked up in a U.S. Super Max prison had it not been for Russian President Vladimir Putin granting temporary political asylum to Snowden, we might not have learned as much as we have about the massive surveillance network operated by NSA and its over 45 partners around the globe.

Therefore, WMR’s Persons of the Year are Edward Snowden and Vladimir Putin.

Putin also changed the course of history by cleverly authorizing his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov (who is a definite runner-up as Person of the Year), to offer the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons in order to forestall a U.S. and NATO military attack on Syria. A U.S. attack may have helped bring an Al Qaeda and Saudi-dominated regime into power in Damascus with disastrous results for the Middle East, Russia, and the world. Israel would have remained as strong as ever because Al Qaeda and its Saudi patrons have never been a threat to Israel because of an obvious but secret non-aggression pact crafted between Riyadh and Jerusalem.

Raspberries and “Bronx cheers” go to journalist/lawyer Glenn Greenwald and his new billionaire sponsor Pierre Omidyar for creating First Look Media, Inc., a Delaware corporation, to “handle” the remainder of Snowden’s estimated 50,000 NSA documents.

Greenwald has always had a tendency to deal with unsavory types, having once represented as a lawyer Matt Hale, the imprisoned white supremacist and neo-Nazi. Lawyers and journalists have the right to turn down clients and patrons and Greenwald’s actions pass no smell test as far as we can see (or smell). Disclosure of Snowden’s documents have slowed down to an annoying Chinese torture water drip.

As seen from NSA documents, the agency has long had corporate allies and partners from Microsoft and Cisco to Facebook and Yahoo. Why should Omidyar’s PayPal be any different? If NSA has paid Omidyar $250 million dollars in “hush money,” which, in turn, he has given to Greenwald’s First Look, Inc., NSA got off very cheap.

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WMR’s Persons of the Year for 2013: Ed Snowden and Vladimir Putin

John Young after court hearing on 2600 Magazine lawsuit over Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Runner up: John Young of Cryptome.org

Honorable mention and runner up for Person of the Year goes to John Young of Cryptome.org. Young has rightfully questioned the slow release of Snowden’s documents. It is certain that had Snowden passed on his massive trove of documents to Young and Cryptome, we would now be reading all of them without the annoying censorship or redactions.

Cryptome remains the best source for whistleblower documents and, for that matter, anything leaked from government agencies or corporations.

The Persons of the Year selection is all about openness and transparency of government. President Obama, who promised the most transparent administration in U.S. history, has given us the most secretive. Obama reluctantly agreed to Russia’s chemical weapons deal in avoiding a U.S. war against Syria and he engaged in discussions with Iran, but he refuses to allow Iran to participate in Syrian peace talks and he continues to launch deadly drone attacks in Muslim countries. He would rank high on only one list for 2013: Milquetoast of the Year. Obama should be given credit for standing up to the Israel Lobby against further crippling sanctions on Iran but he has not shown the same fortitude in pressing Israel to stop its ethnic cleansing of Bedouins from the Negev and West Bank and ceasing the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

As far as domestic U.S. politics, there is not one politician said to be running for president in 2016 who is worthy of any positive mention. Every single candidate mentioned so far belongs on a “Scoundrel of the Year” list. Hillary Clinton would top such a list, followed in close order by Chris Christie, Joe Biden, Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, and the rest of the sorry lot.

And belonging on no “person of the year” list are shameless “flash-in-the-pan” celebrities like Miley Cyrus who would do well to move to Moscow and join up with George Soros’s Pussy Riot whores. These contemptible women may be honored by the infotainment industry but that does not mean we have to pay attention to them or even care if they are run over by a bus.

Time magazine selected Pope Francis I as its Person of the Year. We have selected Snowden and Putin but Francis is a worthy choice. We have him in third or fourth place. If he survives Opus Dei, his evil predecessor Benedict XVI, the mafia, and the bankers, Francis may do some more amazing things for the Catholic Church and the world. After 2014, his selection as Person of the Year for 2013 may appear premature because he may deserve the recognition once again for even more noteworthy accomplishments.

Dec
14

Neocons Target Ukraine in “Orange Crush”

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Nuland, Kagan, Soros, Sharp crowd rally around Ukrainian protesters and the “Euromaidan Maiden,” the lady with the “bagel” on her head, Yulia Tymoshenko.

 

December 12-13, 2013 — Neocons target Ukraine in “Orange Crush”

The neocons are still alive and active as ever inside Secretary of State John Kerry’s State Department. Kerry’s Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, who previously served as Hillary Clinton’s State Department mouthpiece, has threatened sanctions against Ukraine.

Ukraine, which resisted efforts by the European Union to integrate it into Europe’s banker-led federation of austerity and poverty, came into the EU’s cross hairs after it abandoned talks with Brussels and Berlin in favor of an economic union with Russia. That move triggered off what can be described as the “Second Orange Revolution,” a mass street uprising in Kyiv’s Maidan (Independence) Square that demanded the resignation of Ukraine’s democratically-elected President and government.

The connections between the Kyiv uprising and the EU outside manipulators are so apparent, the Kyiv square that has become the “Tahrir Square” of Ukraine is called “Euromaidan.”

This “Orange Crush” was spearheaded by the same George Soros/National Endowment for Democracy/CIA provocateur guru Gene Sharp hydra that saw the overthrow of Ukraine’s government in 2004 in the so-called Orange Revolution. This time, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is the target.

Nuland, who is married to the bloody-handed neocon archangel Robert Kagan, handed out snacks to protesters on Maidan Square. Imagine the reaction of the United States had a second-tier official of either the Russian or Chinese foreign ministry handed out food to Occupy Wall Street protesters in Washington and urged them to overthrow, by force if necessary, President Obama. Yet, that is exactly the scenario Nuland engaged in by supporting protesters in Maidan. Furthermore, she reprimanded Yanokovych for the heavy security presence in Maidan. Nuland and Kerry, who also upbraided Yanukovych, forgot the acts of police brutality committed by U.S. cops against occupy protesters, as well as a plan by the FBI to use snipers to assassinate the leaders of the group.

And Nuland and Kerry were very quiet when the Turkish government sicced riot police on peaceful protesters in Taksim Square in Istanbul earlier this year. After all, Turkey is a member of NATO and Ukraine, for the time being, is not.

For Gene Sharp and his two NGO “babies,” OTPOR and the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), vanguard organizations for organizing “rent-a-riot” anti-government protests around the globe, only nations resistant to the “New World Order” designs of Wall Street and the Pentagon are fair game for receiving cash, snacks, and other support from the United States. Recently, it was discovered, through leaked emails, that CANVAS founder Srdja Popovic was collaborating with the CIA- and Pentagon-linked intelligence firm STRATFOR, founded by George Friedman, whose ties to the U.S. and Israeli military-intelligence establishments are well known.

And as with all fake “themed” revolutions, an “embattled martyr” is needed to rally the “rent-a-mob” to action. For the Ukrainian demonstrator, the “Maiden of Maidan” is Yulia Tymoshenko, the former Prime Minister who was imprisoned for corruption.Tymoshenko, who is now held at a clinic in Kharkiv, has become the “Aung San Suu Kyi” of Ukraine. But for many Ukrainians, the former Prime Minister is a shameless attention seeker whose trademark braided hair coif is derided as a “bagel” on top of her head. The quip is a reference to Tymoshenko’s support for Ukraine’s leading Zionists and jailed Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, another darling of the Soros/Sharp/Nuland set.

One of the demands of the EU to agree to the pact with Ukraine was the release from prison and political rehabilitation of Tymoshenko. AndNuland and her neocon friends have made no secret of their desire to have Ukrainian ex-boxer and Udar Party leader Vitali Klitschko replace President Yanukovych in an undemocratic process brought about by the type of hooliganism that saw protesters topple a statue of Vladimir Lenin in central Kyiv.  Who really benefits from the destruction of a Lenin statue? The answer to that question can be found in the banking corridors of Frankfurt and London, as well as the political power corridors of Washington and Brussels.

Dec
11

Nickels A Tale of Dissociation by Christine Stark

Nickels Book Cover

 

Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation

By Christine Stark

www.ChristineStark.com

with an introduction by Anya Achtenberg

Nickels follows a biracial girl named Little Miss So and So from age 4 into adulthood. Told in a series of prose poems, Nickels’ lyrical and inventive language conveys the dissociative states born of a world formed by persistent and brutal incest and homophobia. The dissociative states enable the child’s survival and, ultimately, the adult’s healing. The story is both heartbreaking and triumphant. Nickels is the groundbreaking debut of Minneapolis-area author and artist Christine Stark.

 

“Christine Stark has crafted a language and a diction commensurate with the shredding of consciousness that is a consequence of childhood sexual abuse. She brings a wholly original voice in a riveting novel of desperation and love. Nickels is narrated by Miss So and So, as her mother names her, from age 4 to 26, a character so compelling I never wanted to stop hearing from her. She names herself crazy girl, but the reader sees a different truth: there’s humor and cunning and ferocious love alive in those who survive. Stark enables the reader to inhabit the intricacy and chaos of this potent inner landscape, and we have not seen this before. Every sentence vibrates with a terrible beauty. Every sentence brings the news.

—Patricia Weaver Francisco, author of Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery

“To be taken into the mind of a child can be an enchanting adventure, but to be taken into the mind of a child who is abused, confused, and taken for granted is a lingering, livid journey. I applaud her fortitude to bring an olden—too long ignored—truth out of the darkness with blazing, innovative light.”

—MariJo Moore, author of The Diamond Doorknob

“In Nickels, Christine Stark powerfully portrays the story of abuse and its impact on our lives. This beautifully written and compelling story leaves you wanting more. It’s riveting; a book that will capture you from the beginning and carry you through to the end. Everyone should read this book.”

—Olga Trujillo, author of The Sum of My Parts

“…These brilliantly written pieces stimulated the board into a lively discussion of language, point of view, and politics, and resulted in a resounding `yes’ from everyone on the importance of using these two pieces together, as point-counterpoint on the themes of violence against women and the nuanced and challenging process of surviving that violence.”

–Minnie Bruce Pratt, Creative Writing Editor for the Feminist Studies Editorial Board

“Take a dark journey with Christine Stark, deep into the dungeon that is incest. Follow crazy girl as she fights for her dignity and sense of self-worth. Then cheer when she finally finds the strength to say: `I know my name now and you do not frighten me.’”

—Julian Sher, author of Somebody’s Daughter: The Hidden Story of America’s Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them

“The judging panel believes Christine Stark’s work is both art and metaphor. She creates story and mood using a stream of consciousness style. The writing is rhythmic, and lyrical with conscious and authoritative use of various techniques such as repetition. In Christine’s story, the perpetrator behaves as if his act, and assault, is one of mundane evil. This story alludes to the reality of society’s marginalized—vulnerable to everyday evils—mundane for some, not so for others. The panel applauds Christine’s writing talents, her willingness to take a risk by composing a raw, provocative piece designed to invite us to consider the nature of mundane evil from several unexpected points of view.

–Sandra Lloyd, The Pearls Writing Group

For more information: www.ChristineStark.com

Dec
11

Christine Stark Sunday December 15 KCAA Radio Show

Chris never surrender

Christine Stark is an award-winning writer, public speaker, and visual artist of Anishinaabe/Cherokee  heritage. Her essays and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals, including University of Pennsylvania Law Review; Prostitution, Trafficking, and Trauma; and The Chalk Circle: Prize-Winning Intercultural Essays. Her poem, “Momma’s Song”, was recorded by Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble and released as a manga CD. She co-edited Not for Sale, an international anthology on sexual violence and she coauthored “Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota”. She was a 2011 Loft Mentor Series winner in creative non-fiction and she has won awards for her writing and art, including two McKnight Awards and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Her first novel, Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation, was a 2011 Lambda Literary finalist. Currently, she is an MSW student at UMD Duluth where she is coordinating a research project called “Gathering Our Stories: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women on the Duluth Ships.” She teaches writing at a community college.

Stark’s poem, “Momma’s Song,” is part of a double CD manga recorded by Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble. Available through amazon.com too, or http://www.bigredmediainc.com