Tuesday, December 31, 2013

American Psychosis

"We started borrowing to maintain a level of consumption as well as an empire we could no longer afford. We began to use force, especially in the Middle East, to feed our insatiable thirst for cheap oil. We substituted the illusion of growth and prosperity for real growth and prosperity.

The bill is now due. America’s most dangerous enemies are not Islamic radicals but those who sold us the perverted ideology of free-market capitalism and globalization. They have dynamited the very foundations of our society. In the 17th century these speculators would have been hung."~~ Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges

The United States, locked in the kind of twilight disconnect that grips dying empires, is a country entranced by illusions. It spends its emotional and intellectual energy on the trivial and the absurd. It is captivated by the hollow stagecraft of celebrity culture as the walls crumble.

This celebrity culture giddily licenses a dark voyeurism into other people’s humiliation, pain, weakness and betrayal. Day after day, one lurid saga after another, whether it is Michael Jackson, Britney Spears [or Miley Cyrus], enthralls the country … despite bank collapses, wars, mounting poverty or the criminality of its financial class.

The virtues that sustain a nation-state and build community, from honesty to self-sacrifice to transparency to sharing, are ridiculed each night on television as rubes stupid enough to cling to this antiquated behavior are voted off reality shows. Fellow competitors for prize money and a chance for fleeting fame, cheered on by millions of viewers, elect to “disappear” the unwanted.

In the final credits of the reality show America’s Next Top Model, a picture of the woman expelled during the episode vanishes from the group portrait on the screen. Those cast aside become, at least to the television audience, nonpersons. Celebrities that can no longer generate publicity, good or bad, vanish. Life, these shows persistently teach, is a brutal world of unadulterated competition and a constant quest for notoriety and attention.

Our culture of flagrant self-exaltation, hardwired in the American character, permits the humiliation of all those who oppose us. We believe, after all, that because we have the capacity to wage war we have a right to wage war. Those who lose deserve to be erased. Those who fail, those who are deemed ugly, ignorant or poor, should be belittled and mocked.

Human beings are used and discarded like Styrofoam boxes that held junk food. And the numbers of superfluous human beings are swelling the unemployment offices, the prisons and the soup kitchens.

It is the cult of self that is killing the United States. This cult has within it the classic traits of psychopaths: superficial charm, grandiosity and self-importance; a need for constant stimulation; a penchant for lying, deception and manipulation; and the incapacity for remorse or guilt. Michael Jackson, from his phony marriages to the portraits of himself dressed as royalty to his insatiable hunger for new toys to his questionable relationships with young boys, had all these qualities. And this is also the ethic promoted by corporations.

It is the ethic of unfettered capitalism. It is the misguided belief that personal style and personal advancement, mistaken for individualism, are the same as democratic equality. It is the nationwide celebration of image over substance, of illusion over truth. And it is why investment bankers blink in confusion when questioned about the morality of the billions in profits they made by selling worthless toxic assets to investors.

We have a right, in the cult of the self, to get whatever we desire. We can do anything, even belittle and destroy those around us, including our friends, to make money, to be happy and to become famous. Once fame and wealth are achieved, they become their own justification, their own morality. How one gets there is irrelevant. It is this perverted ethic that gave us investment houses like Goldman Sachs … that willfully trashed the global economy and stole money from tens of millions of small shareholders who had bought stock in these corporations for retirement or college.

The heads of these corporations, like the winners on a reality television program who lied and manipulated others to succeed, walked away with hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses and compensation. The ethic of Wall Street is the ethic of celebrity. It is fused into one bizarre, perverted belief system and it has banished the possibility of the country returning to a reality-based world or avoiding internal collapse. A society that cannot distinguish reality from illusion dies.

The tantalizing illusions offered by our consumer culture, however, are vanishing for most citizens as we head toward collapse. The ability of the corporate state to pacify the country by extending credit and providing cheap manufactured goods to the masses is gone. The jobs we are shedding are not coming back, as the White House economist Lawrence Summers tacitly acknowledges when he talks of a “jobless recovery.”

The belief that democracy lies in the choice between competing brands and the accumulation of vast sums of personal wealth at the expense of others is exposed as a fraud. Freedom can no longer be conflated with the free market. The travails of the poor are rapidly becoming the travails of the middle class, especially as unemployment insurance runs out. And class warfare, once buried under the happy illusion that we were all going to enter an age of prosperity with unfettered capitalism, is returning with a vengeance.

America is sinking under trillions in debt it can never repay and stays afloat by frantically selling about $2 billion in Treasury bonds a day to the Chinese. It saw 2.8 million people lose their homes in 2009 to foreclosure or bank repossessions – nearly 8,000 people a day – and stands idle as they are joined by another 2.4 million people this year. It refuses to prosecute the Bush administration for obvious war crimes, including the use of torture, and sees no reason to dismantle Bush’s secrecy laws or restore habeas corpus.

Its infrastructure is crumbling. Deficits are pushing individual states to bankruptcy and forcing the closure of everything from schools to parks. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which have squandered trillions of dollars, appear endless. There are 50 million Americans in real poverty and tens of millions of Americans in a category called “near poverty.”

One in eight Americans – and one in four children – depend on food stamps to eat. And yet, in the midst of it all, we continue to be a country consumed by happy talk and happy thoughts. We continue to embrace the illusion of inevitable progress, personal success and rising prosperity. Reality is not considered an impediment to desire.

When a culture lives within an illusion it perpetuates a state of permanent infantilism or childishness. As the gap widens between the illusion and reality, as we suddenly grasp that it is our home being foreclosed or our job that is not coming back, we react like children. We scream and yell for a savior, someone who promises us revenge, moral renewal and new glory.

It is not a new story. A furious and sustained backlash by a betrayed and angry populace, one unprepared intellectually, emotionally and psychologically for collapse, will sweep aside the Democrats and most of the Republicans and will usher America into a new dark age.

It was the economic collapse in Yugoslavia that gave us Slobodan Milosevic. It was the Weimar Republic that vomited up Adolf Hitler. And it was the breakdown in Tsarist Russia that opened the door for Lenin and the Bolsheviks.

A cabal of proto-fascist misfits, from Christian demagogues to loudmouth talk show hosts, whom we naively dismiss as buffoons, will find a following with promises of revenge and moral renewal. And as in all totalitarian societies, those who do not pay fealty to the illusions imposed by the state become the outcasts, the persecuted.

The decline of American empire began long ago before the current economic meltdown or the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It began before the first Gulf War or Ronald Reagan. It began when we shifted, in the words of Harvard historian Charles Maier, from an “empire of production” to an “empire of consumption.”

By the end of the Vietnam War, when the costs of the war ate away at Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and domestic oil production began its steady, inexorable decline, we saw our country transformed from one that primarily produced to one that primarily consumed.

We started borrowing to maintain a level of consumption as well as an empire we could no longer afford. We began to use force, especially in the Middle East, to feed our insatiable thirst for cheap oil. We substituted the illusion of growth and prosperity for real growth and prosperity.

The bill is now due. America’s most dangerous enemies are not Islamic radicals but those who sold us the perverted ideology of free-market capitalism and globalization. They have dynamited the very foundations of our society. In the 17th century these speculators would have been hung. Today they run the government and consume billions in taxpayer subsidies.

As the pressure mounts, as the despair and desperation reach into larger and larger segments of the populace, the mechanisms of corporate and government control are being bolstered to prevent civil unrest and instability. The emergence of the corporate state always means the emergence of the security state.

This is why the Bush White House pushed through the Patriot Act (and its renewal), the suspension of habeas corpus, the practice of “extraordinary rendition,” warrantless wiretapping on American citizens and the refusal to ensure free and fair elections with verifiable ballot-counting. The motive behind these measures is not to fight terrorism or to bolster national security. It is to seize and maintain internal control. It is about controlling us.

And yet, even in the face of catastrophe, mass culture continues to assure us that if we close our eyes, if we visualize what we want, if we have faith in ourselves, if we tell God that we believe in miracles, if we tap into our inner strength, if we grasp that we are truly exceptional, if we focus on happiness, our lives will be harmonious and complete.

This cultural retreat into illusion, whether peddled by positive psychologists, by Hollywood or by Christian preachers, is magical thinking. It turns worthless mortgages and debt into wealth. It turns the destruction of our manufacturing base into an opportunity for growth. It turns alienation and anxiety into a cheerful conformity. It turns a nation that wages illegal wars and administers offshore penal colonies where it openly practices torture into the greatest democracy on earth. And it keeps us from fighting back.

Resistance movements will have to look now at the long night of slavery, the decades of oppression in the Soviet Union and the curse of fascism for models. The goal will no longer be the possibility of reforming the system but of protecting truth, civility and culture from mass contamination. It will require the kind of schizophrenic lifestyle that characterizes all totalitarian societies.

Our private and public demeanors will often have to stand in stark contrast. Acts of defiance will often be subtle and nuanced. They will be carried out not for short term gain but the assertion of our integrity. Rebellion will have an ultimate if not easily definable purpose. The more we retreat from the culture at large the more room we will have to carve out lives of meaning, the more we will be able to wall off the flood of illusions disseminated by mass culture and the more we will retain sanity in an insane world. The goal will become the ability to endure.

Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, is the author of several books including the best sellers War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning and Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

by Stephen Lendman

Until July 2011, Sudan was Africa's largest country. Balkanization changed things. It's now the third largest.

South Sudan broke away. It did so by national referendum. Ordinary people were lied to. They were told independence would elevate living standards.

Nothing changed. Business as usual continues. Internal conflict exacerbates things. Sudan's history reflects longstanding violence. Ordinary people suffer most. More on this below.

Obama supported division. Omar al-Bashir's Khartoum government is targeted for regime change. Division was step one.

At issue is Khartoum's sovereign independence. Its ties with Iran. It's supplying China with Sudanese oil. Its support for Palestinian rights.

Washington was involved in balkanizing Sudan. So were EU nations and Israel. They funded, armed and trained South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) forces. They supported other anti-al-Bashir elements.

They fueled violence. They wrongfully blamed Khartoum. They want US-led NATO involved. Humanitarian intervention is pretext for advancing America's imperium.

Most important is Washington's African agenda. It's more than about oil. It's for vast African riches.

In December 2006, the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) was authorized. On February 6, 2007, it was announced.

On October 1, 2007, it was established. On October 1, 2008, it became operational. It's mission is controlling Africa's riches.

South Sudan is especially oil rich. Its other resources include gold, silver, diamonds, timber, limestone, iron ore, copper, chromium ore, zinc, tungsten, mica, and rich agricultural land.

Obama's on vacation in Hawaii. On December 21, a White House press release commented on South Sudan.

Four US military personnel were wounded, it said. They were "attempting to evacuate American citizens in Bor."

Obama "underscored the urgency of helping to support efforts to resolve (internal differences) through dialogue."

Dominance, not dialogue, is prioritized. Dozens of US forces were deployed to South Sudan. Expect others to follow.

Obama is getting America involved in more conflict. Doing so is part of Washington's longstanding imperial agenda.

On Thursday, Obama said South Sudan "stands at the precipice." Opposition forces control Bor. Juba is South Sudan's capital. Bor lies about 125 miles north.

South Sudanese army spokesman, Col. Philip Aruer, said Juba was being heavily shelled. Obama lied saying:

"In 2011, millions of South Sudanese voted to forge a new nation, founded on the promise of a more peaceful and prosperous future for all of South Sudan's people."

"In recent years, against great odds, South Sudan has made great progress toward breaking the cycle of violence that characterized much of its history."

"Today, that future is at risk." America's involvement heightens it. In a letter to Congress, Obama said he deployed 45 US troops "to support the security of US personnel and our Embassy."

Expect others to follow. Conflict killed hundreds, perhaps thousands. No one knows for sure. UN Blue Helmets were attacked. They're more enforcers and occupiers than peacekeepers. Their presence makes things worse, not better.

A UN statement said two UN Mission to South Sudan (UNMISS) personnel were killed. The UN's Akobo base was attacked.

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir said soldiers loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar want him ousted by coup d'etat force.

Machar accused Kiir of attacking rival elements. He admitted wanting to be South Sudan's next leader. His forces control oil rich areas.

Machar's Sudan People's Liberation Movement opposes Kiir's Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).

Ban Ki-moon issued his usual pro-Western statement. He did so through his spokesperson. He ignored core issues needing to be addressed.

He urged both sides "to demonstrate compromise and leadership on behalf of the Southern Sudanese people, and to resolve their personal difference through dialogue immediately."

In other words, he wants imperial interests supported. He doesn't give a damn about ordinary people anywhere.

UN spokesperson Farhan Haq said conditions are worsening. "(O)f particular concern" is what's ongoing in "Juba, Jonglei, Unity, Upper Nile and lakes States."

"Right now, between 35,000 and 40,000 civilians are seeking refuge in UN bases across the country," he added.

"In Juba, the Mission has strengthened troop presence, including with patrolling."

UNMISS personnel "came under sustained attack" inside their compound.

Operations continue to evacuate vulnerable Blue Helmets. OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) noted concentrations of displaced people.

The World Health Organization said Juba's Teaching Hospital received hundreds of patients since last Sunday. Around half are seriously injured.

Unity (aka Western Upper Nile) is one of 10 South Sudanese states. It's oil rich. China's National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) is involved. Washington wants US oil giants replacing it.

CNPC's workers were evacuated to Juba. Beijing's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said all Chinese citizens are safe.

"Due to the current situation, some Chinese companies are organizing evacuations,." she explained.

Unity is ground zero for government v. opposition control. It's the oil, stupid. It's other valued resources.

Senior military defections split Kiir's SPLA. On Friday, Major General James Koang Choul was the latest.

On December 15, Kiir denounced Machar on state TV. He did so in military attire. In civilian dress, he's often seen wearing a black cowboy hat. George Bush gave it to him years earlier.

He called Machar a "prophet of doom." He accused him of attempting a coup.

On December 19, Al Jazeera interviewed Machar. It did so from a secret location. Days earlier, he barely escaped death, he said.

South Sudanese forces attacked his residence. They did so "with tank shells," he added. They burned it.

It's now "rubble." His bodyguards "were summarily executed. (His) life was in danger. (His) colleagues were being arrested for no reason," he claimed.

"They are not plotters. It was not a coup. Nobody wants that." He's being used, he said, "as a scapegoat." Kiir, he claims, wants the ruling SPLM party purged of rivals.

Last July, he ousted various cabinet members. He fired Machar. Media control was tightened. In August 2012, US advisor Ted Dagne was expelled. He supported South Sudan's independence.

From 2009 - 2012, Cameron Hudson was Obama's Sudan envoy. Washington and other Western governments collaborated with Mayardit. They helped him "balance (his) books and create the illusion of institutions," said Hudson.

People in charge aren't "technocrats," he added. "(N)ow (things are) breaking down along (longstanding) ethnic lines."

Post-WW II, civil war raged twice in Sudan: from 1955 - 1972 and from 1983 - 2005. Whether today's conflict represents the beginning of a third one remains to be seen.

Washington was central to balkanizing Sudan. It helped establish South Sudan's independence. Obama's troop deployment shows he wants US interests protected.

At issue is controlling South Sudan's resources. It's deposing Khartoum's government. It's replacing it with a pro-Western one.

It's dominating the African continent. It's partnering with France's neocolonial project. Months earlier it invaded Mali. It's West Africa's largest country. It's more than double the size of France.

It's resource rich. So is the Central African Republic (CAR). It's another former French colony. President Francois Hollande deployed about 1,600 troops.

It's not for humanitarian reasons. It's to control CAR's resources. It's rich in largely undeveloped ones. They include oil, diamonds, gold, uranium and others.

Africa's value lies largely in what's beneath its soil. Agriculture and timber are important. So are offshore fishing waters.

Imperial powers want control. America wants the lion's share. AFRICOM was established to secure it.

The scramble for Africa's resources continues. South Sudan is one of many battlegrounds. Others preceded them. More will follow.

Ordinary Africans suffer most. They're pawns in imperial conquests. Western interests control much of Africa's riches. China is a notable challenger. Washington wants it shut out entirely.

Belgium's King Leopold II ruled Congo until his 1909 death. He ran it like his private plantation. Other colonial powers operated the same way.

Neocolonialists replaced them. The same dirty game continues. Joseph Conrad (1857 - 1924) called exploiting Congo "the vilest scramble for loot that ever disfigured the history of human conscience."

Imagine what he'd say today!

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Why Do So Many Jews Hate Black People?

Leader of the Sephardic community and founder of the Shas party, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

“gentiles need to die… goyim have no place in this world.”~~Leader of the Sephardic community and founder of the Shas party, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef during a television interview

By Alcibiades Bilzerian

Dov Lior, a popular chief rabbi in Israel, recently called Obama a Kushi, which is Israel’s equivalent to nig*er. Most Americans are completely unaware of the general contempt that many Jewish people have towards blacks, as Max Blumenthal found out when he interviewed dozens of young people in Israel who reiterated the Rabbi’s sentiments about Obama.

Blumenthal’s video titled Feeling the Hate in Israel was removed from YouTube, Vimeo, and the Huffington Post shortly after going viral.

In order to understand the nature of this hatred we need to understand the historical context, which dates back hundreds of years. Although Jews were just a tiny percentage of the European population, they dominated the African slave trade. Jewish historians were so proud of this accomplishment that they bragged endlessly about their involvement and dominance of the industry in their historical texts.

In Jews and Judaism in the United States: A Documentary History, prominent Jewish Historian Marc Raphael wrote “Jewish merchants played a major role in the slave trade. In fact, in all the American colonies, whether French, British, or Dutch, Jewish merchants frequently dominated. This was no less true on the North American mainland, where during the eighteenth century Jews participated in the triangular slave trade that brought slaves from Africa to the West Indies and there exchanged them for molasses….”

(l) Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Birds of the same feather?

Jewish historical records show that Jewish involvement in the North American slave trade was so dominant that slave posts were frequently closed on Jewish holidays. Arnold Wiznitzer, a Jewish historian, wrote, “the buyers who appeared at the auctions were almost always Jews, and because of their lack of competitors they could buy slaves at low prices. If it happened that the date of such an auction fell on a Jewish holiday the auction had to be postponed”

In The United States Jewry 1776-1985 Jacob Marcus wrote, “all through the eighteenth century, into the early nineteenth century, Jews in the North were to own black servants. In 1820 over 75% of all Jewish families in Charleston, Richmond, and Savannah owned slaves. Almost 40% of all Jewish householders in the United States owned one slave or more.” In the South, which had a much higher ratio of slave ownership than the North, only 5% of white people owned slaves.

White Europeans would have ended the morally corrupt practice of slavery in North America much sooner if it weren’t for powerful Jewish businessmen lobbying to keep their profitable industry alive. As Rabbi and historian, Bertram Korn said, “many Southern Jews believed slavery to be indispensable to their happiness and security. The road to social and economic advancement and acceptance [for the Jews] was made easier by the institution of slavery.”

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan discovered these facts and published the book: The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, which quotes Jewish historical records such as the aforementioned to prove the case. The Anti-Defamation League, mainstream media, and many other Jewish American organizations slandered Farrakhan for publishing the book, even calling him anti-Semitic for merely assembling a collection of Jewish historical records.

This racism has not abated in recent times unfortunately. For example, when black African Jews returned to Israel in 1969 under the Right of Return Act, the government ruled that they were not real Jews and therefore did not qualify for citizenship or any legal status.

The black Hebrews were also denied state benefits and work permits. It wasn’t until 2003 that black Hebrews were granted permanent residency, but not the automatic citizenship granted to all other races returning on the exact same provision.

If it wasn’t for a group of Americans who shamed the Israeli government into granting black African Jews some legal status, they would probably never have received it. To this day black Jews are still not accepted by the Jewish community in Israel. Racial slurs, insults, and discrimination in housing rentals are commonplace. This treatment has reached such an unbearable level that Ethiopan Jews have taken to the streets to protest.

In response, Sofa Landver, the Israeli Immigrant Absorption Minister, smugly replied that they should be grateful for all that Israel has done for them. This is reminiscent of white supremacist rhetoric in the[n] America, which claims that Africans should be grateful their ancestors were brought to America.

Israel was clearly created under the premise of future safety for all Jews, not just white European Jews. Therefore, black African Jews should have the same rights and entitlements to Israel as any other Jews.

Jewish Ethiopian family on Aliyah to Israel

The Israeli government has even been caught attempting to sterilize Ehtiopan Jews by giving them the controversial birth control, Depo-Provera, without warning them of the potential side effects. Ethiopian Jews are less than 1% of Israel’s population, but yet account for 60% of the women on Depo-Provera.

The side effects are quite severe, including pain in the hands and back, heavy bleeding, and in some cases permanent sterilization. Around 10% of the women taking this drug develop substantial side effects. In 2004, the FDA warned against the dangers of the drugs. Unfortunately, many Ethiopan Jews fear being deported if they speak up about these types of human rights abuses.

In an effort to “preserve the Jewish character of the country,” Israel now plans on deporting immigrant workers and their children; even in cases where the children were born in Israel, speak Hebrew, and have spent their entire lives as Israeli residents. In 2012, massive riots broke out in Israel protesting the presence of African refugees.

The crime rates of African refugees were half the rate of the Jewish population in Israel, yet the local population claimed to live in fear of the black immigrants.

A member of the Jewish Knesset (Parliament) name Miri Regev said that the Africans are “a cancer in the body.” The Jewish Interior Minister said Israel, “belongs to the white man.” A survey of Jewish Israelis by the Israeli Democracy Institute found that a majority of Israelis agreed with Mr. Regev, and 33% supported anti-African violence against the refugees.

Israeli racism is so great that when the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) took a poll in 2007 they found that 66% of Israeli teens believe Arabs are less intelligent, uncultured, and violent. Fifty percent of the Israelis taking the poll said they would not share an apartment with an Arab, befriend an Arab or let their kids befriend Arabs, or even let Arabs into their homes.

A poll taken by the ACRI in 2008 found that these trends were increasing. Another poll taken in 2007 by the Center Against Racism found that 75% of Israeli Jews did not approve of Jews living in the same apartment buildings as Arabs, and that more than 50% of Jews would not have an Arab boss and thought that marrying an Arab was tantamount to national treason.

Fifty percent of Israelis also thought Arabs should not be allowed in the same entertainment sites and 40% wanted Arab’s voting rights rescinded. Yuval Diskin, the former head of the Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet), recently admitted that Israel has become “more and more racist.”

Now imagine how much higher those percentages would have been if they were asked about black people. In Israel, it is against the law for a gentile to marry a Jew, which is presumably directed at preventing black immigrants and Arabs from marrying white Jews. Amnesty International has condemned their marriage policy as discriminatory.

Sheldon Adelson’s newspaper, Israel Hayom, recently published a column which stated, “It is not uncommon to see 13 or 14-year-old girls dating members of ethnic minorities…. You see them sitting together on street benches and out on the town. Dating a member of an ethnic minority no longer carries a stigma. They come along with money, a car, buying her things that her parents can’t give her, spoiling her. There are a million stories like this around here. There are enough statistics on exploitation, seduction and coercion of young girls, but when it comes to ‘members of ethnic minorities’ – shhh! Don’t awaken the beast, or you might be considered a racist. The words ‘danger of assimilation’ are also kept out of our clean and enlightened lexicon.”

In a 2012 Ynet article, a Jewish journalist claimed that she spent 15 of the most terrifying minutes of her life because lots of African refugees were around. She said that Tel Aviv was turning into the Harlem of the 80′s, and therefore black people should be deported from Israel.

Why grow ears if you won't listen to my commandments?

In 2010, the leader of the Sephardic community and founder of the Shas party, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, stated that the sole purpose of non-Jews was to serve Jews. He also said in a television interview that “gentiles need to die… goyim have no place in this world.” Many of the top Israeli Rabbis issued a religious edict saying, “a thousand non-Jewish lives are not worth a Jew’s fingernail.”

Jewish African-Israeli border guard dying to serve Israel

Even though Israel takes a great deal of money from US in terms of direct foreign aid, “scrapped” military equipment that is really worth billions, one-sided contracts, and even charitable donations from Jews and Christians, according to Official Direct Assistance (ODA) Israel is one of the stingiest developed countries in the world.

Israel is one of the richest countries on the planet with more than 10,000 millionaires, but gives nearly 10 times less than the world average and gives the 4th least of any developed nation per capita, only barely beating out much poorer countries like Poland, Hungary, and Turkey. So while Israel took in $3 billion from America in direct aid and tens of billions in the other aid measures mentioned above, they only gave $141 million in foreign aid to nations in need of assistance in 2010...

Unfortunately, Jewish Americans seem to have mimicked their Israeli counterparts’ prejudice. In 1993, San Francisco newspapers broke a story that the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, which has close ties to Israel, was supporting South African apartheid by paying police officers for confidential information, illegally wire-tapping phones, and even dumpster diving to acquire private information on anti-apartheid activists. The Anti-Defamation League later sold the information to the South African government.

The American media, which is predominately controlled by Jewish Americans (see this article for the names, pictures and titles, to prove this fact), spends a ridiculous amount of airtime focusing on racial strife in America in order to cause a divide between blacks and whites. The truth of the matter is that there is very little inequality between whites and blacks when Jewish people are subtracted from the white column.

Schlomo through the trials and tribulations of assimilation

Although Jewish people represent only 2% of the American population, they comprise 33% of the Supreme Court, 12-35% of the Ivy League student population and nearly 80% of the top administrative positions, 64% of the Federal Reserve including the top two spots, 13% of the Senate, 6.5% of the House of Representatives, and the top positions of the IRS and SEC.

In addition, 10.25% of America’s millionaires, 36% of America’s billionaires, and 45% of Forbes’ 40 richest Americans are Jewish. Given these figures, it is statistically impossible for white gentiles to be over-represented in many of these positions. What is really taking place is that Jewish tribalism and nepotism keeps black people from positions of power and influence, but uses their media to blame the inequality on white racism.

The American media also spends vast amounts of airtime on Israel and Middle East, but little to no airtime on Africa, even though America has just as much strategic and humanitarian interest in the continent. America gets more oil from Nigeria than Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Libya, and Iran combined. The media has fooled the American people into believing that they get their oil from the Middle East so they continually intercede on Israel’s behalf.

The reality is that America produces half of its own oil and gets the vast majority of the rest from Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, and Nigeria. And given the history, Americans certainly owe much more to Africa than to Israel and the greater Middle East. Miraculously the Jewish controlled media ignored the Rwandan genocide, which killed nearly one million Africans; most likely because they didn’t care about the black people they once enslaved and didn’t want to take away from the sympathy of the Jewish holocaust. There are dozens of Jewish lobbies in America that have secured vast aid to the Middle East, but there are no Jewish lobbies for black African countries.

Even to this day the Jewish community is yet to apologize or acknowledge any role in the African slave trade. In fact, they even deny it, and crucify anyone who discusses it, which is similar one would think to holocaust denial. The denial of Jewish involvement in the slave trade, considering all the Jewish documentation, is equally as preposterous as denying the Jewish holocaust.

Jewish African-Israeli soldier; serving Israel till death do them part

Update: In 2012, Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai deported hundreds of black families from Israel to Sudan for not being Jewish, despite universal opposition from human rights groups. Many of the deported children had been born and raised in Israel and spoke fluent Hebrew. The Israeli government decided not to ship the deportees’ belongings with them back to Sudan, and instead left the refugees’ possessions to sit around in a warehouse for months while Israeli immigration officials were reported to have stolen what few valuable possessions were contained within. A week after the deportation, many of the refugee children began to die due to disease, in large part because their medicine was held back with their luggage in Israel.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

The U.S. Drives the World Toward War

"A person might wonder what is exceptional and indispensable about a government that is a reincarnation of Nazi Germany in every respect. People propagandized into the belief that they are the world’s special people inevitably lose their humanity.

Thus, as the US military video released by Bradley Manning reveals, US troops get their jollies by mowing down innocent people as they walk along a city street."~~ Paul Craig Roberts

By Paul Craig Roberts

According to this self-righteous doctrine, America is the indispensable country. What this means is that the US has been chosen by history to establish the hegemony of secular “democratic capitalism” over the world. The primacy of this goal places the US government above traditional morality and above all law, both its own and international.

Thus, no one in the US government has been held accountable for unprovoked aggression against other countries and for attacking civilian populations, unambiguous war crimes under international law and the Nuremberg standard.

Neither has anyone in the US government been held accountable for torture, a prohibited crime under US law and the Geneva Conventions.

Neither has anyone been held accountable for numerous violations of constitutional rights–spying without warrants, warrantless searches, violations of habeas corpus, murder of citizens without due process, denial of legal representation, conviction on secret evidence. The list is long.

A person might wonder what is exceptional and indispensable about a government that is a reincarnation of Nazi Germany in every respect. People propagandized into the belief that they are the world’s special people inevitably lose their humanity.

Thus, as the US military video released by Bradley Manning reveals, US troops get their jollies by mowing down innocent people as they walk along a city street.

With the exception of the ACLU, constitutional rights groups and independent Internet voices, the American people including the Christian churches have accepted their government’s criminality and immorality with scant protest.

The absence of moral denunciation emboldens Washington which is now pushing hard against Russia and China, the current governments of which stand in the way of Washington’s world hegemony.

Washington has been working against Russia for 22 years ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In violation of the Reagan-Gorbachev agreement, Washington expanded NATO into Eastern Europe and the Baltic states and established military bases on Russia’s borders. Washington is also seeking to extend NATO into former constituent parts of Russia itself such as Georgia and Ukraine.

The only reason for Washington to establish military and missile bases on Russia’s frontiers is to negate Russia’s ability to resist Washington’s hegemony. Russia has made no threatening gestures toward its neighbors, and with the sole exception of Russia’s response to Georgia’s invasion of South Ossetia, has been extremely passive in the face of US provocations.

This is now changing.

Faced with the George W. Bush regime’s alternation of US war doctrine, which elevated nuclear weapons from a defensive, retaliatory use to pre-emptive first strike, together with the construction on Russia’s borders of US anti-ballistic missile bases and Washington’s weaponization of new technologies, has made it clear to the Russian government that Washington is setting up Russia for a decapitating first strike.

In his presidential address to the Russian National Assembly (both chambers of parliament) on December 12, Vladimir Putin addressed the offensive military threat that Washington poses to Russia.

Putin said that Washington calls its anti-ballistic missile system defensive, but “in fact it is a significant part of the strategic offensive potential” and designed to tip the balance of power in Washington’s favor. Having acknowledged the threat, Putin replied to the threat: “Let no one have illusions that he can achieve military superiority over Russia. We will never allow it.”

Faced with the Obama regime’s murder of the nuclear weapons reduction treaty, Putin said: “We realize all this and know what we need to do.”

If anyone remains to write a history, the Obama regime will be known as the regime that resurrected the cold war, which President Reagan worked so hard to end, and drove it into a hot war.

Photo credit; Tale of my Heart

Not content to make Russia an enemy, the Obama regime has also made an enemy of China. The Obama regime declared the South China Sea to be an area of “US national security interest.” This is akin to China declaring the Gulf of Mexico to be an area of Chinese national security interest.

To make clear that the claim to the South China Sea was not rhetorical, the Obama regime announced its “Pivot to Asia,” which calls for the redeployment of 60% of the US fleet to China’s zone of influence. Washington is busy at work securing naval and air bases from the Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam, Australia, and Thailand. Washington has increased the provocation by aligning itself with China’s neighbors who are disputing China’s claims to various islands and an expanded air space.

China has not been intimidated. China has called for “de-americanizing the world.” Last month the Chinese government announced that it now possesses sufficient nuclear weapons and delivery systems to wipe the US off of the face of the earth. A couple of days ago, China aggressively harassed a US missile cruiser in the South China Sea.

The militarily aggressive stance that Washington has taken toward Russia and China is indicative of the extreme self-assuredness that usually ends in war. Washington is told that US technological prowess can prevent or intercept the launch of Russian and Chinese missiles, thus elevating a US pre-emptive attack to slam-dunk status.

Yet the potential danger from Iran acquiring nuclear weapons is said to be so great that a pre-emptive war is necessary right now, and a massive Department of Homeland Security is justified on the grounds that the US remains vulnerable to a few stateless Muslims who might acquire a nuclear weapon.

It is an anomalous situation that the Russian and Chinese retaliatory response to US attack is considered to be inconsequential, but not nuclear threats from Iran and stateless Muslims.

Not content with sending war signals to Russia and China, Washington has apparently also decided to torpedo the Iranian settlement by announcing new sanctions against companies doing business with Iran.

The Iranians understood Washington’s monkey wrench as Washington probably intended, as a lack of Washington’s commitment to the agreement, left Geneva and returned to Iran. It remains to be seen whether the agreement can be resurrected or whether the Israel Lobby has succeeded in derailing the agreement that promised to end the threat of war with Iran.

American citizens seem to have little, if any, influence on their government or even awareness of its intentions. Moreover, there is no organized opposition behind which Americans could rally to stop Washington’s drive toward world war. Hope, if there is any, would seem to lie with Washington’s European and Asian puppets.

What interests do these governments have in putting the existence of their countries at risk for no other purpose than to help Washington acquire hegemony over the world? Cannot they realize that Washington’s game is a death-dealing one for them?

Germany alone could save the world from war while simultaneously serving its own interests. All Germany has to do is to exit the EU and NATO. The alliance would collapse, and its fall would terminate Washington’s hegemonic ambition.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

War Crimes Tribunal Finds Israel Guilty Of Genocide Against The Palestinian People

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Monday, December 09, 2013

Nelson Mandela, the Main Man!

"He will be sorely missed by all who cherish love, peace and freedom the world over and will be eternally honoured for his immense contribution to the dismantling of the apartheid policy, one of the world’s most obnoxious systems whose under-pining philosophy was the degradation of man by man. Dr. Mandela served as a source of inspiration to oppressed peoples all over the world. In the course of his life-long epic struggle for freedom, fairness, justice, equity and the human rights of his oppressed people, Dr. Mandela made unparalleled personal sacrifices. The indefatigable spirit which he demonstrated throughout his life will continue to inspire present and future generations."~~ Dr. Goodluck Azikiwe Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

"Mandela, having gone through the most difficult ordeals, was committed to the end of his days to the ideals of humanism and justice," "A whole era of modern African history is connected with the name of Nelson Mandela, which is marked by victory over apartheid and building the democratic South Africa,"~~ Vladimir Putin, Russian President.

“A man who took history in his hand, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.”
“We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again.”~~ Barak Obama, President, United States of America

"Nelson Mandela was a wonderful man. He was wise, warm-hearted and humorous. I had the pleasure to experience these traits personally when meeting him, an experience that is still vivid for me. That encounter is one of the most prized memories of my political career. Nelson Mandela was convinced that it is neither hatred nor vengeance that turn the world into a better place, but reconciliation and peaceful change. He lived it. This is why he is a giant of history, a statesman with a message resonating in all countries and for all times."~~ Angela Merkel, German Chancellor.

“Tonight, a bright light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was not just a hero of our time, but a hero of all time.”~~ David Cameron, British Prime Minister.

“In his time as President he helped South Africa come to terms with its past, and, through reconciliation, built the foundations for a stronger nation,”~~ John Key, New Zealand Prime Minister.

"[Mandela’s legacy] will continue to inspire fighters for freedom, and to give confidence to peoples in the defense of just causes and universal rights,”~~ Francois Hollande, French President.

“As President, I watched in wonder as Nelson Mandela had the remarkable capacity to forgive his jailers following 26 years of wrongful imprisonment — setting a powerful example of redemption and grace for us all.”
“He was a man of tremendous moral courage, who changed the course of history in his country,”~~ George H.W Bush, former president of the United States.

“All of us are living in a better world because of the life of Madiba,”~~ former US President Bill Clinton.

“Nelson Mandela showed what is possible for our world and within each one of us – if we believe, dream and work together,”~~ Ban-KI Moon, UN Secretary General.

“A capable statesman, comfortable with compromise and impatient with the doctrinaire.”
“An international emblem of dignity and forbearance.”~~ Former New York Times executive editor, Bill Keller.

"Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at age 95, fully deserved the legendary stature he enjoyed around the world for the last quarter-century of his life. He was one of the most extraordinary liberation leaders Africa, or any other continent, ever produced. Not only did he lead his people to triumph over the deeply entrenched system of apartheid that enforced racial segregation in every area of South African life; he achieved this victory without the blood bath so many had predicted and feared."~~ The New York Times Editorial.

“Mandela dismantled the strong web of racist ideas, with which certain Western thinkers had sought for more than a century to rationalize the subjugation of others through colonialism, segregation and disenfranchisement.”
“[It's] more important than ever – in a century marked so far by frightening eruptions of terror and religious intolerance – to keep before the world the name and example of Nelson Mandela.”~~ Washington Post Editorial.

The Empire State Building lit in the colors of the South African Flag in memory of Nelson Mandela

Mandela, a "would-be Lenin who became Africa’s Vaclav Havel.”
An “all too rare example of a wise revolutionary leader.”
“Age mellowed him. He walked out of jail an African Havel…He opened up (South Africa’s) economy to the world, and a black middle class came to life,”~~ The Wall Street Journal.

“Nelson Mandela, conscience of the world,”
Mandela “was more than just a symbol. His name was a clarion call for people across the globe in their struggles against oppression.”
“He personified the triumph of nearly unimaginable perseverance over nearly unimaginable tribulation.”
“His top priority was to oversee the creation of a new constitution, guaranteeing equality for all.”
“He also brought together disparate elements of the country, black and white, to address the grinding poverty and homelessness that afflicted his country.”
"If one person could be called the conscience of the world, it would be Nelson Mandela.”
“The best way for us to truly honor his life, his suffering, and his memory is to uphold the values he embodied and fight the injustices he forced the world to confront. His inspiration is universal, his legacy timeless.”~~ The Chicago Tribune.

“one of the towering figures of the 20th century.”
“(H)e was revered around the globe for his vision and courage, and for the enormous personal sacrifices he made to right the wrongs that plagued his country,”~~ The Los Angeles Times.

“Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013: A rare vision of magnanimity,” saying:
Mandela's “remarkable vision of leadership (helped) overturn South Africa’s vicious apartheid regime.”
Mandela “was a pillar of grace, magnanimity, and restraint in victory.”
“His stable hand helped maintain (South Africa’s) status as a top economic engine on the African continent.”
Mandela “proved that progress was possible."~~ Boston Globe Editorial.

"Nelson Mandela: a leader above all others"
"His character, and a life that kept him off stage for a long period, produced an almost unique mixture of wisdom and innocence"~~ The Guardian.

"Freedom is Nelson Mandela's legacy"~~ World-Herald Editorial.

"Nelson Mandela, historic icon of peaceful equality"~~ AM New York OPINION.

"Mandela, a moral force for the ages"~~ Chicago Sun Times Editorial.

“Mandela, the transcendent ‘South African Moses’"~~ Dallas News Editorial.

To all the roaches crawling out of the woodwork, now daring to say that which they could not when Mandela lived, even for them Madiba has some useful advice:

“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy, then he becomes your partner.”

“I wanted to be known as Mandela, a man with weaknesses, some of which are fundamental, and a man who is committed, but nevertheless, sometimes he fails to live up to expectations”

“I’m not a saint, unless you think that a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.”~~ Nelson Mandela.

To the very end, Mandela's humanity and humility saw him through. Rest in perfect peace Madiba~~ Egoigwe.

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Saturday, December 07, 2013

In Memorian

H.E Madiba Nelson Mandela, 1918 - 2013, may your gentle soul rock eternally in God's place. Hamba Kahle Madiba!

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Zumaville; The personal residence of H.E Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa


Cabinet ministers had prohibited South African media houses from publishing or airing picture of the palatial residence that has cost tax payers millions of dollars, warning that this would break security laws.

Mr Zuma’s Nkandla residence is at the centre of a row after it emerged that the government had used $20m of taxpayers’ money to refurbish it.

H.E Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa

[Afkinsider] South African papers have defied a government warning and published images of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence, the BBC reported on Saturday.

Cabinet ministers had prohibited South African media houses from publishing or airing picture of the palatial residence that has cost tax payers millions of dollars, warning that this would break security laws.

Mr Zuma’s Nkandla residence is at the centre of a row after it emerged that the government had used $20m of taxpayers’ money to refurbish it...

The government said it will arrest anyone who published images or footage of the estate, but a group of South African editors described the warning as “absurd”.

BBC reported that The Times newspaper had the headline “So, arrest us”, above a picture of the luxury thatched-roof compound. The Star newspaper had a photo of the homestead with a big red cross over it and the caption: “Look away! What ministers don’t want you to see”.

The upgrades to Mr Zuma’s private residence include a helipad and an underground bunker, which the government says are needed for security reasons.

The contract is being investigated by South Africa’s public protector, or anti-corruption watchdog, Thuli Madonsela, amid allegations that costs were inflated, and that the renovations went far beyond what the rules allow for a politician’s private home.

Earlier this month, security ministers went to court to try to block Ms Madonsela from publishing her report.

Following the publication of the photos, the government has issued a statement, saying that newspapers are within their rights to publish photos of the estate but “zooming into safety and security features… is a challenge as it compromises national security”.

BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding said the issue is an awkward one for the governing African National Congress (ANC), with elections approaching next year. He says it also touches on deeper concerns about the undermining of South Africa’s young, but vital, democratic institutions.

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Goodluck Azikiwe Jonathan GCFR, Commander-In-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces and President of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 23, 2013 - 22:24.

"I always dey tok am say oga jona too dey shark.Shakpe o,Sapele water o,kparaga o,burukutu shendam o,alomo o, kaikai o,tumbo ni o, medusa o,pito o, arigi o, im de swallow am, kai kilode? Im sani do am but dt one wey im mix oyinbo white horse wt jona waka plus diezanie na im come make yawa gas so. E three much infact twenty much sef."~~ comment at saharareporters.com, November 23, 2013 10:24pm

Did it ever occur to this commentator that sleep deprivation and the rigors of running such a government as Nigeria's is, might be the reason for Mr. President's bloodshot eyes? Has he/she never heard the expression "tired but pushing on"?

It is important for one, such as the above commentator, to realize that it is not the person of Goodluck Azikiwe Jonathan that they disparage but the Office and status of the President of Nigeria. Growing up, they say, is hard to do but most Nigerians simply have to learn about growing up.

It is beyond pale that Sahara Reporters should indulge such commentators, especially one that lurks behind anonymity.

To bring my point home about the stresses of the Office of the President to the The Federal Republic Of Nigeria, compare and contrast the tranquility of the picture below of him as Vice President, the rigors of office do not manifest a la bloodshot eyes nor do the stress features.

~~ Egoigwe.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

France and others: Travel alert for the United States

Avoid walking at night in Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury, and be wary of “petty crime” in Chinatown, the North End and Fenway.

New York:
Be wary in Times Square and at the Statue of Liberty, and don’t go to Harlem, the Bronx or Central Park at night.

Northeast and Southeast should be avoided, and Union Station is dangerous at night. “Le quartier Anacostia n’est pas recommandable de jour comme de nuit.” Translation: Don’t go to Anacostia, day or night.

“Considered a dangerous city except downtown.”

“Do not visit the city on foot.”

The French urge their citizens to avoid Mount Oliver, Hill District, Homewood-Brushton and Hazelwood.

Avoid Cleveland Heights, Lakewood and Euclid. That warning got Cleveland Heights Mayor Edward Kelly upset. “The French government is foolish and doesn’t know what they’re talking about,” he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

“The center is not recommended after the close of business.”

Stay away from the West Side and anywhere south of 59th Street.

Be vigilant if traveling through Downtown, south and east Houston at night.

St. Louis:
“Eviter le quartier nord entre l’aéroport et le centre-ville, mais la navette reliant l’aéroport est sûre.” Translation: Avoid northern area between the airport and the city center, but the airport shuttle is safe (Hat tip to our friend Chris Good, of ABC News, for spotting that nugget).

The French are nervous about the southern part of the city, and downtown after dark.

New Orleans:
Northwest of Dauphine Street, northeast of Ursulines Avenue, north of St. Charles Avenue and south of Magazine Street are areas of concern.

“Canadians have been the victims of crime such as break-ins, assaults and pickpocketing in the Miami area, sometimes during daylight hours,” Canada’s foreign ministry warns. France says attacks on tourists in Florida are rare now, but were frequent a few years ago.

Los Angeles:
France warns tourists to take care in Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Long Beach, and to avoid Watts, Inglewood and Florence.

El Paso:
The British Foreign Office warns tourists about violence along the border with Mexico, and the border crossing at Ciudad Juarez specifically.

Germany doesn’t warn its citizens about any specific cities, but it does caution against letting it all hang out: “Although the laws in individual states categorizing nudity as ‘indecent exposure’, are rarely asserted and punished, those laws should absolutely be followed. Nude bathing and changing clothes at the beach stirs up public agitation and can lead to unpleasantnesses.”

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Dick Cheney: Incurious, unempathetic, soulless dead-eyed bug

"When I came out from under the anesthetic after the transplant, I was euphoric. I’d had–I’d been given the gift of additional lives, additional years of life. For the family of the donor, they’d just been [through] some terrible tragedy, they’d lost a family member. Can’t tell why, obviously, when you don’t know the details, but the way I think of it from a psychological standpoint is that it’s my new heart, not someone else’s old heart. And I always thank the donor, generically thank donors for the gift that I’ve been given, but I don’t spend time wondering who had it, what they’d done, what kind of person."~~ Dick Cheney.

[Free Thought Blogs] Incurious, unempathetic, soulless dead-eyed bug. That’s our former vice president, who had a heart transplant and doesn’t really care much about who the donor was.

Generic thank yous, generic bombing, generic military-industrial complex spending. He’s just an empty generic human being, I guess.
I’m just wondering if the family of the donor can ask for it back. It’s obvious he’s not using it.

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