Assange: Nailed To The Cross.

by Jerry Alatalo

or telling the world’s people about war crimes of which humanity was up until then unaware, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are now both in prison. Most are familiar with the criminality after watching the nightmarish video of an incident during the Iraq War which Manning transferred to WikiLeaks, where U.S. military personnel rained death upon innocent people on the ground from helicopters, including children, and reporters covering the conflict.

In an interview broadcast on RT (Russia Today – No U.S./western corporate media would agree to publish) since seen by millions, Assange told interviewer John Pilger that DNC/Podesta emails proving Hillary Clinton, the Obama administration and U.S. establishment KNEW of Saudi Arabia and Qatar’s financing of mercenary terrorist army ISIS were, ultimately, “…the most significant email in the whole collection.”

After praising WikiLeaks literally hundreds of times during the 2016 presidential election, including “I LOVE WikiLeaks!” to large crowds of supporters, Donald Trump’s total flip-flop on the website after Assange’s arrest on April 11, 2019 – “It’s not my thing…” –  might have people asking serious questions and demanding serious answers.

In typical, morally-repulsive Hillary “We came, we saw, he died!” Clinton style, the wife of former President Bill Clinton joked about the extremely serious situation, while (predictably) not being asked by reporters for a (1st time) credible explanation (there is none) on the earlier mentioned ISIS, state-sponsored terrorism email bombshells published to WikiLeaks.

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are avoiding – completely – the deadly serious issues related to WikiLeaks posts over the years since the website’s inception.

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Perhaps men and women around the Earth passing this way will find inspiration from words spoken by voices in the past … for powerful action manifesting total freedom for truth heroes Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. Peace…

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“A religion that requires persecution to sustain it is of the devil’s propagation.”

-HOSEA BALLOU (1771-1852) American theologian

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“The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run uphill, to twist a rope of sand … A mob is a society of bodies voluntarily bereaving themselves of reason … The martyr cannot be dishonored … every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the Earth from side to side.”

-RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1803-1882) American poet, minister, philosopher

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“Persecution is the first law of society because it is always easier to suppress criticism than to meet it.”

-HOWARD MUMFORD JONES (1892-1980) American writer

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“No one tenet that either London, England or the world doth harbor is so heretical, blasphemous, seditious and dangerous to the corporal, to the spiritual, to the present, to the eternal good of all men, as the bloody tenet (however washed and whited) I say, – as is the bloody tenet of persecution for the cause of conscience.”

-ROGER WILLIAMS (1603-1683) Founder of Rhode Island

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“Marx called religion the opium of the people. Whether it wants to or not, the Church consolidates and establishes injustice. It helps men to forget their ills instead of curing them. Obsessed with the hereafter, the believer is indifferent to temporal things.”

“The Christian opium makes the people passive; the Communist opium incites them to revolt.”

-RAYMOND ARON (1905-1983) French political philosopher, journalist

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“The strictest justice is sometimes the greatest injustice.”

-TERENCE (190-159 B.C.) Latin playwright

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“Why does it [government] not cherish its wise minority? Why does it cry and resist before it is hurt? Why does it not encourage its citizens to be on the alert to point out its faults, and do better than it would have them? Why does it always crucify Christ, and excommunicate Copernicus and Luther, and pronounce Washington and Franklin rebels?”

-HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1817-1862) American writer

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“Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you do injustices.

In the midst of all the doubts which we have discussed for 4,000 years in 4,000 ways, the safest course is to do nothing against one’s conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear of death.”

-VOLTAIRE (1694-1778) French philosopher

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“For whatever deserves to exist deserves also to be known, for knowledge is the image of existence; and things mean and splendid exist alike.”

-FRANCIS BACON (1561-1626) English essayist, philosopher

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“To limit the press is to insult the nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.”

– CLAUD-ADRIAN HELVETIUS (1715-1771) French philosopher

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“Speak then the truth, and the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”

-BEN JONSON (1573-1637) English actor, poet

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“If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”

-JOHN STUART MILL ((1806-1873) English political economist, philosopher

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“A man must have a right to do a thing before he can have a duty; this right must permit before his duty can enjoin him to any act. Any law is bad which attempts to make it criminal to do what the plain dictates within the breast of every man tell him that he ought to do.”

-PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY (1792-1822) English poet

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“I will not do that which my conscience tells me is wrong to gain the huzzahs of thousands, or the daily praise of all the papers which come from the press; I will not avoid doing what I think is right, though it should draw on me the whole artillery that falsehood and malice can invent, or the credulity a deluded population can swallow.”

-WILLIAM MURRAY, 1st EARL OF MANSFIELD (1704-1793) Lord Chief Justice of England

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“Peace is only possible if men cease to place their happiness in the possession of things ‘which cannot be shared’, and if they raise themselves to a point where they adopt an abstract principle superior to their egotisms. In other words, it can only be obtained by a betterment of human morality.”

-JULIEN BENDA (1867-1956) French philosopher, psychologist

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“They create a desolation and call it peace.”

-CALCAGUS (c. 85 A.D.) Caledonian tribal chief

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“War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace.”

-NORMAN COUSINS (1912-1990) American editor, writer

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“Men will reject and kill their prophets, but men love their martyrs and honor those whom they have done to death.”

-FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKI (1821-1881) Russian novelist

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“If Christ should appear on Earth he would on all hands be denounced as a mistaken, misguided man, insane and crazed.”

-THOREAU

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#FreeAssange.

 

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Ilhan Omar, AIPAC, Congress, and the Future of American Democracy

Global Justice in the 21st Century

The Ilhan Omar Incident: A Zionist Witch Hunt?

[Prefatory Note: the post below is somewhat modified text of my responses to a series of questions posed by Daniel Falcone with whom I have done several prior online interview. This interview was published under a different title by CounterPunch on March 14, 2019. It addresses the attack upon the Somali born Ilhan Omar, elected from the 5thCongressional District to the U.S. House of Representative in the November 2018 midterm electios. Omar was sharply attacked, defamed, and threatened for making comments about Israeli influence on American lawmaking that were alleged to be anti-Semitic, or more precisely, ‘anti-Semitic tropes.’ The issues raised are important both to suggest continuing. Reliance by pro-Israeli militants on these kinds of tactics, and for the fact that there was an encouraging willingness of some mainstream refusal to acquiesce. The attack on Omar has been…

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Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Talks Peace, Justice, And True Religion.

(Editor’s note: It is difficult to remember an interview of an international leader matching the high level of truth, wisdom and spiritual power as that of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently on the program Going Underground RT. We strongly recommend and encourage people to share widely this timely, profound, outstanding discussion on the world’s most pressing and urgent issues. JA)

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(Transcript of Ahmadinejad interview, followed by video)

…That’s all while the EU, Britain and the USA continue economic warfare against another fossil fuel power, Venezuela. Welcome President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. One of the world’s greatest revolutionaries, Hugo Chavez, remembered by supporters and enemies alike today, died six years ago this week. You knew him. Was he, as NATO, mainstream media has it, a dictator?

In the name of God the most merciful … Americans and the British can label people however they want. We have to see what their standards and criteria are for labeling people in such a way. Do you know of a dictator who loves his people; who could walk freely among the people on the streets; listen to their demands, and fulfill them?

Of course Mr. Chavez was against the domination of foreigners over his country and other countries. He was a strong supporter of freedom. He became president with a high percentage of the people’s votes. I believe you should ask the people who make such labels why they are trying to fan the atmosphere of vengeance among the public.

Those who knew Mr. Chavez closely know that he was a very kind man, a really lovely person. And on various occasions I saw him in many parts of Venezuela. He went to the people, moved freely without any security or bodyguards, he listened to the people for hours. He loved his people and that is how he lived.

I think if you want to have a better world you need to have certain standards that are acceptable by all the nations of the world. The standard as defined by those with hundreds of years of colonial history who waged wars, even today they set their sights on the wealth of other nations, and they cannot run their own economy independent of other nations. Those standards have failed to bring security to the world, and this does not bring friendship among nations.

Well, the US and European Union want to overthrow his successor Maduro of the Bolivarian revolution, just like the US wants to overthrow the government of Iran.

Before speaking about changes, we have to ask: do Americans have the right to overthrow Maduro in Venezuela? If we accept that others have the right to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, then no space would be left to talk about human rights, international laws, freedoms and humanity. The Venezuelans are independent, brave, well-informed people. They seek freedom and they love Liberty.

Let us allow other people to decide on their own. The destiny of the Venezuelan people should be decided by themselves, not the president of the USA.

After Donald Trump violated the UN nuclear deal with sanctions, are things basically the same between Washington and Tehran as they were when you were president?

That was expecting too much. We had accepted the regulations and the provisions of the IAEA. Can we think of a sustainable peace if a government is to enjoy more rights than others do? Can we entertain the ideas of brotherhood and friendship? This is dictatorship, but at the international level. The US administrations should allow people to participate in running the affairs in a democratic atmosphere. They should not seek more rights than others, nor meddle in the affairs of other countries. The path they have been on in the past decades has destructed the world security, and created concerns for the future among all the people of the world.

Americans are respectable people. The USA, however, has many problems at home; the US president and his administration need to spend their time fixing people’s problems in their own country. If they imagine that the resolution is to create trouble and put other nations into chaos, then that would mean they are sowing deep vengeance and animosity among the nations. I believe that this is not the right way.

Do you think these kinds of violations of UN resolutions are symptomatic of capitalism itself?

Yes, capitalism by its nature is based on cruelty and injustice. Actually, we don’t have capitalism in the world anymore. It’s the system of capitalists who are dominating the resources of the world. They deprive other people of many opportunities. The nature of a capitalist system is unjust distribution of opportunities, natural wealth and riches. In this situation there is no chance for others, so the freedoms of other humans will be restricted, and that is the greatest war against justice.

While all chances for growth, improvement, development will be hindered, – this is injustice by definition. It’s unacceptable to see one side amass colossal wealth in astronomical figures while on the other side they remain in poverty. There are many prisoners in the United States; we also have detainees in Iran. I oppose any form of prison in principle, and I think many prisoners are held captive for two main reasons: firstly discrimination – social gaps cause extreme deprivation and poverty, and secondly, a number of people regard themselves superior than others. They keep their rights for themselves to trump on the rights of society and other people.

If we try to put in place the joint management of the world, then all human beings will partake in society’s interests and effectively participate in shaping that society. Then hopefully detention centers would be scrapped, and in future we will not see anybody behind bars anymore.

Also, some thinkers look at the phenomenon of prison from a different angle. In any geographic location where some people or a nation are under pressure their freedoms are confined, their rights are ignored, and they are not allowed to develop themselves and reach a proper status. Then that geographic location then becomes a prison. Wherever superpowers pressure people, confine them and infringe their rights, that place becomes a jail.

I hope through universal unity and joint efforts by all humans we will not witness anyone making prisons, nor anyone committing such a crime that would make them deserve to be thrown behind bars. If natural sources of wealth and opportunities are distributed evenly we would never see four million people sleeping on park benches in the United States. Humans, every single one of them, are important. Is there a lack of wealth in the United States? If resources and opportunities were divided equally, nobody homeless would remain on the streets.

You tweeted a picture from the UK-backed war on Yemen, and said the starving child was because of the capitalist system. How does capitalism kill?

Yes, any system that stands against the interests of the people would fall into decay, even if they develop and grow for a short period. You should look at the names of the weapons manufacturers who are taking the lives of people in Yemen, and you’ll notice that the nature of capitalism is war and destruction. We want a world without weapons, because weapons are designed to kill. Warfare cannot serve justice.

Do they send weapons to produce food for the people in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf, or do they do it for slaughter? When arms sales are a lucrative business, then this is entwined with conflicts and war. Everybody knows part of the US governing body are the owners of weapons factories. Without tension, without wars, those weapon factories will shut down. You could find a pretext and start a war among people and nations.

The question is: what are the United States and Britain doing in the Persian Gulf region? Who allowed them to come into our region? Many problems in many parts of the world would be solved when the US and the UK and their like leave that region. They must allow people to decide for themselves. Yemeni people should be allowed to take their decision on their own. Those who sell weapons to kill people will have a terrible fate and God almighty is just; he will defend the rights of the oppressed.

Let us close down weapons factories. Can we expect to stop wars when some economies have arms production as a major pillar of their economic growth and employment? Can we assume no war will happen when some country’s economic growth relies to a large extent on the production of bombs – atomic bombs, rockets and warplanes, and a bulk of employment is dependent on arms industry?

We hope one day we will see that arms industries turn into an industry that produces equipment to improve the quality of life. So, let me give you some statistics. The world military spending is one thousand five hundred billion dollars, while 1.2 billion people live in absolute poverty, and can’t afford even a meal a day.

If we make a global consensus to issue this military spending within a five-year period and allocate it to the poor or improve economic growth of other nations, would there be insecurity anymore? Is this option better, or is war the solution? Is it better to earn revenue by serving humanity, or earn money by killing people? These are possible and feasible options, if we had a humane approach and we think of humankind.

We should care about every single person who loses his or her life in wars. People have feelings, emotions and families. In our culture, killing an innocent person amounts to killing all humankind. I hope that the day will come when all of us would act humanely, and when others look at us they would see humanity in friendship. What’s the difference between man and other creatures when you don’t love others? The extent of the love in your heart determines what kind of a human you are.

When your heart is full of love you can’t produce means for taking the life of another person. I cannot imagine this, and hope the conditions of the world will soon change in favor of justice, humanity, liberty and friendship. We believe that the basis of social life is justice, mutual respect and cooperation, so, anybody anywhere in the world who makes an attempt to spread justice deserves our respect and support. Everyone, everywhere should support them.

We believe religions came to bring further unity and solidarity among human beings. If they are dividing people in the name of religion, then be sure that this has nothing to do with the truth of religion. Humans are all the same. These governments must stand by the people, promote peace instead of wars, friendship instead of animosity. Then life will become beautiful for everyone.

I’ll stop you there. More from the former President of Iran after the break.

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Trump “Selling” Venezuela Bridge To Nowhere.

by Jerry Alatalo

nited States President Donald Trump, his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the virtual entirety of the Western civilization corporate media establishment are all vigorously at work selling a bridge in South America – to nowhere.

The lies being put forward on the situation in Venezuela are of such immensity that many informed observers perceive their cumulative size as surpassing even the collective lies or disinformation surrounding Syria, or Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam etc. before in the shameful historical record of human catastrophe.

The recent attempt to smear government institutions of Venezuela and its democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro shines bright as the sun on a cloudless day –  as an example of the criminality and deception involved in overthrowing governments freely and fairly chosen by their people. The covert, inept Venezuela “Bridge to Nowhere” disinformation program was (unsuccessfully) coordinated between the highest level of Donald Trump’s administration and the top management and owners of mega-media corporate monopolies.

This sleazy, embarrassing, war propaganda attempt very likely meets definitions for criminal action as examined under current norms, practice and fundamentals of international law. Finally … this enraging and disgusting production displays, once and for all, that Trump’s “promise” to go to the White House and “drain the swamp” was equal on the truth-o-meter to the confidence man telling his victims: “I’ve got a (beautiful) bridge to sell you!”

Intentionally taking the path of grand deception to fool millions of people, – to falsely paint and slander Nicolas Maduro as heartless, cruel, sadistic, dictator, killing his own people, etc., etc., etc. – in Machiavelli-style to spark the overthrow of real democracy in Venezuela is the basic ingredient, the stuff, of war criminals. War criminals … whether covert or overt, economic, media or military, are now commonly perceived and overwhelming rejected as swamp creatures, the worst of the worst among us.

Had Donald Trump, John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, Elliot Abrams, et al been wiser, they would have stopped at “We intend to take Venezuelans’ oil.” They got too smart … They overreached to the maximum in attempting to “close the deal”, but instead, their uncontrolled lust for money, power and control blew the whole scheming raw deal up.

Now nobody is buying what they are selling. Corporations can change names in hopes of repairing severely damaged reputations. Nations have only the truth.

Peace.

(Thank you to teleSUR English at YouTube)