New York, Sanders, Clinton – And Panama.

By Jerry Alatalo

April6-1

 

Alphabet The entire world is talking about the “Panama Papers”. With 13-days between now and the New York state Democratic primary vote, it will rise to the top as an issue and become the difference resulting in a resounding victory for Sanders. The Sanders campaign was already rolling with momentum-building wins in 7 of the last 8 states – including Tuesday in Wisconsin – but when the people of Wyoming and New York learn the stances Clinton and Sanders took with regard to Panama in 2011, Clinton’s run for the White House quite possibly comes to an end.

April6-4Once the American people become aware of the profoundly different, “pro” and “anti” positions of Clinton and Sanders on the global tax haven industry, the gleeful smile and exuberance expressed by then Secretary Clinton in 2011 upon learning of the murder of Libya’s Gaddafi – and immediately after her uttering the infamously quoted “We came, we saw, he died!” – will likely transform into a deep depression. Hillary, even though her aspiration to become the 1st woman President of the United States ran into a “Panamanian Buzzsaw”, will consider herself fortunate she’s not living in Libya, at the very least.

The 2011 NATO bombing of Libya into the stone age was not about bringing freedom and democracy to the people of that nation. It was all about stopping a planned, ready to become reality, introduction of a new currency for the whole continent of Africa. Gaddafi was leading the initiative; one which, if it had come to pass, would have freed the people of Africa from the predatory actions of financial institutions and owners of the Federal Reserve, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, City of London among others. Corrupt leaders in Africa would have found themselves without any more dirty money to stash in Panama and the other 70-plus tax haven jurisdictions around the planet.

Nobody should expect Clinton to offer an honest, accurate description of the Panama Papers and what the expose’ means for ordinary Americans. One would probably win if betting she stays away from commenting on the topic of global tax evasion to the greatest extent possible. Unfortunately for Ms. Clinton, the story has become too large to avoid (it has record-size media “legs”), and coming forward with her views on the matter is now inescapable. The political tactic she used in refusing to show Americans the transcripts of her Goldman Sachs speeches – “I’ll offer my opinion on the Panama Papers when everyone else does” – is a prescription for failure.

While the “Goldman Sachs play” would fail, it’s difficult to perceive how choosing to comment on the global tax evasion industry could be any less problematic for Ms. Clinton. If she chooses silence, she loses. If she speaks to the issue, intensifying the impression in New York voters’ minds that Sanders fought tax evasion and she facilitated it, she loses.

Why should Ms. Clinton prepare for dealing with election defeat and depression? Because an unprecedented scenario combining the phenomenon of New York voting, Goldman Sachs speeches, Wall Street corruption, record planetary wealth inequality, austerity, Middle East war and peace, now massive tax evasion by the world’s wealthiest, most powerful people has emerged. Ms. Clinton, whose true record will become revealed to Americans in the next 13 days, has been on the wrong side of the world’s most important issues. The wrong side of history.

April6-2But “Don’t cry for me, America” after Hillary finally becomes exposed and loses the Democratic nomination to Bernie Sanders, because her and Bill will have all the time in the world to “hang” with their “people”, their multi-billionaire friends – such as the mega-rich international banking family the Rothschilds, or the Rockefellers, or the Waltons of WalMart. After all, the “idle rich” have all the time in the world for working on how to make Earth a better home for this and future generations.

April6-3Or, if the Clintons aren’t interested in world peace now, after she leaves politics they can join up with George W. Bush, Jeb and dad George H.W. Bush, CFR head David Rockefeller, Dick Cheney, Tony Blair, etc. and start a “Billionaire Art Society”, donating their paintings to charities like the Iraq, Libya, Syria or Yemen Relief Fund. If only George Carlin were alive today. Carlin would’ve received some long-overdue respect and admiration, perhaps a degree of personal satisfaction, as the “Club.. that you and I ain’t in…”, and how they’ve operated in secret for decades, becomes known by everyone on Earth.

Whether one describes the amazing events occurring as part of a political revolution, an evolutionary leap for humanity, or arrives at some other explanation, there are awesome and important transforming movements happening. It’s perhaps a great stretch to equate the Panama Papers with Revelations in the Bible, but for Hillary Clinton and her “peeps” it very likely feels that way.

(Thank you to The Young Turks at YouTube)

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Free Zakzaky: 2015’s Top Censored News Story.

By Jerry Alatalo

blogger7-1Alphabet The massacre of hundreds – perhaps over one thousand – of unarmed men, women and children Nigerians by the Nigerian military on December 12, and the unjust detention of, silencing of, and total denial of fundamental human rights for Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky since, might well be 2015’s most under-reported international story.

Sheikh Zakzaky is the leader of the growing Islamic Movement in Nigeria, and has not been granted any contact with family, close associates, legal counsel nor outside-the-government medical attention since being taken into custody over two weeks ago. This truly astonishing and disturbing state of affairs persists, despite near-daily mass protests in cities around Nigeria by his followers demanding just treatment and the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky.

Nigeria massacre world’s top censored story of 2015

Men and women around the Earth who have followed events in Nigeria surrounding the horrific events of December 12, Sheikh Zakzaky’s detention and silencing, along with the Nigerian government’s complete stonewalling in response to hundreds of thousands of its citizens demands for the release of Sheikh Zakzaky have come to the point of utter frustration, bewilderment and righteous indignation with the clearly unjust manner in which the situation has developed.

Mr. Zakzaky has been detained without charges, has not yet been granted visitation by family or legal counsel, and has not received the right to defend himself through public interviews or issuance of statements. Quite clearly a horrific crime has occurred and continues to unfold in Nigeria which has massive implications for the African continent – all this while world leaders, both political and religious, and the international media have chosen to turn away in silence.

The most urgent concern of Sheikh Zakzaky’s family, friends and many followers is his health and well-being, and their worst fear is that the Nigerian government will take intentional covert measures leading to his death.  No matter if one is Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist or atheist, it is unquestionably true Nigerians have experienced a profoundly consequential, major act of crime and injustice – and continue to experience their government’s unacceptable actions defying all universally accepted fundamental legal and human rights pillars.

All people aware of events in Nigeria working for increased peace, human rights and justice around the Earth cannot help but understand the enormous significance of what has taken place – a truly historic injustice – in the most highly populated, energy-rich nation on the African continent.

The one and only morally just action for President Buhari and the Nigerian government to take at this point is immediately release Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.

Free Zakzaky.

(Thank you to Khalid Idris Doya at YouTube)

Nigerian Lives Matter.

By Jerry Alatalo

mountain3Alphabet Why are the world’s leaders and corporate media remaining silent about the brutal massacre of 1,000 unarmed Nigerians by the Nigerian Army on December 12? One must put some effort into answering the question because that question is perhaps much more important than people might initially assess. Global terrorism in this horrific instance shows a very disturbing evolutionary step from covertly sponsored Daesh/ISIS to blatant state-sponsored terror in the form of the Nigerian military and/or government.

Serious men and women – including highly respected academics/Ph.D.s the world over – have invested large amounts of time on researching into terror events such as 9/11, ISIS’ rise, the 7/7 bombing, Charlie Hebdo, Paris, the Boston bombing, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, etc. and raised hard-to-ignore questions which point to the possibility that one or more of them are so-called “false flags”, or staged politically motivated events.

In the case of the December 12 event in Zaria, Nigeria, where nobody doubts 1,000 or more men, women and children perished from gunfire wounds inflicted by the Nigerian forces, everyone agrees the massacre was all-too-real. While the false flag events received the serious, impassioned attention of world leaders, and citizens everywhere through high levels of reporting by corporate media, the all-too-real state-sponsored massacre in Nigeria has become completely ignored by those same world leaders and media outlets.

Could this ignorance have for explanation that Nigerian people haven’t reached the needed level up on the hierarchy of victims of terror attained by people in France, New York, London, etc. have, therefore Nigerians are somehow invisible and outside the vision of political leaders and media? Upon consideration, this could be one factor which helps explain the deafening silence.

Yet, when one considers the extreme magnitude, loss of life and rarity of the Nigerian atrocity, as well as recognizing the nation’s great oil, natural gas and mineral wealth, there seems much more than a hierarchical victims of terror explanation for the silence. Equally disturbing are the circumstances surrounding the aftermath of the massacre. Here in the United States a person who becomes arrested like Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky has been has, at the very least, the right to make one phone call to family or legal counsel.

Nobody concerned about the health and well-being of Sheikh Zakzaky has been able to see or talk to him since December 12. The same applies to those concerned about others taken into custody at the same time, and this after hundreds of thousands of Nigerians have daily walked the streets of Nigeria’s cities demanding he be freed. Similar protests demanding Sheikh Zakzaky’s freedom have occurred around the Earth.

What produces the greatest level of sadness, frustration and righteous indignation over this truly horrific atrocity in Nigeria is the state of affairs existent in today’s civilization, where so few seem to perceive the profound moral deficits revealed in the international non-response. By remaining silent about the Nigeria massacre, in a sense world leaders and media add to the already inflicted, immense harm which occurred during the atrocity itself.

They fail morally by refusing to loudly and absolutely condemn such obvious, unjust and historic state-sponsored terror, actions certainly meeting the criteria of the crime of mass-murder; they fail as well by intentionally refusing the opportunity to explain to their respective constituents, audiences and humanity the real causes of the atrocity, and in the process diminish the chances for such a horror to recur in that region of Africa, or elsewhere on Earth.

Such failure – such refusal to take right action – by world leaders and the media to respond in a moral/spiritual manner commensurate with what could be described as a massively important event and series of ongoing, disturbing circumstance is near criminal itself. It seems clear the Islamic Movement of Nigeria has committed no crime, and become respected because all along it has renounced violence and advocated peace, unity of religions and justice for all. So, for 1,000 or more of the organization’s followers to unjustly perish represents one of 2015’s most brutal war crimes.

World leaders, the media (both corporate and independent) and all peace-and-justice focused concerned people around the Earth cannot allow the perpetrators of the Nigerian massacre impunity for their criminal actions. All human beings are sacred.

Free Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.

Nigerian lives matter.

(Thank you to Press TV News Videos)

World Leaders, Media Silent On Nigeria Massacre.

By Jerry Alatalo

Header5Alphabet After over 100 people perished in Paris recently in an alleged terrorist attack, the entire world became aware of what happened through virtually every media outlet, along with addresses by every nation’s leaders, while the French flag became visible around the Earth. All details of the Paris event became massively reported, subject to extensive analysis on international media outlets, and the topic of far-ranging political discussions.

After the event in San Bernardino, California where 14 people allegedly perished, a similar phenomenon occurred in the American and world media, culminating in a nation-wide Sunday night address by United States President Barack Obama.

At the time of the Paris and California events, it was impossible for people anywhere to turn on their televisions and not find reports on the tragedies. So, how does one explain the absolute silence from world leaders and international media outlets about the Nigerian Army’s massacre of 1,000 unarmed Nigerian citizens one week ago?

The particular aspect of the Nigerian atrocity which people are pointing to is the reason the Nigerian Army gave for the killings. Military officials claim Shia Muslim followers of popular Islamic Movement of Nigeria cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky attempted to assassinate a Nigerian Army General, after blocking a highway near the cleric’s home and spiritual center in Zaria in northern Nigeria.

Since the Nigerian Army killed 1,000 unarmed followers of Sheikh Zakzaky over a 24-27 hour period last weekend, reports have people questioning how the Army’s account squares up with the fact that no members of the military were either injured or killed.

Reports have come to light that mass graves have been used by the military to bury the dead, Sheikh Zakzaky’s home and compound were destroyed, and that family members and close associates cannot make personal contact with Mr. Zakzaky and his wife, demanding to see them accompanied by doctors to ensure their health.

For Americans involved with the Black Lives Matter movement, the Nigerian massacre certainly resonates on a deep level. Hundreds of thousands of Nigerians have demanded Mr. Zakzaky’s release while walking in peaceful protests around the nation every day since the mass murder occurred. Sheikh Zakzaky’s daughter has asked her father’s followers to remain peaceful but firm during protests demanding his safety, availability and release.

Americans might be reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King when becoming aware of Nigeria’s Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky. That nobody has seen the spiritual leader for a week brings concerns the Sheikh may have suffered the same end as America’s beloved moral leader. If such is the case, riots in American cities after Martin Luther King’s assassination may seem small compared to what might take place in cities around highly populated Nigeria.

Recently elected Nigerian President Buhari should act wisely, allow family and associates in to see and tend to Mr. Zakzaky and his wife as soon as possible, because the potential for national outrage building then spiraling out of control only intensifies each day his government fails to deal with this self-generated crisis.

Given that Nigeria holds the African continent’s largest oil reserves, is its most populated nation, and that Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky has millions of devoted followers in Nigeria and surrounding countries, no amount of international media silence/omission or government stonewalling will be able to keep such a massive atrocity out of public awareness. God help the people of Nigeria.

For more information, please visit the Islamic Human Rights Commission: www.IHRC.org 

(Thank you to Press TV News Videos)