Amy Goodman: Interview Eva Bartlett, Vanessa Beeley, Tulsi Gabbard And Elizabeth Kucinich.

By Jerry Alatalo

World Map1Alphabet Amnesty International (AI) released a controversial report recently on alleged horrors enacted in Syrian prisons which has generated profound debate, uncertainty and emotions. Persons going to YouTube and typing “Amnesty International Syria” will find the story was aired by virtually the entire world’s media outlets, with the greatest percentage presenting AI’s report as accurate and legitimate. Going to various reports and looking at their “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” statistics along with reading comments shows a hefty disagreement among viewers, where it looks like 2/3 of respondents express negative perceptions of AI’s report. In other words, most people are highly skeptical and don’t believe the report is honest.

It is perhaps impossible to convey how important it is to resolve whether Amnesty International’s report is “fake news” or based on reality. The report, obviously and fundamentally, is either accurate or it isn’t – but any and all questions about its veracity must become answered and/or resolved. The most worrying aspect of this report comes to the forefront when considering the possibility that those who created it, knowing they were making war propaganda, had the motive of manipulating global public opinion into acceptance of military escalation in Syria.

Military escalation in Syria would have dire consequences which most sane, reasonable, peace-loving people find utterly undesirable, even unthinkable, and for that reason one prays the report is proven fake. The calls for Amnesty International to provide publicly the evidence they profess to have, or don’t have, will grow more intense as days pass, still it is only logical to ask AI for any and all evidence when they make such important and hugely consequential claims.

Millions of people worldwide are familiar with the television network Free Speech TV, its program “Democracy Now”, and the long-time hostess of that program Amy Goodman. Besides attempting to increase awareness of the controversy surrounding AI’s Syria prison report, a major focus here is pushing for an organized internet-based campaign to force Amy Goodman to interview four women who have different perspectives with regard to Syria: independent journalists Eva Bartlett and Vanessa Beeley, Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and Elizabeth Kucinich, the wife of former Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich. All of these women have traveled to Syria and talked to a wide range of Syria’s people.

Ms. Goodman presented the Amnesty International report along with interviewing AI officials in recent days, and clearly shared with her millions of viewers worldwide that she, Ms. Goodman, believes the report is true. What we are proposing – urging – here is a worldwide campaign joined by millions who feel the AI report is war propaganda and extremely dangerous if left unchallenged, demanding Ms. Goodman interview the four respected woman named, to get to the absolute truth of the matter.

A gentleman and political scientist from Syria has responded to Amnesty International’s report by pointing out clear deficiencies in various parts of the content. Below one finds a video on this matter he produced and posted at his YouTube channel – “Syriana Analysis”. In it he describes how AI failed to double-check information and facts, and asserts AI is doubling as a propaganda tool for Western powers seeking “humanitarian” intervention in Syria.

He states, “Its (AI) report cannot be defined as an objective investigation”.

He goes on to say, “Most of the witnesses are identified as opposition figures and former officials who don’t live in Syria”. He points out that in the report there is not one instance of providing a “divergent point of view”, that AI’s numbers are not documented in lists or exhibits, and those numbers are “at best wild guesses”. He then shares that no details were provided about the persons killed, alleged by AI in an estimated number of from 5,000-13,000.

In response to AI claims of extrajudicial executions, he shows that the report itself refutes that claim; the report describes military judicial procedures and rules, and the necessary higher-up approvals of judgments. Further on he states, “The report doesn’t even meet the lowest mark of scientific or legal validity. It’s a pure biased propaganda”.

Please think about taking good action and contacting Amy Goodman via email, at “Democracy Now” YouTube channel or website, through discussions with family and friends, on Facebook, Twitter, etc., with personal blog posts, sharing this information, or any possible path(s) – and demanding she conduct the suggested interviews. In doing so – and if successful, the truth becomes known – you might be making a much, much larger contribution to peace in Syria and the world than you’ll ever know. Thank you.

World peace is possible.

(Thank you to Syriana Analysis at YouTube)

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John Stockwell: Lessons From 1987.

by Jerry Alatalo

“… for historians ought to be precise, faithful, and unprejudiced, and neither interest nor fear, hatred nor affection, should make them swerve away from the truth, whose mother is history, the rival of time, the depository of great actions, the witness of the past, example of the present, and monitor of the future.” Don Quixote Pt. 1, ch. 9

– MIGUEL DE CERVANTES SAAVEDRA (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, playwright, poet

aaa-44There was some hesitation about sharing the following talk from 1987 delivered by John Stockwell. That is because this writer sat in the front row during a talk by Mr. Stockwell at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan in that same time period. At the time, John Stockwell was the highest ranking CIA officer in history to “blow the whistle” on his former employers, had been the CIA’s station chief in Angola, and wrote the international nonfiction bestseller “In Search of Enemies” – of which the profits from sales were withheld from Mr. Stockwell.

It’s remarkable/worth noting that successful efforts to stop the Reagan administration from starting a major war in Central America with Nicaragua – what people at the time perceived as potentially  “another Vietnam” – became carried out before the rise of the global internet.

One of the foremost mysteries for those aware of John Stockwell was his decision to leave the public arena completely in the early 1990’s, and not re-emerging up to this day. He was born in 1937, as far as known is still alive,  and so is 78 years old. Leaving speculation about Mr. Stockwell’s personal choices aside, one must admit being fascinated with the possibility – if his mental/intellectual capacity has held – of John Stockwell’s agreeing to interviews and sharing his experiences over the past 20 or more years.

Alphabet The reason for hesitating to post his talk…  In the mid-1980’s this writer had only begun gaining an awareness of what was occurring around the world; geopolitics naivete accurately described the personal situation.  To more effectively spread his message, John Stockwell (he had no website) had compiled a list of dozens of books he believed important and brought copies to the many universities and other venues where he talked, and offered the book lists in handout form for free to men and women attending.

So, the reason for hesitation in sharing his 1987 talk is that I took his bibliography of books/authors and read a good number of those he suggested, and since reading them have at times wished attending Mr. Stockwell’s talk hadn’t occurred. In other words, the information presented in those books was very difficult to deal with, and – for those who aren’t familiar with the message Stockwell delivered across America in the late 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s – his talk will be equally difficult to deal with.

Sharing this information from 1987 was done in the hopes of reaching men and women who come this way unaware of the historical facts Stockwell presented. Ideally, the recipients will include university students majoring or minoring in – and college graduates/persons interested in – fields including political science, international relations, economics, history, philosophy and many others – or, in the broadest sense, people who wish to gain more of the total truth, past and related to the present, of what has occurred on Earth.

Some will have the thought that a talk given in 1987, 28 years ago, has no relevance to events occurring now in 2015. This is understandable, yet gaining a fuller understanding of past historical events helps the person trying to come up with explanations for current events. What was conveyed in the famous saying  by philosopher George Santayana –  “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” –  applies to the highly condensed, astonishing  measure of historical facts presented by John Stockwell in 1987 during this nearly 2-hour talk that includes a 35-minute question and answer period.

The writer wishes to express the sincerest apology for any emotional, psychological, spiritual or other distress produced in persons who listen to John Stockwell’s 1987 talk in Boulder, Colorado at what was called the “World Affairs Conference”.  Again, the information he presented across America during the late 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s was/is not for the faint of heart.

It is impossible to predict whether some young men or women attending university who listen to this powerful and disturbing 1987 talk will become effective leaders for world peace and nuclear abolition as a result.  The same goes for older men and women aware of John Stockwell because they heard him in person decades ago or in other ways.

While all too aware of the possible psychic harm and sadness which will occur for persons who pass this way and experience this post in its entirety, the overarching vision involves encouragement of utilizing increased knowledge of recent, not-so-recent, and important historical events in efforts to prevent war in 2015. That humble vision or dream can come true in various ways, the common, essential aspect being greater understanding of the realities that have comprised war and violence on Earth.

The greatest manifestation of that vision would be a man or woman who passes this way one day delivering their acceptance speech after becoming awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  Obviously, the odds of that are near non-existent, and only mentioned for encouragement and inspiration.

The odds that person(s) passing this way may become effective voices for peace are much higher, and for that reason hesitation is not an option.

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(Thank you to Americans For Change at YouTube)

In Global War Of Ideas, Truth Is The Greatest Weapon.

by Jerry Alatalo

“Those who are convinced they have a monopoly on the truth always feel that they are only saving the world when they slaughter the heretics.”

– ARTHUR M. SCHLESINGER, JR. (1917-2007) American educator, historian

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Alphabet The website GlobalResearch.ca founded by Emeritus professor of economics at University of Ottawa, Canada Michel Chossudovsky has become one of the “go-to” sites for news on the internet. Mr. Chossudovsky began teaching at the University of Ottawa in 1968, became a visiting professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile during the 1970-1973 government of Salvador Allende, and started researching economic and political repression after a United States-backed coup toppled the democratically elected Allende and dictator Augusto Pinochet seized power in 1973.

Mr. Chossudovsky sees globalization now operational in a global war of many dimensions, most evident in wars taking place in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, etc., and destabilizing events in South America, Africa, and the South China Sea.  According to Chossudovsky, the goal is world domination and the process is directed by powerful élite global capitalists seeking subjugation/control of national capitalist countries under the “cloak of human rights and western democracy”.

He perceives global capitalists using a variety of tactics and strategies from their “toolbox”, including direct military engagement, economic sanctions, a propagandistic corporate media, covert operations, “color revolutions”, weather warfare – “owning the weather for military use”, cyber warfare, and internal warfare consisting of harsh austerity policies with governments and corporations acting against citizens – most noticeable in Greece, Spain, Italy, Iceland, Ireland, and increasingly more visible in all western countries including the United States.

Unfortunately, resistance to the corporatist agenda has become fragmented through “co-optation” of civil societies where groups dilute power into single issue areas like environmentalism, war and peace activism, women’s rights, etc. instead of coming together in an organized manner to effectively confront the “empire of chaos”. The dangerous nature of globalization in Mr. Chossudovsky’s way of thinking relates to those who decide on war and peace believing their own propaganda, that they have to use war to bring about peace and democracy.

The controversial, giant trade proposals being negotiated in secret TransPacific Partnership and TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership are a large part of the corporate global domination agenda, says Mr. Chossudovsky. It is worth noting that there have been near zero reports on those two massive trade deals in major western/corporate media outlets. If it weren’t for the internet, where the trade deals receive a huge amount of coverage, citizens would likely have no knowledge of their even existing.

The overall, disturbing summary of Michel Chossudovsky’s talk suggests that ordinary citizens have become increasingly marginalized around the world; in a sense entire societies are now viewed in the class of “throwaway”, leading to worsening living conditions for many millions of men, women and children during a real devolution from poverty to despair. Unfortunately, Mr. Chossudovsky’s analysis is correct.

The essential nature of the worldwide economic, social, political battle is a war of ideas, with the “sides” being the corporate mainstream media and its “extensive propaganda” up against alternative/internet media – combating that propaganda with truth on the world-wide-web.

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For more insight on the current global situation read philosophy Professor John McMurtry’s astonishing writing: “Winning the War of the World”, originally posted on Global Research (March 28, 2015), along with his speech at the University of Toronto:

https://onenessofhumanity.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/winning-the-war-of-the-world/

To purchase Michel Chossudovsky’s book ‘The Globalization of War”:

https://store.globalresearch.ca/store/the-globalization-of-war-americas-long-war-against-humanity/

(Thank you to GlobalResearchTV at YouTube)

2015: Internet’s Potential Unlimited.

Posted on December 29, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

Galaxy1Alphabet As another page of the yearly book of human history comes to a turning, 2015 will soon arrive and many look back on 2014 for reflection and anticipation of what the future holds. Many people will remember the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the excellent competitions bringing athletes from around the world together more as human beings sharing the planet than any concept of “us” and “them”. Most will remember the poignant scene of the giant bear at the closing ceremony, shedding a tear because of having to say goodbye.

God only knows the exact reasons for the short amount of time between the moving Olympics closing ceremony and unfortunate events nearby in Ukraine. Near the end of February in the center of Kiev on the Maidan, more than 100 police officers and protesters perished by sniper fire, leading to Ukraine’s President leaving the country, a new government taking power, and a subsequent civil war claiming the lives of over 4,000 Ukrainians. The snipers who carried out the mass-murder have yet to become imprisoned. Malaysian airliner MH17 crashed killing 298 passengers and crew, and, like the “Maidan Massacre”, is still under investigation – the perpetrators have not become identified, arrested or imprisoned.

The situation in Ukraine is perhaps 2014’s most important news story. The people of Crimea held a referendum to rejoin the Russian Federation, or Russia “stole” Crimea – depending on which narrative one leans toward accepting, and many analysts, political veterans, and geopolitical observers have concluded that another Cold War has begun – while calling for cooler heads to prevail and prevent unnecessary escalation of tensions. Media differences in narratives of Ukraine events have grown into a major aspect of the situation, in what many see as an unprecedented propaganda struggle. The narratives coming from both “sides” have perhaps set a world record for unresolved differences.

Eastern expansion of NATO has become identified by respected observers as possibly the major issue which most urgently needs to become resolved.

Led by the United States, a number of nations have placed economic sanctions on Russia, widely acknowledged as harming the economy of Russia, yet some have developed the view that sanctions hurt nations in Europe to a greater extent since Russia has enacted counter-sanctions. The whole unfortunate situation has had the effect of increasing Russian actions of turning to negotiate major trade deals with China, Turkey, Latin American nations, Iran and others which are not participating in sanctions.

In what may have been an attempt by the West to slow down the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, etc.) group of nations’ increasing international influence, the opposite – acceleration of BRICS’ cooperation and growth – may have become the unintended consequence. It would not be an overstatement to assert 2014 – considering the significant events, economic factors and geopolitical movements associated with the BRICS phenomenon – will go down in history as a year of changing paradigms on Earth.

According to some reports, the reason for falling oil prices recently lies in the newly emerging West vs. BRICS international competition over world markets/customers, for the sole purpose of hurting the economies of Russia, Iran, Venezuela and other nations who may have chosen to embrace the new model BRICS economic philosophy. Starting in 2015, the international financial architecture may experience some major adjustments, in particular by the BRICS group of nations, to counteract intentionally harmful actions taken by the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Federal Reserve, Wall Street, City of London group, in what could safely be termed an “economic war”.

What has become the most extremely worrying aspect of the current global scenario in the minds of many responsible, reasoned observers is the potential for tensions to transform from economic to military. Until now, although mature men and women with a great deal of experience in international relations have publicly stressed the necessity for resolution of differences through dialogue and diplomacy alone, solutions-based debate and discussion have yet to emerge on the large-scale which matches the potential outcomes and realities of this new paradigm. The reason for lack of solutions to this point could be described using the simple fact of the matter:  this new world development is in fact “uncharted territory”.

Life on Earth is becoming transformed from unipolar to multipolar. This is change of historic proportions, and change which will need wise, future-oriented leadership to navigate without catastrophically resorting to military force to stop it. In an article on another website, the writer shared a quote from American Professor Samuel Huntington, who apparently often praised the idea of America, which adds a lot of needed context at this point: “The West conquered the world not by the superiority of its ideas, moral values or religion but rather as a result of superiority in the use of organized violence”.

Huntington (1927-2008) was a Professor of International Relations who gained notoriety for his “Clash of Civilizations?” thesis of a post-Cold War new world order and coining the phrase “inevitability of instability”. The factors leading to future instability, according to Huntington, will come from cultural, not ideological, differences. He predicted that Ukraine would eventually split in two based on those cultural differences, perhaps in a manner more violent than Czechoslovakia but not as violent as what occurred in Yugoslavia.

Samuel Huntington was probably a very intelligent, well-read academic whose views most often were accurate and reliable. Nobody knows what his views were on the steadily increasing positive power and influence of the internet phenomenon. Mr. Huntington’s view of future events may have been limited to a large extent through non-recognition of the tremendous ability of men and women from around the world to join forces over the internet and literally shape world events.

Here one could make a slightly different prediction than the professor. The greatest example of how the future will look comes from seeing what occurred this past summer during Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” – and how humanity has responded. Millions of men, women and children marched in the streets around the Earth, demanding an end to Israeli bombing, occupation, apartheid conditions, war crimes – and an independent Palestinian State. Sweden, Britain, Ireland, France, the European Union and many other nations have called for the same. These actions came to reality as a result of good people communicating over their computers on the world-wide-web; quite possibly the greatest tool for positive social transformation in the history of the world.

Imagine the world accepting, advocating, and joyfully celebrating the new thesis of 2015:

“Cooperation of Civilizations”

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(Thank you to TEDx Talks at YouTube)