The American Left and the Reality of 911: Beyond Their Wildest Dreams

The 9/11 events which occurred on September 11, 2001 remain the world’s greatest unsolved crime.

The ongoing moral and ethical failure of humanity to gather the will and determination necessary to address the crime which birthed 15 years of literal hell on Earth – destroying the lives of untold millions of innocent men, women and children – represents the most disturbing assault on human integrity, common decency, and respect for life of the 21st century.

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by Graeme MacQueen, from sott.net

Noam Chomsky: Bastion of the intellectual left in the US – and hopelessly ignorant of 911

On November 23, 1963, the day after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Fidel Castro gave a talk on Cuban radio and television.[1] He pulled together, as well as he could in the amount of time available to him, the evidence he had gathered from news media and other sources, and he reflected on this evidence.

The questions he posed were well chosen: they could serve as a template for those confronting complex acts of political violence. Were there contradictions and absurdities in the story being promoted in the U.S. media? Who benefitted from the assassination? Were intelligence agencies claiming to know more than they could legitimately know? Was there evidence of foreknowledge of the murder? What was the main ideological clash in powerful U.S. circles and how did Kennedy fit…

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Israel-Palestine: From Edward Said (2003) To Ban Ki-Moon (2016).

By Jerry Alatalo

“Truth is the summit of being; justice is the application of it to affairs.”

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

PalestineAlphabet In perhaps his strongest condemnation to date, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon spoke out recently against Israel’s continued illegal settlement-building actions on the occupied territories, calling on the international community to work toward resumption of negotiations leading to an independent nation of Palestine – “…before it’s too late”.

The late Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York Dr. Edward Said (1935-2003), a well-known and highly respected humanist intellectual Palestinian activist until he passed away from leukemia in 2003, will be remembered as an academic with complete integrity. Mr. Said kept political issues out of the classroom, but will forever remain for Palestinians and people seeking peace, freedom and dignity around the world a bold, truth-speaking heroic leader.

For most men and women who’ve become knowledgeable about the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, successful, mutually agreed upon resolution of the decades-old, seemingly intractable differences between the two peoples is the ultimate key for bringing peace to the entire Middle East region.

A considerable percentage of men and women involved with issues of human rights, war and peace, international relations and equality among the world’s people believe a resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict is key to creating the conditions for establishing peace on Earth.

Unfortunately, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – instead of publicly acknowledging and agreeing with the UN Secretary General’s urgent plea to stop settlement expansion, for determined international effort which results in a long-awaited and sought agreement where two states live side-by-side in peace – responded that Ban Ki-Moon’s statement would “encourage terrorism”.

The recent success of the P5+1 negotiations over Iran’s peaceful nuclear program provides the perfect template for resolving the similar decades-old Israel-Palestine conflict. The same nations which participated in the Iranian negotiations can easily reproduce that successful effort to arrive at a peaceful agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. Will Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and United States’ leaders rise to the historical occasion, siding with Ban Ki-Moon’s wise reasoning, and publicly advocate for P5+1 negotiations over Israel-Palestine?

Considering the massive amount of human suffering which people have experienced in the Middle East since 1948 and establishment of the state of Israel, and considering the current violent state of affairs in the region, the potential positive-result answer to that question should come very easily: “absolutely yes”. The innocent men, women and children of the Middle East, whose lives have been too often torn apart by wars due to their being born on lands under which exists massive natural deposits of oil and natural gas, deserve true peace.

Dr. Edward Said put forth tremendous effort while he lived to bring peace to Palestinians, Israelis and all people in the Middle East. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is calling for peace now in 2016, and he calls on the international community to make it happen.

The late Edward Said and Ban Ki-Moon, along with millions of men and women around the world – joined by a rapidly increasing number of others with every passing day – have called on all with good hearts to act now in the interest of peace. Who on Earth can argue against peace?

(Thank you to Palestine Diary at YouTube)

Edward Said delivering a lecture at the University of Washington in 2003, the year he passed away.

(Thank you to Nizar Abboud at YouTube)

Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the United Nations in 2016.

End The Destruction Of Syria.

By Jerry Alatalo

ocean33Syria’s representative to the United Nations Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari recently talked to the international press about conditions in his country, where he described the situation as “the entire population of 23 million Syrians is under siege”.

One of the topics Mr. al-Jaafari addressed was recent reports by Al Jazeera and other major corporate news outlets alleging the Syrian government’s use of restricting food/medical aid to besieged Syrians – in other words, using starvation as a weapon.

He told reporters that the government has done all that’s possible during the years-long violence to get needed food and medicine to its people, that recent reports, in particular those about the Syrian city of Madaya, are false – designed to sabotage upcoming high-level meetings on possible political solutions and ending the violence, and that mercenary “rebels” have stolen food and medical aid shipments then sold them to citizens at astronomical prices.

He pointed out that 1,441 factories were literally stolen from Syria and transferred to Turkey, where equipment, fixtures and machinery used by Syrian employees to make various products disappeared from their localities, whereupon workers became unemployed and local economies suffered serious downturns. Besides the horrific violence inflicted by terrorist mercenaries like ISIS across Syria since March 2011, economic plunder is also a factor which has led to the people of Syria fleeing the nation as refugees into Europe.

In the press meeting, he touched on ISIS’ profiting from stolen oil and gas resources from Syria and Iraq, taking the resources across borders to Turkey where middlemen pay 1/2 the wholesale price then profit themselves through resale to foreign petroleum-based businesses, including companies in Israel. One has to ask how it is that no businessmen or financial officers involved in the ongoing criminal activities have become identified, apprehended, prosecuted and jailed. Why have there been no lead-story “bombshell” reports by ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, BBC, etc. about businessmen and bankers arrested for being involved with buying, transporting, refining and selling oil and gas stolen by “the world’s greatest threat” – ISIS?

Mr. Jaafari noted that the U.S.-led coalition has bombed essential infrastructure such as electricity and water treatment facilities, oil refineries and other necessary technological facilities serving citizens’ physical and economic needs around Syria. These types of selected bombings – infrastructure destruction also carried out by the mercenary forces, should become viewed as one more significant factor leading to millions fleeing the country for over four years.

Some have asserted that YouTube manipulates the numbers of views certain posted videos receive to prevent wider dissemination of the information provided. Mr. Nizar Abboud, on whose YouTube channel the following videos of Bashar al-Jaafari’s recent important press talk are posted, is a journalist of Middle Eastern descent whose reporting focuses on events at the United Nations.

Part 1 of the press talk has received some 1,400 views since posted on January 11, 2016. Part 2 went up at the same time and has received over 2,000 views. Men and women who visit YouTube are familiar with its front page of current popular videos, where posts of cute babies, overactive cats, Hollywood celebrities, pop musicians and professional athletes often gain millions of views from people living around the Earth.

Many of the world’s most serious academics, investigative journalists, political and business leaders, along with leaders of the largest religious/spiritual organizations on Earth, understand the critical nature of the Syrian crisis as it relates to current international relations, the transitioning from a unipolar to multipolar paradigm, and the potential risks associated with such a historic transformation, in particular risks of escalated war and violence.

Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff of Project Censored recently interviewed historian Laurence Shoup, the author of “Wall Street’s Think Tank”, on the history of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Shoup describes the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as “the most powerful private organization in the United States, and the world”.

Project Censored is one of the premier investigate journalism organizations in the United States. This hour-long interview with Laurence Shoup provides greater insight into who has essentially controlled decision-making in Washington, D.C., and allows listeners to better understand the situation in Syria and the Middle East region.

http://prn.fm/project-censored-01-19-16/

After hearing the words of Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari at his recent United Nations press event and Project Censored’s interview of historian Laurence Shoup on the CFR and its power, perhaps a certain increased capacity to “connect the dots” will become manifested.

Connecting the dots with regard to war and violence in Syria and the Middle East is extremely important, because revealing the truth about who is responsible for financing, arming, aiding and abetting terrorist mercenaries in the region is paramount to beginning a real peace process.

If the Middle East region had no oil, no natural gas or any other valuable resource coveted by the world’s most powerful and wealthy, Syria’s Bashar al-Jaafari wouldn’t have found it necessary to hold this press meeting, and the people of his country would never have been so brutally and extensively attacked.

The unfortunate reality for the ordinary citizens of the Middle East is that massive deposits of oil and natural gas do exist in the region, and that they become coveted as sources of wealth and power worth killing for by the so-called “elite” at the top of the world’s economic/financial pyramid.

Here is where one runs into the inescapable issue of powerful individuals able to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity with impunity – effectively remaining “above the law”. Until the most powerful and wealthy people on Earth wherever they reside stand before the law equally to the least powerful, and are held accountable for their crimes in reality, humanity will not see an end to unjust wars of aggression and the horrifying violence that accompanies such atrocities.

World peace is possible.

(Thank you to Nizar Abboud at YouTube)

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Part 2:

End The War On Syria.

by Jerry Alatalo

whitekeys4-1Well known peace activist Eric Draitser told viewers of Press TV that resolving the refugee crisis in European nations necessitates an end to the war on Syria.

Mr. Draitser is the host of a weekly news talk radio program “Counterpunch Radio” available on the internationally popular alternative website Counterpunch.org. For those interested in learning more about the real situation in Syria, program #9 featured Middle East analyst Sharwine Narwani and Syrian-born Australian peace activist Reme Sakr:

http://store.counterpunch.org/category/counterpunch-radio-podcasts/

Powerful men and women world leaders can speak out and take the steps required to end the over 4-year war on Syria, bring stability and security back to the nation, and transform conditions to the extent that all refugees can return to the land of their birth.  At this time, however and unfortunately, those powerful leaders have not stepped forward with complete, truthful accounts of what’s caused the refugee crisis, and some are even calling for more warfare and violence to bring about its resolution.

Now is not the time to escalate violence. Now is the time to end violence.

The message from Eric Draitser to men and women everywhere concerned about the plight of refugees – the innocent people fleeing to stay alive from war-torn Syria, Libya, Iraq and other lands where terrorist mercenary groups have become unleashed to carry out violence and destruction – is organizing a worldwide truth and peace campaign powerful enough to force an end to global leaders’ silence in the face of immense human suffering.

…And ultimately an end to the war on Syria.

(Thank you to PressTV News Videos at YouTube)