A king sits upon a throne; behind stands a figure veiled in black
It signifies that which will suffer misfortune at the height of greed and whose fall will be dangerous in proportion to the height attained. Apt to depend on false powers, attempts will be made to essay feats beyond nature. Ambition will lead into dangerous positions, and at a weak moment all will fall. Let this be taken as equally affecting physical, moral, and social welfare.
Translation of La Volasfera, Taurus 23
Reuters November 3, 2004 By Alistair Lyon Iraqis Ignore U.S. Vote Amid Bloodshed BAGHDAD - Iraqis traumatized by violence barely heeded the U.S. election on Wednesday as a suicide bomber attacked a U.S. checkpoint near Baghdad airport and U.S. aircraft carried out a heavy bombardment of rebel-held Falluja. After President Bush clinched victory over Democratic challenger John Kerry, one Iraqi in a Baghdad restaurant said it was time Washington altered course in Iraq. "We hope the American president will change his policy toward Iraq ... because Iraq is oppressed and can't remain occupied," Salem Shummari told Reuters Television. During vote-counting earlier, many Iraqis kept their television sets tuned to Ramadan religious programs. Bush's deadliest Islamist enemy Osama bin Laden said the U.S. president had dragged America into a quagmire in Iraq and warned for the first time of retaliation for Iraqi deaths. "Bush's hands are sullied with the blood of those on both sides just for oil and to employ his private companies," the al Qaeda leader said in a full Internet broadcast of a video aired in part by Arabic Al Jazeera television last week. "Remember that for every action, there is a reaction."
The Vote for "The War on Terror"
against US occupation forces Hungary and the Netherlands said they would withdraw their troops from a U.S.-led multinational force in Iraq by March. Bulgaria said it will cut its military presence by 10 percent. U.S. Marines watched election coverage at their base near Falluja, west of Baghdad. Attacks and kidnappings have intensified as Marines step up pressure on Falluja and Ramadi before an expected offensive to retake rebel cities to enable elections to go ahead in January. Airport Road Iraq Resistance U.S. warplanes struck Falluja during the day, sending plumes of black smoke rising from the east of the city and wounding two women, according to hospital officials. After dark, U.S. AC-130 aircraft and tanks hit eastern areas of the city, inflicting the heaviest bombardment residents had felt for several weeks, though U.S. ground troops remained outside the city. A roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier and wounded another at Salman Pak, just south of Baghdad, the military said. A suspected suicide bomber blew up his vehicle on the main road to Baghdad airport, killing an Iraqi security man and wounding seven civilians, witnesses and hospital staff said. Reuters photographs showed soldiers loading a corpse in a black bag into a military ambulance. A U.S. spokesman at the airport later said it was the body of an Iraqi security man. An Interior Ministry spokesman said river patrol police had found three unidentified bodies under a bridge across the Tigris on Tuesday. He said they were mutilated but could not confirm an earlier report that they had been decapitated.
Al Jazeera said militants had beheaded three Iraqi National Guards that a previously unknown group accused of spying for U.S. troops in Iraq and helping arrest insurgents. A U.S. embassy spokesman said he had no word on the three bodies, or on a U.S.-Lebanese contractor named Radim Sadiq, seized in Baghdad's western suburb Mansour on Tuesday. He also had no information on an U.S. national abducted along with Filipino accountant Roberto Tarongoy, 31, and a Nepali from their Saudi company's office in Mansour on Monday. Another militant group, the Army of Ansar al-Sunna, said it beheaded Iraqi Major Hussein Shunun, in the northern city of Mosul and accused him of helping U.S. forces against insurgents. The Care International charity that employs British-Iraqi captive Margaret Hassan said it was distressed by the latest video issued by her kidnappers and urged them to free her. The tape showed Hassan -- seized in Baghdad on Oct. 19 -- fainting on camera and having water thrown at her to revive her, a witness who saw the tape told Reuters. Hassan's captors threatened in the tape on Tuesday to give her to a group led by al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi within 48 hours unless British troops quit Iraq, Al Jazeera said. Zarqawi's group has claimed responsibility for hostage beheadings and some of Iraq's bloodiest suicide attacks. Gunmen killed an Oil Ministry official, Hussein Ali, as he left his home in Baghdad, the Interior Ministry spokesman said. No Iraqi oil was flowing from a northern pipeline to Turkey after this week's sabotage attacks, shipping sources said. (Additional reporting by Waleed Ibrahim, Lin Noueihed and Terry Friel in Baghdad, Michael Georgy near Falluja, and Dubai, Beirut and Amman bureaux)
Socialist Worker Online October 8, 2004 John Pilger on 'The Empire' Undeterred by the accelerating disaster in Iraq, Republicans and Democrats, wrote one commentator, "once again joined hands to assert the responsibilities of American power." The joining of hands across America’s illusory political divide has a long history. The native Americans were slaughtered, the Philippines laid to waste and Cuba and much of Latin America brought to heel with "bipartisan" backing. Wading through the blood, a new breed of popular historian, the journalist in the pay of rich newspaper owners, spun the heroic myths of a super-sect called Americanism, which advertising and public relations in the 20th century formalized as an ideology, embracing both conservatism and liberalism. In the modern era, most of America’s wars have been launched by liberal Democratic presidents--Truman in Korea, Kennedy and Johnson in Vietnam, Carter in Afghanistan. The fictitious "missile gap" with the former USSR was invented by Kennedy’s liberal New Frontiersmen as a rationale for keeping the Cold War going.
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Socialist Worker Online October 8, 2004 John Pilger on 'The Empire' THESE DAYS, terrorism having replaced the red menace, another fake debate is under way. This is lesser evilism. Although few liberal-minded voters seem to have illusions about John Kerry, their need to get rid of the "rogue" Bush administration is all-consuming. Representing them in Britain, the Guardian says the coming presidential election is "exceptional." "Mr. Kerry’s flaws and limitations are evident," says the paper, "but they are put in the shade by the neo-conservative agenda and catastrophic war-making of Mr. Bush. This is an election in which the whole world will breathe a sigh of relief if the incumbent is defeated." The whole world may well breathe a sigh of relief; the Bush regime is both dangerous and universally loathed; but that is not the point. We have debated lesser evilism so often on both sides of the Atlantic that it is surely time to stop gesturing at the obvious and to examine critically a system that produces the Bushes and their Democratic shadows.
For those of us who marvel at our luck in reaching mature years without having been blown to bits by the warlords of Americanism, Republican and Democrat, conservative and liberal, and for the millions all over the world who now reject the American contagion in political life, the true issue is clear... Time to stop this nonsense Every modern president has been, in large part, a media creation. Thus, the murderous Reagan is sanctified still; Murdoch’s Fox News Channel and the post-Hutton BBC have differed only in their forms of adulation. And Clinton is regarded nostalgically by liberals as flawed but enlightened. Yet Clinton’s presidential years were far more violent than Bush’s, and his goals were the same: "The integration of countries into the global free market community," the terms of which, noted the New York Times, "require the United States to be involved in the plumbing and wiring of nations’ internal affairs more deeply than ever before." The Pentagon’s "full-spectrum dominance" was not the product of the "neo-cons" but of the liberal Clinton, who approved what was then the greatest war expenditure in history. According to the Guardian, John Kerry sends us "energizing progressive calls." It is time to stop this nonsense. SUPREMACY IS the essence of Americanism; only the veil changes or slips. In 1976, the Democrat Jimmy Carter announced "a foreign policy that respects human rights." In secret, he backed Indonesia’s genocide in East Timor and established the mujahedeen in Afghanistan as a terrorist organization designed to overthrow the Soviet Union, and from which came the Taliban and al-Qaeda. It was the liberal Carter, not Reagan, who laid the ground for Bush.
In the past year, I have interviewed Carter’s principal foreign policy overlords, Zbigniew Brezinski, his national security advisor, and James Schlesinger, his defense secretary. No blueprint for the new imperialism is more respected than Brezinski’s. Invested with biblical authority by the Bush gang, his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geo-strategic Imperatives, describes American priorities as the economic subjugation of the Soviet Union and the control of Central Asia and the Middle East. His analysis says that "local wars" are merely the beginning of a final conflict leading inexorably to world domination by the U.S. "To put it in a terminology that harkens back to a more brutal age of ancient empires," he writes, "the three grand imperatives of imperial geo-strategy are to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected and to keep the barbarians from coming together." It may have been easy once to dismiss this as a message from the lunar right. But Brzezinski is mainstream. His devoted students include Madeleine Albright, Clinton’s secretary of state... ...and John Negroponte, the mastermind of American terror in Central America under Reagan and currently "ambassador" in Baghdad. James Rubin, who was Albright’s enthusiastic apologist at the State Department, is being considered as John Kerry’s national security adviser. He is also a Zionist; Israel and its role as a terror state is beyond discussion. Cast an eye over the rest of the world. As Iraq has crowded the front pages, American moves into Africa have attracted little attention. Here, the Clinton and Bush policies are seamless. In the 1990s, Clinton’s African Growth and Opportunity Act launched a new scramble for Africa.
A Palestinian resistance fighter lies dead after being shot by Israeli soldiers during a lengthy gunbattle some 300 meters (yards) from the southern Israel Holit early Monday, Oct. 18, 2004. Another Palestinian fighter was also killed. Limbless children, babies blasted into pieces, the wounded dying on hospital floors. 'We are wading in death, blood and amputees,' says Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert. The US paid US Israel army fires towards populations to cause death and injury. More than Fifteen million US dollars is given by US taxpayers each day for the military use of Israel, which presently involves the imprisonment of the remaining segregated ' Bantustan — Apartheid ' parcels of land occupied by millions of Palestinian. Palestinians were forced from their homes 60 years ago from what is now called Israel into refugee camps in Gaza and the West Bank, Jordan and Lebanon. While attempts have been made by the Palestinians to create a better life for themselves, these refugee camps have been forced upon them to this day by American Taxpayer funding, and Anglo American, Europe backing and banking for Israel that has propped up the forced 'state' of Israel for more than fifty years. Illuminati, New World Order elite have been at the forefront in protecting European and American settler people who stole the land and continue to steal the remaining few segments of land from the Palestinians, in essence taking away from the Palestinians piece by piece this land over these many years. Funding by the US Taxpayer for the enslavement of the Palestinian people continues to increase, estimated now considerably more than the previous 4 billion US dollars per year.
Photo: AP/Tsafrir Abayov
Socialist Worker Online October 8, 2004 John Pilger on 'The Empire' Danger the American state presents to the world NONE OF this is discussed in a presidential campaign in which John Kerry strains to out-Bush Bush. The multilateralism or "muscular internationalism" that Kerry offers in contrast to Bush’s unilateralism is seen as hopeful by the terminally naive; in truth, it beckons even greater dangers. Bush, having given the American elite its greatest disaster since Vietnam, writes the historian Gabriel Kolko, "is much more likely to continue the destruction of the alliance system that is so crucial to American power. One does not have to believe the worse the better, but we have to consider candidly the foreign policy consequences of a renewal of Bush’s mandate. As dangerous as it is, Bush’s re-election may be a lesser evil." With NATO back in train under President Kerry, and the French and Germans compliant, American ambitions will proceed without the Napoleonic hindrances of the Bush gang. Little of this appears even in the American papers worth reading. The Washington Post’s hand-wringing apology to its readers on August 14 for not "pay[ing] enough attention to voices raising questions about the war [against Iraq]" has not interrupted its silence on the danger that the American state presents to the world. Bush’s rating has risen in the polls to more than 50 percent, a level at this stage in the campaign at which no incumbent has ever lost. The virtues of his "plain speaking," which the entire media machine promoted four years ago, Fox and the Washington Post alike, are again credited. As in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Americans are denied a modicum of understanding of what Norman Mailer has called "a pre-fascist climate." The fears of the rest of us are of no consequence. The professional liberals on both sides of the Atlantic have played a major part in this. Never nationalists defending their homeland The campaign against Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 is indicative. The film is not radical and makes no outlandish claims; what it does is push past those guarding the boundaries of "respectable" dissent. That is why the public applaud it. It breaks the collusive codes of journalism, which it shames. It allows people to begin to deconstruct the nightly propaganda that passes for news: in which "a sovereign Iraqi government pursues democracy" and those fighting in Najaf and Falluja and Basra are always "militants" and "insurgents" or members of a "private army," never nationalists defending their homeland, and whose resistance has probably forestalled attacks on Iran, Syria or North Korea. The real debate is neither Bush nor Kerry, but the system they exemplify; it is the decline of true democracy and the rise of the American "national security state" in Britain and other countries claiming to be democracies, in which people are sent to prison and the key thrown away, and whose leaders commit capital crimes in faraway places, unhindered — then, like the ruthless Tony Blair, invite the thug they install to address the British Labour Party conference. The real debate is the subjugation of national economies to a system dividing humanity as never before and sustaining the deaths, every day, of 24,000 hungry people. The real debate is the subversion of political language and of debate itself, and perhaps, in the end, our self-respect. Kewe comment: Oh! No John. We lost that long ago.
They maim young childrenThey burn toddlers to death
They shoot for the headSons lose their hands
They shoot older children who dare protestJewish settlers threw a molotov cocktail at this child
Atrocities committed by Israel — graphic pictures
What CNN nor the BBC ever shows you
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The horror of January 2009
'Two soldiers were on the tank eating chips, then one man came out of the tank with a rifle and started shooting the kids,' Mr Abed Rabbo, who receives a salary as a policeman from the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority in Ramallah said. 'I carried Suad who was dead, my wife carried Amal and my brother Ibrahim carried Samer' On Friday January 23, 2009, days after the ceasefile was called by US Israel, Mohammed woke early and walked to the ocean to fish for the first time since the horrific attacks on the Gaza population by US Israel in late December 2008 through the three weeks in January He and two of his sons had caught only three fish when a US Israel navy gunboat fired on themIsrael massacres — children bullets to the head I watched an Israeli soldier shoot dead my two little girls
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January 19 - 21
Doctors operating the only brain-scanning machine at an Egyptian hospital near Gaza have been almost overwhelmed by the number of Palestinian children arriving with bullet wounds to the head I can't precisely decide whether these children are being shot at as a target, but in some cases the bullet comes from the front of the head and goes towards the back, so I think the gun has been directly pointed at the child A girl aged 8 returned from hospital to the Beit Lahiya Elementary Co-educational school, Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 The young girl was burned by white phosphorus in Beit Lahiya by a US Israel white phosphorus attackIsrael massacres — children bullets to the head Places flag on family home — East Gaza City
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January 14 - 18 2009
Olmert parties with Brown, Berlusconi, Topolanek, Merkel, Sarkozy and Zapatero Livni and Rice kiss And every president and prime minister who repeated this mendacity as an excuse to avoid a ceasefire has the blood lust on their hands It was a lie — it was another lie — then the Israeli helicopter mowed them down at close rangeIsrael massacres — desire to kill one and half million people They came up again with the Hamas-was-in-the-UN-school lie
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January 2nd week 2009
They know, for example, that the infamous Plan D of 1947-8 resulted in the murderous depopulation of 369 Palestinian towns and villages by the Haganah — Israeli army European Union member states authorised the export of €200 million in arms exports to Israel in 2007, the latest figures from Brussels disclose — France is far and away the Jewish state's biggest European weapons supplier The people of Venezuela manifest their unconditional solidarity by affirming that the government of Venezuela will not rest until it sees those responsible for these criminal atrocities severely punished A very large delivery of US weaponry to Israel consisting of 3,000 tons of 'ammunition' sails to Israel99% of US House joins 100% of US Senate in Supporting Israel with HRes34 The 42 vetoes of the US for Israel
In the insanity that is the U.S. today the US Congress have given this to Israel The issue we are dealing with is dual loyalties — the double allegiance of the myriad officials at high and middle levels who cannot distinguish U.S. interests from Israel interests Financed by US military aid to Israel, the United States has given Israel 5,000 smart bombs including 1,000 bunker-buster high precision GPS-guided Small Diameter Guided Bomb Units 39 (GBU-39) smart bombs produced by Boeing Beneath cabinet level the list of pro-Israel people who are either policy functionaries themselves or advise policymakers from perches just on the edges of government, reads like the old biblical 'begats'US Israel attack on Gaza City The Politics of Anti-Semitism 99 US Senators, 350 US House members attend AIPAC meeting
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Wounded Palestine children arrive for treatment at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City after US Israel strike Palestine man looks at a covered body as the bodies of three children killed by a US Israel tank shell are seen on the floor of the morgue at Shifa hospital in Gaza US paid US Israel forces attacked Gaza Strip houses, businesses and mosques from the air, land and sea Frantic families across Gaza sought any shelterIsrael killing — US paid army fires towards populations to cause death and injury The 42 vetoes of the US for Israel
Did you see any of these images on the BBC? Even the most fearsome inquisitors purr like a pussycat Their rottweiler instincts evaporate, their investigative skills desert them, objectivity takes a nosedive Palestinians in the West Bank don't fire rockets yet the Israelis are still in occupation after 40 years, still stealing their land and water, and now dumping their toxic waste thereTwenty Questions Radio/TV interviewers avoid asking about Israel Which parts of the Declaration of Human Rights and Geneva Conventions don't Israelis understand? Why is Israel still stealing Palestinian land for more illegal construction?
Depleted Uranium — its use in Afghanistan, Iraq, Balkans Photos of Iraq children being born deformed
US veteran Mothers against the war: So anyway that filth-spewer and warmonger, George Bush
was speaking after the tragedy of the marines in Ohio...
Suicide Bombing Blair, Bush Suicide Bombing is response to foreign occupation Will stop once troops withdraw
Cowardly attacks by air killing men women and children in their homes, often never seeing those they kill as the drones or aircraft fly back to the cowardly bases If they kill only the husband, see how they care for the family they have destroyedAfghanistan — Western Terror States: Canada, US, UK, France, Germany, Italy Photos of Afghanistan people being killed and injured by NATO
"None of that spilling of secrets for crass political retribution
could have gone on without her knowledge and approval,
and thus complicity. Little of it could have happened without her participation,
if not as a leaker herself,
at least with her direction and with her scripting." Condoleezza Rice — Iraq — Rove
As Jews we march with the Palestinians and raise their flag! His Majesty King Abdullah — The American Magazine November 1947 Norman Finkelstein, Professor Marc Saperstein and Middle East Journal
— the Third World War continued: Chechnya, North Ossetia, Ingushetia
Foreign Ministry officials stated they will do everything possible to renew diplomatic ties, expressing sorrow over the "unfortunate incident". Projected mortality rate of Sudan refugee starvation deaths — Darfur pictures Suicide now top killer of Israeli soldiers Atrocities files - graphic images 'Suicide bombings,' the angel said, 'and beheadings.''And the others that have all the power - they fly missiles in the sky.They don't even look at the people they kill.' The real Ronald Reagan
— Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, South Africa Follow the torture trail... Photos August 2004 When you talk with God were you also spending your time, money and energy, killing people? Are they now alive or dead? Photos July 2004 US Debt Photos June 2004 Lest we forget - Ahmed and Asma, story of two children dying Photos May 2004 American military: Abu Gharib (Ghraib) prison photos, humiliation and torture
- London Daily Mirror article: non-sexually explicit pictures Photos April 2004 The celebration of Jerusalem day, the US missiles that rained onto children in Gaza,
and, a gathering of top articles over the past nine months Photos March 2004 The Iraq War - complete listing of articles, includes images Photos February 2004 US missiles - US money - and Palestine Photos January 2004 Ethnic cleansing in the Beduin desert Photos December 2003 Shirin Ebadi Nobel Peace Prize winner 2003 Photos November 2003 Atrocities - graphic images... Photos October 2003 Aljazeerah.info Photos September 2003
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