If you are invited to attend the Bush "State of the Union Address," and wear the wrong T-Shirt (number of Americans killed in Iraq) like CINDY SHEEHAN did tonight, you will get arrested. This is the Bush Police State today.
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*Cindy Sheehan Arrested For Wearing Iraq KIA T-Shirt!
*Rachel Maddow Blog
Cindy Sheehan being booked for wearing the
"Americans killed in action in Iraq" numbers T-Shirt.
*Gold Star Families For Peace
(Cindy Sheehan support site)
If your son or daughter is killed in Iraq don't wear a "killed in action" T-Shirt in the People's House (USA Congress). American war dead and disabled numbers should remain silent and not be seen at the Capitol.
Monday, January 30, 2006
Political and Military Abuse of Power Videos
Sunday, January 29, 2006
The Real Reason For War In Iraq
Iraq War Design
1) Secure U.S./U.K. oil supplies before and after global Peak Oil.
2) To have a large military presence to "dissuade" other oil-producers from moving towards the euro as an oil transaction currency. These are the crucial elements for maintaining U.S. dominance over the world economy.
Early USA Energy
Security Analysis Report
As early as April 1997, a report from the James A. Baker Institute of Public Policy at Rice University addressed the problem of "energy security" for the United States, and noted that the US was increasingly threatened by oil shortages in the face of the inability of oil supplies to keep up with world demand. In particular the report addressed "The Threat of Iraq and Iran" to the free flow of oil out of the Middle East.
The report, *Strategic Energy Policy Challenges for the 21st Century, concluded: "The United States remains a prisoner of its energy dilemma. Iraq remains a de-stabilizing influence to ... the flow of oil to international markets from the Middle East.
Saddam Hussein has also demonstrated a willingness to threaten to use the oil weapon and to use his own export program to manipulate oil markets. Therefore the US should conduct an immediate policy review toward Iraq including military, energy, economic and political/ diplomatic assessments."
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*Oil, Petrodollars and the OPEC Euro Question
Defense of the Dollar
But the need to dominate oil from Iraq is also deeply intertwined with the *defense of the dollar. The dollars' current strength is supported by OPEC's requirement (secured by a secret agreement between the US and Saudi Arabia) that all OPEC oil sales be denominated in dollars. This requirement is currently threatened by the desire of some OPEC countries to allow OPEC oil sales to be paid in euros.
"The Federal Reserve's greatest nightmare is that OPEC will switch its international transactions from a dollar standard to a euro standard.
Iraq actually made this switch in Nov. 2000 (when the euro was worth around 82 cents), and has actually made off like a bandit considering the dollar's steady depreciation against the euro. (Note: the dollar declined 17% against the euro in 2002.)
Keeping the Dollar
Standard On Oil Sales
The real reason the Bush administration wants a puppet government in Iraq -- or more importantly, the reason why the corporate-military-industrial network conglomerate wants a puppet government in Iraq -- is so that it will revert back to a dollar standard and stay that way." (While also hoping to veto any wider OPEC momentum towards the euro, especially from Iran -- the 2nd largest OPEC producer who is actively discussing a switch to euros for its oil exports)."
While the dollar is still the standard currency for trading international oil sales, in 2006 Iran intends to set up an oil exchange (or bourse) that would facilitate global trading of oil between industrialized and developing countries by pricing sales in the euro, or “petroeuro.”
The vast majority of the world’s oil is traded on the New York NYMEX (Mercantile Exchange) and the London IPE (International Petroleum Exchange), both of which are operated by an Atlanta-based U.S. conglomerate.
These oil exchanges transact oil trades in the dollar. Tehran’s plan to open an oil exchange that utilized the euro for global oil trades represents a significant obstacle towards stated neoconservative goals of U.S. global domination.
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*Oil Currency Geopolitics
*The Real Reasons for the War With Iraq
The World Trade Game
"World trade is now a game in which the US produces dollars and the rest of the world produces things that dollars can buy. The world's interlinked economies no longer trade to capture a comparative advantage; they compete in exports to capture needed dollars to service dollar-denominated foreign debts and to accumulate dollar reserves to sustain the exchange value of their domestic currencies.
World Central Banks
To prevent speculative and manipulative attacks on their currencies, the world's central banks must acquire and hold dollar reserves in corresponding amounts to their currencies in circulation. The higher the market pressure to devalue a particular currency, the more dollar reserves its central bank must hold.
This creates a built-in support for a strong dollar that in turn forces the world's central banks to acquire and hold more dollar reserves, making it stronger. This phenomenon is known as dollar hegemony, which is created by the geopolitically constructed peculiarity that critical commodities, most notably oil, are denominated in dollars.
Dollars and Dollar Oil
Everyone accepts dollars because dollars can buy oil. The recycling of petro-dollars is the price the US has extracted from oil-producing countries for US tolerance of the oil-exporting cartel since 1973.
By definition, dollar reserves must be invested in US assets, creating a capital accounts surplus for the US economy. Even after a year of sharp correction, US stock valuation is still at a 25-year high and trading at a 56 percent premium compared with emerging markets."
Increasing American Foreign Debt Balances
Central bankers around the world do not expect either the US dollar or the US stock markets to sustain their current levels.
Our sinking condition as a debtor nation was not inevitable, in other words, but the reluctance among US governing elites to give up on the past glory and adjust to the new realities.
Dependency might have been averted years ago if US leadership had awakened fully to the financial implications and compelled major trading partners to do the same--that is, to join in adjusting the global trading system so the United States would no longer carry alone such burgeoning trade deficits.
Under the original terms of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, for instance, it is legal for a nation to impose emergency general tariffs to correct a dangerous financial imbalance flowing from trade.
If the United States took such a provocative step, however, it would ignite fierce global opposition and also expose decades of triumphant propaganda. Washington would have to confess to voters that globalization had become a negative proposition for the national balance sheet.
Above all, facing reality would require US elites to resign their inherited role as the singular superpower that runs things--and begin sharing that power with other nations. Neither political party wants to face such a painful retreat on its watch. Besides, for politicians and policy-makers, it feels good to run the world.
In theory, this problem might still be corrected, but only in theory, because it is impossible to imagine such a dramatic policy reversal from Washington without some great crisis to provoke it.
American leadership has instead become increasingly delusional, and blind to the adverse balance of power accumulating against it. Presidents from both parties (Clinton no less than Bush) have embraced the notion that additional trade agreements will eventually solve the US problem by eliminating tariffs and other trade barriers.
We have thirty years of evidence to prove the contrary. The gap between imports and exports keeps growing larger right along with each new agreement.
Reconverting Iraq back to the petrodollar was not the critical issue, but preventing any further momentum towards a petroeuro is a critical component of current US Geostrategy.
While deceiving the American people into war, this administration sent a message to other OPEC-producers -- "You are either with us or against us."
In the end the rules of economics and the laws of physics will prevail over the dreams of Global Empire. It will be increasingly "sensible" for OPEC to re-denominate oil sales in euros once the EU expands.
Peak Oil will usher in an era in which demand for oil will forever outstrip supply. The neoconservatives understand what this means -- the end of US Hyper power, and thus the end of their dreams of a US Global Empire.
The true test of US leadership and the citizenry will be acknowledging that our nation will soon endure some economic hardship. Everyone on earth will be impacted by Peak Oil, and given that reality multilaterialism rather than unilateralism is the only way to create a peaceful outcome.
The industrialized economies need to develop new energy policies and technologies, but here in the US we have the most to lose due to our high consumption rate and structural debt problems. In fact, out entire "suburban" infrastructure was designed for the utilization of automobiles and we do not have enough mass transit in place when Peak Oil arrives.
We have a lot of work to do, not enough time, and too much debt, which further reduces our options. Secondly, our currency is challenged for the first time since WWII with an alternative -- the euro.
So, we have been reduced to using military force to maintain our hegemonic status, but under the neoconservatives we are doing it in such an overt, arrogant way that the world community is objecting. Disparaging the United Nations while unsuccessfully bribing our allies to support the Iraq war is a radical departure from decades of US diplomatic policy.
Furthermore, the world community is probably more aware of the implications of the Project for a New American Century than the US citizens are, and the world does not appear ready to accept the US as a militant, unilateral hyper-power.
Neoconservatives fail to understand that the industrialized world can and will topple us from our hegemonic status if they perceive us to be a greater threat to world stability than the economic disruptions that would occur from the displacement of the dollar standard. Let us hope the world will not allow a disorderly dollar decline or "panic."
The dollar is our Achilles Heel, and it will also be our undoing if we do not change course and compromise with the European Union, otherwise we will probably have military conscription, political repression and tyranny at home, and the American Experiment as we have known it for the past 227 years will end.
This need not be the case.
What we as citizens must realize is that overt pursuit of Empire abroad will ultimately result in tyranny at home. We have already begun this process with the incessant fear mongering, deception and intolerant portrayal of events surrounding the Iraq war. Furthermore, our civil rights and Constitutional protections are being dangerously compromised.
The only way out of this dilemma is international cooperation, real leadership, global monetary reform and sacrifices by the US citizenry regarding energy consumption.
U.S. Politicians are not interested in being truthful with the People, as both parties are more or less in the pockets of the military-energy conglomerates. Real Campaign Finance Reform may be the only way in which the US can enact the sufficient energy reforms that will be required with the onset of Peak Oil.
Resources ...Stumble It!
*Behind the Invasion of Iraq
*Forget the oil price, what about the euro?
*ECB blasts Bush economy
*Iraq and the hidden euro-dollar wars
*The Shifting Geopolitics of the Euro
*When will we buy oil in euros?
*CIA Finds No Evidence Hussein Sought to Arm Terrorists
*Dollar Crisis and American Empire
*U.S. Dollar vs. the Euro:Another Reason for the Invasion of Iraq
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
A World At War
There have been*35 major conflicts in the world since 1945, and 90 per cent of casualties have been civilians. 3 out of 4 fatalities of war are women and children.
There are over *300,000 child soldiers in the world.
More than *500 million small arms and light weapons are in circulation around the world. In major conflicts since 1990, they have caused 4 million deaths - 90 per cent of them civilians, and 80 per cent women and children.
There are approximately *20,000 nuclear missiles in the world today. Some 5,000 nuclear weapons are on hair-trigger alert, ready to be launched on a few minutes notice.
Current global military spending is approximately *$1 Trillion per year; more than the total annual income of the poorest 45% of the global population.
*360 million people have been killed, in total, by governments (genocides) in the 20th century, apart from war.
*33% of the world's people live under authoritarian, non-democratic regimes.
*35% of the world's people live in countries in which basic political rights and civil liberties are denied (such as freedom of speech, religion, press, fair trials, democratic political processes, etc).
The global economy will have to generate a minimum of *500 million new jobs during the next 10 years just to accommodate new seekers of the labor force and reduce the current level of unemployment. Now some 1 billion people - 1/3rd of the world's labor force, is unemployed or underemployed.
*27 million people are enslaved around the world, including an estimated 20 million people held in bonded labour (forced to work in order to pay off a debt, also known as 'debt bondage')
Over *250 million, or 1 out of 6, children ages 5 to 17 worldwide are involved in child labor.
180 million children, including 110 million under age 15, are exposed to the worst forms of, or hazardous, child labor.
There are over *45 million refugees and internally dispaced people in the world.
Conflict between Islam and the West
In recent decades there has been a population explosion in Muslim countries, leading to a huge increase in unemployed males between the ages of fifteen and thirty. Sociologists in the United States know that this group creates the most social disruption and causes the most crime - and that in a relatively wealthy and stable society.
In Muslim countries, however, we find little such wealth and stability, except perhaps among a few of the political elites. Thus, the disruption potential of that group of males is much greater, and their search for a cause and an identity can create even more difficulties.
Islam Founding & Expansion Maps
Early Expansion Wars of Islam (622-732) Founding
(dark blue) Expansion (lighter shades of blue)
Islamic Modern expansion (lighter green & stripes)
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*The Reform Islam Needs
Impact of culture on Arab military
Arabic-speaking armies have been generally *ineffective in the modern era. Why this unimpressive record? There are many factors — economic, ideological, technical — but perhaps the most important has to do with culture and certain societal attributes which inhibit Arabs from producing an effective military force.
Some problems are: lack of leadership, hoarding of information, memorization instead of reasoning, paranoia in the name of hierarchy, indifference to fellow human beings, trust in relatives only, and conformity as a major social virtue.
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*The Rise of Islam
Islamic Terrorism in Southeast Asia
"the economic crisis of 1997 and subsequent reductions in social spending produced further support for radical Islamic groups. Cuts in spending on education in the region raised the profile of private schools run by Islamic radicals. "The Islamic groups give some benefits to families, especially with their religious schools."
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*Why Southeast Asia?
*Islamic Expansion SE Asia
*Islamic militants join forces for global struggle
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
For American Troops No Treatment No Cure
The Most Ignored & Covered Up
by Mass Media News Story ...
Hundreds of Thousands of American Troops
Contaminated, dying, and disabled from Depleted
Uranium by American Arms.
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*Depleted Uranium Study
Read On ...
From Gulf War I, fully 75% of our fighting men who were on the ground are now dead,
dying, or sick from Depleted Uranium.
There are reports that the Pentagon is preventing American soldiers from writing home
to complain about the variety of illness afflicting them because of the deadly combination
of Depleted Uranium and Toxic Vaccinations.
The Pentagon is said to be threatening to muster out soldiers who complain, thus cutting off
their medical care after they get out. However, when these men do return home and they are
very ill from D.U. contamination, the Pentagon is refusing to
*admit that these men are sick with D.U.! A special report published by eminent scientist
*Leuren Moret naming depleted uranium as the definitive cause of the Gulf War Syndromehas
fed a*growing scandal about the continued use of uranium munitions by the US Military.
The Veterans Administration acknowledged a third of all living Gulf War veterans, 181,996
were collecting *service-related disability pensions. Now the same thing is happening to
veterans of "Operation Iraqi Freedom."
Civilian populations in Afghanistan and Iraq and occupying troops have been
*contaminated with astounding levels of radioactive depleted and non-depleted
uranium as a result of post-9/11 United States’ use of tons of uranium munitions.
Researchers say surrounding countries are bound to feel the effects as well.
The Pentagon used its radioactive arsenal mainly in the *urban centers, rather
than in desert battlefields as in 1991. Many hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people
and U.S. soldiers, along with British, Polish, Japanese and Dutch soldiers sent to join
the occupation, will suffer the consequences. The real extent of injuries, chronic illness,
long-term disabilities and genetic birth defects won't be apparent for five to 10 years.
Half of all the 697,000 U.S. soldiers involved in the 1991 war have reported serious
illnesses. This number of disabled veterans is shockingly high. Most are in their
mid-thirties and should be in the prime of health. Before sending troops to the
Gulf region, the military had already sifted out those with disabilities or chronic
health problems from asthma, diabetes, heart conditions, cancers and birth defects.
In 2003 scientists from the *Uranium Medical Research Center (UMRC) studied urine
samples of Afghan civilians and found that 100% of the samples taken had levels of
non-depleted uranium (NDU) 400% to 2000% higher than normal levels.
The UMRC research team studied six sites, two in Kabul and others in the Jalalabad area.
The civilians were tested four months after the attacks in Afghanistan by the United States
and its allies.
*NDU is more radioactive than depleted uranium (DU), which itself is charged with causing
many cancers and severe birth defects in the Iraqi population, especially children over the
past ten years. Four million pounds of radioactive uranium was dropped on Iraq in 2003
alone. Uranium dust will be in the bodies of our returning armed forces.
Conducted at the request of The News, as the U.S. government considers the cost of $1,000
per affected soldier prohibitive, the test found that four of the nine men were
contaminated with high levels of DU, likely caused by inhaling dust from depleted
uranium shells fired by U.S. troops.
Most American weapons (missiles, smart bombs, dumb bombs, bullets, tank shells,
cruise missiles, etc.) contain high amounts of radioactive uranium. Depleted or
non-depleted, these types of weapons, on detonation, release a radioactive dust
which, when inhaled, goes into the body and stays there. It has a half-life of
4.5 billion years.
Basically, it’s a permanently available contaminant, distributed in the environment,
where dust storms or any water nearby can disperse it. Once ingested, it releases
subatomic particles that slice through DNA.
UMRC’s Field Team found several hundred Afghan civilians with acute symptoms of
radiation poisoning along with chronic symptoms of internal uranium contamination,
including congenital problems in newborns. Local civilians reported large, dense dust
clouds and smoke plumes rising from the point of impact, an acrid smell, followed by
burning of the nasal passages, throat and upper respiratory tract.
Subjects in all locations presented identical symptom profiles and chronologies.
The victims reported symptoms including pain in the cervical column, upper
shoulders and basal area of the skull, lower back/kidney pain, joint and muscle
weakness, sleeping difficulties, headaches, memory problems and disorientation.
At the Uranium Weapons Conference held October 2003 in Hamburg, Germany,
independent scientists from around the world testified to a huge increase in
birth deformities and cancers wherever NDU and DU had been used. Professor
Katsuma Yagasaki, a scientist at the Ryukyus University, Okinawa calculated
that the 800 tons of DU used in Afghanistan is the radioactive equivalent of
83,000 Nagasaki bombs. The amount of DU used in Iraq is equivalent to
250,000 Nagasaki bombs.
At the Uranium Weapons Conference, a demonstration by British-trained oncologist
Dr. Jawad Al-Ali showed photographs of the kinds of birth deformities and tumors he
had observed at the Saddam Teaching Hospital in Basra just before the 2003 war.
Cancer rates had increased dramatically over the previous fifteen years.
In 1989 there were 11 abnormalities per 100,000 births; in 2001 there were 116 per
100,000—an increase of over a thousand percent. In 1989 34 people died of cancer;
in 2001 there were 603 cancer deaths. The 2003 war has increased these figures
At a meeting of the International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan held
December 2003 in Tokyo, the U.S. was indicted for multiple war crimes in
Afghanistan, among them the use of DU.
Leuren Moret, President of Scientists for Indigenous People and Environmental
Commissioner for the City of Berkeley, testified that because radioactive
contaminants from uranium weapons travel through air, water, and food sources,
the effects of U.S. deployment in Afghanistan will be felt in Iran, Pakistan, Turkey,
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China and
Countries affected by the use of uranium weapons in Iraq include Saudi Arabia,
Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Turkey, and Iran.
Veterans groups blame depleted uranium contamination as a factor in Gulf War
syndrome, the term for a host of ailments that afflicted thousands of vets from
"Anybody, civilian or soldier, who breathes these particles has a permanent dose,
and it's not going to decrease very much over time," said Dietz, who retired in 1983
after 33 years as nuclear physicist. "In the long run ... veterans exposed to ceramic
uranium oxide have a major problem."
Shocking report reveals local troops to be
victims of America's high-tech weapons
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*Troops victims of America's high-tech weapons
Depleted uranium, which does not occur in nature, is created as a waste product of
uranium enrichment when some of the highly radioactive isotopes in natural
uranium, U-235 and U-234, are extracted.
In the Gulf War, Army brass did not warn soldiers about any risks from exploding
DU shells. An unknown number of G.I.s were exposed by shrapnel, inhalation or
handling battlefield debris.
"A large number of American soldiers [in Iraq] may have had significant exposure
to uranium oxide dust," ... "And the health impact is worrisome for the future."
When DU shells explode, they permanently contaminate their target and the area
immediately around it with low-level radioactivity.
Birth defects may stem from his father's Gulf War service. But like many other
families, American Vets face official stonewalling, and a frightening future.
Read more ...
*US Veterans Face Frightening Future
The use of depleted uranium weaponry by the United States, defying all
international treaties, will slowly annihilate all species on earth
including the human species, and yet this country continues to do
so with full knowledge of its destructive potential.
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*Deadly Illegal American Uranium Weapons
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------More Bombs Dropped On Iraq
Than Were Used In WW II
At least 300 million grams of depleted uranium were deposited on central
and southern Iraq during the Gulf War and subsequent bombings, over
100 million times the 0.023 gram maximum exposure dose permitted for
workers in nuclear industry. Depleted uranium, because of its unique ratio
of U-235 to U-238, can be readily identified and has been found in the urine
of exposed individuals as long as 10 years after exposure.
During the brief Gulf War, thousands of tons of bombs were dropped on Iraq,
more than were used throughout World War II. By systematic intent, all
electric power generating facilities, water treatment and pumping plants,
sewage treatment facilities, and communication centers were bombed.
*Is The Pentagon Giving Our Soldiers Cancer?
*Damage in Iraq during the Gulf War
*U.S. Stocking Uranium-Rich Bombs?
*Depleted Uranium Watch
*The Doctor,Depleted Uranium, the Dying Children
*Depleted Uranium and Other Uranium Weapons
*War Crimes -- Committed
*Women for a Better World
*US use of DU in Iraq war causes cancer
*Concerns over military use of Depleted Uranium growing
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