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The Stupid Ukrainian Dictatorship Launches An Armed Attack On AntiGovernment Protest Marchers And Brings On A Civil War:
“We See That This Regime Started Shooting At People Again” Yanukovych Government Officials And Police Driven Out By Armed
Defense Guards Made Up Of Local Citizens In Many Ukrainian Cities;
Revolutionaries In Western Ukraine Have Announced The Formation Of Their Own Parliament In Opposition To The Kiev Dictatorship
In addition to the fragmentary BBC report below, PBS and other media outlets report that in many cities outside the capital, citizens have taken arms, attacked and captured government buildings, peacefully where possible, but by opening fire on government forces when they did not surrender, overthrowing agents of the Kiev dictatorship criminals and taking the power. In the Western Ukraine a Parliament has been organized in opposition to the Kiev parliament of the Yanukovych regime. One commentator noted that about 3 million Ukrainians possess weapons and numbers of them are streaming to centers of opposition. If so, then a revolutionary civil war from below has been organized in one day by the deadly stupidity of Yanukovych and the “advisors” sent by Czar Putin to help him ”game” how to crush the protest movement, as reported on PBS today. The New York Times notes that “The fighting broke out a day after Russia threw a new financial lifeline to Mr. Yanukovych government by buying $2 billion in Ukrainian government bonds.” Perhaps some fools believe that is a “coincidence.” A more accurate term is “blood money” paid by the latest “Autocrat of All the Russias.” The police are too weak to contain the new revolutionary governments unfolding outside the capital. The open question now is: what will be the attitude of Ukrainian army soldiers? Will they obey orders from Yanukovych to slaughter their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, wives and children? That remains to be seen. If the opposition fails to reach out to the soldiers now, they tie the rope around their own necks that will hang them. *******************************************************************************
Feb. 18, 2014 BBC Attacks on government offices, police and the security service, SBU, are reported in several cities in western Ukraine, including Lviv, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk, according to the opposition-supporting Fifth TV channel, which has been switched off across Ukraine and is available only on satellite and online. ************************************************************************************ FEB. 18, 2014 By ANDREW HIGGINS and ANDREW E. KRAMERFEB, New York Times [Excerpts] KIEV, Ukraine — Mayhem gripped the center of the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday evening as riot police officers moved on protesters massed behind barriers raised throughout Independence Square, the focal point of more than two months of protests against President Viktor F. Yanukovych. As the attack began just before 8 p.m. local time, the police tried to drive two armored personnel carriers through stone-reinforced barriers outside the Khreschatyk Hotel in the square. But they became bogged down and, set upon by protesters wielding rocks and fireworks, burst into flames, apparently trapping the security officers inside and prompting desperate rescue efforts from their colleagues. The push into Independence Square by anti-riot forces spread chaos and fire across the protest zone, with tents ablaze as police advanced through clouds of smoke and teargas. The 20,000 or so protesters sang the national anthem against the din of percussion grenades, fireworks and what, on occasion, sounded like gunfire. A phalanx of riot police officers, backed by a water cannon, pushed through protesters’ barricades near the Ukraina Hotel and fired tear gas as they advanced toward the center of the square. People covered in blood staggered to a medical center set up in the protest encampment. In the late evening, a group of several hundred riot police officers finally overpowered protesters at the barricades near the Khreshatyk Hotel and, banging their shields, began to move towards the center of the protester’s encampment on Independence Square. Another phalanx that had earlier penetrated the area, pushing down Instituts’ka Street past the Ukraina Hotel, was stalled by a wall of flaming rubber tires.
With visibility sharply reduced to just a few yards by thick clouds of acrid smoke, it was often difficult to determine who was firing what at whom. Music blared from a stage set up by protesters who, although boxed in all sides, showed little sign of dispersing. At an improvised medical center on the fourth floor of the Trade Union Building on Independence Square, scores of the wounded were brought in for treatment. Many had lacerated legs, apparently from the impact of percussion grenades that explode at ground level and spray a shower of plastic shrapnel. Andriy Huk, deputy head of the protester’s medical center, said he had seen one person with gunshot wounds to the stomach. Volodomyr Pogorily, another doctor at the medical center, said he had removed five bullets from wounded protesters. Many of the injuries treated at the makeshift medical center were from percussion grenades, which create a deafening noise but are not meant to be lethal or cause serious injury. But a nurse said the wounds she had treated during the day suggested that the grenades had been wrapped in tape with nails and stones to make them more dangerous. Yevgeny Avramchuk, a protester who was treated at the center, said doctors had removed a pebble from a hole in his calf. “It hurt, yes it hurt. It felt like my shin was hit with a hammer,” he said of his injury. Another person was evacuated in an ambulance with a chest puncture wound. Throughout the evening, doctors rushed along a corridor lined with a filthy carpet and littered with bloody bandages, removing projectiles from wounded people slumped in the hallway. Panic spread through patients and medical staff when smoke poured into the treatment area and it seemed that the building, occupied for more than two months by protesters, had been set on fire. But the smoke turned out to have come from the nearby offices of Right Sector, a coalition of right-wing militant groups whose members had started burning documents. The struggle was particularly intense near the barricades outside the Khreshatkyk Hotel, where police lost the two armored vehicles. Engulfed in thick clouds of smoke, police fired stun grenades while protesters responded with volleys of rocks and fireworks. Protesters holding out in Independence Square continued to scream defiance but a powerful loudspeaker system that had filled the center of Kiev for weeks with the sound of protest songs and speeches went down.
Before the sound system failed, Arseniy Yatseniuk, a prominent opposition leader, delivered what could be the final speech from the stage in Independence Square, at least for a time. “We see that this regime started shooting at people again. They want to drown Ukraine in blood,” he shouted. “We won’t react on a single one of their provocations. But we won’t make any single step back from here, from this Maidan.” Earlier in the day, enraged protesters reoccupied City Hall, which they had vacated two days earlier, and the authorities shut the Kiev subway to thwart opposition calls for reinforcements to defend their encampment. The police advance followed hours of street battles that destroyed hopes of an early political settlement, stirred in recent days by an amnesty deal. The violence began early on Tuesday when antigovernment activists moved out of their barricaded zone around Independence Square and advanced into a governmentcontrolled district, battling riot police officers with stones and Molotov cocktails in the worst clashes in nearly a month. A group of young militants occupied and set fire to the headquarters of the ruling Party of Regions. “We have no other way,” said Lena Melniko, a 33-year-old accountant who joined a team of protesters digging up paving stones and passing them on to helmeted fighters to throw at police, “We have been protesting for three months but are stuck in dead end,” she added, seemingly oblivious to the deafening din of percussion grenades fired by police. Much of the violence early Tuesday took place along Instyuts’ka Street near Ukraine’s Parliament building and the main offices of the government. Protesters hurled stones at police officers sheltering behind a barricade of blazing vehicles while ambulances, sirens wailing, rushed to help people injured in the clashes. Some demonstrators carried firearms, too, though it was unclear whether they had used them. On Instyuts’ka Street, a crowd pulled a man from a parked car after discovering a rifle in the car’s trunk. As he was jostled by the crowd, the man objected he had came to “fight for freedom,” indicating he was on the side of protesters. He was allowed to drive away with the rifle. After first allowing demonstrators to mill about, riot police officers cleared them early in the afternoon in a series of charges, firing plastic and rubber munitions from shotguns. People ran, but at times also formed lines to fight, throwing stones and beer and vodka bottles filled with gasoline. At first, the gunshots were scattered but then they erupted in a staccato. Rubber bullets ricocheted off utility poles. At least a dozen people hobbled away, bleeding from head and leg wounds.
Young men in jeans wearing medical masks and carrying pipes and baseball bats were apparently assisting the police, mingling in their ranks. Elderly women clustered on the sidewalk, heedless of the explosions and gunshots, and heckled the police, yelling, “Killers!,” and “Shoot us! Just shoot us, kill us, kill us, you bastards!” Opposition leaders appealed to protesters to stand firm in a series of defiant speeches from the stage in Independence Square, known as Maidan. “We will come out of Maidan either free or slaves. But we don’t want to be slaves,” said Serhiy Sobolev, member of parliament from the Batkivshchyna Party. Petro Poroshenko, a wealthy opposition member of Parliament whose television station has been broadcasting the protests, called for discipline and defiance. “We are here not simply protecting Maidan, we are here protecting Ukraine. We are not simply staying here for the future of Kiev. We are standing for the unity of Ukraine. We are standing for the integrity of Ukraine,” Mr. Poroshenko said, urging residents to converge on the square to show their support. Viktor Pinchuk, a wealthy steel magnate and one of Ukraine’s most prominent so-called oligarchs, issued a plaintive plea that all sides “refrain from the use of force and find a compromise.” Ukraine, he added, has “since its independence avoided bloodshed. We must return to this tradition immediately.” Like other oligarchs who have mostly tried to hedge their bets throughout more than two months of tumult, Mr. Pinchuk avoided backing either the government’s push to take back Independence Square or the protesters trying to hang on to it. The fighting broke out a day after Russia threw a new financial lifeline to Mr. Yanukovych government by buying $2 billion in Ukrainian government bonds. [Blood money paid to launch the massacre of the protestors in Kiev. Duh. T] The Russian aid signaled confidence from the Kremlin that important votes in Parliament expected this week to amend the Constitution and form a new cabinet will go in Russia’s favor. It also highlighted the absence of any clear promise of financial aid from the European Union or the United States, which have supported the opposition in Ukraine. Mr. Yanukovych negotiated a $15 billion loan with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in December, and Ukraine received a first segment of this soon afterward when Russia purchased Ukrainian bonds worth $3 billion. But Russia suspended further payments last month after violent clashes broke out in Kiev and the pro-Russian prime minister resigned.
“The Fate Of Every Revolution At A Certain Point Is Decided By A Break In The Disposition Of The Army”
[Excerpt from: The History of the Russian Revolution By Leon Trotsky, Volume One: The Overthrow of Tzarism: February 23-27, 1917]
“The Fate Of Every Revolution At A Certain Point Is Decided By A Break In The Disposition Of The Army”
There is no doubt that the fate of every revolution at a certain point is decided by a break in the disposition of the army. Against a numerous, disciplined, well-armed and ably led military force, unarmed or almost unarmed masses of the people cannot possibly gain a victory. But no deep national crisis can fail to affect the army to some extent. Thus along with the conditions of a truly popular revolution there develops a possibility – not, of course, a guarantee – of its victory. However, the going over of the army to the insurrection does not happen of itself, nor as a result of mere agitation. The army is heterogeneous, and its antagonistic elements are held together by the terror of discipline. On the very eve of the decisive hour, the revolutionary soldiers do not know how much power they have, or what influence they can exert. The working masses, of course, are also heterogeneous. But they have immeasurably more opportunity for testing their ranks in the process of preparation for the decisive encounter. Strikes, meetings, demonstrations, are not only acts in the struggle, but also measures of its force. The whole mass does not participate in the strike. Not all the strikers are ready to fight. In the sharpest moments the most daring appear in the streets. The hesitant, the tired, the conservative, sit at home. Here a revolutionary selection takes place of itself; people are sifted through the sieve of events. It is otherwise with the army. The revolutionary soldiers – sympathetic, wavering or antagonistic – are all tied together by a compulsory discipline whose threads are held, up to the last moment, in the officer’s fist. The soldiers are told off daily into first and second files, but how are they to be divided into rebellious and obedient?
The psychological moment when the soldiers go over to the revolution is prepared by a long molecular process, which, like other processes of nature, has its point of climax. But how determine this point? A military unit may be wholly prepared to join the people, but may not receive the needed stimulus. The revolutionary leadership does not yet believe in the possibility of having the army on its side, and lets slip the victory. After this ripened but unrealized mutiny, a reaction may seize the army. The soldiers lose the hope which flared in their breasts; they bend their necks again to the yoke of discipline, and in a new encounter with the workers, especially at a distance, will stand opposed to the insurrection. In this process there are many elements imponderable or difficult to weigh, many crosscurrents, collective suggestions and autosuggestions. But out of this complicated web of material and psychic forces one conclusion emerges with irrefutable clarity: the more the soldiers in their mass are convinced that the rebels are really rebelling – that this is not a demonstration after which they will have to go back to the barracks and report, that this is a struggle to the death, that the people may win if they join them, and that this winning will not only guarantee impunity, but alleviate the lot of all – the more they realize this, the more willing they are to turn aside their bayonets, or go over with them to the people. In other words, the revolutionaries can create a break in the soldiers’ mood only if they themselves are actually ready to seize the victory at any price whatever, even the price of blood. And the highest determination never can, or will, remain unarmed.
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
“US Foreign Fighters Suffered 11 Combat Casualties During The Period Days Ending Feb 120 As The Total Rose To 40,412”
Feb 14, 2014 www.michaelmunk.com
AFGHANISTAN THEATER: US foreign fighters suffered 11 combat casualties during the period days ending Feb 120 as the total rose to 40,412. The total includes 21,454 dead and wounded (9 pending) from what the Pentagon classifies as "hostile" causes and 18,958 dead or medically evacuated (as of Dec. 3, 2012) from what it calls "non-hostile" causes. US media divert attention from the actual cost in American life and limb by reporting regularly only the total killed (6,797: 4,489 in Iraq, 2,308 in Afghanistan) but rarely mentioning those wounded in action (51,888: 32,238 in Iraq; 19,650 in Afghanistan). They ignore the 59,908 (44,607 in Iraq, 18,463 in AfPak (as of Dec 3, 2012) military casualties injured and ill seriously enough to be medevac'd out of theater, even though the 6,797 total dead include 1,456 (961 in Iraq, 495 in Afghanistan) who died from those same "non hostile" causes of whom almost 25% (332) were suicides (as of Jan 9, 2013).
Foreign Occupation “Servicemember” Killed Somewhere Or Other In Afghanistan: Nationality Not Announced
February 15, 2014 The Associated Press A foreign servicemember died following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan on Saturday.
POLITICIANS REFUSE TO HALT THE BLOODSHED THE TROOPS HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE WAR
18 February 2014 TOLOnews.com Six Afghan soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb blast in northeastern Kapisa province, officials said on Tuesday.
The incident took place in the Alasay district of the province, when the soldiers were returning to their post after a firefight with a group of insurgents in the district late on Monday, said Gen. Dawlat Waziri, the Deputy Defence Ministry Spokesman. "Unfortunately, their vehicle hit a roadside bomb which killed six soldiers," he said.
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Base Marine Families In Hawaii Worry About Deadly Soil Under Their Feet:
“The Navy Department Ignored Recommendations From The Construction Company To Dispose Of The Top 18 Inches Of Soil Before Building More Than 200 Duplexes”
“The Soil Contained Too Much Chlordane, A Pesticide That Was Banned In 1988”
“Levels Of Chlordane Found In The Soil 20 Times What The EPA Would Allow Without Taking Action”
Residents of the Forest City housing complex at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, are worried about the possible presence of the pesticide chlordane in the soil around their homes. (Marine Corps photos) According to the EPA’s website, the short-term effects of exposure to chlordane can include gastrointestinal distress and neurological symptoms, such as tremors and convulsions. Longer-term inhalation exposure results in effects on the nervous system. Studies have also shown links between inhaled exposure and non-Hodgkin lymphoma as well as liver cancer in mice that ingested the compound. Feb. 16, 2014 By Gina Harkins, Marine Corps Times Staff writer [Excerpts] Marine families who live in base housing in Hawaii worry that they have been exposed to a toxic chemical in the soil. They are organizing and gathering data on health issues they fear might have been caused by exposure to chlordane, a probable carcinogen. The concern about the health of Marines, their spouses and children at the Forest City military housing complex, a community of 2,300 homes aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, reignites a controversy, almost a decade old, about the quality of the soil underfoot and whether the Navy did enough to ensure the safety of the people living there. Walter Chun, a safety officer assigned to a construction project completed there in 2006, alleges that the Navy Department ignored recommendations from Chun and the construction company to dispose of the top 18 inches of soil before building more than 200 duplexes. The soil contained too much chlordane, a commonly used pesticide that was banned in 1988, according to Chun, who led some of the initial testing of the soil.
Now, nearly eight years later, military families who moved into those duplexes have taken to Facebook to discuss new concerns. More than 130 people were added to a group chat, started Feb. 2, that alerts families who have lived in Forest City housing during the construction or after, that they might have been exposed to chemicals that could produce long-term health effects. They worry not just about the chlordane, but other known carcinogens including heptachlor, heptachlor epoxide and DDT. Like chlordane, the compounds were commonly used pesticides. All have been banned for decades. One woman with the Facebook group chat indicated she met with a member of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to discuss the residents’ concerns. She also enlisted the help of attorneys. The members of the Facebook group have also sent out a survey that other Forest City residents can fill out so they can collect data on health issues. The survey asks when and where they lived on base, and whether they or their family members have developed any health problems since. It also asks whether they or their family members ever grew or ate fruits and vegetables from gardens grown in base housing areas. As the Facebook group chat expanded over the next several days, members began sharing concerns about specific medical problems they have encountered. Some referenced breathing issues like asthma, while others brought up more serious concerns about mysterious illnesses, and they now wonder if they resulted from exposure to chlordane. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies chlordane as a probable human carcinogen. According to the EPA’s website, the short-term effects of exposure to chlordane can include gastrointestinal distress and neurological symptoms, such as tremors and convulsions. Longer-term inhalation exposure results in effects on the nervous system. Studies have also shown links between inhaled exposure and non-Hodgkin lymphoma as well as liver cancer in mice that ingested the compound. Chun, who was subcontracted by the builder, Metcalf Construction Co., said the levels of chlordane found in the soil were 20 times what the EPA would allow without taking action. The Navy should have removed the top 18 inches of soil or covered it up with concrete and a layer soil to seal it off, he said. Those were the recommendations they made, Chun said, who has worked in the field of safety and health management for 45 years. But the Navy didn’t take those steps.
William Chain, an assistant professor of chemistry at University of Hawaii at Manoa, said if the chlordane levels were above those recommended by the EPA, even living in the housing for three or four years at a time would concern him. The easiest way to avoid exposure to carcinogens like chlordane is simple, he said: Don’t live there. Chun, the safety officer, said the Navy’s assumption that people wouldn’t be affected because they lived there in short spurts is flawed. Back in 2006, he responded to the Navy’s inaction by filing complaints with the EPA and the Hawaii Health Department. Hawaiian media reported on the controversy at the time. The EPA kicked the complaint to the health department, which took no action, stating a lack of jurisdiction aboard a military installation, he said. Chun believes the Navy failed to take some factors into account. When he was working on the construction project, he said, he saw a lot of young families with newborns and toddlers living on base. What might be acceptable levels of a toxic chemical for an adult might be too high for a baby, he said. The Navy and Marine Corps should also do more to alert people to the possible risks, he added. Many of the Facebook group members said they were surprised by the possible exposure to chlordane. Some said they were never told about this issue before moving there. A 46-page community handbook on the Forest City housing website does include one paragraph on precautions families can take to lower their risk of exposure, including washing their hands after direct soil contact and washing any plant or vegetable grown on-site before consumption. Questions about whether the Navy is still testing the soil to monitor the levels of chlordane or other toxic chemicals weren’t answered by press time. But the news release put out in 2006 stated that the Navy, like civilian property owners, does not routinely test the soil around homes.
Food Stamp Use Among Troops Skyrockets:
“The Military Members Likely To Be On Food Stamps Are Those At The Bottom Of The Ranks With Children”
[Thanks to Clancy Sigal, who sent this in.] 02/17/2014 by Caroline May, Political Reporter; The Daily Caller Food stamp redemption at military grocery stores, or commissaries, has nearly doubled since the beginning of the “Great Recession,” topping out at $103.6 million in fiscal 2013, from $31.1 million in 2008. While the amount of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, or food stamps, have soared over the past five years, the rate of increase has slowed, according to data from the Defense Commissary Agency and published by CNN Money Monday. From FY 2009 to FY 2010 the level of spending jumped from $52.9 million to $72.8 million; from FY 2010 to FY 2011 the amount of SNAP benefits redeemed increased from $72.8 million to $87.8 million; from FY 2011 to FY 2012 it increased from $87.8 million to $98.8 million; and from FY 2012 to FY 2013 from $98.8 million to $103.6 million. The period from FY 2008 to FY 2009 experienced the most dramatic jump, from $31.1 million to $52.9 million, or an increase of about 41 percent. According to the Army Times, the Agriculture Department’s most recent tally of activeduty military members on food stamps was in 2011, when about 5,000 were enrolled. At the time, that number made up about 0.01 percent of all SNAP recipients and .36 percent of the active-duty population. Commissaries only track the benefits used, not the status of the individual using them, like whether they are retired or active-duty. Pentagon officials told CNN that while the military does not track who is receiving assistance, the military members likely to be on food stamps are those at the bottom of the ranks with children, where base pay — not including housing or food — for a new soldier with a spouse and child is about $20,000. With housing and food allowances, an Army private with two years experience would make about $40,000. Despite the hardships facing some junior enlisted members, the amount of SNAP benefits spent at military commissaries pales in comparison to the national totals, which has topped off in recent years at $80 billion annually, with some 47.6 million beneficiaries in 2013.
“Lt. Col. Kay Hensen Awarded A National Guard Recruiting Contract Worth At Least $200 Million To An Alabama Marketing Company In 2005”
“Now Hensen Works For The Company, Docupak, And The Guard Contract Is At The Heart Of A National Recruiting Scandal”
“The National Guard Bureau Inappropriately Paid $9,276,630 To The Contractor”
Feb. 16, 2014 By Tom Vanden Brook, USA Today [Excerpts] WASHINGTON — When then-Lt. Col. Kay Hensen awarded a National Guard recruiting contract worth at least $200 million to an Alabama marketing company in 2005, investigative records show, the Guard failed to get a legal review for the program, did not conduct any market research and neglected to negotiate the contractor’s fee. Now Hensen works for the company, Docupak, and the Guard contract is at the heart of a national recruiting scandal. Hensen, documents and interviews show, negotiated her new job while still working for the Guard. She sought and received a ruling from the Montana National Guard ethics officer who cleared her for the job with Docupak, an advertising firm that administered the Recruiting Assistance Program. The program paid bonuses to soldiers and others for signing up recruits during the worst days of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Investigators say that as much as $100 million in bonuses may have been fraudulently obtained and that thousands of soldiers may have been involved.
Subsequent contracts with Docupak paid out $459 million in bonuses for signing up 150,000 recruits. The Army killed the program in 2012 after a scathing audit found fraud and patterns of abuse. Hensen’s hiring was appropriate and “well vetted,” Docupak president Philip Crane told USA Today. But Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., called Hensen’s hiring “troubling” and vowed that her panel on contracting would continue to investigate the issue. As of last month, the Army had 559 criminal investigations involving 1,219 people associated with the Recruiting Assistance Program. So far, 104 people have been convicted of crimes or disciplined by the Army. Moreover, the Army audit determined that the entire program was illegal because it lacked congressional authority to distribute such bonuses. A typical scam involved a recruiter, soldier, or even high school guidance counselor, who claimed credit for persuading somebody to join the National Guard. They took online training from Docupak, supplied personal information from the recruit and had money electronically transferred to their account. One person being prosecuted allegedly defrauded the government for $274,500. The Army audit blamed the fraud on poor internal controls, unscrupulous recruiters and “contracts that were not effectively written or overseen.” The contract met “almost none” of the federal acquisition requirements, according to a memo released by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on financial and contracting oversight staffers to senators. The memo also faulted the Guard Bureau, where Hensen had awarded the contract, for failing to get a legal review that would have shown the payment of recruit-referral bonuses “is inherently a governmental function, and could not be outsourced to a contractor.” It went on to fault the bureau for not conducting “any market research before contracting with DOCUPAK ... even though approximately 15 other companies” performed similar services. Another key deficiency in the contract: “The National Guard Bureau failed to negotiate the contractor’s fee. Instead, the National Guard Bureau simply accepted DOCUPAK’s billing of $345 for each referral, which amounted to a 16.5 percent fee for the contractor ... As a result, the National Guard Bureau inappropriately paid $9,276,630 to the contractor.” Document and Packaging Brokers Inc. is based in Alabaster, Ala. It bills itself as a “fullservice marketing firm with a proven history of success for our clients.” The company lists its top three services as sponsorships, exhibits and conference support.
The relationship between Hensen and the contractor requires more scrutiny, McCaskill said in a statement. “The revolving door between the military and contractors adds a troubling element to an already astounding level of problems with this program,” McCaskill said. “It’s clear that for years this effort was mismanaged at many levels and by many individuals, allowing potentially up to $100 million in fraud, and I intend to continue to investigate and ensure those responsible are held accountable.”
February 19, 1942: A Day That Will Live In Infamy:
“112,000 Citizens Of Japanese Ancestry Were Relocated, Losing Their Businesses, Homes, And Belongings To Whites”
Bookmice.net Carl Bunin Peace History Peace History February 18-24
Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt 10 weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, ordering all Japanese Americans (Nisei) evacuated from the West Coast of the U.S. and forcing them to live in concentration camps. The document authorized the Secretary of War and military commanders “to prescribe military areas...from which any or all persons may be excluded.” There was strong support from California Attorney General Earl Warren (later U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice), liberal journalist Walter Lippmann and Time magazine— which referred to California as “Japan’s Sudetenland” 112,000 citizens of Japanese ancestry were relocated, losing their businesses, homes, and belongings to whites. In the entire course of the war, 10 people were convicted of spying for Japan, all of whom were Caucasian.
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Zionist Settlers Poison Farmland In Occupied Palestine With Piss and Shit
Images by safa.ps 03 February 2014 Middle East Monitor Farmland in the 'Ain Faris area belonging to the village of Nahalin near Bethlehem have been destroyed after Israeli settlers from the illegal Beitar Illit settlement flooded fields with waste water. 'Ain Faris has a large plain and a spring that local farmers use to irrigate their land. Palestinian activist Ghassan Al-Najareh told the Safa news agency that waste water has destroyed the spring, making its water no longer potable, and killed most of the trees. This was a deliberate move by the settlers, insisted Al-Najareh, which happens almost weekly. Settlers open the sluices at night so that nobody sees them, he claimed. Al-Najareh, who campaigns against Israeli settlements and the Apartheid Wall, pointed that the land in question is threatened with confiscation so that it can be annexed to Beitar Illit settlement.
“On That Gloomy Morning May Aldebai Was Speaking To Her Unborn Baby”
“Mai Did Not Imagine That Before The Clock Had Struck 10 A.M., All Of Her Baby's Clothes And Toys, Along With Her Dreams, Would Be Smashed And Buried Beneath The Rubble Of Her Family Home”
“Without Any Prior Notice, The Israeli Forces Began Demolishing The House”
“They Did Not Give The Family Any Chance To Gather Even A Few Clothes To Protect Against The Winter Weather”
08/02/2014 By UCS-J, Ma'an News Agency Similar to other pregnant women who eagerly await their transitions into motherhood, on that gloomy morning May Aldebai was speaking to her unborn baby. She was telling him about the cozy room she had prepared for him, his warm bed, the nice clothes and the toys that would come to life at the moment of his arrival to the world. Mai did not imagine that before the clock had struck 10 a.m., all of her baby's clothes and toys, along with her dreams, would be smashed and buried beneath the rubble of her family home.
In 2008, Azam Idriss and his son-in-law Bahaa Aldbai bought a piece of land in the Ashqariyeh neighborhood in Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem. Two years later, they took out loans to build a single-story house and divided it into two apartments in order to protect them from the winter cold and summer heat. The apartments would be their family shelter, and would come to house fifteen people. However, during the construction they were subjected to a great deal of harassment by the Israeli municipality, which even issued a fine of 170,000 shekels ($48,200) against them under the claim of unlicensed construction. Drowning in the debts of construction and the fines they received due to construction, the family worked day and night in order to pay them off, all the while hoping that the situation would not get any worse. They hoped that the harassment would end and eventually the house would be turned to a safe home where their children could grow and prosper. Once the construction was finished, however, harassment only got worse. This time, it was Israeli settlers were acting under the protection of occupying forces that began causing problems, Idriss explained. More specifically, a settler named Ariel King started to claim that he owned the land despite the fact that Idriss and Aldbai had legally purchased it. King and other settlers would come during the night to spy on the house through the windows, terrifying the women and children of the family. These actions occurred under the protection of Israeli police, Idriss recounts. Israeli journalists also used to accompany King to film the house from the outside, holding interviews around the house with him and other settlers without acquiring permission from the house's true owners.
40 Days After King's Threats After a period of 40 days, King's threats against the house transformed into the very real practices of demolition. On Monday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m., Israeli police forces, employees from the Jerusalem Municipality and a group of settlers led by Ariel King raided the house and entered the bedrooms while the family was asleep. The Israeli authorities attacked the house without the slightest respect for the people inside, leaving the children in a state of panic. Without any prior notice, the Israeli forces began demolishing the house.
They did not give the family any chance to gather their belongings, not even a few clothes to protect against the winter weather nor their official documents and certificates. Even though the Israeli forces were aware that Mai Aldbai was pregnant, they detained her for several hours, bringing panic and fear to her heart. The occupying forces also assaulted other family members, leaving the children traumatized as a result of the brutal demolition of their home and the arbitrary assault on their family.
When A Child Becomes A Witness And A Victim It was not easy for Muhammad Aldbai, a two year old child, to witness the scenes of raid, demolition, and armed attack on his family home. The neighbors contacted his father Bahaa Aldbai, who was at work at the time of the demolition, to inform him about the attack. When he arrived, he tried to protect his terrified son and pregnant wife, who had been detained. Yet the occupying forces also arrested him and took him away to a police station in the settlement of Neve Yaakov. All these frightful images of attack, arrest and demolition were recorded in Muhammad's mind. Recalling these images over and over in his caused him to live in a state of panic, and since then he has had recurring nightmares. The child developed a stutter, as well as sudden bouts of screaming and crying and a paralyzing, constant fear of strangers.
After The Demolition … Fifteen people, old and young, are now living in two tents, without protection from the winter cold. They sleep, drink and eat in the tents since they lost all of their belongings, including their clothes, papers, and much of their savings. When they searched in the rubble to find their money and the gold that they had saved up for their son's marriage, they could not find it anywhere. Fatena Idriss speculates that during the raid prior to the demolition, occupying forces may have taken the disappeared money and gold, whose total worth amounted to more than 20,000 shekels ($5,700). This act of demolition was not the first, and it will not be the last. On the same day that Idriss and Aldbai's house was demolished, Israeli occupying forces demolished a total of four houses in Beit Hanina and Issawiya. Thousands of homes that have been destroyed since 1967, thousands of families have been displaced, and thousands of people are currently living under the threat of demolition and displacement.
This policy of not granting building permits to Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem is one of the key policies that the occupation adopts in order to displace Palestinians from the city. This is despite of the fact that the residents of Jerusalem are civilians living under occupation, and thus the Fourth Geneva Convention applies to them according to prevailing standards of international law. There are many questions that spin in the minds of all Jerusalemites who manage to live in Jerusalem despite the difficult conditions, including: Why building permits are granted easily in West Jerusalem but not in East Jerusalem? Why is the Fourth Geneva Convention not applied to the Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem?
CLASS WAR REPORTS
Auto Workers Reject UAW At Tennessee VW Plant:
“The UAW Told Volkswagen It Would Keep Wages ‘Competitive’ With Detroit-Based Automakers”
“Full-Time Workers Hired At The Volkswagen Plant In 2011 Earn About $5 More Per Hour Than Their Counterparts At General Motors, Ford And Chrysler Who Were Hired Over The Last Six Years”
“According To One Media Account, Frank Fischer, CEO Of Volkswagen Chattanooga, ‘Seemed Saddened By The Outcome’”
17 February 2014 By Tom Eley and Jerry White, World Socialist Web Site In a devastating defeat for the United Auto Workers union, workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant voted against the UAW last week. With nearly 90 percent of the workers casting ballots, the UAW lost the certification vote by 712 to 626. The debacle left UAW President Bob King and other union officials stunned. UAW executives had spent millions of dollars on the campaign and were counting on the backing of VW management, which agreed to work with the UAW to set up a Germanstyle “works council” at the plant. Predictably, UAW officials blamed the defeat on right-wing Republican politicians and the supposedly “antiunion” sentiment of workers themselves. In fact, Chattanooga workers voted “no” because they correctly saw that the UAW would function as nothing more than a company union. UAW leaders like President Bob King and Region 8 Director Gary Casteel made it clear that the UAW would do nothing to address workers’ grievances over low pay, the increased use of casual labor and poor working conditions.
On the contrary, UAW officials made it clear that they would keep wages low and productivity up—and subtract union dues from workers’ paychecks to boot. Before the vote, workers became aware of a clause in the Volkswagen-UAW “neutrality agreement” promising the automaker the union would engage in “maintaining and where possible enhancing the cost advantages and other competitive advantages that (Volkswagen) enjoys relative to its competitors in the United States and North America.” In other words, the UAW told Volkswagen it would keep wages “competitive” with the Detroit-based automakers. The Chattanooga workers could only take this as a threat; full-time workers hired at the Volkswagen plant in 2011 earn about $5 more per hour than their counterparts at General Motors, Ford and Chrysler who were hired over the last six years. Workers at the Tennessee factory—many of whom worked in northern plants before— know full well that the UAW has overseen the destruction of hundreds of thousands of jobs, the closing of hundreds of factories and the abandonment of virtually every gain won by auto workers. Under the 2009 deal worked out between the UAW, the automakers and the Obama administration to restructure the US auto industry, the eight-hour day has been abolished, and workers regularly labor 10-12 hours with no overtime pay. After agreeing to a 50 percent cut in wages for new hires, thousands of young workers now make the equivalent, in real terms, of what auto workers earned one hundred years ago. The UAW used labor costs at the nonunion “transplants” in the South as the benchmark for reducing the wages and benefits of workers at the Detroit’s Big Three automakers, which have reduced labor costs by nearly 30 percent over the last six years. This has allowed the UAW to pitch itself as a cost-cutter to the European and Asian-owned automakers. According to one media account, Frank Fischer, CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga, “seemed saddened by the outcome,” which was announced at a joint VW-UAW press conference last Friday night. Basing itself on its successful collusion with the IG Metall in Germany, VW sees setting up a works council in Tennessee as an essential device for suppressing opposition and imposing its dictates behind the façade of “co-determination.” In order to do this, however, VW needs the UAW because a workers council—which is committed solely to the interests of the company—would be illegal under US labor law, unless workers at the factory were represented by an ostensibly “independent union.” King first sought to get VW to certify the union without workers voting at all, claiming a majority had already signed cards in favor of the UAW. Officials from IG Metall, which
has seats on the company’s supervisory board, sought to bully workers into voting for the UAW by suggesting their jobs depended on bringing a works council into the Tennessee plant. In explaining the clause contained in the “neutrality agreement,” UAW head Bob King released a statement summing up the organization’s corporatist outlook, “Our philosophy,” he said, “is every company that we work with, we’re concerned about competitiveness. We work together with companies to have the highest quality, the highest productivity… What I hope the American public understands is that those people who attack this are attacking labor-management cooperation. They don’t believe in workers and management working together.” This is nothing but a company union. Since the Great Depression US labor law has prohibited such organizations, identifying them as, in essence, another layer of management organically hostile to the workers they falsely claim to represent. It was then understood that such organizations could have no other purpose than policing the workforce. In the 1920s and 1930s, the US automakers used company unions as a bulwark against organizations that sought to articulate workers’ interests—i.e., real unions, including at one time the UAW. The longstanding prohibition of company unions, established with the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, is based on the tacit admission that workers and bosses have a different set of interests. As King’s statement makes clear, the UAW denies this elementary principle. This threat to the bloated salaries of thousands of union executives will no doubt accelerate the transformation of the UAW into a purely business operation. The UAW already sits atop immense financial resources. Recently Italian automaker Fiat paid the UAW-controlled retiree trust fund $4.35 billion to buy out its stake in Chrysler. The trust also controls billions more in GM and Ford stock. This has given the UAW even greater financial incentive to ramp up the exploitation of workers. The repudiation of the UAW in Chattanooga takes place within the context of a growing rebellion of workers in recent years against the pro-company organization. In January 2010, at the NUMMI plant in Fremont, California, the UAW called police in to defend its officials from workers enraged over the union’s collusion in the plant’s closure. Later that year workers from a GM stamping plant in Indianapolis chased out of a meeting union officials—who were pushing a contract that included a 50 percent pay cut—and established an independent rank-and-file committee. Auto workers, no doubt, need organization to unite against the global auto giants. But these must be organizations of struggle, controlled by rank-and-file workers themselves, and completely independent of the UAW and other unions, the corporations and big business politicians. Moreover, they must be based on an entirely new strategy: the
fight for the international unity of the working class and the political mobilization of the working class against the capitalist system.
Playing The Al-Qaeda Card To The Last Iraqi:
A Popular Uprising Against An Unfixable Political System;
“Revolution Is Brewing And Boiling In Iraq Against The Sectarian Government In Baghdad”
“Playing Al-Qaeda Card A Smokescreen”
“Al–Qaeda is “not the only force on the ground in Fallujah, where “defected local police personnel and armed tribesmen opposed to the federal government … represent the superior force,” Lister added. February 12, 2014 by NICOLA NASSER, CounterPunch [Excerpts] International, regional and internal players vying for interests, wealth, power or influence are all beneficiaries of the “al-Qaeda threat” in Iraq and in spite of their deadly and bloody competitions they agree only on two denominators, namely that the presence of the U.S.-installed and Iran–supported sectarian government in Baghdad and its sectarian al-Qaeda antithesis are the necessary casus belli for their proxy wars, which are tearing apart the social fabric of the Iraqi society, disintegrating the national unity of Iraq and bleeding its population to the last Iraqi. According to the UN Assistance Mission to Iraq, 34452 Iraqis were killed since 2008 and more than ten thousand were killed in 2013 during which bombings more than tripled according to the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brett McGurk’s recent testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The AFP reported that more than one thousand Iraqis were killed in last January. The UN refugee agency UNHCR, citing Iraqi government figures, says that more than 140,000 Iraqis have already been displaced from Iraq’s western province of Anbar. Both the United States and Russia are now supplying Iraq with multi–billion arms sales to empower the sectarian government in Baghdad to defeat the sectarian “al-Qaeda threat.”
Embracing the same strategy the Americans used in 2007, Iran and U.S. Iraqi proxies have now joined forces against a “popular uprising” that Fallujah has just become only a symbol. “Al-Maliki has more than once termed the various fights and stand-offs” in Iraq “as a fight against “al Qaeda”, but it’s not that simple,” Michael Holmes wrote in CNN on last January 15. The “Sunni sense of being under the heel of a sectarian government … has nothing to do with al Qaeda and won’t evaporate once” it is forced out of Iraq, Holmes concluded. A week earlier, analyst Charles Lister, writing to CNN, concluded that “al Qaeda” was being used as a political tool” by al–Maliki, who “has adopted sharply sectarian rhetoric when referring to Sunni elements … as inherently connected to al Qaeda, with no substantive evidence to back these claims.” “Al–Qaeda is “not the only force on the ground in Fallujah, where “defected local police personnel and armed tribesmen opposed to the federal government … represent the superior force,” Lister added. The Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) had reported that the “Iraqi insurgency” is composed of at least a dozen major organizations and perhaps as many as 40 distinct groups with an estimated less than 10% non-Iraqi foreign insurgents. It is noteworthy that all those who are playing the “al-Qaeda threat” card are in consensus on blacking out the role of these movements. The majority of these organizations and groups are indigenous national anti-U.S. resistance movements. Even the ISIL, which broke out recently with al-Qaeda, is led and manned mostly by Iraqis. Playing al-Qaeda card is a smokescreen to downplay their role as the backbone of the national opposition to the U.S.-installed sectarian proxy government in Baghdad’s green Zone. Since the end of the U.S. combat mission in the country in December 2011, they resorted to popular peaceful protests across Iraq. Late last December al-Maliki dismantled by force their major camp of protests near Ramadi, the capital of the western province of Anbar. Protesting armed men immediately took over Fallujah and Ramadi. Since then, more than 45 tribal “military councils” were announced in all the governorates of Iraq. They held a national conference in January, which elected the “General Political Council of the Guerrillas of Iraq.” No doubt revolution is brewing and boiling in Iraq against the sectarian government in Baghdad, its U.S. and Iranian supporters as well as against its alQaeda sectarian antithesis.
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