sign on the door says nobel peace prize laureate but
the creature within is a stone cold-blooded serial killer

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stone cold-blooded killer in chief
specialty : women and their children

22 April US Navy Seal Assassins murder a carload of Yemenis

US Navy SEALs Kill al-Qaeda Suspect in Yemen
Al Qaeda’s underwear bomb plot mastermind killed … in ‘biggest hit since Bin Laden’
Al-Qaida Chief Bombmaker Ibrahim al-Asiri Killed in US Special Force Ambush
Master bombmaker killed in US Navy SEAL raid in Yemen

So … if Yemenis landed in Washington and machine-gunned a car [thought to be] transporting the murderous Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Saint John Brennan and whomever else was unlucky enough to be with them … that would be OK?

Tit-fot-tat? ‘Symmetrical’ murder? I don’t think so, do you?

But it would be exactly the same thing. Except that the guy the CIA/Seals were aiming to kill admittedly never actually killed anyone himself, but is ‘suspected’ of making bombs which never killed anyone. Whereas BO’b and Brennan have the blood of thousands on their hands … and brag about it.

If they could prove their case they’d take the ‘suspects’ to court. They can’t. So they whack ‘em. Murder Inc. Gangland USA.

20 April

At Least 68 55 46 Killed in Two Days of US Drone Strikes in Yemen

Yesterday’s deadly US drone strike against a highway in Yemen’s Bayda Province was followed up by a similar round of separate strikes in the Shabwa Province today, sending the death tolls over the past 48 hours spiraling.

After yesterday’s attack, which killed 21, reports of today’s strikes are still murky, but at least 25 more were killed, sending the figure to 46, and likely to rise even further as the figures continue to come in from remote areas.

Officially, the Yemeni government referred to the slain today as “leading and dangerous” al-Qaeda figures, but tellingly offered not a single name of a single victim of the attacks.

Murder in Yemen, murder in Iraq, murder in Syria, murder in Ukraine … murder, murder everywhere. How busy – how evil – is the US CIA, and it’s Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in Chief.

Out, damn’d spot! out, I say!—
  One; two: why, then ’tis time to do’t.
Hell is murky.—
  Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier, and afeard?
What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our pow’r to accompt?—
  Yet who would have thought they’d have had so much blood in them?

19 April
U.S. drone kills 21 in Yemen

The drone hit a pickup car which was carrying 16 ‘suspected militants’ in Hazmiah area of al-Bayda, about 268 km southeast of the capital Sanaa, local sources said. Five civilians passing by in a nearby car were also killed.

Another six civilians travelling in another car on the highway of Hazmiah area were also wounded, witnesses said.

The Serial Killer in Chief strikes again. No doubt the 16 ‘suspected militants’ will turn out to have been ordinary Yemenis as well. A cold-blooded crime even if they turn out to have been ‘suspected militants’ : innocent until proven guilty.

Hey! Hey! Obama-fay! How many kids did ya kill today?
Hey! Hey! Obama-fay! You’re colder, even, than LBJ!
Hey! Hey! Obama-fay! How many kids dja kill today?

US Air Strike Kills Three Civilians in Eastern Afghanistan

An overnight US air strike against the Khost Province in eastern Afghanistan has killed three civilians, a woman and her two children. It also injured the father of the children.

Death From Above: How American Drone Strikes Are Devastating Yemen

The people of Yemen can hear destruction before it arrives. In cities, towns and villages across this country, which hangs off the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, the air buzzes with the sound of American drones flying overhead. The sound is a constant and terrible reminder: a robot plane, acting on secret intelligence, may calculate that the man across from you at the coffee shop, or the acquaintance with whom you’ve shared a passing word on the street, is an Al Qaeda operative. This intelligence may be accurate or it may not, but it doesn’t matter. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, the chaotic buzzing above sharpens into the death-herald of an incoming missile.

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Hey! Hey Obama-fay!
Why did you blow my family AWAY!

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four cycles ago, in poland

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thai ant-election goons bait and switch
attempt again to sabotage elections in concert

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Abhisit, the anti-democratic ‘Democrat’ Dr. Jekyll to Suthep’s Mr. Hyde
Puchong, the Royal Thai Army’s sleeper anti-democratic election commissioner
Buddha Isarra, the anti-democratic goon in orange robes

PCAD Protesters Crash Election Forum [with the cooperation of the (anti-)Election Commission]

The meeting was organised by the Election Commission (EC) to discuss details of the country’s next election, following the Constitutional Court’s invalidation of the previous general election on 2 February.

More than 60 political parties were invited to the forum … including the ruling Pheu Thai Party and the opposition Democrat Party, which boycotted the previous election.

Democrat Party chairman Abhisit Vejjajiva declined to attend the meeting at the last minute, citing security concerns.

Despite orders from the Centre for Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO), the EC did not broadcast the meeting live on state-owned television channels 9, 11, and Thai PBS.

Shortly after the meeting began, a large motorised convoy of protesters led by the People’s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD) arrived at the hotel and proceeded to block some sections of Kampaengpetch Road to voice their opposition to the plan for another election.

The PCAD protesters were led by the Buddhist activist monk, Buddha Issara.

At the hotel, Mr. Puchong allowed PCAD activists to enter the meeting hall and hang banners bearing anti-election slogans.

Just to recount … these three plus Mr. Hyde worked in concert to disrupt the 2 February election, and then with the Royal Thai Army’s anti-democratic sleepers on the so-called constitutional court to nullify the election itself.

Now they are working together again to destroy the ‘new’ election.

What, not word of the on-going fascist coup in Thailand from your Western MSM propaganda sheets? What a surprise!

Asked before this meeting – when he was still pretending he’d attend – what he thought of elections, anti-democrat, ‘Democrat Party’ leader Abhisist had said he was counting on a coup, just as in 2006.

“I want all sides to look at the events of 2006. The date of the election was already set, political parties already began vote canvassing, but it ended in a military coup,” Mr. Abhisit told reporters.

It’s the only way the ‘Democrat Party’ has held power over the past few decades … or is ever likely to again.

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the head of the cia was in kiev for a reason …

I suspect we can see more events like this one in Ukraine.

It will divide those with something to lose on the Russian side from those who do not, and it will bring out the radicals. And though this is just one incident like john mentions, there is plenty of reason to believe that there will be more.

The head of the CIA was in Kiev for a reason – and if he was there for a visit, you can be sure that there are many CIA underlings there laying out the ground game.

The USA has done this numerous times in Central America and in Iraq and Syria – we’ll see if it is dangerous enough to try it right here on the doorstep of Russia. An open war in the east of Ukraine frankly benefits the EU’s economy – the refugees will head east into Russia, and there will be plenty of opportunity for sales of small arms and other materials from Germany and Poland.

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henrique got the can, but got … compensated
jennifer, taima, and wenona just got canned

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Henrique de Castro – Jennifer, Taima, and Wenona

Former Yahoo executive to collect nearly $110 million for 15 months of work

Henrique de Castro – Silicon Valley

The former chief operating officer (COO) of Yahoo! Inc., will receive a $58 million severance package for the 15 months that he worked at the company … In total, de Castro could walk away with $109 million for his 15 months of work.

$109,000,000.00 ÷ 15 months = $7,266,666.66/month

The face of food stamp cuts: Part one

Jennifer, Taima, and Wenona – Portland, Oregon

Before the cuts in SNAP funding at the end of 2013 [they were] receiving $524 per month and [they are] now getting $475

$7,266,666.66 ÷ $524 per month = 13,868 months

$7,266,666.66 ÷ $475 per month = 15,298 months

So for what it costs to ‘feed’ Henrique we could feed Jennifer, Taima, Wenona and only 13,867 other families up against it. But now, since Barack the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate slash Cut the Food Stamps Obama has done his knife trick … we can feed Jennifer, Taima, Wenona and 15,297 families on the same strict ration Henrique has to struggle under.

Barack Obama is the cold, calculating friend of the rich and the enemy of the poor.

But hey, that’s America, right?

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can the ‘perfessers’ from princeton and northwestern
learn to say police state ?

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bovell – vance – zweibel
the good ole boys
all smiles

Occupy Wall Street activist on trial for assaulting New York City cop

The trial of Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan opened this week in New York City. McMillan is accused of assaulting a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer, Grantley Bovell, after she was removed from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan on March 17, 2012, the six-month anniversary of the original Occupy Wall Street action. Dozens of other protesters were also arrested that night, many of whom were also handled violently.

The NYPD alleges that McMillan struck Bovell in the face with her elbow as police sought to remove protesters from the park. She faces up to seven years in prison if she is convicted.

McMillan claims that she struck the officer inadvertently after he grabbed her on the chest from behind. She also charges that she was thrown on the pavement and struck by several police officers.

Her lawyer has said that her legs, ribs, and back were bruised by the police in the course of her arrest. Both photographic and video footage show a bruise, in the shape of a hand print on her chest, where she said the cop, Bovell, grabbed her.

Video footage also shows McMillan convulsing on the ground shortly after her arrest while NYPD officers stand around her without offering her first aid, in spite of the pleas for help from bystanders. McMillan was hospitalized after her arrest.

There is another aspect to consider in the case. It is entirely possible that McMillan was targeted for arrest. One of the original organizers of the Occupy protests, her name and image had appeared in the New York Times and other publications long before the March 2012 incident.

McMillan was almost certainly known to the NYPD before she was arrested. The NYPD conducted intensive surveillance of the Occupy Wall Street protests, including video recording of activists. The Joint Terrorism Task force, made up of NYPD personnel together with agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, monitored the protests, in spite of their peaceful nature.

Bovell himself is being sued by another protester, Austin Guest, a Harvard University graduate student, who alleges that the cop, according to the Guardian, “dragged him down the aisle of a bus while ‘intentionally banging his head on each seat.’” The Guardian has also reported that Bovell has been investigated by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs unit, for, among other things, kicking a suspect who was lying on the floor in a Bronx corner store. Judge Ronald Zweibel has refused to allow McMillan’s defense team to see Bovell’s internal disciplinary files. Bovell, who was also involved in a Bronx ticket-fixing scandal, may have committed other acts recorded in these files that cast doubt on his testimony.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. offered McMillan a plea bargain on lesser charges, which, unusually, were not reduced to misdemeanor status but remained felonies, a more serious category of crime under US law. Over 2,600 protesters during the three-month occupation and its aftermath were arrested and few faced serious charges. Those that did, including for assault, almost all had them dismissed entirely.

On Wednesday, Zweibel issued a gag order on Stolar and others on McMillan’s defense team to prevent them from speaking to the media.

The Joint Terrorism Task force :the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the NYPD have set up McMillan to take the fall and the Joint Kangaroo Task force : Bovell, Vance, and Zweibel are cooperating with the show trial. Bovell is the pivot. The ‘muscle’ schooled by the JTTF and now retooled by the JKTF.

Seven years they’re going to give McMillan! The case should have been thrown out by the first robe it ran into.

I wonder if the ‘perfessers’ from Princeton and Northwestern can learn to say Police State – if only ‘in a tentative and preliminary’ way – about the Kourt system in our USSA just as they have finally learned to say Oligarchy. Actually – as you might expect – the perfessers still cannot – not even ‘in a tentative and preliminary’ way – say ‘oligarchy’. They say – ‘baffle ‘em with bullshit!’ – ‘Economic Elite Domination’ and ‘Biased Pluralism’ instead.

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there has never been a crueler, more calculating president

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barack the nobel peace prize laureate / sower of death and destruction obama

Cut off from the world, Gazans consumed by poverty

GAZA (Reuters) – Life has never seemed so grim for the Mustafas, a family of seven cramped into a shabby two-room hovel in Gaza’s Jabalya refugee camp.

Seven years into an Israeli blockade and ten months into a crippling Egyptian one, Gaza’s economic growth has evaporated and unemployment soared to almost 40 percent by the end of 2013.

Make no mistake it all began with Cast Lead and Obama’s inauguration.

Now the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is spreading death, devastation, and destruction throughout Libya, Syria, and Ukraine.

He needs to order the US Sixth Fleet to break his boss’ blockade in Palestine in Gaza.

There has never been a crueler, more calculating president than Barack the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate slash Sower of Death and Destruction Obama.

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five murderous pairs of eyes
australians’ and new zealanders’ reactions seem worse even
than those of us americans

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australia -canada – new zealand – united kingdom – united states

Australian, New Zealand citizens killed by US drone strike in Yemen

The Australian reported yesterday that five people, including Australian citizen Christopher Harvard and dual Australian-New Zealand citizen Muslim bin John, were the victims of an extra-judicial killing by a US Predator drone in Yemen on November 19 last year. This is the first reported instance of Australians and New Zealanders being murdered by a drone.

According to the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, 504 people have been killed since 2002 by American drone strikes in Yemen.

This includes at least three US citizens:

1. Anwar al-Awlaki,
2. Samir Khan and
3. 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki.
[4. Jude Kenan Mohammad, 20, a U.S.-born citizen. Traveled to Pakistan in October 2008, where he was ... [k]illed in a drone strike in Pakistan in November 2011.]

The Obama administration has greatly expanded the “targeted killing” program and asserted the right to kill anyone, in any part of the world, including US citizens.

The Australian ’s report stated that the primary targets were three “militants,” including Abu Habib, allegedly a leading figure in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and former associate of Osama bin Laden.

A “senior counter-terrorism source” told the paper that US authorities notified Australian officials after the drone strike, saying the Australian and NZ citizens were “collateral damage.”

Following yesterday’s revelations, Washington’s close allies in Canberra and Wellington both indicated their full support for the assassination of their own citizens. This sets a dangerous new precedent in the assault on democratic rights by Australian and New Zealand governments, both outside and within their own countries.

A spokesperson for Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told the paper that she was “briefed on the situation last year” but so far no government minister has commented in public. The opposition Labor and Green parties—which fully support the Obama administration’s imperialist wars—have remained silent.

Bishop’s Department of Foreign Affairs today defended the drone strike. A spokesperson told Fairfax Media that being an Australian citizen was “not a protection” for people “engaging in potentially criminal activity overseas.”

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key described the assassination as “legitimate … given that three of the people killed were well known al-Qaeda operatives.” In other words, both governments accept and are complicit in Washington’s lawless operations—killing anyone it likes, without any semblance of due legal process, on mere suspicion of criminality.

In a chilling editorial today, the Australian fully endorsed the drone strike program, brushing aside the deaths of bin John and Harvard as “regrettable.” It admitted that “many” of the 3,300 people killed by drones in Pakistan and Yemen were “non-combatant civilians” but justified the murders on the basis that they prevented “the terrorists from committing even more atrocities.”

Australians and New Zealanders seem worse even than us Americans.

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plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose
don’t jump ! stand back from the abyss and bathe
in the relief accorded the madman whose sanity returns

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don’t jump !

a guerrilla army in Ukraine called Nightingale

Even the seemingly benign Marshall Plan provided a cover for subversion. Half of the 10 percent of the money allocated for administrative costs was siphoned off to fund covert actions through the CIA’s Office of Policy Coordination, whose director, Frank Wisner, would actually report to the secretaries of defense and state. Tim Weiner described it as “a global money-laundering scheme.” Colonel R. Allen Griffin, who headed the Marshall Plan’s Far East division, confessed,

“We’d look the other way and give them a little help. Tell them to stick their hand in our pocket.”

Kennan, the architect of this effort, described it as

“the inauguration of organized political warfare.”

With the diverted funds, the CIA established a network of phony front organizations that recruited foreign agents as frontline warriors in the propaganda wars that ensued. Sometimes they went beyond propaganda, infiltrating unions and other existing organizations and establishing underground groups. Forrestal and the Pentagon wanted the programs to go further, including

“guerrilla movements . . . underground armies . . . sabotage and assassination.”

Some of the diverted Marshall Aid money went to supporting a guerrilla army in Ukraine called Nightingale, which had been established by the Wehrmacht in the spring of 1941 with the help of Stephan Bandera, head of the Ukrainian National Organization’s more radical wing OUN-B. The following year, Mikola Lebed founded the organization’s terrorist arm, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. It was made up of ultranationalist Ukrainians, including Nazi collaborators, who wreaked havoc in the region, assisting in or directly carrying out the murder of thousands of Jews, Soviets, and Poles, and occasionally also fighting the Germans, who opposed OUN-B’s plan for a separate Ukrainian state. In 1944, Lebed helped form the Supreme Ukrainian Liberation Council (UHVR), which served as the organization’s political arm.

an unfortunate turn of phrase

“You can’t run the railroads,“ Allen Dulles said, in an unfortunate turn of phrase,

“without taking in some Nazi Party members.“

The Chorus from Ajax

James Forrestal and George Kennan had been the creators and commanders of the CIA’s covert operations. But they proved unable to control the machine they had set in motion. Kennan was becoming a burnt-out case, seeking seclusion in his hideaway at the Library of Congress. Forrestal was beyond the edge. He resigned as secretary of defense on March 28, 1949. During his last day in office, he broke down, moaning that he had not slept in months. Dr. William C. Menninger, the most prominent psychiatrist in the United States, found Forrestal in the midst of a psychotic episode and committed him to a psychiatric ward at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

After fifty haunted nights, in the final hours of his life, Forrestal was copying out a Greek poem, “The Chorus from Ajax,“ and he stopped in the middle of the word nightingale. He wrote “night,“ and then he fell to his death from his sixteenth-floor window. Nightingale was the code name of a Ukrainian resistance force Forrestal had authorized to carry out a secret war against Stalin. Its leaders included Nazi collaborators who had murdered thousands of people behind the German lines during World War II. Its members were set to parachute behind the iron curtain for the CIA.

chorus from Ajax*

Fair Salamis, the billow’s roar
  Wanders around thee yet;
And sailors gaze upon thy shore
  Firm in the Ocean set.
Thy son is in a foreign clime
  Where Ida feeds her countless flocks,
Far from thy dear remembered rocks,
  Worn by the waste of time -
Comfortless, nameless, hopeless – save
  In the dark prospect of the yawning grave.
And Ajax, in his deep distress
  Allied to our disgrace,
Hath cherished in his loneliness
  The bosom friend’s embrace.
Frenzy hath seized thy dearest son,
  Who from thy shores in glory came
The first in valor and in fame;
  The deeds that he hath done
Seem hostile all to hostile eyes;
  The sons of Atreus see them and despise.

Woe to the mother, in her close of day,
  Woe to her desolate heart, and temples gray,
When she shall hear
  Her loved one’s story whispered in her ear!
“Woe, woe!” will be the cry -
  No quiet murmur like the tremulous wail
Of the lone bird, the querulous nightingale -
  But shrieks that fly …

Don’t jump John Brennan ! Don’t jump O Barack, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate slash Slave of the Prince of Darkness, Obama !

Admit, instead, your error … just call the whole thing off ! And resign. Both of you.

* ‘ In Sophocles’ play Ajax … he wants to kill the sons of Atreus (Agamemnon and Menelaus). But Athena intervenes and clouds his mind and vision. He goes to a flock of sheep and slaughters them, imagining they are the Achaean leaders, including Odysseus and Agamemnon. When he comes to his senses, covered in blood, and realizes that what he has done has diminished his honor, he decides that he prefers to kill himself rather than live in shame. ‘ wikipedia

That’s the way it is with ‘heroes’/mass murderers. The story is always all about themselves … in their own minds at least … no matter how many innocents they slaughter.

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the people of the donbas might be showing us the solution

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ukrainians commandeer the ‘tanks’ sent to crush them
as the troops sent to slay them simply refuse to [attempt to] do so

Kiev’s grip on eastern Ukraine weakens as pro-Russians seize army vehicles

Ukrainian troops ‘demoralised’ as civilians face down ‘anti-terror’ drive

Ukraine Troops, Armored Vehicles Surrender to Eastern Protesters

Ukraine’s “anti-terrorist” operation against eastern protesters hasn’t even gotten into the major hotbeds of protest activity around Donetsk, but is already falling off the rails today when some 300 troops reportedly surrendered to protesters in Slovyansk.

According to the protesters, soldiers refused orders to forcibly seize the city of Slovyansk, and rather laid down their arms. The protesters accepted the surrender and allowed the troops to leave, but kept their armored personnel carriers.

Of course the real problem, for the BRICS, is that their ruling classes, their elites, are as heavily invested in the US dollar as any other.

If reports of what is nothing less than spontaneous revolutionary actions-the seizure of military vehicles, the surrounding of “cossacks” by masses of unarmed civilians, successful appeals to military units to desert or change side- are true then we are seeing the beginning, at a very bad time for the ruling class everywhere, of a real revolution.

Like all such revolutions this one has, so far, no positive demands. Leave us alone. Go away, is what it is telling the Kiev based “government” and its international allies. But such demands will inevitably come, and like the revolution itself, they will be responses to provocations.

Does the government want to cut pensions? The people will inevitably demand that there be no cuts, in fact that they must be indexed to maintain living standards, that they should be increased.

Do the employers threaten to close down plants, move machinery, dictate politics? Then the people will demand that the plants should be occupied and the owners relieved of their power to dictate.

Does Kiev want a National Guard, officered by its stormtroops? In response the people are organising their own militias to defend themselves and their country.

It will not be long I suspect before the US/EU is begging for Russian troops to intervene and save the oligarchies’ property.

Underlying the clash between national capitals, with the US and its satellites on one side, its enemies on the other and most of the BRICS, committed as they are to the global system, putting off the need to decide what to do, is an elemental contradiction between the capitalist system, on the one hand and, on the other (in the Red Corner) the human species and its old mother, the planet earth.

It is a contradiction that cannot remain unresolved for much longer, and the people of the Donbas might be showing us the solution.

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reuters journalists feted and honored for their work
reposters in thailand prosecuted and dishonored
what’s that say about thailand?

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Phuketwan journalists Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian. Pic: Phuketwan.com.
about to be keel-hauled by the royal thai kangaroo kourts at the request of
the royal thai bathtub navy


Reuters duo win Pulitzer for Rohingya coverage

Reuters journalists Jason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall have won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for their coverage of the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Burma and Thailand.

Szep and Marshall were awarded the prize

“for their courageous reports on the violent persecution of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar [Burma] that, in efforts to flee the country, often falls victim to predatory human-trafficking networks.”

Phuketwan journalists face jail over reprint of Pulitzer-winning story

In an ironic and shameful twist, two Reuters journalists were awarded the Pulitzer prize for covering the plight of Burma’s Rohingya while two Thailand-based reporters could face jail for republishing a paragraph from the Pulitzer-winning reports.

The Royal Thai Kangaroo Kourts and their Royal Thai Mainstream Mouthpieces have been defining ‘reality’ for so long that they’ve started eating their own dogfood – that is believing the nonsense they respectively rule and report – and now must certainly choke to discover that it’s been poison they’ve been serving up all along.

Well … they won’t discover it, themselves – they’re congenital liars and dissemblers in full-blown denial – but it couldn’t be made more plain to the rest of the earth’s 7 billion souls, to those who are paying any attention at all, at any rate.

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flash, this just in : usa an oligarchy not a democracy

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the usa is an oligarchy, not a democracy

Gawker via Sam Smith : Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens (pdf)

Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.

The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.

It’s so obvious by now that even the academics at Princeton and Northwestern have ‘discovered’ it – ‘in a tentative and preliminary way’ – of course. Next will come the follow-up : it’s a ‘good-thing’.

Then, they’ll ‘discover’ that the US is the flat-out aggressive superpower it is. The follow-up : it’s a ‘good-thing’.

Finally they’ll share their ‘discovery’ that the US is a totalitarian dictatorship … and – how lucky we are – it is a ‘good thing’.

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a recurrent punishment to be escaped

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Israeli SS shot and wounded at least 30 Palestinians in the al-Aqsa mosque compound


17 April

Life, of course, goes on … and so must the resistance …

Jordan denounces Israeli ‘escalation’ in al-Aqsa

Jordanian Information Minister Mohammad Momani urged the Security Council on Wednesday to end Israeli “escalation” at the mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

“Legal, humanitarian and ethical duties of the UN Security Council and the international community require that they stop Israeli escalation and violations… at al-Aqsa,” Momani said.

“Such actions as well as Israel’s insistence on supporting radical groups provoke Muslims around the world, create more instability in the region and violate international laws,” he added.

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The US/NATO/EU is apoplectic about Russian (non-)reaction to their Nazi putsch in Ukraine, asserting their concern for democracy (!) there … yet in the face of six-decades of flaunting international law, not to mention the most basic human rights and decency …

Israel Seizes Private Palestinian Land to Legalize West Bank Settlement

… the silence is deafening.

Not only do I hope that I am not born a monstrous human in the next life … I hope that I am born on a different planet in a different solar system in a different galaxy in a different universe from this one.

Don’t bother is the best, of course. Not having to return on this wheel of suffering and illusion is life’s only true reward. Life itself is the reward in the Western view … no such illusions in the East. It’s a recurrent punishment to be escaped … but, as we’re all still here, the people of the donbas might be showing us the solution.

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ukraine unrest has ‘tell-tale signs of moscow’s involvement’
you couldn’t make this stuff up

The Guardian … US’ Samantha Power: Ukraine unrest has ‘tell-tale signs of Moscow’s involvement’US must explain CIA chief’s Kiev visit: Lavrov

Ukraine: Lies and Realities You couldn’t make this stuff up …

Nuland:

What do you think?

Pyatt:

I think we’re in play. The Klitschko [Vitaly Klitschko, one of three main opposition leaders] piece is obviously the complicated electron here. Especially the announcement of him as deputy prime minister and you’ve seen some of my notes on the troubles in the marriage right now so we’re trying to get a read really fast on where he is on this stuff. But I think your argument to him, which you’ll need to make, I think that’s the next phone call you want to set up, is exactly the one you made to Yats [Arseniy Yatseniuk, another opposition leader]. And I’m glad you sort of put him on the spot on where he fits in this scenario. And I’m very glad that he said what he said in response.

Nuland:

Good. I don’t think Klitsch should go into the government. I don’t think it’s necessary, I don’t think it’s a good idea.

Pyatt:

Yeah. I guess… in terms of him not going into the government, just let him stay out and do his political homework and stuff. I’m just thinking in terms of sort of the process moving ahead we want to keep the moderate democrats together. The problem is going to be Tyahnybok [Oleh Tyahnybok, the other opposition leader] and his guys and I’m sure that’s part of what [President Viktor] Yanukovych is calculating on all this.

Nuland:

[Breaks in] I think Yats is the guy who’s got the economic experience, the governing experience. He’s the… what he needs is Klitsch and Tyahnybok on the outside. He needs to be talking to them four times a week, you know. I just think Klitsch going in… he’s going to be at that level working for Yatseniuk, it’s just not going to work.

Pyatt:

Yeah, no, I think that’s right. OK. Good. Do you want us to set up a call with him as the next step?

Nuland:

My understanding from that call – but you tell me – was that the big three were going into their own meeting and that Yats was going to offer in that context a… three-plus-one conversation or three-plus-two with you. Is that not how you understood it?

Pyatt:

No. I think… I mean that’s what he proposed but I think, just knowing the dynamic that’s been with them where Klitschko has been the top dog, he’s going to take a while to show up for whatever meeting they’ve got and he’s probably talking to his guys at this point, so I think you reaching out directly to him helps with the personality management among the three and it gives you also a chance to move fast on all this stuff and put us behind it before they all sit down and he explains why he doesn’t like it.

Nuland:

OK, good. I’m happy. Why don’t you reach out to him and see if he wants to talk before or after.

Pyatt:

OK, will do. Thanks.

Nuland:

OK… one more wrinkle for you Geoff. [A click can be heard] I can’t remember if I told you this, or if I only told Washington this, that when I talked to Jeff Feltman [United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs] this morning, he had a new name for the UN guy Robert Serry did I write you that this morning?

Pyatt:

Yeah I saw that.

Nuland:

OK. He’s now gotten both Serry and [UN Secretary General] Ban Ki-moon to agree that Serry could come in Monday or Tuesday. So that would be great, I think, to help glue this thing and to have the UN help glue it and, you know, Fuck the EU.

Pyatt:

No, exactly. And I think we’ve got to do something to make it stick together because you can be pretty sure that if it does start to gain altitude, that the Russians will be working behind the scenes to try to torpedo it. And again the fact that this is out there right now, I’m still trying to figure out in my mind why Yanukovych (garbled) that. In the meantime there’s a Party of Regions faction meeting going on right now and I’m sure there’s a lively argument going on in that group at this point. But anyway we could land jelly side up on this one if we move fast. So let me work on Klitschko and if you can just keep… we want to try to get somebody with an international personality to come out here and help to midwife this thing. The other issue is some kind of outreach to Yanukovych but we probably regroup on that tomorrow as we see how things start to fall into place.

Nuland:

So on that piece Geoff, when I wrote the note [US vice-president's national security adviser Jake] Sullivan’s come back to me VFR [direct to me], saying you need [US Vice-President Joe] Biden and I said probably tomorrow for an atta-boy and to get the deets [details] to stick. So Biden’s willing.

Pyatt:

OK. Great. Thanks.

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what do they expect of us if a time ever comes when
the war is over?

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leadership of the new american century
the nobel peace prize laureate and his predecessor, the decider

All quiet on the western front

How senseless is everything that can ever be written, done, or thought, when such things are possible.

It must be all lies and of no account when the culture of a thousand years could not prevent this stream of blood being poured out, these torture-chambers in their hundreds of thousands. A hospital alone shows what war is.

I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another. I see that the keenest brains of the world invent weapons and words to make it yet more refined and enduring.

And all men of my age, here and over there, throughout the whole world see these things; all my generation is experiencing these things with me. What would our fathers do if we suddenly stood up and came before them and proffered our account? What do they expect of us if a time ever comes when the war is over?

Through the years our business has been killing; – it was our first calling in life. Our knowledge of life is limited to death. What will happen afterwards? And what shall come out of us?

Yes, what shall come out of the droneboys ? the takfiris ? of all those … Palestinians, Afghanis, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Yemenis, Libyans, Somalis, South Sudanese, Syrians, Ukrainians … who’ve known nothing but death, devastation, and dispossession since the beginning of the New American Century ?

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a long fight for democracy

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“What we need is a new election to be held as soon as possible. We need a Prime Minister who comes from elections … We must call for the abolition of the current seditious constitution, and bring back a more democratic one.”

PPT alerts once again … from Chalard Worachat camping outside Parliament House in Bangkok since March 22

Chalard has been occupying the footpath in front of Dusit Zoo since March 22, the day after the Constitutional Court nullified the February 2 general election on the grounds that it could not be held on the same day nationwide.

“The situation will lead to chaos, more violence and a military coup for sure,” said Chalard. “What we need is a new election to be held as soon as possible. We need a Prime Minister who comes from elections.”

Chalard said the core problem of Thai politics is the 2007 constitution which allows independent agencies too much power over the government.

“Almost every constitution we’ve had has some traces of military dictatorship to it,” said Chalard. “I don’t directly oppose to the Constitutional Court’s decision because it goes by the 2007 charter. We must call for the abolition of the current seditious constitution, and bring back a more democratic one.”

[F]or this Air Force officer, any undemocratic method has no place in Thailand’s law and order. In 2007, Chalard sued 308 people involved in the coup, including General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, the coup leader, for overthrowing the state and treason.

“Those who cited Article 7 to call for a royally-appointed Prime Minister, I sued them all. They were defaming the monarchy by doing that,” said Chalard.

Three years and over 300,000 baht (in legal fees) later, the Supreme Court stood by the Court of First Instance to dismiss the complaint filed by Chalard, saying that the coup makers had already received an amnesty from the post-coup constitution.

Chalard’s hunger strikes have led to many crucial moments in Thai politics. In 1983, during the General Prem Tinasulanond government, the House tried to pass a bill allowing bureaucrats and military officers to become Prime Minister, in effect allowing Prem to extend his term. Chalard held a hunger strike for nine days before successfully stopping passage of the bill.

Chalard’s very first hunger strike took place three years before that. He protested against the right-wing Prime Minister Kriangsak Chamanan, who was installed after the 1977 military coup, for raising oil prices.

It caused Kriangsak to resign on the 36th hour of Chalard’s hunger strike.

After the fall of General Suchinda Kraprayoon in 1992, democratically-elected PM Chuan Leekpai from the Democrat Party became Prime Minister but did not care to amend the undemocratic constitution inherited from the army.

Chalard protested against his party leader by holding a hunger strike to call on Chuan to amend the 1992 constitution to be more democratic, but on the 49th day, he quit due to his deteriorating health. The Supreme Patriach asked him to ordain instead.

His strike however led to “Chalard’s Friends,” a committee which successfully pushed for political reform as its main social agenda, and later paved the way for the drafting of the 1997 constitution.

Chalard also played an important role in pushing for the 1997 constitution, the charter regarded by many as one of the most democratic in Thailand’s history.

It was the same spot where this 71-year-old man held a 45-day long hunger strike in 1992 to protest against General Suchinda Kraprayoon, then Prime Minister who came from a coup he led in 1991. The protest led to Black May, a people’s uprising in Bangkok which toppled the military regime and paved the way to a more democratic government for Thailand.

Twenty-two years later, Pilot Officer Chalard Worachat is back camping outside Parliament House in Bangkok, solo, with more or less the same demands — to abolish an undemocratic constitution and oppose an appointed Prime Minister, as well as a military coup.

“Chalard is a smart politician dedicated to righteousness,” said Sulak Sivaraksa, a prominent social critic who wrote a book in tribute to Chalard. “Many people labelled him as crazy but we should look up to him as an example of struggle by peaceful means.”

Asked what he thinks of the Democrat Party for boycotting the Feb 2 election, Chalard said he first decided to join the party because it was against the military in the 1970s.

“Now it changed from opposing dictatorship to supporting it,” he said.

“Chalard’s Friends” … including many new friends … need again to push for political reform leading to a new, a real, Peoples’ Constitution for Thailand.

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ace reporter, level-headed analyst …
i don’t know how she keeps her job at the bangkok post …
or why she wants to

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red-shirt followers at a rally over the weekend offer their support for caretaker pm yingluck shinawatra and her government … ‘we don’t want an appointed pm!’ … and achara ashayagachat

by Achara Ashayagachat 8 April 2014

Tired of political stagnation? Don’t be, please. Your detachment from politics will only do harm to your own future. We cannot allow anyone, any single group to chart the future path of this society, in particular a group of people who brand themselves “representatives of the great mass of people”, as well as those regular faces who always make their way to parliament.

I know it’s getting hard these days to position oneself without being labelled, being a group with a particular colour or getting whistled away with hateful words. But only be true to yourself and consider those political jigsaws while you do your best to lead our society to new territory – a more tolerant society.

I’m not a utopian. I just think we have to simply tread along the tumultuous, bumpy – and at times unpleasant – political road. But as long as the voices of all people are fairly counted and heeded, change can gradually be ushered in and flaws can eventually be corrected.

Election after election, bumpy road after bumpy road, and with no military or judicial coup interventions, we shall bounce back and learn some lessons along our way.

We can also learn from other democracies. Democracy was not established in France right after the 1789 revolution. It was, in fact, followed by a radical social and political upheaval in which some 40,000 people perished.

The post-French revolution also ushered in the rise of dictatorial warmonger Napoleon Bonaparte. It took a lot of time and effort before France transformed into a new society and lived under the “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” principle.

Even democracy in the US has evolved through tough times, especially the four-year-long Civil War between the North and the South, which began in 1861.

Closer to home, Indonesia eventually saw the end of its 31-year-rule by Suharto in 1998 that planted the seeds of a deep-rooted culture of corruption in the guise of national security and social stability. But the largest Muslim nation has never abandoned the democratic path. Military officers who want a say in Indonesian politics run in elections which – take place today – rather than intervening or resorting to violence.

Of course, there are flaws in democracy. Historical lessons demonstrate that the conservatives – known as the “old powers” – will fight hard to maintain the status quo, but eventually the Mother Nature of impermanence will win.

These thoughts have kept me hopeful despite current disturbing signs. I’m still optimistic that sooner rather than later lesser-heard voices will begin to get louder and become a critical mass to spread around a new political landscape in which all are treated equally.

Back to Thailand’s democracy, we need to brush aside fear and/or krengjai (reluctance to speak out) when something goes wrong, even though people around you may see things differently.

Mismanagement of the national coffers is one thing, the principles of electoral democracy are another. We should not be so quick to compromise or to agree trade-offs with our political rivals.

The 20 million votes cast during the 2014 elections should act as a sovereign voice that no one has the right to ignore. The so-called independent organisations, which cannot actually prove they are entirely free and impartial will fail, despite any discreet support they may enjoy from the people at the top.

Judicial interventions and non-professionalism from certain members of the Election Commission and National Anti-Corruption Commission are evident. Quick elections are ruled out while the anti-graft body, dragging its feet in the case against the Abhisit Vejjajiva administration regarding its rice price guarantee policy, seems to be in a rush to indict caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

This event coincides with a statement from People’s Committee for Absolute Democracy with the King as Head of State (PCAD) secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban, who said he would countersign the King’s appointment of a PCAD-appointed prime minister, the new non-elected government would seize the Shinawatras’ assets, and all civil servants will report to the PCAD.

This is not a not a revolution by the “great mass of the people”. It is a coup. Even if you use the figures during the height of the PCAD protests. We are witnessing an attempt to gain power by those who are twisting democratic principles for their own gain.

I, for one, can’t keep silent and succumb, de facto, to whatever group might win. We need to speak out and be part of historical change. This will be for the benefit of our descendants; not just our own interests.

Politics ain’t rocket science. You don’t need to be an ‘expert’ to lash PCAD’s sovereignty power bid. If you want to have a ‘people’s’ government … have an election.

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the nobel peace prize laureate says …
“they’ll never see it comin’”

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the droneboys will use the poster for target practice? …
laughing all the away?


Artists install massive poster of child’s face in Pakistan field to shame drone operators

An artists collective has unfurled a massive poster showing a child’s face in a heavily bombed area of Pakistan in the hopes that it will give pause to drone operators searching the area for kills.

The droneboys will use the poster for target practice? … laughing all the away?


Remember … the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate says … “They’ll never see it comin’” … and then chortles and laughs himself.

The fish rots from the head.

9 April
Killer Drones in a Downward Spiral?

There have also been major developments in the secular world. In February, the European Union, with an overwhelming vote of 534-49, passed a resolution calling on EU Member States to “oppose and ban the practice of extrajudicial targeted killings” and demanding that EU member states “do not perpetrate unlawful targeted killings or facilitate such killings by other states.” This resolution will pressure individual European nations to stop their own production and/or use of killer drones (especially the UK, Germany, Italy and France), and to stop their collaboration with the US drone program.

Maybe not …

US conducting drone war from Germany

Representatives of the German and American governments have always denied that drone attacks are launched from German territory.

When US president Obama visited Germany last June, he claimed in reference to such reports that no drone attacks were conducted or ordered from German territory. “We don’t use Germany as a starting point for unmanned drones in the war on terror. I know that there have been some reports here in Germany according to which that could be the case. It is not the case,” said Obama.

German government representatives answered related questions in parliament, claiming they were not aware that such attacks were flown or directed from Germany.

Both statements were false. The latest revelations also prove that interventions in Pakistan and Yemen were handled from Ramstein. The US military base plays a crucial role in the drone war, which has executed thousands of “suspected terrorists” who had no judicial process or opportunity to defend themselves, as well as numerous civilians that even the US government admits are entirely innocent.

“Without Germany, the US military’s entire drone war would not be possible,” former drone pilot Brandon Bryant told the Süddeutsche Zeitung. He explained on the ARD television programme Panorama, “The air base at Ramstein plays a very essential role in the global drone war. Without this base in Germany, none of it would work. It is the epicentre for the flow of information for the US’s overseas operations.”

Bryant, 28, was stationed at an airbase in New Mexico until April 2011, from where he controlled drones. According to his own figures, he participated in the deaths of 1,626 people, including alleged terrorists, terrorist suspects, and probably civilians.

In the more than 6,000 hours that he flew, there was not a single operation “in which I did not call Ramstein to connect with my drone. At the airbase, virtually all information comes together, like in a funnel,” Bryant said April 3 on the Panorama programme.

Yeah … our USA is the pointman for imperialist murder throughout the world … but the UK/NATO/EU are right on board … and will carry-on without us when it comes to it.

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wonder what the traditional, uniformed dictators
will have to say about this ?

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the Sovereign Body/Target Body


PPT links to Khao Sod, who were apparently allowed to witness the Sovereign Body as he self-destructs …

Suthep stated that:

… he would then install himself as the “Sovereign Body” who will wield absolute power via numerous “Revolutionary Decrees” and adoption of a single charter provision as a legislative blank cheque – in the same manner of military dictators in 1960s, such as the notorious Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat.

“We will have something like Article 17 [of 1959 Administrative Charter] as the highest law,” Mr. Suthep said, referring to the charter article which allowed Field Marshal Sarit to fight suspected Communist threats by all means, “[I] will be able to order anyone to be executed by firing squad … but I will only freeze assets”.

… “As a Sovereign Body who has seized power, I will have the power to appoint Prime Minister and Cabinet members at my own discretion. Then I will present this list to His Majesty the King, so that he can approve them as the People’s Government”.

Once His Majesty the King signed his approval for the “people’s coup”, Mr. Suthep said, the PCAD will proceed to appoint National Legislative Assemb[l]y and “People’s Council” as two unelected legislative bodies to engage in “reforms” for Thailand.

Suthep added that he would

“return the power to the people once the ‘reforms’ are completed, but warned that he would mobilise his supporters onto the streets if the government he had appointed ‘failed to perform its duties’ as assigned by the PCAD.”

Suthep now publicly embraces a form of 1930s-style Fascism for Thailand. While giving a nod to monarchism, Suthep promises his fascist royalists a new vision for Thailand: a civilian-led dictatorship.

Wonder what the traditional, uniformed dictators will have to say about that ?
Say goodnight, Suthep.

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not all the good ole boys are boys

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obama – collyer


Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Drone Killings of US Citizens

US District Judge Rosemary Collyer has dismissed Nasser al-Awlaki’s lawsuit against Obama Administration officials over the assassination of his son and grandson in US drone strikes in Yemen.

Collyer argued that it was “impermissible” for the courts to get involved in “operational combat decisions regarding the designation of targets,” though the US is not involved in combat in Yemen, where the killings took place, and the assassinations were rather planned months in advance, and publicized before they took place.

Collyer is a Reagan/Bush XLIII/Roberts appointed stooge – a FISA judge rubber stamper. “If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress and don’t trust federal judges to make sure we’re abiding by the Constitution, then we’re going to have some problems here,”

9 April

Not all the good ole boys are boys … but most of ‘em are …

SEC Goldman Lawyer Says Agency Too Timid on Wall Street Misdeeds

Retiring White House Prosecutor Says the SEC Is Corrupt

… the ones who get the Big Bucks are.

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