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10/17 US Weakest Link:Urban Slums; "Many confuse homeland security/HS with terrorism... terrorism Is one element of HS

FURTHER EVIDENCE: HOW U.S. DOMINATED WB/IMF/ MADE-IN-USA CAPITAL CRISIS 'SOLUTIONS' SERVE ITS GLOBAL DOMINATION AGENDA
Global credit crunch will hit developing countries - World Bank
IRIN News Service
Ahead of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund annual meetings on 13 October, the World Bank reports that “countries already suffering food and fuel price inflation may now also see declines in exports, trade and investment as a result of financial turmoil that is becoming increasingly global.” “The stark reality is that developing countries must prepare for a drop in trade, capital flows, remittances, and domestic investment, as well as a slowdown in growth,” says Robert Zoellick, the World Bank Group president. Meanwhile, in their new report to be presented on 12 October entitled Rising Food and Fuel Prices: Addressing the Risks to Future Generations, the World Bank forecasts that “the number of malnourished people globally will grow by 44 million, to 967 million, in 2008 , after several countries experienced double-digit food inflation.”
http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:21931834~pag...

Pentagon Wants $450 Billion Increase Over Next Five Years
http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docid=news-000002973555
Pentagon officials have prepared a new estimate for defense spending that is $450 billion more over the next five years than previously announced figures. The new estimate, which the Pentagon plans to release shortly before President [sic] Bush leaves office, would serve as a marker for the new president and is meant to place pressure on him to either drastically increase the size of the defense budget or defend any reluctance to do so, according to several former senior budget officials who are close to the discussions.

miss this imperialist strategy gem?
The New America Foundation: Time for a U.S.-Iranian 'Grand Bargain'

10/15/08 Building Resistance to Empire Tour; plus a digest note

A DIGEST NOTE:

TO BUILD REAL RESISTANCE TO EMPIRE WE MUST DARE TO SEE AND HEAR OUR REAL LEADERS. TO RESIST EMPIRE, FIRST AND FOREMOST MEANS WE STAND PROUDLY WITH THE MILLIONS WAGING RESISTANCE AGAINST U.S. IMPERIALISM. WE HAVE ABANDONED OUR SISTERS & BROTHERS GIVING THEIR PRECIOUS LIVES & LANDS TO RESIST OUR "LEADERS", DYING TO THROWING A WRENCH IN THE U.S. BIPARTISAN AGENDA FOR GLOBAL DOMINATION, STRIKING BLOWS FOR THE FUTURE.
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THERE'S NO PEOPLES' PEACE WITHOUT JUSTICE. NO PEACE OR JUSTICE FROM IMPERIALIST- ZIONISM TORTURING AND MASSACRING IN OUR NAMES WHILE WE MUTTER PLATITUDES ABOUT 'PEACE'. WHOSE PEACE, FOR WHAT?

SUPPORTING JUST NATIONAL LIBERATION STRUGGLES FOR INDEPENDENCE & SOVEREIGNTY AGAINST 'OUR' CRIMINAL RULERS & THEIR PROXIES IS WHERE AN HONEST START.

PLAYING 'RESISTANCE' WITHOUT ACTIVE LOYALTY TO FRIENDS & OPPOSITION TO ENEMIES IS FEEL-GOOD HYPOCRISY AND SILENT COMPLICITY WITH OUR COMMON ENEMY.

HERE'S A CALL TO GET REAL, TO ACTUALLY 'START FROM THE GROUND UP' BUILDING A GENUINE ANTI- WAR MOVEMENT IN THE "HOMELAND" BY PLEDGING ACTIVE SOLIDARITY AND SUPPORT TO REAL LEADERS, TO RESISTANCE AND REVOLUTION EVERYWHERE.

sincerely, in solidarity and struggle,
liz
http://www.burbankdigest.com/

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RESISTING EMPIRE
www.resistingempire.org

A National Speaking Tour Sponsored by Haymarket Books
Fall 2008

10/13/08 Reply to Christa Bell re:"Obama:Change You Can Believe In -- Not

(first sentence edited)

Hey Christa Bell,

To set the record right, Kéllia Ramares is not a white woman. I am not a liberal. Anyway blaming messengers instead of getting to the issues won't help get closer to solving matters of life and death.
The urgent, basic issue is the predatory system killing us worldwide, and where politicians and electoral politics stand in relationship to this racist system.

Serving and saving this system is the job description of all capitalist politicians. Regardless of their electoral rhetoric, as someone said, "it's the system, stupid". We are the system's enemies, we the peoples of this whole world, especially oppressed nations and peoples whose lives, labors and lands this system pillages, plunders and bleeds for for imperialist power and profit. No empire in history has succeeded in dominating the world without the divide to conquer WMD strategy. U..S. capitalism has mastered this with liberal class and race privilege hiding the fascist oppression of the Black nation and all oppressed 'minority' nationalities.

"The Negro youth and moderate[s] must be made to understand that if they succumb to revolutionary teachings, they will be dead revolutionaries."
J. Edgar Hoover,FBI Chief, re: COINTELPRO against the Black Panther Party

Racism, amerikan capitalism's ideological engine, is so deeply and widely embedded it requires revolutionary leadership to build unity in an internationalist movement, learning from the BPP and other worldwide revolutionary experiences. Nothing less can uproot amerikan racist terror and divisions because genocidal national oppression is the foundation of this country and its white supremacist 'globalized capitalist' [imperialism] empire, the destroyer of nations and the planet for global rule.

10/11/8 Proposed "U.S.- Iranian Grand Bargain" to Salvage U.S.Agenda

commentary:

Many 'word warriors' among us have been stoking the fire a long time predicting imminent u.s. war on Iran. No argument that the u.s. prepared for war militarily and with incessant psywar 'news', but beyond the threats, it was also wielding carrots, carrying on back-channel talks, getting Iran's approval of its occupation of Iraq and its puppet govt., for starters.

Many still continue to predict this imminent war without taking into account the major changes political-economic-military setbacks that have severely weakened u.s. imperialism. Though it is a possibility, directly or via its zionist proxy, it is not a likelihood as many of us have argued for a long time, and it has distracted people, even mobilized street protests against a possible attack instead of against actual genocidal u.s. wars.

Below, an imperialist thinktank analysis puts U.S. - Iran in the context of u.s. geostrategic agenda, proposing a new policy to salvage u.s. supremacy in the ME and beyond, to beat out rapidly gaining capitalist rivals China & Russia. Considering the all-round u.s. political-economic-military situation, some variation on this proposal is necessary for the empire and I think likely to be implemented under the next probably dem. admin. despite opposition. (Check out bipartisan participants who's who at the recent newamerica conference -- a good antidote to and exposure of the electoral con-game distracting and paralyzing u.s. 'progressives')

This much 'oilier' policy to maintain u.s. hegemony, if reported at all by the 'news, will of course be presented in neoliberal drag as a step toward 'peace', so our readers need to be prepared, to see how it serves the u.s. bipartisan global agenda.

liz
http://www.burbankdigest.com/

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Time for a U.S.-Iranian Grand Bargain
http://www.newamerica.net/publications/special/time_u_s_iranian_grand_ba...

10/9/8 Jewish Historian a 'Jewish People' was Invented

Historian admits idea of a 'Jewish People' was invented ... and he's alive to talk about it!

Book refuting Jewish taboo on Israel’s bestseller list
Jonathan Cook, Foreign Correspondent
October 06. 2008 10:38PM UAE
Abu Dhabi
http://www.thenational.ae/article/20081006/FOREIGN/279853798

Idea of a Jewish people invented, says historian

No one is more surprised than Shlomo Sand that his latest academic work has spent 19 weeks on Israel's bestseller list – and that success has come to the history professor despite his book challenging Israel's biggest taboo.
Dr. Sand argues that the idea of a Jewish nation – whose need for a safe haven was originally used to justify the founding of the state of Israel – is a myth invented little more than a century ago.
An expert on European history at Tel Aviv University, Dr. Sand drew on extensive historical and archaeological research to support not only this claim but several more – all equally controversial.
In addition, he argues that the Jews were never exiled from the Holy Land, that most of today's Jews have no historical connection to the land called Israel and that the only political solution to the country's conflict with the Palestinians is to abolish the Jewish state.
The success of When and How Was the Jewish People Invented? looks likely to be repeated around the world. A French edition, launched last month, is selling so fast that it has already had three print runs.
Translations are under way into a dozen languages, including Arabic and English. But he predicted a rough ride from the pro-Israel lobby when the book is launched by his English publisher, Verso, in the United States next year.
In contrast, he said Israelis had been, if not exactly supportive, at least curious about his argument. Tom Segev, one of the country's leading journalists, has called the book "fascinating and challenging."

10/5 $5Trillion Fix; CruciFIXion Time; New US "Stability Ops"; Israeli Nukes & Modesty Patrols; Afghanistan:"Fate of Eurasia..."

The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.
Audre Lorde
 

...the process of production appears merely as an unavoidable intermediate link, as a necessary evil for the sake of money-making. All nations with a capitalist mode of production are therefore seized periodically by a feverish attempt to make money without the intervention of the process of production.
Karl Marx, Capital, Volume II, “The Circuit of Money Capital”

'Forces of production and social relations – two different sides of the development of the social individual – appear to capital as mere means, and are merely means, for it to produce on its limited foundation. In fact, however, they are the material conditions to blow this foundation sky-high.'
Karl Marx

Note: U.S. capitalism will never spontaneously collapse of its own dead weight. Parasite that it is, it will suck its survival out of the world's peoples even more brutally than it wrings its global dominance from their blood and backs

"The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist. McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the U.S. Air Force F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley's technologies to flourish is called the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps."
Thomas Friedman, NYT

note: mass suicides would suit the democratic bloodsuckers infinitely more than resistance in the streets
Ohio woman, 90, shoots self, keeps home

9/28/08 UNDER ONE COVER: DIGEST COLLECTION OF KEY DOCUMENTS & ANALYSES

UNDER ONE COVER: DIGEST COLLECTION OF KEY DOCUMENTS & ANALYSES

SECTION 1 THE CONTEXT: U.S. GEOSTRATEGY TO EXPAND & SECURE ITS GLOBAL SUPREMACY

911 & GWOT WERE THE PRETEXTS FOR A NEW U.S. IMPERIALIST WORLD WAR, STARTING IN AFGHANISTAN, WITH IRAQ BECOMING ITS MAJOR FRONT FOR REASONS EXAMINED BELOW IN THE SECOND SECTION OF THIS COLLECTION

Excerpts From Pentagon's Plan: 'Prevent the Re-Emergence of a New Rival'
NYT March 8, 1992
Following are excerpts from the Pentagon's Feb. 18 draft of the Defense Planning Guidance for the Fiscal Years 1994-1999: This Defense Planning guidance addresses the fundamentally new situation which has been created by the collapse of the Soviet Union, the disintegration of the internal as well as the external empire, and the discrediting of Communism as an ideology with global pretensions and influence. The new international environment has also been shaped by the victory of the United States and its coalition allies over Iraqi aggression -- the first post-cold-war conflict and a defining event in U.S. global leadership. In addition to these two victories, there has been a less visible one, the integration of Germany and Japan into a U.S.-led system of collective security and the creation of a democratic "zone of peace."
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE1D7173AF93BA35750C0A...

1996 A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm
http://www.israeleconomy.org/strat1.htm
A policy blueprint for incoming Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu prepared by The U.S. Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies’ "Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000."

1997 A Geostrategy For Eurasia, by Zbigniew Brzezinski (now an Obama foreign policy advisor)
Foreign Affairs,76:5, September/October 1997 Council on Foreign Relations Inc.
http://www.comw.org/pda/fulltext/9709brzezinski.html

9/27 CIA-ISI Destabilization in South and Central Asia; Finance Capital's Staggering Bipartisan Coup; Militarized 'Homeland'

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CONTEXT: U.S. IMPERIALIST WORLD WAR FOR GLOBAL DOMINATION
"It is not a conflict between Russia and Georgia. It is a conflict between Russia and the United States. The United States, in fact, attacked Russia with Georgian hands."
 Russian State Duma Deputy Sergey Markov
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10195
 
 

“But if the middle space [Russia and the former Soviet Union] rebuffs the West [the European Union and America], becomes an assertive single entity, and either gains control over the South [Middle East] or forms an alliance with the major Eastern actor [China], then America’s primacy in Eurasia shrinks dramatically. The same would be the case if the two major Eastern players were somehow to unite. Finally, any ejection of America by its Western partners [the Franco-German entente] from its perch on the western periphery [Europe] would automatically spell the end of America’s... game on the Eurasian chessboard...that would probably also mean the eventual subordination of the western extremity to a revived player occupying the middle space [e.g. Russia].”
 Zbigniew Brzezinski [Obama advisor] (The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, 1997)
 
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1997 A Geostrategy For Eurasia
by Zbigniew Brzezinski
Foreign Affairs,76:5, September/October 1997 Council on Foreign Relations Inc.
http://www.comw.org/pda/fulltext/9709brzezinski.html

BIDEN-OBAMA: GET U.S. WORLD WAR FOR GLOBAL DOMINATION BACK ON BRZEZINSKI TRACK
(excerpt from) Joe Biden's speech at the Democratic convention Aug 27 2008

9/21 How U.S./NGO "Humanitarian Aid" Works: HRW & "Doctrine for Asymmetric War Against Venezuela"

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Venezuela Expels Human Rights Watch Director for “Meddling Illegally”
James Suggett - Venezuelanalysis.com
Sept. 19, 2008
Mérida, September 19, 2008 (venezuelanalysis.com)-- The Venezuelan government expelled two employees of the U.S-based NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW), Americas Director José Miguel Vivanco and Americas Deputy Director Daniel Wilkinson, after the two presented a report that praised Venezuela's 1999 Constitution but harshly criticized the "government's willful disregard for the institutional guarantees and fundamental rights that make democratic participation possible." In a press release, the Venezuelan Foreign Relations Ministry said Vivanco and Wilkinson "have done violence to the constitution" and "assaulted the institutions" of Venezuela by "meddling illegally in the internal affairs of our country."

The ministry also said the HRW report is linked to the "unacceptable strategy of aggression" of the United States government. The ministry said the expulsion of Vivanco and Wilkinson was in the interest of "national sovereignty" and "the defense of the people against aggressions by international factors."...

9/19/8 Making Sense of the Crisis: Henry K. Liu, F.William Engdahl, Karl Marx & V.I. Lenin

We have pacified some thousands of the islanders and buried them; destroyed their fields; burned their villages, and turned their widows and orphans out-of-doors; furnished heartbreak by exile to some dozens of disagreeable patriots; subjugated the remaining ten millions by Benevolent Assimilation, which is the pious new name of the musket; we have acquired property in the three hundred concubines and other slaves of our business partner Sultan of Sulu, and hoisted our protecting flag over that swag. And so, by the Providences of God – and the phrase is the government's, not mine – we are a World Power Mark Twain

9/19/8 Making Sense of the Crisis: Henry K. Liu

Digest note: Readers know the mainstream media casts the monetary symptoms of this long-brewing, deep structural crisis of u.s.finance capital which finally erupted into public view, as the whole story. The news comes as an unfathomable shock to most people because this crisis has been disguised as isolated phenomena, bursting housing bubbles, downturns, etc.,to camouflage its systemic roots and nature, with its surface effects. Making sense of this irreversible crisis is critical.

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