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**** La iglesia es un fraude y no hace falta ser un mago, científico, adivino o superdotado para darse cuenta de eso


**** Es Alberto Federico(c… é M….) Ravel, un demagogo;
un ecléctico; un sofista; un Frívolo ó todas las anteriores

**** El niño palestino, de clara conciencia, y de inmenso corazón
Por: José Antonio Velásquez Montaño.

**** La tuya, palangrista é mierda

Por: José Antonio Velásquez Montaño



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**** The Sources of Arabs’ Shame: Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia

12.01.2009     Source: Pravda.Ru     URL:

By Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar

“Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.” (Arthur Miller)


**** Barack Obama's 'Black Widow' : The Super Spy Computer
Written by www.daily.pk.


**** Nato warning for Russia over 'political' gas crisis
Rory Watson in Brussels and David Charter in Prague


*** Yuan-settlement test to start
Source: Xinhua | 2009-1-7 |






**** La iglesia es un fraude y no hace falta ser un mago, científico, adivino o superdotado para darse cuenta de eso


José Antonio Velásquez Montaño.
articulojoseantonio@hotmail.com
articulojoseantonio@gmail.com

Aquí en la Republica Bolivariana de Venezuela, a algunos sacerdotes corruptos que pertenecen a la jerarquía, se les trata con el mayor sigilo posible, mientras que a los demás pastores que no comparten la ideología, que lo juro no tiene nada que ver con la religión, hasta, son vilipendiados por estos jerarcas, en periódicos y, Televisoras golpistas, etc.

Está escrito que en Venezuela, y en otras partes del mundo hay lobos rapaces vestidos de ovejas, y no son otros, que los sacerdotes que  son simplemente tentados por Satanás, quien usa a sus lobos rapaces vestidos de ovejas para tentar a otros pastores, para que caigan, en los “valores” de los que ya ellos son expertos. Quisiéramos, que la lección que dio David, la recibieran estos lobos rapaces vestidos de ovejas; les recuerdo la memoria; cuando David, de una pedrada en el medio de los ojos de Goliat,(es decir, a la cabeza) le venció, así de esta manera quisiéramos tumbar a los enemigos del pueblo de una pedrada. Tumba a la cabeza y todo el cuerpo cae.
Para mí, es que el actual modelo de sacerdote que hacen vida religiosa en la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, no están haciendo el trabajo encomendado, que no es otro, que la dedicación al culto, a los sacramentos, a la atención a los feligreses, con otra actitud, como la política, que nada tiene que ver con la iglesia, no pueden ilusionar a nadie.
Es el modelo de sacerdote que perteneció a otra época, a la cuarta republica; en donde estos sacerdotes corruptos; aparecen recibiendo cheques por grandes cantidades de dinero; que no se sabe todavía donde va a parar estas grandes cantidades de dinero; sacerdotes estos que firmaron el acta Carmona, por unos cuantos bolívares, que repito sin saber a donde van a parar estas davidas, y que en nombre de Dios estos corruptos reciben. Para los tiempos que corren, ese modelo no puede ilusionar a la juventud del siglo XXI. Tampoco al creyente de hoy.
Por otra parte, la Jerarquía es incapaz de cuestionar al sacerdote corrupto, simplemente porqué entre bomberos no se pisan la manguera; que me disculpen los bomberos que hacen una labor envidiable a nivel mundial. Con esta actitud tomada por algunos personeros de la iglesia, no serán capaces de ilusionar a sus feligreses, y tampoco tendrán capacidad de adaptación a los nuevos tiempos. A raíz, de esta actitud tomada por estos personeros de la iglesia en nombre de Dios; es que son millones los fieles que se van pasando a otras confesiones religiosas y el alejamiento no ya de la Iglesia, sino de los valores cristianos y del sentido de Dios se van perdiendo a pasos agigantados.
La Jerarquía eclesiástica es incapaz de aceptar, los nuevos cambios que se están dando en Venezuela para un Mundo digno, tan cambiante y abierto como el que vivimos. Porque la Jerarquía eclesiástica es incapaz de pensar en beneficio del pobre, el siempre excluido, adaptado al hombre nuevo de hoy. Los personeros de la Jerarquía eclesiástica, cierran la posibilidad, que haya un sentido democrático en la toma de decisiones eclesiales y se tenga de verdad en cuenta los puntos de vista de los laicos. Se debe vivir mucho más para el servicio a la Sociedad, sobre todo para los más marginados.
Difícil la situación la de la Iglesia venezolana; han llegado a incongruencia sus personeros; que la  lectura del evangelio que hacen los pobres, es marxismo, no es la iglesia que se ha cerrado cada día más, son sus personeros, que se han cerrado, no solo en la prédica de una moral ya añeja sino que estos personeros de la iglesia, se han transformado vulgar y cobardemente en otro partido político más, asumiendo abiertamente una posición contrarrevolucionaria y golpista, en contra del gobierno legítimamente constituido que encabeza nuestro máximo y único líder Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías.

Veo una iglesia metida de lleno en la política; no veo a la iglesia metida en el compromiso con las realidades actuales, veo a una iglesia que vive y goza con sus atuendos y comodidades, y que se olvida por completo del olor de la pobreza; y que ve de forma diferente al enfermo de sida, alguien me puede decir quien ha visto a un personero de la iglesia venezolana arrastrar un carrito de un enfermo en los hospitales venezolanos.

Patria Socialismo o Muerte Venceremos





**** Es Alberto Federico(c… é M….) Ravel, un demagogo; un ecléctico; un sofista; un Frívolo ó todas las anteriores

José Antonio Velásquez Montaño.
articulojoseantonio@hotmail.com
articulojoseantonio@gmail.com

Pero realmente, a mí, lo que me gustaría saber es, lo que piensa Alberto Federico (Coño é Madre) Ravel de sí mismo, ¿qué creen ustedes que piensa de sí mismo Alberto (Coño é Madre) Federico Ravel?

Dentro de unos años, cuando se estudie el periodo inédito de la Revolución Bolivariana que estamos viviendo en la historia de nuestro país, felicitaría a quienes no hayan sufrido en carne propia las acciones fascistas de la recalcitrante oposición venezolana.

¿Es un demagogo Alberto Federico Ravel?, define el diccionario de la Real Academia Española la demagogia como:

Práctica política consistente en ganarse con halagos el favor popular y también como la degeneración de la democracia, consistente en que los políticos, mediante concesiones y halagos a los sentimientos elementales de los ciudadanos, tratan de conseguir o mantener el poder. Estrategia política que consiste en apelar a emociones (sentimientos, amores, odios, miedos, deseos) para ganar el apoyo popular, frecuentemente mediante el uso de la retórica y la propaganda.

Motivos para creer, y que viene hacer un argumento suficiente para calificar a Alberto Federico Ravel, como demagogo

¿Es un sofista Alberto Federico Ravel? Sávater diría que sí, y los “estancialistas” que elevan a metafísica el “estar” posiblemente también. Platón seguro que también, porque consideraba que la sofística era el arte de capturar almas. Schopenhauer, partiendo de su erística (arte de tener siempre razón) seguro que también lo consideraba como tal.

Un sofista es aquel que puede defender un argumento con la misma facilidad que el contrario, sin atenerse a ningún principio, valor o moral, dominando la retórica y la propaganda, porque considera que todo es relativo, el fin justifica los medios.

Así forma parte de la sofística de Alberto Federico Ravel, decir que va a buscar el diálogo con todas las fuerzas fascista del departamento de estado para derrotar al comandante presidente Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, lo mismo que con anterioridad, quiso hacer y lo buscó en el golpe de estado el 11 de Abril de 2002.

¿Es un ecléctico Alberto Federico Ravel? Dicen sobre el eclecticismo que es la escuela de pensamiento que se caracteriza por escoger (sin principios determinados) concepciones filosóficas, puntos de vista, ideas y valoraciones entre las otras demás escuelas que se asume pueden llegar a ser compatibles de forma coherente, combinándolas y mezclándolas aunque el resultado pueda ser a menudo contrapuesto sin llegar a formar un todo orgánico.

Alberto Federico Ravel, también puede ser un ecléctico porqué a sabiendas que nuestro comandante presidente Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, estará en la presidencia de la Republica Bolivariana de Venezuela, hasta el 2000SIEMPRE; mantiene actos fascistas tratando de derrocarlo; dice: hay que hacer o no hacer cosas hasta que Chávez se vaya.

¿Alberto Federico Ravel es un frívolo?, pues realmente encaja en la definición de Torralba Roselló, La frivolidad es la gran virtud postmoderna, consiste en no tomarse nada excesivamente en serio, en evitar la confrontación dialéctica. Para el frívolo no tiene sentido la diferencia entre lo esencial y lo accidental, entre lo categórico y lo anecdótico, pues todo ello forma parte del mismo universo que insustancialmente vive Alberto Federico Ravel.

En realidad, alguien capaz de decir algo, como manipular la información,
con el simple hecho de desestabilizar a la población para ganar unas elecciones, en este caso la enmienda constitucional, con la consecuencia de cometer un asesinado por parte de este “líder” de pacotillas, en contra de la democracia; y dice este señor, lo de señor es un decir, autollamarse “demócrata”, no les parece esto un acto de frivolidad.

Pero en realidad, Alberto (Coño é Madre) Federico Ravel  es todo eso y mucho más, es el Fascista coño de madre N°1; expresión esta utilizada por Alberto Federico Ravel, en una entrevista, realizada por un comunicador social, de la televisora Ávila TV, que le hizo perder los estribos; y es este Alberto (Coño é Madre) Federico Ravel, el que quiere guiar las vidas, de todos los venezolanos, en conchupancia con un pequeñísimo grupo peores que Alberto Federico Ravel. Dan ganas de volver a ser creyente para poder encomendarse a los santos.



**** The Sources of Arabs’ Shame: Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia
12.01.2009     Source: Pravda.Ru     URL:

By Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar

“Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.” (Arthur Miller)

It is now over two weeks since Israel started its vicious assault on Gaza resulting, so far, in close to 600 dead and thousands of injuries mostly civilians. Israel true to its nature is once again ignoring all international laws and conventions. With its usual thirst for blood of the civilians, Israel is continuing its bombing of workshops, administrative buildings, roads, bridges, fuel depots, prisons, schools and mosques; killing and injuring large number of civilians in one of the world’s most impoverished and densely populated areas of the world. The Israelis are following their old method of destroying everything that makes a society a society, the infrastructure. The collective punishment of the Palestinians for what Hamas or Islamic Jihad is supposed to be doing or has done, reminds one of the collective punishments that Nazis meted out in the occupied areas in Eastern Europe during the WWII.

International Red Cross just issued a statement [[1]] condemning Israel for its brutality against civilians. There are several things that seem to have shocked the Red Cross. In one episode after several days of heavy pressure from the Red Cross, several ambulances were allowed to enter a neighbourhood to evacuate the injured civilians. In one house they found 12 bodies all civilians and mostly women and children. They also found four very young children still alive next to their dead mothers, too weak to stand. They have been holed-up in the same house for close to 4 days.

Apparently the whole neighbourhood was full of dead and injured civilians with Israeli forces only 80 meters away. According to the Red Cross the Israeli forces knew of the situation and not only didn’t do anything to help the civilians, but also were stopping Red Cross from providing assistance. Representative of the Norwegian Red Cross’ People’s Action calls this a war crime.

But this is only the tip of the ice berg. The Israeli forces have begun to use civilians as human shields. According to Amnesty International Israeli forces occupy civilian houses and keep the civilians as hostages on the first floor, while they position their soldiers on the second floor; ensuring that any fire on the house (especially with anti-tank or RPG missiles) kills the civilians as well.

In yet another report, the United Nations condemned Israel for targeting civilians. The head of the UN agency in Gaza running the school that was attacked by Israel forces categorically rejected the claim by Israel that Hamas fighters were in or even near the school. Israel bombed the UN run school, killing 43 children and injuring 100. [[2]]

Israel also targets ambulances and humanitarian relief convoys in Gaza. According to UN, at least one Palestinian was killed when UN relief convoy came under fire from Israeli forces. “The attack took place on Thursday as the lorries travelled to the Erez crossing to pick up supplies that were to have been allowed in during a three-hour ceasefire.” [[3]]

The atrocities committed by Israel is a genocide of a conquered people. Gaza is a concentration camp and no amount of PR can reduce the magnitude of this horrible crime against humanity and decency.

But Israel is Israel. She has shown that cruelty is in her nature. Here I am talking about the successive Israeli governments and not Israeli people in general. I am sure there are many in Israel that if became aware of what really is happening would not approve of it. This of course excludes the settlers and the Zionist movement. These groups like the South African white supremacists consider others to be inferior to them; or that they have the god given right to do as they please.

But states seldom are representative of their people. It is the elite and/or the governing class that makes the decisions. The state of Israel is determined to never allow the Palestinians to have a viable state. The maximum that they are willing to allow is some form of Bantustan (South African) or North American reservation (for Native Americans). With carte blanche from US and most of the European powers, Israel has been implementing this policy. Setting-up such a system takes many years. People’s spirit has to be crushed through collective punishment, economic strangulation and above all excessive and continuing violence. This has to continue for many years so the people lose hope of ever achieving anything more than what is on offer.

This of course cannot be done without the approval of other countries. Israel has the approval of the world’s most powerful nation, the United States. In addition, because of her US connections, she has managed to get a nod and a wink from the Europeans as well. So with this carte blanche in hand she has set forth to change the “reality” on the ground in her favour. By systematically settling extremists in the middle of populated Palestinian areas, she has made the creation of a viable Palestinian state almost impossible. A simple look at the map of the Palestinian territories resembles a Swiss cheese, with pockets of densely populated Palestinian areas surrounded by settlements and their protective military garrisons.

The violence both official (state sponsored) and unofficial (settlers) has been incessant. Couple this violence with economic strangulation and you will see the reasons behind the Palestinians’ anger and frustration. Any resistance is automatically branded as an act of terrorism and punished with even more violence, with US and Europeans cheering the Israelis on the side lines.

If you recall when Georgia invaded the Russian protected enclave of Abkhazia, and met Russian counter attack, the whole Western world with US at its head condemned Russia. Pushing for UN action and even sending warships with “humanitarian” supplies. Russians did not commit one thousandth of the Israeli atrocities and we had the Georgian president and other politician talking day and night about the horrible things the Russians were doing. Yet today we have US and European governments sitting silently watching this genocide taking place without doing anything. US even vetoes resolutions condemning Israeli actions, forgetting that no peace is ever made possible by killing so many innocent women and children.

But whenever a power tries to relocate a group of people by force, the Newton’s Third Law of Motion comes into effect. Newton's Third Law states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This means that if you try to imprison a person that person will try to break out. If you try to subjugate a people they will resist. This is the underlying causes of most liberation movements. The same applies to the Palestinians. They are resisting. We can agree or disagree with their methods, but theirs is a reaction to actions taken against them; we call this self-defence.

Israel is trying to push Palestinians into submission and in the process forcing many to leave the occupied territories. They are trying to show the Palestinians that they are alone and resistance in the face of an overwhelming force is suicide. Israel has tried this tactics before and has failed. The children that had to stay with their dead mothers for four days will not forget. The starved people of Gaza are not going to forget this barbarity; and neither shall the people of honour and conscious, regardless of their nationality, Israelis included.

But as for one of those who have followed the Israel ’s actions for the past 30 years, I can say that I didn’t expect anything different from Israel. The lies and deceits are all too familiar to fall for again. The current Israeli action in Gaza was not a reaction to the recent event, but planned a year ago. Just read the New York Times article in which among others they interview a senior Israeli military officer [[4]].

Israel is now trying to portray herself as a nation that is defending itself, while the truth is that Israel is a cruel occupying power trying to force a people out of their land. And this is being done with the help of some Arab nations; the very same nations that constantly talk about Arab and Muslim solidarity. These nations are: Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan .

The Arab Collaborators

The often asked question, when it comes to the Palestinians, is about the role of Arab countries in the Palestinian struggle for freedom. The people not familiar with the political landscape of the area often see the Middle East as two camps, Arab countries on one side and Israel on the other. The reality is totally different. Israel has seldom been alone. Beside its usual American, French, British and other staunch allies, she has had the hidden backing of several Arab countries.

For close to 30 years now, many Arab countries have been collaborating with Israel; some like Egypt (gained independence: 1922) and Jordan (gained independence: 1946) openly while others like Saudi Arabia (founded: 1932), UAE (founded: 1972) and Kuwait (founded: 1961) from behind the scenes. The reasons for this collaboration vary from country to country but they all have one thing in common: the rulers of these countries are all dictators and need foreign protection from their own people. Some such as Saudi Arabia , Jordan , Kuwait and UAE were put in power by the British. The founder of Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Aziz bin Saud (the kingdom is name after him) was put in power by the British. The same goes for the others, except Egypt which experienced a coup by the army officers in 1952 resulting in the ousting of the monarchy and the accompanying British influence. But the Western influence returned with Anwar Sadat. All these countries are dictatorships and all are under pressure from their people. What they cannot accept is any democratically elected form of government in their mist. They fear that if an Arab government becomes democratic they may have to become one themselves, hence losing power. One of the things that they love about Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, is that he won the election not by popular vote but by popular method of rigging the election; something that these Arab leaders understand and respect.

In contrast Hamas really represented the aspiration of the people. Soon, Mahmood Abbas term as president is over and he had to stand for re-election something that he would surely lose. In contrast Hamas really won the municipal elections in 2005 and the Parliamentary election in 2006. The elections were supervised by international observers, many from Europe, and US.

Palestinians were fed-up with the corrupt regime of Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah. They wanted to clean house. But as soon as Hamas took over, the US and the Europeans put an embargo on Hamas, calling it a terrorist organisation and not a peace partner. Israel closed the borders and refused to let anything into Gaza. Egypt also did the same.

What is not mentioned much in the media is that this was done with the complete approval of the Saudi Arabia , Egypt and Jordan . After all, Egypt could have opened its border for transfer of food and fuel. The reasons behind this hostility were and are that Hamas is a truly elected government and worst of all, Hamas is a branch or an off-shoot of Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt.

Muslim Brotherhood has a branch or related organisation in Jordan as well. Egypt and Jordan are worried that should Hamas survive and show its resistance, their people may get the idea that they can also resist the tyrannical rule of these despots. One must not forget that Muslim Brotherhood represents the only serious challenge to the Mubarak’s rule in Egypt.

Egypt

The 81 year old Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has been “president” since 1981 (28 years). He has won every election with a comfortable majority. He is much loved by his secret services. Prior to every election he arrests and imprisons all the opposition, ensuring a “clean” election. Torture is so widely used and accepted in Egypt that US outsources torturing of some its prisoners to Egypt . This alone should tell you volumes about the nature of Mubarak’s rule. He is now trying hard to crown his playboy son as his successor. But the Americans are not so sure if the son is capable of keeping the 80 million Egyptians in line and is therefore looking for alternative candidates. The head of the feared main secret service is one of the prime candidates along with some of the top generals. Challenging him is the Muslim Brotherhood organisation, enjoying grass root support from all sections of the Egyptian society including Lawyers, doctors, judges and student associations. Not surprisingly, US and Israel call Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation.

By all accounts, the Muslim Brotherhood be it in Jordan, Egypt or the occupied territories such as Gaza runs a clean operation, running many charity organisations and providing services to the poor and the needy. As such wherever they are, they pose a threat to the corrupt regimes, since they provide an alternative to the people of that area.

Jordan

King Abdullah II of Jordan, born of a British mother, educated in the West, including the Jesuit Center of Georgetown University, was brought to power by the CIA. His Uncle was a long time crown price, yet after his father died in a US hospital, Madeline Albright, Clinton ’s Secretary of Estate flew to Jordan to inform the Jordanians that the King on his death bed had changed his will and named his son Abdullah as his successor. The new king Abdullah II married the Princeton graduate Lisa Halaby, the daughter of the former head of Pan American Airlines. She is now called Queen Noor; Noor meaning Light in Arabic.

The majority of this Kingdom of 5 million people are Palestinians who are not very friendly to this King. In 1967 there was a Palestinian uprising (led by PLO) against King Hussein (ruled: 1952-1999, the father of the current king), which resulted in heavy casualties among Palestinians. In addition, the Kingdom is currently full of Iraqi refugees who resent the King’s help to the Americans in invasion of their country. On top of all this, we have the Muslim Brotherhood which tries hard to abolish the monarchy. King Abdullah relies heavily on the US support and backing for staying in power. King Abdullah also sees a natural ally in Israel , a country that can come to its aid in case of another uprising.

Saudi Arabia (House of Saud)

I don’t have to tell you much about Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom is run by the 84 year old, ailing Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. His personal wealth is estimated at $21 billion USD. He rules a clan of 8000 princes who in turn rule the country. Saudi Arabia is the centre of corruption in the Arab world. The Saudi rulers corrupt everything with their money. Lacking the necessary mental power or physical courage, they try to stay in power by subterfuge, lies, and deception. They fund the real extremists on the one hand while portraying themselves as the protectors of the Western interest on the other. They preach intolerance and xenophobia to their people decrying the Western decadence, while spending a lot of time enjoying the life in the West. They pay the West for protection against their own people and they pay the extremists to do their fighting elsewhere. Saudi rulers are indeed the worst of them all.

House of Saud is also the financier of the so called “Arab Moderates” and extremism that they cause. House of Saud financed the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan to fight the Soviets. They later financed the Taliban. They also paid the Saddam Hussein to fight Iran . Then they paid the Americans and Egyptians to fight Saddam Hussein. They are the financiers of death and misery. They finance anything, anywhere, as long as this reduces the threat to their illegitimate rule. They are currently financing the civil war in Somalia, bandits in Baluchistan ( Pakistan and Iran ) and god knows what else. They are detested by their own people and neighbours yet loved by Bush, Cheney and the oil companies. As long as they provide the money and oil the US is willing to tolerate them. And guess what? Muslim Brotherhood hates the House of Saud too. This makes them a threat and hence has to be dealt with.

The Collaboration

As can be seen each country has a good reason to eliminate Hamas, but each is restrained by its population. Israel has no such a restrain imposed on it. She not only can wage a terrible war, but also get assistance from Arab countries. Indeed it is the second time (the first was the Lebanon invasion of 2006) that Israel is getting open and solid support from these Arab countries. The invasion of Gaza was discussed in Egypt before its implementation. Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia are Israel’s active partners.

Egypt is actively involved in stopping all aids from getting to Palestinians in Gaza save a token few trucks. These few trucks are allowed to go through so they can be filmed and shown to Egyptian people. All demonstrations are banned and all Egyptian volunteers for Gaza are either arrested or sent back.

There are hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the Muslim world that are willing to go to the aid of the Palestinians, but the Egyptian authorities don’t allow them passage. Egyptians even stop medical aid from passing through their territories. This is part of a report from Associated Press:

“RAFAH, Egypt : Frustration is mounting at Egypt 's border with the Gaza Strip, where many local and foreign doctors are stuck after Egyptian authorities denied them entry into the coastal area now under an Israeli ground invasion.

Anesthesiologist Dimitrios Mognie from Greece idles his time at a cafe near the border, drinking tea and chatting with other doctors, aid workers and curious Egyptians.

"This is a shame," said Mognie, who decided to use his vacation time to try help Gazans. He thought entering through Egypt , which has a narrow border with the Hamas-ruled strip, was his best bet.

"That in 2009 they have people in need of help from a doctor and we can go to help and they won't let us. This is crazy," he added.” [[5]].

In addition there are many Iranian cargo planes full of food and medicine which have been sitting on the tarmacs in Egypt for days waiting for permission to deliver their cargo. Egyptians even denied the medical aid sent by the son of the Libyan President Qaddafi to land in Egypt [[6]].

One thing is clear: these three countries do not want the Israelis to fail in their mission of totally destroying Gaza. Hosni Mubarak said so himself. The daily Haaretz reported that Hosni Mubarak had told European ministers on a peace mission that Hamas must not be allowed to win the ongoing war in Gaza.

As Egypt physically aids the Israeli military by denying food, fuel and medicine to the civilians, The House of Saud helps Israel by giving her time and diplomatic cover. When Israel started its invasion there was an immediate call for an Arab summit. Saudi Arabia and Jordan (along with Egypt of course) delayed the summit. The Saudis along with the UAE said that they had another meeting to attend to and therefore Palestinian issue had to wait. After a few days when the summit was eventually held, they issued the same old statements. Yet this time same as the Israel ’s invasion of Lebanon in 2006, they blamed the victims. In a statement Saudi Arabia blamed Hamas for Israel 's continuing offensive in the Gaza Strip. Saudi Arabia , after blaming Hamas, declared that it will not even consider an oil embargo on Israel ’s supporters. She then again blamed Hamas.

By this time, the three Arab countries along with Kuwait and UAE began singing the old song: international community is not doing anything about the catastrophe that is taking place in Gaza. It seems that these Arab tyrants have no shame at all. This reminds me of a quote from Marquis De Sade (1740-1814): “One is never so dangerous when one has no shame, than when one has grown too old to blush.”

These Arab leaders (many are indeed too old to blush) are complicit in the murder of so many civilians, especially young children. According to Agence France-Presse, quoting the medics on the ground, fully one third of all people killed have been children [[7]]. How can these Arab leaders justify this to their people?

The answer is that they cannot. Israel knows this and for the second time can show the Arab street that their leaders are nothing but a bunch of old hypocrites. These Arab leaders are now exposed and can do nothing but to cooperate fully with Israel and US. What stand between them and their people’s rage is their army and secret services; which in turn are supported by US.

Israel has cleverly exposed these leaders for what they are: collaborators of the worst kind. These Arab leaders have brought an unimaginable shame to their people. To quote Lucien Bouchard: I have never known a more vulgar expression of betrayal and deceit. Our hope is now with the people of these countries to clean this stain from their honour.

Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar

Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar lives in Norway. He is a management consultant and a contributing writer for many online journals. He can be contacted at : Bakhtiarspace-articles@yahoo.no


[1] ABC News Norway. “Røde Kors sjokkert over Israel”(Red Cross Shocked by Israel), 8 January 2009. http://www.abcnyheter.no/node/81001

[2] Aljazeera.net. ” UN: No fighters in targeted school”, 8 January 2009 http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/01/20091805410769377.html

[3] Aljazeera.net. ” Israel fires on UN Gaza convoy ”, 8 January 2009 http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/01/2009181119551714.html

[4] nytimes.com. “For Israel, 2006 Lessons but Old Pitfalls”, 7 January 2009 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/world/middleeast/07military.html?_r=1&em=&pagewanted=print

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Israeli writer Uri Avnery analysing and speaking out against Israel's extermination policy. Worth a read!!


http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=29710

First Published 2009-01-11

How Many Divisions?

 
Hamas is deeply rooted in the population – not only as a resistance movement fighting the foreign occupier – but also as a political and religious body that provides social, educational and medical services, notes Uri Avnery.

 
Nearly seventy years ago, in the course of World War II, a heinous crime was committed in the city of Leningrad. For more than a thousand days, a gang of extremists called “the Red Army” held the millions of the town’s inhabitants hostage and provoked retaliation from the German Wehrmacht from inside the population centers. The Germans had no alternative but to bomb and shell the population and to impose a total blockade, which caused the death of hundreds of thousands.

Some time before that, a similar crime was committed in England. The Churchill gang hid among the population of London, misusing the millions of citizens as a human shield. The Germans were compelled to send their Luftwaffe and reluctantly reduce the city to ruins. They called it the Blitz.

This is the description that would now appear in the history books – if the Germans had won the war.

Absurd? No more than the daily descriptions in our media, which are being repeated ad nauseam: the Hamas terrorists use the inhabitants of Gaza as “hostages” and exploit the women and children as “human shields”, they leave us no alternative but to carry out massive bombardments, in which, to our deep sorrow, thousands of women, children and unarmed men are killed and injured.

In this war, as in any modern war, propaganda plays a major role. The disparity between the forces, between the Israeli army - with its airplanes, gunships, drones, warships, artillery and tanks - and the few thousand lightly armed Hamas fighters, is one to a thousand, perhaps one to a million. In the political arena the gap between them is even wider. But in the propaganda war, the gap is almost infinite.

Almost all the Western media initially repeated the official Israeli propaganda line. They almost entirely ignored the Palestinian side of the story, not to mention the daily demonstrations of the Israeli peace camp. The rationale of the Israeli government (“The state must defend its citizens against the Qassam rockets”) has been accepted as the whole truth. The view from the other side, that the Qassams are a retaliation for the siege that starves the one and a half million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, was not mentioned at all.

Only when the horrible scenes from Gaza started to appear on Western TV screens, did world public opinion gradually begin to change.

True, Western and Israeli TV channels showed only a tiny fraction of the dreadful events that appear 24 hours every day on Aljazeera’s Arabic channel, but one picture of a dead baby in the arms of its terrified father is more powerful than a thousand elegantly constructed sentences from the Israeli army spokesman. And that is what is decisive, in the end.

War – every war – is the realm of lies. Whether called propaganda or psychological warfare, everybody accepts that it is right to lie for one’s country. Anyone who speaks the truth runs the risk of being branded a traitor.

The trouble is that propaganda is most convincing for the propagandist himself. And after you convince yourself that a lie is the truth and falsification reality, you can no longer make rational decisions.

An example of this process surrounds the most shocking atrocity of this war so far: the shelling of the UN Fakhura school in Jabaliya refugee camp.

Immediately after the incident became known throughout the world, the army “revealed” that Hamas fighters had been firing mortars from near the school entrance. As proof they released an aerial photo which indeed showed the school and the mortar. But within a short time the official army liar had to admit that the photo was more than a year old. In brief: a falsification.

Later the official liar claimed that “our soldiers were shot at from inside the school”. Barely a day passed before the army had to admit to UN personnel that that was a lie, too. Nobody had shot from inside the school, no Hamas fighters were inside the school, which was full of terrified refugees.

But the admission made hardly any difference anymore. By that time, the Israeli public was completely convinced that “they shot from inside the school”, and TV announcers stated this as a simple fact.

So it went with the other atrocities. Every baby metamorphosed, in the act of dying, into a Hamas terrorist. Every bombed mosque instantly became a Hamas base, every apartment building an arms cache, every school a terror command post, every civilian government building a “symbol of Hamas rule”. Thus the Israeli army retained its purity as the “most moral army in the world”.

The truth is that the atrocities are a direct result of the war plan. This reflects the personality of Ehud Barak – a man whose way of thinking and actions are clear evidence of what is called “moral insanity”, a sociopathic disorder.

The real aim (apart from gaining seats in the coming elections) is to terminate the rule of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. In the imagination of the planners, Hamas is an invader which has gained control of a foreign country. The reality is, of course, entirely different.

The Hamas movement won the majority of the votes in the eminently democratic elections that took place in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. It won because the Palestinians had come to the conclusion that Fatah’s peaceful approach had gained precisely nothing from Israel - neither a freeze of the settlements, nor release of the prisoners, nor any significant steps toward ending the occupation and creating the Palestinian state. Hamas is deeply rooted in the population – not only as a resistance movement fighting the foreign occupier, like the Irgun and the Stern Group in the past – but also as a political and religious body that provides social, educational and medical services.

From the point of view of the population, the Hamas fighters are not a foreign body, but the sons of every family in the Strip and the other Palestinian regions. They do not “hide behind the population”, the population views them as their only defenders.

Therefore, the whole operation is based on erroneous assumptions. Turning life into living hell does not cause the population to rise up against Hamas, but on the contrary, it unites behind Hamas and reinforces its determination not to surrender. The population of Leningrad did not rise up against Stalin, any more than the Londoners rose up against Churchill.

He who gives the order for such a war with such methods in a densely populated area knows that it will cause dreadful slaughter of civilians. Apparently that did not touch him. Or he believed that “they will change their ways” and “it will sear their consciousness”, so that in future they will not dare to resist Israel.

A top priority for the planners was the need to minimize casualties among the soldiers, knowing that the mood of a large part of the pro-war public would change if reports of such casualties came in. That is what happened in Lebanon Wars I and II.

This consideration played an especially important role because the entire war is a part of the election campaign. Ehud Barak, who gained in the polls in the first days of the war, knew that his ratings would collapse if pictures of dead soldiers filled the TV screens.

Therefore, a new doctrine was applied: to avoid losses among our soldiers by the total destruction of everything in their path. The planners were not only ready to kill 80 Palestinians to save one Israeli soldier, as has happened, but also 800. The avoidance of casualties on our side is the overriding commandment, which is causing record numbers of civilian casualties on the other side.

That means the conscious choice of an especially cruel kind of warfare – and that has been its Achilles heel.

A person without imagination, like Barak (his election slogan: “Not a Nice Guy, but a Leader”) cannot imagine how decent people around the world react to actions like the killing of whole extended families, the destruction of houses over the heads of their inhabitants, the rows of boys and girls in white shrouds ready for burial, the reports about people bleeding to death over days because ambulances are not allowed to reach them, the killing of doctors and medics on their way to save lives, the killing of UN drivers bringing in food. The pictures of the hospitals, with the dead, the dying and the injured lying together on the floor for lack of space, have shocked the world. No argument has any force next to an image of a wounded little girl lying on the floor, twisting with pain and crying out: “Mama! Mama!”

The planners thought that they could stop the world from seeing these images by forcibly preventing press coverage. The Israeli journalists, to their shame, agreed to be satisfied with the reports and photos provided by the Army Spokesman, as if they were authentic news, while they themselves remained miles away from the events. Foreign journalists were not allowed in either, until they protested and were taken for quick tours in selected and supervised groups. But in a modern war, such a sterile manufactured view cannot completely exclude all others – the cameras are inside the strip, in the middle of the hell, and cannot be controlled. Aljazeera broadcasts the pictures around the clock and reaches every home.

The battle for the TV screen is one of the decisive battles of the war.

Hundreds of millions of Arabs from Mauritania to Iraq, more than a billion Muslims from Nigeria to Indonesia see the pictures and are horrified. This has a strong impact on the war. Many of the viewers see the rulers of Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority as collaborators with Israel in carrying out these atrocities against their Palestinian brothers.

The security services of the Arab regimes are registering a dangerous ferment among the peoples. Hosny Mubarak, the most exposed Arab leader because of his closing of the Rafah crossing in the face of terrified refugees, started to pressure the decision-makers in Washington, who until that time had blocked all calls for a cease-fire. These began to understand the menace to vital American interests in the Arab world and suddenly changed their attitude – causing consternation among the complacent Israeli diplomats.

People with moral insanity cannot really understand the motives of normal people and must guess their reactions. “How many divisions has the Pope?” Stalin sneered. “How many divisions have people of conscience?” Ehud Barak may well be asking.

As it turns out, they do have some. Not numerous. Not very quick to react. Not very strong and organized. But at a certain moment, when the atrocities overflow and masses of protesters come together, that can decide a war.

The failure to grasp the nature of Hamas has caused a failure to grasp the predictable results. Not only is Israel unable to win the war, Hamas cannot lose it.

Even if the Israeli army were to succeed in killing every Hamas fighter to the last man, even then Hamas would win. The Hamas fighters would be seen as the paragons of the Arab nation, the heroes of the Palestinian people, models for emulation by every youngster in the Arab world. The West Bank would fall into the hands of Hamas like a ripe fruit, Fatah would drown in a sea of contempt, the Arab regimes would be threatened with collapse.

If the war ends with Hamas still standing, bloodied but unvanquished, in face of the mighty Israeli military machine, it will look like a fantastic victory, a victory of mind over matter.

What will be seared into the consciousness of the world will be the image of Israel as a blood-stained monster, ready at any moment to commit war crimes and not prepared to abide by any moral restraints. This will have severe consequences for our long-term future, our standing in the world, our chance of achieving peace and quiet.

In the end, this war is a crime against ourselves too, a crime against the State of Israel.

Uri Avnery, an Israeli writer and peace activist, founded the Gush Shalom movement. He had served three terms as an MP at the Knesset. This article was published by Gush Shalom

*****


El niño palestino, de clara conciencia, y de inmenso corazón


 

José Antonio Velásquez Montaño.

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El niño palestino, ve su muerte viniendo ineluctable, pero, le pasa por la mente, y
se acuerda de las niñas y los niños viendo la televisión, viendo la alienación flagrante y descarada, de los magnates de estos medios, que acorralan, como acorralar a un animal indefenso, qué viendo la avalancha, de sandeces trasmitidos por estos medios, se pregunta ¿Quién le pondrá coto, a estos asesinos de conciencia, que nos acorralan con toda su paciencia?

Entonces, algún día, nos vamos a salvar, nada ganamos con echarnos a llorar; la vida del niño palestino es un escondite, un escondite donde esconde su sueños y esperanzas para que no sean acribilladas, por gigantes que disponen de la vida de mi madre, de la vida de tu madre, de la vida de mi hermano, de la vida de tu hermana, cuando a ellos le da su real gana.

El niño palestino, a escasa distancia del fusil de un asesino de sangre fría. Asesino este que asecha sus movimientos, a cada minuto, a cada hora, a cada día, sin altibajos de ningún tipo, con la única misión de cumplir, con la inconsciente orden de matar, independientemente sea, un niño de Arabia, Turquía, Palestina ó Qatar.

El niño palestino, asechado por este inconsciente asesino, frunce su frente, acompañado, de su angelical rostro del niño, preocupado por no haber hecho sus tareas de colegio, matemática, lenguaje en casa, que queda cerca del río, le cambia
su imagen, su rostro, como la mañana con su pertinaz roció.


El niño palestino, de clara conciencia, y de inmenso corazón; no sabe, porque existen conciencias tan oscuras, llenas de tanto rencor, rencor este que viene del más allá, con la desfachatez, de no darle vuelta atrás, sin tomar en cuenta el pantalón del niño, mojado por sentir impotencia, por no poder hacer algo, en contra de estas grandes potencias.


El niño palestino, claro, como que tiene sus diez dedos de sus manos, y sus diez dedos de sus pies, antes de asesinarme, nuestro asesino debería habérselo pensado más de una vez, lo voy a matar, es bueno saber si sabe deletrear, que nos costaría saber deletrear, si tengo chorreados los pantalones, porque me van a matar, la chorreada de mis pantalones, no es por miedo, sencillamente es porque, con los otros niños, no vuelvo a jugar.


El niño palestino, esta consciente que esa Palestina suya, debe ser libre sin temor a equívocos, es por eso, que aunque haya más muertos de los que precisan los noticieros; su corazón, su conciencia, fabricada por lo más fuerte, que haya existido, que no es otra cosa, que Amor, no dormirá nunca, pero seguirá soñando junto a su pueblo palestina, con más conciencia de libertador.







**** La tuya, palangrista é mierda
Por: José Antonio Velásquez Montaño
Fecha de publicación: 10/01/09


Palangre: Negocio oportunista, por el que se obtiene una ganancia jugosa. En lenguaje periodístico, pago ilícito que se hace a un periódico o a un periodista por publicar una información que afecta o beneficia los intereses de alguien.

Usted, Alberto Federico Ravel, lo sabe, que depende de ellos. Usted, Alberto Federico Ravel, los conoce y se cruza con ellos, a cada rato, a cada instante, por teléfono, por vía Internet, pero como eres un hijo de la gran puta, que por ser parte de un medio de (des)información, crees que tienes al mundo en tus manos, crees que tienes a cristo agarrado por las bolas, sabemos qué cara tienes, porque son ellos quienes te mandan, y tu como buen lacayo, cumples la orden al pie de la letra. Usted, Alberto Federico Ravel, quiere hacer todo al pie de la letra, sencillamente, porqué no quieres aparentar, lo que eres, un simple empleado, o mejor dicho un rolitranco é jala bola bien pagado de un medio de (des)información, ya que no te puedes comparar con ellos, porque ellos estudiaron en Harvard e hicieron un master en Tokio, o al revés; y quieres codearte con ellos hablando de neoliberalismo económico salvaje, como quien comenta un partido entre Caracas y Magallanes.

Nosotros, Alberto Federico Ravel, te conocemos, que haces lo peor, que pueda hacer un ser humano por dinero; Alberto Federico Ravel, no tienes rostro público, pese a ser “experto” en el dinero de otros. Tan experto eres, Alberto Federico Ravel que siempre, tus amos terminan por hacer el dinero, de ellos. Porque siempre, Alberto Federico Ravel, ganan ellos, cuando ganan; y nunca pierden ellos, cuando pierden.

Alberto Federico Ravell, lanzas al mundo (des)información manipulada de la economía venezolana que nada tienen que ver con la economía productiva actual. Alberto Federico Ravel, con esta (des)información que lanzas al mundo, alzas castillos de naipes y los garantizas con espejismos y con humo, y la oposición pierde el culo creyendo las sandeces que escupes. Alberto Federico Ravell, a sus borregos, esta nueva arremetida, en contra del gobierno de Chávez no puede fallar, les dice. Aquí en esta nueva arremetida, nadie de nosotros va a perder. El riesgo es mínimo. Los avalan las siglas de la CIA; como lo dice, y lo ratifica el correo enviado a la oposición recalcitrante venezolana; a continuación el correo:

"Buenas tardes, les escribo para informarles que la reunión del 8 y 9 de enero en Miami está lista (Nota: Luego la reunión se mudó a Puerto Rico). Nuestro amigo de la embajada saldrá un día antes. El grupo de asesores ha venido trabajando en estos días muy duro y van a presentar toda una campaña estratégica con ideas para comerciales de TV, eventos y discursos. Yo los he venido alimentando con información e investigación. Ellos han rebotado ideas con los asesores más grandeligas de Estados Unidos, y creo que podemos sacar desde la A hasta la Z, todo listo para enfrentar la enmienda. Lo único que debemos hablar son los costos que, aunque son bajos -unos 3 millones de dólares para lo que se está produciendo- debemos compartirlos entre todos. Sugiero que nos reunamos el lunes 5 de enero para ver todos los detalles y explicarles mejor todo".

Y aunque ese espejismo especulador de Alberto Federico Ravell, nada tiene que ver con la vida de cada día de los venezolanos en la calle, ya que todo es euforia, en esta Venezuela revolucionaria; pero Alberto Federico Ravell, a sabiendas que nuestro comandante presidente, estará en la presidencia de la Republica Bolivariana de Venezuela hasta el 2000SIEMPRE, sigue dándole palmaditas en la espalda, a sus borregos, informándoles que el precio del petróleo esta bajando.

Estos palangristas, se alegran cuando ocurre algo en el mundo, ligando que se perjudique la economía venezolana, y que se perjudique la economía de los países pobres, pero pasan arrecheras, cuando el resultado, es adverso, perjudicando a los países capitalistas y canallas, que juegan a la ruleta rusa en cabeza ajena.

Patria socialismo o Muerte Venceremos.

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**** Nato warning for Russia over 'political' gas crisis

Rory Watson in Brussels and David Charter in Prague


Frantic efforts to restore gas supplies to millions of European consumers failed yesterday after Russia refused to turn the pipeline back on in its showdown with Ukraine.

A European Union plan to send monitors to both countries, agreed in principle by Moscow and Kiev as a way of breaking the deadlock between them, faltered at the 11th hour when Russia demanded that its own inspectors should be sent to Ukraine alongside independent experts. Last night the EU decided to send its monitors to Ukraine anyway, in the hope of persuading Russia to re-open the taps.

The row has left 12 countries without deliveries in freezing temperatures and meant hundreds of schools and factories have closed to conserve fuel. Hundreds of thousands of people across the Balkans, the worst-affected region, found themselves without heating and some hospitals were forced to close in Serbia as temperatures dipped below minus 10C (14F).

A senior US diplomat warned that Nato might have to intervene to help alliance members such as Bulgaria and Romania if the crisis drags on. "There is a commercial dispute at the heart of this, but this also has political overtones [becasue] we have seen Russia over time using such events to gain political leverage," Kurt Volker, the US Ambassador to Nato, said.
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"If this persists, I think Nato will have to think how to assist allies who suffer."

Russia and Ukraine continued to blame each other while simultaneously proclaiming their readiness to end the row, which has grown into a devastating fuel shortage for Europe in one of the coldest winters for years.

Four-fifths of Russian gas for Europe should arrive through Ukraine's pipeline network but Gazprom, the Russian state fuel company, turned off all supplies on Wednesday in an increasingly bitter row over payments that began on New Year's Day.

Russia had decided to punish Ukraine by cutting its gas and later accused it of stealing supplies that were intended for Europe.

After a day in Brussels of complex, and at times chaotic negotiations, Alexei Miller, Gazprom's CEO, objected to the plan to send European monitors to Ukraine to ensure that the country would not siphon off supplies destined for Europe.

Despite announcing his support earlier in the day for the scheme, he insisted that Russians should be part of the monitoring teams — a demand that would first have to be agreed by Ukraine.

EU officials had hoped that placing monitors in Russia and Ukraine to check the gas flow would ensure that both countries kept their promise to pump gas to Europe. Gazprom's last-minute demands scuppered the deal and came as a bitter disappointment to negotiators.

Andris Piebalgs, the EU Energy Commissioner, said: "It is very clear that the citizens in Europe are suffering a lot. My goal was to be able to name the moment when gas flows would come to Europe. However, I cannot name a date or a time."

Mr Piebalgs said a dozen EU monitors would be sent to Ukraine today so that they would be able to check supplies as soon as they resumed.European foreign ministers, meeting in Prague, accused Russia and Ukraine of "showing insufficient determination to solve the problem".

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**** Barack Obama's 'Black Widow' : The Super Spy Computer

Written by www.daily.pk  

Sunday, 04 January 2009 22:37

'The NSA's colossal Cray supercomputer, code-named the 'Black Widow,' scans millions of domestic and international phone calls and e-mails every hour. . . . The Black Widow, performing hundreds of trillions of calculations per second, searches through and reassembles key words and patterns, across many languages.'
Barack Obama will be in charge of the biggest domestic and international spying operation in history. Its prime engine is the National Security Agency (NSA)—located and guarded at Fort Meade, Maryland, about 10 miles northeast of Washington, D.C. A brief glimpse of its ever-expanding capacity was provided on October 26 by The Baltimore Sun's national security correspondent, David Wood: "The NSA's colossal Cray supercomputer, code-named the 'Black Widow,' scans millions of domestic and international phone calls and e-mails every hour. . . . The Black Widow, performing hundreds of trillions of calculations per second, searches through and reassembles key words and patterns, across many languages."

In July, George W. Bush signed into law the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which gives the NSA even more power to look for patterns that suggest terrorism links in Americans' telephone and Internet communications.

The ACLU immediately filed a lawsuit on free speech and privacy grounds. The new Bush law provides farcical judicial supervision over the NSA and other government trackers and databasers. Although Senator Barack Obama voted for this law, dig this from the ACLU: "The government [is now permitted] to conduct intrusive surveillance without ever telling a court who it intends to spy on, what phone lines and e-mail addresses it intends to monitor, where its surveillance targets are located, why it's conducting the surveillance or whether it suspects any party to the communication of wrongdoing."

This gives the word "dragnet" an especially chilling new meaning.

The ACLU's Jameel Jaffer, director of its National Security Project, adds that the new statute, warming the cold hearts of the NSA, "implicates all kinds of communications that have nothing to do with terrorism or criminal activity of any kind."

Why did Obama vote for this eye-that-never-blinks? He's a bright, informed guy, but he wasn't yet the President-Elect. The cool pragmatist wanted to indicate he wasn't radically unmindful of national security—and that his previous vow to filibuster such a bill may have been a lapse in judgment. It was.

What particularly outraged civil libertarians across the political divide was that the FISA Amendments Act gave immunity to the telecommunications corporations—which, for seven years, have been a vital part of the Bush administration's secret wiretapping program—thereby dismissing the many court cases brought by citizens suing those companies for violating their individual constitutional liberties. This gives AT&T, Verizon, and the rest a hearty signal to go on pimping for the government.

That's OK with the Obama administration? Please tell us, Mr. President.

Some of us began to see how deeply and intricately the telecoms were involved in the NSA's spying when—as part of an Electronic Frontier Foundation lawsuit—it was revealed by a former AT&T technician, Mark Klein, that he had found a secret AT&T room in which the NSA was tapping into the telecom giant's fiber-optic cables. On National Public Radio on November 7, 2007, he disclosed: "It's not just AT&T's traffic going through these cables, because these cables connected AT&T's network with other networks like Sprint, Qwest [the one firm that refused to play ball with the government], Global Crossing, UUNet, etc."

What you should know is that these fruitful cables go through "a splitter" that, as Klein describes, "just copies the entire data without any selection going on. So it's a complete copy of the data stream."

Under the new FISA Amendments Act, there are no limits on where this stream of data can be disseminated. As in the past, but now with "legal" protection under the 2008 statute, your suspicious "patterns" can go to the FBI, Homeland Security, the CIA, and state and local police that are also involved in "fusion centers" with the FBI.

Consider the enormous and bottomless databases that the government—and its NSA—can have a ball with. In James Bamford's The Shadow Factory (Doubleday)—a new book that leads you as far as anyone has gone into the bowels of the NSA—he notes: "For decades, AT&T and much of the rest of the telecommunications industry have had a very secret, very cozy relationship with the NSA." In AT&T's case, he points out, "its international voice service carried more than 18 billion minutes per year, reaching 240 countries, linking 400 carriers, and offering remote access via 19,500 points of presence in 149 countries around the globe."

Voilá! Also, he notes: "Much of those communications passed through that secret AT&T room that Klein found on Folsom Street in downtown San Francisco."

There's a lot more to come that we don't know about. Yet. In The Shadow Factory, James Bamford quotes Bush's Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell as saying that this wiretapping program was and is "only one program of many highly secret programs approved by Bush following the attacks on 9/11" (emphasis added). McConnell also said of the NSA's nonstop wiretapping: "This is the only aspect of those various activities whose existence has officially been acknowledged."

Come on, Mike. Bush acknowledged the NSA's flagrant contempt of the First and Fourth amendments only after The New York Times broke the story in December 2005. When the Times executive editor, Bill Keller, first decided to hold the explosive story for a year, General Michael Hayden—the former head of the NSA who is currently running the CIA—was relieved because he didn't want the news to get out that "most international communications pass through [these telecommunications] 'switching,' " Bamford reports. It would blow the cover off those corporate communicators. Now, AT&T, Verizon, et al., don't have to worry, thanks to the new law.

There are increasing calls, inside and outside of Congress, for President Obama to urge investigations by an independently bipartisan commission—akin to the 9/11 Commission—to get deeply into the many American and international laws so regally broken by Bush and his strutting team.

But there is so much still to find out about the NSA's "many highly secret programs" that a separate commission is sorely needed to probe exclusively into the past and ongoing actions of the Black Widow and other NSA lawless intrusions into our privacy and ideas.

President Obama could atone for his vote that supported the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 by appointing such a bipartisan commission composed of technology experts who are also familiar with the Constitution.

Bamford says that the insatiable NSA is "developing an artificial intelligence system designed to know what people are thinking." Here come the thought police!
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Yuan-settlement test to start

Source: Xinhua | 2009-1-7 |

CHINA'S central bank said yesterday that it plans to implement a pilot program that would settle overseas trade with the Chinese currency instead of the US dollar.

The People's Bank of China will expand financial cooperation with overseas economies and "properly deal with the global financial crisis," the central bank said.

"We'll actively join international efforts to tackle the global financial crisis while safeguarding national interests," the central bank said.

It pledged to implement a pilot program that the State Council announced last month.

China will allow the yuan to be used for settlement between Guangdong Province and the Yangtze River Delta, China's two economic powerhouses, and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau, according to the central bank.

Meanwhile, exporters in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Yunnan Province in southwestern China will be allowed to use the yuan to settle trade payments with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Those moves are expected to facilitate overseas trade, as Chinese exporters might face losses if they continue to be paid in US dollars, analysts said.
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Yuan-settlement test to start

Source: Xinhua | 2009-1-7 |


CHINA'S central bank said yesterday that it plans to implement a pilot program that would settle overseas trade with the Chinese currency instead of the US dollar.

The People's Bank of China will expand financial cooperation with overseas economies and "properly deal with the global financial crisis," the central bank said.

"We'll actively join international efforts to tackle the global financial crisis while safeguarding national interests," the central bank said.

It pledged to implement a pilot program that the State Council announced last month.

China will allow the yuan to be used for settlement between Guangdong Province and the Yangtze River Delta, China's two economic powerhouses, and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau, according to the central bank.

Meanwhile, exporters in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Yunnan Province in southwestern China will be allowed to use the yuan to settle trade payments with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Those moves are expected to facilitate overseas trade, as Chinese exporters might face losses if they continue to be paid in US dollars, analysts said.
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