"There is no sworde to bee feared more than the Learned pen"

Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

RUSSIA considering fighting ISIS

In RUSSIA considering fighting ISIS on kp55 at 301422

image

The next weapon in the fight against Islamic extremists in the Middle East might be Vladimir Putin. The Russian president discussed with his Security Council on Monday potentially contributing to fighting ISIS, according to Russian news agencies. The council "exchanged opinions on possible forms of cooperation with other partners on a plan to counter Islamic State in the framework of international law," Interfax quoted a Kremlin spokesman as saying.

The United States has been trying to build a broad coalition to thwart ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq, but Russia has not been part of the conversation. “The anti-ISIL coalition is not a club party — we do not expect any invitations and we are not going to buy entry tickets,” said Ilya Rogachev, an official in Russia’s Foreign Ministry said last week. But Russia is a supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose regime is trying to stave off an insurgency that has included ISIS fighters.  REST OF STORY HERE

Jim Frederick author of “Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent Into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death” dies at 42? click here

In Jim Frederick author of “Black Hearts dies on kp25 at 311408

Jim Frederick, a former foreign correspondent and editor whose 2010 book about an atrocity committed by American soldiers in Iraq was praised for its thorough reporting and acuity in parsing the psychological erosion of men in war, died on July 31 in Oakland, Calif. He was 42.

The cause was cardiac arrhythmia and arrest, said his wife, Charlotte Greensit.

Mr. Frederick spent most of his career at Time Inc. as a reporter and editor for Money and Time magazines. At Time, he was the Tokyo bureau chief, a senior editor based in London, managing editor of Time.com and managing editor of Time International before leaving the company in 2013.

His book “Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent Into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death” explores a grievous crime committed by four American soldiers: the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the killing of her family in their small house in the village of Yusufiya, south and west of Baghdad, in March 2006.

Without blinking and without excusing, Mr. Frederick documented the intense and withering experience of a group of men who were poorly commanded, overwhelmed with stress and witness to myriad bloody calamities, including the deaths of comrades. One of the book’s most noted strengths was in demonstrating the state of mind of men who have seemingly been stripped of all sense of their humanity. Rest of story here….

Gertrude of Arabia, the Woman Who Invented Iraq

In EYEONCITRUS.COM, Gertrude Woman Created Iraq on kp05 at 301420

BY Clive Irving

The story of the British intelligence agent who rigged an election, installed a king loyal to the British, drew new borders—and gave us today’s ungovernable country.

She came into Baghdad after months in one of the world’s most forbidding deserts, a stoic, diminutive 45-year-old English woman with her small band of men. She had been through lawless lands, held at gunpoint by robbers, taken prisoner in a city that no Westerner had seen for 20 years.

It was a hundred years ago, a few months before the outbreak of World War I. Baghdad was under a regime loyal to the Ottoman Turks. The Turkish authorities in Constantinople had reluctantly given the persistent woman permission to embark on her desert odyssey, believing her to be an archaeologist and Arab scholar, as well as being a species of lunatic English explorer that they had seen before.

She was, in fact, a spy and her British masters had told her that if she got into trouble they would disclaim responsibility for her. Less than 10 years later Gertrude Bell would be back in Baghdad, having rigged an election, installed a king loyal to the British, re-organized the government, and fixed the borders on the map of a new Iraq. As much as anyone can be, Gertrude Bell could be said to have devised the country that nobody can make work as a country for very long—no more so than now.

The Middle East as we know it was largely the idea of a small coterie of men composed of British scholars, archaeologists, military officers and colonial administrators who were called the Orientalists—this is the “orient” according to the definition first made by the Greeks, meaning everything east of the Mediterranean as Alexander the Great advanced to seize it.

For decades, beginning in the mid-19th century, the Orientalists had explored the desert and found there the ruins of the great powers of the ancient world—Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia. Through archaeology they revealed these splendors to the modern world and, from their digs, stuffed Western museums with prizes like the polychromatic tiled Ishtar Gates of Babylon, moved to the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, or the Cyrus Cylinder, containing the Persian king Cyrus’s new creed of governance as he conquered Babylon, shipped to the British Museum.

They wondered why such resplendently rich and deeply embedded pre-Christian urbanized cultures ended up buried by the drifting sands of the desert, completely unknown and ignored by the roaming Arab, Turkish and Persian tribes above. The many glories of Babylon, for example, lay unexplored not far from the boundaries of Baghdad. READ REST OF STORY HERE

What the US-backed Regime is Planning for Ukrainian Workers

In What the US-backed Regime is Planning for Ukrainian Workers on kp42 at 311416

 

 

IMF Headquarters, Washington, DC.

 

Behind incessant rhetorical invocations of a “democratic revolution,” Ukraine’s newly-installed government of former bankers, fascists and oligarchs is preparing draconian austerity measures.

 

The plans being drawn up are openly described as the “Greek model,” i.e., the program of savage cuts imposed on Greece by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Union (EU) that has caused Greece’s economy to collapse by nearly 25 percent in five years and produced a massive growth in unemployment and poverty.

 

In the case of Ukraine, however, this social devastation is to be unleashed against a country that has already been subjected to the scorched earth economics of capitalist restoration. Even before the latest events, Ukraine was the 80th poorest country in the world based on gross domestic product per capita, behind Iraq, Tonga and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

 

More than one quarter of its population—11 million people—live below the official poverty line, which is set at a meagre 1,176 UAH ($127) per month. The situation is far worse than official figures indicate, however. With an average monthly wage of only 1,218 UAH ($131), or 79 US cents per hour, millions more survive barely above subsistence level.

 

The official unemployment rate of 7.5 percent masks large numbers of unregistered and underemployed workers. It is, moreover, held down by high emigration, with tens of thousands fleeing the country in search of jobs. The equivalent of 15 percent of Ukraine’s population has left the country, giving it one of the largest diasporas in the world. Between 1991, when the Soviet Union was dissolved, and 2010, Ukraine’s population shrank from 51.7 million to 45.9 million

Continue reading…

 

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

MURDER in Bengasi

In 911 TWO, The Killingof Chris Stevens, EYEONCITRUS.COM, MURDER in Bengasi on kp39 at 311214
Terrorists: MOSSAD CIA

By Avyd Grid Jorge click on the title MURDER in Bengasi to be taken to complete article!

Several sources have said that U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, the two former Navy SEAL commandos working as diplomatic security officers (mercenaries) and Sean Smith, an information management officer killed in Bengasi, Libya, were betrayed by their Libyans bodyguards and the series of events leading up to this was carried out by a Psy-Ops of the Israel Mossad and CIA operatives in their continued efforts to drag the United States into the coming Iran conflict. It has all the flavor of the Iranian-Hostage episode that was orchestrated  back in 1979 to influence the Presidential election of 1980, by removing President Carter and to bring forward the election of Ronald Reagan, who’s Vice President George Bush, (former CIA Operative) was deemed to be more of a military adventurist than Carter. Under Reagan’s Presidency, he (Reagan) would take care of domestic issues, while his Vice President, would handle the foreign affairs. This was orchestrated by rogue CIA operatives who resented President Carter taking heed of President Eisenhower’s warning in his farewell address (beware of the Military-Industrial Complex) and fired 4000 CIA spies. The operatives succeeded, Carter lost the election and immediately after Reagan took office, the hostages were released and what followed were the years of the Iran-Contra Affair, where, the Reagan Administration in collusion with the Military-Industrial Complex, began to supply the Iranian terrorists (those who had held the American hostages) arms in order to get the release of another group of Americans who were held hostage in Lebanon. So much for the not dealing with Terrorists mantra!

Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, a chief aide to the National Security Council, was chosen to be in charge of this covert U.S. initiative. From the late summer of 1985 to mid-autumn of 1986 the Reagan administration sold arms to Iran, who was currently in a bloody war with Iraq. The intent of this was to persuade Iran to use its influence to arrange the release of the hostages in Lebanon. This tactic worked, facilitating the release of three American hostages. This was fruitless however, as those three were quickly replaced by the kidnapping of three other Americans and America began to supply Iraq with weapons also, thus obtaining the ultimately Military-Industrial complex dream, supplying both sides of a conflict with arms!

It’s called Iran-Contra Affair because Reagan’s administration wanted to continue to aid the Contras guerrillas who were fighting the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, Congress passed the Boland Act, which forbid this type of involvement. President Reagan, through the NSA keep it going which resulted in the formation of the Tower Commission to investigate what was going on. They spoke with Reagan, Bush and the rest of the Administration staff and then to the NSA. This episode in covert operations was whitewashed off by blaming a “rogue” group within the NSA! Although two select committees in Congress later did find culpability by individuals involved, yet, Reagan and others at the top were not indicted, even though there was a strong belief of their guilt.

Read the rest of this entry »

911 Commissioner Admits Conspiracy 30 years long

In 911 Commissioner Robert Kerry Admits Conspiracy, citrus county florida, EOC EYEONCITRUS.COM, World News on kp40 at 301109

BOB KERRY2 One of the 911 Commissioners admits in this video of a conspiracy regarding 911 and going back 30 years of criminal activity. Very shortly, a complete book, will be on this site, giving the true history of the United States, covering 911, Iran, Iraq, the attempted assassination on Ronald Reagan and much more!

Why I’m Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange-Letter to Editor

In Bail Money, EYEONCITRUS.COM, Iraq lies, Julian Assange, WikiLeaks on kp32 at 311014


Yesterday, in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that I have put up $20,000 of my own money to help bail Mr. Assange out of jail.

Furthermore, I am publicly offering the assistance of my website, my servers, my domain names and anything else I can do to keep WikiLeaks alive and thriving as it continues its work to expose the crimes that were concocted in secret and carried out in our name and with our tax dollars.

We were taken to war in Iraq on a lie. Hundreds of thousands are now dead. Just imagine if the men who planned this war crime back in 2002 had had a WikiLeaks to deal with. They might not have been able to pull it off. The only reason they thought they could get away with it was because they had a guaranteed cloak of secrecy. That guarantee has now been ripped from them, and I hope they are never able to operate in secret again.

So why is WikiLeaks, after performing such an important public service, under such vicious attack? Because they have outed and embarrassed those who have covered up the truth. The assault on them has been over the top:

**Sen. Joe Lieberman says WikiLeaks “has violated the Espionage Act.”

**The New Yorker‘s George Packer calls Assange “super-secretive, thin-skinned, [and] megalomaniacal.”

**Sarah Palin claims he’s “an anti-American operative with blood on his hands” whom we should pursue “with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders.”

**Democrat Bob Beckel (Walter Mondale’s 1984 campaign manager) said about Assange on Fox: “A dead man can’t leak stuff … there’s only one way to do it: illegally shoot the son of a bitch.”

**Republican Mary Matalin says “he’s a psychopath, a sociopath … He’s a terrorist.”

**Rep. Peter A. King calls WikiLeaks a “terrorist organization.”

And indeed they are! They exist to terrorize the liars and warmongers who have brought ruin to our nation and to others. Perhaps the next war won’t be so easy because the tables have been turned — and now it’s Big Brother who’s being watched … by us!

WikiLeaks deserves our thanks for shining a huge spotlight on all this. But some in the corporate-owned press have dismissed the importance of WikiLeaks (“they’ve released little that’s new!”) or have painted them as simple anarchists (“WikiLeaks just releases everything without any editorial control!”). WikiLeaks exists, in part, because the mainstream media has failed to live up to its responsibility. The corporate owners have decimated newsrooms, making it impossible for good journalists to do their job. There’s no time or money anymore for investigative journalism. Simply put, investors don’t want those stories exposed. They like their secrets kept … as secrets.

I ask you to imagine how much different our world would be if WikiLeaks had existed 10 years ago. Take a look at thisphoto. That’s Mr. Bush being handed a “secret” document on August 6th, 2001. Its heading read: “Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US.” And on those pages it said the FBI had discovered “patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings.” Mr. Bush decided to ignore it and went fishing for the next four weeks.

But if that document had been leaked, how would you or I have reacted? What would Congress or the FAA have done? Was there not a greater chance that someone, somewhere would have done something if all of us knew about bin Laden’s impending attack using hijacked planes?

But back then only a few people had access to that document. Because the secret was kept, a flight school instructor in San Diego who noticed that two Saudi students took no interest in takeoffs or landings, did nothing. Had he read about the bin Laden threat in the paper, might he have called the FBI? (Please read this essay by former FBI Agent Coleen Rowley, Time’s 2002 co-Person of the Year, about her belief that had WikiLeaks been around in 2001, 9/11 might have been prevented.)

Or what if the public in 2003 had been able to read “secret” memos from Dick Cheney as he pressured the CIA to give him the “facts” he wanted in order to build his false case for war? If a WikiLeaks had revealed at that time that there were, in fact, no weapons of mass destruction, do you think that the war would have been launched — or rather, wouldn’t there have been calls for Cheney’s arrest?

Openness, transparency — these are among the few weapons the citizenry has to protect itself from the powerful and the corrupt. What if within days of August 4th, 1964 — after the Pentagon had made up the lie that our ship was attacked by the North Vietnamese in the Gulf of Tonkin — there had been a WikiLeaks to tell the American people that the whole thing was made up? I guess 58,000 of our soldiers (and 2 million Vietnamese) might be alive today.

Instead, secrets killed them.

For those of you who think it’s wrong to support Julian Assange because of the sexual assault allegations he’s being held for, all I ask is that you not be naive about how the government works when it decides to go after its prey. Please — never, ever believe the “official story.” And regardless of Assange’s guilt or innocence (see the strange nature of the allegations here), this man has the right to have bail posted and to defend himself. I have joined with filmmakers Ken Loach and John Pilger and writer Jemima Khan in putting up the bail money — and we hope the judge will accept this and grant his release today.

Might WikiLeaks cause some unintended harm to diplomatic negotiations and U.S. interests around the world? Perhaps. But that’s the price you pay when you and your government take us into a war based on a lie. Your punishment for misbehaving is that someone has to turn on all the lights in the room so that we can see what you’re up to. You simply can’t be trusted. So every cable, every email you write is now fair game. Sorry, but you brought this upon yourself. No one can hide from the truth now. No one can plot the next Big Lie if they know that they might be exposed.

And that is the best thing that WikiLeaks has done. WikiLeaks, God bless them, will save lives as a result of their actions. And any of you who join me in supporting them are committing a true act of patriotism. Period.

I stand today in absentia with Julian Assange in London and I ask the judge to grant him his release. I am willing to guarantee his return to court with the bail money I have wired to said court. I will not allow this injustice to continue unchallenged.

Michael Moore

P.S. You can read the statement I filed today in the London court here.

P.P.S. If you’re reading this in London, please go support Julian Assange and WikiLeaks at a demonstration at 1 PM today, Tuesday the 14th, in front of the Westminster court

How ‘Bout Dinner, Just You and Me?-Letter

In citrus citizens, citrus county news, EYEONCITRUS.COM on kp21 at 311003

dinner4.jpg334200

(Credit: flickr user Luigi Crespo)

By Michael Moore

Would you like to have dinner with me? It would be just us — and up to three of your friends, if you want — and we can talk about anything…movies, politics, or whether LeBron, Bosh and Wade are going to live up to the hype. (I’m betting yes.)

If you’re interested, just go here and make a bid. The money from the winner will go to Operation Recovery, a project of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

I’m participating in this auction because the IVAW is, quite simply, one of the most important organizations in our country. Founded in 2004, they now have 61 chapters, all focused on three simple principles: (1) immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces from Iraq; (2) reparations to the Iraq people from their invaders; and (3) full benefits, including physical and mental healthcare, for returning servicemen and women.

IVAW also participates in the nationwide Truth in Recruiting campaign, so that young people can make informed decisions about joining the military. And they organized the 2008 Winter Soldier conference, at which veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan told the unvarnished truth about what we’re doing in our wars — and what our wars are doing to our vets.

We all owe every member of IVAW a debt of thanks. And there’s no better way to help pay that debt than to support Operation Recovery, which is a new campaign to stop the military from sending already-traumatized veterans back into combat zones.

You might think that after all you’ve heard for the past decade about “supporting the troops” that the military wouldn’t push those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder back to war. But you’d be wrong — the reality is that to the people who started the war, our soldiers are almost as disposable as Iraqis. Please read this to learn more.

And then…well, then hopefully you and I can have dinner. What would you like? I hear the Spaghetti is great just about anywhere…

Related articles

Zemanta helped me add links & pictures to this email. It can do it for you too.

I REMEMBER

In EYEONCITRUS.COM, GOP CORPORATE CONTROL, REPUBLICANS, Teaparty Candidates on kp27 at 311031

A few notes from people who remember along with the people above.

justonefirefly1

I remember who sent my son to Iraq and brought him back hurt. I remember who sent my nephew to Iraq and sent him back in a pine box, alone and without respect to show the coffins returning rather than our children safe. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER BUSH SAYING BIN LADEN WASN’T IMPORTANT WHEN THEY DIDN’T FIND HIM IRAQ. I REMEMBER 5000 DEAD AMERICANS WHO DIED FOR A LIE AND I REMEMBER WHO MADE THE OUTRAGEOUS MONEY FROM THIS WAR. HALLIBURTON AND FUCKING CHENEY

Taidgh17
6 hours ago

please please pick the lesser of 2 evils, come on america, come on

donnegri
10 hours ago 4 pixel-vfl3z5WfW.gif

I remember when John Boehner ran the House….2001-2007.

I remember when Boehner and his predecessors were inviting lobbyists in to write legislation.

I remember which party and its demagogues called anyone opposing the Iraq war “traitors”

I remember which party feared “trial lawyers” more than they cared about equality for working women (Lili Ledbetter)

ijitdunn
6 hours ago

@StartLoving3 Well said, Start. And Just ’cause a right wing tilted supreme court says corporations are persons, doesn’t make it so. I don’t have the patience to engage these teabaggers. It’s pointless; they just parrot the bullshit they’re fed from Fox. They’re the first to suffer under right wing policies, yet they’re the only ones who seem not to understand the mechanics of their undoing.

%d bloggers like this: