This has all the earmarks of how UNITED STATES painted Japan into corner over petroleum resulting in WWII


Editor: Because of the sanctions imposed upon Russia by the United States and the European Union Russia has turn to other trading partners to offset these actions. The deal described below is an earmark, the same type of painting Russia into the corner as the United States did to Japan which led to the “surprise” attack on Pearl Harbor, although the specifics are different, the attitudes are the same, whether or not the consequences will be, we can only hope not!


Russia Delivers Blow To Petrodollar In Historic $20 Billion Iran Oil Deal
Russia signed a historic $20 billion oil deal with Iran to bypass both western sanctions and the dollar based western monetary system yesterday.

Currency wars are set to escalate as the petro dollar’s decline continues.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and his Iranian counterpart Bijan Zanganeh signed a five-year memorandum of understanding in Moscow, which included cooperation in the oil sector.

“Based on Iran’s proposal, we will participate in arranging shipments of crude oil, including to the Russian market,” Novak was quoted as saying.

The five year accord will see Russia help Iran “organise oil sales” as well as “cooperate in the oil-gas industry, construction of power plants, grids, supply of machinery, consumer goods and agriculture products”, according to a statement by the Energy Ministry in Moscow.

The deal could see Russia buying 500,000 barrels of Iranian oil a day, the Moscow-based Kommersant newspaper has previously reported. Under the proposed deal Russia would buy up to 500,000 barrels a day or a third of Iranian oil exports in exchange for Russian equipment and goods.

The Russian government withdrew the statement regarding the deal last night, but said it would issue a new statement today.

In January, Russia said that they were negotiating an oil-for-goods swap worth $1.5 billion a month that would enable Iran to lift oil exports substantially to Russia, undermining Western sanctions.

Yesterday, the Russian President told regional leaders that “the political tools of economic pressure are unacceptable and run counter to all norms and rules.” He  said in response to western sanctions he had given orders to boost domestic manufacturers at the expense of non-Russian ones.

The White House has previously said that reports of talks between Russia and Iran were a matter of “serious concern”.


Scum Bucket Bush

This scum bucket George Bush once again appeared at the White House, with his beady little eyes looking back and forth with amazement, wondering when, if ever the truth will be discovered about his misdeeds as president of the United States. Arm in arm with his accessory after the fact, Pres. Barack Obama, the continuation of the lies will persist on into the future. Bush along with his cabal of criminals are wanted in many countries around the world for their crimes against humanity, in fact, he and his cohorts would be arrested if they set foot in any one of these countries. Yet here in the United States he is still treated as some type of hero, unimaginable.Accessory After the Fact, Obama, and the #1 Criminal of the 21st Century, George Bush


A few OEN folks (me, Josh Mittledorf, Cheryl Biren) were down in DC, in the cold and snow, covering the Veterans for Peace civil disobedience action against the war, which also turned into an event strongly supporting Bradley Manning, Wikileaks and Julian Assange.
There’s one article and a short video up now and more will be coming.
That article shows, in one photo, MANY of the leading activists of our time.
We went to cover the even because we feared it would not be covered by the MSM. Sure enough, we have yet to hear that any mainstream media org, including MSNBC covered it.
With all the snow and the icy cold temperature– below 25 F, there were those in attendance, particularly Viet Nam Vets, who described the day as another Winter Soldier event.
Photo by Cheryl Biren
It was great to be warmly greeted by OEN regular contributors like Ray McGovern, David Swanson, Coleen Rowley, Kevin Zeese, to name a few. does the job that the mainstream media are supposed to do.

It’s official! You’re on your own


By Michael Collins

Sunrise by geriberryng

Some of us have known this for a long time.  Some of us just found out and some will find out very soon.  There are few, if any,  elected officials who really care about our interests unless we’re one of the few thousand ultra rich who control  Congress and the White House.

The Obama-Republican tax plan was just approved in the United States Senate.  It will become law soon.  What did we lose?

The Senate put the Social Security system at risk with a 33% cut to employee payroll taxes, from 6.2% to 4.2% of wages.  Social Security is doing well with a $2.5 trillion surplus.  But this major change begins the starvation of the system.  Those who voted in favor will turn around sometime soon and say that Social Security is faltering.  Of course, their cynical actions will be at fault. They’ll conveniently avoid mentioning that.

The Obama-Republican plan keeps the tax rate on investment income (capital gains) well below the rates for income taxes and below the capital gains  rates in 2000.  Wall Street ruins the economy with their shady deals then gets more tax breaks on their shady stock deals.

The wealthiest citizens get an extension of the “temporary” Bush era tax cuts.

Employment levels by Michael Collins

We’re told that these huge tax cuts are worth it because they’ll get the economy going again by producing jobs.  We had nearly 10 years of the Bush tax cuts and guess how many new jobs have been added to the economy?  None, when you factor in population growth.

These tax cuts will cause $900 billion in lost revenues.  Supporters of these tax breaks will talk your ear off about balanced budgets.  Apparently, they see no connection between giving away $900 billion and increasing the budget deficit.

This legislation has nothing to do with new jobs or a balanced budget.  It’s all about enhancing income of those at the very top.


Senator Bernie Sanders said he’d stop the madness.  Last Friday he stood up and spoke for hours outlining the glaring problems with the Obama-Republican program.  People thought it was a filibuster.  It wasn’t.  There was no legislation to filibuster on Friday.   Yesterday, when it really counted, Senator Sanders sat on his hands as the one sided brawl between The Money Party and the people took place on the Senate floor.  There was no filibuster.  Mighty Bernie had struck out.

But Sen. Sanders performed a valuable public service for those in charge.  He provided the appearance that there might be at least one principled Senator left who was ready to hold the line.

We need our “heroes.”  Without them, we might realize that we’re entirely on our own in the fight against the wholesale theft of the peoples’ hard work and wealth.

Before Sen. Sanders, there were the liberal Democrats in the House of Representatives.  They promised to vote against the president’s health care reform bill if it didn’t have a viable public option.  Guess what?   They sat on their hands just like Senator Sanders as health care reform became a health insurance industry bailout.

Before Sanders there was presidential candidate Obama.  He was the breath of fresh air, the sincere man for the people with the brains to pull off real “change.”  But we had to have “hope” and before that, we had to believe him.

These public figures and many more promised to correct the chaos and depravity of the Bush era.   It’s all a scam.  A new war, more bailouts for Wall Street, the continued assault on the Constitution, and lower taxes for the super rich are what we got.

One Winner Only

The appearance of a political opposition is the essential window dressing required to fool people into thinking that there’s actually more than one side that will be heard on any public issue.  There isn’t.  The ultimate winners are the great accumulations of wealth represented by that bipartisan coalition that has no permanent friends or enemies, just permanent interests – The Money Party.

Nation’s Income Gains to Top 1% by
Rebel Capitalist

The Money Party is on a roll.  From 2002 through 2007, 70% of the nation’s income growth has gone to just 1% of the population.  That 1% wants an end to Social Security, even more tax cuts, and capital gains tax rates well below the income taxes the rest of us pay.

There is no time to feel disappointed, upset, or betrayed by the big con game masquerading as democracy.  There is no reason to expect that any political leader will be honest.  For those we allow to lead, the only incentive for honesty is a fear by politicians that they’ll be tossed out of office and prosecuted for fraud if they fail to do their jobs.

The United States is still a great country because the vast majority of people are hard working, honest, and willing to live peacefully with their neighbors and, when given a chance, with the rest of the world.  The enemies of greatness and progress are the politicians and their patrons who insist on having their way on every issue, who take every thing that isn’t nailed down; and, who create fake dramas and diversions to further the distortions and censorship of the corporate media .  They will not go quietly into the night. They will employ every trick available to retain power.

An effective movement for real change should express the positive values of the vast majority.  Of fundamental importance, it requires citizens who trust elected and appointed official only while those officials prove their fidelity to the peoples’ interests and the laws of the land.  If you want heroes to do the  job, just remember all the false heroes we’ve endured.

If we’re willing to reach the end our life justified by the fight rather than the victory, informed by principals rather than personalities, we acquire an enduring wealth beyond the reach of those in charge.


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Author’s Bio: Michael Collins is a writer in the DC area who researches and comments on the corruptions of the new millennium. His articles focus on the financial manipulations of The Money Party, the abuse of power by government, and features on elections and election fraud. His articles can be found athere. His website is called The Money Party.


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Our TV’s, radios, and mailboxes are being inundated with lies and smears against Democrats.

Who’s paying for all those attacks? Rightwing billionaires like the Koch brothers, rightwing corporations like FOX News, even foreign corporations dedicated to stealing our jobs

Who’s “the architect” of this effort? Karl Rove.

Karl Rove stole the White House for George Bush in 2000 by getting 5 Republicans on the Supreme Court to throw out 175,000 votes and appoint Bush. He stole Congress for Republicans in 2002 by forcing a divisive vote for invading Iraq based on his WMD lies. He stole the White House for Bush again in 2004 through phony terror alerts and the Swift Boatsmears against war hero John Kerry.

And now he’s at it again He turned FOX News into a 24x7x365 Republican political machine, and even appears on FOX to smear President Obama personally. He set up a criminal secret slush fund to take millions from billionaires and corporations and spend it all smearing Democrats. (We are urging Attorney General Eric

Holder to investigate and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law

He vigorously defends other corporate slush funds like the Chamber of Commerce.

But we can beat Karl Rove in November, just as we did in 2006 and 2008. Here’s what we must do, starting immediately:

  1. Vote straight Democratic
  2. Tell everyone we know to vote straight Democratic
  3. Even tell strangers to vote straight Democratic

Here are all the resources you need:

In many states, early voting has begun so you don’t have to wait for Election Day. After you vote, you can zap political ads, throw out political mail, and spend your free time telling friends and strangers to vote straight Democratic. This will be good for America, good for your mental health, and good for your soul.

Share your thoughts in our new blog:

Thanks for all you do!

Bob Fertik

Letter to the Editor: Frustrated Bernie Sanders

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont
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I’m an independent. So why am I writing on behalf of Democrats? Because we’re only 28 days out, and polls show close races in at least 15 states. The GOP only needs to win 10 to take the majority. And their candidates are the most reactionary I’ve ever seen.

Yes, it’s easy to get frustrated at the pace of progress in Washington, and I share the concerns of many progressives that the Democrats have not been as bold and aggressive as they should be. But, if those of us who want to move our nation forward don’t act immediately, winnable races will be lost.

There’s not a moment to waste. Click here to make an immediate donation of $5 or more to the DSCC. It’s less than a month until the midterm elections, and if the DSCC fails to raise $989,309 by midnight Saturday, races that should be won might slip away. Every seat matters when Senate control hangs in the balance.

If Democrats lose the Senate, everything we believe in – health care for all, full employment, transforming our energy system, preserving social security, a fair and progressive tax structure – will be set back. Nothing can justify sitting by and letting that happen.

Look, I’ve had my differences with Democrats in the past, but we set them aside to work together to move our country forward. That won’t happen if Democrats lose the Senate. The obstruction we’re seeing today will look like child’s play. The Republican agenda – such as it is – is to stop at nothing to destroy President Obama and win back the White House in 2012.

They’re getting powerful help. GOP-aligned groups including Karl Rove‘s American Crossroads plan to spend $400 million – a record-breaking amount – to elect Republicans. These shady groups funded by oil billionaires and secret donors are relentlessly attacking Democrats. Candidates who stand up to corporate influence risk their voices being drowned out.

In these last 28 days, it all comes down to funding for the education, outreach and extensive grassroots mobilization we need to win and to defend my Democratic friends like Barbara Boxer, Russ Feingold and Patty Murray. It’s what the DSCC does best, but it can’t do it without your help.

Click here to make an immediate donation of $5 or more to the DSCC. It’s 28 days until the midterm elections, and the DSCC must raise $989,309 by midnight Saturday to keep pace with the Republicans.

Republicans are counting on us to sit on our hands, but this is no time to opt out. It’s time to seize the moment, win in November and move this country forward. Thank you for your help.


Sen. Bernie Sanders