(SFChronicle) – San Francisco will host sailors from three different navies this weekend, including a port call by a U.S. cruiser, a Japanese training squadron and a rare visit by a Russian guided missile cruiser.
All the ships – except the cruiser USS Bunker Hill – will be open for public tours next week.
The first vessels to arrive will be three ships from the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, as the Japanese navy is called. The three, led by the training vessel Kashima, are expected at the Golden Gate Bridge around 12:30 p.m. today. They will anchor in the bay and tie up Monday at Pier 27 on the Embarcadero. A welcome ceremony, open to the public, will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m.
The Japanese ships will be open to the public that day from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. Read entire article
(Aletho) – Turkey is Media’s Latest Target for Alleged ‘Terror’ Ties
The Israeli raid on the Gaza flotilla that resulted in the deaths of eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish-American has led Israel and its supporters to argue that the Turkish government and a prominent Turkish humanitarian organization are “terrorist” sympathizers with ill intentions toward Israel and the United States. In a series of articles, the U.S. corporate press has joined in. Read More Here
(Mahdibray) – Israel’s Embargo is about Economic Warfare, Not Security
The embargo of Gaza – what a humanitarian atrocity! Even worse is the bogus justification for the embargo. We’ve been told over and over again that the embargo was for Israeli security purposes now we find out through the internal Israeli documents that the real justification is to create economic warfare against the people of Gaza. What a travesty! Check out the piece below. Read More Here
(Aletho) – Obama Goes with Neocon Flow on Iran – Read More Here
(Uruknet) – License to Kill – Obama blurs the line between warfare and summary execution
Last week U.N. investigator Philip Alston delivered a report on “targeted killings” in which the U.S. government plays a starring role. Under a policy secretly initiated by George W. Bush and expanded by Obama, the CIA and the Joint Special Operations Command track and kill people, including U.S. citizens, based on their alleged ties to Al Qaeda or its allies. The killings, typically carried out by missiles fired from drone aircraft, dangerously blur the line between warfare and summary execution. Read More Here
(Uruknet) – Video: The Banality of Occupation – The Only Democracy?
While the world has been rightfully focused on the Gaza Flotilla, the banality of occupation goes on. In this video (originally posted on Coteret), a twelve year old boy is arrested in Bil’in. An international activist and the boy’s mother plead with the soldiers to release him, but the soldiers ignore them completely, with the complete power of the occupier. The child was apparently working in his olive groves with his family. As the boy is taken away, you can see, not far away at all, the buildings of the nearest settlement. Just another day in Palestine. Video Link Here
(Uruknet) – Reporters Without Borders: 15 journalists still missing – Read More Here
(KavKazCenter) – IHH head says Zionists brazenly lie. He confirms Jews threw corpses into sea
Bulent Yildirim, head of the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), promised to continue to send ships to the Gaza Strip until lifting of the siege, despite the fact that the Jews staged a bloody massacre on the Mavi Marmara ferry. Read More Here
(RedactedNews) – Our tax dollars at work: GAZA Freedom Flotilla – Israelis threw bodies overboard? – Read More Here
(AntiWar) – Russia Moves Forward on Defense Missiles, Nuclear Plants for Iran – Read More Here
(AntiWar) – US Slams Mention of Israeli Nukes at IAEA Meeting
US officials reacted angrily today at the inclusion of Israel’s nuclear arsenal as a topic of discussion for the IAEA meeting, insisting that it was “untimely and uncalled for.” Read More Here
(Uruknet) – Torture Of Palestinian Child Prisoners “Widespread And Institutionalised”
This week a DCI (Defence For Children International) report found that Palestinian children are still routinely tortured under Israeli custody. The document, based on hundreds of sworn, independent affidavits, has been submitted to the UN Committee Against Torture. Read More Here
(GlobalResearch) – Rachel Corrie and Furkan Dogan: Murdered American Heroes
In the past seven years, two Americans were unjustly, maliciously and violently killed by the Israel “Defense” Forces (IDF). Both had unwittingly given their lives for Gaza, and in the aftermath of their murders, their government forsook them.
Their names were oft-repeated—if not by follow citizens, then by citizens of the world—as events surrounding Israel’s horrific assault on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla were discussed. These two young and brave individuals were Rachel Corrie and Furkan Dogan. Read More Here
(CulturesofResistance) – Video: Israeli Attack on the Mavi Marmara. Smuggled one Hour Video reveals the Truth
Eyewitness reports and photographic evidence have proven that Tel Aviv has been completely dishonest about the Israeli military attack on the unarmed international civilian flotilla of humanitarian and aid ships going to the Gaza Strip. Israel has also been caught doctoring evidence. New video evidence has now been presented dispelling what little credibility Tel Aviv had left. View More Here
(GlobalResearch) – Ireland’s Bloody Sunday: Why the Israeli State Must Not be Allowed to Hold its Own Inquiry into Bloody Monday – Finian Cunningham – Read More Here
(StopNATO) – Military Watershed: Longest War In U.S. And Afghan History – Rick Rozoff – Read More Here
(GlobalResearch) – State Terrorism and the New World Order. “Man’s Stupidity has no Bounds”
No matter how Israel attempts to dress up piracy on the high seas, in international waters – described by legal experts and politicians as state terrorism, resulting in nine confirmed deaths, claims of more, and up to sixty reportedly injured; the abduction and hostage taking of the passengers on six vessels – an act from a country given unique legal latitude, which might prove a final act of political suicide. Read More Here
(AntiEmpireReport) – Hypocrisy Reigns. “The World has been taken over by Lying, Hypocritical, Mass-murdering Madmen” – William Blum – Read More Here
(AFP) – Video: Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran – Iran Could Have Enough Uranium for N-bomb Within 3 Years: US – View Video Here
(RawStory) – US ‘Desperately’ Trying to Keep Wikileaks from Publishing US Communications About Arab States – Read More Here
(GlobalResearch) – Afghanistan: Funding Both Sides – Eric Walberg – Read More Here
(CounterPunch) – Poster Boy for “Dual Loyalties” Joe Biden: In Israel’s Service – Read More Here
(PirateBay) – Torrent Video: 1 Hour-HD Video from Israeli attack on Turkish ship-Gaza Flotilla – Video Link Here
(AlterNet) – The Gaza Blockade Is Illegal and the Flotilla Attack Was an Illegal Act of War
Because the blockade of Gaza itself violates international law, Israel committed an illegal act of war attacking the convoy, regardless of who attacked whom first. Read More Here
(America20xy) – What if instead of North Korea sinking a South Korean ship, Iran sank an Israeli ship?
Russia and China are still not convinced that North Korea was behind the attack on the Cheonan last month. Read More Here
(DesertPeace) – Israel’s ‘Self Defense’ Is Destroying The World
Israel has been pursuing its cry-wolf policy since its inception. Successive Israeli regimes have followed the same tactic of presenting their own nation as the victim of aggression. All the major news firms and corporations have taken the same line. “Israel as victim’, has filled the headlines. These days there are more examples than ever. Read More Here
(MuzzleWatch) – Silencing Gaza flotilla activists in the United States
The Israeli government, with the aid of its many proxies- especially in the Jewish institutional world, is working overtime after the Mavi Mavera massacre to paint the Gaza flotilla participants as terrorists. Read More Here
(NBCP) – Video: Palestine/Gaza: The Siege
The three year old siege on the Gaza Strip and its 1.5 million inhabitants is a testament to the Israeli regime’s disregard of law, decency and morality. This siege amounts to collective punishment, an action outlawed by various conventions and humanitarian laws. This is not to mention the suffering and humanitarian crisis caused by this law. This siege has been disgracefully condoned by the “international community” and justified by the “free world” as a measure that safegurads the security of the Israeli regime. Continue reading
(SHTFPlan) – Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it.
In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.
When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force. Continue reading
Sigmund Freud believed that individuals were not driven by rational thought but by primitive unconscious desires and feelings. Freud’s nephew Edward Bernays believed that this meant that it was too dangerous to let the masses ever have control over their own lives. Consumerism was a way of giving people the illusion of control while allowing a responsible elite to managing society.
Bernays invented the public relations profession in the 1920s and was one of the main architects of the modern techniques of mass-consumer persuasion, using every trick in the book, from celebrity endorsement and outrageous PR stunts, to eroticizing the motorcar. He showed American corporations how they could make people want things they didn’t need by systematically linking mass-produced goods to their unconscious desires.
Bernay’s most notorious coup was breaking the taboo on women smoking by persuading them that cigarettes were a symbol of independence and freedom. But Bernays was convinced that this was more than just a way of selling consumer goods. It was a new political idea of how to control the masses. By satisfying the inner irrational desires that his uncle had identified, people could be made happy and thus docile.
It was the start of the all-consuming self which has come to dominate today’s world. Continue reading
The 2005 movie “Lord of War” opens with lead actor Nicholas Cage standing in a street littered with spent shell casings. He turns and speaks to us with droll sincerity:
“There are over 500 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That is one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other eleven?” (written and directed by Andrew Niccol) Continue reading
No Guns for Negroes exposes the racist history behind American gun control laws. Continue reading
(Oct 12, 2009) – Alex welcomes back to the show British writer, public speaker, former professional football player, reporter, television sports presenter, and spokesman for the Green Party, David Icke. Continue reading
I’m getting very upset by what I’ve been seeing since this health care issue has come to the fore. I’m becoming really angry by how much my intelligence has been insulted. I’m beginning to feel like the man who has to explain to his friends that Criss Angel is not really defying the laws of physics. He’s in the business of creating illusions. Continue reading
“By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy – indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction”
-William Osler Continue reading
This series is about how those in power have used Freud’s theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy. Continue reading
North Korea has ordered its military to be combat ready, state media said early Monday, ahead of joint US-South Korean maneuvers that Pyongyang has described as a prelude to war. Continue reading