Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
WWW, December 2010 - As the European Union forces the country of Greece into cutting all kind of spendings, these very same leaders will also force the country into buying all kinds of stuff for the military.
One billion Euro's in cuts, two billion of Euro's into a couple of war ships from France. That is just one of the ways in which the country is being plundered by the global organizations.
Footage used with permission.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
When he assumed the presidency in 2009, President Barack Obama promised a reset of relations with the rest of the world, greater international cooperation and a recall on George W. Bush's so-called cowboy diplomacy. But as the 112th Congress prepares to take their seats after a Republican sweep in the midterm elections, some fear that the new foreign policy and defense leadership is transporting us back to the frosty relations of the Cold War.
The CIA created a brand new enemy to keep the war in Afghanistan going: Introducing the "Haqqani Network", a group surrounding a "former CIA supporting family"....
Sunday, December 26, 2010
From the day it earned independence from the British, the United States of America was a country founded on God, commonly referenced under the notion of American exceptionalism; a theory that America's success was due to God's divine intervention.
Now, the term has expanded to include Israel, which was the theme of this year's Christians United for Israel summit in Washington, DC where participants and attendees affirmed biblical links to both countries
This is the first Radio Interview with Buju Banton after being "released" on bail. The interview was aired originally on December 25, 2010 and deals mainly with Buju Banto's concert January 2011 on Martin Luther King weekend.
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Thursday, December 23, 2010
Democracy Now! Thursday, December 23, 2010
The FBI's probe into antiwar activists is growing. In September, FBI agents raided the homes and offices of activists in Chicago and Minneapolis. Subpoenas that were withdrawn have been re-activated and a new subpoena was served to a Palestinian solidarity activist in Chicago. We speak with two of the people targeted and two former FBI agents.
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Christians in Israel and the Palestine areas are suffering under heavy attacks by both extremist Muslims and Jews. Although some join the IDF, there are many who have to migrate or suffer severe persecution.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
free Press claims that the new rule is so loaded with loopholes that it has become clear that the FCC chairman created it solely to win the favor of AT&T and other big media lobbyists. Craig Aaron with FreePress.net and Seton Motley with LessGovernment.org join Thom Hartmann to comment the story.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
When Obama was running for office three years ago, he pledged to support the principle of a free and open internet saying, "I will take a backseat to no one with regards to net neutrality." Fast forward to today and the FCC Chair that Obama appointed is leading a vote that could end net neutrality. Today's pivotal vote will decide on a new set of regulations that critics say will create a two-tiered system for the Internet. We speak with Craig Aaron of the media reform group Free Press.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange may be out of jail, but his legal battle on sexual assault charges is still ongoing. Sweden insists on his extradition from the UK. However Assange is sure no proper justice awaits him there. Laura Emmett is following the case in London.
Monday, December 20, 2010
The FBI successfully thwarts its own terrorist plot with Zaid Jilani, reporter and blogger with www.thinkprogress.org/
A non-violent protest started as a result of prisoners demanding wages for their work, medical care, educational opportunities and a reform to the overall prison system. After a week, six separate Georgia prisons were in cooperation and joined the protest New Black Panther Party Chairman Dr. Malik Zulu Shabbazz says incarceration and coercion has been a means to control black people who compose a majority of those in the prison system, it's a prison industrial complex.
725 billion dollars was approved by Congress for the military last week, while most of the media coverage was about Don't Ask Don't Tell. This bill is the largest military budget ever approved amid a poor US economy and a deficit that continues to inflate. Author and activist David Swanson says this is an outrage in the face of the deficit and all of the war crimes shed to light by WikiLeaks
Sunday, December 19, 2010
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
On Peter Lavelle's CrossTalk his guests are asked whether the US is following the historic path that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Leaders of the EU intend to amend the Lisbon Treaty to allow bailouts of weak and poorer members. Is this the beginning of the end of the EU?
Monday, December 13, 2010
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Revealed: Assange ‘rape’ accuser linked to notorious CIA operative
One of the women that is accusing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of sex crimes appears to have worked with a group that has connections to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
James D. Catlin, a lawyer who recently represented Assange, said the sex assault investigation into the WikiLeaks founder is based on claims he didn't use condoms during sex with two Swedish women.
Swedish prosecutors told AOL News last week that Assange was not wanted for rape as has been reported, but for something called "sex by surprise" or "unexpected sex."
One accuser, Anna Ardin, may have "ties to the US-financed anti-Castro and anti-communist groups," according to Israel Shamir and Paul Bennett, writing for CounterPunch.
While in Cuba, Ardin worked with the Las damas de blanco (the Ladies in White), a feminist anti-Castro group.
Professor Michael Seltzer pointed out that the group is led by Carlos Alberto Montaner who is reportedly connected to the CIA.
Shamir and Bennett also describe Ardin as a "leftist" who "published her anti-Castro diatribes (see here and here) in the Swedish-language publication Revista de Asignaturas Cubanas put out by Misceláneas de Cuba."
Shamir and Bennett noted that Las damas de blanco is partially funded by the US government and also counts Luis Posada Carriles as a supporter.
A declassified 1976 document (.pdf) revealed Posada to be a CIA agent. He has been convicted of terrorist attacks that killed hundreds of people.
Ardin is "a gender equity officer at Uppsula University – who chose to associate with a US funded group openly supported by a convicted terrorist and mass murderer," FireDogLake's Kirk James Murphy observed.
In August, Assange told Al-Jazeera that the accusations were "clearly a smear campaign."
"We have been warned that, for example, the Pentagon is planning on using dirty tricks to destroy our work," Assange told the Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet.
The WikiLeaks founder said he was told to be careful of "sex traps." Had Assange fallen for one of those traps? "Maybe. Maybe not," he said.
Catlin observed that both Ardin and Sofia Wilén, the second accuser, sent SMS messages and tweets boasting of their conquests following the alleged "rapes."
"In the case of Ardin it is clear that she has thrown a party in Assange's honour at her flat after the 'crime' and tweeted to her followers that she is with the 'the world’s coolest smartest people, it’s amazing!'" he wrote.
"The exact content of Wilén’s mobile phone texts is not yet known but their bragging and exculpatory character has been confirmed by Swedish prosecutors. Niether Wilén’s nor Ardin’s texts complain of rape," Catlin said.
Ardin has also published a seven step guide on how to get revenge on cheating boyfriends.
When the charges were first leveled in August, Gawker raised doubts that Ardin was working for the CIA.
"If anything, Ardin's outing tends to undercut Assange's conspiracy theory that one of his accusers is a major figure on Sweden's left fringe, freewheelingly indiscreet on her personal blog and, until her charges, an enthusiastic promoter of Assange's visit to the country," Gawker wrote.
After Interpol issued a digital "wanted" poster for Assange on Monday morning, an unnamed Scotland Yard source reportedly told Press Association it had been given the documents needed for the arrest. Police would not comment on the report publicly.
Several British news outlets speculated that Assange could be arrested as early as Tuesday.
On Monday evening, Mark Stephens, Assange's London lawyer, was negotiating with British authorities over an arrest warrant they'd received from their Swedish counterparts. Assange has vowed to fight extradition.
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Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
CIA creating real life Manchurian Candidates?
A group of US military veterans claim the government messed with their minds, implanted microchips and electrodes and conducting of mind control experiments.
They are alleging top secret CIA, military and even university scientists experimented on them with the purpose implanting remote control devices in their brains to eventually turn them into robot-like assassins.
The members of the group claim the tests were conducted at the Army's Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland between 1950 and 1975. The US military site was known for testing, but mainly for chemical and biological nerve agents.
Now the group is suing the US government for answers.
Dr. Colin A. Ross, the president and founder of the Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma said there are stories from survivors and there are official government documents regarding the allegations.
The documents detail hypnosis, LSD, interrogation and electro-implant experiments. The electro-implant experiments were first conducted on animals, and they controlled via remote transmitters, he explained.
“Electrodes are put into dolphins and the dolphins are directed by remote transmitter to deliver a bomb to a target, there is discussion of similar technology in cats and other animals,” Ross said. “There is research funded by the Office of Naval Research published in mainstream journals where electrodes are put into the brains of cats, dogs and their behaviors controlled and even human beings at Harvard and Yale, so this is absolutely documented fact.”
Ross said operators were able to force animals to walk or swim to designated areas, and in humans control limited actions, such as hitting a wall, staring into space or strumming a guitar.
Participants in the testing programs were volunteers, however most did not truly understand what was going on.
“The people didn’t really know what was going on,” Ross said. They were basically tricked.”
There are probably active “Manchurian candidate sleepers” thought the world today, he argued. Mind control technology has been known about for decades and there are a range of usable technologies, ranging from electrode implants to brainwashing.
Ross said he is certain such experiments are ongoing today, but he cannot prove it because it is classified.
People can be in a sleeper state indefinably, but of course this is all secret and classified, so you cannot actually document it or prove it,” he added.
Attorney Gordon P. Erspamer, who represents the veterans filling suit, said members of the group have alleged they were given high doses of hallucinogenic drugs as well as brain implants.
“They tested hundreds and hundreds of different biological substances, such as anthrax, and chemical substances such as nerve gas, psycho-chemicals, a whole variety of psycho-chemicals,” said Erspamer. “They did this all in total secrecy for a period of over 20 years.”
Erspamer explained his clients are unable to received monetary policy because they were volunteer military members at the time of testing. Under the law, veterans cannot seek financial damages against the government under the Feres Doctrine which was established in 1950 by the US Supreme Court.
The suit is seeking however to bring attention to the fact military veterans cannot seek damages from the government and is also seeking a recognition by the US Army, that under their own regulation they must provide medical care and disclose what exactly they were subjected to. It is also a hope the court will release the veterans from their secrecy oath regarding what they endured.
However, the case has been a challenging one.
“There has been a total lack of cooperation from the CIA,” he said. “The rest of the defendants are not much better. The Army and the Department of Defense have been resisting discover at every moment as well.”
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Wikileaks began on Sunday November 28th publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents will give people around the world an unprecedented insight into US Government foreign activities.
The cables, which date from 1966 up until the end of February this year, contain confidential communications between 274 embassies in countries throughout the world and the State Department in Washington DC. 15,652 of the cables are classified Secret.
The embassy cables will be released in stages over the next few months. The subject matter of these cables is of such importance, and the geographical spread so broad, that to do otherwise would not do this material justice.
The cables show the extent of US spying on its allies and the UN; turning a blind eye to corruption and human rights abuse in "client states"; backroom deals with supposedly neutral countries; lobbying for US corporations; and the measures US diplomats take to advance those who have access to them.
This document release reveals the contradictions between the US’s public persona and what it says behind closed doors – and shows that if citizens in a democracy want their governments to reflect their wishes, they should ask to see what’s going on behind the scenes.
Every American schoolchild is taught that George Washington – the country’s first President – could not tell a lie. If the administrations of his successors lived up to the same principle, today’s document flood would be a mere embarrassment. Instead, the US Government has been warning governments -- even the most corrupt -- around the world about the coming leaks and is bracing itself for the exposures.
The full set consists of 251,287 documents, comprising 261,276,536 words (seven times the size of "The Iraq War Logs", the world's previously largest classified information release).
The cables cover from 28th December 1966 to 28th February 2010 and originate from 274 embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
PAPPA BIGGY - SET HIM FREE
SINGLE INTERNET RELEASE
WWW, September 28 2010 - "Set Him Free" is a powerful track by the Connecticut-based Jamaican singer Pappa Biggy, created in 2009 when the news broke on Buju Banton's arrest in Florida on cokane charges. After almost nine months of being in jail, Buju Banton was finally put before a judge and jury, who could not come to a verdict with the result that a new trial is set for December. That's when Buju Banton will then be in jail for a year.
Pappa Biggy graciously gave the Dubroom permission to upload the track.
There is three sides to every story
Why judgest I in the court of public opinion
You were the one who said innocent until proven guilty, then
Why use your tongue to execute me. Take it from Papa Biggy
I man asking for mercy and compassion
Try know the truth before you judge the man
The authorities charge him for conspiracy
Mek him defend himself before the judge and jury.
Gargamel ~ Buju Banto we pray for thee
Whoa Whoa, Gargamel ~ Buju Banton ~ we pray for thee
I hear the people dem bawling, set him free
I hear the people dem calling, set him free
I hear the people dem bawling, set him free and send him back home to we.
To the authorities this is my urgent plea
Until proven guilty beg you set him free
If we no see no improvement or no progress
We a take it to the House of Parliament an Congress [CHORUS]
This native son from off a the rock
We will never forget you never turn our back
Nough no want hear the artiste a preach and a teach
So them penalize the artiste fi freedom of speech [CHORUS]
The authorities call it incarceration
But John Public see it as persecution
How much more prophet afi sacrifice
Before my people open up their eyes.
PAPPA BIGGY WEBSITE: http://www.myspace.com/papabiggy1
DUBROOM COVERAGE OF THE BUJU BANTON CASE: http://dubroom.yuku.com/topic/970?page=-1
Sunday, September 26, 2010
BUJU BANTON'S JURY TRIAL
BABYLON OBSERVER REPORT
WWW, September 26 2010 -Nine months after the arrest of Buju Banton who was said to be involved in a mega deal concerning cokane, we're in the weekend after the trial. The jury has to agree unanimous, and that seems to be a problem: they talked for two days and will continue after this weekend.
When Dubroom Message Board member David Pablo posted "Buju Busted", it drove the immediate attention of the Babylon Observer and it's readers/visitors. Consequently, the news was on the events was monitored and comments were attached.
When the trial finally took place last week, an end was put to all speculations and the case itself is rather clear: Buju Banton is innocent of dealing drugs but has put himself in a lot of trouble as he was, according to his own words, "talking crap and tried to impress".
In short: US Gov't assigned an informer on Buju Banton, with the mission to entrap him in some kind of predicament.
After a European tour, namely, on a flight from Spain to Florida, this informer established contact with Buju Banton and fed him wine, more wine, with the result that the two were speaking about cokane deals and Buju on his side told -indeed- a lot of crap, according to his own saying just to "impress" the agent.
This informer, later in the year, took Buju on a trip to a boat. Being of the impression that they would have a nice time on the water or something like that, Buju was then being confronted with a bag of cokane and was filmed tasting it.
The informer indeed organized a cokane deal, but there were two other men who he was actually dealing with. In the trial, he admitted to this as well. The other two men have both signed plea-deals to get shorter sentences.
The lawyer of one of them was interviewed for television (below)
According to the Jamaica Observer, Buju Banton was "offered" two years in exchange for his confession but refused because he is not guilty. A wise move, for when you're innocent you don't want to be registered as a criminal for the rest of your life. On top of that, why lie?
Closer observers could see how Buju Banton was really a very easy target for the agent provocateurs, so-called informers whose job basically is to keep crime rates high and prisons full. Someones make good living of the fraudulent "war on drugs", someones who want to keep drugs illegal. Simply put a paid informer at work for $50,000.- and start to boast a little in a first class plain-travel.
Those who know Dancehall music know that a huge part of it consists out of boasting lyrics: if taken literal, all dancehall artists should be in jail for wanting to kill each other and much more. This is a mentality which fits perfectly in what Buju Banton did "backstage", if you will. He thought he was taking part in some kind of DJ contest where the one with the biggest mouths gain the most respect.
It must be taken into consideration that the life people like Buju Banton live is far from that of a "normal" life. He is probably surrounded by people who need to big him up all the time, for their own benefit or not. When you hear all the time how good you are and all of that, it's difficult to stay humble.
Hopefully, the jury will see all this. Nothing worse than a group of people who are supposed to practice truth-finding rather than filling pockets and prisons with people considered "politically incorrect".
Buju Banton is a high level target of the homosexual community, there are web logs cheering over the fact that Buju is in jail. To them, he's in jail because of his stance towards the sexual preference of others and to them, rightfully so.
Will the jury agree with that, or not?
The weekend in which this is written, is still a time of uncertainty when it comes to the final verdict of the jury and judge. Apparently the jury couldn't even agree over the question as to whether a crime was committed or not. It was the judge who told the jury: "A crime was committed, your task is to decide as to whether Buju Banton is part of it or not".
That question is easily answered, and when the jury turns out to declare guiltiness on Buju's head then the real guilt will be on the jury's head and the Real Judge, JAH, will eventually judge the righteous judgment.
For now, however, there is still hope for a good outcome in this time and place...
We'll keep you posted.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
WWW, March 2010 - When the news went out in December 2009 that Buju Banton was arrested in the USA on cokane charges, the Babylon Observer Messageboard was quickly filled with relevant, ongoing news and views concerning the matter. A summary of the latest postings can be found here.
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