Neoliberal News of the Day: Jan. 31, 2013

The Pathopsychology of War with Cynthia McKinney & Abayomi Azikiwe  –  “This week on Heart of Africa, Kudakwashe hosted Former US Congresswoman & 2008 US Presidential Candidate for the Green Party, Cynthia McKinney & African Historian, Political Analyst & Editor of Pan African News Wire, Abayomi Azikiwe. The phenomenal discussion was on “The Psychology (Pathopsychology) of War”.”

Melissa Harris-Perry Buries The Lead Story on National Wave of Public School Closings  –  “The fact is that high-stakes testing is being forced upon states and school districts by the Obama administration as part of its Race To The Top Program. RTTT awards funding to states and school districts on the basis of four criteria — (1) school transformations and (2) school turnarounds, in which large numbers of staff are fired and “run the school like a business consultants brought in to tie teacher salaries tightly to test scores, (3) school restarts in which public school facilities are handed over to charter operators, and (4) school closings. RTTT guidelines were written in the first place by consultants from the Eli Broad, Walton Family, Gates, and other self-interested foundations which have spent tens of millions promoting charter schools and educational privatization.

Clothing to Die For –  “Well, isn’t that nice. A few weeks after a fabric-fueled inferno killed more than 100 locked-in garment workers at the Tazreen Fashion factory outside Dhaka, the 23rd Bangladesh Apparel and Textile Exposition gathered under a gold-colored “circular dome with dazzling lighting [like] a gala concert on a broad way [sic] theater,” the conference center’s website boasted. A minute of silence kicked off the proceedings, and then the reps and buyers turned to ensuring that Bangladesh, which has some of the world’s most poorly paid garment workers, wins the race to the bottom of low-wage countries. Last year clothing exports earned the country $19 billion, a whopping 78 percent of its total exports.”

Spying on Iran? Iran Arrests Elements of Network Linked to BBC: Intelligence Ministry  –  “The Iranian Intelligence Ministry says it has arrested several elements cooperating with a Western media network. In a statement released on Wednesday night, the Ministry said that in line with its duties to counter any foreign infiltration and interference in the country, it identified “one of the largest media networks affiliated to the global arrogance.”

Al-Nusra Mass Executions of Abducted Citizens in Aleppo: Syria Calls on UN Security Council  –  “Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Wednesday sent two identical letters to President of The UN security Council and UN Secretary General on the mass execution perpetrated by terrorist groups of “Jabhat al-Nusra” against tens of abducted citizens in Aleppo on Tuesday and throwing their bodies in Qweiq river in Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood.”

Mali and AFRICOM’s Africa Agenda: Target China  –  “Out of the blue in the last days Mali has suddenly become the focus of world attention. France has been asked to militarily intervene by Mali’s government to drive Jihadist terrorists out of the large parts of the country they claim. What the conflict in Mali really is about is hardly what we read in the mainstream media. It is about vast untapped mineral and energy resources and a de facto re-colonization of French Africa under the banner of human rights. The real background reads like a John LeCarre thriller.”

UN Panel: Israeli Settlements Are Illegal – “The United Nations’ first report on the broad policy of Israeli settlements concluded Thursday that the government’s practice of “creeping annexation” clearly violates the human rights of Palestinians, and called for an immediate halt.”

Israel must remove all Jewish settlers from occupied West Bank – UN inquiry  –  ““Israel must, in compliance with article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions,” the report read, adding that Israel must immediately begin to withdraw all settlers from the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT).”

Charter Schools That Start Bad Stay Bad, Stanford Report Says – “When it comes to charter schools, the bad ones stay bad and the good ones stay good, according to a report on charter school growth released by an influential group of Stanford University scholars on Wednesday.”

Assad: We regained the upper hand   – “Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told visitors that the Syrian army “regained the initiative on the ground to a very high degree and achieved important results, which will come to light soon.”

Russia says ‘deeply concerned’ over Israeli airstrike in Syria  –  “On Wednesday, the Syrian army said two people were killed and five others injured in an Israeli airstrike on a research center in Jamraya, near the capital, Damascus. Israel declined to comment on the issue.”

Israeli Attack: Desperate Bid to Save Failed Syrian Campaign   –  “Israel has conducted airstrikes in Syria based on “suspicions” of chemical weapon transfers, in a flagrant violation of the UN Charter, international law, and in direct violation of Syria’s sovereignty.”

Israeli regime deploying forces on Syria border: Syria TV  – “Syria’s state television says the Israeli regime is deploying military forces on the Syrian border.”

Clashes in Athens as Protesters Break into Gov’t Building – “The Wednesday protest, by a few hundred people, was organized by a Communist backed labor union, and took place in front of the Labor Ministry building. The protesters were voicing their anger by the severe austerity measures that have gripped Greece since the financial crisis took hold in the country in late 2009.”

Saudi Arabia: 36 Days in Jail for Human Rights Sign  –  “Saudi Arabia’s harsh crackdown on demonstrations led many to start experimenting with new methods for showing dissent.”

French military oversees power-sharing deal in Central African Republic –  “The political realignment underway is being driven by the French government, which aims to reassert control over its former resource-rich colony and counter China’s growing economic and diplomatic influence.”

US considering new drone base in Africa  –  “If the plan is approved, up to 300 US military servicemembers and contractors could be sent to the base to operate the drone aircraft, the New York Times reported. US Africa Command is also considering another location as an alternative to the base in Burkina Faso, the official said.”

Declining Union Membership and Attacks on Workers: Pages from the Neoliberal Playbook  –  “Last week, the U.S. Labor Department reported that the percentage of U.S. workers who were union members in 2012 had fallen to a 97-year low of 11.3 percent of the workforce. The total number of union members fell by 400,000 workers relative to 2011. In 2011, the unionization rate was 11.8 percent of the workforce.”

Hey, Hey, Barack! What Do You Say? How Many Kids Have You Killed Today?  –  “I personally found the president’s inaugural speech not just insipid, but disgusting. It reached its gut-churning nadir near the end where he said:”

Sandy Hook Chorus to be Used for Propaganda During Super Bowl: or “Why I Won’t Watch the Super Bowl”

by Scott Creighton

Here’s another reason not too watch the Super Bowl this year: the Sandy Hook Chorus is going to sing America the Beautiful during the opening segment for CBS.

Don’t get me wrong, I like football and I like kids. So this would seem to be a good blend of ridiculous mindless commercialism distraction from the everyday grind of the shrinking neoliberalized economy and the new conquest of Africa campaign, right?

But nothing and I mean NOTHING on “AdV” with a better than crap rating can be free of propaganda these days. Anything you watch HAS to have some CIA spin-doctor’s seal of approval on it, or it just doesn’t get aired. Period.

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Sandy Hook Tragedy: An Inquisitive Visit to Newtown, Connecticut

Text and Photos by Scott DeLarm

Edited by Prof. James F. Tracy

My partner and I became fed up with the mainstream media’s depiction of what took place in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.

So on January 20 we traveled there from our home in Ottawa, Canada in an effort to visit the sites and respectfully approach the locals.

Before we even got off the highway there was a display of dozens of American flags on the shoulder. There is a large tented memorial located just off the freeway. The tent had a sign on the outside, “Sandy Hook Memorial Never Forgotten.”

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The real Invasion of Africa is Not News, and a Licence to Lie is Hollywood’s Gift

(Gun grabbing, destabilizing Syria with terrorists, comprehensive immigration reform and now the wholesale colonization of Africa. Does ANYONE still think Mitt Romney was ever supposed to win this past election? Can you imagine the reaction from the left if Mitt the Racist Mormon was the one trying to invade the whole of Africa for the banks and Monsanto?)

by John Pilger, Global Research

A full-scale invasion of Africa is under way. The United States is deploying troops in 35 African countries, beginning with Libya, Sudan, Algeria and Niger. Reported by Associated Press on Christmas Day, this was missing from most Anglo-American media.

The invasion has almost nothing to do with “Islamism”, and almost everything to do with the acquisition of resources, notably minerals, and an accelerating rivalry with China. Unlike China, the US and its allies are prepared to use a degree of violence demonstrated in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Palestine. As in the cold war, a division of labour requires that western journalism and popular culture provide the cover of a holy war against a “menacing arc” of Islamic extremism, no different from the bogus “red menace” of a worldwide communist conspiracy.

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Mossad, Black Bloc, UAE Police Chief Behind Recent Unrests in Egypt

(I took a lot of flack from many “alternative” sites who have been claiming that this “new revolution’ was actually the “real revolution” in Egypt while I was telling people over and over again to simply READ the new constitution and the actual events which lead up to the mini-crisis. I told you repeatedly that this new uprising was completely staged by our interests in order to keep a completely anti-neoliberal constitution from being voted on and accepted by the majority of the people in Egypt which is EXACTLY what happened. And here we are; I just found this article linked to at What Really Happened, a site that was promoting the Egyptian constitution as a creation of our state department.)

from Fars News Agency

A senior Egyptian analyst revealed that the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, as well as a mysterious group of masked young men called the Black Bloc who present themselves as defenders of the opposition to President Mohammad Mursi’s rule and Dubai Police Chief Dahi Khalfan have played the major roles in fomenting the recent unrests in Egypt.

“The so-called Black Bloc group, Mossad and also the team of Dahi Khalfan, the police chief of Dubai, play the influential roles in creating chaos and unrests in Cairo,” Ebrahim al-Darawi, the director of Cairo’s Palestine Studies Center, told FNA on Wednesday.

He said that the newly-formed Black Bloc group persuades the Egyptian youth to stir chaos and embark on acts of sabotage by promising them better job opportunities.

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The Gates Foundations Want Your “Soul” – Nea So Copros Approaches

by Scott Creighton

A new “public/private partnership” (see definition of fascism) brought to you by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and Citi bank and Visa and the CIA front organization USAID is pushing a new institution called the “Better than Cash Alliance” which will basically create a cashless society across all of Africa and 3rd world nations around the world. The endgame of this is to use RFID chips implanted under people’s skin which will be used for all means of transactions as well as other interesting little benefits for the developing global corpocracy.

In one of the books of Cloud Atlas, The Orison of Sonmi-451, such a chip exists in the dystopic new world described by Mitchell. It’s referred to, with no small measure of irony, as your “Soul” (in the Randian view, this is your soul) and it holds the key to not only your travel and your finances and your employment, but also your social stratification layer, your “strata”. Genetically engineered slaves don’t have a “Soul” of course and if as a “pureblood” or a naturally born human you dissent from the corpocracy in anyway, they simply turn yours off or put you on the “downstrata” path on your “Soul” which cripples everything about your life from work to education to relationships. Everything is based on your “Soul” and the key to it, is the banks.

Of course the banking institutions which created the global financial meltdown and whom the CIA and USAID has been serving since their inception, will profit immensely from this little scheme of Bill’s. But in the end, the power this trick, this cashless society, this “Soul” will wield is completely unprecedented and in fact accurately predicted in Mitchell’s “Orison” as well as others before him.

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Father of Sandy Hook Victim Mark Mattioli Says We Don’t Need More Gun Laws

I don’t agree with everything this guy says, but I certainly agree with his conclusion that we don’t need gun laws in his son’s name.

Notice: his testimony isn’t affected like so many of the other family members giving testimony or doing interviews. His delivery is genuine.