Category Archives: North America

America’s Endless Wars

Memo to U.S. establishment: Get out of Dodge! Quick!

Federal Reserve Chair Yellen Rattles Markets Citing Obstacles to Negative Rates

Man Shot Alongside RFK Say Sirhan Sirhan Should Be Granted Parole

Can the Establishment Fix Its Bernie Sanders Problem?

Torture, Murder and Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton’s Very Bad Night

Ted Cruz PsyOp

Please Do Not Poison My Brain With The US Elections!

Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders: Sheepdogging for Hillary and the Democrats in 2016

The Vampire Squid Tells Us How to Vote

Flint’s Crisis Is About More Than Water

Poll Shows Sanders and Clinton Nearly Tied Nationwide. Trump Leads Republican Aspirants

GM Mosquitoes With Possible Link To Zika Virus Awaiting Release In Florida

List of Withheld JFK Assassination Documents

10 Things They Won’t Tell You About the Flint Water Tragedy. But I Will

Family of Oregon Occupier Shot by Law Enforcement Alleges Cover-up

The $10 Trillion US Tax Giveaway-$10 Trillion More Coming

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II Boondoggle. A $2 Trillion Pentagon Waste

Free the Move 9! NYC Stand in Solidarity in with Parole for The Move 9

Michigan Officials Quietly Gave Bottled Water To State Employees Months Before Flint Residents

Presidential Politics and the American Soul

Rebuilding and Expanding the North American Economic Relationship

The Poisoning of Flint Was Not an Accident – It Was a Crime

Six Questions Hillary, Donald, Ted, Marco, et al., Don’t Want to Answer

Forgotten Youth: Inside America’s Prisons

Faultlines Documentary By Al Jazeera

An estimated 200,000 children under the age of 18 are tried, sentenced or incarcerated as adults in the US each year, despite many of these cases involving non-violent crimes.

Hundreds of teenage prisoners allege harassment and abuse by older inmates and prison staff.

Posted January 20, 2016

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43994.htm

Quote, Unquote: Palin’s Speech Examined

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Barf Alert

Sarah Palin throws her lot in with Donald Trump, and does what she does best in a rambling and largely fact-free endorsement speech

By MEE Staff

January 20, 2016 “Information Clearing House” – “MEE” -Sarah Palin was back at her worst-best on the stump for Trump on Tuesday in Iowa, telling the Republican hopefuls supporters, in a roundabout way, that there should be more war, more guns and less help for America’s most vulnerable.

Middle East Eye looks at her choicest quotes.

“Are you ready to make America great again? We all have a part in this. We all have a responsibility. Looking around at all of you, you hard-working Iowa families. You farm families, and teachers, and teamsters, and cops, and cooks. You rockin’ rollers. And holy rollers! All of you who work so hard. You full-time mums. You with the hands that rock the cradle.”

You Betcha, Sarah. The hand that rocks the cradle – wasn’t that some sort of horror film back in the 1990s?

“Just last week, we’re watching our sailors suffer and be humiliated on a world stage at the hands of Iranian captors in violation of international law.”

They strayed over into Iranian territory and were placed in custody for a few hours – not exactly a ‘violation of international law’ – before being released unharmed.

“Are you ready for a commander-in-chief… you ready for a commander-in-chief who will let our warriors do their job and go kick ISIS ass?” 

CNN/Orc surveys show that aside from one month last year, the majority of Americans are opposed to starting another ground war in the Middle East.

“Where they’re fighting each other and yelling ‘Allah Akbar’ calling jihad on each other’s heads for ever and ever. Like I’ve said before, let them duke it out and let Allah sort it out.” 

Didn’t Palin just say that Trump should send America’s ‘warriors’ in to fight the Islamic State? Does she know that IS has been fighting other Muslims since its inception way back in Iraq? Palin’s foreign policy expertise doesn’t appear to have got any better since 2008.

“The self-made success of his – you know that he doesn’t get his power, his high, off OPM, other people’s money, like a lot of dopes in Washington do. They’re addicted to OPM, where they take other people’s money, and then their high is getting to redistribute it, right? His power, his passion, is the fabric of America. And it’s woven by work ethic and dreams and drive and faith in the Almighty, what a combination.”

Donald Trump received a quite a bit of Other People’s Money – $40mn of his father’s to be precise as he started out in business. And several reports late last year cast doubt on his business accumen, saying he would be worth $10bn more todayhad he just invested that money. He’s also filed four corporate bankruptcies since 1982. But Palin hit the nail on the head about redistribution. Aside from divorce settlements, he’s lagging behind somewhat – Trump is not even the main donor to his own charitable foundation.

“Trump Tower – yes Barack, he built that.”

Isn’t Barack Obama a lawyer? Not many lawyers build towers – that’s normally the job of construction magnates, like Trump. And while MEE would hate to call nonsense too many times in one article, Donald Trump’s workers built the tower, many of them low-paid undocumented immigrants, who he says he wants out of the country.

“Pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, strict constitutionality. Those things that are unifying values from big cities to tiny towns, from big mountain states and the Big Apple, to the big, beautiful heartland that’s inbetween.”

No, not exactly. Gallup historical surveys show that anti-abortionists have been in a very small minority in the US for the decades since Roe versus Wade. And Gallup polls dating back to 1990 have, in all but four years, shown a majority calling for stricter gun controls. But still, speak to your audience.

“Quit footing the bill for these other nations, who are oil rich that we’re paying for some of their ‘squirmishes’ that have been going on for centuries.”

And we have a new word! MEE calls house on Palin bingo.

“Look back there in the press box! Heads are spinning, media heads are spinning! This is going to be so much fun.”

Just like 2008… To quote another very quotable American, baseball player Yogi Berra, “It’s like deja vu all over again.”

Sarah Palin was back at her worst-best on the stump for Trump on Tuesday in Iowa, telling the Republican hopefuls supporters, in a roundabout way, that there should be more war, more guns and less help for America’s most vulnerable.

Middle East Eye looks at her choicest quotes.

“Are you ready to make America great again? We all have a part in this. We all have a responsibility. Looking around at all of you, you hard-working Iowa families. You farm families, and teachers, and teamsters, and cops, and cooks. You rockin’ rollers. And holy rollers! All of you who work so hard. You full-time mums. You with the hands that rock the cradle.”

You Betcha, Sarah. The hand that rocks the cradle – wasn’t that some sort of horror film back in the 1990s?

“Just last week, we’re watching our sailors suffer and be humiliated on a world stage at the hands of Iranian captors in violation of international law.”

They strayed over into Iranian territory and were placed in custody for a few hours – not exactly a ‘violation of international law’ – before being released unharmed.

“Are you ready for a commander-in-chief… you ready for a commander-in-chief who will let our warriors do their job and go kick ISIS ass?” 

CNN/Orc surveys show that aside from one month last year, the majority of Americans are opposed to starting another ground war in the Middle East.

“Where they’re fighting each other and yelling ‘Allah Akbar’ calling jihad on each other’s heads for ever and ever. Like I’ve said before, let them duke it out and let Allah sort it out.” 

Didn’t Palin just say that Trump should send America’s ‘warriors’ in to fight the Islamic State? Does she know that IS has been fighting other Muslims since its inception way back in Iraq? Palin’s foreign policy expertise doesn’t appear to have got any better since 2008.

“The self-made success of his – you know that he doesn’t get his power, his high, off OPM, other people’s money, like a lot of dopes in Washington do. They’re addicted to OPM, where they take other people’s money, and then their high is getting to redistribute it, right? His power, his passion, is the fabric of America. And it’s woven by work ethic and dreams and drive and faith in the Almighty, what a combination.”

Donald Trump received a quite a bit of Other People’s Money – $40mn of his father’s to be precise as he started out in business. And several reports late last year cast doubt on his business accumen, saying he would be worth $10bn more todayhad he just invested that money. He’s also filed four corporate bankruptcies since 1982. But Palin hit the nail on the head about redistribution. Aside from divorce settlements, he’s lagging behind somewhat – Trump is not even the main donor to his own charitable foundation.

“Trump Tower – yes Barack, he built that.”

Isn’t Barack Obama a lawyer? Not many lawyers build towers – that’s normally the job of construction magnates, like Trump. And while MEE would hate to call nonsense too many times in one article, Donald Trump’s workers built the tower, many of them low-paid undocumented immigrants, who he says he wants out of the country.

“Pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, strict constitutionality. Those things that are unifying values from big cities to tiny towns, from big mountain states and the Big Apple, to the big, beautiful heartland that’s inbetween.”

No, not exactly. Gallup historical surveys show that anti-abortionists have been in a very small minority in the US for the decades since Roe versus Wade. And Gallup polls dating back to 1990 have, in all but four years, shown a majority calling for stricter gun controls. But still, speak to your audience.

“Quit footing the bill for these other nations, who are oil rich that we’re paying for some of their ‘squirmishes’ that have been going on for centuries.”

And we have a new word! MEE calls house on Palin bingo.

“Look back there in the press box! Heads are spinning, media heads are spinning! This is going to be so much fun.”

Just like 2008… To quote another very quotable American, baseball player Yogi Berra, “It’s like deja vu all over again.”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43997.htm

Obama’s State of the Union Address and the Breakdown of American Democracy

Obama’s last State of the Union declares triumph of American fascism

Martin Luther King’s Legacy and the Struggle for the Cities

Killer Cops and the Militarization of “Law Enforcement” in America: Defending the Movements, Challenging the Police

Jimmy Carter’s Blood-Soaked Legacy

The Blood-Soaked Legacy of the Jimmy Carter Administration

Mounting U.S. Household Debt and Bank Overdraft Fees

US Prosecutors Refuse to Indict Killer Cops. “The Black Response has been Woefully Inadequate”

Mr. Trump, The Muslims I Know!

The Pentagon’s Law of War Manual: “Total War” and the Ideology of Imperialism

The Ku Klux Klan: America’s Long History of Accepting White Terrorist Organizations

Homeland Defense: The Pentagon Declares War on America

Donald Trump: An Evaluation

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By Paul Craig Roberts

December 23, 2015 “Information Clearing House” – Donald Trump, judging by polls as of December 21, 2015, is the most likely candidate to be the next president of the US.

Trump is popular not so much for his stance on issues as for the fact that he is not another Washington politican, and he is respected for not backing down and apologizing when he makes strong statements for which he is criticized. What people see in Trump is strength and leadership. This is what is unusual about a political candidate, and it is this strength to which voters are responding.

The corrupt American political establishment has issued a “get Trump” command to its presstitute media. Media whore George Stephanopoulos, a loyal follower of orders, went after Trump on national television. But Trump made mincemeat of the whore.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlRTCxMAqC4

Stephanopoulos tried to go after Trump because the world’s favorite leader, President Putin of Russia, said complimentary things about Trump, and Trump replied in kind.

According to Stephanopoulos, “Putin has murdered journalists,” and Trump should be ashamed of praising a murderer of journalists. Trump asked Stephanopoulos for evidence, and Stephanopoulos didn’t have any. In other words, Stephanopoulos confirmed Trump’s statement that American politicians just make things up and rely on the presstitutes to support invented “facts” as if they are true. Trump made reference to Washington’s many murders.

Stephanopoulos wanted to know what journalists Washington had murdered. Trump responded with Washington’s murders and dislocation of millions of peoples who are now overrunning Europe as refugees from Washington’s wars. But Trumps advisors were not sufficiently competent to have armed him with the story of Washington’s murder of Al Jazerra’s reporters.

Here is a report from Al Jazeera, a far more trustworthy news organization than the US print and TV media:

“On April 8, 2003, during the US-led invasion of Iraq, Al Jazeera correspondent Tareq Ayoub was killed when a US warplane bombed Al Jazeera’s headquarters in Baghdad.

“The invasion and subsequent nine-year occupation of Iraq claimed the lives of a record number of journalists. It was undisputedly the deadliest war for journalists in recorded history.

“Disturbingly, more journalists were murdered in targeted killings in Iraq than died in combat-related circumstances, according to the group Committee to Protect Journalists.

“CPJ research shows that “at least 150 journalists and 54 media support workers were killed in Iraq from the US-led invasion in March 2003 to the declared end of the war in December 2011.”

“’The media were not welcome by the US military,’” Soazig Dollet, who runs the Middle East and North Africa desk of Reporters Without Borders told Al Jazeera. ‘That is really obvious.’”
http://www.aljazeera.com/humanrights/2013/04/2013481202781452.html

A political candidate with a competent staff would have immediately fired back at Stephanopoulos with the facts of Washington’s murder of journalists and compared these facts with the purely propagandistic accusations against Putin which have no basis whatsoever in fact.

The problem with Trump is the issues on which the public is not carefully judging him. I don’t
blame the public. It is refreshing to have a billionaire who can’t be bought expose the insubstantialality of all the Democratic and Repulican candidates for president. A collection of total zeros.

Unlike Washington, Putin supports the sovereignty of countries. He does not believe that the US
or any country has the right to overthrow governments and install a puppet or vassal.

Recently Putin said: “I hope no person is insane enough on planet earth who would dare to use nuclear weapons.” http://sjlendman.blogspot.com

Unfortunately for Putin and for Trump, if news reports can be believed, Trump recently said that
he would use nuclear weapons against ISIS. This is a disqulifying statement. There is no reason to need nukes to defeat a force as small as ISIS. More importantly, as the US is the only country to use nuclear weapons against the population of another country, for the US to do so again would confirm for the Russian and Chinese governments that the US government is insane, untrustworthy, and in need of extermination before Russia and China are attacked. You cannot use nuclear weapons without consequence.

As I have said in a number of interviews, Trump’s problem is that he has no movement behind him, no advisors that he can trust, and he does not understand the issues. Trump has learned
that forceful statements are appreciated by voters. Therefore, he doesn’t differentiate intelligent forceful statements from insane statements. As long as his statements are forceful, Trump thinks that they work.

Recently I watched a video of a woman described as a “Trump advisor” who repeaded neocon nazi William Kristol’s statement: “What’s the use of nuclear weapons if you can’t use them?”

How did a William Kristol neocon nazi get on Trump’s staff? What more proof do we need that even if Trump is elected, the establishment will prevail despite Trump.

Trump cannot be a dissident politician without a dissident staff. He doesn’t know the people who would comprise a dissident staff. Trump knows how to make deals, and the Establishment will staff up a Trump presidency with deals. The minute Trump takes office, he would be already captured.

In France Marine Le Pen’s National Front Party could bring political change. In the UK Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party or Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party could bring political change. But in the US there is no prospect of change from elections. Change can only come from collapse or from bloody revolution. The American Establishment will not accept change.

And most likely, the American Establishment would assassinate Le Pen and Farage and Corbyn before accepting change in France and the UK.

These are the facts on the ground. How Russia and China deal with them remains to be seen.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts’ latest books are The Neoconservative Threat To International Order:  Washington’s Perilous War For Hegemony, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43796.htm

Police Violence: US Cops Killed More People this Year than in 2014

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