Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BARBARITY OF ISLAM




Muhammad


A new video shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist Steven Sotloff. The Islamic State has posted the video of the execution barely two weeks after the group published a similar clip of American photojournalist James Foley suffering the same fate.

Islam is the only enemy of humanity.  USA, EU, and Russia should join forces to fight Islam right now. Soldiers of Allah and Muhammad commit crimes against humanity every day.  Islam murders one Christian every single minute!  People are disgusted with the terrorism of Islam. Islam is a dangerous culture, not a religion. Islam fails four major tests that religions should fulfill: Adherence to a religion must be a personal choice; no religion should demand that those who leave it be killed; a religion must never mandate the subjugation of those who do not belong to it; a religion must be in accord with basic human rights.   

“I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State,” a masked militant believed to be the same who executed Foley addresses the president in the latest video.

Kneeling in an orange jump suit, Sotloff is seen in the clip reading a statement to the president as Foley did before him.

“Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price of your interference with my life?” Sotloff asks.

"As your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike necks of your people," the masked man says before killing Sotloff. Another captured civilian — David Cawthorne Haines of the UK — will be the next murdered unless "this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State" ends, militants warn in the video.

Franklin Roosevelt observed that wherever the Muslims have had a complete sway, wherever citizens have been unable to resist them by the sword, civility has ultimately disappeared. Roosevelt rejected as naive the notion that all religions are the same. Some religions give a higher value to each human life, and some religions and belief systems give a lower value. Our social values, including equality before the law, exist only because the Christians of Europe did what the Christians of Asia and Africa had failed to do – that is, to beat back the Moslem invader.

John Quincy Adams pointed out that Muhammad poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex, and the allowance of polygamy; and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war as part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind. The essence of Muhammad’s doctrine was violence and lust; to exalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature.

Press secretary Joshua Earnest said the administration’s thoughts and prayers are with Sotloff’s family. Jen Psaki, a spokesperson for the US Department of State, said she was sickened by the news, and David Cameron called it an absolutely disgusting despicable act.

The beheading also triggered a response from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who said on Wednesday that the world was outraged by the execution.

"We are all outraged at reports from Iraq about the brutal killing of civilians by ISIL (IS), including yesterday's reported brutal beheading of another journalist," he said during a trip to New Zealand.

He also described the beheading as brutal, insisting that those perpetrators must be brought to justice.

A 31-year-old freelance journalist who has written for Time magazine and the Christian Science Monitor, among others, Sotloff was kidnapped near Aleppo, Syria in August 2013. According to a profile published in the New York Times last month, Sotloff’s family tried desperately during the last year to keep his abduction quiet due to fears that the publicity would endanger him further, but changed course recently after the Islamic State warned that he’d be among the next executed lest the United State end its campaign against the militants.

Upon release of the Foley video last month, the Islamic State demanded that US President Barack Obama cease attacks on the group or else risk Sotloff becoming the next casualty of the group’s violent campaign in Iraq and Syria.

Sotloff’s fate, a militant warned Pres. Obama last month, “depends on your next decision.” In response, Sotloff’s mother posted a minute-and-a-half-long video plea asking Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to release her son.

“You, the caliph, can grant amnesty. I ask you please to release my child. I ask you to use your authority to spare his life,” Shirley Sotloff pleaded.

The US has since ramped up its attacks on the Islamic State, and international efforts are expected to be discussed by NATO member state’s during this week’s summit in Wales. During Tuesday’s State Dept. briefing, Psaki said that Obama has so far authorized at least 100 air strikes in Iraq against the Islamic State. 

Koran was first written in Aramaic, not in Arabic.  There is also a difference between the tolerant verses of the early period, when Muhammad was still powerless and under threat, and the hostile verses of the later period. The Koran was made up by Muhammad as it suited his opportunistic goals for power, money, and sex.  September 11 is the International Anti-Koran Day!  Koran is a stupid unholy book of satanic verses, the main source of culture clashes, misogyny, polygamy, incivility, and holy wars. Mu-ham-mad is a mu ham gone mad  (((:-{>


Islam appeared one century after Muhammad’s death.  The first century of the Arab conquest shows the conquerors holding not to Islam but to Hagarism.  Hagarenes claimed descent from Abraham through his slave wife Hagar, similarly to the Jews who claimed descent from Abraham through Sarah.  The Muhammad of Islamic tradition did not exist! It was only in the eighth century, when the rulers of a now-vast Arabian empire felt the need for a unifying political theology, that they cobbled together the Islamic religion. The key figure in this enterprise was the brutal governor of Iraq, Hajjaj ibn Yusuf.  That’s why Islam is such a profoundly political religion with uniquely prominent incivil qualities.


EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT UKRAINE BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK



Ukraine has generally implemented policies as agreed under its economic program, but with the ongoing war on Donbas the country needs to address short-term problems while not losing sight of deep-seated structural problems and vulnerabilities.  Ukraine should grant independence to Donbas right now.

In this interview, Poul Thomsen discusses the complex challenges of stabilizing and reforming the country’s economy.

Q: Is Ukraine’s economic program evolving as initially expected, given the ongoing conflict?

Thomsen: Program policies have generally been implemented as planned, as the authorities have persisted in taking difficult and sometimes socially challenging measures despite the extremely volatile political situation. In view of implementation slippages that marred previous Fund-supported programs with Ukraine, the authorities’ perseverance and determination are very encouraging. This augurs well for their ability to continue to keep the program on track amid a much worse environment than hoped for when the program was approved.

And unfortunately, the economic environment has become much more challenging than envisaged at the time of the program approval. In fact a number of risks have already materialized, including an intensification of the conflict in the eastern part of the country and an escalation of the gas price and arrears dispute between Ukraine’s national gas company Naftogaz and Russia’s oil and gas company Gazprom. This in turn has led to a notable deterioration in the economic outlook, budget performance, and balance of payment flows.

In light of these challenges, key program targets for end-2014 and beyond have been revised. In fact, some temporary deviations from the initial program targets will be accommodated, while compensatory measures related to foreign exchange market purchases, fiscal measures, and Naftogaz bill collections will also be put in place to ensure that key program objectives are met.

Q: What are the main risks to the program?  Do you think that it may need to be redesigned if the conflict continues?

Thomsen: The program is faced with major uncertainties related to the conflict. We are assuming that that the conflict will begin to subside in the coming months. But the balance of risks appears to be tilted to the downside. If this assumption does not hold, we would have to reconsider elements of the program strategy, and the program’s viability could hinge on larger assistance from Ukraine’s international partners. We will have to see.

Q: Are you concerned about the fiscal outlook for the country, given possibly higher financial sector needs and a larger deficit in Naftogaz?

Thomsen: In light of the challenging economic prospects in the short term, the program’s fiscal strategy has been rebalanced allowing for a larger budget deficit this year to accommodate the temporary loss of revenue caused by the conflict and avoid undue economic and social hardship. Nonetheless, staying the course of fiscal adjustment in 2015 and beyond is necessary in view of the deteriorating debt dynamics and the significant financing constraints. Over the program period, the targeted structural adjustment over 2014-16 is now stronger than the one envisaged at the time of the program request.

The program has also taken a more conservative stance toward potential fiscal costs stemming from the financial sector and Naftogaz. It now envisages higher potential bank restructuring costs and larger support for Naftogaz to cover its increased deficit and repay external liabilities. These revised fiscal outlays will add to general government debt in 2014-15. Despite the higher outlays, Ukraine’s public and publicly guaranteed debt remains sustainable, although its peak level and attendant risks have increased. The authorities remain committed to eliminate the deficit of Naftogaz by 2018 as planned at the approval of the arrangement. As most of the deviation this year is due to one-off factors, this objective remains feasible.

Q: How do you assess the government’s commitment to the reform agenda, including on governance reforms?

Thomsen: The success of the program critically depends on the government’s ability to make a decisive break with a past riddled with weak governance, widespread corruption, and abysmal business climate. So far, notwithstanding some pushback from special interest groups, the new government has been determined to achieve this objective.

Specifically, in consultation with IMF staff, the government conducted a diagnostic study on governance issues to identify areas for reforms, focusing on tackling corruption and improving the business climate and the effectiveness of the judiciary. Following through with the plans to create an effective anti-corruption agency and strengthen the anti-money laundering framework, as well as steps to simplify the regulatory environment for business activity will be a critical test of the authorities’ willingness to address these issues. Over the course of the program, further structural reforms (supported by the IMF and other international partners) will be introduced, as priorities shift from economic stabilization toward raising potential growth.


While the situation in Ukraine is exceptionally difficult, I am encouraged by the fact that our new interlocutors in Kiev appear genuinely convinced that radical structural reforms are urgently needed. In fact, they are determined to spend time and political capital to push ahead with such reforms even as they deal with an acute and complex situation relating to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

Corruption is a major problem for Ukraine. The situation has deteriorated to the extent that what the Yanukovych family did seems to be children’s pranks.  Corruption has become a simple, effective and sometimes the only way to do things in a lot of cases: getting a medical certificate, the permit for construction or a job, entering a university. In most cases one has to grease the hand. Even to bury someone a bribe is to be paid for a place at a cemetery. 

Graft has become the main source of income for many public sector employees. It has to large extent liquidated the stimulus for the government and society to apply any efforts to change things for the better. Corruption has actually become a norm for public relations. In a wink of an eye the employees of military enlistment offices have become rich and the most hated people in the country.

Depending on the region the bribe for not being sent to war fluctuated from 500 euros to 2000 euros. Special pay is envisaged for a chance to choose the service and the place of military unit dislocation. Failing to tackle the rampant and deep-seated corruption plaguing the Ukrainian people could quickly reverse any optimism that the revolution and the recently signed EU Association Agreement herald a better future.

Illicit cash gathered by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, was invested by her business associates in an array of New York properties. A former assistant finance minister in Russia plowed part of a $10 million bribe he received from Tymoshenko into real estate in the city. Another associate used money spun off from Tymoshenko’s corrupt schemes to buy 14 Wall Street, an office tower across from the New York Stock Exchange.

Tymoshenko has accused a key contributor to Viktor Yanukovych of engaging in money laundering via New York real estate. In a lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan, she claims that one of Yanukovych’s political patrons, billionaire businessman Dmytro Firtash, moved money through American banks by pretending he was using it to invest in New York real estate projects. After the cash had been sufficiently laundered, Firtash and other defendants sent much of it back to Ukraine to bankroll political corruption and other racketeering activities.  Firtash was arrested in March in Austria, at the request of U.S. authorities, on suspicion of bribery and organized crime activities.

Serhiy Kurchenko, the absconded 28-year-old who stole a billion dollars in public money, had a lot of lawyers. One hundred and two, to be exact! The Security Service of Ukraine, or SBU, detained one of them, along with a former close business associate of Kurchenko’s.

Both of the detained citizens are key members of the criminal group of Kurchenko and are suspected of massive theft of Ukraine’s state budget. As part of criminal proceedings launched under articles of (misappropriation, embezzlement and creation of criminal organization) a joint investigative team of Ukraine’s Security Service and the Prosecutor General conducted searches and seized documents proving that the detainees have been implicated in criminal financial schemes.

Bugai has worked closely with Kurchenko since 2013, overseeing business deals for the most controversial businessman of Viktor Yanukovych's presidency.  Kurchenko fled Ukraine leaving most of his best assets in the hands of a Russian state-owned bank through what may have been a strategic default of the company’s loans.

Lawyers, accountants, company registration agents and others are often members of the criminal services industry, the legitimate professionals who willingly or unwillingly aid corrupt officials and organized crime figures in the sometimes complex process of stealing and hiding assets.

Donbas has always been Russian, Donbasers have a different mentality, and they always saw themselves as part of the Russian world. The downing of MH17 was a clear example of Ukrainian provocation. Ukrainians shot down the aircraft in order to discredit Russia and Donbasers.  Keynote Speaker Basil Venitis, venitis@gmail.com, http://venitism.blogspot.com

Pavel Gubarev of the Donetsk Republic says: We want to create a fundamentally new state based on social justice and equality of people. We now have a chance, an opportunity to reboot . When people understand that the new state will protect their rights and interests, they will be happy and will support us. We wanted the new government to ensure the rights of the Russian-speaking population and to consider an autonomous status for the Donbas area. However, we never saw any desire of the Ukrainian authorities to find a compromise. How will I explain to the families who have lost loved ones in the fighting what they died for if we negotiate with Kiev? For fiscal federalism and the return of the oligarchs?

This reflects the fact that the yes vote in the self-rule referendum was born as much from a sense of difference between eastern and western Ukraine as from deep disillusionment about the extent to which the Ukrainian state symbolized the kind of social justice to which Gubarev aspires.

This blend of Soviet-style egalitarianism mixed with cultural mythology and the geographic historical precedent of Novorossiya may not only appeal to those who supported the idea in the referendum but is also an attractive geopolitical concept from Moscow’s perspective.

The Kiev government is a dysfunctional bankrupt usurper that is deploying western taxpayer money to wage a vicious war on several million Russian-speaking citizens in the Donbas—the traditional center of greater Russia’s coal, steel and industrial infrastructure. Donbas and Russia have been Siamese twins economically and politically not merely for centuries.

The Donbasers— who properly fear for their lives and property were the nationalists and neo-fascists who run the Kiev government to prevail—are not terrorists by any stretch of the imagination. That is just insipid Washington propaganda.  Instead, they are the Russian speaking remnant of the Soviet empire who fear an ethnic cleansing and who noted well the fate of their kinsmen in the hands of Ukrainian thugs during the fire at Odessa.

Once again, the American Warfare State has confected a false narrative to justify policies and missions that have nothing to do with the safety and security of the citizens of Lincoln NE and Wooster MA. About 55-years ago such a false narrative arose in the form of the domino theory that lead to the carnage of Vietnam. Ten years ago it cropped up in the form of the WMD story that led to the disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq.  Today, it is the preposterous story of Ukrainian territorial integrity, terrorists in Donbas and a latter-day Hitler in the Kremlin. Unfortunately, false narratives are what the Warfare State does.


ROBBING THE TREASURY

BRIBES AND KICKBACKS GALORE!

WORLD’S RICHEST KLEPTOCRATS

Vladimir Putin, Czar of Putinland, 50 billion euros
Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, 40 billion euros
Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei, 30 billion euros
Abdullah Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, 28 bilion euros
Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine, 25 billion euros
Khalifa Al Nahyan, President of UAE, 20 billion euros
Mohammed Al Maktoum, Emir of Dubai, 19 billion euros
Ferdinand Marcos, President of Philippines,  18 billion euros
Nursultan Nazarbayev, Dictator of Kazakhstan, 17 billion euros
Ali Khamenei, Dictator of Iran, 15 billion euros
Kim Jong-un, Dictator of North Korea, 10 billion euros
Sani Abacha, Dictator of Nigeria, 9 billion euros
Jose Eduardo dos Santos, President of Angola, 7 billion euros
Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechstenstein, 6 billion euros
Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, 5 billion euros
Sebastian Pinera, President of Chile, 4 billion euros
Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, 3 billion euros
Sonia Gandhi, Leader of India, 3 billion euros
Yulia Tymoshenko, Premier of Ukraine, 2.7 billion euros
Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, 2.5 billion euros
Benigno Noynoy Aquino, President of Philippines, 2.3 billion euros
Albert II, Prince of Monaco, 2 billion euros
Qaboos bin Said, Sultan of Oman, 2 billion euros
Teodoro Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea, 1.9 billion euros
Bashar Al-Assad, Dictator of Syria, 1.8 billion euros
Ilham Aliyev, Dictator of Azerbaijan, 1.5 billion euros
Sabah Al-Sabah, Sheikh of Kuwait, 1.4 billion euros
Alexander Lukashenko, Dictator of Belarus, 1.2 billion euros
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Caliph of Turkey, 1.1 billion euros
Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, 1 billion euros


STATISM SURVIVES BY LOOTING; A FREE COUNTRY SURVIVES BY PRODUCTION



Individuals should reflect on the fate of the millions of nameless civilians who died. Many nations now salute the Unknown Soldier with a tomb, but no nation has honored the Unknown Civilian. 

While NATO leaders are preparing for the summit in Wales (4-5 September), and thinking about how to punish Russia, as it were, for the fact that she is not following the lead of Western powers on the Ukrainian issue, it is about time we recalled one of the main components of the Alliance’s military potential – tactical nuclear weapons on the ground in Europe. Nuclear weapons are first and foremost a deterrent weapon: the very fact that potential enemies have them reduces the likelihood of war. The guarantee of mutual destruction, a nuclear winter, and the death of most of mankind has been confirmed time and time again during command post exercises, simulated on computers, and demonstrated in disaster films.

The largest bribes originate in the military industry. Military procurement is a corrupt business from top to bottom. The process is dominated by advocacy, with few checks and balances. Most people in power love this system of doing business and do not want it changed. War and preparation for war systematically corrupt all parties to the state-private transactions by which the government obtains the bulk of its military products. There is a standard 10% bribe to kleptocrats for military purchases.   

An apocalyptic nuclear scenario loomed over the world throughout the whole of the cold war. With its end, the threat of a nuclear apocalypse has faded to the background, a global confrontation of superpowers is a thing of the past, the nuclear arsenals of Russia and America have been significantly reduced, and in recent years there have been calls for other nuclear-weapon states to join the process, first and foremost Great Britain, France and China. After being elected president, Obama said that America would work towards a so-called global nuclear zero; that is, a world entirely free from nuclear weapons.

Participants in the military industrial complex are routinely blamed for mismanagement, fraud, abuse, bribes, and waste. All of these unsavory actions, however, are typically viewed as aberrations, malfeasances to be covered-up, while retaining the basic system of state-private cooperation in the trade of military goods and services and the flow of bribes. These offenses are in reality expressions of a thoroughgoing, intrinsic rottenness in the entire setup.

The attention of the global community is usually focused on strategic nuclear weapons designed to destroy an opponent’s key administrative, economic and military centers, characterized by their long range and high hitting power. However, there are also tactical nuclear weapons designed to destroy enemy forces on the battlefield. The range and hitting power of tactical nuclear weapons is less than that of strategic nuclear weapons, but they possess exactly the same destructive qualities, including penetrating radiation and radioactive contamination of the terrain. A tactical nuclear weapon is capable of making life impossible in the area where it was used for a very long time. Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where people continued to die from exposure for many years afterwards, are vivid examples.

History teaches that Empires always devour themselves. The military industrial complex must be abolished. The Coalition of the Unwilling continues to grow. The blowback from poorly-conceived military actions no longer seems distant or removed.
Scare tactics are absurd and insulting as the mushroom cloud metaphor brandished by Condoleezza Rice and President Bush in the fall of 2002.  The bellicose rhetoric must stop.
Little did Obama’s school boy chums in Hawaii, watching him race up and down the basketball court, know how prescient they were when they nicknamed him Barry O'Bomber!
Lies about weapons of mass destruction are used as weapons of mass distraction in order to invade countries.  George Bush and Tony Blair lied to the world in order to invade Iraq.  This is a war crime, pure and simple.  Nevertheless, these two war criminals were never sent to Hague. 
The warning that he who lives by the sword dies by the sword goes not only for individuals but for entire societies. It is a warning to all of us. A country or a society that lives with the violence of pre-emptive war in fact self-destructs.

There are many warriors and worriers in Occident.  Occidentals cannot impose democracy on Orient with iron and blood.  Occidentals cannot remake the world with bribes and bombs!  There is no reason for Occident to go bankrupt in order to save corrupt regimes. Let Orientals solve their problems themselves without foreign interference.  Imperialism serves no purpose.  

The US began to deploy its tactical nuclear weapons in Europe back in the early stages of the cold war, when the West invariably attributed aggressive plans to the Soviet Union. At that time, the USSR and the Warsaw Treaty Organization had an advantage over NATO in conventional weapons, and, in its military plans, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization proceeded on the basis that it would not be able to contain a Soviet offensive in the event of a war in Europe. Tactical nuclear strikes were to be launched against Soviet forces, but NATO’s plans went beyond this. The forward deployment of US tactical nuclear weapons in Europe meant that strikes could be carried out against key Soviet centers, which gave these weapons, although tactical in terms of their technical characteristics, a strategic importance. The Soviet Union could not remain indifferent to this threat, and so was also obliged to place European cities in its nuclear crosshairs. Those living in Western Europe did not relish the prospect of their countries being turned into a theatre of nuclear war because of American ambition, and a powerful anti-war and anti-nuclear movement arose, carrying out marches and demonstrations that shook Europe. These protests reached their peak in 1979, when NATO decided to deploy Pershing ballistic missiles and Tomahawk cruise missiles in Europe.

Kleptocrats promote the elitist, racist, and war-causing Wilsonian doctrine of intervening abroad to impose democracy and Western culture on foreigners at the point of bayonets.  When presidents misuse our military on an unprecedented scale – and Congress lets them get away with it – the resulting stress causes military suicides to increase dramatically, both among active duty and retired service members. In fact, military deaths from suicide far outnumber combat deaths.
The real solution to foreign conflicts is for us to end all foreign aid, stop arming foreign countries, encourage peaceful diplomatic resolutions to conflicts, and disengage militarily. In others words, follow Jefferson’s admonition: Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.
Hermann Goering used to say the people don't want war, but they can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and for exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.

US tactical nuclear weapons are still deployed in Europe to this day, although America does not provide official information on the number of warheads. According to a report by the Federation of American Scientists, the secrecy is partly precipitated by the fact that a significant portion of US weapons is deployed in Western European countries where the public sentiments are overwhelmingly against nuclear weapons. The authors of the report estimate America’s nuclear arsenal in Europe to be around 160-200 warheads. According to Peter Huessy, the president of defense consulting firm GeoStrategic Analysis, however, there are 400 such warheads.

Many people have the misconception that sanctions are an effective means to encourage a change of behavior in another country without war. However, imposing sanctions and blockades are not only an act of war according to international law, they are most often the first step toward a real war starting with a bombing campaign. Sanctions were the first step in our wars against Iraq and Libya, and now more sanctions planned against Syria and Iran are leading down the same destructive path.
Nothing promotes peace better than free trade. Countries that trade with each other generally do not make war on each other, as both countries gain economic benefits they do not want to jeopardize. China is a massive nuclear power yet it does not seek military confrontation with the United States. Trade is much more profitable. Also trade and friendship applies much more effective persuasion to encourage better behavior, as does leading by example. Alarmingly, tough new sanctions are under consideration that would also punish Iran’s trading partners, including China, Russia, and possibly our NATO allies such as Germany.
Conversely, sanctions allow regimes to blame their shortcomings on foreigners, thereby maintaining a hold on power. They rarely even inconvenience elites in the target countries. They simply provide a common enemy to rally the people against and undermine internal dissent. Consider how well the embargo has worked against Cuba. Fidel Castro and his regime may be annoyed by the inability to trade with their neighbors just 90 miles away, but American businessmen also lose out in the bargain. That means less jobs and less freedom at home.

At the present time, US nuclear weapons are deployed at six air force bases in five NATO countries – Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Turkey. The majority are on the southern flank of NATO at the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, and the Aviano and Ghedi Torre Air Bases in Italy. The rest are stationed at the Kleine Brogel Air Base in Belgium, the Volkel Air Base in the Netherlands, and the Büchel Air Base in Germany. All the nuclear warheads are air bombs delivered by F-16 and Tornado bombers. In the event of war, part of this nuclear arsenal, at the discretion of the US president, may be used by the aircraft of NATO allies. In addition to America, France also owns tactical nuclear weapons; however, its nuclear forces are not part of NATO’s armed forces, and France itself is not involved in the work of the alliance’s Nuclear Planning Group.

After all of Obama’s declarations about a «nuclear zero», it was decided at the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago to modernize America’s tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. The essence of this modernization is that up until 2012, America’s nuclear arsenal in Europe consisted of B61 gravity bombs, whereas now, these bombs are going to be replaced with B61-12 smart bombs, and, in addition, the existing fleet of bombers is to be replaced with new US F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. This will increase the striking power of NATO’s tactical nuclear weapons by improving target accuracy.

Foolhardy conflicts lead to unsustainable costs and a multitude of unintended consequences. To name a few, Americans have spent trillions of dollars based on the false pretense of defending freedom and American Constitution. The notion has been furthered solidified that war no longer needs to be declared by Congress, and can be pursued as a prerogative of the president. Americans are now seen by the world not as a peace maker, but rather a trouble maker and aggressor.
Thousands of American service members have been killed and tens of thousands wounded with a sharp increase in service-connected suicides. A million veterans are seeking medical treatment and disability benefits. Millions of citizens have been killed, wounded, and displaced in the countries on the receiving end of American bombs, drones, sanctions, and occupation. The region has suffered huge environmental damage as a consequence of American military occupation.
Christians from Iraq have suffered the worst rout in the history of Christendom. Iran and Iraq are now better allies than ever with strong anti-American sentiment. Iraqi political stability is a joke. Ending hostilities in Afghanistan is a dream. China and Iran have been drawn into a closer alliance against the United States. America’s uncontrolled deficits are senselessly fuelled by needless militarism.  Americans are now much poorer and less safe.
There was no Al-Qaida in Iraq before Americans invaded in 2003. Today, there is. No weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq. War always leads to government growth and the sacrifice of civil liberties. In the past 10 years, this has been particularly costly to us, with the acceptance of military tribunals, torture, assassination, abuse of Habeas Corpus and PATRIOT-Act-type legislation.

Senseless war and senseless destruction and death should not be rationalized as providing a great service in protecting American freedoms, American Constitution, or maintaining peace.  The only value that can come of this is to recognize that American policies are flawed and they need to be changed. Without this, history will record that the sacrifices were all in vain. 

US allies and partners are on the front lines of a changing global security environment. Some are enjoying unprecedented security and accordingly seek an acceleration of efforts to reduce reliance on nuclear deterrence. Others face new challenges to their security and look to the United States for continued partnership in safeguarding their interests. Some also feel the pressures of neighboring major powers asserting stronger regional roles, in some cases by nuclear means. Who the neighboring major powers seeking regional domination and stooping to nuclear blackmail refers to, meanwhile, is obvious without the need for comment.

Russia responded to the decision taken at the Chicago Summit by confirming its own much earlier made plans to deploy Iskander missile systems in Kaliningrad capable of launching missiles with nuclear warheads, among other things. Consequently, the European countries in which US nuclear weapons are deployed, and the residents of cities like Milan or Frankfurt that are close to air bases where these weapons are, should think twice about agreeing to the new US nuclear initiatives that will more than likely be put forward at the NATO Summit in Wales.

Statism needs war, a free country does not. Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production.  If men want to oppose war, it is statism that they must oppose. So long as they hold the tribal notion that the individual is sacrificial fodder for the collective, that some men have the right to rule others by force, and that some alleged good can justify it — there can be no peace within a nation and no peace among nations. 

Men who are free to produce, have no incentive to loot; they have nothing to gain from war and a great deal to lose. Ideologically, the principle of individual rights does not permit a man to seek his own livelihood at the point of a gun, inside or outside his country. Economically, wars cost money; in a free economy, where wealth is privately owned, the costs of war come out of the income of private citizens — there is no overblown public treasury to hide that fact  — and a citizen cannot hope to recoup his own financial losses (such as taxes or business dislocations or property destruction) by winning the war. Thus his own economic interests are on the side of peace.

In a free society, we are supposed to know the truth. In a society where truth becomes treason, however, we are in big trouble. The truth is that foreign spying, meddling, and outright military intervention in the post-World War II era has made us less secure, not more. And we have lost countless lives and spent trillions of euros for our trouble. Too often official government lies have provided justification for endless, illegal wars and hundreds of thousands of resulting deaths and casualties. 

Out of sight and out of mind appears to be the motto for most citizens. Like past imperial powers, war has become both constant and largely invisible. Military personnel die and funerals are held; service men and women are injured and families suffer. But most citizens go about their lives with little sense that their government is sending fellow citizens to kill and to die in their name.

On the ultimate test of hawkdom, the willingness to send U.S. troops into harm’s way, Ronald Reagan was no bird of prey. He launched exactly one land war, against Grenada, whose army totaled 600 men. It lasted two days. And his only air war, the 1986 bombing of Libya, one day.

He resorted to military force far less often than many of those who came before him or who have since occupied the Oval Office. After the 1983 assault on the Marine barracks in Lebanon, Reagan found no good strategic reason to give our regional enemies inviting U.S. targets.  Whereas Bushes and Obama embraced the Wilsonian notion that America can help transform parts of the Middle East into democracies, Reagan considered the Middle East a jungle and Middle East politics irrational. 




CYBERCENSORSHIP











By Neelie Kroes

I feel young and feisty, but in my 5th and last Internet Governance Forum (IGF) as Digital Commissioner I am turning into an old-timer.

So much happened in these years and internet governance has improved tremendously; in inclusivity, accountability, responsiveness etc.

In the same period however, the Internet exploded in number of users, mobility, data volumes, economic importance, and global reach. The pace and magnitude of this development faces us all with whole new challenges. 

Against that background these 5 years have been filled with too much of the same; the talk; the initiatives; the sensitivities; the dogmas.

As the online world reaches into 3 billion people's pockets; bringing eCommerce to the remotest of areas, connecting and empowering people, activists, start-ups, creators across the globe; we got ourselves caught up in endless debates and disputes between models and approaches. 

If I say that I am an old-timer it is because I have heard it all before and it just isn't good enough. 

NETMundial has established a solid foundation and we now need to follow through in putting the multistakeholder model on much sounder footing.

We need to invest and build a governance structure for the Internet that people can trust! Trust, trust, trust is the key. 

So many have become dependent on the internet. So many trust it for critically important services in ehealth, finance, ecommerce, democratic participation, education.

For it to continue to grow, the internet and the way it is governed must justify this trust and prove to be resilient, reliable and fair.

And those in charge and active in the IG community must take their responsibility to do a few things we all know that should happen:

1) the IGF should now get a permanent status and it should be financed to perform its function as the central forum for identifying and discussing internet related issues. We are not talking about massive amounts and considering the crucial importance of the internet it is simply laughable that that the money could not be raised by governments, registrars, business and private wealth. 

(- we could spend a lot of resources on many new IG reform initiatives but the money may be best spent to strengthen the most legitimate gathering of the community here and in the regions of the world.)

2) IGF must move to the next level in problem solving and it should be enabled to be the main convening entity or catalyst for multistakeholder problem solving

3) We have the NETMundial principles, now we should apply them in each of our organisations dealing with IG. Stop talking but act!

4) The existing IG organisations must be adapted to perform under new challenges; let us not get distracted and focus instead on a collective effort to grow legitimacy through better decisions, transparency, inclusiveness and fair process etc. 

5) In this regard the globalisation of ICANN and the transition of the IANA functions should now be actively pursued in a transparent and effective manner. 

6) Build and share the tools for the world to participate and benefit from effective IG. The commission has developed GIPO and there are others; but reinventing the wheel is timely and inefficient. The IGF should be the place for these initiatives to meet and agree how to collaborate and be complementary.

With the Internet of Things on our doorstep and the next billion people waiting to get online; now is the time to act. We should put ourselves the challenge not to leave from Istanbul without having achieved or initiated these priorities.

There is too much at stake; and time is not the friend of an old-timer like me. 

Step down from your high horses and out of the trenches to deliver what is needed to keep the internet open, unfragmented, and reliable. The time is now to ensure it develops further as a global source of empowerment, innovation and creativity for all!



GRAECOCYBERCENSORSHIP

Netherlands leads the way to net-neutrality, whereas Greece lags far behind.  Netherlands versus Neanderthals!   Whenever the internet encounters a bottleneck, such as the freakish government of Greece, it just goes around it, bypassing cybercensorship, stupid regulation, VAT, cancer of socialism, and sadomasochism!  A major benefit of net neutrality is that it allows society to blow off steam.  Broadcasting of ideas releases pressures which otherwise might become destructive.  Free speech also allows the government to gather information about public concerns. Keynote Speaker Basil Venitis, venitis@gmail.com, http://venitism.blogspot.com



FREAKISH GREEK BLOGBUSTERS

Most Greeks oppose cybercensorship. Giving cybercensorship to Greek blogbusters is giving gin to alcoholics!  Blogbusters galore!  Freak! Freak! Freak!  The freakish government of Greece, the most corrupt country in Europe, steals computers!  Robbing dissident bloggers and locking them in jail is a freakish behavior that does not belong to the European Union, not even to this galaxy! No wonder some vain Greeks boast they come from Andromeda galaxy!

The fight against Greek cybercensorship is more essential than ever. By creating blogs for exchanging ideas and information, internet is a force for freedom. In Greece, where the mainstream media are controlled by Graecokleptocrats, the only independent news and information are to be found on the internet, which has become a forum for discussion and a refuge for those who want to express their views freely.

However, more and more Graecokleptocrats have realized this and persecute dissident bloggers. Greece has been affected by cybercensorship, whether arrests or harassment of dissident bloggers, online surveillance, website blocking, or the adoption of repressive internet laws. Greek dissident bloggers are being targeted by Graecokleptocrat reprisals.

Free speech, media, and information flows increasingly ignore and elude physical frontiers or national boundaries. Graecokleptocrats fearful of this lack of control, are trying hard to restore or fortify barriers to trace, block, target, and censor those who champion the truth.  A healthy constitution should protect speech even when the subject or manner of expression is uncomfortable and challenges conventional religious beliefs, political attitudes, or standards of good taste. Unfortunately, the constitution of Greece corresponds to Third World countries.


ENEMIES OF BLOGOSPHERE

Civil society must persuade the freakish blogbusters to stop persecuting and robbing dissident bloggers.  The enemies of blogosphere are Bahrain, Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. 


STREISAND EFFECT

Persecuting dissident bloggers often results in their blogs being publicized more widely. The Streisand Effect is a strong argument for the old adage that the best response to bad speech is more speech, not censorship. The Streisand Effect is a primarily online phenomenon in which an attempt to hide or remove a piece of information has the perverse effect of publicizing the information more widely. It is named after Barbra Streisand, whose attempt to suppress photos of her residence generated further publicity.


STANDING UP FOR GREEK FREEDOM ONLINE

Standing up for Greek freedom online is the logical next step to Greek age-old endeavor for freedom of speech. For centuries, this fundamental freedom has been the driver of democracy. The fight for freedom of speech continues in Greece. But in the last decades, it has taken on an extra dimension, that of freedom online. Greek freedom of speech online is no different from freedom of speech offline. Only now, Greeks are faced with new technological possibilities and challenges. Greeks are still doing the same, only with different means, and much faster. Protecting Greek freedom online is to safeguard its democratic potential. It is time for Greek politicians, companies, information experts, the academic community and Greek civil society at large to join efforts. 


NET-NEUTRALITY

Net-neutrality means the internet has no gatekeeper. It encompasses all the issues related to the circulation of information on the internet, such as free speech, access to knowledge, copyright, or innovation. Thanks to this principle, everyone retain the freedom to access and produce the information they want. Socialists want prioritization of certain information flows by taking control of the network. Kleptocrats threaten net-neutrality by seeking to implement filtering techniques in order to re-establish the kind of control they used to have on traditional media.

The persecution of Greek dissident bloggers is a worrying example of how freedom on the net is under increasing threat. As more Greeks use cyberspace to communicate, obtain information, express their views, socialize, and conduct commerce, Graecokleptocrats are stepping up their efforts to regulate and control it. Tight control on the internet impinges on Greek freedom of speech, association, and assembly. And it means that violations of other human rights are kept in the dark shadows of Athens.


Greeks are increasingly turning to the internet to conduct important aspects of their lives, and they have to make sure that human rights are as respected online as offline.  After all, the right to express one's views, practice one's faith, peacefully assemble with others to pursue political or social change are rights to which all Greeks are entitled, whether they choose to exercise them on Syntagma Square or on a blog. And just as Greeks have worked together since the last century to secure these rights in Greece, they must work together in this century to secure them in cyberspace.


Your government is your #1 enemy.  Brutal police and kangaroo courts are tools to enslave you to your government.  But badges and benches do not grant extra rights. It’s your duty as a citizen to become a popopaparazzo, recording police misconduct. Use your smartphone to unmask cops, kangaroos, marilizards, godzillas, and other bastards of kleptocracy. 

Greece is an incivil nation with kangaroo justice, overcriminalization, brutal police, huge political corruption, persecution of dissident bloggers, huge bureaucracy, huge taxation, and 23% VAT.  Graecokleptocrats use the kangaroo justice as a political tool to gag political opponents. 


J'ACCUSE!

I accuse the government of Greece for:

Persecuting me for four years

Stealing my life

Stealing my computer and files

Spreading lies about me on all Greek media

Using the kangaroo justice as a political tool

Postponing my trial eight times

Locking me in jail without toilet for a night

Making me urinate in a bottle

Humiliating me with handcuffs, fingerprints, and mug shots


DOUBLE STANDARDS

EU practices double standards on civil rights.  It’s freakish for EU to interfere in the civil rights of foreigners, but condone the abuse of my civil rights, a citizen of EU!  EU should get its own house in order before lecturing others. EU should rein in Greece, the most corrupt country of Europe with prisoners of conscience, testilying police, malevolent prosecutors, perjurers, and stupidest jurists.   Keynote Speaker Basil Venitis, venitis@gmail.com, http://venitism.blogspot.com


AN UNCONSCIONABLE SILENCE

The political philosopher Edmund Burke once remarked that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good folks to do nothing. A glaring example is my persecution by the government of Greece, which grossly violates my civil rights.


THEN THEY CAME FOR ME!

Martin Niemöller said:  First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Socialist.  Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Trade Unionist.  Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me!


GOVERNMENT STOLE MY LIFE

It’s been now four years since the Pasok government of Greece stole my life, my computer, and my files.  Nobody cares, nobody gives a damn!  I have done absolutely nothing, and I am being persecuted by the Greek government without any real reason.  My ordeal is against all rules of civil society and treaties that Greece has signed.  Greece, a country without a functioning justice system, has gone bananas.  Graecokleptocrats use the kangaroo justice as a political tool to gag political opponents.   Graecokleptocrats think the laws exist to give them whatever they want! 


STOLEN LIVES

GEORGE ORWELL’S MINILUV AND MINITRUE
MINISTRY OF PUBLIC DISORDER AND CITIZEN HARASSMENT
MINILUV

POLICE STEALING COMPUTERS!

On October 18, 2010, a gang of six brutal cops of the violent Greek Cyber-Crime Unit (CCU), a real godzilla, supervised by a dishonest prosecutor, a disgusting liar, raided my home in Athens and stole my computer, software, files, documents, and personal data.


HUMILIATED

The policemen locked me in jail for a night, they humiliated me with handcuffs, fingerprints, mug shots, and lies, leaked false information to the media parrots, and the Greek government initiated sham ex-officio court proceedings for a stack of freakish trumped-up charges!


URINATING IN A BOTTLE!

There was neither pillow nor toilet facility in my jail cell. I had to urinate in a bottle!  I, a 69-years-old man with high blood pressure, was not allowed to keep my hypertension pills with me. There was neither toilet paper nor soap in the whole CCU jail.


MINISTRY OF INJUSTICE, OPACITY, AND HUMAN DEPRIVATIONS
MINITRUE

Greece, a country of infinite political corruption, perjury, injustice, and brutal police, must be revamped.  Ex-officio law suit, αυτεπαγγελτος, the most dreadful word in justice, means the state sues somebody without involvement of the accuser.  This terrible scheme has been used by the freakish Greek government to persecute me. 


EX-OFFICIO TERROR

Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou, Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, sued me, and she wouldn’t show up in court, because the state took over her position! 


DISGUSTING KANGAROO JUSTICE


PSORIASIS OF DEMOCRACY


At the ex-officio law suit, the accuser just hits and runs!  This hit-and-run justice is the most disgusting kangaroo justice on Earth.  The accused must be in a position to face his accuser eyeball to eyeball. The right to confront and cross-examine one’s accuser is a sign of civility. The malicious accuser slings false accusations against you, the state takes over, the accuser disappears from the court, and the trial is postponed infinite times!  This is penalty of the presumed innocent.  This is penalty without trial.  This is kangaroo justice of Third World countries!  This is barbarity and brutality, pure and simple. Shame, shame, shame on Greece.


SHAME ON GREECE