Saturday, April 5, 2014
It's a sad day when peace between Israel and the Palestinian Territories is dependent upon an unrelated act by their "peace broker," the United States. The release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has been sold as a means to keep the fractured sides at the negotiating table.
Frankly, it's painful to see how much the parties want to continue the status quo. It's reminiscent of the American march westward and its oppression of Native Americans. How much will Palestinians have left to fight for come 2020? It remains to be seen how long is their trail of tears.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
The Olympics used to be a time when nations set aside war and sent their best to compete in the athletic arena. The East and West violated this spirit in 2008 with the Georgia - South Ossetia - Abkhazia conflict with Russia. That conflict took President George W. Bush's attention briefly away from the U.S. beach volleyball and softball ladies at the Beijing Summer Olympics.
The East and West conducted another round of war incitement in the run-up to Russia's hosting the Winter Olympics at Sochi. This occurred in Ukraine, where democracies no longer have the patience to let a leader's term run out and elect a new one. What iteration of democracy uses force to expel a democratically elected leader, then claims the rebellion is itself democratic? Is that democracy squared, cubed?
The world has lost patience. Greedy, power hungry, violent leaders cannot wait another day to have their way. "_uck the EU," as spoken by an American diplomat (global tamperer), is evidence of this very thing.
To sum up: The Olympics are a time to wage war, instead of stop it, and democracies can be installed at the end of a gun. They don't need to wait for the vote at the ballot box.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Jerusalem Post reported in early February:
'Military action likely' if Iran talks fail, US spokeswoman saysFor the sickening language America's business and political leaders check out the words of senior U.S diplomat Marie Harf:
“I’m not predicting that we would take military action right away,” Harf said. “It’s more of a broad statement that, look, if we can’t get this done diplomatically in six months or a year or at any time, we will – we are committed to resolving it. And that involves less durable and, quite frankly, riskier actions.”She went around her backside to get to her elbow. The Obama-Bush global tampering team will have more wars. War with Syria was front and center at the World Economic Forum in Davos, which also had a unique Iranian confrontation.
“I’m not saying in six months we’re going to go to war if we don’t get a deal done. Broadly speaking, the alternative to resolving this diplomatically is resolving it through other means.
“There are only a few scenarios that come out of this: Either we resolve it diplomatically or we resolve it a different way,” Harf continued.
“It’s just common sense that that different way could involve – is likely to involve military action.”
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Think about the surveillance state Reverend Martin Luther King endured at the hands of the United States government. That same government was judged co-conspirator in Reverend King's death by a U.S. civil jury.
Modernize the government's spying apparatus and what risks do people face for speaking openly against hegemonic powers? Ponder that this MLK Day.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will both attend the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos this month, the organizers told Reuters on Friday.The World Economic Forum has its front stage for the public and back stage for participants to conduct deals.
Promoting a possible Iran-Israel leader confrontation seems a front stage activity. The fallout from their interaction would impact back stage deals.
Davos theme is "Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business." Global tamperers, mostly back stage players, will be there in force.
Take Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein, a frequent Davos guest presenter and moderator. He and his PEU brethren worked hard to open up Libya for investment from Muammar Gadhafi. They succeeded, even reforming Gadhafi enough for President Obama to shake his hand.
Gadhafi challenged the back stage players by offering to fund an African Union without Western money and to sell oil outside a U.S. dollar denomination. These two acts incurred the West's wrath.
As for the neoconservative Project for the New American Century, their list of countries for regime change is nearly complete.
Iraq - checkWatch the theatrics at Davos. It's a shame the back stage antics and deal making will go unreported.
Libya - check
Syria - in process
Iran - up next
North Korea - nobody wants it, no oil.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
The United States of America will allow domestic drone use and Texas will serve as one of six pilot sites. The Eagle reported:
The Federal Aviation Administration has named Texas a test site for aerial drones thanks to a statewide proposal spearheaded by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The university, which partnered with the Texas Engineering Experiment Station in College Station, or TEES, is one of six entities nationwide selected for the designation that could help usher in a multibillion-dollar industry.Military applications include spying and summary execution. Drones have been operating in the U.S. by public and private organizations. Texas is not alone in the prospect of more unmanned aerial vehicles:
The FAA does not allow for commercial drone use, which is primarily known for military applications. But Congress mandated that operational guidelines be developed by the end of 2015. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta predicted that up to 7,500 commercial drones could operate in U.S. airspace within the next five years. One such application is a proposed package-delivery system unveiled by Amazon.com earlier this month.
The FAA announced Monday that A&M was selected along with the University of Alaska, the state of Nevada, New York's Griffiss International Airport, the North Dakota Department of Commerce and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).While Texas A&M-Corpus Christi President Flavius Killebrew called it a "Kitty Hawk moment," it feels anything but.
Just hours after the FAA’s announcement Monday, commissioners in West Texas’ Brewster County passed a resolution plainly stating that unmanned aerial systems are not welcome in their skies, citing a lack of public input in the state’s drone plans. It is the third such resolution passed by local Texas officials since November, underscoring a growing anti-drone sentiment that has taken hold around the state, particularly in rural areas like Big Bend, a sparsely populated region located along the Mexican border.People don't like surprises, especially when their voice has not been included:
In Alpine, Brewster County’s biggest (and only) city, council members recently voted unanimously to ban drone test flights from operating out of the municipal airport, responding to angry petitions from local residents. And just before Christmas, officials in neighboring Presidio County followed suit with a preemptive resolution demanding that any drone tests take local aviation priorities into account before operating in the region.
The local resistance presents a significant roadblock for Texas’s new UAS testing program, a statewide initiative that was selected by the FAA to to develop safety requirements and protocols for commercial drone operations. The plan, spearheaded by Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, includes 11 test regions that cover about 6,100 square miles across the state, about half of which are located in the Big Bend region. Initially, the public seemed supportive of the proposal, but in recent weeks a surprisingly fierce grassroots campaign against the test sites has gathered steam, driven by residents who fear experimental drone flights will clog local airspace and disrupt the quiet isolation of Big Bend’s open skies.
So far, little effort has been made to inform or include local residents and elected officials in the UAS test site process. While FAA spokesman Les Dorr declined to comment on the specifics of the Texas UAS opposition, he said that the selected test sites are responsible for getting locals on board with their drone plans, and were required to detail their outreach plans in their applications.More drones are coming to Texas but local officials will have some say in their level of participation. Which list will officials make if they don't open their arms wide for domestic drone use in their city or county? For citizen privacy the drone test site landscape is the wild, wild West.
But those applications were closely guarded by the FAA during the administration’s secretive vetting process, and many communities are only discovering that they will soon play host to the government’s first commercial drone experiment.