October 2010 Headlines
Israel's West Bank Occupation Unacceptable, Says Vatican
The Australian

The Vatican has issued one of its strongest condemnations yet of Israel's "occupation" of the West Bank. It has rejected the use of biblical texts by Jewish settlers to justify "injustices." Releasing a strongly worded document by the synod of bishops for the Middle East, a senior Archbishop also challenged the notion of Jews as "the chosen people", saying such a concept no longer existed. After a two-week conference, which ended with a meeting with the Pope, the bishops called on the international community to pressure Israel to end the occupation. "Recourse to theological and biblical positions, which use the word of God to wrongly justify injustices, is not acceptable," the statement said.


Israel Can't Use Bible To Justify Claims, Say Mideast Bishops
JTA

A meeting of Mideast bishops declared that Israel cannot use the Bible to justify territorial claims to land in Israel. The final statement of the two-week Synod of Bishops of the Middle East in Rome that ended Saturday blamed Israel for the conflict between the Jewish state and the Palestinians. It rejected the use of the biblical position of the Promised Land to justify Jewish settlement of the West Bank. "Recourse to theological and biblical positions which use the Word of God to wrongly justify injustices is not acceptable," the bishops said. ... Participants included more than 170 Catholic bishops from Muslim countries, as well as other Church figures and non-Catholic representatives and experts.


Fox's Nazi Fetish: Beck, O'Reilly, Others Repeatedly Invoke Nazi Imagery
Media Matters

Led by Glenn Beck -- who was once condemned by the Anti-Defamation League for saying Al Gore used "the same tactic" as Adolf Hitler -- Fox News personalities have frequently invoked Nazi Germany in their political commentary, often comparing progressives to Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, and the Nazi "brownshirts." Beck regularly invokes Nazis, Hitler, Goebbels, other Nazi imagery


Goebbels and the `Big Lie' Legend
Mark Weber

...The popular image of this man, particularly in the United States, is a crude caricature... Contrary to popular belief, Goebbels was successful as a propagandist not because he was a master of the "Big Lie," but rather as a result of his fidelity to facts and truth. As biographer Heiber notes: "Goebbels was accordingly able to celebrate his information policy as being not only superior to the enemy's in its monolithic character, but also of a `seriousness and credibility' which `simply cannot be surpassed.' The boast could be made with some justification: Seen in the long view, Goebbels preached, the best propaganda is that which does no more than serve the truth."


Gary, Indiana: Decline of a Once Great American City
Newsnight - BBC News

A sobering look at the fall of a once thriving American city. Gary, Indiana, home to what is still US Steel Corp's biggest plant, is suffering from one of the most advanced cases of urban blight in the developed world. Its city centre is near-deserted by day. The texture of the urban landscape is cracked stone, grass, crumbled brick and buddleia. Gary is one-third poor, 84% African American, and has seen its population halve over the past three decades. This city's decline is a symbol of the intractable problems gripping the world's biggest economy. We tramped through the remains of the post office, opened by Henry Morgenthau in 1936 as a New Deal reconstruction project. Runtime: 15:50 mins.


The Holocaust and the Myth of the Past as History
Howard F. Stein

For the Jews, the term "Holocaust" does not simply denote a single catastrophic era in history, but is a grim metaphor for the meaning of Jewish history. The "Holocaust" lies at the heart of the Jewish experience of time itself. One is either anxiously awaiting persecution, experiencing persecution, recovering from it, or living in a period that is a temporary reprieve from it ... Thus the "reality" of the Holocaust is inextricably part of the myth in which it is woven -- and for which myth it serves as further confirmatory evidence for the timeless Jewish theme that the world is in conspiracy to annihilate them, one way or another, at least eventually.


Film Director Godard, Accused of Anti-Semitism, Won't Come to L.A. For Oscar
JTA

Film director Jean-Luc Godard will not appear in person to accept an honorary Oscar that some have urged be withdrawn because of views deemed anti-Semitic. The news announced Monday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences elicited little surprise in Hollywood and came exactly two months after the academy's invitation to Godard kicked off a lively discussion about the New Wave filmmaker's alleged anti-Semitism and acknowledged anti-Israel record. The charges were first examined by the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles and the Forward. The Zionist Organization of America and other critics have pressed for the withdrawal of the award for the French-Swiss director.


Buchanan's Necessary Book
Laurence M. Vance

... There is one book, however, that is not only Buchanan's best and most important book; it is one of the best and most important books ever written. I am referring to his latest book on World War II: Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War ... It explains how Hitler never wanted war with Britain. Hitler wanted absolute power in Germany. Hitler wanted to overturn the Versailles Treaty. Hitler wanted to restore lands to Germany. Hitler wanted to enlarge the German empire to the east. Hitler wanted to cleanse Germany of Jews. Hitler wanted to destroy Bolshevism. Hitler wanted Germany to achieve economic self-sufficiency ... It confirms that Hitler was not a threat to the United States.


British Secret Service Lured Hitler Deputy Hess in 1941, Says Historian
The Telegraph (Britain)

Rudolf Hess was lured to Britain in an elaborate MI6 sting, according to a new book that claims to solve one of the most enduring mysteries of the Second World War. The reason for Hitler's deputy making his solo flight to Scotland in May 1941 has kept conspiracy theorists busy for decades. He was arrested in Renfrewshire and spent the rest of his life in prison. Nearly 70 years on, a fresh theory has emerged. Author John Harris claims that Hess was lured to Britain in an MI6 plot led by Tancred Borenius, a Finnish art historian who was working as an agent for the British secret service.


Berlin Exhibition Views Hitler's Hold on Germans
The Associated Press

Bronze Hitler busts of various sizes crown austere pedestals. A red paper lantern with a swastika floats in the air. A tiny toy model of the Fuehrer stands behind a swastika-bedecked lectern. This isn't an auction of Nazi memorabilia but a major exhibition at a Berlin museum that delves into the personality cult that sprang up around Adolf Hitler - exploring with the help of period artifacts how he won mass support for his destructive regime. The exhibition at the German Historical Museum that opened Thursday is the first exhibition in the German capital to focus so firmly on the Nazi dictator - another step in the erosion of German taboos concerning depictions of the Nazi era.


US Government Reports $1.3 Trillion Budget Deficit
The Associated Press

The Obama administration said Friday the federal deficit hit a near-record $1.3 trillion for the just-completed budget year. That means the government had to borrow 37 cents out of every dollar it spent as tax revenues continued to lag while spending on food stamps and unemployment benefits went up as joblessness neared double-digit levels in a struggling economy.


The Israel Lobby: Targeting Democrats for Election Day Defeat
M.J. Rosenberg -- Huffington Post

The fury of the "pro-Israel" lobby lately has truly been something to behold. It has abandoned bipartisanship by setting up front organizations like the so-called Emergency Committee for Israel, which is running ads across the country calling on voters to defeat Democratic members of the House and Senate for signing a letter urging President Obama to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. With all the problems average Americans are facing, the lobby is so out-of-touch that it thinks that hard-hit Pennsylvanian voters (the ads runs most often in the Keystone State) will actually cast their votes based on the lobby's litmus test of who is and who isn't hawkish enough on Israel.


U.S. Jews Increasingly Hawkish on Iran, Skeptical of Obama
Jim Lobe -- Inter Press Service

U.S. Jews, who, next to African Americans, have constituted the minority most supportive of Barack Obama, are growing more sceptical of his performance and increasingly hawkish on Iran, according to a new poll released Tuesday by the American Jewish Committee (AJC).... Support for U.S. military action against Iran "to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons... if diplomacy and sanctions fail" rose from 53 percent to 59 percent since last March, while opposition to such a course fell from 42 percent to 35 percent over the same period.


Torture and Killing in Iraq: How the US Tried to Keep it All Quiet
The Independent (Britain)

So now we begin to know the full extent of what Tony Blair called the blood price. A detainee tortured with live electrical wires here, children shot by US troops at a checkpoint there, insurgents using children to carry out suicide bombings somewhere else; on and on, through 391,832 documents. At the Pentagon, these messages were the day-to-day commonplaces of staff inboxes; for Iraqis, they detail, in the emotionless jargon of the US military, nothing less than the hacking open of a nation's veins. Today, seven and a half years on from the order to invade, the largest leak in history has shown, far more than has been hitherto known, just what was unleashed by that declaration of war. The Iraqi security services tortured hundreds, and the US military watched, noted and emailed, but rarely intervened.


In Pennsylvania, A Professor Calls for Israel's Destruction
Ynet News (Israel)

Lincoln University [Pennsylvania] History Professor Kaukab Siddique is in the eye of a new storm in the United States, after several statements he made calling for the destruction of Israel prompted US senators to urge an investigation in the matter. Speaking at a recent Labor Day rally, Siddique said: "We must stand united to defeat, to destroy, to dismantle Israel - if possible by peaceful means... For the Jews, I would say, 'See what could happen to you if the Muslims wake up.' And I say to the Muslims, Dear brothers and sisters - unite and rise up against this hydra-headed monster which calls itself Zionism',"


Holocaust Study Obligatory in Southern Brazilian City's Schools
The Associated Press

A city in southern Brazil that has suffered a series of neo-Nazi incidents is requiring all public schools to teach about the Holocaust. The new law, the first of its kind in Brazil, will go into effect next year in all of Porto Alegre's 96 public schools, where some 60,000 students study, the city government's website said Tuesday. The author of the law, Alderman Valter Nagelstein said Tuesday that including the Holocaust in the school curriculum will help prevent it from happening again, and said he hopes it also will curb "the kind of neo-Nazi incidents we have seen in the past."


In Los Angeles, New $18 Million Holocaust Museum Opens
The Associated Press

Hundreds of people toured the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust during its grand opening Thursday at Pan Pacific Park. The museum, founded in 1961, has been moved four times over the years, but never had its own building and has always had limited space. But its new $18 million, high-tech, very green museum changes all that, executive director Mark Rothman said. The building, designed so it is partially underground to preserve green space, is located next to the Martyrs Memorial, built in the park 18 years ago. There will be many familiar artifacts, including a concentration camp uniform, a partial replica of a boxcar used to haul Jews to death camps and a death camp model.


Zionist Group Updates Annual Holocaust Education Program
The Jewish Journal (Los Angeles)

The Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) annual Holocaust Education Workshop, which emphasizes Holocaust education in the classroom and will feature four sessions Nov. 3-10, will, for the first time, overlap with "Bearing Witness," the organization's long-running, three-day workshop for Catholic-school teachers, seminarians and priests, which takes place Nov. 7-9. Attendees from the two programs will come together for an eight-hour intensive learning session Nov. 7 at American Jewish University ...


Holocaust Remembrance: What's Behind the Campaign?
Mark Weber

... Holocaust remembrance is not, as its supporters claim, a noble effort motivated by sincere concern for humanity. Instead, this relentless campaign is an expression of Jewish-Zionist power, and is designed to further Jewish-Zionist interests ... Jewish death and suffering do not deserve to be venerated more than the death and suffering of non-Jews. The Holocaust remembrance campaign deserves scorn, not support, because it is a one-sided effort that serves narrow Jewish and Israeli interests and bolsters Jewish-Zionist power.


Recession To Echo Loudly For The Young
Los Angeles Times

... These developments, beyond their effects on individuals, are harbingers of significant and painful changes for the whole country. For decades, adult life, especially for college graduates, began with entry-level jobs that paid well and promised even better things to come. Those bright prospects encouraged young workers to go out on their own, marry and start families -- bolstering the overall economy. But now, with so many unemployed or underemployed -- and others underwater on their mortgages or with little hope of buying houses of their own -- the spending they once provided simply isn't there now.


Crumbling America Has a $2.2 Trillion Repair Bill
The Independent ( Britain )

... It's happening everywhere, from potholed interstate highways and grimy railways, to congested airports and a creaking air traffic control system that only adds to the increasingly third world experience of flying in the US. And hold your breath when you cross an American bridge: a 2005 study found that fully a quarter of them were structurally inadequate or obsolete ... Another reminder is when friends return from foreign trips marvelling at the high-speed rail networks in Europe, Japan and China, or at other man-made wonders such as the Millau Viaduct in southern France. Why, they ask, can't we have this sort of thing? To be fair, they can and do.


Former Vice President Agnew Was Outraged By `Zionist Domination'
National Vanguard

Former US Vice President Spiro Agnew expressed "outrage" over "the domination of this country by Zionists" in a 1982 letter. He also wrote of the "Zionist control of our media" and "the 70 years of indoctrination" that has "brainwashed the western world."



Such a Parcel o' Rogues in a Nation
Philip Giraldi

... No one is found guilty for starting an unnecessary war that has killed 4,425 Americans and many thousands of Iraqis. No one is punished or even tarnished by his or her role. On the contrary, all are, in fact, richly rewarded for their presumed dedication to their country ... Until that culture is eradicated by something like a Nuremberg trial demonstrating that no one is above the law the United States will continue to be a place that the rest of the world quite rightly regards as preaching respect for rules and values while rewarding just the opposite.


Secret Iraq War Files Offer Grim New Details
The Washington Post

A massive cache of secret U.S. field reports from the Iraq war provides grim new details about the toll of that conflict, indicating that more than 100,000 Iraqis were killed during a six-year stretch and that American forces often failed to intervene as the U.S.-backed government brutalized detainees, according to news organizations given access to the documents by the WikiLeaks Web site. The nearly 400,000 records are described as offering a chilling, pointillist view of the war's peak years, documenting thousands of civilian deaths - including hundreds killed at checkpoints manned by U.S. soldiers - and the burgeoning role that American contractors came to play in the conflict.


Obesity Care Costs Twice Previous Estimates, New Research Finds
The Associated Press

Nearly 17 percent of U.S. medical costs can be blamed on obesity, according to new research that suggests the nation's weight problem may be having close to twice the impact on medical spending as previously estimated. One expert acknowledged that past estimates likely low-balled the costs and said the new study, which places obesity-related medical costs at around $168 billion, probably is closer to the truth.


Food Stamp Nation
Patrick J. Buchanan

... Forty percent of all children in America are now born out of wedlock. Among Hispanics, it is 51 percent. Among African-Americans, it is 71 percent. Food stamps are feeding children abandoned by their own fathers. Taxpayers are taking up the slack for America's deadbeat dads ... What we have accepted today is a vast permanent underclass of scores of millions who cannot cope and must be carried by the rest of society -- fed, clothed, housed, tutored, medicated at taxpayer's expense for their entire lives. We have a new division in America : those who pay a double fare, and those who forever ride free.


Truth Can Get Lost in Fights Over Civil War History
The Washington Post

... Virginia fourth-graders are the latest targets of historical misinformation. A textbook distributed to students last month included the gross falsehood that two battalions of African American soldiers fought for the Confederacy under famed Gen. Stonewall Jackson ... The passage represents a deliberate distortion of history driven by a political agenda. It was foisted on kids by a sloppy author using Internet research who mistakenly drew from works done by Confederate heritage enthusiasts. The latter like to promote the canard that large numbers of African Americans carried arms willingly for the South.


Reexamining Assumptions
Tom Sunic - Institute for Historical Review

... Putting different people together into larger, unnatural entities brings disaster. Mutual vilification and name calling eventually become the norm. Among the similarities between the former Soviet Union and present-day America is a comparably linear and static view of history .. It seems to me that the only way to stop the process of Western collective suicide is by discarding the ideology of progress, the myth of egalitarianism, and the theology of market democracy. ... The linear concept of the "end of history," a currently fashionable notion that holds that liberal democracy is a final or a permanent form of social order, is a willful act of intellectual stupidity.


US Cities Face Enormous Pension Deficits
The Financial Times ( Britain )

Big US cities could be squeezed by unfunded public pensions as they and counties face a $574 billion funding gap, a study to be released on Tuesday shows. The gap at the municipal level would be in addition to $3,000 billion in unfunded liabilities already estimated for state-run pensions, according to research from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the University of Rochester .


How Tyranny Came to America
Joseph Sobran

One of the great goals of education is to initiate the young into the conversation of their ancestors; to enable them to understand the language of that conversation, in all its subtlety, and maybe even, in their maturity, to add to it some wisdom of their own. The modern American educational system no longer teaches us the political language of our ancestors. In fact our schooling helps widen the gulf of time between our ancestors and ourselves, because much of what we are taught in the name of civics, political science, or American history is really modern liberal propaganda.


The Constitution: How Important Is It? ::
Mark Weber - Beyond 50 Radio (Audio)

The US Constitution is widely revered but little understood, says historian Mark Weber in this hour-long interview. Few Americans realize that many familiar federal government programs are, strictly speaking, not constitutional, or that the government laid out in the original Constitution was remarkably un-democratic. What's decisive in any society is not a country's constitution, says Weber, but rather the character, basic values and customs of its people.


Why Defense Spending Won't Go Down Much
Stephen M. Walt -- Foreign Policy

... Although it is mind-boggling to realize that five percent of the world's population (the United States) now spends more on defense than the other 95 percent put together, this situation is hard to avoid when you see threats emerging virtually everywhere and when you think all of them are best met by an ambitious and highly interventionist foreign policy ... If you want to cut defense spending significantly, in short, you have to make some non-trivial adjustments in U.S. grand strategy. As some of you know, I think the United States would be both more prosperous and safer if we had a more restrained grand strategy and a more intelligent foreign policy.


Non-Jews Exist Only To Serve Jews, Says Prominent Israeli Rabbi
The Jerusalem Post (Israel)

The sole purpose of non-Jews [Goyim] is to serve Jews, according to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the head of Shas's Council of Torah Sages and a senior Sephardi adjudicator. "Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world - only to serve the People of Israel," he said in his weekly Saturday night sermon on the laws regarding the actions non-Jews are permitted to perform on Shabbat. According to Yosef, the lives of non-Jews in Israel are safeguarded by divinity, to prevent losses to Jews.


Multiculturalism Has `Utterly Failed,' Says German Chancellor
BBC News

Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have "utterly failed", Chancellor Angela Merkel says. She said the so-called "multikulti" concept - where people would "live side-by-side" happily - did not work, and immigrants needed to do more to integrate - including learning German. The comments come amid rising anti-immigration feeling in Germany. A recent survey suggested more than 30% of people believed the country was "overrun by foreigners".


The Multicultural Cult
Thomas Sowell

Somebody eventually had to say it -- and German chancellor Angela Merkel deserves credit for being the one who had the courage to say it out loud. Multiculturalism has "utterly failed." Multiculturalism is not just a recognition that different groups have different cultures. We all knew that, long before multiculturalism became a cult that has spawned mindless rhapsodies about "diversity," without a speck of evidence to substantiate its supposed benefits. In Germany, as in other countries in Europe, welcoming millions of foreign workers who insist on remaining foreign has created problems so obvious that only the intelligentsia could fail to see them. It takes a high IQ to evade the obvious.


Hitler Exhibition in Berlin Proves Popular
Reuters

"Hitler and the Germans," an exhibition in Berlin's German Historical Museum which investigates the society that created Hitler, has seen more than 10,000 visitors walk through its doors since opening Friday. Rudolf Trabold, a spokesman for the museum, said there were 4,000 visitors to the exhibition on the first day alone. People visiting the exhibition said they had waited as long as one and a half hours to get in. Ravi Nair, a 73-year-old Indian visitor, said: "I had to queue for about an hour but it was worth it. The exhibition should help people in democratic countries realize that their vote is very valuable."


How The Jews Changed Catholic Thinking
Joseph Roddy - Look magazine (1966)

... Few Catholics were ever directly taught to hate Jews. Yet Catholic teaching could not get around the New Testament account that Jews provoked the Crucifixion. ... "It is a sign of the times," the Archbishop said, "that a layman, and a Jewish layman at that, has become the originator of a Council decree." ... Its claim that the Church was being infiltrated by Jews would intrigue anti- Semites. For, in fact, ordained Jews around Rome working on the Jewish declaration included Father Baum, as well as Msgr. John Oesterreicher, on Bea's staff at the Secretariat.


Cancer Was Almost Non-Existent in the Ancient World
The Telegraph (Britain)

Researchers looking at almost a thousand mummies from ancient Egypt and South America found only a handful suffered from cancer when now it accounts for nearly one in three deaths. The findings suggest that it is modern lifestyles and pollution levels caused by industry that are the main cause of the disease and that it is not a naturally occurring condition. The study showed the disease rate has risen dramatically since the Industrial Revolution, in particular childhood cancer - proving that the rise is not simply due to people living longer .. "So it has to be a man-made disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle. Cancer appears to be a modern disease created by modern life."


Suspect in Israel-Organized Dubai Assassination Arrested in Canada
Haaretz (Israel)

A suspect in the Dubai assassination of Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh has been arrested in Canada, a newspaper in the United Arab Emirates reported Tuesday. The Al-Itihad daily quoted the head of the Dubai police force, Dahi Khalfan Tamim, as saying that the detainee is connected to another main suspect, who was caught on surveillance footage with al- Mabhouh inside an elevator. A week earlier, Tamim - who is in charge of the investigation into the January murder - had announced that the suspect was arrested in a "Western" state, without naming the country. Dubai authorities have used closed-circuit television footage to identify suspects in the killing.


How Jewish-Zionist Grip on Film and Television Promotes Bias
Abdullah Mohammad Sindi -- Institute for Historical Review

... The hostility and prejudice against Arabs and Muslims engendered by Hollywood and US television infects not only tens of millions of Americans, but also hundreds of millions of credulous viewers worldwide. Such noxious propaganda over a period of decades inevitably has grave long-term consequences. This flood of ethnic-religious poison understandably produces deep resentment among hundreds of millions of Arabs and Muslims around the globe -- creating a vast and growing reservoir of resentment and rage that one day will almost certainly erupt with terrible fury.


Goldwater Warned of the `Way Too Powerful' Israel Lobby
American Conservative

.. A classic 1986 interview with the Arizona senator in which he lights into lobbyists in general -- and the Israel lobby in particular: "Kolbe: Is the Israeli lobby too powerful? Goldwater: God, yes, way too powerful. Kolbe: Has that had some detrimental effects on what comes out of Congress? Goldwater: Yes. See, we have no treaty with Israel, but we have pledged ourselves to go to war if she has to go to war. And there are some of the actions that some of the Israeli groups take that, at times, I've felt would hasten that day when we have to live up to our promise. I can understand the feeling, but I'm getting awfully tired of the great influence they have and there's no question about it."


Pro-Hitler Views of Le Corbusier Prompts Rethinking of Architect's Legacy
The Associated Press

He's one of the titans of 20th Century architecture, but Le Corbusier is suddenly feeling the weight of history working against him. The modernist master's legacy is coming under pressure after Switzerland's largest bank dropped an ad campaign featuring the architect and artist last week. Now, Zurich authorities are debating whether to dump plans to name a square after him. Letters made public in recent years and a 2008 biography suggest that the visionary known for his cool, spare designs and revolutionary urban planning ideas was a Nazi sympathizer whose Fascist tendencies went far beyond what was previously known.


Hitler Letter Shows Warm Feelings For British
The Times (Britain)

... The typewritten letter is revealing about the warmth of Hitler's feelings towards the British. Writing of his hopes that a new accord would arise between Britain and Germany to replace the settlement made after the First World War, Hitler said: "I hope ... that out of this crisis a new readiness will grow up in Britain to submit the last twelve years to a reappraisal. I should be happy if, as a result of this, the unhappy war-psychosis could be overcome on such a scale as to permit the realisation of the truly cordial relationship between the British and the German peoples so eagerly desired by myself and my movement."


Six More Years
Philip Giraldi

... Just as neoconservatives were in complete denial during the Bush years about the horrors emerging from the Pandora's box that the Administration opened after 9/11, so too are progressives currently in denial about just how awful President Barack Obama has been on the world stage. He has authorized the extrajudicial killing of US citizens overseas based only on suspicion and has concealed war crimes committed at Guantanamo by citing the state secrets privilege. Obama has actually broadened the abominable "global war on terror," which he refers to as "overseas contingency operations," ...


China's Mao Responsible For 45 Million Deaths, Says Historian
The Independent (Britain)

Mao Zedong, founder of the People's Republic of China, qualifies as the greatest mass murderer in world history, an expert who had unprecedented access to official Communist Party archives said yesterday ... Mr Dik�tter, who has been studying Chinese rural history from 1958 to 1962, when the nation was facing a famine, compared the systematic torture, brutality, starvation and killing of Chinese peasants to the Second World War in its magnitude. At least 45 million people were worked, starved or beaten to death in China over these four years; the worldwide death toll of the Second World War was 55 million.


Subverting the Disney Legacy
Mark Weber

... Because Eisner and the others who run the motion picture and television industries are able to shape the public's barely conscious basic assumptions about life and society, thereby profoundly influencing the thinking and actions of millions, they wield greater power than even our elected lawmakers ... Eisner's transformation of Disney parallels, and contributes to, the cultural, social and political transformation of the United States as a whole. Like America's political leaders, Eisner and his Disney colleagues reassuringly display familiar symbols and trademarks from an earlier era, exploiting reputations and good-will painstakingly built up over decades.


Banks Seize a Record 288,345 US Homes in Year's Third Quarter
The Associated Press

Lenders seized more U.S. homes this summer than in any three-month stretch since the housing market began to bust in 2006. But many of the foreclosures may be challenged in court later because of allegations that banks evicted people without reading the documents. A total of 288,345 properties were lost to foreclosure in the July-September quarter, according to data released Thursday by RealtyTrac Inc., a foreclosure listing service. That's up from nearly 270,000 in the second quarter, the previous high point in the firm's records dating back to 2005. Banks have seized more than 816,000 homes through the first nine months of the year and had been on pace to seize 1.2 million by the end of 2010.


The Big Hollywood Lie: Denying Jewish Control.
New American View (1994)

... The Jewish denial that Hollywood is controlled by Jews is a great lie which can be attested to by anyone who has ever been associated with the film industry ... It is positively insulting for them to deny their influence and power -- particularly when they themselves are continually boasting in their own circles about their "overrepresentation" in these fields. And it is absolutely infuriating when this denial reaches the point that non-Jews are attacked by Jewish agitators and Zionist zealots for stating obvious facts and truth.


How Jewish is Hollywood?
Joel Stein -- Los Angeles Times

... The Jews are so dominant, I had to scour the trades to come up with six Gentiles in high positions at entertainment companies. When I called them to talk about their incredible advancement, five of them refused to talk to me, apparently out of fear of insulting Jews ... As a proud Jew, I want America to know about our accomplishment. Yes, we control Hollywood. Without us, you'd be flipping between "The 700 Club" and "Davey and Goliath" on TV all day ... I don't care if Americans think we're running the news media, Hollywood, Wall Street or the government. I just care that we get to keep running them.


Israel's Loyalty Oath: Discriminatory By Design
The Guardian (Britain) -- Editorial

... This was evident in all its inglory yesterday when the Israeli cabinet approved a measure requiring candidates for Israeli citizenship to pledge loyalty to "the state of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state". The naturalisation oath would not apply to Jews, who are granted automatic citizenship under the law of return, so it is, by definition, discriminatory. The existing text binds individuals to declare their loyalty to the state of Israel. The new version requires future citizens to declare their loyalty not just to a state but an ideology, one specifically designed to exclude one fifth of its citizens who see themselves as Palestinian. Palestinian Israeli leaders have described this proposal as racist.


US Government Supports Israel As 'Jewish State'
Jason Ditz

Though the Palestinian Authority has rejected an Israeli demand for them to declare their public recognition of Israel as a uniquely "Jewish" state, citing concerns for the nation's Arab minority, the US State Department has been Johnny-on-the-spot with its own unsolicited declaration that they are committed to Israel's status in that regard. "We recognize the special nature of the Israeli state. It is a state for the Jewish people," declared spokesman P.J. Crowley. Crowley added that it was a "core demand of the Israeli government, which we support."


The Jewish Republic of Israel
Gideon Levy -- Haaretz (Israel)

... From now on, we will be living in a new, officially approved, ethnocratic, theocratic, nationalistic and racist country. Anyone who thinks it doesn't affect him is mistaken. There is a silent majority that is accepting this with worrying apathy, as if to say: "I don't care what country I live in." Also anyone who thinks the world will continue to relate to Israel as a democracy after this law doesn't understand what it is about. It's another step that seriously harms Israel's image.


US Funded Anti-White School Program Defames Nation's Founders
Fox News

The Oklahoma City public school district is taking a second look at a plan to teach at-risk students using rap and hip-hop after receiving complaints over one lesson referring to the Founding Fathers as "old dead white men." .... One particularly controversial song entitled "Old Dead White Men,"describes President James Monroe's presidential term by saying: "White men getting richer than Enron. They stepping on Indians, women and blacks. Era of Good Feeling doesn't come with the facts." ... Flocabulary CEO and co-founder Alex Rappaport says that the lyrics are meant to keep students engaged and promote discussion.


In Italy, Prof. Teaches Course on Holocaust `Lies and Inaccuracies'
Mako (Israel)

Claudio Moffo, an avid supporter of Ahmadinejad and an Italian professor of political science at Teramo University teaches a special course, named "Not exactly a holocaust - the lies and inaccuracies". The professor teaches his students information that explains how, in his opinion and according to his research, the Jewish people has rewritten history. According to Moffa, whose controversial story was published in the Italian newspaper "La Repubblica," the gas chambers and crematoria never existed. He also questions the number of victims murdered by the Nazi regime.


In Austria, A New Prison Sentence for `Holocaust Denier' Fr�hlich
Der Standard (Austria)

A court in Vienna sentenced Wolfgang Fr�hlich on Monday, Oct. 4, to two years in prison for "Holocaust denial" writings sent to prominent public figures. He was found guilty of violating Austria's law against "attempted National Socialist re-activism" for having distributed writings in which he said that mass gassings with Zyklon B are technically impossible, and that the familiar figure of six million Jewish Holocaust victims is a fraud. This latest sentence was his fourth for such "denial" writings. Fr�hlich, 59, has already served six and a half years in prison.


Four-Thousand -Year-Old Aryan Settlements Discovered in Russia
PTI (India)

Russian archaeologists have unearthed some ancient and virtually unknown settlements which they believe were built by the original Aryan race about 4000 years ago. According to the team which has discovered 20 of the spiral-shaped settlements in remote part of Russia steppe in southern Siberia bordering Kazakhstan, the buildings date back to the beginning of Western civilisation in Europe. The Bronze-age settlements, the experts said, could have been built shortly after the Great Pyramid some 4000 years ago by the original Aryan race whose swastika symbol was later adopted by the Nazis in the 1930s.


Men Who Play Nazis for Fun Try to Explain
Robert Mackey -- The New York Times

The revelation that Rich Iott, a Republican candidate for Congress from Ohio, was an active member of a group dedicated to understanding the experience of soldiers who served in the Nazi Waffen SS by dressing up in their uniforms -- and staging recreations of their battles -- has forced historical re-enactors to defend their hobby.


America's Third World Economy
Paul Craig Roberts

... The US economy has been losing jobs for a decade. As manufacturing, information technology, software engineering, research, development, and tradable professional services have been moved offshore, the American middle class has shriveled. The ladders of upward mobility that made American an "opportunity society" have been dismantled ... The loss of middle class jobs and incomes was covered up for years by the expansion of consumer debt to substitute for the lack of income growth. Americans refinanced their homes and spent the equity, and they maxed out their credit cards. ..


Nervous Germany Stages First Hitler Exhibition
The Australian

Hitler is back in town. An extremely nervous Germany is staging the first exhibition dedicated to the Nazi leader since the Fuhrer killed himself in his Berlin bunker in 1945. The exhibition, entitled Hitler and the Germans, shatters a taboo. Since World War II there have been scores of museum displays on the Holocaust, on slave labour, on the murdering doctors, cruel judges and massacring soldiers, and all have triggered debates and protests. Hitler, himself, however, has always been out of bounds - and in Berlin most of all, lest neo-Nazis swarm to the museum to pay tribute to the dictator of the Third Reich.


The Case Against Circumcision
Paul M. Fleiss, M.D.

Western countries have no tradition of circumcision. In antiquity, the expansion of the Greek and Roman Empires brought Westerners into contact with the peoples of the Middle East, some of whom marked their children with circumcision and other sexual mutilations. To protect these children, the Greeks and Romans passed laws forbidding circumcision. Over the centuries, the Catholic Church has passed many similar laws. The traditional Western response to circumcision has been revulsion and indignation


The National Socialist Party in the Third Reich: Himmler Talks With an American Journalist
Lothrop Stoddard (1940)

'The Party." That is the commonest phrase in Germany today. It denotes that all-powerful organization, NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers Party) which dominates, energizes, and directs the Third Reich. Just what is the Party, and what are its relations with the Nation, the State Administration, and those numberless organizations characteristic of German life? That was one of the first questions I put when I got to Germany ... One thing seems certain: The National Socialist upheaval that has created the Third Reich goes far deeper than the Fascist regime in Italy, and is perhaps a more defiant breach with the historic past than even the Communism of Soviet Russia.


Studies Show `Dark Chapter' of U.S. Medical Research
CNN

The Tuskegee syphilis experiment of the 20th century is often cited as the most famous example of unethical medical research. Now, evidence has emerged that it overlapped with a shorter study, also sponsored by U.S. government health agencies, in which human subjects were unknowingly being harmed by participating in an experiment. Research from Wellesley College professor Susan Reverby has uncovered evidence of an experiment in Guatemala that infected people with sexually transmitted diseases in an effort to explore treatments. The U.S. government apologized for the research project on Friday, more than 60 years after the experiments ended.


CIA Ran Secret Torture Center in Poland, Says Official
BBC News

The CIA used a secret prison in Europe to torture its most important terrorism suspect, according to an official who first uncovered a secret network of prisons for holding suspects. He told the BBC there was now reliable evidence that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the man accused of masterminding the 9/11 attacks, was tortured in Poland in the months before that country joined the European Union.


Elderly German Woman Fined for `Holocaust Denial'
JTA

An 81-year-old German woman was convicted of Holocaust denial and fined. The woman, identified as Ursula H. [Ursula Haverbeck] on Wednesday was given a suspended sentence of six months and fined nearly $1,400 by a Munich judge. Ursula, the former president of a banned right-wing extremist group, admitted to distributing a text among schoolchildren that she had written in which she denied the Holocaust. Her 91-year-old co-defendant had allowed his name to be used on the pamphlet and was fined more than $800, the German news agency DPA reported.


In Serbia, Court Bans `Holocaust Denial' Book
B92 (Serbia)

The Higher Court in Belgrade has prohibited the distribution of Swiss historian Jurgen Graf's book "The Myth of the Holocaust." The court also ordered all copies of the book to be seized. The Higher Court thus accepted the prosecution's motion to ban the distribution of the book for inciting racial, national and religious hatred. The book represents incitement to discrimination, animosity and violence, said Republic Public Prosecution Spokesman Tomo Zoric.


Why Does Germany Still Owe Money For The First World War?
Jon Henley -- The Guardian (Britain)

In a few days Germany will pay its final reparations to the Allies for the First World War, 92 years after it finished / ... News that Germany was still paying reparations from 1919 in 2010 does rather prompt the question: what for? The idea isn't new, of course: Rome exacted punitive indemnities from Carthage after the Punic wars in the second century BC ... In 2007, a disgruntled American founded the International Coalition for British Reparations, demanding �31 trillion from Britain as "the greatest criminal nation on earth ..."


Discord in Israel Over Orchestra's Plans to Play at Wagner Festival
The Independent (Britain)

Nearly 130 years after his death, Richard Wagner still provokes a maelstrom of emotions. Katharina Wagner, the German composer's great-granddaughter, has pulled out of a trip to Israel where she was to announce that the Israel Chamber Orchestra would be invited to open the next season of the prestigious Bayreuth festival, the annual celebration of Wagner's music. Ms. Wagner canceled the trip after the orchestra's participation was leaked to the Israeli media, prompting a hostile reaction in Israel. Wagner is widely shunned there for his anti-Semitic writings, which drew admiration from Adolf Hitler. Israeli orchestras have largely honored a seven-decade boycott of Wagner's work ...


Video Clip Shows Israeli Soldier Belly-Dancing Beside Bound Palestinian Woman
Haaretz (Israel)

A video uploaded to YouTube shows an Israel Defense Forces soldier wriggling in a belly dance beside a bound and handcuffed Palestinian woman, to the cheers of his comrades who were documenting the incident. The IDF's internal investigation department ordered an immediate probe into the matter after the Ch. 10 television program Tzinor Laila caught wind of the clip on the internet. The full clip and the details behind the incident will be broadcast on the show just before midnight on Monday.


Remembering Joe Sobran
Jared Taylor

Joe Sobran, who left this world on Sept. 30, was perhaps the most brilliant man I have ever known. Not brilliant in all ways, of course, and even obtuse in some, but in his power to see the essential, to lay bare hypocrisy, to capture an idea with a turn of phrase, to mock with gentle humor, and to treat the heaviest subjects with the lightest touch, I have never met his equal and never expect to.


Is It Worth It?
Joseph Sobran (2001)

... In the early 1980s it became clear to me that the pro-Israel lobby was trying to steer the United States into conflict with the Arab world. I saw nothing in the American interest in that; and my own two sons were approaching the draft age. Until then, I had been strongly pro-Israel myself; but sacrificing my boys for Israel was a higher price than I wanted to pay. Nor did I want other Americans to pay it. But as soon as I began arguing publicly that the U.S.-Israel alliance was not only costly but dangerous to the United States, I became the target of Zionist vituperation and worse. Some, like Podhoretz, tried to ruin my career. And I've seen others get the same treatment.


Former Los Angeles Gang Members Launch Guided Bus Tours
The Telegraph (Britain)

Staring out from their air-conditioned bus, the tourists pass tattooed gang members, bullet-marked buildings and homeless drug users / Only a few miles from the celebrity mansions of Hollywood, they are getting their first glimpse into the gang heartland of America on a guided tour with a big difference. Passengers embarking on the "Los Angeles Gang Tour" sign release forms acknowledging they could be crime victims and put their fate in the hands of a group of former gangsters who act as guides and protection.


Hitler Watercolors Find Favor With Buyers
DPA (Germany)

A collection of 16 watercolours attributed to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler sold for 104,800 pounds ($164,800) at an auction in Britain Thursday, and were snapped up by buyers from emerging economies. Richard Westwood-Brookes of Mullock's Auctioneers in Shropshire, northwest of London, said it was an 'interesting trend' that the works had been bought exclusively by overseas buyers from China, India and Russia. 'This shows that it has nothing to do with an obsession with the Nazis, or neo-Nazis buying it,' Westwood-Brookes told DPA.


Iran Is Not A Nuclear Threat
Scott Horton - Christian Science Monitor

Politicians, lobbyists, and propagandists have spent nearly two decades pushing the lie that Iran poses a nuclear weapons threat to the United States and Israel. After a brief respite in the intensity of the wolf cries over the past two years, the neoconservative movement has decided to relaunch the "Must Bomb Iran" brand. The fact that Iran is not and has not been a nuclear threat to either nation is rendered irrelevant by a narrative of universal "concern" about its nuclear program.


Senators Lieberman and Berman Press Obama to Weigh Attack on Iran
YNet News (Israel)

US President Barack Obama is under pressure to consider a military strike on Iran, according to the Financial Times. Both Senator Joe Lieberman and Howard Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, have urged the president to consider setting a time limit of just a few months on the effectiveness of the most recent sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic for its nuclear advances.


U.S. Officials Apologize For Human Syphilis Experiments in Guatemala
Reuters

The United States apologized on Friday for an experiment conducted in the 1940s in which U.S. government researchers deliberately infected Guatemalan prison inmates, women and mental patients with syphilis. In the experiment, aimed at testing the then-new drug penicillin, inmates were infected by prostitutes and later treated with the antibiotic. "The sexually transmitted disease inoculation study conducted from 1946-1948 in Guatemala was clearly unethical," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.


Guatemala President Calls US Human Experiments `Crimes Against Humanity'
BBC News

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom has said the US committed "crimes against humanity" in a study that infected hundreds of Guatemalans with gonorrhoea and syphilis more than 60 years ago. President Barack Obama has apologised for the medical tests, in which mentally ill patients and prisoners were infected without their consent. Mr Obama told Mr Colom the 1940s-era experiments ran contrary to American values, Guatemala said.


CNN Host Sanchez Fired After Remarks About Jews in Media
Los Angeles Times

CNN newscaster Rick Sanchez has been fired. The news comes one day after Sanchez appeared on Pete Dominick's Sirius radio show, where he called "The Daily Show's" John Stewart a "bigot" (he later amended the term to "prejudicial") and suggested that "everybody who runs CNN" was Jewish.


Historic Voice Recordings
The Free Information Society

Here, in their own voices, are remarks and statements by dozens of historical figures, including Franklin Roosevelt, Lenin, Stalin, Winston Churchill, Hitler, Thomas Edison, Malcolm X, Ronald Reagan, Fidel Castro, Dwight Eisenhower, Warren Harding, and many others.


Joseph Sobran, Writer Whom Buckley Mentored, Dies at 64
The New York Times

Joseph Sobran, a hard-hitting conservative writer and moralist whose outspoken antipathy to Israel and what he saw as the undue influence of a Jewish lobby on American foreign policy led to his removal as a senior editor of National Review in 1993, died on Thursday ... "Nobody has ever accused me of the slightest personal indecency to a Jew," he said in a speech delivered at a 2002 conference of the Institute for Historical Review. "My chief offense, it appears, has been to insist that the state of Israel has been a costly and treacherous 'ally' to the United States. As of last Sept. 11, I should think that is undeniable. But I have yet to receive a single apology for having been correct."


Shot Down in Beirut
Joseph Sobran (2001)

... Obviously, something disastrous happened to the Jews during World War II; even the revisionists don't deny that. But does the word "Holocaust" accurately sum up the Jewish misfortune? Maybe so; maybe the secular Jewish-Zionist thugs and pressure groups are essentially right. But that's a conclusion I'd want to reach as a free man, not because a different conclusion might result in my kneecaps being broken. And in this controversy, I know which side is appealing to my mind, and which is going for my kneecaps.


Israel's Reasoning Against Peace
Jonathan Cook

With the resumption of settlement construction in the West Bank yesterday, Israel's powerful settler movement hopes that it has scuttled peace talks with the Palestinians. It would be misleading, however, to assume that the only major obstacle to the success of the negotiations is the right-wing political ideology the settler movement represents. Equally important are deeply entrenched economic interests shared across Israeli society. These interests took root more than six decades ago with Israel's establishment and have flourished at an ever-accelerating pace since Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip after the 1967 war.


In Europe, A New Shift in Candor on Immigrants
The New York Times

The base line in Europe for what politicians say and do about immigration and the role of Islamic communities in their countries is moving. It is shifting in a way that mainstream politics now permits its leaders to say flatly that immigrants, Muslims in large part, must accommodate the rules and traditions of the societies they enter, rather than vice versa. In recent weeks, there have been paroxysms of controversy in Germany over a critical book on the place of immigrants there, which found substantial public support.


The Rise of the Extreme Right in Europe
Newsweek

... Without a common foe and without agreement that the Atlantic alliance is an overwhelming priority, politics in Europe has lost its moorings. The politics of Gemeinschaft (community) is replacing the politics of Gesellschaft (society). New communities of true believers are forming all over Europe. Those who trace their national woes to immigrants -- or nuclear power, or the EU, or Muslims, or Jews, or market economics, or the United States -- are uniting in new political communities, all of them harmful to society. To its splintering communities behind a vision that can say more than no.


European Union Backs Down From Comparing French Expulsions to Nazi Deportations
The Telegraph (Britain)

The European Commission has stepped back from formally accusing France of carrying out racist expulsions of Roma gipsies despite previously comparing the policy to Nazi deportations. Viviane Reding, the EU's fundamental rights commissioner, dropped her previous accusation that the "disgraceful" policy amounted to illegal discrimination against gipsies.


President Nixon Wanted to Release Rudolf Hess
The Guardian (Britain)

In 1974 Richard Nixon, the US president, was ready to support the release on humanitarian grounds of prisoner number 7, but his efforts were thwarted by unwavering Soviet opposition. So Rudolf Hess, Hitler's former deputy, dubbed "the loneliest man in the world" as sole occupant of Spandau prison, remained locked up, according to secret documents released today by the National Archives at Kew. The files cover a period when there was an international campaign to free Hess as his 80th birthday approached. It included an application to the European commission of human rights by his wife, Ilse, and public demands by his son, Wolf.


The Legacy of Rudolf Hess
Mark Weber

.... He spent 46 years -- half his life -- behind bars, a victim of a cruel victor's justice. More than any other man, Rudolf Hess symbolizes the vindictiveness and hypocrisy of the Nuremberg Tribunal ... Known as the "conscience of the party," he often used what power and influence he had to intervene on behalf of victims of persecution by extremists in the National Socialist party. In his detailed study, Justice at Nuremberg, which is generally very critical of the German defendants, historian Robert E. Conot called Hess a "decent and honest" man and "a pacifist at heart." ... Rudolf Hess was a prisoner of peace and a victim of a vindictive age.


Virginia Governor Cancels `Confederate History Month'
Mediaite

After controversially declaring last April as Confederate History Month Virginia's Republican governor Bob McDonnell has decided to cancel the event for next April. McDonnell made his announcement at a conference titled "Race, Slavery, and the Civil War," which was being held at Norfolk State University.


The House of the Rothschild
Video

A remarkable ten-minute scene from a 1934 Hollywood effort to portray the notorious Rothschild family in a favorable light. This Twentieth Century Pictures' film was produced by Darryl Zanuck and directed by Alfred Werker. George Arliss stars both as Amschel and Nathan Rothschild, and Boris Karloff plays the evil anti-Semite Count Ledrantz. Portions of this film were included in the notorious 1940 German film "Der Ewige Jude."


Some Czech Shops Selling Models Offer Figures of Nazis
CTK (Czech Republic)

Some Czech shops selling things for modellers offer figures of Nazi leaders, including Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Heydrich, Radiozurnal station of public Czech Radio (CRo) reported Monday. The shop owners say they sell the figures as part of a collection of World War Two leading figures and that this is not meant as propagation of Nazism. The co-owner of one such shop, Matej Pecka, has decided to withdraw the figure of World War Two Bohemia and Moravia Reichsprotektor Heydrich in reaction to CRo's notice.


The Collapse Of Western Morality
Paul Craig Roberts

... Despite the long list of horrors, moral degradation is reaching new lows. The US now routinely tortures prisoners, despite its strict illegality under US and international law, and a recent poll shows that the percentage of Americans who approve of torture is rising ... When other countries attempt to enforce the international laws that the Americans established in order to execute Germans defeated in World War II, the US government goes to work and blocks the attempt.


America's Smartest Cities
Yahoo News

Ever wonder what happened to your high school valedictorian? He or she might just have wound up in Washington, D.C. That metro area has the nation's highest percentage of residents with college degrees. Call it America's brainiest place to live. In the District and surrounding suburbs, 47.3% of people 25 years or older have bachelor's, master's, professional school or doctorate degrees, according to new Census Bureau data released Tuesday. The national average barely tips 25% ... In second-place San Francisco, 43.5% of residents have college degrees or better; San Jose, Calif., the hub of Silicon Valley, ranked third at 43.2%.


The Truth Will Set U.S. Free: Breaking Israel's Stranglehold On American Foreign Policy
Maidhc � Cathail

If Israel's stranglehold over U.S. foreign policy is to be broken, Americans will need to be informed about the harm that Washington 's unconditional support for the Jewish state is doing to American interests, say leading analysts of U.S.-Israeli relations. ... Philip Giraldi , executive director of the Council for the National Interest, believes that Tel Aviv's stranglehold over Washington can be broken "only by directly challenging the power of the Israel lobby and the false narrative about how it is of value to the United States ." ... "The American people must learn that Israel is and always has been a strategic liability that has done immense damage to the United States and its worldwide interests," ...


Wake Up, America!
Philip Giraldi

... If ever a foreign country has stuck its thumb in the eye of Uncle Sam, it is Israel in its willingness to take the United States for a ride while always demanding still more. And when it demands more it is invariably given more, with US politicians and mainstream media ever willing to genuflect and do what is right for the kleptocracy in charge in Tel Aviv ... That means that the congressmen in question, who actually took an oath to uphold the US Constitution, know that they are doing nothing but throwing yet another bone to Israel.


A Straight Look at the Jewish Lobby
Mark Weber

... Jews wield immense power and influence in the United States. The "Jewish lobby" is a decisive factor in US support for Israel. Jewish-Zionist interests are not identical to American interests. In fact, they often conflict. As long as the "very powerful" Jewish lobby remains entrenched, there will be no end to the systematic Jewish distortion of current affairs and history, the Jewish-Zionist domination of the U.S. political system, Zionist oppression of Palestinians, the bloody conflict between Jews and non-Jews in the Middle East, and the Israeli threat to peace.


New Woodward Book Says Afghanistan War Divided White House
New York Times

Some of the critical players in President Obama's national security team doubt his strategy in Afghanistan will succeed and have spent much of the last 20 months quarreling with one another over policy, personalities and turf, according to a new book. The book, "Obama's Wars," by the journalist Bob Woodward, depicts an administration deeply torn over the war in Afghanistan even as the president agreed to triple troop levels there amid suspicion that he was being boxed in by the military. Mr. Obama's top White House adviser on Afghanistan and his special envoy for the region are described as believing the strategy will not work.


The `Military Industrial Complex' Danger: A Presidential Warning
Dwight Eisenhower - Video

In his farewell address, delivered to the American people on national television, Jan. 17, 1961, President Eisenhower spoke firmly, and in carefully chosen words, to warn against the dangers in the years to come of the great "military-industrial complex." Excerpt. Runtime: 1:54 mins. "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."


First World War Officially Ends As Germany Pays Off Reparations Debt
The Telegraph (Britain)

Almost 92 years after the guns fell silent on the Western Front, the final act of the First World War will be played out on Sunday when Germany pays the last chunk of reparations imposed by the victorious allied powers. The payment of 59.5 million pounds ($96.9 million Canadian) ends the crippling debt that was the price of one world war and laid the foundations for the next. Germany was forced to pay the reparations under the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 as compensation to the war-ravaged nations of Belgium and France and to pay the Allies some of the costs of waging what was then the bloodiest conflict in history, leaving nearly ten million soldiers dead.


Maps That Show Racial Breakdown of Biggest US Cities
Daily Mail (Britain)

These are the maps that show the racial breakdown of America's biggest cities. Using information from the latest U.S. census results, the maps show the extent to which America has blended together the races in the nation's 40 largest cities ... The resulting maps may not represent what many might expect Barack Obama's integrated rainbow nation to look like, as many cities have clear racial dividing lines. Detroit, for example, is infamous for its divide between black and white.


Endless Wars Are Not Affordable
Steve Chapman

... . Adjusted for inflation, we have spent more on Iraq and Afghanistan than on any war in our history except World War II. They have cost more in real dollars than the Korean and Vietnam wars combined . ... We should have learned from these experiences that money and military force are not enough to redesign the world to suit us. The record also indicates that ambitious interventions abroad are more likely to erode our security than enhance it, bankrupting us in the process.


Putting an End to the Global Policeman
Review by Claude R. Marx -- The Washington Times

... Boston University history and international relations professor Andrew J. Bacevich. His engaging and insightful book, "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War," is a timely analysis and critique of contemporary and historical defense policies ... He argues that the country would be better off if its military policy adhered to three principles: Our military's main goal isn't to combat evil or remake the world but to defend the country and its interests; the main "duty station" of military personnel is at home; the nation should use force as a last resort and only in self-defense.


Controversial German Movie About Third Reich Film is Released
BBC News

A controversial new movie telling the story behind an anti-Semitic film made in 1940 has been released in Germany. Jud S�ss - A Film Without Conscience looks at why the earlier film, also called Jud S�ss [Jew S�ss], was a huge success under the Nazi regime. It focuses on the leading actor's decision to join the cast, suggesting he was forced into it by propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. The original movie was banned in 1945 ... The real-life Joseph S�ss Oppenheimer was a Jewish financier executed in Stuttgart in 1738.


Joseph Sobran, RIP


Joseph Sobran died peacefully on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 30, age 64. The 20th century produced many great conservative writers, but none brought together wit, erudition, and humanity on a single page so well as Joseph Sobran. He was a remarkable man: even seeming quite frail at a gathering in his honor last December, he had a mind as accurate as precision clockwork, able to recall Shakespearean verses he had memorized decades earlier. He lived T.S. Eliot's dictum that there are no lost causes because there are no gained causes, and he hated cant and injustice. News of his death today is a terrible shock, despite his long illness. He will be missed.


The Myth of Equality
Patrick J. Buchanan

... Since 1965, America has invested trillions in education with a primary goal of equalizing test scores among the races and genders. Measured by U.S. test scores, it has been a waste -- an immense transfer of wealth from private citizens to an education industry that has grown bloated while failing us again and again. Perhaps it is time to abandon the goal of educational equality as utopian -- i.e., unattainable -- and to focus, as we do in sports and art, on excellence. ... The beginning of wisdom is to recognize this world as it is, not as what we would wish it to be.



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