November 2011

The Constitution: How Important Is It?
Mark Weber -- Podcast

Many Americans believe that the country’s problems can be solved by “restoring” the “constitutional republic” and by “returning” to the letter and spirit of the US Constitution. But no constitution, even the most brilliantly written one, can save a society from corruption, ignorance, disorder, and poverty. What is crucial in determining the level of prosperity, education, orderliness and culture in a society is the character, quality and values of its people, and especially its leaders. For many years now the US Supreme Court, reflecting the interests, agenda and ideology of those who hold power, has “interpreted” the Constitution to validate the programs and policies it likes -- in blatant violation of the document’s original spirit and plain meaning.

Prepare for Riots in Euro Collapse, British Officials Warn
The Telegraph (Britain)

British embassies in the eurozone have been told to draw up plans to help British expats through the collapse of the single currency, amid new fears for Italy and Spain. ... As the Italian government struggled to borrow and Spain considered seeking an international bail-out, British ministers privately warned that the break-up of the euro, once almost unthinkable, is now increasingly plausible. Diplomats are preparing to help Britons abroad through a banking collapse and even riots arising from the debt crisis. The Treasury confirmed earlier this month that contingency planning for a collapse is now under way. A senior minister has now revealed the extent of the Government’s concern, saying that Britain is now planning on the basis that a euro collapse is now just a matter of time.

US Is Like an Immoral `Drunk’ Eager for War, Says Ex US Senator Gravel
Russia Today

The US is like a drunkard who charges to war with anyone who might pose a threat, ex- presidential candidate Mike Gravel says. ­“I like the US. But at the same time I think my country is an imperial country that is going downhill, and our leadership does not even acknowledge the problem,” confesses Gravel. “Phony triumphalism has turned into a device to make Americans live in fear of a terrorist attack, yet you are a thousand times more likely to catch cancer than ever be hurt by that,” he points out. “All I can say about what the US is doing – it‘s immoral,” Gravel says ... “In Afghanistan, in Iraq and in Vietnam at the era, all American soldiers died in vain,” Gravel claims, recalling the millions of war victims in Vietnam, which is now developing along its own path, regardless.

Foiling Espionage in Berlin Radio's Arabic Service
Yûnus Bahrî - Institute for Historical Review

Among the Lufthansa passengers arriving in Berlin on April 5, 1939, was a cheerful, outgoing, dark-haired man in his late 30s. Though evidently a foreigner, he had a good command of the German language and confidently found his way through the crowds at the airport and into the bustling capital of the Third Reich. Yûnus Bahrî, Iraqi journalist and independence activist, had visited Berlin several times before ... He was now embarked on quite a different mission: to launch and run Radio Berlin's first-ever Arabic language service.

Ex-Inspector Rejects IAEA Iran Bomb Test Chamber Claim
Gareth Porter -- Inter Press Service

A former inspector for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repudiated its major new claim that Iran built an explosives chamber to test components of a nuclear weapon and carry out a simulated nuclear explosion. The IAEA claim that a foreign scientist - identified in news reports as Vyacheslav Danilenko - had been involved in building the alleged containment chamber has now been denied firmly by Danilenko himself in an interview with Radio Free Europe … Former IAEA inspector Robert Kelley has denounced the agency's claims about such a containment chamber as "highly misleading".

Civil War Still Divides Americans

It has been 150 years since the Civil War began with the first shots at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, and in some respects views of the Confederacy and the role that slavery played in the events of 1861 still divide the public, according to a new national poll. In the CNN/ Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Tuesday, roughly one in four Americans said they sympathize more with the Confederacy than the Union, a figure that rises to nearly four in ten among white Southerners.

Controversial 'Anti-Semitic' Billboard in New York Taken Down
The Sideshow

A billboard for Wodka vodka in New York City has been taken down and destroyed after complaints that the advertisement’s message is anti-Semitic. The New York Times reported that the billboard featured a long-haired dog wearing a yarmulke and another dog wearing a Santa hat with the words, "Christmas quality, Hanukkah pricing," alongside the photo. The backlash against the billboard was nearly instantaneous. Ron Meier, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, called it "crude and offensive." "To use the Jewish holiday in dealing with issues of money is clearly insensitive and inappropriate," Meier told the paper.

Israel’s Other Occupation
Gershom Gorenberg -- The New York Times

... For several years, extremist West Bank settlers have conducted a campaign of low-level violence against their Palestinian neighbors — destroying property, vandalizing mosques and occasionally injuring people. Such “price tag” attacks, intended to intimidate Palestinians and make Israeli leaders pay a price for enforcing the law against settlers, have become part of the routine of conflict in occupied territory. Now that conflict is coming home ... The ethnic conflict in the West Bank is metastasizing into Israel, threatening its democracy and unraveling its society.

The Era of American Dominance is Coming to a Close
Andrew Bacevich

... All that said, the present moment is arguably one in which the international order is, in fact, undergoing a fundamental transformation. The “postwar world” brought into existence as a consequence of World War II is coming to an end. A major redistribution of global power is underway. Arrangements that once conferred immense prerogatives upon the United States, hugely benefiting the American people, are coming undone. In Washington, meanwhile, a hidebound governing class pretends that none of this is happening, stubbornly insisting that it’s still 1945 with the so-called American Century destined to continue for several centuries more (reflecting, of course, God’s express intentions).

The Injustice of the Nuremberg Trials
Mark Weber - Podcast

The Nuremberg Tribunal of 1945-46 — the most spectacular judicial enterprise in history — was meant to prove that the defeated German regime had been one of unique and monstrous deceit, rapaciousness and evil. But in fact the Tribunal dispensed not justice, but injustice. The four Allied powers that organized and ran it were themselves guilty of some of the very same crimes they accused the German defendants of having committed. The Tribunal was an illegal enterprise that operated on the basis of “ex post facto” law created after the fact expressly for the occasion, and which the Allies applied only to the defeated. The hangings of German leaders ordered by the Tribunal were little more than murders glossed over with a veneer of makeshift, hypocritical pseudo-legality.

Was the First Thanksgiving a Religious Celebration?
USA Today

... For the Pilgrims and Puritans, "thanksgiving" days were spontaneous and sober affairs. When friends arrived from overseas, European Protestants defeated Catholics in battle, or a bumper crop was reaped, the Pilgrims dedicated a day to thanking divine Providence. They would have considered it presumptuous to schedule a thanksgiving day in advance … The Pilgrims' days of thanksgiving were usually spent in church, singing psalms, listening to sermons and praying. Work and playful pastimes were forbidden. When God provided, the Pilgrims were serious about gratitude … Some historians believe the 1621 celebration that's sometimes dubbed the "First Thanksgiving," was not actually a "thanksgiving" day at all. In fact, some historians even call it a "secular event."

The Blunders of Statesmen: Former US President Reassesses World War II
Herbert Hoover

… The fourth abysmal loss of statesmanship was when the British and French guaranteed the independence of Poland and Rumania at the end of March 1939. It was at this point that the European democracies reversed their previous policies of keeping hands off the inevitable war between Hitler and Stalin. It was probably the greatest blunder in the whole history of European-power diplomacy. Britain and France were helpless to save Poland from invasion … The fifth major blunder in statesmanship was when Roosevelt, in the winter of 1941, threw the United States into undeclared war with Germany and Japan in total violation of promises upon which he had been elected a few weeks before … Indeed the greatest loss of statesmanship in all American history was the tacit American alliance and support of Communist Russia when Hitler made his attack in June 1941.

Imminent Iran Nuclear Threat? A Timeline of Warnings Since 1979
The Christian Science Monitor

Breathless predictions that the Islamic Republic will soon be at the brink of nuclear capability, or – worse – acquire an actual nuclear bomb, are not new. For more than quarter of a century Western officials have claimed repeatedly that Iran is close to joining the nuclear club. Such a result is always declared "unacceptable" and a possible reason for military action, with "all options on the table" to prevent upsetting the Mideast strategic balance dominated by the US and Israel. And yet, those predictions have time and again come and gone … 1992: Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres tells French TV that Iran was set to have nuclear warheads by 1999.

A Thoughtful Look at the German-Soviet Clash: Could Hitler Have Won?
Reviewed by Joseph Bishop -- Institute for Historical Review

How close did Hitler come to winning World War II? What was the real turning point in the war, and why? In this pathbreaking [1991] revisionist study [Hitler’s Panzers East], Professor Stolfi provides some startling answers to these questions. If Hitler had played his cards just a bit differently, contends the author -- a professor of Modern European History at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California -- he could have won the war. German forces came very close to defeating the Soviet Union in 1941. Because Britain alone posed no mortal threat to German power, the defeat of Soviet Russia would effectively have ended the war, resulting in German hegemony over all of Europe. The result would have been a drastic change in the course of world history.

Romney and Obama Battle It Out For Israel Lobby Support
Philip Weiss

In Saturday night's Republican debate, Mitt Romney gave a defiant statement about Iran: he will stop it from getting nukes by any means, Obama won't. Yesterday Obama sought to parry Romney, saying that he is taking no option off the table. Are we witnessing a primary between Romney and Obama right now, for the support of the Israel lobby? I think so … Obama and Romney are squaring off in an Israel lobby primary, to try and gain Jewish financial support, anticipating the big race ahead. The neoconservatives and J Street are arguing over who can deliver that support. Politics never stays in the same place, but somehow I fear that hawkish voices will dominate my community once again.

The Influence of Israel and its American Lobby Over US Middle East Policy
Jeffrey Blankfort

The apparent ability of Israel, one of the world’s smallest countries, to shape the Middle East policies of the world’s remaining superpower has been a source of puzzlement, conjecture, and constant frustration on the part of those fighting for justice for the Palestinians and for the peoples of the region, as a whole…. In the arena of foreign policy, no lobby has proved more powerful than that of the organized American Jewish community in support of Israel; what is generally referred to as the Israel Lobby and in the halls of Congress, simply as “the lobby.” Its power is all the more impressive when one realizes the lobby represents no more than a third of America’s six million Jews.

Henry Kissinger Called Jews `Self-Serving’ and `Bastards’
The Associated Press

American Jewish groups lobbying the Nixon White House on behalf of their Soviet brethren got under Henry Kissinger's skin in demanding intense pressure on Moscow to the point that he denounced them to a White House colleague as self-serving "bastards," newly released documents indicate. … According to transcripts released by the State Department, Kissinger, who was Haig's deputy, said to Garment: "Is there a more self-serving group of people than the Jewish community?" Kissinger is Jewish. Garment, also Jewish, replied: "None in the world." At this point, Kissinger was quoted as saying "What the hell do they think they are accomplishing?" Kissinger went on: "You can't even tell bastards anything in confidence because they'll leak it."

Modern Greece's Real Problem? Ancient Greece.
George Zarkadakis -- The Washington Post

Greece is the cradle of democracy, but, as the world saw this past week, a financial crisis is no time to put important questions to the people. Prime Minister George Papandreou's proposed referendum on the country's loan deal with the European Union, called off quickly after intense international opposition, illustrated that perfectly. Plato and Aristotle would have approved of dropping the referendum. They didn't like democracy of the direct kind. Neither trusted the people that much … The Greek financial crisis is a crisis of identity as much as anything else. Unless the people redefine themselves, this could become the perfect catastrophe: a country designed as a romantic theme park two centuries ago, propped up with loans ever since, and unable to adjust to the crude realities of 21st-century globalization.

Is the Window Closing on Israel?
Patrick J. Buchanan

… But today Israel is more isolated than she has ever been, and the prospects are bleak that she can break out of this isolation. Hamas rules Gaza. Hezbollah rules Lebanon. The Turks have turned hostile. The Palestinian Authority has given up on Barack Obama and is demanding a state from the Security Council and U.N. General Assembly. Israel's partner in Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, is gone … By 2050, Palestinians west of the Jordan will outnumber Israelis two to one. Syria, Jordan and Egypt, which had 40 million people at the time of the Six-Day War, will have 170 million. Militarily, Israel remains dominant, but neither time nor demography seems to be on her side. And Arab acceptance seems more distant than ever.

Washington Loses on 'Own-Goal’ Hat Trick
Philip Giraldi

... The domination of Washington by a postage stamp–sized country in the Middle East never ceases to astonish. No matter what Tel Aviv does, Washington will always side with Israel. And there should be no question but that blind support of Israel has severely damaged other national interests in the Middle East region and has trashed the international reputation of the United States of America ... This seemingly endless parade of those in public life prostrating themselves before Israel cannot end until we the people demand that it should be so. May that come soon.

US Congress Pressure on European Companies For More Money to Nazi Survivors
The Hill (Washington, DC)

Members of the House on Wednesday put new pressure on European companies to compensate relatives of Holocaust victims who were denied insurance payments, and whose family members were transported on French trains to concentration camps where they were killed. The House Foreign Affairs Committee held a Wednesday hearing on two bills aimed at forcing these companies to compensate survivors.

Holocaust Survivors Seek Additional $20 Billion From Insurance Companies
The Associated Press

Thousands of aging Holocaust survivors in the U.S. want Congress to clear a path for them to sue European insurance companies they contend illegally confiscated Jewish life insurance policies during the Nazi era, and have refused to pay an estimated $20 billion still owed … Peter Ammon, Germany's ambassador to the U.S., wrote Ros-Lehtinen that his government has paid billions of dollars to Holocaust survivors and other victims of the Third Reich. He noted that the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims paid some $305 million, with another $200 million going into humanitarian programs for survivors.

Jewish Holocaust Survivors Want More Money From French Railway

Aged Holocaust survivors made impassioned pleas to the US Congress Wednesday to allow them to sue France's state-owned SNCF railway over its role in World War II deportations to Nazi death camps. "We are asking for the right to personally, rightfully claim what is ours," said Renee Firestone who was born in the former Czechoslovakia and spent 13 months in Auschwitz before liberation and emigrating to the United States. Firestone, speaking to the House Foreign Affairs committee, was among elderly survivors demanding fast action on a chance to seek reparations in US courts before they die, in the first congressional hearing to focus on SNCF's wartime role.

European Leaders Warn Israel Against Strike on Iran
The Christian Science Monitor

A week after world leaders urged Israel to tone down its heated rhetoric on Iran, European leaders are again urging caution as Iran begins to react to the international community's stern words and threats, led by Israel. ... Yesterday, European Union foreign ministers ruled out a military option for Iran. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said that a strike on Iran would "drag the world into an 'uncontrollable spiral'," Agence France-Presse reports. The ministers opted to consider further sanctions instead, but a decision will not be reached until their next meeting, in December. Berlin's representative, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, also refused to broach the possibility of a military operation, according to Reuters.

Forgotten Lessons of The First World War
Peter Preston -- The Guardian (Britain)

... The conflict that we thoughtlessly call the great war, the one that was really the Great Carnage: nearly 900,000 young Britons killed in the trenches, nearly 1.4 million French and over two million Germans lying close by, shot, bayoneted, blown to smithereens ... Why did it start? Nationalism, greed, envy, misunderstanding, blind hostility? No one quite knows ... We might have learnt from failed wars on terror, on drugs ... but we haven't. We still dispatch young men and women to their deaths by the thousand. Pragmatist, not pacifist, we brush away the lessons of 1914-18. At the going down of the sun, we will remember? Perhaps. Yet then night falls: and, all too easily, we forget.

Himmler's Communion Certificate And Hitler Postcard Set For Sale
Daily Mail (Britain)

... This rare printed communion certificate shows that Himmler was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1911. The certificate, which features a reproduction of an old master painting showing Christ at the Last Supper, is due to go to auction on Thursday. It will be sold alongside a number of other fascinating items which belonged to an American woman whose father, Lieutenant Richard J Wills, was tasked with remodelling Himmler's home in the Alps into a senior officers' club after the Second World War. One of the rarest items which will be sold at Mullock's auction house in Shropshire is a postcard from Hitler wishing Himmler's mother a happy 75th birthday.

Far Right On Rise In Europe, Says Report
The Guardian (Britain)

The far right is on the rise across Europe as a new generation of young, web-based supporters embrace hardline nationalist and anti-immigrant groups, a study has revealed ahead of a meeting of politicians and academics in Brussels to examine the phenomenon ... The study reveals a continent-wide spread of hardline nationalist sentiment among the young, mainly men. Deeply cynical about their own governments and the EU, their generalised fear about the future is focused on cultural identity, with immigration – particularly a perceived spread of Islamic influence – a concern.

Thousands of Russian Nationalists March in Moscow
The Associated Press

Thousands of far-right nationalists and neo-Nazis marched through Moscow on Friday calling on ethnic Russians to “take back” their country, as resentment grows over dark-complexioned Muslim migrants from Russia’s Caucasus and the money the Kremlin sends to the restive region. Some 5,000 people, mostly young men wearing medical masks and balaclavas, marched through a working-class neighborhood of gloomy apartment buildings on the outskirts of the capital. They chanted "Russia for Russians" and "Migrants today, occupiers tomorrow," along with anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic slurs and obscenities.

Zionist Bad Press Is All You Need
Gilad Atzmon

It looks like the Zionists and their AZZ (anti-Zionist Zionists) allies are losing the battle. The more desperate they are to stop ‘The Wandering Who’ and myself, the more they manage to do the complete opposite. The book is now a best seller and its message has gone viral. So far every attempt to smear the book and myself has backfired. It started in mid-September with veteran Israeli concentration camp-guard Geoffrey Goldberg insisting that professor John Mearsheimer should admit that he was endorsing a ‘Hitler apologist’ and an ‘anti-Semitic’ book.

State Department's 'Anti-Semitism Fighter’ Focuses on 'Holocaust Denial’
Sun-Times (Chicago)

... The late rabbi's daughter, Hannah Rosenthal, is the State Department's Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, a post created by Congress in 2004. "There is nowhere I have been where everything is fine," said Rosenthal, in Chicago on Thursday to deliver a speech to the Middle East Media Research Institute … Of 193 countries Rosenthal's office monitors, the last study showed increases in anti-Semitic incidents in 75 nations, to a "disturbing degree" in 38 of them. Of the troubling trends, Rosenthal is paying particular attention to growing Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic textbooks, particularly in Saudi Arabia. Holocaust denial comes in many contexts: from clerics, heads of states, so-called academics, textbooks and websites.

Rare Film Glimpse of London in 1904
The Telegraph (Britain)

A historian has discovered film footage of Edwardian London that includes fascinating snapshots of people going about their everyday lives. The film was shot in 1904 as a 'travelogue' for Australians curious about life in what was "one of the most exciting cities anywhere", according to Professor Ian Christie. He discovered the 12 minute reel while trawling through archives in Canberra. Prof Christie said: "It's a rather clever mixture of what we would expect to see - such as the Embankment, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square -- but it also has these wonderful close ups of individuals.

Hitler’s Final Address To the Nation

Adolf Hitler made his final address to the nation in a radio broadcast on Jan. 30, 1945, the twelfth anniversary of the National Socialist seizure of power. Here are the concluding sentences of that historic address, with English-language subtitles. In this talk, delivered three months before his death, he concludes with determined confidence that, in spite of setbacks, Germany and Europe will ultimately prevail against the grave threat from the East. This video clip, which is from a 1997 BBC documentary “The Nazis: A Warning From History,” has been seen by more than two million viewers.

Dutch Professor Faked Data For Years
The Associated Press

A prominent Dutch social psychologist who once claimed to have shown that the very act of thinking about eating meat makes people behave more selfishly has been found to have faked data throughout much of his career. In one of the worst cases of scientific fraud on record in the Netherlands, a review committee made up of some of the country's top scientists has found that University of Tilburg Prof. Diederik Stapel systematically falsified data to achieve the results he wanted ... Stapel co-authored a paper published in Science magazine that said white people are more prone to discriminate against black people when they encounter them in a messy environment, such as one containing litter, abandoned bicycles and broken sidewalks.

Texas History Education Standards Receive Dismal Reviews In New Report
Huffington Post

A recent report says Texas K-12 standards in history are inadequate, ineffective and “fail to meet the state’s college readiness standards” … The report notes that the Fordham Institute gave the state's history standards a grade of "D," calling it a "politicized distortion of history," that is "both unwieldy and troubling" while "offering misrepresentations at every turn." These misrepresentations, Erekson writes, include excluding Native Americans from the standards curriculum until recently and citing states' rights as a cause of the Civil War when Texas did not cite it in their historical "Declaration of Causes."

Armenian Groups Go After Condoleezza Rice as 'Genocide Denier'
The Atlantic

Many ethnic Armenians who read ex-US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's recently published memoirs are spitting fire over her descriptions of her battles with the US-based Diaspora Armenian lobby. Both in 1991 as a presidential aide (to then US President George Bush) and in 2007 as secretary of state (under then President George W. Bush), Rice worked to defeat the congressional push for recognizing the World-War I-era slaughter of ethnic Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide … Warming to his task, Sassounian charged that Rice had behaved as "a spineless official of a banana republic" by allegedly caving in to Turkish interests.

The Demise of 'Old America'
Jack Hunter -- The American Conservative

... Our globalist mindset and perpetual wars hasten an inevitable imperial downfall. White Americans will soon be a minority in a country that has been predominantly European since its founding. Buchanan makes his points by breaking down the numbers, sketching momentous political and philosophical trends, and giving a historical context to his overall narrative. He presents the case that what many have considered the greatest nation in the history of the world is now marching hastily toward its end ... The cultural, political, economic, and spiritual disintegration described in Suicide of a Superpower was brought on as much by vaunted conservatives as by any conscious liberal agenda. Our political and cultural establishment helped usher in this demise, this national suicide.

U.S. Quietly Supplies Israel With Bunker-Busting Bombs
The New York Times

The Obama administration has quietly supplied Israel with bombs capable of destroying buried targets, like terrorists’ arms caches or perhaps sites in Iran suspected of being part of that nation’s nuclear weapons program, American officials said Friday [Sept. 23]. The administration’s transfer of bunker-busting bombs, first reported in an online article by Newsweek, began in 2009. American officials who confirmed the shipments spoke on the condition of anonymity, because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly ... The issue is so sensitive that Israeli military officials asked the United States not to release documentation of the arms transfers, even if requested under the Freedom of Information Act, according to American officials.

Ideas Matter: Johnson and Polignano Address IHR Meeting
Counter-Currents Publishing

Greg Johnson and Mike Polignano of Counter-Currents, along with Mark Weber of the Institute for Historical Review, gave talks at the IHR offices in Orange County, California. The general theme of the evening was “Ideas Matter,” and each talk focused on the necessity of fundamental metapolitical thought and the opportunities for changing our dominant political paradigm offered by the ongoing breakdown of the American system … More than 25 people gathered: men, women, and children, from a wide range of backgrounds and professions, ranging in age from infancy to a young lady in her 80s. There was spirited discussion well into the night.

Retired US Army Officer Issues Apology For World War II Treatment of German PoWs

A retired US Army officer has apologized for the mass deaths of German prisoners in US army camps after World War Two. Following extensive private investigations in the US and Germany, Merrit P. Drucker has sent an e-mail to Lt. Col. Max Klaar, head of the German veterans’ association (Der Verband deutscher Soldaten) regretting the lethal conditions in the US camps where some 750,000 Germans died while they were denied available food and shelter. Drucker has also formed a committee to pursue further investigations and make amends by way of apologies to the families of the dead, and veterans’ institutions.

Israeli Strike Against Iran Is Not Likely
The Christian Science Monitor

... So, are we nearing some kind of military showdown, with Israel in the lead? Probably not. Israel's fear of a nuclear Iran is deeply felt, and shouldn't be ignored. But an operation to take out Iran's nuclear program – widely dispersed, in a country far from Israeli air space – would be fraught with risks, and is precisely something Iran's military planners have been preparing for since at least 1981, when Israel took out Iraq's nuclear program in one surprise strike. Israel could certainly delay Iran's nuclear program, but is unlikely to destroy it. ... Warnings of an imminent Israeli attack on Iran have, for years, come and gone with the seasons.

Nuclear Pots Call Iranian Kettle Black
Eric Margolis

... In 1992, Netanyahu claimed Iran would have nuclear weapons in 3-5 years. Shimon Peres, now Israel’s president, insisted Iran would have nukes by 1999. In 1995, the New York Times claimed Iran was only five years from nuclear weapons. In 1998, US Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld claimed Iran was fielding a nuclear-armed ICBM that could hit the United States. And so it has gone, a steady drumbeat of false claims ... What’s so crazy about all this is that Israel has a very large arsenal of nuclear and bio-warfare weapons while Iran remains under UN nuclear inspection. The big nuclear powers – the US, Russia, China, Britain, France – are in violation of the 1995 UN nuclear non-proliferation treaty that mandated eliminating all nuclear weapons within five years.

'Mark Weber Report’ Podcasts
Voice of Reason Network

Audio recordings of broadcasts of the weekly “Mark Weber Report.” Analysis and commentary of current affairs and historical issues by the director of the Institute for Historical Review. Titles of broadcasts include “How Hitler Tackled Unemployment and Revived Germany’s Economy,” “Jews and Wall Street,” “Why the Israel-Palestine Issue Is Important for Americans.” “Why America’s Decline Will Accelerate,” “Why the Obsession With Nazism?,” “Deceit for War: Roosevelt, Johnson, Obama,” “American Exceptionalism: How Unique is the US?,” “Netanyahu in Washington: Spectacle Reaffirms Jewish-Zionist Grip on US Political Life,” “Goebbels and Propaganda,” “Remembering the Fallen: Lies and Deceit in America’s Wars.”

Return of the War Party?
Patrick J. Buchanan

Is a vote for the Republican Party in 2012 a vote for war? Is a vote for Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich a vote for yet another unfunded war of choice, this time with a nation, Iran, three times as large and populous as Iraq? … And where is the hard evidence Iran is acquiring nukes? The U.S. intelligence community declared in December 2007, with "high confidence," that Iran was no longer seeking nuclear weapons. It has never rescinded that declaration. And there is no conclusive evidence in that media-hyped report last week from the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran is for certain building nuclear weapons. Indeed, that report was exposed as the work of incompetents within hours.

Nazi-Symboled Vase Laid on Hitler’s Parents Grave
Austrian Times (Austria)

An unidentified visitor to a cemetery in Leonding, Austria, has placed a vase on the grave of Hitler’s parents, engraved with the word "unforgettable" and the letters "SS". According to the state office for protection, the visitor posed as a Viennese artist and "Hitler’s grandson". An increasing number of German skinheads have held vigils around this grave. On Hitler’s 120th birthday, a large wreath was placed on the grave and on all saints day it was also lavishly decorated … For 74 year-old Hedwig Haberfellner who visited the grave of her husband in the cemetery yesterday, the most important thing is "that the graves look tidy". The parent’s grave in Leonding is visited by large numbers of tourists every year.

Now Iran: Here We Go Again
Gwynne Dyer

... Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. The same intelligence agencies are producing the same sort of reports about Iran that we heard eight years ago about Iraq’s nuclear ambitions, and interpreting the information in the same highly prejudiced way ... The evidence does not show that Iran is actually building a nuclear weapon now, or has any present intention of doing so. And having the knowledge and equipment that would let you do so fast in an emergency is entirely legal under IAEA rules.

In Greece, 'Holocaust Denier’ Set For Government Role
Ynet News (Israel)

Jewish organizations in Germany have expressed their shock over plans in Greece to involve the extreme right wing party LAOS, led by Georgios Karatzaferis, in Greece's provisional government. Greek media reported Thursday that Karatzaferis played a central role in the steps that led to the establishment of a government that would try to navigate Greece out of its debt crisis by implementing a European financial plan. The reports also said he was set to be part of the new government. Reports claim that in the last few years, Karatzaferis made a long line of anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli statements.

From Another Era: 'Swastika’ Hockey Teams
Bleacher Report

This is no joke. This is a photo dated from 1916 of a women's hockey team. Long before Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime came along, the Swastika was actually a symbol of power and good luck. The symbol actually appeared on several other hockey uniforms, including Fernie Swastikas Hockey Team and the Windsor Swastikas Light Outfits.

Religion Declining in Nine Nations, Study Shows
BBC News

A study using census data from nine countries shows that religion there is set for extinction, say researchers. The study found a steady rise in those claiming no religious affiliation. ... The team took census data stretching back as far as a century from countries in which the census queried religious affiliation: Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland ... In all the countries, the indications were that religion was headed toward extinction.

Islam Overtaking Catholicism in France
Hudson New York

Islamic mosques are being built more often in France than Roman Catholic churches, and there now are more practising Muslims in the country than practising Catholics. Nearly 150 new mosques currently are under construction in France, home to the biggest Muslim community in Europe. The mosque-building projects are at various stages of completion ... By contrast, the Roman Catholic Church in France has built only 20 new churches during the past decade, and has formally closed more than 60 churches, many of which are destined to become mosques.

Church of England Faces Being Wiped Out, Report Warns
The Telegraph (Britain)

The Church of England faces being wiped out as a significant national force without an "urgent" campaign to recruit more believers, a report warns. In the last 40 years the number of adult churchgoers has fallen by half while the number of children regularly worshipping in public declined by 80 per cent, the study says … According to official figures, the number of worshippers attending church each week fell by 30,000 between 2007 and 2009, to 1.13 million.

The Weight of Tradition: Why Judaism is Not Like Other Religions
Mark Weber

...Judaism is not just “another religion.” It’s unique among the world’s major religions. The core values and ethos of Judaism are markedly unlike those of Christianity, Islam, and the other great faiths … A core message of the Hebrew scriptures is that Jews are a divinely “chosen” people -- a unique community distinct from the rest of humanity … The seemingly intractable Middle East conflict is more than just a problem of Zionism or politics, or a dispute over land. Israel’s often arrogant policies, and especially its inhumane treatment of non-Jews, have roots in centuries-old attitudes that are laid out in ancient Jewish religious writings.

The Myth of American Exceptionalism
Stephen M. Walt -- Foreign Policy

… Most statements of "American exceptionalism" presume that America's values, political system, and history are unique and worthy of universal admiration. They also imply that the United States is both destined and entitled to play a distinct and positive role on the world stage. The only thing wrong with this self-congratulatory portrait of America's global role is that it is mostly a myth … America's past success is due as much to good luck as to any uniquely American virtues. The new nation was lucky that the continent was lavishly endowed with natural resources and traversed by navigable rivers … Though Americans watching “Saving Private Ryan” or “Patton” may conclude that the United States played the central role in vanquishing Nazi Germany, most of the fighting was in Eastern Europe and the main burden of defeating Hitler's war machine was borne by the Soviet Union.

Washington’s Enemy ‘Doesn’t Exist,’ Says Ex-CIA Agent
RT (Russia)

… ­Historian Michael Scheuer, an author of "Through Our Enemies’ Eyes", who worked for the agency for over 20 years till 2004 and at one time was the chief of the CIA’s ‘Bin Laden unit’, says America’s greatest enemy – radical Islam – never existed: neither when Bin Laden was alive, nor now. Actually, “it is America’s relationship with Israel that is causing this war [on Islam]”, and until Americans accept this, “we are not going to defeat this enemy,” the author says. Michael Scheuer believes it is the Israeli lobby in America that is dragging the US into wars. “In Israel itself as a country, it is not a problem. The real problem is the leaders of the Jewish American community in the US, who influence and corrupt our Congress to support Israel when we have no interest there,” he states.

Israel May Launch Strike on Iran as Soon as Next Month
Daily Mail (Britain)

Israel will launch military action to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapon as soon as Christmas, intelligence chiefs have warned. … Sources say the understanding at the top of the British Government is that Israel will attempt to strike against the nuclear sites ‘sooner rather than later’ – with logistical support from the U.S. A senior Foreign Office figure has revealed that ministers have been told to expect Israeli military action, adding: ‘We’re expecting something as early as Christmas, or very early in the new year.’ Officials believe President Barack Obama would have to support the Israelis or risk losing vital Jewish-American support in the next presidential election.

Behind the Iran Crisis: The Israel Lobby's Campaign for War
Mark Weber (2007)

... The world is anxiously following the so-called crisis over Iran, or as Israel-firsters prefer to call it “The Iranian Threat.” This crisis is artificial. It is every bit as phony as the one manufactured to provide a pretext for war against Iraq ... A war against Iran would serve only Israeli and Zionist interests. For everyone else, war against Iran would be a catastrophe. ... Once again we are told that another country that Israel regards as an adversary is a grave threat to peace. Once again our politicians and a compliant media present a barrage of sensational and frightening propaganda claims – claims remarkably similar to those we heard in 2002 and 2003, and from the same Israel-friendly crowd.

Many Russians Welcomed Germans in World War II, Newly Released Documents Show
Daily Mail (Britain)

An extraordinary secret archive has revealed for the first time how thousands of Soviet citizens collaborated with Nazi invaders during World War II. The cache of documents, some retrieved from the files of the KGB, shows how many viewed the Germans as Christian liberators – and their own masters as godless Communists. This view was reinforced when the soldiers of the Third Reich opened up 470 churches in north-western Russia alone and reinstated priests driven from their pulpits by Stalin. In turn, the clergy co-operated closely with S.S. death squads in betraying Communist officials, Jews and partisan resistance groups. Perhaps most astonishingly, the Germans even shipped numerous mayors, journalists, policeman and teachers back to the Reich to show them the ‘German way of life.’

Volunteers Join Anti-Soviet `Russian Liberation Army’
German newsreel - Video -- 1945

Former Soviet General Andrei Vlasov takes command of new units of volunteers of the German-sponsored, anti-Stalinist “Russian Liberation Army.” Portion of German weekly newsreel, “Deutsche Wochenschau,” March 16, 1945. With English subtitles.

Russian General Vlasov Addresses Anti-Soviet Conference in Prague
Newsreel - Video - 1944

Russian General Andrei Vlasov addresses the founding conference of the anti-Stalinist “Committee for the Liberation of the Peoples of Russia,” in Prague, Nov. 14, 1944. He reads, in Russian, the historic proclamation of the German-supported Committee. With English subtitles. Vlasov, a high-level Soviet commander who was taken prisoner, also headed the German-supported “Russian Liberation Army.” At the end of the war US authorities turned him over to the Soviets, who hanged him in Moscow.

You Know That Your City Has Become A Hellhole When ...
The Economic Collapse Blog

All across America there are cities and towns that were once prosperous and beautiful that are being transformed into absolute hellholes. The scars left by the long-term economic decline of the United States are getting deeper and more gruesome. The tax base in many areas of the nation has been absolutely devastated as millions of jobs have left this country. Hundreds of cities are drowning in debt and are desperately trying to survive. … The cold, hard truth is that most of our cities are that broke and things are going to get even worse in the years ahead. … Any politician that tells you that he or she can solve our economic problems without fundamentally addressing our horrific trade imbalance is lying to you. That means that there are a whole lot of liars in both political parties.

The Mess in the Middle East
Amb. Chas Freeman, Jr.

… Israel has nonetheless also demonstrated that its hold on domestic U.S. politics remains unbroken. This past year, it was able to compel our president to swear allegiance to expansive Zionism and to repudiate policies endorsed by his own and previous administrations as well as the international community. By contemptuously overriding the views and interests of the United States in this way, Israel and its American claque debased and discredited American international prestige and regional credibility … No one takes what we say about Israeli or Palestinian behavior seriously anymore. We are now trying to scuttle our own longstanding approach to the achievement of Palestinian self-determination … The American-led “peace process” is over. We blew it.

China Mocks U.S. Political Model
Patrice Hill -- The Washington Times

Chinese political and business leaders are increasingly triumphant after two decades of rapid economic growth that lifted unprecedented millions of people out of poverty and turned the nation into an economic superpower, saying their success proves its political and economic system is superior to the Western model. In extensive talks with a series of Chinese leaders, an oft-cited point of criticism is the gridlock and “dysfunction” they see in Washington. They say fawning by U.S. political leaders seeking re-election has created an “entitlement culture” where the public has grown dependent on government largesse.

Israel’s Netanyahu Is Widely Regarded as Untrustworthy
The Jewish Week (New York)

It's no secret that many foreign leaders find Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu difficult to get along with, even untrustworthy. The latest is the president of France, Nicholas Sarkozy … German Chancellor Angela Merkel has gotten so exasperated with Netanyahu that she recently phoned to chew him out and then leaked the story. Haaretz last month quoted German officials telling their Israeli counterparts that Merkel "does not believe a word (Netanyahu) says." … “In the meeting with President Clinton, Netanyahu was nearly insufferable, lecturing and telling us how to deal with the Arabs." Ross recounts that afterwards a frustrated President Clinton remarked, "He thinks he is the superpower and we are here to do whatever he requires." Ross added, "No one on our side disagreed with that assessment."

In Israel, Talk of Striking Iran Sparks Debate
Los Angeles Times

… What many suspect began as an attempt by Israel to intimidate Iran and motivate the West to do more to crack down on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program has instead inadvertently exposed public ambivalence, government division and a surprising politicization over one of Israel's most pressing security threats … Israeli strikes against nuclear facilities in Iraq in 1981 and Syria in 2007 were carried out without warning … To some, the public debate is a sign that Israel is not actually preparing for an imminent attack. If plans were underway, Israel's military censors — who have broad powers to block news coverage that could endanger national security — would have killed the stories, many say.

Former Mossad Chief Seeks to Avert Israeli Attack
Der Spiegel (Germany)

Reports of alleged Israeli preparations for an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities are coming from an unlikely source: Meir Dagan, a war hero and former head of Israeli's foreign intelligence agency. The man is hoping to prevent what he believes could be a true catastrophe, but his actions have deeply angered the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu … Such occurrences give rise to a number of questions: Can this be a coincidence? Is Israel preparing an attack, or is this saber-rattling just psychological warfare? Or, rather, is this meant to put pressure on the world -- and on Europe and the United States, in particular -- while delivering the message that if they don't act, Israel will? …

US Defense Secretary Panetta Warns Against Iran Strike
BBC News

The US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said a military strike against Iran could have "unintended consequences". He said it would only delay Iran's nuclear efforts by three years at most. Correspondents say the comments appear to play down speculation that a military strike might be used to cripple Tehran's nuclear program … “You've got to be careful of unintended consequences here," Mr Panetta told reporters in Washington, when asked about his concerns about a military strike. He acknowledged military action might fail to deter Iran "from what they want to do". "But more importantly, it could have a serious impact in the region, and it could have a serious impact on US forces in the region," he said.

Pat Buchanan Under Fire For Controversial New Book
Michael Calderone - Huffington Post

Pat Buchanan, the longtime conservative pundit, has been making the TV rounds in recent weeks promoting his latest book, “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?.” … Buchanan has still managed to spark another race-based controversy that's embroiling the network. Buchanan argues in "Suicide of a Superpower" that "ethnonationalism" is tearing the United States apart and that the "European and Christian core of our country is shrinking." In his dire introduction, he warns that the "nation is disintegrating, ethnically, culturally, morally, politically." And he strikes the same themes during his TV and radio appearances promoting the book. The Anti-Defamation League, which has criticized Buchanan in the past for appearing on a show boasting white nationalist views, also took him to task for his latest appearance along with his book's subject matter.

Why We Should Care If Whites Become A Minority
Patrick J. Buchanan

… Why should we care if white Americans become a minority? America, interviewers remind me, assimilated the immigrants of a century ago -- Italians, Poles, Jews, Slavs -- and we can do the same with peoples from the Third World. And perhaps they are right. Perhaps the year 2050 will see an America as united as the America of Dwight Eisenhower and JFK. Yet there are reasons to worry. First, the great American Melting Pot has been rejected by our elites as cultural genocide, in favor of a multiculturalism that is failing in Europe. Second, what we are attempting has no precedent in human history.

Douglas Reed

Douglas Reed was a noted journalist, author and playwright who for years served on the editorial staff of the London Times, but whose considerable influence waned greatly after he wrote frankly about Jewish-Zionist power. In Somewhere South of Suez (1950), for example, he wrote: “... During all that period and to the present time, it was not possible freely to report or discuss a third vital matter: Zionist Nationalism. In this case the freedom of the press has become a fallacy during the past two decades ... In daily usage, no American or British newspaper, apparently, now dares to print a line of news or comment unfavorable to the Zionist ambition... “

New Lies By Dershowitz
Gilad Atzmon

Rabid Zionist Alan Dershowitz is devastated by the success of “The Wandering Who.” He just cannot accept that professors and academics endorse the book “as ‘brilliant,’ ‘fascinating,’ ‘absorbing,’ and ‘moving’,” In his latest articles he again misses an opportunity to debate the book, its message and its meaning. He prefers instead to indulge in the only things for which he possesses any talent at all - lying and bullying. But why, I wonder, does Dershowitz insist on reducing a potentially ethical, intellectual and ideological debate to just one more Zionist exercise in mud-slinging? I can think of only two possible answers; First, Dershowitz lacks the necessary intellect to engage in a debate and second, that Zionism and Israel cannot be defended - ethically, morally or intellectually.

Volkswagen AG Donating $1 Million Dollars to Zionist ADL

Automotive giant Volkswagen AG said it will donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League. The money will go toward ADL workshops addressing issues at schools and in the workforce, including diversity training, programs aimed at cyber bullying and maintaining respectful working conditions, and anti-bigotry efforts. "ADL's initiatives and programs align with Volkswagen AG's commitment to diversity in our workforce and in countries all around the globe,” Volkswagen board member Christian Klingler said in a statement Tuesday.

Israel’s Netanyahu Is A `Liar,’ Says French Premier Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “a liar” in a private conversation with US President Barack Obama that was accidentally broadcast to journalists during last week's G20 summit in Cannes. “I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar,” Sarkozy told Obama, unaware that the microphones in their meeting room had been switched on, enabling reporters in a separate location to listen in to a simultaneous translation. “You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you,” Obama replied, according to the French interpreter.

War With Iran?: `Hold Me Back’
Uri Avnery

… All this seems to indicate that the whole hullabaloo is a ploy. Perhaps to frighten and deter the Iranians. Perhaps to push the Americans into more extreme actions. Perhaps coordinated with the Americans in advance … Let’s be serious for a moment. Israel will not attack Iran. Period. Some may think that I am going out on a limb. Shouldn’t I add at least “probably” or “almost certainly”? No, I won’t. I shall repeat categorically: Israel Will NOT Attack Iran … The US is Israel’s only dependable supporter in the world (besides, perhaps, Fiji, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau.) To destroy this relationship means cutting our lifeline. To do that, you have to be more than just a little crazy. You have to be raving mad.

Armageddon Ahead
Gilad Atzmon

It does not take a genius to gather that the Israeli aggression towards Iran would endanger every living species on this planet. Devastatingly enough, our Western governments do nothing to stop the Jewish State. That should not take us by surprise: our politicians are largely funded and vetted by Israeli lobbies that openly support attack on Iran. .. The Jewish State and its lobbies are the greatest threat to world peace. If we want to save ourselves, there is no other way of doing so than looking closely into Jewish, Israeli and Zionist culture, identity and ideology. There is no other way of doing so than scrutinising Israel’s unique and relentless attitude towards lobbying. The issues we are dealing with here are not solely political they are actually deeply philosophical, psychological and sociological -- and it is also about life and death.

Obama’s UN Speech: Sacrificing Palestine for Zionist Campaign Funds
James Petras

… There is a wealth of documentary evidence showing that Obama deliberately and forcefully sacrificed US international standing, in order to satisfy the major American Jewish organizations who were demanding nothing less than total and unconditional backing for Netanyahu’s phony position of “peace negotiations” and colonization from Obama … From the angle of satisfying the US Zionist power configuration (ZPC) and securing a massive flow of re-election financing, Obama’s UN speech was a smashing success. Obama’s re-election campaign from April to the end of September has received tens of millions of dollars from wealthy pro-Israeli Jewish fund raisers and contributors, as well as endorsements from rightwing US Jewish and Israeli politicians.

Middle East Pop Quiz
Charley Reese

It's time for another pop quiz on America's favorite region of the world -- the Middle East. Let's get started with the subject of nuclear weapons. Which country in the Middle East actually possesses nuclear weapons? Israel ... Which country in the Middle East occupies land belonging to other people? Israel, which occupies a piece of Lebanon, a larger piece of Syria, East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza ... Which country in the Middle East has the most powerful lobby in the U.S.? Israel. Which country in the Middle East are most American politicians, journalists and academics afraid to criticize? Israel.

Mid-East Policy and Immigration Policy: The Jewish Role
Kevin McDonald

… The vast majority of Americans live under the comfortable illusion that theirs is a free country … Virtually all of the really critical issues affecting the United States and its role in the world are actually excluded from discussion in the elite media or in the political arena. The classic case: US policy in the Middle East. Despite the obvious fact that US support for Israel has crucial implications for war and peace, the vast majority of Americans are oblivious to what is really going on in this region … As in the case of policy in the Middle East, it is no secret that Jewish organizations were at the forefront of the immigration policy shift implemented by the 1965 Act.

Literary Reading in US in Sharp Decline
National Endowment for the Arts (2004)

Literary reading is in dramatic decline with fewer than half of American adults now reading literature, according to a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) survey … Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America reports drops in all groups studied, with the steepest rate of decline - 28 percent - occurring in the youngest age groups. The study also documents an overall decline of 10 percentage points in literary readers from 1982 to 2002, representing a loss of 20 million potential readers. The rate of decline is increasing and, according to the survey, has nearly tripled in the last decade.

California Math, Reading Test Scores Come Up Short
San Francisco Chronicle

In the race for educational excellence, California hovered near the back of the pack yet again with only Mississippi and the District of Columbia languishing further behind, according to 2011 math and reading scores released Tuesday. In the race for educational excellence, California hovered near the back of the pack yet again with only Mississippi and the District of Columbia languishing further behind, according to 2011 math and reading scores released Tuesday. For what it's worth, several states lagged alongside California, including New Mexico, Louisiana, Alabama, West Virginia and Tennessee.

Are Evangelical Christians Warmongers?
Chuck Baldwin

… The biggest cheerleaders for the unprovoked, unconstitutional, pre-emptive attack and invasion of Iraq were evangelical Christians. Ditto for the war in Afghanistan, the bombing of Libya, the attacks in Yemen, etc. Who is calling for the bombing of Iran? Evangelical Christians … I never thought I would hear myself say what I’m about to say, but the truth is, the term “Christian” today means anything but Christ-like. To many people today, “Christian” refers to some warmongering, mean-spirited, throw-anyone-to-the-wolves-who-crosses-them person, who then has the audacity to look down their nose in contempt against anyone who disagrees with them for even the smallest reason.

Free Black Slaveowners in South Carolina
Ingolf Vogeler -- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Domestic slavery was quite common in West Africa, although the Europeans organized the trade to a much greater magnitude and value. Free black slaveowners resided in states as north as New York and as far south as Florida, extending westward into Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Missouri. According to the federal census of 1830, free blacks owned more than 10,000 slaves in Louisiana, Maryland, South Carolina, and Virginia. The majority of black slaveowners lived in Louisiana and planted sugar cane.

Buchenwald: Legend and Reality
Mark Weber

Buchenwald is widely regarded as one of wartime Germany's most notorious "death camps." In fact, though, this carefully cultivated image bears little resemblance to reality … The camp deserves another, more objective look.

Europeans Regard Israel as Biggest Threat to World Peace
The Observer - The Guardian (Britain) - 2003

Israel has been described as the top threat to world peace, ahead of North Korea, Afghanistan and Iran, by an unpublished European Commission poll of 7,500 Europeans, sparking an international row. The survey, conducted in October, of 500 people from each of the EU's member nations included a list of 15 countries with the question, 'tell me if in your opinion it presents or not a threat to peace in the world'. Israel was reportedly picked by 59 per cent of those interviewed.

North Carolina’s Eugenics Program Remembered
McClatchy Newspapers

… Between 1929 and 1974, the state - through the North Carolina Eugenics Board - authorized the sterilizations of some 7,600 North Carolinians who were classified as mentally ill, epileptic or "feebleminded." Now, key state officials are leading an effort to compensate people who were sterilized, under the idea that many of the operations were medically unnecessary and morally wrong. … Kuralt saw sterilization as part of a progressive vision of family planning. Some women, especially in the days before the birth control pill, came to the county begging to be sterilized. But the county also promoted the operations for people who were poor, disabled, or in trouble. Most of that happened in the '50s and early '60s.

Israel Raises Fears of Military Action Against Iran With Missile Test
The Telegraph (Britain)

Israel tested a long-range ballistic missile capable of a carrying a nuclear warhead yesterday amid growing speculation that Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing to authorise military action against Iran. The test came just hours after the Israeli prime minister was reported to have stepped up pressure on his cabinet to back military strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities … Giving further grist to claims that military action is being seriously contemplated, it also emerged that Israel's air force simulated a long-range attack at a Nato base in Sardinia last week. The exercise, which was not initially disclosed in Israel, included an air-to-air refuelling component.

Mussolini’s Tomb Draws Tens of Thousands of Admirers
The New York Times

... They came in busloads, from Turin to Palermo, on a pilgrimage of sorts. "Like Christians going to St. Peter's, except that here some wear a fez," said Gianni, a man from Turin, of the black felt hat in the shape of a truncated cone that became part of the uniform of the Fascist black shirts worn here by a handful of meticulously groomed young men … Mussolini’s tomb gets between 80,000 and 100,000 visitors a year, with peaks during the three commemorations, which in recent years have been presided over by Father Tam. On Sunday, during a rosary recital interspersed with commentary, he warned of the imminent Islamic invasion of Europe, accelerated by the events in North Africa this year and abetted by a liberalist political class in Europe and an “Americanized youth” open to heresies like gay marriage.

Poorest Poor In US Hits New Record
The Associated Press

The ranks of America's poorest poor have climbed to a record high — one in 15 people — spread widely across metropolitan areas as the housing bust pushed many inner-city poor into suburbs and other outlying places and shriveled jobs and income … About 20.5 million Americans, or 6.7% of the U.S. population, make up the poorest poor, defined as those at 50% or less of the official poverty level. Those living in deep poverty represent nearly half of the 46.2 million people scraping by below the poverty line. In 2010, the poorest poor meant an income of $5,570 or less for an individual and $11,157 for a family of four.

Some 15 Percent of U.S. Uses Food Stamps
The Wall Street Journal

Nearly 15% of the U.S. population relied on food stamps in August, as the number of recipients hit 45.8 million. Food stamp rolls have risen 8.1% in the past year, the Department of Agriculture reported, though the pace of growth has slowed from the depths of the recession … Mississippi reported the largest share of its population relying on food stamps, more than 21%. One in five residents in New Mexico, Tennessee, Oregon and Louisiana also were food stamp recipients.

Israel’s Isolation Is Laid Bare by UNESCO Vote
Haroon Siddiqui -- The Star (Canada)

… Its increasing isolation is not usually because of anti-Semitism, as often claimed. The Palestinians have taken the route of international recognition because they have got nowhere with Israel in ending the occupation that is now in its 44th year. Far from being “unilateral” — as alleged by Israel, Canada, the U.S. and others — the Palestinians are placing their confidence in the world’s most prominent multilateral institutions. In so doing, they are opening avenues other than being at the mercy of Israel, backed by Canada and others, whose leverage over the international community is eroding by the day.

Germany Threatens to Halt Submarine Sale Over Israeli Settlement Policy

The German government has threatened to halt delivery of a Dolphin submarine to Israel in protest of its settlements policy, a German newspaper has confirmed. In a report published Sunday, German officials confirmed to Der Spiegel magazine that the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel is making the threat to protest the recent Israeli government-approved construction of 1,100 apartments in the Gilo neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem. Israel already has three Dolphin-class submarines, which are nuclear capable, with two more under construction … The submarine subsidies were a response to Israeli demands for Holocaust reparations from Germany.

Britain Steps Up Plans for Attack on Iran Amid Fresh Nuclear Fears
The Guardian (Britain)

Britain's armed forces are stepping up their contingency planning for potential military action against Iran amid mounting concern about Tehran's nuclear enrichment programme, the Guardian has learned. The Ministry of Defence believes the US may decide to fast-forward plans for targeted missile strikes at some key Iranian facilities. British officials say that if Washington presses ahead it will seek, and receive, UK military help for any mission, despite some deep reservations within the coalition government.

New Book on John F. Kennedy Pulls Back Curtain on 'Ask Not' Speech, Nixon Debates And More
Howard Fineman

A presidential call to service that inspired generations of Main Street Americans originated, ironically, in the privileged world of a New England prep school. "Ask not what your country can do for you," President John F. Kennedy famously declared in his inaugural address of 1961. "Ask what you can do for your country." In his new book, "Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero," talk show host and author Chris Matthews presents new evidence that Kennedy had heard that language in chapel exhortations delivered by the headmaster of the Choate School in Connecticut when he was a student there in the 1930s.

What Is It That Conservatives Wish to Conserve?
Patrick J. Buchanan

… Converting a people to new ways of thinking about fundamental truths is beyond the realm of politics and requires a John Wesley or a St. Paul. The social, political and moral revolutions of the 1960s have changed America irretrievably. And they have put down roots and converted a vast slice of the nation. In order to love one's country, said Edmund Burke, one's country ought to be lovely. Is it still? Reid Buckley, brother of Bill, replies, "I am obliged to make a public declaration that I cannot love my country. ... We are Vile." And so what is the conservative's role in an America many believe has not only lost its way but seems to be losing its mind? What is it now that conservatives must conserve?

Iraq Rejects US Request to Maintain Bases After Troop Withdrawal
The Guardian (Britain)

The US suffered a major diplomatic and military rebuff on Friday [Oct. 18] when Iraq finally rejected its pleas to maintain bases in the country beyond this year. Barack Obama announced at a White House press conference that all American troops will leave Iraq by the end of December, a decision forced by the final collapse of lengthy talks between the US and the Iraqi government on the issue. The Iraqi decision is a boost to Iran, which has close ties with many members of the Iraqi government and which had been battling against the establishment of permanent American bases.

How Tyranny Came to America
Joseph Sobran

… I call the present system “Post–Constitutional America.” As I sometimes put it, the U.S. Constitution poses no serious threat to our form of government … This, in outline, is the constitutional history of the United States. You won’t find it in the textbooks, which are required to be optimistic, to present degeneration as development, and to treat the successive pronouncements of the Supreme Court as so many oracular revelations of constitutional meaning. … What it comes to is that we don’t really have an operative Constitution anymore. The federal government defines its own powers day by day. It’s limited not by the list of its powers in the Constitution, but by whatever it can get away with politically.

UNESCO Palestine Decision Sets Off U.S.-U.N. Confrontation
Los Angeles Times

A decision by the United Nations' cultural organization to admit Palestine as a member state set off a confrontation between the U.S. and the U.N., threatening to strip Washington of influence in several key international agencies while cutting off a major source of contributions to the world body … U.S. officials warned that American interests could be damaged if Washington is forced by similar future votes to cut off funding for other international agencies essential to U.S. business and security interests. One such body, the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization, helps U.S. high-tech, entertainment and other industries protect their property rights, including patents, around the world.

German Youth Suffering `Holocaust Fatigue’
One Jerusalem (Israel)

A report issued by a German Foreign Ministry delegation that deals with teaching the lessons of the Holocaust to German school children said that many children in the country are becoming weary of this subject, even to the point that they may be suffering from what is now being called “Holocaust fatigue”. The report was given by Dr. Benedikt Haller, a Foreign ministry official who is involved in relations with Jewish organizations in respect to issues involving the Holocaust and anti-Semitism … This new idea of literally “bombarding” German children with literature dealing with this subject has now worked in reverse of what it was intended to do.

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.

In Croatia, Former Minister Arrested For Post-World War II Crimes
The Associated Press

Croatia’s former interior minister was arrested Wednesday over accusations that he ordered mass killings of anti-communists soon after the end of World War II, police said. Josip Boljkovac, 89, and two other former ranking Croatian officials have been under investigation for the alleged murders in 1945 and 1946 of soldiers and sympathizers of Croatia’s Ustasha Nazi puppet regime that ruled during the war. Boljkovac, who fought as a member of the Yugoslav communist guerrillas against the occupying German and Italian troops, was a senior officer of the secret service which is accused of going on a revenge shooting spree of the anti-communists after the war ended.

Israel Prime Minister Seeks Cabinet Support for Attack on Iran
Haaretz (Israel)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are trying to muster a majority in the cabinet in favor of military action against Iran, a senior Israeli official has said. According to the official, there is a "small advantage" in the cabinet for the opponents of such an attack. Netanyahu and Barak recently persuaded Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who previously objected to attacking Iran, to support such a move.

Israeli Settlements Condemned By Western Powers
BBC News

The US has joined criticism of Israel's decision to accelerate settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem after Palestinians joined UN cultural agency, Unesco. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the US was "deeply disappointed". Earlier, the European Union said it was "deeply concerned" by the announcement. The UK, France and Germany said it would hinder efforts for peace. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said it was a "basic right of our people". Mr Carney told a White House briefing that Israel's decision did not advance the goal of bridging differences between Israelis and the Palestinians. EU policy chief Catherine Ashton urged Israel to reverse the decision and called on both sides to return to the negotiating table. "Israeli settlement activity is illegal under international law including in East Jerusalem and an obstacle to peace. We have stated this many times before," she said.

US Income Disparity, Economic Anxiety Grow

Income for the richest Americans has grown 15 times faster than for the poor since 1979, a government study showed, as a poll out Wednesday highlighted deep anxiety over uneven wealth distribution a year ahead of US elections. The income disparity, and concentration of more than 80 percent of US income wealth in the top 20 percent of earners, highlights the volatility in the race for the White House as President Barack Obama's Republican challengers push plans to reduce taxes for the wealthy as a way to prime the sluggish economy. From 1979 to 2007, the wealthiest one percent of Americans more than doubled their share of the nation's income, from nearly eight percent to 17 percent, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said in a report ...

Why Inequality in America is Even Worse Than You Thought
Justin Elliott --

There has been no shortage of headlines this week about the growing income and wealth inequality in the United States Ã? But less attention has been paid to the fact that not only are the numbers bad in America, they're particularly bad when compared to other developed nations. A new report by the Bertelsmann Foundation drives this point home. The German think tank used a set of policy analyses to create a Social Justice Index of 31 developed nations in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The United States came in a dismal 27th in the rankings. Here, for example, is a graph of one of the metrics, child poverty, in which the U.S. ranked fourth-to-last

Abuse of Painkillers Reaches 'Epidemic' Levels in US
BBC News

Abuse of prescription painkiller have reached "epidemic" levels in the US, a government report says. Overdoses of pain relievers cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, the report has found. It says sales and prescriptions of the drugs rose sharply in recent years and this was linked to the rise in overdoses. Narcotic painkillers are prescribed to relieve chronic pain but the drugs can be "highly addictive", the report says. The report, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said fatalities caused by narcotic pain relievers have more than tripled in the last 10 years - equivalent to 40 deaths a day. Last year, a national survey on drug use and health showed that one in 20 Americans over the age of 12 said they had used painkillers for non-medical reasons.

The Conquest of the West
Patrick J. Buchanan

... What is the future of the West? China will retrieve all the lands lost to Russia in the 19th century and slices of Russia that China never owned. Mexicans and Hispanics will dominate from the Floridas to the American Southwest the lands Spain and Mexico lost to the United States in the 19th century. Africans, whose lands were colonized and exploited by Europeans, and Muslims and Arabs, whose ancestors were turned back at Poitiers and Vienna, will succeed in the final conquest of Europe. Demography is destiny.

US Military Steps Up Role in Africa Conflicts
The Associated Press

While putting few U.S. troops at risk, the United States is playing a growing role in Africaís military battles, using special forces advisers, drones and tens of millions of dollars in military aid to combat a growing and multifaceted security threat.

Into Darkest Africa
Eric Margolis

... The US will send 100 special hunter-killer troops to Uganda, an undemocratic US ally. This new US force will also operate in Congo (ex-Zaire), Central African Republic, Kenya, and South Sudan ñ whose independence from Sudan was recently engineered by Washington. ... At the same time, Washington is bankrolling a Kenyan invasion of southern Somalia, and France is providing naval support and arms ... Doesn't Washington have enough on its hands without sending troops to Uganda and Somalia, or South Sudan? The US is moving into southern Africa for two main reasons. First, to secure South Sudan's important oil deposits and possible energy finds in Uganda. Second, to block the spread of further Chinese economic influence in the region.

Historical Myth Justifies Israel's Golan Heights Occupation
Institute for Historical Review

For decades Israel has cited vital security concerns to justify its seizure of the Golan Heights. Israelis have claimed that from 1948 to June 1967, Syrian military forces repeatedly used the Heights to shell Jewish settlements and installations below. These artillery bombardments, in the widely accepted Israeli and American view, justified Israel's conquest of the Heights in 1967, and its occupation ever since. Actually, Israel's seizure and occupation of this territory is based on a historical lie. This was frankly acknowledged by Israel General and cabinet minister Moshe Dayan in an interview given in 1976, but which was not made public until April 1997. Dayan, who died in 1981, was a key organizer of Israel's victory in the June 1967 Israel-Arab war.

Why They Attack Us
Samuel Francis (Sept. 2001)

... In all the buckets of media gabble about the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, not once have I heard any journalist ask any expert the simple question, "Why did the terrorists attack us?" ... The blunt and quite ugly truth is that the United States has been at war for years and that it started the war in the name of "spreading democracy," "building nations," "waging peace," "stopping aggression," "enforcing human rights," and all the other pious lies that warmongers always invoke to mask the truth, and that it continued the war simply to save a crook from political ruin. What is new is merely that this week, for the first time, the war we started came home and all of a sudden, Americans don't seem to care for it so much.

World Economy on Verge of New Jobs Recession, Warns ILO
BBC News

The global economy is on the verge of a new and deeper jobs recession that may ignite social unrest, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has warned. It will take at least five years for employment in advanced economies to return to pre-crisis levels, it said. The ILO also noted that in 45 of the 118 countries it examined, the risk of social unrest was rising.

UN Agency Recognizes Palestine As Full Member; US Cuts Funding
McClatchy Newspapers

UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency, accepted Palestine as a full member on Monday, angering the United States, which announced that it would cut off funding to the international body. The 107-14 vote, with 52 abstentions, was the first tangible result of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' application in September for U.N. membership with borders that include the West Bank and Gaza Strip ... Democrats and Republicans in Washington also criticized the decision. U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the chair of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, called the vote "reckless," "anti-Israel" and "anti-peace."

US Cuts UNESCO Funds Over Vote for Palestinian Seat
BBC News

The United States is cancelling funding for the UN cultural body Unesco after it voted to grant full membership to the Palestinians. The motion was passed by a substantial majority, despite strong opposition from the United States and Israel. A US state department spokeswoman said a payment of some $60 million due next month would not be made ... Widespread applause greeted the result of Monday's vote in the chamber -- of 173 countries taking part, 107 were in favour, 14 voted against and 52 abstained. Arab states were instrumental in getting the vote passed despite intense opposition from the US. In an emotional session, China, Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa voted in favour of Palestinian membership, while the US, Canada and Germany voted against and the UK abstained.

Is America Disintegrating?
Patrick J. Buchanan

... In 'Suicide of a Superpower,' I argue that the America we grew up in is disintegrating, breaking apart along the fault lines of politics, race, ethnicity, culture and faith; that the centrifugal forces in society have now become the dominant forces ... We are not now and will not then be "descended from common ancestors." We will consist of all the races, cultures, tribes and creeds of Earth -- a multiracial, multicultural, multiethnic, multilingual stew of a nation that has never before existed, or survived. The parallels that come to mind are the Habsburg Empire that flew apart after World War I, and the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia that disintegrated after the Cold War.

Invasion of the Idiocrats
Meghan Daum - Los Angeles Times

You may not have seen "Idiocracy," the 2006 sci-fi comedy set in an utterly dysfunctional nation 500 years in the future, but chances are you've heard it mentioned lately. References to the film seem to be everywhere, and not just in op-eds penned by cranky columnists ... Judging by popular culture in 2011, it's hard not to wonder if 500 years was a too optimistic prediction, since "Jersey Shore" just might make "Ow, My Balls" look like "Masterpiece Theater." But mainstream entertainment has been the domain of idiocrats for a long time. A bummer of more recent vintage is the way our political system has followed suit.


A portion of the film "Idiocracy," which portrays a future USA of astonishingly stupid people -- the result of generations of dysgenic breeding.

Iraq War Is Over: A Defeat for Neocons
Jonathan Steele -- The Guardian (Britain)

The Iraq war is over. Buried by the news from Libya, Barack Obama announced late on Friday that all US troops will leave Iraq by December 31 ... The final troop withdrawal marks a complete defeat for Bush's Iraq project. The neocons' grand plan to use the 2003 invasion to turn the country into a secure pro-western democracy and a garrison for US bases that could put pressure on Syria and Iran lies in tatters. Their hopes of making Iraq a democratic model for the Middle East have been tipped on their head. The instability and bloodshed which the US unleashed in Iraq were the example that Arabs sought to avoid, not emulate. This year's autonomous surge for democracy in Egypt and Tunisia has done far more to galvanise the region and undermine its dictatorships than anything the US did in Iraq.

The End of the American Era
Stephen M. Walt

... Taken together, these events herald a sharp decline in America's ability to shape the global order. And the recent series of economic setbacks will place even more significant limits on America's ability to maintain an ambitious international role ... The biggest challenge the United States faces today is not a looming great-power rival; it is the triple whammy of accumulated debt, eroding infrastructure and a sluggish economy. The only way to have the world's most capable military forces both now and into the future is to have the world's most advanced economy, and that means having better schools, the best universities, a scientific establishment that is second to none, and a national infrastructure that enhances productivity and dazzles those who visit from abroad.

Panetta to Netanyahu: 'Israel May Not Survive'
Franklin Lamb

Three weeks after being named by President Obama in January 2009 as the 19th Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and during his first day on the job on February 12, 2009, Leon Panetta, now US Secretary of Defense, signed off on a March 2009 "eyes only" CIA Report that had just been completed by his new agency. As reported at the time, the CIA Report predicted the demise of Israel within 20 years, if present political trends in the region continued ... During frank and sometimes heated exchanges, Panetta told the Israelis that time is running out for a two state solution, which means time is running out for Zionist Israel and that similar to apartheid South Africa, following the Reagan years, the days of American propping up of Israel are coming to a close.

The Son Of Africa Claims A Continent's Crown Jewels
John Pilger

On October 14, President Barack Obama announced he was sending United States special forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there. In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They will only "engage" for "self-defence", says Obama, satirically ... As WikiLeaks cables and the US National Strategy for Counter-terrorism reveal, American plans for Africa are part of a global design in which 60,000 special forces, including death squads, already operate in 75 countries, soon to be 120. As Dick Cheney pointed out in his 1990s "defence strategy" plan, America simply wishes to rule the world.

England Rioters `Poorer, Younger, Less Educated'
BBC News

The most comprehensive statistics published so far on people charged over the August riots in England show that they were poorer, younger and of lower educational achievement than average. Some 90% of those brought before the courts were male, and only 5% were over the age of 40. The government figures show a quarter were juveniles - aged 10-17 - and a similar proportion were aged 18-20. Of those arrested, 13% were identified as gang members ... In terms of ethnicity, 40% of those arrested were white, 39% black, 11% of mixed background, 8% Asian and 2% were classified as "other". 'Pattern held' Ethnic background ranged geographically from 77% white in Manchester to 32% white in London, and from 47% black in London to 11% black in Hertfordshire.

New Study Shows Anti-Jewish Sentiment Among Argentines
The Jerusalem Post (Israel)

Most Argentineans believe members of the country's Jewish community are primarily interested in making money and are more loyal to Israel than their country of birth, according to a study published last week ... According to the findings, 82 percent of those surveyed believe Jews are preoccupied with making money; 49% said they "talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust," and 68% believe they "have too much power in the business world."