January 2012

Israelis 'Bought Influence' and Outmaneuvered Obama, Says Brzezinski
Jordan Michael Smith – Salon

Zbigniew Brzezinski’s new book, “Strategic Vision,” imagines a world without American power. He envisions profound instability, faltering international cooperation and weak states falling prey to their more dominant neighbors … He thinks the Obama administration “should have stuck to its guns in promoting a fair settlement” in the Middle East. A longtime foe of Israel’s partisans in the United States, he says the Obama team “fumbled by getting outmaneuvered by the Israelis.” Then he gets blunter: “Domestic politics interceded: The Israelis have a lot of influence with Congress, and in some cases they are able to buy influence.”

Money and Media Manipulation of American Politics
Mark Weber – Podcast

Sheldon Adelson, Haim Saban and George Soros are three of the most important players in American political life. They disagree about tactics and methods, but these billionaire Jewish activists -- and others like them -- are united in promoting Zionist-Jewish interests. Behind the pro-Israel slant of US foreign policy and a domestic policy that promotes “diversity” is money power and media control. Well-funded manipulation of the nation’s mass media and cultural and educational life is decisive in determining the basic policies and direction of the US, above all by molding the “accepted” social-ideological premises on which policies and laws are based.

Adelson's Billions And Gingrich: A Match Made In Israel
Huffington Post

When Newt Gingrich told an interviewer last month that the Palestinians were an "invented people," his remark drew almost universal rebuke. Even those who did not find it deeply offensive -- or counterproductive -- assumed that its extreme nature would further harm his chances at the presidency. Except, that is, for Sheldon Adelson. … Over the years, the relationship between Gingrich and Adelson -- which began, as The New York Times recently reported, over business-friendly legislation in the 1990s -- has come to revolve around a single issue: Israel, and specifically Adelson's unique, hardline and hawkish take on the country.

Is Gingrich’s Hard Line on Palestine Paid For By Sheldon Adelson?
Wayne Barrett -- Daily Beast

The linkage between campaign contributions and compromised candidates has grown so familiar that it no longer shocks, and indeed rarely even interests, most of us. But in the super-PAC era, when a single, $5 million, donation can resuscitate a broken Newt Gingrich, the search for a quid pro quo explanation expands with the enlarged dimensions of the donation. In the case of Las Vegas casino king Sheldon Adelson, Gingrich’s Daddy Warbucks, the size of the subsidy can literally shape a candidate’s views on matters of war and peace, and I’m not talking about a battle for gaming rights

The Inner Quest of Newt Gingrich
Gail Sheehy – Vanity Fair (1995)

A probing look at Gingrich’s character and personality. From the cauldron of his childhood -- the father who abandoned him, the manic depressive mother who loved him too much, the stepfather whose anger shaped the family -- Newt Gingrich emerged with a heroic need that became his mission. Talking to his inner circle of family, friends, and associates, and to the Speaker himself, Gail Sheehy learns details of Newt's wars, his women, and his contract with himself. "I think you can write a psychological profile of me,” he relates, “that says I found a way to immerse my insecurities in a cause large enough to justify whatever I wanted it to."

Major Gingrich Backer Is Arch-Zionist Sheldon Adelson
Stephen Sniegoski

Meet the billionaire Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who bought the election surge of Newt Gingrich in South Carolina. Now he hopes the buy the entire U.S. presidential election for Israel and his favorite candidate. Gingrich’s faltering presidential campaign was completely resuscitated by a $5-million donation from Las Vegas casino king and super-Zionist Sheldon Adelson.

Who Is Sheldon Adelson and What Has Newt Promised Him?
Robert Reich

Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino owner, is now the poster boy for what’s terribly wrong with our campaign-finance system. Adelson, you may recall, had, before the South Carolina Republican primary, donated $5 million to the pro-Gingrich Super Pac “Winning Our Future” – giving Newt a pile of money for negative advertising against Mitt Romney in South Carolina. Adelson has done it again. He and his wife Marian have cut another $5 million check for Gingrich to go negative on Romney in Florida … Never before in the history of American politics has a single couple given more money to a single candidate and had a bigger impact – all courtesy of the Supreme Court and its grotesque decisions that speech is money and corporations are people under the First Amendment.

Worsening US Economy Will Spark Violent Unrest, Says Soros
MoneyNews (USA)

As the U.S. economy worsens, protests such as those carried out by the Occupy Wall Street movement will turn ugly, breaking down into waves of violent unrest across the nation, says billionaire financier George Soros … “We are facing an extremely difficult time, comparable in many ways to the 1930s, the Great Depression. We are facing now a general retrenchment in the developed world, which threatens to put us in a decade of more stagnation, or worse," he said. "The best-case scenario is a deflationary environment. The worst-case scenario is a collapse of the financial system."

Communism’s Death Toll, and the Jewish Role in Bolshevism
Mark Weber - Podcast

We’re relentlessly told that we must “never forget” the “Six Million.” But we hear far less about the vastly greater number of victims of Lenin and Stalin, and the grim legacy of Soviet Communism. Some 20 million people perished as victims of the Soviet regime, historians acknowledge. Jews played a decisive role in founding and promoting the egalitarian-universalist ideology of Marxism, in developing the worldwide Marxist political movement, and in brutally imposing Bolshevik rule in Russia. With the notable exception of Lenin, who was one-quarter Jewish, most of the leading Marxists who took control of Russia in 1917-20 were Jews, including Trotsky, Sverdlov, Zinoviev, Kamenev and Radek.

Communism’s Death Toll, and the Jewish Role in Bolshevism
Mark Weber – Video

Stalin is Century's Bloodiest Figure
Eric S. Margolis (1998)

… At least 40 million victims, not including 20 million war dead. Kaganovitch and many senior OGPU officers (later, NKVD) were Jewish. The predominance of Jews among Bolshevik leaders and the frightful crimes and cruelty inflicted by Stalin's Checka on Ukraine, the Baltic states and Poland led the victims of Red Terror to blame the Jewish people for both communism and their suffering. As a direct result, during the subsequent Nazi occupation of Eastern Europe, the region's innocent Jews became the target of ferocious revenge by Ukrainians, Balts and Poles.

Leon Trotsky: A Jewish Revolutionary
Carl Rollyson -- The Wall Street Journal

Leon Trotsky was both an intellectual and a man of action. One of the charismatic leaders of the Russian Revolution — Lenin said there was no better Bolshevik — he created the Red Army through virtually an act of will and led it to victory in the 1918-20 civil war. But he was also a mesmerizing dissenter, sent by Stalin into exile in 1927 and then murdered in Mexico by one of Stalin's agents in 1940. Trotsky was Jewish — born Lev Davidovich Bronstein in 1879 — and it is as such that he is treated in Joshua Rubenstein's brief biography, part of Yale University Press's Jewish Lives series. Trotsky said that his ethnic background had not the slightest influence on his life.

Nearly One in Four Young Americans Fail Army Entrance Exam
The Associated Press

Nearly one-fourth of the students who try to join the U.S. Army fail its entrance exam, painting a grim picture of an education system that produces graduates who can't answer basic math, science and reading questions, according to a new study released Tuesday … The military exam results are also worrisome because the test is given to a limited pool of people: Pentagon data shows that 75 percent of those aged 17 to 24 don't even qualify to take the test because they are physically unfit, have a criminal record or didn't graduate high school.

Herding Americans to War with Iran
Robert Parry

… Any suggestion of give-and-take negotiations with Iran is mocked, while alarmist propaganda, a ratcheting up of sanctions, and provocative actions – like Wednesday’s assassination of yet another Iranian scientist – push Americans closer to what seems like an inevitable bloodletting … Another front in Israel’s cold war against Iran appears to be the propaganda war being fought inside the United States, where the still-influential neoconservatives are deploying their extensive political and media resources to shut off possible routes toward a peaceful settlement, while building support for future military strikes against Iran.

US-Israel Acknowledge: Iran is Not Building Nukes
Ray McGovern

… A consensus seems to be emerging among the intelligence and military agencies of the United States – and Israel – that Iran has NOT made a decision to build a nuclear weapon. In recent days, that judgment has been expressed by high-profile figures in the defense establishments of the two countries – U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak. You might think that you would have heard more about that, wouldn’t you? U.S. and Israel agree that Iran is NOT building a nuclear bomb.

Pressure Israel, Not Iran
Marjorie Cohn

Neocons in Israel and the United States are escalating their rhetoric to prepare us for war with Iran … Under the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Iran has the legal right to produce nuclear power for peaceful purposes. The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has found no evidence that Iran is developing a nuclear weapons program. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently said on CBS that Iran is not currently trying to build a nuclear weapon. Nevertheless, the United States and Israel are mounting a campaign of aggression against Iran … Iran is not a threat to Israel’s security. Iran has not attacked any country in some 200 years.

Hitler Seascape Painting Set For Auction
Daily Mail (Britain)

A sinister painting by Adolf Hitler is to go under the hammer for the first time since he painted it nearly 100 years ago. The brooding seascape is listed for sale by online auctioneers Darke in Slovakia is expected to sell for more than £10,000. Painted in 1913 while a young Hitler was struggling to make a career as an artist, the 24inch by 19inch canvas shows a dark sea lit up only by a moon about to be shrouded by black clouds. Experts say Hitler often painted night scenes to sell to tourists. The painting has been put up for auction by a Slovak family who inherited it from a relative after the end of World War II. … A second painting by Germany's wartime dictator - dating back to 1915 - was sold by the same auction house last month for £10,200.

Spain's Unrepentant Holocaust Denier: Pedro Varela
El Pais (Spain)

The papers are beginning to pile up inside the jail cell of Pedro Varela Geiss. The bookstore owner who is serving time in a Barcelona prison for promulgating literature denying the Holocaust has received more than 1,000 fan letters. People have also sent him books on rightwing nationalist themes, similar to the ones he used to sell at his Europa bookstore that eventually cost him his freedom. Varela is a deep-to-the-core Nazi who believes the Holocaust was a "myth." A bronze bust of Adolf Hitler is the crowning decoration inside his bookstore. But despite his inflamed beliefs, Varela is a well-groomed gentleman.

In Australia, Jewish Lobby Seeks To Halt DVD Sales of TV Series
The Age (Australia)

A leading Jewish body is seeking to halt promotion and DVD sales of SBS [broadcasting service] series The Promise, a drama set in Israel and the occupied territories that it likened to Nazi propaganda. The Executive Council of Australian Jewry said the British-made drama, inspired by accounts of British soldiers who served in Palestine during the 1940s, was anti-Semitic and in direct violation of the SBS code covering prejudice, racism and discrimination. The four-part series, which screened late last year, depicts a young British woman retracing the footsteps of her grandfather, a soldier in the final years of the British Mandate in Palestine.

Mass Graves Reportedly Found At Treblinka Camp Site
The Huffington Post

A British forensic archaeologist has unearthed fresh evidence to prove the existence of mass graves at the Nazi death camp Treblinka … Sturdy Colls said: "All the history books state that Treblinka was destroyed by the Nazis but the survey has demonstrated that simply isn't the case." She added: "I've identified a number of buried pits using geophysical techniques. These are considerable in size, and very deep, one in particular is 26 by 17 metres." The programme's presenter wrote in the Radio Times that the pits contain the burnt remains of thousands of bodies.

M. Weber and A. Allen (1992)

Treblinka is widely regarded as the second most important German wartime extermination center. Only Auschwitz-Birkenau is supposed to have claimed more lives … In spite of its often inconsistent, contradictory and implausible character, testimony indicating that many Jews lost their lives at Treblinka cannot easily be dismissed. Many Jewish prisoners doubtless perished during their rail journey to the camp site, and were almost certainly buried there. Furthermore, it is plausible and even likely that hundreds and perhaps thousands of Jews who were too weak or ill to continue the eastbound journey from the camp were killed there by officials acting on their own authority.

France Passes 'Genocide Denial' Law, Faces Turkish Reprisals

France approved on Monday a bill making it illegal to deny the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago was genocide, sparking angry retaliation from Turkey which threatened a "total rupture" of diplomatic ties. Lawmakers in the upper house (Senate) voted 127 to 86 in favor of the draft law outlawing genocide denial after almost six hours of debate. The lower house had backed it in December, prompting Ankara to cancel all economic, political and military meetings with Paris and recall its ambassador for consultations. The bill had been made more general so that it outlawed the denial of any genocide, partly in the hope of appeasing the Turks. But Ankara condemned the bill's approval and said it would take permanent steps against France, a NATO ally.

New Poll Shows Strong Dissatisfaction with Washington Corruption
Judicial Watch (Washington, DC)

… The poll shows that registered voters consider corruption to be a major problem, support illegal alien law enforcement and believe President Obama has failed to keep his campaign promise to make government more transparent to the American people … The vast majority of registered voters (88%) believe corruption is a significant problem in Washington … The majority of registered voters (53%) want more emphasis on law enforcement when addressing illegal immigration while only a small percentage (9%) want less. Meanwhile, three-out-of-four registered voters (74%) believe local law enforcement officers should help enforce illegal immigration laws, including a majority of Hispanics (57%).

The US Congress: A Graveyard for Democracy and Justice
Ralph Nader

… Will someone call a psychiatrist? This is a Congress that is beyond dysfunctional. It is an obstacle to progress in America, a graveyard for both democracy and justice. No wonder a new Washington Post-ABC news poll found an all-time high of 84 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing. Both Republicans and Democrats say they want to reduce the deficit. But they are avoiding, in varying degrees, doing this in any way that would discomfort the rich and powerful. One would think that, especially in an election year, the following legislative agenda would be very popular with the voters.

Atlanta Jewish Newspaper Calls for Obama Assassination
The Jerusalem Post (Israel)

Israel should send Mossad agents to assassinate President Barack Obama because of his anti-Israel policies, the owner of a US Jewish newspaper wrote in an article that drew widespread condemnation on Friday. Andrew Adler, the publisher of The Atlanta Jewish Times, wrote a column that appeared in his newspaper on January 13 in which he argued killing the president might be justified because he posed a threat to the Jewish state. “Order a hit on a president in order to preserve Israel’s existence,” Adler wrote.

Hitler's 'Wolf Lair' HQ To Become Major Tourist Attraction
Daily Mail (Britain)

Adolf Hitler's secret 'Wolf Lair' set deep in the heart of a forest in north-eastern Poland is to be turned into a major tourist attraction. Forestry workers are looking for an investor to help make the Nazi leader's ruined fortress more accessible to holidaymakers. The camouflaged complex in the woodlands of what was once German East Prussia was one of Hitler's key military headquarters during World War II. It is famed as the site of a dramatic assassination attempt on the dictator by Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg in 1944.

‘Israel to Give Obama 12 Hours' Notice on Attacking Iran’
Aruz Sheva – Israel National News (Israel)

Israeli officials told visiting USS Chief Joint of Staffs Martin Dempsey that it would give President Barack Obama no more than twelve hours’ notice if and when it attacks Iran, The London Times reported Sunday. The Netanyahu government also will not coordinate with the United States an attack on the Islamic Republic, according to the report, the latest in a number of supposed scenarios concerning cooperation or lack of it between Jerusalem and Washington. It is left to speculation whether the rumors are based on facts or are leaked by officials to mask the possibility of secret military coordination.

Palestine, 1896

Film footage of Palestine in 1896, when the region was part of the Ottoman empire. Palestine had 500,000 people, of whom about five percent were Jewish and ten percent were Christian. With modern-day narration. Runtime: 12:28 mins.

The Vexing 'Jewish Question'
Goldwin Smith (1894)

.. Those who maintain that there is nothing in the character, habits, or disposition of the Jew to provoke antipathy have to bring the charge of fanatical prejudice not only against the Russians or against Christendom, but against mankind … Critics of Judaism are accused of bigotry of race, as well as of bigotry of religion. The accusation comes strangely from those who style themselves the Chosen People, make race a religion, and treat all races except their own as Gentiles and unclean … We have given up the fancy that the Jew is accursed. We must cease to believe that he is sacred.

Large Shipment Of Military Vehicles On the Move In California

This video of a long trainload of military vehicles was uploaded to Facebook via mobile by Andrew Tuckman on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, with this description: “I began filming this after a dozen or so train cars went by on a stretch of track south of Santa Cruz California. Where are the military vehicles going? Why are they being shipped? What could this possibly be for? Barack Obama, what are you up to? We want answers.”

Other 'Racist' Newsletters From The Past
James Edwards

The mainstream media, along with countless mainstream “conservatives”, have been attacking Ron Paul for un-PC sentiments expressed in his various newsletters back in the 1980s and 1990s … Now other quotes from that same era have turned up, and the old quotes we’ve all heard about pale in comparison to these new ones that have come to light … It’s an editorial published in the September 6, 1985, edition of National Review, which was the voice of American conservatism in the 1980s. The editorial was published with the full approval of William F. Buckley; it’s very likely he wrote it himself.

Shocking Facts About the US Debt
Economic Collapse Blog

We have all been lied to. For decades, the leaders of both major political parties have promised us that they can fix our current system and that they can get our national debt under control. As the 2012 election approaches, they are making all kinds of wild promises once again. Well you know what? It is all a giant sham. The United States has gotten into so much debt that there will be no coming back from this. The current system is irretrievably broken.

Israeli Agents Reportedly Posed as CIA To Recruit Terrorists
Haaretz (Israel)

Israeli Mossad agents posed as CIA officers in order to recruit members of a Pakistani terror group to carry out assassinations and attacks against the regime in Iran, Foreign Policy revealed on Friday, quoting U.S. intelligence memos. Foreign Policy's Mark Perry reported that the Mossad operation was carried out in 2007-2008, behind the back of the U.S. government, and infuriated then U.S. President George W. Bush. Perry quotes a number of American intelligence officials and claims that the Mossad agents used American dollars and U.S. passports to pose as CIA spies to try to recruit members of Jundallah, a Pakistan-based Sunni extremist organization that has carried out a series of attacks in Iran and assassinations of government officials.

False Flag
Mark Perry – Foreign Policy

Buried deep in the archives of America's intelligence services are a series of memos, written during the last years of President George W. Bush's administration, that describe how Israeli Mossad officers recruited operatives belonging to the terrorist group Jundallah by passing themselves off as American agents. According to two U.S. intelligence officials, the Israelis, flush with American dollars and toting U.S. passports, posed as CIA officers in recruiting Jundallah operatives -- what is commonly referred to as a "false flag" operation … The officials did not know whether the Israeli program to recruit and use Jundallah is ongoing. Nevertheless, they were stunned by the brazenness of the Mossad's efforts. "It's amazing what the Israelis thought they could get away with," the intelligence officer said. "Their recruitment activities were nearly in the open. They apparently didn't give a damn what we thought."

US Aid to Israel: The Costly Toll
If Americans Knew

The US is providing Israel with at leat $7 million each day in miltary aid … “Since the October War in 1973, Washington has provided Israel with a level of support dwarfing the amounts provided to any other state … Total direct U.S. aid to Israel amounts to well over $140 billion (in 2003 dollars). Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly one-fifth of America's entire foreign aid budget. In per capita terms, the United States gives each Israeli a direct subsidy worth about $500 per year.”

How the US Got On the Wrong Track, and Why Both Conservatives and Liberals Are Wrong
Mark Weber – Audio recording

A major factor in America’s ever more obvious decline, says Weber in this insightful, informed and vigorously presented talk, is that the guiding ideologies and operative historical narratives of both conservatives and liberals are fundamentally defective. The often-repeated boast of American “exceptionalism,” he says, is not just ignorant and arrogant, it’s dangerous. Address given at an IHR meeting, Dec. 10, 2011. Runtime: 44:06 mins.

Money and Media Manipulation of American Politics
Mark Weber – Podcast

Behind the pro-Israel slant of US foreign policy and a domestic policy that promotes “diversity” is money power and media control. Three of the most important players in American political life are George Soros, Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson. They disagree about tactics and methods, but these super-wealthy Jewish activists -- and many others like them -- are united in promoting the interests of Israel and the organized Jewish community. Well-funded manipulation of the nation’s mass media, and cultural and educational life, is decisive in determining the basic policies and direction of American life, above all by molding the “accepted” social-ideological premises on which policies and laws are based.

Uproar Over First German Post-War Edition of 'Mein Kampf'

Historians have cheered news that Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" will be reprinted in Germany for the first time since the Nazi dictator's fall in 1945, just as Holocaust survivors hit out at the move. British publisher Peter McGee said he would put out excerpts from the anti-Semitic manifesto, which laid out the Fuehrer's vision long before he took power in 1933, alongside commentary putting the work in historical context Academics said the time had come for some of the taboos surrounding the book in Germany to fall.

German State Questions 'Mein Kampf' Publication Plan
The Associated Press

A state government in Germany is looking at legal measures to prevent a British publisher's plans to reproduce excerpts from Adolf Hitler's infamous memoir "Mein Kampf" in Germany. The Finance Ministry of the German state of Bavaria said Tuesday that publisher Peter McGee's plans to reproduce three 16-page segments of "Mein Kampf" with critical commentary, starting next week, may violate the copyright on the book, which it holds. The ministry said in a statement that it believes the segments are too long to be considered excerpts not covered by copyright.

Germany Sues Dutch Site Over 'Mein Kampf' Excerpt
Radio Netherlands

A state government in Germany intends launching legal proceedings against a Dutch website for publication of an excerpt from Adolf Hitler’s infamous book, Mein Kampf. The Finance Ministry of Bavaria holds the copyright on the book and says website Nieuws-wo2.tk is in violation of copyright laws. The historical news website said it put up the fragment to support a colleague publisher in Germany, Peter McGee. The Bavarian state has also informed McGee that it will be taking measures to stop him publishing three segments of Mein Kampf with critical commentary from historians. McGee said he intended to put out weekly excerpts with a circulation of around 100,000.

German State Wins Battle to Get Hitler Book
Today's Zaman (Turkey)

… After becoming a best-seller in Turkey earlier this year [2007], with publishers saying more than 100,000 copies [of Mein Kampf] have been sold, Bavaria took action to intervene. In letters to publishers, Bavarian officials argued that the book’s copyright belonged to the German federal state everywhere except in the United States and Britain. Some eight publishing houses responded to the Bavarian letter, providing legal promises that they would stop publishing and selling the book. But six others refused to comply with Bavarian demands, prompting the German federal state to file a lawsuit against them.

Iraq. Began With Big Lies. Ending With Big Lies.
William Blum
… More than half the population either dead, wounded, traumatized, in prison, internally displaced, or in foreign exile ... The air, soil, water, blood, and genes drenched with depleted uranium ... the most awful birth defects ... unexploded cluster bombs lying anywhere in wait for children to pick them up ... a river of blood running alongside the Euphrates and Tigris ... through a country that may never be put back together again. "It is a common refrain among war-weary Iraqis that things were better before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003," reported the Washington Post on May 5, 2007.

Russia Warns That Iran Strike Could Trigger 'Chain Reaction'
The Independent (Britain)

Russia strongly criticised Western belligerence towards Syria and Iran yesterday, saying that a military assault on the Iranian regime could cause a "chain reaction" that would destabilise the entire world. The country's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, also said during his annual televised press conference that Russia would use its veto at the UN Security Council to block any resolution calling for military force to be used against Syria. Mr Lavrov said that Russia is "seriously worried" that military action against Iran may be under consideration, and vowed that Moscow would do all it could to prevent it. "The consequences will be extremely grave," he said. "It's not going to be an easy walk. It will trigger a chain reaction and I don't know where it will stop."

In Signal to Israel and Iran, Obama Delays War Exercise
Gareth Porter and Jim Lobe – IPS

The postponement of a massive joint U.S.-Israeli military exercise appears to be the culmination of a series of events that has impelled the Barack Obama administration to put more distance between the United States and aggressive Israeli policies toward Iran. The exercise, called "Austere Challenge '12" and originally scheduled for April, was to have been a simulation of a joint U.S.-Israeli effort to identify, track and intercept incoming missiles by integrating sophisticated U.S. radar systems with the Israeli Arrow, Patriot and Iron Dome anti-missile defence systems.

Ten 100-Year Predictions That Came True
BBC News

In 1900, an American civil engineer called John Eldritch Watkins made a number of predictions about what the world would be like in 2000. How did he do? … At the start of the 20th Century, John Eldritch Watkins wrote piece published on page eight of an American women's magazine, Ladies' Home Journal, entitled: "What may happen in the next hundred years". He began the article with the words: "These prophecies will seem strange, almost impossible", explaining that he had consulted the country's "greatest institutions of
science and learning" for their opinions on 29 topics.

Russian Specialist Lays Bare Stalin’s Plan To Conquer Europe
Joseph Bishop – Institute for Historical Review

… In 'Icebreaker’ Suvorov takes a close look at the origins and development of World War II in Europe, and in particular the background to Hitler’s “Operation Barbarossa” attack against the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941 … Above all, this book details the vast Soviet preparations for an invasion of Europe in the summer of 1941 with the goal of Sovietizing central and western Europe. Suvorov is not alone in his view. It is also affirmed by a number of non-Russian historians … A central tenet of Soviet ideology was that the Soviet Union, as the world’s first Marxist state and bulwark of “workers’ power,” would eventually liberate all of humanity from the yoke of capitalism and fascism.

New Evidence On 'Barbarossa': Why Hitler Attacked Soviet Russia
Daniel Michaels – Institute for Historical Review

… This prolific writer concisely and cogently explains why Hitler was compelled, for both political and military reasons, to launch his preemptive strike against the Soviet Union when and how he did. "Stalin's Trap" is also his final legacy to future generations … Many Soviet documents captured by the Germans during the course of the war, as well as German intelligence reports on the Soviet buildup in 1941, amply justify Hitler's decision to strike. Presented before an impartial tribunal, this evidence surely would have exonerated the German military and political leadership. Unfortunately, all of these documents were confiscated and kept by the victorious Allies.

Defense Budgets and Cavemen
Gwynne Dyer

… For the first time in history, NO great power is planning to attack any other great power. War between great powers became economic nonsense more than a century ago, and sheer suicide after the invention of nuclear weapons. Yet the military establishments in every major power still have a powerful hold on the popular imagination. In effect, the new US defense strategy says that for the United States to be safe, everybody else must be weaker. This displays a profound ignorance of human psychology – unless, of course, it is just a cynical device to convince the American public to spend a lot on “defense”.

Number of Palestinians and Israeli Jews Will Be Equal By 2015\
Barak Raved – Harts (Israel)

… The Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) released its own report summarizing 2011. According to that report, the number of Israelis stands at 7.8 million people: 5.9 Jews, 1.6 million Arabs and 325,000 defined as "others." A conclusion of the findings shows that the number of Jews and Palestinians between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea [ that is, including the West Bank and Gaza] are almost even. According to the Palestinian Authority's CBS there are about 300,000 more Jews than Palestinians, while according to the Israeli CBS that number stands at 100,000.

Machinations of the Anti-Defamation League
Paul N. (Pete) McCloskey, Jr. -- Institute for Historical Review

… I was in politics for fifteen years, and I think you should start with the assumption: never trust a politician … When people finally learn the truth, they turn against those who have been lying to them. And I think that if the movement of which you people are the cutting edge can retain dispassion in the face of outrages, setbacks and humiliations, the truth can ultimately prevail. You are doing something worse than criticizing the government of the United States; you're threatening the security of the state of Israel. And the Jewish community is dedicated to preserve that state, and to destroy those who speak against it. Good luck!

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

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.

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.

Thousands of US Troops Deploying to Israel
Russia Today

Without much media attention, thousands of American troops are being deployed to Israel, and Iranian officials believe that this is the latest and most blatant warning that the US will soon be attacking Tehran. Tensions between nations have been high in recent months and have only worsened in the weeks since early December when Iran hijacked and recovered an American drone aircraft. Many have speculated that a back-and-forth between the two countries will soon escalate Iran and the US into an all-out war, and that event might occur sooner than thought. Under the Austere Challenge 12 drill scheduled for an undisclosed time during the next few weeks, the Israeli military will together with America host the largest-ever joint missile drill by the two countries.

World War II US Plan to Poison Japanese Crops Revealed
The Courier-Mail (Australia)

Poisoning Japanese crops with chemical weapons during World War II was a "worthwhile" and justifiable tactic, according to newly declassified Australian military documents. … The World War II details emerged on the eve of the 70th anniversary of Japan's attack of Pearl Harbor, which triggered the US to enter the conflict. The war ended almost four years later with the US dropping atomic bombs on Japan. It was later revealed the US had contemplated a chemical bombardment on Japanese crops.

American Leaders Planned Poison Gas Attack Against Japan
Mark Weber

A long-suppressed report written in June 1945 by the US Army's Chemical Warfare Service shows that American military leaders made plans for a massive preemptive poison gas attack to accompany an invasion of Japan. The 30-page document designated "gas attack zones" on detailed maps of Tokyo and other major Japanese cities. Army planners selected 50 urban and industrial targets in Japan, with 25 cities, including Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Kobe and Kyoto, listed as "especially suitable for gas attacks."

Santorum Claims Mexico For US, and West Bank For Israel
Sari Madison – Salon

… Santorum said, among other things, “all the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis, they’re not Palestinians.” … He said it is no more realistic to expect Israel to give back the West Bank than it is to expect the US to give “Texas and Mexico back,” since they too were gained through war. That’s not a typo, not a verbal slip. Santorum refers to Mexico as part of the United States three separate times in the two-minute interview.

'Nazi’ Memorial in Croatia Is `Disgrace,’ Says Zionist Activist
Ephraim Surf - The Jerusalem Post (Israel)

Imagine for a minute that memorial masses were held in two major cities in Germany on the anniversary of the death of Adolf Hitler. Needless to say, such a ceremony would arouse fury, indignation, and widespread protests not only in Germany, but throughout the entire world. Last week, the local equivalent of such an event took place in Croatia, but instead of anger and demonstrations, not a single word of protest was heard from anywhere in the country. I am referring to the December 28 memorial masses conducted in Zagreb and Split (and perhaps elsewhere as well) to mark the 51st anniversary of the death of Ante Pavelic, the head of state of the infamous Independent State of Croatia …

Irish Potato Famine Was Genocide, Says Scholar In New Book
Mike Morley and Prof. Francis Boyle
… I’ve attempted to develop for the first time ever the legal case for why the Potato Famine was, in fact and in law, British genocide against the Irish … The facts are not in dispute: that they starved to death one million Irish and forced another two million to leave Ireland. The critical point here is the intent by Britain to exterminate Irish … They intended to reduce and eliminate the number of Irish living in Ireland, either because they were Irish or because they were Catholic, or both.

Guatemalan Victims of STD Experiments Cannot Sue US, Says Washington
The Associated Press

The Obama administration argued Monday that Guatemalans unknowingly exposed to sexually transmitted diseases by U.S. researchers in the 1940s cannot sue the United States, no matter how shameful and unethical the studies were. In its first response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of the experiment's subjects, the Justice Department late Monday said sovereign immunity protects federal health officials from litigation stemming from the study. The experiment conducted in the 1940s exposed Guatemalan prostitutes, prisoners, mental patients and soldiers with STDs to test the effects of penicillin. The studies were conducted without the test subjects' consent.

Jewish Alarm Over Level of Intermarriage in Europe
European Jewish Press

The European Centre for Jewish Students (ECJS) has raised alarm about the results of a new inquiry showing a rise of 17% of the rate of intermarriage among European students. The annual research has been conducted among a representative sample of Jewish communities and student organizations in Europe ahead of “Shabbat Like a Jew”, an event which will gather several hundreds of students from across Europe in Athens, Greece … According to ECJS, there are some 200,000 Jews aged 18-30 in Europe, the age at which this group of young people form relationships. Ives said the goal is to reach as many of them as possible "in order to reinforce their Jewish identity and continue the chain of the generations of the Jewish nation."

Is Israel Losing the Battle?
Steve Rubin – Ynet News (Israel)

The de-legitimization of Israel is being perpetuated by the Jewish state’s lack of a concrete plan to counter a new generation of anti-Israeli attitudes amongst both the American Jewish community and on college campuses. With regards to college campuses, this is not an issue of bigoted anti-Semitism; rather, it is a case of educated and intelligent young adults who have been easily and convincingly swayed by an overwhelmingly powerful Palestinian narrative. Even more troubling is that these well-educated, anti-Israel activists are the future of America and its leadership. This is a new generation that is no longer enamored with the State of Israel …

World Must Interfere in Israel's Internal Affairs
Gideon Levy - Haaretz (Israel)

… Israel may be the last country on earth with the right to be outraged over foreign interference. Since its founding, Israel has not ceased working around the world to bring Jews here; it has clandestinely carried out underground subversive activity among shady regimes; it has openly preached abroad for Jews to leave their native lands and immigrate here, or at least send financial support; and Israel has moved heaven and earth against manifestations of anti-Semitism and supports parallel alternative Jewish and Zionist educational systems around the world … It has not ceased to meddle in the internal affairs of foreign countries and entities, so of all countries, it should not be heard to complain about foreign interference.

Israeli Settlement Construction Reportedly Up By 20 Percent
VOA News (Washington, DC)

A new report shows that Israeli has stepped up settlement expansion, despite international pressure. Israeli settlement construction increased by 20 percent last year compared to 2010, according to the annual report of Israel's Peace Now movement. “2011 was an excellent year for the settlers,” said Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer, who announced the findings at a news conference. He said Israel approved construction of thousands of Jewish homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, on land the Palestinians seek for a future state. The construction occurred despite opposition from the international community, which sees the settlements as an obstacle to peace. Oppenheimer said the settlements are destroying the opportunity for a two-state solution.

In West Bank, Israel's Rule Is That Of The Jungle
Haaretz (Israel) -- Editorial

… Every time the judicial system has ordered the removal of an illegal outpost, including those erected on private Palestinian lands, a magical solution has been found to breach the court order. Over the years, successive Israeli governments have retroactively approved dozens of illegal settlements, many of which were established with its blessing and public money … Israel has over the years expropriated about a million dunams (250,000 acres) by defining them as "state lands," in order to establish Jewish settlements on them.

Israel Moves To Ban Protestors’ Use of Nazi and Holocaust Symbols

Israel's parliament gave initial approval on Wednesday to laws to curb public use of Nazi symbols after ultra-Orthodox protesters caused outrage by calling police Nazis and wearing concentration camp garb. Four bills swiftly passed one of five rounds of voting needed to become law, even though a spectrum of critics denounced them as a violation of free speech. The laws call for up to a year in jail and stiff fines for anyone convicted of visually or verbally misusing symbols such as swastikas, the term Nazi or epithets related to the killing of six million Jews before and during World War Two. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet approved the bills before they went to parliament …

Make Congress Vote on War on Iran
Patrick J. Buchanan

… There is another serious matter here. While Obamaites, neocons and Republicans are talking about "all options on the table," the war option, if we still have a Constitution, cannot be used against a nation that has not attacked us, unless Congress, which alone has the power to declare war, has authorized military action. When did Congress tell Obama or any president he can bomb Iran as soon as he concludes Iran is building a nuclear weapon? If, after leaving Iraq, we are going into yet another war of choice, let the Congress debate and vote on this new war with Iran.

In Hungary, Rising Anti-Jewish Sentiment
Hungary Around the Clock

Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Hungary, as anti-semitic language has become legitimate in public parlance because of the “Jobbik effect,” a survey by Central European University sociologist András Kovács shows. Some 24% of adults said they find Jews disagreeable, up from 10-14% gauged during 1993 to 2006.

The 23 Best Countries for Work-Life Balance (US Is No. 23)
Derek Thompson - The Atlantic

With the lowest child-poverty rate among developed nations, Denmark was named the best country for work-life balance in a 2011 report from the OECD. All three Scandinavian countries -- Denmark, Sweden, and Norway -- finished in the top seven in the ranking. So famous for their generous social safety net, which sharply divides liberals and conservatives between envy and consternation, northern Europe dominated the list, taking almost all the top ten spots.

Obama Seeks to Distance U.S. from Israeli Attack
Gareth Porter – IPS

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are engaged in intense maneuvering over Netanyahu's aim of entangling the United States in an Israeli war against Iran. Netanyahu is exploiting the extraordinary influence his right-wing Likud Party exercises over the Republican Party and the U.S. Congress on matters related to Israel in order to maximise the likelihood that the United States would participate in an attack on Iran. Obama, meanwhile, appears to be hoping that he can avoid being caught up in a regional war started by Israel if he distances the United States from any Israeli attack.

Billionaire Zionist Sheldon Gives $5 million to Pro-Gingrich Group
The Associated Press – Haaretz (Israel)

American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, close ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and owner of the Israeli daily Israel Hayom, has given $5 million to an independent group backing Newt Gingrich's presidential bid. A person familiar with the situation said Adelson — founder and majority owner of Las Vegas-based company that owns Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem — made the contribution Friday to Winning Our Future, a pro-Gingrich super PAC. The person said Adelson would spend heavily to assist whichever candidate wins the Republican nomination. Adelson is a longtime supporter of GOP candidates and has been a friend and backer of former House Speaker Gingrich for many years.

A Big Check, And Gingrich Gets a Big Lift
The New York Times

... On Friday, the cavalry suddenly arrived: a $5 million check from Mr. Adelson to Winning Our Future, a super PAC that supports Mr. Gingrich. By Monday morning, the group had reserved more than $3.4 million in advertising time in South Carolina, a huge sum of money in a state where the airwaves come cheap and the Republican presidential primary is just 11 days away.The last-minute injection underscores how last year's landmark Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance has made it possible for a wealthy individual to influence an election. Mr. Adelson's contribution to the super PAC is 1,000 times as much as the $5,000 he could legally donate directly to Mr. Gingrich's campaign this year.

The Brass Ring: A Profile of Sheldon Adelson
Connie Bruck -- The New Yorker (2008)

… He has been a generous donor to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, the dominant lobby of American Jewry regarding U.S. policy toward Israel … That was before he acquired many billions of dollars. (He has assets of twenty-six billion dollars, according to a Forbes list published in March.) … Adelson is also funding, with a $4.5-million grant, a think tank, the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies, at the right-leaning Shalem Center, in Jerusalem … In 2006, Sheldon and Miriam donated twenty-five million dollars to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial, the largest donation from a private donor in its history … According to a guest at a reception in Washington a few years ago, Adelson remarked to President Bush, “You know, I am the richest Jew in the world.”

Critics Claim Victory in MSNBC’s Suspension of Buchanan
WND (Washington, DC)

An activist group whose leaders object to the beliefs of Pat Buchanan, a senior adviser to three American presidents, a candidate for the Republican nomination in 1992 and 1996, and the Reform Party’s presidential candidate in 2000, is announcing victory in its campaign to have the author of multiple best-selling books removed from MSNBC. “ColorOfChange.org welcomes MSNBC’s decision to indefinitely supend (sic) Pat Buchanan,” ColorOfChange.org Executive Director Rashad Robinson posted in an online statement.

Buchanan’s Future at MSNBC Is Murky, Network’s Chief Says
The New York Times

The days of Patrick J. Buchanan as a commentator on the news channel MSNBC may be over. Phil Griffin, the president of the network, said in an interview here on Saturday that Mr. Buchanan might not be allowed to return to the channel because of the arguments in his most recent book, “Suicide of a Superpower,” which have been criticized by some civil rights organizations as racist and anti-Semitic. Mr. Griffin said that Mr. Buchanan, who has not appeared on the network since he began a book tour in October, was still employed by MSNBC, but that his future with the channel was unresolved.

Congress, Obama Codify Indefinite Detention
Sheldon Richman

… Regardless of the absence of the relevant language, both the Bush and Obama administrations claimed these broad powers that make a mockery of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights’ Fifth Amendment in particular. Now these powers have been formally set down on paper … This shouldn’t be surprising: Obama already claims the authority to kill Americans without due process. Obama’s intention to sign the NDAA tells us exactly where he stands on the Bill of Rights. As Human Rights Watch put it: “President Obama will go down in history as the president who enshrined indefinite detention without trial in US law.” The late Chalmers Johnson, the scholar who did so much to chronicle America’s world domination, liked to say that you either abolish the empire or live under it. Is there any doubt he was right?

In Britain, 'Anti-Semitism' Training Planned for Lawmakers
Toronto Star (Canada)

A British parliamentary group will run anti-Semitism seminars for MPs in the wake of a Nazi-themed stag party attended by one and questions about Britain’s Jewish ambassador to Israel by another. “You would think people in public life are much more attuned to these issues,” Danny Stone, director of the Parliamentary Committee Against Anti-Semitism Foundation, told the Star on Friday. “Some people do need help understanding that debate properly.” The voluntary seminars would likely begin next month through the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Anti-Semitism, a government group which Stone’s foundation supports.

President Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Bill Into Law
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law today [Dec. 31]. The statute contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provision … “President Obama's action today is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law,” said Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director. “The statute is particularly dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield …”

R.I.P. Bill of Rights 1789-2011
Mike Adams

One of the most extraordinary documents in human history -- the Bill of Rights -- has come to an end under President Barack Obama. Derived from sacred principles of natural law, the Bill of Rights has come to a sudden and catastrophic end with the President's signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a law that grants the U.S. military the "legal" right to conduct secret kidnappings of U.S. citizens, followed by indefinite detention, interrogation, torture and even murder. This is all conducted completely outside the protection of law, with no jury, no trial, no legal representation and not even any requirement that the government produce evidence against the accused.

Phantom Defense Cuts
The Orange County Register (California) - Editorial

… But the cuts really aren't there, Christopher Preble told us; he's vice president for defense and foreign-policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. It's the old trick of "cutting" the baseline budget – as the baseline rises. He said the "cuts" would "put us back to 2010 – hardly a lean year as far as Pentagon spending is concerned." He said that money also has been shifted from the Pentagon's main budget to Overseas Contingency Operations – bureaucratese for wars. "The bottom line is that, from 2011 to 2012, the budget may not have been cut at all, if you include the roughly $10 billion moved into the OCO account. It's virtually flat."

Why Hitler Struck Against Soviet Russia
Mark Weber - Podcast

Important evidence has come to light in recent decades that shatters the official, endlessly repeated view that Hitler, bent on world conquest, launched a treacherous surprise attack against a peaceful Soviet Union. In 1941 Soviet dictator Stalin deployed an enormous strike force on the western Soviet frontier in readiness for a massive attack against Germany that would roll on to overwhelm central and western Europe. Hitler’s ‘Barbarossa” attack, say a growing number of historians in Russia, Germany and other countries, was actually a preventive war to forestall an imminent Soviet strike.

Don't Blame Hitler Alone For World War II
Eric Margolis

… A fascinating book, `The Chief Culprit’ by Viktor Suvorov (US Naval Institute Press), the pseudonym of a defector from Soviet military intelligence GRU, makes explosive new revelations about Stalin’s role in igniting World War II … I poured through Suvorov’s meticulous military analysis. To me, as a veteran military analyst, his figures appear to confirm that Stalin was just about to attack when Hitler pre-empted him … Had Hitler not attacked first in 1941, Stalin’s thirty-million man army, backed by mammoth industrial production, would have overwhelmed all of Europe in a 1941 surprise blitz. Suvorov’s unstated conclusion: Hitler saved Western Europe from Stalin.

Was Stalin To Blame For World War II?
Tom Segev - Haaretz (Israel)

... A few years ago Shauli read "Icebreaker: Who Started the Second World War" ... From out of the sea of details, a coherent thesis emerges: Stalin dragged Hitler into war to force Europe into chaos and facilitate a communist revolution on the continent. According to Shauli, there is [additional] evidence to back up this theory, including a speech by Stalin himself as well as a report obtained by the U.S. Consulate in Prague ... The document is in his possession, and now the history of World War II may have to be rewritten: It was Stalin's fault.

Santorum, 'Dumbest' Congress Member, Pledges War Against Iran
Alexander Cockburn

A Catholic former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania once rated the dumbest man in the US Congress crested Tuesday night in Iowa’s see-saw battle among candidates for the Republican nomination and ran a virtual tie with Mormon millionaire Mitt Romney … Santorum says that as president he would bomb Iran tomorrow. Romney and Gingrich don’t lag far behind in their ravings against the Islamic Republic. Obama ratchets up sanctions against Iran while supposedly telling Netanyahu that the US will not endorse any attack by Israel on Iran. Only Ron Paul stands out against this deranged chorus. Given a chance, I’ll vote for Paul, even though he hasn’t a prayer of taking over the Oval Office.

'There Is No Palestine,' Says Rick Santorum
The Jewish Week (New York)

… As far as Santorum is concerned, Palestinians don’t exist. “There are no Palestinians,” he told a questioner at a campaign event in Iowa. "All the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis. There are no Palestinians. This is Israeli land," the former Pennsylvania senator said. "The West Bank is part of Israel," which won it as "part of an aggressive attack by Jordan and others" in 1967. Israel doesn't have to give it back any more than the United States has to give New Mexico and Texas to Mexico, which were gotten "through a war," he said.

Kennedy's 1945 Visit to Germany
Mark Weber

In late July and early August 1945, just weeks after the end of the war in Europe, the 28-year-old John F. Kennedy visited war-devastated Germany … These diary entries show the youthful Kennedy's wide-ranging curiosity and eye for telling detail … Kennedy wrote a remarkable commentary in his diary, dated August 1, 1945, about Hitler and his place in history: "After visiting these places, you can easily understand how that within a few years Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived…”

Joseph Kennedy and the Jews
Edward Renehan, Jr -- History News Network

… Kennedy always remained convinced of what he believed to be the Jews' corrupt, malignant, and profound influence in American culture and politics. "The Democratic [party] policy of the United States is a Jewish production," Kennedy told a British reporter near the end of 1939, adding confidently that Roosevelt would "fall" in 1940.

US As a Global Power: New World Disorder
The Guardian (Britain) – Editorial

… Protectionism not internationalism rules the day. The Middle East has been transformed from a zone of allies to one in which Washington has been reduced to the role of spectator. It is now largely a taker of Middle Eastern policy, not one of its makers … So the paradox is that while US military power retains global reach (it is working on supersonic cruise missiles, and long-range drones) its stewardship as world leader, as a generator of the next big idea, is gradually ending. There may come a time when international institutions are rebuilt to fill this vacuum. But that time is not yet. Until then, a new world disorder would be nearer the mark.

The Atlantic Charter Smokescreen
Charles Lutton - Institute for Historical Review

During both the First and Second World Wars, the nations warring against Germany and her allies portrayed their fight as a "world war for humanity." Despite the opening of hitherto closed government archives and the testimony of political participants, the general public, with rare exceptions, still believes in these wartime propaganda images of "the good guys" versus "the bad guys." … Although the Allies, including Stalin's Russia, continued throughout the war to invoke the principles embodied in the Atlantic Charter, those principles were in practice ignored …

Why Ron Paul Terrifies the GOP
Peter Beinart -- The Daily Beast

… Small government conservatism, the kind to which today's Republicans swear fealty, was born in the 1920s not only in reaction to the progressive movement's efforts to use government to regulate business, but in reaction to World War I, which conservatives rightly saw as a crucial element of the government expansion they feared. To be a small government conservative in the 1920s and 1930s was, for the most part, to vehemently oppose military spending while insisting that the US never, ever get mired in another European war.

A Jewish Fighter Recalls 'Nakba' Horrors
Zochrot (Israel)

Amnon Neumann recalls some of what he saw and experienced of the “Nakba” (the Palestinian “Catastrophe’) as a fighter of the Zionist “Palmach” forces. He describes some of “the horrible things we did” in 1948 because of “Zionist ideology,” including forcible expulsions of Arabs from Palestinian villages where they and their ancestor had lived for centuries, as well as killings and destruction of homes. This testimony was given in June 2010. Neumann speaks in Hebrew, with English subtitles. Runtime: 14:52 mins.

The Worst Case For War With Iran
Stephen M. Walt

There is a simple and time-honored formula for making the case for war, especially preventive war. First, you portray the supposed threat as dire and growing, and then try to convince people that if we don't act now, horrible things will happen down the road … Let's be crystal clear about what Kroenig is advocating here. He is openly calling for preventive war against Iran, even though the United States has no authorization from the U.N. Security Council, it is not clear that Iran is actively developing nuclear weapons, and Iran has not attacked us or any of our allies -- ever. He is therefore openly calling for his country to violate international law.

No Longer The Land of Opportunity
Harold Meyerson – The Washington Post

Romney’s assertions are the centerpiece of his, and his party’s, critique not just of Obama but of American liberalism generally. But they fail to explain how and why the American economy has declined the past few decades — in good part because they betray no awareness that Europe’s social democracies now fit the description of “merit-based opportunity societies” much more than ours does … There are, of course, a multitude of reasons the nations of Northern Europe are outperforming us. But if entitlements and social democracy were anywhere near the impediments to enterprise that Romney claims, Germany would hardly be the most successful economy in the advanced industrial world, with those of Scandinavia close behind.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Plans Referendum On Treaty With Israel
Haaretz (Israel)

The Muslim Brotherhood, the overwhelming victor in the first round of elections for the Egyptian Parliament, has announced it will not recognize Israel and intends to bring the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty to a referendum. "We will not recognize Israel under any circumstances; we are talking about an occupation entity and a criminal enemy," said Dr. Rashad Bayoumi, the deputy head of the Brotherhood. "There is no condition that obligates the movement to recognize Israel," Bayoumi reportedly told the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper.

Whose Country Is It, Anyway?
Patrick J. Buchanan

… How did America's Christians allow themselves to be dispossessed of a country their fathers had built for them? How did America come to be a nation where not only have all Christian prayers, pageants, holidays and holy days been purged from all government schools and public institutions, but secularism has taken over those schools, while Christians are mocked at Christmas in ways that would be declared hate crimes were it done to other religious faiths or ethnic minorities? … The question for Christians is a simple one: Do they have what it takes to take America back?

New US Law, Signed by Obama, is 'Historic Assault' on Liberty
Jonathan Turley – The Guardian (Britain)

President Barack Obama rang in the New Year by signing the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act] law with its provision allowing him to indefinitely detain citizens. It was a symbolic moment, to say the least. With Americans distracted with drinking and celebrating, Obama signed one of the greatest rollbacks of civil liberties in the history of our country … Ironically, in addition to breaking his promise not to sign the law, Obama broke his promise on signing statements.

Congress Approves Massive $662 Billion Military Spending Bill
The Associated Press

Congress passed a massive $662 billion defense bill Thursday [Dec. 15] after months of wrangling over how to handle captured terrorist suspects without violating Americans’ constitutional rights. A last-minute compromise produced a truce, but lawmakers said the fight’s not over. The Senate voted 86-13 for the measure and will send it to President Barack Obama for his signature. The bill would authorize money for military personnel, weapons systems, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and national security programs in the Energy Department for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The legislation is $27 billion less than Obama wanted and $43 billion less than Congress gave the Pentagon this year …

America’s Transition from Republic to Empire
Mark Weber – Podcast

For more than a century, US foreign policy was based on the principle of non-intervention in overseas wars and disputes, and rejection of “entangling alliances.” In 1898 the US -- seizing on a pretext -- declared war against Spain. The US acquired the Philippines and Puerto Rico, and also took Hawaii and established hegemony over Cuba. This was a landmark transition from a republic to an imperial power. Later, in two world wars, the US pushed a globalist foreign policy, justifying military intervention everywhere in the name of “democracy.” Today America’s “exceptionalist” role as a “world policeman” is increasingly resented everywhere as arrogant and hypocritical.

Sheldon Adelson: The Deep Pockets Behind Newt Gingrich
Eli Clifton

The funding behind Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions for Winning the Future, an independent political committee, offers an intriguing clue into the financial deep pockets backing Gingrich’s candidacy … The billionaire casino magnate is a central figure in Newt Gingrich’s political career … In Israel, Adelson’s importance stems from his close friendship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ownership of Israel HaYom, a free daily newspaper which supports Netanyahu’s Likud party. Back in the U.S., Adelson sits on the board of the Republican Jewish Coalition and is outspoken about his views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

US Politicians Get Richer As Ordinary Americans Get Poorer

The wealth gap between members of Congress and ordinary Americans is growing larger, with nearly half of all lawmakers now worth more than $1 million, according to US media reports Tuesday. US lawmakers are increasingly likely to be multimillionaires and are on average nine times richer than the other Americans, according to data made available to the New York Times and Washington Post. The papers reported figures from the Center for Responsive Politics that showed the median net worth of a member of Congress stood at $913,000 and is climbing, compared to $100,000 and falling for the rest of the population … Their wealth stands in stark contrast to the economic fate of most Americans, who have seen their value shrink over the last two decades.

Wealth Gap Grows Between US Lawmakers and American People
New York Daily News

As Americans have gotten poorer, members of Congress have gotten richer. The median net worth of members of the House more than doubled from $280,000 to $725,000 in inflation-adjusted dollars between 1984 and 2009, the Washington Post reported. The median wealth of American families declined slightly over the same period. Nearly half of all members of Congress today are millionaires, according to The New York Times. And the wealth gap is growing faster than before. From 2004 to 2010 alone, the median net worth of members of Congress grew by 15% while the median net worth for all Americans dropped 8%.

How Did Our Friend Iran Become Our Enemy?
Jim Powell -- Forbes

Before the United States goes to war with Iran, as many Americans seem anxious to do, we should first understand how Iran became our implacable enemy. U.S. presidents from Eisenhower to Carter viewed Iran as our friend … The story goes back to the early days of World War II. In 1941, Great Britain and the Soviet Union invaded Iran, because the ruler, Reza Shah, seemed incapable of countering Nazi influence. They forced him to resign. … After the war and the humiliating invasions, an Iranian nationalist movement clamored to eliminate foreign intervention in their country.

Jewish Fundraisers Are Sticking With Obama
Forward (New York)

Top-level Jewish fundraisers from President Obama’s 2008 campaign are sticking with the president in 2012. Despite reports that President Obama faces a loss of Jewish funders due to his Middle East policy, analysis of a list of elite bundlers from his 2008 race shows no defections among the president’s top Jewish supporters in 2012.

How Israel Empowers Islamist Movements
Uri Avnery

If Islamist movements come to power all over the region, they should express their debt of gratitude to their bete noire, Israel. Without the active or passive help of successive Israeli governments, they may not have been able to realize their dreams. That is true in Gaza, in Beirut, in Cairo and even in Tehran … Israel’s part in the rise of Hizbollah is less direct, but no less effective … Generations of Jews have been brought up on the Talmud, which is mainly a compilation of legal precedents, and their mind has been honed by legalistic arguments. Not for nothing are Jewish lawyers in demand the world over.

Ron Paul Is Anti-Israel, But Not Anti-Semitic, Says Former Aide
Haaretz (Israel)

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul supports calls for the abolishment of Israel as a Jewish state, and the return of it in its entirety to the Arabs, though he is not an anti-Semite, a former senior aide of the libertarian Texan congressman wrote in a blog on Monday. “He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all,” Eric Dondero wrote in his blog on the RightWing News website. “His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer.” “He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs,” Dondero added.

Sanctions Against Iran Are 'Acts of War,' Says Ron Paul
ABC News

Unwilling to back down from the growing criticism that his foreign policy would be “dangerous,” Ron Paul told voters in Iowa that western sanctions against Iran are “acts of war” that are likely to lead to an actual war. Paul said that Iran would be justified in responding to sanctions by blocking the Straits of Hormuz, adding that the country blocking the strategically important strait is “so logical” since they have no other recourse.