June 2005


corral.jpg I’ll be travelling quite a bit so postings here will be few and far between. But before I go, may I ask you to take a serious look at what is happening in the world and to think what you can do about it.

If you don’t know this by now, let me be the first to tell you that the United States has been on a campaign to enrich themselves on the natural resources of other nations since the Spanish-American War. As a result of that war, the Philippines was ceded by Spain and became America’s first attempt at this campaign when an emissary was sent to catalogue what the country had worth exploiting.

From agricultural products to energy sources, the United States have labelled the natural resources of other countries as America’s national interests. They have gone to war, provoked civil unrest and destroyed the socio-economic and political structures of sovereign nations in order to maintain these interests in American hands.

But the majority of people do not see this and most Americans are blindly patriotic, the result of mainstream media manipulation by those in power. Propaganda, disinformation, and one other unspeakable reason: threats to life and livelihood issued to mainstream journalists, facts and certain events that are detrimental to the cause of those in power never find their way in print. The most recent case being the Downing Street Memo, it is therefore not difficult to conclude that the mainstream media has become an unreliable source of truthful information.

America runs a police state. Foreign and domestic dissent is dealt with a swiftness of force either by the military or CIA covert operations, or confined in such a way that you can compare it to shouting in a sound-proof room. But there is one outlet they cannot silence: independent journalists, whistleblowers and bloggers around the world who speak the truth, who push for radical change, and who are the voice of those who have come before that have been silenced.

Seek justice for the innocent killed or maimed by America’s foreign policies. Strive for respect for all nations and all people. Be concerned for the environment. In your own way, in whatever capacity you may have, and by what ever means available to you, do speak out.

Get involved. Be part of it.

If you want to know more about what the United States government and corporate America have been up to all these years, you might be interested to read the following links:

• On Journalists Killed in Iraq: Spanish Judge Wants to Question U.S. Troops on Iraq Deaths

• On the Kyoto Protocol: Bush Aide Altered Climate Reports

• On the Propaganda Before the Invasion of Iraq: Facts Every War Supporter Should Have Known

• On America’s Designs on Latin America, an Oil-Rich Region: ‘War on Terror’ Has Indigenous People in Its Sights

• On America’s Rhetoric Against War Crime Prosecution: US Attacks International War Crime Law

• On Why the Force of Mainstream Media is Manipulated by Those in Power: Propaganda and Human Rights: The Role of the Media

• One of the Results of This Manipulation: The Press (Left and Right) Continues to Ignore Labor Opposition to the Iraq War

• On America’s Definition of “Democracy”: Paying For Dictators

• America’s Search For Biological Weapons Are Found on Their Own Backyard: A Report for Parliament on the British Government’s Response to the US Supply of Biological Materials to Iraq

• A Short Video Clip Describing America’s Intentions on the World: The Campaign Against Opposition to American Domination

How To Get Involved:
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indymedialogo.gif The Social Movement in Bolivia: Since May 17th, tens of thousands of Bolivians have flooded the streets, blockaded highways, and laid seige to Congress, demanding the nationalization of hydrocarbons, successfully forcing the resignation of President Carlos Mesa, and calling for Congress to be replaced by a People’s Assembly.

These actions are being coordinated by a broad coalition made up of members of the El Alto Regional Workers’ Federation, Aymara campesinos from across the altiplano, a rural teachers’ union, miners’ groups, the landless peasants’ movement, unemployed workers’ organizations, student groups, coca farmers, and many others.

Of course, you would never hear the voices of these groups in the corporate media, which has been falling all over itself to cover the reactions of the transnational corporations that are slated to lose money if Bolivia’s resources fall into the hands of Bolivia’s people.

Please support Bolivia’s Independent Media—they are amplifying the voices of the social movements.

(See extended entry of this post on what actions you can take to help Indymedia Bolivia):

Latin America: ‘War on Terror’ Has Indigenous People in Its Sights
Bolivia: Indigenous Demands Are Justified, Says UN Robert Stavenhagen
US Behind Bolivia Crisis: Chavez
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FreudEinsteinMahler_photocreditCorbisGetty.jpg Natural Genius: The idea that some ethnic groups may be more intelligent than others is one of those hypotheses that dare not speak its name. But Gregory Cochran, a noted scientific iconoclast, is prepared to say it anyway.

Together with Jason Hardy and Henry Harpending, of the University of Utah, he is publishing, in a forthcoming edition of the Journal of Biosocial Science, a paper which not only suggests that one group of humanity is more intelligent than the others, but explains the process that has brought this about. The group in question are Ashkenazi Jews. The process is natural selection.

Ashkenazim generally do well in IQ tests and have contributed to the intellectual and cultural life of the West. They also suffer more often than most people from a number of genetic diseases. These facts, however, have previously been thought unrelated. Dr Cochran, however, suspects that the intelligence and the diseases are intimately linked. His argument is that the unusual history of the Ashkenazim has subjected them to unique evolutionary pressures that have resulted in this paradoxical state of affairs.
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Bush rejects moves to boost EU military might: President George W Bush set strict limits on the EU’s global ambitions, saying that there was no need for the Franco-German goal of forming an alternative superpower.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, his first with a British newspaper since his re-election last year, he pointedly rejected a call by Chancellor Gerhard Schröder for Nato to be overhauled.

“My trip to Europe is to seize the moment and invigorate [the] relationship,” he said. “We compete at times but we do not compete when it comes to values.”

gangster.jpg  Bush Warns EU Not to Lift China Arms Ban: President Bush and European leaders plunged into a troublesome new dispute over the lifting of an arms embargo against China. Bush warned Congress might retaliate if Europe revokes the 15-year ban.

Pentagon report to portray China as emerging rival: The Pentagon is preparing to release a report on the Chinese military that warns the US that it should take more seriously the possibility that China might emerge as a strategic rival to the US, according to a senior government official.

The report has generated controversy in the Bush administration because of earlier drafts that concerned National Security Council officials by painting what they saw as an overly antagonistic picture of China.

The Ambiguous Arsenal: If you read the Washington Times, in addition to believing that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction are hidden somewhere in Syria, you might believe that “China’s aggressive strategic nuclear-modernization program” was proceeding apace.

So, it may come as a shock to learn that China’s nuclear arsenal is about the same size it was a decade ago, and that the missile that prompted the Washington Times article has been under development since the mid-1980s. Perhaps your anxiety about “marginal improvements” to China’s missile force would recede as you learned that China’s 18 ICBMs, sitting unfueled in their silos, their nuclear warheads in storage, are essentially the same as they were the day China began deploying them in 1981.

Estimating the size, configuration, and capability of China’s nuclear weapons inventory is not just an exercise in abstract accounting. The specter of a robust Chinese arsenal has been cited by the Bush administration as a rationale for not making deeper cuts in U.S. nuclear deployments. Likewise, opponents of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) point to China in making the case for maintaining U.S. deterrent capabilities. Others portray China’s modernization program as evidence of the country’s increasingly hostile posture toward Taiwan–adding a sense of urgency to developing missile defenses.

The true scope of China’s nuclear capabilities are hidden in plain sight, among the myriad declassified assessments produced by the U.S. intelligence community. Yet, such analyses have run afoul of conservative legislators, who express dismay when threat assessments don’t conform to their perceptions of reality.

In Moscow, U.S. Strives for Greater Share of Oil Exports: United States energy secretary, met with Kremlin officials Tuesday to relay the concerns of American energy companies about Russia’s investment climate, and added that Russian oil exports to the United States should be “ten times” what they are currently.

In an effort to revive flagging energy cooperation between the two countries, Mr. Bodman met with his counterpart regarding long-delayed oil pipeline to Murmansk; potential joint projects in liquefied natural gas; and ways to improve the investment environment, perceived as hostile since the Russian government partly renationalised its largest private oil company, Yukos.

downing memo and rove.jpg BBA.jpg After the Downing Street Memo: The Case for Impeachment Builds: [As a result of the Downing Street Memo], a coalition of various groups are urging Congress to begin a formal investigation into whether President Bush has committed impeachable offenses in connection with the Iraq war. Calls for a full investigation have gained momentum, and 89 House members have called on Bush to answer questions surrounding the memo. Representative John Conyers is collecting signatures demanding that the president address the accuracy of the document.

Since the Downing Street memo revelations, more evidence has come out showing that the U.S and the Royal Air force increased their air strikes on Iraq in the months preceding the invasion in order to provoke Saddam Hussein into giving the allies an excuse for war.

Times Online | The Downing Street Memo
Articles of Impeachment
Proof Bush Fixed the Facts

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