Gilad Atzmon – Organ Donation and Theft in Contemporary Jewish Folklore

30 August, 2009 — Palestine Think Tank

larry-david.jpgDonation According to Larry David

In his highly acclaimed TV satire ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, LA screen writer and comedian Larry David engages courageously with subjects to do with American Jewish identity. In his fifth season (2005) David tackles the subject of organ donation [1]. Performing an American eccentric and egotistical Jew David is confronted with a serious dilemma. His best friend Richard Lewis (another Jewish comedian) happens to suffer an acute kidney failure. His survival is dependent on an urgent kidney donation and as one may expect Larry David is the perfect donor. David, who comes across as the ultimate selfish persona in American popular culture is obviously reluctant to donate his Kidney. He procrastinates, finds excuses and plays games. He even tries to make friends with a wealthy Orthodox Jew who is in a position to ‘sort things out’ as far as kidneys are concerned. He does it all just to avoid donating his own kidney to his best and closest friend.

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Obama Administration Seeks “Emergency Control” of the Internet By Tom Burghardt

29 August, 2009 — Anti-fascist calling

You have to hand it to congressional Democrats. Mendacious grifters whose national security agenda is virtually indistinguishable from Bushist Republicans, when it comes to rearranging proverbial deck chairs on the Titanic, the party of “change” is second to none in the “all terrorism all the time” department.

While promising to restore the “rule of law,” “protect civil liberties” while “keeping America safe,” in practice, congressional Democrats like well-coiffed Republican clones across the aisle, are crafting legislation that would do Dick Cheney proud!

As the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (S.773) wends its way through Congress, civil liberties’ advocates are decrying provisions that would hand the President unlimited power to disconnect private-sector computers from the internet.

CNET reported August 28, that the latest iteration of the bill “would allow the president to ‘declare a cybersecurity emergency’ relating to ‘non-governmental’ computer networks and do what’s necessary to respond to the threat.”

Drafted by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), “best friends forever” of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the telecommunications industry, they were key enablers of Bush-era warrantless wiretapping and privacy-killing data mining programs that continue apace under Obama.

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AFRICOM: Western Self-Serving Interests or African Security? By Paul I. Adujie

22 August, 2009 — Global ResearchNew Liberian

China is as well a major financier of America’s public debt, in the trillions. Sino-phobia in Western countries can also be blamed for America’s sudden desire to establish military presence in Africa.

In my view, therefore, America’s Africa Command, in conceptual terms and actual implementation, is not intended to serve Africa’s best interests. It is just happens that Africa has grown in geopolitical and geo-economic importance to America and her allies. Africa has been there all along.

There were, for instance, reports of how the American military, acting supposedly in partnership or cooperation with the Nigerian military, literally took over Nigerian Defense Headquarters. I know for a fact that the US military would not brook such behaviors by foreign military personnel at the Pentagon, the US Department of Defense or military complex.

It is probably important to mention that the United States already operates at least three other commands, namely, the European Command (EUCOM), Central Command, (CENTCOM) and Pacific Command (PACOM), therefore, Africa Command or (AFRICOM) will be the fourth leg of US military global
spread.

America’s Africa Command is instead seen as machinery for Western governments to pursue their vaunted economic, political and hegemonic hemispheric influence at the expense of Africans as well as a backdoor through which Westerners can outmaneuver rivals such as China and perhaps Russia in addition.

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AFRICOM: The Pentagon's First Direct Military Intervention In Africa By Rick Rozoff

25 August, 2009 — Global ResearchStop NATO


africa-map.jpgThe 2009 World Population Data Sheet published by the Washington, DC-based Population Reference Bureau states that the population of the African continent has surpassed one billion. Africans now account for over a seventh of the human race.

Africa’s 53 nations are 28% of the 192 countries in the world.

The size and location of the continent along with its human and natural resources – oil, natural gas, gold, diamonds, uranium, cobalt, chromium, platinum, timber, cotton, food products – make it an increasingly important part of a world that is daily becoming more integrated and interdependent.

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HOUSMANS RADICAL BOOKS, LONDON EVENTS NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2009

CONTENTS:

NEWS

1. Housmans online bookshop launched! Over 500,000 titles available…

2. Housmans Peace Diary 2010: Special pre-publication offer

EVENTS

3. Last Hours present:
Spoonboy, Kelly Kemp and PJ & Gaby
Friday 4th September – 7pm till 10pm

4. Greenpeace and Climate Camp present:
‘No New Coal – Stopping Kingsnorth’
Wednesday 9th September – 7pm till 8.30pm

5. Zed Books present:
‘Lugo: The Priest of Paraguay’ with Hugh O’Shaughnessy
Saturday 12th September – 5pm till 6.30pm

6. ‘Dark Light’ with Pat Arrowsmith
Wednesday 16th September – 7pm till 8.30pm

7. No Sweat present: ‘Made in LA’
Saturday 19th September – 5pm till 7pm

8. ‘Solsbury Hill: Chronicle of a Road Protest’ with Adrian Arbib
Wednesday 23rd September – 7pm till 9pm

9. Skookum Boom present: Leon Walker, Viclambrusco, Captain Of The Rant + more
Saturday 26th September – 6pm till 9pm

10. Forthcoming Events

BOOK RECOMMENDATION

11. ‘Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization’
by Nicholson Baker

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THE ITALIAN CINEMA AND THE LEFT: On Rediscovering Roberto Rossellini-Filmmaker By Gaither Stewart

rossellini.jpg(Rome) The story of Roberto Rossellini is a very Italian story, encompassing Italy in change from the Fascist period and, reaching beyond his lived life, until 2009. Though Europe is not Europe without Italy, Rossellini’s story, in the strictest sense, is a very Italian story; not an European story. For Italy, separated from the rest of Europe by the Alps, is, and perhaps always has been, something apart, still today considered by North Europeans an exotic place to escape to. As is popularly said, Italy is a wonderful place to visit but hell to live in. The story of Roberto Rossellini deals with that paradox. Read Roberto Rossellini and think Italy of the past 75 years.

The Italian film director, Roberto Rossellini (1906-1977), known as 95% neo-realist, was highly successful in his film career. Yet—and here are two pieces of information that might be news for cinema buffs—after growing up in a bourgeois family near pre-Dolce Vita Via Veneto in Rome and then tinkering in insignificant cinema during the Fascist era, he later became a maker of Italy’s cinema of the Left. Late in his life, Rossellini then had a vision, a vision light years distant from European filmmaking: in the 1970s, far ahead of his time, he became enamoured of the East and dreamed of a rejoining of the Occident and Islam.

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Book Reviews: Immigration Past, Immigration Present: Confronting the Internal “Other” in Europe By Brian McCook

27 August, 2009 — MRZine – Monthly Review

Oliver Grant.  Migration and Inequality in Germany.  Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2005.  416 pp.  $190.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-927656-1.

Leo Lucassen.  The Immigrant Threat: The Integration of Old and New Migrants in Western Europe since 1850.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005.  296 pp.  $25.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-252-07294-9.

Elia Morandi.  Italiener in Hamburg: Migration, Arbeit und Alltagsleben vom Kaiserreich bis zur Gegenwart.  Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2004.  398 pp. EUR 54.00 (paper), ISBN 978-3-631-52205-9.

Peter J. van Krieken.  The Consolidated Asylum and Migration Acquis: The EU Directives in an Expanded Europe.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.  350 pp.  $75.00 (paper), ISBN 978-90-6704-180-5.

Immigration is now generally acknowledged as a fact of life across the democratic political spectrum within Europe, and a vast array of policies and programs have been adopted over the past decade to integrate “newcomers” into the mainstream.  Nevertheless, immigration remains a highly contentious issue within the public consciousness, especially when stirred by a populist press, and a collective reticence to acknowledge the historical nature of migration both to and within Europe persists.  In Germany, sentiment that the country is “not a land of immigration” remains strong, while in Britain current debates over “Britishness” bizarrely neglect the multiculturalism implied in the term.  Meanwhile, the recent opening of a Museum of Immigration and the election of Nicolas Sarkozy in France have not necessarily dulled the collective amnesia of many to France’s long, if troubled, history as a destination for immigrants from across Europe, Africa, Asia, and beyond.  Fortunately, over the past thirty years the field of European migration studies has grown dramatically, with scholars making significant inroads into examining both historical and contemporary issues of immigration.1 The works under review are welcome additions to this ongoing effort to engage with and relate the history of immigration to a wider audience.

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Video Free Gaza – WE MADE IT TO GAZA

27 August 27, 2009

We will return. We will come back. We will never forget. A year ago, 23rd August 2008, 44 of us saw the coastline of Gaza in the distance, after 30 hours of traveling across the Mediterranean Sea….We will return. We will come back. We will never forget. We were jubilant. We had made it to Gaza. We had actually made it to Gaza. We had really, really made it to Gaza.

We had MADE IT TO GAZA.

Thank you to all of you who made this possible, who worked on the land crew, who sent out the information to your lists, who covered the story while we were in Gaza.

44 of us made it to Gaza last year, but we were supported by HUNDREDS OF YOU. A special thanks to Ramattan News Agency and AKI Nation for footage upon arrival of our two boats: the Liberty and the Free GazaImages: Mohammed Omer and Sameh A. Habeeb

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Global Poverty and The Economic Crisis – Selected Articles 22-27 August, 2009

27 August, 2009 — Global Research

Award Winning Movie: “SUPERPOWER”:
Interview with Filmmaker on RBN this Thursday!
– by Barbara-Anne Steegmuller – 2009-09-08

America’s “War on Terrorism”
Book by Michel Chossudovsky
– 2009-09-07

Selected Articles

Financial Parasites Have Killed the American Economy
A Review of Economist Michael Hudson
– by Washington’s Blog – 2009-08-27

Europe’s Space Program: Will Vega Ever Take Off?
– by Maxim Rubakin – 2009-08-27

Living In A Culture of Delusion, Denial and Ignorance
– by Danny Schechter – 2009-08-27

Artificial Life will be created ‘Within Months’: Genome Experts claim Vital Breakthrough
– 2009-08-27

A Stock Market Rally Engineered by our Government
Stay as far away from it as possible
– by Bob Chapman – 2009-08-27

The Rising Tide of Unemployment in America
How Bad Will It Get, And What Can We Do?
– by Washington’s Blog – 2009-08-26

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CIA Involvement: Police chief: Lockerbie evidence was faked

28 August, 2009 — Global Research – (First published in the The Scotsman – 28 August, 2006)

CIA planted tiny fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 mass murder of 270 people

This report was published by the Scotsman exactly three years ago. ‘the CIA planted the tiny fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 mass murder of 270 people.’

A former Scottish police chief has given lawyers a signed statement claiming that key evidence in the Lockerbie bombing trial was fabricated.

The retired officer – of assistant chief constable rank or higher – has testified that the CIA planted the tiny fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 mass murder of 270 people.

The police chief, whose identity has not yet been revealed, gave the statement to lawyers representing Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, currently serving a life sentence in Greenock Prison.

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The H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic: Manipulating the Data to Justify a Worldwide Public Health Emergency By Michel Chossudovsky

“Over the course of the next few months, with the assistance of our partners in the private and public sector and at every level of government, we will move aggressively to prepare the nation for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of the H1N1 virus. We will do all we can to plan for different scenarios. We ask the American people to become actively engaged with their own preparation and prevention. It’s a responsibility we all share.” (US Government advisory, flu.gov: Vaccines, Vaccine Allocation and Vaccine Research )

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A Worldwide public health emergency is unfolding on an unprecedented scale. 4.9 billion doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine are envisaged by the World Health Organization (WHO).

A report by President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology  “considers the H1N1 pandemic ‘a serious health threat; to the U.S. — not as serious as the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic but worse than the swine flu outbreak of 1976.”:

“It’s not that the new H1N1 pandemic strain is more deadly than previous flu threats, but that it is likely to infect more people than usual because so few people have immunity” (Get swine flu vaccine ready: U.S. advisers)

Responding to the guidelines set by the WHO, preparations for the inoculation of millions of people are ongoing, in the Americas, the European Union, in South East Asia and around the World. Priority has been given to health workers, pregnant women and children. In some countries, the H1N1 vaccination will be compulsory.

In the US, the state governments are responsible for these preparations, in coordination with federal agencies. In the State of Massachusetts, legislation has been introduced which envisages hefty fines and prison sentences for those who refuse to be vaccinated. (See VIDEO; Compulsory Vaccination in America?)

The US military is slated to assume an active role in the public health emergency

Schools and colleges across North America are preparing for mass vaccinations. (See CDC H1N1 Flu | Resources for Schools, Childcare Providers, and Colleges)

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Video: Palestinian Mothers interview with Swedish Journalist Donald Bostrom about threats on his life, and ethics of journalism and democracy – Palestinian Mothers

26 August, 2009

This video interview, in two parts, made by Morris Herman for the Palestinian Mothers Network (also viewable on http://www.palestinianmothers.com/video/2-palestinian-mothers and You Tube) asks the Swedish journalist about the article that currently is in the news, reporting on the claims made to the journalist from Palestinians about the belated return of their sons, maimed, killed and their organs exploited by the IDF, and the subsequent strange burial procedures these men had to undergo. The second video talks more about the Israeli position to Sweden and death threats made to the journalist.

Videos produced by Iqbal Tamimi and Morris Herman of Palestinian Mothers Network.

Threats on his life is taken seriously. Donald Bostrom Swedish Journalist on Israeli organ harvesting talks to Morris Herman from Palestinian Mothers Network about threats on his life.

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Palestinian Mothers interview of the Swedish Journalist Donald Bostrom about the Israeli organ harvesting, threats on his life, and ethics of journalism and democracy

First section : Donald Bostrom Swedish Journalist on Israeli organ harvesting talks to Morris Herman from Palestinian Mothers Network.

Part One

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