Global Research: H1N1 Vaccine and the Criminalization of War Selected Articles 8-16 November, 2009

16 November, 2009 — Global Research

CALGARY: Lecture on “War & the Global Economic Crisis” with Michel Chossudovsky
Nov 26. Univ.of Calgary Consortium for Peace Studies
— 2009-11-26

MONTREAL: Conference by Malalai Joya, former Afghan MP, opponent of US-NATO led war
24 November
— 2009-11-24

The Global Land Grab
13-17 November. Farmers organisations and social movements converging on Rome
— 2009-11-16

Poland and the H1N1 Flu: Calm and unvaccinated:
A/H1N1 in Poland
— by Martyna Olik – 2009-11-15

The Audacity of Failure: The 4-year presidency of Barack Hoover Obama
– by Mike Whitney – 2009-11-15

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VIDEO: What Happened inside the Guantanamo Prison: Former Muslim chaplain speaks out

9 November, 2009 – Global ResearchAl Jazeera – 2008-04-10

As part of Al Jazeera’s “In My View” series, former US Muslim chaplain for the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba talks about his experience after being accused of spying and the abuse he alleges occurred at the camp.

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Blair War Crimes Foundation calls on U.K. Attorney General to indict Tony Blair for war crimes in Iraq

11 November, 2009 — Global ResearchBlair War Crimes Foundation – 2009-11-10

It is necessary to make leaders hesitate before indulging in ‘the paramount war crime’ to quote the judges of Nuremberg, of ‘unprovoked aggression against a defenceless country’.

Unless leaders fear that they might be tried for their war crimes, we will live in an increasingly violent world, where The Geneva Conventions are treated as a joke, the UN is of no account, and death, destruction, torture, and repressive policing are commonplace. At the moment such leaders enjoy more and more trappings of power, and retire with vast sums of money, houses, medals and lucrative contracts. A group of UK Citizens have therefore set up an organisation, ‘The Blair War Crimes Foundation’, to initially bring one such leader to justice as an example.

Contributions to cover advertising and postal costs are welcome at BWC Foundation Fund

PO Box 64656 NW3 9NG
Any surplus will paid to Basra Childrens’ Leukaemia Hospital.

Secretaries of Foundation: David Halpin MB, FRCS, Nicholas Wood MA, RIBA, FRGS at above address.
Founded January 2009

To: President of the United Nations General Assembly and the UK Attorney General


To The President of The United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, and The Attorney General of the United Kingdom, and their successors in office.


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Department of Justice Threatens the Internet By Tom Burghardt

13 November, 2009 — Global ResearchAntifascist Calling – 2009-11-12

When the Independent Media Center (IMC) received a formal notice on January 30 from the Department of Justice, demanding they provide an Indianapolis grand jury with ‘details of all reader visits on a certain day,’ the feisty left-wing news aggregators fought back, CBS News reported.

Investigative journalist Declan McCullagh revealed that the ‘change’ administration’s legal eagles issued an order that required the ‘Philadelphia-based Web site ‘not to disclose the existence of this request’ unless authorized by the Justice Department, a gag order that presents an unusual quandary for any news organization.’

Kristina Clair, IndyMedia’s Linux administrator, told CBS she was shocked to have received the subpoena with its flawed demand not to disclose its contents.

The subpoena from U.S. Attorney Tim Morrison in Indianapolis demanded ‘all IP traffic to and from’ on June 25, 2008. It instructed Clair to ‘include IP addresses, times, and any other identifying information,’ including e-mail addresses, physical addresses, registered accounts, and Indymedia readers’ Social Security Numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, and so on. (Declan McCullagh, ‘Justice Dept. Asked for News Site’s Visitor Lists,’ CBS News, November 10, 2009)

Talk about intrusive! While grand jury subpoenas of news organizations and journalists are not unprecedented, under long-standing guidelines these subpoenas are supposed to receive special handling given their sensitive nature, thus ensuring that even the appearance of prior restraint of a journalist’s ability to report the news is avoided.

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USA Prepares to Attack Russia in 3 or 4 Years? By Sergey Balmasov

15 November, 2009 – Global Research

US army bases will appear on the Black Sea Coast – in Bulgaria and Romania. About $50 million will be assigned to build the base in Romania, and the Pentagon plans to spend $60 million more for the same purpose in Bulgaria.

The Romanian base is expected to be put in operation in 2010, whereas the second one will most likely be launched in 2011 or 2012. Over 4,000 US military men are expected to serve at the two bases: 1,600 in Romania and 2,500 in Bulgaria. The authorities of the two nations expect that the US military men will settle there for a long time.

Col. Gary Russ, commander of Joint Task Force-East, sad that no one in Bulgaria and Romania had anything against the US military presence in the two countries. Vice President Joseph Biden, who recently visited several countries of Eastern Europe, including Romania, stated that the European nation supported a new configuration of the US missile defense system.

It is not ruled out that elements of the US missile defense system may eventually appear in Eastern Europe. US officials say that the appearance of army bases in Bulgaria and Romania strictly corresponds to the plans of the US administration to relocate troops in foreign countries (George W. Bush announced the plans in 2004).

It goes about the Pentagon’s intention to cut its 55,000-strong group in Germany and redeploy a part of the troops in several countries of Eastern Europe, including Bulgaria and Romania.

Alexander Khramchikhin, deputy director of the Institute for Political and Military Analysis, said in an interview with Pravda.Ru that the plans of the United States to build army bases in Romania and Bulgaria were exposed nearly a decade ago.

‘Indeed, the Americans need more bases for their actions in the Middle East. They have bases in Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, but they are not enough to satisfy all of Washington’s needs. The Pentagon needs new bases in Eastern Europe to maintain its troops in the Middle East,’ the expert said.

Another expert, Konstantin Sivkov, told Pravda.Ru that the appearance of new army bases in Bulgaria and Romania would pose a threat to Russian interests.

‘The number of US military men at the two bases is not going to be large, but who can say that it will not be doubled, tripped or quadrupled in the future? Furthermore, the appearance of NATO bases on the Black Sea coast will come as an addition to the US military objects in the Baltic region. As a result, Russia will find itself trapped.

‘Why does the USA need these two bases on the Black Sea? To struggle against terrorism? This explanation does not withstand any criticism. There are nearly 4,000 kilometers between Romania and the Middle East. This distance is too large for the nation to maintain its groups in Iraq and Afghanistan.

‘One should bear in mind the fact that the Americans started withdrawing their troops from Iraq. Therefore, there is no need to strengthen the infrastructure. To crown it all, American army bases in the Middle East are plentiful.

‘I would also like to pay your attention to the fact that the US Military Academy at West Point has recently launched extensive courses to study the Russian culture and language. They started teaching the Iraqi culture and the Arab language three years before invading Iraq.

‘Washington is also interested in the energy sources of the Caspian Sea. The bases will probably be established in Romania and Bulgaria to secure the transportation of the Caspian oil and gas,’ the expert concluded.

Read the original in Russian

Related article. Russia Today: USA scrapped missile defense ‘not just to please Russia’

Global Research Articles by Sergey Balmasov

Feds Wanted Private Data on All Visitors to Liberal Internet News Site By Daniel Tencer

15 November, 2009 — Global Research

A Justice Department subpoena requesting all available information on all visitors to an independent news site is raising serious privacy concerns, and questions about how much information the US government is storing about its citizens’ news reading habits.

Privacy watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation has released an extensive report on a ‘bogus’ attempt by a US attorney in Indiana to get, an independent left-leaning news site, to hand over all the data it had about all the users who visited the site on a particular day.

Further adding to civil libertarians’ and privacy watchdogs’ concerns is the fact that the Justice Department ordered Indymedia to keep silent about the request.

‘This overbroad demand for internet records not only violated federal privacy law but also violated [Indymedia’s] First Amendment rights, by ordering [it] not to disclose the existence of the subpoena without a US attorney’s permission,’ the EFF’s Kevin Bankston wrote.

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