The Planning of War Behind Closed Doors: Brussels, London, Istanbul: A Week Of Western War Councils By Rick Rozoff

5 February, 2010 — Global ResearchStop NATO

The defense chiefs of all 28 NATO nations and an undisclosed number of counterparts from non-Alliance partners gathered in Istanbul, Turkey on February 4 to begin two days of meetings focused on the war in Afghanistan, the withdrawal of military forces from Kosovo in the course of transferring control of security operations to the breakaway province’s embryonic army (the Kosovo Security Force) and “the transformation efforts required to best conduct the full range of NATO’s agreed missions.” [1]

Istanbul was the site of the bloc’s 2004 summit which accounted for the largest expansion in its 60-year history – seven new Eastern European nations – and its strengthening military partnerships with thirteen Middle Eastern and African nations under the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative.

The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe Admiral James Stavridis and the top commander of all U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan – soon to reach over 150,000 – General Stanley McChrystal are also in attendance, as are European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and United Nations High Representative for Afghanistan Kai Eide as well as the defense and interior ministers of Afghanistan.

The meetings follow by a week the International Conference on Afghanistan held in London, which in turn occurred the day after two days of meetings of the NATO Military Committee with the Chiefs of Defense of the military bloc’s 28 member states and 35 more from what were described as Troop Contributing Nations; presumably NATO partner nations with troops stationed in the Afghan war theater. In all, the military chiefs of 63 countries.

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Black Agenda Report – Duncan: Katrina “Best Thing That Happened” / Blacks and Net Neutrality

3 February, 2010 — Black Agenda Report

How Corporate Dollars Dominate the Black and Latino Conversation on Network Neutrality
by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
The utter dependence of our “civil rights” organizations like the NAACP and LULAC upon corporate donations from Big Cable and the telecom industry has caused them to weigh into FCC rulemaking processes against network neutrality and for the continued digital redlining of black and brown communities. They are joined by a substantial cohort of black and Latino elected officials on the federal and other levels. What does this mean for minority communities, whose economic development depends on the availability of cheap, accessible broadband and a relatively free and open internet?

Freedom Rider: Show Trial
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
In order that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed be denied even the formalities of American justice as we once knew it, the system itself must be eviscerated. “Phony concerns about security costs and whipped up fears of impending terror attacks are used to subvert the legal system that was once held up as a model for the rest of the world to follow.”

Glen Ford on Black Realities and Delusion in the Age of Obama

Haitians in the Bahamas Harrassed, Hunted and Scapegoated
Two centuries after the world’s most successful slave rebellion Haitians are still being punished, both in their own country and in the nations to which they emigrate. In the Bahamas, Professor alex Morely explains, Haitians are an underclass, over-policed, over-exploited, underpaid and under surveillance. The Bahamian ruling elite have learned to blame Haitians like Lou Dobbs blames Mexicans.

Omali Yeshitela at Black Is Back: Creating A Broad Social Movement Based in Our Black Communities
Omali Yeshitela of the Uhuru Movement, convenors of the January 2010 Black Is Back conference in St. Petersburg explains that the 21st century successor to the Freedom Movement must be a broad social movement firmly rooted, among other places, in black America, and describes a little of what that looks like.

Eshu’s blues: An Open Letter to President Obama on Haiti
by BAR columnist michael hureaux perez
Even when claiming to speak to the nation and world about Haiti, Barack Obama winds up talking about America – and himself. The author writes, “Mr. President…”I am always astounded to see just what a shallow and pretentious presence your elevation to the national scene has become, even at this moment of colossal tragedy.”’s-blues-open-letter-president-obama-haiti

Obama Sec’y of Education Says Katrina “the Best Thing to Happen” to Education in New Orleans
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
If obscene utterances were a crime, education secretary Arne Duncan would be jailed for life. Like all disaster capitalists, he views poor people’s catastrophes as his own golden opportunities. In Haiti and New Orleans, Black lives were a small price for (someone else) to pay for the chance to create a new order “more advantageous to the rich.”

Ruling Provides New Hope for Felon Voting Rights
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
In what is being hailed as a landmark ruling, a federal court found that the criminal justice system is “infected” with racial discrimination. As a result, said the judges, disenfranchisement of felons is a violation of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

War Looms in Nigeria’s Oil Fields
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
A headless Nigerian state braces for renewed civil war in the Niger River Delta, where guerillas threaten “all-out” assaults on oil facilities. Attacks on vessels off the Nigerian coast are already comparable to Somalia.

Mainstream Media’s Tea Party Tryst
by Sikivu Hutchinson
White nationalism is the permanent American “populist” movement, one that never truly goes away. “Thinly disguised as saber rattling against big government, race-baiting propaganda has been revitalized as the Republican strategy for taking back the country.”’s-tea-party-tryst

Protecting Haiti’s Interest
by John Maxwell
The “Big Three” tormenters of Haiti – the U.S., France and Canada – now posing as the quake-struck nation’s benefactors, ponder how to rebuild Haiti without Haitian input or permission. “France, the United States and Canada owe the Haitians billions in damages. It is not for them to tell the Haitians what to spend it on.”

What Next for Haiti as “Recovery” Replaces Relief?
by Danny Schechter
The U.S. corporate media, the Empire’s mouthpieces, blame the powerless people and feeble institutions of Haiti for their plight. ”Few reviewed the history of Washington’s occupations and support for dictators as a reason for why the country was kept so poor and unable to run a relief effort when they needed to.””recovery”-replaces-relief

Israel Owes Over NIS 8.3 Billion to Palestinian Workers from the Occupied Palestinian Territories

4 February, 2010 — Hanna Zohar (Kav LaOved) and Shir Hever (Alternative Information Center)

The State of Israel owes more than NIS 8.3 billion (including interest) to Palestinian workers from the Occupied Palestinian Territories who worked in Israel. This money was deducted from the Palestinian workers’ salaries for social benefits they did not receive. This is the conclusion of detailed research conducted by the Alternative Information Center (AIC) and Kav LaOved.

“This is theft, pure and simple,” notes Shir Hever, Economic Researcher with the Alternative Information Center and co-author of the research. “92.4% of the deductions taken from workers for National Insurance related social rights, for example, were transferred instead to the coffers of the Israeli Ministry of Finance. Palestinian workers from the OPT did not—and do not—receive the vast majority of social rights for which they are legally mandated to pay.”

Palestinian workers are forced to pay for rights they do not in actuality receive, including for income support, full severance compensation, seniority payments, vacation pay, continuing education, provident fund and holiday payments.

Palestinian workers in the construction sector have further been forced to pay 2% of their salaries to a fund “for the promotion of the construction sector in Israel.” This fund, managed by a non-profit association established specifically for this purpose, is meant to promote the hiring and training of Israeli workers in the construction sector. Palestinian workers are in essence forced to finance the training of workers meant to replace them. In practice, however, the fund—which contains NIS 34 million to date—is used to pay for public relations of the Contractors’ Association, grants to the families of Israeli workers and training for Israeli union activists. The height of cynicism in using this Palestinian-financed fund was in its purchase of portable stoves for Israeli soldiers to use during the December 2008-January 2009 Israeli military attacks on the Gaza Strip.

While most of the “excessive deductions” taken from the Palestinian workers were done so via the Department of Payments of the Ministry of Interior, the Israeli trade union Histradut also took money from Palestinian workers whilst denying them even the possibility of membership in the Histradut and representation in a host of labour-related areas. Although the Histradut claims in a response to the AIC and Kav LaOved that a 2008 agreement it signed with the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) closes all outstanding claims in this areas, in practice the Histradut agreed to transfer less than 20% of the “organizing fees” it has collected from Palestinian workers over the years to the PGFTU.

The AIC and Kav LaOved call on Israel to return the money stolen from Palestinian workers from the OPT to the workers themselves or to their legal beneficiaries. This money should be returned with interest.

The full research, which will be available in late February 2010 in hard copies and on the website of the Alternative Information Center Arabic, English and Hebrew, includes precise sums deducted by the Israeli government for which Palestinian workers received no rights, in addition to a detailed research methodology and calculations for estimating the amounts that must be returned to the Palestinian workers.

For additional information and questions: Shir Hever:

Why Zionist lead figures came to meeting with Dr Hajo Meyer? By Yael Kahn

4 February, 2010

I was fortunate to attend the packed meeting on “Never Again: For Anyone” at Parliament in Portcullis House on 27 Jan 10, on Holocaust Memorial Day. This was one of the best meetings I have ever attended in nearly 40 years of being an activist. I was inspired by the courage and resolve of 85 year old Holocaust survivor, Dr Hajo Meyer.

I was moved by the Palestinian speaker, Dr Haidar Eid, who spoke live from Gaza via telephone. The fact that he was prevented from attending this important event was a poignant reminder of the strangulating siege imposed by Israel. Not only did the Israeli nightly attacks on Gaza prevent him from speaking live via video link, but the telephone line was unavailable for the first part of the event. After a few failed attempts to connect by phone, the speaker schedule had to be quickly rearranged. When, eventually, a phone link was established the Boothroyd Room fell silent. I noticed the pain on many faces, hearing Dr Haidar Eid speaking calmly about the horrific suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza, inflicted by Israel.

Hearing other speakers gave a glimpse to understanding how other genocides were planned, implemented and denied.

This event was by no means the only one on Holocaust Memorial Day, yet it attracted Zionist lead figures, among them: Louise Ellman MP [Vice Chair of Labour Friends of Israel], Jerry Lewis [Vice President, Board of Deputies] and Jonathan Hoffman [Co-Vice Chair of the Zionist Federation]. Even Christian Friends of Israel came to the event organised by IJAN [International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network]. The presence of these Zionists was a confirmation of the significance they attributed to this event.

The conduct of many of the Zionists in attendance showed their purpose was not to learn from it, especially not from Holocaust survivor, Dr Meyer. Was it fear from his words that drew them into the Boothroyd Room?

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Global Research 4 February, 2010: The Haitian Disaster and the Threat of War Selected Articles January 29 – 4 February, 2010

4 February, 2010 — Global Research

The Crisis in Haiti
Global Research Dossier of 50+ articles and reports
– 2010-02-15

Award Winning Movie: “SUPERPOWER”:
Order the DVD Online from Global Research
– by Barbara-Anne Steegmuller – 2010-02-15

US Intelligence Report Classifies Venezuela as Anti-US Leader
– by Eva Golinger – 2010-02-03

Petition: War is Illegal
Sign and show your support
– 2010-02-03

Canada Supreme Court – Omar Khadr’s Rights Violated
– by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East – 2010-02-03

Bomb Kills Three US Marines in Pakistan
– 2010-02-03

The Pentagon Runs Amok
Obama is letting the generals and contractors roll over him
– by Dan Simpson – 2010-02-03

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10 American missionaries charged in Haiti with kidnapping/Some Matters to be investigated by Haiti Judge in child kidnapping case

5 February, 2010 — HLLN Newsletter

Recommended HLLN Link: Travesty in Haiti – False aid, false charity, false orphanages, false benevolence

Review of Travesty in Haiti by Ezili Dantò/HLLN

Missionary Case Illuminates Plight of Haiti’s Orphans

“the group was warned away from its plan. Carlos Castillo, the Dominican Republic’s consul general in Port-au-Prince, said in an interview that he met with the group’s leader, Laura Silsby, on Friday at the consulate in the Haitian capital and told her she lacked the documents to transport children.

She told Mr. Castillo she had applied to Dominican authorities for a permit to cross the border, he said. But Mr. Castillo checked and found no such application. “I told her I could authenticate Haitian documents but she had no Haitian documents of any sort,” said Mr. Castillo. “She told me she would try to reach the border in order to cross. I told her not to do that without the necessary documents because she could be accused of trafficking children.”

Mr. Castillo said that at the border Ms. Silsby showed Haitian authorities his business card and said he had authorized her to cross. Border authorities called him and he denied it…Like many NGOs here, the Global Orphan Project discourages adoption, in part because of the large cost involved—up to $25,000 per adoption, he calculated—money that he said would be better used housing and educating children in Haiti… “We have to realize that adoption is always a money business…Neighbors of the Silsby family said they abruptly moved out of their house in nearby Meridian, Idaho, shortly before last Christmas, as it was being foreclosed on. The family had appeared prosperous, they said. “ (Missionary Case Illuminates Plight of Haiti’s Orphans –

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– 10 American missionaries charged in Haiti with kidnapping

– Missionary Case Illuminates Plight of Haiti’s Orphans

– Matters to be investigated by Haiti investigative judge

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Haiti Newslinks 3-5 February, 2010

5 February, 2010

Haiti Earthquake: A Reminder That Disasters Are Preventable
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 04, 2010 – Amid all the commentary focused on the historic tragedy in Haiti, a tough but important fact has gone virtually unmentioned, according to a nationally recognized expert on disasters at the University of Colorado at Boulder. “What is missing from the tragedy of disaster, and our response to it, is the recognition that disasters are preventable, that it is within the power of societies and c …

US missionaries to hear fate in Haiti ‘kidnap’ case
Port-Au-Prince (AFP) Feb 4, 2010 – Ten US Christians sat in a Haiti jail on Thursday waiting to hear if they would be charged with child trafficking for trying to smuggle children out of the quake-hit nation, where the death toll rose above 200,000. They were to be summoned to a hearing where prosecutors will announce how they will proceed against the missionaries, whose case has cast a shadow over the massive international r …

WFP says 230 million dollars received for Haiti

Haiti death toll tops 200,000 as aid anger mounts

American Baptist group charged with child kidnapping in Haiti
Washington Post
By Juan Forero PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — Ten American Baptists who said they wanted to save orphans after Haiti’s earthquake were charged with child …

Haiti PM: Child abduction issue ‘distracts’ from relief
BBC News
The Haitian prime minister has warned that the case of 10 US missionaries charged with child abduction is a “distraction” from earthquake recovery…

Mia Farrow criticizes illegal Haiti adoptions
Washington Post
AP GENEVA — UNICEF goodwill ambassador Mia Farrow has criticized as “deplorable” attempts to take children out of Haiti illegally after last month’s …

Procter & Gamble says company’s help for Haiti tops $2 million
Los Angeles Times
By AP CINCINNATI (AP) — Consumer products maker Procter & Gamble Co. says its donations to Haitian earthquake relief have topped $2 million total in cash, …—gamble,0,2794289.story

Swiss freeze assets of Haiti’s ‘Baby Doc’
CNN International
A photo dated March 1982 shows Haiti ‘s former president Jean-Claude Duvalier sitting in his office at the presidential palace. …

American Charged in Haiti Had Some Troubles in Idaho
New York Times
By WILLIAM YARDLEY MERIDIAN, Idaho — The leader of the group of Americans charged on Thursday with abducting children in Haiti is an Idaho businesswoman …

Marginal Revolution: Rebuilding Haiti
By Tyler Cowen
Once order is established, the UN mission will essentially become a national police force in the absence of a Haitian alternative. To transfer power back to the local government, the UN mission should be tasked with building an …

Global Voices Online “ Haiti: Tent Cities
By Janine Mendes-Franco
~/zaboka reports on conditions in the Haitian tent cities, which sprung up as a result of the homelessness caused by the devastating January 12 earthquake: “I was amazed by how clean it was and how they had separated the camp in …

Johann Hari: There’s Real Hope From Haiti — And It’s Not What You …
By Johann Hari
When people are living so close to the edge, even small increases in prices can break them. Whenever I report from the developing world, the IMF tracts of anti-development lie like wounds across the land.

GM Foundation Gives 30 GMC Sierras To Haiti Relief Efforts – The …
Between the Toyota recall fiasco and another that may be brewing for the Chevy Cobalt, drivers have a lot on their mind these days. And while we’re
dedicated to keeping you up-to-date on the safety front, occasionally we like to take a …

Woman Detained in Haiti Also Due in Idaho Court – The Lede Blog …
A decision is expected Thursday on the fate of ten Americans who were stopped by Haitian authorities last week as they attempted to drive 33
children out of the country to an orphanage they hoped to establish in the Dominican Republic.

Yéle Haiti – Blog
The two hour telecast concert entitled, “SOS Saving OurSelves – Help for Haiti,” will be held at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, …;jsessionid=FB08E2D0353231397B527FE19273B18C.web114

BBC News – Stars raise money for Haiti earthquake victims
George Clooney has hosted a benefit concert for Haiti earthquake victims featuring A-List names such as Madonna, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Jay Z. …

Telethon tries to raise ‘Hope for Haiti’ –
Solemn music from the world’s biggest stars served as the soundtrack to Friday night’s telethon for Haiti relief, but the fundraiser ended with Wyclef Jean …

‘Hope For Haiti Now’ Performances: A Track-By-Track List – News …
While earthquake relief in Haiti was the reason for and inspiration behind “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief,” there’s no question …

4 February, 2010

Haiti: Three weeks after earthquake, angry protests over aid delays
By Bill Van Auken
February 4, 2010 – Three weeks after the January 12 earthquake leveled most of Port-au-Prince and claimed the lives of over 200,000 people, anger in Haiti over the slow pace of relief and the impotence of President Rene Preval’s government has erupted into protests. The protests came as the government provided fresh figures that once again exposed an even higher death toll. Speaking before the first session of the Haitian parliament since the disaster, Prime Minister Max Bellerive reported that 200,000 people had been “clearly identified” as having died in the earthquake. The figure, he warned, does not include those buried by family members or neighbors or the bodies that have yet to be recovered from demolished buildings. In addition, Bellerive said that nearly 300,000 Haitians had been injured in the quake, 4,000 of them having undergone amputations. He also reported that 250,000 houses had been destroyed, with more than 1 million people now homeless…

Child Slavery in Haiti
Stephen Lendman
February 3, 2010 – In November 1989, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, recognizing “that in all countries in the world, there are children living in exceptionally difficult conditions, and that such children need special consideration.” Then in May 2000, the General Assembly adopted an Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. In 1990, the UN Commission on Human Rights appointed a Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography with a mandate to investigate the problem and submit reports to the General Assembly…

Haiti judge questions Americans accused of smuggling children
3 (Xinhua) — Haiti’s judicial authorities on Wednesday began questioning 10 Americans accused of illegally taking 33 children out of Haiti after the
Jan. …

Simon says help Haiti
Boston Herald
By Jed Gottlieb / Single Review Why wait to hear Miley Cyrus on Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie’s “We Are the World: 25 for Haiti” (due to debut before the …

Bill Clinton to coordinate Haiti aid efforts
Washington Post
By Patrick Worsnip UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations on Wednesday assigned former US President Bill Clinton, now UN special envoy to Haiti, …

Pace of giving slows a bit for Haiti relief effort
Washington Post
Graphic shows selection of private non-profit organizations and their donated monetary totals for Haiti earthquake relief efforts (J. Bell – AP)

2 US centers open to treat badly injured Haitian evacuees
Washington Post
By Darryl Fears TAMPA — After a five-day suspension of medical evacuation flights from Haiti that threw the fates of hundreds of gravely injured earthquake …

US Carriers Not Planning Haiti Flights Yet
ABC News
By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer AP American and Delta airlines say they have not set a date for resuming regular service to Haiti, and they continue to …

A Glimpse of Haiti Before the Catastrophe – The Lede Blog …
Since life in Haiti was not a common subject in international news reports until the country was devastated by an earthquake three weeks ago, a short video and photographs of New Year’s Eve in the capital, Port-au-Prince, gives a sense …

Global Voices Online “ Japan: Snow Candle Sparking Hope for Haiti
By Sopheap Chak
All students representing their own country in IUJ were invited to build a small igloo-type structure using snow balls and provide the candles necessary to light them up in the letter shape of “HAITI.” Regardless of the cold weather at …

GOOD Mag Launches Design Competition to Rebuild Haiti | Inhabitat
By Yuka Yoneda
One of our favorite publications, GOOD magazine, has just joined forces
with PRE and Studio X to launch a design competition to rebuild Haiti. The
contest comes at a time when Haiti needs it the most, and offers a great
opportunity for …

Haiti’s hungry, homeless complicate aid distribution
While Canadians welcomed the arrival of more adopted Haitian children to Ottawa on Wednesday, Haitian.

(January 22, 2010, 1:13 pm) HAITI TELETHON: It has chilean sometimes modal haiti telethon luxor offstage as haemorrhage, olympic ant congregant, …

Haiti telethon haul put at $57 million so far – Celebrities-
Celebrities unite in support of Haitian people with two hours of pleas … Wyclef Jean, who is a native of Haiti, closed out the show with calls to revive …

Haiti Rewired
I have been writing a modest blog on construction techniques that may be used in Haiti. It’s at: You will find …

3 February, 2010

Idaho church defends members jailed in Haiti
Los Angeles Times
Pastor Clint Henry says the 10 Americans intended to build an orphanage for Haitian children. Now they might be charged with what Haitian officials contend …,0,3284945.story

Local groups plan Haiti aid
Peoria Journal Star
“I’m completely amazed by the outpouring of support from this area,” said Walter Jean, 40, a Haitian who moved to central Illinois in 1999. …

Plea for Colo. man accused of Haiti school abuse
Washington Post
A Colorado man charged with sexually abusing boys at a school he founded for street children in Haiti pleaded not guilty Tuesday to new charges that raise …

In Helping Haiti, Pierre Garcon Wins Fans in Miami
New York Times
He sat down to face a scrum of reporters holding a small cloth flag of Haiti, his parents’ homeland, from which he fashioned a bandanna. …

In Haiti, medical evacuation flights resume, schools reopen
Dallas Morning News
AP PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The US military has resumed urgent medical evacuation flights for Haitian quake victims, an official announced Monday…

UN concerned about security in Haiti
The United Nations warned Tuesday that the security situation in Haiti has the potential to deteriorate after a weekend attempt by armed men to hijack a …

Global Voices Online “ Haiti: Marathon Man
By Janine Mendes-Franco
As Haiti drops from being the lead story in the mainstream media, how can they hear stresses that “what Haiti needs most are those that are ready to run the marathon, not just run the 100 yard sprint.” …

NASA Radar Captures its First Haiti Image | Universe Today
By Nancy Atkinson
A modified NASA Gulfstream III aircraft began a three-week campaign to provide a close-up study of the fault lines in Haiti with radar. This first image,

Wade Davis on voodoo, the Haiti quake, and Pat Robertson Boing Boing
By David Pescovitz
His latest book is The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World, based on his CBC Massey Lectures last year, but he is perhaps best known for The Serpent and the Rainbow (1985), an illuminating study of Haitian voodoo …

YouTube – Highlights of ‘Hope for Haiti Now’ Concert
Madonna Like a Prayer Live at Hope for Haiti Now Telethon Added to … Christina Aguilera performing “Lift Me Up” on Hope for Haiti Now Added to