Archive | November 7, 2014

How Many Muslim Countries Has the U.S. Bombed Or Occupied Since 1980?*

How Many Muslim Countries Has the U.S. Bombed Or Occupied Since 1980?*

By Glenn Greenwald

Barack Obama, in his post-election press conference yesterday, announced that he would seek an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) from the new Congress, one that would authorize Obama’s bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria—the one he began three months ago. If one were being generous, one could say that seeking congressional authorization for a war that commenced months ago is at least better than fighting a war even after Congress explicitly rejected its authorization, as Obama lawlessly did in the now-collapsed country of Libya.

Ground Zeros in Lebanon

When Obama began bombing targets inside Syria in September, I noted that it was the seventh predominantly Muslim country that had been bombed by the U.S. during his presidency (that did not count Obama’s bombing of the Muslim minority in the Philippines). I also previously noted that this new bombing campaign meant that Obama had become the fourth consecutive U.S. President to order bombs dropped on Iraq. Standing alone, those are both amazingly revealing facts. American violence is so ongoing and continuous that we barely notice it any more. Just this week, a U.S. drone launched a missile that killed 10 people in Yemen, and the dead were promptly labelled “suspected militants” (which actually just means they are “military-age males”); those killings received almost no discussion.

To get a full scope of American violence in the world, it is worth asking a broader question: how many countries in the Islamic world has the U.S. bombed or occupied since 1980? That answer was provided in a recent Washington Post op-ed by the military historian and former U.S. Army Col. Andrew Bacevich:

As America’s efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants extent into Syria, Iraq War III has seamlessly morphed into Greater Middle East Battlefield XIV. That is, Syria has become at least the 14th country in the Islamic world that U.S. forces have invaded or occupied or bombed, and in which American soldiers have killed or been killed. And that’s just since 1980.

Let’s tick them off:

  1. Iran (1980, 1987-1988)
  2. Libya (1981, 1986, 1989, 2011)
  3. Lebanon (1983)
  4. Kuwait (1991)
  5. Iraq (1991-2011, 2014-
  6. Somalia (1992-1993, 2007-)
  7. Bosnia (1995)
  8. Saudi Arabia (1991, 1996)
  9. Afghanistan (1998, 2001-)
  10. Sudan (1998)
  11. Kosovo (1999)
  12. Yemen (2000, 2002-)
  13. Pakistan (2004-)

Bacevich’s count excludes the bombing and occupation of still other predominantly Muslim countries by key U.S. allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, carried out with crucial American support. It excludes coups against democratically elected governments, torture, and imprisonment of people with no charges. It also, of course, excludes all the other bombing and invading and occupying that the U.S. has carried out during this time period in other parts of the world, including in Central America and the Caribbean, as well as various proxy wars in Africa.

There is an awful lot to be said about the factions in the west which devote huge amounts of their time and attention to preaching against the supreme primitiveness and violence of Muslims. There are no gay bars in Gaza, the obsessively anti-Islam polemicists proclaim—as though that (rather than levels of violence and aggression unleashed against the world) is the most important metric for judging a society. Reflecting their single-minded obsession with demonizing Muslims (at exactly the same time, coincidentally, their governments wage a never-ending war on Muslim countries and their societies marginalize Muslims), they notably neglect to note thriving gay communities in places like Beirut and Istanbul, or the lack of them in Christian Uganda. Employing the defining tactic of bigotry, they love to highlight the worst behavior of individual Muslims as a means of attributing it to the group as a whole, while ignoring (often expressly) the worst behavior of individual Jews and/or their own groups (they similarly cite the most extreme precepts of Islam while ignoring similarly extreme ones from Judaism). That’s because, as Rula Jebreal told Bill Maher last week, if these oh-so-brave rationality warriors said about Jews what they say about Muslims, they’d be fired.

But of all the various points to make about this group, this is always the most astounding: those same people, who love to denounce the violence of Islam as some sort of ultimate threat, live in countries whose governments unleash far more violence, bombing, invasions, and occupations than anyone else by far. That is just a fact.

Those who sit around in the U.S. or the U.K. endlessly inveighing against the evil of Islam, depicting it as the root of violence and evil (the “mother lode of bad ideas“), while spending very little time on their own societies’ addictions to violence and aggression, or their own religious and nationalistic drives, have reached the peak of self-blinding tribalism. They really are akin to having a neighbor down the street who constantly murders, steals and pillages, and then spends his spare time flamboyantly denouncing people who live thousands of miles away for their bad acts. Such a person would be regarded as pathologically self-deluded, a term that also describes those political and intellectual factions which replicate that behavior.

The sheer casualness with which Obama yesterday called for a new AUMF is reflective of how central, how commonplace, violence and militarism are in the U.S.’s imperial management of the world. That some citizens of that same country devote themselves primarily if not exclusively to denouncing the violence and savagery of others is a testament to how powerful and self-blinding tribalism is as a human drive.


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Get a Dose of Humanity from the Poorest President Worldwide*

Get a Dose of Humanity from the Poorest President Worldwide*

By Rose Troup Buchanan

The “poorest president on earth” has received a million-dollar offer to buy his clapped-out old blue 1987 Volkswagen Beetle, which became a symbol of his modest lifestyle.

Uruguayan president Jose Mujica claimed in an interview with local weekly newspaper Busqueda that an Arab Sheikh offered him $1 million for the vintage car during the G77 summit in Bolivia in June.

“That’s what they said to me,” Mr Mujica said when asked about the offer at a press conference. “But I didn’t give it any importance.”

The 79-year-old president, a former leftist Tupamaro guerrilla leader who was shot by police six times and spent 14 years in a military prison, said if he received the million-dollar offer he would give it all away – either to a homeless charity that he has long supported or to the local public health service in the form of trucks.

Although the president confessed he felt “no commitment” to the car, claiming he had only kept it for so long because of his three-legged dog Manuela, he said he understood why others might wish to buy it.

“Human beings have a bit of fetishism; we need certain material symbols,” he said, telling the gathered press he still owned a shovel and hammer that belonged to his father.

“They are little things to the world but are worth a lot to you.”

When Mr Mujica came to power in 2010 he famously declared the car was the sum total of his worldly wealth. He continues to donate 20 per cent of total monthly income to his political movement, alongside the remainder of his income to various charities that he supports.

In 2012 he announced the presidential palace would be included among the state shelters for the homeless, while continuing to live on a flower farm – owned by his wife – in Montevideo.

The president, who carries the affectionate nickname Pepe, is dismissive of those who applaud his modest lifestyle.

“I’m not the poorest president. The poorest is the one who needs a lot to live,” he said. “My lifestyle is a consequence of my wounds. I’m the son of my history. There have been years when I would have been happy just to have a mattress.”

Mr Mujica made headlines around the world during his term, firstly when he legalised gay marriage, then abortion and most recently marijuana. His actions have won him international plaudits and seen Uruguay labelled the most socially liberal country in Latin America.

He cannot stand for a successive term under the present Uruguayan constitution.


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Rothschild Temple: The Conspiracy, the Call, the Plan to Destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque*

Rothschild Temple: The Conspiracy, the Call, the Plan to Destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque*

Although there remains controversy as to the location of the Third Temple if at all it was ever built, as is the way of Israeli ‘history’ the decision is Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Temple Mount Faithful have also laid claim to the Ark of the Covenant though this yet has to be found.

By Dr Saleh Al-Naami

The assassination attempt by Palestinian martyr Moataz Hijazi on Rabbi Yehuda Glick, one of the most prominent advocates of rebuilding the Third Temple on the ruins of Al-Aqsa Mosque, is being used to promote a misleading impression.

This impression suggests that the desire to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque is limited to specific individuals or one group. However, there are several Jewish religious groups that not only call for the destruction of Al-Aqsa, but also embark on taking practical measures to achieve this goal.

The Temple Mount Faithful group is one of the most prominent of such groups which call for the destruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Their members play an important role in storming the mosque. It is led by the former military parachutist Gershon Solomon, who openly raises the funds necessary to demolish Al-Aqsa by fundraising from Jewish people in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Solomon insists that the Muslim holy sites are located in Makkah and not in Jerusalem, claiming that Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Qur’an. His group commissioned architect Gideon Harlap to prepare a detailed plan for the construction of the Third Temple on the ruins of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Temple Institute, headed by Rabbi Israel Ariel, who is one of the most prominent rabbis of the national religious trend, is based in the Old City in Jerusalem. Since its inception in 1995, the group and the member rabbis have been concerned with creating the necessary “doctrinal rooting” in order to give religious legitimacy and add a religious cover to Jewish attempts to harm Al-Aqsa.

Ariel played a significant role in bringing about change with regards to the doctrinal issue of Jews praying in Al-Aqsa. After Israel occupied Jerusalem in 1967, the Chief Rabbinate issued a statement prohibiting Jews from praying at Al-Aqsa Mosque, claiming that the soil contains the remains of ancient Jews and therefore they may not pray in the mosque until the Jewish Temple is rebuilt.

Ariel attempted to convince a number of his fellow senior rabbis of a number of elaborate justifications that permit Jews to pray in Al-Aqsa, but failed at first. However, in early 2000, the number of rabbis who have permitted Jews pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque increased.

Over one hundred senior rabbis singed a statement authorising Jews to pray in Al-Aqsa in July 2008. This drove many Jews to enter Al-Aqsa to pray in it. It is worth noting that the Chief Rabbinate Foundation still refuses to change the original statement prohibiting Jewish prayer there.

The Temple Institution has moved from theorising to practical work. The Maarev newspaper revealed last January that a delegation representing the institution went to Rome to ask the Italian government to return parts of the Second Temple that was “looted” by the Roman commander Titus, who eliminated the political presence of the Jews 2,000 years ago and destroyed the structure.

In addition to the two previously mentioned groups, there is also Hai Vekayam, led by Yehuda Etzion, one of the former leaders of the Jewish terrorist organisation responsible for carrying out a number of killings and assassination attempts against Palestinians and Palestinian icons in the early 1980’s.

Etzion founded this group after serving a prison sentence, which was only four years. He openly and publically reveals his ideas and theories regarding the future of Jerusalem, which has made him a “star” on many talk shows broadcasted on Israeli television.

In the same context, the Movement for the Establishment of the temple, which consists of a number of rabbis from the West Bank settlements and particularly from the US, works on enhancing Jewish awareness regarding the need to work on rebuilding the temple on the ruins of Al-Aqsa Mosque, describing it as the most “legitimate” religious task for every Jew wherever they are.

The movement organises forums and seminars and publishes reports, as well as distributing leaflets wherever there are Jews. Unlike the other groups, the members of which are limited to religious Jews, this movement tries to attract secular Jews as well as right-wing Christian figures in the US, on whom they depend to raise the necessary funds to finance their activities.

The movement is also keen on organising a large annual march attended by tens of thousands of Jews and Anglican Christians towards Al-Aqsa in order to demand the establishment of the temple on its ruins.

For its part, the Organisation for Human Rights on the Temple Mount, founded by Professor Hillel Weiss, one of the Zionist religious trend thinkers calls for the destruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque, and for finding a religious alternative to the existing government. The leadership of the movement consists of 23 members who meet periodically in secret.

Unlike the organisations mentioned above, the Jewish Leadership organisation is a political partisan organisation and an important ideological camp in the ruling Likud party and is headed by Moshe Feiglin, deputy speaker of the Knesset, who is actively participating in the large storming of Al-Aqsa.

In addition to these major organisations, a number of less significant organisations stand out, such as the Women for the Temple Mount, a group that seeks to collect jewellery that will be put in the temple once it is rebuilt on the ruins of Al-Aqsa Mosque. There is also the Jerusalem Forum which is concerned with controlling the largest number of Palestinian homes in the Old City of Jerusalem as possible. This is seen as a preliminary means to enable the Jews to surround Al-Aqsa Mosque from all sides.


The Temple Mount Faithful

Rabbi Yehuda Glick from New Jersey, U.S.


The corporate media portrayed Rabbi Yehuda Glick as an ‘activist’ in order to raise solidarity thus sympathy with Western activists, but Glick was a member of this group. He is a U.S. citizen (New Jersey) who migrated to the state of Israel in 1974. Group members aim to rebuild the Third Temple within their lifetime. But what is the Temple Mount Faithful?

The Temple Mount Faithful Organization was established two weeks after the 1967 Six-Day War by Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook with the Stern Gang terrorist Stanley Goldfoot, but has been led by Gershon Salomon who is also an officer in the Israel Defense Force. In that timeframe the greatest freemasonic meeting in history took place in London with the Duke of Kent installed as the new Grandmaster. The vision is to consecrate the Temple Mount to God, remove Muslim shrines, and rebuild the Third Temple.

Thomas S. McCall, Th.D. writes;

The Temple Mount Faithful went to great lengths to produce a proper stone according to biblical requirements, and performed the very serious ceremony of anointing it with the specified water from the Pool of Siloam. It was their intention a few years ago to place this consecrated stone on the Temple Mount as the first step in the great task of rebuilding the Temple of God in Jerusalem. Their efforts were met with considerable resistance, however, both from Arab Moslems who feared that such an act would lead to the destruction of the Dome of the Rock, and also from Jewish leaders who disagreed with Gershon on religious and geo-political grounds.

The Temple Mount Faithful tried to install the foundation stone on the Temple Mount, but was stopped by Israeli police. The matter was pursued legally all the way to Israel’s Supreme Court, where it was decided that, in order to preserve religious peace, the stone could not be placed on the Temple Mount. But the stone had already been consecrated and could not be discarded. So it was placed in a prominent site, in a circular parkway facing the American Consulate and not far from the Damascus Gate. It is unmarked, however, and one would never know what it represents unless one were told. Such is the fate of the Temple Mount stone, somewhat in limbo, awaiting the right time and circumstances for installation on the authorized site of the Temple. It is rumoured that they even have trained and dedicated priests (Kohens) of Levitical blood-lines to be prepared to begin the ritual temple services in a moment’s notice.  For decades, it has also been reported that young priests or Kohens of Levitical bloodlines have been raised on “covenanted” or “separated locations” in areas of ritual purity prepared to take over the various ritual services of a new Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. –

Biblesearchers’ write:

The one family, the one institution, the one social ideological order, and the one economic force that has affected the Jewish people the most in the modern era has been the House of the Rothschild’s.

Also known as the “The Rothschild Temple” the Third Temple was scheduled to be built in 2012 (the beginning of the Shift of the Ages). Other accounts set Third Temple dedication on the 25th day of Kislev, the first day of Hanukkah, on the famed “Festival of Lights” (the lunar eclipse of December 10, 2011. On September 2, 2010, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held a secret conference in Washington and the White House to negotiate the “Final Status” of a Palestinian State. On that same day, in a news brief just before the negotiations began, Aaron Klein reported:

“JERUSALEM – Ahead of the start of today’s Mideast summit in Washington, the Israeli government publicly conceded sections of Jerusalem will become part of a Palestinian state while holy sites would be governed by a ‘special regime’.

That ‘special regime’ might be behind the the first excavation focused on Al- Aqsa. This was carried out by the Palestine Exploration Fund, under the direction of Gen. Sir Charles Warren, during 1867-70 under the auspices of the British crown. This expedition launched the British Freemasonic “Temple Mount project.” In 1884, Warren was one of only nine Freemasons who founded the Quatuor Coronati Lodge, which arose out of a decision taken at the largest freemason gathering two weeks after the 1967 Six-Day War.

St Paul teaches in II Thessalonians that the Jewish Antichrist will declare himself as God in the 3rd Temple, writing, “The man of lawlessness will set himself up in God’s temple proclaiming himself to be God.”

Many players involved, but with a guiding human hand as to what Palestinian sovereignty means. To the likes of you and I this is all nonsense, but a nonsense that has pervaded history since colonial Britain and France invaded Jerusalem. However, it is not about what you and I think, it is about what a body obsessed people believe, and with that an intent the veil of which slipped during a CNN interview with Yasser Arafat:

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour asked,

‘Would it be safer and better for you to extend this state of affairs that certain people would say is a sellout?”

Arafat responded:

‘… I had mentioned and promised my people, my nation, my religions, the Christianity and Islam and I’m not going to betray them. I will continue to liberate all Islamic and Muslim holy places. If not (pointing to himself) another one will come along to liberate it’.”

‘Your people want an economic future’?”

‘We Palestinians our first targets is our land (the land of the holy places)’.

At this point, Arafat leaned towards her and asked her if she knew what the holy places were?

After expressing several choppy thoughts, he suddenly leaned back in his chair and immediately changed his body language. The change was unmistakable. He obviously realized that he had said something that he would not have said, were he in control of the interview. He feigned a quick smile and announced that the interview was over…”

“…another one will come along to liberate it.’

The silence from global leaders over the 2014 massacre of Gazans could be cut with a knife, and the refusal (not denial) to acknowledge the massacre is blatently apparent. Underscoring this is the willingness to see every Palestinian ‘removed’ and the extent to which Israel and it’s historical roots (Egypt) are protected from impunity.

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Argentine Researcher Designs ‘Smart Shoe’ for the Blind*

Argentine Researcher Designs ‘Smart Shoe’ for the Blind*

Student researcher, Juan Manuel Bustamante, said he wanted to replace the traditional white cane with something more discreet.

An Argentine student has designed a pair of shoes that vibrate when the wearer approaches an object – what is meant to provide an alternative for blind people who find the traditional white cane to be too stigmatizing.

The design, dubbed Duspavoni, can detect objects within a 25 inch radius of the shoe.

Juan Manuel Bustamante, student at Industrial College No. 4 in the southern city of Rio Gallegos, has already won the Santa Cruz provincial science fair competition with his design. He will now go on to present his prototype at next week’s National Science Fair in Buenos Aires, which runs from November 9-11.

Dubbed Duspavoni, the shoes are powered by rechargeable batteries and can detect any material such as plastic, concrete, metal, marble, wood, fabric, glass, door beams, person, animals, cars, trees, and more.

The sensors, located within the sole of the shoes, operate like a sonar, bouncing sound waves off objects to calculate distance and vibrate when an object is within a 25 inch radius of the footwear.

“The closer the object is, the more the device vibrates,” Bustamante said. “If the object is ahead, the tip of the shoe vibrates. If it is on the side, the sole vibrates, and if it is behind, the heel vibrates.”

Bustamente has been working on the design for Duspavoni for six months. The idea came to him after a conversation with a friend who had been losing her vision since she was a teenager, he said.

“She told me young blind people do not like the cane because they feel it stigmatizes them,” Bustamente told EFE.

Bustamente heard similar complaints from other people with vision impairment, particularly those between the ages of 10 and 25. His idea was to replace the cane with a more “discreet object used every day.”


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Central Banks and those they Serve*

Central Banks and those they Serve*

From Alexandra Bruce

‘Princes of the Yen’ is a follow-up to the successful underground film produced by Queuepolitely, a collective of filmmakers and artists, some known some unknown.

This is their own description of this film, based on a book by the UK’s University of Southampton, Professor Richard Werner, most well-known for coining the term,
“Quantative Easing.”

“Central Banks are some of the most secretive and misunderstood institutions in the world.

What powers do they wield?

Who’s interests do they serve?

How do their actions affect our everyday lives?

“Set in 20th Century Japan, the documentary explores the role and power of Central Banks, and how they can be used to change a country’s economic, political and social structures.”

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