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Dyncorp, the Private Military Corporation at the Heart of U.S. Foreign Policy Scandal*

Dyncorp, the Private Military Corporation at the Heart of U.S. Foreign Policy Scandal*

By Elizabeth Vos

Over ten years ago, Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney asked Donald Rumsfeld during a hearing on the proposed 2006 Department for Defense Budget:

“Mr. Secretary, is it policy of the U.S. government to reward companies that traffic in women and little girls? That’s my first question.”

McKinney’s query, broadcast on C-SPAN, received few solid answers.

Cynthia McKinney is not the only legislator who has asked questions about the role and funding of U.S. paramilitary organizations. Janice Schakowsky, a Democrat Representative of Chicago was quoted by The New York Times:

”Is the U.S. military privatizing its missions to avoid public controversy or embarrassment — to hide body bags from the media and shield the military from public opinion?”… “ the contractors… don’t have to follow the same chain of command, the military code of conduct may or may not apply, the accountability is absent and the transparency is absent — but the money keeps flowing.”

The New York Times article described the essential problem of the government using private contractors like Dyncorp: “Outsourcing military missions also lets the Pentagon do things Congress might not approve… while the Pentagon has secrets, it also fundamentally recognizes that it is a public institution. Not so the contractors, whose first allegiance is to their shareholders.”

Dan Baum wrote in his 2003 article Guns For Hire: “DynCorp offers the military an alternative to itself.”

Cynthia McKinney served six terms in the United States House of Representatives. She left the Democratic Party in 2008, and ran as the Presidential candidate of the Green Party of the United States.

 

In addition to its paramilitary endeavors in the field, Dyncorp has placed heavy emphasis on IT. It became heavily involved in the software industry in the 1990’s under the leadership of Paul Lombardi. In 2003, Dyncorp was acquired by “Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC),” primarily a software firm providing services such as: “various cloud offerings, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), private cloud solutions, CloudMail and Storage as a Service (SaaS).”

Dyncorp’s early emphasis on IT while under the leadership of Lombardi and CSC may explain part of Cynthia McKinney’s question for Donald Rumsfeld. She demanded on record to be told who had received IT contracts at the DOD and other departments which had “lost” trillions of dollars. McKinney asked during the Department of Defense Budget hearing:

“My second question, Mr. Secretary, is, who has the contract today to make those systems communicate with each other? How long have they had those contracts? And how much have the taxpayers paid for them?”

McKinney’s question was answered by Ms. Tina Jonas, who refused to give names on the record. Ms Jonas served as the “chief financial officer and assistant director of the Finance Division,” of the FBI before she was “nominated by President Bush to be the undersecretary of defense at the Department of Defense.” She has also held leading positions in numerous private companies associated with aerospace and defense.

CSC has also been investigated for fraud, with Margaret Hodge describing it as a “rotten company providing a hopeless system.”

In 2010, Dyncorp International became a subsidiary of Cerberus in a deal valued at $1.5 billion. Cerberus’ founder has been described as “a notable backer of Republican candidates… [who] served on Mr. Trump’s economic advisory council.”

From Salon’s 2002 Article “Crime without punishment,” by Robert Capps

 

However, Republicans like Donald Rumsfeld have not been the only defenders of Dyncorp. A 2009 email released by wikileaks reveals Cheryl Mills warning then- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of a possible upcoming Washington Post article. The expose would describe an event where Dyncorp employees had hired a 15 year old boy to do “mock lap dances,” with “DynCorp employees putting dollar bills in the boy’s waistband, just as they would a stripper’s garter.” Additional Wikileaks cables described the event in terms of “purchasing a service from a child,” emphasizing strategies to convince a journalist not to cover the story in order to not “risk lives.”

Although the email between Mills and Hillary claims “no sex took place,” the tradition of bachabaze in Afghanistan often involves rape, the boys “sold to the highest bidder.” BBC News reports: “The most disturbing thing is what happens after the parties. Often the boys are taken to hotels and sexually abused…There are many people who support this tradition across Afghanistan and many of them are very influential.”” BBC News also interviewed a bacha who reported that: ”Sometimes he is gang raped.” Meanwhile CBS News reported described Dyncorp’s “Dancing Afghan Boy Problem.”

Photograph from The Daily Mail article: “The secret shame of Afghanistan’s bacha bazi ‘dancing boys’ who are made to dress like little girls, then abused by paedophiles”

 

Dyncorp’s involvement in another a sex scandal with minors while serving in a war torn country may well have felt like deja vu for the Secretary of State, considering the infamous Dyncorp scandal in the Balkans during Bill Clinton’s term in office.

Ben Johnston filed a RICO lawsuit against Dyncorp after he was fired ostensibly for reporting human rights abuses by their employees in Bosnia. In a 2002 report titled “Dyncorp Disgrace,” Johnston was quoted:

“…None of the girls… were from Bosnia… They were imported in by DynCorp and the Serbian mafia. These guys would say ‘I gotta go to Serbia this weekend topick up three girls.’… “DynCorp leadership was 100% in bed with the mafia over there.”

Salon reported:

“Johnston recoiled in horror when he heard one of his fellow helicopter mechanics at a U.S. Army base near Tuzla, Bosnia, brag one day in early 2000: “My girl’s not a day over 12….… the bragging about a 12-year-old sex slave pushed Johnston over the edge. “I had to do something,” he says. “There were kids involved.” …. At least 13 DynCorp employees have been sent home from Bosnia … for purchasing women or participating in other prostitution-related activities. But despite large amounts of evidence in some cases, none of the DynCorp employees sent home have faced criminal prosecution.

Johnston’s RICO lawsuit was not the only instance of wrongdoing to come out of Dyncorp’s U.N. peace keeping contract in Bosnia. The Guardian wrote: ”Kathryn Bolkovac, from Nebraska, was sacked by Dyncorp of Virginia, to which peacekeeping police work in Bosnia had been outsourced…” “She signed up with DynCorp, providing American personnel for the U.N…” Bolkavac’s story was later fictionalized into the film Whistleblower, starring Rachel Weisz.

Poster for the film The Whistleblower, starring Rachel Weisz

 

The Oxford Journal of Conflict and Security Law published an article which read:

”U.N. military peacekeepers are increasingly being accused of human rights abuses while deployed on U.N. missions. These personnel are rarely held accountable for their conduct given that they are granted immunity from criminal prosecution by the host State by a plethora of legal instruments, in particular a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).”

The contractors fell into a legal grey area between a broken Bosnian legal system and American military oversight. Washington University Global Studies Law Review also published:

“U.N. Peacekeepers and Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: An End to Impunity.” Author Elizabeth F. Defeis wrote: “The United Nations … stands accused of egregious acts of sexual abuse and exploitation committed by U.N. peacekeepers and civilian personnel.” Authorities claimed the Dayton Peace Accord put the men under Bosnian authority, while the U.N. affords legal immunity to peacekeepers

Culpability was further complicated by the international nature of Dyncorp and its subsidiaries. The Guardian explained:

“Although Dyncorp was an American company, her [Bolkovac’s] contract was governed under the laws of England.” Despite Dyncorp International’s being located in Texas, “Dyncorp Aerospace in Aldershot is a British Firm… a British subsidiary of the U.S. company DynCorp Inc.”

Ben Johnston eventually settled out of court , while Bolkovac won her case against Dyncorp. Salon reported:

“both Johnston and his attorney said they viewed the settlement as a victory — and as a vindication after two years of fighting the company.”

The New York Times related Bolkovac’s victory:

“A British tribunal has ruled that a former member of the U.N. police force in Bosnia was unfairly fired after she reported to her superiors that colleagues in the police force used women and children as sex slaves in connivance with Balkan traffickers.” The Telegraph also reported: “The tribunal stated, ‘It is hard to imagine a case in which a firm has behaved in a more callous manner.”

Kathryn Bolkovac, who was featured in The Telegraph’s article, “What the U.N. Doesn’t Want You to Know”

 

In the aftermath of Bosnia, the United States demanded heightened immunity for Americans serving as U.N. peacekeepers, as opposed to increased accountability. Dyncorp continued to receive contracts.

The U.N. was implicated in further sex abuse scandals in nations where peace keepers operate with immunity. In 2012 Reuters reported:

“Two U.N. peacekeepers from Pakistan have been sentenced to a year in prison for raping a 14-year-old Haitian boy… Several peacekeepers have been accused of rape, in addition to the Pakistanis, in cases that have fueled public protests and demands that members of the U.N. force be stripped of their immunity and face trial in Haitian courts.” U.N. Peace Keepers were also reported to have been caught on video raping an eighteen year old Haitian youth.

In The Guardian’s article: Report reveals shame of U.N. peacekeepers:

“Embarrassment caused by the misconduct of U.N. forces [in] Haiti, Sierra Leone, Bosnia, Cambodia, East Timor and the Democratic Republic of the Congo(DRC) … [troops] … were regularly having sex with girls aged as young as 12, sometimes in the mission’s administrative buildings.”

The situation in Haiti was so serious that BBC reported Sri Lanka had: ”promised to look into allegations that 108 of its U.N. peacekeepers in Haiti paid for sex, in some cases with underage girls …more than 700 peacekeepers in Ivory Coast were suspended…”

Dyncorp was once again contracted to provide troops for the U.N. in Haiti during this period.

In 2015 Rosa Freedman, senior lecturer at Birmingham Law School wrote in an article published by CNN:

“Why do peacekeepers have immunity in sex abuse cases?” She explained:

“The problem is not new. Over the last two decades, peacekeepers have been accused of abuses in Liberia, Congo, Bosnia and Haiti. Personnel have forced women and children to have sex in exchange for food, have trafficked women into U.N. missions and systematically raped them, and have committed other egregious acts of sexual violence

In 2011, “DynCorp agreed to pay the United States $7.7 million to resolve allegations that it submitted inflated claims for the construction of container camps at various locations in Iraq.” In 2009 The Washington Post had reported that Dyncorp was being forced to “Replace the senior managers… after [The State Department] launched an investigation into the company’s handling of an employee who died of a possible drug overdose.” Dyncorp reportedly lost $1 billion it was given by the State Department to train Iraqi police .

Despite all of this, as late as December last year, Dyncorp received a new $94 million contract with the U.S. Navy. Dyncorp will:

“facilitate humanitarian aid, civic assistance, minor military construction and contingency programs to support exercises and other initiatives…”

The numerous scandals embroiling Dyncorp over the years have exemplified McKinney’s first question to Rumsfeld; “Why do these companies continue to receive government contracts?”

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Two-Thirds of Afghanistan Reconstruction Money Went to DynCorp International*

Trump is Filling Top Pentagon and Homeland Security Positions With Defense Contractors*

The U.S. Spent a Half Billion on Mining in Afghanistan with ‘Limited Progress’*

U.N. Peacekeeper Gang Rapes*

With Cover-ups UN Quietly Offers DNA Tests for ‘Peacekeeper Babies’ & Sexual Abuse Claims*

Pentagon Approves U.N. Use of Force against Civilians*

From Child Trafficking to Head of U.N. Ops. in Haiti

U.N. ‘Peacekeeping’ Force Open Fire on Protesters in Haiti*

After Creating Haiti’s Cholera Crisis, U.N. Can Barely Fight It*

U.S. Rape and Sodomy of Iraqi Women and Children*

U.S. Soldiers Raped Boys in Front of Their Mothers*

Japan Officially asked the U.S. to Stop Military-related Rapes*

U.S. Sponsors Rape in Congo*

50,000+ Okinawans Gather for anti-U.S. Military Rally after another Rape and Murder by U.S. Soldier*

Children Sexually Assaulted at E.U.’s Official Refugee Camps*

 

Western Union Fined $586mn for Colluding with Organized Crime*

Western Union Fined $586mn for Colluding with Organized Crime*

Photo Credit: David Weekly/Flickr

Photo Credit: David Weekly/Flickr

Western Union admitted it behaved criminally through its “willful failure to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program and aiding and abetting wire fraud,” reports Forbes. They’ve agreed to pay a $586 million fine. From the Forbes article:

“In a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission on Thursday, authorities describe insufficient or poorly enforced policies that resulted in the funneling of hundreds of millions of dollars in proceeds from illegal gambling, fraud and drug and human trafficking.

In one case, illegal immigrants from China sent money back to the people who smuggled them across the border. With the help of employees, the payments were structured so that they didn’t trigger reporting requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act, say authorities.

In another example, Western Union processed hundreds of thousands of transactions for an international scam, wherein fraudsters directed people to send money in order to claim a prize or help a relative. Western Union employees often processed the payments in return for a cut of the proceeds, say authorities.”

From CFO:

Wifredo A. Ferrer, the U.S. Attorney in Miami, said the misconduct reflected “a flawed corporate culture that failed to provide a checks and balances approach to combat criminal practices.”

“Western Union’s failure to implement proper controls and discipline agents that violated compliances policies enabled the proliferation of illegal gambling, money laundering and fraud-related schemes,” he added.

I’m not a fan of civil asset forfeiture, which is basically a way for law enforcement to steal money and assets from anyone without charging them with a crime. But in this case, it seems appropriate for the government seize the assets of the CEO of Western Union, Hikmet Ersek, until he can prove that his $8.5 million salary didn’t depend on Western Union’s admitted criminal activities.

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Related Topics:

Holiday Giving: Western Union Taking From the Needy

Rothschild Billion Dollar Money Laundering Plot in Africa*

Nigerians Tell U.K. To Stop Money Laundering for Corrupt Individuals*

Blackwater’s Founder Under Investigation for Money Laundering, Ties to Chinese Intel, and Brokering Mercenary Services*

Entire Police Dept Busted Laundering Millions for International Drug Cartels*

IMF Chiefs: Prostitution, Kickbacks and Money Laundering*

Sweden: Money Laundering and Emptying your Account Easier in Cashless Society*

The World Bank and Money Laundering

Malaysia Launches Logo for Products Made Purely by Muslims*

Malaysia Launches Logo for Products Made Purely by Muslims*

By Bethan McKernan

A Malaysian organisation has created a new logo to denote products made by Muslim businesses.

The Malaysian Institute of International Islamic Corporation (Ikiam), together with the Malaysian Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda), says the logo will be designed and produced early next year.

The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia already uses an official halal logo for products manufactured in the country, but an Ikiam spokesperson said that the new designation will help clarify if products are made in a halal environment after worries some companies were bending the rules.

Halal – or ‘permissible’ in Arabic – mostly governs what observant Muslims are allowed to eat. Pork and its by-products and alcohol are forbidden by the Qur’an.

Halal standards also apply to products such as cosmetics, which can contain animal-derived products, and how food and other products are prepared and stored.

There are about 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, and the global halal food market is worth $632bn (£487bn), or 16% of the global food industry, the United States Halal Association says, and the global Shari’ah-compliant product market is worth more than $2tn annually.

“The need for another halal logo is to distinguish products that were produced by Muslims against that of non-Muslims…[to help] Muslim entrepreneurs make forays into the halal markets locally and abroad,” Risda chair Zahidi Zainul Abidin said.

Only 11% of Muslim-owned companies are currently registered as halal-compliant for the export market with Malaysia’s Trade and Industry ministry, Abidin added.

“At the regional level, for example, a Muslim company with 60 branches across China has recently asked Risda to supply halal products to them. So, halal business opportunity abounds,” he said.

Last year Malaysia launched its first halal-compliant airline.

All meals on Rayani Air are halal, alcohol consumption is prohibited, and there are prayer recitals before takeoff.

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Related Topics:

Meat By Any Means 

Biotech’s Dark Promise of Involuntary Cannibalism for All*

It’s Time to Get Real About Halal/Kosher Meat!

Moscow’s Warning to Muslims for ‘Eid ul-Adha’s Animal Sacrifice*

Swiss Firms Look to Profit from Halal Market*

Sacrificial Animals Journey from Somaliland to Makkah*

Sexuality Beyond the Veil 

Can Common Sense Prevail Over the Veil?

The Redemption “Songs” of Muslim Youth

Iraqi Justice Ministry Executes 5 ISIS Members after Baghdad Bombing*

Iraqi Justice Ministry Executes 5 ISIS Members after Baghdad Bombing*

By Leith Fadel

The Iraqi Justice Ministry executed five members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) this past weekend after the aforementioned terrorist group killed over 200 civilians in Baghdad City. Based on the footage released by Iraqi media activists, the five Islamic State terrorists were hanged for their past crimes in a private government facility.

Iraqi mourns death of over 200 killed in so-called ‘ISIS’ Baghdad car bomb

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The U.S. Military Back on the Battlefield in Iraq*

Iraq Forces Free Prisoners from Underground ISIS Jail*

ISIS Destroys 2,000-year-old Legendary ‘Gate of God’ in Iraq*

Iraqi Paramilitary Reinforcements Arrive in Aleppo, Syria*

U.S. Army Captain Files Lawsuit against Obama over ‘Illegal’ War in Iraq and Syria*

The ISIS Commander U.S. Claimed it Killed is Alive and Killing in Iraq*

17-months Later U.S. Can’t Find any Iraqis to ‘Train’*

Iraqi Forces Retake Government Compound from ISIS in Fallujah*

Iraqi Troops Free Yazidi, Christian Women Prisoners from ISIS*

British air strikes in Iraq and Syria increase by 85%*

Child’s Autistic Symptoms Miraculously Disappear after His Doctor Does This*

Child’s Autistic Symptoms Miraculously Disappear after His Doctor Does This*

By Erin Elizabeth

It was recently estimated that the cost for autism care in America will rise to a staggering $461 billion by the year 2025. Currently, the cost for treating the disorder are already more than double the combined costs of stroke and hypertension. And there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.

However, what if we’ve been treating autism wrong this entire time and simpler, more effective solutions are within reach for thousands of parents?

In the following video, you’ll see Jackson acting like a normally functioning, smiling 6-year-old, but it was not always the case. At 22 months old, Jackson was diagnosed on the autism spectrum. However, instead of listening to mainstream medicine critics- that autism is incurable- his father took him to a functional medicine doctor named Dr. Mark Hyman who worked to address major health issues that Jackson had: gut inflammation, nutritional imbalances, and heavy metal toxicity – especially mercury.

Once those issues were treated, this sweet boy’s autistic symptoms miraculously disappeared. 

Dr. Hyman believes we are treating autism incorrectly. He doesn’t see it as a brain issue only, rather he calls it a body disorder that affects the brain. He says, “Treating autism as a body disorder that affects the brain gives us many treatment choices. Children treated in this way can often have dramatic and remarkable — if not miraculous — recoveries.”

While mainstream doctors are ready to write autism off as irreversible and incurable, it seems short sighted to label it that way when we are still learning about the body every day; including just how capable the body is at healing ITSELF- if the climate is ideal.

Rather, research shows that there are likely multiple of causes for autism, both internal and external. And with the alarmingly rapid rise of autism rates since the 90s, a 600% increase in fact, many doctors have finally started to look at outside sources: heavy metals, food, vaccinations, and the environment. And there may be even more reasons.

Most naturopaths will immediately recommend heavy metal detoxification for children who were diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. And in Jackson’s case, detoxing from heavy metals produced amazing results. Even though proof of metal toxicity is currently anecdotal it’s important to take into account because heavy metal toxicity and autism have many similar symptoms.

The symptoms of inorganic mercury poisoning are:

  • emotional changes
  • headaches and insomnia
  • muscle twitching
  • muscle atrophy and
  • decreased cognitive functions.

The symptoms of organic mercury poisoning are:

  • include neurological impairment
  • loss of coordination and
  • muscle weakness.

The symptoms aluminum toxicity are:

  • mood changes
  • muscle weakness
  • seizures
  • delayed growth in children and often mimic symptoms of other diseases.

And now look at the symptoms children on the autistic spectrum experience:

  • developmental delays
  • problems expressing their emotions
  • speech problems
  • aggression
  • behavior problems
  • mood swings
  • problems or unusual walking
  • cognitive issues

It’s true that many parents report some or all of these symptoms (including seizures, muscle weakness, and vomiting) after a round of vaccinations. So, after seeing the similarities between heavy metal poisoning and autism symptoms, we simply must address the numbers of autism diagnoses, by age, compared to the childhood vaccination schedule.

Most children diagnosed on the spectrum show symptoms of developmental issues between the ages of 13 to 18 months and this happens to be the age when children receive the most vaccinations. The official CDC schedule recommends nine vaccinations between 12 and 18 months: HepB, DTaP, Hib, PCV, IPV, MMR, Varicella, HepA, and a flu shot. Some irresponsible doctors have also been known to give many of the shots in a single visit to save time.

Depending on manufacturer, the HepB vaccine contains either aluminum hydroxide, or aluminum sulfate and amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate. Each of its forms are TOXIC. And most of our childhood vaccinations contain aluminum, and our flu shots contain mercury.

  • DTaP contains either aluminum phosphate or aluminum hydroxide.
  • Hib named PedvaxHIB contains aluminum hydroxphosphate sulfate.
  • PCV named PCV13 – Prevnar 13 contains aluminum phosphate.
  • IPV, when administered together with DTaP contains aluminum hydroxide.
  • HepA contains either aluminum hydroxide or amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate.
  • Most flu shots contain thimerosol (mercury).
  • Aluminium salts used in vaccines have been shown to have adverse long-term neurological reactions.

Regardless of your feelings on the vaccine debate, the links between heavy metal poisoning, autism, and vaccination reaction symptoms are beginning to look less and less coincidental (and the government has paid out over $3 billion in damages since 1986 on behalf of vaccine companies that have been granted immunity from lawsuits).

We are so grateful to doctors like Dr Hyman for his help with children on the autism spectrum. I sincerely hope that at some point we can get lawmakers and doctors alike to come to the table and have frank discussions about how we can end this epidemic that has long robbed our children of normal and full lives.

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Ex Marine Enraged, Blows Whistle On Syrian False Flag and Real Agenda*

Ex Marine Enraged, Blows Whistle On Syrian False Flag and Real Agenda*

By Sophie McAdam

“We have tortured and killed and maimed and raped around this planet. We don’t operate under international law; we have the law of the jungle”

Ken O’ Keefe is an ex US Marine turned anti-war campaigner who appeared on a Press TV debate called Syria: War of Deception, and absolutely owned his opponent in such an awesome way that you’ll be cheering at his every comment.

Recorded in August 2013, this interview is now two years old, but in light of the current European refugee crisis it’s more relevant today than ever before. Passionate, articulate and knowledgeable about the subject matter, O’Keefe is the perfect guy to step up and tell these home truths- and boy, does he do a good job. This guy nails so many crucial points about the Syria situation in one interview, he’ll have you jumping around and punching the ceiling.

“We have tortured and killed and maimed and raped around this planet; who in their right mind would consider the United States or the West in general to be in any position to punish anybody?”

the veteran begins angrily, going on to outline the evidence for Syria being a false flag attack (Note: leaked emails showing how Assad was framed by the USA are detailed in this cached Daily Mail report from January 2013, which was published online briefly before being removed).

He rightly points out that the USA dropped more bombs in Vietnam than during the whole of WW2 combined, that it regularly arms terrorists (but the mainstream press refer to them as ‘freedom fighters’ when it suits them) and the ex-marine also points out how the so-called ‘War on Terror’ is nothing more than a well-planned strategy to be in a “perpetual state of war to destabilize the region for the Greater Israel plan.”

“We don’t operate under international law; we have the law of the jungle in which the rich and powerful basically determine what goes and what doesn’t go.” O’Keefe shouts. He correctly points out that Bush and Blair would be “rotting in prison cells” if the law were administered equally to all, or even “executed if their own rules were applied to their own crimes“. He also acknowledges that these men are nothing more than puppets who “serve rich and powerful bankers who control the money supply.”

Keefe rants about the hypocrisy of the West, who are arming terrorist organizations in the name of ‘freedom’ for civilians in geo-politically strategic countries while turning a blind eye to vile human rights abuses in countries like Saudi Arabia. The only people who still fall for all this crap, Keefe passionately points out, are “bought-off prostitutes [our politicians] or the dumbest of the dumb.”

In short, this is a video you should consider sharing with anyone you know who is still under the illusion that the USA and Britain are doing good in the world, anyone who doesn’t believe the ‘conspiracy theory’ that 9/11 (or Syria, or Libya, or Afghanistan or Iraq) were not orchestrated attacks to further a sinister long-term goal of controlling the Middle East, and anyone who believes that the desperate refugees fleeing these countries we have systematically destroyed have no right to seek help from their oppressors in Europe and North America- after all, without Western imperialism, we wouldn’t have any refugees in the first place (more on that here).

Ken O’Keefe renounced US citizenship in 2001 and now holds Irish, Hawaiian & Palestinian citizenship. He says on his blog: “My ultimate allegiance is to my entire human family and to planet Earth.”

Well said.

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Venezuelan Government Stops U.S.-backed Coup*

Bishop Badejo: U.S. won’t fight Boko Haram because of their Eugenics Agenda in Africa*

For Foiling U.S. Coups, U.S. Slap Sanctions on Venezuela*

The U.S. Expanding its Domain to Space and Cyberspace*

U.S. on Russia’s Borders Trying to Provoke War*

The U.S. Electromagnetic Pulse Bomb*

The Lie of a U.S. – Israeli Fallout for the Global Stage*

Doing the Netanyahu: A Russian fighter jet Intercepts U.S. Reconnaissance, but U.S. Accuses Russia*

The Only Region in the World Projecting U.S. Crumbling Hegemony

The Three World Wars of Albert Pike*

If U.S. et al Hold out Long enough there will be no Palestinian State to Recognize*

Under Israeli Air Cover, and U.S. Stand down, ISIS took Palmyra*

U.S. Diplomacy: Retaliation and Pain for Countries that Reject GMO’s*

U.S. Cyber-attack on Iran Foiled*

Former US Senate candidate: Israel False Flag Attack on U.S. to Stir Up War against Iran*

U.S. Accusations against Syria Backfire*

Iraqi Forces have been Busy doing what U.S. Fails to Do*

Anti-ISIS Coalition Forces are U.S. Targets*

Belgian Analyst: U.S. Born out of Violence Needs War to Survive*

Obama Delivers the U.S. on TPP Platter*

Time to Shatter the Illusion of U.S. Elections*

U.S. Companies Hosting ISIS Websites and Forums*

George Clooney Paid to Oppose War Profiteering by Africans Disloyal to the U.S. Agenda*

Puerto Rico the U.S. Colony Driven into Bankruptcy*

Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an “Oligarchy with Unlimited Political Bribery”*

China Warns Russia That “State Of War” Now Exists With the U.S.*

The First U.S. invasion of Haiti (1915) Remembered*

Stop Meddling in Africa‚ COSATU Provincial Secretary Tells U.S.*

U.S. Gov’t Seizing Sacred Lands of Native Americans*

U.S. National Endowment for Democracy is now Officially “Undesirable” in Russia*

U.S. Interfering in Venezuela Again*

Djibouti orders the U.S. to Leave and for China to Step in*

U.S. Sponsors Rape in Congo*

U.S. Judge Orders Release of ILLEGALLY Imprisoned Immigrant Children From Detention Centres*

Drop in Drug Trafficking Followed Expulsion of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration*

U.S. Terrorism in Public Schools*

‘We Charge Genocide’: Systematic Murder & Oppression of Blacks Continues in U.S.*

Protests against U.S. Military Sending 3000 Troops to Peru*

Haiti and the Profoundly Silent Chelsea Clinton*

A Zionist to Head U.S.’s Economic Warfare Division*

U.S. New sanctions Targets Scores of Russian, Chinese, Syrian firms over Iran*

U.S. and E.U. Block the Family from new U.N. Development Goals*

U.S. Occupies a Yemeni Island*

Is Dropping More Bombs on Syria the Way to Solve the Refugee Crisis?*

 

NWO’s Version of Yoga Stirring up a Frenzy*

NWO’s Version of Yoga Stirring up a Frenzy*

By Nimisha Jaiswal

To most yoga lovers in the US, the Om chant and sun salutation routine are ordinary parts of a healthy, normal workout.

But in India, where tens of thousands are preparing to mark the first International Yoga Day this Sunday, these practices are explosive symbols of religious tension.

In fact, the government has said they may even be banned from the celebrations.

Prime Minister Modi’s government has given contradictory statements on the matter, first stating that the Om would be optional or even replaceable by “Allah” for minorities who wish to avoid the Hindu chant. However, in a turnaround, the latest program released by the government now includes Om chanting at the beginning of the Yoga Day event.

This Sunday, 30,000 Indians will set a world record for the largest yoga gathering ever, assembling on the road which connects the Indian Parliament to India Gate in New Delhi. However, due to opposition by Muslim bodies, organizers have decided that the “Surya Namaskar,” or sun salutation, is off the table.

Yoga day was supposed to be a triumph for Modi, who convinced 177 co-sponsors and 192 participants at the UN General Assembly to join in celebrating the first ever International Day of Yoga on June 21. Through promoting this ancient practice, the Indian leader promised practitioners “a sense of oneness within yourself, the world and the nature.”

But it has turned out to be quite the headache at home. Trust between the right-wing Hindu nationalist leader and minorities has always been low. Modi has been criticized heavily for keeping quiet through riots and when his ministers have made crass, anti-Muslim remarks. When Muslim groups learned that students at government schools would be required to participate in yoga and the sun salutation, they launched a nationwide protest that forced Modi’s government to take action.

Muslims object to the sun salutation because their faith commands them to bow to Allah only. Chanting Om has also been opposed as it is used frequently in Hindu prayer.

The government has now removed the Surya Namaskar, or sun salutation, from the sequence of exercises to be performed by participants in the Yoga Day celebrations. They have also said it is not mandatory for students to participate in events organized at their schools if their religion forbids it.

Shripad Naik, the Minister for Yoga and Traditional Medicine, met with Muslim organizations and urged them to participate in Yoga Day. “If people do not want to chant ‘Om’, they can say ‘Allah’,” he said.

However, a week after his comments, the yoga ministry officially included the chanting of Om at the beginning of the mega-event in Delhi, drawing further condemnation from Muslims.

The objections of Muslims have drawn mixed reactions. Indian Christians in the state of Mizoram have joined the opposition, urging Christians to boycott Yoga Day events because they fall on a Sunday. But Yogi Adityanath, a member of Parliament who belongs to the right-wing party in power, said that all those who do not wish to do the sun salutation should literally go off and die.

“Those who see sectarianism in the sun as well, I would request them to go drown in the sea,” he said at a rally in Varanasi.

Opposition to yoga on religious grounds is not new, or exclusive to India. In April this year, the US Fourth District Court of Appeals rejected a plea by a group of Californian parents who sued a school for teaching yoga classes, arguing they were a form of religious indoctrination.

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