Wednesday, September 14, 2011
September 14 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Carefully Calculated Slavery - It's NOT An Accident 46 Million Americans Live In Poverty
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September 14 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Carefully Calculated Slavery - It's NOT An Accident That 46 Million Americans Live In Poverty
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» The beginning of the end... The Al-Haqqani network in Afghanistan and Pakistan, who affiliate with anyone who'd care to shoot at Americans in the region, pinned down the US embassy in Kabul with a rocket propelled grenade and sniper fire attack from surrounding buildings never completed by the contractors for 24 hours yesterday using TEN FIGHTERS against helicopter gunships and artillery!
Most of what you'll read from the military pundits plays down the significance of the battle. To wit:
Afghan and NATO forces killed the final two attackers laying siege to one of Kabul's most upscale and secure districts Wednesday morning, ending a nearly 20-hour ordeal that killed at least 11 civilians and saw several rockets land within the perimeter of the U.S. embassy compound (Reuters, Pajhwok, BBC, Tel, CNN, WSJ, LAT, Guardian, NYT, AJE, AP). The attackers are believed to have gained access to a half-constructed building near the embassy by wearing burqas, and had reportedly stockpiled weapons and ammunition so as to be able to hold out longer (Post, Tel). U.S. ambassador to Kabul Ryan Crocker told reporters that he believed the Haqqani Network was responsible for the attack, but said,...But it illustrates exactly why the West has played directly into the hands of it's own INTERNAL enemies who would destroy their economic systems by draining their treasuries 'swatting mosquitoes with sledgehammers', as the saying goes, while the people who manufacture the 'sledgehammers' loot those treasuries and pick their citizen's tax dollar pocket."If this is the best [the Taliban] can do, I find both their lack of ability and capacity and the ability of Afghan forces to respond to it actually encouraging in this whole transition process" (BBC, AP).[With links @ Foreign Policy AfPak Channel]
Leading to an economy that's coming apart at the seams, with poverty in the United States at it's highest in decades.
Record number of Americans living in poverty...With the rise almost completely due to the impoverishment of workers in the so-called "Right to work" states. In other words, most of the Southern US, which shows the highest of the high US poverty rates.
"The figure for children was even higher... 22%"
Last year, 46.2 million Americans lived in poverty--the highest total since record keeping began more than half a century ago, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. Thanks to an unemployment rate that averaged 9.6 percent, and anemic economic growth, the share of Americans who lived below the official... [In Full]
Meanwhile, in Detroit, a city left to founder in rust and abandoned houses we see this humanitarian act: 101-year-old Detroit woman evicted in foreclosure
Much Much More On The Topic Of Poverty, And The People Who Would Do Such A Thing To An Aged Woman In Today's Commentary.
» An internal probe by the CIA of the CIA's (!??!)association with the New York Police Department is in the works after reports that the intelligence agency was involved in the investigation of, sharing intelligence about, and stalking of US citizens in collusion with the NYPD, which is a dramatic violation of their federal charter.
Here are some "Weasel Words" from a Squirrelly Police State:
"One mission of the CIA adviser attached to New York's police department is to ensure sharing of information, new CIA Director David Petraeus told the same joint hearing of the House and Senate intelligence committees." [In Full]That's an underhanded way to say the CIA is making sure the NYPD is sharing information with THEM... NOT the other way around.
» Someone is 'unbalanced' - The House Republicans are blocking all emergency aid funding for victims of the hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods over the last six months. They are demanding other cuts in the federal budget to "balance the expenditures".
» It's rumored there's a 'spat' between the president of Iran and the more conservative judiciary of the country regarding the release of the two UC Berkeley hikers who ended up in an Iranian prison for spying...
However, the Italian Alt Press is reporting it like this:
Iran: American hikers to be freed from prison in 'two days'AKI also follows up on the murder of one of their reporters/contributors, allegedly by the Pakistani ISI, after having published an Asia Times article fleshing out the connection between the Pakistani intelligence service (by extension the CIA) and al-Qaeda:
Tehran, 13 Sept. (AKI) - Two Americans who were sentenced by an Iranian court to eight years in prison for spying will be released ''in two days,'' Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told US television network NBC.
Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were arrested in July 2009 while there were on a hike near Iran's border with Iraq. Another American, Sarah Shourd returned home after she was freed on $500,000 bail in September 2010.
Bail for Bauer and Fattal was also set at $500,000 each, the Associated Press news agency reported on Tuesday.
The three maintain that if they strayed into Iran it was inadvertent. [Source, AKI]
Islamabad, 13 Sept. (AKI) - Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad was probably killed by his country’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency, but the initial order was to rough him up and give him a scare, according to an article in the current issue of The New Yorker magazine.The article at AsiaTimes that may have gotten the correspondent killed is here. A follow up @ATimes, "Who killed Syed Saleem Shahzad?" is here.
But sometime before he disappeared on 29 May the order changed from kidnap and hurt to kill, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Dexter Filkins wrote, citing an unnamed senior American official.
Shahzad disappeared in Islamabad on 29 May. His body was recovered two days later in the remote rural area of Mandi Bahauddin, 150 kilometres southwest of the capital Islamabad, bearing signs of torture.
Pakistan's powerful military spy agency ISI has denied any involvement in Shahzad's abduction and murder, which occurred just days after he published an article in Asia Times Online alleging links between Al-Qaeda and officials in the Pakistani navy. He was also a contributor to Adnkronos International (AKI). [In Full]
» It appears the US is actively working to prevent a vote at the UN on Palestinian Statehood in the next General Assembly. That could be problematic for their Arab League relations... OTOH, the US may consider the Arab League's blessings for anything just as unnecessary as the African Union and it's wishes had over the UN's decision to let NATO attack Libya.
In OTHER News
The flip side of nationalism is always racism, the dehumanization of the enemy and all who appear to question the cause. The plague of nationalism began almost immediately. My son, who was eleven, asked me what the difference was between cars flying small American flags and cars flying large American flags.
"The people with the really big flags are the really big assholes", I told him . . .
[Chris Hedges, 9/11: The assholes on both sides won]
Remember... Capitalism is holding a loaded gun...
...And the target is ANYONE who gets in the way of their profits.
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