Cindy Sheehan and Supporters to Campaign at California State Democratic Convention in Los Angeles: March 8, 2014
Date: Thursday, 06 Mar 2014 22:05
For Immediate Release March 8, 2014
Attention Day Book/ Assignment Desk
Contact: Dede Miller-562-500-9079 or email@example.com
Press Availability 9am
Cindy Sheehan and Team at the Democratic State Convention
When: Saturday May 8, 9am-12pm
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center
Join Cindy Sheehan, Peace & Freedom Party's Candidate for Governor at the L.A. Convention Center this Saturdaymorning.
Cindy Sheehan's EPIC campaign to:
*End Poverty In California*
*End the Prison Industrial Complex *
*Environmental Protection in California*
*Educate People in California *
All are a real alternative to neo-Republican Jerry Brown's ongoing policies of enriching the banks and the 1%, fracking, filling the prisons, while California's schools continue to fail.
*End Poverty In California*
*End the Prison Industrial Complex *
*Environmental Protection in California*
*Educate People in California *
All are a real alternative to neo-Republican Jerry Brown's ongoing policies of enriching the banks and the 1%, fracking, filling the prisons, while California's schools continue to fail.
Unashamed, Unabashed, Unrepentant Admiration of Hugo Chavez (28 July, 1954 to 5 March, 2013) by Cindy Sheehan
Date: Wednesday, 05 Mar 2014 10:09
Revolution, A Love Story
By Cindy Sheehan
(Written March 2011 before President Chavéz was diagnosed with Cancer)
Five years ago, shortly after my first trip to Texas to confront the person who I felt murdered my son Casey, George Bush, I was invited to Caracas, Venezuela to attend the World Social Forum.
Amazingly, at the time, I really had no idea that the World Social Forum was about socialism, and I really didn’t know much more about President Hugo Chavéz then he was a very vocal opponent of my opponents: George Bush, and the U.S. Empire. That trip to Caracas was a whirlwind of speeches, meetings, and rallies.
At one point, I was pulled out of a meeting to go to the presidential palace, Miraflores, to meet with President Chavéz. Along with a few colleagues, he gave us a tour of some of the places where the US - CIA backed coup attempt occurred in April of 2002 — a living “ The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” with our guide being the “star” of the show. Chavéz not only survived that coup attempt, because of his people, but also has thrived as the socialist/anti - imperialist president of Venezuela for over ten years, now.
That year in Caracas, I stumbled through my meetings and obligations, just knowing enough to survive that trip. However, after I did go down to Venezuela for that WSF and meet with President Chavez (Che Guevara’s daughter, Elena, helped treat me for a migraine), I was “greeted” with deep - seeded hostility when I returned back to Il Imperio (The Empire), even from people whom I would consider on “the left.”
“Cindy, the enemy of your enemy is not your friend.” “Hugo Chavéz may hate George Bush like you do, but he is an oppressive, anti - American, Communist dictator.” “Blah, blah, blah!”
I was even hauled in before Arianna Huffington and soundly scolded for my “indiscretion.” (A working definition of irony: I have stuck to my “ peace at all costs ” platform all these years and am nearly broke, yet Arianna is a political chameleon who just sold her soul — oops I mean website — to AOL for hundreds of millions of dollars?)
In the early years of my activism, I did a lot of things that I wasn’t ready for — and meeting this “anti - American Communist, dictator” was one of them. Because of the criticism from what passes as the left in this country, I started to do a little more research in to Venezuelan politics, Hugo Chavéz, and the Bolivarian Revolution.
Simon Bolívar, the liberator of Latin America and his vision has been part of the inspiration for the revolution of Chavéz. What I found after my studies greatly relieved me! I felt justified in defending Chavéz and in my support of him and his policies.
Once when I was invited to be on MSNBC’s Hardball, the guest hostess Norah O’Donnell made some blatantly untrue comments about President Chavez, so I had to correct her and she asked me: “Would you rather have Hugo Chavéz as your president, than George Bush?” What else could I say but, “Yes. ” It’s not everyday one is faced with such a clear - cut choice, but I sure set off a shit - storm of Anti - Sheehan attacks after that rare bit (for TV, but not me) of honesty.
Since the beginning of 2006 and my trip to Caracas, I have traveled the world and met people from presidents on down to beggars on the streets that can usually “thank” The Empire for the foundation of their poverty; I have run an unsuccessful campaign for Congress against a card - carrying member of the oppressor - class here in the US, Nancy Pelosi; I have been arrested many times and harassed because of my beliefs and activities; I have published five books; been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and have been gifted with three grandchildren (note: four now),— and all of these experiences have combined, along with the death of my son in 2004, to bring me to the conclusion that the system we live under in the US — whether one wants to call it Capitalism, Crony Capitalism, Corporatism, Imperialism, Oligarchy, ( or whatever name for this cyst - em that makes you happy) — is a profoundly diseased and crumbling system.
For decades, Venezuela suffered under the US corporations, CIA, and “leaders” who were dependent on and supporters of the rape and pillage of their country by the US (kind of like Hosni Mubarak). The people were strangled by this system and rose up against it many times, and failed, but the soil was being prepared for one to step in and show the people of Venezuela a new way — an alternative to the stranglehold US capitalistic imperialism had on his country.
So, in 2010, after I became what I like to call an “organic Marxist,” writing my own wo(man)ifesto in 2009, called: Myth America: 20 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution, I wanted to go back to Venezuela to chat with Chavéz about something more important than “Senor Peligro,” (Mr. Danger), George Bush. I wanted to witness a socialist revolution in process. I wanted to be able to come back to the US with evidence of a better way. To do that, I also felt it was urgent to dispel the “myths” about President Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution, too.
I received permission to interview the President and I raised the money to travel there with two camera operators — and our “mission” was to interview the president, and talk to people in the “barrios” of Venezuela to see how this revolution was affecting them — screw the oligarchy and opposition that still remain there — their sob-stories of stolen lost wealth to the socialist way are told over and over and over and over and over again in Venezuelan media and our media, too.
I have no sympathy for the robbers who became a little less wealthy sitting behind their walls in their mansions feeling sorry for themselves. I wish that would happen here in the US — wouldn’t it be a shame if Mr. Rockefeller had to have a few of his oil wells and properties expropriated to pay for healthcare, environmental clean - up, jobs, and education for we the people here in the US? No, it wouldn’t be a shame — the wealth that such people like Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt, Rothschild, Gates, Soros, Koch, Winfrey, or T. Boone Pickens, have accumulated is obscene and belongs to everyone, not just them.
I asked one formerly illiterate and disadvantaged person in the barrio of San Agustin what she thought about the amendment to the Bolivarian Republic’s new Constitution (more about the Constitution later) that allows Chavéz to run for president without term limits. She said: “I hope he is president for life, we would die for him and the revolution.” In fact, many people did die in 2002 during the coup attempt defending and supporting Chavez.
Chavéz loves the people of Venezuela — he owes them his life. But what, if anything, do we owe to such a person and his country that are being unfairly and unjustly demonized at every opportunity by our own country? We owe Chavéz a balanced look at what he’s done, why he’s done it, and what he is still attempting to do with all the obstacles placed in his way from El Imperio and to the less (maybe) sinister problems of global climate change.
This book is my inadequate attempt at showing appreciation to my supporters and to President Chavéz for helping me see that there is a better way to do things than we do them here in the US.
Revolution cannot be achieved or accomplished by one person, no matter how dedicated he/she is. Is they way of Chavéz perfect? I don’t think so, (and I will examine the challenges, too) but that’s the beauty of revolution — it’s a continuing process that takes everybody working together to achieve as close to perfection as mere humans can.
The Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela is not an uprising like we see happening in the Arab world and closer to home in Madison, Wisconsin. No, it is a plan and Chavéz told me during our interview in Montevideo because of all the “obstacles” and “challenges,” they have really only accomplished about 10% of what the Revolution has set out to do . (Does that sound like an autocrat? If he were one, at least 90% would be accomplished).
The Representative Republic that was formed by the plutocracy in the US has only led us to increasing fascistic oppressions and a growing income disparity that is the largest in so - called developing nations.
Chavéz is successfully leading a “Great Experiment” in Venezuela at a time when the “Great American Experiment,” in the US described by Alexis de Tocqueville in the 19th Century is failing.
Capitalism, US style, is trying so hard to save itself for the wealthy and power mad, that it attacks small countries and leaders like President Hugo Chavéz because the plutocracy still calls the shots and is terrified of, “ the threat of a good example.”
I want to disclose up front that I love this subject. It is not a non - biased look, but I can promise you it will be an honest look and one that you won’t find in very many other places. I will present statistics and facts, tinted with enthusiasm and inspiration that can’t be woven around a web of Imperial lies.
I guarantee you that there is a better way — there is a path we can follow to peace and freedom.
It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth every step we MUST take.
Vamos, mis amigos.
(Let’s go, my friends!)
March 5, 2014
One of the last times I spoke with Hugo Chavéz in 2010, he greeted me warmly and said, "Welcome home, Cindy. Our country is your country; your son is our son."
I was called back to Caracas 15-months after that visit and I missed seeing Chavéz because I was told that he had a "pulled groin muscle." Within the next several weeks we learned that he was diagnosed with the cancer that would kill him a little less than two years later.
His dedication to fighting the cancer matched his unrelenting dedication to the people of Venezuela. Chavéz had been young and vibrant: he was not ready to go. I can imagine his agony over leaving three children, his grandson, and his beloved Venezuela. One year ago today, the world lost a great human, father, leader. I was at a grocery store when I received a text from my sister telling me he had passed: I put my head on the cold door in the frozen food section and openly wept. I wondered if people were thinking I was crying because my favorite frozen pizza was not in stock. I didn't care. I replaced the items I had in my hand basket and quickly left and cried all the way on my walk home.
I wept for my friend Chavéz and myself; for the people of Venezuela, and the world.
What President Chavéz and his Bolivarian Revolution were able to do in Venezuela inspired many oppressed Latin American and Caribbean nations to work together to begin to break the chains that bound them to The Empire that has long been crushing them under its neo-liberal/violent boot heel.
Now, of course the US is ramping up its campaign against the transparently and democratically elected government and Revolution in Venezuela, but I have confidence in the people that they will not go back to the way it used to be. The greatest accomplishment of Chavéz was to empower the people and once empowered, never, ever again enslaved.
The Bolivarian Revolution and the leadership of Hugo Chavéz is one of my inspirations for my run for Governor of California. If Venezuela was able to dramatically close the income gap, educate people, improve their access to nutritional food, and empower them, imagine what we could do here in California.
US Presidents come and go with nauseating, "electoral" regularity, but in my opinion, history will look back on Hugo Rafael Chavéz Frias as one of the most significant figures in the early 21st Century.
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Date: Monday, 03 Mar 2014 06:58
CINDY SHEEHAN'S SOAPBOX
MARCH 2, 2014
GUEST: BILL QUIGLEY
TOPIC: CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AND THE CASE OF
SR. MEGAN RICE, ET. AL.
(From Wikipedia) On July 28, 2012, Rice, at 82 years old, and two fellow activists (Michael R. Walli, 63 years old, and Gregory I. Boertje-Obed, 57 years old) broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, spray-painted antiwar slogans, and splashed fake blood on the outside of the heavily guarded Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility.
The three are members of the organization "Transform Now Plowshares", a part of the Plowshares Movement, which references the Book of Isaiah's call to "hammer their swords into plowshares", i.e., convert weapons into peaceful tools. Justifying their infiltration of the Oak Ridge facility, the trio cited both Biblical verses calling for world peace and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as justifications. The New York Times reported that nuclear experts called this action "the biggest security breach in the history of the nation's atomic complex." Rice, Walli, and Boertje-Obed were charged with misdemeanor trespass and "destruction and depredation" of government property (a felony) and may face up to a $100,000 fine and up to a year in prison. However they were charged with damaging a defense facility under the sabotage act, a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, and charged with causing more than $1,000 damage to government property, up to 10 years in prison.
On May 9, 2013, the three were convicted. In her testimony Sister Megan said "I regret I didn't do this 70 years ago." Her sentencing was originally scheduled for January 28, 2014, but was postponed to February 18, 2014 due to a snow storm. On February 18, 2014, Rice was sentenced to 35 months in prison, and Walli and Boertje-Obed were each sentenced to 62 months.
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Bill Quigley is a law professor and Director of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University New Orleans. Bill has been an active public interest lawyer since 1977. Bill has served as counsel with a wide range of public interest organizations on issues including human rights, Katrina social justice issues, public housing, voting rights, death penalty, living wage, civil liberties, educational reform, constitutional rights and civil disobedience. Bill served as the Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights for two years and has litigated numerous cases with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the Advancement Project, and with the ACLU of Louisiana, for which he served as General Counsel for 15 years.
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Date: Friday, 28 Feb 2014 09:31
As someone who is intimately and very painfully acquainted with the personal cost of war, I believe that the carnage and destruction of war is what we need to focus on. We should never give up our struggles for peace and end of Empire as long as one person is being threatened or in harm's way of the US military juggernaut.
However, according to the National Priorities Project, since 2001, the total cost of the US's war OF terror has been over 1.5 trillion dollars and,
Every hour, taxpayers in United States are paying
$11.26 million for Total Cost of Wars Since 2001.
Of course, in a 2010 article in the Washington Post, economists Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes compute the "true" cost of just the horror the US perpetrated on Iraq at over "3 trillion."
Not only is the loss of my own treasure, my first born, needlessly relevant in my life, as a candidate for Governor of California, the hemorrhaging of this state's resources to the war OF terror is also needless and significant.
According to the apparently conservative, but verifiable, statistics of the National Priorities Project:
Every hour, taxpayers in California are payingBesides the flesh and blood we have had stolen from us, California has ponied up almost 200 billions of dollars that could obviously be used for more positive and life-affirming projects here in our own state.
$1.45 million for Total Cost of Wars Since 2001.
The National Priorities Project has a tool for re-allocating this tribute we Californians pay to the Empire for its wars OF terror and this is what I envisioned and the State still had billions of dollars left over:
The US Department of War is scaling back its traditional activities, yet expanding black ops and use of drone technology. What we need federally and locally are leaders that know what struggle is and are able to be free of the Military Industrial Complex.
Californians can say "Hell, no" to war and "Hell, yes" to a state that puts the needs of people over the greed of Empire.
Imagine a state as big and powerful and California saying "Hell, no" to Empire?
We will no longer cede any of our tax dollars or our children to the imperial meat-grinder. This is a good plan for our state, our nation, and the world!
Date: Sunday, 23 Feb 2014 11:26
The Truth About More Imperial Meddling
February 23, 2014
TOPIC: OCCUPY THIS BOOK and Dedicated Activism
GLORIA LA RIVA:
TOPIC: What the corporate media won't tell you about
by Gloria La Riva
by Eva Golinger
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Date: Sunday, 16 Feb 2014 18:41
Date: Sunday, 16 Feb 2014 08:31
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Date: Saturday, 15 Feb 2014 16:15
CINDY SHEEHAN FOR CAL GOV SAYS: "Stop Bullying And Racism In Education At The CTC -Equal Justice For al"l
Date: Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 09:37
Stop Bullying And Racism In Education At The CTC -Equal Justice For all
Stop Privatization, Charters and the Corruption In Public Education
California education workers and students are under attack from bullies through charters and privatization.
The California Commission On Teacher Credentials is run by Governor Brown who appoints the commission members. On January 24, 2014 teachers, parents and public education advocates went to the Committee of Creditials to testify about the physical abuse of an African American special education student at the San Francisco Martin Luther King Middle school in February 2012 by the principal Natalie Eberhard.
Ms. Eberhard sat on a student, injured a member of the UESF and also her assistant principal Anthony Braxton had falsified a report on this incident.
After the incident took place instead of the District Superintendent Richard Carranza taking action he denied the abuse had taken place and the District Attorney Gascon refused to properly investigate and prosecute. Complaints were filed by material witnesses about this abuse and under California law those who make complaints are supposed to be informed about the hearing and given the opportunity to testify.
Instead the Commission and it's assistant lawyer Michael Barth refused to allow the material witnesses to testify in the closed hearing and only allowed public comment after he and the commission were challenged. This flagrant violation of the education code and California law for due process by the Commission and it's staff has been known by Governor Brown for years.
At present there is a lawsuit by the former Commission lawyer Kathy Carroll who was bullied, retaliated against and fired for exposing the violation of the law by the Commission. She presently has a suit against these systemic violations by the Commission and this lawsuit is being defended by Attorney General Kamala Harris.
Governor Brown must be held personally accountable for this ongoing retaliation and bullying both at the Martin Luther King School in San Francisco and the bullying of the CTC staff and whistleblowers. The CTC must have representation of African Americans on this commission but they have refused to follow the law an appoint an African American representative to this commission.
He has also appointed people to California governmental positions that have personal financial conflicts of interest in charters and privatization of education and who are intent on bullying and harassing California public teachers and the public education system.
The chairwomen of the Commission Linda Darling-Hammond who is a supporter of President Obama's "Race to the Top" and "No Child Left Behind" has pushed the CTC for these attacks on teachers and further supports for the "common core" and charters in our public school system.
I call for full prosecution of those in the California Commission on Teacher Credentials and that Governor Brown should be charged with obstruction of justice for continuing to cover-up the criminal and civil violations by the CTC which he is responsible for.
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Date: Sunday, 09 Feb 2014 11:13
Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
V-I-C-T-O-R-Y for JUSTICE!
February 9, 2014
Sufyan bin Uzayr
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Sufyan bin Uzayr is the Editor of Brave New World (www.bravenewworld.in), a progressive web-journal. He has authored a book, "Sufism: A Brief History" (2012). HE also frequently blogs about issues of political relevance at Political Periscope (www.politicalperiscope.com). Bin Uzayr has a keen interest in foreign policy and international studies, and he has a degree in English Literature.
Sufyan lives in Northern India.
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Date: Saturday, 08 Feb 2014 08:31
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Date: Thursday, 06 Feb 2014 11:20
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In these days of crumbling empire, crumbling economy, and crumbling infrastructure, a NEW DAY and NEW WAY
for California are needed.
Jerry Brown says: "California is Back"
We say: "For the 1%. We want it back for all."
Jerry Brown supports fracking and other forms of oil extraction.
We support expanded, accessible, clean public transportation and using the subsidies and tax breaks given to Big Oil to invest in clean and renewable forms of energy.
Jerry Brown supports nuclear power, we say, "Decommission all nuclear power plants."
Jerry Brown is in the pockets of the Prison Industrial Complex, we say, "Free all non-violent offenders and invest that money in our children and education."
Jerry Brown wants to run unreasonable surpluses, we say, "give that money back to the people by restoring needed public and social services."
Jerry Brown is unconstitutionally going forward with the "Tunnel Project," we say: STOP! The people of California have already said, "No."
There are many ways that we oppose the government of the 1% and feel that we need to wrest OUR STATE out of their hands by this people's movement.
Date: Wednesday, 05 Feb 2014 20:07
Date: Monday, 03 Feb 2014 19:14
Cindy Sheehan, Mark Levy, and Friends
in Celebrating Her EPIC Campaign
End Poverty in California
Eliminate the Prison Industrial Complex
Empower People Instead of Corporations
7 P.M. Thursday, February 13th
Resource Center for Nonviolence
612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz
Cindy Sheehan, aged 56, is an internationally renowned peace and social justice activist.
Sheehan’s oldest son Casey was killed in Iraq on April 04, 2004 and many came to know about her and her work when she set up a peace camp near the faux-ranch of then president George W. Bush in Crawford, TX in the summer of 2005.
Since then, Cindy Sheehan, has traveled the world working with fellow activists demanding peace and working with others to help create a world that is peaceful and more economically secure and equal.
Cindy Sheehan is a native Californian who was raised in a California where education was excellent and other social safety nets were not as small and filled with holes so big, millions of Californians fall through while the rich and corporations keep exploiting more of this state's wealth and resources.
Sheehan majored in California History at UCLA and envisions a state that leads the world in peace, economic stability and equality, environmental sustainability and delivering high-quality public education from pre-K through university. She knows it can be done because it has been done before.
Cindy Sheehan has published seven books, been arrested for peace about 21 times, is currently a resident of Vacaville, CA and the mother of three surviving children and four grandchildren who are her love and her inspiration.
Date: Sunday, 02 Feb 2014 09:47
Date: Sunday, 02 Feb 2014 08:56
Lie number 2)
Time to pull at our heart strings. Remember the young girl who came forward and told stories of Iraqi soldiers raping women in the Al-Adan hospital? The same girl who was brought before congress by Congressman Lantos .She then claimed that the Iraqi soldiers took more than 40 new born babies out of the incubators and tossed them onto the cold, cement floor. Well, it turned out that Kuwait had hired a US public relations firm,Hill and Knowlton, paid them 1 Million dollars a month and trained the girl to lie. That 15 year old girl ,named Nayirah, turned out to be Nayirah-al-Sabah.The daughter of the Kuwait's ambassador to the United States.
Before I get into lie number 3 I'd like to try and explain why Saudi Arabia, an Arab country and part of OPEC, would allow our military bases to be built there.After the OPEC oil embargo of 1973 a company called Chas T.Main sent someone to Saudi Arabia to negotiate a plan that would guarantee that Saudi oil would never stop flowing into the United States. According to John Perkins ("Confessions of an Economic Hit Man") he landed in the KSA sometime in 1974. A secret deal was worked out. The KSA would deposit billions of it's dollars into a US bank. We would use only the interest to build a modern infra-structure and energy grids. At that time Saudi Arabia had no garbage collection system so Perkins set up Waste Management(a garbage collection company based in Texas) to collect and dispose of Saudi Arabia's garbage. In exchange ,Saudi Arabia agreed to never stop the flow of oil into the United States. Because the surrounding countries were furious over the KSA breaking away from OPEC (as far as the US is concerned) they quickly recognized the need for protection and almost as a last thought allowed us to build military bases with American troops stationed there.Those troops didn't leave until 2003.
Lie number 3)
President Bush claimed that as many as 120,000 Iraqi troops and 850 tanks were in the south of Kuwait and poised to attack Saudi Arabia.Then the Defense Department upped that number to 250,000 troops and 1,500 tanks! According to Peter Zimmerman these numbers were greatly exaggerated and Iraq had no intentions of invading Saudi Arabia but Bush's lies may have been told to scare Saudi Arabia into letting us send as many as 500,000 US troops into the KSA to lunch our massive attack.It worked as Saudi Arabia didn't blink an eye.
I feel I must say again at this point that I love my country but I sometimes have problems with our government.Before I get into the 4th and final lie lets consider the time line., In December of 1989 the United States invaded Panama. A sovereign country.Why?It wasn't because Noriega used or sold drugs, as we had claimed. God, we knew that about him for years and years.In fact, Noriega most likely even worked for the CIA for a time.After Jimmy Carter had worked out a deal to return the Panama Canal with beloved Panamanian leader ,Omar Torrijos,many were furious.None more than the Reagan administration and when Torrijos began entertaining thoughts of letting Japan upgrade the canal to shorten the waiting time it meant US companies like Halliburton, Bechtel, Root and Brown,Stone and Webster and other hugh contractors might be missing out on an opportunity to make big money.It is widely suspected that the CIA had Noriega plant a bomb in the plane that took Torrijo's life on July 31st ,1981.Then when Noriega began those same talks with Japan it was the last straw. In December ,1989 we invaded Panama.Defense Secretary Richard Cheney (who was a chairman at Halliburton) put the death toll between 500 and 600 innocent Panamanians but independent human rights groups put the number much higher. Their number of dead was between 3,000 and 5,000 and 25,000 left homeless. We will never know as the US did not allow media into the area until it was cleaned up. For us to claim that Iraq invaded Kuwait 6 months later to take it back was a little hypocritical,in my opinion.
Lie number 4)
We were all told by President Bush and his administration that Iraq was aiming to take back the territory it lost in 1947. We were told Saddam was intent to have Kuwait once again be a part of Iraq . It simply wasn't true. During it's 8 year war with Iran, as I've said before, both those countries were weakened in many ways .Kuwait was helping Iraq by paying them large amounts of money throughout this period to support Iraq's war efforts.. When the war ended Kuwait wanted that money repaid immediately. Iraq asked for some time a it needed to "get back to normal".Kuwait refused to wait and began extracting oil from Iraqi wells. Iraq warned them to stop but still did NOT invade,. Instead Iraq lodged complaints to the UN Security Council and to the United Nations.Then Iraq requested a meeting with the US ambassador. The US indicated it would NOT interfere with what Iraq "Had to do" , and added it would not interfere in Arab issues. Saddam understood this to be a green light. Remember now, Saddam had already warned Kuwait. The "Trap" had been set. All wars are started by lies, myths, propaganda and de-humanizing the so-called enemy. As you now know ,all 4 tactics were swallowed hook, line and sinker by the American public.
IRAQ TODAY (2014)
It's bad enough that so many Iraqi's in the Fallujah area are suffering from Maliki's(the current Prime Minister of Iraq) regime and his Iranian militia's today but let me take us back to April and November of 2004 for a moment.Back then ,Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told out troops (and the British troops) that we had to clear out foreign fighters from Fallujah. That's the very same lie we are still using in Fallujah and through-out al-Anbar (Ramadi) Province today.Back then we launched operation"Shake and Bake" against the entire city of Fallujah where Iraq citizens (who wanted to free Iraq of it's occupiers) were fighting . Most Fallujah residents trying to get by, day to day.We used white phosphorus and depleted uranium in both battles (April and November, 2004) and by December the slaughter had been complete. Today the birth defect rate is alarming. Prior to 2004 there was an average of 4 or 5 birth defects a month. TODAY THERE ARE 2 TO 3 PER DAY because of the WP and DU used by US troops. To find a complete report on the atrocities committed and how we wouldn't even allow those Iraqi's who survived bury their dead I would suggest finding a report written by Dr. Muhamad Taqeq al-Darraji. He now lives in Italy but at the time he served on the city council of Fallujah and served as a defender of human rights.. He left prior to the November massacre.
Between 2006 and today Nouri al-Maliki has been letting Iranian fighters enter Iraq without visa's. There are even Iranians serving in his current government.Among the first to enter and serve was Ali al Adeeb. He entered and was given Iraqi citizenship almost over night. His real name is Al Yazdi and he is from Yazd City in Iraq.Maliki's long range plan is to "Persian-ize " (Iran ins are Persian, not arab.There is a long history of bitter rivalry between these two cultures) Iraq .There are now thousands of Iranians fighting for Maliki throughout Iraq .Most are in the western areas and Anbar fighting.In 2006 Farsi was often heard (the language spoken by Iranians) in the prisons where torture of Iraqi citizens was rampant. Qassem Soleimani (Commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard) was often seen in Iraq and he continues to travel back and forth between Iran and Iraq to this day A friend of mine(Hayfaa Ahmed) was a refugee in Ashraf City. She has personally seen these Iranian militias in the refugee camp. As soon as the US forces left (late 2011) ,these Iranians would enter the camp and randomly kill the elderly men and women. She was lucky to escape with her daughters and is now living in Germany. She longs to return to Iraq one day and I pray she can.
Another friend of mine living in Baghdad (I'll call him Akkadian) tells me that al-Maliki's government has been desperately looking to draft more people into's it's the so-called "Iraqi army". That has so far proven to be unsuccessful. 2 weeks ago he witnessed the bussing in of Iranians who are not required to obtain visa's. Once in, they stay in Iraq and offer tactical support to the small number of al-Aqaeda in Anbar and then join the fight against Iraqi's.He also noticed something he found to be strange. In the northern part of Baghdad ,workers are demolishing the Shirine of el Kadhimaian. The "official" reason is that they want to enlarge it but he has discovered that that's only partially true. Yes, they want to enlarge it but the reason is to house many of these illegal Iranians flooding in.Then ,on January 25th ,Maliki's forces bombed a children's orphanage in al-Karma. It goes on and on.January's death toll isn't including the people killed by the military in the continuing assault on Anbar. Citing a security source, NINA reports that hospitals have received 141 civilians have been killed in Ramadi and Falluja alone this month with another 509 injured and the reporter added that this can not be considered as final number because there are dead and wounded in areas which could not be moved to the hospital. Through yesterday, Iraq Body Count counts 1037 violent deaths in Iraq so far this month. It's doubtful many counts will include the 141 civilians killed by the bombings and shellings from Maliki's forces. NINA also notes military shelling left 3 civilians dead in Ramadi with eight more injured.
In fact, (a) it's left many civilians dead, injured and homeless (over 150,000 people have fled their homes) If they try to flee to Baghdad the'll be stopped since the military is preventing anyone entering Baghdad from Anbar), (b) it started the last week of December and it's ongoing with no clear end in sight and (c) he lost control of Falluja, Ramadi, other parts of Anbar and also of Baghdad.
I don't think anybody really knows with certainty what our "end game" is in Iraq. Or in Libya, Lebanon and other surrounding countries for that matter. The Israeli government no longer has strong presidents (Saddam Hussein and Kadhafi)) who refused to be subservient to the west, to worry about.What I do know is that the chaos we created is killing more and more innocent Iraqi citizens every single day and somehow we have converged our interests there with the interests of Iran.Something else I know is that most Iraqi people like Americans. Somehow they are able to differentiate between our government and the American citizens. I'm not sure we'd have that capacity had we been invaded by a foreign country but I hope we can use that fact to secure a healthy relationship with them in the future.It's supposed to be a government by and for the people but that is now a far cry from what we have here in the US these days. My hope is that more Americans will eventually discover the truth about what we did and what is continuing to happen to the Iraqi people. If enough of us can reach out to our representatives in Washington perhaps we can make a real difference. We don't need to send in troops. Iraq doesn't want that. But if we can stop selling weapons to the al-Maliki government and stay completely out of Iraq there might be hope. Not just for Iraq but for the US and Iraq to actually work out some kind of a normal, supportive long lasting relationship. Let the Iraqi's free them selfs of al-Maliki and the Iranians. Then, and only then, can we hope for a fresh start. But we must discover the truth first and we'll never find that on main stream media. I will continue to give updates as often as I can.
There are many Iraqi citizens I need to thank. Many are still in Iraq and you all know how much I respect and appreciate you. I must thank Dr. Muhamad Tareq al-Darraji, Akkadian, Hayfa Ahmed and Al-Waleed Khalid for their continued help and friendship. If anyone would like to contact me for more info my e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
9/11 Family Members Call For A New Investigation - National Press Club - 9/11/2006 by guess blogger Jon Gold
Date: Saturday, 01 Feb 2014 15:08
I'm going to need some help with this one. This is a video of a press conference held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on 9/11/2006. 9/11 Family Members, along with the makers of 9/11: Press For Truth got together to call for a new investigation. Only one news outlet in the country covered it. Please share this video with everyone you know. Ask them if this is something they should have known about. Thank you. - Jon Gold
Date: Sunday, 26 Jan 2014 12:14
Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
January 26, 2014
GUESTS: RUTH BENN (NWTRCC.ORG)
ED HEDEMANN (NWTRCC.ORG)
MARIA (WAR TAX RESISTER)
ANITA (WAR TAX RESISTER)
KATIE (WAR TAX RESISTER)
With all the commercials for TurboTax and H and R Block and the dreaded April 15th approaching, I thought it would
be a good time to re-run a program about
War Tax Resistance.
I am a War Tax Refuser and I understand how frightening
the specter of the IRS and US Empire can be, but
this is a movement and there is help out there.
I got through my (il)legal travails with the IRS with the support of
National War Tax Resistance Co-ordinating Committee
www.NWTRCC.org and interview the director, Ruth Benn, and her partner and fellow NWTRCC.org member, Ed Hedemann.
Maria, Katie, and Anita, are activists who have also chosen this courageous path and share their stories.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SHOW
Date: Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 14:26
Peace and Freedom Party of Los Angeles presents:
Poet Matt Sedillo & Hip Hop artist Wil B
Friday, January 31, 2014 6:00pm-9:00pm
Peace Center West, 3916 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA, 90230
$10 Suggested Donation – no one turned away for lack of funds
Reception, Meet and Greet the Candidate, Light Refreshments
Although we here at Cindy Sheehan for California Governor 2014 think it's quite unusual to quote ones dog at a Stateof the State address, we would really like to focus on the substance. The bottom-line for our campaign was when the Republican Senate Leader said after the address that Jerry Brown (D) is "sounding more like a Republican everyday." With the steady and unrelenting rightward march of this state’s politicians we believe that our EPIC (End Poverty in California) campaign is needed more than ever. We demand that the “surplus” that the state enjoys, combined with tax increases on the super-wealthy and corporations be used to increase spending on social programs and safety nets. A recent published study states that 25% of our state’s children and 17% of all our population live below the Federal poverty line. There are currently about one million homeless people here in California and an unemployment rate of 8.7%. The state is only "back" for Brown, his cronies in Big Oil, Big Ag and Big Prisons, his dog, and the other people who fill his 17 million dollar re-election chest. California deserves a governor that will fight for all the people, not just the 1%. Cindy Sheehan for CalGov 2014 www.Cindy2014.org
Date: Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 13:23
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