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JUST ANOTHER DAY ON PLANET EARTH: DemocracyNow! Headlines For Thursday, October 13, 2016! Features Include Donald Trump, President Obama, USA In Yemen, Wells Fargo CEO (John Stumpf), Russia In Syria, Honduras’ 2 Assassination Attempts, Another Murdered Transsexual In Cleveland, Oregon Arrests 10 BLM Activists After Pepper Spraying Them 1st, Iowa Lockup, North Dakota Return & On The Brighter Side, Bob Dylan Wins 2016 Nobel Prize In Literature!

And an update on our coverage of the Dakota Access pipeline and the resistance to it: Democracy Now! will be heading back to North Dakota to continue our coverage of the standoff at Standing Rock. As has been reported here and elsewhere, as a result of Democracy Now!’s reporting over Labor Day weekend last month, Amy Goodman was charged by the state of North Dakota with criminal trespass. A warrant was issued for her arrest on September 8—five days after we released video of the Dakota Access pipeline company’s security guards physically assaulting nonviolent, mostly Native American land protectors, pepper-spraying them and unleashing attack dogs, one of which was shown with blood dripping from its nose and mouth.

Protester: “These people are just threatening all of us with these dogs. And she, that woman over there, she was charging, and it bit somebody right in the face.”

Amy Goodman: “The dog has blood in its nose and its mouth.”

Protester: “And she’s still standing here threatening us.”

Amy Goodman: “Why are you letting their—her dog go after the protesters? It’s covered in blood!”

Goodman will be turning herself in to authorities at the Morton County jail in North Dakota on Monday morning at 8 a.m. North Dakota time and intends to vigorously fight this charge as she sees it as a direct attack on the First Amendment, freedom of the press? and the public’s right to know. More information is available at democracynow.org. Continue reading

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SYRIAN WAR GAMES! Syria “10 Times Worse Than Hell”, But “Where Is MSM?”, You Ask! How Can Foreign Genocide & Potential Nuclear War Possibly Compare To Trump’s Penis & Hillary’s E-Mails! Michael Morell, Former CIA Chief, Details Why Syrian Civil War Must End – BUT No Military Solution Possible! Tabacco: “No Corporation Pursuing US Military Contracts Should Ever Be Allowed To Lobby DC Government Officials! Why Not? Because They Promote War For Profits Not National Security!”

MICHAEL MORELL: The Syrian Civil War has to end! And the reason it has to end is because it is feeding Extremism in Iraq and Syria.

Even if we get our arms around ISIS and squeeze ISIS down and down and down and down, the Civil War will continue to breed Extremism. ISIS will go away, and some other Group will replace it.

The Syrian Civil War needs to end! In my view there is Not a Military Solution to that! And the reason there is not a military solution to that is because a military solution would end up with the destruction of the Syrian Military, the Syrian Security Services, Syrian Intelligence Services, etc. etc. etc., Syrian Police. And if you destroy all of those in an attempt to end the Civil War, you are left with a complete vacuum: Security Vacuum, Stability Vacuum – you end up with LIBYA or IRAQ! Continue reading

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FAREED ZAKARIA On USA’s ‘PERPETUAL WARS’, “You Know You Are In Trouble When Your Strategy’s Success Produces More Problems Than Its Failure”.

Fareed Zakaria: Certainly, as most administrations would, Obama and Rhodes sought to present their actions in a positive light so Obama congratulates himself for stepping back from the edge of military invention in Syria. He never grapples with the fact that it was his own careless rhetoric about Assad’s fate and red lines that produced the crisis in the first place.

But on the most important issue of substance, Obama is right and his critics are wrong.

The chief lesson for American foreign policy over the last 15 years is that it is much easier to defeat a military opponent in the greater Middle East than to establish political order in these troubled lands. In Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, it took just weeks to defeat the old regime. But years later, despite varying approaches, all these countries remain in chaos.

Can anyone seriously argue that a few more troops here or a slightly different strategy there would have created stability and peace when you have instability in all three? Continue reading

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“SAUDI ARABIA IS CENTER OF RADICAL ISLAMIC EXTREMISM Spreading Among SUNNI Muslims! Cut Off The Flow Of Arms & Stop Bombing To Stem Atrocities”, Noam Chomsky To Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton & Republican Party. Chomsky Explains What Mainstream American Media Dare Not Mention: Why ISIS Even Exists In The First Place. Also, How Obama Mimicked Bush By Concocting Terror Threat To Justify Syrian Strikes As Bush Did In Iraq (While The Media Meekly Goose-stepped That Old Rubber Stamp). And That’s Not The Only Political War Trickery Obama Learned From Bush Regime: ENDLESS WAR To Achieve ENDLESS PROFITS, Leading To National INSECURITY For The Rest Of Us! To Paraphrase/Recreate An Old Phrase, “Arms For The Poor” (And What Did Einstein Say About Insanity?)

Tabacco: The whole Truth is that President Obama and Hillary Clinton MUST COMPETE with the Republican Party – and in particular DONALD TRUMP for MSM Coverage and Street Cred! If it’s NOT DRAMATIC, Dems get no coverage nor does the Public think Obama and Dems are doing their jobs! That’s the double-edged sword wielded by the GOP & Donald Trump!

Noam Chomsky: Saudi Arabia itself has one of the most grotesque human rights records in the world. The ISIS beheadings, which shock everyone—I think Saudi Arabia is the only country where you have regular beheadings. That’s the least of it. Women have no—can’t drive, so on and so forth. And it is strongly backed by the United States and its allies, Britain and France. Reason? It’s got a lot of oil. It’s got a lot of money. You can sell them a lot of arms; I think tens of billions of dollars of arms. And the actions that it’s carrying out, for example, in Yemen, which you mentioned, are causing an immense humanitarian catastrophe in a pretty poor country, also stimulating jihadi terrorism, naturally, with U.S. and also British arms. French are trying to get into it, as well. This is a very ugly story!

But, Noam! The Saudis are our OPEC OIL BUDDIES of long standing! What are you attempting to do here – make Politicians respond honorably to Inconvenient Facts they already know and scrupulously ignore? (Remember how George W. Bush escorted Saudis out of America for their own Safety via Government Airplanes when nobody else in USA could fly immediately after 9/11/2001!) Continue reading

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U.S. DRONE OUTPOSTS ALL OVER AFRICA: Obama Says There Is Only 1! There Are More Than 50! MORE LIES, More Genocide & More Bad PR For The United States! See The African Drone Map Inside! GOPers & Dems Tell US What They Want Us To Think & What We Will Believe, Not The TRUTH! Today You Are Going To Find Out What AFRICANS Think About US DRONE OUTPOSTS (That’s Plural, Prez Obama!) When You Lie To US, Tabacco Exposes The Truth! Go Ahead, Mr. Prez, Keep On Lying To US! At 73, What Else Have I Got To Do That’s As Important! To Grandparents & Parents: Those War Killer Video Games, That Your Offspring Love So Much, Desensitizes The Little Ones To Brutality & Murder So That They Grow Up And Do ‘The Real Thing’ Once The Pentagon Gets Its Claws On Them! (ATTENTION GOP: REFUGEES ARE NOT TERRORISTS!) When Drone Operator ‘Robots’ Return Stateside, They Suffer A Deep Seated Guilt Complex (PTSD/Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) And/Or They Do The Same To Their Loved Ones! Why? PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!

NICK TURSE: Well, just this morning—you know, it’s not something I reported on, just something I’ve been following on the news—we see that Kenyan forces that we’ve been backing have set up extensive smuggling networks in Somalia. They seem to have been putting down roots themselves in bases. I noticed that one of them is Kismayo, where the U.S. is supposedly flying drones out of and has a special operations base. That’s now apparently a smuggling hub for the Kenyan military, in league with the terrorist group al-Shabab. They seem to be working in concert to smuggle sugar. There’s also been charcoal smuggling in the region. So—and this is a force that the U.S. has been backing. And yeah, the U.S. has funded the Kenyans so that we wouldn’t have large numbers of troops on the ground. Continue reading

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WHY USA POLITICIANS WANT WAR STALEMATE, NOT VICTORY! 2 Voices Of Reason In The Wilderness Of American Middle East ‘Foreign Policy’: AKA Destabilization, Militarism, War & ‘No Boots On The Ground’ & UNWINNABLE WAR Or Just Plain OPEC Capitalism! Is It A Failed Foreign Policy? No! Only The Naïve & The Mendacious Would Call It That! These Politicians Know What They Are Doing, And They Know The Likely Results. Genocide Is Fine So Long As It’s Not Us! Al Qaeda & The Taliban Were A Dream Come True For George W. Bush! ISIS Or ISIL Is A Dream Come True For Obama! On Top Of That, Now Putin Has Resuscitated That Old Bugaboo, The Russian Hammer & Sickle, To Facilitate American Abominations As ‘Necessary’ If Not Sufficient. Militarism As Solution To Greed Is As Old As Time Itself. Endless Mid East Wars Are Both Unwinnable & Profitable! Why Would America Want To Win Wars & End Wars When It’s Wars That Create Humongous Profits! Kill The ‘Golden Goose’? I Don’t Think So! When Will People Wake Up & Smell The Coffee? From Past History, The Answer To That One Is, ‘Never’!

PHYLLIS BENNIS: Well, I think, clearly, they have sent much of the world—not only the Islamic world, but that’s the part that we’re looking at right now—into far worse than turmoil, into absolute abject tragedy, when we see the results of these wars at the human level, when we see what it’s doing to the social fabric of these societies, that is going to take generations to repair.

I think that one of the things that’s so important, we hear from President Obama, over and over again, there is no military solution. And other times we hear the military side is not enough, it’s not sufficient. That’s where it’s just wrong. The first statement is right: There is no military solution. So when you look at what President Obama is doing militarily, I think it’s important to recognize it’s not just insufficient, it’s making impossible the kinds of diplomatic and negotiated and humanitarian and other kinds of efforts that could have a chance of ending these wars.

So, for example, if you’re in Iraq and the U.S., say, they get it right for one time—this almost never happens, but say they did—they identified a camp of ISIS fighters, there were 20 of them, and they’re really bad guys, they’ve done bad things, they’re going to do more bad things. They send a drone after them. There’s no civilians anywhere in the area. Only those 20 guys get killed. And the response in the U.S. is, “Yeah! We got the bad guys!” The response in Iraq is, “Yes, once again, the U.S. is bombing Sunnis in the interests of the Shia and the Kurds!” Continue reading

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“WHEN INJUSTICE BECOMES LAW, RESISTANCE BECOMES DUTY” – Bill Moyers. A Variation On ‘Doctors Without Borders’ Of Political Activist Nature!

 


Between them, doctors Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers have been arrested nine times

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“AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM”: What Does It Mean? Is It True? Should Americans Be Proud Of It? Russian President, Vladimir V. Putin, Says, “It is dangerous for any country, including America, to see itself as exceptional, whatever its motivation.” Is Putin Wrong? We Won’t Even Discuss It Because Of MSM Sophist Trickery No. 1. Elitism Vis-à-vis The Nazi ‘Master Race’ Hypothesis, We Export Our Worst Institutions (Fast Food, Prison Industrial Complex, Extraordinary Rendition, Political Assassination, Exploitation, Labor Abuses, Gestapo Policing, Drone Genocide, Pit Religious Sect Against Religious Sect/Race Against Race, Support Israel To Destabilize OPEC Middle East, Disaster Capitalism = Wars For Profit) To Control World Economy And Maintain Our Own Financial Superiority. Perhaps “American Exceptionalism” Stems From Fact We Have Done It More Effectively & Gotten Away With It Longer Than Alexander, Caesar, Napoleon, Stalin & Hitler! The One Aspect Of American Exceptionalism Of Which I Am Certain Is American Arrogance!

President of Russia, Vladimir V. Putin, “No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization.” – Tabacco: The Mainstream Media wants you to consider the Messenger and IGNORE the Message. That is Sophists’ Trickery No. 1. That Tact excuses you from considering the Charge, which should be answered honestly and directly regardless of whether offered by Saint or Sinner. You must refute the Message, not the Messenger! Is the Message correct only because Martin Luther King said it and incorrect because the messenger was Adolf Hitler? Does that make Logical Sense to you? Continue reading

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