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Friday, February 8, 2019

War Crimes: UK army rules allowed soldiers to shoot unarmed civilians

British Troops Committed War Crimes in Iraq: ICCA recent investigation has found that the British army operated rules of engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan that sometimes allowed soldiers to shoot unarmed civilians. According to the probe, soldiers serving in the two countries were at one point told that they had permission to shoot anyone acting in any way suspiciously.




British Army Permitted Shooting of Unarmed Civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan - One ex-soldier says he witnessed the fatal shootings of significant numbers of civilians in Basra, and does not believe that all the victims were keeping British troops under surveillance. He claims that the relaxing of the rules of engagement resulted in “a killing spree”.

British Troops Committed War Crimes in Iraq: ICC - The International Criminal Court chief prosecutors says there is a “reasonable basis” to believe that British troops committed war crimes against detainees during the Iraq conflict.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Pres. Maduro builds border wall to keep out invading Americans. US trying to avoid repeat of the pass were sanctions killed over 750,000 Iraqi Children

On legitimacy
Venezuela crisis: Maduro blockades bridge on Colombia border to stop humanitarian aid entering country

Venezuela‘s military have barricaded a bridge at a key border crossing with Colombia in a challenge to a US-backed effort by the opposition to bring humanitarian aid into the beleaguered nation. 

Nicolas Maduro‘s regime blocked the Tienditas International Bridge with a giant orange tanker, two large blue containers and makeshift fencing. Armed soldiers stood guard at the customs building, with instructions to turn back any attempt to cross the border. 

Despite widespread hunger and a shortage of medicine, President Maduro vowed to turn back US aid after Trump’s administration recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as the South American country’s rightful interim leader. | The Independent





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Squeezed to death


Half a million children have died in Iraq since UN sanctions were imposed - most enthusiastically by Britain and the US. Three UN officials have resigned in despair. Meanwhile, bombing of Iraq continues almost daily.

US Sponsored Genocide Against Iraq 1990-2012. Killed 3.3 Million, Including 750,000 Children -

Approximately 3.3 million Iraqis, including 750,000 children, were “exterminated” by economic sanctions and/or illegal wars conducted by the U.S. and Great Britain between 1990 and 2012, an eminent international legal authority says.

The slaughter fits the classic definition of Genocide Convention Article II of, “Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part,” says Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois, Champaign, and who in 1991 filed a class-action complaint with the UN against President George H.W. Bush.

The U.S. and U.K. “obstinately insisted” that their sanctions remain in place until after the “illegal” Gulf War II aggression perpetrated by President George W. Bush and UK’s Tony Blair in March, 2003, “not with a view to easing the over decade-long suffering of the Iraqi people and children” but “to better facilitate the U.S./U.K. unsupervised looting and plundering of the Iraqi economy and oil fields in violation of the international laws of war as well as to the grave detriment of the Iraqi people,” Boyle said. 


When asked on US television if she [Madeline Albright, US Secretary of State] thought that the death of half a million Iraqi children [from sanctions in Iraq] was a price worth paying, Albright replied: "This is a very hard choice, but we think the price is worth it."

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Venezuela’s economic history: how colonialism, US imperialism, and neoliberalism are major factors in Venezuela's dire straits

I’m going to do a thread on Venezuela’s economic history to try and dispel some of the myths going around that the present crisis is due to socialism. Actually, colonialism, US imperialism, and neoliberalism are far more important factors for why Venezuela is in dire straits.


In 1922, oil was discovered in Venezuela, and oil has reigned economically without interruption ever since. Venezuela's dictator Juan Vicente Gómez permitted U.S. oil companies to write Venezuela's petroleum law. Thus the country came to be central to the U.S. demand for oil.

In 1957, more than half of Standard Oil's global profits came from its Venezuelan affiliates; in the same year Shell's Venezuelan affiliates accounted for half of Shell's world profits. These corporations funneled a torrent of petroleum and dollars into the U.S. and Europe.

By the 1970s Venezuela was producing 3.5 million barrels of petroleum to run the U.S.'s industries, but four-fifths of the concessions owned by Standard Oil, Shell, Gulf, and Texaco were untouched reserves and over half the value of the exports never returned the country.  Read more




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Eva Golinger: Venezuela is in the Center of a Geopolitical Battlefield 

Venezuela: The US’s 68th Regime Change Disaster

The US government has been opposed to Venezuela’s socialist revolution since the time Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998. Unbeknownst to most Americans, Chavez was well loved by poor and working class Venezuelans for his extraordinary array of social programs that lifted millions out of poverty. Between 1996 and 2010, the level of extreme poverty plummeted from 40% to 7%. The government also substantially improved healthcare and education, cutting infant mortality by half, reducing the malnutrition rate from 21% to 5% of the population and eliminating illiteracy. These changes gave Venezuela the lowest level of inequality in the region, based on its Gini coefficient.

In Venezuela, US Forgets What Century It Is - Era of Coups Is Over 

For one thing, the long era of U.S.-cultivated coups— “regime changes” for those who cannot quite face this aspect of America’s conduct abroad—is over. First in Ukraine and a year later in Syria, Moscow has put Washington on notice: Destabilizing other nations in gross violation of international law will no longer go unopposed. One way or another, this will again prove true in Venezuela. 


The Strange Death of Hugo Chavez. Was He Assassinated?
Important analysis which provides an understanding of Washington’s relentless threats directed

Former US President Carter: Venezuela’s Electoral System “Best in the World
First published in prior to the 2012 elections by Ewan Robertson Former US President Jimmy Carter

CIA and FBI Had Planned to Assassinate Hugo Chávez
Article originally published by Global Research in 2005, which points to previous attempts to assassinate



Hospitals that primarily serve people of color are less likely to provide relief from the stress of a serious illness, regardless of the person's race, a new study says.

"We knew that black and Hispanic cancer patients receive palliative (relieving pain without dealing with the cause of the condition) care at lower rates than white patients, but until now, we didn't know why. Was it just that doctors were not offering these services to their black and Hispanic patients?

Or is there some other factor at play?" said Alexander Cole, a researcher at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, in a news release.

Overall, the study included more than 600,000 individuals with metastatic cancer and found that only 21.7 percent received palliative care. That includes 20.0 percent of black patients and 15.9 percent of Hispanic patients.  Read more



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It Begins: Russia Officially Announces 'Time Has Come...To Get Rid of the Dollar'

As the United States continues to pile on an ever-growing list of sanctions on to Russia, the country is fighting back by abandoning the US dollar. Although they have been expressing their desire to break away from the hegemony of the U.S. petrodollar and the global dollar-based payment systems for years, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said this week that they are accelerating those efforts, to “get rid of the dollar.”
“The time has come when we need to go from words to actions, and get rid of the dollar as a means of mutual settlements, and look for other alternatives,” he said in an interview with International Affairs magazine.

Over 60 percent of global reserves and 80 percent of global payments are currently denominated in U.S. dollars, according to James Rickards, author of Currency Wars. This gives the U.S. extreme control over other countries’ imports and exports and they are able to force countries into submission using sanctions.

However, those days of global monetary control appear to be coming to an end, especially as other countries aside from Russia abandon U.S. dollar as well. Read more

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Related articles: Income Inequality: the Have and the Have Nots



Video playlist: Economic Collapse

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More than 12,000 blood plasma treatments produced by Chinese pharma company contaminated with HIV

A large batch of human blood plasma treatment produced by a Chinese pharmaceutical company was found to be contaminated with HIV, according to health authorities. 



The batch of 12,229 50ml bottles of intravenous immunoglobulin, a blood product produced from human plasma and contains antibodies to treat immune deficiencies, was manufactured by the Shanghai Xinxing Pharmaceutical Company, China's second-largest medical blood products manufacturer. 
Medical institutions have been ordered by the National Health Commission to suspend the use of the faulty batch on Tuesday after health authorities in east China's Jiangxi province detected traces of HIV in it, according to reports. 
So far, there are no reports of patients having contracted HIV, according to Beijing News citing a representative of the Jiangxi Provincial Disease Control Centre. The source of the contaminated serums is still under investigation.  Read more


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Updated on: July 10, 2006
“Chemical and drug maker Bayer AG said Thursday it acted "responsibly, ethically and humanely" during the 1980s in selling a blood-clotting product that stopped potentially fatal bleeding in hemophiliacs but was linked to the risk of HIV infection. The company's statement was in response to a New York Times report that it sold millions of dollars worth of an older version of the medication in Latin America and Asia while marketing a newer, safer product in the United States and Europe. Bayer division Cutter Biological continued selling old stocks of the medicine for more than a year after it introduced a version in February 1984 that was heat-treated to kill HIV, according to documents obtained by the Times. The medicine, called Factor VIII concentrate, can stop or prevent potentially fatal bleeding in people with hemophilia, a genetic condition that prevents blood from clotting normally.” Read more



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Targeted by US Government? 21 Savage Arrested by ICE and Facing Deportation - 'I'm a dreamer'





This isn’t an isolated issue. Basic human decency aside, let’s say your primary concern isn’t what’s happening to “others” in the country, as you watch little brown kids locked in cages under the assumption that this can’t possibly happen to your black ass. As if that very ideology can’t trickle-down and around to us? What of your parents or grandparents who don’t have documented birth certificates on hand? Who carries around birth certificates? Your state ID and driver’s license are just that—identification. They surely aren’t proof of country citizenship.

And let us not forget—though it has since faded away, due to settlements from immigration rights groups’ lawsuits—the Arizona law allowing for authorities to randomly ask people for their papers on some Stop & Frisk: Holocaust shit, was just quashed in 2016. The very thought sounds dystopian as fuck, but it was in fact, very present moment.

According to a March 2018 NPR report, the 2020 U.S. Census will include a question asking applicants of their “exact origins,” which is, of course, a difficult question to answer for Black Americans who identify as descendants of slaves. The result is a damning Catch-22: answering with found results of your family tree can place a bullseye on you for anti-immigration probes, and inaccurate answers can affect components as significant as the distribution of House of Representatives seats. Read more...

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  • “21 Savage and his people believe his arrest by ICE may be motivated by revenge ... revenge for his new music that condemned the behavior of immigration officials. 21's people just released a stinging statement in which they clearly think ICE's motives are corrupt ... "Many have speculated as to possible ulterior motives for his arrest and detention, including that he released music five days prior to his arrest by ICE, which included new lyrics condemning the behavior of immigration officials for their detention of children at the border." The song in question, "A Lot," has the following lyrics ... "Been through some things so I can't imagine my kids stuck at the border. Flint still need water. People was innocent, couldn't get lawyers." He performed it on 'The Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon at the end of Jan.” Read more...
  • 21 Savage's Mother Calls Out People Laughing at Son's Arrest - XXL Read more
  • “Rapper 21 Savage called himself a 'Dreamer' before describing how he had 'three US Citizen children' and had been working on a U Visa before he was detained by ICE, in a statement released by his team on Tuesday.” Read more

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Dying while black: Perpetual gaps exist in health care for African-Americans


It is well documented that African-Americans experience excess mortality, or deaths beyond the expected mortality rate. However, even if disparities in the mortality rate for African-Americans were rectified tomorrow, the fact remains that we will all eventually die. And how we die matters. 
According to a 2013 Pew Research survey, 72 percent of American adults have given at least some thought to their end of life wishes, with 37 percent of American adults having given their end of life wishes a "great deal of thought." Some of these wishes include decisions about pain management, maintaining quality of life, and whether to continue aggressive medical treatment for terminal illness.  Read More Here


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Ending the Health Care Crisis


"The No. 1 killer for all Americans is heart disease. The death rate from heart disease is 30 percent to 60 percent greater for Blacks than for Whites, with heart disease claiming nearly 100,000 Black lives each year. I would propose that the high level of heart disease is, in part, the body’s response to stress from America’s loss of power and prestige in the world, and particularly the decline of America’s economy. I would also propose that the high level of heart disease among Black people, in part, reflects the inordinate degree of stress due to the pervasive racism that we live under each day. These propositions are exactly in accord with the scripture wherein it reads, “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring, men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth…” (Luke 21:25-26) Read More Here

Pope Acknowledges Nuns Were Sexually Abused by Priests and Bishops

Catholic nuns have accused clerics of sexual abuse in recent years in India, Africa, Latin America and in Italy, and a Vatican magazine last week mentioned nuns having abortions or giving birth to the children of priests. But Francis has never raised the issue until he was asked to comment during a news conference aboard the papal plane returning to Rome from his trip to the United Arab Emirates.

"It's true," Francis said. "There are priests and bishops who have done that."  Read More Here

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Pope admits abuse & sex slavery of nuns by priests... but insists it’s ‘under control’

“I can’t say ‘this does not happen in my house.’ It is true,” Francis said, when a reporter brought up a recent article in the Vatican’s women’s magazine about the sexual abuse of nuns. “Do we have to do more? Yes. Are we willing? Yes.”

“We have been working on this for a long time. We have suspended some priests because of this,” he added, without volunteering further details.

Asked if he planned to call a bishops’ conference similar to this month’s summit to address clergy sex abuse of children, the Pope declined to answer. “I want to move forward. We are working on it,” he repeated.  Read more


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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

MARIJUANA & 420 - The Pot Plot And The Chemical Assault On Black Masculinity



Bro. Rizza Islam lays out a few facts dealing with legalized marijuana and how it isn't as "harmless" as it seems.

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The Pot Plot And The Chemical Assault On Black Masculinity
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The Black man loves his weed. Just ask some of the major hip hop artists. Few potheads, however, are aware of the fact that marijuana was covertly weaponized against Black people.

Cannabis was one of the earliest drugs investigated by the Central Intelligence Agency as part of its Project MK-ULTRA (1953-1973) which sought to “gain control over human behavior through covert use of chemical and biological materials.” Black people were the frequent targets and guinea pigs for this Project. An enhanced form of marijuana was created by the CIA as a psychochemical weapon to be used during covert operations against targeted persons or groups.  Read more


Feminizing Black Men: An Assault on Black Manhood

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ESPN Magazine cover featuring running back Ricky Williams as the bride and coach Mike Ditka asthe groom.
Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan recently delivered an address to the Afrikan Black Coalition in Long Beach, Calif. During a portion of the lecture, the Minister recounted his battle and victory against cancer. He told the audience he was prescribed a drug that alters body chemistry to the degree that when men take it, they get the same symptoms women experience when going through menopause. And when taken for an extended period of time, this drug can also cause men to develop breasts.

His point was that changes in sexuality could be manipulated by drugs designed to promote such change. “I’m dealing with the chemistry [experiment] of a scientist, now,” said Min. Farrakhan. “He can make you think you’re a homosexual [and] he’s feminizing the Black man.”  Read more




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