The Truth About the Gulf Oil Crisis – A Special Report by Ty Bollinger

July 19, 2010 by admin1  
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The BP oil “spill” or “leak” in the Gulf of Mexico is a national nightmare that seems to have no end. In a recent speech, Barry Soetoro (aka Barack Obama) said “There is oil leaking. We need to stop it, and we need to stop it as soon as possible.” Ummmmm…it’s not a leak, Mr. Obama. It’s a volcanic gusher spewing out an Exxon Valdez every two to four days. This is a blow out, an explosion of oil spewing out of the earth under great pressure. In the words of Wilford Brimley in the 1981 movie Absence of Malice, “You had a leak? You call what’s goin’ on around here a leak? Boy, the last time there was a leak like this, Noah built hisself a boat.”
What is really going on in the Gulf of Mexico? I will give you the facts and let you “connect the dots.” Keep in mind the well-documented history of “false flag” events which are indicative of the “Hegelian Dialectic” (i.e., problem, reaction, solution). Click HERE for an overview of this technique as well as over 70 historical examples.

Before the Explosion

  • We now know (through witness testimony from Tyrone Benton) that there were cracks reported in the drill casing two weeks prior to the disaster and that it was leaking, but BP did nothing about it. (LINK)
  • Hours before the explosion, Deepwater Horizon installation manager Jimmy Harrell was witnessed by other rig workers screaming “Are you ****ing happy? Are you ****ing happy? The rig’s on fire! I told you this was going to happen!”  (LINK)
  • Goldman Sachs sold 44% of their total holdings, 4,680,822 shares of BP stock in the first quarter of 2010. The investment firm earned about USD $266 million on the sale. (LINK)
  • Contrary to popular opinion, the Deepwater Horizon (Mississippi Canyon 252) oil rig that exploded is not the property of BP, but rather is the property of Transocean. (LINK) Both companies are financially directed by Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and UBS investment bankers, all operating in the Rothschild League of banks. (LINK)
  • BP CEO Tony Hayward sold £1.4 million worth of his BP shares weeks before the explosion. This represented 1/3 of his holdings. (LINK)
  • A little over one week before the explosion, Halliburton purchased an oil spill prevention company called Boots & Coots. Apparently, Halliburton also had some “psychic insight” on what was soon to come. (LINK)
  • Halliburton has admitted that it was involved in the “cementing” process (a process that involves plugging holes in the pipeline seal by pumping cement into it from the rig). Halliburton was forced to admit in testimony at a congressional hearing in April 2010 that it knew that the cementation jobs were likely to fail. (LINK)
  • Just hours before the rig explosion, The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) took part in a “surprise inspection” aboard the Deepwater Horizon. In an interview, Zac Zimmerman revealed how odd this particular BLM visit really was, in light of the fact that many rigs have burned for weeks at a time without collapsing. (VIDEO)
  • On April 14, 2010 (6 days before the explosion), the Management Board of the Eurex Stock Exchange introduced an equity option on shares of Transocean. Get this….the equity option was effective on April 20th… the day of the explosion. Basically, this gave all the “insiders” ONE FULL DAY to dump their uninsured Transocean stock (using put options) at the highest possible price, then repurchase the same stock after it plummeted. (LINK)

The Explosion

  • What caused the explosion? Why would the explosion on the surface of the platform create the situation in which crews are unable to stop the oil flow from the well’s head, which is nearly a mile deep? I understand that the oil rig sunk after a horrific fire, so I guess it’s possible that the sinking platform could have somehow irreparably damaged the pipeline at the floor of the Gulf, but it seems unlikely to me, with all the safety features on these rigs and wells. (LINK)
  • One worker on the rig at the time of the explosion (10 PM on April 20th) reported that the lights on the platform went out just before the explosion. She was one of the 115 people who escaped the burning rig. Eleven others were not so fortunate; they remain missing and are presumed dead. (LINK)
  • Coincidentally, (or was it?) the oil rig exploded on Hitlers birthday, just in time to poison Earth Day 2010.

Reaction to the Explosion

  • Obama (along with Department of Homeland Security) sent SWAT (“Special Weapons and Tactics”) teams to the Gulf to “inspect” the rigs and platforms. Why on earth would you deploy SWAT teams in response to an oil spill unless it was an act of terrorism, an act of war, or they if they were sent to carry out  some sort of covert operation? (LINK)
  • Wackenhut (aka G4S) has been hired by BP to block and/or arrest reporters who attempt to interview the workers in and around Grand Isle, LA. Wackenhut is a known CIA-front group (LINK) and also has ties to other “shadow government” agencies. Wackenhuts private thugs are forcing the public off public beaches. (VIDEO)
  • Yahoo! News’ Brett Michael Dykes reported that BP paid busloads of temporary cleanup workers to show up as “stage props” for Obama’s visit to the oil spill cleanup operations on Grand Isle. Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts (whose district encompasses Grand Isle) told Dykes that BP bused in “hundreds” of temporary workers to clean up local beaches. According to Roberts, as soon as Obama was en route back to Washington, the workers were clearing out of Grand Isle too. (LINK)
  • A local Louisiana resident commented, “The cleanup crew was there for appearances only; their garbage bags were empty. When Obama left, they got on a bus and left, too.” (LINK)
  • BP has admitted to buying Google and Yahoo keywords in an attempt to control publicly available information about this disaster. (LINK)
  • The FAA has declared a “no-fly zone” in the Gulf. (LINK)
  • There seems to be a complete cover up and news blackout of the events as they are unfolding. (LINK) (LINK)
  • Obama has authorized the deployment of more than 17,000 National Guard members along the Gulf coast? (LINK) What exactly are these National Guard troops going to be doing?  Are the troops going to be used to help stop the oil or to control the public? Could the government be preparing for mass evacuations? (LINK) (LINK)
  • Obama is not using his authority to stop the damage in the Gulf, but is more concerned with passing the Cap-and-Trade bill, (LINK) which is based upon the global warming scam. (LINK) Did you notice that its no longer referred to as “global warming” but rather “climate change?” Have you ever wondered why? The truth of the matter is that since 1995, the earth has NOT been warming (LINK), so they had to rename the issue. Of course, it didnt help them when over 31,000 scientists signed a petition rejecting global warming! (LINK)
  • But the facts didnt stop Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Citigroup and the other Wall Street “behemoths” from buying heavily into global warming and carbon trading. You see, these companies that made billions off of derivatives and other scams and are now getting bailed out on your dime are going to make billions from the carbon trading scam.
  • Why did Obama refuse the help of “thirteen entities that had offered the U.S. oil spill assistance within about two weeks of the Horizon rig explosion?” Was he more concerned about ramming through his environmental agenda? (LINK)
  • This is classic Agenda 21 (aka “sustainable development”), a UN program spearheaded by George H.W. Bush at the Rio Conference, where he implemented this “de facto” US policy. (LINK) A few of the primary tools that Agenda 21 uses to implement control, steal private property, and further the eugenics agenda (VIDEO) are the global warming lies, man made water shortages, environmental disasters, and the Endangered Species Act. (LINK)

Oil, Gases, Chemicals & Dispersants

  • Hydrogen sulfide, benzene, and methylene chloride and other toxic gases are also spewing out (along with the oil) in concentrations 1000 times greater than what the EPA considers to be “safe” for humans. Any one of these chemicals in these concentrations would be lethal. Mixed together into a toxic soup, the oil disaster is truly unthinkable and a medical and health disaster of unfathomable proportions. When the hurricanes come they will absorb this toxic seawater and drop it as “toxic rain.” (LINK)
  • BP (with approval from the US government) has dumped hundreds of thousand of gallons of their toxic chemical dispersant, Corexit 9500, at their undersea wellhead and on surface waters. (LINK) Because it is so incredibly toxic (four times more toxic than the oil and twenty times more toxic than other dispersants), the UK has completely banned Corexit 9500, since it ruptures red blood cells, causes internal bleeding, and liver & kidney damage. If there were a major oil spill in the UK’s North Sea, BP would not be able to use it, (LINK) so why is BP being allowed to use Corexit 9500 in the Gulf of Mexico?
  • Corexit 9500 is produced by Illinois-based Nalco Corporation.  A search of Nalco’s Web site reveals the company history, which leads right to the doorstep of Goldman Sachs! (LINK) Yes, Goldman Sachs owns a controlling interest in Nalco (via Apollo Management). (LINK) If you dig a little deeper you will find Nalco is also associated with Warren Buffett, Maurice Strong, Al Gore, George Soros, and Hathaway Berkshire. (LINK) (LINK)
  • The toxic chemicals have evaporated into the atmosphere and have condensed, falling on the plant life, farms, and the entire environment surrounding the Gulf of Mexico causing corrosive lesions on plants and killing birds. Its raining chemicals in Louisiana & Mississippi. (VIDEO)
  • The residents of southern Louisiana are now experiencing a “toxic Gulf” washing ashore. (VIDEO)
  • The evidence is growing stronger and stronger that there is substantial damage beneath the sea floor. (LINK) (LINK)
  • Why is Evergreen Air (a known CIA-front company) spraying Corexit chemtrails in the Gulf by the cover of night, literally dumping toxic chemicals on peoples homes? (LINK) (LINK)  And please dont be so naïve as to believe that the government wouldnt allow harm to its own citizens. This is the same government that poisoned its own citizens during prohibition. (LINK) This is the same government that used US soldiers as guinea pigs for radiation experiments and mustard gas experiments. (LINK) This is the same government that used soldiers and civilians as “unknowing test subjects” for studying the effects of LSD on the brain. (LINK) And this is the same government that is currently allowing plastic, silicone, and petroleum to be included in McDonalds Chicken McNuggets. (LINK)
  • Why are dolphins, sharks, other marine life, and various birds fleeing the Gulf? Remember the Tsunami in the Indian ocean a few years back? The animals fled first, while the clueless people stayed behind and got clobbered by the deadly wave. Could a similar event be brewing in the Gulf? All it takes is one hurricane to turn the entire region into a toxic stew of chemical poison. (LINK)
  • Could the giant gas bubble and magma deposits which have been detected below the ocean floor result in a potential tsunami of biblical proportions?  (VIDEO)

The First Amendment?

Shockingly, CNN reports that the US government has issued a new rule that would make it a felony crime for any journalist, reporter, blogger or photographer to approach any oil cleanup operation, equipment or vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. Anyone caught is subject to arrest, a $40,000 fine and prosecution for a federal felony crime. (LINK). Yes, this is happening right now in America. This isnt a hoax. I know, it sounds more like something you might hear about in China or Venezuela or some other nation run by dictators. But now its happening in the USA. When those who seek truth are branded criminals by the government, it is only a matter of time before that government expands its criminalization labeling to include anyone who disagrees with it. (LINK)

These are the seeds of tyranny, and the criminal US government is planting them at your doorstep right now!!

And just so you dont think I blame this whole mess on Obama, I want to make it clear that there is virtually no difference between a Republicrat US President and a Demopublican US President. The last real President we had was JFK and they killed him for speaking out against the “New World Order” and “Secret Societies.” Plus, he wanted to abolish the Fed and pull out of Vietnam. Three strikes and youre OUT! Every US President since JFK has been nothing more than a puppet for the globalists.

I leave you with these 2 telling quotes:

The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” – J. Edgar Hoover

If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” – Samuel Adams

Chevron, Pollution and Misinformation – Andy Rooney Speaks Out

August 28, 2009 by admin1  
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A fresh animation narrated by Andy Rooney, speaking truth to Chevron, phoney journalists and corporate executives concerning Ecuador and its Indigenous Population.

Ecuador, with its President, Rafael Corea, is a country at odds with itself. An amendment to the Constitution recently included the rights of the environment to exist, yet the Administration of Corea continues to push for expansion of oil and gas mining into the Ecuadorian Amazon, poisoning communities today and threatening to displace tens of thousands of Indigenous persons. The Indigenous People need and deserve our support, as they continue mobilizing communities to ensure their rights are not abused.

To find out more, visit chevroninecuador.com

http://www.chevroninecuador.com/2009/08/chevron-gets-no-love-from-andy-rooney.html

Massacre in Peru – Government Kills Unarmed Protesters

June 8, 2009 by admin1  
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On June 6, near a stretch of highway known as the Devil’s Curve in the northern Peruvian Amazon, police began firing live rounds into a multitude of indigenous protestors — many wearing feathered crowns and carrying spears. In the neighboring towns of Bagua Grande, Bagua Chica and Utcubamba, shots also came from police snipers on rooftops, and from a helicopter that hovered above the mass of people. Both natives and mestizos took to the streets protesting the bloody repression. From his office in Bagua a representative for the international organization “Save the Children” reported that children as young as four years-old were wounded by indiscriminate police shooting. President Alan García had hinted the government would respond forcefully to “restore order” in the insurgent Amazonian provinces, where he had declared a state of siege on May 9 suspending most constitutional liberties. The repression was swift and fierce.

By the end of the day a number of government and the president’s party APRA offices were destroyed, 9 policemen and approximately 40 protesters were killed. Overwhelmed by the number of the wounded small local hospitals were forced to close their doors. A doctor in Bagua Grande described the repression as a “barbarian act” similar to those committed in Beirut by the Israeli occupying forces a few years ago. A Church official denounced that many of the civilian wounded and killed at the Devil’s Curve were forcefully taken to the military barracks of El Milagro. From Bagua, a local journalist declared to Ideele Radio that following the killings policemen dumped bagged bodies in the Utcubamba River. Indigenous leaders have accused García of “genocide” and have called for an international campaign of solidarity with their struggle. Indigenous unrest in the Peruvian Amazon began late last year. After an ebb of a few months, the uprising regained force again on April 9. Since then, Amazonian indigenous groups have sustained intensifying protests for more than two months, including shutdowns of oil and gas pumping stations as well as blockades of road and river traffic.

The Devil’s Curve massacre is not the only instance of repression. García recently sent in the Navy to violently break through indigenous blockades on the Napo River, also in northern Peru. But few expected such a violent reaction from the government. García says the response was appropriate and blamed the indigenous for thinking they could decide what happens in their territories: “These people don’t have crowns. They aren’t first-class citizens who can say… ‘You [the government] don’t have the right to be here.’ No way.” The president called the protestors “pseudo-indigenous.”

Indigenous representative Alberto Pizango called Devil’s Curve the “worst slaughter of our people in 20 years.” And added, “Our protest has been peaceful.” We’re 5,000 natives [in the blockade] that just want respect for our territory and the environment.”

Protestor’s top demand is the repeal of a series of decrees, known collectively as the “Law of the Jungle,” signed by García last year. The President decreed the legislative package using extraordinary powers granted to him by Peru’s Congress to enact legislation required by the 2006 U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement. Indigenous groups are also demanding the creation of a permanent commission with indigenous representation to discuss solutions to their territorial, developmental, health and educational problems.

One of the most controversial aspects of the decrees is that they allow private interests to buy up indigenous lands and resources. Following a colonial logic of “progress,” García’s decrees foster the commodification of indigenous territories, ecological reserves, communal and public lands, water, and biogenetic resources to the benefit of powerful transnational interests. What’s more, the “Law of the Jungle” implicitly conceives of indigenous Amazonia as an open, empty, bountiful, and underdeveloped frontier and its inhabitants as obstacles to neoliberal modernization and investment schemes.

History of Plunder and Resistance

Neoliberal elites are apparently oblivious to indigenous historical agency and political activism in Peru, where there is a long-standing trajectory of Amazonian insurgency. Since the eighteenth century, indigenous groups in the rainforest have successfully rolled back the incursions of colonial missionaries, rubber barons, gold miners, lumber contractors, Sendero Luminoso guerrillas and others whose expansion represented a direct and serious threat to their cultural autonomy and territorial integrity.

García and his predecessors have tried to give transnational companies – logging, oil, mining, and pharmaceutical etc. – unfettered access to the Amazon’s riches. The potential plunder not only poses a threat to the very existence of indigenous peoples, but also presents a serious danger to the region’s diverse and fragile ecosystems.

Protests have occurred in the past, but this time is different: The scope of the ongoing mobilizations, which cover almost the totality of Peru’s Amazonian territories, is historically unprecedented, as is the government’s violent reaction. Coordinating the mobilization effort is the Inter-Ethnic Development Association of the Peruvian Amazon (Aidesep), an umbrella group of indigenous organizations. Established almost three decades ago through the incorporation of more than 80 federations and regional organizations, Aidesep’s reach and strength rests on its 1,350 affiliated communities representing 65 different Amazonian peoples.

Under mounting pressure from the protests, the government finally agreed to a closed-door meeting held the morning of May 27 in Lima with indigenous representatives. (Aidesep had demanded such a meeting for years.) Prime Minister Yehude Simon – himself a former leftist and political prisoner – and Aidesep representative Alberto Pizango held a brief press conference after the sitdown announcing the start of formal negotiations.

Following weeks of a racist and dirty government campaign against indigenous leaders, a subdued Simon acknowledged both the García administration’s “bad communications” and – more importantly – “the lack of a state policy towards Amazon communities for over a century.” He also emphasized government willingness to revise and modify the Garcia’s decrees.

Meanwhile, a defiant Pizango maintained that Aidesep’s campaign of civil disobedience would only be lifted with the total repeal of García’s “Law of the Jungle.” Pizango also announced a platform of issues that indigenous representatives planned to bring to the table, including points on indigenous territorial rights, self-determination, health and education, development, and cultural integrity.

Failed Talks, Failed Government

The last time the government agreed to negotiations in August 2008 – again, under pressure from an indigenous uprising – the talks collapsed due to government unwillingness to engage indigenous representatives in a respectful and honest manner. Aidesep withdrew from the talks when the government tried to undermine the group’s position by inviting (unannounced) groups of indigenous leaders and academics aligned both with the government’s discredited Development Institute for Andean, Indigenous, Amazonian and Afro-Peruvian Peoples (INDEPA), and the Confederation of Amazonian Nationalities (CONAPA) made by a small number of opportunistic Indigenous leaders.

Using INDEPA and CONAPA the government has initiated “cooperation agreements” between friendly indigenous communities and foreign oil and gas companies. Outraged by their presence at the negotiating table Aidesep denounced the move as a “smoke screen” covering up the government’s spurious collusion with the gas and oil industries.

Meanwhile, Aidesep kept open negotiations with members of Congress, where its demands received support from the left-of-center opposition and even some members of García’s ruling party. When the parties established formal negotiations (Mesa de Diálogo), both vowing to take steps toward finding a solution to indigenous demands, Aidesep honored the compromise and halted protests on August 20, ending the 11-day uprising. With growing popular sympathy with indigenous demands and support from the political opposition in late September, congress passed a law that canceled two of the most odious presidential decrees that sought to diminish indigenous territorial rights and political autonomy.

Aidesep’s direct action campaign marked the emergence of Amazonian indigenous peoples as an influential and autonomous force in Peru’s current political landscape. The mobilization also sparked a public realization that the defense of Amazonian resources is an issue of national importance and not only a regional or indigenous problem. The indigenous uprising has also increased public awareness of the predatory nature of free trade, the prevalence of public good over private interests, and the meaning and importance of citizen participation in the formulation of a sustainable and democratic future. All of this constitutes a healthy questioning of the toxic neoliberal paradigm based on the commodification of life and resources as the only possible alternative to “progress” and “modernization.”

In October 2008, video recordings surfaced of conversations between high-ranking officials from the García administration and a lobbyist for transnational gas and oil companies. The recordings show the men negotiating the fraudulent concession of oil rights in natural reserves and indigenous territories. The video not only starkly revealed he real intentions behind the “Law of the Jungle” and Peru’s handful of recently negotiated free trade agreements, but also further boosted Aidesep’s legitimacy and the moral authority of its struggle. The scandal also helped catalyze the current Amazonian insurgency, coalescing an emerging popular and autonomous anti-systemic bloc and further diminished García’s popularity, which has hovered at an abysmal 30 percent in the city of Lima alone.

Amazon ‘Insurgency’ Declared

By late March, triggered by renewed incursions into their territories, abusive labor conditions in the gas and oil industry, the high levels of contamination and government reluctance to address their demands, indigenous peoples in various Amazonian localities staged a number of marches, demonstrations, blockades, and hunger strikes. Incensed by the government’s repressive response to their demands and its threat to declare a state of emergency in the most combative Amazonian provinces, Aidesep renewed mobilizations, blocking ground and river traffic, and occupying hydrocarbon installations.

In an April 9 declaration, Aidesep demanded that Congress rescind the “Law of the Jungle,” establish a Mesa de Dialogo, and the creation of new branches of government charged with implementing “intercultural” solutions to indigenous health and education problems. The document also calls for the recognition of indigenous collective property rights, guarantees for special territorial reserves of communities in voluntary isolation, and the suspension of land concessions to oil, gas, mining, lumber, and tourism industries. Indigenous organizations are also demanding a new constitution that incorporates the United Nation’s Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples and the International Labor Organization’s Convention 169, both of which grant indigenous rights to territorial and cultural autonomy. Finally, the April declaration also calls for the suspension of the government’s free trade agreements with he United States, the European Union, Chile, and China, which violate indigenous territorial rights and Amazonian biodiversity.

As indigenous groups escalated their direct action campaign, the government declared a state of siege on May 9 in four of the most militant provinces of Amazonia. Despite the crackdown, Aidesep has gained sympathy and solidarity from broad sectors of Peruvian society. Unions, popular organizations, and highland peasant and indigenous groups have staged “Civic Strikes” and other protest actions. Elected municipal and regional authorities across the country have also expressed their support. While Catholic bishops across the Amazon region have called on the faithful to support indigenous demands, stating the “rich cultural and biological diversity” of the region represents a “source of life and hope for humanity.”

On May 27, Peru was rocked by a national day of protest called by the country’s largest trade union federation and other social movement umbrella groups. Thousands took to the street protesting García’s neoliberal policies and to express their solidarity with Aidesep struggle. In Lima a massive march arrived to the steps of Congress, demanding that the Law of the Jungle be declared unconstitutional. Meanwhile, the just-concluded Fourth Continental Indigenous People’s Summit of Abya-Yala, which was held in southern Peru, called for an international day of action in solidarity with the Amazonian uprising. The Communitarian Front in Defense of Life and Sovereignty established by AIDESEP together with labor, Andean indigenous, campesino and popular organizations have called for a day of protest and mobilization on June 11.

The Law of the Jungle

A report from the government’s Ombudsman Office not only declared the unconstitutionality of García’s decrees, but also noted the legitimacy of indigenous people’s campaign of civil disobedience. In Congress, the Constitutional Committee declared two of the presidential decrees unconstitutional. But under pressure from the executive, García’s APRA party, with support from followers of jailed former President Fujimori and other rightwing political parties, has blocked discussion of the Constitutional Committee’s resolution. Some congressional deputies simply vow to abstain from voting, while others have been forced by their constituents to side with the opposition in declaring the Law of the Jungle unconstitutional.

By the time June came around, the situation deteriorated. Aidesep walked away from the incipient talks with the government, citing the executive’s refusal to acknowledge broadening public rejection of the decrees. The government responded with increased repression that culminated – so far – with the Devil’s Curve massacre. García also lashed out against Radio de la Selva, an Amazonian radio station that has been critical of the government. The attorney general is considering charging the station with inciting public unrest. When the military violently broke up the river blockade on the Napo, spontaneous protests erupted against the Navy.

La Lucha Continua

The declaration of martial law in the provinces of Bagua and Utcubamba, were the bloodiest repression took place, and the trumped-up charges of rioting have forced many of AIDESEP leaders underground. Repression however has not deterred the mobilization. In a newspaper posting a teacher from Bagua reported that many non-indigenous persons joined the protests on June 6 after the Army blocked the efforts of neighbors to help with medicine and water the wounded natives at the Devil’s Curve. Later in the day the indiscriminate shooting that provoked the death of children and passers-by further infuriated the population. Even before the violent June 6 repression labor and popular forces in many provinces and regions have declared strikes in solidarity with the Amazonian uprising. Driving on these expanding discontent a broad range of popular resistance and oppositional forces have coalesced around the Communitarian Front in Defense of Life and Sovereignty formed on June 4. The front has issue a call to mobilize in solidarity with the Amazonian peoples, and to repeal the “Law of the Jungle,” legislation criminalizing social protest, and Free Trade agreements. The clergy from the Catholic Church have rejected the repression and reiterated their support for indigenous demands. In a joint letter the Ombudsman Office and the clergy call the government to privilege peace and negotiation over repression and violence in the resolution of Amazonian demands. In a previous statement the priests expressed their discontent with the “attitude taken by the government, foreign and national businessmen and a large sector of the media” against “the just demands of Amazonian indigenous peoples.” (These conservative sectors have ridiculously dismissed the protests as the work of presidents Hugo Chávez and Evo Morales.)

Although at the moment the outcome of this crisis are highly uncertain, the Earth Day killings however have certainly put and to the Garcia’s studied double speech. His evidently well-planned counterinsurgent operative have put to rest his conciliatory rhetoric of simulated negotiation revealing his naked slavishness to transnational interests. The repression and media fear mongering campaign are driven by the government’s will to open Peruvian Amazonia to the exclusive benefit of energy, hydrocarbon, agribusiness, lumber and mining corporations. One of the largest repositories of water, biodiversity, hydrocarbons and minerals in the planet the region stands as the last frontier to the rule of capital. Hence the strategic importance of Indigenous peoples participation in the formation of an antisystemic bloc of forces and the formulation of a democratic and post-capitalist programmatic alternative. From this perspective the political emergence of indigenous peoples also marks a turning point in the reconfiguration of the popular anti-systemic forces from its current weakness and dispersion deepened among other factor by leftwing loss of revolutionary will to think the future beyond electoral politics and capitalist markets. In the most immediate scenario however the next weeks will be crucial for the outcome of the crisis opened with the June 6 repression. International solidarity with the AIDESEP struggle will be central to deter the predatory advance of capital and the defense of Amazonia that –as pointed out by the Catholic clergy in Peru– “is not of the exclusive concern of Peruvian citizens but of all humanity.”

The following report first appeared on:

http://diasporaperuananewyork.blogspot.com/2009/06/indigenous-uprising.html

The Truth about Palestine and Israel

January 4, 2009 by Russell Means Freedom  
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Thousands of Israeli troops, backed by tanks and helicopters, have entered the Gaza Strip as Israel escalated its offensive into the territory on the eighth day of operations.

Tanks entered the besieged territory through several points mainly in northern Gaza, crossing shortly after nightfall on Saturday, officials said, while the Israeli cabinet said it had also called up about 9,000 reservists.

U.S. Backed Weapons vs. Homemade Rockets VIDEO

The Lies:

Lie #1

Israel is only targeting legitimate military sites and is seeking to protect innocent lives. Israel never targets civilians.

The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated pieces of property in the world. The presence of militants within a civilian population does not, under international law, deprive that population of their protected status, and hence any assault upon that population under the guise of targeting militants is, in fact, a war crime.

Moreover, the people Israel claims are legitimate targets are members of Hamas, which Israel says is a terrorist organization. Hamas has been responsible for firing rockets into Israel. These rockets are extremely inaccurate and thus, even if Hamas intended to hit military targets within Israel, are indiscriminate by nature. When rockets from Gaza kill Israeli civilians, it is a war crime.

Hamas has a military wing. However, it is not entirely a military organization, but a political one. Members of Hamas are the democratically elected representatives of the Palestinian people. Dozens of these elected leaders have been kidnapped and held in Israeli prisons without charge. Others have been targeted for assassination, such as Nizar Rayan, a top Hamas official. To kill Rayan, Israel targeted a residential apartment building. The strike not only killed Rayan but two of his wives and four of his children, along with six others. There is no justification for such an attack under international law. This was a war crime.

Other of Israel’s bombardment with protected status under international law have included a mosque, a prison, police stations, and a university, in addition to residential buildings.

Moreover, Israel has long held Gaza under siege, allowing only the most minimal amounts of humanitarian supplies to enter. Israel is bombing and killing Palestinian civilians. Countless more have been wounded, and cannot receive medical attention. Hospitals running on generators have little or no fuel. Doctors have no proper equipment or medical supplies to treat the injured. These people, too, are the victims of Israeli policies targeted not at Hamas or legitimate military targets, but directly designed to punish the civilian population.

Lie #2

Hamas violated the cease-fire. The Israeli bombardment is a response to Palestinian rocket fire and is designed to end such rocket attacks.

Israel never observed the cease-fire to begin with. From the beginning, it announced a “special security zone” within the Gaza Strip and announced that Palestinians who enter this zone will be fired upon. In other words, Israel announced its intention that Israeli soldiers would shoot at farmers and other individuals attempting to reach their own land in direct violation of not only the cease-fire but international law.

Despite shooting incidents, including ones resulting in Palestinians getting injured, Hamas still held to the cease-fire from the time it went into effect on June 19 until Israel effectively ended the truce on November 4 by launching an airstrike into Gaza that killed five and injured several others.

Israel’s violation of the cease-fire predictably resulted in retaliation from militants in Gaza who fired rockets into Israel in response. The increased barrage of rocket fire at the end of December is being used as justification for the continued Israeli bombardment, but is a direct response by militants to the Israeli attacks.

Israel’s actions, including its violation of the cease-fire, predictably resulted in an escalation of rocket attacks against its own population.

Lie #3

Hamas is using human shields, a war crime.

There has been no evidence that Hamas has used human shields. The fact is, as previously noted, Gaza is a small piece of property that is densely populated. Israel engages in indiscriminate warfare such as the assassination of Nizar Rayan, in which members of his family were also murdered. It is victims like his dead children that Israel defines as “human shields” in its propaganda. There is no legitimacy for this interpretation under international law. In circumstances such as these, Hamas is not using human shields, Israel is committing war crimes in violation of the Geneva Conventions and other applicable international law.

Lie #4

Arab nations have not condemned Israel’s actions because they understand Israel’s justification for its assault.

The populations of those Arab countries are outraged at Israel’s actions and at their own governments for not condemning Israel’s assault and acting to end the violence. Simply stated, the Arab governments do not represent their respective Arab populations. The populations of the Arab nations have staged mass protests in opposition to not only Israel’s actions but also the inaction of their own governments and what they view as either complacency or complicity in Israel’s crimes.

Moreover, the refusal of Arab nations to take action to come to the aid of the Palestinians is not because they agree with Israel’s actions, but because they are submissive to the will of the US, which fully supports Israel. Egypt, for instance, which refused to open the border to allow Palestinians wounded in the attacks to get medical treatment in Egyptian hospitals, is heavily dependent upon US aid, and is being widely criticized within the population of the Arab countries for what is viewed as an absolute betrayal of the Gaza Palestinians.

Even Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been regarded as a traitor to his own people for blaming Hamas for the suffering of the people of Gaza. Palestinians are also well aware of Abbas’ past perceived betrayals in conniving with Israel and the US to sideline the democratically elected Hamas government, culminating in a counter-coup by Hamas in which it expelled Fatah (the military wing of Abbas’ Palestine Authority) from the Gaza Strip. While his apparent goal was to weaken Hamas and strengthen his own position, the Palestinians and other Arabs in the Middle East are so outraged at Abbas that it is unlikely he will be able to govern effectively.

Lie #5

Israel is not responsible for civilian deaths because it warned the Palestinians of Gaza to flee areas that might be targeted.

Israel claims it sent radio and telephone text messages to residents of Gaza warning them to flee from the coming bombardment. But the people of Gaza have nowhere to flee to. They are trapped within the Gaza Strip. It is by Israeli design that they cannot escape across the border. It is by Israeli design that they have no food, water, or fuel by which to survive. It is by Israeli design that hospitals in Gaza have no electricity and few medical supplies with which to treat the injured and save lives. And Israel has bombed vast areas of Gaza, targeting civilian infrastructure and other sites with protected status under international law. No place is safe within the Gaza Strip.

HISTORY

Prior to the British signing the Balfour Declaration in 1917, which called for a Jewish state, Palestinians made up over 90% of the population of Palestine. In fact, in 1914, Jews only made up 7.5% of the population. After the signing of the Balfour Declaration, Jews began migrating in mass numbers from surrounding areas into Palestine. This migration was haulted for three years from 1936-1939, but then resumed in even greater numbers until 1948, when Israel claimed itself a sovereign state and thus sparking an even larger mass migration of Jews into Palestine. By 1950, only 30 years after the signing of the Balfour Declaration, Jews made up the majority of the population. Basically, if you were to ask all but about 5% of the original Jewish inhabitants where they originated from, they would answer with a country other than Palestine, most likely a country from Eastern Europe and some from neighboring Arab countries. Jews are still migrating into Palestine today in mass numbers and settling in Palestinian territory. Much of these migrating Jews understand the Palestinian situation, but many times choose to ignore it due to overwhelming benefits.

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CONFLICT

In 1947, the United Nations agrees to split Palestine into two states, a Jewish state and a Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as an international city. One issue bothered the Palestinians…the agreement included a Jewish state that made up 54% of the land and 46% to the Palestinians, even though prior to that point the Jews owned only 6% of the land. Then there is the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians out of their rightfully owned lands by Israeli militias, which sparked the bloodshed still seen today. One such horrific act was witnessed in April of 1948, when Zionist militia went into the town of Deir Yassin and murdered 254 innocent civilians, mostly elders, women, children. Many of these incidents along with the inexcusable demolition of thousands of Palestinian homes in the years to come instilled fear into the minds of many Palestinians, forcing them to flee to neighboring countries, most likely Jordan. Those who remained in Palestine to defend their land and refused to submit to the will of Israel were in for a great struggle. Till this day, this struggle includes many war crimes committed by Israel not only in Palestine, but in Lebanon as well, which include: ethnic cleansing, genocide, illegal imprisonment, and illegal occupation. Some of these war crimes were executed by former Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, who was not tried for any of his war crimes. Tyrants similar to Sharon include Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic and Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein. Milosevic went onto trial for his crimes and was sentenced to prison, dying 5 years later in his prison cell. Saddam Hussein also went on trial for his tyrannical crimes and was hung to death. The world demands justice, not only from Sharon (who suffered a stroke late 2005 and is currently in a coma), but for any injustices. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to Justice everywhere.”

What you don’t know is that the United States has been aiding Israel every year since 1945 with hundreds of millions of dollars. This money comes out of your pockets as tax payers. The U.S. also provides Israel with Caterpillar bulldozers, which are used to demolish homes and Palestinian infrastructure. As a democratic nation, we proudly say that we are combating terrorism, yet we turn the other cheek and fuel a war machine like Israel, but of course…they’re not terrorists. Palestinians have to endure such inhumane actions everyday. Hundreds of thousands have lost their homes, tens of thousands have lost their lives, and all have been deprived of their integrity and hope for freedom.

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THE SUICIDE BOMBER

Much of the news coverage you hear especially in America is biased news about the terrorist actions of suicide bombers in Palestine. What they don’t mention is what equates to such actions. Israel has gone as far as to literally torture Palestinians by poisoning their water, poisoning livestock, destroying electrical power plants, and destroying roads. People cannot go to prayer, let alone work, to provide their families with an income that can keep them alive. Many in Gaza, one of the most densely populated regions in the world, are living in total darkness due to the recent destruction of their only electrical power plant. In essence, Israel gives birth to these Suicide Bombers. No civilian deserves to die, whether Israeli or Palestinian. There is no legitimate excuse for the execution of innocent lives. Both sides though, have extremists trying to support their cause. Suicide bombers never existed before the Zionist regime took over in Israel, but that still doesn’t justify the loss of civilian life.

Since Palestinian suicide bombers are terrorists; what word would you use to describe Israeli actions?

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PERSONAL STATEMENT

I urge you to maintain open mindedness and not believe all that you may hear in the news. I also urge you to do your own research and not take my word for it either. You will be surprised at what you find. I have not even hit the surface when it comes to facts, so dig further. I have witnessed many of these injustices with my own eyes, so its time for you to open yours.

*Please remember, there are plenty of Jews, even Rabbi’s, that are entirely against the Zionist movement. Also, do not confuse a person who practices Judaism with a Zionist. Zionists are not all necessarily Jews, and not all Jews are necessarily Zionists*

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Some information that may interest you:

WEBSITES

http://www.btselem.org/English/

http://www.jewsagainstzionism.com/

http://www.nkusa.org/

VIDEOS

The Gaza Strip
http://video.google.de/videoplay?docid=5496003310174683890&q=gaza+strip

George Galloway on Sky News
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9071731896689197790&pr=goog-sl

“Palestine is still the issue”
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=746557429802139093&q=palestine&hl=en

“Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land”
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7828123714384920696&q=peace+propaganda&hl=en

“Scott Ritter on CSPAN”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O125hGt9qt4

“Occupation 101″
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM_o_lsmrPM

BOOKS

“Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” by Jimmy Carter