Crimes Against Humanity
Julian Assange…Chelsea (a/k/a Bradley) Manning…Edward Snowden…Dr. William H. Thompson…and the list goes on. These brave individuals left their comfortable mundane lives and took a leap into uncertainty where they knew they could be allowed to fall flat and hard to the lowest depths they could imagine or into the supportive arms of people who would call them heroes. These individuals, we call “whistleblowers”, mined the shadowy depths of black budget operations and brought tremendous secrets to light. The aggregation of their revelations no doubt overjoyed those activists who have long been asserting that nefarious things were being perpetrated by our government, in our name, and with our tax monies…But not all secrets are hidden in the dark. Some are right out in the open if you know where to look.
A lawsuit filed by lawyers on behalf of 1,415 plaintiffs, including 38 residents of Fukushima and 357 persons from outside Japan, holds not only the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) but also Toshiba, Hitachi, and General Electric responsible for the 2011 meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant…As NSNBC International reported, the Fukushima case is a “landmark challenge” to nuclear power plant manufacturers’ immunity from liability in nuclear accidents.
“In Gaza, 1.7 million Palestinians currently live without clean drinking water…95 percent of the water in Gaza does not meet World Health Organization (WHO) standards for human consumption…26 percent of disease in Gaza results from contaminated water supplies…[and] there is discrimination in water allocation….”
The senators highlight three parts of the TPP that could undermine current and future efforts to regulate Wall Street and prevent another financial crisis: (1) Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), which allows foreign companies or investors to sue governments for losses in expected profits; (2) “Market access” provisions that could prohibit restrictions on predatory financial products, like risky forms of derivatives; and (3) Limitations on governments’ ability to impose capital controls, which could stymie efforts to prevent future financial crises as well as efforts to pass a financial transaction tax.
Human experimentation was a core feature of the CIA’s torture program. The experimental nature of the interrogation and detention techniques is clearly evident in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s executive summary of its investigative report, despite redactions (insisted upon by the CIA) to obfuscate the locations of these laboratories of cruel science and the identities of perpetrators…because the concept of torture has been so muddled and disputed, [the author] suggest(s) that accountability would be more publicly palatable if we reframed the CIA’s program as one of human experimentation.
By Omar Cherif A few days ago, I came across one of the horrors of wars that hasn’t taken its fair share of publicity in history books. The topic is about “comfort women,” who were women and girls forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army before, during – and after – World War […]
Operating out of South Africa during the apartheid era in the early 1980s, Dr. Wouter Basson launched a secret bioweapons project called Project Coast. The goal of the project was to develop biological and chemical agents that would either kill or sterilize the black population and assassinate political enemies. Among the agents developed were Marburg and Ebola viruses.
In one of many aspects of the burgeoning human trafficking epidemic in Britain, young children are being smuggled into the country to have their organs “harvested” to supply the huge-money black market demand for transplant organs. Vulnerable children from poorer nations such as Somalia, Vietnam, Romania, Nigeria, and Bangladesh are being targeted, but children from more prosperous nations such as China and even Britain are at risk.
Activist Ken O’Keefe brilliantly shows how to handle disinfo shill (or misinformed) Lee Kaplan, after Kaplan employs seven of the 25 rules of disinformation to attack O’Keefe’s position regarding the war in Syria.
The battle for the future of humanity is not only focused on freedom and liberty, but is heavily concentrated on the financial war for the control of the new financial system. Ever since the Federal Reserve (Fed) was established in 1913, the banksters (high level bankers who pull the strings of politicians and authorities) have slowly used this central bank to control the US and its citizens. They did such an excellent job of controlling and stealing from the American people that they got away with stealing 15 plus trillion dollars. Controlling the US financial system is critical for controlling the world since the dollar is the world’s reserve currency; therefore, it has a lot of purchasing power.
Capitalist power elites exist around the world. The globalization of trade and capital brings the world’s elites into increasingly interconnected relationships—to the point that sociologists have begun to theorize the development of a transnational capitalist class (TCC). In one of the pathbreaking works in this field, The Transnational Capitalist Class (2000), Leslie Sklair argued that globalization elevated transnational corporations (TNC) to more influential international roles, with the result that nation-states became less significant than international agreements developed through the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other international institutions. Emerging from these multinational corporations was a transnational capitalist class, whose loyalties and interests, while still rooted in their corporations, was increasingly international in scope.
William Robinson followed in 2004 with his book, A Theory of Global Capitalism: Production, Class, and State in a Transnational World. Robinson claimed that 500 years of capitalism had led to a global epochal shift in which all human activity is transformed into capital. In this view, the world had become a single market, which privatized social relationships. He saw the TCC as increasingly sharing similar lifestyles, patterns of higher education, and consumption. The global circulation of capital is at the core of an international bourgeoisie, who operate in oligopolist clusters around the world. These clusters of elites form strategic transnational alliances through mergers and acquisitions with the goal of increased concentration of wealth and capital. The process creates a polyarchy of hegemonic elites. The concentration of wealth and power at this level tends to over-accumulate, leading to speculative investments and wars. The TCC makes efforts to correct and protect its interests through global organizations like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the G20, World Social Forum, Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg Group, Bank for International Settlements, and other transnational associations. Robinson claimed that, within this system, nation-states become little more than population containment zones, and the real power lies with the decision makers who control global capital.
The US government is fighting a legal effort to stop the force-feeding of hunger-striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Lawyers for several prisoners have appealed to a Washington court to intervene – but the administration says federal judges have no say on what happens at the camp. The mass hunger strike at the notorious US military facility is now entering its sixth month. Nearly two-thirds of the inmates have joined in the protest against alleged mistreatment, and detention without trial.