Professor Michel Chossudovsky is the author of many important books. His latest is The Globalization of War: America’s “Long War” against Humanity.
Chossudovsky shows that Washington has globalized war while the US president is presented as a global peace-maker, complete with the Nobel Peace Prize.
Washington has military deployed in 150 countries, has the world divided up into six US military commands and has a global strike plan that includes space operations. Nuclear weapons are part of the global strike plan and have been elevated for use in a pre-emptive first strike, a dangerous departure from their Cold War role.
America’s militarization includes military armament for local police for use against the domestic population and military coercion of sovereign countries in behalf of US economic imperialism.
One consequence is the likelihood of nuclear war. Another consequence is the criminalization of US foreign policy. War crimes are the result. These are not the war crimes of individual rogue actors but war crimes institutionalized in established guidelines and procedures. “What distinguishes the Bush and Obama administrations,” Chossudovsky writes, “is that the concentration camps, targeted assassinations and torture chambers are now openly considered as legitimate forms of intervention, which sustain ‘the global war on terrorism’ and support the spread of ‘Western democracy.’”
Chossudovsky points out that the ability of US citizens to protest and resist the transformation of their country into a militarist police state is limited. Washington and the compliant foundations now fund the dissent movement in order to control it. He quotes Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman about manufacturing consent. He lets Paul Kivel describe how funding of dissent by the elite results in the co-option of grassroots community leadership. The same thing is happening to environmental organizations. Black Americans also have lost their leaders to the elite’s money and ability to bestow position and emoluments.
Chossudovsky notes that progressive, left-wing, and anti-war groups have endorsed the “war on terror” and uncritically accept the official 9/11 story, which provides the basis for Washington’s wars.
Having accepted the lies, there is no basis for protest. Thus its absence.
As Professor Stephen Cohen has observed, dissent has disappeared from American foreign policy discussion. In place of dissent there is exhortation to more war. A good example is today’s (March 26, 2015) op-ed in the New York Times by neoconservative John R. Bolton, US ambassador to the UN during the George W. Bush regime.
Bolton calls for bombing Iran. Anything short of a military attack on Iran, Bolton says, has “an air of unreality” and will guarantee that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey will also develop nuclear weapons in order to protect themselves from Iran. According to Bolton, the Israeli and American nuclear arsenals are not threatening, but Iran’s would be.
Of course, there is no evidence that Iran has a nuclear weapons program, but Bolton asserts it anyway. Moreover, Bolton manages to overlook that the agreement being worked out with Iran halts the Iranian enrichment program far below the level necessary for nuclear weapons. Bolton’s belief that Iran would be able to hide a weapons program if permitted to have nuclear energy is unsubstantiated. It is merely an implausible assertion.
The neoconservatives constitute a war lobby. When one war doesn’t work, they want another. They have an ever expanding war list. Remember, the neoconservatives are the ones who promised us a 3-week “cakewalk” Iraq war costing $70 billion and paid for by Iraq oil revenues. After 8 years of war costing a minimum of $3,000 billion paid for by US taxpayers, the US gave up and withdrew. Today terrorists are carving a new country out of parts of Syria and Iraq.
It is now a known fact that the neocon Bush regime’s Iraq war was totally based on lies, just as is every other neocon war and the current drive for war with Russia and Iran. Despite their record of lies and failure, the neocons still control US foreign policy, and neocon Nuland is busy at work fomenting “color revolutions” or coups in the former Soviet republics of Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.
Without the support of the New York Times, the neocons could not have got the Iraq War going. Now the New York Times, faithful to the neocons but faithless to the American people, is helping the neocons get a war going with Iran and Russia.
I have friends who are college presidents who still read and believe the New York Times. The wars with Iran and Russia that the New York Times is encouraging will be much more dangerous than the wars with Iraq and Afghanistan. Humanity might not survive them.
Strong Earthquake Could Be Israels Biggest Security Threat; Could Destroy 80,000 Homes
In response to a series of minor earthquakes felt across northern Israel over the past few days, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated Monday that preparations were underway to reinforce the country’s infrastructure.
According to news site Arutz Sheva, Netanyahu told government officials during a cabinet meeting this week that earthquake preparedness measures are currently being examined and any necessary actions would be undertaken over the next couple years.
“There are also other threats in the north, threats from nature: earthquakes,” Netanyahu told his ministers. “We are preparing together with the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Defense. On the question of the earthquakes, an important act has already been made with National Outline Plan 38, but, of course, there is a need for additional steps and it costs a lot of money.”
“It should be spread over a period of years, but it will be brought to the cabinet in the coming days.”
National Outline Plan 38 is an Israeli measure to strengthen older buildings against earthquakes. The measure also offers economic incentives to encourage residents to seek building permits that will allow them to reinforce their homes.
A meeting involving representatives from the National Emergency Management Authority, the Israeli army’s Home Front Command, police, firefighters, the Magen David Adom ambulance service and municipal authorities is scheduled to take place Wednesday to further address the country’s ability to handle earthquake-related disasters, the Times of Israel reported.
The prime minister’s remarks came the same day that Jackie Levy, Israel’s deputy minister of housing and construction, told The Jerusalem Post that roughly 80,000 homes in the state are in danger of toppling if a powerful earthquake hits.
“There are many old structures that will simply collapse like a tower of cards during an earthquake,” Levy told the publication. “On every platform, I have demanded that the Israeli government open its eyes and internalize that this earthquake is a ticking time bomb, and it must invest considerable resources in order to prevent the disaster.”
“The government must stop trembling from the large expenditure and ascend one step after another on the budget ladder, because the quakes are going up the Richter scale at a dizzying pace,” he added.
Suggesting that the recent series of earthquakes was likely leading up to “the big one,” Levy stressed that “this is Israel’s biggest security threat.”
But not everyone agrees with Levy’s predictions. Avi Shapira, a seismologist at Haifa University, told Ynet News that the series of earthquakes doesn’t necessarily suggest that a major shaker was around the corner.
“There is no clear evidence suggesting that such a sequence of earthquakes necessarily leads to a massive earthquake,” Shapira said. “Statistically speaking, there are places around the world where probability increases. Chances are nothing will happen, but you cannot rule out the possibility that it might.”
Israel is situated along the Syrian-African rift, which is part of the Great Rift Valley, a geographic trench that runs from Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley southward to Mozambique.
The most recent earthquake felt in the country was Monday evening. It measured in at a magnitude of 3.2. The last major earthquake to hit the region was in 1927, killing at least 300 people and injuring 700 others, CBN News reported. Its magnitude was estimated to be 6.2.
Forget Yellowstone… A new super volcano is brewing under Massachusetts
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont Are All Sitting On New Supervolcano.
Residents along with geologists of the United States have been focusing on the Supervolcano at Yellowstone but while they have been doing so, what is described as a huge mass of molten rock, has crept up under the northeastern states of the United States.
Geologist Professor Vadim Levin said:
“The upwelling we detected is like a hot-air balloon, and we infer that something is rising up through the deeper part of our planet under New England.”
This essentially means that residents of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, along with Vermont are all sitting on a new Supervolcano.
This has come as quite a shock with professor Levin saying:
“Our study challenges the established notion of how the continents on which we live behave. It challenges the textbook concepts taught in introductory geology classes.”
The Region Was said to be Geologically Stable with no Active Volcanoes
Over the past, the region has been geologically stable with no active volcanoes reported Foxnews.com. Therefore, the huge build-up of the magma is something that has only occurred recently. While saying recent, considering the geological processes timescale of Earth, it may mean tens of millions of years.
Professor Levin said:
“It will likely take millions of years for the upwelling to get where it’s going. The next step is to try to understand how exactly it’s happening.”
At the moment, geologists have no idea whether or not the huge magma bubble might make its way up to the surface and affect the people living in regions such as Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Vermont.
The Molten Blob Might Be Too Small to Rise to the Surface or It Has not had Time
Geologists pointed out that the molten blob is lying under the center of Vermont but it does have western New Hampshire along with western Massachusetts in its grip too. Professor Levin said it might be that the magma blob is too small so it might not rise to the surface. However, on the other hand, perhaps it did not have time to do so yet.
For the time being the residents of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont are holding their breath, but it may be futures generations that have to worry, perhaps in another 50 million years or so.
Scientists Warn of Massive Earthquakes in 2018 Due to Earth’s Slowing Rotation
(ANTIMEDIA) — 2018 could see a stark uptick in earthquakes, according to a recent report published in Geophysical Research Letters and presented at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.
According to Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado in Boulder and Rebecca Bendick of the University of Montana in Missoula, a tiny shift in the speed of the Earth’s rotation could trigger a doubling of the number of earthquakes the planet experiences.
“They believe variations in the speed of Earth’s rotation could trigger intense seismic activity, particularly in heavily populated tropical regions.
“Although such fluctuations in rotation are small – changing the length of the day by a millisecond – they could still be implicated in the release of vast amounts of underground energy, it is argued.”
The scientists studied earthquakes above a 7.0 magnitude since 1900. “Major earthquakes have been well recorded for more than a century and that gives us a good record to study,” Billham told the Observer.
In analyzing the data, they found five periods of time where the incidence of earthquakes was higher than other times. “In these periods, there were between 25 to 30 intense earthquakes a year,” said Bilham.“The rest of the time the average figure was around 15 major earthquakes a year.” These periods occurred roughly every 32 years.
In their search for correlating factors, they found these periods of higher rates of earthquakes followed a slowing of the earth’s rotation. They found that there were more large-scale seismic incidents following these five-year intervals of slowed rotations.
“It is straightforward,” said Bilham. “The Earth is offering us a five-year heads-up on future earthquakes.” In their official presentation summary, the researchers note it can be between five and six years, and the latest slowdown began in 2011, “suggesting that the world has now entered a period of enhanced global seismic productivity with a duration of at least five years.”
“The inference is clear,” Billham said. “Next year we should see a significant increase in numbers of severe earthquakes. We have had it easy this year. So far we have only had about six severe earthquakes. We could easily have 20 a year starting in 2018.”
Though it is not clear why the slowed rotation may lead to more earthquakes, Billham and Bendick believe activity in planet’s core could be involved. Science Mag explained:
“When day length changes over decades, Earth’s magnetic field also develops a temporary ripple. Researchers think slight changes in the flow of the molten iron of the outer core may be responsible for both effects. Just what happens is uncertain—perhaps a bit of the molten outer core sticks to the mantle above. That might change the flow of the liquid metal, altering the magnetic field, and transfer enough momentum between the mantle and the core to affect day length.”
The researchers’ findings ultimately only establish correlation, not causation. However, they have stirred up interest. “The correlation they’ve found is remarkable, and deserves investigation,” said Peter Molnar, another geologist the University of Colorado.
They also found most of the massive quakes related to this phenomenon have occurred near the equator.
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