Daily Archives: June 24, 2014

Iraq: George W. Bush’s Vietnam


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America spent $25 billion training and arming those same Iraqi security forces that are collapsing like wax before the ISIS flame. How many of our soldiers died or were maimed for this cause? But you know, how could America have anticipated that all the money in the world, and the most sophisticated military technology, would not be sufficient to defeat an ideologically motivated enemy? How were we to know?


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Anti-homeless spikes are just the latest in ‘defensive urban architecture’

Pay-per-minute benches, ‘pig ears’ to prevent skateboarding, devices that emit an unpleasant sound only teenagers can hear … cities have many tactics to discourage ‘unwanted’ behaviour


MORE:  http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/jun/12/anti-homeless-spikes-latest-defensive-urban-architecture











No, Pope Francis did not officially excommunicate the mafia

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By now, the news is everywhere: the Pope has declared the mafia excommunicated from the Catholic Church: “Those who in their life have gone along the evil ways, as in the case of the mafia, they are not with God, they are excommunicated,” he said on Saturday in the Italian city of Calabria.But did Francis really excommunicate the entire mafia from the Catholic Church?

Here are some things to consider.


MORE:   http://www.vox.com/2014/6/23/5834038/no-pope-francis-did-not-officially-excommunicate-the-mafia



Water is a Human Right: Detroit Residents Seek U.N. Intervention as City Shuts Off Taps to Thousands [VIDEO]

Published on Jun 24, 2014

Activists in Detroit have appealed to the United Nations over the city’s move to shut off the water of thousands of residents. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department says half of its 323,000 accounts are delinquent and has begun turning off the taps of those who do not pay bills that total above $150 or that are 60 days late. Since March, up to 3,000 account holders have had their water cut off every week. The Detroit water authority carries an estimated $5 billion in debt and has been the subject of privatization talks. In a submission to the United Nations special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, activists say Detroit is trying to push through a private takeover of its water system at the expense of basic rights. We speak to Maureen Taylor of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and Meera Karunananthan, international water campaigner for the Blue Planet Project.

“In Michigan it is particularly egregious because a household that has welfare involvement and water is turned off with minor children in the home, means that protective services can come in and take the children out and put them in foster care,” Taylor says. “This is an orchestrated attack by banks and corporations…in an effort to try to enrich themselves.”

Billionaire CEO Wants to Raise Taxes On the Poor [VIDEO]

Published on Jun 23, 2014

“Blackstone Group CEO Steve Schwarzman on Thursday took another not so veiled swipe at President Obama.

Speaking at Blackstone’s investor day, he said the biggest risk to his growing alternative-assets firm was irrational policy making.

Even though Blackstone’s shares have risen more than 60 percent over the last year, Schwarzman seemed to be in something of a fighting mood.

He said it was ironic governments were tasked with making life better for their citizens but seemed to be doing things that had the opposite effect, a source who was at the Waldorf Astoria gathering told The Post.”*

Iraq Is In Chaos And The U.S. Attack On Syria Is Inevitable [VIDEO]

The housing market is imploding on itself. FED continually keeping the illusion that the economy is a recovery, but a slow recovery. Russia is now stating that the dollar needs to be removed. The IMF reports that the crisis in Iraq will hurt the US economy. The government is now making the case to come after the anti-government groups. The chaos in Iraq continues, the soldiers loyal to Saddam Hussein have now joined the ISIS movement. Obama is preparing to send troops into Iraq and then eventually move into Syria. Obama building the case about Syria not destroying its chemicals and ISIS is now moving into Syria. Be prepared for an event.

Iraq Would Be Full Of American Troops If Hillary Had Her Way [VIDEO]

Published on Jun 23, 2014

“Hillary Clinton today portrays her stance on Iraq as being the same as President Obama’s. But when she was Secretary of State, she pushed hard for keeping troops in Iraq—despite the fact that the White House was looking to bring all the troops home.

“Hillary Clinton was a lion for keeping troops there,” James Jeffrey, who was the U.S. ambassador to Iraq in 2011, told The Daily Beast in an interview. “She was a strong advocate for keeping troops there past 2011,” when American forces eventually withdrew.

At a CNN Town Hall on Tuesday, Clinton unveiled what is now her official accounting of what happened in 2011, when the Obama administration was negotiating to keep troops in Iraq with the government of Nouri al-Maliki. “*