Unable to justify its actions to the U.N. Security Council, the U.S. has been for years illegally attacking Iran, another U.N. member country in violation of our constitution, the UN Charter and the Nuremberg Principles . Trump has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal despite Iran’s full compliance and U.S. Allies objections. Trump has initiated severe economic sanctions hoping to create internal destabilizing unrest in Iran. Trump has been increasing U.S. troop levels in Iraq with Iran now surrounded by dozens of U.S. military bases in Iraq and Pakistan.
An attack on Iran could easily escalate into a large-scale war in the Middle East, further destabilizing the region. The government of Pakistan might fall to revolutionary forces who might enter the war on the side of Iran, thus introducing nuclear weapons into the conflict. Russia and China, firm allies of Iran, might also be drawn into a general war in the Middle East. In a full-blown U.S. war with Iran, up to a million people could die initially. Hundreds of thousands more could die in the vacuum to follow. Millions would be made refugees. The likely closing of the Strait of Hormuz would cut off a major oil source for many large industrialize nations creating worldwide economic disruption.
General Qassem Suleimani was influential and respected in Iran and throughout the Middle East for his help with Iraq and Syria armed forces in defeating ISIS. Iraqi PM reveals Soleimani was on peace mission when assassinated, exploding Trump’s lie of ‘imminent attacks’ The US act of impunity in killing General Suleimani was a clear declaration of war on Iran.
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Iraqi Prime Minister Abdul-Mehdi speaking to Iraqi Parlament
Abdul-Mehdi spoke angrily about how the Americans had ruined the country and now refused to complete infrastructure and electricity grid projects unless they were promised 50% of oil revenues, which Abdul-Mehdi refused.
This is why I visited China and signed an important agreement with them to undertake the construction instead. Upon my return, Trump called me to ask me to reject this agreement. When I refused, he threatened to unleash huge demonstrations against me that would end my premiership.
Huge demonstrations against me duly materialized and Trump called again to threaten that if I did not comply with his demands, then he would have Marine snipers on tall buildings target protesters and security personnel alike in order to pressure me.
I refused again and handed in my resignation. To this day the Americans insist on us rescinding our deal with the Chinese. After this, when our Minister of Defense publicly stated that a third party was targeting both protestors and security personnel alike (just as Trump had threatened he would do), I received a new call from Trump threatening to kill both me and the Minister of Defense if we kept on talking about this “third party”. .
Iran has long been a target of Israel and the military-Industrial complex (Deep State) to control the world’s supply of oil. Three billionaires, . Sheldon Adelson, Bernard Marcus and Paul Singer , among Trump’s biggest campaign donors have been major forces in pushing the U.S. into war with Iran. Adelson, for his part, has advocated launching a nuclear weapon against Iran as a negotiating tactic and threatening to nuke Tehran, a city with a population of 8.8 million. Marcus and Adelson, who are also board members of the Likudist Republican Jewish Coalition , have already received substantial returns on their investment: total alignment by the U.S. behind Israel, the move of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and the official dropping of “occupied territories” to describe the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The Democrats could have prevented any Trump war with Iran, but in deference to their own military industrial complex (Deep State) funders, they have refused to end the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) while supporting the FY2020 NDAA military budget bill without restraints on Trump as to pursuing war with Iran. Back in 2017, with the exception of Bernie Sanders, Democrats in Congress voted for sanctions on Iran that helped Trump kill the nuclear deal. And even recently, the Democrats overwhelmingly voted for a massive military budget and helped kill a proposal from Sanders and Ro Khanna that opposed unauthorized military action against Iran.
The past two decades has seen the U.S. commit numerous extreme war crimes and violations of International Law in the Middle East. Israel’s right-wing Zionist government of Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia have been active cheerleaders while other western “allies” have also been collaborators, equally at fault, for decades tolerating in silence these heinous acts of mass murder and wars for power and resources and for world hegemony.
One must realize, this impeachment ignored all the real crimes Trump has done that actually affect people. These two Articles of Impeachment involve one corporate party trying to punish the other for daring to smear one party’s, would be, anointed corporate candidate Joe Biden. Except for Trump’s offense behavior, Corporate Democrats actually like much of what Trump has done to further Deep State control of America and the World.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, also did not vote in favor of impeachment: She voted “present.” Gabbard has called for censure instead. “I came to the conclusion that I could not in good conscience vote yes or no,” she said in a statement after the vote, calling impeachment “a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country.”
I find that the United States Government leadership prefers to ignore and/or downplay all the evil actions that have occurred continuously in the United States since its founding. Thus, for our country’s leadership, a nation's greatness is based solely on its wealth and power in the world regardless of how this wealth and power was obtained. In simple terms they believe in "My Country, Right or Wrong!".
This was a philosophical principal that allowed Nazi Germany to seize power while ignoring the horrible consequences for tens of millions of people and the near destruction of "human civilization" in WW2.
This has also been the guiding principal of Corporations. Maximizing Shareholder Profits is what makes a corporation "exceptional" and not how it obtains that wealth. Any concern about employees, community, our country, the world, our environment is an afterthought. “My Corporation Right or Wrong”, My Wealth and Power, Right or Wrong” The end result has been the seizure of our government, most of our media and also our social culture by Multi-National Corporations (aka: The Military Industrial Prison Complex, The Deep State).
Profit and Power by any means necessary rules our country! The welfare of the average American means nothing! How is our situation different from what occurred in Nazi Germany! Profit and Power by any means necessary rules our country!
In the words of the scholar activist S. Brian Willson: "The culture and nation state of the United States of America is founded on the egregious and forceful dispossession of others. You might even call it an earlier version of fascism – institutional dehumanization for private profit… So, not only does the lie of “exceptionalism” enable us to avoid extremely unpleasant thoughts and feelings, but it also discourages asking enlightening, delving questions, about who we really are as a people. This makes us dangerously stupid.
Why mess with the apparent successful myth of being exceptional? But thoughtlessness – a suspension of critical thinking – today leads to a dangerous, nuclear, arrogant war-making society. Not unintelligent, but stupid. And the power brokers, and many in the population, have a vested interest in remaining stupid to protect the comfortable original lie, that requires countless subsequent lies, in turn, to preserve that original lie. "
“We are the last generation that can prevent irreparable damage to our planet,” General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés (Ecuador) warned the gathering in her opening remarks, stressing that 11 years are all that remain to avert catastrophe.
Highlighting the meeting’s theme, Ms. Espinosa called for an intergenerational approach to climate change. “Climate justice is intergenerational justice,” she said, calling on States to act collectively and responsibly.
Pointing to intensified calls by youth leaders for action on climate change, she said that 2019 must be a year of climate action at all levels.
Drawing inspiration from the thousands of students worldwide demanding tangible action, she called on world leaders to make 2020 the last year carbon emissions increase due to human activities.
To achieve these goals, people worldwide must change their patterns of consumption, she said, noting that, every year, 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted as some 2 billion people suffer of hunger and malnutrition.
Professor Johan Rockstrom, the top climate scientist. Rockstrom said that “There is a risk of disappointment in the UN process because of the inability to recognise that there is an emergency ”, Rockstrom has confirmed to Extinction Rebellion that the world remains on course towards the loss of billions of human lives:
“a 4 C world will not, as far as we know today, be able to accommodate an 8 billion world (i.e., our current population of 7.7, rounded to eight), or maybe not even half of that (my judgment). This is, in my assessment, a reasonable (but still disastrous and dramatic) outcome, i.e., that we are moving towards a climate state that could not accommodate today’s population, much less a 10 billion population, and which may cut population down dramatically from current totals.”
In our complex, interdependent global ecosystem, life is dying, with species extinction accelerating. The climate crisis is worsening much faster than previously predicted. Every single day 200 species are becoming extinct. This desperate situation can’t continue.
Political leaders worldwide are failing to address the environmental crisis. If global corporate capitalism continues to drive the international economy, global catastrophe is inevitable.
Complacency and inaction in Britain, the USA, Australia, Brazil, across Africa and Asia all illustrate diverse manifestations of political paralysis, abdicating humankind’s grave responsibility for planetary stewardship.
International political organizations and national governments must foreground the climate-emergency issue immediately, urgently drawing up comprehensive policies to address it. Conventionally privileged nations must voluntarily fund comprehensive environment-protection policies in impoverished nations, to compensate the latter for foregoing unsustainable economic growth, and paying recompense for the planet-plundering imperialism of materially privileged nations.
With extreme weather already hitting food production, we demand that governments act now to avoid any risk of hunger, with emergency investment in agro-ecological extreme-weather-resistant food production. We also call for an urgent summit on saving the Arctic icecap, to slow weather disruption of our harvests.
We further call on concerned global citizens to rise up and organize against current complacency in their particular contexts, including indigenous people's rights advocacy, decolonization and reparatory justice – so joining the global movement that's now rebelling against extinction (e.g. 'Extinction Rebellion' in the UK).
We must collectively do whatever's necessary non-violently, to persuade politicians and business leaders to relinquish their complacency and denial. Their "business as usual" is no longer an option. Global citizens will no longer put up with this failure of our planetary duty.
Every one of us, especially in the materially privileged world, must commit to accepting the need to live more lightly, consume far less, and to not only uphold human rights but also our stewardship responsibilities to the planet.
Dr Vandana Shiva Delhi, India Naomi Klein Author Noam Chomsky Laureate professor, University of Arizona, Institute Professor (emeritus) MIT, USA Prof AC Grayling Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, UK Philip Pullman UK Dr Rowan Williams UK Bill McKibben Founder, 350.org, Brooklyn, New York, US -see full list of signers-
Since the 60s, the Prison-Industrial Complex has enriched itself with our taxpayer money while deliberately creating mass hysteria about crime. Meanwhile they have enacted crime bills that have only helped exasperated crime and diminished many of our cherished freedoms and civil rights. Enacted amid media hyped nationwide concerns over rising crime rates, the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 have made the United States the world’s number one incarcerator. Today, 6.7 million people are under some sort of correctional control, approximately 2.3 million are behind bars in jails and prisons, and 4.5 million are on probation and parole. Our punitive response to crime has played a critical role. Our Government has also promoted the militarization of our police. Today our legal-judicial-prison system has become a cash cow feeding off our treasury with little interest in understanding, preventing and solving the causes of criminal behavior. Enough is enough!
Having gone through a demanding 5 year Science Engineering program at Northwestern University, I knew, from day one on September 11,2001, that it had been an impossibility for the towers to have collapse absent explosive demolition. In a hundred years it had never happened before, yet 3 steel frame high rise towers all collapsed on the same day and none ever since.
Only slowly did I start to learn of others who had problems with our government's conspiracy story and were doing their own amazing research. Families' of the victims literally had to publicly shame the government into conducting an actual investigation.
In 2005, the 9/11 Commission Report was finally released. I was shocked at how it ignored all the evidence uncovered by researchers , refused to answer questions of the families and yet still provided NO evidence of its own to support its conspiracy theory. To me, the 9/11 Commission Report was a confession that 9/11 had actually been an inside job organized, managed and covered up by my government. But to be more precise, 9/11 was done by the Deep State that has seized near total control of my government, its elected officials, legal system and mainstream media.
Since 2005, I have offered a $100,000.00 reward to the first person who can demonstrate otherwise. I have had no takers. People who continue to believe the government's 9/11 fairytale conspiracy theory need to put up or accept the horrid truth about our government. The movie "Operation Terror" banned from Corporate Movie Theaters is an accurate depiction of the 9/11 events based on known evidence.
“September 11, 2001 seems destined to be the watershed event of our lives and the greatest test for our democracy in our lifetimes.
The evidence of government complicity in the lead-up to the events, the failure to respond during the event, and the astounding lack of any meaningful investigation afterwards, as well as the ignoring of evidence turned up by others that renders the official explanation impossible, may signal the end of the American experiment.
It has been used to justify all manner of measures to legalize repression at home and as a pretext for behaving as an aggressive empire abroad.
Until we demand an independent, honest, and thorough investigation and accountability for those whose action and inaction led to those events and the cover-up, our republic and our Constitution remain in the gravest danger.”
How much do you really know about the 9/11 terrorist attacks?
The oft-cited official story: “19 Islamic hijackers armed with box-cutters take over four passenger planes flying in the American skies. Two of these planes are crushed against the Twin Towers in New York, the third plane hits the Pentagon, and a fourth one is crashed intentionally by the passengers in an open field in Pennsylvania. The Twin Towers later collapse due to structural failures caused by the impacts and the ensuing fires, killing some 3,000 people.
This is, by-and-large, the official version of the events of 9/11, as told every year by the mainstream media all around the world.”
But how much do you really know about what truly happened on September 11th? And I’m not talking conspiracy theories here. I’m talking about simple, verifiable facts that somehow seem to have gone unnoticed in the big narrative maelstrom that has been 9/11 ever since.