The Muslim Brotherhood Takeover of the Obama Administration

The Common Sense Show
by Dave Hodges

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Muslims have a constitutional right to practice their religion and hold any office within the American government so long as they are sincere in protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States. However, when members of any religious, or any other kind of group openly advocate for the hijacking of the American government and ultimately the American people under the Sharia law applications of the terrorist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, their right to hold any governmental position is forfeited. Further, it is a crime, under Federal law which is punishable by fines and imprisonment, to openly advocate for the overthrow of the  United States of America. Yet, this is what the personal and public beliefs reflect for the following list of Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers serving in the U.S. government, who openly advocate for the domination of Islam over all other religions in the United States and “to make the United States an “Islamic nation”.

The purpose of this article is notto  impugn the Islamic religion or Muslims in general. Although Muslims, living within the United States, as well as all other Americans, have a duty to denounce the beliefs, actions and the intentions of these Muslim Brotherhood associates and members.  This article exposes the depth of the penetration of the terrorist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, into the Obama administration. This is a multi-part series.

A Stern Warning from the Highest Levels of the American Military

One year ago, retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Tom McInerney, the former assistant vice chief of staff as well as the commander in chief of U.S. Air Forces Europe, shocked the media when he announced, on a radio program, the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood inside the U.S. government. The event received scant attention from the mainstream media (MSM).
McInerney’s assertions are echoed in the bestselling book jointly authored by Aaron Klein and Brenda Elliott, entitled Impeachable Offenses, which exposes how Obama has weakened America both domestically and abroad by emboldening America’s enemies by tacitly supporting a Muslim Brotherhood revolution, spurning our allies, and minimizing the very real threat of Islamic fundamentalism which now exists in key positions within the Federal government.

 

McInerney’s allegations are indeed backed up by irrefutable proof as it is now crystal clear that President Barack Obama has placed individuals who represent, or who are a part of, the Muslim Brotherhood, into high security positions inside the Federal government.

 

We in America have spent hundreds of billions of dollars in the name of fighting terrorism and have tragically forsaken our civil liberties in the pursuit of this fight. It is therefore, unconscionable, that we would allow the enemies of freedom-loving people to serve in highly sensitive positions within the Federal government.  Here is a small sample size of the degree of penetration that the Muslim Brotherhood has achieved inside of the Obama administration.

 

The Deputy Chief of Staff to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin

The embarrassed and disgraced wife of deposed Congressman, Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, has undeniable family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. In an interview with FrontPageMag, anti-Islamist activist and author Walid Shoebat explained that Huma’s mother, Saleha Abedin, is and was deeply involved with the Muslim Brotherhood and that Huma’s brother, Hassan, is on the board of the Oxford Centre For Islamic Studies (OCIS) where he is a fellow and partners with other board members including “Al-Qaeda associate, Omar Naseef and the notorious Muslim Brotherhood leader Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi; both have been listed as OCIS Trustees.” Has the FBI stopped vetting Federal governmental employees in highly sensitive positions?

Department of Homeland Security Deputy Mayor, Arif Alikhan

 

In the publication, Discover the Networks, the editors discuss the background as it relates to highly sensitive federal agency employment (e.g. DHS) and the Muslim terrorist affiliations of Arif Alikhan. Alikhan’s resume is very impressive.

  • “Former deputy mayor of Homeland Security and Public Safety for the City of Los Angeles

  • Was responsible for derailing the LAPD’s plan to monitor activities within the Los Angeles Muslim community

  • Was appointed as assistant secretary for the Office of Policy Development in Barack Obama’s Department of Homeland Security in 2009

  • Became a Professor of Homeland Security and Counterterrorism in 2010.”

  • Now serving as a distinguished, visiting professor at the National Defense University.

Alikhan was responsible for derailing the LAPD‘s efforts to monitor radical and potentially terrorist activities within the city’s Muslim community, where numerous radical mosques were known to have provided aid and comfort to the 9/11 hijackers.

Alikhan, an openly devout Sunni Muslim, has openly participated in a Muslim Public Affairs Council fundraiser titled “Be the Change,” in order to support that organization’s leadership-development programs which openly advocates for the Sharia Law takeover of the United States. The open support for this Sharia Law intention to overthrow the U.S. government, on the part of an American citizen, is illegal. When such an advocate is a Federal employee in a sensitive position this person should disqualify one from holding sensitive positions within the government.

 

Obama Administration Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships, Eboo Patel

 

If you were on the FBI team vetting Presidential appointees, would you grant your seal of approval to the grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founder, Siraj Wahhaj, who was named as a co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and who has defended the convicted WTC bombers. Well, somebody thought Eboo Patel, the man in question would make a splendid member of Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

Additionally, Patel, himself, spoke at a Muslim Students Association and ISNA Convention, while appearing on a panel, and also being partnered with Tariq Ramadan.

Ramadan is the grandson of Siraj Wahhaj, who was named as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and has defended the convicted WTC bombers. Wahhaj allegedly advocates for the Islamic takeover of America under the banner of Sharia Law.

This terrorist help to launch Obama's political career from his Hyde Park Chicago home.

This terrorist help to launch Obama’s political career from his Hyde Park Chicago home.

obama and ayersPatel also has strong ties with former leaders of the terrorist organization, The Weathermen Underground, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Dohrn, the wife of Ayers, was convicted for her role in what resulted in the death of two law enforcement officers in an attempt to rob an armored car while a member of the Weathermen. According to the late FBI informant, Larry Grathwohl, Ayers and Dorne launched the political career of President Obama from their home in Chicago. Bill Ayers, an undeniable terrorist, an associate of Patel, still visits the White House.

 

Homeland Security Advisor, Mohamed Elibiary

The presence of Mohamed Elibiary inside of DHS as a special advisor is extremely troubling. Again, Discover the Network has provided the background of Elibiary:
  • Admirer of the late Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Has advised numerous law-enforcement organizations on homeland security-related matters
  • Was named to President Obama’s Homeland Security Advisory Council in 2010
  • Misused classified documents in an effort to promote the notion that “Islamophobia” was widespread.”

For those who may have forgotten their history, the Ayatollah Khomeini gave the American people some of its darkest days as Khomeini orchestrated a coup in overthrowing the Iranian government which resulted in the seizure of the American embassy in Tehran, resulting in the imprisonment of embassy personnel for well over a year. And this DHS advisor supports Khomeini and he is being allowed to hold a sensitive Federal government position?

Malick Obama, the Head of the Muslim Brotherhood Finance and Arms Procurement

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Malick Obama is the half brother of the President. Malick is a terrorist and is in charge of finances and arms procurement for the Muslim Brotherhood. During his tenure in office, President Obama has been strangely silent on the terrorist membership of his half brother.

 

The oversight of the Muslim Brotherhood’s international investments is one reason for the Obama administration’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to an Egyptian report citing the vice president of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, Tehani al-Gebali. We know now from investigative facts supplied by researcher Walid Shoebat, a former Palestinian Liberation Organization operative,  in which it was established that Shoebat and al-Gebali was led “to inform the American people that their President’s brother Obama is one of the architects of the major investments of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

 

Shoebat reported in May of 2014 that Malik Obama is the executive secretary of the Islamic Da’wa Organization, or IDO, a group created by the Sudanese government, which is labeled as a terrorist state by the U.S. State Department.

 

The establishment of President Obama’s half brother as someone who has distinct terrorist ties was established in the Arab Spring back in 2011. The notion went unchallenged but largely unreported in the MSM.

The President Is Tied to His Brother

Obama has given his direct blessing to some of his top supporters (e.g. Marty Nesbitt, a long-time aid and chief consultant to Obama’s re-election campaign) and they are launching a foundation that will develop and build a Presidential library. The foundation tied to this endeavor is headed by Malik Obama according to documents uncovered by Freedom Outpost.

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The Muslim Brotherhood’s version of CNN, Al-Jazeera is reporting that Barack Obama has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Additionally, the above pictured Egyptian newspaper, their version of the New York Times, is reporting the same story. Is this all propaganda? I would have thought so if I was not aware of the degree of penetration that the Muslim Brotherhood enjoys within the Obama administration. A Hollywood producer could not make this stuff up!

President Obama, no American wants to believe what I have uncovered in this report, including myself. It is time to answer the charges of your critics that you openly support the terrorist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood and that you have appointed several of their sympathizers to key governmental positions.

Conclusion

Unfortunately, there is no conclusion to this article. The degree of threat posed by this President and his associates to the American people is unfathomable. Unfortunately, this article merely touches the very tip of the iceberg in relation to this topic.

Annie DeRiso contributed to this article.

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Four Corners of Fascism

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by Rory

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In one corner we have the criminal banksters who, in concert with the criminal ruling class, have created policies that allow them to steal as much of our wealth as can be done until enough people cry foul. In another corner we have the criminal, treasonous NSA, once again working in concert with the criminal ruling class to steal all of our personal information and create a profile of our lives to determine if we are guilty of some crime that has not yet been committed. In still another corner we have the local police, working in concert, not only with the ruling class but with the military industrial complex in order to ensure we tow the line and don’t fight back once enough of us have determined that we have had our fill. In the last corner are the doctors and insurance companies who, work in concert with the ruling class to keep us hooked on their drugs or sedated so that we are unable to rally against these other three.

Seems like a pattern going on there, or is it just me?

Let’s take a slightly closer look at what is actually being perpetrated against us by the ruling class working in concert with corporate America. Since I don’t really have time for theories let’s focus on the crimes that are on going and I will provide you with links in order for you to continue doing some research. These people have become so brazen that it is very simple to expose them and the crimes against humanity that have been unleashed and are currently making there way to your bank account, your cell phone and computer, your neighborhood and your local hospital. Of course, none of this would be possible without some form of camouflage, we’ll call it TV sports, “reality” TV and clown shows like the “State of the Union Address”. Perfect cover in order to keep people distracted, off balance and watching the left hand while the right hand is perpetrating the crime.

In 2012 the banksters needed a new crime in order to be able to steal your money. The old crimes have been working really well but I guess they just needed a new form of entertainment. So, they ran a test on the tiny island nation of Cyprus. Never heard of Cyprus? Well, it’s a tiny island located between Turkey and Lebanon.

Cyprus location
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There it is, see that small dot in the ocean between Turkey and Lebanon on the right side? That’s Cyprus.

The banking criminals in Europe, working with the banking criminals in the United States devised a plan to steal as much of the wealth from the citizens of Cyprus as possible without creating a war with Russia. You see, Russia uses the Cyprus banking system to offshore some of their criminal drug and illegal weapons money. Former KGB, now “entrepreneurs” need a place to keep some of their booty and they had been using Cyprus for this purpose. Similar to how the criminals in the United States use the Cayman Islands to stash some of their booty.

It seems the situation in Cyprus was one of the first real attacks on Putin and the Russians in the ongoing sanctions, currency, resources and soon-to-be, hot war. That, however, is a story for another day.

Recently I sat down with Brandon Turbeville to discuss how social media was developed as a tool for the CIA and NSA to collect our personal information. (Please bear in mind that whenever you hear NSA you are actually hearing CIA; they are the same agency.) I will never believe that people like Mark Zuckerberg set out with the intention of creating a personal data information gathering hub, but through corruption and willingness, social media has become the latest point of gathering your personal information. Did you Tweet who you had lunch with today? What about the movie you went to see? This is how a profile is built around you and your life. What about those adorable puppies someone was giving away in front of the grocery store? Upload those photos?

This actually began with the advent of the cell phone, with it’s handy-dandy built in camera. Did anyone ever stop to ask why cameras now had the ability to make phone calls? What about so-called “smart-phones”? Now there’s a tracking device for all!! You too, can be tracked to within a few feet of our location in a nanosecond while providing pictorial reference points. Sounds awesome! The really cool part is the phone doesn’t have to be on–it just works and the camera can be turned on without your knowledge!! How cool is that?!

As you can see, and the NSA/CIA can see, hear and track, your cell phone and social media (home based computer) have become weapons to be used against you. Are there any policies on the floor or being drafted in any legislative house to stop this ongoing nightmare? What can you do? Just another act in the grand concert we find ourselves unwillingly participating.

Did you local newscast provide you with the images and details of the latest SWAT Team raid from this past week? Did this story run multiple times or were there enough SWAT raids to have images and details on three or four nights? Everyday in the United States these thugs in uniform are raiding, maiming and killing innocent people. They do, on occasion catch a bad guy or two, but this situation has gotten way out-of-hand. Don’t take my word for it. Take a look at this from the CATO Institute.

An Epidemic of “Isolated Incidents”

“If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern.”
   —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006.

An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper “Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids,” by Radley Balko.

Police-Raid Interactive Map

Is this really necessary to enforce the law? Are militarized police there to “protect and serve”? If so, who are they protecting and serving? Certainly not the children that have been flashed-bombed to death in their crib. Certainly not the all the “innocents”, “sick” and “doctors” listed on the map above. Not one of these people were protected from the criminals in black hats and carrying automatic weapons.

Speaking of militarized weapons. The local police departments throughout the United States have been receiving weapons, equipment, vehicles, including helicopters, from all branches of the military. Do we really need armored vehicles in the streets to serve a warrant or arrest a burglar? Seriously.

Take a look at this article from the NYTimes that describes the weapons flowing into your neighborhood from the war in Iraq or Afghanistan or one of the other war zones from around the world

What Military Gear Your Local Police Department Bought

The Pentagon-to-police transfer program is not new. Congress created it during the drug war, as a way to increase police firepower in the fight against drug gangs. But since 9/11, as the Pentagon geared up to fight two wars, then drew down as those wars ended, the amount of available military surplus has ballooned.

Now, after a week of confrontation between protesters in Ferguson and heavily armed police, members of Congress are criticizing the trickle down of military gear.

State and local police departments obtain some of their military-style equipment through a free Defense Department program created in the early 1990s. While the portion of their gear that comes from the program is relatively small (most of it is paid for by the departments or through federal grants), detailed data from the Pentagon illustrates how ubiquitous such equipment has become. Highlighted counties have received guns, grenade launchers, vehicles, night vision or body armor through the program since 2006.

Please click here to better understand the depth and breadth of weapons in your neighborhood. There is an interactive map that details specifically what the local police in your city have obtained.

Now that you have been robbed, profiled and beaten to half-to-death it’s time to head over the local hospital or clinic to see if one of the doctors is able to save your life. People intent on killing that have been supplied with flash bombs and automatic rifles doesn’t usually make for a good outcome. Better get to the hospital as quickly as possible.

What do we find there–OBombaCare!! Can you say eugenics? I knew you could! You say death panels are not part of the program because you read on “Snoops” that it’s not true? Well, do you remember Jonathan Gruber calling the American people “stupid”? Gruber was the architect of ObombaCare and the early stages explained to Obomba how to get the citizens on board with the whole program. Don’t tell them anything and just make it happen!! Here is what Gruber said in 2009 about death panels under ObombaCare

“Let’s get the people covered and then let’s do cost control,” [Gruber said]

Gruber also said that the only way to control costs is to effectively deny treatment. “The real substance of cost control is all about a single thing: telling patients they can’t have something they want. It’s about telling patients, ‘That surgery doesn’t do any good, so if you want it you have to pay the full cost.’”

In the Wesley J Smiths article he goes on explain:

And guess who decides what “doesn’t do any good” means? Bioethicists–who believe that some lives have greater value than others–and Obamacare technocrats.

What happens if a person is denied care? Well, depending on what is being treated, probably nothing good, probably something really bad in fact, you know, something like death.

Well, there you have it. Just another ray of sunshine brought to you by those wonderful people that call themselves “leaders”. If you want to call me a “dooms-dayer” or “nay-sayer”, go ahead. Please keep it mind The Daily Coin doesn’t create the news, it only delivers the news. If you click any of the links above you will see for yourself that not one word of this article is not backed up with other peoples research, information and hard work. We merely report the news; what you do with it is up to you. Only you can spread brushfires of freedom.

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US-backed Mobs Back in Hong Kong’s Streets

Land Destroyer
by Tony Cartalucci

The bad taste left in the majority of Hong Kong residents’ mouths from America’s last attempt at subversion in the Chinese special administrative region, has barely begun to fade as the US State Department and its mobs of “umbrella revolutionaries” take back to the streets in a verbatim reprisal of “Occupy Central” which ended in humiliation and defeat just months ago.

Led by the exact same exposed, corrupt opposition leaders, the clearly diminished movement was unable to “occupy” any part of downtown Hong Kong. The number of protesters was put at around 5,000 by Hong Kong’s police, while the movement’s leadership claimed their numbers were more than double that.

The South China Morning Post would admit in a recent article that:

 Leading the charge were key figures of the Occupy Central movement including Benny Tai Yiu-ting, Chan Kin-man and Reverend Chu Yiu-ming. Others at the front included Democratic Party founding chairman Martin Lee Chu-Ming as well as Daisy Chan Sin-Ying.

Benny Tai, who poses as the founder of the “Occupy Central” movement, has been sufficiently exposed as a proxy of the US State Department with nearly every organization he is associated with a direct recipient of US government funding. Also mentioned by the South China Morning Post is Martin Lee, who was literally in Washington D.C. before the US State Department’s foreign-sedition funding arm, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), appealing for aid ahead of planned unrest earlier last year.

Image: Google search results for “Hong Kong protests” are topped by sponsored ads posted by the US State Department’s Freedom House – raising the absurdity and transparency of American meddling abroad and their attempts to misinform and manipulate people’s perception at home.

This most recent street demonstration featured protesters carrying custom-made umbrellas in matching colors, a US gimmick used in sowing political upheaval that has earned such demonstrations the titled, “color revolution.”

This latest attempt by the US to divide and subvert political order in China is particularly absurd – with Google searches returning sponsored results by the US State Department’s “Freedom House” covering the “Hong Kong Protests,” a clear attempt at spearheading the information war waged to confuse and misinform the general public about the true nature driving current street demonstrations.


Protest Leaders Specialize in US-Subsidized Sedition 

As previously reported, opposition leader Benny Tai is a law professor at the University of Hong Kong and a regular collaborator with the US NED and its National Democratic Institute (NDI) funded Centre for Comparative and Public Law (CCPL) also of the University of Hong Kong. 


Image: “Occupy Central’s” head organizer, Benny Tai, conducts the majority
of his political activity within the US NED/NDI-funded Centre for
Comparative and Public Law (CCPL), yet NED claims no “Occupy Central”
leader is receiving any assistance from NED. One must wonder what NED
defines as “assistance” if cash handouts do not apply.  
In 2006-2007 (annual report, .pdf) he was named as a board member – a position he has held until at least as recently as last year. In CCPL’s 2011-2013 annual report (.pdf), NDI is listed as having provided funding to the organization to “design and implement an online Models of Universal Suffrage portal where the general public can discuss and provide feedback and ideas on which method of universal suffrage is most suitable for Hong Kong.”

Curiously, in CCPL’s most recent annual report for 2013-2014 (.pdf), Tai is not listed as a board member. However, he is listed as participating in at least 3 conferences organized by CCPL, and as heading at least one of CCPL’s projects. At least one conference has him speaking side-by-side another prominent “Occupy Central” figure, Audrey Eu. The 2013-2014 annual report also lists NDI as funding CCPL’s “Design Democracy Hong Kong” website.

Civic Party chairwoman Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, in addition to speaking at CCPL-NDI functions side-by-side with Benny Tai, is entwined with the US State Department and its NDI elsewhere. She regularly attends forums sponsored by NED and its subsidiary NDI. In 2009 she was a featured speaker at an NDI sponsored public policy forum hosted by “SynergyNet,” also funded by NDI. In 2012 she was a guest speaker at the NDI-funded Women’s Centre “International Women’s Day” event, hosted by the Hong Kong Council of Women (HKCW) which is also annually funded by the NDI.


Image: “Occupy Central” leader Martin Lee in Washington before the
National Endowment for Democracy (NED) appealing for aid in upcoming
unrest. 
These connections are not accusations concocted by “state controlled Chinese news outlets,” but rather documented by the US State Department and its subsidiaries and recipients themselves. 

Martin Lee, who previously was claimed not to be involved in the “Occupy Central” movement by the US NED in a vain attempt to dispel evidence implicating the US in funding political subversion in Hong Kong, is now clearly in the front ranks. 

Perhaps NED believes both the people of Hong Kong, and global audiences have forgotten his recent trip to Washington D.C. where he spoke at a NED-sponsored event focused on forcing China to honor demands made by the UK as it departed Hong Kong after a century and a half of imperial occupation.

The widespread, positive spin the Western media is greeting recent protests with despite their immense unpopularity locally, is a clear indicator that the immense US-backing propping up “Occupy Central” before is still well in place. 

It is no wonder then, why the US State Department must spend US taxpayer’s money to buy top-ranked Google ads regarding Hong Kong’s recent protests – the ads leading to pages claiming to explain the “background” of the political crisis. 

Clearly, if people skipped past Wall Street and Washington’s rhetoric and the constant din of lies emitted by the West’s vast media monopolies, and simply followed the money, the truth – not to mention the immense illegitimacy – of “Occupy Central” would be obvious. And with such truth being so obvious, such machinations are doomed to fail. In fact, the West’s attempts to stir trouble up in Hong Kong so soon after its previous failure, almost defies explanation – because while it may have retained the ability to fool Western audiences, it has demonstrated absolutely it has fooled no one in Hong Kong or greater China. 

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Keeping balance in Central Europe

Oriental Review
By Matthew COOPER

Central Europe is an interesting place right now, politically. Hungarian prime minister Orbán Viktor, Czech president Miloš Zeman, Slovak prime minister Robert Fico, and moreover from southern Europe recently-elected Greek prime minister Aléxis Tsípras, have all begun to show a remarkable shift in their public commitments. All of them have made public certain nationalist and populist stances that the European Union is not an absolute commitment; certain old-fashioned leftist economic stances in favor of increased national sovereignty over industrial and agricultural production; and certain geopolitical stances (in particular criticism of anti-Russia sanctions, criticism of media coverage of recent events in the Ukraine, and opposition to the admission of Kosovar nationhood) that edge their respective nations toward a rapprochement, or at least a benign neutrality, with Russia.

Certain corners of the Anglophone media have been tempted into reading this as mere Soviet nostalgia, an atavistic remnant of anti-Western authoritarianism, and they look hopefully to (and not-so-subtly encourage, by means fair and foul) the protest movements against the above leaders to topple them. But the contradictions in such a reading are blindingly obvious. The only one of the above politicians who can rightly lay claim to any such nostalgia is Fico, who was a member of the KSČ (Communist Party of Czechoslovakia) right up until the dissolution of the Czechoslovakian state. But Zeman was an active member of the dissident Czech Civic Forum before going on to found his own political projects. Tsípras seems to have left his puerile teenage Leninism long behind him (as many youth indeed do). And – most problematic for this interpretation – Orbán launched his political career as the young leader of Hungarian resistance to Soviet political repression, taking up the former cause of nationalist reformer Nagy Imre.

soviet-393x300What is going on in Eastern and Central Europe now clearly isn’t Soviet nostalgia. There are other forces at work – not only political, economic and geopolitical (though those do indeed make a difference!), but cultural as well. In Greece, both the long-standing economic problems, exacerbated by the IMF’s signature cutthroat austerity policies, and the atmosphere of prejudice amongst Western European nations against ‘indolent’ and ‘profligate’ Mediterranean cultural values and lifestyles, have contributed to the present Greek reaction against austerity and against anti-Russian sentiment. But in the Slavic and Magyar lands, even though the economic factor still does very much attain, something slightly different even to this is going on.

What is at stake for them, is the self-same tradition of negotiating and eschewing the powers wielded over them. This is a tradition I am trying to understand better as I explore more of the history of Czechia and Slovakia, and that of the Jews in particular. My South Bohemian grandmother’s family, the Schulzes, was related in two generations by marriage to the Kafka family, which produced the author most famous for his literary depictions of people’s relationship to the law, from an Eastern European Jewish perspective. Torn between Western (German), Eastern (Czech) and countercultural (Jewish) identities, Franz Kafka’s protagonists (particularly Josef K. in Der Prozeß) are lost, alienated and often brutally isolated from the uncaring or hostile social environments they live in, though the degree to which they themselves are guilty and responsible for their own plight remains unclear.

Kafka’s works do speak for themselves, of course. He himself as an admirer of the populist Prince Pyotr Kropotkin would likely scoff at the spiritual sketch of his nation which I am making here. But even that association is somewhat the point – Kafka’s suspicion of state power does not draw wholly from the well-justified paranoia of the Jewish Diaspora. In Kafka’s deep suspicions against legalism there is a distinctly Slavic character as well. Kafka in his descriptions of alienated people caught up in their own internal struggles, in the shadow of uncaring capitalistic and legal structures, drew at least partially from the same well of Russian populism that inspired Dostoevsky’s ‘underground man’ (and we may be sure Kafka read Dostoevsky avidly!). He used these characters to touch at something that reverberated spiritually for many Czech (and other Eastern European) writers and thinkers who followed him.

The Austro-Hungarian Empire

The Austro-Hungarian Empire

Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians and even the Silesian Poles all lived under the shadow of the Habsburg monarchy, and they shared a common history being, more often than not, on the receiving end of political violence from outside. They stand upon and embody a historical bridge between Eastern and Western peoples and ways of life. (Those who claim that Hungary is wholly Western need to bear in mind that Hungarians still name themselves after the Chinese fashion with the surname first, and that some Hungarians to this day lay claim to the legacy of Attila!) In this, the Central Europeans at once bear a marked similarity to the Russia to which they are now drawing closer, and also a distinction. Where Russia was subject to the Tatar yoke, thus being forced to focus both its anxieties and identity-building in an ‘eastward’ cultural direction, the Hungarians and Western Slavs were forced to understand themselves within the context of primarily-German political power. Kafka portrayed a distinctly German high modernity without sense, leaving the individual struggling and disoriented in the face of a faceless legalism… but, he portrayed it exclusively in German!

At the same time, Americans would do well to learn from Austria’s failures, and wise up to the truth that Atlanticism ill-fits this collection of nations which rose from the ashes of the old Habsburg monarchy. Nations, of course, are not people, and they can’t act be expected to act as individual people and smaller communities do, but they are informed by the experiences of individuals and communities. Nikolai Berdyaev spoke of the Slavic spirit of alarm and revolt which both underwrote and was understated by the Slavophil movement; even more, he argues convincingly that it is within the Russian idea to approach power only with a profound sense of its tragedy.

Among the Western Slavs this attains as well, though in different ways. Where once they rebelled against Soviet power, now Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary are beginning to turn their questioning gazes back upon European and American power. What Eastern Europe ended up getting out of the collapse of the USSR was emphatically not what they fought for, and the degree to which the leaders of each nation have been looking to shift back toward Russia ought to be an ample indictment of our own blindly legalistic geopolitical power-projection.

The point is not that these nations necessarily belong within the Russian sphere of influence. (Indeed, the example of Poland is one which goes in the other direction! Much as we may critique the total, pigheaded wrongness of Poland’s uncritical embrace of Atlanticism and American state violence in Iraq and other places, we have to acknowledge that it is indeed a reaction.) But as the actions of their politicians show, the distinctive character of Central European peoples and political communities is not to be underestimated, and it is not one which responds well to the manipulations of power-politics, from the West no less than from the East. That having been said, even though because of the cultural cross-pressures from the steppes of Central Asia and from the castles of Germany the civilisational ideas in the Russian world and Central Europe have diverged as they have evolved, the two still share a deep blood-kinship as well as a kinship in values. Neither one ought not to be overlooked.

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Delusional America

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by PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

In effect, America is both blind and deaf

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Image Credits: Lee Cannon / Flickr

Robert Parry is one of my favorite columnists. He is truthful, has a sense of justice, and delivers a firm punch. He used to be a “mainstream journalist,” like me, but we were too truthful for them. They kicked us out.

I can’t say Parry has always been one of my favorite journalists. During the 1980s he spent a lot of time on Reagan’s case. Having been on corporate boards, I know that CEOs seldom know everything that is going on in the company. There are just too many people and too many programs representing too many agendas. For presidents of countries with governments as large as the US government, there is far more going on than a president has time to learn about even if he could get accurate information.

In my day Assistant Secretaries and chiefs of staff were the most important people, because they controlled the flow of information. Presidents have to focus on fund raising for their reelection and for their party. More time and energy is used up with formalities and meetings with dignitaries and media events. At the most there are two or three issues on which a president can attempt leadership. If an organized clique such as the neoconservatives get into varied positions of authority, they can actually “create the reality” and take the government away from the president.

As I have reported on many occasions, my experience with Reagan left me with the conclusion that he was interested in two big issues. He wanted to stop the stagflation for which only the supply-side economists had a solution, and he wanted to end, not win, the cold war.

Both of these agendas put Reagan at odds with two of the most powerful of the private interest groups: Wall Street and the military/security complex.

Wall Street for the most part opposed Reagan’s economic program. They opposed it because they understood it as Keynesian deficit pump-priming that would cause an already high inflation rate to explode, which would drive down bond and stock prices.

The CIA and the military opposed any ending of the Cold War because of the obvious impact on their power and budget.

Left-wing journalists never picked up on this, and neither did right-wing journalists.

The left could not get beyond Reagan’s rhetoric. For the left, Reagan was trickle-down economics, Iran/Contra, and the fired air traffic controllers.

The right-wing liked Reagan’s rhetoric and blamed him for not delivering on it.

For the left, the Reagan years were a traumatic time. Robert Parry has never recovered from them. He can scarcely write a column about events today, which are horrific in comparison, without dragging Reagan into it. Parry doesn’t realize it, but if it is all Reagan’s fault, little wonder it has been impossible to hold Clinton, Bush 1 and 2, and Obama accountable.

Having written these lines, I already detect the denunciations coming my way for again attempting to “rehabilitate Ronald Ray-Gun.” Reagan does not need rehabilitating. This column is not about Reagan, and it is not a criticism of Parry. It is praise for Parry’s column, “‘Group-thinking’ the World into a New War.” https://consortiumnews.com/2015/01/30/group-thinking-the-world-into-a-new-war/ Read it.

The pattern since Milosevic (and before) has been to demonize a foreign head of state and to take the US to war to get rid of him. That way the secret agenda is achieved under the cover of the necessity of deposing a bad or dangerous ruler.

Parry describes this well. Group-Think plays the important role of preventing any dissent, any suspicion of the case against the demonized person, and any examination of the real agenda that is being pursued.

Now it is Russian President Vladimir Putin who is being demonized. As Parry and I and Stephen F. Cohen, the most knowledgeable of the Russian experts, appreciate, Putin is not Saddam Hussein and Russia is not Iraq, Libya, Syria, Serbia, or Iran. To foment conflict with Russia that could lead to war is worse than irresponsible. Yet, as Parry writes, “from the start of the Ukraine crisis in fall 2013, the New York Times, the Washington Post and virtually every mainstream U.S. news outlet have behaved as dishonestly as they did during the run-up to war with Iraq.”

When Professor Cohen pointed out, correctly, that the lies about Russia, Ukraine, and Putin were hot and heavy, the propagandists had to get rid of the man with the facts. The New Republic, a hang-out for low IQ fools, called America’s leading Russian expert “Putin’s American toady.”

From Parry’s reporting, it appears that Group-Think has spread from the media and foreign policy community into the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, which has decided that academic careers require adherence to the government’s propaganda line, which means the neoconservatives’ line.

As I have written on a number of occasions, facts no longer play a role in American political life. Fact-based analysis is also disappearing from academic life and no longer plays a role in official economic reporting. A matrix has been created, an artificial reality that channels the energies and resources of the country into secret agendas that serve the interests of the ruling private interest groups and neoconservative ideology.

The United States government and the American people cannot contend with reality, because they do not know what the reality is.

In America’s make-believe world, neoconservative toadies such as New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, set the Group-Think tone, while knowledgeable experts such as Stephen Cohen are tuned out.

In effect, America is both blind and deaf. It lives in delusions. Consequently, it will destroy itself and perhaps the world.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His latest book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is now available.

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Understanding The Dangers of Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Truth Seeker Daily

You see them in every grocery store and home center – those funny-looking curly compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) that are rapidly replacing the old round bulbs. And pretty soon, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 kicks in, requiring bulbs to be 25 to 30 percent more efficient by 2012 to 2014, and 70 percent more efficient by 2020, effectively phasing out traditional incandescent bulbs as a way to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The energy efficiency of CFLs may be significant, but unlike traditional light bulbs, there is a hidden danger sealed inside each little bulb that requires special handling and disposal.

Mercury – a potent, developmental neurotoxin that can damage the brain, liver, kidneys and central nervous system. Infants and young children are particularly vulnerable to mercury’s toxic effects. Even at low levels, mercury is capable of causing a number of health problems including impair motor functioning, cognitive ability and emotional problems. Higher or prolonged exposure can result in much more serious health problems.

CFLs are marketed as “safe” and don’t pose any health risks as long as the glass remains intact. The danger comes if the bulbs are cracked, broken or not disposed of properly. Although it sounds like a miniscule amount – 4 to 5 milligrams – there is enough mercury in just one fluorescent light bulb to contaminate 6,000 gallons of water.

So what does that mean if a CFL is cracked or breaks in our homes, releasing mercury vapors in an enclosed area?

Consumers – especially those with young children –need to know what to do when a CFL breaks and the proper way to dispose of used bulbs. It’s no longer as easy as changing a light bulb.

MERCURY WARNING:

Compact fluorescent light-bulbs contain very small amounts of mercury and care must be taken in disposing of them or when they break.

The EPA suggests the following:
o People and pets should immediately leave the room.

o Open a window and/or door and Air out the room for 5 to 10 minutes.

o Turn off the central forced air heating/air-conditioning system.

o Thoroughly collect broken glass and visible powder using wet cloths. Never use vacuum cleaners or brooms.

o Put all debris and cleanup materials in a sealable container and put outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of properly. Do not leaving bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors.

o If practical, continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the heating/air conditioning system shut off for several hours.
http://www.epa.gov/cfl/cflcleanup.html

Also check out these frequently asked questions about CFLs below

Frequently Asked Questions Information on Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) and Mercury November 2010

All of this needs to be done to protect people from the tiny amount of mercury in one fluorescent light bulb. Which begs the question, are these lights really safe and are the risks worth it?

Another equally important concern is what happens to the environment – the air, soil and water – when tons of discarded bulbs, along with the mercury, are dumped into local landfills?

The threat posed by billions of broken CFLs lying in landfills has resulted in some communities requiring their citizens to discard used and broken CFLs in designated recycling centers or in a hazardous-waste collection facility.

Given the known deleterious effects caused by mercury, it would seem logical to assume there will be some unintended consequences resulting from the switch to compact fluorescent lights.

Only time will tell how significant those consequences will be.

If you are concerned about the possible health risks associated with CFLs, LED or halogen lights are good alternatives. Both cost a little more but are as efficient as CFLs and can be recycled easily.

For more information about mercury and compact fluorescent light bulbs go to
http://www.epa.gov/cfl/

For information about your communities recycling program go to http://epa.gov/cfl/cflrecycling.html

Compact Fluorescent Lamps are designed to fit standard light sockets as an energy-saving alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs. CFLs have spiraling or elongated U-shaped tubes known as a single-envelope unit; the double-envelope or encapsulated bulbs have the tubes inside a glass bulb. Consumers should be aware of dangers associated with CFL bulbs before bringing the units into the home, school or workplace.

Mercury Content

Although CFLs are considered extremely energy efficient, each bulb contains about 5mg “elemental mercury,” says U.S. Army-Ft. Wood. General Electric, a manufacturer of CFL bulbs, notes the amount equivalent to the tip of a ballpoint pen. GE further claims the mercury is an “essential, irreplaceable element” that allows the bulb to perform as an efficient light source, posing no danger during regular use. Elemental mercury is a bioaccumulative neurotoxin that effects multiple neurological responses. High exposures may affect the kidneys, lead to respiratory failure and death. In addition, mercury accumulates in the environment, vaporizing into the air and leaching into water supplies.

Radiation Emissions

  • CFL bulbs are subject to scrutiny by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as electronic products that emit ultraviolet radiation. However, as of May 2011, the FDA did not have “specific standards or annual reporting requirements” for manufacturers because the bulbs are considered of little concern, having insignificant levels of radiation. CFLs emit a small amount of UVA, UVB and infrared radiation, according to the FDA. The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency tested CFLs from various manufacturers. With the exception of people with photosensitive medical conditions, such as lupus, ARPANSA noted that CFLs are suitable for use at distances beyond 10 inches. However, when using desktop and other close lamps, it’s advisable to utilize double-envelope or encapsulated bulbs.

Electrical Sensitivity

  • Electrical sensitivity, also known as electrical hypersensitivity and electromagnet hypersensitivity, is a recognized disability with chronic and systematic reactions to electromagnet fields given off by wiring, electrical equipment, transformers and florescent lighting — including CFLs. Approximately 8 million Americans experience electrical sensitivities, according to the Research & Training Center on Independent Living. It causes nervous system symptoms such as headache, fatigue, stress and sleep disturbances; skin symptoms including prickling, burning sensations and rashes, and pain and ache to muscles, as well as many other health problems. CFLs contribute to electrical sensitivity by emitting electromagnetic radiation.

Electromagnetic Radiation

  • Electromagnet radiation, also known as electromagnetic frequencies — EMF — is a naturally occurring energy. Technological advances such as CFL bulbs have increased the EMF in modern environments. The electromagnet radiation bundle includes dirty electricity — sometimes called dirty power — electrical pollution and radio waves. Most of the EMF fields experienced every day and emitted from CFL bulbs are non-ionizing radiation and considered safe. However, for people with electrical sensitivity, CFL bulbs have significant accumulative dangers, according to ElectroSensitivity UK News.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership – A Transgression of Secrecy

Gumshoe News
by Dalia Mae

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The Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb (above). Is Mr Robb working for the Australian public or for the (International) Corporate Kelptocrats?

This on the Australian Government’s (DFAT) website:

‘The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is one possible pathway toward realising the vision of a free trade area of the Asia-Pacific…. (and) …the TPP would open new trade and investment opportunities for Australia in the Asia-Pacific region, etc.

I sent an email to the Minister on the 14th January 2014 (over a year ago) asking nine questions about the TPP. A DFAT’s media spokesperson replied the next day (some extracts): 

The Australian Government is not intending to sign up to international agreements that would restrict Australia’s capacity to govern in our own interest… 

…the Government will not accept an outcome which would adversely affect the PBS…

The Government is seeking provisions on copyright in the TPP that are consistent with Australia’s existing international intellectual property commitments…

Nothing in the TPP will create a body with law-making powers.”

My last question was:

Has Minister Robb just been briefed, or has he been provided the full text that is being negotiated?”  

The reply:

“Mr Robb is fully engaged with the negotiating process including on all chapters of the treaty.”

I wrote again this week to the Minister’s office asking (among other questions):

Has Mr Robb read the full text?”.

The same reply one year later.

“TPP negotiations are at an advanced stage and only the most difficult issues remain.  Australia is committed to concluding the TPP negotiations in the first half of 2015.  

Mr Robb remains fully engaged with the negotiating process including on all chapters of the treaty.”

The department provides an overview (here), but here are a few questions for the Honourable Minister!

Are you, Mr Robb, negotiating the ‘process’ (as the answers imply) – or are you actually negotiating the detail in the document?

We hear that the International Corporate sector has written the text for the TPP. Is this correct? We read that US Congress members have no access to the document.

Have you, Mr Robb, actually read the text of the TPP?

 

I called on Friday to seek clarification – and await an answer. But the secrecy surrounding the TPP is of great concern. This what GetUp has produced:

GetUp writes:

‘It’s a deal, so shrouded in secrecy, even our own Parliament doesn’t know the details…

The TPP agenda is being driven by big business, big pharmaceuticals and big tobacco – but the impacts will affect all Australians.

Between foreign corporations suing our governments over public health measures and environmental protection laws, higher pharmaceutical prices, and surveillance of Australians’ internet usage, there’s a lot for citizens to be concerned about –which is why Prime Minister Abbott and Trade Minister Robb are keeping it quiet.

What we do know from leaked parts of the agreement is terrifying.’

To support the GetUp petition go here.

We all so want to believe that our elected politicians are doing their best to get the best deal for Australians. Maybe they believe they are helping Australia and all Australians into the future. So why the secrecy?

Mr Robb – Please Release The Text.

 

The US Congress refused to give Obama a yes to fast track the TPP.  It would have had to pass it before seeing what was in it.  And a globalresearch article, entitled, The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) “Dismantles Democracy”: Stop The Secrecy, Release The Texts, explains how the US government fears transparency. Less than one fifth of the Trans Pacific Partnership deals with trade.

On the website of The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, it welcomes public submissions and comments on Australia’s participation in TPP negotiations. Submissions (and comments) may be emailed to tpp@dfat.gov.au. Past submission viewed here (then click on ‘Submissions’ tab). (Update–strange the TPP link on the government website is not presently working???)

A side note: We Australians have become used to our government giving away our Sovereignty (and knighthoods).

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