"A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted at the United Nations on Friday despite opposition from nuclear powers Britain, France and the United States which said it disregards the reality of dealing with international security threats such as North Korea. The treaty was adopted by a vote of 122 in favor with one country — NATO member The Netherlands — voting against, while Singapore abstained. None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons — the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel — took part in the negotiations or the vote. Even Japan — the only country to have suffered atomic attacks, in 1945 — boycotted the talks as did most NATO countries. Loud applause and cheers broke out in a UN conference hall following the vote that capped three weeks of negotiations on the text providing for a total ban on developing, stockpiling or threatening to use nuclear weapons. Within hours of its adoption, the United States, Britain and France rejected the treaty and said they have no intention of joining it."
'Here, then, is the problem which we present to you, stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war? People will not face this alternative because it is so difficult to abolish war. The abolition of war will demand distasteful limitations of national sovereignty... We invite this Congress, and through it the scientists of the world and the general public, to subscribe to the following resolution:
“In view of the fact that in any future world war nuclear weapons will certainly be employed, and that such weapons threaten the continued existence of mankind, we urge the governments of the world to realize, and to acknowledge publicly, that their purpose cannot be furthered by a world war, and we urge them, consequently, to find peaceful means for the settlement of all matters of dispute between them.”
There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom. Shall we, instead, choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? We appeal as human beings to human beings: Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new Paradise; if you cannot, there lies before you the risk of universal death.'
'Misrepresenting the process of European colonization of North America, making everyone an immigrant, serves to preserve the "official story" of a mostly benign and benevolent USA, and to mask the fact that the pre-US independence settlers, were, well, settlers, colonial setters, just as they were in Africa and India, or the Spanish in Central and South America. The United States was founded as a settler state, and an imperialistic one from its inception ("manifest destiny," of course). The settlers were English, Welsh, Scots, Scots-Irish, and German, not including the huge number of Africans who were not settlers. Another group of Europeans who arrived in the colonies also were not settlers or immigrants: the poor, indentured, convicted, criminalized, kidnapped from the working class (vagabonds and unemployed artificers), as Peter Linebaugh puts it, many of who opted to join indigenous communities. Only beginning in the 1840s, with the influx of millions of Irish Catholics pushed out of Ireland by British policies, did what might be called "immigration" begin.'
"We launched a People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War as a tool to bring the anti-war movement together and build what is needed for 2017. We aim to lay the lies and costs at the feet of President Barack Obama and call for a commission on Truth and Accountability. There are years’ worth of testimony in reports, lawsuits, books and articles. We have read the facts about the lies and costs over the years. But the totality has never been been pulled together to show the breadth of all effected. According to a report released last year by Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), Physicians for Global Survival and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the U.S. invasion and occupation killed at least one million Iraqi people. That would be more 10 million people in the United States if we compared it in terms of percentage of the population. Imagine the effect of 10 million people dying."
"His Majesty the King brought people from their hopelessness to their determination, security and courage to cope with obstacles. The reign was a period of comprehensive national development. His Majesty was the beloved King who was the spiritual centre of all Thai people. It was really a 70-year period of righteous reign for the benefit and happiness of Thai people. 13 October will be in the memory of Thai people for good. It was a 70-year period of limitless public benefit and now it is limitless sorrow for the people. The government will inform the National Legislative Assembly that His Majesty the King had appointed the heir in accordance with the royal law on 28 December 1972, and then the National Legislative Assembly will take the relevant action. Please take the opportunity to boost one another's morale. All of us share the same feelings because we have our common father of the nation. Please help protect national peace and do not let anyone trigger conflicts that would lead to turmoil. Thai people... His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX, has passed away. Long live the new king." - Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (2016)
'Friends, Delegates from #ICC Rome, and fellow Merc-y Pilgrims: Who would have believed that when we started this journey on 'The Apprentice' June 16th on NBC™ last year we – and I use the “Royal We” because we are a sports team of fellow believers in the same fairy tale VIP Hall of Fame - Cooperstown, Canton, Buckwheat-sthan, Agent Orange, Revlon™ – who would have believed the luck in our favor when Omarosa raised almost $14 million in donations this year on the show from contacts in the Fortune 500 for the #BlackLivesMatter movement in Ferguson, Missouri -one of the largest charitable donations to any political action committee in the history of the Reptilian Party since Abraham "the Vampire Killer" Lincoln and the NAACP in the civil war. Thanks and hallelujah to Dennis Rodman & Michael Gordon here, who put their NBA™ championship rings together for the "Put Mumia Abu-Jamal on the Supreme Court" movement that they launched from the grassroots of a small sales desk at the AstroTurf Benz™ Hut in Mississippi BlueStep™ river beta to take on the Chicago Machine™ in 'The Apprentice' - Season 11, Episode 9... Viva Arcata! -Big-up in Black Kali! Big Humbolt! al-Kansas, Chicago Machine™..."You're fired!"'
'The current global drug control system, administered and overseen by the UN, is predicated upon police and military enforcement against producers, suppliers and users – a “war on drugs” in popular discourse. But, as this report demonstrates, this approach is fatally undermining all of the “three pillars” that underpin the UN’s work – peace and security, development and human rights. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has acknowledged that current international drug policy is having a range of negative “unintended consequences”, including: the creation of a huge criminal market; the displacement of production and transit to new areas (the “balloon effect”); the diversion of resources from health to enforcement; the displacement of use to new drugs; and the stigmatisation and marginalisation of people who use drugs. However, despite acknowledging these problems, neither the UN nor its member states have sought to discover if the intended consequences of the current system outweigh the unintended consequences... This Alternative World Drug Report has been produced by the Count the Costs initiative to describe these enforcement related costs, and to start to fill the gap left by official government and UN evaluations.'
"It had to be flashin' like the daily double - It had to be playin' on TV - It had to be loud mouthed on the comedy hour - It had to be announced over loud speakers - The CIA and Mafia are in cahoots - It had to be said in old ladies' language - It had to be said in American headlines - Kennedy stretched and smiled and got double crossed by lowlife goons and agents - Rich bankers with criminal connections - Dope pushers in CIA working with dope pushers from Cuba working with a big time syndicate from Tampa, Florida - And it had to be said with a big mouth - It had to be moaned over factory foghorns - It had to be chattered on car radio news broadcasts - It had to be screamed in the kitchen - It had to be yelled in the basement where uncles were fighting - It had to be howled on the streets by newsboys to bus conductors - It had to be foghorned into New York harbor - It had to echo onto hard hats - It had to turn up the volume in university ballrooms - It had to be written in library books, footnoted - It had to be in the headlines of the Times and the mind - It had to be barked on TV - It had to be heard in alleys through ballroom doors - It had to be played on wire services - It had to be bells ringing - Comedians stopped dead in the middle of a joke in Las Vegas..."
'On the night of the Super Tuesday primary, where CNN™ is the most well known for its comprehensive coverage of who won what, why and "Where-for art Thou?', at what time, and with which flashy graphics, etc. the pundits in the Situation Room™ 2016 were constantly stalling for time to sell more advertising slots this year, and then parrying with open speculation from paid Nazi shills about what the hell will happen next with Obama at the UN and Crump in the White House. Moments of heated passionate exchange by these shills are always punctuated with a "man date, a man date," as Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper pose tough questions to the staff during inspection time with General Baden Powell on patrol. Yet, during the CNN™'s Super Tuesday coverage yesterday, such a moment of disaster and spin run-off-the-rails emerged when former Obama staffer Von Miller came over to take on the #Saffron "Black" Panther activist Jeffrey Lord one-on-one in a steel cage match with tanto knives and crack pipes in a heated debate about drag racing, NASCAR, the Democratic Party and the Ku Klux Klan casino. The trouble began when fellow New York Times and Chicago Tribune reporter/contributor Andy Capp, a conservative disinformation agent with ties to the Christ-y mob, accused Crump of making "circus crazy, bell-whistle policy proposals" launched on his Reality TV show as a joke in order to "curry flavor" with prejudiced casino voters.'
'After determining that [REDACTED] had been planned and that it was an operation being directed by the "Deep State" in the last days of the Clinton administration, i.e. run through the White House thugs & military intelligence like the MLK-op, H Rap's home was purposely left unoccupied by the entourage and the deputy Marshalls chased the suspect's vehicle to a pre-planned ambush location. The Federal Marshalls and a secondary assault team were pre-positioned with sniper rifles from the Pentagon and waiting behind a grassy knoll when H Rap returned in a black Mercedes. The "Black" Swat™, err... mercs ambushed the car in a violent, orchestrated, pre-planned, funded, & budgeted political assassination attempt, as H Rap was considered a potential vocal opponent against the upcoming war on terror and the Pentagon's war plans for Iraq, Cuba, & Afghanistan from an authentic position of faith like MLK or other Black Panthers, i.e. just like a "Hajji" or a terrorist suspect (i.e. a Muslim communist) the U.S. case law was being designed or "massaged" to attack and manipulate for Federal budgetary purposes (MIC/PIC).'
"It must be remarked that in spite of all this, quite a number of the works of Babylonian times did reach the beings of contemporary civilization, chiefly the beings breeding on the continent of Europe. But these beings, with-out suspecting the 'well of wisdom' concealed in these works—which were not 'originals' but only partially decayed copies made by their recent ancestors, who were not yet complete 'plagiarists'—and without taking the appropriate practical measures to safeguard them, simply stuffed them into what are called 'museums ' And there, little by little these works have been either totally destroyed or partially mutilated by frequent copyings with various corrosive and oxidizing compositions such as 'alabaster,' 'fish glue,' and so on, only in order that the copyists might swagger before their friends or fool their teachers, or achieve some other hasnamussian aim. It must in fairness be admitted that now and again certain beings of contemporary civilization have suspected that something was concealed in the works that chanced to reach them in their original form, specially created in Babylon by the members of the club... And it sometimes happened that certain of these inquiring beings of the European civilization, while searching very attentively, actually found in these works some fragment or other of this 'something' that had been intentionally hidden in them."
'Daw Aung San Suu Kyi did not appear at the ceremonial State breakfast party. When U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrived at the Suu Kyi bungalow in Rangoon and was shown into the dining-room by the houseboy, the ghost of Karl Marx greeted him with a raised forefinger. "Aunty Suu is sleeping," he told Sanders. "She had quite a night, poor dear--a lot of natives are hanging around in the bush, hoping to reap themselves a harvest of diamonds, I suppose. They've brought their sick with them, incurables for the most part. What about you, Bernie? How do you feel this morning?" "Well enough," Sanders said. "Thanks for the suit, by the way." "Your own is dry now," Marx said. "One of the boys pressed it earlier this morning. If you want to change--?" "That's all right. This one is warmer, anyway." Sanders felt the blue serge fabric. The darker blue material in some way seemed more appropriate to his present meeting with Suu Kyi than his red cotton tropical suit, a fitting disguise for this nether world where, under house arrest, she had slept by day and appeared only to greet foreign visitors at night. Marx ate his breakfast with relish, working with both hands at his grapefruit. Since their meeting the previous night he had relaxed completely, almost as if Suu Kyi 's prayers gave him his first chance to lower his guard with Senator Sanders.'
''War Made Easy', based on Norman Solomon’s book of the same name, chronicles the government’s use of propaganda to sell wars to the American people. Looking closely at the spin strategies employed by today’s pundits and public officials to build support for the invasion of Iraq, the film finds stunning comparisons to the information wars waged by earlier administrations, both Democratic and Republican. The film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush giving special attention to parallels between the Vietnam War and the invasion and ongoing occupation of Iraq. In the fall of 2002, as US forces were being moved into position in the Persian Gulf in preparation for the eventual invasion of Iraq, President Bush and his key advisors began a fullscale propaganda campaign designed to convince the public that Saddam Hussein was a threat to US and world security. Officials employed an arsenal of time-tested techniques that bore a striking resemblance to tactics used to promote previous military interventions. Once it had laid out its claims, the administration set about occupying the US news media to insure favorable coverage of its agenda. The film shatters the illusion that a free press is immune to propaganda, providing ample evidence of media collusion in championing the government’s case for war. In the run-up to the war in Iraq, a compliant US media system functioned as little more than a state propaganda organ.'
'The Buddhist view of world history tells that when society fell from its original state of purity into moral and social chaos a king was elected to restore peace and justice. The ruler was known by three titles: Mahasammata, 'Unanimous Consent of the People'; Khattiya; 'Dominion over Agricultural Land'; and Raja, 'Affection through Observance of the Dhamma (Virtue, Justice, the Law)'. The agreement by which their first monarch undertakes to rule righteously in return for a portion of the rice crop represents the Buddhist version of government by social contract. The Mahasammata follows the general pattern of Indic kingship in South-east Asia. This has been criticized as antithetical to the idea of the modern state because it promotes a personalized form of monarchy lacking the continuity inherent in the Western abstraction of the King as possessed of both a body politic and a body natural... The Buddhist view of kingship does not invest the ruler with the divine right to govern the realm as he pleases. He is expected to observe the Ten Duties of Kings, the Seven Safeguards against Decline, the Four Assistances to the People, and to be guided by numerous other codes of conduct such as the Twelve Practices of Rulers, the Six Attributes of Leaders, the Eight Virtues of Kings and the Four Ways to Overcome Peril."
'“Terrorism” is a brilliant propaganda word, a grim corroboration of Montaigne’s warning that “Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.” It blinds even as it appears to illuminate. It energizes leaders, bureaucracies, and the media, and it cows critics. Who, after all, is for terrorists? The very notion is rife with ugliness: innocents murdered, body parts in the marketplace, the burning twin towers. Even more than “Communism,” “terrorism” is a label that simplifies. Panic lurks beneath. The dread is no longer of an insidious penetration but of chaos and pathological acts committed by barbarians. Communism was at least a corruption of the good, a cynical manipulation of Enlightenment ideals. Terrorism is the perversion of humanity itself. The George W. Bush administration fused the aims of democratization, human rights, and regime change with a “War on Terror” to create the most formidable fighting faith since anticommunism.'
"This review focuses on the ways in which the objectification of individuals and groups of people, as well as the self-objectification that typically develops from such treatment, is implicated in positive and negative societal change. Four areas are reviewed: (a) objectification (including dehumanization, infra-humanization, dehumanized perception, sexualization, and colonialism), (b) self-objectification (including double consciousness, internalized oppression, and colonial mentality), (c) genocide and mass violence, and (c) collective action. After reviewing theories in each area, a set of underlying constructs is presented, organized under higher-order categories. Finally, connections between objectification and genocide perpetration, as well as between self-objectification and collective action, are described. It is concluded that the objectification of other people contributes to societal change that runs counter to principles of equality and respect for others, threatens civil rights, and ultimately can result in genocide or mass killings. Furthermore, self-objectification impairs the ability of oppressed groups to act collectively on their own behalf. In contrast, the process of decolonization supports collective action and positive societal change, in part because it liberates oppressed people from self-objectification."
'Somewhere in Florida, a group of shady defense contractors hold a secret meeting on a golf course. “Florida,” in 'The Detached Mission', could not look more like Cuba, and the contractors are members at the only country club in the United States where multi-millionaires forgo single-malts for Old Crow in a half-gallon bottle with a pour spout. They fear that a thaw between the Soviet Union and the United States will lead to military cutbacks—one of them estimates $460 billion as “the price of détente”—and are determined to do something about it. Precisely, they want to launch missiles at a cruise ship full of Americans and frame the Soviets. There’s only one man for the job: Jack Hessalt, in exile since slaughtering an entire Vietnamese village at the CIA’s request. Hessalt jumps at the chance to get back to murdering civilians of any nationality, and is dispatched to a charmingly low-budget secret missile base, where every surface is littered with cans of Coke™ and the tracking systems are based on the technology from the game "Battleship!™".'
'Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Bush administration became preoccupied with the threat that rogue states such as Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, which supported terrorism and had a history of pursuing nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction (WMD), might transfer such weapons to terrorists for attacks against the U.S. homeland... Bush and his advisers devised an aggressive new approach to nonproliferation in which the United States would use its overwhelming military power to attack and preventively disarm any hostile country seeking WMD. To implement this new strategy, the Pentagon created a capability called Global Strike, which integrates U.S. conventional and nuclear forces in support of a broad range of warfighting options, including nuclear attacks against hardened underground bunkers and buried caches of chemical and biological weapons. For the Bush administration, Schell concludes, “The mission of nuclear weapons is no longer to produce stalemate with a peer; it is to fight and win wars against nations with little or no ability to respond.” The Bush preventive war doctrine saw its first application in the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, which the administration sold to Congress and the public with frightening assertions that Saddam Hussein was pursuing nuclear weapons and might give them to terrorists to attack the United States. After the war, both claims proved to be false, dealing a severe blow to U.S. credibility.'
"'Last time, I told you guys I wanted to spend time thinking about some issues,' he began. 'Now, we have a three-year track record that I feel good about. We’ve delivered on many of the promises I made when I ran for this office. We’ve faced incredible challenges, foreign and domestic, and drone a good job meeting them, by and large.' Obama didn’t need to stumble through this preamble to his constituency on a teleprompter, though. Everyone knew the litany of his achievements. Foremost on that day, with the fresh news about Daw Aung San Suu Kyi out of Burma, it seemed the President was still on the golf course pondering the drone program that he had expanded so dramatically and with such lethal results, as well as the death of bin Laden, which was still resonating worldwide years later.
'Turns out I’m really good at killing people,' Obama said quietly. 'Didn’t know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine.'
Around the room, everyone was transfixed by the pile of baseball cards of serial killers that Obama had placed on the table in front of him. Most of his advisers had expected him to bring a blacklist of 'terrorists'—but a baseball card collection? They were even more surprised by what the President was saying now: that as much as he had been faithful to his beliefs, there were places where his efforts had been insufficient. Where he’d trimmed his sails or been inhibited by the exigencies of the politics of the moment. Where he’d been less than honest about where he stood..."
'We are fortunate to be living in an age when social welfare and humanitarian assistance are recognized not only as desirable but necessary. I am fortunate to be living in an age when the fate of prisoners of conscience anywhere has become the concern of peoples everywhere, an age when democracy and human rights are widely, even if not universally, accepted as the birthright of all. How often during my years under house arrest have I drawn strength from my favourite passages in the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
+ "Disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspirations of the common people..."
+ "It is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law..."
If I am asked why I am fighting for human rights in Burma the above passages will provide the answer. If I am asked why I am fighting for democracy in Burma, it is because I believe that democratic institutions and practices are necessary for the guarantee of human rights... The peace of our world is indivisible.'
'War, preparations for war, and the entire process of militarization are highly gendered activities. Ideas about masculinity and femininity are used to promote and sustain violence, including the centuries-old, well-entrenched, socially approved violence of armed conflict. At the root of war and violence of all types, is a mindset that values control and domination. These values are linked to a specific type of masculinity which researchers call hegemonic masculinity, in which the ideal man is physically strong, competitive, completely self-reliant, and exercises power over other men and all women. War glorifies this type of masculinity, while the military as an institution fosters and cultivates its practice. This notion of masculinity and the accompanying notion of femininity as subservient, passive and weak, is also reflected in the ways governments and politics are conceptualised and structured.'