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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Your Tax Dollars!

Daily Kos's photo.

Fact checkers confirm Ben Carson hasn’t made one true statement since his campaign began, Occidental Petroleum quits North Dakota oil patch, inter alia

Right-wingers will be glad that the socialist plot to "save" daylight is ending. They think that Time Change (like Climate) is a Marxist hoax.

. Your friend and mine...

Occidental Petroleum quits North Dakota oil patch

Occidental Petroleum, one of the biggest drillers in N.D., just announced that it will quit the oil patch after reporting a $2.6 BILLION loss for its second quarter.
The oil producer showed a quarterly loss of $2.61 billion.

Fact checkers confirm Ben Carson hasn’t made one true statement since his campaign began

(Dan) Of 16 statements reviewed by the non-partisan Politifact, NOT ONE even registered as "mostly true." Is it a coincidence that a man with a complete disconnect from reality is the GOP front runner? I think not.
The fact checkers at PolitiFact have rated Ben Carson's every substantive statement as "Half True" or "False" or "Pants on Fire"

American Friends Service Committee: Burning the olive trees: The cloud of fear in Jerusalem

A first hand account of tension in Jerusalem in recent weeks from AFSC staff.
A first hand account of tension in Jerusalem in recent weeks from AFSC staff.

Huh? 'America Is So Sick We Need A Doctor': Christians Who Love Ben Carson Because America Needs 'Saving'

'America Is So Sick We Need A Doctor': Christians Who Love Ben Carson Because America Needs 'Saving'

Opinion: Christian Republicans explain why they are voting for Ben Carson for president – religion – which has nothing to do with his ability to be the nation's chief executive or commander in chief.

America does not need another Bigoted Christian Doctor! Just saying. We can't afford a Bigoted Christian Doctor Playing at being a President when he feels like it.
Opinion: Christian Republicans explain why they are voting for Ben Carson for president – religion – which has nothing to do with his ability to be the nation's…

10 Lies Republicans Love To Use To Terrify Americans


US Empire, Your Tax Dollars and Why WIkileaks was important...

The US can't re-build crumbling roads and bridges, can't feed hungry children, can't house the homeless, yet this defines the Moral Bankruptcy of the US: 

Daily Kos's photo.
This says it all.
Thanks to The Middle Class is Drowning for the graphic.
"...nearly the entire Republican party platform is built upon blatant misinformation and lies. And the worst part is, millions of Americans actually believe this nonsense."
Let's face it, nearly the entire Republican party platform is built upon blatant misinformation and lies. And the worst part is, millions of Americans actually believe this nonsense.

Religious Leaders to Paul Ryan: Stop Distorting Religion To Justify Economic Inequality

"Religious leaders across America from the group Faith In Public Life have a powerful message for new Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan: stop distorting the Catholic faith to justify an agenda that helps the rich and hurts everyone else."

Religious leaders across America from the group Faith In Public Life have a powerful message for new Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan: stop…

CIA: Trey Gowdy Altered Documents To Frame Hillary Clinton

"In a bombshell revelation, the Central Intelligence Agency reached out to Democrats serving on the Select Committee on Benghazi on Saturday, October 17, 2015 to confirm that Chairman Trey Gowdy had altered documents provided to the committee by Hillary Clinton."

The CIA appeared before the Benghazi Committee on Saturday, confirming that…

Senator Marco Rubio & Senator Paul Ryan: "I got mine. Screw you."

The Republican party, working only for the 1% and to hell with the rest of the citizenry.
Sick of the Slant - A Fair Look at the News of the Day
(Albert) The GOP: "I got mine, screw you"

CounterCurrents: A Special Appeal From CC - Let Ideas Sprout And Regenerate Our World

Dear Friend of, 

There have been requests from around the world from Countercurrents readers to make it more interactive and create a platform where CC readers, writers and commentators can interact more creatively. There is also problem of the wide gap that the digital divide creates, where people with internet access only read Countercurrents, and the rest of the people who can’t access the internet are left behind from the ideational vibrancy of Countercurrents. We have to bridge that gap.   CC readers also need   a platform where they can take the ideas presented in Countercurrents can be taken forward and converted into grass root level actions. As a first step we can start Countercurrents Discussion Forums (CCDF) around every city, town, village, university, college or any public spaces. We have to OCCUPY these spaces and start a Counter narrative of the dominant narrative propagated by the one-percenters. I am sure from our counter narratives some concrete action plans to counter the
crises that our world faces will emerge. We have to get out of our shells and think collectively how we can solve this civilisational crisis that we are facing. A good start would be CCDF. Let’s all get together and put our heads together and think loudly how we can get out of this rut. 

Do get together once a week or month and discuss the issues, that Countercurrents raises or think how some of the ideas raised by CC can be applied in your area. Prepare a note of your discussions, if possible take some photographs so that it can be shared with other CC readers worldwide.  We shall share it with the world so that the ideas spread and sprout and regenerate our world. 

If anyone is interested do write to us, perhaps we could link you with someone from your area. Write to us 

In Solidarity
Binu Mathew

This need not be a large gathering. 5-10 people will do. It  would be wonderful if it is more.    Invite friends who do not currently read Countercurrents also. 

In Solidarity

Binu Mathew

Shawn O'Connor for New Hampshire: need your help

Shawn for New Hampshire

This is important. We’re up against a deadline to show the politicians and pundits that we’re ready to win this race. We’ve got a serious shot at unseating Frank Guinta, but we need to have a strong showing now to take the fight to the Republicans.

Will you give before our deadline at midnight tonight?

Let’s take a stand for progressive values and against a candidate still seeking re-election despite having been fined $355,000 for illegal campaign contributions by the FEC. Give to our Fair Wage Victory Fund now.

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Shawn O’Connor is the only declared Democratic candidate for the US House of Representatives in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District who can win and hold this seat for Democrats. The district stretches through Belknap, Carroll, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, and Strafford counties. Shawn is running for Congress to continue his work creating jobs and educational opportunities for everyone, to expand access to health care and to continue New Hampshire’s proud tradition of leading the nation when it comes to fighting for liberty for all.

CounterCurrents: Palestine: Silent Compromises, The Zionist Lies And The Third Intifada, Thousands Attend Hebron Funerals After Israel Returns 5 Bodies, Obama Orders Special Forces Troops Into Syria, REDD+ And Carbon Trading Will Not Resolve The Climate Crisis,

Dear Friend,

If you think the content of this news letter is critical for the dignified living and survival of humanity and other species on earth, please forward it to your friends and spread the word. It's time for humanity to come together as one family! You can subscribe to our news letter here You can also follow us on twitter, and on Facebook,

In Solidarity
Binu Mathew

31 Years After The 1984 Massacre Of Sikhs The Perpetrators Are Yet To Be Traced 
By Shamsul Islam

India State is still searching for the criminals behind 1984 massacre of Sikhs even after elapsing more than three decades. In the case of 1984 massacre it is generally believed that the Congress cadres were behind this genocide. This may be true but there were other forces too which actively participated in this massacre and whose role has never been investigated. We are republishing a document circulated by a prominent ideologue and luminary of RSS, Nana Deshmukh on November 8, 1984 which may help in unmasking the whole lot of criminals involved in the massacre of innocent Sikhs who had nothing to do with the killing of Indira Gandhi

Obama Orders Special Forces Troops Into Syria 
By Bill Van Auken

The announcement by the Obama White House that up to 50 US Special Forces troops are being deployed on the ground in Syria represents a qualitative escalation of Washington’s illegal intervention in the war-ravaged country

REDD+ And Carbon Trading Will Not Resolve The Climate Crisis
By GRAIN, Attac Gabon

The great majority of the preparatory proposal documents for REDD (commonly called R-PP) being worked out in Africa single out agriculture as the principal driver of deforestation, being careful not to point out that it is industrial agriculture with its focus on productivity and intensive use of chemical products which is the cause, to the detriment of small farms which have for decades always known how to respect the climate and protect the environment

Thousands Attend Hebron Funerals After Israel Returns 5 Bodies
By Ma'an News Agency

Thousands of Palestinian mourners on Saturday filled the streets of Hebron for the joint funeral of five Palestinians killed by Israeli forces after alleged and actual attacks in the occupied West Bank city this month. The bodies of Dania Irsheid al-Husseini, 17, Bayan Ayman al-Essili, 16, Tariq Ziyad al-Natsha,16, Hussam Ismail al-Jabari,17, and Bashar Nidal al-Jabari,15, were handed over by Israel Friday night

The Zionist Lies And The Third Intifada 
By Dr Salim Nazzal

Netanyahu's lies about Palestine role in the Holocaust comes in a time Palestine witnessing a Third Intifada against the occupiers

Palestine: Silent Compromises 
By Justin Podur

What started this round of violence? Israel's armed settler movement is attempting to change the way that Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque is run. In fact, they want the mosque torn down, like the Babri Mosque was torn down in India in 1992. The Israeli government, which the settler movement has largely taken over, has a strategy that probably involves ultimately dividing the mosque site and banning Palestinians from it, as has been done in Hebron. As with the second intifada in 2000, Israel put pressure on the al-Aqsa site until Palestinians resisted. When Palestinians resisted, Israel escalated with lethal force, and now continues to escalate with no end in sight

Time To Stop Worshipping Economic Growth 
By Brent Blackwelder

Our global economy is treating the planet as if it were a business in a liquidation sale. Even environmental organizations—devoted to environmental protection— have been slow to acknowledge the major causes of environmental degradation, such as perverse economic incentives encouraging raw resource extraction and non-renewable energy use. We need environmental leaders to speak out for a new, just, and true-cost economy; and to challenge the mindless embracing of economic growth—even ruthless and futureless growth. Environmental leaders should be driving the push toward refocusing economic thinking on the changes that we will have to make if we are going to move to a healthier economy that exists within the nine planetary boundaries. Only if humanity stays within these nine boundaries can it continue to develop and thrive for generations to come

Syria’s ‘Monument Citizens’ Taking Risks Saving The Future Of Our Past 
By Franklin Lamb

Increasing numbers of Syria’s women and men, considered by this observer as this war-torn country’s ‘Monument Citizens’ have recently expanded the scope and range of cultural heritage site protection and preservation on behalf of humanity. In addition to documenting heritage site damage through 3-D photography at the scene, many reconstruction projects are also underway. A few have been nearly restored including in Lattakia al Mahalbeh Castle, in Old Homs, and nearby Crac des Chavaliers, the 11th Century Crusader Castle, al Khawabi Castle , Tartous, Al Omari Mosque, Bosra, Tell Mozan, Al Hassakeh and the Citadels of Salah ad-Din, Masyaf, and the Damascus Citadel to mention a few

Tony Blair’s “Apology” Makes No Sense 
By Taj Hashmi

This Sunday (Oct. 25), former British Prime Minister Tony Blair told Fareed Zakaria on CNN that the 2003 Iraq invasion was an “honest mistake”; and there were “elements of truth” in the assertion that the invasion was principally responsible for the rise of the Islamic State. By imputing the decision to invade Iraq to “weak intelligence”, he (sort of) felt sorry for the unnecessary deaths of allied and Iraqi soldiers. In view of his wishy-washy and deceptive statement, one has no reason to call it an apology. Not at all!

Why I Think Indian Women Should Not Fast On Karvachauth! 
By Nikita Azad

Karvachauth sends me chills. It horrifies me. The idea of fasting an entire day, for somebody who is supposedly my master, and I, his slave, torments me, even in dreams. The belief that my fasting would add certain years to my pati-parmeshwar's life, makes me feel hysterical. When I look at my facebook account, or any site in general, I find pictures, glossy images of women wearing really heavy sarees, clad in jewellery, holding a sieve and looking at her husband, blushing. All the glamour and blushing literally brings my mind to a standstill. Not for its magnificence, but for its acceptance. This Karvachauth, I want every Indian women to realise that, Karvachauth is not about love, it is about subjugation

‘Fifteen Years Of Hunger Strike’ And ‘57 Years Of Bloody AFSPA’ 
By Lalit Shukla

On 2nd November 2000, Irom Chanu Sharmila was in Malom preparing for a peace rally when she came to know the news of 10 innocent people being gunned down by Assam Rifles personnel. She was deeply shocked after this massacre of innocent people. On 5th November, she started indefinite hunger strike to repeal AFSPA. Her hunger strike is still on after 15 years!

A Reality Check On Farmer Suicides 
By Moin Qazi

For every Indian farmer who takes his own life, a family is hounded by the debt he leaves behind, typically resulting in children dropping out of school to become farmhands, and surviving family members themselves frequently committing suicide out of hopelessness and despair. The Indian government's response to the crisis—largely in the form of limited debt relief and compensation programs—has failed to address the magnitude and scope of the problem or its underlying causes

We Can't Eat Money : The Plausible Outcome Of 
Building A Colossal Capital City For Andhra Pradesh 
By Narayan Rao

A farmer who sold his land declares innocently, my one acre land which was 10 lakhs previously is worth a crore. We can't eat money, and its an unkillable truth. The proposed and acquired area for building the capital city for the state of Andhra Pradesh, southern India, namely, Amaravati, happens to be the rice-bowl of the state itself with the most fertile and productive land on the premises of river Krishna

Odisha Govermnent’s Attempt To Conduct Gram Sabhas In Niyamgiri 
Is Illegal And Contempt Of Supreme Court Order
By National Alliance of People’s Movements

It seems the government is planning to reconvene Gram Sabhas in Niyamgiri more particularly in all the 12 villages which voted against the proposed mining in Niyamgiri in earlier convened Gram Sabhas, during July 18 – August 19, 2013 as held under direction from Supreme Court of India and under judicial supervision. It may be recalled that all the 12 villages had said unanimously said “No to Mining”

The Dagger: Dominating Interests’ Class War In East Bengal, 1946 And After 
By Farooque Chowdhury

Part IV: Denial & Silence

The Reforms I Need! Do Teachers Have To Teach 
Their Students' Parents Marketing Skills?
By Romi Mahajan

I got a call from one of my children’s teacher last year. She was very vocal with me about my marketing practice and about my lack of deftness with new varieties of digital advertising and social media. She went further indicating that I needed to spend more time in the office, suggesting in unambiguous terms that I was lazy and incompetent to boot. She topped it off with a cherry- that I was poor in dealing with clients and universally unrespected in the community