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Biden Stops Release of JFK Papers: “The Failure to Abide by the Law is the Smoking Gun”

JEFFERSON MORLEY, morleyj@gmail.com, @jeffersonmorley
    Morley is editor of the blog JFK Facts. He is also editor of The Deep States website. His books include The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster, James Jesus Angleton and the forthcoming Scorpions Dance: The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate

    Files relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy were supposed to be released on Tuesday, but late on Friday, in a Friday news dump, President Biden stopped the release and issued a statement: “Temporary continued postponement is necessary to protect against identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations that is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure.”

    Morley said today: “People are wondering if there’s a smoking gun in the files. The failure to abide by the law is the smoking gun. Biden has delayed it, as Trump did. There’s no reason they won’t delay it more. You have to hand it to the CIA. Since the day the president was assassinated, they have engaged in decades and decades of deception and delay.”

    In a recent piece co-written for The Intercept, Morley wrote: “When President Donald Trump faced the same decision four years ago, he delayed in the name of national security. While releasing thousands of files about the 1963 Kennedy assassination, Trump acquiesced to the demand of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to keep portions of thousands more secret until October 2021, 58 years after Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested as the gunman. For all his ‘deep state’ rhetoric, Trump issued a memo giving the executive branch agencies four more years of secrecy. …

    “The most sensitive JFK secrets involve U.S. operations against Cuba in 1963. Oswald was a public supporter of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, or FPCC, a popular campus group which defended Fidel Castro’s government from aggressive U.S. policies. Records declassified in the 1990s revealed that the CIA targeted the FPCC for disruption in September 1963. Within the records that have been partially released, propaganda sources, deception methods, and surveillance techniques are often redacted.

    “One passage in a file on Operation Northwoods, a top-secret Pentagon operation that aimed to provoke a U.S. invasion of Cuba, is still off-limits to the public. Approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in May 1963, the Northwoods plans envisioned an ‘engineered provocation’ to replace Cuba’s socialist government with a pro-American regime. Northwoods called for the ‘the most trusted covert personnel’ to stage a spectacular crime on a U.S. target and arrange for the blame to fall on Castro, so as to create a ‘justification for U.S. intervention in Cuba.’ The Northwood plans were discovered by the Assassination Records Review Board in 1997. Two paragraphs of the 200-page document remain classified in 2021.”

Biden’s False Statement on China “Emboldens” Taiwanese Independence Movement, Risks War

Biden on Thursday was asked “can you vow to protect Taiwan?” Biden said “yes.” He was then asked, “Are you saying that the United States would come to Taiwan’s defense?” Biden falsely claimed: “Yes, we have a commitment to do that.”
ANN WRIGHT, annw1946@gmail.com   Wright is a 29-year U.S. Army/Army Reserves veteran who retired as a Colonel and a former U.S. diplomat who resigned in March 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq. She recently wrote the piece “Dangers of Military Confrontation Between the United States and China Around Taiwan and in the South China Sea.”

FRANCIS BOYLE, fboyle@illinois.edu

Professor of international law at the University of Illinois, Boyle said today: “Biden has no constitutional authority to threaten war against China over Taiwan. That would require an act of Congress under the War Powers Resolution and there is no such act. Indeed, some of the Democrats are pointing this out and foolishly want to give Biden that authority under WPR. We did have a mutual self-defense treaty with Taiwan, but Carter pulled us out of it in order to normalize diplomatic relations with Beijing. This so-called commitment by Biden is only going to encourage the independence movement in Taiwan to declare independence and precipitate a conflict with Beijing. Taiwan is already a de facto independent state. They should leave it at that.”

Reuters reports: “A White House spokesperson said Biden at his town hall was not announcing any change in U.S. policy and ‘there is no change in our policy,’ but declined further comment when asked if Biden had misspoken.”

Boyle added: “Under International Law it is the Statement by the President, the Head of State, that is binding — not some press spokesperson trying to walk it back. This is completely reckless by Biden and existentially dangerous and unconstitutional and he knows better. He is a lawyer, a former Senator, and Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Foreign Relations Committee. He knows all about the War Power Clause of the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973.

“He should not have said anything like this. We should be working to tell the Taiwanese government and independence movement to tone things down; that they are already a de facto independent state; that they should leave it at that; and not to do anything to antagonize China; and certainly not insinuate that they might declare independence and secede from China; and that if they do something so reckless they are on their own. Instead Biden’s comment has just emboldened Taiwan to do precisely that.”

Boyle also notes that this is part of a pattern of threatening actions to China from the Biden administration, for example the Air Force Times is reporting: “B-1B bombers return to Diego Garcia island base after 15 years.”

$30 Million in Reparations Demanded for Afghan Family

Kevin Gosztola writes: “Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale Imprisoned In Communications Management Unit Designed For Terrorists.”

Ban Killer Drones, a national network opposed to drone attacks, is calling for reparation payments of at least $3 million for each of the 10 members of the Afghan Ahmadi family killed on August 29, 2021, by a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone. The group says thousands of others killed by U.S. drones deserve similar payments, which should be made under the oversight of Congress’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.

“The $3 million U.S. payment to the family of Giovanni Lo Porto when he was killed by a U.S. drone in Pakistan in 2015 sets the minimum standard that the U.S. must meet in compensating families of civilians who are killed by U.S. drones,” said Nick Mottern, of the Ban Killer Drones network. The U.S. agreed to pay nearly $3 million to the family of an Italian killed in a CIA strike.

“Our concern goes beyond the tragic deaths within the Ahmadi family to the thousands of victims of U.S. drone attacks,” said Brian Terrell, also a member of the Ban Killer Drones network, “most who were not those targeted and none of whom were found guilty in any court. Justice demands that compensation be paid to all their families.”

“These reparations payments obviously cannot bring back these precious lives,” Mottern said, “but they can communicate a respectful recognition by the US military of the widespread, devastating, unacceptable harm that is being inflicted by U.S. drone attacks, on individuals, families, and entire communities -communities that also must receive compensation.”

Here is a complete list of Ban Killer Drone’s demands:

1. An official apology by President Biden, as commander in chief of the U.S. military, to the Ahmadi family for the deaths of their family members.

2. $3 million minimum for each of the 10 Ahmadi family members.

3. An immediate report from the Department of Defense on who in the chain of command was responsible for the drone attack on the Ahmadis. This includes the release of all communications and logs related to the attack from the White House down to the operator who pressed the button to launch the attack, and a report on whether and what charges are to be brought against those responsible for the killings.

4. That the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. Congress:

investigate all U.S. drone attacks since 2001 pursuant to identifying all civilian and non-combatant victims; oversee the disbursement of reparations to their families; receive petitions and claims of victims of U.S. drone attacks and take actions as required to satisfy these petitions and claims; seek the appropriation of sufficient funds to compensate families of non-combatant drone attack victims at the level of $3 million for each victim; and provide compensation to communities that have suffered U.S. drone attacks.

5. An immediate halt to all U.S. drone attacks and an end to U.S. plans and taxpayer support for weaponizing drones of all types.

The Ban Killer Drones network is comprised of concerned citizens, in local and national peace and justice organizations, many of them in communities in which there are killer drone control bases. Together they are organizing to achieve a United Nations conference to adopt and ratify an international treaty to ban weaponized drones and military and police drone surveillance.

Contact: Nick Mottern, co-coordinator, BanKillerDrones.org, nickmottern@gmail.com

Is Wall Street Trying to Take Over Nature for $4,000 Trillion, Risking Human Survival?

Whitney Webb of Unlimited Hangout reports in “Wall Street’s Takeover of Nature Advances with Launch of New Asset Class,” that: “Last month, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) announced it had developed a new asset class and accompanying listing vehicle meant ‘to preserve and restore the natural assets that ultimately underpin the ability for there to be life on Earth.’ Called a natural asset company, or NAC, the vehicle will allow for the formation of specialized corporations ‘that hold the rights to the ecosystem services produced on a given chunk of land, services like carbon sequestration or clean water.’ These NACs will then maintain, manage and grow the natural assets they commodify, with the end of goal of maximizing the aspects of that natural asset that are deemed by the company to be profitable. …

“Framed with the lofty talk of ‘sustainability’ and ‘conservation,’ media reports on the move in outlets like Fortune couldn’t avoid noting that NACs open the doors to ‘a new form of sustainable investment’ which ‘has enthralled the likes of BlackRock CEO Larry Fink over the past several years even though there remain big, unanswered questions about it.’ …

“The creation and launch of NACs has been two years in the making and saw the NYSE team up with the Intrinsic Exchange Group (IEG), in which the NYSE itself holds a minority stake. …

“NACs will not only allow ecosystems to become financial assets, but the rights to ‘ecosystem services,’ or the benefits people receive from nature as well. These include food production, tourism, clean water, biodiversity, pollination, carbon sequestration and much more.  …

“Both the NYSE and IEG have marketed this new investment vehicle as being aimed at generating funds that will go back to conservation or sustainability efforts. However, on the IEG’s website, it notes that the goal is really endless profit from natural processes and ecosystems that were previously deemed to be part of ‘the commons,’ i.e. the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth. …

“While the asset classes of the current economy are valued at approximately $512 trillion, the asset classes unlocked by NACs are significantly larger at $4,000 trillion (i.e. $4 quadrillion) [by IEG]. Thus, NACs open up a new feeding ground for predatory Wall Street banks and financial institutions that will allow them to not just dominate the human economy, but the entire natural world.”

RANDALL WRAY, wray@levy.org
    Wray is senior scholar at the Levy Economics Institute and professor of economics at Bard College. Wray’s books include A Great Leap Forward: Heterodox Economic Policy for the 21st CenturyMacroeconomics, Why Minsky Matters (from Princeton University Press) and Modern Money Theory.

    He said today: “From the get-go, capitalism has been all about exploitation. Marx’s followers will point to exploitation of workers, but that’s the tip of the iceberg. Capitalism originated in the large plantations of the New World, exploiting the slaves, and Africa itself — which bore the burden of producing the humans that would be kidnapped and shipped across the seas to create the Old World’s wealth. It exploited the environment of America’s seemingly infinite natural resources, abandoning the land it exhausted, moving ever westward in its genocidal conquest of the continent. It spewed its waste into the water, the air, and the bodies of creatures great and small. It put a money price on the formerly free communal resources so that it could exploit them to extinction.

    “It financialized bodies — indeed, African slaves were the collateral behind the first mortgages that made Wall Street. In more recent times, it financialized everything — homes, education, food and other commodities, healthcare, education, and even death (through so-called peasant insurance). But that was not enough. It created derivatives to double, triple, quadruple the bets against mortgages, car loans, student loans, credit card debts, national government debts, and currencies. It is unsurprising, inevitable, and even appropriate that Wall Street would now financialize the ‘rights to the ecosystem services produced on a given chunk of land.’ Next up, financialization of access to sunlight, the source of all life.

    “Capitalism has always been celebrated for its presumed efficiency. In fact it is supremely inefficient. It survives only because it is the greatest system ever developed for exploitation of man and nature. It pushes costs off to the environment, ‘other’ people, families, governments, and our ‘future.’ It is ever on the lookout for new frontiers of exploitation. And in that quest, human survival is at risk.”

With Senate Hearing Set for Wednesday, Coalition Steps Up Denunciations of Rahm Emanuel Ambassador Nomination

A coalition of organizations has scheduled a news conference in Chicago on Tuesday opposing the nomination of former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel to be the U.S. ambassador to Japan. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has scheduled a hearing for Emanuel on Oct. 20 — the anniversary of the notorious killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago police. A dash camera video of that murder was suppressed for 13 months by Emanuel’s mayoral administration.

The press conference comes after dozens of Chicago-based and national groups have vehemently voiced opposition to President Biden’s pick of Emanuel.

When President Biden hosted the family of George Floyd at the White House in April, he issued a statement about the need to “collectively say enough of the senseless killings.” But Mayor Emanuel helped to deny and hide the realities of senseless killings by police in Chicago. The coalition contends that “no president who is truly serious about stopping brutality and murders by police would nominate Rahm Emanuel for an important government post.”

Congressman Jamaal Bowman wrote: “Black Lives Matter can’t just be a slogan. It has to be reflected in our actions as a government, and as a people. Rewarding Rahm Emanuel’s cover-up of Laquan McDonald’s murder with an ambassadorship is not an act that reflects a value of or respect for Black lives.”

Rahm Emanuel became a symbol of lethal disrespect for African-American lives. The coalition says that making him a U.S. ambassador would make the U.S. government a similar symbol.

RootsAction.org, the organization that has been coordinating national opposition to the Emanuel nomination, says that more than 40,000 individual constituent emails have been sent to senators urging that he be rejected for the diplomatic post.

“Reject Rahm” News Conference Chicago
11 a.m. CT – Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Chicago Police Department HQ
3510 S. Michigan Ave., ChicagoFor further information:
Delmarie Cobb, dlcobb@thepublicityworks.net

Speakers:

Aislinn Pulley, Aislinn@chicagotorturejustice.org (Black Lives Matter, Chicago)
Dorothy Homes (Justice For Families)
Crista Noël, cnoel@thewapb.org (Women’s All Points Bulletin)
Camiella Williams, atruewarrior17@yahoo.com (Adult Advisor to GoodKidsMadCity)
Hatem Abudayyeh, hatem@aaan.org (Arab American Action Network)
Dr. La’Shawn Littrice, lalittrice@gmail.com (Make Noize For Change)
Kina Collins, Kina@kinacollins.com (Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois 7th District)
Abeni Trotter, atrotter.smith@gmail.com (Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression)

Statement from the Chicago Westside Branch of the NAACP:
“In accordance with the NAACP President, the Illinois State Conference and the Chicago Westside Branch of the NAACP do not support the appointment of Rahm Emmanuel to any federal office. His past actions and approach to governing are detrimental to the American people.”
— NAACP Chicago Westside Branch contact is Rebecca Cook, Rebecca@cwbnaacp.org, Criminal Justice Chair.

Dorothy Homes, Justice For Families:
“Rahm Emanuel covered up the murder of my son… Rahm Emanuel does not deserve to be the ambassador of anything. Rahm Emanuel belongs behind bars.”

Crista Noël, Women’s All Points Bulletin:
“Clearly the U.S. and Biden’s administration is tone deaf to Chicago’s Black Community’s trauma in regards to the Laquan McDonald murder or they would not have scheduled the [committee] vote on the day of his death. Unless the U.S. plans to deny Rahm the Ambassadorship as poetic justice, Chicago would consider it a slap in the face and would not turn the other cheek in further supporting Biden or his administration.”

Camiella Williams, Adult Advisor to GoodKidsMadCity:
“If Rahm Emmanuel’s appointment as Ambassador for Japan is confirmed, all the organizing efforts put in to remove him as Mayor of Chicago will go in vain! Rahm showed the entire world, he cannot be trusted as a public servant when he concealed the murder tape of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald for his political gain.”

Dr. La’Shawn Littrice, Community Psychologist, Founder “Make Noize for Change”:
“Rahm Emmanuel cannot be trusted as an ambassador due to the fact that he is the source of the cover-up for Laquan McDonald and he did it for selfish, political gain. Any member of the delegation who supports this confirmation is an embarrassment to all those who fought to get justice for Laquan McDonald’s murder; we are therefore calling on each of them to say no, especially those who are rooted in Chicago.”

Hatem Abudayyeh, Executive Director of the Arab American Action Network in Chicago:
 “What’s most disappointing about this decision is that there’s no reason for us to be surprised that the mainstream leadership of the Democratic Party represented by Biden, Harris, Schumer, and Pelosi, not to mention our own Sen. Dick Durbin, would push for such a horrible choice… Party progressives, Latinx and other immigrants, Black people, Arabs, and other oppressed communities were the forces that defeated Trump, but we still get taken for granted by a party and its leaders who seem to have no idea which way the wind is blowing; their own days are numbered as well.”

Kina Collins, Candidate for US House of Representatives, Illinois 7th District:
“For 400 days, Rahm Emanuel tried to cover up the truth of what happened to Laquan McDonald. For 400 days we marched, organized, and protested for the release of the police dashcam footage, because we know that too often, police lie when their own careers are at stake. And for 400 days, that officer escaped justice, because Emanuel was more concerned with his own re-election than he was with justice for a child murdered on his watch. This is a complete slap in the face to Black America.”

How the ICBM Lobby is Threatening Armageddon

DANIEL ELLSBERG, ellsbergd1@gmail.com
WILLIAM HARTUNG, whartung@internationalpolicy.org
    Ellsberg is available for a limited number of interviews. He just co-authored the piece “To Avoid Armageddon, Don’t Modernize Missiles — Eliminate Them” in The Nation with IPA executive director Norman Solomon.

    Ellsberg is a former American military analyst employed by the RAND Corporation who precipitated a national uproar in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers. He is the author of The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.

    Hartung is director of the Arms and Security Program at the Center for International Policy and author of “Inside the ICBM Lobby.”

    Ellsberg and Solomon write: “For many years, experts have been calling for this act of sanity that could save humanity: Shutting down all of the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missiles.

    “Four hundred ICBMs dot the rural landscapes of Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Loaded in silos, these missiles are uniquely — and dangerously — on hair-trigger alert. Unlike the nuclear weapons on submarines or bombers, the land-based missiles are vulnerable to attack and could present the commander in chief with a sudden use-them-or-lose-them choice. ‘If our sensors indicate that enemy missiles are en route to the United States, the president would have to consider launching ICBMs before the enemy missiles could destroy them. Once they are launched, they cannot be recalled,’ former Defense Secretary William Perry warns. ‘The president would have less than 30 minutes to make that terrible decision.’

    “The danger that a false alarm on either side — of the sort that has occurred repeatedly on both sides — would lead to a preemptive attack derives almost entirely from the existence on both sides of land-based missile forces, each vulnerable to attack by the other; each, therefore, is kept on a high state of alert, ready to launch within minutes of warning. …

    “Senators from several of the states with major ICBM bases or development activities — Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Utah — continue to maintain an ‘ICBM Coalition’ dedicated to thwarting any serious scrutiny of the land-based weaponry. Members of the coalition have systematically blocked efforts to reduce the number of ICBMs or study alternatives to building new ones. They’re just a few of the lawmakers captivated by ICBM mega-profiteers. In a report issued this year by the Center for International Policy, nuclear weapons expert William Hartung gives readers a detailed look ‘Inside the ICBM Lobby,’ showing how ICBM contractors get their way while throwing millions of dollars at politicians and deploying battalions of lobbyists on Capitol Hill. As the recipient of the sole-source contract to build the proposed new ICBMs, Northrop Grumman has joined with other top contractors to block efforts to reduce spending on these dangerous and unnecessary systems — or even simply to pause their development. …

    “Members of Congress will need to face up to the horrendous realities about intercontinental ballistic missiles. They won’t do that unless peace, arms-control, and disarmament groups go far beyond the current limits of congressional discourse — and start emphasizing, on Capitol Hill and at the grassroots, the crucial truth about ICBMs and the imperative of eliminating them all.”

Google and Amazon Workers Call Out Project with Israeli Military

On Tuesday, The Guardian published an anonymous statement which began: “We are writing as Google and Amazon employees of conscience from diverse backgrounds. We believe that the technology we build should work to serve and uplift people everywhere, including all of our users. As workers who keep these companies running, we are morally obligated to speak out against violations of these core values. For this reason, we are compelled to call on the leaders of Amazon and Google to pull out of Project Nimbus and cut all ties with the Israeli military. … We are anonymous because we fear retaliation.

“GABRIEL SCHUBINER, via notech4apartheid@protonmail.com

Schubiner is a software engineer for Google and one of the signers of the statement to come forward. He said today: “It’s important for engineers and other workers to uphold our ethical values and ensure the company reflects that. Android and Google search users are told that privacy is a priority, but at the same time, Google is selling powerful cloud technology to those who intend to surveil those same users. This project is a bellwether.”

He wrote a just-published piece for NBC News with Bathool Syed, a content strategist at Amazon: “We’ve joined together as workers across corporate lines for the first time to send a joint letter Tuesday calling on Google and Amazon to respect Palestinian human rights and cancel Project Nimbus, the $1.2 billion venture that will provide cloud services to the Israeli government, specifically including the military. The services encompass both storage and computational resources, as well as features that enable users to easily train powerful artificial intelligence.

“Under these contracts, our cloud services would help facilitate the Israeli military’s control and persecution of Palestinians, demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied Palestinian territories and attacks on Gaza that have hit civilian targets such as hospitals. In addition to the military, Project Nimbus will also provide our cloud services to the Israel Land Authority, an agency that enables Israel’s continued expansion of segregated settlements in violation of international law and U.S. policy. …

“Nearly 1,000 anonymous signatories at Amazon and more than 600 at Google have joined this call. …

“Large tech corporations have responded to human rights concerns before, and they can do it again. In 2019, Google terminated Project Dragonfly, a censored search engine in China, and pulled out of the Pentagon’s Project Maven in 2018. The same principles should apply to the Project Nimbus contracts and all future contracts based on their real-world consequences. Since we have no ability to guarantee that the technology we build won’t be used to commit human rights abuses against Palestinians, cutting the contracts entirely is the only ethical option left for our companies.”

Also see: NoTechForApartheid.com.

Women Advocates Call on the World Bank to Release Funds to Pay Afghan Teachers

As the World Bank holds its annual meeting, women’s rights advocates will hold a press conference calling on the Bank to release frozen Afghan funds to pay the salaries of women teachers and healthcare workers in Afghanistan. They have formed a new group called Unfreeze Afghanization. The news conference is at 10 a.m. ET this morning at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

They “are responding to an urgent appeal from the 45,000-member Teachers Association of Afghanistan on October 6, 2021 warning that the situation for teachers is dire,” as most have not been paid since June.

“The Ministry of Education has very few resources, and it is hard to ask our teachers to keep working without salaries. Many of them are the sole breadwinners in their families, and they are really struggling. It will be difficult to keep the schools open if we have no funds,” the Afghan teachers statement said.

Prominent women involved in the call to release frozen World Bank funds include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker; Jamila Safi, President of the Afghan Female Teachers Association; Toorpakai Momand, former Director of Female Education in Afghanistan; Sunita Mehta, co-founder of Women for Afghan Women and Sonali Kolhatkar, co-director of the Afghan Women’s Mission. In addition, over 3,000 people have added their names to a petition hosted on the CODEPINK website.

The group notes that needed healthcare funding has been cut off as well.

After the Taliban took hold of Kabul, the new group notes the U.S. government “froze nearly $10 billion in assets belonging to the Afghan central bank and stopped shipments of cash to the country. The International Monetary Fund has frozen the distribution of more than $400 million destined for COVID relief and the World Bank is holding back hundreds of millions in the Afghan Reconstruction Trust Fund. Foreign aid to Afghanistan had previously been about $8.5 billion a year — nearly half of the country’s gross domestic product, and the freezing of funds has been disastrous for the Afghan people.”

The group calls on the Taliban “to re-open all schools for boys and girls throughout the country and calls on the international community to enable the re-opening and operation of these schools by releasing the frozen funds.”

See full statement here.
Contact: Ariel Gold, ariel@codepink.org
Medea Benjamin, medea@codepink.org, @codepink

U.S. Policy Toward China Called Aggressive

JAMES BRADLEY, james@jamesbradley.com
    Bradley is author of several bestsellers focused on U.S. policy in the Pacific and Asia, including Flags of Our Fathers and The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia.

    He lives in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, producing the “Untold Pacific” podcast about “the American experience in Asia.” Recent episodes include “China Rising,” “The #1 Focus of the U.S. National Security State is War with China” and “U.S. Military: ‘War with China Inevitable.'”

    See his recent interview with Covert Action Magazine on the U.S. military encirclement of China.

    “The business of China is business. The business of America is war. Will the U.S. make a business-like deal with China over Taiwan? Or will the U.S. insist upon the Taiwan question being settled as a matter of war? It’s not China that’s aggressive — it’s the U.S. government that invades Iraq and Afghanistan and puts a fleet on China’s doorstep.

    “Now we have the U.S. government prodding Australia into a more militaristic posture toward China when China has been largely responsible for economic prosperity in Australia.

    “My daughter is in Taipei. She’s not worried about any sort of impending war.

    “The U.S.’s history in China is disastrous. One of the first war lobbies in the U.S. was to get the U.S. to pour millions into supporting Chiang Kai-shek against Mao when Chiang Kai-shek had much, much less popular support. FDR ended up spending more on Chiang Kai-shek than he did on the atomic bomb.”

“Nobel Committee Gets Peace Prize Wrong Yet Again”

The Nobel Peace Prize this year is being awarded to Maria Ressa from the Philippines who founded Rappler and Dmitry Muratov, a founder of the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

Fredrik Heffermehl of Nobel Peace Prize Watch tweeted this morning: “Again, the Nobel Committee has its loyalty to the United States and NATO and is pointing its finger at Russia rather than criticizing U.S. imperial power for eradicating global press power in its revenge on [WikiLeaks founder] Julian Assange. The same forces support military bases for the United States in Norway.”

DAVID SWANSON, davidcnswanson@gmail.com, @davidcnswanson
    Executive director of WorldBeyondWar.org, Swanson just wrote the piece “Nobel Committee Gets Peace Prize Wrong Yet Again,” which states: “The Nobel Committee has yet again awarded a peace prize that violates the will of Alfred Nobel and the purpose for which the prize was created, selecting recipients who blatantly are not ‘the person who has done the most or best to advance fellowship among nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and the establishment and promotion of peace congresses.

    “That there are numerous candidates who plausibly meet the criteria and could have been appropriately awarded a Nobel Peace Prize is established by the list of nominees published by Nobel Peace Prize Watch.”

    World Beyond War is associated with the War Abolisher Awards which were given out two days ago. Three awards were presented. The Lifetime Organizational War Abolisher of 2021: Peace Boat. The David Hartsough Lifetime Individual War Abolisher of 2021: Mel Duncan. The War Abolisher of 2021: Civic Initiative Save Sinjajevina.

    Swanson added: “The trouble with the Nobel Peace Prize has long been and remains that it often goes to warmongers, that it often goes to good causes that have little direct connection to abolishing war, and that it often favors the powerful rather than those in need of funding and prestige to support good work. This year it has been awarded to another good cause that has little direct connection to abolishing war. Although virtually every topic can be tangentially connected to war and peace, the avoidance of actual peace activism intentionally misses the point of the prize’s creation by Alfred Nobel and the influence of Bertha von Suttner.”

    Nobel Prize winner Maria Ressa and Rappler are funded by the Omidyar Network and the U.S. government through the National Endowment for Democracy. Rappler also has a partnership with Facebook.

    “The prize has also been used to advance the propaganda of some of the world’s major war makers. Awards like this year’s have been used to denounce violations of human rights in non-Western nations targeted in the weapons-funding propaganda of Western nations. This record allows Western media outlets each year to speculate before the prize announcement on whether it will go to favorite propaganda topics, such as Alexei Navalny. The actual recipients this year are from Russia and the Philippines, Russia being the primary target of U.S. and NATO war preparations, including the primary excuse for the construction of new military bases in Norway.”

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