is an institution under which one nation asserts the right to seize
the land or at least to control the government or resources of another
people." - John T. Flynn
"Those who suppress freedom always do so in the name of law and order." - John V. Lindsay
six corporations control more than 90% of media communications, the
media does not inform, it indoctrinates. Corporate media provides
selective information, often unreliable, for the express purpose of
controlling public opinion, rather than informing it." -Egberto Willies and Keyan Bliss
Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair leaves the Fort Bragg Courthouse after sexual
assault charges against him were dropped after he plead to lesser
charges March 17, 2014 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina (AFP Photo / Davis
US military prosecutors have agreed to drop sexual
assault charges against a top Army general in exchange for his pleading
guilty to lesser charges, a development that seems unlikely to satisfy
critics skeptical of how the military treats sex offenders.
Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, 51, had been charged with
forcible sodomy after allegations from a female US Army captain
surfaced. Sinclair, a 27-year Army veteran, could have spent the
rest of his life in prison if found guilty. Instead, his lawyer
announced that Sinclair will plead guilty to adultery and
mistreating his accuser.
Sinclair was accused of victimizing an Army captain who served on
his staff in Iraq and Afghanistan for three years, sexually
assaulting her, forcing her to perform oral sex multiple times,
and threatening to kill the young woman as well as her family if
she ever went public with her accusations.
Jamie Barnett, the retired Navy rear admiral serving as an unpaid
attorney for Sinclair’s accuser, said she stands by her claim
that the general assaulted her, adding that she is grateful to be
able to “move on with her life” two years after first
reporting the assault to Sinclair’s commanding officers.
“She is in no way stepping away from the truth of it,”
Barnett told Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post.
Sinclair pleaded guilty earlier in March to military crimes
including having an adulterous affair, requesting nude photos
from junior female officers, and possessing pornographic material
on his computer while serving in Afghanistan.
He could be sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison and
possible dismissal from the Army. Sinclair will also face
sentencing for the charges he pleaded guilty to on Monday when
his punishment is officially handed down in the near future.
Jeffrey Collins of the Associated Press reported that Sinclair had
showed little emotion through the year-long trial, with his
defense team going so far as to amount a public relations
campaign alleging that his accuser was motivated by jealousy.
Yet, as part of the deal, the general publicly admitted his
culpability in court on Monday, at one point appearing to be
overcome with emotion.
“I failed her as a leader and as a mentor and caused harm to
her emotional state,” Sinclair said. “I created a
situation over time that cause her emotional harm,” adding
later that he had “maltreated” the 34-year-old woman,
who was “emotionally invested in a way I was not.”
Defense attorney Barnett was unimpressed, telling the AP that
Sinclair intimidated the victim and that he “literally
sabotaged her career by altering her orders to keep her under his
command and refusing her many requests to be transferred. She was
literally trapped and bullied by one of the highest ranking
officers in the United States Army.”
Such scandals have not been limited to the Army, as US military
leaders have been dogged by sexual assault accusations against
officers throughout the service. The problem has become so
commonplace that congressional leaders have spent months debating
over which is the best method to solve what increasingly seems to
be an entrenched problem.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand a New York Democrat, proposed a
controversial bill that would have stripped military commanders
of the ability to decide whether a sexual assault case should be
prosecuted. The measure fell short by five votes, but has started
a national conversation about a topic has been ignored for years.
“The Defense Department has been promising the American
people for a long time that they’re working on the problem of
sexual assault,” Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) told
Helene Cooper of the New York Times. “Enough is enough.”
The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun
By Paul Craig Roberts
stooges in Kiev have prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut
Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent
money to Ukraine can be repaid
the naked, shameless emperor dares warn Russia not to intervene in
Ukraine, or else... and the spineless European puppets with the mighty
NATO in their back are aping similar threats. - Hilarious!
corporate media are a key component of the U.S. imperial machine.
Although styling themselves as watchdogs, they are in fact the dogs of
war, whose mission is to hide Washington's aggressions behind a fog of
17 people killed as car bombs hit Homs and Hama, fighting rages near Yabroud:,
bombs in government-held districts of central Syria killed at least 17
people and wounded many others Thursday, state media and a government
official reported, as fierce fighting raged around the rebel stronghold
least 15 people were killed and 12 others injured in the Armenian
district, which is home to mostly Christians and Alawites," said Rami
Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Scores of Militants Killed in Daraa: Government source: -
army units destroyed several cars with all the militants inside in the
village of al-Zabayer in al-Lajat area in Daraa province, a military
source said, adding that another unit destroyed a heavy machinegun,
killed dozens of militants and injured others in Ayd village.
and Shiites from Lebanon are streaming into Syria to take up arms on
opposite sides of a fierce battle over a rebel stronghold - a fight
that has effectively erased the border between the two countries and
underlined how Lebanon is being sucked into the civil war next door.
Sarin used in two Syria chemical attacks point to military stockpiles - UN:
evidence available concerning the agents used on 21 August indicated
that the perpetrators likely had access to the chemical weapons
stockpile of the Syrian military, as well as the expertise and
equipment necessary to manipulate safely large amount of chemical
of bombings Thursday struck commercial areas in central Iraq, killing
at least 37 civilians, authorities said. Most of the blasts came from
explosives-rigged parked cars and one by a bomb that ripped through an
outdoor market, police said.
Qaeda in Yemen executes alleged US informer Body displayed at football stadium:
militants in Yemen executed one of their own Thursday after accusing
him of spying for the United States, a security official said. The man
was executed by firing squad and his body was displayed at a football
stadium near Shehr in the southeastern Hadramawt province,
After Latest Incident, Israel's Future in FIFA Is Uncertain:
Nasser Jawhar, and Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya. They were once soccer
players in the West Bank. They are never going to play sports again.
Jawhar and Adam were on their way home from a training session in the
Faisal al-Husseini Stadium on January 31 when Israeli forces fired upon
them as they approached a checkpoint.
Twenty suspected Boko Haram fighters were killed in a
military operation by troops in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno,
where the headquarters of the outlawed sect is located, local
authorities said in Abuja on Thursday.
'Cairo to strip thousands of Palestinians of citizenship':
days after a Cairo court banned Hamas's activities in Egypt, the
country's security establishment intends to revoke the citizenship of
thousands of Palestinians obtained during the one-year term of deposed
Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi, an Egyptian daily reported
Egypt bars Gaza-bound Irish Nobel Peace Laureate Maguire: -
detained and deported Northern Irish Nobel Laureate and peace activist
Mairead Maguire on Wednesday and held up others who had been planning
to go to neighboring Gaza, the activists and officials said.
Egypt calls for setting up international fund to collect arms in Libya:
Foreign Minister called on Thursday for founding an international fund
to collect arms in Libya in coordination with both Libya and the United
Nations. Seven Coptic Egyptians were shot dead in Libya in February
near Benghazi, where assassinations and kidnaps are common.
Western countries alarmed as Libya slides towards chaos:
countries voiced concern on Thursday that tensions in Libya could slip
out of control in the absence of a functioning political system, and
they urged the government and rival factions to start talking.
U.N. says west of Central African Republic 'cleansed' of Muslims:
Muslims have been expelled from the west of conflict-ravaged Central
African Republic, where thousands of civilians are at risk of being
killed "right before our eyes," U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees
Antonio Guterres said on Thursday.
Two dead in Venezuela opposition protest: official: -
Venezuelan soldier and a motor cyclist were killed in a standoff with
opposition demonstrators who had set up a barricade along an avenue of
Caracas, the vice president of the ruling Socialist Party said on
Masked Men in Crimea Not Russian Military, Russian Officials Tell Pentagon:
masked men in military uniform spotted all over Ukraine's Crimean
peninsula are not Russian military forces but "well-trained militia
forces," Russian officials have claimed to America's top military
Obama orders sanctions over Russian move in Ukraine:
Barack Obama Thursday ordered sanctions on people (allegedly)
responsible for Russia's "military intervention" in Ukraine, including
travel bans and freezing of their U.S. assets, and said that a
referendum by the Crimea region to join Russia would violate
Washington, the response to "Russian resistance" in Syria should take
place in one of Moscow's vulnerable spots, hence the U.S. intelligence
intervention in Ukraine's crisis and American attempts to push the
international community to take a stance against Russia under the
pretext that it is planning to invade a neighboring country.
Ukraine issues arrest warrants for Crimea's PM, parliament speaker: -
court in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev has issued arrest warrants for
the prime minister and parliament speaker of the country's autonomous
republic of Crimea, the Prosecutor General's office said Wednesday.
Russia to make citizenship easier for native Russian speakers: -
is making it easier for native Russian speakers who have lived in
Russia or the former Soviet Union to get citizenship, Prime Minister
Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday, a signal to the West that Moscow is
not backing down over Ukraine.
Ukraine: EU freezes assets of Yanukovych's former hierarchy:
28-nation bloc early on Thursday revealed the names of those targeted
by its sanctions. The list appears to include Yanukovych's closest
aides, including a former interior minister, justice minister, the
prosecutor general, the head of the security services and Yanukovych's
Hillary Clinton likens Russia, Putin in Ukraine to Hitler, Germany in 1930s:
Secretary of State says that 'claims by [Russian President Vladimir]
Putin that they had to go into Crimea, because they had to protect
Russian minorities, is reminiscent of claims that were made back in the
1930's ... Germany, under the Nazis claimed they had to protect German
minorities in Czechoslovakia
Pensions in Ukraine to be halved - sequestration draft:
self-proclaimed government in Kiev is reportedly planning to cut
pensions by 50 percent as part of unprecedented austerity measures to
save Ukraine from default. With an "empty treasury", reduction of
payments might take place in March.
on Wednesday expressed alarm at explosive allegations that the CIA
might have spied on their computers to keep tabs on their controversial
review of Bush-era "enhanced interrogation" techniques.
Our Rights Shouldn't Come with an Expiration Date:
proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is all about the future of
the Internet. The stakes are high, especially in light of the court
decision that struck down the Federal Communications Commission's Net
Private license plate scanners amassing vast databases open to highest bidders:
license plate readers used by car repo companies, for example, collect
billions of personal records per year, which contribute to vast
databases that can be used by law enforcement, insurance companies,
banks, and the like, with few limits.
Apple sent billions offshore to avoid Australia tax: Report:
shifted billions in untaxed profits from its Australian operations to
Ireland over the past decade, a report said Thursday, as the government
vowed to stop global companies from dodging their fair share of tax.
Pentagon Calls Climate Change Impacts "Threat Multipliers," Could Enable Terrorism:
The U.S. Department of Defense released the 2014 version of its Quadrennial Defense Review
(QDR) yesterday, declaring the threat of climate change impacts a very
serious national security vulnerability that, among other things,
could enable further terrorist activity.
The Peoples Press - Powered By People - For People
any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to
its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you
are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no
matter how holy the motives." - Robert A. Heinlein
great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within
you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars
to change the world." - -Harriet Tubman. - Abolitionist
army of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has massed artillery and
tanks on Fallujah's outskirts and has already bombed and shelled
civilian neighborhoods, inflicting an unknown number of casualties.
bomber killed 23 Iraqi army recruits and wounded 36 in Baghdad on
Thursday, officials said, in an attack on men volunteering to join the
government's struggle to crush al Qaeda-linked militants in Anbar
Obama Admin Blasts Senators for Blocking Iraq Arms Sales:
administration slammed a powerful Senate panel for blocking the sale
of advanced weaponry to Iraq, accusing the lawmakers of denying Baghdad
the armaments it needs to defeat the al Qaeda militants who have
conquered the key city of Fallujah.
Fifty US senators line up behind new Iran sanctions bill:
sanctions would trigger against the Islamic Republic that would include
harsh penalties for countries still importing Iranian oil, including
US allies, requiring they cut at least 30 percent of their purchases
within months of enactment.
former president Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday appeared before an
anti-corruption court here for the first time since he retired in
September last year, but the court adjourned the hearing until Jan 18.
I would defend them in front of Congress and to the press to keep the
relationship from getting worse ? and endangering our supply line from
Karachi ? I knew they were really no ally at all," Gates writes in his
Dershowitz steps down from Harvard to spend more time with what he loves - Israel:
half century at Harvard Law School, Alan Dershowitz has finally stepped
down from his post (where he presumably teaches young, malleable law
students how to defend celebrity murderers, advocate for torture and
justify war crimes). So why is he doing it? He certainly wasn't pushed
David Cameron's Jewish Roots and the Coreligionists Who Brought Him to Power:
speaking to a 500-strong group of Jewish lobbyists in London in 2007,
UK Prime Minister David Cameron declared,(1) "I am a Zionist". He went
on to add, "I'm not just a good friend of Israel but I am, as you put
it, good for Jews."
Bahrain suspends "national dialogue" with opposition:
which has been ruled by the Khalifa family since 1783, has witnessed
decades of rebellion driven by a citizenry fed up with political
corruption and marginalization. But tensions exacerbated almost three
years ago when a new mass movement erupted demanding the monarchy's
downfall during the wave of Arab uprisings.
Libya invites foreign firms to buy oil from blocked ports:
federalist group invited foreign companies to buy oil from blocked
ports in the Libyan eastern region of Cyrenaica granting protection for
arriving tankers, as Libyan eastern self-declared government's prime
minister announced late on Tuesday.
Libyan Navy's rules of engagement have been brought into question after
one of its vessels fired warning shots at a tanker that it claimed was
attempting to load oil at a terminal controlled by the federalist
movement in the east of the country.
Tunisia PM resigns to make way for caretaker government:
the country's continued fragility, troops in the city of Tatouine
fired into the air and police used tear gas earlier on Thursday against
protesters demonstrating over economic conditions, the state news
Russian Police Find Five Bodies Booby-Trapped With Explosives Near Sochi:
Thursday launched a counter-terror operation after five bodies riddled
with bullets were found in a southern region bordering the Winter
Olympics host Sochi, less than a month before the start of the games.
from the Justice Department have urged a judge to halt a lawsuit
against the NSA's spy programs. This comes after the judge's previous
ruling that the NSA's collection of metadata was likely
unconstitutional and "almost Orwellian" in nature.
Chicago Man Accusing the Cops of Raping Him with a Gun:
Perez's story about how he was treated at the hands of Chicago police
officers sounds like a horror story from the days when crooked cop Jon
Burge tortured the city's citizens with impunity. But the incidents in
question happened just 15 months ago-and, Angel claims, the officers
who abused him are still out there.
Dozens of former NYC cops charged in 9/11 disability scam:
than 100 people were arrested, including 72 city police officers,
eight firefighters, five correction officers and one Nassau County
Police Department officer. Hundreds are thought to have falsely claimed
to have been traumatized by the Sept. 11 terror
At his first royal event at Government House in Wellington, eight-month-old George met a number of babies his age.
This was a nurse and parents' group event by Plunket, which is New
Zealand's largest provider of support services for the development,
health and wellbeing of children under five.
Prince George was seen crawling and playing with toys along with
other babies but the most adorable moment of the future heir was when he
played with his mum's tresses. The royal baby seemed to have eyes only
for his mother.
Dressed in a £75 blue dungaree shorts by British luxury brand Rachel
Riley, the little prince could not take his eyes and hands off Kate's
face and hair as she carried him and watched on him protectively during
"The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society was delighted to be a part of
the upcoming visit by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge and baby Prince George," the organisation said in a statement.
The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge also got a chance to meet first time parents with their little ones at the event.
The royal couple met two Plunket nurses and 10 Plunket families, including a gay couple and their daughter on Wednesday morning.
"The parents are a spread of all the communities in New Zealand,
including Maoris, Samoans, people of Chinese descent and gay couples.
This is a very multi-cultural country and we wanted the duke and duchess
to meet people from all backgrounds," Plunket's New Zealand president
Tristine Clark said, according to BBC.
Prince William joked: "It's madness, there are babies everywhere."
Have a look at little George playing with Kate in pictures below.
Russia’s biggest billionaire has bought shares in big
Chinese internet retailer Alibaba, after selling his stakes in US tech
giants Apple and Facebook. The deal comes as the West imposes sanctions
on Russia, that could spread from politics to business.
Usmanov, 60, a founder of Russia’s iron ore Metalloinvest holding
company, has an estimated fortune of $18.6 billion as of March
2014 and is increasing his bet on China, while selling American
“Chinese companies account for about 70 percent to 80 percent
of the portfolio of our foreign internet investments,” Ivan
Streshinskiy, head of Usmanov’s asset-management company USM
Advisors LLC, told Bloomberg in an interview in Moscow.
In the last few months Usmanov sold the stake in Apple he bought
for about $100 million last year, Streshinskiy said.Prior to the
Apple sale the Russian tycoon started a gradual sale of his 10
percent stake in Facebook he bought in 2009, when the company was
valued between $6 billion and $10 billion. Usmanov sold some of
the shares in the Facebook IPO, that valued the company at $104
Alibaba, the world’s second biggest internet company after Google
Inc., is valued at about $200 billion, as Bloomberg cites an
investment bank data. The Chinese on-line retailer posted surging
sales in the three months through September, marking fourth
straight quarterly profit.
China’s safe harbor
As Russia’s relations with the west sour over the Crimea referendum and the crisis in Ukraine, Usmanov
says his Metalloinvest holding would increase its presence in the
Chinese market, in case Europe imposes sanctions on its exports.
“We are concerned with the possible sanctions against Russia
but don’t see any dramatic repercussions for our business,”
Streshinskiy said. “China is unlikely to impose any
sanctions. So, we will be trading in rubles, yuan, Hong Kong or
On Monday the EU and the US imposed sanctions against some leading Russian
officials, which include visa bans and asset freezes for
presidential aide Vladislav Surkov and presidential adviser
Sergey Glazyev. No Russian corporate assets have so far been
China is one of Russia’s biggest trading partners, with bilateral
trade estimated at a record $87.5 billion in 2012.
Over the past years the two countries have been actively strengthening economic ties, with direct investment
by Chinese companies into Russia increasing 40 times, to reach
S4.9 billion between 2004 and 2012, according to Tang Hua, an
official with China's National Development and Reform Commission.
Taking an investment opportunity in a crisis
One of Russia’s key indices - the MICEX – has lost about 15
percent since the start of the unrest in Ukraine and the protests
Though on Monday Russia’s exchanges reacted positively to the results of the Crimea referendum,
they could see a further fall in the longer term, Streshinskiy
said. If this is the case, Usmanov may buy some shares of the
wireless operator MegaFon and internet company Mail.ru Group.
“Mail.ru and MegaFon revenue is coming from Russia and people
won’t stop making calls and using the internet,”
Streshinskiy said. “If the events further escalate, we will
be buying shares. A crisis is always a good opportunity as
valuations become cheap.”