Wednesday, September 30, 2015

GUEST ARTICLE: Socialism, A Love Story by Dakotah Lilly

Capitalism isn’t working and it never has. 

Correction, Capitalism isn’t working for 99% of people and it never has or will. A correction was needed because clearly some people are doing fabulously under capitalism. Hundreds of billionaires inhabit the United States including the worlds richest person; Bill Gates. 

Most people don’t interact or even see the capitalist class as they live in a different world, one free from anxiety over paying bills, choosing between the mortgage or medicine and the like. The reason these people live in a different reality, is because the rest of us do not. In order for there to be this privileged class, there must be an exploited class, i.e., the vast majority of the world. 

America is the richest nation on Earth, yet we send millions of children to bed hungry every night. 

America’s "great" cities are lined with corporate offices bearing names such as Raytheon, Boeing, and IBM: companies which make millions selling weaponry ensuring misery around the world. These offices are mere blocks away from the tattered slums filled with victims of this diseased (cy)stem. 

It should be clear: Capitalism is a system that has run its course, much like slavery and feudalism. The future however is optimistic and a new system is on its way to being established, that system is Socialism.

Oxfam recently released a study that hypothesized that by the year 2016, the worlds richest 1% will have more wealth than the bottom 99% combined. This again is a symptom of Capitalism: rampant inequality. This is inconsistent with the idea of Democracy, a concept we supposedly invade other nations to provide. 

It is impossible to have such inequality and still maintain a form of Democracy. Democracy is the voice of the people, but if you asked the average American, they would not be in favor of such draconian inequality. Danny Katch a comedian and writer for made this stunning analogy, “Since a billion dollars is thirteen thousand times what the average American owns, a billionaire could give you thirteen thousand dollars to do that undesirable thing and it would cost him the equivalent of one dollar. By the same scale, for a hundred dollars, a billionaire can spend $1.3 million in regular people money, which can buy the support of both candidates in most Congressional races, or pay the salaries of a dozen people to promote his agenda in a think tank or bogus grassroots organization.”

If you ask the average American, many would say that Socialism is a good idea but they will also refute it by saying human beings are naturally too greedy, or that it never works in practice. This could not be farther from the truth. Humans are naturally co-operative beings and to suggest that exploiting each other for valueless paper is somehow embedded in our genes is ludicrous. Others may say that Capitalism is more “efficient”, but this too is a farce. Extracting rare materials to make phones and other frivolous items designed to break is not efficient. 

Look around, clearly there is work to be done in order to make the world more livable and prosperous, but the work is not being done because there is no profit in doing so. That is not efficient and not wise or moral. 

Critics also point to examples like China, or the USSR as proof that socialism is not possible. However upon surface area examination, it is clear that these arguments are logical fallacies. North Korea is called a “peoples republic” America is called the “United” States. Simply saying something does not make it true, and the same applies to the “United Soviet Socialist Republic”. These states are bureaucratic, repressive, top-down places that had potential but were co-opted by many different factors. However, Socialist elements of the USSR and Cuba, have led to the launching of the Sputnik and the eradication of homelessness and hunger. Imagine what the potential of Socialism is in a nation as rich and developed as the USA.

During World War Two, the governments of the world went into full overdrive in order to defeat whoever they perceived as a threat. Millions of people were put to work in factories, community gardens and public works. That is an example of governments directly taking action to achieve a long term goal. Under Socialism, the vast amounts of wealth, resources and labor in the world would be put to use meeting peoples needs instead of delivering a profit to shareholders. If we can mobilize to employ people to kill Germans, we can put people to work building schools, hospitals, roads, green energy, housing as well as recruit teachers, nurses, doctors, firefighters, social workers and community oriented police. Nobody would go hungry or be homeless. It would by no means be a utopia as no matter what decision making problems would persist etc, but the ills of Capitalism would be no more. 

Socialism is simply about doing what is best for everybody and the planet, not for those who have already seen enough benefit for millions of lifetimes. Optimism is flooding the earth. From the presidency’s across Latin America of Cristina Kirchner, Evo Morales, Hugo Chavez, Rafael Correa, etc to the peoples uprisings in Greece, Spain, Ferguson, Zucotti Park and the Arab Spring. 

Millions are rising up to the global elite class of the IMF, WTO and the hegemony of the United States. Hopefully sooner, rather than later, more workers will realize that they have nothing left to lose but their chains.

 Dakotah Lilly is a 17 year old radical gay socialist who lives in PA. Lilly is the leader of Lehigh Valley Youth Democratic Socialists. Dakotah's first mass action was joining Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox and other organizations in March in WDC for Spring Rising; in his spare time he likes smashing patriarchy, imperialism, capitalism and defending the oppressed.

Although, not a self-identified anarchist, Dakotah Lilly is helping to organize a left wing anarchist action known as Mid-Atlantic Anarchist Collective MAAC,

Sunday, September 27, 2015

GUEST ARTICLE: 30,000 Murdered in Argentina while Pope Francis Was Top Jesuit - Millions While Pius XII Was Pope By jay janson

30,000 Murdered in Argentina while Pope Francis Was Top Jesuit - Millions While Pius XII Was Pope


The twenty-four hour week long electronic and print media saturation coverage of the visit of Pope Francis to a United States of Protestant and Evangelical Christianity majority brings various suspicious to mind. 

Though that was a long time ago, that John F. Kennedy overcame anti-Catholic sentiment to become president thanks largely to the wealth and connections of his father, is not the world wondering about being subjected to unconstrained media projected adulation that borders on adoration of Catholic Pope Francis during his dramatically highlighted V. I. P. tour of Washington, New York and Philadelphia, during which he addressed a joint session of Congress, met with the President, spoke before the UN General Assembly, at Madison Square Garden, in Central Park and Philadelphia.

Let’s think. First thing that comes to mind is that the simultaneous visit of President Xi Jingping of a China threatening American deep-pockets world hegemony is being nicely overshadowed and receiving less attention than otherwise. Xi Jingping recently called for a de-Americanization of the world; not easy, with the world satellite powered TV sources of information owned and controlled as they are by American investors in the use of US -NATO military power and US controlled International Financial Institutions.

Worth noting also is the inconvenient shutting down of sections of Manhattan for the in all seriousness announced precautions for the safety of the Pope’s life drummed up ever deeper fear of an ISIS that was really created by CIA and its overseas branches in allied nations to attack US NATO designated enemies Syria (where Assad refuses to resign as demanded), Shiite in Iraq and Iran and Muslims throughout the Middle East. (Although this reality hit the front pages of even London tabloids many months ago, the charade sails on).

Thirdly, the Pope’s visit blown up to super large proportions makes for a media inculcated impression that God’s representative on planet Earth is blessing America while its investors in the profitable use of US Armed Forces go on destroying nations and peoples in the formerly outright colonially occupied and plundered nations, most of which were originally wealthier and more highly cultured and scientifically advanced than their savage European conquerors.

Media holding up high this Catholic Pope as a paragon of virtue with God-like authority and a reputation purer than snow, has to serve well as a form of rehabilitation of the Papacy itself for the quite substantial amount of people who know of the horrific role of the church during the early centuries of European genocidal subjugation, plunder, enslavement and destruction of cultures and civilizations under the pretense of saving souls in the name of the God of the Christians, a role Popes have continued to play during the recolonialism or neocolonization of world led by an elite of speculating investors on Wall Street.

The career of Jorge Bergoglio, who has been paraded all week before the TV viewing world audience as and angelic Pope Francis, an awesome figure, often as not in the usual regal headdress Popes wore during the Dark Ages of European history, contains nothing outright criminal like the careers of the Popes of the Inquisition, however it does seem to reflect some proclivity not to interfere while the exploited poor are murderously persecuted. Your Archival Research Peoples Historian did a quick Internet search: ‘Pope and Videla,’ and chose for his readers from the first thirty entries that popped up. (General Jorge Rafael Videla was President and dictator of Argentina during the so called ‘Dirty War’ that took place from roughly 1974 to 1983, though it should well be dated from 1969, when military and security forces and right-wing death squads in the form of the Argentine Anticommunist Alliance.) Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, held the top leadership position in the powerful Society of Jesus in Argentina from 1973 to 1979.

The Truth Behind Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis ...
Mar 16, 2013 - The Truth Behind Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis: Breaking the Silence ...

Photo: Pope Francis with Leader of military junta General Jorge Videla.

"Argentina between 1976 and 1983 was wracked by a “dirty war” in which successive military regimes hunted down, tortured and “disappeared” tens of thousands of citizens. …
The dictatorship that followed consigned thousands of Argentineans into military detention. Most were tortured; a few were released, many were eventually murdered. These “disappeared” numbered in all around 30,000.

"Former Argentine military dictator Jorge Rafael Videla recently died in prison while serving a life sentence for his crimes against humanity.

Former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla was announced dead on Friday. At 87, he died while serving life in prison for the abhorrent human rights abuses he conducted during the span of his ruthless military dictatorship from 1976-1983.  

Gen. Videla became president after overthrowing Isabel Martínez de Perón, in a coup d'etat. His dictatorship, referred to as the "Dirty War," is responsible for up to 30,000 disappearances, killings and tortures of subversives. Babies born into "dissident" families were stolen to give to military families.
… most of the controversy is based on his inaction towards the junta military as the leader of Argentina's Jesuits during the Dirty War.
Federico Finchelstein, an Argentine historian at the New School for Social Research in New York, told the New York Times that "The combination of action and inaction by the church was instrumental in enabling the mass atrocities committed by the junta ... Those like Francis that remained in silence during the repression also played by default a central role," he said. "It was this combination of endorsement and either strategic or willful indifference that created the proper conditions for the state killings."
Professor Finchelstein makes a valid point. In a region where church leaders have been vocal against military juntas in the past, it is very troubling that Pope Francis remained silent during such atrocities. It also doesn't help his case that as "the head of the Argentine Conference of Bishops from 2005 to 2011, Francis resisted issuing a formal apology for the church's actions during the Dirty War."
Regardless of the politics behind these accusations, there is a bigger, more disturbing question we should be asking. Why wouldn't a church leader step in or at least speak out while thousands of innocent lives were being kidnapped, tortured, and killed?  His [the Pope’s] duty as a leader of the church is to represent the teachings of Christ, right? Would Jesus sit idly by while such atrocities are taking place? … to think that someone who watched thousands of people die could be chosen as the head of the Roman Catholic Church."

Did Pope Francis Have a Part in Argentina's "Dirty War 
Time Magazine, 3/14/2013
Cover Story: Pope of the Americas)
"Since he was anointed cardinal by Pope John Paul II in Rome in 2000, Jorge Bergoglio has had to contend with repeated allegations over his actions — and inaction — in the years of what is called the 'Dirty War.' Those claims have resurfaced now that he has become Pope Francis, the first Pontiff from the New World.
The general criticism against him has been that raised against most prominent personalities of the period of junta rule: that he perhaps did not do enough at the time to try to stop the generals, that he did not speak out publicly about the thousands of desaparecidos — the disappeared who vanished without a trace and whose mothers protested for answers in a plaza in Buenos Aires.
Bergoglio, as quoted in his own defense in the Time article, rather seems to show himself as an insider of the dictatorship.
“I never believed [the two priests] were involved in subversive activies,” Bergoglio said. “But because of their work with some priests in the slums they were exposed to the paranoia of the witch hunt.” Bergoglio said he moved fast to save their lives. “That same night when I heard of the kidnappings I started to move. I saw Videla twice and I saw Massera. In one of my attempts to meet Videla I found out who the military chaplain was who gave mass to Videla and convinced him to call in sick and managed to be named to replace him.” Bergoglio said that after the mass he managed to speak to Videla about the case, which would not have been an easy task at the time, given the climate of fear that reigned over these issues in Argentina then."

Pope Francis and Argentina's Dirty War: Nine Questions He Needs to Answer
By Steve Weissman, Reader Supported News
22 March 13
"Dogged journalists from Argentina and around the world have raised concern about the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to become Pope Francis. Was he, they ask, complicit with the Argentine military that kidnapped, tortured, raped, killed, and "disappeared" tens of thousands of people starting even before the coup of March 1976? The victims included two bishops and as many as 150 priests and nuns, and the atrocities reached the absolute horror of stealing newborn babies from their mothers and throwing living prisoners from helicopters and airplanes into the South Atlantic. ...
Vatican spokesmen dismiss it as old smears spread by the anti-clerical left. We have heard this spin before, over … the Church's complicity with the Nazi Holocaust ...  Pope Francis needs to do better than that. If he wants to put the dirty war behind him, he needs to provide full and convincing answers to nine deeply disturbing questions.

1. Gen. Jorge Rafael Videla, the imprisoned leader of the military junta, credits Papal Nuncio Pío Laghi, Archbishop Raul Francisco Primatesta, and other Church leaders with advising the military junta and helping handle the situation of the disappeared. "In some cases," the former dictator told Argentina's Revista El Sur, "the Church offered its good offices and told the relatives to give up searching for their child because he [or she] was dead." But the Church only did this, said Videla, "if it was certain that the relatives would not use the information politically" against the junta. How, Your Holiness, do you explain such close collaboration?

2. Church officials in Argentina have repeatedly asked forgiveness for their failure to speak out against the junta's human rights violations, and Bergoglio personally called for the Church to do public penance for the sins of the dirty war. The Church obviously lacked courage and moral clarity, but it was far from silent. It publicly supported the military junta. Cardinal Archbishop Juan Carlos Aramburu gave communion and his blessing to the newly installed dictator, Gen. Videla. Bishop José Miquel Medina, the head chaplain of the armed forces, and other church leaders justified torture, while providing chaplains to help the torturers overcome their moral qualms. In his visit to Buenos Aires in April 1982, Pope John II publicly embraced Videla's successor General Leopoldo Galtieri and refused to meet with the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who were demanding justice for their disappeared relatives. When, Your Holiness, will the Church face up to the depth of its complicity?

3. In 2007, an Argentine court convicted Father Christian von Wernich, a police chaplain, for his complicity in seven murders, 42 abductions, and 31 cases of torture. According to BBC News, several former prisoners testified that he used his position as a priest to win their confidence and then passed what they told him to police torturers and killers. The former prisoners said that he attended several torture sessions and told the torturers that they were doing God's work. Von Wernich is now serving a life sentence. As archbishop, Bergoglio ruled against giving holy communion to politicians and health care workers who facilitate abortion, while allowing von Wernich to remain a priest and provide communion to his fellow prisoners. Does Your Holiness truly believe that Church doctrine on abortion and contraception is more important to uphold than prohibitions against torture and mass murder?

4. In a case directly involving Bergoglio when he was the top Jesuit in Argentina, the army kidnapped, drugged, tortured, and held captive two of his subordinates who had been living and doing social work in a Buenos Aires slum. The army held Fathers Orlando Yorio and the Hungarian-born Franz "Francisco" Jalics blindfolded and in chains for five months and then dumped them half-naked and drugged into a field on the outskirts of the city. Soon after, Father Yorio sent the Jesuit hierarchy in Rome a first-hand report in which he accused Bergoglio of promising to speak to people from the armed forces and assure them that the two priests were not working with the left-wing guerrillas. But, wrote Yorio, Bergoglio spread rumors that we were. "We began to suspect his honesty," wrote Yorio, who reportedly forgave Bergoglio, but never withdrew his charges. Would Your Holiness release the late Father Yorio's full report and your detailed response to it?

5. Father Jalics made similar charges and has never withdrawn them. Now at a monastery in Germany, he says he has forgiven Bergoglio and does not want to comment on the new pontiff's role in what happened. Would Your Holiness ask him, in the name of truth, to testify about what he knows?

6. In 1979, Father Jalics was living in Germany and asked Bergoglio to help him get his passport renewed. Bergoglio made the formal request, but The Guardian has published a typed note from the foreign ministry archives that "appears to prove that Bergoglio said one thing and did the opposite." The note records that Jalics and Yorio "lived in small communities that the Jesuit Superior [Bergoglio] disbanded in February 1976. They refused to obey, requesting that they be removed from the order." According to the note, the information came from Bergoglio, who recommended that the foreign ministry not renew Jalics' passport. How, Your Holiness, do you respond to this damning evidence?

7. Horacio Verbitsky, one of Argentina's best-known investigative journalists, uncovered the above document and interviewed many of the dissident voices within the Church, presenting their evidence in his left-leaning Peronist daily Pagina 12 and his best-selling "El Silencio: De Paulo VI a Bergoglio." He is also a direct participant in the story, having shown the courage after the coup to take up arms in the guerrilla war against the military dictator ...Would Your Holiness ask your defenders to stop trying to kill the messenger and deal with the specific evidence Verbitsky offers?

8. Pope Francis has long talked of making the poor central to the Church, encouraging Christian charity toward them and criticizing inadequate government and even IMF policies. But, in line with John Paul II and Benedict XVI, he worked to suppress Liberation Theology, which called for helping the poor to organize to fight for their own rights. This appears to have been an underlying issue in his treatment of Fathers Yorio and Jalics and in the heated divisions within Argentina's Catholic Church. Will Your Holiness now reopen the debate and allow defenders of Liberation Theology to speak freely within the Church?

9. Horacio Verbitsky and other critics are quick to credit Bergoglio with helping many of the junta's opponents and even hiding them from arrest. "I know people he helped," said Father Yorio's brother Rodolfo. "That's exactly what reveals his two faces, and his closeness to the military powers. He was a master at ambiguity." Over the years, Your Holiness, you have been a reluctant, vague, and often evasive witness about your role – and the role of your fellow priests – in the dirty war. Would you now, in the spirit of truth and reconciliation, give independent journalists and historians access to Church archives, which – along with in-depth interviews and already available government archives – will allow them to set the record straight?"

A veteran of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement and the New Left monthly Ramparts, author Steve Weissman lived for many years in London, working as a magazine writer and television producer. He now lives and works in France, where he writes on international affairs.
Reader Supported News is the Publication of Origin for this work. Permission to republish is freely granted with credit and a link back to Reader Supported News.

It was reported: "Pope Francis urges Catholics in Europe to house refugees."  Good, but what about the refugees themselves fleeing from CIA created and funded ISIS and other CIA funded and organized terrorists invading Syrian over three years because its elected President Assad refuses to step down as demanded by Wall Street’s beholden President Obama? Searching the Internet does not bring up Pope Francis speaking out regarding a fifteen year occupation in Afghanistan by a US coalition that includes every single Caucasian populated nation in the world; likewise nothing by Pope Francis regarding the US bombing of dirt poor Yemen and Somalia for years.

As indicated in the title, this history article is not intended to merely unmask the Pope we are presently being hyped about, but rather to show that the Papacy has long been an instrument of the wealthy who rule misrule us and have brutally misruled most of humanity for many centuries.

Pope Francis, the first ‘Latin American’ Pope was preceded by Benedict XVI, who in his youth was a member of the Hitler Youth; one would not necessarily hold that against him, but for all the proper silence he maintained regarding the US led colonial powers covert invasion and bombing destruction of a small African country by its former colonial owners after it had risen from the poorest colonially exploited nation in Africa to have become by UN designation the 53rd Highest Quality of Life Indexed nation in the world, higher than nine European nations, including Russia.

 If one goolges Benedict’s predecessor ‘Pope John Paul II re’ any of the illegal, murderous and certainly unChristian employ of US military forces during his reign from end of 1978 through April 2005, it will be extraordinary if much can be found of the first Polish Pope criticizing, for example, President Carter helping with aid the Indonesian genocide in East Timor; Carter giving his permission for Gwangju Massacre in Korea to go forward;  the Carter ordered CIA backed Islamic terrorist civil war in Afghanistan mid 1979, against a popular women liberating Socialist government in Kabul; the funding of Osama bin-Ladin; the Reagan ordered paratroop landing and air and naval bombing invasion of tiny Grenada; the El Salvador genocide of hundreds of thousands; the US organized/funded Nicaragua Contra massacres; the US Panama invasion - death toll one thousand; the US slow destruction of Somalia begun under Clinton; Afghanistan invaded, occupied, 2001; Venezuela Chavez government overthrow backed in 2002.
Before the Iraq invasion began in 2003, the Pope John Paul II "opposed" it, but in May of 2004, while the invasion of Iraq was taking the lives the tens of thousands and the bizarre overthrow and kidnapping of President Aristide of Haiti had taken place, Pope John Paul II accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom from a jovial, ‘why me worry’appearing  President George Bush Jr.

It seems a good indication of the priorities of Popes that while Pius XII excommunicated all those who might vote ‘the wrong way’ in the election of 1948, when the Communist Party of Italy, having led the fight against the Fascists, was expected to win the 1948 election, in 1964, the strongest words the well loved and later sainted John XXIII could muster up during the Cuban missile crisis that threatened the possible extinguishing of life on Earth was a plea to the American and Soviet leaders.

Your author was unable to document any reaction of John XXIII’s predecessor John Paul VI to the blatant US involvement in the brutal overthrows of popular governments in Brazil and Bolivia, nor the deadly US invasion and occupation of the Dominican Republic or the massacre of a half million ‘communists’ in Indonesia in which CIA was implicated, during his six years as Pontiff.

Three Popes, Pius XII, John XXIII and Paul VI and six US Presidents, unmistakably beholden to the leadership of powerful Wall Street profiteers of World War Two, oversaw the crucifixion of the population of the soft-spoken Buddhists farming population of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, which the Vichy French fascist colonial occupation army had run for the Japanese to the loss of a million starved to death due to commandeered rice crops to feed the Japanese army.

This article closes with a review tenure of the second Pope mentioned in its title, Pius XII.
The Vatican & the Holocaust:
Pope Pius XII & the Holocaustfrom the Jewish Virtual Library
“Cries for Help
Throughout the Holocaust, Pius XII was consistently besieged with pleas for help on behalf of the Jews.
In the spring of 1940, the Chief Rabbi of Palestine, Isaac Herzog, asked the papal Secretary of State, Cardinal Luigi Maglione to intercede to keep Jews in Spain from being deported to Germany. He later made a similar request for Jews in Lithuania. The papacy did nothing.(5)
Within the Pope's own church, Cardinal Theodor Innitzer of Vienna told Pius XII about Jewish deportations in 1941. In 1942, the Slovakian charge d'affaires, a position under the supervision of the Pope, reported to Rome that Slovakian Jews were being systematically deported and sent to death camps.(6)
In October 1941, the Assistant Chief of the U.S. delegation to the Vatican, Harold Tittman, asked the Pope to condemn the atrocities. The response came that the Holy See wanted to remain "neutral," and that condemning the atrocities would have a negative influence on Catholics in German-held lands.(7)
In late August 1942, after more than 200,000 Ukrainian Jews had been killed, Ukrainian Metropolitan Andrej Septyckyj wrote a long letter to the Pope, referring to the German government as a regime of terror and corruption, more diabolical than that of the Bolsheviks. The Pope replied by quoting verses from Psalms and advising Septyckyj to "bear adversity with serene patience."(8)
On September 18, 1942, Monsignor Giovanni Battista Montini, the future Pope Paul VI, wrote, "The massacres of the Jews reach frightening proportions and forms."(9) Yet, that same month when Myron Taylor, U.S. representative to the Vatican, warned the Pope that his silence was endangering his moral prestige, the Secretary of State responded on the Pope's behalf that it was impossible to verify rumors about crimes committed against the Jews.(10)
Wladislaw Raczkiewicz, president of the Polish government-in-exile, appealed to the Pope in January 1943 to publicly denounce Nazi violence. Bishop Preysing of Berlin did the same, at least twice. Pius XII refused.(11)
Papal Reasons & Responses
The Pope finally gave a reason for his consistent refusals to make a public statement in December 1942. The Allied governments issued a declaration, "German Policy of Extermination of the Jewish Race," which stated that there would be retribution for the perpetrators of Jewish murders. When Tittman asked Secretary of State Maglione if the Pope could issue a similar proclamation, Maglione said the papacy was "unable to denounce publicly particular atrocities."(12) One reason for this position was that the staunchly anti-communist Pope felt he could not denounce the Nazis without including the Communists.”

Pope Pius dutifully was silent on the US post WW II War invasion of a Korea the US had recognized as territory of Imperial Japan during the forty years from the administration of Teddy Roosevelt through all four of Franklin Roosevelt in return for Japanese recognition of the Philippines as US territory. Likewise silent on the overthrow of a democratic all peninsula Korean government allowed by the departing Japanese, replacing it first with a US Military government and then installing the mass murdering dictator Singman Rhee (whose name is never mentioned in today's South Korea), and the eventual genocidal bombing flat of Korea South and North by US bombers with the UN flag painted on their fuselage.

Required Reading for those interested in the main theme of this article.
The Vatican in World Politics, twice Book-of-the-Month and going through 57 editions, one of the best-selling books of all time. It has been translated into most major languages including Chinese, Russian and most recently, Korean - and on pdf.

Author Avro Manhattan was the world's foremost authority on Roman Catholicism in politics. A resident of London, during World War II he operated a radio station called "Radio Freedom" broadcasting to occupied Europe.
He was the author of over 20 books. He was a Great Briton who risked his life daily to expose some of the darkest secrets of the Papacy. His books were #1 on the Forbidden Index for the past 50 years!!
A short biography of Baron Avro Manhattan
Born April 6, 1914, in Milan, Italy, of American and Swiss/Dutch parents. He was educated at the Sorbonne in Paris and the London School of Economics. He was jailed in Italy for refusing to serve in the Fascist dictator Mussolini's army. While imprisoned in the Alps he wrote his first book on astronomy.
During the war, Mr. Manhattan operated a radio station called Radio Freedom broadcasting to the partisans in occupied Europe. For this service he was made a Knight of Malta. His aristocratic roots meant that he was a Knight of the House of Savoy as well as a Knight Templar and a Knight of the Order of Mercedes.
He was a member of the Royal Society of Literature and the British Interplanetary Society.

 Jay Janson is an archival research peoples historian activist, musician and writer; has lived and worked on all continents in 67 countries; articles on media published in China, Italy, UK, India, Sweden and the US; now resides in NYC; First effort was a series of articles on deadly cultural pollution endangering seven areas of life emanating from Western corporate owned commercial media published in Hong Kong's Window Magazine 1993; Howard Zinn lent his name to various projects of his; Global Research; Information Clearing House; Counter Currents, Kerala, India; Minority Perspective, UK; Einartysken, Sweden: Saker Vineyard, Germany; Dissident Voice; Ta Kung Pao; Uruknet; Voice of Detroit; Mathaba; Ethiopian Review; Palestine Chronicle; India Times; MalaysiaSun; China Daily; South China Morning Post; Come Home America; CubaNews; TurkishNews; HistoryNews Network; Vermont Citizen News have published his articles; 300 of which are available at: click ; Weekly column, South China Morning Post, 1986-87; reviews for Ta Kung Bao; article China Daily, 1989. Is coordinator of the Howard Zinn co-founded King Condemned US Wars International Awareness Campaign: (King Condemned US Wars) and website historian of the Ramsey Clark co-founded Prosecute US Crimes Against Humanity Now Campaign featuring a country by country history of US crimes and laws pertaining.
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An Injury to One with Ajamu Baraka (SOAPBOX PODCAST 9/27)

Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
September 27, 2015

GUEST: Ajamu Baraka

TOPIC: Enlightened analysis of Syria and Sanders, etc

As Brother Ajamu points out in this interview, citizens of the US, for the most part, feel no solidarity with those outside our borders.

Some are willing to trade the lives/livelihoods of those outside the US borders for campaign promises of mild reform.

The mantra of the Wobblies, "An Injury to One is an Injury to All" does not just apply to worker solidarity, but international solidarity with other human beings on this increasingly smaller planet we share.



Saturday, September 26, 2015

10 Easy Ways for Men to Smash Gender Roles | Mickey Z.

Photo credit: Mickey Z.Photo credit: Mickey Z.

Mickey Z. -- World News Trust
Sept. 26, 2015

Let’s face it, whenever we hear about someone “challenging gender roles,” it usually looks like this. Or maybe even this

Now, I’m not here to rant about guyliner but I’d like to strongly propose that revolutionary gender non-conformity should involve addressing, challenging, and changing the most common -- and most dangerous -- male behaviors. 

With that in mind, here are 10 radically simple ways men can get started right now: 
  1. Don’t rape and don’t be a rape apologist (99.8 percent of those in prison for rape in the United States are men and 0 percent of these rapists committed their atrocity because the victim was “asking for it”).
  2. Don’t murder women (or men or children or, basically, everyone).
  3. Don’t be a pedophile.
  4. Don’t physically or emotionally assault your domestic partner.
  5. Don’t jerk off to pornography; don’t let boys have access to pornography.
  6. Don’t be a john; don’t accept the postmodern mantra about prostituted women/girls and “choice,” and don’t eroticize pain, fear, and shame via BDSM and “kink.”
  7. Don’t tell misogynist jokes or use misogynist language or allow other men to do so in your presence.
  8. Don’t harass, cat call, stare (“male gaze”), mansplain, or manspread.
  9. Don’t call yourself a feminist, don’t ever say “not all men,” and don’t engage in patriarchal reversals.
  10. Don’t penetrate female-only safe spaces.
Bonus entry: Don’t be too proud of yourself for adhering to these guidelines because they are the very least any man can do to challenge prescribed gender roles. 

I repeat: This. Is. The. Absolute. Least. We. Can. Do.
Since you now have 10 don’ts to follow, here are 10 things to do
  1. Listen to, validate, respect, appreciate, trust and defend females.
  2. Learn from females. 
  3. Rediscover how to be silent, how to relinquish the spotlight, the stage, the microphone, the platform.  
  4. Support women and girls in all their valiant efforts to bring down patriarchy.
  5. Do the work to educate ourselves and learn to recognize the deeper connections, the roots. 
  6. Commit to addressing and surrendering all the socialization and privilege that automatically comes along with being born male. 
  7. Reject the masculinity paradigm and stop conforming to macho ideals and conditioning.
  8. Identify.
  9. Unlearn.
  10. Evolve. (Each day, every day.)
All of this (and more) adds up to a deeper understanding that gender is a social construct. It is, by design, oppression. Top-down oppression: Males, as a class, oppressing females as a class. To provoke authentic, sustainable social change, gender must be abolished and men must play a major part in such an epic rebellion.

Oh, before you embark on this journey to topple phallocracy, there’s one more “don’t,” guys: DON’T whine about how patriarchy hurts men, too. Of course it does… and that’s not the point. 

To borrow from Andrea Dworkin: “Men who want to support women in our struggle for freedom and justice should understand that it is not terrifically important to us that they learn to cry; it is important to us that they stop the crimes of violence against us.”
Yes, most of all, we must openly and relentlessly name the problem: US

We are the problem. Men are the problem. Patriarchy, male supremacy, male pattern violence -- and all the institutional structures created to maintain and obscure this necrophilic system. 
We must name the problem, over and over again, until we stop being the problem.


Mickey Z. is the author of 13 books, most recently Occupy these Photos: NYC Activism Through a Radical Lens. Until the laws are changed or the power runs out, he can be found on the Web here and here. Anyone wishing to support his activist efforts can do so by making a donation here.

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Powerful voices back Occupy Peace

Global forecaster Gerald Celente's vision for creating a new kind of peace movement became a super-charged reality when his Occupy Peace rally took over the streets of historic Kingston, NY, on Sept. 20, 2015, to the beat of many different drums and the words of some of the country's most provocative and thoughtful challengers of the status quo.

Motioning toward the nearby Ulster County Court House, Celente told the crowd that the seeds of political freedom and liberty had first been planted there, seeds that ultimately comprised 90 percent of the country's constitution.

"And now they've been taken away from us by mad men and mad women that can't stop the march to war."

He told the crowd, "You are the beginning of the new movement to occupy peace, not only abroad but to bring peace back home, because that military mindset is robbing us of our freedom and liberty too."

With those words, the platform of Occupy Peace was launched, to the rousing sounds of "Ain't Gonna Study War No More."
We need a new peace movement

Robert Thurman took the stage under sunny skies and declared that as a friend of his teacher the Dalai Lama, "we need a new peace movement."

"Peace movements of the past have not really overcome Rockwell International or Boeing or General Electric — all of the corporations that have made fortunes from war and have done so for the past hundred years," he said. "They're undermining our freedoms and impoverishing our country."

As fierce as his attack was on what he called "corporatist fascism," Thurman cautioned the crowd against fighting back by becoming like their enemy.

"Where do you start occupying peace? You have to start in your heart and soul. Even those bad guys who bomb and do horrible things 
 they're just unhappy and frustrated and confused . . . they're misguided and so they continue doing bad stuff."

"We should not be like them. We shouldn't hate them. We can be angry with them and forcefully oppose them, but not with hatred in our hearts."

Thurman listed a number those "horrible things" done against the American people, including what he called the "coup d'etat" following the 2000 presidential election and the fact that to the rest of the world "America is more feared than ISIS."

In light of the situation, Thurman acknowledged "we have a big job ahead of us:"

"And the only way we can successfully do it is if we do it happily."

Being happy in the face of the depredations practiced by the "biological robots" who run the country is a real challenge, he said.

Being happy is also the only way to defeat terrorism, he said, so much so that "even if they kill you, you die happy."

He said he'd made up a new word that day.

"Make sure that when you die 
 and we all die, whether in peace or war  make sure it's a 'die-gasm.' Once you get in that mood, once you get that happy, you can oppose war and violence because you will be loving. Because you will be kind. You will even love the evil- doers. And that's the only way to be."
Living well in a poisoned world

Nutritionist and alternative health advocate Gary Null identified an enemy of the people that is particularly insidious: the American medical establishment, with all its lobbyists, paid-off officials, corrupt bureaucrats and corporate exploiters.

One of the most dangerous positions a person can find themselves in is in a hospital bed, he said.

"The number one cause of death in America is American medicine," he said. Between 560,000 and 700,000 people die every year of preventable illnesses and conditions. Ten million more a year are injured.

The only kind word Null had for American medicine was reserved for emergency room personnel and procedures.

At the same time, healthcare is the country's number one economic expense, running to $3.5 trillion a year.

"Diabetes rates are higher in this country than anywhere in the world. Obesity rates are as well. And all the treatments don't reverse these conditions."

Echoing Thurman (who had previously said Null should be appointed head of the FDA), Null said "love has the greatest capacity to heal."

Null extolled the actions taken over the years by Ralph Nader, who he called "the man who's made more change than any non-politician in American history."

Saying that he'd been told by liberal Democrats that Nader was no longer welcome in the Democratic Party, Null provided a vision of a world where, if Nader had been elected president, "we'd have had sustainable agriculture, we wouldn't have a corrupt FDA, the surgeon general would be teaching preventive medicine, there'd be money for public schools and not charter schools. . . "

"So the next time some liberal Democrat tells you Ralph Nader is somehow no longer relevant, let him know that ain't true."
Who’s minding the store?

Cindy Sheehan made it clear from the start: the government that's running this country isn't her government.

Sheehan made headlines when, after her son was killed in Iraq in 2004, she set up a makeshift encampment outside then-President George Bush's Texas ranch.

She described herself as "a vegan anti-war revolutionary" who woke up every morning hoping for more opportunities "to collapse this evil empire."

The trouble is, anti-war sentiment and activities have become partisan.

Sheehan said she'd been "harassed" and criticized by a fellow leftist for attending the Occupy Peace rally and somehow undermining the anti-war movement "by consorting with libertarians and with Ron Paul people."

"First of all, I told this guy "what anti-war movement are you talking about?"
I'll go anywhere, I'll speak to anybody, as long as they are saying crush the empire."

She, like Null, was critical of liberal Democrats in power:

"I can guarantee you, if Romney had won, if McCain had won, and they were doing what Obama is doing, there would be millions of people in the streets."

The terrorists described in the news everyday don't frighten her, she said.

"If you want to find terrorists, you don't have to look any further than Washington D.C."

She said she agreed with Gerald Celente that the country needs a peace movement "with teeth," but one that remains non-violent.

"It's been really lonely since Obama became president," she said. "It's because the anti-war movement is mostly partisan. They make excuses for their leaders instead of demands. So they're not comfortable with me, because I make the same demands on the Obama regime that I made on the Bush regime. And I'll do the same to the next regime until people of good conscience, revolutionaries like us, take over our communities."
An iconic activist

It was left to the indefatigable Ralph Nader, America's quintessential outsider / activist, to put the Occupy Peace rally into historical perspective.
He addressed skeptics who wondered at his interest in speaking at such a small venue as Kingston, since everybody knows only large rallies in places like New York City make an impact.

"Historically, the greatest movements started from small towns and rural areas. I wonder why."

He answered his own question by paying homage to half a dozen war resistance groups and individuals who didn't listen when people told them their efforts wouldn't make a difference. He invoked the name of Helene Young, the Peace Pilgrim, the Women's Strike for Peace, the Quakers and SANE.

"Less than one percent can turn this country around," he said. It was a point he made repeatedly throughout his hour-long presentation.

When it comes to modern weaponry, Nader said "enough is never enough" for the country's major armaments contractors.
He gave as an example a single Trident submarine, armed with multiple warhead missiles, could vaporize within 35 minutes 200 cities in a nuclear strike.

And when it comes to fighting terrorism, the U. S. is recruiting more converts to the Taliban and ISIS than they can convert themselves. What started off as a handful of men in Northeastern Afghanistan has grown to tens of thousands of fighters after the U.S.'s relentless insistence on bombing suspected terrorists, which have included thousands of innocent civilians.

"They call it 'blowback," Nader said.

Nader urged the crowd to follow up on the rally by doing what earlier war resisters did 
 gather in living rooms and talk about what could be done.

He suggested people support a bill that, if Congress or the White House wants to go to war, requires the children and grandchildren of elected officials to be drafted in the armed services.

"That will induce deliberations. They'll start returning your phone calls then," he said.

Returning to his theme of how few people are needed to change government, Nader provided the numbers: he said that one percent of the population, roughly 250,00 people, working for between 200 and 400 hours a year in each of the country's congressional districts, "can turn this country around."

He concluded his presentation with two of his favorite quotes. The first was from a 14th century Chinese philosopher, who said "To know and not to do is not to know." The second was from the Roman philosopher Marcus Cicero, who said "freedom is participation in power."

He predicted that "We're here to initiate a new burst of energy to wage peace," he said. to build on the determined work of other war resisters and peace advocates.

But it was Nader, the only man in the crowd wearing a suit and tie, who sought to emphasized the importance of "small town" gathering like Occupy Peace.

Historically, the greatest movements have started in small towns and rural areas," he said.

The Occupy Peace rally in Kingston would serve as a model that could be spread across the country via the Internet.

After paying homage to half a dozen national anti-war and anti-nuk e movements that began in small towns and living rooms over the years, movements that did the impossible, he said that it's been proven historically that "you only need one percent of thr population to turn things around."

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Occupy This Question: What’s Changed in 4 Years? | Mickey Z.

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Sept. 23, 2015

I was training a client on the morning of Sept. 18 when she mentioned she saw something about Occupy Wall Street on the news the night before. 

"Yeah, yesterday was the fourth anniversary," I explained.

"It looked quiet," she said. "Did you go?" 
I shook my head "no."

She did another set of exercises and then asked: "So, what's changed in four years?"

After a long, deep sigh, I replied: "That's a really depressing question."

Choosing not to fall back on privileged platitudes (“Occupy changed the conversation,” etc.), I instead made a sarcastic crack about how so many occupiers are now actively campaigning for a Democratic presidential candidate… and moved on with my client’s workout. 

When I got home, I pondered her question more. I contemplated how swiftly and easily the movement was co-opted and how intensely a few diehards were punished. I even looked back at some of the thousands of photos I took during the first year and saw a sea of mostly white faces. I scolded myself for believing this was a revolution.

Then… I did the hard work. The real work. I decided to try honestly answering my client’s question. 
What’s changed, she asked? Well, brace yourselves, comrades… 

Thanks to us not finding a way to halt or slow or even identify the patriarchal, white supremacist capitalist machine, here’s a teeny tiny glimpse at what’s been going on since OWS “changed the conversation” on Sept. 17, 2011:

Since approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth every day, that means about 1.2 million have died in the past four years.

Some 2,660 children are born into poverty each day in the Land of Opportunity™. Over the course of four years, that adds up to roughly 3.8 million.

Let’s take that focus on kids to a global level. The United Nations estimates 29,158 children under the age of five die each day from preventable causes. Four years = 42 million.
Please read that again: 42 million children under the age of five have died from preventable causes since the first “mic check” echoed across Zuccotti Park.

While we’re thinking globally, why not consider how the rest of the world might answer my client’s question? What’s changed in four years? More drones and bombs and other humanitarian weapons, more invasions, more occupations, more poverty, more disease, more repression, more rapes, more refugees, more prisons, more dehumanization, more marginalization, more environmental racism, and, of course: much, much, much more profits for transnational corporations, and much, much, much less hope for everyone else.

Also, thanks to Occupy, we’ve been told that the problem is, well… anything from the Federal Reserve to fracking to student debt to NYPD tactics. Outside of a few activists, no one is actually naming the problem. No one is talking about the foundation, the root: patriarchy
As a result, the past four years have offered no respite for females as a class. Institutional misogyny, rape culture, prostitution, pedophilia, reproductive repression, pornography, conscious erasure, and straight-up femicide remain the norm under phallo-centric rule.

The inevitable outcome of such a male-dominated structure is, of course, ecocide. The all-out assault against our Mother Earth, our landbase, our source of sustenance. 

On that note, I’ll offer a few ecosystem-based answers to my client’s query. 

Since Sept. 17, 2011: 324 tons of mercury were emitted into the atmosphere for global electric power generation; roughly 5 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, storm water, and industrial waste were discharged into U.S. waters; and the Mississippi River carried 6 million metric tons of nitrogen pollution into the Gulf of Mexico (creating a dead zone the size of New Jersey).

Some 292 million acres of rain forest have been destroyed; 19 billion tons of toxic chemicals and 2 trillion tons of pesticides have been released across the globe; and at least a quarter-million plant and animal species have gone extinct.

(And, since 800 trillion microbeads of plastic enter waste waters every single day -- and that’s just in the U.S. -- I’ll let someone else do the math as to what that adds up to over four years.)
Let’s not forget overfishing, deforestation, desertification, ocean acidification, spread of GM crops, melting glaciers, mountaintop mining, tar sands extraction, factory farming, off-shore drilling, topsoil erosion, and the ever-widening impact of the planet’s worst polluter: The U.S. Department of (so-called) Defense.

I could go on… and on and on and on. The damage is relentless and ongoing and impervious to Occupy-related tactics and self-perception.
None of our exhibitionist acting out or our Instagram selfies or our clever memes or our accumulation of social media notifications or our sign waving and petition signing and drum banging got us any closer to the root causes and certainly no where near to creating sustainable social change.

What could/should we be doing? 

Suggested first steps: 
  • Admit we’ve been tragically ineffective
  • Recognize the sheer scope of what we’re up against
  • Identify the root, foundational causes
I know plenty of folks will dismiss all this as Mickey Z. being negative again. I’ve heard the “gloom and doom” canard for years, but let’s bring to back to where we started: the gym.

When someone first starts training with me, they’re likely to tell me all about their (unhealthy) lifestyle and ask what I can do to help. If that person has alarmingly high blood pressure or seems to need some kind of medical clearance before training, am I being “negative” by pointing this out?

It might be more upbeat if I complimented them on their outfit or their handwriting but by no measure is it more helpful. Would they want me to “alter the conversation” without giving them any new information or tools? Nope, they came to me so I could name the problem and together, we’d start working on a plan to address it.

This approach may not be popular in age of social media narcissism and postmodern navel gazing, but without it, we might as well start chanting now: FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!

Mickey Z. is the author of 13 books, most recently Occupy these Photos: NYC Activism Through a Radical Lens. Until the laws are changed or the power runs out, he can be found on the Web here and here. Anyone wishing to support his activist efforts can do so by making a donation here.

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OCCUPY PEACE with Gerald Celente (SOAPBOX PODCAST 9/21)

SEPTEMBER 21, 2015


Occupy Peace Rally, 9/20/15

This week, Cindy chats with the director of the Trends Research Institute, Gerald Celente about his new initiative for peace:,3565
Cindy at Occupy Peace (click for photo gallery) 

OCCUPIED by Anthony Freda 




Thank you to all who showed up to hear brave, eloquent voices of peace, sanity and morality at Occupy Peace in Kingston. NY.

Some random impressions I took away from this important event:

We live in an age where war crimes are routine and met with excuses instead of indictments.

HALF of the federal budget goes to fund the war machine.

We have a Constitution that gives us the power to fix our corrupt system, but we don't use it.

I am anti-war, not just anti-Republican war.

We have glittering gambling casinos and crumbling schools and infrastructure.

We live in a country where inertia, apathy and cynicism are the rule, but if a small fraction of us take action, we can change history.

We can write a bill that would mandate all eligible children of members of Congress join the military when Congress votes to start a new war of aggression.

People in other countries are literally dying to get the freedoms we have while we give them away without a fight.

Peace is a tough sell in the age of Obama, because Democrats care more about party loyalty than any ideals of peace and freedom.

We live in a perverse time where partisan hypocrisy is hidden in plain sight and only a few dare point it out.

If a Republican were committing global acts of military aggression instead of a Democrat, the anti-war movement would be a powerful, political force in this country. 

When you vote for war, don't be surprised when you get it. It does not matter if their name is Bush or Clinton.

Freedom is participation in power.


Cindy's speech :