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Truthout Daily Digest Friday, 10 October 2014


Big Pharma Lobbies Hard to End India’s Distribution of Affordable Generic Drugs

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Aid organizations are calling on Indian leaders to resist US pressure to change India’s patent laws in favor of the pharmaceutical industry, which the organizations believe would drive up prices of lifesaving drugs, making it more difficult to treat patients in the developing world.

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Mainstream News Coverage of Ukraine, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Shows Western Propaganda Machine at Work

Dan Falcone, Truthout: Media analyst Edward S. Herman, co-author with Noam Chomsky of Manufacturing Consent, discusses the blatant propaganda in mainstream media coverage of the events in Ukraine.

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Raven Is a Shade of Black

Eisa Ulen, Truthout: Child star Raven Symone “set the Twitter on fire” when she insisted she is not African American. Her comments tow the post-racial line. But we are not post-racial. What we are, is post-Trayvon, post-Ferguson, post-“Bring Back Our Girls.”

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Amy Goodman | Ferguson October: Activists Call for Nationwide Convergence to Demand Justice for Michael Brown

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Demonstrations over the police killing of an unarmed teenager in St. Louis, Missouri, continued for a second night ahead of a national weekend of action in nearby Ferguson over the police killing of Michael Brown two months ago.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript

Absolutely Must Go: The US Military vs. the Exiles of Diego Garcia

Clare Bayard, Truthout: The United States and United Kingdom must agree by December whether to affirm the 20-year optional extension of the US lease on the Indian Ocean island Diego Garcia – which was predicated on the illegal clearance of the indigenous Chagossian population.

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The Despotic Chimpanzee and the Ultra-Rich

Lorenzo Del Savio and Matteo Mameli, Truthout: Only a new form of reverse dominance can free us from oligarchic domination, make us genuinely free and create a human society that properly respects our equal dignity.

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Buyer Beware: Latest Documentary From the Tickells Promotes Natural Gas

Lauren Steiner, Truthout: While purporting to advocate for consumer choice and low prices at the pump, the new filmPump promotes alternative fuels like ethanol, methanol from natural gas and compressed natural gas that can only be obtained through the noxious process of fracking.

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Another African-American Teen Killed by Police in St. Louis

Robin Marty, Care2: We still don’t have a grand jury ruling regarding the case of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old African American shot by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson. Now, another shooting in St. Louis is bringing up the same questions in a community that hasn’t healed from the original incident.

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How the Politics of Immigration Is Driving Mass Deportation

Ian Haney López, Moyers & Company: It’s not immigration itself driving mass deportation; rather, it’s the politics of immigration. But this isn’t a simple Democrat/GOP split, for there are many Republicans who support immigration reform. Rather, there’s a split on the right, with the Tea Party taking a hard line on immigration.

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How Many Black Histories We Still Don’t Know: An Interview With Simone Leigh

Joe Osmundson, The Feminist Wire: “Simone Leigh made an art installation that is centered around the work done by black women – as nurses – to care for bodies and communities. She has given us much to consider. I suppose the sustainability of this self-care and community can only be ours to carry forward.”

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Why Are We Using Prisons to Treat the Mentally Ill?

Brave New Films, Brave New Foundation: The new documentary OverCriminalized tackles how police handle mental health, substance abuse and homelessness.

Watch the Video

Olive Garden Executives Parachute Away

Sarah Anderson, OtherWords: The nation’s largest full-service restaurant chain is sending three top executives off with $68 million while paying workers $2.13 per hour. For the vast majority of servers working in its full-service chain restaurants, gold-plated perks are unimaginable.

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Economic Update: Why Economics Is Poorly Understood

Richard D. Wolff, Truthout: This episode covers updates on GM recalls, Cuba’s investment in medical training and Germany’s end-all tuition requirements. We also discuss why education on economics is so poor, and a report from the Santa Fe movement for public banking.

Listen to the Radio Segment


Seattle Discovers the Truth, Dumps Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It’s been a pivotal, unjust and enduring false narrative that Columbus “discovered” the Americas.

Read the BuzzFlash Commentary

Supreme Court Blocks Wisconsin’s Restrictive Voter ID Law

Read the Article at MSNBC

Why Are Media Playing Lapdog on War in Iraq and Syria?

Read the Article at The Guardian

How John Oliver Won the Internet

Read the Article at Salon

Congressional Report on Authorized Disclosures to Media Is Classified

Read the Article at the Federation of American Scientists

Pakistani Teen, Indian Activist Win Nobel Peace Prize

Read the Article at Reuters

Lego Ends Deal With Shell Oil After Environmental Protests

Read the Article at US Today

Obama Weighs Options to Close Guantanamo

Read the Article at The Wall Street Journal

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The Oracle Report | Saturday, October 11 – Sunday, October 12, 2014



Oracle Report Saturday, October 11 – Sunday, October 12

Saturday, October 11 – Sunday, October 12, 2014

Disseminating Moon Phase: share thoughts, feelings, ideas

Moon in Taurus/Gemini (Saturday at 11:51 am ET/3:51 pm UT)

Skill: embrace destiny

Negative Imprint: repeating patterns, hidden and hiding, deception, violation of trust, lured away, trying to gain approval, false impressions, fooling

Positive Imprint: transcending fear, connection with the ancient, moving on, feeding the soul, emulation, truth, innocent offerings

Some element of destiny crosses our paths, collectively and individually, this weekend. The Sun is conjunct the North Node, delivering signs, opportunities, alternatives, and movement toward what we need. A high degree of foreshadowing of the future is also visible.

That said, yesterday a reader from southeastern Virginia sent me a photograph of several CDC trailers staged behind a mall.

The Sabian symbol of the degree of Mars reinforces the need for preparedness: in winter people cutting ice from a frozen pond for summer use. There is no need to panic. Wise owls have known about the high potential for something like this developing this month since the beginning of the year. The signs are there that we need to make preparations. It is time to respond.

We’ve moved into the Disseminating phase of the Moon, the time of the lunar month when we share our thoughts, feelings, and insights at this point. We share and from the sharing comes greater understanding. Sharing our wisdom – what we’ve experienced and learned – is very, very important throughout this Moon phase. People may need help understanding something critical to their future.

Light/information is beaming in all month and is activating our brains like pop-rocks. The Moon moving into Gemini will accelerate the process, so it may be necessary to slow down the tempo for ourselves or others in order to get the message. We will be processing all that is being revealed for several months.

Saturday’s energy may try to take you down a road with which you are all too familiar. Choose to go (respond) a different way. Transcend it instead of doing it the same way. Use your imagination to fly above it to something better. Take the form of a bird or a superhero or whatever you like, but don’t repeat the pattern of the past. Make the shift.

Sunday’s energy begins a window when we need to be vigilant to the ways of the minions of the new (unnatural) world order. The Sun will be in aspect to the Eris Point (the degree of Eris when it was discovered and the favored degree for forwarding the Illuminati control agenda) and then the planet Eris. It’s ritualistic energy. The false flag attack via viruses has already begun, but there is heightened potential for more to be added to the mix, so wise owls are aware. Banking is always highlighted with Eris.

It is a task for the greatest spiritual warriors to hold the line of light while being simultaneously and intimately aware of the ugliness that is being undertaken. As I said in the audio recording back at the beginning of the lunar, this is not a drill. This is real. As change rapidly unfolds in our world, we reinforce our grounded connection with Gaia Sophia. It is with her that we maintain sanity when dark forces conspire to destroy life. Turn to nature often for reinforcement and the reminder of all the good things about life. There are good things about life now, but, in the future, there will be many, many more. This is where wise owls are aimed. We deftly respond to transfer this to the future.

Find beauty within it all this weekend. It’s our destiny.

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U.S. Foreign Policy Deceptions Began a Long Time Ago | Mickey Z. – World News Trust

U.S. Foreign Policy Deceptions Began a Long Time Ago | Mickey Z.

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

Mickey Z. — World News Trust

Oct. 10, 2014

As I witness folks debate and deflect about the behind-the-scenes realities of ISIS, Occupy Central, etc., it depresses me to realize how little of our own history is known or discussed — even by those far outside the mainstream.

As Michael Parenti once declared: “The enormous gap between what U.S. leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant political mythology.”

Thus, in the name of context, I thought it might be useful to offer some historical perspective on exactly how the Land of the Free™ operates.

Hitler’s Favorite Commando
Commonly referred to by the German press as “Hitler’s favorite commando,” Otto “Scarface” Skorzeny was six feet, four inches tall and 220 pounds with, says Christopher Simpson, “appropriately arrogant ‘Aryan’ features and a five-inch dueling scar down his left cheek.” It was Skorzeny that Hitler called upon to execute the daring rescue of Benito Mussolini when the dictator’s enemies in Italy placed him under house arrest in 1943.

Mussolini was initially imprisoned on the island of Ponza, some 35 miles off the coast of Italy. Using contacts cultivated by German agents well established within the Italian hierarchy, Skorzeny learned of Il Duce’s whereabouts and of his subsequent transfer to the Gran Sasso skiing area of Apennine Mountains. The hulking Scarface proceeded to execute a stunning rescue against impossible odds, thus ingratiating himself with his Führer.

“Hitler loved him,” says Simpson. Allen Dulles of the OSS (and later the CIA) had a bit of a crush on him, too.

Like Reinhard Gehlenbefore him, Skorzeny wisely surrendered himself to the United States in the last hours of the Third Reich… after which he was promptly acquitted of war crimes and managed to “escape” from an internment camp… leaving behind a note that proclaimed he had “only done my duty to my Fatherland.”

In the ensuing years, Scarface Skorzeny worked his mayhem while on the CIA payroll. It was in Egypt, in the late 40s and early 50s, that the Nazi killer left his mark on the international theater. At the special request of Gehlen, the CIA sent Skorzeny to replace King Farouk with an Egyptian general named Mohammed Naguib.

Scarface felt at home in the Middle East where he saw a chance to renew his anti-Semitic, fascist propensities. He threw his support behind rising star Gamal Abdel Nasser and used CIA money to import over 100 former SS cronies to aid in his efforts.

In a twist Hollywood could never conjure, the U.S.-funded Scarface would indirectly face off against another U.S.-funded criminal and murderer. Read on.

The Mafia’s Henry Kissinger
In the first three months following Pearl Harbor, the United States and its allies lost more than 120 merchant ships to German U-boats in the waters off the American coast. Suspicion of enemy infiltration grew and the investigative section of U.S. Naval Intelligence in the New York area, the B-3, began to collaborate with mobsters who dominated the New York City docks.

Their first contact was Joseph “Socks” Lanza, but with multiple racketeering indictments, Lanza’s motives began to be questioned by his cohorts. It was time to for the B-3 to aim higher. “Operation Underworld,” as the Navy called it, led directly to Lucky Luciano.

Salvatore C. Luciana, a.k.a. Charles “Lucky” Luciano, was known as the first of the modern Mafia bosses. He had been in prison since 1936 and, as of May 1942, still had 24 years of his sentence to serve, followed by inevitable deportation orders. However, Luciano wasn’t nicknamed “Lucky” for nothing… he had something the Navy wanted and all they needed was to find a like-minded soul to convince him to share. In 1942, the Navy reached out to Meyer Lansky.

A mobster of legendary reputation, Lansky — once dubbed “the Mafia’s Henry Kissinger” by comedian Jackie Mason — was already active in domestic anti-Nazi circles when the navy contacted him. During the mid-1930s, Lansky and his henchmen would regularly break up pro-Nazi meetings in the United States.

On one occasion, journalist Walter Winchell tipped off the underworld chieftain about a gathering that would feature none other than the leader of the German-American Bund, Fritz Kuhn, scheduled to take place in Yorkville, Manhattan’s German neighborhood.

Lansky recalled that night as follows: “We got there that evening and found several hundred people dressed in their brown shirts. The stage was decorated with a swastika and pictures of Hitler. There were only about 15 of us, but we went into action.”

“Lansky’s volunteers threw firecrackers and started fights,” says Lansky’s biographer, Robert Lacey, “so that the meeting degenerated into chaos.” As a result, the assembled audience did not get to hear Fritz Kuhn speak that night.

With a proven anti-Nazi background and many years of lucrative collaboration with Luciano as collateral, Meyer Lansky was a natural for Operation Underworld. In no time, he had Luciano transferred to Great Meadow, “the state’s unprison-looking prison” in the town of Comstock, 60 miles north of Albany.

“We went up by train to Albany,” Lansky recalled, “and from Albany we get a car to take us to the prison.” Almost overnight, stories of lavish banquets became commonplace, although prison authorities and New York Governor Thomas Dewey denied such allegations.

Luciano put out the word on June 4, 1942, and by June 27, eight German secret agents were arrested in New York and Chicago thanks to information provided by patriots who moonlighted as murderers, loan sharks, and gamblers. In November of that same year, with Socks Lanza mediating, a threatened longshoreman’s strike was averted… much to the navy’s delight.

It wasn’t long before the U.S. government would call on its favorite professional criminals for help in the actual fighting of WWII. As the Allies took control of North Africa and began to contemplate an assault on Sicily, military planners realized that they were too unfamiliar with the coastline of the Italian island to undertake such a venture.

In a flash, Lansky recruited an illegal gambling cohort, Joe Adonis, to dig up some Sicilians in New York City. Soon, thesepadrones, as they were called, were meeting at the headquarters for navy intelligence at 90 Church Street to peruse a giant map of their homeland. The results are, as they say, history.

In the small hours of July 10, 1943, Lieutenant Paul Alfieri landed on Licata Beach and made contact with local Sicilians who told him the secret location of Italian Naval Command, hidden in a nearby holiday vista. Inside, Alfieri discovered “the entire disposition of the Italian and German Naval forces in the Mediterranean — together with minefields located in the Mediterranean area-together with overlays of these minefields, prepared by the Germans, showing the safe-conduct routes through the mines.”

Once the Allies had landed in Sicily and met with Luciano’s contacts, they were aided on the ground throughout the entire venture. This was especially true for General George S. Patton, the commander of the Seventh Army.

“Patton was a general of extraordinary martial dexterity, but the 60,000 troops and countless booby traps in his path should have given him at least a few problems,” says author Jonathan Vankin. “His way has been cleared by Sicily’s Mafia boss Calogero Vizzini, at the request of Luciano.”

While Lacey downplays such stories, he does mention “dark tales of planes dropping flags and handkerchiefs bearing the letter L behind enemy lines — signals, supposedly, from Luciano to local mafia chieftains.”

Regardless of the methods used to recruit unabashed murderers into a battle against unabashed mass murderers, anti-communism was again the overriding motivation. Since much of Italy’s anti-fascist resistance was made up of leftists and communists, the Mafia was a willing partner in smashing such sentiment.

As Sicily was secured by the Allies, “the occupying American Army appointed Mafia bosses — including Vizzini — [as] mayors of many Sicilian townships,” says Vankin. “Gangsters became an American-backed quasi-police force.” When Vizzini killed the police chief in Villaba, the town where he was appointed mayor, he was not prosecuted.

“In American-occupation headquarters, one of the best employees was Vito Genovese, who eventually inherited Luciano’s New York operation,” adds Vankin. Upon the war’s end, Luciano was granted executive clemency by New York governor Thomas Dewey and was released (albeit for deportation) on Jan. 4, 1946. What the mob boss did with his newfound freedom is yet another of the Good War’s vile repercussions.

“From abroad,” says Vankin, “Luciano founded what might as well be called Heroin, Inc., an illegal multinational corporation.” The price to be paid would be incalculable. After WWII, there were roughly 20,000 heroin addicts in the United States, down from 200,000 20 years earlier. By 1952, the number of addicts had tripled to 60,000. In 1965, it was 150,000. By 1990, estimates ranged from 533,000 to 1.1. million.

Meanwhile, in Luciano’s homeland, Mussolini was gone and the United States had no intention of letting Italy slip through the communist cracks.

“Awesome mobilization of resources”
When the war-weary Italian people went to the polls in 1946, the Italian Communist Party and the Socialist Party combined to gain more votes and more seats in the Constituent Assembly election than the U.S.-favored Christian Democrats.

This was not surprising, considering that a worker- and peasant-based movement fought off six German divisions during the liberation of northern Italy — with the invaluable aid of the Communist party. As a 1948 election loomed on the horizon, however, the United States realized that certain perceptions of reality needed to be seriously altered.

“It was at this point that the United States began to train its big economic and political guns upon the Italian people,” William Blum explains in Killing Hope. “All the good ol’ Yankee know-how, all the Madison Avenue savvy in the art of swaying public opinion, all the Hollywood razzmatazz would be brought to bear on the ‘target market’.”

Downplaying the quite impressive anti-fascist credentials of the communists and the potentially embarrassing record of collaboration with Mussolini displayed by the Christian Democrats, the United States cleverly framed the battle around, what Blum calls “the question of ‘democracy’ vs. ‘communism’ (the idea of ‘capitalism’ remaining discreetly to one side.),” and the most powerful election issue was that of U.S. aid.

The influential American media obediently did its part with the Jan. 21, 1947New York Timesproclaiming that, “Some observers here feel that a further Leftward swing in Italy would retard aid.” By March 22, 1948, Timemagazine was labeling a potential leftist victory in Italy to be nothing short of “the brink of catastrophe.” As the election neared, the CIA pulled out all the stops.

Blum has documented some of the steps taken in this “awesome mobilization of resources.” A few representative examples should offer an idea of the propaganda’s scope and depth:

  • A letter-writing campaign from Italian-Americans to their friends and families in Italy was guided by “sample letters” provided by the United States, that included such passages as: “A communist victory would ruin Italy. The United States would withdraw aid and a world war would probably result.”
  • Short-wave broadcasts to Italy warned that “under a communist dictatorship in Italy,” many of the “nation’s industrial plants would be dismantled and shipped to Russia and millions of Italy’s workers would be deported to Russia for forced labor.”
  • The stars of Hollywood, like Gary Cooper and Frank Sinatra, were called upon to make Voice of America radio broadcasts and/or engage in fundraisers for causes like “the orphans of Italian pilots who died in the war.”
  • As for more direct aid, the CIA admitted to giving $1 million to Italian “center parties,” although Blum says the figure could be as high as $10 million.

In case all the funny stuff failed, the CIA also took the precaution of organizing Operation Gladio, a secret paramilitary group in Italy, “with hidden stockpiles of weapons and explosives dotting the map,” says author Mark Zepezauer. While the rationale for such intervention was the always-handy “threat of Soviet invasion,” Zepezauer reveals the actual purpose of Operation Gladio, i.e. its “15,000 troops were trained to overthrow the Italian government should it stray from the straight and narrow.”

They needn’t have bothered because, after the circus left town, the Christian Democrats stood as the clear winner with 48 percent of the vote. The future course of Italy had effectively been charted… not by a fair and open democratic election, but instead by the subversion of organized criminal syndicates like the Mafia and the CIA.(Sound familiar?)

Amid all the above machinations, Meyer Lansky kept his fingers in the foreign policy pie when, in an ironic turn, Zionists approached fellow Jew Lansky in 1948, for help arming Israel. He used his B-3 contacts to track down a Pittsburgh dealer who was supplying Arabs with weapons.

These arms conveniently “fell overboard,” and Lansky had them diverted to the new Jewish state so they could wage war on their neighbors… some of whom were battling Israel with tactics taught by another U.S. government soulmate, former SS legend Otto Skorzeny.

Translation: What we’re witnessing in the Middle East, Hong Kong, and well… everywhere, is standard operating policy for the Home of the Brave™.

Mickey Z. is the author of 12 books, most recently Occupy this Book: Mickey Z. on Activism. Until the laws are changed or the power runs out, he can be found on the Web here. Anyone wishing to support his activist efforts can do so by making a donation here.

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