Saturday, May 7, 2016

Wall Street 'Whistleblower' Analyst Exposes Clinton Foundation As "Charity Fraud" | Zero Hedge

Wall Street 'Whistleblower' Analyst Exposes Clinton Foundation As "Charity Fraud" | Zero HedgeThe Clinton Foundation’s finances are so messy that the nation’s most influential charity watchdog put it on its “watch list” of problematic nonprofits last month.

The Clinton family’s mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid.

The group spent the bulk of its windfall on administration, travel, and salaries and bonuses, with the fattest payouts going to family friends.

Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation

Charles Ortel  Interest is finally building in piercing smokescreens that Clinton family members and allies still attempt to spread, claiming that a 20 year pattern of escalating, cross border abuses involving the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and multiple affiliated “charities” is a “nothingburger”

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

After the leaks showed what it stands for, could really be the end for TTIP? | Voices | The Independent

After the leaks showed what it stands for, could really be the end for TTIP? | Voices | The Independent"Now, for the first time, the people of Europe can see for themselves what the European Commission has been doing under cover of darkness - and it is not pretty."

The life and death of Daniel Berrigan - Waging Nonviolence

The life and death of Daniel Berrigan - Waging NonviolenceRev. Daniel Berrigan, the renowned anti-war activist, award-winning poet, author and Jesuit priest, who inspired religious opposition to the Vietnam War and later the U.S. nuclear weapons industry, died at age 94, just a week shy of his 95th birthday.

He died of natural causes at the Jesuit infirmary at Murray-Weigel Hall in the Bronx. I had visited him just last week. He has long been in declining health.

Dan Berrigan published over 50 books of poetry, essays, journals and scripture commentaries, as well as an award winning play, “The Trial of the Catonsville Nine,” in his remarkable life, but he was most known for burning draft files with homemade napalm along with his brother Philip and seven others on May 17, 1968, in Catonsville, Maryland, igniting widespread national protest against the Vietnam war, including increased opposition from religious communities. He was the first U.S. priest ever arrested in protest of war, at the national mobilization against the Vietnam war at the Pentagon in October 1967. He was arrested hundreds of times since then in protests against war and nuclear weapons, spent two years of his life in prison, and was repeatedly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Malhotra sounds statins death knell? Here's hoping!

Malhotra sounds statins death knell? Here's hoping!HAS the death knell of statins finally sounded? I am probably going out on a very strong limb when I say: “Here’s hoping. It’s not a moment too soon. If anyone can sound it, world-renowned British consultant cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra can.” Heart disease is, after all, not caused by a deficiency of statins.

Article: The "extraordinary sense of loss from war." | OpEdNews

Article: The "extraordinary sense of loss from war." | OpEdNewsMarch of the Immortal Regiment

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On occasion one comes across a written passage so stunning yet simple it catches the eye. In this instance it was something author Gilbert Doctorow wrote [1] that sets apart Russians and Americans.

Regarding Russia he wrote, "every family in the country lost members to the WWII effort. Every one."

"This extraordinary sense of loss from war is something that sets Russian consciousness apart from American consciousness".

Think about it. In WWII the Soviet Union lost 27 million military and civilians to the war. The US suffered 420, 000 mostly military casualties and none on its soil. There is no comparison in the sense of loss suffered by the Russians. This in no way is meant to diminish the sense of loss felt by family members in the US who did lose loved ones during the war.

As Doctorow points out during this year's Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 7, there'll be "The so-called 'March of the Immortal Regiment' on which ordinary citizens carry photographs of their own family heroes from WWII: fathers, grandfathers, mothers and grandmothers who fought on the front or worked at defense positions behind the lines".

In stark contrast here in the US we have Memorial Day when Americans head for the beach or have a backyard barbecue. Oh there's the obligatory speeches by politicos but no collective outpouring of the American people recognizing the "extraordinary sense of loss from war".

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Searching for Ground Truth in the Kunduz Hospital Bombing

Searching for Ground Truth in the Kunduz Hospital BombingApr. 28 2016, 8:31 a.m.
WHEN THE TALIBAN overran Kunduz last September after a monthlong siege, the northern Afghan city became the first to fall to the insurgency since the war began in 2001. A week earlier, many Kunduz residents had left town to observe Eid al-Adha, the sacrificial feast honoring Abraham’s act of submission to God. The heavy fighting sent the remaining Kunduzis fleeing as dead bodies littered the streets.

On Friday, October 2, the city lay quiet, with just one building lit up against the dark sky. Most other international organizations had evacuated when the fighting began, but the Kunduz Trauma Center run by Médecins Sans Frontières remained open throughout the battle for the city. It was one of the few buildings with a generator. Throughout the week, violence seemed to lap against the walls of the hospital without ever engulfing it. All around the 35,620-square-meter compound, the site of an old cotton factory, fighting ebbed and flowed. Doctors and nurses marked the intensity of battle by the freshly wounded who arrived at the gate. According to MSF, the hospital treated 376 emergency patients between September 28, when the city fell, and October 2.