U.S. failing to eliminate racial discrimination, says UN

Contributed By Toussaint Losier,

New York, NY, August 29, 2014 – Today, the United Nations CERD Committee released itsConcluding Observations, which detail more than twenty areas of unacceptable racial discrimination in the United States. The observations call for the U.S. Government to “prohibit racial discrimination in all its forms in federal and state legislation, including indirect discrimination, covering all fields of law and public life.”

The Concluding Observations follow a two day review – on August 13 and 14 in Geneva – of the U.S.’s compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. At the review, the mother of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, and the father of Jordan Davis, Ron Davis, testified about the racially discriminatory practices and policies that played direct roles in their sons’ deaths. Ron Davis and Sybrina Fulton spoke powerfully of the loss of their sons and the loss of other young people to state violence, including 18 year old Michael Brown.

Despite this testimony, the U.S. Government delegation failed to meaningfully address how it is combating racial discrimination in the U.S. and focused primarily on initiatives that alone have proven to be insufficient. In neither its report nor delegate statements did the U.S. Government indicate a commitment to address racial discrimination in a comprehensive and coordinated manner.

In response to the Committee’s Concluding Observations, Ejim Dike, Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network, a coalition of over 250 human rights and social justice groups around the U.S., stated, “We welcome the recommendations of the UN CERD Committee, including the call for the U.S. Government to adopt a National Plan of Action on Racial Justice. After the death of Michael Brown and the police violence on the streets of Ferguson, it is clearer than ever that the U.S. Government needs to once and for all address the racism that plagues our nation.”

Contact: Mike Ward, US Human Rights Network, mward@ushrnetwork.org

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Rally for Roshad McIntosh: Today at 5pm, at 2600 W Harrison

5PM, Friday 8/29: Rally for Roshad McIntosh

Community and Family Demand Name of Cop Who Killed Him
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Chicago 8/29 — Today at 5pm, at 2600 W Harrison, Roshad McIntosh’s community will hold another protest in his name. An announcement for the gathering was posted last night to Facebook and Twitter.

Roshad was shot by police on August 24th in his North Lawndale neighborhood. At a press conference Wednesday, The Dissenter reports, his mother Dawn said, “My son was killed senselessly, and he shouldn’t have been. He was surrendering, and they shot him anyway. He was on his knees with both hands up begging for his life. They killed him.”

On Wednesday evening, hundreds of community members marched on the 11th precinct police station, demanding the name of the officer who killed Roshad. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DukBfDGVbM

Community members organizing these protests say: “We want the name of the cop that killed Roshad. We want him arrested and held accountable – immediately. We want every cop who was present the night Roshad was murdered to be held accountable. We want the police out of our communities – their racist campaign of terrorizing us, brutalizing us, putting us in prison cages and exterminating us has to end immediately. We want our community park back, immediately. We want our programs and the resources to benefit our kids and our communities that will lead to self-empowerment and autonomy.”

Roshad McIntosh’s death and the community response to it has been covered by: Democracy Now!, Examiner, ABC 7, Chicago Tribune, The Dissenter, DNAinfo Chicago, Huffington Post, and more.

A Storify post about his death has received over 32,000 views.

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The ISIS Overreaction. No strategy may be part of the strategy. A new rant from the FILTHY PUNDIT(He ought to have his mouth washed out with soap) Politics, way over the %$#@ing top!………………..

Do something! Why doesn’t Obama have a strategy? Just go bomb ISIS back to the stone-a…okay, pre-stone-age. I am not an Obama apologist, and I advocate a robust reaction to ISIS, but people, PLEEAASSEE! The just-do-something syndrome is as dangerous in this instance as the don’t-do-nothing paralysis. For all of the experts who either can compel us that war is never the answer and we should just ignore ISIS like a petulant child until they realize their erroneous ways to the war pornographers who want to ride, or ride someone’s kid over the hill in some Yee-ha, cheap beer swillin,’ flag waving sporting event, where are the real questions for all these self-infatuated experts? Jumping in with both feet on this one just cuz ya gotta have a strategy to satisfy most people in this country who would struggle to find Syria on a map, let alone bomb it is dangerous.

But FOX and the Republicans are hysterical over Muslims, Muslims, Muslims everywhere! So we jump in hard. Does that become a giant lightening rod for Jihadists, a tipping point for moderates, a call to arms out of sympathy? And then what? A bombing campaign must be backed up with a longer term strategy on the ground and internationally. What does the US-led bombing of Sunnis in Iraq mean for the ethnic divisions strained to the breaking point in Iraq? Those opposing ISIS on the ground are fractured, factionalized and often beleaguered.

ISIS has drawn thousands to their ranks amid porous borders that would make the Mexican/American border look like the Berlin Wall by comparison. What happens to those people? Who polices them up? Who restores order without turning genocidal or vengeful against otherwise peaceful and victimized Sunnis caught in the middle of the Sunni fanatics of ISIS? What is they scatter and export violence in an ill-conceived war? What stabilizes the region in the longer term that prevents this from flaring again? Because those answers are difficult doesn’t mean we do nothing, by the way.

As for Syria, Assad is not suddenly our pal, but there is a semblance of stability across extremist Sunni and Shia lines, but there is also legitimacy to the original rebellion which was co-opted, and from which sprang this extremism. Here’s the deal. The world isn’t a cartoon. It is complex, which is not a call for inaction, but rather caution, planning, perspective and wisdom. After the major fuck ups of foreign policy the past 40 years by this country, we ought to be wise as old owls! If you absolutely have to stick something into the wall socket, you’d better damn well turn off the breakers feeding the current, or at the very least make sure you are grounded. Jamming something in the wall, otherwise, will likely bring a world of unexpected surprises…and none of them are good.

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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The obvious Burger King joke in the whole corporate tax dodge thing

Everyone missed the obvious Burger King joke in the whole corporate tax dodge thing. A new rant from the FILTHY PUNDIT(He ought to have his mouth washed out with soap) Politics, way over the %$#@ing top!………………..I’ll get to that in a minute, but first a shout out to economist Stephen Moore at the Rightwing propaganda mill, Heritage Foundation. In their fevered perversion of truth about corporate tax rates in the United States Moore once again proved that his economics degree must have come wrapped in a whopper. Burger King is buying Canadian Donut chain Tim Horton’s and may take its HQ to Canada to lessen their tax burden but not have to pay for the privilege of getting wealthy in America or contributing to the financial health of the nation. The corporate tax rate is just a few % above Canada’s, but the effective AVERAGE tax rate is up North is about 20%. Burger King essentially gets to lay off half most of their accountants. Most US Corporations pay little or no tax directly, costing about 17 billion to taxpayers. We pissed away $60 billion in Russian trade sanctions, but the tax inversion scam is a quickening trend in a backdoor attack against the average working class and poor people. It’s a drain to keep rich fucks even fucking richer. In fact, subsidies, gifts and tax forgiveness in 2014 alone, nationwide will amount to more than ONE TRILLION DOLLARS. Walgreens, much to Moore’s chagrin, rethought a move to Switzerland in a tax inversion scheme to save $4 billion. When Sen. Dick Durbin reminded Walgreens that they were free to move to save $4 billion on the tax side, they’d lose $15.7 billion in Medicaid and Medicare subsidies. For the brilliant Mr. Moore, that’s called math. Truth is, the pressure is building strongly against corporate giveaways by the public. FOX news says it’s all about the marketplace and profits, and the market should decide, then why the fuck are they getting government money or help or credit in any fucking way? Sink or swim, bitches! That’s the marketplace, right? Instead the US bought and paid for gov. gives money to profitable companies? Right! As for Burger King? Here’s the joke. The downside of Burger King buying Canadian donut giant Tim Horton’s means that nobody will be able to find a Tim Horton’s either!

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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White as snow and dumb as bricks in Edwardsville. A new rant from the FILTHY PUNDIT(He ought to have his mouth washed out with soap)

Politics, way over the %$#@ing top!………………..Population, 24,600. Race: 86.7% white, and apparently one Asian guy representing the .01% demographic. Median household income: $73 grand. Number of siblings sired at family reunions between cousins: Undetermined. Wikipedia gives the population of Edwardsville Illinois at 24, 293. The 2010 census says 24,663. The population, I suspect moves up and down depending upon the local giardia bacteria and fracking chemicals seeping into the water supply on a given day, or the number of late term abortions rescued by the local evangelical congregation from sorority pledges impregnated by Frat house parties at nearby Southern Illinois University. On Friday, August 15, 2014, and Monday, August 18, 2014, Dennis Cramsey, EHS Principal groused to students and faculty that parents were bereaved by mention of events of Ferguson and Michael Brown in classroom discussions. Obviously deferring to the parental politburo, Comrade Cramsey banned discussions of a critical conversation in the current American social and political landscape. The 26 or so black students at EHS, all of which are on the basketball team have super singing voices and could totally do background for Beyonce could not be reached for comment. Great lesson to teach, confront complex and difficult issues by ignoring them, but then what did we expect after decades of this Oprah-esque protect the innocence of my precious babies until their 40 and the trust fund kicks in banality. And the republican and faux-Christian assholes boot-licking for corporatists who used them to fuck with teachers unions by coddling a generation of weasily little brats who run home with their surreptitious videos to inform on teacher’s liberal blasphemy, or dare I say, the teacher’s supposed 1st amendment rights like some neo-Soviet urchins, or Hitler-fucking-youth. Buy a gun a big truck and work a suck dick job off your Walmart salary. Knowin’ shit is for pussies and liberals who believe in all that global warming, type-diabetes is bad unwhite world. Oo, I hate that Obama Kenyan guy! In a perfect world we’d fire this asshole Cramsey and then make him walk up and down in front of the school for a week with a sign reading: “Principal wanted. Assholes, Fascists and Dipshits need not apply. If you do, we’ve got a sign for you too.” But I’ll bet that Edwardsville like’s their American Taliban principal and will find some lawyerly way of making stupid seem like part of the American way.

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CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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You had to make it a war against a religion, now look what you’ve done!!!

A new rant from the FILTHY PUNDIT(He ought to have his mouth washed out with soap) Politics, way over the %$#@ing top!………………..been reading quite a bit on ISIS, those shitheads in Iraq created by This country. I won’t even say Righties, because all Americans really are to blame for this one by being fat, stupid and lazy…and worst of all ignorant of what our Muslim friends and neighbors, the vast majority good and decent Muslims were trying to tell us after September 11th…Don’t make it about religion. And it wasn’t. It was about fucking criminals who hid behind religion, sort of like George Fucking Bush who called Iraq a “crusade” and infused all the jerk –off militarism and self-fellating nationalism with Christian evangelical garbage. Same fucking animals in my book. And we are fucking schizophrenic-apologies to a few of my actual, lucid, intelligent and coherent, clinically diagnosed schizophrenic friends- but have you heard our media and Republicans talk about George Bush and the Iraq invasion as if they weren’t fucking cheerleading and economically gang-raping the Dixie chicks through that whole “with us er against us shit? Righties who couldn’t cum hard enough at the thought of fucking up Iraq, and who, like Shaun Hannity still claim there are WMDs hidden there? But unlike the original Iraqis, these ISIS fucks fight and cut off heads, so all the righties are pussing out. And by the way, I just watched a video about ISIS capturing SCUD Missiles but first had to sit through a Bank of America commercial showing fat rednecks and a Chevy truck going to a BBQ/bypass operation. How’s that for fucking disconnection and foreshadowing? And for the eternal hand-ringers for perpetual peace, we created this mess, and it is a mess. We don’t get to walk away from it. You make a mess, you clean it up! Which doesn’t absolve the neighbors there either. Those assholes had better pony up too. It’s like we are all sitting nice and quite in a bar and two guys named George and Dick come in and stir up a mess of trouble, riling up folks otherwise under control, throwing the bartender into the alley and chasing off the bouncer, then leaves you with the tab. Some weird guy in the corner starts fucking shit up, threatening the girls in the bar, stabs a guy and lights a table on fire. You hate the thought of a fight, but you’re the only guy big enough to take this fuck on and straighten the bar back out so you can get back to your quiet beer and the game. What do you do? Pussie out, say you don’t give a shit about the bully and the victims. Maybe you’ll find another bar, rotting inside because you knew you’d pussed when someone really needed a hero. Then again, maybe that weird asshole follows you to the new bar and the one after that. That’s sort of what ISIS is. They’re a little prick, turned bully and now they’ve turned it on full force against the small and the weak, and there ain’t a mirror in the universe that hides the shame of letting it happen when you could stop it cold. There ain’t a grave deep enough to bury all that shame in, but that’s just me…I fucking hate bullies, and these guys are the bullies pulled straight from hell’s rotted asshole. Send ‘em back and do it hard. They’re in a desert for christ’s sake. Ain’t like we’re gonna wreck much else.

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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Europe, Ukraine, Gas and the superpower sandwich. A new rant from the FILTHY PUNDIT (He ought to have his mouth washed out with soap)

Did Europe just become the bitch to the United States over the issue of gas exports from Russia? That’s how things are beginning to look as winter approaches and the disruption of gas from Russia amid the Ukraine crisis could lead to higher fuel costs and crash the EU’s already sluggish climb out of recession. Yesterday a semi-fossilized Senator John McCain said that he is working on a plan to alleviate Europe’s gas concerns within 2 years. Russia and the US have been using Ukraine’s strife in a gas and oil grab. The US targets the gas rich northeast region and Russia got huge reserves off the Crimean Black Sea coast. They could give a shit for Ukraine’s independence of the glorious ascendency of ethnic Russians in Crimea. It is about the oil. It’s always about the oil. The US could care less about Russian trade, which this country can piss away in a day of spending, but to the Europeans, particularly for winter heating gas that trade is sort of important. Unless you think its a good thing to freeze off some old Euro-grandmas? The US has pushed trade sanctions hard, using the emotion of the crash of MH-17 to drill it home and turn Europe from an emerging power broker and player in the Ukraine issue into a beggar unsure whether to kick the dead of the Malaysian crash and fuck over Ukraine’s EU aspirations by sucking Russian dick over gas to protect its economy, or if it should bend over and take it in the ass from the United States and hope for a half-hearted reach-around, likely by McCain. Either way, for the Europeans, and the Ukrainians, being trapped in the middle between to bigger and more powerful pimps like Russia and the US means eventually you are going to have to blow someone. Now how is that for cogent analysis of complex international and geo-political topics?

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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Excerpt from my new book “Shoot Down, and the real story behind America’s intervention in Ukraine

The Maidan Square protests in the winter and spring of 2014 were transformative to Ukraine’s political, cultural and economic fabric, and one thing was fully evident from the start: Russia and the United States were in it as adversaries from the start. In truth, despite the bravery and passion of the vast majority of anti-government protesters and activists on both sides were being manipulated. The proxies of Russia and the United States were extremists who co-opted events and who encouraged violence, drawing the protest in Maidan from an initiative against political corruption and Russian interference in Ukrainian politics towards civil chaos seemingly constructed for the benefit of two antagonistic and historically competitive powers. Ukraine, in truth had little or no opportunity for reconciliation, coalition, negotiation or an exploration for charting the country’s future course. 19_CRASH3_r_W
Reaction to the protests opened the door to the possibility of exploitation. It seems clear that, at least from available evidence that both the United States, Russia and to a lesser degree the EU found ample opportunity. Public sentiment regarding the protests was sharply divided, with the country almost evenly split between supporting and not supporting the protests. By March Ukrainians supporting the Euromaidan protests approached 60%. But the population of Ukraine, including ethnic Russians in the East and in Crimea among the protesters was not as evenly represented. On February 6th a Kiev Post poll found that some 55% were from the western portion of the country, 24% from central Ukraine and 21% from the eastern portion of the nation.

The protests themselves were really rather benign and straightforward. What began in the late Autumn of 2013 over a refusal by Yankovych to sign association with the European Union. As part of that agreement the EU expected democratic reforms, including the controversial imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko for abuse of power with regards to gas deals between Ukraine and Russia. The proceedings were suspect from the start. According to a report in Germany’s Deutsche Welle, there were allegations of a young and inexperienced judge being appointed by Yanukovych, setting off a firestorm amid the negotiations between the EU and Ukraine. After clashes with police and escalating measures meant to end the protests the battle lines were drawn between the government and protesters.

From the start both Russia and the United States were deeply invested and more in the events unfolding in Ukraine. Audiences in both countries and Europe were fed alternative narratives on the protests, while behind the scenes not so subtle manipulation continued apace. Russia stopped the import of goods from Ukraine, a significant blow to the economy of Ukraine. By the time the protests began in November 2013 Ukrainian industrial production had slid by almost 6%, coupled with a nearly 2% fall from the previous year.

Seeing an opportunity, Ukrainian billionaire businessman and Foreign and Trade minister, Petro Poroshenko was boastful about the role his television network played in the protests. On December 11th, the same day Russia countered an EU loan offer of $10 billion USD with $15 billion without the EU’s required regulation changes, Poroshenko’s network broadcast and interview with the US State Department’s Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland and EU diplomat Catherine Ashton.

Mrs. Nuland was the wife of Robert Kagan, it should be noted, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, which advises and makes recommendations on foreign policy to congress, diplomats and the president of the United States. It was here, in 1947 that the term “containment,” with regards to American policy towards the Soviet Union was coined; a policy that seems to still be a component of the relationship between Russia and the US. Kagan also co-founded The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) with conservative commentator former Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. PNAC advocates a position of prominence with the US as the world’s preeminent superpower, and was influential in America’s invasion of Iraq in 2004, ostensibly to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein. It was a PNAC member, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, who was a driving architect behind that war, and who, in a PNAC paper titled “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” infamously wrote of the need for a ”catastrophic and catalyzing event— like a new Pearl Harbor.”

What that reveal is a systemic and institutionalized perspective with regard to narrow national interests. That narrow perspective was evident on both the American and Russian sides. Russia and the West abandoned diplomacy and started playing the angles. The angles all point to oil and gas.

But it appears that Europe was less fixated on wrestling for strategic resources and more concerned with stability, particularly as the world emerged grudgingly from a severe and prolonged global recession. Struggling economies like Greece and Moldova would severely impacted, their anemic recoveries threatened, halted or reversed. While falling on the side of Ukrainian sovereignty and democracy Europe refrained from the aggressive momentum of the United States, and often seemed to resist that momentum. Adding additional weight was the specter of a replay of the 2009 gas dispute between Ukraine and Russia which cut off badly needed Russian gas to Europe, which was resolved in an agreement between Putin and Tymoshenko, leading to her imprisonment on abuse of power charges.

The United States appeared to be losing patience over European intransigence. In early February a conversation between Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt was leaked to the media. There is a smaller contextual concern over the recording, part of a larger and broader discussion, which was obviously intended to embarrass the Americans, but the larger context remains, reproduced here in part:

Nuland: I think Yats(enyuk) is the guy who’s got the economic experience, the governing experience. He’s the… what he needs is Klitsch (Kiev Mayor and one of three opposition leaders Vitaly Klitschko) and Tyahnybok on the outside. He needs to be talking to them four times a week, you know. I just think Klitsch going in… he’s going to be at that level working for Yatsenyuk, it’s just not going to work.
Pyatt: Yeah, no, I think that’s right. OK. Good. Do you want us to set up a call with him as the next step?
Nuland: My understanding from that call – but you tell me – was that the big three were going into their own meeting and that Yats was going to offer in that context a… three-plus-one conversation or three-plus-two with you. Is that not how you understood it?
Pyatt: No. I think… I mean that’s what he proposed but I think, just knowing the dynamic that’s been with them where Klitschko has been the top dog, he’s going to take a while to show up for whatever meeting they’ve got and he’s probably talking to his guys at this point, so I think you reaching out directly to him helps with the personality management among the three and it gives you also a chance to move fast on all this stuff and put us behind it before they all sit down and he explains why he doesn’t like it.
Nuland: OK, good. I’m happy. Why don’t you reach out to him and see if he wants to talk before or after.
Pyatt: OK, will do. Thanks.
Nuland: OK… one more wrinkle for you Geoff. [A click can be heard] I can’t remember if I told you this, or if I only told Washington this, that when I talked to Jeff Feltman [United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs] this morning, he had a new name for the UN guy Robert Serry did I write you that this morning?
Pyatt: Yeah I saw that.
Nuland: OK. He’s now gotten both Serry and [UN Secretary General] Ban Ki-moon to agree that Serry could come in Monday or Tuesday. So that would be great, I think, to help glue this thing and to have the UN help glue it and, you know, Fuck the EU.
Pyatt: No, exactly. And I think we’ve got to do something to make it stick together because you can be pretty sure that if it does start to gain altitude, that the Russians will be working behind the scenes to try to torpedo it. And again the fact that this is out there right now, I’m still trying to figure out in my mind why Yanukovych (garbled) that. In the meantime there’s a Party of Regions faction meeting going on right now and I’m sure there’s a lively argument going on in that group at this point. But anyway we could land jelly side up on this one if we move fast. So let me work on Klitschko and if you can just keep… we want to try to get somebody with an international personality to come out here and help to midwife this thing. The other issue is some kind of outreach to Yanukovych but we probably regroup on that tomorrow as we see how things start to fall into place.
Nuland: So on that piece Geoff, when I wrote the note [US vice-president’s national security adviser Jake] Sullivan’s come back to me VFR [direct to me], saying you need [US Vice-President Joe] Biden and I said probably tomorrow for an atta-boy and to get the deets [details] to stick. So Biden’s willing.

That winter, amid Nuland’s controversial remark, 44 year old Hunter Biden, son of then Vice President Joe Biden was in discussions with the Ukrainian gas firm Burisma Holdings Ltd., based out of Limassol Cyprus, according to Businessweek, engages in a broad spectrum of gas and oil exploration and production. In May of that year it was announced that Biden had been appointed to Burisma’s board, which drew attention and immediate criticism around the globe. The timing was certainly notable and advantageous to US energy interests which had been deeply invested in Ukraine for some time. The U.S. energy firm Vanco won a contract to extract gas from the Black Sea in 2007. Initially the deal was approved by Yanukovych, but then later cancelled by his predecessor, Yulia Timoshenko.

And while the Obama administration insisted there was nothing untoward in Biden’s appointment it is curious that Burisma is controlled by a close confidant of Viktor Yanukovych, Wall Street Journal, and former government official, Nicholai Zlochevsky. In a press conference following the appointment, White house Press Secretary Jay Carney said that “Hunter Biden and other members of the Biden family are obviously private citizens, and where they work does not reflect an endorsement by the administration or by the vice president or president.” Carney added that there was no connection between Biden’s appointment to Burisma and US Policy.

While there were no accusations of illegality, for an ethical and perhaps even moral standpoint it raises strong concerns. But the United States, which has often been criticized for unfairly furthering its economic interests in pursuit of its ever growing energy demands, was playing a duplicitous game. The issue here was one of access, and that multiple lines of access directly between energy strategy, the Obama administration and Ukraine can be clearly and distinctly distinguished. Biden, the son of a sitting American Vice President was at the table of Ukraine’s energy concern in a time of war, with access to the highest levels of power in both governments. Meanwhile a second American also joined Burisma. His name, Devon Archer, a former partner of Biden’s at Washington D.C. based equity firm Rosemont Seneca partners. The company is half owned by Rosemont Capital a private equity firm founded by Devon Archer and Secretary of State John Kerry’s stepson, Christopher Heinz.

“The primary problem here is the fact that Hunter Biden has set up a financial arrangement with someone who might have business pending before this administration,” Craig Holman, an ethics expert with Public Citizen, a Washington-based government watchdog group told the Associated Press.
Furthermore, the appearance of an incestuous relationship between Ukrainian energy concerns and the administration risked damaging American credibility with regard to the growing crisis. It appeared to be only the latest and most aggressive step in a rush to secure and control gas deposits in the region.

Adding fuel to that flame was the deal between Kiev and the US-based Chevron in 2013 to extract Shale gas in Western Ukraine, and a failed deal by ExxonMobil to extract gas in the Black Sea. In the United States there was hardly any mention of hunter Biden’s appointment.

In June 2014 Hunter Biden, sporting an American flag lapel pin attended the inauguarion of Petro Poroshenko as Ukraine’s new president, telling the new leader, billionaire and businessman that “there is a window for peace and you know as well as anyone that it will not stay open indefinitely … America is with you.”

The announcement of targeted sanctions by the United States seemed intended in disrupting Russian efforts in exploiting exploration and drilling. It comes as quite a coincidence that the coveted and embattled eastern regions also boast substantial gas reserves. Among the companies holding permits to develop gas fields in the Dneiper-Donetsk region is Burisma. The embattled city of Slavyansk rests upon the Yuzivska shale gas deposit, estimated at more than 4 trillion cubic meters, which In May 2012, Shell, owned jointly by great Britain and the Netherlands won the competition to develop. 40 miles to the southeast lies the field where MH-17 will ultimately come to rest.

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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Where are the moderate Muslims on the beheading of James Foley? A new rant from the FILTHY PUNDIT(He ought to have his mouth washed out with soap) Politics, way over the %$#@ing top!………………..last night on the Joe Walsh show he posed a question I think is on everyone’s mind. This past week American journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS terrorists after being held for more than 2 years in Syria, where he was reporting on the conflict. Despite an attempt at rescue by US Special Forces, Foley was butchered, his beheading broadcast on the internet. Walsh, on his show, demanded that moderate Muslims, who claim to be a religion of peace, publically condemn his death. Walsh said no Muslims had condemned the killing, that is except, as I found by Googling “Muslims, ISIS, condemn” British Muslim organizations, American Muslim organizations, the Muslim Council of Britain, Muslim and Christian leaders together in India. In fact, many Muslims publically condemned the killing, from many sources, but somehow failed to get noticed by Walsh and the corporate war Press in America and Australia. Walsh missed Muslim Indonesian Minister Djoko Suyanto who said that ISIS posed a threat to the nation’s religious and cultural diversity. “The government rejects and bans the teachings of ISIS…” or maybe, the Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, Egypt’s most influential Muslim cleric, or the Arab League. Walsh even tripped past a Reuters story by the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) condemning the “forced expulsion of the Christian brothers of Iraq from their homes, cities, and provinces… These are acts that violate Islamic laws, Islamic conscience and leave but a negative image of Islam and Muslims.” Perhaps he just missed Imams on the BBC. Why, the good bigot, war criminal and scumbag Walsh, who pretends at being a “good” Christian, even missed Vatican Radio and the Secretary General for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Ameen Madani, with his official statement denouncing the “forced deportation of Christians as a crime that cannot be tolerated.” Don’t hunt. I have all the links below. My question is, where the fuck is Israel’s condemnation for this act? Where are the Bolivians, Monrovians, Iowans, Eskimos, Japanese fishermen (and women)? Our friends the Fijians are suspiciously silent. Texas Governor Rick Perry has not publically condemned ISIS. Why, Rick? There has been a series of burglaries in Walsh’s faggy suburban community, yet Walsh is silent. Why has he not publically condemned them, and if he does now, is it only to deflect his possible part in these terrible crimes against good white people’s property? So why the fuck should “moderate” Muslims, whatever the fuck that means, be the parrots to “extremist” Christians like Walsh(unfounded blind universal angst and hate against a group is extreme? Or is it that the Western and American war-profiteering media and the hysteria generating rightwing is really only interested in endless war for oil, money, power, destabilization and hegemony as a means to a sultry end. The proof is below and all around you, unless you are just content to hate, and perpetuate this shit between religions. In which case you are a giant turd floating in our collective gene pool of evolution.

http://twocircles.net/2014aug19/indian_muslims_unequivocally_condemn_brutal_atrocities_isis.html#.U_XszE0g9Fo

http://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/canada-decent-muslims-condemn-isis-savages/

http://news.yahoo.com/islamic-scholars-condemn-expulsion-iraqs-christian-brothers-120656878.html

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/07/25/worlds_muslim_leaders_condemn_attacks_on_iraqi_christians/1103410

http://news.sky.com/story/1298792/british-muslims-unite-to-condemn-evil-isis

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-28270296

http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/British-Muslims-Condemn-Barbarity-ISIS/story-22789193-detail/story.html

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-muslim-and-christian-groups-condemn-isis-as-anti-islam-2012168

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/american-muslim-organizations-condemn-isis-murder-of-journalist-james-foley/0020275

http://rt.com/uk/181836-british-muslims-isis-foley/

http://cbrainard.blogspot.com/2014/08/iraq-syria-war-muslims-condemn-is-isis.html

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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REVOLUTION AND BEER INVESTIGATION: Michael Brown CSI

Revolution and Beer has been following events closely in Ferguson. Clarity is the critical part here, and it is becoming obvious that police officials are attempting a cover up of the shooting of Michael Brown through a disinformation campaign concentrating on the violence and an assault on the reputation of the dead boy. No broad ranging echelon of power conspiracies, just a predominantly white police force attempting to cover for their own, at least in our opinion.

This tragedy has been marked by official abuse and misconduct.There has been widespread criticism of police tactics, assaults on journalists and allegations of police agent provocateurs within the protests http://beforeitsnews.com/politics/2014/08/agent-provocateur-filmed-in-ferguson-threw-smoke-bombs-at-police-while-cops-did-nothing-2645244.html

Lost in all of this are critical questions about the shooting itself, The press has all but abandoned that original incident. Revolution and Beer has been asking and looking into some of those questions.

Number 1: If the officer who fired the fatal rounds at Michael Brown so grievously injured that his eye socket was crushed why does he remain at the scene. Why was no first aid administered at the scene? Not even an cold compress? Why did no paramedics inspect his injury at the scene? He doesn’t seem to even favor his wounded eye? Frequently union representatives will move to cover a member with a medical defense.
Number 2: Why was no attempt at resuscitation, medical attention, or even an ambulance called? imagesTE

Number 3: In the diagram of the street, there is more than 35 feet between the cruiser and Michael’s body. If, in fact as we are being told, via an anonymous female caller to FOX News, claiming to know the officer, that Brown “bull-rushed” him (the phraseology an obviously inflammatory attempt to draw attention to Brown’s size) If in fact he was being rushed by a lumbering Brown that would require and additional 24 to 35 feet additional between the officer and Brown, or a total of between 55 and 75 feet. Hardly an imminent threat.100_8879

Number 4: Where was the crime scene investigation. In more than 2 dozen photos and video from the scene the location of the body is marked, but no indication of the location of spent shell casings.imagesPA1IOWV0

Meanwhile the cover up continues, assaults against the rightly outraged citizens of Ferguson goes on, attacks continue against journalists and the first amendment and no answers, no appropriate investigation has happened on the spark that lit this fire. Why? More on this story and the investigation into the death and cover up of Michael Brown’s shooting as it unfolds…

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