If you live in the US you will have heard little of the views of the world about the US in our media. In the world's media it is a leading headline. I am listening to NPR's report on the crime and corruption of third world Nigeria and as an American I see no difference as to what is happening in the US.....it is the same. Yet, not a mention in the press. This is STATE MEDIA NOT FREE PRESS. Free press holds power accountable and state media is the power spreading propaganda through media.
In Baltimore, our public radio WYPR will interview longterm neo-liberal Ben Cardin. This pol voted the Glass Steagall wall down, deregulated banks, and is active in the TPP as he was with the original trade agreements that gave us these global corporations that now lie, cheat, and steal everything in sight. These are the questions I sent to Dan Rodricks who never asks any of these questions:
You stated your commitment to compromise with the republicans over national debt reduction that has raising taxes and cutting spending as the way to pay off the debt. The debt was caused by massive corporate fraud in the tens of trillions, recovery of which would pay off the national, state, and local government debt. Yet, you do not mention that. International journalists using Assange's download of bank records have already found $13 trillion in bank tax fraud from money in offshore accounts and government watchdogs know that tens of trillions of dollars have been lost in bank fraud alone. Watchdogs have identified trillions in health care fraud that hits Entitlement Trusts the hardest and yet you voted to gut funding for these programs because they represented to much of the budget with all that fraud. Trillions of dollars in defense industry fraud, for-profit education fraud, insurance industry fraud, and energy industry fraud just to name a few. NOT ONE MENTION OF CORPORATE FRAUD AND ITS RECOVERY FROM BEN CARDIN! One mention about Ben Cardin.....he is suspected of Insider Trading to enrich himself and was part of voting to rescind a law that would have made this illegal.....like we have to have a law that makes it illegal.
The TPP seeks to deny the citizens of America the right to legislate by entering treaties abroad that would set law across all public sectors into place with no ability to reverse those laws by national vote. This essentially ends sovereign rights and voids the US Constitution. Everyone would call this illegal, traitorous, and a COUP by the President and the Congress if they dare vote on it....which we are sure they will because they have spent these few decades writing it for corporations. The US has suspended Rule of Law for public justice in white collar crimes, in privacy and civil rights, the judicial and court system has been dismantled to plea deals and arbitration. You have overseen an attack on the three branches of government that serve as checks and balance on power in the Executive office.....the system that keeps in check authoritarian and autocratic systems. How do you see yourself different than the two whistleblowers Snowden and Manning who appear to be trying to hold you and Congress responsible for crimes you are doing to the country?
There are philosophical/ethical/moral debates all across the country as to whether politicians who take away health care from the citizens of the US are guilty of manslaughter given that we all know that 1/2 of all spending in Medicare and Medicaid has been stolen over decades and that the payroll taxes paid by citizens since Reagan's Administration has been sent to the Treasury rather than the Trusts where tens of trillions of dollars in corporate fraud spent it. Yet not a sound from neo-liberals like Cardin. So, if a politician is aiding and abetting fraud and then legislating the loss of access to health care that causes people to die or die prematurely.....they must be guilty of manslaughter. It seems pretty clear! This all seems to make you a very bad person.
The TPP not only opens the US to foreign corporations and their products, it erases all of the twentieth century public protects for labor, the environment, public works, taxation, and social subsidy. In other words it brings the US down to second and third world values.....even as it is almost there now. So, you are working to hand US public transportation to French companies and US ports to Chinese companies so US companies can expand into those companies. We see each time the US workers losing union rights, wages, benefits, OSHA protections, FDA food safety.....all because of your actions. How proud does that make you or is it strictly how much money is placed in an offshore account in your name?
These two articles are just the tip of the iceberg in how Ben Cardin and his neo-liberals took a first world country with a strong middle-class and economy down to third world status in every measure. It also shows how the media went with Ben to this third world status as most of these articles are written by journalists out of the mainstream media
Chase, Once Considered "The Good Bank," Is About to Pay Another Massive Settlement
By Matt Taibbi POSTED: July 18, 12:20 PM ET
Why Did the Fed Refuse to Heed Warnings About Fraudulent Mortgage Lenders?
Appraisers, prosecutors, and industry tried to tell the Fed about a massive fraud crisis, but no one was listening. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com
July 15, 2013 | Real regulators are vital to a nation. They can stop crises in their tracks — or they can let a them explode on an unsuspecting public. The Federal Reserve was warned by many different people, including appraisers, prosecutors, and industry players that the mortgage industry was rife with fraud. Why didn't they listen?
The Appraisers’ Warning of the Lenders’ Fraud Epidemic
Here we have the US hating that the Russians have violated Rule of Law for an accountant trying to out government misconduct as it adversely affected business interests. The US is all for enforcement of law protecting corporate interests.
Chairman Menendez Statement of Verdict against Sergei Magnitsky for Tax Evasion Thursday, July 11, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert Menendez released this statement following a posthumous guilty verdict today in a Moscow court against Sergei Magnitsky for tax evasion.
"Sergei Magnitsky’s death and the circumstances around his imprisonment are shameful,” said Menendez. “Today's conviction of Sergei Magnitsky – three years after his death – is nothing short of a message to Russia’s activist community of the repercussions of opposing the state. The trend toward authoritarianism in Russia and the accompanying escalation in violations of human and civil rights is reason for grave concern.”
Sergei Magnitsky was a Russian accountant who was arrested while investigating allegations of extensive theft by Russian officials and subsequently died of medical neglect in prison in November 2009. Since his death, Magnitsky has become a symbol, for many inside and outside Russia, of the corruption of Russian state institutions and the consequences these abuses of power create. A 2012 law named for Magnitsky enables the U.S. government to place sanctions on Russians guilty of human rights violations.
We see in the US media as we do here an attempt to make the youth feel that it is the Baby Boomers that are stealing all of the wealth. The Baby Boomers are indeed made up of the 1% that went rogue in stealing the money, but it is not the New Deal and War on Poverty programs that did that. Pensions and retirements work and need to be paid for by recovering corporate fraud and not by making the youth pay more in taxation. We see the same propaganda used on the middle-class against the poor, saying it is the outlandish social safety nets that are taking the middle-class down. WE ALL KNOW IT IS MASSIVE CORPORATE FRAUD TAKING BOTH THE MIDDLE/LOWER CLASS DOWN!
Europe’s rich 'could face uprising similar to Peasants' Revolt' Europe’s rich Baby Boomers are behaving like the nobility in the Peasants’ Revolt, and could face an uprising by the younger generation if the situation doesn’t change, HSBC’s chief economist has warned.
Stephen King said the Occupy movement was the beginnings of what could develop into more widespread protests by youths, who feel they have been shortchanged Photo: AP By Katherine Rushton, US Business Editor
7:01PM BST 09 Jul 2013 The Telegraph
Stephen King warned that the widening wealth gap and sense of “entitlement” between older generations and cash-strapped youths had echoes of the conditions which led to the 1381 uprising of British peasants against the aristocrats who ruled them.
Then, the country had just been savaged by the plague, which robbed farmers of their workforces as well as their loved ones by killing an estimated 1.5m people. However, the wealthy ruling classes refused to modify their behaviour, leaving the poorer farm workers to bear the brunt of the economic downturn.
“In those days, public spending was about warfare … resources had been severely curtailed as a consequence of the Black Death,” said Mr King. “The nobility wanted to continue as they had done previously. They did not change their ways even though there had been this terrible disease come through … there was an attempt to try and clamp down on tax evasion which led to the Plantagenet equivalent of men with baseball bats coming along to raise funds.
“Those entitlements the Boomer generation are stuck to are imposing a significant cost to the younger generation … which over the long term is very disruptive to the performance of economies.”
He said the Occupy movement and the London riots two years ago were the beginnings of what could develop into more widespread protests by youths, who feel they have been short-changed.
As people's anger grows at the injustice at all levels and the COUP against the US Constitution, Congress is placing more and more restrictions on domestic liberties as they anticipate a full out revolution against this!
Chris Hedges Responds to NDAA Defeat, Says It’s a ‘Black Day’ for Liberty
Posted on Jul 17, 2013 AP/
Jacquelyn Martin Holding a single flower each, two protesters wearing black hoods and orange jumpsuits take part in a demonstration in front of the White House.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit has dealt a terrible blow to Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky and the other activists and journalists suing to prevent the indefinite military detention of American citizens.
The plaintiffs have had successes and setbacks in court.
Here is what Hedges wrote after Wednesday’s decision:
This is quite distressing. It means there is no recourse now either within the Executive, Legislative or Judicial branches of government to halt the steady assault on our civil liberties and most basic Constitutional rights. It means that the state can use the military, overturning over two centuries of domestic law, to use troops on the streets to seize U.S. citizens, strip them of due process and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers. States that accrue to themselves this kind of power, history has shown, will use it. We will appeal, but the Supreme Court is not required to hear our appeal. It is a black day for those who care about liberty.
You can read the court’s decision here.
The stats below don't add up but it is clear that the US is not that far ahead of China.....63% to 50%. The US has adopted almost all of China's political and social structure.
I would suggest that the US has a higher ranking because it is a first world coming down to third world while China is third world coming up to second world.
America’s Global Image Remains More Positive than China’s
But Many See China Becoming World’s Leading Power Overview Publics around the world believe the global balance of power is shifting. China’s economic power is on the rise, and many think it will eventually supplant the United States as the world’s dominant superpower.
However, China’s increasing power has not led to more positive ratings for the People’s Republic. Overall, the U.S. enjoys a stronger global image than China. Across the nations surveyed, a median of 63% express a favorable opinion of the U.S., compared with 50% for China.
Meanwhile, a US citizen who whistleblows on violations of International Law and human rights violations by the US government is now a traitor.
Bradley Manning Nobel Peace Prize Nomination
2013 By Global Research News Global Research, March 04, 2013
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February 1st 2013 the entire parliamentary group of The Movement in the Icelandic Parliament, the Pirates of the EU; representatives from the Swedish Pirate Party, the former Secretary of State in Tunisia for Sport & Youth nominated Private Bradley Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Following is the reasoning we sent to the committee explaining why we felt compelled to nominate Private Bradley Manning for this important recognition of an individual effort to have an impact for peace in our world. The lengthy personal statement to the pre-trial hearing February 28th by Bradley Manning in his own words validate that his motives were for the greater good of humankind.
Read his full statement
Our letter to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee Reykjavík, Iceland 1st of February 2013
Dear Norwegian Nobel Committee,
We have the great honour of nominating Private First Class Bradley Manning for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.
Manning is a soldier in the United States army who stands accused of releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. The leaked documents pointed to a long history of corruption, war crimes, and a lack of respect for the sovereignty of other democratic nations by the United States government in international dealings.
These revelations have fueled democratic uprisings around the world, including a democratic revolution in Tunisia. According to journalists, his alleged actions helped motivate the democratic Arab Spring movements, shed light on secret corporate influence on the foreign and domestic policies of European nations, and most recently contributed to the Obama Administration agreeing to withdraw all U.S.troops from the occupation in Iraq.
Bradley Manning has been incarcerated for more then 1000 days by the U.S. Government. He spent over ten months of that time period in solitary confinement, conditions which expert worldwide have criticized as torturous. Juan Mendez, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, has repeatedly requested and been denied a private meeting with Manning to assess his conditions.
The documents made public by WikiLeaks should never have been kept from public scrutiny. The revelations – including video documentation of an incident in which American soldiers gunned down Reuters journalists in Iraq – have helped to fuel a worldwide discussion about the overseas engagements of the United States, civilian casualties of war and rules of engagement. Citizens worldwide owe a great debt to the WikiLeaks whistleblower for shedding light on these issues, and so we urge the Committee to award this prestigious prize to accused whistleblower Bradley Manning.
We can already be reasonably certain that Bradley Manning will not have a fair trial as the head of State, the USA President Mr. Barack Obama, stated over a year ago on record that Manning is guilty.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Member of Parliament for the Movement, Iceland
Christian Engström, Member of the European Parliament for the Pirate Party, Sweden
Amelia Andersdottir, Member of the European Parliament for the Pirate Party, Sweden
Margrét Tryggvadóttir, Member of Parliament for the Movement, Iceland
Þór Saari, Member of Parliament for the Movement, Iceland
Slim Amamou, former Secretary of State for Sport & Youth (2011), Tunisia
Birgitta Jónsdóttir is a member of the Icelandic parliament for The Movement. She can be contacted via her blogsite
The entire world sees Manning and Snowden as heroes and whistleblowers and we fully expect Nobel Peace Prizes given for their actions. International journalism has this story as center headline from Africa to Asia, to Europe to Latin America. US is now tied with China in international trust.
Bradley Manning Nobel Peace Prize Petition Gains 65,000 Signatures
(VIDEO) The Huffington Post | By Ryan Buxton Posted: 06/08/2013 12:39 pm EDT | Updated: 06/08/2013 12:39 pm EDT
The soldier facing trial for giving classified material to WikiLeaks deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, writer Norman Solomon argued during a HuffPost Live interview Friday.
Solomon, author of the book War Made Easy is among the nearly 65,000 people who support a petition to award Bradley Manning the Nobel Prize for the way the information he passed to WikiLeaks contributed to withdrawing troops from Iraq, he told host Mike Sacks.
The information Manning leaked -- and the "cavalier and callous atrocities" included in it -- led the Iraqi government to seek the authority to prosecute American soliders, Solomon said, which the United States didn't want to allow.
"Washington officials maintained their position that we can't tolerate the Iraqi government prosecuting our boys and girls in Iraq, and so that hastened the withdrawal of all U.S. troops," Solomon said. "On that basis alone, Bradley Manning is certainly entitled to and should get the Nobel Peace Prize."
Watch the video above to hear Solomon's argument for why Manning deserves recognition, and how a book by journalist Bob Woodward contained more sensitive government information than what Manning leaked.
Swedish professor nominates Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize
- Stefan Svallfors, sociology professor at Umeå University, nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize
- Snowden will not be eligible for this year's prize, which will be awarded in December 2013 - but could be considered for 2014
- The NSA whistleblower would have a hard time accepting the award, as he has already unsuccessfully applied for asylum in Norway
PUBLISHED: 13:06 EST, 14 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:17 EST, 14 July 2013
A sociology professor in Sweden has recommended NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In a letter addressed to the Norwegian Nobel Committee and published in Swedish newspaper Västerbottens-Kuriren, Professor Stefan Svallfors nominated Snowden for his 'heroic effort at great personal cost' shedding light on the expansive cyber-spying conducted by the U.S. National Security Agency.
Because of his bravery, Snowden 'helped to make the world a little bit better and safer,' Svallfors wrote.
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Swedish supporter: Stefan Svallfors, professor of sociology at Umea University, sent a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee nominating Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize
A nomination for Snowden would be symbolic because it shows 'that individuals can stand up for fundamental rights and freedoms.'
History: The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to 124 times since 1901
Svallfors compares Snowden's act to the rulings in the Nuremberg trials of 1945 because 'I was just following orders' was not held as a viable excuse for the Nazis who carried out human rights atrocities.
Svallfors also believes this will help the Peace Prize regain some of respect it lost after prematurely awarding Barack Obama the award in 2009.
'It would show its willingness to stand up in defense of civil liberties and human rights, even when such a defense [could] be viewed with disfavor by the world's dominant military power.'
But it may be too late for Snowden to receive the award this year.
Nominations for laureates must be postmarked no later than February 1 for consideration in the following December's prizes.
Between the months of March and August the advisers review the short list of candidates.
However, Svallfors' nomination should be taken seriously by the committee for next year's prize.
As a sociology professor at Umeå University, he counts as one of the 'qualified' people who can send their nominations to the committee.
These qualified people include: members of national assemblies and governments of states; members of international courts; university rectors; professors of social sciences, history, philosophy, law and theology; directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes; recipients of the prize; board members of organizations that have been awarded the prize; active members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee; former advisers of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
The Nobel Peace Prize was started in 1901 and has been awarded to 100 individuals and 24 organizations.
Qualified: As a professor of sociology at Umeå University in Sweden, Svallfors is one of the few that are allowed to make recommendations to the committee
The process: Candidates are nominated before February 1 and then go through a nearly year-long review up until the December award ceremony
Too soon: Many criticized the premature awarding of the peace prize to President Barack Obama in 2009
It was the last prize described in Alfred Nobel's will, which left most of his fortune to the creation of the prizes. Other Nobel Prizes are awarded in the areas of physics, chemistry, medicine and literature.
The peace prize is awarded each year to 'the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.'
Though Snowden is eligible for nomination for the December 2014 prize, it's unlikely he'd be able to travel to Oslo for the award ceremony.
Snowden applied for asylum in Norway on July 2, but the country then planned to reject it according to their national law.
'According to Norwegian law, one can't seek asylum abroad and the normal procedures stipulate that the asylum application from Edward Snowden will be rejected,' Paal Loenseth, Northwegian state secretary told news agency NTB.
If Snowden is awarded the prize in 2014, he would be the youngest Nobel Peace Laureate in the history of the prize.
PROFESSOR SVALLFORS' MESSAGE TO THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE COMMITTEE
Best committee members!
I suggest that the 2013 Peace Prize awarded to the American citizen Edward Snowden.
Edward Snowden has - in a heroic effort at great personal cost - revealed the existence and extent of the surveillance, the U.S. government devotes electronic communications worldwide. By putting light on this monitoring program - conducted in contravention of national laws and international agreements - Edward Snowden has helped to make the world a little bit better and safer.
Through his personal efforts, he has also shown that individuals can stand up for fundamental rights and freedoms. This example is important because since the Nuremberg trials in 1945 has been clear that the slogan "I was just following orders" is never claimed as an excuse for acts contrary to human rights and freedoms. Despite this, it is very rare that individual citizens having the insight of their personal responsibility and courage Edward Snowden shown in his revelation of the American surveillance program. For this reason, he is a highly affordable candidate.
The decision to award the 2013 prize to Edward Snowden would - in addition to being well justified in itself - also help to save the Nobel Peace Prize from the disrepute that incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision to award U.S. President Barack Obama 2009 award. It would show its willingness to stand up in defense of civil liberties and human rights, even when such a defense be viewed with disfavour by the world's dominant military power.
Professor of Sociology at Umeå University