Change Media University

U.S. killing more civilians in Iraq, Syria than it acknowledges

U.S. killing more civilians in Iraq, Syria than it acknowledges

avatar
ISTANBUL — Al Gharra is a mud-brick village built on hard, flat Syrian desert and populated by the descendants of Bedouin. It is a desolate place. Everything is dun colored: the bare, single-story houses and the stony desert they stand on. There is not much farming — it is too dry — just a few patches of cotton and tobacco. Before the war, villagers got a little money from the government to look after the national park on Mount Abdul-Aziz, a barren rock that rises 3,000 feet behind the village and stretches miles into the distance. Mount Abdul-Aziz is named after a lieutenant of the 12th-Century Muslim warrior Saladin, who built a fort to dominate the plain below. There is a military base there today too, which changes hands according to the fortunes of Syria’s civil war. In 2011, the regime of Bashar al-Assad held the base; next it was the rebels of the Free Syrian Army; then the so-called Islamic State (ISIL or ISIS); and finally the Kurds, who advanced and took the mountain last May under the cover of American warplanes. Abdul-Aziz al Hassan is from al Gharra, his first name the same as the mountain’s. He left the village while the Islamic State was in charge, but it is because of a bomb from an American plane that he cannot go back. What happened to his family is the story of just one bomb of the 35,000 dropped so far during 10,000 missions flown in the US-led air war against the Islamic State. Al Hassan is in his 20s, small, soft-spoken, with chestnut-brown skin. He said the war did not affect al Gharra much back when the regime or the Free Syrian Army occupied the mountain’s military base. But he remembers the day that the Islamic State came. “I was sitting in front of the house when a jeep passed by and stopped at the shrine to Saladin’s commander,” he said. “They gathered all of the people. One said: ‘We are the Islamic State. We are here to create an emirate based on Sharia (Islamic law).’” From that day, they decreed, men had to be in the mosque, the women at home. If a woman wanted...

United States Exposed for Being Complicit in Arming and Training Child Soldiers in Afghanistan

United States Exposed for Being Complicit in Arming and Training Child Soldiers in Afghanistan

avatar
  Washington, D.C. — The killing of a 10-year-old Afghan boy, Wasil Ahmad by Taliban forces has raised serious questions about the United State’s creation and backing of a militia group using of child soldiers. Ahmad has been lionized as a national hero in Afghanistan after his death on Monday in the Uruzgan province at the hands of Taliban militants. The boy had previously gained national prominence for helping militia forces break an insurgent siege after his uncle had been wounded. Ahmad’s death, while fighting alongside his uncle, with a U.S. supported government militia called the Afghan Local Police (ALP) has thrust the grim practice of child soldiers in combat into the international spotlight once again. “There’s nothing heroic about putting a child in danger by arming him and having him fight in a war. The Taliban killed 10-year-old Wasil Ahmad, but those who encouraged him to fight bear responsibility as well,” Patricia Gossman, the senior Afghanistan researcher for Human Rights Watch, told The Guardian. Afghan government officials said Ahmad was not formally part of the Afghan Local Police, but his uncle, with whom he fought alongside, was an official member of the group, according to The Guardian According to a report by The Guardian: Created in 2010, the Afghan Local Police, known as ALP, is largely an invention of the US military, and was initially overseen by elite US special operations forces. Critics have long pointed to persistent human-rights abuse allegations within an entity they fear provides cover for the empowerment of militias. According to a US government audit in October, the US Defense Department has provided $469.7m to the ALP from inception through April 2015, and estimates that the force will cost approximately $121m annually to sustain. The same audit chided the Pentagon for lacking plans to disband the ALP or transition its 30,000 fighters to the official security services after US sponsorship ends, a switch currently slated for September. When asked by The Guardian for comment about the U.S. funding militia groups that field child soldiers, the Pentagon and U.S. Central Command both refused to comment, with the Pentagon directing attention to a State Department policy on aid to foreign militaries. “Consistent with US law and...

Hawaii just killed the mandatory vaccine bill.

Hawaii just killed the mandatory vaccine bill.

avatar
This is some wonderful and amazing news. Hawaii lawmakers have killed a bill to speed up the process for adopting federal vaccination guidelines. The bill would have created an easier pathway for the Health Department to adopt federal rules for vaccinations. According to ABC News. Under the bill considered by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health, the department would have 90 days to adopt rules. Immediately after hearing opposition to the bill, Sen. Rosalyn Baker said Thursday it wouldn’t move forward. Her announcement came before the usual time when lawmakers decide on the bills. Sen. Will Espero, who is on Baker’s committee, said he hasn’t seen a lawmaker do that before. “Normally she would wait to the end of the agenda,” Espero said. “But in this case, she felt that it might be best before we get to the other bill to just share with them that, ‘FYI, I hear you, and I’ve made the decision.’ “ This is amazing news. Celebrate the small victories, they don’t come often enough. We will update this page as more information becomes available, in the mean time, share this. Read More...

TSA Aviation Roulette – DHS Has No Idea Who Agents Really Are

TSA Aviation Roulette – DHS Has No Idea Who Agents Really Are

avatar
    The destructive duo of Jihadi Jeh Johnson and Hussein Obama have managed to extend their complete and total destruction of our security defenses from the nation’s perimeter to our law enforcement and interdiction agencies as well as the airport screening capacity. In testimony before Congress on Wednesday, government oversight officials described the TSA as being in disarray, failing to record basic security details for thousands of employees, and not having control and tracking of official IDs and badges which allow access to the most sensitive areas of our nation’s airports. TSA Mystery Employees – Little Effort Made To Screen Or Vet Agents Describing TSA as operating “in chaos,” a frustrated Congress addressed a portion of an array of security issues which continue to go ignored and pose serious safety risks. The Washington Free Beacon reported that TSA cannot or chooses not to verify their employees’ criminal histories and immigration statuses, not to mention the 73 employees who were on the terrorist watch list. Those are individuals who cannot be trusted to fly on an airplane but who may be allowed unsupervised access to the most vulnerable and unseen areas. Rep John Mica (R-FL), chair of the House Transportation Subcommittee, was not at all complimentary in his assessment of Secretary Johnson’s cooperation and competence, saying, “Even 15 years” after the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks, “we still see a system that has not complied with the laws we have passed multiple times … and we see failures.” He continued, saying, “TSA employees are not properly vetted. We’ve found that tens of thousands of incomplete records are even lacking full names. They [TSA] had 14,000 immigrants listed in the database that did not have alien registration numbers and 75,000 of these records lacked passport numbers. This is not acceptable.” Officials could not account for “hundreds and thousands of IDs” that had gone missing, including TSA security badges, airport identity badges, and officer identification. Why is TSA this sloppy with such sensitive documents? Can the Columbia Law School graduate Johnson be this short-sighted, this incompetent? Obama and Johnson aren’t bumbling idiots as they might appear, they’re criminal masterminds. DHS Inspector General John Roth said, “TSA is considerably challenged when it...

Flying penis hits New Zealand official at trade-deal protest

Flying penis hits New Zealand official at trade-deal protest

avatar
  New Zealanders have a unique way with expressing themselves through protest: This time, it features an economic development minister — and a flying dildo. A woman tossed the jiggly sex toy at Minister Steven Joyce while he was talking on-air to reporters at Waitingi on the North Island’s toe. He was espousing the benefits of the highly secretive Trans Pacific Partnership economic agreement currently under negotiation. It slapped against his lips and bounced off a nearby reporter’s breasts — before falling limply at their feet. The offending member of the public was immediately hustled away — and into the arms of the boys in blue.   The minister took it on the chin — before making a quick withdrawal. Social media immediately erupted into a frenzy of witty quips. #dildogate and Steven Joyce surged into the top trends. When asked if this was a first for him, Joyce began: “Yes, it would be fair to say, under any circumstances …” He then quipped: “It would be unfortunate for being known for this incident.” Too late. The protester had recently been interviewed by One News over her anti-Trans Pacific Partnership stance. “With the signing coming up next week, I thought it was really important that we take a really strong stand against this to protect the people of New Zealand, really. “I’m here as a nurse because I’m worried about the patient rights and how many people will essentially die if this goes through because the price of medication’s going up, so yeah, it’s something I feel really strongly about.” This article originally appeared on...

People Have A ‘Fundamental Right’ To Own Assault Weapons, Court Rules

People Have A ‘Fundamental Right’ To Own Assault Weapons, Court Rules

avatar
In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Thursday sided with a broad coalition of gun owners, businesses and organizations that challenged the constitutionality of a Maryland ban on assault weapons and other laws aimed at curbing gun violence. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the state’s prohibition on what the court called “the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens” amounted to a violation of their rights under the Constitution. “In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment — the right of law-abiding responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home,” Chief Judge William Traxler wrote in the divided ruling. Provisions that outlaw these firearms, Traxler wrote, “substantially burden this fundamental right.” Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who recently suspended his Democratic presidential campaign, signed Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act of 2013 in the wake of the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, which spurred similar initiatives in other Democratic-leaning states. The legislation mostly targets specific kinds of semi-automatic firearms — such as AR-15s and AK-47s — and large-capacity magazines, and adds certain registration and licensing requirements. But gun rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association, quickly moved to challenge these laws in the courts, claiming that the restrictions they imposed on lawful gun ownership were overly broad and weren’t proven to save lives. “This case was a major victory for the NRA and gun rights advocates.” Adam Winkler, UCLA law professor The legal attacks have largely failed. Last October, a federal appeals court in Manhattan upheld the most iconic of these laws — those passed in New York and Connecticut in direct response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. And in December, the Supreme Court declined to review a ruling out of Illinois that upheld a similar ban on assault weapons. The high court’s reluctance to intervene in these disputes has left the Second Amendment in a bit of a state of flux. Since the Supreme Court established in 2008 and 2010 that the amendment protects a personal right to keep and bear arms for self-defense within the home,...

Chuck Norris Calls Out Monsanto For Killing Food Supply

Chuck Norris Calls Out Monsanto For Killing Food Supply

avatar
  Chuck Norris has set his sights on Monsanto’s agenda. He has recently released a detailed article speaking out against Monsanto. Everything from their decimation of the food supply to their hazardous Roundup herbicide has been focused within his article. The article, ‘Chuck Norris raises the red flag over Monsanto’, was featured on World Net Daily. In the article Norris speaks out against Monsanto’s destructive force, specifically the use of glyphosate (used in Roundup) and the effects it has. “…Monsanto began marketing glyphosate under the Roundup name in the 1970s, and it quickly became an industry standard. In 1997, its use tripled with the introduction of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops, plantings genetically modified to withstand glyphosate in order to enable farmers to use more of the herbicide in killing crop-threatening weeds. Glyphosate is sprayed on most of the corn and soybean crops in the United States, as well as over sugar beets, canola and other crops. In 2007 alone, the agricultural sector applied between 180 million and 185 million pounds of glyphosate to crops in this country. The home and garden sector applied 5 million to 8 million pounds, and industry, commerce and government applied 13 million to 15 million pounds of glyphosate. It was the most widely used herbicide in U.S. agriculture and second-most widely used herbicide in the home and garden sector. … The only real way you have of knowing whether glyphosate traces or residue is in the food you eat is if you grow it yourself or only buy products that are certified organic. The EPA promised a completed preliminary risk assessment of glyphosate by the end of last year.” When a public figure speaks out against Monsanto it shows just how far we have come in spreading the word about this corporation’s attempt to dominate our food supply. Let’s hope that the masses of the world will listen to Norris’ words and decide to join the fight against Monsanto.   Read http://www.ewao.com/a/1-chuck-norris-calls-out-monsanto-for-killing-food-supply/...

Trump Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Trump Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

avatar
  Billionaire Donald Trump’s name has been tossed in the ring for the Nobel Peace Prize, according to Kristian Berg Harpviken, head of the Peace Research Institute in Oslo. The Republican presidential candidate was proposed by a U.S. nominator, who Harpviken did not identify, who cited the billionaire’s “vigorous peace through strength ideology” in the nomination. But, just because Trump received a nomination, doesn’t mean he is in contention. He is not listed among those with a chance of winning, Harpviken told Reuters. Representatives from Trump’s campaign did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment. Throughout his bid for presidency, Trump has been widely criticized for his anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric.   Read more...

Stop the Putin Worship! He’s a Former KGB Thug Working for the Bankers

Stop the Putin Worship! He’s a Former KGB Thug Working for the Bankers

avatar
Being a former college basketball coach, I marvel at the skill of a good strategist who can carry out a game plan. Vladimir Putin would have been a great college basketball coach, a masterful poker player, great chess player, a top used car salesman and he is an excellent leader of his country when it comes to foreign policy. Putin has made the Federal Reserve, Wall Street and our government look amateurish. If it wasn’t for the fact that Putin has the potential to be one of the most despotic figures in all of history, I would be a fan of his cunning and his ability to carry out an agenda on multiple fronts with precision and skill. However, there is one group that Putin does not outfox, out-strategize and out maneuver; that would be the forces controlling the Bank of International Settlement (BIS). Putin is developing almost a cult following among some people in the alternative media. To them, he represents a man with the force of conviction to tell international banking to go to hell. To these well-intentioned, but misguided analysts, Putin has succeeded where other world leaders have lost their lives (e.g. JFK, Hussein, etc.). As romantic and appealing as a superhero may be who will ride in and save the world from the evil bankers, nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to Putin. Whether Putin realizes it or not, he is doing the complete bidding of the big boys at the BIS and everything is moving right along according to plan. This article explores the fact that Putin, although he may be, on the surface, resisting international banking on one level, he is very much under their control on another level. This article will also explore the implications for these events upon the American people. The Starting Point In the alternative media, many make the mistake of speaking about the “banksters” as if they were one entity all working towards the same goal which is the establishment of a singular economic system which controls the planet through rabid debt management. Generally, this is true. However, the process of international banking is compartmentalized and when goals are not met, we see divisions...

Corrupt Silk Road Investigator Re-Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Flee the US

Corrupt Silk Road Investigator Re-Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Flee the US

avatar
Just when the Silk Road’s saga of dirty money and double-dealing seemed to be winding down, one of the federal agents who investigated the site has added an audacious footnote: What looks like a brazen attempt to flee the United States after he was convicted and sentenced to prison for corruption in his handling of the case. Former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges was re-arrested on Thursday of last week, just a day before he was scheduled to turn himself in at a Baltimore prison to begin serving a 71-month prison sentence. Bridges pleaded guilty in October to charges of money laundering and obstruction of justice and was released on bail; he confessed that as part of the team investigating the Silk Road anonymous drug market he had secretly stolen around $800,000 worth of bitcoins from the site and placed them in his own account. Federal agents seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in his possession, and he was sentenced to pay another half a million dollars in restitution. But despite his guilty plea, Bridges may have planned to escape his prison sentence and leave the country, potentially taking more hidden wealth with him. According to a filing from prosecutors in the Northern District of California last week, the agents who arrested Bridges found that he’d packed his passport, a cell phone, documents related to his wife’s application for citizenship in another country, and corporate records for at least three “offshore entities” in Belize, Nevis and Mauritius (including one that had been created after his guilty plea) into two briefcases. They also found a MacBook with its serial number scratched off and bulletproof vests, at least one of which prosecutors believe Bridges stole from the Secret Service. Exactly what that collection of evidence adds up to isn’t clear, but prosecutors argue that it shows that Bridges didn’t plan to report to prison as promised. “It should be noted that this was not the sum of evidence agents recovered,” the prosecutors’ filing notes. “Rather, the government is only including facts here that it believes are relevant to the defendant’s risk of flight.” The arrest, which was first noted by the Baltimore Sun on Friday, comes as the corruption in the...

The Game on Why He Donated $500K to Flint : ‘Talk Is Cheap’

The Game on Why He Donated $500K to Flint : ‘Talk Is Cheap’

avatar
  The platinum-selling rapper donated half a million dollars to provide water to Flint, Michigan. He discusses why he opened his wallet and pseudo-philanthropic celebs. The Game took some time out from his busy schedule of beefing with Young Thug, posting thirst traps, and releasing a line of emojis for a very good cause: donating $500,000 towards providing water to the people of Flint, Michigan. And yes, we have the receipts. On Tuesday, the Compton rapper posted a picture to his Instagram account of a wire transfer from his charity, the Robin Hood Project, to Avita for half a million bucks. Avita, an artesian alkaline water company, is matching The Game’s $500,000 for a grand total of $1,000,000. It’s the biggest public celebrity donation so far to Flint, which is in the throes of a federal emergency after it came to light that its water supply contained high levels of lead, poisoning its people. Experts estimate that roughly 8,000 to 9,000 children under the age of six may have suffered permanent brain damage after being exposed to the tainted water. And that’s just the kids. “It’s obviously a very big deal and a tragedy in Flint, and I saw people donating small amounts, and I just thought I’d go above and beyond that,” says The Game. “So I donated the funds from the first 11 shows of my European tour. Avita matched it and they’ll be one million bottles of water given out—33,000 bottles of water at a time because of trucking and shipping it in and out. It’s not easy shipping it out because of the snowstorms, and trucks being backed up. But we’ll get it there, however long it takes.” The Game isn’t the only celebrity who’s come onboard to help. Pop diva Cher got the ball rolling, donating 180,000 bottles of water; Mark Wahlberg and Diddy’s AQUAhydrate, joined by Eminem and Wiz Khalifa, pledged one million bottles; Meek Mill donated $50,000; and Madonna and Jimmy Fallon forked over $10,000 apiece. In his Instagram post, The Game also called out celebs like Madonna and Fallon for donating only $10,000, which he felt was insufficient given their immense wealth. read more...

Bill Limiting Filming of Police Dies in Arizona!

Bill Limiting Filming of Police Dies in Arizona!

avatar
An Arizona senator who wanted to make it a crime to take close-up video of police has killed his own bill because of public outcry. Senate Bill 1054 would have criminalized shooting video of police from a distance closer than 20 feet, unless permission was given. Arizona Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, sponsored the bill, which was introduced earlier this month, but he was pressured into killing it this week, citing public backlash over concerns about free speech under the First Amendment. “It generated very emotional opposition on both sides,” Kavanagh said in a statement. “That dooms a bill to failure. Once a bill becomes so mired in controversy…it’s time to move on.” Kavanagh told U.S. News & World Report that he sponsored the bill based on his experience as a Port Authority officer at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City during the 1970s. He says he found syringes on one of R&B singer Wilson Pickett’s bandmates and had him up against the wall, when Pickett approached him and asked, “Is this going to take long?”  ...

A Guy Fed Two Hungry Street Kids In A Restaurant, The Restaurant Too Showed What Humanity Is

A Guy Fed Two Hungry Street Kids In A Restaurant, The Restaurant Too Showed What Humanity Is

avatar
  Let’s Imagine the character of this story is Mr. X. He had gone to malappuram for a company meeting, the same one which happens every year. A hundred people turned up, to boast about themselves and each other. A hundred mechanoids meeting, to discuss about the lingering question, what now. His mind was also a machine, sooty and greasy from the grind. The meeting got over. He got a room for the night, so that morning could be fresh for departure. And he was hungry. A quick shower and a change of clothes later, he found himself in the restaurant next door, where every table was merry, and food smelled delicious. His hunger increased twofold thinking about the food, and the legendary malappuram cuisine. He ordered a plate of porotta, chicken curry and tea. Before he knew it, there was food in front of him, steaming. That’s when he saw two tiny eyes through the display glass. Two eyes which were darting from table to table, taking in as much as it could, without sending anything to the tummy which was waiting to be fed. The owner of the young eyes had a sack in his hand. But no one was paying any heed to the sounds made by his stomach, which was crying by now. Pain shot through his heart, which was a feeling less part running the machine that was him. He beckoned the young eyes inside. It was when the young boy came inside, that he saw that the boy was not alone. A little girl was with him, who appeared to be his sister. Two pairs of eyes were staring into his plate. He told them to sit down. And they did; sack, dirty clothes and all. When he asked them what they wanted to eat, they silently pointed to his own plate. He ordered it again, porotta and chicken curry. As soon as it came, the young boy got ready to dip his hands into the food. Ravenous hands were stopped by his sister’s, who made sure both of them washed their hands before they put a morsel into their mouths. Everyone was staring, as though some grand event was happening. In the...

Homeless man saves family from house fire after they gave him a place to stay

Homeless man saves family from house fire after they gave him a place to stay

avatar
  When a longtime friend gave Thomas Smith a place to stay, the homeless Houston man worried he would never be able to repay the woman for her kindness. That all changed early Friday, when Thomas was awakened by “a big old boom” while everyone else in the home was asleep, according to NBC affiliate KPRC2. Initially, he thought the house was being robbed, but when he came out of his bedroom, he realized that the home was on fire and quickly filling with smoke, according to CBS affiliate KHOU. READ MORE The European city where homeless people are becoming tour guides Entering his friend’s bedroom, Thomas noticed the 66-year-old woman — who was not identified by local television stations — was trapped beneath debris that had fallen from the ceiling. “I jumped out the bed and ran to her room, and something was on top of her — sheetrock and what not,” he said. “I told her, ‘Get up out the bed!’” Thomas pulled the woman out of bed and rushed to another bedroom, where her 8- and 10-year-old granddaughters were sleeping, according to KHOU. The children were still asleep as fire raced through an attic above them. After rousing the children, Thomas led the family through the smoke until they had made their way safely outside. “I got them out the house so fast,” he told KPRC2. “There was smoke!” READ MORE NY State Governor wants to rescue the homeless from freezing weather Houstonians labeled Smith a hero, but he brushed the label aside. “I wouldn’t say I’m a hero,” he told KHOU. “I just thank God for helping us all. Not a hero.” KPRC2 reported that the homeowner has owned the home for more than 40 years and that it was known as “grandma’s house” to her loved ones. Though no injuries were reported, images from local media outlets revealed extensive damage to the home, including the children’s laptops, clothes and many other belongings. Firefighters told KPRC2 that the blaze is under investigation but appears to have been an electrical fire. Read more...

College student uses coupon-clipping skills to donate over $110,000 to charities

College student uses coupon-clipping skills to donate over $110,000 to charities

avatar
At the age of 10, Hannah Steinberg not only saved up $300 to buy a real cash register, but she also used it to keep track of her money. Fast forward 10 years, and the 20-year-old Tufts University student from Scarsdale, New York, is collecting coupons to put toward buying items for charities. Hannah Steinberg clips coupons to help donate items to charities Courtesy of Hannah Steinberg Hannah Steinberg with her coupons and items she bought After becoming hooked on the show “Extreme Couponing” when she was 14 years old, Steinberg decided to apply her interest in couponing to a good cause.   “These people [on the show] have mounds and mounds of items in their garages, so I thought I’d try and see if I can do something with this to give back,” she told TODAY.com. She started looking through circulars and cutting coupons that she took to stores like Target and CVS, along with $500 she had saved up from baby-sitting. Before she knew it, she had enough toiletries, canned goods and gift cards to take to the Coachman Family Center, a local homeless shelter. “My parents thought I was crazy at first, but once I showed them and everyone else how much $500 and coupons could get you, they realized I was on to something,” Steinberg said. “They’re now so supportive that they let me take over the dining room table and garage.” She sent a photo of all the items to family and friends with a note about what she was doing, and donations started to pour in. People even gave her 20-year-old coupons that are still effective. Hannah Steinberg clips coupons to help donate items to charities Courtesy of Hannah Steinberg Steinberg with the items she bought from coupons Since going off to college, Steinberg has found it hard to balance both her schoolwork and couponing, so many of her friends have gotten involved with cutting coupons, filling up carts and even accompanying her on monthly trips to drop the items off.   Our Coupons Care officially became a nonprofit in October of 2014 and has donated over $110,000 worth of goods to homeless shelters and hospitals. Her biggest deliveries come around the holidays,...

Iceland Sentences 26 Corrupt Bankers To 74 Years In Prison

Iceland Sentences 26 Corrupt Bankers To 74 Years In Prison

avatar
(Source: AmericanNewsx) – Iceland just sentenced their 26th banker to prison for his part in the 2008 economic collapse. The charges ranged from breach of fiduciary duties to market manipulation to embezzlement. When most people think of Iceland, they envision fire and ice. Major volcanoes and vast ice fields are abundant due to its position on the northern part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. (A hot July day in Reykjavik is around 55 degrees.) However, Iceland is also noted for being one of the Nordic Socialist countries, complete with universal health care, free education and a lot other Tea Potty nightmares. Therefore, as you might imagine, they tend to view and react to economic situations slightly differently than the U.S. When the banking induced “Great Recession of ’08” struck, Iceland’s economic hit was among the hardest. However, instead of rewarding fraudulent banking procedures with tons of bailout money, they took a different path. Prior to the recession, Iceland had one of the more thriving economies in the world, in spite of the fact that their total population (327,000) wouldn’t even fill a mid-sized American city. When the recession struck, they were among the earliest and hardest hit. However, instead of running to the vaults to shower the banks with money, they let the banks fail. They also resisted traveling down the European/Republican austerity road. Instead, they kept their social programs intact at a time when they were most needed. And, they sent fraudulent bankers to jail. When Iceland’s three major banks collapsed, it resulted in defaults totaling $114 billion in a country with agross domestic product (GDP) of only $19 billion. In October, 2008 the parliament passed emergency legislation to take over the domestic operations of the major banks and established new banks to handle them. They did not, however, take over any of the foreign assets or obligations. Those stayed with the original banks, right into bankruptcy. They then brought charges against several banking executives for fraud and market manipulation, resulting in sentences ranging from four to five and a half years. As the special prosecutor said, Why should we have a part of our society that is not being policed or without responsibility? In the U.S., we simply...

Ross Ulbricht, Sentenced to life for running website silk road, files for appeal.

Ross Ulbricht, Sentenced to life for running website silk road, files for appeal.

avatar
  Ross Ulbricht, convicted and sentenced to life in prison last year for running the darknet sales website Silk Road, had his legal team file an appeal yesterday. (I reported on his lawyer Joshua Dratel’s initial appeal plans right after sentencing). The defense’s main points of contention, as specifically expressed in the suit (in forceful ALL CAPS) below. Interpolated will be excerpts and summations from me and more extended quotes from the appeal explaining what the defense’s contentions mean: THE COURT ABUSED ITS DISCRETION AND DENIED ULBRICHT HIS FIFTH AND SIXTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS TO DUE PROCESS, THE RIGHT TO PRESENT A DEFENSE, AND A FAIR TRIAL BY (A) PRECLUDING THE DEFENSE FROM USING AT TRIAL THE EVIDENCE RELATING TO DEA SPECIAL AGENT CARL FORCE’S CORRUPTION; (B) REFUSING TO ORDER THE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL DISCOVERY AND BRADY MATERIAL REGARDING CORRUPTION; AND (C) DENYING ULBRICHT’S MOTION FOR A NEW TRIAL BASED ON ADDITIONAL POST-TRIAL DISCLOSURES REGARDING FORCE AND ANOTHER CORRUPT LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENT INVOLVED IN THE SILK ROAD INVESTIGATION…. Here is some previous reporting on Force and his corruption. He was a DEA agent who did a lot of the communication with “Dread Pirate Roberts” (DPR), the pseudonymous operator of Silk Road, and was responsible for entrapping him into an alleged murder for hire. Force also leaked info about the ongoing investigation to DPR in exchange for bitcoin payoffs. Dratel in the appeal continues to argue that Ulbricht being the admitted launcher of Silk Road does not mean he was necessarily the “Dread Pirate Roberts” who continued to run it. He posits that the purely digital nature of most of the evidence linking DPR to Ulbricht could have been falsified, and that agents deeply involved in the case are known to have been in the game essentially for the chance to steal bitcoin. This leads the appeal to state that all that evidence against Ulbricht “was permeated by corruption of two law enforcement agents participating in the investigation, the restrictions on cross-examination, and preclusion of expert witnesses offered to overcome those restrictions” and that all that “eviscerated Ulbricht’s defense and denied him a fair trial.” Dratel tried during the trial to get it delayed until Force’s case had been adjudicated—the...

Courts quietly confirm MMR Vaccine causes Autism

Courts quietly confirm MMR Vaccine causes Autism

avatar
By Mark Wachtler, whiteoutpress.com After decades of passionate debate, parents probably missed the repeated admissions by drug companies and governments alike that vaccines do in fact cause autism. For concerned parents seeking the truth, it’s worth remembering that the exact same people who own the world’s drug companies also own America’s news outlets. Finding propaganda-free information has been difficult, until now. Dr. Andrew Wakefield At the center of the fifteen-year controversy is Dr. Andrew Wakefield of Austin, Texas. It was Dr. Wakefield that first publicized the link between stomach disorders and autism, and taking the findings one step further, the link between stomach disorders, autism and the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine. For that discovery way back in 1996, and a subsequent research paper published by the doctor in 1998, Andrew Wakefield has found himself the victim of a world-wide smear campaign by drug corporations, governments and media companies. And while Dr. Wakefield has been persecuted and prosecuted to the extent of being unable to legally practice medicine because of his discovery, he has instead become a best-selling author, the founder of the Strategic Autism Initiative, and the Director of the Autism Media Channel. But in recent months, courts, governments and vaccine manufacturers have quietly conceded the fact that the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine most likely does cause autism and stomach diseases. Pharmaceutical companies have even gone so far as to pay out massive monetary awards, totaling in the millions, to the victims in an attempt to compensate them for damages and to buy their silence. Grassroots outcry It was a regular reader named Kathleen that brought this ongoing story to our attention here at Whiteout Press. When asked what her connection to the vaccine-autism battle was, the young reader replied, “I just researched it for a school project a while back and then I stayed on top of it, until I couldn’t stand it anymore. I’m not a parent, nor do I belong to any organization – a mere outside observer.” This reader isn’t alone. The news that vaccines cause autism has spread across the US despite a coordinated media black-out. She takes her concerns one step further explaining, “All I want is to see this information...

Mexico’s New Libertarian Party Aims to Shake Up the Political Arena

Mexico’s New Libertarian Party Aims to Shake Up the Political Arena

avatar
The ideas of liberty are spreading across Latin America, bringing with them various proposals anpolicy changes that aim to create freer societies in the region. Within this paradigm shift, Mexico is no exception, as libertarians in the country prepare to launch their very own political party.+ The PanAm Post recently spoke with Francisco Javier Combaluzier, spokesman for the Mexican Libertarian Party, who believes the North American country can achieve a greater level of freedom for its citizens than anyone could have previously imagined.+ Where are you in terms of legally instituting the party?+ In Mexico, we have to depend more on the law than our own organizational capacity, because the legislation is relatively new, and it does not allow for new parties to emerge until 2020.+ Nevertheless, there is a new possibility of introducing independent candidates [before the party is legally set up], and we will participate with many citizens who are joining Mexico’s libertarian movement.+ What kind of positions do you expect to campaign for with these independent candidates?+ Congress, mostly. Many of Mexico’s structural problems arise from excessive legislation and disregard for the law. We not only have laws that we don’t need, but those that we do are not enforced.+ For us to have a free country, I think it’s essential that we start cutting back, and see to it that the laws we do need are obeyed. That’s why [focusing on] Congress is most important in order to ensure the rule of law.+ Nevertheless, city councils are the offices that are closest [to the people], and where good libertarian practices can be enacted.+ What are the biggest challenges as libertarian politicians in Mexican society?+ There are very few of us who call ourselves [classical] liberals or libertarians, primarily because we are not taught to identify with these labels. There is little time devoted in schools to studying libertarian thinkers, philosophers, or economists.+ However, after talking to people on social media, we have realized that many agree with our views, despite not being able to identify them as libertarian. In that sense, one of our most important goals is to make people aware that their intuition of how things should be is actually rooted in libertarian...

UPDATED ! Is The Mass Outbreak Of The Zika Virus Being Used For Population Control?

UPDATED ! Is The Mass Outbreak Of The Zika Virus Being Used For Population Control?

avatar
  UPDATE: 2/1/16 Bill and Melinda Gates now seem to be involved in multiple parts to the Zika outbreak story. The genetically modified mosquitoes that were released in Brazil in 2015 were developed by the British biotech company Oxitec, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Also in 2015, a new formula of the Tdap vaccine was made mandatory for pregnant women in Brazil to recieve. Seeing as Zika has been a known virus since 1945 and there are no recorded health problems as serious as microcephaly prior to this outbreak, there is reason to suspect that the birth defects are actually being caused by the vaccines. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation just so happened to have given the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program a $307,000 grant to study the immune responses of these pregnant women in Brazil who received the new Tdap vaccine. The raw results from this study don’t seem to be available to the public. So, whether it is Zika or the vaccine that is causing these birth defects, the known eugenicist Bill Gates is involved either way. It doesn’t particularly matter how the defects are actually caused when it comes to the population control agenda – the fear is the main objective and fear has certainly been spreading. There is currently a Zika vaccine being developed and no doubt people will be lining up to be voluntarily poisoned. There is also talk of more GM mosquitos being released to “save us from Zika,” according to the media. Although the media is still missing the connection that the first time GM mosquitos were released it was to stop the spread of dengue then Brazil subsequently got a mass outbreak of Zika. Guillain-barré syndrome which is being linked to Zika in others a part from pregnant women, is also a major side effect for vaccines. It is a complication mostly associated with the flu vaccine but has also been recorded in some that received the Tdap. At this time there is not much more information in the relevance of this with the current situation in South America. We will continue to update as we learn more about the outbreak. 1/30/16 There has recently been...

 

Join We Are Change!

@Lukewearechange @Lukewearechange

  • RT : . has been warning about Goldman Sachs criminal activities for years before it has become a pivotal presidential point.,
  • RT : P. Diddy Abandons “Vote or Die” Movement, Says Voting Is A “Scam” via @LukeWeAreChange,

Coinbase Address:17zfAyA1kxieD7QzjRUDLrRPRxxfPDZxtD

Pin It on Pinterest

Password Reset
Please enter your e-mail address. You will receive a new password via e-mail.