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The Sunic Journal: Interview with Alex Kurtagic #2

December 23, 2009

Dr. Sunic and Alex Kurtagic discuss the war of ideology and representation between the political left and the New Right and the need to create and expand our own “cultural space.” Topics include:

  • How debates are framed: political “semiotics”
  • The New Right’s use of art, fashion, literature, film, and music to create a rival pop culture
  • The value of uplifting themes and positive messages
  • The corrosive effects of Leftist policies on family life
  • Handling hostile interviews
  • The important role of imagery in modern politics; Ron Paul’s 2008 campaign

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The Jamie Kelso Show: Dec. 22, 2009

December 22, 2009

Jamie Kelso’s show for Dec. 22, 2009 covers the waterfront, with special guest and fellow Californian Mishko Novosel. One of the patriot questions examined by Kelso and Mishko is, in fact, the matter of “whither California?” as the collapse of the multicultural dystopia accelerates. The discussion ranges over Californians from intellectual polymath Prof. Kevin MacDonald to country music giant Merle Haggard.

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The Jamie Kelso Show: Debut Show!

December 21, 2009

jamie-kelso-lindbergh-piano-little-falls-mnOn today’s show, Dec. 21, 2009, Jamie Kelso talks with special guest Stan Hess, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Jamie and Stan talk about their recent patriot trip to visit the boyhood home of Charles A. Lindbergh in Little Falls, Minnesota. Also talked about are their stays in Minnesota to visit the Kensington Runestone near Lindbergh’s home. And then to participate in the 2,000th anniversary celebration in New Ulm, MN of the victory of Hermann the German’s army over three Roman legions at Teutoberg Forest in 9 AD. Other subjects covered are the Solutrean hypothesis according to which the first people in North America were Europeans 19,000 years ago.

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Mishko and Dietrich, 12/18/2009

December 21, 2009

This Week in Disorganized America:

Shakedown in Copenhagen -Pat Buchanan

December 21, 2009

If you would know what Copenhagen is all about, hearken to this nugget in The Washington Post’s report from the Danish capital:

“Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi—who is representing all of Africa here—unveiled his proposal Wednesday for a system in which rich countries would provide money to poor ones to help deal with the effects of climate change. …

“Zenawi said he would accept $30 billion in the short term, rising to $100 billion by 2020. … This was seen as a key concession by developing countries, which had previously spurned that figure … as too low.” [At Copenhagen, both rich and developing nations offer concessions, By Juliet Eilperin and David A. Fahrenthold, December 17, 2009]

There was a time when a U.S. diplomat would have burst out laughing after listening to a Third World con artist like this.

But not the Obamaites. They are already ponying up.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack just pledged $1 billion at Copenhagen to developing countries who preserve their forests. Thus America, $12 trillion in debt and facing a second straight $1.4 trillion deficit, will borrow another $1 billion from China to send to Brazil to bribe them to stop cutting down their trees.

When you slice through the blather about marooned bears and melting ice caps, oceans rising and cities sinking, global warming is a racket and a crock. It is all about money and power.

Copenhagen has always been about an endless transfer of wealth from America, Europe and Japan and creation of a global bureaucracy to control the pace of world economic and industrial development.

End game: enrichment and empowerment of global elites at the expense of Western peoples whose leaders have been bamboozled by con artists.

When Katrina hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and Rita came ashore in Texas in 2005, we were told this was due to global warming, and hurricane seasons would now get worse and worse until the world radically reduced the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

President Bush ignored the hysteria. What happened?

As Michael Fumento reports, the 2009 hurricane season ended quietly, with the fewest hurricanes since 1997, and not one hurricane made landfall in the United States.

When the feds sought to list the polar bear as an endangered species, Gov. Sarah Palin protested this “politicized science” and sued, claiming the polar bear was a healthy species whose numbers had doubled in recent years.

Was she wrong?

Is the Arctic ice cap melting? So we are told. But what harm has befallen mankind other than to have a Northwest Passage opened up to maritime traffic in the summer?

The Antarctic ice sheet is nine times as large as the Arctic, and here is what the British Antarctic Survey wrote last April:

“(D)uring the winter freeze in Antarctica this ice cover expands to an area roughly twice the size of Europe. Ranging in thickness from less than a meter to several meters, the ice insulates the warm ocean from the frigid atmosphere above. Satellite images show that since the 1970s the extent of Antarctic sea ice has increased at a rate of 100,000 square kilometers a decade.”

One hundred thousand square kilometers a decade?

This would mean Antarctic sea ice expanded by 300,000 square kilometers since the 1970s, or 116,000 square miles, which is an area larger than all of New England.

How can the Antarctic ice cap grow for three decades as the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has steadily increased, unless carbon dioxide has little or nothing to do with global warming?

Unlike the Arctic, Antarctica is a continent, and while chunks of ice are cracking off in Western Antarctica, in Eastern Antarctica, four times larger, the ice sheet is thickening and expanding. The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research reported last April that the South Pole had shown “significant cooling in recent decades.”

In April 1992, as the alarm over the Earth’s end times began, scientists worldwide issued what was called the Heidelberg Appeal, aimed at just the kind of hysteria we are witnessing now in Copenhagen.

“We are … worried … at the emergence of an irrational ideology which is opposed to scientific and industrial progress and impedes economic and social development,” said the scientists.

“We contend that a Natural State, sometimes idealized by movements with a tendency to look towards the past, does not exist and has probably never existed since man’s first appearance in the biosphere. … (H)umanity has always progressed by increasingly harnessing Nature to its needs and not the reverse.

“We do, however, forewarn the authorities in charge of our planet’s destiny against decisions which are supported by pseudo-scientific arguments or false and non-relevant data.”

Since then, 4,000 scientists and 72 Nobel Prize winners have signed on. Again, it needs be said: Global warming is cyclical, and has been stagnant for a decade. There is no conclusive proof it is manmade, no conclusive proof it is harmful to the planet.

Source: buchanan.org.

Diversity Infects Medical School

December 21, 2009

The obsession over group representation rather than individual competence continues to spread through academia.

The obsession with “diversity” in American higher education has spread like an epidemic, beginning in the humanities and social sciences and moving on to most undergraduate education and grad schools. There have been a few pockets of resistance like mathematics and the physical sciences where answers are right or wrong and getting them wrong has serious consequences.

Medicine is a field where wrong answers can have really, really serious consequences so you’d think that medical schools would shun the diversity obsession and focus entirely on individual competence. Unfortunately, at least one medical school, Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City has succumbed and now has a three-person Office of Faculty Diversity.

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ran a softball piece on this new “diversity” initiative.

What is the justification for this office, which undoubtedly uses several hundred thousand dollars of tuition money annually? According to Dr. Debra Leonard, the Chief Diversity Officer, it is to “change the Weill Cornell environment to a diverse and inclusive community, so all people feel welcomed, accepted, and part of the team.”

A good follow-up question would have been, “Is there any evidence that the faculty of Weill Cornell as currently constituted makes some people feel that they are not welcomed, accepted, or part of the team?” Or, “How many complaints have been issued against faculty members for improper treatment of students, patients, or other employees of the school?”

Apparently, no such skeptical questions were asked. You have to wonder, though, how often it happens that medical professionals in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities make people feel unwelcome simply because they’re from a different background.

The main rationale Dr. Leonard gives for her office is that American medical schools need to “model diversity” but aren’t doing a good enough job of that because black and Hispanic professors comprise only three and four percent respectively of the faculties at American medical schools, less than the percentages of those groups in the general population.

Shortly after his election, Bill Clinton promised that his cabinet would “look like America” and that idea has morphed into the current notion that just about every collection of people should “model diversity.” (A good example I recently wrote about is the decision of the U.S. Naval Academy to replace some of its color guard at a World Series game with “diverse” midshipmen.) It has become an article of faith among many academics that institutions are necessarily better if they “model diversity,” but that’s all it is—an article of faith. Is there any reason to believe that Weill Cornell will do a better job of training doctors if, say, the next ten faculty members it hires are from “varied” backgrounds?

Suppose, hypothetically, that Weill Cornell were choosing between Dr. Miguel Perez, whose parents escaped from Cuba and Dr. Semyon Markov, whose parents escaped from the Soviet Union. Assume that both are fine practitioners. Is it certain that the faculty would be better if Dr. Perez were hired simply because his ancestry puts him in a “diverse” category while Dr. Markov’s does not?  I can’t see why.

A related rationale for pursuing “diversity” mentioned in the article is the need to have doctors who are “culturally competent.” Dr. Leonard was quoted as saying, “If you don’t understand that the cultural background of your patients influences how they cooperate with and respond to treatment, then you won’t be able to treat them as effectively.”

In rare instances, that’s true, but how does that fact justify hiring preferences in favor of medical school faculty who come from “varied backgrounds”?

The assumption here is that a doctor who comes from a “minority” background knows about the cultural peculiarities of “his” people and will be able to more effectively teach doctors in training how do handle challenging patients. But the assumption that a med school professor who is black or Hispanic knows about the cultural peculiarities of black and Hispanic patients is unfounded. It’s like assuming that every black person is good at basketball or every Hispanic is a devout Catholic.

Remember Bill Cosby’s TV character Dr. Huxtable? He was an upper middle-class black doctor in Philadelphia. If he had found himself with a patient from, say, the Gullah-speaking region of South Carolina, would he have been better at dealing with the cultural (and probably language) difficulties than a white doctor? No reason to think so.

Furthermore, not all possible cultural barriers in medicine have to do with racial minorities. A white doctor (my Dr. Markov, for example) would have just as much trouble dealing with a white patient from Appalachia who has a strong, religiously-based  aversion to medicines and surgery as Dr. Huxtable would.

It’s probably impossible to teach future doctors about every possible situation they might encounter where “cultural competence” would matter, and trying to do so would soak up a lot of time better spent studying medicine. And more importantly, there is no basis for thinking that whatever lessons can be usefully imparted in med school can only be taught if the faculty “models diversity.”

In a field like medicine where there can be serious repercussions from bad decisions, it’s important to select professionals, professors and students alike, on the basis of individual ability rather than group membership or ancestry. It’s worrisome that the “diversity” obsession is pushing its way into medical school.

By George Leef

Source: The John William Pope Center.

China Eyes Lebensraum in Kazakhstan

December 21, 2009

Kazkhstan mulls China land deal

Kazakhstan has a unique problem. It’s long on land and short on the people to farm it. The Central Asian country is huge – about six times the size of France – but has less than one-quarter of France’s population – just 16 million people.

Although Kazakhstan’s desert and mountainous regions are not arable, its ample steppe land is, and enough of the Kazakh population turns to farming it to make the country one of the world’s leading grain producers. There is still an ample amount of land that goes uncultivated, however.

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev addressed this issue during a recent meeting of his office’s Council of Foreign Investors on December 4. He surprised many when he mentioned a possible solution, saying neighboring China was interested in renting 1 million hectares of Kazakh farmland.

As Kazakh officials have increasingly made mention of a formal Chinese proposal, seeds of opposition have grown.

In the commercial capital, Almaty, on December 17, Kazakhs assembled for the second straight day to protest the prospect of Chinese farming their land. Bolat Abilov, co-chairman of opposition United Social Democratic Party Azat, warned the crowd of the potential consequences.

“Citizens, dear citizens, dear compatriots! I will talk briefly, about only one problem – about the land issue,” Abilov said. “If we tomorrow give, or distribute, 1 million hectares of land, it would mean 15 people working per hectare. That means 15 million people would be brought from China. If one of those 15 people were to give birth each year, that would be the end. In 50 years there would be 50 million Chinese [in Kazakhstan]. Let’s stop this move announced by Nazarbayev.”

Many critics fear that Nazarbayev decided early on to grant China’s wish. Gulzhan Yergalieva, editor-in-chief of the independent Almaty-based newspaper Svoboda Slovo, spoke to RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service on December 11, shortly after Nazarbayev first floated the idea of renting land to China.

Yergalieva was attending a rally outside the Chinese consulate in Almaty, where a small group of activists was trying to hand over a note of protest to the Chinese ambassador.

“We believe that if the president is talking about this proposal, then this is a serious matter,” Yergalieva said. “And in this regard we wanted to, through the consulate in Almaty, hand over our note to the Chinese government saying that we do not agree to this proposal.”

Participants at the rally also had a message for the Chinese president, who was due to arrive in Kazakhstan the next day. They unrolled a placard that read: “Mr Hu Jintao, we will not give up Kazakh land!”

Kazakh Agriculture Minister Akylbek Kurishbaev later said Hu and Nazarbayev did not discuss the issue of renting Kazakh land. But Deputy Agriculture Minister Arman Yevniev, in an interview with RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service, shed light on the state of discussions on the issue.

“It’s obvious the discussions are about China’s need for agricultural products like soybeans. Their annual imports come to some 40 million tons, and the tendency is toward an increase of these volumes every year,” Yevniev said. “Regarding our zone in south Kazakhstan, the steppe of south Kazakhstan and Zhambyl provinces, if this land were effectively cultivated, [soybeans] could grow there.”

Yevniev was clear, however, that Kazakh law does not allow another country to “rent” land. “Concerning the 1 million hectares, we are talking not about handing it over or sectioning it off, but about organizing production in 1 million hectares of fields,” he said.

Yevniev stressed that Kazakhstan and China are talking about organizing production on farms and investment in such farming projects.

Fears that Chinese involvement in Kazakh agriculture is a foregone conclusion appear to be at least partially correct. Yevniev, the deputy agriculture minister, said a “test” is about to start.

“Probably even this year there will be a test on 10,000 or 15,000 hectares of land, growing soy within the framework of this project, although we have soy planted on some 70,000 hectares,” he said.
One person in Kazakhstan who has a long history in dealing with China is urging caution. Murat Auezov was Kazakhstan’s first ambassador to China, serving in Beijing from 1992 to 1995.

Commenting to RFE/RL on the possibility of a deal being worked out for 1 million hectares of farmland, Auezov posed a number of questions.

“This is a project that requires the migration of many people. Who will grow the crops? Who will harvest and prepare it? Who will get it ready for sale?” Auezov said. “We know what the strategic aims of China are, and how China can use any kind of terminology to achieve its goals.”

And Auezov had some candid comments on China’s methods of doing business.

“The Chinese are masters in the art of bribery on different levels. But what kind of China asks Kazakhstan to make available 1.2 million hectares of land to grow soybeans?” Auezov said. “This is the China that gave Kazakhstan US$10 billion in credit during one of the [Kazakh] president’s recent trips.”

Auezov also noted a border demarcation agreed upon by the two countries at the end of the 1990s. Kazakhstan inherited from the Soviet Union 34,000 square kilometers of “disputed” territory claimed by China. After several years of talks, both sides concluded a deal that was unpopular with many in Kazakhstan at the time.

“When they defined the disputed territory,” Auezov said, “it was important for the Chinese to take the strategic high ground and leave the Kazakh border guards down in the lowlands. And when [Kazakh authorities] told the people that Kazakhstan did not lose one meter of land and even gained 51% [more land], they were referring to all this territory that was disputed – not one meter of it on the Chinese side of the border, all of it on our side. But this division of 51% turned out to mean that from our previous 100% the Chinese took 49%.

“If this question is decided in favor of the proposal from China, then it will be the very colonization of Kazakhstan. And we’re not talking about one region but across a wide front.”

Merchants moved

An influx of Chinese workers has already been causing friction with local populations in neighboring Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

In Kyrgyzstan, there have been several informal local campaigns to chase Chinese merchants from local bazaars. In some cases, local residents have successfully complained to officials about Chinese merchants taking over Central Asian bazaars by their sheer number, prompting immigration checks that thin Chinese merchants.

In Tajikistan, Chinese laborers have been building new roads to connect Tajikistan to China. There have been several incidents in the last two years of fights involving scores of locals and Chinese workers.

As China’s neighbor for millennia, Central Asians long ago grew wary of this Goliath on their doorstep. Now, with China rich (again), Beijing is willing to sign deals to not only purchase Central Asia’s energy resources but to fund construction of the infrastructure needed to bring it to China.

And as China loans billions of dollars to the Central Asian states, especially those with oil and gas, its expanding influence is being felt throughout the region.

By Bruce Pannier

Erzhan Karabek and Sultan-Khan Zhussip of RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service contributed to this report

Source: Asia Times.

Announcing The Jamie Kelso Show

December 19, 2009

Jamie Kelso

The Voice of Reason Broadcast Network is pleased to announce a new program, The Jamie Kelso Show. The show starts Monday, December 21, 2009 and will run Monday through Friday, 7pm to 9pm, Eastern U.S. time.

About Jamie Kelso
Jamie Kelso (June 8, 1948) is Administrator of the American White Nationalist website WhiteNewsNow.com.

Kelso was born in New York City to parents from Nebraska and Missouri of Scottish and German ancestry. He is an Eagle Scout and member of MENSA. He ran for Congress as an Independent in the 5th Congressional District of Missouri in 1976.

He is a former member of the John Birch Society. He is an artist and musician, working in painting, etching, and engraving, and has sung tenor leads in opera, musicals, and lieder.

Kelso first came to national attention when he was featured in a 1960s Time Magazine article on teenagers in the suburbs of Los Angeles. He has appeared on Irish Radio in Dublin, Ireland, on The Political Cesspool, and on Fox TV in South Carolina.

He was the chairman of the May 2004 and May 2005 New Orleans conferences attended by a number of White nationalists, including Nick Griffin, chair of the British National Party; Jean-Michel Girard, Directeur de cabinet des affaires etrangeres of the Front National of France; and Lady Michele Renouf from the UK. Kelso lived at David Duke’s headquarters in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana during this time. He also organized an April 2004 international revisionist conference in Sacramento attended by attorney Edgar J. Steele, author of Defensive Racism; Paul Fromm, chair of the Canadian Association for Free Expression; and April Gaede and her daughters Lamb and Lynx, twin members of the band Prussian Blue.

Obama Approves $30 Billion for Israeli Military

December 19, 2009

As the single largest expense of the 2010 foreign aid budget, President Obama approved $2.775 billion in military aid to Israel, the first payment in a decade-long commitment that will reach at least $30 billion.

Last year, Israel’s military budget amounted to $13.3 billion, so the US funding is a significant portion of their overall expenditure. The US formerly provided both military and civilian aid, but it has since been folded entirely into military aid, at Israel’s request.

The money is not a blank check, however. The US requires that Israel spend at least 75% of the money given in military aid with US military contractors, effectively using the foreign aid budget to subsidize domestic weapon-makers.

In addition to military aid, the US also provides $3.148 billion in loan guarantees to Israel, part of a Treasury Department program aimed at keep Israel’s debt manageable. Ironically, though the US budget is spiraling out of control and America’s own debt continues to rise, there was no serious debate of reducing aid to Israel.

The budget also pledges $500 million in American aid to the Fatah Party’s Palestinian Authority. This aid is contingent on certain requirements, including that the group recognize Israel. This funding is distinct from any funding the CIA may give the Palestinian Authority’s security forces, which would be secret.

Source: antiwar.com.

Somali youth gangs beat, rob White citizens in Maine

December 19, 2009

LEWISTON — In the early evening on the first day of summer, a large group of Somali boys approached a woman on the corner of Ash and Pierce streets. According to police reports, they intimidated the woman and slapped her in the back of the head before scattering into the downtown.

Five days later, shortly after midnight, a man was accosted by a group of Somali boys outside the Big Apple on Main Street. Police reports say several members of the group punched the man and took money from him. They then fled in a car.

Later that night, a woman in her late 60s was beaten by a group of Somali boys and relieved of cash while walking in Kennedy Park.

Five nights later, another man was jumped by a group of similar description. He resisted the gang and was beaten badly. He required surgery.

Throughout the summer, similar reports have come into the Police Department. Witnesses and investigators say swarms of Somali boys, some as young as 8, others in their late teens, overwhelm solitary victims through sheer numbers.

“It’s not gang activity in the traditional sense,” Deputy Chief James Minkowsky said. “We’re not seeing the colors or the monikers, but it’s still a gang mentality.”

Often, these gang members carry sticks and rocks with which to intimidate their victims. There are often four or five of them, sometimes as many as a dozen. Typically, they threaten or beat their victims until they give up the goods: money, bicycles, cell phones, prescription drugs, or other items of value.

Then they scatter.

“By the time the call gets to us, the group has dispersed,” Minkowsky said.

The attacks continued all summer; more than a dozen were reported to police. There were more in the fall and a series of them in recent weeks. In each attack, the victim is one who may have appeared weak to the group that descended on them.

“They single out a person who is walking alone. The victim is often intoxicated,” Minkowsky said. “Or he might be small. They look for someone who is not likely to fight back or present much of a challenge.”

On the first day of December, a man walking through Kennedy Park after leaving a Park Street club said he was attacked by four Somali males. The group came at him from behind, knocked him down and stole prescription drugs and $150 in cash. That man told police it was the second time he was attacked in such a fashion. The first time, he was able to escape.

On the last day of November, there were three such attacks reported in Lewiston: one in the area of Central Maine Medical Center, another on Bartlett Street, the third in Kennedy Park.

In another attack, a woman walking a dog in the park was set upon. The assailants, a group of Somali males, beat her dog with a stick. Police later tracked down one of the attackers. He was a 10-year-old boy.

In late summer, an off-duty civilian police employee was eating at a local restaurant. A local boy ran to the window, screaming for help. The police employee ran outside and found a group — roughly a half-dozen — of Somali boys. When confronted, they ran off.

Police say they are investigating the attacks on several fronts. They are using new technology and new techniques. A bigger break came in recent weeks when they were approached by a group that wants to help.

“Members of the Somali community came to us,” Minkowsky says. “They set up a meeting with us and came in to talk about it. They want to help us combat it.”

Police Chief Michael Bussiere pointed out that the attackers do not appear to involve large segments of the Somali population. It seems to be a select group that has organized to carry out the attacks.

Police say group robberies are almost unheard of in Lewiston. In the past, when multiple people have attacked a lone victim, two or three assailants were reported and the assault was typically prompted by intoxication or old rivalries.

Not so with the Somali attacks.

“We haven’t seen that it’s been fueled by alcohol or drugs,” Minkowsky said. He added that robbery appears to be a primary motivation among the Somali gangs. “But in some cases, they seem to do it for the thrill of it.”

Stephen Wessler, director of the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence, said he was not aware of the Somali assaults in Lewiston. After hearing the nature of them, he said the attacks likely were not the type that involve his group. The motive appears to be robbery, rather than race.

While investigating the ambush-style attacks, police have little to compare them with, at least locally. A search of assaults dating back to spring revealed no incidents of a similar nature involving non-Somalis.

“This is unique,” Minkowsky said.

There have been a few arrests since the attacks began. Minkowsky said many of the suspects had dropped out of school. Their parents seemed to have no idea that their children had become part of a roving gang.

Seeing children as young as 8 running the streets with teens closing in on 20 is something police are not used to seeing. There is a lot about the attacks investigators have not seen before.

That’s why it helps them enormously to have input from the Somali elders.

“It’s an interesting dynamic for us,” Minkowsky said. “We’re still on the learning curve with this. Getting help from the Somali community is probably our best chance to resolve it.”

Source: Sun Journal.

Climate talks end with no formal agreement

December 19, 2009

COPENHAGEN — After debate extended through the night and into the afternoon, the international climate talks finally ended just before 3:30 p.m. local time without formally approving the controversial pact President Obama and four other nations reached Friday night.

Instead a plenary session of delegates from 193 nations officially “took note” of the accord. Countries will now choose whether to opt in to the accord or not.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told exhausted delegates that the deal was just the “beginning” of a process to create a legally binding accord and that countries had taken a “significant step” to lowering emissions of greenhouse gases, which are warming the planet.

Many developing nations fought the agreement because it does not include binding emission targets for developed countries and does not go far enough to avoid the most severe consequences of global warming, including rising sea levels and more frequent extreme weather.

“This is what was expected, although maybe a little less than expected,” said Adil Najam, a Boston University professor who is also an advisor to the Pakistan delegation here. “The ‘moment’ did not rise to the occasion but if you focus on the substance, some key progress has been made.”

Others began weighing in shortly after the announcement.

“We have never been so close to having so many agree on so much. If anything was clear at the Copenhagen talks, it’s that the world is waiting for the U.S. to act. When it does, President Obama can knit together the historic breakthroughs obscured by the end of the Copenhagen meeting,” said Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund.

Many countries want the US Congress to pass emissions-reduction legislation before they are willing to sign on a pact with mandatory greenhouse gas targets. The House has passed such a bill, but the Senate has not.

The conference also drew to a close without approving a pact that would have paid developing nations to protect the world’s tropical forests from deforestation — a significant cause of greenhouse gas emissions because the destruction of trees releases the carbon stored in them and, if they are not replaced, means there are fewer trees to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation pact, known as REDD, was intended to changed the financial incentives that now make it more valuable for countries to cut trees to make way for agriculture and development.

The agreement Obama reached yesterday with China, India, Brazil and South Africa set a goal of keeping the average worldwide temperature rise to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels, or roughly 2 degrees above current readings. But it contained no binding emissions targets and set no long-term goal for how much global emissions should be reduced by 2050.

The deal includes a pledge by rich countries to provide developing nations $10 billion a year between 2010 and 2012 and a goal of increasing that to $100 billion a year by 2020 to help the developing world adapt to climate change and shift to greener technologies.

It lacks, however, any deadline for when countries would reach a legally binding emissions-reduction treaty. It had been widely expected the two-week Copenhagen summit would produce a political agreement that would lead to a binding agreement by next November, when another climate conference is to be held in Mexico City.

Source: Boston Globe.

The Orthodox Nationalist: Serfdom in Russia

December 17, 2009

Yuriev Day

Matt Johnson discusses:

  • The issue of serfdom in Russian history
  • Peter the Great and serfdom
  • The relationship between security and liberty

13 MB / 32 kbps mono / 0 hour 57 min.

Contact Matt:
fr_raphael yahoo.com

For Palestinians, Every Day Is Kristallnacht -Paul Craig Roberts

December 17, 2009

“Settlers attack West Bank mosque and burn holy Muslim books” was a London Times headline on December 11, 2009.  

These attacks, together with the demolition of Palestinian homes, the uprooting of Palestinians’ olive groves, the innumerable checkpoints that prevent Palestinians from accessing schools, work, and medical care, the Israeli Wall that denies Palestinians access to the land stolen from them, and the isolation and blockade of the Gaza Ghetto, are part of the Israeli government’s policy of genocide for the Palestinians.  

The Israel Lobby has such power over America that even former President Jimmy Carter, a good friend of Israel, is demonized for using the polite term–apartheid–for the genocide that has occurred over the decades during which American “Christian” preachers, together with bought-and-paid-for politicians, justified Israel’s policy of slow genocide for Palestine.

Israelis who still have a moral conscience–a small part of the population–endeavor to use moral protests against the inhumanity of the Israeli government.  Israelis Jeff Halper and Angela Godfrey-Goldstein lead the Israeli Committee Against House Demolition  (ICAHD), a non-violent, direct-action group established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes in the Occupied Territories. 

Under international law an occupier by military force is forbidden to steal the occupied land.  The US, however, has protected Israel’s violation of international law for decades by vetoing UN resolutions.  Israel has been able to steal Palestine from the Palestinians, because the US government used its power to prevent Israel from being held accountable under international law.

In March 2003 American citizen Rachel Corrie stood in front of an Israeli bulldozer, made by Caterpillar and sent to destroy a Palestinian home. Her courageous act of defiance was regarded as an annoyance, and she was run over and murdered by the Israeli bulldozer operator.  Israel suffered no consequences for its murder of an American citizen who had a moral conscience.  

In the Israeli-controlled American media, we hear endlessly that Palestinians are terrorists who strap on explosives in order to kill innocent Israelis and who terrorize Israeli towns by firing rockets into them. One look at the maps above is enough to make clear who the real terrorist is. The success of Israeli propaganda in the face of totally obvious facts damns the ignorance and unconcern of the American people.

The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, which also has a moral conscience and is intelligent to boot, wrote on December 4, 2009:  “Every appointee to the American government must endure a thorough background check by the American Jewish community.” Haaretz notes that any American that the President of the United States proposes for an appointment to his government is subject to the approval of the Israel Lobby, which can blackball appointees at will.

Haaretz gives the example of Charles Freeman, whom President Obama intended to appoint as head of the National Intelligence Council.  The Israel Lobby proved, again, that it was more powerful than a mere American President and prevented the appointment, citing Freeman’s “anti-israel leaning.”  In other words, because Freeman was not an overboard apologist for Israel’s crimes he was unacceptable to the Israel Lobby. 

Haaretz reports: “The next attempt to appoint an intelligence aide, in this case, former Republican senator Chuck Hagel, also resulted in vast criticism over his not having a pro-Israel record.”  The Israel Lobby has blocked Hagel’s appointment by President Obama.  Hagel doesn’t want to start a war with Iran for Israel’s benefit and was blackballed by Morton A. Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America.  Hagel, it seems, “refused to sign a letter calling on then-president George Bush to speak about Iran’s nuclear program at the G8 summit that year.” 

Now it is a Jewish daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Hannah Rosenthal, whose appointment to head the US Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, an office that is another indication of America’s puppet state status, is under attack. Rosenthal was the head of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs during 2000-2005. Her black mark came from serving on the advisory board of the J Street Lobby, a recently-formed American Jewish organization formed in opposition to AIPAC’s murderous militarism.  

The Israel Lobby’s opposition to Hannah Rosenthal shows that no moral person can survive the Israel Lobby’s blackball.  

The US, “the world’s only superpower,” has no independent voice in Middle Eastern affairs.  The real power rests in the hands of the settler thug, Avigdor Lieberman, Deputy Prime Minister of Israel and Minister of Foreign Affairs.  This is the man who controls the Obama government’s Middle East policy.  Lieberman forced the “all-powerful President of the US, Barack Obama,” to rescind his order to Israel to halt the illegal settler settlements on occupied Palestinian land.  Obama was given the bird and submitted to his master.

Macho Americans who prance around as if they owned the world are nothing but the puppets of Israel.  The US is not a country.  It is a colony. 

Paul Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term.  He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider’s Account of Policymaking in Washington;  Alienation and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter Brimelow’s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.

Source: VDARE.

White Americans’ majority to end by mid-century

December 17, 2009

WASHINGTON — The estimated time when whites will no longer make up the majority of Americans has been pushed back eight years — to 2050 — because the recession and stricter immigration policies have slowed the flow of foreigners into the U.S.

Census Bureau projections released Wednesday update last year’s prediction that white children would become a minority in 2023 and the overall white population would follow in 2042. The earlier estimate did not take into account a drop in the number of people moving into the U.S. because of the economic crisis and the immigration policies imposed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The United States has 308 million people today; two-thirds are non-Hispanic whites.

The total population should climb to 399 million by 2050, under the new projections, with whites making up 49.9 percent of the population. Blacks will make up 12.2 percent, virtually unchanged from today. Hispanics, currently 15 percent of the population, will rise to 28 percent in 2050.

Asians are expected to increase from 4.4 percent of the population to 6 percent.

The projections are based on rates for births and deaths and a scenario in which immigration continues its more recent, slower pace of adding nearly 1 million new foreigners each year.

The point when minority children become the majority is expected to have a similar delay of roughly eight years, moving from 2023 to 2031.

The population 85 and older is projected to more than triple by 2050, to 18.6 million.

The actual shift in demographics will be influenced by a host of factors that can’t be accurately forecast — the pace of the economic recovery, cultural changes, natural or manmade disasters, as well as an overhaul of immigration law, which may be debated in Congress as early as next year.

As a result, the Census Bureau said the projections should used mostly as a guide.

The agency also released numbers showing projections based on “high” rates of immigration — more likely if more-flexible government policies and a booming U.S. economy attract large numbers of foreigners — as well as “low” immigration, a possible scenario if U.S. policies don’t change much while the economy substantially improves.

_With high immigration, the minority “tipping point” is moved up to 2040, two years earlier than the previous estimate. At that time, Asians would have a much larger share, at 8 percent, since their population growth is more dependent on immigration than birth rates.

_With low immigration, the “tipping point” arrives by 2045.

Under a purely theoretical “zero immigration” scenario in which the U.S. effectively does not take in any immigrants, whites would remain the majority in 2050, making up a solid 58 percent of the U.S. population. In such a case, the share of Hispanics would increase to 21 percent because of high fertility rates and a younger population.

Source: Google / AP.

Moody’s warns of ‘social unrest’ as sovereign debt spirals

December 17, 2009

Britain and other countries with fast-rising government debts must steel themselves for a year in which “social and political cohesiveness” is tested, Moody’s warned.


Riot police clash with protestors during an anti G20 demonstration near the Bank of England. Moody’s has warned future tax rises and spending cuts could trigger more social unrest.

In a sombre report on the outlook for next year, the credit rating agency raised the prospect that future tax rises and spending cuts could trigger social unrest in a range of countries from the developing to the developed world.

It said that in the coming years, evidence of social unrest and public tension may become just as important signs of whether a country will be able to adapt as traditional economic metrics. Signalling that a fiscal crisis remains a possibility for a leading economy, it said that 2010 would be a “tumultuous year for sovereign debt issuers”.

It added that the sheer quantity of debt to be raised by Britain and other leading nations would increase the risk of investor fright.

Strikingly, however, it added that even if countries reached agreement on the depth of the cuts necessary to their budgets, they could face difficulties in carrying out the cuts. The report, which comes amid growing worries about Britain’s credit rating, said: “In those countries whose debt has increased significantly, and especially those whose debt has become unaffordable, the need to rein in deficits will test social cohesiveness. The test will be starker as growth disappoints and interest rates rise.”

It said the main obstacle for fiscal consolidation plans would be signs not necessarily of economic strength but of “political and social tension”.

Greece, where the government has committed to drastic cuts in public expenditure, has suffered a series of riots over the past year which are thought to have been fuelled by economic pressures.

Source: Telegraph.

The Sunic Journal: Interview with Carolyn Yeager

December 16, 2009

Carolyn Yeager

Tom Sunic discusses the issues of freedom of speech and historical revisionism with Carolyn Yeager, an artist and a writer.

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The Big Chill in Oslo -Eric S. Margolis

December 15, 2009

I guess President Barack Obama has never read Benjamin Franklin’s maxim, “there never was a good war, or a bad peace.”

Obama’s speech in Oslo proclaiming Afghanistan a “good” war and trying to justify US global military operations echoes to America’s detriment around Europe and, more important, the Muslim world.

The president’s address dismayed many who foolishly hoped the “anti-war” president might curb or even end his wars because of a highly politicized and leftish Swedish award. Not so. America’s military-industrial-financial juggernaut continues to roll on.

But what could Obama do? Unwilling to turn down the award he did not solicit, the president had to turn up in Oslo and accept a peace prize as he was widening and deepening the Afghanistan war. In retrospect, he probably should have turned the prize down, saying, as he did at Oslo, that he has not yet done enough to merit such an award.

Instead, President Obama delivered an oration that at times sounded as if it had been lifted from George Orwell’s prescient novel, “1984.”

War is peace, explained the president. Conflict, he asserted, had to be relentlessly waged by the west (“Oceana” to Orwell, the union of the United States and Britain) in the Muslim world (Orwell called it “Eurasia”) until the dire threat of al-Qaida is eliminated. Of course, the threat never ends and low-grade war becomes permanent, justifying dictatorship and endless arms contracts for industry.

Al-Qaida barely exists as an organization, though its philosophy of driving the US from the Muslim world continues to motivate a scattering of tiny, anti-American groups in Asia and Africa who are a minor, if occasionally spectacular, nuisance rather than a major threat.

So here was a major untruth from the president who had vowed to tell Americans the true after eight years of lies and prevarications from the previous administration.

The “New York Times,” an ardent liberal backer of wars in the Muslim world, arrogantly editorialized on 14 December that Europe was delinquent in supporting the Afghan War. The “Times” hectored Europe’s leaders to “educate” their citizens in the need for war in Afghanistan. But the problem is that Europeans are too well educated. A majority see Afghanistan as a traditional colonial war being waged for energy resources and imperial strategy in which their continent has no business at all.

The political big chill that came from Oslo left many Americans and Europeans wondering just who was really in charge of US foreign policy. Readers of George Orwell might suspect that real power in Washington is wielded by the same kind of hidden oligarchy he described in “1984” that conjured fear of foreigners and drove permanent war policy.

Could the former civil rights worker from Chicago’s roughest section really be speaking with the same voice as Wall Street’s money barons, pro-war neocons, and the military-industrial complex about which the foresighted President Dwight Eisenhower warned the nation? What happened to the man only lately denounced by Republicans as a “socialist” and “appeaser?”

Are Americans victims of a presidential bait and switch? Obama is maintaining or advancing so many of Bush’s hard right domestic and foreign policies that one indeed wonders of we are seeing Bush’s third term.

If President Obama ended the futile, eight-year war in Afghanistan against Pashtun tribesmen, he would of course face Republican charges of defeatism, appeasement and “losing Afghanistan.” Republicans are already battering him with spurious claims of “their” victory in Iraq thanks to the “surge” advocated by Senator John McCain. American soldiers and Afghan civilians will pay the price for this lack of political courage in Washington – to say nothing of US relations with the Muslim world which sees Afghanistan as a martyr nation ravaged by western forces.

Adding to this miasma of untruth, the US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, just proclaimed that the US had “won” the war in Iraq, and was now about to work the same military magic in Afghanistan. The notion of a US victory in Iraq has become common currency in Washington and the media, justifying another “surge’ in Afghanistan.

To quote the great Roman historian Tactius, “they make a desert, and call it peace.” Such is the US supposed US victory in Iraq that now looms over Afghanistan. Let’s look at this Carthaginian Peace:

*Iraq effectively sundered into three de facto independent parts: a Shia region; Sunni region; and Kurdistan. The US vowed never to do this – but did, turning it into a weak, obedient Petrolistan.

*The world’s biggest refugee problem. Four million Iraq refugees created during the US occupation. Two million in neighboring Arab nations; two million internal refugees, victims of ethnic cleansing. Massive flight of intellectuals and trained personnel. Over 2,300 Iraqi doctors murdered.

*After rightly bombing Serbia to stop its attempted genocide against Balkan Muslims, the US closed its eyes to massive atrocities and ethnic cleansing of Sunni civilians committed by Shia death squads, run by the US-installed Shia regime.

*Iraq is now in worse shape then it was before the US invasion, terrorized by criminal gangs, death squads and local warlords. What was in 2000 the Arab world’s most advanced nation in terms of education, technology, public health and industry, today lies in ruins. Its rich oil field are about to be exploited by foreign firms, many from the US and Britain.

No one knows how many Iraqis have been killed or maimed. Estimates run from 100,000 to one million. What is a known, to use Rummy’s delightful phrase, is that the Iraq War has cost the US $1 trillion to date. Important numbers of US troops and tens of thousands of US-paid mercenaries look likely to remain in Iraq for many years on “training” and oilfield protection missions.

Such is Gen. Chrystal and Sen. John McCain’s “victory.” This is what awaits Afghanistan in President Obama’s version of a “good” war.

Source: Eric S. Margolis.

UN advisor claims drug money saved banks in global crisis

December 15, 2009

Drugs and crime chief says $352bn in criminal proceeds was effectively laundered by financial institutions.

Drugs money worth billions of dollars kept the financial system afloat at the height of the global crisis, the United Nations’ drugs and crime tsar has told the Observer.

Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said he has seen evidence that the proceeds of organised crime were “the only liquid investment capital” available to some banks on the brink of collapse last year. He said that a majority of the $352bn (£216bn) of drugs profits was absorbed into the economic system as a result.

This will raise questions about crime’s influence on the economic system at times of crisis. It will also prompt further examination of the banking sector as world leaders, including Barack Obama and Gordon Brown, call for new International Monetary Fund regulations. Speaking from his office in Vienna, Costa said evidence that illegal money was being absorbed into the financial system was first drawn to his attention by intelligence agencies and prosecutors around 18 months ago. “In many instances, the money from drugs was the only liquid investment capital. In the second half of 2008, liquidity was the banking system’s main problem and hence liquid capital became an important factor,” he said.

Some of the evidence put before his office indicated that gang money was used to save some banks from collapse when lending seized up, he said.

“Inter-bank loans were funded by money that originated from the drugs trade and other illegal activities… There were signs that some banks were rescued that way.” Costa declined to identify countries or banks that may have received any drugs money, saying that would be inappropriate because his office is supposed to address the problem, not apportion blame. But he said the money is now a part of the official system and had been effectively laundered.

“That was the moment [last year] when the system was basically paralysed because of the unwillingness of banks to lend money to one another. The progressive liquidisation to the system and the progressive improvement by some banks of their share values [has meant that] the problem [of illegal money] has become much less serious than it was,” he said.

The IMF estimated that large US and European banks lost more than $1tn on toxic assets and from bad loans from January 2007 to September 2009 and more than 200 mortgage lenders went bankrupt. Many major institutions either failed, were acquired under duress, or were subject to government takeover.

Gangs are now believed to make most of their profits from the drugs trade and are estimated to be worth £352bn, the UN says. They have traditionally kept proceeds in cash or moved it offshore to hide it from the authorities. It is understood that evidence that drug money has flowed into banks came from officials in Britain, Switzerland, Italy and the US.

British bankers would want to see any evidence that Costa has to back his claims. A British Bankers’ Association spokesman said: “We have not been party to any regulatory dialogue that would support a theory of this kind. There was clearly a lack of liquidity in the system and to a large degree this was filled by the intervention of central banks.”

Source: The Guardian.

Israel grants millions to Jewish settlers on West Bank

December 15, 2009

The Israeli government has listed several Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank as “national priority zones”, entitling the communities to more than £25 million in extra state funding.

The decision is certain to stir anger among Palestinians just weeks after Israel instituted a 10-month moratorium on new building permits in the settlements following months of US pressure.

The cabinet vote on Sunday followed days of unrest and demonstrations by settlers and the Israeli Right who believe they have been betrayed by Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

The cabinet had been expected to approve the proposal during its morning session, but delayed the vote amid disagreements over which communities inside Israel should be included on the list.

The cabinet also decided to create a commission that will decide within 30 days on whether to include Askhelon and other communities on the list, officials said.

The new credits will benefit 110,000 settlers and can be used for vocational training programmes and other educational or cultural activities.

The communities affected on Sunday are mainly outside the large settlement blocs Israel wants to annex under any peace accord with the Palestinians.

Source: Telegraph.

Tom Sunic’s Reply to Joel Stern

December 13, 2009

Note: Joel Stern wrote the following letter to several writers associated with The Occidental Observer and The Occidental Quarterly:

Ladies and Gentlemen:


I’m an American Jew whose aunt and cousins in Czechoslovakia and Hungary were exterminated in WW II (presumably in Auschwitiz, although I have no actual confirmation of their fate).


For the past several months I’ve been reading the articles in TQO and TOO. The common thread between them is the genetically and culturally alien nature of and countless misfortunes inflicted by Jews in their host countries.


Leaving aside the validity or flimsiness of your arguments, what do you personally envisage as the solution to the “Judenfrage”? Mass expulsion from the West? Segregation in ghettos? A quota system in education and other drastic steps to protect the vulnerable gentile population? Conversion to Christianity and eventual assimilation through intermarriage? Massacres by Einsatzgruppen? (I have no doubt that enough volunteers for this task could be found among sundry Christian Identity and National Alliance types.) Nuclear annihilation of Israel?


I have yet to see even one serious, comprehensive proposal put forward by the TQO and TOO writers with respect to this matter.


Tom Sunic replies:

Dear Mr. Stern:


Thank you for your comments. I appreciate your concern for the future of the Jewish people, and I’d also like to extend my condolences regarding the loss of your family .


Of course, I speak in my own name, not on behalf of my TOO colleagues, all of them being outstanding intellectuals and tolerant people. I hope you have read Prof. MacDonald’s work — in which you won’t find any Jew baiting, but rather serious analyses of this most important issue of our times.


Any lumping together of Christian identitarians and National Alliance hotheads with TOO is groundless.


I respect your concerns for the real or hypothetical attacks on your victimhood. But I also expect from you some respect for my own, including respect for the historical memory of my people and my race — wherever they may reside. It would be commendable on your part to extend sympathies to many of my relatives who perished anonymously in communist terror after 1945. While many Jews in America take for granted that non-Jews will constantly reminisce about Jewish victimology and hypothetical threats to the Jewry, few Jews seem to be concerned with the plight of non-Jews under communism in East Europe.


The fact that Jewish intellectuals played a formidable role on the eve and during the Bolshevik seizure of power — however good or bad their intentions may have been — remains a topic that needs to be addressed in detail. This might help us avoid future mass killings and pogroms and secure, more or less, some semblance of cohabitation.


Yet, something tells me that neither myself nor yourself seriously believe in this static scenario.


One of the reasons anti-Semitism occurs is due to the lack of open debate about mutual perceptions and self-perceptions of Jews vs. non-Jews. Hatred of Jews is prevalent among those who mimic Semitism, people who subconsciously try to be more Jewish than Jews themselves. This is part and parcel of ‘genealogical proximity’, between Christians and Jews, and which has historically resulted in mutual hatred. This is a neurotic dilemma of a person wishing to replace his Sameness by someone else’s, i.e. Jewish/Christian Otherness. The classic example of this neurotic mindset are Christian Zionists.


Your concerns reflect standard self-induced fears and self-fulfilling prophecies about anti-Semitic demons — who, as a rule, must sooner or later materialize. The demon architects are not those you suspect of anti-Semitism, but those who claim to be your friends now.


Sincerely,


Dr. Tom Sunic
www.tomsunic.info
Croatia

Source: TOO Blog.

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