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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Perpetual Wars’ residual bombs, nerve gas endangering water, waterways

Rhine River
 Germany’s Rhine Iraq’s Tigris-Euphrates
From reports by War History Online and Deutsche Welle's "Inside Europe"
Excerpt, editing, brief comment by Carolyn Bennett

Still haunting Germany

Experts were unable “to defuse a highly explosive aircraft bomb” in Munich, Germany, in late August 2012, so they carried out “a controlled explosion of a 250-kilogram device,” causing a blast that shattered windows in nearby buildings; and though no human beings were injured, the balls of straw that had been placed around the device flew through the air and set moving fires. A day earlier during some construction work, a U.S. military bomb had been discovered, which contained a chemical long-term detonator.
Tigris-Euphrates rivers

The news report said these bombs were built so that when they were detonated, a glass vial filled with acetone, a volatile flammable liquid (C3H6O), would explode. When this flammable liquid is exposed to air, it creates an explosive mixture that can take effect days after detonation. And such devices are “difficult to defuse.”

Experts estimate 100,000 bombs are lying under the soil and under water from the six years of the World War II.

The group Friends of the Earth Germany estimates 40,000 tons of chemical warfare agents are in the Baltic Sea as a result of the Cold War.

Germany’s River Rhine

State of
North Rhine-Westphalia 
During World War II, “most of the industry and armaments factories were based in North Rhine-Westphalia.” Allied bombs “targeted almost half their aerial assaults” on cities along the Rhine, leaving to this day large numbers of their bombs. One 1,400 kg bomb that had been corroding for decades was discovered in recent years when the water levels of the Rhine fell; “45,000 people” were forced to leave their homes.

Chemical warfare residuals

Nerve Gas is a weapon of chemical warfare that affects the transmission of nerve impulses through the nervous system. The organophosphorus (phosphorus/nitrogen-containing compound) nerve agents Tabun, Sarin, and Soman and a newer agent, VX, were produced in huge quantities by the United States and Soviet Union during the Cold War.… 

A single droplet of VX or Sarin, if inhaled or in contact with the skin, can be absorbed into the bloodstream and paralyze the nervous system, leading to respiratory failure and immediate death. [Britannica]
1,000's of bombs found in
Germany's
Kothen area

World War II ships now sunken are loaded with explosive devices containing poisons such as mustard gas and Sarin (nerve gas). A representative of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia bomb disposal office, Amin Gebhard, told Deutsche Welle that if the rusting cases containing these explosive devices containing nerve gas continue to corrode the area’s “‘water and the ground water could become contaminated.’” The explosives maintain their destructive power which makes dealing with such devices “increasingly dangerous and more difficult.” 

In a single year, 2010, North-Rhine Westphalia reportedly spent an estimated “21 million Euros ($26.4 million) dealing with bomb disposal.” When sites go under construction, authorities use UK and USA military archived aerial photographs to identify bomb craters and get an idea of the possible number of WWII bombs that had been dropped but not detonated.

2003 War
Iraqis still suffering
before 2014 strikes
2003 War
Iraqis still suffering
before 2014 strikes
The 2012 article concludes that in the post-World War era, “Germany is like a barrel of gunpowder” containing “tens of thousands of unexploded bombs hidden” beneath the surface that “could go off at any time.”

 USA -- 
GERMANY TO IRAQ

T
2003 War
Iraqis still suffering
before 2014 strikes
he stains of war are indelible. They can never be whitewashed or washed away. 

Ruins and residue can be neither removed nor erased. 

2003 War
Iraqis still suffering
before 2014 strikes
Will there ever be the required reconciliation so long as belligerency rules? I do not think so. 

And since men will never learn or even care to mend their ways of violence, I believe essential change will come only when women not mimicking men assume the helm.


Sources and notes

 “Germany is like a barrel of gunpowder. Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II” featured article, September 1, 2012, War History Online, http://www.warhistoryonline.com/featured-article/germany-is-like-a-barrel-of-gunpowder-nearly-70-years-after-the-end-of-world-war-ii.html

Nerve gas.  (2013). Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Deluxe Edition.  Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica.

North Rhine-Westphalia

A British military’s “Operation Marriage” established the state of North Rhine-Westphalia on August 23, 1946, by merging the province of Westphalia and the northern parts of the Rhine Province, “both being political divisions of the former state of Prussia within the German Reich.”

North Rhine-Westphalia today is Germany’s most populous state and the fourth largest state by area.  Its capital is Düsseldorf; its largest city Cologne; its government currently run by a Social Democrats (SPD)/ Greens coalition. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Rhine-Westphalia

Iraq’s rivers of Mesopotamia: Tigris-Euphrates under wars

The Tigris and Euphrates, with their tributaries, form a major river system in Western Asia. From sources in the Taurus Mountains of eastern Turkey they flow by/through Syria through Iraq into the Persian Gulf. The Tigris-Euphrates river system is part of the Palearctic (one of eight ecozones dividing the Earth’s surface) Tigris-Euphrates ecoregion, which includes Iraq and parts of Turkey, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan.

The Tigris River is the eastern member of the two great rivers that define Mesopotamia, flowing south from the mountains of southeastern Turkey through Iraq. The Euphrates River is the longest and one of the most historically important rivers of Western Asia, originating in eastern Turkey and flowing through Syria and Iraq to join the Tigris in the Shatt al-Arab, which empties into the Persian Gulf.  With Tigris River, the Euphrates is one of the two defining rivers of Mesopotamia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tigris%E2%80%93Euphrates_river_system
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tigris
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphrates


See also DW's September 12, 2014, edition of “Inside Europe”: a one-hour weekly news magazine hosted by Helen Seeney, “exploring topical issues shaping the continent; dynamic political and social change in recent years: End of the Cold War, introduction of a single currency, enlargement of the European Union eastwards – momentous events affecting the lives of millions – and of interest to millions more.” The program includes interviews with newsmakers and personalities, background features and cultural reports from correspondents throughout the region. http://www.dw.de/inside-europe-inside-europe-2014-09-12/e-17876292

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A lifelong American writer and writer/activist (former academic and staffer with the U.S. government in Washington), Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett is credentialed in education and print journalism and public affairs (PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; MA, The American University, Washington, DC). Her work concerns itself with news and current affairs, historical contexts, and ideas particularly related to acts and consequences of U.S. foreign relations, geopolitics, human rights, war and peace, and violence and nonviolence. Dr. Bennett is an internationalist and nonpartisan progressive personally concerned with society and the common good. An educator at heart, her career began with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, she has authored several books and numerous current-affairs articles; her latest book: UNCONSCIONABLE: How The World Sees Us: World News, Alternative Views, Commentary on U.S. Foreign Relations; most thoughts, articles, edited work are posted at Bennett’s Study: http://todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com/ and on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carolynladelle.bennett. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08UNCONSCIONABLE/prweb12131656.htm http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000757788/UNCONSCIONABLE.aspx Her books are also available at independent books in New York State: Lift Bridge in Brockport; Sundance in Geneseo; Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center in Buffalo; Burlingham Books in Perry; The Bookworm in East Aurora

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Friday, September 12, 2014

“YES to PEACE” – “NO to War, Media Propaganda, US/NATO”: Peace People’s Maguire

Hear! Hear!
Insight this week from peace activist Máiread Maguire
Excerpted with minor editing by 
Carolyn Bennett

W
e are at a dangerous point in the history of our human family and it would be the greatest of tragedies for ourselves and our children if we simply allowed the war profiteers to take us into a third world war, resulting in the death of untold millions of people.

While the United States, the United Kingdom and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization push for war with Russia, it behooves people and their governments around the world to take a clear stand for peace and against violence and war – no matter where it comes from.
 
NATO’s decision in Wales in September to create a new 4,000 strong rapid reaction force for initial deployment in the [Baltic States, northeastern region of Europe containing Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea] is for all of us a dangerous path to be forced down which, if not stopped, could well lead to a third world war. Cool heads and people of wisdom are needed now; not more guns, more weaponry, more war. From the present conflict in the Ukraine, to Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and others – it is the NATO leadership that has been causing ongoing wars.

Provocation, misinformation, demonization, Violence aggression

NATO’s latest move commits its 28 member states to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product on the military, and to establish a series of three to five bases in Eastern Europe where equipment and supplies will be pre-positioned to help speed deployments among other measures. This US/NATO decision to create a high readiness force with the alleged purpose of countering an alleged Russian threat reminds me of the war propaganda of lies, half truths, insinuations, rumors to which all of us were subjected in order to try to soften us up for the Iraq war and subsequent horrific wars of terror which were wars carried out by NATO-allied forces, causing the deaths of untold millions of people and destroying their countries. 

NATO’s reports including its satellite photos that show Russian combat forces engaged in military operations inside sovereign territory of Ukraine, according to the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) observation team – were based on false evidence. While NATO is busy announcing a counter-invasion to the non-existent Russian invasion of Ukraine, people in Ukraine are calling out for peace and negotiations, for political leadership that will bring them peace – not weapons and war.

Cold War
The spearhead military force will be provided by allies in rotation and will involve also air, sea and Special Forces. We are informed by a NATO spokesperson also that this spearhead military group will be trained to deal with ‘unconventional’ actions – from the funding of separatist groups to the use of social media, intimidation, and ‘black’ propaganda.

USA-NATO
No doubt the current western media demonization of President Putin and the Russian people, by trying to inculcate fear and hatred of them is part of the ‘black’ propaganda campaign.

NATO’s latest proposals of 4,000 soldiers together with a separate force of a 10,000-strong British-led joint expeditionary force is a highly aggressive move and totally irresponsible by the US/UK/NATO forces.

It breaks the 1997 agreement with Moscow under which
NATO pledged not to base substantial numbers of soldiers in
Eastern Europe on a permanent basis.

The North Atlantic Treaty Alliance should have been disbanded when the Warsaw Pact disintegrated (Warsaw Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance, see note below); but it was not and is now controlled by America for its own agenda – One of former President (William Jefferson) Clinton’s officials, when speaking of NATO, said, ‘America is NATO’.

Instead of having been abolished, NATO is re-inventing itself in re-arming and militarizing European states and justifying its new role by creating enemy images of others, be they Russians or ISIS  (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: ISIL; Islamic State of Iraq and Syria: ISIS).


Alternative Vision without violence, exceptionalism, supremacy
  
In an inter-dependent, interconnected world struggling to build fraternity, economic cooperation and human security, there is no place for the cold war policies of killing and threats to kill and policies of exceptionalism and superiority. The world has changed. People do not want to be divided; they do not want to return to a cold war; they want to see an end to violence, militarism and war.

T
he old consciousness is dysfunctional and a new consciousness based on an ethic of non-killing and respect and cooperation is spreading. It is time for NATO to recognize that their violent policies are counterproductive. The Ukraine crisis and groups such as ISIS and others will not be solved with guns but with justice and through dialogue.
 
Above all, the world needs hope. It needs inspirational political leadership. This could be given if U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin sat down together to solve the Ukraine conflict through dialogue and negotiation, in a nonviolent way.

Though we live in dangerous times, all things are possible. All things are changing – and peace is possible.

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Notes

The Warsaw Pact, more formally the Warsaw Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance originally composed of the Soviet Union and Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Romania spanned May 14, 1955 to July 1, 1991. After the democratic revolutions of 1989 in Eastern Europe, the need for Warsaw Pact declined; and on July 1, 1991, at a final summit meeting of Warsaw Pact leaders in Prague, Czechoslovakia, it was formally declared “nonexistent”. Deployed Soviet troops were gradually withdrawn from the former satellite countries, now politically independent countries; and the decades-long confrontation between eastern and western Europe was formally rejected by members of the Warsaw Pact.

The Warsaw Pact’s initial establishment has been immediately occasioned by the Paris agreement among the Western powers admitting West Germany to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.  It was a “first step in a more systematic plan to strengthen the Soviet hold over its satellites, a program undertaken by the Soviet leaders Nikita Khrushchev and Nikolay Bulganin after their assumption of power early in 1955. The treaty (which was renewed on April 26, 1985) provided for a unified military command and for the maintenance of Soviet military units on the territories of the other participating states. The Pact also served as a lever to enhance the bargaining position of the Soviet Union in international diplomacy [Britannica]

“Say NO to War and Media Propaganda, NO to US/NATO and YES to PEACE” by Máiread Maguire, PEACE PEOPLE, September 10, 2014, https://www.facebook.com/peacepeople?fref=nf

Máiread Maguire (aka Máiread Corrigan Maguire) is a Northern Irish peace activist who, with Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown, founded the Peace People originally dedicated to ending sectarian strife in Northern Ireland. With Betty Williams, Máiread Maguire shared the 1976 Nobel Prize for Peace.


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A lifelong American writer and writer/activist (former academic and staffer with the U.S. government in Washington), Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett is credentialed in education and print journalism and public affairs (PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; MA, The American University, Washington, DC). Her work concerns itself with news and current affairs, historical contexts, and ideas particularly related to acts and consequences of U.S. foreign relations, geopolitics, human rights, war and peace, and violence and nonviolence. Dr. Bennett is an internationalist and nonpartisan progressive personally concerned with society and the common good. An educator at heart, her career began with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, she has authored several books and numerous current-affairs articles; her latest book: UNCONSCIONABLE: How The World Sees Us: World News, Alternative Views, Commentary on U.S. Foreign Relations; most thoughts, articles, edited work are posted at Bennett’s Study: http://todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com/ and on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carolynladelle.bennett. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08UNCONSCIONABLE/prweb12131656.htm http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000757788/UNCONSCIONABLE.aspx Her books are also available at independent books in New York State: Lift Bridge in Brockport; Sundance in Geneseo; Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center in Buffalo; Burlingham Books in Perry; The Bookworm in East Aurora

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Reflecting on the "Blessed" and "Beautiful" in Wonderful World

Heart of America in songs and singers Louis Armstrong, Kate Smith, Ray Charles
Commentary, excerpt, editing by Carolyn Bennett
  
S
  ullied “Beautiful” – American leaders together with their paymasters and “partners” are gravely failing America’s promise. They create the terror they claim to be curbing. Sober reflection demands their recall – as it is imperative for world health and survival. America, America … may grace be shed on thee and crown thy good with societal good from sea to shining sea.
 
“America the Beautiful” written by poet Katharine Lee Bates (music composed by organist/choirmaster Samuel A. Ward) was first published in 1910. Ray Charles (b. Ray Charles Robinson, September 23, 1930; d. June 10, 2004); American singer-songwriter, musician and composer, a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s; Ray Charles’s version of “America the Beautiful” lit up U.S. R&B Charts in 1976 during the United States celebration of its 200th anniversary.

Ray Charles “America the Beautiful” 1970s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRUjr8EVgBg
  

R
   ejected “Blessing” – American leaders together with their paymasters and “partners” are gravely failing America’s promise. They create the terror they claim to be curbing. Sober reflection demands their recall – as it is imperative for world health and survival. This Land that we love, “Stand beside her and guide her through the night with a light from above.… God, bless America, My home, sweet home.”

“God Bless America” written by songwriter Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised in 1938 was made a classic recording by and became the signature song of Kate Smith. Kate Smith (b. Kathryn Elizabeth Smith, May 1, 1907; d. June 17, 1986) known also as “The First Lady of Radio”: American singer, contralto; well known for her rendition of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.”

Kate Smith “God Bless America,” 1930s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yrTJdarwy0


B
  linding selfishness – American leaders together with their paymasters and “partners” are gravely failing America’s promise. They create the terror they claim to be curbing. Sober reflection demands their recall – as it is imperative for world health and survival. Satchmo saw Skies of blue, clouds of white / Bright blessed days, dark sacred nights [and sang compellingly] … What a wonderful world.
  
“What a Wonderful World,” written by songwriters Bob Thiele (as  "George Douglas") and George David Weiss, first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released as a single in 1967. Louis Armstrong (b. August 4, 1901; d. July 6, 1971), nicknamed “Satchmo” and “Pops”: American jazz trumpeter, singer, and influential figure in jazz music

Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World” 1960s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2VCwBzGdPM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5TwT69i1lU
 

his spirit of America and a world view represented in poet, song, songwriter and singer looks on more than a hundred years, back to the first publication of Bates’ poem as “America the Beautiful”; but even further, to more than 200 years, if we reflect on Ray Charles’ bicentennial version of “America the Beautiful” looking to America’s 1776 Declaration. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America in Congress July 4, 1776 (Excerpt):  

… We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all … are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among [people], deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that [humankind] are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them [the people] under absolute Despotism,

…it is their right [and] their duty to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future security.

“Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present [leadership]

…is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

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A lifelong American writer and writer/activist (former academic and staffer with the U.S. government in Washington), Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett is credentialed in education and print journalism and public affairs (PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; MA, The American University, Washington, DC). Her work concerns itself with news and current affairs, historical contexts, and ideas particularly related to acts and consequences of U.S. foreign relations, geopolitics, human rights, war and peace, and violence and nonviolence. Dr. Bennett is an internationalist and nonpartisan progressive personally concerned with society and the common good. An educator at heart, her career began with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, she has authored several books and numerous current-affairs articles; her latest book: UNCONSCIONABLE: How The World Sees Us: World News, Alternative Views, Commentary on U.S. Foreign Relations; most thoughts, articles, edited work are posted at Bennett’s Study: http://todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com/ and on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carolynladelle.bennett. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08UNCONSCIONABLE/prweb12131656.htm http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000757788/UNCONSCIONABLE.aspx Her books are also available at independent books in New York State: Lift Bridge in Brockport; Sundance in Geneseo; Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center in Buffalo; Burlingham Books in Perry; The Bookworm in East Aurora

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Faces of Violence USA -- police, sport, foreign relations

For whom violence is the only option and those who systemically or obliviously excuse it, cover it up, and otherwise support it.  
Editing and commentary by Carolyn Bennett

DANIEL HOLTZCLAW

This man is reportedly 27 years old and in the employ of the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, police department.

Daniel Holtzclaw
law
enforcement
officer
In the course of his police duties, this man burglarized establishments and committed sexual assaults against women. News reports referencing court records said he has been “charged with sixteen counts of burglary and sexual assault” – two counts in the assault charges include “first-degree rape and sexual battery, among other crimes.” Some of the suspected assaults investigators said “took place as a result of traffic stops.” 

Like countries under invasion and occupation by U.S. government forces, no one is safe in their houses or on the streets.

Reuters reports that although this man stands “accused of raping or sexually assaulting at least six women while on (police) patrol,” Oklahoma City’s government officials, including law enforcement officials, though they had taken away the “officer’s” badge, uniform and weapons, released him from jail this past Friday September 5, 2014.

Ray Rice
athlete

RAY RICE

This man is a 27-year-old American footballer and a woman abuser engaged in a violent sport.

In March of this year following a February 15 “altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey,” authorities arrested Raymell Mourice (Ray) Rice and a grand jury indicted him on charges of “third-degree aggravated assault” related to an incident in which he hit a woman in the face so hard that he knocked her unconscious. The woman was his fiancée and later became his wife. 

The National Football League did virtually nothing to punish this abuser. After the arrest for domestic violence, Rice’s team, the Baltimore Ravens, initially handed him a two-game slap-on-the-wrist suspension from the NFL”; the court imposed no criminal punishment. And it took six months and apparently another publicized graphic of this man’s barbarity (March 27-September 8, 2014) for the team's deciders to end his contract.

BARACK OBAMA

In less than two terms in office, this man, age 53, and the 44th president of the United States has virtually destroyed rights under the U.S. constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and has committed war, unprovoked violence of aggression, directly or indirectly, against at least 15 countries

1.      Afghanistan
2.      Bahrain
44th president of the
United States 
3.      Congo
4.      Egypt
5.      Gaza
6.      Iran
7.      Iraq
8.      Libya
9.      Mali
10.  Pakistan
11.  Somalia
12.  Sudan
13.  Syria
14.  Ukraine
15.  Yemen

These acts of aggression – without mentioning torture and illegal imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and other places – have caused the outpouring of hundreds of thousands, even millions of roving peoples – refugees no Western country wants to accept, homeless and stateless peoples, disease epidemics, and the suffering of untold numbers of children into an interminable future. However, no government or legal system has brought indictments, prosecutions, or any court action against the central perpetrators of this aggression or its far-reaching consequences. No Western head of state has stood before the bar of justice for unspeakable crimes against other sovereign states or human beings.     

The U.S. president this week announced that tomorrow (Wednesday) – conveniently on the eve of remembering the September 11, 2001, incident – he will make another televised speech justifying barbarous actions undertaken by his government. The plutocrats sit safely in protected spaces and watch as if a sport or video game, and batter mercilessly an already suffering people.

The U.S. president orders and warplanes intensify the carnage. Today’s news reports U.S. “airstrikes against jihadists in western Iraq.” American fighter jets, attack aircraft and drone aircraft on Monday and today reportedly “conducted five bombing raids near the massive Haditha Dam in Anbar province.”

If you cannot see an all-encompassing strain of violence, connections in sport, private and public domestic affairs, and U.S. international affairs – then you are seriously blind, without human feeling, and thus co-contributors in perpetuating violence in all sectors of human existence.   


Sources and notes

“Oklahoma policeman accused of rape while on patrol released on bond” Reuters
September 6, 2014 4:19 a.m., http://news.yahoo.com/oklahoma-policeman-accused-rape-while-patrol-released-bond-081952139.html

August 9, 2014, Democracy Now headlines: “Ray Rice Suspended from NFL After Video Shows Him Punching Then-Fiancée,”

Raymell Mourice ‘Ray’ Rice (born January 22, 1987), a professional American football running back, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Rice

“NFL Suspends Ray Rice for 2 Days over Domestic Violence Arrest,” July 24, 2014, EURPublisher01, http://www.worldwidewamm.org/http://www.eurweb.com/2014/07/nfl-suspends-ray-rice-for-2-days-over-domestic-violence-arrest/

“US bombs IS in Iraq as Obama looks to present strategy,” September 9, 2014,
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/us-bombs-iraq-obama-looks-present-strategy-180537415.html#yCK56cl


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A lifelong American writer and writer/activist (former academic and staffer with the U.S. government in Washington), Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett is credentialed in education and print journalism and public affairs (PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; MA, The American University, Washington, DC). Her work concerns itself with news and current affairs, historical contexts, and ideas particularly related to acts and consequences of U.S. foreign relations, geopolitics, human rights, war and peace, and violence and nonviolence. Dr. Bennett is an internationalist and nonpartisan progressive personally concerned with society and the common good. An educator at heart, her career began with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, she has authored several books and numerous current-affairs articles; her latest book: UNCONSCIONABLE: How The World Sees Us: World News, Alternative Views, Commentary on U.S. Foreign Relations; most thoughts, articles, edited work are posted at Bennett’s Study: http://todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com/ and on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carolynladelle.bennett. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08UNCONSCIONABLE/prweb12131656.htm http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000757788/UNCONSCIONABLE.aspx Her books are also available at independent books in New York State: Lift Bridge in Brockport; Sundance in Geneseo; Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center in Buffalo; Burlingham Books in Perry; The Bookworm in East Aurora
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bennett's UNCONSCIONABLE

‘Unconscionable’ by Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett is a Patriot’s View As Others’ See

New book shines light on wrongheaded, immoral nature of US foreign relations.

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“Acts committed by and/or in the name of one’s homeland must be of concern to inhabitants of that land—it is their duty to be concerned, engaged,” Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett says in expressing the relevance of her work.

UNCONSCIONABLE” (published by Xlibris) lays out a view of what is and what should be, what is wrong and what is better. In six map-illustrated chapters, this work of nonfiction documents U.S. foreign relations as global, unprovoked and unchecked violence. As it is also a hope for change, the work not only comments on significance and repercussions of the current state of affairs, it offers corrective measures. As the work of a veteran educator, its ending sections further instruct with reference tools of extensive sources and notes, appendices and index covering contributors and background material, international principles and conventions; and components of the great body to which the book is dedicated, the 193-member-states United Nations.
Dr. Bennett takes a world view as articulated by others in independent, alternative print and broadcast sources, offering especially American readers an unfiltered, oft unseen perspective on how the rest of the world sees U.S. relations with the world’s peoples. The hope Bennett ventures is that “if we (Americans) see ourselves as others see us, we will be moved to change our ways for the better.”

“Unconscionable”
By Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 306 pages | ISBN 9781499043143
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Dr. Carolyn L. Bennett is credentialed in education and print journalism and public affairs. A lifelong American writer and writer/activist, her work concerns itself with news and current affairs, historical contexts and ideas particularly related to acts and consequences of U.S. foreign relations; matters of geopolitics, human rights, war and peace, violence and nonviolence.

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Bennett's books are available in New York State independent bookstores: Lift Bridge Bookshop: www.liftbridgebooks.com [Brockport, NY]; Sundance Books: http://www.sundancebooks.com/main.html [Geneseo, NY]; Mood Makers Books: www.moodmakersbooks.com [City of Rochester, NY]; Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center: www.enlightenthedog.org/ [Buffalo, NY]; Burlingham Books – ‘Your Local Chapter’: http://burlinghambooks.com/ [Perry, NY 14530]; The Bookworm: http://www.eabookworm.com/ [East Aurora, NY] • See also: World Pulse: Global Issues through the eyes of Women: http://www.worldpulse.com/ http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire http://www.facebook.com/#!/bennetts2ndstudy


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Monday, September 1, 2014

True Face of American “values”

America must  care
for its own
not only its won
USA to Afghanistan
USA spends hundreds of millions on sport (and war) as it criminalizes people who are homeless 
Commentary, editing by 
Carolyn Bennett

On January 22, 2014, the New York Yankees bought Japanese baseball player Masahiro Tanaka with a seven-year 155-million-dollar contract containing “an opt-out clause after the fourth year and a full no-trade clause.” The 2014 Major League Baseball season began March 22, the North American part of the season started on March 30 (ends September 28, 2014). Four months after the season began, on July 9, 2014, the 155-million-dollar-Masahiro Tanaka went on “the disabled list with right elbow inflammation” and has not played in a game since.

New York's
Yankee Baseball
Stadium

Among baseball’s highest-paid players, according to Forbes and Wikipedia are New York Yankees’ players Derek Jeter (#35) $24.3 million (including salary and winnings $15.3 million, endorsements $9 million); and Alex Rodriguez (#48) $22.9 million (including $22.6 million in salary and winnings, endorsements $0.3 million).

Among Americans of the highest paid (top 15) sports players in the world are: boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., #1 at $135 million; basketball player LeBron James, 3# at $72.3 million; basketball player Kobe Bryant, #5 at $61.5 million; golfer Tiger Woods, #6 at $61.2 million; golfer Phil Mickelson, #8, at $53.2 million; football (American football) player Matt Ryan, #10 at $43.8 million; and basketball player Derrick Rose, #13 at $36.6 million
America's homeless
Human beings are
still human
though down on luck

A
mericans on the idiot box (I don’t watch but I hear tell and often listening to radio I hear repeats) are often heard saying, “We are a ‘Christian’ people” or a “‘Christian’ nation.” Well, if the actions and values of these people are Christian then I want no part of Christianity -- EVER!

In its August 28, 2014, edition (online audio archived), Press TV's “Inside Out” program reports that the United States of America’s “problem with homelessness is one of the worst among [the world’s] developed nations.” In my mind, this is carelessness, failure to care. Time and again, in so many ways, Americans have failed to care for their own. Their “values” are turned around, upside down, or inside out.

Years ago without providing essential healthcare infrastructure and staffing, Americans turned out mentally ill people from care centers and threw them on to the streets.

Homeless
Human beings
in USA
Year after year these same makers of laws have taken America’s young to one after another war – and prolonged wars. The wounded in mind, body and spirit return to a privatized and otherwise daunting health careless system, to a depressed and cruel capitalist job market, no jobs or grossly inadequate jobs. These wounded, having been used and abused, are discarded onto the streets.

For many years reports have come through that the “good” people of California have been dumping sick people from hospitals onto the streets because these people couldn’t pay the capitalist-king’s price to have a chance of getting well.

U.S. ambassador
Eleanor Roosevelt
1948 Legacy
Universal Declaration of
Human Rights
Cities fail to do what I suggested in a column years ago when I saw homelessness in the shadow of the nation’s capitol, among all those rich and entrenched lifers in the U.S. House and Senate and their lackeys, handlers and lobbyists. I suggested not that we return to a medieval era of life sentencing to dark wards of mental institutions but that we build centers of care that heal, actively engage, help people transition to full independence, ensure training and meaningful work. Build places like libraries (instead of restaurants and gas stations) on every corner if need be. Uplift our people so that they might contribute to our country. Let this define our ethos as a country that truly cares for its own, for the benefit of our country.

But this hasn’t happened. America uses force – the very opposite of “care” -- in every sector of its policy and practice, at every level of government, at home and abroad.  

Homeless Syrians
In some U.S. cities today not only is being homeless a crime punishable on the spot by imprisonment, which leads to more problems – even as buildings are boarded up and left vacant and thousands of people are jobless and can’t afford shelter, which is a human right under the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights – being the giver of food to homeless people is also a crime. In some U.S. “Christian” cities, Inside Out reports, there are “officially instituted laws that ban the practice of sharing food with homeless people.”

T
hink force. Think hostility. Think of U.S. officials’ orders of an interminably hostile presence cross the world: against Iraq, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, China, Japan, the Koreas, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Somalia, Nigeria, Sudan, Congo, Libya, Egypt, Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Pakistan, Afghanistan – to name only a few of the 150 countries where the United States is deployed.

Homeless Afghans
The world is brutally aware of American “values.”

Bangladeshi workers
What about these
women worker rights?
The United Nations comprised of 193 member states in its human rights report has noted what any sane person knows without an official report-- that the U.S. criminalization of homelessness “‘raises concerns of discrimination and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.’” In its usual manner toward the United States, the UN minces its words. The truth is, what the U.S. is doing is both criminal and immoral and should be stopped; would be stopped if the country had not religious leadership, but competent, courageous, moral and ethical leadership.

Bangladesh
Garment Factory Fire 2012
111 workers died 
The portrait, the presentation and performance of our officials, their partisan or tribal followers, and a fair number of the masses show us, Americans, to be a violent people, an insensible, acutely selfish, immoral people -- who undermine even their own best interest.

T
oday on the calendar is "Labor Day" in the United States. This does not mean we celebrate labor or support laborers. As a matter of fact, it means just the opposite. . We celebrate war and waste. 

We like to shop, play the lottery, celebrity watch. We want cheap stuff and slave labor making and marketing cheap stuff. We want somebody else to suffer so we can photograph ourselves handing out “humanitarian” aid. We want “other” human beings to die so we can publicly thank gods we have created in our own image that we are not “those” people.

We can and we must do better – not only because of how the world’s peoples see and experience us but also because of the prior imperative, indeed our duty to build for ourselves and our posterity a better and stronger nation.


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Sources and notes

The World's Highest-Paid Athletes, http://www.forbes.com/athletes/list/2/#tab:overall
“Forbes’ list of world's highest-paid athletes” From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbes%27_list_of_world%27s_highest-paid_athletes
http://www.forbes.com/athletes/
http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mli45eimdj/1-floyd-mayweather-8/

“Criminalizing homelessness in America: Many US cities officially instituted laws that ban the practice of sharing food with homeless people, August 28, 2014, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/08/28/376866/criminalizing-homelessness-in-america/


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Bennett's books are available in New York State independent bookstores: Lift Bridge Bookshop: www.liftbridgebooks.com [Brockport, NY]; Sundance Books: http://www.sundancebooks.com/main.html [Geneseo, NY]; Mood Makers Books: www.moodmakersbooks.com [City of Rochester, NY]; Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center: www.enlightenthedog.org/ [Buffalo, NY]; Burlingham Books – ‘Your Local Chapter’: http://burlinghambooks.com/ [Perry, NY 14530]; The Bookworm: http://www.eabookworm.com/ [East Aurora, NY] • See also: World Pulse: Global Issues through the eyes of Women: http://www.worldpulse.com/ http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire http://www.facebook.com/#!/bennetts2ndstudy

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