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Showing posts with label Iran. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Iran. Show all posts

Monday, January 30, 2017

Social Media Screeds: Growing Authoritarianism, Steve Bannon, And Anti-Muslimism

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Are you allowed to impeach a president for gross incompetence?
    3:23 AM - 4 Jun 2014

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"To my conservative family and friends: You have been given a gift. 

The gift is this: Your guy won, your team has the house and the senate. And it's going....not great. My charge to you is this: figure out how you want to be represented in history. You are on the cusp of being the party that rose up and fought for what you told us you stood for, or you can be the people we have to explain to our children when they ask why no one fought the breakdown of our democracy.

If you voted for the president or a Republican senator because you believe in fiscal conservatism, you should be furious that your tax dollars are going to build a wall that will have zero impact on the effects of immigration.

If you hate the left because of "Political Correctness," you need to be asking yourself if you're okay with the President censoring communications from MULTIPLE government organizations like the National Park Service, the EPA and more.

If you voted because you hated Secretary Clinton's email server, I expect you to be calling your representatives to ask why Steve Bannon and others continue to use their unsecured personal emails and why your president is using an unsecured android device still.

If you voted because you believed there would be better protection against terrorists, you need to ask yourself why it's okay that your president just took away $130 million in anti-terror funds from New York with his punishment of Sanctuary Cities.

If you are angry that your insurance is too expensive, you should ask why your senators are repealing ACA without a replacement, an action that will leave 20 million people without insurance at all.

If you believe the Clinton initiative provided unequal treatment to countries that supported their foundation, you should be livid that your president has moved to block visas from Muslim countries like Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, but not places where he has business ties like Egypt, Qatar, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

This is an opportunity to prove that you voted for the reasons you say you did. I am taking you seriously; I am taking you literally."

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Anonymous poster
"Just in case what Trump has done with his illegal Muslim Ban isn't clear, let's break this down: Muslim GREEN CARD holders, that is resident LEGAL aliens from certain countries, were prohibited from reentering the country for 90 days if they happened to be traveling. They were detained at airports and prohibited from returning to their homes.

Do you understand what this means?

It means that if you have lived in New Jersey for 20 years with your family and were traveling for business, you are now not allowed to return HOME for 90 days. You will most likely lose your job. Where will you go in the meantime? Will you stay at a hotel?

Or if you are a mother you happened to have gone to your father's funeral abroad at this unlucky time and tried to return home to your children, you are now not allowed to do so for 90 days.

Please don't talk to me about how necessary it is to conduct proper vetting. These people are GREEN CARD holders. A green card holder is a LEGAL alien. He or she has essentially the same rights as a citizen, with respect to residency. They HAVE been properly vetted. These actions against them are 100% ILLEGAL. If it can be them today, it can be you and me tomorrow!
If this doesn't scare you, you are not paying attention. This is not a democracy."

Anonymous poster
Yesterday, Trump removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from the National Security Council. He replaced them with Steve Bannon. Bannon has no government, intelligence, or high-level military experience; his experience is leading a propaganda outlet (Breitbart News) that peddles nationalist and white nationalist viewpoints.

This would be deeply concerning in and of itself. But one of the jobs of the NSC is to oversee a secret panel that authorizes the assassination of “enemies of the United States Government” – including American citizens. These targeted killings are fully authorized by law under the Congressional military authorization act following 9/11. There is no trial, no due process, and no public record of the decision or the assassination itself.

Just to recap the absurdity: the President of the United States has appointed a known propagandist, nationalist, and white supremacist to replace the highest military adviser in the country on a council that authorizes secret, legal, targeted killings of American citizens (and others) without due process.

What You Can Do:
- Call your Senators and Congressperson this week and demand that they publicly and legislatively oppose Trump’s appointment of Steven Bannon to the NSC.

Jon S. Randal
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I am an immigrant, we are all immigrants. The only people who can say they are not immigrants or descended from immigrants are the first Americans, who welcomed the first Europeans to this country, and those descended from slaves, kidnapped from their land of birth and forced to work this land to make it what it is today. 

I am an immigrant, and I am thankful for the people who came before me, who had the courage to stand up for me and speak out in my defense when others, out of fear, out of hate, out of ignorance of the unknown, tried to ban me from this country.

I am the Irish immigrant who was discriminated against because of my religion. I am the Italian immigrant who was wrongfully labeled as violent, dangerous, and a member of criminal groups, such as the mafia. I am the Chinese immigrant, the first to be excluded from this great land because I worked too hard. I am the Japanese immigrant, imprisoned because I was from the same country this government fought. I am the Mexican immigrant, the Filipino immigrant, who was lured to work the fields that fed this great country, also later restricted. I am the Muslim immigrant fleeing my war-torn country bombed by this country, yet continuing to contribute to our medical fields to help the people of this land. Now banned.

We are all immigrants, we are here because of the graciousness of those before us who opened their hearts and said, "This is wrong, you cannot block an entire group of people, this is not us, this is not America."

If not for the Native Americans who helped and feed the first visitors to this land, many of us would not be here today. The Pilgrims, the Puritans, the Quakers, and the Calvinists, and many others came to this country fleeing religious persecution, yet now we exclude others because of their religion.

Immigrants to this country have contributed immensely, those who argue that only those immigrants who assimilated smoothly into this country and who forsaked their own traditions, their culture, their way of life, do not know their own history, they ignore what we take for granted, from oatmeal and whiskey (Irish), kindergartens, Christmas trees, hamburgers, and the Easter Bunny (Germany) to pizza (Italy), sewing machines and bikinis (France), herbal medicine, sushi and other Asian foods (Asia), French Fries (Belgium). Let's not forget that the personal computers, Mac, iPhone and iPad we enjoy today came from a man, Steve Jobs, whose father was a Syrian immigrant.

Chicken noodle soup? The combination of chicken and broth arrived from Greece, and, of course, the noodles from Asia, while the the all-American hot dog came from frankfurters in Germany and the first apple pie recipe came from England (there were only crabapples in the early Americas) and the apples themselves also from England, but originally from Asia.

And, our form of government, borrowed from the same people we called non-citizens, the Iroquoian League of Nations. The songs, the dances we enjoy to this day, the basis of, stolen from slaves from Africa. Our dedication to family, community, hard work, replicated from our Southern neighbors in Mexico and South America. Many other elements of our present culture, our foods, our literature, our current fashions, our entertainment, our sports, our health, many of our inventions, our very being borrowed from immigrants.

I am an immigrant. The Statue of Liberty welcomed us, the Bible says in Exodus 22:21 that "You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt." I am an immigrant, we were all once strangers to this great land, this land would not be what it is without us, when one group of immigrants is persecuted, we are all persecuted. I come forth from the faces of these young children in this photograph from Ellis Island, I am an immigrant.


Saudi Arabia is not on the GOP ban list, despite the reality of the 911 terrorist.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Rick Staggenborg: A Day Of Thanksgiving And A Ever Mindful "TRUST BUT VERIFY."


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Rick Staggenborg
Today, I am thankful that the President has shown that he is willing to take significant risks for peace. It is no small thing to change the course of American foreign policy of empire-building that he inherited and seemed to many to be something he embraced. 
President Obama is bucking the tide of history that was being written by a senate totally in the pockets of war profiteers and people who believe that American interests are identical to the right-wing government of Israel, never questioning whether Netanyahu's polices are in the best interest of Israel, which is identical to that of Palestinians with whom they share a common land. That cause is justice. We will know justice only when there is no war. 
The success of Obama's efforts will depend on whether the American people can show the same kind of support for peace as they did when he called on his to weigh in on whether to attack Syria. That gave us the opportunity to make a difference in ending the war of terror that he said could not go on forever. Now it is our job to help him achieve Mankind's greatest goal: the end of war itself.
This is the personal blog of Rick Staggenborg, MD. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the official positions of Take Back America for the People, an educational 501.c3 nonprofit established by Dr Staggenborg.



Dear President Obama:

I feel a little guilty that it took me so long to write this. I have been pretty quick to write letters, sign petitions and make phone calls criticizing your actions in the past. When you get something important right, it’s only fair that I take the time to express my support. Besides, I imagine that if all you hear from certain people is negativity, questioning of your motives and cynicism about your actions you might be disinclined to listen to them. I wouldn’t blame you, either. 

You deserve credit for avoiding a direct attack on Syria and opening up dialogue with Iran. Cynics claimed that you bumbled your way into the situation, but that doesn’t add up. It seems to me that you have masterfully handled pressure from a Congress in the pockets of the military-industrial complex and blindly obedient to the wishes of the right wing Israeli government of Bibi Netanyahu. Your actions in response to the false flag attack in Syria not only allowed but encouraged a debate in which Americans finally spoke against further American imperialist overreach. Some even entertained the heretical notion that Israel’s interests are not identical to their own. This is a healthy skepticism that I am sure will only become more widespread as Israel’s aim of destabilizing Syria and attacking Iran at any cost becomes ever more nakedly apparent.

Holding our elected officials responsible for their actions may be everyone’s duty, but it’s obvious to me that without the support of the People, a President cannot change a nation that has gone so badly off course. Lincoln didn’t free the slaves until he believed that slavery proponents would not be able to use it to defeat the cause of preserving the Union. When citizens who had doubted him rallied to the cause after a Union Army victory, he took a calculated risk in challenging the property rights of slaveholders with the Emancipation Proclamation. He could not have done the same thing and won the war without political capital. That only comes when the People support the President for doing the right thing.

The way I see it, we are in a similar situation but this time the People must rally around your efforts at waging peace, not war. Just as Lincoln forced a confrontation by challenging the economic interests of slave holders by seeking to limit slavery, your recent actions threaten the enormous investments of corporate war profiteers who would enslave the world in endless war if they could. If you can expect no support from those who would like to believe you mean what you say, it is hard to imagine how you could prevail against a Congress so deeply committed to serving the interests of those whose profits are threatened by the prospect of peace, when half the country will oppose whatever action you take. 

I hope that I have been right in calling for patience from people who have demonized you for widening the war in Afghanistan, failing to close Guantanamo, exponentially expanding drone warfare, helping build a domestic spying apparatus so massive it could be the backbone of your jobs plan and insisting that Americans be subject to the same violations of constitutional rights as foreigners have suffered since the outbreak of the War of Terror. While I share their concerns about these and other decisions that threaten freedom in the US and the world, I try never to forget that I am not the one in the office that Kennedy held when he was murdered by the national security state for trying to end the Cold War. As a student of Presidential history, I am sure that you are fully aware of that fact and the implications it has for what you can accomplish without risking the same fate. I don’t feel that I have any right to judge you for what you have or haven’t done. I understand what you meant when, according to former senior CIA analyst Ray McGovern, you told disappointed friends who wanted you to explain your record “Don’t you remember what happened to Martin Luther King, Jr?”

With all this in mind, the world will be watching while you determine whether the cynics or the optimists will be vindicated by your conduct of the negotiations in Tehran and Geneva. It seems to be a good sign that the long-delayed negotiations on Syria are finally scheduled, despite the opposition of Israel, Saudi Arabia and the terrorist groups they are hoping will topple the Assad government. Since the delay was due to a refusal of the Syrian insurgents to take part, this appears to be tacit recognition that the al Qaeda-led “rebels” are not going to prevail in turning Syria into a failed state, Libya-style. If the negotiations lead to substantive agreement, they will have to take what they can get. 

At the same time, I cannot ignore the possibility that both negotiations may be a sham, like the Israeli “peace” negotiations with the illegitimate PA government. Just as there can be no negotiating for peace with a nation that continues to commit international crimes in expanding its colonization of an occupied country, so too can the US government talk peace while doing everything in its power to undermine it. Removing Assad from power as a precondition to peace in Syria is a nonstarter. The government is regularly defeating the terrorists in the field, but pundits and politicians are expressing hope that Iran can be convinced to “help” with negotiations around Syria. If you press Iran to convince Assad to step down, we will know that the negotiations in Tehran are just for show. 

If you are serious about wanting peace, you will do everything possible to present an acceptable deal to the Iranians, taking into account that they have hardliners who benefit from politics of confrontation just as right wing hawks in both parties do in the US. It is a delicate balancing act, and anyone with an ounce of understanding of the situation will know why your tough rhetoric and hyperbole is necessary for domestic consumption even if you truly want to bargain fairly. After all, if that is what it takes to get support for a treaty in the Senate, the peoples of both nations will benefit. At the same time, you will have finally declared American independence from the right wing of the Knesset. 

I really want to see you do the right thing. I am willing to trust you until I see proof that this move toward peace is insincere, if it is. Some people would rather be right in their cynical assumptions than be embarrassed should you prove them dead wrong, though they will never admit it. I am not one of them. I am not afraid of being embarrassed by having the audacity to still hope that we can be the change that will make you do what is right. If we fail to support you when you need us the most, I am not sure that we could handle democracy if we had one.


Rick Staggenborg, MD
Founder, Soldiers For Peace International

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Breaking News: CNN Is Reporting Canada Breaks Ties With Iran

Enjoy while the caffeine kicks-in!!!!!

A morning segment to go along with your Sumatra, Kenya AA, Tanzanian, Kona Coast, Jamaica Blue Mountain, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Costa Rican, Espresso, Indonesian Blend, Coffee Latte, Kauai Blend (often bitter), Colombian Red Lips, or your Folgers 100% Colombian. 

Canada has suspended diplomaitc relations with Canada and has givrn the country 5 dasy to remove thir diplomats.

(CNN) -- Canada suspended relations with Iran and expelled the country's diplomats Friday, calling the country's regime "the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today."

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