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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tom Engelhardt | Osama Bin Laden's America, Niger, 9/11, and Apocalyptic Humiliation





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Osama bin Laden speaks to reporters in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, December 24, 1998. (photo: Rahimullah Yousafza/AP)
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Truck attack in Manhattan kills 8 in 'act of terror'


 News Updates from CLG
31 October 2017
 
Previous edition: About 2,800 JFK records released, others withheld
 
Breaking: Eight feared dead in 'possible terror attack' after truck mows down victims on a cycle path just seven blocks from Ground Zero before being shot by police as he waved imitation firearms and screamed Allahu Akbar --The truck rammed into cyclists and runners on the West Side Highway on Tuesday shortly after 3pm | 31 Oct 2017 | Eight people are feared dead after a truck mounted a bicycle path in lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, mowing down cyclists and runners while shouting 'Allahu Akbar'. The driver made his way from down towards Tribeca on the West Side Highway and mounted the bike path a few blocks north of Chambers Street shortly before 3pm. After striking several cyclists and runners, he came to a stop when his truck crashed into a school bus beneath the Tribeca bridge. The man then emerged with imitation guns in his hand and was shot in the leg by police. He survived and was taken to hospital but at least eight innocent people were killed and others are injured.
 
'Act of terror:' At least 8 dead, 15 injured by rented truck in lower Manhattan; 1 in custody | 31 Oct 2017 | (Tribeca, Manhattan) At least eight people were killed and 15 others were injured in lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon after a truck hit people on a bike path. The driver of the truck, who was brandishing two fake guns and is now in custody, left the truck screaming and was shot by police. This is being investigated as possible act of terror, a high-ranking police source told PIX11 News. The suspect screamed "Allah Akbar."
 
Truck attack in Manhattan kills 8 in 'act of terror' | 31 Oct 2017 | The driver of a rental truck drove down a busy bicycle path in Manhattan near the World Trade Center, killing eight people and injuring about a dozen others in what officials said was an "act of terror." After crashing the truck into a school bus, the suspect exited the vehicle while displaying imitation firearms and was shot in the abdomen by police, according to the NYPD. The suspect, a 29-year-old man, is in police custody and was taken to a hospital for treatment, officials said. The incident is being investigated as terrorism, officials said. Witnesses reported the suspect was yelling "Allahu Akbar," according to four law enforcement sources. The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force is taking over the lead of the investigation.
 
US nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bomber flies mission to Pacific ahead of Trump's visit to Asia | 30 Oct 2017 | An American nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bomber has conducted a long-range mission over the Pacific to demonstrate Washington's "visible commitment" to its Asian allies amid North Korean anxieties and ahead of Donald Trump's visit to the region. Just as US Defense Secretary was wrapping up his visit to South Korea Saturday, the US dispatched its state of the art B-2 stealth bomber to fly a long-range mission to the Pacific area of operations. The bomber which flew out of Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri practiced maneuvers to "familiarize aircrew with air bases and operations in different geographic combatant commands," the US Strategic Command said in a statement.
 
Putin: Someone is harvesting Russian bio samples for obscure purposes | 31 Oct 2017 | Russian genetic material is being harvested all over the country, purposefully and professionally, President Vladimir Putin has said, possibly hinting at the US Air Force's earlier move to acquire Russian tissue samples..."Images are one thing, but do you know that biological material is being collected all over the country, from different ethnic groups and people living in different geographical regions of the Russian Federation? The question is - why is it being done? It's being done purposefully and professionally. We are a kind of object of great interest," Putin told the Council.
 
2 Navy SEALs Under Suspicion in Strangling of Green Beret in Mali | 29 Oct 2017 | Navy criminal authorities are investigating whether two members of the elite SEAL Team 6 strangled an Army Green Beret in June while they were in Mali on a secret assignment, military officials say. Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar, a 34-year-old veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, was found dead on June 4 in the embassy housing he shared in the Malian capital, Bamako, with a few other Special Operations forces assigned to the West African nation to help with 'training and counterterrorism missions.' His killing is the latest violent death under mysterious circumstances for American troops on little-known missions in that region of Africa.
 
Nine sailors kicked off British nuclear submarine after 'sex and coca-ne-fuelled parties while docked in US' --The crew from HMS Vigilant - which carries Trident - were sent home | 28 Oct 2017 | Nine British servicemen have been booted off a nuclear submarine at the centre of a sex probe, after testing positive for coca-ne while on duty, it was confirmed last night. The crew from HMS Vigilant - which carries the Trident nuclear deterrent - were sent home and sacked from the service after the class A drug was found in their blood. They are alleged to have had dr-g-fuelled parties while the submarine was docked in the US to pick up nuclear warheads.
 
Air traffic control audio from the night of the Las Vegas shooting reveals there were 'active shooters on the runway' --Tower audio proves there were many assailants operating in conjunction with one another on the night of the massacre; [alleged shooter] Stephen Paddock didn't act alone | 29 Oct 2017 | Air traffic control audio recordings from the night of the Oct. 1 massacre reveal that there were indeed "active shooters on the airport property" just 1000 yards away from the venue where 58 people were reportedly shot to death. McCarran International Airport is located at 5757 Wayne Newton Blvd., and is [close to] both the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino and the venue that was hosting the Route 91 Music Festival. It would make perfect sense that assailants would want to retreat to the airfield where they could make there escape, possibly in an aircraft.
 
Flight records indicate LVMPD helicopter's transponder went dark after picking up mercenaries armed with M-239 SAW-like machine guns on the night of the massacre --FAA logs and aircraft transponder data show that an LVMPD helicopter may have gone rogue on the night of the massacre | 27 Oct 2017 | Flight records obtained by Intellihub indicate that the transponder on an LVMPD aircraft went dark after several heavily armed men boarded the chopper. The following timeline details the whereabouts of LVMPD helicopter "N911WY" between the hours of 10:25 p.m. and 11:35 p.m., Oct. 1, 2017...10:51 p.m. - N911WY lands in the parking lot of the Harley dealer located at 5191 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, where it waits on the hard for the next 8 minutes (rotors spinning) while several mercenaries gear up for what appears to be either a combined aerial/ground assault on the city or some type of aerial counter-sniper defense. One of the men is masked...10:59 p.m. - N911WY's transponder goes dark and is not accounted for during the next 5 minutes.
 
Couple dies in odd car crash after surviving Las Vegas shooting | 27 Oct 2017 | When Dennis Carver realized the loud cracks weren't fireworks but instead rapid gunfire, he jumped on top of his wife, Lorraine Carver, to shield her from the bullets...It was during the third or fourth lull in gunfire when the two got up, hand in hand, and started running. They ran for their lives and didn't stop until they got out uninjured, their daughter said. Two days after the shooting attack, the couple, who lived in Henderson, Nevada, part time and owned a plumbing company, returned to their Riverside County home in California...But on the night of Oct. 16, the couple's younger daughter, 16-year-old Madison Carver, heard a loud bang outside her window. When she ran down the street and rounded the corner, a familiar vehicle engulfed in flames came into view. Dennis, 52, and Lorraine, 53, had died together less than half a mile from their home. According to the Riverside County Fire Department, their vehicle crashed into a metal gate outside their community at 10:50 p.m...It took firefighters nearly an hour to completely put out the fire [?], the department said in a statement.
 
Catalan govt sacked after independence vote | 27 Oct 2017 | The Spanish Prime Minister has dissolved Catalonia's parliament and called an election for 21 December after the region declared independence. Mariano Rajoy invoked the emergency measures in response to Catalan MPs voting to break away from the Spanish state. He said he would seek to declare the vote illegal. Mr Rajoy also said Catalonia's police chief will be sacked and central government departments will assume the powers of the Catalan administration.
 
Podesta Group one of the companies mentioned in Manafort indictment - report | 30 Oct 2017 | The Podesta Group, a prominent lobbying and public relations firm, is one of the two unidentified companies mentioned in the grand jury indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Richard Gates, NBC News reported Monday. Manafort and Gates approached "Company A" and "Company B" in 2012 about l-bbying on behalf of the Ukrainian government, according to the indictment that was unsealed Monday. Company A refers to Mercury Public Affairs and Company B refers to the Podesta Group, three sources with knowledge of the investigation told the news outlet.
 
Mueller investigation: Manafort charged with US t-x fraud over Ukraine work | 30 Oct 2017 | Donald Trump's former presidential campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has been charged with conspiring to defraud the US in his dealings with Ukraine. The 12 charges brought against Mr Manafort and one of his business associates, Rick Gates, include conspiracy to launder mon-y. They stem from an inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the US election.
 
White House downplays George Papadopoulos's role in Trump campaign | 30 Oct 2017 | White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders downplayed George Papadopoulos's role within President Trump's campaign, referring to him as a "volunteer." "He was a volunteer member of an advisory council that met one time," Sanders told reporters Monday afternoon during the White House press briefing. Papadopoulos, who is 30 years old, joined the Trump campaign in early March 2016 as a foreign adviser. The special counsel tasked with investigating [alleged] Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election as well as potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin released a statement which says that Papadopoulos "pleaded guilty on Oct. 5, 2017, to making false statements to FBI agents, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001."
 
First charges filed in Mueller investigation | 27 Oct 2017 | A federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter. The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are.
 
Federal judge in D.C. blocks part of Trump Administration's transgender military ban | 30 Oct 2017 | A federal judge in Washington blocked the Trump Administration's proposed transgender military ban, writing in a strongly worded opinion that the policy "does not appear to be supported by any facts." U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued the preliminary injunction Monday, finding that a group of transgender service members would have a strong chance of prevailing in their lawsuit to have the ban declared unconstitutional. The injunction remains in place until the lawsuit is resolved or a judge lifts it.
 
Halloween: US universities warn students against culturally insensitive costumes | 31 Oct 2017 | Universities are urging students in search of an attention-grabbing costume this Halloween to pass on sombreros, Native American headdresses and blackface. Those are some of the costumes grabbing the attention of university administrators who are increasingly concerned that certain costumes are becoming flashpoints in campus debates over race and culture. While not outright prohibiting any costume, administrators are using letters, campus forums and advertising campaigns to encourage students to pick outfits that don't offend classmates of colour..."The cultural temperature on this has gotten so high that nothing is appropriate anymore. We are getting to the point where prohibition is the rule," said [CLG FounderMichael Rectenwald, a professor of Global Liberal Studies at New York University, who has criticised Halloween costume policies.
 
College costume crackdown ramps up as Halloween draws near | 27 Oct 2017 | As another Halloween season approaches, an ever-growing universities are cracking down on offensive costumes, even hosting panel discussions to instruct students on what to avoid...Princeton University, meanwhile,recently offered a "conversation circle" to students to help them "engage in a dialogue about the impact of cultural appropriation, Halloween, and why culture is not a costume."
 
White House decorated for Halloween | 28 Oct 2017 | The White House has been covered in spider webs and fog to celebrate Halloween. The White House will open the South Lawn to trick-or-treaters the night before Halloween and officials have decked out the residence with fake bats and pumpkins. "During this event, trick-or-treaters will enjoy seeing the South Portico decorated in spider webs, creating a festive look and feel," the White House said in a release.
 
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CounterCurrents Kathputli, Artist’s Colony Demolished In Delhi: Thousands Rendered Homeless, Death Of Democracy!





Dear Friend,


In the two days demolition drive by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in assistance with Delhi Police demolished more than 1000 houses at Kathputli Colony, in West Delhi on October 30th and October 31st 2017. People from different communal groups living in the vicinity of each other for decades now. In the early 1970s, a handful of performers from Rajasthan settled in West Delhi’s Shadipur region. Artists who were primarily puppeteers and musicians often moved throughout the capital to perform and over a period of time Shadipur became a convenient location for the same. Over time, they were joined by a variety of artists and people from states like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand and together they formed a single settlement known as Kathputli colony (The term refers to string puppet theatre).

Yesterday Communist Party of India and National Federation of Indian Women leader Annie Raja got gravely injured while resisting the demolition drive. 

The demolition drive in Kathputli reminds us of the dark days of Indian emergency under Indira Gandhi. 

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Kathputli, Artist’s Colony Demolished In Delhi: Thousands Rendered Homeless, Death Of Democracy!
by Ankit Jha 


In the two days demolition drive by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in assistance with Delhi Police demolished more than 1000 houses at Kathputli Colony, in West Delhi on October 30th and October 31st 2017. People from different communal groups living in the vicinity of each other for decades now. In the early 1970s, a handful of performers from Rajasthan settled in West Delhi’s Shadipur region. Artists who were primarily puppeteers and musicians often moved throughout the capital to perform and over a period of time Shadipur became a convenient location for the same. Over time, they were joined by a variety of artists and people from states like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand and together they formed a single settlement known as Kathputli colony (The term refers to string puppet theatre).




Murder Of Democracy In Kathputli Colony, Houses Demolished, People Beaten Up, Annie Raja Injured


In the heart of the country’s capital, DDA and police forces murdered democracy; forcibly demolished houses and beaten up people in Kathputli Colony. National Federation of Indian Women’s Annie Raja got gravely injured and is currently admitted in RML hospital. Women and youths were lathicharged mercilessly by DDA and Police officials, while residents scrambled to save their belongings from the demolition drive.




Can We Get Rid Of Nuclear Weapons And War Itself?
by John Scales Avery 


"This is a moment of crisis for human civilization and the biosphere. Can we not rid ourselves of both nuclear weapons and the institution of war itself? We must act quickly and resolutely before everything that we love in our beautiful world is reduced to radioactive ashes."- John Avery




The Assertion Of Identity
by Dr Chandra Muzaffar 


News reports about communities and regions asserting their identity are capturing media headlines everywhere. While the media gives a lot of coverage to an event or action connected with the phenomenon — a referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan or a vote in the Catalonian parliament — the reasons that explain the assertion of identity are seldom analysed in depth.




When Afghan Mothers Speak, The World Must Listen
by Kathy Kelly 


“I have debts that I cannot pay,” whispered the first woman

“My children and I are always moving from place to place. I don’t know what will happen.”

“I am afraid we will die in an explosion.”

“My husband is paralyzed and cannot work. We have no money for food, for fuel.”

“My husband is old and sick. We have no medicine.”

“I cannot feed my children.”

“How will we live through the winter?”

“I have pains throughout my whole body.”

“I feel hopeless.”

“I feel depressed, and I am always worried.”

“I feel that I’m losing my mind.”




The Early Years In America
by Sally Dugman 


I’m not surprised at all that some people in the USA want to remove statues and paintings of Tom Jefferson, George Washington and other fore-founders of the USA despite their myriad positive contributions to the country. I’m not stating that the removal should or shouldn’t be done. I’m just suggesting that this perspective is altogether understandable.




The World Not Through With Thoreau
by Annapurna Tosca Sriramarcel 


There was a strange view expressed about the worldwide status of Henry David Thoreau in the New York Review of Books on August 17: “Thoreau hardly makes it onto the list of notable American authors outside of his home country.”




Reflections On How Little Is Revealed By Just  Released JFK Assassination Documents
by John Chuckman 


REFLECTIONS ON HOW LITTLE IS REVEALED BY JUST-RELEASED JFK ASSASSINATION DOCUMENTS AND JUST SOME OF THE MANY REASONS WHY THERE HAD TO BE A CONSPIRACY




The Canada-Israel Nexus
by Jim Miles 


For a complex and critical examination of the relationship between Canada, Israel, Judaism, and Zionism, Eric Walberg’s new work The Canada-Israel Nexus provides a challenging perspective.



Tale  Of Despair : Patients Living On The Pavements  Outside  AIIMS
by Rajat mishra 


With a large number of patients and a shortage of night shelters,  Thousand’s of patients are spending days  in the subway of AIIMS metro station or on the pavement outside AIIMS, as they wait for treatment.




Bertold Brecht: Collectivism And Dialectical Materialism In Practice
by Gaither Stewart


Bertold Brecht put into everyday practice Marxist collectivism and dialectical materialism in his art as few other Western writers have ever achieved.Despite accusations of avidness for money, the German poet and playwright belied any doubts about his ultimate goals: education of the people in Socialism. Moreover, the existence of some thirty volumes of Brecht’s works will bewilder readers who may limit his art to The Three penny Opera and images of Satchmo singing Mack the Knife.




Acharya Narendra Deva : Life And Politics
by Dr Prem Singh  


Today is the birth anniversary of Acharya Narendra Deva, known as the patriarch and doyen of Indian socialism




Wonders!
by Sheshu Babu 


Hate Taj Mahal as ‘ Muslim’ mausoleum
After visiting it applauding as India’s ‘ priceless gem’ 
A wonder!