from Press TV
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called for explanation from Washington over reports of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director’s recent visit to Ukraine’s capital city of Kiev.
by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: The third victim has been named. She was Terri LaManno, catholic. She was apparently a good person. She posted an idea on her Facebook page about how to prepare a goodies bag to keep in your car and give to homeless people when they ask for help. Her employer, the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, put a note on their website confirming it was Terri who had been killed.
The third victim of the Jewish center shootings Sunday was a Kansas City mother of three who gone to visit her mother at the Village Shalom assisted living facility in Overland Park.
Terri LaManno, 53, attended a Catholic church and worked as an occupational therapist at the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired…
… The LaMannos are long-time parishioners at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Kansas City, where a rosary was said for Terri LaManno after Monday morning Mass. Pastor Steve Cook asked parishioners to remember her and her family in their prayers. KansasCity.com
So, the antisemitic attack took the lives of three people, none of whom were Jewish? And he was supposed to have been asking people what religion they were before shooting them?
Deepest sympathies to the families of those killed yesterday.
On the day before the start of Passover this year, “a commemoration of their liberation over 3,300 years ago by God from slavery in ancient Egypt“, Frazier Glenn Miller (a.k.a. “Frazier Glenn Cross” a.k.a. “Glenn Miller”) took a 2 and a half hour drive (180 miles one way) from his home in Aurora, MO to Kansas City where he, according to authorities, opened fire in the parking lot of a Jewish community center and then drove about a mile away to do the same thing at a Jewish retirement home. These actions are being widely labeled as antisemitic and based on his background, it’s hard to argue otherwise. He was reported to have shouted “heil Hitler” while sitting in the back of the patrol car after his arrest.
But like so many mass casualty events in the recent past, once you start digging a little deeper, it’s not so cut and dry.
(Not only are the big banks and financial institutions buying up the homes made available due to the economic collapse they engineered with their mortgage backed securities, credit default swaps and liar loans, effectively stealing millions of homes and then renting them back to the families who used too own them, but they are also creating MORE derivatives called “rental backed securities” and pawning them off to the same state/city pension fund managers who undoubtedly know they are going to be the next derivative bubble that bursts. More deregulation my libertarian friends? Yeah, there’s a great idea.)
n a 2011 report, Morgan Stanley analysts proclaimed that America was experiencing a transition from an ownership society to a “rentership society.” “The combination of falling home prices, limited mortgage credit, continued liquidations and better rental options is fundamentally changing the way Americans live,” says the report, concluding, “We believe this change is only beginning.” For Wall Street firms, the Morgan Stanley report appears to have become a self-fulfilling prophecy: Seeing a profitable opening in the wake of the foreclosure crisis, investment groups have worked diligently to bring a “rentership society” into being. During the past two years, investors have bought approximately 200,000 single-family homes, mostly foreclosures, in urban areas nationwide, with plans to convert them into rental properties. In Atlanta, one such investment group purchased 1,400 homes on a single day in April of last year.
(Just in case some libertarians are still naive enough to think their opinions are counter-establishment…)
from the WSWS
Speaking in Washington on the eve of World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) meetings, Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey this week called for a deep structural assault on retirement pensions, welfare and public services.
(It’s no wonder they’re bringing in fascist death-squad mercs from the West)
… The U-turn comes after Ukraine’s elite Alpha unit reportedly refused to obey an order to besiege protester-held buildings. At a session of law enforcement officials in Donetsk, one of the Alpha commanders said that he and his men are a force intended for rescuing hostages and fighting terrorism and will only act in accordance with the law, local media reported.
quotes from Guardian article:
spinnyspace: ‘Peaceful protest is treated like a riot’
Protesting has become more than a hazardous pastime. Once upon a time we were allowed to organise a march or a public protest. Today young people face a far more intolerant police force and state. Peaceful protest nowadays is treated like a riot by authorities. Today it’s a bonus just being able to walk away after a march – you’re more likely to be arrested or worse. And soon it will be water cannons with unknown chemicals pointed at you. So yes, there is a lot of apathy now; that’s the alternative to giving in to anger.
scrotgrot: ‘It’s not worth being blacklisted’
I’m 22, politically engaged, and quite ardently against austerity and all the rest of it. But you should see the number of articles I’ve been about to share on Facebook (don’t scoff too hard, that’s how revolution spreads these days), but thought better of it at the last moment. Because we know they’re always spying on us – even before the NSA revelations, I’d say that was the underlying assumption. Our generation knows corporations, not governments, rule the world, and we must follow their moral codes. It’s not worth going to a protest, getting filmed, photographed or, heaven forbid, written up by a police officer. Because we know they all share their blacklists around and it will ruin our entire lives.
LondonRoots: ‘No obvious route to lasting change’
… All the means of group cohesion enjoyed by previous generations have ceased to exist. There is no leftwing party. There are no unions. There is no obvious route to making lasting change. There is every reason to believe the status quo will attempt to shut down any kind of change. The police routinely infiltrate hippy, animal-loving movements and so it’s reasonable to assume the same for politically motivated movements. The media has been bought, the major political parties too – whatever stories the established powers want to make up are the ones that will be perpetuated.
by Glen Ford, BAR
“Everything he does is an act of prostitution.”
Al Sharpton is a crook who is always for sale. This is not an opinion, but a fact that is known in great detail to scores of movement activists whose paths have intersected with this talented but totally amoral hustler over the past 40 years. I personally watched him sell out the campaign to elect Jersey City, New Jersey’s first Black mayor, whom Sharpton had pledged to support, in 2001. Sharpton’s price to sow confusion among Black voters was a mere $5,000.
“In Venezuela, nearly all the wealthy and bourgeois people are phenotypically European, while nearly all those in poverty who live in the countryside or shacks on the sides of hills in the city are Black and Brown.”
It’s late morning in Caracas. February 12. From the restaurant inside the hotel around the corner from Plaza Venezuela we can hear chanting, but it’s too muffled to understand. Are they yelling “Maduro Salida” or “Maduro/burro Salida” or something else? From the window, we can see people, almost all smiling white people, streaming down the street to join the first huge anti-government demonstration that signaled the onset of the current outrages in Venezuela.
Olga, the restaurant’s manager, has tan skin, died blond hair and brown eyes. She is one of the 42% of Venezuelans who self-identified as white in the latest Census. From behind the counter, she usually greets people without a smile. She barks orders to the Indigenous woman in the kitchen. Today she is laughing as she glances at a cartoon in one of Caracas’ many virulently anti-government newspapers. I ask her if there are any interesting stories in the paper. She shrugs but the question unleashes a tirade about how she hates Chavismo.
ldquo;Why?” I try to sound neutral.
Olga explains that Chavismo has brought the “riff raff, brutes, thugs and criminals into the city.” She is emphatic. “Caracas is now flooded with uncultured animals who make life miserable for civilized people.” She concludes, “Afterall, look at the crime, the insecurity, the murders!” It’s likely that Olga is one of the many Venezuelans influenced by cartoons like this one by Kiko Rodriguez. It is one of the more repulsive depictions of Chavez that not only expresses time-worn racist contempt for people of African descent, but it also foments fear and hatred.
The title is “Miko Mandante”, meaning “Ape Commander” to mock the affectionate title “Mi Comandante” used by masses of Venezuelan people.
by Bruce A. Dixon, BAR
CNN’s Chicagoland “documentary” is an 8 part wet kiss for Rahm Emanuel & neoliberalism by the same crew that made Brick City, a propaganda flick to boost the career of Newark’s Corey Booker prior to his re-election campaign. Black Agenda Report talked to a few real Chicagoans about what it does and doesn’t show or tell, and why.