Speaking About War Crimes …

United States war crimes

Why is it that the US media establishment gives a free pass to the US gov for the 2 million Vietnamese Killed in what they call the American War.   Were the “interventions” in Afghanistan & Iraq a success?  Why is the George Bush kid still a free man now making paintings of the US citizens he got killed doing the work of the USofA gov in Iraq?

Obviously putting him in jail (or even lynching him) would not bring back the lives lost.  Was Bush a great statesman bringing Democracy to Iraq?  At least he was not the fuckup of the 50% Black guy in the White House that put 100K US soldiers into Afghanistan.  What was he thinking?

I am not a fan of our current puppet President, Mr. Biden (and his so called “First Lady” Doctor Jill – who to my knowledge has never done a heart transplant or even made house calls – but at least he had the balls to end the 20 year US gov “intervention” in Afghanistan. 

Even the Oprah Winfrey Lady thought Doctor Jill Biden was a “Real” doctor.   The official Whitehouse website still refers to her as Doctor Jill Biden.

Get real, you folks in the Washington DC/media establishment.  Fuck, the head of the NewYorkTimes makes a cool 2mil per year … Do you reporters get that?  I say go on strike and demand at least $1mil per year.  The rich get richer while the wage slaves barely get by.   What is wrong with this world?   Obviously this is beyond my pay grade.

Anyway, Hope you enjoy the Moon and all the nice people that inhabit this earth.

Over and out – Bob

Let’s Go Brandon – Teleprompter Speech For Old Joe.

5/16/2002 Press Update.

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Gas Prices Up & Up … Where does it go from Here?  

World Gas Prices

Where does it go from Here?

Biden … Any answers?  You seem not even to be able to do a Press Conference and are barely able to read a Tela Prompter – and certainly are not up to answering questions from Live reporters in a room.  At least Trump could do that.

We are a long way from the age of Lincoln where Presidents were expected to be intelligent speakers and not senile.

bob@zpub.com

Memo To The American Security Services and the American People

The Blood is on your hands.  Your push to expand NATO close to Russia is now bearing fruit – you have pushed Putins hand.  And real people are being killed.  You did not learn your lesson in the 20 year Afghanistan War where you used drones to kill wedding parties while enriching the corrupt government you propped up in Afghanistan.  And spent US taxpayer dollars to pay for lot of fancy condos in Dubai.

I am old enough to remember the Vietnam War (In Vietnam they call in the American War).  The US gov has still not cleaned up the toxic waste from Agent Orange.

I was young then … a college student at UCSB in Isla Vista and still remember the National Guard coming down Del Playa.  They even fucking killed an non protester on the steps of a retail establishment.  It’s when I lost All faith is in the goodness of the Federal Government of the United States of America.

And now after 20 years war in Afghanistan – and 8 Trillion in Taxpayer dollars – you do not confront your failures.

Even Obama got a “Nobel Peace Prize” for increasing the troop level in Afghanistan to 100K.   Now the 20K NSS folks in Washington paid for by the Fed Gov are busy preparing for a War with China.  I say Fuck you all.  I certainly do not want to pay taxes to pay for it all.  And the politicians from both Parties line their pockets and wonder why the American people are cynical about “their” government.

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He Goes to Moscow – But Absolutely Not to Ramallah

 
Israeli Prime Minister
Naftali Bennet
Undertook to mediate
In the war between
Russia and Ukraine. 
 
“The chances
For success are slim”
Bennet said upon
His return from Moscow,
“But if there is
Even the slightest chance
Of saving human lives,
Then it is
Our moral duty.”
 
Naftali Bennet feels
No moral duty
To make
A diplomatic effort
Towards ending
The bloody conflict
With the Palestinians
In which
The state he heads
Is mired. 
 
Bennet flew
To Moscow,
But under
No circumstances
Will he
Travel to Ramallah.
 
On the day
That Bennet
Returned from
His mediation mission,
Israeli police and soldiers
Killed two
Palestinian youths,
One aged 19,
The other aged 16.
 
The media
Reported briefly:
“Two more terrorists
Have been eliminated!”
The same as last week
And as next week.
 
Gush Shalom Statement, March 8, 2022
Contact: Adam Keller +972-(0)54-2340749
Jerusalem police arresting a Palestinian youth during celebrations of the Prophet Mohammad’s Ascension at Damascus Gate,, Monday, February 28, 2022
 

The Killing Goes on!

February 27 – March 5, 2022 –

This week in the Occupied Territories.

Report by the Taayush activists.

Israeli soldiers shot to death Amar Shafiq Abu ‘Afifa, a 19-year-old student from Al Arub refugee camp who was taking a walk in the countryside; Jerusalem police dispersed with blows, stun grenades and water cannons Muslim families celebrating at the Damascus Gate, wounding a deaf girl; A Jewish terrorist’s dog bit a Palestinian in Widada village in the presence of soldiers – the next day, soldiers escorting the same terrorist fired a stun grenade at a Palestinian dog barking at them; Sheikh Jarrah’s evictions of Palestinian families were halted by the Supreme Court; Occupation forces shot to death two young men in the Jenin refugee camp – one was 18-year-old Shadi Najem, unarmed and on his way home; In Hebron, soldiers fired a rubber-coated bullet at close range at a journalist, wounding him in the hand, and live fire at a 13-year old boy who was gravely wounded along with two other boys – 14 and 15 years old – during a protest against expansion of the army post in Shuhada Street; New construction documented in several colonist outposts in the Palestinian Jordan Valley; Attacks, arrests and wounding of Palestinian shepherds in the South Hebron Hills by occupation forces doing the colonists’ bidding; Yeshiva students from ‘Mevo’ot Yericho’ harassed Palestinian shepherdesses and activists who accompanied them, cursing them and calling them ‘whores’

South Hebron Hills

Update from last Saturday, February 26: two Palestinians were attacked in their car at a checkpoint put up by outpost terrorists at the entrance to Bir Al Eid. The terrorists threw stones at the car and wounded the two Palestinians, who managed to get away and reach hospital for treatment.

ON Sunday, February 2, colonists from the new ranch-outpost near ‘Meitarim’ flew a drone above Palestinian flocks near Zanouta. The next day, Monday, they invaded tended village fields with their flocks. On Wednesday they returned to the tended fields and were removed by police summoned there by activists. On Saturday, soldiers and DCO personnel escorted a colonist who tried to chase away Zanouta shepherds falsely claiming the land was his. The soldiers threatened the shepherds and hurled a stun grenade at a dog that barked at them.

On the day before, Friday afternoon, March 4, the same terrorists from the colonist outpost ‘Meitarim’ attacked shepherds from Widada village, flew a drone over their flocks and chased the shepherds all the way to the village houses, escorted by soldiers. The terrorist’s dog bit one of the Palestinian inhabitants, and the occupation soldiers, in response – detained two of the Palestinian villagers.

The soldiers in charge of escorting Touba schoolchildren prevented access of activists to their meeting point with the children on their way to school at Tawane and backon Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday – either by issuing a ‘closed military zone’ order or without this. They also arrived late to the appointed meeting point , and threatened to cease the escort which they are ordered to carry out by ruling of a Knesset committee.

On Monday, February 28, the occupation army escorted colonists who came to remove Palestinian shepherds from their grazing grounds opposite the cowshed of colonies ‘Carmel’ and ‘Maon’. The soldiers threw stun and teargas grenades at the shepherds, one of whom was wounded and taken to hospital.

The next day, Tuesday, a military force joined the security official of colonist outpost ‘Avibail’ and at his bidding, detained a Palestinian surveyor near Saroura, on false grounds of throwing stones. The surveyor was released without charges.

Eviction orders were issued on Wednesday for two tended fields of the Khalat A Daba community, with the excuse of ‘invading state land’.

On Thursday, March 3, colonists with a truck and construction materials invaded privately owned Palestinian lands officially closed to Israelis in Palestinian Susya. The police was summoned. On Saturday, about ten colonists entered the village itself and scared the villagers.

A colonist and his flock invaded Palestinian-tended fields officially out of bounds to Israelis in Harouba, near Tawane, on Thursday. On Saturday, too, terrorists from ‘Havat Maon’ with their flocks invaded Tawane lands and uprooted recently planted tree saplings.

On Saturday, activists accompanied unhampered the landowner at Umm Al Arais as well as grazing around Zanouta and Bir Al Eid. However, activists escorting flocks and shepherds near Shweiki were attacked by the violent colonist from ‘Meitarim’ outpost and his friends from ‘Eshtamo’a’ colony, while ‘Mitzpe Yair’ terrorists spent their Sabbath throwing stones at a Palestinian shepherd, his flock and activists accompanying them in Atariya. That day, Saturday, colonists tried to scare away shepherds in Umm Lasefa, but youths from the village came out and kept them away.

The Hebron police is holding in custody a camera grabbed from an activist during a raid on Tawane last week, and announced opening an investigation of the activist without stating any allegations against him.

To join Ta’ayush in The South Hebron Hills this Saturday call  055-2770168

Please make an effort to register no later than Thursday evening. Please bring an ID/passport, a hat, water and food for the day. It is advised to take into consideration cultural differences in the choice of clothing.

Palestinian Jordan Valley and the West Bank Hill Range

This week, illegal construction was documented in the illegal outposts near Hamra and the colony of ‘Mekhora’, where a Palestinian shepherd family had already been expelled. Such construction was also documented near the colony ‘Gitit’, all in the Palestinian Jordan Valley. A new colonist outpost was erected on Thursday, March 3, in En Al Hilwa, on land previously declared a nature reserve. Activists documented this and notified the police and the army’s hotline in the area. The outpost was removed the next day.

This week, too, the Jericho DCO war-room continued to block phone calls made by activists calling to warn of colonist violence and invasions.

In Hamra, the occupation army tried to limit Palestinian grazing on Wednesday. On Friday it chased away the shepherds and their flocks, sending out a policeman to do the bidding of the violent colonist from the nearby outpost, while on Saturday the colonist himself chased the flocks away by flying a drone over them.

In Khalat Makhoul, a colonist followed a shepherd and his accompaniers on Tuesday, March 1, harassing them with curses and threats.

On Wednesday, the army arrested five Palestinians near Tyassir, who were ‘detained’ by colonists while picking ka’oub plants – no longer outlawed.

In the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley and West Bank Hill Range, on Tuesday, activists documented the invasion by colonists and a flock from ‘Ma’ale Ahuviya’ into privately owned Palestinian fields in Deir Jarayer, and a policeman was summoned. The next day, Wednesday, the flock and colonists returned to invade Palestinian-tended fields in the area.

In the southern Palestinian Jordan Valleh, near Auja, a colonist attempt to place a structure on Waqf-owned land was documented on Tuesday, March 1. The police refused to deal with it, and activists trying to summon the authorities discovered that their phones had been blocked by the Jericho war-room.  The army issued a ‘closed military zone’ to activitst. but prevented the transfer of the structure into the Waqf land. The next day, Wednesday, also near Auja, three Yeshiva students from ‘Mevo’ot Yericho’ harassed Palestinian shepherdesses and activists who accompanied them,  calling them ‘whores’, cursing and threatening them. The police were summoned, came after an hour and did nothing. To finish off the good work, the Yeshiva boys blocked the activists’ way with stones.

To join activity in the Jordan Valley, please contact Arik: 050-5607034

Jerusalem

On Monday, February 28, when thousands of Muslims, including many families and children, participated in a march at the Damascus Gate to honor Prophet Mohammad’s ascension, the Jerusalem police dispersed demonstrators there with fierce violence, firing a water cannon and stun grenades. 36 people were lightly injured. An 11-year-old deaf girl was hurt by a stun grenade wounding her neck and face and taken to Hadassah Hospital. Another girl was violently arrested by 4 policemen and beaten with clubs.

That day, Monday, dozens of Jabal Mukabar inhabitants demonstrated for the fourth time in front of the Jerusalem municipality, demanding to cease the extended demolitions planned for their neighborhood.

On Tuesday, March 1, the Israel Supreme Court – its two judges versus a one-man minority, colonist judge Noam Solberg – accepted the appeal of families threatened with eviction from Sheikh Jarrah by colonist associations, and ruled that they will remain in their houses, paying reduced rent, until the proper ownership claims of the land there be sorted.

On Wednesday evening, about 100 right-wing Jewish demonstrators arrived at the Sheikh Jarah neighborhood to protest the ‘abandoned security of Jews’ there. Kahanist MK Itamar Ben Gvir participated, escorted by three security officials on behalf of the Knesset.

The weekly protest in Sheikh Jarrah takes place every Friday. We will meet at the Sheikh Jarrah Garden, Nablus Road and Dahlmann St. at 3 p.m

Jerusalem Demolitions

Jabal Mukabar – one structure on Monday

Hizma – 5 structures on Wednesday

Beit Hanina – on Wednesday, the occupation forces demolished a commercial building in the neighborhood. The owner’s family suffered violece at the hands of the police and a young Palestinian was arrested.

Throughout the West Bank

On the night of Tuesday, March 1, an Israeli military force went on an arrest raid in Jenin refugee camp, killing 22-year-old Abdallah Al Huseri and 18-year-old Shadi Najem, who according to eye-witnesses was unarmed and on his way home.

The same day, soldiers fired a bullet at the head of 19-year-old Amar Shafiq Abu Afifa, a student from the Al Aroub refugee camp, who was taking a walk with his friend in the countryside near Beit Fajar (Bethlehem district). The Israeli army did not supply any motive for the shooting, and even admitted that the young men presented no threat.

In Hebron on Tuesday dozens of Palestinian students and teachers were hurt by barrages of teargas which the occupation army fired into 3 schools in town. On Wednesday, a soldier fired a rubber-coated bullet at close range at a group of journalists documenting clashes in the city, and wounded a Palestinian journalist and photographer in his hand. On Friday, during protests against expanding the army’s post in the Bab A-Zawiya neighborhood and the Shuhada Street, the occupation soldiers shot a 13-year-old boy and seriously wounded him. Two boys, 14 and 15-years-old, and a 21-year-old young man were wounded as well, and dozens hurt by inhaling teargas.

On Wednesday, villagers of A-Sakaka (Salfit district) discovered that during the night Judeo-Nazis had punctured the tires of 11 vehicles in the village and sprayed hate graffiti. In nearby Yasouf village, colonists uprooted 45 olive trees.

Occupation soldiers prevented girls from reaching their school in the town of Louban A-Sharqiah (Nablus district) on Wednesday.

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According to the Center for Defense of the Individual, as of March 2022 Israel is holding 4,270 Palestinians in ‘security’ custody, of them 470 administrative detainees, incarcerated without trial.

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John Hanson – the first President of the United States?

John Hanson – the first President of the United States?

By Robert Longley

Updated on January 28, 2020

John Hanson (April 14, 1721 to November 15, 1783) was an American Revolutionary leader who served as a delegate to Second Continental Congress and, in 1781, was elected the first “President of the United States in Congress assembled.” For this reason, some biographers argue that John Hanson rather than George Washington was actually the first President of the United States.

Fast Facts: John Hanson

  • Known For: Elected President of the United States in Congress assembled in 1781
  • Born: April 14, 1721 in Charles County, Maryland
  • Parents: Samuel and Elizabeth (Storey) Hanson
  • Died: November 15, 1783 in Prince George’s County, Maryland
  • Spouse: Jane Contee
  • Children: 8, including (known) Jane, Peter, and Alexander
  • Fun Fact: Established the observation of Thanksgiving Day in 1782

Early Life

John Hanson was born on his wealthy family’s “Mulberry Grove” plantation in Port Tobacco Parish in Charles County, Maryland, on April 14, 1721. His parents, Samuel and Elizabeth (Storey) Hanson, were well-known members of Maryland’s social and political elite. Samuel Hanson was a successful planter, landowner, and politician who served two terms in the Maryland General Assembly.

While few details of Hanson’s early life are known, historians presume he was educated at home by private tutors as were most children of wealthy Colonial American families. Hanson then joined his father as a planter, enslaver, and public official.

Early Political Career

After serving as sheriff of Charles County for five years, Hanson was elected to the lower house of the Maryland General Assembly in 1757. An active and persuasive member, he was a major opponent of the Stamp Act of 1765 and chaired a special committee that coordinated Maryland’s participation in the Stamp Act Congress. In protest of the British-enacted Intolerable Acts, Hanson co-signed a resolution calling for a boycott of all British imports to the Colonies until the acts were repealed.

In 1769, Hanson resigned from the Maryland General Assembly to pursue business interests. After selling his Charles County land and plantation, he moved to Frederick County in western Maryland, where he held a variety of appointed and elected offices, including surveyor, sheriff, and treasurer.

Hanson Goes to Congress

As relations with Great Britain went from bad to worse and the colonies traveled down the road to the American Revolution in 1774, Hanson became recognized as one of Maryland’s foremost Patriots. He personally orchestrated the passage of a resolution denouncing the Boston Port Act (which punished the people of Boston for the Boston Tea Party). As a delegate to the First Annapolis Convention in 1775, Hanson signed the Declaration of the Association of the Freemen of Maryland, which, while expressing a desire to reconcile with Great Britain, called for military resistance to British troops in place to enforce the Intolerable Acts.

Once the Revolution broke out, Hanson helped recruit and arm local soldiers. Under his leadership, Frederick County, Maryland sent the first troops from the Southern Colonies north to join General George Washington’s newly-formed Continental Army. Sometimes paying the local soldiers out of his own pocket, Hanson urged the Continental Congress to declare independence.

In 1777, Hanson was elected to his first of five one-year terms in the new Maryland House of Delegates, which named him as the state’s delegate to the Second Continental Congress in late 1779. On March 1, 1781, he signed the Articles of Confederation on the behalf of Maryland, the last state needed to ratify the Articles and bring it into full effect.

First President of the USA

On November 5, 1781, the Continental Congress elected Hanson as “President of the United States in Congress assembled.” This title is also sometimes called “President of the Continental Congress.” This election has led to the contention that Hanson, rather than George Washington, was the first President of the United States.

Under the Articles of Confederation, the U.S. central government had no executive branch, and the position of president was largely ceremonial. Indeed, most of Hanson’s “presidential” duties consisted of dealing with official correspondence and signing documents. Finding the work so tedious, Hanson threatened to resign after just one week in office. After his colleagues in Congress appealed to his well-known sense of duty, Hanson agreed to continue to serve as president until the end of his one-year term on November 4, 1782.

Under the Articles of Confederation, presidents were elected to one-year terms. Hanson was neither the first person to serve as president or to be elected to the position under the Articles of Confederation. When the Articles went into full effect in March 1781, rather than elect a new president, Congress simply allowed Samuel Huntington of Connecticut to continue serving as president. On July 9, 1781, Congress elected Samuel Johnston of North Carolina as the first president after the ratification of the Articles. When Johnston declined to serve, Congress elected Thomas McKean of Delaware. However, McKean served for less than four months, resigning in October 1781. It was not until the next session of Congress convened in November 1781, that Hanson was elected as the first president to serve a full term as president.

Hanson was responsible for establishing Thanksgiving Day. On October 11, 1782, he issued a proclamation setting aside the last Thursday in November as “a day of Solemn Thanksgiving to God for all His mercies…” and urging all Americans to celebrate progress in negotiations with Britain ending the Revolutionary War.

Later Life and Death

Already in poor health, Hanson retired from public service immediately after completing his one-year term as president of Congress in November 1792. He died just one year later at age 62, on November 15, 1783, while visiting his nephew Thomas Hawkins Hanson’s plantation in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Hanson is buried in Fort Washington, Maryland, in the cemetery of Saint John’s Episcopal Church.

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What is going on in Israel? Arrest of Neta Golan

Israeli anti-Apartheid activist  Neta Golan:
“In solidarity with the Palestinian detainees,
I refuse to show up in court!”
The judge issues an arrest warrant against her.  

For Immediate Release

For more information : pressinquiriesantiapartheid@gmail.com, +972-(0)54-2340749

21.2.2022,  Ashdod, Israel/Palestine.  An arrest warrant was issued by the magistrate court in Ashdod against Neta Golan, an Israeli antizionist activist, following her refusal to appear before the Israeli court in solidarity with Palestitnain administrative detainees.

Neta Golan, an Israeli citizen and anti-apartheid activist, wrote a letter  to the court in which she stated: “I do not intend to appear at the hearing to which I have been summoned regarding an indictment against me. This act is in solidarity with the 500 Palestinian administrative detainees who are currently detained without a time limit, without an indictment and without their or their lawyer’s access to the suspicions against them, who have not attended the hearings about their cases since January 1st. I join the detainees’ demand that Israel stop its extensive and cynical use of administrative detention against Palestinians.The court that allows me rights as a Jew by virtue of my ethnic origin, and does not offer the same rights to indigenous people of another origin, is part of a discriminatory system that aims to encourage the preservation of a Jewish majority between the river and the sea. The same system commits criminal acts for the purpose of maintaining a regime of control by one racial group over another racial group and their systematic oppression. This is the definition of the crime of apartheid. And I’m not willing to cooperate with this crime.”

The Judge responded by issuing an arrest warrant for Golan’s arrest and set a new hearing date for 30.5.22

“ If the court imposes a prison sentence against me, during the imprisonment no physical violence will be used against me and at the end of the detention period I will be released. Even these basic rights are not given to Palestinians; for example, the two million people imprisoned for the last fifteen years in the besieged Gaza Strip, including about a million children under the age of fifteen who were born and have lived all their lives under siege and under constant threat of deadly violence. Tragically, unlike me they cannot expect to be released soon, ” Neta Golan wrote.

The court case is following Neta Golan’s peaceful protestat the Gaza border as part of  “Return Solidarity”, a group of Israeli anti-Zionist activists that were demonstrating at the barrier fence besieging the Gaza strip in solidarity with the Great March of Return in 2020

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