Eighty per cent of New Orleans was inundated when levies broke during Hurricane Katrina.
By TONY SEED
Originally published March 2, 2019 during the US “humanitarian aid” offensive against Venezuela
Fifteen years ago, at 6 a.m. on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on the Gulf of Mexico, leading to the most infamous social disaster in the modern history of the United States preceding the 2020 pandemic. Hurricanes are measured by the velocity of their winds, the height of their storm surges, and other similar properties. But disasters are remembered by their impact on the social and natural environment, and on that scale Katrina is one of the most destructive disasters in U.S. history. The presidency of George W. Bush responded by federalizing military rule, providing a template in many respects to that of the Donald Trump presidency in 2020 to the Covid-19 pandemic. Continue reading
Give out bricks, agent provocateurs can loot one small business; give out a naval fleet, a bank can loot the world.
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Looting British style: UK steals $1 billion from Venezuela
Provocation and desperation filled the air. Trump’s wild card | PIERRE CHÉNIER
Tens of thousands march on the I-94 in Minneapolis, May 31, 2020.
U.S. President Donald Trump held a press conference on June 5, where he stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has been largely overcome and is under control in the U.S. He declared that the country has been pacified through the use of the National Guard and their domination of the streets against looting. He declared that the United States is on its way to a great economic recovery and renewed dominance in world affairs. Continue reading
By PAULINE EASTON
One of the jobs of the presidency of the United States is to preserve the union, which requires uniting the military bureaucracy. This bureaucracy, which has grown to massive proportions, is part of the state machinery that exists from one presidency to the next. Continue reading
By CHRISTINE DANDENAULT
Black Panthers at the front of march for justice for George Floyd in Atlanta, GA to protect participants.
The current situation in the United States shows the anarchy and chaos into which the U.S. government and financial oligarchy have plunged the country, because that is all they have to offer in their efforts to save the imperialist system and their absolute power. Continue reading
By NICK LIN
Washington, DC protest against the killing of George Floyd, May 30, 2020.
For twelve days, hundreds of thousands of people have burst out in militant protests in more than 140 cities across the United States against police brutality, impunity, racism and injustice. They mourn the death of George Floyd killed in cold blood by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25. Continue reading
60,000 protest in Houston, TX, George Floyd’s hometown, June 3, 2020.
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) expresses its deepest sympathies for the family of George Floyd and all other victims of police impunity and killings in the United States.
CPC(M-L) denounces all racist attacks – whether they are spontaneous or organized by a crisis-ridden failed state which gives itself a green light to govern through unfettered police powers and the use of the military. In the United States, confronting state violence is a way of life, which tells us the kind of democracy that exists there. It is the resistance of the people, especially African-Americans, as well as Puerto Ricans, Hispanics, Indigenous peoples and all minorities, along with working people of all origins, which tells us about the courage and fighting spirit that characterize the U.S. working class and people. CPC(M-L) strongly believes that this resistance is of the calibre that will find the way forward in a manner which holds the racist American state to account. We are one humanity, waging one struggle for peace, freedom and democracy. Canadians stand as one with their U.S. sisters and brothers. Continue reading
On May 28, U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) launched a four-day war exercise over the northeast coast of the U.S. and Canada. It was unprecedented in that it also involves U.S. Space, Transportation and Strategic commands.
In addition to the 200,000 troops already deployed across the world, U.S cities are being occupied by military force. Thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and police have been deployed to cities across the nation as Trump calls on the military to “dominate the streets” and that he’d override any local control if governors refuse to deploy the national guard. Threats and intimidation are tactics of terror by this administration. Trump’s statements, as well as past statements, are incendiary and effectively declare war on our communities. Continue reading
Despite broad concerns about the safety of the Snowbird program, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan proclaims that he is eager to continue it. This is a time to draw warranted conclusions about the nature of Canada’s integration into the U.S. war machine | TONY SEED
On May 17, a Royal Canadian Air Force Tutor jet crashed in a residential area near Kamloops, BC. It was part of a cross-country public relations aerial show of the Royal Canadian Air Force demonstration squadron, known as the Snowbirds. Code named Operation Inspiration, the tour began in Nova Scotia on May 2, in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The tour was unleashed immediately in the wake of Operation America Strong of the USAF Thunderbirds that began on April 19 over the state of Colorado, headquarters of NORAD.
Since US president Donald Trump ordered the drone attack that assassinated Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani and Abud Mahdi al-Muhandis, a leading member of the Iraqi armed forces and eight other officials, US and Canadian television news has been filled with commentary on the strike and its implications. An investigation by the Popular Information website reveals that numerous “experts” appearing on cable TV to opine on Iran have undisclosed financial ties to the biggest arms monopolies. They are deliberately paraded as neutral, independent, non-partisan and “third party experts” to confuse the people and put them out of action. Some are also featured by CBC. | JUDD LEGUM
This is significant because arms monopolies and other entities that do business with the Pentagon profit from war, the most profitable business of all. They sell the products that make war possible. If there is more fighting, they will sell more weapons. That’s why weapons manufacturers saw their stock prices spike after Gen. Soleimani was killed. Continue reading
By SARAH ANDERSON
Merchants of Death – Lithograph by Mabel Dwight
CEOs of major U.S. military contractors stand to reap huge windfalls from the escalation of conflict with Iran. This was evident in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. assassination of a top Iranian military official . As soon as the news reached financial markets, these companies’ share prices spiked, inflating the value of their executives’ stock-based pay.
I took a look at how the CEOs at the top five Pentagon contractors were affected by this surge, using the most recent SEC information on their stock holdings. Continue reading
By LYNN MARIE PETROVICH*
War affects everyone. While some are adversely affected more than others, there is no one that escapes the war machine’s reach. One example in the United States is war funding. The defence budget is mind-boggling. The U.S.’s 2019 Pentagon budget supports 883 overseas bases and is lethal to humanity. Continue reading
Signs at emergency rally for Puerto Rico, Philadelphia, September 29, 2017.
By VOICE OF REVOLUTION*
New York City and Buffalo’s Puerto Rican community, alongside that of Boston and Chicago, and joined by all those concerned across the country, have rallied support for the millions contending with no power, no drinking water and the broad devastation across Puerto Rico. It is the people in the U.S. and Puerto Rico who are setting up facebook pages to provide information about conditions in various towns, reach out to family in Puerto Rico where lack of power means communication is down, set-up fund raising campaigns, and organizing together for the recovery. Continue reading
One of the serious concerns of Americans is that the Obama government seems to be creating a police state under the guise of protecting Americans from terrorism, involving major cities and states. Tom Engelhardt, editor of Tomdispatch.com, reports that New York Police Commissioner William J. Bratton recently announced the formation of a new 350-officer Special Response Group (SRG). New York City already has a police force of more than 34,000 – bigger, that is, than the active militaries of Austria, Bulgaria, Chad, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kenya, Laos, Switzerland, or Zimbabwe – as well as its own “navy,” including six submersible drones. The SRG will be trained in what Bratton referred to as “advanced disorder control and counterterror.” It will also, he announced, be equipped with “extra heavy protective gear, with the long rifles and machine guns – unfortunately sometimes necessary in these instances.” The squad would, Bratton added, be “designed for dealing with events like our recent protests or incidents like Mumbai or what just happened in Paris.”
As on December, 2012. Click on to Enlarge.
Project on Government Oversight (Dec. 12) – A COLLECTION of 16 airplanes paid for by the U.S. Air Force is collecting dust at the Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan after being deemed nonfunctional due to consistent maintenance issues. According to Bloomberg, the broken down transport aircraft cost American taxpayers at least $486 million, which has been pocketed by the very rich. The G222 turboprop aircraft, produced by the Italian arms monopoly Finmeccanica, only logged 200 of their planned 4,500 flying hours before being grounded. Continue reading
Obama – another aggressive act against the world
By TONY SEED, Revised on Nov. 18, 2013 and Dec. 20, 2013
AT A TIME of massive cuts in social spending, a record debt of $17 trillion USD, a decaying economy, and mass poverty in the USA and throughout the world, the Obama presidency has launched its lead ship in the U.S. Navy’s next class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers at an estimated cost of some $14 billion USD. With that money, the lives of millions of children could have been saved.
Barack Obama is increasingly referred to as Commander in Chief, as Gen Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did in the recent election. Obama must make certain the public treasury can be utilized for U.S. war aims in conditions where the economy is not recovering. His regime is also paying first rate attention to the home front, as the revelations of the broad scope of spying on Americans illustrate. Obama also drew support from Michel Bloomberg, Republican mayor of New York, which boasts what he openly called one of the “largest armies” in the country, referring to the highly armed New York Police Department (NYPD) and large bureaucracy of city government. The NYPD, which also works directly with the CIA, has its own tanks, helicopters and missiles. Obama thus has his forces in control of both Chicago and New York City and their massive police forces. The following two items illustrate how, as the current cold civil war within the USA between factions within the ruling circles is going hot, the American state is preparing its military and police forces on the home front to keep the people repressed while keeping the union whole. Or at least that is what the rulers hope.
Pentagon prepares doctrine on using force on American soil
Secrecy News – THE Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 generally prohibits military forces from performing ordinary civilian law enforcement functions such as arrest, surveillance, interdiction, search and seizure.
But a newly updated Department of Defense doctrinal publication notes that, despite this prohibition, “There are several forms of direct assistance to civilian law enforcement by military personnel that are permitted under the Military Purpose Doctrine. The Military Purpose Doctrine provides that law enforcement actions that are performed primarily for a military purpose, even when incidentally assisting civil authorities, will not violate the PCA [Posse Comitatus Act].” Continue reading
IN THE WAKE of Hurricane Sandy, political pundits have been agog over the volte-face by New Jersey republican governor Chris Christie towards President Barack Obama, and the seeming shift in electoral polls in the week before the U.S. election due to the stage that the hurricane provided Obama “to look presidential.” The Vancouver Province headlined a CP article, “Political world abuzz over Obama/Christie bro-mance”(November 5). Gov. Christie “said Obama had been ‘outstanding,’ while tersely dismissing questions about when Romney might be welcome to come to New Jersey, as the president did, to survey the damage.” It seems that more than federal relief funds and hurricane gawking were at play. For the information of our readers, we are providing an incisive news analysis of the secret deal-making amongst the U.S. ruling factions in the wake of the superstorm from TML Weekly Information Project, which has published a complete edition on the U.S. electoral fraud.
WASHINGTON (November 1, 2012) Ria Novosti – ONE OF the biggest issues in the 2012 US presidential campaign has been defence spending, as incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney battle over how much to spend on the American military. But the sheer amount the US spends on defence is a concept foreign to the rest of the world. Continue reading
Crescent-Online* (November 2, 2012) – HURRICANE SANDY, a superstorm that formed in the Caribbean and lambasted the US East Coast after it came ashore on October 28. The storm had already claimed 71 lives in the Caribbean, caused 70 additional deaths in the United States, mostly in the New York and New Jersey region, as well as serious flooding in coastal regions of Nova Scotia and the town of Truro. Hurricane Sandy illustrated the vulnerability of US coastal cities, which are confronting climate change with aging infrastructure. Since the Reagan “revolution”, the US has been pouring taxpayer funds into wars in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America, rather than investing in public services and municipal infrastructure.