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Saturday, 6 October 2012

6 October 2012. Ike was Right! It’s Time to Emphasise Kids, Not Bombs

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A half-century ago, Ike warned us about the military-industrial complex and how it’d eat up the resources that America needed to remain strong and healthy. Ike wasn’t a weak-kneed pacifist, he was a general who led the successful campaign in Western Europe in World War II. What we need to do now is to end the hellishly-expensive wars in foreign parts… all that they do is to eat up resources that’re better spent on our kids’ future (as Ike pointed up in his famous speech). That’s not to mention the maimed and dead warriors (my heart goes out to all the families)… that’s a cost that can never be expressed in dollars (how DOES one “price” sorrow? You simply can’t). If we’re “pro-life“, then, let’s get serious and let’s “get down”… let’s give all of our kids a decent shot at a good future, and that’s going to take some serious bucks. I don’t know about you, but I know where we can find them.

Kids or bombs, which do you want?

BMD

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Sunday, 16 September 2012

Deputy Prime Minister Dvorkovich Warned of Arms Race if Romney Wins American Election

Read n’ heed… not only is voting for the Prez more moral this year, it’s more in your cold self-interest… think on that.

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Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that a victory by the Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the American presidential election could lead to a new arms race spiral as Romney considers Russia to be America’s “Number One geopolitical foe”. On Saturday, Dvorkovich said at the Yalta European Strategy forum, “If Mr Romney wins the presidential election, the USA revert to a time when the bulk of revenues went to a small group of people and military programmes got the highest priority. Unfortunately, military programmes would play an increasing role in Russia as well, if this happens”. Dvorkovich reiterated, though, that Russia was ready to work with any person elected by the American people as their president. With about seven weeks left before Election Day, incumbent President Barack Obama, nominated by Democrats to run for a second term in office, has a small lead over Romney nationwide, but he enjoys a significant advantage in the Electoral College, according to public opinion polls.

16 September 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20120916/175987089.html

Sunday, 9 September 2012

A View from Moscow by Valentin Zorin… US Elections: The Bets are Laid

Get out and vote… the Neanderthal rightwingers are going to… but don’t lose heart, we DO outnumber them.

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The presidential election campaign in the USA reached a pivotal stage; it’s a decisive week that‘ll determine who’ll lead America in the next four years. The Republican National Convention nominated former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to run for president, along with his choice for VP, Paul Ryan to run against Democratic Party nominees Barack Obama and Joe Biden. The Republican leadership is gambling on political hawks, enablers of the American military-industrial complex. This choice sets the tone for the campaign. Mitt Romney is a successful businessman, fabulously rich, one of the pillars of Boston’s financial community. However, recently, during the current election campaign, it came out that the Republican presidential hopeful is dodging taxes by stashing funds in overseas banks. Nevertheless, those who back him are unperturbed. He backs their aims, he suits them; he’s “their guy”.

A 42-year-old member of the US House of Representatives, reputed to be eloquent, Paul Ryan won the affection of business tycoons thanks to his calls for limits on government regulation of the economy, cutting social programmes, and introducing more tax loopholes for the wealthiest Americans. Media releases portray Ryan as a competent economist, sorely needed in the wheezing American economy. In reality, volubility seems to be his main and only asset. He has no practical or theoretical knowledge of economics. In nominating presidential and vice-presidential candidates, the Republican National Convention offered no clear-cut election programme. Whilst underscoring their commitment to traditional American values in their speeches, both nominees emphasised the need to increase military spending and reinforce the tax cuts for the rich initiated by the Bush administration. A telling detail that testified to Romney’s intention to continue Bush’s failed policies rejected in the last election was the fact that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (George Bush’s brother) was one of those whom the Republican leadership instructed to support Mitt Romney at the convention. By the way, Jeb Bush played a dubious role in George Bush’s victory in the 2000 election.

The Republican leadership needed to invoke the political legacy of one of the country’s most disastrous presidents in order to woo Big Business’ support, especially, the military-industrial complex. As for the majority of American voters, the Republicans are trying to appeal to the overall public discontent about the current economic situation in the country. In America, they say that people vote with their wallets. As wallets grow thinner and thinner day by day, of course, some blame this on those in power. As it happens, the Republicans think that they see an opening… they’re betting on economic issues. It’s what they’re banking on; it’s their main hope. What will win in the end? Will it be the storyline broadcast by a powerful and lavishly-funded propaganda machine, or, will it be the common sense inherent in most Americans? It’ll become clear fairly soon.

8 September 2012

Valentin Zorin

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2012_09_05/Stavki-sdelani/

Saturday, 6 August 2011

VOR Presents… A Day of Mourning in Hiroshima

On 6 August 1945, the Americans dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima was dropped American atomic bomb. When it exploded in the air about 600 metres from the ground, it killed 140,000 people were killed. On the 66th anniversary of the bombing, in the Peace Memorial Park, activists held a memorial ceremony that culminated in a rally entitled, “Life without Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons”.

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At the memorial service, Japanese Prime Minister Kan Naoto said that Japan has advocated and will continue to advocate with vigour the reduction and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. {Kan-sama is not from the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party (a group of Neoliberal American lickspittles); he’s from the Minshuto (Liberal Party of Japan), a centre-left Social Market party that’s against “temporary” employment, for raising wages, and for giving family allowances to families with children. Don’t listen to rightwing loudmouths… the Left is NOT on the run: editor}

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The rally at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima brought together people from 66 countries and Japan, including residents from radiation-affected Fukushima Prefecture, where there’s an emergency involving a nuclear plant. In the image above, we see the Gembaku Dome in Peace Memorial Park.

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Annually, Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima hosts a memorial ceremony, involving politicians, public figures, ordinary citizens, and victims of the bombing.

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The atomic bombing on 6 August 1945 destroyed 90 percent of buildings in the city of Hiroshima. Until 1945, the Gembaku Dome was the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. The building was 160 metres from the epicentre of the blast, but it wasn’t destroyed. Today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The Flame of Peace in the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima.

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Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima is at the epicentre of blast of the atomic bomb dropped on the city on 6 August 1945. The park’s area is about 12 hectares (30 acres); it contains a memorial peace museum, a memorial bell, and the Flame of Peace. Japanese students visit the memorial as part of their normal course of studies.

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After the end of the memorial service marking the 66th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the park hosted a protest against nuclear energy and weapons.

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The protesters called on the Japanese government to reconsider its nuclear policy.

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6 August 2011

Voice of Russia World Service

 http://rus.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/54277841/54277844/index.html

Editor’s Note:

President Dwight D Eisenhower said this concerning the Hiroshima bombing:

I was against it on two counts. First, the Japanese were ready to surrender, and it wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing. Second, I hated to see our country be the first to use such a weapon.

Here are three more quotes from Ike that I’d like you to think over:

Every gun that’s made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and aren’t fed, those who are cold and aren’t clothed. 

If a political party doesn’t have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that’s right and that’s moral, then, it isn’t a political party; it’s merely a conspiracy to seize power.

Un-American activity can’t be prevented or routed out by employing un-American methods; to preserve freedom, we must use the tools that freedom provides.

These three quotes convict the Tea Party, the New GOP, the rightwing commentariat, and its demented supporters of premeditated evil and greed before the Divine Bar of Truth. It’s why I oppose them without measure, and it’s why you should do the same. Otherwise, the lights WILL go out, maybe not permanently, but certainly for our time…

BMD

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