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From: Dennis Serdel To: Military Resistance Newsletter Subject: Obama Nation Date: Jun 18, 2013 Written by Dennis Serdel, Vietnam 1967-68 (one tour) Light Infantry, Americal Div. 11th Brigade; United Auto Workers GM Retiree
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We are the National Security AObamaNation checking your asshole to see what you have up there It could be a bomb that the FBI put up there then arrested you in Time Square then shouted to the AObama Nation, that we just stopped another terrorist & Yes, you can tell us what a fine job were doing, protecting the Obama Nation from any harm, he could

have killed so many people with the fireworks & black powder that the FBI gave him. Then the whole ObamaNation voted on TV that the NSA could secretly download your brains because you have nothing to worry about, because you know nothing, about anything at all. Not even your wifes second baby who was not your own, or how many times you watch with Yahoo internet, pornographic pictures on your computer at work. That sometimes you worry that the government would release this info to your totalitarian boss & he would fire you & driving home through a red light, it was orange you tell the policeman, No, it was red & I see you havent had a ticket since 1984 & what would you do tell your wife whos third child was not yours either. But they would never do this because you watch Fox News or CNN who tells you about this guy who never finished 3rd grade & got a job at the NSA, then as an American traitor he released this information that your government knows you pick your nose & that they know when youre in church that you tightwad up a dollar so it looks like you put more money in the basket. But you & your wife are God fearing American citizens who also cheat on taxes about the money you give to the church when its tax paying time. But you are Not a terrorist because you are an upstanding American citizen

protected by the Constitution that in school you flunked on it that they keep changing. All you know about it is what the NRA tells you who to vote for because of the second amendment & how they want to take away your rights or something. In the morning when you wake & have breakfast with your kids who dont look like you, you find out they still have Not caught that Commie bastard who leaked out your credit card information, so the government now knows how much you are in debt. He also leaked out your wifes phone conversations, chatting with other men & leaked out your emails, about having affairs with cheating wives. But then you drive home that night, shaken running through a red light eat dinner with your strange looking children then turn on the TV & they still have Not caught this guy who leaked out all this spying information on American citizens by the National Security AObamaNation. something by Dennis Serdel for Military Resistance

AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS

Four U.S. Troops Killed By Attack On Bagram Air Base


6.18.13 AP KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) The Taliban claimed responsibility Wednesday for an attack in Afghanistan that killed four American troops just hours after the insurgent group

announced it would hold talks with the U.S. on finding a political solution to ending the nearly 12-year war in the country. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the insurgents fired two rockets into the Bagram Air Base outside the Afghan capital, Kabul, late on Tuesday. American officials confirmed the base had come under attack by indirect fire likely a mortar or rocket and that four U.S. troops were killed.

Fallen Soldier Remembered for Passion for Family, Auto Mechanics

June 4, 2013 by Alicia Agent and Katie Kormann, KFSM A Panama, Okla., man was killed in Tsamkani, Afghanistan Monday (June 3) while serving in the United States Army. Spc. Robert A. Pierce, 20, was among those killed when his unit was attacked by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, according to a news release from the Department of Defense. Pierce was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based in Fort Campbell, Ky. Officials say he joined the Army in 2011 and served in South Korea before coming to Fort Campbell. He joined the military to make a difference, not only in his life, but in everyones life, said Kyle Dart, his brother. Pierces awards include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and an Overseas Service Ribbon.

Pierce is survived by his wife Christian M. Pierce of Huntington, Ark., and his parents, Randy R. Pierce of Panama, Okla., and Lonnetta R. Dart of Hartford, Ark., according to a statement from the Airborne Division. This tragedy has left our family broken, Dart said. We would like to thank everyone who has brought us food, sent their condolences, or just said a prayer. Some of Pierces family members will travel to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to escort his body home, according Dart. At this time, we just want to be together and go see our hero home, Dart said. Pierce attended school in Panama, Okla., before transferring and graduating from Mansfield High School. He was loved by so many and had personal connections in many places, Dart said. All he talked about was wanting to come home and provide for his wife and family. While in high school, Pierce worked at the Bulldog Diner in Greenwood, where Dart says he learned to cook the perfect steak. A former coworker said it was his first job. He was so nervous and everything, and then he finally got the hang of it, said Amber Fry. He worked here for about three years, and he actually became the steak cook, the main steak cook. Best steaks ever. Pierce was also passionate about auto mechanics. When he wasnt working at the diner, friends say you could find him working on his truck. He could tell you the ins and outs on an engine, said Austin Pennington, a fellow Mansfield graduate and former coworker. He loved working on vehicles. He had this one blue truck, said Fry. He put every bit of his money into it. Every money that he made, he put into it. He made sure the engine was running, he had it colored, he had it running loud, he put subs in it. I mean, he was in love with his truck totally in love with it. That is until he met his wife, Christian, who also graduated from Mansfield High School. According to friends, the two were married in April of this year and have a son on the way. They fell hard fast, Fry said. Allan was never the type of guy to have a girlfriend so when he found her, he knew it was her. Pierce was also well-known at the Sebastian County Sheriffs Office, where his father-inlaw Sgt. Steve Cox and Dart work. He had family and friends across the entire area and he touched everyone he came into contact with, Dart said. Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor released the following statement Wednesday: I join all Arkansans in mourning the death of an American hero, U.S. Army Specialist Robert A.

Pierce, who lost his life while serving in Afghanistan. Our state and nation will be forever grateful for his sacrifice. My heartfelt prayers are with the Pierce family during this difficult time. Funeral arrangements are pending with Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith, according to an obituary posted online.

POLITICIANS REFUSE TO HALT THE BLOODSHED THE TROOPS HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE WAR

The War In Sangin:


American Military Commanders Who Are Mentoring The Afghan Army Say That They Are Optimistic, And That The Afghan Army Has Basically Done Well
That View Is Not Necessarily Shared By Villagers, Farmers, Rural Elders Or Even The Afghan Local Police Who Are The Front Line In The Fight With The Taliban
The Afghan Forces Are Not Weak Against The Taliban, But They Are Not Fighting With Them

June 16, 2013 By ALISSA J. RUBIN and TAIMOOR SHAH, The New York Times. Alissa J. Rubin reported from Kabul, and Taimoor Shah from Kandahar, Afghanistan. [Excerpts] KABUL, Afghanistan First, the British marines tried to pacify it, and lost more soldiers there than anywhere else in Afghanistan. Then the American Marines moved in, and suffered severe casualties, before finally subduing it after a large troop increase. Now the foreigners are mostly gone from Sangin district in the southern Taliban heartland, and its fate is up to the Afghans. The Taliban insurgents, who never completely left the area, have wasted no time testing the mettle of Afghan government forces. So far, the Afghan security forces have held, but like the Americans and British before them, the price has been high, according to Afghan and Western officials and accounts by locals. We hope the A.N.A. survives, said one Western official familiar with the terrain. But it is a real test. The Taliban started their offensive in Sangin about three weeks ago, as part of a publicized campaign to discredit Afghan forces and show their ability to disrupt territories across the country. Though the insurgents were reported to have suffered heavy casualties at the hands of Afghan troops, at one point Taliban fighters reached villages less than five miles from the district center, according to residents and local officials. The insurgents overran at least three and perhaps as many as eight Afghan Local Police checkpoints -- reports vary -- that the police were forced to abandon after running out of ammunition. Along the way, the Taliban planted countless bombs, emptying several villages and intimidating Sangin residents who already had only limited faith in the government. When the Afghan Army arrived, soldiers pushed the Taliban back, allowing the checkpoints to be re-established. But the fight is hardly done. On Wednesday, a motorcycle bomb detonated when Afghan National Army soldiers were in the main Sangin bazaar, killing a soldier and a civilian and wounding six others. A few days earlier they launched an attack on a Georgian base in Now Zad, near the border with Sangin, killing seven Georgian soldiers. Not counting Wednesdays attack, the Afghan Army was reported to have lost six soldiers, and the police lost 13 men over the past three weeks of fighting, said Lt. Col.

Mohammed Rasool Zazai, the press officer for the Afghan Armys 215th Corps, and Ghulam Ali Khan, the Sangin police chief. An additional 35 members of the security forces were wounded and at least a dozen civilians were reported killed, they said. A large number of people have been displaced and some have been killed, said Hajji Ghulam Jan, an Afghan Local Police militia commander who took over when the Taliban killed his brother in the recent fighting. It is hard for people. For now, the American military commanders who are mentoring the Afghan Army say that they are optimistic, and that the Afghan Army has basically done well. That view is not necessarily shared by villagers, farmers, rural elders or even the Afghan Local Police who are the front line in the fight with the Taliban. Mr. Jan, who said he had been forced to leave his security post after running out of ammunition, said the Afghan National Army came too slowly and left too much fighting to his men, irregular local militia forces who have received basic training from American Special Operations forces. The A.N.A. is not doing enough, he said. The Afghan forces are not weak against the Taliban, but they are not fighting with them. I told the district government and the A.N.A.: For Gods sake, dont let Taliban into my village, Sarwan Kala. We have controlled and secured it with much effort from the Taliban. But they didnt pay attention, and they allowed the Taliban to take shelter and sow I.E.D.s, which will be difficult for us to clear, he added, using the military abbreviation for improvised explosive devices. Hajji Mira Jan, a member of the Sangin district council, agreed that the Afghan forces were not doing enough, and complained that they lacked support from the NATO-led military coalition. I dont know the reason why the Americans are not taking part in this big battle, he said. The Americans say they are holding back on purpose -- still present in case disaster strikes but trying to leave the fighting to the Afghans. While the American commanders said they had few illusions that it would be a quick or cost-free fight, given the heavy Western losses in Sangin, they say they have been encouraged by the improvement shown by the Afghan Army. Its still a very dangerous place, you always have to be on your guard, said Col. Austin Renforth, the commanding officer for the Regimental Combat Team 7 of the Marines, whose troops are mentoring the Afghan National Army in Helmand Province, which includes Sangin. Could the A.N.S.F. have done this last year? he said, referring to the Afghan National Security Forces. I dont think so, not without us. This year, we did very little.

Lt. Gen. Nick Carter, the deputy commander of the coalition forces, known as the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, commended the Afghan Armys performance in Sangin, but acknowledged that it was a real fight. Whilst a number of casualties were sustained by the police force, the fact of the matter was that with limited ISAF support, the corps commander, General Malouk, was able to resecure the upper Sangin Valley, General Carter said, referring to Gen. Sayed Malouk. An operation in which significant numbers of enemies were killed or captured. The Americans say that they provided satellite images to help the Afghans target groups of Taliban and evacuated wounded Afghan soldiers by air, but that they did not fight or provide the air support that they would have in the past. For both sides, what is at stake in this fight is not just territory, but the psychological balance of power. A number of Sangin residents said repeatedly that they neither liked nor supported the Taliban, but that they also felt there was no government force that could effectively protect them. A farmer from one of the villages overrun by the Taliban, Hajji Mohammad Naseem, said that he and many fellow villagers had fled their homes at night, leaving behind their crops and possessions, and now could not return because of homemade bombs. We were busy harvesting our wheat when the fighting erupted, said Mr. Naseem, who went to stay with relatives in Kandahar. We left everything on the ground and the fighting burned the crop. We ran with our families, without any shoes. We are in a desperate situation. The shooting began around May 20, after the opium poppy harvest had been brought in and the part-time fighter-farmers could join the insurgents for the summer fighting season, which by all accounts a number of people did. How many Taliban took part in the initial assault is hard to say, but local estimates range from 600 to 800. The Americans believe the number that attacked was much smaller, probably fewer than 300. The Afghan Armys counterattack was slowed by the thousands of bombs laid by the Taliban, said Colonel Zazai, the Maiwand Corps spokesman. It wasnt easy fighting, he said. The heavy I.E.D.s they planted also slowed down the progress of the operation. It doesnt mean we are slow in removing the enemy, but we are looking at peoples living conditions. The enemy doesnt care about peoples conditions. Colonel Zazai said the army regretted that so many fields burned in the fighting, but that there had been no way to avoid it. Hajji Mohammed Dawoud, the Sangin district governor, described a nightmarish situation in which the insurgents planted bombs everywhere. Even putting them on peoples gates, in their homes, and laying them in the open fields, he said. Anywhere they go they bury mines.

While the number of Taliban fighters ultimately killed is highly unreliable because no one actually counted the bodies, estimates by the police chief and village elders suggest that at least 100 died and possibly as many as 160. At least 25 of the Taliban fighters were close neighbors, and Taliban families sent village elders to pick up the bodies, said Shamsallah Sahrai, a farmer from the village of Bostanzo, one of the places with intense fighting. For now, there is an uneasy quiet, local residents said. There is no fighting now, yet we cannot say it has stopped yet completely, Mr. Sahrai said. We think it will start again.

Five Afghan Local Polices Killed By Talban Infiltrators


2013-06-19 Xinhua LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan -- Five Afghan Local Police (ALP) members were shot dead by their comrades overnight in the countrys southern province of Helmand, the latest in a series of attacks when Afghan forces turned their weapons against Afghan or coalition forces, an official said Wednesday. Five ALP cops were killed by their comrades in a checkpoint in Mirmando area of Nahri Sarraj district Tuesday night, the district administrative chief Fahim Musazai told Xinhua. Following the firing the five ALP members involved in the attack fled the scene and took away a handful of weapons, Musazai said, adding an investigation was launched into the incident. Helmand has been notorious for growing poppy and the Taliban hotbed. Qari Yousuf Ahmaidi, a purported Taliban spokesman, claimed the responsibility for the incident.

6 Afghan Local Police Officer Surrender To Taliban In Ghor


17 Jun 2013 By Ghanizada, Khaama Press Six Afghan local police (ALP) officers surrendered to Taliban militants in western Badghis province of Afghanistan.

A local security official said the ALP officers stationed in Panirak village at Bala Murghab district joined Taliban militants on Sunday night. The security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the commander of the police officers who was a former Taliban group member is also among those who surrendered to Taliban militants. He said the ALP officers have also taken some weapons and other military equipments with them. An investigation has been launched in this regard. According to reports over 20 Afghan local police (ALP) officers have joined Taliban militants during the recent months in western Afghanistan.

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Afghan policemen investigate a damaged car following a bomb attack in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, on Monday. An Afghan police chief, Mohammad Nabi Elham, survived the attack on his convoy that wounded three officers, officials said. AP June 17, 2013 DPA & 06.18.13 Reuters & Arab News Roadside bomb attacks killed 10 Afghan soldiers ahead of the handover this week of full security responsibility for the country, the Defence Ministry said on Monday.

Five soldiers were killed in Kandahar, Logar and Badkhshan provinces while five others were killed in Helmand province in roadside bombings, the Ministry said in a statement without giving further details. The date of the attacks was not stated. In another incident, insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns into a convoy carrying goods to the Afghan capital yesterday, killing three drivers and wounding two others, an official said. Two of the container trucks caught fire and burned from the grenade blasts at about 2:30 a.m. on the main highway about 60 km (37 miles) east of Kabul, said Sarhadi Zwak, spokesman for Laghman province where the attack took place. Meanwhile, a provincial police chief escaped unhurt in a suicide attack on Monday in the southern province of Helmand, but two of his bodyguards and two civilians were injured, a spokesman for the Governor said. The attacker detonated his explosives-laden car close to the convoy of Mohammad Nabi Elham on Monday morning in Lashkargah city, as he was on the way to his office, Omar Zwak said. Elham was not hurt, but two of his bodyguards in the second car and two civilian passersby were wounded, Mr. Zwak told DPA. An explosion on Tuesday morning rocked an area in the west of the Afghan capital, Kabul, close to the countrys national parliament, police said. A car bomb exploded killing three civilians and wounding at least 21 others, reports CNN. The bombing targeted parliamentarian Mohammad Mohaqiq, a senior member of the Afghan peace council. Mr. Mohaqiq survived the attack. The explosion occurred soon after 9 am (0430 GMT) in an area called Karta-e Seh, a Kabul police source said, and came as hundreds of local and international officials gathered on Kabuls outskirts just 90 minutes before a ceremony to mark the beginning of the final phase of security transition to Afghan forces across the nation.

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MILITARY NEWS

U.S. Promises Smooth Transfer Of Quagmire From Afghanistan To Syria:


I Can Tell You, Right Here And Right Now, That The U.S. Is Every Bit As Determined To Engage In An Ill-Defined, Ill-Advised And Seemingly Interminable Mission In Syria As We Were In Afghanistan, Gen. Dempsey Said

Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty June 19, 2013 The Borowitz Report DAMASCUSSupporters of the United States twelve-year quagmire in Afghanistan cheered the news today that the U.S. would strive to achieve a seamless transfer of that quagmire to Syria, effective immediately. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sought to reassure those who were concerned that the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan signaled a wavering of the nations commitment to being mired in open-ended military muddles.

I can tell you, right here and right now, that the U.S. is every bit as determined to engage in an ill-defined, ill-advised and seemingly interminable mission in Syria as we were in Afghanistan, Gen. Dempsey said. All thats changing is the Zip Code. General Dempsey said that the same tribal hatreds, sectarian violence, and untrustworthy alliances that made Afghanistan a quicksand-like morass are very much in evidence in Syria: I am confident that we could be involved in Syria for many, many years before figuring out why we are there. Harland Dorrinson, executive director of the National Quagmire Institute, a think tank dedicated to promoting the United States involvement in intractable conflicts around the globe, said he found General Dempseys words about Syria reassuring: I felt a lot better after hearing what he had to say, and I know a lot of defense contractors felt the same way.

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FORWARD OBSERVATIONS

At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh had I the ability, and could reach the nations ear, I would, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose. Frederick Douglass, 1852

Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder and it is the working class who fights all the battles, the working class who makes the supreme sacrifices, the working class who freely sheds their blood and furnishes their corpses, and it is they who have never yet had a voice - in either declaring war or making peace. It is the ruling class that invariably does both. They alone declare war. They are continually talking about patriotic duty. It is not their patriotic duty but your patriotic duty that they are concerned about. Their patriotic duty never takes them to the firing line or chucks them into the trenches. -- Eugene V. Debs

Words Of Prophecy:
Turkeys Fractured Opposition Has Been Unable To Capitalize Much On The Biggest Outpouring Of Public Anger In Decades
Mehmet Gunay, A 58-Year-Old Retired Electrical Worker, Said I Wouldnt Vote For Any Of The Parties Today

If Theres A Revolutionary Gezi Park Party Though, Theyll Get My Vote


June 17, 2013 By EMRE PEKER, Wall Street Journal [Excerpts] ISTANBUL Turkeys fractured opposition has been unable to capitalize much on the biggest outpouring of public anger in decades, while Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has exploited their divisions to strengthen his personal standing over the three weeks of street protests. A significant part of the prime ministers power is derived from the oppositions lack of vision and scope, said Soli Ozel of the international relations department at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. The main two opposition parties are stuck in a time warp, their mind-sets are incapable of understanding the present protests. Mehmet Gunay, a 58-year-old retired electrical worker, said he used to vote for the Democratic Left Party, led by the late Bulent Ecevit, but supported AKP in its first electoral win in 2002. He stopped voting after that. I wouldnt vote for any of the parties today, he said. If theres a revolutionary Gezi Park party though, theyll get my vote.

OCCUPATION PALESTINE

Another Heroic Zionist Soldier Shoots Another Unarmed Palestinian Kid:


The Bullet Struck Atta In The Stomach And Exited Through His Back, Severing His Spinal Cord And Causing Paralysis From The Waist Down
6 Jun 2013 DCI Palestine

Ramallah, June 6, 2013An Israeli soldier shot and seriously injured a young Palestinian boy in Jalazoun refugee camp near Ramallah late May as he attempted to retrieve his school bag. The victim, identified as Atta Muhammad Atta Sabah, 12, sustained a gunshot wound to the stomach and was reported to be in critical condition at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem, DCI-Palestine sources said. The bullet struck Atta in the stomach and exited through his back, severing his spinal cord and causing paralysis from the waist down. It also caused damage to his liver, lungs, pancreas and spleen. This shooting is devastating and tragic, and unfortunately all too common, said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at DCI-Palestine. The blatant disregard that soldiers often display toward children is extremely disturbing. We demand that the Israeli authorities conduct a prompt, transparent and impartial investigation and hold the perpetrators accountable. Around 3:30 pm, Atta was seen walking toward the southern entrance of the camp to retrieve his school bag that had been confiscated by Israeli soldiers the day before, according to DCI-Palestine sources. A soldier carrying the bag signaled Atta to approach, as a second soldier aimed his weapon toward him. Atta was about 20 meters (65 feet) away from the soldiers when he suddenly began to turn away. As he turned, the second soldier fired one bullet and Atta fell immediately to the ground, according to a classmate. Two teenagers rushed toward Atta and carried him away to the nearby main road where a car took him to hospital in Ramallah. While in the car, Atta was bleeding profusely from his back and could not feel his legs, DCI-Palestine sources said. In April, several teenagers from Jalazoun camp were shot and injured by Israeli soldiers, according to DCI-Palestine research. In early April, Ahmad S, 16, sustained a fractured skull and internal bleeding after being shot in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet. On April 19, an Israeli soldier shot Majd S, 16, in the abdomen with multiple rubber-coated metal bullets at close range. On the same day, a rubber-coated metal bullet struck Mustafa S, 17, in the face and lodged in his nose, requiring emergency surgery to remove it. Israeli soldiers shot and seriously injured two Palestinian teenagers at the entrance to Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem late February during separate clashes with demonstrators over the death of a Palestinian in Israeli custody.

Settler Scumbags Attack Palestinian Farmer On His Own Land, As Usual:


If This Is Israeli Land, Wheres Palestinian Land? Salah Asked
There Is No Palestinian Land The Settler Shouted Back

Salah Sukamel Deweket (Photo by ISM) June 13, 2013 International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team Al Rujeib, Occupied Palestine On Friday 7th June five settlers from the illegal settlement of Bracha attacked a farmer on his land, using sling shots to throw stones at him near Huwwara checkpoint. The same settlers continued to harass the farmer in the following days as he tried to graze his sheep and gather his crops, unprotected by the Israeli authorities. Salah Sukamel Deweket rents 70 dunums of land between his home in Al Rujeib and the occupation forces checkpoint at Huwwara. The land is mainly used to plant crops for his sheep to graze upon.

Salah Sukamel Dewekets wheat fields (Photo by ISM)

On Friday 7th June Salah was working hard to enable his sheep to feed when he was surprised by five settlers, thought to be an old man and his four sons who brought their own sheep to eat Salahs wheat. The settlers threw rocks using slingshots at Salah and his flock. Salah had no one who could help him as he had no number for the District Coordination Office (DCO) the Palestinian liasion with Israeli authorities or other organisations. Unable to get the number, he returned to his land to find that the settlers had ripped apart his bales of wheat. The settlers resumed throwing stones at him in full view of soldiers stationed at the Israeli occupation forces checkpoint at Huwwara. The soldiers did nothing but watch as the Palestinian farmer was attacked. As an occupying power the Israeli military are meant to protect all citizens in the territory. Salah asked the older settler why he had destroyed his wheat. People who stay in Israeli land have to be good Israeli people, the settler replied. If this is Israeli land, wheres Palestinian land? Salah asked. There is no Palestinian land the settler shouted back. The settlers continued to graze their sheep on Salahs land and then encouraged their sheep to eat the olive trees of another Palestinian farmer who came to protect his land. It was only then that army jeeps came to intervene asking why the Palestinian farmers were there.

Salah tried to explain the problem with the settlers to the army, who told him to take photos and go to DCO. Salah then asked the soldiers if they were going to arrest the settlers, to which they said, we dont know, its up to the judge. When the soldiers were asked why they did not come earlier, they replied that it wasnt their problem. The next day Salah tried to fix his wheat bales but the settlers kept coming and causing problems. Soldiers eventually came and told both Salah and the settlers to leave but said that the Palestinians must leave first. Palestinians face many attacks by settlers of varying severity. Religious extremists living in illegal settlements attack Palestinian people, lands and crops. Palestinians have almost no means of legal recourse or protection from settler attacks but are routinely targeted by the army in mass arrests in the alleged defence of the Israeli occupation and settlements. Even when Palestinians can contact the DCO, the coordination office can often not solve issues with settlers who generally are treated with impunity under Israeli law. Settlements are illegal under international law under the fourth Geneva convention. [To check out what life is like under a murderous military occupation commanded by foreign terrorists, go to: www.rafahtoday.org The occupied nation is Palestine. The foreign terrorists call themselves Israeli.]

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CLASS WAR REPORTS

200,000 Demonstrators March Through The Streets Of Brazils Biggest Cities:

Eager To Ease Tensions And Prevent Future Protests, Officials In At Least Five Cities, Including Important State Capitals, Announced Plans On Tuesday To Lower Bus Fares
A Swelling Wave Of Protest Tapping Into Widespread Anger At Poor Public Services, Police Violence And Government Corruption

Demonstrators march during one of the many protests around Brazils major cities in Belem, Para State, June 17, 2013. As many as 200,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazils biggest cities on Monday in a swelling wave of protest tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption. The signs read, Rebel against the increase in transportation. (R) Sao Paulo is not alone, were together (C). REUTERS/Paulo Santos

Demonstrators in front of the Brazilian National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, June 17, 2013. Protesters massed in at least seven Brazilian cities Monday for another round of demonstrations. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres

Riot police block protesters near the Castelao stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil, June 19, 2013. Protesters cut off the main access road to the stadium where Brazil will play Mexico in the Confederations Cup soccer tournament later Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

June 18, 2013 By Todd Benson, Reuters; John Lyons & Rogerio Jelmayer, Wall Street Journal [Excerpts] President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday sought to defuse a massive protest movement sweeping Brazil, acknowledging the need for better public services and more responsive governance as demonstrations continued in some cities around the country. Protests that began last week against a bus-fare increase exploded into massive countrywide demonstrations on Monday, with tens of thousands of people railing against everything from over spending to build World Cup stadiums to corruption and crime. The demonstrations are fueled by widespread frustration about the rising cost of living, crime, perceived overspending for next years World Cup tournament, politicians widely viewed as corrupt, and inadequate public education, health and transport systems. In Brasilia, hundreds of protesters swarmed the flat roof of the modernist Congress building. And in Rio de Janeiro the protests became unruly where young men set fires outside the state legislature and overturned and torched at least one car. This is just the tip of the iceberg, said Wilson Vasconcelos, a 40-year-old technology worker who was among the more than 30,000 estimated marchers in So Paulo on Monday, many carrying protest signs and flags. Weve seen the excessive spending for the Cup, corruption. This country needs to change. Speaking the morning after more than 200,000 Brazilians marched in over a half-dozen cities, Rousseff said her government remains committed to social change and is listening attentively to the many grievances expressed at the demonstrations. Mondays demonstrations were the latest in a flurry of protests over the past two weeks that have fed on widespread frustration with poor public services, police violence and government corruption. The protests, organized mostly by university students through snowballing social media campaigns, marked the first time that Brazilians have taken to the streets on such a large scale since economic volatility and a corruption scandal led to the toppling of a president in the early 1990s. The demonstrations started as small protests in a few cities against an increase in bus and subway fares but quickly ballooned into a national movement after police fired rubber bullets at protesters in Sao Paulo last week in clashes that injured more than 100 people.

Eager to ease tensions and prevent future protests, officials in at least five cities, including important state capitals such as Porto Alegre and Recife, announced plans on Tuesday to lower bus fares. But demonstrations continued in a few cities around the country, including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where thousands gathered in front of the citys landmark cathedral in what protesters hoped would be a final push persuading local officials to cancel the bus fare increase. Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad, a prominent figure in Rousseffs left-leaning Workers Party, said in a meeting with leaders of the protest movement on Tuesday that he is considering a cut in bus fares but needs to find ways to compensate for the loss in revenue. Even if Haddad does cede, it remains unclear if that would be enough to halt the protests, given that protesters have embraced so many other causes. Ms. Rousseffs popularity has slumped amid an onset of crosswinds: Economic growth has slowed, the currency weakened and inflationlong the bte noire of the Brazilian economyis inching up. Fans booed Ms. Rousseff loudly Saturday as she kicked off a Brazil-Japan soccer match at a brand new stadium in Brasiliaone of several built for the World Cup. But the most visceral evidence of Brazilian discontent came outside the stadium: Police firing rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the latest in a string of protests that have turned violent from So Paulo to other states in recent days.

DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK

[Thanks to SSG N (retd) who sent this in with caption. She writes: Close to home.]

Americans Sent Over a Hundred Million Fathers Day Messages, Says N.S.A.

June 17, 2013 The Borowitz Report WASHINGTON Americans sent over a hundred million Fathers Day messages on Sunday, the National Security Agency reported today. The hundred-million number, while robust, falls short of the hundred and twenty million Mothers Day messages collected by the N.S.A. in May. The difference between the two figures is not surprising, said N.S.A. director General Keith B. Alexander. He added, On the whole, mothers take Mothers Day more seriously if the e-mails we read by mothers whose children forgot are any indication. General Alexander said that the agency collected in the neighborhood of two to three million such e-mails from angry mothers this year. The N.S.A. director added that the agency had not foiled any terror plots over the weekend but did uncover between thirty and forty thousand extramarital relationships.

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