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- The Mentawai, a tribe of some 64,000 people, live on the islands in West Sumatra, Indonesia
- They are known for their distinctive tattoos and their homes which are furnished with the skulls of hunted prey
- In case of misfortune or illness, tribal members call upon their medicine man to communicate with spirits
These stunning images document the everyday lives of the men, women and children of the Mentawai tribe, an indigenous people in Indonesia that has managed to keep their traditional ways, far from modern society.
The Mentawai people, a native population in Indonesia, are famous for their decorative tattoos and for living a semi-nomadic life on the Mentawai Islands in West Sumatra.
Shot by professional photographer Mohammed Saleh Bin Dollah, the series captures a glimpse of life on the island, where the tribe clan is everything and any problem can be solved by a medicine man.
Inside the tribe: Two men of the Mentawai tribe, a native population in Indonesia, use guns to hunt and forage for food
Lifelong wisdom: An elderly Mentawai warrior lifts a large handrolled cigarette while issing in his house furnished with the skulls of prey
Familt unit: A woman kneels on the wooded floor of the communal Uma, whilst fixing a handmade fishing
The 42-year-old photographer from Kelantan, Malaysia, visited the tribe to document their way of life.
He said: ‘They all live completely in land and secluded from the modern world.
Posted in government, health, history, law, military, Uncategorized, tagged American Psychological Association, CIA, Enhanced interrogation techniques, U.S. Department of Defense on February 4, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
‘Caught colluding with the Pentagon and endorsing the CIA’s torture program, the American Psychological Association (APA) sent a letter to the Defense Department last year refusing to continue participation in national security interrogations. Instead of accepting the association’s new policy, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) recently responded with a veiled threat furtively blaming the APA’s nonparticipation in enhanced interrogations for any future attacks against U.S. citizens.
Following the tragic events of 9/11, the Justice Department constructed a series of legal memos authorizing the Bush administration’s use of torture against enemy combatants. In 2002 and 2003, Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo authored the torture memos, which were signed by Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee. The Authorization for Use of Military Force, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, and Executive Order 13440 became legal justifications for the utilization of enhanced interrogation techniques and a total disregard for the Geneva Conventions.’
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Ayesha to her people: I will avenge my father, brothers, a husband and Libya!
Written by Maja Orlic; published at in4s.net, translated by Mario Andrijasevic exclusively for SouthFront
She is back! The daughter of Muammar Gaddafi will lead the resistance against NATO and the other Libyan terrorists. Ayesha stated that she is now the leader of the resistance and she is about to create a new secret government.
Ayesha Gaddafi become the new leader of the resistance at a crucial moment for the country – on the eve of the new NATO intervention. As a Lieutenant General of the Libyan army she swore loyalty to order her legendary father and urged Libyans to wake up in order to win, to be successful and to “return the Jamahiriya government”.
Ayesha Gaddafi guarantees that in the next few months she will form a “secret government” of “famous Libyans,” who are loyal to Gaddafi and that will act as a mediator in Libya and abroad. Analyzing the current situation she criticized the former army because of “a crazy mix of anarchists” who decided to wage war on a principle “I fight for whoever pays me more.”
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This article will examine US economic status, and obvious solutions promoted by many of America’s brightest minds since Benjamin Franklin wrote a pamphlet how colonial Pennsylvania operated its government without taxes, and which we could easily do today.
Let’s examine just some of the facts of the current US economy that demonstrates it’s criminal status:
- We’ve already documented how the global so-called “elite” 1% are now wealthier than the 99% while ~30,000 children die daily from preventable poverty in gruesomely-slow agony. Just 62 people on Earth own more than the bottom 50%.
- The US .1% own more than the bottom 90%.
- The top 20 Americans (.000006%) own more than the bottom 50%.
- The top three public benefits of monetary and banking reform would add ~$1,000,000 to every US household. The lies of omission and commission by US “leaders” with legal fiduciary responsibility to communicate full and transparent economic data to never advise Americans of these options is a massive crime causing damages in the trillions of dollars yearly.
- Our current system of creating what we use for money as debt has the so-called “developed” and “former” colonial nations $50 trillion in debt, and lying for public austerity rather than admit the option of monetary and banking reforms.
Posted in economics, government, history, law, tagged Australia, Canada, COLLAPSE, Failure, financial power, interest income, United States, Western economic institutions on February 1, 2016 | 1 Comment »
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I, Michael Hudson, John Perkins, and a few others have reported the multi-pronged looting of peoples by Western economic institutions, principally the big New York Banks with the aid of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Third World countries were and are looted by being inticed into development plans for electrification or some such purpose. The gullible and trusting governments are told that they can make their countries rich by taking out foreign loans to implement a Western-presented development plan, with the result being sufficient tax revenues from economic development to service the foreign loan.
Seldom, if ever, does this happen. What happens is that the plan results in the country becoming indebted to the limit and beyond of its foreign currency earnings. When the country is unable to service the development loan, the creditors send the IMF to tell the indebted government that the IMF will protect the government’s credit rating by lending it the money to pay its bank creditors. However, the conditions are that the government take necessary austerity measures so that the government can repay the IMF. These measures are to curtail public services and the government sector, reduce public pensions, and sell national resources to foreigners. The money saved by reduced social benefits and raised by selling off the country’s assets to foreigners serves to repay the IMF.
This is the way the West has historically looted Third World countries. If a country’s president is reluctant to enter into such a deal, he is simply paid bribes, as the Greek governments were, to go along with the looting of the country the president pretends to represent.
When this method of looting became exhausted, the West bought up agricultural lands and pushed a policy on Third World countries of abandoning food self-sufficiency and producing one or two crops for export earnings. This policy makes Third World populations dependent on food imports from the West. Typically the export earnings are drained off by corrupt governments or by foreign purchasers who pay little while the foreigners selling food charge much. Thus, self-sufficiency is transformed into indebtedness.
With the entire Third World now exploited to the limits possible, the West has turned to looting its own. Ireland has been looted, and the looting of Greece and Portugal is so severe that it has forced large numbers of young women into prostitution. But this doesn’t bother the Western conscience.
Previously, when a sovereign country found itself with more debt than could be serviced, creditors had to write down the debt to an amount that the country could service. In the 21st century, as I relate in my book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism, this traditional rule was abandoned.
The new rule is that the people of a country, even a country whose top offiials accepted bribes in order to indebt the country to foreigners, must have their pensions, employment, and social services slashed and valuable national resources such as municipal water systems, ports, the national lottery, and protected national lands, such as the protected Greek islands, sold to foreigners, who have the freedom to raise water prices, deny the Greek government the revenues from the national lottery, and sell the protected national heritage of Greece to real estate developers.
What has happened to Greece and Portugal is underway in Spain and Italy. The peoples are powerless because their governments do not represent them. Not only are their governments receiving bribes, the members of the governments are brainwashed that their countries must be in the European Union. Otherwise, they are bypassed by history. The oppressed and suffering peoples themselves are brainwashed in the same way. For example, in Greece the government elected to prevent the looting of Greece was powerless, because the Greek people are brainwashed that no matter the cost to them, they must be in the EU.
The combination of propaganda, financial power, stupidity and bribes means that there is no hope for European peoples.
The same is true in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the UK. In the US tens of millions of US citizens have quietly accepted the absence of any interest income on their savings for seven years. Instead of raising questions and protesting, Americans have accepted without thought the propaganda that their existence depends upon the success of a handful of artificially created mega-banks that are “too big to fail.” Millions of Americans are convinced that it is better for them to draw down their savings than for a corrupt bank to fail.
To keep Western peoples confused about the real threat that they face, the people are told that there are terrorists behind every tree, every passport, under every bed, and that all will be killed unless the government’s overarching power is unquestioned. So far this has worked perfectly, with one false flag after another reinforcing the faked terror attacks that serve to prevent any awareness that this a hoax for accumulating all income and wealth in a few hands.
Not content with their supremacy over “democratic peoples,” the One Percent has come forward with the Trans-Atlanta and Trans-Pacific partnerships. Allegedly these are “free trade deals” that will benefit everyone. In truth, these are carefully hidden, secret, deals that give private businesses control over the laws of sovereign governments.
For example, it has come to light that under the Trans-Atlantic partnership the National Health Service in the UK could be ruled in the private tribunals set up under the partnership as an impediment to private medical insurance and sued for damages by private firms and even forced into abolishment.
The corrupt UK government under Washington’s vassal David Cameron has blocked access to legal documents that show the impact of the Trans-Atlantic partnership on Britain’s National Health Service. http://www.globalresearch.ca/cameron-desperate-to-stop-scandal-as-secret-plans-to-sell-the-national-health-service-are-discovered/5504306
For any citizen of any Western country who is so stupid or brainwashed as not to have caught on, the entire thrust of “their” government’s policy is to turn every aspect of their lives over to grasping private interests.
In the UK the postal service was sold at a nominal price to politically connected private interests. In the US the Republicans, and perhaps the Democrats, intend to privatize Medicare and Social Security, just as they have privatized many aspects of the military and the prison system. Public functions are targets for private profit-making.
One of the reasons for the escalation in the cost of the US military budget is its privatization. The privatization of the US prison system has resulted in huge numbers of innocent people being sent to prison, where they are forced to work for Apple Computer, IT services, clothing companies that manufacture for the US military, and a large number of other private businesses. The prison laborers are paid as low as 69 cents per hour, below the Chinese wage.
This is America today. Corrupt police. Corrupt prosecutors. Corrupt judges. But maximum profits for US Capitalism from prison labor. Free market economists glorified private prisons, alleging that they would be more efficient. And indeed they are efficient in providing the profits of slave labor for capitalists.
Here is a news report on UK Prime Minister Cameron denying information about the effect of the Trans-Atlantic partnership on Britains’ National Health.
The UK Guardian, which often has to prostitute itself in order to maintain a bit of independence, describes the anger that the British people feel toward the government’s secrecy about an issue so fundamental to the well being of the British people. Yet, the British continue to vote for political parties that have betrayed the British people.
All over Europe, the corrupt Washington-contolled governments have distracted people from their sellout by “their” governments by focusing their attention on immigrants, whose presence is a consequence of the European governments representing Washington’s interests and not the interest of their own peoples.
Somthing dire has happened to the intelligence and awareness of Western peoples who seem no longer capable of comprehending the machinations of “their” governments.
Accountable government in the West is history. Nothing but failure and collapse awaits Western civilization.
Pyongyang long sought normalized relations with America and other Western nations. Washington wanting adversarial relations maintained prevents it.
A previous article explained why North Korea wants nukes. It fears America for good reason. It knows it wages endless imperial wars, raping one country after another.
Truman’s naked aggression turned most of North Korea to rubble. Millions died, mostly civilians. Pyongyang wants protection against a possible repeat of what happened earlier.
North Korea chose nuclear weapons as its strategy, for defensive, not offensive purposes.
Washington claims Pyongyang poses a nuclear threat, a pretext for greater US regional militarization, the real threat all Asian nations face.
According to US Pacific Command spokesman Capt. Darryn James, Washington may further militarize Hawaii, Guam, and continental America from (nonexistent) Pyongyang ballistic missile threats.
Kauai’s Aegis Ashore site’s “proven test capability” can be converted to a combat complex, he said.
US Pacific Command head Admiral Harry Harris “is always exploring options to forward deploy and operationalize the latest advancements in ballistic missile defense technologies in the Pacific, where we face increasingly sophisticated threats to the homeland,” according to James.
Fact: America faced no external threats since WW II ended – only ones it invents as pretexts for endless wars of aggression, deployments of US combat troops equipped with weapons of mass destruction worldwide, and homeland police state repression.
China expressed concern about possible greater US regional militarization than already, a clear threat to its national security.
“All measures seeking to increase military capacities will only intensify antagonism and will not help to solve the problem,” Beijing’s Washington embassy spokesman Zhu Haiquan stressed.
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Most people have heard of Jesus Christ, considered the Messiah by Christians, and who lived 2000 years ago. But very few have ever heard of Sabbatai Zevi, who declared himself the Messiah in 1666. By proclaiming redemption was available through acts of sin, he amassed a following of over one million passionate believers, about half the world’s Jewish population during the 17th century.
Although many Rabbis at the time considered him a heretic, his fame extended far and wide. Sabbatai’s adherents planned to abolish many ritualistic observances, because, according to the Talmud, holy obligations would no longer apply in the Messianic time. Fasting days became days of feasting and rejoicing. Sabbateans encouraged and practiced sexual promiscuity, adultery, incest and religious orgies.
After Sabbati Zevi’s death in 1676, his Kabbalist successor, Jacob Frank, expanded upon and continued his occult philosophy. Frankism, a religious movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, centered on his leadership, and his claim to be the reincarnation of the Messiah Sabbatai Zevi. He, like Zevi, would perform “strange acts” that violated traditional religious taboos, such as eating fats forbidden by Jewish dietary laws, ritual sacrifice, and promoting orgies and sexual immorality. He often slept with his followers, as well as his own daughter, while preaching a doctrine that the best way to imitate God was to cross every boundary, transgress every taboo, and mix the sacred with the profane. Hebrew University of Jerusalem Professor Gershom Scholem called Jacob Frank, “one of the most frightening phenomena in the whole of Jewish history”. Jacob Frank would eventually enter into an alliance formed by Adam Weishaupt and Meyer Amshel Rothschild called the Order of the Illuminati. The objectives of this organization was to undermine the world’s religions and power structures, in an effort to usher in a utopian era of global communism, which they would covertly rule by their hidden hand: the New World Order.
Using secret societies, such as the Freemasons, their agenda has played itself out over the centuries, staying true to the script. The Illuminati handle opposition by a near total control of the world’s media, academic opinion leaders, politicians and financiers. Still considered nothing more than theory to many, more and more people wake up each day to the possibility that this is not just a theory, but a terrifying Satanic conspiracy.
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We started 2016 by ending 2015 with a holiday shopping frenzy falling short of what the private profiteers needed but the public losers really didn’t, foreign policy moves to more war that the military industrial profiteers need but we don’t, and the end of the first phase of a presidential campaign that like shopping and war profits the few at cost to the many, which is hardly what we need. So what else is new?
The already long and mostly irrelevant campaign, which is likely to get worse, has at least presented two extraordinary major party contenders for the CEO position of our floundering corpora-nation. A truly decent social democrat who calls himself a socialist and excites socialists who should know better while repelling others who might not understand even when it’s explained, and an outspoken billionaire populist who thrills many and frightens others with rhetoric ranging from the extreme right to the slight left of his opponents, furthering evidence that we are a very confused and divided people. Repeat: So what else is new?
We are moving to more military confrontations not only with supposedly easy to defeat nations that we cannot defeat, but great powers like China and Russia, with none of our corporate warlords really wanting a war they cannot win – and we all might lose – while the daycare center mentalities passing for political leaders rattle swords and threaten more lives in total denial of material reality. To mention only a few more situations which most of our grand mothers could handle with more intellectual and humanitarian decency – especially if foreign born and not formally educated in America:
North Korea conducted an atomic bomb test, which caused the blood lust bigotry among some political-media vampires to go completely berserk. Calls for regime change, invasion, bombing and other democratically inspired practices were far more deafening than the explosion itself. North Korea suffers from more innocent American ignorance and ugly American hatred than any other nation we almost destroyed in the past. During the Korean war – the most brutal direct confrontation with communism until Viet Nam – the USA destroyed most of North Korea and dropped more bombs on that tiny country than had been used on the total pacific area during the second world war. And that prior war involved a murderous fire bombing of Japanese cities that made Nazis look humane; No ethnic cleansing and shipping people to camps or murders followed by cremation but American one-stop-shopping that burned them to death as they sat down to dinner. We killed more people in Tokyo than we did with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And we exceeded that holocaust, in tonnage of explosives and brutality, with our savaging of the North Korean countryside, cities and population.
That nearly destroyed nation is now deemed “fanatic” for seeing the USA as not only its past enemy but an ongoing military threat, with ships patrolling its waters and U.S. military maneuvers conducted on its borders. Any weaponry it has clearly exists as a defense against constant menacing from South Korea, a relative colony of western capital run by saber rattling anti-communists under the control of the USA. But we are taught the North Koreans are a fanatic danger, a threat to humanity and that their system is failing while our exceptional nation, a master race of self chosen people teaches the world how to spend billions on weapons, cosmetics and pets while reducing tens of thousands of it citizens to homelessness. SWEIN?
A tiny group of religious fundamentalist ranchers take control of a small nature preserve in Oregon unknown to 99% of the public and are transformed into an armed menace to security, peace, freedom and other cherished american values like gun ownership and identity politics. A simple and alienated band of possibly misguided people whose estrangement from power and a government dedicated to everything but their interest are dangerously being set up for scapegoating and possible horror as every justifiably aggrieved sector of the population is manipulated into thinking they are at the root of what is wrong with america.
Even Native americans have been pushed forward to accuse them of occupying Indian land, as though the entire nation wasn’t once an Indian homeland and hundreds of thousands of Indians hadn’t been slaughtered and ethnically cleansed by our ancestors. Why if these crazy armed militia types get together with skinheads, racists and North Korea, will Americans be safe in their beds? Don’t ask one of the presidential candidates because the answer you get might make ISIS, talk radio and 911 Truthers sound thoughtfully logical.
But wait. Some real Semites of the Middle East – unlike their pretender euro-brethren – from what might be called Saudi Israelia’s ruling family murdered a group of political prisoners, including a Shiite leader. In their usual fashion they chopped off heads and though this has never seemed to bother consciousness control or mind management in the USA unless done by ISIS ( SWEIN?), Iran reacted in anger, as might be expected. This led to threats of war and smiles from those who profit most from it; military industrial corporadoes from the USA. But no more than small murmurs from American leadership with no criticism beyond urging talks and not nuclear war.
Meanwhile, the Saudi-Israelis unite in not only exercising incredible control over american politics with their wealth, but causing many to wonder how the real Semite Saudis do it, without a lobby like the Israeli-Zionist mob that buys, rents and leases much of the government. Bulletin: Weapons purchases from, and petro sales to, our warfare-fossil cabal guarantee a degree of power to the tyrannical fundamentalists who taught ISIS/Daesh everything they know.
If nine Israelis had been among the twin tower bombers, can anyone imagine that we would still have the same married-at-the-wallet relationship that disgraces our supposed democracy? Yet nine Saudis among the terrorist crew meant nothing, with even many Truthers still seeking a Zionist behind the scenes rather than noting who actually played the leading roles. And created arch-villain Bin Laden? A Saudi too. Mossad may be taking lessons from them in how to save money, though Israel would have to buy even more weapons than it already does and somehow steal more Middle Eastern oil to sell.
In the midst of this and more, the demublican-republicrat charade plays out, with possibly more meaning than usual now that two of the candidates – deemed extremist and given no chance by established politics and its media handmaidens – are participants in the multi billion dollar marketing fiasco that passes for “our” democracy.
Bernie Sanders is written off by a liberal banking establishment and Donald Trump ridiculed by a conservative financial cabal, even though neither is critical of American policy towards Israel. Their mutual transgression, however different their messages may seem, is to contradict much of the party line politics that a majority of Americans find intolerable. This in itself is a healthy sign of change, even if the initial steps can seem frightening. After all, america was and continues to be the destroyer of nations and lives in the middle east, a problem existing long before their candidacies and one that creates the terrorist threat no one, least of all mainstream liberals and conservatives, has done anything to change in any substance beyond rhetoric, while continuing to vote for the very people responsible for the policies that do the killing and create the terrorists.
So maybe there will at last be something new come election day 2016. Especially if it helps people who slumber through the multi billion dollar marketing-branding campaign wake up to the need for a new politics and a new party. Jill Stein and the Greens do not have the money of the sincere but fake anti-establishment major party neo-lib-con job candidates, but she, the Greens, and we need staying power that will create more than simply electoral change now and well beyond 2016.
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