19.5% reserves is still double what Fed Member banks allegedly need in the USA. These banks will also get low or NO interest rates to receive fiat currency credits they can loan out AT INTEREST more than 5 times. This is the 3rd cut in the last year, indicating that the Chinese global powerhouse economy is in trouble. Most news orgs are calling this a “Stimulus” – (Jack)
BEIJING (AP) — China’s Central Bank said Sunday that it will cut its bank reserve requirement ratio by 1 percentage point to stimulate more lending into a slowing economy.
The new reserve requirement will take effect Monday, the bank said in a statement. The move allows banks to hold onto less of their money and lend more of it out. The Communist Party-run People’s Daily said the cut will release 1.2 trillion yuan ($194 billion) into the world’s second-biggest economy.
The Central Bank also said it will cut an extra 1 percentage point for commercial banks providing agricultural financing and an extra 2 percentage points for the Agricultural Development Bank of China. It will also cut the requirement by an additional half a percentage point to eligible banks that lend a certain share of loans to agricultural borrowers and small businesses.
The Central Bank last cut its reserve requirement in February, when it slashed the rate to 19.5 percent for big banks and 16 percent for small- and medium-sized banks.
Official data showed last week that China’s economy grew by 7 percent in the first quarter of the year, the lowest level since the financial crisis of 2009.
After 19 years of broadcasting on stations owned by others, being blackballed, used, and put through the ringers….. I finally did what I should have done back in 2007. Starting my own stream!
WE ARE NOW OFFICALLY INTRODUCING RADIO FREE BLOOD!
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Referencing “bomb-making” paraphernalia seized from Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s apartment, Chakravarty told the court that, “there is evidence, at least in part, that the bombs were built at 410 Norfolk Street.”
What the jury didn’t know is that in May 2014, prosecutors said they had no evidence the bombs were constructed at Norfolk Street, and in October 2014, a year-and-a-half after the bombings, the FBI said it still had no idea where the bombs were built, or who actually built them.
The government’s own witness, FBI explosives expert David McCollum, testified he could not determine where the bombs were constructed—a fact seemingly forgotten by Chakravarty during closing arguments Monday.
And when prosecutors tried to explain away the total lack of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s fingerprints on the ‘bomb making’ materials, they simply tossed aside the pressing issue of who really constructed the marathon bombs and where:
“Inspire magazine [an Al Qaeda publication] advises to wear gloves when building bombs—it could mean the defendant was wearing gloves,” said Chakravarty. “But more important than who built the bombs is how they used the things.”
While no one was expecting anything other than a guilty verdict for Tsarnaev, the question of who built the bombs and where is a salient one. It should concern anyone who would seek to prevent future bombings.
In the rush to condemn Dzhokhar to death, why is the government seemingly content to ignore evidence that might point to the involvement of others in the planning and execution of the attack? What is their overall objective here?
For context, see this article in the Christian Science Monitor, on a recent case in which the FBI lured an unstable young man into a bomb plot and then practically handed him a bomb—albeit one that, at least in that case, was inert. This follows a long history of the FBI “helping” those expressing anger at the US to fulfill their wildest fantasies of revenge, before busting them. That the FBI was in contact with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the now-dead elder brother of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, prior to the Boston bombings, obviously deserves much more attention given the uncertain provenance of the bombs themselves.
The 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s murder is one more reminder from the past of a distinctive feature of the American system. This is that some American presidents reach office by assassination, not by election. More importantly, when this happens, a lot of facts are usually going to be left at best unexplained, and often covered up.
Few Americans know, for example, that in 1991 the body of President Zachary Taylor, who died in 1841 after a year in office, was exhumed and found to contain suspicious amounts of arsenic. But the New York Times announced that further analysis showed the amounts of arsenic were no more than what is normally found in the body, confirming that Taylor died a natural death.
Same Junk Science used in JFK Assassination
Wikipedia claims that this is proven by Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, citing an article on the Lab website that is forbidden to the public. Wikipedia does not mention that NAA analysis on the same Isotope Reactor was used four decades ago to analyze the bullets killing John F. Kennedy. (The use of NAA analysis of lead in bullets, once used to bolster the “single bullet theory” of Lee Harvey Oswald’s guilt, has since been decisively discredited by other U.S. Government experts at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. In November 2007 the FBI announced that it would no longer rely in criminal cases on the inaccurate evidence produced by comparative bullet lead analysis.)”
Even more mysteries surround the assistance provided Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth. In a recent article, the Washington Post described Booth as “embittered,” the term used by Psychology Today to “analyze” Lee Harvey Oswald. Other more scholarly studies have argued that Booth was originally plotting not the murder but the abduction of Lincoln, Vice-President Johnson, and Secretary of State Seward. This was part of a coherent strategy to throw the determination of the next president into the hands of the Supreme Court, where Chief Justice Roger Taney had already shown in the Dred Scott case that he was pro-slavery and sympathetic to the South.
Speculation of a cover-up about Booth has abounded since the time that four of his associates in the crime were swiftly hanged. A benign explanation for the cover-up would be the desire to avoid dealing with the possibility that Booth had been guided or at least assisted in his plotting by the Confederate Secret Service. This was suspected almost immediately when a Vigenère Cipher table (a code used by the South) was discovered among Booth’s effects. At that time a strong need to restore unity to a divided nation would have been an ample motive to present Booth, like Oswald a century later, as an embittered loner.
It is now pretty well established, by historian Thomas Goodrich and others, that Booth had traveled widely to Canada and elsewhere as a spy and courier for the Confederate Secret Service. Other historians have concluded, in the words of David Herbert Donald, that “at least at the lower levels of the Southern secret service, the abduction of the Union President was under consideration.”
Whether Booth was following orders in his activities or was acting on his own is less clear. But it is certain that Booth was able to elude capture for 12 days after the assassination by using safe houses in Virginia along an escape route which the Confederate Secret Service had previously organized.
The cover-up about Booth has long survived any original motive for it. Only in the last half century have we begun to see books like William Tidwell’s Come Retribution: The Confederate Secret Service and the Assassination of Lincoln. Yet from time to time we still continue to hear from authors like Jim Bishop and Bill O’Reilly, who write profitable best-sellers, one arguing that Booth, the other that Oswald, was essentially a loner.
An egregious attempt to present Booth as a loner was that of former CIA Director Allen Dulles, at an early executive session of the Warren Commission on January 16, 1964. Dulles explained that, according to a book he was handing out to members of the Commission, European assassinations were the work of conspiracies—but American assassins acted alone.
Given that two of Booth’s targets, Lincoln and Seward, were killed almost simultaneously in different parts of the city (Seward was stabbed by Lewis Powell in his bed during the Lincoln assassination), John J. McCloy promptly objected, arguing that “the Lincoln assassination was a plot.” Undeterred, Dulles shot right back: “Yes, but one man was so dominant that it almost wasn’t a plot.” Dulles was using his authority to indicate what he thought the Commission should conclude. Seven months later the Warren Report amply fulfilled his wish and declared that the death of Kennedy was, too, the work of a loner.
Baker College instructor told students to threaten patients into vaccinations, lawsuit claims | 10 April 2015 | A Shiawassee County woman is suing Baker College after she claims she was kicked out of the school’s nursing program because she questioned lessons she claims encouraged students to lie to patients in order to get them vaccinated. Nichole Rolfe filed the lawsuit Monday, April 6, in Genesee Circuit Court on claims an instructor at the private school’s Owosso campus told students to threaten and panic patients into immunizations. Rolfe’s October 2013 dismissal from the program came 20 weeks before she was set to graduate. [This pharma-fascism needs to *stop.*]
FLINT, MI — A Shiawassee County woman is suing Baker College after she claims she was kicked out of the school’s nursing program because she questioned lessons she claims encouraged students to lie to patients in order to get them vaccinated.
Nichole Rolfe filed the lawsuit Monday, April 6, in Genesee Circuit Court on claims an instructor at the private school’s Owosso campus told students to threaten and panic patients into immunizations. Rolfe’s October 2013 dismissal from the program came 20 weeks before she was set to graduate.
“She stated that we would go in there if they declined and then we would use threats to coerce them,” Rolfe said of the instructor’s lesson. The threats could include, “You’re going to lose your Medicaid and if you lose your Medicaid because you refuse the vaccine you will have to pay for your entire hospital stay,” she claims.
The lesson, Rolfe claimed, came two days after another instructor told her that she had to tell potential new fathers that they were to be vaccinated against a number of diseases, including whooping cough, immediately before they could be allowed on the hospital floor with newborn babies.
The vaccinations would do little to protect the newborns because they would not have taken effect by the time the fathers interacted with the babies, Rolfe claimed.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone who comes in contact with newborns, including parents, be up-to-date on their vaccinations at least two weeks before coming in close contact with the infant.
Rolfe said she questioned both instructors, trying to understand the rationale behind the two lessons that she believed went against how they were previously taught to inform patients.
“I was asking questions that a nursing student should ask,” Rolfe said.
But the school claimed that Rolfe was overly aggressive and disruptive and it was for that reason she was removed from the program.
A dismissal contract the school drafted, which was filed with the lawsuit as evidence, claimed that Rolfe continuously argued with the instructor about a personal belief regarding immunizations and that several attempts were made to move forward with training but Rolfe kept bringing up the same argument.
The contract also cited “persistent, aggressive, oppositional behavior” by Rolfe as a reason for dismissal.
Baker has not yet been served with the lawsuit and school officials declined to comment on any possible pending litigation.
Rolfe denied acting out while questioning the instructors, saying that her questions sought clarification and were typical for a nursing class. She also denied that she was against vaccinations or that she didn’t want people inoculated.
“This goes against the patient’s right to informed consent,” Rolfe said. “Our job is to build trust with the family and patient. We are to educate this patient.”
Rolfe’s attorney, Hemlock-based Philip L. Ellison, said the alleged lessons from the instructors could have put his client in trouble with the law. Ellison explained that using fake or threatening information to force someone into receiving a medical treatment, such as an inoculation, would likely constitute an assault and battery.
Her dismissal as a student came after Rolfe was placed on a June 10, 2013, behavior contract with the school due to an interaction with another student regarding a conversation about homosexuality.
Rolfe claimed that she told the student that it wasn’t the place of potential nurses to judge others and that she disagreed with the other student’s view that homosexuality is a learned behavior.
The student complained to the nursing program’s directors, claiming that she felt harassed by Rolfe for her stance on homosexuality, according to the lawsuit.
The behavior contract, which is also included in the lawsuit as evidence, claims that Rolfe continued to make inappropriate, harassing comments toward another student.
Rolfe denied harassing the student.
The lawsuit is seeking more than $25,000 in damages and is asking the school to remove the dismissal from Rolfe’s school record. Rolfe said she is unable to enroll at any other nursing schools due to the black mark on her Baker transcript.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says 28-year-old Alexander E. Blair is charged with one count of failing to report a felony. A criminal complaint filed Friday alleges Blair knew of a plot by John T. Booker.
The complaint alleges that in March 2014, the FBI began an investigation into Booker, who also called himself Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, concerning statements he made online indicating he wanted to wage jihad and to die in the process. Booker was arrested April 10, 2015, and charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and two other counts.
During the investigation of Booker, law enforcement officers learned that Blair shared some of Booker’s extremist views and loaned Booker money for the purpose of renting a storage unit that Booker used to store components for a bomb. The complaint alleges Blair knew of Booker’s intent to detonate a bomb at Fort Riley and to “kill as many soldiers as possible.” Despite being convinced that Booker was serious about carrying out the plot, the complaint alleges, Blair chose not to report what he knew to the authorities.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison.
A 20-year-old Kansan man allegedly joined the U.S. Army last year so he could launch an “ISIS-inspired attack” on American soldiers like the deadly strike on Ft. Hood, Tex., in 2009, federal authorities announced today.
John T. Booker of Topeka was arrested after a lengthy FBI investigation. He was set to report for basic training on Tuesday.
He’s the latest alleged ISIS sympathizer nabbed by the FBI following a string of arrests involving Americans allegedly plotting to join ISIS overseas or launch attacks on their behalf here in the U.S.
Sources said Booker may be suffering from mental health issues.
Booker came to the FBI’s attention after an unidentified citizen complained to federal authorities about messages he had posted on his Facebook page.
“Getting ready to be killed in jihad is a HUGE adrenaline rush!!” he allegedly posted on March 19, 2014. “I am so nervous. NOT because I’m scared to die but I am eager to meet my lord.”
The next day, FBI agents approached Booker and interviewed him, according to court documents. In that interview, he admitted he enlisted in the U.S. Army months earlier with the intent to commit an insider attack on American forces like the Ft. Hood in 2009, when Maj. Nidal Hassan (allegedly) killed 13 and injured dozens more, court documents show.
Seven month later, an FBI informant began engaging with Booker, and during those conversations Booker “repeatedly expressed his desire to engage in violent jihad on behalf of [ISIS],” the FBI alleges in court documents.
Specifically, on Oct. 10, 2014, Booker told the FBI informant he “joined the United States Army” and “was going to go in there and kill the American soldier,” the court documents say.
“Booker stated that he formulated several plans for committing jihad once enlisted, including firing at other soldiers while at basic training at the firing range or while at his pre-deployment military base after completing his initial military training,” according to the court documents. “Booker clarified that he did not intend to kill ‘privates,’ but that he instead wanted to target someone with power.”
In addition, Booker said he planned to use a small gun or sword for his attack, court documents say.
BE VERY AFRAID! EXPAND THE POWER AND BUDGET OF THE DHS et al………..
Exactly a week ago, FBI agents arrested a Philadelphia woman for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to the group now so infamous for its brutal propaganda videos and the havoc it’s wreaking in war-torn Syria and Iraq. The day before, the FBI field office in New York announced it has arrested two ISIS-inspired women for plotting to detonate a bomb inside the United States. (similar propaganda)
The week before, two cousins — one of them a current member of the Illinois National Guard — were arrested in Chicago for allegedly trying to launch ISIS-inspired attacks in the U.S. and overseas.
A week earlier, a U.S. Air Force veteran, 28-year-old Tairod Pugh of New Jersey, was indicted for his own ISIS-inspired plans. On his laptop, FBI agents allegedly discovered more than 180 jihadist propaganda videos.
In February, three New York City men were arrested on charges they allegedly conspired to join ISIS but also expressed willingness to carry out attacks on the terror group’s behalf in the U.S.
Over the past two years, nearly 50 Americans have been charged with trying to join ISIS or are suspected of taking action inspired by the group.
See the full complaint attached to this story.
FBI Charges Kansas Man Tried to Bomb U.S. Military Base | 10 April 2015 | A 20-year-old Topeka man has been arrested by federal agents for allegedly plotting to detonate a bomb at Fort Riley military base in Kansas, officials said Friday. John T. Booker, Jr., allegedly sought to attack the U.S. Army base on behalf of Islamic State militant group, according to a three-count criminal complaint filed in federal court in Kansas. Authorities say he was arrested Friday morning outside the base as made the final connections to arm what he believed was a powerful vehicle-delivered bomb.
A group of military veterans is taking aim at U.S. drone strikes overseas with graphic TV ads directly asking Air Force pilots to stop flying the unmanned aircraft, calling the operations immoral and illegal.
The ads are the first commercials opposing U.S. drone operations ever shown on American TV, according to sponsors, which include the Veterans Democratic Club of Sacramento County and the Sacramento chapter of Veterans for Peace. The campaign is spearheaded by an activist website, KnowDrones.com.
The commercials are airing this month on Comcast in Northern California communities near Beale Air Force Base, which is home to Golden Hawk reconnaissance drones. Pilots at Beale remotely fly the spy drones over areas believed to be controlled by terrorists in foreign countries and pinpoint human targets for attack by armed Predator and Reaper drones.
The two 15-second spots show images from a drone operations video screen, an explosion and civilians searching through rubble after a drone attack. On-screen messages read “Drone killings violate law and morality” and “Drone pilots. Please refuse to fly. No one has to obey an immoral law.”
One of the ads, which includes images of dead and mutilated children, is being run only after 10 p.m., while the other spot airs from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Both are posted on YouTube.
The commercials cost about $6,000, said Cres Vellucci, president of the Veterans Democratic Club of Sacramento County. The spots are running during popular shows on major cable channels, including AMC, CNN, Comedy Central, ESPN, Fox News, HGTV and a Comcast Bay Area sports channel.
“If you’re a fan of ‘Mad Men,’ Giants games or Fox News, there’s a good chance you’ll see it,” Vellucci said.
Drones are a controversial weapon in the U.S. war against terrorism in foreign countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. Military officials defend using the aircraft to combat enemies and say that every effort is made to limit civilian casualties. Opponents contend the unmanned strikes result in the deaths of countless innocent people, including children.
Activists plan to run the anti-drone spots near operation centers throughout the United States. The campaign began last month in the Las Vegas TV market near Creech Air Force Base, which is home to Predator drones.
Nick Mottern, coordinator of KnowDrones.com, said this week that the ads are aimed directly at drone pilots, support workers and their families. He criticized President Barack Obama and Congress for supporting drone attacks and likened the ad campaign to Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero’s call to Salvadoran soldiers in 1980 to lay down their arms during that country’s civil war.
“I think pilots and other people in these positions are under intense pressure to do this work,” said Mottern, a Navy veteran who served in the Vietnam War. “Our ads challenge them to stop compartmentalizing their work and to engage their consciences.”
In an email statement this week, Col. Douglas Lee of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale expressed support for the First Amendment rights of drone opponents “to freely express their opinions.” He added that using unarmed drones saves lives.
“The intelligence we collect provides national leaders strategic information and knowledge resulting in decision advantage, which (helps) ensure our national security,” Lee said.
Vellucci, who was an Army information specialist in the Vietnam War, said most Americans don’t hear “the whole story” about drone attacks.
“We want to get the word out,” he said. “You hear that they are saving American lives, but you don’t really hear about the innocent women and children being targeted on the ground.”
Vellucci said the ads are scheduled to air on Comcast through April on base at Beale as well as in Yuba City, Marysville, Wheatland, Linda, Live Oak, Colusa and Olivehurst. Supporters hope to raise $4,000 to expand the ads to the Sacramento TV market, he said, and another $8,000 to $10,000 is being budgeted to buy spots within the next 30 days at two other drone operations centers in New York and New Mexico.
FBI accused of whitewashing Saudi Arabian involvement in 9/11 after quashing report about Florida family who mysteriously fled US two weeks before attack –Al-Hijji family left cars and food behind when they fled in August 2001 –FBI agent’s report said family of Saudi advisor had ‘many connections’ to hijackers, some of whom were said to have visited the house | 12 April 2015 | The Federal Bureau of Investigation is facing accusations that it is ‘whitewashing’ possible Saudi Arabian involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Relatives of homeowner Esam Ghazzawi lived in the plush Sarasota dwelling until they fled and left cars, furniture and food in their refrigerator behind right before the 9/11, prompting some to say they knew about the attacks. The daughter and son-in-law of Ghazzawi, who worked as an adviser to a member of the Saudi royal family, had stayed at the 3,300 square foot house for six years but left in late August 2001, not even leaving a forwarding address. At least one ‘family member’ had attended the same Venice, Florida, flight school as some of the hijackers, according to a piece in the New York Post. Mohamed Atta, the leader of the hijackers, and two other terrorists on the flights, Marwan Al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah, were also reported to have visited the Sarasota house, according to Florida Bulldog.
How the FBI is whitewashing the Saudi connection to 9/11 | 12 April 2015 | Just 15 days before the 9/11 attacks, a well-connected Saudi family suddenly abandoned their luxury home in Sarasota, Fla., leaving behind jewelry, clothes, opulent furniture, a driveway full of cars — including a brand new Chrysler PT Cruiser — and even a refrigerator full of food. About the only thing not left behind was a forwarding address…Former Democratic Sen. Bob Graham, who in 2002 chaired the congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11, maintains the FBI is covering up a Saudi support cell in Sarasota for the hijackers. He says the al-Hijjis “urgent” pre-9/11 exit suggests “someone may have tipped them off” about the coming attacks. Graham has been working with a 14-member group in Congress to urge President Obama to declassify 28 pages of the final report of his inquiry which were originally redacted, wholesale, by President [sic] George W. Bush.
Once again (repeat of the Boston Bombing trial) Suspect doesn’t defend self, no actual evidence presented, no confronting of the glaring facts…. just throw yourself on the mercy of the court (and the media) while under the influence of mass drugging!)
James Holmes’ family says he’s mentally ill and doesn’t deserve death, but victims’ families aren’t convinced
There is no question that the acts James Eagan Holmes is accused of committing were monstrous. But do they make him a monster? Do they mean he deserves to die? Those answers will soon be in the hands of a jury. But in the meantime, his mother is speaking out — and with a plea for compassion.
Holmes is currently is prison, awaiting opening statements in a trial that is set to begin on April 27. He faces the death penalty for the July 20, 2012 mass shooting in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater that left twelve people dead and seventy injured. His defense has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Last December, his parents expressed the hope for a speedy trial and a guilty plea in exchange for life in prison. “If that happened, our son would be in prison the rest of his life,” they said in a joint statement at the time, “but no one would have to relive those horrible events at a trial the media has permission to televise.” Now, however, as the court date approaches, his mother is revisiting those “horrible events,” via a new self-published book entitled “When the Focus Shifts: The Prayer Book of Arlene Holmes 2013-2014.” The Hollywood Reporter reveals that “Much of the book is taken from her handwritten daily prayer journals she began writing in January 2013.”
In it, she writes, “People think he is a monster, but he has a disease that changed his brain.” She prays for her son’s prosecutors, saying, “I don’t know why you want to pursue the death penalty for a mentally ill young man.” And she claims that “This book is being published to raise awareness of the immorality of the death penalty. Severely mentally ill people need treatment, not execution.” Mrs. Holmes has vowed to donate the proceeds from the book to “medical and mental health services.”
James Holmes’ mental history is murky, though it seems he underwent some abrupt personality changes prior to the Aurora shooting. He dropped out of his neuroscience PhD program just a month before the shooting. His defense has claimed that he had been recently under psychiatric care. In early July of 2012, he sent a text to a fellow student asking if she had ever heard of dysphoric mania – a severe form of bipolar disorder that can lead to paranoia and violence. And he told her she should stay away from him, “Because I am bad news.” After his arrest, he was placed on suicide watch after what law enforcement described as a series of “half-hearted” attempts on his own life.
Accounts of Holmes’ behavior, prior to and following the Aurora massacre, paint a disturbing picture of a man veering out of control. In December, his parents issued a public statement in which they said, “He is a human being gripped by a severe mental illness. We have always loved him, and we do not want him to be executed.” But others, including some directly impacted by the events of that July day, have been vocal in their dissent. Marcus Weaver, who was shot in the arm and whose friend died in the attack, has expressed skepticism of any attempts at “sympathy for a man who has done a horrific thing” and says, “To give a person who committed such a calculated, horrific crime a life sentence, to me that’s like giving him a slap on the wrist.” Caren Teves, whose son Alex was killed, told Yahoo News last week that the new book is “an insult to our son’s memory and to our family,” saying, “I struggle to understand how this individual could possibly pray for, by name, the thousands upon thousands of innocent people who continue to be directly impacted by her son’s evil, premeditated acts. The release of this book is nothing more than a calculated attempt to influence members of the jury. Almost three years after Alex was executed in that theater, she has never even extended the decent act of a simple apology.” And Melisa Cowden, whose ex-husband Gordon Cowden was also killed, says simply, “He’s not mentally ill.”
Yet as a 2014 report by the Guardian reveals, the US does have an extensive track record of severe punishment for the mentally ill. In 2005, Andre Thomas was given the death penalty in Texas after killing his wife, his son, and stepdaughter. Thomas, a paranoid schizophrenic, later pulled out an eye and ate claiming he had to in order to keep the government from reading his thoughts. He is still on death row. And in 2013, Florida executed John Ferguson, a schizophrenic who was involved in the deaths of at least eight people. His final words were “I am the Prince of God and I will rise again.”
Whether Holmes is a cold-blooded murderer or a severely mentally ill young man is still a matter for the justice system to work out — and to then determine what do about. And I cannot for the life of me imagine who – aside from the morbidly curious — would buy a prayer book written by a killer’s mother. But I do believe that Arlene Holmes’ pain is real and profound. I believe that living with the knowledge that your child has done unfathomably horrible things must be unbearable. I also believe that the challenge – not just for the people will ultimately decide Holmes’ fate but for all of us when we look at acts of such extreme violence – is to find the human being within his most inhumane deeds. Not to excuse him, but to understand him. Otherwise, how else can we judge him? And how else can we hope to intervene in time for some other young man when he warns someone else to stay away, and that he’s bad news?
“Whoever attains maritime supremacy in the Indian Ocean would be a prominent player on the international scene.”
– US Navy Geostrategist Rear Admiral Alfred Tha…yus Mahan (1840-1914)
The US backed and its puppet Saudi+GCC led aggression on Yemen is among Washington’s strategic objectives in the militarization of major sea ways. The strategic Yemeni island Socotra is at the crossroads of the strategic naval waterways of Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. A military base in Socotra could be used to oversee the movement of vessels including warships in and out of the Gulf of Aden. Not to forget the US has its largest military setup in Diego Garcia about 3000 kilometres from this Yemeni island.
Indeed this attack on Yemen has nothing to do with religion or sects, it’s totally political and hegemonic.