Aug 12, 2011

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Rioting in Britain, and the Hiroshima Bombing 
Mark Weber -- Podcast 

The recent orgy of looting and destruction in London and other British cities is a stern indictment of a failed social-political system. It's also an predictable consequence of large-scale non-European immigration. In a prophetic speech given in 1968, Enoch Powell, a prominent British political figure, warned that the "mad" policy of non-European immigration would have terrible long-term consequences. If the history of the twentieth century teaches anything, says Weber, it's the falsehood of the ideology of multiculturalism, egalitarianism and "diversity." Weber also takes a critical look at the atomic bombing of Japan in August 1945, and shows that this mass killing of civilians was not necessary to end the war. 

Competing Explanations For The Riots 
BBC News 

Many theories have been posited about the underlying causes of the riots in England - from moral decay to excessive consumerism. Here two criminologists give their views on some of the arguments. 

Too Many Immigrants, Say Most Britons 
Daily Mail (Britain) 

Nearly three quarters of Britons think there are too many immigrants in the country, a survey revealed yesterday. The international poll, by IPSOS Mori, put the UK third highest in a league table of 23 countries according to concerns about migrant numbers. And it showed Britain topped the table of countries according to concerns over the impact of migrants on public services. Some 76 per cent of those questioned said immigration had put too much pressure on hospitals, transport services and schools. The poll exposes the huge on-going scale of public worry over migration levels in recent years. Under Labour's open door immigration policy, the population was boosted by more than 3.2 million arrivals from overseas. 

Britain Burns: Riots Spread Through UK Cities 
The Associated Press 

A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. In London, groups of young people rampaged for a third straight night, setting buildings, vehicles and garbage dumps alight, looting stores and pelting police officers with bottles and fireworks ... The riots appeared to have little unifying cause ... Many appeared attracted simply by the opportunity for violence. "Come join the fun!" shouted one youth in the east London suburb of Hackney, where shops were attacked and cars torched. 

Our Commando War in 120 Countries: Secret US Military Operations 
Nick Turse -- Alternet and TomDispatch 

... Without the knowledge of the American public, a secret force within the U.S. military is undertaking operations in a majority of the world's countries. This new Pentagon power elite is waging a global war whose size and scope has never been revealed, until now ... U.S. Special Operations forces were deployed in 75 countries, up from 60 at the end of the Bush presidency. By the end of this year, U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Colonel Tim Nye told me, that number will likely reach 120. 

U.S. Debt Crisis Sidelines an Emergency Attack on Iran 
Haaretz (Israel) 

The American trigger finger is itchy. Itchy, but flinching ... Under the current economic and political circumstances, the Obama administration will not be in any hurry to do Israel a favor and pull the nuclear chestnuts out the Iranian fire by means of a preemptive strike against Tehran's nuclear facilities, material storage locations and missile sites. America's national debt crisis and Pentagon budget cuts are pushing to the margins emergency plans for an operation against Iran. 

Swedish Queen Says Father Is Hero, Not Nazi 

Sweden's Queen Silvia says an investigation into her father's links to the Nazis show that he is a hero. A report commissioned by the queen determined that Walter Sommerlath helped at least one Jewish man escape the Nazis. The 34-page report was released on Tuesday. Sommerlath exchanged his coffee plantation in Brazil for the Berlin factory of Efim Wechsler in 1939, which allowed Wechsler to immigrate to Brazil and escape the Nazis, according to the report. The report also found that Sommerlath was a member of the Nazi Party, but apparently inactive. Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, called the report "self-serving and lacking in credibility," and said that Holocaust survivors reject it. 

US Holocaust Survivors to Receive Federal Funds: `Preferred Treatment' 
The Jerusalem Post (Israel) 

Holocaust survivors in the US will receive federal funds designed to help them age at home, rather than having to move to an institution, according to a new congressional bill drafted by Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). The bipartisan proposal calls for survivors to be added to a list of elderly citizens receiving preferred treatment under the Older Americans Act, to designate an individual within the Administration on Aging to overlook programs offered to survivors and create a grant program helping them with their transportation needs. 

In Iran, Tehran Street Named For Rachel Corrie 
The Associated Press 

Tehran's municipal council has named a street after an American activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003, local newspaper reported on Thursday. The report in Hamshahri, a daily affiliated with Tehran municipality, said the council decided to name the street Rachel Aliene Corrie. It said the street would be in central Tehran, but did not specify when the sign bearing the new name would be hung. Corrie, a pro-Palestinian activist from Washington state, was trying to prevent what she and other activists believed was an Israeli military push to demolish nearby Palestinian homes. She was 23 at the time of her death. 

Schools To Get `No Child' Testing Waivers 
The Associated Press 

State and local education officials have been begging the federal government for relief from student testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law, but school starts soon and Congress still hasn't answered the call. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he will announce a new waiver system Monday to give schools a break. The plan to offer waivers to all 50 states, as long as they meet other school reform requirements, comes at the request of President Barack Obama, Duncan said. More details on the waivers will come in September, he said. The goal of the No Child Left Behind law is to have every student proficient in math and reading by 2014. 

Holocaust Fund Scammer Is Sentenced to Prison 

A Russian Jewish immigrant to the United States was sentenced to a year and a day in jail on Monday for scamming thousands from a fund benefiting Holocaust victims. Polina Anoshina, 63, of the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, also received two years probation when she was sentenced in US District Court in Manhattan. Anoshina was the first to be sentenced among 19 caught in the FBI investigation for participation in the scam; nine have pleaded guilty. She is not a Holocaust survivor. Judge Deborah Batts also ordered Anoshina to repay $105,000 to the Claims Conference, an organization that distributes the restitution made by the German government to Holocaust survivors. 

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