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Palestinians demand an independent State in Palestine: Cannot buy the alternative

The Trump administration has been working hard to establish Israel as the only viable State in the Middle-East to dialogue with. A few Gulf Emirate States have been coaxed to sign a dubious “peace treaty” with Israel, like Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

The funny part is that the representatives of these 2 semi-States behaved as totally ignorant on what they are signing with Trump.

Egypt and Jordan had signed a treaty in 1974-75 which resulted in countless wars and civil wars in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.

‘NYT’ coverage of Trump peace plan news quotes 5 pro-Israel voices, 0 Palestinians

Media Analysis


The New York Times covers phase one of the Trump peace plan, an economic “workshop” in Bahrain next month at which the administration is expected to dangle the money it wants to give Palestinians and states neighboring Israel, so that Palestinians will sacrifice their political demands/rights (among them sovereignty on ’67 borders; return of refugees; shared Jerusalem)– a figure said to be $68 billion.

The article quotes No Palestinians. (No Palestinian business person will attend this faked “workshop”)

It does include quotes from Aaron David Miller, Jared Kushner, Robert Satloff, Treasury’s Steve Mnuchin, and Brookings pundit Tamara Cofman Wittes. Five (Jewish) Americans, all five of them strong supporters of Israel. (Mnuchin’s background is here.)

Satloff, Wittes, and Miller are all presented as “critics” of the plan, but they are all Zionist critics of the plan. Just different shades of Zionist.(No, not shade. Stauncher Zionists than most Israelis)

Why? This is racism in journalism before your eyes.

The Times clearly has a structural bias against Palestinians. (As all colonial powers’ administrations in the last century)

Even as it demonstrates its higher consciousness in other left zones, the newspaper is stuck in the old paradigm on Israel.

How else could a newspaper publish four justifications of the killings of nonviolent protesters inside of a few months, as it did last year in Gaza?

This would never happen in any other context when a government opens fire on demonstrators.

But the Times columnists offered those justifications, in Shmuel Rosner’s case almost a bloodthirsty one, and there was no balance, let alone criticism from the Roger Cohens, David Brookses, and Michelle Goldbergs of the world.

Palestinians simply don’t count as full human actors.

The Palestinian Prime Minister released a statement rejecting the economic summit today.

He and his cabinet surely were available yesterday. So was Sam Bahour, who writes that Palestine cannot have an economic future without an independent political future, in which construction workers and university graduates will be able to find employment inside a Palestinian state.

Diana Buttu, Saeb Erekat, Hanan Ashrawi (who has been denied a visa to travel to the U.S.), Omar Barghouti, Mustafa Barghouti, Haider Eid surely would have spoken to the Times, too.

Palestine is truly teeming with sophisticated political actors on a wide range who would have something to say about the implausibility of economic peace.

And if the Times says this was an American politics piece, well, there are Palestinians here, too, who have a lot to say.

The bottom line is obvious and disturbing. Palestinians aren’t equals.

“Contracting out low-paid mercenaries hurts our reputation…”: Congress on US military operations

Posted in 2012

Yoweri Museveni is Uganda dictator for over 20 years: He mortgaged his citizens and soldiers to serve as low-paid mercenaries in the US Iraq invasion.

Over 20,000 Ugandan mercenary soldiers (called Kyeyo) were paid less than $300 per month in 2009 in order to be at the beck of US security services organizations such as Torres, DynCorp, Triple Canopy, Sabre, and Special Operations Consulting (SOC).

The White mercenaries from South Africa, Israel, England, France, Serbia…are paid about $10,000 per month, not including side benefits.

The mercenaries from the Third Countries Nationals (TCN) have to submit to the arbitrary, indignities at work, humiliating kinds of jobs, and bad treatments at all levels.

For example, the TCN mercenaries need winter gloves, and receive them during the hot season. They need masks for the frequent malefic and infection leaden sandstorms, and the TCN have to cope bare-faced and get aspirin for infections of the nasal and throat diseases…

The TCN wait months before they are issued Chinese second-hand outfits…

The TCN are not paid for the months of training: They are simply fed…

TCN are allowed vacations after a year, but even these unpaid vacation days, are postponed indefinitely

The kyeyo is paid $300 per month, but the security company is paid $1,700 per head and per month by the Federal government…

And the Ugandan recruiting company is paid $200 per head dispatched in Iraq or Afghanistan

In 2008, the US forces in Iraq was composed of about 150,000 regular soldiers and 70,000 mercenaries TCN (mostly from Uganda, sub-Sahara States, and the sub-Indian continent who can comprehend English).

In 2009, the two components were about equal in numbers: 47,000 regular to 40,000 TCN mercenaries, and this is why the pay dropped from an initial of one thousand to $300 per month, and from ingenious tactics executed by the hiring local companies in Uganda, such as Askar and Dreshak International.

For example, the Ugandan applicant receives two months of “military training” for free and are simply fed.

After the training period, the applicant is sent home to wait for the call. The applicant thinks the call is coming in any day now, and he is spending all his savings, selling his furniture…

Three months later, he is summoned to come and  sign a 22-page contract…in just 15 minutes to read and agree on whatever this mass of “legal” paperwork means…and not even accepted by the US legal system in the US

The applicant has no choice but to sign and be shipped to Iraq, and later to Afghanistan…

The recruiting company Ashkar is owned by Kellen Kayonga, sister-in-law of General Salim Saleh (a brother of the dictator).

In 2005, Ashkar was recruiting demobilized Ugandan soldiers for the US SOC, a security organization founded in Nevada by two veteran US military officers. The two recruiting companies are expanding their business and opening branches in Afghanistan…

The TCN are necessary for basic maintenance tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, washing, laundry, food serving, health care for the injured…

The TCN maintain 25 US military bases, and the most famous of all Camp Liberty, close to Baghdad and counting about 100,000 military personnel.

The TCN constitute 60% of the effectives in Camp Liberty. The TCN are the “Invisible Army” as Sarah Stillman labelled them in an article to The New Yorker (June 6, 2011)

What’s the story?

In 2003, Uganda had managed to disengage from the civil wars plaguing East Africa. The civil war in Sudan was “technically” ending for Uganda. In the east, the civil war of the Great Lakes is officially terminated, and the internal uprising by the Lord Resistance Army was quelled…

Dictator Museveni has to demobilize a big army and has no idea how to win their peace.  Museveni rallied with Bush Jr. preemptive war in Iraq and arranged to ship the surplus demobilized soldiers oversea…

All these security corporations are paid by the Pentagon, and the mercenaries receive no health care or any benefits after the end of the term of their service…

Most of them are shipped back to their country of origin when they fall very sick, handicapped…and their medical records destroyed so that the insurance companies such as AIG won’t have to pay no health care benefits or medicines…

US lawyer Tara K. Coughlin, engaged by an US Christian association for helping US soldiers in Iraq, discovered the horrifying conditions or the cases of the Ugandan mercenaries serving in Iraq.

The Multinational insurance corporation AIG hired Tangier International to discredit “repatriated” Ugandan who insist on receiving compensations, and illegally sending them to visit physicians at Tangier sold…

The independent  commission on contracts signed during the Iraq war presented its report to Congress in August 2011. The report states: “The crimes and wrongdoing committed by the security corporations that contracted out “mercenaries” blemish the reputation of the US overseas…”

The US military is “officially” out of Iraq, but 16,000 are employed at the US embassy and four consulates. And who is maintaining and “securing” the US personnel? Over 5,500 Ugandan mercenaries were hired.

The pentagon is spending 10 billion on 8 US private  security companies. Among them Triple Canopy and SOC (that will receive 973 million for providing static security in a 5-year term)

Note: Post inspired from a lengthy report by Alain Vicky to the French monthly Le Monde Diplomatique (May, 2012). The title is: “African mercenaries for US wars


WikiLeaks documents on Lebanon: What’s going on with our pitiful “leaders”?

Posted on March 22, 2011

You won’t believe it. Can you imagine a government demanding from the enemy to invade its land, kill its citizens, destroy its infrastructure, and expand the bombing in intensity and duration?

That’s what happened in Lebanon:  Not once, but several times since 2005 and since its independence, in pre-emptive attacks by Israel, though tacitly for lack of transparency.

In 2006, Israel launched a devastating war on Lebanon and the government of Lebanon, headed by Seniora PM, demanded from the US that Israel extends its war destruction of Lebanon’s infrastructure beyond 33 days, on the guise of finishing off the military power of Hezbollah. (Finally, it was Israel that had to beg Bush Jr. to arrange for a cease fire)

Seniora PM, the current PM Saad Hariri, the defense minister Elias Murr, the ex-president Amine Gemayel, the warlord of the civil war Samir Geagea, the deputies Boutros Harb, Naela Muawad, Walid Jumblatt, Marwan Hamadi…demanded that Israel continue its war on Lebanon until Hezbollah is severely weakened.

Hell, Israel killed over 1,600 Lebanese civilians, injured over 5,000, displaced half a million from south Lebanon, dropped two million cluster bombs (dozens are killed and injured every year from these bombs), all Lebanon’s infrastructure was destroyed, the sea polluted after bombing oil tanks…

It took Lebanon billions in foreign aid and six years to reconstruct devastated towns, villages, highways, bridges…just to satisfy short-term interests of midget Lebanese political leaders.

The common people in Lebanon know about these systematic treacheries committed by the successive governments, but now there are documents, black on white.

Hezbollah is assembling a legal file to bring to trial all these traitors of first degree.

These official traitors should be packing now; they should be praying to die before they are brought to justice. (Wrong. these militia/mafia “leaders” are still in total control of Lebanon and brought the State to total bankruptcy at all levels)

The infamy didn’t stop after 2006:  It resumed unabashedly.

On May 7, 2007, the official traitors masterminded a civil war against Hezbollah as the best strategy to weaken this party that defended Lebanon’s dignity and security from frequent Israeli incursions into Lebanon.

The “official traitors” had a plan that was coordinated with the US and Israel.

Hezbollah was continuing his program of securing land fiber-optic communication lines.  That was the excuse to starting the civil war.  The US Cole was offshore waiting, and Israel intelligence agents were hunkered in many secret places around Beirut.

Hezbollah managed to dismantle the plan within 3 hours and the official traitors had no time to carry on their nasty program.

Seniora governed Lebanon as sole dictator for four years, with a reduced cabinet since the third of the ministered had resigned., meaning 60% of the population was not represented in the government, and sit in around the government palace lasted months under tents.

Seniora was unphased:  He had orders not to seek the opinion of the Lebanese citizens.

Tents were erected around the Prime Minister Palace for three months, but Seniora felt that the US support is good enough to remain in power.

The official traitors want the army to be the sole defender of the Motherland.  How?

Our army didn’t have a working single helicopter when battling the terrorists Jund Islam in Nahr Bared camp.  The Muslim Sunni salafists, financed by Saudi Arabia monarchy and via the Lebanese government of Seniora, had far more sophisticated weapons than the Lebanese army.

Funny.  The army is refusing free military hardware from donor States in order Not to antagonize the US Administration!

Are these official traitors serious about defending the fatherland from Israeli incursions?  Most probably, they never considered south Lebanon as part of Lebanon?

In the 2009 Parliamentary election, Saudi Arabia allocated $ One billion to finance the Lebanese election for the benefit of Saad Hariri, a Saudi citizen.  The US presidential election process didn’t cost that much!

What kind of an army the defense minister is envisaging?  The WikiLeaks documents stated the following:

First, since the Christian Maronites and Greek Orthodox are not applying to join the army, the best way to encourage them is by establishing special regiments, quasi-independent from army hierarchy, trained to fighting “terrorism” and equipped with assault helicopter.

Yes, Christian youth prefer to join “elite assault brigades”.  Why?  That’s how the “Christian” defense minister Elias Murr feels.

Second, the Muslim Shia youth, constituting half the population, should have a restricted quota of 25% in the army.  The minister feels proud that he managed to reduce the ratio of Shia soldiers in the army that the official traitors want to fight Israel with.  The Sunni, barely representing 30% of the population have increased their ratio in the army and internal security forces to over 50%.  Do the official traitors want to fight enemies with that kind of obscurantist mentality?

Well, not any longer:  Saad Hariri and company were fired, and a new government representing the enlightened resistance forces should shoulder the difficult problems plaguing our society.

In memoriam for the slain in Palestinian refugee camp of Sabra and Shatila: Poem

(With a few editing, my style)

Luis Lázaro Tijerina. September 18, 2019

Shostakovich Leningrad Symphony
comes to mind this night, this cold September air
receding into the terrible morning,

As Israel armor and bulldozers
Drive through our lives with impunity,

Death, the talisman of their fury,
They and others kill Palestinians (and downtrodden Lebanese living there)
as if harvesting leaves falling

And burning on an autumn night.
How many sheaves of horror, how many dead
reported at Sabra and Shatila?

We count your heroic dead
as we count the aimless years
of our hypocritical lives.

We the spectators (the Silent Majority)
who did nothing here in America or abroad.
How many dead, how many dead,

Their fingers broken,
The young men’s faces slashed
because they refused
to sell-out their lives to the Phalangist thugs,
and their Israeli puppet-masters pulling the strings

In this macabre play of horror,
In the Lebanese night.
Haddad, the butcher, and his Israeli henchmen,
Boastful brutes

Their insidious laughter
coming from their snarled mouths
on a bitter Friday night,

Others in the world slept in self-satisfied beds.

The Shostakovich symphony of disaster echoes
like the rumble of dark thunder,

How many dead, I ask myself.
Hundreds, thousands? Those rivers of blood
spilled across the earthen floor of the camps.

On television screens
We still see the horror
In a tragic mural painted in more blood—
Those butchered, shot,
and thrown into piles of garbage (in a mass burying ground in the Sport Stadium by Israeli bulldozers).

The women raped
And hung, their screams like the screeching of violins

In this Soviet symphony I hear on a night
in loveless September.
The cinder block houses stormed
by dark monsters with machine-guns—

Israeli Uzis, not unlike the Nazi troops
who searched for defenseless, quarry at Leningrad…
Now at Shatila and Sabra,
Old men and women lay
In a shattered sleep—
bullets in their heads
against the walls.

The camps of Shatila and Sabra,
those Goya nightmares— our nightmares
on a September night,

There you are—
families gunned down.
See the smiles
on the Phalangists and Israeli faces?

They never cared about life,
For they feared death.
Cowards against a defenseless people,

The only passion they knew
on a heartless September night.
Sharon, the bloated,
stubby-fingered general,
planned the massacre with glee
in the privacy
of his wobbling, arrogant head.

Cover your dead with our grief,
Those of you who survived the bloodshed,
Remember the Palestinian dead
on this Crystal Night massacre.

The wailing and screaming tears the bitter skies.
Bullet-proof vests, Phalangists in shorts
They scurry like rats from cinder-house
to cinder-house.

At Akka Hospital,
Maimed and wounded, carried away,
Nurses raped and beaten
by Christian militia, professing innocence
in their sordid wet dreams
at Shatila and Sabra.

The refugee streets stink with death
Our lives stink with death.
Hypocrisy, our makeshift plumbing,
in our nightmares.

I hear the horns, the violins, the flutes singing
In the September night wind.

What song do they sing?
We have lived for centuries
of the old denial, the blood-walls of hate.

Identification papers handed-out
At a sport stadium; Zionist troops interrogate
the dead whose skins are pale like manikins,
and then we ask why—

Why so many dead in the streets
at Shatila and Sabra?
Rubble, death, medical wives,

Sisters kissing reporters’ arms
Because they want to know
“Who killed my brother?
Where is my father?
When will it all end!”

Shostakovitch symphony comes to its heroic end
on this September morning,
The slumber, my sleep, in our history,
Half-dream, half nightmare,
As the first autumn leaves begin to fall…

The revenge of cymbals, of the militant drums,
I hear in this morning dawn…
The tiers of the stadium wet with blood,
Palestinian blood,

Our hands are caked with their blood,
and the blood of others

We left behind in the gutted street
of retribution.

Note 1: I was in Lebanon at that period and we knew about this monster massacre 3 days later, after Israel allowed journalists and reporters to visit the camp.

Israeli bulldozers unloaded tons of chalk on the dumped bodies, one layers after the next ones.

Israeli troops lighted the sky for 2 nights so that the murderer mercenaries could achieve their macaber task thoroughly.

Note 2: I posted on my blog several articles on that events from various eyewitnesses and reporters.

Note 3: The camp had no fighters or weapons. All the fighters were shipped out of Beirut to Tunisia a few ago back with US guarantees that the helpless Palestinians in camps will be safe and secure. Even the Lebanese army stationed close by failed to intervene.

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Luis Lázaro Tijerina, Burlington, Vermont

Big oil multinationals are comfortable working with Virgin materials:

Is Recycling anathema to profitability for multinationals?

The forecast is generation of Plastic will Triple by 2050?

Plastic cannot be Recycled? How Big oil misled the public?

Are they backtracking under environmental pressures?

None of this plastic, containers, bags, packaging, strawberry containers, yogurt cups… will be turned into new plastic things. All of it is buried.

When Leebrick tried to tell people the truth about burying all the other plastic, she says people didn’t want to hear it.

“I remember the first meeting where I actually told a city council that it was costing more to recycle than it was to dispose of the same material as garbage,” she says, “and it was like heresy had been spoken in the room: You’re lying. This is gold. We take the time to clean it, take the labels off, separate it and put it here. It’s gold. This is valuable.”

“To me that felt like it was a betrayal of the public trust,” she said. “I had been lying to people … unwittingly.”

Rogue, like most recycling companies, had been sending plastic trash to China, but when China shut its doors two years ago, Leebrick scoured the U.S. for buyers. She could find only someone who wanted white milk jugs. She sends the soda bottles to the state.

But it’s not valuable, and it never has been.

And what’s more, the makers of plastic — the nation’s largest oil and gas companies — have known this all along, even as they spent millions of dollars telling the American public the opposite.

This story is part of a joint investigation with the PBS series Frontline that includes the documentary Plastic Wars, which aired March 31 on PBS. Watch it online now.

NPR and PBS Frontline spent months digging into internal industry documents and interviewing top former officials. We found that the industry sold the public on an idea it knew wouldn’t work — that the majority of plastic could be, and would be, recycled — all while making billions of dollars selling the world new plastic.

The industry’s awareness that recycling wouldn’t keep plastic out of landfills and the environment dates to the program’s earliest days, we found. “There is serious doubt that [recycling plastic] can ever be made viable on an economic basis,” one industry insider wrote in a 1974 speech.

Yet the industry spent millions telling people to recycle, because, as one former top industry insider told NPR, selling recycling sold plastic, even if it wasn’t true.

“If the public thinks that recycling is working, then they are not going to be as concerned about the environment,” Larry Thomas, former president of the Society of the Plastics Industry, known today as the Plastics Industry Association and one of the industry’s most powerful trade groups in Washington, D.C., told NPR.

In response, industry representative Steve Russell, until recently the vice president of plastics for the trade group the American Chemistry Council, said the industry has never intentionally misled the public about recycling and is committed to ensuring all plastic is recycled.

“The proof is the dramatic amount of investment that is happening right now,” Russell said. “I do understand the skepticism, because it hasn’t happened in the past, but I think the pressure, the public commitments and, most important, the availability of technology is going to give us a different outcome.”

Here’s the basic problem: All used plastic can be turned into new things, but picking it up, sorting it out and melting it down is expensive. Plastic also degrades each time it is reused, meaning it can’t be reused more than once or twice.

On the other hand, new plastic is cheap. It’s made from oil and gas, and it’s almost always less expensive and of better quality to just start fresh.

All of these problems have existed for decades, no matter what new recycling technology or expensive machinery has been developed. In all that time, less than 10 percent of plastic has ever been recycled. But the public has known little about these difficulties.

It could be because that’s not what they were told.

Starting in the 1990s, the public saw an increasing number of commercials and messaging about recycling plastic.

“The bottle may look empty, yet it’s anything but trash,” says one ad from 1990 showing a plastic bottle bouncing out of a garbage truck. “It’s full of potential. … We’ve pioneered the country’s largest, most comprehensive plastic recycling program to help plastic fill valuable uses and roles.”

These commercials carried a distinct message: Plastic is special, and the consumer should recycle it.

It may have sounded like an environmentalist’s message, but the ads were paid for by the plastics industry, made up of companies like Exxon, Chevron, Dow, DuPont and their lobbying and trade organizations in Washington.

Industry companies spent tens of millions of dollars on these ads and ran them for years, promoting the benefits of a product that, for the most part, was buried, was burned or, in some cases, wound up in the ocean.

Documents show industry officials knew this reality about recycling plastic as far back as the 1970s.

Many of the industry’s old documents are housed in libraries, such as the one on the grounds of the first DuPont family home in Delaware. Others are with universities, where former industry leaders sent their records.

At Syracuse University, there are boxes of files from a former industry consultant. And inside one of them is a report written in April 1973 by scientists tasked with forecasting possible issues for top industry executives.

Recycling plastic, it told the executives, was unlikely to happen on a broad scale.

“There is no recovery from obsolete products,” it says.

It says pointedly: Plastic degrades with each turnover.

“A degradation of resin properties and performance occurs during the initial fabrication, through aging, and in any reclamation process,” the report told executives.

Recycling plastic is “costly,” it says, and sorting it, the report concludes, is “infeasible.”

And there are more documents, echoing decades of this knowledge, including one analysis from a top official at the industry’s most powerful trade group. “The costs of separating plastics … are high,” he tells colleagues, before noting that the cost of using oil to make plastic is so low that recycling plastic waste “can’t yet be justified economically.”

Larry Thomas, the former president of the Society of the Plastics Industry, worked side by side with top oil and plastics executives.

He’s retired now, on the coast of Florida where he likes to bike, and feels conflicted about the time he worked with the plastics industry.

“I did what the industry wanted me to do, that’s for sure,” he says. “But my personal views didn’t always jibe with the views I had to take as part of my job.”

Thomas took over back in the late 1980s, and back then, plastic was in a crisis. There was too much plastic trash. The public was getting upset.

Garten Services, a recycling facility in Oregon, where paper and metals still have markets but most plastic is thrown away. All plastic must first go through a recycling facility like this one, but only a fraction of the plastic produced actually winds up getting recycled.

In one document from 1989, Thomas calls executives at Exxon, Chevron, Amoco, Dow, DuPont, Procter & Gamble and others to a private meeting at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington.

“The image of plastics is deteriorating at an alarming rate,” he wrote. “We are approaching a point of no return.”

He told the executives they needed to act.

The “viability of the industry and the profitability of your company” are at stake.

Thomas remembers now.

“The feeling was the plastics industry was under fire — we got to do what it takes to take the heat off, because we want to continue to make plastic products,” he says.

At this time, Thomas had a co-worker named Lew Freeman. He was a vice president of the lobbying group. He remembers many of the meetings like the one in Washington.

“The basic question on the table was, You guys as our trade association in the plastics industry aren’t doing enough — we need to do more,” Freeman says. “I remember this is one of those exchanges that sticks with me 35 years later or however long it’s been … and it was what we need to do is … advertise our way out of it. That was the idea thrown out.”

So began the plastics industry’s $50 million-a-year ad campaign promoting the benefits of plastic.

“Presenting the possibilities of plastic!” one iconic ad blared, showing kids in bike helmets and plastic bags floating in the air.

“This advertising was motivated first and foremost by legislation and other initiatives that were being introduced in state legislatures and sometimes in Congress,” Freeman says, “to ban or curb the use of plastics because of its performance in the waste stream.”

At the same time, the industry launched a number of feel-good projects, telling the public to recycle plastic. It funded sorting machines, recycling centers, nonprofits, even expensive benches outside grocery stores made out of plastic bags.

Few of these projects actually turned much plastic into new things.

NPR tracked down almost a dozen projects the industry publicized starting in 1989. All of them shuttered or failed by the mid-1990s. Mobil’s Massachusetts recycling facility lasted three years, for example. Amoco’s project to recycle plastic in New York schools lasted two. Dow and Huntsman’s highly publicized plan to recycle plastic in national parks made it to seven out of 419 parks before the companies cut funding.

None of them was able to get past the economics: Making new plastic out of oil is cheaper and easier than making it out of plastic trash.

Both Freeman and Thomas, the head of the lobbying group, say the executives all knew that.

“There was a lot of discussion about how difficult it was to recycle,” Thomas remembers. “They knew that the infrastructure wasn’t there to really have recycling amount to a whole lot.”

Even as the ads played and the projects got underway, Thomas and Freeman say industry officials wanted to get recycling plastic into people’s homes and outside on their curbs with blue bins.

The industry created a special group called the Council for Solid Waste Solutions and brought a man from DuPont, Ron Liesemer, over to run it.

Liesemer’s job was to at least try to make recycling work — because there was some hope, he said, however unlikely, that maybe if they could get recycling started, somehow the economics of it all would work itself out.

“I had no staff, but I had money,” Liesemer says. “Millions of dollars.”

Liesemer took those millions out to Minnesota and other places to start local plastic recycling programs.

But then he ran into the same problem all the industry documents found.

Recycling plastic wasn’t making economic sense: There were too many different kinds of plastic, hundreds of them, and they can’t be melted down together. They have to be sorted out.

“Yes, it can be done,” Liesemer says, “but who’s going to pay for it? Because it goes into too many applications, it goes into too many structures that just would not be practical to recycle.”

Liesemer says he started as many programs as he could and hoped for the best.

“They were trying to keep their products on the shelves,” Liesemer says. “That’s what they were focused on. They weren’t thinking what lesson should we learn for the next 20 years. No. Solve today’s problem.”

And Thomas, who led the trade group, says all of these efforts started to have an effect: The message that plastic could be recycled was sinking in.

“I can only say that after a while, the atmosphere seemed to change,” he says. “I don’t know whether it was because people thought recycling had solved the problem or whether they were so in love with plastic products that they were willing to overlook the environmental concerns that were mounting up.”

But as the industry pushed those public strategies to get past the crisis, officials were also quietly launching a broader plan.

In the early 1990s, at a small recycling facility near San Diego, a man named Coy Smith was one of the first to see the industry’s new initiative.

Back then, Smith ran a recycling business. His customers were watching the ads and wanted to recycle plastic. So Smith allowed people to put two plastic items in their bins: soda bottles and milk jugs. He lost money on them, he says, but the aluminum, paper and steel from his regular business helped offset the costs.

But then, one day, almost overnight, his customers started putting all kinds of plastic in their bins.

“The symbols start showing up on the containers,” he explains.

Smith went out to the piles of plastic and started flipping over the containers. All of them were now stamped with the triangle of arrows — known as the international recycling symbol — with a number in the middle. He knew right away what was happening.

“All of a sudden, the consumer is looking at what’s on their soda bottle and they’re looking at what’s on their yogurt tub, and they say, ‘Oh well, they both have a symbol. Oh well, I guess they both go in,’ ” he says.

Laura Leebrick, a manager at Rogue Disposal & Recycling in southern Oregon, is standing on the end of its landfill watching an avalanche of plastic trash pour out of a semi trailer: containers, bags, packaging, strawberry containers, yogurt cups.

Unwanted used plastic sits outside Garten Services, a recycling facility in Oregon.

The bins were now full of trash he couldn’t sell. He called colleagues at recycling facilities all across the country. They reported having the same problem.

Industry documents from this time show that just a couple of years earlier, starting in 1989, oil and plastics executives began a quiet campaign to lobby almost 40 states to mandate that the symbol appear on all plastic — even if there was no way to economically recycle it. Some environmentalists also supported the symbol, thinking it would help separate plastic.

Smith said what it did was make all plastic look recyclable.

“The consumers were confused,” Smith says. “It totally undermined our credibility, undermined what we knew was the truth in our community, not the truth from a lobbying group out of D.C.”

But the lobbying group in D.C. knew the truth in Smith’s community too. A report given to top officials at the Society of the Plastics Industry in 1993 told them about the problems.

“The code is being misused,” it says bluntly. “Companies are using it as a ‘green’ marketing tool.”

The code is creating “unrealistic expectations” about how much plastic can actually be recycled, it told them.

Smith and his colleagues launched a national protest, started a working group and fought the industry for years to get the symbol removed or changed. They lost.

“We don’t have manpower to compete with this,” Smith says. “We just don’t. Even though we were all dedicated, it still was like, can we keep fighting a battle like this on and on and on from this massive industry that clearly has no end in sight of what they’re able to do and willing to do to keep their image the image they want.”

“It’s pure manipulation of the consumer,” he says.

In response, industry officials told NPR that the code was only ever meant to help recycling facilities sort plastic and was not intended to create any confusion.

Without question, plastic has been critical to the country’s success. It’s cheap and durable, and it’s a chemical marvel.

It’s also hugely profitable.

The oil industry makes more than $400 billion a year making plastic, and as demand for oil for cars and trucks declines, the industry is telling shareholders that future profits will increasingly come from plastic.

And if there was a sign of this future, it’s a brand-new chemical plant that rises from the flat skyline outside Sweeney, Texas. It’s so new that it’s still shiny, and inside the facility, the concrete is free from stains.

Chevron Phillips Chemical’s new $6 billion plastic manufacturing plant rises from the skyline in Sweeny, Texas. Company officials say they see a bright future for their products as demand for plastic continues to rise.

This plant is Chevron Phillips Chemical’s $6 billion investment in new plastic.

“We see a very bright future for our products,” says Jim Becker, the vice president of sustainability for Chevron Phillips, inside a pristine new warehouse next to the plant.

“These are products the world needs and continues to need,” he says. “We’re very optimistic about future growth.”

With that growth, though, comes ever more plastic trash. But Becker says Chevron Phillips has a plan: It will recycle 100% of the plastic it makes by 2040.

Becker seems earnest. He tells a story about vacationing with his wife and being devastated by the plastic trash they saw. When asked how Chevron Phillips will recycle 100% of the plastic it makes, he doesn’t hesitate.

“Recycling has to get more efficient, more economic,” he says. “We’ve got to do a better job, collecting the waste, sorting it. That’s going to be a huge effort.”

Fix recycling is the industry’s message too, says Steve Russell, the industry’s recent spokesman.

“Fixing recycling is an imperative, and we’ve got to get it right,” he says. “I understand there is doubt and cynicism. That’s going to exist. But check back in. We’re there.”

Larry Thomas, Lew Freeman and Ron Liesemer, former industry executives, helped oil companies out of the first plastic crisis by getting people to believe something the industry knew then wasn’t true: That most plastic could be and would be recycled.

Russell says this time will be different.

“It didn’t get recycled because the system wasn’t up to par,” he says. “We hadn’t invested in the ability to sort it and there hadn’t been market signals that companies were willing to buy it, and both of those things exist today.”

But plastic today is harder to sort than ever: There are more kinds of plastic, it’s cheaper to make plastic out of oil than plastic trash and there is exponentially more of it than 30 years ago.

And during those 30 years, oil and plastic companies made billions of dollars in profit as the public consumed ever more quantities of plastic.

Russell doesn’t dispute that.

“And during that time, our members have invested in developing the technologies that have brought us where we are today,” he says. “We are going to be able to make all of our new plastic out of existing municipal solid waste in plastic.”

Recently, an industry advocacy group funded by the nation’s largest oil and plastic companies launched its most expensive effort yet to promote recycling and cleanup of plastic waste. There’s even a new ad.

New plastic bottles come off the line at a plastic manufacturing facility in Maryland. Plastic production is expected to triple by 2050.

“We have the people that can change the world,” it says to soaring music as people pick up plastic trash and as bottles get sorted in a recycling center.

Freeman, the former industry official, recently watched the ad.

“Déjà vu all over again,” he says as the ad finishes. “This is the same kind of thinking that ran in the ’90s. I don’t think this kind of advertising is, is helpful at all.”

Larry Thomas said the same.

“I don’t think anything has changed,” Thomas says. “Sounds exactly the same.”

These days as Thomas bikes down by the beach, he says he spends a lot of time thinking about the oceans and what will happen to them in 20 or 50 years, long after he is gone.

And as he thinks back to those years he spent in conference rooms with top executives from oil and plastic companies, what occurs to him now is something he says maybe should have been obvious all along.

He says what he saw was an industry that didn’t want recycling to work. Because if the job is to sell as much oil as you possibly can, any amount of recycled plastic is competition.

“You know, they were not interested in putting any real money or effort into recycling because they wanted to sell virgin material,” Thomas says.

“Nobody that is producing a virgin product wants something to come along that is going to replace it. Produce more virgin material — that’s their business.”

And they are. Analysts now expect plastic production to triple by 2050.

Cat Schuknecht contributed to this report.

How Lebanon political system after Taif functioned with the militia/mafia civil war “leaders”?

  • الرئيس عون استدعى وزني وألزمه بالتراجع عن تهريبة التدقيق المالي بحسابات مصرف لبنان***

لا نتجنى على أحد حين نفتح ملفات بعض الملفات الحساسة، ولكن الحيوية للشعب اللبناني، وبخاصة بعدما انكشف ان فريق وزير المال السياسي يسعى الى القيام بتهريبة في موضوع التدقيق الجنائي بحسابات مصرف لبنان،

الى ان ضبط التهريبة مستشار رئيس الجمهورية سليم جريصاتي، فاستدعى حينئذ رئيس الجمهورية العماد ميشال عون، وزير المال غازي وزني الى قصر بعبدا بحضور جريصاتي الذي ضبط وزني بالجرم المشهود؛ فألزمه الرئيس عون على التراجع عن التزوير الذي حاول تمريره،

وتتقاطع المعلومات هذه مع تقرير رفعته المخابرات الفرنيَسيه للاليزه بعنوان: “هكذا نهبوا لبنان”؛

تقرير للمخابرات الفرنسية وفق مصادر من داخل وزارة المالية ومصرف لبنان، يكشف جردة دقيقة بالأرقام،

تؤكد كيف تآمر رياض سلامة مع الراحل رفيق الحريري ونبيه بري ووليد جنبلاط وميشال المر والرئيس ألياس الهراوي ونجيب ميقاتي وفؤاد السنيورة وجمعية المصارف على نهب لبنان ووضعه تحت دين لامَسَ المئة مليار دولار ونهب إيداعات المواطنين اللبنانيين التي تبلغ 186 مليار دولار؛ والنتيجة أن الأموال أختفت دون حسيب او رقيب.

القصه بدأت منذ العام 1992 عندما تَوَلَّى رفيق الحريري رئاسة اول حكومة في عهد الرئيس الهراوي، بتسوية سورية سعودية اميركية،

أتى الحريري بمشروع خطير نَبَّه منه الرئيس حسين الحسيني آنذاك، وشدَّدَ على خطورته، رغم أن الحريري أحد عرَّابي الطائف مع الحسيني.

ما لبث ان غادر الحسيني مجلس النواب واستلم الرئاسة بعده نبيه بري ولا زال.

بأوامر أميركية وبتعليمات البنك الدولي وبحسب خطة مرسومة سلفاً ومُحكَمَة ارتفع الدولار

من 2.4 ليرة

الى 3000 ليرة

ثم هبط سعر التداول فيه الى ١٥٠٠ ليرة وتم تثبيته هنا ضمن سياسة مشروع الافقار الذي جاءَ بهِ الحريري ألأب للسيطرة على لبنان ومقدراته ومنع قيامته ليبقى ضعيفاً في ظل اقتصاد وقوة عسكرية اسرائيلية قوية بجواره.

اشترى حيتان المال اللبنانيون كل العملات الاجنبية الموجودة في المصرف المركزي بعد تعيين رياض سلامة حاكماً له على سعر 2.4 وعندما ارتفع سعر الدولار الى 3000.L.L عاودوا بيع الدولار و شراء الليرة اللبنانية بنفس قيمة العملة التي استبدلوها سابقاً فوصل حد ارباحهم بمعدل 1200٪ ثم أصدَرَ سلامة سندات خزينة بالليرة اللبنانية بفائدة وصلت الى حد ال 45٪ وهي تعتبر جنونية لم يسبق لنظام مصرفي عالمي دفعها من قبل!

وبعد تثبيت السندات ثبت سعر صرف الدولار على 1500 ليرة ايصاً تضاعفت ارباحهم بنسبة 100٪

خلال عشر سنوات وحتى انتهاء تاريخ السندات كانت الخزينة اللبنانية قد تم استنزاف 90٪ من موجوداتها ومنذ اول خمس سنوات بدأت حكومة الحريري بالإستدانة من المصارف لتسديد متوجبات الدين العام الداخلي الذي فاقت مداخيل الدولة عشرات المرات.

هذه كانت الخطوة الاولى لرفيق الحريري ورياض سلامة والمصارف وكبار المودعين وواحدة من الاسباب التي افلسوا فيها خزينة الدولة واوقعوها تحت دين عام داخلي وصل الى الاف المليارات، بدأوا بعدها الاستدانه من المصارف ومن الخارج.

أما السبب الثاني هو الهدر من خلال ابرام الصفقات بالتراضي وتضخيم المصاريف والمدفوعات وعجز الكهرباء المقصود والمنظم.

تقاسمت الترويكا وحلفائهم كل شيء النفايات النفط الغاز البُنَىَ التحتية واحد إلك واحد إلي لغاية الآن وما وصلنا اليه.

أما في جردة الحسابات الدقيقة لكل ما جرى سأكشف لكم واحد من اهم اسرار لعبتهم الخطيرة والدنيئة التي استمر بها رياض سلامة مع شركائه حتى بعد رحيل الحريري ألأب وهي على الشكل التالي…

جمعت الدولة اللبنانية ضرائب من جيوب الناس بدايةً من العام 1993 ولغاية 2018 رقماً مهولاً بلغ بالضبط 149 مليار دولار أميركي، وأيضاً أستدانوا خلال نفس الفترة السالفة الذكر من الخارج ومن المصارف مبلغ 86 مليار دولار   بالارقام الموثقة الصادقة.

كما يترتب على الخزينة ديون للضمان الأجتماعي. والمدارس. والمستشفيات. والمتعهدين. والمهجرين. مبلغ 15 مليار دولار

أي ما مجموعه : 149+86+15=250 مليار  دولار.

للعلم أن كل هذه المدفوعات كانت جميعها بلا حسابات منذ العام 1993.

انفقت الدولة اللبنانية من العام  1993لغاية العام 2018 مبلغ 24 مليار دولار على الكهرباء أضف اليهم الجباية التي بلغت حوالي 12 مليار دولار. ولا زالت الكهرباء 12 ساعه او اقل من ذلك.مع العلم ان لبنان يحتاج الى مليار دولار لتصبح الكهرباء 24/24 وتصبح ذات مدخول ومُنتِجَة لكنهم لا يريدو ذلك.

كما انفقت الدولة اللبنانية بدل فوائد للمصارف خلال 26 عام على مبلغ 84 مليار دولار دين للمصارف بذمتها.

دفعت فوائد بلغت 86 مليار دولار.!

وكل ذلك بالاتفاق بين رياض سلامة والمصارف ضمن سياسة ممنهجة لنهب الدولة و افقارها وتدمير اقتصادها؟

بالتفاصيل كيف كانوا يفعلون ذلك؟

يقوم المصرف المركزي بالموافقة على قروض مالية ضخمة للمصارف بالدولار الاميركي بفائدة 2٪ طويلة الامد.

تعود المصارف وتودع نفس المبالغ في المصرف المركزي بفائدة 8٪ أي بفارق 6٪ ارباح من خزينة الدولة تذهب هدراً وسرقة مقوننه على طريقة هندسة رياض سلامة المالية كانَ قد استفاد منها كثيرون مثل نجيب وطه ومازن ميقاتي وبعض القضاة والنافذين وابنائهم بينما يئرزح غالبية الشعب اللبناني تحت خط الفقر!

وصلَت مجموع المبالغ التي اقرضها المصرف المركزي للبنوك والافراد الى 32 مليار دولار بفائدة 2٪ اعادوا ايداعها في المصرف نفسه بفائدة 8٪ الامر الذي خَسَّرَ الخزينة 6٪ بلغت قيمتها على مدى 27 عام 70مليار دولار و200 مليون ما يقارب 60٪ من مجموع الإنفاق الحكومي الاجمالي. تقاسموها فيما بينهم ناهيك عن القروض المعفاة من الفوائد والتي اودعوها بفوائد عاليه تدر عليهم الارباح من جيوب المواطنين.

استمر المجرمون حيتان البلد باللعبة والشعب يزيد افقاراً ولم يرف لهم جفن هؤلاء القُساة القلوب المجرمون.

أن 16 مصرفٍ من أصل 76 مصرف يمتلكهم 11 شخص فقط يمتلكون ما يقارب 80٪ من مجموع ايداعات البنوك اللبنانية وذلك بفضل هندسات رياض سلامة المالية المرسومة سلفاً من البنك الدولي بهدف تجويع وتركيع لبنان.

أضف أن شخص واحد من بين المالكين للمصارف الكبرى ال 11 يمتلك 51٪ من كل ايداعات البنوك اللبنانية بمفرده وتبلغ عدد افراد الأُسر المالكة ال11 حوالي 200 شخص يعمل 5 ملايين لبناني واقتصاد دولة بكاملهِ لخدمتهم كعمال وعبيد.

غالبية الشعب اللبناني يرزح تحت خط الفقر ونسبة البطاله تجاوزت ال 33٪

وفي كل عام يزيد العجز بالموازنة حتى وصل الآن الى 15٪.

وعندما كنا نسأل عن الوضع النقدي كان يتحفنا رياض سلامة بأن وضع الاقتصاد اللبناني جيد والليرة بأمان. في كل مرة كان يخدرنا ونحن لا نستفيق وكل ذلك بفضل حكامنا واحزابنا.

All you sectarian Lebanese: You are Not Lebanese citizens

The confirmed secular citizens (Refusing to be cast into one of the 18 officially recognized religious sects) have no political niche in Lebanon system, because this sectarian system forbit, by law, to include the caste of secular citizens.

You are borned to be in one of the officially recognized religious sect.

And you live and vote and get hired in public institutions and die the way you were registered by your religious sect.

أيها الطائفيون لستم لبنانيين

لا تتفاءلوا. إياكم وهذا الوهم.

أنتم محكومون بالفشل والعار. لبنانكم لن يكون وطناً لكم. هو جغرافيا عاصية.

لن يكون أبداً واحداً. ولن يكون أولاً. البلد مكتظ بالطائفيين. وهؤلاء ليسوا لبنانيين أبداً ولن يكونوا.

المواطنة توحد و الطوائفية تُفَرّقْ. البراهين كثيرة: كان من المفترض منطقياً وطبيعياً أن يقف الطائفيون موقفاً موحداً، بعدما أصابتهم الأزمة الإقتصادية والمالية، وتم تذويب مدخراتهم.

عبث. ظلوا يجترون الإتهامات. وكل فريق طائفي/مذهبي يحمِّل الجرم إلى خصومه من الطوائفيين الأعداء…

كان متوقعاً بعد الزلزال العارم في المرفأ أن يتلاقى “اللبنانيون” حول جراحهم وشهدائهم. مأساة كبرى في أقسى وأقصى الآلام. عبث. اسمعوهم. كل خندق طائفي يرمي سهامه في اتجاه “عدوه” الطائفي…

ماذا يُرتجى من هكذا “شعوب” تعيش معاً في حالة كراهية.

لا تتفاءلوا أبداً. حجم الكراهية والحقد بلغ الزُبى. لا حقد يتفوق على حقد الطائفي. الآخر الطائفي عدو.

وكما تكونون يوَّلى عليكم وها هم قادة الطوائفية، يتصرفون قضائياً وحكومياً وسياسياً واقتصادياً،

وكأن كارثة لم تقع…”المهمة المثالية”.. بكل أسف ومستخف، هي في تأليف حكومة وحدة “وطنية”. المقصود، حكومة النفاق الطوائفي. وفي الإنتماءات الطائفية،

“ما في حدا أحسن من حدا”. انهم يتسابقون في الإرتكاب.

الأهم، أن الطائفي لا يمكنه البتة أن يكون لبنانياً. الإنتماء الوطني مباشر، ولا يحتاج إلى وسيط طائفي.

وفي الواقع السياسي، من زمان، كلنا طائفيون، حتى ولو كان البعض ملحداً أو علمانياً. والسبب هو في فلسفة النظام اللبناني “العبقري”.

الدولة لا تعترف أبداً بالعلماني أو اللاطائفي. أنت لبناني، إذا أنت طائفي أولاً. من طائفتك تدخل إلى “وطنك” المهندس طائفياً على قياسات ظالمة.

عبء النظام الطائفي لا يقع على الطائفة كمجموع. إنه يصيب الأفراد ويحاصرهم منذ ولادتهم.

إذا، أنت، أيها “اللبناني”، لست لبنانياً، فأنت منذ لا وعيك، أي منذ طفولتك، موسوم طائفياً.

عبقرية جهنم الطائفية ابتكرت قانوناً يلزم الطفل المولود، بانتمائه إلى طائفته، وعندما يكبر، ينتمي إلى البلد من خلال طائفته

الطريق العلماني أو المدني مقفل قانوناً. والدولة لا تتعرف إلى رعاياها إلا من خلال الرحم الطائف.

أنت أيها اللبناني، ابن الحبل الطائفي. أنت طائفي مذ كنت في أحشاء أمك…

ولنفرض أن الأهل طلبوا أن تسجل كعلماني، فإنك لن تجد خانة تضم العلمانيين.

سجل النفوس يحصي “اللبنانيين” طائفياً. وهذه بدعة عبقرية، لأن الطائفة، وهذا مهم جداً، لم تعد بناء سياسياً من فوق، بل هي بناء منذ البدء على الطائفة.

وعلى هذه القاعدة يمتنع كل بناء سياسي غير طائفي…

والسخرية، أن اللبنانيين يرفعون أنفهم عالياً، عندما يتحدثون عن الفرادة اللبنانية. كذب. عهر. تدجيل. تفشيط.

ليس هناك أنذل وأحط وأحقر من هذا البناء السياسي الطائفي.

ولا يظنن أحد أن احتدام الطائفية الراهن هو مستجد. إنه الأصل، وهذه فروع.

فالطائفي حقير، وأميّ، وتافه، وساقط، ومنحط، وعنصري، وكذاب. (خاصة عندما يتحدث عن التوافقية والمناصفة).

الطائفي، ولو كان أستاذاً جامعياً، أو مديراً عاماً، أو قاضياً ممتازاً أو في أي سوية جامعية، أو اجتماعية… هو كاذب ومنحط.

وما يقال عن عامة الطائفيين، يقال أيضاً عن زعمائهم الذين يسوسون اتباعهم و انذالهم، بعض التخويف من العديد الطائفي المناوئ.

وسادة الطوائف لا يخسرون أبداً. وكلهم سواسية كأسنان المشط. يختلفون على كل شيء، بدءاً مِن منْ هو العدو ومن هو الصديق. “أعدائي أنا الطائفي، هم أصدقاؤك أيها …

لذا…وعليه… لا تتفاءلوا أبداً.

الماضي كان سيئاً ومأساوياً، والآتي كارثي وتراجيدي.

لا تعوَّلوا على مساعدات الغرب. سيأتي منها القليل. وإذا كانوا كرماء كوفئوا بموطئ قدم، من رأس الهرم السلطوي إلى ألفباء التربية.

الغرب قادم ليأخذنا إليه. كثيرون سيشكرون، وكثيرون سيشتكون.

القادمون من وراء البحار والصحاري، كرماء جداً مقابل أن يصيروا شركاء، خفية أو علانية.

أميركا الأخطر، ليست بحاجة إلى إذن من أحد. إنها هنا دائماً ولا مفر منها. وكذلك فرنسا. وهذا يريح جداً أصحاب الكاردينال بشارة الراعي. فحياده منحاز جداً. لا يعَّول عليه. فقاعة بائخة.

يكفي أن تقف طائفة ضده، حتى يصبح الحياد مشكلة المشاكل. ونحن تكفينا مشاكلنا المزمنة.

لذا، ومن البداية. فكروا بالأسوأ.

هذا هو لبنانكم، فتقاسموه إن شئتم. وهذا هو لبنانكم الذي يموت على أيديكم.

يا شعب لبنان العظيم… لم يُبقِ لك الحكام سوى العظم، فتناتشوه.

إنما، لا تحلموا أبداً بوطن.

أما أنتم يا أيتام العلمانية والديمقراطية والعدالة، فالمطلوب منكم أن تجترحوا معجزة البديل. أنتم البديل، ولكنكم غير جاهزين بعد.

إلى متى؟ الساحات بانتظاركم. والمسيرة يجب أن تبدأ منذ الأمس. وإذا لم يكن ذلك كذلك… فوداعاً لبنان.



The short list of the horrors and assassinations by the Lebanese Front leader Samir Ja3ja3

After all these years of assassinations and horrors during the civil war (1975-90), this militia leader is allowed to be candidate to the Presidency of the Republic, though Not permitted to be a candidate to the Parliament.

تناسى جعجع أن يُكمل سرد تاريخه البطولي للأجيال ليتعرفوا على ال CV الاجرامي الذي يحمله حيث سنذكر البعض النافر منها.

بداية حياته كانت بقيادة الهجوم الى اهدن ومقتل الوزير فرنجية و٣٣ شخص في القصر.

اغتيال رئيس إقليم جبيل الكتائبي غيث خوري عند بداية اجتياح قواته الشمالية لمنطقة جبيل واعتراض خوري على المصادرات والسرقات والتعديات في المنطقة ومن ثم قتل زوجته نورا في المستشفى بعدما نجت من محاولة الاغتيال.

إغتيال المونسنيور البير خريش امين سر البطريركية المارونية ورمي جثته بالقرب من غزير دون محاكمة بعد.

إغتيال قائد اللواء الخامس في الجيش اللبناني العميد خليل كنعان في سريره في منزله مع زوجته التي نجت بعد اصابتها ب أربعين رصاصة..دون محاكمة بعد

تفجير مروحية الجيش اللبناني ومقتل رئيس الحكومة اللبنانية رشيد كرامي وقد نال حكم الإعدام على هذه الجريمة التي خُفضت للسجن مدى الحياة

إغتيال المرحوم داني شمعون وعائلته في منزله في بعبدا وقد نال حكم الإعدام على هذه الجريمة التي خُفضت للسجن مدى الحياة
وعلى هاتين الجريمتين استفاد من عفو مع المجرمين قاتلي الجيش اللبناني في الضنية وبذلك خرج من السجن بعفو وليس ببراءة كما يشيّع أتباعه.

قتل وتقطيع جثة الرائد أنطوان الحداد في جبيل خلال حرب القوات على العماد عون دون محاكمة بعد

قتل ٢٣ مدنيا على جسر نهر الموت خلال تظاهرة الشموع لفك الحصار عن المنطقة الشرعية في حكومة العماد ميشال عون . دون محاكمة بعد

اغتيال الملازم اول في الجيش جوزف نعمة بتنفيذ من المدعو طوني رحمه.دون محاكمة بعد

اغتيال قائد سلاح المشاة في القوات اللبنانية الدكتور الياس الزايك، دون محاكمة بعد

محاولة اغتيال الدكتور فؤاد ابوناضر والنائب نجاح واكيم والنائب ميشال المر ، دون محاكمة بعد

اغتيال القادة القواتيين موريس فاخوري واميل عازار وميشال إسرائيلي وشارل قربان.دون محاكمة بعد

تفجير كنيسة سيدة النجاة في الذوق والحكم على عناصر من القوات دون اثبات ان جعجع كان الأمر بذلك.

إعترافه بتفجير مطرانية سيدة النجاة في زحلة واعترافه للمطران حداد بالامر من اجل قتل ايلي حبيقة

وقد اعترف أيضا للنائب ايلي الفرزلي الذي أصيب في عينه معتذرا منه ولَم يحاكم على هذا التفجير.

إنشاء محكمة ميدانية وتنفيذ حكم الإعدام بالقواتيين سمير زينون ولحود في ضبيه

بالإضافة الى جرائم واغتيالات وانتفاضات داخل القوات اللبنانية وخارجها تطول وتطول لذكرها جميعا ولَم يحاكم عليها أو يُسأل عنها بعد .

لكن الجريمة الوطنية الكبرى هي بإجتياحه المنطقة الشرقية بتاريخ الخامس عشر من كانون الثاني ١٩٨٦ لإسقاط الاتفاق الثلاثي الذي وقعه رئيس الهيئة التنفيذية في القوات ايلي حبيقة بتاريخ ٢٨/ ١٢ / ١٩٨٥ مع شريكي الاتفاق الرئيس نبيه بري ممثلا لحركة أمل
الوزير وليد جنبلاط ممثلا الحزب التقدمي الاشتراكي برعاية سورية ودون تمثيل سني لبناني.

ثم انتفاضته ومشاركته القوات السورية لإسقاط رئيس الحكومة العسكرية ميشال عون والمنطقة المسماة شرقية من أجل تنفيذ اتفاق الطائف الذي أعطى الصلاحيات والامتيازات لرئيس الحكومة السني بعد ضرب صلاحيات الرئيس الماروني. وذلك بالرغم من فداحة إساءة اتفاق الطائف مقارنة مع الاتفاق الثلاثي.

واليوم يأتيك منتحل صفة الحكيم وخاطف القوات اللبنانية ومجرم الحرب اللبنانية والعميل الأول للسعودي ربيب اليهود ليمنع على كاهن من دعوة شبيبة رعيته الى المحبة والتعاون ونبذ الأحقاد والابتعاد عن الضغينة والتزلّم للأحزاب .

انتظرت طويلا الرد من أبناء الكنيسة على هذا المتطاول
حتى طفح الكيل لأكتب هذه الشهادة لأبناء رعيتي وأهلي

Wealth among the Lebanese: Those who looted the budgets and those who inherited

When over 50% are totally poor and the other half totally mindless of the economic state of affairs

I can testify that the vast majority of Lebanese, living in Lebanon, and acting as tolerably wealthy spend most of their time “engineering” their finances.

Fake wealth cannot be sustained, no matter how you fine tune your Ponzi schemes.

No matter what you do to hide your untenable financial status.

And it is this financial system, backed by the Central Bank, that spread this faked economy for 3 decades.

Faked wealthy Lebanese insist on hiring foreign home servants, with all the troubles and headaches of keeping them home,  and taking them to parties to help the other families in serving and washing the dishes and plates.

I can testify that only those who inherited lands and properties, and who sold them to float for a while, can still hide their precarious financial status.

Many graduate students who managed to locate a job for barely $1,000 are behaving in a mindless manner: buying a new car when the car given by their parents are fine and functional. Insisting on food delivery and spending exorbitant amount on gym facilities and skipping the physical exercise most of the time…

I can testify that Lebanese, living in Lebanon, abhor to work for a living, as Not fitting to their status.

Note: This atomic conflagration that destroyed the Port of Beirut and many quarters by the port was a waking awareness of our total bankruptcy, economically, financially, politically and social fabric and “Not Citizenship” behavior.

( منقولة ) وتحية لمن كتبها

اليوم الناس خايفة من الأزمة بس بصراحة وصل فينا البَطَرّ لحالة مش طبيعية..

لما بالبيت في أقل شي ٣ سيارات وخادمة،
ويمكن 5 تلفونات خليوية وثابت ،
وكل ولد غرفه نوم وحمام ، كل واحد بياكل على ذوقه :

واحد بالمطعم والثاني بياكل معلبات والثالث عطول معزوم والطبخة بتنكبّ.
ولمّن الأرغيلة صارت سيدة المجالس
ولما الارض ما منزورها الا على مشوايه لحم ,

ولمّا الزراعة صارت إهانة والمِهن صارت لغيرنا ،
ولما أعراسنا متل أمراء الممالك : أغلى كوافير وفستان وسيارة وزفّة وضيافة وحفلة بالمطعم
ورحلة على تركيا او فرنسا

وبالآخر بيطلّقوا بعد سنة حتى ما يحملوا مسؤولية
ولما ما حدى بيحكي مع حدى بالبيت : كل واحد راسه بتلفون،

ولما الجار بيموت بالكاد نعزي فيه، وبالفرح ما منروح الا عل العشاء والسهرة ،

ولما الحليب دسم ما منشربه،
والغمّة تفه،
والمجدرة نياق،
والكشك مش طيب،

والبرغل و الفول ما بيتاكلوا،
و لما الشب بيصير منعنع والبنت ما بتعرف تقلي بيضة!
وليش ما بصير فينا هيك ليش نحنا تهدينا…الآتي أعظم لأن منستاهل

والحلّ نرجع على طبيعة بلادنا وخيراتها والبركة والمونة والمحبة، والمساعدة الاجتماعية،والألفة والعيلة

Note: This atomic conflagration that destroyed the Port of Beirut and many quarters by the port

City of Dreams into cesspit plagued by junkies and violent criminals

Hollywood’s Apocalypse NOW:

Rich and famous are fleeing in droves as liberal politics and coronavirus turn City of Dreams into cesspit plagued by junkies and violent criminals

Gold’s Gym has become synonymous with the Hollywood Dream.

Set just a few hundred yards from the ocean in sun-kissed Venice Beach, Los Angeles, Gold’s was the backdrop for Pumping Iron, the 1977 documentary which followed a young, unknown Austrian bodybuilder called Arnold Schwarzenegger as he prepared for the Mr Universe contest.

The film turned him into an overnight sensation.

He would go on to become a global superstar, marry a member of the Kennedy clan, and become Governor of California

A makeshift tent city made up of flapping tarpaulins and cardboard boxes surrounds the gym on all sides.

Junkies and the homeless, many of whom are clearly mentally ill, walk the palm-lined streets like zombies – all just three blocks from multi-million-dollar homes overlooking the Pacific.

Stolen bicycles are piled high on pavements littered with broken syringes.

TV bulletins are filled with horror stories from across the city; of women being attacked during their morning jog or residents returning home to find strangers defecating in their front gardens.

Today, Los Angeles is a city on the brink. ‘For Sale’ signs are seemingly dotted on every suburban street as the middle classes, particularly those with families, flee for the safer suburbs, with many choosing to leave LA altogether.

British-born Danny O’Brien runs Watford Moving & Storage. ‘There is a mass exodus from Hollywood,’ he says.

‘And a lot of it is to do with politics.’ His business is booming. ‘August has already set records and we are only halfway through the month,’ he tells me.

‘People are getting out in droves. Last week I moved a prominent person in the music industry from a $6.5 million [£5 million] mansion above Sunset Boulevard to Nashville.’

A homeless man on Hollywood¿s Walk Of Fame. Junkies and the homeless, many of whom are clearly mentally ill, walk the palm-lined streets like zombies ¿ all just three blocks from multi-million-dollar homes overlooking the Pacific

A homeless man on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame. Junkies and the homeless, many of whom are clearly mentally ill, walk the palm-lined streets like zombies – all just three blocks from multi-million-dollar homes overlooking the Pacific

O’Brien, 58, who moved to LA from London 34 years ago, is also planning to move to Tennessee.

‘Liberal politics has destroyed this city,’ he says.

‘The homeless encampments are legal and there’s nothing the police can do. White, affluent middle-class folk are getting out. People don’t feel safe any more.’

With movie studios still shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic and businesses only just starting to remove the wooden boards put up after city-wide rioting following the death of George Floyd while being arrested by three white officers in Minneapolis, LA is now in the grip of white flight.

Lou Ferrigno became friends with Schwarzenegger when both worked out at Gold’s. While he might not be quite a household name like Arnie, Ferrigno starred in the TV series The Incredible Hulk and became one of the wealthiest bodybuilders in the world, with a fortune of $12 million.

President Donald Trump appointed him to his council on fitness, sports and nutrition in 2018.

But Ferrigno, for all his impeccable connections, has become fed up with what he describes as the ‘dramatic decline’ in LA. He and wife Carla recently sold their £3 million home in Santa Monica and moved into a 7,146 sq ft mansion two hours north of LA.

Carla says: ‘One morning around 7am I opened the curtains in our beautiful Santa Monica home and looking up at me from our driveway were three gang members with tattoos on their faces sitting on our retaining wall. They were cat-calling me and being vulgar. I motioned I was going to call the police and they just laughed, flicking their tongues at me and showing me their guns.’

Her husband added: ‘We put the house up for sale after 40 wonderful years and moved north. We feel lucky to have made it out. Now we are in a wonderful place and very happy.’

Renee Taylor, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and actress who appeared in the hit TV sitcom The Nanny, recently sold her Beverly Hills home after half a century and moved to the East Coast.

‘I feel so sad for my friends left in Beverly Hills who had to suffer through looting and rioting,’ she says. ‘I got out just in time.’

The virus only made matters worse. There are homeless encampments in some of the most instantly recognisable tourist traps.

Stretches of Hollywood Boulevard – embedded with glittering stars representing those who achieved their dream of fame and fortune – resemble a Third World shanty town rather than the heart of America’s second-largest city.

Outside the Chinese Theatre where Marilyn Monroe and other screen icons are immortalised by their handprints in concrete, the Michael Jackson and Superman look alikes who usually pose with tourists have been replaced by vagrants begging for change.

Hundreds of LA’s homeless are still without protection
One of the city¿s homeless ¿ there are more than 66,000 people sleeping rough every night. The virus only made matters worse. There are homeless encampments in some of the most instantly recognisable tourist traps

One of the city’s homeless – there are more than 66,000 people sleeping rough every night. The virus only made matters worse. There are homeless encampments in some of the most instantly recognisable tourist traps

Meanwhile, the visitors snap photos of a large Black Lives Matter logo painted down the middle of the street.

Car parks beside the beach in Santa Monica – a popular tourist destination for Britons – are filled with bashed-up motorhomes, each housing several people.

The authorities have even put portable toilets on the streets to try to stop the homeless relieving themselves on private property.

The Westwood area of LA, home to some of the most upmarket blocks of flats in the city, has been renamed ‘West Hood’ by locals appalled by rising crime.

Veteran publicist Ed Lozzi says: ‘The city was changing before coronavirus brought us to our knees. The homeless problem has been escalating for years, exacerbated by weak politicians making bad decisions.

‘Hollywood has always been the wokest of the woke, so politicians have done nothing to stop people sleeping on the streets. It’s not illegal and the weather’s nice, so they keep coming.

‘There is insufficient housing, inadequate mental health care. Add in Covid and it’s a perfect storm.

‘When I first arrived in LA 40 years ago, the town smelled of orange blossoms. Now the streets stink of urine. There is a beautiful park in Westwood but you can’t go there because there are people slumped on the ground and you step on a carpet of needles.

‘White flight is real. The elites and middle classes are leaving. People are taking losses on the sales of their homes to get out.’

The divide between rich and poor has never been more glaring. Just yards away from Gold’s sits the sprawling LA headquarters of internet giant Google.

The car park is housed in a building designed by architect Frank Gehry to look like a giant pair of binoculars. Private security guards wander round as a handful of employees returning after lockdown drive into the complex in their Teslas, Porsches and Range Rovers.

Charity worker Robert (he declined to give his last name) mans two portable toilets opposite the Google HQ. Recently released from jail, this menial job is the only work he can get. He says two people have overdosed in the toilets in the past two weeks.

‘I have a Narcan pen which brings them back to life after they overdose on opioids. I’ve had to use the pen twice since the beginning of August.

‘The situation is terrible. I don’t blame those who can afford to get out of the city for doing so.’

Some 66,000 people now sleep rough every night in LA – up 12.5 per cent on last year.

‘There’s no hope any more,’ he continues. ‘The rich are getting richer and there’s nothing for those on Skid Row. Trump has done nothing to help the poor. All he cares about are his rich friends making more money. If I had money I’d get out too.’

The pandemic has made many in Hollywood realise they don’t need to live in LA – or anywhere near it – to keep working.

Talent manager Craig Dorfman has moved to upstate New York. ‘A lot of people in the industry are re-evaluating their lives and saying,

‘You know, I never really loved LA. Where would I like to live? Because I can do what I want to do from anywhere,’ ‘ says Dorfman.

Fashion stylist Leah Forester and her film producer husband Bill Johnson have rented out their home and moved to the Mexican beach town of Careyes with their two children.

‘We wanted to be in the most healthy, supportive and serene environment we could be in so that we could have some sense of control over our immediate surroundings and our destiny,’ says Forester.

Comedian Joe Rogan, who makes $30 million a year from his self-titled podcast, has quit LA for Texas and says: ‘When you look at the traffic, when you look at the economic despair, when you look at the homelessness problem that’s accelerated radically… I think there are too many people here.

‘I think it’s not tenable. I don’t think that it’s manageable.’

Ironically, the celebrity enclave of Malibu – home to such leading members of the ‘wokerati’ as Leonardo DiCaprio – has cracked down hard on the homeless, bringing in local laws to prevent people parking their motorhomes along the beach overnight.

‘They’ve kicked the homeless problem into other areas of the city like Westwood and Venice,’ says publicist Ed Lozzi. ‘It’s a classic case of ‘not in my back yard’.’

Meanwhile, some of Tinseltown’s biggest stars are developing back-up plans, should the situation worsen. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson recently took Greek citizenship and have told friends they intend to spend more time in Europe.

Skid Row residents force Eyewitness News van to turn around
More tents in Melrose Place, one of the trendiest addresses in Los Angeles. Stretches of Hollywood Boulevard ¿ embedded with glittering stars representing those who achieved their dream of fame and fortune ¿ resemble a Third World shanty town rather than the heart of America's second-largest city

More tents in Melrose Place, one of the trendiest addresses in Los Angeles. Stretches of Hollywood Boulevard – embedded with glittering stars representing those who achieved their dream of fame and fortune – resemble a Third World shanty town rather than the heart of America’s second-largest city

Producer Dana Brunetti, business partner of disgraced actor Kevin Spacey and producer of the Fifty Shades Of Grey films, has acquired Italian citizenship ‘because Italy is part of the EU – it gives me a lot of options if the s*** hits the fan’.

Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban have homes in LA, Nashville and her native Australia.

A source says: ‘They have been spending a lot of time in Nashville. There they can give their kids a more normal upbringing. They have been talking about getting rid of the LA place.’

When the news broke last week that Prince Harry and Meghan have chosen to make their home two hours north of LA in the upmarket hamlet of Montecito, the news shocked no one.

One Oscar-nominated writer told me: ‘They saw enough of LA those times they left Tyler Perry’s house to make them not want to raise Archie in a place like this. LA has always attracted beautiful and talented people from around the world who come here looking for fame or money or both.

‘Now the streets look like Haiti after the earthquake. It’s dirty, dangerous and work has dried up. Even when studios start to open up, people will choose to work from other places.’

The most recent high-profile name to quit Hollywood is Tesla billionaire Elon Musk, a darling of the showbusiness crowd.

Actor Robert Downey Jr has said it was Musk who inspired his portrayal of Tony Stark, the eccentric billionaire inventor in the Iron Man movies.

Elon Musk has recently sold his compound of 4 homes in Bel Air for a combined total of $62 million (£47 million) and is said to be considering a move to Texas, where he is building Tesla’s $1 billion new factory.

‘When the real-life Iron Man moves out of Hollywood, you know it’s all over,’ says a source at one of the major studio

Note: San Francisco was in no better shape in 1991-92. Homeless people crowded all the main streets. It was no longer a pleasure to walk the streets toward the many parks. I had visited West Hollywood in 1976 and walked to Beverly Hills and it was clean and nice to walk.




September 2020

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