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Pope's Brother: I Ignored Physical Abuse Reports

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Pope Benedict XVI, right, walks with his brother priest Georg Ratzinger in Regensburg, southern Germany, Sept. 13, 2006.
Berlin - The pope's brother said in a newspaper interview published Tuesday that he slapped pupils as punishment after he took over a renowned German boys' choir in the 1960s. He also said he was aware of allegations of physical abuse at an elementary school linked to the choir but did nothing about it.

The Rev. Georg Ratzinger, 86, said he was completely unaware of allegations of sexual abuse at the Regensburger Domspatzen boys choir, part of a string of charges of sex abuse by church employees across Europe in recent days.

Responding to accusations that its policies encouraged silence about the problem, the Vatican said that the sexual abuse scandals in Germany and other countries were cause for anguish but its response has been prompt and transparent

The scandal sweeping church institutions in many European countries kept widening Tuesday.

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Interpol issues 16 new warrants for Mossad murderers

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Interpol has issued arrest warrants for 16 new suspects identified by Dubai police for the January assassination of a Hamas commander.

The latest announcement brought to 27 the total number of suspects on Interpol's wanted list for the assassination of Mahmud al-Mabhouh, who was drugged before being suffocated in his hotel room, AFP reported.

"Investigative information provided by the authorities in Dubai bore out the international links and broad scope of the number of people involved, as well as the role of two 'teams' of individuals identified by the Dubai police as being linked to Al-Mabhouh's murder," Interpol said in a statement.

The statement added that the 16 new names make up the second of these "teams," in addition to the 11 for whom Interpol issued arrest alerts, known as Red Notices, on February 18.

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My "Relationship" With Tom Campbell -- A Wrench in the Israeli Gears

It's interesting to find myself a small factor in the California race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. But before I get to that, it's necessary to take a look at the campaigns themselves, and the system in which they're running.

An outside observer might be forgiven for being confused about which nation these candidates are seeking to serve. Rather than competing over who is the most loyal Californian and patriotic American, these would-be Senators seem often to be competing over who is the most supportive of a foreign regime.

Odder still, the regime being fervently endorsed has a record of taking actions that are deeply contrary to principles most Americans hold dear, and on top of that, has a track record of undertaking activities that are extremely damaging to the US, including:

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ABC News Vs. Loose Change

At the Treason in America Conference on 3/6/2010, ABC News' Chris Wallace decided to drop by and attempt to entrap Dylan Avery and Corey Rowe, but the creators of the Loose Change documentaries were ready for them...


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Dubai: Israeli premier faces arrest

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Tamim said he was 'almost certain' Israeli agents plotted the murder of al-Mabhouh
The head of the Dubai police is planning to seek the arrest of the prime minister of Israel and the head of the country's secret service, Mossad, over the killing of a Hamas leader.

Dhahi Khalfan Tamim told Al Jazeera he would ask the Dubai prosecutor to issue arrest warrants for Binyamin Netanyahu and Meir Dagan this week.

Tamim said he was "almost certain" Israeli agents were involved in the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a Hamas commander, at a Dubai hotel in January.

Israel has has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in al-Mabhouh's murder.

The police chief said Mossad had "insulted" Dubai and Western countries whose fraudulent passports were used by suspects in the assassination.

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America's Darkest Secret: The Nine Stages of American Autogenocide


Comment: Martha Rose Crow died on March 1st, 2010, from a probable brain aneurysm. She was a close associate and contributor to SOTT.net, and her passing saddens us deeply. To commemorate her life, we revive this excellent editorial she wrote in 2006, in recognition of her dedication to truth and as a promise that her efforts and her life's work will live on and continue to help awaken others to the dark reality that surrounds us all.


Martha Rose Crow

Martha Rose Crow
Auto comes from the Greek reflexive pronoun while genocide comes from the Latin words gens meaning "race, tribe" and -cidere meaning "kill." (source)

American Autogenocide is the deliberate, systematic and legal murder of American citizens by socially-engineering the die-off of populations that are "problematic" for the interests of wealth and power. Most victims prematurely die from social forces targeted at them to cause them to wear out by stress. This process is called "Weathering Away" or "Attrition By Stress."

Although it has to be "legal," autogenocide is always committed under the radar so the media won't be compelled to report it and so the people won't see it or understand it. More, the genocide is blamed on the victims and their deaths are hidden-attributed-to other causes rather than the primary one of autogenocide.

What is different between this genocide and other genocides is that this unique genocide doesn't produce mass graves. Instead, the victims are spread over a large geographic area and buried singly, thereby hiding the body count. This keeps the deaths sanitized and homogenized. It also keeps the autogenocide surreal; thus enabling the village to deny It's existence when clues to It's existence are abundant and abundantly transparent.

Comment: Other articles by Martha Rose Crow can be found here:

Imaginary Gold Bullion: How Deep Does the Plunder of the World's Resources Go?
Behind Israel's Siege of Gaza: Palestinians Have Oil and Gas
The "Bin Laden Option" and the Missing Minot Nuke
The Orwell Peace Prize


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Chile Sends The Army To Concepcion' To Help People Starve

Sadly, as the Chilean people struggle to survive in the aftermath of one the most powerful earthquakes in recorded history, an axis-tilting armaggeddon 500 times more powerful than the quake that reduced Haiti to unimaginable misery, the Chilean military's response seems to mirror the United States' "boots on the ground" lockdown in Port-au-Prince and other afflicted Haitian cities. NPR reported this morning that although some residents of Concepcion' and other totally ravaged Chilean shore-line communities rejoiced at the military's arrival, they brought only the promise of security without precious foodstuffs or any other type of assistance. There were the usual promises of swift action to arrest "looters" and criminal gangs taking deadly advantage of the absence of authority, but pray tell, what is the difference between a completely traumatized people suddenly bereft of the basic necessities of life breaking into grocery stores and other businesses in order to feed themselves and their families and base evildoers intent on profiting from anarchy and who makes the call?

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US sponsors terrorism: Was Richard Holbrooke waiting to meet Jundullah terrorist at Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan?

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Obama's "Special Representative" to Afghanistan and Pakistan
Tehran - Independent news sources reported on Saturday that Abdolmalek Rigi, the terrorist who has been arrested by Iranian security forces, had planned to meet with Richard Holbrooke in the Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan.

According to Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA), the captured ringleader of the Jundallah terrorist group, Abdolmalek Rigi, was scheduled to meet US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke at the Manas Air Base for talks on waging an insurgency against the Islamic Republic of Iran, a journalist says.

Rigi had planned to meet a high-profile US official at the Manas Air Base near Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek.

This senior US official must have been Holbrooke, who was in Kyrgyzstan to visit the only US air base in Central Asia, the IRNA news agency quoted journalist Wayne Madsen as saying on Saturday.

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Hamas to EU: Put Israel on terrorism list

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Hamas asked the European Union to include Israel on a list of countries that support terrorism.

"We urge the EU to include the Zionist entity on the list of countries that support terrorism, as it represents a threat to international peace," Hamas said in a statement released Monday.

Hamas has accused Israel of being responsible for last month's assassination of a Hamas commander, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in a Dubai hotel.

The United States and the European Union consider Hamas a terrorist organization.

European Union ministers met Monday in Brussels.

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Israeli Haaretz' opinion on Mossad's latest fun and games: A legal framework for the Mossad

As more time passes, tough questions are surfacing regarding the necessity and long-term benefit of the assassination of senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai. If Israel was responsible for the operation - which gave rise to problems on an international level over the forging of passports from various countries and exposed operational methods - it is unreasonable that the matter be spared competent investigation, which would allow the proper lessons to be drawn for the future. This is true even if the mission's goal was achieved and its operatives got away unscathed.

Despite the absence of clear information, it appears the prime minister alone approves the special operations of the Mossad, Israel's espionage agency - the only government agency whose operations are subject to the decisions of only one individual.