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The Geography of War: No Iraq…? No Iran!

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

No other country in the Middle East is as important in countering America’s rush to provide Israel with another war than Iraq. Fortunately for Iran, the winds of change in Iraq and the many other local countries under similar threat, thus, make up an unbroken chain of border to border support. This support is only in part due to sympathy for Iran and its plight against the latest bluster by the Zio-American bully.

In the politics of the Middle East, however, money is at the heart of all matters. As such, this ring of defensive nations is collectively and quickly shifting towards the new Russo/ Sino sphere of economic influence. These countries now form a geo-political defensive perimeter that, with Iraq entering the fold, make a US ground war virtually impossible and an air war very restricted in opportunity.

If Iraq holds, there will be no war in Iran.

In the last two months, Iraq parliamentarians have been exceptionally vocal in their calls for all foreign military forces- particularly US forces- to leave immediately. Politicians from both blocs of Iraq’s divided parliament called for a vote to expel US troops and promised to schedule an extraordinary session to debate the matter.“Parliament must clearly and urgently express its view about the ongoing American violations of Iraqi sovereignty,” said Salam al-Shimiri, a lawmaker loyal to the populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

Iraq’s ambassador to Moscow, Haidar Mansour Hadi, went further saying that Iraq “does not want a new devastating war in the region.” He told a press conference in Moscow this past week, “Iraq is a sovereign nation. We will not let [the US] use our territory,” he said. Other comments by Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi agreed. Other MPs called for a timetable for complete US troop withdrawal.

Then a motion was introduced demanding war reparations from the US and Israel for using internationally banned weapons while destroying Iraq for seventeen years and somehow failing to find those “weapons of mass destruction.”

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When the Pendulum Becomes a Sword, Or… Deflating the Zionist Bully.

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

“When the people no longer fear your power,It is a sign that a greater power is coming.”

-The Tao Teh Ching. 

The pendulum of history may have finally begun its backwards swing. In a world afflicted by the self-serving methods of the elite that beget their corporate greed and quest for unfathomable riches, this new pendulum swing may reverse the seemingly unstoppable, chronological tick-tock of the Empire’s worldwide daily horrors. Its downward arc is now that of the Sword of Damocles. For as Cicero (63 BC) accurately opined of this sword, waning political power and of the inherent power of the people en mass:

“… there can be nothing happy for the person over whom some fear always looms?”[ 

 

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Opposition Party?!

Opposition Party?!

Did Rap Music Pull the Trigger?

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

Within the forced anonymity of cold, hard concrete walls and non-stop, overhead fluorescent lights, rap musician, Brandon, “Tiny Doo,” Duncan remains in jail. It’s been almost six months. Duncan has no criminal record and knows that he was not involved in any crime.

The San Diego City district attorney agrees.

However, a newly fabricated crime, unique in legal reasoning , intends to incarcerate Duncan for at least twenty-five years. Or the rest of his life. For this crime he is ostensibly guilty: music.

“Sorry to keep you waiting. That was good news,” smiles attorney, Brian E. Watkins, as he leads the way from the waiting room into his private downtown San Diego office. Closing the door he continues, “That was the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union). They’re going to be filing an Amicus Brief in support of our case.” The ACLU, thankfully, combined with the efforts of attorneys like Watkins, has been the historical bastion of Constitutional reason, fighting civil liberties violations effectively and aggressively for decades. They’re a very big hitter and Watkins knows it. The implicit and far-reaching issues of the Case of Brandon Duncan are quickly bringing others to attention. Watkins considers this a, “test case.” The ACLU apparently agrees.

Rightfully so.

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Justice Goes Deaf at Rap Music Trial.- Part Three

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

Nine criminal defendants are not the only ones who are on trial, here, in a San Diego, California courtroom. This trial, it turns-out, is more about the American legal system. Today, this court’s irrational decisions, as attested to by the raised eye brows, sideways glances and sharp words of each of the nine defense attorneys present, proved, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the criminal sat, not in front of, but behind the bench.

American justice, as evidenced in the courtroom of Judge, David M. Gill this past Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, cares not any longer about the emasculated US Constitution. As the trial of innocent Rap musician, Brandon, “Tiny Doo,” Duncan began at 1:30 PM, it would be a matter of minutes before this supposed trial became a surreal, Kafka-esque scene of first-time, twisted legal logic; turning two-hundred-plus years of legal precedent into farce.

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A View to a Kill- The Police Killing of Evan Kwik (a true story)

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

One. Two. Three. Four uniformed police passed my window… moving silently, even paced, side-by-side, thirty feet from where I sit. The four black from head to toe, locked and loaded, black gloved fingers on triggers, staring from under black helmets straight through the lenses of high powered black scopes down the barrels of black automatic rifles pressed tightly to the shoulder pads of their matching flack jackets.

America’s authoritarian machine was in full force. On my street. Moving fast.

In moments our quaint four-block area of coastal north San Diego County would be sealed off. In our troubled times cops do as they please. When violating Constitutional protections they don’t like being seen. This scene, fiction? No. My street. America.

Cover, in the form of a small army, was coming. Full speed.

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A View to a Kill.(PART TWO): Slipping Into Darkness.

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

With one more gargantuan push I heave my ballerina-like hulk through the clustered thicket of towering bamboo, and over a flimsy webbed-wire fence that was more than doing its job well. Spilling ass over tea kettle into the Jan’s backyard I clamor up, dust myself off, helping her over the offending fence. We creep into her house through the aluminum and glass sliding back door. Running to the front windows Jan draws the drapes. We peer out.

 

The waning afternoon sun is already casting shadows. Suddenly, a huge all-black military vehicle, giant tires, machine-gun and gunner on the roof, infests our entire view. It thunders to a stop no more than fifteen yards in front of us.

 

An MRAP.

 

The turret gunner twirled, fixing a target on the front door of the hide-out. Six more tactical police, head to toe in olive drab,... Read More

A View to a Kill:(PART THREE):The Message: No Need for Handcuffs.

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

After crawling about the back yard and both sides of the house, I had all avenues down pat. So, when the north side gate crashed immediately followed by multiple swirls of piercing white flashlights spot beams,  I knew my flowery nest was about to be tested.

 

” He’s not in the house”, said a third cop, joining the two in the center of the back yard lawn, spot beams going in all directions. Enveloped into the surrounding black night I could not easily see these black wraiths from my dark cave, except for  the lights flashing off their face shields.

 

With nowhere to go all three circled about confusingly flashing their lights around the yard, walking ever closer to my bush. Five feet away one beam crossed directly over my face and I could clearly see the cops face shield look right at me through the space in the big green... Read More

A View to a Kill (PART FOUR): Bullets of Sunshine.

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

Regardless, the denouement of tonight’s final act wound down slowly. The threat that had been Evan Kwik was over. That did not mean the citizens could go home. There was still a message being sent.

 

The crime scene once again became a hub of activity. Shortly one of the ambulances that had been stationed at the end of the street pulled up next to the front lawn. The sad machinations of the coroner arriving, many very official looking cops in coats and ties, or white shirts with badges, prowling about the house and the yard, huddled, talking in small groups of three or four.

 

The scene continued for more than an hour. Then,  on a rolling ambulance stretcher they brought out, all wrapped in a bright yellow tarp, a sarcophagus. The body of Evan Kwik.

 

My lack of a sweater, or an escape route, had my teeth chattering. I... Read More

A View to a Kill (PART FIVE): Epitaph

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

A truck was coming, high beams piercing my shuttered eye lids. Police.

 

So, I got up and moved to the side. The early-morning freeze just letting up, dew settling on the leaves and on my shoulders. There was no time for going home. I made a U-turn and bee-lined back towards the police line.

 

I told the first cop who stopped me that I needed to speak to his supervisor which pissed him off. That was the point. From the supervisor I insisted on his press liaison. Thus, it was revealed that the press conference was at 10:30 AM at San Diego County police headquarters.

 

Four hours away. I would be there.

 

There were questions to be asked and answers demanded. I was the only one that could. The official police statement was that Evan Kwik shot himself with his shot gun and 9:10 PM. The facts, ie, my eyes and... Read More

Israel’s Guantanamo: Force Feeding for “Life.”

Israel's Guantanamo: Force Feeding for “Life.”
By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

 

Israel now has its own Guantanamo prison. Palestinian political prisoners are starving to death while manacled to Tel Aviv prison hospital beds. Will the torture of force feeding be next.

Do not forget; their resistance to this oppression should be the reason for your own.

Two weeks ago a Call to Order came from the prisoners by letter.

Our great beloved Palestinian people, do you accept to have us be an easy bite between the fangs of our merciless jailers?…We are behind bars, spending years of our lives for Palestine, for its liberation and the freedom of its people…

Israel now has its own Guantanamo-esque, grotesque prison system replete with torture, discontinued  human rights, war crimes, and the latest hunger strikes. The realities of American “indefinite detention” have... Read More