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Historical note on the subject of Barack Obama:

Real Change is not about putting a new person in the place, as the leader of the ruling empire. It can give some smaller changes maybe?!
Revolutionary change is more leaning towards seriously considering a turnover of the present power-system (What we in daily speak refer to as Babylon).

Let me remind you that Democracy is not in function at the moment!

In this situation we now look at - of worldwide importance and impact - every 4 years the system lets 5% of the world population, get the chance, to choose between 2 candidates, from - uptil now at least - 2 corporate depend parties, in a usually frauded election.

If a man like Barack Obama can win and enter the position of president of the ruling empire, and that way, help real change towards the fall of this Babylon system - and do it in a just way and positive manner - I can only approve of him.

Surely Obama leaves us much hope - it sounds like a dream having a Black man take over the White house.
The question is of cause, if this man can manage to be idealistic, realistic and pragmatic all the way to Babylon fall - which actually means moving dissolving his own position as president.

People to the power, Obama, please! That is real change...

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Agent Orange is part of the problem

July 29, 2002

A new declaration recognizing the continuing consequences of the Vietnam war was drafted this weekend in Stockholm, Sweden. The declaration calls on the world community to provide reconstruction support to help the countries of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia overcome widespread environmental, social and economic damage resulting from the war.

Stating that the wars do not end when bombs stop falling, the declaration singles out the United States military’s leading role in inflicting environmental destruction which persists today. It also recognizes the responsibility of the United States Allies, and the corporations who manufactured the chemicals and weapons used.

Dr. Nguyen Trong Nhan is President of the Vietnam Red Cross Society. “We call on the responsibility of the U.S. government to assist in overcoming the local effects of the war, which were caused when the U.S. military used modern weaponry and also highly toxic chemicals to devastate these three countries.”

The conference, entitled Environmental Consequences of War in Cambodia Laos and Vietnam, brought together more than 60 delegates from around the world with the intention of laying the foundations for a new development fund. The appeal for assistance is directed at all the countries of the world, not just those directly involved in the war.

Ongoing studies in the region show the continued presence of highly toxic dioxins that were found in the defoliant known as Agent Orange. Some 72 million liters of chemicals were sprayed, destroying approximately 40 percent of southern Vietnam’s forests. The environment was further ravaged by more than 20 million bomb craters, as the U.S. and its allies dropped more than twice the amount of munitions in Vietnam alone as was used during World War II. Millions of unexploded cluster bombs and mines continue to pose a threat to Vietnam’s population.

The Vietnamese economy was severely restricted after the war, which limited its ability to address the environmental and social damage. Chuck Searcy is an American Vietnam veteran and representative of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Fund.

“Not only did they receive no assistance from most of the western world, with the notable exception of Sweden, but on top of that the U.S. led an economic embargo which basically strangled and crippled Vietnam for many years after that. Tragically, today we still see the consequences of the U.S. embargo which prohibited basic medicines and vaccines from going into Vietnam.”

None of the 4 billion U.S. dollars in reconstruction and development funds pledged by former U.S. president Richard Nixon to Vietnam in 1973 was ever delivered. It wasn’t until the 1990’s that Vietnam’s economy began to receive support from the international community. In December of 2001, a bilateral trade agreement was signed between the U.S. and Vietnam, which to some people signaled a normalization of relations between the two countries. But according to delegates at the conference, adequate development aid has yet to be provided.

The issue of who should take responsibility for the environmental destruction of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, as well as the responsibility to provide reconstruction assistance was a central theme of the conference.

Susan Hammond is from the U.S. based Fund for Reconciliation and Development group.

“You can safely say that everyone at the conference feels there is responsibility on the U.S. to do something about the consequences of the war. But how do you get them to act in a way that is beneficial? I feel that you can’t push people into a corner and put a dollar amount on this, because it will just shut the door. I think part of this conference is to try to open the door, and get not just U.S.government funds, but get more N.G.O.’s more foundations, more businesses that are working in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos to pay attention to the pure humanitarian needs that are in those countries.”

The restoration of the region’s environment is fundamental to further economic and social development, according to many of the scientists and researchers present at the conference. Dr. Vo Quy was one of the first people to analyze the effect of the war on Vietnam’s ecosystem. He conducted research in Southern Vietnam during the war, documenting the effects of Agent Orange.

“All people live in a kind of ecosystem, or habitat. If that ecosystem is destroyed, the society of this area cannot develop. That is why first we need to recover the ecosystem of our country. Because the development of our country is based on our rich ecosystem.”

While the environmental destruction of Vietnam is still being addressed 30 years later, a series of modern conflicts since that time have introduced new examples of environmental warfare. At this time there are still no significant, binding international treaties that address the issue.

Barry Weisberg is the author of the 1970 book Ecocide in IndoChina: The Ecology of War.

“Vietnam was the opening chapter in an intensive process by governments both against other governments and against their own landscapes and people to devastate the environment and ecological system,” says Weisberg. “The problem is we are faced by wide spread denial, delusion and deception about the problem. A good deal of the leaders of the world don’t even recognize the overwhelming scientific opinion on things like global warming, don’t recognize the need to reduce the emissions from factories and automobiles. So as long as we are living in an environment where there are insufficient international rules and regulations to curb even these developments, its very unlikely we are going to see the rise of a legal regime capable of curbing ecocide.”

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Speech by H.I.M. Haile Selassie I,
28th February, 1968:

[Here reproduced as it was put to music by Bob Nesta Marley in the song 'War' on the Album 'Rastaman Vibration']

"Until the philosophy which hold one race
Superior and another inferior
Is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned
Everywhere is war, me say war

That until there are no longer first class
And second class citizens of any nation
Until the colour of a man's skin
Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes
Me say war

That until the basic human rights are equally
Guaranteed to all, without regard to race
Dis a war

That until that day
The dream of lasting peace, world citizenship
Rule of international morality
Will remain in but a fleeting illusion
To be persued, but never attained
Now everywhere is war, war

And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes
That hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique,
South Africa, sub-human bondage
Have been toppled, utterly destroyed
Well, everywhere is war, me say war

War in the east, war in the west
War up north, war down south
War, war, rumours of a war

And until that day, the African continent
Will not now peace, we Africans will fight
We find it necessary and we know we shall win
As we are confident in the victory
Of good over evil, good over evil, good over evil
Good over evil, good over evil, good over evil..."