The speech that killed JFK

56 years ago today, at American University, JFK gave a revolutionary speech proposing that the Cold War finally end (and "our free press"did not report it).There's a petition that demands the truth at last. 

Scroll down for the link.

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THE SPEECH THAT KILLED JOHN F. KENNEDYOn June 10th, 1963,  in a speech at American University, President Kennedy asked his fellow citizens to learn to live with their worst enemy. Taught for decades to hate and fear Soviet Russia as a matter of national faith, locked in a cold war that almost destroyed the world eight months earlier during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the President nevertheless asked us to reexamine our attitudes towards the Russians, the arms race, and “the most important topic on earth: world peace.”Not a peace “enforced on the world by American weapons of war,” he said.  “I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living…not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women…”He reminded us that Russia had lost at least 20 million people in the fight against Nazism, a staggering sacrifice that the United States and the European Union recently ignored as they commemorated the seventy-fifth anniversary of D-Day without inviting the Russians. Kennedy pointed out that both Russia and the U.S. were allocating “massive sums of money to weapons that could be better devoted to combating ignorance, poverty, and disease.”He argued that war no longer made any sense in an age where “the deadly poisons produced by a nuclear exchange would be carried by wind and water and soil and seed to generations yet unborn.”He proposed and later signed a treaty to ban atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons as a step toward “total and complete disarmament.”

In short he proposed an end to the Cold War.  In so doing, he signed his death warrant.

In a country that had become a military empire in all but name, John Kennedy’s words and actions constituted nothing short of treason.  Or so we know it seemed to the generals, admirals, covert operators and military contractors whose power derives from creating tensions, not easing them; in developing enemies, not disarming them.  Ever since the Missile Crisis, in back-channel communications with the Soviets, Kennedy had been doing exactly what the defense establishment feared most: waging peace.  

Their disdain for Kennedy’s peace overtures was so well known that it inspired a best-selling novel, Seven Days in May, the story of a military coup against a president who was too willing to negotiate.  Kennedy thought the book so relevant and the threat to democracy so acute he encouraged director John Frankenheimer to make it into a movie.In his American University address, the President chided the Russians for suggesting that “American imperialist circles are preparing to unleash different types of wars . . . the political aims of the American imperialists are to enslave economically and politically the European and other capitalist countries . . .[and] to achieve world domination . . . by means of aggressive wars.”But as history has shown, the Russians were right. “Imperialist circles” in the U.S. were planning for war, first in Vietnam, then Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.  The major obstacle standing in their way was the President himself.  Five months later in Dallas, Texas, those  same forces murdered him in a coup, about which there is little actual mystery. On this 56th anniversary of President Kennedy’s American University peace speech, as Pentagon war planners seek to reignite the deadly tensions of the Cold War,  please visit Americantruthnow.org.   Sign the petition to demand a true reckoning with the four assassinations that led directly to our current national predicament. Listen to the entire American University address and remember that “wherever we are, we must all, in our daily lives, live up to the age-old faith that peace and freedom walk together.”

Procter & Gamble, a major corporate criminal, joins the “transgender movement”

One more indication that this "movement" isn't an authentic grass-roots drive, but, in fact, a fascist (i.e., state-and-corporate) scheme. 

Here's a startling overview of P&G's criminal practices (or those thathave come to light):http://powerbase.info/index.php/Procter_&_Gamble:_Corporate_Crimes

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Though he’s “too ill to speak,” the wheels of injustice won’t stop turning in the “case” of Julian Assange

How long before he "dies in custody"? 

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7084541/Julian-Assange-moved-hospital-wing-Belmarsh-prison-losing-weight.html

Julian Assange misses his US extradition hearing because he’s ‘too ill to speak’ – hours after he was moved to Belmarsh prison hospital wing amid ‘grave concerns’ for his health

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-wikileaks-assange/swedish-court-rejects-delay-of-assange-hearing-over-ill-health-lawyer-idUSKCN1SY1UI

Swedish court rejects delay of Assange hearing over ill-health: lawyer

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – A Swedish court has rejected a request to postpone a planned hearing to rule on the detention in absentia of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged rape, a defense lawyer for Assange said on Tuesday

“Commencement” of hostility: NYU explodes on student speaker for deploring Israel’s “apartheid” policies (2)

For some background on what happened at, and after, NYU's graduate commencement ceremony, scroll down below this statement from the AAUP/NYU.

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The AAUP is not solely a faculty organization. It exists to protect the speech of all members of the academic community, and it must speak in defense of student voices, who are among the most vulnerable, and often the most subject to censure from university administrators.

We have chosen to issue a statement about NYU’s graduate commencement ceremony this year because it was marked by an egregious abridgment of student speech rights.

Steven Thrasher, the newly minted Ph.D. who was chosen to deliver the commencement address, included some rousing comments in his speech at the ceremony. They were directed against “racism and Islamophobia and anti-Semitism and injustice and attacks on women and attacks on abortion rights in Tel Aviv, in Shanghai, in Abu Dhabi, in New York City, Atlanta, Washington.” He also referred to Donald Trump as a “fascist’ for his anti-immigrant policies. His comments might be considered standard fare at one of the country’s most liberal universities, and indeed these words, and others praising the work of Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, and other pro-BDS voices on campus, were applauded by many in the audience and on the podium.

In the days following the speech, President Hamilton and Dean Harper issued sweeping condemnations of Thrasher’s comments, singling out his mention of the pro-BDS groups, and his calling out of Israeli’s “apartheid” policies. President Hamilton took the opportunity, once again, to declare his opposition to the BDS movement. There was no mention of Thrasher’s remarks about racism, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia, nor did his inflammatory description of Donald Trump seem to cause any offense. All that seemed to matter is that an NYU student had publicly criticized Israel.

We believe that any official rebuke of speech on campus is a grave threat to fundamental tenets of academic freedom, and that the injury is compounded when certain kinds of speech are targeted as inadmissible. Every member of the academic community is bound to respect the right of others to express the full range of opinion, and any effort to pick and choose what is deemed unacceptable should have no place at NYU.

Like many of our colleagues, we were also shocked to learn that the NYU administration insists on prior review of commencement speeches. This practice seems to run counter to the collegial spirit of open inquiry and expression, and there is no reason why commencement addresses should be considered a “special” category of speech that requires prior vetting. It is chilling to imagine that future speakers might resort to self-censorship if they anticipate that their speeches will not pass muster among administrators.

We believe that Steven Thrasher is owed an apology, and that President Hamilton and Dean Harper should take the occasion to assure members of the community that campus speech of all kinds is fully protected at NYU and should never be subject to denunciation by those with the power to retaliate and penalize.

We also believe it is time to retire the punitive tone exhibited by recent statements from the administration regarding campus speech about Middle Eastern affairs. It is widely known and documented that faculty and students who speak out about Palestinian rights routinely receive hate mail and threats (and sometimes, as in the case of SJP-NYU, these are death threats), and they are often targeted by coordinated efforts to destroy their employment status and careers. They have been selected out by this administration for harsh disapproval, and branded as “divisive” or “deplorable.” Instead, they should be defended.

For more than a hundred years, the AAUP has been dedicated to showing that official interdiction of academic speech is damaging to the academic enterprise. We are alarmed by the treatment of Steven Thrasher as it so clearly violates the long-held principles of the organization we represent on campus.The Executive Committee of the NYU Chapter of the AAUP   Marie Monaco, President  Jim Uleman, Vice-president  Molly Nolan, Secretary   Anna McCarthy, Treasurer  Paula Chakravartty, Member-at-large  Rebecca Karl, Member-at-large  Vincent Renzi, Member-at-large   Andrew Ross, Immediate past president

Dear Mark,
The New York University chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has become the subject of a coordinated attack by pro-Zionist organizations, the university’s own administration and the national media.

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) opposes the campaign to slander all criticism of Israel’s violence against Palestinians as anti-Semitic.

Contact us to oppose this right-wing campaign!

In late April, NYU student and former president of the Zionist club Realize Israel, Adela Cojab, filed a civil rights complaint with the Department of Education denouncing the university for promoting “extreme antisemitism” by awarding the President’s Service Award to SJP.

After the award was denounced by Zionist clubs on campus, NYU President Andrew Hamilton failed to attend the award ceremony, citing his busy schedule. Subsequently, he came out in opposition to the club receiving the award.

The accusation against SJP it flips reality on its head: the pro-Palestinian group has regularly been the target of far-right Zionist provocations, and in the 2016–2017 academic year, the NYU chapter received multiple anonymous death threats.

It also dovetails with an international right-wing campaign to slander left-wing individuals and organizations who oppose the policies of the Israeli state toward Palestinians as anti-Semitic and blaming those that criticize the Zionist project for the rise in anti-Semitic attacks.

Other targets of the campaign include Democratic Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib as well as two NYU students who criticized Chelsea Clinton.

The IYSSE opposes the right-wing attacks on Omar, Tlaib and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, despite our political differences.

The IYSSE at NYU urges everyone who opposes the rise of far-right political tendencies and efforts to censor left-wing views to read and circulate our coverage on the World Socialist Web Sitehttps://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/17/sjfp-m17.htmlGive $10 to support the work of the IYSSEEmail iysse@socialequality.com to learn more about the IYSSE and get involved. We will be active in New York City and internationally over the summer.

Sincerely,

The IYSSE at NYU