A Man’s A Man For A’ That

A poem by the great Scottish poet Robert Burns in Anticipation of the Sept. 18 Vote for Scottish Independence

A Man’s A Man For A’ That


Is there for honest Poverty
That hings his head, an’ a’ that;
The coward slave-we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a’ that!
For a’ that, an’ a’ that.
Our toils obscure an’ a’ that,
The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,
The Man’s the gowd for a’ that.

What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey, an’ a that;
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine;
A Man’s a Man for a’ that:
For a’ that, and a’ that,
Their tinsel show, an’ a’ that;
The honest man, tho’ e’er sae poor,
Is king o’ men for a’ that.

Ye see yon birkie, ca’d a lord,
Wha struts, an’ stares, an’ a’ that;
Tho’ hundreds worship at his word,
He’s but a coof for a’ that:
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
His ribband, star, an’ a’ that:
The man o’ independent mind
He looks an’ laughs at a’ that.

A prince can mak a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, an’ a’ that;
But an honest man’s abon his might,
Gude faith, he maunna fa’ that!
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
Their dignities an’ a’ that;
The pith o’ sense, an’ pride o’ worth,
Are higher rank than a’ that.

Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a’ that,)
That Sense and Worth, o’er a’ the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an’ a’ that.
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
It’s coming yet for a’ that,
That Man to Man, the world o’er,
Shall brothers be for a’ that.

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Sinn Féin will fight by-elections to win – Gerry Adams TD

Speaking in Dublin today, Gerry Adams welcomed the announcement of a date for by-elections in Dublin South West and Roscommon/South Leitrim. Mr Adams was accompanied by Sinn Féin Cllr Martin Kenny, the party’s candidate in Roscommon/South Leitrim and Cllr Cathal King who is the candidate in Dublin South West.

Gerry Adams TD said:

“Sinn Féin welcomes the moving of the writs for the by elections in Dublin South West and Roscommon/South Leitrim.

“Thanks to the court case taken by Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty TD, governments can no longer drag out or delay indefinitely the holding of by-elections.

“In these by-elections, voters in Dublin South West and in Roscommon/South Leitrim face an important choice between the failed politics of the past – the politics of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour – and the alternative offered by Sinn Féin.

“This is a choice between the politics of those who see ordinary working people as an easy target, or a party that stands with citizens dependent on public services, and who are trying to improve their standard of living.

“These by-elections offer a political choice between fairness and unfairness.

“Voters in Roscommon/South Leitrim and in Dublin South West have been let down by this government and most see little or no sign of the recovery which Fine Gael and Labour has been speaking about.

“Citizens are trying to cope with crumbling health services – just look at Roscommon Hospital. “They are trying to cope with an unfair family home tax and are dreading water bills in the new year.

“They are trying to cope with unacceptably high rates of unemployment and the scandal of mass emigration.

“Only Sinn Féin TDs will be part of strong and growing party in the Dáil voting against unfair cuts and austerity budgets, committed to the abolition of the property tax, to opposing water charges and to defending our public services.

“In both Dublin South West and Roscommon/South Leitrim, Sinn Féin is putting forward our alternatives and asking voters to make the change and to vote for Cathal King and Martin Kenny.

“Sinn Féin will seek a mandate for budget resources to be targeted at supporting job creation and stimulating economic growth across all regions which can end the scourge of mass emigration.

“We will argue for the adoption of a housing policy which delivers the necessary social housing stock to meet the needs of those languishing on waiting lists.

“For opposition to further cuts to the health budget

“For increased funding for mental health provision and for a resolution of the government’s continuing Medical Cards debacle.

“For radical political and institutional reform which addresses the lack of accountability and transparency within the Oireachtas, government departments and the policing and justice system.

“For a strengthening of the peace process and a united Ireland.

“Sinn Féin’s platform is that there is a clear, workable and fairer alternative to the way this government is doing things.

“We will fight these campaigns to win and to bring another two Sinn Féin TDs to join our Oireachtas team.

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Obama’s War Plan Makes No Sense’

The strongest criticism of President Obama’s plan for war, during a hearing yesterday morning of the Senate Armed Services Committee against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, came from Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who said that he can’t explain it to his constituents in West Virginia so that it makes any sense. He told Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey that the question he hears everywhere is, “What do you expect to be different than what you’ve done in that region of the world for 13 years? If money or military might hasn’t changed it, what makes you think you can change it now?”

Within that context, he took on the Pentagon’s plan to train 5,000 Syrians to go and fight ISIS in Syria. “I have a hard time understanding why all of a sudden we are going to convince these 5,000 to turn and fight ISIS, who is fighting the same religious war that they are fighting against the Assad regime,” he said.

“I’m just saying our past performance for 13 years in that region hasn’t given us the results,” Manchin went on. “We took out Saddam. We thought that would change. Iraq’s in worse shape. We take out Gadhafi. We thought that would change. It got so bad in Libya, we’ve had to pull out our own embassy and our people in our embassy.”

“They’re wanting to take out — these barbaric dictators are unbelievable. But it seems like that’s what rules. If it is not one, it will be another. We are taking out a person or turning efforts now to ISIS or Assad. I’m not supporting any way, shape or form Assad. I think he should be gone.

“But as long as he is able to remain there, he is fighting the same people that we are asking people to train to fight, that we’re going to spend $500 million. It makes no sense to me. And I can’t sell it. I’ve tried all my — you can’t sell this stuff. And no one believes the outcome will be any different.”

Manchin had been immediately preceded in the question by Republican Deb Fischer of Nebraska, who didn’t go as far as Manchin did in pointing the policy failures of the past 13 years, but she did question the honesty of the administration’s strategy, particularly the part dealing with $500 million to create a Syrian “partner” inside Syria.

“We need to be honest with the American people on what lies ahead, and with the request as it is, we are not being honest with the American people,” she said. She added, in the form of a question to Hagel, that she fully expects the administration to come back to Congress and ask for more authority and more funding for its war in Iraq. Hagel refused to say that there wouldn’t be more such requests in the future.

Obama Slammed for Illegal and Incompetent War on Islamic State

While the House and Senate leadership of both parties is committed to ramming through President Obama’s $500 million in new funds to train Syrian rebels in Saudi Arabia to fight against the Saudi-created Islamic State jihadists over the next 36 hours, some sharp criticism of the latest incompetent Obama war scheme is making headlines.

Thomas Lippman of the Middle East Institute published one such assault on the MEI website under the title “A Coalition of Uncertainty.” Contrasting the coalition that President George H.W. Bush assembled to drive Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait in 1991, Lippman observed “The situation confronting Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry is considerably murkier, to say the least. The United States is not just herding cats, it is herding wolves, rabbits, chameleons, and maybe a few sheep.”

“Obama and Kerry are asking other countries to join the United States in an effort to destroy a group of armed rebels who are not invaders, but mostly indigenous to Iraq and Syria.”

The New York Times, in an editorial signed by The Editorial Board, slammed Congress for hiding behind a spending bill to put money into arming and training the Syrian rebels without full Congressional debate and an up or down vote. “Far too many Democrats and Republicans are afraid of casting a clear vote on this issue before the elections, preferring to hide behind the shield of a spending bill.”

Josh Rogin, in his Sept. 15 column in the Daily Beast, hit Obama on the fact that there is no international law justifying the war plan against the Islamic State. “President Obama,” Rogin wrote, “is pretty sure he has the domestic legal authority to strike Syria. But he has no explanation yet for why such a strike would comport with international law.” After mocking the Obama White House claim that when the time comes, they will come up with an appropriate citation of international law, Rogin wrote that “the administration has said almost nothing about why airstrikes in Syria would not be a direct violation of the international law of armed conflict and the United Nations charter, as both the Syrians and their Russian allies have claimed.”

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Anger at Geldof for Pushing No Vote on Scottish Independence

Irish rock icon Bob Geldof has been savaged on social media after he publicly urged a ‘No’ vote in Scotland’s Independence Referendum on Thursday.

The Boomtown Rats singer made an impassioned plea to Scottish voters ‘not to break up the family’ at a London rally.

Irish and Scots have ridiculed the Dublin born singer, who accepted a honorary knighthood off the Queen for his charity work.

The Live Aid organizer has been heavily criticized for his remarks at the ‘Let’s Stay Together’ gathering in Trafalgar Square.

Comedians Eddie Izzard, Al Murray and Jenny Colgan and presenter June Sarpong also urged a ‘No’ vote in Thursday’s referendum.

But Geldof caused a storm on social media when he described England and Scotland as ‘the closest of cousins.’

The Daily Telegraph reports that Geldof said: “I’d just like to tell everybody in Scotland we’re all f****** fed up with Westminster and it’s even more frustrating for us because we don’t even get to do the argument that you’ve begun.

“This argument needs to be had among us all, you can’t selfishly resolve it amongst yourselves by taking an easy opt-out clause.

“Before there was a United States, before there was a United Nations, before there was a united this, that and the other there was a United Kingdom and it was an extraordinary meeting of very different minds of two extremely close cousins.

“And what a construct this thing is. Because Scotland is a feeling. England is a feeling. Wales is a feeling, Ireland a feeling.

“But the United Kingdom is one of the greatest ideas for the modern age. Between the native genius of the Scots and the pure pragmatic drive of the English we made a world beater.

“The pity of this is that we are the closest of cousins – when one of our blood spills then it all spills. There is such thing as a big glorious no. No is not always a negative.”

The report says Geldof later added: “Obviously a lot of people will be saying that we want to break up, but I just want to know why?

“The UK is a phenomenal modern idea, invented by the Scots. They invented our age and the 21st century really needs to be reinvented, which I think is at the heart of the argument.

“We are all fed up with Westminster but they’ve got an option and we should be able to work out, together, a new constitution.

“But breaking up one of the most genius ideas of the modern political times is not the way to go. 82 percent of people in England want Scotland to stay, that should show that this is a union that works.”

From Irish Central

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Don’t Try To Control An Uncontrollable War • Impeach Obama Now; Create A Solution For The United States

In its development since the mid-July “Fortaleza” summits of the BRICS and supporting nations, the new policy of peace through development for all nations has changed the potential of the whole international situation.

The New Silk Road policy of China, which is central to this whole change, is a “Confucian idea of building the future and building a harmonious world order,” as Helga Zepp-LaRouche said on returning from a long and groundbreaking visit to China. “This is a dynamic concept which is not on the same plane, and therefore they don’t look at themselves as being in competition [with other nations], because the New Silk Road is a completely open conception: Everybody is welcome to join it.”

The United States must join this effort, and its new international development banks, to save itself from the collapse and ruin of the trans-Atlantic financial system and economies.

But “The idiots on Wall Street don’t want us to do it,” said Lyndon LaRouche during the National Policy Committee discussion today. “The idiots will kill us all off, if they can get a chance to do it.” The war Barack Obama and his British imperial superiors are now expanding, has a potentially thermonuclear character, as LaRouche stressed again, and this kind of conflagration generated from one, collapsing part of the planet cannot be stopped from reaching others.

Now, on Obama’s specific and insane war mission, LaRouche said that it is absolutely the case that Obama’s new war is, in fact, another regime-change war against Syria, to bring down and kill its president.

The British House of Commons research department has issued a report Monday morning, publicized in a London Telegraph article, saying that bombing Syria now, as Cameron and Obama demand, would be illegal and in violation of international law.

The fact that this institution did this now, LaRouche said, means that Obama is about to bomb Syria. And a lot of members of the Congress are prepared to sit there and watch it.

But once Golem Obama launches it, it’s uncontrollable— uncontrollable by Congress; uncontrollable for the British imperialists, or the Saudi instigators who could destroy themselves; it is not controllable for us. It could mean mass death, including for the United States.

Out of control, LaRouche said, is out of control. Obama has already gone far, far too far. His next step could be the end of civilization. Stop him, get him out of office, or the result will be uncontrollable. You can’t take a defensive posture against such a threat. You have to stop it.

WE have to stop it. Throw Obama out. Bring out the truth of 9/11 and terrorism.

And LaRouche, noted, again, that former President Bill Clinton can understand the role that he has to play in shutting down Obama and replacing him; and that he also is responsible to do that. LaRouche’s movement knows its responsibility in doing this, and has to carry it out now.

“What we need in the United States right now is a passion to drive the people of the United States, to create the solution. These are the things that will determine, whether or not the United States will still exist.”

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Obama’s Non-Coalition of the Unwilling Takes Shape To Go to War Against ISIS


A year after Obama’s failed effort, on the queen’s instructions, to launch airstrikes against the Assad government in Syria, he’s at it again, as part of the British Empire’s global drive to unleash war to surround and sink Russia and China. But it’s not at all clear who else—if anybody—is on board with this insane policy.

* Great Britain: Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the U.K. would not take part in airstrikes against ISIS forces in Syria—although Prime Minister David Cameron stated the contrary.

* U.S. Congress: There is a growing chorus of voices on both sides of the aisle demanding that Obama go before Congress for authorization for war, as the Constitution requires. The demands for declassifying the 28 pages of the 9/11 report are also increasing.

* U.S. military: Gen. Dempsey’s view is well-known: an attack on ISIS won’t work without coordinated action with regional allies, and it requires Obama going before Congress—neither of which Obama intends to do. More retired military officers are also speaking out against Obama’s plan.

* Germany: The government has said they will take no part in the air strikes, which presumably means they won’t man AWACS that are flying surveillance flights either.

* Turkey: Kerry met with Turkish leaders at the end of this week, but, according to Reuters, he ran into “Ankara’s reluctance to play a frontline role [which] highlighted the difficulty of building a willing coalition for a complex military campaign in the hear to the Middle East.” The best lipstick an unnamed senior State Department official could come up with the put on this pig, was: “The Turks have played an extraordinary role on humanitarian aspects of the situation … and they are going to play and have been playing a pivotal role in our efforts to crack down on foreign fighter facilitation and counter-terrorist finance.”

* Iran: Kerry doesn’t want them involved, because they are “a state sponsor of terror”—which sounds more like a description of the U.K., the Saudis, the U.S. under Obama, Turkey, etc.

* Gulf Cooperation Council: At a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sept. 11, they concluded their communique with a not-very-convincing promise of what they would do: “As appropriate, joining in the many aspects of a coordinated military campaign against ISIL.”

The way John Kerry summed up the situation on Sept. 12 in Ankara was as follows: “It is entirely premature and frankly inappropriate at this point in time to start laying out one country by one country what individual nations are going to do.” Kerry travels to Cairo today, to try to work his magic there, and then goes to a meeting in Paris on Sept. 15 to try to cobble something together. Reuters opined: “It remains far from clear what role individual nations will play.”

Military Weighs In on Obama’s Anti-ISIS Strategy

At least two former commanders of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Anthony Zinni (ret.) and Adm. William Fallon (ret.), have examined President Obama’s strategy for confronting ISIS in Iraq and Syria and have found it wanting. “I am confused,” Zinni told the Tampa Bay Tribune in an interview Friday. He said that he was not confident that indigenous combat forces will be sufficient. “Who are we leading?” he asked. “Will it be the Kurds and Iraqis and Syrian opposition and American lead and American command and control? The long tent pole in this is that more than just having the U.S. equip and advise, how does this go down? The most important part is ground forces to eject ISIS (Islamic State) from Iraq.”

Fallon largely agreed with Zinni. “I think the idea you can do it all with airstrikes is ridiculous,” Fallon told the Tribune. “It is not going to work. You can hold them off. Keep them from massing or taking more territory. But you have to put some boots on the ground. Whose boots and what ground remains to be seen.”

Fallon also noted that the problem is political. “Absent a government the people believe in, the whole thing is a waste of time,” said Fallon. “If the new government is not inclusive, then you can whack moles, but in terms of an enduring result, their government is going to have to do something. You can’t drop in from the outside. We already tried this a couple of times.”

Former CIA analyst Larry Johnson, also a member of VIPS, blasted Obama’s strategy as a waste of time. “We have not learned a thing in 80 years,” he said. And, interestingly enough, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, according to Xinhua, that the idea of eradicating terrorism by airstrikes alone is “naive.” He added: “Fighting terrorism needs organized planning, bilateral and multilateral cooperation and elimination of economic and cultural poverty.”

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Helga Zepp-LaRouche: China Is Not Operating on the Basis of Geopolitics

Helga Zepp-LaRouche, in her Sept. 11 webcast on the BüSo website was, asked about the alternative to Western policy that is developing around the BRICS. In her reply, she also went into her impressions of her visit to China in late August-early September.

Not only does China continue to make spectacular progress in building infrastructure throughout the country — at a pace unheard of today in Europe, she stressed, but the government is simultaneously striving to make sure that the population remains conscious of its long and rich cultural heritage, such as the Great Wall and the Silk Road. She, herself, got a sense of that during the “fact-finding tour” of the Old Silk Road that she and others took in the West of China.

Her two-week visit was packed with meetings and conferences, but she wanted to summarize the sum of her experiences. “This is of great importance: We have to make sure that the German population and others in Europe and America acquire a correct understanding of what is going on in China with the Silk Road and its space policy.”

What one generally hears from think-tanks in the West, Zepp-LaRouche said, is that China just wants to extend its influence, and further its imperial expansion. “Nothing could be more wrong,” she commented. But these Westerners judge China’s economic and space policies by projecting onto China what they themselves do when they pursue geostrategic interests, just as the EU is pursuing, and want to expand the EU ever further. Both former EU foreign policy representative Solana and EU Commission President Barroso have said there is no limit to EU expansion.

“The EU is a neo-imperialist entity which pursues geopolitical interests and considers them to be in blatant contradiction with the alleged geopolitical interests of others countries, such as the U.S., Russia, China, the BRICS group. And that is what is wrong.”

But what is motivating Chinese policy and what has become the guiding light for the BRICS and for a growing number of countries around them, Zepp-LaRouche went on, “is not geopolitics. People in the West cannot even imagine that there are countries which are not operating on the basis of neo-liberalism, monetarism, positivism, and geopolitics, and whose axiomatics are perhaps not identical with, but are very similar to, the thinking and principles that Gottfried Leibniz put forward at the end of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th centuries — that is, a true development perspective for the universal history of mankind which is completely comparable to the policy of the American Revolution or of John Quincy Adams, one of the earliest Presidents who said: We need an alliance of sovereign republics, that together participate in the goals of mankind for the mutual advantage of all.

“That is emphatically what China is doing today.”

Many people may not understand that, or believe it, Zepp-LaRouche said. But she can assure them that China is operating for the moment on the basis of 5,000 years of Chinese history, more than that of any other country. That is manifest, for example, in the role that Confucianism still plays today in China’s identity, and also in other “nice things” such as Chinese cuisine, which is famous worldwide.

China “is a cultural nation which is not imperialist, and whose interest is to further develop mankind,” which is the concept of the New Silk Road. “Since the reforms of Deng Xiaoping at the latest, by applying the correct scientific principles, China has realized the greatest economic transformation of any country on this planet. And they are now at the point where they are saying: We will transform the other, still-undeveloped regions of China, and raise the population’s living standards, and above all we will make this model of development available to all, in the form of the New Silk Road being in the tradition of the old Silk Road. This is an open concept. Everybody is invited to join in and contribute. It is explicitly inclusive and not directed against the alleged geostrategic interests of other nations or groups of nations.

“That is a very important difference. It is not geopolitics, but a dynamic concept of the upward development of the human species. And I would ask all our viewers’ who do not believe me to send me their questions. I am more than willing to engage in a dialogue with you, because it is crucially important for Germany that we understand this.”

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