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Apr 21, 2014

Corruption in Government Starts at the Bottom, by Philip Giraldi | The Unz Review
  I recently had an interesting lunch with a foreign academic who is in the US on a one year sabbatical to study how the political process in Washington shapes foreign policy. She asked me why the United States has a foreign policy that does not appear to serve actual US interests, citing the recent drive to revive the Cold War and to bomb Iran over a weapons program that it does not actually have. The question led to a discussion of how corruption works in the world’s oldest constitutional republic...
 
  In an interview with journalist Bill Moyers set to air Friday, Nobel laureate and NYT columnist Paul Krugman celebrates both the insights and warnings of French economist Thomas Piketty whose new ground-breaking book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, argues that modern capitalism has put the world "on the road not just to a highly unequal society, but to a society of an oligarchy—a society of inherited wealth." The conclusions that Piketty puts forth in the book, Krugman tells Moyers, are revelatory because they show that even people who are now employing the rhetoric of the "1% versus the 99%" do not fully appreciate the disaster that global wealth inequality is causing...
 
  The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern has concluded. The report, entitled Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens, used extensive policy data collected from between the years of 1981 and 2002 to empirically determine the state of the US political system. After sifting through nearly 1,800 US policies enacted in that period.. researchers concluded that the United States is dominated by its economic elite...
[When what has long been obvious to the few becomes obvious to the many, things could change.]

  Charles and David Koch are modern-day robber barons. They're multi-billionaires. Forbes estimates their April 2014 net worth at $40.3 billion each.. They make money the old fashioned way. Behind every fortune lies a great crime, said Balzac...

  Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson understood "The Monster". But to most Americans today, "Federal Reserve" is just a name on the dollar bill. They have no idea of what the central bank does to the economy, or to their own economic lives; of how and why it was founded and operates; or of the sound money and banking that could end the statism, inflation, and business cycles that the Fed generates...

  Is it really possible that the European public has no clue what was done to Ukraine? Are the men and women of the continent that lives in hallucination, that it is well educated and well informed, really unaware how its own governments have created and supported that ‘opposition movement’ in Kiev; a movement full of fascists and bigots? Unfortunately, it is possible, and it is to be expected!..

  Saddam Hussein has already been executed, and so has Osama bin Laden. But all is not lost for the enlightened West. There is a new devil, and his name is Vladimir Putin. He hates gay people, so the leaders of the enlightenment did not go to Sochi. Now he is occupying land, so sanctions and boycotts will be imposed upon him. The West is screaming bloody murder from wall to wall: How dare he annex territory in Crimea?..
 
..The genius of Stanley Kubrick’s film is that it accurately represents the cold war’s lunacy and dangers.  Most of the characters are based on real people and real maniacs. There is no equivalent to Strangelove today, because popular culture is directed almost entirely at our interior lives, as if identity is the moral zeitgeist and true satire is redundant; yet the dangers are the same. The nuclear clock has remained at five minutes to midnight...
 
  "We journalists.. have to be brave enough to defy those who seek our collusion in selling their latest bloody adventure in someone else's country.. That means always challenging the official story, however patriotic that story may appear, however seductive and insidious it is. For propaganda relies on us in the media to aim its deceptions not at a far away country but at you at home.. In this age of endless imperial war, the lives of countless men, women and children depend on the truth or their blood is on us.. Those whose job it is to keep the record straight ought to be the voice of people, not power.."
 
  The bombshell report by Pulitzer Prize-winning veteran journalist Seymour Hersh titled, “The Red Line and the Rat Line,” contains many shocking revelations for those following the West’s version of reality regarding the Syrian conflict. It particularly sheds new light on the August 2013 chemical attack that left over a thousand dead (US estimates) and thousands more affected. It reveals that not only was the Syrian government not behind the attack, but that it was a false flag operation designed specifically to serve as an impetus for Western military intervention...
 
...the Congress in January fully funded production of a new B61 thermonuclear gravity bomb, a program dubbed “Life Extension.” This year’s $537 million is the down payment on the 12th version of the B61 that the millionaires in DC agreed should get $11 billion over the next few years.. The program to replace today’s B61s with a new “mod12,” is being condemned by our allies in NATO, by Congressional budget hawks and of course by the entire arms control community. Even former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James Cartwright has said the bombs are “practically nil” in military value...
 
  The United States government has never given any credence to whatever appears in the alternate media – be it about 9/11 and the wars since, color revolutions, spying, torture, Syrian sarin gas attack, failed economy, jobs, growing domestic poverty and public anger, and so on. It always promotes its own narrative however contrary the facts may be or however impeccable the credentials of the contrary camp. One of the rather persistent themes highlighted by the alternate media over the past many years has been the decline in the US imperial power...
 
...The video  bonds the naïve Christian believer to  Jewish suffering by providing a bridge between the Passion of Christ and Jewish suffering. The intent is  to plant the holocaust Zionist orthodoxy into the heart of the Christian naïve soul.  And it  also serves to defuse, once and for all, the supposed common Christian  belief that it was Jews who killed Christ. At least on YouTube this week it is actually the Nazis who gassed Christ. At last the Jews are free from responsibility...
 
  The invasion had various objectives. To help remove a dictator who had seized power in a coup d’état, to channel and direct the radical groups that opposed him, to safeguard the interests of the oil companies active in the area, to forestall interference from other national powers, and to teach the citizens of an unfortunate country about the virtues of democracy. Baghdad in 2003? No. The Mexican port of Veracruz, on April 21, 1914...
[The Mexican-American War of 1846-1848 can arguably be seen as the inauguration of the Empire, in all its ruthlessness and arrogance – signaling as well the end of the Great Experiment as conceived by the Founding Fathers.]
 
...I have been struck by a defining encounter between those who are dogmatically opposed to intervention per se and those who rarely confront a call for intervention that they do not feel persuaded by. The traditional focus of policy discussion proceeds on the assumption that what is controversial concerns the forcible character of a proposed intervention by governmental actors to coerce some kind of major change in the regime or policies of a foreign sovereign state...



Apr 20, 2014

The Dangerous Neocon-R2P Alliance, by Robert Parry | Consortium News
  After U.S. neocons helped stir up a crisis in Ukraine—with a big assist from the biased American press corps – the Obama administration looked for a diplomatic off-ramp, but this pattern of hyped outrage and belated reconciliation is a risky way to make foreign policy.. The American mainstream news media has rarely bought in so thoroughly to a U.S. government propaganda campaign as it has in taking sides in support of the post-coup government in Ukraine and against Russia and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine...
 
  Last month the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), the nation’s highest classification authority, released a number of top-level government memoranda that shed additional light on the so-called NUMEC affair, "the story that won't go away—the possibility that in the 1960s, Israel stole bomb-grade uranium from a US nuclear fuel-processing plant.”..
[It’s one of the unknown knowns, so characteristic of American cover-ups of the Criminal State's behavior over the decades – like the story of the USS Liberty. And those are just the tip of the iceberg.]
 
  The Kremlin is preparing a new culture policy for Russia focusing on its distinctive civilisation and traditional values, which observers say has political ends amid Moscow's standoff with the West. At the end of four hours of questions Thursday in his annual call-in, President Vladimir Putin waxed philosophical on what it means to be Russian...
 
...In recent weeks, an intense and polemical debate has been waged between those tending to sympathize with Russia and those championing a harder line against Moscow. The positions have been extreme, with one controversy breaking out after the other. The louder the voices on the one side are in condemning Russia's actions in Ukraine, the louder those become in arguing for a deeper understanding of a humbled and embattled Russia; as the number of voices pillorying Russia for violating international law in Crimea grows, so do those of Germans raising allegations against the West...
 
  Demonstrators were being shot at in the port city of Mariupol as a quadripartite meeting between representatives of Russia, the US the EU and Ukraine on settling the internal political crisis in Ukraine proceeded in Geneva. That’s why the final statement which envisions de-escalation of the situation is an undisputed success. Will the Ukraine’s interim government carry out its obligations?..
 
  I have a lot in common with David Rovics. We are both artists- he is an American singer/songwriter, I am a Jazz artist, we are outspoken, we both oppose imperialist  wars and we also believe that ethics and aesthetics are somehow related and can bring a change. For many years I’ve been overwhelmed by the simplicity, the honesty and the directness with which David delivers his message...
 
 
  Once again we see a steady stream of evidence coming out of Iran as to how our wonderfully unbrilliant threatening foreign policy has forced them into a "Manhattan Project" level commitment to increase its domestically manufactured defensive weapons systems.. Our military has been morphed into an offensive one, but they have not told that to the troops, and I doubt they will. They have been reduced to being the muscle for the mega business elites...mercenaries with very nice wrapping paper. They will eventually figure this out, but many won't mind as long as the checks don't bounce...
 
  Of course not, but the late Richard Nixon was not the only crook. There are tens of thousands of politicians, certainly members of Congress, federal regulators, lobbyist, banking and financial executives, doctors, lawyers, chief executive officers, and board members of major US corporations who shamefully join Nixon as inductees in the shameful “American Crooks Club”..
[It’s a direct result of America’s ‘me first’ culture, in which morality is barely an afterthought.]
 
  The outgoing Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard A. Falk, submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution 5/1 his last report on the dire conditions under which the Palestinian people have to live.  Falk’s final presentation addresses Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.. and considers Israel’s policies and practices in Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) in light of the prohibition on segregation and apartheid. It also addresses concern in relation to the deterioration of the human rights situation of Palestinians living under the Israeli blockade in the Gaza Strip...
 
  John Kerry does not come over any more, but he still sends his personal representative Martin Indyk. Once again a meeting was convened between the representatives of the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, again an effort to achieve at least an extension of the negotiations, and again it failed, and again an American announcement  that efforts will continue. It was not easy to locate this information - the editors in much of the electronic and printed media did not really consider it a newsworthy item, and they can hardly be blamed...
[My answer to Keller’s question is simple – echoing the incomparable Helen Thomas, back to wherever in Hell the Israelis came from.]
 
...Member of the Knesset Jamal Zahalka, who heads the Balad party in the parliament, said "I blame the government who does nothing to stop Price Tag... I can imagine the Government's reaction if a synagogue was burnt in France... [if the denizens would have caught the perpetrators] What would have happened here? I think they would not have left them alive. What MK Zahalka and the others could not say openly is that the government is behind the Price Tag provocations and attacks. That is why the police never investigate. That is why PM Netanyahu refused to define them a terror organization. The day the provocateurs are caught and answered, the Government will wake up and attack the victims...
 
  The 36-story tower on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue has well-known neighbors, like Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral. It has upscale tenants, including a Godiva chocolate store. And its ownership is linked to Iran — which could now bring the 382,500-square-foot Midtown site a for-sale sign from the U.S. Marshals Service...




Apr 19, 2014

On the Front Burner
 
..What is happening today before our eyes is the end of one international system and the birth of a qualitatively different one.. Then Syria happened: for the first time since the end of WWII the USA had decided to do something and was stopped by an outside power in the most humiliating way possible.. The Russian stance on Syria was an overt challenge to US world hegemony.. So this is the real stake of the civil war in the Ukraine: for the USA it is to punish Russia for daring to challenge the world hegemon; for Russia it is to unseat this hegemon and replace him by a multi-polar international system...
 
  Very soon, the IMF will cease to be the world's only organization capable of rendering international financial assistance. The BRICS countries are setting up alternative institutions, including a currency reserve pool and a development bank...
 
  There is no large Russian military presence in East Ukraine, head of EU intelligence, Commodore Georgij Alafuzoff, has said. The spy chief has dismissed multiple accusations from the West alleging Russian involvement in the unrest in the region. In an interview with Finnish national news broadcaster, Yle, Alafuzoff said the Russian military had nothing to do with the seizing of government buildings in eastern Ukraine. “In my opinion, it’s mostly people who live in the region who are not satisfied with the current state of affairs..”
 
  On 14 April 2014 NATO issued a “fact sheet” titled, “Russia’s Accusations – setting the record straight.” In the course of setting the record straight, the NATO fact sheet made the following false assertion: “Russian officials claim that US and German officials promised in 1990 that NATO would not expand into Eastern and Central Europe, build military infrastructure near Russia’s borders or permanently deploy troops there. - No such pledge was made, and no evidence to back up Russia’s claims has ever been produced.” We know that this assertion by NATO is false...
 
  In the last days, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization made some publications, including the document “Russia’s accusations – setting the record straight”, in which NATO attempts to present the causes of the crisis situation in Europe in a biased manner, traditionally shifting the blame to Russia, like it was used to. To be noted, in its current wire-pulling rhetoric NATO has exceeded its propaganda of the times of aggression against Yugoslavia. We will not do as NATO does. We will state facts...
 
  The media refers to the document that emerged out of today’s four party talks as an “agreement”. This is not strictly correct.. As its text makes clear what this document is in reality is not an an agreement to settle the Ukrainian crisis or even an outline of such an agreement but rather a statement of basic principles around which an agreement should be negotiated. The real agreement (if it comes about) will emerge from negotiations based on the principles set out in this document. A number of points:..
 
  As the post-coup regime in Ukraine sends troops and paramilitaries to crack down on ethnic Russian protesters in the east, the U.S. news media continues to feed the American public a steady dose of anti-Russian propaganda, often wrapped in accusations of “Russian propaganda..” The acting president of the coup regime in Kiev announces that he is ordering an “anti-terrorist” operation against pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine, while his national security chief says he has dispatched right-wing ultranationalist fighters who spearheaded the Feb. 22 coup that ousted elected President Viktor Yanukovych...
 
  Today is Good Friday.. It's also just a few days after we have finished our Deir Yassin Day 2014 annual commemorations. Today Deir Yassin, the site of probably the most important event in modern Palestinian history, stands unnamed and unmarked in clear sight of the most famous Holocaust memorial in the world. Deir Yassin Day also falls typically at the same time as the eight-day festival of Pesach.. April 9th is also the day in 1945 when Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed in Flossenburg concentration camp. What would Bonhoeffer, who spoke up for Jews when so few others did, have made of the massacre of Deir Yassin and its proximity to Yad Vashem?..
 
  The thousands of people who arrive at Qalandiya checkpoint and its surroundings each day didn’t hold their breaths when they heard Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that “unilateral actions by the Palestinians will be responded by unilateral actions”. What other unilateral actions could the Israeli government take against the Palestinians in a reality in which millions of human beings, from the moment of their birth and until their death, are victims of commands, regulations and laws that enable theft and torture?..
 
  As the main London event for the 9th Israeli Apartheid Week in 2014, Palestine societies from across London presented “Voices from Palestine: Resisting Racism and Apartheid”..
 
...Washington needs to be more like the Dalai Lama. Without abandoning principles, we need practical policies based on moral empathy. Tackling these issues may offend entrenched interests, but this is immaterial. It must be done. And temporary political discomfort pales in comparison with the suffering that vulnerable people bear every day...
[Even the president of the American Enterprise Institute is vulnerable to wisdom, though it takes no less than the Dalai Lama to point it out to him.]
 
  One of the common assertions one finds in Zionist propaganda is that there “was never any Palestine.” This odd allegation is simply not true. Palestine has been used for a very long time to refer to the geographical area south of Sidon and north of the Sinai...
 
  International participants of the Palestine Festival of Literature are shown around al Khalil / Hebron, where Israel’s apartheid system is at its most explicit...
 
  The Palestinian Authority (PA) is experiencing a multi-faceted crisis at all levels these days. There is, of course, the chronic deadlock in the so-called peace-talks with Israel. Indeed, after more than 20 years of futile and fruitless talks, the PA leadership in Ramallah should have realized a long time ago the utter pointlessness of “negotiating peace” with the Zionist entity while the latter continues rather frantically to pursue the policy of lebensraum at the expense of Palestinians...
 
...the most important, vital, and critical secessionist movement with the greatest impact on world history, the future of humanity, and on world peace, especially peace in Palestine and the achievement of an independent State of Palestine, is America’s secession from Israel’s and Jewish Power’s “Illegal Foreign Occupation” of the entire U.S. Government, especially of the submissive Zionist doormat called Congress.Far from hiding their enormous power over the U.S. Government, their ownership of Wall Street Banks, Investment Firms.. Jewish Americans are proud that they run and manipulate this sole superpower to do Israel’s bidding...
 
...the special relationship is still intact. We still give generous economic and military assistance, even though Israel is a wealthy country and has clear military superiority over its neighbors. And we give this aid unconditionally. There's no hint we might reduce our assistance to get Israel to stop building settlements or to allow creation of a viable Palestinian state...
[The rotten apple in the barrel – and it stinks up the whole place, infecting the whole world]
 
  David Frost confronts Mosely, Frost is very sharp, funny at times. But Mosely, former head of the British Union of Fascists, stands firm. He holds his position and presents his rationale. They discuss the alliance with Hitler, racism and anti Semitism. Around 14 minutes in, the Jewish mob attacks...
 
  “UK’s Labour’s first Jewish leader Milband signs ex-Obama advisor Axelrod – also Jewish – as senior strategic adviser,” reads the strapline of a story published in the Israeli news website Ynet. The story is about Ed Miliband recruiting David Axelrod to the opposition Labour Party’s election team...
 
  Depending on who you listen to and how it is defined, worldwide income and wealth inequality is either more acute than it has ever been, or the gap between the rich and the rest is narrowing. The numbers may be distorted by conflicting statistics but what is indisputable is the shadow of extreme poverty that billions are living under, the economic induced anxiety millions more face every day, and the fact that the rich continue to get richer. Of the 7.2 billion people in the world, around half are living on less than $2.00 a day ̶ that’s the official barrier to the land of poverty set by the World Bank...
 
  The BP executive was explaining to me how the CIA, MI6 and British Petroleum engineered a coup d'état, overthrowing an elected president of a nation who was “not favorable to BP.” The corporation's former Vice-President, Leslie Abrahams, is pictured here, holding an AK-47 in front of BP headquarters in Baku, Azerbaijan.  Like most of the other BP executives I spoke with, he proudly added that while he was working for BP, he was also an operative for MI6, British intelligence. The conversation was far from the weirdest I had in my four-continent investigation of the real story of the Deepwater Horizon...
 
  When the Obama administration refused to grant a visa to Iran’s designated ambassador to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi, it was continuing a long-running hostile U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic. After the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, a group of Iranians held 52 Americans hostage in the former U.S. embassy for more than a year. Aboutalebi served as an occasional translator for the hostage-takers, but this hardly makes him “an acknowledged terrorist,” as anti-Iran hawk Sen. Ted Cruz has alleged...
 


Apr 18, 2014

The Empire Slouches Towards the East
and gets stuck in the mud again

  One commenter wrote “No American President has done this, and he does this every year. Wake up please, people!” See also Putin’s annual Q&A: 10 most compelling quotes  
 
  Russia, the US, the EU and Ukraine have adopted a joint document on the de-escalation of the Ukraine crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, after talks in Geneva. It calls for all illegal armed groups to lay down arms and a wide amnesty. The document calls for an “immediate start of a nationwide national dialogue.. which must be inclusive and accountable..” The most important agreement reached during the talks, according to Lavrov, states that the Ukrainian crisis “must be resolved by the Ukrainians themselves concerning an end to the conflict” including those related to “detaining protesters, occupying buildings” and, in the long run “the start of true constitutional reform..”
 
  Here is the joint statement issued by the foreign ministers of the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and European Union after seven hours of talks Thursday in Geneva:..
[The Empire pays lip service to diplomacy, but they almost always wind up relying on subversion and/or brute force to get what they want - hegemony.]
 
  On April 17, Russian, US, EU and Ukrainian foreign ministers met in Geneva. Discussion focused on deescalating Ukrainian crisis conditions. A joint document was agreed on. It's not worth the paper it's written on. Washington's word isn't its bond. Its history reflects one broken promise after another. Don't expect this time to be different...
 
  Ukraine’s eastern invasion is still just getting started, but seems to be stalling just two cities in, as troops withdrew from Slovyansk before nightfall, and many surrendered outright to locals. The Tuesday offensives against Kramatorsk also saw the fighting end before nightfall, but today’s had a decidedly more defeated tone, with no real gains in Slovyansk and some very high profile losses.
 
  Despite calls for a peaceful dialogue in the document on Ukraine adopted in Geneva, the coup-imposed Ukrainian Foreign Minister said it will not affect the “anti-terrorist” operation in the East of the country and the troops will remain there. Soon after the Geneva document, adopted at a four-side meeting between Ukraine, the US, the EU and Russia, was published, Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa said Kiev is not bound by its recommendations...
 
.."The United States right now, from my point of view and the point of view from observers from around the world, is on suicide watch. It's a country that is going to self-destruct at some point in the near future.."
 
  A notice ordering all Jews in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk to register with the pro-Russian separatists or face deportation has been pasted near the local synagogue, according to the Novosti Donbassa news agency. According to the report, the notice was distributed by "three unidentified men wearing balaclavas and carrying the flag of the Russian Federation." The notice was reported by members of the Jewish community of Donetsk...
 
  Determined not to let a good piece of rhetoric go to waste just because it was untrue and discredited nearly 24 hours ago, Western media outlets are running frenzied stories about Jews in the protester-held Eastern Ukraine cities being forced to register, providing a new chance to make World War 2 comparisons, and advancing the US narrative that the Russians, and not the “pro-West” protesters with swastika stickers on their helmets, are the “real anti-semites..”
 
  Polish media outlet Nie has published a bombshell account about direct Polish involvement in Ukraine’s destabilization. Its source alleges that the Polish Foreign Ministry had invited Ukrainian militants into the country and trained them outside of Warsaw in September 2013. Considering the destructive actions and fatalities they would later be responsible for during the EuroMaidan riots, such a connection would directly link Warsaw to the pandemonium...
 
  A pro-Kiev oligarch offered a $10,000 (£6,000) bounty on Thursday for the capture of any Russian "saboteur" and promised another half-million hryvnia (£27,000) to the national guardsmen who successfully repelled an attack by pro-Russian militia last night, killing three...
[Something the journalist left out, which I found in Wikipedia: (Kolomoyskyi) “is a Ukrainian-Israeli business oligarch of Jewish descent.. A multibillionaire, Kolomoyskyi is rated as the second or third richest person in Ukraine.. and 377th richest person in the world.. the co-founder of the PrivatBank.. Other fields of activity include: ferroalloys, finance, oil products, mass media, metal and petroleum industries...]
 
  The signing of 15 UN multilateral treaties and conventions by the Palestinian Authority signifies the end of its collaborative role as Israel’s proxy police force and consequently is the first step towards Palestinian unity and the long overdue Palestinian Spring...
 
  Palestinian Christians are calling on Pope Francis to take initiative for justice as Israeli authorities prevent worshippers’ access to the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the vicinity of the Christian Quarter. Palestinians call on the head of the Roman Catholic Church, who will visit the Holy Land next month, to take a strong stand. In 2005, Israeli authorities began implementing the systematic Judaization and destruction of holy Christian and Muslim sites...
 
  On April 17, 2014, the headlines of Hebrew media mimicked Egyptian tabloids. "Israeli Spies Arrested" is a frequent Egyptian newspapers' headline, which appears more commonly and in more variations than frogs during Biblical plagues. More often than not, the arrested are not frogs. They are not even sardines. A neighbor misinterpreted an innocent remark, reported to the secret police and an innocent is arrested. Why would Israel recruit a fava beans farmer?..
 
  April 17 marks Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, a day of international action and solidarity with the over 5,100 Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails. This year – the 40th anniversary of the liberation of Palestinian prisoner Mahmoud Hijazi in a prisoner exchange – Palestinian organizations are calling for action to demand that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation end its investments in G4S...
 
  As Israel continues its unlawful siege of the Gaza Strip, the health situation for the Palestinians continues to be critical. In a comprehensive report, B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, described the health situation in Gaza on January 1st, 2014. According to B’Tselem, the siege that Israel has imposed on Gaza since Hamas took control of Gaza’s security apparatus in June 2007 has greatly damaged Gaza’s health system, which already had considerable shortcomings...
 
...It should be obvious that the insistence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government on the indefinite expansion of unlawful Israeli settlements, including in East Jerusalem, even while the negotiations are taking place is a clear signal that it has no intention to respect even the inviolability of Palestinian territory, let alone basic Palestinian rights. Almost as telling is Netanyahu’s continuing insistence that no progress can be made without a formal declaration by the Palestinian Authority that accepts Israel as “the nation-state of the Jewish people..”
 
...Israel, as a state that only embraces Jews from around the globe, is an incubator of religious extremism. Unfortunately it is not merely a local danger, but it has a spillover effect that caused the whole Arab world to be engulfed by the same extremism. The apparent antagonism of the two religions is merely political, but as far as theology is concerned they are in total harmony.  For both religions have emerged from a nomadic/Bedouin background (devoid of any cultural depth and rampant in belligerence and extremism)..
 
  Libertarian ideology favors privatization. However, in practice privatization is usually very different in result than libertarian ideology postulates. Almost always, privatization becomes a way for well-connected private interests to loot both the public purse and the general welfare. Most privatizations, such as those that have occurred in France and UK during the neoliberal era, and in Greece today and Ukraine tomorrow, are lootings of public assets by politically-connected private interests...
 
...The exploding rates of suicide among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the escalating numbers of soldiers turning their weapons on each other as well as themselves, and the spread of PTSD all are linked to the wars themselves. Wars of aggression and occupation have an enormous, terrible effect on the young women and men ordered to fight them. And that’s just on the US side. We also have a moral and legal responsibility to respond to the wars’ even more devastating impact on millions of Afghans and Iraqis...
 
  The one idea interventionists have to solve the Syrian conflict is to eliminate the Assad regime. Regime change is the solution to the humanitarian calamity, they reason, because the Assad is the one doing all the killing. As Sen. John McCain has repeatedly yelped, “The fact is Bashar Assad has massacred 100,000 people.” Actually, he hasn’t. According to SOHR data cited by Micah Zenko and Amelia M. Wolf of the Council on Foreign Relations, “most of the reported deaths in Syria have not been committed by forces under Bashar al-Assad’s command..”
 
  The International Conference on Shakespeare is scheduled to be held in Iran for the first time ever.  Dubbed “Not of an Age but for All Ages: First International Conference in Iran on Shakespeare Studies (ICISS)”, the conference will explore themes such as ‘Shakespeare and Political Discourse’, ‘Shakespeare under the Iranian Eye’ ‘Shakespeare and Adaptation’, ‘Radical Shakespeare’, ‘Shakespeare and Mysticism’ and ‘Shakespeare and Popular Culture’..
 
...Though the richest among us may be touted as beneficent “job creators” by ideologues and the obsequious mass media who revere them, the rich, in fact, are actually the major source of the harms and evils facing our society. Their vast industrial and corporate enterprises directly and indirectly contribute to the majority of all fossil fuel emissions, toxic pollution, worker exploitation, and income inequality. Contrary to popular opinion, the rich do not gain their wealth because they work harder or possess more skills and intellect than the rest of us; they amass profligate fortunes because they are more selfish, narcissistic, and sociopathic than others...
[Makes sense to me...]
 
...the West Bank is an occupied Palestinian territory. Its population is held at gunpoint; they have no freedom, and enjoy no rights. Their land is seized by force to make room for more settlements and illegal Jewish settlers, now numbering well passed the half million mark.. Palestinians are not rebelling. Many factors are holding them back, one of which is the very Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. Its troops are in constant ‘security coordinations’ with Israel. Its ‘elite forces’ are trained by US generals and Arab armies. The PA mission is not to liberate Palestine, but to ensure the subservience of the Palestinians while Israel carries on with a colonial project that has extended for decades...
 
...Snowden says that in his days as an analyst, he could sit at his computer and tap into any American's Internet activity – even the President's. The sheer volume of information sucked up by the agency is so large that as of 2008, it maintained 150 data processing sites around the world. NSA's budget is an official secret, but a Snowden document shows that it gets about $11 billion a year in direct appropriations, with more support funneled through the Pentagon and other agencies...
[And it’s all shared with the Mossad]



Apr 17, 2014

Who will stop Leviathan?
 
  We’ve seen enough to know that the US is on track to push structural-ideological tyranny to a new level, not so much the reproduction of 20th century fascism (although that historical experience has created an indelible mark on the mindset of present-day geopolitical strategists in defining what might be possible in violating international law without thoroughly antagonizing the world community) as, instead, using a cloak of liberal humanitarianism to assert military power in pursuit of traditional imperialism. The same goals, different label...
 
  The CIA director was sent to Kiev to launch a military suppression of the Russian separatists in the eastern and southern portions of Ukraine, former Russian territories for the most part that were foolishly attached to the Ukraine in the early years of Soviet rule. Washington’s plan to grab Ukraine overlooked that the Russian and Russian-speaking parts of Ukraine were not likely to go along with their insertion into the EU and NATO while submitting to the persecution of Russian speaking peoples. Washington has lost Crimea, from which Washington intended to eject Russia from its Black Sea naval base...

The Obama Game: Is Putin Being Lured Into a Trap? by Mike Whitney | ICH
  Russia is not responsible for the crisis in Ukraine. The US State Department engineered the fascist-backed coup that toppled Ukraine’s democratically-elected president Viktor Yanukovych and replaced him with the American puppet Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a former banker. Hacked phone calls reveal the critical role that Washington played in orchestrating the putsch and selecting the coup’s leaders. Moscow was not involved in any of these activities. Vladimir Putin, whatever one may think of him, has not done anything to fuel the violence and chaos that has spread across the country...
 
  It is aggravating to see our little banty Rooster chicken-hawk Harper strut his stuff while he spouts the false corporatist philosophy about freedom and democracy in the Ukraine. What it is really about.. is US hegemonic control of global finances and corporate control of a country’s resources in order to harvest the wealth for the empire’s center...
 
..In this video, the reporter talks about missile defense, and the reaction of Putin has to be seen. ~ Interviewer: "NATO claims that the missile shield was not built against you but against Iran". ~ Putin: "You really make me laugh. God bless you, because it's almost time to finish the day, indeed it is already time to go to sleep. At least I get home in good humor"..
 
  Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s exposure of the Zionist lobby’s stranglehold on Australia’s body politic could be the beginning of the end of the lobby in that country, but that will happen only if we make sure that his message is kept alive and translated into political action. Writing in Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Australian journalist Antony Loewenstein reminds us of the significance of Carr’s revelations...
 
  Australians have been witness to a remarkable conflict in recent days in which their former Foreign Minister Bob Carr denounced the Jewish Lobby and his former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, over the whole series of questions re Australian policy and the demands of Israel and the local Jewish Lobby. Nothing quite like it has ever been seen or heard before in Australia...
 
...For many years, the US government and mainstream media reported that at least fifteen cell phone calls had been placed from the allegedly hijacked airliners flying at over 30,000 feet. These reports began with the claims of Bush administration Solicitor General Ted Olson, who told CNN that his wife, right-wing commentator Barbara Olson, had “called twice on a cell phone” from allegedly-hijacked Flight 77 – the flight that supposedly hit the Pentagon. Olson said the first call from his wife lasted “about one minute” and the second call “two or three or four minutes..”
 
...Close cooperation in the international arena is the most important aspect of the Chinese-Russian strategic partnership. Our countries advocate a more just and democratic polycentric world order based on fundamental principles of international law and the central coordinating role of the UN. It is pivotal that in today's complex and unpredictable global context we understand and respect each other's interests and concerns. Russia and China attach great importance to cooperation within multilateral formats, including the UN, G20, BRICS, the SCO and the Russia-India-China trilateral format (RIC)..
 
  Pro-Russian armed men have taken control of Ukrainian troop carriers that were driven into the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk, Reuters news agency reports. A soldier manning one of the carriers now under the control of pro-Russian separatists said on Wednesday, that he was a member of Ukraine's 25th paratrooper division from Dnipropetrovsk, and that they had switched support to Russia. "All the soldiers and the officers are here," he said. "We are all boys who won't shoot our own people.."
 
  When you're ready to wake up, you're going to wake up, and if you're not ready you're going to stay pretending that you're just a 'poor little me..'
[This is the real nitty-gritty]
 
..Here are a few photos from a reading I did on April 9. I read my poem "50 Years On", in commemoration of Deir Yassin. I prefaced the poem with some historical context about Deir Yassin. I was reading with Tina Adamidou, a Greek Cypriot writer, and Aydin Mehmet Ali, a Turkish Cypriot writer...
[See also Writings]
 
  More and more people are coming to realise that the previously unassailable Holocaust narrative is in fact, gravely flawed, and among those people are that tight little band of professional Holocaust worshippers - those that make a living (in both money and prestige) out of the Holocaust - and their followers...
 
 
...Michael Santomauro sends out a daily e-mail digest of what are, for his neighborhood, some unusual views on Judaism. Among them: questions on the Holocaust’s veracity, excoriation of every aspect of Israel’s behavior and questions on the morality of Judaism itself. Santomauro, 50, says he is not an antisemite. But this week, his messages, which he claims reach about 144,000 subscribers, caught some unwanted attention. The Jewish Defense Organization, a militant group known for its sharp-tongued rhetoric, called for his eviction from the apartment in which he lives and assembles his “Reporter’s Notebook” Web site...
 
T  he late Christopher Hitchens wrote way back in 2001 in the LA Times that “The Holocaust has become a secular religion, with state support in the form of a national museum.” In a similar vein, Israel Shamir writes that “the cult of the Holocaust” is actually “an adaptation of the Jewish spiritual rule of Christian minds, as it replaces Christ with Israel, Golgotha with Auschwitz, and the Resurrection with the creation of the Jewish state. “People who argue with the dogma of the Holocaust are met with treatment the heretics were given in the days of yore. They are excommunicated and excluded from society..”
 
  On April 15, 2014, the NYT published an article entitled "New York Drops Unit That Spied on Muslims," written by Matt Apuzzo and Joseph Goldstein. "The New York Police Department has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped," the authors claimed. Filled with names of officials and agencies of the USA Government, there is no doubt that their claims are true...
 
  My Top Ten differences between White Terrorists and Others, judging by the Facebook shares, must be among the more popular pieces I have ever written. It keeps being proven correct by American journalism every day. I get hot under the collar thinking about all the effort the US government is expending to monitor who we call and where we are when we do it–in the hundreds of millions!– and about all the surveillance of innocent American citizens of Muslim faith and of mosques, when the American fascists receive much less focus. If a group is armed and announces its purpose is to spread hate of another group, wouldn’t that warrant some surveillance?..
 
...There is no doubt amongst scholars that Jews, as a group, derive from multiple ethnic origins and are far from a homogenous race. There is no racial continuum between a Polish Jew and a Yemenite one. But it is also obvious that Jewish political culture, whether Zionist or ‘anti’ is ethno-centric and, to a large extent, racially driven. Just like Israel, the Jews-only State, Israel’s Jewish opponents too often prefer to operate within Jews-only organisations such as ‘Jewish Voices For Peace,’ ‘ Jews for Justice,‘ etc’. In short, whether they are Zionist or ‘anti,’ Jews somehow prefer to operate in ethnically segregated racially oriented political cells.. though Jews are not a race, Jewish identity politics is racist to the core...

  On Saturday, Israel’s Shin Bet secret police arrested the journalist Majd Kayyal, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, and is holding him incommunicado and without access to lawyers. Kayyal’s arrest followed his return from a visit to Lebanon where he participated in the fortieth anniversary celebrations for As-Safir newspaper, for which he writes...



Apr 16, 2014

Hurtling Into Darkness: America’s Great Leap Towards Global Tyranny, by John Chuckman | Intifada Palestine
  The darkness to which I refer is something largely unanticipated in political studies and even in science fiction, a field which definitely enters this discussion, as readers will see. There have been many examples of national tyrannies and even stories of global autocracies, but the Hitler-Stalin-Mussolini type of tyranny is an antiquated model for advanced states despite its applying still to many third-world places. A unique set of circumstances now works towards a dystopian future in advanced states with no need for jackboots or brutal faces on posters...
 
  Russian president says neighbour is on verge of civil war after Kiev launches operations against separatists in east...
 
  US-EU legitimacy is crippled as their Kiev regime uses overt, systematic violence and intimidation to consolidate its hold over Ukraine. Ukrainian presidential candidate Oleg Tsarev was savagely beaten outside a TV studio after an interview for the Ukrainian talk show, ‘Svoboda Slova.’ The studio was apparently surrounded by armed men in masks earlier, preventing Tsarev from leaving after the interview. When he did finally emerge, masked men with Svoboda Neo-Nazi “Wolfsangel” armbands began throwing objects at, choking, and physically beating Tsarev...
[Their ‘legitimacy’ was lost quite some time ago, going back at least as far as the unprovoked aggression against Iraq.]
 
  The way to beat Vladimir Putin is to flood the European market with fracked-in-the-USA natural gas, or so the industry would have us believe. As part of escalating anti-Russian hysteria, two bills have been introduced into the US Congress.. that attempt to fast-track liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, all in the name of helping Europe to wean itself from Putin's fossil fuels, and enhancing US national security.. "opposing this legislation is like hanging up on a 911 call from our friends and allies". And that might be true – as long as your friends and allies work at Chevron and Shell...
 
  Most people recognize that the apartheid wall Israel has been building for the past twelve years will one day be removed.  But few have given serious consideration to how best to recycle hundreds of miles of this "separation barrier." The idea of offering an annual prize for the best proposal of how to recycle Israel's apartheid wall was conceived at the One Democratic State Conference in Munich in 2012.. The RAW Prize is unique within Palestinian/Israeli activism.  It changes the narrative from separation to reunification, from racism to universal human rights, from two states to one with equal civil rights for all... 
 
  Writing in Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler perfectly summarized the central theme of the twentieth century, a century which amounted to a total Jewish triumph over and destruction of Western civilization. Hitler wrote, "The ignorance of the broad masses as regards the inner character of the Jew, and the lack of instinct and insight displayed by our upper classes, are among the reasons which explain how it is that so many people fall an easy prey to the systematic campaign of falsehood which the Jew carries on."  Of course, Hitler was specifically describing the German nation, but his statement equally applies to all of Western civilization...
 
On May 31, 2010, a group of ships attempted to reach the Gaza Strip but were prevented from reaching their destination when members of the Israeli military attacked them in international waters in what was believed to have been a highly coordinated military action. Nine civilians were left dead and scores seriously injured. It is clear that such acts constitute crimes under international law. To this day, the Israeli government has not been held accountable, but that may be about to change...
 
  Cultural appropriation is at least inappropriate. Israel has colonized Palestinian indigenous land and displaced and dispossessed Palestinians. Now it is claiming Palestinian traditions as its own...
[So what’s the big deal – they’ve stolen everything else, pretty much everywhere they've been. It’s what parasites do.]
 
  Central Intelligence Agency director John O. Brennan has been cooking up a storm in Ukraine and «Brennan Kiev» is the entrée on the menu. Brennan recently paid a secret visit to the Ukrainian capital to discuss with coup leaders their response to the insurgency sweeping eastern Ukraine. It has been reported by various European news agencies that Brennan landed on April 12 in Kiev with a diplomatic passport under a false identity...
 
  The first-ever scientific study that analyzes whether the US is a democracy, rather than an oligarchy, found the majority of the American public has a “minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy” compared to the wealthy. The study, due out in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, sets out to answer elusive questions about who really rules in the United States...
 
...They were on their way to sign the 30-year, mega-contract deal to supply China with Siberian natural gas "as soon as possible". Probably on May 20, when Putin goes to Beijing. Now this is the genuine article. Pipelineistan meets the strategic partnership Russia-China, as solidified in the BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, with the tantalizing prospect of pricing/payment bypassing the petrodollar, otherwise known as the "thermonuclear option". Ukraine, compared to this, is a mere sideshow...
 
  In this edition of the BFP Roundtable, Peter B. Collins, Guillermo Jimenez, James Corbett and Sibel Edmonds discuss the latest moves in the formation of a so-called “new cold war” between NATO and Russia. We also tackle Seymour Hersh and his recent article in the London Review of Books examining Turkish involvement in the Syrian chemical weapons attack in Ghouta last year...
 
The Scottish government's plan to evict Britain's nuclear submarine base if it wins a vote for independence would cost billions of pounds, cut thousands of jobs and create resentment internationally, former defence chiefs said on Monday.. Scotland is home to four submarines armed with Trident nuclear warheads at the Faslane naval base.. It wants to seek NATO membership as a non-nuclear state if it becomes independent, ending a 307-year tie to England. The future of the nuclear submarines are seen by many as one of Scotland's main bargaining chips in getting what it wants in the 18 months of negotiations that would follow any Yes vote in September in working out how it leaves the United Kingdom...
[I’ll bet on the canny Scots to land on their feet]
 
...The situation in Ukraine and the related threat of uncontrolled proliferation of missile technology becomes a universal problem. The Kiev-based regime is ready to sell the weapons and delivery means to anyone.. The goal to make Ukraine a nuclear state is stated in the program of neo-Nazi Svoboda Party, which has representation within the ranks of the Kiev-based ruling group. In fact it means a rogue state may appear on the European map ready to proliferate strategic missile technology throughout the whole world. Ukraine-produced missiles and nuclear warheads may not be targeted against Russia only – the technology may spread to the Middle and Far East...
[Way to go, Uncle Shmuel! You won’t be happy until billions of goyim are slaughtered, will you? That'll show 'em who's the boss.]
 
The University of Haifa has launched an academic course to combat the online "delegitimization of Israel", in what it claims to be a "first" for academia. In a press release dated 30 March, the University proudly describes the four credit course, offered by the Department of Multi-Disciplinary Studies, as preparing "students to be unofficial 'ambassadors' for Israel on the Internet". In the University press release, programme instructor Prof. Eli Avraram cites Israeli Apartheid Week as an example of the kind of "phenomenon" students are taught to "fight", describing the annual, globally-observed event "an expression of pure anti-Semitism.."
 
...Sham peace talks continue. They mock legitimate ones. Israel threatens world peace and security. War on Palestine continues. It's ongoing. It's unabated. It rages daily. Collaborationist PA negotiators turn a blind eye. Israeli crimes are ignored. On Sunday, its security forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. It's Islam's third holiest site. Worshipers were attacked with stun grenades, rubber-coated steel bullet and pepper spray. Israeli thugs operate this way...
 
  For as long as the word has been used to describe a type of political theory and practice, philosophers have been quibbling over precisely what liberalism is.  As one would expect after more than two hundred years, suggestions abound.  However there is general agreement on at least one point: its core doctrines are universalistic; they apply to human beings generally.. Liberalism is universalistic, Zionism is not; its ideals pertain to Jews only, not to people generally. There is therefore something oxymoronic in the very idea of liberal Zionism...
[Succinct and to the point]
 
  Histrionic is the leading tone in secular-Zionist politics, from the crying Shimon Peres, eternally blaming, to the thundering Benjamin Netanyahu, eternally threatening. This is surprising. More traditional, religious Jews do not speak like that. They blame and threat, but without the humanists' hysteria. Politicians are often unreliable people, but seldom they are complete fools. Yet, right and left, Israeli-Jewish-Zionist secular parties preach hysteria...
[Hysteria is as Jewish as matzo balls. The entire culture is based on paranoia, and for good reason. What they fear most is justice.]
 
  Full statement by Alexei Pushkov at the PACE with subtitles in English...
 
  I just did two Syria interviews on Press TV. Together, I think they sum up one of the biggest stories of this strange new century. In the first interview, “US plots new wave of chemical attacks in Syria,” I go over the failed false flags – especially the big one in August at al-Ghouta – that led to the impending defeat of the foreign-backed insurgents…and pass on Gordon Duff’s information about the made-in-Georgia sarin and the possibility of new, last-ditch false flag efforts by the rebels and their foreign supporters:..
 
  While governments around the world are told to “tighten their belts”, economies contract and the myth of scarcity (root word: scare) encourages a race to the bottom for the global masses. Alongside these calls for austerity, an historical concentration of power continues among the well-fed and fueled global elite. The Rockefeller/Rothschild energy cartel and tax-dodger oil traders in Zug, Switzerland have spread well the lie of peak oil...
 
  On Wednesday, 2 April 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court took another step toward the destruction of campaign finance reform with a five-to-four decision known as McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission. One gets the feeling that this is part of a general campaign, waged by class-biased, ideologically committed conservatives, against government regulation, which they see as somehow a violation of their constitutional rights. As if to suggest that this is so, the Court majority rationalized their decision in the name of "free speech.."
 
  Given that most Americans living today were born and raised under a massive military establishment, the CIA, and the NSA, a large number of Americans very likely believe that the United States has always had this type of government. Not so, as Michael Swanson shows in a new book, The War State. Swanson points out that America’s warfare state didn’t come into existence until more than 150 years after the country’s inception. More important, he shows how the warfare state has not only altered our constitutional order in fundamental ways but also how it continues to pose a grave threat to the freedom and well-being of the American people...



Apr 15, 2014

Update: Ukraine
 
  To the casual consumer of McMedia happy meals, the Ukrainian crisis is a consequence of Russia’s yearning for empire lost, a Nazi-style Anschluss that began with Crimea and will end, judging by the big-font hysteria, somewhere near Alaska. For the more sober-minded observer, however, whose worldview has not been vandalized by misguided Russophobic inclinations, the reality of the situation is a bit more complicated...
 
  It appears that the next 24 hours will be absolutely crucial for the future of the Ukraine.. The following cities have seen uprisings taking place over the week-end: Kharkov, Slaviansk, Krasnyi Liman, Kramatorsk, Lugansk, Enakievo, Gorlovka, Donetsk, Khartsyzk, Ilovaisk, Mariupol.. The second big development is the clear increase in the quality of the forces opposing the takeover of the eastern Ukraine by the revolutionary regime in Kiev...
 
  Pro-Russian separatists ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine and instead seized more buildings as Kiev failed to follow through on a threatened military crackdown. The armed separatists on Tuesday remained in control of government offices in at least nine eastern towns Ukraine, and stormed a police station in Horlivka despite warnings from Kiev of a military response if they did not withdraw before 6am GMT on Monday...
 
  Russia desperately needs to create its own ratings agency, independent of the so-called western ‘Big three’ – Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov has said. “There is a dream, and there is an extreme need. When you face an ultimate need, it becomes a reality. This project [Russia’s own rating agency] is necessary in any case to avoid speculation that somebody depends on eastern countries and others – on western..”
 
  Western and especially the American mass media never gives objective coverage of events in Russia and never give an unbiased account of the aims or basis of Russia’s domestic and foreign policy. They “control” or “censor” what the public read. President Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are proving to be rational leaders and true statesmen compared to their pathetic counterparts in the US, France, Germany and Britain. US Foreign Policy is irrational.They want countries to be subservient to them and they don’t want Israel’s actions or ambitions questioned in the Middle East...
[Vladimir is a patient man trying to deal with a flock of rabid ferrets. For all our sakes I wish him luck.]
 
  The international community must demand that those who are in power in Kiev stop war on their own citizens in south-eastern Ukraine, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin told the UN Security Council.“The international community must demand the stooges of Maidan stop the war against their own people".. Churkin stressed that “reckless actions” of the Kiev government are “threatening to rip apart the delicate garment of Ukrainian mosaic society..”
 
...Attention has focussed on whether the Syrian jihadi group, Jabhat al-Nusra, aided by Turkish intelligence, could have been behind the sarin gas attacks in Damascus last 21 August, in an attempt to provoke the US into full-scale military intervention to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. "We now know it was a covert action planned by [Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip] Erdogan's people to push Obama over the red line," a former senior US intelligence officer is quoted as saying.. A second and little-regarded theme of Hersh's article is what the CIA called the rat line, the supply chain for the Syrian rebels overseen by the US in covert cooperation with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar...
 
..The Boston Marathon Bombing (BMB) appears to be the usual alarmist message from the likes of the FBI and CIA to remind us that Islamic terrorists are still lurking in the shadows and that we need to keep spending hundreds of billions of dollars and give up further civil liberties and privacy so the US national security apparatus can “keep us safe”. This paper presents an in-depth investigation into the many BMB intelligence failures and will help expose the many lies, cover-ups, and apparent complicity by US intelligence...
[Thorough analysis – a must read]
 
...Jewish influence also extends to the determination of Australia’s foreign policy. Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr recently confirmed that this is indeed the case, observing that Australia’s foreign policy (particularly with regard to the Middle East) was being virtually dictated by organized Jewry...
 
  A balance sheet can not be used to decide Scottish Independence. The most important things in our life have no scientific measure or monetary value. Pride, patriotism, Freedom, love, loyalty, trust, feeling, friendship, joy, peace...
 
  The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) welcomes the State of Palestine’s accessions to 12 international conventions related to the international humanitarian law and human rights, but calls upon the Palestinian leadership not to surrender to the Israeli and international pressure and immediately accede to the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Law...
 
...Nearly 700 Palestinian children aged 12 to 17 are detained annually. They're held under horrific conditions. They are isolated.. threatened.. terrorized. They're harshly interrogated. They're forced to confess to crimes they didn't commit.. In February, 230 children below age 18 languished in Israel's gulag. Israeli security forces murdered others in cold blood. Some are shot in the back. None posed threats. Cruel and inhuman treatment defines official Israeli policy. Young children suffer most of all. Many become traumatized...
 
...Hitler and the National Socialist movement were most definitely “anti-Semites”, and used “anti-Semitism” in their political propaganda and messaging. After all, even critics of Hitler and the NSDAP recognize that their propaganda was based on truth, and in our ass-backwards, Jew-run world, the truth is fundamentally “anti-Semitic”. So let’s not get caught up in this childish meme of “Hitler and the Nazis were evil, racist anti-Semites’” nonsense, and simply refuse to investigate objectively what they stood for. Look at what they said, did, wrote about, and represented, and you will come to the obvious conclusion that I have...
[And as I have.. this is a must read, if you have an open mind.]
 
  Life is freedom even if the oppressor is the State of Israel. Life is freedom even if the entire Israeli government, the Israeli lawmakers, and the complete civil servants machinery of state violence and terror say otherwise. Israel should know that, but it never studied history. It perpetrates the same crimes it claims that its people had escaped. It violates people, its own and others, with the joy of corrupt leaders who know that they own lawmakers, police, and judges. It violates with the wild joy of those owning the media. It violates with the wild unrepentance of savages believing that they are the law...
 
...The fault lines in Nazareth are even more complex than for much of the rest of the Palestinian minority, which comprises a fifth of Israel’s population. Although the city has the largest concentration of Christians in Israel and serves thousands more in surrounding villages, it also has a two-thirds Muslim majority. The rise in sectarian sentiment, most local analysts agree, can be understood only in the context of a wider political climate being fomented by the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
 
  AIPAC is celebrating President Barack Obama's decision to deny a visa to Iran's ambassador to the United Nations.. Iran's UN ambassador nominee, Hamid Abutalebi, has been accused of playing a role in the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran. Rushed legislation crafted and promoted by Israel's supporters to block Abutalebi easily passed the House and Senate and await the president's signature. Until now, the United States has automatically granted visas to heads of state and diplomats from around the world to conduct business at the UN headquarters in New York City...
 
  The lifeblood of Tribal Jewry is money, much of it made from war. The very last thing they want is to prevent war. WaPo is one of the major Zionist rags, the other two being the NYT and the WSJ. They don’t call them the Masters of Deceit for nothing [Editor’s Note]...
 
...Turchinov declared it a “war which the Russian Federation is waging against Ukraine,” continuing the claims that the protests are entirely manufactured by Russia and not representative of real opposition among the locals to the new pro-West government.. Russian officials have warned that they reserve the right to use military force to protect ethnic Russians elsewhere in the world, and with ethnic Russians dominating the East Ukraine protests, the crackdown seems to be testing that threat, and pushing Russia in a direction of intervention...
 
  Knapp and Spector have written a superb introduction to Marxist thought, a much-needed one, since reading Marx can be a daunting task. The grand old man’s prose is often ponderous, abstract, and complex, so many readers can’t discern his full meaning. Crisis and Change Today is a lucid presentation of Marx’s ideas, explaining his views on history, economics, politics, and philosophy in a way that makes them understandable and also does justice to their complexity. The book’s clear, well-organized prose conveys the sweep of Marx’s vision, the efforts his followers have made to actualize it, and the resistance they have encountered...
 
  What exactly did the NSDAP (National Socialist German Worker's Party) represent and who were its founding members? Why and how did Adolf Hitler transform the party from an unimpressive proletariat workers’ party to a full-fledged political machine that obtained absolute power in Germany? Perhaps more important, how was it funded? We answer these questions in this introduction...
 




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