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By Luis R. Miranda

500 children were killed and hundreds of thousands were found to be psychologically unstable after the last Israeli attack in Gaza.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Makarim Wibisono, called on Israel to “cease the abuse of lots of kids” that the Israeli regime holds in detention.

“I am extremely concerned about the treatment given to the Palestinians, including children in detention centers in Israel,” said Wibisono as he presented his latest report to the Human Rights Council of the UN during its twenty-eighth session.

“As we speak, scores of Palestinian children are in Israeli detention centers. I appeal to Israel to take the relevant decisions dramatically and immediately to cease the abuse,” he added.

Wibisono echoed a report from the United Nations Children’s Fund published two years ago in which it was concluded that the abuse of children in the detention system appeared to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized.

“No child deserves to go through terrifying nights of arrests, physical and verbal abuse, denial of access to a lawyer, and humiliation,” said the reporter, who recalled that Israeli children living in illegal settlements in the occupied territories “are not treated in the same way. “

The rapporteur assumed that since the report was published, Israel conducts interrogations in a language that the child can understand, but claims that this does not occur in cases of children who throw stones, which is the most common charge against them .

Wibisono remembered the price paid by Palestinian children in Gaza after the last conflict, which left 500 dead and 400,000 children in need of psychosocial support.

“The ferocity of the destruction and the high proportion of civilian lives lost in Gaza raises serious questions about Israel’s compliance with international humanitarian law and the principles of proportionality, distinction and precaution in attacks”.

“The high number of hospitals, ambulances, schools and private homes destroyed despite the special protection that is granted to them, is an example of this,” he added.

Moreover, Wibisono expressed his “dismay as most people take it lightly when excessive use of force by the Israeli security forces ends in injury or death of Palestinians.”

He recalled the case of two Palestinian teenagers who posed no threat and were killed in cold blood last May at the hands of Israeli security forces.

The speaker again asked Israel to let him enter their territory to carry out his task more accurately and fairly, and reminded that “peace begins when human rights are respected.”

About the author: Luis R. Miranda

Luis Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda News. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) There are always new partners

Attempts of the West to contain or politically isolate Russia will not work, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. West’s attempts to isolate Russia are counter-productive.

“In order to contain Russia, a whole range of means is being used: from attempts of political isolation to a large-scale information war and instruments from special services. As was said openly not long ago, those who don’t agree will have their arms twisted periodically, but this won’t work with Russia,” Putin said during a meeting with Federal Security Service members.

 

 

On Wednesday, the Russian Security Council said the new US National Security Strategy is aimed primarily at destabilizing Russia and isolating the country, “putting a wedge” between Russia and its partners.

The United States, the European Union, and their allies have imposed several rounds of economic sanctions against Moscow, blaming it for interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs. Moscow has repeatedly denied involvement.

The restrictive measures imposed on Russia target the energy, banking and defense sectors of the country, as well as certain individuals.

Last Thursday, the European Council said it will decide on further sanctions against Russia in the coming months.

FSB Foiled 74 Million Cyberattacks Against Offical Russian Websites

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) was able to foil 74 million cyberattacks against official Russian structures and state organs, Vladimir Putin added.

“Issues on the security of national information resources need to remain under special control. The number of cyberattacks on official sites and information systems in Russia’s bodies of power is not decreasing. Just last year alone there were around 74 million [cyberattacks],” Putin said.
The president added that the security services had identified about 25,000 web resources with publications that violated Russian law and shut down more than 1,500 websites with extremist content. Putin stressed the need to continue clearing the Russian internet of illegal and criminal materials.

Last October, Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said that the year 2014 has seen a significant increase in the number of cyberattacks against Russia. The attacks peaked during the Sochi Winter Olympics, Crimea’s reunification with Russia and the outbreak of the civil conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Kremlin to Continue Dialogue With Opposition

Dialogue with Russian political opposition parties will continue only if the organizations are not financed from abroad, the Russian president said.

“I’ve said this several times and I’ll say it again that we are ready for dialogue with the opposition. We will continue partner relations with civil society in the broadest meaning of that term. We always listen to who substantially criticizes actions or inactions by the authorities at any level,” Putin said.

He added that this would continue if their sources of finances were based in Russia.

“So we will in the future pay attention to the existence of foreign sources of financing of incorrect organizations, compare them with their main goals and practical work, and will stop any violations that are necessary,” Putin explained.

The law passed in November 2012 requires non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are engaged in political activity and receive funding from abroad to register as “foreign agents” and label all their publications.

Commenting on the law, Putin said it was needed to limit foreign influence in Russia.

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By JOHN PILGER

The Reckless Lies of War Mongers

The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazi iconography is embedded in our consciousness. Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping blackshirts, their criminality terrible and clear. Yet in the same liberal societies, whose war-making elites urge us never to forget, the accelerating danger of a modern kind of fascism is suppressed; for it is their fascism.

“To initiate a war of aggression…,” said the Nuremberg Tribunal judges in 1946, “is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

Had the Nazis not invaded Europe, Auschwitz and the Holocaust would not have happened.  Had the United States and its satellites not initiated their war of aggression in Iraq in 2003, almost a million people would be alive today; and Islamic State, or ISIS, would not have us in thrall to its savagery.  They are the progeny of modern fascism, weaned by the bombs, bloodbaths and lies that are the surreal theatre known as news.

Like the fascism of the 1930s and 1940s, big lies are delivered with the precision of a metronome: thanks to an omnipresent, repetitive media and its virulent censorship by omission. Take the catastrophe in Libya.

In 2011, Nato launched 9,700 “strike sorties” against Libya, of which more than a third were aimed at civilian targets. Uranium warheads were used; the cities of Misurata and Sirte were carpet-bombed. The Red Cross identified mass graves, and Unicef reported that “most [of the children killed] were under the age of ten”.

The public sodomising of the Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi with a “rebel” bayonet was greeted by the then US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, with the words: “We came, we saw, he died.”  His murder, like the destruction of his country, was justified with a familiar big lie; he was planning “genocide” against his own people. “We knew … that if we waited one more day,” said President Obama, “Benghazi, a city the size of Charlotte, could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world.”

This was the fabrication of Islamist militias facing defeat by Libyan government forces. They told Reuters there would be “a real bloodbath, a massacre like we saw in Rwanda”. Reported on March 14, 2011, the lie provided the first spark for Nato’s inferno, described by David Cameron as a “humanitarian intervention”.

Secretly supplied and trained by Britain’s SAS, many of the “rebels” would become ISIS, whose latest video offering shows the beheading of 21 Coptic Christian workers seized in Sirte, the city destroyed on their behalf by Nato bombers.

For Obama, Cameron and Hollande, Gaddafi’s true crime was Libya’s economic independence and his declared intention to stop selling Africa’s greatest oil reserves in US dollars. The petrodollar is a pillar of American imperial power. Gaddafi audaciously planned to underwrite a common African currency backed by gold, establish an all-Africa bank and promote economic union among poor countries with prized resources. Whether or not this would happen, the very notion was intolerable to the US as it prepared to “enter” Africa and bribe African governments with military “partnerships”.

Following Nato’s attack under cover of a Security Council resolution, Obama, wrote Garikai Chengu, “confiscated $30 billion from Libya’s Central Bank, which Gaddafi had earmarked for the establishment of an African Central Bank and the African gold backed dinar currency”.

The “humanitarian war” against Libya drew on a model close to western liberal hearts, especially in the media. In 1999, Bill Clinton and Tony Blair sent Nato to bomb Serbia, because, they lied, the Serbs were committing “genocide” against ethnic Albanians in the secessionist province of Kosovo. David Scheffer, US ambassador-at-large for war crimes [sic], claimed that as many as “225,000 ethnic Albanian men aged between 14 and 59″ might have been murdered. Both Clinton and Blair evoked the Holocaust and “the spirit of the Second World War”. The West’s heroic allies were the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), whose criminal record was set aside. The British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, told them to call him any time on his mobile phone.

With the Nato bombing over, and much of Serbia’s infrastructure in ruins, along with schools, hospitals, monasteries and the national TV station, international forensic teams descended upon Kosovo to exhume evidence of the “holocaust”. The FBI failed to find a single mass grave and went home. The Spanish forensic team did the same, its leader angrily denouncing “a semantic pirouette by the war propaganda machines”. A year later, a United Nations tribunal on Yugoslavia announced the final count of the dead in Kosovo: 2,788. This included combatants on both sides and Serbs and Roma murdered by the KLA. There was no genocide. The “holocaust” was a lie. The Nato attack had been fraudulent.

Behind the lie, there was serious purpose. Yugoslavia was a uniquely independent, multi-ethnic federation that had stood as a political and economic bridge in the Cold War. Most of its utilities and major manufacturing was publicly owned. This was not acceptable to the expanding European Community, especially newly united Germany, which had begun a drive east to capture its “natural market” in the Yugoslav provinces of Croatia and Slovenia. By the time the Europeans met at Maastricht in 1991 to lay their plans for the disastrous eurozone, a secret deal had been struck; Germany would recognise Croatia. Yugoslavia was doomed.

In Washington, the US saw that the struggling Yugoslav economy was denied World Bank loans.  Nato, then an almost defunct Cold War relic, was reinvented as imperial enforcer. At a 1999 Kosovo “peace” conference in Rambouillet, in France, the Serbs were subjected to the enforcer’s duplicitous tactics. The Rambouillet accord included a secret Annex B, which the US delegation inserted on the last day. This demanded the military occupation of the whole of Yugoslavia — a country with bitter memories of the Nazi occupation — and the implementation of a “free-market economy” and the privatisation of all government assets. No sovereign state could sign this. Punishment followed swiftly; Nato bombs fell on a defenceless country. It was the precursor to the catastrophes in Afghanistan and Iraq, Syria and Libya, and Ukraine.

Since 1945, more than a third of the membership of the United Nations – 69 countries – have suffered some or all of the following at the hands of America’s modern fascism. They have been invaded, their governments overthrown, their popular movements suppressed, their elections subverted, their people bombed and their economies stripped of all protection, their societies subjected to a crippling siege known as “sanctions”. The British historian Mark Curtis estimates the death toll in the millions. In every case, a big lie was deployed.

“Tonight, for the first time since 9/11, our combat mission in Afghanistan is over.” These were opening words of Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address. In fact, some 10,000 troops and 20,000 military contractors (mercenaries) remain in Afghanistan on indefinite assignment.  “The longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion,” said Obama. In fact, more civilians were killed in Afghanistan in 2014 than in any year since the UN took records.  The majority have been killed — civilians and soldiers — during Obama’s time as president.

The tragedy of Afghanistan rivals the epic crime in Indochina.  In his lauded and much quoted book, The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, Zbigniew Brzezinski, the godfather of US policies from Afghanistan to the present day, writes that if America is to control Eurasia and dominate the world, it cannot sustain a popular democracy, because “the pursuit of power is not a goal that commands popular passion . . . Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilisation.”  He is right. As WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden have revealed, a surveillance and police state is usurping democracy. In 1976, Brzezinski, then President Carter’s National Security Advisor, demonstrated his point by dealing a death blow to Afghanistan’s first and only democracy. Who knows this vital history?

In the 1960s, a popular revolution swept Afghanistan, the poorest country on earth, eventually overthrowing the vestiges of the aristocratic regime in 1978. The People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) formed a government and declared a reform programme that included the abolition of feudalism, freedom for all religions, equal rights for women and social justice for the ethnic minorities. More than 13,000 political prisoners were freed and police files publicly burned.

The new government introduced free medical care for the poorest; peonage was abolished, a mass literacy programme was launched. For women, the gains were unheard of. By the late 1980s, half the university students were women, and women made up almost half of Afghanistan’s doctors, a third of civil servants and the majority of teachers. “Every girl,” recalled Saira Noorani, a female surgeon, “could go to high school and university. We could go where we wanted and wear what we liked. We used to go to cafes and the cinema to see the latest Indian film on a Friday and listen to the latest music. It all started to go wrong when the mujaheddin started winning. They used to kill teachers and burn schools. We were terrified. It was funny and sad to think these were the people the West supported.”

The PDPA government was backed by the Soviet Union, even though, as former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance later admitted, “there was no evidence of any Soviet complicity [in the revolution]“. Alarmed by the growing confidence of liberation movements throughout the world, Brzezinski decided that if Afghanistan was to succeed under the PDPA, its independence and progress would offer the “threat of a promising example”.

On July 3, 1979, the White House secretly authorized support for tribal “fundamentalist” groups known as the mujaheddin, a program that grew to over $500 million a year in U.S. arms and other assistance. The aim was the overthrow of Afghanistan’s first secular, reformist government. In August 1979, the US embassy in Kabul reported that “the United States’ larger interests … would be served by the demise of [the PDPA government], despite whatever setbacks this might mean for future social and economic reforms in Afghanistan.” The italics are mine.

The mujaheddin were the forebears of al-Qaeda and Islamic State. They included Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who received tens of millions of dollars in cash from the CIA. Hekmatyar’s specialty was trafficking in opium and throwing acid in the faces of women who refused to wear the veil. Invited to London, he was lauded by Prime Minister Thatcher as a “freedom fighter”.

Such fanatics might have remained in their tribal world had Brzezinski not launched an international movement to promote Islamic fundamentalism in Central Asia and so undermine secular political liberation and “destabilise” the Soviet Union, creating, as he wrote in his autobiography, “a few stirred up Muslims”.  His grand plan coincided with the ambitions of  the Pakistani dictator, General Zia ul-Haq, to dominate the region. In 1986, the CIA and Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, began to recruit people from around the world to join the Afghan jihad. The Saudi multi-millionaire Osama bin Laden was one of them. Operatives who would eventually join the Taliban and al-Qaeda, were recruited at an Islamic college in Brooklyn, New York, and given paramilitary training at a CIA camp in Virginia. This was called “Operation Cyclone”. Its success was celebrated in 1996 when the last PDPA president of Afghanistan, Mohammed Najibullah — who had gone before the UN General Assembly to plead for help — was hanged from a streetlight by the Taliban.

The “blowback” of Operation Cyclone and its “few stirred up Muslims” was September 11, 2001. Operation Cyclone became the “war on terror”, in which countless men, women and children would lose their lives across the Muslim world, from Afghanistan to Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Syria. The enforcer’s message was and remains: “You are with us or against us.”

The common thread in fascism, past and present, is mass murder. The American invasion of Vietnam had its “free fire zones”, “body counts” and “collatoral damage”. In the province of Quang Ngai, where I reported from, many thousands of civilians (“gooks”) were murdered by the US; yet only one massacre, at My Lai, is remembered. In Laos and Cambodia, the greatest aerial bombardment in history produced an epoch of terror marked today by the spectacle of joined-up bomb craters which, from the air, resemble monstrous necklaces. The bombing gave Cambodia its own ISIS, led by Pol Pot.

Today, the world’s greatest single campaign of terror entails the execution of entire families, guests at weddings, mourners at funerals. These are Obama’s victims. According to the New York Times, Obama makes his selection from a CIA “kill list” presented to him every Tuesday in the White House Situation Room. He then decides, without a shred of legal justification, who will live and who will die. His execution weapon is the Hellfire missile carried by a pilotless aircraft known as a drone; these roast their victims and festoon the area with their remains.  Each “hit” is registered on a faraway console screen as a “bugsplat”.

“For goose-steppers,” wrote the historian Norman Pollock, “substitute the seemingly more innocuous militarisation of the total culture. And for the bombastic leader, we have the reformer manque, blithely at work, planning and executing assassination, smiling all the while.”

Uniting fascism old and new is the cult of superiority. “I believe in American exceptionalism with every fibre of my being,” said Obama, evoking declarations of national fetishism from the 1930s. As the historian Alfred W. McCoy has pointed out, it was the Hitler devotee, Carl Schmitt, who said, “The sovereign is he who decides the exception.” This sums up Americanism, the world’s dominant ideology. That it remains unrecognised as a predatory ideology is the achievement of an equally unrecognised brainwashing.  Insidious, undeclared, presented wittily as enlightenment on the march, its conceit insinuates western culture. I grew up on a cinematic diet of American glory, almost all of it a distortion. I had no idea that it was the Red Army that had destroyed most of the Nazi war machine, at a cost of as many as 13 million soldiers. By contrast, US losses, including in the Pacific, were 400,000. Hollywood reversed this.

The difference now is that cinema audiences are invited to wring their hands at the “tragedy” of American psychopaths having to kill people in distant places — just as the President himself kills them. The embodiment of Hollywood’s violence, the actor and director Clint Eastwood, was nominated for an Oscar this year for his movie,American Sniper, which is about a licensed murderer and nutcase. TheNew York Times described it as a “patriotic, pro-family picture which broke all attendance records in its opening days”.

There are no heroic movies about America’s embrace of fascism. During the Second World War, America (and Britain) went to war against Greeks who had fought heroically against Nazism and were resisting the rise of Greek fascism. In 1967, the CIA helped bring to power a fascist military junta in Athens — as it did in Brazil and most of Latin America. Germans and east Europeans who had colluded with Nazi aggression and crimes against humanity were given safe haven in the US; many were pampered and their talents rewarded. Wernher von Braun was the “father” of both the Nazi V-2 terror bomb and the US space programme.

In the 1990s, as former Soviet republics, eastern Europe and the Balkans became military outposts of Nato, the heirs to a Nazi movement in Ukraine were given their opportunity. Responsible for the deaths of thousands of Jews, Poles and Russians during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Ukrainian fascism was rehabilitated and its “new wave” hailed by the enforcer as “nationalists”.

This reached its apogee in 2014 when the Obama administration splashed out $5 billion on a coup against the elected government.  The shock troops were neo-Nazis known as the Right Sector and Svoboda. Their leaders include  Oleh Tyahnybok, who has called for a purge of the “Moscow-Jewish mafia” and “other scum”, including gays, feminists and those on the political left.

These fascists are now integrated into the Kiev coup government. The first deputy speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Andriy Parubiy, a leader of the governing party, is co-founder of Svoboda. On February 14, Parubiy announced he was flying to Washington get “the USA to give us highly precise modern weaponry”. If he succeeds, it will be seen as an act of war by Russia.

No western leader has spoken up about the revival of fascism in the heart of Europe — with the exception of Vladimir Putin, whose people lost 22 million to a Nazi invasion that came through the borderland of Ukraine. At the recent Munich Security Conference, Obama’s Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, ranted abuse about European leaders for opposing the US arming of the Kiev regime. She referred to the German Defence Minister as “the minister for defeatism”. It was Nuland who masterminded the coup in Kiev. The wife of Robert D. Kagan, a leading “neo-con” luminary and co-founder of the extreme right wing Project for a New American Century, she was foreign policy advisor to Dick Cheney.

Nuland’s coup did not go to plan. Nato was prevented from seizing Russia’s historic, legitimate, warm-water naval base in Crimea. The mostly Russian population of Crimea — illegally annexed to Ukraine by Nikita Krushchev in 1954 — voted overwhelmingly to return to Russia, as they had done in the 1990s.  The referendum was voluntary, popular and internationally observed. There was no invasion.

At the same time, the Kiev regime turned on the ethnic Russian population in the east with the ferocity of ethnic cleaning. Deploying neo-Nazi militias in the manner of the Waffen-SS, they bombed and laid to siege cities and towns. They used mass starvation as a weapon, cutting off electricity, freezing bank accounts, stopping social security and pensions. More than a million refugees fled across the border into Russia. In the western media, they became unpeople escaping “the violence” caused by the “Russian invasion”. The Nato commander, General Breedlove — whose name and actions might have been inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove — announced that 40,000 Russian troops were “massing”. In the age of forensic satellite evidence, he offered none.

These Russian-speaking and bilingual people of Ukraine – a third of the population – have long sought a federation that reflects the country’s ethnic diversity and is both autonomous and independent of Moscow. Most are not “separatists” but citizens who want to live securely in their homeland and oppose the power grab in Kiev. Their revolt and establishment of autonomous “states” are a reaction to Kiev’s attacks on them. Little of this has been explained to western audiences.

On May 2, 2014, in Odessa, 41 ethnic Russians were burned alive in the trade union headquarters with police standing by.  The Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh hailed the massacre as “another bright day in our national history”. In the American and British media, this was reported as a “murky tragedy” resulting from “clashes” between “nationalists” (neo-Nazis) and “separatists” (people collecting signatures for a referendum on a federal Ukraine).

The New York Times buried the story, having dismissed as Russian propaganda warnings about the fascist and anti-Semitic policies of Washington’s new clients. The Wall Street Journal damned the victims – “Deadly Ukraine Fire Likely Sparked by Rebels, Government Says”. Obama congratulated the junta for its “restraint”.

If Putin can be provoked into coming to their aid, his pre-ordained “pariah” role in the West will justify the lie that Russia is invading Ukraine. On January 29, Ukraine’s top military commander, General Viktor Muzhemko, almost inadvertently dismissed the very basis for US and EU sanctions on Russia when he told a news conference emphatically: “The Ukrainian army is not fighting with the regular units of the Russian Army”.  There were “individual citizens” who were members of “illegal armed groups”, but there was no Russian invasion.  This was not news. Vadym Prystaiko, Kiev’s Deputy Foreign Minister, has called for “full scale war” with nuclear-armed Russia.

On February 21, US Senator James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, introduced a bill that would authorise American arms for the Kiev regime.  In his Senate presentation, Inhofe used photographs he claimed were of Russian troops crossing into Ukraine, which have long been exposed as fakes. It was reminiscent of Ronald Reagan’s fake pictures of a Soviet installation in Nicaragua, and Colin Powell’s fake evidence to the UN of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

The intensity of the smear campaign against Russia and the portrayal of its president as a pantomime villain is unlike anything I have known as a reporter. Robert Parry, one of America’s most distinguished investigative journalists, who revealed the Iran-Contra scandal, wrote recently, “No European government, since Adolf Hitler’s Germany, has seen fit to dispatch Nazi storm troopers to wage war on a domestic population, but the Kiev regime has and has done so knowingly. Yet across the West’s media/political spectrum, there has been a studious effort to cover up this reality even to the point of ignoring facts that have been well established ….If you wonder how the world could stumble into world war three – much as it did into world war one a century ago – all you need to do is look at the madness over Ukraine that has proved impervious to facts or reason.”

In 1946, the Nuremberg Tribunal prosecutor said of the German media: “The use made by Nazi conspirators of psychological warfare is well known. Before each major aggression, with some few exceptions based on expediency, they initiated a press campaign calculated to weaken their victims and to prepare the German people psychologically for the attack …. In the propaganda system of the Hitler State it was the daily press and the radio that were the most important weapons.”

In the Guardian on February 2, Timothy Garton-Ash called, in effect, for a world war. “Putin must be stopped,” said the headline. “And sometimes only guns can stop guns.” He conceded that the threat of war might “nourish a Russian paranoia of encirclement”; but that was fine. He name-checked the military equipment needed for the job and advised his readers that “America has the best kit”.

In 2003, Garton-Ash, an Oxford professor, repeated the propaganda that led to the slaughter in Iraq. Saddam Hussein, he wrote, “has, as [Colin] Powell documented, stockpiled large quantities of horrifying chemical and biological weapons, and is hiding what remains of them. He is still trying to get nuclear ones.” He lauded Blair as a “Gladstonian, Christian liberal interventionist”.  In 2006, he wrote, “Now we face the next big test of the West after Iraq: Iran.”

The outbursts — or as Garton-Ash prefers, his “tortured liberal ambivalence” — are not untypical of those in the transatlantic liberal elite who have struck a Faustian deal. The war criminal Blair is their lost leader. The Guardian, in which Garton-Ash’s piece appeared, published a full-page advertisement for an American Stealth bomber. On a menacing image of the Lockheed Martin monster were the words: “The F-35. GREAT For Britain”. This American “kit” will cost British taxpayers £1.3 billion, its F-model predecessors having slaughtered across the world.  In tune with its advertiser, a Guardian editorial has demanded an increase in military spending.

Once again, there is serious purpose. The rulers of the world want Ukraine not only as a missile base; they want its economy. Kiev’s new Finance Minister, Nataliwe Jaresko, is a former senior US State Department official in charge of US overseas “investment”. She was hurriedly given Ukrainian citizenship.

They want Ukraine for its abundant gas; Vice President Joe Biden’s son is on the board of Ukraine’s biggest oil, gas and fracking company. The manufacturers of GM seeds, companies such as the infamous Monsanto, want Ukraine’s rich farming soil.

Above all, they want Ukraine’s mighty neighbour, Russia. They want to Balkanise or dismember Russia and exploit the greatest source of natural gas on earth. As the Arctic ice melts, they want control of the Arctic Ocean and its energy riches, and Russia’s long Arctic land border. Their man in Moscow used to be Boris Yeltsin, a drunk, who handed his country’s economy to the West. His successor, Putin, has re-established Russia as a sovereign nation; that is his crime.

The responsibility of the rest of us is clear. It is to identify and expose the reckless lies of warmongers and never to collude with them. It is to re-awaken the great popular movements that brought a fragile civilisation to modern imperial states. Most important, it is to prevent the conquest of ourselves: our minds, our humanity, our self respect. If we remain silent, victory over us is assured, and a holocaust beckons.

John Pilger can be reached through his website: www.johnpilger.com

 

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Gilad Atzmon has two simultaneous careers, both electrically charged. As an innovative, intense saxophonist, he has been called Britain’s hardest gigging man,who’s played with everyone from Paul McCartney to Pink Floyd, recently having been featured on their latest album. His album”Exile“ was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003.

He is also a controversial author (The Wandering Who 2012) and speaker on the subjects of Jewish Identity, Zionism and leftist thinking that has brought him both harsh criticism from Zionists and anti-Zionists alike and who more recently brought efforts to cancel his performances.

An interview with Gilad Atzmon is an intense trip into his thinking in which his powerful free ranging personality shines even more than his words. During the meandering conversation Gilad expounded on and explained his views, among them; Israel, being called an anti-semite, the Jewish Left and the coterie of conflict that tends to surround him.

While Gilad has been discussing these ideas for many years, some of our readership may not be familiar with the subject matter, therefore the conversation has been reassembled in terms of topics, rather than following it’s chronological order.

Gilad-The Jewish Anti Semite and Jewish Tribalism

Gilad began by saying that;

“I am not an anti-Semite, I hate everyone equally”.

I found Gilad, however to be quite a lover of humanity and an intense advocate for the need for real truth seeking.

Gilad began by saying that he does not find Judaism itself to be the problem, but Jewish tribalism and Jewish Identity politics. He has personally disavowed himself of Judaism. He considers himself an ex-Israeli and a “Hebrew speaking Palestinian Brit”. His reason for leaving Judaism is that in Israel Jews area privileged class, and because of the culture of political correctness, which would censor criticism of him.

Jewish Tribalism

Gilad Atzmon Speaks

Gilad Atzmon Speaks

Gilad states that “Jews are not a race, but Jews are uniquely racist”. He explains that Jews have created a culture of separatism over the last three thousand years which demands that they separate themselves from their communities or at least see themselves as a cohesive separate entity. The religious Jews did this by observance of the Torah and adherence to religious practices, but the secular Jew maintained his separateness by creating “ethnocentricity”. They created the idea that Jews are a distinct culture with high attributes and consequently high privileges. They need to present a “cohesive racial identity”, as Gilad terms it. This cohesiveness creates a sense of entitlement and “choseness”.

There is a tremendous amount of self-concern. Their ideas about everything in the world tend to revolve around the idea “Is it good for the Jews?” Liberal and right wing Jews do not always agree on what is good for the Jews, in fact they usually disagree, but they all enter into the discussion with idea that saving themselves, the Jews, is of the essence. That is what is essentially important, and consideration for everyone else is not important. They are basically a privileged “tribe”. He feels that this type of thinking is what leads to entitlement. It has lead to Zionism and the State of Israel. It has lead to the violence that became necessary to maintain the Jewish supremacy in Israel. It has lead to a sort of

“Lust for violence” in order to secure their positions in Israel and to maintain theJewish point of view”.

He pointed out that historically Jews have been involved in lobbying for wars and/or directly involved with the actual violence perpetrated in revolutions.

He talked about the Jewish involvement in the burning of churches in the 1936 Spanish revolution. The Jews justified their actions by saying that churches had no sanctity as far as Jews were concerned.

Ultimately it all goes back to the idea “Is it good for the Jews?” Does it “save the Jews?” This is a kind of overt racism.

Across the board in the international Jewish community, however, there is a kind of mass unwillingness for self examination or to accept any type of criticism from outside the ”tribe”. He feels that it is a quintessentially Jewish trait to be non self-reflective. As he says

,..”When ethical people feel guilt they try to change themselves, non ethical people react by blaming others ( the goyim)”.. for their shortcomings.

Talmudic Quotes Concerning the Term GoyimYalkut 245c

Extermination of the Christians is a necessary sacrifice.

Zohar, Shemoth Tob shebbe goyyim harog – Even the best of the Goyim (Gentiles) should be killed. Sanhedrin 57a [Translation: A Jew may rob a Goy, but a Goy may not rob a Jew. If a Goy murders another Goy or a Jew, he should be killed, but a Jew will not be incur the death penalty for killing a non-Jew.]

Kill the Goyim by any means possible. Zohar, Shemoth, Toldoth Noah, Lekh-Lekha Jehovah created the non-Jew in human form so that the Jew would not have to be served by beasts. The non-Jew is consequently an animal in human form, and condemned to serve the Jew day and night.

Midrasch Talpioth, p. 225-L

Everything a Jew needs for his church ritual no goy is permitted to manufacture, but only a Jew, because this must be manufactured by human beings and the Jew is not permitted to consider the goyim as human beings.

Libbre David 37

A Jew should and must make a false oath when the Goyim asks if our books contain anything against them.

Mas. K’rithoth 6b [This passage refers to anointing with oil. “Heathens,” i.e., Gentiles, are not “adam” or man but are equated with cattle]

Menachoth 43b-44a
[A “prayer” or “benediction” to be said by a Jewish man every day: “Thank God for not making me a Gentile, a woman or a slave.”]

Do not save Goyim in danger of death.

Show no mercy to the Goyim.

Hilkkoth Akum X1

A Jew is forbidden to drink from a glass of wine which a Gentile has touched, because the touch has made the wine unclean.

Gilad points out that there is a long history in Judaism of strongly silencing and excommunicating those with views that go against the Jewish norm. He talks about how the Jews excommunicated Jesus for his views. He says the word for Jesus is “Yeshua”, which is an anagram for the words for “ that which must be destroyed”. He recounts that Spinoza, a Dutch philosopher who laid the groundwork for 18th century enlightenment, was excommunicated from the Jewish community of Holland for his criticisms of some of the dogma of Talmud. They issued a formal document called a “cherem” which cursed him, and forbade anyone in the Jewish community from ever speaking to him again or reading any of his writings.

Jewish Identity Politics

Since the Jews have established a culture of separateness and entitlement, those ideas naturally lead to the concept of  “choseness” and supremacy of the Jewish people…”We are entitled to our own country”, we were “chosen” establish the State of Israel ,” because that is what serves our ethnocentric needs”. That which serves ”our needs” is ultimately what is “good for the Jews”, and all other people and considerations be damned.

Gilad talks about Scotland as an example of Identity politics. Scotts strongly identify with the idea of being Scottish, rather than British, and so as Scotts, they would want their country and politics to be separate, enabling them to be more fully Scottish.

Jews strongly identify with the idea of being a people, separate from other peoples, and so the Idea of creating Israel and having their own political system would be the Jewish form of, “identity politics.” Because of this need, Zionism was created. From the beginning, Zionism was a racist ideology that placed Jews and Jewish needs above everyone else. The point was made that this seemed to be akin to the master race thinking of the Nazis. Gilad pointed out that it was similar to Nazism, but Zionism predates he Nazi party by about forty years. Indeed the first Zionist Congress was held in 1897 and the Balfour declaration, the document that declared that Palestine would be made the home of the Jews, was written in 1917.

ISIS and Identity Politics

Gilad says ISIS is a mirror policy of Identity politics…”it asks people to go to their own country to further their identity” He says that the” idea of the caliphate is engrained in the Muslim psyche”. The ISIS conquest is a reaction to the Western system that has been imposed on the Arab world by wars that the United States has been dragged into by Jewish lobbyists. He feels that ISIS will not, however attack Israel at this point. He says they will take Libya, Jordan, Egypt and the Gulf countries in order to control the oil, and have some negotiating leverage over the United States. If they tried to take Israel they would spend too much time at battle and may not survive a formidable enemy.

Gilad pointed out that in both the case of Israel and ISIS, identity politics has disastrous results. He feels in some ways that Jewish culture and Muslim culture is more similar than anyone cares to admit.

Jazz musician Gilad Atzmon

The Jewish Left and the Culture of Political Correctness

The problem with political correctness is that it mandates what the correct way of thinking and speaking is and doesn’t allow for opposition, which is a kind of tyranny. It is the means for self-suppression. Political correctness is a form of self-suppression. In a political dictatorship, the suppressor is more obviously the political leader, like Pinochet, as he mentions, and in that way the rules of society are more clear and transparent. Whereas with political correctness there is a sort of ”collective opinion castration” that has been in place for thirty years and killed the ability for critical and original thinking. Atzmon points out that George Orwell saw the beginning of this type of tyrannical thinking in the Jewish trotskyites he associated with and predicted it in England. He talks about 1984 being set in England, not Russia. He talked about the fact that today England is submerged in surveillance equipment, brought about by the Labor Party, the left party of the government.

The New Left is the embodiment of that idea and he says,” the Jewish Left is taking core control of thought censorship.” Gilad states that the Jewish Left started the “anti-Gilad“ movement. The essential problem with the left is that for one they are funded by George Soros, who is a liberal Zionist, but a Zionist all the same, and the language of the Jewish Left consequently needs to be couched in thinking and phrases that do not overtly insult Zionists. Secondly, there is a still a Jewish tribalist mentality among the Jewish Left, after all the Jewish Left invented Jewish ethnocentricity.

He mentioned the Jewish Voice for Peace group as an example of Jewish tribalism. He described them as a group that considers themselves ant-Zionist and non-racist, yet there is not a single non Jew on their board. He said conversely the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) will have at least 15 Arab members, though the Knesset is openly racist. Netanyahu has called for a constitution that declares that the State of Israel is a “Jewish State”, removing any vestiges of false claims to citizen equality.

Gilad feels that the Jewish left is dishonest about their goals working against Zionism. He says they, like many others do not really want to examine the root causes of Zionism in order to fully eradicate it. Those root causes being tribalism, separatism, elitism, entitlement, and Judaism itself. To examine those causes would take tremendous introspection, a quality he says is not an important part of Jewish culture, and so any efforts made are hypocritical and ultimately fruitless. Gilad insists because he dwells on these concepts revolving around Jewish choseness and forces an ideological mirror in front of their faces, that is the real reason for the Jewish Left’s hatred of him.

Gilad maintains that since the efforts of the Left are not honest it is ”hard to save themselves from themselves” and that “they are working 24/7 to bring disaster on themselves’.

The Problem of the Pro Palestinian Movement

Gilad has had ideological arguments with the pro Palestinian movement as well. He mentioned a conference with Ilan Pappe and Ali Abumineh. They spoke about the beauty of forging peace and reconciliation with Jews and Palestinians, to which Gilad replied that was an impossibility with the Jewish culture (insulting everyone roundly). He insisted that unless you explore the cultural reasons, not the political reasons for Zionism, it could never be dismantled.

Gilad pointed to terminology that was dishonest, but to which Pappe clung to. He said that Israel is not an apartheid state, because apartheid would imply that the ruling class was exploiting the native population for the ruling class’s benefit. Israel does not want to exploit the Palestinians, it wants to annihilate them or banish them. Gilad said the correct terminology to use with regards to Israel is ethnic cleansing, and that apartheid is just an appeasement to the Jewish Left, a way of making the situation seem not as dire.

He said Israel is not a colonial state. It was called a colonial state because it was established at the time when colonialism in Europe was ending, but colonialism implies that one country was taken over for a mother country (i.e. France/Morocco), but in the case of Israel… “where is the mother country?” In fact, there has never been another example in history where one foreign people claimed rights to a country and systematically tried to rid the country of it’s entire native population.

Gilad argued that seeking a political solution only with dishonest terminology was absurd. He likened it to creating an anti apartheid movement that did not want to offend Afrikaners, or a civil rights movement in the US south that did not want to offend Southerners. Just as the Nazi society and Afrikaners society cultures were examined, the Jewish/Israeli culture would have to be looked at for answers. That examination would involve saying things that a lot of people would find insulting.

Ali Abunimah took severe issue with this and even circulated a letter against Atzmon, signed by Palestinians. When Gilad argued with him, Abunimah admitted he and not read his book ”the Wandering Who”. Later Atzmon was approached by Norton Mezvinsky, a noted professoremeritus and anti-Zionist and who Gilad claims is more of an expert on Gilad’s work than Gilad is, and he told he was in agreement with his theories. When Mezvinsky approached Abunimah, they apparently had a meeting of the minds and Abunimah retracted what he had said before.

Max Blumenthal is another noted writer and journalist on the wrong doings of Israel. While Atzmon commended him on his book, Blumenthal has taken offense at the “anti-Semitic” nature of Atzmon’s thoughts and writing. They continue to be at odds.

BDS and Cultural BDS

While Atzmon agrees that sanctions against a country are an effective means of showing them your opposition to their policies and doing harm to their economy, he disagrees with Cultural BDS.

He stated that as far as sanctions go he makes the …”distinction between a tomato and a poet”, meaning that the world of ideas should never be shut down, whereas the world of business can be.”

He feels that cultural BDS is a function of political correctness and the Left. It is a way of not allowing opposition to what they have established as the proper point of view. Whether or not one agrees with a point of view, we should be open to hearing it and should not close it down or censor it. Atzmon gave the example of a woman walking out of a talk because she felt insulted as a Jew by what the speaker was saying. Gilad pointed out the uselessness of this type of thinking, and said that it is always better to raise one’s hand and counter an opinion, than to shut down or boycott opinions.

Norhwest Friends of Israel and Performance Cancellation

The Northwest Friends of Israel is a Zionist group that effectively shut down Atzmon’s performance at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. The group had threatened the college with violence should Atzmon perform, so out of fear for safety the performance was cancelled. However, word got out, and Gilad got extensive news coverage and publicity as result. Additionally, British musicians support him and support the right to perform regardless of political views. In fact they have stated that there would be a ”Free Gilad Music Festival” for every performance that is cancelled involving local musicians as well the top musicians in the Britain.

Atzmon noted that his most vocal antagonists have criminal records and /or charges, such as Alan Dershowitz, accused of child rape.

Atzmon went on to say that as a jazz musician one has the opportunity to reinvent themselves. He recalled Miles Davis calling it a “moment of enlightenment”. It is a moment where everything you thought about something was dissolved and it is as if you have stepped into another realm. He said that when he had these moments on stage, it was those singular moments that made all the hardships endured worthwhile.

“FREEDOM IS NOT A NATURAL STATE, IT IS SOMETHING WE HAVE TO STRUGGLE FOR”

Links

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voeC_SVrngs Max Blumenthal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norton_Mezvinsky     Norton Mezvinsky

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identity_politics   Cultural identity politics

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilan_Papp%C3%A9   Ilan Pappe

http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=89  Jews in the Spanish Civil War

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/palestinian-writers-activists-disavow-racism-anti-semitism-gilad-atzmon

http://georgesoros.com/faqs/entry/georgesorosofficialbiography   George Soros

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/alan-dershowitz-categorically-denies-sex-17-year-old-article-1.2067453   Alan Dershowitz

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baruch_Spinoza   Spinoza

http://zionism-israel.com/Balfour_Declaration_1917.htm   Balfour declaration

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-31739535 Cancelled performance

http://rense.com/general86/talmd.htm  Talmudic References to the Term Goyim

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Russian Military Power

By: Roger Landry (TLB)

I am a baby-boomer and grew up in the peak of the cold war. What we face today from the angry bear is magnitudes more dangerous than anything I ever saw in my youth.

Having spent most of my adult life in the military, or working for the Military Industrial Complex (facilitating Department of Defense contracts during this dangerous time-frame), makes me eminently qualified to voice my strong and growing concerns.

Today as Americans, we hear more and more about evil Russia. The Russians are brutally invading Ukraine and Crimea … REALLY? These nations mentioned are close neighbors of Russia, contain many Russian citizens from the old Soviet Union, and regional struggles have raged there for centuries, now spurred on by Neocon interference from the USA and NATO.

But no mention is made of American imperialism across thousands of miles, and oceans, separated from our safe country, where the massive US and NATO military machine attacks or invades sovereign nations at will, and topples governments resulting in decades of perpetual war and millions dead.

Afganastan

Iraq

Sudan

Libya

Pakastan

Syria

etc…

These sovereign nations are MUCH closer to Russia’s backyard than Americas by a huge margin!

NEWS FLASH: Russia, due to the above track record, DOES see this as a massive encroachment into its immediate sphere of influence (especially Ukraine), and an eminent threat existing as close as its very borders. The Russian bear is spooked and prepares for all out war with the USA, NATO and western powers. Russia (having learned painful lessons from history) will do whatever is necessary to “protect itself”.

Question … How would the USA react if Russia invaded and brutally occupied Canada or Mexico … ???

Of course to hear it told NONE of this is the fault of NATO, the western powers and the USA … We didn’t start it … we don’t want it … it’s all the fault of those evil, power hungry Russians and Putin’s Aggression.

This is the story We the People are being fed daily. Well WAKE UP because we are being (no big surprise here for those of us who are aware) LIED to !!!

Via a mechanism called “Selective Cooperation” (the USA and her minion nations take, and Russia gives), the USA has embarked on a path of subjugating Russia in the same fashion we and the Allied powers subjugated Germany and Japan after WWII.

Since the early 1990’s the USA and NATO have treated the fall of the Iron Curtain, and end of the Cold War with the USSR in the same fashion they treated the Axis powers they defeated … and to the victors go the spoils! Corporate carpetbaggers and cabals have inundated Russia with corruption and graft.

We are intentionally devaluing their currency, isolating their energy industry and challenging their regional leadership. The Russian people are suffering as a result of all this and more. This could not be more wrong or dangerous.

You don’t take a mother bears cub, you don’t sneak up on a wild bear, and you certainly DON’T kick a bear in the genitals just to see what happens! Because the end result of all three will always be an angry and seriously dangerous bear willing to fight to the death to protect themselves and their own!

Russia to this day still boast a very modern, sizable and powerful military. Its fleet still contains many of the worlds best submarines capable of delivering almost unhindered, both nuclear ballistic and cruise missiles to the heart of the American homeland. Their land based nuclear missiles outnumber their counterparts in western countries, with most NATO countries being right on their front doorstep, well within rapid striking distance. Their army is large and well equip to take on all comers. This bear has strong teeth, sharp claws and massive strength to call on.

Anyone knowing anything about Russian tenacity in the face of attack or invasion, who truly believes they will tolerate a limited strike and then roll over is an IDIOT (ask Hitler) … It has never happened and never will. When the first shot is fired … Russia is ALL IN and God have mercy on our miserable souls!

Please remember America (including Pearl Harbor) has never suffered a massive hostile invasion killing tens of millions, protecting our homeland … but the Russians have, and retain a strong collective memory of this sacrifice. Do you honestly believe they will not offer up that sacrifice again? Would Americans (who have never experienced this scenario) have the strength or testicular fortitude to match their Russian counterparts?

Today we stand on the precipice of WW III … and this is by no means a stretch of the imagination in any fashion. There will be no winner of this war! A vast majority of humanity will very likely be slammed back to the stone-age, and Russia will more than hold her own militarily. America as we know it will be reduced to ashes and our children (if they survive at all) will inherit a savage and untenable planet.

I will not waste my time or yours arguing the finer points of who is right or wrong … IT DOES NOT MATTER and there is always enough blame to go around. Arguing is senseless when the very survival of humanity hangs in a very precarious balance. The only thing that matters is …

THIS CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE

TLB would like to thank Contributor and Partner Dave Hodges of The Common Sense Show for bringing the below video to our attention. Watch and listen … then get off your dead ass and speak out, for yourself, your children, the survival of America and quite possibly humanity!

This is no joke, no lie, no exaggeration, and no time to hide under a rock … This could very well be the closest we have ever come to the total destruction of humanity, and these insane Neocons who believe attacking Russia, or backing her into a corner far enough she feels she must strike first, is winnable …

MUST BE STOPPED !!!

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Noted Russian expert,  Stephen Cohen says that Russia and NATO are closer to war than at anytime since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Cohen feels that both sides are acting in a reckless manner. His speech on the subject is to the point and very damning. Please take the time to watch this … It may quite possibly be the most important thing you have seen in a very long time!

Additional reading:

Nuclear War: The Option Is Still On The Table!

Top US Commander Under Arrest For Refusing To Fire Nukes At Russia

TLB RANT: Nuclear War May Be Closer Than You Think (Recorded)

The American Empire: The Suffering of Many For the Benefit of a Few

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By Steven J. Lendman

Yemen is one of many examples of what happens following lawless US intervention.

Obama waged drone war on Yemen throughout his tenure – indiscriminately killing many hundreds of defenseless victims, mostly civilians.

Like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Palestine, Yemen is a cauldron of violence and instability threatening to spin entirely out-of-control.

In January, Houthi forces ousted US-backed Ab-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s regime. They took over the presidential palace.

They extended control to other parts of the country. Last year, Obama ludicrously touted Yemen as a success story.

Saying US strategy “of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”

US interventionist strategy created violence, instability and chaos in both countries – much like virtually elsewhere else Washington intervenes lawlessly.

Houthis control the capital Sanaa, Taiz (Yemen’s 3rd largest city), other areas, and head toward seizing Aden.

In February, Hadi fled there from Sanaa. Declared himself still president.

Reports now indicate he fled the country after Houthi forces approached Aden.

They seized al-Annad air base near Lahij – about 60 km from Aden. Hadi established it as a temporary capital.

US personnel were evacuated from the country. Witnesses saw a convoy of presidential vehicles leaving Hadi’s residence on a hill overlooking the Arabian Sea.

Reports indicate he fled by boat as Houthis advanced. AP said he left with aides around 3:30PM local time Wednesday – in two vessels under heavy security.

His destination wasn’t disclosed. He’s scheduled to attend an Arab summit this weekend in Egypt.

AP reported Houthis “closing in on Aden…(T)he city’s fall appears imminent” as of midday Wednesday.

Yemen heads toward exploding in full-blown civil war. Involving IS fighters for good measure – US proxies used to help Washington regain control.

If things turn out like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, years of fighting may follow on top of what’s already happened.

Hadi asked UN officials to authorize foreign military intervention.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal warned Riyadh may take “necessary measures” if Houthis don’t resolve things peacefully – with no further elaboration. More on this below.

Hadi’s Gulf State allies evacuated their Aden-based diplomatic personnel. Earlier they relocated them from Sanaa.

Houthis occupied Yemen’s capital last August. Seizing the presidential palace in January forced Hadi’s resignation.

Houthi leader Abdel Malik al Houthi leader’s cousin Mohammed Ali al Houthi was declared new president.

Hadi was placed under house arrest. He escaped, fled to Aden, organized supportive military forces, and now apparently fled Yemen altogether.

The Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee called on security forces and civilians to fight what it called “terrorist forces across the country.”

Obama bears full responsibility for Yemeni chaos. Drone warfare followed his December 2009 missile attack on Al Majan village.

It killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

UN special advisor on Yemen Jamal Benomar addressed an emergency Security Council session on Yemen via video conference.

Things are headed for a “rapid downward spiral,” he said.

“Emotions are running extremely high and, unless solutions can be found, the country will fall into further violent confrontations.”

“Events in Yemen are leading the country away from political settlement and to the edge of civil war.”

Humanitarian crisis conditions affect over 60% of the population. UN sources call Yemen “a patchwork of simmering feuds.”

On March 20, suicide bombers targeted Sanaa mosques during Friday prayers – killing at least 126, injuring scores more.

Yemen grows increasingly violent and chaotic. A meaningless Security Council statement said:

“(T)he solution to the situation in Yemen is through a peaceful, inclusive, orderly and Yemeni-led political transition process that meets the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Yemeni people for peaceful change and meaningful political, economic and social reform.”

Violence continues unabated. Last weekend, Saudi and other Gulf states issued a statement backing Hadi’s regime.

They announced their willingness to use “all efforts” to defend it.

Saudi Arabia deployed heavy weapons along its border with Yemen. A porous 1,800 km border separates the two countries.

Conditions remain chaotic. Houthis claim they seized Aden. Reuters said Hadi’s defense minister was arrested.

So far, Saudi forces haven’t moved cross border. Air strikes may be planned – maybe joint ones with Washington.

Hadi wants Security Council authorization for force – “to provide immediate support for the legitimate authority by all means and measures to protect Yemen and deter the Houthi aggression,” he said.

Yemeni military officials calling themselves the Higher Committee to Preserve the Armed Forces and Security reject foreign intervention, saying:

“We express our total and utter rejection of any external interference in Yemeni affairs under any pretext and in any form and from any side.”

“All members of the armed forces and security and all the sons of the proud people of Yemen with all its components will confront with all their strength and heroism any attempt to harm the pure soil of the homeland, its independence or its sovereignty or to threaten its unity and territorial integrity.”

Last month, Houthi leader Abdel Malik al Houthi accused Saudi Arabia of wanting Yemen divided along sectarian lines, saying:

“Our elder sister, the Saudi kingdom, doesn’t respect the Yemenis and wants to impose here in Yemen the sequence of events and divisions that happened in Libya.”

Whether Saudi forces intend attacking Yemen remains to be seen. What Obama has in mind matters most.

He’s engulfed large parts of the region in conflict and chaos. Maybe he’ll compound it by greater intervention in Yemen.

About the author: Steven J. Lendman

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

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March 24, 2015

The VOLYA (Will) party filed a claim to the General Management Department of the President of Russian Federation, to the Main Healthcare Department of Administrative Department of the President of the Russian Federation, and to the Federation Council concerning health status of Vladimir Putin.
We are alarmed by the fact that Vladimir Putin is obviously unable to execute his presidential functions in full due to his health status, which, according to the Constitution of the RF, is a ground for termination of the execution of presidential powers.

Prolonged disappearance of person named Vladimir Putin from mass media in March, 2015 has been widely discussed in Russia. At that period the top officer of Russia cancelled pre-planned  international official meetings with heads of other states, postponed signing of international agreements. According to the news, the President hardly appears in his office in the Kremlin. Earlier international media informed that Putin was supposedly diagnosed with cancer.

Official statements on the subject do not seem credible to us. To determine date of his photo-sessions in the period is impossible.

At the same time the person presented by media as President Putin today is obviously not the Vladimir Putin, born in 1952, elected president of Russia in 2000.

The appearance of the people presented as Mr.Putin varies often, difference is seen by unaided eye.

We believe such differences may not be explained as age-related of caused by plastic surgery.

Many times it was noted that individuals presented by TV as Vladimir Putin have:

  • different skull shapes (the width of eye sockets, the chin shape, form of cheek bones);
  • different volume of soft tissue and cartilages on the face (nostrils, lips, cheeks, ears);
  • different hairlines (scalp and eyebrows);
  • different slits of her eyes and a different eye colors, different manners.

People able to identify the real Putin (his relatives including daughters and ex-wife) are hidden from the society unconventionally. For instance, nothing is known about Putin’s daughters. Rumors have it, that they live abroad. His ex-wife disappeared from TV since 2007 and hardly ever have appeared on public since then.
We have enough sufficient grounds to believe that real Vladimir Putin is either dead, or unable to execute duties of the President of Russia due to his health status.

Possible disability of the president is a crucial issue. Strategic, military, economic and food security of Russia, especially in the period of deep crisis, is directly dependent on the ability of the president to take considered, timely and adequate decisions.

Inability of Vladimir Putin to execute duties of President of Russia has obviously caused crisis in the country. We suppose that only persons acting in the interests of foreign countries could have committed that to Russia and its people. We concede, that destructive plans of Russia’s destruction by foreign special services and corporations may be committed in the guise of Vladimir Putin ruling. That means secret seizure of power in Russia. In terms of the failure or inability of the real Vladimir Putin to execute duties of the President of Russia, undivided authority of head of a state could have been seized by other people.

Majority of Russian population has been set on the brink of survival and often do not have enough money to feed families. Therefore, the President does not fulfill his duty to ensure the right of Russian citizens for decent life. Prices for utilities, gasoline, food, medicine absolutely unrealistic and exceed their real costs of production in Russia. Crushing taxes and fines have been killing domestic production and small business in Russia. Threat of hunger became real in Russia.

Repressive laws are being signed on behalf of the President of Russia. The laws are trampling the rights of Russian citizens on quality education and health care, parenting, freedom of expression, and even freedom of movement and of residence across the country. The total control is being strengthened via wiretapping, computers scanning, biometric passports implementation, which violates personal data confidentiality.

During Vladimir Putin’s presidency and his being prime-minister of Russia, a lot of so called “terroristic acts” and man-made disasters have happened causing mass deaths of Russian citizens. All terroristic acts had the same pattern: no claims, dead executors, and unidentified instigators. Therefore, public and independent experts put the blame for the terroristic acts on state special services.

Russia is dragged into a fratricidal war in Ukraine, and the war is moving to Russia as a result of obviously provocative actions of the person, claiming to be Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia has been set in absolute dependence on the West. Russian Central Bank belongs not to state, but to a private person, whose name is kept in secret. 95% of business in Russia is under the foreign jurisdiction. Huge financial reserves of Russia and even retirement savings of citizens have been spent on unrealistically expensive sport events such as winter Olympic 2014 and FIFA World Cup 2018.

We believe Russian citizens must be informed of the real state of heals of Russian president. According to part 2 Art. 24 of Russian Constitution, state bodies and officials are obliged to provide anyone with access to the documents and materials directly affecting his/her rights and freedoms. We believe, that ability of president, guarantor of our rights, to fulfill his duties affects every of us. Secret seizure of power by unknown people inevitably puts the country to chaos, blood, and hunger. We must prevent the danger.

Therefore we demand:

  • to conduct independent competent medical examination of Vladimir Putin to test his ability to fulfill duties of president really, constantly, fully and by himself;
  • to conduct personality identification of the man who presents to be Vladimir Putin and compare him with Putin in 2000, using all modern tools and with the assistance of specialists and experts from different fields: criminologists, medical specialists, geneticists, psychologists, plastic surgeons, specialists in voice recognition;
  • in case if permanent inability of Vladimir Putin to fulfill his duties or substitution of person of President is detected, we demand early resignation of the President and special elections of the head of the state.

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See article here: http://www.volya-naroda.ru/news/read/?id=1792

 

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March 23, 2015

You really couldn’t make it up. Almost 24 million people in the EU are unemployed. The Greek debt crisis has yet to be resolved. An Islamic State terrorist attack in Tunis, just over 100 miles from Italy. The ever-worsening problem of climate change.

And what are the EU elite talking about? How best to counter‘Russia’s ongoing disinformation campaigns’. It’s good to know they’ve got their priorities right, isn‘t it?

At last week’s summit in Brussels, EU leaders discussed a range of options- one of which could include the setting up of a new Russian-language TV channel funded by European taxpayers.

A timetable has been laid out: we’re told the EU-funded European Endowment for Democracy will present media proposals to a summit in Latvia on May 21-22, and that EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will finalize the plans by the end of June.

This follows on from Members of the European Parliament passing a resolution in January urging the EU to counter Russian ‘propaganda’.

“The EU and its member states have been concerned for some time about Russian propaganda, and about the fact that the counter-argument coming from the EU often seems to be poorly focused and unconvincing,” according to the BBC website.

Well, that BBC report is right, because the “counter-argument” which comes from the EU and the US is certainly “unconvincing”.

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But it’s “unconvincing” not because of presentation flaws, or because insufficient money was put into“selling” the message, but because the dominant Western narrative on Russia and the Russian “threat”is false, and anyone with a modicum of intelligence can see that it’s false.

That’s the basic problem that those seeking to push this narrative have. Setting up a new European TV channel, or giving money to ex-Soviet Republics to set up their own Russian-language channels to fight Russian “propaganda”, won’t remedy it.

“The Russian threat to the west”? You only have to look at a map of Europe and see how NATO has expanded eastwards since the demise of the Soviet Union to realize who is threatening whom.

“Russia is a dangerous aggressor which needs to be stopped.” This is truly risible. By any objective assessment it’s the US and its allies who are the dangerous aggressors. Was it Russia which invaded Iraq in 2003, falsely claiming it had WMDs? Or Russia which bombed the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia for 78 days and nights in 1999? Or Russia which attacked Libya in 2011, helping to destroy a country which had the highest living standards in Africa? Or is it Russia which has killed up to 200 children in Pakistan in drone strikes since 2004?

Anti-Russian propaganda is ‘unconvincing’, because Western narrative is false. Was it Russia which invaded Iraq in 2003, falsely claiming it had WMDs? Or Russia which bombed the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia for 78 days and nights in 1999? Or Russia which attacked Libya in 2011, helping to destroy a country which had the highest living standards in Africa? Or is it Russia which has killed up to 200 children in Pakistan in drone strikes since 2004?

“Russia is to blame for the Ukraine crisis.” Again, one only has to spend a few minutes on this topic to realize that this claim is nonsense too – it was the EU and US who caused the crisis, by sponsoring andsupporting a “regime change” against a legitimate, democratically-elected government.

Just imagine if Russia had interfered in the same way in Canada! But the EU and US do it in Ukraine, and somehow Russia is to blame.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine”, again, a load of hogwash. If Russian had invaded Ukraine, we would certainly know about it by now. It’s hard to keep up with the number of false reports of “Russian tanks in Ukraine” we’ve had: here’s two more for the collection from February.

Russia‘s annexation of Crimea”, well, Crimea would still be part of Ukraine today had it not been for the Western-sponsored coup which toppled the legal government of the country. Crimea was only handed to the then Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic by Nikita Khrushchev in 1954 and the majority Russian population of Crimea unsurprisingly voted to return to their motherland after the coup in which far-right anti-Russian extremists played a leading role.

As to the rubbishing of the referendum in which the people of Crimea exercised their democratic rights to rejoin Russia, the best response I read was from the British journalist Peter Hitchens:

“I have spent much of the weekend wheezing with helpless mirth at the efforts of members of my trade to disapprove of two things they’ve spent their lives applauding – democracy and self-determination. They have to do this because on this occasion they operate in favor of Russia, a country on which we must all (for some reason) look down with cold sneers on our faces.”

What we’ve been fed in the West about the Ukraine conflict is lies, lies and more lies, and we‘ve witnessed, as Hitchens notes, elite hypocrisy on a massive scale. A crisis caused by the EU and the US’s regime-change activities in a country bordering Russia is blamed on Russia. Russia, threatened by NATO’s eastward expansion, is portrayed as a “threat.” Countries that have committed serial aggression against other sovereign states in recent years, leading to massive loss of life, label a country that hasn’t taken part in these crimes a “dangerous aggressor.” Lies are told and the truth is suppressed on a daily basis.

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The suppression of the truth about Ukraine is one of the most complete news blackouts I can remember,” writes veteran, award-winning anti-war journalist John Pilger.

“The biggest Western military build-up in the Caucasus and eastern Europe since World War Two is blacked out. Washington’s secret aid to Kiev and its neo-Nazi brigades responsible for war crimes against the population of eastern Ukraine is blacked out. Evidence that contradicts propaganda that Russia was responsible for the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner is blacked out.”

It doesn’t really matter how much the EU decides to spend on countering “Russian propaganda,” if the script they’re pushing is so clearly untrue, then they’re not going to convince people.

Once again, Europe is following in the footsteps of Washington. In February, Secretary of State Kerry pleaded for more funding to counter news outlets like RT. But RT’s budget is less than the budget of the US government media services and indeed the BBC’s World Service.

Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute, hit the nail on the head when he told RT:”I think the problem the US has is they have an unlimited advertising budget, but the product they’re selling is not very attractive overseas. People are tired of US interventionism; they’re tired of US exceptionalism; they’re tired of the US bombing their country… if you’re a Somalian, you don’t care about listening to a radio broadcast from the US, you just wish the US would stop bombing you.”

The EU will be making a big mistake if they can solve the problem of having “unconvincing” counter-arguments on Russia and Ukraine by throwing euro at it. An old Persian proverb tells us that “the man who speaks the truth is always at ease.” When it comes to the current propaganda war against Russia the Western elites are clearly not at ease and it’s not hard to work out why.

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See article here: http://rt.com/op-edge/243237-eu-russia-propaganda-counter-war/

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Submitted by Rania Khalek

Israel has supplied 60.7 percent of the world’s drones since 1985, according to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

As a result, Israel is the single greatest source of drone proliferation in the world.

In second place is the United States, which accounts for 23.9 percent of global drone exports, followed by Canada at 6.4 percent, France at 1.6 percent, Austria at 1.4 percent, Italy at 1.1 percent, Germany at 1 percent and China at 0.9 percent.

Conversely, the United Kingdom is the world’s number one importer of drones. Between 2010 and 2014, the UK bought 55 drones from Israel and six armed drones from the US, which accounted for one third of global drone deliveries in that time period.

The vast majority of the drone market is comprised of surveillance drones,

The US, UK and Israel are the only countries in the world known to have used armed drones, deployed exclusively against nonwhite predominantly Muslim populations in nations and territories that have been pillaged and destroyed by Western conquest.

The besieged Gaza Strip has served as the leading testing ground for both armed and surveillance drones.

Tested on Palestinians

Over the last decade, Israel’s use of robotic warfare against Palestinians has escalated dramatically, with each new military assault on Gaza relying more heavily on drones than the last.

Last summer, Israel’s 51-day bombing campaign against Gaza killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, including more than 500 children.

Based on data collected by the Al Mezan Center for Human rights, a Corporate Watch investigation found that at least 37 percent of those killed, or 840 people, died in drone strikes alone.

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Corporate Watch chart of drone deaths in Gaza by year.

Lost in the numbers is the psychological terror inflicted on the people of the Gaza ghetto, especially children, by the constant presence of drones buzzing overhead with the capacity to rain death on those below at any moment.

This has been wildly lucrative for Israeli arms companies, which exploit Israel’s frequent military assaults as opportunities to expedite the testing of their products on human subjects.

Easy access to a captive Palestinian population to experiment on allows Israeli arms producers to market their products as “combat proven,” a coveted seal of approval that gives Israel a competitive edge in the international arms trade. Israel’s repression technology is then exported to regimes that are similarly invested in subjugating the poor and marginalized.

This dystopian arrangement has paved the way for Israel, a country the size of New Jersey, to rank among the globe’s top arms exporters.

A case in point is Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest military technology firm, which produces 85 percent of the drones that make up the Israeli army’s vast arsenal.

The Hermes 900, a drone manufactured by Elbit, was deployed operationally for the first time against Palestinians in Gaza last summer, even though it was still undergoing testing. Nicknamed the Kochav — which is Hebrew for “star” — the Hermes 900’s blood-soaked performance garnered widespread praise at Israel’s annual drone conference, held less than a month after the Gaza slaughter.

The Hermes 900 is a more advanced version of the Hermes 450, an aerial attack and surveillance drone that was used by the Israeli army to deliberately target civilians in Gaza during Israel’s previous onslaught in late 2008 and early 2009, according to Human Rights Watch.

The Hermes drone was also used to kill civilians in Israel’s attack on Lebanon in 2006, including Red Cross workers, ambulance drivers and dozens of people fleeing their homes in a desperate search for safety from Israeli bombardment.

Marketed in the company brochure as “combat-proven” and “Fighting terror for over a decade,” the Hermes 450 boasts “a class-leading safety and reliability record.”

Apparently impressed by the aircraft’s capacity for bloodshed, the Brazilian government purchased a fleet of Hermes drones to help crush the massive protests that erupted across Brazil against the 2014 World Cup.

Thales UK — a subsidiary of the French company, Thales, which is ranked as the eleventh largest arms producer in the world — signed a $1.6 billion joint venture with Elbit Systems in 2011 to develop a new drone fleet called Watchkeeper for the British military.

The Watchkeeper is being modeled on the Hermes 450, which has been deployed by the British army in Afghanistan.

Elbit might be Israel’s largest drone producer, but it’s hardly the only Israeli company selling equipment tested on Palestinians to regimes around the world.

According to an investigation by Drones UK, Israel has exported drone technology to at least fifty different countries, enabling atrocities and fueling war.

With America’s blessing, Israel sold drones and fighter jets to Sri Lanka, which were used to commit atrocities against Sri Lanka’s ethnic Tamil minority.

South Korea recently purchased the Heron drone, which is produced by Israel Aerospace Industries and has been deployed for surveillance and target acquisition in Israeli attacks on Lebanon and Gaza.

In addition to helping crush World Cup protests, Israeli drones have been used by Brazilian police to invade the nation’s favelas.

In certain instances, Israel has sold drones to both sides in a given conflict. Both Russia and Georgia — between whom a conflict took place in 2008 — were armed with Israeli drones. Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have reportedly both  used Israeli drones.

Meanwhile, Israel’s drone exports to India have provoked a drone “arms race” with neighboring Pakistan, according to the organization Drones UK.

Israel invented drones

Israel was instrumental in pioneering the modern drone due largely to the ideology at its core.

Israel’s creation as a majority Jewish state was precipitated by the pre-meditated ethnic cleansing of 750,000 indigenous Palestinians by Zionist militias in 1948 — which Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or catastrophe. Israel has spent every day since then consolidating and expanding its Jewish majority in historic Palestine, which has required tremendous levels of violence, including the ongoing containment and exclusion of the native Palestinian inhabitants still under its control.

The Israeli economy has been built around advancing this goal, giving rise to a booming “homeland security” industry that caters to the designs of Zionism and then repackages occupation-style repression for export and profit.

Drone technology has been crucial to this endeavor.

After suffering heavy losses in its 1973 war with Egypt, the Israeli regime, for the first time in its existence, was met with backlash from an Israeli Jewish public unaccustomed to high soldier casualties.

It was in the aftermath of the 1973 war that the Israeli government began investing heavily in drone technology, minimizing the risk to its soldiers, effectively pacifying future opposition to endless war, expansion and conquest.

Israel Aerospace Industries, known as Israel Aircraft Industries at the time, and the Israeli company Tadiran were tasked with designing drones for real-time intelligence collection in the occupied Sinai.

Soon enough, IAI invented the Scout drone, which was deployed in 1982 to coordinate targeting during Israel’s deadly invasion of Lebanon. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Israel tested and refined a variety of drones on the people of southern Lebanon in an attempt to crush armed resistance to its occupation. With each operation came another wave of advancements in drone technology.

With the start of the second intifada and Israel’s forced withdraw from southern Lebanon in 2000, the occupied West Bank and Gaza became Israel’s primary testing grounds for drone warfare.

Israeli drones provided hidden attack helicopters with coordinates to fire on during Israel’s ruthless 2002 attack on the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank. As early as 2004, Israeli drones were raining down missiles on the Gaza Strip in targeted assassinations of Palestinians fighters.

Though the US started utilizing and investing in drone technology before Israel, Israel was always one step ahead.

It’s no coincidence that Abraham Karem, an Israeli citizen, designed the Predator drone, which has been deployed by the US military and the CIA to carry out targeted assassinations that have left hundreds of innocent people dead. The Iraqi-born Karem received a degree in aeronautical engineering at the Haifa-based Israel Institute of Technology — better known as the Technion —  and got his start at IAI before immigrating to the US after he was blackballed by the Israeli government for starting his own drone company.

Today, Gaza is surrounded with Israeli drones by air, land and sea.

In addition to the surveillance drones that hover overhead, the walls of the Gaza cage will soon be reinforced by Border Patroller, an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), or land drone, armed with remote-controlled weapons. Designed by the Israeli company G-NIUS, a joint venture between Elbit Systems and IAI, the Border Patroller, like the walls it fortifies, will prevent the Palestinian refugees of Gaza from escaping their cage.

The Protector, produced by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, is an unmanned sea vehicle (USV), or boat drone, that roams Gaza’s coast to obstruct Palestinian fishermen from making a living.

If the proliferation of Israel’s aerial drones is any indication, it won’t be long before land and sea drones spread to all corners of the globe.

As long as Israel’s economy is shaped by the subjugation and elimination of Palestinians, it will continue to function as a factory for cutting-edge repression technology that sustains racism and inequality around the globe.

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By: Roger Landry (TLB)

The American military monster, and thus the military industrial complex, is out of control, and doing irreparable damage to not only the world … but also to America!

In the guise of “Spreading Democracy” this cabal is destroying not only sovereign nations, but also the fundamental economic security of America. This country is directly or indirectly, responsible for over three million deaths in the war torn middle-east and now we move on Ukraine and spread our “Democracy” into Africa.

We as a society in whole, are so naive or ignorant with respect to global politics and what drives this mechanism. I would say with total confidence that this nation which exercises the largest influence on the politics and economics of this planet, displays the most ignorance and apathy of our actions on this same global community.

We are told something is bad, so we automatically believe this and take it for a fact. We are told something is good so again we believe and support it unconditionally, because after all we heard it on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX NEWS etc…, from our President, or one of his administrations appointee’s, so it must be true! Then we shrug our collective heads and go back about our self centered business.

The absolute fault in this logic is that every organization or individual driving our system today has an agenda, and to support this agenda the news is propagated through a filter who’s parameters are determined by this very same agenda.

America is now a country perpetually at war. Why? Who in this world is prepared to invade or conquer this country without fear of total annihilation from a nuclear strike?

Why are we overtly interfering militarily in at least six to as many as eight sovereign nations simultaneously with our “big stick” prowess, and untold more covertly? And all the while Americans are suffering economically in a fashion that only the great depression rivals.

We The People must tighten our belts, pay more in taxes and expect less from our government even though revenues to them increase. Yet we fund the biggest military monster this world has ever seen to the benefit of none but the military industrial complex and the few international power brokers who stand to gain huge wealth and regional control at our expense.

I am not against a strong national defense, but I will rail against out of control military spending while the country falters and eventually collapses under the crushing weight of debt! Recent (direct or indirect) defense spending totals well over $1.6 TRILLION per year, an average of about 53 cents of every dollar this government spends …

What could America do with even a portion of those funds, say $1 trillion a year leaving the military over $600-$700 billion a year (still the largest military budget on the planet)?

How about we put Americans to work rebuilding a collapsing infrastructure, invest is shoring up a failing education system, funding new hi-tech industry or research projects, get us back into space, put Social Security back on a solid footing, decrease the annual deficit, seal our southern boarder … hell there are a thousand ideas that sure beat perpetual warfare, killing and the continuous manufacturing of more enemies of We The People!

We need to speak out now as the available time to change course is growing short and when this onrushing and inevitable economic collapse occurs then it will be too late to look back and say … shoulda, coulda, woulda, but didn’t!

It’s time to wake up !!!

Please watch this video for a more comprehensive military spending breakdown …

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American Imperialism

The American Empire: Denial, Delusion And Deception

By TLB Contributor & Partner: Dane Wigington

Most Americans do not truly understand the scope and scale of the American Empire.

If we are to be effective against the “collective insanity” in general, it is imperative to have some understanding of just how out of control the military industrial complex is, especially in America.

The video below is absolutely worth every minute of the time it takes to watch and comprehend. It is extremely accurate, compelling, and infuriating.

The truth is our most powerful weapon. We must all take the time to learn the facts so we can march in this battle with credibility and thus confidence.

TLB recommends you visit Dane at GeoEngineering Watch for more pertinent articles, videos and information.

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