March 28, 2015 at 8:34 am #19966
Fascinating pdf about discovery of oil and gas and geology of YEMENMarch 28, 2015 at 12:05 pm #20010March 28, 2015 at 12:18 pm #20011
In other words: This article’s writers, evidently, needed to find a way to present a negative view of Russia, and especially of Putin. Therefore, focusing their story and presentation around this particular blockbuster revelation (which went in the contrary direction) was out of the question for them — and especially for their employer.
So: now you know why Yanukovych, the very next day after his learning about the $160B price tag of the EU’s offer, turned it down, and also why this revelation is still news, more than a year later — just as it was news to me until I happened upon it only today.March 28, 2015 at 1:29 pm #20012March 28, 2015 at 2:11 pm #20013
Leo Strauss, an intellectual bridge between Germany’s inter-war Conservative Revolutionaries and today’s American neoconservatives.
William Kristol, neoconservative editor of the Weekly Standard, would agree. Celebrating Netanyahu’s victory, Kristol told the New York Times, “It will strengthen the hawkish types in the Republican Party.” Kristol added that Netanyahu would win the GOP’s nomination, if he could run, because “Republican primary voters are at least as hawkish as the Israeli public.”
The loser in both the Israeli and U.S. elections was the rule of law and real democracy, not the sham democracy presented for public relations purposes in both counties. In both countries today, money controls elections, and as Michael Glennon has written in National Security and Double Government, real power is in the hands of the national security apparatus.
This belief in German “exceptionalism” was the common belief of German Conservative Revolutionaries, the DNVP and the Reichswehr. For Republicans of today and those who share their ideological belief, substitute “American” for “German” Exceptionalism and you have the identical ideology.
“Exceptionalism” in the sense of a nation can be understood in two ways. One is a belief in the nation’s superiority to others. The other way is the belief that the “exceptional” nation stands above the law, similar to the claim made by dictators in declaring martial law or a state of emergency. The U.S. and Israel exhibit both forms of this belief.March 28, 2015 at 5:36 pm #20014March 28, 2015 at 7:13 pm #20016
North Sudan is rather different. Because it, at least officially, is a terror state, according to Washington’s definition.
Yet, Washington is now openly participating in a military alliance with this “rogue state” in the bombing of Yemen.
North Sudan led by Omar Bashir has been on the US blacklist for more than 20 years, incurring a raft of American economic, financial and diplomatic sanctions. Washington accuses the mainly Muslim north African country — as opposed to the mainly Christian South Sudan — of serial human rights violations and supporting Al Qaeda extremists. At various times, its leader Omar Bashir is suspected of harbouring jihadist terror groups and commanders, including the late Osama bin Laden. The US alleged that the country played a key role in the 1998 American embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, and in the same year launched cruise missile attacks in retribution. In 2007, George Bush tightened sanctions on North Sudan, and in 2011 the Obama administration renewed the country’s state terror designation.March 28, 2015 at 7:50 pm #20017
If anyone finds it difficult to understand, why the USA would be backing and supporting people who it also claims are its enemies… it is really quite simple and easy straight forward, once you get what the US/ISRAELI strategy is.
They say all sorts of things, officially, for public consumption. But that’s all lies and bullshit and propaganda. The great mass of the public, from the simple to the educated, are MORONS, they’ll believe what they are told ! This has been true since ancient Rome, Bernays, Goebells, the Pentagon, Tel Aviv, all know this.
Bin Laden did it ! No, it was Milosovic, Sadaam, Ghaddafi, Mubarak, it was Assad, it was Putin !
They make up totally fabricated rubbish to demonise a fantasy enemy, to justify their warmongering. It has NOTHING to do with reality. It’s all to do with manipulation. The British Empire was built by doing this shit. The clueless masses never learn.
This disgusting, depraved lunatic explains the thinking, in the video I posted earlier
They play BOTH SIDES, against each other, so they will kill each other. Because it is easier than sending their own troops to war.
Joaquin Flores already explained it all, at Strategic Culture, about a year ago.
Truman said in a public statement, during WW2, that America should send money and arms to the Russians AND the Germans, and send MORE to whichever side was losing, so that they would keep fighting for as long as possible, so as many as possible of each side would be KILLED. The more dead the better. Because that would mean less competition for America !
And Reagan did exactly the same, for the Iran – Iraq war.
This is THE PLAN. The Neocons and Israel, via Mossad and the CIA, with Britain and MI6 joining in, created and backed Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, so that they could use it, as a tool, to cause instability, wherever they wanted to create chaos. Because THAT is what they wish to do. Read the Yinon Plan.
When Al Qaeda ran out of steam, they created ISIS. It’s wonderful. It sucks all the radical lunatics in, from far and wide, to create mayhem. If it begins to lose, they can pump in more weapons and money, if it gets too strong, they can bomb the shit out of them. Whichever way, it’s a win-win for the US-Israeli strategy, of making sure there are no stable secure organised competitors, just a vast wasteland.
And the same plan, now, for Europe.
After a whole generation of the Iron Curtain, the Berlin Wall, and being told lies about those ‘Evil Soviets’, finally, that ended.
Now the filth in Washington replace that Iron Curtain with a brand new strip of ruined countries, from the Baltic to the Black Sea, to prevent Germany and Russia ‘being friends’, because that would be competition for ‘Amerika’, the Most Powerful Empire on Earth… for fuck’s sake.
Those people are completely insane. But that is GOOD. Because their insanity will be their downfall.
However, they may well cause WW3, which will be nuclear, followed by a nuclear winter, and then all the nuclear power stations melt down, and all the industrial plants go Bhopal, and so forth. So, the Earth becomes uninhabitable…
The idiot masses in Europe are asleep. They don’t understand what has happened.March 28, 2015 at 8:03 pm #20018
To illustrate several of these examples, the sinking of the Lusitania by Germany was used by the United States to justify entry into WW1 on the grounds of the necessity of stopping the barbarous Hun who had no respect for human life, though the German embassy in London put out an advertisement warning that the Lusitania was a potential target for u-boats and the ship itself later turned out to be carrying military supplies, and was therefore a legitimate target under international conventions on war crimes. The first US propaganda from the war invoked parallels with the Crusaders of the Middle Ages; we are somewhat unsurprised to find none other than Adolf Hitler praising the propaganda effort of the Committee for Public Information during WW1 and citing it as one of the primary reasons for the German defeat. None of this would have been possible either without the ability of the US war-mongers to maintain the pretense of being victims or to engage in the production of deviance via the motto of ‘He who is not for America is against America’ emblazoned on tens of thousands of ‘America First Society’ membership cards during the same period.
The mythology of the ‘domino theory’ as expressed in documents such as NSC-68 similarly utilized the same kind of dynamics and mechanisms we can expect to continue to see as the petrodollar becomes under great and more dire threat of extinction. As George Kennan noted above, the actual reasons for the Cold War were the maintenance of the ‘position of disparity’ upon which the economic wellbeing and growth of the US economy depended in the postwar period; as Frank Kofsky in particular demonstrated, the mythology of communist expansion which served as pretext for the military aggression upon which this policy depended was forestalled on the one hand by the doctrine of ‘Socialism in One Country’ Joseph Stalin had long adopted as a contentious response to the failure of communist revolutions in Germany and Western Europe. On the other, Russia was in the postwar years far too weak as a result of the hammering it had taken during the Second World War to even contemplate military expansion.
In this example in particular, the two Red Scares, domestic panics over the perceived menace of communist expansion within the United States itself, had served to thwart rather acutely the capacity of dissidents, critical thinkers and doubters of the magnificence of states as a general concept to get a fair hearing — the latter in particular. The stated policy of George Kennan did not apparently represent a dire threat to democracy around the globe, particularly in Asia where attempts to seek redress of the great (and expanding) gap between the global north and south in the name of promoting ‘human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratization’ were dismissed with sneering contempt as ‘vague and unreal objectives.’
Rather, according to the theory of the domino effect, it was attempts to see ‘human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratization’ through movements for independent nationalism that made a victim out of what after 1989 would be the sole remaining superpower. In addition to the ‘if you think for yourself the communists’ win logic of McCarthyism, brilliantly parodied by Arthur Miller during the period in his stage play The Crucible, one might also point to the blaming of the million of victims around the world for rejecting the logic of Kennan’s 1948 callous prescription for the maintenance of US power as well as the mythology of the domino effect as further evidence of moral disengagement, this time in the form of victim blaming. Is there any reason to imagine that the imperial establishment should be willing to reflect on this history or that any prospect exists of history not repeating itself further in this manner? Hardly.
Further doubt again is cast over the likelihood that the imperial establishment is likely to change mentality or policy in the face of the decline of the petrodollar when we consider that their response to the 9/11 attacks was to usher in a Terror Scare, or a moral panic over terrorism. History tends to forget these day that they did this by rehashing the ‘War on Terrorism’ rhetoric of George Shultz and other Reaganites during the 1980s, who apparently attempted to link movements for independent nationalism on the one hand, and the blowback from sending hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to often fanatical Muslim proxy combatants fighting the Soviet Union during the Afghanistan War on the other, to an overarching Communist conspiracy to bring down western civilization on the grounds of a logic so comprehensively and exhaustively binary in scope it could have hardly landed elsewhere than the ‘for or against’ fallacy.
This seems all the more significant when we remember that the ‘War on Terrorism’ mythology of today, the mythology that underwrites the Terror Scare just as the ‘Domino Theory’ mythology underwrote the Cold War, is based on half truths. In the former case, the fact that movements for independent nationalism have often been based on aspirations articulated in terms of ‘human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratization’ commonly associated with left wing politics has been used to associate them with the USSR, in the manner typical of one playing the victim treating the opposition or perceived enemy as a big, demonic, terrifying monolith. The same is true of the ragged renegades that Chalmers Johnson and many others have identified as blowback from the aforementioned CIA backing of the Mujahedeen during the 1980s, non-state actors who according to the mythology of the ‘War on Terror’ constitute the sum total of the phenomenon of terrorism writ large, when we know in fact — and as many of the examples above well illustrate — the main drivers of terrorism historically and in the present are states.
Naturally the imperial establishment is as silent on the subject of its own historical role in supporting and encouraging radical Islamic fundamentalists in the grounds that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, as it is on that of its continuing alliances with states such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, many of whom continue to provide substantial aid to ISIS, and as it is for that matter on the policy articulated by George Kennan in 1948 that appears to have informed its attitude to the rest of the world ever since. Chomsky and others have well documented its militant ignorance in this respect, as well as its singular contempt for the aspirations of billions around the world for ‘human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratization,’ much less to say the autonomy of sovereign governments particularly throughout the course of the second half of the 20th century — all carried out in the name of preserving precisely the things they set out to destroy while engaging in the production of deviance and invoking various mechanisms of moral disengagement in order to avoid ever having to engage in concerted, comprehensive, principled, and above all critical refection on self.
The authoritarian and even totalitarian strains of this line of thinking are not hard to decipher; they indicate the extent to which the democratic norms many still take for granted have been colonized by an imperialism that dare not speak its own name, but that defines the parameters of the conditions that beget the foregone conclusion that a empire built on a finite resource will eventually fall. Where one might argue that to bring about a free society you must use freedom as a means, on account of the fact that outcomes are generally determined by means, rather than the other way around, variations on the theme of moral panicking and scapegoating using the various mechanisms demonstrated above will continue to be rolled out to try to mask the actual assumptions about the world that inform the operations of power, such as those informing Kennan’s appraisal of international affairs in 1948.
Just as they represent a dominant theme in history and inform current practice, so too will these themes of scare mongering, othering and scapegoating define the parameters of the endgame of US power. As the crisis of the petrodollar becomes more acute, as it only must as the remaining supplies are slowly used up in the process of expediting military adventures and extravagant consumer lifestyles, the hunt for the ways and means of the production of deviance and thus pretexts to invoke the mechanisms of moral disengagement will only become more acute, the shrieking about perceived threats from Russia or Iran or China only ever more shrill. As Ronald Wright once observed, “Each time history repeats itself, the price goes up.” This time around, with history repeating itself every which way, and apparently via the logic of ‘with or against’ as an excuse for a policy of ‘the ends justify the means,’ the ability to maintain a basic harmony between means and ends in contradistinction to this tendency may well prove to be the wellspring of the political ascendency for anyone still able. Those who are not, on the other hand, may well choke on it.March 28, 2015 at 8:35 pm #20019
YEMEN EXPLAINEDMarch 28, 2015 at 8:40 pm #20020
In the past, the colonial powers of Western Europe would indoctrinate their people. Their objective was to acquire popular support for colonial conquest. This took the form of spreading Christianity and promoting Christian values with the support of armed merchants and colonial armies.
At the same time, racist ideologies were put forth. The people whose lands were colonized were portrayed as “subhuman,” inferior, or soulless. Finally, the “White Man’s burden” of taking on a mission of civilizing the so-called “uncivilized peoples of the world” was used. This cohesive ideological framework was used to portray colonialism as a “just cause.” The latter, in turn, was used to provide legitimacy to the waging of “just wars” as a means to conquering and “civilizing” foreign lands.
Today, the imperialist designs of the United States, Britain, France, and Germany have not changed. What has changed is the pretext and justification for waging their neocolonial wars of conquest. During the colonial period, the narratives and justifications for waging war were accepted by public opinion in the colonizing countries, such as Britain and France. Today’s “just wars” and “just causes” are now being conducted under the banners of women’s rights, human rights, humanitarianism, and democracy.March 28, 2015 at 8:43 pm #20021
Oded Yinon is an Israeli journalist and was formerly attached to the Foreign Ministry of Israel. To our knowledge, this document is the most explicit, detailed and unambiguous statement to date of the Zionist strategy in the Middle East. Furthermore, it stands as an accurate representation of the “vision” for the entire Middle East of the presently ruling Zionist regime of Begin, Sharon and Eitan. Its importance, hence, lies not in its historical value but in the nightmare which it presents.
The plan operates on two essential premises. To survive, Israel must 1) become an imperial regional power, and 2) must effect the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states. Small here will depend on the ethnic or sectarian composition of each state. Consequently, the Zionist hope is that sectarian-based states become Israel’s satellites and, ironically, its source of moral legitimation.March 28, 2015 at 8:57 pm #20022March 29, 2015 at 9:45 am #20025
The public are baffled. American policy makes no sense. Until you understand that they are always backing BOTH sides. That way they can achieve their objectives, without having to intervene directly with their own military.
Of course, it never works as planned, the US are inept, incompetent, idiotic, evil, but that doesn’t stop the CIA from using that strategy.
The new American way of enabling Iranian Jihadism is to “lose assets by mistake”. This is how they prop-up their new Iranian pals while maintaining plausible deniability. In this case all the intelligence gathered on the Sunni militias in Yemen will now be handed over to the Iranian ministry of intelligence.March 29, 2015 at 9:51 am #20026
US Republican Senator John McCain has applauded the offensive launched by Saudi Arabia and its allies against Yemen, speculating that the “conflict will probably escalate” into a regional war in the Middle East.
McCain said on Thursday Saudi Arabia and its allies “did the right thing” by launching the offensive against the country.
The Armed Services chairman added the invasion saved oil exports from the Middle East because if Yemen were to fall, it could choke off oil exports from the region.March 29, 2015 at 10:51 am #20029
But Yemen matters to Iran because Shi’ite empowerment in yet another country brings the tsunami to the Saudi doorstep. By the way, the Houthis are hardened fighters and they will be fighting for their homeland. They don’t need Iranian advisors. They will be highly motivated. They have a long border with Saudi Arabia. Besides, Yemeni tribal politics is incredibly complex. As you know, Saudis had thought that former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was their man, but now they realise that he is with the Houthis. How fast the alignments changed! As for the Pakistani role, to my mind (and information), Bruce Riedel didn’t read the tea leaves correctly as regards Nawaz Sharif’s summons to travel to Riyadh post-haste a month ago.The Sharif family has massive business interests in Saudi Arabia and Sharif is in no position to defy the Saudi diktat. Apart from Pakistan, there is no other participant who is capable of fighting a protracted guerilla war. Kuwait, UAE, Tunisia, Jordan? You must be joking. Egypt is barely coping with the Sinai. And even for Pakistan, once the body bags begin returning to Pakistan, it remains to be seen how long Sharif can remain impervious to Pakistan’s own interests. Money cannot have the final say. The only solution will be a UN mediation to have a consensus reached on power-sharing, which is what Iran and Russia are aiming at. But if the Saudis press ahead, there is going to be big trouble ahead. And for a UN role, US will have to take Russian help. That will be a bitter pill to swallow for Washington.March 29, 2015 at 10:55 am #20030
Independent blogs around the world reporting regarding to the Bloomberg news, that the baron Nathaniel Rothschild paid off all of the Ukranian financial burden and paid all of the loans…….
Just a rumour ?March 29, 2015 at 11:11 am #20031March 29, 2015 at 11:18 am #20032
Indeed, while Russia has been repeatedly accused of helping Donbass independence supporters, Pindostan has openly fostered the south Yemen separatist movement. At the same time, while Ukraine’s President Yanukovych was called illegitimate by Pindostan after fleeing the country, Yemen’s Hadi has remained “legitimate” and has even called for a Saudi Arabian military operation against the people who ousted him. The ongoing conflict in Yemen is currently at the second phase of Pindo regime change operations, rebel conflict. The first stage, the colour revolution, has failed, and now the last stop, foreign intervention and ground invasion remains. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have already begun the airstrikes, and the South Arabia movement has begun its separatist campaign.March 29, 2015 at 2:56 pm #20033
Kolomoyski built a multimillion-dollar complex called the Menorah Center in his town. It’s actually shaped like a menorah, and it includes a Holocaust museum, a kosher restaurant and a sort of reverse ATM that can only be used for donating to Jewish causes.March 29, 2015 at 3:00 pm #20034
So instead of Russian tanks rolling into Prague, we have American tanks…
The US military convoy marching through Eastern Europe, including the Czech Republic, to its base in Germany is a “shocking spectacle in keeping with the US’ imperialistic ambitions,” Petr Hájek, editor-in-chief of the Protiproud website, told Sputnik.
Hájek described the US initiative, nicknamed the Dragoon Ride, as “a show of force … aimed at the Czech society,” not at someone on the outside, for instance, like Russia, adding that the United States treats the Czech Republic like a protectorate.March 29, 2015 at 3:06 pm #20035
“Do exactly what I say, and we’ll get along fine. Do not question me or talk back in any way. You do not have the right to object to anything I may say or ask you to do, or ask for clarification if my demands are unclear or contradictory. You must obey me under all circumstances without hesitation, no matter how arbitrary, unreasonable, discriminatory, or blatantly racist my commands may be. Anything other than immediate perfect servile compliance will be labeled as resisting arrest, and expose you to the possibility of a violent reaction from me. That reaction could cause you severe injury or even death. And I will suffer no consequences. It’s your choice: Comply, or die.”— “‘Comply or Die’ policing must stop,” Daily KOS
Americans as young as 4 years old are being leg shackled, handcuffed, tasered and held at gun point for not being quiet, not being orderly and just being childlike—i.e., not being compliant enough.
Americans as old as 95 are being beaten, shot and killed for questioning an order, hesitating in the face of a directive, and mistaking a policeman crashing through their door for a criminal breaking into their home—i.e., not being submissive enough.March 29, 2015 at 3:08 pm #20036March 29, 2015 at 3:12 pm #20037
Published on 29 Mar 2015
Team online publication “The Truth DNR” are pleased to announce a new series of the documentary project “Donetsk. Line War” called “Nikishin.” This village has been said many, and only lazy afford not to discuss the events that unfolded on the territory of the village. But how many people / journalists interested in the fate of ordinary people. The project’s objective is not just to show a picture of devastation, and cause a person to realize that the tragedy of war – not only broken brick, the tragedy of war – broken destiny. See it yourself and you’ll understand. Filming: – Denis Grigoryuk – Alex Belokolos Installation: – Kirito For help in filming would like to thank: – For the organization of the trip and the safety of the Ministry of Defence DNR – Public organization “We” the city of Donetsk, for help with equipment .March 29, 2015 at 3:24 pm #20038
Amid the endless demonization of Russian President Putin, David Brooks and other upscale U.S. pundits have taken to misrepresenting the views of several Russian philosophers whom Putin is known to admire, apparently following the theory that whatever Putin likes must be evil, as Paul R. Grenier explains.
By Paul R. Grenier
What started the new Cold War? According to the State Department, it was Russia’s illegal violation of Ukraine’s sovereign borders. The Kremlin, for its part, insists it was a U.S.-facilitated coup in Ukraine which destroyed the constitutional order there, causing chaos and dangers to Russian security to which Russia had no choice but to respond.
According to academic foreign policy “realists,” the cause was the imminent threat of Ukraine’s integration into an ever-expanding military pact dominated by the United States. According to George Friedman, president of Statfor, the private strategic intelligence firm, the Ukraine crisis itself is more effect than cause: the conflict started in 2013 when the United States decided Russia’s increasing power was becoming a threat.March 29, 2015 at 4:24 pm #20039
It has taken me a long time to figure out something obvious, I’m very dumb sometimes. The ludicrous disinformation stories that emanate from ‘EUTimes’ and Sorcha Faal, for years, the Irish woman’s name actually being some disreputable man, whose name I forget, with a murky past, possibly several people…
So I often puzzled, why, would anyone devote time and money to inventing totally unbelievable ridiculous outrageous stories ? What purpose ? Other than some perverse mental problem.
I think they are like tracer dye. The NSA/CIA/Google can track them in real time, and when the CIA/MI6/Mossad do their appalling false flags, they can watch in real time, how the news spreads out across the internet, not just them, but those 0.01%, the 85 or so guys in the report that said were able to fund their own private NSA for 35 years, if they so wished, they surely have their own versions, as do the mega corporations and others.
So they can filter and classify all of us, according to gullibility. Those who still believe the US Gvt version re 9/11, for example. They can track and list all those who fall for the Sorcha Faal garbage.
It’s already fairly well established that the CT forums are very closely monitored and used to plant faked stories. False flags, like Boston Bombing and Sandy Hook are quickly covered over by a smokescreen of totally over the top rubbish, so that the few serious investigators get drowned out, and when they persevere and begin to be a serious threat, well, nasty things begin to happen to them, so that all that’s left after a year or two, is masses of very suspicious loose ends, and a lot more noise and confusion to drown out the signal.
Having watched some of these events very closely, e.g. the M17 Boeing in Ukraine, it’s quite obvious to me that they are very carefully pre-planned and co-ordinated. Every single major media outlet in Europe and USA doesn’t just come up with the exact same headline the next fucking morning ‘Putin did it !’ just by chance, before there has been any investigation, before there is any evidence. We are all being totally fooled and manipulated by fabricated bullshit, being fed to us, and we are then monitored, to see how we are responding.March 29, 2015 at 5:51 pm #20041March 29, 2015 at 7:27 pm #20042
The “War on Terror” is a Big Lie, ISIS is “Made in America”March 29, 2015 at 7:45 pm #20043March 29, 2015 at 7:50 pm #20044
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