Monday, October 14, 2019

Crises in Iraq and Haiti expose the failure of militarized neoliberalism

This season could be called the Autumn of Discontent, as people from the Middle East to Latin America and the Caribbean have been rising up against corrupt neoliberal governments. Two of the countries in crisis, Haiti and Iraq, are on opposite ends of the earth but have something important in common. Not only are they reeling from protests against government corruption and austerity programs, like Ecuador and Algeria, but in both Haiti and Iraq, their corrupt neoliberal governments were imposed on them by the use of U.S. military force.

In 2003 and 2004 respectively, U.S. forces illegally invaded Iraq and Haiti, removed their internationally recognized governments from power and replaced them with U.S.-backed regimes. Both countries have since been governed in line with the dominant neoliberal ideology that the U.S. and its allies have imposed on most of the world since the 1980s. The protests and savage repression in Iraq and Haiti today are only the latest evidence of the utter failure of neoliberalism and the extraordinary human cost of U.S. efforts to impose it by military force on countries that resist.

In the first week of October, more than 100 people were killed and 6,000 wounded in Baghdad, Nasiriyah and other Iraqi cities, as the Iraqi Army and police fired into large demonstrations. Young Iraqis have risen up against government corruption, unemployment and poverty that leaves them with dismal prospects, even as record oil production fills the pockets of the ruling elite in Baghdad’s Green Zone.

Meanwhile, at least 17 people have been killed in the Haitian government’s repression of protests calling for the resignation of U.S.-backed President Juvenal Moise. Public anger has boiled over into the streets as Moise faces credible charges of embezzlement and corruption. His government has utterly failed to improve the lives of most Haitians. Haiti remains the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, with a per capita GDP of only $870 per year and 60% of the population living below a poverty line of $2.41 per day.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Another Russiagate Flop: Senate Finance Committee Calls NRA a Russian Asset

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee released a report in September, claiming the National Rifle Association (NRA) acted as a "foreign asset" for Russia in the run-up to the 2016 election. The 77-page minority report released by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) focuses on a 2015 NRA delegation to Russia, and the relationship between the NRA and Russian nationals, Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin. The report capitalizes on the anti-Russia attitude that is so prevalent today in US politics and seems like nothing more than an attempt to smear and embarrass the NRA.

Maria Butina is the founder of the Russian gun rights organization Right to Bear Arms. She is currently serving an 18-month sentence for violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). FARA requires "persons acting as agents of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political capacity to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal."

While the media has portrayed Butina as a spy, in reality, Butina is an ambitious gun rights activist who was caught up in the Russia hysteria of post-2016 election America. FARA was created to keep track of foreign lobbyists and has nothing to do with spies. Butina plead guilty to the charge to keep her sentence shorter.

Alexander Torshin is a former Russian politician, a gun rights enthusiast, and a friend of Butina since 2012. Torshin met Butina while he was serving as a senator in the Duma (a Russian legislative body). After the two met, Torshin tweeted, "We will start organizing our own Russian NRA." Torshin brought Butina and her organization to the Duma and discussed the possibility of loosening gun restrictions in Russia through legislation. In January 2015, Torshin finished his service as a Senator and was appointed deputy governor of the Central Bank of Russia.

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Tuesday, October 08, 2019

The ‘Whistleblower’ Probably Isn’t

The unnamed person at the center of this story sure didn’t sound like a whistleblower. Our intelligence community wouldn’t wipe its ass with a real whistleblower.

Americans who’ve blown the whistle over serious offenses by the federal government either spend the rest of their lives overseas, like Edward Snowden, end up in jail, like Chelsea Manning, get arrested and ruined financially, like former NSA official Thomas Drake, have their homes raided by FBI like disabled NSA vet William Binney, or get charged with espionage like ex-CIA exposer-of-torture John Kiriakou. It’s an insult to all of these people, and the suffering they’ve weathered, to frame the ballcarrier in the Beltway’s latest partisan power contest as a whistleblower.

Drake, who was the first to expose the NSA’s secret surveillance program, seems to have fared better than most. He ended up working in an Apple Store, where he ran into Eric Holder, who was shopping for an iPhone.

I’ve met a lot of whistleblowers, in both the public and private sector. Many end up broke, living in hotels, defamed, (often) divorced, and lucky if they have any kind of job. One I knew got turned down for a waitressing job because her previous employer wouldn’t vouch for her. She had little kids.

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Friday, October 04, 2019

CrowdStrike and the Impeachment Frenzy

In his telephone conversation with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, President Trump requested Ukraine’s help in getting “to the bottom of” the Russian collusion narrative and the role of CrowdStrike, a private computer security company, in propagating that story. Lost in the volcanic eruption of faux outrage and condemnation aimed at the president by the Democrats and their wholly owned media subsidiary, this reference to CrowdStrike indicates that the Justice Department’s investigation of the counterintelligence operation against candidate and president-elect Trump may be hot on the trail of exposing what could well be a seminal lie that the Democratic National Committee’s computer server was hacked by Russian operatives. To understand why, consider the following:

On June 12, 2016, WikiLeaks announced that it would soon release stolen computer files that pertained to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Two days later, CrowdStrike, which was working for the DNC, announced that it had detected Russian malware on the DNC’s computer server. The next day, a self-described Romanian hacker, Guccifer 2.0, claimed he was a WikiLeaks source and had hacked the DNC’s server. He then posted online DNC computer files that contained metadata that indicated Russian involvement in the hack.

On July 22, 2016, just days before the Democratic National Convention, WikiLeaks published approximately 20,000 DNC emails.

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Wednesday, October 02, 2019

What was this CIA Officer Thinking?

The news is dominated by “the whistleblower,” the CIA officer who reported to the CIA Inspector General (IG) that President Donald Trump may have committed a crime during a conversation with the president of Ukraine.  I’ve been fascinated by the story for a couple of reasons. 

First, as a whistleblower and a former CIA officer, I know what must have been going through the guy’s mind as he was coming to the decision to make a report on the president of the United States.  That is, if he is a real whistleblower. 

If he’s a whistleblower, and not a CIA plant whose task it is to take down the president, then his career is probably over.  Intelligence agencies only pay lip service to whistleblowing. A potential whistleblower is supposed to go through the chain of command as the current whistleblower did.  If an employee has evidence of waste, fraud, abuse, illegality, or threats to the public health or public safety, he is supposed to go to the Inspector General.  The IG, then is supposed to go to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).  And when the DNI investigates and finds the complaint credible, he then takes it to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.  That sounds straightforward, but it’s not.

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Forgotten Collusion Story: DNC, Clinton Campaign Sought Ukraine’s Help to Sink Trump

For a week now, the leftist media and hate-Trump Democrats have been pushing the fake news narrative that President Trump solicited “foreign interference” in the 2020 election during a phone call with Ukraine President Vlodymyr Zelensky.

Trump asked Zelensky to get to the bottom of the Biden-Burisma scandal. But a nine-page hearsay account from a CIA “whistleblower” twisted that conversation into another “collusion” tale that inspired yet another impeachment frenzy. This time, we are to believe, the victim of election theft is Joe Biden, not only the Democrats’ top candidate for president, but also the nexus, given his position as vice president, for a major influence-peddling scheme in Ukraine that enriched his son, Hunter.

But the media isn’t just ignoring Biden-Burisma. They’re ignoring the Democrats’ collusion to steal the 2016 election from Trump.

As John Solomon of The Hill reported in March and May, the Obama White House and Democratic National Committee ran a two-pronged operation to help Hillary Clinton and sink Trump.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Trump Impeachment Inquiry Scam

House Republicans impeached Bill Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice over sex, acquitted by the Senate weeks later.

Dems aren’t likely to fare better against Trump (and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani) for allegedly asking Ukrainian President Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter on corruption related issues, and allegedly delaying military aid as a bargaining chip — used for war on Donbass Ukrainians and widespread domestic repression.

Ukraine is a Nazi-infested police state, installed by the Obama regime in February 2014,  the country’s undemocratic political system farcical.

Initially headed by billionaire/oligarch mega-crook Petro Poroshenko, comedian/entertainer Vladimir Zelensky succeeded him as a front man for US interests in the strategically important state bordering Russia, used as a dagger targeting its heartland.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Only Jewish Ghetto in the Middle East

The results from Tuesday’s Israeli elections have confirmed what many of us have known for a long while. The Jewish state is an ultra nationalist right wing swamp. Israel is more hawkish than more hawkish than ever. There is not a single Jewish Israeli Left wing party. The Democratic Party is led and mentored by a war criminal. What is left of Israel’s Labour Party has very little to do with peace, harmony and reconciliation. In fact, that Party is also led by a person wanted for war crimes.

As things now stand, although Bibi’s right/religious block has shrunk, Israel is more right wing than ever. The longest serving Israeli PM cannot form his natural right/religious coalition. Most Israeli commentators agree that the only way out of the current political stalemate is with a wide ultranationalist government led by Likud, Blue and White and others. Such a coalition will be brokered in the coming days by the rabid nationalist zealot Avigdor Lieberman who has skillfully made himself into Israel’s king maker.

While Netanyahu has proven to be pretty cautious in his deployment of Israel’s vast military forces, we have good reason to believe that a coalition led by Blue and White and its IDF generals, Lieberman and Netanyahu, may be less adept at such maneuvers. The components of Israel’s next government are destined to compete among themselves for the ‘Mr. Security’ title. They will be determined to reinstate the long faded Israeli ‘power of deterrence,’ and presumably, they will push for questionable measures that will likely pull the region into carnage.

This was written on the wall some time ago. Israel, that was born to emancipate the Jews from diaspora conditions, to replace the Jewish ghetto and to eradicate the ghetto mentality, didn’t just fail in its mission: it has matured into the epitome of a ghetto. It has surrounded itself with humongous ghetto walls. It hates its neighbours and not surprisingly, it is not loved in return.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

TRUMP DUMPS BIBI!

The recent Israeli election and the apparent demise of forever Prime Minister Benjamin Satanyahoo offers us a "teachable moment" ™ about the complex dynamics of three-way love-hate triangle currently shaping modern geo-politics. The three sides are:

Faction #1: Patriotic pro-peace Nationalists (Trump, Putin, Xi et al)
Faction #2: Patriotic pro-war Nationalist Zionists (Bibi Satanyahoo, John Bolton, FOX News et al)
Faction #3: Marxist-Globalists who are generally pro-war, but not for Israel. (Soros, Rothschild, Sulzberger, Clinton, Obama et al)

Only for strategic purposes and common interests, any two of these factions will, at times, cooperate with each other in order to keep another faction in check or to wage war against it. It's real Mafia-movie-like stuff.

The evident glee over the fall of Bibi which is manifested in this pair of selected NY Slimes articles -- one inked by Roger Cohen (cough cough) and the other by Isabel Kershner (cough cough) -- illustrates the dislike which the Globalist Jews (Faction #3) have for Israel Firster Bibi Satanyahoo (Faction 2).

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

COMMUNISTS CONQUER "CAPITALIST" CORPORATIONS

From high atop Marxist Manhattan's Mendacity Factory often referred to as the “The Gray Lady," the self-important "Editorial Board" of Sulzberger’s Slimes, headed by Andrew Rosenthal -- that miserable little rodent behind the curtain who thinks he can shape the planet nearer to his dark heart -- farts out a piece of totalitarian fecal matter with extremely dangerous implications for the future. Having been stymied and frustrated by a president and Congress which have “failed to act” on several cherished Globalist initiatives, the demonic serpents of the Left are advancing their relentless attack on liberty and sanity on a new front  -- through the SJW's (Social Justice Warriors), deluded females and gutless cowards of who now populate, and in a growing number of cases, dominate much of “Corporate America.”

Sadly, Rosenthal, in summarizing the effectiveness and potential of this fiendishly clever scheme to essentially deputize the corporations as unelected / unaccountable / untouchable hitmen for the Leftist Mafia, is not exaggerating. Let’s review and analyze a few excerpts:

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Monday, September 16, 2019

After Bolton, Trump’s Second Term Depends on America First

By sacking former national security adviser John Bolton, President Donald Trump has put himself in a better position to keep the campaign promises that distinguished him from the other Republicans who ran against him in 2016 and perhaps pull off another come-from-behind win next year. 

Finally, an example of regime change that could actually make our country safer. But while firing Bolton is prerequisite for pursuing a true “America First” foreign policy, it is not sufficient by itself. Trump needs reinforcements if he is to fulfill his pledges to end the wars in Syria and, especially, Afghanistan. The next national security adviser cannot be a Bolton bureaucratic rival who largely holds the same view as the mustachioed militarist or even a Bolton mini-me.

Trump cannot govern the way he wants to by recruiting from the George W. Bush and John McCain B Teams. While his options are limited—realism and restraint has considerable academic support, but less Beltway experience and fewer credentialed Republicans—the alternative is to surrender the advantages that put him in the Oval Office in the first place over the objections of the mainstream media, outraged Democrats, and even some of his own party’s establishment.

So far there has been a disconnect between Trump’s rhetoric and the Trump record. He has allowed underlings to essentially override him on Afghanistan and Syria. He scrapped the Iran nuclear deal without a viable alternative and vetoed a bipartisan resolution rebuking U.S. participation in the unconscionable Saudi war on Yemen. He has escalated many of the ongoing presidential wars that lack constitutionally required congressional authorization.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

"NEVER FORGET" THE BIG LIE OF 9/11

It's that time of the year again -- the holy day of September 11 during which Boobus Americanus is commanded to bow his empty head in solemn patriotic reverence and dutifully commemorate the most colossal magic trick ever played on the world since the Holohoax. This date is particularly piognant (a $10 word for evoking a feeling of sadness) for both the Mrs. and me. Sherrie lost a friend who worked blocks away from "Ground Zero, and yours truly lost a childhood friend -- though we had lost touch about 10 years prior -- who worked in the World Trade Center. The interesting thing about Sherrie's lost friend is that she doesn't show up on the list of dead -- which suggests that the deaths of many passersby who worked in the area and died that day went unrecorded.

The most frustrating part of the tragedy is that, unless and until it is widely exposed and the "perps" duly punished (executed publicly) these memorials mean nothing. Worse than that, the continued propagation of that moronic mendacity, that felonious fairy tale, that loony libel which maintains that "Osama Bin Laden" ™ and his band of "19 Arab hijackers" ™ -- using TWO airplanes to turn THREE mountainous skyscrapers into instant powder and aerosol -- actually disrespects the dead. The thousands of people killed that day -- and the hundreds of thousands (maybe a million?) killed, directly or indirectly, in the phony "War on Terror" and "Arab Spring" which, by design, grew out of those the false flag attacks -- deserve more than stupid bell ringing and platitudinous "thoughts and prayers ™." What the dead and still dying (first responder cancers) deserve is not the Orwellian group worship of a fairy tale, but rather -- the TRUTH about who mass murdered them, namely, the Globo-Zionist Axis of Evil -- with each wing of those overlapping crime syndicates having its own agenda.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Pentagon Wants More Control Over the News. What Could Go Wrong?

If there’s a worse idea than the Pentagon becoming Editor-in-Chief of America, I can’t remember it. But we’re getting there:

From Bloomberg over Labor Day weekend:

Fake news and social media posts are such a threat to U.S. security that the Defense Department is launching a project to repel “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks,” as the top Republican in Congress blocks efforts to protect the integrity of elections.

One of the Pentagon’s most secretive agencies, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is developing “custom software that can unearth fakes hidden among more than 500,000 stories, photos, video and audio clips.”

Once upon a time, when progressives still reflexively distrusted the military, DARPA was a liberal punchline, known for helping invent the Internet but also for developing lunatic privacy-invading projects like LifeLog, a program to “gather in a single place just about everything an individual says, sees, or does.”

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Friday, September 06, 2019

Can Joe Biden Run This Marathon?

Thursday, Sept. 14, looks to be a fateful day in the half-century-long political career of Joe Biden.

That night, a three-hour debate will be held, a marathon in politics.

Biden will be on stage, taking incoming missiles for 180 minutes from nine rivals, each of whom is hungry for the Democratic nomination and has a huge investment in seeing him stumble and fall.

A solid showing by Biden that night, marked by wit and a mastery of the issues, would cause a storm surge of relief in the Democratic Party.

It would provide desperately needed reassurance to millions of Democrats who have a gnawing fear Biden’s time has come and gone, that he is losing it, that his memory is failing, and that, at any moment, from some egregious gaffe, his campaign could crater and crash.

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

‘All of us are in danger’: John Pilger delivers a chilling warning from Julian Assange

Journalist John Pilger has delivered a stark warning from WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, who said that his persecution is intended to kill dissent. “Speak up now,” Pilger said, or face “the silence of a new kind of tyranny.”

Assange is currently serving a 50 week sentence in Belmarsh Prison for skipping a bail hearing in 2012. US authorities are seeking his extradition for his role in publishing classified documents, accusing him of espionage. Speaking at a rally outside the Home Office in London on Monday, Pilger passed on a message from the WikiLeaks editor who, if extradited and convicted, could be sentenced to 175 years in prison.

It’s not just me. It’s much wider. It’s all of us. It’s all journalists, and all publishers who do their job who are in danger.

“The danger Julian Assange faces can easily spread to the present and past editors of the Guardian, the New York Times, Der Spiegel, El Pais in Spain, the Sydney Morning Herald, and many other newspapers and media outlets that published the WikiLeaks revelations about the lies and crimes of our governments,” Pilger continued.

“By defending Julian Assange we defend our most sacred rights,” Pilger warned. “Speak up now or wake up one morning to the silence of a new kind of tyranny.”

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