Saturday, August 19, 2017

Today's Links

1-- A De-Putin-Nazification of America Update (sarcasm alert)


Your anti-Nazi loyalty oath should include a clearly-worded statement acknowledging that Donald Trump is Hitler, or at least the leader of the tens of hundreds of imbecilic, neo-Nazi losers who, according to most of the mainstream media, are on the verge of overthrowing the entire American ruling establishment. It should also include a threat to unfollow, de-friend, and otherwise socially ostracize anyone who hasn’t posted such an oath, or who, despite the Charlottesville Kristallnacht, stubbornly continues thinking critically, or maintains any form of historical awareness, or presents any kind of rational arguments challenging the prevailing Nazi hysteria...

the United States has mass murdered countless millions of people all over the planet (but, technically, not in a genocidal fashion, so that doesn’t make us the same as Nazis).

2-- Steven Bannon warns, “The Trump presidency that we fought for is over


The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” Bannon said Friday, shortly after confirming his departure. “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

3-- Oliver Stone: ""1984 is here."


We've been keeping an eye on the insanity oozing out of the States over the last week. Not surprisingly, Oliver Stone has produced one of the most succinct, on-point commentaries about Charlottesville and the resulting madness.
Sorry, but we just don't buy this idea that fighting (apparently to the death) over Confederate statues is a top priority for most Americans right now. No doubt it serves as a convenient and extremely lame ideological battle for weirdos on the far, far right and far, far left to salivate over. Meanwhile, the military-industrial security state is celebrating with hooker-and-champagne bubble baths as new excuses are created to gut the Bill of Rights and pit debt slaves who want to have a beer with Hillary Clinton against debt slaves who want to have a beer with Donald Trump...

Oliver Stone:
"There is a system [in America], and that system existed before Trump," Stone said. "Putin said this is the fourth [U.S.] president where nothing has changed. There is a deep state, a military industrial security state. ... It is the system that has to be challenged. [Trump] is part of that system."
He reiterated: "It is the system that has to be challenged. That takes work and is never as exciting as talking about some lunatic president."

"1984 is here. We are there. The only thing they have not yet done is to erase history … there are still people who remember things," he said. "One week it is terrorism [that dominates the headlines], the next week Putin and the next Korea."
It was, Stone said, "just like Hate Week in 1984, where the name of the country and the face of the leader changes halfway through a rally. They are doing it now and getting away with it."


4--Sanctions lead to war (Sanctions ARE war)


5--Terrorists use US-made chemical weapons and media looks the other way


"So, we can say for sure that the US and UK, as well as their allies in the region, have violated the Chemical Weapons Convention. They support terrorist organizations operating in Syria. They deliver to the militants not only armaments but also prohibited toxic agents," the Syrian deputy foreign minister concluded....

The fact that US and UK-made toxic agents have ended up in the hands of terrorists in Syria revealed true colors of Washington and London amid the ongoing crisis, retired Maj. Gen. Vladimir Bogatyrev, chair of the Board of the Russian National Association of Retired Military Officers, told Radio Sputnik.

On Wednesday the Syrian Foreign Ministry accused the US and Great Britain of supplying poisonous CS and CN substances to extremists in Syria.

"The special equipment found consisted of hand grenades and rounds for grenade launchers equipped with CS and CN toxic agents," Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told a press conference in Damascus, "The chemical munitions were produced by the Federal Laboratories company in the US. The toxic agents were produced by Cherming Defense UK and NonLethal Technologies (US)."


6-- Eyes Wide Shut: How US, UK-Made Toxic Agents Ended Up in Hands of Terrorists


7--Bannon's Guerrilla network


Bannon added he'd got his hands back on his "weapons"; "I built a f*****g machine at Breitbart.  And now I'm about to go back, knowing what I know, and we're about to rev that machine up. And rev it up we will do."
So the Leninist Machiavelli now exits The Swamp to work at his preferred element; out there in the jungle trenches. Expect all hell to break loose....

"The Democrats," Bannon said in the interview, "the longer they talk about identity politics, I got 'em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats."

8-- Trump has become a diversion from the real white supremacy



“What is the character of racist right-wing politics today? Is it the crazed white supremacist who plows into an anti-fascist demonstration in Charlottesville, VA or can it also be the assurance by Lindsay Graham that an attack against North Korea would result in thousands of lives lost…. but those lives will be ‘over there’? What about the recent unanimous resolution by both houses of Congress in support of Israel and criticism of the United Nations for its alleged anti-Israeli bias?

Would that qualify as racist and right-wing, since it appears that the ongoing suffering of the Palestinians is of no concern? And what about the vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to go even beyond the obscene proposal of the Trump administration to increase the military budget by $54 billion dollars and instead add a whopping $74 billion to the Pentagon budget?

“What I find interesting about the current discussion around what many are referring to as the emboldening of the radical white supremacist right is how easy it is to mobilize opposition against the crude and overt white supremacists we saw in Charlottesville. So easy, in fact, that it’s really a distraction from the more difficult and dangerous work that needs to be done to confront the real right-wing power brokers.

“The white supremacy that some of us see as more insidious is not reflected in the simple, stereotypical images of the angry, Nazi-saluting alt-righter or even Donald Trump. Instead, it is the normalized and thus invisible white supremacist ideology inculcated into cultural and educational institutions and the policies that stem from those ideas. That process doesn’t just produce the storm troopers of the armed and crazed radical right but also such covert true believers as Robert Ruben from Goldman Sachs, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Tony Blair and Nancy Pelosi – ‘decent’ individuals who have never questioned for a moment the superiority of Western civilization, who believe completely in the White West’s right and responsibility to determine which nations should have sovereignty and who should be the leaders of ‘lesser’ nations. And who believe that there is no alternative to the wonders of global capitalism even if it means that billions of human beings are consigned permanently to what Fanon called the ‘zone of non-being.’

“This is the white supremacy that I am concerned with. And while I recognize the danger of the violent right-wing movement, I am more concerned with the right-wing policies that are being enacted into law and policy by both Democrats and Republicans at every level of government.
. . .
“The structures of white power, that is the structures and institutions that provide the material base for Euro-American white supremacy and its ideological reproduction, should be the focus of radical opposition. But the capitalist order and its institutions – the World Trade Organization, IMF, World Bank, and global Westernized higher education that serves as the material basis for hegemonic white supremacist power – escape critical scrutiny because popular attention is directed against a David Duke and a Donald Trump.

“Trump and the alt-right have become useful diversions for white supremacist liberals and leftists who would rather fight against those superficial caricatures of racism than engage in more difficult ideological work involving real self-sacrifice – purging themselves of all racial sentimentality associated with the mythology of the place of white people, white civilization and whiteness in the world in order to pursue a course for justice that will result in the loss of white material privilege.

“Looking at white supremacy from this wider-angle lens, it is clear that support for the Israeli state, war on North Korea, mass black and brown incarceration, a grotesque military budget, urban gentrification, the subversion of Venezuela, the state war on black and brown people of all genders, and the war on reproductive rights are among the many manifestations of an entrenched right-wing ideology that cannot be conveniently and opportunistically reduced to Trump and the Republicans.

“And when we understand that white supremacy is not just what is in someone’s head but is also a global structure with ongoing, devastating impacts on the people of the world, we will understand better why some of us have said that in order for the world to live, the 525-year-old white supremacist Pan-European, colonial/capitalist patriarchy must die.”

9-- The Trump presidency is over. The last anti-globalist has been purged.


Only yesterday a NYT portrait of him noted:
General McMaster has become Mr. Bannon’s nemesis in the West Wing, the leader of what Mr. Bannon has described to colleagues as the “globalist empire project” — a bipartisan foreign policy consensus that emphasizes active American engagement around the world. Mr. Bannon flatly rejects that philosophy.
...
Once Mr. Trump was in office, Mr. Bannon opposed the missile strike on Syria after President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people. He has expressed doubts about sending more troops to Syria or Iraq. He is skeptical of American military intervention in strife-torn Venezuela, a prospect raised last week by Mr. Trump, who surprised administration officials by speaking of a “military option” there.
Bannon was also against the imperial projects in Afghanistan, North Korea and elsewhere. Then the empire stroke back at him.
The White House is now under command of military hawks and interventionists. A triumvirate of war-losing Generals, Kelly, Mattis and McMaster, is in control of U.S.  policy. That policy will likely be similar to the one we expected under a Hillary Clinton administration. The neocons, pushing for a dangerous crisis, are winning and the liberals are loving it

10--Another hoax to demonize Trump? Shape-shifting media diverts attention from "Russia hacking" to "Trump the Nazi"



How is this narrative about murderous white nationalists taking over America being used by the people advancing it? Does it have something to do with how we’re no longer hearing about Trump-Russia collusion all of a sudden? How we’ve been seamlessly paced from “Impeach Trump because he’s a secret Kremlin agent” to “Impeach Trump because he’s a secret Nazi”? Is it in some way tied to the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity report that was brought toward mainstream awareness in a viral article by The Nation, which seems to punch some major plot holes in the official Russia narrative and which mainstream outlets have consistently failed to refute?...

Would you like to know what I think? I think Heather Heyer received more attention than the man in the picture because we are being manipulated. One of them died in a highly politicized incident, and the other did not. It’s the politicized nature of the so-called “Unite the Right” rally which led the same mass media which completely ignored Standing Rock to unanimously converge upon Charlottesville long before anyone got killed, and it’s that same politicization which has made Heather Heyer a household name while the man in the picture is not. The story of the man in the picture brought in a few clicks for media outlets for a few days, but Heyer’s death is part of a narrative that the propaganda arm of the US power establishment is advancing....

According to an article titled “How US Flooded the World with Psyops” by investigative journalist Robert Parry of Consortium News, “Until the 1980s, psyops were normally regarded as a military technique for undermining the will of an enemy force by spreading lies, confusion and terror… Essentially, the psyops idea was to play on the cultural weaknesses of a target population so they could be more easily manipulated and controlled. But the challenges facing the Reagan administration in the 1980s led to its determination that peacetime psyops were also needed and that the target populations had to include the American public.”

In a corporatist system of government, which the United States indisputably has, corporate media is state media. There is no meaningful separation between corporate power and government power, and so the plutocrats who own the corporate media can use it to advance the agendas of the nation’s true leaders.

11--US to occupy Syria for decades to come


12-- Whatever Trump May Believe, North Korea Didn't 'Back Down' From Its Guam Threat


13--What Afghanistan looked like


When you imagine Afghanistan, you likely don’t envision a place where liberal lifestyles run the show. But as you will see in the following images, The Kabul used to be a bustling capital of well-dressed men, women wearing colourful clothing, and even short skirts, as they walked freely amongst the masses, while foreigners and tourists had the pleasure of exploring peacefully, without fear for their safety, and children had comfortable classrooms, lush land to explore, and adolescences free from the ravages of war.

14--Something Stinks About Charlottesville


Evidence is turning up from, of all places, the Southern Poverty Law Center, as well as Breitbart and others, that this character, Jason Kessler, who organized the suspicious and supposed Alt-Right demonstration in Charlottesville, Va. that blew up in everyone’s face, is a cunning lefty holdover from the Occupy Wall Street movement and a former Barack Obama supporter.  I smell Soros money, sabotage, and Democrat dirty tricks here.

15--
Glenn Greenwald gets it.
In a resounding rebuke of those who would opt to employ the tactics of fascists in order to silence fascists, Greenwald writes for The Intercept:
Demonizing lawyers and civil liberties advocates by depicting them as “complicit” in the heinous acts of their clients is a long-standing scam that is not confined to the U.S… Needless to say, none of these legal organizations or individual lawyers condone violence. They all vehemently oppose the ideology and worldview in the name of which this violence is committed. Yet they are all blamed for the violence and accused of complicity in it because they defend the free speech rights and civil liberties of people who express views in the name of which violence is committed.
The flaws and dangers in this anti-free-speech mindset are manifest, but nonetheless always worth highlighting, especially when horrific violence causes people to want to abridge civil liberties in the name of stopping it. In sum, purporting to oppose fascism by allowing the state to ban views it opposes is like purporting to oppose human rights abuses by mandating the torture of all prisoners. One of the defining attributes of fascism is forcible suppression of views… You can’t fight that ideology by employing and championing one of its defining traits: viewpoint-based state censorship…
The need to fight neo-Nazism and white supremacy wherever it appears is compelling. The least effective tactic is to try to empower the state to suppress the expression of their views. That will backfire in all sorts of ways: strengthening that movement and ensuring that those who advocate state censorship today are its defenseless targets tomorrow. And whatever else is true, the impulse to react to terrorist attacks by demanding the curtailment of core civil liberties is always irrational, dangerous, and self-destructive, no matter how tempting that impulse might be.


15--Glenn Greenwald gets it.


In a resounding rebuke of those who would opt to employ the tactics of fascists in order to silence fascists, Greenwald writes for The Intercept:
Demonizing lawyers and civil liberties advocates by depicting them as “complicit” in the heinous acts of their clients is a long-standing scam that is not confined to the U.S… Needless to say, none of these legal organizations or individual lawyers condone violence. They all vehemently oppose the ideology and worldview in the name of which this violence is committed. Yet they are all blamed for the violence and accused of complicity in it because they defend the free speech rights and civil liberties of people who express views in the name of which violence is committed.
The flaws and dangers in this anti-free-speech mindset are manifest, but nonetheless always worth highlighting, especially when horrific violence causes people to want to abridge civil liberties in the name of stopping it. In sum, purporting to oppose fascism by allowing the state to ban views it opposes is like purporting to oppose human rights abuses by mandating the torture of all prisoners. One of the defining attributes of fascism is forcible suppression of views… You can’t fight that ideology by employing and championing one of its defining traits: viewpoint-based state censorship…
The need to fight neo-Nazism and white supremacy wherever it appears is compelling. The least effective tactic is to try to empower the state to suppress the expression of their views. That will backfire in all sorts of ways: strengthening that movement and ensuring that those who advocate state censorship today are its defenseless targets tomorrow. And whatever else is true, the impulse to react to terrorist attacks by demanding the curtailment of core civil liberties is always irrational, dangerous, and self-destructive, no matter how tempting that impulse might be

16-- Was Charlottsville a setup


17-- The curious case of Jason Kessler


The organizer of the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville was a Democrat and an Obama supporter. He was also part of the Occupy Wall street movement and a strong supporter of gun control. His name is Jason Kessler. Kessler suddenly switched from being an Obama supporter to a Trump supporter after Trump won.

How can someone who supported and worked for George Soros funded, Black Lives Matter enthusiast Barack Obama suddenly become a white supremacist and create a white supremacist rally to engage in violent street warfare confrontation with Black Lives Matter and Antifa? Is Jason Kessler also a George Soros paid agent provocateur? The mayor of Charlottesville ordered the police to stand down so violence could erupt. The entire Charlottesville event was a staged event, a classic strategy of provocation operation which is going to be used as psywar pushing for national imposition of martial law and the deep state coup against Trump and the remnants of the Republic.

18--More Kessler

Alt-Right Turns Against ‘Unite the Right’ Organizer Jason Kessler, Labels Him ‘Soros/Deep State Plant’
In the aftermath of the violence-plagued Charlottesville rally, former white nationalist allies peddled a conspiracy theory suggesting Kessler is a left-wing provocateur

19-- First they came for the statues….Kuntsler


20-- State Dept contractor Brennan Gilmore at Charlottesville, is proof it was Smith-Mundt "Modernization" Act of 2012 propaganda.

Gilmore's fake-sounding explanation
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/14/what-i-saw-in-charlottesville-could-be-just-the-beginning-215487

Many Americans like to think that this kind of thing can’t happen here—that American exceptionalism immunizes us from the virulent racism and tribalism that tear apart other countries far, far away. But we’re more susceptible than we’d like to think...

As a result of this decades-long flirtation, we now have a president who has emboldened white supremacists. Many of the marchers I saw on Saturday wore Make America Great Again hats, and the former KKK leader David Duke forthrightly said the purpose of the rally was to “fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.” If Trump doesn’t want this kind of support, he needs to say so....

But the president’s refusal to specifically denounce the groups responsible for the violence, instead blaming it on “many sides,” is the kind of enabling that I have seen turn other countries into bloody war zones.

21-- Tucker: Bannon never forgot why Trump got elected (video)


"Bannon understood that the country's greatest crisis is not Robert E Lee statues, but the steady economic and moral decline of its once robust middle class. 
Not surprisingly Wall Street traders cheered when it was announced that he was fired. The Dow shot up 100 points on the news, and lobbyists will be celebrating late into the night.

The funny thing is, that in some important ways, Steve Bannon was more traditionally liberal than many of the liberals who have spent the last year shrieking for his head.
His enemies attacked him as a bigot, which was always a ludicrous charge.
Bannon is a flawed guy, but not in that way.

Just yesterday he called white nationalists buffoons and losers. It's not Bannon who's obsessed with race and identity. It's the activist left. and the morons who do their bidding in the media....
Say what you will about Steve Bannon...He never forgot why Trump got elected in the first place. And in a democracy, that is not a small thing. Bannon kept a white board in his office of campaign promises, that's probably already been taken down by now." 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Today's post

The Monuments Must Go 


Letter from the great, great grandsons of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson to Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Members of the Monument Avenue Commission.

Dear Mayor Stoney and Members of the Monument Avenue Commission,

We are native Richmonders and also the great, great grandsons of Stonewall Jackson. As two of the closest living relatives to Stonewall, we are writing today to ask for the removal of his statue, as well as the removal of all Confederate statues from Monument Avenue. They are overt symbols of racism and white supremacy, and the time is long overdue for them to depart from public display. Overnight, Baltimore has seen fit to take this action. Richmond should, too.

In making this request, we wish to express our respect and admiration for Mayor Stoney’s leadership while also strongly disagreeing with his claim that “removal of symbols does [nothing] for telling the actual truth [nor] changes the state and culture of racism in this country today.” In our view, the removal of the Jackson statue and others will necessarily further difficult conversations about racial justice. It will begin to tell the truth of us all coming to our senses.

Last weekend, Charlottesville showed us unequivocally that Confederate statues offer pre-existing iconography for racists. The people who descended on Charlottesville last weekend were there to make a naked show of force for white supremacy. To them, the Robert E. Lee statue is a clear symbol of their hateful ideology. The Confederate statues on Monument Avenue are, too — especially Jackson, who faces North, supposedly as if to continue the fight.

We are writing to say that we understand justice very differently from our grandfather’s grandfather, and we wish to make it clear his statue does not represent us.

Through our upbringing and education, we have learned much about Stonewall Jackson. We have learned about his reluctance to fight and his teaching of Sunday School to enslaved peoples in Lexington, Virginia, a potentially criminal activity at the time. We have learned how thoughtful and loving he was toward his family. But we cannot ignore his decision to own slaves, his decision to go to war for the Confederacy, and, ultimately, the fact that he was a white man fighting on the side of white supremacy.

While we are not ashamed of our great great grandfather, we are ashamed to benefit from white supremacy while our black family and friends suffer. We are ashamed of the monument.
In fact, instead of lauding Jackson’s violence, we choose to celebrate Stonewall’s sister — our great, great, grand-aunt — Laura Jackson Arnold. As an adult Laura became a staunch Unionist and abolitionist. Though she and Stonewall were incredibly close through childhood, she never spoke to Stonewall after his decision to support the Confederacy. We choose to stand on the right side of history with Laura Jackson Arnold.

Confederate monuments like the Jackson statue were never intended as benign symbols. Rather, they were the clearly articulated artwork of white supremacy. Among many examples, we can see this plainly if we look at the dedication of a Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina in which a speaker proclaimed that the confederate soldier “saved the very life of the Anglo-Saxon race in the South.” Disturbingly, he went on to recount a tale of performing the “pleasing duty” of “horse whipping” a black woman in front of Federal Soldiers. All over the South, this grotesque message was attached to similar monuments. As importantly, this message is clear to today’s avowed white supremacists.

There is also historical evidence that the statues on Monument Avenue were rejected by black Richmonders at the time of their construction. In the 1870s, John Mitchell, a black city councilman, called the monuments a tribute to “blood and treason” and voiced strong opposition to the use of public funds for building them. Speaking about the Lee Memorial, he vowed that there would come a time when African Americans would “be there to take it down.”

Ongoing racial disparities in incarceration, educational attainment, police brutality, hiring practices, access to health care and, perhaps most starkly, wealth, make it clear that these monuments do not stand somehow outside of history. Racism and white supremacy, which undoubtedly continue today, are neither natural nor inevitable. Rather, they were created in order to justify the unjustifiable, in particular slavery.

One thing that bonds our extended family, besides our common ancestor, is that many have worked, often as clergy and as educators, for justice in their communities. While we do not portend to speak for all of Stonewall’s kin, our sense of justice leads us to believe that removing the Stonewall statue and other monuments should be part of a larger project of actively mending the racial disparities that hundreds of years of white supremacy has wrought. We hope other descendants of Confederate generals will stand with us.

As cities all over the South are realizing now, we are not in need of added context. We are in need of a new context — one in which the statues have been taken down.

Respectfully,

William Jackson Christian
Warren Edmund Christian
Great great grandsons of Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson

Thursday, August 17, 2017

1-- The Monopoly providers (paypal, google etc) go after free speech


Break up Google? Is Google in the thought control biz? Ideological straitjackets? The left leads the charge to fascism? 

2-- Tucker Carlson--Tech companies make us less free The attack on free speech


Who gets to say what? Ideological conformity? Support for free expression is losing ground on the left. 

3-- Why Was This 'Crowd Hire' Company Recruiting $25 An Hour 'Political Activists' In Charlotte Last Week?


4--Charlottesville, Brennan Gilmore, and the STOP KONY 2012 Psyop


How was a guy who was connected to state department psy-ops operations in Africa in the right place at the right time to film car accident and then provide a statement on CNN as though he was merely a "guy on the street"??



5-- Bannon: No military solution to North Korea


Identity policy is a Democratic project to keep the plebs away from thinking about alternatives to the neoliberal polices imposed on them.
Steven Bannon, Trumps "ideologue", in a recent interview said this:
/quote/
“The Democrats,” he said, “the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”
/endquote/
http://prospect.org/article/steve-bannon-unrepentant

6--US-Venezuela standoff


7--US provocations to continue on schedule; Just to show who's Boss!


Annual joint US-South Korea exercises are non-negotiable and will continue as planned amid threats from the North, a top US military official said. It comes after Beijing called for "dialogue and consultations," adding that military means "cannot become an option."
   
The Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercises, scheduled to begin Monday, are "not currently on the table as part of the negotiation at any level," said Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, as quoted by Reuters.
"My advice to our leadership is that we not dial back our exercises. The exercises are very important to maintaining the ability of the alliance to defend itself," Dunford told reporters in Beijing following a meeting with his Chinese counterparts on Thursday. ...

China has called for both the US and North Korea to "hit the brakes" in their war of words, and Beijing and Russia developed a "double freezing" initiative last month which would cease any missile launches and nuclear tests in Pyongyang, as well as large-scale military exercises by Washington and Seoul. That plan was supported by Germany. 

8--Bill Binney "Russia did not hack into DNC servers"  you tube 


NSA has fiberoptic taps that would indicate if there was a hack ..The hack is traceable...
"The NSA doesn't have the evidence it would have if it happened, and that it couldn't have been hacked over the internet (because the material was downloaded at a faster speed that is possible in a hack) then why is everyone in gov still pretending it happened." 

9--DNC files leaked from inside, not hacked


Complete short rundown. Worth a look. 
Published on Aug 11, 2017
A report by former NSA and CIA employees suggests the 2016 DNC hack was an inside job. The files weren’t hacked by Russians – or anyone else, RT America’s Trinity Chavez explains. Former FBI agent and whistleblower Coleen Rowley joins Manila Chan to discuss.

10-- US to launch maneuvers on Monday


Tensions over the situation on the Korean Peninsula continue to mount as the US and South Korea prepare to hold joint military drills next Monday regardless of North Korea's objections.
"My advice to our leadership is that we not dial back our exercises. The exercises are very important to maintaining the ability of the alliance to defend itself," Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters Thursday during his visit to Beijing.

Dunford stressed that the US-South Korean military exercises were "not currently on the table as part of the negotiation at any level".
Earlier Russia and China came up with the "double-freezing" plan which envisaged the suspension of both American-South Korean drills and Pyongyang's missile tests in the troubled region.
However, Washington rejected the initiative.

"I am aware of the US response to this 'double freeze' principle," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters Wednesday. "They believe that legal cannot be exchanged for illegal. However, this is not about getting stuck in being right or thinking about certain falsely understood issues of prestige, but about the future of this region and hundreds of thousands of people who, according to experts, may be affected in the event of hostilities."...

Earlier this week, the German Chancellor reiterated her position that the Korean crisis could be solved only through diplomatic measures and referred to a 2003 six-party negotiation precedent.

"We cannot support the ideas that some of our partners continue to nurture, which literally seek to strangle North Korea economically with all the negative, tragic humanitarian ramifications for the people of the DPRK," Lavrov told journalists following his talks with Foreign Minister of Bolivia Fernando Huanacuni Mamani on August 16.

11--  Assange Hammers America on Selective Outrage Over US Backing for Ukraine's Neo-Nazis


Make no mistake that the US is playing a dangerous game with its use of identity politics to wedge different groups, essentially engaging in divide and conquer politics. While the violence is now occasional, things could get much worse as this continues

The use of this tactic at home is creating a schism that will likely become irreparable once these forming identities are solidified. Thus there is a distinct potential to devolve into something akin to a new American Civil War. As we have already seen, the use of these tactics globally, in combination with funding and arming of these groups, has already toppled governments and left death and destruction in their wake. These same tactics could very well be at play domestically.


11--Cleaning up after NATO's disaster -- Lavrov Tells Haftar Russia Supports Full-Scale Restoration of Libyan Statehood


12-- “The many manifestations of an entrenched right-wing ideology that cannot be conveniently and opportunistically reduced to Trump and the Republicans.”


What I find interesting about the current discussion around what many are referring to as the emboldening of the radical white supremacist right is how easy it is to mobilize opposition against the crude and overt white supremacists we saw in Charlottesville. So easy, in fact, that it’s really a distraction from the more difficult and dangerous work that needs to be done to confront the real right-wing power brokers.

The white supremacy that some of us see as more insidious is not reflected in the simple, stereotypical images of the angry, Nazi-saluting alt-righter or even Donald Trump. Instead, it is the normalized and thus invisible white supremacist ideology inculcated into cultural and educational institutions and the policies that stem from those ideas.

That process doesn’t just produce the storm troopers of the armed and crazed radical right but also such covert true believers as Robert Ruben from Goldman Sachs, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Tony Blair and Nancy Pelosi -- “decent” individuals who have never questioned for a moment the superiority of Western civilization, who believe completely in the White West’s right and responsibility to determine which nations should have sovereignty and who should be the leaders of “lesser” nations. And who believe that there is no alternative to the wonders of global capitalism even if it means that billions of human beings are consigned permanently to what Fanon called the “zone of non-being.”...

The structures of white power, that is the structures and institutions that provide the material base for Euro-American white supremacy and its ideological reproduction, should be the focus of radical opposition. But the capitalist order and its institutions -- the World Trade Organization, IMF, World Bank, and global Westernized higher education that serves as the material basis for hegemonic white supremacist power – escape critical scrutiny because popular attention is directed against a David Duke and a Donald Trump.


13--Chem weapons--Made in the USA


According to the Syrian deputy foreign minister, the chemical agents were found at terrorists’ depots both in Aleppo and in liberated districts in the eastern suburb of Damascus.
As Mekdad said, in compliance with article 5 of the convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons, the use of irritant agents is allowed only for fighting riots. They are prohibited for use as warfare means.

"Therefore, it can be said with confidence that the United States and the United Kingdom, and also their allies in the region, are rendering all possible support to terrorist organizations active in Syria, thus violating the convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons. They are supplying terrorists not only with conventional arms but also with banned chemical agents," Mekdad said

14-- Assange Vows To Prove That Russia Was Not His Source In 3-Hour Meeting With Congressman


15--The crime of the century?


From the late Bush years through most of Obama’s presidency, at least 9.3 million American families lost their properties, whether to foreclosure or forced sale. The original sin of faulty loan originations, inflated appraisals, doctored underwriting, and improper placement into subprime loans led to fraudulent misconduct in securitization, loan servicing, loan modifications, and foreclosures, with millions of faked and forged documents used as evidence for the final indignity of eviction. There’s not a single step of the mortgage process that wasn’t suffused with illegal fraud during the housing bubble and its collapse.

The crisis resulted in a punishing recession and countless destroyed lives, not to mention what has been credibly described as an “extinction event” for the black and Latino middle class. Yet from New York to California, Arizona to Florida, Washington state to Washington, D.C., the political class and law enforcement elite responded largely with indifference. Powerful bankers with armies of lawyers were allowed to get away with the crime of the century (thus far).

16-- Nordstream (maps) 


17--Looming War Games Alarm North Korea, but May Be a Bargaining Chip


“If we concede our military drills as an incentive to North Korea, North Korea will see that as a weakness of South Korea and the United States,” said Shin Beom-chul, a professor of national security at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy in Seoul and a former defense ministry adviser who has participated in the exercises. “To bring North Korea back to the table, we need pressure and to bring problems to Kim Jong-un.”

But with tensions so high on the peninsula, some analysts say that rigid thinking could lead to miscommunication or military escalation.

18--Russia offered to host negotiations btween NK and US. Washington refused


19-- NOTES

National Interest/Project 63: Job placement assistance for Nazi engineers at Lockheed, Martin Marietta, North American Aviation, and other aeroplane companies, whilst American aerospace engineers were being laid off work.[19]


Hunt, Linda (1991). Secret Agenda: The United States Government, Nazi Scientists, and Project Paperclip

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201708131056419920-turkey-syrian-rebels-damascus/

https://www.lewrockwell.com/political-theatre/whos-behind-antifa/

BEIJING (Sputnik) — During Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Moscow earlier this summer, the Russian and Chinese foreign ministries issued a joint statement proposing ways to de-escalate the situation. Moscow and Beijing called on Pyongyang to stop nuclear tests and urged Washington and Seoul to refrain from conducting joint drills.
"At the moment, China hopes that all the sides will seriously consider and accept China and Russia's proposals on the settlement. They are based on 'double freeze' initiative and pursue the appropriate solution of Korean Peninsula's issue," Hua said.



“Unfortunately, the ‘Sunshine Policy’ project was discontinued in 2008 and the two countries have since seen a deep freeze in bilateral relations,” Petrov continued.
The zones of cooperation were shut down and families, divided since the Korean War, were no longer able to reunite

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1VtozvvG4c
Philip zelikow   catastrophic terrorism tackling the new danger with ash carter and john deutsch public myths searing events pearl harbor event
minute 13 

https://www.rt.com/news/399775-germany-supports-freeze-korea/

https://www.rt.com/news/399728-libya-arms-embargo-haftar-interview/
https://www.rt.com/business/399790-russia-ruble-dollar-economy/

RT:  Do you think that retaking Deir-ez-Zor could help prevent terrorists from escaping Syria and regrouping?
ABA: No, I think recapturing Deir-ez-Zor is extremely important for two things. The first one is it means the Syrian army will recapture the oil fields, the gas fields, which the Syrian economy is desperate to gain, to be honest. The second, it will be a spring board to attack Raqqa. Now the Syrian army is very close to south of Raqqa, near Deir-ez-Zor. If they manage to capture Deir-ez-Zor, I think the second step will be Raqqa, the capital of ISIS, which could mean the end of Islamic State in Syria.
https://www.rt.com/op-edge/399685-syria-isis-raqqa-war/

http://smirkingchimp.com/thread/dean-baker/74568/10-years-after-financial-crisis-our-elites-have-learned-nothing
Baker on financial crisis
http://www.activistpost.com/2017/08/psychopathic-ruling-class-creates-boogeymen-justify-rule.html
Corbett report Korea

http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/08/lavrov-us-stirs-broth-then-seasons-it.html


“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” ― George Orwell

As Swain indicated, what has happened during the past few decades is a palpable marginalization of millions of hard working Americans, mostly white and mostly Christian, who have been sidelined and left behind by the advancing progressivist revolution (these last words are mine). They are not naturally “racists” or even “white supremacists,” but rather they seek to guarantee their own survival, and the survival of their families, their communities, and their culture. They have seen the standards, beliefs, traditions, morality and customs that they inherited and have cherished—they have seen them attacked, ridiculed, and, in many cases, banned, even criminalized.
http://www.unz.com/article/thoughts-on-charlottesville-and-what-it-means-for-us/

The next day Newsweek revealed that the vaunted ICBMs supposedly developed by North Korea are a “hoax” – their word. Reporter Nine Burleigh writes:
“As President Donald Trump escalates his war of words against North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un, a team of independent rocket experts has asserted that the two rockets the rogue regime launched in July and described as intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are incapable of delivering a nuclear payload to the continental United States, and probably not even to Anchorage, Alaska.
“Massachusetts Institute of Technology rocket expert Ted Postol and two German experts, Markus Schiller and Robert Schmucker of Schmucker Technologie, published their findings Friday in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, in a paper they titled “North Korea’s ‘Not Quite’ ICBM Can’t Hit the Lower 48 States.”
http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/08/13/dont-say-didnt-warn/

The researchers, most of them former intelligence officials, have concluded that
There was no hack of the Democratic National Committee’s system on July 5 last year – not by the Russians, not by anyone else. Hard science now demonstrates it was a leak – a download executed locally with a memory key or a similarly portable data-storage device. In short, it was an inside job by someone with access to the DNC’s system. This casts serious doubt on the initial “hack,” as alleged, that led to the very consequential publication of a large store of documents on WikiLeaks last summer.

“Forensic investigations of documents made public two weeks prior to the July 5 leak by the person or entity known as Guccifer 2.0 show that they were fraudulent: Before Guccifer posted them they were adulterated by cutting and pasting them into a blank template that had Russian as its default language. Guccifer took responsibility on June 15 for an intrusion the DNC reported on June 14 and professed to be a WikiLeaks source – claims essential to the official narrative implicating Russia in what was soon cast as an extensive hacking operation. To put the point simply, forensic science now devastates this narrative.”

Yet more forensic evidence, the time stamps on the data, prove that the material was obtained from the DNC server at 6:45 pm, Eastern Daylight Time: the deed was done on the east coast of the United States, not in Romania, not in Russia, with the material being transferred to a thumb drive, not remotely over the Internet. Here is yet more evidence that it was done by someone with direct physical access to the DNC’s facilities: in short, by an insider.

To top it off, Guccifer ran the material through “a Russianified [W]ord document with Russian language settings and style headings,” as one researcher put it. Just to give it that “Putin-did-it” look.
So once again our skepticism of the groupthink emanating from Washington and the “mainstream” media has been confirmed. And this time, it looks like the massive Russia-gate propaganda campaign is faltering in the face of strong conflicting evidence: it’s too credible to be ignored. The truth is getting out there, however slowly and haltingly
http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/08/13/dont-say-didnt-warn/


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-14/report-%E2%80%98unite-right%E2%80%99-organizer-jason-kessler-was-occupy-movement-obama-supporter-8-m

Kim Jong-un advised Washington “to take into full account gains and losses with clear head” as further confrontation is “unfavorable for any party.”
“In order to defuse the tensions and prevent the dangerous military conflict on the Korean Peninsula, it is necessary for the US to make a proper option first and show it through action, as it committed provocations after introducing huge nuclear strategic equipment into the vicinity of the peninsula,” the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported, as cited by KCNA Watch on Tuesday. 




Monday, August 14, 2017

Today's links

"A politics fixated on indelible differences will inevitably lead to resentments that extremists can exploit in ugly ways on the right and left." WSJ editorial



1-- Great Corporate Bond Rush of 2017 Persists as Fed Mulls Hike


Corporate debt explodes


2-- Corporate debt is at new highs

Uh, oh.

3-- Corporate Censorship Tightens The Noose, Caitlin Johnstone 


4-- This is big-- Turkey Ending Support for Syrian Rebels


5-- Who’s Behind Antifa? The Gov??


6--Mattis and Tillerson: “We’re Holding Pyongyang to Account”


The object of our peaceful pressure campaign is the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The U.S. has no interest in regime change or accelerated reunification of Korea. We do not seek an excuse to garrison U.S. troops north of the Demilitarized Zone. We have no desire to inflict harm on the long-suffering North Korean people, who are distinct from the hostile regime in Pyongyang....

Chinese entities are, in one way or another, involved with roughly 90% of North Korean trade. This affords China an unparalleled opportunity to assert its influence with the regime. ...

While diplomacy is our preferred means of changing North Korea’s course of action, it is backed by military options. The U.S. alliances with South Korea and Japan are strong. But Pyongyang has persistently rebuffed Seoul’s attempts to create conditions whereby peaceful dialogue can occur, and has instead proceeded on its reckless course of threats and provocation...

The U.S. will continue to work with our allies and partners to deepen diplomatic and military cooperation, and to hold nations accountable to their commitments to isolate the regime. That will include rigorous enforcement of sanctions, leaving no North Korean source of revenue untouched. In particular, the U.S. will continue to request Chinese and Russian commitments not to provide the regime with economic lifelines and to persuade it to abandon its dangerous path.


7-- Trump's handout to Wall Street  Trump Chips Away at Postcrisis Wall Street Rules --Cutting thru the red tape to reward the Banksters


Plan to restrict bonuses has been dropped, and some limits on banks’ trading are under review

8--Margin Debt Sets Four New Peaks This Year — a Red Flag with a New Twist


9--Despite Record Stock Markets, Almost Half of Americans Own No Stocks


10--The Price Still Isn’t Right for Consumers-- Low inflation helps people buy more, but without stronger income gains spending growth will remain weak


11-- U.S. Stocks: We’re No. 39!-- America's stock market is one of the world's worst performers this year


12--  Margin Pressure Ahead for U.S. Companies-- Productivity growth is a great boon to companies but it has been poor in the U.S. and there are few signs of improvement


13-- Why Jobs, Wages and Savings Mean Weaker Profits

Weak wage growth has Americans saving less. That can’t go on forever


14-- Charlottesville: What You Wish Upon Others, You Wish Upon Yourself

U.S. "liberals" cuddle fascists and right-wing religious extremists in Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela and elsewhere.

15-- Russia brings peace to Syria-- Large numbers of Syrians are returning home.

" According to a study by the International Organization for Migration (a United Nations body), some 602,759 displaced Syrians have been returned to their homes of which about two-thirds of that number specifically resettled in Aleppo Governorate.

16-- Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford talks peace while gearing up for war games, threats and provocations


“We’re all looking to get out of this situation without a war,” Dunford said, even as he stressed Pyongyang possessing nuclear weapons that threaten the United States and its regional allies is “unacceptable.”

“As a military leader, I’ve got to make sure that the president does have viable military options in the event that the diplomatic and economic pressurization campaign fails,” he added.

But some experts do not agree that Pyongyang’s acquisition of nuclear weapons is an unacceptable option. Richard Bush, a senior fellow in the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center, said the Trump administration has “made a big mistake” by determining that North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons capable of hitting the United States is something to fight over

New military exercises to start
Annual exercises between the U.S. and South Korean militaries, dubbed Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, begin later this month. North Korea has always condemned these exercises, and some experts fear these war games could increase hostilities from Pyongyang while irking Beijing, a key influencer of North Korea.

“If you have the current tensions and pile on top of that these exercises, it’s going to make for a much worse situation,” Joel Wit, who helped negotiate the 1994 U.S.-North Korea nuclear deal that delayed North Korea’s nuclear program for almost a decade, told VOA.

A senior official with U.S. Pacific Command, which overseas military activity in the region, said China will almost certainly propose to Dunford that the U.S. and South Korea stop these exercises. However, the Trump administration would not agree to that proposal because it considers the exercises necessary for readiness in the event of an attack, the official added...

The United States has carried our several B-1B Lancer strategic bomber jet flights from Guam to the peninsula, with the last one carried out about a week ago. Japanese and South Korean jets have escorted the bombers at times.

The United States also has deployed Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile system to South Korea that can shoot down short, medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. Two of the system’s six launchers are fully operational, and President Moon has ordered consultations on the possibility of deploying the final four interceptors, which are already in-country. THAAD’s ability to take out missile threats has proven 15 for 15 in tests conducted since 2005, when the system began operational testing.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Today's links

The dog barks, the caravan moves on. Russian proverb 



1--Xi Jinping in phone call to Trump: calm down on North Korea


Xi stressed that China and the United States have common interests in achieving denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and maintaining peace and stability there.
The concerned parities should strive to resolve the issue through dialogue and negotiation to reach a political solution, Xi said.

2--Why Does North Korea Want Nukes? Paul Atwood


.... It should be noted that American forces played no role in the liberation of Korea from Japanese rule. However, because the Soviets, as allies of the U.S., wished to remain on friendly terms they agreed to the division of Korea between Soviet and American forces. The young Dean Rusk, later to become Secretary of State under Kennedy and Johnson, arbitrarily drew a line of division across the 38th Parallel because, as he said, that would leave the capital city, Seoul, in the American zone.

Written reports at the time criticized Washington for “allowing” the Red Army into Korea but the fact was it was the other way around. The Soviets could easily have occupied the entirety of Korea but chose not to do so, instead opting for a negotiated settlement with the U.S. over the future of Korea. Theoretically the peninsula would be reunited after some agreement between the two victors at some future date.

However, the U.S. immediately began to favor those Koreans who had collaborated with the Japanese in the exploitation of their own country and its people, largely the landed elites, and Washington began to arm the provisional government it set up to root out the peoples’ committees. For their part the Soviets supported the communist nationalist leader, Kim Il-Sung who had led the guerrilla army against Japan at great cost in lives.


3--Goolag


4-- Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis visits Google and Amazon


On Thursday, Mattis met with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the tech giant’s headquarters in Seattle.
On Friday, he spoke at the headquarters of Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUX), a Defense Department unit located two miles from the Google campus in Mountain View, California. Among the unit’s advisors is Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet.

Mattis said the Pentagon’s partnership with Silicon Valley via DIUX would make the US military “more lethal and more effective” than ever before. DIUX awards military technology contracts to US hi-tech firms.
The operation has already awarded more than $100 million in contracts for 45 pilot projects in areas such as artificial intelligence, autonomous machines and outer space. Its web page encourages technology firms to “tap into a $100+ billion market.”

During his visit, Mattis proclaimed, “We’ll get better at integrating AI advances out here into the US military” as a result of the unit, which he said would “grow in influence and impact” on the military. Among the projects rolled out by DIUX, according to Bloomberg News, is a system to coordinate air strikes against targets “such as fleeing vehicles.”

Following his prepared remarks, Mattis added that the US military was “ready” with “military options” against North Korea.

Even more important to the Pentagon than the utility of the tech giants in waging war abroad is the use of their communication infrastructure to shape public opinion and block the expression of antiwar and oppositional sentiment. A major player in this sphere is a thinktank called Jigsaw, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Jigsaw is headed by Jared Cohen, a former State Department advisor to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.

Jigsaw’s most prominent project is a web commenting censorship system called “Perspective API,” which it calls “a new tool for web publishers to identify toxic comments that can undermine a civil exchange of ideas.”...

Developed in cooperation with major US newspapers, Jigsaw has already been implemented to flag comments for deletion in the New York Times comments section. This week, WikiLeaks noted that a comment containing the language “The CIA armed Islamists in Syria, killing thousands” would be flagged as 66 percent “toxic” by Perspective API. A comment declaring that “the US government is wonderful” is labeled zero percent “toxic,” while “the US government is corrupt” is flagged as 71 percent “toxic.”

In a study titled “Social media, the vital ground: Can we hold it?” published in April, the Army War College noted, “The impact of social media on the media environment has been widely recognized, as has the ability of extremist and adversarial organizations to exploit the media to publicize their cause, spread their propaganda, and recruit vulnerable individuals.”

It went on to conclude that “Social media will increasingly have a direct impact on virtually all aspects of military operations in the 21st century,” and that the military had to expand its control over social media, “in particular, its use in deception and Psychological Operations (PSYOPS).”
Control over online communication will become increasingly significant amid what one Defense Department report published last month warned was an “increasing chasm between governments and their governed over the basic right to rule.”

That report concluded, “Today, all states are experiencing a precipitous decline in their authority, influence, reach and common attraction,” as populations are presented with “myriad alternative sources of political alignment or allegiance.”

Yet another report, published last year, warned that growing international antagonisms were leading to an intensifying crisis of “social order.”

It concluded that states “now all wrestle with one another over competing interests while standing on quicksand—threatened” not only by national rivals, but by “the fragile and restive social order they themselves rest on.”


5-- Hillary explains our N Korea policy


6--Hair-Trigger Korean-U.S. Situation


7--DNC Makes Unbelievably Feeble Response To Latest Russiagate Debunking Evidence


8--A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack


9-- Will Tough New U.N. Sanctions Work Against North Korean Regime?

(Sanctions aimed at innocent civilians) 
BILL RICHARDSON: Thank you, Rachel - nice to be with you.
MARTIN: How are these new sanctions that much tougher than what the international community has tried over and over again?

RICHARDSON: Well, they affect 90 percent of North Korea's economy. It's a small economy. They embark on cutting off of coal, foodstuffs, a lot of North Korean foreign workers that make money through energy. These sanctions have bite. I have to give the administration credit. And most credit I think has to be the ability to get the sanctions passed in the U.N. Security Council without a veto from China and Russia, especially China.

MARTIN: And I want to talk about China in a minute. But you just noted something. These sanctions are going to target coal and foodstuffs. Doesn't that mean that the people who are going to feel the effects of these sanctions most are just going to be a regular North Koreans, not necessarily the ruling class?

RICHARDSON: Yes, it's going to affect the North Korean people. I've been there eight times. They're in very bad shape economically. Many are starving. But I think what was not passed in terms of the sanctions was oil. I think that may be the next step. These are very, very tough sanctions.

10-- BREAKING: China says it will defend North Korea in event of US invasion


China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral. If the US and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so....

Now what the latest US threats have managed to do is make China give its first public hint of a Chinese security guarantee to North Korea, with a public statement that in the event of a US attempt to overthrow Kim Jong-un by force China will come to his defence.
This comes with a statement that China sees the survival of North Korea as a Chinese national interest.

11-- US imperialism and the threat of nuclear war against North Korea


The current crisis is the outcome of a policy of naked aggression pursued by US imperialism for the past quarter-century in the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and the Balkans. In the wake of the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union, which had acted as an impediment to Washington’s global ambitions, the Pentagon drafted defence guidelines stating that the fundamental US strategy must “focus on precluding the emergence of any potential future global competitor.”

The doctrine of “pre-emptive war” now being invoked by Trump and his advisers to justify an attack, even a nuclear strike, on North Korea was first enunciated by President George W. Bush as the pretext for the invasion and occupation of Iraq. President Barack Obama expanded the Bush doctrine to declare any threat to American “values and interests” sufficient cause for the US to militarily attack another country. This new doctrine is a gross violation of international law. Waging a war of aggression was the chief crime for which the Nazi leaders were charged and convicted at the Nuremberg trials after World War II....

Behind this barrage of propaganda, what is the fundamental character of this looming war? It is a conflict between the world’s most heavily armed imperialist power and an oppressed and impoverished country, whose social and political character is the product of relentless colonialist and imperialist oppression throughout the twentieth century.

After more than forty years of brutal colonial rule by Japan, the US installed a military dictatorship in Seoul and waged a near-genocidal war in the early 1950s to preserve the artificial division of the Korean Peninsula into North and South. Since the end of the war, North Korea has been subjected to a US-led economic blockade, accompanied by repeated provocations and military threats.

The chief target of the Trump administration’s threats of war is not North Korea, but China, which the US regards as the principal obstacle to its regional and global dominance. The US military build-up throughout the Asia Pacific did not begin with the fascistic billionaire Trump, but is a continuation of the “pivot to Asia” developed by the Obama administration. In handing this geo-strategic initiative over to Trump, Obama identified North Korea as the chief military challenge facing the new administration and advised that the North Korean “threat” be used as the pretext for ratcheting up the US confrontation with China.

12--The CIA's grip on journalism


13-- BREAKING: Trump tells French President he’s ready for war and other measures against N. Korea


14--The world on the brink


The threat of nuclear war is not simply the product of a fascistic madman in the White House, but arises out of immense geo-political tensions fueled by the deep economic crisis of American and global capitalism. Trump has the backing of powerful sections of the military and political elites in Washington who have been pressing for the US to challenge and if necessary go to war with China, regarded as the chief obstacle to American global dominance.

The present crisis is the outcome of the political climate prepared by a quarter-century of continuous wars by US imperialism in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, as Washington sought to use its military might to overcome its historic economic decline. It has become a virtual article of faith in American ruling circles that all of their problems on the international arena can be resolved through military action.

The ground was prepared for war against North Korea by the Obama administration, which, as part of its “pivot to Asia” against China, authorised a huge military build-up throughout the Indo-Pacific. The US military has now stationed its most advanced weaponry in Asia, along with 60 percent of its air and naval forces, and secured new basing agreements throughout the region.

The Pentagon could immediately call on more than 28,000 Air Force, naval, Marine and Special Operations personnel based in South Korea as well as many more forces from its bases in Japan and Guam. Moreover, in the event of a war with North Korea, the US would assume operational control of the South Korean military, with its 625,000 personnel and 3,100,000 reservists

15--  “‘I know who leaked them,” Murray said recently. “I’ve met the person who leaked them, and they are certainly not Russian and it’s an insider. It’s a leak, not a hack; the two are different things.”


16-- Unmasking Samantha Power-- We still don’t know why Obama officials needed to know the names of so many Trump officials


Of all the Russia storms raging around Donald Trump —the Christopher Steele dossier, the email to Don Jr. promising dirt on Hillary Clinton —there is still only one clear felony we know about: the leaking of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s name after someone had identified him from a classified intelligence report. Funny how this is a scandal no one seems interested in

17-- How to Resolve the North Korea Crisis-- An understanding between the U.S. and Beijing is the essential prerequisite. Tokyo and Seoul also have key roles to play




18--The day the world changed’: Ten years on from global financial crisis experts warn it could happen again


By August 9, respected French bank BNP Paribas had frozen $2.55 billion worth of funds citing an “evaporation of liquidity”. Former Northern Rock boss Adam Applegarth called it “the day the world changed” after the European Central Bank and US Federal Reserve injected $113 billion into financial markets and it proved not enough to calm panicked investors.

One month later, Northern Rock suffered its first run on the bank in 150 years as customers queued to get their money out. By September the next year, Lehmann Brothers had declared bankruptcy marking the start of the full blown crisis that would spread throughout the economy.
At the time, Stenfors said he “couldn’t see the world was going under” and was simply worried about his current trading position. Two years later he was left exhausted after years of waking up to early morning phone calls and suffering from RSI after intense computer training.

19--A decade after the financial crisis, the world is still hooked on the debt that caused it


20--- The stock market is rigged


Steve Kroft: What’s the headline here?
Michael Lewis: Stock market’s rigged. The United States stock market, the most iconic market in global capitalism is rigged.
Steve Kroft: By whom?
Michael Lewis: By a combination of these stock exchanges, the big Wall Street banks and high-frequency traders.
Steve Kroft: Who are the victims?
Michael Lewis: Everybody who has an investment in the stock market.

21--  On the 10th anniversary of the global financial meltdown, here's what's changed


22-- How Capitalist Central Banks Have Been Creating the Next Financial Crisis, Jack Rasmus

Today's Headline Article

I've had enough, By Jack Perry



I’m 50, unemployed, and poor. Okay? I don’t give a damn about whether or not Bashar al-Assad runs Syria, about Russia, or any of these other so-called political concerns I’m told to have by the Democratic Party who has learned the sum total of absolutely nothing in the 2016 election. When it was revealed the election of 2016 was more about economic concerns than anything else, the Democrats vowed to work on that—the promptly forgot it and blamed the loss on Russia. Despite the fact that Russia has not laid off Americans or contributed to poverty in the United States.


I am tired of Democrats who assume I’ll vote for them because I’m poor. They’re toying with a new 2018 campaign slogan that says, “Have You Seen The Other Guys?” Yes, actually, I have seen the other guys. And you know what? You’re as bad as they are. When people can’t afford Obamacare, you tell them, “You should get a better job”. Just like Republicans would say. When people want the individual mandate repealed because they don’t want to be penalized for not being able to afford your so-called “affordable” health care, what do you say? “People need to take personal responsibility for their health care!” Amazing! Because that is exactly what the Republicans say whenever the concept of single payer health care comes up! You guys cheat by copying one another’s homework.


The Democrats have Kamala Harris attend some hush-hush meeting up in the Hamptons and assume I can’t see through this charade of another wealthy, privileged individual who’ll allegedly understand the things I struggle with. Really? So Kamala wonders how she’ll afford her medication? Kamala knows how to eat on $20 a week because she has to? Kamala shops for clothes at thrift stores? I see the Democrats are just doing business as usual. Providing another pre-picked candidate who would be a high-profile banking executive if she hadn’t chosen politics to express her privileged status.

The Democrats run a good game, I’ll give that to them. People think they’re somehow different from Republicans when, in fact, they’re not. Both of these parties connive and fool two segments of the working class into voting for them. Urban working class voters vote for the Democrats and rural working class voters vote for Republicans and all of them get soundly screwed collectively no matter who wins. It also makes sure the shell game of popular vote and electoral vote provide the perfect imbalance for the genuine needs of all. Russia does not need to rig a U.S. election when both political parties have proven themselves more than capable of doing so themselves without outside help.

I love how Democrat and Republican politicians both tell voters to man the phones and call in about this or that issue to make sure it gets passed or repealed. Excuse me, but were you not elected to represent the voters in your districts? You should already know what your district wants and vote accordingly. But you don’t know and, besides all of that, you have no idea how the people in your districts live. None of you does without health care. None of you go to the food bank. None of you drive on bald tires, or even drive yourselves for that matter. None of you know how I live and, therefore, I will not waste my time calling your offices where you sit on the phone chatting with bankers and defense contractors promising to deliver payola.

I even hear Democrats who want Hillary to run in 2020. Now here America has told you they don’t want her, but no. You insist on trying to cram Hillary down the throat of America and when you lose that election, you’ll blame Russia again. Brilliant. Meanwhile, the poor get poorer and you don’t actually give a damn or you’d have run a candidate that put people before party. Not one of you knows how to do that because the party is power and you’re all addicted to it like the power junkies you are. “Oh, he sounds angry…” You’re damn right I’m angry and none of your so-called “free press” actually report the news or the truth, either, because all of you have lost touch with the truth a long time ago.


All these games get played, all these wars get started, and hundreds of thousands die, and for what?! For what, I ask you?! What, you think Trump started this horrific slaughter in Syria and Yemen? What, Trump got inaugurated and suddenly wars broke out in Yemen and Syria? No! Your all-wise, all-knowing President Obama contributed to this slaughter and you all sat there nodding your heads with peace symbol stickers on your Priuses. You bunch of hypocrites! You’re as bad as the Republicans with their “regime change” crap and “We’re bring democracy to the Middle East!” As if the Middle East sat there for thousands of years longer than the United States even existed, saying, “Gosh, we wish someone would bring us democracy.” No! You’ve brought them wholesale death and destruction! The biggest export America has is death! The creation of widows and orphans!

Hundreds of thousands dead and none of you can even admit to the woefully tragic mistakes all of you have made. That hundreds of thousands died and Assad remained in power despite Obama’s vows that he must step down. Those people died for nothing. Because American promises of democracy amount to nothing. Just ask those of us here allegedly living under it with our own rigged elections we accuse Assad of running and the poverty inflicted on us so American defense contractors can get rich. The entire United States government and both political parties are mass murderers on a scale that dwarfs Caligula and Nero. Is it any wonder why federal buildings here look like the Roman Empire built them? And the United States doesn’t treat the Middle East any better than they did.

I’ve heard this crap since 1980. I could pave a path to the moon with the promises. And they promise the moon, too. Or was that a NASA mission to Mars. To see what? The galactic equivalent of Death Valley but not as interesting. “Oh, sorry you’re poor. Here, have a mission to Mars.” I wish all of you would board the ship and go to Mars and stay there. But there’s probably some environmental law against dumping toxic waste on Mars, so you’ll wiggle out of exile that way. Not that any of you have the courage to go any of the hellholes you send people to in order to glorify yourselves and gloat as if you’d done it and not them. Just look at the wars you idiots start or decide to join. We’ve been in Afghanistan now going into the last half of its second decade.


No, I’m done. Run this show without me. I’ve had enough.