Monday, August 28, 2017

Today's Links

1-- Journalist Interrogated, Fired For Story Linking CIA And Syria Weapons Flights.

Regardless, Al Jazeera's coverage constitutes the first time this story has entered the mainstream. While we've reported the recent Trump decision to end the CIA covert program of regime change in Syria, it appears the apparatus for external weapons shipments to jihadists in Syria remains in place through the continuing Silk Way Airlines weapons pipeline....

A months-long investigation which tracked and exposed a massive covert weapons shipment network to terror groups in Syria via diplomatic flights originating in the Caucuses and Eastern Europe under the watch of the CIA and other intelligence agencies has resulted in the interrogation and firing of the Bulgarian journalist who first broke the story. This comes as the original report is finally breaking into mainstream international coverage....

While it's long been understood that the US-Gulf-NATO coalition arming rebels inside Syria facilitated the rapid rise of the Islamic State as the group had steady access to a "jihadi Wal-Mart" of weapons (in the words of one former spy and British diplomat), the Trud Newspaper report is the first to provide exhaustive documentation detailing the precise logistical chain of the weapons as they flowed from their country of origin to the battlefield in Syria and Iraq. Gaytandzhieva even traveled to Aleppo where she filmed and examined labeled weapons shipping containers held in underground jihadist storehouses.

The Bulgaria-based journalist obtained and published dozens of secret internal memos which were leaked to her by an anonymous source as part of the report. The leaked documents appear to be internal communications between the Bulgarian government and Azerbaijan's Embassy in Sofia detailing flight plans for Silk Way Airlines, which was essentially operating an "off the books" weapons transport service (not subject to inspections or tax under diplomatic cover) for the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Saudi Arabia, Israel, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden. Silk Way Airlines has been the subject of other recent investigations involving weapons supplies for the Saudi war on Yemen. In addition, the military monitoring site Balkan Insight has exposed similar weapons cargo flights in and out of neighboring Serbia

2--Economic strangulation?  Trump tightens Venezuela’s access to U.S. financial system

3--A Review of US Media Coverage on Venezuela

4-- The Real Price of Trump’s Venezuela Sanctions -- POS Trump tightens the screws

5--Fake News CIA-style

Agee spent 12 years (1957-69) as a CIA case officer, most of it in Latin America. His first book, Inside the Company: CIA Diary, published in 1974 revealed how it was a common Agency tactic to write editorials and phoney news stories to be knowingly published by Latin American media with no indication of the CIA authorship or CIA payment to the particular media. The propaganda value of such a “news” item might be multiplied by being picked up by other CIA stations in Latin America who would disseminate it through a CIA-owned news agency or a CIA-owned radio station. Some of these stories made their way back to the United States to be read or heard by unknowing North Americans

Murders: Putin and Clintons

But consider the case of Seth Rich, the 27-year-old Democratic National Committee staffer who was shot dead on a Washington, DC street last July.

On August 9, in an interview on the Dutch television program Nieuwsuur, Julian Assange seemed to suggest rather clearly that Seth Rich was the source for the Wikileaks-exposed DNC emails and was murdered for it.

Julian Assange: “Our whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often face very significant risks. A 27-year-old that works for the DNC, was shot in the back, murdered just a few weeks ago for unknown reasons, as he was walking down the street in Washington, D.C.”

Reporter: “That was just a robbery, I believe. Wasn’t it?”

Julian Assange: “No. There’s no finding. So … I’m suggesting that our sources take risks.” (See also Washington Post, January 19, 2017)

6--Blum: The Masters List--Worth remembering

Since the end of World War 2, the United States has:

  • Attempted to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments, most of which were democratically-elected.
  • Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries.
  • Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.
  • Attempted to suppress a populist or nationalist movement in 20 countries.
  • Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries.
  • Though not as easy to quantify, has also led the world in torture; not only the torture performed directly by Americans upon foreigners, but providing torture equipment, torture manuals, lists of people to be tortured, and in-person guidance by American instructors....
The communist form began of course with the October 1917 Russian Revolution. By the summer of 1918 some 13,000 American troops could be found in the newly-born state, the future Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Two years and thousands of casualties later, the American troops left, having failed in their mission to “strangle at its birth” the Bolshevik state, as Winston Churchill so charmingly put

7--Trump Versus the Venezuelan Revolution, Shamus Cooke

8--Weisbrot warns; US Venezuela Sanctions Will Make Food Shortages Worse 

It’s basically very severe sanctions, the kind that I don't remember ever being used, except in cases like Iran or Russia … and there really isn't any justification for them,” Weisbrot said.
Weisbrot explained that while support for past U.S. sanctions on Pyongyang or Tehran was drummed up through the “threat” of their respective nuclear programs, in Venezuela, that reason doesn’t stand.
“In the case of Venezuela there isn't anything except (that) the Trump administration wants to overthrow the government,” he pressed..

“I mean there's no ambiguity anymore. Anyone who's been paying attention knows that the United States has been trying to get rid of the Venezuelan government for the past 15 years,” he added.
The economist also warned that, as the history of the United States reflects, economic sanctions are often followed by military interventions, “such as in the case of Nicaragua and Iraq.”
“There’s a whole history of military intervention against countries the United States is trying to overthrow,” he said.

9-- Why Can’t the U.S. Left Get Venezuela Right?

Venezuelan expert Jorge Martin explains in an excellent article, how the oligarchy would respond if it succeeded in removing Maduro.

1) they would massively cut public spending
2) implement mass layoffs of the public sector
3) destroy the key social programs of the revolution (health care, education, pension, housing, etc.)
4) there would be a privatization frenzy of public resources, though especially the crown jewel PDVSA, the oil company
5) massive deregulation, including turning back rights for labor and ethnic-minority groups
6) they would attack the organizations of the working class that came into existence or grew under the protection of the Chavez-Maduro governments

10-- US, Allies Used Diplomatic Flights to Send Weapons to Terrorists

A Bulgarian reporter has uncovered evidence that the United States and its allies, notably Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have been using Azerbaijan’s Silk War Airlines to ferry entire planeloads of weapons to Syrian militants, some of which ended up in the hands of al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front.

11-- Terrorists’ visit to France points to state foreknowledge of Barcelona attack

The Barcelona attacks follows a series of similar attacks by purported jihadists linked to the Islamic State (IS) in major cities in Europe. The attackers—including the shooters at Charlie Hebdo and the Bataclan theater in Paris in 2015 and the Brussels attack in 2016—were virtually all known to police and European intelligence services prior to the attacks. They all came from a network of Islamist operatives working in Europe and fighting in various NATO wars for regime change in the Middle East (see: “Intelligence accounts raise more questions on origins of Brussels, Paris attacks”).
Thousands of European Islamist fighters were traveling back and forth between Europe and Syria, as the NATO powers backed Islamist proxy forces to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government. It appears that the Barcelona attackers were part of this network.

12--America's Nazi Secret with Author John Loftus --CIA 

Birds of a feather-- Notes on CIA involvement in using Nazis after war to spy on Russia and undermine liberation movements
Dulles was a double agent 13 20
by some estimates. 70% of funds to build the third reich came from wall street 
DOJ more than 150 americans staye d in Nazi Germany during the war to help the Nazis ford motor, general motors
Never charged as traitors
office of policy coordination
2 CIAs one that hunted Nazis and one that recruited them
3: minute mark
the Nuremberg trials were fixed by the big money
ashcan dustbin
7;40 I didn't know at the time that VP GH bush had hired the arab Nazis to fight the Russians in Afghanistan in 1985
micola lebed
reinhard gelen 845 min

CIA evacuated Nazi war criminals and collaborators through "rat lines" in southern Europe, allowing them to escape justice by relocating them incognito in South America.

  • CIA abused its legal authority to bring Soviet and Soviet Bloc defectors and other persons of interest to the United States.
  • CIA covered up its these activities from Congressional and other Federal investigators. ..
  • For example, Christopher Simpson, in his 1988 book, Blowback: America's Recruitment of Nazis and Its Effects on the Cold War, asserts that "US intelligence agencies did know--or had good reason to suspect--that many contract agents they hired during the Cold War had committed crimes against humanity on behalf of the Nazis. The CIA, the State Department, and US Army intelligence," Simpson states, "each created special programs for the specific purpose of bringing former selected Nazis and collaborators to the United States. Other projects protected such people by placing them on US payrolls overseas."(3) The fact that most US intelligence records from this time period are still classified only lends greater mystery to the issue.

    Another GAO Investigation

    The Nazi war criminal investigations took an unexpected turn in May 1982, when John Loftus, a former OSI attorney, announced on CBS-TV's 60 Minutes that numerous branches of the US Government, including the Army, the FBI, the CIA, and the State Department, had employed Nazis and brought them to America after the war. Furthermore, Loftus charged that these same agencies had refused to support the GAO's 1977-78 investigation. These allegations sparked an immediate response on Capitol Hill and generated considerable media attention

    13--Conspiracy Theory, PCR

    14--Get over it?  Syria opposition told to come to terms with Assad’s survival

    15-- LAVROV: Russia will not support ideas aiming to suffocate North Korea economically-- Russia opposes North Korea’s economic ‘suffocation

    16--Venezuelan Opposition Now Opposes the People

    The biggest challenge to Venezuela is that powerful international forces could back the opposition with paramilitary groups to overthrow the government. Big Oil lobbys the USA and its allies because they want to solely control the largest oil reserve in the planet that lies in Venezuela. THAT IS THE CORE OF THE VICIOUS INTERNATIONAL ANTAGONISM AGAINST VENEZUELA: THEY WANT ITS OIL. With a former CEO of Exxon Mobil at the head of the US State Department, the danger to Venezuela became greatly magnified. The wealthy upper classes of Venezuela are playing the role they have always historically played since Independence: being the lackeys of whatever world power is dominant. Their country is money and they want to control the oil revenue that flows to the state. When they ruled Venezuela during 40 years, the equivalent of 15 Marshal Plans disappeared into their pockets.

    17--Time for the “International Left” to Take a Stand on Venezuela


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