We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Trump’s “Migrant Policy” Exposes Continuity of Agenda

Click here to access article by Tony Cartalucci from New Eastern Outlook.

Cartalucci reminds that Trump's latest banning of refugee from seven countries has long antecedents in the ruling class's strategy to overturn independent governments in the Middle East which they described as "Soviet client regimes". The list, of course, does not include countries who have been, or were, in fact promoting terrorist armies to overthrow what were independent countries at the time of the formulation of this strategy. He argues that this action is likely motivated by the same strategy that occurred under Obama's administration: to create "safe zones" in Syria that would both serve to protect terrorist armies and fragment the Syrian nation.

Meanwhile the policy is being played up in corporate media by what I identify as the CIA faction to discredit the Trump administration and whip up more popular opposition to his administration.
Bloomberg and other allegedly “liberal” media platforms have attempted to link President Trump’s policies to his own business interests, deflecting public attention away from the fact that the seven nations targeted by the new executive order are precisely the same nations targeted since the 1990’s by Wall Street and Washington special interests.

US and European media are also leveraging their own manufactured “migrant crisis” to sell the concept of “safe zones” in Syria, a policy laid out and pursued under President Obama when initial US-backed regime change in Syria failed to materialize. The policy is now being continued without interruption under President Trump.
What is really needed is an independent popular revolutionary movement that is fully aware of this split in the ruling class and devises independent strategies to take advantage of their rivalry in the interests of the people and social justice, instead of being used by either sick capitalist faction for their own interests of controlling the Empire, ever more profit and power, and imposing their rule on the entire world.


  1. The misreporting of EO13769 is astounding. And, Cartalucci continued the MSM misinformation.

    Here is the document: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-01/pdf/2017-02281.pdf

    NOWHERE in EO 13769 are "7 countries" mentioned. ONLY SYRIA IS MENTIONED.

    THIS IS NOT A NEW POLICY. The "7 countries" are COIs (Countries of Interest), a term that first reached the public press in 2010 (during Obama) when TSA initiated extra screening for persons traveling to/from countries of interest.

    EO 13769 creates a TEMPORARY, 90-day review of a 2015 OBAMA POLICY, namely the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (H.R.158), which was part of a $1.8 trillion omnibus spending bill signed by Obama December 18, 2015.

    Since Congress created the Visa Waiver Program in 1986, 38 countries have reciprocal, 90-day (temporary), Visa waivers with the US. Congress and Obama restricted ("Improved") the waiver in 2015 for Iran, Syria, Sudan and Iraq. Anyone from those countries - or who visited one of those countries within the past 5 years - needed an interview to get a temporary US Visa. Exceptions were made for business, government and other personnel.

    In February, 2016, OBAMA ADDED Libya, Somali and Yemen to the list.

    TRUMP has ordered a 30-day review of the program by DHS, Secretary of State, and Director of National Intelligence "to determine the information needed from any country to adjudicate any visa, admission, or other benefit under the INA (adjudications) in order to determine that the individual seeking the benefit is who the individual claims to be and is not a security or public-safety threat."

    At the end of 30 days (beginning of March), the Secretary of State (using the results of the study) "shall request all foreign governments that do not supply such information to start providing such information regarding their nationals within 60 days of notification."

    That brings us to the EO13769's 90 days. What additional information is needed; ask countries to supply the information. The rest of the Executive Order deals with making immigration and refugee policies uniform and in compliance with the updated information gained in the first 30 days. It also calls for ongoing progress reports.

    The Executive Order makes provision for case-by-case exemptions during the 90-day temporary suspension period.

    1. I think one needs to be an attorney to figure out what the Executive Order actually implements. I think that Cartulluci is simply deferring to all other authoritative sources (NY Times, CNN, Bloomberg, etc.) Also foreign countries are also interpreting it the same way. It has be also reported that he is exempting Christians from Syria, but I don't see that anywhere in the text.

    2. For example as to how complex this executive order is, look at the elaborate Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_13769

  2. The Wikipedia article is far longer and more complex than the Executive Order, which is only 5 pages and seemed to me to be fairly simple and straightforward (given the usual legal "whereas" language.)

  3. Yes, I totally agree. In Monday's post by Seth Frantzman he tried to deal with the same dilemma. So if you locate any explanatory post that clarifies this issue, please let me know.


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