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

Friday, December 28, 2018

The Global Power Elite: A Transnational Class

Click here if you wish to directly access this 13:10 video from The Real News Network in which author and researcher Peter Phillips is interviewed.

The author of a new book entitled Giants: The Global Power Elite has obviously done his "homework" and knows what he is talking about. He reports about how much of the world is directed by three private organizations: the Group of Thirty, the Trilateral Commission, and the Atlantic Council. The only thing that he not directly state, but implied with the fact that these organizations are based in the USA, is that they are the "hidden hand" behind the US-led Empire which has its own army called NATO and media (MSM). The Deep State refers to the "hidden hand" behind the US government. Thus, the Deep State exercises considerable influence over these three organizations. This is what George H.W. Bush was talking about when he referred to a "new world order" in 1991 during a speech when he also ordered an attack on Iraq. He meant a world under the control of the US Empire and the transnational capitalists.
This is an historic moment. We have in this past year made great progress in ending the long era of conflict and cold war. We have before us the opportunity to forge for ourselves and for future generations a new world order, a world where the rule of law, not the law of the jungle, governs the conduct of nations.

When we are successful, and we will be, we have a real chance at this new world order, an order in which a credible United Nations can use its peacekeeping role to fulfill the promise and vision of the U.N.'s founders.
You simply must watch this video, after which you may want to buy the book.

Yellow vests and government disinformation —list of demands

Click here to access article from "THE BLOG OF GABAS / MEDIAPART. FR" and translated by Patrice Greanville from his website. 

In this latest news of the "yellow vests" they are now making demands on the French government. We now see our capitalist masters imposing austerity on working people in the various countries of the US-led Empire. They like to engage in economic warfare against other countries they don't like, but this is economic warfare directed against their own working people, and the people, particularly the French working people, have had enough.

There are some indications that the protest is spreading to other countries as reported by RT and George Galloway, a British member of parliament, in the following video:

Syria Sitrep - Army To Regain Northeastern Territory - Political Isolation Ends

Click here to access article by Bernhard from his blog Moon of Alabama. (Updated at 11:48 AM CT.)

I don't know where this German blogger gets his information from, but his information is very reliable. In this post he gives so much information regarding the fluid situation in Syria and in the area, and this information corresponds with other Middle East sources: Al-Masdar News, Al Jazeera, and Press TV.

I previously posted some other source in which it was reported that Trump was withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, but since I've learned that he is withdrawing only some of them, although a substantial number of them.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Recommended articles for Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Updated at 1:48 PM CT. Credit goes to an activist for alerting me to the post by the UN Human Rights commissioner. 
... the American mainstream media has avoided focusing on the Yellow Vest movement. The left, on the other hand, must be overjoyed, right?

Well, it’s more like: Comme-ci, comme ça.

Why? “Identity politics” is, of course, the term that immediately comes to mind, though that term oversimplifies, particularly regarding the French context. As C. J. Hopkins put it: “Nothing scares the Identity Politics Left quite like an actual working class uprising.” Scares and confuses.
  • Imagining Life After Capitalism -- Sasha Lilley of KPFA, a listener sponsored radio station radio station in Berkeley, California, interviews author Peter Frase regarding the issues in his book, Four Futures: Life After Capitalism Verso (2014). 
We humans have a future?

Do Russiagate Promoters Prefer Impeaching Trump to Avoiding War With Russia?

Click here to access two audios posted on The Nation featuring Stephen F. Cohen, a longtime expert on Soviet-Russian affairs, together with John Batchelor on his radio show. The article below the two audio tapes summarize his views which he goes into detail on the show. I strongly recommend that you listen to the two audio presentations to see how he builds his argument that we are in mortal danger of WWIII.

I don't subscribe to many of the views presented by Cohen, but I respect his well-informed views on Soviet Union/Russia. Where I differ is that Cohen doesn't appear to understand that the post-WWII period has seen the rise of US-led capitalist Empire which is now in its fascist stage. This means that the core leadership (the Deep State--read my commentary here) of the transnational capitalist class that runs the Empire is now using their total control of corporate media to spread pure propaganda (ex: Russiagate) to pursue their agendas. 

I've been currently reading a book entitled The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton in which the author, Jefferson Morley, writes with reference to Cord Meyer who became a high level CIA agent:
In 1954, Allen Dulles persuaded him to take over the Agency's International Organizations division. In consultation with Angleton, Meyer orchestrated the Agency's covert funding of labor unions, newspapers, magazines, TV stations, and Hollywood movies.
The point being that this fascist core, being bent on world domination, were active as early as 1954 to construct their "Fourth (capitalist) Reich".

Members of the now powerful Deep State are now seeing their domination of the world severely threatened especially by the rise of Russia and China; but they are also threatened by financial crises and the unsustainability of their capitalist system due to its collision course with environmental concerns. As a result of these combined threats they are like a wounded predatory animal: they are becoming hyper-aggressive. This is what Cohen is concerned about. However, he doesn't see the history of the development of this predatory animal since WWII.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

UK And US PSYOP Collusion [a must read!]

Click here to access article by Margaret Kimberley from the Black Agenda Report. (I can't thank an activist enough for alerting me to this article!) 
For more than two years the corporate media, elite think tanks, NATO leaders, and most Democratic Party politicians have insisted that Russia interferes in American and European elections. The charge doesn’t withstand scrutiny but the lies are repeated. There is proof that surveillance state meddling in the affairs of democratic nations is real, but Russia isn’t the culprit. It is the United Kingdom and the United States who lead in skullduggery and meddling with the rights they claim to uphold.

Thanks to the Anonymous hacker community the work of the Integrity Initiative  has been exposed to the public.
The Anonymous hacker community appears to be furnishing authentic information hacked from the British government front agency officially listed as a charity.
The Integrity Initiative is a British “charity” founded in 2015. Its mission is to “bring to the attention of politicians, policy-makers, opinion leaders and other interested parties the threat posed by Russia to democratic institutions in the United Kingdom, across Europe and North America.” That mission is suspect in and of itself, a phony trope meant to cover up its own imperialist wrong doing. The Integrity Initiative is an arm of the British government and has received more than $2 million in funding from the British Foreign Office and Defense department. It has also raised money from NATO, Facebook and rightwing foundations. 
The author seems to be incredibly naive when she makes this statement:
The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and MSNBC haven’t covered this story.
These major news outlets, having been infiltrated and subverted by the Deep State long ago, are in on this project. Their executives may or may not know of the details, but they are fully cooperating in the deception of the people of the US-led Empire. (See this, this, this, and this -- a number of similar posts that I've collected over the past few years have been removed from the web.) That is precisely why many journalists that formerly worked for them or similar "news and opinion" organizations have left to go independent or have joined RT.

Recommended articles for Tuesday, December 25, 2018

  • "John Pilger special – A look back at 2018, and ahead to 2019." John Pilger is interviewed (the interview begins at 2:00m after a survey of the news) by Afshin Rattansi whose bio information shows that he has worked nearly everywhere. (I formerly watched his programs when I lived in Vancouver, BC from 2002-2006, and I thought he worked for CBC. Apparently all dissident media people end up on RT.)  
    I found Pilger's observations regarding H.W. Bush, Bill Blum, and Donald Trump beginning at about 20:00m to the end to be particularly interesting.

        Monday, December 24, 2018

        Trump is leaving behind a trap for Russia, Turkey and Iran in Syria

        Click here to access article by Kuwaiti independent journalist Elijah J Magnier from his blog.
        The US executive order of withdrawal from Syria has been signed off on, indicating that President Trump is determined to recall the few thousands US troops in Syria back home. It is well known that regular troops are much more vulnerable during withdrawal operations than in combat or deployment positions. Accordingly, the withdrawal, which seems to be happening despite widespread scepticism in Syria and Iraq, will likely take less than the announced 100 days to complete. US military command keeps the dates secret to avoid casualties. Although the departure of the US is much welcomed by all parties in and around Syria – except for the Kurds – Trump is intentionally leaving behind a very chaotic situation in the Levant, and is setting a deadly trap for Russia in the first place, but also for Iran and Turkey.
        Look at northern Syria near the border with Turkey. Manbij is in Aleppo (Halab) province, northeast of the city of Aleppo. Tal Abiad is directly north of the city of Ar Raqqa near border with Turkey. Deir-Ezzour = Dayr Az Zawr. Palmyra is located in south central Syria.

        Sunday, December 23, 2018

        Recommended posts for Sunday, December 23, 2018

        • John Pilger says Julian Assange is in 'very good spirits' after visit to embassy.

        Endless War Has Been Normalized And Everyone Is Crazy

        Click here to access article by Caitlin Johnstone from her blog. 

        After arguing that we are now in a state of endless war, she asks why and how this came about. But she only attributes this to our trusting childhood development being dependent on adult guidance. 

        I have a much better explanation for the normalization of endless war. The ambitious false-flag project on 9/11 (see this and/or this for transcript) was vitally important for our Deep State masters in order to turn around our largely anti-imperialist attitudes prior to this event. They succeeded marvelously to turn adults living in the Empire into raving enthusiasts for striking anybody anywhere that could be identified by our masters as "terrorists" or supporting terrorism. Having controlled what adults thought about this event, they knew that the adults would tell their children the same fabricated, false-flag type of story.

        No matter how it appears, Trump isn’t getting out of Syria and Afghanistan

        Click here to access article by Stephen Gowans from his blog What's Left. (Bloggers note: I added Bernhard to the list of top geopolitical analysts at 8:27 AM CT on 12/25/2018.)

        I regard Stephen Gowans (along with Pepe Escobar, Tony Cartalucci, and Bernhard of Moon of Alabama) as one of the top geopolitical analysts in the world.

        Gowans argues, with considerable supporting documentation, that Trump has not changed the fundamental policies of the Empire's imperialist policies, but there is a change in methods to finance foreign military adventure. True to the views which Trump as consistently argued in the past, he wants our allies to bear more of the cost of maintaining these foreign adventures. Gowans further argues that Mattis's resignation was motivated by the opposite view: that the USA must maintain its predominate role. It is a debate between imperialist policies, not imperialism itself. Thus, there is no fundamental shift in the Empire's funding of imperialism. (However, I doubt that USA's allies will be willing to replace US troops in eastern Syria.)

        I think that the Mattis camp is right in their opinion that the Trump decision to cut back on the cost to the USA will eventually lead to the weakening of the Empire's control of the world. But Trump is simply recognizing reality: the USA simply can't afford to supply troops and other financing of these adventures any longer. We are too broke to do this. 

        Trump's decision puts another marker on the beginning of the end of the US Empire. To be sure, the capitalist ruling classes of the US's subordinate allies will pick up the military and financial burden because they have no other choice. They too have financial problems of their own, and cannot much longer fund such adventures. So, I view Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan in order to shift more of the burden on their partners-in-crime to maintain the Empire as a positive sign in the long run.