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

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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The Illusory Truth Effect: How Millions Were Duped By Russiagate

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

She gives many people some valuable lessons on critical thinking when reading (listening, viewing, etc.) reports from corporate and so-called public media controlled by the ruling capitalist classes. They use such deceptions, along with censorship and false-flag events, as a major weapon to manipulate us into supporting their interests.
The question still remains, though: what the hell happened? How did a fact-free conspiracy theory come to gain so much traction among mainstream Americans? How were millions of people persuaded to invest hope in a narrative that anyone objectively analyzing the facts knew to be completely false? 

Why Activists Fail. The Importance of Telling the Truth

Click here to access article by Robert J. Burrowes from Global Research

I debated long and hard about posting this article because it argues for "non-violence" as a principle to guide any activity opposed to the "global elite managers", his description of the capitalist ruling classes throughout the world. But because the first third of the article (down to "So why does all of the above happen?") accurately describes the world, I've decided to post it. The rest of it is a pitch for non-violence.
In the above three sections, I explained the importance of a sound analysis, strategic focus and an appropriate timeframe as well as the importance of telling the truth, in developing and implementing an effective nonviolent strategy. 
But I don't see any strategy of a social nature. He does advocate that we abide by individual pledges (which are all in bold print) to avoid behaviors that contribution to pollution, boycotting banks which supply loans to polluting corporations, and avoiding following news from mainstream sources. He does throw in references to other strategies, but these appear also to promote the principle of non-violence and obligatory references to Gandhi. But that's all! This argument is neatly wrapped up in a startling package he calls "truth"!

I'm always suspicious when someone advocates non-violence in the context of revolutionary change. Ruling classes always make sure that they have sufficient means of violence to put down any opposition. Likewise they have never hesitated to use violence against their adversaries. So, we must expect violence from them, and we need to protect ourselves. If this is not sufficient to meet your objections, read my counter-arguments to this principle of non-violence in the commentary of my post entitled "On Contact: Extinction Rebellion". Then when he emphasized an individually oriented strategy, my hackles of suspicion rose even more.

So, I recommend reading the first part in which he gives a summary of history of the development of ruling classes, a very apt description of our present state of geopolitical affairs, and his endorsement of Giants: The Global Elite.

All roads lead to Rome for Xi

Click here to access article by Pepe Escobar from Asia Times posted on March 22.
All (silk) roads do lead to Rome, as this Saturday Chinese President Xi Jinping and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will sign a memorandum to adhere to the New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Afterward, Xi becomes a magnanimous version of The Sicilian, visiting the port of Palermo, with Beijing intent on investing in local infrastructure.

Atlanticist hysteria has been raging wildly – with the simplistic narrative focused on the fact that Italy is a G7 member, at the heart of the Mediterranean “mare nostrum”, and crammed with NATO bases. Thus, it cannot “sell out” to China.

Conte and diplomats in Rome have confirmed that this is strictly about economic cooperation, and signing a memorandum is non-binding. Italy has, in fact, been informally aligned with the Belt and Road scheme since 2015 when it became one of the founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which finances scores of BRI projects.
This was followed by China's President Xi arrival yesterday (Monday, 3/25/2019) in France to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Channel NewsAsia reports on this visit so far today. This must be causing apoplexy (def.) for the Empire's Deep State (of which Macron is a member).
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday (Mar 26) stressed the growing convergence between Beijing and the European Union on global issues from climate change to trade, urging the two sides to overcome their "suspicions."

Monday, March 25, 2019

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Greenwashing? The Green Marches are Mute on the “War Factor”

Click here to access article by Nazanín Armanian originally from the Spanish website Publico and posted in English on Wrong Kind of Green via (via Google Translator).

What can you expect with the heavily promoted Youth for Climate and Swedish climate girl Greta Thunberg by capitalist ruling classes other than greenwashing? I'm sure that they have already appointed the leadership to insure that the organization doesn't interfere with "business as usual". The author points out one very obvious contradiction--no mention of wars, and I think that there are many more contradictions that will be revealed in the days to come.
On March 15, the Day of the Popular March for Climate, tens of thousands of young people from several countries, followers of the Swedish student Greta Thunberg, showed their indignation at the indifference of world leaders towards climate change. Since last August, 16-year-old Greta demonstrates every Friday before the Swedish Parliament calling for greater commitment in the fight against the alarming deterioration of the oceans and glaciers.

Surprising (or not) that while environmental activists of the stature of the Honduran Berta Cáceres or the Iranian professor Kavous Emami who have been killed for their struggle against the powers that benefit from the destruction of the environment, the Swedish teenager is presented as leader of the fight to save the planet.

New study shows IPCC is underselling climate change

Click here to access article from the University of Adelaide, Australia posted on Climate Code Red (Australia based). 

This is what I expect from scientists in capitalist controlled countries: they underplay the threat of man-made climate destabilization.
"We found that the main message from the reports—that our society is in climate emergency—is lost by overstatement of uncertainty and gets confused among the gigabytes of information," says lead author Dr. Salvador Herrando-Pérez, from the University of Adelaide's Environment Institute and Australian Centre for Ancient DNA.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Russiagate Fizzles Out As Mueller Ends Investigation

Click here if you wish to access this 18:02 video featuring the Jimmy Dore Show directly from YouTube.

The Great Fraud of National Zionism

Click here to access article by "The Saker" or Andrei Raevsky (see this, this, and this) who is descended from White Russians and an American businessman. 

I regard him as an expert on the subject of Zionism and the Zionist influence over the Empire's policies and actions. I also regard Zionism as a Jewish version of fascism because they combine virulent racism (Jewish nationalists über alles), capitalism, and violence against those who differ. The phenomenon has historical roots in Christendom's ban on their followers engaging in any kind of usury. Thus, this was relegated to Jews who are now an important part of the financial elites and an integral part of the Deep State that controls the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. 

After WWII the US capitalist class joined their efforts with the weak British imperialists, and Zionist Jews to create an Empire that has become such a dominant force in the world. This empire sees threats to their dominance from independent actors like Russia and China, and pursue policies to undermine their influence. Such policies, that include regime change, vast military expenditures, and aggressive propaganda campaigns against their opponents, are dangerous to all people, that is, the vast majority of people who are not major capitalists. 

Although the author emphasizes the threat to world peace as being due to the Empire's policies and imperialist actions, he underplays the capitalist nature of the driving force behind such policies. He also hasn't expressed any threat of global warming that the capitalist system necessarily poses to our planet and to a habitat that supports humans and other species. That is where he and I differ.

(You might also be interested in this article entitled "'Tip of the spear': The US Christian movement praying for Trump and Israel" from Middle East Eye.net.)

Saturday, March 23, 2019

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Trump and the War to Save “the War”

Click here to access article by Gordon Duff, a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War, from New Eastern Outlook.

Duff exposes the Global War on Terror (GWOT) scam, for what it is:
Lo and behold, a great threat looms over the Middle East. There is nothing worse for the US and its select allies, Britain, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Germany than peace breaking out. Yet exactly that, the “threat of peace” is taken as far more devastating than terrorism.

America’s biggest enemy in the Middle East today isn’t ISIS, for those who pay attention, more effort has been made by the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and to be honest about it, a host of other nations as well, to save ISIS and al Qaeda from the “axis of evil” than any military effort since Vietnam.

We are, to be honest still, in our eighth year of a war to keep terrorism alive.
And he asks a final unanswered question:
Why would someone want discord and suffering on a global scale? Is money and power really worth it?
This is another confirmation of the theme I have been hammering for the past several years: the capitalist ruling classes behind the Empire are a driven lot. They are thoroughly addicted to the power that capitalism delivers to them via concentrated wealth. Because of this addiction to power, this question becomes irrelevant. The addiction must be satisfied regardless of the consequences which are horrendous. The real question is: are we ordinary people going to tolerate this any longer? Are we prepared to endure whatever "slings and arrows" that we might experience in the immediate future in order to save us from horrors that await us in the long run?

The unfortunate headline implies that Trump is behind these policies. Trump is only one addicted figure among a whole class of capitalists largely within the borders of the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire.

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Surrealism of the Information War

Click here to access article by Gilbert Mercier from News Junkie Post

Mercier first argues that information in this advanced age of technology has failed to live up to its potential of spreading truth; instead under the rule of the capitalist classes (he only implies this) truth becomes like a commodity used to manipulate us to serve the interests of this ruling class. 

Then he launches into a rather profound dissection of truth using the metaphors of the color spectrum and optics to show that truth can not be absolute. I believe that truth cannot be relative (to the interests of the proponent). I also believe that his analysis implies that truth is absolutely democratic in that we all must strive to see the truth about our existence and the truths must spread in an egalitarian fashion based solely on its merits. We humans have thus far used scientific methods, which we developed, to eliminate many falsehoods. However, the ruling classes use these methods not to liberate our minds, but to manipulate truths to maintain their rule.

Ultimately ruling classes, which are always self-serving and owe their ultimate existence to the control of instruments of violence, must be eliminated if humans are to continue to exist. This is because they will always distort truth to serve their interests of securing power and wealth. Because capitalist ruling classes under the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire increasingly see threats to their rule, chief among them is that their system of capitalism fundamentally is in contradiction to a sustainable planet, they are now totally engaged in spreading fake information in order to maintain their rule. Read the article to see if you agree.

US policy failure reopens Iraqi-Syrian borders and the Iran-Beirut road

Click here to access article by Elijah J Magnier from his blog.

Now that the author has gained respect as an astute and honest geopolitical analyst of the Middle East, I no longer have to argue that he is eminently qualified to describe the current US Empire moves in Syria and their effects. 

Sometime around 2010 the Empire strategists decided to employ a chaos strategy (which was honed in previous operations against Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, etc.) to cause a regime change in Syria because that government would not cooperate with Empire's strategy to punish Russia and to prevent further economic ties between Russia and Europe, specifically involving oil/gas pipelines

First, they constructed a phony proxy army which consisted of mostly violent people from the prisons of Saudi Arabia and its satellite states, and riff-raff across the world. This proxy army was funded by Saudi Arabia and its allies, and supported in various ways by the Empire's European satellites, Israel, and Turkey (the latter for mostly different reasons which Russia used to separate Turkey's geopolitical interests from the Empire's). 

Added to the Empire's chaos strategy is the protection and support given to the Syrian Kurds in order to fight against their own proxy army. The Syrian Kurds had held out hopes to have their own territory carved out of Syria, and likely they dreamed of extending it to the Kurdish areas of Iraq. Thus, the Empire's very complicated strategy used various military and political actors for their own objective: to destabilize Syria and cause regime-change. The truth which has been highly fragmented by various independent journalists can now be told after the failure of this grand chaos strategy. Magnier makes a valuable contribution to that effort in this article.
He [Trump] finally ordered his forces to do so after long months of inaction, during which the US effectively offered protection to the terror group and allowed tens of thousands of ISIS militants to move freely to attack the Syrian Army and its allies along the Deir-ezzour al-Bukamal axis. [northeastern Syria]

The significance of Trump’s decision to finally move against ISIS cannot be overestimated. Since 2014 the US has been engaged in a phoney war against ISIS, pretending to fight this brutal takfiri group while in fact allowing it to expand and killing Syrian Army soldiers who actually fought the group. Throughout this time the US has used ISIS as a pretext for the US military presence in Syria. The US did bomb ISIS occupied Raqqah and destroyed it; it then made a deal to deport many thousands of ISIS partisans. But the ongoing Battle of Baghuz marks the first time the US has really fought ISIS. To his credit, Trump is now doing what the US has only pretended to do for five years: actually fighting ISIS. This spectacular and drawn out campaign allows Trump to take credit for defeating ISIS, although for half a decade the forces actually fighting ISIS have been the Syrian Army, Russia, the Iraqi PMU/Hashed al-Shaabi, the Iraqi Army, Lebanese Hezbollah, and Iran.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

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Click here to access article by C.J. Hopkins from his blog Consent Factory, Inc.

In this article the inimitable satirist aims his weapon on the expected Mueller report and the effects it could very well have.  After this, he warns us about the "End of Everything". 
What might  ... be the End of Everything, or might lead us down the road to the End of Everything, is if otherwise intelligent human beings continue to allow themselves to be whipped into fits of mass hysteria and run around behaving like a mindless herd of propaganda-regurgitating zombies whenever the global capitalist ruling classes tell them that “the Russians are coming!” or that “the Nazis are coming!” or that “the Terrorists are coming!”
The Russo-Nazi Terrorists are not coming. The global capitalist ruling classes are putting down a populist insurgency, delegitimizing any and all forms of dissent from their global capitalist ideology and resistance to the hegemony of global capitalism. In the process, they are conditioning people to completely abandon their critical faculties and behave like twitching Pavlovian idiots who will obediently respond to whatever stimuli or blatantly fabricated propaganda the corporate media bombards them with.  

16 Years After Iraq, the US Has Become a Nation of Passive Neocons

Click here to access article by Whitney Webb from Mint Press News (based in Minneapolis).

During this anniversary of the US Empire's invasion of Iraq in 2003, Webb argues that we Americans have become much like our Neocon (Ziocon) masters in the latest iteration of the capitalist ruling class: we simply don't care.
Sixteen years have passed and the memory of the Iraq War is distant for many, save for the millions of people — Iraqi and American alike — who saw their lives destroyed by one of the greatest lies ever sold to the American public.

Yet, while plenty of Americans sleep easy thinking that such an atrocity as the invasion and occupation of Iraq could never happen again, the U.S. government has continuously been involved in many smaller, equally disastrous wars — both seen and unseen — largely thanks to the fact that those who brought us the Iraq War remain both respected and still present in the halls of power.

Indeed, the only thing the domestic outrage over the Iraq War seemed to accomplish has been a massive effort waged by the government and the corporate elite to engineer a public that doesn’t complain and doesn’t care when their government meddles or invades another country.
The ruling class engineers this lack of caring by 1) controlling our thoughts about what is happening in the world; and 2) by keeping us dumbed-down, distracted, and entertained.

Captain Marvel: Money, feminism, militarism and previously “independent” filmmakers

Click here to access a review of the latest corporate-produced film by David Walsh, one of the best film reviewers in the world, posted on World Socialist Web Site.

Walsh exposes the latest film offering by a major corporation with US Air Force support for what it is: a widely promoted film to keep you distracted, entertained, and dumbed-down about the real, dire issues facing humans. The film is loaded with the latest identity politics strategy of  our masters in the capitalist ruling class:
Captain Marvel is truly “corporate entertainment”—i.e., the very process by which it came into being prevents it from being entertaining or enlightening in any meaningful fashion.

This type of large-scale, officially sponsored filmmaking, whose success is avidly promoted and tracked by the media and business publications in particular, inevitably intersects and overlaps with other aspects of American establishment culture. In the case of Captain Marvel, this means militarism and feminism specifically.

The US Air Force was involved in the production of Captain Marvel. 

“Into the Storm” [Au coeur d'une revolution populaire]: A Short Film Devoted to Yellow Vests Act 18 in Paris

Click here if you wish to access a 23:35m film by French camera operator Julien Rogue and introduction directly from Stalker Zone

You won't find this material on any corporate or so-called "public media" like PBS, NPR, BBC, etc. because the ruling capitalist class wants to keep you dumbed-down and easily controlled.
French camera operator Julien Rogue, who was present on March 16th in Paris when the Yellow Vests made it clear to Macron that his fake “grand debate” will not succeed to sweep national discontent under the carpet, has made and published a 24-minute film entitled “Into the storm: At the heart of a popular revolution”, the introductory text of which is translated and presented below…
A film created in the heart of act 18 of the Yellow Vests in Paris on March 16th 2019. I bring you with me on this totally incredible day, where chaos mixes with hope, witnessing extraordinary violence, immersion in the heart of Paris, but also, through the spectrum of my lens, to relive this day, which will go down in the history as one of the most violent of the Yellow Vests movement. I wanted to make a summary of what I experienced during act 18 in Paris, but then… I didn’t have the words.

So, in the face of so many things to say and so much to describe, I preferred to leave room for images, showing all that I could film through this film.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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The Yellow Vests: a leftist movement which does not want to be called leftist! [Part 3 of 3]

Click here to access article by Dimitris Konstantakopoulos, a Greek journalist, posted on United World (based in Turkey). 
It is precisely because of their willingness to succeed that the “masses” isolate anything that could divide them or have a negative impact on the movement’s further development. For example, despite the fact that 70% of the demands of the movement are identical to the political programme of the left-wing “France Insoumise”, the Vests have so far prevented it from playing any significant role in their activities, keeping their distance from it.

Hence, in France, at present, we see the development of a movement which seems to be very “left-wing” in terms of principles, ideas, demands, values or slogans, but which does not wish to be called “left”.

Besides, the “radicalism” of French society, as in other western countries, is manifested towards both the “radical left” and the “radical right” and in the ranks of the Yellow Vest movement one can find supporters and even cadres of parties from both ends of the political spectrum, as well as apolitical citizens. Thus, if the Yellow Vests were to start expressing any political party preferences, they would automatically lose part of the support they enjoy, becoming an easy target for their opponents and undermining their struggle.

A Conspiracy Theorist Confesses to his Petty Crimes

Click here to access article by Edward Curtin from his blog.

Curtin with his tongue very much in his cheek confesses to his petty crimes of formulating conspiracy theories. 

Be sure to access the link to the CIA’s 1967 secret Dispatch. Yes, here is documented proof that a secret, a publicly unaccountable branch of the government has been engaging in psychological warfare on American citizens to counter any questioning of the Deep State's nefarious activities. Shocking! (sarcasm)
Specifically, in April 1967, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term “conspiracy theories” … and recommended methods for discrediting such theories.  The dispatch was marked “psych” –  short for “psychological operations” or disinformation –  and “CS” for the CIA’s “Clandestine Services” unit.

The dispatch was produced in responses to a Freedom of Information Act request by the New York Times in 1976.

The dispatch states:

Venezuela — Interview with Stalin Pérez Borges: “It will be very difficult to defeat us.”

Click here to access the interview posted by Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal. 
(Because the interview was first posted in Spanish on February 7, it must have occurred before then.)

A representative from this website interviewed an important union leader from Valencia, an important industrial center in Venezuela. I believe he offers an important analysis of the Empire's latest effort at "regime change" against the government of Venezuela together with the internal problems and possibilities of resistance from the Chavista forces which have grown over the past 20 years. (Having said that, I think you can skip Borges' rather confusing and lengthy answer to the question "What did you think of the recent meeting of members of the Citizens’ Platform for the Defence of the Constitution with Juan Guaidó?") 
Before commenting on the current political crisis, how would you describe the social and economic crisis in Venezuela today?

This question leads to a very long answer, so I apologise if it gets tiresome. The economic and social crisis has grown exponentially for about five years now, and has got to this rotten state of hyper-inflation that we’re barely coping with, and which is breaking world records. This is the cause for the huge discontent that we have at this stage and for the important change in the correlation of political power in this juncture. In my opinion this is a consequence of three fundamental facts: two of them circumstantial, and one structural.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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JPMorgan Managing Director Dies Suddenly; Has Links to Other JPM Deaths

Click here to access article by Pam Martens from Wall Street on Parade.

The Martens have been covering banking issues for a long time, and Pam Martens have noticed a strange recurring incidence of bankers, particularly bankers employed by JP Morgan, jumping out of upper story windows to their deaths and other rather strange suicides. She has also noticed the strange silence that accompanies these suicides.
... when it comes to JPMorgan Chase and law enforcement, there does not seem to be a morsel of curiosity over the continuing sudden deaths of its computer technology workers – no matter how high up the corporate ladder they rank or how many floors they are alleged to fall to their death.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Venezuela: The Next Syria?

Click here to access article by Donald Courter from United World (based in Turkey). (updated)
We’re being led to believe it’s all doom and gloom in Venezuela. The mainstream media is rapid-firing reports of a deepening humanitarian crisis. An evil dictator, Nicolas Maduro, is holding his country hostage from democracy, they say, while his people starve. Venezuelans are reportedly fleeing by the thousands while the government blocks «aid» shipments from the U.S.’ ally, Colombia. And almost every day, a quick google search will bring you new «news» articles claiming Maduro will be overthrown by his own people sooner than you can say "Hands Off Venezuela".
You may also be interested in an article entitled "Venezuela Coup Leader's Oil Plans Revealed: Guaidó Hopes to Privatize State-Controlled Industry" by Ben Norton from The Grayzone.

The new faces of Jewish-American resistance to Israel

Click here to access article by Azad Essa from MiddleEastEye.net

The author provides quotes from many young Jewish-Americans regarding their opposition to Zionist policies and actions, and the Zionist government in Israel. You won't hear these voices in US corporate and so-called public media. 

You may also be interested in the latest post entitled "‘Rule of law’ states defend Israel’s cold blooded murder of peaceful demonstrators while trying to rob Venezuela of its oil" by Stephan Gowans in which he writes:
... Israeli murderers gun down Palestinians who peacefully demand what is due to them as human beings, and this passes without comment by the self-proclaimed defenders of the rule of law. In Western capitals, the only discussion about Israel is one pivoting on the contrived concept of the ‘new’ anti-Semitism, an all too transparent ploy to suppress criticism of Al Capone’s crimes, while John Dillinger gets on with robbing Venezuela of its treasure trove of oil and gold.

Mar 15 walks: I don't see a 'crisis' in Caracas? Where does MSM get their info? [post updated]

Independent journalist Eva Bartlett recently traveled to Venezuela to see what economic conditions were like, and she in this video via YouTube compares her experience with the Empire's propaganda issued by corporate and so-called public media corporations like NPR and BBC. 

This is likely the first of many reports by Bartlett regarding the situation in Venezuela.

You may also be interested in another report entitled "On the Ground in Venezuela vs. the Media Spectacle" from independent British observers who have been on the streets of Caracas and other places in Venezuela.
British photojournalist Alan Gignoux and Venezuelan journalist-filmmaker Carolina Graterol, both based in London, went to Venezuela for a month to shoot a documentary for a major global TV channel. They talked with journalist Paul Cochrane about the mainstream media’s portrayal of Venezuela compared to their experiences on the ground.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

On Contact: Extinction Rebellion [segment 2 of the interview]

Click here if you wish to directly access Chris Hedge's interview with the British head of Extinction Rebellion from RT America. (Segment 1 largely deals with the objective of Extinction Rebellion and its global strategy to non-violently deal with the overwhelming signs of man-made altering of ecosystem to the point that we now face extinction if we continue emitting carbon into the atmosphere. You can skip segment 1 if you are already aware of this threat.)
Some environmental activists argue the only way to stop the impending ecocide is to carry out nonviolent acts of civil disobedience to shut down the capitals of the major industrial countries, crippling commerce and transportation until the ruling elites are forced to publicly state the truth about climate catastrophe, implement radical measure to halt carbon emissions by 2025, and empower an independent citizens committee to oversee the termination of our 150-year binge on fossil fuels. UK-based group Extinction Rebellion has called for nonviolent acts of civil disobedience on April 15 in capitals around the world to reverse our “one-way track to extinction.” Joining Chris Hedges in the second part of a two-part discussion from London is Roger Hallam, the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion.

In this segment of the interview, both participants emphasize the non-violent nature of the protests. I think this is completely naive. They both see the need to be realistic in proposing their strategy of massive non-violence, but in doing so I think they are being unrealistic about the drugged rule of their adversaries.

Throughout my many years of warnings about the threat of extinction, I have always emphasized the drugged nature of our adversaries in the dominant capitalist ruling classes that make up the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire. The organization of the Empire reflects their own makeup of the latest iteration of capitalist rule (neoliberalism): the transnational character of their rule and the globalization of their activities based on the old cornerstone of capitalism--the sanctity of private ownership of the economy using a hierarchical system of authority. Because of this hierarchical system that they necessarily employ, a relatively few people that makeup this ruling class determine how the rest of humans will participate in their societies. Most important of all is that this capitalist system is fundamentally in conflict with our biosphere, but their addiction to power and the basic conflict between capitalism and a sustainable planet prevents them from acknowledging that fact.

I insist that we recognize the drugged nature of these people: they are thoroughly addicted to power that the system of capitalism delivers to them. Addiction is a strong word, but I use it deliberately to indicate the reality of their irrational behavior that is inevitably leading to the extinction of all of us whether capitalist or ordinary people.

The unrealistic nature of the strategy that Hallam is proposing is based on massive participation to shut down the capitalist organization of most of the world's economies. Both Hedges and Hallam wrap themselves in the completely unrealistic righteous clothing of non-violence. But we are not dealing with rational people. We are confronting a very powerful and addicted tiny class of people who have demonstrated over and over that they will stop at nothing to preserve their power. Thus, we must not advocate the violent overthrow of this regime, but be ready as best we can to confront their violence with our own violent power in defense of our objective--a sustainable planet. To do anything less is to accept defeat which means our disappearance from the Earth. We won't have a second chance at devising a new strategy. We must put everything into this effort to save ourselves if we want to continue our very existence as a human species. 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

It’s the Green New Deal or Else

Click here to access article by Paul Street from Strategic Culture Foundation
Now that we understand these economic realities [as presented to us by capitalist class "experts"], we can prepare—without rebellion, with calm acceptance and within the limits of our stagnant incomes—for our coming extinction. Onward with the coming macroeconomic ecocide. [satire]

Except, wait. Hold on. Maybe Ohanian
[one of the "experts"] is full of petroligarchic crap. Maybe there’s still hope for the species after all.
He is, and there is [maybe].   [my insertions]

The road to hell

By cartoonist Max Gustafson from his website.

Friday, March 15, 2019

3-5°C temperature rise is now ‘locked-in’ for the Arctic

Click here to access the latest press release from the United Nation's Environment Programme. 
Nairobi, 13 March 2019 – Even if the world were to cut emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, winter temperatures in the Arctic would rise 3-5°C by 2050 and 5-9°C by 2080, devastating the region and unleashing sea level rises worldwide, finds a new report by UN Environment.

Meanwhile, rapidly thawing permafrost could even accelerate climate change further and derail efforts to meet the Paris Agreement’s long-term goal of limiting the rise in global temperature to 2°C, warns Global Linkages - A graphic look at the changing Arctic.
More bad news that will be ignored or pushed to the back pages of corporate newspapers so that the implications of this latest news will not discourage anyone from getting into their vehicle to go shopping, flying across country, generally engaging in business as usual, or questioning the capitalist system that makes all these activities (and much more) essential to the functioning of the system. We wouldn't want to interfere with the tiny class of capitalists getting drug-fixes from their obsessive pursuit of profits and power, would we? 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

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Yellow Vests: The search for a “collective Robespierre”, for a new Incorruptible!

Click here to access article by Dimitris Konstantakopoulos, a Greek journalist, posted on United World (based in Turkey).  (A "best post".)

I'm beginning to regard the author as a very deep thinker. 

In this article he has reported on conversations with various people in France in order to make make sense of the Yellow Vest movement. He has learned much. The ordinary French people are coming together, learning from each other and their rich history of revolution, and from all appearances, to be in an incipient stage of developing a revolutionary consciousness that could challenge the rule of their neoliberal masters (the current rule of transnational capitalists). 
The French popular classes have proven that they possess enough accumulated social intelligence and political experience, on the one hand, to demolish the arguments of the Neoliberals and, on the other, to articulate their demands of radical control of the political system, long ago bought and controlled by the Financial Oligarchy.

Richard Wolff on the money behind Brexit

Economist Wolff gives his interpretation of what in going on in Britain over the Brexit issue.

But first, RT reporter Eisa Ali brings up-to-date on the main facts about Brexit, the past vote to leave membership in the European Union. The main facts are that Britain is not prepared for leaving which by law is March 29th because they don't have import taxes and customs like they did before. Perhaps the Parliament will simply extend this deadline beyond March 29, 2019. 

The socialist economist sees it as the British people's surprising rejection of the economy since the collapse in 2008, much like the surprising election of Trump in the USA, and pits the rich financial sector against the people in general who are dissatisfied with the continuing poor economic conditions.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Max Blumenthal: Report From the Real Venezuela

R. J. Eskow of the Zero Hour, a channel of YouTube, interviews Max Blumenthal, who has recently returned from Venezuela. 

Having visited Venezuela at the end of 2005 and followed events there closely many years thereafter, I had some basis for evaluating Blumenthal's report. I found his observations to be completely credible. But I was surprised at one of his statements.

He said starting at 8:58m after describing a protest demonstration at the east end of Caracas, the rich district, that he witnessed the end of the coup attempt. Thus, he clearly implies that if the Empire's regime-change project is going to succeed that a US invasion or some proxy invasion would be necessary. I regard this implication as completely unrealistic from an even imperialist point of view. 

I think the whole project of regime-change in Venezuela was a result of an almost hysterical attempt to salvage the Empire's costly defeat in Syria. I now think that this regime-change defeat has broken the Empire's back, so to speak, and the rather slow disintegration of the domination of the Empire is in progress. I see indications everywhere. The following posts I read today support this view: Video: The Price of US “Protection” Is Skyrocketing. Donald Trump’s “Ransom Money” Exacted from America’s Allies, Are we witnessing a new wave of the Arab Spring?, President Rouhani Visits Iraq in broad daylight, The End of Truth as We Know It – Or Knew It along with the ongoing Yellow Vest movement in France. Maybe I'm engaging in wishful thinking--you decide.

If I am correct, this view ultimately portends dramatic changes for the standard of living for ordinary people in the USA. Who knows where this will lead?

Wealth Concentration Drives a New Global Imperialism

Click here to access article by Peter Phillips from Project Censored. (I thank an activist for alerting me to this article.)

This professor of sociology summarizes a lot of material to indicate that the system of capitalism is presently literally deadly for the vast majority of humans. The system only serves a tiny minority and it compels them to engage in activities that result in ever greater concentrations of wealth which inevitably results in greater extremes of inequality, wars, the destruction of our habitat, and in the end the extinction of humans (although this is only implied). He states what is becoming obvious to most thinking, unbrainwashed people. 

What Phillips and other thinking people should have been doing is actively engaging in activities that undermine the system by engaging in revolutionary activities to change the system. Perhaps he in his pursuit of an educational career has tried to do this by creating greater awareness of the destructive tendencies of capitalism. However, these aware individuals have been isolated mostly in universities and being few in number mostly as a result of capitalist control of all agencies of indoctrination. 

Many people in other countries, in China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Syria, etc, are waking up to the destruction forces of the system and are fighting back. The story of humans is not yet finished.  

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Nasrallah on the End of US Hegemony: Trump will Leave the Middle East, Region Already Reshaping

Click here to access this interview with Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah Secretary General conducted by Ghassan Ben Jeddou, founder of the pan-Arab and anti-imperialist Al-Mayadeen TV channel in Lebanon originally posted on Resistance News, Unfilitered which is banned from YouTube by its owner, Google. The posts are picked up and apparently translated by The Unz Review for viewers in the USA. ("Sayed" is an honorary title.)

I listened to both parts of the interview that was held on January 26 on the Lebanese TV station which was very recently posted on this website. I was very impressed with Nasrallah's analysis because it brought together so much I have learned from my readings, research, and posts on this website/blog.

I would go further by arguing that the colonial powers (Britain, USA, and France) are primarily responsible for the turmoil and suffering that has occurred especially recently in the Middle East. This was implied by one of the statements that Nasrallah made (at about 14:24m in the second segment); to paraphrase: the governments would not exist in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Egypt (essentially the old Arab League) without the support of the US Empire. And, of course, Israel should be included. Thus, the conflicts that have divided this region would not exist, although Turkey might still be a problem.

Obama’s ‘Hope and Change’ was a ‘mirage’ says Ilhan Omar

Click here to access article from The Canary (Britain) which gathered the Congresswoman's (Minneapolis voting district) comments from a much longer interview posted on Politico.
The “hope and change” offered by former President Barack Obama was a “mirage”, according to Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

She made the comments during a recent interview with Politico. Politico contrasted Omar, a newly elected US Democratic Party representative from Minnesota, with Dean Phillips, a wealthy businessman. Minnesotans also recently elected Phillips to congress, whom Politico characterised as a centrist and pragmatist.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Anti-Semitism Pandemic!

Click here to access article by C. J. Hopkins from Consent Factory, Inc.

Hopkins aims his spectacularly endowed satirical weapons on a "virus" that is taking control over the minds of people in the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire: antisemitism! This attack is most virulent in Britain. And it's likely coming to America, if not already here! "Read all about it." The Zionist world is especially upset at this development (see this, this, and this). Hopkins concludes with this sage advice:
... get out those vintage plague doctor masks, lock your critical thinking up in your anti-anti-Semitism safe room, and pull up Schindler’s List on Netflix … oh, and don’t forget to scour the Internet for any criticism of the capitalist ruling classes, or the corporate media, or neoliberalism, or any other anti-Semitic tropes!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Maduro’s claim that Washington has used cyberwarfare to bring down Venezuela’s power grid cannot be so easily dismissed

Click here to access article by Stephen Gowans from his blog What's Left.

As the corporate media and so-called "public media" are urging us to believe that the Maduro government's failings are responsible for the power outage in Venezuela, Gowans argues with documentation and the history of the US's record about causing chaos in countries in which it desires regime change that agents of the USA is more likely the cause of the power outage.
To be sure, there is, at this point, no concrete evidence that Washington has sabotaged Venezuela’s electrical grid, but it has the capability to do so, a record of using cyberattacks against countries slated for regime change, a motivation to throw Venezuela into crisis, and a game plan it has used repeatedly in other countries.

The US hand may be absent from this week’s power failures in Venezuela, but chances are it wasn’t.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

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The Empire's YouTube strikes again!

Inside the neoliberal laboratory preparing for the theft of Venezuela’s economy

Click here to access article by Canadian Justin Podur from his blog.

This article illustrates the latest use of co-option by the ruling capitalist class to assimilate the well-trained upper-middle class to support the project of advanced capitalist US/Anglo/Zionist Empire--world domination. Because these people have had years of training and survived the filtering out process of institutions of "higher learning", they have been selected from the top universities of the Empire (such as Harvard) to engage their well-honed talents to the Empire's regime-change project in Venezuela. They will be well rewarded by enjoying safe, highly paid careers in academia.
... US foreign policy mobilizes every available resource for regime change and for counterinsurgency. Among those resources, you will always find academics. The pen may not always be mightier than the sword, but behind every US-backed war on a foreign people there will be a body of scholarly work.

The academic laboratory of the Venezuelan coup has the highest academic pedigree of all—it’s housed at Harvard.

As the World Burns: Hurtling Towards an Unlivable Planet

Click here to access article by Paul Street from CounterPunch

This the first article I've encountered from a (legitimate) fringe left-wing online website/blog (given that the US political spectrum has shifted rather dramatically to the right in this new century) that deals explicitly with the end of humans simply because the end is in sight and it can no longer be ignored. Expect many more such articles in our limited future as we stare into the headlights of our disappearance as a species. 

Street even knows what is responsible for this catastrophe with his coining of the word "capitalogenic". However, he implicitly regards this species ending event as "unthinkable" by presenting so much evidence that spells our doom as a species, but still holding out, rather lamely, hopeful remarks that we can still change things and save ourselves. His final paragraph illustrates this:
The reigning political and media “elite” is happy to keep capitalogenic global warming on the public margins until long past the last ecological tipping points are passed. They can be counted on them to fiddle and diddle through the species’ final, fossil-fueled flame-out. It is an existential necessity to create a new culture, media, and politics with the elementary natural and social intelligence required to properly prioritize the most pressing problems of our time.
I am frequently guilty of doing the same thing in my commentaries, but in my saner moments I simply want to seek revenge on a tiny capitalist class that has caused our disappearance from the Earth. This is no ordinary crime. 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Presstitutes Turn Blind Eye to UN Report on Venezuela

Click here to access article by Paul Craig Roberts from his blog. (I thank a longtime environmental activist for alerting me to this post.)

This originator of the word "presstitutes" points out the rather obvious imperialist bias in reports by the "presstitutes employed by Western media corporations of recent events in Venezuela in order to secure their careers and prepare your minds to accept another of the Empire's regime change operations.
Don’t you think something is fishy when the presstitutes orchestrate a fake news “humanitarian crisis” in Venezuela, but totally ignore the real humanitarian crises in Yemen and Gaza? 

Don’t you think something is really very rotten when the expert, Alfred Mauricer de Zayas,  sent by the UN to Venezuela to evaluate the situation finds no interest by any Western media or any Western government in his report?

Don’t you think it is a bit much for Washington to steal $21 billion of Venezuela’s money, impose sanctions in an effort to destabalize the country and to drive the Venezuelan government to its knees, blame Venezuelan socialism (essentially nationalization of the oil company) for bringing “starvation to the people,” and offer a measely $21 million in “humanitarian aid.”

Netflix’s Trotsky: A toxic combination of historical fabrication and blatant anti-Semitism

Click here to access article by David North and Clara Weiss from World Socialist Web Site

Once again we learn about the Empire's attempt to manage our thoughts and views about history in order to support their anti-socialist propaganda. This time it is a film series about Trotsky (streamed), one of history's great supporters and promoters of socialism, a system that promotes real democracy and egalitarianism--a system that does away with concentrated power and wealth and which all capitalists fear. This film series illustrate what real antisemitism looks like.
What is being presented by Netflix is not history. It is not even an artistic fictionalization of history, in which certain liberties have been taken for legitimate dramatic purposes. Netflix’s series is a monstrously reactionary exercise in historical falsification. There is not a single scene that attempts to depict historical events with any discernable degree of accuracy. Most of the scenes are grotesque fabrications. Not a single character, least of all Leon Trotsky, bears any resemblance to the historical figure the series purports to represent.

To state the issue posed by this series as bluntly and precisely as possible: Netflix’s Trotsky is the most explicitly and unrelentingly anti-Semitic film that has ever been presented to an American and international television audience.

US House broadly condemns hate amid divide over Ilhan Omar

Click here to access article from Al Jazeera. (Note that Rep. Ilhan Omar is a US Congresswoman from a district in Minneapolis.)
"I want to talk about ... political influence in this country that says it's OK for people to push for allegiance for a foreign country," Omar said during a Washington, DC event. "I want to ask why is it OK for me to talk about influence of the NRA, or fossil fuels industries, or big pharma, and not to talk about powerful lobbying that is influencing policy."

After the event, Jonathan Greenblatt, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi that the comments were a "vile anti-Semitic slur". Some in the House, including Eliot Engel and Nita Lowey, publicly criticised Omar and demanded an apology. 
You may also be interested in a post from Guns and Butter in which Bonnie Faulkner, the show's host, interviews Alison Weir for about one hour.
We discuss Alison Weir’s extended essay, published as a pamphlet, “The International Campaign to Criminalize Criticism of Israel”; the traditional definition of anti-Semitism and the new “improved” 3-D definition of anti-Semitism; the history of the campaign to criminalize criticism of Israel; the many international and national organizations that have adopted and promote the new definition; policing the new anti-Semitism on college campuses; thought crime; AIPAC and ADL; the crack-down on pro-Palestinian political activity; the multiple hundreds of groups that lobby for Israel; current congressional legislation.

Texts show Portland police collaborated with hate group

Click here to access article by Steve McNalley from Liberation

A rare find involving text communication between a police lieutenant and a local fascist group, Patriot Prayer, and published by a local Portland (OR) newspaper, Willamette Weekly, is an illustration of the functions of police to protect the ruling capitalist class. Whenever the ruling class is threatened they turn to violent groups to salvage their rule. The classic example of this is in the Great Depression of the 1930s when numerous workers' parties sprung up all over the West. Many US and other European capitalists supported and funded the Nazi Party in Germany. (See also my commentary here for an elaboration in history of this tendency.)

McNalley offers an excellent general observation that the Portland incident illustrates:
These events speak to the historically prevalent trend in the United States of police forces working hand-in-hand with the ultra-right. This is evident from the history of policing as an institution in this country, including their origins as slave catchers and union busters, the coordinated attacks on the Black liberation movement, and the continued over-policing of peaceful protests at Standing Rock and of the Black Lives Matter movement. The police do not exist to protect the people. The police exist to protect the interests of the ruling class and the capitalist system that keeps the majority of people marginalized and oppressed. To that end, they will continue to join forces with violent reactionary groups like PP [Patriot Prayer] who uphold the status quo through force and intimidation. Only by overturning the capitalist system can we hope to effectively and permanently end the threat posed to our communities by groups like PP and the police forces that enable and support them. [my emphasis and insertion]

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Propaganda Multiplier

Click here to access article from Swiss Propaganda Research. (a "best post")
It is one of the most important aspects of our media system – and yet hardly known to the public: most of the international news coverage in Western media is provided by only three global news agencies based in New York, London and Paris.
The key role played by these agencies means that Western media often report on the same topics, even using the same wording. In addition, governments, military and intelligence services use these global news agencies as multipliers to spread their messages around the world.
A study of the Syria war coverage by nine leading European newspapers clearly illustrates these issues: 78% of all articles were based in whole or in part on agency reports, yet 0% on investigative research. Moreover, 82% of all opinion pieces and interviews were in favor of the US and NATO intervention, while propaganda was attributed exclusively to the opposite side.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Dilemma: Eventually Silicon Valley Will Fall…

Click here to access article by Caleb Maupin from New Eastern Outlook. (Updated at 12:15 PM CT on Friday, March 8, 2019 to include video from RT.)

Maupin uses an historical context regarding the use of propaganda that justifies the rule of powerful social-economic ruling classes to their own populations. His take on Zuckerberg and his Facebook is that he is defending against ruling class pressure to increase the aggressive use of ruling class propaganda in order to prolong the life of Facebook. Because Zuckerberg knows history (according to Maupin), he knows that excessive disinformation can hurt his powerful profit machine and his virtual monopoly over social media.
Sections of the political establishment seem to be demanding that Mark Zuckerberg use his power to shut down speech they deem to be harmful, specifically speech that undermines the narratives of US foreign policy. And while Facebook has certainly done this on multiple occasions, certain powerful voices perceive some reluctance in this censorship and are quite angry about it.

But the reality is, if Facebook becomes too strict and heavy-handed, those seeking alternative views will go elsewhere. This result would be far more damaging to both Zuckerberg and the political establishment in the long term.
As the headline suggests, Maupin sees Zuckerberg's reluctance to these pressures as only temporary.

(You may be interested in this RT video indicating that younger people are getting off of Facebook.)

(If this article was of interest to you, you might also find another article entitled "On TEDx, Gene Therapy, Profits, and Criminal Thinking" by Phil Butler from the same source.)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The beginning of a social “Stalingrad” in Europe: the Yellow Vests against the totalitarian Empire of Finance (part 1 of 3)

Click here to access article by Dimitris Konstantakopoulos from United World, a leftist Turkey-based site. (Updated at 1 PM CT to provide a link to the reference in the article to Mirabeau.)

This is one of the most insightful articles I've seen on the Yellow Vest movement in France. For example, one insight of his got me thinking that it had meaning for the election of Trump. When he asked a French minority party official, Asselineau: 
Can this Rebellion “carnival” turn into a real Revolution? “What is happening in your country? Is it a rebellion? Can we say that it is a Revolution?” I ask Francois Asselineau , a man well acquainted with French history and EU treaties, deeply Gaullist in his ideology and leader of a small party which campaigns for the exit of France from the EU and NATO.
The author writes:
I understand that he is troubled and hesitates to answer – just as with anyone else to whom I have asked the same question. He finally turns to me “I don’t know. Something is missing. There is a portion of the people not ready to risk everything”.
I hear him and what comes to my mind is Wilhelm Reich’s diagnosis. This renowned Marxist-Freudian writer of the inter-war period contributed one of the most insightful analyses of Nazism and was expelled from both the Communist Party and the International Psychoanalytic Association due to his nonconformist and critical thinking. He wrote that the Germans had it bad in the 1930s because they wanted a Revolution but they were afraid of it. Instead of doing it themselves they appointed Hitler to do it for them – and the rest is history.
Also, reference to Mirabeau, a figure of the French Revolution, is made here

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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Hopefully, he means system change because regime change from one capitalist party to another will change very little, if anything.

Joao Pedro Stédile: “Venezuela is Extremely Important Because it is the Battle of This Century”

Click here to access an interview with Stédile conducted by Carlos Aznarez posted on Internationalist 360°. 
This past week’s Latin American Summary covered everything that happened at the International People’s Assembly (AIP), held in Caracas, in solidarity with the people and government of Venezuela represented by Nicolás Maduro. Almost 500 delegates from 90 countries of the world attended the event, and one of the most ardent supporters of this initiative in the last two years is the leader of the Landless Movement of Brazil, Joao Pedro Stédile.
I was quite impressed with the political sophistication of Brazilian activist Stédile, and now hold much hope for the continuing struggle in Venezuela, which could very well be pivotal, against the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire that is currently ravishing the world's people, threatening catastrophic global wars, and destroying the biosphere that we all depend on. Read the details. (By the way, "MST" refers to Brazil's Landless Workers' Movement.)

Charter School Promoters Terrified of Growing Opposition to Their Full-Frontal Assault on Public Education

Click here to access article by Shawgi Tell from Dissident Voice
Charter schools mainly enrich major owners of capital while masquerading as education arrangements that “empower parents,” “increase choice,” “serve the kids,” and “close the achievement gap.” The rich and those who wittingly and unwittingly agree with them believe that the chaos, anarchy, and violence of the so-called “free market” is a modern and socially responsible way to organize mass public education in a society based on mass industrial production.

Because the tide is slowly but surely turning against their wrecking activities, supporters and beneficiaries of charter schools are becoming even more arrogant and belligerent in their efforts to expand charter schools.

The Fascinating Spell Cast by Weasels

Click here to access article by Edward Curtin from his blog Behind the Curtain.

Curtin expresses his thoughts about one of three human weaknesses that looks increasingly likely to cause the extinction of humans--the fascination of humans for weasel-like others who exude authority and power:
It’s still the same old story, a gory story of the fight to dominate and control that is coterminous with human history or longer. It is an ancient myth that we still live by.  As in days of old, the siren song is often sexual in nature, not sexual in the passionately loving sense, not an encounter between two unknowns seeking to discover each other, but an instrumental sexual enticement wrapped in power, prestige, money, false charm and fake bravado whose purpose is domination.
The other two are: the seduction of power that often leads to the corruption of people (related to the latter weakness), and the lure of immediate gratification in place of an ability to assess developments in the future that might pose threats .  

Monday, March 4, 2019

Financial Imperialism-The Case of Venezuela

Click here to access article by Jack Rasmus from his blog. 

By reading this article you will learn about the details of the 21st century's method of imperialism developed by the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire to destabilize (or to regime-change) governments, using Venezuela as an illustration, that interfere with the Empire's quest for profits and power to the extent of global domination. (Venezuela is much more vulnerable to this method of attack than are Iran, Russia, and China.)
Financial imperialism has been waged against Venezuela for decades, but the attack on Venezuela employing financial measures has recently intensified as the US neocons and imperialists have accelerated their plans to launch a more direct attack by political means, including military, to force regime change in Venezuela. At the center of the on-going, and now intensifying, financial warfare against the country by the US are measures designed to destroy Venezuela’s currency.

The Prisoner Says No to Big Brother

Click here to access article by John Pilger from his blog.

Pilger reports on a recent visit with Julian Assange in which the parallels between Julian Assange and George Orwell's characters and themes are striking.  He uses Assange's courageous example to inspire all of us to:
... stop scrolling. Organise. Occupy. Insist. Persist. Make a noise. Take direct action. Be brave and stay brave. Defy the thought police.

War is not peace, freedom is not slavery, ignorance is not strength. If Julian can stand up to Big Brother, so can you: so can all of us.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

If capitalism must end, what should replace it?

Click here to access article by Michael D, Yates posted on Climate & Capitalism
The consequences of capital’s drive to accumulate are those outlined in the first paragraphs above. These will, without doubt, intensify in the coming years, with more and more wealth concentrated at the top, with those at the bottom enduring nothing but suffering, with the planet heating up and making human life increasingly precarious. This means that we are doomed unless radical, all-encompassing change takes place. There are two implications of this.
Read the article to find out the details about these two implications, and about what a new social system could look like.

Caracas Chronicles, Part I of an Ongoing Series

Click here to access article by Ken Silverstein from WashingtonBabylon.com.
I just got back from Venezuela and I’ll be writing a lot about the country next week. Virtually everything you read or see about it in the U.S. media is a lie. And to be clear, I don’t mean skewed or misleading or incomplete, I mean a lie.
This independent observer continues on to report what he actually saw on his visit to Venezuela. 

If this article of is interest to you, you might also be interested in the CIA's record of the USA's interference in Venezuelan affairs by reading "The CIA’s View of Venezuela: What We Learn From the Archives" by T.J. Coles from TeleSur

Reshaping the Middle East: why the West should stop its Interventions (part 3)

Click here to access article by Elijah J. Magnier from his blog. (part 1 and part 2) (Updated at 11:33 AM CT to include a link to an article by Zuesse.)

In this segment (the last?) one of the world's top (independent) journalists continues to write about all the reasons "why the West should stop its interventions" both in the form of military invasions either directly or by proxy and economic sanctions. This record which he punctuates with graphic illustrations demonstrates that the US, Anglo, Zionist Empire's interventions have caused one disaster after another in the region. But, of course, that is no concern of our criminal masters in the transnational capitalist class who are "the deciders" of these interventions. They want nothing short of control of the entire world. (They already control us through our minds with their use of indoctrination and 24/7 propaganda.)

Friday, March 1, 2019

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  • Carbon Taxes Won’t Stop Climate Change by Brian O'Boyle from Rebel (Republic of Ireland). The author gives you the history of the carbon tax fix in Ireland offered by Irish capitalists to cope with global warming. This is the same story, except for details, throughout the capitalist world; and their fix has not changed, nor was it meant to, the destabilization of our climate.
Pablo Navarrete reports from Venezuela, where Pablo Allende – grandson of former Chilean President Salvador Allende – gives a chilling summary of how the US and its allies have destabilised left-wing governments in Latin America and beyond to further their own imperialist interests.
As Al Capone once said, "Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class." 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

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Returning Syrian Refugees Were Fleeing US Proxy War, Not “Assad”

Click here to access article by Tony Cartalucci from New Eastern Outlook
Why would people – enjoying refugee status in neighboring countries and even in Europe, risk returning to Syria where “brutal dictator” Bashar Al Assad not only still remains in power – but has decisively defeated his opponents through the use of “barrel bombs,” “chemical weapons,” and other forms of indescribable brutality?

The answer is simple – refugees were fleeing the US-backed war and the terrorists it had armed to divide and destroy the country – not the Syrian government. The vast majority of Syria’s displaced remained inside Syria – and simply moved into areas under government protection. Now with many other areas of the country having security restored by government forces with Russian and Iranian backing – hundreds of thousands more are returning from abroad, including from Europe – according to the BBC itself.

Great effort had been put into misrepresenting the refugee crisis the Syrian conflict triggered – specifically because the specifics of the crisis clearly revealed who Syrians were really fleeing and why. Analysis of Syria’s internally displaced refugees was intentionally and systematically omitted by the BBC and other Western media organizations in their reports over the years to obfuscate the fact refugees were fleeing militants, and voluntarily returning once militants were pushed out of various regions across Syria.
Cartalucci concludes that the BBC does not report news, but functions purely as a propaganda machine. He should also have concluded that all Empire-controlled media corporations serve the US/Anglo/Zionist Empire, and as such are all propaganda machines.

This transnational Empire controls not only their media corporations, but all institutions (for the latest example, see this) in the nations under their control; and they, like never before, insure that all institutions serve their capitalist Empire. When this control breaks down, our capitalist masters have no hesitation and no qualms about calling out their military forces to impose violence on their populations. France is the current illustration. The Empire's capitalism has inevitably evolved into fascism with their thorough use of deception and violence, the last stage of capitalism.

All ruling classes, and especially the capitalist ruling class which has refined deception into nearly a science. They rely on deception to maintain their illegitimate exploitation of working people. Nowadays I witness deception everywhere in corporate media coverage as well as in statements made by official representatives of the ruling class. Being retired, I am fortunate to have the time to read in order to check out sources, but the average working stiff has little time left over after struggling to survive, and thus is rather easily deceived. When they can no longer deceive working people is when they resort to the mailed fist of fascism. So where lies hope?

It appears to me that the capitalist system now faces some unsolvable crises, crises beyond the usual ones of boom and bust, wars, widening gaps between rich and poor, uncontrollable and ever expanding debt that characterize capitalism. Now the capitalists’ obsession with never ending pursuits of profits and power have come up against finite environmental limits for many decades. Their obsession is constantly degrading the environment and threatening catastrophic destabilization of our climate

Perhaps as working people experience the shocks of widespread unemployment, loss of home ownership, less educational opportunities for their children, more debts for those in advanced education, desertification, violent changes in climate, etc., corporate media along with corrupt official representatives and spokespersons will become thoroughly discredited. Then maybe it will be possible to organize working people to take back their government, to create their own media, to create a just and peaceful, sustainable society. My constant anxiety is that by that time, it will be too late.  

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Russia Slides Towards Internal Political Crisis (MUST SEE SouthFront video report!)

Click here to access article by "The Saker" (Andrei Raevsky) from his blog A bird's eye view of the Vineyard. (This is a very important post for two reasons: "The Saker" is a very knowledgeable source for all things Russian and the source he features, SouthFront, is also very reliable.)

After he cites data that support the argument that the Russian government is declining in its support among the public and the likely reasons for this, The Saker writes: 
Meanwhile the general population has no effective levers of pressure to affect or correct government policy. The public political sphere has become a desert. United Russia (Edinaya Rossiya) is the only political party still de—facto existing in public politics. By now its ideological and organizational capabilities have become exhausted. Other “political parties and organizations” are just media constructs designed to defend the interests of a narrow group of their sponsors. It is hard to find a lawmaker in the State Duma or the Federation Council, who is not affiliated with the cliquish top political elite and oligarch clans.

In the media sphere, the government has failed to explain its current course to the population. A vast majority of the initiatives of Medvedev’s cabinet face a negative reaction from the population. A spate of scandals involving high and middle level government officials made the situation even worse.
Others have noticed this split between President Putin and the Prime Minister Medvedev, but The Saker adds specific poll data and analysis to this phenomenon. It is worrying indeed. In the Russian government, the president is in command of the armed forces and likely foreign affairs while the prime minister is in charge of domestic affairs. Putin and Medvedev have been exchanging these roles during the past number of years.