- WATCH: Numb. From Off-Guardian (based in Britain).
- Doctrine of Redundant Coercion: The State Department Document Shaping Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean by Jorge Elbaum from Internationalist 360°. My reaction: Although he fails to clarify what he means by the "Doctrine of Redundant Coercion", he does clarify the difference between the Biden and Trump administrations:
In August 2020, the U.S. National Security Council (NSC) disseminated through the White House website the Western Hemisphere Strategic Framework, a document in which the objectives of the global strategy were adapted to the particularities of Latin America and the Caribbean. Both documents were removed from the official U.S. government website during the week following Joe Biden’s inauguration. According to accredited journalists in Washington, the underlying reason for the deletion is not due to any rectification or future mutation of the Doctrine, but to its necessary adaptation to a more diplomatic language.
- The Universe Is Just Trying To See Itself by Australian Caitlin Johnstone from her weblog. My commentary follows:
- How the CIA Helped to Crush Turkey’s Post-War Left by T.J. Coles from Internationalist 360°. My reaction: This is another accurate historical report on the efforts of the prime secretive agency of the Deep State, the CIA, to create a world safe for the creation of a combined US and British empire in order to promote the corporate interests of profit and power throughout the post-WWII world. It became obvious to many that there was little difference between policies pursued by fascist Germany, Italy, and Japan from that of the British Empire and their American cousins. It was all about style. Whereas the former frequently used authoritarian methods of force (police and military) to enforce their policies, the latter preferred, and often used, subtler methods of salesmanship (propaganda) and subversion (bribery)--although they didn't hesitate to use coercion when their preferred methods failed. In addition, the British and American capitalists also used their worldwide monopoly of "news" networks (Reuters, AP, BBC, etc.) to help sell their policies.
- 💥CAUGHT: BBC/Reuters Paid To Do Government Propaganda featuring Jimmy Dore on his channel on YouTube doing an interview with Max Blumenthal, founder of The Grayzone, discussing the latter's research on corporate media propaganda. This is a best post.
- They say that great myths die hard … by "The Ister" for "The Saker" weblog. (Note: The article is mostly about Saudi Arabia and power politics of the Middle East.)
- Violent US-backed Hong Kong-Style Mobs in Thailand Continue by Brian Berletic, an ex-Marine living with his family in Thailand, from his weblog Land Destroyer Report.