Category Archives: Politics

“Donald Trump Gave A Brilliant Tour de Force Speech In Iowa” – Steve Pieczenik

– Congratulations to Donald Trump for a Brilliant Tour de Force Speech in Iowa: Humorous, Biting, Highly Detailed, and Comprehensive!

trumpI hope that as Donald keeps running and devastating the Republican and Democratic field, he is cautious of the envy he generates; especially in the Bush and Clinton families. For some time, you and I have been cheering on Donald Trump and his revolutionary style of eviscerating opponents while at the same time explaining the problems of our staid, dysfunctional American political system. I am concerned as some of my more dedicated readers have pointed out – that the longer Trump keeps up his engine-of-truth that the more desperate the Bushes and Clintons become. I use the plural because Hillary and Jeb are not really one person but a compilation of enablers whose relatives have been former presidents with checkered and miscreant pasts.

Both Bush and Clinton families have had an infamous record of avoiding prosecution for economic and political crimes committed by them against the American people. Without belaboring the point, all one has to do is to look at Jeb, who promised a new team, but said team has repopulated the Neocon cockroaches like Wolfowitz and company. Likewise, Hillary has rebounded from one lie to another with alacrity and vibrant pathology.

I am not writing this blog to laud Trump, he certainly can do that on his own. My deep concern is when a revolutionary force like Trump appears on a fixed political system, an ossified dyad of Republicans and Democrats, unfortunate accidents and assassinations appear from so-called “lone gun men.”

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Falsifying History In Behalf Of Agendas

slaveryPaul Craig Roberts – In an article on April 13 I used the so-called Civil War and the myths with which court historians have encumbered that war to show how history is falsified in order to serve agendas. I pointed out that it was a war of secession, not a civil war as the South was not fighting the North for control of the government in Washington. As for the matter of slavery, all of Lincoln’s statements prove that he was neither for the blacks nor against slavery. Yet he has been turned into a civil rights hero, and a war of northern aggression, whose purpose Lincoln stated over and over was “to preserve the union” (the empire), has been converted into a war to free the slaves.

As for the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln said it was “a practical war measure” that would help in defeating the South and would convince Europe, which was considering recognizing the Confederacy, that Washington was motivated by “something more than ambition.” The proclamation only freed slaves in the Confederacy, not in the Union. As Lincoln’s Secretary of State put it: “we emancipated slaves where we cannot reach them and hold them in bondage where we can set them free.”

A few readers took exception to the truth and misconstrued a statement of historical facts as a racist defense of slavery. In the article below, the well-known African-American, Walter Williams, points out that the war was about money, not slavery. Just as Jews who tell the truth about Israel’s policies are called “self-hating Jews,” will Walter Williams be called a “self-hating black?” Invective is used as a defense against truth. Continue reading

Greece’s Lesson For Russia

“Greece’s debt can now only be made sustainable through debt relief measures that go far beyond what Europe has been willing to consider so far.” International Monetary Fund

washingtonPaul Craig Roberts – Greece’s lesson for Russia, and for China and Iran, is to avoid all financial relationships with the West. The West simply cannot be trusted. Washington is committed to economic and political hegemony over every other country and uses the Western financial system for asset freezes, confiscations, and sanctions. Countries that have independent foreign policies and also have assets in the West cannot expect Washington to respect their property rights or their ownership. Washington freezes or steals countries’ assets, or in the case of France imposes multi-billion dollar fines, in order to force compliance with Washington’s policies. Iran, for example, lost the use of $100 billion, approximately one-fourth of the Iranian GDP, for years simply because Iran insisted on its rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Russian journalists are asking me if Obama’s willingness to reach a deal with Iran means there is hope a deal can be reached over Ukraine. The answer is No. Moreover, as I will later explain, the deal with Iran doesn’t mean much as far as Washington is concerned.

Three days ago (July 14) a high ranking military officer, Gen. Paul Selva, the third in about as many days, told the US Senate that Russia is “an existential threat to this nation (the US).” Only a few days prior the Senate had heard the same thing from US Marine commander Joseph Dunford and from the Secretary of the Air Force. A few days before that, the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff warned of a Russian “hybrid threat.”

Washington is invested heavily in using Ukraine against Russia. All the conflict there originates with Washington’s puppet government in Kiev. Russia is blamed for everything, including the destruction of the Malaysian airliner. Washington has used false charges to coerce the EU into sanctions against Russia that are not in the EU’s interest. As Washington has succeeded in coercing all of Europe to harm Europe’s political and economic relationships with Russia and to enter into a state of conflict with Russia, certainly Washington is not going to agree to an Ukrainian settlement. Even if Washington wanted to do so, as Washington’s entire position rests on nothing but propaganda, Washington would have to disavow itself in order to come to an agreement. Continue reading

News And Views From The Nefarium – July 16 2015 [Video]

Joseph Farrell – What’s going on with Greece? What it is really, thinks Joseph, is the old game of “who gets to play (and pay) Charlemagne? France? or Germany?” – SF Source Joseph Farrell

Exclusive: Yanis Varoufakis opens up about his five month battle to save Greece

Greece has finally reached an agreement with its creditors. The specifics have not yet been published, but it is clear that the deal signed is more punitive and demanding than the one that its government has spent the past five months desperately trying to resist.

The accord follows 48 hours in which Germany demanded control of Greece’s finances or its withdrawal from the euro. Many observers across Europe were stunned by the move. Yanis Varoufakis was not. When I spoke with Greece’s former finance minister last week, I asked him whether any deal struck in the days ahead would be good for his country.

“If anything it will be worse,” he said. “I trust and hope that our government will insist on debt restructuring, but I can’t see how the German finance minister [Wolfgang Schäuble] is ever going to sign up to this. If he does, it will be a miracle.” Continue reading

Angela Merkel: Under Her Tired Eyes Breaks The EU

Translated from German by Georgi Stankov

MerkelThe EU is on the verge of splitting. The summit (of the EU heads of state on Tuesday, July 7, 2015) laid the fault lines brutally frank: the southern Europeans want something else than the North or the East. Greece is the catalyst for a centrifugal dynamics. Amidst all this Angela Merkel: Tired, exhausted, overwhelmed. She can only watch how it is falling apart, what was supposed to be forced into a union with the temptation of money.

Angela Merkel after the ultimate Euro-Summit: Technocratically failed. (Foto: dpa)

The summit in Brussels has shown, as no other meeting of the Euro-rescuers, that the EU is not working. Greece is no longer the problem. The next candidates are Italy and France, probably Spain. The errors are systemic and can not be fixed by compromises. The reasons are easy to analyze, but too complex to be resolved. During the crisis, everything flies apart that cannot be chained together by a credit orgy.

The Problems

The EU institutions no longer function in the crisis: The EU consists of far too many imperfect bodies. It was telling that Angela Merkel herself had lost track of them at the press conference. She seemed momentarily not to know which session had actually taken place. She spoke about the summit as the “Council”, however, had to be corrected later: The leaders of the euro zone had met. The EU Commission is floating somewhere in Nirvana. Jean-Claude Juncker is like from another planet. He implored the unity, but one could deduce from his spongy records that he no longer believes in the unity. The Council is represented by Donald Tusk. Tusk has no clue what to do. He does not understand the Brussels’ World. The Parliament lives its own life and complains that it does not have enough weight. The ECB is considered by many as the savior in dire need. It has power, but accepts no responsibility – a typical constellation in investment banking. The ESM (European Stability Mechanism) should now solve the problem. It is so complicated that no one knows how it can ever be used. Continue reading

Don’t Mention The War! But… What If?

worldKatherine Frisk – But what if we did? What if we saw through the veil and discovered another story entirely? What if I speculate here a bit just for fun? It’s just a bit of sport, sort of like George Orwell did in his novel 1984. A little bit of “what if the future looks like this?” Nobody took him seriously … just saying.

So here is my first “what if?” The 2004 Tsunami that took out half of Sumatra. Remember that? I watched the coverage almost 24/7 flipping from BBC, to CNN to Sky. Sky News got the Oscar. Best coverage of that disaster ever. My friends and family eventually got fed up with what they saw as my “morbid fascination.” It was not a “morbid fascination” exactly, I was just trying to make sense of the whole disaster. Because quite frankly, even though the earth throws a huffy fit every now and then and weird things happen, somewhere in the back of my mind this did not look right for a number of reasons.

One memory that sticks in my mind was of a young girl in her twenties, from Europe somewhere who had been on holiday. She stood only in her shorts, tea shirt and slops. That was all she had left. But she had spent the whole week working with the Thai authorities helping to collect bloated, dead bodies washed up on the beach, tag them and put them into plastic bags. By the time she was interviewed she was mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted and was finally returning home.

What shocked me was how little the countries effected by this tsunami were helped by the international community. India for one, USA for another, Australia, all of whom have fleets of Navy vessels in the area who could have sent in their forces, their military hospitals, their helicopters within half an hour of this disaster happening and done a united search and rescue operation. Instead it was left to tourists like the young girl who was interviewed. Years later in 2014 when the Air Malaysia flight went missing I found out about a place called Diego Garcia. A secretive military and air force base on a Island in the middle of nowhere and… close to Sumatra. They could almost launch World War 3 from there, with all the equipment stockpiled in that small space, but apparently a search and rescue operation is not part of their brief. Continue reading

Your Moment Has Come, Mr Tsipras, Take Back Control Of Your Country – UKIP leader Nigel Farage [Video]

EuropeNigel Farage – “Thank you. What we’re seeing in this chamber this morning and indeed across the whole of Europe is an irreconcilable cultural difference between Greece and Germany. A split between the North and the South of Europe. The European project is actually beginning to die. Nobody in this room will recognise that the peoples of Europe are saying, we were never asked whether we want in this. This has been foisted upon on us and we need to understand why the EMU doesn’t work. Those monsters Kohl and Mitterrand, backed up by the clever but dangerous Delors believed that if they put in place an economic and monetary union then as night follows day, there would be political union and there would be an acceptance of this project and the North and South of Europe would converge. That we would all start to love each other and we would all start to feel a European identity, that we would all start to show allegiance to the flag and the anthem.”

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