Category Archives: Politics

Dmitry Orlov ~ How To Start A War And Lose An Empire

“[Hunter Biden] just got outed for being a coke fiend. In addition to the many pre-anointed ones, like the VP’s son, there are also many barns full of eagerly bleating Ivy League graduates who have been groomed for jobs in high places. These are Prof. Deresiewicz’s “Excellent Sheep.”” – D Orlov

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A year and a half I wrote an essay on how the US chooses to view Russia, titled The Image of the Enemy. I was living in Russia at the time, and, after observing the American anti-Russian rhetoric and the Russian reaction to it, I made some observations that seemed important at the time. It turns out that I managed to spot an important trend, but given the quick pace of developments since then, these observations are now woefully out of date, and so here is an update.

At that time the stakes weren’t very high yet. There was much noise around a fellow named Magnitsky, a corporate lawyer-crook who got caught and died in pretrial custody. He had been holding items for some bigger Western crooks, who were, of course, never apprehended. The Americans chose to treat this as a human rights violation and responded with the so-called “Magnitsky Act” which sanctioned certain Russian individuals who were labeled as human rights violators. Russian legislators responded with the “Dima Yakovlev Bill,” named after a Russian orphan adopted by Americans who killed him by leaving him in a locked car for nine hours. This bill banned American orphan-killing fiends from adopting any more Russian orphans. It all amounted to a silly bit of melodrama.

But what a difference a year and a half has made! Ukraine, which was at that time collapsing at about the same steady pace as it had been ever since its independence two decades ago, is now truly a defunct state, with its economy in free-fall, one region gone and two more in open rebellion, much of the country terrorized by oligarch-funded death squads, and some American-anointed puppets nominally in charge but quaking in their boots about what’s coming next.

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Nigel Farage ~ The Last European Commission To Govern Britain [Video]

Mr Juncker, as you present this morning your new Commission, you tell us that they’re all in the Last-Chance Saloon. Well, I’ll tell you what, I’ll come and see you there. But you’re going to have to introduce me to them, because this is pretty much a bunch of non-entities, unknown. I spoke to MEPs this morning who will be voting later, and most of them couldn’t even name half of them.

And the one from Britian is so obscure, his name, Lord Hill should be Lord Who, because the British public couldn’t pick the bloke out of a line-up and he’s never been elected to anything in his life, which means he’s perfect for the job – because I don’t think that the European public or commentators understand what the European Commission really is.

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Matthew Boyle ~ MLK’s Niece: Obama’s Presidency A ‘Moral Bankruptcy’

“The data is going to indicate black people lost out in every single leading economic category during the Obama years,” King told Breitbart News, noting that liberal commentator Tavis Smiley agrees with her and that they’re not trying to “demonize” or “cast aspersions” on Obama, but the truth needs to be told.” – M Boyle

(Breitbart) – There is a “moral bankruptcy” that’s settled into leadership of America in the White House and throughout Washington, D.C., Dr. Alveda King—the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.—said in an interview Friday morning.

“All of our leaders—or many of our leaders—are just morally bankrupt right now,” King said when asked if President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have helped or hurt the black community in America. “They’re not calling on God. We still stay ‘In God We Trust’ and ‘One Nation Under God’ but we’re not practicing that. We need to call on God. There’s a moral bankruptcy in this country and we really need to come back to God.”

Dr. King is part of an effort that will be announced publicly early next week by various conservative black, Hispanic and Tea Party leaders to reach out to the black community and get them engaged in an effort to help urban centers reject big government in favor of smaller, limited government. The project, called “Restore The Dream 2014,” includes other black leaders like TheTeaParty.net’s Niger Innis, FreedomWorks’ the Rev. C.L. Bryant, radio host Wayne Dupree, Conservative Campaign Committee chairman Lloyd Marcus, Conservative Review president Deneen Borelli, columnist Star Parker, former U.N. Commission on Civil Rights ambassador Ken Blackwell, and others. Continue reading

David Swanson ~ Shadow Facts About Shadow Government

“Engelhardt writes that with the NSA and gang having eliminated our privacy, we can now eliminate theirs by publicizing leaked information. At the same time, Engelhardt writes that dozens of Snowdens would be needed for us to begin to find out what the U.S. war machine is doing.” – D Swanson

ShadowGovtTom Engelhardt keeps churning out great books by collecting his posts from TomDispatch.com. His latest book, Shadow Government, is essential reading. Of the ten essays included, eight are on basically the same topic, resulting in some repetition and even some contradiction. But when things that need repeating are repeated this well, one mostly wants other people to read them — or perhaps to have them involuntarily spoken aloud by everybody’s iPhones.

We live in an age in which the most important facts are not seriously disputed and also not seriously known or responded to.

The United States’ biggest public program of the past 75 years, now outstripping the rest of the world combined, is war preparations. The routine “base” military spending, not counting spending on particular wars, is at least 10 times the war spending, or enough to totally transform the world for the better. Instead it’s used to kill huge numbers of people, to make the United States less safe, and to prepare for wars that are — without exception — lost disastrously. Since the justification of the Soviet Union vanished, U.S. militarism has only increased. Its enemies are small, yet it does its best to enlarge them. U.S. Special Operations forces are actively, if “secretly,” engaged in war or war preparations in over two-thirds of the nations on earth. U.S. troops are openly stationed in 90 percent of the nations on earth, and 100 percent of the oceans. A majority of the people in most nations on earth consider the United States the greatest threat to world peace. Continue reading

Stephen Lendman ~ Israel’s Bloodstained Hands

“[Israel's] Kafkaesque matrix of control. Including land theft, settlements, agricultural crop destruction, checkpoints, Jews only bypass roads, curfews, closures, military zones, no-go ones, off-limits commercial and tourist areas, ghettoization, zoning, home demolitions, building permit policy, travel restrictions and overall denial of fundamental civil and human rights. Persecution lets Israel control Palestinians with minimum cost,” – S Lendman

steveLendmanBritish MP George Galloway is right calling Israel “an illegal, savage and barbarous state.”

It “has more (UN) censures against it than the rest of the countries in the world put together…”

It “refuses to abide by resolutions and continues to illegally grab land and persecute their rightful owners…”

It “uses its military to blockade and murder the people of Gaza.”

He retracts not one word he said. He continues “forcefully condemning Israel.”

“It remains the case that there is a worldwide boycott of Israel, its goods, its services, its academics,” he said.

“I hope the citizens of Bradford will join me in refusing to treat with the advocates of this hateful and oppressive regime and truly make Bradford an Israel-free zone.”

A previous article discussed Galloway’s outspokenness. His forthrightness. On all major world and national issues. Especially ones mattering most.

He’s passionately anti-war. Anti-Zionist. Anti-extrajudicial viciousness. He’s unapologetic about his views. He forthrightly supports Palestinian rights. He’s done so for decades.

He declared his West Bradford district an “Israel-free zone.” Israelis aren’t wanted here, he stressed.

“We don’t want any Israeli goods. We don’t want any Israeli services. We don’t want any Israeli academics coming to the university or the college,” he said.

“We don’t even want any Israeli tourists to come to Bradford, even if any of them had thought of doing so.”

For weeks, it was unclear how Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) would respond. On October 15, it said Galloway won’t be prosecuted for declaring West Bradford an “Israeli-free zone.”

Complaints followed his comments. CPS dismissed hate crime allegations.

“This has been an extremely expensive waste of police and CPS time forced on them by ultra-Zionists who were pursuing a vendetta against me,” Galloway said. Continue reading

Stephen Lendman ~ Fear-Mongering Ahead Of Another US False Flag?

“The late Nobel laureate Harold Pinter once said “US foreign policy can be defined as follows: kiss my arse or I’ll kick your head in.” Domestic policy is no different.” – S Lendman

steveLendmanDick Cheney is an unindicted war criminal. He’s guilty of genocidal high crimes against peace.

He predicts another mass casualty event on US soil. Much worse than 9/11. More on what he said below.

Fear-mongering is a longstanding US tactic. False flags are an American tradition.

Both schemes usually precede premeditated war plans. They’re used to wage war on freedom.

Quash human rights. Eliminate civil liberties. Replace them with police state harshness.

Post-9/11 National Security Presidential Directive (NSPD) 51 established coup d’etat authority. It masquerades as so-called “continuity of government (COG).”

Under catastrophic emergency conditions, defined as:

“any incident (real or contrived), regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the US population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions.”

COG is defined as:

“a coordinated effort within the Federal Government’s executive branch to ensure that National Essential Functions continue to be performed during a Catastrophic Emergency.”

At stake is giving presidents and Homeland Security officials unprecedented police state powers.

Permitting suspension of constitutional law. Declaring martial law without congressional approval.

Authorizing war and other preemptive measures. Doing so against nonexistent security threats.

Establishing tyranny in America. Doing it with public support. With popular willingness to sacrifice freedoms for so-called security. Continue reading