Geo-Politics

Russians did it

The Russians did not overthrow the government of elected Iranian leader Mohammed Mossadegh in order to put Shah Reza Pahlavi on the Peacock Throne, to then murder and torture his way into history via his dreaded secret police SAVAK, leading to the revolution which made Iran an Islamic Republic. No, that was the United States via the CIA, under President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953. The Strangelove Brothers, Kissinger and Brzezinski, later kept the love flowing for years, although their Iranian buddy’s nasty habits were well known.

Illegal War on Syria

The United States is at war with Syria. Though few Americans wanted to face it, this has been the case implicitly since the Obama administration began building bases and sending Special Ops, really-not-there, American troops, and it has been the case explicitly since August 3, 2015, when the Obama administration announced that it would “allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.” With the U.S. Air Force—under Trump, following Obama’s declared policy—shooting down a Syrian plane in Syrian airspace, this is now undeniable.  The United States is overtly engaged in another aggression against a sovereign country that poses no conceivable, let alone actual or imminent, threat to the nation. This is an act of war.

Dr. Strangelove

Stephen Berk | June 16, 2017 | Daily Astorian

Yes, of course it is worth the effort for the congressional Democratic neocons and liberal/progressive interventionists, along with their Republican war crazy allies like John McCain and Lindsey Graham, to get Donald Trump out of office by creating an international crisis leading to nuclear war with Russia and China.

Think I’m nuts? With Trump — who talks of detente and peace with Russia — out of the way, the war psychopaths can use Mike Pence, who has neocon foreign policy views, to do their bidding. Think I’m over the top? The Russian generals and high level Chinese officials are convinced that the U.S. is planning a nuclear first strike against them.

RI Staff |June 20, 2017 | RI 

Please liberal "humanitarians" do write to your MP to send them yet more money:

What are Syria's UK-funded White Helmets doing when they're not proclaiming solidarity with London firefighters and staging fake chemical attacks to provoke a US bombing campaign of their own country?

If you answered assisting beheadings, congratulations. You were sadly right. 

Editor's Note:  Like an adolescent bully, the US swaggers around the world badgering, posturing, baiting, setting up, sucker-punching, robbing, bad-mouthing and falsely accusing, accompanied by its entourage of weak groupies and backed up by hired thugs. Hollywood has treated us to countless repeats, since the old Western barroom brawls and gangster movies, of the engaging scene where the Good Guys put up with it until one day... SOCK! POW!! KABOOM!!!  NEWS FLASH:  This one's not a movie, folks. Repeat: NOT A MOVIE. Rather, it's foreplay for WWIII. And, the US is NOT the Good Guy TM.

No More Games: Russia Vows to Track and Target Any US Aircraft 'West of the Euphrates'

Moscow sends a crystal-clear message to Washington: The games in Syria are over

Federico PIERACCINI | June 8, 2017 | Strategic Culture OPINION

In a recent chain of events, the Philippines has been rushing towards chaos. The failure by the Philippine special forces to capture Isnilon Hapilon, considered to be the top brass of the infamous Abu Sayyaf organization in the country, coincided with a quick operation by a series of Daesh-affiliated terrorist groups to take the city of Marawi. This is an escalation of internal and external pressure on the Duterte administration brought on by his foreign-policy shift.

The events of May 23 in Marawi in the Philippines, the first city to fall into the hands of Daesh in Asia, shows disturbing parallels with the operational methods of Daesh in Syria, Iraq and Libya. The presence of 500 operatives, part of different dormant cells in Marawi, allowed a coordinated assault on the police station and the city prison, enlarging the number of recruits and acquiring multiple firearms in the process. In a series of events difficult to verify, Daesh took control of the city and established several checkpoints. Employing an operational mix of tactics inspired by the beginning of the attacks on Syria in 2011 and in 2014, Daesh quickly expanded into Syria from Iraq.

nuclear detonation

In a context of almost total indifference, marked by outright hostility, representatives of over a hundred of the world’s least powerful countries are currently opening another three-week session of United Nations talks aimed at achieving a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons.  Very few people even know this is happening.

Ban nuclear weapons?  Ho hum… Let’s change the subject.

Let’s talk about Russian hacking instead, or the rights of trans-sexuals to use the toilet of their choice, or even about something really important: climate change.

Bill Van Auken | June 15, 2017 | WSWS

The United States government is guilty of war crimes. This is the stark conclusion reached by the independent international commission of inquiry established by the United Nations in 2011 to investigate human rights violations stemming from the protracted US-backed war for regime change in Syria.

The Pentagon’s relentless bombing campaign in and around the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the so-called “capital” of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has inflicted a “staggering loss of civilian life,” while forcing over 160,000 civilians to flee their homes, Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the UN’s commission of inquiry, said on Wednesday.

US supported Ukraine Nazis

In an interview with Oliver Stone, Russian President Putin explained his take on the Ukraine crisis, one that contrasts with what the U.S. mainstream media has allowed the American people to hear, writes Robert Parry.

Robert Parry | June 13, 2017 | Consortium News

A prime example of how today’s mainstream media paradigm works in the U.S. is the case of Ukraine, where Americans have been shielded from evidence that the 2014 ouster of democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych was a U.S.-supported coup d’etat spearheaded by violent neo-Nazi extremists.

As The New York Times has instructed us, there was no coup in Ukraine; there was no U.S. interference; and there weren’t even that many neo-Nazis. And, the ensuing civil conflict wasn’t a resistance among Yanukovych’s supporters to his illegal ouster; no, it was “Russian aggression” or a “Russian invasion.”

The US coalition is carpet bombing Raqqa without any UN mandate, raising the question whether there is something they want to hide or destroy before it is discovered by the Syrian Army, Vanessa Beeley, associate editor at 21stcenturywire.com, says.

United Nations war crimes investigators slammed intensified US-led strikes on the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) stronghold of Raqqa in Syria.

Robert Parry | June 12, 2017 | Consortium News

Before we stumble into a nuclear war and end life on the planet, the American people might want to watch Oliver Stone’s four-part series of interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin on “Showtime.” Stone accomplishes what Western journalists should do but don’t, by penetrating deeply into the personality of this historic figure.

Typically these days, American TV news personalities use interviews with a demonized foreign leader, like Putin, to demonstrate their own “toughness” on air, hurling insulting questions at the target and pretending that this preening behavior proves their courage.

Editor's Note: Alexei Navalny, convicted of fraud and embezzlementlement while a Russian "anti-corruption" blogger, has been compared with Yatsenyuk in Ukraine, studied at Yale as a World Fellow, has been lauded in Foreign Affairs and Time, and admits to funding from NED.(and here).  If all this doesn't speak volumes to you, see FURTHER READING and definitely switch from MSM to independent media.

June 12, 2017 | RT Op-Edge

Opposition figure Aleksey Navalny's decision to move an officially authorized protest to an unauthorised location appears to be an effort "to peddle his narrative" of repressed freedom of expression in Russia for the consumption of Western media, John Laughland, from the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation in Paris, told RT.
 

Navalny was detained by police for moving the protest from the authorized venue, allegedly on the grounds that contractors being "pressured" by authorities refused to provide equipment.

Trump Coup

Official Washington is abuzz about ex-FBI Director Comey’s testimony and excited about possibly impeaching President Trump, but that misses the underlying story of a “soft coup” by the Intelligence Community, says Robert Parry.

Robert Parry | June 8, 2017 | Consortium News

So what were we watching in ex-FBI Director James Comey’s testimony on Thursday: an upright public servant punished for resisting a power-mad President or a participant in a political scheme to use the law as a way to overturn a U.S. presidential election?

There was a general consensus in the mainstream media that it was the first, that Comey was the noble victim and President Trump the conniving villain. And, surely, Trump could be criticized for his clumsy firing of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and ensuing expression of “hope” to then-FBI Director Comey that Flynn would not be punished further.

manufactured terrorism

Testing the validity of this assertion requires examination of Western institutions from a holistic rather than fragmentary perspective. This is easier said than done. 

There exists a massive amount of near real-time web based information available for us to process daily if we are attempting to keep abreast of world events.  This often leaves us diligently evaluating recent events, while lacking the opportunity to step back and assemble these discrete events into a more comprehensible whole.

Editor's Note:  Although this article is nearly 3 months old now, it remains completely relevant - and will stay so as long as the U.S. sponsors proxy terrorists to overthrow any government that refuses to knuckle under to the deep state.

Amid distractions from Trump’s Twitter account and the media’s concerns regarding whether or not he fully understands how NATO works, al-Qaeda has been busy in Syria over the past few weeks. According to the Guardian, fierce clashes broke out in the Syrian capital of Damascus on March 19, as “insurgents” infiltrated government-held parts of the city through tunnels.

Unsurprisingly, the relevant Guardian article was entitled “Clashes in Damascus after rebels tunnel into government-held areas.” However, a closer look at this story presents a very disturbing picture of America’s foreign policy and the corporate media’s complicity in allowing atrocities to go under-reported.

North Korean farm

Christopher Black | March 13, 2017 | New Eastern Outlook

In 2003 I had, along with some American lawyers, members of the National Lawyers Guild, the good fortune to be able to travel to North Korea, that is the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, in order to experience first hand that nation, its socialist system and its people. The joint report issued on our return was titled “The Grand Deception Revealed.” That title was chosen because we discovered that the negative western propaganda myth about North Korea is a grand deception designed to blind the peoples of the world to the accomplishments of the Korean people in the north who have successfully created their own circumstances, their own independent socio-economic system, based on socialist principles, free of the domination of the western powers.

Editor's Note:  Robinson gives a cogent example of why it isn't possible to keep the empire's toys yet enjoy independence.

William I. Robinson | June 6, 2017 | Truthout

The day after the Organization of American States (OAS) met in Washington, DC, on May 31 at the behest of the US and right-wing Latin American governments to debate the crisis in Venezuela, judge Nelson Moncada was gunned down at an opposition protest in Caracas, in a crime that some claimed was an act of revenge for his involvement in the sentencing of a prominent opposition politician. The OAS, however, remained silent on the crime, as well as on the deepening crisis and escalating state repression against mass protests sweeping Brazil and Colombia. Bolivian President Evo Morales accused the OAS of seeking to "politically eliminate the anti-imperialist presidents and governments" in Latin America in line with the historic pattern of US intervention in the region to prop up right-wing dictatorships and crush revolutionary and progressive movements.

June 9, 2017 | RT

The air forces of the US-led coalition are working to undermine the anti-terrorist efforts of the Syrian government, Colonel General Sergey Surovikin of the Russian ground forces has said.
 

“Despite promoting the aim of fighting international terrorism, the coalition is striking the Syrian military, allowing IS militants to leave encircled areas unhindered, thus strengthening the terrorist groupings near Palmyra and Deir ez-Zor,” Surovikin said.

“The coalition air forces and the strongholds of the forces of New Syrian Army [now known as the Revolutionary Commando Army] have blocked the way of the government forces, tasked with defeating IS [Islamic State] groups,” he said at a briefing on Friday.“This is a violation of the sovereign right of Syria to protect it borders,” he said.

The statement comes after US warplanes stuck pro-government forces near At Tanf on Thursday, the third such incident in the space of several weeks.