Geo-Politics

US attacks venezuela

CARACAS.– The United States government has undertaken, through various representatives, a total of 105 hostile actions and statements against Venezuela during the first five months of 2017.

“In the first five months of the year alone we have observed more than 105 hostile actions and declarations based on false allegations aimed at distorting the reality of Venezuela to serve the hegemonic interests of the United States in the region,” read a Venezuelan Foreign Ministry statement issued this Thursday, May 11.

moderate rebels

Chris Thomson | May 13, 2017 | Al-Masdar News

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:00 P.M.) – With ISIS on the decline, the SAA and FSA contingents based in the Syrian desert have begun turning on one another, clashing on a daily basis in sparsely populated areas of Rif Dimashq, Sweida and Homs.

Last night, Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants fired dozens of GRAD rockets on strong points controlled by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the desert east of Damascus.

In response, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) conducted numerous sorties on FSA convoys, even targeting a rearguard headquarter at the Al-Tanf border crossing.

Democracy Now Launches Anti-Syria Propaganda Campaign

Paul Mansfield | May 09, 2017 |Syria NewsUpdated 5-18-17

The regime does not fight terrorism.  It’s actually the single biggest cause of terrorism in Syria. It is the cause of ISIS in Syria.  And from — if you talk to Syrians, Bashar al-Assad and the regime is the biggest terrorist in the country.  The force that’s actually fighting ISIS, which I assume is what he’s referring to, is the YPG, which is backed by the United States.

My words? Not on your life.

No it’s the controlled opposition at Democracy Now going full frontal regime change on Syria.

currencies in toilet

James Howard Kunstler | May 8, 2017 | Clusterfuck Nation

First mistake: Emmanuel Macron’s handlers played Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” instead of the French national anthem at the winner’s election rally. Well, at least they didn’t play “Deutschland Über Alles.” The tensions in the Euroland situation remain: the 20 percent-plus youth unemployment, the papered-over insolvency of the European banks, and the implacable contraction of economic activity, especially at the southern rim of the EU.

The clash of civilizations brought on by the EU’s self-induced refugee glut still hangs over the continent like a hijab. That there was no Islamic terror violence around the election should not be reassuring. The interests of the jihadists probably lie in the continued squishiness of the status quo, with its sentimental multiculture fantasies — can’t we all just get along? — so En Marche was their best bet. LePen might have pushed back hard. Macron looks to bathe France’s Islamic antagonists in a nutrient-medium of Hollandaise lite.

Editor's Note: The US has targeted Venezuela, a for nearly a decade due to its successful socialist revolution against colonialism and exploitatiion of its natural resources, particularly oil. Economic pressure has been increasingly applied since Maduro succeeded Chavez in 2013, in the form of corporate hoarding of food stocks and other suppliles. During the past year, the US has implemented its usual "phase 2", namely the construction of an "opposition" movement to  try to turn the population against its own government through manufactured economic scarcities and "opposition" propaganda. This year, that US effort has been amped up in the form of violent "opposition protests" costing the lives of over 30 Venezuelans and by sending in the Venezuelan branch of their white helmets, the USAID-funded "Green Cross".

Why they hate us

Jerry Kroth, Ph.D. | May 08, 2017 |  Information Clearing House

Academic psychology does not rank high on solutions to international crises, but it does have a concept worthy of our attention, “reactance” or the boomerang effect.

It means that the more you push in one direction, the more the opposite result occurs as a powerful form blowback. The greater the sanctions on North Korea to stop its nuclear program, for example, the more rapidly it develops its weapons, and the further grows the range of its ballistic missiles. The more the U.S. tries to decapitate Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, the more Al-Qaeda storefronts open in over 14 countries from Uganda to Uzbekistan. [1]

"Over the years we have been warned about the danger of subversive organizations that would threaten our liberties, subvert our system, would encourage its members to take further illegal action to advance their views, organizations that would incite and promote violence, pitting one American group against another... There is an organization that does fit those descriptions, and it is the organization, the leadership of which has been most constant in its warning to us to be on guard against such harm. The [FBI] did all of those things." -- Sen. Philip A. Hart, Select Committee on Intelligence Activities and the Rights of Americans, 1975, - Ed.

May 11, 2017 | Press TV

The issue of dismissal of FBI Director James Comey or alleged Russian meddling in US election is a dangerous distraction, according to Daniel Patrick Welch, an American writer and political analyst. [See this.]

Welch said the real issue is the resistance from Russia, China and Iran against a Western hegemony.

Marine Le Pen drawing

Editor's Note: Marine Le Pen seemed the better choice for France, if "choice" is the correct term these days in any Western "democracy".  Dr. Petras' article elucidates this thinking. I have great respect for Dr. Petras' work; however, Mercier's article (2nd article, below) puts such thinking to rest and returns us - as in the US elections - to "None of the above". This is the importance of online independent media. Nowhere in corporate media are there truly opposing arguments, just propaganda serving the ruling class. When given no true choice - whether amongst corporate media or between political candidates - we must seek information and answers elsewhere. [updated 5-10-17]

Twenty Truths about Marine Le Pen

James Petras | May 7, 2017 | Lahaine - The James Petras Website

They obfuscate her program, substituting the label ‘extremist’ for her pro-working class and anti-imperialist commitment. Fear and envy over the fact that a new leader heads a popular movement has seeped into Emmanuel “Manny” Macron’s champagne-soaked dinner parties. He has good reason to be afraid: Le Pen addresses the fundamental interests of the vast- majority of French workers, farmers, public employees, unemployed and underemployed youth and older workers approaching retirement.

War & Empire

Paul Atwood | May 7, 2017 | The Strategic Culture Foundation

A few months ago I received a message from a professor at the Khomeini Institute for Education and  Research in Tehran, Iran, informing me that my 2010 book “War and Empire: The American Way of Life” (London, Pluto Press) had been translated into Farsi. He requested that I write an Introduction for Iranian readers. What follows is that Introduction. Two years ago the Xinhua Peoples’ Press in Beijing, China also published a translation in Mandarin.

In the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s 1991 attempt to annex Kuwait the U.S. deliberately destroyed much of Iraq’s water and sewer infrastructure. The Pentagon even admitted on its website that these acts would lead to mass outbreaks of disease. These were certifiable war crimes under international law. After Saddam’s defeat the U.S. also imposed widespread sanctions on his regime that included preventing necessary medicines from reaching Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens perished as a result.

Marine Le Pen

Editor's Note:  It should be humbling - and shaming - for the former US "Left" to witness such a positive, constructive, healing, mature and sophisticated response from the nation who helped us defeat the British, who gave us the Statue of Liberty, and who know a thing or two about how to deal with truly despotic rulers when they get too far out of hand and, shall we say, lose their heads. Note: Calling Rothschild banker Macron a "centrist" as RT does is like calling Kissinger a centrist.

France’s Le Pen to reform National Front, create ‘new political force’

Marine Le Pen, leader of the French right-wing National Front (FN), said that her party needs a “deep” change become a broader “patriotic” political force after she lost the presidential election to centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron.

Ukraine soldier raising flag

Finian CUNNINGHAM | May 2, 2017 | Strategic Culture Foundation

This week the Kiev regime went into rogue overdrive when it cut off electricity supplies to some three million people in the self-declared Lugansk republic of eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian energy ministry under the control of the Kiev regime said it was because the breakaway province was in arrears over bill payments. That’s rich coming from a cabal that has continually dragged its feet over unpaid bills for billions of dollars-worth in gas supplies from Russia.

Auschwitz

Finian Cunningham | May  , 2017 | Strategic Culture Foundation

After decades of delaying, the United Nations finally released archives from the Second World War-era war crimes commission investigating the Nazi Holocaust. The source of those archives on Nazi war crimes were Western governments, including those in exile at the time of the war, such as the Belgian, Polish and Czechoslovakian. The time period covered is 1943-1949. Washington and London had long sought to halt the release. Why?

Notably, the landmark publication of the files last month was given scant Western media coverage. Surprisingly, perhaps, because the story that can be gleaned from the documents tells of a hidden history of the Second World War, namely the systematic collusion between the American and British governments and the Nazi Third Reich.

Korean & US soldier
 

As throughout much of its war-obsessed history, the United States is currently engaged in military conflict – or threatening such action – across a broad contested terrain.   In the cases of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, Washington has resorted to its familiar global modus operandi: sending off barrages of missiles and bombs, much of it hitting civilian populations and resources needed for their survival.   Death tolls mount, the largest numbers lately in the protracted battle for Mosul.   Heavier casualties are being visited upon non-combatants in Yemen, thanks to U.S.-backed Saudi aerial savagery.

We have been told by the media that President Trump has apparently relaxed the rules of warfare, thus allowing civilians to be more easily victimized the midst of armed conflict.   Innocent noncombatants are being made increasingly vulnerable to ravages of the largest and most aggressive war machine in history.  That, however, would be a serious misreading of the situation: Trump, like Obama, the Bushes, and Clinton before him, is simply operating within an historical pattern of imperial war making for which rules of engagement matter little, if at all.    There is no deviation from the norm.

Laith Yousif Shatat

Photos below added, with links. - Ed.

An Israeli settler has deliberately run over a Palestinian child in the occupied West Bank of city of Yatta south of al-Khalil (Hebron.)

The settler drove over Laith Yousif Shatat, eight, on Wednesday as the child was standing outside his school located in the town’s eastern regions.

According to witnesses, the severely injured child was taken to a hospital in al-Khalil.

portrait of Vladimir Putin

| April 28, 2017 | CounterPunch

Is Vladimir Putin the most popular Russian leader of all time?

It certainly looks like it. In a recent survey conducted by the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center,  Putin’s public approval rating soared to an eye-popping 86 percent, which is twice that of Obama’s when he left office in 2016.  And what’s more surprising is that Putin’s popularity has held up through a severe economic slump and nearly two decades in office. Unlike most politicians, whose shelf-life is somewhere between 4 to 8 years, the public’s admiration for Putin has only grown stronger over time.

Branco cartoon

Paul Craig Roberts | April 26, 2017 | Paul Craig Roberts

When the gullible and insouciant American public and the presstitutes who participate in the deceptions permitted the Deep State to get away with the fairy tale that a few Saudi Arabians under the direction of Osama bin Laden, but without the support of any government or intelligence agency, were able to outwit the entirety of the Western Alliance and Israel’s Mossad and deliver the greatest humiliation in history to “the world’s only superpower” by making the entirety of the US government dysfunctional on September 11, 2001, Washington learned that it could get away with anything, any illegal and treasonous act, any lie. The gullible Western populations would believe anything that they were told.

US map of nuclear strikes

Paul Craig Roberts | April 27, 2017 | Paul Craig Roberts

Not everyone likes to hear about the threat of nuclear war. Some find refuge in denial and say that nuclear war is impossible because it makes no sense. Unfortunately, humankind has a long record of doing things that make no sense.

In previous posts in recent years I have pointed out both written documents and changes in US war doctrine that indicate that Washington is preparing a preemptive nuclear attack on Russia and China. More recently, I have shown that Washington’s demonization of Russia and President Putin, the incessant lies about Russian deeds and intentions, and the refusal of Washington to cooperate with Russia on any issue have convinced the Russian government that Washington is preparing the Western populations for an attack on Russia. It is obvious that China has come to the same conclusion.

Obama

Glen Ford | April 26, 2017 | Black Agenda Report

“Obama orchestrated what the late Saddam Hussein would have called “The Mother of All Lies.”

Having spent eight years telling lies about who the U.S. was fighting in its so-called “War on Terror” (secular governments) and who it was allied with (jihadists), ex-president Obama must now ensure that these lies become part of the “common base line of facts” shared by all Americans. “Fake news” must not be allowed to interrupt the flow of the official (false) narrative. That’s how “legacies” are made, and how power is preserved.