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He has been defying the Establishment gatekeepers and telling us the truth about what’s really going on in the world for over 50 years. He has covered wars around the world from Vietnam to Iraq, and is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. For many, John Pilger is the journalists’ journalist, and he came into the Sputnik studio to give us his thoughts on the state of the press today.

And, US-led airstrikes on Raqqa have, as the UN observed, led to a ‘staggering loss of civilian life.‘ The US-led coalition has also admitted to using white phosphorus, but the media reaction in the West has been muted, to say the least. It’s all a far cry from the headlines when Syrian forces - with Russian support - were trying to liberate Aleppo in December. Vanessa Beeley has reported from Syria during the current conflict many times, so we invited her into the studio to discuss these glaring double standards in the media.

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Stephen Berk | June 15, 2017 | Hipfish

A common meme of mainstream news equates the ongoing nationalistic movements in Europe, the US and other places with fascism. Trump’s government has frequently been called neo-Fascist. European nationalistic leaders like the Netherlands’ Geert Wilders and France’s Marine Le Pen are sometimes called fascist, but more often labeled “far right.”

The term fascist is a slippery one, coined in Mussolini’s Italy. But Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, the two chief members of World War Two’s Axis Powers, are generally seen as varieties of fascism. Oddly enough, the 2014 American led anti-Russian putsch in Ukraine wherein neocons, funded by the Orwellian named National Endowment for Democracy, installed an openly neo-Nazi government, in collaboration with other fascist parties, is rarely referred to as fascist.

Editor's Note:   Michael Snyder is a source we use only on occasion, but an article regarding Dershowitz's recent resurfacing seemed to bookend with the James Howard Kunstler piece we posted this date. These will probably remain our only posts regarding the current Great American Diversion. Former Harvard Law Professor Dershowitz advised the defense for Claus von Bülow and O.J. Simpson. More Dershowitz remarks follow Snyder's piece, both brief.

Michael Snyder | June 7, 2017 | The American Dream as republished on Zero Hedge

Democrats are hoping that the testimony that former FBI Director James Comey will deliver on Thursday will be enough to take Donald Trump down for good. Comey released a written preview of his testimony on Wednesday, and it was obviously intended to draw even more attention to what is already being described as “the most highly-anticipated Congressional hearing in decades”. CNN is breathlessly declaring that “James Comey just went nuclear on Donald Trump”, and Texas Democratic Representative Al Green is already planning to draft articles of impeachment even though the testimony hasn’t even happened yet. Unfortunately for those that would like to see Trump go, even if every single thing that James Comey is claiming is true (and that is a very big “if”), there is still no evidence that Trump is guilty of any crime.

James Howard Kunstler | June 8, 2017 | Clusterfuck Nation

He breached out of the horse latitudes in the Great Sea of Politics last spring and destroyed all the lesser whales with his mighty flukes, but now the Democratic Pequod, with its diverse and inclusive crew has vowed to chase him to the ends of the earth until he spouts black blood and rolls dead out. It’s Moby Trump! Skin your eyes for him men (and women, and intersectional non-binary zhes, theys, and hirs)! Do ye see a Bitcoin nailed to yonder mast? It goes to ye who raises me that whale of white privilege!

Who is Ahab in this story? Why The New York Times, of course. Such is the vastness of its pious obsession with the cosmic malignity of Moby Trump, who chomped off Ahab’s limb — fondly known as Hillary — the last time the Pequod set sail. With Jim Comey as Starbuck, the ever-upright Quaker mate, cool, aloof, marinated in rectitude, yet deadly with his lance.

And so the great American tragedy plays out on C-Span.

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John Whitehead | June 8, 2017 | The Rutherford Institute

“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”—Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

We have entered a new regime and it’s called the American police state.

Paul Craig Roberts | June 8, 2017 | Paul Craig Roberts

In the United States, indeed, in the Western world generally, those parts of the rule of law that protected liberty have collapsed. I have told the story many times, as has John Whitehead (see, for example, http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/06/07/think-free-american-constitutional-protections-read/ ).

As Larry Stratton and I documented in our book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, the transformation of law from a shield of the people into a weapon in the hands of the government began with chasing after devils, such as gangsters, drug dealers, child abusers, and terrorists. The protective features of the law were cut down in order to more easily convict those targeted. The pursuit of devils was expanded by the leftwing’s Identity Politics and its creation of hate speech, hate crimes, and now thought crimes. As Gilad Atzmon wrote in his just published book, Being In Time, ”The freedom to think openly and speak clearly are but nostalgic concepts.”

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Chris Hedges gave this talk Friday at the Left Forum in New York City. Click here to see a video of the address; the introduction of Hedges begins at the 7:30 mark.

Chris Hedges, |  June 6th, 2017 | www.truthdig.com

Antonio Gramsci wrote his “Prison Notebooks” at a time not dissimilar to our own. The political parties led by the liberal class, because they had detached themselves from the working class, were weak or irrelevant. The radical left had been neutered and had failed to articulate a coherent alternative vision to capitalism. There was a “crisis of authority.” Fascism was ascendant and state repression was becoming steadily more severe and totalitarian.

June 05, 2017 | TASS

The number of questions submitted for the Russian president’s question-and-answer session has already exceeded 100,000, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.

"The Direct Line with the Russian president will be held on June 15, the call center is already working and 100,000 questions have been registered via different channels," Peskov said.

These questions will be submitted to the president "who always thoroughly analyzes the bulk of them," he added. More applications for mobile devices are available this year to ask questions to the president, enabling users to record videos and send voice and text messages.

Bill Herbst | May 22, 2017 | BillHerbst.com

Among the inherent difficulties of any discussion about the future of humanity is the fact that, unlike ants or bees, we are not predominantly parts in a “hive mind.”

As insects, ants and bees have separate bodies, but not individuated consciousness, at least not in a clear, obvious, or competent sense. When ants and bees are detached from the constant transmission of instructions from the collective mind of the hive, whether by distance, environmental conditions, or damage to their “sensory receivers,” they immediately become confused and dysfunctional. If they find their way back to the hive and restore communication, they quickly recover and get on with their meaningful duties. If they can’t or don’t, they wander aimlessly until they die.

James Howard Kunstler | May 29, 2017 | Clusterfuck Nation | Illustrations added by Editor

Entropy never sleeps. It works remorselessly to transform things of value into useless, dissipated waste and heat. Complexity stokes it especially as the law of diminishing returns multiplies the wheels of futility spinning down to zero. Hence, the intellectual decay of American life in which spin is everything, anything goes, and nothing matters.

The latest manifestation of this dynamic is the curious movement that styles itself The Resistance, lately adopted by the grotesque handmaiden of the Deep State that the Democratic Party became in the regency of Hillary Clinton. Its mission is to undo the results of the last national election by claiming that Russia undid it. It pretends to seek the restoration of something — but what? Of dissipated power relations within the Deep State itself?

CJ Hopkins | June 1, 2017 | Counterpunch

The Pink Revolution of 2017, better known as Russiagate, is now more or less a fait accompli. Whether the corporatist ruling classes and their servants in Congress formally impeach him or force him to resign in disgrace, Donald J. Trump is being regime-changed, or at the very least effectively neutralized until he can be replaced with a grown-up, i.e., someone who will serve their interests without getting the masses all riled up about “taking the government back from the elites,” putting “America first,” and, well, just generally making an ass of himself.

At this point, not even a war will save him. Even if he could somehow manage to convince the boys in the Pentagon to back an invasion of Iran, or Syria, or wherever, the corporate-owned press would crucify him, and you can’t arbitrarily invade other countries without the support of the corporate media. No, the simple fact is, the Corporatocracy has decided to make an example of Trump, to remind folks who is really running things, and what happens when you attempt to defy them, and there’s nothing Trump can do about it, other than rant and rave on Twitter.

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Vanessa Beeley | May 29, 2017 | 21st Century Wire

Exceptionalism: the condition of being different from the norm; also:  a theory expounding the exceptionalism especially of a nation or region.

There are many theories surrounding the origin of American exceptionalism. The most popular in US folklore, being that it describes America’s unique character as a “free” nation founded on democratic ideals and civil liberties. The Declaration of Independence from British colonial rule is the foundation of this theory and has persevered throughout the often violent history of the US since its birth as a free nation.

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Paul Craig Roberts | May 25, 2017 | Institute for Political Economy

Years ago James Jesus Angleton left me with the impression that when an intelligence agency, such as the CIA, pulls off an assassination, bombing, or any event with which the agency does not wish to be associated, the agency uses the media to control the explanation by quickly putting into place a cover story that, along with several others, has been prepared in advance. I suggested that the new story that “the Saudis did 9/11” was put into play to take the place of the worn and battered first cover story. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/07/20/is-the-saudi-911-story-part-of-the-deception-paul-craig-roberts/

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Dear President Trump,

We are journalists, activists and citizens from the United States and around the world who care about press freedom and are writing to you in response to the latest threat of prosecution against WikiLeaks for its journalistic work. We ask you to immediately close the Grand Jury investigation into WikiLeaks and drop any charges against Julian Assange and other Wikileaks staff members which the Department of Justice is planning.

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Chris Hedges | May 22, 2017| Truth Dig

The deep state’s decision in ancient Rome—dominated by a bloated military and a corrupt oligarchy, much like the United States of 2017—to strangle the vain and idiotic Emperor Commodus in his bath in the year 192 did not halt the growing chaos and precipitous decline of the Roman Empire.

Commodus, like a number of other late Roman emperors, and like President Trump, was incompetent and consumed by his own vanity. He commissioned innumerable statues of himself as Hercules and had little interest in governance. He used his position as head of state to make himself the star of his own ongoing public show. He fought victoriously as a gladiator in the arena in fixed bouts. Power for Commodus, as it is for Trump, was primarily about catering to his bottomless narcissism, hedonism and lust for wealth. He sold public offices so the ancient equivalents of Betsy DeVos and Steve Mnuchin could orchestrate a vast kleptocracy.

Hanoi.- The best homage of the Vietnamese people to Ho Chi Minh is to have amply fulfilled his dream of building a nation ten times more beautiful, after the destruction unleashed on the country by the U.S. Army.

Today, 127 years since the Vietnamese leader’s birth, his nation is characterized by rapid economic growth and a great capacity for transformation, which put it in an advantageous position in the face of 21st century challenges.

Ed. Note:  Another gem from a great little blog, this brief article omits two points which seem vital to the discussion. First, there was an American Dream for a brief period from 1945 to 1960 -- just enough to create another Camelot myth. David Hapgood lucidly explained in the 70s why that period was a nonrecurring fluke, though Reagan exhumed a zombiefied version during the 80s using credit. Second, oil. Richard Heinberg, Peak Oil's most thorough chronicler, has detailed why the party is now completely over.

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“Style has more to do with the way in which ideas are believed than with the truth or falsity of their content.” — Richard Hofstader

“Imperial privilege is this strange ability on the part of the U.S. public to ‘shrug off’ the consequences experienced by people impacted by the direct and indirect result of U.S. militarism.” — Ajamu Baraka

The recent firing of James Comey is interesting more for the reaction from liberals than what it means in substance. First off…lets harken back to the early days of post WW2 America. The Dulles brothers, and Henry Cabot Lodge and the like. Max Forte wrote a very comprehensive piece on his site.