We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Has Washington Lost the Middle East After Qatar?

Click here to access article by F. William Engdahl from New Eastern Outlook.

Engdahl sheds much needed light on the current oil and gas competition played out by all the world's major powers in the fossil fuel rich Middle East. He adds more signs that the US Empire's world hegemony project has ebbed. Can our masters who have resurrected the old cold warrior mentally accept their fate or will they use their huge stockpile of dangerous weapons in a desperate attempt to turn back the receding tide of power? That is the major question threatening human survival in the near term. Too bad that most Americans are so ignorant of this threat, and worse by being so disorganized to prevent a disastrous outcome.
It ain’t easy to be the world’s Sole Superpower today, not at all as it was, say, in the 1990’s. Not even psychopathic generals with nicknames like Mad Dog can scare others into falling back in line when Washington barks her orders. Back as recent as the 1990s it was, so to say, a piece of cake. Run a war in Yugoslavia, destabilize the Soviet Union after a long war in Afghanistan, loot the former Communist economies of all Eastern Europe. Worse still, the world seems not to appreciate Washington’s wars of destruction anymore. Now that’s real ingratitude after all that Washington has done for them in recent years…

Could it be that the American Century, viewed by future historians, will have its obituary written around the time in 2017 when Washington lost control of the “strategic prize” as Dick Cheney called the energy-rich Middle East?

Deep History of America’s Deep State

Click here to access article by Jada Thacker from ConsortiumNews.

I highly recommend this to all Americans as a means of recovering a close approximation to the true early history of their country in contrast to the historical fiction they have been subject to in their early impressionable years as young students mostly in public schools. (I've often wondered how this fictional history compares to that given in private American schools.) This version of history forms a major core in the indoctrination received by American students to insure that they grow up to be devoted citizens, loyal workers, and willing recruits for armies advancing the nation's interests which is identical to that of the ruling capitalist class.

I have read many of the sources used by the author to uncover the real  history to know that his version is very close to reality. For those of you who want to read material by some of these authors, on the top of the list that I recommend should be anything by Charles Beard, a renowned historian of the early 20th century. Obviously none of the sources mentioned by Thacker have informed the fictional history as taught in public schools. Events such as Shays' Rebellion or the Whiskey Rebellion  are given only a cursory mention in history courses. I also learned of additional very promising historical sources such as the Anti-Federalist Papers and A Narrative of Some of the Adventures, Dangers and Sufferings of a Revolutionary Soldier by Joseph Plumb Martin. Hopefully I will find the time to read these materials in the future.

One episode that Thacker only alluded to as a general occurrence of the rich ruling class was one I read about Alexander Hamilton from other history sources. He, of course, is one of the reverently referred to "Founding Fathers". During the war the soldiers, farmers and working people (as usual) led by members of the local elites, fought the war against the British. It was a grueling war: many defeats were suffered at the hands of the British, long imprisonments in terrible conditions, and soldiers endured long delays in receiving their pay which also caused hardships for their families. Then when they were paid, they were usually paid in paper script (formally debt) issued either by their respective States or the Confederation government. This money depreciated dramatically over time until after the war it was nearly worthless. When the war was over, Secretary of the Treasury Hamilton and his capitalist friends quietly went about buying up all this script at their market value. Then after the Constitution was rammed through, they made sure that the new government assumed all of the debts for this old money and the other war debts at their face value

The only criticism I have of this post is Thacker's use of "Deep State" to refer to the ruling class of that time. The very useful concept of a Deep State is admittedly somewhat obscure, but this is only because of its secret nature. It comprises what some authors like Peter Dale Scott have long written about, and more recently people like Mike Lofgren. It is not a synonym for "ruling class" as Thacker uses the term. I wonder if Thacker intentionally omits the use of "ruling class" to avoid negative repercussions to his academic career.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fear and loathing on the Afghan Silk Road

Click here to access article by Pepe Escobar from Asia Times

Implied in this article is essentially that China's major project of the new Silk Road network across Asia is in jeopardy due to the impending defeat of the Empire's terrorist armies in Syria. He sees a likely scenario in which the defeated terrorist proxy armies are sent to Afghanistan and reinforced by terrorist forces, doubtlessly supported by the CIA, in China's Xinjiang region and other adjacent areas. 

Thus the near future situation in Afghanistan looks very much like an unstoppable force meeting a difficult-to-move object. This may be the future's major pivotal event in the contest between the hegemonic US-led Empire versus the challenge posed by the China-Russia-Iran combination and their new Silk Road project. Sadly missing so far in this scenario is any major threat to the Empire's ruling classes posed by a vigorous anti-war movement within its borders. Although there are some signs that the US coalition behind the conflict in Syria is disintegrating, at the present time it appears that only bankruptcy threatens the Empire's resistance to their project. More austerity measures will be needed to stave off bankruptcy.  Perhaps anti-austerity movements within the US and some its allies will be sufficient to prevent a future "terrorist" war in Afghanistan as we've seen in Syria.  

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Reason Behind the US Government’s Secret Hatred of Europeans [a best post]

Click here to access article by Eric Zuesse from Strategic Culture Foundation.

Zuesse is identified by a wide range of descriptions. One has it that he is "is a cultural anthropologist, general systems theorist, economist, and investigative journalist." Others (here and here) describe him as an "investigative historian". I haven't been able to find sources that clearly identify his educational background and career. However his web posts on a variety of highly selective websites testify to his competence in uncovering "the truths that contradict Big Brother's lies".  

This article, which supplies via links to other excellent articles and documents which, in turn, contain other links, etc., provides a mother lode of information about "truths that contradict Big Brother's lies". (One such important link brought me to a Wikipedia post that documents the efforts by powerful organizations and people who use Wikipedia to pass on self-serving information--documenting what I've often suspected.) I have studied the article for the past three hours and have only scratched the surface.  It is well worth studying and saving for future reference.

Having said that, I also have some criticisms to offer. One criticism is the same as I've offered several times before: his use of the term "aristocracy". The term refers accurately to ruling classes that governed under the system of feudalism, but he uses it to inaccurately refer to contemporary ruling classes who govern under the system of capitalism. (The term is accurate when he refers to the Saudi ruling class which is ruled under a feudal system.)

Another criticism is that he makes the allegation that "the Sauds financed the 9/11 attacks in the United States ....". (Although in my perusal this morning I didn't find conclusive evidence that backed this up. He certainly did supply a lot of evidence indicating that the Saudis have been providing financing for many terrorist organizations and activities.)

Based on these two criticisms, I have formed an hypothesis for you to consider. I think that the two criticisms illustrate what I have often argued in previous post commentaries: that members of the highly educated upper middle class have been co-opted to serve the ruling class or have been so intimidated that they will not cross certain "red lines". This rests on the assumption that Eric Zuesse is a member of this class. Identifying people by class is always a bit problematic, and this is especially so with Zuesse about whom so little is known--maybe deliberately so. But his writings clearly illustrate that he is highly educated. 

Regarding the first criticism, I think he uses the term "aristocracy" to deflect any identification of the real system that is clearly dominant throughout the world--capitalism. 

The second criticism suggests that the Saudis are responsible for 9/11! This deflects attention away from any US agents shaping the events that led up to 9/11 to promote a project of the capitalist US ruling class in collusion with their Zionist allies (both within the ruling class and abroad): a dramatic terrorist event that would incite the American public to support much more militarily aggressive foreign policies. The 9/11 event supplied the "Peal Harbor" event that was referred to in the 2000 paper "Rebuilding America's Defenses" produced by the Zionist-inspired Project for the New American Century, a major "think" tank of the ruling class. 

It must be recognized that criticism by major intellectuals against US foreign policies are tolerated as acceptable by the ruling class within certain limits. The "red lines" are any criticism of the system of capitalism and any important revelations about the many nefarious activities of the ruling class's secret services such as the CIA, NSA, etc, and the rest of their Deep State ("think tanks" where real policies are formed). The limits are broader for academics who tend to publish their articles in obscure journals only read by other academics. Increasingly we are seeing a few brave academics publishing their articles on alternative websites, of which this post is an example. However, they often betray their cautiousness about offending the ruling capitalist class with tricks such as Zuesse uses.

Perhaps the most valuable contribution given by this article is that he does provide solid reasons for the "US government’s secret hatred of Europeans", and I think this sheds important light on what is currently happening not only in Europe, but in other parts of the world.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

On the Arrest of Two US Citizens in the DPRK and the Release of One

Click here to access article by Konstantin Asmolov from New Eastern Outlook.

Dr. Asmolov, a Russian historian, offers a different view of two US citizens that were arrested and incarcerated in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK). He provides many details missing from the obvious propaganda pieces published by the Empire's media corporations. Finally he concludes the article with this statement:
... no matter what North Korea does, with a certain skill, it can be turned into an illustration of how the DPRK is a country of total horror. The fanning of the story of the “medical experiments on prisoners” reinforces the idea that ​​the DPRK is a country ruled by a cruel and irrational regime from which one can expect virtually anything, and, accordingly, adds fuel to the beliefs of those who think that a “preemptive” military operation against such a regime is not only morally just, but also strategically apt.

John Pilger, Vanessa Beeley on Sputnik with Neil Clark – The Age of Media Mass Deception

Click here if you wish to access the interviews on RT/Sputnik's Neil Clark's show directly from The Wall Will Fall. (I'm posting this from Vanessa Beely's The Wall Will Fall website because it adds additional material and does a better job of framing the issue of corporate media as fake news.)

Because Western media corporations blacklist journalists that report news and views that conflict with the Empire's propaganda, many dedicated independent journalists and news analysts are using RT's vast media facilities as the only way to reach large audiences. True, their reporting and observations appear on other small websites including their own; but to reach worldwide audiences, these two outstanding journalists chose to use RT's facilities.
“The times we live in are so dangerous and so distorted in public perception that propaganda is no longer, as Edward Bernays called it, an “invisible government”. It is the government. It rules directly without fear of contradiction and its principal aim is the conquest of us: our sense of the world, our ability to separate truth from lies. The information age is actually a media age. We have war by media; censorship by media; demonology by media; retribution by media; diversion by media – a surreal assembly line of obedient clichés and false assumptions.” ~ John Pilger

20th June 2017

RT/SPUTNIK

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 m

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Half of World Could See Deadly Heat Waves By 2100

Click here to access article by Andrea Thompson from Climate Central.
Even with drastic cuts to the emissions of greenhouse gases that are driving up Earth’s temperature, more than half of the world’s population could be exposed to deadly heat waves by century’s end.

US Downs Syrian Warplane Over Syria Amid War on ISIS

Click here to access article by Tony Cartalucci from New Eastern Outlook

Cartalucci is a master at finding and publicizing documents from the Empire's Deep State that rules the US and much of the world. By digging up documents from the latter's organizations (US Defense Intelligence Agency and Brookings) which are rarely reported in corporate media (used only as propaganda support for the Deep State's policies and actions), he reminds us that the US aggressive role in Syria is that of regime change with the clear implication that they are using terrorist organizations and the Syrian Kurds to carve up Syria with the eventual aim of replacing the Syrian government with a government that suits the directors of the US Empire. Using this as a realistic basis for a geopolitical analysis, he continues on to speculate about the outcome of the latest aggressive action by US forces. 

Finally, in the last paragraph which is a bit marred by punctuation errors, he calls on alternative media to amplify the Empire's real agenda in Syria:
However, the US itself – while crafting narratives to enable its Syrian policy – claims that regime change at this point would only empower extremist groups in Syria including the Islamic State. Thus it would be most beneficial to Syria and its allies for alternative media sources to remind the public of this fact and what both current and wider US aggression against Damascus would mean in terms of enabling, not ending the Islamic State’s reign of terror both in the region, and around the globe. [with my corrections]

Monday, June 19, 2017

Syrian-Kurdish clashes: new conflict or “new Détente”?

Click here to access article by Andrew Korybko from The Duran

Hopefully I may be forgiven for running so many articles (see this, this, this, this, and this) involving the Syrian Kurds. In my defense I argue that I felt deceived by the series of reports, which I often posted, run by "Reflections on a Revolution" in 2014 when the website was under the control of Jerome Roos and associates. Also the Syrian Kurds could be a major factor in the outcome of the Syrian conflict and a potential flashpoint for a nuclear war.

Korybko carefully parses the geopolitical interests of all the players in this conflict and suggests possible outcomes. It is very much like a deadly game of "chicken" with worldwide implications, and by far the most aggressive player is the armed-to-the-teeth US Empire.

If you have the time, you might also be interested in two additional articles from The Duran: "Israel could regret its support for Kurds" and "Leftist fighters in Syria have become useful idiots of neo-imperialism" both by Adam Garrie. A quote from the latter article:
What would one call a group of left and far-left armed militants who are actively fighting with a singular radical ethnic faction in order to destabilise and ultimately partition a legally recognised state whose government is ironically socialist and anti-imperialist in nature? Furthermore, what would you call it when these leftists are fighting under proxies of the United States who are supported by the genocidal state of Israel and now also the backward, terrorist sponsoring Wahhabi Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?

The words: hypocrites, useful idiots and controlled opposition come to mind.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Two Cheers for the Nation State

Click here to access article by Frank Lee from OffGuardian.

Lee gives an excellent history of the transformation from early capitalist imperialism to what has occurred under the dominance of US capitalist leadership following WWII. He argues that the twin pillars of the US dominance are the US currency and NATO, the latter being the ultimate enforcer of US Empire policies. Those like Muammar Qaddafi or Saddam Hussein who have the nerve to establish an independent currency or who lack understanding of this first pillar always are crushed by the forces of NATO or a combination of its members--always of course to prevent "terrorism", "weapons of mass destruction", or for "humanitarian" reasons, etc.
This the new imperialism resembled a tiered structure. The hegemon – the US – was the undisputed leader at the top of the pyramid, next came western Europe and Japan and South Korea (both virtual semi-colonies of the US) and then the developing world. The exceptions to this were those states who were then outside of this system: The USSR and its east European satellites as well as China North Korea and in turn Indo-China and Cuba. However, during the post-Berlin Wall period, nearly all Eastern Europe, outside of Russia, has been absorbed into the US unipolar empire, becoming dual members (apart from Ukraine and Georgia) of both the EU and NATO.

The US rules this empire politically, economically, militarily and culturally.
(I am always startled when I watch foreign movies by the frequent appearance of American cultural items.)

But then in rest of the essay his analysis is filled with errors and omissions in his effort to argue for the return of national sovereignty, particularly the sovereignty of those nations that now are vassals states of the US Empire. 

There are two major factors that are missing in his analysis. The first is the importance of the third pillar supporting the Empire--the control of Western mass media to insure that the vast populations under the control of the US Empire are indoctrinated with news, information, and ideas that support its hegemony. Thus the last statement quoted above should read:
The US rules this empire politically, economically, militarily, [ideologically] and culturally.
(It is not sufficient to subsume the ideological factor under culture.)

The second major factor is the more egregious one: the absence of a class analysis. (This is puzzling because in the very first paragraph he refers to several classic socialists who saw class conflict as the core dynamic of capitalist nation-states.) This leads him into arguing for the return of sovereign nation-states, particularly the restoration of such nations that are presently under the control of the US Empire. And, he forgets that many of the old European capitalist states carved up the rest of world into their own colonial empires. He also overlooks the major fact that after WWII the US capitalist class took advantage of their nation's power to collect various capitalist elites in countries under their domination (Europe, Japan, and the residue of the British Empire) and formed what has since developed into a trans-national capitalist empire that is often accurately referred to as the US Empire. 

Nation-states were a creation of capitalists which replaced kingdoms in the system of feudalism in which monarchs and aristocrats comprised the ruling class. Assuming that humans have a future, once capitalism with its classes disappear from history, nation-states will also disappear into other formations controlled by and for all humans.

US Intervention in Syria at Crossroads

Click here to access article by Daniel Lazare from ConsortiumNews

Lazare gives an excellent geopolitical description of the current situation in eastern Syria in the wider context of relations among the US and Middle Eastern countries. Of direct personal interest to me was his implication that the Syrian Kurds are actively collaborating with the US to establish their own independent territory.  

(Here and here are two additional maps regarding the area which he refers to in this analysis.)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Blood on the tracks of the New Silk Roads

Click here to access article by Pepe Escobar from Asia Times.

This devoted China booster writes that the Chinese Communist Party is distressed by the current conflict pitting Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain against Qatar and Turkey. The former faction is opposed to the latter's increasingly warming relations with Iran and Russia. And, Trump in his profound ignorance probably ignited this fire.
China’s cardinal foreign policy imperative is to refrain from interfering abroad while advancing the proverbial good relations with key political actors – even when they may be at each other’s throats.

Still, it’s nothing but gut-wrenching for Beijing to watch the current, unpredictable, Saudi-Qatari standoff. There’s no endgame in sight, as plausible scenarios include even regime change and a seismic geopolitical shift in Southwest Asia – what a Western-centric view calls the Middle East.
Since the late 1970s under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese Communist Party launched what they regard as a "win-win" strategy using economic development to solve conflicts both within China and abroad. (See my commentary here starting with "For background material on contemporary China ...".)

Chelsea Manning’s Persevering Spirit Shines In Interview For ABC’s ‘Nightline’

Click here to access article by Kevin Gosztola from Shadowproof.
Whether in an imperfect or hostile setting, Chelsea Manning’s persevering spirit and humanity never fails to shine. That was certainly the case in her exclusive interview for “Nightline” on ABC.

The United States Army whistleblower describes her military prison life at Fort Leavenworth as a daily fight for survival.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Capitalist trends

by Brian McFadden from his website.

Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital

Click here to access a review by Elaine Graham-Leigh of a book by the above title posted on CounterFire (Britain). 

I totally agree with her concluding paragraph:
It is a fairly common belief within green thought that practising pre-figurative politics, living as far as possible as if capitalism did not exist, is a strategy for defeating the system; that it can be hollowed out from within by individuals and communities making some effort to withdraw themselves. It is a tempting belief (it would be much easier) but as numerous examples, from the Diggers to the communist village in Spain, demonstrate, capitalism can continue to exist even if there are groups of people within it who think they are escaping its clutches. The only way that we will see the end of capitalism, before its crisis of negative value sees the end of us, is if we overthrow it and for that, we need to organise. Moore’s often impressive analysis overcomes the common green allergy to talking about a revolution. It just needed to go a little further and embrace the revolutionary socialist organisation that any chance of a successful revolution will require.
If you didn't know, I have such a proposal for the overthrow of capitalism in the following series entitled "A revolutionary model": Part 1, Part 2a, Part 2b, and Part 3. The proposal uses a pre-figurative political structure in a radically new alternative media organization as a method to undermine the legitimacy of information from media corporations--the engines of capitalist rule.

The Kurds Are Playing A Dangerous Game

Click here to access article by Paul Mansfield and Mary Woodward from BSNews.

The British authors are obviously referring to the Syrian Kurds that I learned in past reports have distanced themselves from the Iraqi Kurds who are much more conservative. I have been trying for the last several years to understand why they were playing such a dangerous game, and the authors are as perplexed as I am. 

I was also initially taken in by articles from ROAR (around 2014) that described the Syrian Kurds as an epitome of advanced revolutionary thinking, but then I began to read reports about their collusion with US forces and allowing the latter to have military bases on their territory. Still, more recently I've read a report in which a TeleSur reporter asked them if they were seeking an independent state, and the answer was a firm "no". This is the same answer that they gave in some article I read in 2014.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mark Crispin Miller on “conspiracy theory”

Click here if you wish to access an 25:54m interview with Mark Crispin Miller by RT directly from Miller's website. 

In this interview this specialist in communication studies offers his understanding of the words “conspiracy theory” often used by Empire agents to smear views that they don't like. This weapon is a part of the vast arsenal that Empire agents use in their largely one-sided war on authentic information.
One of the most divisive terms in the English language today is the phrase ‘conspiracy theory.’ Its stigma has a chilling effect on people and the label has the subtle power to shut down enquiring minds and, with them, any inconvenient conversations.

But where did the term come from, and how does this catch-all phrase affect independent thinkers, international debate and the media today?
Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by author and Professor of Media Studies at New York University Mark Crispin Miller.

'Without Putin, Syria Would Have Ceased to Exist'

Click here to access an interview with Father Daniel Maes, a Flemish priest living in Syria, posted on Russia Insider
According to the Flemish Father Daniel Maes, who has lived in Syria since 2010, the coverage of the Syrian war is based on lies. President Bashar al-Assad is not the problem, but our own politicians, who support ISIS and Al Nusra, in order to topple the Syrian government. "The real terrorist leaders are in the West and Saudi Arabia."

The 79-year-old Father Daniel Maes is back in his native country Belgium. He stays in the Norbertine abbey of the Flemish village Postel, which he left for Syria in 2010, when the country was not yet at war.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Why Americans Don’t Understand Terrorism, At All

Click here to access article by Joe Giambrone from OffGuardian

Giambrone thinks that Brits are holier than Americans. Because they voted for Labor candidates under Jeremy Corbin? We Americans were only given a choice between a real estate tycoon who promised jobs and peace with Russia and a mad-dog warmonger as represented by Hillary Clinton. This only proves that their political process might be more open than ours. After all, the US is now the center of the Empire, not Britain! Who cares where North Korea is?! 😉
We live in an invisible empire, and so the mechanics of the empire are never openly discussed with the rabble. Americans don’t comprehend how power actually works across the planet that their country seeks to control. They live from momentary headline to headline without any honest, in-depth analysis of why events like the Manchester bombing occur and keep occurring.

When it comes to terrorism it is dire, urgent, and desperate that the public understand, if anything is to change. But it certainly appears that Americans never will. Perhaps Britons may, and then lead the effort to stop it.

The need to radicalise the Bolivarian Revolution – interview with Jorge Martín

Click here to access article which is a transcript of an interview with Jorge Martin and posted on TeleSur

Martin confirms my own impressions of the rather pretentious Bolivarian Revolution that Hugo Chavez spoke so frequently and passionately about. It is easy for others in foreign lands to be critical of leaders of socialist revolutions, so I tried to retain an open mind about the Chavistas and their leadership. 

However after a trip to Venezuela in December of 2005, I returned home with a feeling that the so-called revolution would not be able to establish socialism by pretending to empower the base of workers and peasants organized in communal councils. (See my commentaries here, here, and here) Martin reinforces all my doubts about its original authenticity. It seems that cultural traditions promote a strong tendency to follow old patterns even among revolutionaries. I am referring to clientelism and caudilloism that is so prevalent throughout South America. 

However because the vast majority of Venezuelans know that they will be far worse off under a pro-capitalist government, they might have sufficient energy to move against their capitalist foes by nationalizing large industries. Then we would likely see a repeat of the Syrian conflict, and that may be the precise reason why Hugo Chavez was so cautious.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Economic Update: Human Nature and Capitalism

On the last half of a recent program presented below, economics Prof. Wolff interviews Dr. Harriet Fraad who talks about human nature.



Because I'm not entirely sure if she is arguing that human nature is infinitely malleable, I would like to clarify my own position. 

Human nature is very adaptable, but within limits. Our nature is to be free, but within limits of human society. Because ruling classes have emerged during the last 2% of human existence corresponding to civilization, there has also occurred far more stringent limits that have been imposed on large numbers of people by ruling classes in order to secure their advantages. 

Originally they accomplished this through violence, but since then mostly by indoctrinating the oppressed with various justifying messages: such arrangements have been ordained by some god, there is no alternative, or it is simply conforming to human nature. The desire for freedom within social limits, which humans had to maintain for 98% of human existence in order to survive, has never been destroyed, but only repressed by ruling classes during the last 2% of human existence.

Hence there never ceases to be vigorous opposition to these arbitrary limits imposed on oppressed people by ruling classes. This conflict between rulers and the oppressed is often referred to as "class struggle". It also represents what oppressed humans frequently refer to as "fairness" or "social justice". If human nature were infinitely adaptable, this conflict would not occur.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Russians Did Not Do It

Click here to access article by Gregory Barrett from The Greanville Post

If you are bothered by the incessant propaganda spewed by media corporations to the extent that it is threatening your mental health, then I recommend this piece as an excellent antidote.

Neocons 2.0: The problem with Peter Pomerantsev

Click here to access article by Mark Ames from Pando.

If you still have doubts about my assertion that there is a one-sided information war going on in my last opinion piece entitled "A Revolutionary Model: Problems and Possibilities - Part 3 of 3", then you will surely need to read this piece. But even if you were aware, I still recommend it because it gives you an idea of the length that mostly neocons (I think that they are more accurately identified as "Ziocons"--short for "Zionist conservatives") go to invert reality. I don't think you did need wade through the entire rather lengthy article to get the idea that our masters' media corporations are under the control of highly skilled sociopaths who are very much like Peter Pomerantsev. 

Also consider the trend in the last decades of subverting alternative media sources into serving us propaganda of the US Empire. A prime example of this is in this article entitled "When Mother Jones Was Investigated For Spreading 'Kremlin Disinformation'".

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Pulling away

Click here to access article by David Ruccio from Real-World Economics Review Blog

Ruccio's graphs and analysis clearly illustrate the co-optation of the upper-middle class by the capitalist class.

Some speculations about the defeat of terrorist forces in Syria

by Ron Horn

Today there is considerable evidence to indicate a victory is near for the Syrian government forces (aided by Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah) over the various terrorist armies and ISIS that have been organized and supplied by the US-led Empire, Saudi Arabia and their medieval allies, Turkey, and Israel to remove the Assad government from Syria. The evidence is supplied by the following reports: here, here, here, and here. Yet if you do a Google search, you will find mostly articles from corporate media that claim that the US is defeating ISIS! What an astounding example of turning reality on its head! And yet many Americans will read these articles without any awareness of the opposite reality.

The impending defeat of ISIS got me thinking. I wonder if the failure of the project to remove the Assad government from power might account for the current bitter conflicts within the anti-Syrian coalition, particularly in the Middle East and within the US itself. 

Pepe Escobar in his article "Trump's Sword Dance Sets Off the War of the Wahhabis" sheds a lot of light on the confusing conflict in the Middle East following Trump's visit among the Arab geopolitical powers who like to play games of dominance. Trump in his ignorance and blundering apparently ignited the bomb. According to Escobar, the fuels that led to this explosion are oil/gas pipelines, competition among regime change organizations (Wahhabi terrorist armies versus the Muslim Brotherhood), and Qatar's friendly overtures to Iran and Russia.

Friday, June 9, 2017

A Revolutionary Model: Problems and Possibilities - Part 3 of 3

by Ron Horn.

It is clear to many informed people across our planet that we are now in the midst of a global war on information on a scale that people have never experienced before. On one side of this war are the powerful corporate megaphones of the rich ruling classes spewing out fake reports and propaganda that is designed to primarily manipulate people in support of their interests. On the other side are the numerous tiny voices of poorly funded individual bloggers trying to do the best they can with limited resources to counter the misinformation of corporate media.

As a result most people are completely confused about what is going on in nation and the world. Corporate media has only served to mystify and obscure the reality of events so that many people no longer trust their own judgement. Given the occurrence of terrorist events (real or contrived), some people are increasingly afraid and relying on authorities in the ruling class for guidance. This, of course, only drags people deeper into mental bondage. The end result is what we see today, and well described in a recent article by Vanessa Beely as "gaslighting".
Gaslighting as an abuser’s modus operandi, involves, specifically, the withholding of factual information and its replacement with false or fictional information designed to confuse and disorientate. This subtle and Machiavellian process eventually undermines the mental stability of its victims reducing them to such a depth of insecurity and identity crisis that they become entirely dependent upon their abuser for their sense of reality and even identity.

Gaslighting involves a step by step psychological process to manipulate and destabilize its victim.  It is built up over time and consists of repetitive information feeds that enter the victim’s subconscious over a period of time, until it is fully registered on the subconscious “hard disk” and cannot be overridden by the conscious floppy disk.  Put more simply, it is brainwashing.
The effects of this brainwashing are evident everywhere. Not only are there many people looking to "authoritative" sources of the ruling class for guidance, many others are listening to partially informed voices or sometimes even fake leaders who lead them into futile activities or shepherd them back into the Democratic party (for example, listen to this). Then there are countless numbers of people so confused by the myriad of views that they have withdrawn into protective mental enclaves of passivity or self-righteous cynicism. 

In order for the project to be successful, the journalists and news analysts in this proposed media organization must be attuned to the class nature which underlies most major events and issues. Of course, not everything can be reduced to a class analysis, but the cultivation of a class perspective or awareness can unravel many of the mysterious events that occur today. That is precisely why the ruling class encourages activists to pursue social identity issues instead of a class issues which might expose their illegitimate, if not criminal, activities. A class-informed consciousness has the potential to equip the people with a confidence that they have the ability to understand issues and the courage to act as protagonists to alter events to serve their needs. I call this consciousness "social power". Contrast this concept with the perverted kind of power that the ruling capitalist class are addicted to: power over people, power to dominate, manipulate, and control people for their class interests--more wealth and power. 

The capitalist ruling class know that their wealth and power depend upon control of information, and they will do everything they can to undermine such an organization. That is why they have so vigorously engaged in this information war. An independent media organization would threaten the core propaganda functions of their corporate media, and they would launch every weapon in their vast arsenal to defeat it. We must be prepared to endure the difficulties that lie ahead which may discourage all but the strongest of people who wish for a better future. So, what are these weapons?

Activists with experience know the many methods that the ruling capitalist class have used in the past to protect them from us and to keep us in mental bondage. There is also considerable information online that is available. Because our mission is based on the very legitimate reason to provide an independent source of information about world events, they will undoubtedly try to paint the new media organization using the old, tired smear of serving Russian interests. But if the project continues to grow, they will use many other methods they have so often used in the past: infiltration of the organization with their agents, divide and conquer by attempting to sow chaos and divisions among the staff of the new media organization, using their vast arsenal of surveillance methods (fixed surveillance cameras, cameras on drones, interception of our electronic communications, etc) to spy on the organization, blacklisting people from participating in the economy, and even assassinating journalists and other key functionaries. But we also must be aware that the more vigorously ruling class agents try to undermine or attack the project, the more likely that new followers and supporters among the general population will be drawn to our new media service.

Still, we must be prepared to prevent these weapons from destroying the project. Committees must be formed that are comprised of experienced and skilled people to study these issues and recommend corrective actions. People who have had experience with infiltrators in activist political organizations must be recruited. The same goes for people with advanced computer skills so that important communications of the project can be encrypted, website administrators with advanced skills, security people who can protect our leaders and journalists, and outstanding news analysts. Most important of all, the project must attract people with solid journalistic and investigative skills and dedicated to a reasonably objective reporting of news, uncovering evidence, and promoting an understanding of events and issues. And last but not least, we the people must support journalists and analysts with our participation, energy, and money, because without us they will surely fail. 

So, why should anyone engage in such a dangerous effort and risk losing what they have and putting their futures in jeopardy?

First of all, I think we owe it to the brave people who have already sacrificed so much to bring us the truth, and supported efforts to have the wonders of the internet serve us instead of merely the tiny capitalist ruling class. I am thinking of people like Julian Assange, Chelsea (Bradley) Manning, Edward Snowden, and Aaron Swartz. I am also thinking of journalists like Eva Bartlett, Vanessa Beely, and Abby Martin who have traveled to dangerous areas to bring us the real news about what was happening there. I think we have a moral responsibility to carry on their efforts at exposing the truth about our world. But we also must do a better job of protecting them.

If successful, this new media organization could serve to make events understandable to all, and with this understanding the people would gain confidence to engage in activities that really challenge the powerful voices coming from the media of the rich ruling class. Armed with this new knowledge, more and more people might stop collaborating with their ruling class bosses and start engaging in activities designed to serve society as a whole. And then, who knows where that might lead them?

One hopeful scenario is the rise of a radically new society out of the ashes of the old war-torn, divided societies composed of a few extremely rich and powerful people who control vast numbers of poor people. This proposal is an attempt to strengthen the side of the people, to make it a much fairer war, and to increase the chances for the people to win so that they can create societies that are for their benefit instead of tiny ruling classes. These new societies would be led by vast numbers of people energized by "social power" and who are fully aware of their collective power to create their own future. Such a future might include a new social-economic system that fosters the growth of all humans, protects the health of our home-planet, and ultimately might enable humans to survive as a species.


(See previous parts of this proposal: Part 1, Part 2a, Part 2b)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Do Not Trust The Intercept or How To Burn A Source

Click here to access article by Bernhard from Moon of Alabama

I've long had my suspicions back  about The Intercept which was strongly reinforced by a series of Newsbud's (formerly Boiling Frogs) articles in 2013 and 2014 about Glenn Greenwald's reluctance to release the treasure trove of NSA linked spying documents that Edward Snowden gave him. Bernhard makes a very good case that we should not trust The Intercept.
The Intercept, a subdivision of First Look Media, was founded by Pierre Omidyar, a major owner of the auctioning site eBay and its PayPal banking division. Omidyar is a billionaire and "philanthropist" who's (tax avoiding) Omidyar Network foundation is "investing" for "returns". Its microcredit project for farmers in India, in cooperation with people from the fascists RSS party, ended in an epidemic of suicides when the farmers were unable to pay back. The Omidyar Network also funded (fascist) regime change groups in Ukraine in cooperation with USAID. Omidyar had cozy relations with the Obama White House. Some of the held back NSA documents likely implicate Omidyar's PayPal.

The Intercept was funded with some $50 million from Omidyar. Its first hires were Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras - all involved in publishing the Snowden papers and other leaks. Its first piece was based on documents from the leaked NSA stack. It has since published on this or that but not in a regular media way.  The Intercept pieces are usually heavily editorialized and tend to have a mainstream "liberal" to libertarian slant.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Getting Julian Assange: The Untold Story

Click here to access article by John Pilger from TeleSur
For almost seven years, this epic miscarriage of justice has been drowned in a vituperative campaign against the WikiLeaks founder. There are few precedents. Deeply personal, petty, vicious and inhuman attacks have been aimed at a man not charged with any crime yet subjected to treatment not even meted out to a defendant facing extradition on a charge of murdering his wife. That the U.S. threat to Assange was a threat to all journalists, and to the principle of free speech, was lost in the sordid and the ambitious. I would call it anti-journalism.
This vendetta against Julian Assange, along with their treatment of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, illustrates the extreme importance that Empire directors place on preventing any information that exposes their many criminal activities. But this is only part of the story. 

Corporate media, which capitalists own and control, have been used to purvey a countless number of fake news reports, self-serving propaganda, and poorly done investigative reports of "terrorist" incidents. The two together, that is, the persecution of alternative sources of information together with their propaganda use of corporate media indicate that the ruling class directors of the capitalist Empire regard the monopoly of information as a top priority to prevent their subjects from interfering in their plans of world hegemony and extracting the last ounce of wealth from the Earth.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Statement on deletion attempts in Wikipedia articles on SWEDHR and its representatives

Click here to access article by Professor Emeritus, med dr Marcello Ferrada de Noli (Ph.D.), chairman, Professor Emeritus, med dr Andres Romelsjö (Ph.D.), vice-chairman, and Dr Lena Oske, MD, on behalf of the Board of Directors, Swedish Doctors for Human Rights posted on The Indicter

The writers are representatives of Swedish Doctors for Human Rights (SWEDHR) who argue that there has been a campaign to both impugn and distort the information reported by their organization in some Swedish and international corporate media. This occurred following their publication of an article attacking numerous articles, which they regarded as fake, that appeared in international media about the "While Helmets". As a reaction to the article published by SWEDHR, there has been a campaign waged to discredit SWEDHR which has also resulted in a radically altered piece about their organization in Wikipedia.

It's obvious that those in the media controlled by the Empire's transnational capitalist class will not tolerate efforts to expose their fake news reports. 

Beyond Democrat Dead-ends: What Real Climate Action Looks Like

Click here to access article by Carol Dansereau from The Greanville Post.

The author, in my opinion, too casually slips into her third item regarding a "real climate" plan, which could prevent a disastrous destabilization of the climate, the fact that a revolution will be required to replace capitalism. It's becoming obvious to many that the system of capitalism and environmental stability are incompatible. One has to go. So far our masters have colluded to pretend to do cope with this major problem, but are only deceiving themselves as well as us in order to satisfy their addictions to power and profit.

The West’s War on Free Speech

Click here to access article by Tony Cartalucci from New Eastern Outlook
In a recent Tweet, NDI linked to a New York Times article titled, “In Europe’s Election Season, Tech Vies to Fight Fake News.” It claimed in the Tweet that the article featured:
"A look at some of the projects aiming to use automated algorithms to identify and combat fake news."
The article itself though, reveals nothing short of a global effort by US tech-giants Google and Facebook, in collaboration with the Western media, to censor any and all media that fails to align with Western-dominated narratives.
Cartalucci reports that our Big Brothers in the ruling class are beginning a project to insure that we, the people, only receive information and analysis over the internet/web that meets with their approval instead of what they regard as "fake news". So that we don't notice, I think they will use the "boiling frog" method: they will initially target obviously fake news items--even to the extent of supplying such fake news reports themselves--but then gradually turning their attention to reports that they don't like and don't want us to view. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Coup, Then and Now – The Enemies of Humanity Try to Give Trump the JFK Treatment

Click here to access article by Anton Chaitkin from The Saker.  (a "best post" and edited at 8:23 PM Seattle time) Thanks go to Christopher from northwest Oregon for alerting me to this article.

I regard this lengthy piece as providing the best online history of the rise of the current US-led Empire that began in WWII to where it is today: a major threat to humanity. I know a lot about this history which encompasses most of my life, and Chaitkin's review of it matches and exceeds what I already know. 

Although Trump's life is very much in danger, I don't regard him as being in a place where he could, like Kennedy, have any kind of positive influence on either national or international events. He is simply too uninformed to do that. Thus I am not worried about his assassination (or more likely impeachment), but I do worry about our future as humans. The loss of Trump will not be anything like the loss of Kennedy regarding the potential impact on our lives. Unlike Kennedy, Trump has no principles other than acquiring more wealth and power; and, as he is doing now, he will bend before the real powers in Wall Street and their powerful military and secret services to preserve his power. The only question is: will he bend sufficiently to placate the ruling class directorate.

I am convinced that only a grass-roots based revolution has the possibility of saving us. We must not look to any leader to save us--and certainly not Trump. We must save ourselves.

Friday, June 2, 2017

A revolutionary model - part 2b

by Ron Horn

The primary commitment by all people involved in the project must be the production of accurate information and analyses to the general public. Such information must serve our vital need to understand issues that are not only directly confronting us and our families in our daily lives, but larger issues of national and international scope which have very indirect but often profound effects on our lives. The following proposal is aimed to serve that precise purpose. Note that the proposal is based on the assumption that the world wide web and the internet still exists in a form that facilitates the communication of both mundane matters and important news and ideas, and is easily accessed by all. If we can't protect the open web and internet from decisively favoring websites of media corporations, then I fear all is lost.

Many activists have now learned that the main purpose of mainstream media corporations exist to serve only to serve the interests of the Empire's transnational capitalist ruling class. These interests are directly imposing economic disasters on our lives within our borders, and threatening a nightmarish nuclear conflagration abroad. Their media corporations serve the ruling class by distorting news and information about economic and political events both within our nation and abroad, most dangerously with fake news about their foreign military and subversive activities across the world. The sole purpose of their media are to frame events so that the general public are compliant with, if not supportive of, their activities. Participants must engage in this project with the utmost dedication in spite of knowing that this directly interferes with the agenda of the ruling class to keep the general public ignorant of their real activities.

A critical first step to realizing this project would be that the existing small alternative news and analysis services (existing mostly on the web) must decide to share their resources to build this project with the clear understanding that the new organization would be adopting a bottom-up authority structure. People involved in this information project must understand the overwhelming importance of collaborating rather than competing over turf that they might control. (Such individualist thinking belongs to capitalist rule, not to rule by and for all of the people.) They also will need to understand this new bottom-up arrangement and the accountability structure of the different players in this new organization, and how it relates to the growing number of activist supporters in the general public. 

But first, let us look at the familiar arrangement of media corporations: the powerless 95% who currently reside at the bottom as consumers of information, the 4.9% that I estimate consist of variously skilled workers of the upper-middle class and middle class who serve the managers appointed by the ruling capitalist class. Finally the capitalist ruling class (owners of the media) who are approximately .1% of the population exercise control over their media enterprises like any other enterprise--to make money, but much more importantly, to impose their views and values on, and to manage the consent/dissent of, the general population.

The business model for media corporations is based mostly on economic support by the general business community directly through selling ads for their products and services, and indirectly by posting information and editorials that support the interests of the existing capitalist class; whereas subscriptions by the general public often only sustain the cost of printing. Hence, mainstream media's obligation is primarily to serve the interests of the general business community, and most of all, to support the interests of major capitalists in banking and large owners of shares in major corporations (the ruling capitalist class).

For a variety of very good reasons I propose that we construct the organization of this new media service by reversing our perspective from the traditional one (top-down arrangement of authority) to the new bottom-up arrangement. After we adopt this perspective, it follows that we need to identify the new components of the media service in order to be clear as to how it functions. Because this is so new and radically different from what we are accustomed to, many people will have a hard time imagining this. But I argue that there is, indeed, no alternative if we are serious about living in peace and protecting our Mother Earth that sustains all living things.

So who would be the "bottom" (that is, the future "top" of the authority structure) of this new bottom-up management system? It seems obvious to me that we, the people, must support this new enterprise if it is going to overcome the many obstacles that the ruling class will pose for it. We can do this in a variety of ways: through funding, volunteer activities, and other forms of support. Conceptually speaking, we must regard ourselves as a critically important part of the organization--because we realistically must be. 

More functionally speaking, the new media organization would be headed by journalists who do the work of providing information and analyses that we consume. Journalists would be followed by staff people consisting of a variety of computer/website literate technicians, managers/coordinators, and accounting people. Thus the latter would be accountable to the journalists who would have the authority to hire and fire support staff. The rest of the work can be done by volunteers. Originally the journalists would be the existing ones from websites that started the organization, but over time journalists would be required to have a sufficient number of supporters to sustain their role as a journalist of this new media organization. New journalists can be appointed on a trail basis by a committee composed of journalists and community supporters.

Because the capitalist class would obviously be hostile to this new information organization, it is imperative that journalists would have to be very actively supported by us. In addition to funding and volunteering, I propose that this could be accomplished by "support circles" consisting of people who know the journalists and/or live in their home communities supplemented by others around the world who like their work. These people would be listed on the organization's website as their supporters. Other methods that public members could use to support them would be the provision of board and room when they travel to the communities of their supporters, etc.

This radically new model may run into practical realities of dealing with legal authorities of the ruling capitalist class. The model is totally contrary to capitalist organizations and thus the arrangement might have difficulties being enforced by capitalist legal institutions if challenged in their courts. However, it must be understood that any profoundly revolutionary model would encounter similar problems. We would simply have to find a way to work around this potential problem. And in any case, we would be faced with a multitude of problems from the ruling capitalist class once the new media enterprise becomes operational. (I will be discussing these issues in Part 3.)


(Next in Part 3, Problems and Possibilities)

Gaslighting: State Mind Control and Abusive Narcissism

Click here to access article by Vanessa Beely from 21st Century Wire
Gaslighting as an abuser’s modus operandi, involves, specifically, the withholding of factual information and its replacement with false or fictional information designed to confuse and disorientate. This subtle and Machiavellian process eventually undermines the mental stability of its victims reducing them to such a depth of insecurity and identity crisis that they become entirely dependent upon their abuser for their sense of reality and even identity.

Gaslighting involves a step by step psychological process to manipulate and destabilize its victim.  It is built up over time and consists of repetitive information feeds that enter the victim’s subconscious over a period of time, until it is fully registered on the subconscious “hard disk” and cannot be overridden by the conscious floppy disk.  Put more simply, it is brainwashing.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Buying a Slave – The Hidden World of US/Philippines Trafficking

Click here to access article from Media Roots.

The article furnishes an excellent introduction to a 25:09 video (included) produced and narrated by Abby Martin. 
The Philippines has a long and unfortunate history of colonization and being used by the superpowers of the world. The Filipino people are now suffering the consequences of such a challenging legacy- underdevelopment, high unemployment, and constantly worsening poverty. This legacy has led to an unusual phenomenon- a shocking 10% of the Philippine population must leave the country in order to seek employment in hopes of sending money back to their families. An estimated 6,000 people, mostly women, leave the Philippines daily to seek work.

.... Unfortunately ... many of these migrant workers have become victims of human trafficking and have found themselves stuck in a seemingly endless cycle of abuse and neglect. 

Repressing Pipeline Protests

Click here to access this 39:40 minute interview with investigative journalist Will Parrish conducted by Sasha Lilly of KPFA in Berkeley, California. (Note: this is followed by an interesting interview with Cassie Helgerson for the balance of the program.)
The fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline led to a remarkable level of protest and solidarity, bringing together native people from all over North America, as well as their allies.  It also witnessed a remarkable level of repression.  Investigative journalist Will Parrish discusses leaked documents that expose the role of a private security firm TigerSwan, experienced in counterterrorism, and its surveillance and infiltration of protestors. And [at 39:40m] water protector Cassie Standing Bear Helgerson discusses other threats to water in the Great Lakes Region.
I want to direct attention especially to Parrish's examination of the DAPL resistance movement and the methods used by the US police state's repression of the protests. There is much to be learned about the ruling capitalist class's strategies in suppressing any opposition that confronts the interests of their corporations. 

After 9/11 the ruling class put in place many new elements of this oppressive police structure including fusion centers, using private security agencies, and surveillance of social media. These new features were added to the traditional methods our ruling class has used to suppress popular opposition such as manipulation of corporate media to issue reports to keep us in ignorance about the real issues involved, and issuing reports that support the oppressive actions of their police forces.

Also for those who are interested in the police state methods used to against DAPL resistors, I highly recommend a report issued today by Unicorn Riot entitled "DAPL Security Leak Shows Coordinated Surveillance and Repression of Water Protectors". 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Islamic State in Asia: Saudi-Funding and Naive Policymakers Endanger Region

Click here to access article by Joseph Thomas from New Eastern Outlook.
It is well within the means of US and European intelligence and security agencies to establish a direct link between terrorism and Saudi funding. What is lacking is the political will to do so.
It's not merely the political will to do so, it's active collaboration with the Saudis to create terrorist events to distract attention away from the imperialist crimes of the US-led Empire, to make their people so fearful that they will turn to Empire authorities for protection and permit governments allied to the Empire to curtail civil liberties.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

 How the 1989 War on Manuel Noriega’s Panama Super-Charged US Militarism

Click here to access article by Greg Grandin from The Nation. (updated on June 1st, 10:45 AM Seattle time)

The news of Manuel Noriega's recent death stirred up a lot of bad memories about the sordid actions of ex-CIA chief and then President H. W. Bush and the complicity of America's media corporations. In the 1980s I was very politically aware of, and active to oppose, all the secret wars the US was involved in trying to control governments in Central America. I am referring to El Salvador where the US supported a government and paramilitary that was engaged in terrorizing dissidents, murdered nuns and Archbishop Romero. 

I am also referring to the ongoing attempt to overthrow the very popular Sandinista government in Nicaragua. I remember working hard in organizations that led to the 1984 Boland Amendment that prohibited the government from giving any kind of military aid to US's terrorist army known as the Contras that were based in nearby Honduras. Up until then they had been funded and organized by the CIA to terrorize civilians and the staff working at the popular health clinics and schools in Nicaragua in an effort to overturn the government. (Does this sound familiar?) I personally saw some of the destroyed clinics and talked with several American lay Catholic workers who confirmed the reports of these actions.

Noriega's death brought back so many other memories like the Iran-Contra hearings which revealed a lot, but suppressed a lot more of the CIA's dirty deeds. The CIA carried on its dirty deeds in El Salvadore and Nicaragua with funding from mainly three sources: selling arms to Iran, diverting foreign aid destined to Israel and other countries, and the lucrative drug trade which were imported into the ghettos of the US. This is where Noriega was useful. While on the CIA payroll, he played an important role in support of the US by actions by facilitating drug trafficking. He had close relations with drug czar Pablo Escobar of Columbia. But at a certain point he apparently balked at providing more of such services, and H. W. Bush angered by this insubordination, decided to take him out by invading Panama.

But I won't burden you with the whole story. Grandin does a good job summarizing these events. If you really want to learn more about not only the realities but what corporate media provided as fake news to US readers, I've listed the following links (in chronological order):
  • http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-u-s-invades-panama
  • http://fair.org/extra/how-television-sold-the-panama-invasion/
  • http://www.nytimes.com/1990/01/04/world/noriega-s-surrender-overview-noriega-gives-himself-up-us-military-flown-florida.html
  • http://articles.latimes.com/1991-10-04/news/mn-3423_1_medellin-cartel
  • https://library.cqpress.com/cqalmanac/document.php?id=cqal85-1147212#H2_9
  • http://www.nytimes.com/1992/07/11/us/noriega-sentenced-to-40-years-in-jail-on-drug-charges.html
  • http://www.nytimes.com/1992/07/11/us/noriega-sentenced-to-40-years-in-jail-on-drug-charges.html
  • http://www.nytimes.com/1992/12/12/opinion/manuel-noriega-prisoner-of-war.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/30/general-manuel-noriega-feared-panamanian-dictator-cia-asset
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/30/world/americas/manuel-antonio-noriega-dead-panama.html
  • http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/01/truth-operation-panama-160131085323562.html 
Also on June 1st I added the following article entitled "The Panama Deception" which includes a very interesting 1:31:09 video by the same name.  

The CIA’s Cloddish ISIS Attack on Duterte

Click here to access article by F. William Engdahl from New Eastern Outlook
The terrorist siege in Marawi City is blatantly a desperate Washington try to topple the very popular (80% popularity in polls) Duterte, who successfully won the Presidency last June over a US-backed Mar Roxas, a US-educated former Wall Street banker. Since taking office Duterte has made bold and quite courageous steps to steer the former US Colony towards a Eurasian alliance with China and Russia as his major supporters. In Beijing in October last year, Duterte met China’s Xi Jinping and signed numerous trade deals with China. ....

Since then Duterte has sought closer ties with Russia as well, in a further effort to bring his nation out from under the yoke of a de facto US control. This does not sit well with the circles of the so-called Deep State in Washington –the CIA and their nefarious friends. Should the US lose the Philippines, it would pose a devastating strategic geopolitical loss to the US military containment strategy against China and Russia in the Pacific. Devastating.
One might fault Engdahl for making allegations without providing sufficient supporting evidence, but how many decades of experience with Empire-funded "terrorist" armies with after-the-fact supporting documentation do we need that to verify the role played by the CIA and other Western secret agencies? Empire strategists discovered long ago the usefulness of terrorist armies to serve the Empire's interests by toppling uncooperative governments abroad, and using domestic "terrorist" events to suppress opposition at home to their policies. I have followed the writings of Engdahl for at least 10 years and I trust his analyses far more than than reports from media corporations all of which serve the criminal gang of capitalist ruling classes of the Empire.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Vanessa Beely On White Helmets, Syria with Sane Progressive Interview

"Debbie" of Progressive Interview channel of YouTube interviews one of my favorite independent investigative journalists, Vanessa Beely, a Brit who has traveled extensively in the Middle East especially in the hot spots of Syria and Gaza. Because I have already posted a lot of material about the While Helmets who are sponsored by an NGO, I am posting this primarily because of Beely's opening general remarks about NGOs and how they are tied in with the capitalist ruling class to promote their geopolitical interests abroad. (You will also learn that she has connections with two other of my favorites-- Eva Bartlett and Cory Morningstar.) If you want to skip the opening attempts by Debbie while she rigs up the necessary computer connections amidst friendly giggles between the two women, I advise you to listen from 3:05 to 11:17 in which Beely gives a very succinct, but clear understanding of the role of many such NGOs. 


Sunday, May 28, 2017

An inside look at Bernie Sanders’s role in the Democratic Party primaries (parts 1 and 2)

Click here to access this book review by Eric London from World Socialist Web Site.

London reviews a book entitled Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. The book reveals how the capitalist ruling class's fake version of democracy actually worked during the primaries when confronted with a candidate that feigned a social democratic (not a "socialist) political platform.
Shattered conveys the sense of genuine concern in the Clinton campaign following each major Sanders victory, especially the New Hampshire primary in February and the Michigan primary in March. After each defeat, the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party were confronted by their own unpopularity and by a groundswell of opposition from working class voters and youth.

“We should have figured out a way to deal with Bernie earlier,” Clinton told her staff after losing the New Hampshire primary. A debate emerged within the campaign, with one side, led by Bill Clinton, arguing that the campaign was ignoring questions of social inequality and would drive working class voters away.

The overwhelming majority of Clinton strategists and Democratic Party operatives ignored Bill Clinton’s proposals. ....

The decision to focus more intently on identity politics was taken to allow Clinton to build a voting base centered among wealthier voters, so as to ensure that she would not be obligated to issue any proposals for social reform that might turn off her backers in the financial aristocracy and the wealthiest 10 percent of the population.
In the second part of this two part series entitled "The Democratic Convention, anti-Russian hysteria, and Clinton’s concession" the book reveals the juicy details of how the Democratic party operatives and the Sanders camp colluded to keep a lid on a potential explosive reaction by Sanders' supporters at the Democratic convention. 

After the convention Democratic operatives focused on a script to defeat Trump which they have continued ever since Clinton's defeat. 
... they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.” In the days that followed, “her team coalesced around the idea that Russian hacking was the major unreported story of the campaign, overshadowed by the contents of stolen e-mails and Hillary’s own private server imbroglio.”

The anti-Russia narrative did not emerge out of Clinton’s head simply as a defensive cover for her own electoral catastrophe. Working with her allies from the State Department and the military-intelligence apparatus, a powerful section of the American ruling class elevated Russia’s alleged role as a mechanism to tamper social opposition, taint broad anti-Trump sentiment with the poison of American nationalism, and advance the anti-Russian agenda of US imperialism.

This narrative has been become the Democratic Party’s sole method for opposing Trump in his first months of office.

Cover Stories Are Used To Control Explanations

Click here to access article by Paul Craig Roberts from Foreign Policy Journal

The biggest news fakery of all is ...
When an intelligence agency pulls off an assassination or other event it doesn't want to be associated with, it prepares cover stories in advance.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Video: The on-coming technocratic multi media Bilderberg takeover

In this post from We Are Change we are presented with the following 19:08m video interview with Tony Gosling, a former BBC journalist, conducted by Luke Rudkowski. Gosling seems to be a storehouse of information about the transnational Deep State whose important members will be meeting at the upcoming 2017 Bilderberg meeting. Gosling starts out slowly with unfamiliar references (for most Americans) to British politics, but he soon shares with us some very fascinating information he has gleaned about the people who control much of what goes on in the world, and which corporate media refuses to cover.


The Deep State is the State

Click here to access article by Ron Jacobs from CounterPunch

I think that Jacobs offers a useful analysis of the current struggle between the Deep State and Trump. Many bloggers are confusing the Deep State, or the active politicos of the ruling capitalist class, with their secret, unaccountable surveillance and subversion agencies like the CIA, FBI, and all the rest (I believe there are 16 such agencies). Most of the time Jacobs separates the two, but in the following sentence he lapses into confusing the two.
If Trump is able to get the agencies of the deep state to work for the factions he represents—either by replacing those loyal to others not named Trump or by cajoling and coercing them to change their loyalty—he will think the deep state is a great thing.
Trump will never take over the secret agencies of the Deep State because they have been organized to serve the ruling capitalist class which has become a very powerful transnational ruling class that is in control of the US Empire. Although a billionaire real estate mogul, he is small potatoes compared to the ruling transnational operatives. He will of necessity keep bending to the latter's will or he will be ousted one way or another.

Washington Post Caught Blatantly Lying To Their Readers Yet Again

Listen to the following Jimmy Dore's rant about Washington Post and their latest pieces of fake news. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

A revolutionary model - part 2a

by Ron Horn.

Most of the time I see that the ruling capitalist class has overwhelming control over every sector of our society, but recently I see one sector in which they are vulnerable--news media. Because the US-led Empire is increasingly fighting a losing battle in their goal of world hegemony, their media corporations are increasingly issuing fake news, and the US and allied governments are increasingly using subterfuge, secrecy, and false-flag operations to impose their will on the world. The growing gap between reality of what is happening in the world and the awareness of most Americans about this reality is becoming rather wide. There is considerable evidence that many no longer believe the talking heads featured in the TV broadcasts of media corporations, but these megaphones of disinformation are drowning out the tiny voices trying to be heard in more independent sources that exist online.

You say that we already have alternative sources of news and analysis and they are growing? For over nearly the eight years of my website's existence I have been promoting these websites, but now I no longer think that is sufficient to overcome the stranglehold that the capitalist class has over every sector of our society in the limited time we have. Alternative websites, which challenge the lies (see this, this, and this for the latest) of our masters, are all begging for support from us (see this, this, this, and this at 23:25m) and other worthy projects (see this). 

Although there are more and more independent voices going online to tell us what is really happening in our dangerous world, they all with few exceptions are trying to do this with very limited budgets and unpaid volunteers. Given the dangerous times we live in, I think that it is urgent that we promote collaboration, cooperation, and a sharing of resources in order to establish a much more powerful and more effective American independent news service. By remaining in the present state that scattered independent voices are now in, we are no match for the powerful megaphones of media corporations. The words of a famous American are so appropriate for our time: "We must hang together, or we will all hang separately."

We presently see major Western dissident figures and independent journalists having to go on RT, TeleSur, and PressTV to express their analysis and views of what is happening in the world. This is not at all ideal. All of these sources of information are funded by foreign countries which most Americans shy away from. There are also two additional important reasons we Americans must support our own news service to provide independent news, news analysis, and views.

Trump has contributed one positive thing to the plethora of disinformation that we are faced with: he has brought to the attention of Americans that they have been issued "fake news" by these media corporations (even though he has no compunctions about issuing fake reports of his own). By doing so, he has exposed the issue of fake news, and an awareness of this has entered the consciousness of ordinary people across the USA and much of the world. 

Finally, and most importantly, I will argue for a radically different type of organization to sustain this collective effort which I believe has excellent prospects for bringing down the rule of capitalists. 

People on the left may be familiar with references to a "bottom-up" concept of organization, but are hazy as to what it actually means. This is simply because it is so new and so different to what we have been exposed to up to now. What we are most familiar with, and have come to believe as the only possibility, is a top-down organization. This is because since the dawn of civilization we have been controlled by ruling  classes. With the growth of populations has come increasing complexity of societal organization and has resulted in top-down organizational methods of control that are ideal to serve the interests of tiny ruling classes over the vast majority.

It is easy to see how a top-down organizational structure is so well designed to serve the profit interests of a relatively few management personnel who are hired to serve the profit interests of shareholders over a vast majority of workers. 

Tellingly omitted under each of the orange categories are thousands of ordinary wage workers--they simply don't matter. The blue boxes are considered staff functions that serve the CEO, and the orange boxes are considered line functions which serve to control workers and what work they do. All the boxes are filled with well rewarded upper-middle class people who have had many years of exposure to ruling class ideology and have demonstrated loyalty to the capitalist ruling class who own these corporations. 
Likewise, it is easy, logically speaking, to see that a reverse authority structure, or a bottom-up organizational structure, is designed to serve to the vast majority over a few who are assigned tasks that require regulatory and coordinating functions over societies as a whole. (In the latter imaginary schematic there would be no capitalist shareholders of economic enterprises.) If we truly want to see an information service serve the interests of the vast majority, shouldn't we likewise use an organizational structure that is suited for that purpose? Therefore I think the new news service must appropriate this concept into their organization. With an independent news service organized in such a manner, I firmly believe that it can also serve as a revolutionary catalyst. And, with a concentration of resources in one major independent and domestic news service, most people might eagerly look at an alternative source to counter the ongoing manipulative efforts of mainstream media.

I can't provide all the details of how to bring this about, but can suggest some ways that this could be accomplished. The important thing is that people associated with this project see that this organized form is not only desirable, but mandatory to accomplish the objectives of not only bringing accurate news reports to serve the vast majority of people, but to eliminate ruling classes that have wrecked so much devastation on the lives of ordinary people. 

(Next in part 2b: more details about this independent information service as a revolutionary catalyst.)