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29 March 2015 @ 04:07 pm
Mission: Chaos  
Successes - Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria

Libya: Time for naming and shaming
16.03.2015
The total chaos in Libya is the direct result of military intervention by the FUKUS Axis (France-UK-US) in the internal affairs of a sovereign state. Those responsible for this situation must be prosecuted for their crimes, including war crimes and crimes against humanity. Their names are Obama, Clinton, Cameron, Hague, Sarkozy, among others.
In 2011, Libya had the highest human development index in Africa, it lived at peace with its neighbors, women had full rights and the Jamahiriya system of government based the extremely complex tribal society on small groups, local government entities which reported to councils connected to the State which catered for their needs and answered their requests.
Then what happened? The French installed themselves in Benghazi in 2010 preparing the revolution which is fact was carried out by "the bearded ones" (the Islamist fanatics from Benghazi) and foreign terrorists. The result? See the indictment below. Girls were raped, boys were impaled on stakes, properties were destroyed, banks were ransacked and looted, women had their breasts sliced off.
The students who had had their studies paid for abroad saw their subsidies cut and had to choose whether to go tome to a NATO-inspired hell-hole or else seek political asylum abroad. Today there is not one city in Libya living in peace, neither is there a government, The country is in chaos.
The full list is as follows: Anders Fogh Rasmussen (Denmark) NATO Secretary-General; Charles Bouchard (Canada), Commander of Operations; Nicolas Sarkozy, Édouard Guillaud (France); Rinaldo Veri, Commander Allied Maritime Command (Italy); David Cameron, Sir Stuart Peach (UK); Barack Obama, Carter Ham, Sam Locklear (USA); Harald Sunde (Norway), Abdullah II (Jordan); Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani (Qatar), Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan (UAE); Sverker Goranson (Sweden) and the Defence Ministers Pieter de Crem (Belgium), Anuy Angelov (Bulgaria), Gitte Lillelund Bech (Denmark); Panos Beglitis (Greece); Hans Hillen (Netherlands); Gabriel Oprea (Romania);Carme Chacón Piqueras (Spain); Ismet Yilmaz (Turkey), Liam Fox (UK), Ignazio La Russa (Italy), Gérard Longuet (France).
William Hague (UK), Hillary Clinton (USA) Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini

Indictment against NATO for the Libyan catastrophe
Those who are responsible for this gigantic foreign policy disaster are today sitting prissily in their offices thousands of miles away. Suppose someone for once actually did something about it and held those responsible to account?
Remember, I will be long dead before history judges our generations but documents such as these will live for posterity. It is illegal to destroy a sovereign state and to deploy military hardware against civilians and civilian structures. The Jamahiriya State of Libya was destroyed by the USA, the UK and France, illegally. There was direct interference from troops on the ground, contrary to UNSC Resolutions 1970 and 1973 (2011).
Silence is connivance.
The many hundreds of comments with evidence and links under this thread have been systematically removed from the Internet
http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/06-11-2011/119534-indictment_nato-0/
Postscript:
Today Libya is crawling with Islamic State terrorists
Congratulations Messrs Obama, Cameron, Sarkozy, el alia. Sterling job.
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey Pravda.Ru http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/16-03-2015/130035-libya_names-0/
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clothcapclothcap on March 29th, 2015 03:23 pm (UTC)
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Bibi and Boehner
Mar 28, 2015 By Clay Bennett



Founding Fathers
Mar 27, 2015 By Mike Luckovich



Plenty more http://www.truthdig.com/cartoon
clothcapclothcap on March 29th, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
RT
‘Iran wants to conquer MidEast’: Israeli PM slams prospect of nuclear deal
Published time: March 29, 2015
The possible signing of a deal on Iran’s controversial nuclear program is “dangerous” as it may be the only thing Tehran lacks to establish control over the whole of the Middle East, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says.
Iran’s nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, which entered the final stage before the March 31 deadline, have confirmed “our concerns and even worse," Netanyahu told Israeli public radio.
According to the recently re-elected right-wing prime minister, the "’Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis" poses a threat to all of humanity and must be stopped.”
The nuclear deal, combined with the control Tehran already has over governments in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, could allow Iran to “conquer” the Middle East, Netanyahu declared.
Previously, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Tzahi Hanegbi, told public radio that the Jewish state "will not be bound by an accord concluded by others (Iran and P5+1 powers – China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US, plus Germany) and will know how to defend itself."
Hanegbi expressed opinion that Britain, France and Germany have “no illusions that Iran will respect its commitments” if the nuclear deal is struck.
Continues http://rt.com/news/245045-iran-nuclear-talks-israel/

West vs. RT?
March 27, 2015
Media wars have entered new territory: Secretary of State John Kerry, EU officials and the NATO military alliance all have singled out this television station, RT, as some kind of security threat. Since when is holding and broadcasting a different opinion or narrative a threat to global media freedom?
CrossTalking with Anthony Salvia, Martin McCauley and Don DeBar
http://rt.com/shows/crosstalk/244401-media-eu-nato-us/
clothcapclothcap on March 29th, 2015 05:55 pm (UTC)
Boston Marathon Hoax: Evidence
Boston Show Trial: Even marathon footage of suspects was faked
March 28, 2015 By Jim Fetzer
Maret Tsarnaev reveals the stunning truth: the images of her nephews at the Boston marathon were fabrications
In an explosive interview on “The Real Deal”, Maret Tsarnaev, the aunt of Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the alleged “Boston bombers”, which has been proven to have been a drill where no one died, explained that even the footage of the two brothers at the Boston Marathon is fake, where Tamerlan, for example, had a beard before and after the Marathon but is clean-shaven in the “official footage”. [NOTE: The interview has been blocked worldwide!]
[...]
Tamerlan’s death certificate states that he died from “GUNSHOT WOUNDS OF TORSO AND EXTREMITIES” that were caused by having been “SHOT BY POLICE AND THEN RUN OVER AND DRAGGED BY MOTOR VEHICLE”. But it omits the most important fact, which is that this occurred WHILE HE WAS IN POLICE CUSTODY. Just how dumb are we supposed to be? He is arrested, stripped naked and placed in a police car–and then winds up dead!
Hollywood producer exposes hoax
Nathan Folks, a noted Hollywood producer and director, had exposed the bombing as a hoax during an interview on “The Voice of Russia”, where he explained that one of the key players was an actor he had cast in one of his own films and that what was taking place is “hyper-realistic filming”, in which an attempt is made to create scened that are as realistic as possible, say, to condition inexperienced troops about combat:
Continues http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/03/28/boston-show-trial-even-the-marathon-footage-of-the-suspects-was-faked/
clothcapclothcap on March 29th, 2015 06:56 pm (UTC)
Gulf coalition launches airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen
LIVE UPDATES
Published time: March 26, 2015 07:21
Edited time: March 29, 2015 13:16
http://rt.com/news/244185-yemen-conflict-gulf-rebels/
clothcapclothcap on March 29th, 2015 07:18 pm (UTC)
In case there was any doubt...
Israel’s fighter jets have taken part in the Thursday Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, sources in Sanaa disclosed on Friday.
“This is for the first time that the Zionists are conducting a joint operation in coalition with Arabs,” Secretary General of Yemen’s Al-Haq Political Party Hassan Zayd wrote on his facebook page.
He noted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had issued direct orders for the Israeli air force to send fighter jets to the Saudi-led air raid on Yemen.
Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Yemen and killed, at least, 25 civilians early Thursday, one day after the US-backed Yemeni president fled the country.
Also, 15 more people were killed and injured in a second round of massive attacks by the Saudi Arabian fighter jets in the Northwestern Yemeni city of Sa’ada on Friday.
Yemen’s al-Massira TV reported that the Saudi air force targeted the Yemeni’s civilians who were shopping in a market.
Five Persian Gulf States — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait — backed by the US have declared war on Yemen in a joint statement issued earlier Thursday.
US President Barack Obama authorized the provision of logistical and intelligence support to the military operations, National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said late Wednesday night.
She added that while US forces were not taking direct military action in Yemen, Washington was establishing a Joint Planning Cell with Saudi Arabia to coordinate US military and intelligence support.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/israeli-fighter-jets-join-saudi-arabia-in-war-on-yemen/5439378
Cameron to declare support for Saudi? Why not, he's already declared support for fascists and is setting up a fund for them.
clothcapclothcap on March 29th, 2015 08:15 pm (UTC)
Tweetz March 29
Karol con Yemen
Abbas
According to them Iran is taking over Yemen, ok why don't you fight the root of the problem,go bomb Iran directly if Iran is the problem.
Liz Sly
At the end of this very long victory speech in Idlib, the fighter delivering it gets hit by an airstrike. Syria https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=6pmGTaO1eIc
Hayder al-Khoei
BBC picture vs Al-Mayadeen footage on the protests in Yemen in defiance of Saudi-led airstrikes on Houthis.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CBLq1pDWgAE_sag.jpg
Hasan Hafidh
'Houthis are a minority, mere proxies for Iran' *Houthis actually make up a 1/3 of Yemen's population & ruled N/Yemen for 1000's of years.

Chris Sedlmair
Soros: EU Should Give $50 Billion To Ukraine To “Confront Russian Threat” http://ln.is/wordpress.com/Ssto0
Tbilisi: NATO Integrates Georgia Into…European Union http://ln.is/wordpress.com/vkjRY

Scott Horton
Does anyone know of any actual _evidence_ of Iranian intervention in Yemen? Seems perfectly possible, but where's the proof?
Trita Parsi
So both Israel & Saudi Arabia are aiding al-nusra (al-qaeda) in Syria. This is scorched earth 2.0...
Electronic Intifada
Watch: Palestinian parents try to stop Israeli army assaulting their sleeping children http://bit.ly/1GfvxDW
Lara Friedman
(Corrected) *t just got Bibi-er: Netanyahu calls the US & Israel's key European allies "danger to humanity" | http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/.premium-1.649387?v=00581E594D51C8CCF736AB438376428A
Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign Is Now Effectively Over. Wall Street Warns Democrats Not to Choose Senator… http://www.globalresearch.ca/hillary-clintons-presidential-campaign-is-now-effectively-over-wall-street-warns-democrats-not-to-choose-senator-elizabeth-warren/5439320
[If she was the pick of the bunch, what follows?]
Michael
@scotthortonshow To the contrary, Iranian newspapers dispute that the Shi'ite militias are backed by Iran http://www.iranherald.com/index.php/sid/231480397
Here's a good website to use to find local news articles in newspapers from nearly every country http://www.onlinenewspapers.com
Just accusations. "Iran and the Huthi rebels deny that Tehran is playing any role in the fighting." http://www.iranherald.com/index.php/sid/231480397

Révolutions Info
OccupyTibet ‘Serf Emancipation’-Delusion, Deception & Duplicity From China’s Regime: Open Communicatio... http://bit.ly/1I9Qrmq

MRZine
Emily
"If we let them, they will destroy yemen too" https://instagram.com/p/0z8dfLi4iA/

@breakingnewssy
9 terrorists are killed in Gafsa of Tunisia http://bit.ly/1IHJ6LH

MRZine
Emily
Just posted a video @ Embassy of Saudi Arabia, London https://instagram.com/p/0z6W49C4um/

SyrianLionesss
Documents of a Tunisian terrorist or "moderate Syrian rebel" who came to Syria to kill its people
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CBRQAfpW4AAk6ba.jpg

Net News Global
174 Killed in Saudi Led Aggression to Yemen http://en.alalam.ir/news/1689771
Iran nuclear deal dangerous, worse than Israel feared: Netanyahu http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/03/29/403841/Israel-irked-by-dangerous-Iran-deal
BREAKING: Kiev junta attacks Shirokino near Mariupol http://fortruss.blogspot.de/2015/03/breaking-kiev-junta-attacks-shirokino.html
Israeli Fighter Jets Join Saudi Arabia in War on Yemen http://www.globalresearch.ca/israeli-fighter-jets-join-saudi-arabia-in-war-on-yemen/5439378
Saudi Arabia’s Invasion of Yemen http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/03/27/saudi-arabias-invasion-of-yemen/
No Iran-P5+1 tentative nuclear deal: Source http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/03/29/403872/No-IranP51-tentative-nuclear-deal
At least 25 killed in election day attack by Boko Haram in Nigeria http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-03/29/c_134106148.htm
IIT Turkey News
The summary of the Attack on Yemen.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CBSGweVW8AA2Elt.jpg
asad abukhalil
How `Abd-Rabbu Mansur Hadi became president of Yemen: This is the ballot that was designed by Saudi Arabia and... http://bit.ly/1BACjxr
clothcapclothcap on March 29th, 2015 08:15 pm (UTC)
Tweetz March 29
RT
Club is growing: Australia & Denmark defy US by applying to join China-led 'anti-IMF' bank http://on.rt.com/yvkirz
YEMEN UPDATE: Houthi rebels free 1,800 prisoners in Sanaa http://on.rt.com/o7tqdi
US National Guard sends 12 F-15 interceptor jets to Europe to guard against Russia http://on.rt.com/r433qy

Hatuxka
Elijah J. Magnier
Houthis Spox:" We always accept a dialogue between Yemen people and tribes but not with puppets (Arab Leaders) & never under bombardment"
Kiev, cemetery, unnamed 20-year-olds:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CBRDUxsUUAA8rXC.jpg
HaitiInfoProject
No one wants 2 call attention 2 Mesidor, former Obama Pres. Appointee on VCS Mining Board in Haiti?
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CBKjonyUcAAJCCm.png
Israel's Future Vision of the Middle East >a Yinon Plan "progress report" http://news360.com/article/285136639

Press TV
US exerts new pressure against Israel over Palestinian state: Report http://ptv.io/1qAW
[... here's another $3 bil to spend on US weapons.]
Iran protests Turkish president remarks http://ptv.io/1qB6
Saudi warplanes target al-Makha port in Yemeni city of Taizz

halil drebbi
Almanarnews English
Saudi Arabia Sends over 5,000 Takfiri Terrorists to Yemenhttp://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=203366&cid=31&fromval=1&frid=21&seccatid=23&s1=1

Nabil
the Lemniscat
NATO leaders mock the memory of 27M Russia'ns who died in WW2 by pressuring leaders to boycott 9 May Moscow parade

Activist Post
Bitcoin is the most honest and secure currency on the planet.
[Only?]

electra
RNC slams Hillary Clinton: 'Even Nixon didn't destroy the tapes' http://ow.ly/KWEB4
Joe Catron ‏2 hours ago
In 30 minutes, join a Twitterstorm to support Gaza journalists under Israeli fire. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1GcGh6I
Putin pledges support 4 Palestinian state with capital in East Jerusalem http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.649442 … Oliver Holmes
Patrick
Saudi-led coalition actions in Yemen are planned for a month but may now last for five or six months, source says http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/28/us-yemen-security-idUSKBN0ML0YC20150328


Jamila Hanan
Ammar Al-Aulaqi
Over 600 air strikes in Yemen yet CNN International seems too busy with fashion designers in Ethiopia.
@ToEducate
After listening to Spox of military operations in Yemen: 1. They are using scare tactic towards Houthis.
2. They are indicating the end of the Saleh generation in Yemen 3. They are hinting that Hadi will be their ally no matter what.
Yemen Updates
DecisiveStorm raids concentrated on the Presidential Compound in Sanaa.
Jane Novak
Incredible scenes from Aden Yemen -bodies being collected from the streets (Houthi & Rep Guards) an incredible bloodbath in the last days
National Yemen
Arab leaders: Yemen Airstrikes To Go On Until Rebel Withdraw: SHARM EL-SHEIKH, — Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen... http://bit.ly/1D7WE2A
Abdo Elfgeeh
News say, Hottah City in Lahj about 50km from Aden, is under heavy bombardment by Houthi/Saleh forces.

Superstes
Charles Shoebridge
Hostility to US not only from Shiite militia, but also from senior Iraqi officers who say US is helping ISIS not Iraq http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/iraqi-cleric-urges-unity-amid-tension-over-us-strikes/2015/03/27/75bb4f5a-d40b-11e4-8b1e-274d670aa9c9_story.html
Ian56
Meet the new member of Ukraine's Defense Dept - NazI Right Sector Leader Yarosh http://rt.com/news/175564-ukraine-interpol-wanted-yarosh/

Tatjana Dimitrijevic
Colombian Report on US Military's Child Rapes Not Newsworthy to US News Outlets http://sco.lt/4rD8oT

Haykal Bafana
Yemen : Heavy anti-aircraft fire in southern Sanaa again. 30 minutes ago : Large explosion from Sabaeen, may be 3rd Brigade camp.
(Anonymous) on March 29th, 2015 11:12 pm (UTC)
Don't forget to put some blame on the dysfunctional Arabs.
"But religious extremism is a conduit for misery, not its fundamental cause (see article). While Islamic democracies elsewhere (such as Indonesia—see article) are doing fine, in the Arab world the very fabric of the state is weak. Few Arab countries have been nations for long. The dead hand of the Turks’ declining Ottoman empire was followed after the first world war by the humiliation of British and French rule. In much of the Arab world the colonial powers continued to control or influence events until the 1960s. Arab countries have not yet succeeded in fostering the institutional prerequisites of democracy—the give-and-take of parliamentary discourse, protection for minorities, the emancipation of women, a free press, independent courts and universities and trade unions.

The absence of a liberal state has been matched by the absence of a liberal economy. After independence, the prevailing orthodoxy was central planning, often Soviet-inspired. Anti-market, anti-trade, pro-subsidy and pro-regulation, Arab governments strangled their economies. The state pulled the levers of economic power—especially where oil was involved. Where the constraints of post-colonial socialism were lifted, capitalism of the crony, rent-seeking kind took hold, as it did in the later years of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. Privatisation was for pals of the government. Virtually no markets were free, barely any world-class companies developed, and clever Arabs who wanted to excel in business or scholarship had to go to America or Europe to do so.

Economic stagnation bred dissatisfaction. Monarchs and presidents-for-life defended themselves with secret police and goons. The mosque became a source of public services and one of the few places where people could gather and hear speeches. Islam was radicalised and the angry men who loathed their rulers came to hate the Western states that backed them. Meanwhile a vast number of the young grew restless because of unemployment. Thanks to the electronic media, they were increasingly aware that the prospects of their cohort outside the Middle East were far more hopeful. The wonder is not that they took to the streets in the Arab spring, but that they did not do so sooner."

http://www.zoneasia-pk.com/arabs-blame-game/
clothcapclothcap on March 30th, 2015 09:36 am (UTC)
Re: Don't forget to put some blame on the dysfunctional Arabs.
2 million Syrians marched in Damascus in support of President Bashar al-Assad on March 29th, 2011
excerpt from: ‘Million-Man March’ in Support for Assad
by Batoul Wehbe, al-Manar, 29 March 2011
Millions of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad supporters poured into the country’s streets in a show of support for their leader calling their protests “loyalty to the homeland”.
Sources told Al-Manar TV that there are about two million protesters in Damascus, another two in Aleppo, a million in Hamah, a million in Homos and hundred of thousands in other cities.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/flashback-to-march-29-2011-over-6-million-people-marched-across-syria-in-support-of-president-al-assad/5439442

Proportionately, that was surpassed by a large amount by the repeated protests in Libya with up to 25% of the population protesting NATO destruction of their country.

Seems the "dysfunctional Arabs" are less dysfunctional than their Western counterparts.
clothcapclothcap on March 29th, 2015 11:14 pm (UTC)
Why Monsanto’s Glyphosate Herbicide Should be Banned. Does it Cause Cancer?
Damage Limitation Time For Monsanto
March 29, 2015 By Colin Todhunter Global Research,
It’s been a bad couple of weeks for Monsanto. The company agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant. It also paid out a string of lawsuit settlements totaling $350,000 as a result of its GMOs tainting wheat in seven US states. Such amounts represent little more than a tap on the wrist for a company that rakes in sales of almost $16 billion dollars annually.
However, on 20 March the World Health Organisation reached a decision that strikes at the heart of the company. The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said that glyphosate was “classified as probably carcinogenic to humans.” This is just one step below the risk designation of “known carcinogen.”
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, which was primarily responsible $5.1 billion of Monsanto’s revenues in 2014. But that’s not all. The herbicide is used to support Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops, which comprise the vast bulk of the balance of its revenue stream.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, herbicide-tolerant biotech plants were grown on virtually all (94%) soybean fields in the US last year and on 89% of all cornfields. Food & Water Watch found the volume of glyphosate applied to those crops increased almost 1,000% between 1996 and 2012, from 15 million pounds to 159 million pounds. The increase in usage has been accelerating in recent years.
Glyphosate has been detected in human bodies, food, water and in the air. Its use is strongly associated with various diseases (see this and this).
[...] We can now expect to see a massive propaganda campaign by Monsanto to deny the science of the IARC and a huge amount of pressure placed on the WHO to retract the study. We can expect to see the usual cheerleaders proclaiming the faith and mouthing the tired cliches about glyphosate’s safety, regardless of mounting evidence that demonstrates its harmful health and environmental impacts.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/why-monsantos-glyphosate-herbicide-should-be-banned-does-it-cause-cancer/5439351
clothcapclothcap on March 29th, 2015 11:57 pm (UTC)
Divisions within the Kiev Regime, the Role of Ukrainian Oligarch Kolomoysky. Report
March 29, 2015 By Eric Zuesse Global Research,
The Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung reported Thursday the 26th, that the Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, whom Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko recently removed from control over Ukraine’s monopoly oil-transport firm and from being governor of a Ukrainian province, had been using his private army, augmented by forces from Dmitriy Yarosh’s Right Sector party, to rob other oligarchs, especially Ukraine’s richest one, Rinat Akhmetov.
Akhmetov’s companies are mainly in eastern Ukraine, and so Akhmetov had been trying to avoid siding with either the post-coup Ukrainian government or the anti-coup residents of the far-eastern, and pro-Russian, Donbass region of Ukraine, who reject it. (That’s the dark-purple area shown on this voting map of the last Presidential election before the coup, where 90%+ of the residents had voted for Viktor Yanukovych — the man who was overthrown in the coup.) Akhmetov was thus vulnerable after the coup.
This news report, by FAZ’s Warsaw correspondent Konrad Schuller, says that Kolomoysky’s thugs had been using ”psychological pressure,” “intimidation,” “physical force,” and “kidnappings,” in order to “extend their influence.” They were “going to build in eastern Ukraine’s combat zone a network of extortion and violence that would subject everyone there to kidnapping and robbery by Kolomoysky with the help of some of his leading battalion commanders.”
Continues http://www.globalresearch.ca/divisions-within-the-kiev-regime-the-role-of-ukrainian-oligarch-kolomoysky-report/5439243
Well written exposé of how Western "democracy" works.

Edited at 2015-03-30 01:54 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on March 30th, 2015 12:11 am (UTC)
Pitfalls in the debt enslavement op.
Impasse of Greece Debt Negotiations with Troika, Economic Support from Russia and China?
March 29, 2015 By Asad Ismi Global Research
Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives
In a stunning victory on January 25, the leftist Syriza party won Greece’s national elections by a wide margin, earning just short of a majority of seats in parliament. Syriza campaigned on a promise to end the austerity measures (privatization, wage constraints, public service layoffs, etc.) that were a condition on 240 billion euros ($339 billion) of European finance to help pay down Greek debt. Syriza promised the electorate they would renegotiate the bailout conditions and reduce total Greek debt, now at 323 billion euros ($456 billion), by up to half. Newly elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made good on that promise by insisting the current bailout package, which ends on February 28, will not be extended on Europe’s harsh terms.
“Syriza’s victory came like a breath of fresh air and has given the Greek people their dignity and pride back having been fleeced by EU bankers and the establishment,” said Cyprus-based author and news commentator Andreas Chrysafis. “The Syriza Party has risen out of the ashes of despair and Tsipras and his group have provided the last glimmer of hope to the people of Greece.”
Sixty per cent of Greece’s debt is owed to European Union governments, 10% to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and 6% to the European Central Bank (ECB), all of which are collectively known as the troika. In return, these institutions demanded draconian economic and social reforms that were dutifully carried out by the previous Greek government over the past five years. They included especially severe government cutbacks in health care and education spending, privatizations, the slashing of wages (by 50% in some cases) and pensions, higher taxes, and the mass firing of public servants, including 35,000 doctors, nurses and other health workers. As a result of these cuts, the Greek economy has shrunk, the health care system has collapsed, and infant mortality has risen by more than 40%.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/impasse-of-greece-debt-negotiations-with-troika-economic-support-from-russia-and-china/5439328
clothcapclothcap on March 30th, 2015 12:19 am (UTC)
Macedonia: Scenario of A Ukraine Style Protest Movement and Coup d’Etat?
March 29, 2015 By Global Research News
Additional details from the investigation over Zoran Verusevski, the former head of Macedonia UBK State Security agency, reveal that he was discussing the possibility of a Ukrainian style protests that would bring down the Government in Macedonia and bring the opposition SDSM party in power.
Verusevski, who held high positions in the security services appointed by SDSM, is charged, together with SDSM leader Zoran Zaev and several others, of trying to blackmail the Government to bring SDSM into the ruling coalition, and also of cooperating with foreign intelligence agencies.
Former Head of UBK State Security Agency Zoran Verusevski. Photo: Dnevnik
Police confiscated Verusevski’s computers and other electronic devices when he was arrested in mid­January, and since, several leaks from the investigation revealed details about his correspondence with Zaev and with Gjorgji Lazarevski, another former high ranking UBK official who is also charged. Zaev confirmed some of the leaks as authentic. Several media outlets reported on Saturday about a cache of Skype messages exchanged between Verusevski and Lazarevski, in which the two former security officials are mentioning Ukraine, as a political disturbance scenario that they could develop in Macedonia. In one message Lazarevski says that SDSM leader Zaev should move his “old behind” and be more like Vitaly Klichko, the Ukrainian boxer who energized the Maidan protests.
Verusevski responds that Zaev does not have the credibility, because “an amnestied politician is like a released pedophile”. Zaev was amnestied in 2008 by then President and leading SDSM politician Branko Crvenkovski over the charges that as mayor of the city of Strumica he allowed a corrupt real­ estate deal that benefited him and his business associates. In another batch of Skype messages, Verusevski says “Ukraine has collapsed”, with Lazarevski replying that “we are not far behind”, only to add that “SDSM doesn’t have the capacity for a coup”. An earlier leak from their correspondence showed Verusevski and Lazarevski discussing that what they are preparing could lead to a civil war in Macedonia.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/macedonia-scenario-of-a-ukraine-style-protest-movement-and-coup-detat/5439397
clothcapclothcap on March 30th, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
ASEAN’s Geopolitical Arrangement Vis-à-vis The Chinese Containment Coalition
March 29, 2015 By Andrew Korybko Global Research, Oriental Review
The regional grouping of Southeast Asian states has catapulted to the forefront of global economics, becoming one of the fastest growing blocs in the world. Its economies have stabilized after the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, and have since then shown intense resilience by fully rebounding from the ‘Great Recession’ in 2010, much quicker than most other countries elsewhere in the world (especially in Europe).
Due to these factors, ASEAN has understandably become a focal point of interest and interaction for all serious global players, hence the value in comprehending its overall trends and geopolitical disposition:
Shifting Alignment
Prodded by the US’ Pivot to Asia, ASEAN countries are being pressured by Washington to take sides in its rivalry with Beijing and ideally sign on to the China Containment Coalition (CCC). Complicating matters, however, is that China is the region’s largest trade partner, although the US is trying to convince the bloc that the future lies with the its TPP, not the Chinese-led Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific. This artificial choice that the US is forcing upon ASEAN runs the risk of splitting the organization, although in Washington’s view, a fractured ASEAN partially under its influence is more preferable than a unified one that’s pragmatic towards China. Not all of ASEAN’s members have committed their strategic trajectory towards one side or the other yet, and even those who already have may possibly flip sometime in the future (e.g. the Philippines or Myanmar), meaning that the shifting geopolitical alignment of the group’s associated states is one of its foremost trends.
Regional Integration
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Western oligarchs intervening in Eastern business.
clothcapclothcap on March 30th, 2015 12:53 am (UTC)
“Democracy” versus “The Institutional Ideology” of the CIA.
Conversation With CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou
March 29, 2015 By Douglas Valentine Global Research, CounterPunch
John Kiriakou is widely known as the former CIA case officer who, in an interview with ABC News in late 2007, confirmed that the CIA had tortured prisoner Abu Zubaydah, an alleged member of al Qaeda, on the waterboard.
Kiriakou was aware of only one instance in which Zubaydah was waterboarded, but his revelations set off a slew of investigations that sent America’s secret clique of torturers and their political bosses running for cover. Even the Senate, with feigned sincerity, initiated an investigation in 2009.
The vicious CIA wasn’t pleased, to put it mildly, nor was the Obama administration, which sicced the FBI on Kiriakou. As the controversy percolated and the authorities closed in, Kiriakou became a bit of a media sensation. Caught off guard by the flurry of attention (wanted and unwanted), he perhaps inadvertently violated the Intelligence Identities Protection Act by disclosing, among other things, the name of a covert CIA officer.
Facing 40 years in stir, Kiriakou copped a plea in October 2012. In February 2013 he entered the federal prison in Loretto, Pennsylvania. He was released in February 2015 with an entirely new perspective on America’s racist, sadistic, but highly profitable “corrections” industry.
John Kiriakou, however, was not an ordinary convict. While in prison he enjoyed the blessings of the Reverend Farrakhan and, as an acknowledged “human rights guy” was protected from many of the harsh realities most inmates endure. He received mail from thousands of supporters and maintained a popular blog, Letters from Loretto that got him in trouble with the Bureau of Prisons. But as a celebrity with a powerful attorney, he escaped additional punishments.
That doesn’t mean Kiriakou has it easy. The fascist law enforcement establishment considers him a traitor who got off easy and would love nothing better than to get its claws in him again. Many of his former CIA colleagues feel the same way, and the unforgiving CIA reviews and censors his writings. So he must be cautious in his statements about the CIA (including, one might deduce, those he made in this interview), and thus his answers sometimes have the intonations of a talking head issuing well-practiced sound bites.
This is not a typical interview with someone who has freedom of speech. But then again, John Kiriakou is an unusual man accustomed to navigating dangerous waters.
After being recruited into the CIA by a college “talent scout”, Kiriakou spent his first eight years in the Agency as a Middle East analyst specializing on Iraq. In 1998 he transferred to the sexier Operations Division and later its premier counter-terrorism branch. The 9-11 terror attacks catapulted him into prominence as chief of CT Ops in Pakistan, in which capacity he ran an agent network that located numerous Al Qaeda safehouses. Kiriakou and his unit were responsible for apprehending dozens of “enemy combatants” in high tech paramilitary raids that included US and foreign Special Forces.
This is heady stuff, the Rambo kind of marauding that births CIA legends and leads to rapid career advancement. But for Kiriakou the adventure was short-lived, and in 2002 he returned to CIA headquarters. In 2004 he resigned to spend more time with his children, who were 9 and 6 at the time. He had recently divorced, the kids were in Ohio, and he couldn’t risk being sent overseas again for years at a time. So he took a job in the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche’s “competitive intelligence practice” section, which meant spying on the company’s competitors – Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Accenture, IBM, etc.
In 2009, through political connections to Senator John Kerry, Kiriakou became an investigator with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Two years later he returned to a job in the private sector, while engaging in public speaking and media consulting (including Hollywood).
John Kiriakou walks a fine line. [...]
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clothcapclothcap on March 30th, 2015 01:03 am (UTC)
The CO2 Crisis: The Social Costs Of Capitalism Are Destroying Earth’s Ability To Support Life
March 29, 2015 By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Global Research,
I admire David Ray Griffin for his wide-ranging intelligence, his research skills, and for his courage. Dr. Griffin is not afraid to take on the controversial topics. He gave us ten books on 9/11, and anyone who has read half of one of them knows that the official story is a lie.
Now Griffin has taken on global warming and the CO2 crisis. His book has just been published by Clarity Press, a publisher that seeks out truth-telling authors. Griffin’s book is a hefty 424 pages plus 77 pages of footnotes documenting the information that he presents. Unprecedented: Can Civilization Survive The CO2 Crisis? is no screed.
The book is a carefully researched document.
Readers often ask me to write about global warming, chemtrails, vaccines, and other subjects beyond my competence. However, I can see that Griffin has made a huge investment in researching climate change. His book provides a thorough account under one cover.
Griffin concludes that civilization itself is at stake. His evaluation of the evidence is that humans have about three decades to get CO2 emissions under control, and he sees hope in the agreement between Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping that was announced on November 11, 2014.
Griffin argues that instead of rushing to their own destruction like lemmings, the human race must accept the moral challenge of abolishing the fossil-fuel economy. He makes the case that clean energy permits most of modern society’s way of life to continue without the threat posed by ever rising emissions.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-co2-crisis-the-social-costs-of-capitalism-are-destroying-earths-ability-to-support-life/5439421
clothcapclothcap on March 30th, 2015 01:22 am (UTC)
Rigged Trade Agreements and Rigged Government. “Secret Sections” of the Trans-Pacific Partnershi
A Week with Senator Wyden
March 29, 2015 By Kevin Zeese Global Research,
Note: We are still hoping that Senator Wyden will listen to the people and not his big money donors. He should announce now that he will not be supporting any fast track trade authority legislation. The three treaties being negotiated in secret by Obama are too far along and cannot meet the transparency and participation requirements that Wyden has said he supports. He should come out against fast track for all the deals currently being negotiated.
In recent town hall events Sen. Wyden has said that export from Oregon to Asia is a foundation of the Oregon economy. But, as he knows, the US already has trade deals with most of the countries involved in the TPP so it will make little difference on Oregon’s exports. What is will do is give these foreign corporations the ability to move to locations with cheaper labor and resources as well as the power to sue if Oregon takes action in the public interest to protect people and planet. The TPP is a loser for the Oregon economy and for the people of Oregon. KZ
Participating in US politics, as a citizen activist, puts you face-to-face with corruption and the ugliness of money-politics.
At least I find it ugly that a senator would be negotiating fast track legislation through Congress for secret corporate rigged trade deals while raising money from big business interests that would profit immensely from those deals. Taking money while negotiating legislation that benefits the donor should be illegal. It should be considered bribery or a pay-off, but the deep corruption of US politics has legalized that kind of bribery and made it the norm.
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