Archive | July 18th, 2018

Trump-Putin Summit was Bitter Disappointment

NOVANEWS
Reflections on Traveling, Russia, and the Metaphysics of the New World Order

Israel, the United States, and Saudi Arabia were signing diabolical pacts with rapists and drug traffickers in order to overthrow the Syrian government.

…by Jonas E. Alexis and Mark Dankof

Mark Dankof is the former 36th District Chairman of the Republican Party in King County/Seattle. He was an elected delegate to Texas State Republican Conventions in 1994 and 1996 and entered the United States Senate race in Delaware in 2000 as the nominated candidate of the Constitution Party against Democratic candidate Thomas Carper and Republican incumbent William Roth. He is a radio broadcaster, and past contributor to Press TV, the American Free Press, and the Tasnim News Agency of Iran.

Jonas E. Alexis: Meeting people from different countries on an airplane is one of life’s precious moments that only traveling can offer. Those moments are precious because they don’t happen every single day.

For example, you can find yourself on an airplane where an irate passenger starts kicking, screaming, throwing a tantrum, and stripping naked. Or you can find yourself on a plane where a woman starts throwing her pelvis at the sky, which is exactly what happened on a Frontier Airlines flight back in 2016.[1]

In any event, I went to Malaysia last Monday to see a dear friend of mine (Samuel Lee) and his lovely family, and we spent days talking about various topics, ranging from politics to education and the PC culture (too much to detail here). Sam also spent some time educating me on the political and religious climate in Malaysia.[2]

As we were watching the news one particular evening, the father of Sam’s wife asked, “So, what’s your take on Trump?” I laughed a bit and said, “I need to have a seat.” We moved onto different topics and I never fleshed out my idiosyncratic view of the man who has progressively become unpredictable in the White House. Sam and I had already discussed our views on Trump, and perhaps I did not want to address where I think the issues actually lie that evening.

Yet on my way back to Korea, I happened to meet a priest from France on the plane. “You guys are going to meet Croatia on Sunday,” I said. “Yeah,” he responded. “It will be very interesting.”

To make a long story short, our delightful conversation got morphed into politics. “So,” he asked with a smile and polite manner, “what’s your reaction to President Trump?”

I immediately started to smile myself because I tried to evade that question the day before. One reason is that you cannot discuss the activities of the Trump administration in an hour. But eight hours on a plane are enough to establish something. I tried to summarize where the issues actually lie by saying,

“With respect to foreign policy, it is incontrovertible that Trump is a puppet of Israel and the Neoconservative establishment in the US.[3] No exaggeration here.”

He was somewhat shocked when I mentioned Israel, but I moved on to elaborate:

“Take a look at the debacle in Syria because it is relatively recent. Not a single US official can tell the American people why we are still supporting the so-called rebels there. The interesting thing is that many people voted for Trump because he promised he would get America out of Syria and perpetual wars in the Middle East. In fact, his motto throughout his campaign was ‘America First.’

“Trump obviously knew that the war in Iraq alone will eventually cost America at least six trillion dollars.[4] And he knows the people who were behind that particular war. For example, one proponent of the war by the name of Jonah Goldberg tried to anesthetize his conscience from guilt by preposterously stating that the war in Iraq ‘was a worthy mistake.’[5] How can a mistake be worthy? Isn’t that an implicit contradiction? At any rate, Trump was cognizant of all of that. He also made it specifically clear throughout his campaign that perpetual wars have led America to one disaster after another.

“Yet shortly after he was ascended to the throne, Donald J. Trump amazingly announced on April 7th of last year that the US has to bomb Syria because Assad allegedly used chemical weapons. Total nonsense. Russia singlehandedly presented irrefutable evidence showing that it was the rebels/terrorists themselves, not Assad, who were using chemical weapons in the region. But US officials were blinded by the Israeli narrative, which perpetuated the claim that that Assad had to go.[6]

“Trump simply cannot put ‘the American people and American security above all else’ when he is in cahoots with Benjamin Netanyahu, the man who has repeatedly lied to US officials. The unconditional alliance with Israel has got to be broken in order for the US to make some progress in the Middle East. US officials have to challenge Netanyahu to abide by international law and stay away from double standards, particularly when it comes to nuclear weapons.”

“In short, Trump reminded me of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who promised Americans that he would never send US soldiers to die in World War II. Yet right after he became president, Roosevelt started to work with the war machine and the powers that be in order to seduce the American people. This was why his administration was directly involved in instigating the attack on Pearl Harbor.”[7]

The priest was nodding his head in agreement, and then added: “The French people are saying the same thing about Emmanuel Macron. These politicians usually make a lot of promises but deliver virtually nothing when they are in power. Let’s pray that things get better.”

The priest was right on target here. We are living in a world in which the moral order has been banned from political discourse. As we have argued over the past four years or so, this is actually the crux of the New World Order: contempt for morality and what Immanuel Kant calls practical reason in the comprehensible universe, which was created by what Aristotle calls the Unmoved Mover. In other words, the New World Order is essentially a world in which practical reason in the moral and political landscape plays virtually no role.

As Kant predicted in his Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals, a deviation from the moral order (what he calls the categorical imperative) will end up producing disastrous results.

Kant was indeed a genius because he was able to formulate the categorical imperative without appealing to religion or the supernatural. This is not to say that the categorical imperative is incongruent with religious or theological principles. In fact, Kant was well aware that the categorical imperative fits perfectly well with religion. And some writers have said that the categorical imperative was another way of saying “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”[8] Kant stated:

“Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.”[9]

The moral or universal law, says Kant, is what binds us all together as rational creatures. So, any system that seeks to dismiss that moral law must be wrong precisely because that system itself will inevitably be incoherent. Kant continues to say that for an action to be good, “it is not enough that it should conform to the moral law—it must also be done for the sake of the moral law.”[10]

What is essential to Kant’s categorical imperative is that it prohibits contradiction and irrationality precisely because it is based on the moral law itself. More importantly, the moment a person violates or denies or dismisses the categorical imperative, that person will soon find himself in a torrent of contradictions, illogical leaps, and intellectual chaos.

This brings us to a key point here. The reason the New World Order is dangerous and indeed diabolical is because it categorically denies the moral law. It also replaces the moral law with an essentially Talmudic ideology, which always seeks to destroy anything rational or orderly.

This Talmudic ideology basically says that double standards and blatant contradictions are perfectly fine in the universe: Israel can have nuclear weapons, but Iran cannot even have nuclear power plant; Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld can brag about Israel blowing up the entire world,[11] but Benjamin Netanyahu and his puppet regime Saudi Arabia want to incoherently persuade the entire world that Iran is the new Hitler on the block;[12] the United States can snoop on virtually every single country on the globe via the NSA,[13] but the United States will not allow other countries to snoop on US officials;[14] Israeli officials can call anyone who criticizes Israel a Nazi, but Israeli officials and Neoconservatives find it congenial to work with former Nazis like Otto Skorzenry,[15] who styled himself “Hitler’s most daring commando,”[16] and Stepan Bandera;[17] the United States and Israel tell us that they are fighting against gangsters and terrorists, but one of the infamous gangsters in America, Meyer Lansky,[18] was working for the Israeli Mossad;[19] the United States and Israel have been involved in regime change throughout the world since the beginning of time,[20] but US officials get grumpy when Russia “invades” Crimea—despite the fact that 97 percent of Crimeans backed Russia and despite the fact that Crimea has been part of Russia since the beginning of time.[21]

If John J. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago is right, that “the Ukraine Crisis is the West’s Fault” and that NATO has been antagonizing Russia since the beginning of time,[22]then it is safe to say that the West has lost touch with its moral and intellectual patrimony.

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This brings us to another essential point: when you are operating within a system which denies the moral order and substitutes an essentially diabolical ideology in its place, you will invariably become the antithesis of your own intellectual and political existence.

America ended up following a diabolical existence when US officials started listening to a country that has been acting against Logos since the beginning of time. That country is Israel.[23] Ever since, the cannon of US foreign policy has never been the same.

So if Jewish scholar Yuri Slezkine of the University of California is right in saying that “The Modern Age is the Jewish age, and the twentieth century, in particular, is the Jewish Century,”[24] then Israel, the Zionist ideology, and the Neoconservative establishment are the culmination of that century.

In that sense, Russia (and Vladimir Putin in particular) is a reaction to the chaos that the Neocon establishment has brought on the Middle East. If “Russia has become the Middle East new power broker,”[25]if Vladimir Putin “is filling the Middle East power vacuum,”[26]if “Russia’s star is waxing while America’s wanes,”[27] it is because Putin is essentially picking up the trash that the Neocon establishment has left in the Middle East. That is one reason why the establishment still hates Russia. As noted scholar Stephen F. Cohen of Princeton puts it a few years ago:

“The orthodox, consensual, political media establishment view is that only Putin is to blame. We are completely innocent. We never did a single thing in the 25 years since the end of the Soviet Union to bring about a cold war. That isn’t true. But if we try to discuss it…then comes the cries, ‘Puppet of the Kremlin, agent of Putin.’”

Cohen, who is not afraid of chastising the mass media for demonizing Russia,[28] again declared: “This guy [Putin] gives more interviews, more speeches, it’s all available in English” and “no one paid any attention to what Putin said.”

Cohen is absolutely correct. Putin argued that whenever New World Order agents “need to justify illegal intervention” to topple “inconvenient regimes,” they use all kinds of illegal activities under the flavor of “democracy” and “freedom” and “blackmail” any leader who disagrees with them. He continued to attack the New World Order ideology this way:

“Instead of settling conflicts it leads to their escalation, instead of sovereign and stable states we see the growing spread of chaos, and instead of democracy there is support for a very dubious public ranging from open neo-fascists to Islamic radicals.

“Why do they support such people? They do this because they decide to use them as instruments along the way in achieving their goals but then burn their fingers and recoil. I never cease to be amazed by the way that our partners just keep stepping on the same rake, as we say here in Russia, that is to say, make the same mistake over and over.”

Putin was just warming up. He continued to damage the New World Order system by saying,

“Our partners expressed agreement, but a little time passed and we ended up back where we started. First there was the military operation in Iraq, then in Libya, which got pushed to the brink of falling apart. Why was Libya pushed into this situation? Today it is a country in danger of breaking apart and has become a training ground for terrorists.”

After exposing the so-called Syrian rebels as a terrorist cell, after linking them with other terrorists such as ISIS, Putin added:

“In Iraq, after Saddam Hussein was toppled, the state’s institutions, including the army, were left in ruins. We said back then, be very, very careful. You are driving people out into the street, and what will they do there?

“What was the result? Tens of thousands of soldiers, officers and former Baath Party activists were turned out into the streets and today have joined the rebels’ ranks. Perhaps this is what explains why the Islamic State group has turned out so effective?

“Russia warned repeatedly about the dangers of unilateral military actions, intervening in sovereign states’ affairs, and flirting with extremists and radicals. We insisted on having the groups fighting the central Syrian government, above all the Islamic State, included on the lists of terrorist organizations. But did we see any results? We appealed in vain.”

Putin pulled the ideological cat out of the Neocon bag when he declared: “This kind of unstable construction has shown its inability to fight the real threats such as regional conflicts, terrorism, drug trafficking, religious fanaticism, chauvinism and neo-Nazism. At the same time, it has opened the road wide for inflated national pride, manipulating public opinion and letting the strong bully and suppress the weak.”

If Putin’s speech was not an attack on the New World Order and its diabolical agenda in the political sphere, then nothing is. The entire speech, which is 41 pages long, can be extracted online and is littered with devastating statements against the New World Order in the Middle East. New World Order agents, Putin said, are “increasingly divorced from reality and are in contradiction with the world’s diversity.”

If you doubt what Putin has put forward here, then ask Christopher A. Preble, who said that the United States has a long tradition of “engaging in subterfuge, misdirection and/or outright deception” in the political realm.[29] And this goes back to World War II: “During World War II…President Roosevelt referred to Joseph Stalin as gentle ‘Uncle Joe’ to polish the Soviet leader’s public persona in the United States.”[30]

Keep in mind that Roosevelt was polishing the behavior of a man who had previously slaughtered at least more than seven million people within less than ten years! By 1937, Stalin had already starved and executed as many as ten million peasants.[31]

If you still think that Putin is an enemy of the West and that he should have allowed Israel and the United States to overthrow the Syrian government, then let’s bring in USA Today, hardly a Russian propaganda machine:

“Saudi Arabia has sent death-row inmates from several nations to fight against the Syrian government in exchange for commuting their sentences…besides Saudis, the prisoners included Afghans, Egyptians, Iraqis, Jordanians, Kuwaitis, Pakistanis, Palestinians, Somalis, Sudanese, Syrians and Yemenis. All faced “execution by sword” for murder, rape or drug smuggling.”[32]

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The plot thickens: Israel, the United States, and Saudi Arabia were signing diabolical pacts with rapists and drug traffickers in order to overthrow the Syrian government. In other words, scumbags from all over the Middle East were liberators in Syria!

Do you see why Putin had to preempt the tidal wave of rapists coming to Syria? Do you see why he had to place his back against the wall and fight an essentially satanic ideology? Do you see why he could not understand why the United States and Israel were supporting a terrorist (Abu Sakkar) who cut the heart of his enemy and ate it?[33]

Right after his gruesome act, Sakkar put out a message saying: “I swear to God we will eat your hearts and your livers, you soldiers of Bashar [Assad] the dog.”

Did the West rise up and stop supporting their terrorist brothers then? Did Western politicians begin to question Israel’s motives with respect to removing Assad from power? Did they even start rethinking the ideology of the Israeli regime in the region?

No. The only person who stood up and declared that supporting terrorist cells in Syria is dangerous was Vladimir Putin, the man who has been labeled “the New Hitler.” Putin declared then:

“These are people who don’t just kill their enemies, they open up their bodies, and eat their intestines in front of the public and the cameras. Are these the people you want to… supply with weapons?”

Instead of asking the West to stop supporting terrorists like Abu Sakkar, the BBCsummoned the stupid idea that Sakkar was probably “mentally disturbed all along”![34]The BBC obviously did not want to put the so-called rebels on trial, the same people who had a history of committing war crimes in the region.[35]

So New World Order agents are at war with truth and anyone who stands in their way. That was one reason why US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland bragged about spending at least five billion dollars instigating chaos in Ukraine. Keep also in mind that it was Nuland who explicitly declared, “Fuck the EU.”[36]

Our friend and colleague Mark Dankof has something to say about this. His meditation is indeed worth your time and energy.

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Mark Dankof: As an American who has witnessed the metastasizing of 5th stage cancer in the Empire since the 1960s, I must freely admit that the three holidays in this country which produce the most sadness and profound depression for me at this stage of my life are the 4th of July, Veterans’ Day, and Memorial Day.

Donald Jeffries covers the bases on many of my feelings today at Lew Rockwell in an essay entitled Our Plastic Patriotism. Suffice it to say that cardboard patriots in Star-Spangled Attire mouthing platitudes about “freedom” not only fail to understand that Washington, Adams, and Jefferson would not even recognize what this country has become internationally or domestically, but proceed to a mindless and terrifying embrace of the notion that utilizing the American military as a Regime Change Janissary force for Israel, the banks, and the multinational oil, gas, and mineral consortiums is a laudable thing.

Starting a war of aggression with Russia utilizing NATO would be just terrific by these folks. Jefferson knew otherwise. Even a cursory look at his writings reveals his grasp of the truism that a country involved perpetually in foreign wars of aggression has a government also bent on destroying the liberties of its domestic population.

Yet the flag waving and mindless chants of USA!USA! on the fourth of July fail to grasp the dark truth that the United States is the leading nation on the face of the earth in the exportation of the instruments of death and the accompanying ideology of preemptive wars for the promotion of usury, sodomy, Palestinian land theft, and World Government eventually culminating in the appearance of anti-Logos.

Just a few days before this fateful 4th of July, I encountered a young man at an exercise gym near Randolph AFB in the Alamo City, also known as Military Town USA. After identifying himself as a member of an Evangelical Baptist Church in San Antonio (read “pro-Zionist” and “pro-Empire“), he proceeded to engage me in conversation on several political subjects that pertain to these very issues.

I told him of some of my past appearances in recent years on Press TV available on YouTube and elsewhere, and jotted down a random sample of some of my articles and interviews in the last decade which include The Closing of the Zionist MindFDR and Pearl Harbor: The Primer for the Zionist Assault on the American Republic and the Nation of IranMark Dankof’s Final Word on Michael Collins Piper’s Final Judgment on Israel and the Assassination of JFK; a review of The Real Lincoln; a past radio show on Israel and 9-11; a conversation with Iran’s Kourosh Ziabari on this latter topic; an interview with the Tasnim News Agency of Iran on Western duplicity, and interviews with everyone from David Duke to Bedros Hajian of Armenian Christian television in Los Angeles.

I also included a couple of articles I thought an Evangelical might actually warm up to, including The Church of Smyrna Speaks to the Confessing Church of Christ in This Darkening Hour; and An Overview of Jonah as Prototypical Primer for Catacomb Church and Homeschool Study. For good measure, I threw in a graduate paper of mine on Dispensationalism, just to challenge his eschatology.

Our chat became particularly spirited when the subject of Russia came up. He initiated this. It was fascinating to see that this young Evangelical Baptist’s perception of both President Putin specifically and Russia generally was taken right off the 3×5 note cards of either Hillary Clinton or William Kristol. I explained that in my view, Russia was not only a post-Communist society coming out of a 70-year tragedy, but that Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church were jointly leading the country into a pre-Bolshevik spiritual, moral, and political renaissance based on Christianity.

I went on to say that Putin’s Russia was the last and best bastion against the New World Order itself, deliberately targeted by globalist forces for this very reason. Using his smart phone, I pointed him to both Russia Insider and Russian Faith as necessary alternatives to American Mainstream Media (MSM) for his careful consideration.

As we parted, I reminded him of Francis Bacon’s famous dictum:  “Read, not to believe and take for granted; nor to contradict and confute; but to weigh and consider.”

I ran into him again at the gym on July 3rd.  He seemed nervous, distant, and even slightly hostile. I greeted him on my way to the Jacuzzi after my floor workout. He later caught up with me there but didn’t seem to be the gregarious sort he had been some 72 hours before.

When I inquired as to how he was doing, he suddenly came out with, “My father and my pastor told me to stay away from you and stop reading and listening to these things. They said you must be some sort of Communist.

I was trying to keep an Old Right Prophet’s straight face when I said,

You know, kid, your father and pastor are wise and cautious fellows. They’re just trying to protect you from concluding that worship of Jesus and Old Glory may not be one and the same thing. That would be a shame after all the work they’ve done in educating you to ‘know the truth, the truth which shall make you free.’” (John 8:32).

The young man never detected the amused sarcastic intent. I parted with him with a sincere handshake and a smile. Maybe he is on the beginning of a journey that will take him to a better vantage point in this present life, and the next one.

And at the end of July 4th, 2018, I take one lesson away from all of this. If one is indeed encouraged in matters of truth, theology, culture, politics, war, and history to read and to think, to weigh and consider critically from any and all sources of information and knowledge available, it may in fact quite rightly be perceived as a most dangerous and subversive concept. It is apparently considered inherently suspicious by the Citizens of these United States on this hallowed day of Flag Waving and Caesar Worship.

After all, the person making the recommendation might just be some sort of Godless Communist deliberately missing the parades and the stadium fly-overs.


  • [1] See for example Keri Blakinger, “SEE IT: Passenger freaks out, throws tantrum and strips naked on Frontier Airlines flight,” NY Daily News, May 25, 2016; for similar stories, see “Shocking moment a woman was physically dragged off a Delta flight by two cops after she ‘stormed past the gate agent without checking in and then demanded overhead bin space,’” Daily Mail, December 13, 2016; “’Call my mom!’: Dramatic moment passenger has mid-flight tantrum caught on camera,” NY Daily News, September 22, 2015.
  • [2] It is not an exaggeration to say that overt discrimination against Chinese and other minorities is engrained in Malaysia, despite the fact that people appear to be happy.
  • [3] For a recent article on how the White House is pushing regime change in Iran, see James Carden, “This Think Tank is Pushing Regime Change in Iran—and the White House is Listening,” The Nation, July 12, 2018; for scholarly studies on the Neoconservative ideology, see Murray Friedman, The Neoconservative Revolution: Jewish Intellectuals and the Shaping of Public Policy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004); Stefan Halper and Jonathan Clarke, America Alone: The Neo-Conservatives and the Global Order (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003); Michael MacDonald, Overreach: Delusions of Regime Change in Iraq (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014); Paul R. Pillar, Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011).
  • [4] Ernesto Londono, “Study: Iraq, Afghan war costs to top $4 trillion,” Washington Post, March 28, 2013; Bob Dreyfuss, The $6 Trillion Wars,” The Nation, March 29, 2013; “Iraq War Cost U.S. More Than $2 Trillion, Could Grow to $6 Trillion, Says Watson Institute Study,” Huffington Post, May 14, 2013; Mark Thompson, “The $5 Trillion War on Terror,” Time, June 29, 2011; “Iraq war cost: $6 trillion. What else could have been done?,” LA Times, March 18, 2013.
  • [5] Jonah Goldberg, “Iraq Was a Worthy Mistake,” LA Times, October 19, 2006.
  • [6] Herb Keinon, “Israel wanted Assad gone since start of Syria civil war,” Jerusalem Post, September 17, 2013; Dan Williams, “Now Israel Says It Wants To Whack Syria’s Assad,” Business Insider, September 17, 2013.
  • [7] Mark and I have discussed these issues in the past. For studies on this, see John Koster, Operation Snow: How a Soviet Mole in FDR’s White House Triggered Pearl Harbor(WA: Regnery Publishing, 2012); Robert Stinnett, Day Of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor (New York: Touchtone, 2000); for similar studies, see Ralph Raico, Great Wars & Great Leaders (Auburn: Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2010); Thomas Fleming, The New Dealers’ War: F.D.R. and the War Within World War II (New York: Basic Books, 2001).
  • [8] See James Miller, Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2011), 274-276.
  • [9] Emmanuel Kant, Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1959), 39.
  • [10] Emmanuel Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals (New York: Torchbooks, 1964), 390.
  • [11] Creveld: “We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force…. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.” “The War Game,” Guardian, September 21, 2003.
  • [12] Raphael Ahren, “PM likens Iran to Nazi Germany in its ‘commitment to murder Jews,’” Times of Israel, December 3, 2017; “Iran’s supreme leader ‘the new Hitler,’ says Saudi crown prince,” BBC, November 24, 2017; “Iran Supreme Leader ‘new Hitler’ says Bin Salman,” Middle East Monitor, November 24, 2017.
  • [13] See Glenn Greenwald, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State (New York: Picador, 2014).
  • [14] David E. Sanger and Charlie Savage, “U.S. Says Russia Directed Hacks to Influence Elections,” NY Times, October 7, 2016; Spencer Ackerman and Sam Thielman, “US officially accuses Russia of hacking DNC and interfering with election,” Guardian, October 8, 2016.
  • [15] See Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal, Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service (New York: HarperCollins, 2012), chapter 8.
  • [16] Otto Skorzeny, My Commando Operations: The Memoirs of Hitler’s Most Daring Commando (Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1995).
  • [17] See E. Michael Jones, “Crimea River: The Hypocrisy of U.S. Foreign Policy,” Culture Wars, April 2014.
  • [18] For historical studies on this issue, see for example Albert Fried, The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Gangster in America (New York: Columbia University Press, 1993); Jenna Weissman Joselit, Our Gang: Jewish Crime and the New York Jewish Community, 1900-1940 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1983); Stephen Birmingham, The Rest of Us: The Rise of America’s Eastern European Jews (New York: Syracuse University Press, 1999); David Pietrusza, Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series (New York: Basic Books, 2011); Robert A. Rockaway, But He Was Good to His Mother: The Lives and Crimes of Jewish Gangsters(Jerusalem and New York: Gefen Publishing House, 2000).
  • [19] Bar-Zohar and Mishal, Mossad, chapter 8; E. Michael Jones, “How Meyer Lansky took over the Cincinnati Ballet,” Culture Wars, July/August, 2017; Jonas E. Alexis and Mark Dankof, “John McCain, Meyer Lansky, and Organized Crime in Havana,” Veterans Today, May 25, 2018.
  • [20] See Stephen Kinzer, Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq (New York: Times Books, 2006); Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005); All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2005); Ervand Abrahamian, The Coup: 1953, the CIA, and the Roots of Modern U.S.-Iranian Relations (New York: The New Press, 2013).
  • [21] Charles McPhedran and Anna Arutunyan, “Crimea votes to join Russia; Ukrainians prepare for war,” USA Today, March 16, 2014; Kim Hjelmgaard, “Crimeans back Russian takeover: If they try to take it back, ‘I will fight,’” USA Today, January 4, 2017.
  • [22] John J. Mearsheimer, “Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault,” Foreign Affairs, September/October 2014.
  • [23] For historical and scholarly studies on this, see Ami Pedahzur and Arie Perliger, Jewish Terrorism in Israel (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009); Ilan Pappe, The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011); The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Oxford: One World, 2006); The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories (Oxford: One World Publications, 2017); Benny Morris, The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004); Norman Finkelstein, Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom (Oakland: University of California Press, 2018); Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2005); Ronen Bergman, Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations (New York: Penguin, 2018); Gordon Thomas, Gideon’s Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2015); Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman, Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars (New York: Levant Books, 2014); Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal, Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service (New York: HarperCollins, 2012).
  • [24] Yuri Slezkine, The Jewish Century (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006), 1.
  • [25] Owen Matthews, Jack Moore, and Damien Sharkov, “How Russia Became the Middle East’s New Power Broker,” Newsweek, February 9, 2017.
  • [26] Henry Meyer and Donna Abu-Nasr, “Putin Is Filling the Middle East Power Vacuum,” Bloomberg, October 3, 2017.
  • [27] John Hannah, “Russia’s Middle East Offensive,” Foreign Policy, September 13, 2016.
  • [28] See Stephen F. Cohen, “Distorting Russia,” The Nation, February 12, 2014.
  • [29] Christopher A. Preble, “Why Cover for Saudi Arabia?,” National Interest, April 22, 2016.
  • [30] Ibid.
  • [31] See for example Steven Rosefielde, Red Holocaust (New York: Routledge, 2010); Jean-Louis Panné and Andrzej Paczkowski, The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999); Robert Conquest, The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine (New York: Oxford University Press, 1987).
  • [32] Michael Winter, “Report: Saudis Sent Death-Row Inmates to Fight Syria,” USA Today, January 31, 2013.
  • [33] Matt Blake, “Syrian rebel ‘cuts out soldier’s heart and EATS it’ in horrific propaganda video,” Daily Mail, May 13, 2013.
  • [34] “Face-to-face with Abu Sakkar, Syria’s ‘heart-eating cannibal,’” BBC, July 5, 2013.
  • [35] See for example Ben Norton, “U.S.-backed Syrian rebels committing war crimes, torture, abductions; imposing harsh Sharia law: Report,” Salon, July 12, 2016; “Syrian rebels may have committed war crimes in Aleppo – Amnesty,” Russia Today, May 13, 2016; “Why the Syrian Rebels May Be Guilty of War Crimes,” Time, September 19, 2012.
  • [36] “‘Fuck the EU’: US diplomat Victoria Nuland’s phonecall leaked,” Guardian, February 7, 2014; “Angela Merkel: Victoria Nuland’s remarks on EU are unacceptable,” Guardian, February 7, 2014; “Ukraine crisis: Transcript of leaked Nuland-Pyatt call,” BBC, February 7, 2014; “’F*ck the EU’ and more: Victoria Nuland’s 4 most memorable moments,” Russia Today, January 27, 2017.

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Trump or Putin: Who is the Master in the Art of the Deal?

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Who will be the victor?

As summits go, this Trump/Putin melodrama has been billed with the lowest expectations. Style versus substance has been the focus of the Fake News Press. Low energy and boring is the assessment. Trump missed a great opportunity to lay out Putin on the carpet of public opinion. He got trumped by the wily KGB operative.

So goes the coordinated condemnation by the U.S. media and talking heads. The internationalists in the foreign policy establishment suffer another blow in their plan to fire up the tension and brinkmanship with the Russian Bear. This attitude is vividly exemplified by that deranged spook and former director of the CIA, John Brennan: Trump’s press conference with Putin ‘nothing short of treasonous’.

“Former CIA Director John Brennan called President Trump’s press conference on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin “treasonous.”

Mr. Trump dismissed an opportunity during the press conference in Helsinki, Finland to confront Mr. Putin about the allegation of Russia interfering with the U.S. 2016 election, calling the special counsel’s investigation a “disaster for our country.”

Just how many elections did you fix that brought down regimes that The Agency deemed resisting the dictates of the American Empire? It is incontestable that rigging the counting of ballot boxes is a prime skill that the warmongers have perfected.

How convenient to place blame on Russia for all the collusion that the Clinton cabal actually committed. Paraphrasing the famous quote: “I am shocked—shocked—to find that (fixing elections) gambling is going on in here!”

RAND PAUL: RUSSIA IS ALWAYS GOING TO MEDDLE IN OUR ELECTIONS, JUST LIKE WE’RE GOING TO MEDDLE IN THEIRS, admits the obvious.

“I think really we mistake our response if we think it’s about accountability from the Russians,” Paul told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union. “They are going to spy on us, do spy on us. They are going to interfere in our elections, we also do the same,” Paul said.

“I would say it’s not morally equivalent,” Paul said of Russia’s election meddling relating to America’s campaigns to influence foreign elections. “But I think in [Russia’s] mind it is. It’s important to know in your adversary’s mind the way they perceive thing. They react to our interference in their elections and one of the reasons they didn’t like Hillary Clinton, they found her responsible for some of the activity by the U.S. in their elections under the [Former President Barack] Obama administration,” Paul said.

“We’ve wanted Russians to admit it. They are not going to admit it, the same way we’re not going to admit we were involved in the Ukrainian elections or in the Russian elections. So all countries that can spy interfere, do. All countries that want to interfere in elections and have the ability to, they try,” Paul said.”

So who is the master deal maker?

Read a Transcript of Trump and Putin’s Joint Press Conference to review both statements. Trump and Putin unite in denying any Russian collusion during US elections at key Helsinki summit. Charges of alleged collusion are the basis of the Mueller Special Counsel investigation, isn’t it?

Now this arrangement should surprise no one. There is no publicly disclosed evidence that Trump violated any laws.

Sputnik reports: “When asked directly by a journalist, Putin admitted that he wanted Trump to win the election in the hope that he would normalize relations between Russia and the US.” So should any sensible American concur with this objective?

Regretfully, the permanent establishment and their technocrat servants at the Council of Foreign Relations and hundreds of other think tanks are committed to the removal of President Trump from office. The political assassins of the Trump revolution have their offices within the Beltway. Targeting Putin as the latest face of malevolence is the typical tactic used to demonize any threat to the State Department jingoists.

The Times of Israel never misses an opportunity to trash any country or leader who does not do the bidding of the tribe. They quote that lame duck Paul Ryan in Top US Republican to Trump: ‘Russia is not our ally’.

“Paul Ryan, the top Republican in the US House of Representatives, calls on President Donald Trump on Monday to accept that Russia is not an ally of the United States, and must be held accountable for meddling in the 2016 election.

“The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally,” Ryan says, after Trump refused to criticize President Vladimir Putin in a joint press conference, following their Helsinki summit.

“There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals,” Ryan, the House speaker, says in a statement.

“The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy.”

Speaker Ryan has been clueless his entire Congressional career. Statements from minority Senate Leader, Charles Schumer outlines 4-step plan to stand up to Russia are just as demented.

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Schumer’s ask of the GOP:

  1. Increase sanctions against Russia.
  2. Demand that the president’s national security team that accompanied him to the Russia summit testify before Congress about what happened.
  3. End all attacks on the Justice Department, the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Schumer said it’s also time for Trump to sit down for an interview with Mueller.
  4. Demand that Trump insists the 12 Russians named in last week’s indictment be sent to the U.S. to stand trial.

Both party leaders forget that the President is the final decision maker in foreign policy. The incoming flack that Trump is getting suggests that neither Putin nor Trump will be lauded for their summit meeting.

The mainstream press will be piling on to lump both leaders as straying from the script and cannot be trusted. Putting their respective countries FIRST and on a path of self-interest poses a dangerous confrontation for the NWO.

The master of an artful deal is a policy of a lasting peace that all can support.

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Syria: Western Governments Seek to Evacuate Zionist White Helmets

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Western Governments Seek to Evacuate White Helmets From Syria, Resettle Them in Canada

The White Helmets have been shown to effectively be the same organization as terror group al-Nusra Front and have been caught on film aiding al-Nusra terrorists execute Syrian civilians. It is hard to imagine any Westerner who would want the White Helmets as neighbors.

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Throughout much of the Syrian conflict, the exploits of the rescue organization that calls itself the Syrian Civil Defense, better known to Western media as the White Helmets, have been a source of constant controversy. Much of this controversy stems from their multi-million dollar funding from Western governments and their documented collaboration with terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda, all while purporting to be a local “first responder” organization with a neutral stance regarding the country’s conflict.

Yet now, following the recent success of the Syrian government’s campaign to rid southern Syria of both radical jihadist and foreign influence, the same Western governments that have long funded the White Helmets are seeking to evacuate their assets and resettle them abroad.

According to a report recently published in CBS News, several Western countries that have provided funding for the group – such as the Netherlands, the U.K., Germany and France – are now “scrambling” to evacuate the estimated 1,000 White Helmets and their families, claiming that they are “in danger of assassination” and “now in need of rescuing themselves.”

Several of these countries had brought up the issue with U.S. President Donald Trump at last week’s NATO summit, per CBS’ sources. However, the Trump administration – which recently restored $6.6 million in funding for the White Helmets — declined to comment on rescue efforts for the group, but did voice its concern that the White Helmets and related groups could face “reprisals” from the Syrian government.

The report asserted that, of all the leaders who had discussed the White Helmets at the recent NATO summit, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May was the most adamant, as she also brought up the issue during her personal meeting with Trump over the weekend in London. May’s concern is unsurprising, given that the U.K. has spent more than any other government in funding the White Helmets, spending more than $80 million from the time the group was founded in 2013 through 2016. Furthermore, the group itself was founded by a former U.K. military intelligence officer turned mercenary, James Le Mesurier, which suggests that the U.K.’s connection to the group may go deeper than mere funding.

Western diplomats who spoke to CBS stated that, while no formal plan has yet been adopted, “dozens of ground escape routes” that would lead White Helmets out of Syria are currently being explored. However, if that method fails, those diplomats asserted that Russia would have to approve an aerial escape, though they openly doubted whether Russia could be trusted to aid such an effort.

Terrorists as neighbors?

Another area of confusion for those governments seeking to extract White Helmet members from Syria is where they should be resettled. While the Trump administration’s travel ban excludes the U.S., given that the ban prohibits the entry of Syrian nationals, Canada was named by CBS as a top possibility for a White Helmet “safe haven.” The report also asserted that Jordan and Israel would also likely assist such efforts.

However, resettlement may be a problem, not so much for the White Helmets as for Canadians, or the citizens of whatever nation would host the evacuees. This is because the White Helmets have been shown on several occasions to effectively be the same organization as terror group al-Nusra Front and have been caught on film aiding al-Nusra terrorists execute Syrian civilians. It is hard to imagine any Westerner who would want the White Helmets as neighbors.

Evacuation phase

Ultimately, the fact that the group’s foreign funders are acting to evacuate White Helmet operatives from Syria makes it clear that the Syrian government, thanks to its own efforts and those of its allies, clearly has the upper hand in now seven-year-long conflict. A U.S. official speaking to CBS all but confirmed this, stating:

This effort says we are in the evacuation phase. It is an admission that the regime is going to regain control of the country and the White Helmets can’t remain.”

Though this could well be the final chapter for the Syrian White Helmets, such reports should be taken with a grain of salt, as they have been used in the past to generate sympathy among the Western public in order to justify increased support for the group. For instance, a prior CBS report had spoken of the Trump administration’s “funding freeze” for the White Helmets and how this endangered the group’s activities. However, as noted above, just two months later the U.S. restored funding for the group to the tune of $6.6 million.

Thus, while the group may be finished in Syria’s south, its presence along with its activities in service to its Western paymasters is likely to continue in other areas of Syria that are controlled by terrorists and foreign occupiers, despite assertions of the group’s imminent evacuation.

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Syrian War Report

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Syrian War Report – July 17, 2018: Militants Are On Full Retreat In Southern Syria

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have liberated the settlements of Al-Harra, Nimer, Umm al-Awsaj and the hills of Harra and Ahmar as well as some other points in the area north of Daraa city in southern Syria from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

The town of Nawa has remained one of the key militant defense points in the area east of the Golan Heights. Once it falls, the defense of militant groups will fully collapse.

Meanwhile, reports appeared that some FSA units in the area have requested a ceasefire and negotiations with the Syrian-Russian-Iranian alliance to reach a comprehensive reconciliation agreement. According to reports, a moderate part of the militants want to surrender their weapons and to settle their legal status with the Damascus government. However, agreement has not yet been reached.

On July 16, US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a face-to-face meeting in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. The situation in Syria was among the topics discussed by the leaders.

During a joint press conference after the meeting, Putin said that the key goal is to establish peace in the war-torn country and this effort could become an example of successful Russian-US cooperation. He emphasized the need to return displaced people to their homes and to improve the humanitarian situation.

In turn, Trump once again showed the key place of Israeli interests in his administration’s policy in the Middle East. He said that the US is closely coordinating with Israel and that “creating safety for Israel” is among the key goals of his country.

Regarding the situation in southern Syria, Putin said that following the defeat of the terrorists, the situation in the Golan Heights “must be brought into full compliance with the 1974 disengagement of forces agreement between Syria and Israel.”

The joint press conference showed that the sides may have found at least a partial understanding on the situation in southern Syria and may have set a foothold for reaching a comprehensive agreement on employing a political solution for the crisis in the war-torn country. However, only real steps from the sides can show how close this is to reality.

Meanwhile, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have resumed their advance on the ISIS-held town of Hajin in the Euphrates Valley. According to pro-Kurdish sources, the SDF has entered the town capturing some buildings inside it. Clashes are ongoing.

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Deep State Sours US-Russia Relations, Is Trump a Pawn?

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The Russian US Election Meddling Big Lie Won’t Die

By Stephen Lendman, July 19, 2018

The sole redeeming part of his agenda was wanting improved relations with Russia and Vladimir Putin personally – preferring peace over possible confrontation, wanting the threat of nuclear war defused.

Despite tweeting post-Helsinki that he and Putin “got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match,” his remarks on CBS News showed he’ll continue dirty US business as usual toward Russia.

Indictment of 12 Russians: Under the Shiny Wrapping, a Political Act

By Scott Ritter, July 19, 2018

With great fanfare, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Friday released a 29-page indictment, a byproduct of the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Ostensibly, this indictment cemented the government’s case against the Russians and punched a hole in the arguments of those, like President Trump, who have been labeling Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt.” This, of course, is precisely what Rosenstein and Mueller hoped to achieve through their carefully timed, and even more carefully scripted, indictment.

The Establishment Strikes Back

By Philip Giraldi, July 19, 2018

The Helsinki Summit between the two leaders was critically important to anyone interested in preserving the planet Earth as we know it and there was no reason at all to release a non-time sensitive document that was clearly intended to cast a shadow over the proceedings. In fact, the surfacing of the indictment might easily be explained as a deliberate attempt by a politicized Justice Department and Special Counsel Robert Mueller to torpedo President Trump over concerns that he might actually come to some understanding with Putin.

America Overrules Trump: No Peace with Russia

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, July 19, 2018

The Russians—especially the naive Atlanticist Integrationists—should take note of the extreme hostility, indeed, to the point of insanity, directed at the Helsinki meeting across the entirety of the American political, media, and intellectual scene.  Putin is incorrect that US-Russian relations are being held hostage to an internal US political struggle between the two parties.  The Republicans are just as insane and just as hostile to President Trump’s effort to improve American-Russian relations as the Democrats, as Donald Jeffries reminds us.

Under Massive Pressure, Trump Backpedals on Russia “Meddling”

By Andre Damon, July 18, 2018

Speaking at the White House Tuesday, US President Donald Trump attempted to walk back statements he made just 24 hours earlier at his summit in Helsinki, Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin in which he questioned claims by US intelligence agencies that the Russian government “meddled” in the 2016 election.

Helsinki – Trump and Putin – a Showdown for Summer Doldrums or a Genuine Attempt Towards Peace?

By Peter Koenig, July 18, 2018

President Trump, opened the meeting by saying that up to now relations between the United States and Russia were bad, and confessing that the US was to blame for it. He wanted them to improve and hoped that this meeting – he indicated that others of similar nature may follow – may be a first step towards normalizing relations between the two atomic super-powers which together, he said, control 90% of the world’s nuclear destructive force. A timely admission, but ignoring the most dangerous and unpredictable atomic power, the rogue nation of Israel.

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The Mainstream Media, The Consequences of Nuclear War and the Drive Toward WW III

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For many weeks much of the mainstream media world-wide, including broadcasters, been warning of potential concessions in the negotiations between the US and North Korea and between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, lest vital interests of the west are compromised. In the process little has been said about the alternative for such negotiations and potential agreements, namely a nuclear holocaust on a regional to a global scale, with consequences that belong to the unthinkable (see thisthis and this). In this context, a picture is emerging regarding the priorities of the US President: On the one hand he tends to favor authoritarian undemocratic leaders and regimes; on the other hand he may wish to form a pact with Russia, avoiding a suicidal nuclear war.

The Castle Bravo Hydrogen bomb

It is not clear what some of the mainstream media is concerned about?

The assumption is made as if the world is split into light and dark, good and bad, with a total demonization of one of the adversaries with whom no agreements should be trusted?

Or, are peace agreements less newsworthy and sell fewer newspapers than conflict and wars? Or is it connected with vested interests, namely a reduction in the global armament production and trade reducing profits, consequent to peace agreements? One thing is clear, once a pro-war atmosphere is promoted, as for example prior to WWI, the chances of a war happening are multiplied, 

Rarely do the mainstream media report the full consequences of a nuclear war, just as they rarely report on the full consequences of runaway global warming. 

A summary of the consequences: U.S.-Russian war producing 150 million tons of smoke follows 

  • 2600 U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear weapons on high-alert are launched, in 2 to 3 minutes, at targets in the U.S., Europe and Russia and other targets considered to have strategic value. Some fraction of the remaining 7600 deployed and operational U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear warheads/weapons are also launched and detonated in retaliation for the initial attacks.
  • Massive amounts of radioactive fallout would be generated and spread both locally and globally. The targeting of nuclear reactors would significantly increase fallout of long-lived isotopes. 
  • Hundreds of large cities in the U.S., Europe and Russia are engulfed in massive firestorms which burn urban areas of tens or hundreds of thousands of square miles/kilometers. 150 million tons of smoke from nuclear fires rises above cloud level, into the stratosphere, where it quickly spreads around the world and forms a dense stratospheric cloud layer. The smoke will remain there for many years to block and absorb sunlight.
  • Gigantic ground-hugging clouds of toxic smoke would be released from the fires; enormous quantities of industrial chemicals would also enter the environment.
  • The smoke blocks up to 70% of the sunlight from reaching the Earth’s surface in the Northern Hemisphere, and up to 35% of the sunlight is also blocked in the Southern Hemisphere. In the absence of warming sunlight, surface temperatures on Earth become as cold as they were 18,000 years ago at the height of the last Ice Age. There would be rapid cooling of more than 20° Celsius over large areas of North America and of more than 30° Celsius over much of Eurasia, including all agricultural regions
  • Average global precipitation would be reduced by 45% due to the prolonged cold. Growing seasons would be virtually eliminated for many years.
  • Massive destruction of the protective ozone layer would also occur, allowing intense levels of dangerous UV light to penetrate the atmosphere and reach the surface of the Earth.
  • It would be impossible for many living things to survive the extreme rapidity and degree of changes in temperature and precipitation, combined with drastic increases in UV light, massive radioactive fallout, and massive releases of toxins and industrial chemicals.
  • Already stressed land and marine ecosystems would collapse.
  • Unable to grow food, most humans would starve to death.
  • A mass extinction event would occur, similar to what happened 66 million years ago, when the dinosaurs were wiped out following a large asteroid impact with Earth (70% of species became extinct, including all animals greater than 25 kilograms in weight).
  • Even humans living in shelters equipped with many years-worth of food, water, energy, and medical supplies would probably not survive in the hostile post-war environment.

See this. 

Perhaps the mainstream media, the tail which commonly wags the dog, ought to worry about some of the consequences of nuclear war as much as they worry about potential concessions inherent in peace talk between the world’s superpowers.

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FBI Chief Mueller Drops Indictments against Russia Intel Ops. as Deep State Panics Over Trump-Putin Summit

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On the eve of Trump’s historic meeting with Vladimir Putin – with Russia-US relations at their worst since the fall of the USSR – Grand Inquisitor Robert Mueller handed down 12 indictments of Russian military intelligence operatives accused of participating in the 2016 hacks of the DNC, DCC and Clinton presidential campaign. This is it, we’re supposed to think. The proof we’ve all been waiting for – that Russia hacked the election. It’s not quite the holy grail of Collusion, but it’s red meat to the starving faithful. It is now the skeptics’ turn to wipe the egg off our faces.

No?

US courts will indict a ham sandwich, goes the proverb. Mueller indicted 13 Russians linked to the “troll farm” Internet Research Agency in February, hoping that they wouldn’t bother to appear in court, not being bound by US law or having anything to gain by participating in his show trial. But a few sent their lawyers and demanded discovery, which would have forced Mueller to reveal the evidence he had against them. Finding his own indictments riddled with errors – one of the companies named didn’t even exist at the time of the election – Mueller quietly backpedaled. Score one for the Russians.

But this time he has evidence, right? Surely he wouldn’t make that mistake again. And this time it’s Russian military operatives, not some two-bit troll-farmers! The indictment accuses them of spear-phishing Democratic staffers and using those login credentials to access the party’s servers, stealing the famous documents and leaking them to the public through Wikileaks and DCLeaks (though they seem unsure whether DCLeaks is a person or a website). Isn’t this what we’ve all been waiting for?

Perhaps it would be, if the FBI had actually encountered the servers firsthand. Government investigators (from both the FBI and the DHS, which also wanted in on the action) never even laid eyes on the “hacked” servers belonging to the DNC and DCCC, instead relying on the assessment of a computer security firm headed by a Russian expat with an ax to grind against his former government. Dmitri Alperovitch’s CrowdStrike specializes in attributing malware attacks to state actors – a no-no in the computer security industry, and something he was discouraged from doing by former employer McAfee (whose founder has personally commented on the lack of evidence implicating Russia in the DNC hack). Alperovitch launched CrowdStrike to offer his attribution services to clients like the US government which might care more about blaming a hack on a government than finding out how to protect against such hacks in the first place. 

The DNC hired CrowdStrike to find evidence that Russia was behind the hack on its servers. CrowdStrike dutifully found (produced, embellished) that evidence. When the FBI came knocking, the Democrats had no interest in getting a second opinion about who’d been rooting around in their digital underwear drawer, and Alperovitch certainly didn’t want some upstart security expert revealing his business model was hideously flawed. Fortunately, James Comey’s FBI was sympathetic to the Democrats’ concerns and took CrowdStrike’s assessment as valid legal proof as if its own agents had poked through those servers themselves.

If this dubious information, sourced from an unaccountable third party never placed under oath with numerous reasons to lie or at least mislead, was used as evidential basis for any indictment, that indictment cannot stand up in court. The foundations of Mueller’s case collapse on even the most cursory scrutiny (that article refers to the original 13 indictments, but unless a clean chain of evidence was used to generate the latest 12, its conclusions remain applicable). CrowdStrike delivers geopolitically-actionable conclusions swaddled in just enough technical jargon to dissuade observers from looking too closely. It’s a perfect dance partner for the Deep State hawks who want war with Russia, whether it’s another 50 years of cold war or (and this is what they jerk off to at night) a hot, sexy, nuclear war, a proper World War 3, something they could tell the kids about (if they hadn’t nuked humanity off the planet). 

(A footnote to the whole affair is that whoever “hacked” the DNC and DCCC merely leaked secure information and internal communications that revealed the extent of Democratic Party corruption, and the notion of “hacking the election” is something of a misnomer as no voting machines were tampered with; sure, it would have been nice to get a bipartisan view, with the Republican Party’s dirty laundry hung out for all to see, but exposing the crimes of others is not the same as committing them oneself. Indeed, one viable alternate explanation of the DNC hacks is that a disgruntled Party worker leaked the documents himself, frustrated with the unfair treatment Bernie Sanders was receiving at the hands of Clinton’s minions within the Party.)

Congress is in the process of handing Trump authorization to deploy “usable nukes” in a theatre of war that is rapidly expanding to cover the entire globe (and now space, because when you’re printing money with no basis in reality, the sky is literally the limit). There’s no reason to use nukes in Afghanistan, the poorest country in Asia, nor even in Iran, since it’s too close to Israel to risk decades of fallout and radiation sickness for the guys pushing the whole regional conflict. The nukes are for Russia, for when the next false flag “chemical attack” in Syria (that Russian intelligence is already warning us about, if we would actually listen to them this time instead of continuing to fund the terrorists responsible for the last one) inevitably touches off a hot war with Russia.

Trump’s meeting with Putin has the potential to put the WW3 genie back in the bottle, to remove fingers from triggers on both sides. Russia has been developing new weapons at a pace unseen since the Soviet years, now that the US has been poking a stick in their geopolitical eye for 4 years over Ukraine, but the US cannot afford a prolonged arms race – we are already throwing more than half of every tax dollar at the Pentagon just to maintain the aging arms infrastructure we have. Most of that money is going toward waging the insanely destructive, strategically self-defeating don’t-call-them-wars in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya – and paying the contractors the military must hire as they run out of indigent youth willing to risk their lives to pay for college, and equipping the monstrously wasteful aircraft carriers that have become little more than sitting ducks in the wake of Russian and Chinese advances in missile technology. Trump’s meeting with Putin could set the two countries back on a peaceful path. This is unacceptable for the war machine.

Americans are sick of Russiagate, but desperate times call for desperate measures. There’s nothing new in the information that led to these indictments – Mueller long ago despaired of coming up with actual proof that Russians “hacked” the 2016 election, hence his more recent diversions into Trump and Cohen’s personal finances, Stormy Daniels’ panties, and the byzantine financial dealings of Trump Inc. But only by hysterically hammering away at the Russia-Hacked-Our-Democracy narrative can the establishment hope to raise popular opposition to the Trump-Putin summit. Democrats, taking a break from shedding crocodile tears for separated migrant families, have demanded Trump call off the meeting until Putin says he’s Very Very Sorry and Won’t Do It Again. Establishment media have jettisoned journalistic standards – New York ran a cover story this week claiming the KGB has been “undoubtably following” Trump for decades, even though the KGB ceased to exist when the Soviet Union fell and pre-1991 Trump was small potatoes (whoever threw this infographic together also seems confused as to whether one woman is Putin’s daughter, or whether Wendi Deng dated him at some point, but let’s take their word on the whole Trump-KGB thing, shall we?). Panic reigns as peace threatens to break out.

Trump’s meeting with Putin could set the two countries back on the path to peace and sanity, or irrevocably on the road to the war the military-industrial-intelligence complex is salivating for. The media establishment has long known Trump’s primary vulnerability was his outsize ego, and used accusations of Russian puppetry to manipulate him into antagonizing the country he’d campaigned on easing relations with. One hopes that by now, after two years of superhuman restraint from Russia as the US’s disgusting and illegal military adventures in Syria racked up Russian casualties – and no such restraint from certain unelected factions of the US government – Trump might be more willing to take up a dialogue with the Russian president. Certainly, they should be able to bond over their demonization in the American press.

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UNTANGLING ‘ISRAEL’ FROM THE US INTRODUCING NORMAN FINKELSTEIN ‘Video’

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THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY AND OTHER SCAMS

Norman Finkelstein, the son of Holocaust survivors, has important things to say about to Americans about Israel.

Any Jewish person who questions Israel is called a self-hating Jew. Even worse, they can be accused of being “deniers.”

Norman Finkelstein has no fear of this kind of name calling.

He also has no fear of rational and honest debate.

The first video shows a BBC host doing her best to sensationalize him. She fails miserably.

In the second video Finkelstein – son of Holocaust survivors – talks about the Holocaust industry.

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BDS in Books: British Author Refuses to Publish in ‘Israel’

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BDS in Books: British Author Refuses to Publish in ‘Israel’ – and She’s Not the Only One

British author Kamila Shamsie, whose early works had been translated into Hebrew, refuses to publish her new books in Israel. She’s not the only one.

Kamila Shamsie, a prize-winning and highly praised British author of Pakistani descent, refused to be translated in Hebrew
Kamila Shamsie, a prize-winning and highly praised British author of Pakistani descent, refused to be translated in HebrewLEONARDO CENDAMO / leemage / AFP

Last week one Israeli publisher had an unusual experience. It started off perfectly ordinarily: The publisher wanted to acquire the rights to publish the last two books by British author Kamila Shamsie, a prize-winning and highly praised British author of Pakistani descent. Her early books were published in Israel – the last of them was “Burnt Shadows,” which was published in Hebrew in 2010 by Keter. But since then she has published another two books, and the same publisher wanted to acquire them.

The reply to the feelers arrived quickly: “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to share the author’s work with Hebrew readers at this time. It’s not personal,” wrote her agent. “I know that it was a difficult decision for Kamila, and the last thing she wants is to personally offend any Israeli editors.”

When the publisher asked for clarifications, the following reply came from Shamsie: “I would be very happy to be published in Hebrew, but I don’t know of any (fiction) publisher of Hebrew who is not Israeli, and I understand that there is no Israeli publisher who is completely unentangled from the state. I do not want to cross the picket line formed by Palestinian civil society, which has asked everyone who wants to change the situation to not cooperate with organizations that are in any way complicit with the Israeli state.”

It’s hard to say that this is a common reply. With all due respect to the BDS organizations, most writers are enthusiastic about being translated into foreign languages. A writer writes to be read, and literature can penetrate hearts, even those located thousands of kilometers from the place where it was written.

Has the political atmosphere in recent years and the strengthening of the BDS organizations led to more instances like that of Shamsie? And which writers are more liable to block the translation of their books into Hebrew?

In June 2010 Henning Mankell made headlines in Israel. The Swedish author, who participated in the protest flotilla on the ship Mavi Marmara, declared in the days after it was raided by Israeli commandos, who killed 10 Turks aboard, that from now on he would consider whether to continue publishing his books in Hebrew. His announcement resounded at the time, although he eventually changed his mind and his books continued to be published in Israel.

Swedish writer Henning Mankell declared a boycott on Israel in the wake of the Marmara flotilla affair, then changed his mind
Swedish writer Henning Mankell declared a boycott on Israel in the wake of the Marmara flotilla affair, then changed his mindAP

Earlier, in 2005, British author China Mieville, one of the greatest living writers of science fiction and fantasy, announced his refusal to have his books translated into Hebrew. “I wanted to publish one of his books that I consider a masterpiece, and I spoke to his agents. They informed me that it was impossible,” recalls Israeli publisher Rani Graff. “I asked him to write any foreword he wanted and we would translate it as is and print it in the book without editing it. He refused. I gave up.”

Refusal for political reasons is thus nothing new, but is it a growing phenomenon? In the Israeli literature industry several regions – mainly the British and Scandinavian markets – are considered tough territories where relatively few Israeli books are sold for translation and distribution. In an article in Haaretz in April, writers and people in the industry spoke of an audience that will give translated Israeli books a miss for political reasons, of the interruption of events with Israeli writers or mass walkouts from them – and even of a clear statement by local agents that for political reasons, Israeli literature won’t be translated into foreign languages. In the opposite situation, where a foreign writer refuses to have his book translated into Hebrew, the picture is more complicated.

“I’ve encountered such cases several times,” says Ornit Cohen-Barak, editor of the literature series at Modan publishers. “It happened to me for the first time when I wanted to buy ‘The Yacoubian Building,’ a novel by Egyptian author Alaa al-Aswany, and they told me that he refuses to be published in Israel, no matter what. The second time it was a book by Christos Tsiolkas, an Australian writer of Greek origin. (The television series ‘The Slap’ is based on the book.) I was told that he isn’t willing to be published in Israel unless we publish an edition in Arabic for Palestinians. When we refused he informed us that he wasn’t willing.

Christos Tsiolkas, an Australian writer of Greek origin who said he wasn't willing to be published in Israel unless an edition was published in Arabic for Palestinians
Christos Tsiolkas, an Australian writer of Greek origin who said he wasn’t willing to be published in Israel unless an edition was published in Arabic for PalestiniansERIC FEFERBERG / AFP

“Afterwards there was another case. We had already signed an agreement with an Egyptian writer who wrote a book about Tahrir Square, something between a novel and reportage. We bought the rights and then she asked to cancel the contract because she was afraid of being harmed. Something similar happened one more time, with a writer of Palestinian origin, and since then, whenever people recommend writers from Arab countries I try to ascertain with them that they’re willing to be published in Israel, because I don’t have time to read books and arrange contracts that won’t happen.”

Those likely to be problematic, say other editors and people in the industry, are writers from Arab or Muslim countries, or writers from Western countries with Muslim roots. Incidentally, “The Yakoubian Building” was finally published in Hebrew about two years ago after a decade of opposition, not by Modan but by Kinneret publishers. It required a certain subterfuge – for the purpose Kinneret cooperated with the British Toby Press, which publishes books in Hebrew too.

“In 2014 we were interested in a book by a writer of Palestinian origin who lives in the United States,” says Dvora Negbi of Am Oved publishers. “I wrote to her agency and we asked for the manuscript of the book and I received a reply that they were sorry, but the writer supports the economic and cultural boycott of Israel and therefore refuses to publish her books here. Shortly afterwards there was a similar story. There was a phenomenal book by a female Saudi writer that I wanted to buy. Through her agent she admitted that she was afraid to have it published in Hebrew.There are cases of writers who are afraid to be published in Israel.”

Ornit Cohen-Barak, editor of the literature series at Modan publishers
Ornit Cohen-Barak, editor of the literature series at Modan publishersדן חיימוביץ’

“I’ve encountered such cases, not recently, mainly from the Arab world,” says Ziv Lewis, who is in charge of acquiring translation rights for books published by Kinneret Zmora Bitan. “It’s actually not for political reasons, but for reasons of personal security, and these are mainly Lebanese, Iraqi, Syrian writers.

“I haven’t come across Western writers who identify with BDS. A writer wants his book to be read by as many people as possible. They may not want to contribute to public relations, won’t agree to be interviewed – but they want to be read. The same is true of writers from the Arab world whom we contact: Unofficially they all want to be published everywhere and in any language, including Hebrew.”

Cohen-Barak of Modan says: “It doesn’t happen every day that a writer refuses, only once in a while. In Egypt the problem is especially serious; they refuse. I even asked to meet with an Egyptian literary agent so I could understand it more in depth. It’s existed since I’ve been in the field. But in cases of a Western writer who’s unwilling to be translated into Hebrew, I think that here it comes from a lack of understanding. After all, culture is the place that can bridge gaps, so what good are they doing by refusing?”

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Prince Charles claims he didn’t know bishop was a pedophile, defends friendship with abuser

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Prince Charles claims he didn’t know bishop was a pedophile, defends friendship with abuser

The prince has revealed that he formed a close friendship with Peter Ball for more than 20 years, until 2015, when the bishop was convicted for sexually abusing over a dozen victims. In 1993, Ball had to resign his ministry following a police investigation into his abuse of boys and young men that led to him accepting a caution.

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The Prince of Wales has made a written statement, described as a draft, to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), which will be made public next week. The prince, who gave the statement voluntarily, said he had “decades of correspondence” with Ball and occasionally sent him “small gifts of money, as I do for many people in need,” the Times reports.

Ball’s history with the royals shows he has been at the center of many of their lives’ landmarks. In 2006, he conducted the funeral of Bruce Shand, the Duchess of Cornwall’s father. The bishop was also invited to give Communion at the prince’s home of Highgrove and set up home in a Duchy of Cornwall property between 1997 and 2011.

Ball’s connections to influential establishment figures and the question of whether they interfered with the criminal justice process will be put under the microscope at the inquiry next week. The IICSA published a timetable for five days of hearings on Thursday, disclosing that the prince’s statement would be read but he would not be summoned to answer questions.

The prince said the bishop told him that he had been caught up in an “indiscretion” and that an individual with a personal grudge had been “persecuting” him.

The prince added: “I was certainly not aware at the time of the significance or impact of the caution… Whilst I note that Peter Ball mentioned the word in a letter to me in October 2009, I was not aware until recently that a caution in fact carries an acceptance of guilt.”

He expressed “deep personal regret” that he had been duped by Ball.

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