My Common Sense Politics
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc)
September 6, 2014
The EU Ambassador to Iraq chastised Iran, Kurdistan and Turkey for financing the so-called Islamic State by facilitating their oil export. Turkey’s Energy Minister Taner Yildiz described such rumors as lies. Nobody appears to recall that the EU lifted its embargo on the import of Syrian oil from rebel-held territories on April 22, 2013.
EU’s Ambassador to Iraq and former European Parliament MP for the Czech Republic, Jana Hybášková, addressed the EU’s foreign affairs committee, chastising Iran, the Kurdish administrated region of Iraq and Turkey for “inadvertently” supporting the so-called Islamic State, a.k.a. ISIS/ISIL/IS by facilitating the “terrorists” export of oil for a net revenue of $3 million per day.
Hybášková demanded that the European Union “exert pressure on Iran, Kurdistan and Turkey in order to stop this trade”, adding that this wasn’t the first time that Turkey had been accused of turning a blind eye to the political situation in Iraq for financial gain.
Turkey’s Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, for his part, denounced allegations about Turkey’s involvement in financing the Islamic State, claiming that such statements aimed at creating controversy about Turkey’s politics.
Yildiz did, however, admit that Turkey is transporting oil from the Kurdish administrated region of Northern Iraq via Turkey, while the Kurdish government described Turkey as reliable partner in that regard. In fact, the export of northern Iraqi oil via Turkey has almost doubled in 2014 and increased to 400,000 barrels per day.
Neither EU Ambassador to Iraq, Jana Hybášková, Turkey’s Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, nor any of the mainstream media in EU and NATO member states, however, appear to recall that the EU legalized the import of Syrian oil from so-called “rebel-held territories”.
On Monday, April 22, 2013, the 27 EU foreign ministers decided to lift the EU’s embargo on the import of Syrian oil from rebel-held territories to support more economic support for the so-called Syrian opposition.
The then UK Foreign Secretary William Hague told reporters that the move aimed at laying the legal groundwork to get the flow of crude oil going as rapidly as possible reported Yahoo News, quoting Hague as saying:
“The security situation is so difficult that much of this will be difficult to do, but it is important for us to send the signal that we are open to helping in other ways, in all the ways possible.”
The then German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle commented on the lift of the oil-import ban:
“We wish for good economic development in the areas controlled by the opposition, therefore we lift the sanctions which hinder the moderate opposition forces work.”
The Irony of EU Ambassador Hybášková, chastising Iran, Kurdistan and Turkey is palatable.
Neither the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, nor the guardian mention the EU’s lifting of the oil-import ban in 2013 in relation to the EU Ambassador’s 2014 criticism of Iraq, Turkey and “Kurdistan”.
Hague’s words about “helping in all ways possible” however, were indeed ominous in more than one sense.
Not to be fooled twice ? Understand the timeline!
Friday, September 5th, 2014
Posted by Allen L Roland
As we approach the 13th Anniversary of America’s greatest act of treason, perhaps only satire can fully reveal the true extent of the Big Lie and how literally half of Washington, DC has been silenced or blackmailed by AIPAC into remaining silent over the fact that 9/11 was an inside job. The only way to stop the current military escalation follies throughout the Middle East is to finally fully reveal the 9/11 Lie they were all initially born from: Allen L Roland, Ph.D
“All that is left of America is banality and self-delusion.” Noam Chomsky
Memo to the President – Confidential – Top Secret – Destroy after reading
From Dick Cheney – Citizen at large
Dear Mr. president,
As we approach the 13th Anniversary of 9/11 ~ it becomes increasingly important that I remind you of your promise to us, before you were sworn in to the presidency, to not allow any investigations or revelations to come to the surface regarding 9/11 ~ at the risk of breaking our trust and our continued support of the ongoing 9/11 cover-up.
We’re watching you closely, Barack and I’m becoming increasingly uneasy by recent revelations which may indicate that your support and pledge regarding this massive cover-up may be wavering ~ particularly since your presidency will soon be coming to an end and the continued human rights pressure to close Guantanamo.
As George and I told you (obviously behind closed doors and inquisitive ears) we’re all in this together and one unreliable high level official link brings this whole criminal endeavor crashing down on all of us, including yourself, and eventually will lead to public humiliation, trial and jail.
Once again, the American public will never forgive all of us who were involved in this false flag operation but particularly those in authority who knew of this national betrayal and never exposed this treasonous act ~ and now that also means you, Barack.
Of course, I have taken great pains to cover my tracks on this endeavor either by rendition, torture or indefinite imprisonment at Guantanamo ~ but my tracks are not indelible which is the reason for this confidential note and reminder. Of course, my firm Halliburton, made $30.5 billion as a result of no-bid contracts, gross overcharging and worker exploitation during the invasion of Iraq but that’s the way the game was played in Iraq (chuckle)
However, It has recently come to my attention that organizations like Veterans Today have stumbled across my fingerprints on our secret plan to steal American Nukes ~ specifically W-54′s ~ which of course were eventually used in the 9/11 false flag operation. This is hitting very close to home and must be sidetracked immediately or we’re in deep doo-doo !
Here’s the VT report that also also mentions my name which concerns me greatly ~
VT: “Our IAEA sources reports: The W-54 warhead has a large, high quality oblong plutonium pit. 400 of these weapons were made for use in nuclear artillery and other weapons with design variations allowing vastly different output from the same basic design. The W-54′s were placed in military cold storage after 1986 and they were retired in 1993 by Bush 41. They were then written off the books during the Clinton era 1994-2000 and allegedly disposed of by converting them into MOX (multiple oxide as used in Fukushima) fuel at the Savanna River complex. The Savanna River recycling plant had and still has serious security and safety concerns for decades.
‘Someone’ or ‘some people’ at a very high level simply did a paper work switch and shipped the non-destroyed pits out the back door. The thefts started under Clinton and ended under Bush2. Cheney controlling it under Bush 1 and 2. Richardson (a “rabid Zionist”) at DOE under Clinton.” See report ~
How did VT get access to that secret report and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the only high level person capable of making that paper switch decision was me which makes me even more nervous ~ which I don’t need now with my brand new heart.
Get on this, Barack ~ before it gets completely out of hand !
When I say we’re watching you ~ that is not a passive statement for no one is indispensable in this cover up (as you already know) and we will move deadly fast, as we have before, if we feel our trust has been betrayed.
Our whole Way of Life (as Tony Blair is so fond of saying) is at risk and you don’t want to be the person responsible for bringing down that house of cards or should I say Potemkin Village (chuckle).
Remember, Barack ~ as I have publicly said many times, you have to give up your liberties to keep your freedom and you should be maintaining that mantra with the American public before they wise up and bring us all down ~ note I said us, Barack ~ we are all in this together ~ you can’t pin it all eventually on my administration, Oops, I mean George W’s ~ who still doesn’t realize that he was a pawn in our PNAC grand world scheme. (He still won’t return my calls and is now evidently writing poetry along with his crude water colors, God awful but I digress)
One other thing, Barack ~ it appears the public is closing in on the far more specific 9/11 investigative report, the one issued by the intelligence committees of both houses of Congress, entitled “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.” Those infamous blacked out 28 pages were assumed to relate to our well known Saudi connections but some pesky reporters like Justin Raimondo made the correct assumption that those missing pages verified Israeli complicity in 9/11~ which of course would eventually lead to my role in that operation.
And that loose cannon Bibi almost let the cat out of the bag while speaking to a conference at Bar Ilan University in 2008, which was very direct as to Israeli involvement. As reported by Israeli news outlets Ha’aretz and Ma’ariv: “We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq,’ He reportedly added that these events ‘swung American public opinion in our favor.’” See report ~
I repeat, Barack, the release of those 28 pages cannot be allowed to happen ~ so far we have kept a lid on this through AIPAC pressure but with the upcoming 13th 9/11 anniversary looming within a week, you must consider this an emergency!
If the public fully knew of our connection with the Zionists regarding the planning, execution and cover-up of 9/11, my goose would be cooked but so would yours, my friend. (Yes, my friend, since both of us know and are aware of things that could destroy the presidency ~ we are reluctantly joined in our common effort to maintain the status quo at all costs) George W also knows this and it has driven him into seclusion ~ if not senility. (chuckle)
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Posted by Stephen Lendman
In a Monday Cuba state media article, Castro accused Washington and EU allies of warmongering.
He compared NATO to Hitler’s SS. More on what he said below.
At age 88, Castro is outspoken on geopolitical issues mattering most. His intellect remains keen.
His honesty and integrity are impeccable. His forthrightness is noteworthy. His knowledge of vital issues is impressive.
He survived hundreds of US attempts to kill him, a punishing embargo and countless other hostile acts.
In 2006, illness forced him to step down. Reports at the time erroneously pronounced him dead or dying.
He recovered and remains active. Hopefully he has many more productive years left.
On the occasion of his 88th birthday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called him the “central figure of the new independence of Latin America and the Caribbean.”
“Fidel Castro is the refounding of the ideas of José Martí and the Bolivarian project in the twentieth century, which led him to victory on an island that was in the plans of colonization of America.”
“Even his bitterest opponents will have to recognize that Fidel managed to bring out the Cuban sentiment, independence and took the island from the colonial clutches of the United States forever, but never in history will be settled.”
“Fidel is a giant,” said Maduro. He’s a role model for right over wrong. He’s a legend in his own time. He’s polar opposite rogue Western leaders.
US-led NATO is a global killing machine. It threatens humanity’s survival.
It prioritizes war. It deplores peace. It ravages and destroys one country after another.
Humanity’s survival depends on eliminating this cancer once and for all. The alternative is too grim to tolerate.
Castro accused Western politicians of hypocrisy and aggression. The West is “a symbol of imperialist policy,” he said.
Instead of waging war, “governments should produce food and industrial products, build hospitals and schools for the billions of human beings who desperately need them; promote art and culture, struggle against epidemics which (kill) half of the sick (and) finally eliminate…cancer” and many other life-threatening diseases.
“Many people are astonished when they hear the statements made by some European spokesmen for NATO when they speak with the style and face of the Nazi SS.”
“Adolf Hitler’s greed-based empire went down in history with no more glory than the encouragement provided to NATO’s aggressive and bourgeois governments, which makes them the laughing stock of Europe and the world.”
“The world has seen no respite in recent years, particularly since the European Economic Community, under the strict and unconditional leadership of the United States, decided the time had come to settle scores with what was left of two great nations (Russia and China) that…had carried out the heroic deed of putting an end to the imperialist colonial order imposed on the world by Europe and the United States.”
Cuba will keep resisting, he stressed. “(T)here is no worse price than capitulating before an enemy who attacks you without any right to do so.”
“When the USSR disintegrated and disappeared from the socialist landscape, we continued resisting and together, the state and the revolutionary people, we’re continuing our independent march.”
Castro praised the former Soviet Union for “gathering its resources and sharing its technology with a large number of weak and less developed nations, the inevitable victims of colonial exploitation.”
He accused Senator John McCain of supporting Israel’s Mossad. Washington and Israel created the Islamic State, he said.
Today it “controls a considerable and vital portion of Iraq and reportedly one-third of Syria as well.”
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Posted by Gordon Duff
Beheading Videos Traced to Israel “bin Laden Studios”
By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
We are unable to confirmed that either Sotloff, an Israeli passport holder, said to be IDF trained and closely tied to a number of news hoaxes, is dead or that he had ever existed. We do know this, his reputed execution took place in Israel, not Syria or Iraq. The Foley video also was done in Israel.
Media construct a symmetry of violence where none exists
This started with the timeline preferred in much of the press. By most media accounts, the conflict started when three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped on June 12; their bodies were discovered on June 30. The Israeli government immediately declared Hamas responsible. Days after the discovery of the victims’ bodies, a Palestinian teenager was abducted and murdered by Israeli extremists, in what was called a “revenge” attack. Hamas rockets started falling in Israel, and “Operation Protective Edge” was Israel’s response.
This narrative of Israeli response to Palestinian aggression was set from the beginning: “Striking back. Israel hitting hard overnight with 34 precision airstrikes on a Hamas compound,” declared ABC World News’ Alex Marquardt (7/1/14). A USA Today editorial (7/15/14) explained that the war started when “Hamas began its latest round of mostly ineffectual rocket attacks on Israel.”
But this chain of events is dubious. “Operation Brother’s Keeper”—the Israeli response to the abduction—resulted in mass arrests in the West Bank, including Hamas officials, and killed five Palestinians. The declaration that Hamas was responsible for the abduction and killings—often treated as a fact in news coverage—was never firmly established, as the suspects were militants well-known for operating in defiance of Hamas leadership (FAIR Blog, 7/28/14).
The Hamas rockets that Israel, in the conventional timeline, was “striking back” against were fired in response to an Israeli airstrike that killed a Hamas leader, Israeli officials told the Times of Israel (6/30/14); these were the first rockets fired by Hamas since 2012, the officials said.
Nor is it clear why the chronology should begin with the three Israeli teens killed in June, and not with two Palestinian teens shot to death by Israeli soldiers in May while protesting the expulsion of Palestinians from Israel (B’Tselem, 4/20/14). The two were among 84 Palestinian minors killed by Israeli security forces in the last five years, according to B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights monitor.
Israel’s previous assaults on Gaza—most notably “Operation Cast Lead,” which killed 1,391 Palestinians, mostly noncombatants, including 318 children, in 2008–09 (B’Tselem, 1/1/11)—were mostly down the media memory hole. The land, air and sea blockade that Israel has maintained against Gaza since 2007 was likewise seldom mentioned, even though blockades are generally regarded as acts of war.
But the desire to start the clock with Palestinian aggression and Israeli retaliation is a familiar media framing of the conflict (FAIR Action Alert, 4/4/02))—“Palestinian militants continue firing rockets into Israel, whose air force answers with precision airstrikes,” as ABC World News (7/4/14) put it. “The response by Israel was quick and powerful,” NBC anchor Brian Williams (7/1/14) declared.
Also familiar was what came next—an obvious effort to “balance” coverage to show suffering on both sides, despite the obvious fact that the suffering was overwhelmingly occurring on one side. (At the end of July, 275 times as many civilians had been killed in Gaza as in Israel—Intercept, 7/29/14.)
Nightly newscasts were often split between correspondents in Gaza and Tel Aviv, reporting on the mood in both places—and conveying Israeli fear was often foregrounded. On the NBC Nightly News (7/8/14), Williams narrated:
As the skies over Israel have lit up tonight, sirens have sounded and Israelis have been told they have between 15 seconds and one minute to run to shelter and avoid rockets launched by Hamas.
NPR host Robert Siegel (7/8/14) posed this question to correspondent Ari Shapiro: “How is this affecting living in southern Israel, and, for that matter, in Gaza?”
Shapiro spent 120 words on the stress experienced by Israelis—how long it takes to get to a bomb shelter, and what one family felt when sirens go off when they’re sitting down for lunch. Gaza got 41 words, a reference to an NPR producer living amid airstrikes that were actually killing entire families.
USA Today had a similar piece (7/9/14) headlined “In Shadow of Fear in Israel, Gaza.” The paper leads with the story of a clerk in an Israeli toy store who was remaining behind the counter as the warning sirens blared. The headline placed this situation on the same level with what was happening in Gaza, where “more than two dozen Palestinians were killed and scores injured from Israeli airstrikes.”
Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Posted by Gordon Duff and Members of the Dept. of Energy 9/11 Investigation Team
DOE Investigators Cite Veterans Today Investigations and Disclosures as Preventing a New 9/11
[ Editor's Introduction: Over the past few weeks, members of the "official 9/11 groups" have come forward -- years late, no new ideas, nothing to offer. The real 9/11 report, initially released by the Russians, now supported directly by both the team that wrote it at the U.S. Department of Energy and the IAEA, have been following the aftermath of their revelations.
The text below is theirs. When they talk of "morons," these are America's top nuclear physicists, the people who build the bombs that supposedly keep us safe at night making these observations.
When it is published in Veterans Today, it is here because we are also nuclear weapons officers, NATO nuclear commandos, weapons assemblers and, while VT Editor Clinton Bastin was still with us, the editorial home for America's top nuclear weapons designer.
We are intelligence agents, nuclear weapons experts, academics, spies, engineers, military officers -- all unpaid, all standing against the pattern of deceit, of secrecy and of horrific injustice.
For two months now, we have published the most advanced weapons physics papers ever to be made available to the public. We have answered challenges, we have learned lessons ourselves, read Khalezov's works, basked in his insights, but we have done more as well.
In Khalezov, we find the unseen hand of someone working with him. We see an agenda, and we see both brilliance and great cleverness.
Moreover, in groups like Architects and Engineers for 9/11, we see something else. We don't like it. We see dogma, ignorance, deceit and bullying. We see cheap propaganda, and we see several wolves in sheep's clothing among them.
We have been the victim of a great resurgence of activity on their part -- childish attacks, bad science, misrepresentation and time-wasting. As we see it, much of 9/11 is solved. We use best evidence, best science. and when and if better science comes by, we reassess. After all, we are not insane, we are not incompetent, we are not petty narcissists, we are not amateurs, we are not A and E 9/11.
Comments will be reviewed by some of the world's top scientists. Questions answered. Input is desired. VT has readers with nuclear weapons backgrounds, with advanced experience and their comments are welcomed.
One more thing: We are also intelligence professionals. When amateurs try to deceive, we smile. No bread crumb could ever leave a trail so clear, a trail so needed. We thank the thieves, the liars and the fools for their hubris.
We also thank Dmitri Khalezov for his efforts and personal sacrifice.]
To answer the sound issue, questions “vital” to A and E 9/11:
1. Where was the sound of the jets hitting the building. How loud was that? 50 floors up, over 500 feet above you and over 1500 feet from the TV cameras.
2. Where was the sound from the cutting charges exploding.
3. Where was the sound from the nano thermite going off.
4. How loud was the sound of the collapsing buildings.
5. If you are over 500 feet below the sound at street level and over 1500 feet away, sound travels up and out. You don’t hear much. The same with the shock wave.
6. All underground explosions took place 50 feet below you and 1500 feet or more from the cameras. You get a shock wave traveling thru the ground, with a dust blast from the over pressure of less than 6 psi for a small 1.5kt nuke. Just as happened.
The air burst above the 50th floor blew out 200 X 200 X 200 square feet of building space, over 20 floors, in less than 3 seconds. Vaporized, gone, What does that? (Root Beer bottles exploding?)
That’s about 8 million cubic feet of space destroyed in less than 3 seconds. 40,000 tons of steel just disappears in less than 3 seconds. What does that? Godzilla or King Kong? Just look at the pictures.
I write both as a Democrat (which Barack Obama merely claims to be, but shows by his actions that he is not) and as an American (which he, unfortunately, actually is, but which Republicans often deny), in the hope of preserving the honor not just of my Country, but of my Party, both of which he violates routinely.
When President Obama refused to allow the prosecution of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for their manifest crimes, after they had been in office (their having lied this country into invading a country that was no imminent threat to the United States, tortured people, violated the 4th Amendment by unleashing the NSA against the American public, unleashed Wall Street crooks against the American people via MBS frauds, etc.), Obama thereby took upon himself Bush’s and Cheney’s crimes, as being his own. Those crimes still need to be prosecuted — now by America prosecuting Obama himself, for his covering them up: he still does it, after all of these years. Those crimes are no less heinous and, indeed, no less treasonous, now that a so-called “Democrat” is hiding them, than they were when his self-acknowledged Republican predecessors, and now in some cases even the fake “Democrat” Obama himself, were and have been and still are perpetrating them. They still need to be prosecuted, in order for the U.S. to possess any honor going forward, and any realistic hope of a better future for our nation. Without accountability, there is nothing but dictatorship. That’s the reality of our situation. The people who possess power without accountability are our dictators: they stand above the law; we stand below the law, as their subjects, no longer as authentically American citizens, for they have stolen our democracy from us, and made it into their own kingdom, instead. This is not America; and for us to accept it as if it were, would be for us to defile our great Founders, who waged their Revolution in order to defeat such tyrants — tyrants who now have come back from the dead, only with different faces and names.
On 11 July 2014, Rebecca Gordon at rinf.com bannered, “America: Where the ‘Good Guys’ Torture,” and she noted that:
There are several important reasons why the resurgence of torture remains a possibility in post-Bush America:
Torture did not necessarily end when Obama took office.
We have never had a full accounting of all the torture programs in the “war on terror.”
Not one of the senior government officials responsible for activities that amounted to war crimes has been held accountable, nor were any of the actual torturers ever brought to court.
She documented each one of her points, the last two of which are urgent indicators of the necessity for Democrats (yes, Democrats, since Obama claims to be one of us) to bring forth in the U.S. House of Representatives an impeachment resolution and proceedings against the worst “Democratic” President in U.S. history, or else we shall be implicitly accepting his crimes as being unpunished crimes by our Party, in the person of Obama, just like the Republican Party accepts Bush’s and Cheney’s crimes as being unpunished crimes by their Party, in the persons of Bush and Cheney. And, if Obama’s crimes are acceptable by our Party, then our Party is an embarrassment to our country and should be dissolved, just as the Republican Party has long been an embarrassment to our country and should have been dissolved when they turncoated into Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy,” and began their ideological war to restore (but now nationwide) the racist Confederacy that President Abraham Lincoln (the only and last great Republican) had heroically slammed down. The bullet of John Wilkes Booth killed Lincoln’s reformist Republican Party, and brought us, instead, the Party of America’s northern aristocracy — but now it has become, ever since Nixon, the Party of America’s southern aristocracy, who are even worse. Without the solidly Republican South, that Party would simply collapse as a national party — it would stand no chance of electing future Presidents.
However, there are two more reasons why Obama needs to be impeached, removed from office, and then prosecuted for treason:
I have previously documented that “Obama Definitely Lied About Having Intent to Prosecute Banksters,” and so won’t repeat that here. But suffice it to say in summary: Obama did publicly promise to pursue and prosecute any bankster-CEO criminality that had been involved in crashing the American economy in 2008, and Obama’s promise turned out to be a blatant lie. By contrast, he had told the banksters themselves the very opposite in private, barely two months into his Presidency, and he kept that promise to them, the promise that he had made in secret. He told them, “My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks. … I want to help. … I’m not out there to go after you. … I’m going to shield you from public and congressional anger.” And he did precisely that, as is shown, for example, by:
On 15 November 2011, Syracuse University’s TRAC Reports … headlined “Criminal Prosecutions for Financial Institution Fraud Continue to Fall,” and provided a chart showing that whereas such prosecutions had been running at a fairly steady rate until George W. Bush came into office in 2001, they immediately plunged during his Presidency and were continuing that decline under Obama, even after the biggest boom in alleged financial fraud cases since right before the Great Depression. And, then, on 24 September 2013, TRAC Reports bannered “Slump in FBI White Collar Crime Prosecutions,” and said that “prosecutions of white collar criminals recommended by the FBI are substantially down during the first ten months of Fiscal Year 2013.” This was especially so in the Wall Street area [the source of the 2008 collapse].
The President is the head of the Executive branch of our Government; he’s responsible for prosecution of criminals, and this includes his powers over the Department of Justice, the SEC, and all other enforcement agencies, to hire and fire the heads of those agencies. But instead, the most elite and harmful crooks actually receive his (and consequently those agencies’) protection from prosecution.
Furthermore, he has done essentially nothing to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 crash, as was documented by Alexander Arapoglou and Jerri-Lynn Scofield headlining, “The Looming Threat That Could Initiate the Next Economic Collapse” indicating that only sham-enforcement occurs under Obama, and that only sham-legislation has been passed in Congress and signed into law by President Obama. While Congress has been corrupt, this President has been opposed to their being anything but corrupt; so, he has provided no leadership whatsoever except of a merely rhetorical kind, and except, in his actions and not his words, to protect the biggest crooks: the megabank CEOs, who get mega-rich from these crimes and keep their loot while the U.S. public bails out the banks they’ve looted from the top.
PERPETRATING ETHNIC CLEANSING ABROAD:
Finally, just as President Bush defiled the Presidency by unwarrantedly invading Iraq in 2003 and lying through his teeth all the way there and afterward about it, Obama has defiled the Presidency in 2014 by overthrowing the democratically elected President of Ukraine and lying through his teeth all the way and afterward, about that. And Obama’s crime in Ukraine is even worse than Bush’s crime in Iraq, because it’s much more dangerous, with even bigger stakes and risks (all of which are purely downside for both the American and the Ukrainian peoples — much as Bush’s Iraq-invasion also was, for both Americans and Iraqis).
A terrific video compilation, with tapped phone-conversations and other damning proofs, shows that there can be no reasonable doubt that the February 2014 Ukrainian coup — which produced the civil war in Ukraine — was engineered from the U.S. White House. However, unreasonable doubt has been circulated by the White House’s agents, in the form of misrepresenting the evidence as being less conclusive than it really is. Consequently, the following will present in detail the most damning single piece of evidence of all, an item of evidence which is mentioned only briefly, and only briefly excerpted, in that video (the one just linked to), but which is far more conclusive when it’s presented in full, as it will be here: this is the 25 February 2014 phone conversation between two EU officials immediately after the coup.
This conversation goes by so fast so that a transcript of it is really necessary, in order for one to be able to absorb the full import of what’s happening and being revealed there. Consequently, what now follows will be the transcript of this entire astounding phone call, with explanatory notes added in brackets for the reader’s comprehension of what was being referred to by these officials, in this phone-call that shows the truly astonishing extent of Obama’s depravity — a depravity that clearly shocked these EU officials, even while they seemed to have been resigned to it.
Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Paet phones the EU’s foreign-affairs chief Catherine Ashton, to report on the findings of his February 25th inquiry for the EU, into the situation in Ukraine right after the coup that had just overthrown Ukraine’s democratically elected (in 2010) President Viktor Yanukovych:
By Eric Zuesse
28 August, 2014 Countercurrents.org
The U.S. Government installed in February 2014 the current Ukrainian Government , which started Ukraine's civil war against the residents in Ukraine's southeast , who reject this Government. The U.S., and the Ukrainian Government that the U.S. installed, call the residents there "terrorists," for refusing to be ruled by the people that the U.S. imposed in February to lead Ukraine .
According to the man whom we installed to lead Ukraine, "by now about 50 thousand soldiers and officers appear participants in the antiterrorist operation: 'Thousands are wounded. Many families were left without a breadwinner'." That quotation is from an article that was published on August 11th by the Press Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Ukrainian Government. Their press release was quoting Arseniy Yatsenyuk, whom Obama's agent Victoria Nuland had selected on February 4th (18 days before the overthrow) to become the Prime Minister of Ukraine. (The transcript of the complete phone call in which the EU came to know that the U.S. had engineered this regime-change is in italics here .)
And here is the result of the bombs that our people have been dropping on those 'terrorists.'
And here is what these 'terrorists' themselves have to say about that.
Western 'news' media don't report this news, which is why all of it might come as a shock to 99% of Americans, and of the residents of other NATO countries. (That's why I provide those links: so that you can easily verify these things for yourself.)
We call this a "free press" and a "democracy." This is what America is trying to impose worldwide. But there is lots of resistance to it, not only in Ukraine, but worldwide.
People throughout the world believe overwhelmingly that the United States is the greatest threat to world peace ; and if our invasion and corrupt and disastrous occupation of Iraq don't suffice to make the point, then our coup and installation of nazis into control over Ukraine certainly should.
Why Are We Doing This?
It's not by happenstance; it's by careful design. A reader-comment at the site of a specialist on Ukraine described in the following words the February coup:
Otto Tomasch "daisygarden”:
I am Ukrainian. At present I do not live in Kiev (I lived before), but by chance, at that time I was in Kiev.
1) There was about 20 000 p [eople] on Maidan [in the public demonstrations to bring down the corrupt President Yanukovych; like all of Ukraine's Presidents, Yanukovych was very corrupt]
2) most of them were paid (Right Sector, Nazis) by US.
3) [also] lots of paid addicts [and] unemployed
4) some naive people [unpaid] (including my son, educated but ignorant), in search of democracy.
The U.S. paymasters wrote the script, and directed the show . (It's ugly.) The 20,000 Maidaners did not. On 13 December 2013, Victoria Nuland, Obama's agent masterminding the operation along with the CIA, said "We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine," and she used euphemisms such as "democracy" to describe our objectives there, but the people whom she chose to run the post-coup Government did not restore the democracy that we overthrew; they actually ended it -- that's what they were being paid to do.
The real reason we are doing all this in Ukraine, is so that the voters who had elected the Ukrainian President that we overthrew on February 22nd will be removed from Ukraine, and so that the U.S. will thus in the future get Ukrainian leaders 'elected' in Ukraine whom our leaders (America's aristocrats, the people who actually fund American politicians' campaigns) want to be 'elected' to lead Ukraine.
This is the new way for one country's aristocracy to control another country: now that the international standard is ‘democracy,' the cheapest way for aristocrats to control another country is to get rid of the voters who elect leaders that ours don't want to lead those countries.
Posted Aug 28 2014
As the Labor Day holiday approaches, ask yourself how often you see unions represented on corporate-owned television. On the highest-profile public affairs shows, the answer is basically never.
According to a search of the Sunday morning talkshows for this year (January-August), not a single representative of a labor union appeared on any of the four network programs (NBC's Meet the Press, ABC's This Week, Fox News Sunday and CBS's Face the Nation).
Ironically, the one union leader discussed substantively on any of the programs was Ronald Reagan, the famously anti-union former president. He came up as an answer in an ABC "Powerhouse Puzzlers" quiz (3/2/14) as the only president to have headed a labor union, the Screen Actors Guild.
And it's not that the shows couldn't have used a voice for working people. While normally preoccupied with Beltway politics, these shows touched on issues like poverty, jobs and workers' rights. There were even discussions of efforts to organize college athletes (Meet the Press, 3/23/14; Face the Nation, 3/30/14).
But representatives of organized labor were not part of these conversations. The closest labor came to the Sunday chat show circuit was when Meet the Press (6/29/14) aired an excerpt of a Clinton Foundation event that included two quotes from Sara Horowitz of the Freelancers Union, which is not a certified union but a nonprofit organization that brokers health insurance for independent workers.
The Sunday shows did, however, find time to hear the views of corporate America. Guests that were identified as current or former corporate CEOs made 12 appearances, including former AOL head Steve Case (Meet the Press, 4/6/14), Apple CEO Tim Cook (This Week, 3/30/14) and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz (Fox News Sunday, 6/22/14). Former Hewlett Packard CEO and Republican political candidate Carly Fiorina made four appearances.
Introducing a segment with FedEx chair Frederick W. Smith and former UBS Investment Bank chief Robert Wolf, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace (5/4/14) announced:
We got a lot of numbers about the economy this week, but not a clear picture of where we stand. To help sort it out, we brought in two of America's leading business executives.
None of the Sunday show hosts were ever similarly moved to bring in any of America's leading labor representatives to give us a clearer picture of where we stand.
Posted by Rebecca Solnit
August 28, 2014
One evening over dinner, I began to joke, as I often had before, about writing an essay called “Men Explain Things to Me.” Every writer has a stable of ideas that never make it to the racetrack, and I’d been trotting this pony out recreationally every once in a while. My houseguest, the brilliant theorist and activist Marina Sitrin, insisted that I had to write it down because people like her younger sister Sam needed to read it. Young women needed to know that being belittled wasn’t the result of their own secret failings; it was the boring old gender wars. So lovely, immeasurably valuable Sam, this one always was for you in particular. It wanted to be written; it was restless for the racetrack; it galloped along once I sat down at the computer; and since Marina slept in later than me in those days, I served it for breakfast and sent it to Tom later that day.
That was April 2008 and it struck a chord. It still seems to get reposted more than just about anything I’ve written at TomDispatch.com, and prompted some very funny letters to this site. None was more astonishing than the one from the Indianapolis man who wrote in to tell me that he had “never personally or professionally shortchanged a woman” and went on to berate me for not hanging out with “more regular guys or at least do a little homework first,” gave me some advice about how to run my life, and then commented on my “feelings of inferiority.” He thought that being patronized was an experience a woman chooses to, or could choose not to have -- and so the fault was all mine. Life is short; I didn’t write back.
Young women subsequently added the word “mansplaining” to the lexicon. Though I hasten to add that the essay makes it clear mansplaining is not a universal flaw of the gender, just the intersection between overconfidence and cluelessness where some portion of that gender gets stuck.
The battle for women to be treated like human beings with rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of involvement in cultural and political arenas continues, and it is sometimes a pretty grim battle. When I wrote the essay below, I surprised myself in seeing that what starts out as minor social misery can expand into violent silencing and even violent death. Last year’s Nobel Peace Prize went to women, two Liberians and a Yemeni, “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” Which is to say, that safety and full participation is only a goal.
This is a struggle that takes place in war-torn nations, but also in the bedroom, the dining room, the classroom, the workplace, and the streets. And in newspapers, magazines, and television, where women are dramatically underrepresented. Even in the online gaming arena women face furious harassment and threats of assault simply for daring to participate. That’s mostly symbolic violence. Real violence, the most extreme form of silencing and destroying rights, takes a far more dire toll in this country where domestic violence accounts for 30% of all homicides of women, annually creates about two million injuries, and prompts 18.5 million mental health care visits. It’s in Cairo’s Tahrir Square too, brutal gender violence where freedom and democracy had been claimed.
Having the right to show up and speak are basic to survival, to dignity, and to liberty. I’m grateful that, after an early life of being silenced, sometimes violently, I grew up to have a voice, circumstances that will always bind me to the rights of the voiceless. Rebecca (August 19, 2012)
Men Explain Things to Me Facts Didn't Get in Their Way By Rebecca Solnit
I still don't know why Sallie and I bothered to go to that party in the forest slope above Aspen. The people were all older than us and dull in a distinguished way, old enough that we, at forty-ish, passed as the occasion's young ladies. The house was great -- if you like Ralph Lauren-style chalets -- a rugged luxury cabin at 9,000 feet complete with elk antlers, lots of kilims, and a wood-burning stove. We were preparing to leave when our host said, "No, stay a little longer so I can talk to you." He was an imposing man who'd made a lot of money.
He kept us waiting while the other guests drifted out into the summer night, and then sat us down at his authentically grainy wood table and said to me, "So? I hear you've written a couple of books."
I replied, "Several, actually."
He said, in the way you encourage your friend's seven-year-old to describe flute practice, "And what are they about?"
They were actually about quite a few different things, the six or seven out by then, but I began to speak only of the most recent on that summer day in 2003, River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, my book on the annihilation of time and space and the industrialization of everyday life.
He cut me off soon after I mentioned Muybridge. "And have you heard about the very important Muybridge book that came out this year?"
So caught up was I in my assigned role as ingénue that I was perfectly willing to entertain the possibility that another book on the same subject had come out simultaneously and I'd somehow missed it. He was already telling me about the very important book -- with that smug look I know so well in a man holding forth, eyes fixed on the fuzzy far horizon of his own authority.
Here, let me just say that my life is well-sprinkled with lovely men, with a long succession of editors who have, since I was young, listened and encouraged and published me, with my infinitely generous younger brother, with splendid friends of whom it could be said -- like the Clerk in The Canterbury Tales I still remember from Mr. Pelen's class on Chaucer -- "gladly would he learn and gladly teach." Still, there are these other men, too. So, Mr. Very Important was going on smugly about this book I should have known when Sallie interrupted him to say, "That's her book." Or tried to interrupt him anyway.
But he just continued on his way. She had to say, "That's her book" three or four times before he finally took it in. And then, as if in a nineteenth-century novel, he went ashen. That I was indeed the author of the very important book it turned out he hadn't read, just read about in the New York Times Book Review a few months earlier, so confused the neat categories into which his world was sorted that he was stunned speechless -- for a moment, before he began holding forth again. Being women, we were politely out of earshot before we started laughing, and we've never really stopped.
I like incidents of that sort, when forces that are usually so sneaky and hard to point out slither out of the grass and are as obvious as, say, an anaconda that's eaten a cow or an elephant turd on the carpet.