Bulletin N° 793
Subject : FALSE FLAGS AND CARNIVORES: BEYOND ‘THE POLITICAL THEATER’.
11 April 2018
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
We must assume that capitalists are not suicidal, or, indeed, there remains no hope!
They don’t mind, of course, getting large numbers of us killed; they have demonstrated this throughout their history, but self-sacrifice is not a prominent trait among the owners of capital. We can count on this, for what it’s worth . . . .
World War III would not be a good investment for this class of owners! The accumulation of private profits for only a few nanoseconds is not attractive, not even to the “masters of the universe”. If they could somehow trigger a thermonuclear war that did not touch them directly and brought them high private profits; then, of course, they would see no problem in letting it happen. But this seems unlikely today.
Having said this, however, we must acknowledge that the military brinksmanship now underway, which is itself highly profitable to some capitalist speculators and a small class of well-paid professional collaborators, could possibly get out of control. This is not to say that the wars of the past century - WW I and WW II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, etc. . . . - were episodes of capitalist expansion gone “out of control”. No, the capitalist class remained on top of these events, but the political economy of 21st century technology seems to indicate that low-level technocrats have the capability to disappoint the owners of capital today and to threaten complete destruction of everything, including capitalism.
And for those who think that capitalists do not wish to own society, just pay attention to how the corporate media manages public opinion, which is easy to criticize, more difficult to analyze, and virtually impossible to completely understand -raising uncertainties which can be delt with only by using calculations of 'probability', rather than those of precise 'cause and effect'.
Meanwhile, the killers of innocent men, women and children should be arrested by responsible law enforcement officers and following their public trial should be required, for the rest of their natural lives, to care for their victims’ survivors. Incarcerating such criminals or executing them would accomplish nothing; and a pubic trial, everything !
And organized mainstream religions – Catholics in Latin America, Protestants and Jews in the United States, Muslims in middle eastern kingdoms and elsewhere, the followers of Confucius, Buddha, and the Hindus in eastern Asia – all incorporate so-called ‘right-wing’ and ‘left-wing’ factions, to be sure; but, nevertheless, as a body they exist as organized mental constructs to assure the cultural hegemony of their ideals in the geographical regions they control. The so-called ‘progressives’ in these associations, though completely marginalized, serve unwittingly to legitimize their institution as a whole, contributing to an ideological monopoly which is most often dominated by a bigoted view of "The Other". The institutional objective is always secular power - to influence economic and political policies - not to eliminate the left from within their ranks - a voice which is easily silenced anyhow - and whose complete removal would diminish the political power of the disciplined organization.
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Director of Research
University of Paris-Nanterre
Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
War Is On The Horizon
by Paul Craig Roberts
Have Washington and its British vassal set a stage for testing whether Russia has the stomach for war?
How else do we interpret the announcement by General Sergey Rudskoy, chief of the Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff, that “we have reliable information at our disposal that US instructors have trained a number of militant groups in the vicinity of the town of At-Tanf, to stage provocations involving chemical warfare agents in southern Syria. They are preparing a series of chemical munitions explosions. This fact will be used to blame the government forces. The components to produce chemical munitions have been already delivered to the southern de-escalation zone under the guise of humanitarian convoys of a number of NGOs. The provocations will be used as a pretext by the United States and its allies to launch strikes on military and government infrastructure in Syria.”
Red Crescent says it found no trace of ‘Ghouta chem attack’
used by US to blame Damascus & Moscow
State Dept Accuses Russia And Syria
Of Gassing Civilians Before Any Investigation
by Caitlin Johnstone
Just weeks ago, two firebreathing neoconservative war whores were promoted to the highest echelons of influence within the Trump administration. The new National Security Advisor John Bolton only has one key on his piano, and that key is war. Neoconservative hawk Mike Pompeo was promoted from the head of the notoriously vicious Central Intelligence Agency to Hillary Clinton's old job as Secretary of State after famously announcing that he was trying to make the CIA "a much more vicious agency."
Glenn Greenwald on Syria: U.S. & Israel Revving Up War Machine Won’t Help Suffering Syrian Civilians
Outing Amy Goodman & Glenn Greenwald :
Are ‘Democracy Now!’ & ‘The Intercept’ in bed with the ‘White Helmets’?
GLENN GREENWALD: So, obviously, the use of chemical weapons in any instance is horrific. It’s a war crime. It’s heinous. And it ought to be strongly condemned by everybody. I think that it’s—the evidence is quite overwhelming that the perpetrators of this chemical weapons attack, as well as previous ones, is the Assad government, although, in war, there are always lots of reasons to doubt, and we certainly shouldn’t run off and make hasty decisions, until there’s a real investigation, to make the evidence available.
Syria: Another Fake Gas Attack?
by Moon Of Alabama
Syria - Timelines Of 'Gas Attacks' Follow A Similar Scheme
An alleged new 'chemical incident' in Syria reminds of a similar series of events we saw last year. We are told to believe that each time the U.S. pulls back from the war on Syria the Syrian government is responding with a 'chemical attack' that pulls the U.S. back in.
by Paul Craig Roberts
I have often wondered if the Russian media shields Russians from the insulting and derogatory things that American elites say about Russia and President Putin.
example, here is Harvard University Professor Graham Allison:
“However demonic, however destructive, however devious, however deserving of being strangled Russia is, the brute fact is that we cannot kill this bastard without committing suicide.” http://nationalinterest.org/feature/america-russia-back-basics-21901
is Bloomberg News:
Interpol “should be issuing more international arrest warrants for Russian officials implicated in assassinations abroad. Ideally, Russia would find itself in the same position as outlaw states like Iran. . . . This should include designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.” https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-03-09/u-k-spy-poisoning-treat-russia-like-the-terrorist-it-is
is a collection of insulting and demonizing statements about Russia assembled
by Professor Stephen Cohen:
Hillary Clinton called President Putin “the new Hitler.”
Chris Hedges: "U.S. Citizens Are Living In
An Inverted Totalitarian Country"
The mainstream media deflects attention from where power resides: corporations, not with the leaders of the free world. The arguments posed by Chris Hedges, that the U.S. is neither a democracy nor a republic but a totalitarian state that can now assassinate its citizens at will, are pertinent ones. Scary ones. Especially as consecutive governments seem equally as impotent to invoke any real change for the States. If the media won’t stand up to the marionettes who pull the strings of the conglomerates causing deep, indelible polarisation in the world abound; then so we must act. Together.
2 Israeli warplanes carried out strikes on Syrian airbase – Russian MoD
From: Alison Weir, “If Americans Knew”
Sent: Saturday, 7 April, 2018
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Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrug.
Their Humanitarianism Is a Sham
by Mehdi Hasan
“If the concept of intervention is driven by universal human rights, why is it — from the people who identify themselves as liberal interventionists — why do we never hear a peep, a word, about intervening to protect the Palestinians?”
That was the question I put to the French philosopher, author, and champion of liberal (or humanitarian) interventionism, Bernard-Henri Lévy, on my Al Jazeera English interview show “Head to Head” in 2013. The usually silver-tongued Levy struggled to answer the question. The situation in Palestine is “not the same” as in Syria and “you have not all the good on one side and all the bad on the other side,” said Levy, who once remarked in reference to the Israeli Defense Forces, or IDF, that he had “never seen such a democratic army, which asks itself so many moral questions.” I couldn’t help but be reminded of my exchange with the man known as “BHL” this past weekend, as I watched horrific images of unarmed Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border being shot in the back by the “democratic army” of Israel. How many “moral questions” did those Israeli snipers ask themselves, I wondered, before they gunned down Gazan refugees for daring to demand a return to their homes inside the Green Line?
Palestinian journalist dies after being shot by Israeli forces
Yaser Murtaja was shot in the stomach during Friday's mass protests, bringing death toll to 31 since March 30.
“No Hope for Change from Within.”
Blumenthal said that his comments were “motivated by a strong opposition to Israel's systemic discrimination against Palestinians,” and his “dedication to equal rights for all.” He called the YouTube's decision “a political one and likely made under pressure from powerful pro-Israel interests.”
UK Foreign Office Denies Claiming Nerve Agent From Russia
The UK Foreign Office denies claiming the nerve agent used in the Salisbury poisoning of the Skripals came directly from Russia. Despite admitting it sent a tweet saying exactly that, and Boris Johnson making the same claim.The UK Foreign Office has admitted it deleted the tweet which directly stated that the nerve agent, identified by the UK as A-234 – also known as Novichok- used in the Salisbury poisoning of the Skripals, came direct from Russia. This week British government scientists admitted they couldn’t tell where the poison came from, undermining a number of claims to come out of the Foreign Office.
London has directly accused the Kremlin on at least three occasions of being behind the chemical attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.
Operation Hades - A Model For The 'Novichok' Case?
by Moon Of Aalabama
The Russian government sent fourteen specific questions to the British government and thirteen questions to the OPCW. There seems to be some French involvement in the investigation of the alleged nerve agent and Russia ask why that is the case.
Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian ambassador to Britain, further increased the pressure on Theresa May by publicly asserting that the Skripal case was a 'provocation' carried out by British intelligence. Telepolis points out (in German) that this would not be the first time that a 'western' service would stage such a 'provocation'.
The Skripal case is indeed quite comparable to Operation Hades.
On August 10 1994 German officials in Munich 'found' 363 grams of plutonium on a plane coming from Moscow. They immediately asserted, that the plutonium 'must' have come from a Russian reactor. There was a lot of media panic, international political noise and condemnation of Russia. This put pressure on the Russian government to increase its security at its nuclear sites. The U.S. offered to 'help' with nuclear security and thus got easy access to Russia's nuclear secrets. The case broke in the mid of the federal election campaign in Germany and helped chancellor Kohl to get re-elected.
Months later first leaks appeared, enterprising reporters dug deeper into the story and it started to unravel.
Der Spiegel filled ten pages (in German) with the explosive story : "How German secret agents invented the plutonium hazard".
It turned out that the plutonium was not from Russia but had been planted by the German equivalent of the MI6, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND). Leaks and counter-leaks created a convoluted story to hide the truth behind it. A parliamentarian commission investigated the case but the Kohl government eventually shut it down without any political consequences. Shortly thereafter the deeply involved BND head, Bernd Schmidbauer, was sent into retirement.
The Russian depicting of the 'Novichok' case as a staged 'provocation' has a historic antetype and, quite likely in my view, significant merit.
It took nine month for the 'Hades' story to fall apart. The 'Novichok' fairy-tale may now see an earlier end.
Britain’s Not So Distant
History of State Sponsored Assassinations
by Gavin O'Reilly
self-righteous tone when denouncing Russia for the alleged assassination of
Sergei Skripal ignores its own not so distant history
of engaging in state-sponsored assassinations.
With the eyes of the world focused on the alleged nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal, the Russian who worked as a British double-agent before being exiled to the UK in 2010, since he and his daughter were found slumped on a Salisbury public bench last Sunday, one can’t help but notice the hypocritical reaction of the British political establishment to the attack. Addressing the House of Commons on Monday, Prime Minister Theresa May alleged Kremlin involvement in the incident due to ‘Russia’s record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations’. These words were spoken in a self-righteous sense, one that suggested the UK held the moral ground over Russia and would never go so far as to conduct assassinations of political opponents on foreign soil.
Nonviolence or Nonexistence?
The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr
by Robert J. Burrowes
Fifty years ago, on 4 April 1968, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
The night before he died, King gave another of his many evocative speeches; this one at the packed Mason Temple in Memphis. The speech included these words:
‘Men for years now have been talking about war and peace. Now no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and non-violence in this world, it is non-violence or non-existence. That is where we are today.’
In clearly identifying this stark choice and having been inspired by Mohandas K. Gandhi’s wideranging social concerns, King’s concerns were also broad:
‘The Triple Evils of poverty, racism and militarism are forms of violence that exist in a vicious cycle. They are interrelated, all-inclusive, and stand as barriers to our living in the Beloved Community. When we work to remedy one evil, we affect all evils.’See ‘The King Philosophy’.
So what has changed in the past 50 years? The world has traveled a great deal further down the path of violence. So far, in fact, that nonexistence is now the most likely outcome for humanity. See ‘On Track for Extinction: Can Humanity Survive?’
Economic Update: Beyond the ‘Political Theater’
Economist Richard Wolff says all the posturing and finger-pointing--from the NRA's anti-government fear mongering to Trump's Chinese tariffs--are really just an effort to distract from the real issue: 'It gets you focused on something other than the economic system that is screwing you'