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Alice in Wonderland
The 1865 book
The first film version, 1931
The classic 1933 film version
Subject : Down the rabbit hole, where protocol & rapport de force displace reason.
30 November 2018
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
Recently, I was speaking to a non-Marxist friend of mine who repeatedly bemoaned that Marxist theory is outdated in our Era of Post-Modernism. On this occasion, he colorfully responded to a remark I had made about class consciousness and the Marxist notions of “class-in-itself” and a “class-for-itself”.
- “Thinking of a socialist revolution at present in America,” he said; “is like thinking about pulling into the driveway of your suburban home when you are trapped downtown in the middle of a traffic jam – it’s a nice idea, but it won’t help you get through the Chicago rush hour.”
As a history teacher whose career spanned the period before and after the neoliberal political economists’ coup d’état with their use of symbolic logic to displace analytical reason, I used to ask my students to consider the history of labor exploitation, from an orthodox Marxist perspective. I would preface my presentation of historical materialism with a problematic something like this :
Today, like sunrise and sunset, we pay our rent at the beginning of each month and we receive our wages at the end of each work period (a monthly salary, if we are “lucky”). I would then invite students to explain why this particular timetable was concocted and whose interests it served. What is a monthly salary beyond personal “luck”? Why do we get paid wages only after we have completed a work period? Why are we always expected to pay rent in advance? And, by the way, does the sun really rise and set each day?
Following what sometimes turned into a lively discussion, I then presented to my class an arithmetic problem on labor exploitation to be solved in class collectively. (Paper and pencils out, please!) :
A middle size company’s financial records looked like this back in the days when capitalism flurished :
Avg. Monthly Expenditures Avg. Monthly Revenu
Labor = $240,000
Materials = $200,000
Building rent = $5,000
Rental equipment = $15,000
Utilities = $1,000
Miscellaneous costs = $500
Total = $461,500 Total = $1,000,000
Peter was one of 100 employees working 8 hours a day, 5 days a week in a factory owned by Paul. These 100 employees each earned on the average $15 an hour. Given this average wage, what was the total sum that Paul must pay his employees in wages at the end of each month? At the end of each year?
Peter and his 99 co-workers produced on the average a monthly value of $1,000,000, which is to say each worker produced on the average a value of $10,000 each month.
Paul thus expropriated from each worker, on the average, a total of $7,600 every month in value actually produced, after paying their wages. This left Paul with a total monthly revenue of $760,000, before he paid other production costs.
From this “surplus” revenue, Paul had to pay rent for the factory building, plus utilities and other charges. He also used money from this “surplus” to purchase materials necessary for the next cycle of production. (For example, needles, threads, textiles, etc., if we are speaking of a factory in the apparels industry.)
Thus using the Budget of Expenditures and Revenues above, we can subtract the total monthly expenses (after wages) of $221,500 from the subtotal of $760,000, which leaves Paul an average monthly “profit” of $538,500 (to do with whatever he wishes).
I then submitted three questions to my class:
The pencils were picked up and began to fly across the papers as students calculated the rate of exploitation in the labor market back in the days of capitalism, when Peter was a "wage slave" working for Paul.
Who created capitalist profits back then; who controlled them, and at what costs to society?
After this class exercise, I once again offered students the benefit of my graphic art skills, to illustrate the political economy of capitalist exploitation, similar to - albeit less refined than - the drawing below :
This was the nature of my academic work before the postmodern, neoliberal coup d’état mêlée that popularized a brand of weaponized symbolic logic manned by bull-shit artists claiming to support “individualized liberation.” This radical capitalist onslaught was little short of “revolutionary,” laying waste to many dreams of “world without war,” “economic equality,” “political justice,” etc, etc. . . .
Utopian Socialists had a hard lesson to learn at this historic juncture and so did Scientific Socialists, who found themselves ill-equipped to change society without the leverage of a class-conscious proletariat which was being dissolved before their very eyes by effective counterrevolutionary tactics. Neither attractive ideals nor axiomatic contradictions would succeed in blunting the relentless neoliberal agenda of "war-and-more-war," of a growing private concentration of wealth and a lust for world domination.
The 26 + items below offer readers a look at the social chaos created by Late Capitalism and the disorientation that has been inflicted upon us by neoliberal ideology which was promoted by corporate capitalist interests and which has effectively uprooted analytical reason and replaced it with a species of symbolic logic that produces deliberate distortions and ultimately pacifies targeted populations by use of images in place of rational thought.
Professor emeritus of American Studies
Director of Research
University of Paris-Nanterre
Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
Neoliberalism's Dark Path to Fascism
Neoliberalism transforms freedom for the many into freedom for the few. Its logical result is neofascism.
Neoliberalism generates little wealth. Rather, it redistributes it upward into the hands of the ruling elites. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig)
Neoliberalism as economic theory was always an absurdity. It had as much validity as past ruling ideologies such as the divine right of kings and fascism’s belief in the Übermensch. None of its vaunted promises were even remotely possible. Concentrating wealth in the hands of a global oligarchic elite—eight families now hold as much wealth as 50 percent of the world’s population—while demolishing government controls and regulations always creates massive income inequality and monopoly power, fuels political extremism and destroys democracy. You do not need to slog through the 577 pages of Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” to figure this out. But economic rationality was never the point. The point was the restoration of class power.
As a ruling ideology, neoliberalism was a brilliant success. Starting in the 1970s, its Keynesian mainstream critics were pushed out of academia, state institutions and financial organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank and shut out of the media. Compliant courtiers and intellectual poseurs such as Milton Friedman were groomed in places such as the University of Chicago and given prominent platforms and lavish corporate funding. They disseminated the official mantra of fringe, discredited economic theories popularized by Friedrich Hayek and the third-rate writer Ayn Rand. Once we knelt before the dictates of the marketplace and lifted government regulations, slashed taxes for the rich, permitted the flow of money across borders, destroyed unions and signed trade deals that sent jobs to sweatshops in China, the world would be a happier, freer and wealthier place. It was a con. But it worked.
important to recognize the class origins of this project, which occurred in the
1970s when the capitalist class was in a great deal of difficulty, workers were
well organized and were beginning to push back,” said David Harvey, the
author of “A Brief
History of Neoliberalism,” when we spoke
in New York. “Like any ruling class, they needed ruling ideas. So, the ruling
ideas were that freedom of the market, privatization, entrepreneurialism of the
self, individual liberty and all the rest of it should be the ruling ideas of a
new social order, and that was the order that got implemented in the 1980s and
Economic Update: A Marxist view of the US midterm elections
by Richard Wolff
with David Harvey
US, Europe & NATO Risk All-out War By Backing Unhinged Kiev Regime
by Finian Cunningham
With the US, EU and NATO all bolstering claims of “Russian aggression” – in face of contrary evidence – the real danger is that the Kiev regime will be emboldened to carry out more reckless provocations leading to all-out war.
It seems indisputable that the three Ukrainian Navy vessels were dispatched last Sunday in order to instigate a security response from Russian maritime border forces. In contrast to normal procedures for passage clearance through the Kerch Strait, the Ukrainian warships refused to communicate with Russian controls and acted menacingly inside Russia’s Black Sea territorial limits.
At a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting on Monday, the US, Britain and France pointedly refused to take on board Russia’s legal argument for why it felt obliged to detain the Ukrainian boats and 24 crew. The Western powers automatically sided with the version of events claimed by President Petro Poroshenko – that the Ukrainian Navy was attacked unlawfully by Russia.
The US, EU and NATO denounced Russia’s “aggression” and demanded that the Ukrainian vessels and crew be repatriated immediately, even though under Russian law there is a case for prosecution.
Nothing In Any Conspiracy Theory Is As Bad As
What’s Being Done Out In The Open
by Caitlin Johnstone
November 21, 2018
Yesterday President Trump posted a statement on the White House website saying his administration will be standing with the House of Saud despite the CIA’s assertion that Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman personally ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who was living and working in the United States. The statement reads like a long form version of one of Trump’s tweets, replete with gratuitous exclamation points and slogans like “America First!” and the lie that Iran is “the world’s leading sponsor of terror”, which will never be true no matter how many times this administration deliberately repeats it. The world’s leading sponsor of terrorism is of course Saudi Arabia, along with Israel and the United States.
From: Cat McGuire
Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Subject: Re: Post-Thanksgiving: the Spiral and 'collateral damage'.
I love Caitlin J. but her conspiracy essay below is sooooooo misguided. All the wars, etc. going on today are merely branches on a tree. 911 is the tree. You'll never get rid of the branches until you go to the root of the problem which is 911. Without 911 to continually harken back to, the public could not be galvanized to engage in all these other events, regardless of their size.
Speaking of conspiracies, check out my essay:
The Art World Weighs In On Conspiracy Theories
museum exhibition review
by Cat McGuire
November 5, 2018
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Monday, 26 November, 2018
Subject: [MCM] Is Jamal Khashoggi really dead?
Breaking News- Khashoggi Case: A Massive PsyOp Concocted
SIBEL EDMONDS | NOVEMBER 24, 2018
*This is an Urgent Summary Report on the Khashoggi Case. I will be following this up with a detailed article series and video reports at Newsbud. Also, at the bottom of this report I have a brief status report for my amazing Newsbud Community Members, explaining my three-month absence.
After 55 days covering the Jamal Khashoggi Case, 24 X 7, on the ground, in Turkey, with over 600 reports and analyses, via my pinned thread@sibeledmonds on Twitter (due to not having access to my computers and being equipped only with one cell phone), I am ready to conclude and publicize my investigative report.
The Khashoggi Case is a massive PsyOp concocted by MI6, CIA and Mossad, with the cooperation and participation of certain high-level Saudi Government intelligence officers.
For the first 53 days of my investigation of this case, while posting reports and analyses via Twitter posts on an almost hourly-basis, I had refrained from a definitive conclusion, partly to protect my sources, but also due to fulfilling the requirement of having documents and at least two direct named (and vetted/legitimate sources).
Yesterday I broke the news on the bombshell revelations by Former Director of the Turkish Military Intelligence Services, General Ismail Hakki Pekin, via Oda TV Live Coverage on Nov 21. See the 6-min video clip below
General Pekin, an insider with a long career in Intelligence who has high-level contacts and sources within MI6, CIA and Mossad, made the following statements (Summary Translation) while risking severe backlash from the government here in Turkey:
· There has been intense behind the scenes competition between the UK and US over ARAMCO and it’s coming IPO, scheduled for 2020, via either the London or New York Stock Exchange (Many billions of dollars’ worth)
· Jamal Khashoggi was/is very close to certain ARAMCO Board Members, and has been a prize sought by both US and UK players due to his connections
· UK (MI6) concocted the plans (or fakery) to kidnap Khashoggi
· The CIA and Mossad got involved in this UK plot
· The Fiancé was some sort of honeytrap most likely connected to MI6, or possibly the CIA, and is not who “they” claim she is- not genuine
· They may have selected Turkey as a secondary target to damage its reputation- With the US aiming to set up a Kurdish State in Northern Syria and the possibility of ending its alliance with Turkey
I’ve been seeking a second legitimate “Named” source for the above information, which I had already gathered weeks prior to General Pekin’s revelations. On November 1, a trustable source, a newspaper editor and investigative journalist with history and expertise in Intelligence matters in Turkey, Ergun Diler, based on multiple high-level Intel sources, leaked explosive information revealed by General Pekin with added details and specifics- See translated summary highlights:
· The behind-the-scenes clash between the US and Britain has shaken the foundations of global intelligence.
· On September 11, 2018, MI6 intercepted Saudi communications pertaining to plans to kidnap or eliminate Khashoggi. They notified the CIA and had three meetings in connection with these intercepted plans.
· MI6 also sensed that the CIA might actually be a participant in Khashoggi plans intercepted from Saudi communications
· On September 15, MI6 actually contacted Khashoggi and warned him of the plans against him (possible kidnap or elimination in Turkey) by the Saudis. Khashoggi was fully briefed, and was aware of the plans.
· Why would Khashoggi go to the Saudi Consulate despite being warned of the plans weeks in advance?
· Since no body (or body trace) has ever been found or seen, there is the possibility of Khashoggi being alive, and the possibility of this being a joint MI6-CIA concocted game with him as an active/willing participant.
From day 5 of the case I’ve been in the position of debunking the mainstream media’s narrative and reports based on researching the case and Khashoggi comprehensively, contacting sources here in Turkey and in the United States, including former and current intelligence and law enforcement experts, insiders, and journalists’ under-pressure here in Turkey. In fact, since day one of this case, unanimously, the media has been feeding the public around the world nothing but false and concocted information.
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Tuesday, 27 November, 201
Subject: [MCM] New book on JFK's Bethesda autopsy, by one who was there
From Beverly Bandler:
Mark, there is a new book out, by James Curtis Jenkins and William Matson Law—At The Cold Shoulder of History: The Chilling Story of a 21-year old Navy Hospital Corpsman Who Stood at the Shoulder of JFK during the Bethesda Autopsy. Trine Day (October 12, 2018). At the Cold Shoulder of History gives an in-depth look at what happened in the aftermath of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. One of the only living participants in President Kennedy’s autopsy now comes forward after almost 54 years of silence and speaks about what truly took place inside of the morgue at Bethesda Naval Hospital on the night of November 22, 1963. Jenkins gives a detailed account about the procedures performed on the President’s remains. What he learned that night led him to believe there was a conspiracy in the murder of the 35th President of the United States and caused him to undertake his own personaljourney into the labyrinth of the assassination.
Why was Gen. Curtis LeMay in the JFK autopsy room where he had no business being?
I am no expert on the JFK assassination, but I have done a fair amount of reading. The "law of probabilities" was violated just too many times. The whole issue smells of conspiracy, in my view.
Remembering JFK in 2018
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy is being allowed to go quietly into history. We must not let that happen, not yet, not ever.” – Gaeton Fonzi.
Gaeton Fonzi: “We can’t forget John F. Kennedy’s assassination. If we do, our vision of what our democratic system is all about, already waning, will dim dangerously.”
Gaeton Fonzi (1935-2012) was an investigative journalist and author who focused on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He worked as a reporter and editor for Philadelphia magazine from 1959 to 1972 and contributed to a range of other publications. He was hired as a researcher in 1975 by the Church Committee and by the House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations in 1977. He published his findings as a congressional researcher in The Last Investigation.
Salon published November 23, 2018 an excerpt from Fonzi’s book, The Last Investigation (2013). https://www.salon.com/2018/11/22/we-cant-forget-john-f-kennedys-assassination/ Readers are encouraged to read the excerpt, his book, and the work of several indefatigable people committed to finding the truth about the Kennedy national tragedy. There are excellent websites and many fine writers on the subject of John F. Kennedy’s presidency and assassination. Fonzi’s book should be singled out along with several others. Please refer to the lengthy bibliography in my post: "JFK's Assassination" (2013-11-16) attached. If you have only time to read one book on JFK, may I suggest: James Douglass’s well researched JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters. Touchstone; First Touchstone Edition edition (October 19, 2010).
There are those who want us to forget the assassination, and have good reason to do so. Not only is there a dark truth of the assassination hidden, but the connection between JFK’s assassination and to where we are as a nation today has been hidden. We must not forget. A president of the United States was assassinated more than five decades ago, and as Fonzi wrote: “our Government still tells us it doesn’t know what really happened. There is no doubt now that the murder was a conspiracy, it says, but it isn’t sure of anything beyond that.” Think about that. It was a conspiracy, but… There is something very wrong and very chilling about that conclusion.
We are all overwhelmed by the daily chaos, confusion, uncertainty, incompetence, corruption, greed, irrationality in our American Nightmare brought to us by Donald Trump, today's version of the Republican Party, and a weakened Democratic Party (although one that gave "the wolves of oligarchy" a surprise on November 6, 2018), and the corporate hostile takeover of our country. We are awash in neo-conservatism, neo-liberalism, neo-fascism, and authoritarianism with a heavy dose of Christian right extremism. We are living in a "time of monsters," Antonio Gramsci would remind us. While we do have leadership to help guide us through this period, unfortunately it is in shorter supply than desirable and it is stressed. Ordinary citizens will have to commit themselves to civic duties.
Many of us believe the nightmare in which we are living was not accidential—that it was planned, and suggest that a connection to the murder of John F. Kennedy in 1963 should be considered. - Beverly Bandler
"JFK's Assassination" by Beverly Bandler, November 16, 2013. (22 pgs)
Contents: Intro. The Motorcade Account. The Warren Commission. The Warren Commission Report. The 1976 House Select Committee on Assassinations. The Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board. The Zapruder Film. The Context: The Cold War and Domestic Division. The CIA. Some CIA History. Guatemala PBSuccess Operation. Operation Mongoose. Operation Northwoods. Phoenix Program. CIA Tie to Drug Traffickers. Operation Mockingbird. Websites. Bibliography.
Trump at bay: failure looms as Democrats load 'subpoena cannon'
by David Smith
In his Florida fortress, facing a blizzard of investigations, the president acts like a man backed into a corner.
There was sunshine, palm trees and the endless expanse of ocean. There was golf with Jack Nicklaus, the most successful player of all time. There was a dinner that included stone crab, oysters, jumbo shrimp and clams; turkey, beef tenderloin, lamb and salmon; Chilean Sea bass, red snapper and braised short ribs.
But as Donald Trump spent Thanksgiving at his opulent Mar-a-Lago estate – or “the southern White House”, as he called it in a teleconference with the military – there was something else on the menu: self-congratulation, grievance and paranoia. The 72-year-old was being confronted by a glimpse of what life might look if the electorate forces him into early retirement. One long game of golf in the Florida sun.
Trump is approaching the midway point in his presidency and, some argue, a point of no return. The recent midterm elections left him wounded, House Democrats are said to be aiming a “subpoena cannon” at every aspect of his life and special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation appears to be nearing its endgame.
“There’s no doubt we’re entering new territory and Donald Trump is in big trouble,” said Larry Jacobs, the director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota. “The election results, no matter what he says, were devastating to him. The coalition he put together is clearly strained and he seems incapable of creating consensus.”
Colorado Democrats Already Betraying Workers Who Elected Them
Colorado Democrats saw some victories in the Midterms with the promise of more worker’s rights. They’re already changing their tune…
Tunisian activists call for protest during bin Salman’s visit
over Khashoggi killing
Tunisian activists have called for holding protests during Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s upcoming visit to the north African country over the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
On Thursday, bin Salman began a tour of several Arab states, starting with the United Arab Emirates, in his first trip abroad since the killing of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey’s city of Istanbul last month, which is blamed on him and battered his image abroad.
Tunisian activists on Friday called for demonstrations in front of the presidential palace in Carthage during the trip on Tuesday.
"The blood of Khashoggi has not dried yet, the murderer bin Salman is not welcome in Tunisia, the country of democratic transition," said Neji Bghouri, the president of the journalists' syndicate.
The North African country has been hailed for its relatively smooth democratic transition following the 2011 revolution that toppled dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
Saudi hunt for opponents went way beyond Khashoggi: Report
A new report by a major American magazine says Saudi Arabia had been hunting and hitting critics of the regime on a massive scale long before it ordered the assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul last month.
The Forbes said in an exclusive report published on its website that Saudi Arabian government had been using extensive technology tools to harass the dissidents living abroad or spy on them before Khashoggi's death on October 2, an incident which exposed Riyadh's zero tolerance for the dissent and even those living in exile.
The report specifically studied records of such cyber espionage on Ghanem Almasarir, an anti-Saudi satirist based in London who is well known for his way of mocking the extravagant lifestyle of the Saudi royal family.
Almasarir told Forbes that his phone has been frequently tampered with through Pegasus, a software pack designed by a company in the Israeli-occupied Palestine.
by Lynda Burstein Brayer for The Saker Blog
Zionism, Judaism and the Jewish State of Israel: Separateness, ontological uniqueness and Jewish morality are its characteristics
Western thinking and intellectual endeavor is very much epitomized by formality, rationality and clear boundaries or limits. These qualities no doubt derive from the Aristotelian philosophical and analytical basis of Western Christendom, in which the Excluded Middle of Aristotelian logic reigns supreme when it comes to the formulation of a thesis or argument. Aristotelian logic posits an absolute binary division between opposites. Its basic formula is an either/or contrast. Truth and falsehood are opposites: there is no half-truth or half-falsehood. This binary division permeates all other fields of quantifiable intellectual endeavor and finds expression in such opposites as good/evil, right/wrong, friend/enemy, legal/illegal, etc. There are obvious benefits to such clarity of thought, and no doubt it is this methodology which has contributed to the scientific achievements of the West. While such sharp divisions cannot always be imposed upon contingent reality because it is situational and circumstantial, rather than absolute, when this principle is violated in the law, the outcome is not only, or merely egregious, it defies ordinary human understanding and contributes to an inaccurate, if not corrupt, view of reality.
The Jewish oxymoron as an instrument of overcoming the limits set by Aristotelian logic
Israel: Snowden accuses Israeli cybersecurity firm of enabling Khashoggi murder
US whistleblower Edward Snowden accused an Israeli cybersecurity firm of developing and selling surveillance software to Saudi Arabia, enabling the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, at a conference in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.
Israeli Private Intelligence Companies Turn Civilians into Enemies
with Shir Hever
Shir Hever talks about Psy-Group and other Israeli private intelligence companies and the role which they play in undermining democracy when intelligence gathering is privatized.
L’unique piano à queue de concert de la Bande de Gaza fait à nouveau entendre ses notes
Tim Whewell - BBC News
Le piano à queue de Gaza : le réveil
Music Fund (Be)
Synthèse résumée de diverses sources :
Gaza, 25 novembre 2018
Au cours d’un des derniers cycle de guerre à Gaza (2014), le théâtre Nawras a été lourdement endommagé par un attentat à la bombe israélien perpétré à proximité. C'est maintenant un champ de ruine.
Presque miraculeusement, le piano à queue de concert du théâtre, l’unique de la Bande de Gaza, offert par une fondation japonaise, n’a pas été touché. Cependant, une longue exposition aux intempéries a rouillé les cordes et grippé les mécanismes, rendant l’instrument injouable.
Un long travail patient de Claire Bertrand, une jeune technicienne française, a réussi à faire revivre le piano à queue en 2015, dans une salle de mariage proche du théâtre Nawras, où le piano avait été provisoirement transféré. Cette renaissance avait été célébrée par un concert des élèves du « Conservatoire Edward Saïd », unique école de musique de Gaza. Sara Aqel, 15 ans, brillante étudiante de cette école, avait interprété la 19eme sonate de Beethoven.
La restauration du piano a été financée par la fondation belge « Music Fund » dont un des ambassadeurs est le chef d'orchestre et pianiste virtuose Daniel Barenboim.
Les dernières réglages du piano ont été effectués par l’accordeur belge Joffrey Goartans en octobre dernier après l’installation de l’instrument dans le théâtre de l’immeuble du Croissant Rouge de Gaza.
Le dimanche 25 novembre, des musiciens japonais dont la pianiste Kaoru Imahigashi et les élèves du « Conservatoire Edward Saïd » donnaient le concert inaugural de cette nouvelle installation du piano, devant 300 personnes enthousiastes.
Sara, 19 ans : « Il est magnifique, confie-t-elle, en faisant danser ses doigts sur le clavier. Il a un ton plus sombre que les autres. Par exemple, ça c’est un do majeur, et ça un si majeur : ça devrait être beaucoup plus joyeux ! Même les pianos sont triste, parfois, ici… »
US Democrats vow Congressional probe into Trump-Saudi Arabia ties
Legislator says Congress will investigate Trump's response to Khashoggi's killing when Democrats take control of House.
The incoming head of the US House intelligence committee Adam Schiff said on Friday that the body would conduct a "deep dive" into ties between the US and Saudi Arabia.
The committee will investigate the US intelligence assessment of Khashoggi's death as well as the war in Yemen, the stability of the Saudi royal family and the kingdom's treatment of critics and the press, Schiff told the Washington Post newspaper.
"Certainly we will be delving further into the murder of Khashoggi," Schiff said. "We will certainly want to examine what the intelligence community knows about the murder."
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
Are the Saudi Princes True Friends?
by Patrick J. Buchanan
The 633-word statement of President Donald Trump on the Saudi royals’ role in the grisly murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi is a remarkable document, not only for its ice-cold candor.
The president re-raises a question that has roiled the nation since Jimmy Carter: To what degree should we allow idealistic values trump vital interests in determining foreign policy?
On the matter of who ordered the killing of Khashoggi, Trump does not rule out the crown prince as prime suspect:
"King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder… (but) it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge."
Yet, whether MBS did or didn’t do it, the Saudis have "agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States." And a full fourth of that is for "military equipment from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and other great U.S. defense contractors."
"Foolishly" cancel these contracts, warns Trump, and Russia or China will snap them up. Moreover, the Saudis have agreed to pump oil to keep prices down.
Trump is unabashedly putting U.S. economic and strategic interests first. He is not going to damage our relationship with Riyadh and its royal family, even if the future king ordered a cold-blooded killing of a U.S.-based Saudi journalist he regarded as an enemy.
The stark manner in which Trump framed the issue will force the members of Congress of both parties to decide whether they wish to defy Trump, sanction the Saudis and risk the relationship.
Other contentions in Trump’s statement suggest that one of the reasons he is giving the crown prince a pass on the Khashoggi killing is that he sees MBS as an indispensable ally against our real enemy in the region.
After his introductory line, Trump goes into a tear that begins: "The country of Iran… is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen."
But is this true?
Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi ‘death’ squad identified from leaked airport footage
World leaders at upcoming G20 summit may refuse to shake hands with Saudi prince, amid outcry over Khashoggi's killing.
Hamas publishes images of 'Israelis involved in Gaza covert unit'
Gaza flotilla protest: 32 injured when Israeli border forces opened fire and teargassed protesters
The protest was held in support of flotilla titled 'Freedom Ship 17' that set sail from the port of Gaza in an attempt to break the Israeli siege on the Strip. Israeli border forces fired live rounds and teargassed protesters who hurled stones and rocks at border fences.
Israeli forces wound dozens of Palestinian protesters in naval march in northern Gaza Strip
Israeli troops have wounded dozens of Palestinian demonstrators who were holding a protest rally along the northern coast of the besieged Gaza Strip in a bid to break the nearly 12-year long Israeli-imposed blockade on the impoverished sliver.
According to Palestinian Ma'an News Agency on Monday, at least three protesters sustained wounds by Israeli live ammunition while dozens more suffered from tear-gas inhalation during a protest rally held by hundreds of Gazans along the northern coasts of the besieged enclave.
The medical condition of the three wounded remained unknown, the report added.
The demonstration on Monday was the 17th naval march setting off from the Gaza seaport, with the participation of dozens of Gazans’ fishing boats, against the crippling blockade of the sliver.
Israeli navy forces fired live rounds and tear gas canisters at both marchers and boats in an attempt to disperse them.
Iran says won’t let ‘deal of the century’ pass
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the United States plans to make Israel a dominant force in the Middle East through its ‘deal of the century’ plot, but Iran is determined to foil it.
“The so-called ‘deal of the century’ is an Israeli-American plot,” Larijani said in a Monday address to the closing ceremony of the Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran.
“We will stand against the Israeli regime and won’t let the deal take place in this region,” he went on to say.
“They have called it the ‘deal of the century’ to achieve a number of major goals. Their first goal is to increase the power of Israel in the region. … The other goal is to end the story of Palestine by telling Palestinian refugees to stay in other countries and not to return to their homeland,” Larijani said.
Israeli defense minister met with Syrian rebels, former IDF commander reveals in a first
In a bombshell admission, a former senior Israeli commander has said that former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon personally met with Syrian rebels at the height of the Syrian war.
Maj. Gen. Gershon Hacohen was speaking at an Israeli Democracy Institute conference when he made a stunning claim – Ya'alon, who was Israel's chief of defense from 2013 to May 2016, held a meeting with a group of Syrian rebels during his tenure. Hacohen, who was Israeli Defence Forces Staff Corps Commander before retiring in September 2014, said that he was also present at the never-before-reported meet-up.
Hacohen refused to specify when the meeting took place and or the subject matter of the discussions. He, however, offered a brief portrayal of his three Syrian 'counterparts,' saying that Ya'alon asked one if he was a Salafist because the minister "wanted to understand who they were."
The rebel Ya'alon addressed was apparently somewhat perturbed by the prospect of cooperation with Israel.
"He [Ya'alon] asked one of them, 'Tell me, are you a Salafist?' And he said, 'I really don't know what a Salafist is. If it means that I pray more, then yes. Once I would pray once a week, on Fridays, now I pray five times a day. On the other hand, a Salafist isn't meant to cooperate with the Zionists," Haaretz reported, citing Hacohen's recollection of the meeting.
Report on IDF funding Syrian rebels pulled on request of ‘army’s censor’ – Jerusalem Post to RT
US training 30,000 SDF fighters to ‘contain’ Iran in Syria
by Leith Aboufadel
The U.S. Coalition is planning to train 30,000 fighters from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to ‘contain’ Iran in Syria, Asharq Al-Aswat reported.
Speaking to a commander from the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG), Asharq Al-Aswat reported that the U.S. Coalition and SDF have signed a one year memorandum to train 30,000 soldiers to combat Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) cells and contain Iran.
“The US Army started yesterday establishing three posts in Tal Abyad and two others in Ain al-Arab (Kobani) at the border with Turkey to protect the back of its Syrian ally forces against ISIS,” the YPG commander told Asharq Al-Aswat.
In the meantime, the U.S. military is setting up five observation posts in northern Syria that will stretch across the Al-Raqqa and Al-Hasakah provinces.
Turkey is currently upset over the U.S.’ decision to construct these observation posts, as they view this as an attempt by Washington to defend the YPG and SDF troops in northern Syria.
Europe should abandon US ‘war track’, aim for multipolar world – ex-OSCE Assembly VP
An EU army would not help solve the continent’s security issues and instead may exacerbate the global “war track” created by the US at the end of the Cold War, Willy Wimmer, the former vice-head of the OSCE Assembly, told RT.
Questioning the rationale behind France and Germany’s calls to create a unified European army, Wimmer, who also previously served as the former state secretary to Germany's defense minister, warned that the proposed military structure was not in the interests of European security.
"[An EU army] is not necessary because it does not reflect the real security situation in Europe. The problems we have in Europe are linked to a long NATO strategy to have its troops at the Western-Russian border – this was not in our minds when we ended the Cold War."
NATO, according to Wimmer, was “created as a defense alliance” but its mandate was later “unilaterally” changed by Washington, which transformed the defensive pact into a force of aggression “on a global scale.” As such, “having a European army replace NATO in the same global way is not in our interest,” he argued.
Wimmer stressed that while few would advocate for a complete break between the US and western Europe, Europe must resist becoming a US vassal – “and the US policy pursued the last decade or so was exactly to colonize Europe.”
Instead of mimicking NATO’s model, the former OSCE official urged Europe to pursue a multipolar world based on cooperation and not military might.
"Since spring 1999, when the war against Yugoslavia started, we’ve been on the war track, globally speaking, and it’s been a disaster for all of us. The globe is not fit for a single superpower but it’s ready for a multipolar world. But the multipolar world should be a world of cooperation and not of rivalry."
Ukraine puts army on ‘full combat alert’ after naval clash
with Russia off Crimea
Ukraine has placed its troops on full combat alert, as MPs in Kiev are set to approve President Petro Poroshenko’s proposal to impose martial law following a skirmish between the Russian military and Ukrainian vessels near Crimea.
The decision to put the Ukrainian armed forces on the highest level of alert came after the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) supported Poroshenko’s earlier proposal to invoke martial law for 60 days.
The move is now awaiting the approval of the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian Parliament, who will be voting on the motion on Monday.
“Based on the NSDC decision to impose martial law, the head of the General Staff – the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – has ordered to put all units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on full combat alert,” reads a statement released by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry on Monday.
On sunday, Russia opened fire and seized three Ukrainian Navy vessels – two artillery boats and a tugboat. It says that these were breaching the Russian maritime border and trying to pass through the Kerch Strait, a narrow waterway between mainland Russia and Crimea, which connects Ukrainian ports in the Black and the Azov seas.
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'Very Dangerous Provocation' - Kremlin
The FSB reported that the three ships from the Ukrainian Navy, Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yany Kapu, had been detained after violating the Russian state border.
Three ships from the Ukrainian Navy, in violation of Articles 19 and 21 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, crossed the Russian maritime border on 25 November, entered the temporarily closed area of the country's territorial waters, and were moving from the Black Sea toward the Kerch Strait, according to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).
The incident has been captured on video.
The Ukrainian ships did not react to legal demands of the ships accompanying them and made dangerous manoeuvres, the FSB noted. Another group of ships was heading for the Kerch Strait from the port of Berdyansk on the Sea of Azov.
Corbett • 11/11/2018
The WWI Conspiracy
Part One: To Start A War
Part Two: The American Front
We Can Remember The Great War – But Palestinians Still Have to Live it
by Robert Fisk
There was something gruesomely familiar about the way we commemorated the supposed end of the First World War a hundred years ago. Not just the waterfalls of poppies and the familiar names – Mons, the Somme, Ypres, Verdun – but the almost total silence about all those who died in the First World War, whose eyes were not as blue as ours might be or whose skin was not as pink as ours might be or whose suffering continues from the Great War to this very day.
Even those Sunday supplements that dared stray from the western front only briefly touched on the after-effects of the war in the new Poland, the new Czechoslovakia, the new Yugoslavia and Bolshevik Russia, with a mention of Turkey. The mass famine – perhaps 1.6 million dead – of the Arabs of the Levant under Turkish looting and Allied blockade in the First World War received not a word. Even more astoundingly, I could find not a single reference to the greatest crime against humanity of the First World War – not the murder of Belgian hostages by German troops in 1914, but the Armenian genocide of a million and a half Christian civilians in 1915 by Germany’s Ottoman Turkish ally.
What happened to that key document of the First World War in the Middle East, the 1917 Balfour Declaration which promised a homeland for Jews in Palestine and doomed the Palestinian Arabs (a majority in Palestine at the time) to what I call refugeedom? Or the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement which chopped up the Middle East and betrayed the promise of Arab independence? Or General Allenby’s advance on Jerusalem during which – forgotten now by our beloved commentators – he initiated the first use of gas in the Middle East. So smitten are we by the savagery of modern Syrian and Iraqi history, that we forget – or do not know – that Allenby’s men fired gas shells at the Turkish army in Gaza. Of all places. But gas in the collective memory last weekend was confined, yet again, to the Western Front.
Lettre ouverte à la médiatrice de Radio
par Jean-Guy Greilsamer
le vendredi 23 novembre 2018
Madame la Médiatrice,
J’ai écouté aujourd’hui le 22 novembre ce reportage
de France info, titré ainsi sur le site web de cette radio :
« En Israël, l’avocat s’exporte de plus en plus. Les Français,
notamment, consomment beaucoup d’avocats. Notre pays est le premier
débouché d’Israël, malgré une forte concurrence mondiale. »
Je suis scandalisé par plusieurs aspects de ce reportage et vous prie,
s’il vous plait, de bien vouloir répondre à mes questions à ce sujet.
Il est fait état dans le reportage du fait que ces avocats proviennent
notamment de la Vallée du Jourdain en Cisjordanie.
Or la Vallée du Jourdain en Cisjordanie fait partie des colonies
illégales israéliennes et les dispositions européennes ne permettent pas
de vendre les avocats produits dans cette région comme s’ils venaient
d’Israël - et en cachant donc leur origine réelle.
En n’évoquant pas cela, votre journaliste Étienne Monin conforte les
prétentions des lobbys qui légitiment la politique coloniale israélienne.
D’ailleurs le reportage fait ouvertement l’éloge de l’exportation des
avocats "israéliens", donnant la parole à un membre d’un kibboutz qui
vante les qualités prétendument exceptionnelles de ces avocats ; puis le
reportage précise que "les meilleurs fruits partent à l’exportation".
Est-ce que cela ne s’apparente pas à un reportage de propagande pour
Est-ce "hors-sujet" que de vous rappeler que par une loi fondamentale du
19 juillet dernier à valeur constitutionnelle cet État a officialisé son
régime d’apartheid, basé sur l’exclusion du peuple autochtone
palestinien ? Faut-il vous rappeler la situation tragique du peuple
palestinien, qu’il vive en Cisjordanie dans la région des plantations de
dattiers, ou ailleurs ?
Franchement, s’il vous plait, répondez-moi à cette question : est-ce que
vous n’avez pas peur que le rappel de ces quelques vérités vous aurait
attiré les foudres des supporteurs inconditionnels du régime israélien ?
Supporteurs, tels le CRIF, qui vous auraient à coup sûr accusés
d’attiser l’antisémitisme, alors que ce sont eux-mêmes qui l’attisent en
faisant passer l’ensemble de la population juive, dont je fais
d’ailleurs partie, pour des défenseurs d’une politique coloniale,
d’apartheid et d’épuration ethnique.
Les radios publiques sont astreintes à une certaine objectivité.
Je suis prêt à rencontrer Étienne Monin et/ou vous-mêmes pour de plus
amples explications, et dans l’attente d’une réponse précise je vous
prie d’agréer, Madame la Médiatrice, mes sincères salutations,
membre de la Campagne BDS France et de l’Union Juive Française pour la
Hilel Garmi - I refuse
"When I was little, it seemed obvious to me that I was going to enlist and try to get into a combat unit, and as I learned about the situation between the sea and the Jordan, I began to feel more and more skeptical." "I think that what the State of Israel has decided to do with its army crosses my red lines," Hilel Garmi said in an interview with Social TV. On August 6, 2018, Hilel is expected to arrive at the induction center and announce his refusal to join the army for ideological reasons.
The Neo-Nazis in Canada’s Military
by Yves Engler
Given that people who espouse neo-Nazi ideology are attracted to the military, it is disappointing to learn what a poor job the generals do to uncover and expel them. Or perhaps the inaction reflects a deeper problem.
A recent stream of stories about right wing extremists in the Canadian military prompted the leadership to scramble to get ahead of the story. But, the Chief of the Defence Staff’s effort to simply blame low-ranking individual members was neither convincing, nor satisfying.
Ricochet reported that three soldiers in Alberta operated an online white supremacist military surplus store that glorifies white ruled Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
VICE concluded that Nova Scotia reservist Brandon Cameron was a prominent member of the neo-Nazi Atomwaffen Division.
The three founders of Québec anti-Islam/immigrant “alt right” group La Meute are ex-military. Radio-Canada found that 75 members of La Meute’s private Facebook group were Canadian Forces members.
On Canada Day 2017 five CF members disrupted an indigenous rally in front of a statue of violent colonialist Edward Cornwallis in Halifax. The soldiers were members of the Proud Boys, which described itself as “a fraternal organization of Western Chauvinists who will no longer apologize for creating the modern world.”
The CF’s response to these embarrassing stories is to claim these soldiers don’t reflect the institution. In a Toronto Star article titled “Right-wing extremism not welcome in Canadian Armed Forces — but ‘clearly, it’s in here,’ says top soldier”, John Vance claimed racist individuals slip through “unknown to the chain of command.”But, is that answer convincing or does the CF hierarchy share blame for far rightists in the force?
Over the past four years over 1,000 Canadians troops (a rotation of 200 every six months) has deployed to the Ukraineto train a force that includes the best-organized neo-Nazis in the world.Far right militia members are part of the force fighting Russian-aligned groups in eastern Ukraine. Five months ago Canada’s military attaché in Kiev, Colonel Brian Irwin, met privately with officersfrom the Azov battalion, who use the Nazi “Wolfsangel” symbol and praise officials who helped slaughter Jews during World War II.According to Azov, the Canadian military officials concluded the June briefing by expressing “their hopes for further fruitful cooperation.”
Sympathy for the far right in Ukraine has been displayed by the CF on other occasions. In February 2016, for instance, “nearly 200 officer cadets and professors of Canada’s Royal Military College” attended a screening of Ukrainians/Les Ukrainiens: God’s Volunteer Battalion, which praised far right militias fighting in that country.
More generally, Canadians have fundraised for and joined rightist militias fighting in the Ukraine.For their part, top politicians have spoken alongside and marched with members of Ukraine’s Right Sector, which said it was “defending the values of white, Christian Europe against the loss of the nation and deregionalisation.”
Sent: Monday, 26 November, 2018
Subject: War Is Over - If We Want It
Bernie Sanders Puts Forward a Program That Could Split
the Democratic Party
by Glen Ford, BAR executive editor
Bernie Sanders has opened his 2020 campaign with a 10-point program that could bust the Democratic Party wide open – which would be best thing Bernie could do for the world.
“Every step closer Sanders gets to the nomination brings the Democratic Party nearer to the split that is necessary.”
Bernie Sanders last week unveiled a 10-point legislative agenda that he believes will galvanize the Democratic base in much the way that Newt Gingrich’s 1994 “Contract With America” propelled the GOP to its biggest electoral sweep since 1946 . The Vermont senator’s wish list is genuinely impressive in sweep , a full-blown progressive domestic platform for his expected second run for the presidency in 2020. But the immediate obstacle to Sanders’ proposals for Medicare-For-All, tuition-free public higher education, expanded Social Security, a $15 an hour minimum wage, “bold action” on climate change, fixing the criminal justice system, comprehensive immigration reform, progressive tax reform, a $1 trillion infrastructure overhaul and cheaper prescription drugs, is not Donald Trump’s GOP troglodytes -- it’s Nancy Pelosi and her corporate Democrats, who answer to a much higher power: big capital.
“The immediate obstacle to Sanders’ proposals is not Donald Trump’s GOP troglodytes -- it’s Nancy Pelosi and her corporate Democrats.”
Trump Admin Tries to Bury 1,656-Page Climate Report Warning
of Devastating Health Impacts of Warming
Bill McKibben: New Report Reconfirms Climate Change
is Shrinking Inhabitable Parts of the Planet
A Green New Deal: Bill McKibben Hails Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Plan to Combat Climate Change
Rep. John Lewis has become the most prominent Democratic legilsator to back incoming New York congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s call for a Green New Deal. The resolution would create a bipartisan committee that would work on a plan to bring the U.S. to a carbon-neutral economy and adopt 100 percent renewable energy. For more, we speak to Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org.
The Guardian Publishes More Blatant MI6 Lies About Julian Assange
by Craig Murray
The right wing Ecuadorean government of President Moreno continues to churn out its production line of fake documents regarding Julian Assange, and channel them straight to MI6 mouthpiece Luke Harding of the Guardian.
Amazingly, more Ecuadorean Government documents have just been discovered for the Guardian, this time spy agency reports detailing visits of Paul Manafort and unspecified “Russians” to the Embassy. By a wonderful coincidence of timing, this is the day after Mueller announced that Manafort’s plea deal was over.
The problem with this latest fabrication is that Moreno had already released the visitor logs to the Mueller inquiry. Neither Manafort nor these “Russians” are in the visitor logs.
This is impossible. The visitor logs were not kept by Wikileaks, but by the very strict Ecuadorean security. Nobody was ever admitted without being entered in the logs. The procedure was very thorough. To go in, you had to submit your passport (no other type of document was accepted). A copy of your passport was taken and the passport details entered into the log. Your passport, along with your mobile phone and any other electronic equipment, was retained until you left, along with your bag and coat. I feature in the logs every time I visited.
Assange Reportedly Gives Away Embassy Cat
to Spare Him of 'Unbearable' Isolation
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for over 6 years, two of which he spent with a gorgeous ‘whisker-blower’.
Julian Assange gave away his beloved cat so that it would no longer be trapped with him in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported on Tuesday.
Assange’s legal team member Hanna Jonasson tweeted that the Ecuadorian government threatened to put the cat in a pound, therefore the WikiLeaks founder asked his lawyers to take the kitty to a safer place – to his family.