Bulletin N° 839
“The Executioner’s Song”
by Norman Mailer & Lawrence Schiller
“Artificial Scarcity” is
the Elephant in the living room
(as we look the other way, and life loses its value).
29 March 2019
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
As we witness the rise and fall of neoliberal cultures around the world, the entire collapse of capitalist civilization seems imminent. What is to follow remains disputable - both for the short term and for the distant future.
The slow-motion slide from plutocracy to autocracy brings to public attention a level of mindless cruelty which to some degree has always existed in the shadows. This cultural attribute was captured in broad daylight several years ago when Germaine Greer wrote of the social inequalities in the Kingdom of Kuwait and the perverse practices these inequalities spawned: It was an episode of gratuitous sadism acted out by the wife of an oligarch in Kuwait City. The family had hired a Palestinian refugee as a domestic worker, but when the elite woman found her maid responsible for a slight mishap while performing her routine household duties, the matron of the family had to punish her: the Palestinian domestic worker was forced to clean the sidewalk in front of the house with her tongue.
Is this our collective future? The new social relationships that will accompany the global politics of pauperization and eventually become universal, completely displacing bourgeois democratic traditions with brutal medieval authoritarianism, extreme social inequalities, and the curtailment of public dialogue – a historic step towards the devaluation of human life to that of a commodity cheaper than toilet paper !
The 18 + items below offer insights into the different forms of violence to which we are now subjected on a daily basis, where the most pressing issues of the day go unaddressed. This information from alternative sources breaks the silence and should enable readers to draw their own conclusions about what we are actually living and what problematics we are likely to be facing in the coming years. A vicious reactionary wave of political repression orchestrated from above is now attempting to normalize a degree of counterrevolutionary violence, the likes of which is seldom seen in advanced industrial democracies. The verbal aggressiveness from delegitimized authority figures and the violent propaganda by deed on the part of reactionary mercenary forces now borders on insanity; it is enough to challenge our collective sense of reality. That a small minority of capitalist owners - who are promoting death & misery as a means for their private enrichment - should posses such power over us by successfully recruiting gangs of collaborators is enough to give pause to the most convinced progressives. These anti-life forces must be resisted in new and creative ways. The first step is the necessary social and economic analyses that can galvanize our focus; then this informed solidarity must serve to liberate all of us from our oppressors – from both the masters and from their brainwashed puppets who are maintaining this cannibalistic political economy by traditional divide-and-rule tactics.
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
George Galloway vs. The US Senate
(Published on September 25, 2012)
"Democrats Threaten Progressives With Financial Ruin
With New Rule"
Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib
Google flipped seats, shifted millions of votes to Dems in 2018 midterms
Google’s biased search algorithm actually flipped seats in the 2018 US midterm elections, according to a researcher who found the search engine’s “dramatically biased” results could have shifted over 78 million votes to Democrats.
“Upwards of 25 percent of the national elections in the world are being decided without people’s knowledge by Google’s search algorithm,” senior research psychologist Dr. Robert Epstein of the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology told RT, calling the search engine the “deciding factor” in close races.
Epstein, who received his PhD in psychology from Harvard University and is the former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today, said that his methodology was thorough and meticulous.
“We did this very, very carefully. We had field agents focusing on three congressional races in California which were very hotly contested races in Republican districts,” Epstein told RT.
“And we gave to these field agents about 500 election-related search terms. Each one had different search terms for different districts, where there are different issues, of course.
“And the point is, we simply looked at what kind of search results they received when they were conducting election-related searches.”
Epstein’s study of three 2018 California House races found Google played the deciding role in flipping those Republican-held seats to the Democrats, influencing millions of undecided voters by controlling what they saw when they searched 500 election-related terms. Google’s results showed a “significant liberal bias,” unlike Bing’s or Yahoo’s – and with 90 percent of the search engine’s market share in the US, that bias is enormously influential.
"Dumping Wallace, Blocking Bernie:
How the Democrats Broke With the Working Class
Replay of a TRNN interview from June 2016.
Peter Kuznick, co-author of The Untold History of the United States, spoke to Paul Jay about the significance of the vice presidency of Henry Wallace, who served in the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, in the context of the Bernie Sanders campaign.
“[The historian] Arthur Schlesinger talked about him being the greatest secretary of agriculture in American history,” said Peter Kuznick. “He turned the agricultural economy around. In 1932, the farm income was one-third of what it had been before the Depression started, and Wallace reversed it and put it back on its feet. But during the ’30s, he was America’s leading progressive.”
Wallace “actually was, in terms of his politics, more progressive than Bernie Sanders,” said Paul Jay. “In fact, he makes Bernie Sanders look like a centrist moderate.”
The party bosses sought to remove Wallace from the ticket for Roosevelt’s third presidential run.
“The segregationists in the South hated him,” said Kuznick. “He was the leading spokesman for black civil rights. The misogynists hated him. He was the leading spokesperson for women’s inequality. The British and the French hated him. They implored Roosevelt to get him off the ticket as vice president because he was writing pamphlets and speaking openly about the need to end British and French colonialism. He said that America’s fascists are those people who think that Wall Street comes first and the American people second.”
After FDR wrote a letter saying he would reject the nomination if Wallace was removed, the beloved progressive politician was put back on the ticket.
Wallace was one of the most popular public figures in America during the 1930s. When traveling in Chile and Costa Rica, he attracted crowds numbering in the tens of thousands.
“Many people don’t understand where the progressive aspects of the New Deal came from,” say Kuznick. “If you look at the ’34, election, ’36 election, the American public was very, very, very progressive during that time. And the thing that sparked the progressive elements in the New Deal was the upsurge of labor, the rise of the CIO, the battle for the working class in the 1930s and the soul of America. In fact, if you look even at the Communist Party, the Communist Party was planning to be part of that tradition of the popular front.”
“Once you have the Cold War, McCarthyism, and the House Un-American Activities Committee and essentially purge the unions of most of the really progressive leadership, what you’re left with is a union leadership that merges with the elites and in fact become elites themselves,” said Jay. “And so the Democratic Party, instead of this place where you have this united front of different classes contending, you have the whole preponderance of leadership now representing the elites.”
“We’ve had certain moments when the party has reverted to its working-class roots, when it has been a progressive party,” said Kuznick. “And I think that’s what the Sanders campaign is trying to do, and it’s certainly what Wallace was fighting for from 1941-45 when he was vice president of the United States.”
German manufacturing just slumped to the lowest level since the financial crisis,
and it's a major warning sign for the global economy
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U.S. Posts The Biggest Monthly Budget Deficit In American History
by Mary Papenfuss
Trump railed against debt during his campaign, vowed to balance budget.
February’s federal budget deficit was the largest on record, according to figures released by the Treasury Department on Friday. President Donald Trump promised during his campaign that he would balance the budget in eight years.
The total debt surpassed $22 trillion for the first time ever in February — $2 trillion higher than when Trump took office.
The massive shortfall is being attributed to a 20 percent drop in corporate revenue and increased federal spending. The Trump administration slashed corporate taxes in his new 2017 tax law from 35 percent to 21 percent. Trump’s tax-cut package cost the government $1.5 trillion.
“When you pass the most irresponsible tax cut followed by the most irresponsible spending increase, unsurprisingly it leads to the largest deficit numbers,” Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, told The Washington Post. “Predictably, that’s exactly where we landed.”
The deficit for the first five months of the federal fiscal year is $544.2 billion, up nearly 40 percent from the same period the previous year, according to Treasury figures.
The budget gap was $234 billion in February alone, which surpassed the earlier monthly record of $231.7 billion seven years ago, according to an analysis of data by Bloomberg.
Total spending was $401 billion in February while the government took in just $167 billion.
"Tape recorded evidence of Clinton-Ukraine
meddling in US election surfaces"
On Iraq, Where Were The Reporters?
with Matt Taibbi
Exposure of Another Pro-War Lie Doesn’t Make Media More Skeptical of Pro-War Claims
by Janine Jackson
Listeners will likely know by now, that the late February story, complete with vivid video footage, about the forces of elected Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro burning trucks that were trying to bring the besieged country food and medicine was false. Weeks later, the New York Times (3/10/19) reported that the humanitarian trucks were not set on fire by Maduro’s forces, but instead by anti-Maduro protestors who threw a Molotov cocktail. The Times outlined how the fake story took root, passing from US officials to media that simply reported their claims as fact with no investigation—and does any of this sound familiar?
Folks like CNN‘s Marshall Cohen noted the Times debunking as if it were just an interesting development—a “classic example of how misinformation spreads,” Cohen said in a tweet. Except, as The Intercept‘s Glenn Greenwald pointed out (3/10/19), it was Cohen’s own network, CNN, that led the way in spreading the lie around the world.
And not simply by parroting official claims. On February 24, the network told viewers that “a CNN team saw incendiary devices from police on the Venezuelan side of the border ignite the trucks.” It was then we got to Mike Pence claiming that “the tyrant” Maduro “danced as his henchmen…burned food and medicine”; Marco Rubio’s comment that “each of the trucks burned by Maduro carried 20 tons of food and medicine. This is a crime and if international law means anything, he must pay a high price for this”; Mike Pompeo’s fist-shaking, “What kind of a sick tyrant stops food from getting to hungry people?”
Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning!
Rendition Plane, Increased Police Presence Raise Fears for Assange
Chelsea Manning: supporters demand
release from solitary confinement
Fears of New Gaza Invasion Rise as Israel Launches Airstrikes
and Mobilizes Along Border
Israel has bombed Gaza for a third day in a row and mobilized dozens of tanks, raising fears that Israel could launch another invasion. The latest Israeli airstrikes came earlier this morning, after Hamas announced it had reached an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel. Tension has been escalating for days in Gaza. On Friday, Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians taking part in the weekly Great March of Return protests. Sixty-two other Palestinians were injured. On Sunday, Israeli air raids struck parts of Gaza, including a refugee camp. Then, on Monday, militants inside Gaza launched a series of homemade rockets toward Israel. One rocket hit a house north of Tel Aviv, injuring seven members of a British-Israeli family. Israel blamed Hamas for the rocket attack and retaliated by launching heavy airstrikes in Gaza City targeting the office of Hamas’s political leader and the group’s military intelligence headquarters. Seven Palestinians were reportedly injured in the strikes. We speak with Budour Hassan, a Palestinian writer and project coordinator for the Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights, and Jehad Abusalim, scholar and policy analyst from Gaza. He runs the Gaza Unlocked campaign for the United States for the American Friends Service Committee.
Trump Is Netanyahu’s Man and the US Media Are Imbeciles
by Paul Craig Roberts
As I said, Trump is America’s first Zionist president. But apparently Trump does not understand that a declaration he signs giving Golan Heights to Israel has no authority under international law. I doubt many others will prostitute themselves in this way, so all Trump has achieved is to line up the United States with Israel’s illegal absorption of occupied territory. https://www.rt.com/news/454711-trump-signs-golan-heights/
Of course, in America stupidity can be found wherever one looks. Listening to the presstitutes today, especially the imbeciles at NPR, the American media is so completely stupid that the morons are unable to comprehend that there cannot be obsruction of justice if there is no crime. Mueller says there is no crime, so how could Trump obstruct justice in the absence of a crime? What justice was obstructed?
Don’t expect the idiot presstitutes to explain. Or Donna Brazile. Or the imbeciles Nadler and Schiff and the rest of the junk politicians who pollute American political life beyond the point of total ruin.
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West, How America Was Lost, and The Neoconservative Threat to World Order.
Human Rights Attorney to Trump:
“Israel Is Not Interested in the Golan Heights for Security”
with Noura Erakat
Just weeks before major elections in Israel that could determine the future of embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Trump declares the U.S. will recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, in defiance of international law and decades of U.S. policy. The announcement comes as he is set to host Netanyahu at the White House next week amid the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, where Vice President Mike Pence will speak, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, among others. A growing number of Democrats—including at least eight presidential candidates—say they will skip the summit. We get reaction from Palestinian human rights attorney Noura Erakat, author of the new book “Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine.”
"Why did Trump recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory?"
The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine the reasons behind US President Trump's sudden recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. Following Trump's statements as US President, acting Israeli Foreign Minister is saying that Trump will make it official and sign an executive order to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Syrian border territory on Monday.
“Did Israel steal U.S. weapons-grade uranium?”
with Roger Mattson
“Does Israel act like a U.S. ally?”
with Ray McGovern
AIPAC Is Coming to Town – Again!
by Philip M. Giraldi
The Trump Administration has delivered yet another concession to Israel’s embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the eve of parliamentary elections: the Israeli military occupation of much of the Palestinian West Bank and of the Golan Heights will no longer be referred to in official U.S. government documents as an occupation. America’s so-called Ambassador to Israel is a former Trump lawyer named David Friedman who is more involved in serving Israel than the United States. He personally supports the view that the illegal Jewish settlements are legitimately part of Israel, choosing to ignore their growth even though it has long been U.S. policy to oppose them. He has also long sought to change the State Department’s language on the Israeli control of the West Bank and Golan Heights, being particularly concerned about the expression “occupied,” which has legal implications. Now he appears to have won that fight, to the delight of the Netanyahu government.
And the expunging of “occupied” might be only the first of many gifts intended to bolster Netanyahu’s chances. Senator Lindsey Graham, who also boasts of his close ties to the Israeli Prime Minister, intends to initiate legislative action to go one step further and compel the United States to actually recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, the Syrian territory that was annexed after fighting in 1967, but which has not been recognized as part of Israel by any other country or international body. If a vote on the bill is pushed forward and goes as expected virtually unanimously as the subject before congress is Israel, it would hugely benefit Bibi. Some sources are also predicting that recognition of the Golan Heights could easily lead to U.S. government recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over much of the West Bank.
Israel’s election is scheduled for April 9th, so there is still plenty of time for additional mischief. There have even been suggestions in the Israeli media that Netanyahu just might escalate fighting with any one or more of a number of its neighbors to enhance his wartime leader credentials. That Gaza will be pummeled is a certainty and Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria is probably also in the gun-sights. An uncorroborated report last week out of Israel claimed that Hezbollah is operating a “terror cell” in Syria close to the border with Israel. It would serve as a pretext for a bit of military action and America’s own congress-critters would immediately be jumping up and down expressing their support for Israel’s right to “defend itself.” The big prize for Netanyahu would, of course, be success at getting the United States to attack Iran and one can bet that Mossad is cranking up “false flag” plans to bring about such an eventuality while also making it look like the Mullahs were at fault.
New Bill Would See US Taxpayers Subsidize Experimental Israeli
by Whitney Webb
The U.S.-Israel Directed Energy Cooperation Act would deepen Israel’s access to grotesque weapons of war that have been developed by the U.S. military but have also been banned for use by American troops.
America's Defenses" – A Summary
Blueprint of the PNAC Plan for U.S. Global Hegemony
by Bette Stockbauer
Some people have compared it to Hitler's publication of Mein Kampf, which was ignored until after the war was over.
Full text of Rebuilding America's Defenses here
When the Bush administration started lobbying for war with Iraq, they used as rationale a definition of preemption (generally meaning anticipatory use of force in the face of an imminent attack) that was broadened to allow for the waging of a preventive war in which force may be used even without evidence of an imminent attack. They also were able to convince much of the American public that Saddam Hussein had something to do with the attacks of 9/11, despite the fact that no evidence of a link has been uncovered. Consequently, many people supported the war on the basis of 1) a policy that has no legal basis in international law and 2) a totally unfounded claim of Iraqi guilt.
What most people do not know, however, is that certain high ranking officials in the Bush administration have been working for regime change in Iraq for the past decade, long before terrorism became an important issue for our country. In 1997 they formed an organization called the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). They have sought the establishment of a much stronger U.S. presence throughout the Mideast and Iraq's Saddam Hussein has been their number one target for regime change. Members of this group drafted and successfully passed through Congress the Iraqi Liberation Act, giving legal sanctions for an invasion of the country, and funneled millions of taxpayer dollars to Hussein opposition groups called the Iraqi National Congress and The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq.
The PNAC philosophy was formed in response to the ending of Cold War hostilities with Russia and the emergence of America as the world's only preeminent superpower. Claiming that this is a "strategic moment" that should not be squandered, members of PNAC say that America should use its position to advance its power and interests into all areas of the globe. They believe the time is ripe for establishing democracies in regimes considered hostile to U.S. interests and are not hesitant to advise the use of military means to achieve those ends.
PNAC members on the Bush team include Vice-President Dick Cheney and his top national security assistant, I. Lewis Libby; Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz; National Security Council member Eliot Abrams; Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton; and former Chairman of the Defense Policy Board, Richard Perle. Other PNAC members exerting influence on U.S. policy are the President of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq Randy Scheunemann, Republican Party leader Bruce Jackson and current PNAC chairman William Kristol, conservative writer for the Weekly Standard. Jeb Bush, the president's brother and governor of Florida, is also a member.
Their campaign to overthrow Hussein was unsuccessful during the Clinton presidency and early days of Bush's term, but on 9/11 they found the event they needed to push for the overthrow of Hussein. Within 24 hours both Wolfowitz and Cheney were calling for an invasion of Iraq, even before anyone knew who had been responsible for the attacks.
Individuals who now belong to PNAC have been influencing White House policy since the Reagan era, calling for coups in Central America and claiming that a nuclear war with Russia could be "winnable." Richard Perle is one of their most prominent spokesmen. He and Michael Ledeen (of the American Enterprise Institute), who is currently lobbying for war with Syria and Iran, have adopted a stance that they call "total war" — the ability to wage multiple simultaneous wars around the globe to achieve American ends. Recently Perle commented on America's war on terrorism: "No stages," he said, "This is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of them out there. All this talk about first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq . . . this is entirely the wrong way to go about it. If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don't try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war . . . our children will sing great songs about us years from now."
Members of PNAC are so self-assured they are advancing America's best interests that they publish policy papers specifically outlining their plans, plans that many fear may be laying the groundwork for a third world war. Their ideas are peculiarly atavistic, considering the friendly ties that have been forged between most of the major nations during the past ten years.
Countdown to “Full Spectrum Dominance”
Russia Has a Message for America:
"An F-35 Will Never Be Alone"
Lee Camp takes it back to Venezuela
Venezuelan Gov’t Presents Evidence of Alleged Opposition
Watch "Elliott Abrams Can't Explain Why Guaido Is President
As The US' Venezuela Narrative Deteriorates"
"Koch brothers behind US coup in Venezuela"
US Withholding $5bn of Medical Supplies in ‘Criminal’ Measure
by Paul Dobson
Another Independent Journalist Exposes U.S. News Venezuela Propaganda
with Eva Bartlett
"US global partners not cooperating on Venezuela"
"No War for Oil" -
as Thousands March Against US Intervention in Venezuela"
"How the World May End - John Pilger on Venezuela, Trump & Russia"
Trump Threatens Russia: “Get Out Of Venezuela,” All Options Open
The Silencing Of pro-Palestinian UK Labour Party Activists
documentary film by Jackie Walker
The film has faced severe censorship, including a bomb threat which successfully canceled one preview.
A story about Israel’s alliance with the global far-right that Israel’s supporters would rather you not hear.
2 shot dead by IDF in Gaza, 62 injured as UN slams Israel’s use of force
From: "ana hona" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Subject: Two dead in Gaza. One week before the million-strong demonstration, Israel is killing innocents
The Zionist occupation forces killed two young men in the eastern Gaza Strip in the major return marches
The occupation forces killed 1. Nidal Abdel Karim Ahmed Shatat
29 years of al-Mughraqah.
2. Jihad Mounir Khaled, a 24-year-old from Shujaiya
Israeli forces also injured more than 200 people, 50 of them with heavy gunshot wounds
Medical teams are still trying to revive three young people because of the seriousness of the injury
Today, we are preparing ourselves for the promised day, Saturday, which marks the first anniversary of the start of the return marches, which killed more than 300 people, mostly children.
Our reports indicate that this day will be the largest day in the marches and expected the arrival of more than half a million people on the border of the Gaza Strip
We are preparing ourselves for the day and trying to thank two dear friends who have supported us almost half of what we have Garth Smith of Malbourn Bay and Tim Stadler
We still need great support because we faced a black Friday that was not in mind. We expected calm on this day but it was very bloody
The Israeli occupation forces violated international laws by wounding five paramedics working for the Palestinian Red Crescent and some medical workers and journalists
So I beg you and I beg you not to leave us in these difficult days because we really need great support because we are on the threshold of a day that will probably be the bloodiest after the war in Gaza in 2014
So we need your great support and please support and support us in any way
I wish you a donation via this link and thank you very much
I'm sorry because I'm sending this but we're in a very difficult situation, forgive me
Israeli soldiers kill teenage Palestinian medic near Bethlehem | Palestinian territories
Trump Is America’s First Zionist President
by Paul Craig Roberts
It is impossible not to feel some sympathy for President Donald Trump. His agenda to restore normal relations with Russia and to end Washington’s gratuitous wars has been frustrated by the “Russiagate hoax” that the military/security complex and corrupt Democratic Party used in the effort to remove Trump from the presidency. He and his wife have been embarrassed by the fake “Steele Dossier” paid for by the Clinton campaign and used by a corrupt FBI leadership to illegitimately obtain spy warrants on Trump and his associates. Accused of cavorting with prostitutes in Moscow and confronted with claims by a porn star of an affair in order to boost the recognition value of her name, Trump and his wife have experienced uncomfortable times. Now that the lies the presstitutes have told since 2016 have been exposed by Mueller’s inability, despite his use of every dirty trick, to come up with any indictable offense connected to “Russiagate,” the psychopathic liars who comprise the presstitute media are on the verge of tears. Mueller has betrayed them, they claim, by letting Trump off the hook.
In other words, there will be no apology to Trump. Don’t be surprised to see the deranged accusation that Mueller himself was part of the Russian collusion and was appointed for the purpose of covering it up.
Weakened by “Russiagate” accusations, Trump was forced to back off his agenda of ending the wars. He put policy in the hands of neoconservative warmongers like John Bolton and Pompeo, and expanded the prospect of wars into Iran and Venezuela. Trump in office bears little resemblance to Trump campaigning for the presidency.
Trump and Netanyahu keep on colluding
by Ishaan Tharoor
When President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White House on Monday, the latter cheered the former with a joke. In front of journalists, Netanyahu told Trump that he had brought a “case of the finest wine” from the Golan and asked if he could make a gift of it to the president’s aides, since Trump himself is a known teetotaler. The Israeli prime minister then justified his request with a gag that led to guffaws from the White House staff: “I hope they don’t open an investigation on us!”
“Hold Israel Accountable”
“You never listen to me”: Macron meets MBS on G20 sidelines
“Civilisation & Its Discontents”:
The Instinct of Survival from the Paris Commune to the Gilets Jaunes
“28th May 1871, Defeat of the Paris Commune” – by Dorian Cope.
"Gilets Jaunes - 23 mars - Acte 19 - Au Sacré Cœur à Paris" – 2min.
"ACTE XIX : MÊME PAS PEUR | GILETS JAUNES" – 8min.
"Gilets jaunes acte 19 : le rebond policier à Paris" – 42min.
"Acte 19: Démonstration de force, et échauffourées dans les rues de Paris - Paris 23.03.2019" – 13min.
"Paris - l'Acte 19 des Gilets jaunes - (23/03/2019)" – 29min.
"2 blesseés par LBD Acte 19 20h00" - 7min.
"L’acte 19 des Gilets jaunes sous étroite surveillance à Paris" – 2h45min.
"Acte 19 : les Gilets jaunes toujours mobilisés en province" – 3min.
"Nice: des "gilets jaunes" bravent l'interdiction de manifester" – 1min.
"Montpellier ACTE 19 gilets jaunes" – 10min.
"LIVE Gilets jaunes Acte 19 TOULOUSE" – 2h29min.
"YELLOW VESTS ACTE 19 - LYON" – 13min.
Reportage sur le combat des gilets jaunes savoyards et haut-savoyards . . . – 35min.
"Gilets jaunes Bordeaux Acte 19, Prise du RIC" – 3min.
"Bordeaux : les gilets jaunes bravent les interdits et manifestent en zone rouge" – 2min.
"Acte XIX des gilets jaunes à La Rochelle" – 2min.
"Gilets jaunes ROUEN acte 19" – 6min.
"Vidéo Acte 19 - Gilets Jaunes - Metz" – 9min.
"Acte 19 pacifique des Gilets jaunes à Lille (avant que les black-blocks...)" – 7min.
Why is France protesting? | CNBC Explains – 5min.
France’s 'Gilets Jaunes' or ‘Yellow Vest’ movement originally formed over planned fuel tax rises in November 2018. French President Emmanuel Macron has since scrapped the tax hike, but the demonstrations have continued and have even spread to other countries. CNBC’s Tom Chitty explains why.
[Gilets jaunes ACTE 19] On dit "la dictature à Macron" ou "de Macron" ? – 4min.
"Des casseurs se faisant passer pour des Gilets Jaunes pillent restos et boutiques (F2,01/12/18,20h)" – 4min.
Des pillards (sûrement des Blackblocs se faisant passer pour des Gilets Jaunes) cassent un resto et une boutique d'optique et se servent. D'autres saccagent une banque LCL et entrent dans les locaux. D'autres tentent d'entrer en force dans l'ancienne Bourse de Paris.
Soldiers may be allowed to 'open fire' if lives put at risk by Yellow Vests – 4min.
Les casseurs sont-ils vraiment des Gilets Jaunes ? - 6min.
Soldiers may ‘open fire’ if lives at risk in Yellow Jacket protests: Paris military general – by Galaxy Henry.
Plans to have military on guard outside public buildings has sparked political debate and raised concerns the soldiers do not have the right training or weapons for this activity. Soldiers mobilized for Saturday's planned Yellow Jacket protests will operate under strict instructions, but could open fire if their lives or the lives of civilians are threatened, General Bruno Leray, military governor of Paris, said Friday. Several thousand soldiers from Opération Sentinelle, a French military operation deployed following the January 2015 Île-de-France attacks, will be stationed outside numerous official sites during Saturday's demonstrations — the 19th weekend of street protests by the broad anti-government movement.
Macron denounces growing wave of protests in France - by Alex Lantier.
Macron’s military reaction to the gilets jaunes is a sign his government has lost control – Pauline Bock.
Military Joins Police as Yellow Vest Protesters March On in France – by Donald Kaufman.
"Britain's yellow-vest activists - BBC Newsnight" - 15min.
" ‘You killed a million people in Iraq’ : George Galloway tells Jacqui Smith” - BBC News – 1min.
On September 26, 2014, George Galloway told a former member of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's cabinets she killed one million people in Iraq. The former Labour MP, now a Respect MP, turned on Jacqui Smith as they looked ahead to Friday's vote in Parliament on possible UK military action in the Middle East.
"Global Capitalism: US and China - 1 Global Economy, 2 Giants” - with Richard Wolff.
Published on March 13, 2019
The Conditions of Labor in China - with David Harvey.
Published on March 14, 2019
Economic recovery talk is smoke & mirrors as corporate debt bubble ready to bust – with Richard Wolff.
Published on March 18, 2019
'That's why Assange has to be CRASHED: Media's animosity towards WIkiLeaks founder!' – with Slavoj Žižek.
Published on March 25, 2019
NZ Terrorist Used ISIS Tactics to Divide,
and People Are Buying Into It
by Matt Agorist
“Liberty provokes diversity, and
diversity preserves liberty.”
In the above quote, Acton warns that those who seek to eliminate diversity are a direct threat to liberty. The existence of national and religious minorities is a crucial factor in dividing state power, resisting centralization, and preventing absolute authority. Sadly, however, it appears that there are many forces attempting to subvert this tendency to resist absolute power and those too weak to resist it, are buying in, hook, line, and sinker.
A disgusting terrorist animal (whose name will not be mentioned) donned his camera and his rifle last weekend—along with an arsenal of sh*tpost memes—and took to live-streaming the murder of 50 innocent men women and children. His motivation for this horror was based solely on his victims’ religious preference.
The terrorist bragged about wanting to kill Muslims on multiple online forums and last week, this bragging turned into action as he slaughtered innocent people. On one forum in particular, 8chan, this terrorist posted the link to his live stream, along with a link to his manifesto, and told thousands of followers what was about to happen.
Instead of immediately chastising this hate-inspired act of terror and calling for him to stop, hundreds of people on the forum espoused their support as they watched his rampage—up to and including leaving comments praising him for individual kills, some of whom were children.
What this support highlights is that there is a growing sentiment in this country and around the world that fosters hatred over religious views. Because of certain acts carried out by those who claim to be members of one religion, all members of this religion are deemed a threat, and therefore their lives rendered expendable, according to this philosophy.
But those who wish to exterminate Islam are ignorant of why Islamic extremism is so prevalent in the first place.
For decades, the US and its Western allies have been violently and frequently meddling in the Middle East. Beginning with the clandestine overthrow of democratically elected leaders, moving on to financing violent extremist groups, and morphing into full blown invasions of entire countries, the Middle East has been the target of destruction since at least 1953.
Ignoring all of the treachery, corruption, and death exported from the US in the last 70 years, the troglodytes in D.C. continue to assert that ‘the terrorists hate our freedom.’ Sadly, the propaganda being shoved down the throats of Americans by these ill-informed political puppets and their parrots in the media, preserves this idiotic assertion.
Millions have died in the West’s relentless pursuit of nation building and controlling oil, all of it is written off as “collateral damage,” and the complicit politicians march on.
The West is constantly perpetuating the dangerous lie that a massive ‘terrorist threat’ will always and has always existed, and poses a constant threat to you because they disagree with your lifestyle—completely ignoring the last 70 years of death and destruction doled out by their predecessors.
Thanks to the sycophants who worship the military industrial complex, their decades of meddling and funding strategic terrorist organizations who supported their temporary interests have manifested into an actual threat.
Do you think that the children of those slain by a decade of bombing and constant threats of drone strikes will simply forget about the atrocities inflicted upon them? Do you think that the parents who watched their babies blown apart by predator drones, or the hospital workers who watched as US bombs rained down from the sky — will just turn the other cheek?
Don’t believe the hype,
Isis has not yet been defeated – here’s why
by Robert Fisk
If the Americans are in fact leaving at last, the Kurds are still going to be betrayed and left to the mercy of their enemies – be this Turkey or Syria
After all the headlines about the supposed defeat of Isis, anyone who doesn’t believe a word of it may seem a bit of a spoilsport. But whenever I read that victory has been declared – whether it be of the Bush “mission accomplished” variety or the “last Isis stronghold about to fall” fantasy – I draw in my breath. Because you can make a safe bet that it’s not true.
Not just because the fighting around Baghouz is, in fact, still continuing outside the wrecked town. But because there are plenty of Isis fighters still under arms and ready to fight in the Syrian province of Idlib, along with their Hayat Tahrir al Sham, al-Nusra and al-Qaeda comrades – almost surrounded by Syrian government troops but with a narrow corridor in which they could escape to Turkey; always supposing that Sultan Erdogan will let them. There are Russian troop outposts inside these Islamist front lines, along with Turkish military forces but the tentative ceasefire which held for five months has become a lot more tenuous in the past few weeks.
Maybe it’s a failure of our institutional memory – or it’s just plain simpler to go along with the simplest story – but Idlib has for three years been the dumping ground of all Syria’s Islamist enemies, or at least the antagonists who didn’t surrender when they fled the big cities under Syrian and Russian bombardment.
Last September – though we seem to have forgotten this – Trump and the UN were warning of the impending “last battle” for Idlib, fearing – so they said – that the Syrians and Russians would use chemical weapons in their assault on Isis and its chums. Even the Syrian army announced the impending conflict, minus the chemicals, in a military website called “Dawn at Idlib”.
But I took a long trip around the Syrian front lines at Idlib, from the Turkish frontier then south, east and north again up to Aleppo and saw no tank convoys, no troop transporters, few Syrian helicopters, no supply trains and concluded – even as the warnings of final extinction continued – that this particular “last battle” was still a long way away. On the day I arrived south of Jisr al-Shughur, al-Nusra and Isis had fired a few mortars at Syrian army positions – the Syrians had fired a few shells back at them – but that was it.
A complicated truce agreement, involving both the Turks and the Russians, managed to forestall the carnage everyone predicted. There was much talk of the Isis, al-Nusra and al-Qaeda men – some of whom are Saudis – being shipped out by the Turks under a laissez passer to the wilds of Saudi Arabia for a little “re-education”. I always hoped this might be the woefully hot Empty Quarter where their superheated theology might be turned to a crisp.
But they are still in Idlib, happy no doubt to hear that the west thinks it has scored its “final victory” over Isis. The battle for Baghouz, of course, was always likely to pick up the headlines. The American air bombings and the presence of the friendly (and very brave) Kurds made this a more accessible – although still dangerous – story. And it switched attention away from other questions: like who invented the title “Syrian Democratic Forces” – which are in fact mostly Kurdish, many of whose members would prefer not to be thought of as Syrians, and whose ranks never enjoyed a democratic election in their lives.
If the Americans are in fact leaving at last, the Kurds are still going to be betrayed and left to the mercy of their enemies – be this Turkey or the Syrian regime (with whom the Kurds held some not very successful talks last year). A good time for the Americans, therefore, to call it a day outside Baghouz – a victorious one of course – and get the hell out. Hoping that the world will forget about Idlib.
But I don’t think it will. The Syrian war is not yet over – although that’s what the world (including, it seems, the Syrian government) believes. Idlib remains a land of tens of thousands of refugees as well as legions of fighters, a place of destitution, broken railways and blown-up motorways and Islamist groups who sometimes fight each other with more enthusiasm than they wish to fight the Syrian military.
On Contact: US' Detention Site – GITMO
with Andy Worthington
The most notorious U.S. detention site in the world, Guantanamo Bay, still holds 40 prisoners. Most of the 800 men shipped to Guantanamo Bay since it was opened under George W. Bush in 2002 were sold to U.S. forces for bounty by Pakistani and Afghan officials, militia and warlords. They were stripped of their legal rights, held for years without being charged or given a fair and open trial. Not only is the detention center a recruiting dream for radical jihadists it costs American taxpayers $ 1/2 billion a year, roughly $11 million dollars for each detainee. Joining Chris Hedges in the studio is the British journalist Andy Worthington, who has covered these imprisoned men in Guantanamo since 2006.
We Might Be Reaching 'Peak Indifference' on Climate Change
by Clive Thompson
Global Warming Is Steadily Exposing The Dead Bodies Of Mount Everest
The Attack on Public Education
with Noam Chomsky
with Noam Chomsky
The U.S. Deserves Its Own Nuremberg Trials
Former Vice President Dick Cheney and then-President George W. Bush attend a Washington, D.C. , inaugural event in 2005. (The White House)
by Robert Scheer
Are Americans capable of committing atrocities on the same scale as Germans did under Nazi rule? That is the question that University of San Francisco ethics professor Rebecca Gordon and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer grapple with in the latest installment of “Scheer Intelligence.” Gordon, author of “Mainstreaming Torture” and “American Nuremberg,” posits that if America’s actions in the Middle East, especially in Iraq, were to be scrutinized the way Nazi Germany’s crimes were probed in the aftermath of World War II, the U.S. would likely also be found guilty of crimes against humanity.
Gordon begins her comparison by exploring the main charge levied against Nazis during the Nuremberg trials, which was committing a crime against peace due to Germany’s breach of the 1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact, which, she explains, “essentially outlawed war.” American prosecutors in the mid-20th century insisted that this initial crime was the unlawful act from which all other crimes committed by the Nazis originated.
“By comparison,” the author tells Scheer, “I look at the Bush-Cheney administration’s decision to make an unnecessary and illegal war, both in Afghanistan and especially in Iraq.
“It’s very clear from the documentary record that exists that the main reason people were being tortured [by the U.S. before the Iraq War began] was because they wanted to get somebody somewhere to say that Saddam Hussein was in league with al-Qaida, so that there could be an excuse for invading Iraq,” Gordon says.
Freedom Rider: The Permanence of White Supremacy
by Margaret Kimberley
Zionism, manifest destiny, wars on terror, humanitarian interventions, and the Monroe and other doctrines always boil down to a license to kill.
“Pointing fingers at the Australian killer and others of his ilk lets too many people off the hook of responsibility.”
Discussions about white supremacy should amount to more than kumbaya moments of interpersonal harmony or hand wringing when lone gunmen go on the periodic racist rampage. Self-identified white people have always posed dangers to every other group. Most of them living today haven’t carried out murder with their own hands but that does not mean that they or their countrymen and women can’t be held to account.
Donald Trump’s presidency complicates this discussion. The threats presented by his appeals to racists cannot be overstated. There is no dispute about his impact. Shortly after he was inaugurated a white supremacist shot and killed six people at a Montreal, Quebec mosque. The killer of 50 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand referred to Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”
“Zionism is an example of white supremacy in action.”
Democrats' Russophobia Hid Trump's Real Crimes
Gerald Horne and Jeff Cohen join host Paul Jay to unpack the Democrat and corporate media obsession with Russiagate, the foreign policy implications, and how it let Trump off the hook on major policy issues
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Subject: [MCM] Chelsea Manning shouldn't be in jail