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24 October, 2017

How the neoliberal priesthood of the West has used China's progress to build the myth that globalization is a great success

Speaking to Sharmini Peries and The Real News, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington D.C., Mark Weisbrot, gave a characteristic example of how the tools of the global neoliberal priesthood, like IMF, are using highly disputable data to persuade that globalization is a success story.

Using generalizations and oversimplifications, the World Bank, the IMF and other bank-occupied Western institutions, support that, for example, extreme poverty has been cut from nearly 40% of the world to under 10%, implying that neoliberal policies have been successful. In reality, two-thirds of that extreme poverty reduction concerns China, which, furthermore, did exactly the opposite of what these neoliberal policies dictate!

As Weisbrot explained:

A lot of people defend the globalization that's designed here in Washington as something that really helps the poor, the majority of people in the world. And so here's the IMF and the World Bank. They're the main ones that have this influence. They have real power too, because in a lot of countries if you don't get agreement with the IMF, you won't get loans from the World Bank or from regional banks, or sometimes even the private sector.

So this is real power. It's very concentrated here in Washington. And it's part of a neo-colonial system where the rich countries, which control these institutions, really, even though the IMF has 189 members, it's really just the US and its rich country allies that make the decisions. And they don't necessarily make them in the interest of developing countries.

President Obama in his last speech at the United Nations said that over the last 25 years, the number of people living in extreme poverty has been cut from nearly 40% of the world to under 10%. Now that's World Bank statistic and there's a lot of dispute over that. But even taking it at face value, if you actually look at what happened since 1990, two-thirds of that extreme poverty reduction was in China. And if you go back a little further from 1981 to 2010, 94% of that net reduction in people living below the extreme poverty line was in China. And even the part that wasn't in China, a lot of that was the result of China's growth and importing. Increased imports from developing countries and increased investment as China became the largest economy in the world.

Chinese globalization's done very well. China's income per person has multiplied 21 times since 1980. The fastest economic growth in history. But if you look at what they did, most of it is the opposite of what these Washington institutions and what even President Obama was describing as globalization in his speech. They had foreign investment, but they controlled it. And they still have it. They control it to fit with their own development plans. They have technology transfer as much as they can get. They have performance requirement. Require foreign investing firms to do certain things that promote local management skills and things like that. Export promotion. They have a mostly state controlled financial system for most of this period, and still quite a bit today. Their central bank isn't independent, which is one of the main thing Washington pushes.

This is the kind of globalization they had, and the rest of the developing world is very different. You have this indiscriminate opening to international trade and capital flows. You have the central bank being independent of the government so it's not really a subject of public control. It's more the response of the financial sector. They got rid of these industrial and developing policies that used to be successful, and were successful in China. And all this other financial deregulation and other deregulation. And if you look at what happened in these last 25 years in the vast majority of developing countries outside of China, the ones that did the kind of globalization that President Obama and all these officials at the IMF and the World Bank are talking about and calling a success, and the media usually calls a success, they did very badly overall.

In the '80s and '90s they had a terrible economic failure and they really didn't recover until the 21st Century when a lot of what had happened was China helped pull them out. And then their policy's also changed as the IMF lost most of its influence in the middle income countries. There really isn't much evidence that globalization has been a success for the vast majority of developing countries.

Indeed, after September 11, and given the great speculative bubble that was created during the previous decade, it seemed that the American economy was about to collapse. Then Greenspan took action by cutting down the interest rates several times. The goal was simple: to encourage American consumers to borrow and spend. The consumers’ desires would become the engine that would stabilize the system. It was a huge risk, because cutting the interest rates to almost zero, Greenspan released a flood of cheap money into the economy, which in the past led always to inflation and dangerous instability. But this time it didn’t happen. A huge consuming boom began, bigger than any other in history, without inflation. Everything seemed to remain stable and the system seemed that it could manage itself without any direct political control.

But ultimately, the reason for this unusual booming was the exact opposite. It happened due to the massive exercise of political power, from an elite thousand miles away. The Chinese government kept the exchange rate of the country at a low level. Therefore, the Chinese products became cheap and flooded America. And to pay for them, the US dollars flooded China. But rather than spend this money for the population, the Chinese leaders loaned them immediately back to America by buying government bonds. It was a perfect system of cheap goods and cheap money inflow in the US, all controlled by the Chinese political power. And that’s what created stability.

Chinese protectionism is what saved even the West, but the tools the neoliberal priesthood present a fake story of how the deregulated free-market supposedly brings prosperity for all. Lately, we've seen the devastating effects of the IMF imposed policies to eurozone and especially to Greece. The last seven years, public debt, unemployment, poverty reached unprecedented levels, with zero prospect seen in the horizon. The bankers have been saved again with billions of dollars and Greece is looted by the vulture-'investors' who come to take whatever they can from public property, almost for free.

After all these dramatic failures, the IMF, the World Bank and other tools of the neoliberal regime insist to present a reversed reality. There is, as always, only one explanation: their mission is to help global plutocrats to maintain power, not to save nations from poverty.

Covert operations: How the CIA works with Hollywood

The Weinstein story was suppressed by Hollywood, using its legal and financial muscle to keep a lid on it - until now. But there are also power centres in the US government that can dictate to Hollywood: the Pentagon and the CIA.

Από τον Τσαλδάρη στον Τσίπρα και από τον Τρούμαν στον Τραμπ

του Διονύση Ελευθεράτου

Τέσσερις δεκαετίες παρήλθαν από τότε που οι σκιτσογράφοι, εδώ στην Ελλάδα, «έβαζαν» φουστανέλα στον Τζίμι Κάρτερ, «φρέσκο» – τότε – πρόεδρο των ΗΠΑ.

Μεγάλη ευφορία είχαν προκαλέσει, βλέπετε, κάποιες δηλώσεις του πριν από τις αμερικανικές προεδρικές εκλογές του 1976, περί ενδεδειγμένης λύσης του Κυπριακού, βασισμένης στο διεθνές δίκαιο και τα ψηφίσματα του ΟΗΕ. Ευφορία που εξελίχθηκε σε ενθουσιασμό, όταν ο Κάρτερ προειδοποίησε την Άγκυρα ότι θα τερματιζόταν η παροχή αμερικανικής βοήθειας προς αυτήν, εάν δεν σημειωνόταν ουσιαστική πρόοδος στο Κυπριακό.

Η εκλογική νίκη του πανηγυρίστηκε στην Αθήνα ως βέβαιη είσοδος «των σχέσεων Αθήνας – Ουάσινγκτον σε νέα εποχή», αλλά και ως απαρχή μιας θετικής αντίστροφης μέτρησης: Στο τέλος της θα βρίσκαμε, υποτίθεται, χαμογελαστή και καλοσυνάτη, μια «δίκαιη λύση» του Κυπριακού.

Η συνέχεια, γνωστή. Λίγα χρόνια έπειτα από την εκλογική νίκη του Κάρτερ, όποιος θα εντόπιζε έστω και ίχνη δικαίωσης στην ιδέα των Ελλήνων σκιτσογράφων να «του φορέσουν» φουστανέλα, θα κινδύνευε να βρεθεί – ο ίδιος- ντυμένος με κάτι λιγότερο βολικό: Με ζουρλομανδύα.

Οι μεγάλες «πετριές», όμως, ενίοτε αφήνουν κουσούρια. Διαχρονικά, οι πολιτικές ελίτ στην Ελλάδα διακατέχονται από μία εμμονή: Ότι θα αποσπάσουν «κάτι καλό» – έως και… ιστορικά «βαρυσήμαντο» ή «εθνικά σωτήριο» – από τους Αμερικανούς, κάθε φορά που βρίσκονται σε «κακό φεγγάρι» οι σχέσεις της Ουάσινγκτον με την εκ παραδόσεως δύστροπη Άγκυρα.

Αυθεντική εμμονή, ή πρόσχημα που απλώς «δικαιολογεί» – αενάως- την ατλαντική υποτέλεια; Μικρή σημασία έχει. Ο μύθος ούτως ή άλλως διατυπώνεται, διατρανώνεται, ξεφτιλίζεται, νεκρανασταίνεται, αναπαράγεται και «φτου κι απ’ την αρχή». Κι όχι μόνο από τα εκάστοτε κυβερνητικά χείλη. Τον εκστόμισε κι ο Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης, μιλώντας για το ταξίδι του Αλ. Τσίπρα στις ΗΠΑ. Είπαμε, μπροστά σε μια «εθνική προσμονή», στέκονται όλοι προσοχή.

Μπορεί η ελληνική άρχουσα τάξη να έκανε τον «ευρωπαϊσμό» έσχατη «μεγάλη ιδέα» της, αλλά τη διακατέχουν και επί μέρους ιδέες – έμμονες. Μπορεί να άφησε κατά μέρος τα όνειρα για Κόκκινες Μηλιές και «μαρμαρωμένους βασιλιάδες», αλλά, εδώ και δεκαετίες, περιμένει κάτι άλλο: Η Άγκυρα να «πληρώσει το μάρμαρο» των συχνών αταξιών της. Να αποφασίσει ο δάσκαλος του μεγάλου ατλαντικού σχολείου ότι άλλος μαθητής αξίζει να χριστεί επιμελητής. Ο μονίμως φρόνιμος, υπάκουος, πρόθυμος για όλα.

Πόσο αντέχει αυτό το «δόγμα» στη δοκιμασία της αντιπαραβολής του με τις ιστορικές εμπειρίες και το πέρασμα του χρόνου; Ελάχιστα έως καθόλου. Πόσο αντέχει, εάν αναμετρηθεί με βασικούς κανόνες της γεωπολιτικής «σκακιέρας», με τον συνυπολογισμό των συσχετισμών, με το ειδικό βάρος κάθε «παίκτη» στα σχέδια των ίδιων των ΗΠΑ; Ελάχιστα έως καθόλου.

Είδατε,όμως, συγκινητική επιμονή; Αφού, από το πρώτο εξάμηνο του 2015 κατέληξε σε ιλαροτραγωδία η προσδοκία πως «θα αξιοποιούσαμε τις αντιθέσεις στις τάξεις των δανειστών», αφού οι διαφορές «σκληρών της ΕΕ – λογικών της ΕΕ» και Βρυξελλών – ΔΝΤ έγιναν «ρουφήχτρες» που αφάνισαν μισθούς, συντάξεις, κοινωνικές δαπάνες, ελπίδες, ε, καιρός είναι να επιβεβαιώσουμε…αλλιώς την πίστη μας: Δεν μπορεί- σε κάποιων άλλων τα χάσματα θα ριζώσει η καλοτυχία μας. Κάπου «θα μας κάτσει»…

Δεν είναι όμως αυτό, δυστυχώς, το πλέον εξωφρενικό από όσα ακούσαμε τις τελευταίες ημέρες. Μπορεί κάποιος να υποστηρίξει την «ορθότητα» της αιώνιας αναζήτησης «ημετέρων κερδών» στις αμερικανοτουρκικές έριδες, έστω κι αν στη διελκυστίνδα με την πραγματικότητα η τύχη των επιχειρημάτων του θα φαντάζει προδιαγεγραμμένη, περίπου όσο και αυτή της πρωταθλήτριας Μάλτας, σε ένα ματς εναντίον της Μπαρτσελόνα. Υπάρχει κάτι άλλο που… δεν αντέχεται καν. Το αξίωμα πως, εφ’ όσον ο πρωθυπουργός πήγε στον Λευκό Οίκο, η διεθνής θέση της χώρας… αναβαθμίζεται, ο σημαντικός της ρόλος αναγνωρίζεται – και δώσ’ του «ταρατατζούμ».

Έλεος πια, με τούτο το παιδαριώδες «παράγωγο» του επαρχιώτικου ναρκισσισμού! Από τον Δεκέμβριο του 1946, όταν ο Τσαλδάρης έγινε δεκτός από τον Τρούμαν (και συζήτησαν για την αντιμετώπιση των «κομμουνιστοσυμμοριτών») έως την επίσκεψη του Σαμαρά στον Λευκό Οίκο, το 2013, δέκα πρωθυπουργοί της μετα- κατοχικής Ελλάδας πήγαν εκεί. Να υποθέσουμε πως κάθε τέτοια επίσκεψη αποδείκνυε άνοδο του «διεθνούς κύρους της χώρας»; Σοβαρά, τώρα; Τόση καθεστωτική αυταρέσκεια ή τόση υποτίμηση της νοημοσύνης του κόσμου;

Δηλαδή, ας πούμε, τον Μάρτιο του 2010, όταν ο… μέγας Γ. Α. Παπανδρέου συναντήθηκε στην Ουάσιγκτον με τον Ομπάμα, θεώρησε κανείς ότι «η Ελλάδα αναβαθμιζόταν»; Λίγες εβδομάδες πριν από το διάγγελμα του Καστελόριζου, την υπαγωγή σε μνημόνιο, η απαρχή της μετατροπής μας σε «αποικία χρέους»;

Κατά τη διάρκεια της παραμονής του πρωθυπουργού στις ΗΠΑ, το εν λόγω αστείο προβλήθηκε ως «σοβαρή» διαπίστωση, με τρόπο σχεδόν ψυχωτικό. Και αποτελεσματικό; Πολύ αμφιβάλλουμε, διότι οι πάντες γνωρίζουν ότι μια επίσκεψη Έλληνα πρωθυπουργού στον Λευκό Οίκο «σφραγίζεται» κυρίως από το τι θέλει η αμερικανική κυβέρνηση, από την ελληνική.

Εκτός πια, αν μετράμε σε κλίμακα κατά φαντασία αναβάθμισης τα «μπράβο» που ακούμε. Κι όπως φαίνεται, αυτή τη… λύση βρήκαμε! «Μπράβο» που δίνουμε τόσα λεφτά για το ΝΑΤΟ, μολονότι δεν έχουμε για στοιχειώδεις κοινωνικές δαπάνες (μας το είπε στην Αθήνα κι ο Ομπάμα). «Μπράβο» που κάνουμε «θαυμάσια δουλειά με τις μεταρρυθμίσεις», δηλαδή ιδανικό κοινωνικο- οικονομικό χαρακίρι (από το οποίο θα… μας έσωζε ο Ομπάμα, που θα «έκοβε το βήχα των Γερμανών», για να θυμηθούμε τι ακούγαμε – ψιθυριστά, έστω- στις αρχές του 2015). Κι έπονται, κατά πως φαίνεται, κι άλλα «μπράβο». Για τη Σούδα, το Καστέλι, την Aνδραβίδα, τα drones. Για τα 2,4 δισεκατομμύρια των F-16. Για την εφ’όλης της ύλης παροχή στρατιωτικών διευκολύνσεων. Για την ελληνική συνδρομή στη διαμόρφωση του διεθνούς ενεργειακού χάρτη, έτσι όπως τον θέλουν οι ΗΠΑ. Για, για, για…

Αφού όμως χαρήκαμε με τα «μπράβο» για τη στωική μας κατάπτωση και θα χαρούμε με όσα θα επαινέσουν την ιδιότητα του υπάκουου παιδιού, μήπως είμαστε στην ευχάριστη θέση να εκστομίσουμε κι εμείς κανένα; Ω, ναι. Μπράβο, λοιπόν, στον Τραμπ που του… εκμαιεύσαμε – κι αυτού- την τετριμμένη, νεφελώδη θέση πως κάποια στιγμή, κάτι πρέπει να γίνει με το χρέος. Τίποτα δεν του κόστισε, αλλά «μπράβο». Εμάς και μόνο η δουλειά με τα F-16 θα μας κοστίσει, όσο να πεις, κάτι πιο απτό…

Όλα αυτά, λοιπόν, τα βάζεις στη ζυγαριά του «δούναι και λαβείν» και είναι σαν να βλέπεις τη ζυγαριά να σε κοροϊδεύει – που χρειάζεσαι και μετρήσεις… Αλλά, να το ξέρετε, σε αυτή τη ζυγαριά τα βάλαμε, όχι σε καμία ιδεολογική. «Πεισθήκαμε», που λέτε, πως στις διεθνείς σχέσεις υπάρχει μόνο η ψυχρή λογική και η έννοια «συμφέρον», χωρίς καμία έγνοια για το ποιος είναι ο Τραμπ, ο Νετανιάχου, ο Σίσι…

Δεν επιζητήσαμε «αριστερές προσεγγίσεις» σε αυτά τα θέματα, κατανοώντας – συν τοις άλλοις- πως πρέπει να ξαποστάσει και λίγο το «αριστερό» σπαθί, έπειτα από τόσες κοπιαστικές μάχες που έδωσε στα άλλα πεδία… Εμείς «πήραμε τοις μετρητοίς» τις σχετικές νουθεσίες, αλλά, διάβολε, γιατί τούτη η ζυγαριά του… ρεαλισμού δεν καταδέχεται καν να μετρήσει;


Η αντιπολίτευση στη Συρία χρησιμοποιεί χημικά παραδέχεται η Ουάσινγκτον

Από την αρχή της κρίσης στη Συρία τα δυτικά μέσα ενημέρωσης συνήθιζαν να αποδίδουν μόνο στο καθεστώς Ασαντ τη χρήση χημικών όπλων, ακόμη και όταν δεν είχαν στη διάθεσή τους καμία απόδειξη.

Η συζήτηση περιοριζόταν πάντα στο εάν οι κυβερνητικές δυνάμεις έκαναν ή όχι χρήση χημικών όπλων αλλά κανένα από τα κυρίαρχα μέσα ενημέρωσης δεν αναφέρονταν στο ενδεχόμενο τα χημικά όπλα να χρησιμοποιούνταν και από τις δυνάμεις της αντιπολίτευσης.

Βετεράνοι δημοσιογράφοι, όπως ο Σίμουρ Χερς, που αμφισβητούσαν την κυρίαρχη αφήγηση της Ουάσινγκτον, έμπαιναν σε άτυπες μαύρες λίστες και δεν μπορούσαν πλέον να δημοσιεύσουν τις έρευνές τους σε μεγάλα μέσα ενημέρωσης.

Τώρα όμως, το Στέιτ Ντιπάρτμεντ, στην τελευταία ταξιδιωτική οδηγία που εξέδωσε για τη Συρία, αποκαλύπτει ότι η σημαντικότερη ομάδα ανταρτών που επιχειρεί στη βορειοδυτική Συρία όχι μόνο διαθέτει αλλά έχει χρησιμοποιήσει χημικά όπλα.

Στην ανακοίνωση αναφέρεται ότι «Στις τακτικές τους ISIS της Hayat Tahrir al-Sham και άλλων βίαιων εξτρεμιστικών ομάδων περιλαμβάνονται οι επιθέσεις αυτοκτονίας, οι απαγωγές η χρήση ελαφρών και βαρέων όπλων, οι αυτοσχέδιοι εκρηκτικοί μηχανισμοί και τα χημικά όπλα».

Στην Hayat Tahrir al-Sham κυριαρχούν στοιχεία της Αλ Κάιντα και του μετώπου Αλ Νούσρα, που διέθετε οπλισμό που έστελναν στη Συρία οι ΗΠΑ και μέλη του οποίου φέρονται να είχαν εκπαιδευθεί από τις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες.

Πηγή, σύνδεσμοι:

More than 11 million Yemeni children in dire need of aid

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has warned that more than 11 million Yemeni children are in dire need of relief aid as a result of Saudi Arabia’s aggression against the impoverished country.

In a statement published on Monday, the agency described the conflict in Yemen as “devastating,” and said the Yemeni children were facing “the largest food security crisis in the world and an unprecedented cholera outbreak.

"Deprived of access to basic health and nutrition services, children are unable to fulfill their potential," the statement said, adding that children in the war-ravaged country were dying of "preventable causes like malnutrition, diarrhea, and respiratory tract infections.

The OCHA also pointed to the uncertain future of millions of schoolchildren in Yemen as thousands of teachers refuse to attend classes for not receiving their salaries during the past year.

"The education system is on the brink of collapse, with more than five million children at risk of being deprived of their right to education," the OCHA said.

Since March 2015, Yemen has been under heavy airstrikes by Saudi Arabia’s warplanes as part of a brutal war against the Arabian Peninsula country in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstall the former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

More than 12,000 people have been killed since the onset of the campaign and much of the country’s infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been ravaged.

The Saudi war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic across Yemen.

According to data provided by the World Health Organization and Yemen’s Health Ministry, the country’s cholera outbreak, the worst on record in terms of its rapid spread, has infected 612,703 people and killed 2,048 since it began in April, with some districts still reporting sharp rises in new cases.

The United Nations also says the Saudi war has left some 17 million Yemenis hungry, nearly seven million facing famine, and about 16 million almost without access to water or sanitation.


More than 1,100 children in Syria's Ghouta suffer from malnutrition

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned that more than 1,100 children in war-torn Syria's Eastern Ghouta district, on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, are suffering from various forms of malnutrition.

UNICEF’s Spokeswoman Monica Awad said on Monday that, based on a three-month survey, 1,114 Syrian children in total were found to be suffering from malnutrition in the district, which is held by the foreign-backed militants.

She added that of these children, 232 were afflicted by the most hazardous form of malnutrition, known as “sever acute malnutrition,” a level of undernourishment that needs urgent treatment if the child is to survive, and 882 others suffered from moderate acute malnutrition.

Awad also warned that more than 1,500 other children were still at risk, adding, “During the past month, there have been two reported deaths among infants, one girl aged 34 days and a boy aged 45 days, due to insufficient breastfeeding.

The UN official also stated that mothers’ lack of access to quality food had made them “frail” and unable to breastfeed their children.

The humanitarian needs are great. They need quality food, medicine and therapeutic nutrition supplies,” Awad added.

It is estimated that up to 400,000 people live across Eastern Ghouta, one of the last remaining militant strongholds in the Arab country.

Syria has been fighting different foreign-sponsored militant and terrorist groups since March 2011.


Daesh executes 128 civilians for cooperating with Syrian government

A human rights group has claimed that Daesh executed at least 128 Syrian civilians in the town of Al-Qaryatayn, which has been traded between the militant group and the Syrian Arab Army multiple times. The civilians were massacred in reprisal for collaborating with the government of Bashar al-Assad.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the killings occurred over a 20 day period. The Syrian army retook the city in April 2016 after eight months of Daesh occupation. However, Daesh chased the government forces out on October 1 — but the Syrian army regrouped and returned three weeks later, recapturing the city once more with support from Russian airstrikes.

But in that three-week period, Daesh executed 128 residents of the town, which had a population of about 18,000 before the civil war started. The Palmyra Coordination Committee, a local group that supports protest and resistance against the Syrian government, reported that at least 35 of the slain were found with their bodies dumped in a mine shaft.


Clinton, Assange and the war on truth

Australia’s public broadcasting network gave Hillary Clinton an open mike to defame WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange as “a tool of Russian intelligence” without giving him a chance to respond.

by John Pilger

Part 2 - Smear and Omission

The ABC Australia interview with Clinton is an outstanding example of smear and censorship by omission. I would say it is a model.

No one,” the interviewer, Sarah Ferguson, says to Clinton, “could fail to be moved by the pain on your face at that moment [of the inauguration of Trump] … Do you remember how visceral it was for you?

Having established Clinton’s visceral suffering, Ferguson asks about “Russia’s role.”

CLINTON: I think Russia affected the perceptions and views of millions of voters, we now know. I think that their intention coming from the very top with Putin was to hurt me and to help Trump.

FERGUSON: How much of that was a personal vendetta by Vladimir Putin against you?

CLINTON: … I mean he wants to destabilize democracy. He wants to undermine America, he wants to go after the Atlantic Alliance and we consider Australia kind of a … an extension of that …

(The opposite is true. It is a combination of Western armies massing on Russia’s border for the first time since the Russian Revolution 100 years ago.)

FERGUSON: How much damage did [Julian Assange] do personally to you?

CLINTON: Well, I had a lot of history with him because I was Secretary of State when, ah, WikiLeaks published a lot of very sensitive, ah, information from our State Department and our Defense Department.

(What Clinton fails to say – and her interviewer fails to remind her – is that in 2010, WikiLeaks revealed that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had ordered a secret intelligence campaign targeted at the United Nations leadership, including the Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon and the permanent Security Council representatives from China, Russia, France and the U.K. A classified directive, signed by Clinton, was issued to U.S. diplomats in July 2009, demanding forensic technical details about the communications systems used by top U.N. officials, including passwords and personal encryption keys used in private and commercial networks. This was known as Cablegate. It was lawless spying.)

CLINTON: He [Assange] is very clearly a tool of Russian intelligence. And, ah, he has done their bidding.

(Clinton offered no evidence to back up this serious accusation, nor did Ferguson challenge her.)

CLINTON: You don’t see damaging negative information coming out about the Kremlin on WikiLeaks. You didn’t see any of that published.

(This was false. WikiLeaks has published a massive number of documents on Russia – more than 800,000, most of them critical, many of them used in books and as evidence in court cases.)



23 October, 2017

US displeased with Al Jazeera for planning to air documentary supporting that 9/11 was a false flag operation

The WIKILEAKS Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD) holds the world's largest searchable collection of United States confidential, or formerly confidential, diplomatic communications. As of April 8, 2013 it holds 2 million records comprising approximately 1 billion words. The collection covers US involvements in, and diplomatic or intelligence reporting on, every country on earth. It is the single most significant body of geopolitical material ever published. The PlusD collection, built and curated by WikiLeaks, is updated from a variety of sources, including leaks, documents released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and documents released by the US State Department systematic declassification review.

A cable back in September 9, 2008, depicts the US intense dissatisfaction for the intention of Al Jazeera to air "a German program presenting conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks." Furthermore, the US intense pressure forced Al Jazeera Director General to ensure that "the narration would make it clear to viewers that these were conspiracy theories that the documentary would serve to discredit."

In the comments we read that:

           The fact that Al Jazeera has decided to air this "documentary" demonstrates that the channel continues to indulge intermittently in sensationalism that will win no allies in its bid to expand into North American markets. Such actions could well reinforce the belief that Al Jazeera is more interested in feeding stereotypes than countering them.

Key points:

- PAO [Public Affairs Office] telephoned Al Jazeera Director General Wadah Khanfar on September 3, requesting an explanation of a promotion aired on Al Jazeera Arabic that day for a program that will run September 10 on the Al Jazeera Documentary channel called "The Other September." According to the promotion, the program will present alternate theories about the 9/11 attacks against the United States.

- Khanfar replied that he had not actually seen the documentary, which was produced by a German company, but that he had directed the AJ Documentary staff to provide a narrative voice-over that was "editorially balanced." Asked what that meant, Khanfar said the narration would make it clear to viewers that these were conspiracy theories that the documentary would serve to discredit.

Searching the web, we found that the cable probably refers to a 2008 German production documentary (above), which allegedly presents some evidence towards the theory that 9/11 was actually a false flag operation.

The cable is quite interesting because it reinforces the impression that there was an ongoing underground war between Al Jazeera and US officials concerning 9/11 documentaries that were far from the US official line. Recall that, only two weeks later, another cable intended to point out the US intense dissatisfaction about another 9/11 documentary aired by Al Jazeera, as well as secure some assurances that the channel would broadcast "appropriate documentaries" about 9/11 in the future.

Italy's 2 richest regions vote for greater autonomy from Rome

Image result for Veneto LombardyVeneto and Lombardy, the two wealthiest regions of Italy, have overwhelmingly voted in favor of greater autonomy from the central government in Rome, Reuters reported, citing early results of the two referendums. 

  Over 90 percent of voters are estimated to have cast their ballot in favor of autonomy in both regions.

Due to alleged hacker attacks on polling stations, the final counting of results is expected to take additional time. Although legally non-binding, the referendums could give the two regions, governed by the Eurosceptic, anti-immigrant and right-wing Northern League, more leverage in negotiations with Rome.

Clinton, Assange and the war on truth

Australia’s public broadcasting network gave Hillary Clinton an open mike to defame WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange as “a tool of Russian intelligence” without giving him a chance to respond.

by John Pilger

Part 1

On Oct. 16, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired an interview with Hillary Clinton: one of many to promote her score-settling book about why she was not elected President of the United States.

In The New York Times, there was a striking photograph of a female reporter consoling Clinton, having just interviewed her. The lost leader was, above all, “absolutely a feminist.” The thousands of women’s lives this “feminist” destroyed while in government — Libya, Syria, Honduras — were of no interest. Wading through the Clinton book, What Happened, is an unpleasant experience, like a stomach upset. Smears and tears. Threats and enemies. “They” (voters) were brainwashed and herded against her by the odious Donald Trump in cahoots with sinister Slavs sent from the great darkness known as Russia, assisted by an Australian “nihilist,” Julian Assange.

In New York magazine, Rebecca Trainster wrote that Clinton was finally “expressing some righteous anger.” It was even hard for her to smile: “so hard that the muscles in her face ache.” Surely, she concluded, “if we allowed women’s resentments the same bearing we allow men’s grudges, America would be forced to reckon with the fact that all these angry women might just have a point.

Drivel such as this, trivializing women’s struggles, marks the media hagiographies of Hillary Clinton. Her political extremism and warmongering are of no consequence. Her problem, wrote Trainster, was a “damaging infatuation with the email story.” The truth, in other words.

The leaked emails of Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta, revealed a direct connection between Clinton and the foundation and funding of organized jihadism in the Middle East and Islamic State (known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh). The ultimate source of most Islamic terrorism, Saudi Arabia, was central to her career.

One email, in 2014, sent by Clinton to Podesta soon after she stepped down as U.S. Secretary of State, discloses that Islamic State is funded by the governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Clinton accepted huge donations from both governments for the Clinton Foundation.

As Secretary of State, she approved the world’s biggest ever arms sale to her benefactors in Saudi Arabia, worth more than $80 billion. Thanks to her, U.S. arms sales to the world – for use in stricken countries like Yemen – doubled.

This was revealed by WikiLeaks and published by The New York Times. No one doubts the emails are authentic. The subsequent campaign to smear WikiLeaks and its editor-in-chief, Julian Assange, as “agents of Russia,” has grown into a spectacular fantasy known as “Russiagate.” The “plot” is said to have been signed off on by Vladimir Putin himself. There is not a shred of public evidence.


Poll says 67% of US citizens don’t want to pull out of Iran deal

U.S. President Donald Trump said last week he wants to “decertify” the agreement.

A CNN poll has found that 67 percent of U.S. citizens don’t want Washington to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

U.S. President Donald Trump said last week he wants to “decertify” the agreement, which would allow Congress to make changes to the multi-nation accord and potentially pull the country out of the historic deal.

"It would be a waste of time to respond to such blatherings and nonsensical remarks by the foul-mouthed U.S. president," Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in response to Trump's threat.

Only three out of 10 polled said they felt Iran posed a “very serious" threat to the United States, the lowest rate since 2000.

Of the over 1,000 people polled, 62 percent said they feel a “very serious” threat from North Korea, or the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, DPRK.

Yet, an even larger number, 63 percent overall and 88 percent of Democrats, feel Trump has been “more reckless than responsible” in his rhetoric against the DPRK. An overall 57 percent of those asked “disapprove” of how Trump handles relations with the Asian country.

The CNN poll was conducted by SSRS via telephone.


21 October, 2017

Why Donald Trump is the perfect tool in the hands of neocons right now

Ten years passed from the shockingly revealing interview of the US retired General Wesley Clark to Democracy Now!, where he revealed that the US deep state was planning to go far beyond Iraq war, targeting six more countries. The US objective was to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran.

Apart from Iran, it appears that the ruthless neocons, more or less, achieved goals within the time schedule. Remember that they had to recruit the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Barack Obama, to destroy Libya and Syria. Under Obama administration, the warmongering syndicate was forced to conduct proxy wars against both of these countries, apparently because the political and military cost of a direct invasion would be unbearable, even for the size of the US empire.

Yet, consider how difficult is now for the neocons to justify another devastating war. Apart from Iraq, they have to face more chaos in Libya and Syria, plus the Russian intervention, which, originally, was not within the schedule. It is doubtful whether they will achieve ultimate goals in the Middle East, and if they do, probably no one has an idea of how long will it take.

Today, thanks to continuous leaked information through WikiLeaks, various Whistleblowers and other insiders, the myths staged by the US empire collapse right at their beginning. As the Americans are turning their back to the mainstream media propaganda, once a key tool of the US war machine, the neocons will find almost impossible to push for another bloody war, even if it would have been conducted through proxies on behalf of the US.

Puppets like Obama won't work twice and things with Hillary in power would be even worse because, as she is definitely a pure product of the establishment, no one would believe any cheap excuses that would come out of her mouth in order to persuade the US public opinion for the necessity of another war.

But now, the ruthless neocon/neoliberal establishment has the right man in the right position to put the blame for that: Donald Trump.

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Despite that Trump was promoted as an 'anti-establishment' candidate, using intensively anti-interventionist rhetoric, he has already done the exact opposite. He has already bombed Syria, constantly provokes China and North Korea and, lately, does everything he can to destroy the Iran nuclear deal. It's more than obvious that he seeks to go after Iran, as the seventh target of the US empire, revealed by Wesley Clark.

The hypocritical clowns of the neoliberal apparatus were playing a good game. They were constantly attacking Trump, while at the same time, they couldn't wait to see him in power in order to promote their pro-war agenda through the back door.

So now, the neocons will hide behind him and watch their original plans fulfilled. Yet, it is still very difficult. With so many fronts opened and the chaos dominating in the Middle East, no one knows what forces would be unleashed in case of another direct or indirect conflict, this time against Iran.

Περισσότερες αριστερές ιστοσελίδες και δημοσιογράφοι στη «μαύρη λίστα» της Google

Συνεχίζοντας την προσπάθειά της να λογοκρίνει το Internet, η Google αφαιρεί κορυφαίες αριστερές ιστοσελίδες και δημοσιογράφους από την πλατφόρμα αναμετάδοσης ειδήσεων Google News.

Ανάμεσα σε αυτές, η ιδιαίτερα δημοφιλής ιστοσελίδα, που επανειλημμένα έχει καταγγείλει τις αλλαγές στους αλγόριθμους της Google. Η ιστοσελίδα υποστηρίζει ότι το πρωί της Παρασκευής η αναζήτηση των όρων “World Socialist Web Site” στο δεν έβγαζε ούτε ένα αποτέλεσμα με άρθρο δημοσιευμένο σε αυτήν.

Το ίδιο ισχύει και για την αναζήτηση οποιουδήποτε τίτλου από τα άρθρα που έχουν δημοσιευθεί εκεί το τελευταίο διάστημα. Ως αποτέλεσμα, την τελευταία εβδομάδα το έχει παραπέμψει 92% λιγότερους επισκέπτες στο σε σχέση με το παρελθόν.

Ο βραβευμένος με βραβείο Πούλιτζερ δημοσιογράφος και συγγραφέας Chris Hedges δηλώνει ότι τα άρθρα του έχουν πλέον σταματήσει να εμφανίζονται στο Google News. Ο Hedges υποστηρίζει ότι αυτή η αλλαγή προέκυψε μετά από τη δημοσίευση της συνέντευξής του με το, όπου μίλησε ανοιχτά εναντίον των πρακτικών λογοκρισίας που εφαρμόζει η Google σε αριστερές ιστοσελίδες.

Λίγο μετά τη συνέντευξη, με έβαλαν στη μαύρη λίστα”, περιγράφει. “Αν γράψεις το όνομά μου στο Google News, θα βγουν έξι αποτελέσματα, από τα οποία κανένα δεν σχετίζεται με το πρόσωπό μου.

Παλιότερα, τα αποτελέσματα του Google News για τον Hedges περιελάμβαναν τα άρθρα και τις στήλες που διατηρεί, καθώς και αναφορές στα βιβλία του. “Τώρα έχουν εξαφανιστεί όλα. Και είμαι σίγουρος ότι είναι επειδή μίλησα για τη λογοκρισία που επιβάλλει η Google”, δηλώνει ο δημοσιογράφος.

Πρόσφατα η Google είχε απασχολήσει ξανά ακόμη και κυρίαρχα μέσα όπως οι New York Times, λόγω των αλλαγών που πραγματοποίησε στον αλγόριθμο της με πρόσχημα την αντιμετώπιση των λεγόμενων fake news και με αποτέλεσμα τη ραγδαία πτώση της επισκεψιμότητας πολλών ιστοσελίδων που ασκούν κριτική στο κυρίαρχο οικονομικό σύστημα ή στην πολιτική των ΗΠΑ.

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20 October, 2017

Guess who is the first man for whom Donald Trump achieved a major tax break

If you still wonder how the hell the 'anti-establishment' Donald Trump actually hired Goldman Sachs to run the economy and why he is trying so hard to pass more tax-cuts in favor of the US plutocracy and at the expense of the poor working class, just look at his past.

The Donald took advantage of the rising neoliberalism and financial capitalism back in the 70s, to achieve a major tax break for ... himself!

As Adam Curtis describes in HyperNormalisation, in 1975, New York City was on the verge of collapse. For 30 years, the politicians who ran the city had borrowed more and more money from the banks to pay for its growing services and welfare. But in the early ’70s, the middle classes fled from the city and the taxes they paid disappeared with them. So, the banks lent the city even more. But then, they began to get worried about the size of the growing debt and whether the city would ever be able to pay it back. And then, one day in 1975, the banks just stopped. The city held its regular meeting to issue bonds in return for the loans overseen by the city’s financial controller.

What happened that day in New York marked a radical shift in power. The banks insisted that in order to protect their loans they should be allowed to take control of the city. The city appealed to the President, but he refused to help, so a new committee was set up to manage the city’s finances. Out of nine members, eight of them were bankers.

It was the start of an extraordinary experiment where the financial institutions took power away from the politicians and started to run society themselves. The city had no other option. The bankers enforced what was called “austerity” on the city, insisting that thousands of teachers, policemen and firemen were sacked. This was a new kind of politics. The old politicians believed that crises were solved through negotiation and deals. The bankers had a completely different view. They were just the representatives of something that couldn’t be negotiated with – the logic of the market.

One of the people who did understand how to use this new power was Donald Trump. Trump realized that there was now no future in building housing for ordinary people because all the government grants have gone. But he saw that there were other ways to get vast amounts of money out of the state.Trump started to buy up derelict buildings in New York and he announced that he was going to transform them into luxury hotels and apartments. But in return, he negotiated the biggest tax break in New York’s history, worth 160 million. The city had to agree because they were desperate, and the banks, seeing a new opportunity, also started to lend him money.

Donald Trump began to transform New York into a city for the rich, while he paid practically nothing.

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The Donald comes back as US president to do the same for his billionaire buddies using his 'expertise'. Anger has increased in the American society for the growing inequality and immunity that the bankers enjoy. He played the 'anti-establishment' patriot to get elected and now he is doing everything to secure status quo in favor of his class.

It's now very clear that Donald Trump tricked the voters with his great theatrical performance. Donald was very good in playing the 'anti-establishment' candidate by staging shows with the media and the GOP, to appear as the 'annoying guy' who is a 'big headache' for the establishment. Well, guess what: plutocracy, media, GOP, corporate Dems, neocons and Trump, are all on the same side.

Documents reveal US role in Indonesia’s anti-Communist massacre

Newly declassified files from the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta confirm the extent to which American officials supported the killings of hundreds of thousands of Indonesians in the 1960s, as the U.S. worked to keep Southeast Asia from falling into Communist control.

The U.S. supported a narrative pushed by the Indonesian military that blamed Communists for a failed coup in 1965, targeting the anti-American President Sukarno.

This narrative emboldened the Indonesian military, paramilitaries and others to oversee the killings of 500,000 Indonesians who were suspected Communists, including students and union members.

The U.S. was following what was happening very closely, and if it weren’t for its support, you could argue that the army would never have felt the confidence to take power,” said John Roosa, author of the book Pretext for Mass Murder, about the events, in an interview with the New York Times.

In a secret cable sent from the Embassy to Washington, D.C. in November 1965, an official detailed the efforts of provinces to repress suspected members of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) and its executions of prisoners as a means of controlling prison populations.


In escalation of anti-leak campaign, Trump cracks down on Whistleblowers

The Trump administration has declared a war on media leaks and called for the U.S. federal workforce and contractors to receive “anti-leak” training. The centerpiece of Trump’s anti-leak campaign, aside from early morning tweet-storms railing against leakers and media, is the National Insider Threat Taskforce.

The Insider Threat Program is not Trump-era creation. In then-secret testimony to Congress in 2012, Directorate of National Intelligence official Robert Litt touted the original Insider Threat Program as a highlight in administrative efforts to “sanction and deter” leaks. In the past, Insider Threat Program training has improperly included “WANTED”-style images of whistleblowers pictured alongside actual spies and mass murderers.

As recently as last month, DOD has developed training courses, toolkits, templates, posters, and videos, all aimed toward silencing and deterring anyone who would disclose to the press or the public information the government wants kept secret for no legitimate reason and that the public has an interest in knowing. It is not only federal employees who receive these trainings, but tens of thousands of government contractors as well. Companies with any classified access are required to implement an “Insider Threat Program,” an insidious presumption that employees cannot be trusted.

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Saudi airstrike kills entire family in Yemen, including children

The latest in a long line of disastrous airstrikes by Saudi warplanes across Yemen, officials reported an airstrike on Tuesday night in the northern Jawf Province, destroying a single civilian home, killing six civilians and critically wounded another.

The civilians killed were an entire family. The slain included the parents and four of their daughters. The lone survivor, who was injured, was their only son. Saudi officials gave no indication why the house was destroyed.

Locals in the district, however, reported that the house was directly targeted twice, initially hit with airstrikes that destroyed the building, and then minutes later as rescue workers got close to the site. Officials say no rescue workers were injured, as they had yet to reach the wreckage.

Saudi Arabia has faced growing criticism for its massive civilian death toll in Yemen, and the US is under growing pressure to stop selling the Saudis arms, and to stop participating in the Yemen War. The House of Representatives has a War Powers Act challenge, which would compel the end of US involvement in the conflict, scheduled for November 2.

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19 October, 2017

Pythia-1: The assassination operation of former Greek PM for approaching Russia

The Russian state news channel Russia-24 came with an updated report that sheds more light in a peculiar case that shaken Greece right before the financial crisis hit the country. Connecting the dots through additional information allegedly coming from the Russian intelligence, the report supports a scenario that could have been taken from CIA textbooks. According to this, there was a well-organized operation against former Greek PM, Kostas Karamanlis, aiming his political extermination and even assassination, once he had 'dangerously' approached Russia. While assassination plans didn't succeed, Karamanlis lost the elections of 2009 midst social, political and financial instability allegedly reinforced by this operation.

The story begins in 2008, or even before this year. The then Greek PM, Kostas Karamanlis starts facing difficulties with the Greek economy. In his foreign policy he tries to get closer to Russia in several key directions, from increasing trade volumes to purchasing arms.

Karamanlis called Vladimir Putin his friend and Moscow was his strategic partner. He supported Greece's participation in the Burgas–Alexandroupoli pipeline and the South Stream. This was a gas pipeline to deliver Russian oil and gas to South and Central Europe. Agreements between the governments were signed.

Kostas Karamanlis couldn't have known that because of these meetings and negotiations, not deals, certain forces in Greece and beyond would start an intricate plan to disrupt the projects. From the standard destabilization of the country to the change of the political course. This became famous from numerous Greek press articles.

If we are to believe what has been published, the plan was called Pythia-1. This plan was to be executed by foreign agents deployed in Greece. Nobody knows which countries are behind them, but it's a known fact that they had allies among the Greeks. These include the Army, authorities and deputies. This was a well-prepared, well-organized group, which has been following the Greek leader. It seems that they were preparing his assassination.

The Greek National Intelligence Service received a tip from the Russian FSB. Based on this data, a secret document was created. The media material state that the Russian special services got interest in this story after certain foreign agents' attempts to tap the phones of Kostas Karamanlis, Georgi Parvanov - the former Bulgarian president - and Vladimir Putin.

In these conversations they spoke about gas pipelines, oil and gas supplies. In the West, some really didn't want to see project like Burgas–Alexandroupoli and South Stream become a reality. It's hard to believe, but putting an entire country into chaos is still a great option.

Eventually, the intruders didn't manage to assassinate Karamanlis, but they kept a close eye on him. In that top-secret document an episode is described where Russian spies met with the conspirators face-to-face. It supposedly happened in April 2008, around Nea Makri, Attica. The attention of PM guards and Russian spies was caught by a strange minivan. People inside it left after the incident on a moped without licence plates. Inside the minivan they found an arsenal, including explosives, Kalashnikov rifles, communication tools, night vision equipment, detailed maps with the PM's itinerary, and detailed information of his bodyguards.

Weapons and maps were taken as evidence. The Attorney General's office began an investigation and after several years the case made it to court. All conspiracy members' names are kept in secret. All in the investigation's interests.

We only know a few names:

William Basil, a former CIA agent. He lived and worked in Greece since the mid 90s. He is considered the best in monitoring and phone-tapping. A warrant for his arrest was issued in 2015, but Basil had time to run. It's a known fact that tapping Karamanlis was done from the phones he personally bought. He also used SIM cards registered in Athens under US Embassy.

Former Greek parliamentary, Michalis Karhimakis is accused of treason and divulging of state secrets. He was in PASOK party and ally of George Papandreou.

Among other accused parties are two former Greek special services agents. They are also accused of treason and divulging of state secrets.

Considering the leaked data from the intel. services to the press, which mentioned about 20 political figures, we know that these four people are just the tip of the iceberg.

Karamanlis is alive, but he had to retire. He lost the snap elections in October 2009. Eventually, Greece slowly exited the Burgas–Alexandroupoli pipeline and the South Stream. Also, Greece decided not to buy Russian military equipment.

Note that Kostas Karamanlis was defeated by George Papandreou in 2009 elections, right before the eruption of the financial crisis. Papandreou is considered responsible for bringing IMF in Greece with the subsequent devastating effects in the Greek economy due to its brutal neoliberal policies.