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Reflections on Ukraine War As Seen From Crimea

From Simferopol, Crimea, reflections on the war in eastern Ukraine
by Roger Annis  - A Socialist in Canada
Yesterday, I spent the afternoon walking through central Simferopol, the administrative capital city of Crimea. You may know Crimea as the former region of Ukraine that recently voted to join the Russian Federation. It was a warm and sunny day with a strong breeze blowing.

I get the impression that I’m the only tourist in town. I kept my ears acutely tuned all day to the sound of a foreign-language conversation. ничего (nothing). 
 
July 10, 2014, Simferopol, Crimea
 
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White Hats and Electric Shocks: Mainstreaming Torture

The 25th Hour: Still Living With Jack Bauer in a Terrified New American World
by Rebecca Gordon  - TomDispatch
mainstreaming tortureOnce upon a time, if a character on TV or in a movie tortured someone, it was a sure sign that he was a bad guy. Now, the torturers are the all-American heroes.
 
From 24 to Zero Dark Thirty, it’s been the good guys who wielded the pliers and the waterboards. We’re not only living in a post-9/11 world, we’re stuck with Jack Bauer in the 25th hour.

In 2002, Cofer Black, the former Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, tolda Senate committee, “All I want to say is that there was ‘before’ 9/11 and ‘after’ 9/11. After 9/11 the gloves come off.” 
 
He wanted them to understand that Americans now live in a changed world, where, from the point of view of the national security state, anything goes. It was, as he and various top officials in the Bush administration saw it, a dangerous place in which terrorists might be lurking in any airport security line and who knew where else.
 

Western Complicity in a Massacre of Armenians at Kassab, Syria

The Massacre of Armenians at Kassab, Syria under the support of the Republic of Turkey
by Lilly Martin
Latakia and Kassab, Syria - At 6 am. on the morning of March 21, 2014 armed terrorists came streaming into Kassab, Syria over the Turkish border. The Army of the Republic of Turkey fired heavy cannons to assist in the initial breaching of the international border. They also provided satellite information.

The weapons used by the terrorists were all provided by the United States of America, from their personal warehouses at Benghazi, Libya. This was the “Rat Line” which Seymour M. Hersh wrote about on April 6, 2014. The vehicles used also came from the US warehouses.

All of these weapons and vehicles were the property of the Libyan government under Muamar Ghadafi. Once USA and NATO completed their regime change there, the US had possession of everything, and it was just a matter of time that the stuff was transferred to the Port at Iskenderun, Turkey.
 

A Pipeline Runs Through It: Connecting Afghanistan to Ukraine's Dot

Pushing Ukraine to the Brink

by Mike Whitney - CounterPunch

“The unipolar world model has failed. People everywhere have shown their desire to choose their own destiny, preserve their own cultural identity, and oppose the West’s attempts at military, financial, political and ideological domination.”  -  Vladimir Putin

“While the human politics of the crisis in Ukraine garner all the headlines, it is the gas politics that in many ways lies at the heart of the conflict.”  - Eric Draitser, Waging war against Russia, one pipeline at a time, RT

What does a pipeline in Afghanistan have to do with the crisis in Ukraine?

Everything. It reveals the commercial interests that drive US policy. Just as the War in Afghanistan was largely fought to facilitate the transfer of natural gas from Turkmenistan to the Arabian Sea, so too, Washington engineered the bloody coup in Kiev to cut off energy supplies from Russia to Europe to facilitate the US pivot to Asia.

This is why policymakers in Washington are reasonably satisfied with the outcome of the war in Afghanistan despite the fact that none of the stated goals were achieved.
 

Counter Intelligent: Spying Out Democracy

Counter-Intelligence: Spying Deters Democracy
Part 1: Interview with Filmmaker Scott Noble
 
by Kim Petersen - Dissident Voice
 
Counter Intelligence Scott HarrisScott Noble is an extraordinarily productive filmmaker who has built up an impressive treasure trove of documentaries at Metanoia Films. The films deal with topics such as the plutocracy’s determination to entrench and maintain its power and wealth through myriad means — among them psychological ops, black ops, propaganda, disinformation, and more. Last year, after watching Counter-Intelligence which relates how the tentacles of espionage agencies have permeated governments and societies, domestically and abroad, I began an email interview exchange with Noble to flesh out further points raised in the film.

Kim Petersen: What was your goal in making Counter-Intelligence?

Scott Noble: My basic goal was to help people understand intelligence agencies and the techniques they use to advance policy. Most documentaries dealing with e.g. the CIA attempt to prove or disprove a particular theory about a controversial event. There is little in the way of structural analysis.

In making the film I set out to explore how these agencies function in the real world. How do they keep secrets? What are some common m.o.’s? What is their ultimate purpose? In a broader sense I wanted to ask whether democracy is even possible when organizations like the CIA exist.
 

The Leftwing Reflections of a Booking Agent

Reflections of a Leftwing Booking Agent
by David Rovics - CounterPunch
I’m at the annual conference of the northwest branch of the Fellowship of Reconciliation as I write. I’ve done a few songs so far, and have been very well-received. It’s an easy audience for leftwing sentiment combined with acoustic music. These are mostly people a bit older than I, who came of age during the times of the movements against the war in Vietnam, and for civil rights. These movements had lasting effects not only on the politics of those in attendance, but on their taste in music. Also, they’re members of an organization that has a culture of its own, to some extent, which has somewhat insulated it from the ebb and flow of social movements (though it has also undoubtedly drawn so much from those movements, too).
 
Groups like FOR in places like western Washington feel slightly insulated from how things are in what you might call Middle America. A nice little bastion of sanity amid what often feels like the alienated drones in the “real world.” But what of the times when those drones come to life, and beyond the walls of the artificially-produced fortresses of progressivism, the regular people get motivated to think outside the box? Movements large and small can happen, and have broad and lasting ripple effects. Like the 60′s — the repercussions of which we’ll still be feeling for many decades I’m sure.
 

Fascist Retrogradients: Some Sunshine on a Dark Planet

Positive Thoughts on Dark Times
by James Petras
suncombo1 prevThere is no question that over the past decade and a half, Europe, the US and Israel have engaged in a series of bloody wars, inequalities have increased throughout the globe, economic crisis has become endemic and, more recently, right-wing military and civilian regimes have swept to power throughout Asia, North Africa, Europe and Canada.

Yet, despite this generally gloomy picture, important positive developments have emerged raising the possibility of fundamental changes to reverse the current reactionary wave.
 
I will proceed by outlining these positive developments, taking account of the retrograde context in which they occur.
 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mary P. Brooke, Jon Elmer, Janine Bandcroft Jul 7, 2014

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
che kokoWe are standing today at a great media crossroads. As daily papers stagger, shutting bureaus, cutting features, and laying off thousands in an attempt to find equilibrium amid a heaving paradigm seachange, television news too is finding its undisputed domination of information dissemination challenged by a perfect storm of high costs, diminished advertising revenue, and a rising tide of online media alternatives.

None of this is particularly newsworthy, these changes have long been forecast afterall; what IS new however is the emergence of independent local and street newspapers.

Mary P. Brooke, is the editor in chief and publisher of the Sooke Voice News, now about to launch an expansion of their efforts in a venture they call, Vancouver Island Voice News.

Mary P. Brooke in the first half.
 
Listen. Hear.

And; the worst fears of Israelis was realized last week with the discovery of the bodies of three teens who went missing while hitch-hiking in the Occupied West Bank. The search for the three boys, all of high school age, saw a massive mobilization of Israel's army and air force, manifesting on the ground in the West Bank with thousands of house raids, hundreds of arrests, and the deaths of more than a dozen Palestinians so far, many of them no older than the Israeli kids killed. It has also meant bombing and artillery shelling for Gaza and the resumption of rockets fired into Israel. As usual the Western media narrative fails to inform, leaving those dependent on state and corporate outlets knowing less of the story the more coverage they watch.

Jon Elmer is a Canadian photo-journalist and writer who has lived in and reported from Occupied Palestine. His work has appeared at myriad sites on the internet, including; Inter Press News Service, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Progressive, and Al Jazeera English among others, and at his web site JonElmer.ca. Jon has reported too from more than a dozen countries from Nepal and Western Sahara, to the Basque country, and here in Canada, and he has been the most frequently appearing guest on this program over the last dozen or so years.

Jon Elmer on the eve of a Third Intifada in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from our city's streets and beyond. But first, Mary P. Brooke and breaking news from the Sooke Voice News.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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All the Lies Fit to Print: New York Times Propaganda in Support of Ukraine Coup Bombing Campaign

NYT Dishes More Ukraine Propaganda
by Robert Parry  - Consortium News
David M. HerszenhornAs you read or watch the mainstream U.S. media’s accounts of the Ukrainian government’s military offensive against ethnic Russians in East Ukraine, it’s worth remembering that these MSM outlets have been feeding Americans a highly biased narrative of the crisis non-stop from the beginning.

For instance, New York Times correspondent David M. Herszenhorn included in a largely celebratory account of the Ukrainian blitzkrieg that overwhelmed ethnic Russian positions in the town of Slovyansk on Saturday this summary of the conflict’s background:

“The separatist rebellion is the latest, bloodiest chapter in a crisis that began in November after Viktor F. Yanukovych, then Ukraine’s president, rejected a trade accord he had promised to sign with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia. Protesters took to the streets of Kiev, eventually driving Mr. Yanukovych from office. Within a week, Russia invaded Crimea, then annexed the peninsula.”

Herszenhorn, like nearly all his MSM colleagues, simply can’t find it within himself to display the journalistic integrity needed to present an evenhanded and unbiased explication of how this crisis unfolded. Instead, it’s all about blaming Ukraine’s elected President Yanukovych and Russian President Vladimir Putin for everything.

Always absent is the fact that the EU’s trade accord came with a draconian International Monetary Fund austerity plan attached, a prescription to inflict even more pain on the people of Ukraine who have suffered under a post-Soviet economic system dominated by a handful of corrupt oligarchs.
 
The IMF plan would have simply hit the average Ukrainian even harder — with elimination of heating subsidies and devaluation of their currency – while the Ukrainian oligarchs and their Western financial backers would have escaped the pain, as usual. In rejecting the IMF scheme, Yanukovych opted for a more generous $15 billion loan deal from Moscow.
 

Sweating Gold Bullets: Davos Class Worried About Their Future(s)

Davos Class Jittery Amid Growing Warnings of Global Unrest
by Andrew Gavin Marshall - Occupy.com

In Part 1 of the WoR Report, I examined the “global political awakening” as articulated by arch-imperial strategist Zbigniew Brzezinski. In Part 2 published last week I took a more detailed look at the ways global inequality and injustice relate to the coming era of instability and social unrest. Here, in Part 3, I explore the warnings on inequality and revolt now coming from one of the premier institutions of the global oligarchy: the World Economic Forum.

As an annual gathering of thousands of leading financial, corporate, political and social oligarchs in Davos, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has taken a keen interest in recent years discussing the potential for social upheaval as a result of mass inequality and poverty. 

A WEF report released in November of 2013 warned that a “lost generation” of unemployed youth in Europe could potentially pull the Eurozone apart. One of the report's authors, the CEO of Infosys, commented that “unless we address chronic joblessness we will see an escalation in social unrest,” noting that youth especially “need to be productively employed, or we will witness rising crime rates, stagnating economies and the deterioration of our social fabric.” 

The report added: 

“A generation that starts its career in complete hopelessness will be more prone to populist politics and will lack the fundamental skills that one develops early on in their career.”
In short, if the global ruling class – known affectionately as the Davos Class – doesn't quickly find ways to accommodate the continent's increasingly unemployed and “lost” youth, those people will potentially turn to “populist politics” of resistance that directly challenge the global political and economic order.
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Nation Smashers: American Crimes Makes Pikers of Third Reich

Washington Murders Countries, the US Constitution, and the Presstitute Media Makes Americans Complicit
by Paul Craig Roberts - ICH 
Having Murdered Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and the US Constitution, Washington is now Murdering Ukraine.
Thanks to Op-Ed News contributor Eric Zuesse, I can bring to your attention these photographs (URL below) of what the Nazi Government in Washington is doing to Ukrainians who protest the Washington Nazis’ theft of their country.

On this Fourth of July Americans need to ask themselves just how much horror, how much evil, and how many lies they can accept from a government in Washington that has established itself independently of any input from citizens to which government in the US is allegedly accountable.

Before you wrap yourself in the flag this July 4th, realize that “your” government under Clinton, Bush, and Obama has destroyed in your name, in whole or part, eight countries, murdering, maiming, and displacing millions of civilians, and now is at work on Ukraine.