"Training" a Kinder Genocide Hand in Yemen

Feed the Hungry, Treat the Sick: A Crucial Training

by Kathy Kelly - CounterPunch


June 16, 2017

On June 15, 2017, the New York Times reported that the government of Saudi Arabia aims to ease the concerns of some U.S. legislators over U.S. weapon sales to Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis plan to engage in “a $750 million multiyear training program through the American military to help prevent the accidental killing of civilians in the Saudi-led air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen.”

Since entering the war in Yemen, in March of 2015, the Saudi coalition’s airstrikes, with U.S. assistance, have destroyed bridges, roads, factories, farms, food trucks, animals, water infrastructure, and agricultural banks across the north, while imposing a blockade on the territory. For a country heavily dependent on foreign food aid, that means starving the people. At least seven million people suffer now from severe acute malnourishment.


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Corbyn Triumph Draws Mea Culpas (for now) From a Chastened British Media

The Breaking of the Corporate Media Monopoly

by Media Lens


June 15, 2017
 

Last week, Jeremy Corbyn humbled the entire political and corporate media commentariat. With a little help from Britain's student population. And with a little help from thousands of media activists. Without doubt this was one of the most astonishing results in UK political history.

Dismissed by all corporate political pundits, including the clutch of withered fig leaves at the Guardian, reviled by scores of his own Blairite MPs (see here), Corbyn 'increased Labour's share of the vote by more than any other of the party's election leaders since 1945' with 'the biggest swing since... shortly after the Second World War'.

He won a larger share of the vote than Tony Blair in 2005. Corbyn achieved this without resorting to angry lefty ranting. His focus was on kindness, compassion, sharing, inclusivity and forgiveness. This approach held up a crystal-clear mirror to the ugly, self-interested cynicism of the Tory party, and transformed the endless brickbats into flowers of praise.

On Twitter, John Prescott disclosed that when Rupert Murdoch saw the exit poll 'he stormed out of the room'. As ever, while the generals made good their escape, front-line troops were less fortunate. Outfought by Team Corbyn, out-thought by social media activists, outnumbered in the polls, many commentators had no option but to fall on their microphones and keyboards. LBC radio presenter Iain Dale led the way:

 

'Let me be the first to say, I got it wrong, wholly wrong. I should have listened more to my callers who have been phoning into my show day after day, week after week.'
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Things to Come: Obligations from a Stolen Future Due

Things to Come

by James Kunstler - Clusterfuck Nation

 
June 12, 2017

As our politicos creep deeper into a legalistic wilderness hunting for phantoms of Russian collusion, nobody pays attention to the most dangerous force in American life: the unraveling financialization of the economy.

Financialization is what happens when the people-in-charge “create” colossal sums of “money” out of nothing — by issuing loans, a.k.a. debt — and then cream off stupendous profits from the asset bubbles, interest rate arbitrages, and other opportunities for swindling that the artificial wealth presents.

It was a kind of magic trick that produced monuments of concentrated personal wealth for a few and left the rest of the population drowning in obligations from a stolen future. The future is now upon us.

Financialization expressed itself in other interesting ways, for instance the amazing renovation of New York City (Brooklyn especially). It didn’t happen just because Generation X was repulsed by the boring suburbs it grew up in and longed for a life of artisanal cocktails.

It happened because financialization concentrated immense wealth geographically in the very few places where its activities took place — not just New York but San Francisco, Washington, and Boston — and could support luxuries like craft food and brews.

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Tyler Shipley, Peggy Mason, Christina Nikolic June 14th, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


June 14, 2017

Nearly eight years have passed since the sweltering summer's night commandos of the Honduran armed forces bent on treason stormed the presidential residence in Tegucigalpa, seizing a pajama-clad President, before whisking him to a waiting plane.

It was, according to conspirator, Colonel Bayardo,

"A fast operation...over in minutes." And one, he reassures, with "no injuries, no deaths."

That may have been true for the operation to abduct Manuel "Mel" Zelaya, but injuries perpetrated and deaths suffered at the hands of the coupsters have proven grievous and numerous since.

Listen. Hear.

Tyler Shipley is Professor of Culture, Society and Commerce at Humber College's Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, and Associate Fellow at the Centre for Research on Latin American and the Caribbean, or CERLAC, whose first book, 'Ottawa and Empire: Canada and the Military Coup in Honduras' is fresh off the Between the Lines press.

Tyler Shipley in the first half.

And; last week, in conjunction with the government's release of the Defence Policy Review, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland addressed both the House of Parliament, and Canadian households on CBC's flagship news program, The National, explaining the planned direction of the country's foreign policy in the foreseeable future. Neither performance was well received by Ceasefire.ca.

The Ottawa-based public policy research and advocacy offshoot of the Rideau Institute blasted the government's announcement of significant increases in military spending, saying their budget lacks credibility and is not affordable. They also accuse the move to dramatically increase military spending succumbs to recent statements by, and pressure tactics of, US President, Donald Trump.

Peggy Mason is President of the Rideau Institute, an independent think tank that focuses on bringing a progressive voice to Canada's foreign and defence policies. Issues of interest for the Institute range from nuclear disarmament to the centrality of UN conflict resolution.

Peggy Mason and a more muscular understanding of Canada's place in the World in the second half.

And; horticultural guru and intrepid green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events update, bringing us up to speed with some of the good things planned in and around our town for the coming week. But first, Tyler Shipley and the Ottawa and Empire: Canada and the Military Coup in Honduras.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

 

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An Effort to Rehabilitate Israel's International Reputation at the UN

Inside the US fight to fix Israel’s global standing

by Jonathan Cook


8 June 2017

 

US and Israel lead a campaign of intimidation against the UN to forcibly rehabilitate Israel’s international standing


Al Jazeera - The Trump administration is using unprecedented threats and financial “blackmail” against the United Nations and its agencies to end their focus on human rights abuses by Israel, according to analysts and Palestinian leaders.

They accuse the United States of joining Israel in a campaign of intimidation against the UN secretariat and member states to forcibly rehabilitate Israel’s international standing.

The offensive comes after the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu had faced several years of criticism in diplomatic circles for refusing to engage in a peace process with the Palestinians.

An early indication of the new campaign’s success, analysts noted, was the election last week of Danny Danon as a vice-president of the UN’s main representative forum, the General Assembly. Danon has been Israel’s ambassador to the UN since 2015.

He is known as an arch-opponent of the two-state solution and, before heading to the UN in New York, had repeatedly called for Israel to annex most of the West Bank.

 

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Pacific Front: Washington's Jihadi Pipeline

Washington’s “Jihadi Express”: Indonesia – Afghanistan – Syria – Philippines

by Andre Vltchek - 21st Century Wire


June 9, 2017

It was late at night but the new Terminal 3 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport outside Jakarta was still bustling with families and friends waiting for their loved ones returning from abroad.

My friend Noor Huda Ismail was just arriving from Singapore, and I decided to pick him up and discuss ‘certain issues’ with him in the car, on the way to the capital. Lately he and I were busy, awfully busy, and a one-hour journey seemed to be the most appropriate setting for the exchange of at least some essential ideas and information.

Huda could easily pass for the most knowledgeable Indonesian “expert on terrorism”; a Muslim man who grew up and was educated in the madrasahs that have produced some of the most notorious jihadi cadres in the country. Later he became the man who managed to ‘get away’ from the extremism, to study, and to finally become a respected filmmaker and a thinker.

 

Poster of radical FPI in Jakarta.
(Photo: Andre Vltchek)


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Whither the Peaceful Canadian: Trudeau Ramps Up Military Spending

The left needs to oppose Trudeau's military spending

by Yves Engler - Rabble.ca


June 8, 2017

 

It's no wonder the Trudeau government has moved to ramp up military outlays. Even "left" commentators/ politicians are calling for increased spending on Canada's ecologically and socially destructive war machine.

Yesterday Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced a 70 per cent increase in military spending over the next decade.

Canada's new defence policy includes a significant increase in lethal fighter jets and secretive special forces, as well as enhancing offensive cyber-attack capabilities and purchasing armed drones.

A Globe and Mail story about the defence policy yesterday quoted David Perry, an analyst with the unabashedly militarist Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and UBC professor Michael Byers, who has been described as the "angry academic voice of Canadian foreign policy" to denote his purportedly critical stance.


Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO


In the story titled "Canada's new defence spending must come quickly, experts say," the paper reported that "Byers said the Forces are currently in a state of 'extreme crisis,' with the Royal Canadian Navy running out of functioning ships and the Royal Canadian Air Force still years away from getting its new fleet of fighter jets. 'The government has inherited a badly broken Canadian Forces and it clearly has a monumental task ahead that is only beginning,' he said."


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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dave Lindorff, Patrick Henningsen, Christina Nikolic June 8th, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


June 8, 2017

While tomorrow's date may not live infamous, remembered forever as the beginning of the end of Donald J. Trump, it could well prove the calendrical moment marking the end of the beginning of his short-lived political career.

Tomorrow, June 8th, 2017, James Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, fired amidst that organization's most singular investigation ever, one threatening the legitimacy of the administration itself, will testify before a special Senate Intelligence Committee.

Certainly, what the committee asks, and how Comey answers will determine the news cycle for weeks and months to come, but tomorrow's performance may too determine the ultimate fate of the fledgling Trump presidency.

 

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Dave Lindorff is an award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster, and founder of the award-winning web news site, This Can’t Be Happening.net. His book titles include: ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal,’ and, with Barbara Olshansky, ‘The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office.’ You can tune in Dave’s This Can’t Be Happening radio program Wednesdays at 5pm eastern time on PRN, the Progressive Radio Network.

Dave Lindorff in the first segment.

And; Thursday also marks the day Britons go to the polls. Sitting prime minister, Theresa May promised to hold her predecessor, David Cameron's course, shepherding the UK out of the European Union, while assuring voters she would wait until after the so-called Brexit was initiated before calling an election to test her inherited mandate. Sensing an advantage perhaps, May changed her mind, calling a snap election. She has since watched her party's seemingly insurmountable poll advantage dissipate in the weeks preceding the vote. Then there was Manchester; and now, the London Bridge terror attacks.

Patrick Henningsen is co-founder and executive editor of the online news site, 21st Century Wire, and host of its radio program, Sunday Wire. Focusing on geopolitical analysis, they provide an essential counter-narrative to a skewed media monolith. Patrick frequently features too as a commentator on RT.

Patrick Henningsen and the nerve-wracking countdown to elections in Britain in the second half.

And; horticultural guru and intrepid green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events update, bringing us up to speed with some of the good things planned in and around our town for the coming week. But first, Dave Lindorff and Donald Trump's first congressional test.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/


G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

 

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'War Machine' Mines Aghan War for Laughs and Meaning

Brad Pitt Does Stanley McChrystal: When Netflix’ War Movie Stops Being Funny

by David Swanson - War Is a Crime


05 June 2017

The new movie, War Machine, on Netflix starring Brad Pitt begins as a hilarious and satisfying mockery of General Stanley McChrystal, circa 2009, as well as of militarism in general. Hilarious because of the deadpan sincere idiocy.

Satisfying at least to those of us who have been screaming “What are you idiots doing?” for the past fifteen-and-a-half years.

Should we be glad that a Hollywood movie can still be made mocking the murderous malevolence of true believers in militarism, or should we be disturbed that theaters won’t show such movies and they have to end up on Netflix?

Should we be glad that a war satire set in Afghanistan didn’t have to wait decades for a different war, in the manner of Mash, or should we be disturbed that most viewers will not know a current war is being mocked because they either believe the war on Afghanistan has ended or they simply can’t keep up with the proliferation of wars?

Regardless, I recommend making sure every movie-lover, Brad Pitt fan, young person, and old person watch this movie. Watch a sincere true-believing military commander and his sycophants consciously choose to win an unwinnable war, proposing straight-faced to work on protecting people while not killing them — or killing them less, or something.

 

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Unutterable Backstories: Theresa May and the Manchester Bombers

Terror In Britain: What Did The Prime Minister Know?

May 31, 2017
 

The unsayable in Britain’s general election campaign is this. The causes of the Manchester atrocity, in which 22 mostly young people were murdered by a jihadist, are being suppressed to protect the secrets of British foreign policy.

Critical questions – such as why the security service MI5 maintained terrorist “assets” in Manchester and why the government did not warn the public of the threat in their midst – remain unanswered, deflected by the promise of an internal “review”. 

The alleged suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was part of an extremist group, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, that thrived in Manchester and was cultivated and used by MI5 for more than 20 years.

 

[A triad of interests and treachery] 

Mu’ammar Gadaffi, David Cameron, 

and May

The LIFG is proscribed by Britain as a terrorist organisation which seeks a “hardline Islamic state” in Libya and “is part of the wider global Islamist extremist movement, as inspired by al-Qaida”.

 

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A Radical Departure: Atzmon's Book Finds Darkness at Edinburgh's 'Lighthouse'

Radical? Zionist Book Burner More Likely

by Gilad Atzmon


May 30, 2017

 

If Edinburgh is the Athens of the North, it deserves an Athenian bookshop rather than a Jerusalemite crematorium.


For some days now I’ve been feeling a little bored because my new book Being in Time didn’t seem to be attracting any real opposition. My arch-enemy Alan Dershowitz declined calls to disrupt my USA tour which, in fact, was a great success and all-in-all, the launch of the book seemed to be going smoothly, on the verge of going snooze-ly.

But seemingly everything changed.

Yesterday, on my way to the event in Cluny, Newcastle I learned that the music venue had capitulated to the Zionist lobby's pressure. Cluny’s manager, Joel Thomson, told me over the phone that they had received two emails and had decided to withdraw.

It took a local friend around five minutes to trace a new location.

However, when I arrived at The Cluny around 6.30 PM (to divert the traffic to the new location), I ran into some appalling behaviour by staff members and the owner.

 

UPDATE: Atzmon responds to alleged Edinburgh physical attack.

 

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The End of Zbigniew Brzezinski: Central Asia Svengali

Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Svengali of Jimmy Carter's Presidency is Dead, But the Evil Lives On

by John Helmer - Dances with Bears


May 29, 2017

Moscow - If ever there was a man who displayed on his face the evil on his mind, it was Zbigniew Brzezinski, (lead image, right) who died last week at a hospital near Washington.

Former President Jimmy Carter, who employed Brzezinski as his National Security Advisor between 1977 and 1981, the only high official post Brzezinski reached, said he “helped me set vital foreign policy goals, was a source of stimulation for the departments of defense and state, and everyone valued his opinion.”

Of Carter’s three claims, only the first is true; the second is ironic hyperbole; the third is completely false. If Carter cannot tell the truth now about Brzezinski, after having 36 years to reflect on it, Carter reveals the principal source of Brzezisnki’s power, when he exercised it. For Carter was no innocent ventriloquized by the evil Svengali (lead image, left), as in the original Svengali tale. Carter was simply a bigger and more mendacious fool than Brzezinski, and is entirely to blame for doing what Brzezinski told him to do.

 

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