Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ukraine’s Government Is Losing Its War. Here Is Why:

RINF | Jan 28, 2015 | Eric Zuesse

On January 27th, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense headlined “Militants Continue to Suffer Losses,” and reported that four helicopters, and other weapons of the “militants,” were destroyed in battle, but no evidence was given to support the assertion.

Just two days prior, the (also pro-Government) Kiev Post had, in fact, bannered “Ukraine Hides Devastating Losses as Russia-Backed Fighters Surge Forward,” and reported “Ukraine’s worst-kept secret — that the Ukrainian army is drastically understating its casualties.” After detailing, there, what seems to be outrageous unconcern by the Government, for the welfare of troops it’s sending into battle (even by jamming battlefield-injured soldiers into regular civilian hospitals, which aren’t equipped to handle their injuries), this report ends with a doctor saying, “It’s bad everywhere. Yes, the soldiers are still standing at their positions ready to fight. But we don’t see any help coming for them.”

The Ukrainian news agency RIAN headlined on January 26th, “Mobilization in Dnipropetrovsk Almost Drowned,” and reported, “In Dnipropetrovsk region [which is run by the U.S. White House’s friend, the Ukrainian-Swiss-Israeli billionaire Ihor Kolomoysky, whose longstanding personal mercenary army has, alone, more than 5,000 fighters], thousands of men are hiding from the draft. Enforcement officers recognize that accomplishing their task will be very difficult.” More than 2,000 people there who were drafted “did not show up, they evaporated.”

Consequently, the Government is dragooning-in, or “ambushing” (as the article says), virtually anyone who seeks help from the Government, “mobilizing the unemployed” and other “desperate” people. “Military enlistment offices complain” that some draftees are too sick to be able to fight at all.

Also on January 26th, the Fort Russ blog bannered, “Azov Commander Freaks Out, Calls the War ‘Lost’. Blames Everybody,” and reported that, “Ukrainian politicians and generals ‘already lost the war,’ and ‘the West did not help.’ That’s the core of the statement by Azov punitive [meaning: to ‘punish’ the residents in the anti-Government region, for their not supporting the Government] battalion commander’s, and currently also Rada [Parliament] Deputy’s, Andrey Biletsky, in his ‘Address to the Nation.’” According to Biletsky, after the fictitious “thousands of supposedly killed enemies and burned out tanks, the wake-up can be very painful,” because of disappointment felt from the Government’s lies.

RIAN news headlined on January 27th, “The Situation at the Front and Riots Against the Mobilization,” and Andrew Vajra, of the news-site “Alternative,” quoted Biletsky there, as saying, “We were not prepared for the current confrontation.”

Whereas Ukrainian conscript soldiers are not eager to risk their lives in order to impose the current Ukrainian Government (which had resulted from Obama’s coup in Ukraine in February 2014), upon the residents in Ukraine’s Donbass region, which had voted 90% for the man whom Obama overthrew, the residents who still survive there are very eager not to allow this new regime to kill them; and, so, the motivation on the part of the people whom Obama’s forces are trying to kill, is vastly higher than is the motivation on the part of conscript troops, from the rest of Ukraine, to kill them. The only troops who are that eager to kill them are supporters of Ukraine’s two nazi (or racist-fascist) parties, the “Freedom” (renamed by the CIA from their former “Social Nationalist”) and the Right Sector, Parties. Those parties have always gotten only a small percentage of the popular vote in Ukraine, though Obama’s people have placed them into power. Once in power, they passed laws to lock-in that power.

The Ukrainian Government’s problem is that there just aren’t enough nazis, and there’s also not enough money, to do the amounts of killing that need to be done in order to enable Obama’s Ukrainian regime to retain the land in Donbass while eliminating the people there. The 90% of those people who had voted for the man (Viktor Yanukovych) whom Obama overthrew are far more numerous, and far more motivated, than are the vast majority of Ukraine’s soldiers.

America’s and Ukraine’s oligarchs cannot come up with the money to finish the job, but Obama’s big financial backer George Soros is now globetrotting in order to convince taxpayers throughout the West to provide the money to finish it, and the amount he’s coming up with as being necessary for the job is between twenty and fifty billion dollars. His entreaties appear to be falling upon deaf ears.

And that’s the real reason why Obama’s war in Ukraine is failing: there’s just not enough blood-lust for the task, either in Ukraine, or in “the West.”

There aren’t enough nazis, in either area. Obama had over-reached, when he overthrew Ukraine’s democratically elected President, Viktor Yanukovych, in February 2014. Either he’ll have to yield-up the land in Donbass, or else he’ll have to yield-up the anti-Russian Government that he has imposed upon Ukraine. It’s one or the other, and he’ll have to choose which.

Either outcome will be embarrassing for him. But perhaps it won’t be quite as embarrassing for him as was his predecessor’s embarrassment regarding the Iraq War. (Of course, Republicans would be in their glory then, by saying “Obama lost Ukraine,” even though it was actually Obama who had seized Ukraine, to begin with — and Republicans would never criticize a President for doing a thing like that: it’s the sort of thing that Republicans are expected to do.)

On the other hand, it might turn out to be even more embarrassing than that for Obama, if he should happen to decide to go all the way here, and to push on for a nuclear war against Russia.

As regards the Ukrainian Government itself, they were placed into power by Obama’s action of coup, followed by this Ukrainian Government’s actions removing the Donbass residents from their electorate; and, so, the current members of the Rada, and of the Ukrainian Administration, cannot blame Obama; they are instead blaming Vladimir Putin and Russia — the country that Obama (like George Soros and so many other American aristocrats) hates, and that not merely the people whom Obama placed into power in Ukraine hate. Thus, on Wednesday, January 28th, RIAN news headlined, “Full Text of the Appeal for Recognition of Russia as Aggressor,” and they reported:

“The Verkhovna Rada made ​​public the full text of Resolution number 1854 on appeal to the United Nations, the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, GUAM Parliamentary Assembly, and the national parliaments of the countries in the world, to recognize the Russian Federation as the aggressor state.”

Furthermore, German Economic News reported that this action by the Rada had been passed by “271 of 289 deputies present,” and that it could “have international legal consequences.” GEN’s report also said that Ukraine’s leaders claim they now “urgently need new loans” from the EU, because, otherwise, Ukraine’s existing loans will go into default. The reader-comments to that news-report at GEN’s website seem to be negative on that request, and to be far more inclined to view Ukraine’s Government as nazi than as Ukraine’s being the victim of Russia or any other country, and least of all as being a victim of the EU’s own taxpayers, who have already given plenty to the Ukrainian Government, and who would become the people bearing the burden of those new ‘loans,’ which would be going to the very back of Ukraine’s long line of creditors, if Ukraine goes bankrupt, as is widely expected soon to happen. In other words: there would seem to be little public support in Germany, for giving Ukraine yet more money. If the EU’s leaders do decide to comply with Ukraine’s urgent request, then the EU will have even less public support in Germany than it currently does. The EU is therefore likely to turn down the request, so as not to place even further into jeopardy the EU’s own continued existence.

And, obviously, unless Ukraine gets the further ‘loans’ to prosecute its war against the residents in Donbass, Ukraine won’t even possibly be able to win this war.

So, that’s the Ukrainian Government’s predicament, regarding this war.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010,  and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

Land of Psychopaths: Why We Should Disarm Police | Police Beat

Breaking the Set | Jan 27, 2015

Abby Martin remarks on the way that US police deal with mentally unstable people holding knives compared to other developed countries.

Washington's propaganda against Russia moves from the absurd to insanity

SOTT | Jan 26, 2015 | Paul Craig Roberts

Washington's attack on Russia has moved beyond the boundary of the absurd into the realm of insanity.

The New Chief of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors, Andrew Lack, has declared the Russian news service, RT, which broadcasts in multiple languages, to be a terrorist organization equivalent to Boko Haram and the Islamic State, and Standard and Poor's just downgraded Russia's credit rating to junk status.

Today RT International interviewed me about these insane developments.

In prior days when America was still a sane country, Lack's charge would have led to him being laughed out of office. He would have had to resign and disappear from public life. Today in the make-believe world that Western propaganda has created, Lack's statement is taken seriously. Yet another terrorist threat has been identified - RT. (Although both Boko Haram and the Islamic State employ terror, strictly speaking they are political organizations seeking to rule, not terror organizations, but this distinction would be over Lack's head. Yes, I know. There is a good joke that could be made here about what Lack lacks. Appropriately named and all that.)

Nevertheless, whatever Lack might lack, I doubt he believes his nonsensical statement that RT is a terrorist organization. So what is his game?

The answer is that the Western presstitute media by becoming Ministries of Propaganda for Washington, have created large markets for RT, Press TV, and Al Jazeera. As more and more of the peoples of the world turn to these more honest news sources, Washington's ability to fabricate self-serving explanations has declined.

RT in particular has a large Western audience. The contrast between RT's truthful reporting and the lies spewed by US media is undermining Washington's control of the explanation. This is no longer acceptable.

Lark has sent a message to RT. The message is: pull in your horns; stop reporting differently from our line; stop contesting the facts as Washington states them and the presstitutes report them; get on board or else.

In other words, the "free speech" that Washington and its EU, Canadian, and Australian puppet states tout means: free speech for Washington's propaganda and lies, but not for any truth. Truth is terrorism, because truth is the major threat to Washington.  

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Anonymous Responds to Cops Killing Teen Girl, Launches #OpSLFOC (Stop Lethal Force on Children)

Longview, Texas- In a video posted to YouTube this past Saturday, alleged Anonymous member AnonSec 101, announced #OpSLFOC (Stop Lethal Force on Children) in response to the recent killing of teenager Kristiana Coignard by Longview police.

The city of Longview confirmed Monday it had been targeted by hackers, according to the Longview News-Journal.

“We are aware that we were targeted. … We have taken appropriate steps,” city spokesman Shawn Hara said. “One thing that they targeted was the website.”

The shooting of Coignard, who was killed by officers after entering the police station lobby and allegedly threatening officers with a knife, once again raises the question of why there is a nationwide epidemic of police on citizen violence/killing.

According to Think Progress, Coignard lived with her Aunt, Heather Robertson, in Longview.
Robertson said that her niece had been struggling with mental illness, including depression and bipolar disorder, since her mother died when she was four. She had been hospitalized twice in recent years after suicide attempts.

One time, she tried to hang herself. Another time, she drank toilet bowl cleaner. Since arriving in Longview in December, Coignard had been taking medication and regularly seeing a therapist. She had no criminal record and “was only violent with herself, ” Robertson said.
Why are non-lethal options not being utilized when dealing with someone of the physicality of a petite 17-year-old girl?

While cops often claim the reason for deadly force is fear for their own life, the numbers indicate it’s much more dangerous to be a citizen than a cop.

So far this year, roughly 78 citizens have been killed by cops, while zero officers have been killed in the line of duty.

The statement from attributed to Anonymous reads:

“Greetings World. We are Anonymous.

It has been brought to our attention that the lethal force of firearms by police is being used on our children in America. We will no longer stand for this. In longview, Texas, Kristiana Cognard, was shot and killed on January 22nd by police for pulling a knife and threatening officers.

We ask you, Longview police department, are you happy with the choice of actions taken by your officer? We ask you, what kind of people you hire as police officers that can’t take a knife from a small 17-year-old girl? We ask you, why are your officers carrying tazors if they will only reach for their guns first?

A firefighter will endanger their life and enter a burning building for the POSSIBILITY of saving a life, a lifeguard will risk drowning for the possibility to save a life. But a COP will kill you, OR even a 10 year old child, because you POSSIBLY could have caused them harm.

To the citizens of America, it looks as if police are trained to kill and not to serve and protect us. Police are trained to not trust anyone they approach, so why do you believe we should trust the police officers? In 2014, we watched as police killed children and it started a army of angry Americans. This teen girl’s death just put fuel on that fire, and also of Anonymous around the world.

This is only the beginning of what is to come from Anonymous. If we don’t protect the children no one will. We are Anonymous. We are legion. United as one. Divided by zero. Expect us.”
It’s hard to imagine that the only option Longview police department had was to shoot and kill Kristiana.

Police killing of citizens, often times mentally ill or unarmed, is reaching disturbing proportions and needs to be seriously addressed as the problem is systemic.

The reality is that America is in the grip of a grave public health crisis.

Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, freethinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has previously been published on and You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.

Four Preventable National Epidemics: Mental Ill-Health, Dementia, Violence and Criminality

Global Research | Jan 27, 2015 | Gary Kohls

A couple of days ago I received a letter from the mother of a post-adolescent daughter, expressing a common concern that millions of parents share. She wrote, in part,
“It seems to me that my daughter and her classmates have more depression and mood disorders than in my day (the 60s and 70s). I know at least one other parent who wonders if there’s a cause – the water, vaccines, all of the above.

“Thanks to you though I think it could be psychiatric drugs, which kids will filch from their parents’ medicine cabinets to take and share. Then they are stuck with the withdrawal syndrome.

“Looking for more of the picture. Peg”
Here was my response, which, for the purposes of this column, I have expanded upon:
“Yes Peg, your observations are correct. Our children (and us adults as well – but we aren’t developing adolescents anymore, are we?) are being forced to grow up in a junk culture, which, thanks to influences such as our powerful, corporate-controlled, profit-driven media, teaches junk values, encourages the swallowing of neurotoxic brain-altering psychiatric drugs, and forces them, during their most brain-vulnerable years, to be injected with multiple doses of highly toxic ‘vaccines’ that have been proven to damage their immune systems, harm their central nervous systems while simultaneously contributing to the alarming incidences of  chronic autoimmune disorders such asthma; rheumatoid arthritis; autistic spectrum disorders; Gulf War Syndrome; Guillain-Barré syndrome; systemic lupus erythematosus; multiple sclerosis; idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura; Type I and Type II diabetes mellitus; and inflammatory bowel disease; .(see and for more information on vaccine-induced autoimmune disorders.)
“Our American junk culture, which is highly profitable for the  amoral corporate diabetogenic, obesity-inducing food, entertainment, drug, media, fashion and sports industries, encourages the ingestion of toxic junk food, toxic carbohydrates, toxic synthetic fats and then saturates  them with crazy-making social media, brain-altering electromagnetic radiation from the ubiquitous wireless technologies that they hold so close to their brains, advertising and mindless, addicting entertainment (which makes ‘normal’  the ingestion of age-inappropriate, nightmarish gore, horror, sex and violence that disturbs sleep, personality and brain development and the ability to learn normally).

“If our girls and boys don’t think that they are meeting the unachievable images of Valley Girls, blonde beauty queens, vivacious big-breasted cheerleaders or star quarterback athletes (or even not enough Facebook ‘friends’) they feel that they are failing and are thus prone – in the absence of spiritual strengths like safety, freedom from violence, freedom from bullying and a feeling of love and acceptance from parental figures – to sadness and anxiety. And the profit-making amoral corporations don’t give a rip that they are doing it to them.

“America’s current crop of junk-cultivated children, whose brains did not have the advantage we might have had (of being nourished with organic food and no prescription drugs) now, starting at infancy, have damaged and therefore dysfunctional neurological systems that may be incapable of acting like adults when faced with troubling situations. And they may not realize that they are living in an abnormal universe that they sense is not good for them. And most of the information that they need to know is being censored out of their (and our) consciousness so that they may be doomed as long as corporations have control over their lives.  And I suppose that the most enlightened kids know that America’s ‘honorable’ corporations are wasting the planet, poisoning the soil, water and air and they may feel hopeless in the face of that trend. And they also know that America’s lawmakers – whom their Christian parents elected to office – have done very little in opposition.

“And yes, the virtually universal misdiagnosis of ‘mental illnesses’ (and the 98% chance that they will be prescribed untested combinations of brain-altering, neurotoxic, psychotoxic drugs) whenever they make the mistake of mentioning to their reflexively prescribing practitioners that they are being bullied, traumatized, deprived, misunderstood, humiliated and thus having normal fears, tiredness, fatigue, sleep deprivation, sadness or anxiety.

“One therapeutic thing that always helped my patients was pointing out to them that their ‘mental illness’ labels were not true. Rather, most of them were only suffering temporary emotional stress and were not permanently mentally ill at all. They only needed – and usually didn’t get – good psychotherapy, restorative sleep, healthful nutrition and thoughtful understanding from family and friends rather than mainly being prescribed combinations of synthetic brain-altering chemicals (unproven to be safe or effective long-term in human clinical trials) that were even poorly tested either short- or long term in the animal labs.

“Hope this sobering information helps somehow. Hopefully the truth will still make us free. GGK”
 And here is more sobering information that gets to the roots:

Eleven Cunning Policies of the American Ruling Classes that Have Actually Promoted Violence and Criminality Among the Lower Classes

(The following excerpts are from pp. 186 – 189 of Dr James Gilligan’s ground-breaking book, Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemicfirst paperback edition – published in 1997. Occasional editorial notes have been added in italics.)

The eleven policies below have socially, psychologically and economically stimulated unnecessary, reversible, (theoretically) temporary and thus potentially curable (without the use of drugs) mental ill health symptoms – all too-often misdiagnosed as “mental illnesses of unknown origin”.

The symptoms artificially created by these cunning policies range from depression, anxiety, mania, and suicidality to aggression, psychosis, criminal behavior, and homicidality. (Ed. note: From his 1990s perspective, Dr Gilligan forgivably does not touch on the epidemic of brain malnutrition and over-vaccination of our children, new realities since he authored his book.

In the 20+ years since Gilligan’s book came out, malnutrition and vaccine injuries have affected multitudes of vulnerable children in America, especially those poor or underprivileged folks who have been denied access to healthy food and also mandated to take ever increasing doses of innoculants that have contain the neurotoxins mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, unknown contaminants, viral particles and chemical adjuvants.

Poor people are being humiliated by having to live in “food deserts” – thus being denied access to healthy non-junk food (not to mention access to affordable or accessible dental and [non-toxic] health care). Increasingly, the poor and uninformed only eat high carb, sugary, highly processed, high transfat, artificially flavored and colored, synthetic junk food that, along with the ubiquitous synthetic prescription drugs in the medicine cabinet (and the immunotoxic and neurotoxic vaccines that are given during the years in which their brains are most actively developing), are slowly sickening the bodies and brains of the children who represent the future of humanity and our dying planet.

Here is Gilligan’s brilliant assessment of what has caused America’s high rates of violence and criminality:

“It is in the political interest of the political parties that represent the very rich to foster as high a rate of crime as possible, and even to exaggerate what the crime rate is, to foment fear and panic about violent crime far beyond what is realistically appropriate. For the more that people are worried about crime and violence, the more the middle class will focus its anger and fear on the poor and members of certain minority groups (for most of the violence that is labeled as “crime” is committed by people from those groups).

The nonviolent and noncriminal poor will be angry at those other poor people who are violent criminals; and both those classes will be too distracted by their anger at the lower-class criminals to notice that they have much better reasons to be angry at the very rich, and the (political) party that represents the interests of the rich, than at all the violent criminals put together.

Ironically, when crime is at its maximum, the party of the rich can even represent itself as the savior of everybody, by promising to “get tough on crime” and by declaring its “war on crime” (which, as I have said, is really a war on the poor – that social class which is seen, in this mystification, as being the ultimate source of most crime and violence), thus distracting attention from the fact that the ultimate source of most crime and violence is actually the upper class – or rather, the class system.

Thus, it is not surprising at all – indeed, it is only to be expected – that those who identify with the interests of the ruling class would be likely to pursue those policies that lead to an increase in the rate of what is legally defined as crime and violence. Such policies include the following:
1) Punishing more and more people (criminals) more and more harshly, by means of more and harsher prisons, capital punishment, and so on. Nothing stimulates crime as powerfully and as effectively as punishment does (since punishment stimulates shame and diminishes guilt, and shame stimulates violence, especially when it is not inhibited by guilt).

2) Outlawing those drugs that inhibit violence (such as marijuana and heroin), while legalizing and advertising those that stimulate violence and cause physical injury and death (such as alcohol and tobacco – and prescription psychostimulants and antidepressants – Ed. note)); and criminalizing those drugs that have no demonstrable direct (pharmacological) effect on violent behavior (such as cocaine), thus spending billions of taxpayers’ dollars to stimulate crime and violence by providing an enormous publicly funded subsidy for those organized crime groups who profit from the fact that the smaller the supply of these drugs, the higher their price; and then misinforming the public (via the corporate-controlled mainstream media – Ed. note) about the relationship between drugs, crime and violence, as though crime and violence were caused by illicit drugs (which they are not) rather than by enormously profitable legal drugs such as alcohol (…which has been shown to stimulate violence), all of which distracts the public from noticing that the real cause of violence is not (illicit – Ed. note) drugs. The real cause of violence is the “war on drugs” (and the social and economic inequities which the “war on drugs” is designed to distract attention from).

3) Manipulating the tax laws and other economic policies so as to increase the disparity in income and wealth between the rich and the poor, for that also stimulates crime and violence, by maximizing the degree to which the poor are subjected to experiences and feelings of being shamed, humiliated, and made to feel inferior.

4) Depriving the poor of access to education (especially if they are in prison), for nothing decreases the rate of crime and violence as powerfully and effectively as does education. We know that the single most effective factor which reduces the rate of recidivism in the prison population is education, and yet education in the prisons is the first item to be cut when an administration “gets tough on crime.” Educational achievement provides prisoners in need of rehabilitation with a nonviolent source of self-esteem or pride; it protects them against the vulnerability to shame, and the injuries of structural violence (poverty) that motivate criminal violence.

5) Perpetuating the caste divisions of society that usually fall along racial lines. The poor and members of minority racial and ethnic groups are regularly subjected to maximal degrees of shame, humiliation, and feelings of inferiority by being told that they are innately and inherently stupid and intellectually inferior; that is then turned into a self-fulfilling prophecy by depriving them of the education they would need in order to develop their actual intellectual potential.

6) Exposing the public to entertainment that glorifies violence and holds it out as a (bogus – Ed. note) source of pride, honor, and masculine self-esteem.

7) Making lethal weapons easily available to the general public. (Which makes trivial and transient anger at being shamed more likely to become lethal, especially if the victim of the shaming is under the influence of – or intoxicated by – violence-inducing psychotropic drugs or alcohol – Ed. note).

8) Maximizing the polarization and asymmetry of the social roles of men and women. Nothing stimulates crime and violence more than the division of males and females into the roles of violence object and sex object, respectively.

9) Encouraging the prejudice against homosexuality, by striving to keep homosexuals out of the military, and from positions of leadership within religious institutions. Nothing stimulates violence more powerfully and effectively than homophobia, just as nothing would prevent  it more effectively than a more relaxed, tolerant, and respectful attitude toward homosexuality (but what would the raison d’etre of the military be without violence?).

10) Perpetuating and legitimizing the exposure of children and youth to violence such as corporal discipline in school and at home (or in the mean streets and in basic military training – Ed. note), injuries that would be considered assault and battery if inflicted on those who are more mature, and yet are regularly declared legitimate by our highest courts.

11) Regulating the economy so as to ensure that unemployment will never be abolished or even fall below a high enough minimum (for maintaining high unemployment rates makes desperate, under-employed workers willing to work for next to nothing, thus ensuring low hiring costs for the amoral corporations that are legally obligated by capitalistic norms and their governing boards to do anything and everything to maintain high profits and thus high share prices – Ed. note).
Dr Kohls is a retired physician who practiced holistic mental health care for the last decade of his career. He is also a peace and justice advocate and writes a weekly column for the Reader Weekly, an alternative newsweekly published in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. The last three years of Dr Kohls’ columns are archived at

Exclusive: Gray State Project "Going Dark for Now"

Ben Swann | Jan 27, 2015

Ben Swann conducts an exclusive interivew with actor and co-creator of "Gray State" Danny Mason about the death of David Crowley and the future of the Gray State Movie project

Crowley Family Medical Fund:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

‘Empire of Chaos’ in the House

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Saudi
Arabia's King Salman (R) at Erga Palace in
Riyadh, January 27, 2015 (Reuters / Jim Bourg)
RT | Jan 27, 2015

No one in Western corporate media will tell you why US President Barack Obama is hitting Riyadh with a high-powered delegation to “pay his respects” to the new House of Saud potentate, King Salman.
Talk about a who’s who – including CIA head John Brennan; General Lloyd Austin, head of US Centcom; Secretary of State John Kerry; leading House Democrat Nancy Pelosi; and even senile Senator John “Bomb Iran” McCain.

It must have been heart wrenching for most in this crowd to skip a visit to the Taj Mahal in India so they would be part of the last-minute, “unscheduled” stop in Riyadh.

This is how the astonishing mediocrity that doubles as US Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, spun it; “Principally, I think this is to mark this transition in leadership and to pay respects to the family and to the people of Saudi Arabia, but I’m sure that while we’re there they’ll touch on some of the leading issues where we cooperate very closely with Saudi Arabia.”

The White House and the Pentagon did not bother to “pay their respects” in person to the people of France after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. The House of Saud – “our” top bastards in the Persian Gulf – is of course much more valuable.

And yet, Air Force One, we got a problem. High-level US financial sources assure this correspondent the trip is all about Obama shoring up the new King’s support for their financial/economic war on Russia as the House of Saud is starting to have second thoughts. The Saudi role in this war has been to come up with the oil price shock – which is hurting not only Russia but also Iran and Venezuela, among others. Besides, the US puppet theoretically in charge in Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has just visited Saudi Arabia.

Russia is not Iran – with all due respect to Iran. If the House of Saud really believes they are talking to the head of a superpower rather than a ventriloquist’s puppet – which is Obama’s role – they are effectively doomed. Nothing Obama says means a thing. The real ‘Masters of the Universe’ who run the ‘Empire of Chaos’ want the House of Saud to do most of their dirty work against Russia; and in a later stage they will take care of the “towel heads” - as the saying goes in Washington - over their development of nuclear missiles with Pakistan. And especially because the Saudi-launched oil price war is bound to destroy the US oil industry - against US national interests.

The House of Saud has absolutely nothing to gain from this undeclared financial/economic war on Russia. The Saudis have already “lost” Yemen and Iraq. Bahrain is held by mercenary troops containing the alienation of the Shia majority. They are freaking out with the possibility of ultimate “enemy” Iran reaching a nuclear deal with His Master’s Voice. They are desperate that “Assad won’t go”. They want every Muslim Brotherhood in sight – or the vicinity – jailed or beheaded. They fear any Arab Spring-style stirrings as worse than the plague. And then there’s the fake Caliphate of ISIS/ISIL/Daesh threatening to go all the way to Mecca and Medina. The House of Saud is effectively surrounded.

U.S. President Barack Obama receives members of the
Saudi Royal family, government officials and guests as
first lady Michelle Obama and Saudi Arabia's King
Salman (R) look on at Erga Palace in Riyadh,
January 27, 2015 (Reuters / Jim Bourg)
The suicide roadmap 
Meanwhile, as the tempest approaches, all is smiles – amid a silent family bloodbath. The powerful Sudairi clan has exacted their “revenge” as King Abdullah’s corpse was still warm. King Salman, almost 80, and with Alzheimer’s about to turn him into mush, took no time to appoint his nephew Mohammed bin Naif as deputy crown prince. And just in case nepotism was not evident enough, he also appointed his son Prince Mohammed bin Salman as defense minister. Mohammed bin Naif is a Pentagon/CIA darling; the House of Saud’s head of counterterrorism.

So yes, this is a desert version of Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s classic The Leopard; Se vogliamo che tutto rimanga com'è bisogna che tutto cambi (“things must change, in order that they can stay the same”.) But the juicier bit is that this seems to apply much more to the House of Saud nowadays than to the ‘Empire of Chaos’.

Apparently, the game of thrones at “our” bastard’s abode leads to everything staying the same; they remain “our” privileged bastard. The Pentagon even came up with the lovely idea of having the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff sponsor an essay competition to honor late King Abdullah.

So shell out your essays lavishing the King for the no holds barred repression of the Shia minority in oil-rich eastern Saudi Arabia. Praise him for the sentencing of Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr - a popular Shia cleric and outspoken political dissident; he should be beheaded, Daesh-style, just because he led a non-violent movement committed to promoting Shia rights, women’s rights, and democratic reform in Saudi Arabia (even Human Rights Watch has admitted that Saudi Arabian Shias “face systematic discrimination in religion, education, justice, and employment.”)

Honor the late King for the thousands of political prisoners; “terrorism” charges against women who dare to drive; the 25 percent of the population living under the poverty line; and last but not least, for facilitating the expansion of al-Qaeda in Iraq, who turned into ISIS. The Pentagon will love you for that.

All that desert storm of Saudi cash spent on global Wahhabi proselytizing and indoctrinating – and I’ve seen this from the Maghreb to Java – has been such a powerful legacy; a medieval, toxic “religion” (nothing to do with legitimate Islam) that will keep destroying lives and communities and breeding fanatics till Kingdom Come. Hail the King for that – on behalf of the Pentagon. And forget about reading any of this on Arab corporate media – which is totally controlled by the House of Saud.

The House of Saud “reforming”? Away from that nefarious, barbarian Salafi religious establishment? That’s the joke of the millennium. Everything will stay the same.

But playing the ‘Empire of Chaos’ game – financial/economic war on Russia - is a game-changer, as in playing with fire. US/EU sanctions, attacks on the oil price and the ruble by giant derivative players as agents, are something way above the Saudi pay grade. The House of Saud swore that they didn’t change their production quota during 2014. But there was an excess supply – and it was brought into the market to help cause the oil price crash, alongside the manipulation by derivatives speculators.

Scores of oil analysts still can’t figure out why the House of Saud went after Russia; all reasons are political, not economical (Russian support for Syria and Iran, the Americans agreeing with the strategy, etc.). The fact is Moscow did perceive it as a declaration of economic war by Saudi Arabia. Petroleum Intelligence Weekly, cautiously, has already hinted it may get much worse, as in “potential for disruption in Mideast Gulf monarchies.”

Beware of an Emperor bearing gifts – or mourning a late King. The ‘Empire of Chaos’ is essentially asking the House of Saud to keep going kamikaze all the way against Russia. Sooner or later someone in Riyadh will realize this is the roadmap to House suicide.

Pepe Escobar’s latest book is Empire of Chaos. Follow him on Facebook.


A video shows flashing UFOs over Rendlesham Forest

Open Minds TV | Jan 27, 2015 | Jason McClellan

A video shows multiple mysterious flashing balls of light in the sky.

The witness, George Taylor, filmed this event that reportedly took place over Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk, England on the afternoon of Sunday, January 26. The video also shows a military helicopter in flight, seemingly inspecting the UFOs.

Taylor uploaded his video to YouTube on January 26 with the following description:
Spotted three balls of light in the sky yesterday afternoon (Sunday 25th Jan) whilst walking around Rendlesham Forest and couldn’t believe what I was seeing! Had a very weird feeling that I shouldn’t have been there.

Quickly recorded it on the phone and have uploaded it to see whether anyone else witnessed anything similar yesterday too. Very strange! I know Rendlesham has a long history with UFO sightings but didn’t really believe in it as I haven’t seen anything odd in all the years I’ve lived here until yesterday! Regularly take my dogs for a walk around the area and have never seen anything as strange as this. Anyone have any idea what this may have been?
Rendlesham Forest is, indeed, prominently featured in UFO lore. Much like Roswell, New Mexico, Rendlesham Forest has become synonymous with UFO. It is the location of a major UFO incident that occurred in December of 1980. Military personnel experienced several UFO sightings over a span of a few days. The incident is even referred to by some as Britain’s Roswell.

The strange flashes of light in this recent video are interesting. Odd flashes of light in some purported UFO videos can easily be explained by lens flare or other camera noise. But that is clearly not the case with this particular video. Still, as is the case with all UFO videos, the video’s authenticity should be questioned. And it’s nearly impossible to confirm or invalidate that authenticity.

Nigel Watson, author of the UFO Investigations Manual, suggests one possibility to UK media outlet Metro. He opines, “If I was being cynical I’d say this is a stunt to give publicity for The UFO Rendlesham Incident – a new film being released in February. Like this video, it features helicopters and anomalous lights in the sky.”

Watson’s guess is a good one, based on some of the footage seen in the film’s trailer.

The recent UFO video is the only video on Taylor’s YouTube channel. And the channel was apparently created for this video, as the channel was just created on January 26. This can be an indication of a hoaxed video or a video that is part of some marketing campaign. But that is not always the case. And, based on his responses to comments posted on YouTube, he appears to be genuinely interested in any help determining what he allegedly captured on video.

John Burroughs, one of the military witnesses to the 1980 Rendlesham Forest incident, will appear at the 2015 International UFO Congress to discuss his efforts to declassify documents related to the incident.

Ukraine and NATO Expansion: Dr. John J. Mearsheimer and Rick Rozoff

Stop NATO | Jan 26, 2015

Since the coup against the elected Yanukovich government in Ukraine on February 22, 2014, an international crisis has been brewing — involving the U.S., E.U., and Russia, and closely linked to the expansion of NATO since the 90s. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was created by the U.S. and Western European nations to militarily counter the Soviet Union. However, after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, NATO was not disbanded but was significantly enlarged.

At a meeting on January 10, 2015 two speakers, authorities well equipped to explore this subject, discussed the background causes of the Ukraine troubles (now drawing the U.S. and Russia closer to possible military confrontation). Speaking were Dr. John J. Mearsheimer, co-director of Program on International Security Policy at University of Chicago; and Rick Rozoff, manager of the Stop NATO website.

Dr. Mearsheimer spoke of the real reason of the crisis: “We are interested in peeling away Ukraine and Georgia from Russia’s orbit and making [them] bulwarks of the West, right on Putin’s doorstep.” Mearsheimer goes on to remind us how sensitive big powers are to that kind of thing with the way the U.S. reacted to the prospect of Soviet missiles in Cuba in 1962. American foreign policy, rightly or wrongly, was obsessed with upholding the Monroe Doctrine declaring U.S. hegemony in the Western Hemisphere.

Dr. Mearsheimer and Rick Rozoff fleshed out the three parts to the West’s strategy vis-a-vis Russia and its immediate neighborhood in Eastern Europe: 1) NATO Expansion, 2) European Union Expansion, 3) Promote Democracy (meaning putting in power leaders who are pro-Western and anti-Russian).

Rozoff provided the background narrative to the steady march of NATO expansion since the 90s. In 1999 NATO held its 50th anniversary summit in Washington, D.C., while at the same time conducting its first war (to break up Yugoslavia, the first war in Europe since WWII). NATO then went on to conduct wars in three continents. Now, US-controlled NATO has 28 full members and 39 partner countries, nearly half of the nations in the UN.

The April, 2008 NATO summit in Bucharest was followed then by a war between Georgia and Russia in August, 2008, precipitated by plans to make Georgia part of NATO.

“It’s clear,” Rozoff noted, “that policy makers in the United States and also their NATO allies in Europe were envisioning some sort of continental system in Europe…There’s not a single European nation…that has not either been a full member of NATO or a member of the Partnership for Peace program and in many instances several intermediate programs…So what we’re talking about is the entirety of Europe being subordinated to a military bloc controlled from the other side of the Atlantic, and nothing less.”

Both speakers underlined the sobering implications of NATO expansion. Rozoff ended his talk by saying, “I should let you know that both of us panelists objected to the original title that was proposed for this talk which included words to the effect of ‘nuclear war’ or something. However I woke up this morning to see that someone not noted for ever having being tremendously confrontational with the West, former Soviet President Michael Gorbachev, talk about just that prospect”.

Labor Beat here presents a condensed version of Mearsheimer’s and Rozoff’s 50-minute discussion. Also, we have generously enhanced the video with news photos and maps. Here is an introduction to the Ukraine crisis, NATO, and relevant political geography touching upon Eastern Europe, Russia and the Black Sea region. Length – 25:20

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Truth Gone Bad, How 9/11 Activists Have Failed

New Eastern Outlook | Jan 27, 2015 | Gordon Duff

There is increasing evidence that the “9/11 truth movement” is, in actuality, a thoroughly controlled and infiltrated “clan” tasked with suppressing truth, not spreading it. Experts in counter-intelligence who have researched both materials and key individuals involved have found evidence that the “dead in the water” groups continue year after year for one purpose only, to represent a “point of focus” away from leaked materials that have, in actuality, entirely solved “the 9/11 mystery.”

As 9/11 is exposed in a wider context, not only as a preliminary to the War on Terror, but a decade of staged “color revolutions” and false flag terrorism, of phony insurgencies and “cardboard Lothario” bad guys, it has become clear that activist groups and the “alternative media” are nearly all run by police and intelligence organizations with ties to Israel and the “compromised” governments of the West.


On September 24, 2104, British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke before the United Nations. His topic was extremism and how it threatened what he believes to be “security.” However, the cause for his speech wasn’t a terror threat, not ISIS, not Al Qaeda or even Iran. Cameron was attacking an American based military publication, Veterans Today.

This is what Cameron said:

“As evidence emerges about the backgrounds of those convicted of terrorist offences, it is clear that many of them were initially influenced by preachers who claim not to encourage violence, but whose world view can be used as a justification for it. We know this world view.

The peddling of lies: that 9/11 was a Jewish plot or that the 7/7 London attacks were staged. The idea that Muslims are persecuted all over the world as a deliberate act of Western policy. The concept of an inevitable clash of civilisations.

We must be clear: to defeat the ideology of extremism we need to deal with all forms of extremism – not just violent extremism.

For governments, there are some obvious ways we can do this. We must ban preachers of hate from coming to our countries. We must proscribe organisations that incite terrorism against people at home and abroad. We must work together to take down illegal online material…”

Cameron is advocating a complete press lock down, overturning the remaining platforms of free speech and using police and intelligence agencies to war on investigative journalists through criminalizing those exposing treason and treachery.

The Murdoch/News of the World scandal, the Chilcott Inquiry, the Saville investigation, all suppressed as they built a mosaic of treason, ritual child sexual abuse and complicity in espionage and terrorism on the part of a government under the control of a Masonic cult. The number of whistleblowers arrested or assassinated grows daily. This is the legacy of Cameron, following Tony Blair’s example, as British complicity in terrorism against the Ukraine becomes increasingly apparent.

Cameron’s speech is in direct response to a challenge to the harmless conspiracy theory peddlers undermined when knowledge of real 9/11 investigations citing a US government nuclear demolition conspiracy were leaked, published and broadly confirmed as well.

Cameron spoke of “Jews” being blamed but, in truth, his own government is just as involved, not just in 9/11 but in terrorism, war crimes and broad corruption at home as well. This is what drove Cameron to mention the heretofore unmentionable, a “Jewish 9/11.”

Able Danger Leak

On May 24, 2014, the former Moscow bureau chief of a major news organization contacted Veterans Today. A copy, partially redacted of a 2003 report citing the use of nuclear weapons in the demolition of the World Trade Center was forwarded, reputedly from Russian intelligence. A note with it said it was “not from Edward Snowden.”

The report had been given; the message went on, to CNN who refused to even acknowledge receiving it. In this report, a preliminary finding submitted, as was verified by numerous sources, to the Bush White House, congressional leaders, Federal prosecutors and Pentagon officials, scientific evidence of nuclear demolition devices was outlined including specifics on their nature, where they were planted, how they were made and a detailed background on their origin, W54 warheads made from Hanford plutonium, listed as in inventory at the Pantex storage facility in Amarillo, TX.

In August of 2014, a second set of documents was received from the same source, outlining a long term investigation into nuclear weapons theft and espionage involving key members of the US government, supporters of Israel, and a number of high profile individuals including the Israeli prime minister, a former New York City mayor and a director of the Department of Homeland Security.

Each document included key specifics, exact placement of nuclear demolitions, detailed scientific analysis and very specific evidence of a criminal conspiracy including detailed specifics of a much wider 9/11 plot. The positions of radio jammers, safe houses and exfiltration routes were published as well and confirmed by Able Danger team members who took part in the surveillance.

A recent Veterans Today article outlines some of the most damning findings and links to technical papers and findings that were legally publishable.

Some of the material submitted, according to legal experts, could only be paraphrased or published in altered form, including documents with specifics on nuclear weapon design never declassified, materials however, handed over to Israeli intelligence by an assistant to President George W. Bush.

According to an eye witness, three members of the National Security Council were present during a handoff of nuclear pit data to a foreign age, one a former Secretary of State and another an editor at Veterans Today who recorded the transaction for Able Danger/FBI investigators.

The third was Paul Wolfowitz.

Gwyneth Todd, former member of the National Security Council and advisor to President’s Clinton and Bush, fled to Australia after an assassination attempt orchestrated by the Bush White House. Todd, wife of an Australian defense official, while in Australia, survived a kidnap/murder attempt by reputed FBI agents, a story published in the Sydney Morning Herald, Washington Post and subject of an Australian Broadcasting Corporation news documentary.

“Filth Watch”

American investigative journalist Stew Webb is has compiled a list of purported “free speech” news sources funded or controlled by intelligence agencies and organized crime. Most are heavily “anti-Obama.” They became such when the rift between the Obama administration and Israel widened. Efforts to cleanse the US military and CIA of “Israel firsters” including those tied to the theft of nuclear weapons or supplying terrorist groups with weapons and training, are railed against. The Iranian news platform Press TV, often seemingly unknowingly carries articles attacking President Obama for opposing sanctions against Iran.

Alternative media, at this juncture, is almost entirely right wing, a “sea change” few noted. The powerful and well financed Alex Jones/InfoWar group is broadly supportive of the right wing “police state” that it supposedly opposes while peddling “fear porn” and Islamophobia. Under careful scrutiny, InfoWars and many other such publications are thinly veiled Israeli psychological warfare operations.

Webb’s “Filth Watch” has identified dozens of would be activists or “progressives” as FBI informants, many with “cookie cutter” personal histories of petty crime and fraud, arrests and charges put on hold while the “FBI stooges” are reborn infiltrators, agent provocateurs or, recently, race war agitators.


Israeli Prime Minister, in the Able Danger investigation documents, is cited as an active planner of the 9/11 attacks. This revelation was published only short weeks before Cameron’s speech attacking those who tied “Jews’ to 9/11. Able Danger, and FBI/Pentagon investigation, is the source of the information Cameron found so offensive, an investigation whose findings were made available to his predecessor, Tony Blair, someone also “read in” on the 9/11 2003 report citing that event as nuclear demolition.

We are told Cameron, who as a young civil servant, accompanied Dr. David Kelly to South Africa to investigative Israeli involvement in nuclear proliferation, was “read in” as well.

Few at high levels in government, military or the security services haven’t seen the documents outlining the theft and sale of nuclear weapons, of the cruise missile hitting the Pentagon or aren’t aware that ISIS, Boko Harum, Al Qaeda and the Kiev junta aren’t one in the same.

Netanyahu is scheduled to come to the US, invited by opposition party leaders closely tied to the anti-Obama wing of the phony alternative media. Netanyahu will call for a war against Iran but will lobby for a financial war on Russia and China, a war he hopes will go from “cold” to “hot.”

CIA Cleaning House

This week, the Obama administration is forcing the resignations of those members of “clandestine services” who are loyal to Netanyahu. The press has wind of this and is presenting this as a reaction to the recent torture report. This isn’t true.

The greater threat is CIA narcotics dealing and the fact that the CIA clandestine organizations that run heroin from Afghanistan, originally using the rendition program as cover, are also arming ISIS from bases in Libya, staged the Benghazi attack and are involved in terrorism in the Ukraine as well including the shoot down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

Netanyahu was scheduled to meet with his CIA and Pentagon friends, those long compromised, drug money or blackmail, that with their counterparts in Britain and France, are responsible for most terror attacks around the world.

When publications supposedly aligned with Iran or Palestinian rights, attack Obama and Secretary Kerry for their refusal to meet with Netanyahu, for their refusal to be seen with him after the spurious Paris terror “circus,” too few choke on the blatant inconsistencies.

Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook

Schizophrenia alert! The West wails and bemoans the death of a cruel tyrant and state sponsor of Terrorism and ISIL

You are excused if you are feeling a little schophrenic
over our Western leaders' utterings of late. It is a
sign of a good mental health in the
bizarro world that we currently inhabit.
SOTT | Jan 25, 2015 | Aeneas Georg

One sometimes wonders if one has woken up in a psychedelic 'Alice in Wonderland' type world with a mad queen shouting "Off with the heads" at anyone daring to criticise her.

Just two weeks after the Paris shooting, where all the Western heads of states gathered to march for freedom of speech and formed a coalition to fight the Islamic State (IS), the ruler of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah Al Saud died at the age of 90. Considering that he really has ruled Saudi Arabia for 20 years since the stroke of his half-brother, and given the things that I will outline shortly, one would think that the Western mass media would be overjoyed and jubilant at this fact. I know you would think those words jubilant and overjoyed are a little over the top, but Western media and leaders actually quite enjoy the killing of its foes and make no disguise of it. The lynching of Colonel Gaddafi by Western sponsored goons in Libya was greeted by Hillary Clinton with the upbeat words: "We came, we saw, he died:"

But no, Western media lamented the death of this *great leader and reformist" as they wrote. The British queen was saddened by his death, the flag at Whitehall in Britain was on half mast and as I write the leaders from all over the world, including Obama, Cameron, Hollande, the prince of Wales, the crown prince of Denmark and numerous others are flocking to Saudi Arabia to pay their last respect. John Kerry tweeted that Abdullah was "a man of wisdom and vision". Joan Smith in an excellent opinion piece in the Independent wrote in response to the drivel coming from head of the IMF Christine Lagarde:
So what the hell was the IMF boss, Christine Lagarde, thinking about when she described Abdullah as a "strong advocate of women"? She did add "in a very discreet way".
Yes, you can say that again!

CNN wrote in their piece on his death:
Most Saudis will remember him fondly.
One can rightfully ask, what basis they have for making such a statement.

Okay, now lets get back to reality and give the sickbags a rest.

As mentioned above King Abdullah was at the helm for 20 years, enough time for any leader to have a real effect on a country and thus a criticism is justified. Take a look at the following and see if you would qualify those as being that of a visionary and reformist in line with the values that we allegedly fight to defend:
  • Wahhabism is the state religion in Saudi Arabia. It supports the ruling dynasty and the dynasty supports Wahhabism. This is a holy alliance dating back to 1744 between Muhammad bin Saud and a conservative puritan preacher Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab. Thus the state religion is Wahhabism, an aberrant and extreme form of Islam and in no way representative of the worlds 1.6 billion Muslims. Sharia law applies, women are to be completely veiled, and a strict adherence to the Wahhabi version of Islam rules the kingdom.
  • Wahhabism is also the religion of Islamic State (IS) and Saudi Arabia has been the key supporter of IS, who not surprisingly have the same liking for misogyny, beheadings, floggings and violence etc.
  • Saudi Arabia has been hellbent on regime change in Syria and have armed and trained all kinds of terror groups for this purpose. Quite a lot of this has been coordinated with the governments of the West and Israel. Numerous clerics have actively been recruiting willing believers and even prisoners on death-row have been pardoned, if they would fight Bashar Al-Assad and the Syrian people.
  • Saudi Arabia has funded thousands of radical religious schools, madrassas, all over the world in the vein of Wahhabism. Schools that teach wahhabism and jihad. Schools that provide ample cannon-fodder, when the Empire of chaos wishes to activate patsies or a private army, in order to manufacture an enemy to hate and fight. As Vali Nasr said:
    ... In order to have terrorists, in order to have supporters for terrorists, in order to have people who are willing to interpret religion in violent ways, in order to have people who are willing to legitimate crashing yourself into a building and killing 5,000 innocent people, you need particular interpretations of Islam.

    Those interpretations of Islam are being propagated out of schools that receive organizational and financial funding from Saudi Arabia. In fact, I would push it further: that these schools would not have existed without Saudi funding. They would not have proliferated across Pakistan and India and Afghanistan without Saudi funding. They would not have had the kind of prowess that they have without Saudi funding, and they would not have trained as many people without Saudi funding.
  • Beheadings are a common practice and happens on average every fourth day in Saudi Arabia.
  • Free speech is No-GO territory and a blogger Raif Badawi who crossed the line in his blog, was sentenced to 1000 lashes of the whip, which is being administered at 50 lashes per week. To show their humanity, the court allowed the second set of flogging to be postponed as the wounds from the first set of floggings had not healed sufficiently.
  • Saudi Arabia sent in its military 2011 to quell an uprising in the neighbouring Bahrain, where the ruling Al-Khalifa clan were being challenged by the people as it wanted reform and democracy. But Bahrain is home to the US fifth fleet, so a compliant dictator is very handy.
  • Saudi Arabia has brutally suppressed dissidents in the Kingdom and especially in the Qatif province.
  • Women don't have the right to drive in Saudi Arabia. As the only country in the world this is the case and two women, who crossed the ban have been referred to a terrorism court.
  • Apostasy is punishable by death. See blasphemy laws in Saudi Arabia.
  • Torture is used in the Kingdom.
  • Gay rights. What gay rights?
  • The king ,who Christine Lagarde called a strong advocate of women has kept at least two of his daughters under house arrest for the last 13 years. As the article about this affairs says:
    Under Saudi law, girls and women are forbidden from travelling, conducting official business, or undergoing certain medical procedures without the express permission of their male guardians.

    Sahar said that the sisters had enjoyed a pampered adolescence but that animosity towards her and her sisters had grown after they began to complain to their father about the poverty endured by most of the Saudi people.

    Some of the young princes had also criticised them because of their party-loving lifestyle.

    'We slowly watch each other fading away into nothingness'

    But it was in the late Nineties that matters came to a head when Hala, who has a degree in psychology, complained that the regime's political opponents were being locked up in the psychiatric wards of the hospital where she worked.
  • Remember 9/11? Well if we go by "the official theory", then 15 of the 19 alleged hijackers were from Saudi Nationals. If Western governments believe this version, then isn't it strange that no repercussions or sanctions have occurred against Saudi Arabia, who at the time was ruled unofficially by Abdullah? Now had the attackers been of Iranian or Syrian or Venezuelan or Russian nationalities, do you think Uncle Sam would have acted similarly? (As I said *the official theory", for a more likely scenario read 911 The Ultimate Truth.)
To sum it up, Saudi Arabia under the rule of Abdullah has been a misogynous autocracy and a key sponsor of state terrorism. Moreover, Saudi Arabia has played an important role by helping to orchestrate regime changes in a number of Muslim countries, whether it be in Afghanistan, in the Middle Eastern countries or in Chechnya and the Caucasus region. It has fuelled the Western demonization of Islam with their Wahhabi religion and its many splinter groups that are meant to divide the Muslim world and pit Muslims against Muslims, Shia against Sunni. The same wahhabi cutthroats that Saudi Arabia sponsored in Chechnya met however their nemesis in Putin and Kadyrov as neither of these two leaders were willing to let some aberrant religious extremists destroy Russia or the peaceful communities within it.

So is there nothing positive to say about Abdullah. Surely there must be something AND there is. He was not listed on the 97 pages of phone numbers that convicted pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein had of high flyers interested in his underaged sex slaves. At least not officially!

So when you see all the Western leaders on TV lamenting the loss of a 'great' leader and all having changed button pins from "JeSuisCharlie" to JeSuisAbdullah", I will not hold it against you if you feel like your head is spinning. Remember every fourth day on average the regime that Abdullah presided over screamed "Off with the head"!

Insanity 2016 Rant: Same Bullsh*t, Different Puppet Election

The definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

We’re sorry, but we’re sick of people trying to lie to you and assure you that your vote for ANYONE in the presidential bread and circuses dog and pony show coming up in 2016 is going to matter in the slightest itty bitty teensy weensy little bit. Both sides of the carpet are corrupt and the entire system is not just broken, but irrevocably so.

Nevertheless, we’ve heard people waxing all optimistic on the false choices you’ll be advertised — you know, freedom, The Constitution, and stuff — but this rosy picture requires NOT looking at the man behind the curtain pulling the same old levers on the rusty ass stage play we’re sold every four years in this country and have been for decades now.

Please. There’s no point in getting your hopes up at these savior illusions. Stop looking for a leader in Washington. We haven’t had one for over 50 years. The last one this country even tried to have was murdered.

NONE of the scum that rises to the top of the septic lagoon that currently serves as modern American politics is going to “save the Republic” or give a crap about the Constitution because ALL OF THEM are sold out puppets to the banks and megacorporations — WITHOUT exception. Period. NONE. No one. None of them. None.

I feel like I need to type it one more time. N-O-N-E.

For more on what’s coming in the next election, see “The Creeping Horror of Jeb vs. Hillary in 2016.”

Merkel as Soft Cop in False Flag Offensive on Russia

Merkel at the World Economic Forum 2015

Now enters «soft cop» Frau Merkel into the fray of this US-led gang beat-up on Russia, with the metaphorical packet of cigarettes and a comely smile.

At the World Economic Forum last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel let the cat out of the bag with her sly offer, or rather bribe, to Russia. The German leader told delegates in Davos that European Union sanctions on Russia would be lifted in exchange for a «peace deal» in Ukraine. She promised a «free trade pact from Lisbon to Vladivostok».

That’s a bit rich coming from the bankrupt EU, but nevertheless let’s accept the assumption that Frau Merkel is offering something very juicy. Why would she do that, and right at this time when civilians are being massacred in eastern Ukraine?

In other words, Merkel is saying if Moscow capitulates to Western objectives of ceding Ukraine to its full political, economic and military control, then Russia will be «paid off» with respite from Western sanctions and can look forward to a tantalizing free trade «happy ending» with the EU. How generous of Frau Merkel!

The Russian-speaking population of Ukraine’s eastern Donbas regions will then be abandoned to their fate of accepting the legitimacy of the Western-installed Kiev regime.

The New York Times spelled out the reasoning further in an article at the weekend headlined: ‘War Is Exploding Anew in Ukraine; Rebels Vow More’. The Times reported with dripping innuendo blaming Russia for the violence and quoting its usual NATO and Kiev regime «sources». But take note of this little giveaway nugget in the NYT: «The renewed fighting has… put to rest the notion that Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, would be so staggered by the twin blows of Western sanctions and a collapse in oil prices that he would forsake the separatists in order to foster better relations with the West».

So, the Western calculus revealed by Merkel and the New York Times is that Putin has not been «staggered by the twin blows of sanctions and a collapse in oil prices to forsake the separatists in order to foster better relations with the West».

In this context, Angela Merkel is shamelessly dangling a «free trade bribe» in Russia’s face. Behave yourself, she is saying: just be a good boy, roll over to our geopolitical objectives and we will call off the economic war in the form of sanctions and the crash in oil prices, the latter courtesy of the Western puppets in Saudi Arabia pumping oil into an over-supplied world market.

Merkel, who is known for her ardent «transatlantic» partnership with America, is thus showing herself to be dutifully doing Washington’s bidding over the Ukraine crisis and the bigger objective of subordinating Russia to Western hegemony, or as the New York Times euphemistically calls it «better relations with the West».

The other pincer move in this Western offensive on Russia is that the Western-backed Kiev regime has gone into full false flag terror mode in a bid to criminalize Russia for its diplomatic and moral support of the besieged ethnic Russian population in eastern Ukraine.

Kiev, Ukraine: Rockets kill 30 civilians.
Western mainstream media are shamelessly aiding and abetting the propaganda campaign. On the latest massacre in the port city of Mariupol at the weekend, in which at least 30 civilians were killed in multiple-rocket attacks, the Western media amplified claims by the Kiev regime that the perpetrators were Russian-backed separatists. No evidence offered, just the usual assertion and innuendo. France 24 explicitly attributed the carnage to the rebels with an audacious false report that leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko admitted responsibility of the separatist militia.

Zakharchenko admitted no such thing. In fact, he and other rebel leaders blamed the Kiev military for launching multiple rockets in a deliberate attempt to impute the separatists and, by extension, Russia. Western media mendaciously reported the atrocity in the context of the DPR militia calling off the ceasefire the day before and after they took control of Donetsk international airport earlier this week. The reason why the separatists called off the truce is because the Kiev regime has repeatedly violated it with ongoing indiscriminate shelling of towns and civilian districts.

US secretary of state John Kerry weighed in with his take on the propaganda, saying: «We join our European counterparts to condemn Russian-backed separatists» and added «we call on Russia to immediately end its support for separatists».

Western puppet-leaders in Kiev, prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and president Petro Poroshenko called the Mariupol massacre «a crime against humanity» and accused Russia of «violating the fundamental principles of international law and humanity».

As noted, the separatist militia denied any involvement, pointing out that they do not have the long-range weapons to carry out such a strike from their positions. Mariupol is held by Kiev’s military forces.

Monitors from the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said that craters from the deadly blasts indicated that the Grad and Uragan rockets were fired from 15-19 kilometres to the northeast of the city, implying they were from rebel-controlled territory.

However, the latest atrocity fits squarely into a recent pattern of similar attacks on civilians by Kiev forces that bear the hallmarks of false flags aimed at framing the rebels and Russia.

Three days before the attack on Mariupol, 13 people were killed in rebel-held Donetsk City when a volley of Grad rockets slammed into a trolleybus and other vehicles. Previously, on January 13, 12 people were blown to pieces when their bus in Volnovakha was hit by Grad rockets. Again, the Kiev regime was quick to blame «Russian terrorists». But the craters in the latter attack clearly showed that the fire came from positions held by the Kiev military, according to OSCE monitors and spokesmen for the DPR militia.

Over the past eight months, since the Western-sponsored regime in Kiev launched its military offensive on the breakaway eastern Donbas regions, indiscriminate shelling of civilians is a routine feature of the so-called «anti-terror operation». Donetsk has been shelled constantly, with much of the fire coming from the airport, which is why the separatist militia put so much effort into capturing the location – to put an end to the barrage.

Just this weekend, five civilians were killed in the rebel-held town of Gorlovka when apartment blocks were hit with artillery fire from Kiev forces. The latter, comprised of neo-Nazi «volunteer battalions», have also used cluster bombs, white phosphorus incendiaries, unguided ballistic missiles and warplanes to strike civilian centres. Of the 5,000 total dead incurred over the past eight months, most of the civilian casualties have been caused by the Western-supported Kiev regime.

And all the while in the face of this state-sponsored terrorism, there is silence in the Western media and among Western leaders like John Kerry and Angela Merkel.

The Kiev regime is also implicated in the massacre in Odessa on May 2 where more than 40 people were burned or executed inside a Customs Building that was deliberately torched by Right Sector paramilitaries. Prior to that, the mysterious sniper shootings that killed more than 80 protesters and police in Maidan Square and precipitated the coup on February 22 was blamed, in a full-court Western media campaign, on the Russian-backed government of Viktor Yanukoych when the evidence actually points to the CIA-backed Right Sector in a classic false flag psy-ops job. Moreover, credible Russian aviation records show that the Kiev regime’s airforce shot down the Malaysian civilian airliner on July 17 over Donetsk region, with the loss of all 298 onboard, although Western governments, media and the Kiev regime again cranked up the usual blame-game against Russia – with economic sanctions to boot.

The pattern of criminality, terrorism and pathological lying by the Kiev regime makes it almost a certainty that the latest massacre in Mariupol is another false flag. The regime and its Western sponsors have the motive to do so and the vile capability.

But with Western governments and media working in concert in a full-on propaganda war against Russia, reality is being turned on its head and Moscow is being framed up on every atrocity, which then justifies Western economic sanctions and further NATO militarization on Russia’s borders. Russia is being placed under intense aggressive pressure – and all based on total propaganda.

Now enters «soft cop» Frau Merkel into the fray of this US-led gang beat-up on Russia, with the metaphorical packet of cigarettes and a comely smile. Pulling up a chair, she softy whispers to the Russian subject… «just give up Ukraine, abandon those pesky Moskals in Donbas, let our capitalists rape the population, allow our NATO takeover and placement of nuclear strike forces on your border… and you can enjoy a quiet life with an EU free trade bonanza… because ve ’ave vays of making you talk, ya».

Source: Strategic Culture Foundation