Democrats Confirm Torturer As Director Of CIA – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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How did a person who should be in the criminal dock both in the US and in the International Criminal Court for running a torture prison get appointed the Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency? What is all the Washington talk about defending human rights when a torturer is put in charge of covert operations?

Milosovic, the Serbia leader who tried to defend his country from Washington’s aggression, was sent by Washington to the war crimes tribunal or some such place that only tries victims of Washington’s aggression. He died in prison, some say he was murdered by Washington. The court ended up clearing him of the faked American charges. But little good that did a dead man.

But now Washington has a real criminal, a real person who has committed without any doubt “crimes against humanity” confirmed by the US Senate as CIA director. That tells us a lot about the hypocrisy, double standards, and utter mendacity of the government in Washington.

Source: Democrats Confirm Torturer As Director Of CIA – PaulCraigRoberts.org

 Why Marx Now? Part 1 | Lost Generation Philosopher

May 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Recent years have seen a surge of renewed interest in Karl Marx’s political-economic thought. For those not living in a cave somewhere, this has been hard to miss. This interest is not coming primarily from the “cultural Marxists” of academic humanities, obsessed with identity politics and likely to be viewed, once this new tendency is understood, as pseudo-Marxists. It is coming from careful and astute observers who have looked backward from the financial crisis of 2008 and charted the basic trajectory of global political economy since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Chinese Communist Party’s embrace of state-capitalism, and the range of irrational policies that led to the aforementioned crisis. The attention paid to Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2014) is telling, but barely scratches the surface. One guide to a few recent works, and a few older ones, can be perused here.

Source: Lost Generation Philosopher | On Philosophy, Political Economy, The Meltdown of Modern Academia, a Little Music, & More

THE REAL CAUSE OF THESE HARD TIMES AND THE REAL SOLUTION — AND WHY THEIR SOLUTIONS ARE BOGUS

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Why the Empire Never Sleeps: War Finance Made Easy, Part 3 – Antiwar.com Original

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Woodrow Wilson’s Folly gave rise to more than the 1,000 year flood of Nazi and Soviet totalitarianism and their state orchestrated campaigns of mass murder.

It also opened the door to massive, cheap war finance. And that baleful innovation has sustained the Empire long after Hitler and Stalin met their maker and the case for the Indispensable Nation had become ragged and threadbare.

In the context of American democracy – special interest dominated as it is – the greatest deterrents to imperial adventurism and war are the draft and taxes. Both bring home to the middle class voting public the cost of war in blood and treasure (theirs), and force politicians to justify the same in terms of tangible and compelling benefits to homeland security.

Source: Why the Empire Never Sleeps: War Finance Made Easy, Part 3 – Antiwar.com Original

Soros Subversives Flee Hungary as PM Orban Shows He’s Serious About Sovereignty

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Poor George Soros. His native Hungary just doesn’t appreciate him. It doesn’t thank him for all the “good” he is trying to do for it. In fact, it is about to enact legislation to “Stop Soros.” With the writing clearly on the wall, most of his paid activist minions in Budapest are pulling up stakes and moving to Angela Merkel country, where they undoubtedly will be welcomed by true-blue Merkelites, if not by rank-and-file Germans.

“Faced with an increasingly repressive political and legal environment in Hungary, the Open Society Foundations are moving their Budapest-based international operations and staff to the German capital, Berlin,” the Open Society Foundations (OSF) announced in a press statement on May 15.

Source: Soros Subversives Flee Hungary as PM Orban Shows He’s Serious About Sovereignty

A Trump Doctrine for Singapore and Beyond | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

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Sunday, NSC adviser John Bolton spoke of a “Libyan model” for the North’s disarmament, referring to Moammar Gadhafi’s surrender of all his weapons of mass destruction in 2004. The U.S. was invited into Libya to pick them up and cart them off, whereupon sanctions were lifted.

As Libya was subsequently attacked by NATO and Gadhafi lynched, North Korea denounced Bolton and all this talk of the “Libyan model” of unilateral disarmament.

North Korea wants a step-by-step approach, each concession by Pyongyang to be met by a U.S. concession. And Bolton sitting beside Trump, and across the table from Kim Jong Un in Singapore, may be inhibiting.

Source: A Trump Doctrine for Singapore and Beyond | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

Why the Empire Never Sleeps: The Indispensable Nation Folly, Part 2 – Antiwar.com Original

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The rise of the murderous Nazi and Stalinist totalitarian regimes during the 1930s and the resulting conflagration of World War II is held to be, correctly, the defining event of the 20th century. But that truism only begs the real question.

To wit, were these nightmarish scourges always latent just below the surface of global civilization – waiting to erupt whenever good people and nations fell asleep at the switch, as per the standard critique of the British pacifism and US isolationism that flourished during the late 1930s?

Source: Why the Empire Never Sleeps: The Indispensable Nation Folly, Part 2 – Antiwar.com Original

News With Views | In America: Distinctly Different Parallel Societies Being Imported

May 17, 2018 by · 2 Comments 

“Immigrants devoted to their own cultures and religions are not influenced by the secular politically correct façade that dominates academia, news-media, entertainment, education, religious and political thinking today,” said James Walsh, former Associate General Counsel of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service. “They claim the right not to assimilate, and the day is coming when the question will be how can the United States regulate the defiantly unassimilated cultures, religions and mores of foreign lands?  Such immigrants say their traditions trump the U.S. legal system.  Balkanization of the United States has begun.”

Source: News With Views | In America: Distinctly Different Parallel Societies Being Imported

The Korea Story: Why Is the Media Getting It So Wrong? – Antiwar.com Original

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As news of the statement by the North Korean vice minister for foreign affairs Kim Kye Gwan spread, the usual suspects could hardly contain their glee: Trump’s vaunted Korean peace initiative had been a fraud all along! The summit was off! The North Koreans had been faking it, and Mr. Art of the Deal had been taken for a ride! Hurrah! Hurray! From Nicholas Kristof to Bill Kristol, the celebration was loud and the Twitterverse resounded with unrestrained gloating: finally the President’s enemies had earned the right to say “We told you so!”

Or so they thought. There’s just one problem, however: the celebrants are wrong. There’s nothing for these war-ghouls to cheer about. To begin with, the summit, as the US State Department has informed us, is on, and the US is making plans to accommodate the President’s trip to Singapore, where the meeting will take place.

Source: The Korea Story: Why Is the Media Getting It So Wrong? – Antiwar.com Original

Germany Is Occupied Territory

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Why the Empire Never Sleeps: The Indispensable Nation Folly, Part 1 – Antiwar.com Original

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Like the case of Rome before it, the Empire is bankrupting America. The true fiscal cost is upwards of $1.0 trillion per year (counting $200 billion for veterans and debt service for wars), but there is no way to pay for it.

That’s because the 78-million strong Baby Boom is in the driver’s seat of American politics. It plainly will not permit the $3 trillion per year retirement and health care entitlements-driven Welfare State to be curtailed.

The Trumpite/GOP has already sealed that deal by refusing to reform Social Security and Medicare and by proving to be utterly incapable of laying a glove politically on Obamacare/Medicaid. At the same time, boomers keep voting for the GOP’s anti-tax allergy, thereby refusing to tax themselves to close Washington’s yawning deficits.

Source: Why the Empire Never Sleeps: The Indispensable Nation Folly, Part 1 – Antiwar.com Original

OPUS 56 Dialectic

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Is Putin’s Strategy Finally Beginning To Work? – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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Washington’s three main European vassal states, Britain, France, and Germany have objected to Trump’s unilateral action. Trump is of the opinion that the multi-nation agreement depends only on Washington. If Washington renounces the agreement, that is the end of the agreement. It doesn’t matter what the other parties to the agreement want. Consequently, Trump intends to reimpose the previous sanctions against doing business with Iran and to impose additional new sanctions. If Britain, France, and Germany continue with the business contracts that have been made with Iran, Washington will sanction its vassal states as well and prohibit activities of British, French, and German companies in the US. Clearly, Washington thinks that Europe’s profits in the US exceed what can be made in Iran and will fall in line with Washington’s decision, as the vassal states have done in the past.

Source: Is Putin’s Strategy Finally Beginning To Work? – PaulCraigRoberts.org

Ray McGovern On Being Arrested Last Week At The Senate & Why We Must All Stand With Palestine

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Israel at 70: Bibi’s Troubled Hour of Power | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

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For Bibi Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister save only founding father David Ben-Gurion, it has been a week of triumph.

Last Tuesday, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal as Bibi had demanded. Thursday, after Iran launched 20 missiles at the Golan Heights, Bibi answered with a 70-missile attack on Iran in Syria.

“If it rains on us, it will storm on them. I hope we have finished the episode,” Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, boasting that Israel’s raids hit “nearly all Iranian infrastructure in Syria.”

Source: Israel at 70: Bibi’s Troubled Hour of Power | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

The Rutherford Institute :: The Age of Petty Tyrannies |

May 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

We labor today under the weight of countless tyrannies, large and small, carried out in the name of the national good by an elite class of government officials who are largely insulated from the ill effects of their actions.

We, the middling classes, are not so fortunate.

We find ourselves badgered, bullied and browbeaten into bearing the brunt of their arrogance, paying the price for their greed, suffering the backlash for their militarism, agonizing as a result of their inaction, feigning ignorance about their backroom dealings, overlooking their incompetence, turning a blind eye to their misdeeds, cowering from their heavy-handed tactics, and blindly hoping for change that never comes.

Source: The Rutherford Institute :: The Age of Petty Tyrannies |

Trump Holocaust Law Pisses Off Poles | Real Jew News

May 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Last Wednesday, on the heels of enacting a Jew-pleasing policy in scraping the Iran Deal, Trump signed into law an Act that pressures European countries to ‘recover’ property ’stolen’ from Jews during World War II.

The victims of Jewish political intrigue this time are the Poles who refused to alter their recent law that prohibits blaming Poland for Holocaust crimes committed in its territory, for example, by refusing to call the detention sites, ‘Polish death camps.’

Known as the “JUST” Act—”Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today“—the law does not mention Poland specifically.

Source: Trump Holocaust Law Pisses Off Poles | Real Jew News

Kim Jong-un: The Commie Who Came in From the Cold – Antiwar.com Original

May 14, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Why has North Korea suddenly decided to negotiate with Seoul and Washington, and quite possibly give up its nuclear weapons?

This question has commentators in the West stumped, and so they fall back on the usual self-serving narcissistic America-centric nonsense: Kim Jong-un was so intimidated by President Trump’s outlandish threats that he decided to be a good boy and capitulate. The North Koreans naturally deny this, and their denials are quite credible: after all, the Korean stalemate has been pretty much unalterable since the signing of the armistice in 1953, and there is no reason to believe that this frozen conflict would reemerge as a hot spot – and burst into flame – since both sides would be very badly burned.

Source: Kim Jong-un: The Commie Who Came in From the Cold – Antiwar.com Original

Amazon Uses SPLC Hate Mongers to Target Christian/conservative Charities

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Amazon.com, the online retail behemoth, has linked arms with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the militantly anti-Christian hate group that has grown obscenely rich by promoting intolerance — all while posing as a brave champion of “tolerance.” The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a major Christian legal defense group that has won hundreds of cases involving religious liberty, freedom of speech, parental rights, and pro-life causes, is the most recent target of the Amazon-SPLC bigotry.

Source: Amazon Uses SPLC Hate Mongers to Target Christian/conservative Charities

Mr. President: Time to be America’s leader, and never again the “Leader of the Free World” | Non-Intervention.com

May 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Mr. President:

Half-measures surely are one of the most vicious forms of self-destruction. As you said this week, Obama’s deal with Iran was rotten and far too costly to the United States. You were right to kill it.

The deal, moreover, was unconstitutional. Obama, as a person who was temporarily the U.S. president, concluded an agreement with Iran and several other parties. He treated it as if it was a binding and constitutionally concluded treaty. It was not. The deal was between Barack Obama and the other parties, and he knew – or should have known — that it would remain valid after he was gone only as long as his successor pretended it was a treaty and binding. Obama’s agreement was an execrable mix of cynicism and probably venality on his part, as well as that of John Kerry. After all, there was plenty of cold, hard cash on those pallets for all involved.

Source: Mr. President: Time to be America’s leader, and never again the “Leader of the Free World” | Non-Intervention.com

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