How Americans’ most respected institution secretly stole at least $90,000 from each American between 1998 and 2015 | Intrepid Report.com – Eric Zuesse

December 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The US military is the most respected institution by the American people.According to investigations by the inspector general of the US Department of Defense—investigations which were based on inspections of only portions of the department’s financial records, not of all of them, and so the amount is incomplete—that Department had disappeared at least $21 trillion of funds from US taxpayers during the 18-year period 1998-2015. The US population, during that period, was around 300 million people; so, at a bare minimum, approximately $70,000 was being stolen (or otherwise disappeared at the US Defense Department) from each American during that time. However, $10 in 1998 was worth $14.54 in 2015; so, considering inflation, each American was robbed, during that period, of at least around $90,000, by the most respected institution. The average US household or “family” has 2.54 people. So, the average US household lost AT LEAST around $223,000, from thefts (or ‘lost money’) by the US military, during 1998-2015. (This fact has never been published before, because this calculation has never before been done; the loss to individual persons and families hasn’t previously been calculated.)

Source: How Americans’ most respected institution secretly stole at least $90,000 from each American between 1998 and 2015 | Intrepid Report.com

A World of Multiple Detonators of Global Wars – James Petras

December 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

We face a world of multiple wars some leading to direct global conflagrations and others that begin as regional conflicts but quickly spread to big power confrontations.

We will proceed to identify ‘great power’ confrontations and then proceed to discuss the stages of ‘proxy’ wars with world war consequences.

In our times the US is the principal power in search of world domination through force and violence. Washington has targeted :top level targets, namely China, Russia, Iran; secondary objectives Afghanistan, North and Central Africa, Caucuses and Latin America.

Source: A World of Multiple Detonators of Global Wars

U.S. is the world’s invasion nation | Intrepid Report.com – Eric Zuesse

December 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

On November 29, Gallup headlined “Democrats Lead Surge in Belief U.S. Should Be World Leader” and reported, “Three-fourths (75%) of Americans today think the United States has ‘a special responsibility to be the leading nation in world affairs,’ up from 66% in 2010. The surge is driven by Democrats, whose belief in this idea has increased from 61% eight years ago to 81% now.” This finding comes even after the lie-based and catastrophic U.S. invasions of Iraq in 2003, and of Libya in 2011 (and of so many others, such as Afghanistan, where the U.S. and Sauds created the Taliban in 1979).

Americans—now even increasingly—want ‘their’ (which is actually America’s billionaires’) government to be virtually the world’s government, policing the world. They want this nation’s government to be determining what international laws will be enforced around the world, and to be enforcing them. Most Americans don’t want the United Nations to have power over the U.S. (its billionaires’) government, but instead want the U.S. government (its billionaires) to have power over the United Nations (which didn’t authorize any of those evil, lie-based, U.S. invasions).

Not only would doing this bankrupt all constructive domestic functions (health, education, infrastructure, etc.) of the U.S. federal government, but it would also increase the global carnage, as if the U.S. government hasn’t already been doing enough of that, for decades now.

Source: U.S. is the world’s invasion nation | Intrepid Report.com

Russia Dispatching Blackjack Bombers to Venezuela

December 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Russia is deploying nuclear-capable Tu-160 Blackjack bombers to Venezuela this week as part of an increasingly provocative pattern of bomber training flights, according to American defense officials.

At least two Blackjacks will fly from a strategic forces air base in Russia to Venezuela as part of a series of training exercises that will include long-range refueling, said officials familiar with Russian plans for the flight.

The bomber foray to South America will be Russia’s seventh training flight for Blackjack bombers in the past three months.

Source: Russia Dispatching Blackjack Bombers to Venezuela

Land Destroyer: NATO’s Aggression Reaches for Russian Waters – Tony Cartalucci

December 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

The intentional provocation executed by Kiev saw three Ukrainian naval vessels seized by Russia. The vessels were intentionally violating protocol for passing through the Strait – protocol previously agreed upon by Kiev and previously observed by Ukrainian naval vessels.

The extent to which Ukraine was aware of these protocols and the 2003 agreement that put them in place includes entire events organized in Ukraine by NATO-sponsored “think tanks” discussing the necessity to “rip them up” and attempt to assert greater control over the current joint-use of the Sea of Azov.

Source: Land Destroyer: NATO’s Aggression Reaches for Russian Waters

It’s Not a Matter of IF EMP Weapons Will Be Used Against the US, but When and What Type – Dave Hodges – The Common Sense Show

December 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Please note that any invasion of America’s Southwest underbelly would have to negate American air cover. It has also  been pointed out in this article, that these solar energy farms located adjacent or near American domestic airbases which could easily be negated.

Although I do not see the utility for our adversaries to bring down the entire grid with an EMP, I have no trouble believing in a localized EMP attack like the one that took down the Iraqi General would be used to negate American air cover during a Red Dawn invasion.

Source: It’s Not a Matter of IF EMP Weapons Will Be Used Against the US, but When and What Type – Dave Hodges – The Common Sense Show

Global Pushback Against Israel Rises – American Free Press – Philip Giraldi

December 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

One of the remarkable aspects of the Israeli government’s program to turn the United States into a vassal state that exists to provide money, political support, and military interventions to destroy adversaries like Iran is the complete lack of any debate on the issue in the U.S. mainstream media or in Congress. But there are signs that at least some of that might be changing. The election of at least three Democratic congresswomen—Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—who might be willing to discuss Israel in something less than worshipful ways is an only miniscule shift in the alignment of the Democratic party, where Jewish money dominates, but it reflects the views of the party’s grassroots. A recent poll demonstrates that surveyed Democrats favor Israel over Palestine by a margin of only 2%—27% versus 25%—with the remainder of responders favoring neither side.

Source: Global Pushback Against Israel Rises – American Free Press

The war on journalists – John Kaminski

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi leader Muhammad bin Salman were mighty chummy at the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires 12/1/18. The Saudi leader nicknamed MbS was not otherwise much in demand, it seemed, following the recent grisly murder of a Saudi critic this rookie dictator was suspected of ordering.

Donald Trump has boosted the U.S. economy by selling weapons of death to MbS and other Arab dictators. But when asked about Khashoggi’s murder, the President replied the matter was a less important than America’s energy needs.

The congenial approval of both Trump and Putin to MbS’s very public dispatching of one of his critics, the Washington Post columnist and Saudi citizen Adnan Khashoggi, foreshadows an even more problematic future for journalists attempting to sift some truth out of the lies governments throw at them.

Source: The war on journalists

Land Destroyer: Who is Winning the US-Chinese AI Arms Race? – Gunnar Ulson

December 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Information technology has already transformed virtually every aspect of modern civilization. The rise of artificial intelligence and the ability of systems to train themselves rather than be programmed, allowing them to perform tasks no human could, is expected to have as much, if not more an impact than the proliferation of computers and the Internet.

The Wall Street Journal recently published an interview with Kai-Fu Lee, former head of Google in China and current CEO of Sinovation Ventures in Beijing, comparing US-Chinese strategies regarding the research, development and deployment of AI.

China’s lack of regulatory obstacles and deeply entrenched corporate monopolies is giving China an advantage over the US. While US higher education is producing more, and better computer scientists specializing in AI at the moment, China is catching up.

Source: Land Destroyer

Source: Land Destroyer: Who is Winning the US-Chinese AI Arms Race?

Is Putin the Provocateur in the Kerch Crisis? | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

December 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

On departure for the G-20 gathering in Buenos Aires, President Donald Trump canceled his planned weekend meeting with Vladimir Putin, citing as his reason the Russian military’s seizure and holding of three Ukrainian ships and 24 sailors.

But was Putin really the provocateur in Sunday’s naval clash outside Kerch Strait, the Black Sea gateway to the Sea of Azov?

Or was the provocateur Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko?

First, a bit of history.

Source: Is Putin the Provocateur in the Kerch Crisis? | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

Drama in the Kerch Strait: teasing the Russian bear | Asia Times

November 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

When the Ukrainian navy sent a tugboat and two small gunboats on Sunday to force their way through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov, it knew in advance the Russian response would be swift and merciless.

After all, Kiev was entering waters claimed by Russia with military vessels without clarifying their intent.

The intent, though, was clear; to raise the stakes in the militarization of the Sea of Azov.

Predictably, Western media has been complaining again about “Russian aggression”, a gift that keeps on giving. Or blaming Russia for its over-reaction, overlooking the fact that Ukraine’s incursion was with military vessels, not fishing boats. Russian resolve was quite visible, as powerful Ka-52 “Alligator” assault helicopters were promptly on the scene.

Source: Drama in the Kerch Strait: teasing the Russian bear | Asia Times

Land Destroyer: Ukraine Provokes Russia to What End? – Tony Cartalucci

November 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Russia has seized three Ukrainian military vessels violating its territory near Russia’s newly completed Crimean Bridge. The incident is a clear provocation carried out by Kiev and possibly engineered by Kiev’s Western sponsors – particularly those in Washington and London.

Ukrainian military vessels are in fact permitted to pass from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov provided they notify Russian authorities beforehand. The Sea of Azov – according to a joint agreement signed by Kiev and Moscow in 2003 – is considered internal waters of both Ukraine and Russia.

With the completion of the Crimean Bridge connecting Russian Crimea to the rest of Russian territory across the Strait of Kerch, security measures have understandably increased.

According to Russian state media, Ukrainian military vessels have previously observed agreed upon protocol when transiting the Strait of Kerch with military vessels. For the sake of provocation, they chose not to this time.

Source: Land Destroyer: Ukraine Provokes Russia to What End?

‘The Saker’ Fears “Very Real Possibility” Of Ukraine Full-Scale War With Russia | Zero Hedge

November 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Well, the most likely options is just one more Ukie bawling about the “Russian aggression” with the hope that this will a) raise the value of the Poroshenko regime in the eyes of the Empire and b) disrupt the planned Trump-Putin meeting.

I am not so sure that Poroshenko will be given the option to simply cancel the elections.  Yes, he cannot win, but the Empire can replace him.  Not only that, but outright canceling the elections would be a PR disaster (but one which is sometimes chosen by the Empire’s “sons of bitches” like, say, Mahmoud Abbas).  Still there is also a very good chance that the Ukronazis regime feeling that it has nothing to lose would take such an unprecedented step.

Some kind of limited Ukronazi military operations against Russia, Novorussia, Crimea or the Kerch bridge would be militarily suicidal but political very profitable as it would allow Poroshenko to a) blame Russia for all the Ukrainian problems and b) demand even more aid to “resist against the Russian aggression”. 

Source: ‘The Saker’ Fears “Very Real Possibility” Of Ukraine Full-Scale War With Russia | Zero Hedge

Strategic Waterways and “The Kerch Strait Incident”: Towards Military Escalation? – Global Research Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

November 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Since May 2018, a new bridge links Eastern Crimea to  Russia’s Krasnodar region. (image right)

Are we gearing towards a Kerch Strait Incident, namely a “Pretext” which could potentially lead to armed conflict?
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In response to these events, the Ukrainian armed forces have been put on full combat alert, in consultation with NATO. The adoption of martial law was put forth by President Poroshenko (to be debated in the Kiev parliament)

Meanwhile Moscow has called for the convening of an emergency UN Security council meeting. According to the Guardian

Source: Strategic Waterways and “The Kerch Strait Incident”: Towards Military Escalation? – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

The Loss of Life, From World War I to World War III. What Would Happen if a Third World War Were to Break Out? – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

November 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Paris November commemoration of the End of World War I: The War the End All Wars  acknowledges that 14 million lives were lost in the course of The Great War I (1914-18).  

The largest casualties were incurred by Russia, France, Germany, Italy, the British Empire (including troops from Canada, Ireland and British colonies),  and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. 

Source: The Loss of Life, From World War I to World War III. What Would Happen if a Third World War Were to Break Out? – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Land Destroyer: NATO’s Greatest Enemy is Itself

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Accidents happen. For Norway at the conclusion of NATO’s Trident Juncture 2018 military exercises, such an accident occurred with its Lockheed Martin Aegis-equipped frigate, HNoMS Helge Ingstad.

After a collision with an oil tanker, the frigate’s captain ordered the ship aground to prevent a total loss. The quick thinking may have saved the lives of Norwegian sailors and made salvaging operations easier. Thankfully no lives were lost and only eight injuries are being reported by the Western media.

The NATO exercises the Helge Ingstad was participating in simulated an invasion of Norway. As the Council on Foreign Relations made clear in their article, “NATO’s Trident Juncture Exercises: What to Know,” the imaginary invaders were obvious stand-ins for Russia.

Source: Land Destroyer: NATO’s Greatest Enemy is Itself

Afghanistan takes center stage in the New Great Game | Asia Times

November 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

In the “graveyard of empires,” Afghanistan never ceases to deliver geopolitical and historical twists. Last week in Moscow, another crucial chapter in this epic story was written when Russia pledged to use its diplomatic muscle to spur peace efforts in the war-torn country.

Flanked by Afghan representatives and their Taliban rivals, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov talked about “working together with Afghanistan’s regional partners and friends who have gathered at this table.”

“I am counting on you holding a serious and constructive conversation that will justify the hopes of the Afghan people,” he said.

Source: Afghanistan takes center stage in the New Great Game | Asia Times

The Official James Petras website » Cultural Imperialism: Linguistic Perversion and Obfuscation of Empire Building

November 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The use and abuse of the language of politics has served to blame victims and to justify imperial aggressors. The consequences are multiple, both in legitimizing war crimes and economic plunder, as well as neutralizing domestic opposition.

We will proceed by identifying the key terminology which furthers imperial aggression. We will then describe the economic and political objectives of linguistic imperialism.

We will conclude by examining the political/cultural alternatives.

Source: The Official James Petras website » Cultural Imperialism: Linguistic Perversion and Obfuscation of Empire Building

War Criminals in High Office Commemorate the End of World War I – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

November 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

In a bitter irony, several of the World’s leaders who were “peacefully” commemorating the end of World War I in Paris including Trump, Netanyahu, Macron and May are the protagonists of war in Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen. 

To put it bluntly they are war criminals under international law.

They have blood on their hands.

What on earth are they commemorating?

Source: War Criminals in High Office Commemorate the End of World War I – Global Research Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization – Prof Michel Chossudovsky

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