05 February 2016

Syria "peace deal" meaningless

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Present attempts to negotiate an end to the Syrian Civil War are part of a new effort by western countries to impose their will on Syria.


This was the opinion of Tony Cartalucci, addressing the future of the embattled Arab country at New Eastern Outlook on 22 January.

Syria has been fending off western "regime change" attempts for years, with the devastating attempted coup costing hundreds of thousands of lives and destroying the country's civil infrastructure. Around half the population of Syria has been displaced by the US attempt to impose its shallow ideas of "democracy" and "freedom" on the country by supporting terrorists and corrupt regional governments.

Cartalucci dismissed the current peace talks as a trick. The fake "opposition", made up of foreign thugs and US hit men trying to seize power over the dead bodies of the Syrian people in Damascus and Aleppo, is only negotiating because it is losing the war. Cartalucci believes the end of the war is near, and the west's only reason for talking is that its forces are being defeated:
As Syrian troops backed by Russian airpower move ever closer to the Turkish border in the north, thus cutting the lifelines feeding terrorists operating inside of Syria, and as Syrian forces cut off the Syrian-Jordanian border, the end of the war draws nearer.
Escalation has been one of the other options used by western powers in trying to forcefully impose a pro-western regime over the Syrian people. As Cartalucci writes, the west wants to change the tide of battle yet again in favor of terrorists and prevent a swift end to the war at this stage. It has "attempted to escalate the conflict, and also negotiate an end to it, attempting to leverage what remaining influence it has over the battle via its dwindling proxy forces and the treat of direct military intervention".

The increasing threat of direct involvement by the west to defeat Bashar al-Assad referenced above may be the recent attempts by the US to construct military bases inside Syria. A US base is reported to be under construction, in violation of international law and potentially bringing the trespassing US units into direct conflict with both the Syrian Arab Army and the Russian Aerospace Forces.


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Topple: deport all bigots, not refugees

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Op-ed writer Steve Topple has appealed to Europeans to learn their history lessons again before calling for Nazi-like collective measures against refugees fleeing conflict zones such as Syria.


Topple does not hesitate to point out the west is to blame for the war in Syria. The west must make space for refugees, as it must face the consequences of its actions and atone for what it has done.

The post accuses Western societies of ignoring their own hand in creating a crisis for themselves, which they now try to shirk responsibility for by wanting to turn refugees away:
The anti-refugee rhetoric appeared to be systematically ratcheted up in nearly every country across the continent, without the smallest whiff of hypocrisy that the West’s agenda had largely contributed to this man-made crisis.
Elaborating on this responsibility, Topple writes that "Western foreign policy is partly to blame for the situation in the Middle East, which is rapidly spiralling out of control. Decade after decade we have geopolitically been led by our unquenchable thirst for oil and gas, regardless of the consequences." Amidst the hysteria spreading through Europe at the inevitable globalization of displacement and misery caused by western military aggression, many have called for all refugees (with particular emphasis on Muslims) to be deported.

Topple has an alternative suggestion of who deport:
Expatriate all the loathsome, lobotomised right-wing bigots and replace them with refugees. 
Because I, for one, would rather we have a diverse, socially-rich, colourful society where the quality of life for everyone was far greater, than an insular, closeted, angry and scared country where the opinions of loathsome, vile bigots whose views belong in a 1970’s sitcom were the norm.
Tackling the specific hysteria of many right wing groups and commentators, Topple strikes back at their assertions:
Oh – and the individuals screaming “Rapefugees!” and “Women and girls aren’t safe!” when discussing refugees after we have just observed Holocaust Memorial Day, may wish to Google “Collective Responsibility” – although I doubt their myopic brains would be able to cope with the resonance.
Although many right-wing figures in the west are obsessed with World War II and the idea of supporting the Israeli apartheid regime to atone for the Holocaust, they are just as interested in committing a new genocide against Muslims. The additional inability to condemn Israeli expansion and ethnic cleansing and to support it, no matter how untenable, shows nothing was really learned from the Holocaust.


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02 February 2016

Obama's "dark money" executive order

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Today, this blog takes a break from its normal severe criticism of the Obama administration.


For anyone on the side of transparency like our blog, Obama's possible "No Secret Money Executive Order", as Demand Progress termed it after studying a New York Times article on the subject, is an absolute must-support.

If applied (and it is likely that Obama will allow it to stumble in Congress where it will be blocked by the very same vultures it was designed to expose) the executive order will force large corporate contractors hired by the Federal government to publish a list of their campaign gifts. As Demand Progress activists wrote, "This executive order would force them to choose: Disclose your donations, or give up those sweet federal contracts."

Absurd reasoning has already been offered against transparency in other aspects of government policy in the past, and the GOP clearly still excels in such nonsense, but here is a new gem to be recorded by us. From the NYT article:
"The real goal of the disclosure proponents is to harass, intimidate and silence those with whom they disagree,” said Blair Latoff Holmes, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We continue to believe that one’s political activities should play no role in whether or not you get or keep a federal contract, and we encourage the administration to leave this bad idea right where it is."
What do you think? Do you agree with Demand Progress that making corporations publish the truth about their campaign donations is the right thing to do, or with the Chamber of Commerce that it is a type of harassment and intimidation against lovely liars if the public knows who is paying them?


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US wars condemned by Mont brother

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An apparent brother from the enigmatic Mont Order has emerged to offer moral and political condemnation of the neocon criminal regime in the United States.


Writing in an exhaustive comment post at his blog on Saturday, Mont member code-named Naughteeis slammed wars, corruption and lies emanating constantly from the American government. Particular focus is given to the Washington regime's war crimes and its attempts to vilify foreign powers and groups to distract the American people from its own brutality.

Preserved from the comment are some of the best quotes we have gathered, and appear below:
"Washington's culture of spectacle and fraud and abuse of power never listens to anyone but their masters who own this country... 
"Real Capitalism would let the fraudsters fail and crash and burn, that's why the idea of free market capitalism is a myth... 
"...when the Warsaw Pact was dissolved NATO had outlived its original purpose and now has become the major belligerent in the world... 
"It's the same old game, [it's] as old as time itself, divide and conquer by creating as much chaos and instability as possible. We keep reinforcing and justifying their hatred for us with our Exceptionalism... 
"Although Washington is the most active with their manufacturing of weapons of destruction and distribution of these weapons around the world, the UK, France, Germany and Russia all arm the world with their modern weapons too... 
"Our government is the perfect definition of insanity. They keep repeating their same old game over and over again hoping for more chaos and death and destruction than the time before... 
"The ones who own this country, the ones who really run this country, the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) and the Deep Police State (DPS) hiding behind the curtain of Government"
The Mont Order has codified, maintained and promoted its new seven-point code of values since its global video conference in October 2015.


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