Thursday, 17 August 2017

The West Supplied Chemical Weapons to Syrian Rebels, Says Russian Foreign Ministry


Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday there is evidence that the West is supplying chemical weapons to militants in Syria.

“Yes, it’s true,” she told the state-funded Vesti FM radio station on Thursday morning. "Western countries and regional powers are directly and indirectly supplying militants, terrorists and extremists in Syria with banned toxic substances.”

The comment came after Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said on Wednesday that chemical weapons supposedly produced by the United States and Britain had been found in areas previously held by Islamic State.*  

The Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad, which Russia backs, has been been widely accused of using chemical weapons. In June, a report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said the banned nerve agent sarin had been used in an attack in northern Syria in April.

A joint United Nations and OPCW investigation earlier said Syrian government forces had used chlorine gas in three attacks in 2014 and 2015.

During the interview, Zakharova said the West was also providing terrorists in Syria with small arms, money and “informational support,” citing the White Helmets, a volunteer group which works in opposition-held territory in Syria, as an example.

She said it was “a proven fact” that the White Helmets engaged in the “falsification of its humanitarian activities, the recording of ‘fake videos’ on the reanimation of children and civilian population.”

“And look at what happened in the West,” she said. “I’m not even talking about the fact that [the White Helmets] were cited practically on a daily basis, that its videos were shared online with the speed of light on platforms supported by the West.”

“The pinnacle was when they received an Oscar,” she said, referring to the Oscar-winning Netflix documentary on the group. Zakharova also slammed the fact the group was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Islamic State is a terrorist organization banned in Russia.
https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/the-west-supplied-chemical-weapons-to-syrian-rebels-says-russian-foreign-ministry-58681

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 17th, 2017.]

‘No Military Action Without Our Consent’ - South Korea Against War on Korean Peninsula


South Korea's president says only his country can decide the fate of the Korean Peninsula - and whether there will be any military action there. The statement came as thousands protested in Seoul against the United States' deployment of the THAAD missile defense system in their country. The calls for de-escalation contrast sharply with US President Donald Trump's statements though...



There is too much to lose for all sides when it comes to war in Korea. Nevertheless, it's likely that the US will continue to use the Korean situation to impose limited sanctions (tariffs) on China - a long term goal of the Trump Administration.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 17th, 2017.]

Charlottesville 2 - Paul Craig Roberts


What the liberal/progressive/left is trying to do with Charlottesville is to associate Trump supporters with White Supremacists and in this way demonize Trump supporters so that they will not have a voice when Trump is overthrown in a coup. Or it can be put in a different way: Charlottesville is being used by someone to discredit Trump and the people who elected him in order to pave the way for a coup, and the liberal/progressive/left is enabling the plot.

Upon reflection, I think that for most of the liberal/progressive/left the denunciations and one-sided interpretation of Charlottesville are just the ingrained knee-jerk reaction of people brought up in Identity Politics. In Identity Politics, everyone is a White Hat except racist, sexist, homophobic, gun-nut white males. The only tolerable white males are those who accept this characterization of themselves. All others are “white supremacists” or “nazis.”

From what I read on progressive websites, those imbued with Identity Politics are letting the emotionalism of the politics run away with them. My friend, Rob Kall, who is fair and open-minded and posts my columns on OpEdNews, including those to which he takes exception, writes: “Trump is Now the Leader of White Supremacists and Nazis.” Rob reaches this conclusion because Trump held both sides responsible for the violence in Charlottesville. By seeing equivalence between the two sides, Trump “made it clear that he was siding with the White Supremacists, giving them aid, support and encouragement.” https://www.opednews.com/articles/Trump-is-Now-the-Leader-of-by-Rob-Kall-Donald-Trump_Hate-Groups-Neo-Nazis_White-Supremacist-170816-650.html (You might remember Jean Kirkpatrick who denounced liberals for seeing moral equivalence between the Soviet Union and the US.) I doubt this is the way Trump saw his statement. From the news videos I saw, there seemed to be plenty of hate on both sides. Certainly, there is plenty of hate for Trump among progressives.

In the Washington Post, Alexandra Petri finds Trump’s words condemning the violence on both aides to be “despicable words.” Petri apparently thinks that, counter to what the news coverage shows, the counter protesters did not engage in any violence, or else she thinks that violence from this side was justified but not violence from the other side. She condemns Trump for his statement: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.” In her opinion, the last three words, “on many sides” shows that Trump is partial to White Supremacists. http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/15/donald-trumps-despicable-words/

Richard Eskow joins the chorus. He links together deaths in Charlottesville, New York, Portland, Charleston, under “white nationalist terror” and hands them to Trump. https://www.opednews.com/articles/Trump-Won-t-Say-It-But-We-by-Richard-Eskow-Hatred_Terrorism_Trump-Mental-State_White-Male-Effect-170814-424.html

The Daily Kos also equates Trump’s blaming both sides for the violence, which is what the media reports show to be the case, with a defense of “white supremacist/neo-Nazi violence.” https://www.opednews.com/articles/Trump-defends-white-suprem-by-Daily-Kos-Protest_Trump-Insults_Violence_White-Male-Privilege-170815-734.html

Joe Macare at Truthout tells us that “Truthout will continue to report on the threat of neo-Nazis in the street — as well as those in the White House who are in lockstep with their agenda. We’ll talk to the people organizing against fascism on all fronts. We won’t equivocate or condemn ‘both sides.’ We won’t blame the Nazis’ targets for the hate they receive. But we know that these are not the only faces of racism. Whether it manifests itself in education policy, in gentrification, in economic inequality, in racist policing or in the United States’ immigration and ‘defense’ policies, Truthout will continue exposing white supremacy in all its forms.”

Truthout’s Anna Sutton expresses her “Heartbreak, Anger.” She doesn’t know where to begin. But she sees a fundraising opportunity. Make a donation and Truthout will “tell it like it is” against the “corporate and right-wing media” that are “bending over backwards to normalize Trump and the violence and xenophobia displayed by his rabid followers.” One wonders what corporate right-wing media she is talking about, The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, all of which denounce Trump 24/7?

How do we avoid the question: who is over the top, the “alt-right” at Charlottesville or their progressive critics?

Over at CounterPunch, a remnant of America’s left-wing, John Eskow tells us that he has walked among white supremacists “since I first learned to walk. They surrounded me in blue-collar Utica, New York—an early capitol of Rust Belt America, back in the 1950s.”

Here is Identity Politics’ association of the working class with White Supremacy. The all-powerful, all-threatening White Supremacists could do nothing to prevent—who?—from offshoring their jobs to Asia. But these people, who are so powerless that they could not even save their own jobs, are a great threat to us good people, who sat sucking our thumbs in unconcern while their economic lives were snuffed out. https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/16/among-the-racists/

CounterPuncher John Wight, prior to affirming the dogma that from the very beginning America has been “synonymous with white supremacy,” first unleashes both barrels on the liberal/progressives: “Strident declamations against fascism in Charlottesville from those who supported fascists in Kiev, calls for action to be taken against extremists in America by those who’ve been supporting them in Syria. What is this if not rank hypocrisy?”

Ah, so, why did the liberal/progressives align with the military/security complex and the neoconservatives against Donald Trump who declared, to his undoing, his intention to normalize relations with Russia, thus removing the enemy needed to justify the $1 trillion annual budget of the military/security complex? These vast monies could have gone into health care for the unprovided, into public assistance for the unprovided, but the liberal/progressive/left would not have it. If the liberal/progressives are so against violence and hate, why do they support the hate campaign against Trump and Russia?

Has Identity Politics made the liberal/progressive/left deaf, dumb, and blind such that their reality is limited to the emotions that Identity Politics produces?

This is a valid question. It is not meant to be derogatory. It is meant to lead to an understanding of our plight as a country. How does a country in which blacks are taught to hate whites, women are taught to hate men, and whose history is explained as white oppression successfully deal with the defining issues of our time?

Indeed, such a country is incapable of even recognizing the real issues. It seems clear enough that our doom is certain.

Identity Politics has such a firm hold on universities, media, all sorts of subject areas in public schools such as black studies, women studies, race studies, native American studies, and in Democratic Party politics that reality is absent from the picture. Most of what is deplored by Identity Politics are simply products of history, not of the evil intentions of white males. It once was the case that the function of liberal progressivism was to reform what was inherited from the past and had been morally outgrown. But this progressive agenda has been abandoned to hate that is just as wrong and deadly as the hate to which the liberal progressives object. So we are left with what: hate against hate. This is not promising.

We have to come back to the question, why is the liberal/progressive/left comfortable with being aligned with the warmonger neoconservatives and the military/security complex against President Donald Trump who intended, until he was blocked, to reduce the extremely dangerous to all of mankind tensions between the US and Russia created over 24 years by the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes? If you are really against violence, why oppose the only president we have had since Reagan who wants to reduce the risk of nuclear conflict?

I have asked this question a number of times. I have never had an answer from the liberal/progressive/left.

Are we to conclude that they are unaware, lost as they are in their hatred of white, heterosexual males, that they don’t care, that they want Trump destroyed even if Pence, the replacement, leads us into unwinnable war with Russia and China?

Why do the environmental and wildlife preservation organizations jump on the anti-Trump bandwaggon. Are they unaware of the consequences to all life of nuclear war?

What explains the total unreality in which Americans exist? We are supposed to be the leaders of the world. How can we lead when we are so utterly, hopelessly blind and stupid and consumed by hate?
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/08/16/charlottesville-2/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 17th, 2017.]

McCain Condemns Far-Right Violence in Charlottesville While Supporting Ukrainian Nationalists


US Senator John McCain has joined the ranks of politicians condemning the far-right violence in Charlottesville. However, many Twitter users were quick to remind him that he was pictured with Ukrainian nationalists not so long ago...



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 17th, 2017.]

Yes, the Alt-Left Exists: Yes, it is Violent (Styx)


Trump is nowhere near coherent enough to make it plain and simple.



Styx explaining what Trump tried to articulate.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 17th, 2017.]

TWITTER SUSPENDED MY ACCOUNT BECAUSE SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS COMPLAINED OF A TWEET (H.A. Goodman)




And H.A. Goodman is from the left, but he is also a truth teller.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 17th, 2017.]

Keiser Report (E1111): 'Silver Lining' of US Mortality Rates


Up for discussion in this episode is ‘the silver lining’ of the shocking increase in US mortality rates - reduced pension costs for corporations, increased profits for shareholders. At least this is the upside, according to the financial press. Max also interviews Stephen Baldwin about their plans for The Great American Pilgrimage as they cross America in an RV looking to meet the people overlooked by mainstream television media. By the end of the pilgrimage, they hope to have had a whole lot of fun and a little bit of enlightenment.



Max opens with the comment about the economics of extinction.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 17th, 2017.]

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Syrian War Report – August 15, 2017: Tiger Forces Clearing Central Syria From ISIS




Related:

Syrian War Report – August 14, 2017: Govt-held Area In Syria Grown Significantly Over Two Months


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 16th, 2017.]

Free Speech at All Costs: We Must Reject Authoritarianism in All Forms (Styx)


You can reject the far left and far right without enabling state abuse; and rejecting state abuse is more important anyways.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 16th, 2017.]

JULIAN ASSANGE ASKS WHY THE US SAID NOTHING WHEN OBAMA SUPPORTED UKRAINIAN NEO-NAZIS



Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has sent a series of highly apposite Tweets regarding the recent right wing versus left wing protests in Charlottesville that have resulting in one death and multiple injuries.

In the above Tweet, Assange has juxtaposed a neo-Nazi torch march in Kiev with the far-right torch march in Charlottesville. Apart from the torches, it is clear that the Ukrainian fascists were far more equipped for violence as they were wearing bullet-proof combat gear and facial coverings.

Apart from this, the Ukrainian neo-Nazis got scant political coverage in the western media in spite of the fact that their actions included overthrowing a legitimate government as recognised by the United Nations and the installation of a fascist regime which continues to wage a war of aggression on the peoples of Donbass. This war has included the use of chemical weapons on civilians.
http://www.blacklistednews.com/Julian_Assange_asks_why_the_US_said_nothing_when_Obama_supported_Ukrainian_neo-Nazis/60301/0/38/38/Y/M.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 16th, 2017.]

News Round-Up: Trump, Virginia Protests, Gender Fluidity & More...




Richie Allen considers that much of what we are seeing from the Trump Administration is deliberate theatre for the masses. This may be true in some respects.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 16th, 2017.]

James Corbett on Learned Helplessness and Learned Optimism


In this clip from the BFP Roundtable on "Why Are Americans So Apathetic?" James Corbett gives a short lesson on learned helplessness and learned optimism.



One can become more optimistic by understanding how the world really works, and then recognising various steps that can be taken to rectify the negative things you see (by simply spreading awareness of the problems as the first step).

Having a number of wise quotations helps: “One of the prevailing sources of misery and crime is in the generally accepted assumption, that because things have been wrong a long time, it is impossible they will ever be right.”

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 16th, 2017.]

Keiser Report (E1110): Trend reversals


Max and Stacy discuss Obamacare death spirals and towns left to die post-trade deals. In the second half, Max continues his interview with Gerald Celente of TrendsResearch.com about paradigm shifts: from cryptocurrencies to electric cars.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 16th, 2017.]

Summer Temperatures Plummet - As Climate Scientists Ramp Up Their Fraud (Tony Heller)


Summer afternoon temperatures in the US have plummeted over the last 80 years. But this story doesn't scare anyone and doesn't bring in funding. So climate scientists are telling spectacular lies to keep their scam alive.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 16th, 2017.]

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

This Week in Stupid, Charlottesville (13/08/2017) - Sargon of Akkad


The alt right and social justice warriors are racial collectivists who are opposed to the basic values of the Enlightenment.



Sargon's perspective on the situation, in terms of the ideological battle, is right on the money. He points out that these fascists exist because of creeping left wing (over the top) Social Justice 'activism'. He also points out that the police should have kept these groups apart.

Sargon, as a liberal, condemns both fascists and communists who act as racial collectivists. He points to the fact that modern Western society has been based upon the idea of individualism where people have individual rights and are not organised by things such as skin colour or religious disposition.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 15th, 2017.]

Charlottesville Protest Turns Violent: Antifa And The Left vs White Nationalist aka Unit The Right (The Doctor of Common Sense)




The Doctor of Common Sense points out that perceived oppression of one group of people (injustice) will result in a backlash. He has no sympathy for extremists from any of the factions that appeared in Charlottesville.

The Doctor also addresses the fact that race baiting played a part in what is happening today, along with the fact that authorities on the day (deliberately) didn't step in to stop what was unfolding (in order to create an incident).

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 15th, 2017.]

Charlottesville, Trump's Response, Car Plows into Crowd, Helicopter Downed; My Response to Chaos (Styx)




Styxhexenhammer666 makes good points about how the media has used race baiting to help create the situation that unfolded in Charlottesville. The media frames things within a identitarian frame work, brain washing people to think within an "us vs them" mindset. What happened was not unexpected.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 15th, 2017.]

Establishment Main Stream Media Narratives, Remember Who They Serve Re: Charlottesville (Sane Progressive)




The Sane Progressive points out how identity politics helped create what happened through divisive narratives pushed in the media. Vilification and narrow 'talking point' politics caused what happened (the general violence).

She warns how the existing power structure is placing the blame for the present situation on Trump and thus causes people to ignore the wider circumstance that led to the incident.

What is happening today in the US ultimately helps the Police State.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 15th, 2017.]

Trump Warns Xi: Trade War With China Begins Monday


As if there weren't enough geopolitical and social stress points in the world to fill a lifetime of "sleepy, vacationy" Augusts, late on Friday night President Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping and told him that he's preparing to order an investigation into Chinese trade practices next week, according to NBC. Politico confirms that Trump is ready to launch a new trade crackdown on China next week, citing an administration official, a step that Trump delayed two weeks ago under the guidance of his new Chief of Staff Gen. Kelly, but now appears imminent. It is also an escalation which most analysts agree will launch a trade war between Washington and Beijing.

As Politico details, Trump on Monday will call for an investigation into China over allegations that the nation violated U.S. intellectual property rights and forced technology transfers, the official said. While it's unclear how much detail Trump will get into in the announcement, administration officials expect U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to open an investigation against China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. The ordering of the investigation will not immediately impose sanctions but could lead to steep tariffs on Chinese goods. Trump has expressed frustration in recent months over what he sees as China's unfair trade policies.

As we discussed two weeks ago, Trump had planned to launch the trade investigation more than a week ago, but he delayed the move in favor of securing China's support for expanded U.N. sanctions against North Korea, the senior administration official said.
The pending announcement also comes amid heightened tension between the United States and China, even after the Trump administration scored a victory in persuading Beijing to sign onto new United Nations sanctions on North Korea. Still, Trump has delayed trade action before, amid pressure from business groups and major trading partners:
Two Commerce Department reports examining whether to restrict steel and aluminum imports on national security grounds were expected by the end of June but have been bottled up in an internal review. Trading partners raised threats of retaliation and domestic steel users complained of being hurt by price increases and restricted supply.
The trade investigation will immediately strain relations between the U.S. and China as the two countries wrestle with the unpredictable situation over North Korea.  Should Trump follow through, the move will lay the groundwork for Trump to impose tariffs against Chinese imports, which will mark a significant escalation in his efforts to reshape the trade relationship between the world's two largest economies. In other words, even if there is now conventional war announced with either North Korea or Venezuela, Trump's next step is to launch a trade war against China.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-12/trump-warns-xi-trade-war-china-begins-Monday

Trump's election promise was to bring back industry to the US via tariffs placed on goods coming in from China, Mexico and other regions. What is occurring here will ultimately prove beneficial to US workers as businesses reverse their decades long practice of outsourcing.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 15th, 2017.]

91 NEW VOLCANOES Found Under ANTARCTIC ICE, BIG BLOW to CLIMATE ALARMISTS




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 15th, 2017.]