Monday, 18 June 2018

War of Aggression: The Saudi & UAE Slaughter in Yemen isn’t a Proxy Conflict with Iran


Alongside their throttlehold over which reporters can visit what parts of Yemen, and thus what story they can tell, Saudi and Emirati investments in public relations, lobbying, think-tanks, and political consultants are shaping the narrative about their war there. Headline writers, pundits, Wikipedia, news correspondents, and even some so-called experts frame the asymmetric conflict as a “proxy war.” Sunnis nations led by Saudi Arabia are battling Shi`a Iran and its regional proxies, the story goes; the world’s worst man-made humanitarian disaster thus appears as un-named collateral damage.

The word “proxy,” incongruously accompanied by the label of a “civil war” between an “internationally recognized government” and “Iranian-backed militia,” rationalizes the unwarranted, unprovoked Saudi-UAE intervention in Yemen. Some headlines and stories reflect sloppy journalism and the tendency to mindlessly reiterate hackneyed tag-lines. However, make no mistake: big petrodollar spending around DuPont Circle systematically produces a story-line that exonerates the murder and starvation of Yemenis who are not even “Shi`a” in the name of countering overblown Iranian influence.

A proxy war is a clash between contending powers that do not engage directly in combat. Rather, rivals arm, train, and goad third parties in smaller countries to fight one another. The classic Cold War cases were civil or cross-border wars in Central America and southern Africa where communist or socialist forces battled US clients. In the big antagonism between patrons – the Soviet Union and the United States – the battlefield was in the so-called Third World. Some sources (like Wikipedia) characterize the Korean and Vietnam wars as “proxy” conflicts, because the American objective was to defeat communist “proxies;” but these conflicts, named for the places US forces engaged, are more commonly, and accurately, recalled as direct American interventions, or instances of American imperialism. Like scores of US interventions during the era of bipolar competition, they reflected a hegemonic urge to insulate friendly allies from popular revolutions, and to perpetuate dependent regimes.

The US- and UK- supported Saudi and UAE dynasties and their hired analysts insist that their Yemeni adversary is a proxy of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. The inference is that Arab Gulf monarchies righteously resist Iranian – or Shi`a — influence in the Peninsula. Therefore, forty months of relentless bombing and blockade are justified as self-defense.

Poppycock. Sure, the Houthi militia have ex post facto Iranian support – not in their several pre-2011 rebellions against the Salih government, but more recently. When they swept into Sana`a in 2014, with the turncoat support of Salih and his regiments, they instigated regular flights to and from Tehran. This infuriated the Saudi and Emirati governments, who ordered the bombing of Sana`a’s runways and the indefinite shutdown of the airport. Improbably and irrationally, given the domestic roots of their grievances, the Houthis adopted Iranian slogans “death to America, death to Israel.” PressTV and other Iranian propaganda outlets champion the Houthi cause.

Civilian transport and propaganda do not, however, proxies make. The evidence of Houthis receiving Iranian arms despite the strangling Saudi-led, US-backed air and naval blockade is thin; the missiles they fire are low-tech and antiquated, mostly leftovers from the Soviet era. Iranians have not been filmed inside of Yemen. If anything, cries of “Iranian-backed” grossly inflate Tehran’s influence, and even that is more self-fulfilling after-the-fact prophesy than casus belli. No reasonable claim can be advanced that the Houthis take their marching orders or even their inspiration from the Islamic Republic.
https://www.juancole.com/2018/06/aggression-slaughter-conflict.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 18th, 2018.]

The "Hitler Of South Africa" Tells White People, He Won't Kill Them...Yet!


Earlier this week while most of the world was transfixed on the World Cup, the Trump/Kim handshake, or a multitude of other sundry events, Julius Malema, aka the Hitler of South Africa, was busy telling white people in his country that he’s not going wage genocide against them. Yet.

In an interview with TRT World News published this week, Malema said, “We have not called for the killing of white people. At least for now. I can’t guarantee the future.”

When the reporter mentioned that some people might view these remarks as a call to genocide, Malema responded, “Crybabies. Crybabies,” but later warned white South Africans that “the masses are on board” for “an un-led revolution and anarchy”.

Malema is a prominent politician in South Africa and at the forefront of his country’s movement to confiscate land from white property owners and redistribute it to the country’s black population.
No actual specifics about the plan have been revealed, of course.

So even if someone thinks this land grab is social justice, it’s at least reasonable to acknowledge the massive corruption that plagues South Africa’s government.

And presuming that a multi-billion dollar expropriation wouldn’t be fraught with graft is just plain naive.

There has also been zero acknowledgement that forced exprorpriation of private property would cause a wave of defaults on real estate mortgages, triggering a massive banking crisis and unforgiving recession.

South Africa already has a prime example about the economic consequences: Zimbabwe’s own land expropriation plunged that country into an economic cataclysm spanning two decades.

Yet these all seem to be irrelevant details.

Malema even went so far as to downplay Zimbabwe’s economic catastrophe, saying “You cannot [measure] the Zimbawean revolution based on the capitalist definition.”

I’m not sure what Marxist definition he’s using to measure success.

But we do know that two decades after land redistribution in Zimbabwe (which used to be considered the breadbasket of southern Africa), more than a quarter of the population is in danger of starving to death.

So even by the most basic metrics, Zimbabwe’s policies have been a total failure. Copying them is tantamount to suicide.

It’s truly astonishing that someone so dangerous and out of touch has been able to rise to power. And even more astonishing how quickly it’s happened.

A decade ago few people had heard of Malema. Now he commands millions and grows more powerful each day.

Swift, radical changes like this are common around the world, and throughout history.
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-15/hitler-south-africa-tells-white-people-he-wont-kill-themyet

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 18th, 2018.]

The End Of Merkel? German Government In Crisis After Coalition Rebellion Over Immigration


Europe has another political crisis on its hands, and this one could be a big one as it is right in the middle of Europe's growth dynamo "ground zero."

As the WSJ reports, a rebellion over immigration in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc is threatening the stability of her fragile coalition. Merkel’s weekend decision to veto a plan by her interior minister aimed at controlling and reducing illegal migration, and the minister’s refusal to back down, has already shattered an uneasy truce between conservative backers and opponents of her liberal asylum policy, just months after a tenuous coalition government was formed.

As a result, on Thursday Merkel faced a showdown within her conservative camp over the the future of immigration policy that threatens her political future. And, as The Local adds, after late-night talks Wednesday failed to resolve the heated immigration dispute, a parliamentary session was suspended Thursday to allow the rival camps to huddle for tense strategy meetings.

Specifically, Merkel is facing a rebellion from her hardline Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who demands that German border police be given the right to turn back migrants without identity papers or who are already registered elsewhere in the European Union. The chancellor fears that such a move would be seen as further antagonizing already stretched nationalist tentions across the EU and be seen as Germany going it alone, hurting over-burdened frontline Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Greece, and has urged a negotiated EU response instead.

Merkel, the longest-serving EU leader, called immigration "a litmus test for the future of Europe" on Wednesday - but the issue has now rapidly turned into a test of Merkel's own grip on power at home.

The top-selling Bild daily argued that "if no agreement is reached, Angela Merkel must face a vote of confidence and every lawmaker must decide ... Keep going with Merkel's way or face an adventure called fresh elections."

Meanwhile, Augsburger Allgemeine reported on Thursday that Seehofer’s CSU is considered breaking off their alliance with the Merkel’s CDU in the Bundestag. In other words, an outright rebellion within the government, ending the ruling coalition.

The AA quoted an unnamed senior figure in the CSU who said “we aren’t far away from a split. It is touch and go for our united Bundestag faction.”

The tensions have been building for years: Seehofer, from Bavaria state's CSU party, has long been harshly critical of Merkel's decision to open German borders in mid-2015 to a mass influx of over one million asylum seekers. At the height of the crisis, tens of thousands of people fleeing war and misery in Syria, Iraq and other countries crossed the Austrian border into Germany per day in the Alpine state of Bavaria.

The consequences are well know: the mass refugee arrivals, together with numerous high-profile crimes committed by migrants and terrorist attacks by ISIS-sympathizers since, sparked the rise of Germany's anti-immigrant AfD party, which entered parliament last year, upending German politics while support for Germany's establishment parties cratered.

As positions in Merkel's latest domestic battle hardened, the CSU's Bavarian state premier Markus Soeder said that "in immigration, we must no longer do things by halves. We must think about the local population, not just the rest of Europe."

What makes the rebellion especially surprising is that Merkel's CDU and the more conservative CSU are traditional sister parties, but the emotional immigration issue has opened a rift between them that is deepening as the CSU faces an electoral threat by the AfD in a state poll in October.

In sharp contrast to Merkel, Seehofer has voiced open sympathies for right-wing populist governments that are tough on immigration, from Hungary to Austria and Italy. When Seehofer met Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Wednesday, Kurz announced that the interior ministers in Vienna, Rome and Berlin had formed an "axis of the willing" to combat illegal immigration.
Which is just the thing Merkel, and her liberal, globalist influencers, hates to hear.
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-14/end-merkel-german-government-crisis-after-coalition-rebellion-over-immigration

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 18th, 2018.]

This is invasion, not immigration. Rebellion is now stirring! - UKIP Leader Gerard Batten MEP




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 18th, 2018.]

The Corporate Media Has Begun to Whine About Being Treated the Way It Treats Others (Styx)


Trust me I have zero sympathy.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 18th, 2018.]

Why Men Are Refusing To Help Women and Children


A recent story talked about how a woman being attacked on a subway in London and two men refused to intervene. Is something happening that is making men worried about coming to the aid of others? if so, what is it and will this trend get worse or is it all just blown out of proportion?



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 18th, 2018.]

COMICSGATE LIVE - ComicArtistPro Secrets




The battle against SJWs in comics. Ethan Van Sciver invites some of his colleagues, who have also been persecuted, to talk about saving the comic book industry.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 18th, 2018.]

Gemstones & Octopus Fall from the Sky, Glaciers Grow in Africa (Adapt 2030)


Green olivine gemstones are falling from the sky in Hawaii as the erupting Kilauea vent is now send gemstones up 12,000 feet with the ash and when it comes down, you can find a bowl full if you look for 30 minutes. A ferocious line of wind and waterspouts in china dropped octopus, shrimp, starfish from the sky miles inland. Kilimanjaro glacier grows after massive record breaking rain season in Eastern Africa.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 18th, 2018.]

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Government Lies About War...And The Economy Too!


Over the last 100+ years, the U.S. has waged endless wars that have all been wrapped in extravagant lies. The lies were not only to get into the wars, but during the wars as well. How many times did the U.S. "turn the corner" in Vietnam? How many times, over the last 17 years in Afghanistan have we heard "we've turned the corner"? Do you think it's possible for the government to lie about the economy too?



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 17th, 2018.]

120 Countries at UN Condemn Israel Over Gaza Violence


The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted by a strong majority of 120 countries an Arab-backed resolution condemning Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza and rejected a US bid to blame Hamas for the violence.
 
The resolution deplores Israel's use of "excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force" against Palestinian civilians and calls for protection measures for Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.
 
At least 129 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during protests near the border with Gaza that began at the end of March. No Israelis have died.
 
Presented by Algeria and Turkey on behalf of Arab and Muslim countries, the measure won a decisive 120 votes in the 193-member assembly, with 8 votes against and 45 abstentions.
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France was among 12 EU countries that backed the resolution, but Britain abstained along with Italy, Poland and 13 other EU member-states. Russia and China voted in favor.
 
Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, the Solomon Islands and Togo joined the United States and Israel in voting against the resolution.
 
The US amendment condemning Hamas received 62 votes in favor, with 58 against and 42 abstentions. The United States sought to challenge the ruling requiring a two-thirds majority for approval but that was defeated in a separate vote.
https://au.news.yahoo.com/un-votes-condemning-israel-over-gaza-violence-012333501--spt.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 17th, 2018.]

Yemeni War Report – June 14, 2018: Battle For Hudaydah




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 17th, 2018.]

IG REPORT EXPOSES OBAMA CLINTON SERVER EMAILS, 674 CLASSIFIED CLINTON EMAIL REFERENCES (HA Goodman)




Related:

Rep. Meadows: Strzok’s ‘We’ll Stop Trump From Becoming President’ Text Message Was Also HIDDEN FROM CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 17th, 2018.]

Fitton: DOJ, FBI Bent Over Backwards to Protect Clinton


Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton on inspector general's report's findings in the handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation: Don't trust mainstream media analysis



Related:

IG Report: FBI Agents Found Huma Abedin Deleting Classified/Hillary Emails From Yahoo Account But Failed to Subpoena Her Devices

Inspector General’s Report: FBI May Have Covered up Weiner Laptop to Help Clinton

IG Report: FBI Never Designated Hillary Clinton as ‘Subject’ of Classified Email Probe

'Foreign actors' accessed Hillary Clinton emails, documents show

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 17th, 2018.]

‘Crimea is Russian because Everyone there Speaks Russian,’ Trump Reportedly Tells G7 Leaders


President Donald Trump seems to have demonstrated his trademark nuanced understanding of foreign politics when he reportedly told G7 leaders that “Crimea is Russian because everyone who lives there speaks Russian.”

According to Buzzfeed’s usual anonymous sources, Trump made his remark after wading into a discussion on foreign affairs during a dinner at the G7 summit in Quebec, Canada last Friday.

If true, Trump’s statement will likely have ‘Russiagate’ fans and the #resistance screeching. Russia’s 2014 reunification with Crimea, whose population is almost 60 percent ethnic Russian, is widely viewed in the West as an annexation, despite the fact that Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to join Russia.

During the dinner, Trump reportedly questioned why the other G7 leaders were siding with Ukraine, telling them: “Ukraine is one of the most corrupt countries in the world.”
https://www.rt.com/usa/429778-trump-crimea-is-russia/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 17th, 2018.]

The Monologue: F***ery Files, Brexit Is Dead, Tranny Athletics & Israel V Paris Mayor!




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 17th, 2018.]

Italy Summons French Ambassador After Row with Paris Over Migrants


Italy has summoned the French ambassador in Rome, after President Macron criticized Italy's decision to turn away a migrant rescue boat.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 17th, 2018.]

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Understanding Jewish Power - Philip Giraldi


I recently was asked to speak at an online conference entitled Deep Truth: Encountering Deep State Lies. My panel addressed Understanding Zionism: Deconstructing the Power Paradigm and my own topic was How Jewish Power Sustains the Israel Narrative. Working on my presentation, I was forced to confront the evolution of my own views on both the corruption of government in the United States and the ability of powerful domestic lobbies to deliberately distort the perception of national interests to benefit foreign countries even when that activity does terrible damage to the U.S.
 
My personal journey began half a century ago. I became part of the U.S. national security state after being drafted for the Vietnam War when I graduated from college in 1968. I was at the time, vaguely pro-war, having bought into the media argument that international communism was mounting a major threat in southeast Asia. I also found the anti-war student movement distasteful because I was acquainted with many of its spokesmen and knew that they were chiefly motivated by a desire to avoid the draft, not due to any perception that the war itself was wrong or misguided. I knew a lot about the Punic Wars but precious little about former French Indochina and I suspect that those chanting “Ho-ho-Ho Chi Minh” might have known even less that I did.
 
Because I spoke some Russian, I wound up in an army intelligence collection unit in West Berlin for three years where I and my fifty or so comrades did absolutely nothing but drink and party. It was my introduction to how government really works when it was not working at all and it did provide me with GI Bill money to go to grad school. After my PhD came a relatively easy transition to CIA given the fact that my degree was so obscure that no one but the government would hire me.
 
The journey from an army unit that was asleep at the wheel to the CIA, which was in full downsizing crisis mode post-Vietnam, was educational. Whereas the army was too bloated and complacent even to fake it, the Agency was fully capable of creating crises and then acting like the defender of American interests as it worked to resolve the various situations that it had invented. The war against Eurocommunism, which I was engaged in, was hyped and billed as the next great threat against the American way of life after the Vietnam blunder, swallowing up resources pointlessly as neither France, nor Spain nor Italy ever came close to entering the Red orbit.
 
As I climbed up the CIA ladder I also noticed something else. There was the equivalent of a worldwide conspiracy to promote threats to keep big national security-based government well-funded and in place. When I was in Turkey I began to note considerable intelligence liaison reporting coming from the Israelis and others promoting their own agendas. The material was frequently fictional in nature, but the danger was that it was being mixed in with more credible reporting which gave it traction. U.S. government consumers of the reporting would inevitably absorb the dubious viewpoint being promoted that Arabs and Iranians were fundamentally untrustworthy and were in bed with the Soviets.
 
There was considerable negative reporting on Saddam Hussein also coming out of Israel and motivated by his support of the Palestinians. Some of this ultimately surfaced in the Pentagon’s Paul Wolfowitz-Doug Feith assessments of “intelligence that had been missed” which eventually became pretexts for the catastrophic Iraq War. I later learned that both Feith and Wolfowitz had a virtually revolving door of Israeli intelligence officials and diplomats running through their Pentagon offices in the lead-up to that war.
 
It did not take much to connect the dots and realize that Israel, far from being a friend and ally, was the principal catalyst for the many missteps that the United States has made in the Middle East. U.S. policy in the region was being deliberately shaped around Israeli concerns by American Jews ensconced in the Pentagon and White House who certainly knew exactly what they were doing. No one should blame the Israelis for acting in their own self-interest, but every loyal American should blame the Libbys, Feiths and Wolfowitzes for their willingness to place Israeli interests ahead of those of their own country.
 
After my departure from government in part over my disagreement with the Iraq War, this willingness to place the United States in peril to serve the interests of a foreign country began to bother me, and there is no country that manipulates the U.S. government better or more persistently than Israel. I gradually became involved with those who were pushing back against the Israel Lobby, though it was not generally referred to in those terms before Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer produced their seminal work The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy in 2006.
 
It does not take a genius to figure out that the United States is deeply involved in a series of seemingly endless wars pitting it against predominantly Muslim nations even though Washington has no vital interests at stake in places like Syria, Libya and Iraq. Who is driving the process and benefiting? Israel is clearly the intended beneficiary of a coordinated effort mounted by more than 600 Jewish organizations in the U.S. that have at least as part of their programs the promotion and protection of Israel. Ironically, organizations that promote the interests of a foreign government are supposed to be registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (FARA) but not a single pro-Israel organization has ever done so nor even been seriously challenged on the issue, a tribute to their power in dealing with the federal government.
 
Those who are in the drivers’ seat of the Israel promotion process are what some would describe as the Israel Lobby but which I would prefer to call a subset of the Jewish Lobby, which in itself is supported by something I would designate Jewish Power, an aggregate of Jewish money, control over key aspects of the media and entertainment industries plus easy access to corrupted politicians desirous of positive press and campaign donations. This penetration and control of the public discourse has resulted in the creation of what I would refer to as the official “Israel narrative,” in which Israel, which claims perpetual victimhood, is reflexively referred to as “the only democracy in the Middle East” and “Washington’s closest ally and friend,” assertions that are completely false but which have been aggressively and successfully promoted to shape how Americans view the Israeli-Arab conflict. Palestinians resisting the Israeli occupation are invariably described as “terrorists” both in the U.S. and Israel.
 
Jewish Power is a funny thing. If you read the Jewish media or the Israeli press, to include Forward, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Haaretz or the Jerusalem Post, you will find frequent references to it, nearly always seen as completely laudable. Bottom feeder Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard recently boasted that “Jews should not apologize for being so rich, controlling the media or influencing public debate…they have earned it…never apologize for using your strength…”
 
For many Jews like Dershowitz, Jewish power is something to be proud of, but they also believe that it should never be noticed or examined by non-Jews. Gentile criticism of Jewish collective behavior is something that must continue to be forbidden, just as the expression “Israeli Lobby” was largely taboo before Walt and Mearsheimer. Israeli partisans regularly engage in the defamation of individuals, including myself, who do not conform to the taboos as anti-Semites or holocaust deniers, labels deliberately used as weapons to end discussion and silence critics whenever necessary.
 
So why do I think that we have to start talking about Jewish Power as opposed to the euphemism Israel Lobby? It is because the wars in the Middle East, which have done so much to damage the United States and were at least in part arranged to benefit Israel, have been largely driven by wealthy and powerful Jews. If America goes to war with Iran, as is increasingly likely, it will be all about Israel and it will be arranged by the political and financial services Washington-Wall Street axis, make no mistake.
http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/understanding-jewish-power/

Note: Articles like Giraldi's would be unnecessary if the Israeli lobby did not seek to control and oppress the entire world to cover for their actions in the Middle East. Visit the link to read the remainder of the article.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 16th, 2018.]

Syrian War Report – June 13, 2018: Italian Troops Deployed In Eastern Syria




UPDATE:

Syrian War Report – June 15, 2018: Russia, Turkey Reportedly Reach Agreement On Tell Rifaat  


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 16th, 2018.]

Crackdown on 'Political Islam': Austrian Chancellor Receives Death Threats After Closing Mosques


An anti-terrorism probe has been launched in Austria after the county's chancellor Sebastian Kurz received death threats. It's believed the threats are linked to the government closing seven mosques and expelling dozens of imams over alleged links to extremism.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 16th, 2018.]

Troubled Waters: Italian Govt Closes Port to Migrants as Influx Continues


After two weeks in power, Italy's new governing parties are sticking to its campaign promises. The Interior Minister has closed a port to a vessel carrying migrants. The country's new goal is to protect its borders, he says.



The simple fact is that you can't fix poverty in Africa or the Middle East by inviting in the third world. It won't work. These virtuous actions will ultimately sink the economic viability of Europe, cause conflict and then no one will be helped in the long run. Also the sort of economic migrants coming into Europe are mostly young unskilled men, often of low IQ, that have little prospect of being employed. How many millions of these people can Europe afford to look after (using their generous welfare system) before the system becomes unaffordable and collapses?

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 16th, 2018.]