Sunday, 31 July 2016

Turkish Coup Fallout: Chief of Staff Fingers Gulen As Plot Leader


From the Turkish Armed Forces's Chief of Staff hanging the plot on Erdogan to the drama at Incirlik and the NBC psyops, Christoph Germann of the New Great Game blog is here to update us on all the latest news, views and reactions to this month's failed coup attempt in Turkey.



The video here is important as it explains why the coup was carried out - to stop the purging of pro-Gulen Generals and Admirals scheduled to occur in an military promotions review in August.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 31st, 2016.]

Erdogan’s Checkmate: CIA-Backed Coup in Turkey Fails, Upsets Global Chessboard


The failed coup in Turkey last week was a political and geopolitical earthquake as it has the potential to fundamentally alter the Middle East, NATO, and potentially the balance of power globally.  But while the implications of the recent developments are clear, what actually took place on the night/morning of July 15 – July 16 is still somewhat shrouded in mystery.  But why is that? Why are the connections for the most part not being made by Western pundits and journalists alike?

Here again we run into the controlled corporate media apparatus, one which is dominated by the very same interests that dominate the governments of the US and EU, and its incredible power to misinform.  As the great Michael Parenti famously wrote,
“[The media’s] job is not to inform but disinform, not to advance democratic discourse but to dilute and mute it. Their task is to give every appearance of being conscientiously concerned about events of the day, saying so much while meaning so little, offering so many calories with so few nutrients.”
Nowhere is Parenti’s contention more true than with the coup in Turkey. For while the media has certainly reported the allegations from President Erdogan and his government of the hidden hand of US-based billionaire Fetullah Gulen, almost none of the major media outlets have done the necessary investigation to uncover the real significance of Gulen and his movement.  Specifically, and almost as if by magic, there is virtually no mention of Gulen’s longstanding ties to the CIA, his penetration of the various institutions of the Turkish state, nor is there any serious investigation into the financial networks and connections leading from Gulen to nearly every corner of the Islamic (and non-Islamic) world.

And while Gulen, along with many neocons in the US, have been propagating the narrative that President Erdogan and his forces themselves staged the coup in order to justify the ongoing crackdown on political rivals, secularists, and other anti-Erdogan forces, the media by and large has not connected the events in Turkey to their larger geopolitical significance, one which should shed some light on what may have happened. And, in a further dereliction of duty, the media has also mostly ignored the absolutely critical likelihood of the involvement of US-NATO intelligence.
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In trying to provide analysis of what just took place in Turkey, one must have some understanding of the political factions vying for power in Turkey.  They can roughly be broken down into three camps, though there is often overlap between the groups.

The first faction is that of President Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP).  Erdogan and the AKP come from the “moderate Islamist” milieu of the Muslim Brotherhood, having spent years fighting against the militantly secular Turkish military and state order.  As Dr. Essam al-Erian, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, explained in 2007, “the Muslim Brotherhood is an Islamic group that has a close relationship with all moderate Islamists, the most prominent of which is the Justice and Development Party.”

This point is of critical importance because it connects Erdogan and his political machine to a much broader international network active throughout the Middle East and North Africa.  It further provides an explanation as to Erdogan’s seeming fanaticism over the war in Syria and the removal of President Bashar al-Assad whose father crushed the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood in 1982, as well as his unwavering support for former Egyptian President Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader deposed by current President Sisi.

The second faction is that of the Kemalists, with its power generally residing in the military and elements of the deep state.  They see themselves as the custodians of the legacy of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey.  The Kemalists are deeply connected to major capitalist interests in the country, and have a long history of collaboration with the US and NATO.  As noted above, the Turkish military has long-standing ties to the CIA and NATO intelligence, and has long been understood as one of the most reliable US-NATO partners.

The third political faction of note is that of Turkish billionaire Fetullah Gulen whose global network of schools has made him into one of the single most powerful individuals in the region, though he runs his network from the comfort of his Pennsylvania estate.  Not only has the Gulen network made significant inroads penetrating nearly every state institution in Turkey, it is also hugely influential in the US, both in terms of long-standing ties to US intelligence, and perhaps equally important, its massive lobbying and influence-peddling apparatus.  Indeed, in 2010 six major Turkish-American federations with ties to the Gulen movement joined together to create the Assembly of Turkic American Federations (ATAF), a non-profit organization that has become one of the more prominent lobbying groups in Washington dealing with Turkish and Turkic peoples issues.

It is essential to remember that although it is known that last week’s coup was carried out by elements of the military, it is unclear exactly which faction they were representing, or if it was a combination of two.  But here it is useful to examine the recent history of the Gulen network (known as Hizmet) and its penetration of state institutions in order to assess what potential role it may have played in the coup.
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Despite his commendable service to US imperialism in Syria, including hosting both terrorist and Syrian expatriate proxies of the US, Erdogan has clearly upset the apple cart with Washington.  Perhaps his most egregious crime came just recently when he issued an apology for the November 2015 downing of a Russian jet.  But, of course, it wasn’t the apology itself that set off official Washington, it was the reorientation of Turkish foreign policy away from the US, NATO, and Europe, and towards Russia, China, and the emerging non-western power bloc. This was his grave sin. And it wasn’t the first time, though undoubtedly Washington wanted to make sure it would be his last.

One must recall that Erdogan has a nasty habit of making deals with US adversaries, including the signing of the massive Turk Stream pipeline deal, the decision to purchase missile systems from China (which Erdogan later reneged on), the signing of a lucrative nuclear energy deal with Russia, and many others.  In short, for Washington, Erdogan proved to be an unreliable ally at best, and a dangerous political manipulator at worst.  So, as with so many leaders who came to be seen that way by the US political elites, he had to go.  And Gulen’s network would come in handy.
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Ultimately, the failed 2016 coup in Turkey will have lasting ramifications that will impact the years and decades ahead.  With Turkey now clearly breaking with the US-NATO-EU axis, it is rather predictable that it will seek to not only mend fences with both Russia and China, but to place itself into the non-western camp typified by BRICS, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, China’s One Belt One Road strategy, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, etc.

The failure of the coup is clearly a failure for the US and its allies who see in Erdogan an adversary, not a partner.  For his part, Erdogan has much criminal behavior to answer for.  From his illegal fomenting of war in Syria, to the purges and arbitrary detentions ongoing in Turkey today, to the attacks on secular institutions and human rights, Erdogan has a rap sheet a mile long.   But of course sharing a bed with criminal regimes has never been a problem for Washington.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/erdogans-checkmate-cia-backed-coup-in-turkey-fails-upsets-global-chessboard/5538735

This split from Washington, and a move towards Russia, should see the end of support for terrorist forces in Syria. This CIA miscalculation could very well see the end of the Syrian Proxy War.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 31st, 2016.]

What’s the Real Difference Between Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby? The media is starting to ask.



From the Washington Post:

What’s the difference between the alleged sexual misconduct of Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby? No two cases are identical, of course, but can you really articulate why one man is a national disgrace and the other remains a political icon, hitting the campaign trail for the wife who stood by him in the face of multiple allegations?
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough doesn’t think you can. “I am fascinated to hear why comparing Bill Clinton to Bill Cosby is wrong,” the “Morning Joe” host said on Monday’s program.
He added: “I wonder how the public looks at Bill Cosby and says, ‘This beloved man who changed American culture as much as any entertainment figure in our lifetime is going to have to be accountable for the way he treated women behind closed doors.’ How does a public that has come to that conclusion say, ‘The Bill Clinton stuff is okay?'”
Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, drew the comparison during an exchange with guest Harold Ford Jr., the former Democratic congressman from Tennessee. Ford contended that “Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton’s cases are completely different,” noting that more than 50 women have come forward with similar accounts of being drugged and sexually assaulted by the legendary comedian.
It’s true that Clinton’s list of accusers isn’t nearly as long. He’s generally portrayed in the media as a philanderer, not a predator, owing to admitted extramarital affairs with Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky, as well as claims of affairs by Dolly Kyle Browning, Elizabeth Ward Green and Sally Miller.
But Clinton has also been accused of rape by Juanita Broaddrick, a former campaign volunteer who repeated her claim last week on Twitter and in an interview with Vox.


I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73....it never goes away.


Clinton also paid $850,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones, who said the then-governor propositioned her and exposed himself in 1991. And Kathleen Willey, a former White House aide, accused Clinton of groping her in his office in 1993.
Some will surely argue that this accounting of allegations against Clinton from the WP is a bit whitewashy...

There’s Eileen Wellstone, who claimed in 1969 that Clinton raped her when she was 19 after they met at a pub. There’s the unnamed then 22-year-old woman who claimed in 1972 that Clinton sexually assaulted her. There’s the Arkansas University student who complained Clinton – who was her law school instructor – in 1974 tried to prevent her from leaving his office and groped her and put his hand inside her blouse.

There’s Juanita Broaddrick who claims Clinton raped her in 1978. There’s Carolyn Moffet who in 1979 met Clinton at a fundraiser and was later invited to meet him in a hotel room where he greeted her wearing only a shirt and tried to make her perform oral sex on him. There’s at least seven more women identified by Arkansas State Troopers on Clinton’s security detail who claimed Clinton either forced or attempted to force himself on sexually.

There’s Elizabeth Ward, a former Miss Arkansas and Miss America who claimed she was forced by Clinton to have sex with him in 1982. There’s Connie Hamzy who claims Clinton propositioned her at a Little Rock hotel in 1984.

There’s Paula Corbin Jones, Sandra Allen James, Christy Zercher and Kathleen Willey who all claimed in the late 1980s and early 1990s to have been on the receiving end of sexual assaults and harassing behavior by Clinton.

There’s Gennifer Flowers, Elizabeth (Ward) Gracen, Dolly Kyle Browing, Sally Perdue, Lencola Sullivan, Elizabeth Ward, Susie Whiteacre and Bobbie Ann Williams who engaged in long-term affairs with Clinton.

And of course, there’s Monica Lewinsky, the impressionable young White House intern that Clinton took advantage of, an act that ultimately resulted in his impeachment.

Finally, Clinton’s reputation as a philander continues, and he’s known to have ridden more than once on pedophile Jeffery Epstein’s private jet dubbed “Lolita Express.”

And during that time, Hillary engaged in on-going intimidation and smear campaigns against any “bimbo eruptions” that might pop up. Her tactics included slander by her and her surrogates, and having henchmen murder pets, slash tires, burgle their homes and leave threatening messages in order to keep the women silent.
http://patriotrising.com/2016/05/17/nyt-spends-six-weeks-investigating-trump-treats-women-investigation-bill-hillary-treat-women/



The Clintons' War on Women by Roger Stone... by debunkerbuster

Excerpt:



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 31st, 2016.]

96-Page Report Finds that Bernie Lost 184 Delegates to DNC Election Fraud (He Would Have Won and Should be the Nominee)


http://www.election-justice-usa.org/Democracy_Lost_Update1_EJUSA.pdf

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Man PROVES software stole votes in ALL 'Hillary won' counties (Exit Polls prove Fraud)


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 31st, 2016.]

DNC IMPLODES - Another Election Theft - Democracy is Dead


Scandal after Scandal .. Criminals get Promoted .. We now officially live in a Banana Republic not a democratic Republic.



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Democrat Convention In Trouble? Claim Of Actors Hired To Fill Empty Seats And Clap

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 31st, 2016.]

Privatisation has Damaged the Economy, Says ACCC Chief


Selling public assets has created unregulated monopolies that hurt productivity and damage the economy, according to Australia's consumer and competition tsar, who says he is on the verge of becoming a privatisation opponent.

In a blistering attack on decades of common government practice, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims said the sale of ports and electricity infrastructure and the opening of vocational education to private companies had caused him and the public to lose faith in privatisation and deregulation.

"I've been a very strong advocate of privatisation for probably 30 years; I believe it enhances economic efficiency," Mr Sims told the Melbourne Economic Forum on Tuesday.

"I'm now almost at the point of opposing privatisation because it's been done to boost proceeds, it's been done to boost asset sales and I think it's severely damaging our economy."
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/business/privatisation-has-damaged-the-economy-says-accc-chief-20160726-gqe2c2.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 31st, 2016.]

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Syrian War Report – July 28, 2016: Major Gains of Pro-Government Forces in Aleppo/Humanitarian Operation in Aleppo City






[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 30th, 2016.]

John Pilger - Obama Is A Corporate Marketing Creation (RECAP)


John Richard Pilger is an Australian journalist and documentary maker. He has twice won Britain's Journalist of the Year Award, and his documentaries have received academy awards in Britain and the US.



An important to watch 5 minute clip from 2009: "John Pilger - Obama Is A Corporate Marketing Creation". Pilger goes through Obama's ACTUAL voting record in the Senate, which people just seem to ignore because he speaks well to a 'progressive audience'. This is the problem. For most people, facts don't matter. Research comes second to sound bites. This situation is very frustrating - especially when faced with the 'counter argument' that labels (irrationally) this criticism as being 'partisan political' .

People seem to have forgot the fact that the Obama Administration failed to prosecute the Torture and War Crimes of the Bush regime, failed to prosecute bankers for Obvious Fraud, introduced 'indefinite detention without trial' legislation into the NDAA (when they didn't have to), renewed the Bush Administration Patriot Act, introduced subsidised private health care which fines poor people if they don't sign up, was part of the illegal war against Libya, lied about what happened with the Benghazi attack, is part of an illegal Proxy War aimed at Syria consisting of "The West, Gulf Countries, and Turkey" (a direct quote from a 2012 declassified DIA document on the war), lied about Syrian Government WMDs in an effort to escalate the war, engages in a civilian-unfriendly drone strike program that even the CIA admits creates more terrorists than it stops, that they organised a coup in Ukraine that led to the present war (with the loss of MH17 and associated lies plus Russian sanctions), that they backed the coups in Honduras and (it seems) Turkey, that the present Administration has prosecuted whistleblowers (whose DUTY is to speak out against criminality), illegally sent assault rifle weapons into Mexico as part of the Fast and Furious scandal, hired lobbyists and cronies when forming the Government against promises against doing so, placed neocons and warhawks into key foreign policy positions such as Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Samantha Power, and Victoria "F*** the EU" Nuland, failed to prosecute the NSA chief when he said under oath that the agency didn't collect data on US citizens, issued false reports about the US economy and unemployment (which is at 15-20%), didn't prosecute Hillary in her recent classified email scandal where her own emails speak of removing classification headings and sending unsecure etc

The reason the world is in trouble is because of unprosecuted high crimes - like what we see in the Third World. The cronies are running the show, and President Obama, for all his eloquence, and kind words, is simply the spokesperson/cover-up artist for what has really been happening.
 
[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 30th, 2016.]

'The Long-Hidden Saudi-9/11 Trail' by Kristen Breitweiser


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 30th, 2016.]

Another Email Scandal Could Sink Hillary. Michael Rivero


How Black Lives Matter could be a Nixon style election trick (COINTELPRO tricks), real rebellion against the establishment, terrorism (false flag?) in Europe, the coup in Turkey ... 
Guest's website: http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 30th, 2016.]

‘They Have a History of Corruption’: Clinton Cash Documentary Author Peter Schweizer


RT spoke to the author and executive producer of the documentary 'Clinton Cash' - Peter Schweizer, who believes Hillary Clinton needs power to keep the money coming in.



The problem with the Clinton cash connection is it makes them open to bribery and control. You do not want your elected officials working against the best interests of the people.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 30th, 2016.]

Cenk Uygur Freak-Out Meltdown! (The Young Turks Parody)


Watch Cenk Uygur freak-out as he takes calls from Paul Joseph Watson, Girl Writes What, Skagg3, Ben Shapiro, Dean Cain, and Dave Rubin!



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 30th, 2016.]

Roger Stone Debunks the Young Turks & Talks about Donald Trump



Roger Stone Debunks the Young Turks and Talks... by debunkerbuster

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 30th, 2016.]

Friday, 29 July 2016

Is Europe Doomed By Vassalage To Washington? — Paul Craig Roberts


World War II resulted in Europe being conquered, not by Berlin but by Washington.

The conquest was certain but not all at once. Washington’s conquest of Europe resulted from the Marshall Plan, from fears of Stalin’s Red Army that caused Europe to rely on Washington’s protection and to subordinate Europe’s militaries to Washington in NATO, from the replacement of the British pound as world reserve currency with the US dollar, and from the long process of the subordination of the sovereignty of individual European countries to the European Union, a CIA initiative implemented by Washington in order to control all of Europe by controlling only one unaccountable government.

With few exceptions, principally the UK, membership in the EU also meant loss of financial independence. As only the European Central Bank, an EU institution, can create euros, those countries so foolish as to accept the euro as their currency no longer have the power to create their own money in order to finance budget deficits.

The countries that joined the euro must rely on private banks to finance their deficits. The result of this is that over-indebted countries can no longer pay their debts by creating money or expect their debts to be written down to levels that they can service. Instead, Greece, Portugal, Latvia, and Ireland were looted by the private banks.

The EU forced the pseudo-governments of these countries to pay the northern European private banks by suppressing the living standards of their populations and by privatizing public assets at pennies on the dollar. Thus retirement pensions, public employment, education and health services have been cut and the money redirected to private banks. Municipal water companies have been privatized with the result being higher water bills. And so on.

As there is no reward, only punishment, for being a member of the EU, why did governments, despite the expressed wishes of their peoples, join?

The answer is that Washington would have it no other way. The European founders of the EU are mythical creatures. Washington used politicians that Washington controlled to create the EU.

Some years ago CIA documents proving that the EU was a CIA initiative were released. See: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/1356047/Euro-federalists-financed-by-US-spy-chiefs.html and http://benwilliamslibrary.com/blog/?p=5080

In the 1970s my Ph.D. dissertation chairman, then a very high-ranking official in Washington with control over international security affairs, asked me to undertake a sensitive mission abroad. I refused. Nevertheless, he answered my question: “How does Washington get foreign countries to do what Washington wants?”

“Money,” he said. “We give their leaders bagfuls of money. They belong to us.”

The record is clear that the EU serves the interests of Washington, not the interests of Europe. For example, the French people and government are opposed to GMOs, but the EU permits a “precautionary market authorization” of GMO introduction, relying perhaps on the “scientific findings” of the scientists on Monsanto’s payroll. When the US state of Vermont passed a law requiring labeling of GMO foods, Monsanto sued the state of Vermont. Once the paid-off EU officials sign the TTIP agreement written by US global corporations, Monsanto will take over European agriculture.

But the danger to Europe goes far beyond the health of European peoples who will be forced to dine on poisonous foods. Washington is using the EU to force Europeans into conflict with Russia, a powerful nuclear power capable of destroying all of Europe and all of the United States in a few minutes.

This is happening because the paid-off with “bagfuls of money” European “leaders” had rather have Washington’s money in the short-run than for Europeans to live in the long-run.

It is not possible that any European politician is sufficiently moronic to believe that Russia invaded Ukraine, that Russia any moment will invade Poland and the Baltic states, or that Putin is a “new Hitler” scheming to reconstruct the Soviet Empire. These absurd allegations are nothing but Washington propaganda devoid entirely of truth. Washington’s propaganda is completely transparent. Not even an idiot could believe it.

Yet the EU goes along with the propaganda, as does NATO.

Why? The answer is Washington’s money. The EU and NATO are utterly corrupt. They are Washington’s well paid whores.
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/07/27/is-europe-doomed-by-vassalage-to-washington-paul-craig-roberts/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 29th, 2016.]

Syrian War Report – July 26/27, 2016: Militants’ Defenses Collapse in Aleppo City/Al Nusra Rebranding






[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 29th, 2016.]

“Bigger Than Watergate” – Hillary Clinton And The Syrian Bloodbath


Clinton bears heavy responsibility for that carnage, which has by now displaced more than 10 million Syrians and left more than 250,000 dead.

As every knowledgeable observer understands, the Syrian War is not mostly about Bashar al-Assad, or even about Syria itself. It is mostly a proxy war, about Iran. And the bloodbath is doubly tragic and misguided for that reason.

Saudi Arabia and Turkey, the leading Sunni powers in the Middle East, view Iran, the leading Shia power, as a regional rival for power and influence. Right-wing Israelis view Iran as an implacable foe that controls Hezbollah, a Shi’a militant group operating in Lebanon, a border state of Israel. Thus, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Israel have all clamored to remove Iran’s influence in Syria.

This idea is incredibly naïve. Iran has been around as a regional power for a long time–in fact, for about 2,700 years. And Shia Islam is not going away. There is no way, and no reason, to “defeat” Iran. The regional powers need to forge a geopolitical equilibrium that recognizes the mutual and balancing roles of the Gulf Arabs, Turkey, and Iran. And Israeli right-wingers are naïve, and deeply ignorant of history, to regard Iran as their implacable foe, especially when that mistaken view pushes Israel to side with Sunni jihadists.

Yet Clinton did not pursue that route. Instead she joined Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and right-wing Israelis to try to isolate, even defeat, Iran. In 2010, she supported secret negotiations between Israel and Syria to attempt to wrest Syria from Iran’s influence. Those talks failed. Then the CIA and Clinton pressed successfully for Plan B: to overthrow Assad.

When the unrest of the Arab Spring broke out in early 2011, the CIA and the anti-Iran front of Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey saw an opportunity to topple Assad quickly and thereby to gain a geopolitical victory. Clinton became the leading proponent of the CIA-led effort at Syrian regime change.

In early 2011, Turkey and Saudi Arabia leveraged local protests against Assad to try to foment conditions for his ouster. By the spring of 2011, the CIA and the US allies were organizing an armed insurrection against the regime. On August 18, 2011, the US Government made public its position: “Assad must go.”

Since then and until the recent fragile UN Security Council accord, the US has refused to agree to any ceasefire unless Assad is first deposed. The US policy–under Clinton and until recently–has been: regime change first, ceasefire after. After all, it’s only Syrians who are dying. Annan’s peace efforts were sunk by the United States’ unbending insistence that U.S.-led regime change must precede or at least accompany a ceasefire. As the Nation editors put it in August 2012:

The US demand that Assad be removed and sanctions be imposed before negotiations could seriously begin, along with the refusal to include Iran in the process, doomed [Annan’s] mission.

Clinton has been much more than a bit player in the Syrian crisis. Her diplomat Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi was killed as he was running a CIA operation to ship Libyan heavy weapons to Syria. Clinton herself took the lead role in organizing the so-called “Friends of Syria” to back the CIA-led insurgency.

The U.S. policy was a massive, horrific failure. Assad did not go, and was not defeated. Russia came to his support. Iran came to his support. The mercenaries sent in to overthrow him were themselves radical jihadists with their own agendas. The chaos opened the way for the Islamic State, building on disaffected Iraqi Army leaders (deposed by the US in 2003), on captured U.S. weaponry, and on the considerable backing by Saudi funds. If the truth were fully known, the multiple scandals involved would surely rival Watergate in shaking the foundations of the US establishment.

The hubris of the United States in this approach seems to know no bounds. The tactic of CIA-led regime change is so deeply enmeshed as a “normal” instrument of U.S. foreign policy that it is hardly noticed by the U.S. public or media. Overthrowing another government is against the U.N. charter and international law.
http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=31557

Two points to add here. The neocons have targeted Syria since they came to power in the US. Journalist Seymour Hersh, writing in 2007, pointed out that the Bush Administration was actively targeting Syria and Iran.

Former French foreign minister Roland Dumas, on national television, revealed that the British were organising a rebellion within Syria two years before hostilities commenced:



Clinton is part of this regime change agenda. So is Obama. They are both carrying out a murderous neoconservative Middle East policy.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 29th, 2016.]

Watergate-era Judiciary Chief of Staff: Hillary Clinton Fired for Lies, Unethical Behaviour


Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. Hillary got a job working on the investigation at the behest of her former law professor, Burke Marshall, who was also Sen. Ted Kennedy’s chief counsel in the Chappaquiddick affair. When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation – one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career.

Why?

“Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said in an interview last week. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”
http://www.eohistory.info/2013/hillaryHistory.htm

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 29th, 2016.]

Mike Cernovich: Email Leak Scandal 'Proves DNC Controls the Media'



Mike Cernovich: Email Leak Scandal 'Proves DNC... by debunkerbuster

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 29th, 2016.]

Latinos For Trump Destroy Racist MSM Narrative




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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Meet Fethullah Gulen, Deep State Plotter


Since the failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15th, the name of exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen is on everyone's lips. So who is Fethullah Gulen? Well, that depends who you ask...



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 28th, 2016.]

As the Election Turns: Trump the Anti-Neocon, Hillary the New Darling of the Neocons


Just as the Republican convention demonized Hillary (“Lock Her Up”), so the Democrats are demonizing Donald Trump. They refuse to support any policy that he backs, even when he says something progressive.

One might think that at least Bernie’s supporters would applaud Trump’s left-wing transformation of the old conservative, pro-corporate neocon Cheney-Bush core of the Republican Party. But nobody had a single good word to say about Trump’s assertions that he would wind down confrontation with Russia, reduce military spending on the grounds that NATO is obsolete, and oppose the TPP and TTIP as well as rewrite NAFTA’s terms.

The Democrats are misrepresenting this election’s rivalry with the Republicans by attacking Trump’s anti-neocon positions. This leaves Hillary as the neocon choice.

She also has become the choice of the Koch Brothers and the Chamber of Commerce, who are shocked by Trump’s critique of the corporatist TPP and other trade agreements.
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For the last half-century the Republican Party has been pro-Cold War, corporatist. And Trump has actually, is reversing that. Reversing the whole traditional platform. And that really worries the neocons.

Until his speech, the whole Republican Convention, every speaker had avoided dealing with economic policy issues. No one referred to the party platform, which isn’t very good. And it was mostly an attack on Hillary. Chants of “lock her up.” And Trump children, aimed to try to humanize him and make him look like a loving man.

But finally came Trump’s speech, and this was for the first time, policy was there. And he’s making a left run around Hillary. He appealed twice to Bernie Sanders supporters, and the two major policies that he outlined in the speech broke radically from the Republican traditional right-wing stance. And that is called destroying the party by the right wing, and Trump said he’s not destroying the party, he’s building it up and appealing to labor, and appealing to the rational interest that otherwise had been backing Bernie Sanders.

So in terms of national security, he wanted to roll back NATO spending. And he made it clear, roll back military spending. We can spend it on infrastructure, we can spend it on employing American labor. And in the speech, he said, look, we don’t need foreign military bases and foreign spending to defend our allies. We can defend them from the United States, because in today’s world, the only kind of war we’re going to have is atomic war. Nobody’s going to invade another country. We’re not going to send American troops to invade Russia, if it were to attack. So nobody’s even talking about that. So let’s be realistic.

Well, being realistic has driven other people crazy. Not only did Krugman say that Trump would, quote, actually follow a pro-Putin foreign policy at the expense of America’s allies, and he’s referring to the Ukraine, basically, and it’s at–he’s become a lobbyist for the military-industrial complex. But also, at the Washington Post you had Anne Applebaum call him explicitly the Manchurian candidate, referring to the 1962 movie, and rejecting the neocon craziness. This has just driven them nutty because they’re worried of losing the Republican Party under Trump.

In economic policy, Trump also opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the TTIP trade and corporate power grab [inaud.] with Europe to block public regulation. And this was also a major plank of Bernie Sanders’ campaign against Hillary, which Trump knows. The corporatist wings of both the Republican and the Democratic Parties fear that Trump’s opposition to NAFTA and TPP will lead the Republicans not to push through in the lame duck session after November. The whole plan has been that once the election’s over, Obama will then get all the Republicans together and will pass the Republican platform that he’s been pushing for the last eight years. The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement with Europe, and the other neoliberal policies.

And now that Trump is trying to rebuild the Republican Party, all of that is threatened. And so on the Republican side of the New York Times page you had David Brooks writing “The death of the Republican Party.” So what Trump calls the rebirth of the Republican Party, it means the death of the reactionary, conservative, corporatist, anti-labor Republican Party.

And when he wrote this, quote, Trump is decimating the things Republicans stood for: NATO, entitlement reform, in other words winding back Social Security, and support of the corporatist Trans-Pacific Partnership. So it’s almost hilarious to see what happens. And Trump also has reversed the traditional Republican fiscal responsibility austerity policy, that not a word about balanced budgets anymore. And he said he was going to run at policy to employ American labor and put it back to work on infrastructure. Again, he’s made a left runaround Hillary. He says he wants to reinstate Glass-Steagall, whereas the Clintons were the people that got rid of it.

And this may be for show, simply to brand Hillary as Wall Street’s candidate. But it also seems to actually be an attack on Wall Street. And Trump’s genius was to turn around all the attacks on him as being a shady businessman. He said, look, nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it. Now, what that means, basically, as a businessman, he knows the fine print by which they’ve been screwing the people. So only someone like him knows how to fight against Wall Street. After all, he’s been screwing the Wall Street banks for years [inaud.]. And he can now fight for the population fighting against Wall Street, just as he’s been able to stiff the banks.
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So this is really the class war. And it’s the class war of Wall Street and the corporate sector of the Democratic side against Trump on the populist side. And who knows whether he really means what he says when he says he’s for the workers and he wants to rebuild the cities, put labor back to work. And when he says he’s for the blacks and Hispanics have to get jobs just like white people, maybe he’s telling the truth, because that certainly is the way that the country can be rebuilt in a positive way.

And the interesting thing is that all he gets from the Democrats is denunciations.
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/25/as-the-election-turns-trump-the-anti-neocon-hillary-the-new-darling-of-the-neocons/

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BREAKING: Donald Trump Just Announced His Pick for Attorney General – Hillary’s Worst Nightmare! (South Carolina conservative Rep. Trey Gowdy, who currently chairs the U.S. House of Representative’s Select Committee on Benghazi.)

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 28th, 2016.]

#NEVERHILLARY: Thousands of Pissed off People Crash the DNC, Boo Every Time They Hear "Hillary"


The system is so obviously rigged at this point, our so-called elections are beyond a joke. At least people aren't laying down and politely taking this b.s.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 28th, 2016.]

BREAKING Democrats Will Be Campaigning Against Hillary Clinton


In this video Luke Rudkowski interviews one of the leading speakers organizing democrats against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race. This is the first day of the democratic national convention and former Bernie Sanders supporters are making their voices are heard as they say there was massive voter suppression in the primaries and that the system was rigged against them



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 28th, 2016.]

Keiser Report (E945): Reality of Uncertainty


In this special 2016 Summer Solutions episode, Max and Stacy talk to Das, author of ‘A Banquet of Consequences: The Reality of Our Unusually Uncertain Economic Future’, about the structural changes needed to halt the decline in real wages. They also discuss financialization, economic apartheid and debt jubilees.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 28th, 2016.]

A Response to 'Crisis on High' - A Rational Interpretation of the Climate Change in China Story Appearing on the ABC Lateline Program


Dear Lateline,

There are a number of significant problems with your story Crisis on High that dealt with Climate Change (Global Warming) in the mountainous "Third Pole" region on the Chinese side of the Tibetan Plateau.

The story points out that glaciers have disappeared or retreated in the last 50 years and that temperatures have increased at a greater rate than the rest of China.

In regard to the first point, according to Global Temperature records, the 1960s (50 years previously) was a time of Global Cooling. From the 1940s to the late 70s there was a 30 year period of cooling. If one measured the glacial ice extent at a cooling maximum and compared it to a warmer period you would expect a huge difference.

Furthermore, in the interests of making a fair assessment of this 50 year glacial ice loss, we must consider the 1930s which were the hottest years for the Northern Hemisphere during the 20th Century (if we use US temperature records as a guide). The fact is we do not have data from the Chinese covering this hot period for the Tibetan Plateau region.

Compared to the 1930s, how much more ice has been lost ?

I suspect that the particle contamination (dust and soot) cited in the story, has contributed to a further loss of ice than experienced in the 1930s. The darkened glaciers are now absorbing more heat and melting faster then they otherwise would. The Chinese estimated that 50% of the ice loss was due to this particle contamination.

So what would the glaciers look like today if not for the contamination? How would they compare to the 1930s? Would the melting be of a similar extent? We don't actually know.

This second point raised in the story dealt with the fact that the temperatures in the mountains have increased at a faster rate than elsewhere in China. So why should the temperatures in the mountains be increasing at a faster rate than the rest of the country?

The answer is very simple - it is also due to the particle (dust and soot) pollution that, as stated previously, has contributed to an estimated 50% of the ice loss. Rather than having clean, sun-reflecting ice the glaciers are now slightly darked and therefore absorb more heat from the sun.

Many of the glaciers have disappeared or retraced to leave open, heat-absorbing ground. The lack of ice would necessarily mean an increase in temperatures.

In other areas of China, where there is no ice, the temperatures should increase pretty much uniformly, except of course due to urbanisation causing 'Heat Island Effects.'

The loss of water or ice is important. Consider the Lake District in the UK. In the Northern Hemisphere this latitude is quite habitable (around 50 degrees North). However, on the same latitude in the Southern Hemisphere, in Argentina, the environment is much cooler and inhospitable. The difference is due to the fact that the southern region of our planet has a lot more water, that tends to keep temperatures lower, whilst the northern portion of our planet has a lot of land mass then tends to increase temperatures.

The loss of ice in the Tibetan Plateau has caused a rise in temperature out of proportion to the rest of China.

The fact that soot and dust has caused at least half the ice loss and contributed to the temperature increase begs the question as to how great an impact CO2 increase is having by itself. And because both the Arctic Sea Ice and the Greenland Ice sheet are in a period of growth, one would assume that the CO2 increase is not having as significant effect as claimed by many experts (since real world observations trump hypotheticals). The experts repeatedly predicted that there would be no summer Ice in the Arctic at this time (by 2016) and yet it is now growing compared to recent years.

Admittedly the Earth has heated over the last few decades, and over the last century since the end of the Little Ice Age. The question raised here is the extent of our influence on natural climate cycles and how we must contend with missing data or false assumptions while considering other explanations for what is happening outside of a solely anthropogenic global warming model.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 28th, 2016.]

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Hillary Clinton Is A Threat To All Of Humanity


Hillary Rodham Clinton is a Wall Street-backed warmonger whose potential election as President of the United States this November poses an existential threat not just to Americans but to all of humanity.



While Secretary of State, Hillary was supporting terrorist forces in Syria. US intelligence knew the leading fighting groups were all extremists, while politicians were denying this truth. Hillary Clinton, who had access to the intelligence, is therefore an out-and-out terrorist supporter among her other crimes.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 27th, 2016.]

Syrian War Report – July 25, 2016: Russians Bombed US Secret Base in Syria?




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 27th, 2016.]

How Europe Is Causing It's Own Collapse


Paul Joseph Watson talks with Syrian Girl about the almost daily terror attacks in Europe and what is driving them.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 27th, 2016.]

Trump: 'Americanism NOT Globalism Will Be Our Creedo' - Sanders Voters Could Swing the Election



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 27th, 2016.]

Stanton Friedman Debunks the UFO Noisy Negativists



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 27th, 2016.]

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

CLINTON CASH OFFICIAL DOCUMENTARY MOVIE ( FULL )


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 26th, 2016.]

This Week in Stupid - Sargon of Akkad on Alex Jones vs Cenk Uygur Fight




Some rational observations from Sargon.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 26th, 2016.]

Epilogue to "RFK Must Die": Pruszynski Recording Reveals Second Gun


An update to Shane O'Sullivan's "RFK Must Die" documentary featuring new audio recording evidence of a second gunman firing the shot that killed Bobby Kennedy [as premiered on the Documentary Channel, October 13, 2008]. This previously unknown audio tape, only recently uncovered, reveals that Sirhan Sirhan did not act alone in the June 1968 assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.



The RFK case is not only about this sound recording (or for that matter the crime scene pictures with more wounds and bullet holes than could be attributed to a single gun) but also the autopsy that showed RFK was fatally shot in the back at point blank range - within one inch.

The convicted 'killer', Sirhah Sirhan, shot at RFK from the front, and was many feet away (too far to cause the powder burns on RFK's clothing). The security guard behind RFK, who had the same calibre firearm is the only person who could have caused these injuries - and he lied about his gun. None of this evidence was tested in court because Sirhan's lawyers pleaded guilty in order to (supposedly) avoid a death penalty sentence. Political assassination is always an option in the US if electronic vote fraud cannot effectively be used.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 26th, 2016.]

Gerald Celente - Ponzinomics: Central Banks To Crash The Markets


Economic collapse and financial crisis is rising any moment. Getting informed about collapse and crisis may earn you, or prevent to lose money.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 26th, 2016.]

With Friends Like Brussels, Who Needs Enemies? EU to Fine Greece for Saving Ship Builders


BRUSSELS bureaucrats are set to fine impoverished Greece a million euros every month in revenge for its Government stepping in to save ship builders’ jobs.

Out of touch eurocrats are seeking a court order for a massive financial crackdown on the struggling country, which has been driven into third world poverty by EU policies.

They want to impose a six million euro upfront penalty on Greece’s cash-strapped government, to be followed by a daily levy of 34,974 euros.

The row has erupted because Greek ministers used taxpayers money to save the Hellenic Shipyards company in 2008, guaranteeing the jobs of more than a thousand workers.
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/692565/European-Union-Brussels-fine-Greece-state-aid-Hellenic-Shipyards

The EU dictatorship.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 26th, 2016.]

NASA Shows Earth Cooling Fastest On Record


NASA’s just released data shows that Earth is cooling the fastest it has since at least 1880. Over the past four months, global temperatures have dropped more than half a degree C. The second fastest drop occurred 100 years ago in 1916.

http://realclimatescience.com/2016/07/nasa-shows-earth-cooling-fastest-on-record/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 26th, 2016.]

Monday, 25 July 2016

Newsbud Demands Public Retraction from NBC for Unethical False Reporting


On July 15, 2016, as an attempted coup unfolded in Turkey, a report began to circulate widely that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had fled the country by air and was requesting asylum in Germany. The apparent origin of this report was NBC News. A tweet has also been cited in many articles from MSNBC Segment Producer, Kyle Griffin. Griffin’s tweet stated, “senior US military source tells NBC News that Erdogan, refused landing rights in Istanbul, is reported to be seeking asylum in Germany.” This report was presented as factual, and was reported on by many different media outlets. Despite an intense public outcry, to date there has been no explanation, retraction or apology for it from NBC, MSNBC, or Kyle Griffin. We at Newsbud believe it is highly irresponsible and harmful to present and circulate a false report. Further, the public has the right to know how its mainstream news outlets such as NBC are being directly used by senior government Psyop actors to concoct and disseminate strategic false information. In this case, who is this Senior US Military Official cited as NBC’s source for this proven-false Erdogan Asylum story?



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 25th, 2016.]

Decades of Deception (RECAP)


The historical fact of conspiracy as policy. Wars, Coups, False Flags, illegal drugs, guns, and even Nuclear technology spread through deception led by governments.



This film helps explain the mafia-like SYSTEM that is in operation today within the United States. A highly recommended history of covert war, terrorism and how the US Government has been compromised for a long time.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 25th, 2016.]

Keiser Report (E944): Escaping America


Max and Stacy talk first to Jeff Berwick of the Dollar Vigilante about Americans renouncing their citizenship as a solution to bank embargoes and double taxation. In the second half, Max and Stacy talk to Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof, founder of BitNation - the world’s first virtual nation, a blockchain powered jurisdiction - about ending geographical apartheid in the digital and crypto age.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 25th, 2016.]

Judge Jeanie Pirro - Wikileaks Email Dump Suggests DNC Favored Clinton Over Sanders



Judge Jeanie Pirro - Wikileaks Email Dump... by debunkerbuster

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 25th, 2016.]

Global Warming Expedition Stopped In Its Tracks By Arctic Sea Ice


The Polar Ocean Challenge is taking a two month journey that will see them go from Bristol, Alaska, to Norway, then to Russia through the North East passage, back to Alaska through the North West passage, to Greenland and then ultimately back to Bristol. Their objective, as laid out by their website, was to demonstrate “that the Arctic sea ice coverage shrinks back so far now in the summer months that sea that was permanently locked up now can allow passage through.”

There has been one small hiccup thus-far though: they are currently stuck in Murmansk, Russia because there is too much ice blocking the North East passage the team said didn’t exist in summer months, according to Real Climate Science.

Real Climate Science also provides a graph showing that current Arctic temperatures — despite alarmist claims of the Arctic being hotter than ever — is actually below normal.
http://dailycaller.com/2016/07/20/global-warming-expedition-stopped-in-its-tracks-by-arctic-sea-ice/

It's possible the arctic voyagers will try to cheat and follow behind an icebreaker. They will be closely monitored.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 25th, 2016.]

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Failed Coup in Turkey Realigns Ankara with Moscow — and Saves Assad


A failed coup in Turkey has changed the geopolitical landscape overnight, realigning Ankara with Moscow while shattering Washington’s plan to redraw the map of the Middle East. Whether Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan staged the coup or not is of little importance in the bigger scheme of things. The fact is, the incident has consolidated his power domestically while derailing Washington’s plan to control critical resources and pipeline corridors from Qatar to Europe.

The Obama administration’s disregard for the national security interests of its allies has pushed the Turkish president into Moscow’s camp, removing the crucial land-bridge between Europe and Asia that Washington needs to maintain its global hegemony into the new century. Washington’s plan to pivot to Asia, surround and break up Russia, control China’s growth and maintain its iron grip on global power is now in a shambles. The events of the last few days have changed everything.
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Obama can only blame himself for the debacle that is now unfolding. Erdogan was completely clear about Turkey’s red lines, the most important of which is preventing the Kurdish militias from moving west of the Euphrates and creating a contiguous state along the Syrian side of Turkeys southern border. Here’s Erdogan commenting on developments a few months ago:
“Right now, there is a serious project, plan being implemented in northern Syria. And on this project and plan lay the insidious aims of those who appear as ‘friends’. This is very clear, so I need to make clear statements.”
Instead of addressing Erdogan’s security concerns, Obama brushed him aside in order to pursue the US goal of establishing bases and seizing territory in East Syria that will eventually be used as pipeline routes from Qatar to the EU. Naturally, Erdogan responded in kind, forming alliances with former enemies (Russia, Syria, Israel) in order to reset Turkish foreign policy and address the growing threat of an emerging Kurdish state on his southern flank. Keep in mind, Turkey believes that America’s new proxies in Syria–the Kurdish YPG– are linked to the PKK, which is listed as a terror organization by the U.S. and EU. Had Obama committed US troops to the fight, (instead of using the YPG) Erdogan would not have reacted at all. But the fact that Obama was deliberately strengthening Turkey’s traditional rivals in their westward move, was more than Erdogan could bear.

Erdogan Apologizes

At the end of June, Erdogan apologized to President Vladimir Putin for the death of a Russian pilot who was killed when Turkey downed a bomber flying over Syrian territory last November. The shootdown prompted Putin to break off relations with Ankara, ending all communication between the two countries. Then, in the last week of June, Erdogan sent a letter to Putin “expressing his deep sympathy and condolences to the relatives of the deceased Russian pilot.” He added that Russia was “a friend and a strategic partner” with whom the Turkish authorities would not want to spoil relations.” (The Turkish pilots who shot down the Russian Su-24 have since been arrested and charged as members of the Gulenist coup.)

The White House inexplicably never commented on this thawing of relations which posed obvious risks to US ambitions in the region.

Why?

Then, just two weeks ago, reports began to emerge that Erdogan was making an effort to normalize relations with Syrian President Bashar al Assad. The news wasn’t reported in most of the western media, but the Guardian ran an article titled “Syrian rebels stunned as Turkey signals normalisation of Damascus relations”.
https://www.darkmoon.me/2016/failed-coup-in-turkey-realigns-ankara-with-moscow-and-saves-assad/

There was a question as to why Turkish jets on the side of the coup didn't shoot down Erdogan's plane - which made the events seem like a false flag. Apparently: President Erdogan's jet disguised itself as civilian aircraft [passenger jet] to 'vanish' from Turkey rebel jets' radar

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 24th, 2016.]

Syrian War Report – July 21/22, 2016: Russian Air Power Purges Jihadists in Northern Latakia






[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 24th, 2016.]

How the Australian, British, and US Governments Shamelessly Helped Kill Countless People in Indonesia in 1965


The Hague-based International People’s Tribunal has ruled that the Indonesian regime that replaced Indonesian President Sukarno committed crimes against humanity in 1965. The governments of Australia, Britain, and the United States have also been pronounced guilty as complicit partners in the massacre of 500,000 to 1000,000 people or more in Indonesia. People were murdered in Indonesia due to their principles, political ideology, ethnic backgrounds, and opposition to foreign influence. Albeit the ruling is an important historical acknowledgment, the assistance that the Australian, British, and US governments provided to the coup and played in the massacres is not a secret.
 
Asia-Pacific Research presents these excerpts from the Australian journalist John Pilger’s book The New Rulers of the World, which was published by Verso in 2002, in the interest of providing the historical background about the massacres that took place in Indonesia. Reading them will educate one on the despicable and criminal roles that Australia, Britain, and the US played. ”There were bodies being washed up on the lawns of the British consulate in Surabaya, and British warships escorted a ship full of Indonesian troops down the Malacca Straits so that they could take part in this terrible holocaust,” for example Pilger writes. In his work John Pilger also notes that the US was directly involved in the operations of the death squads and helped compile the lists of people to be murdered while the Australian, British, and US media were used as propaganda tools to whitewash the coup and bloodbaths in Indonesia. A key point, however, that is emphasizes is that the underlying economic motivations and plunder hidden behind the ideological discourse of the Cold War that really motivated the massacres in Indonesia.
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John Pilger, 2002
 
… according to a CIA memorandum, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and President John Kennedy had agreed to ‘liquidate President Sukarno, depending on the situation and available opportunities’. The CIA author added, ‘It is not clear to me whether murder or overthrow is intended by the word liquidate.’
 
Sukarno was a populist, the founder of modern Indonesia and of the non-aligned movement of developing countries, which he hoped would forge a genuine ‘third way’ between the spheres of the two superpowers. In 1955, he convened the ‘Asia-Africa Conference’ in the Javanese hill city of Bandung. It was the first time the leaders of the developing world, the majority of humanity, had met to forge common interests: a prospect that alarmed the western powers, especially as the vision and idealism of nonalignment represented a potentially popular force that might seriously challenge neo-colonialism. The hopes invested in such an unprecedented meeting are glimpsed in the faded tableaux and black-and-white photographs in the museum at Bandung and in the forecourt of the splendid art deco Savoy Hotel, where the following Bandung Principles are displayed:
 
I – Respect for fundamental human rights and the principles of the United Nations Charter.
2 – Respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations.
3 – The recognition of the equality of all peoples.
4 – The settlement of disputes by peaceful means.
 
Sukarno could be a democrat and a demagogue. For a time, Indonesia was a parliamentary democracy, then became what he called a ‘guided democracy’. He encouraged mass trade unions and peasant, women’s and cultural movements. Between 1959 and 1965, more than 15 million people joined political parties or affiliated mass organisations that were encouraged to challenge British and American influence in the region. With 3 million members, the PKI was the largest communist party in the world outside the Soviet Union and China. According to the Australian historian Harold Crouch, ‘the PKI had won widespread support not as a revolutionary party but as an organisation defending the interests of ‘the poor within the existing system’. It was this popularity, rather than any armed insurgency, that alarmed the Americans. Like Vietnam to the north, Indonesia might ‘go communist’ .
 
In 1990, the American investigative journalist Kathy Kadane revealed the extent of secret American collaboration in the massacres of 1965-66 which allowed Suharto to seize the presidency. Following a series of interviews with former US officials, she wrote, ‘They systematically compiled comprehensive lists of communist operatives. As many as 5,000 names were furnished to the Indonesian army, and the Americans later checked off the names of those who had been killed or captured.’ One of those interviewed was Robert J Martens, a political officer in the US embassy in Jakarta. ‘It was a big help to the army,’ he said. ‘They probably killed a lot of people and I probably have a lot of blood on my hands, but that’s not all bad. There’s a time when you have to strike hard at a decisive moment.’ Joseph Lazarsky, the deputy CIA station chief in Jakarta, said that confirmation of the killings came straight from Suharto’s headquarters. ‘We were getting a good account in Jakarta of who was being picked up,’ he said. ‘The army had a “shooting list” of about 4,000 or 5,000 people. They didn’t have enough goon squads to zap them all, and some individuals were valuable for interrogation. The infrastructure [of the PKI] was zapped almost immediately. We knew what they were doing . . . Suharto and his advisers said, if you keep them alive you have to feed them.’
 
Having already armed and equipped much of the army, Washington secretly supplied Suharto’s troops with a field communications network as the killings got under way. Flown in at night by US air force planes based in the Philippines, this was state-of-the-art equipment, whose high frequencies were known to the CIA and the National Security Agency advising President Johnson. Not only did this allow Suharto’s generals to co-ordinate the killings, it meant that the highest echelons of the US administration were listening in and that Suharto could seal off large areas of the country. Although there is archive film of people being herded into trucks and driven away, a single fuzzy photograph of a massacre is, to my knowledge, the only pictorial record of what was Asia’s holocaust.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 24th, 2016.]