Saturday, 23 June 2018

The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance - Paul Craig Roberts


In this column I am going to use three of the current top news stories to illustrate the disconnect that is everywhere in the Western mind.
 
Let us begin with the family separation issue. The separation of children from immigrant/refugee/asylum parents has caused such public outcry that President Trump has backed off his policy and signed an executive order terminating family separation.
 
The horror of children locked up in warehouses operated by private businesses making a profit off of US taxpayers, while parents are prosecuted for illegal entry, woke even self-satisfied “exceptional and indispensable” Americans out of their stupor. It is a mystery that the Trump regime chose to discredit its border enforcement policy by separating families. Perhaps the policy was intended to deter illegal immigration by sending the message that if you come to America your children will be taken from you.
 
The question is: How is it that Americans can see and reject the inhumane border control policy and not see the inhumanity of family destruction that has been the over-riding result of Washington’s destruction in whole or part of seven or eight countries in the 21st century?
 
Millions of people have been separated from families by death inflicted by Washington, and for almost two decades protests have been almost nonexistent. No public outcry stopped George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump from clear and indisputable illegal acts defined in international law established by the US itself as war crimes against the inhabitants of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. We can add to this an eighth example: The military attacks by the US armed and supported neo-Nazi puppet state of Ukraine against the breakaway Russian provinces.
 
The massive deaths, destruction of towns, cities, infrastructure, the maiming, physical and mental, the dislocation that has sent millions of refugees fleeing Washington’s wars to overrun Europe, where governments consist of a collection of idiot stooges who supported Washington’s massive war crimes in the Middle East and North Africa, produced no outcry comparable to Trump’s immigration policy.

How can it be that Americans can see inhumanity in the separation of families in immigration enforcement but not in the massive war crimes committed against peoples in eight countries? Are we experiencing a mass psychosis form of cognitive dissonance?
 
We now move to the second example: Washington’s withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council.
 
On November 2, 1917, two decades prior to the holocaust attributed to National Socialist Germany, British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour wrote to Lord Rothschild that Great Britain supported Palestine becoming a Jewish homeland. In other words, the corrupt Balfour dismissed the rights and lives of the millions of Palestinians who had occupied Palestine for two millennia or more. What were these people compared to Rothschild’s money? They were nothing to the British Foreign Secretary.

Balfour’s attitude toward the rightful inhabitants of Palestine is the same as the British attitude toward the peoples in every colony or territory over which British power prevailed. Washington learned this habit and has consistently repeated it.

Just the other day Trump’s UN ambassador Nikki Haley, the crazed and insane lapdog of Israel, announced that Washington had withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council, because it is “a cesspool of political bias” against Israel.
 
What did the UN Human Rights Council do to warrant this rebuke from Israel’s agent, Nikki Haley? The Human Rights Council denounced Israel’s policy of murdering Palestinians—medics, young children, mothers, old women and old men, fathers, teenagers.
 
To criticize Israel, no matter how great and obvious is Israel’s crime, means that you are an anti-semite and a “holocaust denier.” For Nikki Haley and Israel, this places the UN Human Rights Council in the Hitler-worshipping Nazi ranks.

The absurdity of this is obvious, but few, if any, can detect it. Yes, the rest of the world, with the exception of Israel, has denounced Washington’s decision, not only Washington’s foes and the Palestinians, but also Washington’s puppets and vassals as well.

To see the disconnect, it is necessary to pay attention to the wording of the denunciations of Washington.

A spokesperson for the European Union said that Washington’s withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council “risks undermining the role of the US as a champion and supporter of democracy on the world stage.” Can anyone image a more idiotic statement? Washington is known as a supporter of dictatorships that adhere to Washington’s will. Washington is known as a destroyer of every Latin American democracy that elected a president who represented the people of the country and not the New York banks, US commercial interests, and US foreign policy.
 
Name one place where Washington has been a supporter of democracy. Just to speak of the most recent years, the Obama regime overthrew the democratically elected government of Honduras and imposed its puppet. The Obama regime overthrew the democratically elected government in Ukraine and imposed a neo-Nazi regime. Washington overthrew the governments in Argentina and Brazil, is trying to overthrow the government in Venezuela, and has Bolivia in its crosshairs along with Russia and Iran.
 
Margot Wallstrom, Sweden’s Foreign Minister, said: “It saddens me that the US has decided to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council. It comes at a time when the world needs more human rights and a stronger UN – not the opposite.” Why in the world does Wallstrom think that the presence of Washington, a known destroyer of human rights—just ask the millions of refugees from Washington’s war crimes overrunning Europe and Sweden—on the Human Rights Council would strengthen rather than undermine the Council? Wallstrom’s disconnect is awesome. It is so extreme as to be unbelievable.
 
Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, spoke for the most fawning of all of Washington’s vassals when she said that she was concerned by the UN Human Rights Council’s “anti-Israel bias.” Here you have a person so utterly brainwashed that she is unable to connect to anything real.

The third example is the “trade war” Trump has launched against China. The Trump regime’s claim is that due to unfair practices China has a trade surplus with the US of nearly $400 billion. This vast sum is supposed to be due to “unfair practices” on China’s part. In actual fact, the trade deficit with China is due to Apple, Nike, Levi, and to the large number of US corporations who produce offshore in China the products that they sell to Americans. When the offshored production of US corporations enter the US, they are counted as imports.
 
I have been pointing this out for many years going back to my testimony before the US Congress China Commission. I have written numerous articles published almost everywhere. They are summarized in my 2013 book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism. https://www.amazon.com/Failure-Laissez-Faire-Capitalism/dp/0986036250/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1529582838&sr=1-1&keywords=Paul+Craig+Roberts+books&dpID=51HWdHsbtFL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

The presstitute financial media, the corporate lobbyists, which includes many “name” academic economists, and the hapless American politicians whose intellect is almost non-existent are unable to recognize that the massive US trade deficit is the result of jobs offshoring. This is the level of utter stupidity that rules America.

In The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism, I exposed the extraordinary error made by Matthew J. Slaughter, a member of President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers, who incompetently claimed that for every US job offshored two US jobs were created. I also exposed as a hoax a “study” by Harvard University professor Michael Porter for the so-called Council on Competitiveness, a lobby group for offshoring, that made the extraordinary claim that the US work force was benefitting from the offshoring of their high productivity, high value-added jobs.
 
The idiot American economists, the idiot American financial media, and the idiot American policymakers still have not comprehended that jobs offshoring destroyed America’s economic prospects and pushed China to the forefront 45 years ahead of Washington’s expectations.

To sum this up, the Western mind, and the minds of the Atlanticist Integrationist Russians and pro-American Chinese youth, are so full of propagandistic nonsense that there is no connection to reality.

There is the real world and there is the propagandistic made-up world that covers over the real world and serves special interests. My task is to get people out of the made-up world and into the real world. Support my efforts.
https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/06/21/entire-western-world-lives-cognitive-dissonance/

Support PCR is you can.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 23rd, 2018.]

Yemeni War Report – June 21, 2018: al-Hudaydah Airport Still Remains Contested




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 23rd, 2018.]

So Liberals Suddenly Care About Children...Just Not America's


After years of Obama not giving a rip who came into our country illegally, the Trump administration finally began enforcing our immigration law and suddenly, it’s all about the children.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 23rd, 2018.]

Mueller’s Bumbling and Hysterical Special Counsel Team Is Getting Pummeled in Court – Media Is Ignoring All of This


The attorneys representing Concord Management, one of the Russian Companies that the corrupt Mueller team accused of impacting the 2016 Presidential election, crushed the “Unlawfully Appointed Special Counsel” in court last week again.

They continue to make a laughing stock out of the Mueller team of misfit and conflicted attorneys.

Mueller’s team of ignorant and misguided attorneys really have no chance. They never expected anyone to take them to court on their fake Russian indictments and are certainly no match for the attorneys representing Concord Management.

We first reported that Concord Management’s lawyer’s previously said Mueller indicted “the proverbial ham sandwich.” The reason the Concord Management attorneys called the case a ‘proverbial ham sandwich’ was because one of the entities indicted by the Mueller team, Concord Catering, was not in existence at the time the crimes were alleged to have taken place.

Next we reported on May 18th that the Mueller case against the Russians was falling apart. Lawyers defending the Russian company Concord Management indicted by the corrupt Mueller team again called out Mueller’s liberal hacks and labeled their allegations as “made up” nonsense. Concord Management’s lawyers revealed that Mueller’s team ignored over 70 discovery requests they had made for information before the case. In response Mueller’s team offered to give Concord Management’s lawyers a massive amount of social media data from those dangerous trolls (jk) who sought to influence the US election and the majority of it was in RUSSIAN. Mueller’s lawyers then admitted they don’t even have English translations for the Russian social media posts.

So Mueller’s lawyers don’t have English translations to the Russian social media posts but we’re supposed to believe that Americans were influenced by these posts? Then among other things previously reported, Mueller’s corrupt attorney Jeannie Rhee went on to align the 10 Russians identified by the Mueller team as members of an ‘organization’. The Russian company’s attorney responded to the judge who apparently understood that these Russians were all members of Concord Management. He said:

No that’s not correct. The individual defendants? No. It’s not even alleged who they are. They’re alleged to be associated with something called an “organization,” which is a made up thing by the special counsel. They just made it up, and they called it an “organization”. We’re not even alleged to be part of the organization. We’re alleged to have funded it. But those people don’t work for us. It’s not alleged they they work for us.
http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=101402

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 23rd, 2018.]

India Joins International Group Dumping US Dollars in Oil Trades to Bypass US Sanctions


When Donald Trump’s administration decided to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, the goal was to partner with allies to push Iran to negotiate a new agreement through even tougher sanctions. The new agreement would cover nuclear activities as well as ballistic missiles and destabilizing Iranian activity in Syria, Yemen and beyond.

World leaders in Asia and Europe, in particular, are reasonably sure that Washington really wants to see the collapse of the Iranian regime in order to control oil flows.
 
This was an arrogant miscalculation by Washington used to bullying its way around the geopolitical chessboard.
 
In 2015, under pressure from US sanctions, Russia decided to make moves to drop the USD on oil transactions. Gazprom Neft, the third-largest oil producer in Russia, moved away from the dollar and towards the Chinese yuan and other Asian currencies.
 
On March 26 this year, China finally launched a yuan-dominated oil futures contract. Over the last decade there have been a number of “false starts,” but this time the contract got approval from China’s State Council.
 
With that approval, the “petroyuan” became real and China set out to challenge the “petrodollar” for dominance. Adam Levinson, managing partner and chief investment officer at hedge fund manager Graticule Asset Management Asia (GAMA), already warned last year that China launching a yuan-denominated oil futures contract will shock those investors who have not been paying attention.
 
Paying attention is what those very same investors are now doing.
 
Already, the petroyuan has proven successful. 15.4 million barrels of crude for delivery in September changing hands over two and a half hours in its first day of trading.
 
With Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the EU27 backed by Britain decided enough was enough and concentrated efforts to protect business to side-step US sanctions for trading with Iran.
 
Then comes the news yesterday that India will reportedly pay for Iranian oil in rupees as the two countries seek to bypass the US economic pressure on Tehran.
 
China is the world’s biggest buyer of oil. America is the second and India is the third. Whilst the USA buys about $110 billion of oil each year – China and India combined – buys nearly $200 billion. The EU including Britain buys another $200 billion.
 
On oil trades – America is outgunned by the combined weight of its competitors.
 
These moves will not cause the USD to crash as about 88 per cent of the average daily turnover of foreign exchange instruments is against the dollar.
 
It took the US dollar nearly a century to unsettle the British pound that had been enjoying its preeminence through the 19th century and the first half of the 20th as the global reserve currency.
 
However, Washington may well be reeling from the fact that they don’t really have many friends any more.
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/06/03/india-joins-international-group-dumping-us-dollars-oil-trades-bypass-us-sanctions.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 23rd, 2018.]

Keiser Report (E1243): Market Manipulation


In this episode of the Keiser Report from Dublin, Ireland, Max and Stacy discuss the ‘special place in hell’ for those previously known as our closest allies. They also discuss the UK’s plan to enforce ‘online civility’ through a Chinese-developed technique of ‘online identities.’ In the second half, Max interviews Henri Pihkala, CEO of Streamr, about real-time data and decentralization.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 23rd, 2018.]

Friday, 22 June 2018

Israel Kills 52 Syrian/Iraqi Anti-ISIS Fighters, as US Takes Aim at Iran


An air attack in eastern Syria killed 52 Syrian and Iraqi government-backed forces who were fighting ISIS. They blamed the US, but it said Israel is responsible. Max Blumenthal says this is part of a larger campaign to destabilize and fragment Syria and weaken its ally Iran.



To strike so far away from Israel they would need US support.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 22nd, 2018.]

Syrian War Report – June 20, 2018: Syrian Army Attacks Militants In Daraa Province




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 22nd, 2018.]

No, Trump Isn’t ‘Losing’ Immigrant Kids Or Ripping Apart Families. Here Are the FACTS.


No, the Trump administration did not “lose” 1,500 immigrant kids. They aren’t ripping children away from their mothers or keeping children in dog kennels. And if you’ve bought into the media’s lies about all this? Listen up.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 22nd, 2018.]

HERE ARE THE PHOTOS OF OBAMA’S ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT DETENTION FACILITIES THE MEDIA WON’T SHOW YOU


The media and political class become more and more outraged over the Trump administration’s decision to detain and prosecute immigrants illegally crossing the border.

Lost in the debate is any acknowledgment that President Obama’s administration also used detention facilities.

Current U.S. immigration laws, when enforced, have the consequence of temporarily separating adults who arrive with children into separate detention facilities in order to prosecute the adults.

The policy of prosecuting immigrants for crossing the border illegally has been in place for multiple administrations. The Obama administration prosecuted half a million illegal immigrants and similarly separated families in the process. So did the Bush administration.
http://dailycaller.com/2018/06/19/photos-obama-immigration-detention-facilities/


Related:

Donald Trump: Congress Must Let Us Deport Children and Families Together

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 22nd, 2018.]

James Woods Has Perfect Response to Crooked Hillary’s Faux Outrage Over ‘Trump’s Immigration Policy’


Hillary Clinton, one of the most corrupt, criminal liars to ever hold public office in this country had the nerve to cite a Bible verse and beg for money from her Twitter account to fight against current immigration laws that separate illegal alien children from ‘parents’ at the border.

This exact law was in place during the Obama years, but now since Trump is president, it is suddenly a humanitarian crisis and Republicans are evil for allowing it to happen.

We have no definitive proof the children are even related to the adults they show up with at the border which only encourages child trafficking.

In fact, Saagar Enjeti from The Daily Caller reports, “single males with ‘children’ are increasingly arriving. Neither the child nor the adult can answer basic questions about each other, authorities suspect rampant fraud.”
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/06/james-woods-has-perfect-response-to-crooked-hillarys-faux-outrage-over-trumps-immigration-policy/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 22nd, 2018.]

Ann Coulter: ‘Of Course’ the Left Is ‘Using Children’ to Push Open Borders


New York Times best-selling author and populist conservative columnist Ann Coulter says it is typical of the establishment media and political Left to use the issue of child border crossers arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border to push their open borders agenda.

In an interview with talk radio host Howie Carr, Coulter said, “of course” media pundits, the open borders lobby, and Democrats are using President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy at the border as a way to gain support for their preferred mass immigration and cheap labor economic model.

Coulter said:
Who cares if this started under Trump or Obama. What the Left’s argument is: “Trump is a liar, therefore we get to wreck your country.” No, no these are fake phony frauds. This is a political movement to bring people in. Of course they’re using children. Of course they’re having children weeping and crying. What are we going to do, take in all of Latin America? And by the way, these are the people who say that America itself, “Oh, we’re a hateful country, we’re misogynist and the rape culture, and we’re so racist, racist, racist.” They’re always telling us how racist Americans are. Why would you want to bring people into a country that’s such a horrible place? [Emphasis added]
Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/06/18/ann-coulter-what-are-we-going-to-do-take-in-all-of-latin-america/


Related:

EXCLUSIVE: MOMS OF CHILDREN KILLED BY ILLEGAL ALIENS SLAM MEDIA FOR HYPOCRITICAL COVERAGE OF BORDER SEPARATIONS

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 22nd, 2018.]

Number of Terrorist Attacks in Europe has Doubled – Europol Report


The number of terror attacks carried out by radical islamists in Europe has doubled in the last year, according to a newly released report. Europol says the number of attacks reached 33 in 2017 - way up on the 13 of the year before.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 22nd, 2018.]

ONLY Patriarchy Builds Nations * / & other UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS (Black Pigeon)




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 22nd, 2018.]

This Will Leave You Speechless! - One of The Most Eye Opening Videos




People are captured/addicted by their mobile phones, and hooked on mainstream 'information' sources that don't tell them the truth.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 22nd, 2018.]

Being Straight Is A Choice - Shoe0nHead


welcome to radical feminism.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 22nd, 2018.]

What is Going on with Antarctic Ice loss and Global Temperatures (Adapt 2030)


While MSM news outlets planet wide print stories fo Antarctic continental ice melting at a 3x faster pace than the last 10 years, they just discredited all of the climate agencies globally like NASA, NOAA, NSIDC & DMI that all showed gains in Antarctic ice on both land and sea. Now global temperatures are at 0.18C when the models all showed we should be at 2.0C and sea levels are lower than predicted. We need to ask questions why we are continually fed conflicting data from the news agencies.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 22nd, 2018.]

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Sorry Russophobes and Neocons, the World Cup in Russia is Off to a Flyer


The World Cup in Russia is off to a flyer, serving up a feast of football amid the special and unique atmosphere generated by this quadrennial event. Fans from every corner of the globe having been packing the stadiums, some of them custom-built, reminding us that despite our differences we are one human family.

However not everyone is happy. For Russophobes and neocons the success of the World Cup in Russia is something to mourn rather than celebrate, interfering as it does with their relentless demonisation of a country, in Russia, which refuses to know its place as a subaltern power, home to retrograde cultural values, relative to the West.

In fact given the intensity of anti-Russia invective that has played out in the Western mainstream media these past few years, many watching the World Cup will have been genuinely surprised to know that, yes, the sun actually shines in Russia too; and that, yes, its people are not oppressed and living in gulags.

Consider for a moment the sentiments of Guardian journalist Shaun Walker — in Volgograd along with thousands of his English compatriots in advance of England's opening match Group G match against Tunisia:

The England fans I've met in Volgograd so far are absolutely loving it. "It's the opposite of what we expected, everyone has been amazingly welcoming. Last night was brilliant — couldn't ask for a better start to a world cup trip".

"The opposite of what we expected," Mr Walker tweets, which isn't a surprise considering the wall to wall anti-Russia propaganda the Guardian spews out on a near daily basis. There was no more craven an example of this than an article by the newspaper's Diplomatic editor, Patrick Wintour, just prior to the tournament, in which he conveyed without challenge the 'warning' by 'various MPs' that England fans travelling to the tournament were putting themselves at serious risk of abuse and attack.

The Guardian also carried an opinion piece in the run up to the tournament, the title of which — 'Robbie Williams selling soul to dictator Putin in World Cup gig' — only served to confirm why the liberal newspaper's decline has been so rapid. Anyway, having watched Robbie Williams' performance at the opening ceremony, there are grounds for arguing that it was Putin who sold his soul to bad music.

So yes for smug liberals, unreconstructed neocons (such as the cranks over at the Henry Jackson Society) and Russophobes of every stripe, their personal idea of hell has arrived in the shape of a successful, joyous and celebratory World Cup in Russia, involving beautiful football on the pitch and a coming together of different cultures and nationalities off it in a spirit of togetherness and amity. Just imagine their pain; years spent churning out anti-Russia articles, opinion pieces, speeches and books, only to see it all debunked over the course of just a few days.
https://sputniknews.com/columnists/201806181065517296-russophobes-unhappy-with-world-cup-in-russia/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 21st, 2018.]

Saudi Arabia Manipulates a Video to Blame Iran for the 9/11 Attacks Which is Then Reported as News by the U.S. Department of State and American Media


  1. An Iranian former government official appears in a TV interview and explains then refutes the claims of an American court ruling that Iran is responsible for 9/11.
  2. Al Arabiya TV, the state-funded mouthpiece of the Saudi Arabian dictatorship, edits the video of the interview to make it seem as if the official is admitting responsibility for 9/11 – Link
  3. One of many corrections: “Larijani was brought on the show to discuss a court ruling which blames Iran for 9/11. He’s explaining what the commission report said. This video was spliced to fit a Saudi-owned news company’s agenda. Conveniently left out is him saying, ‘Al Qaeda is Iran’s number one enemy.'”- Link
  4. The U.S. Department of State’s Arabic-language twitter account, which has now been thoroughly transformed into an anti-Iranian account that regularly tweets Al Arabiya and Sky News Arabia (owned by the UAE dictatorship), shares Al Arabiya’s manipulated video – Link This twitter account is part of the U.S. government’s Global Engagement Center, “charged with leading the U.S. government’s efforts to counter propaganda and disinformation from international terrorist organizations and foreign countries.”
  5. American media reports Al Arabiya’s video as fact: Adam Kredo of The Free Beacon
Source: http://www.investmentwatchblog.com/saudi-arabia-manipulates-a-video-to-blame-iran-for-the-9-11-attacks-which-is-then-reported-as-news-by-the-u-s-department-of-state-and-american-media/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 21st, 2018.]

Robert Fisk: Is N. Korea Summit a 'Sideshow' as Israelis & U S Plan to Attack Iran?


Could Trump/Kim Jong-Un summit be a sideshow to divert attention from Israeli/U.S. plans to attack Iran?



Military strikes on Iran, if they occur, will be limited, and will only draw increasing Russian support for the country. There is little the US or Israel can do to seriously degrade Iran, a nation that does not have a nuclear weapons program.

Fisk also talks about the war in Syria, and the fact there are few Iranian forces in the country, and that Turkey is still a staging ground for ISIS.

However, Fisk's characterisation of Trump as crazy is incorrect. The real game for Trump is to bring back manufacturing from China, Mexico and Canada through a trade war. He is for de-globalisation. The global conflict zones are side shows that Trump may want to unwind (over the long term, except that he is surrounded by neocon warmongers that would kill him if he acted too overtly).

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 21st, 2018.]