Tuesday, 19 September 2017

UN Security Council Resolution 2375 on North Korea: Preparation for War?


There is now a discernible pattern to US manipulation of the UN Security Council when it wants UN endorsement for US-NATO acts of aggression. It is a formula which led to the destruction of Iraq and Libya, and in 1950-1953 led to the destruction of North Korea and most of South Korea. This deadly trajectory is once again becoming visible, and the code is revealed in the three words: “all necessary measures,” which are deciphered to mean US-NATO aggressive war.

This formula begins with sanctions under Chapter VII of the UN Charter: approximately eleven sanctions have been inflicted upon North Korea, and four presidential statements. The sanctions are, in themselves aggressive action, intended to weaken and demoralize the intended nation-targeted victim, and ultimately destroy the will, the spirit and unity of the nation. The now twelve sanctions on the DPRK are reminiscent of the words Richard Nixon used for the CIA engineered destruction of the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile:
“Make the economy scream!!”
The goal of these resolutions is the total destruction of the targeted victim-nation, in the present case, the independent socialist government of North Korea. Because the bar is continually raised, and it is impossible to comply with these imperialistic sanctions without betraying and destroying the core values of the nation being targeted, eventually the US compels the Security Council to announce that more “robust” (violent) measures are required, the end resulting in military attack upon the targeted nation.

Each sanction is a humiliation, an act of psychological violence and an assault on the dignity of the people of the targeted country. The sanctions are intended to cause such misery among the people of the nation targeted that havoc will result, culminating in regime change. If the victim has the strength to resist, more overt aggression will be used.

On September 8, 2017 the U.S. draft resolution revealed their ultimate intent: demanding the power to board North Korean ships, and use “all necessary measures” (military force) to coerce compliance to inspect their cargo. Although this demand was deleted from  the sanctions resolution 2375 adopted on September 11, such coercion, if it had remained in the resolution finally agreed upon, would have the violation of the sovereignty of the DPRK, and would have constituted a form of rape of North Korea. Resistance by Russia and China resulted in the abandonment of that particular form of violation of the DPRK, but the cumulative force of the resolutions, now numbering 12, are strangling the economy and people of North Korea, and the US-NATO trajectory seems intent upon some form of military aggression, with or without UN Security Council approval.

In the September 18 issue of “The New Yorker,” author Evan Osnos quotes his North Korean guide, Pak, saying:
“If the US puts sanctions and sanctions and sanctions and sanctions, they drive us to the edge of the cliff, we will attack. That’s how the world wars have started. Don’t push us too hard because you’re going to start a war. And we should say, we’re not going to die alone.”
On September 9, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said:
“North Korea is a global threat and requires a global response; and that, of course, also includes NATO.”
UK’s Defense Minister Michael Fallon supported NATO’s position.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley’s crude insinuation that “North Korea is begging for war” so grossly distorts the truth that the DPRK referred to her as a “political prostitute,” and the US Ambassador’s reference to the Chinese-Russian proposal of “suspension for suspension” as “insulting,” is a shocking repudiation of the only viable step toward beginning negotiated reduction of tension, leading to a peaceful resolution of this crisis. The US Ambassador’s absurd comment reveals her deliberate falsification of the realities involved and her reversal of cause and effect is a form of paranoia. North Korea needs nuclear defenses to protect itself from violent aggression by the South-Korean-US axis.

Article 2 of the China/DPRK Mutual Assistance Treaty obligates China to defend North Korea if the US attacks. If the DPRK attacks first, China will not assist. While the DPRK will not initiate attack, ever, it is being subjected to intolerable provocations, set-ups and false-flag operations which may make it impossible to avoid counter-actions in defense.
https://www.globalresearch.ca/un-security-council-resolution-2375-on-north-korea-preparation-for-war/5609257

Despite all the threats and actual sanctions the step to war is a step no one will want to take. It means the destruction of Seoul and of North Korea. The situation will be used by the US as leverage against China to help redress their trade imbalance, and to sell weapons to countries in the region.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 19th, 2017.]

Israel’s Foreign Agents Don’t Register, Why Should Russia’s?


The Department of Justice has ordered Russia’s U.S.-based RT news network to begin registering as Russian foreign agents under the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act. The law requires US-based agents of foreign principals to disclose financial information and activities in regular public filings overseen by a designated DOJ office. Over the years FARA has been amended to exclude bona fide news organizations. The Department of Justice order breaks a long period of unfettered access to the U.S. by foreign press agencies, many directly and indirectly financed by foreign governments.

Although RTs viewership in the United States is minuscule compared to major domestic broadcast and cable news outlets, over the years RT has made many enemies in Washington. The network’s slogan, "Question More," and financial resources allowed it to televise stories that US networks, under the perpetual threat of loss of "access" to newsmakers, boycotts and organized pressure campaigns, cannot. Nowhere was this more evident than RT’s relentless coverage of Israel and its US lobby. RT covered Benjamin Netanyahu’s connection to the Arnon Milchan nuclear trigger smuggling ring, the diversion of weapons grade uranium from a toxic plant in Pennsylvania to Israel, and details of a massive Israeli-lobby orchestrated propaganda campaign in the United States. A FARA order could mean RT’s departure from the American scene. This could reduce the number of news packages on topics prohibited in America – located in the triple-digit channel nether-region of the cable lineup, but archived and well-viewed online with 2.2 million YouTube subscribers – to zero.

With new scrutiny of Russian activities following allegations of meddling in the U.S. electoral process, the FARA order should come as no surprise. The Department of Justice can be expected to deploy resources far in excess of the meager 9-person team working in the FARA department in order to finally "get Russia." However, RT could attempt to use the tactics of another FARA target – the Israel lobby – to avoid registering.
  1. Delay, delay, delay The American Zionist Council (and AIPAC, which was AZC’s unincorporated lobbying committee) were ordered by the Kennedy administration to register in 1962. This followed a massive propaganda campaign targeting congress and the American public funded with foreign money aimed at winning unconditional foreign aid and diplomatic support for Israel. AZC strung along the Department of Justice until 1965, long enough to orchestrate a paper "restructuring" of its operations that led to the incorporation of AIPAC as a separate entity.
  2. Politically pressure DOJ and political elites into a special exemption Whether trying to avoid an espionage prosecution (like the Anti-Defamation League) or ignoring seven separate orders to register under FARA (like the Zionist Organization of America), sometimes it takes a visit with the Attorney General himself (or in the case of Janet Reno, herself). ZOA was ordered to register in 1938 as a subsidiary and "subject to the direction" of the World Zionist Organization. Like AIPAC, it strung along the enforcement process, in its case until 1960. The registration effort was serious. An internal DOJ memo ten years into the lengthy effort noted, "…if ZOA is to be exempted from registration, DOJ might as well forget its entire campaign…" However, Justice Department employees began detecting political push-back, (PDF) “..the pressure was on somewhere in the government… it would be unwise to do anything further…under the circumstances do not desire for the moment to write to the Zionist Organization of America…” Multiple Israel affinity organizations ordered to register simultaneously refused to comply with FARA orders, citing a "certain high official in the Department of Justice" had assured them that (PDF) "the Department would not require any Zionist group to register and need not fear prosecution."
  3. Clarify that Russia is not the Soviet Union Early in the drive to register AZC/AIPAC as foreign agents, their lead lawyer made an appeal for "prosecutorial discretion." Maurice Boukstein argued that the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act had been crafted to target and expose Nazi and Soviet propaganda efforts in the United States. "While the language, of course, comprehends everybody," lobbying for Israel should not be treated the same, he argued. RT, like advocates coordinating with and on behalf of Israel, could similarly argue that the Soviet Union is dead and gone, and that Russia now only wants to be friends.
  4. Reconstitute The Jewish Agency’s American Section, which had funneled millions of foreign funds into AZC/AIPAC, faced a FARA order that seemed unbeatable. The Jewish Agency’s direct ties to the Israeli government and Knesset were exposed in 1969 when the Jewish Agency was ordered by the DOJ to file its secret 1953 covenant agreement. After a 1970 Justice Department review, the American Section of the Jewish Agency filed its final FARA disclosure in 1971. It then "reemerged" three months later, claiming to be the American Section of the World Zionist Organization, an entity with no Israeli government covenant. The Department of Justice, noting that the physical address, leadership, staff, and functions of the "new" entity had not changed, labeled the reconstitution "sketchy," but did nothing. Meanwhile, overseas, the Jewish Agency continued to funnel support to its US agents. Dennis Ross served as Chairman of the Jewish Agency’s "Jewish People Planning Institute" in Jerusalem until entering the Obama administration to head-up the fatally flawed "peace process" in 2009.
  5. Volunteer to spy for the CIA and FBI In the 1940s and 1950s the Jewish Telegraphic Agency came under heavy scrutiny to file as a foreign agent by the FBI and Department of Justice. An internal 1950s DOJ report found that, “The Israeli Government, which is seriously short of dollar credits, is supposed to be underwriting the operations of JTA to the extent of $5,000 per month…” The JTA was never ordered to register, and it is unclear whether it was JTA’s intense efforts to ingratiate itself with the FBI that finally provided the leniency it needed. In 1942 the head of JTA proposed the FBI pay $540 per month to leverage JTA’s network of correspondents in Latin America as an intelligence gathering service. To bolster the appeal of the offer, the proposal noted that the OSS (predecessor of the CIA) was already paying $300 per month for similar services. In 1950 JTA’s Milton Friedman volunteered to spy on the Soviet Union using his JTA press credential as non-official cover. JTA also offered to spy on Ukrainians residing in the United States.
Ultimately, RT may find it does not have the required number of sympathizers inside and outside the US government, the requisite moral character, or enough money to pull off such FARA avoidance shenanigans. However, the RT FARA order may reignite broader American interest in the selectivity with which FARA is enforced. The key question has long been, "if Israel’s foreign agents working tirelessly to influence the government and public opinion aren’t registering, why should anyone?"

Grant F. Smith is the author of the 2008 book, newly released on Kindle, "America’s Defense Line: The Justice Department’s Battle to Register the Israel Lobby as Agents of a Foreign Government" He is the director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C.
http://original.antiwar.com/smith-grant/2017/09/16/israels-foreign-agents-dont-register-russias-2/


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 19th, 2017.]

Broken Moral Compass of Google & Silicon Valley - Black Pigeon




You Tube has been censoring videos that address instances of corruption that fly in the face of mainstream establishment policies.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 19th, 2017.]

An Economic Lesson for China and Russia - Paul Craig Roberts


Is there anyone in Trump’s government who is not an imbecile?

After years of endless military threats against Russia—remember CIA deputy director Mike Morell saying on TV (Charlie Rose show) that the US should start killing Russians to give them a message, and Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley threatening “We’ll beat you harder than you have ever been beaten before”—now the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin threatens China. If China doesn’t abide by Washington’s new sanctions on North Korea, Mnuchin said the US “will put additional sanctions on them [China] and prevent them from accessing the US and international dollar system.”https://www.rt.com/usa/403118-usa-china-sanctions-north-korea/

Here is the broke US government $20 trillion in public debt, having to print money with which to buy its own bonds, threatening the second largest economy in the world, an economy on purchasing power parity terms that is larger than the US economy.

Take a moment to think about Mnuchin’s threat to China. How many US firms are located in China? It is not only Apple and Nike. Would sanctions on China mean that the US firms could not sell their Chinese made products in the US or anywhere outside China? Do you think the global US corporations would stand for this?

What if China responded by nationalizing all US factories and all Western owned banks in China and Hong Kong?
 
Mnuchin is like the imbecile Nikki Haley. He doesn’t know who he is threatening.
 
Consider Mnuchin’s threat to exclude China from the international dollar system. Nothing could do more harm to the US and more good to China. A huge amount of economic transactions would simply exit the dollar system, reducing its scope and importance. Most importantly, it would finally dawn on the Chinese and Russian governments that being a part of the dollar system is a massive liability with no benefits. Russia and China should years ago have created their own system. Being part of Washington’s system simply lets Washington make threats and impose sanctions.

The reason Russia and China are blind to this is that they foolishly sent students to the US to study economics. These students returned completely brainwashed with neoliberal economics, “junk economics” in Michael Hudson’s term. This American economics makes Russian and Chinese economists de facto American stooges. They support policies that serve Washington instead of their own countries.

If China and Russia want to be sovereign countries, they must pray that the imbecile Mnuchin does cut them off from the dollar system that exploits them. Then Russia and China will have to put in place their own system and learn real economics instead of propaganda posing as economics that serves Washington’s interest.
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/09/13/economic-lesson-china-russia/

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 19th, 2017.]

This Week in Stupid (17/09/2017) - Sargon of Akkad


Let's talk about Adolf Shapiro and his Nazi rally at Berkeley



Sargon also talk about migrant violence against women in Europe and other issues.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 19th, 2017.]

Fifty Years Of Non-Stop Buffoonery From Climate Scientists - Tony Heller


I could easily make a 24 hour video showing all of the forecast failures by climate scientists, but this five minute video shows a few of the highlights.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 19th, 2017.]

Monday, 18 September 2017

Zones of Hope: Russia, Iran & Turkey Agree on Idlib Province De-Escalation Zone


Deir ez-Zor, Syria has spent 3 years under an ISIS siege, which is now almost over. Humanitarian convoys are delivering aid to the people who have been suffering there.
As the Syrian government regains territory, peace talks being held in the Kazakh capital, Astana have also seen progress.



The terrorist forces will not back down and will likely continue to attack the Syrian state so it is likely there will be no lasting ceasefire and peaceful outcome.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 18th, 2017.]

Yemen's Houthi Leader Says Could Target Saudi Oil Tankers if Hodeida Attacked


Yemen's Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said on Thursday his group could target Saudi oil tankers should Saudi Arabia attack Yemen's main port at Hodeida.

"We could target Saudi oil tankers and we could do anything, we have not done this before," he said.

In a televised speech, the leader also said his group's ballistic missiles were capable of reaching the United Arab Emirates' capital of Abu Dhabi and anywhere inside Saudi Arabia.

It was unclear whether the Houthi group has the capability to carry out its threats.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/yemen-s-houthi-leader-says-could-target-saudi-oil-tankers-if-hodeida-attacked-9217952

Such attacks, if possible, will cause the oil price to skyrocket and may disrupt the global economy.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 18th, 2017.]

So Many Rapes, So Few Police: Swedish Authorities 'Can't Cope' with Growth in Rape Cases


Swedish police have no resources nor time to ‘cope’ with growing numbers of rape cases. Political party ‘Swedish Democrats’ links the growth of rapes with migration wave



Harsh measures will be needed to rectify this situation. The Swedish authorities are denying the reality of the situation and how their country cannot cope with the MASSIVE influx of migrants.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 18th, 2017.]

Trump's Jews And Generals - Brother Nathanael




Brother Nathanael pointing to the click at the top of the entire establishment that includes the Trump Administration. Wall Street and Federal Reserve money funds everything.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 18th, 2017.]

Trump Condemns Political and Racial Violence: Leftists Outraged (Styx)


Anyone considering Trumps' signing statement a bad idea has their head where the sun never shines



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 18th, 2017.]

Cracks In The Wall: The World Wakes Up - The David Icke




[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 18th, 2017.]

Global Cooling Rundown Week of August 25 – September 01, 2017




A review of global weather at the end of last month. There were Arctic ice gains in August.

The weather seems to be repeating what happened in the 60s, except there is less ice, likely due to soot pollution (not airborne CO2), that darkens ice and causes increased melt.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, September 18th, 2017.]

Sunday, 17 September 2017

No Oil, No Money, No Caliphate? Syrian Army Takes Control Over Strategic Oil Area Near Deir ez-Zor


Oilfields and a natural gas-processing plant southeast of the Deir-ez-Zor air base have come under the control of the Syrian Army, media reports.



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

Syrian War Report – September 15, 2017: ISIS On Run In Deir Ezzor Countryside




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

Idiots React to London Underground Attack - Paul Joseph Watson


Who's to blame this time? Oh....it's me.



Story thanks to Trump is Right.

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

Thomas Sowell - The Reality Of Multiculturalism


Professor Sowell offers his insights and studied opinion on issues of diversity, culture and social justice.



Related:

Thomas Sowell - Multiculturalism


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

.@Liz_Wheeler: This is What Happened, Hillary




A hard hitting response to her book that references Hillary's crimes that include pay for play (the Clinton Foundation) and thousands of classified documents she emailed in clear violation of security laws (potentially putting people's lives at risk).

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

HUMA ABEDIN MISHANDLES CLASSIFIED INTELLIGENCE IN NEW CLINTON EMAILS (H.A. Goodman)




H.A. Goodman Related:

CLINTON FOUNDATION PAY TO PLAY EMAILS RELEASED BY STATE DEPARTMENT TO JUDICIAL WATCH


WIKILEAKS BREAKING NEWS: CIA Mike Pompeo Calls WikiLeaks an Enemy, Insults Chelsea Manning


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

Keiser Report (E1124): 'Big Data' Leaks


Max and Stacy discuss ‘big data’ making the case for crypto by allowing for single point of failure leaks of vital, private information. Max interviews James Howard Kunstler of Kunstler.com about the hot mess of US climate change policy and infrastructure spend.



A quick note on Global Warming in relation to the second half - human activity and CO2 is not the primary driver. The AGW scam, originally pushed as a way to help protect the environment, is now being used by big money interests to enact a huge global taxation scheme.

Related:

Hurricane Superstition Reaches Category Five


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