Sunday, 22 October 2017

The Blatant Cover-up of the Las Vegas Shooting - The David Icke Dot-Connector Videocast

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 22nd, 2017.]

'First Official Recognition': US Admits Al-Nusra Uses Chemical Weapons in Syria

The US Department of State admitted that militants linked to Al-Nusra Front are carrying out terrorist attacks using chemical weapons in Syria. Russia’s defense ministry says it’s the first admission of its kind.

NONE of the supposed chemical attacks said to be made by the Syrian Government were proven. The most notable attack in Ghouta, on 21st August 2013, was almost certainly done by the terrorists. This was the attack which the US and UK wanted to use to 'justify' bombing the Syrian Army. Peace Bombs for Regime Change - swapping a moderate secular Government for radical sectarian terrorist groups.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 22nd, 2017.]

Documents Reveal U.S. Role In Indonesia’s Anti-Communist Massacre

Newly declassified files from the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta confirm the extent to which American officials supported the killings of hundreds of thousands of Indonesians in the 1960s, as the U.S. worked to keep Southeast Asia from falling into Communist control.

The U.S. supported a narrative pushed by the Indonesian military that blamed Communists for a failed coup in 1965, targeting the anti-American President Sukarno.

This narrative emboldened the Indonesian military, paramilitaries and others to oversee the killings of 500,000 Indonesians who were suspected Communists, including students and union members.

“The U.S. was following what was happening very closely, and if it weren’t for its support, you could argue that the army would never have felt the confidence to take power,” said John Roosa, author of the book Pretext for Mass Murder, about the events, in an interview with the New York Times.

In a secret cable sent from the Embassy to Washington, D.C. in November 1965, an official detailed the efforts of provinces to repress suspected members of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) and its executions of prisoners as a means of controlling prison populations.

“Both in the provinces and Djakarta, repression of the PKI continued, with the main problem that of what to feed and where to house the prisoners,” wrote a political affairs counselor. “Many provinces appear to be successfully meeting this problem by executing their PKI prisoners, or by killing them before they are captured.”

According to some of the 39 cables released by the National Security Archive on Tuesday, Washington also withheld aid from Indonesia until Sukarno was removed from power, and called the rise of his successor, the military dictator Suharto who had ordered many of the mass killings, “a fantastic switch.”

Following the release of the documents, Human Rights Watch called for a full accounting of U.S. involvement in the killings. “These newly released documents make clear that U.S. officials had detailed knowledge of the mass killings in Indonesia in 1965-66,” said Phelim Kine, the group’s deputy Asia director. “The U.S. government now needs to release the remaining documents, not only for the historical record of one of the 20th century’s worst atrocities, but as a long overdue step toward bringing redress to the victims.”

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 22nd, 2017.]

Massive Criminal Conspiracy Unravels: Hillary Clinton Took $145M from Russians to Sell Out the U.S. Uranium Supply to America’s Enemies (and the FBI knew all along)

We have truly reached the point in American history where criminal indictments need to be immediately leveled against James Comey, Loretta Lynch, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Robert Mueller and a dozen other high-ranking officials who are now known to have been complicit in one of the most treasonous criminal cover-ups in American history.

Although the entire left-wing media is running a campaign of complete silence on this story, the rest of the media is now widely reporting that, under President Obama, the FBI had documented an exhaustive trail of corruption, bribery and treason that involved Hillary Clinton, State Department corruption and Russia-linked mining companies that acquired rights to U.S. uranium supplies. This truth was described in great detail in the book Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer, and now evidence is emerging that further confirms the depth of collusion, corruption, money laundering and treason that Hillary Clinton actively pursued to collect $145 million from Russia-linked sources.
According to The Hill:

"Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill."

Former President Barack Obama oversaw this criminal racketeering scheme, according to multiple sources. “It turns out the Obama administration knew the Russians were engaged in bribery, kickbacks and extortion in order to gain control of US atomic resources — yet still OK’d that 2010 deal to give Moscow control of one-fifth of America’s uranium,” writes the New York Post. “Hillary Clinton, again, sat on a key government body that had to approve the deal — though she now claims she had no role in a deal with profound national security implications, and during the campaign called the payments a coincidence.”

“…[T]he State Department under Clinton and other agencies on the Committee on Foreign Investment approved unanimously the sale of Uranium One, a Canadian mining company, to Russia’s state nuclear company Rosatom, which gave Moscow control over 20 percent of U.S. strategic reserves,” reports NewsTarget.

Robert Mueller ran the FBI as this criminal racket was taking place

What’s even more astonishing about all this is that Robert Mueller, now running a partisan special counsel investigation into the fake conspiracy theory that falsely claims Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the election, was the head of the FBI while this Uranium One treason was taking place.

“Until September 2013, the FBI director was Robert Mueller — who’s now the special counsel probing Russian meddling in the 2016 election. It’s hard to see how he can be trusted in that job unless he explains what he knew about this Obama-era cover-up,” writes the NY Post.

“The connections to the current Russia case are many. The Mikerin probe began in 2009 when Robert Mueller, now the special counsel in charge of the Trump case, was still FBI director. And it ended in late 2015 under the direction of then-FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired earlier this year,” adds The Hill.

Mueller, who like James Comey appears to be a political lackey for the Clinton crime cartel, is just one of many shadowing players in this rapidly unraveling story of corruption and lies. Bill Clinton, wouldn’t you know it, is also implicated.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 22nd, 2017.]

Black Woman Destroys White Privilege Myth

It's rubbish. Don't believe the hype!

The real privilege come from those running in elitist circles. It's a class difference, not a difference in race.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 22nd, 2017.]

Liberals Praise George W Bush; I Denounce Genocidal George and his Warmonger Buddies (Styx)

This malformed monkey killed as many people as Idi Amin.

Story thanks to Trump is Right.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 22nd, 2017.]

Mark Steyn - IPCC Official Admits Global Warming Is A Lie To Redistribute Wealth

If you needed any more evidence that the entire theory of manmade global warming was a scheme to redistribute wealth you got it Sunday when a leading member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change told a German news outlet, "[W]e redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy."

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 22nd, 2017.]

Death of Our Car Industry Signals Return to the Grim Days of Old - Ian Porter

Australia should fly its flags at half-mast on Friday for a day of mourning.

That's the day Australia's 69-year-old car industry will close its doors for good, taking with it a substantial part of the industrial base that took decades to build up but, at the hands of the Abbott-Turnbull government, only three months to destroy after the 2013 election

Historians will decide, but the closure of the car industry will vie with the nation's crippled energy/climate policy and the compromised National Broadband Network as Tony Abbott's most obvious legacy.

October 20 will also be the day that marks the end of Australia's ambition to be an industrialised nation that offers 40-hour jobs to thousands of people across the country.

The death of the car industry will see the country revert to the economic pillars that were built up in the 19th century, farming and mining. This may not seem to be a bad option when looking at the national accounts: exports, revenues, profits.

But these two industries offer almost nothing to the unemployed and underemployed workers living in the cities.

They are even more capital intensive than manufacturing and offer even fewer jobs per dollar of revenue generated.

Perhaps worst of all, most of the benefits flow to overseas shareholders. While the carmakers did sometimes pay dividends to their parent companies, a high proportion of the parts used in car assembly were sourced from local suppliers, many of which were Australian owned.

The official unemployment rate is currently 5.8 per cent, but when you take underemployment into account, about 20 per cent of Australians do not earn enough to create the house-in-the-suburbs standard of living that was taken for granted only 30 years ago.

The laissez-faire capitalists have conducted a major experiment on the Australian economy and, while profits might be up, almost every other indicator of national success is down, whether it's wages, house-ownership, education standards or health care.

The advent of free trade dogma, the removal of tariffs and other industry assistance and the general denigration of manufacturing and unions – the police force of living standards – have fundamentally undermined the chances of all able Australians to find 40-hour work with award wages.

"We have to be competitive" is the mantra of the current Prime Minister, but at no stage has Malcolm Turnbull explained how Australian workers on Australian wages were supposed to compete with third-world workers who, in many cases, are not even allowed to form unions so they can bargain for better conditions.

Was the plan, initially laid down under the Hawke-Keating government, to reduce Australian wages to third-world levels? What else did they expect to happen when tariffs and assistance were withdrawn, allowing goods to flood in from low-labour-cost Asian countries?

And let's not pretend that Australia was some sort of rogue protectionist state out to distort international trade patterns. Tariffs and assistance are still well established around the world. To this day, the biggest selling vehicle model in the US, the pick-up, is protected by a 25 per cent tariff.

Even the German automotive industry – home to famous brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, BMW and Porsche – receives extensive assistance from its Government.

Estimates put before the last Productivity Commission enquiry into the car industry put the assistance per German car industry worker at more than four times the assistance that was offered to Australia's car workers under the last industry plan.

The reason that Germany, the US, Thailand, Japan, South Korea and China all protect their automotive industries is that those governments value the full-time work and good wages the industry brings.

Just as important, the car industry stimulates progress in the various industries that supply carmakers: metallurgy, robotics, electronics, plastics, logistics as well as all the skills and capabilities needed to stitch it all together.

Without the local car industry's $1 billion-a-year research and development effort, these drivers will wither away.

The loss of tens of thousands of full-time, award-wage jobs has come at precisely the wrong time.

The acquiescence of successive federal governments to demands from employers for more "flexible" working regulations has seen a marked deterioration in working conditions for many people, not to mention wages.

The situation is so bad that international companies now come to Australia knowing they can buy an existing company, such as Carlton and United Breweries, retrench all the workers and re-employ them as contractors on basic wages.

In that instance, the plan was thwarted, but it was all perfectly legal under Australia's anti-worker laws, which heavily favour capital over labour.

The closure of the car industry shows that Australia's politicians have lost sight of their basic task, to improve the living standards of all Australians.

That involves creating jobs for the millions living in the suburbs. The current economic and trade settings do not do that.

What company would set up a new factory in Australia to manufacture goods? Australia is already a marginal market with only 25 million people.

There are no tariffs or industry assistance that prevent overseas manufacturers dumping their excess output in Australia.

Instead of investing in Australia and creating jobs here, companies can exploit third-world labour in South-East Asian countries knowing they can flood the Australian market unimpeded.

It appears as though the Australian government and all its high-paid economists have given up on trying to maintain the standard of living achieved in the 20th century.

Where it will descend to is anyone's guess as wages stagnate and unemployment rises.

Flying the flag at half-mast on October will not only mark the passing of the car industry, it will herald the opening of a new era in unemployment and mark the end of the country's period of economic growth.

The unnecessary closure of Australian car production is a disgrace. This reminds me of the gutting of the US industrial base via outsourcing which lead to declining tax revenues that helped backrupt various State Governments (and/or put them into massive debt) ... the bureaucrats responsible never suffer the consequences for their actions. They should be sacked, hung up in public for a few days, where people can throw rotten fruit and vegetables at them, and ...

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 22nd, 2017.]

Saturday, 21 October 2017

ISIS in Afghanistan is US Tool to Cause Trouble in Whole Region – ex-Afghan President Karzai to RT

The US uses the Islamic State insurgency as a tool in Afghanistan, aimed at destabilizing the whole region, the former Afghan president told RT, urging the international community to convince the US that it needs to actually fight terrorism.
No action was taken against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists despite their atrocious acts being well known “since the arrival of Daesh [an Arabic acronym for IS] on the Afghan scene,” former President Hamid Karzai said. He then mentioned reports of “unmarked foreign helicopters” providing support to the terrorists.

"From the two years onwards to today, every day the local people, the local elders, government officials, media and others began to report that unmarked helicopters, unmarked foreign helicopters, would go in and support extremists in all parts of the country,” the former president told RT on the sidelines of the Valdai Forum in Sochi, Russia.

"There’s a lot of evidence, unfortunately, that shows that these extremist forces are supplied from the foreign bases within Afghanistan,” Karzai said. “The question is, ‘Why? For what reason?’ And if it is continuing, if it doesn’t stop, of course the conclusion is they are being used as a tool.”

This tool is used by the US to pursue larger regional goals, according to Karzai.

“The support to Daesh in Afghanistan is not definitely meant for the purposes in Afghanistan. The US has already established itself in Afghanistan. It doesn’t need to have a reason to establish itself there. It must be for objectives beyond Afghanistan, to cause trouble in the region,” Karzai said.

While Afghanistan welcomes the US to provide help in the fight against terrorism, using the country as a puppet in a bigger regional game is unacceptable, the former president said.

“Afghanistan should not suffer for your larger, bigger objectives. Afghanistan should not be used against our neighbors or the major powers in our neighborhood,” he stressed, adding that the international community and regional powers should talk the US into seeing sense and help to restore the international cooperation against terrorism in the country.

“Otherwise things will [get] out of hand in Afghanistan and there will be troubles for all of us, including for the US,” Karzai concluded.

The recent accusations voiced by top US officials against Pakistan’s main intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), of supporting terrorism include a fair share of hypocrisy, Karzai told RT.

"The Americans for years knew that there were [terrorist] sanctuaries in Pakistan. For the last 16 years they knew that. And they kept saying there were sanctuaries in Pakistan, President Obama said that, Secretary Clinton said that, other State Secretaries and Defense Secretaries of the US government said that,” Karzai said. “Michael Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in 2010, I believe, just before his retirement, that the Haqqani network [a Taliban-affiliated Afghan insurgent group] was a confirmed, veritable arm of ISIS. Even then they continued their relationship and began to supplying Pakistan.”

“For the US now to come after 17 years to say, ‘We just woke up to this,’ is a bit dishonest in our view and counterproductive,” Karzai said.

The new round of US accusations against Pakistan began this summer, with US President Donald Trump claiming that Islamabad “often gives safe havens to agents of chaos, violence and terror” and promising to put pressure on the country.

The allegations were backed up by other top officials, namely US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who threatened Pakistan with cutting off US aid. The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford, and US Defense Secretary James Mattis, however, somewhat softened the accusations earlier this month, putting the blame for the alleged Taliban links solely on the ISI, instead of Pakistan in whole.

It remained unclear whether Washington would actually take any steps against its major regional ally, however.

The US policy in Afghanistan, in the meantime, has not changed one bit with the new Trump administration, according to the former president of Afghanistan.

“I only see continuity of the US policy in Afghanistan,” Karzai stated.

ISIS is being destroyed in Syria and Iraq and the intelligence agencies are seeking a safe haven for their proxies that can be projected against Iran, Chian or Russian interests.


Fabled Enemies

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 21st, 2017.]

Syria War Report – October 18, 2017: Government Forces Cross Euphrates, Push Toward Omar Oil Fields


Is Israel Hiding That Its F-35 Warplane Was Hit By Syrian S-200 Missile?  

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 21st, 2017.]

North Korean Official: We Won’t Negotiate Until We Can Strike US East Coast

An anonymous North Korean official has reportedly told CNN that diplomacy to end the current crisis is off the table until the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea can “counter” US aggression - by developing a missile that can reliably strike the US East Coast and urban centers like Washington, DC, and New York City.
"Before we can engage in diplomacy with the Trump administration, we want to send a clear message that the DPRK has a reliable defensive and offensive capability to counter any aggression from the United States," the official reportedly told CNN on Tuesday.

Top diplomats in the US and Japan agreed on Tuesday to continue to use economic pressure against North Korea in an attempt to get the rogue nuclear state to sit down at the negotiating table. "We must, however, with our allies in Japan and South Korea and elsewhere, be prepared for the worst should diplomacy fail," said US Undersecretary of State John Sullivan in a Tuesday joint press conference with Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama.
While the American people are relatively amenable to the notion of war with North Korea (58 percent said they'd support military action if diplomatic and economic means failed, a recent Gallup poll revealed), the people of Japan and South Korea feel quite differently — as they have much more to lose from a renewal of the Korean War.

Such a statement coming from North Korea works in favour of continued US sanctions and plays into Trump's intentions to put pressure on China. The current status quo in the region, with China's supporting role, is sufficient to defend North Korea from attack.

This sort of escalation of rhetoric worsens the situation, especially when it comes to future US sanctions on China (that seem unimaginable now).


Putin signs decree to impose extensive sanctions on North Korea

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 21st, 2017.]

#SeanHannity Destroyed #HillaryClinton and Laid the Groundwork for a Multi-Count Indictment (Lionel)

In his Opening Monologue, Sean Hannity said that those looking for collusion between President Trump and the Kremlin are pointing at the wrong administration.

Hannity said President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are the ones guilty of collusion.

He said that in 2009, the FBI found evidence of a Russian bribery plot prior to Clinton's Uranium One deal.

In 2010, Clinton signed off on the deal and Vladimir Putin gained control of 20 percent of America's uranium.

Hannity said that five years later, only one person, a Russian citizen, was charged by the feds for their participation in the bribery scheme.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 21st, 2017.]

Steve Bannon Declares War on Globalist Senators (Bill Still)

Synopsis: Steve Bannon appeared on Hannity last night and declared war on the globalist Republican Senators who hate President Trump and are preventing him from passing any of his legislative agenda. Bannon starts the conversation talking about why Trump can’t get any of his major legislative measures passed. [insert] Blather! How did it go for us the last time we elected a self-described Constitutional expert to the Presidency? And that’s what Cruz is waiting around for – his opportunity. I’m sorry, but I cannot support Ted Cruz. Why? Well he’s a smooth talker, so he knows exactly what the right wants to hear, but when Cruz won the Iowa primary back in Feb. 2016, he did so with the assistance of the same illegal black-ops group that has in one way or another given us the tragedy in the city of lights last week.
I’ll support Ted Cruz only when and if he admits to using black-ops former CIA contractors to steal the Iowa primary from Trump – and then, only if he can prove that he is eligible to be a US Senator – that is, he is a natural-born citizen. My opinion – and Beth disagrees with me here - Cruz is a smooth talker who is primed and ready to sell us down the globalist river when and if he is needed in the future.

Story thanks to Trump is Right.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 21st, 2017.]

Paris: Urbanism Done Too Well? - Black Pigeon

The video discusses the high cost of housing in Paris, which has limits on high rise architecture. Apart from building symbiotic buildings onto existing apartments an alternative strategy would be to build up new centres using similar grand boulevards and other features that would entice new residents. These cities, to encourage liveability, should also have limits on building heights. Otherwise, having strict limits (draconian measures) on foreign investment into the property market, and on immigration, would help to keep demand down.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 21st, 2017.]

NOAA : Record September Heat - With No Data (Tony Heller)

As they do almost every month, NOAA has claimed record september heat in regions of the earthwhere they have no data.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 21st, 2017.]

Friday, 20 October 2017

Las Vegas Massacre. Michael Rivero

Hollywood Sex Scandal Derailing Planned Movies, Korea, Iran, substandard Japanese steel.
Guest's website:

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 20th, 2017.]

Trump's Antics Won vs North Korea - Ry Dawson

The Trump antagonism of the North Korean leader led to the North also threatening to attack the US, instead of complaining about US provocations. Such a reaction didn't go down well in the Global community, especially in terms of the Chinese reaction. China will support the North except that they are not happy with the nuclear testing or their recent assassination of Kim Jong-Un's half brother.

Ultimately there is unlikely to be a war in Korea, despite the rhetoric and deployment of forces, because the cost is too high for all sides.

The clip also discusses the Iran deal.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 20th, 2017.]

Cost of Liberation: Fight for Raqqa Devastates City, Claims 1,000s of Lives

The American-backed militia in Syria have declared a victory over Islamic State in Raqqa. US-led coalition is less optimistic, saying the city has only been 90% cleared of ISIS. The months-long battle ended with Syrian Democratic Forces reportedly raising flags over ISIS's last bastion in the city.

The mainstream media was largely silent on US bombing of Raqqa whereas they were screaming during the Syrian Army liberation of Aleppo (where bombing was very measured in comparison to the US). These reports also leave out the fact that the US and its allied facilitated the rise of ISIS in order to destroy the Syrian Government.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 20th, 2017.]

Democracy Now Runs Interference for Imperialism in Syria

One of the most peculiar features of the United States is the presence of a rabidly pro-war leftism that poses as "independent" politics. Ever since the Obama Administration made it fashionable for so-called liberals to strike a "Grand Bargain" with the GOP, anti-war politics have been non-existent in public life. The non-profit industrial complex hasn't helped the situation. Democracy Now, as the best known non-profit "independent news" organ, is the perfect example of pro-war leftism in motion. The organization's recent coverage of Syria has only encouraged imperialism's war narrative despite the presence of a GOP-led Administration, House, and Senate.

On May 3rd, Democracy Now interviewed Anand Gopal, former fellow at the New America Foundation from 2012-2014. That Democracy Now describes itself as "independent media" yet associates with figures such as Gopal raises question marks about the source's credibility on the issue of war and peace. The New America Foundation can hardly be considered an impartial source. As is the case for most think-tanks in the US and West, the foundation receives patronage from sources directly invested in war. Such sources include the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, and a consortium of corporate-backed foundations associated with the Wall Street firms CitiGroup and JP Morgan Chase.

Gopal received his political training from the primary benefactors of war, that being the profiteers of finance and monopoly capital. He spent a number of years in Afghanistan embedded in the Taliban and now specializes as the journalistic mouthpiece for terrorists in Syria. His efforts have won him a Pulitzer prize and numerous work opportunities in the NGO industry. According to a recent report in the Moon of Alabama, Gopal has been caught on social media distributing ISIS documents on how to join the organization. His interview with Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh verifies his allegiance to US imperialism's proxies currently wreaking havoc in Syria and the region at large.

Gopal’s claims paint Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad as the cause of all suffering in Syria. He cites "conversations" had with ISIS fighters who reported that they turned to terrorism in response to Bashar Al-Assad's brutality. Syria and Russia are not only failing to fight terrorism, he claims, but the US also possesses no plan for regime change in the region. The YPG is the only force fighting ISIS. Of course, none of Gopal’s assertions were supported with concrete evidence beyond talking points.

Yet facts on the ground suggest that Gopal is nothing but a peddler of lies. The "Assad brutality" narrative has been disproven countless times by independent journalists, especially in relation to allegations of the Syrian government’s use of chemical agents. Journalist Seymour Hersh traced the chemical weapons used to attack Ghouta, Syria in 2013 back to Turkish and Saudi rebel stations and supply chains. The 2017 chemical weapons attack occurred when the UN had already confirmed three years earlier that the Syrian government had given up all of its chemical weapons in the deal brokered by the US and Russia. If Gopal and his think-tank employers lie about allegations as serious as those involved in chemical weapons disputes, what makes them reliable sources of information about Syria at large?

A bigger question is why Democracy Now would host Gopal on its program at all. Why would Democracy Now allow Gopal to run interference by painting Russia and Syria as mass murdering nations and the US as an arbiter of peace? It has been well-documented since 2011 that US involvement in Syria has always been about overthrowing the Syrian government. Defense Intelligence Agency documents confirm that the US willingly aided ISIS in Syria and created the conditions for its rise during the occupation of Iraq beginning in 2003. It is public record that the US and its allies funded and armed the original "revolutionaries" in Syria with the explicit aim to rid of Assad. These foreign, sectarian fighters number in the tens of thousands and have come from places as close as Turkey and as far as the European mainland. All of them are guilty of committing head-chopping crimesin the name of "democracy."

Gopal and Democracy Now do not mention the numerous examples that show the Syrian government's broad support among the people. In 2012, amidst the proxy invasion, the Syrian government amended the national constitution. It was approved by nearly ninety percent of the Syrian population. In 2014, Bashar Al-Assad was reelected as President with 88.7 percent of the vote. Reputable polls show that the Syrian government is the most popular force in the country. Meanwhile, the likes of Gopal and Democracy Now continuously fail to mention the atrocities committed by the invading terrorist forces and the aid that they have received from imperialist countries.

Democracy Now runs interference for imperialism because it is beholden to funding sources, as are all non-profits and non-governmental organizations. Just as Gopal is a product of the New America Foundation, so too is Democracy Now a product of the Pacifica Foundation's benefactors. An analysis conducted in Critical Sociology found that the Pacifica Foundation received upwards of 148,000 USD between the years of 1996-1998 from the Ford, Carnegie, and other foundations to launch Democracy Now. The Lannan Foundation gave Democracy Now an additional 375,000 USD packaged in a number of grants, according to the foundation's IRS 990 forms since 2008. Patrick Lannan, the capitalist mogul who founded the organization, sat on the board of ITT corporation in the late 70s and early 80s. The ITT corporation was instrumental in the CIA-backed fascist coup that overthrew the democratically elected socialist Salvador Allende in 1973.

So-called international non-profits such as the Ford Foundation have a long history of receiving enormous donations from the wealthiest individuals and corporations to achieve imperialism's objectives around the world. Foundations wield a form of "soft power" on behalf of US imperialism. Their main purpose is to provide a "civil society" infrastructure in targeted nations capable of fomenting conditions of regime change. This has been a general condition throughout Latin America. Foundations such as the National Endowment for Democracy and the Ford Foundation have been caught supporting right-wing opposition groups waging destabilization campaigns against Left governments in Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia.

So it should come as no surprise that Democracy Now lends legitimacy to the imperialist narrative in Syria. Democracy Now is "independent" in name only. Democracy Now’s staff is beholden to funding sources that hold a large stake in the creation of a humanitarian face to imperialism. So while the outlet may present news and facts on US domestic issues largely left out of the corporate press, it remains a dangerous source of misinformation on the international front. Only a distorted worldview can arise from the lies presented by Amy Goodman's coverage of Syria.

Real independent journalists based in the US exist, but have little financial or political support. Journalism and media must be placed in the context of the generalized struggle against US imperialism. Independent media thrives in periods where peoples' movements are vibrant and strong. When movements are weak, so too is independent journalism. The corporate media landscape in the US will remain dominant as long as the alternative is conceived within the bowels of corporate foundations. These are radical times, and they require a radical break from the levers of control wielded by both “hard power” and "soft power" mechanisms of imperialism. That includes challenging the narratives put forward by Democracy Now.

The same is true for many other 'progressive' news programs ... the well spoken talking heads either take the cash, have a few skeletons in the closet or are largely clueless and believe what they are given to read.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 20th, 2017.]


What we are seeing is evidence of wrongdoing by people who appear to be unconscionable crooks. They don't care about sharing/selling state secrets or engaging in fraud or committing sex crimes.



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 20th, 2017.]