by Andre Vltchek - CounterPunch Indonesians has voted and what votes they have cast! Either they have chosen an outright Nazi, or a populist supported by a bunch of Nazis!
The results are actually too close; it appears that almost half of the active Indonesian voters have endorsed either the Mayor of Jakarta – a former furniture salesman and populist known as ‘Jokowi’ – or a former general of the National Special Forces – Prabowo Subianto.
Great Marxist Indonesian painter Djokopekik and his
crocodile representing elites plundering their country.
Incompetent according to some, populist, if you listen to others, or fierce ‘reformer’ for quite a substantial group of his supporters, not long ago Mr. Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo appeared to be running almost unopposed. But then the state, intelligence and corporate apparatuses went into gear and the gap ‘miraculously’ closed.
The ‘military camp’ deployed nationalist speeches, insults, and flag waving…
World of Resistance Report: Part 4: Financial Institutions Fear Global Revolution
by Andrew Gavin Marshall - Dissident Voice In Part 1 of the WoR Report, I examined Zbigniew Brzezinski’s warnings to elites around the world of the “global political awakening” of humanity.
In Part 2, I looked at the relationship between inequality and social instability, and in Part 3 I examined the World Economic Forum’s warnings of growing inequality and the “lost generation” of youth who pose the greatest threat to oligarchic interests around the world.
In this fourth installment in the series, we turn to reports from top banks and financial institutions warning about the growing threats to their interests posed by an increasingly disenfranchised and impoverished population – manifested in protests, strikes and social unrest.
Yesterday, I spent the afternoon walking through central Simferopol, the administrative capital city of Crimea. You may know Crimea as the former region of Ukraine that recently voted to join the Russian Federation. It was a warm and sunny day with a strong breeze blowing.
I get the impression that I’m the only tourist in town. I kept my ears acutely tuned all day to the sound of a foreign-language conversation. ничего (nothing).
The 25th Hour: Still Living With Jack Bauer in a Terrified New American World
by Rebecca Gordon - TomDispatch Once upon a time, if a character on TV or in a movie tortured someone, it was a sure sign that he was a bad guy. Now, the torturers are the all-American heroes.
From 24 to Zero Dark Thirty, it’s been the good guys who wielded the pliers and the waterboards. We’re not only living in a post-9/11 world, we’re stuck with Jack Bauer in the 25th hour.
In 2002, Cofer Black, the former Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, tolda Senate committee, “All I want to say is that there was ‘before’ 9/11 and ‘after’ 9/11. After 9/11 the gloves come off.”
He wanted them to understand that Americans now live in a changed world, where, from the point of view of the national security state, anything goes. It was, as he and various top officials in the Bush administration saw it, a dangerous place in which terrorists might be lurking in any airport security line and who knew where else.
The Massacre of Armenians at Kassab, Syria under the support of the Republic of Turkey
by Lilly Martin
Latakia and Kassab, Syria - At 6 am. on the morning of March 21, 2014 armed terrorists came streaming into Kassab, Syria over the Turkish border. The Army of the Republic of Turkey fired heavy cannons to assist in the initial breaching of the international border. They also provided satellite information.
The weapons used by the terrorists were all provided by the United States of America, from their personal warehouses at Benghazi, Libya. This was the “Rat Line” which Seymour M. Hersh wrote about on April 6, 2014. The vehicles used also came from the US warehouses.
All of these weapons and vehicles were the property of the Libyan government under Muamar Ghadafi. Once USA and NATO completed their regime change there, the US had possession of everything, and it was just a matter of time that the stuff was transferred to the Port at Iskenderun, Turkey.
“The unipolar world model has failed. People everywhere have shown their desire to choose their own destiny, preserve their own cultural identity, and oppose the West’s attempts at military, financial, political and ideological domination.” - Vladimir Putin
What does a pipeline in Afghanistan have to do with the crisis in Ukraine?
Everything. It reveals the commercial interests that drive US policy. Just as the War in Afghanistan was largely fought to facilitate the transfer of natural gas from Turkmenistan to the Arabian Sea, so too, Washington engineered the bloody coup in Kiev to cut off energy supplies from Russia to Europe to facilitate the US pivot to Asia.
This is why policymakers in Washington are reasonably satisfied with the outcome of the war in Afghanistan despite the fact that none of the stated goals were achieved.
Scott Noble is an extraordinarily productive filmmaker who has built up an impressive treasure trove of documentaries at Metanoia Films. The films deal with topics such as the plutocracy’s determination to entrench and maintain its power and wealth through myriad means — among them psychological ops, black ops, propaganda, disinformation, and more. Last year, after watching Counter-Intelligence which relates how the tentacles of espionage agencies have permeated governments and societies, domestically and abroad, I began an email interview exchange with Noble to flesh out further points raised in the film.
Kim Petersen: What was your goal in making Counter-Intelligence?
Scott Noble: My basic goal was to help people understand intelligence agencies and the techniques they use to advance policy. Most documentaries dealing with e.g. the CIA attempt to prove or disprove a particular theory about a controversial event. There is little in the way of structural analysis.
In making the film I set out to explore how these agencies function in the real world. How do they keep secrets? What are some common m.o.’s? What is their ultimate purpose? In a broader sense I wanted to ask whether democracy is even possible when organizations like the CIA exist.
by David Rovics - CounterPunch I’m at the annual conference of the northwest branch of the Fellowship of Reconciliation as I write. I’ve done a few songs so far, and have been very well-received. It’s an easy audience for leftwing sentiment combined with acoustic music. These are mostly people a bit older than I, who came of age during the times of the movements against the war in Vietnam, and for civil rights. These movements had lasting effects not only on the politics of those in attendance, but on their taste in music. Also, they’re members of an organization that has a culture of its own, to some extent, which has somewhat insulated it from the ebb and flow of social movements (though it has also undoubtedly drawn so much from those movements, too).
Groups like FOR in places like western Washington feel slightly insulated from how things are in what you might call Middle America. A nice little bastion of sanity amid what often feels like the alienated drones in the “real world.” But what of the times when those drones come to life, and beyond the walls of the artificially-produced fortresses of progressivism, the regular people get motivated to think outside the box? Movements large and small can happen, and have broad and lasting ripple effects. Like the 60′s — the repercussions of which we’ll still be feeling for many decades I’m sure.
by James Petras There is no question that over the past decade and a half, Europe, the US and Israel have engaged in a series of bloody wars, inequalities have increased throughout the globe, economic crisis has become endemic and, more recently, right-wing military and civilian regimes have swept to power throughout Asia, North Africa, Europe and Canada.
Yet, despite this generally gloomy picture, important positive developments have emerged raising the possibility of fundamental changes to reverse the current reactionary wave.
I will proceed by outlining these positive developments, taking account of the retrograde context in which they occur.
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com We are standing today at a great media crossroads. As daily papers stagger, shutting bureaus, cutting features, and laying off thousands in an attempt to find equilibrium amid a heaving paradigm seachange, television news too is finding its undisputed domination of information dissemination challenged by a perfect storm of high costs, diminished advertising revenue, and a rising tide of online media alternatives.
None of this is particularly newsworthy, these changes have long been forecast afterall; what IS new however is the emergence of independent local and street newspapers.
Mary P. Brooke, is the editor in chief and publisher of the Sooke Voice News, now about to launch an expansion of their efforts in a venture they call, Vancouver Island Voice News.
And; the worst fears of Israelis was realized last week with the discovery of the bodies of three teens who went missing while hitch-hiking in the Occupied West Bank. The search for the three boys, all of high school age, saw a massive mobilization of Israel's army and air force, manifesting on the ground in the West Bank with thousands of house raids, hundreds of arrests, and the deaths of more than a dozen Palestinians so far, many of them no older than the Israeli kids killed. It has also meant bombing and artillery shelling for Gaza and the resumption of rockets fired into Israel. As usual the Western media narrative fails to inform, leaving those dependent on state and corporate outlets knowing less of the story the more coverage they watch.
Jon Elmer is a Canadian photo-journalist and writer who has lived in and reported from Occupied Palestine. His work has appeared at myriad sites on the internet, including; Inter Press News Service, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Progressive, and Al Jazeera English among others, and at his web site JonElmer.ca. Jon has reported too from more than a dozen countries from Nepal and Western Sahara, to the Basque country, and here in Canada, and he has been the most frequently appearing guest on this program over the last dozen or so years.
Jon Elmer on the eve of a Third Intifada in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from our city's streets and beyond. But first, Mary P. Brooke and breaking news from the Sooke Voice News.
As you read or watch the mainstream U.S. media’s accounts of the Ukrainian government’s military offensive against ethnic Russians in East Ukraine, it’s worth remembering that these MSM outlets have been feeding Americans a highly biased narrative of the crisis non-stop from the beginning.
For instance, New York Times correspondent David M. Herszenhorn included in a largely celebratory account of the Ukrainian blitzkrieg that overwhelmed ethnic Russian positions in the town of Slovyansk on Saturday this summary of the conflict’s background:
“The separatist rebellion is the latest, bloodiest chapter in a crisis that began in November after Viktor F. Yanukovych, then Ukraine’s president, rejected a trade accord he had promised to sign with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia. Protesters took to the streets of Kiev, eventually driving Mr. Yanukovych from office. Within a week, Russia invaded Crimea, then annexed the peninsula.”
Herszenhorn, like nearly all his MSM colleagues, simply can’t find it within himself to display the journalistic integrity needed to present an evenhanded and unbiased explication of how this crisis unfolded. Instead, it’s all about blaming Ukraine’s elected President Yanukovych and Russian President Vladimir Putin for everything.
Always absent is the fact that the EU’s trade accord came with a draconian International Monetary Fund austerity plan attached, a prescription to inflict even more pain on the people of Ukraine who have suffered under a post-Soviet economic system dominated by a handful of corrupt oligarchs.
The IMF plan would have simply hit the average Ukrainian even harder — with elimination of heating subsidies and devaluation of their currency – while the Ukrainian oligarchs and their Western financial backers would have escaped the pain, as usual. In rejecting the IMF scheme, Yanukovych opted for a more generous $15 billion loan deal from Moscow.