Sinister Ministers of the Deep State: 2016 Murdered Await Culprits' Unearthing

Seth Rich, Craig Murray and the Sinister Stewards of the National Security State

by Mike Whitney  - CounterPunch


May 19, 2017

Why is it a “conspiracy theory” to think that a disgruntled Democratic National Committee staffer gave WikiLeaks the DNC emails, but not a conspiracy theory to think the emails were provided by Russia?

Why?

Which is the more likely scenario: That a frustrated employee leaked damaging emails to embarrass his bosses or a that foreign government hacked DNC computers for some still-unknown reason?

That’s a no-brainer, isn’t it?

 

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Saudi's Unsubtle War of Words with Iran

Deadly rhetoric: Saudi Arabia opens war of words with Iran 

by Sharmine Narwani - RT


May 17, 2017

For years the Saudis have waged proxy battles against Iran, with little success. Now, despite this history of losses, Riyadh appears to be mobilizing for an ill-conceived confrontation with the Islamic Republic.

"We know we are a main target of Iran," speculated Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) in an interview early this month.

Then came the threat.

 

Trump greets Mohammed bin Salman
in the White House May 17, 2017

 

"We are not waiting until there becomes a battle in Saudi Arabia, so we will work so that it becomes a battle for them in Iran and not in Saudi Arabia."

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The Washington Post Reveal: Looking Behind the Elite Media/Intelligence Community Nexus

Washington Post Reveals ISIS was "Partner" Supplying Trump Intelligence Briefing for Russia Officials

by John Helmer - Dances with Bears


May 17, 2017

Moscow  - A Washington Post reporter has revealed that the Islamic State (IS) laptop plot story, which President Donald Trump mentioned to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House last week came from IS itself, through the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The reason for the leaking against Trump, which followed in the Post and in the Anglo-American media, has also been disclosed by the Post.

The CIA and at least one senior staff official of the National Security Council, who briefed the CIA on what Trump had said, are angry at the President for revealing collaboration between IS operatives and their US Government handlers in attacks on Russian targets, including Russian airline travellers.

A report published by the Washington Post on Monday evening claimed Trump had,

 

“[R]evealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister [Lavrov] and ambassador [Sergei Kislyak] in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.”

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Mark Lakeman, Amy Lubik, Janine Bandcroft May 17, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


May 17, 2017

The old saw says, "when every problem looks like a nail, all answers look like hammers." But when the problem is how people can live in rapidly and radically changing environments, it takes more than a hammer to build solutions. What it takes is insight and thinking outside the familiar, four-walls and a chimney pot picture of what makes our homes and communities work.  

Mark Lakeman is a Portland, Oregon-based community activist, architect, and lead hand at Communitecture, an architectural firm with a difference.

Communitecture says, "We design beautiful and sustainable places that bring people together in community...[w]ith an approach that explores new creative territories..."

Listen. Hear.

Mark brought that creativity to Portland City Council in 2001 when dreaming up a design for the city's now World famous "place-based community," Dignity Village. Sixteen years on, it's a model whose relevance and guiding principles has proven resilient and adaptable to a broader population of home seekers.

Mark Lakeman in the first half.

And; in the dying days of BC's recent election campaign, a group of professionals concerned an issue posing enormous deleterious environmental and human health effects was not getting the media coverage it deserved rallied supporters to make of it an election issue.

Hydraulic fracturing, or Fracking, is a process so detrimental it's been banned in a growing number of jurisdictions. But here in BC, under the innocuous rubric, "LNG" this clearly present and persistent threat carries on. In fact, expanding the Fracked Gas industry is the cornerstone of the government's economic plan for the province. 

Amy Lubik mobilized along with the BC chapter of CAPE, or the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, in the operation hoping to deliver a moratorium on Fracking in BC.

Amy Lubik in the second half.

And, CFUV Radio broadcaster and activist, Janine Bandcroft will be at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things planned for the coming week around here, and further afield too. But first, Mark Lakeman and making big community with tiny houses.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

 

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Gorbachev Warns Against Return to Nuclear Stand-Off

Gorbachev Warns of Growing Danger

by Rick Sterling  - Consortium News


May 15, 2107

The former President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, is 87 years old but still sharp. He told a delegation of 30 Americans in a two-week visit to Russia organized by the Center for Citizen Initiatives,

 

“This is a time to be concerned. We should worry about relations between our two countries. … Things cannot continue as they are.” 


Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev President Gorbachev recalled his initial meetings with President Reagan, which came after six years of poor relations and hostility.

 

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Google's Castle in the Cloud: Making the New Panopticon

The Cloud Panopticon: Google, Cloud Computing and the Surveillance-Industrial-Complex

by Christopher Ketcham/Travis Kelly - CounterPunch


May 12, 2017

In June 2007, Privacy International, a U.K.-based privacy rights watchdog, cited Google as the worst privacy offender among 23 online companies, ranking the “Don’t Be Evil” people below Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, eBay, LinkedIn, Facebook and AOL.

According to the report, no other company was “coming close to achieving [Google’s] status as an endemic threat to privacy.”

What most disturbed the authors was Google’s “increasing ability to deep-drill into the minutiae of a user’s life and lifestyle choices.” The result: “the most onerous privacy environment on the Internet.”

Indeed, Google now controls an estimated 70 per cent of the online search engine market, but its deep-drilling of user information – where we surf, whom we e-mail, what blogs we post, what pictures we share, what maps we look at, what news we read – extends far beyond the search feature to encompass the kind of “total information awareness” that privacy activists feared at the hands of the Bush Jr. administration’s much-maligned Total Information Awareness program.

 

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Ending the Warfare State As We Know It

The Losing Warfare State

by Ralph Nader - CounterPunch


May 12, 2017

The USA is still bogged down in Afghanistan (the 16 year-old occupation is the longest in American history) and in Iraq (since the unconstitutional, illegal invasion of the country 14 years ago).

With about 30,000 poorly equipped fighters, the Taliban has held down a US equipped and trained Afghan army eight times larger in soldiers, plus the US forces – fluctuating from 100,000 at its peak to 8,500 now, plus contractors – with advanced air, sea and land weaponry that is second to none.

Moreover, the Taliban has been advancing, controlling 30 to 40 percent of the country and a third of the population, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Iraq, the US had hundreds of thousands of soldiers and contractors during the Bush years. Yet today the country is still in the throes of a civil war, where a previously nonexistent threat – ISIS – with less than 15,000 fighters, has been successfully resisting a huge Iraqi army backed by US trainers and air force.

How can this be?

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Trump Elects Vote Purge Kingpin to "Investigate" Vote Fraud

Trump picks Al Capone of Vote Rigging to investigate Federal Voter Fraud 

by Greg Palast for Alternet

May 12, 2017

Kris Kobach is the GOP mastermind behind a secretive system that purged 1.1 million Americans from the voter rolls.

Kris Kobach was spooning down vanilla ice cream when I showed him the thick pages of evidence documenting his detailed plan to rig the presidential election of 2016.

The Secretary of State of Kansas, sucking up carbs at a Republican Party Fundraiser, recognized the documents – and yelled at me, "YOU'RE A LIAR!" and ran for it while still trying to wolf down the last spoonful.

Kobach screams at Greg Palast
while eating ice cream

But documents don't lie.

That was 2015 (yes, the ballot heist started way back). Today this same man on the run, Kris Kobach, is now Donald Trump’s choice to head the new “Voter Integrity Commission.”

It’s like appointing Al Capone to investigate The Mob.

 

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How ISIS Serves US Interests in Syria

Will America Partition Syria?

by Sharmine Narwani  - The American Conservative

May 11, 2017

 

U.S. strategy seems to be shifting toward creating a buffer state between Iran and Israel.

 

BEIRUTGiven the rhetoric of most U.S. policymakers, one might conclude that the conflict in Syria is about establishing freedom and democracy in the Levantine state. But no genuine aspiration for democracy ever came from a line-up of allies that includes countries like Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar, and Turkey.

Seen from the Middle East, American intervention here appears to be aimed at putting the last genuinely independent Arab state under Washington’s sphere of influence—and cutting off a key Iranian ally in the region.

Today, after six years of regime-change operations that failed to unseat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and install a compliant regime in Damascus, the west’s strategy seems to be shifting toward partitioning Syria. Specifically, the new U.S. policy would seek to sever the unimpeded geographic line between Iran and Israel by creating a buffer entity that runs through Iraq and Syria.

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Andre Vltchek, Christina Nikolic May 10th, 2017

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


May 10, 2017

When thinking of war, pictures of soldiers marching, bombs falling, and missiles launching may spring to mind. Less frequently imagined are the destinations of those departed soldiers, dropped bombs, and sent missiles and what they do upon arrival there. More rarely contemplated still, by those who do consider the ramifications of the whens and wheres of wars happened and happening, is the long aftermath suffered.

Whose mental picture includes the endless agonies of wounds that cannot be healed; who conjures in the mind's eye a portrait of the lives and lands irrevocably torn asunder?

Andre Vltchek is an itinerant philosopher, novelist, filmmaker, investigative journalist, poet, playwright, and photographer He is a revolutionary internationalist globetrotter, who fights perpetually the Western Imperialist ethos, and the corrupt regimes it imposes around World.

 

Listen. Hear.

There are very few war and conflict zones Andre has not covered, or dark corners where economic violence and gross injustice occur he has not dared venture into.

Vltchek's numerous book titles include: 'Western Terror: From Potosi to Baghdad', 'Indonesia: Archipelago of Fear', 'Exile' (with Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and Rossie Indira), 'Oceania – Neocolonialism, Nukes & Bones', 'The World Order and Revolution! - Essays from the Resistance' (co-written with Christopher Black and Peter Koenig), 'Liberation Lit' (edited with Tony Christini), and his latest, 'Exposing Lies of the Empire', 'Fighting Against Western Imperialism', and 'On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare' (written with Noam Chomsky).

Andre recently conducted a lengthy interview with trauma surgeon, Dr. Ghassan "Gus" Abu Sitta in Beirut about frontline medicine and his upcoming presentation to the 48th Middle East Medical Assembly, 'Conflict Medicine and the Ecology of War'.

Andre Vltchek in both segments today.

 And; horticultural guru and intrepid green entrepreneur, Christina Nikolic will join us at the bottom of the hour with the Left Coast Events update, bringing us up to speed with some of the good things planned in and around our town for the coming week. But first, Andre Vltchek and the Ecology of War.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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Quitting Weaver: Questions Dog Green Leader

Green Party campaign manager quit over Andrew Weaver’s bullying, bad policies

by Damien Gillis  - Common Sense Canadian

May 8, 2017

On the eve of his candidate’s kick-off event, Green Party campaign manager Troy Grant reached his breaking point with Andrew Weaver, causing him to resign. “I can’t support the BC Green Party because of Andrew Weaver,” Grant now admits.

Here’s why.

Troy Grant is a Vancouver Island resident and environmental activist who, up until a couple of months ago, was running the campaign of Green Party candidate Lia Versavel. As part of his early groundwork on the campaign, Grant reached out to Common Sense Canadian lead columnist Rafe Mair, a man whose opinions Grant says he has always respected.

Andrew Weaver attacks BCNDP Leader John
Horgan during the televised leaders’ debate

Intrigued by what he heard about Versavel, Rafe proceeded to interview her, resulting in this relatively glowing review. Rafe being Rafe, though, couldn’t sign off on the piece without one caveat: his disdain for party leader Andrew Weaver’s ongoing support of IPPs (private power projects). After all, Rafe and this publication have been highly critical of IPPs going back to the Gordon Campbell era, when Weaver stumped for the BC Liberals as a UVic climate scientist.

 

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Recognizing Oliver Stone: Documentarian Garners Gary Webb Press Freedom Award

Oliver Stone Honored with Press Freedom Award

by Robert Parry  - Consortium News


May 4, 2017

Though most people know Oliver Stone as a famous screenwriter and movie director, he has also lent his talents and resources to a number of documentary films that embrace the core journalistic idea that there are usually two sides – if not more – to a story.

In doing so, Stone has taken on controversial subjects, both in challenging conventional history as with Showtime’s “Untold History of the United States” and daring to treat foreign leaders – who were undergoing demonization by the U.S. government and media – as complex figures who deserve to have their say as well.

Not surprisingly, Stone has faced intense criticism for deviating from mainstream U.S. groupthinks, which seek to portray international adversaries as cardboard villains deserving only of American hatred and bombs.

But Stone learned as a decorated young soldier in the Vietnam War how that propaganda process can lead to unspeakable horrors, including the unnecessary deaths of millions of people and the devastation of entire nations and regions.

 

Director Oliver Stone


The Vietnam War – and the U.S. government’s lies that justified it – taught Stone a powerful lesson that is as true now as it was then, that a healthy democracy should encourage a diversity of viewpoints, appreciate all sides of a conflict, and have the courage to engage in serious self-criticism, not simply assume that what the authorities are saying is true.


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